NBA Finals DFS

The NBA Finals begin on Thursday, 5/30/19, and we’ve got our top picks for starting (Three Up) and fading (Three Down) in your DraftKings and FanDuel lineups for the exciting single-game slate.

Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster.

Injuries play a huge role in NBA DFS on a nightly basis and rotations can always shift in the postseason. Value plays on the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice, so always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.


Fantasy BBall Millionaire: $25 entry, $2.5M guaranteed (DraftKings) – $1,000,000 to 1st!`
Sharpshooter: $3 entry, $100k guaranteed (DraftKings)
Game 1 Final Shot: $22.22 entry, $1M guaranteed (FanDuel) – $200,000 to 1st!
Shot: $4.44 entry, $100k guaranteed (FanDuel)

NBA DFS Top Plays for May 30, 2019

Three Up for May 30, 2019

Steph Curry at TOR ($17.1k (C) DraftKings, $11.4k DK, $15.5k FanDuel)

This is not an endorsement of Steph Curry as the most valuable player in this series. That title belongs to Kawhi Leonard. Yet Curry is a superior choice for Captain or MVP on DraftKings or FanDuel because of his higher guaranteed usage rate. Curry posted a 38% usage rate this season when Kevin Durant (calf) and DeMarcus Cousins (quad) were off the floor this year. He posted a 36.3% usage rate over his first four starts after KD went down and averaged a record 36.5 PPG in the sweep of Portland. Curry averages 25.1 PPG, 6.9 APG, and 1.8 SPG over 15 career meetings with Kyle Lowry and will likely avoid Leonard’s lockdown coverage in this matchup.

Marc Gasol vs. GSW ($9.0k DraftKings, $10.0k FanDuel)

On FanDuel, Andre Iguodala is another great value to target in this price range. On DraftKings, though, Gasol is the cheaper option despite his superior upside in that format. The big man is certainly a double-double threat. Plus, he’s shooting 35-for-82 (.427) from downtown over his past two postseason campaigns. Gasol is 9-for-16 from 3-point land and 30-for-55 (.545) from the field over his last five appearances against the Warriors. He burned them for 27.3 PPG over three meetings last season. And he averaged 7.5 APG in less competitive contests this year as a member of the Grizzlies. The Warriors gave up the third-most FPPG (51.08) to centers over the final month of the season. DeMarcus Cousins may be able to log limited minutes in Game 1 but is likely to be out of shape. His presence only ensures more minutes for Gasol.

Fred VanVleet vs. GSW ($5.4k DraftKings, $8.5k FanDuel)

Both Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet are also worth considering for salary relief on this Showdown slate. Ibaka scored 20 points in both his appearances against the Warriors this season (although both came before Gasol’s arrival, and Kawhi Leonard was inactive for one game). VanVleet started for Leonard in that contest and could make a quick appearance off the bench if Danny Green continues to struggle. Since Lowry has had trouble defending Curry, VanVleet could see extra run as the better defensive option. He shot a playoff record 14-for-17 from 3-point range during the final three games of the ECF and has good upside if he can even come close to that efficiency in Game 1.


Three Down for May 30, 2019

Draymond Green at TOR ($15.9k (C) DraftKings, $10.6k DK, $14.5k FanDuel)

Draymond Green and the more experienced Warriors dominated the young Blazers in the WCF. Green was the best two-way player in that series by far and posted some gaudy lines with at least a double-double in each game of the sweep. Yet this matchup is far more difficult. The Raptors have two athletic forwards in Ibaka and Pascal Siakam who are capable of matching up with Green. Toronto ranked third in DvP against PFs this season and held Green to 2 points on 1-for-5 FG shooting with 4 turnovers in his sole appearance against the Raptors this year. Playoff games in Toronto have consistently gone Under (215.5 on FanDuel Sportsbook) the point total and been played at a slower pace, decreasing Green’s odds of paying off with a triple-double.

Pascal Siakam vs. GSW ($13.5k (C) DraftKings, $9.0k DK, $11.5k FanDuel)

Siakam has been far more efficient on offense when playing at home this year. He’s likely felt more comfortable in front of a home crowd but could certainly show some nerves in his first Finals appearance. Siakam and a few other Raptors were too tentative in Game 7 against the Sixers and the first two games of the ECF against the Bucks. He since found his confidence with 64 points over four wins over Milwaukee. However, it’s far easier to score on Nikola Mirotic and Ersan Ilyasova than on Draymond Green. Siakam’s peripheral stats have been all over the map during the postseason. He’s hard to trust if you can’t bank on him scoring.

Danny Green vs. GSW ($3.2k DraftKings, $6.5k FanDuel)

In order to stay on the floor, Danny Green will have to drain any 3-point looks he can find in Game 1 of the Finals. That puts a lot of pressure on a player who is struggling with his confidence on both ends of the floor right now. Green missed all 7 of his long-range attempts over just 30 minutes of run in the final two games of the ECF and essentially lost his job to Fred VanVleet. With Norman Powell also playing better off the bench, it is tough to even consider Green as a salary relief option given his scary-low floor.