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The NBA Finals roll on Monday, 6/10/19, 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.

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6/10/19 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS

California vs. Canada Showdown: $25 entry, $1.25M guaranteed (DraftKings) – $250,000k to 1st!
Four Point Play: $4 entry, $200k guaranteed (DraftKings)
Game 5 Final Shot: $15 entry, $600k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $150,000 to 1st!
Shot: $5.55 entry, $200k guaranteed (FanDuel)

NBA DFS Top Plays for June 10, 2019

Three Up for June 10, 2019

Pascal Siakam vs. GSW ($14.4k (C) DraftKings, $9.6k DK, $13.0k FanDuel)

Clearly, Kawhi Leonard is the top play on the board and the safest option for MVP in all formats. Yet if you want to differentiate your lineup, play the Raptors’ secondary option in Pascal Siakam. When opposing defenses sell out to stop Leonard, Siakam thrives, as he did in Game 1 with 32 points on 14-for-17 FG shooting. He’s been relatively quiet since then and is now a veritable bargain as a Utility play on DraftKings.

Siakam shot 54% from the floor and 42.1% from downtown at home during the regular season. He’s completely avoided foul trouble and played around 40 minutes in every game this series, which raises his floor. Expect the Warriors to send more help toward Leonard after his 17-point third quarter ended their hopes in Game 4.

Klay Thompson at TOR ($13.2k (C) DraftKings, $8.8k DK, $11.5k FanDuel)

The Warriors are likely going to be without Kevin Durant (calf) once again. That leaves Klay Thompson as their best (and arguably only) reliable offensive creator next to Steph Curry. The Raptors are selling out to stop Curry, just as the Warriors should sell out to stop Leonard going forward. Thompson scored an efficient 28 points (11-for-18 FG shooting) over 42 minutes in Game 4, so clearly he isn’t too hampered by his pulled hamstring. Toronto has had few answers for Klay, who is 29-for-52 (.558%) from the floor in his three appearances this series. You can certainly argue he has the most upside of any available player in the lower-tier range.

Serge Ibaka vs. GSW ($5.0k DraftKings, $9.5k FanDuel)

As mentioned in our write-up for Game 4, Serge Ibaka has emerged as something of a trump card for Toronto in this series. The experienced big man is coming off the bench and changing the complexion of the game with his defensive versatility and hard-nosed offense. The Warriors have been forced to respond by switching up their frontcourt rotations. That’s led to more playing time for Kevon Looney (collarbone) than the hobbled DeMarcus Cousins (quad) or ancient Andrew Bogut. None of those bigs are healthy or apparently capable of containing Ibaka in pick-and-roll situations. Extra defensive attention on Leonard is helping both Siakam and Ibaka get free for easy rim runs.

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Three Down for June 10, 2019

Steph Curry at TOR ($17.4k (C) DraftKings, $11.6k DK, $16.5k FanDuel)

Steph Curry struggled with his shot over the first three quarters of Game 4. Then, he finished with 27 points on a 30.6% usage rate. His ceiling is now much lower with Kevin Durant (calf) expected back tonight. Even with KD out, Curry’s usage rate has dropped in his last three road appearances. He’s averaging a modest 24.3 PPG on 41.2% FG shooting following a loss this postseason. The Raptors are playing incredible defense right now and have been able to sell out to stop Curry without the threat of Durant or a fully healthy Klay Thompson or DeMarcus Cousins. Fred VanVleet should be active despite suffering a facial injury in Game 4. He’s held Curry to 1-for-6 FG shooting over 33 possessions as his primary defender. Unlike Leonard, Curry can’t guarantee his production with lofty peripheral stats, and he can’t rely on scoring points in the paint. Paying up for Curry over Leonard on FanDuel makes very little sense.

Kyle Lowry vs. GSW ($7.6k DraftKings, $12.0k FanDuel)

Even if Fred VanVleet somehow misses Game 5 with a facial laceration, Kyle Lowry will be tough to trust. He’s also overpriced on FanDuel with little chance of matching the upside he flashed in Game 3 (23 points, 9 assists). Lowry has otherwise struggled against the Warriors. He is averaging only 12.3 PPG on 40% FG shooting (12-for-30) over his last three home playoff games. Lowry produced throughout the regular season by averaging a team-best 8.1 APG, but dimes are much harder to come by in championship-clinching games. He saw a significant drop in usage rate (17.4%) in Raptors home games this season and will have to shoot a very high percentage from downtown to have a chance at exceeding value.

Marc Gasol vs. GSW ($6.0k DraftKings, $10.0k FanDuel)

True big men have become fossils in the NBA. That even includes former Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol. The Raptors have been able to match up with the pace-and-space Warriors by using Ibaka and Siakam as interchangeable defenders, and that’s led to decreased playing time for Gasol. With a very modest 12.3% usage rate over his last seven home playoff games, Gasol is clearly willing to take a back seat offensively. He’s not needed as much with DeMarcus Cousins struggling badly for the Warriors. Gasol is still worth deploying in Cash games at a modest price tag on DraftKings but is not the strongest mid-tier play on FanDuel.

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