NBA DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 5/1/17

Welcome to another edition of ResearchFantasy’s NBA Breakdown. These picks are what I consider to be the best play of the day, relative to their price. One of the most important things we must consider in daily fantasy is how many points a player gets per dollar. It helps us identify value plays to pair with studs that we know will produce in order to maximize our potential points in lineups. I also try to identify plays that can be used in either cash games or tournaments. Typically, when I build my cash games, I am looking for players that have the best floor combined with good upside. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know!

For the second straight night, we’ll have just two games on the NBA DFS slate. I think it’s something we should probably get used to or be used to. These are also the first games of these series.

To start things off, Toronto will head on the road to take on the Cavs. I really don’t believe anything will be different from round one to this round. The team will be centered around both DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, and without question, the weakness of the Cavs is through the guard position. Norman Powell is now priced out of his production, but isn’t completely off the radar tonight, as he could very well still cross the 20 fantasy point mark. Serge Ibaka is the last one I’d consider in this game tonight, as he’s priced to a point where he could still come through.

I know some will take this the wrong way, but LeBron James is not Russell Westbrook. He’s very unlikely to reach value at his current price [Westbrook would], but is likely to be the highest scoring player on the slate. Kyrie Irving is extremely expensive, for what is likely to be an extremely low return on investment, but there’s still a chance he can get there. He’s not my favorite though. Kevin Love also hasn’t been killing it, but he’s priced a bit lower so there’s less he has to do. I would prefer either Channing Frye or Deron Williams at their price. Tristan Thompson is a low end option here as well.

Houston and San Antonio make up the final game of the night. San Antonio have home court advantage here, but this should still be a fun series. James Harden actually had some pretty solid games against the Spurs, so I wouldn’t be shocked if he exceeded LeBron’s production. Trevor Ariza should have his hands full with Kawhi Leonard and really isn’t on my radar. I like Patrick Beverley at his price, and the same can be said about Eric Gordon and Lou Williams. Clint Capela has some upside as well.

The first place for me to look on the San Antonio side of the ball is Kawhi Leonard, and that should surprise nobody. He’s the best player on the team and has been awesome in the playoffs. Next up would be Tony Parker, who is playing very well, and his price isn’t reflective of it. I know Beverley is a good defender, but this is the playoffs. Even though he didn’t really get it done against Memphis, I don’t mind LaMarcus Aldridge here. David Lee and Pau Gasol also offer solid upside plays.

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