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

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!

The Eastern Conference Finals will start otonight and will see the well rested Cavaliers head to Boston to take on the Celtics. On the Cavs side of the ball, it starts and ends with LeBron James. He’s unlikely to hit 5x, but he could still end up as the highest scoring player on the slate. Kyrie Irving would be the number two and Kevin Love the number three, though I could see Love having a little bit of an easier time. Tristan Thompson has some appeal as well in this situation. Both Deron Williams and Channing Frye end up as decent punt options I believe.

The Celtics revolve around Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford. Thomas needs to score to accumulate points to make value, but Horford has a lot of ways he can come through. Jae Crowder would be my next option because of his ability to put up numbers in all categories. Avery Bradley has some upside but just isn’t my favorite option. Marcus Smart has some appeal as well in this one, and it’s hard to ignore Kelly Olynyk’s upside, though it’s foolish to expect a repeat of Monday.

This slate will be a long one, as the next Western Conference game will be on Saturday, so this is going to be quite the break [and we’ll possibly see another slate in between with a Cavs/Celtics game in there]. The game will switch over to San Antonio as the home team. That doesn’t change much. Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are the main guys we want to target here, and Draymond Green would be the next option we’d look at. Klay Thompson is still too expensive. It’s possible that Zaza Pachulia could be a decent option, as well as Shaun Livingston, pending the status of Andre Iguodala.

It’s too early to tell if Kawhi Leonard will end up back in the lineup, but I’d think he will be. As long as he plays, he’s the top option on this team. If he plays, that also makes LaMarcus Aldridge a better option at his price. You’d like it would be the opposite, but I still don’t see this team doing well without Kawhi. Patty Mills remains a viable option in this situation, as does Pau Gasol. We can look to punt guys like Manu Ginobli, David Lee and Jonathon Simmons to round out lineups.

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