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

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!

Once again, we are back with a two game NBA DFS slate. Game one will see Cleveland travel to Toronto with their 2-0 lead looking to get one step closer to eliminating the Raptors. After that, the San Antonio Spurs will head to Houston to try to get one up on the Rockets.

LeBron James is unquestionably the first guy you should consider on the slate. He’s been insane as expected during the playoffs. Kyrie Irving had a nice game, and his game translates nicely to this series, so don’t hesitate to go there. Kevin Love did pretty bad in the last game, but he’s still a top tier option, especially with the price drop. I’m fine with using the trio of Channing Frye, Tristan Thompson and Deron Williams as tournament punts.

The Raptors just don’t look like they are in the same class as the Cavs, which is crazy, because I just don’t think the Cavs have it in them defensively. Kyle Lowry has been the best of the bunch so far. DeMar DeRozan has been awful thus far, but isn’t someone you can write off. The price is still high, but he can snap back into it at any second. Serge Ibaka is the only other one I am interested in looking at on this team.

The Spurs were dealt a tough blow on Wednesday when Tony Parker was injured, and he will miss the rest of the playoffs. Kawhi Leonard will be asked to do even more now with the offense, and will look to both LaMarcus Aldridge and Patty Mills to help. Aldridge’s price is falling because he has been pretty bland in this series. Whichever one of David Lee or Pau Gasol is in the lineup should also be considered in this game as well.

Thus far in the series, we haven’t seen a big explosion out of James Harden, but there is a good chance that it’s coming. Outside of him, I think there are quite a few options, but not every one is going to pay off. Trevor Ariza, Clint Capela, Lou Williams, Eric Gordon and Patrick Beverley could all be in good spots to have good games. I would expect this to be a closer game than the last one.


Jimmy Butler (9300/8900) – 

Kawhi Leonard (8500/8100) –

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (4500/4700) – 


Tobias Harris (6000/6200) –

Enes Kanter (5500/5200) –

Jon Leuer (4800/4900) –


Dwight Howard (7500/7000) – 

Myles Turner (7100/7200) –

Mason Plumlee (6500/5900) –

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