NBA DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 5/7/17

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!

Sunday is a rare day in the postseason, especially in the second round, where we will have three games on the same day. Cleveland will look to close out the Raptors in the afternoon, then Boston looks to go one further up on Washington. The last game of the night will see San Antonio look to take a 3-1 lead on the Rockets.

The Cavs will try to close things out tonight, and I believe it will happen. LeBron James is the easy choice of who to build around on this slate. Kyrie Irving has been trending up as well. Kevin Love hasn’t, but his price continues to drop, so there is some upside if he performs. I still like guys Tristan Thompson, Deron Williams and Channing Frye as punt options.

The Raptors opted to sit Kyle Lowry, or rather not start him, on Friday night due to his ankle. As of this writing, and it is still very early in the game, Lowry has not checked in. If he misses again, Cory Joseph will remain a top tier play. DeMar DeRozan still does not look right when shooting, but I still have faith that it will come around. Serge Ibaka is in play here as well, and Jonas Valancunias could be useful if you think he’s going to see a fair amount of minutes.

Boston lost the last game in the first quarter last time, so they will have to be a little more serious this time out. It’s the same players as usual. Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford are the top options here, and truthfully, I have a hard time getting excited about the others. Jae Crowder is the other starter I would look at. As usual, Terry Rozier, who saw such little time off the bench last time, is a punt option.

The Wizards will start and finish off John Wall. He’s the main guy you want here in my opinion, possibly on the whole slate. Behind him, I would go with Bradley Beal and Otto Porter. Kelly Oubre Jr. will be suspended for the next game, but who that directly affects was probably already mentioned. Bojan Bogdanovic could also see more time. It’s unfair not to mention the fact that Marcin Gortat has actually been pretty good in this series.

Since losing the first game of the series, the Spurs have started to play quite a bit better. The main reason is Kawhi Leonard, and he definitely looks like a stud right now. LaMarcus Aldridge finally had the game I was waiting for him to have, and I think we should see it again tonight. Patty Mills is in a great position again, and as long as Pau Gasol is starting, he’s going to be worth a lock as well.

James Harden finally had the monster scoring game we’ve been waiting for, but he didn’t do much else. He’s probably below Wall, Kawhi and LeBron in my opinion today. At this point, I’m willing to whittle my list of players on the Rockets down to Harden, Clint Capela, Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon. Patrick Beverley is still a maybe, but I prefer the other guys a little bit more. They’ll need to come through here or it won’t be looking good for them.

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