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5 FREE FanDuel and DraftKings NBA DFS Picks 5/12

NBA DFS has six games on DraftKings, FanDuel, and SuperDraft. These are the early morning Top 5 NBA DFS Picks for DraftKings and Fanduel. Be sure to dive into the NBA DFS Rankings, Cash Picks, and Player Pool or the GPP Picks and Player Pool afterward. And of course, the Rise or Fall NBA DFS Projections, ownerships, player ratings, and data are a good place to start for daily fantasy sports.

Top 5 NBA DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks

DraftKings NBA DFS Target – Kevin Durant, PG, BKN vs SA, O/U —

I’m going right back to Kevin Durant tonight. Kyrie Irving left last night’s game early after being on the receiving end of an elbow from Nikola Vucevic. If Irving and Harden are to remain out tonight the load will fall on Durant’s shoulders and we’ve all seen what he’s capable of. The Nets are only a game up on the Bucks for the #2 seed in the East so look for the Nets to win this game (duh) to keep home-court advantage should they have to face Milwaukee in the playoffs.

DraftKings NBA DFS Target – Blake Griffin, PF/C, BKN vs SA, O/U —

I’ve been impressed with Griffin over his last three games. For Griffin specifically, I’m only interested should Kyrie miss tonight’s game. Over his last three games, Griffin has averaged 26 minutes per game and is scoring is averaging just above 14 points per game. At his salary of only $4,700, it won’t take much for him to pay off his NBA DFS salary.

FanDuel NBA DFS Target – Jayson Tatum, PF, BOS @ CLE, O/U —

I want all the Jayson Tatum I can get tonight over on FanDuel. The usage left behind by Jaylen Brown has to be absorbed somewhere and I like Tatum to assert himself as “the man.” In 11 games without Jaylen Brown this season Tatum is seeing a 31% usage rate. Tatum averages 37.6 minutes per game, 28.8 points, 7.7 boards, 4.4 assists, and a combined 2.3 steals and blocks. The Celtics have not yet clinched a playoff spot so look for them to lock one in with a win tonight.

FanDuel NBA DFS Target – Kyle Kuzma, SF, LAL vs HOU, O/U —

The Lakers are possibly going to be without LeBron James and Anthony Davis tonight. Kuzma will need to have a good game for the Lakers to keep their playoff hopes alive. Even if Kuzma fails to exceed expectations at his salary ($5,000) he’ll only need 25 FanDuel points to hit value. He’ll have the benefit of playing against a bad Houston Rockets team. I don’t mind looking at a few of the Lakers’ value pieces such as Alex Caruso, Talen Horton-Tucker, and even Andre Drummond.

NBA DFS Lineup Winning Pick – Russell Westbrook, PG, WAS @ ATL, O/U 239.5

Did someone say, Russell Westbrook? Yes, I did. I love me some Russ in tournaments tonight. His price is up to a ridiculous $12,400 on DraftKings and $12,600 on FanDuel. This man has been on a mission. If you’re a game log watcher you’ll see that he’s practically an automatic triple-double. He’ll be the main man again tonight as the Wizards will be without Bradley Beal. There’s not a lot of need at this point in the season to keep beating a dead horse, just know Westbrook is going to put up a lot of fantasy points and look for the value to fit him in.

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NBA DFS Core Builds (Building Blocks)

The NBA DFS Core Builds are also referred to as our NBA DFS Building Blocks. Each staff member identifies the core players they would build their cash or GPP lineup around for both DraftKings and FanDuel. These NBA DFS Picks are basically the Building Blocks of their NBA DFS Lineups.

NBA DFS GPP Pivots (Slate Breakers)

The NBA DFS GPP Pivots is for those chasing glory in DFS tournaments on both DraftKings and FanDuel. The goal here for our staff is to identify a GPP pivot, often a price point pivot away from a chalky player, that could potentially break the slate and win you a tournament. Have you ever seen the guy that is lower-owned and went nuclear in tournaments and you think to yourself, “I should have pivoted to him?”. Our goal is to identify those GPP Pivots.

NBA DFS Picks Rankings

The NBA DFS Picks Rankings will be a staple to your daily fantasy basketball research. This list of players is compiled by a staff member while they are making a player pool for DraftKings and FanDuel. These players then get ranked in the form of Tiered Rankings, which you often see in Fantasy Basketball or Fantasy Football. These Tiered Rankings will help you identify the value in both NBA DFS Cash Games and NBA DFS GPP’s as it shows you who they value more at each position than other players.

NBA DFS Picks and Pools (Cash Games)

The NBA DFS Picks and Pools for Cash Games is clutch for anybody who wants to play those on either FanDuel or DraftKings. These are identified in the Tiered Rankings and player notes. This small list of players gives you a road map to putting together an NBA DFS Lineup each and every night.

NBA DFS Picks and Pools (GPP Priority Picks)

The NBA DFS Picks and Pools for GPP’s is crucial for Single Entry players. This list of priority picks are players with slate winning upside each night. They aren’t just the top projected players, they are picks that take into consideration the Rise or Fall ownership projection, tournament leverage, and daily fantasy basketball roster construction.

NBA DFS Strategy and Player Notes

In the NBA DFS Picks Rankings, there is a section for strategy and player notes. These are written up in the form of analysis for the player and best use of the player for DFS. In addition to the notes, being a part of the Rise or Fall Discord Chat is a fantastic way to discuss Draftkings, FanDuel, and SuperDraft with both members and staff. Everyone is in there picking each other’s brains all day long and enjoying DFS together.

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