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5 FREE FanDuel and DraftKings NBA DFS Picks 5/16

NBA DFS has a 10-game slate 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.

**NOTE** I’ll be playing pretty light today. There’s just too much uncertainty in regards to playing time and how seriously teams will take the games.

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

DraftKings NBA DFS Target – Jimmy Butler, SF, MIA @ DET O/U 215

Butler is listed as questionable today so don’t blindly throw him in your lineups. Butler is averaging 38 DraftKings points over his last three games, and 40 DK points in his last three games against the Pistons. 

I like Jimmy IF he plays and is slotted to play a normal amount of minutes. There’s no way to know at the time of writing.

DraftKings NBA DFS Target – Nikola Vucevic, C, CHI vs MIL O/U 223

The Bulls are going to miss the playoffs so the only thing they have to play for is pride. Unless they want to try and lose for a slightly better draft position. I’m going with pride though.

There’s no telling how long the Bucks starters will play because their fate MIGHT be decided by the Cleveland-Brooklyn game. Either way, I like Vuc to have a strong close to a really good season for him.

FanDuel NBA DFS Target – Trae Young, PG, ATL vs HOU O/U 231.5

Young is averaging 43 fantasy points over his last three games, and 52 fantasy points in his last three games against Houston. And the even better news is that Trae isn’t on the injury report at all. That doesn’t mean he’ll play the whole game so once again, make sure to stay up to date on the latest news.

FanDuel NBA DFS Target – Anthony Davis, PF, LAL @ NO O/U 223

The Lakers need to win to give themselves a shot at avoiding the playoff game. Anthony Davis can help them do this, and he gets to do it against his former team. I’m not generally big on narratives but that’s pretty sexy.

Davis has played well since re-returning from injury. He’s averaged 55 fantasy points over his last three games. He’s averaged 61 fantasy points in his last three games against the Pels. I’m rolling with Davis today.

NBA DFS Lineup Winning Pick – Luka Doncic, PG, DAL @ MIN O/U 230.5

Luka has the questionable tag today but I’m expecting him to play. The Mavericks, Portland Trailblazers, and Los Angeles Lakers are mired in a playoff position threesome. My understanding is Dallas controls their own destiny so why wouldn’t Luka play?

Doncic is averaging 40 fantasy points over his last three games, and 38 fantasy points in his last three games against Minnesota. I’m looking for a big game from Luka as he and Dallas seal up their playoff position.

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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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