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5 FREE FanDuel and DraftKings NBA DFS Picks 5/8

NBA DFS has a seven-game slate on DraftKings and FanDuel, and a five-game slate on 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 – Russell Westbrook, PG, WAS @ IND O/U 248.5

This kind of feels like cheating at this point. We get the triple double machine Russell Westbrook in a game with the highest implied total on the slate. How do we not roster him? 

Russ dropped 81.75 DraftKings points on Indiana five days ago? Will the Pacers try extra hard to slow him down or will we get a repeat performance? I don’t know about 80 fantasy points but I do know that nobody is slowing Russ down at this point.

DraftKings NBA DFS Target – Darius Bazley, PF, OKC @ GS O/U 223

Bazley is averaging 36.6 DK points over his last three games including a 32.25 fantasy point game against Golden State on Thursday. I’m looking for Baz to pick up where he left on Thursday and drop another 30+ fantasy point game.

FanDuel NBA DFS Target – T.J. McConnell, PG, IND vs WAS O/U 248.5

So FanDuel finally did it. By “it” I mean they set Russell Westbrook’s salary at a price that’s too rich for me. Don’t fret, our boy T.J. McConnell is there for us.

We have to have pieces of a game with a near 250 implied game total. Why not grab a point guard that won’t cost you 12k? T.J. averaged 35.9 FD points over his last three games. He’s priced at 6.2k today so we’d need 43.4 FD points for 7x value. I think he’ll be close to that number.

FanDuel NBA DFS Target – Kelly Olynyk, C, HOU @ UTA O/U 225.5

I know it’s kinda crazy but Olynyk is priced at 8.1k. He’s definitely earned the increase in salary by averaging 48.9 FD points over his last five games. If we throw out the dud 29.3 FD point performance against the Warriors, the number becomes 53.8 FD points. He’s ballin’ right now and I say ride the hot hand.

NBA DFS Lineup Winning Pick – Domantas Sabonis, C, IND vs WAS O/U 248.5

I like Westbrook in general but I feel he’s too expensive on FanDuel to make him today’s winning pick. No problem at all. We’ll just grab the best player from the opposing team.

Sabonis is averaging 63.4 DK points and 59.45 FD points over his last four games since returning from injury. I see a similar output in the cards for Sabonis tonight.

Today’s Photo Credit: Abel Cheung

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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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