The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – May 4, 2021 (5/4/21)
In this article, we will be breaking down some of our favorite plays on the slate at their positions. Please note that players on DraftKings have multi-position eligibility and may not always match their position on FanDuel. Remember to always keep your eye on the news as the day progresses as NBA news changes the slate frequently.
LaMelo Ball – Ball returned to the Hornets lineup two games ago after missing about six weeks due to injury and while Ball has not been at his best he still has been damn good. Ball is averaging 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 2.5 steals in those two games. Ball has at least 35 fantasy points in each of those games. One of those games was against the Pistons who he faces again tonight. With the Pistons ranking in the bottom half of the league in fantasy points allowed per game and defensive efficiency to point guards this season there is no reason to believe that Ball doesn’t have a similar type of performance tonight.
Delon Wright– The Kings are going to be without De’Aaron Fox who has missed the past five games due to Covid reasons and Tyrese Haliburton. With both of those guys out, we should see Wright move into the Kings’ starting lineup and play heavy minutes against a Thunder team that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to point guards this season. That is enough of a reason for me to roster Wright but if you need even more of a reason look at what Wright has done as a starter this season between the Pistons and Kings. In his starts, Wright is averaging 11.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 2.3 steals+blocks.
Terence Davis – I hate the shooting guard position. I plan on spending as least amount of salary as possible on the position tonight. My favorite of the cheap shooting guards as of now is Davis. Davis has played at least 20 minutes in each of the Kings’ past three games and has at least 20 fantasy points in each of their past two games. Davis also should be in line for more minutes tonight with all the injuries the Kings are dealing with in the backcourt as I talked about a bit earlier in this article. The match-up against the Thunder also helps in my attraction to Davis as the Thunder don’t defend shooting guards well at all. This season the Thunder rank in the bottom five in fantasy points allowed per game and defensive efficiency to the position.
Kent Bazemore – I was on Bazemore heavy last night against the Pelicans and he paid off for me with 34.6 fantasy points. Bazemore now has produced at least 30 fantasy points in each of his past four games and is averaging 39.1 fantasy points per game during this stretch. With Kelly Oubre Jr. still out and another match-up against the Pelicans, I don’t see why I wouldn’t run it back with Bazemore tonight.
Cedi Osman – Darius Garland is out for tonight’s game and that makes Osman an elite play. Osman normally moves into the starting lineup whenever a member of the rock band SexLand is out and he normally plays well. Just look at the past four games with one of either Garland or Collin Sexton out. In those four games, Osman is averaging 14.75 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.75 assists, and 1.5 steals+blocks in 36 minutes of action. Osman has at least 26 fantasy points in each of those games. The only real drawback I have with Osman tonight but not enough to make me not roster him is the match-up against the Suns is the worst in the NBA. The Suns allow the least amount of fantasy points and have the best defensive efficiency against small forwards this season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – The Greek Freak returned from his ankle injury against the Nets who he happens to face tonight and was flat out dominant. In that game, Antetokounmpo went for 49/8/4 with three blocks and a steal on his way to 75.6 fantasy points. That was the fifth straight game that Mr. ABC produced over 55 fantasy points and in those games, he is averaging 63.46 fantasy points. If we look at just his numbers against the Nets this season we will see that Antetokounmpo is averaging 41.5 points, ten rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.5 blocks, and 69.75 fantasy points. If you can only play one stud tonight the two-time reigning MVP is the man I want.
P.J. Washington – Washington might be a bit overpriced by a couple of hundred dollars but I am okay with overpaying for him on this slate based on the way he has played since returning to the Hornets lineup. In those nine games which include a game that Washington only played 13 minutes, Washington is averaging 19.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 2.1 steals+blocks. Washington has at least 30 fantasy points in seven of those nine games. Washington is not just playing well but I also like the match-up against the Pistons. The Pistons rank in the bottom ten in both defensive efficiency and fantasy points allowed per game to big men.
Khem Birch– I am hoping that some major value opens up at the center position as the day goes on as currently, I don’t love the position. There are only three or four centers that I even have in my pool as of this writing and I don’t really feel great about any of them. The center that I have the most exposure to currently and the one that I feel most comfortable about is Birch. Birch had a bad game against the Lakers with only 18.3 fantasy points but had been playing strong basketball in Chris Boucher’s absence. In the previous five games with Boucher out Birch averaged 14.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.4 steals+blocks, and 35.4 fantasy points