The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – May 6, 2021 (5/6/21)
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.
Ja Morant – Point guard is loaded tonight and it is hard not to roster at least one of the studs. With that being said I like Morant to put up numbers similar to some of the elite point guards tonight at a fraction of the cost. The reason why I like Morant to put up huge numbers tonight is the fact that he put up huge numbers last night with a 37/4/10 stat line on his way to 61.8 fantasy points and finds himself in an elite match-up against the Pistons. The Pistons are just not a good team and have struggled against point guards as of late. In their past 15 games, the Pistons are allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to the position.
Alex Caruso– Awesemo’s twin brother is one of the best overall values on this slate as he is staring with Dennis Schroder and LeBron James out. Caruso has started each of the Lakers’ past two games and played at least 26 minutes in each of those games. Caruso is not just getting the minutes but he is playing well with at least 18 fantasy points in each of those two games. In fact, Caruso has at least 18 fantasy points in each of the past five games he has played over 20 minutes.
Desmond Bane – I don’t mind Bane over on FanDuel due to the shooting guard position not being a strong one. On DraftKings where Bane is only $3,600 in salary, I don’t see how he is not in your lineups as he is playing heavy minutes and playing lights out. Bane has played at least 25 minutes in each of the Grizzlies’ past three games and in his past two games he is averaging 22 points, six rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals. Bane has at least 33 fantasy points in each of those games. While the minutes could go away for Bane tonight with Grayson Allen in his second game back with the Allen played last game I have faith that Bane continues to play big minutes tonight. I also love the match-up for Bane tonight as the Grizzlies take on the Pistons who are trash and have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to shooting guards over their past 15 games.
Kevin Durant – Lot’s of stud players on this slate with Durant being my favorite of the bunch as he has been lights out since his return from injury. In those five games which also includes two games he was on a bit of a minutes restriction, Durant is averaging 33.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.4 steals, and a block. Durant has at least 54 fantasy points in four of those five games. While the Mavs have been an elite defensive team against small forwards this season I just don’t see them being the team to slow down the Slim Reaper.
Bogdan Bogdanovic – Bogdanovic is one of the safer mid-range players on this slate as he has been consistently putting up numbers for the Hawks. Bogdanovic has at least 30 fantasy points in 11 of his past 12 games. In those games, Bogdanovic is averaging 22.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.6 steals, and 37.78 fantasy points.
P.J. Washington– Washington missed the Hornets last game for personal reasons but is going expected back tonight and I am a huge fan of him tonight despite him putting up a dud against the Bulls last time they played. In that game, Washington only played 13 minutes and had less than ten fantasy points. No one really knows why Washington played limited minutes in that game but I doubt it happens again tonight as he has been playing minutes in the upper 30s on a nightly basis. Washington has not just been playing heavy minutes but he has been playing well with at least 30 fantasy points in seven of his past nine games which includes that game against the Bulls. The Bulls are also an elite match-up for centers which is where Washington is getting the majority of his minutes as they rank in the bottom five in fantasy points allowed per game and defensive efficiency to centers over their past 30 games.
Nikola Vucevic – Vucevic missed the last two games for the Bulls due to injury but is expected back with no restrictions tonight. If Vucevic truly doesn’t have any restrictions he is by far the best center on this slate as he has at least 44 fantasy points in nine of his past 11 games. Vucevic has also played well against the Hornets who he faces tonight this season. In his three games against them, Vucevic is averaging 22.7 points, 13.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 45.9 fantasy points.
Dwight Powell – Powell is another player that I don’t love on FanDuel due to the elevated salary on that site but don’t see how you can avoid him on DraftKings. On DraftKings, Powell is only $3,500 in salary which is an absolute steal based on the way he is playing. Over his past two games, Powell is averaging ten points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and 2.5 steals. Powell has at least 33 fantasy points in each of those games and has at least that amount of fantasy points in three of his past four games that he has played at least 20 minutes which he is a lock for tonight with both Kristaps Porzingis and Maxi Kleber out with injury. The match-up with the Nets is also in Powell’s favor as they rank in the bottom ten in fantasy points allowed per game and defensive efficiency to centers this season.