The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – May 8, 2021 (5/8/21)
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.
Russell Westbrook – Is Westbrook going to cost you a pretty penny on this slate? Yes, he is but he is also going to be worth it as Westbrook is doing stuff that frankly we have not seen by any other player in the NBA. Westbrook is triple-doubling on almost a nightly basis and has at least 70 fantasy points in three of his past four games. One of those 70 plus fantasy point games was against the Pacers who he faces tonight. That game was actually the second time in his two meetings against the Pacers that Westbrook has gone for 70 plus fantasy points. In those two games, Westbrook is averaging 24.5 points, 17.5 rebounds, 22.5 assists, 1.5 steals, a block, and 81.75 fantasy points.
Malachi Flynn – Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet along with a host of other Raptors players have been ruled out for tonight’s contest and that puts Flynn back on my radar. With those two players out Flynn should play over 30 minutes and when Flynn plays a ton of minutes he tends to produce. Flynn has at least 23 fantasy points in the 11 games he has played 30 plus minutes. In those 11 games, Flynn is averaging 33.39 fantasy points in those games.
Desmond Bane – I was super high on Bane in Memphis last game and he put up a dud with only 10.4 fantasy points in his 21 minutes of action. While that game was bad I am going right back to Bane tonight with Grayson Allen out. Bane should start with Allen out and should play heavy minutes. Bane also had been playing well prior to the game against the Pistons with at least 30 fantasy points in each of his previous two games. The match-up against the short-handed Raptors also is in Bane’s favor as the Raptors rank in the bottom ten in fantasy points allowed per game and defensive efficiency to shooting guards this season.
Armoni Brooks – The Rockets are a hard team to figure out right now as they have a billion players on the injured list. We really need to see which of the Rockets players that are questionable tonight are going to play before we really decide who to target on their team. Kevin Porter Jr. is the player that I am going to be watching the most. With that being said regardless of Porter’s status or the status of some of the other Rockets players on this slate I really like Brooks. Brooks has played at least 30 minutes in three of the Rockets’ last four games and has at least 24 fantasy points in each of his past two games.
Rui Hachimura – I really like the small forward position as a whole tonight but outside of Kevin Durant there isn’t a player that jumps out at me that I have to have in my lineups. With that being said a player that I currently have a ton of exposure to on this slate is Hachimura. Hachimura missed the Wizards’ past two games due to an illness but is expected back tonight with no limitations. If that is the case we should see Hachimura play minutes in the high 20’s and low 30’s as he has played at least 29 minutes in four of his past five games. Hachimura has not just played solid minutes but he had been performing at a solid level with at least 18 fantasy points in each of his past five games including a big-time performance in his last game with 27 points and seven rebounds on his way to 39.4 fantasy points. That game was against the Pacers who are an excellent match-up for Hacimura as they rank in the bottom five in defensive efficiency and fantasy points allowed per game to power forwards which is Hachimura’s actual position.
Domantas Sabonis – I don’t love the power forward position tonight as there are question marks throughout the position. I am hoping as the day moves on the position becomes clearer with who your options are. With that being said there is one clear-cut top play at the position in Sabonis. Sabonis is actually one of the top plays on this slate regardless of position as he has been playing that well since his return from injury. In those four games, Sabonis is averaging 26.3 points, 14.8 rebounds, ten assists, and 1.8 steals. Sabonis has at least 46 fantasy points in each of those games and has gone for over 65 fantasy points in two of the four games. One of those 65 plus fantasy point performances was against the Wizards who the Pacers happen to face tonight. With the Wizards allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to centers this season which is the position that Sabonis is getting the majority of his minutes, there is no reason to believe that Sabonis doesn’t dominate them once again.
Kelly Olynyk – Is the match-up a good one for Olynyk? Heck no it’s an awful one. Is Olynyk expensive and likely overpriced? Yes, he is. While those are two red flags that I normally avoid I cannot do it with Olynyk. Olynyk is playing lights-out basketball right now. In his past eight games, Olynyk is averaging 21.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 2.9 steals+blocks. Olynyk has at least 45 fantasy points in seven of those games including back-to-back 50 plus fantasy point performances. Both of those games were without Christian Wood in the Rockets’ lineup which is looking like the case once again tonight.
Khem Birch – Birch has played really well since Chris Boucher went down with an injury. In those eight games, Birch is averaging 13.3 points, nine rebounds, 1.9 assists, a steal, 1.3 blocks, and 32.74 fantasy points. With the Raptors dealing with not only Boucher’s injury but a ton of other injuries as well as an elite match-up against a Memphis team that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to centers this season there is no reason to believe that Birch doesn’t have another big game tonight.