The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – May 10, 2021 (5/10/21)
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 – Westbrook is going to cost you an arm and a leg then your first and second-born child. Westbrook is also going to be the most popular player on this slate. Expensive players that are chalky are players I tend to avoid in GPPs but that is not going to be the case with Westbrook tonight. I am all in on Westbrook as he is unstoppable right now. I lost count of the number of triple-doubles Westbrook has recently and Westbrook has at least 70 fantasy points in four of his past five games. Westbrook is also going to get a huge boost with Bradley Beal out for tonight. This season when not sharing the court with Beal, Westbrook has seen a 5.8% increase in usage to 36.0% and is averaging 1.49 fantasy points per minute with Westbrook off the court this season.
Khyri Thomas –I don’t know much about Thomas outside of him being one of the biggest benefactors of all of the Rockets’ backcourt injuries. The injuries to a host of players gave Thomas a chance and he is making the most of them. In his two games since joining the Rockets, Thomas is averaging 21.5 points, four rebounds, two assists, 1.5 blocks, and four steals. Thomas has at least 33 fantasy points and is averaging 1.57 fantasy points per minute. While I don’t think Thomas can continue to rack up steals and continue to produce at a 1.5 fantasy point per minute rate we should still see Thomas play a lot of minutes and there is no reason to believe he doesn’t produce in the 30 plus fantasy point range which would pay off his salary.
Caris LeVert – It doesn’t sound like Malcolm Brogdon is going to be back for the Pacers tonight and that makes LeVert one of my favorite players on this slate. LeVert has played well since joining the Pacers went not sharing the court with Brogdon with a 29.5% usage rate and 1.24 fantasy points per minute and those numbers have taken a huge leap the past two games. In those two games, LeVert is averaging 33 points, 8.5 rebounds, ten assists, 1.5 blocks, and two steals. LeVert has at least 63 fantasy points in each of those games and at least 50 fantasy points in three of the past four games with Brogdon out.
Danilo Gallinari – Small forward is a great place to save at tonight as they don’t really have any expensive players at the position. Khris Middleton is the most expensive player at the position at $8,300 in salary. Gallinari is one of my favorite of the cheaper small forwards on this slate as he has been solid the past three games. In those three games, Gallinari is averaging 19.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, three assists, 2.7 steals+blocks, and 39.83 fantasy points.
Kenyon Martin Jr. – If both Christian Wood and Kelly Olynyk play tonight I might be off of Martin. If one of the two is out I am all over Martin as he continues to play well when given minutes as has been the case in the past three games with Wood out. Martin played at least 39 minutes in each of those three games and averaged 25.3 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and 1.4 steals+blocks. Martin has at least 42 fantasy points in each of those games. The match-up against the Trail Blazers is also a positive one for Martin as they rank in the bottom ten in defensive efficiency against power forwards for the season and have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to the position over the past seven games.
James Johnson – Zion Williamson is out for the foreseeable future and that makes Neck Tat an elite play. In the five games that Williamson has missed previously since Johnson joined the Pelicans, Johnson is averaging 15.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.8 blocks. Johnson has at least 28 fantasy points in four of the five games and is averaging 33.24 fantasy points per game in those games.
Kevon Looney – Looney is a great source of value on this slate at only $4,000 in salary on both sites. The reason why I feel Looney is a great source of value tonight is due to the way he has been playing especially in the Warriors’ past three games. In those games, Looney is averaging 4.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, a block, and 20.7 fantasy points in 27.7 minutes of action. Tonight despite the bad match-up against the Jazz we should see similar production from Looney with the chance for even better production as he is likely to pick up some extra minutes due to the match-up against the Jazz.