The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – May 13, 2021 (5/13/21)
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.
Ben Simmons – I am going to like Simmons a lot more tonight if Joel Embiid sits but even if Embiid plays I still like Simmons at his salary. Simmons’s salary is still low due to the way he had been playing after his return from injury but Simmond is starting to round back into form. Simmons has come close to a triple-double in each of his past two games for the 76ers and has at least 35 fantasy points in three of his past four games.
Malachi Flynn – The Raptors have given up on the season and are resting Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet once again tonight. Those two guys being out puts Flynn back in play. With both of those guys out the last two games, Flynn has played at least 25 minutes and has at least 29 fantasy points. For the season, Flynn is averaging 32.09 fantasy points in the 15 games he has played at least 25 minutes.
Tyler Herro- If Jimmy Butler plays tonight I am not going to be on Herro as much. I personally don’t think Butler plays after leaving early in the Heat’s last game. Herro started the second half for Butler against Boston and played a total of 34 minutes. Herro not only played big minutes but he had big production with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists on his way to 41.7 fantasy points. That was the second game out of his past three that Herro played at least 30 minutes and had at least 35 fantasy points.
Terence Davis – Davis is a player that I have written up a lot in this article recently and even with his salary starting to creep up I think he is still underpriced as he has been playing lights out basketball. In his past four games, Davis is averaging 19.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and two steals. Davis has at least 29 fantasy points in each of those games and is averaging 35.78 fantasy points during this stretch. Davis is not just playing well right now but he also is in a great match-up against a Memphis team that has the fifth-worst defensive efficiency against shooting guards this season. Davis would also get another boost if Buddy Hield who is questionable were to join the host of other Kings guards in street clothes tonight.
Michael Porter Jr. – I am not in love with Porter’s salary on DraftKings where he is $8,600 in salary but on FanDuel where he is only $7,400 in salary I don’t see how you don’t roster him with the way he has been playing. Porter has at least 39 fantasy points in three straight games for the Nuggets and has at least 38 fantasy points in nine of his last 11 games. The Wolves are also not a team that should slow Porter down as they are one of if not the best match-up in the NBA for small forwards. This season the Wolves have allowed the most fantasy points per game to small forwards and have the seventh-worst defensive efficiency to the position.
Maurice Harkless – If you have been reading this article lately you know that I have been targeting the Kings for fantasy purposes due to the sheer number of injuries they are dealing with. Harkless has been one of my favorite Kings’ players to target as of late as he is playing big minutes and putting up big fantasy production. Harkless has played at least 25 minutes in each of the Kings’ past four games and is averaging 33.5 minutes during this time period. In those games, Harkless is averaging 13.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, three assists, 2.6 steals+blocks, and 30.2 fantasy points.
Domantas Sabonis – There are a lot of elite stud power forwards on this slate once again and once again Sabonis is my favorite of the bunch. Sabonis has just been unstoppable since his return to the Pacers lineup. In those seven games, Sabonis is averaging 24.6 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists, and 2.3 steals+blocks. Sabonis has at least 46 fantasy points in each of those games and is averaging an out of this world 62.07 fantasy points during this stretch.
Jaren Jackson Jr. – Triple-J didn’t play in Memphis last game due to the back-to-back but should be back in their lineup tonight and I really like him. Jackson is still on a bit of a minute restriction after missing most of the season due to injury but has looked really good in his past three games. In those games, Jackson is averaging 16.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, an assist, 2.7 steals, 1.7 blocks, and 35.23 fantasy points.
Khem Birch – The Raptors are resting Chris Boucher after he made his return from injury last game along with the rest of their starting five. That has to put Birch on your radar as Birch played well with Boucher out previously. In those nine games, Birch averaged 12.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, a steal, and 1.2 blocks. Birch had at least 25 fantasy points in seven of those games and averaged 32.12 fantasy points during this stretch. Birch not only played well during this stretch but the match-up against the Bulls is also a positive one. This season the Bulls have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to centers.
Chimezie Metu – Marvin Bagley is expected to be out once again for the Kings and that has to put Metu on your radar. With Bagley out last game, Metu moved into the Kings’ starting lineup and played extremely well. In his 29 minutes, Metu went for 11/5/2 with a block and two steals on his way to 28 fantasy points. That was the second straight game that Metu played over 25 minutes and had at least 28 fantasy points.