The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – May 14, 2021 (5/14/21)
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.
Before we get into plays today, I want to note that there are a lot of games on this with little significance and a lot of players who could end up sitting once we get closer to game time. I don’t want to use the word “mess”, but this slate could be a mess, so make sure to double-check all statuses before your final decisions.
Russell Westbrook – People are going to waffle on the $12,800 price point here, but the truth is until Westbrook hits like, $14,000, he is in play and almost a free square. Over Westbrook’s last six games, he is averaging 41 minutes per, 25 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 18 assists. This is not longer averaging a triple-double, this is averaging 78 fantasy points per game in absolutely slate-defining performances. I am not going to fade Westbrook to be cute right now. There is enough value to make this price work.
Armoni Brooks – The Rockets are just trying to fill minutes right now and with Kevin Porter and Christian Wood still out, the reigns are there for the taking game to game. Khyri Thomas only has four games in a Rockets uniform, but has averaged 30.4 minutes and 34.9 fantasy points per game. There is an argument here to roster Thomas at just $5,800, but I think Brooks offers a similar upside at $1,000 cheaper. Over Brooks’ last six games, he is playing 29.3 minutes, shooting 48% and averaging 28.1 fantasy points. Over his last four games, he has cracked 36 fantasy points twice and has attempted 14 or more shot attempting in 3 of his last five games. Brooks is coming off the bench right now, but still breaking 30 minutes more times than not.
Budd Hield – With the Kings still banged up, Buddy Hield has been the key piece to the Kings’ offense with Delon Wright. Over Hield’s last six games, he has averaged 37 minutes per game with 18.8/6.3/5.7 averages. This play will come down a bit to the status of Harrison Barnes and Marvin Bagley, though the Kings may not have anything to really play for being eliminated from playoff contention.
Jalen Harris – Harris is playing big minutes for the Raptors – honestly mostly out of nowhere. Harris has played 29 and 25 minutes over his last two games, averaging 26 fantasy points per contest. This article is being written a little ahead of time, but as it stands now, Harris has played 18 minutes first-half minutes on Thursday night against the Bulls while Gary Trent has yet to touch the floor. Harris is just $4,100 and appears the Raptors starting shooting guard for now.
Kyle Anderson – As previously noted, this slate is a bit all over the place. The Small Forward position is no exception, with a lot of question marks, including Kawhi Leonard likely resting, Brandon Ingram in a good spot, but questionable, and Michael Porter Jr. a little bit overpriced. Anderson isn’t anyone flashy, but he is someone that you can count on for a solid floor. Over his last seven games, Anderson has averaged 29 minutes per game and 30.5 fantasy points. This is pretty in line with his season as a whole, where he has averaged 27 minutes and 29.2 fantasy points. Anderson plays the same Kings team tonight that he faced on Thursday, in which he scored 14 points, with five boards, nine assists, and two blocks. If Harrison Barnes returns, then the matchup gets a little tougher, but my money is on him being closer to out than in. At $5,700, this is a safe play in a slate of potential land mines and I think the Grizzlies end up resting some key players.
Deandre’ Bembry – The Raptors have very little incentive to play any starters the rest of the way and with Gary Trent Jr. being a surprise DNP-CD on Thursday, it becomes more apparent the intentions of the Raptors. Add in the fact that Yuta Watanbe was injured on Thursday night and Bembry started for him in the second half, and the signs point pretty easily to Bembry grabbing a Friday start for us at under $4,000. This is a weird time for NBA DFS, where injuries and tanking influence our decisions heavily. With the Raptors likely running out a starting five that hasn’t seen much time together on the floor, we don’t necessarily have the usage data we would want. Only eight players touched the floor for the Raptors on Thursday night.
Kelly Olynyk – Out, out, out – this is pretty much what the top of the PF position looks like. Porzingis has been limited to around 25 minutes and Olynyk’s minutes have been dwindling though his production has stayed up. While dwindling is a bit extreme, it is worth noting that he has played only 29 and 25 minutes over his last two games. Over his last four games though, Olynyk has played 31.2 minutes with 23.8 points, nine boards, and seven assists. While the minutes have dipped slightly, Olynyk is still averaging 51.9 fantasy points over his last ten days. The Clippers are likely to be resting a lot of starters in this game, so the Rockets may actually have a fighting chance to stay in a game – though with them tanking it is certainly not their intentions.
Brandon Clarke – This one is a little bit of a gut call here, but I have a feeling that the Grizzlies rest some starters, more noteably guys like Valacunias and Jaren Jackson I think could see some rest here, therefore Clarke may be set up for more minutes. This is all very hypothetical of course, and as the day goes on more value will likely open up. But at the time of publishing this early in the day, we obviously don’t have the injury reports to make those final decisions on. This is the hardest day of the year to really write content for as it will be a pretty sloppy slate with it being this late in the season.
Chimezie Metu – Metu got a boost on Thursday night with no Marvin Bagley, and Bagley’s status is up in the air for Friday as well. However, Richaun Holmes left Thursday’s game early in the game with a knee injury. So regardless of the status of Bagley, there should be big-man minutes to fill here. Metu has now played over 27 minutes in three straight games and is averaging over 28 fantasy points. Metu played 34 minutes on Thursday night.