NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Sunday 5/13/18
If you're new to daily fantasy basketball -- maybe you started your DFS journey during the MLB or NFL seasons, or maybe basketball is your sport and this will be your first year giving it a shot -- you're in for a treat. The NBA scene changes hugely on a week-to-week, day-to-day, and -- depending on injury news -- even a minute-to-minute basis, making every slate a unique one that requires an ever-changing approach.
With so much changing so quickly, we're here with plenty of tools to help you out. We have daily projections, a matchup heat map, a lineup optimizer, and a ton of other great resources to help give you an edge in our new Single Game Boost format for the Conference Finals.
For these contests, you'll fill out a five-man roster with a $60,000 salary cap. Those five players include an MVP, a Star, a Pro, and two utility players. The MVP will have his FanDuel points doubled. The Star will have his fantasy points multiplied by 1.5. The Pro gets a multiplier of 1.2. The two utility players will return the standard FanDuel points.
We'll also be coming at you with this primer every day, breaking down a few of the day's top plays.
Let's take a look at who you should target on today's one-game slate.
LeBron James (FanDuel Price: $20,000)
James has crushed this postseason, leading all NBA players with 34.3 real-world points per game in the playoffs. He has dominated the action for the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking 23.0 shots per game while posting a 34.8% usage rate. All that work has paid off in DFS as the king is averaging a touch more than 63 FanDuel points per night in his 11 games played, including four games with at least 70 FanDuel points. This regular season versus the Boston Celtics, he had modest -- at least compared to postseason production -- performances of 63.7, 38.4, and 52.6 FanDuel points. His numbers were limited by playing just 33.9 minutes per game in the three contests, and we all know he will log more minutes on Sunday. James rarely leaves the court in the postseason, averaging 41.4 minutes per game this year. With by far the highest ceiling of the day, James is the ideal choice for your MVP slot.
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