NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Sunday 5/20/18
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.
James Harden (FanDuel Price: $17,500)
In the first two games of the Western Conference Finals (WCF), the Houston Rockets' offense has started and ended with Harden. The MVP finalist has taken 24 shots in both games and is posting a series-high 40.0% usage rate. He is averaging 34.0 real-world points even as he has shot just 33.3% from three on his 12.0 attempts per game. With 48.9 FanDuel points per game in the WCF, Harden has been the highest-scoring player in the series and will likely be again in Game 3. His capacity for big DFS performances -- he has logged seven games with at least 55 FanDuel points this postseason -- makes him the ideal MVP play on Sunday.
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