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NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Saturday 5/4/19

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.

We'll also be coming at you with this primer every day, breaking down a few of the day's top plays at each price point.

Let's take a look at who you should target on today's one-game slate, which follows a different format than typical NBA contests on FanDuel. Your lineup consists of five position-less slots, with one designated "MVP" having their fantasy score multiplied by 2.0, a "STAR" multiplied by 1.5 and a "PRO" multiplied by 1.2, as well as two utility slots receiving their usual points.

Kevin Durant ($16,500)

While he is the second-highest priced player on the one-game slate, topped by only James Harden, Durant's upside is just as high as Harden's and KD could see less ownership. Durant has had a usage rate of at least 30.6% in five of the last six games while scoring 33 or more actual points in all five of those outings. His one game of fewer than 30 real-world points and less than a 30% usage rate came last time out, and in that one, he had a 28.4% usage rate and scored 29 real-world points, barely missing both markers. He has scored at least 45.5 FanDuel points in six straight games in these playoffs and has a phenomenal floor along with a huge ceiling -- making him a perfect for the MVP spot, where his fantasy score will be doubled.

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