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NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Saturday 5/18/19

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.

Stephen Curry ($17,000)

Without Kevin Durant, the golden boy has returned. Curry has scored 33, 36, and 37 actual points sans KD in the past three games. He is 17-for-40 from three-point range in those games and has taken 20-plus shots in each contest. He clearly is the lead dog without Durant on the court. If you need more persuasion, he has 34.9%, 32.3%, and 37.2% usage rates in each of those games. Prior to the last three, it had been eight games since Curry had a usage rate of 30%, so it is abundantly clear that for as long as Durant is out, Curry will be the top guy for the Golden State Warriors.

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