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NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 6/13/19

Back at Oracle Arena for Game 6, who can we count on for big fantasy performances as the Raptors look to lock up their first NBA championship?

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.

Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors ($16,500)

The battle between Kawhi and Stephen Curry for the top fantasy asset in the series hasn't really been as close as it might seem. Yes, Kawhi has out-scored Curry in only three of the five games in this series, but two of those three were by at least 15 fantasy points, while Curry's highest edge was only 14.7. And on a per-game basis, Kawhi is out-scoring Curry by a shade more than six fantasy points. When we factor in the MVP bonus, that becomes an even more significant 12.6 points.

Curry's biggest game, with 70.1 FanDuel points, also came with Klay Thompson on the shelf. Excluding Game 3, Kawhi is averaging 9.2 more FanDuel points than Curry. With a difference of only $500 in their salary and a close 2.5-point spread in tonight's game, Kawhi is once again the top option for your MVP spot.

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