FanDuel Single-Game Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Nets at Bucks (6/17/21)

The NBA scene changes 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 bunch of other great resources to help give you an edge.

Daily fantasy NBA is very reliant on opportunity, so you'll need to make sure that you're up-to-date with key injuries and COVID-19 situations. Our projections update up until tip-off to reflect current news and we also have player news updates.

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

Let's take a look at who you should target for tonight's matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets, which tips off at 8:30 PM Eastern.

All injury updates are via the NBA's official injury report or numberFire's player news.

Read this piece by Brandon Gdula for some excellent in-depth analysis on how to attack a single-game slate in NBA DFS.

MVP Considerations

Kevin Durant ($16,000) - Considering what Durant did in Game 5, it's hard not to lean his way for the MVP slot. KD racked up 49 real-life points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks en route to a 96.4 FanDuel-point performance. And yes, that's without multipliers. The 32-year-old has now garnered at least 51.5 in all but one game this series, including more than 60 in two of his last three. Of course, he did play all 48 minutes just two days ago, so fatigue is a possible factor here to consider.

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($15,000) - Though it was dwarfed by Durant's historic performance, Giannis did garner 59.4 FanDuel points in Game 5, and he's likely to be just as aggressive (if not more) with the Bucks looking to force a Game 7. For what it's worth, numberFire's algorithm has the Greek Freak edging the Slim Reaper by 61.8 fantasy points to 59.7.

Khris Middleton ($13,500) - James Harden is playing on one leg and Jrue Holiday hasn't eclipsed 34.6 FanDuel points all series, which leaves Middleton as the likely top option for the third multiplier spot. Khash has dropped 51.5, 44.8, and 40.3 fantasy points in the last three games, which means that he's now managed at least 44.8 in three of his four home contests this postseason.

Other Options: Jrue Holiday ($12,500), James Harden ($14,000)

Utility Considerations

Joe Harris ($9,000) - At some point, Harris is bound to have a blowup game, it's just a matter of when that will come. The sharpshooter hasn't eclipsed 12.3 FanDuel points in any of his last three games, and he's shooting just 20% from the field during that stretch. Given that Harris shot 50.5% from the field and 47.5% from three during the regular season, this funk is unlikely to last.

Pat Connaughton ($8,500) - Connaughton has now amassed 31.9 and 21.7 fantasy points in his last two outings, and with Milwaukee likely to shorten their rotation for Game 6, he should be in line for a larger role. It'll be close to impossible to match his upside for a salary under $9,000 tonight.

Other Options to Consider: Landry Shamet ($8,000), Bryn Forbes ($7,000)