FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Sunday 5/1/22
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 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 basketball is very reliant on a player's opportunity, so you'll need to make sure that you're up-to-date with key injuries. Our projections update up until tip-off to reflect current news, we have player news updates, and the FanDuel Scout app will send push notifications for pressing updates regarding your players.
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 break down today's main slate on FanDuel.
|Team||Implied Total||O/U||Spread||Key Injuries|
Ja Morant ($10,000) - Despite a recent increase to his highest salary point since March 18th, Morant currently ranks as numberFire's top ranked guard with a 43.5 FanDuel point projection. The Grizzlies' superstar has been in stellar form so far this postseason, averaging 1.33 FanDuel points in a 222.32 minutes sample size.
Stephen Curry ($9,500) - Golden State's long-range savant is now playing a full range of minutes after Curry's workload was bumped to 36 and 37 in his last two contests. The 34-year old torched the Grizzlies in their last three meetings, accounting for 57.0 FanDuel points in 39.0 minutes.
Jrue Holiday ($8,100) - In Milwaukee's last three playoff games with today's current inactives, Holiday produced 0.96 FanDuel points and 0.47 field goal attempts in 102.86 minutes.
Desmond Bane ($7,300) - Despite a tough matchup against a Warriors' unit allowing 37.4 FanDuel points to shooting guards per game this regular season, Bane's FanDuel salary has moved up to his previous high point on April 1st. The Grizzlies' guard has been aggressive on the offensive end since their last lineup change on April 23rd, averaging 0.66 real-life points and 0.42 shot attempts per minute.
Jordan Poole ($6,800) - In 64.25 postseason minutes since Stephen Curry's playing time was increased on April 24th, Poole has produced 0.77 FanDuel points and 0.31 shot attempts.
Klay Thompson ($6,500) - numberFire's third rated guard in value with a 5.36 rating and a 34.8 FanDuel point projection. In 203.5 playoff minutes, Thompson is averaging 1.05 FanDuel points and 0.75 real-life points.
Marcus Smart ($6,300) - In an underrated matchup against a Milwaukee unit allowing 46.2 FanDuel points per game to point guards this regular season, Smart is another value option to consider with a 5.37 rating and a 33.8 FanDuel point expectation.
Grayson Allen ($5,600) - Milwaukee's red hot three-point specialist sees a 0.11 increase to 0.82 FanDuel points and a 18.8% usage rate in 749.8 minutes with Khris Middleton off the floor this regular season.
Dillon Brooks ($5,200) - numberFire's top value option at the guard positions with a 5.47 rating and a 28.4 FanDuel point projection. The 26-year old is overall producing 0.74 FanDuel points and 0.48 field goal attempts in a 199.78 playoff minute sample size.
Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,800) - Since the start of Milwaukee's postseason, Antetokounmpo's FanDuel salary has increased by 2.6%. In his past three encounters against the Boston Celtics this regular season, "The Greek Freak" averaged 28.3 real-points on 19.3 shot attempts.
Jayson Tatum ($10,300) - In 193.01 postseason minutes, Tatum has displayed his versatile skill-set, accounting for 0.77 real-life points, 0.13 rebounds, and 0.16 assists per minute. Boston's emerging superstar has performed well against the Bucks this season, recording 51.5 FanDuel points per game.
Jaylen Brown ($7,900) - The Celtics' forward will face off against a Bucks' unit allowing 41.8 FanDuel points per game to his position this regular season. Brown currently stands as numberFire's third ranked forward with a 41.3 FanDuel point projection.
Draymond Green ($7,000) - In the past week, Green's FanDuel salary has moved up 4.4% to his highest point since January. Golden State's emotional leader has produced 1.05 FanDuel point and 0.22 assists per minute in a 164.28 playoff sample size.
Bobby Portis ($6,200) - Since Middleton's injury, Portis is averaging 1.19 FanDuel points and 0.47 rebounds in 89.91 postseason minutes.
Brandon Clarke ($5.900) - Even at an elevated price, Clarke stands as numberFire's second ranked forward in value with a 5.53 rating and a 32.6 FanDuel point projection. The Grizzlies' forward has a sneaky matchup against a Warriors' team allowing 48.0 points in the paint this postseason.
Brook Lopez ($5,100) - The Bucks' starting center has accounted for 0.82 FanDuel points and a 22.2% usage rate in 113.4 minutes with today's current injuries.
Robert Williams ($4,900) - Despite seeing 29 total minutes in his two appearances during Boston's first-round series, Williams has recently been cleared for more playing time. In 442.8 minutes this regular season with Boston's most used starting lineup, "Time Lord" ranked third among his team in fantasy output (1.09) and real-life points (0.35).