FanDuel Single-Game Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Celtics at Heat (5/29/22)

After a 12.5% salary decrease, Boston's Marcus Smart stands as numberFire's top value option at the guard positions. Which other players should we consider for Sunday's pivotal Game 7 matchup?

In a traditional FanDuel NBA lineup, you have a $60,000 salary cap to roster nine players. The salary cap is the same in the single-game setup, but the lineup requirements are different.

You select five players of any position. One of your players will be your MVP, whose FanDuel points are multiplied by two. You also choose a STAR player (whose production is multiplied by 1.5) and a PRO (multiplied by 1.2). Two UTIL players round out the roster, and they don't receive a multiplier for their production.

This makes the five players you select essential in more than one way; you need to focus on slotting in the best plays in the multiplier slots rather than just nailing the best overall plays of the game.

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

Celtics-Heat Overview

Team Implied Total O/U Spread
MIA 96.5 195.5 2.5
BOS 99 195.5 -2.5

Player Breakdowns

At The Top

Jimmy Butler ($16,000): After a 83.8 fantasy performance in Game 6, Butler's FanDuel salary has moved 6.7% to his highest point in May. In 207 minutes this series, Miami's offensive leader is averaging 1.32 FanDuel points and 0.51 shot attempts.

Jayson Tatum ($15,500): The Celtics' stud forward is numberFire's third ranked value option with a 3.05 rating and a 47.2 FanDuel point projection. The 24-year old has displayed his versatile skill-set against a tough Miami defense, producing 0.62 real-life points, 0.13 assists, and 0.20 rebounds per minute.

Jaylen Brown ($14,000): In 115.86 minutes while playing on Miami's home court this series, Brown has accounted for 0.96 FanDuel points and 0.45 field goal attempts.

In the Middle

Al Horford ($13,000): Despite inconsistent real-life scoring, Horford is still averaging 0.90 FanDuel points in a 180 minute sample size. Boston's big man currently ranks fifth overall with a 32.7 fantasy expectation.

Kyle Lowry ($12,000): numberFire's second rated guard with a 27.9 FanDuel point expectation. In 35.8 projected minutes. Miami's veteran per-minute expectation includes 0.31 real-life points, 0.11 rebounds, and 0.18 assists.

Bam Adebayo ($11,000): After a 12% salary decrease to his lowest point this series, Adebayo stands as Sunday's top value option with a 3.59 rating and a 39.5 fantasy projection. In 215 playoff minutes versus Boston, the Heat center is averaging 0.83 FanDuel points, 0.37 real-life points, and 0.22 rebounds.

Marcus Smart ($10,500): At his second lowest salary point, Smart is an intriguing option after a 12.5% drop in his FanDuel salary. In 141 postseason minutes versus a Miami unit allowing 41.1 FanDuel points per game to point guards, Smart has produced 0.93 fantasy points, 0.15 rebounds, and 0.18 assists.

At The Bottom

Derrick White ($9,500): In 75.66 minutes when playing a second unit role this series, White is averaging 1.10 FanDuel points, 0.31 shot attempts, and 0.47 real-life points.

Max Strus ($8,500): After a 10.5% salary decline, Strus is numberFire's fifth rated guard in value with a 2.16 rating.

Grant Williams ($8,000): The Celtics' 23-year old forward has recorded 0.54 FanDuel points per minute in a role behind Robert Williams and Al Horford during the Eastern Conference Finals.

Victor Oladipo ($7,500): numberFire's second rated value option among guards with a 2.32 rating and a 18.2 fantasy expectation in 19.9 projected minutes.