Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks for the Two-Day 5/15/16 and 5/16/16 Slate
If you've never played daily fantasy basketball before, it's time to start. Unlike traditional leagues, you're able to select the players you want on that specific day only, giving you a different squad to root for each and every NBA night.
Our projections can be found here. The information below is to help you understand why particular players are in good spots, because we don't want you going into the night completely blind. We want to help you. Keep in mind, however, that things often change up until tip-off, and this two-day slate could make injury news even more difficult to handle.
Oh, and if you're interested, check out our daily fantasy basketball heat chart for this slate. It's full of information like Vegas lines, team offensive and defensive efficiency ratings, pace, fantasy points against and so much more.
As for the picks for this slate -- let's get to it.
The Best of the Best
Kevin Durant ($10,100 on FanDuel) - Durant has put together three great games against the Golden State Warriors this year. In those three contests, he is averaging 60 fantasy points per game on FanDuel. He is putting up 36.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists in those three contests. Durant matches up well against the fast-paced Warriors and will have plenty of opportunities to produce. He shot 36 of 68 (52.9 percent) in the regular-season series, which is just below his season shooting percentage -- so the points weren't a fluke.
Dwyane Wade ($8,300) - There are actually three high-priced shooting guards with this two-game slate, and Wade is my favorite of the three. He runs the offense in Miami, and without Hassan Whiteside, he will continue to be called upon even more. Wade went for 45.7 fantasy points when Miami was in a win-or-go-home situation in Game 6. They are obviously in the same situation again tonight as they travel across the border into Toronto for Game 7. He is having his way against the Raptors while averaging 39.7 fantasy points per contest.
Top Mid-Range Values
Goran Dragic ($6,400) - Dragic went off in Game 6 for 42.4 fantasy points. The Slovenian was fantastic as the Heat forced a Game 7. He wasn't nearly as successful in first 5 games, but he still averaged just over 24 fantasy points per contest. The Miami game plan was extremely effective, and it will be hard for them to go away from it in Game 7. No, he may not take 21 shots again, but he will be very involved in the offense for about 38 minutes.
Bismack Biyombo ($5,700) - Biyombo has been inserted in the starting lineup and is bringing a lot of value each and every game. He is averaging 28.3 fantasy points in the three games this series since taking over for the injured Jonas Valanciunas. Valanciunas is nowhere close to being ready so the opportunities will continue be there for Biyombo. He was great during the regular season in expanded roles, and that has continued into the playoffs. He is averaging 9.0 points and 10.7 rebounds as a starter this series.
Steven Adams ($5,200) - Adams was let off the chain a bit in the last series, and he came up huge for the Oklahoma City Thunder as they knocked off the San Antonio Spurs. Adams averaged 28 fantasy points in the six games against the Spurs. While the minutes may regress a little due to Golden State's ability to play really small with Draymond Green at center, Oklahoma City coach Bill Donovan proved he is willing to keep Adams on the floor against LaMarcus Aldridge. The same could happen versus Green. Adams is athletic enough to stay with Green, and with his height advantage, Adams may dominate on the offensive glass.