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NBA Daily Plays Thursday 5/16

by Renee Miller
Updated On: May 16, 2019, 1:49 pm ET

NBA Daily Plays


This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your DFS lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

There’s only one NBA playoff game per night from here on out, so we are dealing exclusively with the Showdown format. We’ll parse through top picks and bargains along with strategy notes for each game.


Tonight’s game tips at 9:05 ET.  



Stephen Curry – Golden State (vs. Portland)


Curry did almost exactly what I expected on Tuesday, knocking down nine three-pointers (I said eight) en route to a fairly easy win for the Warriors. The spread is the same tonight – Warriors minus -7.5 – but Curry’s increased salary now makes him the most expensive option on this showdown slate. He’s very much still worth the price, especially since there are ample bargains to balance your budget. 


Draymond Green – Golden State (vs. Portland)


I’m on the fence between Green and Klay Thompson for my second star option, but I’ll go with Green simply on the basis of his multi-category excellence. He’s nabbed double-digit rebounds in his last six games, of which three were double-doubles and one was a triple-double. He blocked three shots in Game 1 of this series to go along with two steals. He’s often No. 2 in assists for the Warriors as well. The consistency of his final stat line, regardless of where exactly it comes from, makes him a must play in this series. On the other hand, Thompson is shooting well, and has taken at least 20 shots per game in his last three games, but if that goes south, he typically lacks the peripheral production you want in a multiplier slot. If you’re getting a big enough discount on Klay, ride the hot shot, but where pricing is closer, I’m prioritizing Green. 





Rodney Hood – Portland (at Golden State)


Damian Lillard and/or C.J. McCollum will have their fantasy day in this series, I believe it, but I think it comes in Portland. Right now the Trail Blazers are struggling and it’s their role players that are the main source of any hope in keeping pace with the Warriors in Oakland. Hood was a surprise active Tuesday night after hyper-extending and bruising his knee, and although he looked like he had a slight limp at times, played 26 minutes Tuesday and tied McCollum and Maurice Harkless with 17 points. He’s a pure shooter, but he’s played a critical role in the Trail Blazers’ post-season run and for the price, he’s a pretty easy play tonight. 


Enes Kanter – Portland (at Golden State)


The price difference between Kanter and Andre Iguodala, who has been a revelation for the Warriors in the playoffs (again), is small enough that it makes Kanter and his massive double-double potential very hard to fade. His defense is lacking, but given that Portland is out of big man options, as long as his shoulder is close to okay, Kanter’s minutes aren’t going anywhere. Iguodala has been steadily productive in a variety of ways, but Kanter’s upside is undoubtedly higher. 


Kevon Looney – Golden State (vs. Portland)


Looney is a bargain option good for 20-25 fantasy points. He’s grown more comfortable in an expanded role in the last three games, and as long as Kevin Durant is out, he should be a serviceable DFS play. The best thing about him? In each of those three games, he has at least one stat in every category. Golden State forced a lot of turnovers in Game 1 – something Portland avoided in Round 2 – and three of those were credited to Looney. He isn’t going to have the upside of some other, higher priced options, but he also shouldn’t hurt your lineups tonight.