Here we go with Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and Heat. Los Angeles is currently listed as 4.5 point favorites with an over/under of 218.
We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.
Please note, these player picks were organized early in the day. For NBA contests, always check injury news or rotational decisions closer to game time. Rotoworld’s NBA News & Headlines Feed is an excellent resource to keep you in the loop.
Tonight’s single-game slate begins at 9:00 ET.
Anthony Davis - PF - LA Lakers (DK: $12,000 / FD: $14,500)
There’s not much else to say about Davis, as he has been dominant in this postseason. Sure, he occasionally defers to LeBron James in the points category, but the two superstars have proven their ability to coexist for fantasy purposes. Davis has been above his lofty average (51 FPPG) in 12 of his last 16 outings in the bubble. Now he’s facing a Miami team that ranks 21st in defensive efficiency to opposing power forwards. In other words, there’s a good chance “AD” has the most fantasy points of the night, and he’s cheaper than LeBron on both sites.
Dwight Howard - C - LA Lakers (DK: $5,000 / FD: $8,000)
Howard joined the starting lineup in Game 4, coming through with 30 fantasy points in 22 minutes. He followed that up with 24 fantasy points in a whopping 35 minutes in Game 5. That level of playing time was likely matchup-driven against the Nuggets, but Howard should continue to see around 20 minutes after stepping up in back-to-back games. That’s enough to consider him as a value play through all formats on both FanDuel and DraftKings.
Alex Caruso - PG - LA Lakers (DK: $3,000 / FD: $7,000)
Caruso is has developed a “cult following” within the DFS community as well as NBA Twitter. The guard from Texas A&M should be at it again with his typical 25 minutes off the bench. That has translated to 22+ fantasy points in two of his last four outings. The other side of that coin represents a 12 point fantasy floor, so keep that in mind. However, Caruso profiles as a capable bargain filler to help you stack Davis/James/Adebayo in the same lineup.
LeBron James (SF - LAL) can be combined with Davis on FanDuel and DraftKings. That’s the route I’m likely taking in cash games. One of these guys will come through with a massive performance, and the other shouldn’t be far behind from a fantasy standpoint. I personally like Davis in the Captain/MVP spot, as he’s cheaper (for DK) while likely being underrated (compared to James) in that situation.
It’s possible to jam Bam Adebayo (C - MIA) alongside Davis and James on FanDuel. The salary cap is looser over there, and you don’t have to pay extra for your MVP. Rolling with Davis/James as your MVP and Star makes sense, then taking Adebayo in the PRO spot. Bam dominated the Celtics with a 48 FPPG through six games. The matchup against LAL could be a little tougher, but Adebayo should still come through while seeing around 38-40 minutes.
Jae Crowder (SF - MIA) represents a solid mid-range option to give you some salary relief. He has posted 28+ fantasy points in eight of his last ten games, and I’m expecting Crowder to see plenty of minutes in this series to keep cruising.
Andre Iguodala (SF - MIA) is cheap, but I believe he represents an optimistic bargain tonight. He should be called upon to guard LeBron James in stretches, which will give him upside in playing time. “Iggy” is fresh off a 26 FP outing (27 minutes) against Boston. We can’t expect that level of production, but he should contribute while holding a minimal price tag. He’s probably a better value filler on DraftKings than FanDuel.