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NBA DFS Plays: Saturday 5/4

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: May 4, 2019, 12:24 pm ET

There’s only one NBA Playoff matchup on Wednesday, as Denver will face Portland in Game 2 of the series. Because of this, the following write-ups will be devoted to Single Game DFS formats on FanDuel and DraftKings.  We’ll parse through top picks and bargains along with strategy notes for each daily fantasy site.

Tip-off is at 8:30 ET tonight, so you have plenty of time build a quality lineup and enter some contests.  

Best of luck!

TOP PLAYS

James Harden – Houston

You better believe Harden will be my Captain on DraftKings and MVP on FanDuel. The Rockets are playing at home while falling down 0-2 in this series, and Harden will be pulling out all the stops to bring the Rockets back. The MVP candidate only posted 39 fantasy points through 34 minutes in Game 2, but his vision was compromised after sustaining an eye injury. After taking three days off, he’s expected to be a full-go with no lasting effects on Saturday. Lock him in without hesitation!  

Klay Thompson – Golden State (FanDuel)

I love Thompson’s salary on both sites, looking at $10.5k on FanDuel and $7.6k on DraftKings. You may be tempted to look towards Clint Capela at a similar price, but Golden State represents a terrible matchup for the Houston big man. Meanwhile, Thompson saw 41 minutes in each of the first two games in this series. Sure, his fantasy production is tied to getting open looks and converting, but I believe he’s worth the risk on this single game slate. Klay looked good in Game 2 with a solid 21 point, five rebound performance (37 fantasy points). There’s upside for more, as Thompson is only shooting 41% from the field so far against the Rockets.  

BARGAIN PLAYS

Andre Iguodala – Golden State

My strategy is pretty simple tonight: I’m looking towards Harden as the top pick, Thompson for mid-range value, and Iguodala as a bargain choice. The decision from there comes down to fit within salary constraints between Chris Paul, Draymond Green, and Stephen Curry. Sure, I like Kevin Durant, but Harden is the better play in my opinion, and you are sacrificing too much when stuffing both in the same lineup … Regardless, Iguodala is a key part of my strategy in this single game contest. He has been a beast in the postseason with 28 or more fantasy points in five of eight playoff games. He’s averaging 33 minutes through the first two games of this series, and the Warriors will keep feeding him playing time while enjoying the matchup advantages he brings to the table.

Eric Gordon – Houston

Gordon’s fantasy prospects depend on whether or not he’s getting open looks and knocking them down. Case in point, he had 36 fantasy points in Game 1 and 14.4 fantasy points (despite tallying 15 real points) in Game 2. However, you know Gordon will see a full helping of minutes, and he’s the cheapest fantasy asset that actually sees regular playing time. That alone puts him in consideration as a bargain filler on both FanDuel and DraftKings.

Kevon Looney – Golden State (DraftKings)

This is more of a DraftKings recommendation, as Looney is dirt-cheap with a $2800 salary over there. The backup big man saw 15 minutes in each of the first two games against Houston, posting 11 and 12 fantasy points respectively. That’s not terrible when considering the non-imposing salary along with the ability to combine top shelf stars in this single game slate. If you need a “punt” to make the rest of your lineup work, Looney is the guy.  

Spencer Limbach

Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.