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DraftKings and FanDuel NBA DFS: Friday, May 13

Which players should you target in DraftKings and FanDuel DFS tonight?

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors look to close out the series with the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6.

We have a Game 6 in every conference semifinal, and we couldn’t ask for any more as NBA fans. With that said, that means every game is an elimination game, and it’s going to leave these rotations extremely thin.

Injury Report

Core Plays

Stephen Curry (PG/SG – GSW): $9,200 DraftKings, $9,400 FanDuel

Playing the motivation game can be dangerous in DFS, but this has to be a spot where Curry goes crazy. The former MVP was horrible in Game 5, but he had at least 38 DraftKings points in each of his previous eight games before that. He also provided a 46-point average in that span as well, but we genuinely believe that’s his floor in this spot. The Warriors have their final home closeout game in this series, and that alone should force Curry into one of his most prominent roles of the season.

Al Horford (PF/C – BOS): $7,200 DraftKings, $7,600 FanDuel

Horford has been outstanding since Robert Williams III went down. The big man has at least 35 DK points in five straight games, averaging over 45 fantasy points per game in that span. That’s tough to find from a player in this price range, and it’s clear that Big Al is one of the focal points of this offense right now. We love that his rebounds, minutes, and shot attempts have skyrocketed since Williams’ injury, making Horford one of the safest plays out there.

Cash Game Considerations

Giannis Antetokounmpo (PF/C – MIL): $11,900 DraftKings, $12,000 FanDuel

Fading Antetokounmpo is the biggest mistake you can make on this slate. Everyone will use him, but it’s because he’s going to be in every optimal lineup. The former Kia MVP has at least 61 DK points in four of his last five games, which is amazingly close to his ridiculous season average. Just get those guaranteed 50-60 fantasy points and figure things out from there!

Tyus Jones (PG – MEM): $5,700 DraftKings, $7,200 FanDuel

If you’re using Antetokounmpo on DK, you have to pair him with Jones. These two have been in every cashing lineup over the last two slates between these four teams, with Jones being the best value out there. He’s got 37 and 47 DraftKings points since the Ja injury, and it’s clear he’s the primary ball-handler in his absence. Using a starting point guard who will play 40 minutes is simply impossible to fade in this price range!

GPP Targets

Jaren Jackson Jr. (PF/C – MEM): $7,000 DraftKings, $7,900 FanDuel

Jackson Jr. has been too good to be in this section, but his duds worry us a bit. Those have been far and few between in this series, with Jackson scoring at least 28 DraftKings points in six straight games en route to a 40-point average in that stretch. It’s challenging to find that big of an upside from a player in this price range, but it’s easy to understand why. Jackson leads the team with a 32 percent usage rate, with Ja Morant on the sidelines, averaging nearly 1.4 DK points per minute!

Bobby Portis (PF/C – MIL): $5,200 DraftKings, $5,900 FanDuel

Picking between Brook Lopez and Portis is tough, but this guy has been the better player for most of the year. He showed that in Game 5, scoring 39 DK points in a reserve role. BP had a 31-point average in a starting role during the regular season, and he’s simply one of the best bets for a double-double. The loss of Khris Middleton is a major benefit to his fantasy value, and it makes him one of the best GPP plays out there.

Value Plays

Pat Connaughton (SG/SF – MIL): $4,400 DraftKings, $4,500 FanDuel

Connaughton has become the de factor Sixth Man for this Milwaukee team. He’s played at least 31 minutes in three straight games, averaging 22 DK points per game across 31 minutes in that stretch. Any player this inexpensive should always be used if he’s going to play 30-plus minutes. You might be discouraged by the 22-point average, but it’s still a great value from a $4K player.

Steven Adams (C – MEM): $4,500 DraftKings, $5,400 FanDuel

Adams was just $3,400 on DK during Game 5? What were they thinking? In any case, his price hasn’t risen enough because he’s been one of Memphis’ best player in this series. Adams regained the starting role was Ja went down, scoring 28 DK points in Game 5 and 38 DK points in Game 4. He did that damage in fewer than 25 minutes a night, and he’s simply dominating the paint against this small team. The Kiwi is also one of the only $5K players who’s a good bet to record a double-double.

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