The NBA playoffs continue with three games in Friday’s DFS fantasy basketball competitions. Get your team in the game with FanSided’s FanDuel daily picks.
The NBA had two games on Thursday, both of them series enders as the Raptors eliminated the Bucks and the Spurs eliminated the Grizzlies. In both games, the higher-seeded road team won to clinch things. There will be three more elimination games on Friday: the Wizards at the Hawks at 7:30 PM ET, the Celtics at the Bulls at 8:00 PM ET, and the Clippers at the Jazz at 10:30 PM ET.
In both Eastern Conference games, the higher seed on the road is the one winning 3 – 2 going in. The Wizards/Hawks series has been hard fought, with each team undefeated at home so far. It makes sense for this to be a toss-up series, because it’s a 4 – 5 match-up. The Celtics are the top seed in the East, but started the series by losing two straight to the Bulls in Boston…they have since won the last three in a row, though, to take the lead back. The Western Conference game is another 4 – 5 matchup, but injuries have dominated the series and, with Jazz the less injured team and playing at home, they seem to have all of the advantages going into Friday night.
My favorite plays of the day can be found on the following slides in FanSided’s FanDuel daily picks. Each day in order to offer a variety of price points at each position, you can find two slides for each position–one for high-salary options and one for high-value options. Each pick is ranked on a scale of 1-5 stars to indicate the confidence in the pick. The final slide of this post has more detail on what each level means, but in short, more stars means more confidence in the selection on a points-per-dollar basis.
Important note: Every day the goal of this post is not to give you a copy-and-paste lineup. Instead, each selection is given while highlighting the factors you need to consider when building a customized lineup for yourself. If you want to see an example lineup, you can find it on the final slide of the post, but I suggest you adjust your lineup to fit your personal taste.
To keep up with all of FanSided’s DFS NBA coverage head over to the fantasy basketball hub where each day you can find a post like this tailored for FanDuel as well as one specifically designed for usage on DraftKings. In this post, all salary and “fantasy points” references are to FanDuel’s scoring system and salaries. If you have any additional questions or thoughts or are looking for updates as we approach tipoff, follow @FanSidedFantasy on Twitter or you can follow my account @ProfessorDrz or find me on my home turf of The Hoops Lab.
Let’s take a look at your best options for both studs and value players at each position.