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Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Value Plays for May 26

Matt Meiselman and Jeff Pratt join The Sweat to give their favorite DraftKings value plays for tonight’s NBA slate.

DraftKings contributors Matt Meiselman and Jeff Pratt join The Sweat to give their favorite DraftKings value plays for tonight’s NBA slate.

Watch today’s entire episode of The Sweat below!

Set your DraftKings fantasy basketball lineups here: NBA Showdown $600K Shootaround [$150K to 1st] (DAL vs GSW)

Video Transcript

Matt Meiselman:

There are some cheap guys I like, but the first way I’m saving cash is to not play Steph Curry. My favorite Warriors player for this game is Draymond Green, and it’s been a while now since he’s had a really good game in the playoffs in terms of fantasy points. And for one reason or another, he keeps losing minutes. We were actually on track to having the first really good Draymond fantasy game of this series in Game 4, but then the Warriors didn’t have to play their starters for the entire fourth quarter until the last couple minutes, and Draymond wasn’t one of the guys who came back in the game anyway. It was only, I think, Steph, Klay and Wiggins that came back in. So Draymond only played 25 minutes and he scored 30 fantasy points. I think that because the big game isn’t there yet, the ownership stays a little low, and this is too cheap of a price for Draymond. Like sure, I get that Kevon Looney has played well, but he’s $600 more than Draymond Green only? That’s a little nuts to me. Just one other thing to add here, we don’t know yet if Otto Porter Jr. is going to play, so that could change some things if we find out he’s in the lineup.

Jeff Pratt:

I think you have to look at potentially rolling the dice with Maxi Kleber or Jonathan Kuminga, which is not very enticing when you say that at first. But if Kleber can reproduce what he did in Game 4 when he finished with 33 DK fantasy points, you’re getting great bang for your buck at $4400. The problem is, with Kleber, as we know and as we’ve seen throughout this series, he could be an absolute no-show.

And then on the other side you have to like Kuminga, because he’s so cheap. He scored 23+ DK fantasy points in two of his last three games. The problem with him is it seems like he only gets significant run when it’s a blowout on either side as Matt alluded to earlier. With what we’ve seen in the series, I’m not ruling out a blowout tonight, especially for Golden State. They’re at home with a chance to close it out and get some rest going into the NBA Finals. I also think that he has earned some minutes moving forward in the regular rotation with how he’s playing, especially if Otto Porter is out tonight, but I’m not Steve Kerr, I don’t make those decisions. Regardless, all that said, at $2800, it feels like it’s worth taking a shot on Kuminga tonight.

Matt’s Pick: Draymond Green ($7,600)

Jeff’s Picks: Maxi Kleber ($4,400), Jonathan Kuminga ($2,800)

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