NBA Finals Game 1 DFS Picks
The NBA Finals are upon us and the Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers for the fourth straight year. Here’s our Daily Fantasy Predictions for Game 1 of the series.
In a single game format on DraftKings, players get to selection six options at any position with a $50,000 budget. Tonight’s game features a lot of star power, but only so much money to spend. DraftKings offers a King Spot for your first pick, giving you 1.5x the value for every point scored.
Warriors’ Stephen Curry, $16,500 (1.5x value): LeBron is priced at $22,500 for this option, which is nearly half of your salary. While it seems like he has to do it all, he admits that he is in a feel-out mode for series openers. I don’t think he will be his usual dominant self. For me, Curry is my top play. He has been rolling heading into this series and Cleveland doesn’t have the talent to match up with him.
Warriors’ Draymond Green, $8,800: Green has been a do-everything player for the Warriors, especially at home. He is consistently putting up over 40 fantasy points on his home floor. While dealing with an ankle issue, I think he will be fine for Game 1 tonight and run through a weak Cleveland frontcourt.
Warriors’ Klay Thompson, $7,800: Thompson gets a pretty reasonable price for a guy that scored 57.5 fantasy points in his last home game. We all know what Thompson can do when he is hot and he tends to be stronger at home than on the road. Cleveland will probably have to focus on using James to stop Durant, which leaves the door open for the Splash Brothers.
Cavs’ Kevin Love, $7,400: Love still may not play, but if he does, I think he is a great value at his price. Golden State tends to run a pretty small lineup, so that opens the door for him to pick up a lot of rebounds for Cleveland. The Cavs will need his scoring as well. If he plays, I think Love can put up a big total.
Cavs’ Tristan Thompson, $5,600: Thompson gives the Cavs an interesting option to control some of the gameplay. With the Warriors usually going smaller, Cleveland could try and counter and go big to keep the Warriors from attacking the paint. It’s a pick-your-poison option, but Cleveland may feel keeping the Warriors on the arc may be their best chance. If so, Thompson should see big minutes and definitely could see some offensive output.
Cavs’ Kyle Korver, $3,200: Given the amount of scoring the Warriors can put out, the Cavaliers are going to need to find answers. Korver is their top 3-point shooter and he should take on a bigger role in the offense in this series. I expect Korver to have a bigger game than usual tonight.