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Fantasy Basketball Picks Today: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for May 14

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There are two games tonight, with the No. 2 seeds from each conference in action. Home court has reigned supreme in the East while the West has consisted of road warriors, as home court has been trampled in every contest like Genghis Khan pillaging all of Asia. Can Minnesota adjust to the adjustments made by Denver? Can New York figure out how to play without OG Anunoby, who has been instrumental? Tyrese Haliburton ($8,700) and Jamal Murray ($7,600) are questionable. Keep track of all the pertinent injury updates at DK Live.

DraftKings Sportsbook has NYK -2.5 over IND at home. The total is 216.5. DEN is -4 over MIN at home. The total is 205.5. Log into DK Sportsbook for the updates.

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Guard

Stud

Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves ($7,600) – I will likely be going with a more balanced lineup tonight, eschewing the higher-priced players. Murray had some struggles early in the series, as the full-court pressure and perimeter defense of the Timberwolves were daunting, making life difficult and sapping him of energy. Denver adjusted by having Gordon or Jokic bring the ball up the court, then having Murray come off screens or dribble handoffs. Murray went for over 40 DKFP in the last two games. I’m curious to see what adjustments Minnesota makes on defense. Gobert didn’t play in the first two games while returning for the last two contests. He’s an amazing protector of the paint, but there are limits to what defenses can be employed with him on the court. Therefore, I like Murray to continue his ways.

Other Options – Jalen Brunson ($9,500), Anthony Edwards ($9,200)

Value

Alec Burks, New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers ($3,900) – Burks was out of the rotation once the playoffs began, but then Anunoby succumbed to injury and he was thrust back into the spotlight. He played 22 and 23 minutes, contributing 25.5 and 30.25 DKFP. The defense suffers tremendously without Anunoby on the court, and the Pacers can put up points, so the bucket-getting ability of Burks will likely be called upon again.

Other Options – Mike Conley ($5,700), TJ McConnell ($5,100), Miles McBride ($4,000), Ben Sheppard ($3,300)


Forward

Stud

Aaron Gordon, Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves ($6,200) – Gordon is coming off a game in which he shot 11-of-12 from the field, 2-of-2 from downtown and 3-of-3 from the line, resulting in 50.75 DKFP. I don’t expect that to happen again. But, but, but….Gordon has been unleashed. Before arriving in Denver, Gordon was the alpha in Orlando, garnering a high usage rate, so he knows how to get buckets if the ball is thrown to him. He became a complementary piece in Denver, but he has been asked to tap into his Orlando past. He is not supplanting Jokic or Murray, but the added usage and responsibility provide more opportunities for fantasy goodies.

Other Options – Josh Hart ($7,800), Pascal Siakam ($7,500)

Value

Aaron Nesmith, Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks ($4,900) – I’m not crazy about the value at forward and the price on Nesmith doesn’t make me want to rip off my shirt and go running around the block. There is also risk of foul trouble for Nesmith because he has become the primary defender of Brunson. And he’s a low-usage player. Man, I’m writing myself out of this recommendation. Barring foul trouble, Nesmith is going to play over 30 minutes and he has gone over 20 DKFP in three of the four games this series.

Other Options – Jaden McDaniels ($4,300


Center

Stud

Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks ($6,600) – Turner has put up at least 30 DKFP in three of the four contests. He gets plenty of good looks and can make it rain from downtown. He rebounds and contributes defensive stats. Because he is so perimeter-oriented, the risk of an inefficient shooting night is elevated, as the 3-for-11 in Game 2 showed. That said, he’s going to play over 30 minutes and the price is very palatable, especially since he has 50-DKFP ceiling.

Other Options – Nikola Jokic ($11,300), Karl-Anthony Towns ($6,900), Rudy Gobert ($6,300), Isaiah Hartenstein ($6,000)

Value

Precious Achiuwa, New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers ($4,300) – I do not like the value at center. Reid is an option, but he’s become a liability on the defensive end with Gordon tapping into his Magic days, resulting in fewer minutes. Achiuwa will likely play at least 24 minutes because of the Mitchell Robinson injury. He has failed to reach 20 DKFP in the last two games but I’ll take the minutes floor over the uncertainty of Reid.

Other Options – Naz Reid ($4,500)

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