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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (5/15/21): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

Here we are, the final weekend of the regular season. Although it is no longer a mystery regarding who will make it to the postseason, there is still a lot at stake as teams look to avoid the dreaded play-in tournament. With that in mind, things are starting early on Saturday, with the Bulls and Nets kicking off the slate at 1 pm (eastern). However, in this environment, things will be tougher to navigate, especially since so much can change between now and opening tip.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 5/15/21. These DFS lineup picks can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. You can also check out DraftKings lineup picks and injury news before lineups lock. Good luck, RotoBallers.

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Devin Booker, SG - @ SAS ($7,300)

Although the Suns likely won’t catch the Jazz for the top spot in the Western Conference, it still doesn’t hurt to try. Booker struggled against the Trail Blazers on Thursday, but he should bounce back with no issues against a depleted Spurs team. As long as this one doesn’t turn into a blowout, the 24-year-old could easily hit value.

T.J. McConnell, PG - vs. LAL ($6,500)

McConnell is in line to see a significant increase in fantasy potential if Domantas Sabonis and Caris Levert aren’t in uniform against the Los Angeles Lakers. He finished Thursday’s contest against Minnesota with nearly 45 fantasy points, a number that could have easily been higher had he not suffered a thumb injury during the game.

Lonnie Walker IV, SG - vs. PHO ($4,600)

DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, Rudy Gay will be absent on Saturday against the Suns. Dejounte Murray is listed as questionable, but it would be a shock if he were to suit up, especially since the Spurs have nothing to gain with a win. If Murray is out, Walker is one of the people who should benefit from a usage standpoint and in terms of +/- differential. As a result, it isn’t unreasonable to expect that the 22-year-old could lead the team in production against Phoenix.

Payton Pritchard, PG - @ MIN ($3,900)

Kemba Walker is out, so most of the minutes that are up for grabs will likely be distributed to Pritchard. He received 26 minutes off the bench during the team’s last matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers and finished with 15 points on 4-for-9 shooting from deep to go along with seven boards. Tremont Waters will likely start at the one; however, Pritchard is the player who should benefit the most.

Also Consider: Chris Paul ($7,900), LaMelo Ball ($7,500), Alec Burks ($5,000), Cameron Payne ($4,500), Aaron Nesmith ($4,300), Devin Vassell ($3,500)

 

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Julius Randle, PF - vs. CHA ($9,000)

The Knicks are heading to the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-2012 season. However, there is still plenty of work to do as the team looks to gain a spot or two in the Eastern Conference. With New York needing a win, Randle should see his usual allotment of minutes on Saturday, so he should be one of the safest options available.

RJ Barrett, SF - vs. CHA ($6,600)

Second, to his teammate, Julius Randle, Barrett is another safe option on this five-game slate. He racked up at least 40.4 fantasy points in two out of his last three outings and will be coming off a 24-point, nine-rebound performance against the Spurs on Thursday. His stock will only increase more if Derrick Rose can’t go.

Doug McDermott, PF - vs. LAL ($4,800)

With Domantas Sabonis questionable, the door may swing open for McDermott to continue to receive a healthy dose of minutes. He has been playing around 25 or so per game recently, but his time on the floor and chances on the offensive end may increase significantly if Sabonis doesn’t play.

Grant Williams, PF - @ MIN ($3,500)

Tristan Thompson and Robert Williams III won’t play on Saturday against Minnesota, so (Grant) Williams could be the next man up. Although Luke Kornet is also in the equation, Williams had 32 minutes the other night against Cleveland. He only produced seven points, three boards, and a steal in that one. However, his upside is higher, primarily since there is a shot that Jayson Tatum and Evan Fournier will join Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker on the sidelines to rest up for the postseason.

Also Consider: Oshae Brissett ($5,600), Justin Holiday ($5,300), Keldon Johnson ($4,800), Kelan Martin ($4,400), Jakarr Sampson ($3,900), Luke Kornet ($3,500)

 

FanDuel DFS Centers

Andre Drummond, C - @ IND ($6,400)

The Lakers are still trying to secure a higher seed in the Western Conference but may have to pull out a win on Saturday without the services of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Without those two, along with Dennis Schroder, Drummond should be the breadwinner from a fantasy perspective. He had 36 points, 28 boards, and three blocks throughout his last two games, so fantasy managers should keep an eye on the injury report leading up to tip-off.

Also Consider: Goga Bitadze ($4,500), Nerlens Noel ($4,100), Drew Eubanks ($3,500)



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