FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks and Helper: Sunday 5/12/24

Matthew Lo
Matthew Lo@holla2mlo
FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks and Helper: Sunday 5/12/24

Since NBA DFS is easier to predict than baseball or football, it would likely get plenty of votes as the best sport to play on FanDuel. Basketball players usually stick to the same minutes and produce at roughly the same rate. Sounds easy, right? Trust me -- it's not!

As a result, NBA daily fantasy is highly reliant on a player's opportunity, so you'll need to ensure that you're up to date with key injuries. Our projections -- which are powered by numberFire -- update throughout the day to reflect current news. You can also turn to numberFire for player news updates as well as a matchup heat map and lineup optimizer to help give you an edge.

On top of all that, here at FanDuel Research, we'll come at you each day with this NBA DFS primer, which breaks down some of the day's top plays at each position.

Let's dive into today's main slate on FanDuel.

Betting lines via the NBA odds at FanDuel Sportsbook. Projections and betting odds may change after this article is published.

Implied Total
DENMIN204.52.5101Murray, Caldwell-Pope, Jackson questionable
NYIND217.55.5106Anunoby, Randle OUT
INDNY217.5-5.5111.5Haliburton, Nesmith questionable / Mathurin OUT


Jalen Brunson ($10,400): At his lowest Round 2 playoff salary, Brunson is second overall with a 50.1 fantasy projection in a matchup he has continually succeeded in, accounting for 34.1 real-life points and 44.9 FanDuel points in six previous meetings.

Anthony Edwards ($10,000): After a 3% salary drop, "Ant-Man" is tenth among guards in value with a 4.42 rating and a 44.2 fantasy projection. In 116 minutes this series, Edwards has produced 1.18 FanDuel points per minute.

Tyrese Haliburton ($9,600): In his last two appearances, Haliburton has played at peak level, recording an eye-popping 1.65 FanDuel points per minute and 59.5 FanDuel points per game while his salary has skyrocketed by 9.0%. Even at his second highest playoff salary, the Pacers' star is fourth among guards in value with a 4.77 rating and a 45.8 fantasy projection.

Jamal Murray ($8,000): Despite scoring 42.3 FanDuel points and displaying improved health in Game 3's victory, Murray's salary stands at his lowest point this postseason. Denver's star is sixth in value among his position with a 4.59 rating and a 36.7 fantasy projection.

Donte DiVincenzo ($7,900): In 735 minutes with today's rotation, New York's shooting guard ranks third among his team's starting unit in fantasy production (1.0 FanDuel point per minute) and second in usage (24.4%).

Mike Conley ($5,800): After recording 0.92 FanDuel points per minute this series, Conley should be considered a solid value option, standing fifth among guards in value with a 4.76 rating and a 27.6 fantasy projection.

T.J. McConnell ($5,100): Indiana's spark plug has been super efficient in a second unit role, accounting for 1.20 FanDuel points per minute versus New York.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($4,700): When logging at least 36 minutes in Round 2, the 31-year old has averaged 0.59 FanDuel points and 21.8 FanDuel points per game.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker ($4,300): In 219 playoff minutes, Minnesota's sixth man has produced 0.70 FanDuel points per minute and a 15.9% usage rate.

Miles McBride ($4,200) / Alec Burks ($4,000): After logging 28 minutes in Game 3, McBride is a sneaky option even in a bench role, accounting for 0.70 FanDuel points with today's condensed rotation while Burks has produced 0.80 FanDuel points per minute.


Josh Hart ($8,200): Even at his second highest playoff salary, Hart remains a high ceiling option with his versatile skillset, ranking third among forwards with a 39.3 fantasy projection. In 139 minutes in Round 2, the "Nova Knick" has averaged 1.05 FanDuel points per minute and a 16.9% usage rate.

Karl-Anthony Towns ($7,800): While foul trouble is always a concern, KAT still ranks second among his team's starting unit during Round 2 in fantasy production (1.02 FanDuel point per minute) and usage (22.1%).

Pascal Siakam ($7,600): At his lowest playoff salary, Siakam could provide underrated return in an easier defensive matchup with OG Anunoby inactive, ranking fourth among forwards in value with a 5.18 rating and a 39.4 fantasy projection.

Michael Porter Jr. ($7,200): In 109 minutes this series, the 25-year old has accounted for 0.79 FanDuel points per minute and a 19.1% usage rate.

Isaiah Hartenstein ($6,900): The Knick's big sees a sneaky boost in his metrics with today's inactives, recording 1.20 FanDuel points per minute.

Aaron Gordon ($5,900): After a 4.8% salary decrease to his lowest point in the playoffs, Denver's power forward is second among forwards in value with 5.63 rating and a 33.2 fantasy projection. Gordon is averaging 0.87 FanDuel points per minute and a 15.4% usage rate in Round 2.

Precious Achiuwa ($4,800): Despite inconsistent minutes, Achiuwa is still a viable value option, accounting for 1.0 FanDuel point per minute in today's splits.

Obi Toppin ($4,700): At his median Round 2 salary, Toppin has provided sneaky production in a revenge matchup versus his former team, producing 1.10 FanDuel points per minute off the bench this series.

Jaden McDaniels ($4,500) / Naz Reid ($4,400): After producing 0.60 FanDuel points per minute in his three previous appearances, McDaniels is fifth among his position in value with a 5.12 rating and a 23.1 fantasy projection while Reid has produced 0.98 FanDuel points per minute in Round 2.


Nikola Jokic ($12,200): Denver's three time MVP winner is clearly today's top option with a 60.8 fantasy projection at his second highest postseason salary. Jokic is worth every dollar after he averaged 55.9 FanDuel points per game in seven prior matchups versus Minnesota.

Myles Turner ($7,100): The Pacers' center has been effective in Round 2, recording 0.94 FanDuel points per minute and a 22.3% usage rate.

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