FanDuel Single-Game NBA DFS Picks and Helper: Magic at Cavaliers (5/5/24)

Matthew Lo
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FanDuel Single-Game NBA DFS Picks and Helper: Magic at Cavaliers (5/5/24)

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NBA Single-Game DFS Picks for Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers

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All NBA odds are via FanDuel Sportsbook.

Date and Time: Sunday, May 5th, 1 p.m. ET

Spread: Cavaliers -3.0 (-112)

Total: 195.5 (-110/-110)


  • Magic: +134
  • Cavaliers: -158

Studs to Target

Donovan Mitchell ($15,500): After a monster performance in Game 6, it's not a surprise Mitchell is today's top overall option with a 40.6 fantasy projection. Cleveland's leading scorer is averaging 1.12 FanDuel points per minute and 35.9% usage rate this postseason while his splits would increase to 1.25 FanDuel points per minute if Jarrett Allen were to sit.

Paolo Banchero ($15,000): Despite some inconsistency, Orlando's emerging star has been a beast in his last two appearances, producing 46.1 FanDuel points per game and 1.16 FanDuel points per minute. In a matchup versus a Cleveland Cavaliers' defense giving up 46.4 FanDuel points per game to his position, Banchero is second overall with a 37.0 fantasy projection.

Franz Wagner ($13,500): The 22-year old has been sneaky good in his first playoff run, accounting for 1.07 FanDuel points per minute and a 22.8% usage rate. In ten total appearances against Cleveland this season, Wagner has averaged 36.1 FanDuel points and 19 real-life points per game

Mid-Range Options

Evan Mobley ($14,000): Cleveland's big is third among his team's starting unit in fantasy production (1.06 FanDuel points per minute) despite recording a 18.5% usage rate this series. With Jarrett Allen's status currently in limbo, Mobley could see a boost in his production to 1.21 FanDuel points per minute if Allen can't go.

Jarrett Allen ($13,000): Among the Cavaliers' starting five, Allen ranks first in fantasy production (1.29 FanDuel points per minute) and third in usage (19.1%) in the playoffs.

Darius Garland ($12,000): Despite recording a disappointing 0.81 FanDuel points per minute this series, Garland is sixth overall with a 29.0 fantasy projection in a favorable spot against an Orlando Magic unit allowing 48.8 to his position.

Jalen Suggs ($11,000): In his last four appearances, Suggs has turned on his production, recording 0.88 FanDuel points per minute and 28.6 FanDuel points per contest.

Wendell Carter Jr. ($10,500): Since Carter Jr. was given a starting role on April 25th, the 25-year old has averaged 0.78 FanDuel points per minute and 22.8 per contest. Orlando's center is second in value with a 2.71 rating and a 28.4 fantasy projection at a salary standing eighth among today's slate.

Max Strus ($10,000): The Cavaliers' three point specialist has accounted for 0.62 FanDuel points per minute and a 12.5% usage rate in 201 playoff minutes.

Value Plays

Jonathan Isaac ($9,500): Even if Isaac were to come off Orlando's bench if Gary Harris is able to suit up, Orlando's defensive stud has been extremely efficient in the playoffs, recording 0.95 FanDuel points per minute.

Caris LeVert ($9,000): Cleveland's sixth man has produced 0.69 FanDuel points per minute this series while logging 21.0 minutes per contest.

Marcus Morris Sr. ($7,500): The veteran would be a viable value option if Jarrett Allen is out, averaging 0.58 FanDuel points per minute in this split since April 30th.

Moritz Wagner ($7,000): Orlando's center has been effective in a second unit role in the playoffs, accounting for 1.0 FanDuel point per minute and a 22.1% usage rate.

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