FanDuel Single-Game NBA DFS Picks and Helper: Timberwolves at Mavericks (5/28/24)

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FanDuel Single-Game NBA DFS Picks and Helper: Timberwolves at Mavericks (5/28/24)

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Let's dive into the Minnesota Timberwolves-Dallas Mavericks Game 4 single-game slate on FanDuel.

NBA Single-Game DFS Picks for Timberwolves-Mavericks

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All NBA odds are via FanDuel Sportsbook.

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 28th at 8:30 p.m. ET

Spread: Mavericks -2.0 (-108)

Total: 211.0 (-110/-110)

Studs to Target

Anthony Edwards ($15,500) -- Anthony Edwards said he was going to put up a lot of shots in Game 3, and he stayed true to his word. Ant attempted his most field goals of the series, though he shot just 11-of-24 en route to 26 real-world points. Still, he flirted with a triple-double for the second time this series to salvage his fantasy night with 51.3 FanDuel points (FPs). With tonight a win-or-go-home Game 4, I'm expecting another high-usage evening from Edwards. His points prop is set at 27.5, and he has +2300 odds to record a triple-double on FanDuel Sportsbook. He's a strong choice for the 2x MVP multiplier and should be a lock for either the 1.5x STAR or 1.2x PRO slots.

Kyrie Irving ($14,000) -- It's almost never bad process to use Luka Doncic ($17,500) at MVP, but I'm finding it really difficult to fit his salary into this slate. Luka has been excellent this series (61.2 FPPG) -- it's just that rostering him with Anthony Edwards is a big ask tonight. But Kyrie Irving comes at a significant salary discount to Doncic, and it's not hard to talk yourself into the closeout game king. Irving hasn't exceeded 43 FPs since the first-round, but he's clipped 30 real-world points twice in this series, most recently thanks to a 14-point fourth quarter in Game 3. The absence of Dereck Lively could also funnel more production Kyrie's way, too. Per RotoGrinders' CourtIQ, Irving has averaged 6.6 more FPPG with Lively sidelined this season. Doncic has averaged 1.4 FPPG fewer sans Lively.

Mid-Range Options

PJ Washington ($11,500) -- PJ Washington had his best game of the series in Game 3, notching 28.6 FPs across 40 minutes. He quietly led the team in second half minutes in that one -- a trend that could continue with Lively out. Washington is still shooting an abysmal 22.2% from three this series but has attempted double-digit shot attempts in all three games. Expect Washington to continue to get all the work he can handle. If he can find his outside stroke, a ceiling game could be imminent.

Daniel Gafford ($10,500) -- Despite seeing his highest minute total of the postseason (28), Daniel Gafford had his worst game since Game 3 of the first-round. He finished with just five points and three rebounds, though three blocks salvaged his fantasy day. Still, Dallas doesn't have a ton of options down low, and Gafford's playing time can't be ignored. We saw him reach for 37 FPs in Game 2, and he's averaged 31.5 FPPG without Lively this season. There's upside, especially at this salary.

Value Plays

Naz Reid ($9,500) -- Rudy Gobert quietly played a series-low 28 minutes after seeing 37 in Games 1 and 2. That helped Naz Reid log 28 minutes after playing 31 in Game 2. He's been a reliable contributor in recent games, averaging 14.6 actual and 26.6 FanDuel points over the last five games. Reid's points prop is down at 12.5 on FanDuel Sportsbook -- a line he's gone over in 36 of 45 games where he's played at least 24 minutes. He's my favorite sub-$10K option tonight.

Kyle Anderson ($8,000) -- Kyle Anderson continues to play a sizable role off Minesota's bench, notching 16.4, 20.5, and 18.5 FPs across three games. There's not a ton of upside here, but he notably saw the same number of second-half minutes (10.5) as Rudy Gobert in Game 3. The Mavericks have been happy to let Anderson create, and that's resulted in him scoring double-digit points twice in three games. With three high-salary studs at the top, Slo-Mo's friendly salary is a welcome addition to tonight' slate.

Dart Throw

Maxi Kleber ($6,000) -- I can't recommend Maxi Kleber in single-entry contests, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't at least a little intrigued at his slate-minimum salary. Kleber hasn't played since the first-round, but he did average 22.4 minutes and 14.1 FPPG in five full games before going down. He's been cleared to return in Game 4 and could immediately step into a significant role with Lively sidelined. Since the Gafford/Washington trades, Kleber has averaged 20.6 minutes and 19.5 FPPG sans Lively.

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