The NBA season rolls on tonight, bringing fans some exciting matchups. If you're looking for some advice for your NBA FanDuel lineup tonight, The Duel is here to help.
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Without further ado, here are three players to target and two to avoid in Friday, 5/14, NBA DFS action.
FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA
Russell Westbrook Fantasy
Target Russell Westbrook, PG, Washington Wizards ($12,500): What else can we say about Russell Westbrook? He's going to finish the season averaging a triple-double, currently posting 22.2 points, 11.7 assists and 11.5 rebounds per game. He's recorded 54-plus FanDuel fantasy points in each of his last seven games, including five outings with 70-plus points during that stretch. Bradley Beal will miss his third straight game tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers, opening the door for another monstrous performance for Westbrook. He's the most expensive player on Friday's slate and still worth every penny.
Rudy Gobert Fantasy
Target Rudy Gobert, C, Utah Jazz ($7,700): Rudy Gobert could offer some sneaky value at his moderate price. Gobert comes into Friday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with three straight double-doubles, including a 15-point, 20-rebound (46 fantasy points) night in his last game. It'd be no surprise to see the Utah Jazz take care of the Thunder in short order, but Gobert should still feast early on. OKC gives up the ninth-most opponent RPG (54.3) and is running out a G League-worthy frontcourt at the moment as they tank. Still, the young Thunder also play at the seventh-fastest pace in the league at 101.1 possesions per game. That means plenty of rebounding chances for Gobert, and the buckets should come just as easy given his matchups tonight.
Dillon Brooks Fantasy
Target Dillon Brooks, SG, Memphis Grizzlies ($6,000): Dillon Brooks took advantage of a matchup against the Sacramento Kings last game to put up 49.7 fantasy points thanks to a 30-point scoring night. Now he gets to face this same team again. Brooks has elevated his scoring to 25.0 PPG over his last three contests, averaging a whopping 23.3 field goal attempts in that span. The guard is known as a high-volume chucker, and it's clear the Grizzlies are giving Brooks the green light. That's good news against the Kings, who allow the third-most PPG (117.5) and play at a top-10 pace. This game features the third-highest over/under on Friday's slate at FanDuel Sportbsook, which means the scoring opportunities should be plentiful for the shoot-first Brooks tonight.
Joel Embiid Fantasy
Avoid Joel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ers ($9,600): Joel Embiid clearly wasn't himself on Thursday against the Miami Heat, registering just 11.9 fantasy points in 25 minutes played. He was dealing with an illness heading into that game, and the impact was noticeable. Embiid's status could be up in the air for Friday's contest as the Philadelphia 76ers head into a winnable game against the Orlando Magic. Even if Embiid does play, there's no telling what he'll look like on the second night of a back-to-back and still battling his illness. He managed only 6 points and 2 rebounds on Thursday, so it's a serious risk to bank on him bouncing back to 100% in 24 hours.
Ja Morant Fantasy
Avoid Ja Morant, PG, Memphis Grizzlies ($7,600): The inconsistency that has plagued Ja Morant this year is still evident in the final month of the season. He has a 60-point fantasy performance to his name in May, but he's also failed to record more than 30 fantasy points in four of his eight games this month. One thing cutting into his numbers is his whopping 4.3 turnovers per game in May. He's pricier and riskier than his teammate in Brooks, whose numbers are rising to close out the season.
FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 5/14
Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 5/14:
PG: Russell Westbrook ($12,500)
PG: Jordan Poole ($5,000)
SG: Dillon Brooks ($6,000)
SG: Armoni Brooks ($5,500)
SF: Saddiq Bey ($5,900)
SF: Kent Bazemore ($4,900)
PF: Tobias Harris ($6,900)
PF: Jae'Sean Tate ($5,500)
C: Rudy Gobert ($7,700)
Remaining Salary: $100
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Isaiah De Los Santos is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Isaiah De Los Santos also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username zayyy05328. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.