Yahoo NBA Expert Picks: Wednesday, May 16th

Each day when there are two or more NBA games, our daily fantasy basketball experts will provide their top plays for Yahoo. These picks will help you find the best values and top overall plays to build a foundation for all types of contests. Our top-ranked experts will also provide the reasons for their picks, so you can make informed decisions when setting your lineups.

Wednesday, May 16th

Point Guard

Chris Paul vs. Golden State Warriors $35

The extra five dollars saved over Curry is very helpful on this slate and while Curry is another good play, I think the savings on Paul to squeeze in another good player elsewhere is worth it. CP3 is averaging 55 fantasy points over his last three games and had himself a very nice Game One in this series. He should see 37-40 minutes in what should be another high scoring and reasonably close game as the Rockets look to bounce back after a Game One loss.

Also Consider: Stephen Curry $40, Marcus Smart $21

Shooting Guard

Jaylen Brown at Cleveland Cavaliers $24

Brown is going to play big minutes this entire series and has back to back 38 and 37 fantasy point performances in this series and 33+ fantasy points in four of his last five games. I’m going to want to spend my money on this slate on LeBron at home, so I’m going to have to save some money at SG.

Also Consider: Klay Thompson $26, Kyle Korver $10

Small Forward

Jayson Tatum at Cleveland Cavaliers $24

Tatum had a down game in Game Two, but before that had eight straight games of at least 30 fantasy points in the playoffs. I’m looking for him to bounce back in Game Three with another 30+ fantasy point performance when other might jump off after a down game.

Also Consider: Marcus Morris $19, Andre Iguodala $16, J.R. Smith $10

Power Forward

LeBron James vs. Boston Celtics $57

This game is essentially the series for the Cavaliers as they return home after two losses, and if you think Lebron isn’t going to put his team on his back you are crazy. After a massive triple-double in Game Two I think we can expect the same in Game Three and with AT LEAST 63 fantasy points in six of his last seven playoff games it will be extremely hard to win without James in any format.

Also Consider: Al Horford $31, P.J. Tucker $12


Tristan Thompson vs. Boston Celtics $10

Tristan played 29 minutes in Game Two as the starter and is likely to start Game Three as well. He is averaging 18 fantasy points in the two games this series and at minimum price is one of the keys to getting the stars you want on your roster elsewhere while also giving you reasonable production.

Also Consider: Draymond Green $34, Kevin Love $30

About the Author

  • Brit Devine (britdevine)

  • Brit Devine is a former low/midstakes Online Poker Pro/Coach who quickly transitioned to DFS in 2011 after Black Friday. He was the Operations Manager at DFS site Fan Throwdown before parting ways in 2014 where he then turned to playing DFS full-time. Mainly a cash game player, Brit provides expert analysis frequently via written columns and GrindersLive appearances.


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