NBA DFS Starting Five: May 3
Justin Fensterman pores over the data to bring you his top plays at each position to build your lineups around for tonight's NBA DFS main slate.
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J. Richardson - SG
Josh Richardson shot 8-of-13 from the field for 18 points on Friday, hitting two 3-pointers with five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block in 28 minutes.
If you played J-Rich in DFS tonight, you are thrilled. If you've had him on your season-long rosters, though, you're probably more exasperated by his inability to play like this more frequently throughout the season. This was his highest-scoring effort since Mar. 21 and the fourth time all season that he's collected at least three steals -- he's now done it in back-to-back games.
Added 11:05 pm (EST)
L. Doncic - PG
Luka Doncic contributed 24 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer during Friday's 110-90 win vs. the visiting Cavaliers.
In the latest edition of 'Luka in the Record Books', he's now the fourth-youngest player in league history to score 5,000+ points. The only guys to get there faster were Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and LeBron James. The Mavs are in the driver's seat for playoff seeding, as their 38-28 record has them a full game up on the Lakers and Blazers for the No. 5 seed. Doncic has been vocal about his distaste for the play-in tournament, so you can bet he'll play until the Mavs have locked up No. 6 or better.
Added 11:05 pm (EST)
N. Melli - PF
Nicolo Melli picked up a DNP-CD on Friday.
If Melli can't crack the rotation when the Mavericks are without Kristaps Porzingis (right knee soreness) and Maxi Kleber (right Achilles soreness), then he's simply not in coach Rick Carlisle's plans. It doesn't help that he shot a combined 1-of-10 in the Mavs' previous three games.
Added 11:04 pm (EST)
C. Osman - SF
Cedi Osman scored 22 points with a game-high seven assists, five rebounds and a steal on Friday, hitting 8-of-19 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws in 36 minutes of action.
Darius Garland remains out with a sprained left ankle and he doesn't have a return date, so there's a chance he's done for the season. Osman has benefited as a fill-in starter next to Collin Sexton, and through four May games he's now averaging 16.8 points, 2.5 triples, 4.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.0 steals. It's hard to find more streaming value than that on most waiver wires, so don't hesitate to play him until Garland gets back on the court.
Added 11:04 pm (EST)
M. Bamba - C
Mo Bamba pulled down 18 rebounds to go with nine points, one assist, one steal and four blocks in Friday's loss to Charlotte.
He’s been on an absolute tear, posting top-25 numbers in his previous eight games with 13.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 2.3 blocks and 1.1 triples in only 25.0 minutes. Bamba has been much more impressive than Wendell Carter Jr. (eye) lately and this will be a fun position battle to watch this offseason. Bamba is certainly generating a lot more hype though and it’s easy to see why.
Added 10:48 pm (EST)
R. Hampton - PG
RJ Hampton notched 16 points with five rebounds, three dimes and zero turnovers in 30 minutes vs. the Hornets on Friday.
Just like Mo Bamba, Hampton is another young player who has turned some heads in Orlando recently. In his previous three games, the rookie put up 17.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 triples. His athleticism jumps off the screen and the Magic have to be excited about what his future holds.
Added 10:46 pm (EST)
D. Wade - PF
Dean Wade started Friday's game vs. Dallas, shooting 3-of-9 from the field for nine points with four rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes of action.
Kevin Love (left knee contusion) was out tonight and gifted the start to Wade, who has been serviceable in 14 starts with averages of 10.0 points, 2.2 triples (42.6% from deep), 6.2 boards, 1.9 dimes, 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocks. Love may continue to play, if only to atone for his embarrassing fit of pique during a game a few weeks ago, but if/when he's shut down Wade is the biggest beneficiary.
Added 10:44 pm (EST)
T. Herro - SG
Tyler Herro (sore right foot) caught fire during his return vs. the Wolves on Friday, hitting 10-of-13 shots with 6-of-8 from deep for 27 points in just 29 minutes off the bench.
Herro was back after a six-game absence and his return throttled Duncan Robinson's playing time, with Robinson posting just six points, three dimes and two boards in 18 minutes. Herro didn't get on the ledger defensively, but added three rebounds and four assists without any turnovers. He's been a fringe fantasy asset all season in 8-cat and 9-cat, so he's not quite must-roster in Miami's final five games, but he's worth a look after singeing the nets tonight.
Added 10:43 pm (EST)