The Oklahoma City Thunder had the opportunity to grab the series in a stranglehold in Game 5 but lost it on their home floor to Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. They now travel to Dallas for a Game 6 in which the Mavericks can close the series out in. Who will take this series? 



How should we attack tonight’s NBA DFS showdown lineup? Let’s take a stab at what we’re looking at tonight in my expert NBA DFS picks!

Thunder vs. Mavericks DFS Picks

  • Total: 208.5
  • Spread: DAL -4.5
  • Series: 3-2 DAL

NBA DFS Injury Report Today, 5/18

Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries

  • None

Dallas Mavericks Injuries

NBA DFS Showdown CPT/MVP Top Plays

Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

This is the most rest Doncic has had in between games all series long and is coming off the BEST game of his series thus far. He’s coming off back-to-back triple-doubles and has 52+ DKP in five of the six games this series.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder

Not even Luka Doncic has been as consistent as Gilgeous-Alexander this series, yet he and his team finds themselves down 3-2. SGA is going to play 40+ minutes, take 20+ shots, and be involved in every statistical category.

P.J. Washington, Dallas Mavericks

In a game in which Washington struggled shooting, not something we’ve said a lot, he managed to double-double and get us over 30 DKP. At this price, and with how well he’s played, he makes sense at captain to help us get to Doncic and Gilgeous-Alexander.


NBA DFS Showdown UTIL Top Plays

Jalen Williams, Oklahoma City Thunder

This has been a letdown series for Williams as he’s shooting just 40% from the floor and 31% from three while averaging just 16 PPG. All WAY lower than his regular season averages. Williams is going to play somewhere around or north of 40 minutes.

Chet Holmgren, Oklahoma City Thunder

The shot volume for Holmgren is concerning, but we know how talented he is when he has it going. They NEED someone other than SGA to have a big game, and Holmgren is one of two options they need to dominate. He has elite defensive numbers this series, but the points need to follow suit.

Luguentz Dort, Oklahoma City Thunder

He actually stayed out of foul trouble in Game 5a nd was good from a fantasy perspective putting up 30 DKP. He’s a last piece in, but averaging 24 DKP/game this series is solid at his price.

NBA DFS Showdown Value Top Plays

Dereck Lively II, Dallas Mavericks

After a slow start to the series, Lively has been a difference maker in the past three contests. He’s put up 23+ DKP and is a sneaky CPT play if you want Doncic, Gilgeous-Alexander, and another spend-up as well.

Derrick Jones Jr., Dallas Mavericks

There’s a bunch at play here. Jones Jr. hasn’t missed a shot in two games but his minutes are down. If he’s not playing 30+ minutes, can we continue to rely on all of these made shots? Does he do enough elsewhere to pay off his salary if his shot isn’t falling and his minutes continue to be just OK? I’m not too sure.

NBA DFS Showdown Punts