The NBA is kicking off this week with a six-game main slate on DraftKings. Two games will get the ball rolling at 7:30 p.m. ET, and matchups at 8:00 and 8:30 will precede a duo of games at 10:00. There are plenty of interesting fantasy targets available, and we’ve identified a trio of games with high DFS upside.
Sometimes with a plus-matchup on the NBA game slate, we get an opportunity to slot multiple players from the same team into our DFS lineups. You can read more about the concept of stacking here, but the main goal is to take advantage of this plus-matchup and use the salary cap to your advantage.
Here, we’ll break down three of the best team stacks for the NBA slate on Monday, May 10th.
Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks, 7:30 p.m. ET
Russell Westbrook ($11,000)
Rui Hachimura ($4,900)
Davis Bertans ($3,700)
Westbrook tied the NBA’s all-time triple-double record and put up 80+ DKFP for the third time this month on Saturday, BUT HIS PRICE HAS GONE DOWN $100. Bradley Beal (hamstring), Washington’s leading scorer, will miss at least two games. Westbrook has a chance to bulldoze a Hawks team with arguably the worst defensive guard in basketball without his co-star around. A fifth straight triple-double would push Westbrook past Oscar Robertson in the record books, and he’ll need help from his role players to get there. Hachimura has had an up-and-down year, but he's the clear-cut second option on offense with Beal sidelined. The second-year forward is averaging 5.3 more points per game without Beal in the lineup this year. Picking Washington’s third option will be tough, but Bertans has played 34 minutes in two straight games and possesses a shooting stroke no other WIzards can match. He could draw a start, and it’s not very risky taking a flier on him at this price.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 8:00 p.m. ET
Lonzo Ball ($8,000)
Eric Bledsoe ($5,900)
James Johnson ($4,600)
Zion Williamson (hand) and Brandon Ingram (ankle) have been ruled out early, so four Pelicans could end up flirting with 30 minutes for the third game in a row. Ball busted against the Charlotte Hornets on a poor shooting night but will get a chance to bounce back with Bledsoe as his primary backcourt partner on Monday. The duo accounted for 17 of the Pelicans’ 26 assists against the Hornets, and that number could increase with better shooting. Johnson returned to the form he was in when Williamson missed time earlier this year and only trailed Bledsoe in minutes. He was only two rebounds from a double-double, and plenty of other value frontcourt plays up for grabs. Naji Marshall ($5,000) is a bit of a wild card and is enduring a tough stretch, but Willy Hernangomez ($5,700) and Jaxon Hayes ($4,500) have each eclipsed 33 DKFP in their last two games, while Steven Adams (toe) has been doubtful.
Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 10:00 p.m. ET
Jae’Sean Tate ($6,500)
KJ Martin ($6,200)
Khyri Thomas ($5,500)
Armoni Brooks ($4,800)
The Rockets’ injury report is flooded with key players. Kevin Porter Jr. (ankle) has been ruled out. Kelly Olynyk and Christian Wood are both questionable with ankle injuries. That mean’s Houston’s under-the-radar players could get a chance to run the show again. Martin has been a fantasy monster over the last three games that Wood has missed and is averaging 49 DKFP during that stretch. Thomas and Brooks are the Rockets’ only legitimate ball handlers with KPJ out and combined for 42 points and six dimes against the battle-tested Utah Jazz defense. Then there’s Tate, who was two rebounds shy of a triple-double against Utah and will likely be Houston’s defensive anchor against the Trail Blazers. This is my favorite stack available, and it’s hard to pass on it given the prices of the player involved.