We have six games on the slate tonight in NBA action, tipping off at 7:00p.m. ET with the Washington Wizards vs. the Atlanta Hawks, while the night end with the LA Lakers hosting the Houston Rockets which tips off at 10:30p.m. ET. Plenty of playoff implications are on the line as teams will be jockeying for automatic playoff berths and seeding.
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 May 12th.
Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 9:00p.m. ET
Luka Doncic ($10,800)
Tim Hardaway Jr. ($6,000)
Josh Richardson ($5,100)
Jalen Brunson ($4,600)
There probably aren’t a ton of managers who would pass on Doncic, who’s averaged 54.2 DKFP all season long. He’s seen a dip in performance recently though, tying his season-low of 12 points scored in the Mavs’ 104-133 loss to the Grizzlies on Tuesday. Usually he might be a prime candidate to consider fading, but when you look at the match-up against the Pelicans who will be without Zion Williamson (finger), Brandon Ingram (ankle), Lonzo Ball (thumb), Josh Hart (thumb), and Steven Adams (toe) it’s pretty tough to pass up a stack like this from the Mavs.
Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 9:30p.m. ET
Rudy Gobert ($8,400)
Jordan Clarkson ($7,500)
Bojan Bogdanovic ($6,900)
Royce O’Neale ($4,500)
The Jazz, without Donovan Mitchell (ankle) and Mike Conley (hamstring), will continue to look to other guys like Jordan Clarkson, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Joe Ingles to pick up the slack. Clarkson alone has averaged 42.2 DKFP through his last five games, a staggering improvement from his season average of 29.5. Bogdanovic is coming off a 66.5 DKFP performance against Denver last week while following it up with 42.5 on Monday against the Warriors, easily making the case to pick him over Joe Ingles who hasn’t been nearly as impressive fantasy-wise lately. Royce O’Neale is a nice value pick to round out the stack as he’s generally good for 20-30 DKFP in any given game. You could also grab Georges Niang ($3,900) in his place if you’re wanting to cut down even more on your salary cap — he just turned in a 35 DKFP performance against the Rockets last week and has been seeing an increased amount of minutes lately with the absences of Mitchell and Conley.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards, 7:00p.m. ET
Trae Young ($9,100)
Clint Capela ($8,600)
Bogdan Bogdanovic ($7,300)
Danilo Gallinari ($5,000)
The Hawks will be looking to pull away from the Miami Heat with a win tonight, while holding off the sixth-place Knicks. All three teams are sitting at 38-31 and will be jockeying for those fourth, fifth, and sixth seeds. Trae Young is in great form, scoring over 50 DKFP in three of his last five outings, while also logging three double-doubles in that same stretch. Capela is coming off a 48 DKFP performance in their first of back-to-back games against the Wizards as they eked out a 125-124 win. Bogdanovic added 44.75 fantasy points while Gallinari only finished with 14.25 DKFP in 21 minutes. Gallinari recently put in a 50.5 fantasy point performance against the Blazers earlier in the month, and followed that up with back-to-back games with over 30 fantasy points.