We have an eight-game slate in the NBA riday, which means there are endless opportunities for your prospective lineup in DFS. The first game tips off at 7 p.m. ET with the Cleveland Cavaliers playing the Washington Wizards. The last game begins at 9:30 p.m. ET with the New Orleans Pelicans taking on the Golden State Warriors on ESPN.
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 Friday, May 14th.
Note: Keep an eye on injury reports as teams are already resting multiple starters and rotation players with the playoffs approaching.
Cavaliers vs. Wizards, 7:00 p.m. ET
Russell Westbrook ($12,800)
Rui Hachimura ($5,500)
Davis Bertans ($4,200)
Ish Smith ($3,900)
Daniel Gafford ($3,600)
Our first NBA DFS stack will be actually focused on the first game of the night between the Cavs and Wizards. This could also be one of the more higher scoring games as DraftKings Sportsbook has the point total set at O/U 228.5 points. Washington has been one of the best teams in the second half and could clinch a spot in the play-in with a win.
Anytime the Wiz are in action, the first player that you need to have in your stack is Russell Westbrook. Mr. Triple Double has been one of the best players in DFS this season and is a consistent stat sheet stuffer. In Washington’s last five games, Westbrook is averaging 76.5 fantasy points per game. Now granted, he’s valued at $12800, which is a hefty price to pay in a $50K salary cap. But its Westbrook, we know that he’s going to give it his all every night and we should expect the same with a chance to compete for a playoff spot.
Clippers vs. Rockets, 9:00 p.m. ET
Kelly Olynyk ($8,200)
Kenyon Martin Jr. ($7,000)
Jae’Sean Tate ($6,400)
Khyri Thomas ($5,800)
Armoni Brooks ($4,800)
The Rockets will more than likely lose their eighth consecutive game on Friday night against the Clippers. DraftKings Sportsbook has Los Angeles as 10.5-point favorites and point total set at O/U 227 points. Did I also mention that this is the second night of back-to-back for the Clippers?
Houston is averaging 123 points in their last five games and have a few good value plays in Kenyon Martin Jr., Kelly Olynyk, and Armoni Brooks. Martin Jr. has scored 20 points or more in four out of the Rockets’ last five games. Also, the rookie forward is averaging 46 fantasy points per game over that time. K-Mart Jr. is valued at $7000, which might be overpriced on a given night. However, Kelly Olynyk and Martin Jr. have been Houston’s best two offensive players in the second half of the season.
Pelicans vs. Warriors, 9:30 p.m. ET
Steph Curry ($10,200)
Draymond Green ($7,600)
Andrew Wiggins ($6,900)
Juan Toscano-Anderson ($5,000)
Jordan Poole ($4,100)
In the final game on Friday night, we have the New Orleans Pelicans taking on the Golden State Warriors. Golden State is locked in the playoff tournament, but is jockeying with the Memphis Grizzlies between the eighth and ninth seeds. With that in mind, the Warriors will try to win as the Grizz will be playing the Sacramento Kings at 9 p.m. ET.
When it comes to a Warriors team stack, its always headlined by Stephen Curry, who has played like a MVP candidate this season. This season, Curry is averaging 31.8 points, 5.7 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 51 fantasy points per game. He’s currently listed as questionable to play with a tailbone injury. If Curry plays then you are good to go. However, if he does not then you’ll need to build your stack around Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins is questionable to play along with Draymond Green.