In NBA DFS, there will always be some flashy names that may tempt you to pay up — even in an unfavorable matchup. Name value sometimes comes with reliability, but the trick to cashing in on your NBA lineups is to maximize the boom while operating under the salary cap. Sometimes, this means fading the chalk plays and spending elsewhere.
Here, we’ll break down three top DFS fades on Sunday, May 30th for the 2021 NBA playoff game slate.
Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics ($7,100)
Walker is considered a game-time decision for Game 4, but he’s likely to suit up as the Celtics attempt to level the series. The point guard really struggled in Game 3, shooting 3-14 from the floor and tallying only three assists. Expect him to have trouble getting going again in Game 4.
Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks ($7,300)
Porzingis didn’t adjust well to the Clippers going small, putting up just nine points on 3-10 shooting. Expect Los Angeles to utilize similar tactics in Game 4, making Porzingis a tough candidate to back at this price point.
Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets ($8,500)
He won’t admit it, but the Boston crowd seemed to get to Irving as the game wore on. The fans booed him every time he touched the ball, leading to an off night for one of the NBA’s most dynamic scorers. Irving finished with 16 points on 6-17 shooting. While he likely won’t have another bad performance, his ceiling is naturally capped with the presence of Kevin Durant and James Harden. TD Garden will be at full capacity for Game 4, adding even more crowd noise for Irving to deal with.