The second-to-last Friday night slate of the NBA regular season tips off tonight with 20 teams in action as the postseason draws closer.
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 7th.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Orlando Magic, 7 p.m.
LaMelo Ball ($8,200)
Terry Rozier ($8,000)
P.J. Washington ($7,000)
Coming off a 120-99 loss to the Bulls on Thursday, tonight’s home matchup against the lowly Orlando Magic is a prime bounce-back spot for the Hornets’ lineup as they barrel towards the Eastern Conference play-in tournament.
LaMelo Ball had an off night against Chicago on Thursday but since his return from wrist injury, he’s picked up where he left off as the Rookie of the Year frontrunner by averaging 34.0 FPPG. Terry Rozier has also made fantasy owners happy as of late, averaging 31.7 FPPG in a 10-day stretch that included a 29 point, seven rebound outburst against Detroit last Saturday. And With Miles Bridges still out due to COVID protocols, PJ. Washington has stepped up his production, providing a team-high 24 points and six boards for 41 FP in last night’s loss to the Bulls.
A good value add to consider for this stack as well is Jalen McDaniels, who has gotten more minutes in the absence of Bridges and is averaging 21.5 FPPG over his last six outings.
Phoenix Suns vs. New York Knicks, 10 p.m. ET
Devin Booker ($8,400)
Chris Paul ($7,600)
Deandre Ayton ($6,700)
Mikal Bridges ($5,600)
The Suns have had 48 hours to stew on a 135-103 blowout loss to the Atlanta Hawks that cost them the top seed in the West for the time being and they’ll have a chance to rectify that and put up big numbers against the visiting Knicks.
They dipped below their season production on Wednesday but the duo of Booker and Paul have been a solid stack pairing all season long, combining for at least 80 fantasy points on most nights. Booker’s three-point percentage has dipped over the past 10 days but he is shooting 54 percent overall from the field in that stretch and is averaging 29 points in just under 35 minutes a game.
Both Ayton and Bridges have gotten DFS owners 26 FPPG, respectively, over the course of the regular season and both round out the Suns stack nicely considering they combined for 65 fantasy points in Phoenix’s recent 118-110 victory over the Knicks on April 26.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 10 p.m. ET
Damian Lillard ($9,700)
CJ McCollum ($8,300)
Jusuf Nurkic ($7,000)
Enes Kanter ($4,200)
With no LeBron James and Anthony Davis battling back spasms, go all in on the Blazer team stack here as they return home from a long road trip to try to pass L.A. in the Western Conference standings and evade play-in tournament territory for the moment.
The tandem of Lillard, McCollum, and Nurkic always provide great value for lineups and they combined for 120 fantasy points in the team’s 141-105 beatdown of the Cavaliers on Wednesday.
Norman Powell and Robert Covington provided solid production themselves throughout the road trip and so has Enes Kanter, who could also be a sneaky value add to the stack at $4,200. Kanter provided a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds to the tune of 37.75 FP against the Cavs on Wednesday and has overall offered just under 30 FPPG throughout the entire season for owners.