Six of Sunday’s eight NBA games will be part of the main slate on DraftKings, and tip-off times will range from 7:00 p.m. ET to 10:00 p.m. ET. Some matchups stand out on the short slate, and we’ve picked out a few with high fantasy basketball 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 Sunday, May 9th.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Dallas Mavericks, 7:00 p.m. ET
Collin Sexton ($9,000)
Jarret Allen ($7,400)
Kevin Love ($6,400)
The Cavs are still dealing with a heap of injuries, and Cedi Osman (ankle) could be ruled out ahead of tip-off. If he and Darius Garland (ankle) are out, Cleveland’s shortage of ball handlers and playmakers will be even worse than usual. Sexton will take on the bulk of the scoring load, and his bigs should have a nice advantage against the Mavericks’ banged-up frontcourt. Kristaps Porzingis (knee) has missed eight of his team’s last 10 games, so Allen should be able to dominate the boards and protect the paint efficiently. Love is back after taking one game off to manage a knee injury and will line up against Nicolo Melli if Maxi Kleber (ankle) can’t play. Taking a flier on a cheap player like Damyean Dotson ($3,000) or Dean wade ($3,600) could work out well if Osman sits.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Charlotte Hornets, 7:00 p.m. ET
Lonzo Ball ($8,400)
Naji Marshall ($4,700)
James Johnson ($3,800)
Zion Williamson (finger) is out for the year, and Brandon Ingram (ankle) is doubtful, so Ball will get a chance to run the show against his little brother with a few bench players in the starting lineup. Ball has scored 33 points in two of the four games he’s played in May and can make the players around him better. The Hornets don’t have their starting small forward and power forward, which bodes well for Marshall and Johnson. Charlotte also ranks 30th defensively against power forward’s on DraftKings. You could throw in a cheap center if Steven Adams (knee) is ruled out. Willy Hernangómez ($5,400) has the revenge narrative going for him because he’ll match up against his old team. Still, Jaxon Hayes ($4,200) outplayed him and tallied over 43 DKFP against the 76ers earlier this week.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Sacramento Kings, 10:00 p.m. ET
Delon Wright ($7,700)
Richaun Holmes ($6,800)
Marvin Bagley III ($6,200)
Terence Davis ($5,100)
Buddy Hield (ankle) has only missed one game this season, but his status for Sunday is up in the air because of a sprain. Sacramento is extremely low on guards, but Wright has scored at least 39 DKFP in three straight games. He’ll likely pair with Davis, who scored 24 points in 33 minutes off the bench on Friday in the backcourt. Both will get plenty of shot opportunities with Harrison Barnes (hip) doubtful. Playing Holmes against a defense that ranks last against centers on DraftKings is a no-brainer, and Bagley has managed to tally at least 40 DKFP twice in the four games he’s played in May.