Welcome to the SuperDraft NBA DFS Starting Five! I’m here to give my starting five plays — two guards, two forwards, and a center — for Wednesday’s main slate starting at 6:30 p.m. EST.
Related NBA DFS Content
- Awesemo YouTube Channel — NBA DFS Live Before Lock
- Building Blocks: NBA DFS Picks, Values, Studs and Fades
- DFS Review: Studying Five- and Six-Game Slates
- NBA Rankings from Alex ‘Awesemo’ Baker (PREMIUM)
- NBA DFS Projections from Alex ‘Awesemo’ Baker (PREMIUM)
- Alex ‘Awesemo’ Baker’s NBA Ownership Projections
SuperDraft Starting Five
CHRIS PAUL (1.4X MULTIPLIER)
Paul went on a pretty epic fourth quarter takeover in Game 6, providing a big offensive output without many of the ancillary stats. Barring catastrophe, Paul will be playing every single minute of this game he can against his former team and picking up stats in a variety of ways. He continues to draw random defensive assignments from Houston, and as strange as it may be to say this, he’s a mismatch for all of them. Equipped with a 1.4x SuperDraft multiplier, I expect a big number from the 35-year-old veteran in a big-time spot.
JIMMY BUTLER (1.35X MULTIPLIER)
The good old days of Butler being a 1.4x multiplier for the past month are gone, but I suppose 1.35x will have to do. Jokes aside, Butler is not playing around in this series, exploding for 40 points in Game 1 on the back of 13-for-20 shooting and 12-for-13 from the line. While some would say regression is coming in terms of the scoring in this one, I’d argue we should progression for rebounding and assist numbers (four and two), which were abnormally low for him. I say it all the time, but guys like Paul and Butler who can fill a box score in a variety of ways are as good as it gets. Fire him them up and don’t think twice.
DANILO GALLINARI (1.65X MULTIPLIER)
Saying the words “Danilo Gallinari” and “upside” in the same sentence feels strange. But that’s what we saw from him in Game 6, as the Thunder countered the Rockets’ small-ball lineup with one of their own, running Gallinari at center. I’m not sure what suppressed his minutes to only 28, but as long as he stays active on the offensive end for the entire duration of his run, it’s not so much of a concern for me. He definitely won’t be as low-owned as he was in Game 6, but with the help of a 1.65x multiplier boost, that’s just fine by me.
GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO (1X MULTIPLIER)
After an embarrassing game by Giannis’ standards in Game 1, expect a huge resurgence in Game 2. Miami neutralized the reigning MVP in every facet of Game 1, but the possible return of Eric Bledsoe for Game 2 looms large, as it could give Milwaukee another offensive threat. And while Jae Crowder did an unbelievable job containing Giannis in the half court, expect Milwaukee to get out in transition more in Game 2 and create easy opportunities to finish at the rim. This is still Giannis we’re talking about here, and after his first blip of these playoffs, expect a massive stat line out of him today.
BAM ADEBAYO (1.3X MULTIPLIER)
With the same slate of games as Monday, the same vantage-point on center exists today: It is brutal. That’s why I’m more than happy to go right back to the Adebayo chalk on Wednesday. I talked about his upside on the glass and his surging assist rate, and both came to fruition in Game 1 with a well-rounded 12/17/6 stat line. While Brook Lopez kept him in check scoring the ball, there’s so many other things Adebayo can do to be effective on the floor that putting up points isn’t a necessity. Although, if he can spike an upside and not settle for so many mid-range jumpers, he’ll be by far the best center play on the board again at a 1.3x SuperDraft multiplier.
Looking for more NBA DFS picks content? We’ve got loads of articles, data, cheatsheets and more on the Awesemo NBA home page, just click HERE.