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Advice for NBA DFS on Wednesday, June 16 (2021)

| June 16, 2021 5:32 am PDT

Wednesday brings a continuation of Monday’s NBA DFS playoff slate. There we saw the Hawks shock the Sixers and even the series up at 2-2, while the Clippers scored a second straight blowout to tie their series with Utah, as well.

Suddenly, here we are, with two good series and crucial game fives ahead of us. In theory, I’d expect Philly to step up and get the job done at home here, but I will admit I do not have a real feel for the Jazz game at all.

If you want to bet on either of these games, see what Dean McHugh has to say in our NBA picks section.

I’ll try to tackle things from a daily fantasy basketball perspective. With that said, here are my favorite NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and top lineup for Wednesday night.

Best NBA DFS Picks for June 16th

  • Donovan Mitchell, PG, Jazz ($9k)
  • Paul George, SG, Clippers ($8.6k)
  • Kawhi Leonard, SF, Clippers ($9.7k)
  • John Collins, PF, Hawks ($6k)
  • Joel Embiid, C, 76ers ($10.5k)
Donovan Mitchell

Trae Young was awesome in his last game, but the series does shift back to Philly, and this isn’t a great matchup. With that being the case – and his price elevating – I will take the discount and ride Spida over him.

Mike Conley missed his fourth straight game in this series, and even though he was hurt, Mitchell responded with 37 real points. He’s tough to fade at home in a tense game five setting.

I also want exposure to the other side of that game. PG-13 and Kawhi Leonard continue to be the lifeblood of the Clippers, and I find it hard to believe they both don’t do well here.

Pairing them may not necessarily be ideal, but they’re probably the best options at their respective positions on this slate. Due to pricing, PG-13 is the preferred weapon of choice here, but ownership could make Leonard the better GPP target.

JC is too cheap. He has shown a low floor, but his price hasn’t gone up enough. I am definitely fearful of a blowout with the Sixers running away here, but on a two-game slate we can’t build with potential one-sided affairs making our decisions.

The top elite is again Joel Embiid, and he’s the starting point for all of my NBA DFS lineups right now.

Embiid shot an abysmal 4-of-20 in game four, and he still almost got 50 fantasy points.

In a huge game five at home, I expect him to go off. The other centers aren’t worth our time these days, so start with Embiid and don’t look back.

NBA DFS Sleepers for Wednesday

  • Reggie Jackson, PG, Clippers ($5.1k)
  • Seth Curry, SG, 76ers ($5k)
  • Joe Ingles, SF, Jazz ($5.2k)
  • Marcus Morris Sr., PF, Clippers ($4.5k)
  • Ivica Zubac, C, Clippers ($3.5k)
Collage of Marcus Morris and Ivica Zubac

The blurbs for the NBA DFS sleepers won’t change much. The information is like what you’ve seen throughout these two series, just the prices are a bit different.

Jackson and Curry are minutes plays. They both have low floors, but the Clippers and 76ers are counting on them for some offense.

I don’t know if they have to be core plays – punting in place of them could make your lineup very different – but I also doubt they hurt you too much due to solid ownership.

Ingles is a wait-and-see guy, although he’s probably fine even if Mike Conley is back. His minutes would take a hit, but he is balling in this series.

Most of the value comes from the Clippers. I’ll toss Nicolas Batum as a great pivot away from Ingles no matter what, while Morris and Zubac are also viable.

Batum and Morris are getting serious burn as L.A. opts to go smaller in this series, but Zubac is still one of the very few punts you can consider.

Wednesday’s Top NBA DFS Lineup

  • PG: Donovan Mitchell – Jazz ($9,000)
  • SG: Paul George – Clippers ($8.6k)
  • SF: Nicolas Batum – Clippers ($4.6k)
  • PF: Marcus Morris Sr. – Clippers ($4.5k)
  • C: Joel Embiid – 76ers ($10.5k)
  • G: Furkan Korkmaz – 76ers ($3.8k)
  • F: Joe Ingles – Jazz ($5.2k)
  • Util: Ivica Zubac – Clippers ($3.5k)

I am taking a slanted approach with this team. I do tend to think the 76ers coast to a win in game five, and I also think the Clippers beat the Jazz.

Don’t let that sway you too much; it’s just worth noting if you want to bet on these games at the top NBA betting sites, and it also explains how this team panned out.

Embiid is the top guy on this slate, and I love the battle between Mitchell and PG-13 to close. The Clippers value guys are all obvious, and I like Ingles regardless of Conley’s status.

If Conley plays, the Ingles ownership should drop. If he’s out, Ingles just looks like good chalk.

Zubac is the punt here, and Korkmaz is a similar punt. The latter is simply getting run lately, and if the Sixers are going to run away with game five (like I think they will), their ancillary pieces will have something to do with it.

It’s wild how many directions you can go in on a small two-game slate, but the more slanted, the better. You just need to be on the right side of whatever stack you roll with, is all.

Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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