Tips for NBA DFS on Tuesday, May 11 (2021)

| May 11, 2021 7:32 am PDT

The NBA ramps up with a wild 11-game slate on Tuesday night. It’s quite the change of pace from Monday, where there were just six games and some truly disgusting value.

It is a catch-22, of course, as there will only be more studs to pay up for on Tuesday, but there should at least be more sleepers worth rolling the dice on.

Hopefully, I can help you find the perfect balance, but before you join me for a look at the best NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and top lineup, see what we have to offer in our NBA betting picks section.

Ideally you can get an idea as to which game environments should be good for DFS, and maybe you will find a bet you like. For everything else DFS, continue for Tuesday’s breakdown.

Best NBA DFS Picks for May 11th

  • Killian Hayes, PG, Pistons ($5.4k)
  • Evan Fournier, SG, Celtics ($5.4k)
  • Kawhi Leonard, SF, Raptors ($8.3k)
  • Kevin Durant, PF, Nets ($9.9k)
  • Isaiah Stewart, C, Pistons ($6.4k)

Normally I am a bit reluctant to hop on Team Hayes but the rookie went ham in 38 minutes in his last game.

Hayes flashed serious offensive potential, putting up 21 points and nearly recording a triple double.

Detroit is once again without a slew of key veterans, so he could again push for 40 minutes. If so, he’s way too cheap given his role and upside.

Fournier is appealing too. He is too cheap for a guy that went off (51 fantasy points) in his last game and will be asked to step up with Jaylen Brown (wrist) done for the year.

I don’t ever love rostering Fournier, but he’s been sharp (17+ real points in each of his last four games), and his role should be pretty concrete moving forward.

Leonard is finally back to normal minutes (36 last game), and while he’s been a big bowl of “meh” basically all year, I will have a tough time turning my nose up at his $8.3k price.

A little revenge game against Toronto adds a little spice to him at a SF position I don’t feel inclined to pay up for.

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant might be my favorite stud to target on this slate though. He’s a hair under $10k, but he’s priced appropriately for a guy with a nice floor and 60+ fantasy point upside.

You never know who is going to go off between him and Kyrie Irving, but he offers the better floor and ceiling. A date with the Bulls gives him a smash spot as the Nets continue to work toward the #1 seed in the east, as well.

I’ll close things out with Stewart, who snapped out of a funk to put up 37 fantasy points. He has a smash spot in front of him against a suspect Minnesota defense, and Mason Plumlee isn’t going to suit up for this one.

Foul trouble is always a concern with Stewart, but he is still a really nice price for a guy who should see plenty of run in an up-tempo matchup.

NBA DFS Sleepers for Tuesday

  • J. McConnell, PG, Pacers ($5.5k)
  • Terence Davis, SG, Kings ($5.3k)
  • Jalen McDaniels, SF, Hornets ($5.5k)
  • Sekou Doumbouya, PF, Pistons ($4.5k)
  • Dwight Howard, C, 76ers ($4.2k)
Terence Davis

Most of Tuesday’s NBA DFS sleepers should be fairly self-explanatory. McConnell continues to be useful so long as Malcolm Brogdon is out.

The veteran guard missed Monday’s game and will be at risk of sitting yet another game out tonight. If that is the case, McConnell and perhaps even Aaron Holiday and Edmond Sumner should be on your radar.

I’ve reached a breaking point with Delon Wright, who hasn’t been good enough lately to warrant a steep $8.1k price tag. Terence Davis, on the other hand, has been good, and is still a really nice price.

Provided De’Aaron Fox isn’t given the green light to return, Davis looks like one of the better daily fantasy basketball value picks on this slate.

Charlotte is another team that is rather nicked up. They are without Gordon Hayward and Miles Bridges, so McDaniels stands out as a viable option if he’s going to get some run.

You can always dig deeper there, too, with Malik Monk and Caleb Martin perhaps standing out as interesting punts.

I have touched on the Pistons, but it’s not like their main guys are cheap. One guy that is still coming in at a fine rate is Sekou, who should be in for an expanded role with Jerami Grant on the shelf for Tuesday.

Doumbouya is pretty hit or miss, but he’s displayed enough upside to take a gamble in tournaments.

Lastly, keep an eye on the status of Joel Embiid. He’s iffy to suit up tonight, and with Philly virtually locked into the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the 76ers may not want to chance it.

If he’s out, Dwight Howard could emerge as one of the better NBA DFS sleepers on Tuesday night.

Tuesday’s Top NBA DFS Lineup

  • PG: Killian Hayes – Pistons ($5.4k)
  • SG: Gary Trent Jr. – Raptors ($6k)
  • SF: Terence Davis – Kings ($5.3k)
  • PF: Kevin Durant – Nets ($9.9k)
  • C: Isaiah Stewart – Pistons
  • G: Evan Fournier – Celtics ($5.4k)
  • F: Ignas Brazdeikis – Magic ($3.6k)
  • UTIL: Ja Morant – Grizzlies ($8k)

I am absolutely considering paying up for a second stud (likely Luka or Jokic), but I have to say, I have been getting burned both by floor games from studs, and that one extra value play each slate.

Going balanced around one stud is an old-fashioned strategy that just might be viable on this slate. You can probably go either way and be perfectly fine, of course, especially since Doncic or Jokic would get you those raw points you are after.

That said, for now, I will build around KD as my lone stud. Morant still can serve as my second stud, and guys like Hayes, Trent, Stewart, Davis, and Fournier all have concrete roles, so they feel discounted at their current prices.

Ignas is the only true dice roll here, but the Magic are still down some key big men, and he’s been getting serious burn. He’s dicey, but a likely blowout against the Bucks should get him all the minutes I need.

Hopefully, my NBA DFS picks send you down the right path. Good luck and enjoy the games!

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.

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