Top Daily Fantasy Basketball Plays, Values and Lineup Help for September 5, 2020
The 2020 NBA playoffs have been pretty intense, and they don’t appear to be letting up come Saturday.
Noah Davis typically handles the NBA DFS picks, but I’m back again to hand out some advice as you try to piece together your daily fantasy basketball lineups.
That remains a tricky proposition on these tiny two-game slates, and with a group of slow teams that like to defend gracing Saturday’s NBA schedule, it may be harder than ever.
That said, the Celtics and Nuggets both aim to tie their respective playoff series up. Here’s a look at the top NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and lineup advice you need to win.
Top NBA DFS Picks for September 5
- Jamal Murray, PG, Nuggets ($9.1k)
- Jaylen Brown, SG, Celtics ($7.6k)
- Kawhi Leonard, SF, Clippers ($10.4k)
- Pascal Siakam, PF, Raptors ($7.9k)
- Nikola Jokic, C, Nuggets ($9.5k)
After scoring 42 or more points in three straight games, Jamal Murray has understandably slowed down. However, with the Nuggets trying to avoid going down 2-0 against the Clippers, look for him to come out guns blazing on Saturday.
Jaylen Brown is coming off a “19 and 12” game and is playing a ton of minutes for Brad Stevens. Brown blamed himself for Thursday’s loss – specifically for allowing OG Anunoby to get off the game-winning shot. Jaylen is seething to get back on the court.
In terms of the top NBA DFS pick at the small forward position, not much needs to be said here. Kawhi Leonard costs $900 more than anyone else on this slate for a reason. Denver has no answer for him defensively, as we saw time and time again in game 1.
Most touts will point you toward Jayson Tatum here, but Pascal Siakam is due to post a meaty stat line. The 6’9” PF is only averaging 15 and 6 thus far in this series, meaning a 25-10 game is imminent. Pascal is too skilled to be held down for this long.
Unless you want to be bold and pray that Serge Ibaka or Ivica Zubac go off, there is no denying that Nikola Jokic is the most alluring center on the board. Speaking of being due, “Joker’s” last triple-double came on August 3rd.
Best NBA DFS Sleepers for Saturday
- Monte Morris, PG, Nuggets ($4.1k)
- Norman Powell, SG, Raptors ($4.2k)
- Michael Porter Jr., SF, Nuggets ($5.1k)
- Paul Millsap, PF, Nuggets ($4.6k)
- Montrezl Harrell, C ($4.3k)
Monte Morris isn’t going to knock anyone’s socks off, but he’s worked his way into being a consistent contributor for Mike Malone. The Nuggets backup PG poured in 12 points in the first game against the Clips and had five assists and three rebounds in game 7 versus Utah.
Nick Nurse utilizes a short rotation in Toronto, but Normal Powell is one of the few bench players he isn’t afraid to rely on. 24- and 29-point games in the Brooklyn series hint at Norman’s ability to be a valuable asset on offense. Powell also chips in with 1.2 steals/game.
MPJ’s production has tapered in the playoffs, but let’s not forget when he was wowing everyone during the restart. In a four-game stretch from August 3-8, Porter averaged 29.3 points and 12.5 rebounds.
If you don’t believe that Michael Porter Jr. will break out on Saturday, perhaps you want to take a flier on Paul Millsap instead. His ceiling is limited at this point in his career, even 12 points and 7 rebounds at $4.6k could go a long way. Two blocks and three steals his last time out.
The most logical NBA DFS Sleeper for September 5 is without a doubt Montrezl Harrell. The 2020 NBA 6th Man of the Year is still getting his feet under him after missing a chunk of time, but there’s no doubt what he’s capable of. Harrell clocked in at 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds (per game) this past season.
My Favorite NBA DFS Lineup For September 5
- PG: Jamal Murray – Nuggets ($9.1k)
- SG: Lou Williams – Clippers ($6k)
- SF: Norman Powell – Raptors ($4.2k)
- PF: Pascal Siakam – Raptors ($5.6k)
- C: Montrezl Harrell – Clippers ($4.3k)
- G: Jaylen Brown – Celtics ($7.6k)
- F: OG Anunoby – Raptors ($5.6k)
- UTIL: Michael Porter Jr. ($5.1k)
This should be a strong enough NBA DFS lineup to help you compete in any tournament, but like always, it’s a good idea to max-enter contests.
You can also use some of this insight to profit off of Saturday’s NBA betting slate. For a little extra advice, check out our free NBA picks section before finalizing your wagers.