Underdog Fantasy Picks & Predictions Today: Jayson Tatum Ready to Close (May 1)

Though there are only two games on the slate tonight, each spot is massive — the Celtics look to close out the bane of their existence in the Heat, while Mavericks-Clippers is at a major inflection point. We’re going to make some money with Underdog Fantasy picks today by targeting a couple of players who need to step up: Jayson Tatum and Dereck Lively II. Let’s get into the best NBA Underdog Fantasy picks and predictions for Wednesday, May 1.

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Underdog Fantasy NBA Picks & Predictions Today

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Jayson Tatum | NBA Underdog Fantasy Pick Today

Tatum’s scoring has been somewhat subdued in this series, but tonight could be the night where he goes off. With Kristaps Porzingis sidelined, there’s a glaring gap in offensive responsibility, and Al Horford simply can’t fill those shoes. Swapping Porzingis’ hefty 25% usage rate with Horford’s modest 12% creates a noticeable shift, and Tatum’s 33% usage rate without Porzingis this season shows he’ll shoulder a heavier scoring burden.

Though this could end up being a blowout, it’s worth noting that Tatum has been on the court deep into the fourth quarter regardless of the score. Tonight all signs point to Tatum delivering the monster scoring we’ve been waiting for.

Underdog Fantasy Pick Today: Jayson Tatum Higher Than 27.5 Points

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Dereck Lively II | Underdog NBA Pick

Finding value on a two-game playoff slate is not easy, so we have to grab it with both hands here. For reference, major sportsbooks like Pinnacle are offering heavy juice, with the line sitting at -147.

Lively is mostly an alley-oop and dunk specialist, but his role is limited to minutes off the bench. Instead, it’s Maxi Kleber who is closing out games for Dallas. This shift in the lineup creates a lot of space for the lower on Lively’s points to hit tonight.

Underdog Fantasy Pick Today: Dereck Lively II Lower Than 7.5 Points

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Dave "Loughy" Loughran has been a fixture in the daily fantasy community since not long after its inception, quitting his career as a Drug and Alcohol therapist to become a full-time DFS analyst, player and media personality in 2014. Loughy is the host of "Awesemo Radio" on SiriusXM Fantasy, qualified for the 2016 DraftKings Fantasy Football World Championship, and was featured in the Washington Post and other publications for his success as a player. You can find him on Twitter at @Loughy_D where he'll likely be ranting about the miserable life of a Philadelphia sports fan, using "fella" in almost every tweet, or via email at [email protected].

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