Underdog Fantasy Picks & Predictions Today: Mavs’ Best Player May Be … Daniel Gafford? (May 9)

Heading back to two-game NBA Playoff slates, Thursday is a great spot to make some Underdog Fantasy NBA picks and make some money. Here we will target a couple of bigs who are, shall we say, on opposite ends of the impact meter: Daniel Gafford and Jaylin Williams. Let’s get into the best NBA Underdog Fantasy picks and predictions for Thursday, May 9.

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Underdog Fantasy NBA Picks & Predictions Today

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Daniel Gafford | NBA Underdog Fantasy Pick Today

There’s no doubt Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving will need to do more offensively than they did in Game 1, but Luguentz Dort and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are really disruptive on defense, and so is Cason Wallace off the bench. This should lead to more opportunities for Daniel Gafford again, who had the second-highest usage on the Mavericks in Game 1, played a playoff-high 27 minutes and had 22 rebound chances.

Gafford was arguably Dallas’ best player on Tuesday in a game that was close until midway through the fourth. It seems unlikely he will lose playing time tonight. Plus, for what it’s worth Gafford averaged 30 points + rebound + assists across 23 minutes per game in three matchups against the Thunder as a Maverick this year. Yes, that is a small sample, but we should take note of that, nonetheless.

Underdog Fantasy Pick Today: Daniel Gafford Higher Than 19.5 Points + Rebounds + Assists

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Jaylin Williams | Underdog NBA Pick

Assuming this game will not get out of control late like Game 1 did, Jaylin Williams should play between 10 and 12 minutes on Thursday. He finished with two rebounds or fewer in all four games against the Pelicans in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, and he had fewer than four rebounds in 58% of games this season.

The lower on 3.5 rebounds for Williams is currently -140 or worse at every traditional sportsbook, and this is probably going to move down to 3.0 on Underdog sooner rather than later. If it does, then the replacement pick will be Jayson Tatum lower than 27.5 points against the Cavaliers.

Underdog Fantasy Pick Today: Jaylin Williams Lower Than 3.5 Rebounds

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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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