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Best Hawks vs. Bucks DraftKings, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks for June 25, 2021

With just a single-game slate on Friday that features the Atlanta Hawks facing off against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Daily Fantasy Basketball players will need to ensure they make the most optimal selections for their roster.

The Atlanta Hawks are currently up 1-0 in the series due to Trae Young’s remarkable performance. He scored 48 points and tallied 11 assists, and frankly embarrassed the Bucks offensively. However, look for the Milwaukee Bucks to make multiple defensive adjustments and attempt to tie up the series before heading to Atlanta.

The Bucks enter Game 2 as 8-point favorites, while the game total is 225 points.

Best NBA DFS picks for Thursday, June 25

Before finalizing any of the players for your NBA DFS lineup, read below to see the top MVP/Captain considerations along with optimal utility picks available in today’s NBA fantasy pool.

Each player is determined by data-driven analysis with player stats, matchup history, and previous performance. With FanDuel and DraftKing prices and projections along with value ratings from Optimal DFS.

Do note that all pricing is based on the single-game/Showdown mode, not the Classic style. 

NBA DFS MVP/Captain Picks

Giannis Antetokounmpo

FD– $16500 DK – $18600 | Proj Pts FD – 60.3 DK – 62.4 | Value FD – 3.7x DK – 3.4x

Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo

Despite losing game one, Giannis still put up a massive stat line. The Greek Freak was one assist shy of a triple-double and accumulated over 70 fantasy points.

Giannis has played over 40 minutes in four straight competitions. This year in the Playoffs, when the two-time MVP surpasses the 40-minute mark, he averages over 60 fantasy points per game.

In addition to Antetokounmpo logging high game minutes, he averages 31.33 points this postseason while playing on at home. Moreover, given that his team was shocked in Game one look for the superstar to notch up his scoring average even more.

Trae Young

FD– $16000 DK – $17700 | Proj Pts FD – 46.0 DK – 48.5 | Value FD – 2.9x DK – 2.7x

Trae Young, Hawks

Trae Young has already put his name up against some of the all-time greats in his first postseason. The 22-year-old is averaging 30.5 points, and 10.5 assist this postseason. The only other player to average 30+ points and tally 10+ assist in their first NBA Playoffs, where they played 10 or more games, is Oscar Robertson during the 1962-1963 season.

Young was essentially unguardable in the Pick and roll against Milwaukee in Game 1. He had a usage rate of 46.8% and annihilated the Bucks defense for a playoff-high 75.75 DKFP and 69.9 FDFP.

The Bucks will undoubtedly make defensive adjustments in Game 2. However, still expect Young to reach his playoff averages.

Khris Middleton

FD– $12000 DK – $15300 | Proj Pts FD – 42.2 DK – 44.0 | Value FD – 3.5x DK – 2.9x

Middleton has been quite volatile this postseason, especially when it comes to his three-point shooting. However, when he is on, there is no denying he has the talent to swing a playoff series.

Besides the last game against the Hawks, Middleton has shot the ball incredibly well at home this postseason, knocking down 56.5% of his attempts from behind the arc.

Expect the two-time All-Star to find his rhythm in Game 2; he has always shown he can bounce back after a poor performance.

Utility Picks

Clint Capela

FD– $5600 DK – $6100 | Proj Pts FD – 30.0 DK – 32.0 | Value FD – 5.4x DK – 5.2x


Clint Capela has a favorable match-up against the Bucks, and that was proven in Game 1. He had 12 points, 19 rebounds and earned over 40 daily fantasy points.

Expect Capela to earn the double-double bonus again in Game 2, as the Bucks will likely play a smaller lineup to offset mismatches from the Trae Young pick and roll.

Byrn Forbes

FD– $5600 DK – $6100 | Proj Pts FD – 30.0 DK – 32.0 | Value FD – 5.4x DK – 5.2x

Byrn Forbes is an excellent NBA DFS value pick-up. Forbes had a sensational round one series against the Heat, where he averaged 15 points and shot 48.5% from three.

If Forbes can get hot from three, he is easily capable of accumulating 20+ fantasy points.