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Here are some players to target for today’s four-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudRussell Westbrook, OKC vs. POR, $10,500 — Westbrook and the Thunder got off to a rocky start in the playoffs. They dropped the first two games of the series and Russ struggled to find a rhythm. He was extremely inefficient and made 32% of his field goal attempts in Portland. His game picked up in a pivotal Game 3 back in OKC. Westbrook scored 58.75 DKFP and led the Thunder with 33 points. Finding value at point is difficult, so it makes sense to spend up.
ValuePatrick Beverley, LAC vs. GSW, $4,400 — I really don’t love any cheap point guards, but Beverley at least has a realistic path to upside. He’s played a big role in the series with some tough defense on Kevin Durant ($8,600) and played 31 minutes in the first two games. During the regular season, he averaged 25.5 DKFP and 29.2 minutes in his starts.
StudC.J. McCollum, POR at OKC, $7,100 — When watching the Blazers in the playoffs, the performance of Damian Lillard ($9,200) is clearly standing out. He’s been having massive games and is forcing the defense to pay a ton of attention to him. The Thunder have opted to double-team Dame at times, which is creating easier scoring opportunities for McCollum. He’s been a great second option for Portland and is averaging 43.9 DKFP in the series.
ValueJaylen Brown, BOS at IND, $4,900 — Brown struggled to stay on the court in the first two games of the series. Even though the Celtics won both games, Brown didn’t play a massive role due to early foul trouble. He avoided early fouls in Game 3 and played 35 minutes. Brown got into the flow of the game and had his best game of the playoffs. He scored 36.25 DKFP and figures to continue playing a significant role for the Celtics until Marcus Smart returns from an oblique injury.
StudKevin Durant, GSW at LAC, $8,600 — If not for a blowout, Durant could have had a massive fantasy game Thursday night. He scored 56.5 DKFP, but played under 30 minutes since the Warriors were up by enough points that he didn’t need to play the fourth quarter. The big game was partly a result of foul trouble from Steph Curry ($8,800), however Durant should see increased usage with DeMarcus Cousins injured.
ValueJonathan Isaac, ORL vs. TOR, $4,900 — The future is bright for Isaac. I think he could potentially be a future All-Defensive player and flashed his defensive upside in Game 3. He picked up a pair of blocks and steals and was one of the best value plays on the slate with 33.3 DKFP. Despite his age, coach Steve Clifford has shown that he isn’t afraid to play Isaac big minutes. He topped out at 40 minutes in the opening game of the series.
StudPascal Siakam, TOR at ORL, $7,600 — How good is Spicy P? Last game he joined Chris Bosh as the only other player in Raptors’ history to have a game with 30-plus points and 10-plus rebounds. Siakam is averaging 44.7 DKFP in the playoffs and he should be a shoe-in to win the Most Improved Player Award. His performances have been so ridiculous that we are getting to a point where Siakam might not be on the table in a potential trade for Anthony Davis in the offseason.
ValueKevon Looney, GSW at LAC, $4,000 — With Cousins out, there is extra playing time to go around in the Golden State frontcourt. My preferred big man play is Andrew Bogut ($4,700), but I expect everybody will be on him. For tournaments, pivoting off of Bogut to a lower-owned Looney is a high-upside play. If Bogut struggles or gets into foul trouble, Looney could be forced into playing a big role.
StudNikola Vucevic, ORL vs. TOR, $8,000 — The worst fantasy game Vooch had all regular season was 27 DFKP. He opened the playoffs with games of 27.5 and 18 DKFP. Some of the credit has to go to the Raptors’ defense, but I also think it is partly due to playoff jitters. Not only is the first time Vucevic has been a starter in the playoffs, but he’s expected to lead the Magic as the team’s only All-Star. He seemed to settle into his normal role with a 56.5-DKFP night in Game 3.
ValueAndrew Bogut, GSW vs. LAC, $4,700 — As mentioned earlier, Cousins is injured and is expected to be out a while. Bogut started in his place last game and it was as if he was the Warriors’ starting center from the start of their championship run as he turned back the clock and scored a season-high 37 DKFP. I expect him to be the highest owned value play on the slate, but for good reason.
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