With the Final Four beginning on Saturday, The Association along with DraftKings is giving us a four game “main slate” starting at 5 pm ET, so don’t miss the earlier than normal lock time for the last full Saturday of NBA before MLB appears on the scene!
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Damian Lillard – POR vs PHX – $9,700 – Portland is battling Denver for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference, and while they do have a lead, their entry into the post season is by no means guaranteed. Phoenix has shut down most of their relevant NBA caliber talent and are “taking a look at their youngsters” and NOT tanking (wink, wink). The Suns are a sieve against competent backcourts, and I think this is a prime spot to deploy Lillard, particularly now that Jusuf Nurkic is out for the next two weeks with a non-displaced fibula fracture of his right leg.
Ricky Rubio – MIN vs SAC – $7,900 – While the T-Wolves are once again out of the playoffs, this is a home game against the Sacramento Kings who have put a giant stamp on their season and are mailing things in and on a back-to-back set of road games. Coach Tom Thibodeau loves to ride his horses and will want to do well in front of the home crowd. This will be the first of several Minnesota player recommendations.
Tyler Ulis – PHX at POR – $7,100 – The NBA is all about minutes, and Ulis has topped 39 minutes in 8 of his last 9 appearances. Even though he is not the most talented option, there will be plenty of opportunities for him to compile fantasy production against the porous backcourt defense of the Blazers.
Other Options – Elfrid Payton ($7,400), Dennis Schroder ($7,400)
Rajon Rondo – CHI vs ATL – $6,900 – Without Dwyane Wade, and now that he realizes he is auditioning for next year, Rondo has finally turned things up a notch. He has a matchup against the Atlanta Hawks which has been a lucrative situation for point guards all season.
Kris Dunn – MIN vs SAC – $4,500 – The T-Wolves are taking a long look at Dunn, and he has been seeing some nice “critical” minutes and fourth quarter action. In what should be a Minnesota victory, he should get some mop up duty as well. If this were a tougher matchup, his price would be giving us some concern, but he is a full go in all formats against Sacramento on Saturday night.
Other Options – Spencer Dinwiddie ($3,600)
Jimmy Butler – CHI vs ATL – $9,600 – The Bulls still have playoff hopes if they can stay focused, and this is a great matchup against the short-handed Atlanta Hawks. While his price is up there, Butler should be able to flirt with the 50 fantasy point plateau in this matchup, and he slots in nicely at the shooting guard or small forward position.
Devin Booker – PHO at POR – $7,500 – Booker should get all the minutes and shots he can handle, and I think he is a lock and load as long as his ankle is not giving him any issues.
Other Options – C.J. McCollum ($7,600)
Evan Fournier – ORL at BKN – $5,600 – This is a back-to-back for Orlando, but going against the Nets is one of the best fantasy situations for players at any position. We know Fournier has the ability to reach 40+ DraftKings points, and he is likely going to be an overlooked option which gives him nice tournament upside.
Other Options – Allen Crabbe ($4,400), Kent Bazemore ($4,300)
Andrew Wiggins – MIN vs SAC – $7,200 – The Kings really do not have anyone who can effectively shadow Wiggins, and if we see him surpass 20 field goal attempts (which is about his average over his last nine appearances) he is a fine option in all formats since I think most gamers who will be spending at this position will likely lean towards Jimmy Butler or drop down to some of the sub-$6k options.
Terrence Ross – ORL at BKN – $5,100 – With Aaron Gordon a little dinged up and the Magic on a back-to-back, I believe this is a good spot to look to the former University of Washington star Terrence Ross in tournaments. He can get hot from behind the arc, and three-pointers are worth an extra half point bonus on DraftKings.
Other Options – Jimmy Butler ($9,600)
Allen Crabbe – POR vs PHX – $4,400 – Crabbe continues to get solid minutes in the rotation, and he also gets mop up run making him a nice “last man in” at either shooting guard or small forward on Saturday.
Kent Bazemore – ATL at CHI – $4,300 – Bazemore is back and looks to be healthy. His recent injury woes and lackluster performance prior to his injury leave him at a suppressed price point. I think he is a solid option in all formats with Atlanta looking to hang on to the fifth seed and hoping to avoid a first round thrashing from Cleveland or Boston.
Other Options – Maurice Harkless ($4,300)
Karl-Anthony Towns – MIN vs SAC – $10,400 – With 50+ DraftKings points in 4 of his last 5 games and facing a worn down Sacramento Kings squad without any true frontcourt presence, I believe KAT may very well be the highest scoring player on the slate.
Other Options – T.J. Warren ($7,000)
Gorgui Dieng – MIN vs SAC – $6,200 – This is a lofty price point for Dieng, which could have gamers shying away. That puts him firmly in tournament consideration against a limited Kings squad, particularly since it looks like he has surpassed teammate Shabazz Muhammad – $3,200 in the pecking order.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – BKN vs ORL – $5,600 – There should be plenty of rebounds for RHJ to scoop up next to teammate Brook Lopez – $6,700 who is averaging a paltry 5.4 boards per game.
Other Options – Nikola Mirotic ($6,000), Ersan Ilyasova ($5,900)
Nikola Vucevic – ORL at BKN – $7,600 – A back-to-back for Vooch, but look at his last meeting with Brooklyn (50.5 DraftKings points in 30.4 minutes) and tell me you don’t want him on your roster. It’s tough!
Brook Lopez – BKN vs ORL – $6,700 – Staying in the same game, this is also a good matchup for BroLo who should be in action with the Nets last playing on Thursday night. He tallied 41 DKPTs in 31 minutes earlier this season against Orlando.
Other Options – Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,400)
Bismack Biyombo – ORL at BKN – $4,500 – Three centers from the same game?! If you are looking for a tournament flier with 30+ DKPT upside who will likely be lower-owned in large field tournaments on a short five-game slate, then Biyombo is your guy.
Other Options – Noah Vonleh ($3,800)
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