Now that we are back to the weekend, we have a four-game set for the “main” contests on DraftKings tipping off at 3 pm ET. A few of the more defensive minded playoff teams are on this slate, so we will want to keep that in mind if we are looking for a tiebreaker for any of our choices.
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John Wall – WAS at ATL – $10,800 – The Wizards are up 2-0 in the series, but are still slight underdogs in this first game on Atlanta’s home court. Through the first two games, Wall is averaging 38.0mpg, 32.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 11.5apg and 1.5 combined steals/blocks for nearly 58 DraftKings points. He is the clear-cut top play at this position tonight and makes a fine building block for our lineups.
Damian Lillard – POR vs GSW – $8,300 – Lillard was completely flummoxed on Wednesday in Golden State, managing a paltry 19.0 DraftKings points on 5-17 shooting from the field and ZERO assists. This should serve to keep the game log watchers at bay and that is a valuable leverage for us in tournaments. Keep in mind that he did manage to reach the vaunted 50 fantasy point plateau in Game 1 of this series, so there is potential upside and it should theoretically be easier to reach on his home court.
Other Options – Mike Conley ($7,900), Stephen Curry (9,100), Giannis Antetokounmpo ($10,200)
Malcolm Brogdon – MIL vs TOR – $5,300 – Though he is not a “true” point guard since the majority of the offense flows through teammate Giannis Antentokounmpo, the rookie from the University of Virginia plays a crucial role doing a little bit of everything and plays solid defense, which will keep him on the floor for 28-32 minutes which is a steal at his current price point.
Other Options – Patty Mills ($3,500)
Bradley Beal – WAS at ATL – $7,500 – John Wall’s running mate has been a key part of Washington’s victories in the first two tilts of this series. We should again see him approach 40 minutes on the floor and see upwards of 20 field goal attempts.
Other Options – C.J. McCollum ($7,000), Klay Thompson ($6,700)
Andre Iguodala – GSW at POR – $5,100 – Iggy rewarded those that kept the faith after his opening game dud as he filled the box score with six points, 10 rebounds, six assists and a steal on his way to 29.5 DraftKings points in 27 minutes. He will be called upon once again to lock down the many wings and backcourt players that Portland will be sending out in small-ball waves on Saturday night.
Matthew Dellavedova – MIL vs TOR – $3,200 – We are going to need some wiggle room in order to work in some of the top-shelf options and Matty D is not a bad place to look. He should see 20ish minutes off the bench and can contribute a little bit of everything so he should reach double digit fantasy points and if he knocks down a couple shots he could reach the mid-to-upper teens from a fantasy points perspective on Saturday.
Other Options – Kent Bazemore ($4,100)
Giannis Antetokounmpo – MIL vs TOR – $10,200 – Since most of the point guards are inherently better fantasy options, it is great to have the flexibility to move Antetokounmpo to the small forward position. He continues to be a matchup nightmare and if the Raptors can manage to keep the game close in Milwaukee, we could see him uncork a giant performance.
Kevin Durant – GSW at POR – $9,200 – If you are feeling daring, putting Durant in a lineup if we don’t have official news of his status is one way to differentiate your lineups from the field. Coach Steve Kerr has already said that KD will not play unless he is a full go, so the gambit could be worth a long shot in the face of uncertainty. If we know that Durant is going to play, then he is at a phenomenal price point and we should go all-in.
Other Options – Kawhi Leonard ($9,000)
Kent Bazemore – ATL vs WAS – $4,400 – Though he is coming off the bench, Bazemore is still seeing solid rotation minutes in the mid-20s and he is a viable discount option on Saturday and he has room for more minutes in the event rookie Taurean Prince – $4,500 falters.
Other Options – Tony Snell ($4,000), Maurice Harkless ($4,900)
Paul Millsap – ATL vs WAS – $7,400 – We saw first-hand the upside that Paul Millsap possesses, particularly against a less-than-intimidating Wizards’ frontcourt. At home, another 50 point performance is well within his range of outcomes and that is a phenomenal point per dollar play at his currently depressed price tag.
Draymond Green – GSW at POR – $8,100 – Since last Saturday, Green’s price is up by almost 20%. This is still a fine salary if Kevin Durant is out of action, but if he plays, it is much less palatable. Salt to taste here.
Other Options – Zach Randolph ($6,500), Kevin Durant ($9,200)
Maurice Harkless – POR vs GSW – $4,900 – Harkless is playing a key role helping to fill the void of Jusuf Nurkic (leg) and he slots in nicely at either forward position. The best part is that he continues to fly under-the-radar since he is not a household name, even in daily fantasy sports circles.
Markieff Morris – WAS at ATL – $5,800 – If he stays out of foul trouble, he is more than capable of posting 40 fantasy points. However, he can just as easily destroy your hopes and dreams when he “forgets” to move his feet on defense and picks up quick ticky-tack infractions.
Jason Smith – WAS at ATL – $3,100 – Game 1 saw Smith with just 1.8 DKPTs in 13 minutes, Game 2 was the reverse with 28 minutes and a difference making 25 DKPTs. Buyer beware, but if you are looking for a lottery ticket in tournaments, Ian Mahinmi is still out of action and Washington is likely to need to rely on Smith to play backup center minutes so if Markieff Morris is in foul trouble again, Smith will have a chance to shine once again.
Other Options – Serge Ibaka ($5,900)
Marc Gasol – MEM vs SAS – $7,100 – Steady though not spectacular, at least he is fairly priced for his 35-40 DKPT production.
Marcin Gortat – WAS at ATL – $6,000 – It is hard to tell how much Dwight Howard actually cares about the results of these playoff games. That is not our problem however and we can take advantage of his lackadaisical presence by rolling with Gortat, even at this elevated price point.
Other Options – Draymond Green ($8,100)
Greg Monroe – MIL vs TOR – $5,500 – Keep locking in Monroe as your center or utility player until his price is over $6,000. At that point, he will still be a good play, but we will want to see if other options have seen a price discount. In the here and now, however, full steam ahead!
Other Options – JaVale McGee ($3,400)
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