Make sure to get your NBA lineups in for the “main” game set which begins at 1pm ET on Sunday.
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Russell Westbrook – OKC vs HOU – $13,800 – This is turning into quite the series and the last two games combined are 228-226 with Houston getting the nod by a bucket. We will want to do everything we can to get Westbrook in our lineups since he has somehow managed to find a new gear in the playoffs with 40mpg, 41.5ppg, 11.5rpg, 12.0apg and 4.0 combined blocks/steals for 84.6 DraftKings points per game over his last two outings.
Chris Paul – LAC at UTA – $9,800 – It is a shame that both Rudy Gobert and now Blake Griffin are out of this series. Of course, that puts even more of the offensive focus on Chris Paul which is a bonus from a fantasy perspective. Through the first three games, he is averaging 35.3mpg 26.6ppg and 10.3apg for a whopping 56.0 DraftKings points per contest. For the Clippers to have a chance of going up 3-1 and bringing a two-game lead back to Los Angeles, CP3 is going to need to maintain that level of production.
Other Options – Isaiah Thomas ($8,100), Kyrie Irving ($8,000)
Patrick Beverley – HOU at OKC – $5,500 – PatBev had a horrendous showing on Friday missing all six of his shots from the field and failing to top a dozen DraftKings points for only the second time this season. He deserves a mulligan and if he can return to 30+ DKPTs, he is a steal at his current price point.
Other Options – George Hill ($5,900), Michael Carter-Williams ($3,000), Jerian Grant ($3,700)
James Harden – HOU at OKC – $11,100 – The savvy tournament move would be to play James Harden at shooting guard, roster three other point guards (PG, G, UTL) not named Russell Westbrook and hope that Harden outperforms his former teammate. Of course, it is easier to say this than actually NOT play Westbrook, but that is one path to seeing our name in lights at the top of a leaderboard.
Other Options – Dwyane Wade ($6,500)
Lou Williams – HOU at OKC – $4,900 – Sweet Lou has been instant offense off the bench in the last two games, combining for 43 points on 17 of 29 shooting from the field, including 6 of 8 from beyond the arc. He has one job and he does it well, which makes him a valuable tournament commodity.
Marcus Smart – BOS at CHI – $5,000 – The former Oklahoma State star has been really productive for his price point and a nice source of discounted scoring who is going overlooked by most gamers.
Other Options – Paul Zipser ($3,500)
LeBron James – CLE at IND – $11,900 – What a performance by King James in Game 3 where he willed the Cavs to a road win with Kevin Love AND Kyrie Irving on the bench for the fourth quarter with support from Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, Kyle Korver and Deron Williams. The only fear is that he may be gassed after that heroic effort. Of course, he could also want to emphatically finish the sweep of the Pacers on Sunday so who knows what forecast will come true. He is going to need a monster performance to justify his increased price tag, which makes going in a different direction a little more palatable.
Paul George – IND vs CLE – $10,300 – Can PG13 pull another rabbit out of his hat with a 70+ DraftKings point performance? The Pacers are on vacation if he doesn’t and with free agency on the horizon, he is going to want to put on a show.
Other Options – Gordon Hayward ($7,700), Jimmy Butler ($10,000)
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute – LAC at UTA – $3,700 – With Blake Griffin out of the picture and Mbah a Moute needed to be on the floor to shadow Gordon Hayward, we can safely roll with Luc at a nice discount and with the potential upside of taking a few more shots than usual.
Other Options – Raymond Felton ($2,600), Jerami Grant ($3,800)
Gordon Hayward – UTA vs LAC – $7,700 – Another 50+ DKPT performance is not particularly likely, but it is in the realm of possibility without the help defense of Blake Griffin coming to the aid of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. Gordon is going to be incredibly popular with the point chasing crowd, so based on past performance in Games 1 and 2, I am willing to let others take the risk even though I do understand the appeal.
Other Options – Paul George ($10,300), Kevin Love ($7,500)
Thaddeus Young – IND vs CLE – $5,700 – Young is someone who is hard to trust since he does not have a lot of upside, but back to back 30+ DraftKings point outings at this price point is definitely one way to lock up the power forward position with a player who will likely be on less than 15% of all tournament rosters.
Nikola Mirotic – CHI vs BOS – $5,100 – Mirotic continues to be effective for the Bulls and now that they are dealing with spacing issues without Rajon Rondo facilitating the offense, Chicago is going to need his shooting more than ever.
Other Options – Kelly Olynyk ($4,800)
DeAndre Jordan – LAC at UTA – $7,900 – Without Blake Griffin and Rudy Gobert in the paint, DAJ should have a chance at most of the rebounds in his vicinity. His price is cresting near his season high, but he is the clear-cut top option at the center position on Sunday from a raw points perspective.
Other Options – Kevin Love ($7,500)
Tristan Thompson – CLE at IND – $4,700 – Thompson keeps doing the dirty work and he is someone that is continually overlooked by the average daily fantasy gamer.
Robin Lopez – CHI vs BOS – $5,300 – Lopez has been up and down this series, much like the Bulls. However, his defense is going to be needed if Chicago wants to have any chance of holding off a motivated Celtics team and pushing this series to the distance which is the only way they can hope to win now that Rajon Rondo is out of action.
Marreese Speights – LAC at UTA – $3,900 – Speights should approach 20 minutes now that Blake Griffin is out of action and with his heavy usage rate, he could be a difference maker at this price point if he can produce a point per minute.
Other Options – Clint Capela ($5,000), Kelly Olynyk ($4,800)
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