Today we have a 4-game NBA playoff slate, featuring the return (or so they say) of Stephen Curry. These series are really starting to heat up, and we have a pretty good idea of how the games flow. Let’s get right into the targets for today’s NBA Playoff action!
Stephen Curry – GSW at HOU – $10,400 – Curry says he is healthy and in no pain as of Saturday’s workout, so if you are going to take his word, then he is a phenomenal play. I am a little hesitant and will be looking to him in tournaments only, as there truly is no reason to risk him with so much in the balance with the Warriors eyeing the overall championship.
Isaiah Thomas – BOS vs ATL – $8,200 – Boston is down 2-1 against the Hawks and really need this game if they want to have any hope of advancing to the next round. With Avery Bradley out, Kelly Olynyk iffy and Jae Crowder clearly not healthy, there is going to be a ton of shots for the former University of Washington star. We have seen Thomas top 47 DKFP in two of the three contests so far, and he should see around 20 field goal attempts tonight. He will be a very popular option, but I am with the crowd on this one.
Shaun Livingston – GSW at HOU – $4,300 – Through the first three games, Livingston is averaging 28 minutes per game and a solid 28 DraftKings points. Even with Curry back, he is a reasonable play as the Warriors have really increased his role down the stretch.
Marcus Smart – BOS vs ATL – $4,700 – Smart’s defense is needed more than ever with Avery Bradley out for the next few games. He should see around 30 minutes and should be able to cobble together close to 5X value with the secure court time.
James Harden – HOU vs GSW – $10,800 – While this Game 4 is not quite for all the marbles, it is getting down to crunch time. Harden was magnificent in the Houston Game 3 victory with 35 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 steals along with four made three-pointers which are worth a half point bonus in the DraftKings scoring system. He should get to 50 DKFP tonight, and there is still upside in this crucial game.
Evan Turner – BOS vs ATL – $6,200 – Turner is seeing the same minutes, but without Avery Bradley, the ball is in his hands more often. The price is getting up there, but in the playoffs secure minutes and touches are golden!
Kyle Korver – ATL at BOS – $4,000 – Korver’s shot has been falling, and he has made 12 of 19 attempts with ten being three pointers in the last two contests after a disastrous 1 for 10 shooting performance in Game 1. Somehow he had nary a rebound in Game 3 after corralling 16 total in the first two games of the series. If everything comes together for him, he could see 8-9X value on his current price tag.
LeBron James – CLE at DET – $10,200 – If the Cavs close out the Pistons on Sunday, they will be off until at least May 5th, which is a major advantage after the mileage and minutes racked up by their Big Three. We have seen the production consolidated with LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, and they are all fine options in this potential series ending game.
Kawhi Leonard – SAS at MEM – $8,800 – The Spurs are in a similar spot as Cleveland and can clinch a sweep with the victory today. Tournaments only, but as we saw on Friday when Leonard had a magnificent game with 32 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 blocks, 4 steals and 6 made three-pointers for a robust 64.8 DKFP, he can be a difference maker in the large field contests with his upside.
Matt Barnes – MEM vs SAS – $4,800 – Barnes had an amazing Game 3 in the loss to the Spurs with 41.8 DKFP contributing across the box score. 28-30 DKFP is a more realistic projection, but still worth it as his current price point.
Kevin Love – CLE at DET – $7,900 – Love is seeing a lot of time at the five, and he is able to draw Andre Drummond out of the paint and work the pick-and-roll with devastating efficiency. He is a little pricey, but makes for a solid foundation in cash game contests.
Jonas Jerebko – BOS vs ATL – $3,300 – I will admit I scoffed at Jerebko on Friday; however, if he draws another start for the Celtics, he will be an incredibly popular option after posting 10x his salary. He should reach 20 DKFP for a solid baseline, and at this price point, I am fine joining the crowd and looking to plant my flag elsewhere for differentiation.
Amir Johnson – BOS vs ATL – $4,900 – If Kelly Olynyk is ruled out, then Johnson is going to see at least 25 minutes against the Hawks, as the Celtics will need his size in the frontcourt. If this is the case, he will likely flirt with a double-double again, and he has the potential to reach the thirty DKFP plateau.
Al Horford – ATL at BOS – $8,000 – Horford has averaged just over 43 DKFP through the first three games of this series, and though he strained his left groin late in Friday’s game, he is a worthy tournament option, as I have a feeling a lot of gamers will shy away from his increased salary level and the big red injury tag next to his name.
Dwight Howard – HOU vs GSW – $6,500 – Howard needs to have a good showing to improve his attractiveness for other teams desperate for his services next season. He is averaging nearly 36 DKFP through the first three games, and Sunday’s contest is pretty much a kitchen sink affair with the Rockets needing all-hands-on-deck. We shall see if Howard answers the call, but he is a very interesting tournament play or even in cash games, even though he isn’t the safest option.
Marreese Speights – GSW at HOU – $2,900 – Speights is definitely not the safest player today, but at this price point, I have him slotted in a couple of my tournament lineups. He is a usage monster when in the game, and he is averaging 1.4 DKFP per minute this series. While there is downside, at this price point I am willing to take a shot with my eye on leaderboard glory.