Happy Monday all! We have a three-game slate tonight and the top four teams, as far as post season game pace is concerned, are in action, so we have several interesting options to choose from.
The Warriors could close out the series with a win tonight. The Wizards lead the Hawks two games to one, so Atlanta is looking to even things up at home. The Bucks and Raptors series is tied, as Toronto regained home court advantage.
As far as injuries are concerned, Kevin Durant has missed the last two games due to a calf injury and is considered questionable for this game. When he is off the court, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both see the biggest boost in usage with a +3.7 percent increase. Jusuf Nurkic has already been ruled out for tonight’s game, so Noah Vonleh should receive the start. Lastly, Ian Mahinmi has also been ruled out for tonight’s contest. Other injuries to keep an eye on are, Matt Barnes, Ersan Ilyasova, Otto Porter and Shaun Livingston, all of whom are considered questionable. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s jump right into some of tonight’s players to target.
Stephen Curry ($9,600) – Curry has played really well in the first round, averaging 27.3 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2.3 steals and 1 block per game. He has made 12 from beyond the arc and has topped 44 fantasy points in all three of the games. In six meetings against the Trail Blazers this season (including playoffs), Curry has scored fewer than 40 fantasy points just once. Portland is the fifth worst team this postseason in defensive rating and is playing at the fastest pace. They also allowed over a fantasy point per minute to point guards in the regular season. This is a matchup that Curry has fared well in and should continue to do so. He is an elite play tonight and is even more appealing if Kevin Durant sits this one out.
Other Options – John Wall $10,200, Damian Lillard $9,000, Dennis Schroder $7,800
Malcolm Brogdon ($5,100) – After a solid Game 1, Brogdon has shot poorly in each of the last three games, but he continues to play significant minutes, averaging 31.8 minutes per game this series. He is also averaging 5.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists, so even if he does not shoot the ball well once again, he can find other ways to score fantasy points. At this price point, he makes a lot of sense considering his role on this team and the minutes he is playing. If you need some salary relief tonight, you could do worse than Brogdon.
Other Options – Matthew Delladova $3,100
C.J. McCollum ($7,600) – Aside from the second game of the series where Portland was blown out, McCollum has topped 44 fantasy points in every other game. He is both shooting guard and point guard eligible, which allows you to get creative with your lineups. McCollum has 7X upside and makes for a strong play in any format.
Other Options – DeMar DeRozan $8,300, Bradley Beal $7,400, Klay Thompson $6,500
Andre Iguodala ($5,200) – In each of the last two games, Iguodala has topped 29 fantasy points. He is averaging over 30 minutes per game this series and should see that type of run with or without Durant back on the court, as he is used as a defensive stopper on the Portland wings. He is far more enticing with Durant out, but regardless he makes for a solid play due to his role on this team.
Other Options – Patrick McCaw $3,700 (if Durant is OUT)
Giannis Antetokounmpo ($9,900) – Watching Giannis play this postseason has been a thing of beauty. Aside from the last game, he has been dominant and nearly unstoppable. He is under $10,000 for the first time in the playoffs and has topped 42 fantasy points in three of the four games. He shot poorly in the last contest but should bounce back nicely tonight. I liked him when his salary was five figures and now that it is under, I like him even more. He is one of possibly two players on this slate with real triple-double upside and makes a fine building block for your lineups.
Other Options – Kevin Durant $9,200 (check status)
Evan Turner ($5,500) – Turner is having a solid series thus far, averaging 34.3 minutes, 11.3 points, 7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 three-pointers per game, while scoring over 30 fantasy point in two of his three games. His only subpar game came in a blowout where he played just 27 minutes. His price is at the highest it has been all of Round 1, but it is still reasonable and at a point where there is still value to be had. The 6X we look for in tournaments is definitely attainable.
Other Options – Taurean Prince $4,400, Kent Bazemore $4,200, Norman Powell $3,800 (if he starts again)
Draymond Green ($8,400) – The other player on this slate with real triple-double upside is Green. He has flirted with one in each game this series, missing it by one assist in the first game and four points in the second game. In the third game, he scored nine points with eight boards, seven dimes, and six blocks. He is averaging 35.7 minutes, 11.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, 8.7 assists, two steals and 4.7 blocks per game through the first three. He has been remarkable thus far and will be a staple of my lineups.
Other Options – Paul Millsap $8,000
Serge Ibaka ($6,100) – Ibaka who is dealing with an ankle injury has topped 30 fantasy points in three of the four games of this series. He has logged in just 26 minutes in back-to-back games, but played 36 minutes in each of the first two games, averaging 31 minutes per game this round. He has blocked at least one shot in each game while scoring in double-digits in three of the contests. The lack of minutes is worrisome, but his ceiling at this price point makes him a very enticing tournament option.
Other Options – Markieff Morris $5,600, Al-Farouq Aminu $4,600, David West $2,700
Greg Monroe ($5,700) – Monroe is having a strong first round of the playoffs, averaging 23.8 minutes, 15.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while scoring over 32 fantasy points in all but one of the games. He is averaging well over a fantasy point per minute against the Raptors this series. While there is always a risk with Monroe due to the number of minutes he is playing, there is also significant upside.
Other Options – Marcin Gortat $5,800, Noah Vonleh $4,000, Thon Maker $3,400
Note: Keep a close eye on news prior to lock as this could open up some value plays that were not considered early in the day.
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