We have one foot in Round 2 of the playoffs with the Washington Wizards heading to Boston to play the Celtics and the Utah Jazz heading to LA LA Land to take on the Clippers in the deciding game of the final Western Conference round one contest. Games tip off at 1 pm ET so don’t forget to get in on the fun!
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John Wall – WAS at BOS – $10,200 – The Wizards do not get much of a respite after their Round 1 series-clinching Game 6 on Friday and they are back in action for the Sunday afternoon matinee. This should be a spirited series as neither team likes the other and the Wizards wore all black for a January game against Boston “attending a funeral” and topped the C’s 123-108 in a spirited contest. Over the four games against the Celts this season, Wall was solid averaging 35.2mpg, 17.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 8.3apg and 3.1 combined blocks/steals for 41.1 DraftKings points. A more likely outcome in this matchup is Wall approaching 38 minutes and flirting with the 50 fantasy point plateau in this Round 2 opener.
Chris Paul – LAC vs UTA – $10,200 – Through nine matchups against the Jazz, CP3 has been outstanding with 48.4 DKPTs per contest and in the playoffs, he has been nearly 20% better with 57.8 DKPTs through six games. If you can manage a “Paul/Wall” lineup, then, by all means, go for it!
Other Options – Isaiah Thomas ($8,600)
Austin Rivers – LAC vs UTA – $4,000 – Rivers was absent for the first four games of this series with a hamstring injury suffered against the Wizards at the end of March. He is a flier in tournaments being eligible at both guard positions and having played a solid 35 minutes in Salt Lake on Friday.
Other Options – George Hill ($6,000)
Bradley Beal – WAS at BOS – $8,000 – Beal will likely draw Avery Bradley as his defender and while he has topped 46+ DraftKings points in his last three games, BB outclasses any of the Hawks who were trying to contain the former University of Florida star. This relegates him to tournament play only.
Avery Bradley – BOS vs WAS – $6,100 – After dealing with injuries, Bradley only played against the Wizards twice during the regular season, but he was excellent averaging 20.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 3.0apg. With the Celtics looking to make a statement and take Game 1, it would not be a surprise to see Bradley on the floor for 35-37 minutes with the Washington backcourt needing to be dealt with by a staunch defender.
Marcus Smart – BOS vs WAS – $5,200 – This is a good matchup for Smart who will need to be employed on defense against John Wall and Bradley Beal, which should have him on the floor for at least 30 minutes as both teams will likely elect to play “small” in this tilt.
Other Options – Gerald Green ($3,500)
Gordon Hayward – UTA at LAC – $8,500 – Hayward has been amazing this series other than Game 4 when he was dealing with an illness and only saw the court for nine minutes. He is averaging nearly 41 minutes and has topped 48 DKPTs in three of his last four games. He is the premium small forward option on Sunday.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute – LAC vs UTA – $4,300 – Nobody seems to want to employ Cameroonian Luc Richard Mbah a Moute in their lineups, but he has averaged nearly 21 DKPTs over the last five games in the series, and if his shot is falling he should approach the upper 20 fantasy point range.
Joe Johnson – UTA at LAC – $5,500 – The venerable Joe Johnson has seen upwards of thirty minutes per game this season, and with his eligibility at both small forward and shooting guard, he is a solid building block who should provide a steady 25 DKPTs with some upside potential.
Other Options – Bojan Bogdanovic ($4,000), Gerald Green ($3,500)
Gordon Hayward – UTA at LAC – $8,500 – See above.
Jae Crowder – BOS vs WAS – $5,600 – Crowder matches up well with the Wizards, and he can guard either Otto Porter or Markieff Morris. While he did not do anything out of the norm in the series with Chicago, he did average 33.9 DKPTs against the Washington in three regular season games this year, and he should see an uptick in production over his Round 1 performance.
Otto Porter – WAS at BOS – $5,500 – Porter is a tournament option on Sunday as his upside is entirely tied to his shot falling. While he is much better at home, averaging 53.5 FG%, he was pretty darn good on the road this year with a 49.4 FG%. Shots are much tougher in the playoffs, but Porter is most definitely in play on this thin two-game slate.
Other Options – Kelly Olynyk ($4,200), Markieff Morris ($5,300)
Rudy Gobert – UTA at LAC – $7,800 – The Stifle Tower is the coveted option if you are spending at the pivot position on Sunday. After returning from his Game 1 injury, he has averaged 12.7ppg and 11.0rpg in the last three contests, and he should be able to flirt with the 40 fantasy point plateau once more.
Al Horford – BOS vs WAS – $7,500 – Horford has been producing much more in the playoffs than he did in most regular season games. He should have the advantage over Marcin Gortat who is looking a little lead legged, and if you want to employ a double center strategy, it would be a nice contrarian move in tournaments.
Other Options – DeAndre Jordan ($7,400)
Marcin Gortat – WAS at BOS – $5,400 – Foul issues plagued the Polish Hammer on Friday and limited him to just 18 minutes. As long as he avoids any suspension for leaving the bench during a kerfuffle he should be back in the mix for 35ish minutes which is solid for his price tag.
Other Options – Kelly Olynyk ($4,200), Boris Diaw ($2,800), Jason Smith ($3,000)
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