Today’s NBA Targets looks at a 2-game NBA playoff slate. We will have a look at the studs, sleepers, and mid-range players you want to have rotating in your lineups.
Tuesday’s Playoff Contest
POINT GUARD TARGETS
Chris Paul @ HOU ($8,700) – The minutes are key with Paul, considering his injury situation, but as of this writing there has been no confirmed news of minutes to come for the Clippers’ superstar guard. My most educated guess is that Paul will net at least 25 minutes, although I expect it to be more. I have no problem risking salary on Paul on Tuesday.
Derrick Rose @ CLE ($8,500) – Rose has really come through for the Bulls, and at the perfect time as he’s been averaging 44.9 FPPG over his last four games played. I actually like Rose more than Paul considering the possibility of Paul’s minutes being limited. Are you tired of hearing about Paul’s minutes? Yeah, me too.
Austin Rivers @ HOU ($4,700) – Rivers gets the call in the value section, especially if Chris Paul is limited again. I like Rivers to get around 20 fantasy points for the night, but he does have a larger ceiling if Paul loses minutes.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
James Harden vs. LAC ($9,600) – Maybe Harden could put the team on his back and score 60 fantasy points, although I’d be happy with his seasonal 50 FPPG average. This is the first time in awhile that Harden has been below the $10 K mark.
Jimmy Butler @ CLE ($8,200) – If you’re not going with Harden, Butler is the next best option for fantasy points. And, it’s no contest. There’s a bit more risk on consistency with Butler, but you do save $1.4 K. Still, Butler does provide massive potential for a big night on Tuesday.
Jamal Crawford @ LAC ($5,400) – Crawford’s numbers finally took a hit last game out on Sunday, but up until then he’s done a great job for the Clippers providing solid numbers. His salary has jumped up almost $1 K since May 2, but Crawford is still a good value at this price.
Jason Terry vs. LAC ($4,000) – I love that Terry gets big-time minutes. I just wish he gave more fantasy points for the time he has on the court, but the Rockets get the ball into James Harden’s and others too much for Terry to really make a big dent. Even so, Terry gives owners 20 fantasy points for the money spent. I’ll take that at $4 k.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
LeBron James vs. CHI ($11,400) – Is there anything this guy can’t do? Don’t say walk on water, because I’ve seen him do so myself… right after his buzzer-beating shot on Sunday. It looks like James is going to be ready to go on Tuesday for Game 5, so feel free to lock him in even at $11.4 K. Just to be on the safe side, be sure to check injury news in case things change on James’ status.
Trevor Ariza vs. LAC ($6,100) – Ariza bounced back nicely from Friday’s 16-point fantasy performance, filling the box score with his defensive prowess and his ability to sink some shots. Look for more of the same (mid-30’s fantasy production) from him, making him one of the better values of night. Unfortunately, I would only lock in LeBron and/or Ariza from the available SF options on Tuesday, with the others being poor or unreliable plays for the money.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
Blake Griffin @ HOU ($10,400) – Griffin is about as automatic as it gets for me when filling out my DFS lineup, even with his hiccup on Sunday. Lock him in.
Taj Gibson @ CLE ($4,600) – With Pau Gasol out of action on Tuesday, Taj Gibson has a chance to step up here. He was given the chance to do so on Sunday, but tanked it away. Do I expect him to rack up 40 fantasy points? Nah, but 25-30 points isn’t out of the question. Gibson is worth taking the chance on.
Nikola Mirotic @ CLE ($3,900) – You probably won’t get as much production from Mirotic as you will Taj Gibson with Pau Gasol out, but the better value is Mirotic. He’s another of my favorite values on the night, with the assumption that he gets about 20-25 minutes.
Dwight Howard vs. LAC ($8,600) – Blech. Howard was just putrid on Sunday, and he cost me in a huge way. But, I still believe in him enough to run him out again. Up until Sunday’s game, Howard was incredibly consistent with his numbers. Look for him to bring home at least 40 fantasy points on Tuesday.
DeAndre Jordan @ HOU ($8,000) – It’s crazy to think if I had nabbed Jordan instead of Dwight Howard for my lineups on Sunday I would’ve hit the jackpot and would’ve placed Top-5 in everything I entered. Unfortunately, I chose wrong. That’s the tough part about the limited playoff-game action, or late-game contests – things being decided by ONE player. And, it was all or nothing too, not cashing in any of my entries. Boo. I like Jordan in this game, but he won’t put up the numbers he did Sunday.
Joakim Noah @ CLE ($5,900) – Noah is a nice little gem to roster, knowing his capabilities on the defensive side. Plus, as I’ve said a few times now, Pau Gasol is out of action and will need someone to step up. Noah did just that last game out for Gasol. Of the three, Noah is my favorite choice over Mirotic and Gibson.
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