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.
Wednesday’s Playoff Contest
POINT GUARD TARGETS
Stephen Curry vs. MEM ($10,400) – Curry had his best game of the conference semi-finals on Monday, with a 54.5 fantasy point performance facing the Grizzlies. Curry will at least net you 40 points on Wednesday, although another 50-point night would really be a bonus. Over the last four games, Curry’s shot has suffered some at a .425 clip; however, last game out he did go 11-for-22 from the field.
Jeff Teague vs. WAS ($7,300) – You have to love what we’ve seen from Teague in the series against the Wizards, with each game seeing an increase in FPPG production. Teague gets a 26th OPRK matchup too, although I’m putting too much stock into defensive matchups in the playoffs unless injuries prove to shuffle a lineup. Teague is a good value at $7.3 K and will give us DFS owners 35 points. If he gives 40 points? Then it’s time to disco!
Ramon Sessions @ ATL ($5,300) – Even if John Wall plays on Wednesday, I still like Sessions to contribute enough to lineups to roster. If Wall doesn’t go, then we’ve got a good shot at a 30-point fantasy night; but, if Wall plays I like Sessions for a 20-point night, which isn’t horrible for the price tag.
Dennis Schroder vs. WAS ($4,300) – Schroder is the prize of the night in my estimations. He has averaged almost 31 FPPG over his last two games, so expect Schroder to get the minutes with his 26th OPRK matchup.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
Bradley Beal @ ATL ($8,200) – Beal has seen a big jump in salary due to the numbers he’s put up of late with John Wall injured, and we should see much of the same moving forward if Wall can’t go. Expect a 45-50 fantasy-point night with Beal taking a boatload of shots and filling up the boxscore.
Kyle Korver vs. WAS ($6,000) – We all know what Klay Thompson can do, but his $7.4 price tag pushes me away with how inconsistent he’s been in the playoffs. I’d rather lock in Korver myself for $1.4 K less. Korver has been a disappointment the last two games, although I like a bounceback game from him. He only took nine total shots over the last two games – look for his shot attempts to jump up dramatically.
Courtney Lee @ GS ($4,800) – Lee gives you a sub-$5 K option if you’re looking to squeeze a player or two in at that range. Lee gets plenty of minutes, averaging 32.4 FPPG over his last four contests.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
Otto Porter @ ATL ($5,800) – There just aren’t any stud small forward options to choose from on Wednesday, so keep that in mind when filling out your rosters. Porter came down to earth on Monday, disappointing anyone that rostered him. Will Porter get back to 30-plus fantasy-point games? I like him to, especially since he only took four shots on Monday.
Paul Pierce @ ATL ($5,500) – Pierce was on fire last game out, knocking down five 3-pointers, going 8-for-13, while racking up three blocks. Don’t expect the blocks again, which pushed him towards a 38.25 fantasy night, but a 25-30 point fantasy night isn’t out of the question.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
Paul Millsap vs. WAS ($8,500) – Millsap bounced back from a disappointing game on Saturday, giving owners 37.25 fantasy points. What’s to love about Millsap? He does a bit of everything, and usually manages to reach his 36.6 FPPG average. The potential for a 40-plus night is really why I’d spend the dough on him.
Draymond Green vs. MEM ($8,000) – The salary is about right here, and Green has had an excellent playoff run of steals (2.38 STLPG). Plus, he’s rebounding, dishing the ball and scoring baskets.
Nene Hilario @ ATL ($4,500) – Hilario is a nice value overall, but you have to worry a bit about the consistency regarding minutes played and with his shot. What if Hilario tanks? Then you’ve only risked $4.5 K on him.
Marc Gasol @ GS ($8,300) – If there’s one player on Wednesday that I know for sure will be in my lineup, it’s Gasol. Dude impresses just about every time he takes the floor – look for a 40-point night from Gasol.
Al Horford vs. WAS ($8,000) – One of my lineups on Wednesday will include BOTH Marc Gasol and Horford. Horford is averaging 41.2 FPPG in 32.3 MPG over his last five playoff contests. Rock on!
Marcin Gortat @ ATL ($6,800) – Gortat has gone from hero to zero during the playoffs with his point production, but I like him to settle somewhere in between on Wednesday. So that means no 55-point night like he did against Toronto one game, and no 12-point game like he did last time out facing Atlanta. I’d love to see a 35-40 point night, but I’ll take a 30-point showing from Gortat.
Andrew Bogut vs. MEM ($5,300) – Bogut underwent X-rays on his ribs after Game 4, but they came back negative. Feel free to roster Bogut without worry. Let’s hope we see another 30-minute game from him, where he posted 31.25 fantasy points. For the salary, a 25-point night would be just fine-and-dandy, thank you.
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