We’ve got two big second-round games tonight in the NBA. The Warriors will try and stay undefeated in the postseason and gain a 2-0 edge on the Jazz, while the Wizards return to their home floor to try to battle out of a 2-0 hole against the Celtics. Two-game slates present limited options, but here are some studs and values to consider targeting.
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Isaiah Thomas ($9,600) — If the way IT is playing isn’t enough for you, also consider both John Wall and Steph Curry are both banged up heading into Game 3. Both will play, but Thomas is the healthiest of the three right now despite his recent dental work. That said, he’s also arguably playing the best of the trio after a historic 53 point (71.5 DKFP) performance in Game 2. The pace of this series has been great for the PGs so far, so I’m going Wall over Curry if you’re doubling down on stud PGs. Golden State’s blowout potential can be scary.
Other Options – John Wall ($10,600), Stephen Curry ($9,000)
Shelvin Mack ($2,000) — George Hill is the biggest injury on tonight’s slate — he’ll be sidelined with a sore toe. Hill clearly wasn’t himself in Game 1, which allowed Mack to see 21 minutes and score 22.25 DKFP. Mack will likely get the start at PG, which at his salary makes him a fantastic value in a game that the Warriors will push the pace.
Other Options – Terry Rozier ($3,500)
Bradley Beal ($7,500) — Beal was terrible in Game 2, but he’s been solid overall in the playoffs. He should bounce back from a 4-for-15 shooting performance on Washington’s home court, where he’s scored 35+ DKFP in all three postseason games thus far. There are value options behind Beal, though, if SG is a position where you’d like to save salary.
Other Options — Avery Bradley ($6,400)
Kelly Oubre Jr. ($3,600) — Oubre has been a major factor so far in this series with the Celtics. Aside from Markieff Morris being banged up, Oubre is an option Washington’s been utilizing when they go small. He’s averaging 27 minutes and 19.75 DKFP through the first two games, which is great production for his price.
Other Options – Joe Johnson ($4,900), Rodney Hood ($3,900)
Gordon Hayward ($7,700) — Hayward had a poor Game 1, but I like him to bounce back in Game 2. The pace against GSW is just too tempting not to think Hayward will get his, and he should see an even larger role on offense with Hill sidelined. Excluding the game he left with food poisoning, Hayward’s topped 40 DKFP in four straight prior to this series. KD seems just a little too untrustworthy for me since we haven’t seen him go off since he’s returned from injury.
Other Options — Kevin Durant ($8,900), Jae Crowder ($6,000), Otto Porter ($5,800)
Joe Johnson ($4,900) — Johnson’s going to have to be a big piece of what Utah does in this series if it’s going to matchup with Golden State’s small-ball lineup. Hill’s absence could mean more ball handling duties for Joe, while he also played just 22 minutes in Game 1. Seeing he played a minimum of 29 minutes in a seven-game series against the Clippers, I’m thinking he sees a bump in playing time tonight.
Other Options — Kelly Oubre Jr. ($3,600)
Draymond Green ($8,100) — When it comes to consistency in the playoffs, Draymond is your guy. He does everything on the floor so well, which makes him a tough fade. He has the ability to go off for 66 DKFP like he did in Game 1 against the Blazers, and the consistency to score 42-46 DKFP without dominating a game like he has in the four postseason games since.
Other Options – Kevin Durant ($8,900), Gordon Hayward ($7,700), Jae Crowder ($6,000), Otto Porter ($5,800)
Markieff Morris ($5,400) — Morris played very well on a badly sprained ankle in Game 2. He should be healthier for Game 3 and amped to get back home, where role players typically are more productive in the playoffs. As you see in the other options above and below, there are plenty of options, so Morris feels more like a high upside GPP play for me with the injury risk.
Other Options – Derrick Favors ($4,500), Kelly Olynyk ($4,100), David West ($3,300)
Al Horford ($7,800) — Horford has completely turned his game up in the playoffs, particularly after the C’s dropped the first two games to the Bulls. He’s playing huge minutes and producing across the board, finishing a rebound away from a triple-double in Game 1 of the series against the Wizards. Look for Al to continue his dominance, although Marcin Gortat has been having his way on the glass against him.
Other Options – Draymond Green ($8,100), Rudy Gobert ($7,400), Marcin Gortat ($6,500)
Kelly Olynyk ($4,100) — Olynyk has seen his role grow in Boston’s game plan in the second-round. He matches up well with Washington, playing the backup center to Horford and sharing the floor with him at PF. KO has the ability to get hot from downtown which is also a nice bonus for a center. I prefer slotting Olynyk at forward, though, with so many studs at center.
Other Options – Derrick Favors ($4,500), Zaza Pachulia ($2,600)
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