We have a rolling two-day slate beginning at 8:30 pm ET on Saturday night and culminating with a Sunday triple header. This article will cover players from the four featured games.
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John Wall – WAS vs BOS – $10,400 – This is a key game for the Wizards because if they do not win Sunday on their home floor, they will likely be ousted from the playoffs on Wednesday in Boston. Washington controlled the game handily after Kelly Oubre tackled Kelly Olynyk (to be fair, Olynyk has been a bit of a cheap shot artist in this series). As a result, Wall did not need to play as many minutes as we have seen from him this series. He should be back to approaching 40 minutes and 50+ DraftKings points.
Isaiah Thomas – BOS at WAS – $9,000 – IT2 completely disappeared after his emotional and amazing Game 2 overtime performance (71.5 DraftKings points in 45 minutes on 33 shots). Hopefully this scares off some of the game log watchers and suppresses the popularity of the former University of Washington star in tournaments. Even excluding the massive Game 2 showing, Thomas is still averaging 40ish DraftKings points against the Wizards this season.
Other Options – Kyrie Irving ($8,300), Stephen Curry ($8,500)
Shelvin Mack – UTA vs GSW – $4,200 – With this game tipping off on Saturday night, we will likely know the status of George Hill’s ankle. If Hill is sidelined or limited, we can lock Mack into our lineups as one of the best discount options on this rolling two-day slate. If Hill is going to start, then those who are daring can turn to Cory Joseph – TOR vs CLE – $4,000 who may draw another start for Kyle Lowry who is once again a game-time-decision and even though he was “active” on Friday, he did not see the court.
Patty Mills – SAS at HOU – $5,000 – We saw a “ceiling” game from Mills on Friday when he played 30 minutes hoisting up 14 shots and tallying 27.8 DraftKings points. He should be in the mix for 20ish DKPTs the rest of this series as the primary point guard, but we cannot forget that Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili and even Pau Gasol are capable of facilitating the Spurs’ offense from their respective positions.
Other Options – Patrick Beverley ($5,000)
James Harden – HOU vs SAS – $10,900 – The Rockets know they need to win this one before heading west to San Antonio and I for one do not want to doubt the power of The Beard.
DeMar DeRozan – TOR vs CLE – $8,000 – With Kyle Lowry likely limited at best, the Raptors are going to be counting on DeRozan to carry the load on offense as they attempt to avoid being swept by the defending World Champions.
Avery Bradley – BOS at WAS – $5,800 – Both Bradley and fellow backcourt mate Marcus Smart – $5,500 had their worst games of the playoffs on Thursday in a blowout loss to Washington. They are favorably priced and both are capable of posting 30+ DKPTs in any outing with the Wizards looking to play small ball.
Other Options – Klay Thompson ($5,900), Bradley Beal ($7,400)
Joe Johnson – UTA vs GSW – $4,800 – We should see better games from the venerable Joe Johnson and his plucky teammate Joe Ingles – $4,200 and they are both fine roster fillers for a reasonable price and their eligibility at both shooting guard and small forward. Rodney Hood – $4,100 is also an option. This trio will cap each other’s upside and it is best not to play more than one on any single lineup.
Jonathon Simmons – SAS at HOU – $3,100 – Simmons will likely be a popular option with his cheap price tag and eligibility at both wing positions. He is going to be a mainstay of my lineups because it looks like coach Gregg Popovich will be elevating him up the pecking order in the rotation with the loss of Tony Parker. He should continue to see close to 20 minutes and should be able to score in the mid-to-upper teens.
Other Options – Cory Joseph ($4,000), Kyle Korver ($2,900), Manu Ginobili ($3,800)
Kawhi Leonard – SAS at HOU – $10,800 – Leonard is a phenomenal play since he is going to have the ball in his hands on nearly every possession Sunday with Tony Parker out of commission. It is hard to see him not approaching the 50 fantasy point plateau against Houston.
Gordon Hayward – UTA vs GSW – $7,900 – This is a tasty price point for Hayward who should see 40 minutes and 20 shot attempts as the Jazz stand in the face of the Golden State onslaught Saturday night.
Otto Porter – WAS vs BOS – $6,100 – This series plays to the strengths of Porter who was out of sorts against Atlanta in the first round. You can see his change in confidence and demeanor as he has become the third option for Washington. We cannot forget that Porter was fifth in the NBA shooting 43.4% from beyond the arc and three-pointers are worth a half-point bonus on DraftKings and every little edge help in the massive playoff tournaments.
Other Options – Kevin Durant ($8,700), LeBron James ($12,200)
Andre Iguodala – GSW at UTA – $4,300 – Mr. Steady is always a forgotten option, even with the thin player pools of the playoffs and he has just as good a chance as Norman Powell – TOR vs CLE – $4,600 does to exceed value and yet he will be on only a third as many rosters.
P.J. Tucker – TOR vs CLE – $3,600 – The pucker factor is high when rostering P.J, since he has only scored in double figures twice in his last 40 games (once in the regular season and then again in Game 1 of this series). He is in play as a discounted option on the Sunday slate.
Other Options – Norman Powell ($4,600)
Kevin Durant – GSW at UTA – $8,700 – Both Durant and Draymond Green – $8,200 are top options at the power forward position. KD has the ruthless efficiency which gives him a higher upside, but Green is sitting there with that lovely red “questionable” tag next to his name which should scare away gamers for the Saturday-Sunday combined contests. Salt to taste for your personal recipe for success.
Other Options – LeBron James ($12,200), Kevin Love ($7,100)
David West – GSW at UTA – $3,600 – West keeps chugging along and he is a solid building block for his low price tag and likelihood of approaching 20 DraftKings points.
Other Options – Otto Porter ($6,100), Serge Ibaka ($6,000)
Rudy Gobert – UTA at LAC – $7,800 – Gobert still managed to perform well in the absence of point guard George Hill getting a playoff high 12 field goal attempts. While he is not a flashy and exciting player, he is a near-lock for 35 DraftKings points which is a bargain
Marcin Gortat – WAS vs BOS – $6,700 – This is the perfect price point for Gortat because it is going to turn off most gamers who fell that he should be priced $1,000 less. Even with Ian Mahinmi – $2,800 back, Gortat is still going to see massive minutes in what is essentially a must-win game for the Wizards.
Other Options – Al Horford ($7,500)
Pau Gasol – SAS at HOU – $5,400 – It looks as if the Spurs are going to be willing to let Clint Capela run amok in the paint on pick-and-rolls which is great, because that means Boom Boom Pau should see ample minutes and in the last two games he is averaging 30 minutes, 9.5 field goal attempts and 11 rebounds for a tick over 34 DraftKings points.
Clint Capela – HOU vs SAS – $5,100 – Capela is 20 for 27 this series and averaging 15.3 points and 10.6 rebounds per game for 39 DraftKings points. He is what we call saving the best for last. Enjoy!
Other Options – Tristan Thompson ($5,500), Jonas Valanciunas ($4,400)
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