With the playoffs underway, we’ll do the NBA every day!
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Danilo Gallinari, Los Angeles Clippers (42 Fantasy Points vs 34.1 FPPG)
Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers (41 Fantasy Points vs 31.8 FPPG)
Boban Marjanovic, Philadelphia 76ers (29 Fantasy Points vs 16.2 FPPG)
Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors (21 Fantasy vs 18.6 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (DK Salary $8,700, 45.4 FPPG)
I didn’t think that the Blazers would end up with home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, but because of Lillard, they’re sitting pretty in a good spot for Game 2 against the Thunder. In Game 1, Dame D.O.L.L.A. was his usual great self with CJ McCollum back by his side, dropping 30 Points and 46.5 Fantasy Points en route to a promising Portland victory. With OKC still ranking a brutal 24th in OPRK against Point Guards, there should be no reason that Lillard doesn’t drop 45+ Fantasy Points for a 5th straight game.
SG – Danny Green, Toronto Raptors (DK Salary $4,400, 21.5 FPPG)
For such low DK salary, Green has had some exceptional outings. Over his last 6 games, the veteran swingman has had 2 games with over 33 Fantasy Points, including 48.8 Fantasy Points in a big win against Orlando on 4/1. Now that the Magic have upset the Raptors in Game 1, Toronto will be hungry and passionate for a win in Game 2. Green may not be a starter on the team, but his production off the bench is pivotal to the success of Toronto. Expect Green to have one of his big games again tonight at home in a revenge game.
SF – Evan Fournier, Orlando Magic (DK Salary $5,500, 29.6 FPPG)
As Orlando looked to make their final push into the playoffs, Fournier went H.A.M., averaging 33 FPPG in the 4 games before the season finale. He and the Magic immediately proved that they deserved their spot in the playoffs with a shocking Game 1 upset victory on the road against the Raptors. Tonight will be a bigger test for the Orlando team that snuck into the playoffs and played with extremely high energy in the first game. Against a Toronto team that is weak against SG/SFs, Fournier should continue to prove his abilities and worth tonight in search of a 2-0 series lead.
PF – Jerami Grant, Oklahoma City Thunder (DK Salary $5,400, 26.0 FPPG)
He may not be the most exciting player on the Thunder, but Grant is definitely one of the more consistent and cost-effective performers. He has scored over 21 Fantasy Points in each of his previous 7 games, dropping over 33 Fantasy Points twice during that stretch. The reason for his fantasy consistency is due to his recurring stat line of 10+ PPG and 5+ RPG, which has occurred in 8 of his past 13 games. Especially against a Portland team that is weaker in the paint after losing Nurkic, the Thunder will rely on Grant for his production in Game 2.
C – Enes Kanter, Portland Trail Blazers (DK Salary $7,000, 30.5 FPPG)
After whining his way out of New York, Kanter has found new life in Portland. Already with a solid double-double average of 13.8 PPG and 10.0 RPG, he has capitalized on the fall of his teammate and fellow big man Jusuf Nurkic. Over his last 7 games, Kanter is averaging a very strong 43 FPPG, most recently posting a huge 52 Fantasy Points in a Game 1 victory against the Thunder. That type of production well exceeds his price tag of $7,000 DK. His opposing big man Steven Adams is not particularly known for his defense, which should allow Kanter to dominate and seek revenge against his former team. Especially for only $7,000 DK, roll with Kanter in your lineup.
G – Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (DK Salary $6,300, 33.3 FPPG)
I used to hesitate taking Murray in my Fantasy Favorites because of his inconsistency, but he has been the total opposite as of late. Over his past 10 games, he has scored under 30 Fantasy Points only once, averaging 37.2 FPPG over that span. Murray is one of the sharper shooters in the league and seems to have found his perfect stroke. Now that the Nuggets were upset at home against the Spurs, Murray should have extra fire tonight to even the series. Expect him to shoot daggers over a San Antonio squad that is 23rd in OPRK against PG/SGs.
F – Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder (DK Salary $9,000, 50.8 FPPG)
All I can say is: when you have a potential MVP candidate available for under $10,000 DK, take him 100% of the time.
UTIL – Seth (not Steph) Curry, Portland Trail Blazers (DK Salary $3,700, 12.9 FPPG)
He isn’t his brother, but he’s definitely a producer for the Blazers. Though he started off a bit slow with his limited role to start the season, Curry has produced mightily as the Blazers have developed confidence in him. Over his last 15 games, the other brother has outscored his 12.9 FPPG average 13 times. During that 15-game stretch, Curry has averaged 20.5 FPPG and has played even better lately with 22.5 FPPG over his last 11. For only $3,700 DK, Seth (not Steph) Curry is a great pick to light things up against a Thunder team that is 24th in OPRK against PG/SGs.
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