The playoff games last night were rather bland, so let’s get things kick started with some spicy picks!
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
James Harden, Houston Rockets (68.75 Fantasy Points vs 62.1 FPPG)
Ricky Rubio, Utah Jazz (43 Fantasy Points vs 28.8 FPPG)
Tyreke Evans, Indiana Pacers (24.25 Fantasy Points vs 19.4 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (DK Salary $9,100, 46.8 FPPG)
Despite the Clippers making a historic comeback to spoil Game 2 for the Warriors, Steph has been playing very well in the playoffs. Thus far in the first round, Curry has averaged 33.5 PPG and 59.3 FPPG. This should come as no surprise for the former MVP though, as he has carried Golden State to 3 titles in the last 4 years. To make things even more enticing, his LA opponents are in the bottom third of the league in OPRK against PG/SGs, further supporting the fact that Chef Curry should go bananas tonight in the playoffs.
SG – Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (DK Salary $6,500, 33.3 FPPG)
In Game 2, Murray went from having a horrific performance to single-handedly saving the Nuggets’ season, dropping 21 Points in rapid succession in the fourth quarter. His late game heroics not only kept Denver alive in the playoffs, but it also gave him another 32+ Fantasy Point performance, his 9th in his last 11 games. It’s no sure thing that Murray will be the hero again for the Nuggets in Game 3, but his consistent sharp shooting is reason to have confidence in him lighting up a Spurs team that is 23rd in OPRK against PG/SGs.
SF – Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers (DK Salary $7,700, 43.3 FPPG)
In my eyes, there is never a bad time to take Ben Simmons in daily fantasy. That is of course if he doesn’t have a belly ache that night, which many of you may remember screwed up an otherwise great fantasy lineup in the past. While he may have struggled against the Nets in Game 1, Simmons rebounded very nicely in Game 2, posting a triple-double with 18 Points, 10 Rebounds, and 12 Assists, good enough for 55.5 Fantasy Points. That versatility is exactly why I view Simmons as a very viable option each and every night, and that includes tonight in Game 3.
PF – Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets (DK Salary $5,700, 28.5 FPPG)
Much like the aforementioned Simmons, Millsap is another strong fantasy player who struggled in Game 1 but recovered in Game 2. He may not be the most prominent big man on his team with Jokic at Center, but he is still a very reliable option in the paint. Having finally seemed to have found his footing against San Antonio, Millsap gave the Denver faithful a strong performance the other night with 20 Points and 7 Rebounds, which translated to 34.3 Fantasy Points. The Spurs are a relatively strong defensive team under the basket, but they’ve still struggled to defend both Jokic and Millsap. Especially for just $5,700 DK, Millsap is a great low-cost fantasy option tonight.
C – LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs (DK Salary $7,500, 39.7 FPPG)
Once someone who I avoided in my Fantasy Favorites, Aldridge has been just too hot to ignore. The veteran big man has averaged 42.2 FPPG over his last 14 games and 43.7 FPPG over his last 11. Aldridge is also playing with a bit of a chip on his shoulder, now that he’s been in the league 13 years and has yet to win a championship despite 7 All-Star appearances. In the quest to win his first NBA Finals and cement Pop as the greatest coach of all time, expect Aldridge to continue his strong play and go all out tonight at home.
G – Patrick Beverley, Los Angeles Clippers (DK Salary $4,700, 22.8 FPPG)
Pat Beverley has gone absolutely insane in the playoffs. In an effort to get Golden State off track, he’s pulled crazy antics like giving Durant full hugs on defense, chasing Steph Curry all around the court, and pretending to fall off balance during Warrior free throws. In addition to his strange actions, he has been producing nicely for LA, averaging 27.3 FPPG over his last 3 games. Beverley may not light it up for the Clippers with Lou Williams taking the offensive reins for LA, but expect Beverley to continue playing well, especially now that he and his team returns home to the Staples Center.
F – Kevin Looney, Golden State Warriors (DK Salary $4,100, 17.4 FPPG)
In a former Last Second Covers podcast, I laughed at Sulla when he mentioned Kevin Looney by name as being a major contributor for Golden State. I still stand behind that skepticism, but he is definitely on to something with Looney. Now that the playoffs have gone into full swing, Looney has stepped up for the Warriors, averaging 22.3 FPPG this postseason. And now that All-Star Center DeMarcus Cousins is lost for the season, Looney’s minutes and fantasy scoring should only go up. Even though most people would brush him aside, Looney is tonight’s big sleeper pick and warrants a spot in our lineup.
UTIL – Boban Marjanovic, Philadelphia 76ers (DK Salary $4,700, 16.5 FPPG)
Boban, baby! He is weird, lanky, and productive as hell. With the exception of a 5-minute performance against the Bucks, Marjanovic has averaged 27.8 FPPG over his last 6 games. As a result, his DK salary is on the rise, but his price tag is still relatively low based on his productivity. Plus, his teammate Joel Embiid is still nursing a knee injury, which will only increase Marjanovic’s numbers. AND against a Brooklyn team that is the worst in the NBA in OPRK against Centers, Boban is an absolute no-brainer tonight.
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