Let’s get some winners on Flash Friday!
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (49.5 Fantasy Points vs 45.5 FPPG)
CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers (43.25Fantasy Points vs 33.6 FPPG)
Thaddeus Young, Indiana Pacers (33.75 Fantasy Points vs 28.3 FPPG)
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics (31.25 Fantasy Points vs 30.2 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
PG – Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors (DK Salary $7,000, 37.2 FPPG)
Sulla is a notorious Kyle Lowry hater, and Lowry’s Game 1 performance would have made you think he had a point with his disdain. But Lowry has played very well since that off night, averaging 38.4 FPPG over his last 3 games. Orlando is normally a well-versed defensive team, but the Raptors have found a way to average 104.25 PPG against the Magic. Now that the team gets to return home with a 3-1 series lead, Lowry should be performing on all cylinders tonight as the Raptors look to close out the pesky Magic.
SG – CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers (DK Salary $7,300, 33.9 FPPG)
Often overlooked because of “Dame D.O.L.L.A.” Lillard, McCollum has had a first round to remember thus far, averaging 26.3 PPG and 44 FPPG through Game 4. McCollum’s high performance is especially encouraging considering Oklahoma City was one of the best defensive team’s during the regular season (although they do rank 24th in OPRK against PG/SGs.) Now that the Blazers return home to the rowdy Portland crowd holding a 3-1 series lead, expect McCollum to shoot lights out as they aim to put the dagger in OKC.
SF – Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic (DK Salary $6,600, 33.8 FPPG)
The Magic are down but not out, and that is largely due to Gordon’s contributions. Though they are down 3-1 in the series, Aaron Gordon has played well this series, averaging 16.25 PPG and 35 FPPG thus far. “Air Gordon” has been doing all he can to pick his team up, but Toronto has been able to stop everyone in Orlando’s backcourt. However, the Magic seem to have picked up on this and are distributing the ball more to Gordon, who had 43.8 Fantasy Points in the team’s last outing. With the Raptors looking to wrap things up, it’s win or go home for the Magic. Expect Gordon to elevate his play even further tonight to keep Orlando’s playoff hopes alive.
PF – Al-Farouq Aminu, Portland Trail Blazers (DK Salary $4,700, 23.7 FPPG)
Aminu is such an underrated asset on this Portland team, and I refuse to let it go unnoticed. The swingman really elevated his play towards the end of the season, and it has continued into the postseason. He has averaged a solid 26.6 FPPG in the first round. DraftKings seems to continue wanting to disrespect Aminu despite his consistent contributions, pricing him at under $5,000 DK. As we’ve said before, when the fantasy gods give you a gift, you take it, plain and simple. We’re going to follow that same logic tonight with the undervalued Aminu.
C – Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets (DK Salary $5,400, 27.3 FPPG)
Getting clocked in the head by a brutal Joel Embiid elbow seems to have done wonders for Allen, who is averaging 30 FPPG over his last 3 games. A guy better known for his defense than his offense, the sophomore out of Texas is averaging 15 PPG on 70% shooting since taking a flying elbow to the noggin. Much like the Magic in Toronto, it’s win or go home tonight for Brooklyn, meaning that Allen is going to need to step up even more for the Nets. Expect the former Longhorn to elevate his game significantly and seek more revenge against Embiid and the Sixers.
G – Caris LeVert, Brooklyn Nets (DK Salary $5,900, 27.6 FPPG)
With the resurgence of D’Angelo Russell, many people often forget about Caris LeVert as a major scoring threat for the Nets. However, he has played a pivotal role in Brooklyn’s offense since returning from his gruesome leg injury, especially in the playoffs. In first-round games where he has played over 20 minutes, LeVert has averaged 24.7 PPG and 41 FPPG. That type of production for under $8,000 DK is good value, and for his current price tag of $5,900 DK, his value is exceptional. We’d be extremely unwise to pass up on LeVert and his value, especially in a high stakes elimination game like the one tonight in Philly.
F – Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers (DK Salary $6,800, 36.7 FPPG)
If there could be only one word to describe Harris this postseason, it would be “dominate.” Since coming over to Philadelphia by way of trade, Tobias Harris has played a very important role in the 76ers starting lineup, and that has not changed now that the playoffs are underway. After a shocking Game 1 loss for Philly, the team has bounced back with 3 straight wins, largely because of Harris’s incredible play. Over the last 3 games, the Long Island native is averaging 24 PPG and 45.6 FPPG, including a double-double in Game 3 (29 points and 16 rebounds.) Brooklyn’s defense has been notoriously strong against the SF/PF position, but Harris and the Sixers seem to have cracked the code. Without a doubt, Harris is a must tonight as the 76ers look to finish off the Nets at home.
UTIL – Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (DK Salary $6,300, 33.0 FPPG)
Didn’t expect to see such a high scorer in the Utility role, did ya? After single-handedly saving Denver’s postseason dreams in Game 2 by scoring 21 points in the 4th quarter, Murray admittedly went cold in Game 3. However, he rebounded greatly in Game 4, putting up 24 points and 6 assists, good enough for a great 36.5 Fantasy Points. The sharp-shooting guard seems to hover in the low-to-mid 30’s when it comes to Fantasy Points, but he is also susceptible to having breakout performances. Over his last 15 games, Murray has dropped 40+ Fantasy Points 6 times, including a monster 50.3 Fantasy Point outing on the road against the Thunder on 3/29. Now that the Nuggets are returning home with the series tied 2-2, expect Murray to have some major heroics for Denver once again as they look to take the series lead.
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