The first round of the playoffs is winding down, but tonight we have a decent three-game slate with Miami at Charlotte (-1.5, 191.5 total on the NBA odds board), Toronto at Indiana (-2, 194), and the Clippers at Portland (-10, 198). Here are my top FanDuel targets at each position.
Austin Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers, $4,000 – Rivers drew the start at PG last game for Chris Paul and played 37 minutes, which is great security at his price point. He wasn’t great but put up a serviceable 18 FD points, and Damian Lillard is certainly someone that be taken advantage of on the defensive end.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, $8,200 – The top three PG of Lillard, Kemba Walker and Kyle Lowry are all priced right next to each other, and it’s tough to separate the trio. Each has shown some flashes during the postseason, but each has also had their struggles. For a cash game, I’ll let Vegas be the tie-breaker; Portland has the highest projected team total on the night, so I’ll roll with Lillard. He gets a matchup bump with CP3 out, and we should see Portland close out this series tonight. I will say that the Clippers have done a very good job against him this series, and are really providing a lot of help defense on him. For that reason, Kemba would be my GPP pivot, as he’ll be at home where he has shot the ball much better this season.
Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers, $5,200 – Crawford is one of the first guys I’m locking into my lineups tonight. With Paul and Griffin out, he stepped into the starting lineup and receive huge minutes and huge usage. He played 44 minutes and got up 23 FGA, which is elite for this price point. Despite just making six of his 23 FGA, he still produced 29 FD points, and if his shot is falling he has 40 FD point upside.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, $7,600- This was a tough call between Wade and McCollum, and I think both quality options. I’ll give the slight edge to Wade because he contributes more peripheral stats. He’s getting up there in age, but Miami is facing elimination, and if they are going to get this series back to Miami, it’s going to take a vintage Wade performance. He doesn’t do it as frequently, but he still shows those flashes of the old Wade, and we could see a big performance from him like we did in Game 2 of this series.
Paul George, Indiana Pacers, $9,400 – FanDuel has shifted some guys around at SF -- Jeff Green and Marvin Williams are now at PF. That doesn’t leave a whole lot to choose from at SF, so George is basically a lock. He can be a volatile player and has flopped in two games this series, but there’s also nowhere else to spend today, and George has shown by far the most upside of any player on this slate.
Al-Farouq Aminu, Portland Trail Blazers, $5,700 – I’d be willing to roll the dice on Nicolas Batum in a tournament, but for cash games his ankle injury worries me too much and he’s still expected to come off the bench tonight. Aminu came back down to earth last game and his offensive performance in Game 4 was an outlier. However, this is a weak position, and Aminu does provide safety in terms of minutes and his ability to rack up rebounds, blocks and steals.
Jeff Green, Los Angeles Clippers, $4,900 – Paul Pierce drew the start for Blake Griffin, but Green is the true beneficiary Pierce just can’t play big minutes at his age. Green came off the bench to play 37 minutes and picked up a lot of extra usage with Griffin and Paul out. He’s a guy that does have the ability to score at a solid clip and he came through with 32 FD points last game.
Luol Deng, Miami Heat, $6,600 – Deng isn’t an exciting option, but he’s been much more dependable than guys like Marvin Williams and Myles Turner. He had a big Game 1 and then has scored between 25 and 28 FD points in each of the next four games. That production won’t blow you away, but this is a weak position, and Deng provides great security.
DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, $8,300 – While the Clippers lost Game 5, Jordan did step up with a big performance. He sees a big rebounding uptick with Griffin sidelined, and he also gets a boost due Portland’s propensity to use the hack-a-Jordan strategy. Portland is a team that can struggle on the glass, and I’d expect another big rebounding effort from Jordan, so he’s the top option for me at center.
Mason Plumlee, Portland Trail Blazers, $6,200 – I wish I could roster two centers on FD because I love both in this game. This is a great matchup for Jordan, but this is also a great matchup for Plumlee, and he’s really taken advantage in this series. His minutes are finally up and he’s now ripped off four straight games with at least 35 FD points. The Clippers are trying to force the ball out of Lillard’s hands and the result has been a lot of usage for Plumlee out of the high post. He’s a very good passer for a big man, so his assist totals have really spiked due to that increased usage in the high post.