We have a two-day slate for our FanDuel NBA contests, with the lone game tonight being the Thunder taking on the Spurs, followed by three games on Sunday. Even though NBA playoff rosters are pretty much what you’d expect, as always, be sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Lineups Page to ensure your selections are starting.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, $8,300 – Lillard struggled for the majority of the series with the Clippers, but he finally broke out in Game 6. I’m expecting him to be more productive in this series as it will play at a faster pace and because he’s had plenty of success against Golden State this year. He really gets up for playing his hometown team and has averaged 36.5 real PPG against them in the regular season this year.
Shaun Livingston, Golden State Warriors, $4,500 – Livingston is basically a plug-and-play until Curry either returns or his price point starts to rise. He’s seeing a big minutes and usage bump with Curry out, and has been great with Curry sidelined. Damian Lillard is not known for his defense and Livingston sticks out as an elite value.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, $7,800 – With Curry out, the Warriors are the top team to target as there is tons of extra usage to go around. Portland wasn’t great defensively against SG this season and Klay averaged 29 real PPG against them in the regular season. He’s been great with Curry out, and he’s an elite option at SG.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, $7,800 – Wade and Thompson are far away the top options at SG on this slate. Wade put the Heat on his back in Game 6 to help force a Game 7, and he’s going to have to come up big if the Heat are going to win the series. He loves these spots and I love the must-win scenario of this Game 7 for Wade.
Also Consider – Manu Ginobili (GPP punt)
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, $9,200 – There are some elite SF options on this slate with Leonard, Paul George, and Kevin Durant. I’ll take the cheapest of the trio, and that is Kawhi. He’ll see a ton of minutes to try to slow down Durant and has played very well against the Thunder this year averaging 28 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.7 APG, and 2.7 steals.
Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors, $4,500 – I don’t mind loading up our Warriors on this slate with Curry out. Iguodala is still cheap and has shown some solid upside with Curry sidelined. He’s still very affordable and will have the ball in his hands as a point-forward with Curry out of the lineup.
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, $9,000 – As mentioned with the other Warriors, they’re a team to target with Curry out. Draymond sees a usage boost and has an elite ability to rack up peripheral stats. Portland is not a great interior defense and Draymond averaged a near triple-double against them in the regular season (16 PPG, 12 RPG, and 8.8 APG).
LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs, $7,600 – He was very quiet in Round 1, but that was primarily due to the series being non-competitive. I’d expect his usage to rise in this series, and he showed big upside down the stretch of the regular season. If you’re looking for a punt option at your second PF spot, then I’d look towards Frank Kaminsky.
Mason Plumlee, Portland Trail Blazers, $6,300 – I think he makes for an interesting fade in tournaments as he’ll likely be very high owned. I don’t think this series sets up as well for him as the Clippers series did, so I’ll be willing to play the fade in tournaments. However, for cash games he’s a tough fade as he’s still very affordable and his minutes really did spike in the first round. He was terrific over the final five games of the opening round and was right around 6x value in each of those games.