The Cavs and Warriors have wrapped up their series, so we are left with a two-game FanDuel slate as we head towards the conference finals. We have the Spurs facing elimination in Oklahoma City (+1.5, 195.5) and Toronto at Miami (Vegas NBA odds still TBD).
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, $11,100 – It’s odd to have a player facing the Spurs as the top option on the day, but that is where I have Westbrook today. It’s a combination of the small slate combined with Westbrook’s fantasy brilliance. After struggling in Game 1, he has ripped off four consecutive big fantasy outings, and he was dominant in the Game 5 road win. Fitting in his salary is my top priority on this slate.
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, $5,000 – I think Kyle Lowry is a GPP option, but his performance in these playoffs has been far from dependable. Parker provides some savings to pair with Westbrook at PG, and he has been solid this series. He’s been more aggressive with double digit FGA in three straight games and has put up at least 24 DK points in four of the five games this series.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, $8,300 – DeMar DeRozan finally out-produced Wade last game, but if you’ve been rolling with Wade over DeRozan the entire series, you’re still ahead of the game. I don’t mind DeRozan as a tournament option, but it will take more than one quality shooting game from DeRozan for me to elevate him back above Wade. Wade has stepped up in a big way during these playoffs, and with the Heat facing elimination, I think Wade once again comes up big.
Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs, $4,400 – Green is tough to trust because he’s scoring dependent, but he’s a guy that has shown up big in past playoffs and has played well for the most part this series. His minutes are up because the Spurs need his defense and outside of a poor Game 4, he’s put up at least 19 FD points in the other four games this series.
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, $9,500 – It’s a tough decision between Kawhi and Durant and both teams have done solid jobs against the two elite SF in this series. I’ll give the slight edge to Kawhi, as he’s $600 cheaper and I’d rather pick on OKC’s wing defense than San Antonio’s. He’s put up at least 48 FD points in two of his last three games, and this is a must win game for the Spurs considering they are facing elimination.
Justise Winslow, Miami Heat, $3,500 – If cap room isn’t a factor, I obviously prefer Joe Johnson, but this pick partly hinges on the status of Luol Deng, who is awaiting an MRI, as well as Hassan Whiteside, who hasn’t been ruled out for Game 6 yet. If Deng is ruled out for tomorrow, Winslow becomes a very intriguing punt option at minimum price. He gets low offensive usage so his upside isn’t great, but his price will allow you to get the other high end options that you want. With all of Miami’s injuries, he’s averaged 32 MPG over the past two games as well as 15 FD points, which isn’t great but would work on this two-game slate.
LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs, $8,700 – The PF position is very thin, so this pick is just as much due to positional scarcity as it is Aldridge. He hasn’t been great since his first two huge games, as the Thunder have thrown more Steven Adams at him. However, there aren’t many places to go at PF, given Luol Deng is also questionable for Game 6. Aldridge did produce 39 FD points last game despite shooting 6-for-21 from the field, and some of those shots were ones that he typically knocks down. If he gets those type of quality looks again, we should see him rebound with a strong performance.
Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors, $3,700 – As I mentioned, things are really thin at PF with Deng injured and Serge Ibaka losing minutes due to OKC playing Kanter and Adams alongside each other. On a fantasy point per minute basis, Patterson has been terrible and he’s scary to roster due to low offensive usage and he’s not a great rebounder. However, he is the one PF down here with projectable minutes, as he’s playing 40 minutes a night due to the Raptors injuries. He was finally able to scrape together 18 fantasy points in 40 minutes last game, so given this tough position I’ll roll with Patterson’s minute security.
Bismack Biyombo, Toronto Raptors, $5,500 – It’s a really tough choice between Biyombo and Steven Adams, and I certainly don’t mind Steven Adams because he’s been fantastic in this series. If Hassan Whiteside plays I’d probably give the edge to Adams, but if Hassan is out then I’ll give the edge to Biyombo due to the Heat’s depleted interior. He’s performed well all season long with Jonas Valanciunas out, and has averaged 30 FD points in his two starts this series.