It’s Wednesday night and there is an incredible four-game slate for the NBA playoffs. There’s also a lot of big prize money out there to be won.
Kyle Lowry (vs. Washington Wizards)
Tonight is stacked full of point guards in all different price ranges. I think I have a better place to spend my elite dollars than Russell Westbrook, so I am going to stay in the mid-range at this position. One guy that jumps out to me is Kyle Lowry back at home in a must-win game against Washington. He’s averaged 38.7 DraftKings points and 36.8 FanDuel points per game in the four games of the series thus far. He’s forced to go toe to toe with John Wall and that has led to 37 minutes per game so far for Lowry. Toronto is the better team but struggled on the road in the last two games. However, the Raptors dominated the first two games at home by averaging 122 points per game. I would expect another big offensive performance out of this team, and it’s going to be spearheaded by the two-man show of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.
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Kyle Korver (vs. Indiana Pacers)
At some point in these builds, you’re going to have to roster guys that don’t make you feel comfortable, but that’s the price to pay if you’re going to lock in a couple of stud players. Kyle Korver is one of the plays you can turn to tonight for salary relief. Other names include Delon Wright, Derrick Rose, Mike Scott and Jae Crowder amongst others. I’m going to list Korver, although all these guys are virtually the same players. He gives us a really nice two-man stack with LeBron James though. You see, any time Korver hits a three-pointer, odds are that the pass came from LeBron. So, we're getting the points and the assist on our roster. He only played three minutes in the first game of the series due to injury but since then has responded very nicely. Over the last three games he’s averaged over 25 minutes per game and has taken 20 three-point attempts. Any time you deal with players in this range, lots of things could go wrong and they could sink your team. However, for a player like Korver, he is going to shoot a lot of three-point shots, and if he gets hot that he could easily be the best point-per-dollar player on this entire slate. For that reason, I’m willing to take a chance on Korver as my salary saver tonight.
LeBron James (vs. Indiana Pacers)
One thing you have to determine before you start building rosters in the playoffs is which stud you want on your team. As these series drag on, it becomes the studs who end up shining to get their team out of the first round. Tonight the choice is relatively easy for me, as I am all board Team LeBron. This series is back in Cleveland now tied up at 2-2, and LeBron has personally taken it upon himself to try and advance this team to the next round. The best player on the planet is averaging 43 minutes per game in this series. It’s led to averages of 64.6 DraftKings points and 61.4 FanDuel points thus far. Despite jumping out to large leads the last two games in Indiana, Cleveland has effectively surrendered those leads and let the Pacers get back in the game. That tells me the Cavs are probably unable to blow this team out even on their own court. I think we see another full allotment of minutes for LeBron in a must-win game, and that should lead to a ton of fantasy production.
Thaddeus Young (vs. Cleveland Cavaliers)
I’m not going to lie, I would never have imagined that this deep into round one of the playoffs, I would even be considering rostering Thad Young. He’s just not a guy that has appealed to my fantasy senses as long as Indiana was perfectly healthy this season. However, he is averaging nearly 35 minutes per game in this series and has racked up nearly 31 FanDuel points per game. He’s steadily improved throughout the four games against Cleveland, culminating in a massive 16-rebound performance in Game 4, which netted him 43.5 DraftKings points. Young is an incredibly active defender that has accumulated eight steals and five blocks in the last three games. That’s not a fluke, that’s who he is. The power forward position is going to be very difficult to navigate on FanDuel tonight with the lack of options, and if I’m building a team over there I am locking in Young due to scarcity of position. The reason to roster him on DraftKings would be based on the extremely valuable $5,500 price tag.
Rudy Gobert (vs. Oklahoma City Thunder)
Gobert is my favorite center on the night based on multiple factors. Karl-Anthony Towns is projected to score more raw fantasy points, but he comes at a high price tag and a severe risk of a low-scoring game. Gobert is the clear second choice for me in terms of raw points, and he actually comes in at a cheaper price tag than Clint Capela on FanDuel. For this series, he’s averaging almost 36 minutes per game, and after a rough Game 1, Gobert has bounced back to average over 40 FanDuel points per game in the last three games. With an aggressive Westbrook driving to the basket time and time again in this game, I think we will see a ton of blocks out of Gobert tonight, and he’s almost a lock for double-digit rebounds.