As teams continue to advance to the second round, unfortunately our daily fantasy NBA opportunities are growing thin. A daily fantasy enthusiast’s best case scenario would result in every series going the maximum seven games, resulting in three to four games being played every night. Obviously, that’s not a realistic expectation, especially when it comes to some of these lopsided first round matchups.
The bottom line is: enjoy these 3-4 game slates while they are still here. With two teams (Chicago and Memphis) potentially clinching tonight, we may not see many more.
Here’s your full daily fantasy breakdown for each NBA playoff game on Monday, April 27.
Atlanta Hawks @ Brooklyn Nets: 196 over/under, Hawks -4
Avoid: Deron Williams
Deron Williams has been dealing with severe tendinitis, and it has clearly impacted his recent production. I would stay away from him for daily fantasy purposes, and you could even look towards Jarrett Jack for some salary cap relief. Jack has been seeing more minutes over the past two games, siphoning minutes away from the ailing Williams … Joe Johnson is another beneficiary from D-Will’s nagging injury, as he has stepped into a larger offensive role with 35+ FP over the past four. He’s a safe play in all formats this evening … From the Atlanta perspective, it’s hard to nail down fantasy production. Paul Millsap is the leading candidate for a nice fantasy line, but you never really know the Hawks will orchestrate their offense on any given night. For that reason, Millsap is a better tournament option. Similar things can be said of his teammate, Al Horford.
Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls: 188 over/under, Bulls -9
Avoid: Michael Carter-Williams
Even though he was somewhat underwhelming last time around, Derrick Rose represents one of the best “per dollar” point guard plays of the night. He’s sitting at just $6,100 on FanDuel, possessing very real 35-40 FP upside … Jimmy Butler has been very steady throughout this First Round series; but the price point may be somewhat imposing. Even though Butler isn’t a bad play, I may rather spin down to Joe Johnson, who could provide a similar fantasy total for a fraction of the cost … Speaking of shooting guard, Giannis Antetokounmpo is always a viable tournament option due to his stat-sheet stuffing ability. The matchup against Butler dampens enthusiasm, but Giannis was able to flash his coveted upside in Game #3 … John Henson has been seeing slightly more playing time (25-28 minutes) than his regular season averages. This is an attempt to counter Chicago’s hearty front line, which has translated to a solid 26 fppg mark this series. I believe Henson is a safe PF #2 value selection tonight. Even though he’s listed in the “tournament” section, he’s also cash game playable at just $4,800 on FanDuel.
Memphis Grizzlies @ Portland Blazers: 192 over/under, Blazers -3
Tournament: Courtney Lee (value)
With Mike Conley ruled out for tonight’s game, we aren’t exactly sure who will fill his shoes at point guard. Beno Udrih is listed as probable, but Nick Calathes figures to log some playing as well. Don’t be surprised if the both see 25-27 minutes. Regardless of the situation, this translates to a substantial matchup upgrade for Damian Lillard, who doesn’t have to deal with Conley’s hounding defense … Courtney Lee could see increased offensive responsibilities with Mike Conley out of the mix, and he has been solid either way to begin this series (28+ FP in last two) … The same can be said for Marc Gasol, who lines up as the best overall Center option tonight, holding an impressive 46 fppg over the past four. He’s definitely the Memphis player you want exposure to … Despite a difficult matchup on paper, LaMarcus Aldridge has been fantastic against the Grizzlies’ stout defense. He has churned out 50+ FP performances in two of three games, seeing more minutes (and subsequent volume) as Portland desperately pushes to stay alive … The small forward position is pretty underwhelming today, with Nicolas Batum, Khris Middleton, and DeMarre Carroll representing the only real comfortable options (listed in the order of preference).