Here we go with Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Heat. Boston is currently listed as three-point favorites with an over/under of 213.
We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.
Please note, these player picks were organized early in the day. For NBA contests, always check injury news or rotational decisions closer to game time. Rotoworld’s NBA News & Headlines Feed is an excellent resource to keep you in the loop.
Tonight’s single-game slate begins at 8:30 ET.
Jayson Tatum - PF - Boston (DK: $10,600 / FD: $16,000)
Tatum was listed as a top play on Wednesday, and we are going back to the well here. Despite scoring zero points in the first half of that game, the Boston forward managed to come through with a nice 28-9-4 line for 52.5 fantasy points. That’s his baseline, even in down performances, and his upside expands into the 65+ FP range - a number he has hit twice in his past six. You better believe Tatum will come out with his best stuff considering Boston is on the brink of elimination.
Tyler Herro - SG - Miami (DK: $7,800 / FD: $11,000)
The rookie certainly has confidence, doesn’t he? Herro put on a show in Game 4, racking up 48 fantasy points with 37-6-3 line. Even the premium defense of Marcus Smart couldn’t slow him down. Herro will continue to see plenty of opportunities to produce, as he has cemented his full-time role as a professional bucket getter. Outside of his heroic performance on Wednesday, Herro has posted 35+ fantasy points in three of four recent games. He’s cheaper than the likes of Goran Dragic, Jaylen Brown, and the top overall picks of this slate (Tatum, Butler, Bam), serving as a fine mid-range choice on both FanDuel and DraftKings.
Gordon Hayward - SF - Boston (DK: $6,400 / FD: $10,000)
Hayward missed a month while nursing an ankle injury, but he has seen 30 minutes in each of the last two games. It’s evident that the Celtics need his versatility and playmaking ability off the bench, and there’s a chance he’ll see more playing time in this elimination game. Hayward is averaging 28 FPPG in two games of this series, and that could rise if the minutes coincide. I’m really liking the $6,400 salary on DraftKings.
Duncan Robinson - SG - Miami (DK: $4,800 / FD: $8,500)
Robinson is nothing more than a value filler to help round out a lineup. He deferred to Tyler Herro last game, which explains the 13 FP letdown. However, Robinson achieved 29 and 20 fantasy points respectively in two games prior, and that’s the level of production we can hope for in Game 5. He always has upside if the three-pointers are falling too.
Jae Crowder (SF - MIA) is another strong mid-range choice on both FanDuel and DraftKings. Similar to Robinson, his stat-line suffered due to Herro’s takeover in Game 4. However, Crowder showed consistency prior to that, averaging 32 FPPG and 36 minutes in the first three games against Boston.
Bam Adeabyo (PF - MIA) and Jayson Tatum should wrestle for the top fantasy performance of the night. I’m going with Tatum as an MVP/Captain, but there’s merit to looking Bam’s way. The Celtics haven’t found a way to slow him down, resulting in a cool 49 FPPG average in this series. I’ll be trying my best to make Tatum and Bam work in the same lineup tonight.
Goran Dragic (PG - MIA) will be underrated tonight. Most people will be looking towards Herro after his explosive Game 4 showing. However, let’s not forget that Dragic has posted 34-45 fantasy points in three of four games against Boston. Dragic is a nice tournament play, and I’m considering him in cash over on FanDuel for $10,500 - which is less than Herro.