We have two road teams looking to even up their respective series tonight. The Warriors are down 2-1 and need a win in Memphis to tie the series at two games apiece, while the Hawks face a similar situation tonight in Washington. John Wall is questionable for tonight’s Game 4, but it appears highly unlikely that will be able to suit up.
Below you will find my top FanDuel plays for tonight’s playoff action.
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Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks (Salary: $6900, FPPG: 30.9, MPG: 31, Usage Rate: 24.9)
Teague and the rest of the starters were benched for the fourth quarter of Game 3’s loss against the Wizards. The second unit had a terrific comeback that just fell short. Even though he didn’t play in the fourth quarter, Teague still finished with 37 fantasy points in all. He has the best individual matchup of any of the five Hawks starters, as he will either face Ramon Sessions or a hobbled John Wall. Dollar for dollar, Teague is the top point guard option tonight on FanDuel.
Ramon Sessions, Washington Wizards (Salary: $5900, FPPG: 12.8, MPG: 18, Usage Rate: 19.3)
John Wall is currently listed as questionable for tonight’s game, but he has yet to resume any basketball activities since injuring his wrist. It appears highly unlikely that he will be able to play tonight in Game 4. If Wall were forced to miss this game, Sessions would draw another start at point guard. He has scored 31 and 18 fantasy points in his last two starts, averaging 37 minutes per contest. Even though his price is up, he remains an elite option tonight if John Wall is out.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards (Salary: $7700, FPPG: 25.5, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 22.2)
Beal is one of the few players that stand out as an absolute must-start in tonight’s small, two-game slate. He has scored at least 30 fantasy points in each of his last eight games, topping the 36 fantasy point mark four times. The Hawks haven’t had an answer for him in this series, and with John Wall likely out again tonight, Beal will continue to be the focal point on offense.
Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies (Salary: $5000, FPPG: 19.6, MPG: 26, Usage Rate: 16.6)
Klay Thompson is another viable option at shooting guard, but value is hard to come by in the NBA playoffs and we have to shed some salary cap somewhere. One of the top value plays on the board is Tony Allen. He has scored at least 22 fantasy points in each of his last five games and he has seen a major uptick in minutes in this series. Through the first three games, Allen has averaged 37 minutes per game, which is markedly higher than his season average of 26.
Otto Porter, Washington Wizards (Salary: $5100, FPPG: 12.2, MPG: 19, Usage Rate: 15.5)
Everyone keeps waiting for Porter to come crashing back down to Earth with a bad fantasy performance, but until that happens, he remains an elite play at small forward. He has averaged 29 fantasy points in his last six games, playing an average of 33 minutes per contest during that stretch. His price is still affordable on FanDuel, making him the top play at the small forward position.
Paul Pierce, Washington Wizards (Salary: $4900, FPPG: 20.3, MPG: 26, Usage Rate: 20.1)
“The Truth” had one of the best post-game interviews after he hit the game-winner on Saturday night. Chris Broussard asked him if he called bank and Pierce simply said, “I called game.” He then walked off to celebrate with his teammates. Pierce has been huge for the Wizards so far this postseason and there is no reason to think that doesn’t continue tonight in Game 4. Don’t be afraid to use the two Wizards’ small forwards together in both cash games and tournaments.
Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies (Salary: $7200, FPPG: 32.1, MPG: 32, Usage Rate: 24.2)
Randolph has been a model of consistency in the Grizzlies’ second-round matchup against the Warriors. He has scored at least 34 fantasy points in each of the first three games, scoring at least 20 points and grabbing at least 7 rebounds in every contest. He has been able to use his size advantage over Draymond Green, and if there is one thing that you can’t teach in basketball, it’s size. The Grizzlies will look to exploit his mismatch again tonight in Game 4.
Nene Hilario, Washington Wizards (Salary: $3800, FPPG: 20.7, MPG: 25, Usage Rate: 22)
Hilario didn’t make a single field goal in the first two games of the series, but he bounced back nicely in Game 3 with 35 fantasy points in 30 minutes of action. Tonight is a perfect opportunity to buy low on Nene, as his price has dipped all the way down to $3,800 on FanDuel. He only needs 19 fantasy points to reach value, which should be an easy feat if he sees anywhere close to 30 minutes of playing time tonight.
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies (Salary: $8700, FPPG: 35.3, MPG: 34, Usage Rate: 24.7)
Center has been a tough position to predict in the postseason, which is why I don’t mind paying up for Gasol every time he is on the schedule. He has scored at least 39 fantasy points in seven of his first eight playoff games this season. Gasol should see close to 40 minutes of playing time tonight in a pivotal Game 4. The Grizzlies have a chance to take a commanding 3-1 lead over the Warriors, who owned the best record in the NBA during the regular season.