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John Wall powered the Wizards to a series-tying Game 4 victory on Sunday, scoring 27 points with 14 assists, six rebounds and three steals in 44 minutes.

Tonight's line adds up to 60.2 fantasy points for Wall, according to the NBA's official scoring, which is just above his average of 58.9 per game in the postseason. That's third-best behind only LeBron James and Anthony Davis. He made 10-of-24 field goals and 7-of-10 free throws, and came up huge after Bradley Beal fouled out late in the fourth quarter of a tied game. It's safe to say Wall's surgically-repaired left knee isn't holding him back.
Apr 22 - 9:15 PM

Marcin Gortat finished Game 4 with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 28 minutes of action.

Gortat grabbed his lower back after absorbing some contact in the second quarter, but it didn't slow him down as the game progressed. He earned key fourth-quarter minutes and even threw down a vicious hammer dunk through multiple defenders to tie the game with 5:35 remaining (watch via the link below). If you ignore a disastrous Game 2 in Toronto, Gortat is averaging a solid 13.3 points on 20-of-27 shooting (74.1%) in the series.
Apr 22 - 9:14 PM

Tomas Satoransky's quiet postseason continued on Sunday with one rebound and no other stats in six minutes.

Satoransky had a breakout season in 2017-18, including averages of 10.4 points, 5.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 30 starts. He even played 16.8 minutes as a reserve, but has seen his role usurped by newcomer Ty Lawson over the past three games. Lawson also finished this game scoreless in 15 minutes, and neither guy can be trusted in DFS while the Wizards' starting backcourt is healthy.
Apr 22 - 9:13 PM

Bradley Beal fouled out in the fourth quarter of Game 4, finishing with 31 points, five rebounds, five 3-pointers and two assists in 32 minutes.

It's the first time all season that Beal has fouled out of a game. The sixth foul was questionable and Beal was fuming afterward, but he managed to avoid a technical or the risk of further punishment from the league. He was cruising offensively with 10-of-19 field goals and 6-of-7 free throws, and the Wizards didn't hang their heads when he left -- instead, they looked fired up as they closed the game on a 14-6 run. Beal said he wants 20 shot attempts per game and we expect him to come out firing in Toronto on Wednesday.
Apr 22 - 9:13 PM

Jakob Poeltl came off the bench for 10 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 24 minutes on Sunday, making 4-of-6 field goals and 2-of-2 free throws.

Both teams stayed big down the stretch in this game, and coach Dwane Casey opted for Poeltl's defensive presence over Jonas Valanciunas. The second-year center fouled out on a costly play with 1:33 remaining but was otherwise impressive, and may have earned himself more minutes as the series shifts back to Toronto.
Apr 22 - 9:11 PM

Jonas Valanciunas played only 15 minutes on Sunday, scoring 11 points with three rebounds and one block in the Raptors' road loss.

JV made 4-of-6 field goals and 3-of-3 free throws, but after playing 23 minutes in each of the first three games in this series, his role was eroded by backup Jakob Poeltl. Even after Poeltl fouled out late in the game, Pascal Siakam checked in with Serge Ibaka shifting to center. Random duds are always a risk for Valanciunas, who only needs 20+ minutes to hit DFS value most games.
Apr 22 - 9:11 PM

OG Anunoby played through a right ankle injury to finish Sunday's Game 4 defeat with four points on 2-of-3 shooting, two steals, one rebound and one assist in 22 minutes.

Marcin Gortat crashed into Anunoby just before halftime, forcing the rookie to limp into the locker room with trainers. He missed seven games in March due to a sprained right ankle, so it was encouraging to see him start the second half after getting re-taped. As a precaution, we'll list him as 'questionable' for Game 5 in Toronto on Wednesday.
Apr 22 - 9:09 PM

DeMar DeRozan made a career-high 14-of-18 free throws during Sunday's Game 4 loss, scoring 35 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

DeRozan only got to the free-throw line twice Game 3, yet he had 12 attempts by the end of the first quarter today. His ability to generate fouls usually pads his scoring numbers even when his shot is off, which is one reason he's such a stable DFS option. The home team has held serve in all four games of this series, a trend Toronto hopes to continue at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday.
Apr 22 - 9:08 PM

OG Anunoby limped into the locker room on Sunday with a right ankle injury, but he returned to start the second half.

Anunoby left under his own power and there was under two minutes remaining in the half when he exited, so it appears he avoided any serious damage.
Apr 22 - 7:14 PM

Jose Calderon will start Game 4 on Sunday with George Hill (back spasms) unavailable.

Calderon was a healthy DNP-CD in Game 3 but he'll be pressed into a key role in a pivotal road game tonight. Considering his rock-bottom price in DFS, he's worth a long look.
Apr 22 - 7:07 PM

George Hill (back spasms) will not play in Game 4 vs. the Pacers, with Jose Calderon getting the start at PG.

Hill's MRI came back negative but he can't shake this injury, and the Cavs will have a 'next man up' mentality as they seek to avoid a 3-1 hole in the series. He said he's had four shots in his back but can still barely sleep, so it's uncertain if he'll be ready to return for Game 5 in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Apr 22 - 7:05 PM

San Antonio snapped a seven-game postseason losing streak, aided by LaMarcus Aldridge's 22 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and one block.

Draymond Green locked into Aldridge defensively today, but LA managed to bank an enormous buzzer-beater on a turnaround 3-pointer to preserve the Spurs' lead in the fourth quarter (link below). He finished 7-of-19 from the field but was 3-of-3 from deep and 5-of-5 at the FT line, and committed just one turnover in 38 minutes. The Spurs pulled out a double-digit victory despite getting out-rebounded 61-34 in this game, but they'll need to fix the issue to stay alive as the series shifts back to Golden State.
Apr 22 - 6:36 PM

Manu Ginobili was terrific during the Spurs' Game 4 victory, scoring 16 points (5-of-10 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) with five assists, three rebounds and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

The veteran went down briefly after banging his knee late in the fourth quarter, but he continued to play and there's no way he's missing Game 5. This was simply the latest clutch performance in Manu's legendary career, and the victory gives Ginobili and Tony Parker 132 playoff wins as teammates -- that's the most in NBA history.
Apr 22 - 6:34 PM

Dejounte Murray found some traction during Game 4 on Sunday with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting, three 3-pointers, four rebounds and two assists.

Murray hadn't attempted more than two triples in a game all season prior to this outburst, but he simply took what the Warriors gave him -- they dared him to make shots from deep, and he obliged. He added one steal, one block and only one turnover in 26 minutes of action, his most of the postseason, and the Spurs will need him to play at this level to stave off elimination again on Tuesday.
Apr 22 - 6:33 PM

Draymond Green grabbed a playoff career-high 18 rebounds during Game 4, adding nine assists with nine points on 4-of-14 shooting, including 1-of-6 from downtown.

Green committed five turnovers during his 42 minutes on the court, but his defensive efforts helped Golden State stay in it despite awful shooting (37.8%). "[Teams] are still waiting me out on the pick-and-roll and trying to get me out away from the play," Green said recently. "I know I can take the game over defensively on any given night." He's helped limit San Antonio to 25.5 points in the paint and 6.3 fastbreak points in this series, and despite today's loss the Warriors can advance with a win at home on Tuesday.
Apr 22 - 6:33 PM



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