NBA Daily Plays
This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your DFS lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
There’s only one NBA playoff game per night from here on out, so we are dealing exclusively with the Showdown format. We’ll parse through top picks and bargains along with strategy notes for each game.
Tonight’s game tips at 9:00 ET.
Draymond Green – Golden State (vs. Portland)
Houston and Portland have played at a similar pace this postseason, with a nearly identical offensive efficiency. The Warriors have advantages in both categories, along with rebounding, true shooting percentage and assists, and I expect them to play Portland pretty similarly to the last series. Accordingly, Vegas has the Warriors as 7.5-point favorites. Green is my top play tonight simply for the production/salary formula. Priced well below the star point guards (especially on DraftKings where you take the salary hit for your MVP), Green is capable of a triple-double any given night, and is regularly matching Lillard’s and Curry’s output in the playoffs. At home to open the Western Conference finals without Kevin Durant is a game for him to rise to the moment, and I fully expect near 50 fantasy points from Green tonight. Put him in a multiplier slot.
Stephen Curry – Golden State (vs. Portland)
The biggest decision is Curry or Damian Lillard (or both?). If I’m taking one, it’s Curry. He’s costing you less than Lillard, is the big home favorite, and darn it, is due for a monster game. You could argue that’s true of Lillard as well, because he hasn’t put up huge fantasy numbers since Round 1. I’m waiting for that first first-quarter three-point shot to fall and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Curry doubles his post-season average with about eight triples tonight. Even if he continues to ‘struggle’ from beyond the arc, he supplies ample peripherals to justify his salary.
Kevon Looney – Golden State (vs. Portland)
Looney isn’t going to fill Durant’s shoes, or DeMarcus Cousins’ for that matter, but he has found some rhythm as he’s played at least 20 minutes in the last three games, posting over 22 fantasy points in the last two. He’s got a block and a steal in both, and is capable of double-doubling. Portland is hurting for big men after a less than healthy Enes Kanter, so Looney should find room under the rim vs. the Trail Blazers’ second unit.
Evan Turner – Portland (at Golden State)
I’m assuming that Rodney Hood will take at least one game off to heal his knee. He’s not a HUGE loss to the Trail Blazers, but they do need every bit of scoring they can find, so someone else needs to step up. My guess is that it’s Turner. He’s played 19 minutes in the last two games, and he’s met or exceeded value in both games. He’s a versatile player that can add fantasy points from just about anywhere, but scoring is what he’ll need to do tonight. I expect the opportunity to be there for the near minimum salary option, but do watch out for surprising news that Hood will play later on.
John Collins – Portland (at Golden State)
Collins is a player that I was feeling should be doing more than he was in the playoffs. He finally flashed the potential in Game 5 vs. Denver, following up with two more solid performances. In the last three games, Collins has 35 points, 13 rebounds and a whopping 10 blocked shots. I can’t emphasize enough how much the Trail Blazers need those numbers from Collins. Kanter is an option where the price is low enough, but I think Collins is going to match up well with the Durant-less Warriors tonight.