The NBA playoffs are up and running in Orlando. DraftKings is hosting massive DFS contests every day and we have another big slate of action on Tuesday.
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Jamal Murray, DEN vs. UTA, $9,700 — He is a bit overpriced, although it’s tough to ignore his ascension to stardom. Murray has gone from a player mocked for signing a max contract to the talk of the bubble. Murray is knocking down everything lately and has at least 67.0 DKFP in three consecutive games. It seems likely he’ll play over 40 minutes since this is Game 7.
Monte Morris, DEN vs. UTA, $4,200 — This is a really tough slate to find value and every cheap play I’ll mention is a fringe play. We are going to need some sort of lineup change or massive injury news to open up an inexpensive play to feel confident in. At least with Morris, we get a starter at a reasonably cheap price. Morris is averaging 22.2 DKFP as a starter this season.
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Donovan Mitchell, UTA vs. DEN, $9,900 — Mitchell is in a really similar spot to Murray. The two are shooting lights out in the playoffs and it’s leading to extremely lofty price tags. Even so, we kind of have to consider them since they are playing well and are the only two expensive guards on the slate. Mitchell has scored over 40 points three times in this series.
Norman Powell, TOR vs. BOS, $4,900 — If any team makes a lineup change tonight, I think it’s the Raptors. Coming off of a disappointing Game 1 loss to the Celtics, Toronto could look to mix up its starting unit. If this is the case, I think one of the more likely moves is starting Powell over Marc Gasol ($4,100). Gasol is looking old in the playoffs and the Raptors could benefit from playing a smaller lineup against Boston.
Jayson Tatum, BOS vs. TOR, $9,200 — Tatum is kind of going under the radar in the playoffs. Due to the strong play of Mitchell and Murray, it’s getting overlooked that Boston has yet to lose a game and Tatum is clearly the best player on the team. He’s scored over 50.0 DKFP in three of the Celtics’ five playoff games.
Jerami Grant, DEN vs. UTA, $5,100 — It looks like Grant is locked into the starting lineup. With Michael Porter Jr. ($5,500) struggling to defend, Denver is starting Grant and he’s bringing stability to the defense. There is a slight amount of value here since Grant averaged 26.1 DKFP this season as a starter. It also looks like we can expect big minutes out of him after workloads of 35, 40 and 36 minutes in his three games since moving into the starting unit.
Pascal Siakam, TOR vs. BOS, $8,000 — This seems like a matchup that Siakam should take advantage of, although that’s not how it played out in Game 1. Siakam got into foul trouble against the Celtics and never got into a groove. He ended up having his worst performance of the postseason and scored just 22.75 DKFP. I expect a bounce back, although there are a handful of players I prefer to pay up for over Siakam tonight.
Daniel Theis, BOS vs. TOR, $5,000 — Theis handily outplayed Gasol in the post on Sunday and the Raptors had no answers for him underneath the basket. Despite playing just 25 minutes due to the lopsided score, Theis managed to pull down 15 rebounds and score 38.75 DKFP. He’s one of the only cheaper plays on this slate with a substantial ceiling.
Nikola Jokic, DEN vs. UTA, $9,500 — Don’t forget that Jokic is the actual best fantasy player in this Nuggets-Jazz series. It’s easy to forget about him because of how well Mitchell and Murray are playing. Jokic has averaged 46.6 DKFP for the season, which is a way higher average than what we normally see out of Murray and Mitchell. If the two guards shoot like mortals from three tonight, I expect Jokic to finish with the best fantasy output in the game.
Serge Ibaka, TOR vs. BOS, $6,200 — Above I mentioned that Powell could end up starting for the Raptors over Gasol. It’s also possible that Ibaka moves into the starting unit. If this is the case, he’s a bit underpriced against a Celtics’ team that struggles to defend in the paint. In 27 regular season starts, Ibaka averaged 34.8 DKFP.
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