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 Thursday.
Kyle Lowry, TOR vs. BOS ($7,500) — With the Raptors in a 2-0 hole, look for Lowry to play a massive role tonight. There is no more margin for error for Toronto so I expect him to play over 40 minutes and his price is a bit too cheap for the playing time I am anticipating. As is, Lowry has scored at least 36 DKFP in five of six playoff games and now he’s likely looking at increased playing time and usage.
Patrick Beverley, LAC vs. DEN ($3,500) — As of now, it’s unclear if Beverley will start. I guess it’s somewhat uncertain if he will even play since he’s considered “likely to be available.” If starting, Beverley is one of the more obvious sources of value today. We are lacking cheap options to roster and Beverley averages 23.29 DKFP as a starter this season.
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Fred VanVleet, TOR vs. BOS ($7,700) — Of the expensive plays on the Raptors, I actually like Lowry and Pascal Siakam more than FVV. However, I like VanVleet more than the other high end options at shooting guard like Jamal Murray and Jaylen Brown. With Toronto in desperation time, VanVleet is in line for massive workload and he’s scored at least 39 DKFP in all but one of the Raptors’ playoff games.
Gary Harris, DEN vs. LAC ($4,200) — I am speculating here, but I think Harris moves into the Nuggets’ starting lineup over Monte Morris tonight. Harris played in crunch time for the Nuggets in Game 7 against the Jazz and played almost the entire fourth quarter. There is risk here since he’s still working his way back from injury, but I’ll take my chances with a quality player at a cheap price and low ownership.
Paul George, LAC vs. DEN ($8,200) — The public sentiment is definitely against George at the moment. After he struggled to shoot the basketball in the first round of the playoffs, narratives about him unable to perform in the playoffs are swirling. I don’t think this is the case and we saw him put up some gaudy stat lines during his time with the Pacers in the postseason. PG is a bit underpriced because of his recent performances and I expect him to play well going forward.
O.G. Anunoby, TOR vs. BOS ($5,100) — He’s relatively cheap and starting, which is more than can be said for most of the players on tonight’s slate. Anunoby has scored at least 20 DFKP in all of the Raptors’ postseason games and that kind of floor provides some value on a two-game slate without many safe options for cheap.
Pascal Siakam, TOR vs. BOS ($7,900) — I think a starting lineup change is coming for the Raptors. Marc Gasol looks totally washed and he brings nothing to Toronto on the offensive end of the floor. This is leading to a lack of floor spacing for Siakam and the paint collapses in a hurry when he drives to the basket. I anticipate more minutes going to Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell over Gasol, which should free up the paint a bit for Siakam.
Jerami Grant, DEN vs. LAC ($4,900) — Grant looks locked into the starting power forward gig while playing big minutes. Against the Jazz, he played 36, 40, 35 and 35 minutes in his four starts. Considering he averages 25.55 DKFP as a starter this season, there is a slight amount of value in Grant’s price tag since he’s playing more minutes now than he did as a starter in the regular season.
Nikola Jokic, DEN vs. LAC ($9,500) — If the Nuggets keep this game close, it’s almost certainly going to happen because Jokic plays well. Los Angeles doesn’t have the interior defense to slow him down, but they have the perimeter defense to slow down Murray. If Jokic duds tonight then I expect this game ends in a blowout and most of the players in this game will come short of hitting value.
Montrezl Harrell, LAC vs. DEN ($4,400) — Now that Harrell has been in the bubble for a few weeks, I expect his conditioning to improve. His minutes were limited in the first round and it was pretty evident that he wasn’t in great shape. Going forward, I expect more of a normal role out of Harrell. In the regular season, he averaged over 30 DKFP coming off the bench and this is what I think his numbers could look like for the rest of the postseason.
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