The NBA Playoffs continue on Wednesday night with another two-game slate, and DraftKings continues to offer huge tournaments for DFS players. Below are some of my favorite targets at each position.
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks, $7,600
Simmons was one assist shy of a triple-double in Game 4, finishing with 45 DKFP and he will be back at home on Wednesday night. He presented dramatic home/away splits during the regular season and it has been the same story during the playoffs, with Simmons’ fantasy production 8.3 DKFP higher at home in the Wells Fargo Arena at 45.6 DKFP per game.
Of the four teams in action tonight, the Sixers sport the largest implied total on DraftKings Sportsbook at 114.5 points, and Simmons should deliver above 40 DKFP in Game 5.
Other Options: Trae Young ($9,900)
Shake Milton, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks, $3,000
Doc Rivers incorporated Milton into the rotation three contests ago, and the guard has chipped in with 14.5 DKFP per game. This doesn’t seem like much, but considering this is a two-game slate, getting this type of return from a player at a bare minimum salary is valuable if you want to go with a stars-and-scrubs lineup.
Milton is generating right under 1.0 DKFP per minute this season and his 10-15 minute role with Danny Green (calf) sidelined puts him on the radar as a full punt tonight.
Other Options: Reggie Jackson ($5,100)
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Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz, $8,600
George was huge in the Game 4 win over Utah, recording 50.25 DKFP in 40 minutes. His price hasn’t changed since this start and George is arguably the best value on the slate at only $8,600.
With a team-high 40.3 minutes per game, the 31-year-old is contributing 46.6 DKFP per game in the playoffs, which would be a 5.4 times value return at George’s salary for Wednesday.
Other Options: Donovan Mitchell ($9,000, if Mike Conley is out or limited)
Kevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks vs. Philadelphia 76ers, $4,800
Nate McMillian finally came to his senses on Monday and started Huerter, instead of the ineffective Solomon Hill ($3,000). Huerter finished with 23 DKFP across 35.4 minutes and should be in line for 35 minutes again in Game 5, barring bad early foul trouble.
When given a minimum of 30 minutes this season, he is amassing 28.7 DKFP per game and Huerter has to be considered at only $4,800.
Other Options: Seth Curry ($5,000)
Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz, $9,700
Editor’s note: Clippers SF Kawhi Leonard (knee) has been ruled out tonight vs. the Jazz.
Leonard’s price dipping under $10,000 makes him a primary value tonight. The two-time Finals MVP is providing 51 DKFP per game this postseason and his usage has been at an elite 35.1% in these past two wins for the Clippers.
We all know they are going to continue to feed Leonard in this pivotal Game 5, and anything less than 50 DKFP would be a disappointment for him.
Other Options: None
Furkan Korkmaz, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks, $3,800
Korkmaz received the start with Green injured in Game 4 and posted 18.5 DKFP across 25 minutes. The 23-year-old is now supplying 22.1 DKFP per game in the four starts he has made for Green this year.
If this was a full slate of NBA basketball, Korkmaz would be a fringe option, but with only two games on the schedule, he is one of the top value plays available with his starter's role.
Other Options: Joe Ingles ($5,200, if Mike Conley is out), Marcus Morris ($4,500)
Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks, $8,100
Just like Simmons, Harris is a much better target when at home. This season, Harris is averaging 40.1 DKFP on his home court, which is 4.7 DKFP higher than when he’s on the road.
Coming off a quiet 31.75 DKFP in Game 4, Harris could end up being somewhat overlooked for this short slate, and is a solid way to differentiate your lineup in GPPs.
Other Options: None
Nicolas Batum, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz, $4,600
Batum can’t be ignored at only $4,600. After moving to the bench for one game, he has been back in the starting five for the past two and has scored 31.25 DKFP in 33.5 minutes per game. With an impressive 17.5 plus/minus, Batum was an integral part in the Clippers picking up two wins to even this series, and the heavy playing time shouldn’t go anywhere for Game 5.
For the last 10 tilts, the veteran has logged at least 30 minutes and is collecting 27.6 DKFP per game.
Other Options: Royce O’Neale ($4,900)
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks, $10,500
Continuing with the Sixers’ home/away splits, Embiid has been the biggest example on the team this season, with a significant 7.9 more DKFP per game in Philadelphia. He went over 60 DKFP in the first two home games of this series against Atlanta, and due to a 3% increase to his usage, Embiid’s fantasy production upgrades to a ridiculous 1.75 DKFP per minute with Green off the floor.
Embiid is going to do everything his power to secure this win and he is without a doubt the top overall play on the slate.
Other Options: None
John Collins, Atlanta Hawks vs. Philadelphia, $6,000
With the Hawks deploying a tighter rotation on Monday night, Collins saw 37 minutes and tallied a 36 DKFP double-double. He has now exceeded 30 DKFP in three of four games in this series vs. the Sixers and is garnering 34.75 minutes per game.
Collins’ price hasn’t fully adjusted to this solidified role, and he is a decent mid-tier target to round out your lineups.
Other Options: Ivica Zubac ($3,500)
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