We have a two-game slate on Tuesday, and it should be a good one. The action gets underway with Game 2 between the 76ers and Hawks at 7:30 p.m. ET and wraps up with Game 1 between the Jazz and Clippers.
Let’s break down some of the top studs and values at each position to help you build your DraftKings lineups.
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Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks at Philadelphia 76ers ($9,200) – Young has been balling during the postseason. He’s returned value in five of his past six games, and he’s scored at least 58.0 DKFP in each of his past two. He’s increased his fantasy production to 1.40 DKFP per minute over the past month, and he’s been playing around 38 minutes during the postseason. The 76ers represent a tough matchup — they were second in the league in defensive efficiency during the regular season — but Young is simply too cheap at $9.2K.
Other Options – Ben Simmons ($8,100)
Bogdan Bogdanovic, Atlanta Hawks at Philadelphia 76ers ($6,800) – PG is not a particularly appealing position to pay down at on Tuesday. There aren’t any value options that jump off the page, but Bogdanovic does have some appeal at $6.8K. He’s coming off 36.5 DKFP in Game 1 vs. the 76ers, and he’s scored at least 31.5 DKFP in each postseason contest. That makes him a reliable option.
Other Options – Reggie Jackson ($5,400)
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Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers ($8,200) – Mitchell missed Game 1 of the first round, which was the only contest that the Jazz lost in that series. He came back with a vengeance in Game 2, and he scored at least 41.0 DKFP in each of the final three games of the series. He didn’t even see a full workload in those contests — he played less than 30 minutes in two of the three games — but his playing time should increase vs. the Clippers. Mitchell has increased his production to 1.49 DKFP per minute over the past month, so he has massive upside at his current salary.
He’s also one of the primary beneficiaries with Mike Conley (hamstring) unable to suit up. Mitchell’s operated more as a playmaker with Conley off the court this season, increasing his assist rate by a team-high 3.6%.
Other Options – Paul George ($9,000)
Seth Curry, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks ($5,000) – Curry has become one of the most underrated role players in basketball. He will always have the unfortunate designation of being compared to his brother, but he provides elite spacing for a team that sorely needs it. He’s capable of providing excellent fantasy value, as well, and he’s scored at least 33.0 DKFP in back-to-back games.
Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz ($9,900) – Leonard has been available at a discount for most of the postseason, but his price has crept up for Game 1 vs. the Jazz. That said, his $9.9K salary is still too cheap. He was fantastic in the first round vs. the Mavericks, scoring at least 55.0 DKFP in six of seven games, and he racked up at least 61.5 DKFP in the final two games of the series. The Jazz are a tough matchup, but Kawhi can put up a big game against anyone.
De’Andre Hunter, Atlanta Hawks at Philadelphia 76ers ($4,100) – Hunter was unavailable for the Hawks in Game 1, and he’s currently listed as questionable for Game 2. He was a huge reason for their success in the first round vs. the Knicks, and the Hawks have been significantly better on the defensive end with Hunter on the court. He’s an interesting value option if he’s able to suit up on Tuesday.
If Hunter is out, Kevin Huerter ($4,300) would become a nice option. Solomon Hill ($3,400) drew the start in place of Hunter, but Huerter was the bigger beneficiary off the bench. He played 28.8 minutes, and Huerter has averaged 0.83 DKFP per minute over the past month.
Other Options – Marcus Morris ($4,800)
John Collins, Atlanta Hawks at Philadelphia 76ers ($5,600) – Power forward is the weakest position on today’s slate. Tobias Harris ($8,300) is priced like a stud, but he doesn’t carry a ton of appeal with Joel Embiid ($10,000) back in the lineup.
I’d rather save some money with Collins. He can occasionally get forgotten about for the Hawks, and he’s an interesting buy-low candidate on Tuesday. His price has dropped to just $5.6K, which represents a decrease of $900 since the start of the postseason. Collins has still averaged a productive 0.96 DKFP per minute over the past month, and he should see around 33 minutes vs. the 76ers.
Nicolas Batum, Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz ($4,600) – Batum looked cooked during the end of his tenure with the Hornets, but he has revived his career with the Clippers. They would not have gotten past the Mavericks without him, and while he could play a smaller role vs. the Jazz, he should still see plenty of playing time. Marcus Morris ($4,800) is also a viable fantasy option for the Clippers, but I’ll side with Batum since he’s slightly cheaper.
Other Options – Royce O’Neale ($5,100)
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks ($10,000) – Embiid is officially questionable for Game 2, but it seems like there is little doubt that he’ll be able to suit up. He’s currently dealing with a small tear in his meniscus, but he showed no signs of it during Game 1 vs. the Hawks. He was his usual dominant self, racking up 62.75 DKFP thanks to 39 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots. He was also able to play more than 38 minutes. Honestly, if you didn’t know about the injury, you would not have been able to tell by watching him play.
There’s no guarantee that he remains that effective moving forward, but it’s a lot easier to trust him in Game 2. No one on the slate can match his average of 1.63 DKFP per minute this season, which gives him arguably the highest ceiling among today’s players.
Other Options – Rudy Gobert ($7,900)
Ivica Zubac, Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz ($3,500) – Zubac is a really intriguing option today at just $3.5K. The Clippers simply can’t play as small against the Jazz as they did against the Mavericks, and Serge Ibaka remains out of the lineup with a back injury. That leaves Zubac as their only real option to combat Rudy Gobert ($7,900) on the interior. I think he plays somewhere between 16 and 20 minutes, and he should be able to pay off his salary with that much playing time.
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