WE have another three game slate in front of us and while cash games are getting a little tougher as we go, it’s still a viable format. Iy’s a bit of an oddball slate because we have two earlier games and then the Jazz vs the Nuggets are not until 8:30 PM. The name of the game is consistency so let’s take a look for the NBA DFS: Cash Game Core Four 8.30!
We talk about wanting consistency with our cash picks and Playoff Kawhi is that man since the playoffs have tipped. Through the five games vs the Mavericks, Kawhi has yet to dip under 50 DK points. Taking the last game that was a massive blowout out of the mix, he’s played a minimum of 38 minutes every game. Luka Doncic has had a couple extra days to nurse that ankle, so this game should stay close enough. I’m going to plug in my 50 DK floor and move on.
*UPDATE* Luka Doncic is drawing heavy ownership so it’s best to leave Murray as a GPP target. Build your cash games around the Kawhi/Luka duo and value plays from the Clippers/Mavericks game.
Choosing a player in this tier is pretty difficult. We have Paul George who came alive last game out (but still was only around 40 DK). We could go up slightly to Jayson Tatum or dip down to Pascal Siakam, but my choice is Murray. Yes, consistency and floor is important. It doesn’t hurt to have a cash player with some ceiling as well.
Denver has been totally blown up in two games. In the three games that were close/they won, Murray has been incredible. He’s put up at least 59 DK in those games and showed a ceiling of 82 DK! Denver is still on the brink and they need Nikola Jokic and Murray to continue to carry them.
Probably about the least exciting pick, we need some style of savings and O’Neal fits the bill. He’s under $5,000 and unless you’re spending up on Tatum or Siakam, the PF position doesn’t offer a ton. O’Neal is not a big piece of the Utah attack but he plays a ton of minutes. In addition, the DKPM doesn’t look that bad since the bubble started either.
He’s scoring 0.96 DKPM compared to 0.69 in the regular season. Some of that is when Mike Conley missed a couple games and Utah coasted into the playoffs. Still, even a 0.69 DKPM is useful and anything else is a bonus.
Really, this could just be a spot for Dallas value. If we’re playing Kawhi, we want pieces to go with him because this game has the highest O/U on the day by 16.5 points right now. When we take Kristaps Porzingis off the floor, both THJ and Maxi Kleber have a 0.88 DKPM. The big difference is THJ has usage to go with his mark at 23.1% and will need to score to keep Dallas in this one. I would believe that THJ and Kleber both carry some serious ownership and really am fine locking both into any cash lineup.
Even if we use Kleber and THJ, that leaves you $5,166 for the last three spots. Some of the players I’m looking to fill those slots include – Jokic, Tatum, George, Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Kemba Walker, Rudy Gobert, Marcus Morris, OG Anunoby, Ivica Zubac/Montrezl Harrell (I’m interested in Brian’s and Ghost’s opinion on this play), Seth Curry, Trey Burke
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