With the continuation of two game slates that are basically repeats, we’ll be paring back the articles just a touch. The team will always have one article for our members and the Discord, but writing 2-3 articles doesn’t make a lot of sense. Toronto is looking to even their series with Boston and Denver is trying to get up off the mat tonight after the Clippers demolished them. We are familiar with most of the plays in these series by this point so let’s take a look at who stands out for NBA DFS: Core Four 9.5!
Toronto is going to be popular for me an others today and it’s not exceptionally hard to see why – minutes. Lowry played all but two minutes of Game 3 and played through a knee to a sensitive area. Not only did he make a glorious pass to help win Game 3, he was aggressive all game long and shot the ball 23 times. Pouring in 31 real points led to 54 DK, and he’s not going to be off the court very often tonight either. He could flirt with a triple double again.
I’ll sound like a broken record but I’ll play VanVleet until the wheels fall off or his pricing moves a little bit. One of the reasons Toronto is in the hole is the shooting and play of FVV and Pascal Siakam. I will continue to put out there that VanVleet is not shooting all that well. Things started to correct in Game 3 and have improved all three games. He’s going to have a game where he goes 6/8 from deep and scores 30 real points. I’m not missing that game.
The hero of the day for the Raptors checks in at a not cheap price tag, but we’re chasing as many minutes on the floor as we can. Traditionally, we want 6x from all our players. However, that’s not always going to be the case with playoff pricing. OG should get right around 6x though with all his peripheral stats. There’s not an overwhelming amount of plays that can score 38 DK on just eight shots from the field. OG hits the glass and can rack up steals and blocks. Give me 40+ minutes and let the chips fall where they may.
If you watched the broadcast of Game 3, the Raptors opened up the third quarter in a zone defense and Celtics coach Brad Stevens turned to Enes Kanter for some minutes. Boston eventually started to figure it out, so I still believe that it’s not a tactic here to stay. That means we can still look to Robert Williams to save salary, but Theis has secure minutes regardless.
In both competitive games in this series, he’s played 30 minutes. He’s hit at least 22 DK scoring a combined 12 points the past two games as well. His shining moment came with a double-double in Game 1 and that’s not terribly out of the question tonight either. The positional flexibility is helpful on DK as well, as is OG’s.
Plugging in these four leaves you with $5,850 on DK. To my eyes, there’s two ways to finish it. One way is to maintain the balance approach, using Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Serge Ibaka, Marcus Morris and other mid-range to $8,000 players. The second is to use a cheaper player like Patrick Beverly and pair him with Kawhi Leonard. If Denver can put up a fight, Kawhi carries about the highest ceiling on the slate. Denver had no answers for him and if they couldn’t really stop Donovan Mitchell, odds aren’t good for stopping Kawhi.
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We’re going to continue our focus on the Celtics/Raptors game today since all three players should log heavy minutes and are focal points of heir respective offenses.
Let’s get after it tonight my friends!
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