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This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your cash game lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
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Dallas can close out the series with a win at home tonight (leading 3-2). It’s been a very back and forth first round for both of these teams, with each team winning by 10 points or more and neither team winning at home yet. LA leads the series in points, rebounds and assists, despite being down a game, and is the road favorite by 2.5 points.
Leonard is coming off his worst game of the series, but the theme of these contests has been that the team that needs it gets it done. The Clippers will go the way of Leonard, and I feel confident that he bounces back tonight. Aside from Game 5, Leonard has put up complete stat lines for around 55 fantasy points per game. He’s significantly cheaper than Luka Doncic and should definitely occupy the Captain or one of the multiplier slots on all three sites.
Luka Doncic – PG – Dallas
Doncic is coming off his best game of the series, a 45-point, 14-assist masterpiece to give the Mavericks the series lead by one game. It was his third game with over 70 fantasy points in Round 1. He carries an injury designation of probable (neck), but rest assured that he will be playing tonight. The main reason he’s not my top play of the slate is salary (DraftKings, specifically). However, it’s totally possible to play both stars, which is the way I’m going.
Boban Marjanovic – C – Dallas
Boban played 15 minutes in Game 4 and hit his max of about 20 minutes in Game 5. He’s a fantasy-point-per-minute player when on the court, so if this trend continues, I expect he’ll reach value. Priced at just $2400 (DK), $10 (Yahoo) and $7000 (FanDuel), he’s the key to fitting the two stars you’ll want tonight.
Reggie Jackson – PG – LA Clippers
Jackson has played around 30 MPG since Game 2 of this series, returning a very consistent 25-30 fantasy points per game. He’s not the cheapest of bargains, true, but should be solid for the mid-range price tag given his steady contributions in the three main categories.
Tim Hardaway – F – Dallas
Hardaway has been great in the games Dallas has won, scoring at least 20 points in those three. His minutes have fluctuated, as has his involvement, but it seems pretty clear that his involvement is a good thing. The same goes for Dorian Finney-Smith; both are able to make open threes when the Clippers swarm Doncic. Finney-Smith also came away with a notable five steals in the Game 5 win. I don’t expect that every night, but fitting one of the versatile Dallas forwards into lineups is something you’ll want to do in cash games (Hardaway) and tournaments (Finney-Smith).
Paul George – SG – LA Clippers
George has been solid, but his fantasy output is such that I’d rather be spending about $1000 (or $5) less on him across the board. His range in this series has been 35-55 fantasy points per game, and at his current salary, you need a repeat of his Game 2 performance. Maybe we get it, but maybe we don’t. I get that there aren’t too many choices out there tonight, but unless it’s a tournament move to invite diversity into your lineups, I can’t see choosing Paul over either Leonard or Doncic tonight.
Kristaps Porzingis– PF – Dallas
Porzingis is the ultimate GPP play tonight. He’s been terrible in the playoffs so far, and is coming off his worst performance of all, an eight-point, six-rebound effort in Game 5. He showed signs of his former self in Game 2, when he had 20 points along with two blocks and three steals, but it’s been downhill from there. Despite the production he hasn’t been giving, he’s priced just behind George. He’s definitely not going to be in most peoples' lineups tonight so if he does have a great game, it could vault you in the standings. You’ll almost certainly have to leave one of Leonard or Doncic out of lineups to get him, so make sure you’re comfortable with this high risk/high reward decision.