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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.
We’ll take a look at Thursday’s nine-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Goran Dragic - Miami (at Milwaukee) - DK: $5,000 / FD: $5,500 / Yahoo: $18
DFS in the playoffs is a different animal. On one hand, you don’t want to overreact to the previous game. On the other hand, you are looking for meaningful signals as to how this series will be played. Case in point: Goran Dragic saw 34 minutes (28 FP) in Game 1. Was that a product of circumstance or a sign of things to come? I believe the Heat will need his veteran presence in this series, and Dragic should hover around 30 minutes per contest. That makes him a very nice DFS value through all formats, given his cheap salary across the board.
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Duncan Robinson - Miami (at Milwaukee) - DK: $4,700 / FD: $5,000 / Yahoo: $13
Tyler Herro, Kendrick Nunn, and Jimmy Butler all struggled in Game 1. Duncan Robinson helped pick up the slack while hitting 24 points en route to a 27 FP performance. His DFS value is directly tied to making three-pointers, which is a risky proposition. Still, Robinson is seeing full starter minutes with a very cheap salary on this abbreviated two-game slate. That’s enough to keep him in contention through all formats.
Also Consider: CJ McCollum, Austin Rivers
Norman Powell - Portland (at Denver) - DK: $5,400 / FD: $6,200 / Yahoo: $20
Powell isn’t the most efficient fantasy option on the board, but he’s cheap despite seeing a full 36+ minute role. We are hoping that he can rack up enough peripheral numbers while cashing in on open looks from Lillard & McCollum. Powell only went 3-11 on FGs in Game 1, while I wouldn’t be surprised if his attempts and efficiency took a step forward.
Giannis Antetokounmpo - Milwaukee (vs. Miami) - DK: $10,800 / FD: $10,900 / Yahoo: $54
We’ve outlined several value options to get to this point. Giannis shot 10-27 FGs and 6-13 FTs on Saturday and still came through with 60 fantasy points. He’ll potentially play every minute of this game while looking for revenge after last year’s playoff loss to Miami. In other words: Giannis should be worth every penny of his marked-up salary tonight.
Also Consider: Trevor Ariza
Nikola Jokic - Denver (vs. Portland) - DK: $10,700 / FD: $10,700 / Yahoo: $53
If Game 1 was any indication, the Blazers are going to let Jokic get his shots off in this series. That translated to 55 fantasy points for the probable MVP despite recording only one assist (averaged 8.3 APG in regular season). There’s a good chance Jokic will adjust to Portland’s defense while finding his balance in tonight’s rematch. Either way, he’s poised to put the team on his back once again.
Also Consider: Brook Lopez
Like it or not, Austin Rivers (SG - DEN) saw 33 minutes in Game 1. That only translated to 21 fantasy points, but we need to keep Rivers in the bargain conversation for his short DFS salary. He’ll continue to hold that meaningful role with Will Barton doubtful.
Trevor Ariza (PF - MIA) saw 38 minutes in Game 1. Some of that was boosted in overtime, but it looks like he’ll hold a full-time role for Miami in this series. With that being the case, he makes for a strong bargain filler on all DFS sites.
Brook Lopez (C - MIL) is another veteran who might continue to see boosted minutes in the playoffs. That translated to 30 FP in 36 minutes on Saturday, which is a realistic baseline for 'BroLo'. Consider him another solid bargain candidate for your utility spot.