NBA DFS Plays: Thursday 6/24

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Here we go with the single-game slate for Suns-Clippers Game 3 on Thursday. The Suns are listed as one-point road favorites with a 222 over/under. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 ET. 

In the sections below, we will run through the top overall plays, appealing bargains, and best strategy when assembling a single-game lineup for FanDuel, DraftKings, and Yahoo.

NOTES

Chris Paul is probable. Cameron Payne has been a fantasy darling in CP3’s absence, but he’ll fall back into a bench role of 15 or so minutes. 

Kawhi Leonard is still out. The Clippers will keep asking plenty of Paul George, Nicolas Batum, Reggie Jackson, and Marcus Morris to pick up the slack with Leonard out. 

TOP PLAYS

Paul George - SG - LA Clippers

Kawhi Leonard is still out for the Clippers, making Paul George the best fantasy option on the floor. Sure, he missed two crucial free throws at the end of Game 2, but PG13 has notched 54+ fantasy points in three of his last four outings. The Clippers will keep asking him to take as many shots as he can handle in order to claw their way back into this series. 

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Chris Paul - PG - Phoenix

CP3 is expected to return tonight, and you shouldn’t hesitate to roster him. Paul reportedly didn’t experience any symptoms with his positive COVID-19 test, so he should be ready to absorb a full workload. That’s good news considering he went for 47+ FP in four straight games prior to sitting out. Expect CP3 to get back to that level, which could take some usage away from Devin Booker

Deandre Ayton - C - Phoenix  

Ayton has been a beast in this series while averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds in the first two games. He’s fresh off a sweet 47 FP performance that includes a game-winning dunk. The Suns should continue to let their big man work, as he clearly has a nice advantage inside. Ayton is a solid #3 option on this single-game slate, and his salary still lags behind the top tier. 

BARGAINS

Rajon Rondo - PG - LA Clippers

Rondo is finally getting minutes for the Clippers, and it looks like he’s going to be a key piece in this series. He’ll continue to lead LAC’s second unit, which has translated to 20 minutes and 22 FPPG over his last two. That’s a realistic baseline for a cheap salary tonight. 

Patrick Beverley - PG - LA Clippers

The Clippers aren’t afraid to play small-ball against the Suns, giving respectable minutes to Reggie Jackson, Rondo, and Beverley. The latter could be asked to trend towards the higher end of his playing time with Paul back in the lineup. Either way, Beverley is very cheap (especially on DK & Yahoo) while potentially seeing 20-25 minutes.

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