NBA DFS Plays: Thursday 7/8

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NBA DFS Plays: Thursday 7/8
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Here we go with the single-game slate for Bucks-Suns Game 2 on Thursday. The Suns are listed as five-point home favorites with a 220.5 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

Dario Saric is OUT. Cam Johnson, Torrey Craig, and/or Frank Kaminsky could get a few more minutes. Saric was only playing around 10-13 minutes, so spreading that playing time across multiple players probably won’t move the needle for DFS purposes.  

TOP PLAYS

Giannis Antetokounmpo - PF - Milwaukee

We saw enough from Antetokounmpo in Game 1 to safely roster him as our Captain, MVP, and/or MegaStar this time around. Giannis didn’t seem to be bothered by his recent knee injury while putting up 20 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, and 52 fantasy points in 35 minutes. More of the same is on the horizon for Game 2. 

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Devin Booker - SG - Phoenix

Call it a hunch, but I really like Devin Booker for a scoring outburst in Game 2. He only went 8-21 on Tuesday including only 1-8 from three-point territory. Booker still ended up with 27 real points and 44 fantasy points. If he can marginally improve his deep shooting, then we could be looking at some serious upside tonight. 

Khris Middleton - SF - Milwaukee

There’s merit in rostering Giannis, Middleton, and Holiday in the same lineup. They eat up almost all of the usage and production for Milwaukee. Running that back with a “Devin Booker takeover game” is an intriguing angle as well. Even with Giannis back for Game 1, Middleton still led the Bucks with 26 shot attempts. He’s a legitimate threat for 30+ points and seven rebounds, so definitely look towards Middleton as your second or third option. 

BARGAINS

Pat Connaughton - SG - Milwaukee

I’m mostly looking towards Connaughton on DraftKings and Yahoo, as he’s priced down on those sites. He’s not a bad play for $8,000 on FanDuel, but there’s better value over there. Connaughton should retain his 30-minute role for the Bucks, which can hopefully lead to 20+ fantasy points. He has been up-and-down in the postseason despite generous playing time, but you can’t beat his salary/minutes combination. 

Cameron Payne - PG - Phoenix

Payne is the type of guy who can absolutely light it up off the bench. I’m not interested in him for $10,000 on FanDuel, but $13 on Yahoo and $3,800 on DraftKings (this is where it gets interesting) has my attention. He’ll only play around 15 or so minutes, but Payne has some upside in his profile if he gets hot. I’m willing to take a chance on him on DK.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Frank Kaminsky (C - PHX) could see a few extra minutes with Dario Saric out. Then again, the Suns could run Jae Crowder at center and avoid Kaminsky for the most part. We really don’t know. Kaminsky is nothing more than a bargain baseman roll of the dice tonight. I personally don’t think he’ll see many minutes, but you could look towards him as a deep value when building multiple tournament lineups. 

PJ Tucker (PF - MIL) and Mikal Bridges (SF - PHX) are decent value picks on FanDuel. Maybe you could make a case for Bridges on Yahoo, but I’m not really interested in either outside of FD. Neither represents an exciting DFS pick, but they both see enough minutes to stay relevant for fantasy purposes.