NBA DFS Plays Tuesday 6/22

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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 Tuesday’s one-game slate starting at 9:30 ET.

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NOTES

The Western Conference Finals head to Game 2 in Phoenix where the Suns enjoy a 1-0 lead. Vegas has an over/under of 224 points and the Suns are minus-4.5 points. Both teams are down a star as Kawhi Leonard did not make the trip to Phoenix and Chris Paul remains in the COVID protocols until at least Game 3 on Thursday. Both coaches used a balanced rotation in Game 1, with 4-5 players off the bench seeing meaningful minutes for both teams.

TOP PLAYS

Paul George – G – LAC

Without Leonard, the stars on this slate are surprisingly affordable, with George topping the salary structure on all three sites. He and Reggie Jackson played a team-high 39 minutes in Game 1, where George turned in a not-good-enough 34-point, 4-rebound, 5-assist performance that was bolstered by two steals and a block. Not good enough for a win, but good enough for one of your multiplier spots tonight as it marked George’s fourth consecutive game with over 50 fantasy points (DK scoring). Despite carrying the highest salary, I’ll be putting George in the 1.5X multiplier on FanDuel and Yahoo.

Devin Booker – G – PHX

Booker is the top multiplier/MVP play for this showdown slate, coming at a lower cost and equally, if not greater upside than George. The savings with Booker only really matter on DraftKings; you can design lineups with Booker or George in the top slot on the other sites. Phoenix’ defense has proven tough for the good offense of opponents to overcome, while the same cannot be said for the Clippers. Booker had his first playoff triple-double in Game 1 of this series, a 40-point, 13-rebound, 11-assist monster performance without Chris Paul. There is no reason to expect much of a set-back in Game 2, as he is willing and able to play big minutes and take and make big shots. Look for around 60 fantasy points from a very motivated Booker tonight.

NOTABLE BARGAINS

Cameron Payne – PG – PHX is an obvious salary saver especially as his main competition in this price range ($13 Yahoo, $6200 DK, $11,000 FD) is Terrence Mann. Mann won the Clippers the semi-finals, but isn’t a 50-fantasy point per game player and feels overpriced as equally or more expensive than Payne tonight. Payne is filling in for Paul, and in Game 1 returned 11 points, nine assists, three rebounds, a block, and a steal with the second-highest plus/minus on the team. He’s likely to see another 30 MPG tonight and return decent, mid-30’s fantasy value again.

Nicolas Batum – F – LAC wasn’t too much of a factor offensively, making just one of four three-pointers, but he did contribute 10 rebounds and a block, making an impact on the defensive side of the court. He’s been a key contributor in every round, playing 37 minutes in the most recent game. He’s tough to fit on FanDuel ($14,000) but not so bad on Yahoo ($15) or DraftKings ($7600).

Torrey Craig – G/F – PHX is a bigger bargain with more risk and less upside. He played 15 minutes off the bench in Game 1, similar to what he saw in the Denver series. However, he led the team with a plus-18 while on the court, scoring eight points and nabbing six rebounds with one assist. He’s a multi-category asset, and at just $3400 (DK), $10 (Yahoo), and $7500 (FD), he’s one way to a second-tier star in your third multiplier slot.

DeMarcus Cousins – C – LAC is the other possibility. He didn’t play much vs. Utah, but saw 13 minutes in Game 1, and took advantage with 11 points, four rebounds (three of them offensive) and a block. His offense is the key to his seeing ample minutes, as he is not known for defense. His bottom of the barrel salary makes him worthy of a GPP play because he is very capable of going well over a fantasy point per minute and could put up as many as 25-30 fantasy point if things go right. The flip side is a DNP, so beware of the risk/reward with Cousins ($10 Yahoo, $2000 DK, $6500 FD).

OTHER NOTES

Deandre Ayton – C – PHX is probably the second-tier player I’m most interested in rostering tonight. He’s the best value on DraftKings, but usable on all three sites. Ayton won’t usually return a stat line that vaults your lineup to the top of GPPs, but it also won’t usually tank you. He’s a solid 25-35 fantasy points per game player, with a small double-double his most likely outcome.

Reggie Jackson – PG – LAC is the Clippers most key player besides George right now. He’s playing heavy minutes and doing a little bit of everything. He was instrumental in securing the Game 7 victory in Round 1, and though his team came up short in this series Game 1, Jackson was still effective with 24 points and his usual peripherals. He has averaged two steals per game in the last three games, but turned the ball over five times in Game 1, a season high for him.

Mikal Bridges – G/F – PHX is a bit off the radar lately, after some eye-popping performances vs. the Lakers and especially Game 1 vs. Denver, but still warrants a look tonight. Bridges has scored in the double-digits in all but two early playoff games vs. the Lakers while playing around 30 MPG. His salary is reasonable, $10,000 FD, $7800 DK, and $21 Yahoo, but on the higher end for what he has been producing in the last three games. That should keep his roster percentage down tonight, something to be aware of on these short slates where it can be difficult to make smart differentiations. Bridges could be the man(n) that explodes for value tonight.