NBA DFS Plays Tuesday 6/15

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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 8:30 ET.

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NOTES

The Bucks were able to make good use of their home court, evening the Round 2 series at 2-2 against Brooklyn. Now we head back to New York, where the Nets are looking likely to be without both Kyrie Irving and James Harden (doubtful Tuesday morning, but cannot be trusted even if surprisingly active). Those injuries are the biggest factor in this series so far, unless you’re inclined to shame Giannis Antetokounmpo’s free-throw shot. Vegas has its lowest total of the series so far on this game, 218.5 points, with the Bucks favored by four (after opening at minus-2). One thing to be cautious about is the length of the benches tonight. Both coaches have gone back and forth between a pretty tight rotation and a very lengthy one, but there are a few players from second units that have been seeing reliable minutes – target those.

TOP PLAYS

Giannis Antetokounmpo – F – MIL

I’m putting Giannis slightly ahead of Kevin Durant tonight, because I think he will score more fantasy points, and because he’s cheaper than Durant on both FanDuel and DraftKings. More on Durant below, but Antetokounmpo has been outstanding in this series, with four straight double-doubles (eight total in a row) and over 30 real points in three of the four. Tonight’s game is a real test for the Bucks, as they are back in New York with perhaps the last chance to face the Nets down two superstars. I think Giannis will seize the moment and keep the Bucks’ momentum rolling at least one more time.

Kevin Durant – F – BKN

I don’t have a bad word to say about Durant, and he will absolutely be in all my lineups today. He’s been fantastic, too, scoring slightly fewer points than Giannis most games, but filling in with more peripherals. Now the Nets success rests firmly on his shoulders --and it seems like his alone. He’s going to need someone to step up. It was Blake Griffin in Game 4, though the effort fell short. The Nets tried a lot of different combinations from the bench after Kyrie Irving left the game, but no one stood out, with Joe Harris and Bruce Brown having terrible games. I love Durant, but it’s been a long haul and I just don’t see him getting this win on his own.

NOTABLE BARGAINS

Brook Lopez – C – MIL has an interesting salary profile on the different sites. He’s mid-range everywhere, but way cheaper than the next most expensive guy (Khris Middleton) and more expensive than the next cheapest (Blake Griffin) on Yahoo. On FanDuel and DraftKings, he’s sandwiched between players that haven’t been as consistent as he has with one exception. He’s just $500 less than Jrue Holiday on FanDuel, and although Holiday has been terrible so far in this series, that could change on a dime (or 10 dimes haha). I’d prefer Holiday’s upside to Lopez’ stability there. Lopez is a reliable rebounder with six blocks in Game 3 and a total of four steals in the last two games vs. Brooklyn. He’s good for a solid 25 fantasy points per game and not a ton more or less.

Mike James – G – BKN is hot and cold, and is coming off two pretty cold games. Still, with Kyrie Irving ruled out tonight, he’s the best bet to make an impact whether he is listed as the starter or not. He has also been one of the safer Nets’ bench plays, who has seen decent minutes in all four games of this series. I think knowing he will have larger role tonight at the outset rather than reacting to the in-game injury will benefit James’ fantasy output and he could be the best bargain on the slate.

Pat Connaughton – F – MIL is a risk/reward bargain play, but came away with four steals and two blocks in Game 4. His solid plus-minus may have earned him some extra minutes in that game, which are not guaranteed to continue tonight, but if he’s helping the team, as one of the first guys off the bench, he has upside as a three-point shooter and multi-category contributor.

OTHER NOTES

Khris Middleton – F – MIL is a luxury fit tonight, as I am prioritizing the two stars and that makes salary very tight. He’s been instrumental in the Bucks home wins these last two games, but will need to keep it up on the road, where he struggled to open the series. For that reason, I’m expecting a bit of a down turn in Middleton’s production, which is hard to accept given his near-elite salary. In tournaments, I'm definitely pivoting to Jrue Holiday.

Blake Griffin – F/C – BKN would be a lock if he were a little cheaper, but I still expect him to be featured in a significant number of lineups tonight. He’s gone from outstanding in Game 1 of this series to very solid in the next three games. He looks like he wound back the clock and is obviously giving this playoff run his all.

Bruce Brown – G/F – BKN makes for a great GPP play tonight, as he is not cheap but is playing like he is. That’s a bit of recency effect on my part, since prior to Game 4 he was doing fine filling in for James Harden. His minutes have fluctuated quite a bit in the playoffs, which is concerning, but if he starts out playing well, the minutes will follow. If not however, Steve Nash has shown he’s willing to trot out any number of alternative options that might show a hotter hand. Coming off the ugly Game 4, Brown’s ownership percentage should be low, so if he does take advantage of the injury-induced opportunities, he could still pay off even at the high price point.