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We’ll take a look at Wednesday’s one-game slate starting at 9:30 ET.
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The Suns took Game 1, pulling away in the second half for a big 122-105 victory. Both teams relied heavily on their starting five in Game 1, with limited impact from the benches (exception noted below). I expect more of the same tonight, and with a bigger game from Jokic, a closer final score. Vegas has the over/under at 222.5 points, Suns minus-6. Michael Porter Jr. is questionable while Will Barton is doubtful for tonight’s game.
Nikola Jokic – C – Denver
The newly minted MVP of the NBA should be in the highest consideration as your DFS MVP tonight. Jokic was held in check in Game 1 of this series – by his lofty standards (22 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals is a pretty great line from most people) – but that only brought his four-game average vs. the Suns to 56 fantasy points per game. Don’t overthink it too much – Jokic is clearly the best chance for 70 baseline fantasy points tonight, so think about how much you want to multiply that by and get him in the top slot.
Devin Booker – G – Phoenix
Booker is worth a multiplier slot tonight as well. Chris Paul, who continues to shoulder through his injury (pun intended), and Deandre Ayton, who is coming off his best game in a while, are contenders in the big tournaments where you might multi-enter, but Booker is the most solid play of the three. Obviously it would be great if he could get that 3-pointer falling again, but Booker’s high volume tends to pay off even if his percentages suffer a bit.
Monte Morris – G – Denver is one Nuggets’ bench player that saw over 20 minutes in Game 1, and has been playing at least that throughout the playoffs so far. Though he scored only two points (on 10 FG attempts, oy!), Morris contributed eight assists and two steals. In the last two games vs. Portland, his lines tallied over 40 fantasy points. He’s probably most likely to post between 20-30 tonight, which is not bad for the price.
JaMychal Green – F – Denver Green is the other player on the Nuggets’ second unit worth a look tonight. He’s been steadily playing 20-22 MPG and putting up about a fantasy point per minute. He min double-doubled with 10 points and 11 rebounds in Game 1, after nearly missing that mark in the close-out game vs. Portland. If Michael Porter Jr. misses tonight’s game with back tightness, or even plays a smaller role, Green is one guy who could benefit from the extra usage. Not that he necessarily gets a huge minutes bump, but could be a bit busier on the floor when he’s out there. He’s a modest upside, high floor guy who can save you a ton (especially on Yahoo).
Torrey Craig – G – Phoenix is a desperation salary-saving play to fit another star like Paul or Ayton in your lineup. Just $2200 on DraftKings, $10 Yahoo, and $7000 FanDuel, Craig was easily the most productive Suns player off the bench in Game 1, scoring nine points to go along with eight rebounds and two blocks in 17 minutes. Was it a fluke? Perhaps, because his minutes and efficiency from the field have varied a lot in the playoffs, but he’s been consistently good on the boards, and his hustle (revenge motivation?) is always welcome.
Jae Crowder – F – Phoenix appeared to have a disappointing game Monday night, going just 5-of-13 from the field (3-of-9 from three-point range), but still played 31 minutes and managed 24 fantasy points. He’s been up and down, nothing new there, but should have the opportunity to put up 20-30 fantasy points or more any given game. I’m looking at Crowder mainly on DraftKings, where he is way cheaper than Facundo Campazzo – where Campazzo is cheaper, I’m leaning toward him.
Mikal Bridges – F – Phoenix might be more popular than he deserves to be tonight, coming off a stellar Game 1. That effort raised his four-game average vs. Denver to 35 fantasy points per game, almost 10 more than his general average. Bridges is a player who isn’t a fluke, however, and this looks like it could be the start of a real break out season for him. It was his third game in a row recording a stat in every single category, giving us confidence in a high floor, with upside coming from higher efficiency shooting on his double-digit attempts. He’s the sixth- or seventh- most expensive player on the slate, so you might find that he’s harder to fit than you hope.