NBA GPP Pivots: 6/26 Playoff Showdown Edition

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Slate Notes:

After the Suns took a 2-0 series lead, The Clippers took care of business at home in Game 3 by the score of 106-92. Paul George led the Clippers with 28 points. Zubac had 16 rebounds. Zubac’s involvement in this series is crucial for the Clippers' overall success. Home-court advantage is huge in the playoffs. I expect this game to be a much closer affair but ultimately favoring the Clippers. Marcus Morris will be a game-time decision but I would be shocked if he did not play. Marcus Morris has always been labeled one of the toughest players in the NBA. Pointsbet.com has this game favoring the Clippers by -1 point with a 219 O/U.

Point Guard

Cameron Payne - Phoenix Suns (vs. Los Angeles Clippers)

With Chris Paul back, many people will be looking to roster him. Cameron Payne is still a major part of Phoenix’s offense and is expected to play tonight. He's officially probable so monitor the news, but like Morris, I can't see Payne not playing. With that said, I can see Payne reaching value in many possible scenarios. He could reach value in a close game or a blowout - Regardless, the minutes should be there. As I always mention, making your lineup with a game narrative in mind is crucial for Showdown slates. Does Phoenix win? Do the Clippers win? By what margin and who excels? What implications can I make? These are the questions that you should be asking yourself when constructing a showdown slate NBA lineup. Payne is not expected to be a popular play, perfect for a GPP pivot.

Other PG Option: Terrence Mann & Reggie Jackson

Shooting Guard

Luke Kennard - Los Angeles Clippers (vs. Phoenix Suns)

If Marcus Morris cannot play tonight, Patrick Beverley and Luke Kennard will assume more responsibility. If this news breaks before lock, most people will flock towards Batum, which I don’t hate, but for pivoting purposes, let’s get different. Kennard saw 21 minutes in Game 3. Look for him to build on those playoff minutes...If Morris is out.

Other SG Option: Torrey Craig

Small Forward

Paul George Fade - Los Angeles Clippers (vs. Phoenix Suns)

Paul George should be the most popular play tonight so any lineup fading him would be considered a pivot. Assuming George does not produce, who benefits from his struggles? It’s a good question and I don’t think there’s just one answer or any answer for that matter. This is the question that you must ask yourself if contemplating if fading Paul George is the way you’ll want to go. With no Kawhi Leonard, it’s clear that George will have the highest usage on the slate. The only scenario in which George does not hit value would be if the Clippers were blown out. Jae Crowder or Mikal Bridges would benefit from this narrative.

Other SF Options: Mikel Bridges

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Power Forward

Dario Saric - Phoenix Suns (vs. Los Angeles Clippers)

Crowder is Phoenix's X-Factor for this series. If he’s able to play sufficient defense while producing on offense, the Suns will be able to take this series down. Most fantasy players know this, making him a popular investment for tonight. In terms of pivoting, if Jay Crowder cannot perform for whatever reason (foul trouble, injury, or it’s just not his night) Dario Saric will see extended minutes and usage. Saric saw 12 minutes in Game 3 and had a +12 +/- (best on the team). Look for Saric to get more involved tonight. Rostering Crowder and Saric do not correlate well.

Other PF Option: Jae Crowder

Center

Deandre Ayton - Phoenix Suns (vs. Los Angeles Clippers)

Considering his Game 3 performance, Zubac should be a popular play tonight. He had 15 points and 16 rebounds. Assuming he cannot produce, Deandre Ayton will be able to exceed value. Ayton could go overlooked. If so, he carries a massive upside while fading a potentially chalky (or popular) Zubac.

Other C Option: Ivica Zubac

Bargain Bin

PG Cameron Payne

SG Torrey Craig & Luke Kennard

SF Cam Johnson

PF Dario Saric

C Ivica Zubac