NBA GPP Pivots: Friday 5/28

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Welcome to the NBA GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays away from the popular selections. These recommendations are usually risk/reward commodities meant to be used in large-field tournaments. Typically, blending these low-owned hidden gems with well-aligned staples contributes to a viable GPP strategy.

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 will be looking at Friday’s three-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.

NOTES

It pays to be different in these shortened playoff slates. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll optimize every point-per-dollar selection throughout a lineup. Sometimes you’ll need to sacrifice a cheap punt play (even if they only get you 15 FP) in order to reach for GPP-winning upside elsewhere. Don’t worry so much about the outright projections when mixing and matching these tournament lineups.

Kemba Walker is questionable. Take this with a grain of salt. We are guessing that Walker will play tonight. However, Payton Pritchard would need to step up if Walker isn’t 100% or if he is scratched.

Maxi Kleber is questionable. He played through the Achilles injury in the first two games, so we are expecting him to give it a go tonight.

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GPP PIVOTS

Rajon Rondo - PG - LA Clippers

Patrick Beverley and Rajon Rondo have played similar minutes in the first two games of this series. Beverley has struggled at times, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Rondo gets more playing time moving forward. It’s not a secret that the Clippers need a spark, and mixing things up with Rondo could get them going. Sure, that’s more anecdotal than anything, but Rondo is the type of player who can fill up the box score in a hurry if he’s given the chance.

Marcus Smart - SG - Boston

It seems that most people are sleeping on Marcus Smart tonight. Kemba Walker is banged up, and Smart is fresh off a 36 FP outing in Game 2. Kevin Huerter, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Alec Burks are cheaper shooting guards, while Paul George and James Harden will get plenty of DFS attention as well. Smart is in the middle of that cluster while holding a smaller than deserved contingency despite his solid fantasy prospects.

Maxi Kleber - PF - Dallas

Kleber is technically questionable with an Achilles injury, but we are expecting him to play tonight. After all, he worked through the ailment for 36 and 34 minutes in the first two games of this series. While Kleber posted a modest 23 FP total in both of those outings, it’s nice to see that he’s getting a full helping of minutes. He’s a solid DFS bargain due to that baseline, and there’s upside if more opportunities flow his way within that hefty playing time.

QUICK NOTES

Dorian Finney-Smith (SF - DAL) mirrors the write-up of his teammate, Kleber. Armed with a 36-minute role, Finney-Smith has posted 28 and 17 FP respective in the first two games of this series. His fantasy viability depends on the ability to knock down three-pointers, so consider him a risk/reward play in tournaments.

Danilo Gallinari (SF - ATL) is definitely on my tournament radar. He has struggled by going just 5-21 from the field (3-16 on threes) in this series. That will correct itself at some point, and Gallo will find a fantasy breakthrough. If he’s feeling it from deep, Gallinari has the ability to produce GPP-winning upside.