NBA GPP Pivots: Friday 6/11

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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 two-game slate starting at 7:30 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.

Joel Embiid is questionable. Embiid has played through his knee injury without any real restrictions. That should continue to be the case tonight barring any breaking news.

Michael Porter Jr. is questionable. Most reports suggest Porter Jr. will play tonight. His effectiveness might be a different story, and Aaron Gordon would pick up the frontcourt slack if Porter is less than 100%.

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GPP PIVOTS

Danilo Gallinari - SF - Atlanta

Gallinari went off in Game 2, posting 35 fantasy points in 26 minutes. Was that an outlier or a sign of things to come? Gallo’s DFS prospects will always depend on his three-point shooting, which is a risk/reward proposition. Keep in mind that De’Andre Hunter will not play for the rest of this series, and Gallinari was the primary beneficiary of his absence last time out. Even though Solomon Hill started, he only played 8 minutes compared to 26 for Gallo off the bench. A similar story could be written in Game 3 tonight.

Aaron Gordon - PF - Denver

The Nuggets got destroyed in Game 2, and Gordon had a DFS clunker (6 FP) as a result. Some people will shy away from him for that reason, but I don’t believe that has any bearing on his fantasy prospects moving forward. Keep in mind that Gordon posted 32+ fantasy points in three straight prior to that disappointment. I’m expecting him to return to that level, and there’s room for upside with Michael Porter Jr. playing through an injury.

Torrey Craig - SG - Phoenix

Has been an interesting spark over the last few games, averaging 16 minutes and 24 fantasy points. Can he keep that efficiency? It’s a gamble, but Craig does enough to stay in fantasy relevance, as he can produce in every statistical category. On top of that, his salary hovers near-minimum salary, so it doesn’t take much for him to post serviceable value on a shortened two-game slate. Keep him in mind as a GPP filler.

QUICK NOTES

JaMychal Green (PF - DEN) follows the same rationale as his teammate, Gordon, mentioned earlier. Paul Millsap ended up with a better game off the bench in Game 2, and Green only had 10 FP in 23 minutes. That’s more of an exception than the rule this postseason, as Green had gone for 20+ FP in four previous games. I’m expecting him to get back on track tonight.

Danny Green (SF - PHI) is in the same boat as Gallinari. Both are three-point shooting veterans who burst onto the scene last time around. I believe Gallo has more staying power in his situation, but Green is another GPP prospect who has been posting well-rounded lines recently (8 assists last game). If he buries some open shots on top of that, then we could be in business with some healthy DFS upside.