NBA GPP Pivots: Monday 4/26

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Louis Cangiano
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Point Guard

Darius Garland - Cleveland Cavaliers (vs. Toronto Raptors)

With Collin Sexton out last night, Darius Garland performed just fine totaling 47.5 DK points over 40 minutes of play. He shot 45% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc. This is now Garland’s 10th impressive game in a row. He is clearly taking advantage of the opportunities given to him with Sexton out. For some reason, Garland still has a salary in the mid $7,000’s which makes no sense to me. His totals over his last five games were: 47.5, 45.0, 38.0, 38.75, and 47.0. If that’s not consistent production I don’t know what it is. I know this is a Pivots article but I can’t help but mention the names that need to be rostered due to their salary and potential. Garland is one of the players you will need to have in your lineup tonight as the Cavaliers face off against the Toronto Raptors. You’ll see later in the article that I actually love the Raptors as a bet to win but regardless, Darius Garland will reach value at his ridiculously low salaries on Fanduel, Draftkings, and YahooSports.

Other PG Option: Derrick Rose - New York Knicks (vs. Phoenix Suns)

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Shooting Guard

Kevin Huerter - Atlanta Hawks (vs. Detroit Pistons)

Somehow these Atlanta Hawks continue to win with major offensive pieces to their lineup sidelined at the moment. But if there’s one thing that I’ve learned in NBA DFS, it’s that you ride the hot hand. Goodwin is playing extremely well and handling the ball with confidence. Huerter is stepping up and taking a larger role on this team at the moment. With the Atlanta Hawks favored by -180 with 216.5 O/U courtesy of Pointsbet.com, I look for them to continue their stellar play. It’s obvious the Atlanta Hawks can survive without Trae Young leading the helm. The matchups are slightly difficult to nail down as they’re not totally running a conventional offense at the moment but there are advantages to be found in this situation.

Other SG Option: Devin Booker - Phoenix Suns (vs. New York Knicks)

Small Forward

OG Anunoby - Toronto Raptors (vs. Cleveland Cavaliers)

Despite the fact that I think Darius Garland will perform tonight, I do believe the matchups for the Toronto Raptors are greatly favorable. The Raptors have Fred VanVleet back, Pascal Siakam, and OG Anunoby holding down the small forward position. Kyle Lowry is back as well and as I’ve mentioned in prior articles his defense has improved immensely. The only starter Toronto will be without tonight is Chris Boucher but Khem Boucher is a capable backup who I am looking forward to watching tonight. The length of OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam are going to be a significant problem for Osman and Love. I understand Love is slightly taller than Siakam but Siakam’s quickness could give him some serious issues. The Toronto Raptors are still -11 point favorites with a 226 O/U despite not having Chris Boucher, one of their most talented players. Cleveland almost won at +300 last night but came just short at the end of the fourth quarter. On the backend of the back-to-back, I expect the Raptors to demolish the Cavaliers tonight.

Other SF Options: RJ Barrett - New York Knicks (vs. Phoenix Suns)

Power Forward

Keldon Johnson - San Antonio Spurs (vs. Washington Wizards)

Johnson will be matching up against Hachimura. Hachimura has not played for a couple of days and I’m expecting Johnson to have the advantage. DeMar DeRozan will have his hand's full maintaining and defending Bradley Beal. Johnson must step up and take advantage of the quickness he has on Hachimura despite the 3 inches he lacks in height. Russell Westbrook is still questionable. If Westbrook remains out, Beal and Hachimura will be Washington’s primary scores with Raul Neto benefiting from the offense. On the other end, Johnson will still benefit from a close game and a favorable matchup.

Other PF Option: Pascal Siakam - Toronto Raptors (vs. Cleveland Cavaliers)

Center

Deandre Ayton - Phoenix Suns (vs. New York Knicks)

One thing the Knicks do very well is limit their opponents to successful three-point shots. One thing they do not do well is protect the paint and limit offensive rebounds. Mitchell Robinson being out does not help this fact, nonetheless, the path for the Suns to beat the streaking Knicks right now is through Deandre Ayton. Ayton is coming into his own offensively but as of late defensively as well. Make sure to check Phoenix’s confirmed lineups as Dario Saric and Jae Crowder are two viable defenders for Randle. Most cash game players should flock towards Nikolai Vucevic and Nikola Jokic but I say spend down on Deandre Ayton, a perfectly capable elite center.

Other C Option: Nikola Vucevic - Chicago Bulls (vs. Miami Heat)

Bargain Bin

PG Reggie Jackson

SG Reggie Bullock

SF Torrey Craig

PF Keldon Johnson

C Khem Birch