NBA GPP Pivots: Monday 5/24 Playoff Edition

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Point Guard

Jrue Holiday - Milwaukee Bucks (vs. Miami Heat)

Duncan Robinson outperformed his salary in Miami’s first game against Milwaukee on Saturday. Milwaukee seems to be the popular pick tonight and I don’t disagree. With that said, daily fantasy-wise, this might not be a game that you want to over-invest in. My advice is, lock in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Butler OR Herro to your lineup (but end your exposure to this game there). It took an overtime effort for the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks role players to reach value. Brook Lopez, Trevor Ariza, Jrue Holiday, and Khris Middleton all would have busted if not for overtime. Considering I like the Milwaukee Bucks to win fairly easily tonight and cover their - 5 points spread, Holiday will be a fine play. He has a solid floor, massive ceiling, and hopefully goes lower owned. Another player to invest in with Holiday is Tyler Herro.

Other PG Option: Kendrick Nunn

Shooting Guard

Tyler Herro - Miami Heat (vs. Milwaukee Bucks)

Herro completely beefed it in game one. He supplied minimal offense coming off the bench and only totaled three points off of 1 for 9 from the field over 18 minutes of play. Because of this, the Heat were forced to play Goran Dragic for 27 minutes allowing him to vulture Herro’s normal production. This time around I expect Herro to correct whatever was wrong with him in Game 1, and provide a spark off the bench as I expect Milwaukee to be leading out of the gate. If you believe Miami can keep this game close, Butler should be on your roster. If you believe the Bucks win this game easily from beginning to end, Herro should be your Miami Heat investment. Many will not want to roster a Tyler Herro who went 1 for 9 from the field and 0 for 5 from three-point land in their first game. Tyler Herro is my top GPP Pivot of the day (along with Aaron Gordon).

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Other SG Option: Austin Rivers

Small Forward

Aaron Gordon - Denver Nuggets (vs. Portland Trail Blazers)

While most will either be rostering Butler or Middleton, Michael Porter Jr. should be a popular play on a small two-game slate. Porter has averaged 25.5 points over his last three games which is not particularly impressive for what normally he has to offer. Porter was able to perform on Saturday with a 39.75 Draftkings total at a salary of $7,400. Well somehow, despite a solid effort of 25 actual points and nine rebounds, Porter was priced down to $7,000. This does not make sense to me. Porter becomes a solid value play but I do not think he will be low-owned. I do believe he will be a popular play. If you want to pivot off of a valuable Michael Porter, Aaron Gordon is the guy you’ll want to roster. In my opinion, both players have an extremely similar skill set. They are both forwards who are capable of taking the three but also pulling it down and driving to the basket. If Porter cannot get it done tonight Aaron Gordon will be asked to step up. Although Porter scored 25 points, he only shot 1 for 10 from deep. Aaron Gordon is a solid pivot play at a salary of $5,200 on DK. Despite getting nine fewer minutes and shooting six fewer three-pointers than Porter, Gordon totaled just 9.0 fantasy points less than MPJ. The second game on tonight's slate is much more appealing. Take advantage of the NBA late swap and save the majority of your roster slots for the second game of tonight’s DFS slate. Robert Covington is a solid pairing with Aaron Gordon, keep reading to see why.

Other SF Option: Michael Porter Jr

Power Forward

Robert Covington - Portland Trail Blazers (vs. Denver Nuggets)

Robert Covington is another sneaky play tonight. Aaron Gordon will not be asked to guard Covington, so playing these two together should have any negative correlations. Considering my confidence in Gordon tonight, Covington becomes a solid pairing for multiple reasons. Carmelo Anthony was the SF/PF that performed best in their first game. Many DFS players will flock to Carmelo Anthony considering his impressive performance in Game 1, but Covington has the better matchups against Denver. I fully expect Covington or Norman Powell to exceed value against a Denver team that are favored by - 2 points with a 227 O/U. Powell, Covington, and Anthony offer many of the same abilities, considering I do not like Melo tonight, investing in either Powell or Covington should be the play.

Other PF Option: Aaron Gordon

Center

Bam Adebayo - Miami Heat (vs. Milwaukee Bucks)

Last but not least the center position. Most people should be investing in Nikola Jokic but for pivoting purposes, I’m going to discuss Bam Adebayo. Bam is Miami's best path to changing the narrative on this series. Adebayo needs to perform better against Lopez who he CAN exploit. Bam totaled 37 DraftKings points in Game 1 but only shot 4 for 15 from the field (26%). The best way to construct a contrarian lineup tonight is with the narrative that Miami can keep this game close or even win. Bam will be in the optimal lineup if Miami is able to win tonight. Keep in mind, Adebayo hit 37.0 DK points despite hitting foul trouble, not reaching 10 actual points, and shooting 26% from the field. His ceiling is massive if he’s able to shoot better from the field and maintain his same role as a dominant rebounder and the protector of the paint.

Other C Option: Brook Lopez

Bargain Bin

PG Bryn Forbes

SG Donte DiVincenzo

SF Aaron Gordon

PF Precious Achiuwa

C Brook Lopez