NBA GPP Pivots: Tuesday 6/1

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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 Tuesday’s three-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.

Anthony Davis is questionable. If he’s out, then Kyle Kuzma would see a significant boost. LeBron James, Dennis Schroder, and the Lakers’ role players would see marginal upticks as well.

Kemba Walker is doubtful. He didn’t play last game, and Marcus Smart stepped up for 41 FP in 33 minutes. Payton Pritchard scored 22 FP in 23 minutes. Those two will continue to see more opportunities.

Robert Williams is doubtful. He missed Game 4, and Grant Williams ended up with 20 minutes. Tristan Thompson would continue to be the man in the middle if Robert misses another game.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is questionable. Wesley Matthews saw 25 minutes with KCP out last game, but his fantasy profile isn’t necessarily desirable.

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GPP PIVOTS

Tristan Thompson (C - BOS)

Thompson didn’t play well in Game 4, putting up only 20 fantasy points in 22 minutes. Plenty of DFS enthusiasts were expecting more out of him with Robert Williams sidelined. Williams is doubtful again tonight, so Thompson should get another crack at fantasy upside. Foul trouble got in the way on Sunday, so staying on the court will be the key to his DFS viability tonight. Thompson has produced some solid games in this series, and he’s more than capable of jumping all over a Brooklyn team that ranked 23rd in defensive efficiency to centers during the regular season.

Cameron Payne (PG - PHX)

What should we make of Cameron Payne? Chris Paul returned to a 30+ minute role in Game 4, but Payne still managed to get his numbers with 29 fantasy points in 25 minutes. The price is rising and it appears that CP3 is on the mend, but Payne is not out of the fantasy equation yet. There’s upside if Paul aggravates his injury, but I believe Payne carries his own weight as the x-factor of this series. Most people will avoid his ascending salary, but I believe he’s plausible in tournaments.

Joe Harris (SF - BKN)

Harris is a true coin flip on this slate. We love that he sees 36+ minutes every game, but that has translated to only 12 fantasy points in two of four games this series. In other words, his fantasy floor is extremely low. We can’t forget that Harris also had a 42 FP effort in Game 2, so there’s reason to believe in his upside. He can’t create his own shot, so Harris will rely on Brooklyn’s big three to feed him open looks. If this happens to be a night where he gets 10 three-point attempts (15+ total FGs), then DFS backers could be handsomely rewarded.

QUICK NOTES

Robert Covington (PF - POR) is another guy who has a full-time role that doesn’t always translate into fantasy production. He has been better lately with 27+ FP in back-to-back games in this series. The good news with Covington is that he can produce in every statistical category, holding upside with blocks and steals.

Marc Gasol (C - LAL) could see another uptick if Anthony Davis is out. He helped pick up slack in the Lakers’ frontcourt last time around, going for 37 fantasy points in 23 minutes. Will he see that many looks this time around? I’m not sure, but he clearly outplayed Andre Drummond in that game, which could give him first access to increased opportunity if Davis sits.