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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 single-game slate starting at 8:30 ET.
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.
James Harden doubtful & Kyrie Irving OUT. Bruce Brown and Mike James figure to see a boost in playing time with Tyler Johnson and Chris Chiozza potentially seeing a few more minutes as well. Kevin Durant should hold an extreme usage rate with Kyrie and Harden sidelined.
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P.J. Tucker - PF - Milwaukee
Tucker came to play in Game 4, bringing a ton of energy on the defensive end. He also ended up with 26 fantasy points in 29 minutes, which was far and away his most productive game of this series. Tucker is still a risky option, as he only had eight fantasy points in 54 minutes over the two previous games. There’s a wide range of outcomes here, but I’m expecting Tucker to see another 30+ minute role while trying to contain Kevin Durant. If he hits a few corner threes and putbacks while falling into a handful of rebounds (maybe one steal/block), then that’s more than enough to post serviceable DFS value.
Jeff Green - PF - Brooklyn
Mike James and Bruce Brown are the leading candidates to directly replace Irving and Harden tonight. However, there’s a chance the more of the scoring burden will fall on other role players like Jeff Green. The BKN forward returned with 27 minutes and 14 fantasy points in Game 4, but he should see more opportunities for the shorthanded Nets tonight.
Nicolas Claxton - PF - Brooklyn
Claxton is a deep sleeper on this slate. He only sees around 15 minutes per game, but that has translated to 15 fantasy points in three of his last four. It doesn’t seem like much, but getting that production from a dirt-cheap player can actually set you up for fantasy success. It would help you stack Durant, Antetokounmpo, and Middleton in the same lineup.
Pat Connaughton (SG - MIL) is another boom-or-bust DFS asset. He’s coming off his best game of the series with 32 fantasy points in 21 minutes. Granted, that was boosted by four steals, but it’s interesting to see that Connaughton surpassed the 20-minute threshold. It seems that he’s in a seesaw battle for playing time with Bryn Forbes, so consider him a risky punt play while hoping he keeps the upper hand.