NBA GPP Pivots: Wednesday 6/30

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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 Wednesday’s single-game slate starting at 9:00 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.

Kawhi Leonard is still OUT. No changes here.

Ivica Zubac is QUESTIONABLE. He missed the last game, which opened the door for Nicolas Batum and DeMarcus Cousins to see more playing time with a usage boost for Marcus Morris.

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GPP PIVOTS

Nicolas Batum - SF - LA Clippers

Batum saw a nice boost in playing time (30 minutes) with Zubac out last game. However, that didn’t translate to fantasy success, as Batum only posted 15 fantasy points. Most people will avoid him for that reason, but I believe he’s firmly in play through all formats if Zubac is out. Our NBA DFS Optimizer has Batum with a base projection of 21-22 fantasy points in that role. That seems appropriate, and there’s room for upside if the veteran can knock down a few more shots and grab a steal or two.

Terance Mann - SG - LA Clippers

We all know Terance Mann is a risk/reward proposition in daily fantasy. Ever since his 49 FP breakout to eliminate the Jazz, Mann has averaged just 17 FPPG in five outings. Having said that, he moved into the starting lineup with Zubac out on Monday, so perhaps there’s some hope for him after all. Mann has some upside in his back pocket, but he has had trouble finding it this series. Having said that, he’s still in play for tournament purposes given the 30-minute role.

Cameron Johnson - SF - Phoenix

Johnson is another cheap tournament pivot to consider. He has seen 23-30 minutes in all but one game this series, translating to a respectable 21 FPPG average over that span. Another bonus: he’s actually cheaper than DeMarcus Cousins, Terance Mann, Patrick Beverley, and Nicolas Batum on almost every DFS site. Needless to say, Johnson is a serviceable filler to help round out a lineup of any format.

QUICK NOTES

DeMarcus Cousins (C - LAC) would continue to see more work if Zubac is out. He only played 11 minutes on Monday, but the veteran big man bullied his way to 25 fantasy points. DMC needs to be extremely active in order to make a fantasy impact with such little playing time, but that feeds into his playing style.

Patrick Beverley (PG - LAC) should continue to see 30-35 minutes akin to the last two games. It’s worth noting that fellow guard, Rajon Rondo, did not play in either of those outings. That means the Clips’ are rolling with Beverley, and the defensive-minded player should find 20+ fantasy points with upside for more if his open shots are falling (along with grabbing a few more steals/rebounds).

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