NBA GPP Pivots: Wednesday 6/2

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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 Friday’s three-game slate starting at 7:00 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.

Joel Embiid is doubtful. Dwight Howard will see a significant boost with more usage spread out among the other starters as well.

Davis Bertans is out. The Wizards could play small by giving Raul Neto the nod in Bertans’ place. Rui Hachimura should continue to see a boost.

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GPP PIVOTS

Tim Hardaway Jr. - SG - Dallas

Most DFS enthusiasts will take one look at Hardaway’s game log and run the other way. After all, the Dallas guard only produced six fantasy points in 25 minutes last time out. However, we can’t forget that “THJR” has had some marvelous performances in this series as well, pointing to his 38 FP outing in Game 2. Hardaway’s fantasy viability depends on how well he’s shooting the ball, creating a wide range of outcomes. If he’s feeling it tonight, he could be one of the best tournament values on this slate. We need to remember that Hardaway is seeing 36+ minutes routinely, so he should have enough opportunities to find fantasy upside.

Reggie Jackson - PG - LA Clippers

Jackson is an interesting value pick considering that he’s seen 30-33 minutes in each of the last three games. That has translated to 24+ FP in all of those. I’ll accept that has a solid baseline while hoping for more upside in three-pointers, assists, and maybe a steal or two. It’s not like Jackson is going to take usage away from Paul George or Kawhi Leonard, but he has carved out a nice role of 12 shots per contest while flirting with full-time minutes. That creates a nice floor/ceiling combination in DFS.

Mike Scott - PF - Philadelphia

Yes, Dwight Howard will be a very good (and popular) DFS value with Joel Embiid doubtful. However, Mike Scott is another beneficiary of Embiid’s absence, and I doubt he’ll be as popular as Dwight. There’s a chance Scott will start tonight while seeing somewhere around 20-25 minutes. It’s not a bad strategy to roster both Scott and Howard as they serve as a tandem to replace Embiid. This will allow you to reach up for the top dollar plays like Russell Westbrook, Tobias Harris, and others. Scott hasn’t been very efficient while stepping in for Embiid this season, but a 20-25 minute role with a minimum price tag is appealing.

QUICK NOTES

Dorian Finney-Smith (SF - DAL) is another cheap value filler. If you have been reading this column in the playoffs, then you know the rationale here. Sometimes we like to gamble on low usage players who see full minutes. It has paid off for us a few times with Joe Harris, Robert Covington, etc finding their way to big fantasy nights. Finney-Smith fits that bill while averaging 36 minutes and 16 FP over the past three games. However, he went for 28 FP in Game 1, so a recreation of that stellar shooting night would give you a leg up in tournaments.

Raul Neto (PG - WAS) is interesting if he finds the starting lineup. There’s a chance he’ll see more minutes while filling in for Davis Bertans, and that could come with more production while serving more as a wing/forward. Neto hasn’t done much in this series, but giving him more playing time could fuel some upside on top of his discounted salary.

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