NBA GPP Pivots: Wednesday 6/23

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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 8:30 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.

Bogdan Bogdanovic is QUESTIONABLE. Lou Williams could see more time if Bogdanovic doesn’t play.

Cam Reddish is QUESTIONABLE. He’s been out since February, so it’s hard to envision Reddish having a prominent role even if he plays. Perhaps he could help take up some minutes voided by Bogdanovic (if he’s out), but don’t expect too much out of Reddish.

De’Andre Hunter & Donte DiVincenzo are OUT. Nothing new here, as both of these players missed the last series for their respective teams.

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GPP PIVOTS

Jrue Holiday - PG - Milwaukee

Most people will be taking the “studs and scrubs” approach to this single-game slate. That strategy consists of taking Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Trae Young then scraping together whatever value fillers make the lineup work. A side effect of that: the pricing tier below Giannis / Middleton / Young could be underrated. That includes guys like John Collins, Brook Lopez, and Jrue Holiday. I believe Holiday has the best floor/ceiling combination of that group. His shooting was off in the Brooklyn series, but we can’t forget that he poured in 49 FP two games ago. If Holiday can get his shot to fall, there’s plenty of upside in this pick.

Lou Williams - SG - Atlanta

Williams is definitely a risk/reward pick with a low fantasy floor. For example, he has produced 20-25 fantasy points in two of his last three games, but that miss came in the form of a 3 FP clunker. However, there’s some room for upside with Lou tonight. If Bogdanovic is out or limited, Williams could step into a heightened role. This makes him an interesting GPP Pivot in my book.

Pat Connaughton - SG - Milwaukee

Connaughton is an interesting value through all formats tonight. Some people could stay away, as the Milwaukee wing has only produced a combined 16 fantasy points in his last two games. However, Connaughton is seeing 20-25 minutes per contest, leading to 32 and 22 FP in Game 4 & 5 against Brooklyn. He’ll continue to see respectable playing time, and the Hawks ranked bottom ten in defensive efficiency to shooting guards this season.

QUICK NOTES

Danilo Gallinari (SF - ATL) is another player who could benefit from the absence or limited ability of Bogdanovic. Gallo has stepped up in key spots this postseason, and Bogdanovic’s injury gives him another platform to take the reins. His marked-up salary on FanDuel and DraftKings will lead to a smaller contingency in tournaments, but Gallinari is a cash option for only $13 on Yahoo.

Brook Lopez (C - MIL) follows the same rationale as his teammate, Holiday, who was mentioned earlier. “BroLo” is coming off an outstanding 46 FP showing in 45 minutes at Brooklyn. I’m not expecting a repeat performance in terms of playing time or production. On the other hand, Lopez has plenty of DFS upside in three-pointers, putbacks, rebounds, and blocked shots.

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