NBA Top Plays: Sunday 5/30 Playoff Edition

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Point Guard

Trae Young - Atlanta Hawks (vs. New York Knicks)

The New York Knicks versus the Atlanta Hawks is one of the most interesting matchups of the day. The Hawks lead the series 2-1 after covering a - 5.5 point spread in game three on Friday night. Young has really been unstoppable in this series. Oddly enough, the New York Knicks' most consistent player has been Derrick Rose. Julius Randle and RJ Barrett have really yet to perform so far. If these two players are able to show up for Sunday afternoons match-up, it obviously gives the Knicks a much better shot at taking game four. With that said, I do believe the Atlanta Hawks take game four today. Young is proving to be a serious matchup problem for New York and with the motivation of 25,000 + Hawks fans, I fully expect him to get the job done today. Although Young will be highly rostered, he is undoubtedly a must-play for today’s four-game slate (especially considering his salaries are not too high). Trae Young, lock him in.

Cameron Payne - Phoenix Suns (vs. Los Angeles Lakers)

Cameron Payne is probably my top play on today’s slate. Chris Paul is clearly banged up. Payne came off the bench in game three totaling 15 points, six rebounds, and five assists over 27 minutes of play. Payne was clearly the go-to option at point guard with a hobbled Paul toughing it out. If Paul plays 30 minutes he can be considered risky GPP play but realistically, give me Payne for a lower salary. Payne was efficient and confident in Game 3. He shot 6 for 11 from the field and 3 for 5 from beyond the arc. I expect a massive effort from Devin Booker as well but pairing him with Cameron Payne should be a great correlation play.

Other PG Option: Luka Doncic

Shooting Guard

Wesley Matthews - Los Angeles Lakers (vs. Phoenix Suns)

After seeing Caldwell Pope leave Game 3, I would be shocked if he started Game 4. Wesley Matthews entered the game as the Lakers perimeter two-guard after KCP went down. Matthews is at low salaries around the industry and can be used as a way to possibly fit a third superstar into your lineup. Make no mistake about it, today will be a "'stars n' scrubs" kind of day. If KCP returns, Matthews is no longer worth a roster slot. Don't expect a massive ceiling from Matthews, only roster him if he is able to supply you with enough salary flexibility to do something significant like fitting a third superstar into your lineup.

Reggie Bullock - New York Knicks (vs. Atlanta Hawks)

While I think the Atlanta Hawks win today’s match-up, it doesn’t mean that I am fully fading the New York Knicks. Derrick Rose has yet to have a bad game this series. hypothetically if the Hawks win today, I am predicting that Rose will struggle at high ownership. If this is correct, Reggie Bullock would see extended usage, minutes, fantasy points, etc at a lower salary and roster percentage. Bullock’s success in the series is crucial for the New York Knick. Rose coming off the bench and performing well actually limits Bullocks’ upside. I expect Rose to struggle today. The Knicks are relying on him too heavily and Atlanta now has three games under their belt to adjust their defense properly. Bullock will be one of the only Knicks that I will be investing in today.

Other SG Option: Devin Booker

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Small Guard

LeBron James - Los Angeles Lakers (vs. Phoenix Suns)

Anthony Davis says that he will be playing today but it doesn’t take away from the fact that he actually seemed hurt towards the end of Game 3. LeBron James is the safest way to go today. Regardless Game 3. You should be able to roster at least two superstars today. There is more than enough value in Cameron Payne, Reggie Bullock, and more to be able to afford your choice of superstar combo. Some might decide to go towards Julius Randle, for me Trae Young and LeBron are the way to go.

Other SF Options: Cameron Johnson

Power Forward

Jayson Tatum - Boston Celtics (vs. Brooklyn Nets)

Jeff Green will be out for tonight‘s match-up against the Boston Celtics. Green is a crucial part of maintaining Tatum and without his defensive abilities, I predict another Boston victory on the back of superstar Jayson Tatum. Tatum went off for 50 actual points in Game 3. This massive effort allowed the Celtics to narrowly win by seven points, making the series 2-1 Brooklyn. The Celtics will be at home in Boston for tonight‘s match-up. Home court is a big factor in the playoffs. Expect Celtic fans to fill up TD Garden and cheer Tatum on to another big game tonight to even the series at two apiece.

Other PF Option: Kristaps Porzingis

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Center

Frank Kaminsky - Phoenix Suns (vs. Los Angeles Lakers)

If Anthony Davis hits the bench at some point today, the Lakers will have their choice of going big with Andre Drummond / Harrell or a smaller lineup with Kyle Kuzma. Considering Kuzma has not been playing well this series I’d assume more often than not they would try to stay big with either Drummond or Harrell. Frank Kaminsky would be Phoenix’s response in this scenario. Obviously, this is a conditional scenario, but worth a look.

Other C Option: Montrezll Harrell / Andre Drummond

Bargain Bin

PG Cameron Payne

SG Reggie Bullock

SF Cameron Johnson

PF Frank Kaminsky

C Montrezll Harrell