NBA Playoffs Daily Showdown: Sunday 30/08 with the best players to watch!
We had 2 eliminations yesterday, with the Bucks and the Lakers closing out their series against the Magic and the Blazers and the Rockets blowing out the Thunder to take a 3-2 lead.
Let’s see what today has in store for us.
NBA Playoffs Daily Showdown: Sunday 30/08
We will present important picks for every slate here in our blog to help you choose your team but firstly we will review yesterday’s slate and the winning lineup.
And the winner was …
Well it was actually me 🙂
I started building the lineup from Covington and Giannis, I had a feeling they would have good games, I took a risk with Adams, Middleton, and James because we were not sure if they would play a lot of minutes, and that’s why they were close to 20% owned, played Simons, who I was expecting to have more ownership, to be honest, and wanted someone from the Lakers cheap guys to fill the lineup and chose Caruso, who had a decent game for his standards.
It all fell in place perfectly in the end and it was the winning lineup!
Players to watch
It is time now to dive into the NBA Playoffs Daily Showdown: Sunday 30/08 preview. We have 3 games for tonight’s 10K main Slate but firstly, let me start by saying that you need to be aware of the news close to the start of the games because a lot of value can open up then. With that in mind, let’s get to our suggestions.
In addition, check the NBA Fantasy Strategy Guide if you are new to the game.
Luka Doncic – Mavericks – 16.6m
With the season on the line and the second-best player of the Mavs out, Luka needs to take over, and for his team to win and not get eliminated he needs to have better performance than the last game, where he scored 38 points in 31 minutes. His average vs the Clippers is 1.61 points per game and 1.71 over the season, so there is the potential there for another huge night.
He has shown multiple times that he will show up when he is needed the most and you cannot have a better situation, basketball and fantasy-wise, than this.
Jamal Murray – Nuggets – 13.2m
Another player that is on fire in the last two games, scoring 82 and 68 points and again is facing elimination, with the Nuggets down 3-2 in the series against the Jazz. In these games, Murray has shot 57 times in total, averaging 45 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 7.5 assists in 42 minutes.
In 7 games against the Jazz this season he is averaging 1.37 fantasy points per minute when his season average is 1.03. So, we have a favorable matchup, do or die game, and a player on fire that’s gonna play close to 40 minutes. He should be a lock in your lineups.
Kyle Lowry – Raptors – 11.4m
I am choosing Lowry over Vanvleet from the Raptors tonight, firstly because he has a lower price and secondly because he has better stats against the Celtics this season.
In 4 games he is averaging 39.4 fantasy points in 36 minutes, and in the last games, he has a floor of 40 points per game, making him a very good choice.
Kemba Walker – Celtics – 11.4m
In the same price range as Lowry, we can find Walker, someone that is playing very well in the last couple of games, having 47 and 50 fantasy points. His minutes are secure, around 36 per game, and the usage is there, especially since Hayward went down with the injury. My only concern with rostering players from this game is that I believe that it is going to a slow-paced, low scoring game but someone needs to score and Walker seems to be one of the top options from the Celtics.
Donovan Mitchell – Jazz – 13.6m
The Jazz are very close to eliminating the Nuggets and if they are going to do it tonight, it is going to be because Mitchell had a big game.
The usage is there, he is averaging 22 shots per game and with 4 out the 5 games with 40+ fantasy points, he gives us a safe floor and a high ceiling.
Kawhi Leonard – Clippers – 15.3m
He is averaging 7 fantasy points more (55.2) against the Mavericks then his season average (48.2) and has 50+ fantasy points in all 5 games of the series.
I do not see how this will change in game 6 or how can the Mavericks stop him, since they do not have anyone that can match up with him.
As always, you can go with George (11.1m) if you want a cheaper option from the Clippers, but i believe the Leonard is the safest choice.
Jayson Tatum – Celtics – 14.2m
With 50+ fantasy points in 3 out of the last games and with an average of 20 shot attempts, Tatum should be in your player pool just for that.
The good thing is that he does not rely only on scoring to get those stats though, since he is averaging 10 rebounds, 3 assists and almost 3 blocks per game.
With him being the number one option on the Celtics, I will be rostering him in a lot of my lineups.
Montrezl Harrell – Clippers – 7.7m
Harrell’s price is too low still since the Clippers decided to bring back slowly. Last game though, he got 23 minutes and had 37.25 fantasy points, his highest in the bubble. This number is closer to his season average (32.9) and if he starts playing close to his regular minutes (28 per game) he will start producing more since he is a 1.18 fantasy points per minute player.
He is a risky play but the potential is too high for me to passit up at this price.
Maxi Kleber – Mavericks – 7.1m
Kleber has not been playing well in the bubble averaging 19.4 points in 27 minutes. With Porzingis getting hurt, the minutes are there for him but unfortunately, he cannot produce, mainly because he cannot score points.
Last game, though he had his second 25 point game and in an elimination game for the Mavericks, I would expect from him to give the best possible performance and hopefully break the 30 point barrier.
Nikola Jokic – Nuggets – 13.4m
He is finally giving us good fantasy games, averaging 1.16 points per minute in his last two. An important thing to note is that he is playing more than 40 minutes in both of these games and this is an excellent sign for us.
Nuggets need to win, Jokic needs to be on the floor and play as much as he can and we can benefit from his improved play and get rewarded with fantasy points.
Serge Ibaka – Raptors – 9.5m
It was against the Nets, so there might be some bias there, but Ibaka is averaging 39 points in the playoffs in just 23.8 minutes!
I do not expect him of course to be a 1.6 fantasy points per minute player throughout the series with the Celtics but since the Celtics do not have a big body to stop him, I am hoping that he can carry some of the momentum onto this series.
Either way, he is averaging 30.6 points for the season and is a 1.15 fantasy points per minute player, so the floor looks to be at 30 points, which is not a bad return for his salary.
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