NBA Playoffs Daily Showdown: Wednesday 02/09 with the best players to watch!
Low scoring games yesterday, but very competitive and exciting. Can’t wait for tonight’s games!
NBA Playoffs Daily Showdown: Wednesday 02/09
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, we had a tie! Joshua2001D and Schmidte drafted the same team and managed to do an excellent draft, picking players that had a lot of ownership but chose their C and VC wisely and got rewarded in the end. Congratulations to both.
Players to watch
It is time now to dive into the NBA Playoffs Daily Showdown: Wednesday 02/09 preview. Again, since there are only 2 games on the slate, it is in a pursuit format and we have to select 5 players and also a Captain and a Vice-Captain.
This, adds another strategic layer to the game, since not only we have to select the players that will get the most points but also the ones that they can give us pursuit points as well.
High Priced (12.0m-17.0m)
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James Harden – Rockets – 16.5m
Out of the two most expensive players on the slate, I will go more to Harden tonight. It is a game 7 of a playoff series and I cannot imagine a game that Harden will not have at least 25 shoots and a lot of usage in general.
His two last games have been low scoring from a fantasy point and we will not get a return for his salary with a number close to the 50s but, as I said before, I cannot see how Harden will be as aggressive as possible in an elimination game and from that’s all we want from a 1.64 fantasy point per minute player.
Jimmy Butler – Heat -12.3m
Butler had a career high in the 1st game against the Bucks with 40 points, giving us 53.5 fantasy points also.
He has been excellent since the return, averaging in the bubble, 1.21 fantasy games per minute and he is playing close to 38 minutes per game.
At his price this is an excellent return for the salary and I will be all over him tonight also.
Mid Priced (8.0m-11.9m)
Khris Middleton – Bucks – 11.5m
Middleton finally woke up and in the last 4 games he is averaging 43.1 points per game and playing 33.5 minutes.
In the first game against the Heat, he had 24 shots, and if we consider that he was averaging 14 shots per game in the Magic series, we can see that the Heat’s gameplan is to take the ball out of the hands of Giannis and let the other Bucks win them.
Add this to the fact that Bledsoe is questionable for the game, and this seems to be an excellent day to draft him.
Goran Dragic – Heat – 10.8m
Dragic is averaging 18 shots per game in the playoffs and is averaging 39.2 fantasy points at 34.2 minutes.
He has the ball in his hands a lot, and he is playing in the closing lineup during the playoffs. Also, against the Bucks he is averaging 1.2 fantasy points per minutes and at his price, he looks to be an excellent choice for tonight.
Robert Covington – Rockets – 8.7m
Covington had his second 40+ point game and seems to be finally more involved in the Rockets offense , something that makes him play even harder on defense, averaging 6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 block and 4 steals!
I expect an intense game against the Thunder since we are talking about a final, so the defense will play a key role and that – hopefully – would keep the defensive stats of Covington up, adding more value to his pick.
Value Plays (4.3m-7.9m)
George Hill – Bucks – 6.3m
Bledsoe did not play in the last game and Hill started against the Heat, played 36 minutes and had 13.75 points, so as you can understand he had an awful game.
If Bledsoe is out again though, I would go with him again, since he is averaging 0.92 fantasy points per minute for the season, and if he is going to play again for 36 minutes, I am going to take that risk again and draft him.
Darius Bazley – Thunder – 5.7m
Bazley is an excellent per-minute producer, averaging 1.14 fantasy points per minute in the bubble and playing – possibly – the best basketball of his life.
The only problem is the minutes that he is getting but in the last 3 games he is getting 22 minutes per game and he is averaging 22.5 fantasy points in those games.
The good thing is that he is getting most of his points through peripheral stats, averaging 8.7 rebounds, and 2 assists, so we don’t need him to have a lot of points in order to get good value out of him.
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