NBA Playoffs Daily Showdown: Thursday 03/09 with the best players to watch!
We had 2 very exciting games last night, both of them going to the wire and tonight seems to be more of the same!
NBA Playoffs Daily Showdown: Thursday 03/09
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 …
Glouglou1985, who drafted an excellent team and also, chose his C and VC wisely, getting 106 points out of Covington, and also the pursuit points since he was cheaper then Giannis or Middleton. Very smart!
Players to watch
It is time now to dive into the NBA Playoffs Daily Showdown: Thursday 03/09 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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Kawhi Leonard – Clippers – 15.4m
Kawhi has been the best player in the playoffs, averaging 59.3 fantasy points per game and his lowest total was 50.8 in a game that he played only 30 minutes.
His minutes are secure, he is averaging 22 shots per game and in 3 games against the Nuggets this season he has 1.3 fantasy points per minute, lower than his season average but since he plays close to 40 minutes, we would be getting 50 fantasy points as a low estimate.
Jayson Tatum – Celtics – 14.1m
Another player that has been excellent in the playoffs, averaging 49 fantasy points in 6 games, playing close to 36 minutes per game, taking 18 shots and grabbing 8 rebounds per game
The most important thing for me is that you can see during the game that the Celtics are looking for him on offense, he is their focal points and they want to get the ball to him, which is something you want to see, especially when you roster a player at his price because you want to get the maximum potential return out of him.
Nikola Jokic – Nuggets – 13.8m
Jokic took a back seat during the series against the Jazz since Murray was on fire but, as he showed us in the last game, he will take over the game if the shots are not falling for Murray, taking 23 shots, grabbing 14 rebounds, and scoring 55 fantasy points.
Against the Clippers this season he is averaging 1.6 fantasy points per minute, the Clippers do not actually have someone to guard him, so I am expecting big games from Jokic against the Clippers, hopefully starting from tonight.
Mid Priced (8.0m-11.9m)
Kyle Lowry – Raptors – 11.5m
The Raptors are 2-0 down in the series and a defeat tonight would pretty much seal their fate. Lowry is shooting 1-12 from the three-point line in the first two games and I think this can improve and this would be something that will enhance his fantasy production.
Already his floor seems safe, averaging 40 points during the playoffs in 37 minutes per game shooting 37.5% from the field when during the regular season he has 41.6% but the most important thing for me is that he seems to be trying to take over the games, sensing that his team needs him.
It is going to be a difficult task against a very good Celtics defense but if the Raptors want to defend their title, they will need their most experienced player to step up.
Marcus Morris Sr. – Clippers – 8.2m
Morris got ejected in the last game against the Mavericks (such a Morris thing to do) and he destroyed the people that had him in their lineups but today is a new day and a new series, one that I believe suits him perfectly.
Neither Porter Jr. nor Millsap can stop him, he will be getting close to 30 minutes per game and he is averaging 0.93 fantasy points per minute in the playoffs, improving from 0.88 for the season.
Value Plays (4.3m-7.9m)
OG Anunoby – Raptors – 7.9m
OG Anunoby had 12 shots in the last game, almost doubling his production average, which was a nice plus to his normal production of 7 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 steal on average.
I am not expecting 12 shots out of him again but with his floor at 25 fantasy points, he is a secure choice for your lineups, especially since his minutes are near 33 per minute.
Ivica Zubac – Clippers – 7.8m
Zubac got a double-double in the last game and this happened because Doc Rivers finally played him more than 25 minutes!
I am hoping that this will continue from now on because Zubac should be playing more minutes, he is averaging 1.21 fantasy points against the Nuggets for the season and 33 minutes will give us close to 40 fantasy points!
Robert R. Williams – Celtics – 5.3m
And suddenly Robert R. Williams entered our fantasy lives since Brad Stevens is giving him 19 minutes per game and he is giving us 20.5 fantasy points in those 2 games and all of this from a player that has a 5.3m salary.
Of course, this is not by accident, since Williams is a very good per minute player, averaging 1.17 fantasy points per minute in the regular season, so again we are talking about a player that just needs to get minutes on the floor and since he is getting them now, he should be in our player pool.
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