By Ramon Scott, @rsstreams
NBA Playoff DFS opens early on Saturday, as you will need to play an All Day card in order to try and maximize the potential for the winning combination, as the rotations tighten up and the statistics are expected to return to normalcy following the last five weeks of resting and tanking.
Can superstars James Harden, Steph Curry and Anthony Davis put up some of the same monstrous numbers like we saw in some of the games near the end of the season? Or will every pass, rebound and substitution be the determining factors in scoring with your winning lineup?
Curry is the least expensive option of the three, at 10k, even though both Golden State and Houston are expected to score around 108 points, according to oddsmakers. If forced to take just one of the two big guns in these games, our lean is to James tonight. But if taking two, leave Davis out of the equation.
Golden State’s opponent, the Dallas Mavericks, are third on the scoring production chart for Saturday with an expectation of 103 points, followed by Toronto at 99.
Golden State reserve F David Lee is OUT on Saturday afternoon’s game against New Orleans with a bad back, while Chicago guard Kirk Hinrich is QUES with a sore knee.
Dwight Howard – With Howard expected to play over 30 minutes, we have to like his chances to have a big game against Dallas inside. Since his return, his production has been just fine and in line with minutes played to make a reasonable profit. Even with hack-a-Howard more possible in the postseason, we have a chance to score extra points with the clock stopped.
Tyson Chandler – Chandler looked strong near the end of the season, having several projection-crushing fantasy games in three of his last five outings. He is the less-expensive value play in the middle.
Trevor Ariza – Trevor is in a spot in this series to be the main beneficiary of the high-scoring games expected here. He tailed off over the final games of the regular season, but his production is so consistent, we chalk it up to just playing out the season.
John Wall – The Washington guard is in the best spot to make huge contributions in this season. He will certainly take a full compliment of shots in most of the games, as well as, see nearly all the minutes.
Pau Gasol – Pau played every game down the stretch like he was already in the playoffs, so we find him ready and certainly in a competitive balance, as his salary has remained virtually stagnant while continuing to be one of the best cash game producers in the league.
Mike Dunleavy – Dunleavy would represent some of the lowest value, as we can target his starting status combined with his matchup against the Raptors. He finished the three weeks with several projection-smashing games.