By Ramon Scott, @rsstreams
Four of eight teams in the NBA Playoffs are expected to score well over 100 points on Sunday, giving DFS players three main games to target the best chance to accrue fantasy points, as the first games of the opening round conclude.
Cleveland, Atlanta, San Antonio and the Los Angeles Clippers all have team totals of 103 or higher, according to major oddsmakers overnight. The Portland at Memphis (-5.5) game is the lowest betting total on the board at 189 points overnight.
The Cavaliers are expected to score 107 points in their matchup against Boston in the opener of the four-game spread.
Portland’s Aaron Afflalo and San Antonio’s Tiago Splitter are both listed as OUT for their respective openers.
Mike Conley – While Memphis is expected to be the lowest-scoring winning team on Sunday, Conley seems well-priced at 5.8k on FanDuel given his DvP matchup. He rested down the stretch and therefore has a bit of a depressed price truly depressed price compared to the middle of the season. He is listed as probable for the opener vs. Portland.
DeAndre Jordan – DeAndre is our favorite Clipper in this game and probably in this series.His salary is up to 9.3k for this matchup and he has been putting up some big fantasy games down the stretch. His rebounding numbers have been terrific.
Kawhi Leonard – Kawhi is truly as resourceful as they come, really, as he often exceeds projection when the stage is the biggest over his short career. The San Antonio-Los Angeles Clippers game is expected to be the high-scoring, as well as, most competitive game, with both teams approaching 105 points, according to oddsmakers.
Kevin Love – Kevin is our choice on the Cavs. Not that you aren’t wrong for leaving out LeBron and Kyrie, but at 7.1k on FanDuel, we think it will be Cleveland showing the form of a championship contender, with even more sharing and distribution. Even Mozgov will likely see his share of moments in this game and in the series.
Jeff Teague – How many Hawks are too many Hawks? They all come with risks because they try to employ a relatively efficient rotation. Teague is just 6.7k and despite showing tremendous inconsistency – as all the Hawks did – down the stretch of the season, he still had a 40-point and a 46-point fantasy effort in two of his final four games of the regular season.
Al Horford – Al looked to be in playoff form in the season final against Chicago, putting up 33 fantasy points in just 22 minutes. With Atlanta expected to score 105 points, look to Horford to make his value at nearly 40 fantasy with a full compliment.
Paul Millsap – The Hawks’ Millsap played 27 minutes in the final at Chicago in his tuneup. He was nearly invisible offensively over the final week of the season, as the Hawks’ rested him and his shoulder injury, but prior to that Milly was an easy cash play, likely to score nearly 40 fantasy points.
Kyle Korver – Korver’s fantasy production can be inconsistent, and he suffered a facial fracture late in the season. But he actually smashed his projection in three of his final four appearances to close out the season, so we look for him to take a handful of treys with the Hawks’ expected over 100 points.