1. Steph Curry
2. Damian Lillard
3. Kyle Lowry
4. Eric Bledsoe
5. George Hill
1. Klay Thompson
2. CJ McCollum
3. Khris Middleton
4. Malcolm Brogdon
5. +Andre Iguodala (calf)
1. Kawhi Leonard
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
3. Moe Harkless
4. Nikola Mirotic
1. Draymond Green
2. Pascal Siakam
3. Meyers Leonard
4. Kevon Looney
5. Zach Collins
1. Brook Lopez
2. Marc Gasol
3. Jordan Bell
4. Enes Kanter
5. Andrew Bogut
Top Stud (over $8K on FD): Giannis Antetokounmpo (followed by Steph Curry)
Top Stud (over $8K on DK): Giannis Antetokounmpo (followed by Steph Curry)
Top Value (under $5K on FD): Meyers Leonard (followed by Danny Green)
Top Value (under $5K on DK): Meyers Leonard (followed by Moe Harkless)
•Favorite GPP plays on Yahoo:
Guard: Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson (favorite GPP value play is +Andre Iguodala and George Hill)
Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green (favorite GPP value play is Moe Harkless and Nicola Mirotic)
Center: Marc Gasol, Brook Lopez, Kevon Looney (favorite GPP value play is Meyers Leonard)
– What’s up my peeps? We find ourselves faced with what could be our final two-game Conference Finals slate. If the Golden State Warriors take out their brooms and sweep the Portland Trailblazers, we will be forced to play showdown slates for the duration of the postseason. If you’ve been playing up to this point, you’ll know that participating in games that occur on two separate days can be a little tricky. As you can see from today’s writeup, the majority of the analysis remains the same from slate to slate (barring any major injuries) so subtle differences can mean the difference between winning and losing. As predicted, Norman Powell joined Zach Collins and Myers Leonard as useful options during the Conference Finals. Personally, I’ll continue to ride these guys like a “two dollar mule” until everything is said and done. As I’ve said many times before, there isn’t a whole lot of “edge” to be had on slates like this, so don’t be foolish and risk too much of your hard-earned bankroll. As far as core players go, I’m currently rolling with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green (on Fanduel and DraftKings). +Andre Iguodala is currently a game time decision with a calf injury, so if he’s limited in any way, that will only strengthen a “Warriors heavy” core.
– If you’re taking the “studs and scrubs” approach Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Steph Curry and Damian Lillard have the highest ceilings on the slate (in that order).
– If you’re looking to construct a low owned lineup, here are a few recommendations that will buck the current roster construction trends for this slate:
-Rosterboth Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard. Leonard and his teammates used every last ounce of energy and came away with a much needed win against Milwaukee last night. I’m hoping that this series will stay competitive until the very end. If it does, you can expect these two studs to carry both of their teams as much as possible. As per usual, salary and roster construction will make it difficult to roster both of them, however, if you roster them during last night’s double overtime game you were a “happy camper”.
-Go with a game stack. Vegas thinks tonight’s game between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trailblazers will be a high-scoring, competitive matchup (over/under of 219, with Golden State favored by -3.0). Personally, I’m not very confident that things will end up this way, however, it’s a “win or go fishing” game for Portland, so expect them to leave everything out on the court.
–Meyers Leonard took advantage of his starting role with 25.6 Fanduel points in 31 minutes of action. I expect him to get the starting nod yet again tonight night, so I’ll take the discount and plug him into my lineup
-Go back to the well with the Toronto Raptors studs. While Vegas isn’t predicting another double overtime game when these teams meet tomorrow night, they do expect it to be another competitive battle (over/under of 216, with Milwaukee favored by -2.5). Guys like Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry will need to continue bring their “A-game” if Toronto is going to even the series. Norman Powell continues to excel this series, so sticking with him would be a smart move.
-Go with a team stack. Besides going with a game stack, this is the best way to get more “bang for your buck” on a two-game slate. Personally, the teams that I’m targeting are the Toronto Raptors (see above) and Golden State Warriors.