- Plays are based solely on opposition and pricing.
- FanDuel and DraftKings prices listed respectively.
• Point Guard
Damian Lillard [ $9,800 / $9,200 ] After capturing the 3rd seed in a battle versus the Jazz, Damian Lillard and company are set to go against the Pelicans, who they split their regular season series with at 2-2 and look to be more than capable of competing. The Trailblazers will rely heavily on Lillard in these games and for good reason, as he averaged 26/7/5, despite his poor shooting numbers over their four times they played.
Kyle Lowry [ $6,800 / $7,300 ] Something has been said about the Raptors when the playoffs come around and Kyle Lowry will have a chip on his shoulder, which I only think benefits the team, as they look to secure a win in the first game of this matchup. Like his teammates, Lowry is especially cheap and will have the advantage of starting at home, so if you’re looking for a little mid-tier “value,” look no further than Toronto.
• Shooting Guard
Jrue Holiday [ $8,700 / $7,900 ] As the number two option, Jrue Holiday has a lot more on his plate than most people may think, with Portland looking to slow Anthony Davis in anyway possible, which will leave plenty of opportunities on the table to go around. During the regular season, Holiday had some big efforts against this very team, as he averaged 19/7/6 over 37 minutes per game and had 21/11/11 in their previous meeting.
DeMar DeRozan [ $7,000 / $7,600 ] Similarly to Kyle Lowry, but maybe even more so, DeMar DeRozan has been heavily scrutinized for his playoff performances and said in an interview recently that game one was their own version of playing in a game seven. Again, DeRozan is incredibly cheap, like many of the other Raptors, which isn’t much of a coincidence with how he finished off the campaign, but he’s gotta be ready to play.
• Small Forward
Kevin Durant [ $10,900 / $10,700 ] Maybe no one has a bigger task at hand than Kevin Durant, who will have to get things done without Steph Curry, which will not only be a challenge for him, but for a struggling Golden State squad, that is trying to find its way. There’s no real game plan for stopping Durant and with Kawhi Leonard seemingly out of the picture, expect huge things from the superstar, as they look to control the series.
Robert Covington [ $7,900 / $6,300 ] With Joel Embiid sidelined for at least the first outing, many will look to Ben Simmons, which I don’t blame them for, however, I think Robert Covington has been a fantastic second option for this team during their streak. Both of these teams were among the to seven in the league defensively and that should carry over relatively easily and as a “three and d” player, Covington will have chances.
• Power Forward
Anthony Davis [ $12,500 / $11,300 ] Noted above, Anthony Davis is the obvious choice at the position, especially without DeMarcus Cousins, as he’s carried New Orleans and really made an impact on the season, which has garnered some MVP talk around him. There’s no one that the Blazers have to truly slow him, which was highlighted in their prior meeting, where Davis went for 78.8 FanDuel points, backed by an insane 36/14/6.
LaMarcus Aldridge [ $10,200 / $9,700 ] The Leonard debacle has left San Antonio in a very difficult situation and even though they’ve managed to find a spot in the playoffs, there’s no question that LaMarcus Aldridge will have to play big in every single game. Save the last meeting, the Warriors have typically defended Aldridge fairly well, but as he looks to get going he’ll need to build upon his season usage of 29.4% and push them.
Hassan Whiteside [ $7,000 / $7,200 ] Although Jusuf Nurkic is in an equally appealing spot, Hassan Whiteside has made some comments lately and with the opposing center Embiid out for tonight, he should have every opportunity to prove himself, in this one. The Sixers have dipped defensively without their All-Star big man available and that means on the inside as well, so if Whiteside is going to make an impact, I say it’s here.
Jonas Valanciunas [ $6,200 / $5,500 ] Much doesn’t need to be said about this play, as Washington can be solid on the inside, but can also struggle with tough, physical bigs at times as well, which Jonas Valanciunas fits, although his minutes are relatively low. Nonetheless, I fully expect Valanciunas to be a decently owned center on this slate due to his production over his time, especially with the improvements that they’ve made.
Extras: Wade, Moore, Saric.