• We have reached the final day of the regular season. I am expecting chaos in terms of players being ruled out throughout the day, so I have written an abbreviated post below. You are going to need to be on your toes today and monitor updates so that you have time to adjust to news. Here are five players to watch for headed into tonight’s slate.


    Point Guard

    Goran Dragic ($7,200)

    The Heat have a must win game tonight against Washington who they played just two games ago. In that game, Goran Dragic had 36 DraftKings points on 6/16 shooting. He has taken 14 or more shots in 14 straight games, a reflection of his large role in the Heat’s offense. Dragic is a high floor player in what could be a tough night to find many secure options. He is viable in both cash games and tournaments.


    Shooting Guard

    Jamal Murray ($5,500)

    The Nuggets are going to be extremely short-handed at the guard position tonight as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in what should be a very fast-paced game. Mudiay has been ruled out in addition to Jameer Nelson, so the Nuggets will need Murray to play the majority of the game at the point guard position. Additionally, this game means nothing to the Nuggets, so tonight is a perfect opportunity to give Murray a chance to run.

    Jamal had 46 DraftKings points against the Pelicans two games ago, and although 46 points tonight is a stretch, I expect him to be very productive in a heavy workload. Murray is a great option for both tournaments and cash games.


    Small Forward

    Jimmy Butler ($10,200)

    As crazy as it feels to play Jimmy Butler above $10,000, that’s exactly what I plan on doing. The Bulls have a must win tonight against Brooklyn, a game that would be devastating to lose. Hoiberg will need Butler on the floor for close to 40 minutes, and Butler could be lethal against the Nets in that amount of playing time. In his last six games, Jimmy has three games above 50 DraftKings points. He is a high floor play and there should be so much value at other positions today that you will need a high floor, high salary option like Jimmy. I would not overload on Butler in tournaments, but he is a great cash game option.


    Power Forward

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($5,500)

    As mentioned above, the Nets play the Bulls tonight. This game is a must win for Chicago and obviously not a must win for Brooklyn. The Nets have ruled out Jeremy Lin, Brook Lopez, and Trevor Booker tonight, so RHJ should have his third huge game in a row. In his last two games, Hollis-Jefferson has scored 44.5 and 47.75 DraftKings points, registering a double-double in each game. With Lin, Lopez, and Booker out, RHJ will have a full minutes load and a high usage rate. I will deploy him heavily in cash games and tournaments.



    Mason Plumlee ($4,400)

    Last night against Dallas, Plumlee had 29.25 DraftKings points in 34 minutes. Dallas is not an ideal matchup from a pace perspective, but the Mavs are a poor rebounding team. Against the Thunder tonight, I expect a similar game from Plumlee with upside to have a monster. The game is meaningless for Denver, and the team is pretty thin from injuries. Plumlee is an efficient DFS option who can rack up points, assists, and rebounds quickly. Therefore, I view Mason has a high floor, high upside play in such a fast matchup against OKC. Over his last five games, he’s been scoring right about a DraftKings point per minute of game time, and I expect him to play 24+ minutes. He is a strong cash game play with enough upside to warrant tournament exposure.

Fantasy News

  • Caris LeVert
    PG-SG, Brooklyn Nets

    Caris LeVert embraces challenge of being a leader.

    LeVert has been an active participant in the racial inequality protests and admitted that basketball is very minor right now compared to everything else going on in the world but is ready for the NBA restart saying, "For me, it’s just taking on that challenge of being a leader, being the leader of that group, going down there with some of the most experience on the team, playoff experience." In the 16 games since rejoining the starting lineup, LeVert has put up All-Star numbers with 24.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists, while shooting 41.7 percent from three-point range and leading the Nets to a 9-7 record over that span. The upward trajectory continues for the Nets' 20th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

    Source: Newsday

  • Jordan Crawford
    SG, Free Agent

    Jordan Crawford has agreed to a deal with Russia's Lokomotiv Kuban.

    Crawford last played in the NBA for the Pelicans in 2018 with career averages of 12.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 24.4 minutes. The career journeyman has played for five NBA teams since 2010 with a few stints with China in between. Since the beginning of 2019, he has played in Israel, China, Germany and now we can add Russia to that list.

    Source: Sportando

  • Lance Stephenson
    SG, Free Agent

    Lance Stephenson is ineligible to sign with the Pacers according to Scott Agness.

    Stephenson to the Pacers was being discussed in early March and made sense now with Victor Oladipo choosing to sit out the remainder of the season but this move apparently will not happen. The 29-year old Stephenson spent this past season in China where he averaged 26.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the CBA's Flying Leopards.

    Source: Scott Agness on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis has high expectations for the Lakers when they resume play later in July in Orlando, citing the long layoff as a favorable development for his squad.

    As if the Lakers weren't already squarely in the hunt for an NBA championship. When speaking to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Davis said that he believes their "chances are higher just because we’re all rested and we’re all ready to go.” Depth seems to be the most glaring issue potentially facing the Lakers as they prepare to make the trip to Disney World, as defensive stalwart Avery Bradley recently opted out of the remainder of the season. Bradley was subsequently replaced by well-traveled veteran guard J.R. Smith (who has a long history of playoff runs alongside LeBron James with the Cavs), but the team is still unsure of veteran center Dwight Howard's status the rest of the way. Other than Howard, the Lakers' roster is seemingly set for Orlando. Davis sounds like he's ready to rock, however.

    Source: ESPN

  • Deng Adel
    PF, Brooklyn Nets

    Deng Adel, who played 19 games for the Cavs last season as a two-way player, is being pursued by the Illawara Hawks of Australia's NBL, which, notably was the team 18-year-old LaMelo Ball played for last season (and has attempted to purchase).

    Adel had two short stints before last season with the Rockets and Nets in the Summer League and the preseason, respectively. He was originally a standout at Louisville but went undrafted in 2018 before hitching on with the Cavs on a two-way pact. This season he had been playing for the Long Island Nets, the Nets' G League affiliate, prior to the pause and ultimately the end of the G League season. Adel had registered averages of 11.1 points, 4.2 boards and 2.6 assists to that point. Also of note, Adel spent the lion's share of his childhood in Australia after his family moved from South Sudan around the time he was eight.

    Source: Sportando

  • Darius Miller
    SF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Darius Miller is unsure if he will be able to play in Orlando, as he continues to recover from a torn a ruptured right Achillies.

    Due to the lockdown, Miller has been unable to participate in any live-action, or else he would have played in 3-on-3 or 5-on-5 by now. At this point, it would be surprising for the Pelicans to risk his health by pushing for him to participate in the eight-game regular season.

    Source: Will Guillory on Twitter

  • JJ Redick
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    J.J. Redick has intentionally lost 10 pounds since the quarantine began.

    Redick's goal was to get back to his playing weight during his college days at Duke, and it's not a surprise that one of the most dedicated workers in the league was able to drop weight during the coronavirus pandemic. Redick's shooting will be sorely needed when the Pelicans try to chase down the Grizzlies for a playoff spot, but if he does not come out of the gates making an impact the Pelicans are likely to shift to another hot hand on their deep roster. Redick has only seen 26.4 minutes per game this season, and that is going to limit his impact to strictly 3-pointers (2.9 per game).

    Source: Daniel Sallerson on Twitter

  • Tyler Herro
    PG, Miami Heat

    Tyler Herro said the time off allowed his right ankle to fully recover.

    Herro returned to action just before the shutdown due to COVID-19. With the ankle back to 100 percent, he will face no restrictions when play picks back up in Orlando. While Herro's scoring prowess caused some increased expectations for his rookie season, he's largely been an afterthought for the Heat. He can clearly shoot the rock (2.1 treys on .391 shooting), but the rest of his game is lacking, and the Heat do not have time to devote to rookie development when the season resumes.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Kent Bazemore
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Kent Bazemore, who has been a welcomed presence since joining the Kings in January, reiterated that he'd like to stay with the team.

    Bazemore had a lot of opportunity before him when the Blazers were faltering due to injuries at the start of the season and he failed to take advantage. However, a change of scenery made a significant difference, as his field goal percentage leaped from .347 with the Blazers, to .426 with the Kings, and his scoring also increased from 7.9 points to 10.3 points per contest. He sounds locked in as the Kings prepare for the Orlando bubble, but a healthy Kings' roster could handicap his opportunity for playing time when things start back up.

    Source: James Ham on Twitter

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Shams Charania is reporting that Victor Oladipo will sit out the remainder of the Pacers' season.

    Oladipo decided to exercise caution as his quad tendon is still susceptible to a relapse, and the circumstances of the Orlando bubble are anything but predictable. It's a big hit to the Pacers chances when play resumes, but Oladipo should be close to 100 percent next year as he continues his rehab and seeks to further strengthen his quad tendon. This season was a flop as he only appeared in 13 games, but Oladipo should be looking to return fully recovered and seeking early-round value next year. The Pacers will continue leaning on their depth to fill the void, and Malcolm Brogdon will continue to be the lead guard running the show in Indiana.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter