May 16, 2017, 10:11 am
Daily Fantasy Sports for NBA is coming to an end. Both Draftkings and Fanduel will only be running DFS through the conference finals. As soon as there is only one series left the NBA DFS season will effectively be over. Anybody who is still playing deserves a medal, trophy, or a shrine to your dedication to playing in the murky and dangerous waters that the playoffs are for DFS players.
Tuesday, the Spurs will play at the Oracle Arena in game two of the Western Conference Finals. Without Kawhi Leonard the Spurs are going to be in a tough spot. Last game, with Leonard on the court the Spurs were +23 in the point differential. Without him, they were -25 and let it slip away after he left with an injury. For DFS purposes we should use the cheaper priced Spurs and hope that they pick up the offensive slack.
I would suggest using Patty Mills as the offense attempted to run through him in the second half. A lot of people will also be down on the struggling LaMarcus Aldrige which is why I actually love him for GPP’s. If the Spurs are to keep the game close they will need LMA to be an offensive powerhouse down low and allow the Spurs to slow the game down. Jonathon Simmons would be the final Spurs player I would plug in for GPP’s as he has played pretty well these playoffs and will likely get the starting nod for game two.
For the Warriors, the usual suspects are obvious plug and play targets. Steph Curry will likely dominate this game at home and should absolutely own Patty Mills. Kevin Durant scored 53 Fanduel points in game one and will likely be leaned on heavily as he has a fantastic matchup as well.
Two guys that I am fading for the Warriors would be Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. For Klay, he draws the toughest defensive assignment, Danny Green. For Draymond, I am using game theory and hoping that if LaMarcus Aldrige has a huge game that Draymond might get into foul trouble. For this reason, I would take a long shot on David West and hope that he sees closer to twenty minutes of playing time.
The Celtics just finished off the Washington Wizards in Game 7 on Monday. While the Celtics will at least avoid traveling, they still have a quick turnaround when the well-rested Cavaliers stroll into town. I believe this game will be an absolute blowout. The Celtics might get out in front early as the Cavs shake off the rust but ultimately LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will find their rhythm and take this one with ease. Beyond the big two, you could take a look at Kevin Love and J.R. Smith and hope that they catch fire from beyond the arc.
If you game theorize that the Celtics will keep it close or steal game one then you have to lock in Isaiah Thomas. The Celtics only way of winning is if IT scores at will and gets hot from beyond the arc. He is probably a better game theory play at your second point guard than Steph Curry or Kyrie Irving. I would try to pair him with Patty Mills if you think the Celtics have a chance.
Avery Bradley has an excellent matchup with the Cavs shooting guards all series and will need to be a better scorer in this series than he was against the Wizards. Al Horford had a strong second half of game seven and his all around game is very useful for DFS. He’s a strong play no matter how close the game stays. If IT2 and Horford play well on the pick and roll the two could get hot together.
Good luck for the remainder of the NBA playoffs, this will be the last DFS article that I produce for Hoop-Ball for these playoffs. Be on the look out for a Daily Fantasy Sports series that will highlight the ins and outs of NBA DFS. This will be released in the summer to provide you an opportunity to get ahead of your competition when the season begins this fall.
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July 4, 2020, 9:35 amCaris LeVertPG-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.
July 4, 2020, 9:16 amJordan CrawfordSG, 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.
July 4, 2020, 8:13 amLance StephensonSG, 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
July 3, 2020, 10:10 pmAnthony DavisPF-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.
July 3, 2020, 8:28 pmDeng AdelPF, 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.
July 3, 2020, 4:35 pmDarius MillerSF, 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
July 3, 2020, 4:26 pmJJ RedickSG, 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
July 3, 2020, 4:14 pmTyler HerroPG, 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
July 3, 2020, 4:08 pmKent BazemoreSG, 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
July 3, 2020, 3:57 pmVictor OladipoSG, 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