• Point Guards

    Russell Westbrook ($12,300 FD, $11,900 DK) – With playoff seeding still being determined there’s no doubt the Thunder will be out in full force in the last game of the season which makes Westbrook an elite play.

    Jamal Murray ($6,900 FD, $6,400 DK) – The biggest game of the night will be the Wolves against the Nuggets. Murray will need to bring his best out against a team that has struggled against PGs all year.

    Other good buys: Trey Burke ($6,500 FD, $6,600 DK), Tomas Satoransky ($4,500 FD, $5,700 DK).

    Shooting Guards

    Will Barton ($7,000 FD, $7,300 DK) – Barton has been excellent down the stretch for the Nuggets and with Gary Harris still being limited Barton should be in for a heavy workload against the Wolves.

    Luke Kennard ($6,100 FD, $4,300 DK) – Kennard has back to back games of 30-plus fantasy points and gets the Bulls tonight who have given up entirely, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

    Other good buys: Jrue Holiday ($8,500 FD, $8,200 DK), Dameyean Dotson ($4,200 FD, $4,400 DK).

    Small Forwards

    LeBron James ($12,100 FD, $11,400 DK) – With the 3 seed still in sight, LeBron will be out there against the Knicks, however, a blowout is a real possibility.

    Jimmy Butler ($7,800 FD, $7,400 DK) – There is no doubt in my mind that Butler will be off his minutes restrictions in a must-win game tonight against the Nuggets and he makes for my favorite play of the night because of that.

    Other good buys: Allen Crabbe ($5,800 FD, $6,200), Paul George ($7,800 FD, $7,900 DK).

    Power Forwards

    Anthony Davis ($12,000 FD, $11,200 DK) – Sure the Spurs present a difficult challenge but AD is the matchup-proof and has plenty of motivation heading into the last game of the season.

    Nikola Mirotic ($7,000 FD, $6,500 DK) – Mirotic has been red hot his last three games, going over 50 fantasy points in each of them. As I said earlier, the Spurs are a tough matchup but Mirotic is on a roll so you should stay with him while he’s hot.

    Other good buys: Eric Moreland ($6,700 FD, $4,300 DK), Ivan Rabb ($5,700 FD, $5,200 DK).

    Centers

    Nikola Jokic ($11,500 FD, $10,600 DK) – My pick for the highest owned player tonight and for good reason. Jokic is in a must-win game and there has been no one hotter and more consistent that Jokic since the end of March.

    Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,600 FD, $10,100 DK) – On the other side of Jokic will be Towns trying to make his first playoff experience. Towns is coming off a 26 and 13 game against Denver last time the two teams met so he makes for a great play.

    Other good buys: Kyle O’Quinn ($7,200 FD, $6,900 DK), Deyonta Davis ($5,300 FD, $4,400 DK).

Fantasy News

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (torn oblique) said he is nowhere near returning, but is "ecstatic" with the progress he has made.

    Smart was spotted putting up some light shots during morning shootaround and said he will probably begin jogging in the next couple weeks. Jaylen Brown should continue to start in place of Smart.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Tyronn Lue - Team - Cleveland Cavaliers

    Lakers GM Rob Pelinka is expected to meet with Tyronn Lue in regards to the vacant head coaching position on Friday.

    Monty Williams and Lue figure to be the favorites for the head coaching position. Each coach brings a valuable relationship to the table: Williams coached and has a relationship with Anthony Davis, who has mentioned the Lakers being one of his preferred destinations and Lue coached LeBron James and the Cavs to a championship in 2016. Pelinka is expected to meet with Williams again following the Sixers’ playoff run.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Patrick McCaw - SG/SF - Toronto Raptors

    Patrick McCaw (right thumb sprain) is probable for Game 3 versus the Magic.

    McCaw provides extra depth on the wing for the Raptors, but he is not expected to come out of the gate playing a major role. If he does enter to rotation he would likely take minutes from Jodie Meeks and Jeremy Lin.

    Source: Eric Koreen on Twitter

  • Lou Williams - G - Los Angeles Clippers

    Lou Williams was held in check in Thursday's 105-132 Game 3 loss to the Warriors with 16 points on 4-of-11 shooting to go with two rebounds, six assists and a 3-pointer.

    It was clear from the beginning that the Warriors' defensive scheme would revolve around making life difficult for Williams and it worked. His scoring line doesn't look too bad thanks to garbage time, but Williams couldn't get anything going from the moment he checked into the game. They wanted to give Sweet Lou less control of the ball and force him to rely on his teammates and unfortunately, his teammates came up short. If Lou can get some outside help from anyone else besides Montrezl Harrell, the Clippers have an outside shot, but if not, this series will be over shortly.

  • Andrew Bogut - C - Golden State Warriors

    Andrew Bogut led the Warriors in rebounding in Game 3 with 14 boards to go with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting with five dimes, a steal and a block on Thursday.

    Bogut looked sharp from the jump and if he can continue to play like this, their title odds will barely take a hit. DeMarcus Cousins (quad) is most likely out for the remainder of the playoffs, but the Warriors starters are well in tune with Bogut and there's so much talent on this team that all he has to do is stay within his role and do the dirty work which is something he's used to.

  • Montrezl Harrell - F/C - Los Angeles Clippers

    Montrezl Harrell scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with four rebounds and two assists in Thursday's Game 3 against the Warriors.

    Harrell was able to score, but he couldn't keep up in the pick-and-roll with Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. It's a tall task for anyone and tonight it led to a bunch of layups for Andrew Bogut and Kevon Looney as Harrell isn't a bad defender, but he's nowhere near the level you need to be to guard the Warriors.

  • Danilo Gallinari - F - Los Angeles Clippers

    Danilo Gallinari struggled in Thursday's Game 3 with nine points on 2-of-13 shooting with six rebounds and three assists.

    Gallo couldn't get anything going against the Warriors and if the Clippers are going to have any chance in this series they're going to need a lot more from him. He went 0-for-8 from deep to compound his struggles within the arc as well. The team's offense is entirely predicated around Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell but that won't be enough to take four games off the Warriors.

  • JaMychal Green - F - Los Angeles Clippers

    JaMychal Green scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with five rebounds, an assist and three 3-pointers in Thursday's Game 3.

    Green played much better than Ivica Zubac (17 minutes, 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting with 15 rebounds, a steal and a block) tonight although the box score doesn't show that. Zubac became unplayable after the first seven minutes of the game and Rivers had much better results with Green in the game and Zubac's stats were all in garbage time when the game was out of hand.

  • Kevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors

    Kevin Durant responded to a poor outing in Game 2 by dropping 38 points on 14-of-23 shooting while adding four rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers in Thursday's Game 3 win over the Clippers.

    He had a bad Game 2. but Durant came out firing immediately in Game 3. There was no way that the Clippers were going to stop him and tonight he came out and looked like he actually cared and enjoyed his teammates which is bad news for the league. He had 27 points at halftime and as long as he and Stephen Curry are healthy, the Warriors should be the favorites to come out of the West.

  • Andre Iguodala - G/F - Golden State Warriors

    Andre Iguodala led the Warriors bench with 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting with two rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in Thursday's Game 3 win.

    Iguodala was nailing his triples tonight and had a bench-high plus-17 in tonight's game. If he can knock down his outside shot, it's just extra as his main role is being the glue guy and playing solid defense.