• Point Guards

    Dejounte Murray ($6,600 FD, $6,000 DK)- Murray gets the Lakers tonight in an up-tempo matchup which should allow him to excel. The Spurs are on a back-to-back which may prompt coach Popovich to play Murray a little bit more than some of his veteran teammates.

    Goran Dragic ($6,600 FD, $7,100 DK)- Dragic went for a double-double against the Hawks last night and gets them again tonight. He makes for an excellent play at his price-point.

    J.J. Barea ($5,200 FD, $5,300 DK)- Barea will be the Mavs top option tonight as Harrison Barnes and Dennis Smith have been ruled out. If Barea gets a full allotment of minutes he can easily be the top PG play of the night.

    Other good buys: Kyle Lowry ($8,100 FD, $7,900 DK), Isaiah Taylor ($6,100 FD, $5,200 DK), Reggie Jackson ($5,800 FD, $5,700 DK).

    Shooting Guards

    DeMar DeRozan ($7,900 FD, $7,800 DK) – DeRozan and the struggling Raptors get the banged-up Celtics tonight. While the Celtics are a tough matchup DeRozan still has huge upside in a game that should stay close.

    Jaylen Brown ($5,500 FD/DK) – Brown stepped up for the Celtics last night and dropped 24 points in a loss to the Bucks. With the Celtics possibly missing all of their top point guard options again tonight look for Brown to shoulder another heavy workload.

    Damion Lee ($4,900 FD, $4,800 DK) – Lee has gone over 30 fantasy points in three of his past four games and gets the Heat again tonight, the same opponent he had over 40 fantasy points against last night.

    Other good buys: Jrue Holiday ($8,800 FD, $8,100 DK), Josh Hart ($4,500 FD, $5,600 DK), Ben McLemore ($3,800 FD, $3,300 DK).

    Small Forward

    Taurean Prince ($6,600 FD, $6,800 DK) – The small forward position on tonight’s slate is a barren wasteland. Prince is the top option on FanDuel and he makes for a high upside play, especially at his price. He probably won’t be benched again.

    Jayson Tatum ($6,600 FD, $6,100 DK) –  Much like Brown, if the Celtics are without Rozier again, Tatum will have to take on more responsibility on the offensive end which can lead to a big game for him.

    Mario Hezonja ($5,600 FD, $5,300 DK) – With all the injuries the Magic are dealing with Hezonja has stepped up and he should be able to hit value tonight in the tanking matchup of the year between the Magic and Mavericks.

    Other good buys: Ben Simmons ($10,200 DK), Josh Richardson ($6,200 FD, $6,100 DK), Dillon Brooks ($4,500 FD, $4,600 DK).

    Power Forward

    Ben Simmons ($9,700 FD) – The power forward position is stacked from top to bottom. Simmons is the top option on FanDuel, to me, even over Anthony Davis as he’s put the team on his back without Embiid and is significantly cheaper.

    LaMarcus Aldridge ($9,100 FD, $9,300 DK) – Speaking of players putting their teams on their back, that’s exactly what Aldridge has done with the Spurs, who were out of the playoff picture before Aldridge decided to take over. Look for Aldridge to keep it going against the Lakers tonight.

    Maxi Kleber ($3,700 FD, $3,800 DK) – While power forward is the position you may want to spend up on, it’s also a position where you can get tremendous value from as well. Guys like Anthony Tolliver, Jarell Martin and Ersan Ilyasova are in great positions to exceed value. To me the best cheap play is Kleber. If Salah Mejri (questionable) doesn’t play tonight, Kleber will be the lone viable big man available and could be in for a huge workload.

    Other good buys: Anthony Davis ($12,300 FD, $11,800 DK), Julius Randle ($8,100 FD, $7,500 DK), Kyle Kuzma ($6,500 FD, $7,200 DK).

    Centers

    Nikola Vucevic would’ve been my top play for the night but he’s getting rested. Bismack Biyombo and Khem Birch will pick up the slack if you’re looking for cheap options here.

    Hassan Whiteside ($7,300 FD, $6,600 DK) – Speaking of defenses generous to centers, Whiteside may have a better matchup than Vucevic. While his minutes have become a problem these days, Whiteside won’t need that much playing time to rack up fantasy points as he went for over 40 last night against the Hawks in 27 minutes.

    Other good buys: Al Horford ($7,100 FD, $6,500 DK), Jonas Valanciunas ($6,500 FD, $6,200 DK).

Fantasy News

  • Khris Middleton - F - Milwaukee Bucks

    Khris Middleton really struggled in Thursday's Game 5, scoring six points (2-of-9 shooting) and pulling down 10 boards as the Bucks fell 105-99 at home.

    Middleton's disappearing act offensively was the difference for the Bucks who really need their second best offensive option to demand the ball and produce more. The airball late in the game was a microcosm of the outing for Middleton. He'll need to take more than nine shots (less than any other Bucks starter) for the team to have a good shot at a Game 6 win in Toronto.

  • Brook Lopez - C - Milwaukee Bucks

    Brook Lopez scored 16 points and pulled down eight boards on Thursday night in a Game 6 loss.

    Lopez was fine in general and wasn't really a liability, but he also didn't provide as much as needed on the defensive side or from long range. For what it's worth, he has generally outplayed his counterpart Marc Gasol in this series and tonight was no different.

  • Malcolm Brogdon - G - Milwaukee Bucks

    Malcolm Brogdon reentered the starting lineup on Thursday night and put in a solid performance, scoring 18 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

    It was a better sight to see than the disastrous four points in Game 4, but it wasn't enough as his absence from the bench really sucked the offense out of the bench group as the second unit scored a whopping 15 points. A repeat performance from Brogdon and more from Khris Middleton is a potentially winning formula for Game 6.

  • Eric Bledsoe - G - Milwaukee Bucks

    Eric Bledsoe showed signs of life on Thursday night, scoring 20 points, but it wasn't enough for the Bucks to overcome the Raptors in Game 5 at home.

    Bledsoe was worlds better than he was on Tuesday, but the Bucks didn't have an answer to Kawhi Leonard and lost hold of the game late in the fourth quarter. A dialed in Bledsoe would really help the cause in Game 6.

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo - F - Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points with six rebounds and six assists on Thursday as the Bucks fell to the Raptors in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Antetokounmpo continued to struggle from the free throw line, hitting just four of nine free throw attempts. It seemed like he really got beat up trying to take the ball to the basket late in the game. Even more puzzling, GA wasn't in the game for some key moments late in the game. He'll need to lead from the front for the Bucks to bring this back to Milwaukee.

  • Pascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors

    Pascal Siakam played 36 minutes, scoring 14 points (on 15 field goal attempts) with 13 rebounds and four defensive counters on Thursday night.

    Siakam wasn't efficient on the offensive side including a sequence of three missed 3-pointers on the same possession during the Raptors' sluggish start. He was pivotal to the fourth quarter defensive effort especially when protecting the rim against Giannis late in the game.

  • Fred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet was on fire again in Thursday's Game 5, scoring 21 points with all his points coming from seven 3-pointers.

    The distance shooting was huge for the Raptors as VanVleet outscored the Bucks' bench by six by himself. VanVleet could definitely be the key to the Raps' efforts to close this series out on Saturday. We'll see if he can keep finding his shooting stroke.

  • Kyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors

    Kyle Lowry played 39 minutes on Thursday, scoring 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists.

    Lowry has been dealing with a thumb injury which may be part of the reason he's struggled with his shot at times in the postseason. Still, most guys are banged up at this point in the season and he's just going to continue to tough it out with the NBA Finals on the horizon.

  • Kawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors

    Kawhi Leonard was something else on Thursday night, leading the Raptors with 35 points, seven boards and nine assists despite not being 100 percent in Game 5.

    It was Leonard's show in this one and he really took control of this game down the stretch. The Raptors have a chance to close this out on Saturday and earn a trip to the NBA Finals with Leonard leading from the front.

  • Mike Budenholzer - Team - Milwaukee Bucks

    Coach Budenholzer told the media that he is thinking about making a change to the starting lineup for Game 5 on Thursday.

    The Bucks were able to win the first two games of the series and were talked about as if they had already made the NBA finals. Unfortunately for the team, they traveled to the Raptors and experienced what it was like to be on the road against a very hungry team. The saying goes that the series doesn't start until a road team wins a game. Will coach Bud make some changes to his starting lineup Thursday in order to continue the home team dominance we've seen thus far. Stay tuned for starting lineup announcements closer to tip-off.

    Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter