• By Steven Williams (Twitter: @ZeroStarkThirty)

    Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat  

    (Note: DraftKings pricing)

    Bucks  

    Khris Middleton ($8,600 DK)  

    Giannis Antetokounmpo is currently listed as questionable for Game 5. Even if Giannis plays, I have a hard time believing that he will be himself. Reports indicate he cannot jump off his foot.  Middleton was awesome in game 4 without Giannis. I am surprised to see Middleton’s price only increased by $500 on DK. With or without a healthy Giannis I can see the Bucks featuring Middleton more. Coach Bud pushed Middleton up to 48 minutes in the Bucks overtime win in game 4. Middleton should be funneled minutes and usage; he is one of my favorite plays on the slate at $8,600

    Donte DiVincenzo ($3,500 DK)  

    DiVincenzo’s minutes have been creeping up over the past 2 games. He played 27 minutes in the Buck’s game 4 victory on Sunday. DiVincenzo is a guy that averaged roughly 1 FPPM during the regular season. If he gets the minutes, I expect him to easily crush at $3,500.

    Heat

    The Heat have a few guys that showed up on the injury report for Game 5, Kelly O’lynk, Jae Crowder, and Tyler Herro are all listed as questionable. We might find that some late value opens up for Miami.

    Bam Adebayo ($8,700 DK)

    Bam has been awesome this series against the Bucks, he has been averaging 45 DK per game. His minutes pushed all the way up to 44 last game. He can get it done in a lot of ways and has a relatively safe cash floor. He has been a more consistent fantasy producer this series than his teammate Jimmy Butler ($8,500).

    Duncan Robinson ($4,700 DK)

    Robinson has proven that he can somewhat hold up defensively in playoffs. Spoelstra had enough confidence in Robinson to play him 39 minutes in game 4. He really opens up the offense for the Heat with his deadly 3-point shooting. Robinson comes with a level of risk because his value is almost entirely reliant on his ability to hit shots.

    Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets

    Lakers  

    LeBron James ($11,200 DK)  

    LeBron is the engine of this Lakers offense, he sets the tone for everything they do. James does not want to go down 2-1 to this Rockets team and I expect him to come out ready to play. It looked like he figured out this Rockets defense in game 2. Anthony Davis is a good play at $10,600, but I like LeBron’s upside more. If I can’t fit LeBron due to price, I may pivot to Davis for some line ups.

    Rajon Rondo ($3,900 DK)  

    Rondo was a +28 in game 2 against the Rockets in 29 minutes. I do not know which one of those of those things is more surprising. Rondo has been crushing value since returning to the team. He is a steal at $3,900.

    Markieff Morris ($3,500 DK)

    Morris saw his minutes increase significantly last game. While I do not expect him to shoot 4-5 from 3 again, I do think he is a good match up for this small Rockets team. With Javale Mcgee questionable I think Morris should see another decent run.

    Rockets    

    James Harden ($11,000 DK) 

    Harden has been playing well against the Lakers, he has been efficient, and the Lakers are having trouble containing him. The Rockets need Harden to be aggressive to have a chance in this series. He was a +8 in Game 2 and they lost by 8. His back-court mate Russell Westbrook has been horrible since returning from injury, The Rockets would be wise to shift some more usage Harden’s way.

    Robert Covington ($6,500 DK) 

    Covington is always capable of having a big game. We know he’s going to play 40 minutes or close to it. The Rockets really struggled in the Jeff Green minutes (-26). Look for Covington and P.J Tucker to get all of the minutes they can handle.

    By Steven Williams (Twitter: @ZeroStarkThirty)

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