April 23, 2017, 10:27 am
Today’s main slate on FanDuel features three Game 4 matchups that are sure to be incredibly competitive. I will be focusing on my tournament lineup with FanDuel prices since I think I have constructed a solid one. With that being said, let’s jump into the picks.
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Russell Westbrook: $14,600
Playing Russ over Chris Paul is no disrespect to CP3, it’s simply for ownership purposes. Paul is going to be an elite play in cash games but I like Westbrook a lot in GPPs even at his elevated price. After taking the last game, Russ and the Thunder are hyped up for a chance to even the series at home. Expect him to do all he can to ensure that happens.
George Hill: $5,900
I’m going to avoid the point guard situation with the Bulls purely because it’s a volatile dynamic. So instead, rolling with Hill is a fantastic mid-priced alternative today. With Chris Paul tasked with more responsibilities on offense sans Blake Griffin, Hill should be able to hit value as the Jazz look to even the series at home just like the Thunder.
Lou Williams: $4,900
A bit of a risky play, but this is a tournament lineup after all. Williams has seen an increase in usage the past few games and is the go-to-guy while James Harden is off the floor. I fully expect him to see minutes in the upper 20s or low 30s in what is sure to be a battle the entire game.
Gerald Green: $1,500
The great thing about playoff DFS is the decreased floor price-wise. So when you’re presented with a situation like Green’s, it’s incredibly hard to ignore in tournament play regardless of predictable high ownership. Owning Green is what will allow us to deploy Westbrook with relative ease since Green only needs to hit a few shots to meet value.
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Jimmy Butler: $9,900
Butler put up a dud last game but that may end up helping us in terms of ownership. Without rondo on the court handling the ball, Butler’s usage skyrockets even higher. I expect Butler to fully bounce back with a big line as the Bulls look to steal this series away from the Celtics.
Andre Roberson: $5,800
Roberson has been playing big minutes in this series mostly to try to contain James Harden. Those minutes have correlated to some well-rounded stat lines which have consequently led to an inflation in price. Still, if Roberson continues his consistent play he should have no problem exceeding value.
Ryan Anderson: $5,100
Anderson is a player who always seems to play better on the road and is always much more suited to tournament usage rather than cash games. Therefore, he seems like an excellent play here at an affordable price assuming he can keep this road warrior trend going today in Oklahoma City.
Taj Gibson: $4,000
Gibson saw an expanded role last game, playing 29 minutes and scoring 20 points. He struggled with turnovers but assuming he pulls it together in that regard he looks like an elite GPP value play. Look for Westbrook to continue getting him the ball for easy points.
*Note: Consider Marreese Speights
Al Horford: $7,700
While I do think DeAndre Jordan is a better play, he will be much higher owned and this lineup will not allow us to reach for him ($8,600). Still, Horford is beginning to realize that he’s good at basketball and should definitely be more involved on offense. Expect him to have a hand in many baskets as the Celtics look to even the series after a nightmare start.
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