• It’s a big day in the NBA with three teams fighting for their playoff lives on this three-game night. The Hornets stung the Heat in Miami and now has the potential to make it to the second round of the playoffs, something that hasn’t happened since 2002. The Pacers find themselves on the ropes, after a strong comeback by the Raptors in Game 5. And the Blazers look to knock out the hobbled Clippers.

    Vegas Point Totals

    Heat vs. Hornets: 191 1/2

    Raptors vs. Pacers: 195 1/2

    Clippers vs. Blazers: 198 1/2

    Surprisingly, these games are relatively low scoring. I know we are here to talk DFS, but if I were to make a bet on the over / under odds, I think I would have to take the over on the game in Portland. Back to the topic at hand, as you can see the point spread shows that it’s going to be pretty much an open market when it comes to making your lineups. As we discussed on Thursday’s episode of the ‘Fantasy NBA Today Podcast,’ it’s extremely important to look at the matchups of each player at each position.

    Let’s start the weekend off right by trying to put some money in your FanDuel account. Here is the Hoop Ball card for Friday, April 29th.

    Editor’s Note: Do you think you can build a better lineup? Test your skills in Hoop Ball’s free entry league here: https://www.fanduel.com/games/15441/contests/15441-24248770/enter

    Point Guards

    Damian Lillard ($8,200)

    Lillard is the most expensive point guard (not including the injured Chris Paul, who is out with a broken hand) that you can put in your lineups. He produced a 34.7 FanDuel points in Game 5 and with the game being back on his home floor, I’m expecting a big night from Lillard.

    George Hill ($4,700)

    After struggling through the first three games, Hill has finally shown signs of life averaging 28.6 FanDuel points over the last two outings. Head coach Frank Vogel has been incorporating Hill a bit more into the offense, especially with Monta Ellis struggling through this series. He’s a slight risk, but at $4,700 I’m willing to ride the hot streak.

    Shooting Guards

    Dwayne Wade ($7,600)

    Wade has averaged 34.4 FanDuel points through the postseason. After a questionable non-call during the closing minutes of Game 5 (which arguably cost the Heat the game), Wade is going to have to find gas in his old tank to help his team avoid a first round exit.

    C.J. McCollum ($7,200)

    The league’s Most Improved Player has been fantastic during the Blazers’ three-game winning streak. Over his last three games, McCollum has scored a total of 38, 27.6 and 40.8 FanDuel points. Now, with the Blazers back on their home floor to try and wrap up this series, McCollum should be able to continue his strong play as the team’s No. 2 option on offense.

    Small Forwards

    Paul George ($9,400)

    I mean was this really a surprise? George has played phenomenal through the first round of the playoffs, averaging 45.3 FanDuel points per game. After a gut-punching loss in Game 5, PG-13 is going to need to stay hot if the Pacers are to have any chance of winning.

    Maurice Harkless ($5,200)

    Harkless has been a sneaky good play throughout Round 1 of the playoffs. I have played him in the Blazers’ last two outings and he has been a combined 13.5 percent owned. In this series, Harkless is arguably playing the best basketball he has played in his young career. He is only averaging 22.4 FanDuel points throughout this series, but as we saw in Game 5 he has the potential to go for 30 FanDuel points.

    Power Forwards

    Luol Deng ($6,600)

    Deng has been the most consistent Heat player through the postseason thus far. He has not jumped off the page statistically since Game 1, but Deng is still averaging 29.8 FanDuel points per game and that’s a fair total to expect from the most expensive power forward of the day.

    Jeff Green ($4,900)

    With the Clippers getting hit by the injury bug and Blake Griffin ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs, Green had to step in as the team’s starting four-man. In the last two games, Green has seen over 30 minutes of action but it has only translated into one good game. The nickname ‘trick-or-treat’ makes him a bit of a risky play, but he is going to continue to see a high minute total with Griffin out and all we can hope for is that he gives us a treat for our lineups.


    Mason Plumlee ($6,200)

    At $6,200 you can feel more than happy having Plumlee in your lineups. The first-year Blazer has been having his way against DeAndre Jordan in this series, averaging six points, 7.7 assists and a massive 16.7 rebounds through the team’s three-game winning streak. If you have the cap space to go after a DeAndre Jordan or Hassan Whiteside I would understand the play, but Plumlee at a $2,000 discount gives you more money to spend in other areas. In this series, Plumlee is averaging 34.4 FanDuel points per game.


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