• 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.

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    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.


Fantasy News

  • Jonah Bolden
    PF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Jonah Bolden has opted to withdraw from Team Australia in the FIBA World Cup.

    Bolden becomes the fifth NBA player to skip out on playing for Australia in the World Cup, a trend that seems to be prevalent for several country's national teams. Bodlen could be looking at an increased role as a backup center for Philly's thin bench this upcoming season. He is not expected to be a relevant fantasy option though.

    Source: Fox Sports Australia

  • Jeremy Lin
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Jeremy Lin is in advanced discussions with the Bejing Ducks according to a report from Chinese journalist Sonx Xiang.

    Lin previosuly turned down a deal to play for CSKA Moscow, and has also discussed his openness to playing in China. The nine year guard still hopes to resmue his NBA career at some point, but a move to China may be the best career option for him at this juncture.

    Source: Sportando

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    The Lakers will soon ask Memphis permission to speak with Dwight Howard according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Shams goes on to mention that there is mutual interest here and that Joakim Noah could be another veteran of interest for LA. The realistic options for free agents at the five really don't go much further than these two for the Lakers. Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    In the wake of the DeMarcus Cousins injury, one name the Lakers are considering is Dwight Howard, according to Rohan Nadkarni of Sports Illustrated.

    Howard is still a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, but it is widely assumed that he will be waived before the season starts. A reunion in LA would certainly be pretty surprising for the Lakers after Howard famously did not resign with them after a miserable season playing with Kobe Bryant. Still, the Lakers need depth at the five and there really aren't any options on the market who compare to Howard's level of productivty, even at this stage of his career. Other center options the Lakers could pursue include Joakim Noah, Kenneth Faried and Zaza Pachulia.

    Source: Rohan Nadkarni on Twitter

  • Malachi Richardson
    SG, International

    Malachi Richardson has signed with Hapoel Holon in Israel.

    Richardson played 22 games for the Raptors last season and averaged 1.4 points. At 23 years old, he still has time to develop and possibly return to the NBA in the future.

    Source: Sportando

  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert scored 14 points along with nine rebounds, two assists and a block in France's 86-72 win vs. Brazil in the World Cup exhibition games.

    Gobert led the team in scoring across 22 minutes of playing time. With the new additions of Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic on the Jazz, Gobert may take a slight hit in scoring however you can still expect excellent field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks. Evan Fournier chipped in 13 points with five rebounds, three assists and a steal for France. Brazil's Bruno Cabloclo scored nine points, seven rebounds and a steal.

    Source: FIBA

  • Dennis Schroder
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dennis Schroder scored 19 points to lead Germany to a 83-62 win vs. Hungary as the teams prepare for the Wold Cup.

    Schroder filled the box score tonight by adding three rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and four treys. He will come off the bench again next season behind Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Anyone who drafts the often-injured Chris Paul may want to handcuff him with Schroder. Fellow countryman Daniel Theis scored 11 points with six rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Source: FIBA

  • Tyler Dorsey
    SG, International

    Tyler Dorsey has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. of Israel.

    Dorsey played 21 games for the Grizzlies last year after being acquired midseason from the Hawks via trade. He played well over that span with 9.8 points in 21.3 minutes but will take his talents overseas where, "He'll have a chance to showcase what great things he can do," according to his new head coach. Maccabi has signed several former NBA players this offseason as Dorsey will be joining Omri Casspi, Nate Wolters, Quincy Acy and Tarik Black.

    Source: Macabi Tel Aviv on Twitter

  • Rayjon Tucker
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Rayjon Tucker will be signing with the Bucks on a partially guaranteed deal.

    Tucker is a little older than most rookies and will be 22 before the start of the season but he played well enough at Little Rock last year to deserve a look, scoring 20.3 points per game and knocking down 2.4 triples per game at a 41.1 percent clip. He rounds out the Bucks 20-man training camp roster but since they already have 15 guaranteed contracts and both two-way spots occupied, he is very unlikely to make the team and could very well end up in the G-League.

    Source: Darren Wolfson on Twitter

  • De'Aaron Fox
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    Per Chris Hayes of Yahoo, De'Aaron Fox will be withdrawing from the FIBA World Cup in order to focus on the upcoming season.

    Fox follows the trend set by many other players that have withdrawn for the same reason. Maybe this is related to him only playing six minutes in the exhibition against Spain on Friday but either way, he should be in line to improve last year's huge leap in production and could even be in the All-Star conversation. Derrick White is much more likely to make the final roster now with Fox out.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter