• There are three games on the schedule for Monday night and each of these matchups have brought interest and excitement through the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Hornets and the Blazers look to tie up their series at (2-2) while the Thunder look to knock out the Mavericks. We could be in line to see a high scoring day on the DFS landscape.

    Here is my lineup for Monday, April 25th.

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    Point Guard

    Russell Westbrook ($10,600)

    The Thunder is just one win away from moving on to the second round of the playoffs and that win could come tonight in Dallas. Westbrook has been phenomenal through the postseason, averaging 48.07  FanDuel points per game. With the smell of blood in the air, look for Westbrook to go for the kill in Monday’s matchup.

    Raymond Felton ($6,000)

    Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has come out and said that point guard Deron Williams has been shut down for the season meaning Felton should be in line for another big night. Since taking over the starting job in game two, he has averaged 35.46 FanDuel points per game. J.J. Barea is also dealing with a hamstring injury which could make him limited, so Felton could be in line for a huge night.

    Shooting Guard

    Dwayne Wade ($7,600)

    Wade at his price is a solid pick up and should be looking to help his team bounce back from their loss on Saturday. The former champion has been great in this series, averaging 34.9 FanDuel points per game. By picking Wade, I think you can almost guarantee 30 FanDuel points with upside to get 38 to 40.

    Jeremy Lin ($4,700)

    Linsanity played big in the Hornets win over the Heat on Saturday finishing the game with 18 points, four rebounds and four assists. Lin could see an uptick in his minutes and usage with Nicolas Batum officially ruled out for Monday’s contest making him a steal at his $4,700 price tag.

    Small Forward

    Al-Farouq Aminu ($5,500)

    Aminu has been a sub-par player to own through the postseason, averaging 25.9 FanDuel points through the first three games of the series. While his upside is limited Aminu has, however, been consistent. If you’re looking to build a lineup without Kevin Durant, then Aminu is a nice add to help strengthen your lineup.

    Joe Johnson ($4,600)

    Johnson has obviously been disappointing thus far this series. He has averaged 15.3 FanDuel points through the first three games and knowing that I can see many having a concern with this selection. However, Johnson has been seeing over 30 minutes in the past two games and knowing that he is a player that can get hot at any time, you would have to think he is due for a good game.

    Power Forward

    Dirk Nowitzki ($7,000)

    Nowitzki has played like young Dirk in the last two games, scoring 36.7 FanDuel points in game three and 39.6 in game four. Now with his team down 3-1 in the series, this could be the final game for Nowitzki this season. With David Lee officially ruled out for the series and Salah Mejri considered a game-time decision, Nowitzki could be in line for huge minutes and a big statistical night.

    Serge Ibaka ($5,900)

    Ibaka has fared quite well against the Mavericks in this series, averaging 29.9 FanDuel points per game. With the Thunder looking to be the second team to move into the second round, you can expect the Big 3 for OKC to have a big night.

    Center

    Enes Kanter ($5,000)

    Kanter has played phenomenal thus far through the postseason, averaging 29.5 FanDuel points per game in just 22.7 minutes per game. He has been feasting on the old man legs of Nowitzki, Pachulia and Lee. Kanter at his $5,000 price point is almost too good to pass up and gives you the flexibility to fill out your lineup.

    With this lineup, you will have $3,100 to work with and possibly move up from players that you feel will have a better fantasy night. I can see an argument to be made to go after a guy like C.J. McCollum, who just had a big game on Saturday. Even moving Kanter up to get a someone like Mason Plumlee or DeAndre Jordan could be an option that pans out for you.

    Remember to check Hoop Ball for any updates on players’ statuses before tip-off.

Fantasy News

  • Lou Williams
    SG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Lou Williams cooled off in Monday's win over the Grizzlies, quietly chipping in eight points on 3-of-7 shooting with four rebounds, two 3s and six assists in 22 minutes.

    Williams' subpar numbers are no cause for concern as the blowout nature of the game played a role in it. Expect him to bounce back with another big game soon.

  • Montrezl Harrell
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Montrezl Harrell was fantastic off the bench for the Clippers in their 124-97 win over the Grizzlies on Monday, posting 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 shooting from the line.

    Trez also chipped in three rebounds and two blocks. His improved free throw shooting (.750) over the last week has allowed him to crack top-30 value. As long as it holds, Harrell should be able to coast to a strong finish to 2019-20.

  • Patrick Beverley
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Beverley (sore right groin) resumed his starting role in his return to action on Monday with six points (2-of-3 from deep), three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Beverley saw 19 minutes in his return, less than any other guard on the Clippers roster tonight. Beverley's a lockdown defender and that's his path to minutes and usage going forward. He should post better lines as he gets his legs back.

  • Paul George
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Paul George (left hamstring strain) returned to action on Monday but was limited to seven point on 3-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, four assists, one trey and one block in 21 minutes.

    The Clippers won this game with ease, so there was no need to put a heavy burden on him. The 3-of-11 shooting was a downer, but PG13 should be able to ramp up his production as he works his way back to being 100 percent.

  • Josh Jackson
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Josh Jackson started the second half of Monday's game for an injured Brandon Clarke and put up a mixed bag, going 4-for-12 from the field for 14 points, two 3s, five rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 26 minutes.

    Jackson, who is coming off a season-high 20 points on Friday, could be in line for a starting role if Clarke misses time. He's struggled with shooting efficiency during his time with the Suns, so there's a bit of a caveat to our reco to grab him in 14-teamers or deeper.

  • Gorgui Dieng
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Gorgui Dieng was great on Monday, chipping in 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with 10 rebounds, two 3s, one steal and four blocks in a loss to the Clippers.

    Dieng got some extra burn with Jaren Jackson J.r sidelined for two weeks. But with Brandon Clarke also going down in this one, there was little choice but for Dieng to be unleashed for 28 minutes. He's worth grabbing in every league and every format.

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jonas Valanciunas was terrible in Monday's loss to the Clippers, uncharacteristically going 2-for-10 from the field to end the night with five points, seven rebounds and two assists.

    This was Valanciunas' worst outings season-to-date. There was an expectation he'd step up in the absence of Jaren Jackson Jr., but he wound up delivering the opposite of an encouraging outcome. As a top-50 play for most of the season, Valanciunas has earned a bit of leash and patience, for sure.

  • Bojan Bogdanovic
    SF, Utah Jazz

    Bojan Bogdanovic did not hit a trey in his 4-of-10 makes from the field on Monday, but cooked at the line with a perfect 8-for-8 clip for 16 points, two assists, three rebounds and two steals.

    The last time Bogie failed to hit a three was way back on February 3rd. His solid free-throw shooting and two steals helped soften the blow. No need to worry as those triples will come splashing down once again in no time.

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    James Harden led the Rockets to a 123-112 win over the Knicks on Monday with a game-high 37 points on 14-of-25 shooting with six rebounds, nine assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Harden did only make 5-of-9 free throws, which is completely out of character. And while his six turnovers also hurt, none of this is stopping Harden from being the top fantasy player for the season. Not even a month-long slump. It may not be pretty, but The Beard knows how to dominate.

  • Mike Conley
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Mike Conley had a forgettable outing on Monday, recording ust eight points (4-of-6 shooting) and one assist in 22 minutes.

    Yuck. Just when you thought Conley was back and ready to roll after a 13-point game on Saturday, he disappoints big time with this dud. The opportunities for production are still there, so he's worth trusting over your average, garden-variety FA pickup.