• 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

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a team-high 28 points in Serbia's 85-80 win over Greece on Sunday.

    Serbia will be a tough team to beat in the 2019 FIBA World Cup thanks to Bogdanovic, Nikola Jokic and Nemanja Bjelica among others. Bjelica put up 18 points and 14 rebounds as well. They were able to beat Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 20 points. This is one of the teams that could sneak up on Team USA and pull out a win.

    Source: Eurohoops

  • Justin Anderson
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    According to The Athletic, the Wizards and Justin Anderson are trying to work towards a training camp contract.

    Anderson averaged a career-low 9.6 minutes per game with the Hawks last season. The former first-round pick is looking to gain another opportunity on a thin Wizards team. He will likely not have much fantasy value if he manages to make the roster.

    Source: Fred Katz on Twitter

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Victor Oladipo is still rehabbing from his ruptured quad tendon in January, and is unsure if he will be an active participant at the Pacers' training camp when it opens in September.

    Our last update from Pacers POBO Kevin Pritchard had Oladipo aiming for December or January, and that timetable still seems doable. He is taking his leadership role seriously, connecting with the Pacers' new players this summer, and it seems likely that he will make his presence felt this year at some point. Oladipo had an outstanding campaign two years ago, but even before the injury he was a disappointment last season. Fantasy owners should proceed with caution, we may not see Oladipo's top form this year.

    Source: Indiana Pacers

  • Bol Bol
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Bol Bol stated that he has completely recovered from the left foot fracture that ended his college basketball career, and he is now working out twice a day for his upcoming rookie season with the Nuggets.

    The multi-talented center could put up big numbers if given the opportunity with the Nuggets, but the risk for another injury is real. With that in mind, Bol is not expected to receive a lot of minutes this season. If that somehow changes, it would be exciting to see his rare combination of blocks and 3-pointers in action.

    Source: Jim Slater of AFP

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    The Grizzlies are allowing the Lakers to speak with Dwight Howard.

    The news came out yesterday that the Lakers would seek permission and the fact that they were granted it suggests that Howard will not be on the Grizzlies for long. The aftermath of DeMarcus Cousins tearing his ACL left them in need of another center if they want to remain true to playing Anthony Davis exclusively at power forward. Joakim Noah is the other option on the Lakers' radar and has been a facilitator and role player in the past.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Moritz Wagner
    PF, Washington Wizards

    Moritz Wagner has been cut from Germany’s FIBA World Cup team.

    The move seems somewhat surprising given Wagner’s youth and notoriety, but Germany still has four NBA players on their roster despite cutting Wagner. The Wizards have plenty of depth in the frontcourt and Wagner is probably lower on the totem poll when it comes to receiving minutes.

    Source: Dario Skerletic of Sportando

  • 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 countries' 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