• Thursday leads us back to another two-day card with the Spurs looking to force a Game 7 tonight and the Raptors look to knock out the hobbled Heat on Friday. There’s talent to be had, it just comes down to cost and how much you’re willing to spend on one position.

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    Point Guard

    Russell Westbrook ($11,100)

    Westbrook is the Marshawn Lynch of the NBA, always in ‘beast mode.’ Westbrook has been attacking the smaller guards in San Antonio (Tony Parker and Patty Mills) and the Spurs just haven’t had an answer for him. Westbrook never takes his foot off of the gas pedal and in a game that OKC has the potential to knock out the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, you can expect Westbrook to stay in beast mode.

    Cory Joseph ($3,600)

    Joseph has been seeing his minutes begin to ramp up over his last three games, averaging 28.3 minutes per game. As the Raptors’ backcourt continues to try and break out of their slump, Dwane Casey has turned to his backup point guard to become the team’s spark plug. He’s not gonna get you 30 FanDuel points, but for a player who’s only $100 over minimum salary, expecting 20-25 FDPs seems to be reasonable and doable for Joseph.

    Shooting Guard

    DeMar DeRozan ($7,400)

    DeRozan is one of the best in the league at getting to the basket and finishing around the rim. With the Heat missing their inside presence with Whiteside sidelined due to an MCL sprain, DeRozan has nothing to worry about when making his way to the painted area. He’s coming off of a big 44.8 FDP night and the Raptors are going to give him every opportunity to repeat that performance as they’ll need a big night out of him to advance.

    Danny Green ($4,400)

    Green is hit-or-miss, but he’s one of the Spurs’ best wing defenders. He is also someone who can contribute in every category on a stat sheet. As San Antonio looks to avoid elimination, they will be relying on Green to hit the open 3-point shot and step up in a big way defensively.

    Small Forward

    Kevin Durant ($10,100)

    The Durantula has been marvelous against the Spurs. Many thought he would have issues scoring the basketball with Kawhi Leonard defending him, but Durant has been showing why he’s a top-five player in the NBA. The Thunder get to play on their home floor and feed off of the energy their home crowd, so you can expect to see Durant be his normal terrific self.

    Justice Winslow ($3,500)

    Winslow at minimum salary is a very intriguing play. He was used in multiple different ways through the regular season, and most notably in Game 5 he was in the game at times to initiate the offense. With that in mind, we’re hoping that Winslow can bring his defensive prowess gathering steals and blocks, and mixing that with a few points and assists.

    Power Forward

    LaMarcus Aldridge ($8,700)

    Aldridge has leveled out a bit since going H.A.M. in the first two games of the series. As the Spurs look to force a Game 7, both Kawhi Leonard and Aldridge are going to be heavily relied upon on the offensive end of the floor. Aldridge is averaging 41.7 FDPs in the series.

    Serge Ibaka ($5,200)

    Ibaka has been a ghost in the five games against the Spurs. In his last two games, Ibaka finished with 10.2 and 10.3 FDPs. You see that and you may ask, “why are you putting him in your lineup then?” It’s a fair question, but you have to believe that the cold streak is going to end at some point and why not on his home floor with his team having the potential of advancing to the Western Conference Finals.

    Center

    Bismack Biyombo ($5,500)

    Bismack has been giving the Heat the Bis-ness, since filling in for Jonas Valanciunas who has been ruled out for the remainder of the series due to an ankle injury. Biyombo looks like a man who is going up against his older dad. The Heat just have no one on the roster that can keep up with his motor, length, strength and athleticism. At $5,500, Biyombo is almost a steal and you should feel extremely confident placing him in your lineup.

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