• Monday was arguably the biggest day of the NBA playoffs thus far. We were able to see the greatest role player – Russell Westbrook – finish with 62.9 FanDuel points. We also saw the Blazers and Hornets take care of business on their home floor as they tied up their playoff series.

    The biggest news, however, is that Chris Paul is most likely done for the playoffs with a broken hand. It’s a big hit for the Clippers, and the news got even worse when news came out that Blake Griffin is also dealing with a sore quad and is “50/50” to play in game five (UPDATE: Griffin is out for the playoffs).  The Clippers are limping right now, but with injuries comes opportunities for other players.

    Today is a new day, however, and with only two games on the schedule for Tuesday, you can definitely expect to see a lot of stacked rosters. Without further ado, here is your card for Tuesday, April 26th.

    Point Guards

    Isaiah Thomas ($8,800)

    Thomas has been on fire through the first four games of the postseason, averaging 40.3 FanDuel points per game. At an $8,800 price tag, he is a bit expensive. You’re hoping for at least 44 FanDuel points from Thomas and while that may be a high point total to reach there are only four teams to choose from tonight.  I think adding someone with a 40 point upside is nothing to shy away from.

    Kyle Lowry ($8,200)

    Lowry is definitely an expensive risk, as the nine-year veteran has yet to meet his valuation through this series, averaging just 30.9 FanDuel points per game. However, Toronto needs this win. Another year of going first round and out is something that this franchise can’t take, especially after being the number two seed heading into the postseason. Lowry has the advantage over his opponent George Hill and with DeMar DeRozan having his hands full with Paul George, Lowry is going to need to step up in a big way with the series tied at 2-2.

    Shooting Guards

    Evan Turner ($6,000)

    Turner has arguably been the biggest benefactor from the Avery Bradley injury. In the last two games, he has averaged 36.6 FanDuel points which surpasses his valuation. Turner fills out a stat sheet and contributes in almost every category which makes me very confident placing him in my lineup.

    Kyle Korver ($4,100)

    Korver is finally starting to find his jumper, after being in a season-long slump. He has scored in double-digits in three straight games and has been an active on the boards, averaging six rebounds per game this series. After a game one stinker, Korver has either exceeded or matched his price point over the last three games. With the Hawks home for game five, Korver should be in your lineups.

    Small Forwards

    Paul George ($9,300)

    PG-13 arguably has the biggest upside over any player tonight. George has averaged 40.6 FanDuel points through the first four games of this series. George needs 46.5 FanDuel points to meet his price point and while that may sound too high, I think with just four teams playing tonight what you’re paying for is his upside.

    Kent Bazemore ($5,700)

    Bazemore is $100 cheaper than Jae Crowder, but he has actually finished with more FanDuel points than Crowder. Bazemore is someone who can fill up the scoring column while also contributing in other categories. He is averaging 25 FanDuel points per game, but don’t be surprised if you see him having a mid-30 type of night.

    Power Forwards

    Paul Millsap ($8,900)

    Millsap put on a show in game four, finishing the night with a career-high 45 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks which resulted in 74.1 FanDuel points. While Millsap may not see that same type of scoring night, it’s not crazy to expect a 40 FanDuel point night with limited upside.

    Jonas Jerebko ($4,800)

    Jerebko has been a gem for people who picked him up at minimum salary last week. His price has now risen $1,300, but with Jared Sullinger struggling and Kelly Olynyk still not fully recovered from his shoulder injury, Jerebko is still looking at a heavy load of minutes. He has put up a double-double in his last two games and at $4,800 I’m on board with riding the hot streak.

    Center

    Bismack Biyombo ($4,000)

    By stacking my roster with Millsap, George, Lowry and Thomas, you knew a value play had to come at some point. Biyombo has quietly been consistent in his limited minutes. He is averaging 16.3 FanDuel points per game and at a $4,000 price point, getting 16-20 points is not that bad. Some may consider this a punt play – which in hindsight, it probably is – but if anything is to happen to Jonas Valanciunas or the game gets out of hand, Biyombo could see more playing time.

    If you’re using this roster, you should have $200 left to spend. I could also see an argument made to get a guy like Jeff Teague and save the money I’m spending on Lowry. It’s a very valid argument and that could work out in your favor. If you want to test your lineup building skills and beat some of the guys here at Hoop Ball, try your luck in our daily FanDuel leagues. It’s currently free entry, so be sure to check out Hoop Ball on Twitter for the link.

Fantasy News

  • Robert Covington
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Robert Covington (right knee bone bruise) will reportedly be "good to go" for the start of training camp in October.

    Well, this is good news that we didn't hope we would need. Covington played 35 games last year and couldn't get over the bone bruise injury that kept him out for a majority of the year. We expected him to be ready to go, and the fact that we're even discussing this is slightly less than ideal.

    Source: Dane Moore on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Team USA has named Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart and Donovan Mitchell as captains for the FIBA World Cup.

    Congratulations to Mitchell, Walker and Smart on the tremendous honor of being named captains for the USA men's team. This won't have any impact on their upcoming fantasy seasons, but it is a major accomplishment nonetheless. Team USA has an exhibition rematch against Team Australia on Saturday.

    Source: Boston.com Celtics News on Twitter

  • Isaiah Canaan
    PG, International

    Isaiah Canaan has signed a contract with the Shangdong Heroes of the Chinese Basketball Association.

    The veteran journeyman played for the Suns, Wolves and Bucks last season, appearing in 30 games total. Canaan will be looking at a more prominent role and payday overseas as he attempts to build his value back up before trying to latch on to a team towards the end of the year. Canaan is off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Zhang Duo on Twitter

  • Patty Mills
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Patty Mills put up 19 points, three assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Thursday's international exhibition between Team Australia and Team USA.

    The Boomers figure to be one of the chief threats to the Americans in the World Cup and put forth a competitive effort in today's exhibition. Mills has typically been a steady, late-round fantasy option for deep-league play but that may change this season as the Spurs will need to mix in both Derrick White and Dejounte Murray in the backcourt. Chris Goulding tied for the team lead in points, also scoring 19 while hitting four 3-pointers in 22 minutes off the bench.

  • Myles Turner
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Myles Turner put up 15 points and 14 rebounds in Thursday's exhibition win over Team Australia, shooting 6-of-8 from the floor with a 3-pointer.

    Turner didn't get any blocks but we know that last year's league-leader can rack those up in a hurry, whether he's getting them in international competition or not. Look for another early-middle round season out of the talented big man. Kemba Walker led Team USA with 23 points in the 102-86 win.

  • Trevon Bluiett
    PF, Utah Jazz

    Trevon Bluiett and Juwan Morgan sign with the Jazz in the hopes of one day playing in an NBA game.

    Bluiett was on a two-way contract with the Pelicans last season while Juwan Morgan played for the Jazz in the 2019 Summer League. They will both compete for a roster spot in training camp but neither is a guarantee to make the final roster. They both have yet to see the court in an NBA game and can be ignored from a fantasy perspective until that day comes.

    Source: Tony Jones on Twitter

  • Zach Collins
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Zach Collins (ankle) began daily contact workouts on Monday and is on pace to head into training camp fully healthy.

    Collins is heading into what could be a breakout season as he is likely to start at the power forward position. In the 2019 playoffs, the Gonzaga product blocked a shot in 11 of the 16 games including three games in which he blocked three, four and five respectively. Collins has averaged around 33% from distance throughout his career which is exactly what he shot in the postseason (7-21). If he is able to improve from long range and plays starters minutes, Collins is a can't-miss player. It's far from a guarantee though as the 21-year-old has never finished with standard-league value. It does seem like Collins will be ready for training camp barring a major setback.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Cory Joseph
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    Nick Nurse said that reports of Cory Joseph missing the FIBA World Cup are “incorrect”.

    Nurse added that he spoke to Joseph on Wednesday and that the guard has his flights booked to China. Joseph was in Canada’s camp at home earlier this month, but did not make the trip to Australia and has missed the past four exhibition games. The situation has become a little bit murky but Canada Basketball keeps holding out hope that Joseph will rejoin the team before they depart for China, which doesn’t happen until Monday.

    Source: John Casey on Twitter

  • Tyronn Lue
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting former Cavs championship-winning coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to join the Clippers as their top assistant coach to Doc Rivers.

    The Lakers and Clippers rivalry continues to heat up. Lue was very close to a deal with the Lakers in May to become their head coach, but the sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Lue now joins Kawhi Leonard as another person to spurn the Lakers this offseason.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • PJ Tucker
    SF, Houston Rockets

    P.J. Tucker says he is optimistic about signing a contract extension soon.

    The 34-year-old 3-and-D wing hopes to extend his deal with the Rockets, but a potential extension wouldn't begin until his age-36 season. Houston has him under contract for two more seasons at this point, so they may not be motivated enough to get something done this offseason. However, a maximum Tucker extension would only have him in the $10 million per year range. Even as a 37-year-old, that could be a great deal if he can keep up his current production. Tucker remains a sneaky source of threes and steals late in fantasy drafts or off the wire.

    Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter