• 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

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The Board of Governors has approved the NBA's 22-team format to restart the 2019-20 season.

    The vote was 29-1. It was widely expected that the format would get the go-ahead, even though more than one team didn't fully support the proposed plan, and the NBA has at least settled on what the season will look like once it's able to resume. They have also set the draft lottery for August 25 and the draft for October 15. The biggest hurdles remain anything that has to do with COVID-19, and to this point the league has yet to say anything about those challenges, but there is plenty of forward momentum these days.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Enes Kanter
    C, Boston Celtics

    Sean Deveney reported that "multiple agents say not all players are on board with an NBA return".

    One agent said, "Most of the guys are excited, fired up, they want to get back out there. Those are 95 percent of the conversations I have had". There are players that feel the money is not worth putting themselves and their families at risk. Enes Kanter weighed in on the topic, saying "there are some other team's players out there, that they don't want to play. They're like, 'It's just a game. I'm not going to risk my life". It is likely that the high-profile players will still play, but it looks like some role players may not be willing to take the risk to join their team when the NBA season resumes.

    Source: Heavy.com

  • Derrick Rose
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    The Pistons announced that they plan to reopen team facilities on Thursday, allowing voluntary individual workouts while following all the social-distancing guidelines.

    Although the Pistons' season is likely over as they are not one of the 22 teams that will continue to play if the Board of Governors vote to ratify the plan on Thursday, this will allow players to stay in shape for the 2020-21 season which is expected to start in December.

    Source: James Edwards III

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Pelicans, Blazers, Suns, Kings, Spurs and Wizards will be the six non-playoff teams resuming action when the NBA restarts.

    This makes complete sense, as they're the only non-playoff teams that can sniff the postseason. Woj backs up an earlier Shams Charania report about a potential play-in tournament for the final playoff spot in each Conference as well. If the ninth seed trails the eighth seed by more than four games when the league's truncated regular season wraps up, the eighth seed makes the playoffs. If the deficit is under four games, however, the two teams will compete in a play-in tournament that is double-elimination for the eighth seed and single-elimination for the ninth.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the NBA will have an eight-game regular season for the purposes of playoff seeding upon its return while Shams Charania reports that there will be a play-in tournament for the eighth seed.

    This applies to the NBA coming back with 22 teams, as the league's bottom eight are well out of playoff contention and bringing them to Orlando would only negatively affect the league's pursuit for player safety. As for the play-in tournament, Charania describes it as such: "If the ninth seed is more than four games behind the eighth seed, the eighth seed earns the playoff spot; if the ninth seed is four or fewer games behind, then the eighth and ninth seed will enter a play-in tournament that is double-elimination for the eighth seed and single-elimination for ninth." Expect another announcement about the league's format in the coming days.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Corey Brewer
    SF, Sacramento Kings

    Corey Brewer, a veteran of eight different NBA teams, is still hoping to sign another contract before he calls it a career.

    Brewer, 34, seems to think he has enough in the tank for one final stint in the NBA. “We had some talks with a few teams, but nothing really happened. My agent is still working on it, so we’ll see,” Brewer said. “I feel like I can still help a team and I feel like I have a few good years left. But you never know, man." Brewer has not suited up for an NBA team this season and, with a waning jump shot and increased age, his chances of securing another pact in the NBA are pretty unlikely.

    Source: HoopsHype

  • DeMarcus Cousins
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kings broadcaster Grant Napear stepped down from his position with the Kings on Tuesday after he said 'All Lives Matter..Every Single One!' when asked about his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement during a Twitter interaction with former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.

    This is the first domino to fall in American professional sports in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement, even if it's a relatively insignificant one. Napear said of himself and the interaction, "I’m not as educated on BLM as I thought I was. I had no idea that when I said 'All Lives Matter' that it was counter to what BLM was trying to get across," he said. "I’m in pain. I’m 60 years old and I still have a lot to learn." The Kings will evidently have to find a new play-by-play man for their radio broadcasts to accompany Doug Christie when games resume.

    Source: TMZ

  • John Wall
    PG, Washington Wizards

    John Wall, who has long been rumored to have absolutely zero chance of returning to the court even if the current season is resumed, said in a conference call last week that he feels "110 percent."

    Wall and the Wizards both maintain that he will not return to action this season, regardless of the outcome of the vote on Thursday by the NBA Board of Governors. This is good news, obviously, for the team as they set their sights on next season. As of late, trade rumors have been swirling around the franchise's two top assets: Wall and All Star guard Bradley Beal. Moving forward, there is a high possibility that the Wizards will decide between the two, as Beal's contract will expire after next season. Which player will the Wizards keep? Who will they trade, or will they trade them both? They are hoping to have some time to evaluate how the pair plays in tandem early next season, as Wall has missed significant time with a torn left Achilles he suffered during the 2018-19 season. But it may be too late to negotiate an extension with Beal at that point, so they will have to play their cards with extreme care.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Wes Unseld, a Hall of Famer and Washington Bullets legend, passed away on Tuesday due to complications with pneumonia and other illnesses. He was 74 years old.

    An outstanding rebounder, Unseld is also one of only two players to ever be awarded Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season in 1968-69. He guided the Bullets to the NBA Finals four times, winning once in 1978, a series where Unseld took home MVP honors. Hornets' GM and former teammate Mitch Kupchak said of Unseld, “As a teammate, he was tough, dependable and competitive to no end.” Unseld was a fearless competitor and highly respected across the league during his 13 seasons with the Bullets franchise. Former Knicks center and fellow Hall of Famer Willis Reed recently recalled their battles against one another, "He was most consciously a rebounder — he could shoot, but he didn’t emphasize that part of his game — and felt that if he did his job right, by getting the defensive rebound and making the quick outlet pass, they would score quickly.” Unseld was undoubtedly a pioneer for the game of basketball and means a great deal to the city of Washington D.C.

    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    ESPN's Adrian Wojanrowski is reporting that Adam Silver and the NBA Board of Governors, who are planning to vote Thursday on how to continue the season, would like the NBA Finals to conclude no later than October 12.

    With July 31 being the widely-reported restart date and the league tentatively planning to start 𝘯𝘦𝘹𝘵 season by Christmas Day of this year, it would make sense to crown a league champion as early as possible. The meeting with the NBA Board of Governors on Thursday will (finally) bring some clarity to the rest of the NBA season, as they will hold a vote to decide how to proceed. NBA fans have been waiting since the middle of March for some resolutions. This week will provide them.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter