• A blowout and a comeback, that’s what we saw on Tuesday night in the Association. Now we move on and take a look at Wednesday’s slate of games where we have three games on the docket. The Warriors look to knock out the Rockets, the Blazers look to capitalize on the Clippers’ injuries and the Heat look to bounce back after losing two on the road.

    Vegas Point Totals

    I look at these numbers every day before making my lineup. Las Vegas predicts the total amount of points scored by both teams in the game. If Vegas predicts a high-scoring game, then that leads me to believe that there is DFS player potential for those games.

    Hornets vs. Heat: 193 1/2
    Blazers vs. Clippers: 195 1/2
    Rockets vs. Warriors: 212 1/2

    Like most would assume, the two games predicted to have the highest scoring totals are the teams playing out West. I think it’s safe to say that you will be seeing a lot of players from those two matchups in my lineup.

    Point Guard

    Damian Lillard ($8,000)

    With the loss of Chris Paul for the Clippers, Lillard should be able to feast on the likes of Austin Rivers (who is already listed as the expected starter for L.A.). Dame D.O.L.L.A. has yet to justify his cost, but with CP3 now out of the picture that could change in a big way.

    Shaun Livingston ($4,400)

    The Warriors will be without Stephen Curry for at least two weeks, which leaves the door wide open for Livingston to continue to be a great contributor to your DFS lineups. Since replacing Curry, Livingston is averaging 29.4 FanDuel points per game. With a mid-level price of $4,400, you should feel extremely confident placing him in your lineups.

    Shooting Guards

    James Harden ($10,500)

    This one was a bit of a hard choice for me given the price. The game is in Oracle, an arena in which the Warriors only lost once in this season. If this game gets too out of hand, it would not be surprising to see Harden call it quits and sit on the sidelines. However, Harden has the potential to go off for 50-60 FanDuel points. If this game stays reasonably close, you can expect Harden to have a big night.

    Jamal Crawford ($4,800)

    With Paul done for the season, Blake Griffin done for the season and J.J. Redick dealing with a heel injury, Crawford is going to be given the green light to shoot the basketball. Although Crawford will be coming off the bench, you can fully expect him to see plenty of minutes and have his workload ramp up.

    Small Forward

    Al-Farouq Aminu ($6,000)

    Aminu’s price jumped up $500 after exploding for 51.5 FanDuel points in Game 4. He was the one playing the most defense on Griffin, but with Griffin now done for the season and Jeff Green taking over the starting role, he now finds himself in arguably a better matchup. Through this series, Aminu has averaged 32.3 FanDuel points per game and at $6,000 I can’t complain about that.

    Andre Iguodala ($4,300)

    Iguodala stepped up in a big way for the Warriors when Curry went out. He is a huge part of this team and while sometimes it hasn’t shown up on the stat sheet, however, through the playoffs that has not been the case. Iguodala has averaged 28.1 FanDuel points over his last three games.

    Power Forward

    Draymond Green ($8,800)

    You can expect Green to be a highly-owned player tonight. Green is someone who is almost a guarantee to get you 35 FanDuel points, but he has the upside to get you to the mid-40s. With this being a closeout game for the Warriors, I think the Rockets are going to have a hard time finding ways to control him.

    Luol Deng ($6,600)

    Deng has been a consistent player for the Heat through these playoffs. Although he has not necessarily hit his marks, Deng is someone who can get you the 28-30 points you want to have on your roster. Plus, the talent pool at the power forward position today is slim and I think adding a more reliable player than a risky player is always in your best interest.

    Center

    Mason Plumlee ($6,100)

    Plumlee has been amazing this postseason. He has completely surprised me and I sometimes still can’t believe how well he is playing. It has been his passing skills that have me in awe, finishing the last three games with seven, nine and 10 assists. Over his last three, Plumlee is averaging 45 FanDuel points per game. With Griffin ruled out, you may be able to get more rebounds and points out of him.

    If you’re looking for a punt play to add more talent in different areas, I would say getting a guy like Cole Aldrich at minimum salary is not a bad idea. Like Bismack Biyombo is for the Raptors, Aldrich provides energy, defense and rebounding for the Clippers. With Griffin out you could see him get closer to 20 minutes and that could get you 20 FanDuel points. It’s a risky play, but if it works out it could be a big help to your lineup.

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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