• 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

  • 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