Tonight features the first potential elimination game of the second round of the NBA playoffs as the nightcap in a two-game NBA DFS main slate tipping off at 7 p.m. ET on Yahoo, DraftKings and FanDuel. Below, we will examine the player pool and break down the best NBA DFS picks today for DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo lineups.
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Yahoo Play of the Day — Giannis Antetokounmpo: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics
- Awesemo’s Preliminary Point Projections: Yahoo and FanDuel: 61.02 | DraftKings: 63.33
- Awesemo’s Preliminary Rostered Projections: Yahoo 51% | FanDuel 64.2% | DraftKings 52.8%
- DFS Salary: Yahoo $58 | FanDuel $11,500 | DraftKings $11,600
It should be no surprise that, once again, Giannis Antetokounmpo has a median projection that is a dozen points higher than any other player in the pool. Jayson Tatum is the next-closest option, with Stephen Curry coming in third with a median projection of 45 fantasy points. Robert Williams is questionable after being unexpectedly sidelined by his knee issue for Game 4 in Milwaukee. Even if he returns, Giannis is going to be the prime asset to target when building lineups in all formats.
Tyus Jones: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors
- Awesemo’s Preliminary Point Projections: Yahoo and FanDuel: 34.37 | DraftKings: 34.79
- Awesemo’s Preliminary Rostered Projections: Yahoo 49.2% | FanDuel 65.1% | DraftKings 67.1%
- DFS Salary: Yahoo $17 | FanDuel $5,700 | DraftKings $4,900
Even with the salary increase, Tyus Jones remains the best point-per-dollar option on Wednesday. Ja Morant is likely to miss the rest of this series, so that means Jones will get all the minutes he can handle as the main facilitator on offense. Dillon Brooks will see an increase in his offensive opportunities, as will Jaren Jackson Jr. It seems that Desmond Bane is still dealing with a back injury, but he could break loose at any time for a slate-breaking performance. Finally, Dillon Brooks is definitely not going to be shy about getting his shots, but his box score can be a bit empty at times, which makes him a risky play.
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Otto Porter Jr: Golden State Warriors at Memphis Grizzlies ($11): In a shocking twist, Otto Porter Jr. managed to play more than 24 minutes without spontaneously combusting on the court. Yes, it was “only” 26 minutes, but that is more time than he has logged in any of the last 10 games. The wild-card aspect to his fantasy production is always going to be how many shots he takes. In the last two games, he has been feeling like a Splash Brother, converting 7-of-11 from behind the arc. For perspective, in all of the other postseason games, he is a combined 2-for-15 … fortunately, he still chips in with rebounds, assists and steals, but expectations should be calibrated with a 20-fantasy-point performance rather than one approaching 30 or more.
In this same game, we can look at Kevon Looney against the Grizzlies in the NBA player props market. Currently, he has a 4.5 over/under on his rebound prop, and the Awesemo NBA player projections have him for 5.7 rebounds, which gives him a 67% probability of surpassing the over.
Steven Adams: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors ($12): If Steven Adams gets another start, he could be worth considering as a lottery ticket. This has been a rough postseason for him, as he was played off the court in the last series against Minnesota while also dealing with injuries and illness. He was a surprising X-factor as coach Taylor Jenkins was looking to shake things up with Morant sidelined due to a knee issue. Even if Adams starts, there is no guarantee of his playing time, but after a 10-point, 15-rebound effort, he will be hard to ignore at his favorable salary.
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