Welcome back to the third week of the NBA playoffs. Round 1 is now complete and Round 2 is off to a hot start. Check out the picks for Tuesday’s spread.
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The slate of games for Tuesday carry some interesting storylines.
Following a tense game one, the Warriors squeezed out a very narrow win, despite the Rockets only shooting 41% from the field and 29% from three. The loss of Demarcus Cousins will continue to have a huge impact on the depth issues for the Warriors. Klay Thompson and Steph Curry have both been hobbled by nagging injuries early in the playoffs, while Durant has carried the weight thus far. After a game in which the Rockets felt slighted by late no-calls, expect Harden and the Rockets to come out strong on the road in Game Two.
Meanwhile, the Celtics came out firing on all cylinders in Game One in the Eastern Semis against the Bucks. Kyrie Irving and the Celtics were able to silence the all-important Giannis in Game One, winning easily on the road. Until the Bucks make an adjustment and Giannis shows more aggressiveness, I’m trusting Brad Stevens to scheme accordingly again in Game Two.
We tried to play the value for this slate of games Tuesday and have targeted the best value players for the day.
James Harden (DK-$10,100)
Harden has scored 55 points in each of the past two games. Following an emotional Game one loss, Harden will be ready to take revenge on the tired Warriors in Game Two. Expect Harden to put on an aggressive scoring effort in Game Two as the Rockets will be aiming to steal home court advantage and ultimately exercise their demons from 2018.
Eric Gordon (DK-$5,300)
For the price tag, Gordon might be the best value pick on the board. Gordon had 37 fantasy points in the series opener and thoroughly outplayed Klay Thompson. Thompson is reported to be carrying a lingering injury, so he makes for a nice decoy and a plus matchup for Gordon in the game.
Kevin Durant (DK-$9,100)
Durant continues to lead the defending champs these playoffs taking the reins from Steph as of late. Durant has scored 69 and 70 points in two of his last three outings. As the pressure mounted in Game One, the Warriors turned to their best player when it mattered and Durant has been coming through — except for the untimely, late turnover. If the Warriors want to hold the series advantage, Durant will need to be a major factor once again.
Gordon Hayward (DK-$5,200)
Hayward has been slowly gaining minutes and momentum as the season has progressed. Since the horrific opening game injury last season, Hayward has had a long road back and has shown flashes of his former all-star self in the past couple months. Though he’s been inconsistent, Hayward has averaged 31 fantasy points over his past two games and showed very well in limited action lately. Hayward is a great value for the price.
Al Horford (DK-$6,800)
Horford put on a clinic in Game One, scoring 49 fantasy points and showing why he’s one of the most consistently underrated and underappreciated players in the league. Though I don’t expect a repeat of Game One, I expect Horford to be up to the same crafty tricks in Game Two. He’s got a very high floor for the price in this game. Get him early, until Giannis starts to figure him out.
Jaylen Brown (DK-$4,800)
Brown played 36 minutes in the opening game and though he finished with only 25 fantasy points, he played well all-around. For the price, Brown will offer tremendous value given his expected usage in the upcoming game.
PJ Tucker (DK-$4,300)
Tucker plays with a relatively decent floor, given his price. Though he managed to avoid scoring in the opener, he still finished with 13 fantasy points. Expect him to get a few more buckets in the second game. He should be a good bet to eclipse 20 fantasy points in this one.
Terry Rozier (DK-$4,100)
Rozier played 20 minutes in the opener and put up 27 fantasy points, a solid value for his price. He’s on the tail-end of value picks for Game 2. If you need a guy to fill out your roster who could potentially put up some big second unit points, Rozier is a strong candidate.
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