Lineup Strategy for Thursday Night NBA Playoffs FanDuel Contests
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Tonight features a three game slate, but with no Steph Curry and a handful of other questionable players, there are plenty of variables that should create value. Vegas has Golden State as tonight’s high scoring team at 111 followed by Houston at 105, and OKC at 103.
Our Top Targets for Tonight’s Contests
Shaun Livingston – Livingston didn’t see a massive jump in minutes with Steph out, but certainly saw some additional usage in his time on the floor. Expect him to take advantage of the smaller Houston point guards on the block in Golden State’s half court sets tonight.
Raymond Felton – Deron Williams has to be commended on the effort… it’s hard to fathom playing through a hernia. However, he looks like he’s playing at half speed, forcing Felton into a much larger role. In Monday’s game, Felton play 40+ minutes for just the third time this season. If the Mavs have any hope of advancing past the Thunder, he’s going to need to play light’s out.
James Harden – At home, in desperate need of a win, you have to know Harden is going to get his and go out swinging in the next two games. With no players in the $6,500-$8,800 price range that we love, we are paying up for the high ceiling players in tonight’s FanDuel slate.
Monta Ellis – Ellis missed practice (personal) but is expected to play tonight. He’s averaging 30 PPG over the first two games of this series and has been the only consistent threat the Pacers have had outside of Paul George.
Paul George – Like we said, it’s dumpster fire in the $6,500-$8,800 price range so we are playing our favorite high-ceiling players in tonight’s slate. With Hill, Turner, and Mahinmi struggling in this series, the Pacers are in desperate need of scoring so look for George and Ellis to be in launch mode tonight.
Harrison Barnes – We are betting big on Harrison Barnes tonight… He is generally aggressive without Curry on the floor, but had a quiet game two thanks to some quiet shooting and big play from Igs and Thompson. Look for Barnes to be more aggressive tonight and provide the Warriors with a scoring punch to go alongside Thompson.
Draymond Green – Green’s usage and FGA jump without Curry on the floor, but he really doesn’t need it. Houston’s front court is loaded with talent, but has been terrible defensively all season. He had 55 on the Rockets on New Years Eve, and we expect a similar effort tonight in a game 3 road game.
Serge Ibaka – The Mavs have been in the top 10 in defending every position except PF all season, and they hovered right around dead last all season against opposing 4 men. Serge has taken advantage of this mismatch through two games and has been the third weapon that OKC hoped he would be, but we all know he isn’t. Ride the hot streak one more night…
Jonas Valanciunas – Jonas is shredding the Pacers frontcourt, and it doesn’t look like they are going to find an answer for the 7′ Lithuanian. With Mahinmi unable to take contact in the Pacers practice prior to tonight, we really like JV to have another strong showing here.