As we struggle through hump day, we could also be faced with our final three game slate of the NBA playoffs.
Both the Bucks and the Lakers look to close out their series against the Magic and Trailblazers while the Thunder and Rockets are even at two games apiece.
Vegas currently has Los Angeles and Milwaukee as 10 point plus favorites while the Houston and Oklahoma City matchup is currently -3.5 in favor of the Rockets.
Top of the Key
Nikola Vucevic ($9,200 DK / $8,600 FD) at Milwaukee Bucks
Should the Magic bring this series to six games, it will be solely in the hands of their big man. Vucevic has been preforming at a high level during this series as he has posted two 60+ DK point games thus far.
In the series, he has posted double doubles in three of four games and has a team high 29.4% usage rate. He has also played a team best 380 minutes in the four games and is averaging 1.38 DraftKings and 1.30 FanDuel fantasy points per minute.
Vucevic has a steep price to pay on DraftKings but I do think he is one of the safer options up top to return his value on salary today.
C.J. McCollum ($8,100 DK / $7,200 FD) at Los Angeles Lakers
For how promising this series started for the Trailblazers, it has been nothing but a complete disaster after their game one win. To make matters worse, Damian Lillard has been ruled out for game five as Portland looks to claw their way back into the series.
McCollum will now have to carry the load as he usually does when Lillard is off the court. In 818 minutes with Lillard off the court this season, McCollum’s usage rate increases 7.17% and his fantasy scoring per 48 minutes increases by 13.35.
He also attempts 6.84 more field goal attempts so he should be looking to fire at any look he gets tonight. If Portland can keep it closer then Vegas thinks, McCollum should see his minutes in the upper 30’s tonight.
Here are a few players and situations I will be keeping my eye that could be in good spots depending on how news breaks or players I will look into a little throughout the day.
Gary Trent Jr. ($4,800 DK / $4,000 FD) and Anfernee Simons ($4,000 DK / $3,500 FD) at Los Angeles Lakers – Lillard has a 30.1% usage rate during the series, and with him ruled out it has to go somewhere. I’d lean Trent Jr. in cash lineups but I am willing to take a shot on Simmons in tournament lineups.
Kyle Kuzma ($5,300 DK / $5,500 FD) vs. Portland Trailblazers – LeBron James and Anthony Davis once again have injury designations next to their names. If one or both of them are ruled out today, I have interest in Kuzma in all formats.
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