The NBA Playoffs roll on with four games on the main DFS fantasy basketball schedule. Get your team in the game with FanSided’s DraftKings daily picks.
After an action-packed four-game Saturday, the NBA playoffs have perhaps their last four-game schedule of the season on Sunday. Action starts at 1:00 p.m. ET with the Cavaliers at the Pacers. The second game pits the Rockets at the Thunder at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Bulls hosting the Celtics at 6:30 p.m. and the nightcap has the Clippers visiting the Jazz at 9:00 p.m.
Storylines: The Cavaliers try to close out one of the most action-packed series of the first round in a sweep that frankly wouldn’t communicate the competitiveness of the games. The Pacers had a buzzer-beating shot attempt that missed and led to a 1-point loss in Game 1, and in Game 3 they were blowing the Cavs out in the second half before LeBron James led the biggest second-half comeback in NBA history. There have been fireworks all over the place, and in some ways, it’d be sad for Paul George and crew to not pull out at least one game at home.
Russell Westbrook and James Harden get another crack at each other on Sunday, fresh off both of them putting up monster games in a Game 3 that the Thunder won by a bucket to stay in the series. Westbrook will be leading his squad to try to even the series, while Harden and crew will try to steal one to put a chokehold on things. This is another game that projects to be action and fantasy-stats packed.
The road team is 3 – 0 so far in the Celtics vs Bulls series. Rajon Rondo’s injury seemed to discombobulate the Bulls in Game 3, and apparently, Kevin Garnett’s profanity-laced pep talk fired up the Celtics. On Sunday, we’ll see if those dynamics continue to hold or whether the Bulls remember what they did to dismantle to Celtics in the first two games.
Finally, the Clippers saw the Jazz’s loss of Rudy Gobert to injury and raised them a Blake Griffin broken toe. Both franchises are now missing a star big man, which should make things more even. This also further concentrates the Clippers’ production into Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan, with a clear need for another teammate to step up. The Jazz, meanwhile, finally got a big game from Gordon Hayward and will need another to have a chance to even the series again.
My favorite plays of the day can be found on the following slides in FanSided’s DraftKings daily picks. Each day in order to offer a variety of price points at each position, you can find two slides for each position–one for high-salary options and one for high-value options. Each pick is ranked on a scale of 1-5 stars to indicate the confidence in the pick. The final slide of this post has more detail on what each level means, but in short, more stars means more confidence in the selection on a points-per-dollar basis.
Let’s take a look at your best options for both studs and value players at each position.