FanDuel daily picks: Fantasy basketball lineup – April 17, 2018

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Pelicans, Trail Blazers
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Pelicans-Trail Blazer(Pelicans Lead 1-0)

High Salary (Pelicans)

Anthony Davis ($12,700): Davis posted 68.3 fantasy points in Game 1. He’s going to be an issue for the Blazers all series, especially if they keep running Jusuf Nurkic at him. He’s going to cost you a big chunk of your cap space, but it’s worth it if he continues to deliver nearly 70 fantasy points. *****

Jrue Holiday ($8,300): Holiday was right at value in Game 1. Rajon Rondo was hogging all of the assists in Game 1, which hurt Holiday’s value. Holiday proved to be the steadier player in the regular season, but if Playoff Rondo continues to show up, Holiday’s assist number may never recover. That said, he makes up value in other areas. ***

Nikola Mirotic ($8,000): The hot streak continued in Game 1 as Mirotic posted 50.7 fantasy points. I keep waiting for the bottom to fall out, but it doesn’t look like it’s happening at the moment. Still, on the road against a tough defense with his history of inconsistency, it’s tough for me to trust him. **

High Salary (Trail Blazers)

Damian Lillard ($9,800): Lillard was right at value in Game 1, but overall had a disappointing night. Expect him to bounce back and look more like himself in Game 2. He’s too good to score just 18 points at home in a playoff game. Look for him to be over 50 fantasy points in Game 2. ****

CJ McCollum ($7,1000): Like Lillard, McCollum was right at value. Unlike Lillard, I have less confidence in him posting a big scoring game. He simply doesn’t get the shots Lillard gets and he’ll continue to be hounded by Jrue Holiday on most possessions. He still does enough to where he’ll be at value once again. ***

Jusuf Nurkic ($8,300): Nurkic was a value miss in Game 1 and his salary has gone up. The Pelicans attacked him every time he was on the court with Davis, which could make him more unplayable moving forward. He’s still a handful in the paint and on the glass, but at this salary, he’s too much of a risk. **

High Value (Pelicans)

Rajon Rondo ($6,400): Playoff Rondo was real in Game 1. When it comes to Rondo, if nothing else, he knows how to rack up assists. He’s a smart and accurate passer and his playoff experience shows in these situations. There are still consistency issues, but the Pelicans lean heavily on him and until Dallas Rondo shows up, take him with a bit of comfort. ***

E’Twaun Moore ($4,600): He played 27 minutes, but contributed just 11.4 fantasy points. He’s a role player who may have to wait until the series shifts home before his impact is felt. *

High Value (Trail Blazers)

Evan Turner ($4,400): The Pelicans were happy letting Turner beat them in Game 1. It led to him having 23.4 fantasy points, but that’s probably a bad thing if you’re the Blazers. They’ll adjust and Turner likely won’t get those same opportunities in Game 2. *

Al-Farouq Aminu ($4,800): Aminu had a disappointing 18.4 fantasy points in Game 1. But he did a decent job on Davis when tasked with guarding him and that could lead to more minutes in Game. He’s a role player who can step up for Portland and I think he will in Game 2. ***

Other Players

New Orleans: Ian Clark ($3,800) gave New Orleans solid minutes in Game 1 and they could continue to use his playoff experience. Otherwise, there’s not much to like.

Portland: Ed Davis ($3,500) and Zach Collins ($3,500) provided production off the bench. Collins could be a decent center option if you load up elsewhere.