Jazz-Thunder (Thunder Lead 1-0)
Russell Westbrook and Paul George are guaranteed point getters for the Thunder. They got more than expected out of Anthony in Game 1 thanks to his defensive contributions. Because of that, I’m not quite as sold on Anthony heading into Game 2. Even George I’m hesitant on because he simply made shots that he wasn’t make a week ago. But his history of playoff success speaks for itself. Westbrook is the guy you know is going to put up big numbers in all categories.
As far as role players go, Corey Brewer made decent contributions and his salary has dropped to where he could be a decent piece if you want to save money at small forward because you’ve taken LeBron James. Alex Abrines played well in Game 1 and looks to have earned himself some extra playing time. He’s a role player who will shoot better at home.
Donovan Mitchell is going to get his all series, but that appears to be by design. The Thunder know that Ingles is the key to the Utah offense and they’ve put George on him to lock him up. That means Mitchell and Ricky Rubio are free to get their points and assists. But if Mitchell is out, that leaves just Rubio to run the show on the perimeter.
Jae Crowder is the role play I love on Utah because he can be a matchup problem for Anthony. If the Jazz continue to roll with Derrick Favors, he’s going to make enough contributions to at least hit value.
There are a lot of constants in this matchup, which is good in terms of fantasy. Westbrook, George, and Mitchell are three guys who are likely to deliver every night. You can even throw Rubio in there unless the Thunder change their defense. Adams and Gobert are risks because a lot of what they do doesn’t show up on the boxscore and they cancel each other out.