Blazers-Pelicans (Pelicans Lead 2-0)
Anthony Davis is typically a “must play” but his high salary is worrying. There’s a lot of strong options at power forward and unless he’s giving you 60-plus fantasy points, you’re eating a bit too much money. That said, I can’t say “don’t play Anthony Davis” because he’s always capable of a 100-plus fantasy point effort.
Much of this game comes down to Lillard. If he’s himself, that’s going to cut into the value of the Portland role players. They’ve helped carry the Blazers into competitive games, hoping Lillard would takeover at some point, and it hasn’t happened. But the threat is always there with Lillard. I really like Maurice Harkless at his salary. My guess is that he’ll be back in the starting lineup, even if Evan Turner is able to play. And if Nurkic doesn’t play, the Blazers might go a bit smaller with Aminu at the five. They certainly need to do something if they want to avoid going down 0-3.
E’Twaun Moore has been quiet this series, but being back at home, there’s reason to believe he steps up a bit in this game. Remember, role players typically play better at home and Moore has been a solid role player for New Orleans all season. Rondo and Holiday continue to be strong guard options in this series. I have very little concerns about Holiday and at this point, Playoff Rondo isn’t concerning me either. Not a lot to like off the New Orleans bench unless you fancy Ian Clark.