Round 1 of the NBA playoffs continue as Collin Hulbert gives you his picks as you set your lineups the second week of Round 1.
Welcome back to the second week of the NBA playoffs. Last week, I gave some options for players to keep your eye on in Round One. If you played head-to-head on FanDuel or DraftKings last week and opted to go with our picks, there was a good chance you won your matchup. This week, Round One is closing out and there are only a few games left on the slate.
NBA Round 1 is wrapping up
With only a few games remaining in the first round, there’s still some meat on the bone to get some good options for your DFS lineups. We have our eyes set on the two Tuesday games, as there will be a few days after that before Round Two begins. Good luck!
Ben Simmons (DK-$8,600)
Simmons has scored over 55 fantasy points in two of his last three games. With the increasing likelihood of Joel Embid sitting out, Simmons should have plenty of space by which to operate in the paint. Philly will be returning home and look to close out the series Tuesday, so Embid can rest his knee ahead of the second round matchup with Toronto looming.
CJ McCollum (DK-$7,300)
McCollum and Lillard have been on fire in this series. Over his past three games, McCollum has averaged 46 fantasy points per game. The chemistry between Lillard and McCollum is seemingly peaking. With OKC on the ropes, look for McCollum and Lillard to step on the Thunder’s throats as they return home for Game 5.
JJ Redick (DK-$4,800)
It’s funny that Redick qualifies as a Small Forward, given his small stature. Alas, Redick logs a lot of time on the court and gets his standard dose of decent looks, he can be extremely effective as a scorer. Though he lacks versatility as a distributor and rebounder, Redick is a cheap option and will likely get over 30 minutes of game time as rotations have to cover for Embid’s absence. For the value, he could pay off quite well.
Pascal Siakam (DK-$7,500)
Siakam is the heir apparent to Leonard in Toronto and it’s clear why. Siakam is averaging over 40 fantasy points per game thus far in the playoffs. With Game 5 at home on Tuesday, the Raptors will be looking to rest ahead of their date with the 76ers in Round 2. As the Raptors look to close out the Magic at home, look for Siakam to be key in their efforts to advance.
LaMarcus Aldridge (DK-$7,800)
Aldridge has improved upon each playoff performance this year. In his last game, Aldridge put up 43 fantasy points and appears to be the key in the Spurs taking control of this series from Denver. As both teams prepare for Game 5, expect Pop to again utilize Aldridge to his best abilities and strengths.
Kyle Lowry (DK-$7,000)
Lowry did not score a point in the opening game against Orlando and he still ended up with 24 fantasy points. In the three games since, Lowry is averaging 38 fantasy points per game. As with Siakam, the Raptors will be eager to end this series at home to earn some rest before Round 2. Expect Lowry to bury the Magic in Game 5.
Dzanan Musa (DK-$2,500)
Musa is simply a grenade here. For the price, I’m recommending him, since the lowest performance in H2H formats gets dropped.
Will Barton (DK-$4,500)
Barton is a cheap alternative, who tends to be a streaky shooter. If Barton can find his stroke, it could be the difference in this series. As it stands, he’s a low-priced risk at this position. We start guys like Barton and Musa so we can go big elsewhere.
Collin is a former Army Intelligence and Logistics officer who will watch any sport and gamble with anyone willing. This is his second year writing for dailyfantasysports.codes.
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