1.) Sixers knocking down their free throws.
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Philly stole one in Toronto in Game 2, 94-89, the first time the team won up north since 2012. One way they did it is by making their free throws, making 24 out of 26 from there.
2.) Raptors still played D.
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Even with the loss, it was the fifth consecutive time that the Raptors held their opponents under 100 points and 42% shooting. Only 11 other teams have done that in the Read More
Playing DFS basketball in the playoffs can both be exciting and anxiety-causing, mainly because there are not much options in the board but still you can pretty much predict who will produce and who won't. If the main guys are feeling 60% out of their usual best, chances are, they will play and PLAY a lot of minutes. In a two-game slate, the second round series between the Sixers and the Raptors plus Denver-Portland will be up on the West Coast, so let's see what's up.
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Well, my Round 1 predictions are pretty much spot on except for the Thunder-Blazers series where everyone, including me, picked OKC to win. My reason was that Jusuf Nurkic is too big a piece to lose in the playoffs and Enes Kanter is light years away defensively compared to Nurk. However, I did not know Damian Lillard can do this. Or this.
In Portland's case, I have never been happier to be proven wrong. OK, so let's move to the next round and let's see what's going on. Here are my NBA Playoffs Read More
For those who bleed stats, not just Damian Lillard's 50-point outburst in Game 5, check these 7 insane numbers to get you through the day:
1.) It's not the playoffs without Timmy or Stockton.
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It's the first NBA playoffs without LeBron James since his rookie year but a fact that many overlooked is that Tim Duncan and John Stockton never missed the playoffs in 19 NBA seasons.
The longest streak of active players who have not missed the playoffs is James Harden (13 Read More
There will be four games Tuesday night so that will give us a lot of options for the best value picks but I especially would like to target teams whose backs are against the wall. Facing elimination, they will probably leave it all they have, making them great options for DFS Tuesday.
Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC Thunder
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It will either be Russ or PG but I don't recommend both because you may be forced to water down the rest of the roster. Westbrook Read More
Monday night features only two games but there will never be a shortage for bargains if you know where to look.
1.) P.J. Tucker, PF, Houston Rockets
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Tucker comes up big in Game 3 and has some solid averages this series (13 points, six rebounds, two assists, and 1.3 steals. He is a big part of the Rockets' offense and defense and will continue to see upwards of 30 minutes every single night.
2.) Luke Kennard, SF, Detroit Pistons
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1.) Eric Gordon, SG, Houston Rockets
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The Jazz are on the bind when it comes to their defensive game plan against James Harden. They tried to take away his step back but the Beard still had his way against the Utah defense all game along.
That said, other Rockets were beneficiaries of Harden's stellar play. Eric Gordon, for one, found himself wide open too many times, resulting in three made treys en route to 17 points, three rebounds, an assist, and two blocks.
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It's a three-game Tuesday so we're going bargain-hunting again. Here are 5 of the best bargain options for April 16, 2019:
1.) Danny Green, SG, Toronto Raptors
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The Raptors could not afford to lose this one so they are going to go all-out and perhaps shorten their rotation.
Green played 33 minutes in Game 1 and had 13 points and three rebounds but he will have to do more than that to secure a win. As a grizzled playoff vet, I don't have any doubts that Read More
Bargain-hunting will be extra hard in the playoffs but there are some really solid bargain options in a two-game playoff Monday. Let's consider five Best Bargain Options For NBA Playoffs DFS-- April 15, 2019:
1.) Boban Marjanovic, C, Philadelphia 76ers
Joel Embiid played a little less than 25 minutes in Game 1 and still was pretty dominant. However, if his playing time is any indication, he is not 100% and is considered questionable going into Game 2.
Whatever the case, this will open up Read More
The 82-game marathon is over and now the real basketball begins.
Sixteen teams will advance into the playoffs and we will try to predict how every series will go in the first round. In a seven-game series, the best teams always win so don't expect a lot of upsets here.
Golden State Warriors (1) vs Los Angeles Clippers (8)
The Warriors delivered a message to their Round 1 counterparts earlier in the week and expect nothing to be different once that ball goes up in the air. Read More