Welcome back to the fifth installment of my NBA DFS Diary (8-26-20). The first week of NBA Playoff games are in the books. I know that you missed me talking about the Tuesday slate, but due to a pair of sweeps, there were only two games.
The injuries were just too much for the Philadelphia 76ers to overcome as they went down to the Boston Celtics in four.
The Brooklyn Nets could have used some of their star power in their series as they had trouble closing out games against the Toronto Raptors without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. The next season will be very interesting in Brooklyn.
There have been some amazing games and some amazing individual performances. In Luka Doncic's first four playoff games he went for over 31 points, over 10 rebounds and almost 10 assists per game. In the game on Sunday against the Clippers, he was superhuman, capping off the game with a last-minute three-pointer to win it in overtime.
We also have had some underwhelming performances. Paul George is shooting the ball at 29% which is the worst of his playoff career.
Having superstars on your team is great, but most of the top teams were able to find those cheaper role players that had big games, like Joe Ingles for the Utah Jazz. Ingles' 19 points, five rebounds and six assists in his first game against the Denver Nuggets gained him 34 points on FanDuel. Ingles was on all six of the top teams that day, and he only cost them $5,000.
Here are the four players I like in today's slate of games.
NBA DFS 8-26-20 FanDuel Picks
Jeff Green, PF, Houston Rockets ($5,500)
James Harden has screened for Jeff Green 24 times in their first three games against the Thunder, by my count.
On those plays, Houston has shot 11-for-17, scoring 26 points. Those are big-time numbers.
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) August 24, 2020
Green has played well during the Rockets playoff run with a stat line of 17 points six rebounds. He gives the Rockets a scorer off the bench that can shoot the three and get to the basket. He can play three positions, and when the team goes small he is a stretch five, pulling the Thunder’s rim protector from the basket. Green is on the floor during the final minutes of games, and he is not shy about taking the big shot if needed
FanDuel Outlook: Green is a is an inexpensive option at Power forward. He is $5,600 cheaper than the top player at that position. So you can add high priced players like LeBron James while putting a player in your lineup that is averaging over 30 points on FanDuel in the playoffs.
Terrence Ross, SG, Orlando Magic ($5,000)
Ross can score in bunches, and he can do it in a short amount of time. Ross is shooting 47% in the playoffs and been much-needed offense for the Magic. The former slam dunk champion is showing that he is more than just a high flyer as he can get his shot off from anywhere on the floor. With this being an elimination game for the Magic I expect Ross to see a lot of minutes.
FanDuel Outlook: Ross scored over 28 points last game on FanDuel, he has been in every one of my lineups in the playoffs. Ross is $2,300 cheaper then Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($7,300). His low price allows me to pair him with James Harden ($11,600), and feel comfortable at that position.
Dennis Schroder, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder ($6,000)
Schroder. Clutch. ? pic.twitter.com/YygHOoKV5W
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) August 24, 2020
Schroder is another player that can score in bunches, and to my surprise, this is a real competitive series.
Schroder is averaging 19 points a game, and in the last game against the Rockets, he dropped 30 points in the win.
Although Schroder comes off the bench he is still averaging over 30 minutes a game, so expect to see him on the floor a lot.
FanDuel Outlook: Schroder has been the beneficiary of playing with one of the best Point Guards of all time in Chris Paul. If the Thunder are going to keep this series competitive Schroder is going to have to keep playing lights out.
Eric Bledsoe, PG, Milwaukee Bucks ($6,400)
After dropping the first game in the series the next three haven’t even been close. Bledsoe is averaging 12 points and over six assists per game and he is also doing it on the defensive end getting almost two steals per game during the Playoffs.
The Bucks learned their lesson in the first game, and they are not going to take their foot off the peddle.
FanDuel Outlook: Bledsoe is playing well in the playoffs averaging almost 30 points on FanDuel. He is not going to score a lot of points but be is going to fill the stat sheet. Not bad for a player you can get for under $6,500.
These are the players that are going to be in my lineup. With their low cost, it would allow you to add some superstars on my team. Enjoy the rest of the first round of the NBA playoffs.