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The Mavs will be looking to close out the series on the road tonight and on this small slate, there is one superstar I am paying up for and that is Luka. He missed the first three games of the series but has been money since his return shooting 51% on 43 shots in two games and averaging around 55 fantasy points on both sites. During the regular season on a larger slate I would likely have avoided this matchup but Dallas has had Utah's number outscoring them by over six points, the second-largest margin in the playoffs. It won't be easy building around an 11K player but worth it as he has an elite floor and upside.
The Suns will be without Booker for a fourth straight game and that immediately puts Chris Paul on the fantasy radar. The price has risen but he has put the team on his back leading the Suns to a 3-2 series lead with a chance to close things out in New Orleans tonight. For the series, he has taken at least 16 shots in four of the five games while shooting 49% and averaging a double-double on 20.2 points and 12 assists per game. He has also hit value in four of five games and we have him projected to hit and exceed it once again putting him in play in all formats.
Value is tough to come by at the guard position tonight so I will dive into the Utah bench and roll with one of the best 6th men in the league. Clarkson got off to a slow start in the first three games of the series but has picked it up considerably over the last two and it starts with the volume as he has taken 31 shots while shooting a smooth 58% from the field. The risk is always that he is mostly shooting dependent so he will need to keep it rolling and he should as Mitchell is banged up after last game.
Mikal Bridges FD - $6700 DK - $6000
Opponent - NO
Proj Pts FD - 32.7 DK - 34.12
Sticking in the mid-tier here at the small forward position, we have Mikal Bridges who has played a key role for the Suns en route to a 3-2 lead and more importantly for us, has been a consistent fantasy producer. He comes into tonight having tallied 25 or more DK points in all five games and is coming off his best game of the series where he dropped 12 of 17 from the field for a 50+ point fantasy performance. At his price, he is in play for me in all formats.
Pascal Siakam FD - $9200 DK - $9200
Opponent - PHI
Proj Pts FD - 49.01 DK - 52.38
The Raptors have managed to work their way back into this series without FVV who left game four in the first half. Picking up the slack and somewhat carrying the team has been Pascal Siakam who has dropped 34-8-5 and 23-10-7 lines the last two games and has now posted 42 or more DK points in four of the five games. The price is at it's peak but I fully expect another plus performance as the Raptors look to even the series in front of their home fans.
Jonas Valanciunas FD - $7800 DK - $7500
Opponent - PHO
Proj Pts FD - 35.18 DK - 38.42
I am not at all interested in paying up for a banged up Joel Embiid who has somewhat underwhelmed in terms of fantasy performance in this series. With that said, I will be grabbing some savings in the mid-range with Valanciunas who has been solid in the series averaging a double-double on 15.4 points and 15.6 rebounds per game in the series. After a couple lackluster performances in games two and three, he has rebounded with back-to-back double double's while averaging around 45 fantasy points.