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Welcome to the NBA GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays away from the popular selections. These recommendations are usually risk/reward commodities meant to be used in large-field tournaments. Typically, blending these low-owned hidden gems with well-aligned staples contributes to a viable GPP strategy.
Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
We will be looking at Tuesday’s single-game slate starting at 9:00 ET.
It pays to be different in these shortened playoff slates. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll optimize every point-per-dollar selection throughout a lineup. Sometimes you’ll need to sacrifice a cheap punt play (even if they only get you 15 FP) in order to reach for GPP-winning upside elsewhere. Don’t worry so much about the outright projections when mixing and matching these tournament lineups.
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Bobby Portis - PF - MIL
Portis has been up-and-down throughout the playoffs. He had some excellent games with Giannis Antetokounmpo out, but Portis still carries fantasy viability even with Giannis back. He’s seeing nearly 20 minutes per contest, which has led to 19+ fantasy points in two of his last three. We all know Portis can fill up the box score in a hurry, and I like him as a tournament value tonight.
Cameron Payne - PG - PHX
Payne is a DFS wild card similar to Portis. Both of these guys have the ability to post hearty fantasy numbers in limited minutes. Payne came through on Saturday with 23 fantasy points in 14 minutes. It’s going to take that level of efficiency for him to pay fantasy dividends, but he’s worth a strong look for the cheap price point.
Chris Paul (PG - PHX) might be underrated tonight. Devin Booker has come through for the Suns over the last several games while Paul has been mediocre. I’m assuming CP3 will be less popular than Antetokounmpo, Middleton, Holiday, and Booker (maybe Ayton). We all know Paul has the ability to post 50+ FP if things are falling his way, creating an interesting game theory angle to pick him over Middleton, Holiday, and/or Booker.
Mikal Bridges (SF - PHX) has been all over the place in this series. Here’s a list of his fantasy output in the Finals: 20, 39, 8, 16, 23. Bridges usually sees 30-35 minutes for the Suns, so he should have plenty of opportunities to come through with a decent fantasy showing. There’s upside if he sees 12-15 shots similar to Game 1 & 2.