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This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your cash game lineups. 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’ll take a look at Thursday’s two-game main slate starting at 8:00 ET.
Damian Lillard - Portland (vs. Denver) - DK: $10,300 / FD: $11,000 / Yahoo: $45
Do you really need an explanation here? Lillard has been outstanding in the playoffs, and he’s fresh off a 92.5 FP performance (!) on Tuesday. Dame is trying to will his team into the second round, and Denver doesn’t have an answer for him. I’m expecting more of the same with the Blazers facing elimination in this home game.
Also Consider: Chris Paul
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Monte Morris - Denver (at Portland) - DK: $4,700 / FD: $5,800 / Yahoo: $15
Was Game 5 an aberration or a sign of things to come for Morris? Overtime gave him a boost en route to 42 fantasy points in 41 minutes. It’s nice to see that Denver leaned on Morris in crunch time, which could award him more crucial minutes moving forward. Monte is still cheap across the board, and he has more upside than almost every other backcourt player at this salary level. While I’m not expecting a repeat performance, I believe Morris can retain strong value in this high-scoring matchup.
Also Consider: CJ McCollum, Austin Rivers
Mikal Bridges - Phoenix (at LA Lakers) - DK: $5,000 / FD: $6,000 / Yahoo: $20
Bridges has been all over the place in this series, ranging from 14-40 fantasy points. He looked really good on Tuesday, as two blocks and three steals helped him reach 40 FP. The good news is that Bridges is still cheap while seeing full minutes. He has a wide range of fantasy outcomes, but I don’t mind taking a chance on him in order to reach for the top-dollar plays of this slate.
Also Consider: Norman Powell
Robert Covington - Portland (vs. Denver) - DK: $5,100 / FD: $6,200 / Yahoo: $17
The Nuggets-Blazers game is one to target with a 228 over/under. Covington has been seeing a ton of minutes for the Blazers, and that was going to translate to fantasy production sooner or later. Covington is known for his defensive prowess, but he has the ability to knock down threes while flirting with a double-double. He’s no stranger to finding blocks and steals either. Covington is averaging 32 FPPG over his last three games, and that’s a realistic projection tonight.
Nikola Jokic - Denver (at Portland) - DK: $10,700 / FD: $10,800 / Yahoo: $50
Lillard and Jokic should probably be the building blocks to your cash game lineups tonight. The real challenge comes from finding enough cap space to make that strategy work. Jokic and Lillard could go back-and-forth in this potential elimination game for Portland. I’m an advocate of the studs-and-scrubs lineup approach tonight with these two All-Stars leading the way.
Also Consider: Jusuf Nurkic
Chris Paul (PG - PHX) is an interesting choice, especially on DraftKings for only $6500. His minutes have been up-and-down due to the shoulder injury, but I’m expecting a tight contest in the Staples Center tonight. Paul could get back to his production from Game 4, which was 44 FP in 31 minutes.
JaMychal Green (PF - DEN) is an interesting cheap filler to help make your lineup work. The veteran is seeing around 17-20 minutes per game off the bench, averaging 19 FPPG over his last three. That’s tolerable output when considering the bargain salary on a two-game slate.