It’s Friday, and it’s time to put your NBA daily fantasy lineup together for the two-game slate of action tonight. A pair of Game 3’s are on the docket. The 76ers and the Celtics will look to break a 1-1 tie while the Suns look to get any traction going against the Nuggets. We’ve sifted through all the stats and put together a squad that we think gets you in the green tonight.
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NBA Daily Fantasy Lineup for Friday – May 5th
PG – Malcolm Brogdon – BOS – $5,400
It’s hard to glean too much information from Game 2. The Celtics ran away with it early, and playing time was all wonky. However, even with reduced time, Brogdon had his most productive game of the post-season. He was 60% from three-point. I’m not sure we’ll see that again, but this NBA daily fantasy price is worth a stab.
SG – Tyrese Maxey – PHI – $6,400
Philadelphia gave Maxey tons of attempts in Game 1 with mixed results. He was pretty solid from the field – but he did struggle from deep. The 76ers went on to win that game, with Maxley putting up his second-highest point total of the post-season. However, they got away from using him in Game 2 and struggled. Maybe the answer is getting the ball into his hands more.
SF – Jayson Tatum – BOS – $9,700
He only played 19 minutes in Game 2 and probably could have played even less. I’m expecting this one to be a bit closer and to see that Game 1 Tatum here. He’s gone for 67.3 exactly in the two games before the odd Game 2, which is well worth what his salary is here.
PF – Bruce Brown – DEN – $4,400
Averaging over a steal a game, Brown has a nice floor for a guy in this salary range. In addition, his last game was the first over a five-game stretch where he didn’t put up double figures (he had 9). So maybe he’s not going to put up gaudy numbers in any category but has a nice base for just about every category.
C – Nikola Jokic – DEN – $10,900
After Game 1, one of the opening series with Minnesota, Jokic has never failed to score 50+ fantasy points. He’s gone over 70 twice and 80 once. I hardly have to spend time describing how good the back-to-back MVP is, but he’s also just the safest bet of the high-priced options.
G – Cameron Payne – PHX – $4,800
Payne hasn’t been getting too much time in these playoffs. However, he did snag 17 minutes in the last game, even though he didn’t do much fantasy-wise. With Chris Paul still banged up, I’m banking on seeing a little more from Payne and perhaps reverting to some of those shooting stats we saw late in the season. If he does, he’ll be a low-owned NBA daily fantasy sleeper.
F – PJ Tucker – PHI – $3,400
He won’t score much, if at all, in this game. He might not even shoot. However, PJ Tucker is good for five boards and a couple of steals. He might also sprinkle in an assist and a block. So while the scoring numbers might look scary, he’s not a bad option to round out your NBA daily fantasy lineup under 3.5k.
UTIL – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – DEN – $4,500
I love how KCP has been shooting in this series. He’s thrown up a dozen three-point attempts so far and made seven of them. That includes a 4/4 game last time out. At just 4.5k, I’m riding the hot hand here and hoping he keeps getting the attempts.
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