This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Basketball series.
The NBA calendar brings two key 5 games on Tuesday.
First, the Heat are returning to Miami after both games in Philadelphia were dropped by the 76ers. Joel Embiid could have had extra motivation in the match after failing to earn the league’s MVP award, which was given Nikola Jokić. In the second game of the evening, the Mavericks come from two consecutive wins in Dallas to tie their series with the Suns in two games per piece.
Let’s talk about which players from these two games should be considered for your Yahoo lineups, as well as a few that you should possibly avoid.
Devin BookerPHO v. DAL ($ 37): Booker nearly tied his averages during the regular season scoring 26.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game in this series with the Mavericks. He also has an average of 40 minutes per game, a trend that should continue with the Suns facing what they might need to beat at home. Combine its high usage rate with plenty of time if you’re playing and Booker comes with an awfully high floor.
Victor OladipoMIA vs. PHI ($ 12): The Heat are desperately looking for someone who could help remove the scoring pressure Jimmy Butler. In the fourth game, Oladipo tried to make 10 free throws on the way to 15 points. He also recorded 32 minutes, which is the most he has played in a game of this series. With this cheap salary, it might be worth the risk of getting closer to at least 30 minutes again in Game 5.
Spencer DinwiddieDAL to PHO ($ 20): It’s hard to see the appeal of Dinwiddie on this beach. He has not scored more than 23.6 Yahoo points in the game in this series, and has not surpassed 25.2 Yahoo points since Luka Dončić returned from injury. Expect to continue to have a limited role off the bench.
Jimmy ButlerMIA v. PHI ($ 41): As his teammates struggled, Butler took matters into his own hands. In the last two games, together he scored 73 points in 42 shot attempts and 23 free throw attempts. He scored at least 50.8 Yahoo points in three consecutive games, and should continue to have a crazy usage rate with Heat trying to recover from consecutive losses.
Jae CrowderPHO v. DAL ($ 16): Crowder may not be a dazzling option, but it was reliable. He scored at least 25.1 Yahoo points in all four games against the Mavericks, and twice surpassed 32 Yahoo points. His three-point shot and defense are crucial for the Suns, so expect him to keep playing enough minutes to have a good opportunity to provide value.
Forward to avoid
Mikal BridgesPHO v. DAL ($ 23): Bridges scored just 16.8 Yahoo points in the fourth game, which was an anomaly for him given that he had scored at least 25.7 Yahoo points in all previous playoff games. The problem is that he has surpassed just 30 Yahoo points in three of those 10 games. Crowder offers similar benefits at a much lower salary, so it might be best to stay away from Bridges.
Deandre AytonPHO v. DAL ($ 28): Ayton is a tough match for the Mavericks team that is not too present in color. After an error in Game 2 in which he was in early trouble with a foul, Ayton made consecutive double-doubles. As long as he can avoid problems with fouls, he can be expected to make a similar production in Game 5.
Maxi KleberDAL to PHO (11 USD): Kleber stands out if you want to fade the trio of Embiid, Ayton and Bam Adebayo (29 USD). While everyone has significantly bigger positives, their salaries will also do a lot more damage to your budget. Kleber has a productive series, scoring at least 20.1 Yahoo points in every game. If you want to load up somewhere else, then Kleber is a good option in the middle.
Joel EmbiidPHI in the Ministry of the Interior (50 USD): The narrative for this game is that Embiid could play with a token on his shoulder after missing the MVP award. While that could be the case, this is still a very tough game against one of the best defensive teams in the league. Adebayo and company kept him below 40 Yahoo points in both games he played. If you want to roll with a top paid player, Butler or Luka Dončić ($ 56) are probably a safer choice.
The author (s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games for which they have provided recommendations or advice in this article. While playing in these games using their personal accounts, it is possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations given above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Mike Barner plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: mbarner, DraftKings: mbarner51.