DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: May 1
Ben Scherr

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points (10-32 FGA, 9-9 FTA) including 1-5 3PA with five rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two blocks in 40 minutes in Game 7’s win over the Pacers.

It was another up game for DeRozan following a down game on Friday. The last four games of the opening round series have been a real roller coaster for him. He also managed to fill up the stat sheet pretty impressively with better than a couple in most categories. He has been a monster all season against Miami, who they face next, averaging 29.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.5 APG, and 1.3 SPG in four games.
3 hours ago

Kyle Lowry scored 11 points (5-14 FGA, 1-2 FTA) with nine assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 37 minutes in Sunday’s Game 7 win over the Pacers.

Indiana’s defense kept Lowry in check for much of the series and Sunday was no different with just the 11 points scored. His assist totals have been good throughout however and he has also registered a steal in every game of the series. Toronto now faces the Heat in the next round and against them in the regular season he averaged 16.8 PPG, 5.0 APG, 5.0 RPG, and 2.3 SPG making him a good play DFS formats.
3 hours ago

Patrick Patterson scored 11 points (4-9 FGA, 3-5 3PA) with four rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes in the 89-84 Game 7 win over Indiana.

Sunday was only the second double figure outing for him in the series and came in his shortest workload too. Patterson is more of a role player for the deep Raptors roster and that has shown again in the playoffs as he posted similar numbers to his season averages. He can be avoided come draft time next season as he simply doesn’t produce enough.
3 hours ago

Jonas Valanciunas scored 10 points (4-10 FGA, 2-2 FTA) with 15 points, one assist, and one block in 28 minutes in the series-clinching win Sunday over Indiana.

The big fella had another big double-double in the closeout game of the first round series on Sunday. He was in double figures every game but one in the series but only went over 16 points once. His average of a 13.6 PPG, 11.9 RPG double-double is better than his season long averages and gives hope that he can take the next step next season. The big man is a very good center against Miami averaging 15.3 PPG and 9.3 RPG with a handful of assists and steals per game too.
3 hours ago

Monta Ellis scored 15 points (7-14 FGA, 1-4 3PA) with seven assists and four rebounds in 37 minutes in the 89-84 loss Sunday to Toronto.

Just as he started the series he is ending it. Bookend back-to-back double-digit games in the series for Ellis but unfortunately for him they weren’t enough to power the Pacers past the Raptors. The seven assists on Sunday were also his highest total of the series. He averaged 11.6 PPG, 4.3 APG, 3.9 RPG, and 2.1 SPG in the playoffs making him around his season averages as well. Ellis was okay during the season but certainly is not a standout fantasy option. He has value in deeper formats as a consistent SG option.
3 hours ago

Paul George scored 26 points (8-18 FGA, 6-6 FTA) including 4-7 3PA with 12 rebounds, three steals, and one assist in 46 minutes in Sunday’s Game 7 loss to Toronto.

George was at it again on Sunday with his sixth 20-point game in the series and third double-double. He was everywhere for the Pacers gathering in steals as well, though only dishing out a single assist. In the playoffs he averaged 27.3 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 4.3 APG, and 2.0 SPG elevating his game in everyway from his season totals. There is no reason not to think of George as a first round pick in next season’s drafts as he is clearly a top-5 player in the league.
3 hours ago

George Hill scored 19 points (8-11 FGA, 3-4 3PA) with two assists, one rebound, and one steal in 40 minutes in Sunday’s Game 7 loss to the Raptors.

Sunday was his second highest point total of the series and fifth double figure effort. There wasn’t much else on the stat sheet however making him hard to rely upon again. In the playoff series he averaged 13.6 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, and 0.9 SPG which are around his season averages. There is a lot up in the air at the PG spot for Indiana heading into next season making George Hill a potentially risky pick unless his playing time is known.
3 hours ago

Gerald Green scored 16 points (7-of-16 FGA, 2-of-6 3PA) and grabbed three rebounds on Sunday night against the Hornets.

Green provided exactly what the Heat needed off the bench on Sunday night, as he scored 16 points and grabbed three rebounds. His percentages from the floor were also solid, leading one to the conclusion that he will be more involved in the game plan going forward.
4 hours ago

Loul Deng scored 15 points (6-of-9 FGA, 2-of-4 3PA, 1-of-1 FTA) in Game 7 against the Heat on Sunday night.

Deng played a solid game in Game 7 against the Hornets on Sunday night, as he scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and recorded four assists. Coming on late this season, Deng figures to be one of those junkyard dog types of players who will sellout on both ends of the floor. The translation here is that he likely won’t maintain fantasy value going forward,
4 hours ago

Hassan Whiteside scored 10 points (4-of-8 FGA, 2-of-4 ), grabbed 12 rebounds, and recorded five blocks on Sunday night against the Hornets.

: In typical Whiteside fashion, the hulking center posted well-rounded numbers, as he scored 12 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and recorded five blocks in Sunday night in Game 7 against the Hornets. Expect him to command a pretty hefty price tag on the open market this upcoming offseason, while he will continue to serve as an excellent weapon for the Heat for the rest of this postseason.
5 hours ago