DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: May 1
Ben Scherr
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Stephen Curry (knee) will not play in Game 3 against the Blazers on Saturday.

Curry's outlook for a return from his knee injury was always Game 4 of their second-round series with the Blazers. Shaun Livingston should draw the start once again in Game 3. Livingston has combined for 26 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds over the first two games of this series.
3 hours ago

Jazz announce a long-term contract extension for third-year head coach Quin Snyder.

Snyder has won 38 and 40 games respectively over his two years at the helm in Utah, but that is a definite improvement over the 25-win team he took over. The Jazz missed the playoffs by just one game this year and it came right down to the final day of the season.
4 hours ago

Randy Wittman is reportedly a candidate for the Pacers head coaching vacancy.

After firing Frank Vogel earlier this week, the Pacers are reportedly looking at Wittman to fill their head coaching vacancy. Wittman was let go last month by the Wizards after a mostly successful run as their head man that included back-to-back trips to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in 2014 and 2015.
5 hours ago

Jeremy Lin says he is going to opt-out of his contract but wants to stay in Charlotte.

"I definitely want to play with these guys and for this coach. No question in my mind that I'm interested in coming back," Lin said. He holds a player option for a shade over $2 million for next year, but it's clear that the opt-out is preferred in in order for him to search for a larger average annual salary and multi-year security.
6 hours ago

Rockets have added Frank Vogel to their coaching candidate list.

Though the Rockets are only just beginning a search process that Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has said will be "thorough" and individuals familiar with the team's plans said will include former head coaches, assistants and college coaches, Morey has thought highly of Vogel since they were with the Celtics together more than 10 years ago. That could be a huge determining factor that could very well get Vogel the job in the near future.
7 hours ago

Hawks will not have a shootaround Friday morning before Game 3.

This is by no means a trend that will be forming any time soon for the team, but is in the mix right now. These are typically given as a mental and physical break from the grind of an NBA basketball season, particularly in the playoffs. Not much to see here folks.
7 hours ago

Festus Ezeli could be looking at a three-year $50 million deal this summer, according to reports.

What one general manager said about Ezeli: "Obviously there are health issues you’re worried about, so I don’t think you’d want to go beyond three years. But he still has a lot of upside and he can get better in a bigger role." To break it down, that's a ton of money for a center who averaged 16.7 minutes per game this season and who has durability issues, but the Lakers are reportedly very interested in him which isn't a surprise after they hired Luke Walton. The Warriors can match any offers since he's a restricted free agent, but they won't be able to afford him if they have big plans in free agency.
7 hours ago

Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points (7-9 FGA, 1-2 FTA) with 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block over 38 minutes in Thursday's 96-92 overtime win against the Heat.

Valanciunas was 7-of-9 from the field and pulled down six offensive rebounds. He only has a 21.1 usage rate with a very good 59.3 true shooting percentage in the postseason, so the Raptors should be finding ways to get him more shots. He is feasting in the paint with 68.7 percent of his shots coming from within three feet. Coach Dwane Casey praised him after the game, so maybe the Raptors make him more of an offensive focal point since he's been playing better than anyone could have possibly expected in his last two games. He's an excellent option to go with right now at the center position in DFS.
8 hours ago

Kyle Lowry scored 18 points (7-22 FGA, 3-6 FTA) going 1-for-7 from three-point range with four rebounds, six assists and three steals over 47 minutes in Thursday's 96-92 overtime win against the Heat.

Lowry also had too many mistakes even in the non-shooting side of things and continues to struggle overall of late. After Game 1, Lowry stayed on the court until 1:00 in the morning and it didn't really help him here. His poor shooting night dropped his true shooting percentage of 39.9 in the postseason despite making 14-of-28 on mid-range shots. If the Raptors want to win this series, Lowry has to snap out of this funk and quickly. He's simply not an option DFS owners should seriously consider at the moment.
8 hours ago

DeMarre Carroll scored a team-high 21 points (7-13 FGA, 4-6 FTA) going 3-for-6 from three-point range with five rebounds, one assist and four steals over 40 minutes in Thursday's 96-92 overtime win against the Heat.

The scoring output ties Carroll's best for the season. While his offense was great, his defense wasn't quite up to his high standards. He's now played at least 37 minutes in three straight games and seems locked in as the main option at power forward now for his squad in this series. He's a nice value play in DFS at the moment.
8 hours ago