DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  April 23 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: April 23
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Jimmy Butler Headshot

Butler scored 33 points (7-16 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 19-23 FT) while adding nine assists, five rebounds and a steal in 46 minutes during Sunday's 104-95 Game 4 loss to the Celtics.

It was an absolutely heroic effort by Butler, but he got almost no help from his teammates as no other Bull scored more than 13 on the night. He's now averaging 24.8 points, 7.3 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 three-pointers through the first four games of the series.
Yesterday 11:20 pm (EST)
Gerald Green Headshot

Green scored 18 points (7-13 FG, 4-9 3Pt) while adding seven rebounds in 23 minutes during Sunday's 104-95 Game 4 win over the Bulls.

Making his second straight start, Green supplied the Celtics with some key outside shooting as they took both games in Chicago to even the series at 2-2. The 31-year-old is quickly becoming one of the surprising stories of the postseason, and with Boston's rotations clicking at the moment expect Green to remain in the starting five for Game 5 on Wednesday.
Yesterday 11:16 pm (EST)
Al Horford Headshot

Horford scored 15 points (6-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding 12 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in 36 minutes during Sunday's 104-95 Game 4 win over the Bulls.

It's his 25th career postseason double-double but first in a Celtics uniform, as Horford continues to provide a young lineup with a steadying influence. The 30-year-old is now averaging 14.8 points, 9.5 boards, 5.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 three-pointers through four games in the series.
Yesterday 11:13 pm (EST)
Isaiah Thomas Headshot

Thomas scored 33 points (10-21 FG, 1-9 3Pt, 12-13 FT) while adding seven assists, four rebounds and a steal in 36 minutes during Sunday's 104-95 Game 4 win over the Bulls.

After dropping the first two games of the series at home, Thomas and the Celtics have roared back to tie it at 2-2 by beating the Bulls twice in Chicago. The 28-year-old guard was dialed in all game, scoring 16 points in the first half and 17 in the second, including 10 points as part of a 12-0 Celtics run in the third quarter that helped seal the victory. Expect another big performance from Thomas on Wednesday back in Boston for Game 5.
Yesterday 11:10 pm (EST)
Gordon Hayward Headshot

Hayward has succumbed to the food poisoning that he had been battling all day and will not return to Sunday's Game 4 against the Clippers, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Hayward attempted to play during Sunday's game, but simply didn't have any more energy after contributing three points (1-3 FG, 1-3 3Pt) and two rebounds across nine minutes. He should be considered questionable for Tuesday's Game 5 until further notice.
Yesterday 10:38 pm (EST)
Marreese Speights Headshot

Speights will draw the start at power forward for Sunday's Game 4 against the Jazz/

As expected, with Blake Griffin (toe) out for the remainder of the postseason, coach Doc Rivers will opt to insert Speights into the starting five in Griffin's stead. In two previous starts this season, the big man averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 21.5 minutes, making him a solid low-cost DFS option for Sunday's contest.
Yesterday 9:12 pm (EST)
Derrick Favors Headshot

Favors will come off the bench for Sunday's Game 4 matchup against the Clippers, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

With Rudy Gobert (knee) back in the starting five, Favors will come off the bench. It's possible he sees less than the 34.3 minutes per game he's been averaging throughout the series, though Gobert may not play a full workload, which may allow Favors to still cross the 30-minute threshold.
Yesterday 9:09 pm (EST)
Gordon Hayward Headshot

Hayward is dealing with food poisoning but will play during Sunday's Game 4 against the Clippers after taking an IV most of the day, radio voice of the Jazz David Locke reports.

Hayward will attempt to play despite coming down with food poisoning. That being said, it's possible he becomes too ill to play his usual workload during the contest, making him a risky play in DFS.
Yesterday 9:03 pm (EST)
Rudy Gobert Headshot

Gobert (knee) will play during Sunday's Game 4 against the Clippers, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

After going through pregame warmups, Gobert feels good enough to take the floor during Sunday's game. There's been no confirmation of a minutes restriction at this moment, though it's hard to believe he would see his usual 33.9 minutes per game in his first game back from a bruised and hyperextended knee. Regardless, he'll likely rejoin the starting five, possibly bumping either Boris Diaw or Derrick Favors to the bench. If for some reason he doesn't start, expect the same starting five the Jazz have been running out since Gobert's injury.
Yesterday 8:00 pm (EST)
Shaun Livingston Headshot

Livingston (finger) is questionable for Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers.

Livingston sat out Saturday's Game 3 after being a partial participant in Friday's practice and is currently being listed as questionable for Monday's Game 4. If he misses more time, Ian Clark will presumably continue to fill in. An update on Livingston's status will probably come after Monday's morning shootaround.
Yesterday 6:50 pm (EST)
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