NBA DFS Playbook: May 2
Sean Mitchell pores over all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best DFS NBA players for today's contests!
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J. Poeltl - C
Jakob Poeltl notched 11 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and one steal in a win vs. the Kings on Friday, hitting 5-of-7 field goals with one turnover in 35 minutes.
If you've rostered Poeltl with reasonable expectations, he hasn't disappointed. Over the past month he's averaged 10.0 points on 63.0% shooting with 7.3 boards, 2.3 dimes, 1.9 blocks, 0.9 steals and just 1.5 turnovers. The notoriously poor free throw shooter has even connected on 77.4% of his freebies in that span, taking care of his greatest fantasy weakness. He hit his only free throw attempt tonight.
Added 12:50 am (EST)
D. Murray - PG
Dejounte Murray finished Friday's win in Sacramento with 22 points, seven assists, five rebounds and one steal in 35 minutes of action.
Murray did tie his season high with six turnovers, but his mid-range game was clicking and he seemed to answer every Kings' run with a critical bucket. He did recently miss a game in a back-to-back situation as a precaution, so it's not a given that he'll suit up vs. the Blazers on Saturday. The same can be said for DeMar DeRozan (25 points, six boards), who got a bit banged up in a fall during the third quarter. We'll keep an eye on the Spurs' injury report after shootaround.
Added 12:49 am (EST)
D. Ayton - C
The Suns beat the visiting Knicks on Friday, led by Deandre Ayton's efficient double-double with 26 points and 15 rebounds in 29 minutes.
Ayton shot 10-of-14 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line with one assist, one steal, one block and zero turnovers. The offensive surge was a welcome sight after he'd been held to single digits in four of his previous six outings, though it may have come too late for fantasy GMs. He's underperformed this season, relative to his Average Draft Position in fantasy leagues, and it'll be hard to burn an early-round pick on him unless there are signs that his offensive role will increase in 2021-22. After all, his current 18.5% usage is easily a career low, down from 23.7% last season and 21.2% as a rookie.
Added 12:48 am (EST)
J. Crowder - PF
Jae Crowder (right ankle) sank 6-of-13 shots including 6-of-12 from deep on Friday, scoring 18 points with three assists and a pair of rebounds in 23 minutes.
Crowder had been out nearly three weeks with the ankle injury and the Suns had him on a minute-limit, but after a slow start he caught fire from deep to seal a 128-105 home win. Torrey Craig (four points, five boards) has been playing well as a fill-in starter, but could cede the job to Crowder as soon as Sunday vs. the Lakers. Feel free to grab him off the wire, but don't expect a repeat performance on Sunday -- this tied the second-most triples Crowder has hit in a game all season, and it was his second-highest scoring output in over five weeks.
Added 12:47 am (EST)
C. Payne - PG
Cameron Payne (sore left knee) chipped in 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting with three 3-pointers, three assists and two steals in 21 minutes off the Suns' bench on Friday.
Payne was a game-time decision but he moved well on his balky knee tonight, albeit with most of his stats coming in garbage-time. His minutes may be limited while he tries to put this knee soreness behind him for good, but the Suns don't really need to worry about his workload since Chris Paul (17 points, 11 dimes) continues to lock down 30+ minutes per game.
Added 12:46 am (EST)
D. Lillard - PG
Damian Lillard dropped 38 points with seven assists, four rebounds, two steals and five triples in a crucial win over the Lakers on Friday.
The Blazers and Lakers were tied in the standings coming into tonight, so this was a huge win for Portland to keep them above the play-in spot (7th). This was Portland’s sixth win out of their last seven games and they appear to be rounding into form just in time for the playoffs. Dame will get a matchup vs. the Spurs on Saturday.
Added 12:45 am (EST)
R. Barrett - SG
RJ Barrett shot just 8-of-22 from the field for 23 points on Friday, adding eight rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 41 minutes of action.
The good news is that five of Barrett's makes were from downtown, extending his streak with at least one 3-pointer to a season-high-tying 12 games. He's on fire from deep but struggling inside the arc, with May averages of 38.1% shooting overall, but 48.1% from deep. The growth of his game this season has been impressive, particularly when it comes to percentages, though a lack of defensive stats (0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks) continues to lower his ceiling in 8-cat and 9-cat.
Added 12:45 am (EST)
D. Rose - PG
Derrick Rose sank 7-of-14 field goals and 2-of-2 free throws for 17 points vs. the Suns on Friday, adding six assists and four rebounds in 29 minutes.
New York was playing without Alec Burks (knee contusion) and Immanuel Quickley (sprained left ankle), so the backcourt was wide open. Rose took advantage but the same can't be said for starting point guard Elfrid Payton (five points in 18 minutes) or backup Frank Ntilikina, who contributed just one assist and one turnover in 15 minutes off the bench.
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