The NBA Playoffs continue Tuesday night with a three-game slate. The first game of the night is Kevin Durant and the Phoenix Suns taking on Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves lead this series 1-0 after a big game from Anthony Edwards in Game 1. 




The night's second game is the Indiana Pacers taking on the Milwaukee Bucks. The Pacers look to get even after Damian Lillard's 35-point performance in the Game 1 Bucks win. Then to wrap up the night, Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks take on Paul George and the Clippers. After a blowout in Game 1, it will be interesting to see how the Mavs bounce back.

We have a great night of basketball ahead of us with this three-game NBA DFS main slate. Now, let's dive into the slate.


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Pace Up Spots (Post All-Star Break)

Pace definition: Pace is the total number of possessions a team uses in a game.

*key* Green is elite pace of play, Blue is decent pace of play, & Red is slow pace of play.

Green = Fast Paced team

Blue = Neutral Paced team

Red = Slow Paced team

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Top-Tier NBA DFS Core Plays

Luka Doncic, PG Dallas Mavericks

There isn't much to say here about Luka that you already do not know. He has the highest ceiling and floor on the slate and that's why his price is so much higher than everyone else. He had an off-shooting game going 10-26 in the first matchup but still finished with 61.75 DKP. He is not going to shoot like that in back-to-back games, and I fully expect him to return value at his high price.

Damian Lillard, PG Milwaukee Bucks

With Giannis Antetokounmpo not expected to play in this one, It is Dame time once again. Dame finished with 35 game points and 19 in the first quarter finishing with 48.5 DKP. He also had a 36% usage rate on the night which we will gladly take. It wasn't the best DFS night from him, but the matchup against the Pacers is just too good to pass up for Dame. 

Anthony Edwards, SG/SF Minnesota Timberwolves

Anthony Edwards and the Timberwolves blew out the Suns in Game 1. Edwards was great in Game 1 and was six turnovers away from having a monster DFS night. He still finished with 56 DKP in 36 minutes with a line of 33/9/6/2. We expect this game to be more competitive but Minnesota is still the favorite in this one. If the Timberwolves win again, it is going to be on the back of Anthony Edwards on the offensive end and his 36% usage rate.

Mid-Tier Core Plays

Kyrie Irving, PG/SG Dallas Mavericks

Kyrie did a great job playing the Robin role next to Luke in Game 1. We know how good Kyrie has been in the playoffs throughout his career and he saw a 27% usage rate in 39 minutes. He has scored at least 50 DKP in four of his past five games and looks to be more locked in than ever. He has given the Mavs even decent numbers on the defensive end of the court grabbing two steals in four of his last five. At his price of $8,300, it is hard to pass up on a guy who is putting up that kind of number.

Paul George, SG/SF Los Angeles Clippers

Paul George had the highest usage rate for the Clippers in Game 1 at 27%, but James Harden had the bigger game. Harden shot 6-11 from three and George shot 4-12, and that was the difference. With Kawhi Leonard being very questionable again tonight you essentially have to pick between Harden and George if you want a star from the Clippers. I am going to go George tonight.

Pascal Siakam, SF/PF Indiana Pacers

We finally saw Siakam play big minutes for the Pacers and it was glorious. He got up 25 shot attempts with Tyrese Haliburton taking just seven shots and posted a line of 36 points and 13 rebounds on a 32% usage rate. Without Giannis in the lineup, Siakam is just a nightmare matchup for the Bucks. Bobby Portis is just not the type of defender they need on him. Plus the pace Indiana plays with is elite, play Siakam again tonight.

Khris Middleton, SF Milwaukee Bucks

With no Giannis on the court and Middleton playing 35 minutes, I will gladly pay $7,400. He had a 23-10 double-double in game one finishing with 45 DKP. Home teams are undefeated throughout the playoffs and if that is going to be the trend in this one Khris Middleton is going to need to be a huge part of that. I am comfortable playing him tonight in a juicy matchup with the Pacers.

Bradley Beal, PG/SG Phoenix Suns

It was a great sign in Game 1 with Bradley Beal playing 37 minutes in a game that was never really close in the second half. What we didn't love was the fact that he only took 10 shots on just a 15.8% usage rate. He did dish out six assists which is nice, but I do not expect Beal to be passive like he was in the first matchup again. Plus, the price of $6,400 is too good for me to pass up tonight even in a lower game total.

Ivica Zubac, C, Los Angeles Clippers

With Zubac being priced under 6K on DraftKings he will be locked into my lineup. He dominated the Mavericks bigs in Game 1 posting a 20-15 double-double. Dallas is going to need to figure out a way to contain him on the inside, or they are going to be in trouble. But in the meantime, until Dallas shows me they can do that, I am going to roll Zubac out at his price.

P.J. Washington, PF/C, Dallas Mavericks

P.J. Washington is the only other guy outside of Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic to score in double-digits in Game 1. He looks like he is the clear third option on this team. In the first matchup, Dallas liked leaning on Washington as their primary big as he played 37 minutes. Washington's price on DraftKings has me intrigued enough here to make him a core play if you want to stack the Mavs-Clippers game.

Value Tier Core Plays

Patrick Beverley, PG/SG Milwaukee Bucks

Patrick Beverley is going to play a huge part in this series as he tries to continue locking up Tyrese Haliburton. He held Haliburton to just seven shot attempts in the entire game. Bev played 37 minutes and scored 29.75 DKP which is not a great fantasy points per minute, but at his price, you will gladly take that.

Terance Mann, PG/SG Los Angeles Clippers

Terance Mann has been playing a big-time role for this Clippers team with Kawhi Leonard out. He is priced at just $4,100 on DraftKings and he played 39 minutes in Game 1 of this series. With Mann playing these many minutes he has created a very solid floor with a bit of scoring and solid rebounding. He will be one of the higher-owned players on the slate but you almost have to get to him with lack of value options on the slate.

Royce O'Neale, SF/PF Phoenix Suns

This one hinges a bit on whether Grayson Allen suits up or not with that sprained ankle, but Royce O'Neale should be in play. If Allen does not play O'Neale could be added into the starting lineup. He played 26 minutes off the bench in Game 1 and hit four three-point shots. If he sees 30 minutes tonight he should return his value at his price of just 4K.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG/SF Minnesota Timberwolves

With Kyle Anderson leaving in the first five minutes of Game 1 Nickeil Alexander-Walker benefited the most from it. He played 29 minutes off the bench finishing with 35.5 DKP. NAW knocked down four three-pointers and grabbed four steals. Those numbers may not be sustainable but with him just sitting at $4K on DraftKings he should return value once if Kyle Anderson ends up being ruled out with rotations tightening up.

DFS NBA Lineup Lock Updates & Late-News Core Play Section

*Section for players we are considering “core plays” based on late-breaking news & research

  • Grayson Allen is going to try and play tonight making Royce O'Neale less appealing. He will still be in play as I expect him to get 20+ minutes still, but he is not a priority.
  • With Kawhi Leonard expected to play everyone outside of Zubac takes a bit of hit for the Clippers. Kawhi is in play, but I question how many minutes he will play.

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