As the NBA playoffs continue to heat up, today's main slate showcases four electrifying matchups set to captivate both fans and fantasy basketball enthusiasts alike. With stakes higher than ever and every possession holding the potential to swing the tide of a series, the intensity on the hardwood is palpable, and so are our NBA DFS picks



As DFS managers, navigating this landscape requires keen insight into player form, team dynamics, and strategic matchups. From perennial powerhouses to rising underdogs, tonight's slate promises a thrilling spectacle of athleticism, skill, and drama.

 So, buckle up as we delve into the matchups and unearth the hidden gems that could propel your DFS lineups to victory on this pivotal night in the NBA postseason.

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Notable NBA Injury Updates



NBA Game Totals 

CLE @ ORL - CLE leads series 2-1

OKC @ NOLA - OKC leads series 2-0

BOS @ MIA - Series tied at 1-1

DEN @ LAL - DEN leads series 3-0

Top Tier Core Plays

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

Jokic wasn’t really needed in terms of aggressiveness on the offensive end in Game 3 as he took just 13 shots and still fell just one assist shy of a triple-double while posting 58 DKP. It’s hard not to get to Jokic as his price has dropped to the cheapest it’s been since January 23rd.

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

I’m willing to add Anthony Davis here, but Davis has officially been listed as questionable heading into this one after injuring his wrist in Game 3. We’ve seen how good LeBron James can be without Davis, and although I believe Davis will play, what percent is he playing this game at? This could be one of those historic triple-doubles for LBJ in the postseason as the Lakers have one more chance at keeping the series alive.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder

Herbert Jones is a first-team All-Defensive type player and SGA went 13-of-19 for 33 points in Game 2. One of the league’s best players is down to just 9.1K, the cheapest he’s been all year long. It’s hard to ignore.

Mid-Tier Core Plays

Paolo Banchero, Orlando Magic

Banchero was amazing in Game 3 and didn’t even play in the fourth quarter. He had a 43% USG rate and 61 DKP in just 29 minutes. He’s notched at least a 34% USG in all three games this series and we saw how comfortable he looks at home.

Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets

He really hasn’t shot the ball well and Denver’s up 3-0. He’s shot 38% from the floor in each game, yet he’s playing monster minutes and has taken 20+ shots in each. He was one assist shy of his second double-double this series in Game 3 and if the shot falls, he’ll break the slate.

Jaylen Brown & Kristaps Porzingis, Boston Celtics

I thought both guys were too cheap last game and that’s the case once again. Brown was great in Game 2, but Porzingis was quite bad making just one shot. Brown was 13-for-23 from the floor and continues to get open looks from beyond the arc that he’s knocking down, shooting 7-for-14 from 3 through two games. Porzingis just needs to make shots and he’ll smash.

Chet Holmgren & Jalen Williams, Oklahoma City Thunder

The Pelicans continue to extend Jonas Valanciunas and Chet Holmgren is abusing that matchup on the offensive end, so they’ll need to decide whether or not to play Larry Nance Jr. more or just keep getting worked. If the answer is the latter, well we keep playing Chet. Williams has posted a 28%+ USG in the first two games and 36+ DKP in each.

Michael Porter Jr. & Aaron Gordon, Denver Nuggets

I continue to say it but stacking the Nuggets has been super fun and profitable. MPJ is simply underpriced in this matchup where he continues to find open looks and grab a boatload of rebounds in. Gordon was the MVP of Game 3 and has twice put up 37+ DKP in this series. With Denver cutting the backup center out of their lineup and using Gordon as the backup 5

Value Tier Core Plays

Austin Reaves, Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers needed someone to step up outside of LeBron James and Anthony Davis and Reaves was that in Game 3. He’ll likely need it again with Davis showing up on the team’s injury report with a wrist injury. Reaves was one of three Lakers to top 40 minutes.

Jalen Suggs, Orlando Magic

At this pricing tier, you’re not going to find many players that do more on this slate. Suggs has put up 25+ DKP in all three games this series and finally made a shot in Game 3. Suggs is a 1.07 FP/min in this series. That’s second on the team.

Nikola Jovic & Haywood Highsmith, Miami Heat

Jovic starts and Highsmith finishes. That’s basically where we’re at. Miami is short-handed and could be even more short-handed if Delon Wright misses this game. They’re both sitting in the mid-20s in terms of minutes nightly and Jovic has the ceiling, but Highsmith is cheaper.

Wendell Carter Jr., Orlando Magic

Game 3 was ugly for Carter from a numbers standpoint, but the thing we need to recognize is that he was inserted back into the starting lineup and the Magic put it on Cleveland by 30. Carter was a +19 in 24 minutes and didn’t play after the four minute mark of the third quarter because of the blowout. I like his price if he’s going to approach 30 minutes.

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