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Jamal Murray ($6,500) vs Trail Blazers– Murray came up big for the Nuggets in their close out game vs the Spurs the other night. Over the last 5 playoff games he is averaging 18.4 PPG 5.0 APG and is shooting 38.5% from the 3 point line. Things could open up scoring wise for the Nuggets here because of the Blazers less than stellar defense. They allowed the 7thmost points to opposing guards this season and with the way Murray is shooting him I wouldn’t be surprised to see another game of 23 PTS 4 AST and 5 REB like he had in that game 7 victory. Of all the starting point guards Murray is the cheapest and I have no problems with that.
Gary Harris ($4,900) vs Trail Blazers– The SG talent in this slate is really weak with only 3 players price above $5,000. Harris has been really inconsistent this season but in the playoffs he has started to play better and he has scored double digit points in each of his last 3 games. But what I really like is how he is shooting it from behind the arc, 47.6% in the last 5 games, if he can do that he could easily reach his value at this sub $5,000 price. This will likely be a fast paced game so Harris should surely get a lot of open looks from behind the arc.
Tobias Harris ($7,200) vs Raptors– Harris didn’t have his shot going in game 1 but he was able to grab 15 rebounds which was his 2ndgame this playoffs of 15+ boards. With his 19.8 PPG 12.0 RPG 4.8 APG in the last 4 games he has shown to be one of the most reliable fantasy options on this roster over Embiid and Simmons who have had their struggles. Harris is not shy about getting his shots up, 17 FGA in game 1, so I think his activity alone makes him an attractive option tonight. You can roster Harris with confidence tonight in what will hopefully be a bounce back game for Philly.
Serge Ibaka ($4,200) vs 76ers– Ibaka has only been logging around 20 minutes playing time in per game but has been really efficient in those minutes with a 21.9 FPTS average in the last 4 games. He comes in and gets his shots up and he is always a threat on the defensive end with blocks and will grab a decent amount of rebounds. After a 7 PTS 6 REB 2 BLK performance in game 1 his price dropped $400 and I think that is a bit of an overreaction. Ibaka is still a key big man off the bench for this team and at this price I’m willing to take a risk on him.
Nikola Jokic ($10,000) vs Trail Blazers– Jokic comes in at a hefty $10,000 price but for good reason. He has scored 79 FPTS and 67.25 FPTS in each of the last two games and has shown that he is a threat for a triple-double every time he steps on the floor. He will get the opportunity to go up against Blazers C Enes Kanter who is not known as a defender and in his last meeting vs Portland Jokic put up 22 PTS 13 REB and 9 AST in a W. There isn’t a lot to dislike about Jokic so I have no issue paying this premium price for him.
Fred VanVleet ($3,900) vs 76ers– VanVleet wasn’t very active in game 1 but I expect that to change in game 2. While I’m not expecting him to go for 20 PTS he has the capability to put up solid performances with his ability to pass the ball, as he has shown multiple times in the playoffs. This game will likely be closer and they could need his production off the bench assuming Kawhi doesn’t go off for almost 50 PTS for the second straight game. Off all the really low cost value options I think VanVleet offers the most upside for fantasy owners.