Yahoo DFS Basketball: Tuesday-Wednesday Picks

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Tuesday-Wednesday Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Basketball series.

After a day off Monday, the NBA playoffs resume Tuesday with Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals will be played Wednesday, forming a two-game slate across two days on Yahoo. Here are some players to consider for your entry, as well as a few to possibly avoid.

GUARDS

Goran Dragic, MIA vs. BOS ($24): It took a while, but Dragic finally had a bad game. He was only 2-for-10 from the field in Game 3, finishing with 11 points – his fewest in any game since Aug. 10. He also had five turnovers to go along with his five assists. As bad as he was, don't overact to one bad game. In the first two games of the series, Dragic averaged 27 points, five rebounds and 4.5 assists. He's also shooting 46.3 percent from the field for the playoffs, overall. Look for him to bounce back in Game 4.

Tyler Herro, MIA vs. BOS ($21): With Dragic struggling, Herro attempted 18 shots in Game 3 – his most in any of the Heat's playoff games. Despite only shooting 4-for-12 from behind the arc, he scored 22 points across 36 minutes. His extensive playing time off the bench has enabled him to score at least 29.3 Yahoo points in four straight games, making him an appealing option moving forward.

Guard to Avoid

Kemba Walker, BOS at MIA ($25): Is Walker finally over his shooting slump? He might be after going a combined 17-for-35 from the field over the last two games. However, he only registered five total assists across those contests compared to nine turnovers. The return of Gordon Hayward has added another playmaker to the floor, so Walker's assists totals might continue to be underwhelming as the series progresses. Dragic has had a much more successful playoff run and is a dollar cheaper, so it might be wise to steer clear of Walker.

FORWARDS

Anthony Davis, LAL at DEN ($51): The Lakers almost blew a late lead against the Nuggets in Game 2, but Davis saved the day with a game-winning three-pointer as time expired. It capped a masterful performance in which he finished with 31 points, nine rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks. He's scored at least 51.9 Yahoo points in seven of the last eight games and there's no reason to believe that he won't have an extremely high floor moving forward. For the most part, the Nuggets have defended LeBron James fairly well through two games, but they don't have an answer for Davis.

Danny Green, LAL at DEN ($12): If you're looking to take a chance on a more budget-friendly option, than Green should at least be on your radar at this salary. He's an excellent three-point shooter who has also chipped in seven steals across the last four games. While his numbers don't jump off the page, he has scored at least 24.5 Yahoo points in each of the first two games against Denver.

Forward to Avoid

Michael Porter Jr., DEN vs. LAL ($18): Porter only played 20 minutes in Game 2, despite shooting 6-for-9 from the field and drilling a pair of three-pointers. Therein lies the dilemma with deploying him in DFS. He can go off on the offensive end any given night, but he's also a liability defensively, which can curb his playing time. The inconsistent role has resulted in Porter scoring 22.4 Yahoo points or fewer in four of the last five games.

CENTERS

Bam Adebayo, MIA vs. BOS ($34): The Celtics have no answer for Adebayo. He's had a dominant series, averaging 22 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, two steals and 1.7 blocks. The only appealing centers for this slate are Adebayo and Nikola Jokic ($46), but when you consider their difference in salaries, Adebayo is almost too good to pass up.

Dwight Howard, LAL at DEN ($10): If you want to fade Adebayo and Jokic, you might as well punt center with a minimum-salary player. Enter Howard, who at least showed some upside in Game 1 with 26.6 Yahoo points. To Howard's credit, he seems to have embraced the role of defensive antagonist, but he did come crashing back down to earth with 8.4 Yahoo points in Game 2. Howard should continue to win the minutes battle over JaVale McGee, but he's an inherently risky option.

Center to Avoid

Daniel Theis, BOS at MIA ($15): The matchup with Adebayo is about as bad as it gets for Theis. He's been shut down in the series, scoring 19.1 Yahoo points or fewer in each contest. Playing time usually isn't a problem for him, but he did foul out of Game 1 and he had five fouls in Game 3, so he could have difficulty staying on the floor if he can't correct that issue.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Mike Barner plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: mbarner, DraftKings: mbarner51.
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Mike Barner
Mike started covering fantasy sports in 2007, joining RotoWire in 2010. In 2018, he was a finalist for the 2018 FSWA Basketball Writer of the Year award. In addition to RotoWire, Mike has written for Sportsline, Sports Illustrated, DK Live, RealTime Fantasy Sports, Lineup Lab and KFFL.com.
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