The NBA playoffs brings three games on the schedule Wednesday, including the Pacers trying to take a 2-0 series lead on the road against the Cavaliers and the Timberwolves trying to steal a win against the Rockets before their series shifts to Minnesota. There arenít a ton of options to pick from for your Yahoo entry with such a limited slate, but here are some players to target and avoid as you craft your entry.
James Harden, HOU vs. MIN ($50): Harden was dominant offensively in Game 1, scoring 44 points on his way to 63.8 Yahoo points. He attempted 26 shots in the contest, which is no surprise since he had a league-leading 36.3% usage rate during the regular season. Although Jimmy Butler is a tough defender, Harden still has one of the highest ceilings of anyone taking the floor Wednesday.
Corey Brewer, OKC vs. UTA ($14): Brewer didnít show any signs of being limited by a knee injury that had him listed as questionable heading into Game 1, ultimately playing 34 minutes. He averaged 29 minutes per game after signing with the Thunder and should continue to get plenty of minutes again in Game 2 based on their limited depth. His upside isnít great based since he doesnít get many scoring opportunities, but the certainty of playing time makes him someone to consider at this cheap price.
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Guard to Avoid
Eric Gordon, HOU vs. MIN ($20): Gordon did an excellent job filling in during the regular season when Harden and Chris Paul were injured at times, but heís not the same contributor when everyone is healthy. He averaged 15.3 points per game as a member of the second unit this season and scored only 17.2 Yahoo points in that role for Game 1. He doesnít provide much in the way of rebounds or assists either, so it might be best to avoid him Wednesday.
LeBron James, CLE vs. IND ($58): The Cavaliers were awful in Game 1, but that was mostly because of the supporting cast rather than James, who finished with a triple-double and 57 Yahoo points. The Cavaliers find themselves in the unfamiliar position of being down 1-0 at home in the first round of the playoffs, making Wednesday a crucial game. James will try to carry the team to a victory, likely resulting in another well-rounded stat line.
Bojan Bogdanovic, IND at CLE ($19): Bogdanovic played 39 minutes in Game 1, scoring 31.7 Yahoo points. He scored 15 points in the game, but his line could have been even better if he didnít shoot just 5-for-17 from the field, including 1-for-6 from behind the arc. He was a 47.4% shooter during the regular season, so donít expect him to struggle like that often. He may not be the flashiest option on the Pacers, but Bogdanovic can provide plenty of value at this price.
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Forward to Avoid
Andrew Wiggins, MIN at HOU ($23): Wiggins was not bad offensively in Game 1, scoring 18 points on 7-for-15 from the field. He did also grab six rebounds, but he only had one assist and no defensive contributions. Wiggins didnít offer much outside of scoring during the regular season as well, leaving him with limited upside in DFS. Heís not priced low enough to be worth the risk Wednesday.
Clint Capela, HOU vs. MIN ($29): Capela was excellent against the Timberwolves during the regular season, averaging 18.8 points, 10 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in four games. He carried that success over into Game 1, scoring 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds on his way to 51.9 Yahoo points. Heís still reasonably priced for Game 2, making him an excellent option at center.
Myles Turner, IND at CLE ($18): Turner had a disappointing season overall, but he was especially dreadful down the stretch. He took the playoffs as an opportunity to start with a clean slate and he certainly turned things around in Game 1, scoring 30.6 Yahoo points. The Cavaliers donít have great size up front, so itís not out of line to think that Turner could have a strong series if he stays aggressive. There arenít a lot of viable cheap centers available Wednesday, leaving Turner as someone to consider in tournament play.
Center to Avoid
Steven Adams, OKC vs. UTA ($24): Adams had the best year of his career during the regular season and was an anchor in the middle for a Thunder team that has very limited size up front. Heíll continue to get plenty of minutes in this series, but he draws a tough matchup against Rudy Gobert. Adams was held to 24.9 Yahoo points in Game 1 and could find it a struggle to score throughout this series. If you want to take a chance on a cheaper center Wednesday, going with Turner for six dollars fewer might be the better route to take.