2nd May 2017
Though it’s hard to believe, the first round of the NBA Playoffs is already over. Surprisingly, only one matchup – the 4 vs. 5 series with the Clippers and the Jazz- went to a seventh game. The Celtics overcame an 0-2 deficit to advance in six, and the Warriors proved their dominance in a sweep of the Trailblazers. Will LeBron and Curry face off in the Finals for a third straight year or will a team like the Spurs, Wizards, Rockets, or Celtics make a championship run? As you watch some fantastic postseason NBA basketball, make sure you insert the following players into your Week 28 fantasy basketball betting lineups.
John Wall might be the leader of the Wizards, but he won’t be getting far without his wingman, Bradley Beal. Beal averaged 22 points per game in the Wizards’ six-game series against the Atlanta Hawks, and he’ll look to continue to carry that huge scoring load into the conference semi-finals against the Celtics. Beal’s deadly jumper and uncanny ability to finish around the rim makes him one of the best offensive weapons on the board in terms of shooting guards. He averaged 23 points, three rebounds, and four assists over the course of the regular season, and you can expect him to match those numbers in the playoffs. He’s scored 30 or more fantasy basketball points in ten of his last 11 outings at just around a $7,500 price tag on FanDuel and DraftKings.
Andre Iguodala doesn’t put up garish numbers for the stacked Golden State Warriors, but he turns up his game once the playoffs start. His DFS numbers were relatively low and fairly inconsistent during the regular season, but in four postseason outings he’s scored 21 or more fantasy points. Iguodala is one of the most versatile players in the NBA, as proven by his eight points, four rebounds, and three assists per game during the regular season. He may not play a major scoring role for the Warriors, but he’ll command the second unit and give you a nice stat line every night. You can expect to pay around $5,000 for his services.
LaMarcus Aldridge is yet another player who isn’t known as the star of his team but will play an integral role for them in the playoffs. The veteran big man, formally of the Portland Trailblazers, averaged 17 points and seven rebounds per game during the regular season. He was also a huge reason why the Spurs took out the Memphis Grizzlies in just six games. Aldridge’s spot-on mid-range jumper and tough post game makes him an impossible matchup for most big men. In six games against a very difficult Memphis defense, Aldridge posted 16 or more points three times and two double-doubles. Expect his numbers to get even better as he enters a much easier situation in the Spurs’ series with the Houston Rockets. You’ll only have to pay around $7,200 on FanDuel and $6,200 on DraftKings for this elite big man.