FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 4/18/18
Oladipo and George are both questionable for their Game 2s tonight, so take a close look at potential beneficiaries from their absence.
PG – Ricky Rubio, Utah Jazz @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Rubio struggled from the field in his playoff debut as he went just 5-of-18 for 13 points. However, he still worked himself to a strong fantasy night by picking up seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals. Rubio could have himself even more opportunities to handle the ball with Donovan Mitchell possibly out for Game 2 with a toe injury. With some better shooting, Rubio could end up with another strong performance against the Thunder.
SG – Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Oladipo was outstanding in Game 1 against the Cavs as he went off for 32 points, six boards, four assists, four steals, and a block. There’s the risk he cools off significantly after going a red-hot 11-of-19 from the field and 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. But he will probably get enough usage to work himself into a good game even if he doesn’t shoot as well (It should also be noted that he’s shooting close to 60 percent in his last eight games.), and the Cavs’ shaky perimeter defense doesn’t exactly look like it will lock Dipo down on that end.
SF – Bojan Bogdanovic, Indiana Pacers @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Oladipo’s teammate, Bogdanovic, also had a strong showing in Game 1 with 15 points, six boards, and three steals. Although, he could’ve had a much better night had he gone better than 5-of-17 from the field. Bojan is likely to continue getting consistent shot attempts as the team’s second option behind Oladipo, and he’s liable to make a few more against this Cavs offense. At his price, it’s worth considering as a high-upside play.
PF – Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz
After a blistering Game 1 performance, Paul George is questionable to play in Game 2 due to a bruised hip. While that’s not good news for the Thunder as a whole, it could be promising news for Melo’s fantasy outlook. Melo had a great fantasy night in Game 1 even with PG-13 cooking as he finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. Expecting Melo to rack up those steals and blocks numbers again is highly unlikely. But if he can bump up his points and rebounds up with George out, he’d easily have strong value.
C – Clint Capela, Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Capela had a monstrous Game 1 for the Rockets as he outplayed Karl-Anthony Towns en route to 24 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks. Those types of numbers are par for the course for the young big man, who has punished the T-Wolves all season long. He averaged nearly 19 points, ten rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game in four meetings against them this season. Even though his price has gone up significantly, Capela could turn out to be a relatively safe selection.
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