PG – Rajon Rondo, New Orleans Pelicans @ Golden State Warriors
Playoff Rondo was nothing short of amazing in the Blazers series. He averaged 11 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 13 assists as he ran the show expertly for the Pelicans offense. The Warriors will present a different set of challenges for the veteran point guard, but he has more than earned the benefit of the doubt. He’s far and away the most trustworthy point guard on either of tonight’s game, which is why he deserves strong consideration.
SG – Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors vs New Orleans Pelicans
Thompson had a strong series overall against the Spurs as he averaged over 22 points on 52 percent shooting. He had to take on a bigger load within the Warriors offense, and he responded well. Even with Stephen Curry potentially set to come back for Game 1, look for Klay to remain an integral part of that Warriors offense against the Pelicans. New Orleans love to get up and down and suck opposing teams to shootouts. That should suit an expert sharpshooter like Thompson well. Klay averaged 24 points on 56 percent shooting in four meetings against the Pelicans this season.
SF – Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors vs New Orleans Pelicans
Durant has mostly had an underwhelming playoff series to date, especially compared to his superstar contemporaries in Giannis and Anthony Davis. But even after averaging 28 points, nine rebounds, and five assists against the Spurs, KD clearly has another level he can reach, and chances are he reaches it against the Pelicans, who don’t really have anyone on their roster who can hang with Durant defensively.
PF – Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks @ Boston Celtics
It sure seems like the Jabari Parker revival is legit. Parker finally fell back down to earth offensively in Game 6 as he had just nine points, but he still got 11 rebounds and a steal to bolster his fantasy production. Parker remains relatively dirt cheap, which makes him a high-value play at the power forward spot.
C – Al Horford, Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks
Horford is basically the only legitimate play at center with the likes of Thon Maker and JaVale McGee nowhere close to being reliable. Big Al has come up huge for the C’s at home, where he’s averaging over 20 points, ten rebounds, and three assists in three games. The Celtics will likely lean on their experienced veteran leader in this crucial Game 7, and look for Al to deliver.
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