NBA Playoff Dueling DFS Lineups April 23

NBA Playoff Dueling DFS Lineups April 23

Joseph wins Hello Rookie DraftKings DFS Dueling Lineup Game 2 in outstanding fashion.

The ever important series is now tied at 1 – 1.

While not the most impressive victory, I won 252.75 to 241.5. (Chris will be writing later in this article before it’s published.)

In short, Blake Griffin had another courageous effort (with knee), Jae Crowder came to play and Danual House Jr. couldn’t hit a shot to save his life last night.

With that being said, we’re off to another battle tonight with 4 games on the NBA Playoff Slate.

We have 3 of the same players (again, this is coincidental – we don’t consult one another before making our picks known).

There are 5 players in all that will determine who takes the Hello Rookie Dueling Lineup Game 3.

Note each of our lineups below. Think you can do better? We encourage you to join the same contest we’re playing in for free on DraftKings (locate button/link further down article). Limited to 100 total participants, join early and be a part of the action. Bragging rights are on the line.

Chris’s April 23rd NBA Playoff Lineup

PG – *CJ McCollum
SG – *C. LeVert
SF – T. Craig
PF – T. Harris
C – J. Poeltl
G – D. DeRozan
F – *K. Leonard
UTIL – J. Murray

Joseph’s April 23rd NBA Playoff Lineup

PG – B. Forbes
SG – *C. LeVert
SF – D. Green
PF – S. Ibaka
C – J. Embiid
G – *CJ McCollum
F – *K. Leonard
UTIL – J. Allen

* Indicates shared player.

josephs nba playoff april 23rd lineup

Joseph’s NBA Playoff April 23rd DFS Lineup Thought Process

In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.

What’s the over / under on whether or not Chris makes a snarky comment on Christianity? (Over / under on whether he knows that he is in fact a Protestant himself?)

Adding drama to daily fantasy sports is fun.

All jabs aside, Chris has a plethora of knowledge related to all things sports and has my full attention when digging into stats and analytics.

With that being said, I look forward to another win tonight.

I’ll be leaning on B. Forbes, D. Green, S Ibaka, J. Embiid and J. Allen to pull it off.

I like B. Forbes because he’s extremely fairly priced at $3,900, is seeing around 30 minutes per game and is averaging around 20 fantasy points per game. Bryn at $3,900 allows me to splurge on stars while relying on at least 20 points.

D. Green is the last choice I made after being happy with the rest of the squad. In other words, he was the best available in my opinion to soak of the remaining $4,300 budget I was left with. Danny’s production is a little more volatile than I would like but averages about 25 minutes per game, is relied on to shoot often and has solid 30+ fantasy point ceiling. If I can get anywhere near 20 points from Danny Green, I’ll be happy.

Chris rolled his eyes on Ibaka, and hey he might be right. However, at $4,900 he fits into my lineup perfectly. He’s a veteran big and doesn’t get huge amounts of minutes, but he’s very busy when on the floor (roughly 20 minutes per game). An extremely well rounded fantasy player, Serge Sabaka has been averaging over 8 rebounds in the past 10 games and frankly has potential to double – double tonight.

I like J. Allen tonight because he’s a starting center at $5,400. Jarrett Allen is indeed a ‘youngin’ at 21 years of age and being the Nets 1st Round 22nd Pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Like all great fantasy big men, he gets boards and points on a consistent basis. Additionally, he’s a fairly solid 20+ fantasy point performer with an increasing ceiling. He needs a big game for the Net’s to stay alive as the 76ers look to shut the door.

When it comes to Joel Embiid, I don’t really need to get into his ferocious stat line – we all know he’s a beast. The only question is whether or not he’s going to be worth the top dollar ($10,00). I’m of course betting that Joel will indeed be one of the stars that produces in a big way. He’s a rebound and point monster. I’m crossing my fingers on his minutes tonight, which will completely define his stats and my win or loss v Chris.

chris nba playoff april 23rd lineup

Chris’s NBA Playoff April 23rd DFS Lineup Thought Process

I could choose to go as low as Joe (haven’t been that height since late elementary school) but I’ll choose to keep it classy, leave his religion and pathetic lineup alone, and break down the thought process behind some of my picks.

CJ McCollum is having a series against the Thunder. He’s shooting just under 50% from the floor and over 50% from behind the arc on the series. He’s averaging 6.4x value over the last three games of the series and is coming back to the Moda Center with a chance to close out the Thunder tonight.

Even at his potentially season high salary, $5,900, Caris Lavert has been over 6x value in 3 of 4 games this series including one 7x and one 8x game. He played a season high minutes in game three and it paid off to the tune of a 25/6/5/1 line while shooting 50% from the floor. The 76ers/Nets series has been played at a fierce uptempo pace and tonight should once again be a high scoring matchup.

Torrey Craig was inserted into the starting lineup for the Nuggets to do three things: hit threes, play defense, and allow Barton to move back to the second unit where he can play with the ball in his hands more. The adjustment paid off for Denver and Malone as they got a much needed road win and Craig put up 18/8/2/1 in 37 minutes.

Tobias Harris has been an animal in the last two games of this series (8x+ value), averaging 26.5 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists. His minutes are up nearly 20% over that stretch, and I expect another big performance from Harris at home tonight.

Pop brought Jakob Poeltl to this earth for one reason, shutting down Nikola Jokic. In the process Poeltl has screened, rolled, and box-outed his way into back-to-back quality stat lines. He has hit 30 minutes in each of the last two games and went over 6x value in both games. I think his minutes stay up tonight, and he gives the Spurs his first double-double of the playoffs.

I recognized early on in this series that DeRozan was a man on a mission these playoffs. He isn’t settling (only 1 three attempt w/ 27 made free throws in the series) and has been active on the glass and on defense. The Spurs let Denver back into the series, and DeRozan narrowly escaped suspension after throwing a fastball Foster on a charge call… I expect him to be all business as the Spurs try to steal home court advantage back away from the Nuggets.

Kawhii Leonard’s terrific fantasy playoff run has gone under the radar thanks to a game with the flu and a game where he put up 26 points in 33 minutes, but uncharacteristically did not contribute anywhere else. In the other two games this series he has put up at least 53 points, just under 7x his $8,000 salary.

In his first playoffs, Jamal Murray has seen ups and downs, as you might expect… Michael Malone did a great job in game four bringing in Craig, taking Murray off White for stretches, and letting him really get going offensively. He average 9 reb+ast on the season, but on the series he is averaging under 5… to me that activity/production will come as he settles into this playoff run. Look for Murray to have his best game of the series back at home and lead my team to a triple digit win over the below-average-Joe’s tonight.

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Hello Rookie NBA Playoff Dueling Lineups Summary

In all honesty, with 4 games on the slate tonight – including some incredibly talented players – anything can happen.

If I’m worried about anything, it’s not having a share of Damar DaRozen and the possibility of Bryn and Danny Green missing the mark.

Nevertheless, tomorrow morning / afternoon, we’ll be going into full detail on this competition during The Hello Rookie Podcast.

If you’re reading this, join our contest on DraftKings and either email us or tweet us or send up smoke signals in the Charlotte, NC or Clearwater, FL areas.

I look forward to T. Craig, T. Harris, J. Poeltl and J. Murray having sub-par showings.

Thank you.


Lastly, for those interested in NBA Playoff Bets, Chris highlighted a few lines in today’s podcast.

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