Here we go. Playoffs are on. Today we are looking at 4 games starting at 1:30 PM EST. This is the playoffs, so you will see tighter rotations along with some players getting more minutes. People will look at recent game logs for players and see limited minutes or low FPs.
Already have a player that left the bubble for personal reasons (Mike Conley). They are now down two starters from the regular season. Donovan Mitchell picks up the most usage with these two off the court. Jordan Clarkson and Rudy Gobert will also play a bigger role. Joe Ingles could see some time at the point increasing his value.
On the other side of the Jazz game the Nuggets are still with out two starters Gary Harris and Will Barton. Monte Morris should continue to start and we should see additional minutes from Jamal Murray and a few of the other starters.
My favorite plays at each position are listed first with a full writeup. I like them to give the best return per $.
Jamal Murray (PG Nuggets)
The Nuggets are still with out Gary Harris and Will Burton leaving Murray as the #1 guard. In his first game back from injury Murray took 25 shots and scored 23 points. He added 12 rebounds and 8 assists in that game just missing a triple double. This game was against the Jazz the same he is playing today. The way to attack the Jazz is at the guard position. Murray should see minutes in the high 30s with them down a few guards.
Kemba Walker- price is down on both sites. Minutes limited removed.
Alec Burks- experience will get him run in the playoffs.
Donovan Mitchell (PG/SG Jazz)
The Jazz will be without Mike Conley the starting point guard and with him off the floor Mitchell takes charge leading the way in usage. He will pick up a few extra minutes as well.
Caris LeVert- absolute beast as of late and should continue into the playoffs.
Jordan Clarkson- no Conley means more minutes for Clarkson.
Marcus Smart- steps up in the playoffs.
Garret Temple-experienced player that will need to step up.
Josh Richardson (SG/SF Sixers)
The Sixers will be with out Ben Simmons for the playoffs and I expect J Rich to step up and play big. He is an all around player that can do it all on both sides of the court. I also expect him to play big minutes today. The Celtics will have most of the focus on Embiid so I expect J Rich to take advantage of that. This year he has played very well vs this Celtics team.
Paul George- George and Leonard have similar upside, but George is cheaper option. Both are good plays but rank George first.
Gordon Heyward - he will step up this year in the playoffs and show why he was brought to Boston.
Norman Powell-high upside in this mathcup.
Paul Milsap (PF Nuggets)
Milsaps minutes have been all over the place during the regular season. Anywhere from the teens to the mid 30s. This should change during the playoffs as Milsap has the experience and talent to help the Nuggets. Expecting him to play closer to 30 minutes and at his price, especially on FanDuel he is a steal.
Kristaps Porzingas- I can see George and Leonard trying to lock down Doncic, which will allow Porzingas to get his. Luka Doncic is in play everyday and enough value to get him in today as well. Rank Porzingas ahead of him today.
Marc Gasol (C Raptors)
During the regular season Gasol averaged around 26 minutes per game with some in the lower 20s, especially as of late. Last year during the playoffs he averaged 30 minutes and previous years closer to 40. Expect Gasol to see close to 30 minutes and possibly more if game stays close. He is a good defender which will help him stay on the floor. Best matchup for a center on the board as the Nets are ranked dead last allowing over 60 FPs in the bubble. Under 5K on both FanDuel and DraftKings and best play per value. Excellent value play as well.