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1) DraftKings is offering Classic Competition OVER 2 DAYS, so you can find our datasheet/optimizer and Tier plays for that below!

We will ALSO be providing you guys with our Playoff Showdown Blueprint, which contains our Captain/MVP plays, Dark horse plays, as well as ownership projections for Showdown!

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Today's Optimizers and Datasheets
(Optimizer is for DK Classic Slate, FD Datasheet is for Showdown)

 6/30 Excel Optimizer/Datasheet

(Note: Needs Excel Version 2010 or later)

 6/30 Google Sheets Optimizer/Datasheet


- Today's main slate features 1 game. Nobody is on a back to back.

- As of this writing, the game with the highest and lowest over/under is LAC v PHO at 215 points. 

Classic Blueprint

Welcome to our brand new section for the NBA Playoffs! This section will provide you with a full breakdown (or 'blueprint') of both players and strategies we like for tonight and tomorrow's Classic Competition Contests. Our goal is for this section to replace our usual 'Need to Know' and 'Core Plays' sections, as there is typically much less injury news in the playoffs and we want to focus in more on matchups and lineup construction!

Tonight's Lineup Construction: 

This sub-section will briefly breakdown lineup construction strategies to consider for tonight's slate. Are there high tier must plays? Is there a ton of cheap value? Should you go Stars and Scrubs? Etc.

You’ll notice that 7 of the 9 guys on this list are from the ATL-MIL game. This is because with Trae and Giannis both presumably sidelined with injuries, there is lots of value opened up across the board. I will definitely be skewing my lineup heavily towards this game for the classic Wed-Thurs slate. In a time like the playoffs where it’s rare to get massive value opened up as a result of injuries, you need to pounce on it when you can, and Giannis and Trae are really great opportunities.

These situations do differ a bit, though. Without Trae, we already know what the Hawks will do, because it’s what they did in game 4. Lou will likely start, and guys like Reddish, Huerter, Bogdan, etc will get a lot more looks than normal. For MIL, though, it’s unclear how the rotation will change. I definitely like Portis, who I think gains the biggest boost as a result of Giannis’ injury, just because he plays a similar position and has a similar skillset.

Tier 1 ($8,000+)

Each of the following tiers will provide our top 2-3 value plays (depending on how many games there are) of the night from within the specified price range.

Note: We will be using DraftKings prices for the price-range classifications. 

1. Khris Middleton ($9,400)

I’m going to assume Giannis doesn’t play, or that if he does he won’t be himself. In that case, Middleton gets a massive boost, as he becomes the go-to offensive weapon for MIL. Since this slate covers tonight and tomorrow’s games, you’ll have to assume both Giannis and Trae’s availability tonight, in which case I would assume they won’t play.

2. Jrue Holiday ($8,300)

Pretty similar situation to Khris Middleton here. I anticipate Giannis sitting (or not being close to 100%), and that means both Middleton and Holiday will get massive boosts; they’ll both have the ball more and take more shots, so you definitely have to get one or both of them into your lineup given their price tags. They could both have ceiling games.

3. Paul George ($10,300)

I honestly don’t have much confidence in the Suns tonight. PG has looked pretty unstoppable, and I think he’ll have another huge game tonight. It seems like he’s constantly looking for his shot (and for good reason) in these win or go home games, and tonight will be another opportunity for him to change his “not clutch” legacy.

Tier 2 ($5,000-$7,900)

1. Kevin Huerter ($5,800) 

Like Giannis, I’m going to assume Trae either isn’t going to play or won’t be himself. If he was able to even remotely play in game 4, he would have, so I think the fact that he sat is very telling. If/when he sits, Huerter will become one of the top offensive options, and I think you have to get him into your lineup considering his price.

2. Bogdan Bogdanovic ($5,100)

I’ve been pretty low on Bogdan as of late, but his knee is looking a bit better, and he takes enough shots to return value almost every night, so I think shooting well last game will bode well for his numbers moving forward. Again, without Trae (or with a limited Trae), Bogdan will get more shots and playmaking opportunities than normal… and he’s almost in the bottom tier. Seems to be a great value play.

3. Deandre Ayton ($7,400)

I see two scenarios tonight, both of them good for Ayton. Either Zubac comes back, in which case Ayton gets to go up against someone who he’s had some really solid dfs nights against in this series already. Or, LAC goes small again, in which case Ayton will most certainly make some adjustments to assure that he’s more effective tonight than he was in game 5 against the small lineup - could see more post ups and OREBS.

Tier 3 ($3,000-$4,900)

1. Bobby Portis ($4,500)

Again, I’m going to assume Giannis either won’t play or will be limited, in which case Portis is definitely the most logical choice to take over his minutes. Portis is very effective while he’s in there, and I would really like his chances to return value if he got in the 30 minute range, which he should if Giannis is out.

2. Lou Williams ($3,600)

Lou Williams got the start in game 4 and looked like the Lou Williams we know and love. If Trae continues to sit, he’ll probably see lots of minutes like he did last night, and also lots of opportunities to make plays for himself and others. I love his value at 3.6k, and even though Jrue will probably attempt to lock him up in game 5, he should still get his due.

3. Cam Reddish ($3,700)

Reddish showed some really excellent flashes in game 4, and it should definitely earn him a larger role moving forward, especially if Trae continues to be sidelined. Even if Trae plays tomorrow night, I would like Cam’s chances to see good minutes and return value. He can defend and make threes, and he’s quite an athlete, so he needs to see more minutes, and I think the Hawks know that after last night.

Showdown Blueprint!

This section will provide you with my 3 favorite captain plays, my 3 favorite dark horse plays, and game-specific lineup construction strategy!

Captain/MVP Plays

This section will highlight my 3 favorite Captain (DK) and MVP (FD) plays.

Note: For DK, picking a player as your captain means that they will receive 1.5x bonus on their normal points, but their price will increase by 1.5x as well. For FD, the MVP receives a 2x bonus without any adjustment to their price.

1. Deandre Ayton ($8,800 DK and $14,000 FD) *especially on DK*

Ayton will probably be going up against a small lineup again tonight, and I think he performs a lot better than he did in game 5. He’s going to need to punish the Clippers for going small on him, and I think that means he’ll post up more and look to shoot his midrange over the defender early and often. If Zubac plays, Ayton has proven he can play well against him.

2. Paul George ($12,000 DK and $16,000 FD)

PG has done everything for this Clippers team in both this series and these playoffs. Also, with his back against the wall, he’s had some of the best games of his career. He’s going to come out tonight incredibly aggressive, and I expect him to have another huge game. He’ll score and get rebounds, and if his teammates can hit shots, he could even end up on triple-double watch.

3. Chris Paul ($9,600 DK and $12,000 FD) *especially on FD*

Paul had 22 and 8 in game 5, but he didn’t play as well as I think he can. Tonight, I think he’ll show his true leadership qualities and take on a bigger role for the Suns. He’s finally gotten a couple games under his belt, and I think he should continue to be aggressive early and often tonight, especially in a close out game on the road, where they’ll be looking to their leader.

Dark Horse Plays

This section will provide you with some value towards the lower end of the price spectrum. These guys will also be low ownership plays that give you a good chance to differentiate your lineup from the field!

1. Nicolas Batum ($3,000 DK and $8,500 FD)

Batum played 30 minutes last game without Zubac, and if Zubac sits again (which I could definitely see happening), I would really like his chances of playing 30+ minutes again. If he plays these minutes, he’ll be able to shoot a decent number of open threes and will crash the glass hard, so he should be able to return value with his tiny price tag on both sites.

2. Marcus Morris ($4,000 DK and $11,000 FD) *ESPECIALLY ON DK*

I don’t love Morris on FD, but I LOVE HIM on DK. He’s going to start and play really solid minutes tonight, and his knee has looked pretty solid in these last couple games. He should only be more and more healthy, and he shot the ball super well last game, so he should continue being super aggressive tonight, especially at home. Here are a couple players that he’s priced behind on DK: Patrick Beverley, Demarcus Cousins, Cam Payne...

3. Jae Crowder ($5,400 DK and $8,000 FD) *especially on FD*

Crowder is priced behind Cousins, Beverley, and Batum on FD, but I actually think he has a really good chance of out scoring them all. He hasn’t shot the ball well in this series, but I think any night could be a turning point, especially since both Book and CP3 had big games a couple nights ago.

Lineup Construction Strategy

This section will highlight some game-specific trends and adjustments. Remember, the playoffs force teams to beat their opponent 4 TIMES, meaning game 1 looks A LOT different than game 7 most of the time.

The biggest thing to keep in mind tonight is the Ivica Zubac news. My gut is telling me he isn’t going to play. They played their best game of the series last game without him, so I don’t see why they would risk injury to bring him back tonight. In that case, I think there are multiple outcomes. First of all, the Clippers will continue to go small, which is good for guys like Mann, Morris, Batum, etc. The other thing that I think will happen is a mindset change from Ayton. He’s going to have to take more advantage of the lack of size by either posting up in the paint or shooting over his defender in the mid-range, 2 things he didn’t do a lot of in game 5. I expect a FAR MORE AGGRESSIVE Ayton tonight, which should bode really well for his dfs statistics tonight.

Each days newsletter will be posted no later than 2 hours before the main slate of games tips-off, see you tomorrow!