When picking between the two games Friday night in daily fantasy basketball, it is fairly easy. The Houston Rockets at the Los Angeles Clippers is going to be the higher-scoring affair. We look to the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls to provide us with the DraftKings bargains as we outline the best lineup for May 8.
PG Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls ($7,700)
With Chris Paul ($9,600) nursing a hamstring issue, Rose is the third-most expensive point guard on the board and also the safest play among them. Even if Paul is announced as a starter for the Los Angeles Clippers, you cannot be sure he will be healthy.
Sure, the Chicago Tribune's Steve Rosenbloom points out Rose is much less productive on one-day rest, which will be the conditions of Game 3 on Friday night, but we like the fact Rose is motivated for that trend to end at home here.
Fourteen points on one day’s rest is unfortunately typical for Rose's postseason after his numerous injuries and surgeries. By comparison, on two days’ rest, Rose has averaged 24.2 points a game.
After eliminating the Bucks in the first round and gaining several days off, Rose went for 25 in the Game 1 win over the Cavs. But then, with less rest before Game 2, Rose reverted to form.
Rose contends the media just made this up. Yeah, the media made up the math. Evil, lying media. Next thing you know, the media will make up that Rose shot 6-for-20 Wednesday.
- Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Browns ($8,700)
- Austin Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers ($4,300)
SG Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers ($4,900)
His Game 2 production was buoyed by Paul's ailing hamstring, but unless Mr. Miyagi is in the building, Paul is not going to be 100 percent in Game 3 either. Paul is a game-time decision and might play, but that doesn't mean he can carry a 35-minute load. That's where Crawford and his sub-$5,000 price comes in handy for DFS grinders.
- James Harden, Houston Rockets ($10,100)
- Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls ($8,700)
SF Trevor Ariza, Houston Rockets ($5,700)
It is no secret Ariza has become an important piece for the Rockets in this series, having played 38 and 45 minutes in the first two games, scoring in double figures in back-to-back games for the first time all postseason. He even had a double-double last time out. Also, the Clippers are 29th at DraftKings against small forwards.
Ariza comes at a discount over Josh Smith ($6,100) and Ariza is the one getting more minutes and production in this series versus the past one against the Dallas Mavericks.
- LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers ($11,200)
- Matt Barnes, Los Angeles Clippers ($5,300)
PF Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers ($10,500)
Your budget forces you to choose between LeBron James ($11,200), James Harden ($10,100) and Griffin as your linchpin. Griffin is the one decidedly going better among the trio, even if James is the biggest star and Harden has had the best DFS season.
Griffin has been roughly a 28-14 beast in the postseason, averaging over 60 DraftKings points. The Rockets are also 28th against power forwards. Griffin has to be the premium play of the night.
- Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers ($4,700)
- Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls ($8,500)
C Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets ($8,300)
He wasn't much help to anyone in the DFS regular season, but he sure has turned it on in the important games of the playoffs. The big man has scored over 48 DraftKings points in five of seven postseason games. He is healthy, getting huge minutes and production, and his price still hasn't corrected from his regular-season injury woes.
- DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers ($7,800)
- Timofey Mozgov, Cleveland Cavaliers ($5,500)
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Eric Mack, one of the giants among fantasy writers, is the Fantasy Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, where you can ask him endless questions about your team, rip him for his content and even challenge him to a head-to-head fantasy game.