Murray becomes a must play if you believe Denver can take game 5. Kentucky product Jamal Murray must put the team on his back for a chance at taking this match-up and for that matter this series. He’s averaged 47.8 DK points shooting 55% from the field over his last 5 games. Don’t let the questionable tag deter you from investing in him as I do expect him to play tonight. Murray’s ceiling is upward of 61.5 DK points, which last surfaced in Denver’s game 3 victory. I see two possible scenarios for tonight, Jamal Murray takes 15+ shots totaling 25+ actual points while leading Denver to a game 5 win or
ora slate breakingly poor performance resulting in a significant increase in rebounds and turnovers for Anthony Davis and LeBron James. The Lakers are favored by -5.5 points with a 215 O/U.
Other PG Option: Rajon Rondo - Los Angeles Lakers (vs. Denver Nuggets)
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Kentavious Caldwell - Pope - Los Angeles Lakers (vs. Denver Nuggets) DK: MVP $8100 UTL $5400 FD: $8500 Yahoo: $11
In my last write-up, Caldwell-Pope was my shooting guard selection. My reasoning was with Danny Green struggling and Denver collapsing on Lebron’s penetration, KCP will benefit from open three-pointers. This was an accurate assessment, but Caldwel-Pope wasn’t able to capitalize on his attempts. The Lakers shooting guard shot 3-9 from beyond the arc and totaled 22.0 DK points over 34 minutes of play. Tonight Caldwell-Pope will have to convert on his three-point opportunities because Danny Green has been struggling in a big way. Green is shooting 26% from the field in 34 attempts this series. In order for Los Angeles to win, the Lakers 27-year-old shooting guard must compensate for Green’s lack of contribution. I believe he will and at his current salaries he has value written all over him.
Other SG Option: Gary Harris - Denver Nuggets (vs. Los Angeles Lakers)
Jerami Grant - Denver Nuggets (vs. Los Angeles Lakers) DK: MVP $9900 UTL $6600 FD: $1100 Yahoo: $14
Grant has been underwhelming; his best effort this series was in game 3 totaling 35.25 DK points shooting 63% from the field. In games that Denver wins, Grant and Murray lead the way. Grant’s minutes have been through the roof averaging 33.5 over his last five games. Denver’s small forward should not be rostered with Micheal Porter Jr., with Porter Jr. typically coming in for Grant it’s usually one or the other. Grant is a pure scorer and when given the green light his ceiling is massive considering his salary. If Denver takes game 5, I can guarantee you they will be led in scoring by three main players: Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Jerami Grant.
Other SF Option: LeBron James - Los Angeles Lakers (vs. Denver Nuggets)
Anthony Davis - Los Angeles Lakers (vs. Denver Nuggets) DK: MVP $17700 UTL $11800 FD: $15500 Yahoo: $50
Although it sounds repetitive, investing in Anthony Davis is still a must. Your roster construction is contingent on one question “Who do I think wins this game?”. If you believe the Lakers win in blowout fashion, Davis in your MVP position is the way you want to go. In a Lakers win, Davis will benefit from increased rebounds, block/steals, assists, and overall points. Davis is averaging 37.3 DK points over his last four games, shooting 55% from the field. His upside is just too significant to fade.
Other PF Option: Jerami Grant - Denver Nuggets (vs. Los Angeles Lakers)
Dwight Howard - Los Angeles Lakers (Denver Nuggets) DK: MVP $6300 UTL $4200 FD: $8000 Yahoo: $12
Whether or not you think the Lakers will close the series tonight, at this point, it’s undeniable that Dwight Howard is crucial in maintaining Nikola Jokic. If Denver has any chance at winning tonight, Jokic will have to produce more than he has thus far. Howard’s salary has jumped from $3600 to $4200 after game 4. Not to mention his lowest salary of the series was $2800 in game 2. Dwight produced 30.75 DK points over 23 minutes in game 4 and shot 83% from the field (5-6). If your narrative is a blowout by the LA Lakers, Howard is a must-play but if you’re making a lineup off a Denver win, the Lakers big man is worth a fade. Howard will be highly rostered after his impressive game 4 effort. Howard is both a solid GPP play as well as a viable fade considering his potential roster percentages. If fading Howard, make sure to invest in Jokic.
Other C Option: Nikola Jokic - Denver Nuggets (vs. Los Angeles Lakers)