Welcome to your daily NBA DFS digest at FakeTeams, gents. Every day I’m here with a handful of pro-tips to roster a winning team just a few hours from now. On top of that, I’ll bring you some news, statistical trends from the past few days, some studs/duds from the last slate of games, and much more!
Hoop Land Times: News and notes from around the Association
- There is still hope, folks! Miami put on a monster effort and Jimmy Butler was incredible in helping the Heat cut LA’s advantage in half, setting a 2-1 series in favor of the Lakers through Game 3.
- In case you don’t know, Miami was playing without both Bam and Dragic, who got injured in Game 1. They—at least Adebayo—should be back for G4 so things aren’t looking that bad for the Heat going forward.
- Not that the Heat needed Bam/Goran with such a performance by Butler. Jimmy scored or assisted on 73 points, the 2nd-most (Walt Frazier, 74) in an NBA Finals game in league history. Butler finished with a triple-double.
- Kyle Kuzma said he doesn’t give a fuck about social media haters. Not even him believes that’s true. Also, fans are signing a petition saying Kuzma shouldn’t get a ring if LA wins the title. LOL
- Asked about a potential trade, Chris Paul said that he doesn’t care about anything other than playing hoops. So expect more Point God at least for a couple more years, if not further down the road.
- The Knicks keep making headlines related to potential free-agent signings. Victor Oladipo, Fred VanVleet, etc etc... but we all know that ultimately they will end with a seventh-tier pair of power forwards, as they always do.
- Tiny Thomas underwent surgery and is ready for the 2021 season. Let’s hope some team offers Isaiah a deal for next year.
- In an unexpected turn of events, it looks like John Lucas has emerged as a potential candidate for the Houston Rockets head coach position.
Duds and Studs: Yesterday’s Slate Recap
- Totally impossible game by Jimmy Butler. Seriously. Jimmy finished with a monster trip-dub to the tune of 40 pops, 11 boards, and 13 dimes in 45 minutes of playing time. He also added 2 steals and 2 blocks, hit 70% of his shots from the field, and didn’t even had to attempt a triple to reach those 40 chicken wings. Insane in the brain 83+ DKFP, which have been reached just 15 times in the whole 2019-20 season.
- LeBron’s 51.5 fantasy points would have led probably any other slate, but not Sunday’s with such a Butler. James dropped a 25-10 dub-dub himself with 8 dimes and 2 blocks to go with it.
- No other player even got to 33 DKFP with Olykyk, Markieff, and Duncan Robinson all hitting 31+.
- For the second game in a row, the ROI King award went to... Kelly Olynyk! Miami might have lucked themselves into a key player after losing Bam to injury. Olynyk has put on back-to-back 38 and 32 great games helping the Heat in all areas of the game. KO got a sweet 17-7 with 3 triples once more, providing a ton of value both for Miami and fantasy folks out there. Markieff was close as a value too, same as Duncan Robinson.
- And the DOTS (Dud of the Slate) Award went to... Anthony Davis! Getting in foul trouble early is no bueno, that’s for sure. Davis played 33 minutes Sunday, and in that run he could only score 15 points, grab 5 rebounds, and dish out 3 assists. Not bad, but I mean... it’s freaking AD! He plain sucked and he better step up his game or the Lake Show will turn into the Lake Shitshow, ifyouknowwhatimean.
- One dub-dub via points and rebounds (LBJ’s 25-10) and a monster trip-dub by the man himself Jimmer (40-11-13).
- As many as five players finished with 2 steals, while Butler and LeBron blocked 2 shots each.
Gotta Win The Day: Best/Worst DraftKings plays for today’s slate
- Love: (SG/SF) Jimmy Butler, MIA: See. Butler has tasted greatness. He’s won his first career Finals game. He’s become one of three players to hit 40 pops while getting a trip-dub in a Finals game. That’s insane, he did it all alone—Adebayo and Goran were out of G3—and I have serious doubts he will slow down throughout the remainder of this series. Jimmer has logged 44 minutes in the last two games, but that’s no reason for concern as he’s been resting all of the postseason by playing around 35 minutes per game tops. Butler will probably face more LBJ tonight than in the first three games, but Butler is a dog and will most probably have another hit of a game today.
- Hate: (PF/C) Anthony Davis, LAL: If we’re honest here, we gotta acknowledge how incredible AD has been all playoffs long. Seriously, he’s played to a really high level through all of the Lakers postseason games, but his opportunity to get the chip and the Finals MVP award has gone way down after his dud of a Game 3. Davis couldn’t even reach 30 fantasy points and he was mega-outplayed by everyone in that match. He should—and most probably will—rebound in Game 4, but I wouldn’t risk this biscuit tonight. Let AD marinate for a minute with Bron and Butler battling each other at the highest echelon with the series on the line.
- Love: (PF/C) Kelly Olynyk, MIA: I’m not getting off Olynyk’s wagon no matter if Bam is in for tonight’s game or if he misses it once more. Olynyk has been the key to unlock the Heat chances in the Finals, full stop. KO has hit 3 triples in back-to-back games, he’s rebounding, shooting on high percentages, racking up minutes, and basically not screwing up. That all is more than enough to keep playing and producing, which is all we want for someone on the cheap side of things.
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