May 02, 2018


The first round of the 2018 NBA playoffs is in the books and has been much closer than the last couple of years. There was only one sweep and surprising it came from New Orleans. The Pelicans are heading into their second-round matchup with the Warriors. Anthony David averaged 33 points and 12.25 rebounds with an average of 60.6 fantasy basketball points in the four first-round games. However, the Warriors found a way to shut him down in their first meeting on Saturday. The Curry-less Warriors limited Davis to only 21 points while his teammate Jrue Holiday went a rough 4-14 from the field in a 22-point Golden State blowout. Thompson and Durant led the Warriors with 27 and 26 points respectively, but it was Draymond Green who was the key to the blowout. Green netted a triple-double with 16 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 assists while recording three steals and two blocks. 

The Rockets take on the Jazz in the other Western Conference Semi-Final matchup. The Jazz embarrassed the Thunder in the first round with stellar play from Rubio, Ingles, and Rookie of the Year candidate Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell had 38 points in the series-clinching game 6. But just as the Warriors did with the Pelicans, the Rockets found a way to quiet the Jazz offense. Ricky Rubio was absent with an injured hamstring, and the timetable for his return is unclear. Harden had another Harden-like game, dropping 41 points with seven threes for 61.1 fantasy basketball points. If there was one dark spot for the Rockets it was the fact that they only had 13 total bench points. Compare that with the Warriors who won their game with 34 points off the bench. The Jazz are going to need a quick return from Rubio if they want a shot at upsetting the Rockets in this series. 

In the East, there were no first-round upsets. The young 76ers took care of the Heat with ease on their way to a second-round meet with the Celtics who squeaked by Milwaukee in seven. The "Process" took a big hit in a 117-101 beat down from the Celtics in game one. Horford, Tatum, and Rozier all had over 25 points as Boston continues to exceed expectations without Kyrie. Joel Embiid had a strong game with 31 points and 13 rebounds but could have used more help as only two 76ers provided any points off the bench. Don't expect this series to be full of blowouts as Philadelphia should be able to settle down and give the Celtics a run for their money.

Two is a coincidence and three is a trend as they say and the Raps face a Cavaliers team leaning heavily on King James. LeBron singlehandedly won the first-round for Cleveland and averaged 34.4 points per game while no other Cav topped 11.5 PPG. Michael Jordan, so often the go to comparison for James, was the last player to win a playoff series with a supporting cast that didn't have one player averaging over 11.5 points. LeBron is LeBron but he is going to need more help if they want to get past the top-seeded Raptors. He got that as Cleveland squeaked past the Raps in game 1 yesterday. LeBron got his 21st playoff triple-double, Kevin Love was mostly ineffective but four other Cavs went into double figures.

The playoffs heat up and NBA DFS just gets more fun. Seen the money end of our NBA Dynasty contest this week? Just 6 points separate 1st and 2nd place.

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Dan Quinn