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May 08, 2018

NBA FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYOFF UPDATE MAY 8, 2018

After barely getting out of the first round against the Pacers, the Cavaliers swept the number one seed Raptors in the second round. This is the third straight year the Raptors have been eliminated by Cleveland and LeBron in the playoffs. LeBron James, who has acquired the nickname LeBronto and LeBrontosaurus after this series, averaged 34 points to propel the Cavs to the Eastern Conference Finals. Kevin Love also had a big series, averaging 25 points and 11 rebounds in the final three games. The Cavs will play the winner of the Philadelphia-Boston series where the Celtics currently hold a 3-1 series lead. The 76ers avoided a sweep with a game four win, but the series now heads back to Boston where the Celtics are looking to close things out. This series has been far from a blowout, Philadelphia coughed up a 21 point lead in game 2 and lost game 3 by a mere three points, so don't expect the 76ers to go down easy. Dario Saric was the surprising point leader in game 4 with 25 points to go along with 8 rebounds for a total of 46.6 fantasy points in what was probably the biggest game of his young career. T.J. McConnell also had a career game posting 19 points in his first playoff start. If Boston can limit the production from players not named Simmons and Embiid in game 5 they should be marching on the Conference Finals. 

In the West, neither the Warriors nor the Rockets were able to sweep their series'. The Rockets dropped game two at home to the Jazz, a game where Joe Ingles dropped a season-high 27 points on seven 3-pointers. The Rockets responded with a 21 point wire to wire whooping in game 3. At one point in the game, they led by 37 points. The Rockets are clearly the better team, and while the Jazz may be able to steal one more game, they would need a small miracle to take three straight from the number one seed. In the other series, the Warriors took the first two games at home before a major beat down in New Orleans in game three. The Pelicans beat the Warriors 119-100 off of a series high 33 points and 18 rebounds from Anthony Davis. The star of the game though was Rondo who had 21 assists. That was the most assists in a playoff game since Nash dished out 23 in 2007. However, the Warriors responded well with a 26 point victory in game four as they take a 3-1 series lead back home. Durant came to play with 38 points in that game, his highest mark of the 2018 playoffs, for a big 60.3 fantasy basketball points. Just like with the Jazz, the Pelicans may be able to steal a game, but they have a big task ahead of them having to take three straight from the dubs. All signs are pointing to a Rockets-Warriors Western Conference Finals, which is really no surprise at all. With the second round of the NBA playoffs wrapping up this week, we finally get to enjoy the matchup we have been waiting for since the All-Star break. The Rockets look to be the biggest competition for the Warriors in the West in the last few years, it will be exciting to see how that series plays out.

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Dan Quinn
CEO, Draftboard.com