The Cavs' Kevin Love is rounding back into shape and looks like a winning pick for Wednesday's NBA DFS as he faces the Celtics.
PG: Tyler Ulis, Phoenix Suns vs Golden State Warriors
Tyler Ulis took full advantage of a Houston Rockets team that couldn’t care less about playing defense as he went for a career-high 34 points, and also added nine rebounds and nine assists. Unsurprisingly, he easily surpassed 50 fantasy points. After a rough stretch a couple weeks ago, Ulis has put it back together in his last few games. He’s averaging 18.4 points, five boards, and 9.2 assists over his last five games.
Ulis has been averaging nearly 41 minutes per game over his last 11, so he’s been given every opportunity to play. That likely means that he’ll still be playing if the Suns get blown out by the Warriors tonight. Although, that might not be a foregone conclusion considering that the Warriors will be on the second night of a back-to-back and will be resting their two best defensive players in Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala. Green's absence, in particular, should only help Ulis' chances of coming away with good numbers.
SG: Gary Harris, Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets
Gary Harris bounced back in a big way from his rare single-digit scoring game against the Miami Heat as he went for 23 points, seven rebounds, and five assists against the New Orleans Pelicans last night. Harris has been a bit up-and-down in recent games, but he’s still been very good for the most part. He’s averaging over 17.5 points on 54 percent shooting, with three rebounds, three assists, two threes, and 1.2 steals over his last ten games.
Harris has a golden opportunity to go for back-to-back big games on the second night of a back-to-back as he takes on the Houston Rockets. The Nuggets met the Rockets in consecutive games a couple weeks ago, and Harris took advantage of Houston’s lax defense by going off for 22.5 points, four boards, three assists, 2.5 steals, and two threes per game.
SF: Wilson Chandler, Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets
Danilo Gallinari has been the hotter of the Nuggets' two combo forwards recently, as he’s posted back-to-back games of 28 or more points in his first two games in April. But you’d think that he’s bound to come back down to Earth a bit tonight, which happens to be the second night of a back-to-back. He also played a team-high 42 minutes last night, so his legs might not be completely there.
Wilson Chandler, on the other hand, played just 25 minutes – partially due to foul trouble – and still came up with a decent line of 18 points, seven boards, and two threes. Chandler has now had five games of 17 or more points in his last seven games and should play a significant part in tonight’s game. He missed the Nuggets’ previous two meetings against the Rockets last month, but he did put up 24 points, five boards, and three threes the last time he faced them, which was back in December.
PF: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics
Kevin Love is slowly starting to get back to his best. Love had his best game since returning from a knee injury last night as he went off for 28 points, 11 rebounds, two steals, a block, and five threes against the Orlando Magic. Over his last three games, Love has averaged 22 points, 11 boards, 1.6 steals, and 3.3 threes.
The Cavs will have their shot at reclaiming the number one seed as they face the Celtics tonight, in Boston. Love, for one, just loves playing the Celtics. In two meetings this year, Love has averaged 28 points and 11.5 boards with five threes against their Eastern Conference rivals.
C: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks
DeAndre Jordan didn’t exactly take full advantage of his advantageous matchups with the Suns and Lakers, who are two of the worst teams in terms of containing opposing centers. But don’t be too worried about DJ, who is still more than capable of exploding with a 40-fantasy point performance when needed.
Jordan came up with one such performance the last time he faced the Dallas Mavericks. He finished with 14 points, 18 boards, and two blocks for 41 fantasy points. Jordan has had decent success against the Mavs this season, averaging 12.3 points, 14.3 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in three meetings.