The Clippers will use the same starting lineup they did in game 4, which means JaMychal Green at the 5 matched up with Andrew Bogut. There’s little hope for this Clippers lineup to keep pace with the Warriors and they are 14.5 point underdogs, but Green getting starting run at his reduced price could end up being a valuable salary saver in your lineup. He isn’t expected to play more than 25 minutes and hasn’t done so in any game this series, but he is a valuable enough point per minute producer to get the job done even if the minutes are limited, due to blowout or otherwise.
Joel Embiid will play Tuesday, get him in your lineups!
Davis was playing in a backup role, but his absence means that if Jarrett Allen can stay out of foul trouble, he should see significant run. If he can’t, it will be Rondae Hollis-Jefferson that takes up the role as the only other body large enough to attempt to slow down Joel Embiid. Depending on how that scenario plays out, one of Allen or RHJ should have a strong night, and Embiid shouldn’t see much resistance from Allen who knows he has to avoid foul trouble.
Jazz will go back to the well with Crowder in the starting lineup, looking to wear down the Rockets starting 5 with Crowder’s physicality, while letting Derrick Favors come off the bench. While Favors may not have as high of a ceiling of minutes in this alignment, his efficiency should be quite good, resulting in favorable point per minute production against the Rockets bench. Crowder himself may see some additional minutes, but his lower usage would mean we should not expect him to produce at anywhere near the same rate.
Bruce Brown will enter the starting lineup, and while he is a low usage player who you still might not be thrilled about rostering in your DFS lineups, this does mean a slignt tweak down for the projection of Luke Kennard- that said Kennard will have much higher usage on the 2nd unit as opposed to competing with Blake Griffn, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson for touches.
With Griffin active for tonight’s game and fighting for his playoff hopes, it should come as no surprise that he will likely play big minutes here in an effort to extend the series to a 5th game. With the Bucks focused defensively on containing the Drummond/Reggie Jackson pick and roll, opportunity could be there for Griffin, who will need to have his shot tonight to keep the Pistons competitive. With limited other Pistons bigs seeing meaningful minutes, we should expect Blake to give it his all tonight.
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