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Stephen Curry, GSW at SA ($9,600): While Curry’s explosive outbursts haven’t come quite as frequently this season after the addition of Kevin Durant, he remains the top point guard available and is somewhat quietly putting together one of the best playoff runs of his career. With the Warriors off to an 11-0 start, Curry is averaging 27.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game, while shooting 49 percent from the field and 44 percent from three, both career postseason bests. The risk of a Game 4 blowout may be the biggest threat to Curry’s fantasy value, though he hasn’t scored fewer than 21 points since Game 2 of the Portland series in Round 1.

Avery Bradley, BOS at CLE ($6,600): Marcus Smart was the star in the Celtics’ shocking Game 3 upset, but it seems unlikely that he’ll be able to replicate his hot night from beyond the arc. Bradley struggled from the floor -- 8--23 FG, though he did rattle in the game-winning three -- but added three rebounds, four assists and two steals in 42 minutes of action, totaling 35.25 DraftKings points. If Boston has any hope of putting up another fight in Game 4, it’ll take a similar defensive effort from Bradley, who should again approach 40-plus minutes.

Klay Thompson, GS at SA ($6,000): Jonathon Simmons is another decent value Monday night, but I like Thompson’s upside at just $200 more. Of course, that upside hasn’t necessarily been on display for most of these playoffs, as Thompson has been content to let Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant handle most of the heavy lifting. Compared to last postseason, Thompson’s numbers are down across the board, and he’s attempting 4.1 fewer three-pointers per game (5.5 3PA in 2017, down from 9.6), while averaging nearly 10 fewer points per game (14.8 PPG, down from 24.3). That dip in production hasn’t had much of an impact on the Warriors’ success, but getting Thompson going could be a priority as Golden State gears up for what could be more challenging Finals series.

Kevin Durant, GS at SA ($10,100): Durant doesn’t require much justification at this point, especially after leading Golden State with 33 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in a 12-point Game 3 victory Saturday night. That came on the heels of a relatively disappointing Game 2, in which Durant played only 28 minutes after the Warriors built a massive lead and cruised to a 36-point win. In the two games of the series that have been competitive, Durant is averaging just over 56 DraftKings points, so he’s worth the $10,100 price tag if you’re willing to assume San Antonio can put up a decent fight at home in Game 4.

Kevin Love, CLE vs. BOS ($7,700): Love was Cleveland’s best player in a bizarre Game 3, particularly in the first half, when he did most of his damage from beyond the arc. While Love hit a cold spell as the Cavs collapsed down the stretch, Boston has proven incapable of defending containing him through the first three games of the series. Love is a combined 17-of-31 from three in that span, and he’s notched a trio of double-doubles, two of which have resulted in 50-plus-fantasy-point outings.

Kyle Korver, CLE vs. BOS ($3,200): Korver has been downright bad thus far, going just 4-of-16 from beyond the arc through the first three games of the series. Even at $3,200, he’s a risky play considering his value is almost exclusively tied to three-point shooting, and for the most part, Boston has done a good job of denying Korver open looks, although he missed a few wide open threes in Games 2 and 3. That said, Korver was the most efficient three-point shooter in the league during the regular season, and the Cavs will undoubtedly be searching for ways to get him more involved in the offense, as was the case in the closeout game against Toronto, when Korver played 29 minutes and finished with 18 points, hitting 6-of-8 field goals and 4-of-6 three-point attempts.

Tristan Thompson, CLE vs. BOS ($5,300): Thompson likely won’t be able to replicate his 18-point effort, which included making 12-of-15 free throws, in Game 1, but the Celtics haven’t had much of an answer for him on the glass. While Thompson had just two rebounds in Game 2, that was due in large part to the Cavs shooting the ball extremely well, coupled with the fact that the game was virtually decided by the end of the first quarter. Look for Thompson to again come out aggressively in Game 4, with the Cavs looking to avenge an ugly loss Sunday night.

Al Horford, BOS at CLE ($7,100): Horford has drawn criticism throughout the postseason, but he’s quietly topped 30 fantasy points in six of his last seven games. Of course, maybe that should be a given for a player earning the max, but Horford’s value extends beyond the box score. While he’s struggled to rebound the ball against Cleveland and had just two boards in Game 3, he’s still been a factor on offense, both as a scorer and a passer. Horford has at least five assists in three of his last four games.

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