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Stephen Curry, GS at SA ($47):

Curry hasn’t had to be an overwhelming scoring force in the postseason, but he’s still scoring at a career-best clip and has hit 16 threes through the first three games of the Western Conference Finals. Game 4 certainly has some blowout potential, which is a concern considering Curry’s salary, but if that is, indeed, the case, there’s a great chance Curry will have been a major factor in the Warriors’ building a substantial lead.

Avery Bradley, BOS at CLE ($27): Bradley didn’t shoot the ball overly well in Game 3, but he still managed to finish with 20 points, while adding four assists, three rebounds and two steals. It was the fourth time in six games that Bradley has topped 20 points, and he should continue to see big minutes -- Bradley played 42 minutes Sunday -- as the Celtics’ best and most versatile perimeter defender.

Guard to Avoid

Marcus Smart, BOS at CLE ($21): The numbers say Smart is one of the worst three-point shooters, by volume, in the history of the NBA. Those numbers were tossed out the window Sunday night, as Smart drained a career-best seven threes en route to 27 points to go with seven assists, five rebounds and two steals in 41 minutes of action. While Smart should again see an increased role in the absence of Isaiah Thomas, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll come anywhere close to replicating his Game 3 shooting performance. Prior to Sunday, Smart had hit no more than two three-pointers in a game since Game 1 of the first round, and he totaled a combined 10 points with no made threes in the first two games of this current series.


Draymond Green, GS at SA ($38): Green hasn’t been asked to shoulder much of the scoring load against San Antonio, but he continues to make his presence felt in other ways. Green is averaging nearly seven assists per game for the series, while pulling down at least seven rebounds in all three contests. He’s always a threat to rack up steals and blocks, as well, and if Green is able to rediscover the outside shooting stroke that was so effective in the first two rounds of the playoffs, his ceiling rises even higher.

Jonathon Simmons, SA vs. GS ($16): With Kawhi Leonard (ankle) unlikely to play in Game 4, Simmons should once again have a clear path to increased minutes. The former D-Leaguer has scored at least 12 points in eight of his last nine games, and he played nearly 35 minutes Saturday, as the Spurs were able to avoid a blowout. As a $16 player, Simmons’ ceiling is only so high, but he has the potential to top 30 fantasy points, as he did in just 26 minutes of action in Game 2.

Forward to Avoid

Andre Iguodala, GS at SA ($14): While Iguodala is expected to play in Game 4, he’s been battling a knee issue, which rendered him ineffective in Games 1 and 3. The Warriors might look to get him some run off the bench in preparation for what could be a more integral role in the Finals, but Iguodala is best avoided in DFS until he proves he’s healthy enough to play his usual role of 20-plus minutes as a reserve.


Tristan Thompson, CLE vs. BOS ($19): Even after Thompson erupted for an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double in Game 1, Al Horford remains the most consistent option at center. That said, Thompson is worth rostering at $10 cheaper than his Celtics counterpart. Thompson is unlikely to sink double-digit free throws again, as he did in Game 3, but he should continue to own the glass, particularly on the offensive end, which keeps his floor relatively high, even on night when he struggles to finish at the rim or at the line. Thompson put up a dud (8.9 fantasy points) in Cleveland’s Game 2 romp, but he’s scored 36.8 and 35.1 fantasy points, respectively, in Games 1 and 3.

Center to Avoid

Al Horford, BOS at CLE ($29): Again, Horford is by no means a “must-avoid” in Game 4, but Thompson, and perhaps even Pau Gasol, feels like a better option at a sub-$20 price tag. Horford is coming off of his best game of the series, but he’s still struggled on the glass -- seven combined rebounds in Games 2 and 3 -- and hasn’t provided substantial value in the ancillary defensive categories.

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