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Marcus Smart (thumb) questionable for Celtics in Game 5

Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart (thumb) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Smart previously said the plan was for him to return in Game 6, so the questionable label for Tuesday's contest may be a little optimistic. Whenever he gets back out there, it's going to heavily cut into Shane Larkin's workload.

Smart averaged 24.4 FanDuel points with 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.3 steals in 29.9 minutes per game during the regular season.

George Hill (back) listed as questionable for Game 5 in Cleveland

Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill (back spasms) is being listed as questionable in the game notes for Game 5 against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

What It Means:

LeBron James and the Cavs were able to win Game 4 to tie the series and take back home court advantage without Hill on Sunday. If Hill is forced to miss again, Jose Calderon will continue playing more, and Jordan Clarkson could see a few more minutes.

If Hill is able to play in Game 5, our models project him for 19.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,800.

Josh Richardson (shoulder) is questionable for Heat in Game 5

Miami Heat guard/forward Josh Richardson (shoulder sprain) is listed as questionable for Game 5 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

Richardson said after Game 4 that he expected he'd be able to play in Game 5, but for now that looks up in the air. If Richardson is forced to miss Game 5, Dwyane Wade would likely take on a bigger role, while Tyler Johnson, Justise Winslow, and Wayne Ellington could see more minutes.

If he is able to play, our early models for Tuesday project Richardson for 25.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,800.

Source: Miami Heat

Fred VanVleet (shoulder) listed as doubtful for Raptors in Game 5

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (shoulder) is listed as doubtful to play in Game 5 Wednesday against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

VanVleet has barely played in this series thanks to a shoulder injury, and it's looking like he'll sit out again in Game 5. Delon Wright and Kyle Lowry will continue to soak up his minutes in a pivotal game on Wednesday.

VanVleet is averaging 18.5 FanDuel points per game this season.

Lance Stephenson scores 11 points with 6 assists for Pacers in Game 4 loss

Indiana Pacers guard/forward Lance Stephenson scored 11 points (5-of-11 field goals, 1-of-4 3-pointers) with 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, and 1 turnover in 23.2 minutes of Sunday's 104-100 Game 4 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

The swipe and swat are each Stephenson's first of the 2018 playoffs and he finished with more assists in Game 4 than in the first three games of the series combined (4). Indiana returns to Cleveland for Game 5 on Wednesday in what is now a best-of-three series.

Lance scored 27.4 FanDuel points on Sunday, raising his average to 18.3 FanDuel points per game this postseason.

Kyle Korver scores 18 points with 4 threes for Cavaliers in Game 4 victory

Cleveland Cavaliers guard/forward Kyle Korver scored 18 points (4-of-9 3-pointers, 6-of-7 free throws) with 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 blocks in 26.2 minutes of Sunday's 104-100 Game 4 win over the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Korver's only shot attempts came from beyond the arc and at the charity stripe as he helped the Cavaliers even things up on the road. The 37-year-old veteran hadn't attempted seven free throws in a game since April 13, 2015. Game 5 is on Wednesday in Cleveland.

Korver scored 29.1 FanDuel points on Sunday, bringing his average to 14.6 FanDuel points per game this postseason.

Pacers' Domantas Sabonis scores 19 points on 9-of-12 shots in Game 4 loss

Indiana Pacers power forward Domantas Sabonis scored 19 points (9-of-12 field goals, 1-of-1 3-pointers) with 6 rebounds and 2 turnovers in 25.2 minutes of Sunday's 104-100 Game 4 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Sabonis turned in his first double-digit scoring effort of the postseason and has now logged over 24 minutes in each of the past two games, compared to 17.5 minutes during Games 1-2. The Pacers return to Cleveland for Game 5 on Wednesday.

Sabonis scored 24.2 FanDuel points on Sunday, raising his average to 15.4 FanDuel points per game this postseason.

Marcin Gortat turns in 12 points, 6 boards as Wizards knot things up with Raptors

Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat scored 12 points (6-of-8 field goals) with 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 turnover in 27.9 minutes of Sunday's 106-98 Game 4 win over the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

After coming up empty in Game 2, Gortat averaged 14.0 points with 5.5 rebounds while making 14-of-18 (77.8 percent) shots in two home contests. The series shifts back to Toronto for Game 5 on Wednesday.

Gortat scored 22.7 FanDuel points on Sunday and he's averaging 16.8 FanDuel points per game this postseason.

Darren Collison bounces back for Pacers in Game 4

Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison scored 12 points (5-of-14 field goals, 1-of-5 3-pointers) with 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and 1 steal in 31.8 minutes of Sunday's 104-100 Game 4 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

It wasn't the most efficient outing but it was still a much-improved effort from Collison's clunker in Game 3. The Pacers return to Cleveland for Game 5 on Wednesday in what is now a best-of-three series.

Collison scored 33.0 FanDuel points on Sunday and he's averaging 25.5 FanDuel points per game in the playoffs.

Thaddeus Young scores 12 points with 16 rebounds as Pacers fall to Cavaliers in Game 4

Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young scored 12 points (5-of-12 field goals, 1-of-2 3-pointers) with 16 rebounds, 1 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in 39.1 minutes of Sunday's 104-100 Game 4 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

It wasn't enough to prevent LeBron James and the Cavaliers from tying the series up at 2-2, but Young has scored 12 points in back-to-back outings and the boards are more than he pulled down in any game during the regular season. Game 5 is on Wednesday in Cleveland.

Young scored a playoff-high 44.7 FanDuel points in Game 4 and he's increased his fantasy output in every game this postseason.

DeMar DeRozan's 35 points not enough for Raptors in Game 4

Toronto Raptors guard/forward DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points (10-of-29 field goals, 14-of-18 free throws) with 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 1 3-pointer, and 4 turnovers in 38.1 minutes of Sunday's 106-98 Game 4 loss to the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

The free throws are a new career-high for DeRozan, who made it to the charity stripe just twice in Game 3. It wasn't enough for the Raptors to get the win, however. Things are now evened up with Game 5 set for Wednesday back in Toronto.

DeRozan scored 50.2 FanDuel points on Sunday and he's averaging 39.8 FanDuel points per game this postseason.

John Wall scores 27 points, hands out 14 assists in Wizards' series-tying win

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall scored 27 points (10-of-24 field goals, 7-of-10 free throws) with 14 assists, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and 4 turnovers in 43.1 minutes of Sunday's 106-98 Game 4 win over the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Wall has scored at least 27 points and handed out 14-plus assists in three of four games this postseason. The series moves back to Toronto for Game 5 on Wednesday in what is now a best-of-three set.

Wall scored 60.2 FanDuel points on Sunday and he's averaging 59.2 FanDuel points per game this postseason.

LeBron James posts 32 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists as Cavaliers even things up with Pacers

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored 32 points (12-of-22 field goals, 8-of-9 free throws) with 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 turnover in 46.2 minutes of Sunday's 104-100 Game 4 win over the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

James is leading all players this postseason with 43.0 minutes per game while also putting up an absurd 32.5 points, 11.8 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.0 steals, and 1.5 3-pointers on 54.1 percent shooting from the field. The series is all tied up and heading back to Cleveland for Game 5 on Wednesday.

LeBron scored 63.1 FanDuel points on Sunday and he's averaging 61.4 FanDuel points per game this postseason.

Raptors' Fred VanVleet (shoulder) ruled out for Game 4

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

VanVleet has been inactive for three of the four games in this series, and played only 3 minutes when he was active in Game 2. Look for Delon Wright and C.J. Miles to continue picking up additional minutes in his place.

VanVleet averaged 8.6 points, 3.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per game in the regular season.

Bucks even up series against Boston behind 27 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks guard/forward/center Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in a 104-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

What It Means:

The Bucks almost blew a 20-point lead in this one, but thanks to some late-game heroics by Giannis, they held on to even the series up at 2-2. Game 5 will go down in Boston on Tuesday.

Giannis has averaged 27.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks in 39.0 minutes per game in the postseason.

Karl-Anthony Towns double-doubles in Minnesota's Game 3 upset

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 18 points with 16 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks, and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

What It Means:

KAT's first shot attempt didn't come until 10:46 left in the second quarter, which just makes his second half all the more impressive. The Rockets have keyed in on Towns in this series -- apparent after he averaged just 6.5 points in the first two games -- but others Wolves have stepped up and made it tougher to key in on Towns.

Towns posted 47.7 FanDuel points at a salary of $9,800 on Saturday.

Timberwolves get shocking efficiency from Andrew Wiggins in Game 3

Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Houston Rockets on Saturday during a Game 3 win.

What It Means:

Wiggins was incredible in this one, going 4-of-6 from deep with five dimes matching his best output in that category all season -- plus effective defense. If the Wolves can somehow get this output from Wiggins in this series, the Rockets may have a tougher time closing out than anyone thought.

Wiggins posted 38.5 FanDuel points at a salary of $6,200 on Saturday night.

Jimmy Butler brings buckets for Timberwolves in Game 3 win

Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Jimmy Butler scored 28 points, adding seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 41 minutes during a Game 3 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

What It Means:

Butler was the driving force behind the Wolves' first home playoff win since 2004. He did tweak his left ankle in the second quarter, but stayed in the game. He did look a step slow to start the third quarter, but it would be a shock to see him have limitations on Monday.

Butler posted 45.9 FanDuel points at a salary of $8,600 on Saturday night.

Thunder's Russell Westbrook shut down by Jazz in Game 3

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook had a brutal showing against the Utah Jazz on Saturday during a 115-102 loss in Game 3, making 5-of-17 from the field for 14 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and eight turnovers.

What It Means:

Utah center Rudy Gobert's presence in the paint neutralized Westbrook's driving in a big way, and point guard Ricky Rubio shut Brodie down on the perimeter as well. Westbrook has struggled down the stretch for two games straight, which is a problem for a guy that sucks up so much usage.

Westbrook put up 38.7 FanDuel points at a salary of $12,000 on Saturday night.

Jazz lean on Rudy Gobert for defense, double-double in Game 3 win

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one block, and one steal in 41 minutes against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

What It Means:

Gobert is never a titan on the scoring side, but he had huge impact on this game nonetheless, putting fouls on Thunder center Steven Adams and dominating the paint on defense. Offensively, he continues to set high screens to set the halfcourt offense, and he picked up five offensive boards today.

Gobert scored a strong 40.4 FanDuel points at a salary of $8,100 on Saturday night.

Joe Ingles nails 21 points for Utah in Game 3 triumph

Utah Jazz guard/forward Joe Ingles scored 21 points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal, and five 3-pointers in 32 minutes during a win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

What It Means:

OKC left Ingles wide open in the corner because they were helping too hard on the weak side. Ingles may not have the prettiest shot, but he made 44.0 percent from deep this year and 44.1 percent from last season.

Ingles posted 32.6 FanDuel points at a salary of $6,100 on Saturday.

Ricky Rubio posts triple-double for Jazz in win

Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio scored 26 points with 11 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block, and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes during a 115-102 Game 3 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

What It Means:

Rubio is the first Jazz player to earn a playoff triple-double since John Stockton in 2001. He was on fire in the first half with 19 points, and he hit a massive 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the third. Rubio appeared to be by far the best player on the court last night, showing up his own defensive counterpart –- former MVP Russell Westbrook.

Rubio's performance earned DFS owners 59.2 FanDuel points at a salary of $7,400 on Saturday night.

Utah's Donovan Mitchell (foot) will start Game 3 on Saturday

Utah Jazz point guard Donovan Mitchell (foot) will start against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

What It Means:

He was listed as probable on Friday, and it's no surprised that Mitchell will suit up for this one. Don't expect him to have any limitations in Game 3 as the Jazz look to take the series lead.

numberFire's models project Mitchell for 21.0 points, 4.1 boards and 3.9 assists in 35.5 minutes of action on Saturday.

Anthony Davis drops 47 points as Pelicans finish sweep of Trail Blazers

New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis exploded for 47 points and 11 rebounds in Saturday's win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

That makes a four-game series sweep for the Pelicans, who become the first team to cement their spot in the second round of the playoffs.

numberFire's models project the Pelicans for only a 2.8% chance of winning the NBA Championship.

Pelicans complete series sweep of Trail Blazers behind Jrue Holiday's 41 points

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday finished with 41 points, 8 assists and 3 rebounds in 41 minutes of action as the Pelicans completed a 4-0 series sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

What It Means:

The Pels become the first team to advance to the second round of the playoffs, finishing their series with a 9-point average margin of victory. They will play the winner of the Golden State Warriors versus the San Antonio Spurs.

numberFire's models project the Pelicans for a 2.8% chance of becoming NBA champions.

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