Welcome to another edition of Bales’ Top GPP plays. In this article, I will outline my favorite NBA GPP plays for today’s games. There are only a pair of games on this slate, limiting the number of plays in this article. The Karma staff will be discussing options in our Discord while posting cores tonight, as well. This help can be found in our NBA Premium Package.
Paul has been playing at a high level for the majority of this series. He’s averaging 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.5 steals (40.4 fantasy points) in 37.0 minutes per game. Paul has scored 40+ fantasy points in 4 of the 6 games in this series. He also posted 50+ fantasy points in the first game, although he has also scored fewer than 30 fantasy points twice.
Paul gets a matchup against the Houston Rockets, who love pushing the pace but have found plenty of defensive success in the bubble. With that being said, Paul is averaging 21.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.9 steals (40.3 fantasy points) in 35.0 minutes per game through 9 matchups this season. Paul is expected to play upwards of 40 minutes tonight in a must-win game for the Oklahoma City thunder. It’s clear this series means a lot to him after his staredown of James Harden in Game 6. He could go a bit overlooked with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander projecting for plenty of ownership on this slate.
Jae Crowder (1.65x)
Crowder continues to play well for the Miami Heat. He’s averaging 10.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.0 steal in 28.3 minutes per game over his last 4 games. Crowder has been a consistent option over that span but he hasn’t flashed the same upside as earlier in the bubble. He also played 35 minutes in a big Game 1 victory in this series, suggesting he could do that again tonight.
Crowder gets a matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks, who love pushing the pace but also possess an elite defense in the NBA. Crowder has found success against them, averaging 14.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 30.1 minutes per game this season. He’s expected to see 30+ minutes again tonight. Crowder boasts elite upside because of his ability to hit the three-point shot, which is what Milwaukee allows their opponents to shoot throughout games. He also gets a 1.65x multiplier on SuperDraft, making him a great tournament option.
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