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Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison's struggles for consistency continued in Wednesday's Game 5, as he finished with only five points. He went 1-for-5 from the floor and ended up playing just 21 minutes. Collison, who was one of the league's best three-point shooters during the regular season, has shot just 25 percent from deep in the playoffs and he's made only one attempt from downtown in the last three games. His performances must be a big worry for head coach Nate McMillan. However, Collison seems to perform decently in every other game, so there's a good chance that he does much better in Game 6 on Friday.
Indiana Pacers guard/forward Bojan Bogdanovic got back on track with his shooting in Game 5 against Cleveland, nailing half of his six triples and shooting 4-for-9 overall. His shot was completely off in Game 4, as he finished 4-for-13 from the floor and 2-for-8 from behind the arc, so he improved a lot. Bogdanovic finished the game with 11 points and three assists. The series now heads back to Indiana where Bogdanovic exploded for 30 points in Game 3, and whilst a similar offensive outburst seems unlikely, he should be able to score better on home court.
Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner was limited by foul trouble in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Cavs, as he ended up being on the court for only 21 minutes. However, he remained efficient when on the floor, scoring eight points on 3-for-4 shooting and recording three rebounds and two blocks. Turner's rebounding numbers have dried up in the last couple of games, but he's been scoring very well in the series, nailing 60 percent of his shots, so he still has some fantasy appeal. However, it will be hard to trust Turner in Game 6, as Domantas Sabonis did a great job in his place and his minutes could remain low on Friday.
Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young continued his improved scoring form on Wednesday in Game 5 against the Cavs, as he missed just one of his nine shots to finish with 16 points and six rebounds. Young has been a lot more aggressive in the last few games and that has helped him to build a good three-game streak with double-digit scoring. It's a very impressive run if you consider the fact that he also has to guard LeBron James at the defensive end. With Indiana's backcourt struggling, even more offense is expected from Young and there's no reason to believe he can't provide it on Friday in Game 6.
Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oldipo built a brick house with his 15 shots on Wednesday against the Cavs, but he managed to disguise the awful shooting a bit with a double-double. He shot 2-for-15 from the floor, including 1-7 from deep to finish with 12 points and 12 rebounds. He also had four assists and one steal in 40 minutes. Oladipo looked superb in the first two games of the series, but it's all gone downhill since then, as he's managed to shoot just 24 percent in the next three outings. Don't count on him to regain his scoring touch in Game 6 on Friday.
Indiana Pacers forward/center Domantas Sabonis was a surprising leading scorer in the team's Game 5 loss to Cleveland, as the big Lithuanian notched 22 points off the bench in 33 minutes. He shot 8-for-12 from the floor and 6-for-8 from the line. Sabonis also gobbled up five rebounds and picked up one steal. Nate McMillan really should be playing him more, as the Cavs have struggled against bigs all season long. Sabonis has been very efficient when given the chance, as he's shot 17-for-24 (70.8 percent) over the last two games, averaging 20.5 points. He'll have a role to play in Game 6 on Friday.
Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith failed to repeat his Game 4 success in Game 5 on Wednesday against Indiana, missing all eight field goal attempts on his way to zero points in 33 minutes. Six of his shots ended up being missed triples. Luckily, Smith's cold shooting didn't cost the team as LeBron James pulled out another victory. We could be looking at a potential Game 7 in the series though if the likes of Smith can't offer some secondary scoring. He's very well capable of it, however, Smith has only had two 10-plus point games in the series, so you really should put your trust into somebody else. Unlike Tyronn Lue, you have the chance.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love finally recorded his first double-double of this year's playoffs in Game 5 against Indiana. He had many narrow misses before the 11-point, 10-rebound performance in a 98-95 win. Although, that was actually the only nice thing about his performance. Love finished 2-for-11 from the field in what was his second consecutive game with some really ugly shooting. He's now gone 4-for-21 (19 percent) in the last two games recording a total of 16 points. Love should not get any DFS love at the moment.
Cleveland's SF LeBron James scored a monster 70.00 fantasy points with 44 points scored, eight assists and 10 rebounds in a 98-95 win over the Pacers on Wednesday night. James has scored an average of 62.75 fantasy points in his last 3 games. James is owned in very few, if any leagues.
Oklahoma City's PG Russell Westbrook scored a phenomenal 71.75 fantasy points with 45 points scored, seven assists and 15 rebounds in a 107-99 win over the Jazz on Wednesday night. Westbrook has scored an average of 53.70 fantasy points in his last 5 games. Westbrook is owned in very few, if any leagues.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James came up big at both ends of the floor when it mattered most on Wednesday, as he blocked Victor Oladipo's shot in the dying seconds and scored the game-winning triple at the buzzer. He made all 15 free throws and shot 14-for-24 from the field on his way to 44 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists. The Cavs now go for the kill in the series on Friday and expect nothing but greatness from the King in Game 6. He's so far averaged 34.8 points, 11.4 rebounds and eight assists in five games with 55 percent shooting.
Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio could not get his jumper to fall in his club's eight-point loss in Game 5. Rubio finished the night making just 4-for-14 from the floor, to finish with 10 points. Rubio was able to grab a team-high 12 rebounds and also dished out eight dimes with adding four turnovers. Rubio is able to fill up the stat sheet even if his shot is not falling as this was evident in this one. Rubio is always a high-risk, high-reward play in DFS as if he is making his jumpers he almost always turns out to be a good play. Expect Rubio to continue his stat sheet stuffing as the series shifts back to Utah for Game 6.
Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles continued his hot hand from downtown connecting on 4-for-9 from behind the arc in his club's eight point loss in Game 5. Ingles finished the night with a solid 16 points and supplemented his line with three assists and four rebounds on the night. The Aussie has been playing great basketball in his last three outings with averages of 19.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists while knocking down 4.7 triples in those contests at 46.7%. Ingles steady play and ability to fill many categories any night makes him a target in DFS if his price tag is still at good value.
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell was able to convert 23 points, but it was not enough as his club fell eight points shorts in Game 5 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Mitchell stuffed the stat sheet by adding five rebounds, while dishing out three dimes with just one turnover. He also supplemented his line with three steals and was able to block a shot in this one. Mitchell has been amazing in this series averaging a team-high 26.6 points a game on 44.4% shooting from the floor. They will need a big night from their rookie in Game 6 when the series shifts back to Utah and with his consistent play in this series, he is worth looking at.
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was limited to 30 minutes as he struggled with foul trouble issues in his club's loss at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Gobert was able to connect on just 3-for-8 from the floor en route to 11 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Gobert was able to swat two shots as well, but with being the only Jazz player with a positive plus/minus (plus-8) on the night just showed his value to his club. Gobert will need to keep his hands to himself in Game 6 as it showed in this one that he is the club's MVP and they need him on the court to have a chance. Odds are high that Gobert will bounce back in Game 6 and he is worth filling your center slot in DFS.
Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder played his best game in a Jazz uniform, but it was not enough as his club lost by eight points to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Crowder showed up for this one by firing up 14 attempts from deep while connecting on a respectable six of them to finish the night with 27 points. Crowder did not stop there by adding eight rebounds, dishing out three dimes with only a single turnover. Crowder finally showed up as he had struggled mightily in his clubs last three games and Crowder was possibly the best DFS play of the night. It will be hard to see him match this output in Game 6, but he makes for an intriguing play either way.
Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams was quiet in his 41 minutes of action in his club's massive Game 5 win over the Utah Jazz. Adams scored just six points on 2-for-6 shooting from the floor but was able to make his of his attempts from the line. Adams also added six rebounds with two steals and was a plus-16 on the night. Adams line did not show his impact on the night as he was setting solid screens and was able to force Rudy Gobert into some foul trouble issues. These things do not matter too much in DFS as Adams value was more from a team impact aspect. He is worth avoiding in Game 6 as he is yet to come up with a decent, Adam's like stat line in this series so far.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony disappoints once again in his club's 107-99 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 5. Melo connected on just two of his six shot attempts to finish the night with only seven points and missed both of his attempts from deep. Anthony was able to grab five rebounds and added two steals without a turnover but did not add anything else to his line. Anthony has been a non-factor in this series and if it wasn't for Russell Westbrook and Paul George's heroics in this one, we would be hearing more about Anthony's struggles. OKC is going to need the Melo they hoped for when dealing for him in the crucial Game 6.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George scored 34 points to help lead his club to the win in Game 5 of their series against the Utah Jazz. George had it going connecting on 12-for-26 from the floor while adding eight rebounds, dishing out a couple assists and by swiping a couple steals. George, along with teammate Russell Westbrook led the charge for a massive third quarter comeback combining for 54 of their clubs final 61 points that got them the win after being down as much as 25 points. George has scored 30 or more points in three of the series five games and there is no reason why he will not keep it going in Game 6 of their do-or-die matchup.
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was electric in his club's comeback that led to a crucial Game 5 victory over the Utah Jazz. Westbrook scored 45 points on 39 shots by making 17 of them, while grabbing 15 rebounds and dishing out seven assists on the night. Westbrook was instrumental leading his club back from a 71-46 deficit and scored 20 of his 45 points in the third quarter en route to the comeback win. Westbrook stepped up in big time in this one and will look to carry over the momentum to Game 6 as we can expect similar output in that contest from the reigning MVP.
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