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  • Player Notes
    Kyle Lowry May 22 6:40pm ET

    Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (hand) is still in a lot of pain, but is battling through the issue, according to head coach Nick Nurse. Lowry is not on the injury report and is fully expected to play on Thursday. Lowry has actually been playing well this series despite the hand issue. It sounds like it's going to take a lot more than a hand issue to slow down Lowry.

    Kawhi Leonard May 22 4:40am ET

    Toronto Raptors shooting guard/small forward Kawhi Leonard got to take a bit of a backseat on Tuesday with five other Raptors' scoring 13-plus points in the 120-102 win over the Bucks. Leonard managed just five points by the half and finished the night with 19 points while adding seven rebounds with four steals and two blocks. The positive was that he played just 34 minutes after a career-high 52 minutes in Game 3. The negative was that he was regularly limping and favoring both his left and right leg and applied heat packs on every timeout to his quads. It is not clear with what he is dealing with, but the lesser minutes tonight can only mean he will be ready to go in Game 5.

    Kyle Lowry May 22 4:30am ET

    Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry dropped 15 of his 25 points in the game's opening five minutes that led to a 120-102 win over the Bucks to even the series at two games apiece. Lowry was efficient on the night as he made 6-for-11 from the floor and made all ten of his shots at the line with six dimes and five rebounds across 34 minutes of action. Lowry continues his run of inconsistencies as he scored just 26 points in Game 3 and 4 combined after putting up 30 in Game 1. We can assume Lowry will come out firing in Game 5 on Thursday, so keep him on your radar as he is probably the better play with much of the Bucks' backcourt struggling on this night.

    Serge Ibaka May 22 4:30am ET

    Toronto Raptors power forward/center Serge Ibaka brought some serious energy with him on Tuesday as he recorded a huge double-double in 24 minutes of action in the Game 4 win. Ibaka did his work on the glass with four of his 13 rebounds coming on the offensive end and he scored 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting of some nice pick and pops and putbacks at the rim. The Raptors are 7-0 this postseason when Ibaka scores 10-plus points and Raptors fans can only hope this version of Ibaka shows up for the crucial Game 5 that is in Milwaukee on Thursday night

    Norman Powell May 22 4:30am ET

    Toronto Raptors shooting guard/small forward Norman Powell provided another solid line in this series on Tuesday when he scored 18 points to help secure the 18-point victory to even the series. Powell was extremely aggressive as he took 18 shots but actually only connected on six of them with four coming from three and he added five rebounds with three assists while being a game-high plus-29 across 32 minutes of action. Powell has stepped things up for the Raptors in his last three games where he is averaging 17.0 points in those games and is still worth a play for Game 5 if his price tag is still fair.

    Fred VanVleet May 22 4:20am ET

    Toronto Raptors guard Fred Vanvleet managed to score in double digits for the first time since Game 1 in his club's series with the Magic as he contributed 13 points on Tuesday in the win. VanVleet did not stop there as he added six assists with a rebound and a steal in 25 minutes of action. VanVleet has recorded just 10 points in the series' previous three games on 20 shots, so this was a massive boost for the young guard. The newfound confidence could have been from him becoming a new father on Monday, but whatever the reason may be, he is worth an add to your roster's for Game 5 with his user-friendly price tag.

    Giannis Antetokounmpo May 22 4:10am ET

    Milwaukee Bucks guard/forward Giannis Antetokounmpo bounced back offensively in Game 4 as he made nine of 17 shots to score 25 points in the 120-102 loss to the Raptors. Antetokounmpo filled out his line with 10 rebounds and five assists with three blocks and a steal while making just 6-for-10 from the line. Antetokounmpo was once again continually swarmed by outreached arms from the Raptors' defense but was more aggressive at taking the ball to the rim then he was in the previous game. If he hasn't been scoring, he has been doing other things, so he is never a bad play in your lineups.

    Khris Middleton May 22 4:10am ET

    Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard/small forward Khris Middleton poured in 30 points on Tuesday, but it was not enough in the 120-102 loss to the Raptors. Middleton missed his first shot of the night, but then connected on eight straight field goals and made some big shots for his club when the rest of his squad was struggling. Middleton finished the night by adding seven assists and six rebounds while connecting on a sizzling 11-for-15 shooting overall. Middleton will look to continue to keep things going in Game 5, but with a combination of Raptors' adjustments and his consistency issues, it is hard to know which Middleton will show up for the crucial Game 5.

    Malcolm Brogdon May 22 4:00am ET

    Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon struggled to get his shot to fall on Tuesday in the 18-point Game 4 loss to the Raptors. Brogdon managed to hit just 2-for-11 from the floor for four points and added five rebounds with three assists across 28 minutes of action. Brogdon came into the night's contest averaging 14.8 points in his prior four games and he did not make his first field goal on this night until there was one minute left on the clock in the third quarter. The Bucks are going to need either Malcolm Brogdon or Eric Bledsoe to get back to form in Game 5, with Brogdon looking to be the better bet.

    Eric Bledsoe May 22 4:00am ET

    Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe could not find any rhythm in the 120-102 Game 4 loss in Toronto. Bledsoe has become a non-factor in this series as he played just 20 minutes and provided just five points on 2-for-7 shooting from the floor. The Raptors are sagging off of Bledsoe, daring him to shoot and he is averaging just 8.3 points a game in the series' four games. There is a chance that the Bucks shuffle their lineup for Game 5 and this could mean George Hill or Malcolm Brogdon entering the starting lineup for Bledsoe. Bledsoe is someone to avoid in DFS until he can show a glimpse of confidence.

    Stephen Curry May 21 4:30am ET

    Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry continued his elite play on Monday when he recorded 37 points to complete the series' sweep over the Trail Blazers. Curry did not stop there as he recorded a triple-double with 13 rebounds and added 11 assists while drilling seven triples. Curry stepped up in this series with Kevin Durant (calf) out as he averaged 36.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists across the four games. The Warriors now have nine days off before the 2019 NBA finals begin so we can expect a fresh Curry to be ready for Game 1.

    Klay Thompson May 21 4:30am ET

    Golden State Warriors shooting guard/small forward Klay Thompson connected on just 7-for-21 shooting from the floor en route to 17 points in the two-point win over Portland on Monday. Thompson also grabbed six boards with two assists and a steal with a block. Thompson did not have the best offensive series against the Blazers where he shot just 37.9% from the floor, yet still managed to average 21.5 points across the four games. The Warriors will need Thompson to find his form in the Finals in order to have better odds at winning another title.

    Kevon Looney May 21 4:30am ET

    Golden State Warriors power forward/center Kevon Looney provided a big double-double in the Game 4 clinching win on Monday over the Trail Blazers. Looney scored 12 points and grabbed 14 boards with a steal and a block across 29 minutes. Looney has played 20-plus minutes in his last seven games and depending on the situations of players Kevin Durant (calf), DeMarcus Cousins (quad) and Andre Iguodala (calf) for Game 1 of the Finals, this will have a major influence on Looney and his minutes for when the series begins.

    Draymond Green May 21 4:20am ET

    Golden State Warriors power forward/center Draymond Green continued his postseason resurgence on Monday when he posted another triple-double in the overtime win in Game 4. Green did it all once again as he scored 18 points while grabbing 14 boards with 11 assists and three steals with two blocks across 43 minutes. Green, along with teammate Stephen Curry became the first teammates to record triple-doubles in a postseason game. Green has been an absolute beast, but his value may take a slight hit when some of the Warriors' injured players return for the Finals, so stay tuned for updates to see where Green's value will be for Game 1.

    Damian Lillard May 21 3:50am ET

    Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard poured in 28 points and added 12 assists but it was not enough in the 119-117 overtime loss to the Warriors to end the series in four games. Lillard connected on 11 of 24 shooting and added four rebounds to probably his best game of the series. Lillard struggled throughout the series after separating his ribs in Game 2 as he just did not look himself much of the series. Either way, we know Lillard will come back hungrier than ever next season and again will be a late first-round pick across all formats for next season's drafts.

    Rodney Hood May 21 3:40am ET

    Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard/small forward Rodney Hood was non-factor in the Game 4 loss on Monday to the Warriors. Hood scored just seven points on 3-for-11 shooting from the floor and added just two rebounds with two assists with two steals across 40 minutes of action. After showing some serious promise earlier in the postseason and averaging 14.5 points int he series' first two games, Hood disappeared in Game 3 and 4 when he averaged just 5.0 points. Hood is a free agent and will garner some attention for his postseason success and depending on where he lands, he should have some late-round value for 2019-20.

    Meyers Leonard May 21 3:30am ET

    Portland Trail Blazers power forward/center Meyers Leonard dropped 25 of his 30 points in the opening quarter of the Game 4 series-ending loss to the Warriors on Monday. Leonard nailed 12 of 16 from the floor and made five triples with 12 rebounds and three assists with a block and a steal. The move to put Leonard in the starting unit proved to be a positive one with him averaging 23.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in the series' final two games. With Enes Kanter to be hitting free agency and Jusuf Nurkic (leg) out for the foreseeable future, Leonard could is a solid look at late-round value for next season.

    Kawhi Leonard May 20 5:50am ET

    Toronto Raptors shooting guard/small forward Kawhi Leonard connected on 11-for-25 shooting from the floor and 12 of 13 at the line to score a game-high 36 points in the six-point double-overtime win over the Bucks. Leonard provided a full line with nine boards and five assists while picking up two steals and a block in 52 minutes on Sunday. Leonard once again played the role of hero as he made some big baskets down the stretch, but looked to be favoring his right leg at points in the second half and overtime after looking like he landed awkwardly after a dunk. We can assume he will be okay but stay tuned for any updates in regards to the Raptors' superstar.

    Pascal Siakam May 20 5:50am ET

    Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam bounced back in Game 3 when he provided 25 points and played a heavy 51 minutes in the double-overtime thriller on Sunday. Siakam was much more aggressive on offense as he nailed nine of 18 shots with two makes from three and added 11 rebounds with three steals for his big line. He looked to finally figure out the Bucks defense and also played spectacular defense on Giannis Antetokounmpo helping hold the superstar to just 12 points. The question is now, can Siakam carry over this performance into the Game 4 on Tuesday?

    Marc Gasol May 20 5:40am ET

    Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol came out firing on Sunday when he scored eight of his 16 points in the game's first six minutes in the six-point double-overtime victory over the Bucks. Gasol did it all as he added 12 rebounds with seven assists and made his presence felt on the defensive end with five blocks. Serge Ibaka played just 14 minutes and the thought of bringing Gasol off the bench for Game 3 is purely an afterthought now after this strong game. We can hope his confidence carries over to Game 4 on Tuesday making him still the better play over Brook Lopez.


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