Yahoo DFS Basketball: Saturday-Sunday Picks

Mike Barner
With Kevin Durant sidelined, Stephen Curry has looked more like his two-time MVP self.

With both the Warriors and Bucks taking care of business at home, the Blazers and Raptors will be looking to get on the board in their respective series Saturday and Sunday. Yahoo will once again stretch their DFS contest over two days, so let's examine some players to target and avoid while creating your entry.


Stephen Curry, GS at POR ($42): To no surprise, the Warriors have leaned on Curry to step up in the scoring department with Kevin Durant (calf) sidelined. He hasn't disappointed, scoring 36 and 37 points, respectively, in the first two games. With no reinforcements coming for either of the two games in Portland, Curry should continue to receive all of the shots that he can handle.

Seth Curry, POR vs. GS ($12): After getting beaten soundly in Game 1, the Blazers needed to make some adjustments with their rotations. One of the key moves that they made in Game 2 was to play Curry more. He ended up logging 29 minutes, which is the most playing time that he's received in a game during the Blazers current playoff run. He didn't let the opportunity go to waste by scoring 31.2 Yahoo points. The Blazers were much more competitive despite the loss, so expect him to play more Saturday, as well. At this price, he could be well worth the risk.

Guard to Avoid

Eric Bledsoe, MIL at TOR ($27): The Bucks handled the Raptors with ease in Game 2, but Bledsoe scored just 24.5 Yahoo points in 29 minutes. He was only 3-for-10 from the field and has scored a total of 17 points across the first two games. Now that he's scored 25.9 Yahoo points or fewer in six of his last seven games, it's hard to justify adding him to your entry at this price.


Kawhi Leonard, TOR vs. MIL ($45): Leonard tried his best to pull off an upset on the road Friday, scoring 31 points on his way to 44.6 Yahoo points. He was extremely efficient once again, shooting 10-for-18 from the field and 10-for-10 from the charity stripe. The Raptors are going to need him to score a ton if they are going to get back into this series, so expect Leonard to have a high floor once again.

Rodney Hood, POR vs. GS ($10): The Blazers are lucky that Hood dodged a series knee injury in Game 7 of the second round because he's become a key part of their second unit. He's been especially productive at home of late, averaging 17 points and 3.3 rebounds over the last three games in Portland. His upside isn't all that high since the majority of his contributions come from the scoring column, but he's still a viable target at the minimum price.

Forward to Avoid

Khris Middleton, MIL at TOR ($28): Middleton has had his share of struggles against the Raptors this season and that carried over into Game 2 with him scoring 14.7 Yahoo points. Not only did he score just 12 points, but he logged only one rebound and one assist while failing to record a defensive stat. His ceiling simply isn't high enough at this price.


Serge Ibaka, TOR vs. MIL ($14): Ibaka had a quiet Game 1, scoring 16.3 Yahoo points in only 17 minutes. However, with the team digging itself an early hole and Marc Gasol playing poorly, Ibaka logged 27 minutes in Game 2. That helped him score 20.5 Yahoo points. It wouldn't be that surprising to see him continue to see an expanded role in Game 3, so he's someone to at least consider in tournament play.

Kevon Looney, GS at POR ($12): Looney might actually be the best center option for this slate when you consider his price and recent production. He's stepped up since Durant went down, scoring at least 21.9 Yahoo points in four straight games. He was particularly productive in Game 2, scoring 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds across 29 minutes. Expect him to continue to receive adding playing time in Game 3.

Center to Avoid

Enes Kanter, POR vs. GS ($21): One of the changes that the Blazers made Thursday was to play Kanter less. After playing 30 minutes in Game 1, he logged only 19 minutes in Game 2. With so little playing time, it's not a surprise that he only finished with 14 Yahoo points. This is a tough matchup for him with all of the small lineups that the Warriors use and he's not a very good defender, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him play a limited role again.