NBA DFS Playoff Preview Cavs vs Knicks Game 5
As the New York Knicks travel to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First-Round Playoffs, they do so with a commanding 3-1 series lead. This matchup has been anything but a one-sided affair, as both teams have put forth valiant efforts. However, the Knicks have been more consistent, and the Cavaliers have found themselves in a must-win situation if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Cavaliers have struggled to keep pace with the Knicks, and they have scored under 100 points in all 3 of their losses in this series. Donovan Mitchell has been the lone bright spot (outside of Game 4) for Cleveland, but even his heroics haven’t been enough to overcome the Knicks’ defensive intensity. The Cavs need a collective effort from their entire roster if they want to extend this series to a Game 6.
Conversely, the Knicks have made the necessary adjustments and look poised for the gentleman’s 5 game sweep. They have gotten contributions from all over their roster, with Jalen Brunson leading the way in Game 4 with 29 points, six rebounds, and six assists. RJ Barrett had 26 points, while Josh Hart added 19 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Even with Julius Randle having a subpar performance, the Knicks have managed to stay a step ahead of the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers’ best chance of staving off elimination will be to rely on their home-court advantage and hope for an off-night from the Knicks. Darius Garland will need to play better, and Evan Mobley will have to step up to provide support.
For the Knicks, they will look to close out the series in convincing fashion and avoid a potential Game 6. They will need to continue playing with the same intensity they have shown so far in this series, and they will need their role players to continue stepping up. Jericho Sims and Quentin Grimes are both listed as questionable for Game 5, but the Knicks have shown that they can win even when shorthanded.
In conclusion, Game 5 between the Cavaliers and Knicks promises to be a thrilling affair. With the stakes this high, it’s sure to be an intense battle that fans won’t want to miss.
Donovan Mitchell (PG/SG, Cleveland Cavaliers) – Mitchell is one of the most explosive scorers in the league, and his DraftKings projection of 45.36 reflects that. Despite the Cavaliers’ struggles in this series, Mitchell has been a consistent offensive force and is a great option for any fantasy lineup.
Jalen Brunson (PG, New York Knicks) – Brunson has been putting up impressive numbers throughout this series, with a DraftKings projection of 37.67 for today’s game. He had a standout performance in Game 4, and the Knicks will look to him to continue leading them to a series sweep.
Evan Mobley (PF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers) – Mobley has been off all series but his DraftKings projection of 36.48 for today’s game presents a good value. He has been a solid contributor on both ends of the floor all season, and the Cavs will need him to have a big game if they want to stay alive in the playoffs.
Caris LeVert (SG/SF, Cleveland Cavaliers) – LeVert has been a consistent contributor for the Cavaliers, with a solid DraftKings projection of 28.36 for today’s game. He has shown the ability to get hot from beyond the arc and could be a sneaky value pick for any fantasy lineup.
Mitchell Robinson (C, New York Knicks) – Robinson has been a key player off the bench for the Knicks, with a DraftKings projection of 24.87 for today’s game. He has been grabbing multiple rebounds and recording multiple blocks in each game, making him a valuable defensive asset and a great value pick.
Obi Toppin (PF, New York Knicks) – Toppin has shown flashes of his potential in this series, with a DraftKings projection of 11.51 for today’s game. He has the ability to stretch the floor and could be a valuable asset if he can get hot from beyond the arc. As a value pick, Toppin could be a solid addition to any fantasy lineup.
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