NBA DFS Playoff Preview for Wednesday 4/19/23
Lakers Look to Continue Dominance Against Grizzlies in Game 2 of Western Conference Quarterfinals
The NBA Playoffs are in full swing, and the Western Conference Quarterfinals are heating up as the Memphis Grizzlies host the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 at the FedExForum on Wednesday. The Lakers have taken an early lead in the series, winning Game 1 in a tightly contested match against one of the league’s elite teams. The Grizzlies will be looking to turn things around, but with Ja Morant‘s health situation uncertain, they have a tough path ahead of them.
The Lakers pulled off a huge upset in Game 1, thanks to a 15-0 run in the final minutes of the game. Matching the intensity of those final minutes, but through prolonged stretches, will be the Lakers’ main goal if they want to hold a two-game lead when they return to California. With a star-studded roster led by LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and D’Angelo Russell, the Lakers are looking to continue their dominance in Game 2.
Austin Reaves stood out in Game 1, leading the way for the Lakers with 23 points, four assists, and three rebounds. LeBron James also had an impressive game, posting 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three blocks, and two steals. Anthony Davis filled the stat sheet with 22 points, 12 rebounds, seven blocks, three assists, and three steals, showcasing his all-around game. Rui Hachimura was a force off the bench, leading the Lakers in scoring with 29 points.
On the Grizzlies side, Jaren Jackson was their leading scorer with 31 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. Desmond Bane had a solid outing with 22 points, six assists, and five rebounds. Ja Morant, who is a game-time decision for Game 2, ended with 18 points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Dillon Brooks and Xavier Tillman also made contributions to the Grizzlies’ effort in Game 1.
The Lakers will look to build on their Game 1 victory and continue their dominance against the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies, on the other hand, will need to regroup and find a way to win without Ja Morant if he is unable to play. Game 2 promises to be another exciting matchup in what has already been a thrilling NBA Playoffs.
Bucks Look to Bounce Back Against Heat in Game 2 of Eastern Conference First-Round Playoffs
The Milwaukee Bucks will look to bounce back from a disappointing Game 1 loss when they host the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First-Round Playoffs at Fiserv Forum on Wednesday evening. The Heat managed to steal Game 1 on the road, as the Bucks were dealt a major blow when Giannis Antetokounmpo left the game in the first quarter after taking a hard fall. The Bucks struggled to keep up with the Heat’s hot start and trailed by 13 points at halftime, ultimately losing by a final score of 122-109.
Jimmy Butler was the standout performer for the Heat in Game 1, leading the way with 35 points, five rebounds, 11 assists, and three steals in 43 minutes of action. Bam Adebayo also had a solid game with 22 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. Meanwhile, Khris Middleton had a big game for the Bucks, scoring 33 points, grabbing nine rebounds, and dishing out four assists. Bobby Portis also had a strong performance off the bench, contributing 21 points and eight rebounds. Jrue Holiday was impressive as well, tallying 16 points, seven rebounds, 16 assists, and a steal.
Both teams will continue to deal with injury trouble heading into Game 2. Kyle Lowry is listed as questionable for the Heat due to a knee injury, while Tyler Herro will be sidelined with a hand injury. On the other side, Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as doubtful for the Bucks due to a back injury.
The Bucks will need to regroup and come out strong in Game 2 if they want to even the series. They will need a big game from their supporting cast, as Middleton and Portis cannot do it all on their own. The Heat, on the other hand, will look to build on their Game 1 victory and continue to ride the hot hand of Jimmy Butler. The stage is set for another exciting matchup in what has already been a thrilling NBA Playoffs.
Nuggets Look to Extend Lead Against Struggling Timberwolves in Game 2 of Western Conference First-Round Playoffs
The Denver Nuggets will look to extend their lead against the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 2 of the Western Conference First-Round Playoffs at Ball Arena on Wednesday. The Nuggets are up 1-0 in the series after a convincing Game 1 win, where they dominated on the defensive end, holding the Timberwolves to just 80 points.
Minnesota struggled in Game 1, shooting just 37 percent from the field and 31 percent from three-point range. Karl-Anthony Towns had a tough outing, finishing with just 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting, and the Timberwolves will need him to step up if they want to avoid a quick exit from the playoffs.
On the other hand, the Nuggets had six players score at least 13 points in Game 1, showcasing their balance and depth. Although they struggled on the offensive end at times, their defense was one of the best showings of the year. Holding the Timberwolves to just 80 points is a testament to what this team wants to do in the postseason.
Denver has a dominant history against Minnesota, winning 15 of their last 20 games against them. With their Game 1 win, the Nuggets have already taken a step towards continuing that dominance in this series. If they can maintain their strong defensive performance and continue to get contributions from their deep roster, the Timberwolves will have a tough time turning things around.
The stage is set for an exciting Game 2 matchup in what has already been a thrilling NBA Playoffs. The Nuggets will look to extend their lead, while the Timberwolves will look to bounce back and avoid a quick exit from the postseason.
The NBA Playoffs are always full of surprises, and with each game, the intensity ramps up even more. As we move forward in the postseason, it’s crucial to keep an eye on injuries, lineup changes, and recent trends to stay ahead of the competition in DFS. We hope this preview has provided you with valuable insights and information to help you build winning lineups. Good luck in your NBA DFS contests!
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