Pick & Roll: Bucks-Suns NBA Finals Game 1 DFS Picks for MomentRanks Play
by Justin Perri
The NBA Finals are here at last but some questions still remain heading into Game 1. The biggest of which is the status of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. He is officially listed as questionable, but it is looking more like he will be a true game-time decision. That likely means you will need to prepare two potential lineups for the MomentRanks Play Daily Contest because you may not have time to adjust before tip-off.
It’ll also be interesting to see if the inexperience of the Suns starts to come into play. This is still the first playoff run for both Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton and they could struggle on the biggest stage of their careers.
The expectation is the leadership of Chris Paul in his first Finals should continue to guide the young Phoenix team, but the Bucks have made solid playoff runs in both of the last two years, and they’re now finally one series win from a ring. A Game 1 upset would be a huge boon for their chances and I wouldn’t write off Milwaukee tonight just yet.
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Always remember that when building your team on MomentRanks Play, each Moment can unlock a Moment Boost by achieving over their last-ten game averages (L10) in the stat that corresponds to the featured play. This means choosing the correct Moment is crucial to your lineup’s success. You can also watch this quick tutorial on Play scoring if you ever need a refresher.
The best way to feature Chris Paul in your lineup tonight is likely going to be on an assist Moment, which happens to also be the least expensive option. He will need double digits in the category in order to activate his boost since he is averaging 9.4 over the last ten games he has played. I think he will get to 10 and has a good chance to hit 11. If he does get to 11, the 1.6 assists over his average would have the same boost as Paul surpassing his scoring boost threshold by 16 points.
Paul is a passer first and if he’s going to have a big game in MomentRanks Play, it will be this Moment.
It doesn’t matter if Giannis sits out tonight or plays, Middleton needs to be in your lineup. He is going to be the main point scorer for Milwaukee in this series as the Suns have had trouble with allowing shooters open looks. Middleton converts open looks, especially from deep. That makes taking the 3-point Moment a somewhat easy selection for me, especially if Antetokounmpo sits. In Game 6 against the Hawks, Middleton shot 4-for-10 from deep and could again take that many if the Bucks are down a man again tonight.
If Antetokounmpo does play, the only Moment type that might surpass it’s threshold could be a scoring Moment, as Middleton would need 25 to activate that boost. Middleton has a $12 Series 2 Common Jump Shot you can pivot to in that scenario.
Booker has made the Finals in his first NBA Playoff run and I expect him to try to put on a show tonight to set the tone for the series. He has hit three shots from behind the arc in two of the series openers he has played and again will be in front of a home crowd that loves when he shoots. He only needs to make two to activate the boost, and I think he takes seven or eight attempts, which makes this a good high-upside Moment.
This is an easy selection because Ayton only has scoring Moments. He has averaged 16.4 points over his last ten games and surpassed this mark in the first four games of the Clippers series, but neither of the final two.
You’re playing Ayton if you think he is one of the best base scorers. His upside tonight is potentially dominating this game if Giannis is out, and I have a hunch he may sit.
Holiday has mainly scoring Moments, but I think that if you own this Moment already or are looking to compete for the top prizes in the daily contest that you will need this in your lineup. Jrue is at 9.0 assists over his last ten games, so will need double digits tonight to reach the total, but if he does unlock his boost it would be the same amount as if he scored 30 points. I don’t think he scores 30 points as often as he does record 10 assists, which is why you probably need to pay up to compete if targeting Holiday tonight.
I don’t think Milwalkee will risk Giannis’s health tonight in an away game when they can rest him to hold court in Games 3 and 4, while maybe stealing Game 2 if he is ready. I’m not the Bucks coach or medical staff though, so who knows what they go with. Some have said he is trending towards playing, but if he does play he will likely be a lesser scoring force than normal and might shy away from hard contact plays.
He would still have big block upside against a Suns team that likes driving layups. So if he does go, a block Moment is how I will play him.
If Giannis sits, Lopez could be in for a big night down low. We have seen how he has been utilized on lobs and his proficiency with put-back shots. He only needs 14 points to unlock his boost and it is his only Moment type, only play this if you think Lopez again surprises everyone as he did in Game 5 against Atlanta with 33 points.