Pick & Roll: Bucks-Suns NBA Finals Game 2 DFS Picks for MomentRanks Play
by Justin Perri
Game 1 of the NBA Finals went about as expected; Giannis Antetokounmpo did indeed play, which probably hurt his team at times because he wasn’t 100 percent healthy. Chris Paul led the way for the Suns and behind his leadership the home team had little issue winning the initial contest of the series.
For the Daily Contest on MomentRanks Play, it was an unpredictable night. No GM had the perfect combination of the top five common Moments, which were Paul three-pointer (73.3), Khris Middleton three-pointer (63.1), Devin Booker assist (56), Antetokounmpo block (55.6) and Deandre Ayton dunk (50.8). This lineup would have scored 298.8 points, good for first in the daily contest by 14 points. No rares needed.
Do you use that same lineup again in Game 2? It’s tough to say. Giannis only activated his bonus on the block Moment and Chris Paul hit 4-of-7 threes while not activating his assist bonus. I would expect Game 2 to be a bit different; Jrue Holiday won’t be a non-factor again this time around and Paul probably won’t be as hot from behind the arc.
I think there’s a few must-start plays and some tough choices, I’ll break down the important ones and you can check out some of what you’re looking at tonight sorted by price, too.
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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.
To activate his boosts tonight Paul needs any of 24 points, 10 assists or two three-pointers. However one additional tally in either of the last two categories will vastly outpace a scoring bonus, so you’re only taking that Moment type if you think it’s the only one that activates the boost.
My estimation is that Paul is most likely to hit two threes tonight, and the assist again has a good chance to hit 11 or 12. So I will be going that way. The Series 1 Common 3-point Moment comes in at $134 if you want to make that pivot.
This is one of those must-play Moments. I featured it in Game 1 and it seemed the consensus was that everyone agreed with it being the best way to play Middleton. No reason to go away from what works, Middleton shot 12 shots from deep and hitting five in Game 1. If the Bucks are going to compete he will need to again take a high number of attempts. He only needs to hit three to activate the boost as his L10 average is 2.9.
I’ll stay with this Moment too, Booker went 1-for-8 from behind the arc in Game 1, but the number of attempts is a good sign. He only needs to drain two deep shots to pass the 1.8 L10 average he has. Two is an easy bar to hit, and Booker is a threat to hit four threes any given night.
The $9 S2 Common Handles Moment is a solid pivot here, Booker recorded six assists in the last game and could continue passing if his teammates keep hitting shots.
I still don’t think Giannis will be fully healthy for tonight’s game. He managed to score 20 points last time out, but a two-day turnaround for Game 2 might not help all that much. He would need to have more than 30 points to activate the scoring boost, but just needs a single block to surpass the 0.9 threshold for my preferred play tonight. Blocks are high upside and Antetokoumpo will be a defensive force even if he isn’t at his best.
I expect a similar result from the first game, and if I am correct it would make him the 4th or 5th player on your roster behind the three featured in the Core Moments section. You could justify benching him, but I’ll be including this Moment in my lineups as his rebounding provides a nice base score and two blocks would make this an elite play.
If you’re playing Ayton it has to be on a scoring Moment, because he has no other options. This means even with his performance in Game 1, he is still a fringe player for MomentRanks Play because of how weak the points boost can be. As I mentioned in the Game 1 article, you are really only playing Ayton if you think he is one of the best base scorers. I think his upside is still there since he can dominate the boards, but someone like Jrue Holiday or a deep sleeper for upside might merit sitting Ayton.
Jrue was nowhere to be found in the first game against the Suns after looking like a dominant scoring force to close out the series against the Hawks. He still passed effectively, recording nine assists but activated no boosts and tanked the lineup of anyone who included him. I think he’s worth trusting in Game 2, especially as a passer. If he can come that close to double digit dimes in a down game, I expect him to have a healthy base score and boost when he plays properly.
If you think the Suns win again in a somewhat dominant fashion, Jrue is probably the guy to bench of the six big names in this series.