Pick & Roll: Suns-Clippers Game 3 NBA DFS Picks for MomentRanks Play
by Justin Perri
Tonight’s NBA game features Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals matchup between the Suns and the Clippers. The Suns are up 2-0 in the series and we’re likely to see the return of Chris Paul for tonight’s action, shaking up lineup construction on MomentRanks Play.
We have seen the Clippers bounce back from this same 0-2 deficit in both of their opening series. To do it again — this time without Kawhi Leonard — would be as spectacular as it is improbable. They also lost both games to the Suns without CP3 on the court, so his return might spell doom for the Clippers.
The must-play Moments for tonight will come from Paul George, Devin Booker, Chris Paul and maybe Deandre Ayton as well. I’ll present some arguments on why I’m playing a certain player on a particular Moment type as well as discuss some sleeper options. It’s a bit thin with one game and some dominant players, but in order to win that means you’ll need to be all the more precise.
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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.
This is the easiest play of the night; George is set to carry the load for the Clippers tonight, and Marcus Morris also hurting a bit should only help the output here. George also suffers from a painful lack of Moment diversity. Your only other option is the Rare All-Star Handles Moment, I’ll stick with the common scoring play as I think George passes his 27.6 L10 average in the category and even with the rare boost I am unsure he gets to six assists for the pivot to be worth it.
Another rather simple selection in my eyes, Paul is expected to return tonight and he should take over the responsibilities of distributing the ball. His passing prowess will be needed, as the defensive intensity of the Clippers should be at a max in front of their home fans for a must-win game. I think Paul passes more than he shoots tonight, and he only needs nine assists to activate the boost. I think he threatens 12 or 13 in his return and makes this a must-play moment.
With Chris Paul most likely returning to the line up tonight I think Booker becomes more of the shooter again. He likely will not get the assists that have made his Handles Moment a must-start with Paul off the floor, but his 2.4 L10 average in three-point shots is probable to be reached with his point guard back on the floor.
Another relatively easy choice as Ayton only has scoring Moments thus far on Top Shot. He is sitting with a 15.3 points per game average over his last ten contests and the Suns will need him to provide another 20 point performance if they want to win this game.
His threat to score underneath is crucial to open up the floor for the rest of this offense. I expect he activates his boost tonight against a weak Clippers interior defense.
Jackson fired 34 shots from deep in his last four games and has been prolific throughout the postseason with his accuracy from the 3-point range. His L10 average in 3-pointers made stands at 3.1, so to play him on this Moment you must believe he will hit four threes tonight. If you think he doesn’t hit four but does surpass 19 points, you can pivot to his debut scoring Moment as 20 will activate the scoring boost.
This Moment was one of the steals of Game 1 and 2, as Payne racked up nine assists in both games without Chris Paul on the court. With CP3 set to return, Payne probably doesn’t get to nine again, but he only needs four to get a boost, and 5 or 6 should still be possible as he’s provided a spark for this Suns team while missing one of their centerpieces.