• There are three games on the schedule for Monday night and each of these matchups have brought interest and excitement through the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Hornets and the Blazers look to tie up their series at (2-2) while the Thunder look to knock out the Mavericks. We could be in line to see a high scoring day on the DFS landscape.

    Here is my lineup for Monday, April 25th.

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    Point Guard

    Russell Westbrook ($10,600)

    The Thunder is just one win away from moving on to the second round of the playoffs and that win could come tonight in Dallas. Westbrook has been phenomenal through the postseason, averaging 48.07  FanDuel points per game. With the smell of blood in the air, look for Westbrook to go for the kill in Monday’s matchup.

    Raymond Felton ($6,000)

    Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has come out and said that point guard Deron Williams has been shut down for the season meaning Felton should be in line for another big night. Since taking over the starting job in game two, he has averaged 35.46 FanDuel points per game. J.J. Barea is also dealing with a hamstring injury which could make him limited, so Felton could be in line for a huge night.

    Shooting Guard

    Dwayne Wade ($7,600)

    Wade at his price is a solid pick up and should be looking to help his team bounce back from their loss on Saturday. The former champion has been great in this series, averaging 34.9 FanDuel points per game. By picking Wade, I think you can almost guarantee 30 FanDuel points with upside to get 38 to 40.

    Jeremy Lin ($4,700)

    Linsanity played big in the Hornets win over the Heat on Saturday finishing the game with 18 points, four rebounds and four assists. Lin could see an uptick in his minutes and usage with Nicolas Batum officially ruled out for Monday’s contest making him a steal at his $4,700 price tag.

    Small Forward

    Al-Farouq Aminu ($5,500)

    Aminu has been a sub-par player to own through the postseason, averaging 25.9 FanDuel points through the first three games of the series. While his upside is limited Aminu has, however, been consistent. If you’re looking to build a lineup without Kevin Durant, then Aminu is a nice add to help strengthen your lineup.

    Joe Johnson ($4,600)

    Johnson has obviously been disappointing thus far this series. He has averaged 15.3 FanDuel points through the first three games and knowing that I can see many having a concern with this selection. However, Johnson has been seeing over 30 minutes in the past two games and knowing that he is a player that can get hot at any time, you would have to think he is due for a good game.

    Power Forward

    Dirk Nowitzki ($7,000)

    Nowitzki has played like young Dirk in the last two games, scoring 36.7 FanDuel points in game three and 39.6 in game four. Now with his team down 3-1 in the series, this could be the final game for Nowitzki this season. With David Lee officially ruled out for the series and Salah Mejri considered a game-time decision, Nowitzki could be in line for huge minutes and a big statistical night.

    Serge Ibaka ($5,900)

    Ibaka has fared quite well against the Mavericks in this series, averaging 29.9 FanDuel points per game. With the Thunder looking to be the second team to move into the second round, you can expect the Big 3 for OKC to have a big night.

    Center

    Enes Kanter ($5,000)

    Kanter has played phenomenal thus far through the postseason, averaging 29.5 FanDuel points per game in just 22.7 minutes per game. He has been feasting on the old man legs of Nowitzki, Pachulia and Lee. Kanter at his $5,000 price point is almost too good to pass up and gives you the flexibility to fill out your lineup.

    With this lineup, you will have $3,100 to work with and possibly move up from players that you feel will have a better fantasy night. I can see an argument to be made to go after a guy like C.J. McCollum, who just had a big game on Saturday. Even moving Kanter up to get a someone like Mason Plumlee or DeAndre Jordan could be an option that pans out for you.

    Remember to check Hoop Ball for any updates on players’ statuses before tip-off.

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