Only two playoff games make the player pool more like a puddle

Only two playoff games make the player pool more like a puddle

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Only two playoff games make the player pool more like a puddle

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(Anthony Gruppuso, USA TODAY Sports)
(Anthony Gruppuso, USA TODAY Sports)

With the first round of the NBA playoffs winding down, there are just a few series still going. As a result, Game 6 between the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks Friday will be combined with Game 7 between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers Saturday to form a single contest at FantasyScore, so make sure to set lineups today.

Choose wisely, because such a limited pool leaves little margin for error.

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C Brook Lopez, Nets at Hawks
$7,600 salary | 15.2% of cap

Even with a mediocre performance in Game 5, Lopez is still averaging 39.15 fantasy points for the series and remains the premier option at the center spot.

G Chris Paul, Clippers vs. Spurs
$8,100 salary | 16.2% of cap

Owners must play the explosive point guard just to keep up with the competition. He has averaged 41.81 fantasy points against the Spurs in their last four meetings.

G Jeff Teague, Hawks at Nets
$5,900 salary | 11.8% of cap

He has been becoming more assertive on the offensive end throughout the series, and Teague has topped 40.00 fantasy points in back-to-back games.

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G Joe Johnson, Nets vs. Hawks
$4,400 salary | 8.8% of cap

Johnson has been one of the steadiest players for either side in this series, topping 30.00 fantasy points in all five games.

C DeAndre Jordan, Clippers vs. Spurs
$7,000 salary | 14.0% of cap

While pricey, Jordan has to be in your lineup given the thin center position. He has averaged 33.75 fantasy points in his last four matchups with San Antonio and scored at least 37.50 in his last two against them.

F DeMarre Carroll, Hawks at Nets
$5,000 salary | 10.0% of cap

After averaging just 24.42 fantasy points during the regular season, Carroll is averaging 33.10 in this series.

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Bench

C Al Horford, Hawks at Nets
$6,100 salary | 12.2% of cap

Horford is dealing with a finer injury, and he has been the least consistent of three big names available at the center spot.

G Tony Parker, Spurs at Clippers
$5,700 salary | 11.4% of cap

The third most expensive guard hasn't topped 23 fantasy points in his last six games and belongs nowhere near your fantasy roster.

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