(Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports)
The second round of the NBA playoffs continues Monday as the final two semifinal series begin.
Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden ($8,400 salary, 16.8% of cap) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James ($8,200, 16.4%) headline the list of must-own options at FantasyScore, and fantasy owners could also make room for Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin ($8,200, 16.4%).
Keep an eye on the status of Clippers point guard Chris Paul (hamstring). He is questionable to suit up for Game 1 against the Houston Rockets, and even if he takes the court, you may want to avoid paying up for a player that will be less than 100%.
C DeAndre Jordan, Clippers at Rockets
$7,000 salary | 14.0% of cap
He averaged 18.0 rebounds and 44.45 fantasy points in four regular-season meetings with the Rockets.
G Derrick Rose, Bulls at Cavaliers
$5,800 salary | 11.6% of cap
Rose has looked like his pre-injury self in three meetings with the Cavaliers this season, averaging 22.7 points.
F Jimmy Butler, Bulls at Cavaliers
$6,800 salary | 13.6% of cap
He is off to a strong start in the postseason, shooting 40.5% from three-point range and averaging 24.8 points per game.
G Jamal Crawford, Clippers at Rockets
$4,400 salary | 8.8% of cap
He is averaging 21.7 points in three meetings with Houston this season, and he could be asked to shoulder a bigger load if Paul sits.
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F Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers vs. Bulls
$3,200 salary | 6.4% of cap
Thompson is set for an expanded role with Kevin Love (shoulder) sidelined, and he averaged a double-double in 15 starts this season.
F Taj Gibson, Bulls at Cavaliers
$4,100 salary | 8.2% of cap
After six playoff games, Gibson is averaging fewer minutes, points and rebounds than he was in the regular season.
F Trevor Ariza, Rockets vs. Clippers
$5,000 salary | 10.0% of cap
He has been firing blanks this postseason, shooting 28.9% from the field and 22.7% from beyond the arc.
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