Derrick Rose ready for Round 2 and daily basketball rise

Derrick Rose ready for Round 2 and daily basketball rise

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(Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports)
(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%.

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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.

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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.

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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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