Playing it safe is Thursday's theme in daily fantasy basketball

Playing it safe is Thursday's theme in daily fantasy basketball

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Playing it safe is Thursday's theme in daily fantasy basketball

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(Dennis Wierzbicki, USA TODAY Sports)
(Dennis Wierzbicki, USA TODAY Sports)

We're getting close to the end of the line for us on FantasyScore in the NBA postseason. It has been a pleasure for us in our inaugural season. We hope you have enjoyed it just as much.

At this juncture, there are very few surprises. With the handful of teams left, it's much easier to gauge on whom you can rely. Today's picks are all pretty safe bets to continue their runs.

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Start

F LeBron James, Cavaliers at Bulls
$8,200 salary | 16.4% of cap

The King has notched 55 or more fantasy points, including a robust 74 Tuesday, in every game this series.

C Dwight Howard, Rockets at Clippers
$7,000 salary | 14.0% of cap

Outside of a miserable Game 4, Howard has been above 42 fantasy points the entire series.

There's still time for your daily dunk.

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G Derrick Rose, Bulls vs. Cavaliers
$6,500 salary | 13.0% of cap

Rose is averaging 42.8 fantasy points in the series at a price just south of the high end.

F Trevor Ariza, Rockets at Clippers
$5,000 salary | 10.0% of cap

Coming off his best game of the series with 42 fantasy points, Ariza has had at least 35 or more in four of five games.

F Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers at Bulls
$3,200 salary | 6.4% of cap

There isn't a lot of upside, but Thompson's 24.2 fantasy points per game this series adds some certainty at a low price.

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Bench

C Joakim Noah, Bulls vs. Cavaliers
$6,400 salary | 12.8% of cap

A number of missed layups in the series speaks volumes, and his futile 23.9 fantasy-points-per-game average this series is one to avoid.

G Jamal Crawford, Clippers vs. Rockets
$4,400 salary | 8.8% of cap

Crawford has been relatively ineffective in fantasy with 26 combined on FantasyScore the last two games with Chris Paul back.

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