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Clippers at Warriors Preview

The Los Angeles Clippers take on the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on Monday night in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

The Warriors hold a 1-0 series lead. The Clippers (0-1) came into the series against the defending champions as considerable underdogs, but their Game 1 performance nevertheless had to be sobering. Los Angeles dropped a 121-104 decision on Saturday night that may have actually been more lopsided than the final score indicated. The Clippers entered the fourth quarter with a 19-point deficit before the Warriors (1-0) put their attack on cruise control through the majority of the final period. Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 26 points, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. Lou Williams followed with 25 points, nine assists, three rebounds and one steal. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander furnished 18 points, five rebounds, one assist and three blocks. Danilo Gallinari delivered 15 points, eight rebounds, one assist and three steals. JaMychal Green contributed 10 points, six rebounds and one steal.

The Clippers come into Monday’s game without any injuries to report.

Stephen Curry paced the Warriors with 38 points, supplementing them with 15 rebounds, seven assists and one block. Kevin Durant tallied 23 points, four rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal. Draymond Green finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, one block and one steal. Klay Thompson supplied 12 points, two assists, one rebound, two blocks and one steal. DeMarcus Cousins registered nine points, nine rebounds, four assists and one steal before fouling out in 21 minutes.

The Warriors will also come into Monday’s contest with a clean bill of health.

Written by Juan Carlos Blanco at 4/15 10:49 AM IST

Star Player:

Steph Curry, GSW (18.5 credits) – Curry kicked off the playoffs with a gem of a performance, scoring 38 points to go with 15 rebounds and seven assists in the Warriors’ playoff opener.  Despite facing off against a formidable defensive backcourt in Patrick Beverley and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Curry showed shades of his 2016 unanimous MVP campaign en route to the dominant performance.  He is projected for a game-high 45.4 fantasy points on Monday, and after the gem he turned in last time around, he should be an easy choice as the game’s star player.

Value Plays:

Patrick Beverley, LAC (11 credits) – He wasn’t able to slow Curry down in the first game of the series, but Beverley still made an impact for his team.  The veteran dished out seven assists while hauling in seven rebounds, good for 22.9 Dream11 points.  Beverley had missed the last few games of the regular season with a hip injury, but had emerged as an excellent fantasy value prior to that.  In six games prior to his injury, he had put up 27.3 fantasy points per game.  Given that he played 31 minutes in the Clippers’ first playoff game, it’s safe to assume Beverley should be back in form for Monday.

Andre Iguodala, GSW (8 credits) – Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, has always stepped it up during the playoffs.  On Saturday, he delivered another great postseason performance, finishing with eight points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals, and three blocks.  The well-rounded stat line gave him 39.2 Dream11 points in the Warriors’ playoff opener.  He should be in line for plenty more minutes and touches going forwards, making him worth a nod at his low price point.

DeMarcus Cousins, GSW (16 credits) – Cousins had a subdued role in his first-ever playoff game on Saturday, scoring only nine points in 21 minutes of play.  Of course, the fact that it was a blowout in Golden State’s favor skewed things, as Cousins was able to enjoy plenty of rest while his team coasted to victory.  If the regular season is any indication, Cousins should produce significantly more going forward.  He averaged 17.2 points and 9.0 rebounds over his last 10 regular season games, good for 39.5 fantasy points per game.  

 

RotoWire.com Optimal Lineup

RotoWire.com Projections
 

Kevin Durant, GS – SF

  • Credits: 19
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 45.02
  • Proj. Minutes: 35

Stephen Curry, GS – PG

  • Credits: 18.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 45.41
  • Proj. Minutes: 35

DeMarcus Cousins, GS – C

  • Credits: 16
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 37.93
  • Proj. Minutes: 27

Lou Williams, LAC – SG

  • Credits: 16
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 34.02
  • Proj. Minutes: 31

Danilo Gallinari, LAC – PF

  • Credits: 16
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 30.02
  • Proj. Minutes: 29

Montrezl Harrell, LAC – C

  • Credits: 16
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 27.37
  • Proj. Minutes: 25

Klay Thompson, GS – SG

  • Credits: 14
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 31.82
  • Proj. Minutes: 35

Draymond Green, GS – PF

  • Credits: 13
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 31.93
  • Proj. Minutes: 32

Patrick Beverley, LAC – PG

  • Credits: 11
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 27.85
  • Proj. Minutes: 33

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, LAC – PG

  • Credits: 11
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 18.66
  • Proj. Minutes: 20

Ivica Zubac, LAC – C

  • Credits: 9.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 20.24
  • Proj. Minutes: 19

JaMychal Green, LAC – PF

  • Credits: 9.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 15.91
  • Proj. Minutes: 20

Landry Shamet, LAC – SF

  • Credits: 9
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 15.67
  • Proj. Minutes: 27

Andre Iguodala, GS – SF

  • Credits: 8
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 19.62
  • Proj. Minutes: 25

Kevon Looney, GS – C

  • Credits: 7.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 11.71
  • Proj. Minutes: 12

Jonas Jerebko, GS – PF

  • Credits: 6
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 6.38
  • Proj. Minutes: 8

Garrett Temple, LAC – SG

  • Credits: 6
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 12.62
  • Proj. Minutes: 20

Rodney McGruder, LAC – SF

  • Credits: 5.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Wilson Chandler, LAC – SF

  • Credits: 5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 6.33
  • Proj. Minutes: 10

Shaun Livingston, GS – PG

  • Credits: 5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 9.02
  • Proj. Minutes: 14

Quinn Cook, GS – PG

  • Credits: 5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 1.44
  • Proj. Minutes: 2

Jordan Bell, GS – C

  • Credits: 5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 7.96
  • Proj. Minutes: 8

Alfonzo McKinnie, GS – SF

  • Credits: 4.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 8.87
  • Proj. Minutes: 12

Sindarius Thornwell, LAC – SG

  • Credits: 4.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 1.19
  • Proj. Minutes: 2

Johnathan Motley, LAC – PF

  • Credits: 4
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 8.89
  • Proj. Minutes: 8

Tyrone Wallace, LAC – SG

  • Credits: 4
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 6.31
  • Proj. Minutes: 10

Damion Lee, GS – SG

  • Credits: 4
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 1.55
  • Proj. Minutes: 2

Andrew Bogut, GS – C

  • Credits: 4
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Marcus Derrickson, GS – PF

  • Credits: 3.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Jacob Evans, GS – SG

  • Credits: 3.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 1.66
  • Proj. Minutes: 2

Jerome Robinson, LAC – SG

  • Credits: 3.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Angel Delgado, LAC – C

  • Credits: 3.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Injuries:

Golden State Warriors –

Damian Jones – Out – Pectoral

2/22 1:45 AM IST – The Warriors don’t anticipate Jones (pectoral) being available for game action until May, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports. Though Slater notes that Jones is “rehabbing well” from surgery to repair the torn pectoral he suffered in December, the center’s timetable for a return remains fairly open-ended. When Jones previously suffered a similar injury as a rookie, he needed around five months to recover, so a May comeback would represent a similar timeline. Regardless, with Jones not expected back until the postseason, the Warriors will likely look to the buyout market in the next two weeks to fortify their depth in the frontcourt.

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