NBA DFS Breakdown: Can San Antonio Force Game 7?
NBA DFS Breakdown: Can San Antonio Force Game 7?

This article is part of our NBA DFS Breakdown series.

Odds

Spurs (-3.0)

Over/Under: 208

Stats Through Six Games

The momentum in this series has shifted. The Spurs went up 2-1, and it felt like they'd be able to go up 3-1 with home-court advantage. However, Denver managed to steal one on the road, and then proceeded to win Game 5 at home by 18 points. The Nuggets have found their touch from beyond the arc, with Nikola Jokic, Gary Harris, Malik Beasley and Torrey Craig all shooting 40-plus percent from three on at least 2.8 attempts per contest. If that continues, the series will be in their grasp. The main adjustment by coach Michael Malone has been sending Will Barton to the bench in favor of Torrey Craig over the past two games. Since then, Barton is averaging 22.1 FP on 47.6 percent shooting, while Craig is averaging 25.8 FP on 60.0 percent shooting.

Coach Gregg Popovich has stuck with his starting five, and we're seeing solid production from the Spurs' top-end talent – namely, DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge. But neither player has asserted their dominance on the series, and that might ultimately be what sinks San Antonio. DeRozan averaged 39.9 FP in the regular season, Aldridge averaged 39.7 FP, and both marks are below what they're doing in Round 1. Derrick White has done his best to patch holes, posting 29.4 FP per game on 60.7 percent shooting, but it might not be enough. After a strong regular season averaging 28.0 FP on 50.4 percent shooting, Rudy Gay has completely disappeared from this series, averaging 19.4 FP on 31.0 percent shooting.

If you're playing a cash game, you'll likely want Nikola Jokic as your captain, filling in value where you can – give yourself as high of a floor as possible. In GPPs, where you want your ceiling to be higher and for the unexpected to happen, another route could be best. My strategy would be to target DeRozan, Aldridge or Jamal Murray – the three players who have taken the most shots in this series and are high-usage players. That should help free up some salary for other high-priced role players.

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Alex Barutha
Alex writes primarily about the NBA for RotoWire. His work has appeared on CBS Sports, Bleacher Report and other sites. He enjoys both year-long and daily fantasy. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
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