EuroLeague Primer: Final Four - Friday

EuroLeague Primer: Final Four - Friday

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THE SLATE

Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. CSKA Moscow

Status Check:  Iffe Lundberg (CSK), Nikola Milutinov (CSK)

Best Bets for Success: Efes' Vasilije Micic, who was just named season MVP, will be his club's most-dangerous weapon as usual. Micic's DraftKings price puzzlingly dropped to $9,400 – the lowest it has been in months – after he recorded only 9.8 DFS points in Game 3 of Efes' playoff matchup with Real Madrid, but don't let that distract you from the fact he put up at least 30.5 points on DraftKings in three of his last four games. The MVP is averaging 17.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.4 threes in the postseason. Shane Larkin is the most expensive player on Friday's slate at $10,500. The fact that Larkin more often starts on the bench than not makes his 20 double digit points finishes in last 21 outings even more impressive. Larkin has averaged 14.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.4 triples since the end of regular season. Expect both Efes guards to be on top of their games Friday as the club tries to advance to Sunday's championship game. Will Clyburn scored a career-high 34 points in his last outing, clinching a first-round sweep for CSKA and a spot in the Final Four. He started just two game this season but still led his team in scoring at 14.1 ppg. Daniel Hackett had two very productive outings in the quarterfinal round, delivering over 30 DFS points in Games 1 and 2. Hackett was quiet in Game 3, but CSKA could lean on him even more than they usually do if Lundberg is unable to go.

DFS Darlings: Sertac Sanli, one of the most improved players this season, is available on DraftKings for a mere $6,600. He played second fiddle to Bryant Dunston in Efes' first-round matchup with Real Madrid, but in his last outing against CSKA in March he produced 30.3 fantasy points. He is worth a gamble in case he gets the chance to go to work again. Darrun Hilliard could play a bigger role than he did recently if Lundberg does not play or is limited. Hilliard fell out of favor the last couple months, but he is plenty capable of producing in the points column, averaging 13.6 points over an 11-game stretch earlier this season.

AX Armani Exchange Milan vs. FC Barcelona

Status Check: None

Best Bets for Success: Shavon Shields was at the top of his game in Milan's decisive Game 5 victory over Bayern, scoring a career-high 34 points. Shields was slowed by a thigh injury at the beginning of May, but he recovered and scored 25 points in an Italian league playoff game last weekend, so expect him to be at full speed. Malcolm Delaney stood out in the quarterfinal round, averaging 24.7 DFS points over the five-game series. The knee injury that cost him time late in the season is no longer a concern. Nikola Mirotic may have cost himself the MVP award with a subpar playoff showing against Zenit, but his regular-season stats suggest he's still Barcelona's safest option. Mirotic averaged 16.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.5 threes over 26 games between Rounds 1-34. Even with a few quiet games recently he has generated fewer than 21.8 fantasy points just eight times in his 31 total appearances. Cory Higgins is one of the most consistent fantasy-point producers in the league and has averaged 24.4 DFS points since the playoffs began. He scored between 13-to-16 points in all five of Barcelona's games in the first round.  double digit numbers in points column in every single one of five games. He is the priciest player in the Spanish team's backcourt at $8,300, but that's pretty affordable on a short slate.

DFS Darlings: Sergio Rodriguez, priced at $6,900, will presumably be striking from Milan's bench again. El Chacho has started just once since November, but Milan figures to lean on his experience in what will no doubt be a pressure-packed environment. He is returning some of the most average value on the slate, as is teammate Kevin Punter, who will cost you $100 less than Rodriguez. Don't forget about Kyle Hines, either – Mr. Final Four figures to spend plenty of time on the court and tossed up 29.8 points on DraftKings in Game 5. Kyle Kuric has been hit-or-miss all season, but Barcelona's sharpshooter did average 16.2 DFS points in the first round, which is more than he put up during the regular season. If he gets the shots he's likely to produce, as he is leading the league with both a 94.9 percent success rate from the line and a sizzling 59.5 three-point percentage.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Maciej Bogdanski plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: kmag115173.
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Maciej Bogdanski
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