Michael Porter of the Denver Nuggets has been enjoying basketball in the bubble.

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As the NBA bubble continues to have success both in maintaining player safety from the spread of covid-19 and seeing their plan to conduct the restart of games going well so far.

That means that the NBA has, so far, been on a good path to finishing the season, which can't be said for all sports as we have seen the MLB already have to reschedule games due to the virus.

That also gives daily fantasy players more confidence to deploy anyone that doesn't have a nontraditional injury in their lineups without fear of suddenly losing a player just before tip. Here's a look at 5 players that should help you statistically and strategically.


Point Guard

Monte Morris of the Denver Nuggets DENVER NUGGETS VS TORONTO RAPTORS, NBA REGULAR SEASON DP

Monte Morris Denver Nuggets - $4,500

With Jamal Murray still sidelined due to a hamstring injury, it's allowed Morris to get starts in his place. Morris has shown he is able to post big fantasy scores when given the extra minutes and he hasn't disappointed with the added opportunity as he has produced 30.8 and 30.4 fantasy points the past 2 games. At $4,500 he's someone you can rely on for scoring, and the extra court time should boost rebounds and assists. Even if Murray were to come back today against the Trail Blazers, he would do so in a limited capacity leaving the lion's share of time for Morris.

Shooting Guard

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Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks - $6,500

The all star is at times a forgotten as the shadow cast by Giannis is so big, but Middleton possesses the ability to take over games himself. He's a threat from virtually anywhere on the court, as his long reach allows him to shoot over nearly anyone guarding him and opposing teams have no choice but to game plan around Antetokounmpo. The Bucks are coming off a loss to the Nets, and I think they will be looking to get back on track. That means heavy doses of Middleton and Giannis today versus the Heat, who, by the way, will be without Jimmy Butler, which should only help Middleton today.

Small Forward

TJ Warren of the Indiana Pacers and Tobias Harris of Philadelphia TJ Warren and Tobias Harris compete in bubble basketballCBS Sports

T. J. Warren Indiana Pacers - $8,800

Today's game against the Phoenix Suns may be the end of a prolific run for Warren, but if it is I want to be a part of it. Averaging just north of 64 fantasy points the past 3 games, Warren has been one of the biggest surprises of the restart and someone to root for. His price is increasing to match his play now sitting at a hefty $8,800 but the matchup with the Suns isn't a tough defensive opponent. I fully expect Warren to fall off this current pace but I think it may continue for this game today. We saved some money on inserting Monte Morris so I feel comfortable spending a couple thousand more than I normally would on a player riding a hot streak.

Power Forward

Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers Anthony Davis AP

Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers - $10,500

I really wanted to put Michael Porter here, but I just like Davis too much today. Coming off his worst offensive performance of the season and a bad loss to Oklahoma City, the Lakers should look to get back on track against a worthy playoff opponent in Houston. Due to the matchups that Houston can present Davis, it's likely that Davis will get involved early and often, and don't expect him to slow down if he gets in rhythm. It was only three days ago that he put 42 on Utah (73.4 fantasy points). Keep in mind that this may be the last game we see Laker stars logging major minutes until the start of the playoffs. I don't see them resting today, though, as coach Frank Vogel will likely see this as their tune up game for the playoffs.

Center

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Myles Turner Indiana Pacers - $6,400

This was a tough position to pick today: I tend to go with top centers for DFS because the production level drops off quickly once you get out of the first couple of tiers. A problem with today's slate of games is that the top 4 options at the position all play against each other. Jusuf Nurkic and the Trail Blazers play Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets, and Deandre Ayton and the Suns take on Myles Turner's Pacers. While Turner is probably the least proficient offensively, he is very good on defense and will rarely post goose eggs in the blocks and steals column for your fantasy lineup. Ayton, on the other hand, is a little lacking in defensive skills at this point in his career, and that may mean a slight increase in scoring from Turner today. If you pair that with his usual helping of a handful of blocks and steals, Turner is a good value at $6,400, compared to Nurkic ($9,100), Jokic ($8,900), and Ayton ($7,500) in front of him.

Paul George grabbing a rebound in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals

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In a must win game for the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George was finally able to look like the best player on the floor in a playoff game.

After a slow start, George poured it on in the second half on his way to a game high 41 points in Game 5. The performance elevated the Clippers over strong outings from the likes of Devin Booker and Chris Paul as L.A. outlasted Phoenix 116-102.

The Clippers don't have much time to bask in their win however as they have to turn around and play two more elimination games just to make it out of the West. The Suns jumped out to a 3-1 series lead as Los Angeles struggled to find their identity without Kawhi Leonard. If the Clippers are to stave off elimination any longer, George has to continue this level of play.

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Ben Simmons disappointed in the playoffs this season

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Following a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers and coach, Doc Rivers, are questioning if Ben Simmons is the right guy to be running their offense through moving forward.

Offense being the key word here.

Simmons is an all-world defender possessing the ability to guard virtually any opponent on the court from the perimeter to the rim. But it was his lack of offensive help throughout this playoff season that stood out beyond any accomplishments this year. Simmons joined Rudy Gobert as unanimous selections for the NBA's All-Defensive First Team this year and also finished fifth in the NBA in assists per game with 8.8 per contest.

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The Lakers looked lost in the Valley

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The Phoenix Suns are just a win away from sending LeBron James home in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in the King's illustrious career.

After stating that "These shoulders were built for a reason," James referring to facing the challenge of taking on added responsibilities after Anthony Davis was ruled out for Game 5, the Lakers and LeBron disappointed in a big way Tuesday night. L.A. started off hot jumping out to a 10-5 lead behind a couple shots from James and a three from Davis' replacement Markieff Morris. But it didn't take long for the wheels to completely fall off for the defending champion Lakers as they spent most of the first half trying to remember how basketball works.

LeBron James LeBron looking on during Game 5Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Two numbers stick out in the Game 5 loss for the Lakers and those are 34.5 and 12. Los Angeles shot 34.5% from the field on Tuesday night and were minus 12 in turnover ratio. No matter who's on your team, if you can't shoot and you can't protect the ball, the outcome is already determined.

The Suns weren't simply beneficiaries of a poor performance however as the Suns put it on the Lakers early and often and they never let their foot off the pedal for 48 minutes. Phoenix ended with 15 more assists, had seven more combined steals and blocks, and outscored L.A. in the paint by 12 points. Devin Booker and Cameron Payne were spectacular and they seemed to hit big shots every time the Lakers appeared to threaten a comeback. Mikal Bridges was effective on both sides of the ball adding three steals and two blocks to help electrify his team with the defensive effort.


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