This article is part of our Daily Games Cheat Sheet series.
Editor's Note: This article is for DraftKings Sunday-Wednesday contests. There is one game Sunday: Clippers at Rockets. There is one game Wednesday: Cavaliers at Hawks.
Defenses to Avoid
Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks: The Cavaliers still have plenty of value on a fantasy-friendly slate of games, but it's worth noting that this team is probably the most banged up one left in the playoffs. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Tristan Thompson still can be valuable, but they are all suffering from various ailments. Don't put all of your eggs into Cleveland's basket.
Offenses to Use
Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets: It's truly win-or-go-home, which means the coaches should ride their star players as much as they can. If that means even a few more minutes of Chris Paul, James Harden, Blake Griffin, and Dwight Howard on the floor, it means higher fantasy value.
First game of a back-to-back: None
Second game of a back-to-back: None
DraftKings.com DAILY PLAYER RECOMMENDATIONS
Chris Paul, PG, LAC ($9,300): In a Game 7 to go to his first Western Conference finals, I'm all-in on Paul putting up big numbers. He played 41 minutes in his Game 6, notching 57 DraftKings points, and I would expect a similar minutes load for the superstar on Sunday.
Other suggestions: Jeff Teague (vs. CLE)
J.R. Smith, SG, CLE ($4,800): Smith is a solid middle-of-the-road option at shooting guard, and he's a nice buy even though he's coming off of the bench now. Cleveland is going to need someone to pick up the scoring load if Kyrie Irving is still hobbled, and there are few better candidates on the roster than the trigger-happy Smith.
Matt Barnes, SF, LAC ($4,500): Barnes is always a solid selection at small forward, and if you aren't paying up for LeBron James, Barnes is probably the pick yet again. He'll push 25 DraftKings points each night, which is a nice bargain when you consider his sub-$5,000 price tag.
Paul Millsap, PF, ATL ($8,200):Tristan Thompson would be my pick here, but the Sunday-Wednesday makeup of these contests makes it tricky to chance his full return to health from a shoulder injury. Millsap isn't a bad fallback option, even though he'll cost you $2,400 more. The Atlanta power forward averaged 38 DraftKings points against Cleveland this regular season.
Al Horford, C, ATL ($7,900): Horford is a huge key for the Hawks and is capable of going off for 40+ DraftKings points at any point in a series. He's a nice savings from Dwight Howard but still has the potential to produce like an elite option. Horford averaged 32 DraftKings points against Cleveland this season while only playing 27 minutes per game.
Other suggestions: Dwight Howard (vs. LAC)