Postseason rotations tend to get a lot tighter, but there's still value to be found on each team. Ideally, those plays will match up well with specific weaknesses on the opposition. The purpose of this two-part series will be to take a bit of a deeper dive into some typically useful DFS metrics and see where there may be exploitable spots that can be attacked with modestly priced players. We'll begin with the four Eastern Conference opening-round series in Part 1 and follow up with an analysis of the Western Conference in Part 2:
Milwaukee Bucks (1) vs. Detroit Pistons (8)
Season series results: Bucks 4, Pistons 0
Notable Pistons metrics/areas to exploit: Fifth-highest shooting percentage allowed to opposing backcourts (45.0), including seventh-highest three-point percentage (36.6)/ Sixth-highest shooting percentage allowed to second units (46.3).
Brown is slated to start at shooting guard for at least the first round during Malcolm Brogdon's ongoing absence due to a foot injury. The second-year guard had already been thriving in that role during the tail end of the regular season, as he posted six double-digit scoring efforts over the last seven games while shooting 48.1 percent, including 36.7 percent from three-point range.
Connaughton has also benefited from Brogdon's absence, as he's averaged 10.4 points (on 53.4 percent shooting, including 43.9 percent from three-point range), 6.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steal over his last 16 games. Connaughton