This article is part of our PrizePicks NBA series.
After a thrilling double-overtime win for the Raptors in Game 3, Toronto will now look to even up their series with the Bucks on Tuesday. With this matchup, we also have another opportunity to win some cash on PrizePicks. For those unfamiliar with the platform, it provides a unique spin on DFS in which you pick two, three or four players and predict if each will go over or under their projected fantasy score.
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Here are some players to target and avoid while creating your entry.
Players to Target:
Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL: Under 59 FP: Antetokounmpo had a strange performance in Game 3. He only scored 12 points, shooting 5-for-16 from the field and 2-for-7 from the charity stripe. However, he also hauled in a whopping 23 rebounds in 45 minutes. Don't worry too much about one bad offensive showing, especially since he had scored at least 20 points in nine straight games. Expect him to have an excellent performance, but this is a lofty fantasy score to hit. In fact, he's topped 59 fantasy points in only four of the Bucks' 12 playoff games. Take the under.
Khris Middleton, MIL: Under 30.2 FP: The Raptors seem to have Middleton's number. They held him in check during the regular season, leaving him to average 14 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.5 assists across four games. He's been even worse offensively in this series, averaging 10.7 points while shooting 33.3 percent from the field. Although this isn't a very high fantasy projection based on Middleton's talent, the under is still very appealing based on this matchup.
Serge Ibaka, TOR: Under 19 FP: The emergence of Pascal Siakam and the addition of Marc Gasol at the trade deadline has dealt a massive blow to Ibaka's playing time. He's logged 17 minutes or fewer in two of the three games in this series, producing a fantasy score of 16.7 or fewer both times. In fact, he's scored at least 19 fantasy points only two times across his last six games. With Gasol finally breaking out of his slump in Game 3, expect Ibaka to see little playing time and hit the under here.
Players to Avoid:
Eric Bledsoe, MIL: 26 FP: The Bucks point guard has been as bad as Middleton, averaging 9.3 points on 23.7 percent shooting from the field in this series. Bledsoe is also just 2-for-17 from behind the arc. As bad as he has been offensively, he has still averaged 4.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He's also still seeing plenty of volume and did shoot 48.4 percent from the field during the regular season. This is a low fantasy projection, so if Bledsoe shoots 40 percent from the field in this game, he could easily hit the over. However, based on how bad he looks right now, it might be best to just avoid picking a side.
Brook Lopez, MIL: 25 FP: Lopez couldn't have had a much worse series than he did against the Celtics, finishing with averages of 5.4 points and 4.2 rebounds across five games. With a series against a tough defender in Gasol on tap, it seemed like Lopez would once again be in line for muted production. However, he quickly dispatched that line of thinking by exploding for 29 points in Game 1. The problem is, Lopez came back down to Earth with six points and four rebounds in Game 2. He checked in with a 30.2 fantasy score in Game 3, but he did that across 40 minutes. His swings in production are too wild to take a chance on adding him to your entry.
Nikola Mirotic, MIL: 22.5 FP: Acquiring Mirotic has proven to be huge for the Bucks, especially when Malcolm Brogdon was out to start the playoffs. Mirotic is a fearless shooter who can score in bunches from behind the arc. He's still an important part of their rotation, but he hasn't logged more than 29 minutes in any of the three games in this series now that Brogdon is healthy. As a result, Mirotic scored 21.5 fantasy points or fewer two times. His playing time might favor the under, but his three-point shooting could make the over appealing at this low fantasy projection. This feels like a coin flip, so it might be best to just stay away.