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Klay Thompson scored 21 points in 37 minutes while shooting 6-17 from the field, including 3-6 from three and added a rebound, three assists, a steal and two blocks in the Warriors' 106-99 victory against the Pelicans.

Fantasy Impact: Thompson stayed on the court as the Pelicans kept the game close with a late surge. Continue to roster Thompson for daily sites.

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Stephen Curry scored 34 points in 40 minutes while shooting 13-25 from the field, including 4-13 from three and added four rebounds, five assists and three steals in the Warriors' 106-99 victory against the Pelicans.

Fantasy Impact: Curry played great as the Warriors took down game one. A late charge by the Pelicans kept the game close and kept Curry and the starters on the court. Daily players should continue to get Curry into their lineups.

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John Wall managed to put up only 10 points (5-18 FG, 0-2 3PT), six rebounds, eight assists, one block, and one turnover in 43 minutes in Game 1 of the playoffs series.

Fantasy Impact: Wall settled for jump shots more times than he should have and didn't attempt a single free throw, but at least he was better than the other Eastern All-Star backcourt starter Kyle Lowry, who fouled out with just seven points. Wall will look to bounce back in Game 2.

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Bradley Beal had a horrific shooting performance in Game 1 against Raptors and made 6-of-23 from the field, 1-of-7 from three-point range, and 3-of-5 from the line for 16 points, but chipped in nine rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 47 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Beal's contributions in non-scoring categories made the poor shooting bearable and he was a fine play in league that do not factor in percentages. Beal should have a better performance in Game 2.

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Nene's energy gave the Wizards a huge boost and he was able to put up 12 points (6-13 FG, 0-2 FT), 13 rebounds (7 offensive rebounds), one assist, and one steal as Wizards take Game 1 in Toronto.

Fantasy Impact: Wizards' small lineups were very effective against Raptors and it resulted in limited minutes for both Gortat and Nene. Nene showed off tremendous energy and could be a great play again in Game 2 if the Raptors can't figure out how to contain him.

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Paul Pierce was the only Wizard to make more than half of his attempts from the field and put up 20 points (7-10 from the field, 4-7 from three-point range, 2-2 from the line), four rebounds, one steal, one block, and one turnover in 36 minutes to lift the Wizards over Raptors in the first game of the series.

Fantasy Impact: Pierce played great and one could make a solid argument that he should have gotten more shots. In the playoffs, Pierce could easily become one of the best value plays for fantasy.

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On Friday, Nicolas Batum said he'd be ready to play on Sunday against the Grizzlies. (Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: His knee bruise was relatively minor, so after missing just one game he'll be back out there. Batum was pushing nearly 40 minutes a night toward the end of the season, so expect him to get that during this series, His numbers against the Grizzlies in four games this season were lackluster, averaging 6.5 points on 32.4 percent shooting, 1.0 3-pointers, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 blocks.

Mavericks guard Devin Harris fully participated in Friday's practice and is expect to play the Mavericks-Rockets series opener on Saturday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: He missed the last game of the regular season due to turf toe in his left big toe. As one of the team's best reserves, the Mavericks can certainly use Harris' offense, but don't he's not someone to target in daily fantasy. J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton are better bets as far as reserve Mavericks' guards go.

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Mavericks' small forward Chandler Parsons is planning to play on Saturday night's series opener against the Rockets after missing the last six games of the regular season because of a sore right knee. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Parsons practiced on Friday for the first time since leaving during the April 2 loss to Houston. Parsons said that while his minutes need to be watched closely, he doesn't feel rusty. The Mavericks will certainly need their third-leading scorer (15.7 PPG) to compete with Harden and the Rockets.

DeMar DeRozan said on Friday that this season won't be a success for him unlesss the team advances to the second round. (Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Last seven, the Raptors were knocked out by the Nets in seven games and DeRozan doesn't plan on repeating last year's failure. The Raptors will start their playoff journey against the Wizards Saturday in what should be an exciting, even matchup.

During his exit interview, James Ennis said that his main goals during the offseason are "getting stronger" and improving his "ball-handling." (Source: Miami Heat on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: James Ennis finished the season with his first career triple-double and showed some flashes throughout the season of what made him so exciting during the summer. If Luol Deng opts out of his contract, Ennis would be the projected starter for the team. It's too early to accurately gauge Ennis' fantasy value next year considering that Luol Deng stands in his way. However, Ennis' 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game leave a lot to be desired from a fantasy standpoint. If Deng is still with the team next season, Ennis will have little value outside the deepest of leagues.

Chris Bosh (blood clots) said in his exit interview on Friday that he hadn't shot a ball since the All-Star game, but can get back to shooting in June or July, which would be ahead of schedule. (Source: Ethan J. Skolnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bosh has already begun lifting and running after missing the second half of the season because of blood clots in his lungs. Bosh is still on blood thinners, but his recovery appears to be moving along quite well. He finished last season with 21.2 points on 46.0 percent shooting, a career-high 1.4 treys, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. He should be drafted in the middle rounds of next season's fantasy drafts, but has second or third round upside.

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Dwyane Wade confirmed that he will not opt-out of his contract with the Heat this summer. (Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wade's $16 million salary next season gives Miami some financial flexibility to entice Gran Dragic to stay. Wade had a fine season with averages of 21.5 points on 47.0 percent shooting and 76.8 percent free throw shooting, 4.8 assists 1.2 steals and 3.4 turnovers per game. The only problem with Wade this season was that he only played 62 games. Considering his knee problems, he'll be hard pressed to play at least 65 games in another NBA season as a high-usage starter for the rest of his career. He'll likely out perform his ADP next season, but his penchant for missing lots of games means his disadvantages outweigh his advantages from a fantasy perspective.

During his exit interview Goran Dragic said that the extra year Miami could offer was important. Miami can offer five him five years, while everyone else can only offer him four. (Source: Joseph Goodman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He's made it quite clear that he'd like to re-sign with Miami. He's fantastic fit alongside Dwyane Wade, and would be even better if the Heat do actually play faster ball like Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said. Miami has the upper hand for Dragic's services, by far. Expect the Dragon to sign with Miami for five-years and expect him to come off your draft board in third round next season.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra wants to up the pace next season. "Pace, speed, quickness...let's go," Spoelstra said. "Players will see that right away in training camp. We have players best fit to play that style." He also wants to create a development program specifically for Hassan Whiteside this summer. Spoelstra commented on Whiteside saying, "I don't want to put a ceiling on him." (Source: Sun-Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: Over the last three years, Spoelstra's teams have played at an increasingly slower pace, but they have a lot of athleticism on the floor thanks to the additions of Whiteside and Goran Dragic this season. These two are perfect for a running NBA offense. Plus, Whiteside is the real deal and still has much room for improvement, so the sky really is the limit for him. It'd be difficult to let Whiteside fall past the third round in fantasy drafts.

Drummond took a nice step forward in his second season averaging 13.8 points per game. The 21-year old managed to play all 82 games averaging 30.5 minutes a game. Drummond was second in the league in rebounds averaging 13.5 per game.

Fantasy Impact: Drummond should be one of the top centers drafted next season. His off-season program will consist of working on his free throw shooting and adding some polish to an improving offensive game. He seemed to develop chemistry with point guard Reggie Jackson who is a restricted free agent but likely to resign and give coach Stan Van Gundy two key pieces to mold the Pistons into a playoff contender next season.

Rudy Gobert scored eight points and pulled down eight rebounds while blocking three shots, in a loss to the Rockets Wednesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Rudy Gobert had a great season and turned into a dominate rebounder and rim protector in the second half of the season. Post All-Star break, Gobert was third in the NBA in rebounding and fourth in blocks. Expect Gobert to work on his strength and offensive skills around the basket in the off-season as his defense needs little work at this point in his career.

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Zach LaVine shot 6-16 from the field for 19 points, in a loss to the Thunder Wednesday night.

Fantasy Impact: LaVine had a very productive rookie year especially in games with Ricky Rubio out recovering from from season long ankle issues. LaVine finished fifth in rookie scoring with 10.1 points per game and established that his athleticism will allow him to flourish as a combo guard in the NBA.

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Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points on 6-12 shooting from the field to go along with six rebounds in his last game as a rookie.

Fantasy Impact: Wiggins had a fantastic rookie year averaging 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds. He will most likely win Rookie of the Year and will have a similar role next year playing over 36 minutes a game as the new face of the franchise in Minnesota.

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Kevin Martin scored 29 points on 9-15 from the field Wednesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Martin finished off the season very strong and had his best scoring year in the last four seasons. Martin has two more years on his contract with the Timberwolves but very well could be traded in the off-season because of the Timberwolves clear intentions to continue to rebuild through the draft.

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