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About Taavi Pailk - RotoBaller

Sports nut since day 1 on the planet. Don't talk much, but write a lot. A firm believer that James Harden is the real MVP.

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Paul LaDue Puts Kings On The Board Versus Vegas

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Paul LaDue became an unlikely goalscorer on Friday in Game 2 against Vegas, netting the team's first goal of the series on a power play near the end of the second period. Dion Phaneuf and Michael Amadio picked up the helpers on what's LaDue's first career playoff goal. He had four... Read More

2 years ago

Erik Haula Scores Game-Winner In Game 2 Versus Kings

Vegas Golden Knights forward Erik Haula helped the team become the fifth franchise in NHL history to win each of their first 2+ playoff games on Friday against the Kings, netting his seventh career playoff goal deep in the second overtime, making it 2-1. Haula logged 26:16 -- the fourth-highest minutes among the team's forwards... Read More

2 years ago

Jonathan Quick Makes 54 Saves In Losing Effort

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was amazing again Friday night in Game 2 against the Vegas Golden Knights, but his heroics didn't lead to a victory for the team this time either. Quick had 54 saves in a double overtime loss, stopping 22 pucks after regulation before Erik Haula ended the game with 4:37... Read More

2 years ago

Jabari Parker's First-Round DFS Preview

Milwaukee Bucks power forward Jabari Parker could be an overlooked DFS option during the first-round matchup against the Boston Celtics. He'll be coming off the bench, but his minutes have been steadily on the rise since a return from a second knee injury. Parker has even been getting 30-plus minutes regularly this month, recording his... Read More

2 years ago

Eric Bledsoe's First-Round DFS Preview

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe seems to be heading towards the playoffs in great form. He had only a six-point outing in the final regular season game of the year, but that was due to his minutes being extremely limited. Bledsoe had just posted his first triple-double of the season in the game before... Read More

2 years ago


Khris Middleton's First-Round DFS Preview

Milwaukee Bucks small forward Khris Middleton will be looking to continue his career-year in the playoffs. He averaged 20.1 points per game during the regular season with 5.2 rebounds and four assists. The matchup against the Celtics in the opening round seems favorable for him, as he only recently had one of his best games... Read More

2 years ago

Giannis Antetokounmpo's First-Round DFS Preview

Milwaukee Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will be expected to carry the team past the Boston Celtics by those, who believe that Joe Prunty's team can provide a first-round shock. Boston are one of the best defensive teams in the league, but they had no answer to Giannis during the regular season, as he averaged... Read More

2 years ago

Jayson Tatum's First-Round DFS Preview

Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum will play a crucial role in the playoffs first-round matchup against the Bucks. Head coach Brad Stevens has praised Tatum's defense and he'll be expected to make it tough for the Milwaukee's main guns Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Defensively, Tatum had an amazing finish to the regular season,... Read More

2 years ago

Terry Rozier's First-Round DFS Preview

Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier looks likely to keep slumping at the start of the playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks. Rozier impressed this season, putting together a career-year while coming mostly off the bench, but he had a miserable run to finish off regular season play. He's shot just 26.3 percent this month, averaging... Read More

2 years ago

Al Horford's First-Round DFS Preview

Boston Celtics forward/center Al Horford should enjoy the team's first-round matchup with Milwaukee as the Bucks have been killed by bigs all season long. Horford also did some good work against them, averaging 18.8 points on 70.5 percent shooting in four games. He shot below 50 percent for the season and averaged less than 13... Read More

2 years ago


Jaylen Brown's First-Round DFS Preview

Boston Celtics shooting guard Jaylen Brown will carry a lot of responsibility during his second postseason campaign in the NBA, as the 21-year-old is expected to do some heavy lifting on offense. Kyrie Irving (knee) won't be there to carry the team and take big shots, so the team's youngsters will have to grow up... Read More

2 years ago

Jonathan Quick Will Likely See More Rubber In Game 2

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick had a good start to his 2018 postseason campaign on Wednesday, stopping 27 pucks and allowing only one goal against the Golden Knights, but that wasn't enough to register a win. He'll likely have to work for one even harder in Friday's Game 2, as there will be a... Read More

2 years ago

Marc-Andre Fleury Looking For Postseason Win No. 64 Friday Night

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury tied Curtis Joseph for the 12th most postseason goalie wins on the all-time list on Wednesday, as he keeps moving closer and closer to the top 10, sitting now on 63 wins. Fleury needs five more wins to tie Andy Moog for 10th place, so there's every chance that... Read More

2 years ago

David Perron Remains Out For Vegas

Vegas Golden Knights left wing David Perron (undisclosed) isn't healthy enough to return ahead of Game 2 against the Kings. Head coach Gerard Gallant has said that Perron is very close to a comeback, but that won't happen on Friday night. Perron, who hasn't played since March 26, led the team with 50 assists during... Read More

2 years ago

Kevin Gravel Set To Replace Drew Doughty In Game 2

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel looks set to play his first Stanley Cup playoff game Friday night against the Vegas Golden Knights, as he replaced the suspended Drew Doughty at the morning skate. Gravel skated on the bottom pairing with Christian Folin. He's a speedy blue liner who appeared in 19 regular season games... Read More

2 years ago


Tanner Pearson Replaces Alex Iafallo On Kings First Line

Los Angeles Kings left wing Tanner Pearson looks set to replace Alex Iafallo on the team's first line in Game 2 against Vegas on Friday. Iafallo logged just a bit over 10 minutes in Game 1 after returning from an upper-body injury and it's possible that he still isn't fully healthy. He will likely miss... Read More

2 years ago

Lance Stephenson's First-Round DFS Preview

Indiana Pacers guard/forward Lance Stephenson is the X-factor who can help the team to a shocking result in the first-round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and that should lead to him getting plenty of minutes. Stephenson, of course, had a famous ear-blowing incident with LeBron back in 2014 in an Eastern Conference Finals meeting between... Read More

2 years ago

Myles Turner's First-Round DFS Preview

Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner is a guy you'll want to keep away from your DFS team during the first-round tilt with Cleveland. On paper, it's a good matchup for him, as the Cavs have been one of the worst sides defending centers this season, but Turner's development has stalled this season after suffering multiple... Read More

2 years ago

Darren Collison's First-Round DFS Preview

Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison is a feared man by Cleveland's head coach Tyronn Lue. "He's hurt us this year," Lue has said of Collison ahead of the team's meeting in the playoffs first-round matchup. "He's been a tough guy for us to cover." The Cavs haven't been the only team struggling to cover... Read More

2 years ago

Victor Oladipo's First-Round DFS Preview

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo will be looking to carry on his career year in the playoffs after averaging 23.1 points per game with 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals during the regular season. He'll be the first option for the Pacers against the defensively-challenged Cavs and don't be surprised if he even triples... Read More

2 years ago


George Hill's First-Round DFS Preview

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill will have something to prove in the NBA playoffs first-round matchup against the Indiana Pacers. The Indianapolis native played five seasons for the Pacers before being traded in the 2016 offseason after shooting postseason career-highs 56.1 percent from the field and 48.1 percent from downtown in a tight seven-game... Read More

2 years ago

Jeff Green's First-Round DFS Preview

Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Jeff Green could end up as an overlooked DFS option who will help win more than a few tournaments during the postseason. Green has worked his way into the starting lineup and he's provided the team with some really nice secondary scoring, putting together a couple of 20-plus point nights this... Read More

2 years ago

Kevin Love's First-Round DFS Preview

Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love should enjoy this year's postseason a lot more than his previous three runs with the team. He'll be the second option behind LeBron James and he needs to step it up if the team is to fight off the new beasts in the East. Love has a favorable matchup to... Read More

2 years ago

LeBron James' First-Round DFS Preview

Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James will start his hunt for an eighth consecutive NBA Finals appearance against the Pacers, a team that he's eliminated many times before, including last year. The Cavs won 4-0 a year ago, although all the games were relatively tight. LeBron ended up playing a massive 43.7 minutes per game,... Read More

2 years ago

Drew Doughty Suspended For Game 2 Versus Knights

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty won't suit up for Friday's Game 2 of the first-round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights, as he has been suspended for one game for a high hit on William Carrier, which the league calls an "illegal check to the head." Losing Doughty is a huge blow for... Read More

2 years ago


Ricky Rubio Plays Well Against Portland

Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio had a decent outing to finish the regular season, scoring 17 points on 5-for-12 shooting with five rebounds and five assists in 24 minutes against the Blazers. Rubio will amazingly see only his first NBA postseason action this year, even though he seems to have been around forever. He's... Read More

2 years ago

Donovan Mitchell Shoots Poorly In Regular Season Finale

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell couldn't cap off his amazing rookie campaign with a bang, as his shot simply wasn't there Wednesday night against Portland. He failed to make at least 30 percent of his shots for the first time since March 9, finishing 6-for-23 from the field and 1-for-8 from downtown for 17 points.... Read More

2 years ago

Rudy Gobert Finishes Regular Season With His 31st Double-Double

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert had a nice final night of the regular season on Wednesday, as he grabbed his 31st double-double in a 102-93 loss to Portland with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Thirty one double-doubles isn't a lot, but you have to consider the fact that the big Frenchman played only 58 games.... Read More

2 years ago

Jusuf Nurkic Sees Double-Double Streak End

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic had a solid performance on Wednesday in a tough matchup against Rudy Gobert and the Jazz, scoring 13 points, but he saw his four-game double-double streak end after he was left with nine rebounds. Nurkic shot quite badly, going 6-for-16 from the field, but he made up for it... Read More

2 years ago

C.J. McCollum Finishes Regular Season With a 19-Point Night

Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum yet again couldn't reach 20 points in the team's regular season finale on Wednesday, finishing with 19 in a 102-93 win over Utah. McCollum has averaged 21.4 points this season, but he's now gone five games straight without reaching the 20-point mark. His fantasy value relies heavily on... Read More

2 years ago


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