Today’s 13-game slate features many teams playing on the second night of a back-to-back; this is tired legs alert. Still, these many games give us fantasy owners a huge player pool to choose from. Here is your daily breakdown:
Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors -9: Total 220
*DraftKings does not have this game featured on its match card.
Milwaukee Bucks at Charlotte Hornets +2: Total 210.5
This is the exact same game we saw last night, but now with the Hornets are playing at home. They will probably be without Center Dwight Howard, who dislocated a finger just a few minutes into the game, while Point Guard Kemba Walker is still questionable after taking an early strong hit in the head. Walker is in a better position than Howard to play, and Frank Kaminsky should pick up most of those minutes at Center. My Bucks picks are the same as last night: Giannis and Middleton plus Eric Bledsoe who delivered a nice performance in the game. I was also happy to see Coach Jason Kidd give Malcolm Brogdon a 30-minute game; $4,500 is not a bad price for him.
Brooklyn Nets at Indiana Pacers -10: Total 215
The Pacers are at home and had two full rest days, while the Nets are on the second night of a back-to-back but come with good morale after blowing out the Wizards. I am still going Pacers all the way: Victor Oladipo is a great option but his salary is a bit too high and he might hit 5x potential at best. I’m liking Myles Turner potential much better, for a fair $6,500 price. Thaddeus Young is facing knee issues, which could give him on-court problems. For the Nets, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($6,200) continues to be one of their highlights, as he scored 21 points in only 23 minutes yesterday. Caris LeVert ($4,800) is turning into a Shootaround-favorite, nailing 7 of his 9 shots last night.
Orlando Magic at Washington Wizards -11.5: Total 209.5
The Washington Wizards were abysmal last night; perhaps abysmal is too nice of a word for that game. Nikola Vucevic ($8,600) held his own against DeMarcus Cousins despite a loss, so Marcin Gortat should not be a tough assignment on him. Jonathon Simmons did not disappoint and will probably do it again tonight for a $6,500 price. We might as well call Washington’s Shooting Guard Badly Beal to describe how much he hurt my lineups last night, but his $7,800 salary looks too cheap for his upside tonight despite. I would not invest much time figuring out if picking up another Wizard is worth it…
Dallas Mavericks at Atlanta Hawks +2.5: Total 201.5
With no true Point Guard in last night’s tough loss against the Thunder, the Hawks almost pulled an upset. Marco Bellineli ($3,700) got a starting spot and, alongside Malcolm Delaney ($3,800), holds legitimate 9x potential tonight. I am feeling like Delaney could get his starting opportunity tonight. Bellineli should be high-owned, so keep that in mind. Harrison Barnes faces terrible Hawks Small-Forward defense (over 90 FPs allowed in their last 10 games) and continues to be the usual Mavericks leading scorer with a good $6,500 price tag. Wesley Matthews ($4,500) is also in a favorable position against a Hawks team allowing 87.8 DKFPs over their last 5 games.
Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics -7: Total 205.5
Surprisingly, Boston’s Power Forward defense has slowly decayed, as they allowed opposing PFs to score an average of 84 FPs in their last 10 games. This is an interesting situation for the Bulls, as three of their main players are young Power Forwards. I think this is the move: get Lauri Markkanen (he is starting in Nikola Mirotic’s place and costs $5,100), forget about Bobby Portis (who will see a much-reduced role going forward), and stay away from Mirotic until his price drops a bit. As of the Celtics, I repeat my usual value candidates: Kyrie Irving (think twice about him because of his higher price though), Jayson Tatum, and Terry Rozier who will probably get more minutes as Jaylen Brown suffers an injury.
New Orleans Pelicans at Miami Heat +5.5: Total 210
Are you telling me the best big men duo in the NBA faces a team without their starting Power Forward and Center? This is serious GPP alert for Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins and an immense opportunity for them to go nuts. Seriously, if I could put Anthony Davis into my fantasy lineup several times I’d do it. Wait… what, that’s not all? Oh, also Goran Dragic is out and Dion Waiters is questionable? Sounds like excellent news for Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday. Being absolutely serious, my lineups might feature at least two Pelicans tonight. The Heat will probably lose control early, which looks great for players like Tyler Johnson ($5,400) and Bam Adebayo ($4,100), who were going to play a bunch of minutes anyway because of the many injuries.
Los Angeles Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies -1: Total 196
I am very intrigued to see how the Marc Gasol/DeAndre Jordan matchup goes. They did face each other on November 4, but this was when the Clippers still had Blake Griffin, Pattrick Beverly, and Danilo Gallinari and when the Grizzlies had Mike Conley. I expect Jordan and Gasol to go at each other hard; as long as Gasol plays because he is still questionable. I expect JaMychal Green ($4,700) to score without much trouble on whomever the Clippers put on him. My man Lou Williams almost hit 8x value in his last game and looks like another good option for only $7,000 (GPP alert). Do not sleep on Chandler Parson, who could provide value in two positions and with a $3,700 salary.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz -1: Total 197
Surprisingly the Jazz is favored in this game… Russell Westbrook was out of his mind last night with 67.8 DKFPs and I expect his strong run to continue. Paul George still feels too cheap for $7,100, so you could pick him up. Jerian Grant, a Shootaround-favorite for your bench offers enough consistency for a cheap $3,700 price with decent upside too. Derrick Favors has shifted back into the starting Center role with Rudy Gobert out, and this is where you want him to be; $5,700 is a good price for him as I expect him to pick up much of the scoring duties. Keep trusting Rodney Hood as well; Jonas Jerebko ($3,800) is starting and playing solid minutes, so he could work as a solid bench player.
Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors -9.5: Total 218.5
There does not seem to be an answer to stop the NBA’s new snake Kevin Durant, and there might not be a price that is too high for him. Jordan Bell ($4,300) started at Center and scored 20 points in limited minutes, hitting close to 10x value. Expecting another 10x night might be asking too much, but an 8x does not seem impossible for the rookie. Do not sleep on Draymond Green and his arsenal of abilities to fill the box score, $7,200 is a good pick-up price for him. I’ve been a Jamal Murray ($5,900) fan since early in his rookie season, and there is no better moment to look for value in him. Other than him I am hesitant on picking up any other Nugget; maybe Kenneth Faried’s name could be called to provide defense at only $3,600, but do not count on it.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Phoenix Suns +8: Total 217
I expect this game to look like an All-Star game… no defense at all. Vegas knows it and gave them a high enough scoring total. The Timberwolves are way better offensively than the Suns, which opens the road for Karl-Anthony Towns ($9,500), Jimmy Butler ($8,900) and Andrew Wiggins ($6,000) to do some damage in the offensive side. I am also a big fan of Tyus Jones and like how he is getting minutes off Minny’s bench; he is a cheap filler option with some upside. T.J. Warren and Alex Len continue being bright spots in the Suns’ run without Devin Booker, so they are worthy of consideration.
Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers -3: Total 204
Weak defense at the Center spot leaves Jusuf Nurkic ($6,700) with unlimited ways to cause damage, and his scoring should pick up in Damian Lillard’s absence. I have no idea of what Terry Stotts was doing with Jake Layman in the starting lineup yesterday, but it was terrible. C.J. McCollum is in a good spot tonight and provides high upside for only $7,700. Another great pickup is Lonzo Ball, who looks as comfortable as ever running the Lakers offense. Kyle Kuzma has gone insane recently with over 25 points in his last 3 games and looks unstoppable. $6,700 is not the worst price for him.
San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings +7.5: Total 195
This is a game with blowout potential, and I expect players like Rudy Gay ($5,200) and Patty Mills ($4,200) to produce nice numbers on cheaper salaries. You could also go the always-safe LaMarcus Aldridge route, as he is available for $7,600 tonight. Keep an eye on the rest of the Spurs’ injury reports. De’Aaron Fox has been ruled out for at least two weeks, and George Hill looks like the top candidate to take most of his minutes and at a very low $4,400 (GPP alert); I’d say he is a must tonight. I am also very positive on Buddy Hield ($4,500), who should provide quality backup minutes and score somewhere around his averages, if not better.
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