We’re #blessed with an 11-game NBA slate on this fine Monday heading into Thanksgiving break on Thursday. Because everybody is off for the holiday, they’ve crammed in a bunch of games for the Monday-Wednesday-Friday slates, which is both exciting and infuriating at the same time. There are a few key matchups tonight, but mostly it’s games that won’t impact much other than fantasy basketball. With that in mind, let’s get into some top targets at each position for tonight’s slate.
Damian Lillard, POR at CHI, $8,900 — I’m going to continue to go back to Dame until he figures everything out. He sort of bounced back Saturday vs. the Cavaliers with 23 points, but still seems hampered by that ailing back. Hopefully he got some rest Sunday and is ready to go out and torch the Bulls. Chicago doesn’t really have an answer for Lillard and this game should see a lot of scoring. I prefer Lillard in GPPs of course, given his ceiling.
Other options: Spencer Dinwiddie, BKN at CLE, $7,600; Ben Simmons, PHI at TOR, $7,300; Brad Wanamaker, BOS vs. SAC, $4,300
Jimmy Butler, MIA vs. CHA, $7,700 — For some reason Butler’s price fell off a cliff despite a great matchup vs. the Hornets. I’m guessing it has something to do with the potential blowout? But I mean, Butler plays 36+ minutes per night regardless of the score. Justise Winslow (concussion) remains out of the lineup for the Heat, so Jimmy will navigate the offense. He had posted at least 46 DraftKings fantasy points in three straight prior to the down game against his former team the Sixers.
Other options: Andrew Wiggins, MIN vs. ATL, $7,600; Jaylen Brown, BOS vs. SAC, $6,800; Malcolm Brogdon, IND vs. MEM, $6,000
Jayson Tatum, BOS vs. SAC, $6,900 — I’ve already recommended a few Celtics guards above, but I think Tatum is the most viable in all formats. With Kemba Walker out, Brad Wanamaker is the top value and Brown should also see increased usage, but I think the star on the team is Tatum and he’ll be the focal point. Tatum has a more consistent ceiling and offensive game than Brown, though I imagine the former is higher owned on DK.
Other options: LeBron James, LAL at SAS, $11,200; Jabari Parker, ATL at MIN, $6,300; Taurean Prince, BKN at CLE, $5,200
Kevin Love, CLE vs. BKN, $7,800 — Love has missed the past two games because of his back, but should return tonight despite being listed as questionable. If he’s back, I really like Love in a strong matchup vs. the Nets. Love’s price has really tailed off because of the injury and inconsistency with the Cavaliers, but I think that makes him an appealing GPP play given the discount.
Other options: Anthony Davis, LAL at SAS, $9,700; Wendell Carter Jr., CHI vs. POR, $6,500; Lauri Markkanen, CHI vs. POR, $5,500
Joel Embiid, PHI at TOR, $8,800 — Again, I don’t really care about the matchup when it comes to Embiid. His price is just way too low given the type of ceiling game we could see from him. Plus, Toronto is still pretty banged up with Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka still out, so I think this lines up a bit better for points in this game. Embiid hasn’t been priced under $9K all season and he’s got at least 46.5 DKFP in three straight games.
Other options: Karl-Anthony Towns, MIN at ATL, $10,400; Bam Adebayo, MIA vs. CHA, $7,100; Willie Cauley-Stein, GSW vs. OKC, $4,600