Nikola Vucevic is set to make his debut for the Chicago Bulls on Saturday in a matchup against the San Antonio Spurs. The big man has been an elite fantasy option all year, but it’s unclear how he’ll be utilized in a new environment. Zach LaVine is questionable with a right ankle sprain, so settling on a DraftKings Showdown strategy for this game could be difficult. Let’s take a look at the best options ahead of the matchup’s 8:30 p.m. ET.
While Vucevic ($17,400) might take a hit in usage alongside another superstar, he stands out in this matchup. He’s a nightly double-double threat and is up against a Spurs team that’s weak in the frontcourt. San Antonio gives up the third-most rebounds per game, and none of its bigs are equipped to guard center with Vucevic’s versatile skill set. He’s tallied more than 50 DKFP in five of his last 10 games.
DeMar DeRozan ($14,400) has struggled lately and will likely be primarily defended by a rookie, but Dejounte Murray ($13,200) is also a viable option against the Bulls’ defensive backcourt. DeRozan has the higher floor and has been the more consistent performer this year, but Murray could be a worthwhile pivot if LaVine is ruled out.
Patrick Williams ($5,600) could be on the rise soon. The rookie wing is preparing for his first game since Otto Porter Jr. was traded to the Orlando Magic and will get a large chunk of Chicago’s small forward minutes. He’s one of the Bulls’ better rebounders and will be relieved sparingly by Denzel Valentine ($3,800). Lavine’s status will have a big effect on Tomas Satoransky ($5,800). Coby White ($7,000) has been benched for the big guard, and Satoransky will likely exceed 30 minutes if LaVine doesn’t play.
White is averaging 29.2 DKFP on the year but hasn't exceeded 25 DKFP in six games. His drop in playmaking limits his ceiling. White could be worth paying up for, but you’ll likely have to bank on him setting the nets ablaze to get significant value back.
The Spurs have dropped four games in a row but will likely lose if LaVine can’t take the court for the new and improved Bulls. San Antonio will play at home and has a team chemistry advantage over the visitors.
Final score: Spurs win 112-107