The NBA has four massive slates in the next six nights, so get ready to begin the pre-Thanksgiving fantasy basketball binge. Eleven games are on Wednesday’s main slate led by some potential playoff previews out west. The Jazz visit the Timberwolves and the Rockets take on the Nuggets, before the Celtics continue their West Coast trip with a stop in Los Angeles to visit former coach Doc Rivers and his new Clippers squad.
There are plenty of storylines to examine and matchups to break down with 22 teams in action. If you need some help filling out your roster with inexpensive options, check out these four options in play with salaries under $4K.
C DAMIAN JONES, ATL vs. MIL, $3,800
With John Collins suspended, the Hawks have been rotating Jones, Alex Len ($4,200) and rookie Bruno Fernando ($3,000), but Jones has settled in as the starter over the past few games with Len playing well off the bench. The former Warrior has started each of the past four games for Atlanta and averaged 9.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 22 minutes per game.
His balanced production has resulted in Jones posting at least 16 DKFP in five straight and averaging 21.2 DKFP over that span. He played a season-high 26 minutes in the Hawks’ most recent contest and should get plenty of run against the Bucks, who have allowed the second-most DKFP to opposing centers this season.
SF/PF CHANDLER HUTCHINSON, CHI VS. DET, $3,700
Hutchison’s second year in the NBA got off to a late start after a hamstring injury sidelined him until Nov. 5. Since then, Hutchison has averaged 16.6 DKFP in 20.3 minutes over his seven games but has been working his way into a larger role. He has started the past five games for Chicago, averaging 8.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 18.5 DKFP in 22 minutes per game over that span and producing more than 16 DKFP in four of his past five games.
With Otto Porter Jr. (foot) sidelined, Hutchison should continue to start against Detroit and be in a good spot to log a pretty heavy workload in the favorable matchup. Hutchison doesn’t have an extremely high ceiling, but he’s relatively low-risk due to his matchup and workload. He should be able to continue to contribute across the stat sheet for as long as Porter is sidelined.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Hutchison (shines) will not play in tonight’s game.
PF/C MARQUISE CHRISS, GS at DAL, $3,700
Chriss has been one of the many Warriors who have had to step up into larger roles than expected due to injury. He had a few nice games earlier this season but had taken a back seat since Draymond Green ($6,000) returned from a finger injury. However, with Green sliding to PG (not a joke) while D’Angelo Russell (thumb) is out, Chriss again has found an expanded role in the frontcourt.
On Tuesday, Chriss again showed off his upside with 17 points, six rebounds, four blocks and 34.5 DKFP in the Warriors’ win over the Grizzlies. He produced double-digit points and more than 24 DKFP in both of the two games since Green moved to PG. Chriss is an extremely volatile option and can bust in a hurry, but he looks ready to take advantage of this opening and offers some nice upside for as long as he keeps finding his way to minutes in Golden State’s rotation.
PG/SG JALEN BRUNSON, DAL vs. GS, $3,500
On the other side of the Warriors-Mavericks matchup Wednesday, Brunson might move into the starting lineup depending on the availability of Seth Curry ($3,700; illness, questionable). Whether he does or not, he is worth a look at just $3.5K since he has been a solid contributor off the bench for Dallas lately. He only needed 13 minutes to rack up 11 points and 15.75 DKFP against the Spurs on Monday in Dallas’s most recent contest and has double-digit points in three of his past five contests.
Brunson has responded well when given extra minutes as well. He has started three games and played mroe than 25 minutes on one other occasion. In those four games, he is averaging 22.6 DKFP. He usually contributes across the stat sheet and can fill it up when given the chance, so get him in as a bargain guard if he ends up getting the start in place of Curry on Wednesday.
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