The NBA starts off a busy work week with a jam-packed, 11-game slate Monday night. The slate features a pair of 11-win teams from the Eastern Conference going head-to-head as the Raptors host the 76ers. Later on the slate, the Jazz visit the Bucks in another matchup of playoff contenders, and the slate closes with the banged-up Warriors hosting the Thunder.
As you dig through the 22-teams of players available on this busy Monday slate, if you end up short on salary, check out these four options who are in play for under $4K:
PG/SG CAM REDDISH, ATL vs. MIN, $3,900
Reddish sprained his left wrist last Wednesday against the Bucks and has missed the Hawks’ past two contests. He has been close to returning but ultimately ruled out against the Raptors and the Pistons. Before the injury, the No. 10 overall pick from last year’s draft was putting together his best run of production. He had a career-high 17 points against Milwaukee and finished with 23.75 DKFP.
The Hawks likely will give Reddish plenty of leash in the starting lineup as they try to develop him. He took at least 10 shots in each of his three most recent contests and produced 28, 24.5 and 23.75 DKFP. He’s questionable for this contest against the Timberwolves, but if he gets the green light, he’ll be a nice play under $4K.
SF/PF DOUG MCDERMOTT, IND vs. MEM, $3,800
With the Pacers battling multiple injuries over the past few weeks, McDermott has been one of the teams’ most consistent offensive options. He has stepped up and averaged more than 25 minutes a game over his past eight games, producing 12.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 20.8 DKFP per contest.
McBuckets had 13 points against the Magic on Saturday and has at least many points in five of those eight contests and more than 18 DKFP in four of those games. McDermott offers some nice floor-stretching potential to the Pacers’ second unit and has bounced back after a slow start to the season to be a key part of Indiana’s bench.
SF/PF KEITA BATES-DIOP, MIN at ATL, $3,600
The Timberwolves have been battling multiple injuries on the wing, which opened the door for Bates-Diop to step up with a big game Saturday. He was called up from the G-League in mid-November but had played sparingly until dropping 22 points and 31 DKFP on the Suns in 37 minutes. Robert Covington ($5,900) was out for that game for personal reasons but is not on the injury report for Monday, so he presumably will be back in the starting lineup. However, Jake Layman (toe) is still out and Treveon Graham ($3,200; forearm) and Josh Okogie ($4,200; knee) are questionable.
If either Graham or Okogie is sidelined, Bates-Diop has made a good case to take their minutes and usage. He offers impressive positional flexibility, ranging from filling in at center when needed to closing out the game defending Devin Booker on Saturday. Bates-Diop’s role is uncertain, but he’ll be a good cheap play if he gets minutes in this favorable matchup with the up-tempo Hawks.
C CHRIS SILVA, MIA vs. CHA, $3,500
While the Miami rotation is still a bit inconsistent from game-to-game, Silva has locked himself in as the top backup at center for Bam Adebayo ($7,100). Silva has been taking time from Meyers Leonard ($3,500) and is coming off a career-high 20 minutes Saturday, when Miami was blown out by the Sixers. Silva was one of the few bright spots in that game, posting 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal for 25.0 DKFP.
Silva has good numbers on a per-minute basis, so if he keeps getting extra time he’ll be worth a look. He joined the Heat as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina, and he should stay in the rotation at least until the return of Derrick Jones Jr. (hip), who will miss at least this contest against the Hornets. Silva doesn’t have the ceiling of the other options on the list, but he has enough of a role to be the best bargain at center on Monday’s slate.
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