Wednesday’s nine-game NBA slate is already impacted by the four-team trade that was reported last night, and has the potential to be even further impacted with the looming trade deadline. Following lineup news is always crucial, but just make sure you’re also ready to react to any potential moves. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:
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Target worth paying up for: Trae Young ($10,100) at MIN (22nd)Young’s always one of the highest upside plays on the slate, and a matchup against Minnesota keeps his ceiling high. Young scored 57 DKFP in this matchup earlier in the season and could be asked to play a few more minutes on the ball in this game without Evan Turner (trade). The Wolves are also shorthanded from the trade, lacking any real PG to go up against Young.
Best value: Detroit Pistons vs. PHX (24th)Detroit’s injury woes continue, with Derrick Rose (hip) the key one to focus on here. That’s meant a lot more run for both Reggie Jackson ($4,900) and Bruce Brown ($4,900), who are both equally strong plays on this slate. The matchup also boosts both plays.
Positional StrategyPG is very deep with value, so the real issue is just figuring out if there’s a play you want to pay up for, or just go all value. Spencer Dinwiddie ($8,000) stands out as another strong option if you need savings off Young.
Target worth paying up for: Devin Booker ($8,300) at DET (6th)Booker’s salary takes a hit after an awful shooting game, giving us a buy-low opportunity on a high-ceiling play. Booker’s been nearly six DKFP better on the road this season, and Detroit is down a lot of bodies that would be counted on to help defend Booker.
Best value: Torrey Craig ($3,300) at UTA (7th)The big trade leaves an already injury-riddled Denver squad and guts it even more (for tonight) with the bodies shipped away in the trade. Craig should see a huge role on the perimeter, and should still be a safe play for minutes even if Utah winds up blowing Denver out. Craig just scored 34.5 DKFP in 36 minutes in this exact matchup four games ago.
Positional StrategySG has potentially more value than PG. Booker and Dinwiddie can be rostered here, but DEN/MIN/DET/BOS all have a lot of missing pieces to create value.
Target worth paying up for: Andrew Wiggins ($7,400) vs. ATL (28th)The Wolves will probably be the most shorthanded team on this slate from the trade. Shabazz Napier and Robert Covington were both wings that would give Minnesota 30 minutes on any given night. With both gone, Wiggins has the biggest opportunity to step up and gets a near-perfect matchup to do so against Atlanta. Wiggins went for 38.5 DKFP in 36 minutes in his previous matchup against ATL.
Best value: The rest of the Timberwolves vs. ATL (28th)The trickledown effect should be pretty significant on the perimeter for the Wolves, plus Wiggins can’t play all that many more minutes than he already is. Jarrett Culver ($3,900), Kelan Martin ($3,300) and Josh Okogie ($4,000) are all legitimate options.
Positional StrategyThe reason I do prefer paying up for a PG/SG is that I don’t think I’ll be doing so at SF. Wiggins is an option, but there’s not much more than that. A lot of the SG value can be used at SF.
Target worth paying up for: Kristaps Porzingis ($8,300) vs. MEM (19th)KP was an insane bargain when Luka Doncic (ankle) first went down, but even with his salary up, he’s still too cheap. Porzingis is averaging 57.5 DKFP in the two games without Doncic, and Memphis is a great matchup to stay hot.
Best value: Maxi Kleber ($4,500) vs. MEM (13th)Kleber’s taken on a larger role since Dwight Powell (Achilles) was lost for the season, and now again with Luka out. He’s playing 30-plus minutes per game and scored 21 DKFP in 23 minutes earlier this year against Memphis. He should be in a position to get the minutes to go for over 30 DKFP.
Positional StrategyPF at least has more options to pay up for if you want to fade KP. Pascal Siakam ($7,800), Jayson Tatum ($7,900) and John Collins ($8,600) are all in play.
Target worth paying up for: Nikola Jokic ($9,700) at UTA (12th)Jokic has been the only constant for Denver lately, and it’ll need to him be just that again against Utah. He scored 54.5 DKFP against the Jazz last week and is averaging over 76 DKFP in his last two games.
Best value: Enes Kanter ($4,200) vs. ORL (5th)With Daniel Thies (ankle) ruled out, Kanter should see more time in the frontcourt. Boston is also missing a lot of scoring from the perimeter, open up chances for Kanter. Kanter hasn’t played many minutes this season but is averaging 1.3 DKFP per minute. If this winds up being a 30-minute game for him, he has 10X potential.
Positional StrategyIt’s almost certainly a two-center slate, meaning a lot of builds will be using the UTIL spot on center. MIN/BOS/DAL/TOR are strong value teams to target.
Key news to monitor on DK Live:
QUESTIONABLEJonas Valanciunas (knee)
Jerami Grant (ankle)
Michael Porter Jr. (ankle)
Seth Curry (knee)
De’Andre Hunter (ankle)
Paul Millsap (knee)
JJ Barea (ankle)
Markieff Morris (hip)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (ankle)
PROBABLETrae Young (ankle)
Kevin Huerter (adductor)
DOUBTFULTristan Thompson (quad)
OUTLuka Doncic (ankle)
Kyrie Irving (knee)
Kemba Walker (knee)
Derrick Rose (hip)
Shabazz Napier (trade)
Marcus Smart (thigh)
Robert Covington (trade)
T.J. Warren (concussion)
Daniel Theis (ankle)
Tyler Herro (foot)
Norman Powell (foot)
Marc Gasol (hamstring)
Cam Reddish (concussion)
Alex Len (hip)
Meyers Leonard (ankle)
Svi Mykhailiuk (hip)
Dario Saric (ankle)
Malik Beasley (trade)
Evan Turner (trade)
Juancho Hernangomez (trade)
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