The NBA features a trio of six-game slates in the first four days of this week, and the second of those slates is scheduled for Wednesday night. Of the dozen teams in action, the Grizzlies and Knicks are the only two finishing a set of back-to-back games as they face off at Madison Square Garden. There are plenty of injuries impacting the 12-team slate, so keep a close eye on the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com to stay up to date on the latest news.
As you get your lineup together for this Wednesday night, make sure to consider balancing out some of the big-name, big-salaried stars with some good value plays. Here are the four I like the most with salaries under $4K.
SF JUSTIN HOLIDAY, IND VS. CHI, $3,800The Pacers are expected to get Victor Oladipo ($6,000; knee) back on Wednesday and Malcolm Brogdon ($6,600; concussion) is considered questionable, although he’s still in the NBA’s concussion protocol. When they’re back to full strength, they may push Holiday to the fringes of the rotation or out of it altogether, but for this contest, I think he’ll still get enough work to be a bargain play especially with the extra motivation of facing his former team, the Bulls.
Holiday has over 22 DKFP in four of his past five games, averaging 22.9 DKFP per contest on 10.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocked shots per contest. He has only played under 20 minutes once in his past 31 games, so he should be on the floor enough to fill up multiple categories as a nice play if you can make SF your cheap slot on this slate.
PF/C THON MAKER, DET at BKN, $3,800Maker started at PF alongside Andre Drummond ($9,700; wrist, questionable) and ended up with 24 DFKP in just 17 minutes on nine points and six rebounds. He might have played more if he hadn’t had to go to the locker room after a facial laceration caused by an inadvertent shot to the face from a driving Collin Sexton.
For some reason, Maker didn’t play when the Pistons faced the Nets last week but has started each of the past three games he has appeared in, producing 30, 26 and 24 DKFP, respectively. If Drummond is out or Maker continues to get an extended look in the starting lineup next to him, he has some intriguing upside in a good matchup against the Nets. Coach Dwane Casey seems set on giving him every chance to succeed after the Pistons acquired him from the Bucks this past offseason in exchange for Tony Snell.
PF/C TREY LYLES, SA vs. UTA, $3,700If Drummond plays and Maker comes off the bench, he’ll be a riskier option, so check out Lyles as a potential pivot. Like Holiday, he’ll face his former team as the Spurs host the Jazz. In his first year in San Antonio, Lyles has started 36 of 46 games but has only averaged 14.9 DKFP in 17.4 minutes per contest.
Despite those un-inspiring season averages, Lyle makes sense as a cheap big man on this slate since he did get extra playing time on Monday when LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) was out as he is again on Wednesday. Lyles played 26 minutes and had 10 points, eight rebounds and 24.5 DKFP in that contest. While Jakob Poeltl ($5,600) went off on Monday when he was in my bargains for 40.25 DKFP, his salary spiked as a result while Lyles stayed very affordable. With the added motivation of a potential revenge game and more playing time available, Lyles makes sense if you have to stay cheap.
PG/SG GARRETT TEMPLE, BKN vs. DET, $3,500Most of the value under $4K on this slate is in the frontcourt, but Temple is an interesting option who can fill in either guard spot. The 33-year-old has provided a very valuable veteran presence for the Nets and has started the past two games for Brooklyn. One of those games came alongside Kyrie Irving ($9,100) and one came while Kyrie was out on Sunday due to personal reasons. Irving isn’t on the injury report for Wednesday, but coach Kenny Atkinson said he would not “speak for Kyrie” and confirm his status.
Whether Irving plays or not, Temple will likely start at SG after producing 24.75 DKFP in 34 minutes against the Knicks on Sunday. He had 11 points, three rebounds and three assists while knocking down three three-pointers. Temple has over 20 DKFP in 13 of his past 18 games, and he can bring solid low-level production even though he typically doesn’t have an extremely high ceiling.
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