The NBA slows down a little bit this Thursday with just a four-game fantasy basketball slate, but there are some quality matchups to check out. The two headline attractions are the Clippers visiting the Rockets followed by the Warriors and Raptors meeting in a rematch of last season’s NBA Finals. To make that late game even more interesting, the Warriors are expected to get Stephen Curry ($8,000) back for his first game action since Halloween night when he broke his hand. There are some worthy considerations in the other two games as well featuring the Nuggets taking on the Hornets and the 76ers continuing their trip to the West with a stop in Sacramento.
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StudShake Milton, PHI at SAC, $6,500 — Milton burst onto the scene with a monster game Sunday, dropping 39 points on the Clippers and putting up 54.75 DKFP. That was his third straight game with at least 35 DKFP while helping to fill in for the injuries to Ben Simmons (back), Josh Richardson (concussion) and Joel Embiid (shoulder). He came back to earth a bit on Tuesday against the Lakers, but still finished with 26.75 DKFP on 12 points, six assists and three steals in 29 minutes. The blowout resulted in just nine shots in 29 minutes for Shake after he took 20 shots in 40 minutes against the Clippers. In a much more favorable matchup against the Kings, look for Milton to bounce back and put up another big number as he continues to get heavy usage in the absence of Simmons, Embiid and Richardson. Other Options — Kyle Lowry ($8,600), De’Aaron Fox ($8,000)
ValueJordan Poole, GS vs. TOR, $5,000 — Poole has scored double-digit points in 10 straight games, averaging 15.8 points, 4.4 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 27.5 DKFP. Coming off the bench in the past two games hasn’t hurt him at all, as he put up 30.25 DKFP against the Wizards and 31.75 DKFP against the Nuggets. Poole could eventually lose some time to Curry, but since he was the Warriors’ first-round pick in this past draft, he should stay involved. Curry could have a lighter workload initially and there are plenty of minutes to take from players like Mychal Mulder ($4,000) and Chasson Randle ($3,000), who aren’t considered as big a part of Golden State’s future plans as Poole.
Other Options — Alec Burks ($5,000), Monte Morris ($4,300)
StudJames Harden, HOU vs. LAC, $10,700 — Harden and Russell Westbrook ($10,000) have both been capable of going off for huge games lately, but Harden seems to take center stage when the Rockets take on the Clippers, averaging 64.6 DKFP in three matchups with Los Angeles compared to just 40.6 for Westbrook. Harden had 35 points, eight assists and 57.5 DKFP against the Knicks on Monday in his most recent game despite shooting just 3-for-13 from long range. His efficiency has been down a bit but he still gets such heavy usage he’s worth a look in what should be a very entertaining contest with the Clippers in Houston. Other Options — Norman Powell ($6,600), Terry Rozier ($6,200)
ValueCody Martin, CHA vs. DEN, $4,500 — Martin moved into the starting lineup on Tuesday in place of Devonte’ Graham ($5,800; ankle), who is questionable for Thursday’s contest. Martin was already getting solid minutes but took advantage of even more time Tuesday to post 27.75 DKFP on 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 34 minutes. He has over 22 DKFP in four of his past five games and typically contributes in multiple categories. If Graham is out, he has a higher ceiling, but he still has some value due to his increased run and production lately as the Hornets evaluate pieces for the future.
Other Options — Will Barton ($5,600), Eric Gordon ($3,800)
StudAndrew Wiggins, GS vs. TOR, $7,800 — Wiggins will get to play with Steph for the first time since he was traded to the Warriors at the trade deadline. So far, his time in Golden State has been successful, as he is averaging 20.1 points, 3.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.6 blocks for 37.4 DKFP per contest over his first nine games with the Warriors. The native of Toronto has excelled against his hometown team and had a triple-double for 52.5 DKFP against the Raptors earlier this season when he was with the Timberwolves. Wiggins should find room to operate if Toronto focuses on shutting down Steph, and look for Curry to try to get his new running mate off to a fast start, which could lead to a big game for Wiggins. Other Options — Kawhi Leonard ($9,300), OG Anunoby ($6,400)
ValueGlenn Robinson III, PHI at SAC, $4,000 — In another Warriors’ trade at the deadline, Robinson joined the 76ers, but he had been involved on a very limited basis until Tuesday against the Lakers. In that game, he went off for 25 points and 35 DKFP in 31 minutes off the bench. He hadn’t reached double-digit points in any of his previous games with Philadelphia, but his big game should at least earn him enough shots and usage to make him a good value play while the Sixers are so short-handed. Even if he doesn’t go off for 20-plus points again, he should be able to return value.
Other Options — Buddy Hield ($5,900), Danuel House Jr. ($4,000)
StudPascal Siakam, TOR at GS, $9,100 — Siakam bounced back from a rough night in Denver by torching the Suns for 52.5 DKFP on Tuesday night. He finished that game with 33 points, seven boards, three assists, two blocks and a steal while logging a massive 43 minutes. With Serge Ibaka ($6,000; knee) still questionable and Marc Gasol (hamstring) out, Siakam will continue to carry a heavy workload in the frontcourt for Toronto. With Draymond Green ($6,300; knee) also questionable, the Warriors may not have anyone to stop Spicy P, and even if Green returns he likely will not be in top form. Siakam showed he can thrive on the big stage and has continued his success this season as Toronto’s go-to option on offense. Other Options — Tobias Harris ($7,900), Robert Covington ($6,700)
ValueEric Paschall, GS vs. TOR, $5,800 — Paschall has stepped up while Green has been out and turned in great numbers, even though he has been coming off the bench. Paschall has over 30 DKFP in four straight games averaging 21.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 34.3 DKFP over those four contests. He could see a reduced role if Green returns, but he has had a promising year as one of the few bright spots in what has been a dismal season for Golden State.
Other Options — Chris Boucher ($4,500), Mason Plumlee ($4,100)
StudNikola Jokic, DEN at CHA, $9,500 — The Hornets have been the second-most generous team in the NBA to opposing centers this season, putting Jokic in a good spot in Charlotte. He came out of the All-Star break a little slow but started March strong with a 23-point, 18-rebound, 11-assist triple-double against the Raptors on Sunday for 67.5 DKFP. He followed that with another solid game of 47.75 DKFP against the Warriors. Earlier this season he only played 29 minutes against Charlotte but still had 12 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. If the Hornets can keep this contest competitive, Jokic should be able to approach another triple-double and end up as one of the top scorers of the slate. Other Options — Al Horford ($7,000), Montrezl Harrell ($6,500)
ValueAlex Len, SAC vs. PHI, $4,500 — Len and Harry Giles III ($5,400) continue to share time at center while Richaun Holmes (shoulder) and Marvin Bagley III (foot) are sidelined. Since Len is a little cheaper, he’s the play I prefer against Philadelphia, especially since he has over 21 DKFP in four straight games after getting up to full speed following his trade to the Kings. Len needed just 14 minutes to produce 21.5 DKFP on 12 points and six rebounds on Tuesday against Washington and had 34.25 DKFP in his previous game on eight points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots against the Pistons. He should remain a solid source of salary relief with good upside against the Sixers.
Other Options — PJ Washington ($5,500), Guillermo Hernangómez ($3,800)
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