The NBA continues a balanced fantasy basketball week with another solid slate of six games this Thursday, which is a large slate for what is generally known as a lighter day of the week. The 12 teams in action had Halloween off with the exception of the Pelicans and Nuggets, who are finishing up their back-to-back set of games tonight. The Bucks are trying to stay undefeated as they travel to Boston in one of the more intriguing head-to-head matchups before the Pelicans and Blazers meet in the late game in a matchup of Western Conference playoff hopefuls.

The slate tonight looks relatively injury-free as far as stars go coming into the night, but always make sure to stay up to date with the latest news before tip-off on the DK Live app or at As you get ready for a fun fantasy basketball night, make sure to check out these top studs and values.

Point Guard


Kemba Walker, CHA vs. OKC, $8,800 — There are plenty of big-name PGs who make sense on the board but don’t overlook an affordable Walker with potential elite upside. He definitely has the green light for an offense short on scoring options. In fact, he hoisted 31 shots on Saturday in Philadelphia, scoring 37 points and finishing with 60 DKFP. He calmed down a little Tuesday with just 19 points on 14 shots, but he still had 37.5 DKFP. Because of his volume, he doesn’t have much risk of totally busting, and he has averaged 47.8 DKFP on 30.1 points and 6.0 assists through his first eight games. He should be motivated as the Hornets host Russell Westbrook ($10,700) and the Thunder.

Other Options — Damian Lillard ($9,900), De’Aaron Fox ($6,700)


Collin Sexton, CLE vs. DEN, $4,600 — The Cavs have been clear that they’ll give their young players a chance to step up, and Sexton is right in the middle of that as Cleveland’s most recent first-round pick. The rookie played a career-high 28 minutes on Tuesday in the Cavs’ first win of the year. He finished with 32.5 DKFP on 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists despite shooting just 4-of-10 from the field. He has scored double-digit points off the bench in four straight games and is getting more playing time than starter George Hill ($4,700). Sexton should continue to get enough opportunities to make him a low-risk option with a high ceiling as the Cavs host the Nuggets.

Other Options — Jordan Clarkson ($4,400), Tony Parker ($3,800)

Shooting Guard


Buddy Hield, SAC at ATL, $6,500 — Hield has gotten off to a fast start and has helped the Kings to a surprising 5-3 record as they head to Atlanta. Hield has played at least 36 minutes, scored at least 22 points and produced at least 32 DKFP in each of his past four games. He had a season-high 47 DKFP in Miami on Monday and followed that with another big game on Tuesday in Orlando, where he finished with 46.25 DKFP. He’ll try to continue his success on this road trip in a favorable matchup against the Hawks.

Other Option — Jrue Holiday ($7,300), Garry Harris ($7,000)


E’Twaun Moore, NO at POR, $4,300 — Moore plays a lot of minutes for the Pelicans and usually chips in solid scoring. He has double-digit points in six of his seven games this season, averaging 14.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 23.4 DKFP in 32 minutes per game. He had a season-high 21 points and 33.5 DKFP Wednesday in Golden State and will look to continue his efficient scoring in Portland. He is shooting 53% from the field and 44% from three-point range and his efficiency has helped him post at least 22 DKFP in four of his past five games.

Other Options — Rodney Hood ($5,300), Donte DiVincenzo ($3,600)

Small Forward


Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL at BOS, $11,100 — Atetokounmpo was hit in the head Saturday and missed Monday’s win over the Raptors. He has cleared the concussion protocol, though, and is expected to be a full go for a showdown with the Celtics. The Greek Freak started the season with four beastly games of over 55 DKFP highlighted by his 81.5 DKFP against the 76ers when he posted 32 points, 18 boards and 10 assists. He has a double-double in every game except the one he left injured, and he will look to continue Milwaukee’s hot start to the season with a statement win on the road this Thursday.

Other Options — Paul George ($9,100), Nemanja Bjelica ($6,200)


Cedi Osman, CLE vs. DEN, $5,500 Osman started the season on fire with back-to-back games over 40 DKFP, but then he quickly faded and posted four straight games under 25 DKFP as he struggled a bit with his shot. He bounced back nicely Tuesday against Atlanta, scoring 20 points in 34 minutes and finishing with 31.75 DKFP. Like Sexton, Osman is seen as a huge part of Cleveland’s future and should get heavy usage and playing time regardless of game situation. Acting coach Larry Drew is going to lean heavily on the 23-year old from Macedonia while Kevin Love (toe) is sidelined.

Other Options — Marcus Morris ($5,100), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ($3,900)

Power Forward


Nikola Mirotic, NO at POR, $7,500 — Mirotic seems to have found a great fit with the Pelicans and has started this season with an impressive run of production. He has averaged 32.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 41.7 DKFP in 30.2 minutes per game in his first seven games this season. He has over 42 DKFP in four of those seven games including each of his past two contests. Mirotic matched a season-high with 12 rebounds against the Warriors and had 48.5 DKFP on Wednesday. He only played 32 minutes, though, so he should be able to bounce back as the Pelicans finish their back-to-back in Portland.

Other Options — Tobias Harris ($7,600), Paul Millsap ($6,100)


Zach Collins, POR vs. NO, $4,100 — Collins and the Blazers are back home after a 3-1 road trip punctuated by a win in Houston on Tuesday. Collins played a big role in Portland’s success with over 20 DKFP in each of the four games, averaging 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 26.2 DKFP per game. He is playing himself into a bigger role in the Blazers’ rotation and should be able to continue his growth against New Orleans.

Other Options — Robert Covington ($5,400), Sam Dekker ($4,600)



Joel Embiid, PHI vs. LAC, $10,300 — Embiid was oddly quiet in his last home game on Monday against the Hawks, but he bounced back with a big game on Tuesday, finishing with 54.75 DKFP on 31 points, 11 boards and four assists in Toronto. He has at least 52 DKFP in six of his past seven games and is almost always a good bet for over 25 points and over 10 boards. He should be set up to feast against the Clippers, who have struggled to slow down opposing centers this season after losing DeAndre Jordan to Dallas.

Other Options — Anthony Davis ($11,600), Willie Cauley-Stein ($6,800)


Ersan Ilyasova, MIL at BOS, $4,700 — Ilyasova helped fill in the void left by The Greek Freak’s injury, and he finished with an impressive 19 points, 10 rebounds and 37.0 DKFP in 24 minutes Monday against Toronto. He has at least 25 DKFP in three straight contests and seems to be gelling with his new unit well during his second stint with the Bucks. Ilyasova should be able to continue to find ways to produce even though he’ll likely return to the bench after getting a spot start on Monday.

Other Options — Alex Len ($4,900), Aron Baynes ($3,700)

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