It’s a busy Wednesday, as usual, with 10 games on the slate. One of those, New Orleans at Oklahoma City, would typically have the entire attention of the basketball world. That game is without some of its luster, however, given the injuries to Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis. Russell Westbrook has adroitly carried the load with Durant out, but there are a lot of strong secondary options at point guard, from Damian Lillard and Kyle Lowry, to Rajon Rondo and Brandon Knight. It’s entirely possible to build a winning lineup that doesn’t include Westbrook on Wednesday.
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PG: Brandon Knight ($7,600) vs. CHI: Knight exploded for a triple double in his last game, scoring 30 points, dishing out 15 assists, and grabbing 10 rebounds. The over/under on this game is 200.5, and the Bulls could be without Derrick Rose, who sprained his ankle on Monday. That would mean a whole lot of Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks and E’Twaun Moore.
SG: Jeremy Lamb ($4,600) vs. BKN: Lamb is slowly but surely turning into a consistent contributor for the Hornets. He averaged 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds over his last five games, translating to 24.7 fantasy points per game. The Nets have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to shooting guards this year.
SF: Paul George ($9,200) @ PHI: George likely still has the bad taste in his mouth from Monday’s loss to Chicago, when Jimmy Butler blocked his game-winning field goal attempt. Expect him to take it out on the 76ers, a team that has surrendered the second-most fantasy points per game to small forwards this season.
PF: Ryan Anderson ($5,900) @ OKC: Anthony Davis is expected to miss this game because of his shoulder injury suffered on Tuesday, thrusting Anderson into the spotlight. He has played very well in games Davis has missed some or all of, averaging 28.3 fantasy points in games without the Pelicans’ star forward. In two of those games, he had at least 34 fantasy points.
C: DeMarcus Cousins ($10,700) @ ATL: Cousins has played four games since returning from his Achilles injury, and is averaging a ridiculous 32.5 points, 11 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and 50.2 fantasy points per game in that span. This isn’t the kind of player who needs a matchup-based boost, but he’ll get that on Wednesday. The Hawks have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to centers.