Only three games on the NBA slate for tonight. Atlanta and Miami conclude their home-and-home series. Trae Young will not be in the lineup for the Hawks. The Nuggets-Pelicans game in New Orleans has the highest implied point-total this evening. Kawhi Leonard should return from a load-management night when the Clipper host the Spurs.
Here is an early look at some of my favorite potential plays on Fantasy Draft:
C Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets ($17,700)
Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic is off to a slow start. His points per game and shooting percentage are much lower than his production last season. The matchup against the Pelicans will give Jokic a chance to get on track. The Pelicans allow opposing centers to shoot over 48% from the field.
SG Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat ($15,100)
Jimmy Butler made his Heat debut Tuesday, supplying 21 points in Miami's victory over the Hawks. Butler got to the foul line a whopping 15 times, however, he only converted 10-of-15 shots from the charity stripe. Butler is a much better shooter than that and could have had an even bigger game had he sank his free throws. Opposing teams have been shooting three-point shots at a high clip against the Hawks this season. Butler only attempted two on Tuesday, but he swished one from downtown. If Butler gets going early from deep, he has the potential to have an enormous night.
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PF LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs ($13,500)
LaMarcus Aldridge is the best power forward on the three-game slate. The undefeated Spurs will lean on Aldridge against the Clippers. The big man is averaging 21.3 points, 8 boards and 2.7 blocks per game. If the Spurs are going to keep up with Lou Williams and Kawhi Leonard, Aldridge will have to put up some big numbers.
SG DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs ($13,200)
DeMar DeRozan is always fun to watch. He should be able to exceed his value even in a tough matchup against the Clippers. The Clippers are known for their toughness on defense, but DeRozan will still get plenty of opportunities. The Clippers give up 22 points per game to opposing shooting guards. DeRozan has 53 points over his last two contests, though he has needed 40 shots to get there. Expect the former Raptor to chuck some shots and to get to the free throw line quite often.
PF John Collins, Atlanta Hawks ($15,100)
Collins is one of my favorite young players in the league. In Tuesday night's game against the Heat, Collins produced 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Without Trae Young, the Hawks' offense will run through Collins. He becomes the clear-cut top option on offense and will see plenty of opportunities.
PG Kendrick Nunn, Miami Heat ($11,000)
Kendrick Nunn has played very well so far in his rookie season. He is playing over 30 minutes a game and shooting the three at a 44% clip. Even with Butler back in the lineup,, Nunn notched 17 points and 3 assists. The rookie is a solid cheaper option to plug into your lineup.
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