So yet again, the much anticipated matchup of Lonzo Ball and De’Aaron Fox will be a no show, as Ball has been ruled out of tonight’s game with an ankle injury. However, we still have a nice, though small, 3 game slate for tonight. Let’s get into these plays!
- Plays are based on stats, opposition, and pricing.
- FanDuel and DraftKings prices listed respectively.
- Point Guard(s):
Jeremy Lin [ $5,300 / $5,900 ] – Last game, in a matchup versus the Heat, Lin put up a nice 16 points and added 4 assists and 3 rebounds to the mix. For the second time this preseason he will face the Knicks, who he struggled against in the first meeting.
De’Aaron Fox [ $3,800 / $5,500 ] – The rookie from Kentucky has played well and been consistent through two preseason games. Tonight, Fox will play against the Lakers, who give up a ton of points and can be sloppy with the ball at times.
Jerian Grant [ $3,700 / $4,300 ] – With Kris Dunn out for a few weeks, Jerian Grant will presumably move up to the starting role. Through three games, Grant has played well, especially against the Pelicans in a game where he had 11/9/1 in 20 minutes.
- Shooting Guard(s):
Jrue Holiday [ $6,900 / $5,800 ] – Rajon Rondo has been declared out tonight against the Bulls, giving more responsibility to Jrue Holiday in the backcourt. Pelican starters have seen lots of action so far and without Rondo, Holiday is appealing.
D’Angelo Russell [ $6,600 / $7,300 ] – Since joining the Nets, D’Angelo Russell has flashed his offensive skills, thoroughly. Earlier, versus the Knicks, he had 19 points with 4 assists and 2 boards in just 20 minutes of action.
Tim Hardaway Jr. [ $5,000 / $6,400 ] – As one of the two main options for the Knicks, Hardaway hasn’t disappointed. In his first couple of games he has put up a minimum of 15 points and been a solid play in all formats with his safety and high ceiling.
- Small Forward(s):
Brandon Ingram [ $4,500 / $5,100 ] – Coming off an injury, Brandon Ingram will be available tonight’s game against the Kings. With Lonzo Ball out, Ingram will certainly have a higher usage rating, but keep in mind he hasn’t found his shot as of yet.
Allen Crabbe [ $4,200 / $4,900 ] – Set to make his Nets preseason debut, Allen Crabbe is a great shooter in a fast paced game. With career averages of 45% from the field and 41% from three, Crabbe should get plenty of chances to flex his shot.
Doug McDermott [ $3,300 / $4,200 ] – Similar to Crabbe, McDermott is a tremendous shooter and has a career three ball of 39%. McBuckets has been consistent at 9 points in both games so far but hasn’t really had more value than that.
- Power Forward(s):
Anthony Davis [ $10,800 / $10,500 ] – Davis, who only played 17 minutes last game in a matchup with the Thunder, will look to rebound tonight. In a game against the Bulls, he had 24/10/2 with 3 assists, and is in another nice position facing off with them tonight.
Kristaps Porzingis [ $8,000 / $7,800 ] – Porzingis rested in the last preseason game, but will see the court tonight. The Knicks star player is a terrible mismatch for this Nets team, as evidenced by his 15/5/2 game against them to start the preseason.
Kyle Kuzma [ $3,000 / $6,200 ] – Kyle Kuzma may very well be the steal of this year’s draft with the way he has been playing thoughout Summer League and the preseason. Averaging 20+ppg over his first three games, Kuzma is a great play again here.
DeMarcus Cousins [ $10,200 / $10,400 ] – Like Anthony Davis, Cousins didn’t see much play in their last game with only 14 total minutes. Boogie dominated the Bulls earlier, with 20/10/1 with 5 assists, and I don’t see a lot changing this go around, given time.
Enes Kanter [ $5,200 / $5,600 ] – Enes Kanter was an excellent offensive pickup for the Knicks to pair alongside Porzingis. Scoring 17 in the first meeting with Nets, Kanter should do the same here against a weak Brooklyn front court defense.
Willie Cauley-Stein [ $4,700 / $5,100 ] – Post DeMarcus Cousins, Cauley-Stein has filled in quite nicely for Sacramento. Playing much better in his second game versus San Antonio, with 14/9, he will look to continue his roll against a smaller Laker team.
Extras: Clark, Clarkson, Randle, Booker, Labissiere.