Thursday’s list of games was short, with only six teams playing. Each match started from 10:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET. On Friday, however, the action will be the exact opposite, with 11 NBA games ahead, starting from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm ET. There’s a lot going on ahead of the weekend, so here’s what you missed on Thursday, plus the DFS tip for Friday.
Who is hot
The Brooklyn Nets bounced back from their loss to the Sacramento Kings by beating the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. Durant was the main catalyst, posting 35 points along with eight rebounds and five assists. He is now averaging 28.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game without Kyrie Irving this season. However, the point guard is on track to return to play on Sunday.
Lillard recorded his third consecutive double-double against the Nets on Thursday, posting 25 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists. Damé has made at least 11 assists in three consecutive matches and Anferni Simons has scored at least 23 points in each of those matches. The Blazers have proven they can share sugar so their starting backcourt and Jerami Grant can be productive every night.
Fox was unimpressive in his team’s big win over the Brooklyn Nets, but cemented the Kings’ lead during their recent winning streak. He averaged 22.2 points, 9.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds on 57 percent shooting over his last five games. Sacramento averaged 130.4 points per game during this period, which makes its players very attractive to stack in the DFS. It will be interesting to see how long the Kings can stay hot, and their Sunday game against the Detroit Pistons will bode well for their performance at the end of Week 5.
Who is not
Jones returned to the San Antonio Spurs starting lineup after missing a game with illness earlier this week, but he hasn’t been as productive as usual despite being the only true point guard on his team. He averaged 8.5 points and 7.0 assists in his first two games and was still able to run 100 percent. He may need a weekend to get back on track, and will play against the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers on Saturday and Sunday to round out his fifth week.
Bed Friday Fantasy DFS
Maledon averaged 9.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in his last three games in 22 minutes per night. He released those numbers despite LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier being available. However, Ball’s ankle injury has worsened and will sit next to Dennis Smith Jr. in Friday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. James Bucknight appears to be out of the rotation and has only played 10 minutes in his last two games, so Maledon is likely to get his first start of the season. The Frenchman averaged 16.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in seven starts for the Oklahoma City Thunder last year.
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