The NBA returns Friday with a packed 14-game schedule. One of the more intriguing matchups will feature the Celtics hosting the surging Kings. A battle between two tough defensive teams will take place when the Cavs face off with the Bucks. The Bulls, who defeated the Celtics and Bucks in consecutive games, will continue their current road trip in OKC. The Warriors will also be in action at home against a Jazz team that is off to a surprisingly strong start. Let’s dig into all of the matchups and highlight some players to target on Yahoo, as well as a few to possibly avoid.
Jaylen Brown, BOS vs. SAC ($36): Usually an efficient shooter, Brown has been even better this season by going 50.0 percent from the field and 80.2 percent from the free-throw line, both qualifying as career-highs. He also plays a lot having logged 36 minutes per game. That has left Brown with robust averages of 25.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists. Another juicy stat line could be coming against a Kings team that ranks sixth from the bottom in defensive rating.
Shake Milton, PHI at ORL ($15): A myriad of injuries on the 76ers has forced Milton into a prominent role. He’s started and participated for at least 36 minutes in three straight outings. And Milton hasn’t let his opportunities go to waste with at least 29.7 Yahoo points in each one. This is a great matchup for him to remain productive given the Magic and their fifth-worst defensive rating.
Guard to Avoid
Tre Jones, SA vs. LAL ($20): For as poor as the Lakers’ record is, they have actually been solid on defense with the seventh-best defensive rating. Jones already doesn’t receive many shot attempts with just a 19.1 percent usage rate. If he can’t rack up assists because his teammates are struggling to score, it’ll be difficult for him to provide value.
Jayson Tatum, BOS vs. SAC ($48): Pairing Tatum with Brown isn’t a budget-friendly strategy, but there are other value options to help offset the duo. Tatum has been as good as it gets by registering 30.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.3 blocks per game. This matchup is too good to pass up.
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Publish date : 2022-11-25 05:38:00
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