On a short slate like Tuesday’s four-gamer, I like to try to single out the best play for each team based on their cost and projection and use each of them in my lineup. On Tuesday’s slate, that means going with a balanced lineup approach and fading the only high-priced stud on the slate. Since this is just a four-game NBA slate, today’s NBA Hot Sheet article will be FREE!
The grid below is a snapshot of today’s slate that shows the overall rating for each position for each team. The numbers highlighted in red are the positions that are in the top 25% of their position for the slate and indicate good plays. Meanwhile, the numbers highlighted in blue are the positions that are in the bottom 25% of their respective position for the slate and are positions to avoid.
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Hot Sheet for November 6th
Devin Booker (PHO) – Booker will be playing his third game since returning from injury which should allow him to improve on his 40.5% field goal percentage from his first two games back. His salary is reasonable, and he gets a neutral matchup against the Nets in what could be a close, high-scoring affair.
Bradley Beal (WAS) – Beal consistently puts up at least 20 points per night and he draws a plus matchup for points on Tuesday against the Mavericks who have allowed the 2nd most points to opposing SGs this season. They also give up the 5th most rebounds and 3rd most steals to SGs, so there is some upside potential for Beal.
Caris LeVert (BRK) – LeVert continues to be the man for the Nets this season. He has scored at least 19 points in five of his last six games while chipping in a handful of rebounds and assists per night. He gets a neutral matchup against the Suns’ wings but he is the one Nets’ player that I trust to produce on a nightly basis.
Jusuf Nurkic (POR) – Nurkic has strung together four straight solid games averaging 18.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. He’ll face a Bucks defense that has allowed the 4th most points to opposing centers and has the best individual matchup for the Blazers going against Brook Lopez.
Nicolas Batum (CHA) – Picking my favorite Hornets options was a challenge on Tuesday. Kemba Walker is, of course, an obvious candidate but his price tag causes me to pause, so, instead, I’ll save some money and look to Batum. He’ll face a Hawks team that has allowed the 3rd most points, 6th most assists and most steals to opposing SFs this season and Batum can stuff a stat sheet.
Dwight Howard (WAS) – Howard would be my second choice to roster from the Wizards on Tuesday. He has played two games since returning from injury and has already had a game with 20 points and a game with a double-double. He played 31 minutes in his last outing and should play 30+ again facing up against DeAndre Jordan.
Dennis Smith Jr. (DAL) – My Mavericks recommendations will hinge on the availability of Luca Doncic on Tuesday. If Doncic plays then my attention may shift to Harrison Barnes, however, if Doncic sits out then Smith should see the ball in his hands more in a favorable matchup against the Wizards who have allowed the 3rd most points and 5th most assists to opposing PGs this season.
DeAndre Bembry (ATL) – Taurean Prince is unlikely to play on Tuesday, which should open the door for Bembry to play close to 30 minutes against the Hornets. The Hornets have given up the 3rd most points to opposing SFs this season and Bembry has shown the ability to fill up a box score when given the opportunity.
Ersan Ilyasova (MIL) – The PF position is a tricky one to fill on Tuesday with very few options. I like the reasonably priced Ilyasova the most and with Giannis Antetokounmpo so highly priced on a small slate, I’m finding it difficult to build a lineup I like with him in it. So, give Ilyasova a look along with Khris Middleton as your one Bucks option.
JJ Barea (DAL) – Barea is totally dependent on Doncic’s status. If Doncic is out, then Barea should see extra minutes in the Mavericks backcourt and becomes a strong value option. If Doncic plays then disregard using Barea.
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