Thursday night brings us just five NBA games, highlighted by Kristaps Porzingis returning to New York to take on his former team.
NBA Fantasy November 14
Five games leaves us with limited options in fantasy basketball, meaning it's that much more important to make the right NBA fantasy pick for the night. Here are five options to consider for Thursday night's schedule.
1. Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Dallas Mavericks
Porzingis' production has been seriously up-and-down to start his first season with the Dallas Mavericks, and last game was very much "down" as he went 1-of-11 from the field. Just two games ago he cooked the Knicks for 28 points, nine boards and five blocks, though, turning in one of his best fantasy performances of the young season. Returning to New York to take on his former team, he carries some serious upside on Thursday.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo is absolutely dominating, and he leads the NBA in fantasy points per game by a solid margin. He's positioned to pick things up even more over the next few weeks with Khris Middleton on the shelf nursing a leg injury. Since the start of last season, Giannis has averaged 1.68 fantasy points per minute with a 32.9 percent usage rate when Middleton has been on the floor, with those marks jumping to 1.81 and 35.0 percent with Middleton off. Don't expect the Chicago Bulls and their bottom-10 defensive rating to slow him down much, either.
3. DeAndre Bembry, SG, Atlanta Hawks
The Atlanta Hawks have already ruled out Kevin Huerter, Evan Turner and Vince Carter, leaving them really thin on the wing tonight. Minutes are key to finding more unheralded fantasy plays, and with an average of 26.4 per game on the season, it wouldn't be surprising to see Bembry play 30-plus thanks to today's injuries. His upside isn't huge, with averages of 11.2 points, 5.9 boards, 4.2 assists and 1.9 steals per 36 minutes, but that ability to contribute in four areas gives him a solid floor with the boost in playing time.
4. Coby White, PG, Chicago Bulls
We can't expect Coby White to drill seven 3-pointers in a single quarter very often, but the rookie seems to be quickly becoming more comfortable with getting his shot up at the NBA level. He's averaged 14.5 field goal (and 7.3 3-point) attempts per game over the last four, which is up from 11.1 (and 4.9) per game through the first seven. His production has picked up accordingly, with 16.3 points, 3.3 boards, 2.3 assists and 0.8 steals in 26.8 minutes per game in those last four.
5. Alex Len, C, Atlanta Hawks
Alex Len once again has an injury tag tonight, but he's been playing through this ankle injury, so his status doesn't seem especially uncertain. He's a volatile producer that is liable to give you a total dud (four games with fewer than 13 fantasy points this season), but that can also flash some upside that compares with some more high-profile fantasy plays. He's coming off his best game of the season (17 points and seven boards against the Denver Nuggets), and he finds himself in a good spot tonight against the Phoenix Suns, who rank 18th in total rebound rate and are playing at the league's eighth-fastest pace this season.
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