NBA DFS Starting Five: November 16
Justin Fensterman brings you his top five plays to build your lineups around for tonight's main slate
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R. Gobert - C
Rudy Gobert fouled out after 41 minutes of action on Saturday with 22 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and one block.
Nikola Jokic is as tough of a matchup as a center can face in the NBA, but Gobert played him to a draw until foul trouble caught up with him. He shot just 4-of-8 from the line, but made 9-of-16 field goals and grabbed six of his boards on the offensive glass. Gobert is operating with a meager 15% usage rate in Orlando, but that hasn't stopped him from averaging a strong double-double with 2.0 blocks per game.
Added 7:35 pm (EST)
N. Jokic - C
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets back from an early deficit to earn a double-overtime victory with 30 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.
Jokic scored 12 points in the first overtime tonight, benefiting from the fact that Rudy Gobert fouled out. He shot 11-of-21 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line, and his conditioning looks impressive. Jokic lost weight during the NBA's hiatus and didn't appear winded even as this game went into extra periods, even hitting a layup with 0.3 seconds left to force double-OT. It'll be fun to see what he can do in the postseason.
Added 7:34 pm (EST)
M. Porter - SF
Michael Porter Jr. kept rolling on Saturday, making 7-of-18 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs to score 23 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one turnover in 45 minutes.
MPJ is simply on fire in Orlando, recently becoming the third rookie since 2000 to post consecutive 30-point double-doubles. His efforts earlier this week spurred coach Gregg Popovich to refer to him as "a fine young talent," which is an understatement given his torrid play the past four games. He's scoring efficiently, hitting 3-pointers, chipping in defensive stats, and played though a bit of adversity on Saturday to notch his fourth straight 20/10 game. It's hard for Denver to take him off the court right now, and his season-long draft position has rapidly spiked to the top-75 range.
Added 7:33 pm (EST)
T. Daniels - SG
Troy Daniels (right hip tightness) didn't leave Denver's bench on Saturday.
He was available for this game but simply isn't in the rotation, even with Gary Harris (hip) and Will Barton (knee) out of commission.
Added 7:32 pm (EST)
M. Conley - PG
Mike Conley (sore right knee) played 44 minutes during Saturday's overtime loss, posting 20 points on 8-of-19 shooting, three 3-pointers, five rebounds and five assists.
The Jazz rested key players on Friday but it was just a precaution, and nothing suggests Conley's knee soreness will be a lingering problem. Utah doesn't have any remaining back-to-back sets on their schedule, either, which should protect Conley from unnecessary rest. Still, it doesn't hurt to confirm the 32-year-old's status prior to tip-off.
Added 7:32 pm (EST)
M. Oni - SG
Miye Oni had three points with two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 10 minutes vs. the Nuggets.
Oni played 30 minutes as a starter on Friday, simply because the Jazz rested multiple starters in a back-to-back scenario. His role predictably decreased today, but unlike fellow reserves Rayjon Tucker and Justin Wright-Foreman, it looks like Oni has established himself as a reliable rotation player.
Added 7:31 pm (EST)
D. Mitchell - SG
Donovan Mitchell (strained lower left leg) shot 12-of-33 with a 5-of-16 mark from deep on Saturday, finishing a tough double-OT loss with 35 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
Mitchell hit a clutch layup with 0.9 seconds remaining to tie the game, and kept things close late in a losing effort. He also had a steal and a block tonight, and his passing helped spark a strong start for Utah, who led by 14 points after one quarter before ceding the advantage. They couldn't hold on and are now 2-3 in the bubble, and continue to fine-tune their approach without Bojan Bogdanovic. Utah's up-and-down play in the re-start could actually be a benefit in DFS leagues -- they need to develop chemistry with new rotations, which it makes it less likely that key players will rest.
Added 7:29 pm (EST)
R. O'Neale - PF
Royce O'Neale (sore right calf) started and played 39 minutes on Saturday, scoring six points on 2-of-5 FGs with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.
O'Neale has been playing well in the bubble, and he's logged 34+ minutes in four of Utah's six games in Orlando. He's a combined 10-of-28 from deep, and is also contributing 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.8 steals to pad his DFS value. He's a winner in the absence of Bojan Bogdanovic (wrist) and clearly his calf injury wasn't serious, so keep him on your radar when building lineups.
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