The Magic head into Phoenix tonight as eight-point underdogs as we look to close out the night on a high note for Thursday’s NBA DFS Showdown Slate. For the most part, these teams are at full strength (well aside from Kevin Durant for the Suns), and there are multiple directions you can go in when building your lineup. Now, let us take a look at some of those options.
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- Gary Harris – Questionable (hip)
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The rookie continues to play some of his best basketball of the season as Banchero is coming off a 27-point effort on Tuesday against the Spurs. In his last five games, Banchero has not taken less than 14 shots from the field and he is averaging a strong 22.5 points and seven rebounds per game in his last four. Improving his efficiency from the field certainly is on the to-do list but the volume is not going anywhere, and in fact, his performance has picked up as of late.
Booker should score at least 30 points for the fifth time in his last six games, but with it being an eight-point spread, he will like do the majority of his damage in the first three quarters. We know that Booker is going to also pace the Suns’ offense once again tonight, but the fact that he has just four assists in his last two games is a little concerning and does limit his overall upside.
Since missing a week, Carter has returned with back-to-back doubles and there certainly are not limitations on his workload or volume. The Magic are still a developing young team looking to find their way, and Carter is ultimately a large part of what they do on a nightly basis.
In games like this, we always have to at least be aware of Paul being rested late in the game, but the Suns are not as deep as they previously were and he should still get to 25-30 minutes. In 24 minutes against the Thunder a few games ago, that was good enough for 18 points and nine assists as he continues to flirt with a double-double on a nightly basis.
DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix Suns
After a tough game against the Bucks, things should be easier for Ayton as he looks to bounce back in a sense after making just eight of 19 shots in 25 minutes of action. We have seen Ayton’s offensive involvement pick up as of late and it has not come at the expense of his rebounding either.
We have been able to count on Fultz to score in double figures as he has emerged as the lead guard in Phoenix. Depending on how efficient he is on a nightly basis, there is the possibility for the 25 points he scored a few games ago, but at 16.5 points per game in his last four, we can make that work as a floor since he is locked in.
Payne is locked into that 15 to 20 minutes of playing time range, but Tuesday he showed a little more offensively putting up 13 points. We have a track record of Payne being able to get hot when given the chance
Ish Wainwright, Phoenix Suns
Wainwright received a little additional workload off the bench on Tuesday with 25 minutes of action, and he came through with eight points, three rebounds, and two blocked shots. Given the current depth chart in Phoenix, he should have a similar role moving forward.
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