Isaiah White will be making his first start for the Nets against the Hornets tonight. The Hornets are surrendering the seventh most points to point guards this year. White has not put up very impressive numbers over his past two games where he's seen at least 20 minutes (averaging 5.5 points, five turnovers, four rebounds and 3 assist). However, due to the favorable matchup and increased minutes that he will see tonight, he becomes a potential contrarian GPP play in daily.
Whether it's anything more than a routine bruise remains to be seen, but it's worth noting that it's the same elbow in which Batum tore a ligament during the preseason. Prior to exiting, the 28-year-old played 14 minutes and had four points (2-7 FG) to go with three rebounds. Jeremy Lamb started the second half in Batum's place.
There was apparently some confusion as to who would actually be starting at point guard, with the public address announcer eventually stating Murray was drawing the start at point guard, clearing things up. Regardless, the two have essentially been splitting time, with Mudiay averaging 9.6 points and 3.6 assists across 22.4 minutes per game over the past five contests.
Denver initially stated that Mudiay would make his first start of the season, but that decision was quickly reversed, and it will be Murray at point guard. Gary Harris will get the nod at the two, while Wilson Chandler, Will Barton and Nikola Jokic round out the starting five in the absence of Paul Millsap (wrist).
The reason for the decision is unclear, but it could be an effort by coach Mike Malone to help slow down the Rockets' backcourt of James Harden and Chris Paul. Malone will give Emmanuel Mudiay, a superior defender to Murray, his first start of the season, despite the fact that Murray has notched double-figures in scoring in five straight games, including a pair of 30-point performances.
Chandler is returning from a one-game absence due to a sore back. With Paul Millsap (wrist) out for an extended period, Chandler has a strong chance of asserting himself as the team's starting power forward until Millsap's return. Chandler has been underperforming this season, though a change in role could certainly affect that in a positive way.
Mike Malone will go with a bit of a surprise lineup Wednesday, giving Mudiay his first start of the season, while Jamal Murray shifts to the bench. Murray has had his fair share of inconsistent performances this season, but he's coming off of a relatively strong showing Monday in Sacramento, when he scored 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Regardless, Mudiay will get an opportunity to make a splash before the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Clippers didn't announce the decision until just before tip, but Williams will make a rare start in the wake of the news that Patrick Beverley (knee) will miss the rest of the season. Williams, a former Sixth Man of the Year, has started only 90 of 798 career regular season games.
With the Bucks down four players, including Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee), coach Jason Kidd has opted to make a radical change to his starting five, deploying Gary Payton, Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton and Thon Maker. Despite coming off the bench, Snell should still easily garner 30-plus minutes given the situation,
With John Henson and Giannis Antetokounmpo both out of action, coach Jason Kidd will pivot to a much smaller lineup, rolling out Gary Payton, Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton with Maker at center. Maker is coming off of a pedestrian performance Monday against the Wizards -- two points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal in 20 minutes -- but he should see a fairly significant increase in minutes Wednesday.
Brogdon's workload has been up and down since the arrival of Eric Bledsoe. But, he should easily see 30-plus minutes Wednesday with the team down four players, making him an intriguing DFS play. On the year, Brogdon is posting 13.1 points, 3.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals across 31.0 minutes per contest.
With Giannis Antetokounmpo and John Henson both out, the Bucks will go with a fairly radical shakeup, starting three guards -- Payton, Eric Bledsoe, and Malcolm Brogdon -- together, with Khris Middleton and Thon Maker in the frontcourt. Considering Milwaukee is also without Matthew Dellavedova, Payton could very well see his largest workload of the season. The Oregon State product has appeared in only three games for the Bucks this season and played a season-high 15 minutes Monday against Washington, finishing with eight points and a steal.
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