November 28, 2023, 4:33 pm
Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics
Game Time: 7:30 pm ET
CHI +13.5 (-105), BOS -13.5 (-115)
Game score 220
Two trade candidates are questionable – Both Zach LaVine and Alex Caruso are listed as game-time decisions headed into Tuesday’s contest. LaVine is more likely to play as he has played through two questionable tags. One thing that might push LaVine out is this is the beginning of a back-to-back. But odds are, he plays this game and sits the second game if he sits at all. Some pressure might be on to keep him healthy for a potential trade, but if that pressure were real, he would have sat already. We might be seeing that with Alex Caruso, though. He has missed time already so his status is actually closer to “questionable” than LaVine. Odds are Patrick Williams gets the nod and he is worth a long look for fantasy managers. He is shooting well below his career numbers with a .457 eFG% this season but he owns a career .540 eFG%. While he has gone on a bit of a cold streak in the defensive stats, he averages almost two of those a game. So if he gets the start, managers can take advantage of a seemingly inevitable positive regression in shooting numbers and defensive stats.
Dealing with injuries – Jrue Holiday has missed two straight and is in danger of missing another. Kristaps Porzingis has been out since Friday and he will miss an extended amount of time. In their absences, a variety of players have gotten extra play like Peyton Pritchard and Dalano Banton even got a start. But neither of them has really produced much of anything worthwhile in standard leagues (Pritchard can hit some threes but that’s about it). Derrick White is averaging 15.7 points, 5.7 assists and 3.8 rebounds in his last six games and is coming off a double-double in his last game with Holiday out. He should continue to enjoy a bump in usage with Holiday hurt. Ignore his injury designation. He is going to play. With Kristaps out, Al Horford has turned back time, like Cher said she wished she could. Horford should continue to be a source of rebounds and points, with solid triples and assists numbers coming from your center spot. Sprinkle in a “meh” amount of defensive stats (about two for his career), and you have a startable fantasy player. Ride the Horford train while you can. And with Kristaps’ injury history, keeping Horford rostered after KP’s return might not be the worst idea.
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