PG: Jerian Grant, Chicago Bulls vs Brooklyn Nets
Jerian Grant is making the most of his opportunity to start for the Chicago Bulls late in the season. The second-year point guard has put up 15.7 points, four rebounds, seven assists, 1.7 steals, and two threes per game during his three starts with Rajon Rondo out injured. He had 17 points and a career-high 11 assists in the Bulls’ blowout win over the Orlando Magic.
With the Brooklyn Nets set to sit a lot of players and Jimmy Butler unlikely to extend himself too much, Grant should have the chance to put up another stellar line.
SG: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot is having the time of his life in these last few weeks of the season. TLC set a new season-high in points last time out as he scored 24 points, five rebounds, three assists, and four threes against the Indiana Pacers, which was worth 34.5 fantasy points. Over his last six games, the Sixers rookie is averaging 19.2 points, 3.7 boards, and 2.3 threes.
With so much uncertainty as to who is actually playing tonight, TLC looks to be a good bet to at least be challenging 30 fantasy points at the shooting guard position.
SF: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brooklyn Nets at Chicago Bulls
The Nets will be without the likes of Brook Lopez, Trevor Booker, and Jeremy Lin for their season finale against the Bulls tonight, so someone’s got to get all of those points and rebounds. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is a pretty good candidate to do just that.
RHJ has put up some very impressive numbers – 16.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, three assists, 3.5 steals, 1.5 blocks – over his last two games against the Bulls and Celtics, he surpassed 40 fantasy points in both games. His steals numbers have to regress at some point, but with all the absentees for the Nets tonight, he should at least record a double-double.
PF: Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic vs Detroit Pistons
Much like the rest of the Magic, Aaron Gordon was disappointing in Orlando’s humiliating blowout loss to the Chicago Bulls. Gordon finished with ten points and six assists, a significant step down for the 18.6 points and 7.1 boards he had been averaging in his previous eight games.
Gordon and the rest of the Magic will likely look to make up for their horrific showing in their season finale at home, and doing so against a Pistons team playing its scrubs should be pretty attainable. The Pistons are giving up the third-most fantasy points to opposing power forwards over their last ten games, which will definitely benefit Gordon’s chances of ending the season on a high.
C: Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards
Hassan Whiteside still has something to play for tonight, with the Heat clinging on to their faint hope of making the playoffs. The Miami big man has been instrumental in helping the Heat stay afloat in the playoff race. Over his last six games, he’s putting up 18.5 points, 14.7 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks. He’s also coming off of back-to-back 50-plus fantasy point outings in wins against the Wizards and Cavs.
Whiteside put up a 30-12 double-double in that meeting against the Wiz, as well as three blocks and two steals. He’s averaging 21.7 points, 15.3 boards, and 2.7 blocks in three meetings against Washington this season, which is why he’s one of the few players almost certain to deliver a big fantasy night.