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The 76ers-Hornets matchup is one that can provide the ingredients needed for a successful lineup. Multiple injuries on the Hornets' side will allow for more value from some of their key role players, while also providing an advantage for some of the 76ers' top players.
Joel Embiid is by far the highest-priced player in the contest, but he would be the guy to build around, considering he should find a significant advantage against the Hornets' frontcourt.
Tyrese Maxey should also find an advantage against the Hornets' backcourt, and could turn in some good value for his modest price tag. On the other hand, the Hornets offer a number of great mid-priced options, including Kelly Oubre and Cody Martin, who should see extra playing time due to injuries in the backcourt. Gordon Hayward, Miles Bridges and P.J. Washington are also great options that come with very reasonable price tags and major upside.
In the value range, guys like Matisse Thybulle and Georges Niang can be great looks from the 76ers' side, especially if Tobias Harris (questionable) is sidelined. Finally, Ish Smith is coming off a strong outing in which he logged 18 points, five rebounds, seven assists and a steal, as he got the start and filled in major minutes with LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier both out of the lineup. Ball and Rozier will remain sidelined, which makes Smith a stand-out value play, once again.
Injuries to Monitor
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (concussion): OUT
Cory Joseph (knee): Doubtful
Hamidou Diallo (face): OUT
Tobias Harris (illness): Questionable
Without Rozier and Ball, Ish Smith and Kelly Oubre should each pick up another start. Nick Richards could get another start at center with Plumlee out, but Cody Martin and P.J. Washington will pick up the majority of extra playing time.
Ja Morant (knee): OUT
Without Morant, Tyus Jones should see another start, while De'Anthony Melton gets a boost off the bench. John Konchar can be expected to pick up some extra playing time if Williams or Anderson is out. Xavier Tillman would likely see some action in the absence of Brandon Clarke.
Jimmy Butler (back): Questionable
Bam Adebayo (thumb): OUT
Alex Caruso (hamstring): Questionable
If Caruso is out, the Derrick Jones should pick up the start in place of Javonte Green. Ayo Dosunmu should see some extra action with White out of the lineup, and even more so if Caruso is out, as well.
Cam Reddish (wrist): Questionable
Without Bogdanovic or Hunter, Danilo Gallinari will remain a key figure off the bench while Kevin Huerter fills in the starting lineup. if Reddish is out, Delon Wright and Solomon Hill should get decent bench minutes.
If Towns is sidelined, then Naz Reid should pick up some big minutes. Taurean Prince and Josh Okogie should continue to log extra minutes if Beverley remains out, while Malik Beasley would need to step up if Russell is sidelined. Leandro Bolmaro would likely see some big minutes if Beverley and Russell are both out.
Lonnie Walker would be in line for a boost in playing time if either Bates-Diop or Vassell is sidelined.
Jalen Suggs (thumb): OUT
Andre Iguodala (knee): OUT
Nicolas Batum (COVID-19): Questionable
Stephen Curry ($11,700)
Curry and the Warriors play host to the Magic, who have one of the worst defenses in the league. The Warriors are expected to come up with a big win, and it will likely come at the hand of the sharp-shooting Curry, who should find an advantage matched up against the youngster Cole Anthony.
Zach LaVine ($9,500)
LaVine has topped 40 DK points in each of the last three games, including 53 DK points in the Bulls' most recent contest. The Bulls take on the Nuggets, who are short-handed in the backcourt, which should contribute to an advantage for LaVine.
Paul George ($10,600)
George has played well in three games against the Trail Blazers so far this season, averaging 26.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.3 steals over the three contests. George has topped 40 DK points in seven of the last 10 games.
Domantas Sabonis ($10,000)
Sabonis has been playing well lately, averaging 15.7 points, 12.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists over the last 10 games. He has topped 40 DK points in seven of the last 10 games, including one outing in which he totaled 66.8 DK points.
Nikola Jokic ($12,000)
Jokic has been putting up massive numbers on a consistent basis, topping 50 DK points in nine of his last 10 outings including four occasions in which he topped 60 DK points. He should find an advantage going up against the Bulls' smaller lineup, which should help him pick up a few extra rebounds and close-range buckets.
Joel Embiid ($11,000)
Embiid and the 76ers take on the Hornets, which should give the big man an advantage against some smaller defenders. Embiid has been playing great over four games since his two-week absence, as he is averaging 24.8 points, 14.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.0 steals over those four contests. Embiid has topped 55 DK points in three of the last four games, including one outing where he topped 70 DK points.
Serge Ibaka ($3,400)
Ibaka has picked up the start in the last three contests for the Clippers and he has topped 19 DK points in three of his last four outings. The Clippers take on the Trail Blazers, who are not a very big team, which should be advantageous for the veteran big man.
Juan Toscano-Anderson ($4,100)
Toscano-Anderson is coming off two impressive outings in which he logged 34.8 DK points followed by 26.3 DK points. He should continue to see added playing time with Andre Iguodala out.
Cody Martin ($3,900)
With the Hornets thin in the backcourt, Martin should see big minutes once again. He is coming off a strong performance Sunday in which he logged 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 32 minutes of action.
Landry Shamet ($4,000)
With Booker sidelined, Shamet is expected to get another start. He has topped 18 DK points in a starting role over the last two games.
Facundo Campazzo ($4,100)
With Austin Rivers and Bones Hyland both sidelined, Campazzo should have an opportunity to pick up some extra playing time. He has been playing well lately, topping 20 DK points in four of the last five games.