There’s only been one NBA game the past two days, but the league is coming back in a big way on Monday night, with a massive 13-game slate. No more In-Season Tournament courts, though. RIP to those color palette monstrosities.
Let’s dive in and find some values.
C Isaiah Hartenstein, New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors, $4,600
In Friday’s loss to the Celtics, it appeared that Mitchell Robinson (ankle) injured himself, as the big man was briefly removed from the game and ultimately limited to just 18.4 minutes of action. As a result, Hartenstein logged a season-high 29.2 minutes, grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds and posted a season-high 34.5 DKFP. This is certainly a case where the beneficiary of a Robinson ailment isn’t all that difficult to find. With Robinson already ruled out for this evening’s contest against the Raptors, look for Hartenstein to draw his first start of 2023-24. The former second-round pick is averaging a respectable 0.95 DKFP per minute this season, so he should be able to take advantage of his added responsibility.
C Nick Richards, Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat, $4,600
This is almost the exact same situation as what’s happening with the Knicks. Mark Williams ($6,200; back) wasn’t able to make it all the way through Friday’s victory over Toronto, and he’s been officially listed as doubtful to suit up on Monday. If he does sit, that would open up a spot in Charlotte’s starting five for Richards, who actually started in Williams’ place last Wednesday. In that game against Chicago, Richards racked up six points and 11 rebounds, finishing up with 24.75 DKFP. It’s a familiar result for the reserve center, as Richards has now produced at least 20.0 DKFP in eight of his last 11 appearances. It’s simply about opportunity. Richards has been incredibly efficient when given the chance, registering 1.07 DKFP per minute logged in 2023-24. Add in that the Heat own the league’s worst defensive rating across their last five contests (123.2), and this is a pretty enticing spot for value.
PG T.J. McConnell, Indiana Pacers at Detroit Pistons, $4,500
Death. Taxes. T.J. McConnell being productive in limited minutes. The veteran guard didn’t have a great shooting performance against the Lakers in the In-Season Tournament Championship Game, however, thanks primarily to nine assists and three steals, McConnell was still able to finish with 32.5 DKFP in only 17.3 minutes of action. It lines up with his season long statistics, as McConnell is averaging an eye-popping 1.28 DKFP per minute — a figure which only trails Tyrese Haliburton ($10,900) on the Pacers’ roster. Those minutes aren’t always a guarantee, yet with Andrew Nembhard (knee) currently nursing an injury, McConnell should be locked into Rick Carlisle’s rotation. In a uptempo matchup with this slate’s highest implied total, feel free to roll out the 31-year-old.
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