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Fantasy Basketball Week 14: Who’s hot and who’s not, plus a DFS target for Friday

Friday’s NBA slate will be a big one, and 11 games are set to tip-off between 7 and 10 p.m. ET. There are sure to be plenty of notable fantasy stat lines when all the matchups are done, and some of the top performers from Thursday’s two-game slate could finish toward the top of the leaderboard again. We’ll go over who shined and fell short of expectations on Thursday before picking out a top-notch DFS play to target on Friday here.

Who’s hot

KAT built on his strong start to Week 15 by tallying 31 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists against the Warriors. He finished as the highest scorer in Thursday’s two-game slate and is averaging 24 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game this week. His next two matchups are against the Suns and Jazz. Both those teams could be missing their starting centers in those matchups, so fantasy managers with KAT should be salivating.

Davis isn’t necessarily on a hot streak because he busted in his first game back from injury earlier this week. However, he caught fire against the Sixers on Thursday. The Lakers star put together one of his best performances of the season with 31 points and 12 rebounds in 31 minutes. It appears like Los Angeles doesn’t plan on taking too much time to ease him back into things following a length layoff. His Friday matchup against the Hornets‘ lowly post defense could yield promising results.

This week, Philadephia has needed players to step up on offense with Seth Curry (ankle) out of commission, and Harris has answered the call. While the swingman has come up in trade rumors over the past few weeks, he’s proved that he can still be a valuable contributor on offense over his previous two games. Harris is averaging 28 points and 8.0 rebounds on 67.6 percent shooting in Week 15 and has been a big part of the Sixers’ two-game winning streak.

Who’s not

Westbrook’s shooting efficiency is trending in the right direction this week, but his rebounding and playmaking are down. The Lakers point guard is averaging 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in Week 15, and he’s been careless with the ball. Westbrook’s turned the ball over 11 times over his last two games, and that’s a major red flag for DFS players even if his price is decreasing on FanDuel and DraftKings.

DFS Target

Ball gets up for games against the Lakers, and Friday should be no different. The Hornets’ second-year floor general boasts averages of 25.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 9.0 assists against Los Angeles. Ball notched 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists his last time out, and the Lakers suspect backcourt has been shredded by opposing point guards all year. Ball’s averaging 23.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 8.8 assists per game when Hayward doesn’t suit up.



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