Benny's Daily Hoops - 12/5
Vegas: Raptors -13.5, 225.5 Suns: 2nd pace, 10th scoring, most points allowed Raptors: 12th pace, 4th scoring, 10th points allowed Suns: They are on the tail end of a back-to-back here on the road. That is never ideal and it makes perfect sense why the spread is the way it is. The main weapons on this team are Devin Booker and TJ Warren. They are the guys with both the safest minutes and the most upside. Booker has dropped 50+ fantasy points in three of his last four games. The offense really does revolve around him since they shipped Bledsoe to Milwaukee. It is not a soft or ideal matchup, but when you play 38 minutes and have the green light to shoot and score the entire time, you are going to rack up the points. The other guy in Warren is less scoring dependent and more of an all-around contributor. Warren can score too, averaging just shy of 19 points a game, but he also adds about 6 rebounds and a steal, block, and assist every game too. My beef with Warren is the rising price. He’s not expensive, but at his current price, the upside is definitely a lot less. Other than those two, we have a lot of question marks. Let’s start at point guard here. Mike James is basically only under contract until Wednesday having signed a 2-way deal earlier in the year. A two-way deal is meant for developmental guys shuttling back and forth between the NBA and G-League rosters. James only played 5 minutes last night with Ulis seeing 37. I’m not sure why that happened and am trying to figure that out. It does take me off of James, but it makes Ulis an interesting guy as he outperformed last night when given the big minutes load. The Center situation is also a mess and since they have to make a move before Wednesday I find it interesting that Greg Monroe did not play yesterday. The Suns could be looking to unload him so they have the roster space to sign James long term, but right now I really am not sure what is going on here. Alex Len, Greg Monroe, and Tyson Chandler have been taking turns sitting games out with Chandler’s turn up in the rotation. There is a good chance he does miss this one, so that would give a boost to the other two guys if he does. Chriss, Bender, and Dudley are all vying for PF minutes in this crowded frontcourt too, so I am not high on any of them as they all seem to be splitting time and none are really giving us any upside.