Milwaukee hits the road for a showdown in the Nation's capitol tonight, playing the second game of a back-to-back set. Check out our game preview for the latest news. For those adventurous daily fantasy basketball players out there, here's a quick look at the options available in this matchup.
To be honest, and it brings me great joy to say this, there are quite a few solid DFS options for Milwaukee in this game. Khris Middleton continues to play at a high level even when is shot isn't perfect, having tallied 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists against Chicago last night. He'll likely be matched up with Garrett Temple to start the game owning to Bradley Beal's absence, which is probably a net-neutral change for defensive purposes. Against Chicago, Greg Monroe remained his reliable self (17 pts, 12 rebs) while Michael Carter-Williams had a decent night, highlighted by 6 assists and no turnovers. But Giannis Antetokounmpo was the star of the show, and his performances in the previous two meetings with Washington present a high-risk, high-reward play. In an October 30 home game against the Wizards (the second game of the season), Giannis scored 27 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, though he did turn the ball over 6 times. But he struggled in the next matchup, scoring just 9 points the last time the Bucks visited D.C. For what it's worth, Monroe has seen the same ups-and-downs against Washington this year, but consistency is much less of a concern for the big man. The bigger concern for every Bucks player is the fatigue factor, which should definitely be taken into account if you're facing a close call.
The options are fewer for Washington, a team dealing with a lot of injuries to key players. Beal is out along with Kris Humphries, while Nene is listed as questionable. Washington's media notes list Marcin Gortat as a probable starter in tonight's contest, but he's thought to be dealing with an infection in his knee. It's entirely possible he'll be held out as well if it hasn't improved since Monday. That leaves John Wall as the only premier name available for the Wizards, but he's been excellent against the Bucks this season, scoring 19 points in both prior games and averaging 9.5 assists between the two. Otto Porter also had 19 in the last meeting between these teams, and he's been playing well lately, averaging 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 steals over his last 4 games. With a depleted offensive arsenal, Porter could see a fair amount of involvement in this game, giving him a good chance of racking up some solid numbers.
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