EuroLeague Primer: Round 4 - Thursday

EuroLeague Primer: Round 4 - Thursday

This article is part of our EuroLeague Primer series.

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THE SLATE

  FC Bayern Munich at Zenit Saint Petersburg

Status Check: Vladimir Lucic (BAY), Paul Zipser (BAY), Leon Radosevic (BAY), Shabazz Napier (ZEN)

Best Bets for Success: It took Jordan Loyd a couple games to get going, but his production finally matched his promise in Round 3, when he was easily Zenit's top producer. Another nice night should be in store, as he will take on a Bayern squad that struggled to slow the opponent's top scoring guard in each of the first three Rounds. Darrun Hilliard was the German team's most-productive player in the past two Rounds, but Bayern has a lot of options in the backcourt and there's no indication Lucic will play, so he's less safe than Deshaun Thomas. After not seeing EuroLeague action last season Thomas has picked up where he left off, playing 30 minutes and scoring double digits in each of the first three Rounds. He is also chipping in 5.0 rebounds per game and shooting 55.2 percent from the field.

DFS Darlings: Hilliard is caught between sections a bit, as although he is putting up some big numbers, he's shooting just 37.8 percent from the field. He certainly qualifies for this area, though, at an affordable $8,000 on DraftKings. Zenit is faring pretty well against guards, but not so much against forwards, and either Hilliard or Nick Weiler-Babb is filling the small forward spot in Bayern's current starting lineup, so one or both of them could be in position to take advantage. Weiler-Babb is averaging just 4.3 ppg, but he is producing to some degree in just about every category, and that gives him some nice upside at just $7,300. For the Russian side, you could consider the versatile Mateusz Ponitka on DraftKings, as his price has dropped $1,500 since Round 2.

UNICS Kazan at Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

Status Check: O.J. Mayo (UNK), Achille Polonara (FBB), Danilo Barthel (FBB)

Best Bets for Success: With Mayo officially ruled out for Round 4, it will be business as usual for UNICS. That should mean another nice day for the team's top players, and the two who inspire the most confidence in are Mario Hezonja and Isaiah Canaan, who have both reached double figures in every Round. Lorenzo Brown has to be included here, though, as he is averaging the most minutes in the league, the most DraftKings points on his team and is returning some of the most value on the slate. Polonara is expected back for the Turkish team, which makes their outlook cloudier than it was Tuesday. However, it could be a nice night for Fenerbahce's backcourt, as UNICS has been getting lit up by opposing guards. For that reason, bank on Nando de Colo and Pierria Henry leading the way for Fenerbahce in Round 4. Both have been a tad inconsistent in relation to their DraftKings prices, but each has a lengthy history of success in the EuroLeague.

DFS Darlings: John Brown has been nearly as productive as his UNICS teammates, and he is at least the cheapest DraftKings options among the bench. Tonye Jekiri is the only other UNICS player producing, but Fenerbahce has been tough on opposing centers, so it will be tough to count on anyone outside of the club's "Big 4." If you don't want to pay up for Fenerbahce's top guards but want to attack the matchup, Marko Guduric and Marial Shayok are worthy of a look. Guduric is down to an affordable $7,700, and Shayok's talent has to show through at some point.

Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv at LDLC ASVEL

Status Check: Ante Zizic (MTA), David Lighty (ASV), Raymar Morgan (ASV), Antoine Diot (ASV), Victor Wembanyama (ASV)

Best Bets for Success: A surprising ASVEL team, which comes in 3-0, has been the toughest in the league against opposing frontcourt players. However, they have been one of the friendliest to opposing guards. That sets up well for Maccabi's Scottie Wilbekin, who will be looking to bounce back after being limited to eight points his last time out. Wilbekin dropped 25 points on ASVEL the first time the teams met last season, and he also scored 14 against them even when he was struggling late in the campaign. He will be countered by a couple talented guards in Elie Okobo and Chris Jones, who have sparked the French team's fast start. Neither player has yet scored fewer than 25.8 points on DraftKings, so there's ample reason to be confident in both continuing to come through.

DFS Darlings: ASVEL will presumably remain short-handed for this one, so Dylan Osetkowski and Kostas Antetokounmpo will be worth considering. The latter has a bigger name – in multiple ways – but the former finally came through in Round 3 and checks in quite a bit cheaper on DraftKings. The matchup does not favor many Maccabi players, as other than Wilbekin their top producers have been forwards and centers. However, Keenan Evans and Kameron Taylor – neither more than $6,100 – will be worth a look. Both did plenty of scoring for their former clubs in seasons past.

Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz at ALBA Berlin

Status Check: Alec Peters (BKN), Marcus Eriksson (BER), Ben Lammers (BER), Johannes Thiemann (BER), Christ Koumadje (BER)

Best Bets for Success: Luke Sikma has long been known as a fantasy stud, but he is now one of two ALBA players who qualify for this spot, as Oscar da Silva has burst onto the scene in a big way. Although he was playing in college games just a few months ago, da Silva has been one of the best players in the EuroLeague thus far, averaging 18.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and a league-leading 2.5 steals per game while sitting third in average index rating. Sikma, for his part, is eighth in index rating while averaging a league-leading 9.0 rebounds to go along with 11.0 points, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Both players will be in position to succeed again, as ALBA will remain shorthanded down low and Baskonia is below average against opposing frontcourt players in just about every category. Maodo Lo also seems pretty safe Thursday, coming off the best two scoring games of his career. Given Wade Baldwin's puzzling usage last Round, Rokas Giedraitis earns the top spot for the Spanish squad in this one. Giedraitis has scored at least 14 points in every Round, and he should have some extra motivation Thursday against the team he played for last season.

DFS Darlings: Giedraitis won't be the only Baskonia facing his former team, as both Jayson Granger and Simone Fontecchio played for ALBA as recently as last season and Landry Nnoko played for the club alongside Giedraitis. Nnoko appears to be the best of the bunch on DraftKings, as ALBA is short on size, Fontecchio is getting a little pricey and a productive Baldwin could diminish Granger's output. With ALBA's top three players piling up stats, don't expect much to be left over for the remainder of the roster. 

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Kevin O'Brien plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: kevob100, DraftKings: kevob100.
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