With an over-under of 301 and a game-time of 40 minutes, the NBA Rising Stars Challenge is most likely going to be a lot of guys running up and down the court firing at will! Last year both teams shot around 60% from the floor, with nearly half of the shots coming from the three point line. That means both teams shot upwards of 75% from 2!
John Collins (5700 DK, 10000 FD) and Jayson Tatum (7000 DK, 10500 FD): The only two guys on Team USA that play PF or C regularly in the NBA are Kyle Kuzma and John Collins. I’m expecting them to split the minutes at center in this game, with traditional small forwards like Tatum and Taurean Prince moving to the PF spot. Since Tatum is having the better season of the two so far, I expect him to start and get a majority of the minutes. Although Kuzma has far exceeded expectations, Collins has so far had a stronger rookie campaign, so I expect him to get the start for that reason and because of the matchup vs Embiid on Team World.
Collins and Tatum are among the lower priced players in the pool, but I think their roles on the team will be among the more prominent in this game. They will be the first two I’m putting in my lineups on both sites!