Six games on a Sunday and it’s crunch time for your matchup. There are some very interesting events that happened tonight in the league. Fortunately, there aren’t major injuries to talk about. So let’s give a little rant about the Raptors vs Kings situation at the end of the game. If you haven’t seen, I’d suggest you to take a look at it. Now, I’m not a Raptors fan or anything but they got robbed. Terrence Ross played that situation according to the shot clock, which was 2.4 seconds left and not according to the clock in the review center even if Ross took 0.1 second longer to get the shot off. That extra dribble Ross took to get the shot off cost them. It’s an unfortunate situation for the Raptors and I’m not saying the Raps deserved overtime but at least a fair chance to tie it at the buzzer right? Anyways, that’s enough ranting. Let’s take a look at the winners and losers for tonight’s games.
Stud of the Night: Jeff Teague stepped it up for the Pacers and received the Stud of the Night honours with Paul George’s absence tonight. It was his best game in a Pacers jersey and he finished with 30 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists along with 6 steals, 3 triples on 9-16 shooting and 9-9 from the line. That’s three straight games where Teague scored 20 or more points. He’s finding his groove after struggling at the start of the season. He’s 20.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 2.3 steals, 1.5 treys and 1.3 blocks in the past four games. The Pacers have another game without George tomorrow night, so look for him to continue his solid play. He’s returning top-50 value for the season and I would try and sell high for a top three round player for Teague.
Jimmy Butler – 40 points (14-23 FG, 12-14 FT), 7 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal with only 1 turnover. It’s Buckets’ first 40 point game of the season and I’m thinking there’s more to come. Butler had to carry the scoring load tonight as Wade rested. The threes are starting to regress back to the mean but he’s still scoring in high volume and rather efficiently as well. Butler’s returning first round value for the season and bumped up his scoring from 20.9 points in last season to 25.1 points this season. I think he’s only going to get better as he develops better chemistry with Rondo and Wade. In the last four games, Butler is averaging 27.3 points, 9.3 boards, 3.8 dimes, 1.0 triples and 1.0 steals in 38.2 minutes. His minutes are high but that’s because the Bulls are a little thin on the wings with McDermott out.
Rudy Gay – 23 points (9-13 FG, 4-4 FT), 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, a triple and a steal with 4 turnovers. After two bad games for Gay, he bounced back tonight and led the team in scoring when Boogie couldn’t find his shot. With Joerger recently announcing that the Kings are going to go small more often, that’s going to benefit Gay with more opportunities for boards and blocks. He’s returning top-30 value and has been looking like a stud but trade rumours are always a concern with Gay as you never know where he might land. If he lands somewhere like OKC, playing along side Westbrook might not benefit him at all. If you can get a stud by using Gay, I’d do it.
Carmelo Anthony – 31 points (12-22 FG, 3-3 FT), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 treys, 2 steals and 3 turnovers. Melo and the Knicks led the Hawks the entire way and got the fourth straight win at home. The points are a season high for Melo and he looked aggressive since the start of the whistle. This is the Melo that Owners envisioned when drafting him. He’s been on a tear lately, averaging 23.0 points on 48.0 percent shooting and 92.0 percent from the line. He’s also adding 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.6 triples, 0.9 steals and only 1.6 turnovers in the past two weeks, returning top-25 value during that span. He’s looking healthy so far so owner’s should have nothing to complain about.
C.J. McCollum – 33 points (12-19 FG, 3-3 FT), 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 triples and 5 turnovers. McCollum did majority of the carrying tonight while Dame stood and watch. Albeit, it was against the worst defensive team in the league but it was still impressive watching C.J. hit all those threes. He’s returning top-20 value with career highs in points, rebounds, steals, blocks, FG% and FT%. He’s been really efficient considering he’s kind of undersized as the shooting guard but the turnovers are starting to climb up a little bit and that’s partly due to his usage rate climbing up as well. I’m a bit skeptical on whether he can sustain top-20 value for the rest of the season. If I can get a top-2o in return, I’ll shipping him.
Dud of the Night: Tonight’s dud of the night goes to Jordan Clarkson. Against the Bulls, Clarkson scored 5 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists on 1-12 shooting in 25 minutes. It’s kind of surprising to see him listed here as he’s been rather consistent for the season. He’s one of the key factors to Lakers’ bench success. This was his worst game of the season after scoring in double digits in four straight games. He was demoted to the bench in preseason and his value took a hit. I projected him to be a top-75 asset but playing from the bench, he’s only returning top-120 value. He’s hitting his threes at a career high 38.1 percent but he’s not attempting as much and has been the slasher and kicker in the second unit. I wouldn’t really say he’s a buy low since Walton doesn’t seem like he’s going to change up the rotations or minutes. Owners just have to stick with him.
Waiver Wire Gems:
Jamal Murray (23% owned) – 18 points (6-8 FG, 3-4 FT), 2 rebounds, 4 triples, 3 triples in 23 minutes. This was the best game in his NBA career by the rookie. He scored 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and helped the Nuggets beat the Jazz tonight. He’s a bit on and off though and is hard to trust in fantasy. However he’s shooting 36.4 percent from threes which is rather impressive from a rookie. Will Barton did return from injury and it’ll be tough to see Murray have consistent production. Deep leagues might want to add him as a 3-point specialist.
Larry Nance (19% owned) – 18 points (8-11 FG, 2-2 FT), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block in 26 minutes. He shared playing time with Randle tonight and outplayed him. I’m so impressed with Nance’s athleticism and basketball IQ. You can check out his awesome tip pass right here. He has good upside and capable of stuffing the defensive stats. It’s unfortunate for him since Randle is also on his way to a breakout season. There are times when Walton would close games out with Nance and Randle at the four and five but Walton also likes to use Ingram there as well. It’ll be tough for Nance to see consistent minutes but without heavy minutes, he’s been returning top-90 value for the season with averages of 7.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals with elite field goal percentages, 76.9 percent.
Andre Roberson (9% owned) – 6 points (2-5 FG), 6 rebounds, 2 triples, a steal and a block in 36 minutes. He’s not going to light up in the points category but he’s capable of filling the tangibles. He’s only shooting 28.1 percent from threes this season but the occasional one will go in from time to time. He’s been averaging 1.3 steals, 1.0 triple and 1.0 block over the last two weeks and a triple one is hard to find in the waiver. He’s also adding a good source of rebounds from a guard position. There’s no need to worry about his minutes situation since the small forward spot is all his to keep. He’s a good deep league add and if you want some steals specialist in standard league, that might work too.
Meyers Leonard (2% owned) – 14 points (4-8 FG, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, 4 triples in 27 minutes. Still remember when everyone was hyping up Leonard last season? Well he had his best game this season. He did get some garbage time though since the Blazers blew this one wide open. He’s too inconsistent to rely on and he recently got replaced by Ed Davis in the starting line up. He played a total of 14 minutes in his last two games so it’s very matchup dependent. I’d suggest to wait a bit before adding him.
Glen Robinson III (1% owned) – 16 points (6-14 FG, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 triples in 45 minutes. This did come in an overtime game so stats might be a little inflated. However he did get major minutes because both Paul George and C.J. Miles is out due to injuries. The Pacers have a four game week and with Miles already ruled out on Monday, Stuckey on a minutes restriction, Robinson makes a good speculative add for the week in deep leagues.
Hawks vs Knicks
- Millsap finished with 19/7/5 and a triple two. Three straight good games from Millsap. Buy low window is closed. Korver bounced back with 17 points, 2 triples and 2 steals in 37 minutes. The minutes are a season high tonight. There was no Sefolosha though. Dwight added 18/18 with 2 blocks and is looking like a steal.
- Courtney Lee finally had a good game with 14/5/5 with 2 treys and 2 thefts. He was near droppable for me but a performance like this reminds you why you drafted him. Porzingis added 19 points and 11 boards. Noah missed today’s game and O’Quinn was inserted into the starting line up with 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Blazers vs Nets
- Dame took a back seat tonight and only had 18/4/5 with no triples, he’ll bounce back. Turner had his best game in a Blazers jersey with 19/4/4, he did get some garbage time though and the Nets’ defense was awful.
- BroLo is rolling and had 21/6/4 with 2 triples, a steal and a block. The Nets don’t have another back-to-back set until December 23rd, so owners shouldn’t have to worry about his maintenance days. Booker continues his solid play with 16 points with 2 treys and thefts. He’s elite in steals but the threes were a surprise.
Pacers vs Thunder
- Paul George missed today’s game so the starters got some heavy minutes. Turner rolled his ankle but stayed in the game and finished with 15 points, 9 boards, 2 blocks. Thad Young scored a season high 20 points with 11 boards. Monta had 12/4/7 and 2 steals.
- Westbeast had his second straight triple double with 31/11/15. Kanter somehow got defensive stats tonight with 16 points, 3 blocks, a steal and a triple. Oladipo cooled off with 14/5/6 with 2 triples and 2 steals. Still a solid line.
Raptors vs Kings
- JV stepped it up against Boogie and had a solid 23 points, 14 boards and 2 blocks. Carroll had his best game this season with 17 points, 3 triples and 2 steals in 33 minutes. Should have a maintenance day tomorrow night though. DeRozan finally has a bad night with 12 points on 3-15 shooting.
- Boogie seemed bothered against JV and only had 19/10/4 on 7-22 shooting. Collison got the starting position over Lawson and finished with 15 points and 9 assists. Barnes got the start tonight as the Kings went small but only had 8 points on 3-10 shooting.
Jazz vs Denver
- Hayward led the team in scoring in a losing effort with 25/7/2. His hand is still hurting and if that continues, Jazz might sit him for a bit. Gobert disappointed and only had 6 and 7 with 2 blocks. Hood also couldn’t find his shot tonight with 10 points on 3-12 shooting.
- Jokic now has 2 straight decent games off the bench with 12/5/4 and a triple. Nurkic also did well with 16 and 11 in 26 minutes. There’s less Faried at the five and that’s good news for Jurkic owners. Will Barton got the start but looked rusty, finished with 7 points on 3-9 shooting.
Bulls vs Lakers
- RoLo continues to be aggressive on the offensive end with 12 and 11 with 2 blocks. Mirotic got the start as Wade rested. He finished with 15 and 15 with 3 triples. He did play 37 minutes and as long as he gets minutes, he’s a good play but that’s tough when Wade returns.
- Lou Williams led the Lakers with 25 points and 5 triples. He’s returning mid-round value from playing off the bench. Nick Young still jacking up his threes and is a one trick pony with 15 points and 3 triples. DLoading returned but struggled with his shot, 8/3/7 on 3-11 shooting.
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