Nine games on a Monday night for us to enjoy and have a good start to the week. After last night’s drama in Sacramento, people are still buzzing about the last two minute report and the Raptors are sending a formal protest. It’ll be interesting to see how the league will try and hide this. Back to tonight’s events, Sixers won back-to-back games for the first time in like ages. We also got some injury news to Otto Porter and Jeff Teague, which is unfortunate because both of them have been pretty hot. Let’s take a look at the winners and losers from tonight’s games.
Stud of the Night: Tonight’s stud of the night goes to Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak fooled around and got a triple double against the Magic with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on 6-13 shooting and made all 9 of his free throws. He also added some insane defensive stats with 5 steals and 3 blocks. He’s a big time stud this season and definitely rewarding the owners who picked him in the first round. Surprisingly, this was his first triple double of the season and he’s ranked sixth in 9-cat right now. He has no ceiling, imagine a year later he improves on his scoring and threes while his free throws become more consistent. He’s averaging 21.8 points, 8.6 boards, 5.8 assists, 2.2 blocks and 2.2 assists while shooting at 49.3 percent from the field and 78.6 percent from the line. He’s a stud and to think that he’s only 21, this guy is scary.
Mike Conley – 31 points (11-21 FG, 4-4 FT), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 triples and 3 steals with only 1 turnover. After scoring a total of 21 points in his last two games, Conley bounced back nicely. He’s constantly on the injury report this season but he’s only missed one game. The Grizzlies are just trying to be cautious with their stars while they’re looking at the big picture. With the Memphis offense shifting to Conley and Gasol instead of Z-Bo this season, this is a career year for Conley. He’s returning top-20 value this season. He’s averaging 19.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 2.6 treys, 1.5 steals and 0.7 blocks. His percentages are also solid, 45.1 percent shooting and 89.2 percent from the line. Health is always a concern for Conley but so far so good.
Serge Ibaka – 21 points (6-11 FG, 6-6 FT), 8 rebounds, 3 triples, 3 blocks, 2 steals and 3 turnovers. Ibaka hasn’t gotten a lot of love since the start of the season. His rebounding numbers aren’t great and he’s not blocking a lot of shots like the Ibaka of old. However he’s been on a tear lately, averaging 17.8 points, 9.4 rebounds. 2.0 blocks, 1.8 triples on 51.5 percent shooting and 90.9 percent from the line for the past 5 games. That’s the Ibaka that owners envisioned when he swapped jerseys in the summer. The blocks are climbing up and he’s blocked 6 shots over the past 2 games. He has tremendous upside and I like the combination of threes and blocks. Also he doesn’t hurt your percentages. The buy low window is closing if not closed.
BradleyBeal – 42 points (14-22 FG, 9-11 FT), 4 rebounds, 5 triples with 1 turnover. After scoring 34 points on Saturday, Beal scored a career high 42 points. He’s hot right now and is looking healthy. He’s averaging 31.3 points, 3.7 boards, 3.0 assists, 4.0 triples in his last three games. He was supposedly on a minutes limit for his entire career because of stress fractures. However, He’s played 40 minutes in each of his last two games. Minutes are good but for Beal, high minutes are scary. Someone may want to give some notice to Scott Brooks. Meanwhile, owners should be happy with Beal returning top-60 value this season. They may want to float some offers with Beal out there and sell high on him but his reputation for being made out of glass hurts his value.
Chris Paul – 26 points (8-14 FG, 7-7 FT), 3 rebounds, 12 assists, 3 triples and 2 steals. It was an interesting matchup to watch Paul vs Lowry to end the night. The shoulder problem slowed him down a bit last week but he bounced back nicely against the Raptors. He’s returning top-3 value in 9-cat this season, averaging 17.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 8.6 assists. 3.0 steals and 2.2 threes. Paul is attempting more threes this season and is making it at a career high 44.3 percent from range. To think that 12 seasons into the league, Paul is still improving is insane. The steals are also a career high and if the Clips continue to blow teams out, Paul is going to get rested more and more for the playoffs.
Dud of the Night: Tonight’s biggest loser to the already struggling Marvin Williams. He dropped an egg with 0 points and missed all six of his attempts. He also didn’t contribute much to anything else apart from 3 rebounds and an assist in 25 minutes. He’s been really bad since the season started and is averaging 31.2 percent from the field. What makes it worse is that he’s still trending down. In his last four games, he’s averaging 18.4 percent on 9.5 attempts per game. He’s ruining your field goal percentage single handedly. His starting spot doesn’t seem jeopardy since Zeller is out and Kaminsky injured his ankle tonight but he needs to bounce back soon. Bench him in the meantime if you don’t want your field goal percentage to plummet.
Waiver Wire Gems:
Frank Kaminsky (15% owned) – 23 points (8-11 FG, 2-3 FT), 3 triples, 3 blocks and a steal in 20 minutes. Kaminsky sprained his ankle and didn’t return to the game. Assuming he’s fine, I think Kaminsky is worth an add considering Marvin Williams’ shooting continues to struggle. He’s been pretty good lately, averaging 15.5 point, 3.8 boards, 2.8 assists, 2.3 triples, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks in the past 4 games. However, Zeller didn’t play in two of those games so owners might want to keep in mind. Keep an eye out on the situation.
Gerald Henderson (5% owned) – 19 points (6-8 FG, 4-4 FT), 3 boards, 2 assists, 3 triples in 32 minutes. The minutes have been very up and down for Henderson. Since Stauskas’ shot wasn’t falling and Henderson was, Brett Brown was riding with the hot hand and the Sixers got the win. He doesn’t contribute much but points and decent percentages. If you’re into that in deep leagues, a streamer for him wouldn’t be that bad of an idea.
Marco Belinelli (3% owned) – 14 points (3-8 FG, 6-7 FT), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 triples, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 31 minutes. Belinelli has been getting consistent minutes lately, averaging 29.3 minutes in the past four games, while scoring 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 triples during that span. He’s a streaky shooter and Clifford is making good use of his hot stretches. A good streamer in standard leagues until he goes cold again.
Salah Mejri (1% owned) – 8 points (4-5 FG), 11 boards, 4 steal and a block in 32 minutes. Mejri got the start tonight with Bogut out with rest. He doesn’t have much fantasy value when bogut returns but since the Mavs are the worst team in the league, they might go the opposite direction and shut Bogut down or rest him. Even if that does happen, Mavs might go small with Powell at the five too. Leave him on the wire.
Heat vs Sixers
- Whiteside scored a career high 32 points tonight while adding 13 rebounds and 2 blocks. He’s been a beast and is averaging 20.3 points, 18.3 boards and 3.3 blocks in his last 4 games. That’s 5 straight double digit scoring games for Waiter’s Island, he scored 19 points and 5 assists tonight.
- Embiid had 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks with a triple. He’s a future star and there’s no doubt about it. Ersan added 11 and 10 with a couple of triples. He’s looking consistent in the Sixers uniform. Stauskas ran out of sauce and only had 8 points. This was to be expected.
Suns vs Wizards
- Suns were without Warren and Chandler again. Bledsoe stuffed the stat sheet with 29/9/6 with 3 treys, 2 thefts, 2 swats. Mini-LeBron is back. Booker added 30 points and 6 triples. Len had a double-double with 11-10 and 3 blocks. Knight started and continues to disappoint owners with 4 points.
- Otto Porter played 23 minutes and left the game with ship inflammation and did not return to the game. He was questionable to return but the Wizards held him out. It would suck if he had to miss time since he was having a career year this season. Stay up to date. Meanwhile, Markieff dropped a dud with 5 points and 5 rebounds.
Grizzlies vs Hornets
- Marc Gasol flirted with a triple double with 13/8/9 with 3 blocks and 2 triples. His FG% is still a problem. JaMychal Green is stringing a good couple of games now with 12 points and 8 boards. James Ennis got the start since Parsons is out for 2 weeks but he hurt his right calf and did not return to the game. He finished with 7 points and Tony Allen is a good add right now.
- Spencer Hawes played 37 minutes tonight while Kaminsky went down with ankle injury. He had 14 and 10 with 2 blocks and 2 triples. I need to see this again. Batum cooled off with 8/4/5 on 1-7 shooting. Kemba had 17 points but was outplayed by Conley.
Warriors vs Pacers
- Thompson led the game with 25 points and 4 triples. Curry had a 75 foot shot, along with 22/6/6 and 2 triples. Draymond flirted with another triple double with 10/9/7. The Warriors blew the Pacers out and no one played more than 30 minutes.
- Pacers needed a lot of help since George, Turner and Miles were DNP’s. Teague left the game with an ankle sprain and did not return. coach McMillan said he could’ve returned but they were getting blown out anyways. Stuckey stepped up and had 21 points in 24 minutes. Most he played since the season started.
Rockets vs Pistons
- Harden had 28/8/11 and is very good at basketball. Capella finished with 15 and 12 with 2 blocks. He has been very solid in the last two weeks. Ryno is a bit underwhelming with 10 points and 6 boards with no triples. He may be a good buy low option if you want some poor FG% and threes. Gordon had an egg and it was a toss up between him and Williams for dud of the night.
- Ish Smith has looked good for the past five games and today he had 10/4/8. His time in the starting line up is narrowing to a close. KCP led the way with 26 points and 3 triples. Drummond was a beast on the boards and hauled in 16 rebounds, while adding 13 points. He should score more.
Magic vs Bucks
- I feel bad for Gordon and owners of Gordon. He had 5 points and 4 boards in 21 minutes. He’s out of position and in the second unit. Vooch and Biyombo continues to share the playing time for the center spot but both had typical big men stats. I think Vooch is the one to go if the Magic does make a trade.
- Jabari found his shooting stroke with 5 triples with 22 points. His threes are very sporadic. He either scores in bunches or doesn’t score at all. Henson’s minutes are slowly increasing but he only had 2 points, 3 boards and 3 blocks. Meanwhile, Monroe played 8 minutes and had 2 points and 2 boards. He should be dropped
Celtics vs Timberwolves
- Horford has been a stud since his return from concussion. He had 20/6/5 with 3 blocks and 2 triples. Hopefully you didn’t sell Horford for a low a offer. Isaiah led the way with 29 points and 2 triples. Jae Crowder’s ankle flared up and doesn’t seem like he’s completely healed. Wouldn’t be surprised if he sits out more games.
- The Wolves lost it in the fourth quarter and choked hard. To start the fourth quarter, they let the Celts go on a 17-0 run and ended up losing the game. It was ugly. KAT had a good game though with 27 points, 18 boards, 2 treys and 2 blocks. Dieng finally had a good game with 20-10 and his buy low window may be closing soon.
Mavericks vs Spurs
- Mavs are banged up. Dirk and D-Will didn’t return today and Bogut rested. Curry rested and looked like his older brother with heat checks. He dropped 23 points and 5 triples as the starting guard. Both Barnes and Matthews also dropped 20 points and they gave Spurs a run for their money.
- Spurs rested Aldridge and Parker, while Dejounte Murray and Davis Bertans started in their place but the rooks didn’t produce any fantasy value. Kawhi had 24/9/4 and continues to produce stud value. I don’t know what to make of Danny Green. He’s a bit inconsistent. He’s got good upside if you’re punting points. Oh and Pop lit up his team on how bad they were tonight!
Raptors vs Clippers
- Lowry and DeRozan combined for 49 points and it wasn’t enough for the Raptors. Jonas continues to be consistent with 15 points and 8 boards. A three point specialist if you’re in need is Patrick Patterson with 14 points, 6 boards and 3 triples.
- Blake is really good. He had 26/7/7 with a steal and a block. He’s returning second round value this season and basically Clippers are very good. Redick bounced back with 20 points and 3 triples. DJ beasted tonight with 17 and 15 but we need more blocks DJ!
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