Six games on a Thursday and we got some national televised games tonight featuring team’s with high-octane offense. We also got some underdog wins from tonight such as the Heat winning in Salt Lake City and the short handed Grizzlies beating the Magic. Fortunately, we didn’t get any major injury news and we have some big pickup alerts in tonight’s feature. So let’s get down to business.
Mavericks 87 – Hornets 97
It was an ugly win for the Hornets as the Mavs tried to really slow things down. Kemba had a game-high 18 points and hit a big three to close the game out. He finished with five assists and three treys on 7-19 shooting. He’s been struggling a little bit as of late and hasn’t really sustained his first round value at the start of the season. He’s ranked outside top-50 for the past two weeks. I think he’s still a stud and there’s not way he shoots 70 percent from the line for the rest of the season. Batum had his typical game with 12/9/6 with a three and a steal. He’s been hurting your field goal percentage and hasn’t been giving a lot of triple one’s. He’s a good buy-low player right now. The bigs for the Hornets disappointed. Zeller only had six points, meanwhile Kaminsky only had one point. That’s two duds for Kaminsky and that’s a little disappointing. I still think he’ll bounce back.
Mavericks rested Bogut tonight since he played last night against the Spurs. Bogut is a good candidate to be traded to a contending team as the Mavs continue to lose games. Salah Mejri started and did his best Bogut impression with 11 boards and three points. It was Harrison Barnes that had a team-high 17 points but the nine boards, two steals and a three were a nice touch. The hate train on Barnes seems to have crashed since the preseason ended. Dwight Powell came off the bench and had six points, eight boards, a steal and a block. Carlisle is still starting the rookie over Powell but Powell’s game has the most upside and if/when Dirk gets shut down, Powell should be the main beneficiary. Just surprised Carlisle don’t use him more as a small ball center. Justin Anderson added 15 points with three triples. He has now scored in double digits in four of his last five games. Carlisle likes him and is a good pick up once the starters are shut down.
Bucks 111 – Nets 93
Giannis is such a stud as he carried the Bucks to the blowout win against the Nets. He flirted with a triple double again with 23/8/8, four steals, two treys and two blocks. He shot 7-14 from the field and 7-9 from the line with no frigging turnovers. He’s a beast and his recent splendid play has made him the third best player in 9-cat. Remember the times when people thought he was a risk at the seventh or eighth pick? Yeah I was one of those guys. Henson was the best center for the Bucks again tonight. He finished with 12 points, eight boards and five blocks. He’s a grab in all leagues because of his blocks and seems to be on Jason Kidd’s good side for the time being. Meanwhile Monroe played 19 minutes with two points and six boards. The rookie Malcolm Brogdon had a good night with 13/4/4 with three triples. Kidd likes him for his versatility on either guard spots. Deep leagues should give him a look.
Nets continue to play hard but playing hard only gets you so far. Lopez continues his solid play with 15 points and three treys. His rebounding numbers are super low for a seven footer and it’s ridiculous how he’s not getting boards. At least the blocks are there for him. After scoring 38 points, Kilpatrick fell back to earth with 14/6/4 with two triples. I don’t think the assists are going to be there once Lin returns. Trevor Booker continues to be an elite source of steals with two of them along with nine points and eight boards. He’s not slowing down and as long as he keeps being a thief, his value is going to be high. Hollis-Jefferson is a bust and I don’t see him breaking out this year. As long as he can’t shoot in Atkinson’s offense, he won’t be able to flourish. He’s a Tony Allen at max but he’s looking worse than the 34 year old.
Magic 94 – Grizzlies 95
What a tough fought out victory for the Grizzlies. Marc Gasol hit both free throws in the clutch to ice the game. He finished with 25 points, five blocks, three assists, two boards, and two triples. His rebounding numbers are lower than Lopez tonight. He’s been really good after returning from the broken foot so the low rebounds can be ignored. Troy Daniels helped Gasol out with 19 points as he came off the bench along with three triples. Fizdale is giving him the “money green” light to jack threes up. That’s back-to-back 19 point performance for Daniels and owners should give him a look if you need some short-term triples. Andrew Harrison has another solid outing with 11/4/8 tonight and is looking like a good add for the time Conley is out.
Magic is a mess and losing to the Grizzlies isn’t good. Fournier led the way with 28 points and three triples. He shot 11-14 from the field and is looking really good lately. He’s found the shooting stroke the past week after struggling for a month. Vooch came off the bench again with another solid outing of 18 points, 11 rebound and three blocks. His free throw shooting woes also seems to be gone hitting all five of them. Seems like coming off the bench is a good move for Vooch. Aaron Gordon started again but only played 20 minutes with eight points and three boards. Meanwhile Jeff Green played 27 minutes and had 14 points. Being outplayed by Jeff Green doesn’t do well to Gordon’s confidence.
Clippers 113 – Cavaliers 94
Redick led the Clips with 23 points and four triples after dropping a dud in his previous game. He’s slowly creeping up to the 50-45-90 club in terms of the three percentages. He’s as solid and reliable as they come. Chris Paul had 16/6/9 with three triples in 25 minutes. It was a blow out and Paul also had some foul troubles in the first half. It’s good to see him not conceding a turnover after averaging 4.3 in his last three games. He’s fallen in the rankings to Giannis and now he’s fourth. Still solid though. Blake had 13/5/11 and was struggling to see the ball go through the basket, shooting 4-14 from the field. He’s slowing down recently, averaging 17.7 points, 5.7 boards, 6.0 assists on 41.3 percent shooting in his last three games.
Kyrie had a game-high 28 points on 8-19 shooting and 11-12 from the line. He’s been pretty hot recently and is the team’s leading scorer while LeBron takes a back seat in the scoring department. Speaking of LeBron, he finished with 16/5/5 and went 5-14 from the field and 6-11 from the line. That’s pretty bad in LeBron’s standards and his free throws have been pretty bad this season. He’s ranked top-40 for the season and is way below his ADP. He’s still in his autopilot, cruising to the playoffs mode so as the season goes on, he’ll be better. Kevin Love had 16 points, four rebounds and two triples. He’s been hot so we can scratch this game off on for everybody on the Cavs.
Heat 111 – Jazz 110
A thrilling game and what an impressive win by the Heat. Dragic had a good game after a poor shooting night yesterday. He dropped 27 points, which is a tied for season-high in points, along with four rebounds and six assists. He’s ranked outside top-100 this season and sending a buy-low offer for Dragic isn’t that bad of an idea. James Johnson was on fire tonight, hitting 11-15 shots, finishing with 24 points, six boards, two triples, a steal and a block. Luke Babbitt had a hip flexor issue and Johnson should get the bulk of the minutes if he was to miss any time again. Wayne Ellington also lit it up from the bench with 17 points and three triples. He started in the second half and is a good add if you need some short term triples while the Richardson, Waiters and Winslow is out.
Hayward scored 32 points which is a season-high with seven assists and two steals. This is his second game in a row where he scored over 30 points. He’s been really good lately, averaging 27.8 points, 5.0 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.8 triples, 1.5 steals on 51.5 percent in his last four games which is good enough for sixth best in 9-cat in that span. Joe Johnson started in place of Rodney Hood and had 18/3/4 with four triples. We saw what Johnson was capable of when Hayward missed some time in the early parts of the season. He’s a good add as long as Hood misses more games. Joe Ingles got some run and ended up with 15/4/4 and three triples. Jazz went small a lot to close the game out but this seems like a fluke.
Rockets – Warriors
We were rewarded with two extra quarters of this game and finally the Rockets snapped Warriors’ 12-game winning streak. They were leading the entire game except for a few parts in the fourth where they exchanged leads. James Harden led the way with a triple double with 29/15/13 and after talking about a dip in his rebounding numbers lately, he made me look bad. Ryno lit it up tonight with 29 points and five triples. He was struggling with his shot so much this season so hopefully this game helps him out a little bit. Eric Gordon came off the bench to give 23 points, five assists and four triples. His assists numbers have spiked up lately after playing with the second unit and that’s good for his value. Sam Dekker played a lot of meaningful minutes and that’s two games in a row where he played 20+ minutes. Deep leagues should give him a look as D’Antoni really likes to use the second year player.
Kevin Durant beasted tonight and unfortunately this comes as a loss. In 49 minutes, KD scored 39 points with 13 rebounds and a frigging triple three. That’s three steals, three blocks and three treys. His field goal percentage dipped a little bit tonight since the Warriors couldn’t buy a bucket in both overtimes and Curry was also fouled out. He did make all 12 of his attempts from the line and remains as the best player in fantasy. Curry had 28 points, four triples and three steals. He was actually struggling to hit shots tonight and he still managed to put 28 points. His night ended early with him fouling out. Draymond was one assist short of a triple double, finishing with 20/15/9 with two steals and a block. He was clutch on the defensive end again and got some defensive player of the year votes with his recent performances.
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