Six games to recap on FFF tonight. We got some good interesting match ups on national televised games such as Raptors vs Wolves. I really like them Huskies jersey that the Raptors occasionally wear. Grizzlies continue to scrap wins out of nothing. Embiid vs Davis tonight as well and that’s going to be a match up we’re going to focus on for years to come. Kawhi Leonard vs Jimmy Butler also a good match up to watch but Spurs road game winning streak comes to a close. Let’s take a look at the games tonight.
Timberwolves 110 – Raptors 124
Kyle Lowry probably has the line of the night with 25 points, 11 assists, five triples and a steal on 8-14 shooting. Lowry has been returning top-5 value within the past two weeks and have been quietly playing the best ball in his career. Valanciunas bounced back after a string of poor performances and low minutes with 20 points and 10 rebounds. He’s been up and down this season and his minutes are pretty inconsistent. He has Lucas Nogueira as his back up and has been doing his best Biyombo impersonation. JV won’t likely average more than 30 minutes per game this season but I don’t Bebe will eat into his minutes and take over his gig. Nogueira played 19 minutes and finished with eight points, nine rebounds and three blocks. He’s a per minute monster and for the days JV sits, he’s going to be a monster.
Zach LaVine led the way with 29 points, six assists and three treys on 12-20 shooting. LaVine has been better than Wiggins, in real life and fantasy. He’s been averaging 20.5 points with 2.6 treys on 47.0 percent shooting for the season. He’s been rolling lately and has been doing it very efficiently too. And it’s a plus that Thibs play him so many minutes, averaging 37.3 minuets per game, which is fourth in the league. KAT had 17 points and 11 boards, on 8-16 shooting tonight. It’s his first game since November 30th where he shot 50.0 percent or more. His efficiency fell off this season with the added jumpers and threes. He’s also forcing up shots a little more this season and not letting the game come to him. He’s only returning top-20 value this season and that’s pretty disappointing for owners who had high expectations for him.
Nuggets 85 – Wizards 92
Bradley Beal continues to play heavy minutes and has been making it rain from downtown. He finished with 26 points with four treys on 8-15 shooting. He’s having a career year so far in points, threes and usage rate. If you can get a early-mid round for Beal, I would take it or else you’ll have to keep riding on Beal’s shaky legs. This is Otto Porter’s second consecutive game with under 10 points. He’s still returning boarder line first round value in 9-cat and will bounce back. After dropping 52 points two nights ago, Wall fell back down to earth with 15 points, seven boards, five assists and three steals. That’s four games in a row with at least three steals and he’s elite in that department.
Nikola Jokic played 28 minutes off the bench with 17 points and 11 boards! This is the Jokic that owner’s spent an early round pick on. That’s four consecutive double-doubles for Jokic and buy-low window is soon to be closing. I also think he’ll be the starter in the second half of the season. Meanwhile Jusuf Nurkic also was productive in limited minuets, finishing with 13 points and seven boards in 21 minutes. Kenneth Faried got a DNP-CD, while Darrell Arthur started and finished with 6-3-4 and two treys. Faried was actually limited in his last game with only two minutes of play before Mike Malone got ejected. The assistant coaches somehow turned to Faried in the fourth quarter. But now with Mike Malone returning, he’s changing things up and is really liking his power forwards be able to stretch the floor. Mudiay sat out with a right ankle sprain so Jameer Nelson got the start and had 10/4/8 and two steals.
Sixers 99 – Pelicans 88
It was an interesting matchup with Embiid vs Davis but it was Ersan who carried the Sixers to the win tonight. He finished with 23-8-4 and two triples. That’s back-t0-back games with 23 points for Ersan and has been really good since his arrival on the Sixers. Embiid had 14 points, seven boards, four blocks and three steals. He played 27 minutes tonight and since his minute limit went from 24 to 28, his production has also increased. During that span, he’s averaging 19.3 points, 7.5 boards, 2.8 assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.8 treys. He still needs to work on his efficiency and the rests are still a concern but he’s a stud. Covington returned and looked like his usual self with seven points and a triple on 3-9 shooting. Stauskas went back to bench and seems to be more comfortable with that role with 14 points, five assists and three triples.
Anthony Davis finished with 26 points and 11 boards with a couple of blocks but he shot 8-21 from the field and seemed to be bothered by Embiid’s length. This is matchup to watch for years to come and I’m psyched. Galloway was the only positive note that kind of helped out the Brow. He had 19 points and three treys. He also scored 26 points in his previous game and with Jrue Holiday still out with turf toe, Galloway is getting some decent run.
Blazers 86 – Grizzlies 88
Marc Gasol at one point scored 8 straight points when there were only a couple minutes left to play for the comeback win. They’re now 10-0 with games decided by 5 points or fewer and Gasol has been really clutch. He finished with 36 points, nine boards and four triples and somehow the short handed Grizzlies have now won five games in a row. Tony Allen added 15 points, 10 boards and two steals. Allen’s been really good and he’s an elite source of steals but the boards have been there as well. He’s averaging 12.8 points, 9.3 boards and 2.3 steals in his last four games. The new addition, Toney Douglas came off the bench for 11 points in 26 minutes including the two game winning free throws. Andrew Harrison hasn’t been looking good and there’s a big chance Douglas could get the starting spot during Conley’s absence.
The Blazers choked on this one, giving up plenty of unnecessary fouls at the end of the game for the Grizzlies to win from the line. McCollum led the way and was the only player who shot above 50 percent. He finished with 24 points and four treys. He’s been really consistent lately, scoring 24, 23, 24 in his past three games and also hitting four triples in each of those games. Dame needed 19 attempts to have 19 points and his efficiency is starting to drop as of late. He’s only hitting 38.8 percent of his shots in his past four games. Moe Harkless sat out with a left ankle sprain and it was Evan Turner who got the start and finished with 15 points and 10 boards. Turner’s recent play has some low end value in standard leagues.
Warriors 106 – Jazz 99
Curry led the way with 26 points and three triples but shot below 50 percent. Durant had 21 points and 11 boards and also shot below 50 percent. Klay Thompson only had 10 points, six boards with no triples and shot below 50 percent as well. Even with the short handed Jazz, their defense was enough to bother the Dubs tonight but maybe it was partly due to the second night of a back-to-back but I doubt it since they were well rested after the blowout win against the Clips. Draymond Green played through an ankle sprain and flirted with a triple double with 13-10-8 and four triples. He has hit seven triples in his past two games two triples in the 8 previous games before that. I’m salty because I’m against Draymond this week.
It’s a shame that the Jazz were shorthanded against the Dubs tonight. I’m excited of when the injured players return because this would be an interesting matchup. With Favors, Hill, Hood, Hayward all missing out (4 of their 5 starters), it was Joe Ingles off the bench that led the team in scoring with 21 points, five rebounds, three assists, five triples and four steals. What a stat line, and it was definitely fluke. Mack got the start as the point guard and had 19 points and five assists. Rudy Gobert was beastly down low and had 20 points and 17 boards. He was too big for the Dubs in the paint and has been having a career year.
Spurs 91 – Bulls 95
The Bulls snapped the Spurs’ 13 game road winning streak and did it with some solid rebounding and tough defense. It was a low scoring game and it was Wade that led the team in points with 20-5-5 with a triple one. Wade has been really solid this year, returning top-50 value. Rondo flirted with a triple double with 12-10-9 and two steals. It’s been up and down for Rondo but he’s still capable of producing nights like these. Jimmy Butler was bothered by Kawhi and only had 13 points on 14 attempts. Mirotic’s roller coaster season continues as he had nine points, six boards and two steals. He’s been racking up steals lately, averaging 1.7 steals in the past two weeks, but his points and field goal percentage has been really low.
Kawhi outplayed Jimmy Butler tonight and finished with 24-8-5 on 10-19 shooting. It’s good to see him shoot above 50 percent again as his efficiency took the hit with his increased usage this season. He’s still the sixth best fantasy player in 9-cat though. Tony Parker returned but it was Patty Mills that had a good game with 16 points, four triples and two steals. Mills has been really solid this year and is one of the league leaders in effective field goal percentage and true shooting percentage. Pau Gasol had a mini revenge game on the Bulls with 13 points and 10 boards. Meanwhile LaMarcus Aldridge continued to slump with 10 points and six boards. He’s a good buy low candidate. His points and field goal percentage will regress back to the norm but the rebounding numbers would probably stay the same as he’s defending opposing power forwards which stretches him out to the three point line more and more.
That’s it for tonight’s edition of the FFF. Follow me on Twitter and really enjoying the questions and feedback I’m getting. Until next time!