Nine busy games tonight and a matchup for the second time between Westbrook and Harden highlights the night again. A lot has happened so let’s get to it.
Magic 88 – Hornets 109
It’s Marvin Williams’ second game since his return and he played 21 minutes. He’s still shaking off some rust, going 1-5 from field and finishing with five points and six boards. Frank Kaminsky got majority of the minutes at the four but didn’t do much better as well, shooting 1-7 from field 8-9-4 with a triple and a block. Batum continues to contribute a little bit of everything with 16-9-7 with four triples. He’s averaging 14.8 points, 11.8 boards, 7.3 assists and 2.0 triples in his last four games. Let’s hope he gets them percentages rolling.
Magic always struggles to put points on the board. I’m actually surprised on how they won 10 games this season. Evan Fournier had a team-high 14 points and two triples. He’s struggling to put the ball in the hoop recently and he’s a buy-low option. But I don’t think he’ll reach his ADP value. Ibaka had a good start to the game but couldn’t buy a bucket in the second half, scoring all 12 of his points in the first half. He added seven boards two triples and a block. His blocks has been solid but you kind of want him to be more aggressive at scoring the ball since the Magic needs a scorer on the team.
Raptors 101 – Celtics 94
An impressive road win for the Raptors on the second night of a back-to-back. Kyle Lowry again has a chance to have the line of the night two nights in a row. He finished with 34 points, seven boards, four triples and three steals on 9-18 shooting and 12-13 from the line. That’s eight games in a row where he shot 50 percent or above. Never seen Lowry this hot. Norman Powell started for DeMarre Carroll (rest) and continued to do well in starts. He finished with 20 points, five steals and three treys and he’s got to earn some minutes for when Carroll plays right? You never know with Dwane Casey.
Isaiah Thomas is still bothered by a groin problem so Marcus Smart got the start again. He finished with 12-4-5 with three triples but he really struggled shooting the ball. He contributes to a little bit of everything but your percentages will take a massive hit. Brad Stevens might like Al Horford’s performance today even though he had more misses than makes. He looked aggressive and finished with 19-7-6 with three triples, a steal and a block. He’s been dishing 6.5 dimes in his last four games and has been playing the facilitator role really well. He continues to be a stud and a borderline first round value.
Heat 84 – Cavaliers 114
The Cavs blew this one wide open so it’s strange to see LeBron play 37 minutes. He finished with 27-8-8 with three steals. He continues to have poor performances from the free throw line but you should be punting that anyways. That’s three first-round performances from LeBron so things are looking good. Kevin Love continues to be a stud and even Zach Lowe wrote a little bit on how Love is looking like the Minnesota Love. They’re running plays for him similar to the ones ran in Minnesota. He finished with 28 points, 15 boards, three treys, a steal and a block.
The Heat only went eight deep against the Cavs and didn’t stand a chance at all. Goran Dragic struggled a little bit and had 15-3-4 with two triples on 4-11 shooting. Whiteside only had 12 boards and eight points. Spolestra didn’t like his energy tonight and got benched for most of the second half. He’ll bounce back but that’s two bad games in a row. Derrick Williams came off the bench but had 17 points in 31 minutes. Spo doesn’t really like using Williams so he’s only a short term plug for deep leagues.
Hawks 114 – Bucks 110
The Hawks was down by 20 points at one point so a come from behind road win is a good win after experience a seven-game losing streak. Millsap played through a hip issue and finished with 23-14-6 with three blocks, a steal and a triple. He’s been hot after missing three games because of his hip problem. He’s slowly adjusting to life as a first option on the team. Meanwhile, it was Dennis Schroder that led the team in scoring with a career-high 33 points and four triples. He’s been having really solid games lately and the buy-low window seems to be closing if not closed. Kent Bazemore misses another game with knee soreness so Hardaway Jr. got the start again and finished with 18-4-4 and three triples. He did have 17 attempts tonight and the wings on the Hawks are just too unpredictable.
Bucks choked late in the fourth quarter and Giannis had an off game. He finished with only 14 points, six boards and one assist. No steals and no blocks as well. He was bothered by foul trouble and only played in 24 minutes. He’ll bounce back. Michael Beasley played some meaningful minutes and finished with 14 points, six boards and three blocks. He provides a scoring spark off the bench but we need to see this kind of performances more consistently before picking him up. Monroe and Henson continued to share the minutes at the center spot. Monroe had 14-6-5 in 23 minutes while Henson had 6-6-4 with a steal and a block in 25 minutes. Miles Plumlee is out of the picture and Jason Kidd seems like he’s sticking with this.
Pistons 117 – Timberwolves 90
Andre Drummond was a beast again down in the pain and the Wolves couldn’t do anything to stop him. He finished with 22 points and 22 rebounds and that’s back-to-back 20-20 games. KCP continues to struggle with Reggie Jackson on the floor. He finished with 10 points and seven assists on 3-12 shooting. His usage took a hit since Jackson’s return, hopefully you sold high before. Jon Leuer finished with 17 points and five boards with efficient shooting but some of it came from garbage time. He’s still a good late-round asset with solid percentages. Pick him up if he’s on the wire.
The young T-Wolves continues to look like kids playing against adults. They lost the second half again and it’s looking bad for them and even Thibs can’t do anything about it. KAT continues to struggle with scoring the ball but the boards and blocks haven’t been a problem. He’s forcing too much still and the turnovers have also increased as a result of that. Ricky Rubio had a decent game with 10 points, six assists and three boards. His assists have taken a hit and the Wolves aren’t putting the ball in Rubio’s hands as much as last year. He’s not really a buy-low option unless you’re actually giving something that isn’t valuable to you and you’re needing some assists and steals.
Rockets 100 – Thunder 99
It was battle of Harden vs Westbrook vol. 2. This time it was Rockets who got the win but Harden continue to struggle with shooting the ball against Thunder. That’s two games now where Andre Roberson did a good job on Harden defensively. He flirted with a triple double with 21-9-12, two steals and two treys but he was 6-23 from the field. Eric Gordon came off the bench and had an efficient 17 points and three triples. He’s been hot lately and is striving in a bench role for the Rockets. Clint Capella only played 17 minutes and D’Antoni went Ryan Anderson at the five more so Capella was limited.
It’s Westbrook’s seventh straight triple double with 27-10-10. We’re witnessing something really great here and it’s unfortunate that they got the L tonight. It was all hero ball for the Thunder towards the end but they did miss some easy buckets. Westbrook is averaging 30.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 11.3 assists for the season. Steven Adams had a good game with 24 points and 10 boards on 8-9 shooting. Surprisingly, it’s Adams’ career high in points so let’s hope he keeps it rolling.
Pacers 89 – Mavericks 101
Mavericks came out with the win today, led by Wesley Matthews with 26 points and five triples. Matthews has been really hot lately for the short handed Mavs. He’s averaging 20.7 points with 4.6 triples per game in the last two weeks. Harrison Barnes had 25 points, eight boards and three triples. It’s a good game by Barnes but he’s only returning top-75 value with contribution in points and free throws. He’s kind of average at boards and threes and he should be doing more for the Mavs. Dwight Powell came off the bench and played less than Salah Mejri but he definitely outperformed him with 14 points on 3-6 from the field and hit all eight of his attempts from the line along with five boards. He’s good percentages guy with some upside but Carlisle isn’t unleashing him just yet.
Weird game by the Pacers. They could beat the Clippers a few games ago but lose to the Mavericks. Paul George led the way with 22 points, seven boards, three triples and two steals and had an efficient night. George’s efficiency is something he needs to work on and with improved teammates, he should be really getting better at that. C.J. Miles looked like the Miles that started hot this season. He had 18 points with six triples and two steals. Good percentages, threes and some occasional steals is what you’re going to get with Miles. Monta Ellis dropped an egg with zero points. He should be dropped right?
Knicks 103 – Kings 100
A back and forth game and it was Carmelo that was the man tonight. After dropping a dud in his previous game, Melo bounced back with 33-7-4 with three triples and went 12-14 from the line. He’s been the man for a while for the Knicks since Porzingis has been slumping a little. KP had a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards but shot 6-19 from the field. Derrick Rose missed tonight’s game with back spasms. Brandon Jennings got the start and had 13-5-7. He’s a good short term add for whenever Rose misses time.
A tough loss for the Kings and Boogie need more help or he’s going to ask to be traded. He finished with 28-11-6 with three steals. He did struggle a little bit, shooting 9-25 from the field. He almost nailed a 3/4 quarter court shot to send the game to overtime. He’s a counting stat beast and has been returning top-5 value in the last two weeks. Rudy Gay only had 13 points tonight and really struggled going against Melo. He’s still returning third round value for the season and it’s a contract year for Gay so you know he’s trying to get his big paycheque.
Suns 119 – Lakers 115
This game was nationally televised in the Stats. How Lakers keeps getting these games is beyond me. Eric Bledsoe had a really good game with 30-4-9 with three triples, three steals on 10-18 shooting and 7-8 from the line. Bledsoe is returning outside top-50 value in 9-cat this season but with a game like this, it just bumped him up. He’s still injury prone and when he strings a few good games like this one, selling high wouldn’t be a bad option. Alex Len came off the bench again but Watson decided to play him 34 minutes with some of them coming at the four spot. He finished with 14 points, 13 boards and five blocks. He has upside and when is Earl Watson going to play him more consistently. What scares me more is that in a recent interview with Zach Lowe, Earl Watson did not mention Alex Len once when speaking about his young guys.
It was all Lou Williams again for the short handed Lakers and he finished with 35 points and six triples. He’s been a beast in the past week, averaging 34.3 points, 4.0 triples and 1.8 steals on 52.6 percent shooting and 92.9 percent from the line. He’s been the best player in fantasy for the past week in 9-cat. We’re talking about Lou Williams. Major sell high. Julius Randle had 14-9-5 but is struggling on both percentages lately. His hot start to the season seems to be gone. Jordan Clarkson had 14 points on 6-17 shooting. This is his opportunity while D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young are missing games but he’s been pretty disappointing to say the least.
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