It’s Wednesday with 10 games on the schedule tonight. It’s rest, rest and rest all over the place tonight. Non-competitive matches because of players sitting out. People losing their match ups or affected by rests. Basically, thanks to Pop and the Spurs, DNP-Rest is like normal now. Does no one get fined for this anymore? I remember Pop got fined because of resting his players on a national televised game a few years ago. So you just get fined if it’s on TV? How does this work? Anyways, let’s take a look at the winners and losers from tonight’s games.
Raptors 123 – Sixers 114
No Lucas Nogueira today so Jonas Valanciunas finally got unleashed. He played 34 minutes and finished with a 17 point, 10 rebound performance. He shot 6-11 from the field and made all five of his free throws. Wow, this guy is actually good when you give him minutes Casey, who would’ve thought? DeMar DeRozan was Batman tonight scoring 31 points but he didn’t contribute to any threes, steals and blocks. That’s back-to-back 30+ point performances. Meanwhile Kyle Lowry took a back seat with 20 points but he still shot 50 percent. That count is up to 10 consecutive games with him shooting 50 percent or more. I really think Lowry is a sell high. There’s noway he can sustain his percentages like this. He’s averaging 60.8 percent from threes in that span. If you can use Lowry to get like a Chris Paul or a legitimate first round stud, do it.
Sixers changed up their starting line up and it’s Joel Embiid pairing up with Jahlil Okafor. Okafor ate up Embiid’s usage when they are on the floor together. Okafor finished with 17-4-3 and two blocks. His rebounding numbers are a little bit low but he has been returning top-50 value in his last two weeks, averaging 15.5 points, 7.5 boards and 1.8 blocks on 70.3 percent shooting. Embiid only had 9-6-5 with two blocks and a steal in 27 minutes. Only six attempts from The Process tonight and he’s going through an adjustment period if he’s playing with Okafor. His elbow looks fine though.
Hornets 106 – Wizards 109
Markieff Morris sat out with sore left foot and Scott Brooks decided to go small a bit with Kelly Oubre inserted into the starting line up. He played a team-high 40 minutes and finished with 15 points, six boards with a steal and a three. His minutes are clearly trending up as Brooks trust him more and more. He’s getting minutes at the three and four spot for the Wizards but when markieff returns, he’ll be back on the bench. Otto Porter came back down to earth. I knew he wouldn’t sustain his top-20 value for the entire season. It doesn’t make sense. He’s going to get the max this coming off season, there’s no doubt about that. But fantasy wise, he has fallen off due to the a drop in shot attempts and rebounds. Did you sell high on Porter?
Whenever Nicolas Batum shoots above 50 percent, he’s one of the best players in fantasy. Efficiency is the only thing that Batum needs to work on and tonight it was no problem. He finished with 20-5-8 with three treys, two steals and a block on 7-14 shooting. He’s only returning top-75 value and his fg% and ft% is at an all-time low. His percentages will regress back to the mean but the norm is still pretty low. Surprisingly, Marco Belinelli has some fantasy value as a streamer of points and threes. He’s actually pretty consistent nowadays, scoring in double digits in six of his last seven games. He’s averaging 13.7 points and 2.0 threes on 53.8 percent shooting in 25.8 minutes during that span. Marc is going to get his minutes because at the end of the day, Steve Clifford needs shooting to space the floor and he can’t do that with MKG.
Pacers 89 – Heat 95
Hassan Whiteside beasted tonight, finishing with 26 points, 22 boards and two blocks. It’s his second 20-20 performance of the season and there should be more to come. Watching him going up against Myles Turner was also entertaining to watch. Tyler Johnson was the primary ball handler for the Heat to close out the game. He had 15-5-3 and five blocks. The blocks are a fluke but he has been solid and is a key part of Spolestra’s rotation off the bench. He’s returning top-90 value for the season and is averaging 30.9 minutes off the bench. His role would remain pretty consistent when players are all healthy. He played 33 minutes tonight with Winslow and Richardson off the bench.
Paul George had 22-7-3 with four triples but it wasn’t enough for the Pacers. He’s the closer for this Pacers team but the Pacers didn’t go to him enough in the fourth this game, thanks to Jeff Teague dribbling and running high screen and rolls. Myles Turner had 11 points, seven boards and five blocks. He was bothered by Whiteside on the offensive end tonight but he’s tied third in blocks in the whole league. Turner’s returning top-25 value for the season and is only going to get better. Monta continued to sit out but Glen Robinson III didn’t do much to be worthy of a pickup in any leagues.
Clippers 113 – Magic 108
No Luc Mbah a Moute so Doc Rivers turned to his beloved son to start the game. He rewarded him with a season-high 25 points with seven triples! He must love his son very much. That’s three decent games in a row for Rivers. He’s never done anything to show that he can be consistent though and his minutes have been sporadic when everyone’s healthy. Deep leagues can give him a look if Mbah a Moute misses anymore time. Let’s talk about J.J. Redick. He only finished with 10 points and three triples on 3-11 shooting. Redick has been one of the consistent shooters with good percentages but he’s been slumping, shooting 38.9 percent in his last three games. If his percentages aren’t good, his value only comes from threes. I would send a buy-low offer for Redick, maybe a player outside top-100 value.
Hopefully you didn’t drop this guy because Aaron Gordon just scored a career-high 33 points against the Clippers. He also hit four threes along with seven boards in 40 minutes. Even when considering his upside, dropping points wasn’t really his strong suit. Hopefully this game can give him the confidence boost that he needs to outplay Jeff Green. He needed five previous games to score 33 points. Meanwhile Evan Fournier added 24 points and eight assists with two threes. This guy has been balling since D.J. Augustin was inserted into the line up. Fournier is handling the ball more often and the spacing of the starting line up looks better with Payton off the bench. If you bought low, good job.
Lakers 97 – Nets 107
Three Nets dropped 20+ points and that was all it took for them to beat the Lakers. Sean Kilpatrick started and had 22-4-5 with three triples. I think he’ll still have some value when Jeremy Lin returns and plays consistently but his assists will take a hit. Bojan Bogdanovic had 23 points, four rebounds and three treys. Bojan is averaging 16.7 points, 2.0 triples on 47.1 percent shooting in his last three games. I think the looks he’s going to get with Lin returning will be even better. After grabbing a single rebound in his previous game, Lopez finally showed glimpses of what a center would do in Brooklyn. He grabbed seven boards tonight along with 20 points. Lopez would be a a crucial cog to a punt rebound team.
It was a balanced effort from Luke Walton’s men. Nick Young had 14 points, three triples, a steal and a block. The defensive stats are a fluke but Walton’s got this man playing defense so nothing surprises me anymore. Mozgov had a double-double with 12 and 13 with a block and a steal. He played 33 minutes tonight and Walton needed his big body to match up on Lopez. He’s not going to get big minutes every game though. Julius Randle only had six points and 10 boards. His hip issue seems to be bothering him and he’s been pretty bad the last two weeks. He’s ranked 304 in the last two weeks, he won’t be this bad the entire season. If you can float out a really low-offer for Randle and I’m talking like outside top-150, that may work out.
Kings 98 – Rockets 132
This was not a good game. Rockets blew them out since the start of the whistle. James Harden played below 30 minutes for the first time in the season. He finished with a triple-double though with 15-11-14 and three treys. He got his numbers and left the game. Trevor Ariza had 17 points, five threes and three steals. He’s been top-30 this season and is playing to his ADP. Sam Dekker had 22 minutes with 19 points, seven boards and two triples. He’s been on and off when it comes to production but it’s clear that D’Antoni likes him. He’s going to be better in the second half of the season. This is technically his rookie year anyways. The Rockets have now won eight straight games!
The Kings was short handed tonight. Boogie rested, Gay was out with a hip flexor problem. Anthony Tolliver started in Boogie’s place with 12 points and 10 boards. Probably shouldn’t go pick him up though. I had a feeling that it was Omri Casspi that was going to have a good game but he only finished with 10 points, five boards but he definitely earned some minutes in the rotation. I think 12-team leagues should still pick him up. Garrett Temple also got the start today and he finished with 20 points with five triples. He’s now averaging 18.0 points, 3.5 threes in his last two games and if he can hit his threes consistently, he’s worthy of a pick up. His minutes are already trending up and I don’t believe in Ben Mclemore.
Cavaliers 85 – Grizzlies 93
After having resting for one game, Marc Gasol returned with 17 points, 11 boards and three triples. He’s been really good and is returning top-30 value. What a steal he would be if he’s healthy the entire season. Toney Douglas had 14-6-5 with two triples and two steals. With Mike Conley returning soon, he won’t have any significant production for a pickup. Troy Daniels went off again with four threes and 20 points. He has his hot and cold stretches and it seems to be the luck of a draw when it comes to predicting whether he’s going to have a good shooting night.
Cavaliers decided to rest all Kyrie, LeBron and Love tonight. Kyrie is resting in back-to-back games and I’m finding it weird as he’s the youngest one out of them. I thought this would be a good game for J.R. Smith to continue his hot shooting from the night before but he struggled pretty hard. He went 4-15 from the field and finished with eight points with no treys. It was James Jones that led the way with 15 points and three treys but there’s really not much to talk about with this short handed Cavs team.
Pistons 95 – Mavericks 85
After dropping a dud of two points, Jon Leuer bounced back with 19 points, five boards with a steal and a block. I benched him tonight and really regretting it as he shot 8-9 from the field. He’s actually been pretty reliable in terms of a decent amount of points, boards and good percentages for a big. Andre Drummond was in foul trouble for some time but he only had three attempts in his 27 minutes of play. He did grab 17 boards but Drummond has been pretty good in his previous games. Going up against a big body like Salah Mejri seemed to have troubled him.
Salah Mejri had 27 minutes tonight and Rick Carlisle needed him to go up against Andre Drummond on every possession. Whenever Drummond was on the floor, Mejri was there too. Dwight Powell was too small to stop Drummond, so it was a matchup thing. He finished with four points, eight boards, three blocks and two steals. He did leave the game though with an tweaked ankle. He could walk by himself back to the locker room but with a big body like his, a tweaked ankle takes longer to heal. Dwight Powell would get more run if he missed any time.
Thunder 89 – Jazz 109
Derrick Favors and Rodney Hood both returned! Favors came off the bench for 13 minutes with four points, four boards with a steal and a block. It’s good to see him on the court again but he’s probably going to have a minutes restriction for some time. Meanwhile Rodney Hood didn’t seem like he missed any time at all, scoring 25 points with five treys, shooting 9-14 from the field. He’s only returning top-90 value for the season and he’s already a handful of games here and there. Rudy Gobert is a beast and I wished he was this Gobert last season.
Victor Oladipo missed another game with his sprained wrist problem. Jerami Grant started again in his place again but the Thunder looked really bad. Oladipo’s floor spacing is actually crucial to the Thunder’s offense. Westbrook struggled again with cramped up spacing. He finished with 27-6-5 on 7-25 shooting. He really needs Dipo back. Enes Kanter had 19 points with a steal and a block in 18 minutes. I’m surprised by Kanter’s defensive contribution in steals and blocks this season though. He has doubled his blocks average from last season and if he actually gets decent minutes, he’ll be really good.
Celtics 101 – Spurs 108
The Spurs swept their season series with the Celtics this season. LaMarcus Aldridge was another rest candidate tonight. David Lee started in his place with 10 boards and eight points. DFS guys should’ve added him for today. Pau Gasol took advantage of Aldridge resting, scoring 17 points, 13 boards, six assists, two steals, a block and a triple. he delivered in all 9-cats today. Kawhi was his usual self with an efficient 26-3-6 with two steals. He’s bumped his efficiency in the past two weeks, shooting at 53.3 percent from the field. Pop may have gave him a pep-talk and told him not to force things as shots will naturally come to him. He’s looking more and more comfortable as a 25-point guy now.
Celtics had no Isaiah Thomas again tonight and it’s probably Marcus Smart’s last night starter appearance before he comes back. He finished with 11 points, six assists and three steals. A decent Smart line. His percentages have still been pretty bad this season. Avery Bradley had another double-double with 25 points, 10 boards, six assists, three steals and three treys. He’s been really good and is returning top-25 value in the last two weeks. Al Horford slowed down and couldn’t sustain his 2.8 blocks per game averages. He finished with 13-5-3 and a triple. He’s returning outside top-100 in the last week and if it’s anytime to buy low on this guy with a top-40 or 50 pick, it’s now.
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