Another six games on the schedule on a Tuesday night. We’ve got a Kyle Lowry 33-point performance without his best buddy on the floor. We got Wizards winning their 15th straight home game. A James Harden off night in which he only scored 10 points and still won the game. Kawhi dropped another 30 point gem and outplayed Westbrook. We also have a trade rumour surrounding DeMarcus Cousins to the Suns. That’ll be interesting to see. A Bledsoe-Booker-Boogie trio would be fun to watch. Let’s get to tonight’s games.
Pelicans 106 – Raptors 108
The Raptors needed this win badly with Wizards and Celtics rolling lately. DeMar DeRozan missed out after playing one game with that ankle problem of his, so Norman Powell got the start in the overtime win. He finished with 18-4-3 with two steals and two blocks. Powell always produce the good stuff whenever he gets minutes as a starter. I’d like to think that he earned himself more minutes with his strong performances in the past week but with Dwane Casey as the coach, you never know. I doubt he’ll average in the 20’s off the bench so don’t rush to add him expecting a long term player. Kyle Lowry had his third straight game with at least 30 points. He finished with 33-4-10 with six triples on 11-of-21 shooting, including the game winner in overtime. He was really good tonight and hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and 12 rebounds in a very efficient night. He hasn’t really stepped up as the secondary scorer for when DeRozan sat out so that was a bit disappointing. His whole season has actually been disappointing but right now, we’ll take what we can get out of JV.
Anthony Davis was building a house with his bricks tonight. He finished with 18 points on 4-of-18 shooting but he did manage to make his money from the line tonight. He also grabbed 17 boards and blocked three shots. He’s been pretty inconsistent lately, scoring below 20 minutes in three of his last four games. He’ll bounce back and is still a top-3 player for the season. Jrue Holiday has finally showed signs of that breakout and upside that we all expected before his wife had that unfortunate incident. He finished with 30 points, three triples, two steals and two blocks on 13-of-21 shooting. He’s been a top-5 player in the last two weeks and is rolling to a top-40 campaign. Buddy Hield is still the starter for the Pelicans but if you’re looking at the minutes he’s playing, you wouldn’t know that. He did have a good game tonight with 15 points, six boards and three triples. He’s as inconsistent as they come. He’s scored a combined 13 points in his last four games and will really hurt your field goal if he’s having an off night. I’ll wait a game or two more before going to add him.
Knicks 101 – Wizards 117
The Wizards have now won their 15th straight game at home and is climbing up the ladder rapidly in the Eastern Conference. On the 1st of December, the Wizards was 13th in the East and now they’re fourth. Remember when there were news about the tension between John Wall and Bradley Beal and how much money they made? Winning solves everything. Bradley Beal led the way with 28 points and two triples on 12-of-18 shooting. He’s comfortably a top-50 asset and as long as he’s playing in games, owners will be happy. Markieff Morris has really turned the corner in the month of January. He had another double-double with 24 and 10 with two triples. He’s returning top-50 value in the month of January and should keep it rolling as long as Wizards are winning games. Marcin Gortat is someone we don’t mention here quite often. He was solid as usual with 15 points, 10 boards with a steal and a block. He definitely surpassed his ADP this season and hasn’t missed a single game yet. There are news surrounding Ian Mahinmi and how there are plans for him to return before the All-Star break.
The Free Willy movement is starting to come along again as Willy Hernangomez scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as a starter this game. He took advantage of Kristaps Porzingis missing out due to a stomach virus and knowing stomach viruses this season, he’s probably going to miss tomorrow’s game as well. He played minutes at the four tonight but as long as Noah and O’Quinn is in the picture, it’s going to be a logjam for the three of them. Brandon Jennings got the start for Derrick Rose as he’s still bothered with an ankle problem. Jennings finished with 21-5-2 with four steals and two treys in 38 minutes. The assist numbers are low considering Jennings is a pretty good play maker but he was doing his best Rose impression of over dribbling and isolations. Jennings probably has another game as a starter against the Nets and that’ll probably be the last game you can stream him for. Courtney Lee cooled off tonight with five points and five boards on 2-of-10 shooting. Lee had five straight games in double digits so he was bound to cool off at some point. He’s still worth owning for his triples and an occasional steal. He’s also good at grabbing boards from his position as well.
Kings 83 – Rockets 105
The Rockets blew this one wide open and it wasn’t even close. James Harden even had an off night and didn’t need an MVP-calibre game to win the game. He only had 10-7-8 with a steal on 3-of-9 shooting in 32 minutes. Ryan Anderson had another scoring outburst with 25 points, 11 boards and six triples in 27 minutes. That’s two straight games with at least 25 points and five triples. If he can string some solid games together and work on his consistency, he’ll a solid top-70 value for the season. It’s hard to get consistent touches when there are four other shooters on the floor together with you and James Harden having the ball majority of the time. The center position in the Rockets is a logjam for now. Clint Capella played 20 minutes with 12 points and 11 boards. Montrezl Harrell played 15 minutes with seven points and three boards. Nene played 13 minutes with 11 points and two blocks. Capella owners are probably frustrated with the minute sharing as he’s the center to own. He’s still producing with limited playing time but he hasn’t exceeded 22 minutes since returning from that broken fibula.
This was an ugly game from the Kings. Garrett Temple even left the game with a non-contract injury. It’s a hamstring problem and he’s scheduled to have an MRI tomorrow. If Garrett Temple were to miss time, Matt Barnes would be the one to get majority of the minutes, which means shifting Arron Afflalo down to the shooting guard. After a 16-point effort, Barnes only had five points and 11 boards in this game. However, he did get 30 minutes which means the minutes are there. Deep leagues might want to give Barnes a look right now. Willie Cauley-Stein had 10 points, six boards and three blocks in 24 minutes. He has upside and I’ve talked about it yesterday. His minutes are trending up but keep in mind that there was major garbage time in this one. Meanwhile Boogie struggled a lot with 16 points, seven boards and five assists on 5-of-16 shooting. His name was brought up on a trade rumour that would send him to the Suns. Interesting to see if this is true or not but I doubt this trade would happen in the middle of the season. Seeing Bledsoe, Booker and Boogie together is an interesting thought though.
Thunder 94 – Spurs 108
The Spurs had their foot off the gas in the third quarter as the Thunder clawed themselves back into the game but Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge started rolling again. They both had good games together as Kawhi dropped 36-8-4 with two blocks on 13-of-26 shooting. He really closed the game out and seemingly made every basket in the fourth. LMA finished with 25 points, seven boards and three blocks on 8-of-15 shooting. He hasn’t had three blocks in a game since January 1st. He hasn’t really stepped up his game since Pau Gasol is out with a broken hand, which is rather disappointing. He’s a top-50 player for now but he usually plays better after the All-Star break. Dewayne Dedmon got the start tonight but he only played 17 minutes tonight to finish with six points, eight boards and three steals. He’s the center with the most defensive stats but Pop is mixing it up between him, David Lee and Davis Bertans. Lee had the most minutes with 26 and Bertans had 23. I actually like Bertans’ game a bit more but he’s not really consistent. It’ll be tough to guess which one is going to produce the goodies on any given night so I’ll try and stay away from them.
A few tough games for the Thunder as they recently lost the the Cavs and now another loss to the Spurs. Russell Westbrook didn’t have a triple-double but 27-6-14 with three triples isn’t that bad of a line. Don’t get spoiled by Russ guys. What he’s doing is amazing. Domantis Sabonis seems to have picked up the most minutes since Enes Kanter stupidly broke his hand. He finished with 13 points, 10 boards, two steals, two triples and a block in 35 minutes. His minutes have been trending up lately as he played in 35, 26, 29 and 28 in his last four games. The Thunder play the Bulls tomorrow night and Sabonis is probably going to get some run again. Victor Oladipo had a solid outing with 15 points, four boards and four steals. Lower your expectations on Dipo, he probably won’t return second round value for you but he’ll be a good top-50 asset.
Hornets 98 – Blazers 115
It was a fun matchup between Dame and Kemba. Dame with the chip of being snubbed for All-Stars won the duel as he finished with 27-4-4 with two triples and a steal. He’s stringing along a few good games now but he’s not really exploding in the 3-pointer category. He’s only returning top-50 value in the last two weeks and we’re waiting for him to show why he was drafted in the first round. Basic Cable Guy did his thing. That’s Allen Crabbe’s new nickname given by Mason Plumlee. Reason why he’s named that is because he only has three channels, catch-and-shoot, layups and pull-ups. He did his thing with 21 points, five boards and three triples on 5-of-10 shooting in 29 minutes off the bench. He’s known for his inconsistency. He only had eight points and zero triples his previous game. So the up’s and down’s are pretty big. Evan Turner started again for the sixth straight game but he cooled off in this one with four points and three assists in 22 minutes. Even though he dropped a dud in this one, he can be a worth owning in 16-team leagues if he continues to be a starter.
Kemba Walker didn’t have much help in this one as the Hornets lost their fifth straight game. They’re trending down right now but fortunately, every team fighting for the eighth spot in the east is also slipping up. Kemba finished with 22 points, five assists, three triples and two steals. He’s been a solid top-30 player for the season. Marvin Williams did his thing with 10 points, five boards, three blocks and a triple. His blocks have been trending up and has really increased his value. His field goal percentage hasn’t been as high as last season but he’s still averaging 43.0 percent in the month of January, which is way better compared to the first two months he had. Cody Zeller missed another game with that quad contusion of his. Roy Hibbert started but only played 13 minutes and finished with two points, seven boards and two blocks. Spencer Hawes had eight points and four boards in 16 minutes. Meanwhile Frank Kaminsky got majority of the minutes but he only scored 10 points and pretty much did nothing else. So far, none of them are worth owning and Zeller needs to be back soon.
Nuggets 116 – Lakers 120
It was a scoring fest in the fourth quarter between two teams. The Lakers managed to grab this one in a very tight game. I really like Ivica Zubac. He has really soft touches around the rim and he’s got that floater when rolling to the rim locked down. He finished with 17 points and six boards on 8-of-9 shooting in 21 minutes. He should be added right now in all leagues as the Lakers are going to give him more minutes and he’ll eventually take over the starting position. Nick Young and Lou Williams lit it up from threes tonight. Uncle P has 23-3-3 with five triples and a steal. What’s more impressive is that he even played some solid defense the entire game. Lou Williams still managed to do well with D’Angel Russell returning from an injury. Lou finished with 21-5-7 with four triples and two steals in 24 minutes. He’s on his hot stretch of his so enjoy it while it lasts. D’Angelo Russell had his best game of the season with 22-7-10 and even hit a clutch bucket to ice the game. Coach Walton came out praising him a lot and this is the upside that many have drafted him early for. Julius Randle missed out tonight’s game with pneumonia so Tarik Black started in his place. Randle was very close to playing this game. I think he’ll be good to go in tomorrow night’s game
The Nuggets bench outplayed the Lakers bench in this one when Lakers have the best bunch in the league but it wasn’t enough. Wilson Chandler had 26-9-4 with four triples and three steals in 36 minutes off the bench. He was on a slump, failing to score in double digits in three straight games prior to this game. Nikola Jokic couldn’t play tonight with that hip strain he suffered two games ago. Jusuf Nurkic started again but did nothing. He’s not worth owning and his trade value has taken a big hit with these duds of his. Gary Harris performed well with 17-4-4 with four steals and three triples. That’s the upside that a lot of us like from Harris. The problem is that he’s been pretty inconsistent. He took advantage of Will Barton’s absence and really stepped it up this game. Jamal Murray came off the bench for 14 points and four triples in 28 minutes. He took advantage of Mudiay’s absence and made some solid contribution. Rookies are hard to trust but he’s probably the most talented guard in his rookie class. Mike Malone recently came out and said that Murray has proven he can handle the point. He’s the third string point guard right now so any leagues that’s not keeper format shouldn’t be adding him.
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