Four games on the schedule tonight and we got some trades happening!! Remember when that Kyle Korver trade went down and everyone was saying it’s the first piece of the domino pieces to fall? Well, it’s slowly falling. We got Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert to Milwaukee Bucks while Miles Plumlee is going to the Charlotte Hornets. Biggest winner? Cody Zeller? Frank Kaminsky? There’s no clear winners. Apparently, Hornets like Miles Plumlee and will be Zeller’s understudy. Meanwhile, there’s going to be four bigs for Kidd to rotate around which will be a mess. Anyways, let’s get to the games tonight.
Lakers 108 – Wizards 116
It’s the 16th straight home win for the Wizards and John Wall’s name should be mentioned in the MVP race. He finished with 33 points, 11 assists with three triples, three steals and a block in 41 minutes. He scored 16 points in the fourth and seemingly made every crucial basket to hold off the Lakers. It’s good to see him bounce back after three straight games with below 20 points. Bradley Beal also did his thing with 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting while adding five triples, two steals and a block. Beal has been playing really well lately, returning top-20 value in his last four games. Markieff Morris struggled shooting the ball tonight but he made it up by doing a little bit of everything else. He had a double-double with 12 and 11 with three steals and two blocks on 3-of-14 shooting. He’s been a beast on the boards, grabbing 9.4 boards in the last two weeks and it’s good to see him flip the script and start balling. The Wizards play the Pelicans next at home so that winning streak will probably be on Saturday.
Tough game for the Lakers to win in D.C. but they managed to pull this one close in the fourth. Jordan Clarkson led the team in scoring with 20 points off the bench with two triples and even managed to close this one out. Clarkson has relatively been disappointing this season returning top-130 value in 9-cat. He doesn’t really hurt you in any specific categories but he doesn’t do anything really well to make him a good asset in fantasy. Also whenever he’s the leading scorer for the Lakers or he scores at least 20 points, Lakers usually lose in that game. Luol Deng finally broke out of his slump with 17 points, six boards and three triples in 32 minutes. He’s getting some extended run with Julius Randle still not really in the rotation. He dropped duds in each of his past four games so we’ll have to see this again before adding him. After having his first double-double with points and assists two days ago, D’Angelo Russell followed that effort up with another double-double with 17-7-11 with four triples, two steals and a block. That’s the upside owners want and what’s better is that he’s played in at least 31 minutes in the last two games. Let’s hope Luke Walton is finally giving him some heavier minutes.
Hawks 113 – Rockets 108
The game was over when the Rockets were up by 20 points with eight minutes left. Then a 36-11 run happened and Tim Hardaway Jr. dropped 23 points in the fourth en route to a career-high 33 points. He added six boards and four triples but no one cares because he did his best Isaiah Thomas impression. He was in a slump before this game so this is a big confidence booster to his game and hopefully he can string a few solid games from here on out. He was ranked outside 200 in 9-cat in the last two weeks. He’s averaging 33.3 percent on 11.6 shots in that span and that really hurts his value. Dwight Howard had his revenge game as he faced up against his old team for the first time. He finished with a monstrous double-double 24 points, 23 boards with three assists and two blocks. The blocks have been down though as he’s averaging less than 1.0 blocks in the last two months. He’s making that up with elite rebounds and super high field goal percentages. He’s still a really good player to own for a punt FT% team.
James Harden was on his way to an outstanding performance in front of a national audience but his 41-8-8 will probably be overshadowed by the Hawks’ comeback. He also added five triples and four steals in this game and went to the line for a whooping 21 times. He was a beast this game and seemingly couldn’t be stopped until the fourth quarter happened. It’s good to see him break out of that two game slump though. Mike D’Antoni elected to use Clint Capella for majority of the game to matchup with Howard. He did his best with 22 points and nine boards but couldn’t handle Dwight in the paint. This is Capella’s first game with at least 30 minutes since November 27th. Unfortunately, Montrezl Harrell didn’t even get a chance to play in this game and he should be dropped in all leagues. Trevor Ariza dropped another dud as he only scored three points, on 1-of-12 shooting. He did add five boards and two steals but he’s in a major slump shooting wise. He’s averaging 4.8 points in his last four games on 13.8 percent shooting. That’s really ugly and it probably can’t get any uglier than this. I would try and send a buy-low offer like a top-70 or 80 player for Ariza.
Sixers 86 – Spurs 102
The Spurs had seven players in double digits and got the win through a communal effort. Kawhi didn’t really explode as people predicted since LaMarcus Aldridge missed out on tonight with a sore knee. He finished with 19-8-5 with two steals and two blocks. This is only his eighth time that he scored below 20 points so owners should give him a pass for this one. Dewayne Dedmon got the start tonight for LMA and finished with 13 points, 10 boards with two blocks and a steal in 22 minutes. I always thought he would be the better fantasy player between him, David Lee and Davis Bertans but don’t forget that Pop is running things around San Antonio. David Lee also had a solid game off the bench with 12 points, nine boards with two steals and two blocks. He only played in 17 minutes though. Danny Green finally had a solid game with 12 points, four boards, two triples and two steals in 29 minutes. It’s his first game in double digits in 11 games. He contributes to other categories and points isn’t really his strong suit but 11 games is a really long time.
The Sixers probably lost this one before the whistle even started. Credits to them as they played hard but they had Joel Embiid, Robert Covington, Nerlens Noel and Gerald Henderson all missing out on this one. Ersan Ilyasova did his best to carry this one as he went off for 25 points, 10 boards, four steals, two triples and a block. He’s been really solid the entire year, returning top-90 for the season. The most surprising thing is that he’s been very durable the entire season by playing in every single game. With Ben Simmons’ looming return, it’ll be interesting to see how he eats into Ersan’s minutes. Dario Saric had a solid outing with 14 points and nine boards with two triples. He got the start for Covington tonight and has three straight games in double digits with a good amount of rebounds too. Jahlil Okafor disappointed with nine points and nine boards in 25 minutes. He’s probably waiting for a trade to happen and doesn’t really hold any fantasy value.
Warriors 133 – Clippers 120
Both teams were on a second night of a back-to-back, both teams were short handed. Warriors came out on top of this one and won nine straight games against the Clippers. What rivalry? Stephen Curry led the team in scoring but he couldn’t really follow up on last night’s effort of 11 3-pointers. He finished with 29 points, 11 assists, three steals and three triples on 11-of-23 shooting and 3-of-10 from the 3-point line. Not the best performance but he’s still coming out aggressive and doing his thing like last season. Kevin Durant did a bit of everything with 26-8-10 with two triples and a steal. He was struggling shooting his threes before entering in this one, averaging 25.0 percent from downtown in his last seven games. He shot 2-of-7 in this one and hopefully he’ll get out of that funk. Patrick McCaw started for Draymond Green but he doesn’t hold any fantasy value. Andre Iguodala got some run off the bench tonight as he finished with 13-4-4 with three triples and three steals in 30 minutes. He’s quietly producing again, returning top-70 value in the last two weeks and top-50 in the last week. If you’re in need of some rebounds, assists and steals, Iggy might be a good choice but he doesn’t really contribute to points that regularly.
The Clippers trailed the entire game and it didn’t seem close. They made runs but the Dubs didn’t let them come back into this one. Blake Griffin tried to carry and played some bully ball down low. He finished with 31 points and eight boards with three steals. He’s slowly ramping up his workload on the court and has now scored at 29 and 31 points in back-to-back games. His usage rate is going to be super high until Chris Paul returns. His ended up having a 39.4 percent usage rate in this one. Jamal Crawford had his rare scoring explosion with 21 points and five triples. If you rolled the dice on Crawford tonight or the back-to-back set on these two days, you’ll probably be happy about it. Austin Rivers finished with 18-4-6 but he didn’t hit any triples in this game. He’s a 40 percent 3-point shooter heading into this game but he missed all three of his attempts. He’s actually underrated as a player this season and people shouldn’t be giving him slack as he’s shown improvement and is a decent player this year. The Clippers have now lost five of their last seven games and is going on a long road trip due to the Grammys.
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