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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, May 15, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Julius Randle, Caris LeVert, Anthony Davis, Miles Bridges, Kendrick Nunn.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Julius Randle went off for 33 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds, one steal and four triples in a 118-109 overtime win vs. Charlotte on Saturday.
It was just another day in the office for Randle as the Knicks continue to trend up with three wins in their last four. New York is still in the mix for the No. 4 seed which will go down to the wire, so that means we can expect Randle to play in the season finale. With the way he’s played and conducted himself this season, you better believe the Knicks will do everything in their power to extend his contract this summer."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "LeBron James (ankle) returned to action in a 122-115 win over the Pacers on Saturday, racking up 24 points with eight assists, seven rebounds and one triple in 28 minutes.
Coach Frank Vogel said before the game that the Lakers would be responsible with his minutes Saturday and that was obviously the case. As for Sunday’s season finale, the Lakers will play it by ear and see how his ankle responds in the morning before making a decision. Either way, the Lakers have to be encouraged to see him back and healthy in time for the playoffs as he looked like his usual pre-injury self."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Devin Booker shot 10-of-18 from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line in Saturday's win over the Spurs, recording a line of 27 points, two rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes.
Booker and his Suns teammates removed any doubt from this game by the end of the third quarter, which meant that he filled the "cheerleader" role during the fourth. Booker has now shot 50% or better from the field in five of the eight games that he's appeared in this month, and Saturday's effort was a nice bounce-back performance after he shot 5-of-17 in Thursday's win over the Blazers. Phoenix is still in the running for the top seed in the West (and best record in the NBA), so it's possible that Booker will play some in Sunday's rematch. Chris Paul (16/5/10/1 with one 3-pointer) played 25 minutes, while Cameron Payne (12/2/6 with two 3-pointers in 17 minutes) continues to play well in his backup role."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kendrick Nunn (left calf tightness) played 37 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Bucks, recording a line of 31 points (13-of-18 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), six rebounds, three assists, one block and four 3-pointers.
Nunn was listed as questionable on Saturday's first injury report, but he was able to take on a starting role. And with Jimmy Butler (lower back) sidelined, Nunn had one of his best games of the season. Nunn was one of three Heat players to make at least four 3-pointers on the night, with Duncan Robinson (17 points, two assists, one steal) going 5-of-12 and Goran Dragic (17 points, one rebound) 5-of-9. As a team the Heat made a season-high 20 3-pointers. Miami will now need to beat the Pistons and get some help in order to avoid the 6-seed in the East, which would in all likelihood mean a rematch with the Bucks. "
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, May 15, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Louis King (Kings), Nikola Jokic, Kelly Olynyk (Rockets) and Jordan Poole (Warriors).
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Mike Conley (right hamstring) finished Friday's blowout win vs. OKC with 10 points (2-of-7 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), three assists, two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 16 minutes.
Conley had missed nearly three weeks with his latest hamstring setback, but Utah intends to play him again in Sunday's regular-season finale as a tune-up for the postseason. “There’s no better way of getting yourself back into a rhythm and back into game shape than playing a game," Conley said. "I feel like it’s the perfect time for me to get some time to run up and down the court, get acclimated with the team again, get my legs under me, conditioning, and use that as almost as another step in the progression of returning to playoff ball." His minutes may be limited but at least fantasy GMs can play him without fear of a DNP."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Serge Ibaka (lower back) made his long-awaited return on Friday, playing 17 minutes to finish with 15 points (6-of-8 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), seven rebounds and four assists.
Ibaka hadn't played since Mar. 14 with an injury the Clippers never described as more than back tightness, discomfort or soreness. Ivica Zubac has seized the starting center job in Ibaka's absence, though it remains to be seen if that remains the case in the playoffs. Initially, keeping Ibaka in a reserve role could make it easier for the Clippers to limit his playing time after such a long layoff."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kelly Olynyk feasted again on Friday with 20 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds, three steals and a 3-pointer during a 122-115 win vs. the Clippers.
Olynyk has produced early-round fantasy value ever since he joined Houston in late March. He's scored 20+ points in each of his past five games, and is doing it regardless of who's around him -- tonight he started with D.J. Augustin, Jae’Sean Tate, Kenyon Martin Jr. and Khyri Thomas. The Rockets are cruising into the best possible odds in the NBA's draft lottery, so despite their 17-54 record (or because of it) things have gone according to plan. This game was meaningless, unless you were a fantasy manager who deployed Olynyk, Tate (20 points), KJ Martin Jr. (13 points, nine boards) or Anthony Lamb (17 points, five boards, three dimes). The Rockets will go on vacation after one more game vs. the Hawks on Sunday."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jordan Poole poured in a career-high 38 points vs. the Pelicans on Friday, sinking 12-of-22 field goals and 10-of-11 free throws with six assists, four rebounds and a block in 33 minutes.
Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins were all being rested in a game with zero playoff seeding implications. Poole's potent scoring has been key for the Warriors' second unit, and after a brutal shooting drought in late April and early May, he's bounced back with 30-of-53 shooting (56.6%) in his past four games. Sunday's game vs. the Grizzlies will decide the No. 8 and 9 seeds, though, so Poole should shift back to his usual role after tonight's go-to-guy audition."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, May 14, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stanley Johnson, Nikola Jokic, Jrue Holiday, Damian Lillard, Anthony Edwards, Dillon Brooks, Julius Randle, Bam Adebayo and Alec Burks.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Stanley Johnson came out of nowhere for a career-high 35 points vs. the Bulls on Thursday with 10 rebounds, five assists, three steals and six triples in 43 minutes.
The Raptors have been mailing it in for weeks and none of their regulars from earlier this season saw any minutes. Chris Boucher may be the only one of those to see time on Friday though, so expecting a repeat performance from Stanley is not something we’d count on. We've been telling you for weeks that Stanley was going to turn into LeBron James on May 13th so hopefully you listened."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Anthony Edwards scored a team-high 29 points in 39 minutes, tacking on seven rebounds, five dimes, four triples, two blocks and just one turnover on 8-of-16 from the field (9-of-12 from the line).
Can there be two ROY awards given out this year? Edwards most likely won’t win it in a year that he’s already made incredible strides, and his confidence has to be sky-high right now (and rightfully so). He and Karl-Anthony Towns are going to make this team a lot of fun to watch in the future, and if they can add a couple more pieces, they may be a legitimate contender. KAT did KAT-like things with a 20/11/5 line with five giveaways, while D’Angelo Russell scored 17 points of his own with three 3-pointers, a steal and a block in an otherwise empty line. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Dillon Brooks had a game-high 30 points in a 116-110 win vs. Sacramento, also dropping in six boards, three assists, a steal, two blocks and three triples in 36 minutes.
Only Ja Morant (12/7/8 in 38 minutes) saw more of the court tonight and Brooks wanted to make sure the Kings’ playoff hopes were put to bed for good. This win officially eliminated them and officially pushed the Spurs into the play-in, so Gregg Popovich owes Brooks and company a “thank you”. This win also tied them up with Golden State record-wise, but since the Warriors have the tiebreaker, they still own the No. 8 seed while the Grizzlies remain in No. 9. Jonas Valanciunas kept his dream season going with 24 points and 13 boards on 8-of-10 shooting, while Kyle Anderson helped out with a 14/5/9 line on 108.3 eFG% in 31 minutes of action."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Damian Lillard dropped 41 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two triples in a 118-117 loss to Phoenix on Thursday.
That’s seven straight games with at least 30 points for Dame. The Blazers have been one of the hottest teams in the NBA with nine wins in their previous 10 games, and nearly pulled off the win against the current No. 2 seed in the West. C.J. McCollum added 27 points, six assists, one rebound and five triples for Portland, but it remains to be seen if both these guys will play in the season finale vs. Denver."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, May 13, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Jusuf Nurkic, Kevin Love, Trae Young, James Harden.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jayson Tatum hit 11-of-26 shots, 1-of-6 3-pointers and 6-of-8 free throws for 29 points, eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes of Wednesday's ugly 102-94 loss to the Cavaliers.
The Cavs had lost 11 straight games coming in, were without their starting point guard, Darius Garland, and had nothing to play for. While the Celtics were supposedly 'fighting' to avoid a play-in scenario. The Celtics shot just 35 percent from the floor and are now locked into a play-in scenario, currently sitting as the No. 7 seed with no chance to get to No. 6. Tonight's game was tough to watch and only Evan Fournier (6-of-20, 15 points), Payton Pritchard (15 points) and Tristan Thompson (10 points) joined Tatum in double-digit scoring. If the Celtics make it through the play-in tourney without Jaylen Brown it should be considered a major victory at this point. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kevin Love hit 10-of-16 shots, 6-of-9 3-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws for 30 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals in Wednesday's 102-94 win over the Celtics.
The Cavs snapped an 11-game losing streak and the points, boards and 3-pointers were all season highs for Love. The Cavaliers 'loved' playing spoilers tonight and Love's big game was helped by Collin Sexton's 28 points, while Isaac Okoro shook off a sprained ankle after he stepped on someone's foot for 15 points, six boards, six assists and a block. Dean Wade fouled out with just one point in 28 minutes and the rest of the Cavs were lackluster, but it didn't matter against a Celtics team that looks completely lost right now. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "James Harden (right hamstring) flirted with a triple-double in his return to action on Wednesday, tallying 18 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists, three triples, two steals, two sswats and four turnovers in 26 minutes off the bench.
Harden was the 10th man in the rotation in his first game back from an 18-game absence, and he didn’t even check in until the game until the second quarter, but once he got in there he immediately got to the line and started dropping dimes. He may be on a minutes limit for Brooklyn’s final two games, and it’s possible he’ll sit out one game in the upcoming Saturday-Sunday, back-to-back, but as you can see from tonight’s line — any time he’s active he absolutely needs to be in your lineups."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jusuf Nurkic hit just 3-of-14 shots but still finished with 11 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, three steals and four blocks in Wednesday's big 105-98 win over the Jazz.
Rudy Gobert had a big game of his own with 15 points, 20 rebounds, a steal and a block, but Nurkic and the Blazers got the win tonight, partly due to Nurkic's greatness. It looks like the Blazers are going to be the No. 5 or 6 seed in the West, meaning they'll avoid a play-in situation. But it's not set in stone yet, so the starters will hopefully keep playing big minutes the rest of the way. "
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, May 12, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jayson Tatum, Andrew Wiggins, Kemba Walker, Derrick Rose, Domantas Sabonis, Karl-Anthony Towns, PJ Washington, Nikola Jokic and Draymond Green.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kemba Walker shot 14-of-27 from the field and 4-of-6 from the foul line in Tuesday's loss to the Heat, scoring a season-high 36 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
Walker had to leave the game during the first quarter after suffering an apparent left shoulder injury. But after being evaluated in the locker room the shifty point guard was able to return, and he established a new season-high point total. With Jaylen Brown (left wrist) done for the season, the Celtics are going to need more scoring from Walker if they're to have a shot at making noise in the postseason. And he'll need to be efficient in spite of the increased shot volume, which was the case Tuesday night. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "James Harden (hamstring) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.
He's been out for five weeks and how he feels in warmups will likely determine if he plays against the Spurs. Steve Nash said earlier that the hope was that Harden would play in one of the Nets' final three regular-season games and it sounds like it could happen sooner than later. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Giannis Antetokounmpo finished Tuesday's win over the Magic with 27 points (11-of-18 FGs, 5-of-8 FTs), 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals in 32 minutes.
Thanks in large part to Antetokounmpo, the Bucks managed to remain a game behind Brooklyn in the race for second in the East. And with Milwaukee holding the head-to-head tiebreaker, all they have to do is finish with the same record in order to secure home-court advantage for a possible second-round series. If there's a concern for the two-time MVP it's that he's gone ice cold from three after shooting 8-of-20 in two wins over the Nets at the beginning of the month. In his last four games, Antetokounmpo is a combined 0-of-10 from three. Of course that shot isn't a major part of his game, but making teams respect his shot would make Antetokounmpo an even tougher player to defend than he already is. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Draymond Green hit 4-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and four steals in Tuesday's 122-116 win over the Suns.
The win hurt the Grizzlies and helped the Jazz, whose magic number for the No. 1 seed is now two with games left against the Thunder and Kings. But it also helped the Warriors, who are guaranteed a play-in situation and they're still trying to track down the No. 7 Lakers. And if the Warriors come out of the play-in tournament they'll likely be facing the No. 1 Jazz or the No. 2 Suns in the West, who they just beat on back-to-back nights. In his seven May games, Draymond has two triple-doubles and three double-doubles as the Warriors are 6-1 this month. The Warriors are clearly peaking at the right time."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, May 11, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Domantas Sabonis, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Jonas Valanciunas, Trae Young, Jordan Clarkson, Clint Capela, Jusuf Nurkic and John Collins.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Clint Capela was a monster on the glass during Monday's win over the Wizards, pulling down 22 rebounds to go with 10 points, one assist, four swats and just one turnover across 35 minutes.
Capela was held to just 10 points and nine boards with no blocks his last time out, but he swatted his first shot within his first four minutes of play tonight, had three by halftime, and pulled down his 10th board early in the second quarter. This was his 54th game of the season with double-digit rebounds, the 20th time he’s done so by halftime, and his sixth game of the year with at least 20 boards. John Collins was also solid tonight, finishing with 28 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer, one steal, two blocks and one turnover in 33 minutes."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jordan Clarkson hit 16-of-33 shots and 5-of-16 3-pointers for a season-high 41 points, seven rebounds and a steal in Monday's 119-116 loss to the Warriors.
Clarkson is the front-runner for Sixth Man of the Year and just missed his career high by a point tonight. He had two big and-1 three-point plays late and then hit a huge 3-pointer, giving the Jazz a brief lead after they trailed by as many as 18 points tonight. Clarkson has scored in double figures in every game since March 29 and has been flourishing with Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell both out for the Jazz. He'll look to keep it going against the Blazers on Wednesday night. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Stephen Curry hit 11-of-25 shots, three 3-pointers and 11-of-12 free throws for 36 points, four rebounds, six assists and two steals in Monday's 119-116 win over the Jazz.
Curry has now scored at least 30 points in seven straight games and in 20 of his last 22 outings. He hit a huge 3-pointer with 13 seconds left that turned out to be the game-winner late and the Warriors are guaranteed at least a No. 10 seed in the West. They're going to try to get to No. 8 or 9, so hopefully, Curry and company keep playing every night. Draymond Green came through with a full stat line, Jordan Poole scored 20 with four triples and Kent Bazemore added 19 points in the win. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Damian Lillard hit 111-of-20 shots and six 3-pointers for 34 points, nine rebounds and six assists in 36 minutes of Monday's 140-129 win over the Rockets.
C.J. McCollum got off to a very hot start in the first quarter and Dame didn't get it going until the second half. But he basically took over the game and helped keep the Blazers (somewhat) comfortably in the No. 6 seed in the West. CJM finished with 28 points, seven dimes and six 3-pointer of his own as Norman Powell, Jusuf Nurkic, Lillard and McCollum did all the heavy lifting for the Blazers. Lillard has scored at least 30 points in six straight games and the Blazers are just a 1/2 game behind the No. 5 Mavericks and 1.5 games up on the No. 7 Lakers, so the Big 4 should keep playing heavy minutes over their final three games. The last thing the Blazers want is to be caught by the Lakers and forced into a play-in situation. "
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, May 10, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, Terry Rozier, Nikola Vucevic, Karl-Anthony Towns.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jaxson Hayes sent away a career-high six swats in Sunday's win over the Hornets, adding 18 points, eight rebounds and one steal over 26 minutes.
Hayes did tweak his right knee coming down awkwardly after getting fouled on a drive to the hoop early in the fourth quarter, but he played through it, and looked as springy as ever, so we suspect he'll be fine for Monday's game in Memphis. He came off the bench behind Willy Hernangomez tonight with Steven Adams (toe) unavailable, but he was the center on the floor to close the game, and his sixth swat came with 42 seconds left to keep New Orleans on top by two. If Adams can't play on Monday — Hayes will be a good guy to target for blocks."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Karl Anthony Towns played just 29 minutes in an easy win on Sunday, scoring 27 points with nine rebounds, four assists, a steal, two blocks and two triples on 10-of-19 shooting.
The Timberwolves beat the lowly Magic with ease tonight, but there were far more important things than basketball for KAT on Sunday - we could see he and his father sharing an embrace and a moment before the game, on a day where the passing of his mother was occupying his mind more than anything. It goes without saying that he’ll give his well-deserved game ball to Jacqueline Cruz-Towns tonight. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Terry Rozier dropped in a new career-high 43 points during Sunday's narrow loss to the Pelicans, adding five boards, four dimes, seven triples, one steal and three turnovers across 42 minutes.
Rozier was cooking from the jump, putting in 24 points on 15 shots at the half, and the bucket that gave him a new career-high came on a desperation and highly contested 3-point heave at the final buzzer. Scary Terry is averaging career-highs in points (20.3), assists (4.2), FG% (45.1) and triples (3.3) this year, and he also became just the fifth player in franchise history to knock down 200-plus trey-bombs in a single season."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "LaMelo Ball hit 10-of-19 shots for 22 points, four rebounds, five assists, two triples, two steals and an unfortunate five turnovers across 32 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Pelicans.
Ball played well against his older brother, and even stripped him on one possession, but his team couldn't get the win. He did have a scary moment during the game when he appeared to hurt his right wrist (the same one he broke) while attempting to block Naji Marshall's shot, which forced Charlotte to take a timeout to check him out, but after being evaluated on the bench he got right back out there and didn't seem any worse for the wear. He'll have a day off to recover before Tuesday's game vs. Denver, so we suspect he'll be fine for that one."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, May 8, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Bojan Bogdanovic, Joel Embiid, Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, Damian Lillard.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Bojan Bogdanovic erupted for a career-high 48 points vs. Denver in a 127-120 win on Friday, shooting 16-of-23 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line.
He added eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and eight triples in 39 minutes. Bogdanovic has averaged 25.8 points a game since Mike Conley has been out and tonight was another example of him carrying the Jazz."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Anthony Davis went off for 36 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, one block and two triples in a 106-101 loss to Portland on Friday.
Davis tweaked his ankle and back on Thursday and didn’t return which put his status in jeopardy tonight, but he powered through it given the importance of this matchup. "The ankle is fine."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "The Suns beat the visiting Knicks on Friday, led by Deandre Ayton's efficient double-double with 26 points and 15 rebounds in 29 minutes.
Ayton shot 10-of-14 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line with one assist, one steal, one block and zero turnovers. The offensive surge was a welcome sight after he'd been held to single digits in four of his previous six outings."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Dejounte Murray finished Friday's win in Sacramento with 22 points, seven assists, five rebounds and one steal in 35 minutes of action.
Murray did tie his season high with six turnovers, but his mid-range game was clicking and he seemed to answer every Kings' run with a critical bucket."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, May 7, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Kyrie Irving, Pascal Siakam, Caris LeVert, Nikola Vucevic and Russell Westbrook.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Russell Westbrook stuffed the stat sheet in a overtime win vs. the Raptors on Thursday with 13 points, 17 rebounds, 17 assists, one steal, one triple and seven turnovers in 44 minutes.
Just how absurd has Westbrook been? He leads the NBA with 406 rebounds and 403 assists since the All-Star Break, something that’s only been done by Wilt Chamberlain."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Pascal Siakam matched his career-high of 44 points but it somehow wasn't enough in a 131-129 loss to Washington.
Siakam added 11 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two triples in 42 minutes."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Stephen Curry dropped 34 points in an easy 118-97 win over the Thunder on Thursday, adding seven assists, four rebounds, one steal and six triples in 31 minutes.
The Warriors have five games left and all of them happen to be at home, including one more against the Thunder. Curry’s level of play will have them confident going into their inevitable play-in games regardless of how short-handed the team is."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Paul George led the way for the Clippers in an easy 118-94 win on Thursday night, totaling 24 points, seven boards, five assists, three triples and five turnovers in 31 minutes.
This was a very well-balanced effort in one of the Clippers’ easiest wins of the season, with seven players scoring in double figures. The Clips have had their way with their neighbor Lakers franchise for the last couple of years now."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, May 6, 2021
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Ja Morant powered the Grizzlies to a 139-135 win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday with 37 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, two steals, one block, one triple and four turnovers in 37 minutes.
Morant received some heat when he proclaimed himself to be a top-5 PG in the league on TNT early today, but he went out tonight and looked every bit the part. “I said what I said. I believe in myself 100 percent," Morant stated after the game."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "D'Angelo Russell posted a 22-point, 14-assist double-double in his return to the starting lineup on Wednesday.
D'Lo finished 6-of-13 from the floor and 8-of-8 at the stripe, and he added four rebounds, one steal, two triples and an unfortunate five turnovers in his 37 minutes of floor time."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Anthony Edwards erupted for a career-high-tying 42 points on 17-of-22 shooting Wednesday, adding six rebounds, seven assists, eight triples, one steal, one block and just three turnovers across 38 minutes in a loss to the Grizzlies.
Not only did Edwards become the first Minnesota rookie in franchise history to record a 30/5/5 line tonight, but he also tied Kevin Love and Stephen Marbury for the single-game, rookie record for 3-pointers in a game."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Austin Rivers went off against the team that traded him at the deadline on Wednesday, tallying 25 points, three rebounds, three assists, six triples, three steals and one turnover in 28 minutes off the bench.
Rivers got his points efficiently, finishing 7-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-6 at the line, and he's going to have increased opportunity in Denver while P.J. Dozier (groin) and Monte Morris (hamstring) are watching from the sidelines alongside Jamal Murray."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, May 5, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, Delon Wright (Kings), Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Tyrese Haliburton's left knee injury will likely end his season for the Kings, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
He didn't suffer any ligament damage to his left knee and isn't expected to require surgery, but the knee is hyperextended and is a big enough of a problem that it sounds like his season is sadly over."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Tim Hardaway Jr. has one of his best games of the season Tuesday, scoring 36 points (13-of-24 FGs) with four rebounds, one assist, one block and 10 3-pointers in 33 minutes during a win over the Heat.
With his grandmother in attendance, Hardaway Jr. surpassed the 30-point mark for the second time in his last three games. He has also scored 13 or more in five straight, which ties his longest such streak of the season to date."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Stephen Curry had another big night Tuesday, finishing the loss to the Pelicans with 37 points (13-of-31 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs), nine rebounds, two assists, three steals and eight 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
Curry made more history Tuesday night, as he made his 300th 3-pointer of the season in just his 58th game played. No player has done it faster, with the previous record being 59 games (Curry)."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Lonzo Ball put up 33 points (11-of-23 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), six rebounds, four assists, one steal and seven 3-pointers in 34 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Warriors.
Ball had a rough go of it in Monday's loss to the Warriors, but he made good on his promise to Zion Williamson via text following that subpar effort. "He said, 'My fault for (tonight) but I'm going to be there tomorrow,'" Williamson said."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, May 4, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Domantas Sabonis, Nikola Jokic, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Russell Westbrook joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only other player in NBA history to pull down at least 20 rebounds while dishing out 20 dimes in Monday's 154-141 win over the Pacers.
Westbrook's official stat line tonight was 14 points (5-of-8 FG, 4-of-4 FT), 21 rebounds, 24 assists, one steal, one block and a comparatively modest six turnovers across 39 minutes. This was actually the second time he's posted a 20/20, boards-dimes, double-double, something Wilt the Stilt only did once and no other player has done ever. Bradley Beal finished the win with 26 points (11-of-24 FG, 3-of-5 FT), five rebounds, six assists, one 3-pointer, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 37 minutes."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Tobias Harris came through with a team-high 21 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and three turnovers across 35 minutes in Monday’s win over the Bulls.
Harris was held to just six points on 3-of-10 shooting his last time out, but he surpassed that total by halftime today and only missed twice through the first half of action. He finished the game on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and connected on his one freebie, and the steals were a welcome return after he failed to record one in his previous three outings."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Derrick Rose played in back-to-back games on Sunday and Monday and hit 11-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for a season-high 25 points, two rebounds, two assists, a steal and one turnover off the bench for the Knicks.
Elfrid Payton continues to start and Immanuel Quickley sees nice run off the bench, but Rose has been a diamond in the rough for the Knicks, who will have their first winning season in eight years. Rose had 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting on Sunday and the fact he played so well in a back-to-back says a lot about how good his body feels. He should be starting in all fantasy formats. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Coby White went 8-of-19 from the field and 2-of-2 at the stripe for 23 points, two rebounds, five assists, five triples and three turnovers across 29 minutes in Monday's loss to the 76ers.
White struggled mightily through the first three quarters, but that was a team-wide trend for Chicago, with Thaddeus Young being the only guy in double-figures through the first 36 minutes of play. Coby got hot in the fourth going up against the 76ers B Team with the game looking to be a massive blowout, and he helped Chicago get back into the game, but his production ended when Philly brought back their starters. It's possible that Zach LaVine will be back in action on Thursday, which would be a major negative for White's outlook."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, May 3, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Giannis Antetokounmpo, Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Kevin Durant, Khris Middlketon, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Kelly Olynyk, Julius Randle and Devin Booker.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "LaMelo Ball scored 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting (2-of-3 FT) Sunday, to go with six boards, five dimes, four steals, one block and an unfortunate five turnovers in 30 minutes.
Ball was nice with the defensive stats tonight, recording his first swat within the first two minutes of play, and snatching away two of his four steals by halftime. Unfortunately, he's now committed 10 turnovers in his first two games back, but poor percentages and ample turnovers tend to be something you just accept when rostering rookies."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Joel Embiid produced 34 points (13-of-23 FG, 7-of-7 FT), 12 rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer and an unfortunate four turnovers across 35 minutes in Sunday's overtime win vs. the Spurs.
The 76ers’ game plan tonight seemed to be to throw it into the post and let Joel go to work against the Spurs’ B Team with all of San Antonio’s main guys on the sidelines, and while the Spurs pushed them to an overtime period, Philly still got the job done behind a dominant performance from their MVP-candidate. He had been held to single-digit rebounds in his previous four outings, but he snapped that streak tonight, and three of his 12 boards came on the offensive glass."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "LeBron James (right ankle soreness) will not return to Sunday's game against the Raptors.
He basically disappeared without notice around seven minutes left in the game and the report didn't come out until there were under 60 seconds left to play. The Lakers are about to lose to a below-average Toronto team, and LeBron did them no favors with five turnovers on the night. He finished with 19 points, seven boards and six assists, but the main concern here is the status of his ankle. We'll report back when we get some more info. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kyle Lowry was unconscious in a win against the Lakers on Sunday evening, scoring a season-high 37 points with three boards, 11 assists, a steal and eight triples on 12-of-20 from the floor.
The Lakers brought it within 10 points early in the fourth until Lowry hit three straight contested jumpers (two of them being three-pointers) to take away any sense of hope the Lakers had, which was a solid representation of the game as a whole. The Lakers did bring it to within six with under a minute left, but it was too little too late for the purple and gold. If Fred VanVleet continues to sit, Lowry could have some more big nights like this in his future. "
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, May 1, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Jayson Tatum, DeMar DeRozan, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, Tyrese Haliburton, Nikola Vucevic, Dejounte Murray, Russell Westbrook, Bobby Portis and Jonas Valanciunas.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and tied his career high with 14 assists on Friday, adding five rebounds and two steals in a losing effort vs. Boston.
DeRozan shot 7-of-21 from the field but he made up for that inefficiency by living at the line, making 16-of-19 freebies tonight. He also committed just two turnovers despite having the ball in his hands a ton across 42 minutes of action. The Spurs aren't messing around as they try to improve on their No. 9 seed, which makes DeRozan a safe play even in the midst of silly season."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Bobby Portis double-doubled vs. his former Bulls team on Friday, scoring 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting with 14 rebounds, two steals, one assist, one block, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers in 28 minutes.
Milwaukee was playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who sprained his right ankle early on Thursday and never returned. The Bucks haven't detailed the severity of the injury, but they'll obviously be very cautious with their superstar. That could lead to a DNP on Sunday, despite the importance of the game vs. Brooklyn, so keep an eye on the Bucks' injury report if you're looking for streaming and DFS value. Portis is basically a walking double-double whenever Giannis is on the sidelines."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "LeBron James (right high ankle sprain) made his long-awaited return on Friday, scoring 16 points with eight boards, seven assists, two steals and one block in 32 minutes.
The King held court after the longest absence of his career, having missed 41 days and 20 games since getting hurt on Mar. 20. The Lakers are 8-13 without him this season but his return wasn't quite enough -- he missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer and the Lakers have now dropped five of their past six games. LBJ played as though he hadn't missed a single game, and his 32 minutes are proof that the Lakers' training staff isn't overly concerned, so he should be locked in as L.A. tries to avoid falling to No. 7 in the West. "As far as my wind, I felt pretty good," he said. "As far as my ankle, it felt a little tight at times." If you have him on your fantasy team, hopefully it's not too late for him to make an impact in the Lakers' final nine games. Just be prepared for a potential DNP during a back-to-back set on Sunday (vs. Toronto) and Monday (vs. Denver)."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Tyrese Haliburton finished Friday's impressive road win vs. the Lakers with 23 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block.
Haliburton shot 8-of-14 from the field and went 4-of-8 from deep, helping the Kings pull out a 110-106 victory to spoil LeBron James' return. The rookie has been terrific all season and he hasn't missed a beat filling in as a full-time point guard without De'Aaron Fox (health and safety protocols), who still has no clear return date. LaMelo Ball or Anthony Edwards may end up winning Rookie of the Year, but Haliburton isn't going down without a fight."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, April 30, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Kevin Porter Jr., Jrue Holiday, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Alize Johnson, Christian Wood, Kelly Olynyk, Khris Middleton, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Zion Williamson.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kevin Durant went off yet again on Thursday, dropping a game-high 42 points on 16-of-24 from the field to go along with three boards, 10 assists, a steal and two triples in 36 minutes.
Brooklyn was without Kyrie Irving (groin) and James Harden (hamstring) tonight, so Durant was the main man tonight and established as such with 22 points in the third quarter alone. He had plenty of possessions tonight that further proved that he’s almost unguardable, and as long as he stays healthy, Durant will be as reliable as they come in fantasy. The Nets play again tomorrow night, however, so we’ll watch his status closely to see if he’s rested. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Tim Hardaway Jr. went bonkers for a career-high 42 points (13-of-23 FGs, 10-of-10 FTs), three assists, one rebound, one steal and six triples in a 115-105 win over Detroit on Thursday.
The Mavericks were missing Luka Doncic (elbow, rest) and Kristaps Porzingis (knee) left this game early which explains the offensive explosion for THJ. He’s mostly a two-category fantasy player for points and triples but will see a nice boost in value if Porzingis misses time with his troublesome knee, as THJ scores 21.7 points with 3.8 triples per 36 minutes with the big man off the floor."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kevin Porter Jr. went bonkers in a 143-136 win over the Bucks on Thursday with a career-high 50 points (16-of-26 FGs, 9-of-11 FTs), 11 assists, five rebounds, one block and nine triples in 41 minutes.
KPJ has taken over as the lead guard with John Wall’s season over, and while his upside is undeniable, he has struggled with consistency like we saw vs. the Wolves when he shot 2-of-12 with five turnovers. "Learn from it," coach Stephen Silas said. "That's what this is for. He's going to have some successes, he's going to have some down times.” Tonight was one of the successes, obviously, as KPJ became the youngest player in NBA history to score 50 with 10 dimes. All signs point to a monster finish in fantasy leagues despite a mediocre FG% and a hit to your turnovers, and hats off to the Houston front office for taking a flier on this incredible talent."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, April 29, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Nikola Jokic, Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum and Nikola Vucevic.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Chris Paul hit 10-of-15 shots, four 3-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws on his way to 28 points, three rebounds, 10 assists and three steals in a 109-101 win over the Clippers on Wednesday.
The No. 2 seeded Suns clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2010 and Phoenix sits just 1.0 games behind the No. Jazz for the best record in the NBA. CP3 deserves a lot of credit here and his name should start popping up in the MVP discussion after this one. And given Paul's experience and leadership, the Suns are poised to make a deep run in the playoffs if they can stay healthy. They have to be considered one of the true feel-good stories in the NBA this year, if not all of sports. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Lonzo Ball recorded his first triple-double of the season on Wednesday with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists over 36 minutes in a loss to the Nuggets.
Ball added four triples, four steals and two swats while he was out there, making him the only player to record a triple-double this season with at least four steals and two swats, and just the sixth player over the past five years to accomplish that feat. Unfortunately, it was not enough to deliver the win for New Orleans, and with just 10 games remaining on the schedule for them this season, it's going to be tough for the Pelicans to make the play-in tournament as they're currently four games behind Golden State for the No. 10 seed."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Michael Porter Jr. hit 12-of-21 shots for 28 points, eight rebounds, one assist, three triples, one steal, one block and two turnovers across 40 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Pelicans.
MPJ did tweak his ankle during the game, but he was able to play through it, and said he was "fine" during his postgame media availability and that he expects to play on Thursday vs. Toronto. We'd like to take his word for it, but it's possible that the ankle will swell up overnight, and it's not like the 41-21 Nuggets will necessarily need him to pull off a win against the 26-36 Raptors. Managers may want to confirm his status prior to tomorrow's game."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Bojan Bogdanovic dropped in a game-high 24 points on 7-of-16 shooting Wednesday, to go with three rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, one block and one turnover across 29 minutes in a 154-105 trouncing of the Kangz.
The 154 total points set a new franchise record for Utah, surpassing their previous record-high of 153 that was set back in 1978 against the Spurs. The Kings are easily the worst defensive team in the league, and it showed tonight, as they allowed the Jazz to shoot 64% from the floor and 58.5% from distance. Bogdanovic also did a nice job of creating contact and getting to the line, finishing 9-of-10 at the stripe in the easy win. This was certainly the bounce-back that Bojan managers were hoping for following Monday's seven-point, 1-of-11 shooting disaster."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, April 28, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Jaylen Brown, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Christian Wood, Oshae Brissett (Pacers), Kelly Olynyk, Miles Bridges, Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards and Kevin Durant.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jaylen Brown shot 13-of-26 from the field and 9-of-9 from the foul line in Tuesday's loss to the Thunder, tallying 39 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, four steals and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
With Jayson Tatum (ankle) and Kemba Walker (side) both sidelined, Brown was left to do much of the heavy lifting Tuesday night. While some of his teammates struggled, Brown held up his end of the bargain in what was Boston's worst defeat of the season. Oklahoma City was losers of 14 straight entering Tuesday's game. With this being the first game of a back-to-back for Boston, it's worth noting that Brown appeared to hurt his left hand on a hard fall in the final seconds. He was able to finish out the game, but that's something to be on the lookout for when the Celtics release their injury report Wednesday afternoon."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Luka Doncic played just 28 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Warriors, recording a line of 39 points (15-of-23 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), six rebounds, eight assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.
Outside of the high turnover count (seven), Doncic was nearly unstoppable as the Mavericks steamrolled Golden State. Despite not playing at all in the fourth quarter, Doncic finished three points shy of his total in his prior two games combined. The only concern at this point is his health, especially with Kristaps Porzingis (left ankle) and Josh Richardson (right hamstring) both sidelined due to injury. Doncic has been dealing with a sore left elbow and a sore left knee in recent games, but neither issue slowed him down Tuesday night."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kelly Olynyk started and hit 12-of-17 shots and 4-of-5 free throws for a season-high 28 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals in Tuesday's 114-107 loss to the Timberwolves.
Olynyk may have gotten his career high (32) had he hit some 3-pointers tonight, but he was 0-for-4 from downtown and failed to hit a 3-pointer for just the second time in the month of April. He's been a lone bright spot for the the Rockets this season and came into this one averaging 17.9 points, 8.5 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.1 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting in the month of April. And some of those numbers are going up after this one. As unlikely as it may seem, there's a pretty decent chance an Olynyk manager might be on their way to a fantasy championship given how well he's played for most of the season. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Stephen Curry shot 5-of-9 from three in Tuesday's loss to the Mavericks, finishing with 30 points (9-of-18 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), one rebound, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes.
Curry didn't play at all in the fourth quarter, as the Warriors were getting blown out and there was no need to put him back out there. With the five 3-pointers made he's up to 90 for the month, with one game left to play before the calendar flips to May. And reaching 100 3-pointers for the month is certainly possible, as Golden State visits Minnesota Thursday night. The Timberwolves are ranked 28th in the league in defensive rating, and they also rank in the bottom third in the league in both 3-pointers allowed per game (13.2; 22nd) and 3-point percentage defense (39.4%; 30th)."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, April 27, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Dejounte Murray, Russell Westbrook, Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, Daniel Theis, Bradley Beal, Nikola Jokic, D'Angelo Russell, Michael Porter Jr and Mike Conley.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Dejounte Murray pulled down a career-high 17 boards on his way to 25 points, five assists, three steals and one turnover across 42 minutes in Monday's overtime win in Washington.
Murray had been converting on just 29.6% of his FGA over the past two games, but he got things back on track tonight, drilling his first five buckets and ending his evening on 12-of-23 shooting from the field and he connected on his only freebie. After three straight 11-point performances, it looks like Murray is ready to start rolling again, and he'll have the ball in his hands more often while Derrick White (ankle) is out."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kevin Love did not play well on Monday, contributing 11 points (3-of-9 FG, 5-of-5 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and two turnovers across 24 minutes in a loss to the Raptors.
Love let his frustrations get the best of him, and in a two possession game late in the third he just casually batted the ball away on what was supposed to be an in-bounds play that directly led to a bucket for Toronto. He was benched after that and went into the locker room before the final buzzer sounded, but he did apologize to his teammates after the game. It'll be interesting to see if he faces further disciplinary action from the team for his behavior tonight."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "D'Angelo Russell hit 10-of-16 shots for a game-high 27 points during Monday's 105-104 win over the Jazz, adding two rebounds, 12 assists, seven trey-bombs, one block and three turnovers in 31 minutes off the bench.
D'Lo was locked and loaded from the jump, giving the Wolves an immediate scoring punch as soon as he entered the game, and he helped Minnesota bounce-back from a 17-point first quarter with a 32-14 second quarter run that included 12 straight buckets from Russell to close out the first half. Karl-Anthony Towns also had a solid game, tallying 21 points (7-of-13 FG, 6-of-7 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and four turnovers across 36 minutes in the upset win."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Ja Morant dropped in a team-high 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting Monday, to go with six rebounds, six assists, one steal and three turnovers across 30 minutes in a blowout loss to the Nuggets.
Morant went 0-of-4 from distance in this one, but he was a respectable 7-of-9 at the stripe tonight, which was nice to see as he's been converting just 65.1% of his freebies in April. Jonas Valanciunas was Memphis' second-leading scorer tonight with 13 points (6-of-9 FG, 1-of-2 FT), three rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 23 minutes, while the rest of the Memphis starters were held to single digits in the 24-point loss."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, April 26, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball performers were Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jarrett Allen, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkic, Stephen Curry, PJ Washington, Terry Rozier, Malcolm Brogdon and Jrue Holiday
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Bradley Beal dropped in 33 points on 13-of-24 shooting (5-of-6 FT) Sunday, to go with six rebounds, three assists, two triples, one steal and two turnovers across 39 minutes in a win over the Cavs.
Beal was getting whatever he wanted out there, and the Cavs had zero answers for him, which wasn’t particularly surprising given that Cleveland ranks towards the back of the pack in terms of defensive efficiency. He’s now put in at least 30 points in seven of his past eight games, and the only time he fell short over that span, he finished with 29. Unfortunately, he did tweak his left calf towards the end of the game, and while he tried to play through it, he was clearly laboring and sat out the final few possession of the game. The Wizards play again on Monday, so don’t be surprised if he needs to skip that one."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a team-high 31 points on Sunday evening, also adding 14 rebounds and a triple in a 104-111 loss to the Hawks.
He added four assists, a steal and two blocks in what is the not-so-new normal for Giannis’ stat lines. He went nuts Saturday night in a rout of the 76ers and only needed to play 24 minutes in that one, so he probably had some fresh legs on Sunday. It didn’t really matter though, because the Bucks can’t seem to stop having both slow starts and finishes to their games this season - they got outscored 41-26 tonight. The Bucks still have a shot to get the first seed in the East, which will lower Giannis’ chances of random maintenance and rest days, much to the enjoyment of his fantasy managers. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Malcolm Brogdon flirted with a triple-double during Sunday's easy win over Orlando, tallying 24 points, eight rebounds, nine assists, three triples, one block and three turnovers in 30 minutes.
Brogdon has been ballin’ out over the past nine games, flirting with top 35 value behind averages of 24.8 points, 8.1 boards, 6.8 dimes, 2.9 treys and just 1.8 turnovers per contest on 46.6% shooting. He’s been spending more time running the offense with Domantas Sabonis (back) on the sidelines, and his managers have to appreciate all the dimes with the fantasy playoffs in full swing. He’s a difference-maker."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Stephen Curry knocked down his 85th April 3-pointer during Sunday's 117-113 win over the Kings, moving him past James Harden (82) for the most 3-pointers in a single month of basketball.
Curry went bonkers yet again, finishing with 37 points (11-of-21 FG, 8-of-11 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, seven triples, one steal, one block and a forgivable seven turnovers in his 38 minutes of floor time. He was hot from the jump, drilling his first three buckets (with his second make being particularly absurd), and this was No. 30's 30th 30-point performance of the season. He blocked Richaun Holmes' at the rim with under a minutes left and the Dubs' up by 3, but then in a crazy sequence at the end of the game he nearly coughed up the win by turning the ball over with 13.0 seconds left and the Dubs riding just a one-point lead; but Buddy Hield lost control of the ball on his way to the basket and gave the ball right back. In the end, the Dubs got the win, giving them the tie-breaker advantage over the Kings in the Western Conference."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, April 25, 2021
Per NBC Sports Edge, "DeMar DeRozan shot 10-of-21 from the field and 12-of-12 from the foul line in Saturday's win over the Pelicans, recording a line of 32 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 37 minutes.
DeRozan was back in the lineup after sitting out Thursday's win over the Pistons and, outside of the five turnovers, he had a very good night at the office. The 32 points were one shy of his total in his prior two appearances combined, and the foul line was a big reason why. In games against the Pacers and Heat, DeRozan shot a combined 11-of-13 from the charity stripe. Saturday night, he went 12-of-12, and down the stretch the Pelicans decided to play DeRozan straight up. Which resulted in one of the best postgame quotes in the NBA this season. "If you want to stay on the island with me, I’m going to be the one to get the pineapple first … whatever the hell that means," DeRozan said. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Michael Porter Jr. hit 13-of-21 shots and a career-high eight 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 39 points, six rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 36 minutes of Saturday's easy 129-116 win over the Rockets.
This is why we've been so high on MPJ all year and as long as he can set his feet and get a good look, the 3-pointers look like easy money. Add in the three blocks and a potential knee injury to teammate Aaron Gordon, and MPJ is primed for a big finish to this season. And had he not been shut down for a couple weeks early due to health and safety protocols, his season would have been even more dreamy. Even with the early missed games, MPJ has been the 31st best player in fantasy this season and has easily lived up to the hype. And he's only going to get better. MPJ and the Nuggets play four times per week in the final three weeks of the season and the hope is they keep rolling him out there and letting him do his thing. He may have helped his fantasy managers win a championship with tonight's monster line. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "P.J. Dozier started for Will Barton (hamstring) on Saturday and went off for a career-high 23 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers on 10-of-13 shooting in a 129-116 win over the Rockets.
Barton and Monte Morris (hamstring) are out indefinitely and Jamal Murray is done for the season, making Dozier worth a look in all leagues. And given tonight's monster line, he looks like the fantasy pickup of the day. Go get him and ask questions later. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Montrezl Harrell picked up his first DNP-CD of the season on Saturday vs. the Mavericks.
The Lakers lost their third straight and second with Anthony Davis back in the lineup, so there are no guarantees Vogel stays with Marc Gasol over Harrell as his backup center. The rotation could change based on matchups, but either way both Harrell and Gasol are unlikely fantasy assets with Andre Drummond healthy and playing 30+ minutes per game. Harrell is still rostered in over 75% of Yahoo leagues, but that number should plummet in the coming days."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, April 24, 2021
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Draymond Green matched his career-high of 19 dimes with two points, 12 rebounds and six turnovers in 33 minutes of a 118-97 win vs. Denver Friday.
Green has been on quite the roll in fantasy leagues despite not scoring much, posting top-20 numbers in 9-cat over the last two weeks with 8.3 points, 8.9 dimes, 7.0 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 0.7 blocks. He’s loving life delivering crisp passes to Stephen Curry all day with this being his sixth game of the season with at least 15 dimes. He’ll get a matchup vs. the Kings on Sunday."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jusuf Nurkic scored a season-high 26 points and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds on Friday, adding five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in a tough loss to the visiting Grizzlies.
Memphis was playing without Jonas Valanciunas (concussion) and Nurk made them pay for a lack of size. Unfortunately, his efforts were in vain after he air-balled a shot from directly under the basket that could have given Portland the lead with eight seconds left. At least he looked like his dominant self again, which is fantastic news for fantasy GMs who have suffered through his DNPs and subpar production all season. These teams meet again on Sunday, then again on Wednesday, so Nurk has the chance to write a new ending in fantasy and reality."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jaren Jackson Jr. finished Friday's 128-126 road win with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes of action.
Prior to the game, coach Taylor Jenkins said the Grizzlies would be "smart with [Jackson Jr.'s] minutes," and they managed him well enough to keep him on the court down the stretch tonight. Jenkins wouldn't say how long JJJ will be on a minute-limit or come off the bench, but as long as he's active fantasy GMs should lock him into lineups. Admittedly, some DNPs could be coming in the final weeks of the regular season and Memphis has five back-to-back sets remaining. But he's finally healthy, so just play him and enjoy the fantasy goodness which included nearly a point per minute tonight. After all, this is a guy who averaged 0.22 blocks per minute in his debut on Wednesday. We're half-joking because of the sample size, but the Burj Khalifa wouldn't even scrape JJJ's fantasy ceiling."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Will Barton (hamstring strain) is expected to miss at least a handful of games.
There's no report of a timetable so we're going to mark him as out indefinitely. Barton told coach Malone that he felt something "pop" so this is a huge buzzkill for Denver. In his absence, look for P.J. Dozier to get extended run with enough upside to become a late-round fantasy player. "
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, April 23, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball performers were Giannis, Derrick White, Luka Doncic, Andre Drummond, Jakob Poeltl, Chris Paul, Nikola Vucevic, Dennis Schroder, Kemba Walker and Bobby Portis.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Derrick White started and played 29 minutes, racking up 26 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, eight assists, a steal and three blocks in Thursday's 106-91 win over the Pistons.
It wasn't hard to see this one coming with both DeMar DeRozan and Dejounte Murray getting the night off and White came through with a massive line. He also hit 8-of-8 free throws and blocked three shots for the second time in five games. It's just too bad Gregg Popovich doesn't rest DeRozan and Murray more often, or White might be an All-Star. Hopefully, you rode with him in DFS and regular fantasy leagues tonight. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kristaps Porzingis sprained his left ankle and won't return to Thursday's game against the Lakers.
He somewhat surprisingly played in the back-to-back tonight and in hindsight, maybe he should have just taken the night off. KP finished with 19 points, six rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer on 6-of-11 shooting and should be considered day-to-day with the injury, although it didn't look great in replays and it's possible he misses some time. Luka Doncic is on the bench with his shoe off, also dealing with an ankle issue, but we're guessing he'll return. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Anthony Davis (calf) finally returned to action on Thursday and played 17 first-half minutes to finish with four points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block on 2-of-10 shooting before sitting out the second half.
Sitting after the break was the plan all along as the Lakers will baby him back into action. He missed both of his free throws and looked rusty, understandably, but he also showed signs of being the AD we all know so well. He'd missed 30 games and will be on a minutes count for the foreseeable future but will hopefully be back to speed within a week or so. Welcome back, AD. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Chris Boucher has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his left knee.
Boucher avoids a major injury which is the good news, but he's still expected to miss time which is the bad news for fantasy managers. According to Shams Charania, Boucher's return timetable will be based on the rehab process, so we're still lacking some clarity on how much time he'll miss. In the meantime, the Raptors will likely turn to Freddie Gillespie and Yuta Watanabe to pick up the slack and it's worth mentioning that the Raptors have a 5-game week coming up. "
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, April 22, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball performers were Joel Embiid, Kyrie Irving, Clint Capela, Julius Randle, Luka Doncic, Malcolm Brogdon, Kent Bazemore, Caris LeVert, Trae Young and De'Aaron Fox
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Clint Capela posted a 25-point, 22-rebound double-double on Wednesday, but he had a hard fall during the game and hurt his back; although he was able to play through it.
Capela went 12-of-17 from the field and 1-of-5 from the line, adding one assist, two steals and one block while he was out there, but he acknowledged after the game that his back was feeling pretty sore. He fell right on his tailbone after getting tangled up on a drive to the hoop late in the game, and while he didn't miss a possession and played every minute of the overtime period, it wouldn't be shocking if his back gets worse on the flight back to Atlanta. For now, we'll be considering him questionable for Friday's game vs. the Heat."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jimmy Butler (ankle) flirting with a triple-double in his return to action on Wednesday, tallying 18 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds, one steal and three turnovers across 34 minutes.
Butler was back in action following a two-game stint on the sidelines and he finished 6-of-13 from the floor and 6-of-6 at the stripe. He didn't appear to have any issues with his ankle, although with a Friday-Saturday, back-to-back set coming up vs. Atlanta and Chicago, it's possible he'll skip one of those games. However, if you don't read here that he's out, you can assume that he's playing."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Damian Lillard returned from a three-game absence with a hamstring injury and hit 9-of-23 shots and 2-of-10 3-pointers for 22 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals in Wednesday's tough 106-105 loss to the Nuggets.
He was a little rusty but played well overall and only committed two turnovers. The Blazers play again on Friday against Memphis but still have four back-to-back sets on the schedule. The first one is on Sunday/Monday May 2 & 3 and hopefully, Lillard will be good to go in both of them. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Ja Morant scored 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.
Morant added six rebounds, four triples, four assists and one steal in his 31 minutes of floor time, but he also committed an unfortunate four turnovers and was 0-of-4 at the charity stripe. The Grizzlies opened tonight's game strong, going up by 18 points in the first quarter, but they got decimated by some of the Clippers' grizzly vets after that and wound up blowing the game. Still, they remain one game over .500 and are sitting in the No. 8 spot out West."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, April 21, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball performers were Karl-Anthony Towns, Paul George, CJ McCollum, Zion Williamson, Anthony Edwards, Kyrie Irving, Clint Capela, Julius Randle, Terry Rozier, Trae Young.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kawhi Leonard will have his sore right foot re-evaluated next week, meaning he will miss at least the next three games for the Clippers.
Leonard looked fine in his return to the floor on Monday, but apparently, he suffered a setback with the foot issue. It's still a bit unclear exactly what he's dealing with as the team as only listed it as "soreness," but it appears to be something more than that with him now going down again for a multi-game period. Paul George will be a monster on offense until Leonard gets back and Luke Kennard could get some more starts."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "RJ Barrett shot 8-of-17 from the field and 2-of-2 from the foul line in Tuesday's win over the Hornets, recording a line of 24 points, one rebound, one block and six 3-pointers in 39 minutes.
Barrett made his first shot of the game and then went cold, missing seven in a row and scoring three points in the first half. After halftime he looked like a different player, scoring 18 in the third quarter alone. Barrett continues to make strides as a perimeter shooter, which has given his fantasy value a welcome boost in recent weeks. Barrett is closing in on top-100 value over the last two weeks, and while that isn't great, it is an improvement on where he was at the All-Star break. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Clint Capela notched his 38th double-double of the season by halftime and finished Tuesday's win over the Magic with 14 points, 19 boards and two blocks on 7-of-12 shooting.
Capela is one of the most underrated players in the game and is having a great season for the Hawks. This was his 26th game of the season with at least 15 rebounds and his strong play is largely responsible for the Hawks resurgence as the No. 4 seed in the East. Atlanta has a huge game against the No. 5 Knicks, who are just 0.5 games back and have won seven straight, on Wednesday night in New York."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kyrie Irving had another big night Tuesday, leading the Nets past the Pelicans with a line of 32 points (12-of-19 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), two rebounds, eight assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
The lone negative for Irving on this night was the fact that he turned the ball over five times. But with James Harden (hamstring) and Kevin Durant (thigh) both sidelined, he's been left to do a lot of the heavy lifting for the Nets in recent games. For the season, Irving has been a top-10 player in both 8- and 9-cat formats. With Harden out indefinitely, Irving will be on the ball even more. With that being the case, he could crack the top-5 before season's end. "
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, April 20, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Jokic, Ja Morant, Joel Embiid, Stephen Curry and Devin Booker.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Devin Booker hit 9-of-24 shots and a 3-pointer for 24 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a block in 44 minutes, and he hit the game-winning free throw at the end of overtime to seal the 128-127 win at Milwaukee.
The Suns are unbelievable these days and Booker and Chris Paul combined for just three turnovers in tonight's overtime win. Booker got a controversial foul call with 0.3 seconds left on the clock, drained the first one and then missed the second one on purpose, ending the game. Starters Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton, Chris Paul and Booker all scored at least 20 points in another impressive win. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Russell Westbrook recorded his 26th triple-double of the season on Monday, scoring 13 points with 17 assists, 11 rebounds, three steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.
Westbrook recently became the first player in NBA history to have at least 25 triple-doubles in four different seasons. He's also the first player to notch 15 of them in a 20-game span, and what he's doing is so unique that it's hard to put his accomplishments into proper context. As usual, Monday's stat line was a mixed bag for fantasy purposes since he's also shot 5-of-18 from the field and 2-of-6 from the line with eight turnovers. Classic Westbrook."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "De'Anthony Melton (sore left leg) was fantastic in his return on Monday, scoring 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting with six 3-pointers, eight rebounds, six assists, four steals and two turnovers in a season-high 41 minutes.
Melton hadn't played since Apr. 4 due to a left leg injury which the Grizzlies never really gave any details about. There was no rust evident. He had 19 points at halftime and clearly wasn't on any sort of minute-limit, benefiting from Desmond Bane's foul trouble and the absence of Dillon Brooks (left thigh). We'll keep an eye on Melton's availability for both ends of a back-to-back set on Apr. 25-26, but otherwise he can obviously be picked up and deployed with confidence. He's rostered in under 10% of Yahoo leagues, too."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Ja Morant torched the Nuggets for 36 points and 12 assists during Monday's double-OT loss in Denver, adding eight rebounds with two steals, two 3-pointers and one block.
Morant was denied the victory despite a massive performance that included nine straight points to open the first OT period. He finished 13-of-24 from the field and 8-of-11 from the line, and fantasy managers must be wondering where this version of Ja has been for most of the season. His much-anticipated breakout hasn't happened and his stats are mostly flat compared to his rookie campaign, but maybe he'll light some fireworks to close the fantasy season with a bang."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, April 19, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Clint Capela, Terry Rozier, Julius Randle, Luka Doncic and Trae Young.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Luka Doncic's 37 points were not enough for the Mavericks to get a win over the Kings on Sunday.
Doncic got off to a poor start tonight, bricking his first five shots and going just 3-of-11 from the floor through the first half of action, but he completely flipped the script after halftime and finished 14-of-27 from the field as he tried to guide the Mavericks to a comeback win. He added eight rebounds, four assists, four 3-pointers, one steal, three blocks and four turnovers in his 36 minutes of floor time, so this was essentially your prototypical Luke Doncic stat line."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Anthony Davis (right calf strain) won't play on Monday against the Jazz.
Davis was never likely to return on Monday, with Thursday's game against the Mavericks as the target date. Markieff Morris, Andre Drummond, and Montrezl Harrell should continue to fill in the big man role until he's ready to play."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Karl-Anthony Towns put up 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, one 3-pointer and three turnovers before he hurt his right knee on Sunday and left the game.
KAT tweaked his right knee going to the rack with some knee-to-knee contact as he went up and an awkward landing as he came down, and while he stayed in to take his free throws and played through a couple of possessions after the injury, he was clearly hobbled. He couldn't really run at a full sprint, and with the Timberwolves' next game being the first of a back-to-back, we wouldn't be surprised at all to see him skip that one. If he does need to hit the sidelines, Naz Reid would likely get the start and Jarred Vanderbilt would have the opportunity to be a larger part of the rotation. For what it's worth, Chris Finch didn't seem terribly concerned after the game and said he pulled him as a precaution, so he shouldn't be out long if he does need to miss time."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kawhi Leonard (foot) fell just two assists shy of notching a triple-double in his return to action on Sunday, tallying 15 points, 11 rebounds, eight dimes, two triples, one block and three turnovers across 23 minutes in an easy win over the Timberwolves.
Leonard looked great while he was out there, and even threw down a big alley-oop jam, so it's probably safe to say that he's moved on from the foot issue. The Clippers crushed the Timberwolves from the perimeter tonight, going 21-of-42 from distance, which marked just the seventh time in franchise history (third time this season) that L.A. has bombed away at least 20 triples. Due to the blowout, Paul George had his 30-point streak come to an end tonight, as he finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, five assists, four triples, two steals, one block and three turnovers across 27 minutes."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, April 18, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Jayson Tatum, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Dennis Schroder, Joe Ingles.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Dennis Schroder played 39 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Jazz, recording a line of 25 points (11-of-24 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), six rebounds, eight assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer.
After struggling in Thursday's loss to the Celtics, Schroder managed to bounce back Saturday afternoon. He's scored 19 points or more in four of the Lakers' last five games, taking on more responsibility as a scorer while also continuing to facilitate for his teammates. Over the last month Schroder has been the Lakers' lone top-100 player, providing 5th-round value in 8-cat formats, and 8th-round value in 9-cat. Anthony Davis is on track to return to the lineup soon, which will take some of the offensive workload off of Schroder's shoulders. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Andre Drummond had his best game as a Laker in Saturday's win over the Jazz, as he posted a line of 27 points (10-of-15 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 30 minutes.
Drummond was relatively quiet during the first half, but he was able to get going in the third quarter thanks to the defensive end of the floor. The big fella had two steals that resulted in dunks, and there was a third run-out as well. We're still waiting to see how Drummond will look playing alongside Anthony Davis and LeBron James, and in the case of the former, that may happen as soon as next week. His fantasy value will take a hit as far as the scoring is concerned, but Drummond should be a more than capable contributor as a rebounder and defender. Following the game Drummond said that the right big toe that kept him sidelined for a few games may get sore on occasion, but he feels that he has the situation under control. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jabari Parker made his Celtics debut on Saturday, scoring 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting with four rebounds in 16 minutes.
Boston signed the 26-year-old Parker to a two-year deal on Friday, and he promptly scored more points than he'd scored all season with the Kings. It's unclear if the second year has any guaranteed money, so this could be a very low-risk trial for the Celtics as they try to bridge the absence of Evan Fournier (COVID protocols). Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the team will "be patient" with Parker, and that they view him as a power forward who can occasionally play some small-ball center. He looked ready to go tonight, but remains a dubious source of fantasy value."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jayson Tatum torched the Warriors for 44 points in a 119-114 win on Saturday, making 16-of-25 shots with five 3-pointers, 10 boards, three dimes and a pair of steals.
Tatum is playing with supreme confidence. He recently said that he feels closer to 100% than he did when initially returning from COVID-19, and that his lungs are functioning better with the use of an inhaler. It shows. The Celtics were down two starters including his running partner Jaylen Brown (illness), so the scoring burden fell on Tatum's capable shoulders with help from Kemba Walker (26 points). He's at high tide with top-10 roto value for the past month."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, April 17, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Julius Randle, Jimmy Butler, Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook, Luka Doncic, Brandon Ingram, Paul George, Joel Embiid, Rudy Gobert and Domantas Sabonis.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Miles Bridges erupted for a career-high 33 points on Friday, raining down 13-of-18 shots with a 6-of-10 mark from deep in a 130-115 road loss in Brooklyn.
Bridges' career night also included nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. Charlotte was once again playing without half of their regular rotation guys, including LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward, P.J. Washington, Devonte' Graham and Malik Monk, and Bridges took full advantage of being green-lit offensively. He came in hot in April with 17.6 points on 51.6% shooting (44.0% from deep), and is simply a must-start fantasy player until further notice."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jimmy Butler's 30 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists weren't enough to avoid a 119-111 road loss vs. the Wolves on Friday.
The Heat opened their road trip with a win in Portland but since then they've dropped three straight to even their record at 28-28. Butler did his part tonight with 9-of-19 field goals and 12-of-15 free throws, plus three steals, one block and one turnover, so fantasy GMs still went home happy. Miami will look to snap their three-game skid at home vs. the Nets on Sunday."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Luka Doncic scored 22 points and handed out a career-high-tying 19 assists on Friday, adding eight rebounds and a block in 38 minutes vs. the Knicks.
Doncic was coming off his unbelievable buzzer-beater from Wednesday, a play which earned unique praise from coach Rick Carlisle. “He sees angles and possibilities and has a belief system that very few of us can fathom,” Carlisle said, before comparing his superstar to Harry Houdini. Doncic approached his career high of 19 dimes tonight but his Houdini act wasn't enough to avoid the loss, dropping Dallas to 13-13 at home this season. They're 17-12 on the road, though, helping them hang onto the No. 7 seed just a game back of the Blazers for No. 6."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Julius Randle powered the Knicks to a road win in Dallas on Friday, scoring a season-high-tying 44 points on 16-of-29 shooting, including a 6-of-11 mark from downtown.
When he shoots like this from deep it's lights out for most defenses. The Knicks are now on a five-game win streak, their longest streak since 2014, and as usual Randle is in the middle of it all. He filled out his stat line tonight with 10 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block, playing 41 minutes. This game will go along way toward improving his rough FG% of late (41.9% since the All-Star break), and if you're willing to ignore out his turnovers he's cruising along with early-round value. Not bad for a guy who was taken in the late-middle rounds of most fantasy drafts."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, April 16, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Jaylen Brown, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Stephen Curry, Talen Horton-Tucker, Clint Capela, Chris Paul, De'Aaron Fox, Deandre Ayton, Jrue Holiday and Andrew Wiggins.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Stephen Curry scored 33 points (12-of-25 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs) with five assists, four rebounds, two blocks and four triples in 34 minutes of a 119-101 win vs. the Cavaliers on Thursday.
Curry was the No. 1 player in 9-category leagues in his previous six games, putting up 40.5 points, 4.7 dimes and 7.0 triples. "When we play small like we're doing, it spreads the floor and [Curry] gets opportunities," coach Steve Kerr said. "It's really a comfortable game for Steph and Draymond when we play this way." Curry got off to a slow start vs. the Cavs and was just 4-of-13 from beyond the arc, yet still managed to drop 33 points on an “off night.”"
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Bogdan Bogdanovic went off again for 28 points (10-of-20 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), seven assists, six rebounds, one steal and six triples in 38 minutes of a 120-109 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday.
Bogdanovic now has at least 21 points in eight of his last 10 games since March 30. This one had to feel good against the team that nearly acquired him during the offseason, but the Bucks got the last laugh as Bogdan simply didn’t have enough help this evening. He’s been ridiculously good in fantasy lately with a first-round valuation in his previous nine games with 21.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 4.3 triples, and it helps his case that the Hawks are so shorthanded."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Deandre Ayton led the Suns to a 122-114 win over the Kings on Thursday with 26 points (10-of-11 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), 11 rebounds and one block in 30 minutes.
The Suns have won four straight games and 14 of their past 16 and own the second-best NBA record (40-15) in the NBA. Ayton’s recent play has been instrumental in that span, as he’s been on a top-35 run in 9-cat with 16.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.1 dimes, 0.9 steals and 1.1 blocks. It hasn’t gone unnoticed by his teammates either, as Chris Paul said Ayton has been “amazing” and talked about how important he is to the team. He’s peaking at the perfect time for fantasy managers."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jaylen Brown went off for 40 points in Thursday's 121-113 win vs. the Lakers, shooting 17-of-20 from the field with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and three triples.
Coach Brad Stevens said he was "unreal" and fantasy managers would agree. “Tonight he was really dialed in scoring the ball," Stevens added. "He’s had a great year and he continues to get better.” Brown has been one of the hottest players in the East, posting top-30 numbers in his previous four games with 25.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 dimes, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks and 3.5 triples on 49% shooting. With matchups coming up vs. the Warriors and Bulls, the Celtics will like their chances of extending their winning streak to seven games."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, April 15, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Joel Embiid, Russell Westbrook, De'Aaron Fox, Nikola Vucevic, Zach LaVine and Khris Middleton.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Draymond Green notched his fourth triple-double of the season during Wednesday's blowout win over the Thunder with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists over 30 minutes.
This was the 28th triple-double of Green's career, and just the fourth time this season he's scored in double figures in back-to-back games. He added three steals, two swats and four turnovers while he was out there, and finished 5-of-10 from the field and 2-of-3 from the stripe. It'll be interesting to see if he can make it three straight double-digit scoring games on Thursday in Cleveland."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "De'Aaron Fox went off in another loss on Wednesday, scoring 33 points to go along with five boards, six dimes, six steals and a block.
The six steals tie his career high set back in 2019 against the Lakers. Fox is enjoying arguably the best stretch of his career, but all the while the Kings have now lost eight straight games and their chances at grabbing one of the play-in spots are quickly slipping away. Fox just signed a huge contract to remain with the Kings for the foreseeable future, so you have to wonder how management will approach the makeup of the team after this season concludes. Regardless, Fox’s fantasy managers are loving life right now and he’s primed for a big statistical finish regardless of how things play out for the Kings. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Bam Adebayo put up 21 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals, two swats and an unfortunate six turnovers across 30 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Nuggets.
Adebayo only attempted six shots on Tuesday, but he surpassed that total within the first seven minutes of today's game and finished on 7-of-16 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 from the stripe. This was also his 41st straight game hitting double figures in the scoring department, which is a career-best streak. Head coach Erik Spoelstra talked about the need to have Bam be more aggressive after the game, saying, "We have to make a conscious effort as a team to get him involved and get him in his sweet spots because he creates so many good things for our team." That's exactly what you want to hear from a head coach, so we doubt he'll have another game this season where he only attempts six shots."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Nikola Jokic notched his 15th triple-double of the season on Wednesday with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists over 32 minutes in an easy win over the Heat.
The Joker was locked in from the jump, drilling his first four buckets and he finished 6-of-14 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the stripe. He added one 3-pointer, one steal, two blocks and just two turnovers while he was out there, and he's going to need to step into an even larger role offensively with Jamal Murray (knee) not coming back this season. "He's got to be the guy that kind of rights the ship, puts the team on his back," said Malone of his star center. "Because that's what MVP's do. And in my humble opinion, I think he is the MVP this season." Accurate."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, April 14, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Lu Dort, Paul George, Jayson Tatum, Pascal Siakam, Kevin Durant, Malcolm Brogdon, Caris LeVert and Clint Capela.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Malcolm Brogdon played 36 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Clippers, recording a line of 29 points (12-of-18 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), five rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers.
After scoring 11 points in his first game back from a sore right hip, Brogdon has looked like his usual self in the Clippers' last two. He's scored 29 in back-to-back games, the first time he's had 25 or more in consecutive outings since March 12-13. Brogdon is ranked safely within the top-50, and it would not come as a surprise if he were to be a top-25 player by season's end. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Lu Dort went wild vs. the Jazz on Tuesday with a career-high 42 points on 16-of-31 shooting, seven 3-pointers, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Dort joins Kevin Durant as the only players in Thunder franchise history to score 40+ points at age 21 or younger, but Dort wasn't only a scorer tonight. His relentless defense also baited Utah in at least three offensive fouls, while helping to hold Utah to 41.9% shooting. The Thunder are light on offensive firepower without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (right foot), so Dort should have clearance to launch as many shots as he pleases. That's a mixed blessing since he's just 38.9% from the field and 75.2% from the line this season, inefficiency that hampers his overall appeal in category leagues. He shouldn't be on any waiver wires after this massive performance but don't set your expectations too high."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Rudy Gobert finished Tuesday's home win vs. the Thunder with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, 14 rebounds, seven blocks, one assist and one steal in 34 minutes.
The Jazz were coming off a humbling home loss to the Wizards, and Gobert conceded that wear-and-tear played a role. “There is [fatigue]," he said. "At the end of the day, I think we’re going to have to be smart, because the goal is for us to be fresh for the playoffs, but at the same time to keep competing and, more importantly, keep getting better." The Jazz rested Mike Conley on Monday and both Joe Ingles and Royce O'Neale were out on Tuesday, so it's very possible Gobert will get some DNP-Rest days in the coming weeks. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jayson Tatum recorded a line of 32 points (10-of-17 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs), nine rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Blazers.
Tatum has now scored 25 points or more in four straight, and 10 of his last 12 games. He got off to a slow start Tuesday night but got rolling after halftime, as he scored 25 second-half points. Over the last month Tatum has provided first-round value in both 8- and 9-cat formats, averaging 27.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 3.4 3-pointers per game while shooting 48.6% from the field and 89.6% from the foul line. Tatum's recent run looks quite familiar to his head coach. "This is about the time, the number of games, where last year he started taking off, and you can kinda see that in the last so many weeks," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after Tuesday's win. What's interesting about this is that Tatum revealed after the game that he has been using an inhaler since coming down with COVID-19. The return from that illness can be unpredictable, and it has taken Tatum some time to get back to the player that he was. He may not be all the way "back," but he's close. "
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, April 13, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Stephen Curry, Russsell Westbrook, Brandon Ingram, De'Aaron Fox, Jonas Valanciunas, Julius Randle, Donovan Mitchell, Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic and Christian Wood.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jonas Valanciunas bullied Chicago for 26 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and two assists during Monday's home win in Memphis, making 12-of-15 field goals and 2-of-2 free throws in 34 minutes.
It remains to be seen how Jaren Jackson Jr. (right knee surgery) will impact Valanciunas in the season's final weeks, with JJJ expected back later this month. The Grizzlies' rising star will likely have restrictions for the foreseeable future, and the way JV is playing it'll be hard to reduce his minutes anyway. The last time he failed to secure double-digit rebounds in a game was on Feb. 28, and through seven games in April he's averaging 21.3 points on 66.3% shooting, plus a 93.3% mark at the line. He's added 16.7 boards and 2.7 blocks over the past three games, and is simply carrying fantasy teams at a critical moment with playoffs starting or about to start. Life is good for JV's fantasy managers right now."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Joel Embiid decimated the Mavs on Monday with a game-high 36 points on 10-of-17 field goals and 14-of-15 free throws, adding a pair of 3-pointers with seven boards, two dimes and a steal in 26 minutes.
Embiid was clobbered by Boban Marjanovic in the first quarter, and was checking for loose teeth on the bench after the contact (which somehow didn't earn him a foul). There's no reason to think he'll appear on the injury report, fortunately, and his DNP risk is low this week since Philly doesn't play back-to-back games until Apr. 21-22. The Mavs had absolutely no answers for Embiid and he wasn't needed in the fourth quarter due to the lopsided score, so he'll be well rested for a must-watch game vs. Brooklyn on Wednesday."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jamal Murray suffered what appeared to be a serious left knee in the final minute of Monday's game.
Murray's knee appeared to buckle as he landed after a layup attempt, and he immediately grabbed above his left knee in pain. He was helped off the court and will have an MRI, so until the results are known we'll reserve judgment. Nuggets coach Mike Malone said some of his coaching staff speculated it could be a hyper-extended knee. It's safe to assume that he'll miss at least some time with the injury. Facundo Campazzo should resume starting with Monte Morris taking on a bigger role. The Nuggets were already considering adding a free agent guard, with Austin Rivers, Troy Daniels and Gerald Green mentioned as possibilities. That could take on more urgency, depending on Murray's test results. Here's hoping it's not a serious as it seemed."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Stephen Curry passed Wilt Chamberlain to become the Warriors' all-time leading scorer on Monday, finishing a 116-107 win vs. Denver with 53 points, 10 three-pointers, seven rebounds and four assists.
Steph was hyped for the moment, erupting for 21 points in the first quarter alone to pass Wilt. He shot 14-of-24 from the field, 10-of-18 from deep and 15-of-16 from the line in 36 minutes. "What he's doing is ridiculous," Steve Kerr said after the game. "Nobody has ever shot the ball like this. He can shoot anywhere, anytime, any situation, any defender on him." He's been unguardable and looks ready to single-handedly drag the Warriors into the postseason -- they're currently one game up on the Pelicans for the No. 10 seed."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, April 12, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Jonas Valanciunas, Zion Williamson, Caris LeVert, Kristaps Porzingis, Malcolm Brogdon, Karl-Anthony Towns, DeMar DeRozan and Paul George.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kristaps Porzingis posted a 31-point, 15-rebound double-double in Sunday's narrow loss to the Spurs.
KP was locked in from the jump today, recording a 20-10 double-double within his first 16 minutes of play, and he finished 12-of-21 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the stripe. He added three assists, three triples, two swats and three turnovers in his 36 minutes of floor time, but ultimately, it was not enough to give Dallas the win. Luka Doncic was the Mavs' second-leading scorer tonight, and he finished with 29 points (10-of-17 FG, 7-of-8 FT), three boards, seven dimes, two treys, one steal and five turnovers in 35 minutes."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jimmy Butler was marvelous during Sunday's 107-98 win over Portland, tallying 20 points, four rebounds, five assists, one 3-pointer, four steals, two blocks and three turnovers across 36 minutes.
Butler got his buckets efficiently too, finishing 7-of-13 from the field and 5-of-6 from the stripe, and he helped hold Portland to under 100 points — something Miami has done 19 times this season. Bam Adebayo was also solid in the win, scoring a game-high 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting (4-of-8 FT) to go with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 35 minutes. The Heat have now won two in a row, and they'll look to keep that streak going on Tuesday in Phoenix."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Paul George had his third straight 30-plus-point performance on Sunday, tallying 32 points (12-of-25 FG, 7-of-7 FT), three boards, nine dimes, one triple, one steal and two turnovers across 37 minutes.
PG-13 was rested on Friday, but he was back in action tonight and saw a nice uptick in usage with Kawhi Leonard taking the night off. He’s been ballin’ out and at just the right time with the fantasy playoffs about to be in full swing, so George will likely be on a lot of winning fantasy teams this season. "I just got into a good groove, rhythm, physical, mental space. I know what I need to do," said George after the game. "I've been locked in and focused... I've just been at peace, I'm loving and enjoying the game. And the team is coming together.""
Per NBC Sports Edge, "LeBron James (ankle) is set to return to the lineup in about three weeks, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
The Lakers announced on Saturday that Anthony Davis is expected in the next 10-14 days, while LeBron is said to be a week behind Davis. That's great news for the Lakers, but not so much for fantasy managers with the playoffs underway in most leagues. Talen Horton-Tucker and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will continue to provide streaming value in the meantime. "
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, April 10, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Jayson Tatum, Zach LaVine, Trae Young, Zion Williamson, Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, Karl-Anthony Towns, Reggie Jackson, Russell Westbrook and DeMar DeRozan.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Zach LaVine went bonkers for a career-high 50 points vs. the Hawks in Friday's 120-108 loss, going 18-of-31 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line with eight rebounds, five assists and seven triples in 39 minutes.
LaVine scored a franchise record 39 points in the first half and even scored 25 straight, breaking Michael Jordan's record of 23. He also became the fifth Bull to ever reach 50 points and the first since Jimmy Butler did it in 2007. LaVine is well on pace for his best ever season in both real life and in fantasy, ranking inside the top-25 for 9-cat leagues. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Zion Williamson erupted for 37 points with career highs of 15 rebounds and eight assists vs. Philly on Friday, making 15-of-28 field goals and 7-of-11 free throws in 35 minutes.
Prior to the game, Sixers coach Doc Rivers lavished praise on the Pelicans' developing superstar. "He keeps getting better,” Rivers said. “He’s so much more than a dunker. He’s a playmaker at this size. His speed and power is really unmatched in a lot of ways." Rivers' team was on the wrong end of Zion's unique talent tonight, with New Orleans gaining separation in the third quarter for a 101-94 home win. His huge streak of 20-point games with 50% or better shooting ended vs. the Nets on Wednesday, but he wasted no time by getting back there tonight. He's riding high after this career performance and is poised to dominate during a back-to-back set vs. the Cavaliers (Sunday) and Kings (Monday)."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "DeMar DeRozan handed out 12 assists during Friday's tough loss in Denver, while scoring 24 points on 8-of-14 field goals and 8-of-8 free throws in 37 minutes.
The Spurs have lost nine of their past 11 games and tonight's 121-119 defeat was a heart-breaker after they erased a big deficit to have a chance in the game's final possessions. DeRozan continues to reach new heights as a playmaker with a career-high 7.0 dimes per game this season, which has helped him maintain top-50 fantasy value in category leagues. The Spurs' playoff chase reduces the odds of rest down the stretch, so it should be a fun finish for DeMar's fantasy managers."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kevin Porter Jr. handed out a career-high 13 assists during Friday's loss to the Clippers, adding 14 points (4-of-13 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) and six rebounds in 31 minutes of action.
Houston got shellacked in the second quarter, 41-10, but they hung around thanks in large part to KPJ's career night. John Wall was resting in the first half of a back-to-back, and coach Stephen Silas said the Rockets will continue that cautious approach for the rest of the season. Wall's absence opens up more on-ball minutes for KPJ, which (as tonight demonstrates) is a good thing for his fantasy value. Percentages continue to be an issue with 44.0% FGs and 68.2% FTs over the past month, and he's turning it over in bunches, but the counting stats are too alluring pass up."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, April 9, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Chris Boucher, Paul George, Donovan Mitchell, Kristaps Porzingis, Jimmy Butler, Luka Doncic, Zach LaVine, Rudy Gobert and Cory Joseph.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Chris Boucher had a monster game against the Bulls on Thursday night going 14-of-24 for 38 points, 19 rebounds, one steal and one block.
Boucher had a career high in points and rebounds against Chicago, helping the Raptors mount a late comeback that fell short. He was all over the floor tonight and dominated both ends, finishing with a plus/minus of +16 in a game Toronto lost by nine. Nick Nurse continues to mess with Boucher's minutes and confidence but he's too good a player not to be rostered and started on a nightly basis. Thankfully, this didn't happen on a night with 10 or more games when Boucher could have potentially been benched by disgruntled fantasy managers. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Khris Middleton shot just 6-of-27 from the field during Thursday's loss in Dallas, scoring 14 points with eight rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Middleton hit a pair of 3-pointers and only committed one turnover, but the brutal high-volume FG% is hard to overcome. He's facing a ton of defensive attention without Giannis Antetokounmpo (left knee) but typically fares better regardless of the circumstances -- this was his second-worst shooting performance of the season after a 3-of-15 dud back on Dec. 30. Expect a bounce-back effort vs. the short-handed Hornets on Friday."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Donovan Mitchell hit 14-of-25 shots, 1-of-8 3-pointers and 8-of-8 free throws for 37 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 33 minutes of Thursday's 122-103 win over the Blazers.
Mitchell had 41 points on Wednesday and took a Damian Lillard knee to his right shin tonight, but played through it. It clearly didn't slow him down and he's scored at least 30 or 40 points in seven of his last 12 games and is averaging 39 points over his last two. The fact that Jordan Clarkson sat this one out with a sprained right ankle probably helped Mitchell a little, but he's been great with Clarkson in the lineup, as well. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Paul George led the Clippers to a 113-103 win over the Suns on Thursday, scoring 33 points (12-of-19 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and seven triples in 34 minutes.
George may not be close to 100 percent, but you wouldn’t be able to tell based off his last two games -- he had a 36-point the showing the game prior with six triples and five dimes. The Clippers do have an easy game vs. the Rockets on Friday for the second night of this back-to-back, so a DNP-rest is a possibility for George and Kawhi Leonard."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, April 7, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Jokic, Stephen Curry, Nikola Vucevic, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Zion Williamson, Trae Young, Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Paul George (toe) hit 11-of-18 shots, six 3-pointers and 8-of-8 free throws for 36 points, three rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 34 minutes of Tuesday's 133-116 win over the Blazers.
Now that's more like it! PG-13 had scored just 16 and 17 points in his previous two games and this was his first 30-point performance since March 2. He's (clearly) been bothered by a toe injury but appeared to be feeling much better tonight. Hopefully, the toe injury is becoming a thing of the past and George will continue to ball out going forward. The Clippers are hot, winners of two straight and 10 of their last 13 and are going to need a fully healthy George if they're going to win it all this year. Kawhi Leonard added 29 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in the win. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Norman Powell had his best game as a Blazer on Tuesday when he hit 8-of-18 shots, two 3-pointers and a season-high 14-of-15 free throws for 32 points, four rebounds and one assist in 37 minutes of a 133-116 loss to the Clippers.
He led the team in scoring tonight and we're guessing that Blazers fans have already forgotten about Gary Trent, at least when it comes to playing hoops. Powell has scored in double figures in all six games he's played for the Blazers and had nine steals over his previous three games before not getting one tonight. Simply put, Powell can play, and it's taken him no time to adjust to his new teammates in Portland. And it looks like they got a steal in their deal to acquire Powell, who could end up being a difference-maker in the postseason. It's also probably not a coincidence that Powell was there to pick up the slack on a night when Damian Lillard decided to hit just 2-of-14 shots for 11 points. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Stephen Curry shot 14-of-21 from the field and 8-of-9 from the foul line in Tuesday’s comeback win over the Bucks, posting a line of 41 points, six rebounds, four assists and five 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
Curry was outstanding Tuesday night, shooting nearly 67% from the field despite being the primary focus of the Bucks defense. And he made history during the win, reaching the 200 made 3-pointers mark in a season for the eighth time in his NBA career. Curry is the only player in league history with eight such seasons, with teammate Klay Thompson next in line with seven. Curry did take a fall during the fourth quarter, but he was able to adjust to the point where he did not land directly on his bruised tailbone. So long as Curry stays healthy, he’s a safe bet for gaudy stat lines on most nights."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kevin Durant (hamstring) will play on Wednesday against the Pelicans.
After missing nearly two months, Durant will return, though the Nets will still be without one of their stars as James Harden remains sidelined. Durant will probably play with some type of minutes restriction though the number isn't clear yet. His return will bump Jeff Green and maybe Nicolas Claxton down in the rotation."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, April 6, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Darius Garland, Kyrie Irving, Devin Booker, De'Aaron Fox, Luka Doncic, Mike Conley, Deandre Ayton, Russell Westbrook, Julius Randle and Chris Paul.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "James Harden aggravated his right hamstring injury on Monday and won't return to the game.
He missed two games and tried to come back, but in hindsight that might have been an aggressive approach. Kyrie Irving should go nuts for as long as Harden is out and Bruce Brown should also become very relevant for as long as Harden is out. Harden lasted just four minutes before going to the locker room, which is a tough break for his managers on a Monday. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "D'Angelo Russell (left knee surgery) played well in his return on Monday, scoring 25 points (7-of-19 FGs, 7-of-9 FTs) with five rebounds, four 3-pointers, three rebounds, one steal and one block.
Russell played 24 minutes divided equally into 12 minutes per half. He missed nearly two months while recovering from surgery, so the Wolves will assuredly be cautious with his workload while he regains his game conditioning. He may be limited for games Wednesday (at Indy) and Friday (at Boston), and fantasy managers should prepare for a DNP during a back-to-back set Apr. 11-12. After the type of productive game he had tonight, though, there's plenty of cause for optimism."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Anthony Edwards collected 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in 38 minutes on Monday, helping the Wolves defeat the visiting Kings, 116-106.
Malik Beasley (left hamstring) is out 4-6 weeks and could realistically be done for the season, opening up more touches and shot attempts in the starting unit. Edwards should be a direct beneficiary and he's already on an upward trajectory, including a franchise-record streak of 19 consecutive games with at least one steal. The swipes are a huge boost for fantasy purposes, and he's also been tolerably efficient shooting with 44.3% FGs and 75.4% FTs since the All-Star break. He did shoot 5-of-15 tonight with a career-high-tying seven turnovers, so there's room for improvement vs. Indiana on Wednesday."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Deandre Ayton tied his season high with 27 points during Monday's win in Houston, making 10-of-14 field goals and 7-of-8 free throws with 11 boards and a pair of blocks.
It was a nice bounce-back game from Ayton, who scored just nine points vs. OKC on Friday. Phoenix fed him the ball and his size was too much for the Rockets' frontcourt, resulting in season highs for free throws attempted (eight) and made (seven). The 14 field goals were also the most Ayton has attempted in a month, but he'll face a far more difficult opponent vs. Rudy Gobert and the Jazz on Wednesday."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "The Rockets couldn't stop Devin Booker on Monday, as the Suns' star scored 36 points (11-of-20 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs) with six rebounds, six assists and a steal.
He went 6-of-8 from deep and there wasn't much defense played by either team tonight, but to be fair to Houston nobody has contained Booker lately. He's hit 32+ points in four of the past five games, and it's not merely that he's getting hot from the field (which he is). Perhaps more sustainably, he's also putting pressure on defenses and getting to the line 8.2 times per game in that span. Booker's hot streak will soon be stress-tested with a back-to-back set looming vs. the Jazz (Wednesday) and Clippers (Thursday)."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, April 5, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Kyrie Irving, Clint Capela, Nikola Vucevic, Nikola Jokic, Kelly Oubre, Lonzo Ball, James Johnson, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kyle Kuzma struggled on Sunday with six points on 2-of-10 field goals and 2-of-5 free throws, seven rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes.
Kuzma did block two shots to give fantasy managers something useful, but he also turned the ball over four times. He said afterward that the Lakers "fell short on playing together on offense," which is a kind description. They mustered only 38 points in the first half and finished 40.0% from the field as a team, while also being out-rebounded 50-36. Kuzma's inconsistency is unlikely to resolve itself any time soon, so fantasy GMs have to accept that the highs will be accompanied by plenty of lows."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Lonzo Ball (hip) drilled a career-high eight triples in his return to action on Sunday, adding 27 points, four boards, nine dimes, three steals and six turnovers across 37 minutes in a win over the Rockets.
Ball looked great in his first game back, ripping away a steal in his first three minutes of play and knocking down his first four shot attempts, all 3-pointers. He said he wanted to take his time coming back from the hip flexor issue to ensure it wouldn’t linger, and based on how he looked tonight, it seems safe to say that he’s past the injury. He did have some cramping issues in his right calf towards the closing seconds of the game and was unable to finish, but when asked about it afterward, he said he’s fine and will be ready to play on Tuesday in Atlanta."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Nikola Jokic handed out 16 dimes in Sunday's comeback win over the Magic, adding 17 points, nine rebounds, one steal and four turnovers across 38 minutes.
Jokic did a beautiful job orchestrating the offense tonight, dropping dime after dime, and he was showed with MVP chants from the home crowd throughout the game. This was Denver’s 10th straight win over Orlando, and they’ve now won 14 of their past 17 games, which has catapulted them to the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, April 3, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Giannis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Pascal Siakam, Damian Lillard, Robert Williams (Celtics), Chris Paul, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Clint Capela, Jrue Holiday and Miles Bridges.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a season-high-tying 47 points during Friday's win in Portland, making 18-of-21 shots with 12 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal.
The twice-reigning MVP began the game 6-of-6 from the field, and he finished as the first player since Wilt Chamberlain to post 45 & 10 on 85% shooting or better. He was also 11-of-13 at the line tonight, which continues a recent trend with 78.9% free throws since the All-Star break. That's an unexpected bonus for fantasy managers who may have built their teams around his egregious free-throw impact. If he can deliver a few unexpected FT%-category wins before reverting the form, so much the better. Either way, he's still an adjective-exhausting stud in both reality and fantasy."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Devin Booker went off for 32 points (11-of-20 FGs, 7-of-7 FTs), five assists, two rebounds and three triples in 30 minutes of Friday's 140-103 win over the Thunder.
This game wasn't even remotely close with Booker being the only Sun to reach 30 minutes -- no other starter even hit 25. The Suns have won five straight to improve to 34-14, and Booker has been red hot in that span with 29.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.4 dimes, 0.8 steals and 2.6 triples. Expect another monster showing on Monday vs. the reeling Rockets. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Clint Capela racked up 14 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and six blocks in a 126-103 win vs. the Pelicans on Friday.
Coach Nate McMillan said Capela was battling a couple "tweaks" including a left ankle sprain from Thursday night, so his fantasy managers were lucky he wasn't rested along with Trae Young and Danilo Gallinari. The Hawks did reduce his minutes this evening though as a precaution, but not enough to slow him down -- Capela was already red hot entering Friday with 18.0 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in his previous three games. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Gordon Hayward has been diagnosed with a right foot sprain and will be re-evaluated in about four weeks.
Brutal. This should rule him out through April with no guarantees that he would be back for the final two weeks of the regular season in May. With Malik Monk (ankle) out at least two weeks, Miles Bridges has mid-round upside the rest of the way after his breakout game on Friday, and Brad Wanamaker could see a big uptick in minutes and is on the radar in deeper leagues. Hayward is a clear drop in season-long leagues with this news."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, April 2, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Clint Capela, DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Josh Jackson erupted for a season-high 31 points (13-of-21 FGs) in a 120-91 win over the Wizards on Thursday to go with four assists, two rebounds, one steal and four triples in 29 minutes.
He also suffered a nasty ankle roll that sent him back to the locker room, but he returned for the second half and was obviously fine. There’s a chance the ankle swells up overnight, so just double check his status before Saturday’s game vs. the Knicks. As good as he was tonight, it’s really hard to chase this line because he was coming off a scoreless dud on Wednesday and only got an extended opportunity since Hamidou Diallo was rested. Simply put, we need to see him string some good games together before picking him up in standard leagues."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "DeMar DeRozan hit 14-of-27 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 36 points, five rebounds and nine assists in Thursday's double-overtime 134-129 loss to the Hawks.
DeRozan played very well tonight and just missed his season high, which still stands at 38 points back on Jan. 9 against the Timberwolves, which was also an overtime game. DeRozan had 26 points and seven assists on Wednesday and appears to be heating up. But, as his managers well know, he hasn't hit a 3-pointer in seven straight games and hasn't had a steal in his last three. He's a great player but has some serious holes in his fantasy game."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Aaron Gordon hit 6-of-13 shots, a 3-pointer and 1-of-4 free throws for 14 points, six rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks in 39 minutes of Thursday's 101-94 win over the Clippers.
Gordon looks happy and healthy and might end up being a perfect fit in the Nuggets' starting five. This was easily his best game of his three with the Nuggets and while we can't expect him to fill the stat sheet like this every night, it's certainly an encouraging sign. He played just 21 and 25 minutes in his first two games but the Nuggets fully unleashed him tonight and he came through in a big way. He's worth grabbing if he's somehow available in your league. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Paul George returned from his foot injury on Thursday and hit 5-of-15 shots, two 3-pointers and 5-of-6 free throws for 17points, eight rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes of Thursday's 101-94 loss to the Nuggets.
He'd missed the last two games and his shot was a little rusty in this one. Then again, his shot looked rusty before the foot injury and he's now hit just 34-of-91 shots (37 percent) over his last five. This is slightly reminiscent of when he had his difficulties in the bubble last season but he's scoring at a fairly high level and playing well outside of the poor shooting. The Clippers had previously won the last five games George played in and six in a row, but are now on a two-game losing streak after tonight's loss. Hopefully, George's foot injury is no longer an issue going forward. "
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, April 1, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Fred VanVleet, Jrue Holiday, Kyrie Irving, Devin Booker, Damian Lillard, Ja Morant, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Vucevic, Jerami Grant and Mike Conley.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Mike Conley produced 26 points, four rebounds, seven assists, two triples, four steals and four turnovers across 35 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Grizzlies.
Conley finished the game on 11-of-18 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from the stripe, and he helped the Jazz notch their seventh straight win tonight and sweep their season series against his former team. Joe Ingles wasn't all that efficient in the spot-start sans Donovan Mitchell (personal), going 3-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the stripe for 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, two triples, one steal and three turnovers in 34 minutes."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Ja Morant busted loose for 36 points, two rebounds, seven assists, two triples, three steals and five turnovers across 36 minutes in Wednesday's loss to Utah.
Morant got his points efficiently, going 11-of-18 from the field and 12-of-15 from the stripe, and he also joined Mike Conley as the only other player in Memphis history to record 300 points and 100 assists in a single month. This was his fifth game of the season with at least 30 points, which was nice to see after back-to-back, 12-point games. Morant did take a hard fall towards the closing minute of the fourth quarter, landing hard on his right hand after getting fouled on a drive to the hoop, but he played through it — so he should be fine for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jrue Holiday went 11-of-16 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line for a game-high 28 points over 34 minutes in Wednesday's 112-97 win over the Lakers.
Holiday was hot from the start, drilling his first four buckets and only missing once through the first half of action, and he added eight rebounds, six assists, three 3-pointers, four steals, one block and four turnovers while he was out there. Giannis Antetokounmpo was Milwaukee's second-leading scorer tonight, and he finished with 25 points (8-of-13 FG, 8-of-10 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, three blocks and an unfortunate nine turnovers as the Bucks hit the brakes on a three-game skid."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Devin Booker hit 17-of-24 shots, two 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws on his way to a season-high 45 points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in Wednesday's 121-116 win over the Bulls.
The Suns blew a 16-point lead to let the Bulls back in the game late but were able to close the door and get their fourth straight win. Booker was incredibly efficient tonight and it was nice to see him contribute across the board although we could have done with fewer than five turnovers. He might just now be ready to heat up. "
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, March 31, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Russell Westbrook, Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr, Gordon Hayward and Trae Young.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Dario Saric hit 7-of-8 shots, 3-of-3 3-pointers and 3-of-4 free throws for 20 points, five rebounds and two assists in just 18 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's 117-110 win over the Hawks.
It's too bad he doesn't play like this every night but the Suns appear to be committed to Jae Crowder at the 4. Devin Booker led the Suns with 21, Crowder scored 19 and Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul (all starters) all scored in double figures for the Suns. They also got 12 points and eight rebounds from Torrey Craig in 19 minutes off the bench, but both he and Saric feel like a bit of a fluke. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Wendell Carter Jr. had one of his best games of the season in Tuesday’s win over the Clippers, accounting for 11 points (4-of-4 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), six rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes.
Carter Jr. played a big role in Orlando’s comeback win, as his rim protection helped the Magic shut off the lane from the Clippers down the stretch. Add in the perfect night shooting the ball, and the three assists, and this is certainly an effort that he can build on. That being said, Carter Jr. is in a tough spot as far as fantasy basketball is concerned. He’s effectively splitting bench minutes with Mo Bamba, who played 18 minutes and posted a solid line of 12 points, eight rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers. Ultimately, they may neutralize each other’s values as the fantasy playoffs approach."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Otto Porter shot 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-3 from the foul line in Tuesday’s win over the Clippers, recording a line of 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes.
Not only was this the first time that Porter hit double figures since being traded to the Magic at the deadline, this was also his first double-digit scoring night in five games. In his four games prior, Porter scored a total of 16 points on 7-of-19 from the field. His fantasy value in Orlando isn’t great, but it appears unlikely that Porter will fall completely out of the rotation in favor of some of the team’s younger wings."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kawhi Leonard played 35 minutes in Tuesday’s loss to the Magic, tallying 28 points (10-of-20 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.
Leonard, playing in both ends of a back-to-back for just the third time this season, shouldered most of the scoring load with Paul George (foot) sidelined. The Klaw has now scored 20 points or more in five straight and 12 of his last 13 games, which feels routine given his resume. Leonard will look to add to this current run Thursday night when the Clippers host the surging Nuggets in a game that will be key for seeding in the West."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, March 30, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Karl-Anthony Towns, Domantas Sabonis, Jayson Tatum, Rudy Gobert, Bam Adebayo, Richaun Holmes, Zion Williamson and Kyrie Irving.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Fred VanVleet hit 7-of-20 shots and four 3-pointers for 22 points, five rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes of Monday's 118-104 loss to the Pistons.
He injured his right leg during the game and was checked out in the locker room before returning. The Raptors are a mess right now, going just 1-12 in March and are currently 5.0 games behind the Heat for the No. 8 seed in the East. Hopefully, FVV's leg is fine and he won't miss any time because of issue. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Richaun Holmes racked up 23 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal on Monday, leading the Kings to a 132-115 road win.
Holmes continues to simply dominate for fantasy managers. He made 8-of-11 field goals and 7-of-10 free throws tonight, and also didn't turn the ball over in 33 minutes. He's at his best in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues, thanks to his efficiency, but his counting stats have popped and since the All-Star break he's averaging 17.8 points, 10.9 boards and 2.2 blocks. Games like this are becoming so routine we barely need to mention them."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Stephen Curry returned from a five-game absence due to a tailbone injury on Monday and hit 11-of-24 shots and six 3-pointers for 32 points, five rebounds, six assists, a steal and just one turnover in a 116-102 win over the Bulls.
Curry's hard fall ended up costing him five games, during which the Warriors went 1-4. He looked a little rusty at times tonight and everyone held their collective breath whenever he hit the floor, but he put up a nice stat line and made it through the game in one piece. Golden State snapped a four-game skid and as further proof that he's his usual self, four of Steph's 3-pointers came above-the-break from 27 feet or beyond. The Warriors are in the thick of an intense playoff race at the bottom of the Western Conference, which should at least reduce the risk of rest days."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Zach LaVine (sprained right ankle) said he rolled his ankle "a little bit" during Monday's game, and suggested he may need time off to let the injury fully heal.
“It’s a decision I’m going to have to make coming up, because obviously you guys can tell, I’m not myself," LaVine said. "I’m just trying to go out there and obviously tough it out. But I rolled it a little bit again [Sunday], so I’ll figure it out later." LaVine is shooting 36.9% from the field over his past five games, a far cry from his season average of 51.8%. The Bulls play in Phoenix on Wednesday and we'll list LaVine as questionable, though he may be closer to doubtful based on his statements."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, March 29, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were CJ McCollum, Robert Covington, Devin Booker, Nikola Jokic, Mikal Bridges.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Nikola Jokic hit 7-of-12 shots, 1-of-2 3-pointers, and 1-of-2 free throws for 16 points, eight assists, 10 rebounds, one steals, and two blocks with no turnovers in a win over the Hawks on Sunday.
Jokic had yet another fantastic game without a turnover in 28 minutes. It's unreasonable for someone with the ball in his hands so much to be so careful with it for entire games at a time. The best player in fantasy basketball looks to continue his performance for the rest of the season, possibly with an MVP trophy waiting for him at the end. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Damian Lillard hit 7-of-21 shots, 2-of-7 3-pointers, and 6-of-6 free throws for 22 points, 11 assists, three rebounds, and two turnovers in a win over the Raptors on Sunday.
Lillard dished nine assists in the first quarter alone, which tied Lonzo Ball and T.J. McConnell for the most in any quarter in league history. His 10 in the first half were more than every other Raptors combined (seven). He slowed down from there, and struggled with his shot, but still finished with a double-double."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Aaron Gordon hit 6-of-9 shots and 1-of-4 3-pointers for 13 points, one assist, two rebounds, one steal, and no turnovers in a win over the Hawks on Sunday.
Gordon had a solid debut game for the Nuggets, scoring 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting in just 21 minutes. His first make was a mid-range jumper and he already threw down his first of many dunks from Nikola Jokic passes. His minutes will ramp up in time."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, March 28, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Paul George, De'Aaron Fox, Karl-Anthony Towns, Russell Westbrook, Zion Willliamson, Donovan Mitchell, Kawhi Leonard, Moses Brown, Alec Burks and Thanasis Antetokounmpo.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Moses Brown had multiple career-highs in Saturday's 111-94 loss to Boston, scoring 21 points (8-of-10 FGs, 5-of-8 FTs) with 23 rebounds in 33 minutes.
Good grief. He had 19 boards alone in the first half, breaking OKC's franchise record (16) and joining Dwight Howard as the second player to record 19+ rebounds in a single half in the past 5 years. The Thunder announced before the game that Al Horford would be shut down, so Moses has a clear runway to continue showcasing his monster upside. Look for the Thunder to lock him up on a standard deal in the near future, because he's a keeper for the franchise. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jordan Clarkson erupted for 28 points (11-of-21 FGs, 1-of-1 FT) vs. the Grizzlies in a 126-110 win on Saturday to go with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and five triples in 29 minutes.
He was long overdue for an outburst like this and only four of his points were in garbage time. Sure he's been volatile, but it's performances like this that have him in the Sixth Man of the Year conversation -- this was his 13th game of the season with at least 20 points. Donovan Mitchell was the star of the show though, dropping 35 points for the second game in a row with five triples and seven dimes on 12-of-17 shooting. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Zion Williamson shot 13-of-20 from the field and 12-of-18 from the foul line in Saturday’s win over the Mavericks, accounting for 38 points, five rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes.
Williamson may not be much of a perimeter shooter, but it really doesn’t matter when opposing defenders struggle to keep him from getting into the paint. The absence of Lonzo Ball has meant even more opportunities for Williamson to serve as a facilitator, and he’s had at least five assists in five of his last seven games. "This is a Shaquille O'Neal-type force of nature with a point guard skill-set,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of Williamson after Saturday’s game. That description sounds about right."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "De'Aaron Fox went off for 36 points (15-of-24 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), six assists, four rebounds, one steal, two blocks and two triples in a 100-98 win over Cleveland on Saturday.
Fox has been borderline unfair in recent weeks and it’s no wonder why the Kings decided to make a playoff push instead of unloading their veterans at the deadline. He came into Saturday on a top-30 in 9-cat over the last month, putting up 29.0 points, 7.5 dimes, 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.7 triples. The Kings will be looking for their 5th straight win on Monday vs. the Spurs."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, March 27, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Nikola Jokic, Zion Williamson, John Collins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis, Khem Birch, Jayson Tatum, Ja Morant, Pascal Siakam
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Zion Williamson scored a career-high 39 points vs. Denver on Friday, making 16-of-19 field goals and 6-of-7 free throws with 10 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal.
This monster performance wasn't enough for the win, but fantasy GMs won't mind. It extended Williamson's streak with 20+ points to 22 consecutive games, the longest streak for an NBA player 20 years or younger. "I have the ball in my hands a lot because my coach and teammates trust me, [so] I could just shoot a lot and get 20 points," Williamson said. "But my teammates and coaches know that's not the game I want to play." Instead, he's scoring with extreme efficiency from the field (62.1%) while drawing a ton of contact for easy points at the line (70.8% on 8.3 attempts). And he's only getting better. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kristaps Porzingis dropped 31 points (12-of-28 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs) with 18 rebounds, three assists and three triples in 38 minutes vs. Indiana on Friday.
The Mavericks rested Luka Doncic (back) Friday, and could sit Porzingis on Saturday as the team looks to keep them fresh for the postseason. Porzingis has struggled with Luka off the floor this season, shooting 38% with him off the floor and 53% with him on. If Porzingis does sit on Saturday, we may get a Boban Marjanovic sighting vs. the Pelicans."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Ja Morant lit up the Jazz for 32 points and 11 assists in a losing effort on Friday, making 11-of-21 field goals and 9-of-11 free throws in 37 minutes.
Morant dropped 29/9/5 in an overtime win on Monday, one of his best efforts all season. He was quiet Wednesday but bounced back tonight, nearly helping Memphis knock off the top-seeded Jazz in a 117-114 road loss. Morant didn't have any defensive stats but he grabbed four rebounds and hit a 3-pointer while only committing one turnover. We've seen him get hot before, only to take his foot off the gas, so hopefully he sustains this newfound aggression in Saturday's rematch at Utah."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "John Collins went bonkers for a career-high 38 points (14-of-19 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and four triples in a 124-108 win over Golden State on Friday.
Collins was one of the most popular names in the rumor mill for the past year, but the Hawks held through the deadline and the forward expressed his desire to remain with the team for the long term. “We never had any serious conversations with any team about moving him this year,” GM Travis Schlenk said. This is great news for Collins’ fantasy value, as he entered Friday’s game flirting with top-25 value in 9-cat for the last month. He'll look to keep it going vs. Denver on Sunday."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, March 26, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were De'Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo, Russell Westbrook, RJ Barrett, CJ McCollum, Tyler Herro and Richaun Holmes.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Danny Green hit 9-of-14 shots, eight 3-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws for 28 points, five rebounds, a steal and two blocks in 32 minutes of Thursday's 109-101 win over the Lakers, his former team.
Green and Dwight Howard got their rings tonight and while Green went nuts, Howard got into with Montrezl Harrell and was ejected after just six minutes. The Lakers made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter but Green hit his eighth triple of the night to ice the game with 30 seconds left. It might shock you to know that the 28 points aren't a season high as he had 29 points and nine triples against the Heat on Jan. 12. And those two are his only 20-point games of the season. But he's playing well, scoring in double digits in five straight and seven of his last eight, and he's been shooting it very well since a 1-of-10 disaster on March 16. He's worth grabbing if available in your league."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Seth Curry returned from a three-game absence due to a left ankle injury and hit 7-of-13 shots and four 3-pointers for 19 points, one rebound and two assists in 27 minutes of a 109-101 win over the Lakers.
Welcome back, Seth. He's had a season of highs and lows but has scored in double figures in his last seven games played and has hit at least one 3-pointer in 18 straight games. Now that he's healthy again, picking him up makes sense if you've got someone you've been wanting to drop. It's also worth noting the Sixers have won seven of the last eight games that Curry has played in. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kyle Kuzma played 42 minutes and hit 9-of-21 shots and three 3-pointers for 25 points, nine rebounds and a steal in Thursday's loss to the Sixers.
That ties his season high and he's been cooking in March, scoring at least 12 in all but one of his nine games and hitting three triples per game. He's also been rebounding the ball a lot better, averaging 8.3 rebounds over his last three. LeBron James and Anthony Davis aren't walking through that door anytime soon so Kuz should continue to keep rolling going forward. He should be rostered everywhere. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Chris Boucher's minutes have been cut and he's not producing much lately under coach Nick Nurse, playing just 17, 22, 13 and 20 minutes in each of his last four games.
Nurse has his reasons for pulling away from Boucher, but the fact the Raptors went on a recent nine-game losing streak is just adding fuel to the fire. "Well, he doesn't rebound defensively very well," Nurse recently said. "It's difficult, man. If he's going to be playing against big, strong 10-year veterans in the league, they're gonna look at him, his stature, and try to plant him under the basket and push him out of the way, aren't they?" Nurse clearly has issues with Boucher right now but just traded Norman Powell away. In our eyes, the Raptors are better when Boucher plays and we can only hope that Nurse starts to feel that way, too. But it's been a rough ride with Boucher for the last several games so just hang onto him and bench him when you can. The eye test says Boucher's a better player than his coach gives him credit for. Something's got to give. "
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, March 24, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Jokic, James Harden, Enes Kanter, Deandre Ayton and Zion Williamson.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Evan Fournier finished Tuesday’s loss to the Nuggets with 31 points (10-of-18 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), one rebound, six assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Fournier made 5-of-6 2-point attempts, and he also turned the ball over just once on the night. But his solid effort wasn’t enough to deliver Orlando a victory, as the Magic trailed by as much as 20 in the first half. So long as Fournier can stay healthy, he’s a virtual lock to provide mid-round value in both 8- and 9-cat formats. And with his name coming up in some trade rumors recently, it would not come as a surprise if he was moved ahead of the trade deadline. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Nikola Jokic shot 11-of-17 from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line in Tuesday’s win over the Magic, finishing with 28 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Jokic won the “Battle of the Nikolas” in convincing fashion, posting his 12th triple-double of the season (and first against the Magic) in the process. With LeBron James and Joel Embiid both sidelined due to injury, there should be even more chatter about Jokic as an MVP candidate. And he has been the best player in fantasy basketball this season, ranking first in both 8- and 9-cat formats."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Stephen Curry (tailbone) will miss at least one more week, according to Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
According to Kerr, an MRI revealed inflammation in Curry's tailbone. His absence means even more scoring opportunities for Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre, while Jordan Poole should remain in the starting lineup. Fantasy managers would be wise to grab Poole off of the waiver wire while they still can. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "James Wiseman will start for the Warriors on Tuesday and may stick in that role for the rest of the season.
"I anticipate James is going to start the rest of the season," coach Steve Kerr said prior to the game. Wiseman has had various injury issues this season that have kept him from being able to get into a groove so hopefully he can build onto his strong start to the season the rest of the way. "
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, March 23, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Rudy Gobert, Jrue Holiday, Karl-Anthony Towns, John Wall, De'Aaron Fox, Richaun Holmes, Fred VanVleet, Jaylen Brown, Kawhi Leonard and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "The Raptors lost their ninth straight game on Monday, despite Fred VanVleet's game-high 27 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two assists.
FVV made 9-of-17 shots including 4-of-11 from deep, extending his franchise record to 70 consecutive games with a made 3-pointer. Pascal Siakam added 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Norman Powell scored 18 points, but it wasn't enough to avoid a brutal loss to the Rockets -- snapping Houston's epic 20-game skid in the process. Toronto is still only 2.5 games out of the No. 10 seed, but at this rate it would be surprising if they stand pat through the trade deadline."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "John Wall triple-doubled during Monday's cathartic win vs. Toronto, scoring 19 points with 11 rebounds, 10 assists, two blocks and one steal in 36 minutes.
The Rockets had lost 20 consecutive games prior to tonight and they're going nowhere fast, but for now Wall shows no signs of shutting things down. “All you can do is go out and compete,” Wall said. His huge effort came despite playing in the second half of a back-to-back set. It's fortunate for fantasy managers that Wall played at all, especially since he was "a little sore" after logging 35 minutes on Sunday. This was his first triple-double since 2016 and it had to feel fantastic given how much he's overcome to get to this point, as well as the fact that it snapped the losing skid. He'll look to build on it vs. the short-handed Hornets on Wednesday."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jeff Teague started for Kemba Walker (rest) on Monday and hit 10-of-12 shots, two 3-pointers and 4-of-7 free throws for a season-high 26 points, six assists and nothing else in Monday's 132-126 overtime loss to the Grizzlies.
It was a perfect storm for Teague with Walker and Jayson Tatum (illness) out, and he couldn't miss from the field. The reeling Celtics lost for the fourth time in five games and are now the No. 8 seed in the East, trailing teams like the Knicks, Hornets and Hawks. They have plenty of time to turn it around but as for Teague's fantasy value, this was a fluke. Walker should be back on Wednesday after getting the night off. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Ja Morant hit 12-of-25 shots, a 3-pointer and 4-of-7 free throws for 29 points, five rebounds, nine assists and just two turnovers in Monday's 132-126 overtime win against the Celtics on Monday.
This was just what the doctor ordered for Morant, who hadn't scored more than 15 points in his previous four games and shot 5-of-20 for 14 points and eight assists in Saturday's win over the Warriors. Maybe this is a sign he's going to start playing more aggressively and putting up big fantasy stats, as he's simply been disappointing over the last couple of weeks. Tonight was definitely a step in the right direction."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, March 22, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Russell Westbrook, Nikola Jokic, Bam Adebayo, Brandon Ingram, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Chris Paul, Christian Wood, Jimmy Butler, Julius Randle.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Updating a previous report, the Hornets confirmed that LaMelo Ball is dealing with a fractured bone in his right wrist and he'll be "out indefinitely."
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the fracture is near Ball's thumb, and per Woj, he's "expected to miss the rest of the season." The Hornets haven't yet confirmed if he is indeed done for the year, but Woj's reporting is fairly golden, and that timetable will make sense if he winds up needing surgery. Ball is currently seeking second opinions on his wrist, so we wouldn't cut him just yet, but Devonte' Graham needs to be rostered everywhere in wake of this report."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Luka Doncic hit 13-of-19 shots, 8-of-9 3-pointers, and 3-of-6 free throws for 37 points, four assists, seven rebounds, and five turnovers in a win over the Blazers on Sunday.
Doncic was unbelievable on Sunday, making his first eight 3-point attempts and scoring 24 points in the first half alone. This was his game. He matched Dirk Nowitzki as the only two Mavs players in the last 25 years to score 37 points in three quarters. This was a true stomping of the Blazers and Doncic was the reason for it."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Julius Randle dropped in 24 points on 7-of-23 shooting (6-of-8 FT) Sunday, to go with seven rebounds, three assists, four triples, five steals and five turnovers across 46 minutes in an overtime loss to the 76ers.
Randle did a phenomenal job making life miserable for Tobias Harris, holding him to just 5-of-18 shooting, and he came through with some clutch buckets down the stretch to force OT — including a step-back 3 with 5.0 seconds left in regulation. He also had two opportunities to win the game, once in regulation and once in overtime, but both of his last-second-looks rimmed out and the Knicks lost the tightly contested game by just one point."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Chris Paul notched his first triple-double of the season during Sunday's 111-94 win over the Lakers with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists over 32 minutes.
CP3 not only became the oldest player in Phoenix history to record a triple-double, but he also passed the 10,000 career-assist mark, which put him in the same elusive company as Jason Kidd and John Stockton as the only other players in NBA history to tally at least 10,000 assists and 2,000 steals. He didn't have a great shooting night, going 3-of-11 from the field, but he was also 5-of-6 from the stripe and he added three steals, one block and two turnovers in his historic night."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, March 21, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were John Collins, Tobias Harris, Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan, Lonnie Walker, Jonas Valanciunas, Juan Toscano-Anderson (Warriors), Paul George, Jordan Poole and Donte Divincenzo
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jonas Valanciunas played 27 minutes in Saturday’s win over the Warriors, accounting for 19 points (5-of-10 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs), 15 rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer.
Valanciunas posted yet another double-double Saturday night, and in two games against the Warriors he manage to corral a total of 31 rebounds. While he had to deal with Kevon Looney Friday, the veteran center’s matchup at the beginning of Saturday’s game was Alen Smailagic. If there’s a negative to take away from Valanciunas’ stat line, it’s the fact that he had 10 field goal attempts despite the mismatch. Ja Morant (14/3/8/1 with one 3-pointer) went 5-of-20 and Dillon Brooks (19/4/3 with three 3-pointers) 4-of-16. The big fella deserved a bit more in the way of post touches Saturday night. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "DeMar DeRozan hit 8-of-18 shots, a 3-pointer and 5-of-6 free throws for 22 points, three rebounds, a season-high 13 assists, a steal and two blocks in Saturday's loss to the Bucks.
What a line from DeRozan, who just missed his career high in assists, posting 14 of them against the Lakers back in 2018. He is hot, scoring at least 20 points in six of his last seven games and handing out at least seven assists in six of them. He's also had five double-doubles in his last seven games, logging at least 11 assists in five of them. His stellar assisting is impeding the fantasy value of guys like Dejounte Murray and Derrick White. White had six points and six dimes tonight, while Murray sat out for rest. This looks like a nice sell-high moment on DeRozan, as he can't possibly play better than he has over the last few weeks."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Lonnie Walker got hot and hit 13-of-21 shots and five 3-pointers for a career-high 31 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and just one turnover on Saturday.
Dejounte Murray was given a rest tonight and Walker took advantage for the best game of his young career. He's been playing well, hitting double figures in scoring in eight of his nine March games, but scored 12 or fewer points in six of them. He'll go back to being an average player when Murray is back in action in the next one. Derrick White had six points and six assists in the loss. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Giannis Antetokounmpo hit 9-of-18 shots, two 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws for 26 points, eight rebounds and a season-high 15 assists in 34 minutes of Saturday's 120-113 win over the Spurs.
The Bucks are rolling right now, winners of 11 of their last 12 games and six in a row, mostly due to the strong play of Giannis. He's also been shooting it lights out from both the field and the line since the All-Star break. He's hit 31-of-36 free throws in those five games, good for 86 percent and has hit at least half his shots in all five games. He also tied his career high with the 15 dimes tonight. Here's to hoping he keeps the hot-shooting hand and keeps dishing the ball going forward. "
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, March 20, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Jokic, Andrew Wiggins, Luka Doncic, Keldon Johnson (Spurs), Kyrie Irving, Richaun Holmes, Nikola Vucevic, TJ McConnell, Donovan Mitchell, Jamal Murray
Per NBC Sports Edge, "C.J. McCollum went off in a 125-119 win over Dallas on Friday, scoring 32 points (11-of-23 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with seven triples, four rebounds, four assists and zero turnovers in 28 minutes.
It’s fair to say the rust is wearing off after McCollum shot 6-of-27 in his first two games back. The fact that the Blazers let him play in the second game of this back-to-back is another reason to celebrate, so it looks like the runway is clear for McCollum to get back to his early-round ways -- coming into tonight, McCollum was the 13th ranked 9-cat player on a per-game basis."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jamal Murray led the Nuggets to a 131-127 comeback win in overtime Friday, dropping 34 points (12-of-20 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with five assists, two rebounds, four steals and six triples in 42 minutes.
Murray had just three points in the first half, but completely took the game over down the stretch including a game-tying step-back triple. There's a reason he's the 7th best fantasy player in 9-cat over his last 13 games with 24.4 points, 5.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 3.6 triples and 1.6 steals. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Otto Porter Jr. came out of nowhere for 22 points (9-of-13 FGs), four rebounds, three assists, one block and four triples in 29 minutes vs. Denver on Friday.
He gave the Bulls some great minutes in the fourth quarter with seven points, so he ended up closing the game alongside Thaddeus Young with Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter watching from the sidelines. Porter barely made any noise in his previous five games, but taking a flier on him this close to the trade deadline isn't a bad idea in case he's moved or bought out. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Deandre Ayton was laden with foul trouble throughout Friday's game, scoring eight points with six rebounds and one turnover in 18 minutes.
Ayton's disappointing campaign continues, to his managers' chagrin. He was coming off a game in which he fouled out in 26 minutes, but he's not typically foul-prone so at least that's not a frequent concern. The issue, of course, is that Ayton is averaging just 14.4 points, 11.1 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.1 blocks and 0.4 steals this season -- all down significantly from last year. The Suns are thriving with a 27-13 record (fourth-best in the NBA), which removes any urgency to feature Ayton more than they have been, so he's likely to continue plodding along with mid-round value in 8-cat and 9-cat."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, March 19, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Russell Westbrook, Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards, LeBron James, Donovan Mitchell, Julius Randle, Bradley Beal, Joe Ingles, Zion Williamson and Nikola Vucevic.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Julius Randle dished out a career-high 17 assists vs. the Magic in a 94-93 win on Thursday, adding 18 points (8-of-20 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), 10 rebounds, one steal and one triple in 40 minutes.
Talk about putting the team on his back. That's Randle's third triple-double of the season which is the most by a Knick in the last 39 seasons, and this was the 9th game of his career with double-digit assists. He's doing a terrific job running the offense with New York missing three of their PGs, adding to what has already been an epic season -- he's on pace to join Larry Bird (1984) as the only players to average 20/10/5 while shooting 40% from beyond the arc. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Anthony Edwards hit 15-of-31 shots, 4-of-13 3-pointers and 8-of-13 free throws for a career-high 42 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one turnover in 38 minutes of Minnesota's 123-119 over the Suns on Thursday.
It wasn't the most efficient line we've ever seen but he certainly helped fantasy teams with this monster performance. The Suns controlled the game through three quarters but the Wolves took over in the fourth behind Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns and were able to get a rare win. Edwards is on a tear, scoring between 21 and 42 points in each of his last five games and has scored in double figures in nine straight. Efficiency may never be his middle name, but he's going to score a ton of points in the NBA and he's just getting started. Edwards became the third-youngest player in NBA history to have a 40-point game."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Karl-Anthony Towns hit 15-of-24 shots, five 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws for a season-high 41 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and a steal in Thursday's comeback 123-119 win over the Suns.
KAT was a monster tonight and unlike teammate Anthony Edwards, who scored a career-high 42, was highly efficient. KAT hasn't been blowing people's minds this season with stat lines like this, but he had a 29-6-7-2-1 line in his previous game and had a 34-point, 10-rebound explosion against the Blazers on March 13. It's been a long wait for Towns to show up and dominate, but tonight was hopefully the start of a hot run for KAT. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "LaMelo Ball hit 10-of-18 shots and two 3-pointers for 26 points, five rebounds, seven assists, a steal and six turnovers in Thursday's loss to the Lakers.
LaMelo scored 30 points in his first game of March and has only had one dud over his last seven games when he scored seven points against Detroit on March 11. The six turnovers tied his season high but he generally does a very nice job of taking care of the ball. Just give him the Rookie of the Year Award now. He has at least one steal in all seven of his March games and has racked up 19 3-pointers in them, as well."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, March 18, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Luka Doncic, Domantas Sabonis, Russell Westbrook, De'Aaron Fox, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Saddiq Bey, Robert Williams III, Jaylen Brown and Zach LaVine.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Nikola Jokic hit 6-of-7 shots for 12 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and nothing else in Wednesday's easy 129-104 win over the Hornets.
He racked up his 11th triple-double of the season, the 51st of his career and passed Dikembe Mutumbo as the franchise leader in double-doubles with his 228th. The Nuggets blew the game open in the third quarter and they simply didn't need any more than what the Joker gave them. Had the game been close he probably would have posted a monster line. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kevin Porter Jr. had another solid outing on Wednesday, scoring 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting to go with four rebounds, seven assists, three triples, three steals and five turnovers across 37 minutes.
The only negative to KPJ's stat line tonight was he went 4-of-8 at the stripe, but that's typically not an issue for him. He's been a monster since landing in Houston, and with the Rockets doing a whole lot of losing, his minutes should be safe over the second half of the year. Congrats if you grabbed him because KPJ is a difference-making addition."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jimmy Butler (ankle) netted 24 points on 10-of-20 shooting (2-of-3 FT) Wednesday, to go with seven rebounds, two assists, two triples, one steal and one turnover across 36 minutes in a loss to Memphis.
Butler was a game-time decision with an ankle issue, but it didn't appear to give him much trouble while he was out there and he logged 36 minutes, so we'd say he's fine. This was his 14th consecutive game with at least one steal, and he's been leading the league in that category this year — ripping away 2.1 a night — which will mark a career-high if he's able to keep up that pace."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Luka Doncic hit 16-of-28 shots, six 3-pointers and 4-of-5 free throws for 42 points, six rebounds, nine assists, three steals, two blocks and four turnovers in 43 minutes of Wednesday's 105-89 win over the Clippers.
The Mavs got some revenge on the Clippers after falling to them on Monday and have won six of their last eight games, sticking as the No. 8 seed in the West. They've got two games in Portland this weekend and then get the Timberwolves on Wednesday. Luka had the ninth 40-point game of his career and put on a show on national TV. Two games of Luka vs. Damian Lillard should be a blast on Friday and Sunday. Luka's two blocks were a pleasant surprise after he failed to have one in his previous five games and he's hit 22 triples in his last six games."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, March 17, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Damian Lillard, LeBron James, Moses Brown (Thunder), Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler, Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine, Tobias Harris, John Collins and Kevin Porter Jr.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Tobias Harris shot 11-of-20 from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line in Tuesday’s win over the Knicks, recording a line of 30 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and four 3-pointer in 38 minutes.
Harris has now scored 23 points or more in three of Philadelphia’s four games since the All-Star break. Over the last month he’s providing first-round value in 9-cat formats, and with Joel Embiid (left knee) not expected back for at least another two weeks, this is Harris’ time to shine. The unfortunate thing for those who have "Tobi" rostered is that Philadelphia only plays twice more this week, with the first game being Wednesday's matchup with the Bucks."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Moses Brown had the best game of his NBA career Tuesday night, accounting for 20 points (9-of-16 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), 16 rebounds and five blocked shots in a loss to the Bulls.
Brown played 30 minutes Tuesday night, and he’s played at least 19 in each of Oklahoma City’s four games since the All-Star break. What will happen with starter Al Horford, who did not play Tuesday night, is anyone’s guess with the trade deadline (March 25) just over a week away. But the Thunder are committed to playing their young guys, and in the case of Brown, he has proven to be a quick and willing learner. “Moses is a big dude,” Kenrich Williams said after the game. "The thing Moses does well for his age, he listens. He listens to the players and the coaches and he uses that advice in the games.” Brown sits just outside of the top-50 in 9-cat since the All-Star break, and he’s rostered in just 10% of Yahoo leagues. Go get him before it’s too late."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Zach LaVine hit the 40-point mark for the third time this season in Tuesday’s win over the Thunder, shooting 15-of-20 from the field and 3-of-3 from the foul line while also accounting for four rebounds, two assists, one steal and seven 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
LaVine caught fire Tuesday night, doing the majority of his damage during the first and third quarters. And this could have been an even better night for the All-Star guard, as he checked out for good with a little over 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. For the season, LaVine has been a top-20 player in 9-cat, and a top-10 player in 8-cat. He and the Bulls will play three more times this week, including the second game of this back-to-back Wednesday night against the Spurs."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Damian Lillard hit 13-of-20 shots, six 3-pointers and 18-of-18 free throws on his way to his first 50-point game of the season, adding six rebounds and 10 assists in a comeback win over the Pelicans.
The Blazers were down 17 points with about six minutes left and then went on a 25-7 run to win the game, as Lillard scored 18 in the fourth quarter alone. The Blazers hit 31-of-31 free throws on the night and Dame hit all 18 of his, including the game-winners after he was fouled late. Brandon Ingram contributed to the Blazers win by missing a pair of late freebies, but if Lillard wasn't in the MVP conversation before this one, he certainly is now. "
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, March 16, 2021
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic, Richaun Holmes, Julius Randle, Luka Doncic, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, Bradley Beal and Gordon Hayward
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Immanuel Quickley made his first NBA start on Monday and hit 6-of-19 shots, 4-of-12 3-pointers and 5-of-7 free throws for 21 points, two rebounds, two assists and zero turnovers in 34 minutes of a 117-112 loss to the Nets.
He played 34 minutes and while he didn't have the most efficient night, it was still good to see him out there with the starters. Elfrid Payton and Derrick Rose were out so it's not as if Quickley has won the job, but Tom Thibodeau's trust in him is growing. Quickley has now scored at least 21 points in three of his five March games, scored 15 in one of them and had a zero-point dud in the other. But at this point, he should be rostered in all fantasy leagues going forward. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "James Harden hit 6-of-15 shots, missed all five of his 3-pointers and hit 9-of-9 free throws on his way to 21 points, 15 rebounds, 15 assists, a block and seven turnovers in Monday's 117-112 win over the Knicks.
Harden became the first Nets player in history to have a 15/15/15 line and while it wasn't all that pretty, it's still quite an accomplishment. While Harden is now 26-of-26 from the line over his last three games, he's 0-for-11 from downtown in his last two, and 1-of-19 over his last three games from beyond the arc. Frank Ntilikina played just 16 minutes before fouling out tonight, but maybe he was able to get into Harden's head before checking out. Look for Harden's downtown drought to end against the Pacers on Wednesday night. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Devin Booker scored a game-high 27 points in an easy 122-99 win on Monday, hitting 10-of-19 shots with five assists, four rebounds and three triples.
Booker wasn't needed after 30 minutes of action, watching as Phoenix improved to 18-4 in their past 22 games. That's helped them climb to the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference, aided by other team's struggles over the past 10 games including the Jazz (5-5), Lakers (4-6) and Clippers (4-6). Booker has limited his turnovers after a rocky start to the season, but he's still committing 3.5 per game including 11 in his previous two games. "If I'm gonna have the ball in my hands a lot and make plays for other people, I got to cut down on that," Booker said of his ball-handling miscues. He was a man of his word tonight with just two turnovers."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Montrezl Harrell hit 11-of-14 shots and 5-of-6 free throws for a season-high 27 points, five rebounds, one assist and three steals in 25 minutes off the bench on Monday.
The Lakers destroyed the Warriors 128-97 and Marc Gasol and Anthony Davis were out again, freeing up plenty of minutes for Harrell, even though he didn't start. Harrell is on a roll, scoring 27, 17 and 26 points over his last three games and shooting it lights out, but more rebounds would be nice. He should have another big game against Minnesota on Tuesday with Gasol out again due to health and safety protocols. "
FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER RATINGS
Updated February 7, 2021
BEST FANTASY GUARDS: Luka Doncic, James Harden, Damian Lillard, Trae Young, Bradley Beal, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, CJ McCollum, Zach LaVine, Paul George, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Malcolm Brogdon, Fred VanVleet, De'Aaron Fox, Ben Simmons, Chris Paul, Donovan Mitchell, Kyle Lowry
BEST FANTASY FORWARDS: LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Julius Randle, Kawhi Leonard, Jayson Tatum, Domantas Sabonis, Jimmy Butler, Anthony Davis, Jaylen Brown, DeMar DeRozan, Brandon Ingram, Khris Middleton, Pascal Siakam, Jerami Grant, Gordon Hayward, Zion Williamson, Christian Wood, Tobias Harris
BEST FANTASY CENTERS: Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Vucevic, Bam Adebayo, Andre Drummond, Clint Capela, Kristaps Porzingis, Rudy Gobert, Deandre Ayton, Jonas Valanciunas, Al Horford, Myles Turner, Richaun Holmes, Wendell Carter, Enes Kanter, Jarrett Allen
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