November 25, 2016, 1:30 am
For starters, I hope everyone was able to enjoy Thanksgiving. While we don’t have any games to dive in to, we do have some NBA news to share in a quick-hitting fashion. Maybe some of our readers will find time to enjoy this while they are out in the early morning hours for Black Friday shopping!
D’Angelo Russell will be missing a couple of weeks minimum due to a PRP treatment on his left knee. Apparently the knee has been bothering him for some time now and the hope is that he will not need surgery. He will be re-evaluated in one week so we should know more then. It is hard to predict how this injury will affect the Lakers. My initial guess is that Jordan Clarkson might get more run, but we will have to see how coach Walton handles things with the rotation first.
The Pelicans will be without Dante Cunningham for the next 4-6 weeks. He has a fractured right fibula and we probably won’t see him again until after the New Year. The focus for the Pelicans will be relying on Jrue Holiday and possibly Tyreke Evans soon.
Alec Burks is not getting any luckier with his current ankle injury. He is now going to miss the next couple months after he underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean out debris. The Jazz are deeper this season than previous seasons, so he may have had a hard time carving out a solid role regardless. This also means Rodney Hood will likely hold value all season long.
Markieff Morris and Otto Porter are both expected to play on Friday. Besides that, there wasn’t a ton of positive injury news on Thursday.
Tyson Chandler is set to return but his value is questionable at best. The Suns seem interested in developing Alex Len, Dragan Bender and Marquesse Chriss, so Chandler is likely the odd man out.
January 19, 2020, 1:35 amBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield shot 5-of-11 from the field on his way to scoring 14 points with three rebounds, three assists and two triples in 35 minutes.
Hield is a top-90 player in per game value and there's some hope for him to improve slightly if his .418 field goal percentage can creep towards the .458 he shot last season. That isn't something to count on though since he's headed in the wrong direction lately, shooting .382 in the past month.
January 19, 2020, 1:34 amFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
In his return from a two-week absence, Fred VanVleet scored 29 points in Saturday's 122-112 win over the Wolves, chipping in four rebounds, two assists and four steals.
Not only did he shoot the ball efficiently (11-of-16) but he also held on to the ball and only committed one turnover. Though he only registered two assists, the four steals, make this one of the cleaner fantasy games for VanVleet this season. Look for him to keep it going as he is providing top-30 player return so far this season.
January 19, 2020, 1:27 amNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica was quiet on Saturday with 10 points, three rebounds and two threes in 33 minutes.
Bjelica had a double-double on Wednesday with 11 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, so owners shouldn't worry too much about Saturday's mediocre performance. Bjelica should be rostered in standard leagues while Richaun Holmes is out for the next few weeks. It's tough to see Bjelica holding standard-league value once the Kings get healthy though.
January 19, 2020, 1:27 amKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry scored 28 points in Saturday's win, chipping in seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.
The 28 points for Lowry is a nice but is muted a bit as he was only able to register two assists. Coming in to this game he is sixth in the league for assists per game with almost seven. The two is his lowest output all season whereas the 28 points is the highest point total this month.
January 19, 2020, 1:22 amMarvin Bagley IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Marvin Bagley scored 17 points on 8-of-19 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes.
Bagley has averaged 15.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in 27.8 minutes since returning from his left foot sprain three games ago. He's delivering with Richaun Holmes out and has done enough to keep his role safe once Holmes returns. Bagley has a good chance at posting top-100 value moving forward with top-75 upside.
January 19, 2020, 1:21 amPascal SiakamPF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam scored 14 points in Saturday's win over the Wolves, chipping in four rebounds, three assists and four blocks.
The backcourt players had the hot-hand in this one and limited Siakam to just 10 field goal attempts. Unfortunately, except for the defensive stats this seemed to take him out of the picture as he only registered four rebounds. No worries here as Siakam is still a beast.
January 19, 2020, 1:17 amNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell scored 20 points in 25 minutes off the bench in Saturday's win, chipping in three rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Powell has scored over 20 points in four consecutive games off the bench. Even with the return of teammate Fred VanVleet, Powell has continued to get shots up, averaging 14 field goal attempts a game. He is worth hanging on to in most leagues.
January 19, 2020, 1:12 amDanny GreenSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Danny Green racked up four steals on Saturday to go with 20 points, five rebounds, one block and four triples in 33 minutes.
This line is as good as it gets for Green with bunches of threes and defensive stats. Green is inside the top-130 on the season and can provide late-round value with threes, steals and blocks. His low upside makes him more suitable for 14-team leagues.
January 19, 2020, 1:06 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James dominated the Rockets in a 124-115 victory with 31 points, five rebounds, 12 assists and two steals.
James carried the Lakers to a victory without Anthony Davis. James has bounced back this year and is putting up first-round value again. Expect more of the same moving forward for LeBron.
January 19, 2020, 1:03 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 12 points in Saturday's loss to the Raptors, chipping in six rebounds, six assists, and a block on 4-of-11 shooting.
Following last nights 27 point game on his return from injury, KAT was flat tonight and did not contribute much on either side of the ball. This is nothing to worry about, though, as he is just playing under 30 minutes since his return. Once he finds his legs he should be back to returning first-round value for fantasy owners.