December 18, 2017, 1:31 am
It was a quiet Sunday in the NBA, with just four games on the schedule. The teams that were supposed to win handled their business and got their victory. LeBron wore two different color shoes to send a message. Steph Curry expressed some interest in becoming part owner in the NFL. And Vince Carter received a heart-felt round of applause as he played what could be his last game in Toronto.
We’ll break down the games below, after a quick bit of business…
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Kings – 93 @ Raptors – 108
Raptors’ basketball legend Vince Carter got the start but finished with just four points, although he did block three shots and chipped in a rebound, two assists and a steal.
Bogdan Bogdanovic had a good game for Sacramento, scoring 18 off the bench with three boards, five assists and steal and is trending in the right direction.
Garrett Temple scored 18 of his own with the starting lineup, adding two rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block but has been terrible in the last week.
George Hill made a half-court buzzer beater to end the first half, one of his four 3-pointers on the night that led him to 16 points, five dimes, one rebound and a steal.
Willie Cauley-Stein played 33 minutes as a starter and finished with 12 points, six boards, four assists and two blocks and still has a bunch of upside if owners can be patient.
Norman Powell was a big part of the Raptors win with his 14 points off the bench on 5-of-5 from the floor, and needs to be the main scoring option off the bench for Toronto to succeed.
Jonas Valanciunas logged his 111th double-double as a Raptor, finishing with 13-16-2-3 and is having a nice stretch of games. Owners looking to sell-high have a window open.
Kyle Lowry posted 15-5-7-2 and his having a nice stretch of his own for owners who either bought when his stock was down or held on until this point.
DeMar DeRozan made just 6-of-17 from the floor but converted 9-of-12 from the line to finish with 21 points, one rebound, another five assists and two blocks for good measure.
Magic – 110 @ Pistons – 114
Jonathon Simmons had another nice game with 23 points, six rebounds, seven assists and a steal and has cemented his spot as a starter with a great month of December.
Elfrid Payton chipped in 15 points with seven dimes of his own and by contrast has really struggled this month and makes for a good buy-low candidate.
Nikola Vucevic was the man on Sunday with his sixth straight double-double of 24-14-7-1 and has been an absolute beast this season. Owners are reaping big benefits based on his ADP.
Reggie Bullock was the story in Motown as he finished with a season-high 20 points with five rebounds, a steal and four makes from deep. He’s been trending up the last few games and could be worth a short-term add while Avery Bradley is out.
Andre Drummond was the victim of Vucevic grabbing all the rebound and finished with just 6 boards to go with his 12 points, two assists, two blocks and a steal.
Pacers – 109 @ Nets – 97
Allen Crabbe was the biggest beneficiary and finished with a team-high 17 points with four from deep, three assists and a steal.
Cody Zeller continues to be effective as a starter and posted 13 points with four boards and while he won’t win you a championship, you could do worse than him in deep leagues.
The rest of the offense came from the bench, with three guys scoring 14 points. They were led by Caris LeVert, who played 31 minutes and added four boards, three dimes and three steals.
For the Pacers it was more Victor Oladipo, as he led the team in minutes played and scored 26 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one block and four from deep and just continues to provide owners with first-round value at a fourth-round price.
Myles Turner backed him up with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks and anyone who was worried about him shouldn’t be anymore.
Domantas Sabonis continues to provide value in limited minutes, scoring 17 with eight rebounds, and assist and three blocks in just 21 minutes and could take the starting job.
Cavs – 106 @ Wizards – 99
The last game of the night saw the Cavs handle their business in the nation’s capital on the back of yet another triple-double from LeBron James, who finished the night with 20-12-15 and looks like he’s going to have something to say about James Harden getting the MVP this year.
Kevin Love has no problem being Robin this season and backed up LBJ with 25 points, nine rebounds, a steal and five from downtown. He’s been having a great season so far for owners.
The rest of the starting five scored seven points apiece, so Jeff Green played 29 minutes off the bench and chipped in 15-5-2 and a couple of blocks. If you’re desperate for scoring…
The only other player of note from the Cleveland side was Kyle Korver, who finished with 11. Like Green, if you’re desperate for scoring and 3-pointers you could definitely do worse.
It was John Wall’s third game back from injury and notched a 15-point, 10 rebound double-double with six dimes, a steal and two blocks and should be good-to-go for owners.
Bradley Beal scored a team-high 27 points with five rebounds, five assists, four 3-pointers and a block and led the team with 43 minutes. He’s a great source of points and 3-pointers.
Markieff Morris posted 10 points with seven boards while Mike Scott saw 32 minutes off the bench and finished with 19 points, four boards, four assists, three 3-pointers, two steals and a block and is someone worth keeping an eye on in deep leagues.
That’s it for this week, thanks again for reading.