March 5, 2018, 1:25 am
This week we had seven games on the schedule to look at, with the Raptors continuing to roll, the Sixers blowing it against the Bucks, and the Hawks and Kings going for their 20th wins.
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HORNETS – 98 AT RAPTORS 103
We’ll start in Toronto, where DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors to another win with 19 points, four rebounds and eight assists on 7-of-14 from the floor.
Kyle Lowry double-doubled with 14 points, 10 boards, five dimes and a couple of triples, but it was on 5-of-13 from the floor.
Jonas Valanciunas had a DD of his own with 18 points, 13 boards, a steal and two blocks on 8-of-15 and this was a nice bounce-back for him after grabbing just four rebounds in the last game, with no defensive stats.
Malcolm Miller got the start at the three for OG Anunoby but finished with zero points in 13 minutes while C.J. Miles came off the bench for 19 minutes with 12 points and is worth adding in deep leagues for low-end points and threes in deep leagues.
On the other side, the Hornets got 27 from Kemba Walker on 8-of-23 with six rebounds, three triples, four assists and a steal and is the only safe fantasy bet on the roster.
Dwight Howard scored 10 with 10 boards and while he’s been really good this season, he still carries a lot of injury risk, as well as potential shutdown risk as the Hornets fall out of the playoff race.
Nicolas Batum made just 3-of-10 for 10 points with six rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block and has at least seven dimes in eight straight games.
Jeremy Lamb had 16 points with two assists, one rebound, one steal and one block in 26 minutes off the bench, and Frank Kaminsky added 15 with four boards in his 26 bench minutes. Both can be useful in deeper leagues but are inconsistent
SUNS – 112 AT HAWKS – 113
In a battle between basement teams the Hawks pulled out the win on the shoulders of Taurean Prince and his 22 points, five rebounds, two assists and a block on 8-of-16 and although he’s been frustrating to own, he seems to be finding consistency at the right time.
Dennis Schroder scored 21 and added six boards and six assists on 9-of-16 and is the fantasy Ace on the Hawks. He can be counted on by fantasy owners come playoff time.
By contrast, Dewayne Dedmon managed just seven points on 3-of-8 but salvaged his line with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks.
John Collins also had a forgettable night with four points, seven boards, two assists and two steals on 1-of-6. He’s locked into the starting four spot so patient owners should continue to be patient.
Because of their struggles, Miles Plumlee got 25 minutes of run off the bench and responded with 10 points and 11 boards. He still not much use outside of the deepest of leagues.
T.J. Warren led the way for the Suns with 35 points, four rebounds and one 3-pointer on 16-of-26 from the floor and he’ll be a good source of scoring and rebounds down the stretch.
Payton handed out 14 dimes to go with 10 rebounds and 11 points, one block and a steal on 5-of-13 and has looked great since moving to Arizona.
The frontcourt continues to be a crapshoot, with Marquese Chriss being the one to contribute in this game with 17 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks.
PACERS – 98 AT WIZARDS – 96
Indiana got a big win in DC with Victor Oladipo leading the way once again with 33 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and a couple of 3-pointers.
Myles Turner continued to get his season back on track with 12 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer on 4-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-3 from the line. He’s not going to get anywhere near his ADP, but owners will gladly take what they can get.
It was more of the same for Washington, with Bradley Beal scoring 22 points, 11 dimes, three rebounds, three steals, two 3-pointers and one block on 8-of-27 from the floor. He continues to thrive as the top option for the Wiz and that’s not changing anytime soon.
Otto Porter scored 17 with eight rebounds, two 3-pointers and four steals on 6-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the line and is also looking like he’s going to finish the season strong.
Markieff Morris made 5-of-7 from the floor for 12 points with seven rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers and has strung together four double-digit scoring games.
Marcin Gortat was the only other starter for Washington to make much noise with 10 points, seven rebounds and one assist while Mike Scott matched his point total while adding five rebounds and three assists in 22 bench minutes.
PELICANS – 126 AT MAVS – 109
New Orleans continued to roll with a win in Dallas as Anthony Davis continued to bring the defense, racking up three blocks and three steals to go with 23 points and 13 rebounds on 9-of-18 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the line.
Jrue Holiday was in Beast Mode again, putting up a 30-spot with seven dimes and three rebounds on 12-of-19 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the line and has now gone for at least 20 points in eight straight games.
Rajon Rondo came one rebound shy of a triple-double with 14 points, 10 dimes, nine rebounds and two 3-pointers on 5-of-7 from the floor
Nikola Mirotic had arguably his best game as a Pelican with 24 points, five rebounds, two assists, one block and six triples on 8-of-15 from the floor and he could be a top-40 player the rest of the way as he settles in.
Cheick Diallo had a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench, but he’s best left on the wire as he barely cracks the rotation.
Dirk Nowitzki refuses to go quietly, and he finished this one with 23 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers on 8-of-13. He’s bound to get rested at some point, but owners should ride him while he’s hot.
Dennis Smith Jr just missed a double-double with 23 points, eight assists, five rebounds and one steal on 9-of-22 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line. The rookie hasn’t lived up to his draft price, but he’s put together back-to-back 20-point games as he looks to finish strong.
Harrison Barnes scored 18 with six rebounds, three assists and one triple on just 6-of-16 from the field with 5-of-7 from the line while Dwight Powell started at center and finished with five points and 11 rebounds.
SIXERS – 110 AT BUCKS – 118
Philly scored 43 points in the first, only to get outscored 33-14 in the third and lose in Milwaukee as Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 35 with nine boards, seven dimes, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer on 14-of-23 from the floor and 6-of-10 from the line.
Eric Bledsoe shot 8-of-18 from the floor and finished with 22 points, five rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two 3-pointers, but did turn the ball over four times.
Khris Middleton had his worst game in a while and managed just 10 points on 5-of-14 from the field. He added five assists and three steals but missed all attempts from deep and didn’t get to the line.
John Henson‘s return to irrelevance continued as he only scored 10 with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and no blocks. It’s probably safe to look at other options come playoff time.
Tyler Zeller cut into his minutes, logging 20 off the bench(to Henson’s 21) and finished with 11 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block.
Jabari Parker played 21 minutes and scored 13 with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals as he slowly works his way back up to speed.
Dario Saric was the high man for Philly with 25 points, six rebounds, one block and four triples and has been one of fantasy’s biggest profits this season.
Ben Simmons double-doubled with 12 points, 15 dimes, five rebounds, two blocks and six turnovers on 6-of-9 from the field.
Joel Embiid made 6-of-12 and finished the game with 19 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks with 7-of-10 from the line as he looks to have a great finish to his breakout season.
The Sixers weakness is their bench, as only Marco Belinelli did anything relevant, and all he did was score 10 points with one rebound and one assist. That’s going to be a problem in the playoffs.
NETS – 120 AT CLIPPERS – 123
Brooklyn’s starters struggled mightily in this one, with DeMarre Carroll going for 20 points with seven boards, and the other four guys combining for 25 and 16.
They still put up 120 points though, led by Caris LeVert who dropped 27 with five rebounds, five dimes, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers. LeVert had 30 points in the last three games combined, so we wouldn’t put too much stock in this outburst.
Rounding out the second unit superstars was Rondae Hollis-Jefferson with 15 points, eight rebounds, five dimes, one steal and two blocks in 31 bench minutes.
We’d expect the starters to fare a bit better in the next game, so we wouldn’t make any drastic moves based on this one game.
Austin Rivers led the way for LA with 27 points on 10-of-15 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line with five rebounds and three assists and should get every opportunity to score going forward.
Tobias Harris is the first option on offense though, and he finished this one with 26 points, eight rebounds, two assists, three steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers on 11-of-19 from the floor.
DeAndre Jordan got his double-double on with 17 points and 15 boards while adding two assists, one steal and one block on 4-of-8 from the field and an absurd 9-of-10 from the line.
Milos Teodosic scored 14 with four assists and two rebounds on 5-of-8 while Lou Williams came off the bench and scored 21 points with two rebounds, four dimes, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer.
KNICKS – 99 AT KINGS – 102
The finale saw the Kings get that aforementioned 20th win by beating the visiting Knicks with a well-balanced offensive attack, led by Bogdan Bogdanovic with 22 points, seven assists, one rebound and three 3-pointers.
Skal Labissiere scored 14 with six rebounds, three assists and three blocks on 5-of-10 and if he can lock up the starting spot going forward, could be in for a big finish.
Kosta Koufos at the start again at the five and scored 12 points with eight rebounds and one assist on 6-of-10 from the floor.
Justin Jackson also had 12 points, his coming with six rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer on just 5-of-13 from the field while Buddy Hield came off the bench and scored 12 of his own on 5-of-10 in 26 minutes.
De’Aaron Fox struggled his way to 10 points on 4-of-12 from the floor with just two assists, three rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers, but he’ll get plenty of opportunities to put have better games the rest of the way.
Enes Kanter had 14 points, 16 rebounds, one assist and two steals on 7-of-10 from the field and is the second best player on the team.
His backup Kyle O’Quinn made 4-of-6 from the field and finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocks.
The point guard situation was just as bad, with Emmanuel Mudiay going scoreless in 18 minutes, Trey Burke scoring 11 with six dimes off the bench and Frank Ntilikina finishing with seven and five.
It’s a situation probably best avoided as the games start to matter more.
That’s it for this week, this time next week we’ll be getting ready for the fantasy playoffs.