March 12, 2018, 12:45 am
It was a big, nine-game schedule on Sunday, so let’s get right to it.
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RAPTORS – 132 AT KNICKS – 106
Toronto put a beating on the Knicks in MSG with the bench stepping up big.
C.J. Miles led the way with 13 points, four rebounds and three triples, and bounced back from a couple of single-digit outings nicely. He’s worth streaming if you’re desperate for scoring and 3-pointers.
Jakob Poeltl scored 10 with eight rebounds and three assists while Pascal Siakam scored nine and handed out six dimes. They both have appeal in mid-size leagues because of their ability to get dimes from the big-man spots.
The starters didn’t have to do much heavy lifting in this one, and the Raptors’ star DeMar DeRozan scored just nine points on 4-of-16 with four rebounds and five assists in 28 minutes.
Kyle Lowry made just 3-of-8 from the floor but hit all eight free throws and finished with 16 points, four rebounds and seven assists. Both guards could see fewer minutes down the stretch, but we wouldn’t worry too much about it.
Serge Ibaka scored 14 points with seven rebounds and a block on 5-of-14 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line.
Jonas Valanciunas led all Raptors with 17 points on 4-of-6 with nine rebounds and two assists and looks like he’s going to have a strong finish to the season.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way for the Knicks with 25 points, four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers on 7-of-17 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line. He’s the only consistent fantasy bet on the Knicks at the moment.
Luke Kornet started and went for 18 points with four rebounds, two assists, a block and three triples, but he’s done nothing before that and can safely be ignored.
Michael Beasley had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards and while he has decent games like this, he’s been inconsistent.
BULLS – 129 AT HAWKS – 122
The Bulls got the win in Atlanta wit a big game off the bench from Bobby Portis with 21 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. He’s rewarded patient owners handsomely.
Lauri Markkanen just missed a double-double of his own with 19 points, nine rebounds, one steal, one block and one triple. The rookie had a quiet stretch last month and managed just six points in the last game so this was nice for owners to see.
Zach LaVine had 21 points but only added one rebound, one block and three assists to the line. He’s still going to be fine the rest of the way and provide owners with plenty of scoring and 3-pointers with a bit of rebounds.
Kris Dunn made just 5-of-13 from the field and finished with 13 points, two rebounds, five assists and three steals. He looks to be fully over the injury from last month and should be back to stealing everything that’s not nailed down.
Robin Lopez started for some strange reason but played just 12 minutes and scored four points.
Taurean Prince went off for Alanta with 38 points, six rebounds, seven assists, one steal and seven triples on 11-of-18 from the floor and 9-of-10 from the line. He was a man posessed in this one and showed why everyone is soo high on him. That said he had single-digit points in the last two games, so it’s hard to know what to expect in the next one.
John Collins made 5-of-8 from the field and finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and one block and is going to have a monster game any day now.
Dewayne Dedmon just missed a double-double with 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and one block on 4-of-6 shooting.
Mike Muscala came off the bench and shot 7-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from deep to finish with 19 points, five rebounds and a block and is worth scooping up in deep leagues.
That’s about it from the Hawks. No one else hit double figures, and Dennis Schroder missed the game with an elbow injury.
WARRIORS – 103 AT WOLVES – 109
This was a huge win for Minnesota as they beat the champs with a 36-point, 16 rebound performance from Karl Anthony-Towns, who chipped in two assists, two triples and one steal as well. He’s good.
Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting with five rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers while Nemanja Bjelica made just 4-of-12 for 10 points with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks.
Taj Gibson had a nice double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds while adding two assists and a block on 5-of-12 from the floor.
Derrick Rose reunited with his old coach but played just six minutes and scored two points.
That’s it for Minny as coach Thibs will continue to play his starters big minutes until the drop.
Kevin Durant went 12-of-12 from the foul line and 11-of-32 from the field to finish with 39 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and five 3-pointers in the losing effort.
Klay Thompson made just 8-of-22 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line to finish with 21 points, four rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers.
Draymond Green flirted with a triple-double with 10 points, eight rebounds, seven dimes, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers on 4-of-9 from the field.
Zaza Pachulia came off the bench for 25 minutes with 16 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks, but probably won’t have another game like this all season.
JAZZ – 116 AT PELICANS – 99
Ricky Rubio was on Fuego in this one and scored a game-high 30 points with 10 rebounds, seven assists and four 3-pointers on 10-of-22 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line.
Donovan Mitchell made 10-of-21 and finished with 27 points, three rebounds, four assists and one steal and shows no signs of slowing down the rest of the way.
Joe Ingles had a nice game with 20 points, three rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers on 7-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the line.
Rudy Gobert double-doubled with 19 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and two blocks but made just 5-of-13 from the field.
Anthony Davis returned from a one-game absence and picked up where he left off with 25 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals, one triple and ten blocks on 9-of-22 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line.
Jrue Holiday had a double-double with 18 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers on 7-of-19 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line.
Ian Clark was the high scorer off the bench with 14, but doesn’ have much fantasy value.
NUGGETS – 130 AT KINGS – 104
Denver handled their business on the road and got a win they needed to get with the help of 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 dimes, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers from Nikola Jokic on 8-of-10 shooting.
Jamal Murray also hit the 20-point mark and added three rebounds, five assists and two triples on 8-of-16 from the floor.
Paul Milsap had a down game in this one and scored just six points on 2-of-6 with nine rebounds and four assists while Trey Lyles made 5-of-9 for 14 points with eight rebounds and three assists in 18 bench minutes.
Devin Harris played 20 minutes off the bench and finished with 11 points and not much else.
Kosta Koufos got another start for Sacramento and had another nice game with 14 points, 10 rebounds and a steal on 7-of-10 from the field while Willie Cauley-Stein came off the bench for 12-8-3 on 4-of-11 in 30 minutes.
Zach Randolph started next to him and scored 12 points with five rebounds and three assists on 6-of-14 from the floor.
De’Aaron Fox returned to the starting lineup and just missed a double-double with 12 points, nine dimes and three rebounds on 4-of-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line.
Bogdan Bogdanovic struggled in this one and made just 2-of-10 for six points, so Buddy Hield got 27 minutes off the bench and responded with 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and one block on 8-of-15.
ROCKETS – 105 AT MAVS – 82
Houston started a new winning streak on Sunday even without James Harden, who missed the game with knee soreness. He’s expected back on Monday, so no need to panic.
Eric Gordon entered the starting five and scored 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting with 6-of-11 from deep while adding four rebounds, two assists and one steal to his line.
Chris Paul also stepped up and scored 24 points with 12 dimes, five rebounds and four triples on 9-of-18 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the line.
P.J. Tucker was the third wheel at the four and scored 10 points with four rebounds, one assist and one steal on 3-of-5, while Trevor Ariza made just 1-of-10 from the field and finished with 3 points, two rebounds, two assists and a block.
Clint Capela was also invisible in this one and scored just four points with eight boards and two blocks on 2-of-3 from the floor and 0-of-2 from the line.
Joe Johnson got hot off the bench and made 5-of-9 from the floor to finish with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists.
Dwight Powell was the best player for the Mavs and finished with 20 points, five rebounds, one 3-pointer and one steal on 9-of-11 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line.
Dennis Smith Jr. was terrible from the floor and made just 2-of-12 from the field for four points with two rebounds and four assists.
Yogi Ferrell started and was just as bad, making 1-of-8 from the field for two points, six rebounds and two assists.
Harrison Barnes made 4-of-16 and finished with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers while Doug McDermott couldn’t follow up his 20-point game with another good one, finishing with just four points on 1-of-7.
Dirk Nowitzki made 5-of-11 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line for 13 points with six rebounds, one assist and one block.
Nerlens Noel saw 15 minutes of action off the bench and finished with 10 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal on 5-of-8 shooting.
PACERS – 99 AT CELTICS – 97
Kyrie Irving left this game with a knee issue after just 15 minutes, finishing with seven points and four rebounds. Check back for an update on his status for the next game.
Marcus Smart got the start for Jaylen Brown and made the most of his opportunity, scoring 20 points with seven rebounds, eight dimes, four steals and six triples one 6-of-13 from the field. Brown is expected to miss the week, so Smart makes for a nice streaming option.
Jayson Tatum scored 19 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks on 5-of-11 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe.
Terry Rozier got 33 minutes off the bench and shot 5-of-13 from the field for 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers.
Victor Oladipo led the way for the Pacers once again with 27 points, three boards, four assists, three steals, two triples and a block on 10-of-20 shooting and 5-of-5 from the line.
Myles Turner continued his recent strong play with 19 points, 10 rebounds, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers on 8-of-13 from the field and looks like he’s going to get rolling right in time for the fantasy playoffs.
Bojan Bogdanovic made 4-of-7 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the line to finish with 14 points, three rebounds, three assists, one block and four 3-pointers.
Cory Joseph came back to earth with eight points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal while Darren Collison came off the bench again and went 0-of-2 from the floor for just two points but handed out 10 assists.
Thaddeus Young also had an off-night and went 2-of-7 from the field to finish with four points, four rebounds, two assists and five turnovers.
Domantas Sabonis made 5-of-9 from the field and finished with 10 points, six rebounds and two steals, and with Turner getting going Sabonis will see his role continue to shrink.
SIXERS – 120 AT NETS – 97
Philly beat Brooklyn at home with a balanced attack that saw eight players hit double-digits, led by Joel Embiid with 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer on 9-of-17 shooting.
Robert Covington actually made some shots and finished with 19 points, five rebounds, four dimes, one steal, two blocks and the 3-pointers on 6-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line.
Ben Simmons shot 4-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the line for 11 points, six rebounds, six assists and no defensive stats while Dario Saric made 8-of-11 and finished with 18 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two triples.
Ersan Ilyasova played 26 minutes off the bench and double-doubled with 11 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and three steals on 5-of-10 shooting.
Marco Belinelli also contributed in his reserve role with 13 points, two rebounds and one assist while Richaun Holmes had two points, two rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks on 1-of-6 in 16 bench minutes.
D’Angelo Russell looked like a number two overall pick with 26 points, four rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers on 9-of-17 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line, but he’s been back and forth with single and double-digit scoring games over the last four.
Spencer Dinwiddie shot just 5-of-14 for 13 points with six dimes, three rebounds and one steal and has struggled offensively, scoring in single-digits in five of the last 10 games.
CAVS – 113 AT LAKERS – 127
The Cavs lost again, this time to the Lakers and Julius Randle, who made 14-of-18 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the line and finished with 36 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two blocks.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made 7-of-13 to finish with 20 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and four 3-pointers.
Kyle Kuzma started and scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers but made just 4-of-14 from the field.
Brook Lopez was good and made 10-of-18 on his way 22 points with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers.
Lonzo Ball played 31 minutes and shot an abysmal 2-of-11 to finish with five points, three rebounds, seven assists and one steal while Isaiah Thomas came off the bench and scored 20 with nine assists and five rebounds in 30 minutes.
As usual, LeBron James did his thing with 24 points, ten rebounds, seven dimes, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers on 9-of-20 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line.
Larry Nance Jr. tried to help out with 16 points, eight rebounds, one assist and two turnovers on 7-of-12 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line.
The other three starters combined for 19 points, four rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.
Ante Zizic got 19 minutes of run and made 7-of-9 to finish with 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocks and is worth picking up in super deep leagues in case he gets near 20 minutes again.
That’s it for this week, talk to you in seven days.