• Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the NBA is so delightful! And since we’ve no place to go… Let it Rain! Let it Rain! Let it Rain! Welcome to another weekend filled with NBA action. On a busy Friday night, Hoop-Ball has got you covered! “Superman” Dwight Howard makes a return, the Bulls get rampaged, and Rodney Hood for the win! Week 8 is almost over so let’s hop right into Saturday’s Daily Dish! Also follow @HoopBallTweets for up to the minute updates or hit me up on Twitter (@NguyenTDanh) if you have any questions!


    Wizards 122, Pistons 108

    The Wizards backcourt took over the game tonight and the Pistons just couldn’t stop them. John Wall scored 29 points (four treys) while adding two rebounds, 11 assists and three steals. Bradley Beal put up 25 points (two treys) with two rebounds and four assists. They’ve been playing well off each other and the Wizards have been rolling thanks to them.

    Kelly Oubre disappointed owners who picked him up tonight with just seven points, five boards and one steal. The good news is he did get 34 minutes and Scott Brooks seems to trust him more. Marcin Gortat double-doubled with 12 points and 14 assists while Otto Porter also chipped in with 15 points and eight rebounds.

    Despite the loss, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope put up a solid line of 24 points (four treys), six rebounds, three assists and one steal. He’s an important part of the team so hopefully he can stay healthy. Jon Leuer continues to impress and at this point it shouldn’t be a surprise anymore. He scored 17 points with six rebounds, five assists and one steal. Andre Drummond also double-doubled with 13 points and 12 rebounds but that’s about it.

    Magic 118, Nets 111

    After a three-game absence, Nikola Vucevic returned to action and looked great in the victory. He double-doubled with 21 points and 10 rebounds while also adding four assists, two steals and three blocks. Owners can safely plug him back into their lineups. Serge Ibaka turned back time and had himself a block party. Iblaka blocked five shots to go with his 18 points and 10 rebounds. Owners should be hoping he puts up more blocks like tonight.

    The point guard situation is still sticky in Orlando but tonight it was D.J. Augustin’s night. He came out of nowhere with 17 points (two treys), six rebounds, four assists and one steal. Elfrid Payton is right there however, adding in 10 points, five assists and six rebounds. Either player could have a good night but it’s hard to trust either. Evan Fournier also added 21 points while Aaron Gordon had just 13. Air Gordon is once again experiencing some turbulence.

    Brook Lopez also went full Iblaka tonight with five blocks himself to go with 22 points and six rebounds. Lopez did get dunked on again and something tells me this won’t be his last poster. Jeremy Lin also returned from a one-game absence to score 17 points. Lin will be fine once the rust shakes off. Trevor Booker had his fewest points this season with just two on 0-of-5 shooting but managed to add nine rebounds and one steal. Owners can expect him to bounce back next game against the 76ers.

    Hawks 125, Raptors 121

    This was a revenge game for the Hawks who were embarrassed by the Raptors the last time they played. Dwight Howard looked like Superman amongst men in this game, scoring 27 points with 15 rebounds and one assist. No one could stop Dwight tonight and he absolutely feasted. Dennis Schroder has been playing well as of late and came through tonight with 24 points and six assists. Consistency is the only thing that can stop him.

    Tim Hardaway Jr. remained in the starting lineup tonight and had himself a decent game with 14 points and three steals. Kent Bazemore will get better as the season goes along so it’s hard to own Hardaway knowing that. Kyle Korver also lit up the Raptors with 19 points (six treys) tonight. Redemption must’ve been on the minds of many Hawks tonight.

    The Raptors backcourt tried to carry the load for the Raptors once again but the teams sloppy play and lack of defensive effort overweighed their output. DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points with five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block while Kyle Lowry had 27 points (six treys) and six assists. After those two it was Cory Joseph who stepped up off the bench with 17 points, four rebounds and four assists. It’s nice seeing the Canadian stepping up tonight but only an injury will put him on fantasy radars.

    Celtics 96, Hornets 88

    With Kemba Walker out tonight, Isaiah Thomas took full advantage and dropped 26 points with three rebounds and five assists. After being away for three-games, Thomas looks like he’ll be fine moving forward. Al Horford was also stellar against the Hornets and did a bit of everything. He had 18 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and five blocks. Owners can’t ask for much more than that.

    Jonas Jerebko actually got the start over Amir Johnson in the second half and had a decent line of nine points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. He may be getting more starts moving forward but nothing worth jumping on. Avery Bradley added 12 points and seven rebounds while Jae Crowder also had 12 points and five rebounds.

    Without Kemba to lead the way, Nicolas Batum had to do a bit of everything to keep the team in it. Batum ended the night with 22 points with 10 boards, five assists and three steals. There’s no reason he can’t keep up similar numbers, even with Kemba returning Saturday. Ramon Sessions had 13 points, six rebounds and six assists as the starter tonight. His value will diminish as of Saturday.

    Bucks 95, Bulls 69

    If we thought the Bucks’ win against the Bulls Thursday night was easy, tonight should be considered very easy then. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 22 points with seven rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and one block. He dominated the Bulls once again and continues to roll as a top fantasy asset. Greg Monroe had another nice game against tonight, putting up a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. No one on the Bulls could stop him, but then again, they didn’t really play much defense.

    Other Bucks worth mentioning were Jabari Parker (12 points and seven assists), John Henson (10 points, four rebounds, and two blocks), and Mirza Teletovic (13 points, three 3-pointers and eight rebounds). Doesn’t get much easier than this for them.

    This was a disaster for the Bulls on both sides of the floor. Dwyane Wade scored a team high 12 points… that should be enough for everyone to know how they did. Jimmy Butler posted a decent line despite the loss with seven points, seven rebounds, six assists and a steal. Taj Gibson suffered a right hip contusion and left the game tonight, leading to Bobby Portis getting some extra run. Bobby scored 10 points with eight rebounds and could continue to fill in for Gibson if he remains out. Nikola Mirotic picked up a DNP-CD tonight and the Bulls are looking like a mess.

    Lakers 100, 76ers 89

    These two young squads kept it competitive but the Lakers pulled out the win tonight. Julius Randle did a bit of everything with 25 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. He bounced back in a big way but may have a difficult time again on Saturday against the Cavaliers.

    D’Angelo Russell continued to look rusty, scoring 15 points (three treys) on 4-of-12 shooting. He did add seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block so it wasn’t too bad. Nick Young also had 15 points (three treys) with one steal and one block. Swaggy P is just there to provide owners with points and 3-pointers. Lou Williams came off the bench and scored 18 points with four steals.

    The 76ers received contribution from across the team tonight but no one had an amazing fantasy line. Ersan Ilyasova double-doubled off the bench with 13 points and 10 rebounds and continues to play an important role for the team. Joel Embiid once against started next to Jahlil Okafor and had 15 points with four rebounds and two blocks. Okafor ended had 14 points with eight rebounds and is starting to trend upwards. As for Robert Covington, he only shot 37.5% from the field but did have 14 points, six rebounds and one block. The process is still in the works.

    Kings 96, Grizzlies 92

    The Kings pulled out a close win but it’s amazing how the Grizzlies are able to hang around in games despite all the injuries and deficits. DeMarcus Cousins scored a team-high 22 points and added nine rebounds. Tonight wasn’t one of his best performances and owners can expect better next game.

    Kosta Koufos and Garrett Temple both put up solid stat lines tonight. Koufos double-doubled with 16 points and 13 rebounds while adding three blocks. Temple had 17 points with six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Both of them benefited from all the injuries on the Kings and could very well put up some nice numbers until they get some players back. If you want more coverage of this game, click here!

    The Grizzlies made it tough for the Kings and Marc Gasol lead the charge with 20 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Tony Allen had a nice performance with 16 points, nine rebounds, two steals and a block. No one can argue his grit and grind on the floor and if the Grizzlies want to make some noise, Allen will be a big reason why. Mike Conley also returned from his back injury and played a big 29 minutes, finishing with eight points, six assists, two steals and a block. He’ll get it rolling as long as he’s healthy.

    Clippers 102, Heat 98

    The Clippers starting five once again carried the team to a victory. Blake Griffin had 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists. DeAndre Jordan double-doubled with 12 points and 19 rebounds with three blocks. Chris Paul added 17 points with five rebounds and six assists while J.J Redick dropped another 17 points. The only other person worth mentioning is Austin Rivers, who cooled down after his 25-point with just seven points tonight.

    Hassan Whiteside despite the loss still scored 11 points while adding 17 boards, two steals and one block. He basically called DeAndre Jordan nothing more than a lob finisher but that was a side thing. Look for Whiteside to continue posting monster lines. Goran Dragic also played well with 21 points, six rebounds, 11 assists and two steals. He’s a fearless finisher and Whiteside is right there to back him up. Justise Winslow dropped 15 points with four rebounds and a steal, reminding us that he shouldn’t be on the waiver despite returning from an injury.

    Rockets 122, Pelicans 100

    Another Rockets’ win, another James Harden triple-double. The Beard exploded with 29 points (six treys), 11 rebounds and 13 assists. He is now the franchise leader for triple-doubles and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Patrick Beverley nearly triple-doubled as well with 13 points (three treys), 11 rebounds, eight assists and one steal. Beverley has been a huge part of this nine-game winning streak and the team is now 14-2 with him in the lineup.

    Seems like everyone on the Rockets are fantasy studs as Eric Gordon also caught fire tonight, scoring 29 points (seven treys) with one block and one steal. He’s been making it rain from deep all season long and his ability to space the floor makes him a perfect fit for this D’Antoni system. Trevor Ariza also scored 20 points (five treys) to go with his five rebounds and three steals. Must be fun to own any of these guys.

    Anthony Davis left this game with a lower left leg contusion, finishing with 19 points, five rebounds and three assists. He’s a per-game fantasy monster but he sadly doesn’t play every game. AD should be fine but if he does end up missing time, Terrence Jones will benefit the most and Cheick Diallo should also get more playing time. Jones scored 16 points with eight rebounds and one block in 29 minutes tonight while Diallo had 10 points, seven rebounds and one block. Don’t do us like this AD.

    Jazz 103, Mavericks 100

    Both teams were trending in opposite directions and it was surprising to see it being this close. Rodney Hood gave the Jazz the victory by hitting a game-winning 3-pointer and finished the game with 15 points and two steals. His injury seems like a thing of the past and this game-winner has got the team pumped up. Rudy Gobert continued to show his improvement on the offensive side of the floor and he actually scored a team-high 16 points to go with 10 rebounds, one steal and a block.

    Gordon Hayward and Trey Lyles both chipped in with 13 points apiece but Hayward should be owned in all leagues while Lyles is only a deep-league kind of guy. Derrick Favors continues to trend up in terms of minutes but the team will still be extra careful with him. He should still be owned in all leagues.

    Harrison Barnes scored a game-high 21 points but it was still not enough for the victory. Barnes is clearly their number one option on offence and that’ll likely be the case for the remainder of the season. Deron Williams added 18 points with seven assists and two steals. Owners can expect similar output as long as he can actually play. Currently on the fantasy rise: Seth Curry (13 points, five rebounds, four assists), Dwight Powell (10 points, four rebounds), Justin Anderson (10 points, three rebounds), and Salah Mejri (seven points, five rebounds).

    That’ll do it for Saturday’s dish. Have a great weekend and stay warm! Cheers! #HoopBall #WeTheNorth


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