December 18, 2017, 5:07 pm
We’ve reached the tenth week of the NBA season and are inching closer and closer to the magic of NBA basketball on Christmas Day. Christmas Eve falls on the final day of this week’s matchup, a day with zero games.
Despite working on a short week, the majority of the teams in the Association are playing four-game weeks. The league is packing in the action before the holidays hit. Let’s dive in and take a look:
Games Played Breakdown
Four Games: Blazers, Bulls, Celtics, Clippers, Hawks, Heat, Hornets, Jazz, Lakers, Mavericks, Nuggets, Sixers, Spurs, Suns, Thunder, Warriors
Three Games: Bucks, Grizzlies, Kings, Knicks, Magic, Nets, Pacers, Pelicans, Raptors, Rockets, Wizards, Wolves
Two Games: Cavs, Pistons
There’s plenty of action this week and a lot of teams with nice schedules. None of them compare to the Golden State Warriors though. The defending champs have four games, two of them coming against the Lakers, one against the Grizzlies and they end the week on Saturday at home against the Nuggets.
The Warriors might be a solid streaming option this week. One would think that with their Christmas Day tilt against the Cavs fast approaching that they’ll want to be at full strength for that one so you could very well see some of their stars take a night or two off this week. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green are already ruled out for Monday night’s game in LA and are likely to miss more. Targeting some of the Warriors’ bench mob, like Jordan Bell, could work wonders this week. Their schedule is very friendly this week and it should benefit names that are not yet owned in your league.
The Sixers also have a schedule worth monitoring. Philly has a four-game week including games on the two lightest nights of the week, Tuesday (three games) and Thursday (five games). Joel Embiid will sit tonight against the Bulls and recently acquired power forward Trevor Booker could miss the entire week. That said, it could be a very nice week to look toward Richaun Holmes and Amir Johnson to stream for the week. HoopBall thinks very highly of Richaun Holmes gets minutes, which he should in a few of the four games on the ledger in week 10.
The Cavs and Pistons, outside of the superstars, are the easy teams to avoid this week with just two games to play. Really, just LeBron James is a safe play from these two teams in weekly lineups.
E’Twaun Moore, SG, Pelicans
Moore is having himself a heck of a month, averaging 17.9 points per game. He’s hit four 3-pointers in six of the nine games played. And more than anything, the opportunity is finally there for Moore. He hasn’t played less than 34 minutes in a game this month. Add this man.
Trey Lyles, PF, Nuggets
Lyles had a great week last week and appears to be filling the scoring role left behind by Paul Millsap‘s injury. In his last four games, this former Kentucky Wildcat averaged 18.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and over one steal per game. Plus, he’s made 13 3-pointers in that span while shooting 65 percent from the floor.
Milos Teodosic, PG, Clippers
Since returning from injury, Teodosic’s shooting percentage has been ugly in the three games played. But beyond that, his numbers are serving fantasy owners well. He’s hit two 3-pointers in each game, hasn’t had less than six rebounds and has barely turned the ball over. Milos has 11 assists in the last two games. He’s likely to produce plenty of volume in rebounds and assists if he remains healthy.
There is increasing concern about the status of Draymond Green (shoulder). He’s set to miss his third straight game tonight and there has been no return date set.
Consider Stephen Curry (ankle) questionable for the week. He’s out on Monday night but he could potentially be out for the week in preparation of playing the Cavs next Monday.
Jimmy Butler (back) is probable to play tonight against the Blazers.
Clint Capela (heel) is questionable for tonight’s game against the Jazz, following sitting out Saturday’s game against the Bucks.
Myles Turner (thigh) is questionable for tonight’s game against the Celtics.
Otto Porter (hip) did not practice today and should be considered questionable to play for the week.
Kristaps Porzingis (knee) is a game-time decision for tonight’s game and should certainly return to the floor this week.
Steven Adams (concussion) is still in concussion protocol and has been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Nuggets. This situation needs to be monitored as this is the second straight game Adams has missed.
Hassan Whiteside (knee) did not make the team’s road trip so he is out at least two more games, Monday against the Hawks and Wednesday against the Celtics.
Serge Ibaka (knee) missed yesterday’s game and should be considered day-to-day for the week.
Aaron Gordon (calf) is likely to be out until at least Friday.
Lou Williams (foot) is out for tonight’s game against the Spurs and needs to be monitored the rest of the week.