• Hello! Welcome to This Week Tonight. Every Sunday night I take Hoop-ballers through the games played for the week along with highlights of things you should look for and expect, along with pickups, suggestions, and a run down of any significant injuries to watch out for. So without further ado let’s dive into the week and get your prepped to win!

    Games Played: 

    5 Games: DEN

    4 Games: ATL, CHA, DAL, GSW, HOU, IND, MIL, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHO, POR, TOR, WAS

    3 Games: BKN, BOS, CHI, CLE, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NOP, SAC, SAS, UTA

    2 Games: DET, OKC

    This will be the third week in a row that we’ll have a team playing five games in a week. By now you probably know the drill: add Nuggets in weekly leagues. Emmanuel Mudiay is probably floating out there after a rough last five and can contribute, but playing Jameer Nelson could make a lot of sense as he’ll likely see decent minutes in a couple of games this week. Jusuf Nurkic would be a risky play and I would have trouble stomaching it considering you could add a four game guy that’s guaranteed minutes this week instead. It’s a pretty game heavy week so it’s not as important to try and squeeze out those extra games in weekly leagues since there’s 14 teams with four game weeks, you’ll have overlap on multiple nights more than likely.

    Back-to-Backs:

    The Wizards go Wednesday and Thursday so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see John Wall take a breather considering his recent wrist issue.

    The Knicks play Wednesday and Thursday which puts all their studs at risk as well as guys like Joakim Noah, just check in to make sure they’re playing.

    The Mavs have a set on Thursday and Friday so it’s likely Dirk Nowitkzki doesn’t see one of  those games and obviously guys like Andrew Bogut and Deron Williams could sit as well.

    The Bulls have a back-to-back Friday and Saturday so Dwyane Wade will more than likely only be playing two games this week instead of three, making him a questionable play in weekly formats.

    The Hornets, Blazers, and Pacers are play on Friday and Saturday so check to make sure on players status in that weird condensed schedule.

    Pickups of the Week: 

    Toronto Raptors Players – The Raptors have the easiest schedule I’ve seen in awhile as they get the Nets, Sixers, Hornets and Suns in that order this week. That’s a lot of miserable defense and guys like Lucas Nogueira and Cory Joseph even could end up being good plays. Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson are also in play here.

    Joe Ingles – Rodney Hood has a bone bruise, though no structural damage, and if the Jazz treat him even half like they treated Derrick Favors that means he’ll miss some games. Joe Ingles was great in his fill in starts for Hood and could have similarly nice run again. Only thing  to keep in mind here is Alec Burks is back and he could end up soaking some of those minutes which could limit Ingles appeal.

    Darren Collison – He’s quietly played well over his last two weeks and has 60th value in that time, about where you would’ve expected him to be with starters minutes prior to this season. He ought to be able to maintain solid value the rest of the way provided the Kings don’t decide to move on a trade for another point guard.

    Al-Farouq Aminu – He’s been dropped in many leagues but is finely beginning to put together solid games for Portland as their primary power forward. Over the last two weeks he’s hit the boards hard at 10 rebounds and a game while contributing solidly across the stat sheet, including in the defensive categories where he’s always had good potential.

    Hardest Start of the Week:

    Gary Harris – Harris is set to return to game action on Monday and the Nuggets play five games this week, but there’s no way to tell exactly how they’ll handle his minutes given that he’s had issues with his groin all season. Team’s are generally cautious easing a player back in the first couple games anyways. Owners need to decide if they think he’ll get the full minutes load or if the Nuggets will limit him because of the massive workload that’s coming for the Nuggets this week.

    Significant Injuries: 

    Jeremy Lin (hamstring) is being limited by the Nets in his return and he’s going to miss more games despite the fact he’s coming back around faster than his last hamstring injury.

    Kelly Olynyk (ankle) rolled a up on a ball boy Sunday and is questionable for Monday.

    Avery Bradley (Achilles) was a full participant on Sunday in practice and is a go for Monday.

    Jeremy Lamb (foot) will not play Monday.

    Nikola Mirotic (illness) is questionable for Tuesday, he’s been dealing with strep throat.

    Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will be out “for the near future.”

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) is being called questionable ahead of his Wednesday night game against the Lakers.

    Jon Leuer (knee) is day-to-day, he was ruled out Sunday.

    Clint Capela (fibula) could return on Tuesday or Wednesday, but owners shouldn’t expect both because of the back-to-back.

    Blake Griffin (knee) is targeting mid January and was running sprints on Saturday.

    Josh Richardson (foot) is going to be out for a couple weeks, maybe more.

    Zach LaVine had a minor hip injury but was active for Saturday.

    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) sat out Sunday’s game and should be watched for his back-to-back in the coming week.

    Steven Adams (head) had to exit Sunday’s game and may have a concussion.

    Evan Fournier (heel) does not currently have a time table to return.

    Moe Harkless (calf) is questionable for Monday.

    Patty Mills (calf) sat out Saturday, his status may be in question for the next games.

    Rodney Hood (bone bruise) does not appear to have hyper-extended his knee as originally reported, but will likely miss a few games.

    Otto Porter (hip) said he should be available to play on Monday.

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