• Monday night gave us a big nine game slate and we have a new number one fantasy player after the night’s action. We saw Lucas Nogueira step up in the absence of two starters while Mike Conley and Kyle Lowry are still struggling to find their shot. Let’s dive into Monday’s action.

    Spurs 94 @ Celtics 108

    The Spurs are human and they need Kawhi Leonard back. Pau Gasol is providing some serviceable low end lines with 11 points and eight rebounds tonight while Danny Green isn’t consistent enough to be their third option, scoring seven points with two triples. Dejounte Murray‘s stat set still isn’t mature enough to be consistently valuabe standard leagues as he posted a 0-0-0 money counter line with five turnovers. LaMarcus Aldridge struggled with his shot, going 5-for-13 on his way to 11 points but he added a steal and a block. Overall it wasn’t a good game for the Spurs as the Celtics just outmatched them.

    Jalyen Brown looked good for the Celtics, scoring 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting and going a perfect 5-for-5 at the line. He usually struggles there and it’s unlikely we see him increase his efficiency in that spot, putting a damper on his season long value. Al Horford continues to be a steady early round play with a 14-13-5 line with two steals on 7-of-11 shooting. Jayson Tatum continues to impress across the board, grabbing 11 rebounds and swatting three shots. He only had seven points, but two shots came from deep and his ability to fill up the box score everywhere and rebound well has him at a higher valuation than Brown. Kyrie Irving scored 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting to go with three steals and six assists. The efficiency is climbing and the points should start to increase.

    Wolves 125 @ Heat 122

    Jeff Teague had his best game with the Wolves, scoring 23 points to go with 11 assists. His job is secure and Coach Thibodeau is going to play all his starters an obscene amount of minutes. Jimmy Butler is still taking a backseat to Andrew Wiggins, scoring 16 points to Wiggins’ 22. Butler attempted 13 shots while Wiggins shot 23. Coach Thibodeau has to figure out how to incorporate Butler as he’s simply a better scoring option. Karl-Anthony Towns posted another efficient double-double with 20 points and 12 boards on 7-of-11 shooting with three blocks. He should steamroll his way to top-5 value.

    Goran Dragic had a nice shooting night, going 8-for-16 on his way 18 points while also handing out five assists. James Johnson struggled for the Heat in 23 minutes of action, scoring two points, grabbing seven boards, but adding a steal and a block. He’ll be better and has top-75 value. Josh Richardson also couldn’t hit a shot, going 2-for-10, but added two steals and two blocks. Dion Waiters went off for 33 points but only hit one triple. He added three steals and went 14-for-28 from the field, but this means there’s going to be an inefficient shooting night coming up for Waiters Island. Kelly Olynyk played well with a 23-6-2 line but failed to record any defensive stats. The Heat roster is filled with multi-cat stat stuffers and even with Hassan Whiteside coming back, Olynyk and Johnson should retain value with 25 minute roles.

    Nuggets 110 @ Knicks 116

    Paul Millsap is shooting 41.6 percent on the year and shot 2-for-13 this game. He was able to pull down 10 boards with two steals and a block, but looks bad thus far. There will be an adjustment period with him and Nikola Jokic. Speaking of which, the Joker had a 28-8-2 line with a steal, a block and six shots from deep. He went 9-for-15 from the field and is the unquestioned primary option on offense. Jamal Murray had another nice game, scoring 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting with two shots from deep. He’s a solid play, but definitely not worth a mid round pick. Gary Harris scored 18 points on 6-for-15 shooting and will shoot better most nights. The three steals and four triples are what gives him mid round value. Emmanuel Mudiay also played well scoring 15 points and shot 3-for-6 from the field, but did little elsewhere on the box score and should be left alone for now unless he’s traded to a lucrative destination.

    Enes Kanter scored 12 points to go with nine boards on 5-of-8 shooting and did all of his damage in 24 minutes. The starting spot is his. Kyle O’Quinn double-doubled with 15 points and 12 boards to go with a whopping five blocks. Adding O’Quinn wouldn’t be crazy as he’s a per minute beast. Tim Hardaway Jr. was on his way to an awful night, going scoreless until he put up 13 points in the fourth quarter. He added three triples and three steals and will shoot better. Kristaps Porzingis continues to demolish opponents, shooting 14-for-26 on his way to 38 points and nine boards. He added three blocks and four triples. The Unicorn is locked and loaded in New York.

    Magic 115 @ Pelicans 99

    The Orlando Magic are playoff bound and they’re 5-2 thanks to all of their players shooting lights out. Evan Fournier and Jonathon Simmons scored 20 apiece, both going 7-for-12 from the field. Both can retain value in standard leagues. Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points with eight boards on 9-of-17 shooting and Aaron Gordon hit three triples with 17 points and seven boards. All of these players should be owned in standard leagues and the return of Elfrid Payton shouldn’t hurt them.

    DeMarcus Cousins struggled, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting, but added six money counters. Anthony Davis picked up the slack with a monstrous 39 point, 10 rebound double-double. He went 13-for-20 from the field and swatted three shots. The Brow just needs to stay healthy. Jrue Holiday is getting back on the right track, going 5-for-9 from the field and handing out eight assists. He only scored 11 points, but the three steals buoyed his value tonight.

    Sixers 115 @ Rockets 107 

    Robert Covington only scored five points, but hit a triple and swiped his way to four steals and that’s why you drafted him. Dario Saric started and scored 14 points on 6-for-14 shooting in 31 minutes. He doesn’t have standard league value due to a diminished role and the impending return of Richaun Holmes. Ben Simmons continues his quest for Rookie of the Year, dropping a 24-7-9 line on the Rockets with 10-of-15 shooting. Joel Embiid scored 22 points on an efficient 9-of-12 shooting but is outside of the top-50 on the year because of his lack of blocks. Those numbers need to go up to make the gamble worth it for owners, but for now we’re just happy he’s playing.

    Trevor Ariza continues to decimate your field goal percentage with a 3-for-12 night, and he’s shooting an abysmal 24 percent on the season. He added two steals and a triple, but I’m sure most owners would rather not deal with 25 percent shooting. Eric Gordon continues his strong play in the absence of Chris Paul, scoring 25 points with give triples. It’s a great sell high opportunity for owners as he won’t average 25 points for the season. Clint Capela grabs an impressive 15 rebounds and scores 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting with a block. His scoring and efficiency could get even beter with Paul returning. James Harden had 29 points with seven assists and seven turnovers. He didn’t shoot well from the field, going 8-for-21 and is dying for Paul to come back and relieve some of this offensive pressure from him.

    Hornets 104 @ Grizzlies 99

    Dwight Howard struggled, hitting 1-of-9 from the field and grabbing seven rebounds with a block. Marvin Williams and Frank Kaminsky both scored nine points and Kaminsky seems like the better long term play. Michale Kidd-Gilchrist grabbed six boards on 5-of-5 shooting for 10 points with a steal and a block. If he was dropped in your league and you need defensive stats, give him a look. Kemba Walker continues to scorch every team he plays and he went for 27 points on 7-of-15 shooting with six assists and a triple. He shot 12-for-13 at the line which will give owners a huge boost in free throw percentage on the first day of the week. Jeremy Lamb should also be owned in all standard leagues for as long as Nicolas Batum is out and it looks like he’ll retain value with a 25 minute role. He scored 17 points with eight boards tonight.

    Mike Conley went 4-for-18 and scored 16 points with six assists and two steals. He’ll get his shooting back on track and now might be a good time to float a buy low offer. Tyreke Evans has emerged as the wing to own in Memphis scoring 19 points with 10 boards and three assists. He also hit two from distance. Marc Gasol scored 10 points on an inefficient 4-for-15 shooting. He did go 2/2/3 on the peripherals, and there’s almost never a lost night with an early-round play like Gasol.

    Mavs 89 @ Jazz 104

    The Mavs are going to be prone to awful nights like this because they’re an awful team. When 39-year-old Dirk Nowitzki is leading your team in scoring with 18 points while Harrison Barnes puts up six, you’re going to be in trouble. Nerlens Noel still can’t crack the 30 minute mark and is a high upside hold with diminishing prospects at this point. Dwight Powell played well and grabbed 10 boards, but will need Dirk or Noel to sit to have standard league appeal. Wesley Matthews didn’t look as sharp, hitting 3-for-8 from the field for eight points. Dennis Smith Jr. went 1-for-7 with two points and besides Dirk there wasn’t a useful fantasy line on this Mavs team tonight.

    Granted, they played against a suffocating Jazz defense led by Rudy Gobert, who sent back six shots and grabbed 12 boards. He also added 17 points and the scoring in the upper teens is sustainable. Ricky Rubio scored 20 with four triples and handed out six assists with four steals. The assist numbers have to go up but he’ll be a fine middle-round guy either way. Joe Ingles scored three points, but contributed elsewhere to save his line by grabbing six boards, handing out six assists and tallying three steals. Rodney Hood stayed healthy and scored 25 points with five triples while Donovan Mitchell pulled a Houdini with eight points on 3-for-8 shooting.

    Raptors 99 @ Blazers 85

    Kyle Lowry shot 6-for-14 with 19 points after his 4-for-14 performance last game. Baby steps. Lowry will get back on track and you can buy low now, but health at the end of the year is always a concern. DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and shot 50 percent from the field, but went 5-for-7 from the line. Lucas Nogueira was the standout performer tonight, scoring 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting with nine boards and five rejected shots. Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas both sat this one out, but Bebe is someone to keep your eye on later on in the year.

    C.J. McCollum went 5-for-16 for 16 points and is starting to regress back to his expected averages. That being said, he’s still an early round play, but a top-15 finish was optimistic. Jusuf Nurkic has been atrocious to start the year and in this game he put up eight points and six boards with no blocks. He’s healthy for now and should trend up, you might be able to get him for pennies. Damian Lillard found his shot and after spending last week tanking your field goal percentages, he redeemed himself going 13-for-23 and hanging 36 points on the Raptors. He added two steals, a block and three triples as well.

    Warriors 141 @ Clippers 113

    The Warriors’ big four did it again and they’ll continue to do it all season long. Kevin Durant had a rather quiet night with 19 points and seven boards with four assists. He shot the ball well, going 7-for-11. Klay Thompson scored 15 points and only hit one 3-pointer but handed out six assists. Draymond Green stuffed the stat sheet going for 16-9-6-2-1 with a triple on 5-for-8 shooting. Stephen Curry lit the Clippers up, scoring 31 points with seven triples and 9-for-14 from the field. He added six assists, two steals and a block. Although the Warriors haven’t looked like their flawless self, Chef Curry is cooking and has leapfrogged Giannis for the number one spot with this game. We expect him to finish there.

    Austin Rivers scored five points with three assists and two steals on 20 percent shooting. He’s still worth a pickup as the starter for the Clippers. DeAndre Jordan grabbed 11 boards but failed to block a shot and went 2-for-2 from the line, so it was a weird night for DeAndre. Patrick Beverley also failed to record any defensive stats but shot 5-for-11 from the field with four triples. Danilo Gallinari chipped in with 19 points and four assists on 8-for-15 shooting. He’ll hover around 40 percent from the field and he’ll get to the line much more than the one time he did tonight. Blake Griffin was shut down, scoring 16 points with four assists on 4-of-10 shooting. He had one steal and two triples as well. We’re still worried about his efficiency and injury history.

Fantasy News

  • Klay Thompson - G - Golden State Warriors

    Klay Thompson reacted Thursday for not being selected to an All-NBA team.

    Kemba Walker beat out both Bradley Beal and Klay Thompson for the last guard spot on the All-NBA third team. Thompson was clearly frustrated when learning that he didn't receive enough votes from the media. He expressed that he doesn't believe that there are 10 guards better than him in the NBA and that making five straight NBA Finals warrants having more than two All-NBA guys on the roster. Another reason why this is important for Thompson is that he would have been eligible for a supermax contract had he earned the honor of making an All-NBA team. Therefore, Thompson will not be able to earn as much on his next contract because the media members didn't believe that he was one of the best 10 guards in the NBA.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • Draymond Green - F - Golden State Warriors

    Draymond Green told the media that he "should've been first" when asked about his selection to the All-Defensive second team.

    This is Green's fifth selection to an All-Defensive team. He earned a first team selection in the three seasons from 2014-2017 while earning second team selection the past two seasons. Every single season that Green has earned All-Defensive team honors, the Warriors have made the NBA finals. Green struggled at times during the regular season but elevated his performance in the playoffs. He may end up with the best individual playoff performance from this year when it is all said and done. Green has come a long way since being drafted in the second round in 2012.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • Andre Iguodala - G/F - Golden State Warriors

    Andre Iguodala (left calf tightness) didn't practice on Thursday, but Steve Kerr expects him to be ok by Game 1 of the NBA FInals.

    Iggy missed Game 4 against the Blazers due to the calf injury he first sustained in the Rockets series. Iguodala has another week to get right before the NBA finals start.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • DeMarcus Cousins - C - Golden State Warriors

    DeMarcus Cousins (torn left quad), who was able to go through a full practice on Thursday, said he is feeling better but there is not a set game for his return as of yet.

    Cousins also mentioned that he was unsure what his role would be if/when he does return. With the Raptors and Bucks deadlocked at two games apiece, Cousins still has a week to get right before the start of the series. We will have a better timeline of his return after he and teammate Kevin Durant get re-evaluated next Wednesday.

    Source: Nick Friedell on Twitter

  • Kevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors are going to re-evaluate Kevin Durant (calf strain) and DeMarcus Cousins (torn left quad) next Wednesday, March 29th.

    Cousins and Durant were ruled unlikely for the start of the NBA finals earlier today, but they could be ready to roll soon after if they can get cleared next week. From the earlier reports, it seems that Cousins is closer to returning than Durant, as KD has not been cleared for basketball activities as of yet. The Warriors will play the winner of the Bucks and Raptors series that is currently knotted up at 2-2.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • DeMarcus Cousins - C - Golden State Warriors

    DeMarcus Cousins (torn left quad) will not play at the start of the NBA Finals, but the Warriors expect him to return at some point in the series.

    Cousins, who was hurt back in Game 2 of the Warriors first-round series with the Clippers, seems to be farther along than Kevin Durant, who remains iffy to return. Cousins return will provide a significant boost to a team that just swept the Blazers in the Western Conference Finals.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Kevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors

    Kevin Durant (calf strain) was re-evaluated on Thursday, and the medical staff deemed him unlikely to return for start of NBA Finals, but the team remains hopeful that he can return at some point in the series

    Durant's initial diagnosis was a Grade 1 calf strain, but two weeks have now passed, and Durant's status is still murky. The non-contact injury always looked worse than the diagnosis revealed, and we may find out that more details weren't made public in the offseason. For now, the Warriors are going to have to continue to operate without the services of their superstar forward.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Klay Thompson - G - Golden State Warriors

    Since Klay Thompson did not make any of the All-NBA teams, he is not eligible to recieve a supermax contract.

    Thompson can receive just the 30 percent max according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. With Thompson failing to get supermax eligibility, it now leaves the possibility that Draymond Green can qualify for the supermax next offseason by making an All-NBA team or winning DPOY in 2020.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Rounding out the All-NBA Third Team along with Russell Westbrook is LeBron James, Kemba Walker, Rudy Gobert and Blake Griffin.

    LeBron James as an All-NBA Third Team selection is plain old weird to see, but he did miss the most games in his NBA career this season. Kemba Walker made his first All-NBA team this year and is now eligible for a supermax contract with the Hornets.

    Source: drian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Joel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid, who led the way with 375 overall selection points, was joined by Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving on the All-NBA second team.

    Many pegged Embiid to be on the All-NBA first team, but he was ultimately edged out by Nikola Jokic. The many missed games likely played a factor in that decision. Kyrie Irving held on to the last spot in what was a tightly contested selection with Russell Westbrook.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter