• After an insanely packed Martin Luther King Jr. day which had a 14-game slate, we were starved tonight with the sole game being Clippers at Mavs. There’s not much to chew on, but let’s take a look at what went down tonight and take a look at what we have in store for tomorrow. The biggest news tonight would be Dwight Powell tearing his right Achilles on an on contact injury. He was on the edge of fantasy value for most of the season, but his impact in reality was greater than fantasy. It always sucks to see a guy lose a season due to injury and we’re hoping he can come back stronger than ever.

    Lines of the Night

    Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers – 36 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer (12-for-29 FG, 11-for-12 FT)

    That’s the sixth game in a row of at least 30 points for Leonard and without Paul George, he’s been the No. 1 player in fantasy hoops by a wide margin. During this stretch, he’s averaging 36.0 points, 6.5 boards, 4.3 dimes, 2.8 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.7 3s on .530 shooting. The Clippers are 5-1 during this span and of course, load management will most likely have him sit against a cake matchup vs. the Hawks. The back-to-backs will be a problem all year, but Leonard has been so good it doesn’t really matter.

    Add(s) of the Night

    Maxi Kleber, Dallas Mavericks – eight points, five rebounds, one assist and two blocks (4-for-7 FG)

    Dwight Powell injured his Achilles on a non contact play after nine minutes of action which led to Kleber playing 32 in this contest. Kristaps Porzingis is a constant question mark so Kleber should be able to maintain some solid value.

    Drop Zone

    Dwight Powell, Dallas Mavericks

    The injury to his Achilles is most likely a season ender which is a bummer all around as he was playing well alongside Luka Doncic.

    Injuries

    Zion Williamson makes his long awaited debut tomorrow night against the Spurs. His knee rehabilitation has gone well and the Pelicans played it extra cautious with him so I expect him to come out of the gate soaring, even if his minutes are limited.

    Derrick Favors has lower back soreness and is questionable for Wednesday.

    J.J. Redick is probable with a left hamstring strain.

    Jrue Holiday has a left elbow tricep strain and is probable for Wednesday’s game against the Spurs.

    Bruce Brown Jr. is available for Wednesday after dealing with a right thumb sprain.

    Rudy Gobert looks good to go for Wednesday as his ankle seems healed.

    Draymond Green should play on Wednesday after sitting last game with an illness.

    Lauri Markkanen will be available for Wednesday after recovering from a left ankle sprain.

    Austin Rivers is questionable against the Nuggets on Wednesday with a sprained right thumb.

    Goran Dragic has a knee bruise, but is listed as probable for Wednesday.

    Jimmy Butler will be probable for Wednesday with right hip soreness.

    Marcus Morris is questionable for Wednesday with a sprained right ankle.

    Rajon Rondo is probable to play on Wednesday with a fractured right finger.

    Anthony Davis is still bothered by his glute injury and is questionable for Wednesday.

    Reggie Jackson (back) and Andre Drummond (lip laceration) are both questionable for Wednesday.

    Markieff Morris is probable for Wednesday with a jammed right big toe.

    Rudy Gay is probable for Wednesday with an illness.

    Steven Adams has a left ankle sprain and is questionable for Wednesday’s tilt against the Magic.

    Jaylen Brown (right ankle sprain) and Kemba Walker (left knee soreness) are both questionable for Wednesday.

     Rundown

    LAC 110 @ DAL 107

    The Clippers have been on a roll thanks to heroic efforts from Kawhi Leonard, but Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell have been steady all season and tonight was no different. Paul George is sitting with a hamstring injury but should return eventually, which means Williams will take the biggest hit. His value is sky high right now and it’s definitely going to drop when Geroge is back. Landry Shamet had a nice game, but he still can’t be trusted on a daily basis.

    Kristaps Porzingis logged 27 minutes and the knee seems to be a recurring issue all season. There’s a lot of risk involved if you’re going to trade for him, but his value is too low to ship off for anything equal in return. You just have to hope they play it safe and he can keep playing as some stats are better than none. The 1-for-8 from deep mark is awful, but when players are playing hurt, the shooting is usually the first thing that wavers.Tim Hardaway Jr. is actually having himself a nice season playing alongside mega star Luka Doncic and has cemented himself as a strong 3-point streamer. Maxi Kleber is going to get a ton of run now and should be scooped in most formats as a guy who can get a triple-one with traditional big man stats.

Fantasy News

  • Cory Joseph
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    Cory Joseph will replace the injured De'Aaron Fox (abdominal tightness) in the starting lineup on Thursday vs. the Thunder.

    Joseph has low-end streaming appeal for those who need assists and good efficiency. It is worth noting that his upside is extremely limited.

    Source: Jon Wilson on Twitter

  • Taj Gibson
    PF, New York Knicks

    Taj Gibson is questionable to face the Sixers on Thursday as he deals with back spasms.

    Bobby Portis will replace Gibson in the starting lineup regardless of Gibson's availability. Taj has no value outside of the deepest of leagues.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Bobby Portis
    PF, New York Knicks

    Bobby Portis will replace Taj Gibson, who is questionable, in the starting lineup for Thursday's contest vs. the Sixers.

    Portis has had a nice stretch over the last three games and has streaming appeal in standard leagues. Portis' strength comes with his ability to score and rebound well.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • De'Aaron Fox
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    De’Aaron Fox (right lower abdominal tightness) has been ruled out ahead of Thursday’s tilt vs. the Thunder.

    Fox suffered this injury during the first half of Tuesday's win over the Warriors but played through it. Unfortunately, he’ll have to miss Thursday’s game. Cory Joseph will see the lion’s share of Fox’s minutes on Thursday while Buddy Hield and Kent Bazemore could also see additional run. The Kings are playing against the Grizzlies tomorrow night so consider Fox questionable for now.

    Source: James Ham on Twitter

  • Patrick McCaw
    SG, Toronto Raptors

    Patrick McCaw (flu-like symptoms) is probable to face the Hornets on Friday.

    McCaw appears on track to return barring any setbacks. Even with additional opportunity, McCaw has shown that he doesn't have the stat set to provide standard league value. He is worth a look in 20-team leagues.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Coby White
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    According to reports, Coby White tweaked his back before practice and didn't participate as a result.

    White has having a very nice stretch as of late so it would be a shame to see an injury force him to miss time. Over the last four games, White is providing second-round value. If this injury isn't serious and White continues to play close to this level, he will be a must-own player to finish the season. Continue to check for updates as we learn more.

    Source: K.C. Johnson

  • Wilson Chandler
    F, Brooklyn Nets

    Wilson Chandler is no longer listed on the injury report ahead of Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Chandler missed the last game due to a personal matter but appears on track for a return on Friday. He provides depth for the Nets but is off the standard league radar at this time.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Willie Cauley-Stein
    C, Dallas Mavericks

    Willie Cauley-Stein (personal reasons) is officially questionable to play in Friday's game vs. the Heat.

    WCS is in jeopardy of missing his fifth straight game on Friday and has little to no value when Kristaps Porziņģis is healthy. WCS has some streaming appeal if he is given spot-starts down the road but can be left on the wire in standard leagues.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Bam Adebayo (right ankle sprain) is probable for Friday's matchup vs. the Mavs.

    Adebayo didn't appear to be hampered by his ankle sprain on Wednesday as he was three assists shy of a triple-double. Bam appears on track to play but check for an update ahead of tip-off tomorrow.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Luka Dončić (left thumb sprain) is questionable heading into Friday's game vs. the Heat.

    Dončić injured his thumb during the first half of Wednesday's game but was able to play through the injury. With Jalen Brunson (shoulder) already ruled out, Delon Wright, J.J. Barea and Seth Curry will all see increased value if Dončić sits out.

    Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter