October 31, 2018, 3:40 am
Eight NBA games on a Tuesday? I can’t believe my eyes! The whole slate ended early, as if the NBA tried to sneak a night past us. They can’t do that because we pay too much attention. It was a great night for so many games, with wacky stat lines and wins galore. Let’s get right to a deep Tuesday night slate!
CAVS WIN FIRST GAME OF 2018-19 CAMPAIGN
So the Cavs fire Tyronn Lue and lose Kevin Love (toe) for an indefinite amount of time. Success! The Cavs achieved their first win of the young season 136-114 over the Hawks on Tuesday evening. As you can tell by the score, chase DFS players against the Cavs all season.
Rodney Hood led the way with 26 points, one board, three assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes to lead to the Cavs over the Hawks on Tuesday. I wouldn’t dive to the waiver wire just yet. A lot of change is on the horizon for the Cavs this season and Hood’s stat set is nothing more than a mere points and threes type.
Now, Cedi Osman (20-5-3-1 with three 3-pointers) I can get on board with. His skill set fills the box score and is worth owning in standard leagues. If anyone dropped him over his recent lull, it’s time to scoop. Be wary of his inefficiency (shooting 38% this season, 11 turnovers his last two games), however. Sam Dekker (12-9-4-3 with two 3-pointers) is worth a look in deeper leagues as well.
As for the Hawks, Trae Young continued his tear at Quicken Loans Arena (35 points last outing) with 24 points (9-for-13 FGs), one rebound, four assists, and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes. He will remain a low-end play with his lack of efficiency and defensive stats.
Taurean Prince laid his second egg in a row with nine points on 3-for-12 shooting, four boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. Buy-low.
Alex Len shot a perfect 9-for-9 from the field for a 22-9-1-2-2 line with one 3-pointer in 27 minutes. Dewayne Dedmon (4-4-1-0-2) was in foul trouble and only played 16 minutes. Dedmon is still much preferred to Len here, and it’s still not too close.
DON’T LOOK NOW: KINGS WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT
Who would have thought the Kings would start the season 5-3 while the Rockets are sulking at 1-5? The team is balling out right now and everyone is happy.
Nemanja Bjelica is putting up stat stuffing lines on a nightly basis, finishing with 21-8-1-2-1 with three 3-pointers in 30 minutes on Tuesday. This has the feel of “nothing lasts forever” to it. Joerger gonna Joerger eventually, right?
Buddy Hield went off with 25 points and a career-high 11 rebounds with three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes. The minutes are there and he is taking advantage.
Willie Cauley-Stein magically earned his fourth-straight double-double with a 14-11-1-1-0 line in 30 minutes. His time is now and he is taking full advantage at last.
The Kings take on the struggling Hawks next.
As for the Magic, Nikola Vucevic went off again with 15 points, 15 boards, five assists, one steal and one block in 27 minutes of action. He is incredibly talented but the Magic can’t keep him around all season. Vooch doesn’t fade in the season and is as consistent as they come, so feel free to hold. I would sell for top-30 value.
Aaron Gordon had a nice night with an 18-10-3-2-2 line with two 3-pointers. This is his team and Jonathan Isaac (9-3-1-1-0) is just livin’ in it. Isaac will figure out his niche in this lineup soon enough. Hold and watch him blossom during the season.
RAPTORS, KAWHI TAKE DOWN SIXERS
After sitting out a game for rest on Monday, Kawhi Leonard was back to show why he is one of the best in the game today. The Raptors made quick work of the 76ers 129-112.
Leonard dropped 31 points with seven boards, four assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. If you took him with your first pick, you are only disappointed on back-to-backs.
Pascal Siakam showed he can coexist with Leonard on the court, as Siakam posted a 15-15-2-3 line in 33 minutes. That’s two straight hot games for him, and he shows he is unaffected by Ibaka or Valanciuas, who rotate for each other. He is worth a look in standard leagues.
On the losing side, Markelle Fultz put up a stinker with 8-4-1-1-0 in 19 minutes. He is barely holding value in standard leagues. I own no shares of Fultz and this is a reminder of why.
Ben Simmons had a sour line as well, with 11 points, eight boards, 10 assists and 11 turnovers. Nine-cat owners are not happy with that empty line.
Joel Embiid was perhaps the best bright side of the night for the Sixers, as usual, as he scored 31 points (11 for 21 FGs), 11 boards, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. He can sustain first round value if he stays healthy.
HARDENLESS ROCKETS LOSE ANOTHER, FALL TO 1-5 OVERALL
The underrated Blazers took it to the Rockets and won it in blowout fashion 104-85 on Tuesday night. The usual suspects, Damian Lillard (22 points, seven assists), C.J. McCollum (19 points) and Jusuf Nukic (22 points, 10 boards), were out to take down the hype that is the Rockets.
With James Harden (hamstring) out, Carmelo Anthony was pulled into the starting lineup. I’ll spare you the details, but Anthony had zero assists. No surprise there.
Chris Paul was inefficient with 6-for-19 shooting for 17-5-9-2-0 and two 3-pointers to lead the team. Clint Capela (14 points, 14 boards, three blocks) was steady but it wasn’t enough to salvage the matchup.
WESTBROOK AND GEORGE DEMOLISH CLIPPERS ON TUESDAY
Talk about some Thunder and lightning! Russell Westbrook looks to be fully healed after he posted a monstrous 32-4-8-3-1 line with one 3-pointer to take down the Clippers 128-110 in blowout fashion.
Paul George had a night of his own, shooting 9-for-18 from the field and 11-for-14 from the line for 32 points, eight assists, four boards, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes on Tueday. He is warming up.
Steven Adams (calf) was back after a one-game absence, rendering Nerlens Noel (two points, two rebounds, one steal in nine minutes) useless. Drop Noel and only use him if the gritty Steven Adams has an injury again.
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October 16, 2019, 2:07 pmKelly OlynykC, Miami Heat
Kelly Olynyk, who has a right knee bruise, practiced Wednesday on a limited basis.
Olynyk had already been ruled out for the rest of preseason. He should be worth targeting in the later rounds.
Source: Shandel Richardson on Twitter
October 16, 2019, 2:00 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Kyrie Irving, who missed time with a facial contusion, practiced on Wednesday and is expected to play on Friday.
This is good news for his availability going forward. Irving should be selected by the second round this season in most leagues.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
October 16, 2019, 1:51 pmTerrence RossSG, Orlando Magic
Terrence Ross, who was dealing with an ankle sprain, practiced on Wednesday.
Ross could play in Thursday's preseason game as well. He was a solid reserve last season, scoring 15.1 points to go with 3.1 rebounds.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
October 16, 2019, 1:47 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic, who had a left ankle sprain, practiced on Wednesday and could play Thursday against the Heat.
This is positive news for Vucevic owners. He should be one of the first few centers selected in fantasy drafts.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
October 16, 2019, 1:41 pmPatrick McCawSG, Toronto Raptors
Patrick McCaw missed practice and will have an MRI on his injured knee.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse does not believe that it's a serious injury. Either way, McCaw is not very valuable in fantasy.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
October 16, 2019, 1:32 pmJames JohnsonPF, Miami Heat
James Johnson will miss Thursday's game against the Magic as he works on conditioning.
This has been an ongoing story during Heat training camp. Johnson was expected to play on Monday but was held out of that game as well. He only projects as a bench player at this point.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
October 16, 2019, 1:14 pmMichael Frazier IISG, Houston Rockets
Michael Frazier II, who has a right ankle sprain, will not play during Wednesday's game against the Spurs.
Frazier has missed about two weeks with this injury. He is not a major fantasy target in any case.
Source: NBA Injury Report
October 16, 2019, 1:10 pmEvan TurnerSG, Atlanta Hawks
Evan Turner, who has dealt with left Achilles pain, has been labeled as probable to play on Wednesday.
This has been a nagging issue for Turner but does not seem too serious. Turner doesn't carry much fantasy appeal as a reserve for the Hawks.
Source: NBA Injury Report
October 16, 2019, 1:07 pmKadeem AllenSG, New York Knicks
Kadeem Allen is questionable to face the Hawks on Wednesday due to a strained right foot.
Allen has been fighting this injury for much of training camp. Allen showed some good range last season, but how much playing time he gets going forward is in question.
Source: NBA Injury Report
October 16, 2019, 1:03 pmJalen JonesG, Washington Wizards
The Wizards have signed guard Jalen Jones to an Exhibit 10 contract.
Jones averaged 5.1 points and 2.1 rebounds for the Cavs last campaign. He is off the fantasy radar at this point.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter