November 15, 2018, 2:26 am
Terrence Ross, ORL (44% Owned)- Ross had 15 points, seven rebounds, three triples and a steal tonight and has been rolling lately. He’s in large part responsible for the recent success that Orlando has found and looks as though he has the green-light from all over the court. He should be owned in way more leagues.
David Nwaba, CLE (1% Owned)- Nwaba played 28 minutes tonight and scored the second most points on the Cavs with 11. He also put up seven rebounds to go along with two steals and a block. The Cavs are missing a couple of guys right now so Nwaba is getting more playing time than normal but still he’s one of the most talented players on the roster. If he keeps playing at this rate he’ll be worth owning in no time.
Ryan Arcidiacono, CHI (12% Owned)- With Kris Dunn out and Cameron Payne being generally bad at basketball, Arcidiacono has stepped up and provided valuable starting production for the Bulls. He played 30 minutes tonight and has played well enough to secure the starting job until Dunn returns. Starting point guards don’t come around too often on the wire so go scoop him up while you can.
Tyler Johnson, MIA (24% Owned)- Johnson dropped a season-high 24 points tonight on 9-of-12 shooting in 30 minutes. With Dwyane Wade out for personal reasons, Johnson has really stepped up and taken advantage of the opportunity. Wade isn’t expected to return for a couple more days so owners should be able to get a game or two more of solid production out of Johnson.
Langston Galloway, DET (5% Owned)- Galloway finished with 13 points and not much else in this game but he did manage to be one of three players to log 30 minutes. He’s a top-100 guy over the past week and there really isn’t a solidified wing on the Pistons which opens up the possibility for even more production. He’s worth owning in deeper leagues.
Shelvin Mack, MEM (14% Owned)- Mack has proved to be a key part of the Grizzlies’ rotation and is definitely worth owning in leagues. He has up and down nights but for the most part he’s providing production that owners cant find out of most, if any, of the players on the waiver wire. He’s the 73rd ranked player in fantasy over the past two weeks so if he’s still on your wire go grab him.
Pat Connaughton, MIL (1% Owned)- Don’t look now but he’s the 78th ranked player over the past four games and is averaging the most points of anyone outside of the starting lineup. Donte DiVencenzo might miss some time because of a sore knee which would only mean an increase in opportunity for Connaughton. He even played the same amount of minutes as Malcolm Brogdon at 27 so he could be in for a bigger role than even we expect. Keep a close watch.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LAL (35% Owned)- KCP is the 85th ranked player in fantasy over the past week and has started to turn it on for the streaking Lake Show. The problem is, even over the past week he’s playing 17.0 minutes per game and he isn’t good enough to sustain this kind of value in such little playing time. Owners can only hope that his recent good play earns him some more minutes but he’s also been in the rumor mill so this could just be the Lakers playing him in order to raise his trade value but that’s far fetched. Either way, he’s better than a lot of options on the wire right now so feel free to grab him for your bench.
April 20, 2019, 12:48 amRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook out dueled Damian Lillard on Friday as he notched a double-double with 33 points, 11 assists, five rebounds, four triples and one block as the Thunder beat the Blazers 120-108.
The four threes were a welcome sight for Westbrook who described his play in this series prior to Friday night as "unacceptable." After being highly inefficient in the first two games, Westbrook shot 11-for-22 as he hit shot after shot in the fourth quarter to ice the win down the stretch. Oklahoma City will hope for more of the same as they look to even the series on Sunday.
April 20, 2019, 12:40 amPaul George - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George labored through a 3-for-16 shooting night to score 22 points (14-for-17 from the free throw line), six assists, six rebounds and two threes on Friday.
Friday's game marked the second time in three games that George has struggled with his shot, adding to the speculation that his right shoulder injury is holding him back. Fortunately for Oklahoma City, he stayed aggressive attacking the basket and was able to chip in 14 points from the charity stripe as well as his customary lockdown defense down the stretch.
April 20, 2019, 12:36 amJerami Grant - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Jerami Grant scored a playoff career-high 18 points on 6-for-7 shooting also contributing four threes and two blocks in Friday's win over the Blazers.
Grant caught fire at the perfect time as the shooting woes that plagued Oklahoma City in the first two games disappeared on Friday night. He was one of five teammates to make two or more threes as Oklahoma City was able to cruise to a victory.
April 20, 2019, 12:32 amDennis Schroder - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder logged 32 minutes with 17 points, six assists, five rebounds, two triples and two steals on Friday night.
Shroder and the Oklahoma City guards were able to exploit Enes Kanter routinely in this one as the steady diet of points ultimately led to them notching their first win of the season. This group is much more confident at home – look for the same intensity as they attempt to even the series at two games apiece on Sunday night.
April 20, 2019, 12:27 amDamian Lillard - G - Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard had 32 points, six assists, three triples and two steals as the Blazers fell to the Thunder by a score of 108-120 on Friday night.
Lillard went back and forth with Russell Westbrook all night as the home team once again prevailed in this series. The animosity between these two makes for very entertaining competition. Expect Lillard to come out firing on Sunday as Portland has another opportunity to steal one on the road.
April 20, 2019, 12:19 amCJ McCollum - G - Trail Blazers
CJ McCollum did a little of everything on Friday night with 21 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, five threes and one steal.
After missing the end of the season for Portland with a left knee injury, McCollum is consistently posting huge lines in the playoffs.McCollum's play is a big reason why Portland is leading 2-1 in this series. Look for another strong night on Sunday in Game 4.
April 20, 2019, 12:12 amEnes Kanter - C - Trail Blazers
Enes Kanter scored 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting while adding five rebounds on Friday night.
Kanter had a good night scoring the basketball, despite a nagging right hand injury. Unfortunately for Portland, any good done by his offensive performance was undone on the defensive end as he was frequently targeted by the Oklahoma City offense and failed to offer much resistance.
April 19, 2019, 11:43 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irivng contributed 19 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, three threes, one steal and one block in Friday's 104-96 victory in Indiana.
Irving has been sensational so far in the playoffs for Boston looking locked in and focused on setting up his teammates as he's notched at least seven assists in every game so far. After a season that led many to question his loyalty to this team it's good to see Irving step up and lead Boston.
April 19, 2019, 11:38 pmJaylen Brown - F - Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown was a man possessed Friday night as he scored 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting adding seven rebounds, four threes and one block.
Indiana had no answer for the third-year swingman who got whatever he wanted and finally took advantage of his opportunity to start for the injured Marcus Smart. Brad Stevens remained patient after Brown struggled in the first two games of the series and was rewarded with a big night as Boston looks to sweep Indiana on Sunday.
April 19, 2019, 11:31 pmAl Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics
Al Horford had 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three threes, one steal and one block on Friday night.
Horford continues to provide Boston with a little bit of everything they need to win as evidenced by his plus-13, which was tied for a team-best mark. After struggling a bit in Game 2 as he shook off an illness, this statistical output was more in line with what we're used to seeing.