• Sacramento appeared to be on their way towards a blowout win in Dallas after the first three quarters Tuesday night, but their lead proved to be just enough for them to hang on and win 114-109.

    The Kings struggled to get much going on offense in the opening minutes of the game, largely because the team couldn’t find their way to the rim. Sacramento couldn’t move the ball effectively and didn’t get themselves many opportunities in transition.

    One thing that kept the team close was their defense. The Mavericks struggled to score for most of the game, but the tone was really set on defense early in the first quarter. Willie Cauley-Stein completely shut down Harrison Barnes at times and was making hustle-plays throughout the game.

    The pace picked up a bit when Dave Joerger started to go to the bench and the team got much better looks as a result. Sacramento was able to get good looks in the paint and the pressure put on Dallas’ defense also gave the Kings more open looks from three-point range. The Kings continued to play that way through the second quarter and eventually opened up a 65-44 lead.

    Sacramento came out with the same energy in the third quarter, but the team got a bit sloppy after a few minutes. Cauley-Stein picked up two quick fouls to open the half, and the Kings doubled their turnover total in the first six minutes of the third quarter.

    Dallas, to their credit, took advantage of the Kings’ mistakes and got themselves back into the game. Sacramento was able to stop the Mavericks from going on a huge run, but the team’s inconsistency kept them from pulling away before the final quarter.

    The Kings’ defense was shaky to say the least in the fourth quarter, but the lead ended up being too much for Dallas to come back against.

    GAME NOTES:

    • The Kings made it clear after the trade deadline that they were ready to start turning over the roster to their young players, and while it may take a few weeks to see exactly how that impacts the team it is already clear that they are ready to play faster. The Kings looked much more dynamic against the Mavericks when they were pushing the pace and attacking the basket, something that was generally true against the Wolves and Blazers as well. The quicker pace has magnified some of the team’s turnover issues, but overall it looks like a much better fit for this roster.
    • Sacramento didn’t play quite as well in the second half, but Joerger did a great job of keeping things from getting out of hand. There wasn’t ever much doubt that the Kings would end up with the win, but the Mavericks had more than a few runs slowed by Joerger settling his team down with a timeout.
    • Cauley-Stein didn’t have the flashiest stats against Dallas, but his energy on defense was a big part of what allowed the team to build a huge lead early. Defensive consistency has been a weakness for him throughout his career, but Tuesday night’s performance gave fans a glimpse how high his ceiling is on that end.
    • The value of Bogdan Bogdanovic’s experience in Europe has been evident all season, but it really showed Tuesday night against the Mavericks. De’Aaron Fox has done well in a fairly large role this season, and Bogdanovic’s ability to run the offense and play off the ball at a high level has made the transition much easier on him.

Fantasy News

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    C, Los Angeles Lakers

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    His status was up in the air at first, but he has now decided to play. This was a big redemption year for Howard and it's his best shot at a title since he was on the Orlando Magic so it isn't surprising to see him take advantage of this opportunity.

    Source: Shams on Twitter

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    PG, Brooklyn Nets

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    Irving came into 2019-20 with chip on his shoulder, failing to deliver as a leader for the Celtics, both on and off the court. Unfortunately, a myriad of injuries kept him on the sidelines for majority of the season. Out of all them, it was his nagging right shoulder injury that was his biggest bane. It even forced him to undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery to address it. That said, expect that aforementioned chip on his shoulder to still be there next season. We should see more of his improved production from 2019-20 with averages of 27.8 PPG, 2.8 3PG, 5.2 RPG and 6.4 APG on a new career-high shooting of 47.8 percent from the field. Both he and Kevin Durant will be big question marks for the 2020-21, especially when it comes to their health history.

  • Joe Harris
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    Joe Harris had a solid fourth year as a pro in 2019-20, averaging 13.9 PPG, 2.4 3PG and 2.1 RPG on .471 shooting from the field, to finish the season with ranked at 137/140 in 8/9-cat per game value.

    Harris saw a slight slide from his 2018-19 production, but it wasn't too bad as he still was able to be a standard-league value player, thanks to his efficient shooting percentages from the field and the line and his respectable 1.5 turnovers per game. Harris remains one of the league's best sources of 3-point shooting without putting fantasy teams' field goal percentage at risk. His role should remain steady in 2020-21, though he could slide below the 30-minute per game mark.

  • Taurean Prince
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

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    It wasn't all popcorn and cotton candy for Prince, who, despite being handed the starting PF job, failed to take full advantage of his opportunity to shine. He struggled with a lack of consistency and struggled with his shot, hitting at a dismal .376 clip from the field. In his 29.0 minutes per game, Prince was able to post averages of 12.1 PPG, 2.3 3PG, 6.0 RPG and 0.9 SPG. Sadly, the eventual return of Kevin Durant will surely dampen Prince's outlook for the 2020-21 season.

  • Garrett Temple
    SG, Brooklyn Nets

    Thanks to his 186/177 8/9-cat per game value and 186/176 value by totals, Garrett Temple was one of the better streaming options in fantasy in 2019-20.

    Temple proved to be a sneaky option for many fantasy teams, averaging 28.1 minutes per game and delivering a diverse stat line. He was able to offer up averages of 10.3 points, 2.0 3s, 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.8 steals per game. It wasn't all good though, as Temple did hurt teams' field goal percentages with .378 shooting from the field on 9.5 attempts per game. At 34 years of age, this was likely a brave late-career hurrah for the veteran, who should see his role slightly diminished once the Nets are all healthy and playing steady minutes.

  • Spencer Dinwiddie
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Spencer Dinwiddie averaged 20.6 points, 1.9 3s, 3.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.3 blocks in 64 games for 93/155 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Dinwiddie brought the volume again and benefited from extra playing time with injuries either to Kyrie Irving or Caris Levert. The Nets had trouble finding any consistency from their starting guards in terms of health and we've seen this movie before, Dinwiddie to the rescue. He was far from efficient but you can't find 20 & 7 late in your drafts so he provided a big boost for owners this year. Next year will be a tougher sell for Dinwiddie. He also tested positive for COVID-19 this past week, which means his status for playing during the resumption of the year is in question.

  • Jarrett Allen
    C, Brooklyn Nets

    Jarrett Allen averaged 10.6 points, 9.5 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.3 blocks in 64 games for 114/95 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Allen showed a lot of promise in his rookie year only to have the wet blanket of the DeAndre Jordan signing to ruin things in fantasy land. With Jordan opting to sit out the resumption of the season, we'll see a lot more Allen at center which is a good thing for everyone.

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    PF, Brooklyn Nets

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    Kurucs' season was, for the most part, largely unmemorable, highlighted by a 19-point career-high game. He provided the Nets with depth at the forward position but in just 12.8 minutes pr game, Kurucs was unable to properly make an impact in the box scores. With Kevin Durant expected to be ready to play in 2020-21, don't expect on Kurucs to be able to build too much on what he's managed to put up in his humble pro resume.

  • DeAndre Jordan
    C, Brooklyn Nets

    DeAndre Jordan averaged 8.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.9 blocks on .666 shooting for 130/124 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Jordan signing with the Nets was an immediate nail in the coffin for Jarret Allen to have any chance at increasing his workload and it resulted in two mediocre fantasy seasons. The double-digit rebounds are nice, but outside of that, Jordan provided little else as the field goal percentage wasn't as good as it seemed because he only averaged 8.3 points a night. He'll sit out the resumption which is going to be a theme for older players in non-contending teams.

  • Caris LeVert
    PG-SG, Brooklyn Nets

    Caris LeVert finished the year averaging 17.7 points, 1.8 3s, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.2 blocks for 132/182 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    LeVert had injury troubles as well this year (a common theme for the Nets) but he was able to cap off his season with a strong run as one of their primary playmakers. The counting stats are there, but the efficiency wasn't, but that's usually the case with players returning from injury. It's hard to see him keeping up the development as long as Kyrie Irving and Spencer Dinwiddie handle the ball, but with the resumption throwing things off the rails, we might see some big LeVert games this summer.