• The Sacramento Kings will be playing in one of their toughest games of the season Friday night when they square off with the Golden State Warriors in Oakland.  The Warriors will be without Kevin Durant, but the team still has plenty of talent on their roster.

    Sacramento is no longer much of a threat as a playoff contender, but the team won’t use that as an excuse to back down in a game like this.  A win over a team like the Warriors would be a tremendous confidence boost for the rookies, and should give them plenty of learning opportunities regardless.

    The Warriors have struggled, at least by their standards, since losing Kevin Durant, but the team has been playing better in recent games.  The team will come into Friday night’s matchup having won their last five games, and appear to be out of the mini-slump that they were in.

    Here are some notes heading into the matchup:

    • The Warriors play small and fast, often times operating without a true center on the floor, so the Kings will need to try and take advantage of their size whenever possible.  Georgios Papagiannis could be a matchup nightmare for the Warriors in short bursts, but he will need to keep up with them defensively to make that happen.  Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissisere should both be able to handle the up-and-down style, and may end up being the best tandem for the Kings tonight.
    • Buddy Hield and Skal Labissiere have had some great games offensively over since the trade deadline, but both will be facing off against tremendous defenders.  Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will make it incredibly difficult for the rookies to to get their offense going, so both will need to choose their spots wisely.

    Sacramento may not be able to keep this game close, let alone win, but neither would be impossible by any stretch.  Golden State doesn’t make many mistakes on either end of the floor, so the Kings will need to be on top of their game to make it happen.

Fantasy News

  • RJ Barrett
    SF, New York Knicks

    R.J. Barrett (right ankle sprain) will remain out for at least another week.

    The Knicks PR issued a medical update on Twitter that Barrett has progressed from crutches to a walking boot and will be re-evaluated in one week. The third overall pick missed the last four games and will miss at least three or four more. Damyean Dotson has made the most of his increased opportunity with top-80 value over the last three games averaging 16.7 points, 3.7 triples, 1.0 steals and a 58.1 field goal percentage in 25.2 minutes.

    Source: Knicks PR o nTwitter

  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
    SG, Brooklyn Nets

    The Net will signTimothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to a second 10-day deal.

    Luwawu-Cabarrot is on his fourth NBA team in as many years and has had a steady role for the Nets thus far averaging 5.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 16.5 minutes across 21 games. He has been part of the rotation in each of the last 19 games but played only four minutes last game, the lowest in that stretch. Initially on a two-way contract, this is the last 10-day deal he is eligible for before the Nets have to make a decision whether to sign him to rest-of-season contract.

    Source: Michael Scotto on Twitter

  • Isaiah Whitehead
    SG, Free Agent

    Isaiah Whitehead has signed with Mornar Bar of Montenegro.

    Whitehead started his professional career appearing in 89 games for the Nets over two seasons. The Pistons signed him on a two-way deal last season but he did not appear in any games. After joining the Blazers for Summer League this season, he took his talents to Kazakhstan and now makes his way to Montenegro. Perhaps the 24 year old journeyman still has time to make it back to the NBA at some point.

    Source: EuroHoops

  • Domantas Sabonis
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Domantas Sabonis nothced yet another double-double on Friday, adding 16 points (5-for-13 shooting), 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals as the Pacers defeated the Warriors 129-119.

    This was the 35th double-double of the season for Sabonis, who has officially emerged as one of the premier double-double threats in the league. Sabonis has moved pace Myles Turner in value this season, easily sustaining a top-30 skillset.

  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    T.J. Warren finished Friday's win with 33 points (14-for-23 shooting), five rebounds, four steals, three triples and a block across 35 minutes.

    For the second straight game, Warren has produced better-than-expected defensive numbers. Fantasy players will take that when it comes, but continue to rely on Warren for scoring above everything else.

  • T.J. McConnell
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    T.J. McConnell compiled 12 points (5-for-9 shooting), eight assists, a rebound, a steal and a block in 30 minutes in Friday's win.

    Both McConnell and Jeremy Lamb, who finished with 16 points, four assists, four rebounds, two triples, a steal and a block, took advantage of Malcolm Brogdon continuing to miss time. Don't hesitate to explore sell-high offers for Lamb after nice games like this as his value could quickly deteriorate when Brogdon and eventually Victor Oladipo return.

  • Doug McDermott
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    Doug McDermott was unconscious from distance in Friday's win, finishing with 24 points (9-for-10 shooting), six triples, two rebounds, an assist and a steal.

    Even though it's the second time in the last week McDermott has caught fire like this, don't overreact. He is simply a threes specialist and one that is clearly capable of filling it up quickly when he's feeling it like he was tonight.

  • D'Angelo Russell
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    D'Angelo Russell dropped 37 points (13-for-21 shooting), nine triples, five assists and four rebounds in Friday's 118-129 loss to the Pacers.

    While Russell doesn't always provide the most well-rounded fantasy lines, games like Friday night are part of the fun in owning the talented young guard. Big scoring performances like this one help buy a little leeway when he doesn't provide defensive counting numbers.

  • Marquese Chriss
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Marquese Chriss got the first crack at the starting spot with Willie Cauley-Stein traded in Friday's loss to the Pacers, scoring 13 points (5-for-5 shooting), three rebounds, two steals, two blocks, an assist and a triple.

    With Cauley-Stein off to Dallas, Chriss seems to be worthy of a speculative add. The Warriors only figure to prioritize developing youth even more as the season winds down which plays perfectly for the value of Chriss.

  • Draymond Green
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Draymond Green finished Friday's loss against the Pacers with 10 points, 11 assists, six rebounds, one triple, one steal and one block.

    It was nice to see a productive outing from Green, who has regressed in a big way this season with the Warriors not competing. He is someone that could get shut down later in the year and is worth shopping around after big games like this one.