April 15, 2018, 10:02 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams had a solid game against the Jazz on Sunday with 12 points, seven boards and three assists but failed to get any blocks or steals.
Adams appeared to hurt his hand on a beautiful alley-oop finish from Russell Westbrook late in the game but there was no mention of injury during the post-game press conference. Adams will likely struggle to get many blocks as he's matching up with Rudy Gobert in this series. Look for Adams to continue to play solid minutes though as the Jazz are one of the biggest teams in the West.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
April 15, 2018, 9:52 pmPaul GeorgeSF/PF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George was humming on Sunday against the Jazz in Game 1 with 36 points on 13-of-20 shooting, eight triples, seven boards and a steal.
Late in the game George was on the bench due to what Billy Donovan described as "muscle tightness". This is no surprise as George carried the Thunder in the first half with 20 points, the second such game of his playoff career, while continuing the great shooting in the second half as well. All jokes aside we don't expect George to miss any time and the move was likely cautionary as the Jazz were intentionally fouling to finish the game.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
April 15, 2018, 9:41 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell crashed onto the playoff scene on Sunday with a double-double against the Thunder with 27 points, 10 boards, three triples, three assists, two steals and a block.
Mitchell filled it up for owners who used him tonight in DFS, adding a bit of everything in the box score. Mitchell briefly had a scare in the second half of the game when he went back to the locker-room to get X-rays. After the game he explained that “I feel fine. I just stubbed my toe. Nothing major.” Expect Mitchell to do more of the same in Game 2 as the Jazz try to steal one in OKC.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
April 15, 2018, 9:29 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo continued his amazing season with 32 points (11-of-19 shooting) in his Pacers postseason debut, adding six boards, four steals, four assists, a block and six triples in the 98-80 victory over the Cavs.
Oladipo was unstoppable on Sunday as the Cavs had no answer for his ability to gather a full head of steam before stopping on a dime to rain in a triple. Dipo used this move multiple times and when the defense crowded his shot he simply took it all the way to the hoop. Most pundits didn’t expect this to be a competitive series but so far all we’ve seen is the Cavs getting blown out.
Source: NBA on Twitter
April 11, 2018, 9:16 amKevin DurantSF, Golden State Warriors
Warriors’ All-Star Kevin Durant plans to decline his player option for the 2018-19 season and become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
It’s more of a formality thought as KD is expected to return with the Warriors and he will be turning down a salary of $26.2 million in order to restructure a new deal with the team. Last offseason, he took close to $10 million less than what he could have earned on a max salary allowing the team to retain forward Andre Iguodala and backup point guard Shaun Livingston. It has yet to be decided what contractual route Durant will take, but there are no real incentives for himself or for the team to take such a drastic reduction in pay this time around. Durant is wrapping up a very successful season under which he averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and a career-high 1.8 blocks per game making him the No. 5 overall play in 9-cat leagues.
April 10, 2018, 8:13 amLeBron JamesSF/PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Asked about his availability for Wednesday’s season finale, Lebron James said that "I'm healthy, so I'm playing."
The Cavs still have a chance to earn the No. 3 seed in the Eastern conference but the King is also making a push for the MVP trophy this year and the fact that he most likely will play in all 82 games at the age of 33 is beyond remarkable. Kudos to everyone who drafted him early in the first round as he definitely exceeded expectations and returned top-5 value with averages of 27.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 9.2 assists per contest.
Source: Brian Mahoney on Twitter
April 10, 2018, 1:24 amLaMarcus AldridgePF/C, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge shot just 6-for-19 against the Kings but still powered his way to 15 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in Monday's 98-85 victory.
The Spurs are off to the postseason and have Aldridge to thank. Without Kawhi Leonard for much of the year, LMA looked like the dominant force he once was in carrying the San Antonio offense every night. Rumors of his decline were a bit premature and while he's definitely slowing down, he showed this year that he can still be plenty productive in the right offense. We'll see how teams key in on him in the playoffs on both ends of the floor, but Aldridge had an undeniably great fantasy campaign.
April 10, 2018, 1:01 amWillie Cauley-SteinPF/C, Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein posted 25 points, 10 rebounds and a block in 38 minutes on Monday night, shooting 10-of-20 from the field and 5-of-8 from the charity stripe.
This was Cauley-Stein's second-highest scoring game of the season, though he did have multiple 26-point games this year. WCS has been a middle-round guy over the last two weeks on increased scoring and great efficiency, though he slips to top-130 valuation on the full season. He's averaging a combined 2.0 defensive stats this year and is only shooting .499 from the field — both areas aren't exactly bad but will need to be improved slightly if Cauley-Stein is to take the next step.
April 10, 2018, 12:03 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets to a huge 88-82 win on Monday against the Blazers with 20 boards, 15 points, 11 assists, two steals, a block and three triples.
Jokic was a monster as the Nuggets ran their offence through him all night. The Joker has been a top-3 option in 8/9-cat leagues over the last month and will finish as a top-10 performer any way you slice it. Jokic still has room for improvement so don't be surprised if you see him go inside the top-6 during the draft next year.
April 9, 2018, 11:40 pmEric BledsoePG, Milwaukee Bucks
Eric Bledsoe took advantage of a tasty matchup against the Magic and dropped 20 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two triples in Monday's 102-86 win.
Bledsoe has been great since joining the Bucks but has cranked up the heat in April, averaging 22.3 points, 6.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.3 triples per game while shooting 60.4 percent from the field since the calendar flipped. He's peaking at the right time for a talented Bucks group that could give someone fits in the first round.
April 9, 2018, 10:47 pmAllen CrabbeSG/SF, Brooklyn Nets
Allen Crabbe was scorching hot in Monday's 114-105 win over the Bulls, going 12-of-15 from the field, 8-of-11 from deep and a perfect 9-of-9 at the line to score a career-high 41 points.
41 points on 15 shots is unbelievable stuff, and the threes also tied a career-high that he's hit two other times. Crabbe added five rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block if you're interested in that sort of thing. He had been scuffling a bit over the last couple of weeks with moderate scoring and poor shooting but had scored 45 points over the two games leading into tonight. Crabbe is finishing off his first year in Brooklyn with a bang and needs to be in all lineups if your leagues are still going.
April 9, 2018, 6:28 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoSF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Magic because of a right ankle injury.
This will make two straight games on the sidelines for GA, though it's probably the Bucks taking things easy on him with the Magic actively trying to lose on the other side of the fence tonight. Jabari Parker should start at power forward but it'll be a team effort to replace Antetokounmpo's offensive production.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
April 9, 2018, 5:24 pmAndrew DrummondC, Detroit Pistons
Andre Drummond (Achilles) will sit out Monday's matchup with the Raptors.
Drummond deserves a night off after a career-season that ultimately ended in another early exit from the playoff race. Eric Moreland looks like a nice DFS play or short-term add tonight, as he's going to be able to help fantasy owners with rebounds and blocks. The Pistons may also be forced to play smaller, so look for their collection of wings and guards to see a little extra work. It's possible that Drummond also sits out Wednesday's season finale, but we'll likely have to wait until then to find out.
Source: Rod Beard on Twitter
April 8, 2018, 8:41 pmOG AnunobySF/PF, Toronto Raptors
OG Anunoby finished off his rookie season at Air Canada Center with a career-best 21 points on Sunday against the Magic.
The Raptors finished this season with a franchise-best record at home at 34-7 and Anunoby poured in his own high with 21 points, seven boards, five triples and a block. The Raptors play two more games on the road and look for players like Anunoby to continue to get plenty of playing time as the Celtics can’t catch the Raptors and the team starts to gear up for a long postseason run.
April 7, 2018, 1:56 amJimmy ButlerSG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jimmy Butler returned to the Wolves' lineup on Friday night and finished with 18 points, two rebounds, an assist and four steals in the Wolves' 113-96 win over the Lakers.
Butler may be a little rusty which is fair considering he had mid-season meniscus surgery and missed a month and a half. He only had one assist on Friday night and he shot a rare 4-of-8 from the free throw line. All things considered though, it was a nice night for Butler, the Wolves and fantasy owners who stuck with Jimmy as he shot 7-of-10 from the field and made the Lakers' offense pay with one of his best steals performances of the season.