April 7, 2018, 1:40 amNikola MiroticPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Nikola Mirotic looked like his old self, if not a shade better, in Friday's 122-103 win over the Suns with 31 points, 16 rebounds, five 3-pointers, two assists and a block in 35 minutes of action.
Mirotic has now dropped 25 and 31 points in his last two, snapping out of his month-long funk in a big way. He might've been dropped amidst his struggles so you should sprint to the wire just to double check. The Pels are simply a different team when Niko is at his best, and despite his recent slump he's a safe bet to finish in the top-50 this season. That would've been a crazy thought considering how his season began, but Mirotic has always had a great stat set and finally put everything together this season. Hopefully he keeps it up as New Orleans jockeys for playoff positioning.
April 7, 2018, 1:29 amJrue HolidayPG/SG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday was sublime in Friday's win over the Suns, posting 22 points (8-of-15 shooting), six rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes of action.
Holiday filled it up quickly, delivering a tremendous line despite ample garbage time. The arrival of Rajon Rondo really didn't hurt him at all this year and he's got a shot to finish with second-round value after an offseason that saw plenty of questions about his fit with the new-look Pelicans. He's a third-round play at worst and will end up as one of the more impactful profit picks from draft season. The Pels are currently fifth in the West but can't take any days off with a crazy race unfolding, so there should be no rest concerns when using Jrue the rest of the way.
April 7, 2018, 1:28 amMarquese ChrissPF, Phoenix Suns
Marquese Chriss did all he could for the Suns on Friday night, scoring a season-high 23 points along with eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in a blowout loss to the Pelicans.
Chriss is breaking out a little bit to wrap up the season. He's started the last eight games for Phoenix, playing around 30 minutes a night and throwing up a solid 15 points and nine rebounds with a steal and a block. Consistency has always averted Chriss but a strong finish to this campaign could be the beginning of something special for this youngster in 2018-19.
April 7, 2018, 1:16 amGreg MonroePF/C, Boston Celtics
Greg Monroe was beastly in Friday's home victory, lighting the Bulls up to the tune of 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double.
Monroe did his damage in 28 minutes off the bench, shooting 8-of-10 while adding two steals and a block. We knew he was going to eat with Al Horford resting tonight but he exceeded just about all expectations with this one. Moose should be owned in all leagues and while he won't be a triple-double guy, he is in line for a few extra assists with the Celtics so thin in the backcourt. He's a pretty solid passer out of the post and the Celtics seem willing to leverage those abilities when they need a different look on offense. Monroe is in line for a solid finish to the year.
April 7, 2018, 1:07 amMarShon BrooksSG, Memphis Grizzlies
MarShon Brooks continued to impress on Friday night, scoring 23 points to go with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks, a steal and a 3-pointer in the Grizzlies' close loss to the Kings.
The resurgence of MarShon Brooks is one of the best stories in the NBA and he just keeps getting better. In four games, Brooks is putting up 23.3 points but he seems to be adding a new wrinkle to his game each night. Tonight, not only was he scoring well but Brooks also managed to pull down eight total rebounds, four of those coming on the offensive glass. Plus, he blocked two shots. Where in the world is all this coming from? We'll never know but it will be exciting to continue watching as Brooks has officially inked a two-year deal with the Grizz.
April 7, 2018, 12:54 amSean KilpatrickSG, Chicago Bulls
Sean Kilpatrick was excellent on Friday night, coming off the bench for a team-high 24 points in 25 minutes with three rebounds, a steal and five 3-pointers while shooting 8-for-13 from the field.
Kilpatrick is going to get run for the Bulls and looks to be one of their main scorers these days. It's been a pretty up and down year for him overall, but Kilpatrick looks set up to finish things off quite nicely. Give him a look if you need points and threes heading into the season's final weekend.
April 6, 2018, 11:59 pmDamyean DotsonSG, New York Knicks
Damyean Dotson led the Knicks to victory over the Heat on Friday night with a career-high 30 points and added 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers.
For a guy who had never put up a double-double before, Dotson sure did make it look normal on Friday night with career-highs in points and rebounds. Dotson embarrassed the Heat in his 36 minutes, hitting 12-of-21 and 4-of-10 on 3-pointers. You'll have to wait and see if this turns into a real rotation role for Dotson but he clearly showed what he thinks of the Knicks' tanking efforts on Friday, turning an expected loss into an easy win.
April 6, 2018, 10:50 pmBen SimmonsPG, Philadelphia Sixers
Ben Simmons was electric on Friday night, totaling 27 points, 15 rebounds, 13 assists, four steals and a block in the Sixers' important victory over the Cavs.
The possible Rookie of the Year is now averaging a triple-double over the last month and he's never looked better than Friday night. Simmons was everywhere and he was dominant from the field, hitting 12-of-17. Despite an atrocious free throw percentage and having no 3-point shot whatsoever, Ben has morphed into a top-50 fantasy play with an extremely high ceiling.
April 6, 2018, 10:20 pmLeBron JamesSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James was unbelievable on Friday night, scoring 44 points and adding 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, a block and four 3-pointers in the Cavs' close loss to the Sixers.
This GOAT candidate seems hellbent on improving another candidacy — this year's MVP award. A good ole 44-11-11 oughta do the trick with James standing above all others in Friday night's classic. This one had a playoff feel and James was the best player on the floor. Get used to seeing that over the next two months.
April 6, 2018, 9:54 pmTyler DorseySG, Atlanta Hawks
Tyler Dorsey buried the Wizards on Friday, scoring a career-high 22 points on top of three rebounds, one assist, one block and four 3-pointers in the Hawks' 103-97 win.
Dorsey has seen an increase in playing time in the last week with the Hawks going into full tank. He's responded quite nicely, setting a career-high in scoring on two separate occasions and averaging 18.5 points in the last four games. He's also shot 50 percent from long range in that span. Dorsey could be earning a serious rotation role next season with his recent play.
April 6, 2018, 2:00 amNikola JokicPF/C, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic filled up the stat sheet on Thursday with 16 points, 14 rebounds, nine dimes, one trey, one steal and one blocked shot.
It was a rough shooting night for the Joker, who hit just 6-of-20 shots from the field. This was an outlying performance from Jokic who is currently shooting 50.2 percent from the field this season. Jokic is poised to take his game to yet another level in 2018-19 as he continually works on polishing his already impressive stat set.
April 6, 2018, 1:29 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns led the Wolves with 26 points, 13 boards, two threes and four assists in Thursday's 96-100 loss to the Nuggets.
He shot a blistering 62.5 from the field on 10-of-16 shots, but he also dealt with a bit of foul trouble which limited his ability to lead his pack to victory. After all is said and done, KAT is on track to finish as the fifth-best player in 9-cat, ahead of stars like LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard.
April 5, 2018, 11:37 pmJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
John Wall scored 28 points, dished out 14 assists, hit two triples and swiped three steals in Thursday's loss to the Cavaliers.
He's officially back and ready to rumble. This is Wall's best performance since returning on March 31st from a knee injury that has kept him on the sidelines since late January. Wall is showing no signs of being hampered by said knee issues and is on track to finish 2017-18 with a bang.
April 5, 2018, 11:24 pmDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard is expected to be back in the Blazers lineup for Saturday's game against the Spurs.
This is great news for Lillard owners. He's as tough as they come and wants to finish the season strong. With his return, expect Wade Baldwin IV and Shabazz Napier to lose significant value.
Source: Jason Quick on Twitter
April 5, 2018, 11:15 pmLeBron JamesSF/PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James led the Cavaliers to a 119-115 victory over the Wizards on Thursday with 33 points, nine rebounds, 14 dimes, two threes and six turnovers.
James has seen a big resurgence in value this 2017-18 thanks in part to the volatility of his supporting cast. He's proven to be a reliable 1st-round asset throughout the season with averages of 27.4 PPG, 8.7 RPG and 9.1 APG. They don't call him "The King" for nothing.