February 13, 2019, 9:45 pmWesley Matthews - G/F - Indiana Pacers
Wesley Matthews started again for the Pacers on Wednesday and quietly put up eight points (2-of-7 shooting), three rebounds, two dimes, one triple and one steal in 31 minutes.
We can still chalk this one up to an adjustment period. Matthews still logged 31 minutes, so it's a matter of time until his numbers pick up. It is worth noting though that Bojan Bogdanovic, 20 points (7-of-14 shooting), six rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, is the Pacers' main weapon from long range, so Matthews will need to find his niche moving forward.
February 22, 2019, 10:00 pmElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton (ankle) returned from a nine-game absence on Friday and was reasonably productive as he posted 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting with two rebounds, four assists, one trey and two blocks in 28 minutes.
The solid shooting and 28 minutes are both good signs that his ankle injury is behind him. The Pelicans are expected to reduce the minutes Jrue Holiday, who posted 14 points (5-of-12 shooting), seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and one trey, so Payton could be in line for some extra usage once he gets his legs back.
February 22, 2019, 10:00 pmDeMar DeRozan - G - San Antonio Spurs
DeMar DeRozan hit 7-of-12 from the field and all nine free throws to finish Friday’s road loss to the Raptors with 23 points, eight assists, four rebounds, two steals, a block and four turnovers.
DeRozan was treated to a raucous round of applause from the faithful in Toronto but his Spurs couldn’t pull out the win. Rudy Gay added 12 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and a block in the loss.
February 22, 2019, 9:53 pmKemba Walker - G - Charlotte Hornets
Kemba Walker went 9-for-25 from the field and 6-for-8 from the line to finish with 27 points, five rebounds, 11 dimes and three triples in Friday's 123-110 win over the Wizards.
The shooting from the floor left a bit to be desired but the peripherals, attempts and minutes were all boxes that Walker managed to check tonight. He's a reliable top-20 to 25 play for the remainder of the season thanks to his high-volume scoring.
February 22, 2019, 9:52 pmNikola Vucevic - C - Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic had 19 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks in Friday’s 110-109 loss to the visiting Bulls.
Vucevic also hit only 1-of-4 from the line but we can overlook that. He’s still returning early-round value and looks to finish the season strong. D.J. Augustin added 14 points, four 3s and five assists in the loss.
February 22, 2019, 9:49 pmEvan Fournier - G/F - Orlando Magic
Evan Fournier scored 22 points and added three 3s, five assists and three rebounds in Friday’s loss to the visiting Bulls.
Fournier has been a top-100 play in 9-cat over his last five games which is a significant over the top-150 he has on the season. Hopefully he can keep it up to finish the season. Terrence Ross outplayed him again with 15 points, five 3s and seven rebounds and should be owned in standard leagues.
February 22, 2019, 9:48 pmMiles Bridges - F - Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges logged 29 minutes in a start for the Hornets on Friday and responded with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, adding six rebounds, one 3-pointer, three steals and a block.
He displaced Jeremy Lamb from the starting five in order for Nicolas Batum (20 points, eight rebounds, five treys and five dimes) to slide down a position. We're not sure if this move sticks, but the Hornets did win this one, so another outing should be in the cards for Bridges.
February 22, 2019, 9:45 pmAaron Gordon - F - Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon hit 1-of-4 from the line and had four turnovers which marred the 17 points, five boards, four assists and three blocks he had in a loss to the Bulls on Friday.
As usual, it’s the poor efficiency stopping Gordon from being a consistent mid-round payer in 9-cat and it’s not looking like this season will be the one he correct it. Jonathan Isaac had an off-game with four points and three rebounds but at least he added two steals and a trey in his 31 minutes.
February 22, 2019, 9:42 pmJeremy Lamb - G - Charlotte Hornets
Jeremy Lamb moved to the bench in Friday's game vs. the Wizards but still delivered the goods with 16 points (6-of-12 shooting), six rebounds, one assist, two 3s and four steals in 23 minutes.
He's a solid play whether he starts or not. Despite the expected slight hit in production, Lamb is talented enough to retain a solid floor as long as he's getting over 20 minutes a night.
February 22, 2019, 9:39 pmZach LaVine - G - Chicago Bulls
Zazh LaVine scored 22 points to go with five 3s, six assists, four rebounds, two steals and two turnovers in Friday’s road win over the Magic.
LaVine has been delivering the goods lately, bringing back top-40 9-cat value over his last five games. He, Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter are starting to develop nice chemistry on the court and these three are the player to own for the Bulls down the stretch.
February 22, 2019, 9:38 pmBobby Portis - F - Washington Wizards
Bobby Portis led all Wizards reserves with 31 minutes in Friday's 110-123 loss to the Hornets and ended up posting 12 points on 6-of-15 shooting with 12 rebounds, one assist and four steals.
He committed three turnovers and missed his only shot attempt from the line which dampened the appeal of tonight's line. That said, his four steals were a pop. Portis is a must-own and must-start guy while he's getting his as Washington's sixth man.