• Yes the NFL playoffs are in full effect but there were still four games on the NBA slate on a quiet Sunday. The Warriors and Magic got it all started at Noon (EST) while the Wolves and Nuggets put us to bed with the game of the night. With a recap of all the action here’s Monday’s Daily Dish.

    WARRIORS 118, MAGIC 98

    The early game was close at the half, but then the Warriors woke up and well, the rest was history.

    THE GOOD

    Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 27 points on 8-of-15 from the field. Chef Curry was cooking today adding four rebounds, six assists and seven triples. Over the past two weeks Curry has been returning top 10 value for owners and there doesn’t appear like anything will slow him down. Keep him rolling out there.

    Klay Thompson scored 21 points of his own on 7-of-14 from the field. Klay added five rebounds, one assist and seven triples of his own. The Splash brothers hit 14 triples on the evening and when they are cooking like this, it’s hard for anyone to keep up.

    Kevin Durant didn’t put big scoring numbers but filled the stat sheet with 15 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, three steals, two blocks and one triple. There will be days where he takes a back seat to the Splash brothers, but they won’t be that often.

    Zaza Pachulia hit 7-of-8 from the field for 15 points with five rebounds, one assist and two steals. Over the past two weeks Zaza is averaging seven points, eight rebounds and two steals so he’s got some value in standard leagues.

    Elfrid Payton was the only Magic player to break the 20 point mark scoring a team-high 23 points on 11-of-18 from the field. Payton added four rebounds, 10 dimes, one steal and one triple in 39 minutes of action.

    Bismack Biyombo double-doubled off the bench scoring 12 points and adding 14 rebounds to go with his three blocks. He only connected on 2-of-7 from the line so all wasn’t good for Bismack.

    THE BAD

    Draymond Green had a pretty un-Draymond line scoring six points with 10 rebounds and four assists. He only shot 1-of-7 from the field and did not contribute any steals or blocks in the win.

    Serge Ibaka was limited to 21 minutes and 10 points in this one. He added three rebounds, two triples, one assist, one steal and one block in the loss.

    Aaron Gordon was also quiet on Sunday scoring eight points on 4-of-14 from the field. He shot 0-of-6 from downtown but did add three rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block for his owners.

    THE TAKEAWAY

    The Warriors improved to an NBA best 38-6 on the season and travel to Miami on Monday evening to take on the Heat. The Magic meanwhile dropped to 18-28 and will look to bounce back when the Bulls come to town on Tuesday night.

    MAVS 122, LAKERS 73

    If you saw this one coming, I don’t believe you! The 49 point loss was the worst loss in Lakers’ history.

    THE GOOD

    Wesley Matthews, Deron Williams and Dirk Nowitzki all scored 13 points. They shot a combined 17-of-26 from the field and with the Mavs up by 35 at the half they weren’t needed much in the second half. All wasn’t good for the Mavs starters however, as Matthews (right hip strain) left this one early. The early indication is that he should be able to play on Wednesday vs. the Knicks.

    Justin Anderson scored 19 points in 16 minutes off the bench for the Mavs. He added five rebounds, two assists and one steal in the blowout win. This was all garbage time production here, so just move along.

    Seth Curry shot 6-of-8 from the field for 14 points. He added two rebounds, two triples, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes of action.

    Lou Williams is the only Laker who deserves mention in this category. Lou Will scored a team-high 15 points on 4-of-11 from the field. He did hit all six of his attempts from the line and only had one assist and one steal to his name.

    THA BAD

    Brandon Ingram started for the Lakers but only connected on 2-of-12 from the field. He scored six points and added five personal fouls in 36 minutes of action.

    Jordan Clarkson shot 5-of-13 from the field for 10 points with three rebounds and nothing else to his name.

    Nick Young scored nine points on 3-of-9 from the field. He added two rebounds, one assist and nothing else.

    Harrison Barnes was quiet in the blowout win for the Mavs scoring six points on 3-of-12 from the field. He added five rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes.

    THE TAKEAWAY

    The Mavs improved to 15-29 on the season and moved one full game ahead of the Lakers in the West. They host the Knicks on Wednesday night. The Lakers fell to 16-32 and now sit dead last in the West. The early season magic has worn off and they will look to get back on the winning track when they travel to Portland to take on the Blazers on Wednesday night.

    SUNS 115, RAPTORS 103

    Eric Bledsoe travelled to Canada and had himself a career night to lead the Suns to a fourth quarter comeback win over the Raptors.

    THE GOOD

    Eric Bledsoe scored a career-high 40 points to go with 13 assists, six rebounds and four triples in the win over the Raptors. He shot 11-of-17 from the field and a perfect 14-of-14 from the line. Bledsoe is flirting with top 20 value in 9-cat leagues and owners should continue to trust him despite the poor Suns’ record.

    Devin Booker turned in another solid game scoring 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting. He added four rebounds, five triples, two assists and two steals in 37 minutes of action. This marks the ninth consecutive 20+ point game for Booker and he should only get stronger as the second half of the season continues.

    Tyson Chandler put in a strong game and just missed a double-double scoring 16 points with nine rebounds. Chandler played 35 minutes and added two assists and one steal.

    DeMar DeRozan scored a team-high 22 points for the Raptors on 6-of-17 from the field. He added three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. DeRozan rolled his ankle after stepping on a teammate’s foot and was forced to leave late in this one. We’ll keep you posted on his status for Tuesday’s game.

    Lucas Nogueira returned from a concussion and scored 13 points on 5-of-5 from the field. He added five boards, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 35 minutes of action. He deserves to be owned in all standard leagues.

    Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled with 16 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 6-of-10 from the field and added two assists, one steal and three blocks in 31 minutes of action.

    THE BAD

    T.J. Warren and Marquese Chriss both started for the Suns but shot a combined 4-of-13 from the field for eight points. They didn’t connect on any triples and four rebounds between the two of them.

    Kyle Lowry shot 5-of-17 from the field (including 1-of-9 from downtown) for 15 points to go with four rebounds, six assists and one steal. Lowry shot poorly on the evening and was ejected late in this one after receiving a Flagrant-2 foul. Look for him to bounce back on Tuesday when the Spurs come to town.

    THE TAKEAWAY

    With the victory the Suns improved to 15-29 and were able to escape the Western Conference cellar. They will host the Wolves on Tuesday night. The Raptors dropped their third consecutive game and will welcome the Spurs to town on Tuesday night.

    WOLVES 111, NUGGETS 108 (Game Of The Night)

    The game of the night came to us from Minnesota where the Wolves edged out the Nuggets in a tightly contested offensive battle.

    THE GOOD

    Karl-Anthony Towns led the way for the Wolves scoring 32 points with 12 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four blocks. KAT shot 13-of-19 on the night and over the past two weeks he has been flirting with top 3 value in 9-cat standard leagues. His early season slump is a thing of the distant memory.

    Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points of his own adding four rebounds, four assists, one triple, one steal and one block. Wiggins did amass five fouls but was still able to play 39 minutes in the win.

    Shabazz Muhammad scored 20 points off the bench in Sunday’s win. He added five rebounds, two triples, one assist and one steal on 9-of-14 from the field.

    Kevin Dunn flirted with a triple-double in this one scoring 10 points with eight rebounds and nine assists. He added three steals, two triples and one block in the win. With rumors swirling around regarding Ricky Rubio, it may be time to stash Dunn in all standard leagues.

    Gary Harris led the Nuggets in scoring with 22 points on 9-of-13 from the field. He added six rebounds, three assists, two triples and one steal in the loss. He looked healthy after returning from a three game absence so if he was dropped in your league you might want to take a hard look at him.

    Nikola Jokic continued his breakout season scoring 18 points on 8-of-15 from the field. Jokic was limited by foul trouble in this one but still put up eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block. He is playing some of the best basketball of his career right now.

    Wilson Chandler came off the bench for 17 points on 6-of-11 from the field. He added six rebounds, one triple, one steal and one block in the loss.

    THE BAD

    Gorgui Dieng was quiet on Sunday scoring only four points with one board, one assist, two steals and one block in 17 minutes.

    Zack Lavine played 33 minutes in this one but only scored four points on 2-of-8 from the field. He added two rebounds, one assist and one steal in the win. That’s two bad games in a row for Lavine and over the last two weeks he is only producing value in the top 140 range.

    Kenneth Faried had two rebounds in 14 minutes of action on Sunday. He didn’t attempt a shot and was clearly not himself tonight.

    Will Barton played 26 minutes off the bench for the Nuggets but only chipped in one point with two rebounds, six assists and one block.

    THE TAKEAWAY

    The Wolves improved to 16-28 on the season and moved 2.5 games back of the last playoff spot in the West. They will host the Suns on Tuesday evening. The Nuggets meanwhile dropped to 18-25 and hold a 0.5 game lead on the Blazers for eighth in the West. They will host the Jazz on Tuesday night.

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