April 12, 2016, 11:35 pm
We have made it to the final day of the regular season! It has been a crazy year with all of the record-chasing and extreme stat lines around the NBA. Only two NBA playoff matchups have been confirmed at this point, leaving the final night headed for some fireworks. The No. 1 seeded Cavs will take on the No. 8 Pistons and the No. 2 Raptors will face the No. 7 Pacers in the East. That’s all we know coming in to a fantastic regular season finale of hoops. All eyes will be on Kobe Bryant‘s final game and the Warriors’ chase for 73.
Tuesday was the calm before the storm. The New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder pulled the curtains on their regular seasons. Several players played in their season finales tonight with tons of shutdowns in the pipeline tomorrow (more on that later). We’ll take a look at some of their ADPs in comparison to their final ranks. Only 10 teams took to the court on Tuesday night. Let’s check their progress (or regress) on Wednesday’s edition of Daily Dish:
PACERS 102, KNICKS 90
The Pacers got a key win over the Knicks on Tuesday night to lock themselves as the No. 7 seed and avoid the dangerous Cavs in Round 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Pacers are now guaranteed to take on the No. 2 Raptors in the first round. Expect them to rest everyone that matters tonight against the Bucks in a meaningless game.
While it was a big win, it wasn’t a great night from a fantasy perspective for either team. George Hill led the way for the Pacers, shooting 8-for-12 from the field for 19 points with three treys, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. Hill will finish with top-80 value on the season, which is about where he was drafted in standard leagues. Paul George played a modest 28 minutes, shooting 6-for-12 from the field and 6-for-7 from the line for 19 points with one three ball, four boards, six assists and two steals. PG-24 also finished very near his ADP with a top-15 season. They are who we thought they were.
Monta Ellis put up his second dud in a row in just 24 minutes of play. Ellis posted eight points with one three, three assists and three steals. Rodney Stuckey actually played more with 25 minutes, scoring 10 points with three boards, four assists and two steals. As Ellis is expected to sit against the Bucks, Stuckey can be a sneaky DFS play in the regular season finale. Ty Lawson could be of service too, especially if you are in need of cheap point guard play.
It is excellent to see that Ian Mahinmi will finish with top-100 value this season after being drafted in the late rounds of fantasy drafts, if at all. Mahinmi was his usual self on Tuesday, shooting 6-for-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for 14 points with eight rebounds. If Mahinmi is rested, expect Myles Turner to reap the rewards off the bench. Turner only saw 17 minutes on Tuesday but still put up 13 points, five boards and one block.
The Knicks wrapped up their 2015-16 season with a 32-50 record, good for seventh in the NBA Lottery next month. Carmelo Anthony (rest) and Kristaps Porzingis (strained right shoulder) sat out the season finale, leaving the young guns to fend for playing time. Jerian Grant took advantage, shooting 7-for-11 from the field for 18 points with six rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block. His DFS owners certainly can’t complain. Derrick Williams also enjoyed the available usage rate, shooting 8-for-11 from the field for 21 points with four threes, one board, two assists and one steal.
Robin Lopez played 22 minutes, shooting 4-for-8 from the field for eight points, six boards, three assists and one block. It wasn’t the farewell DFS owners were hoping for, but Lopez has done plenty this season. His mid-round value was a joy for season-long owners who stuck with him through out the season. Farewell Knickerbockers.
HEAT 99, PISTONS 93
The Heat edged out an important win on the road to get within one win of the Southeast Division title and home-court advantage in the first round. With high stakes on the line in Boston, expect the Heat to emulate their lineup from tonight and do what they can to get a win. The Heat went primarily with a seven-man rotation, led by Joe Johnson, who was 10-for-15 from the field for 25 points with three treys, five assists, two rebounds and two steals.
Dwyane Wade didn’t score until there was 4:14 left in the first half, marking the first time since March 17, 2006 against Charlotte since it took him that long to get on the board. Wade finished with 14 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the field with four rebounds and three assists. He’ll be just fine. Luol Deng played a team-high 41 minutes, shooting 6-for-11 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for 17 points with 10 boards, three treys and two assists.
Unlike Wade, Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside were their usual selves on Tuesday. Dragic finished with 16 points on 8-of-15 shooting with five boards, four assists and one steal. Whiteside went for 14 points, nine rebounds, two steals and three blocks. He will have one more chance to put a cap on his fantastic regular season for fantasy owners tomorrow night in Boston.
The Pistons were just as invested in this game, as they were looking to avoid being locked in to the 8th seed. They had no such luck in the loss, as they are now slated to play the Cavs no matter what happens on Wednesday. The Pistons were without the services of Reggie Jackson (abdominal strain) on Tuesday and with Wednesday’s game now rendered as meaningless, expect the Pistons to sit Jackson, as well as several others, for the regular season finale.
“We don’t think this is something that will be a problem for the playoffs,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said after the game, expecting Jackson to be back against the Cavs.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope did his best to pick up the scoring slack for Jackson, scoring 17 points with two threes, three rebounds and three steals in the loss. KCP ascended to top-85 numbers this season after being drafted in later rounds. Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris each added 16 points and are also likely in line for rest on Wednesday. Both players finished very close to their preseason ADPs.
One of the bigger disappointments on the season in fantasy hoops has been Andre Drummond. He put up a typical line on Tuesday with nine points (4-for-11 FGs, 1-for-4 FTs), 18 rebounds, two steals and one block. His third-round ADP spiraled off to finish with 11th round value. He had a very useful season for those specializing in big man stats, but he certainly didn’t provide the value owners signed up for.
February 16, 2020, 11:54 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo could not will his team to the win against Team LeBron on Sunday in what was the most competitive All-Star Game we have seen in quite some time.
Antetokounmpo scored 25 points with 11 boards on 12-of-21 shooting. He had two clutch blocks on LeBron James to keep his team alive, but ultimately Team LeBron was able to overpower Team Giannis. Antetokounmpo's value is being dragged down by free-throw shooting and turnovers, but he remains a top-30 asset nonetheless.
February 16, 2020, 11:49 pmAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis secured the win for Team LeBron on Sunday with a game-winning free throw.
Davis scored 19 points with nine boards on 9-of-16 shooting. Kyle Lowry pulled him to the ground to send him to the line with a chance to win the game and AD delivered. Davis remains the No. 1 player in 9-cat formats and should have no issue maintaining that spot.
February 16, 2020, 11:46 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard won the first Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP Award with 30 points as Team LeBron beat Team Giannis 157-155 on Sunday.
Leonard came out the gate hot as he knocked down eight triples prior to the extremely competitive fourth quarter. He turned it up with some clutch steals down the stretch and helped Team LeBron secure the win. Leonard is a lock for top-10 value as we shift our focus to the second half of the season.
February 15, 2020, 10:43 pmDerrick Jones Jr.SF, Miami Heat
Derrick Jones Jr. won the Dunk Contest on Saturday in an epic showdown with Aaron Gordon.
Jones and Gordon extended the Dunk Contest into overtime and treated us to some of the best dunks in recent memory. Jones put on a spectacular performance with one 360, between-the-legs dunk that was reminiscent of Vince Carter. Gordon dunked over Tacko Fall in his final dunk and put up dunks worthy of a trophy himself. Jones earned the nickname of Airplane Mode on Saturday and is an option at the end of your bench in 14-team leagues.
February 15, 2020, 9:33 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield beat Devin Booker and Davis Bertans with 27 points in the final round of the 3-Point Contest on Saturday.
Hield had to hit the final shot to beat Booker by one point and take home the 2020 3-Point Contest trophy. Hield is third in made 3-pointers this season with 207. He has been on a roll lately and is a top-30 player over the past month while averaging 21.1 points and 4.5 threes per game. Hield should have a top-50 finish to the season.
February 15, 2020, 8:38 pmBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo beat Domantas Sabonis in the final round of the Skills Challenge to take home the victory on Saturday.
Adebayo beat Spencer Dinwiddie, Pascal Siakam and Domantas Sabonis on his way to winning the 2020 Skills Challenge. Adebayo was able to showcase his talents on Saturday and has been a top-40 player in 9-cat leagues this season. He will have early-round value moving forward.
February 15, 2020, 6:08 pmEvan TurnerSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Evan Turner is set to work out for the Clippers, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Turner is working on a buyout with the Wolves and Minnesota never had any intention of holding ET back from other work. He's only appeared in 19 games all season and would be at the end of LA's rotation, so there's minimal fantasy impact if Turner finds his way to the Clips.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
February 15, 2020, 12:10 amMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges took home the MVP Award of Team USA's 151-131 win over Team World in the Rising Stars game on Friday night, scoring 20 points, grabbing five boards, dishing out five assists and chipping in three steals.
He hit some big shots, including a couple of three of three pointers (3-of-7 3PT). The MVP winner was not immediately obvious after the game and Bridges was the beneficiary of a wide open field. He is clinging to value in standard 12-team leagues and has been a little better of late, averaging 20 points and seven rebounds over the past two weeks. If you have an open roster spot, Bridges offers consistently average production if you need a space-filler.
February 15, 2020, 12:00 amCollin SextonPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Collin Sexton played 20 minutes Friday in the Rising Stars game in Chicago, putting up 21 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Sexton was not pleased about being left off the original roster for Team USA. He got an opportunity due to Tyler Herro's injury and had a good showing Friday evening. He has been very consistent thus far, holding top-125 value on the season and ranks in the top-75 over the past two months. Keep running him out there.
February 14, 2020, 11:49 pmBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke was in the starting lineup for Team World in the Rising Stars game Friday night and put up 22 points on 11-of-15 FG and added eight rebounds.
Clarke has the best shooting percentage out of all NBA rookies this season, sitting at a cool 62.3% from the floor. He didn't let up Friday, only missing four of his 15 shots. Clarke has sneakily almost cracked the top-75 in standard leagues this season and needs to be owned across the board. The Grizzlies are surprising everybody and currently hold a spot in the playoffs, so Clarke should maintain his value.