• Time is flying and we’re already into the month of December! On a busy Friday night of NBA action, Hoop-Ball has got you covered! Big Al Horford exploded on the Kings, Kawhi Leonard claws out a victory, and Wade > LeBron. Week 6 is almost over so let’s hop right into Saturday’s Daily Dish! Also follow @HoopBallTweets for up to the minute updates or hit me up on Twitter (@NguyenTDanh) if you have any questions!

     

    Magic 105, 76ers 88

    Considering the teams that are involved it was surprising to see such a blowout happen. Nikola Vucevic continues to play well off the bench and ended the game with 12 points and 11 rebounds to go along with his five assists, one steal and one block. Aaron Gordon remind in the starting lineup and finished with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting, two 3-pointers, two rebounds and one block. He needs to keep it consistent to hold off Jeff Green, who also played well off the bench with 16 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes.

    Evan Fournier managed to produce across the board finishing with 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. He’s been playing at a top-40 level over his last four games so owners can keep rolling him out there. As for the point guard position, it was complete timeshare between D.J Augustine and Elfrid Payton. Augustine finished with nine points, three rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes while Payton had two points in 23 minutes. Looks like a sticky situation to be apart of.

    As for the Sixers side, Joel Embiid managed to put up a double-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. When he is fully unleashed, look out! Jahlil Okafor also posted his first double-double of the season going for 16 points with 13 rebounds and two blocks. Embiid and Okafor played 13 minutes next to each other and it looks as though the big man situation will work out fine, until Nerlens Noel returns. Robert Covington also suffered a left knee sprain and is looking questionable for the next game. He finished tonight with nine points, six rebounds, one assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

    Raptors 113, Lakers 80

    The Raptors won this one comfortably over the young Lakers with Kyle Lowry leading the way with 24 points, seven assists, four rebounds, one steal and six treys. Demar DeRozan pitched in with his 16 points, six assists and two steals. The backcourt has been taking turns carrying the load and it looks as though that’ll remain the same for another season. Jonas Valanciunas had an underwhelming game with just six points, seven rebounds and one block. He’ll be better than this on most nights but Raptor fans as well as fantasy owners will want him to take his play to the next level.

    Norman Powell entered the starting lineup with DeMarre Carroll resting tonight. He scored 16 points with seven rebounds, two assists and two treys. Powell is one of my favourite players to watch but for now he is more of a DFS option when Carroll is sitting. Lucas Nogueira scored a season-high 13 points with three rebounds, two steals and two blocks. His role on the team isn’t large enough for him to put up consistent numbers.

    Young Brandon Ingram led the way for the Lakers with 17 points and six assists. The Lakers must be pleased with the way he’s growing but in terms of fantasy he hasn’t reached standard league discussion yet. Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams both chipped in with 14 and 13 points apiece while Larry Nance was quiet with just six points, six rebounds and two assists. This game wasn’t great for the Lakers in terms of reality and fantasy.

    Celtics 97, Kings 92

    This was one of the closer games of the night with the Celtics pulling away in the end. Al Horford exploded on the Kings going for 26 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, six blocks and 4 treys. That’s 12 money counters from just one player, what a monster. Isaiah Thomas struggled with his shot on a 20-point, 6-of-21 shooting night to go with his three boards, seven assists and two steals.

    Avery Bradley chipped in with 15 points, nine rebounds and two steals while Jae Crowder added 16 points with three treys, three boards, three assists and a steal. For those who have Marcus Smart it is time to let go. He put up just three points with three assists and a block. He just doesn’t do enough in the box score to be worth fantasy attention.

    DeMarcus Cousins does what he always does, putting up 28 points, nine rebounds, one steal and four blocks. He did get cut open above his eye and had to get stitches to stop the bleeding. DMC should be fine and will continue to be a force for fantasy owners. Darren Collison was quiet in 28 minutes with just 13 points, three assists and two steals. This is a great buy low opportunity for Collison. Matt Barnes did great in the box score but was actually bad on the court. He ended with 12 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block. In terms of fantasy, owners can’t really complain.

    Knicks 118, Wolves 114

    The Knicks once again came out on top against the Timberwolves, winning back-to-back games against them. Carmelo Anthony had himself a solid game with 29 points, five rebounds, three assists, five 3-pointers and three steals. He’s been putting up top-40 value on the year and that should be where he’ll stay. Derrick Rose also looked great tonight with 24 points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal. He’s been top-80 value in the last seven games but remains a sell high candidate.

    Kristaps Porzingis actually struggled tonight, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, three blocks and four turnovers. He’ll bounce back next game and is currently a top-20 fantasy asset. The surprise of the night probably came from Kyle O’Quinn, who put up a massive double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds to go with two assists and two blocks. He should see an uptick in minutes with Joakim Noah struggling but won’t be worth owning in any format.

    Zach LaVine’s team-high 23 points were not enough to beat the Knicks tonight. He’s going to put up the occasional dud, but his upside is too great. Hopefully he can start being consistent on the defensive end. Karl-Anthony Towns was inefficient tonight but still managed 20 points (5-of-18 shooting) with three treys, eight rebounds and three blocks. He hasn’t lived up to his ADP yet but look for him to get it rolling soon. As for those wondering if Cole Aldrich is worth a pickup after his 10 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and three blocks tonight, the answer is no.

    Bulls 111, Cavs 105

    In a game where best friends LeBron James and Dwyane Wade matched up, it was Wade who came out on top in Chicago. Wade scored 24 points with five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer. He was fantastic tonight but owners should know that he’ll be sitting out Saturday’s game against the Mavs. Jimmy Butler also came up big scoring 26 points with eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks. He’s returning first-round value on the year. Rajon Rondo also triple-doubled tonight scoring 15 points with 11 rebounds, 12 assists, three steals and one block. They played like a big three tonight.

    Taj Gibson decided to drop a season-high tonight with 23 points and 11 boards. He’s outplayed all those who want to claim his spot and is a must-own player right now. Nikola Mirotic continues his rollercoaster season with just two points but made up for it with eight rebounds, two steals and one block. He’s still a hold and hopefully he can string together a couple of good games for owners to feel more at ease.

    Despite his team losing, LeBron James put up a solid line with 27 points, five rebounds and 13 assists. He did have eight turnovers tonight and the King has dipped down to a top 20-40 value on the season. Kyrie Irving chipped in with 20 points, six rebounds and eight rebounds while Kevin Love had 15 points and nine rebounds. The big three were outplayed tonight and the Cavaliers are looking a bit shaky as of late.

    Clippers 114, Pelicans 96

    The Clippers continued to roll with another win over the Pelicans. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both posted big lines tonight. CP3 had 17 points, eight rebounds, 13 assists, a steal and a 3-pointer. He’s had top-5 value on the season and he should finish around that spot. Griffin scored 27 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. He still has late-early round value on the year but that could improve if he decides to move closer to the basket instead of away from it.

    With J.J. Redick resting tonight, Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford picked up the slack in his place. Felton finished with 12 points while Crawford dropped 21. Anytime Redick sits, you can expect any of these two or Austin Rivers to have late-round lines.

    The Pelicans had a bit of a scare with Anthony Davis leaving the game for a bit with a shoulder injury. He did return and finished with 21 points, six boards, four assists, one steal and one block. Pray he stays healthy. The rest of the team didn’t play so well. Tim Frazier scored eight points with eight assists, Terrence Jones scored 14 points with nine rebounds and a block, and E’Twaun Moore scored 15 points with four rebounds, two assists, one block and one three. The low-end asset for the Pelicans all did well enough to stay afloat but not enough to win.

    Pistons 121, Hawks 85

    This was another blowout game that showed the potential that the Pistons have. Andre Drummond double-doubled, no surprise there, with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23 points with eight rebounds, one steal and five treys. He’s returning solid mid-round value and exceeding his ADP.

    Ish Smith also double-doubled with 11 points and 13 rebounds. His value will take a big hit once Reggie Jackson gets back. We continued to see strong play from Jon Leuer who dropped 16 points off the bench with nine rebounds. He has been a must-own player for weeks now.

    It was ugly for the Hawks, especially in terms of fantasy. Dennis Schroder was the only one who got it going, finishing with 17 points, 11 assists and two rebounds. With Paul Millsap out of the lineup, we were hoping Mike Muscala would put up a solid line but that didn’t happen. He scored 11 points with two steals but we’re still calling him a must-own player in 12-team standard leagues. Owners shouldn’t move the needle on anybody’s value too much for the Hawks tonight.

    Spurs 107, Wizards 105

    This was the closest game of the night and it came down to the final shot. Of course Kawhi Leonard hit the game winner, finishing with 23 points, five rebounds and two steals. Pau Gasol looked good after taking a game off to rest. He scored 19 points with 10 rebounds, one steal and a block. Manu Ginobili also came back from a rest day and added 13 points with seven assists and three steals.

    Nicolas Laprovittola started for an injured Tony Parker but only scored seven points with three assists and two steals. It was Patty Mills who benefitted from Parker sitting out, scoring 10 points with eight assists and two threes. Danny Green also disappeared with just three points and one steal. He’s a risk/reward hold at this point.

    Despite the loss John Wall scored 17 points, with 15 assists, three steals and one trey. His turnovers are the only thing keeping him from being elite in 9-cat. Bradley Beal scored 23 points with five treys but nothing else. Marcin Gortat was stellar for fantasy owners scoring 21 points while adding 18 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Ian Mahinmi’s return doesn’t mean his value will take a big hit. Otto Porter added a double-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and a trey. He continues to be a fantasy stud.

    Rockets 128, Nuggets 110

    It was the latest game of the night, which saw the Rockets coming out on top over the Nuggets. Although the Rockets won, James Harden looked tired out there after playing 46 minutes in double-overtime the night before. He still finished with 20 points, six rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block, and one 3-pointer. The Beard will look fresher when he takes on the Celtics Monday. Clint Capela was impressive, posting a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He’s been returning top-50 value in his last seven games and shows no signs of stopping.

    Patrick Beverley did a bit of everything, finishing with 11 points, three rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers. He won’t blow you away but is still worth an add in standard leagues for his ability to help out across the board. The Rockets did have some bad news as Trevor Ariza left the game with back spasms. We’ll keep him on our injury radar and let you know if there is anything to worry about. Ariza finished with 16 points, seven boards, five steals and four 3-pointers.

    The Nuggets were lead by Wilson Chandler, who came off the bench and scored a team-high 24 points. He’s returning top-70 value on the year and should be owners in all leagues. The Manimal Kenneth Faried was back at it again with another double-double, finishing with 14 points and 10 points. Many are speculating that Chandler and Faried could possibly be traded, but until then they’re both worth owning. Will Barton also returned from his three-game absence and finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists and one steal. He should have a significant role on the tea and is worth a look in 12-team leagues.

    That’ll do it for Saturday’s dish. Have a great weekend and welcome to the Space Jam! Cheers! #HoopBall #WeTheNorth

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