• After a nice break and Thanksgiving dinner, the NBA is back with a full schedule! All 15 teams in action tonight so let’s get right into it! The Rockets set a new NBA record, Draymond Green goes down, and Carmelo Anthony is still hitting daggers. Week 5 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!

    Spurs 109, Celtics 103

    This game was an early one but hey, no complaints here. This was a close game that actually had both teams going back and forth until the Spurs pulled away late. Kawhi Leonard dropped 25 points and 10 rebounds on the Celtics with four assists two blocks and three treys. He has the highest winning percentage as a Spurs player and will continue to be their top player.

    Danny Green is finally starting to produce stat-lines for owners, going for 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three treys and four blocks. Those money counters are looking awesome. David Lee also picked up a double-double with Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge struggling from the field. He finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds but his contributions won’t be consistent enough to be worth owning.

    Although the Celtics lost, many provided solid stat-lines for owners tonight. Marcus Smart came off the bench and handed out 10 dimes with his nine points. His role should be safe with the team. Avery Bradley went back to grabbing his rebounds, finishing with eight of them to go with his 19 points. He also hit three 3-pointers and continues to roll for owners. Isaiah Thomas scored 24 points with eight assists while Al Horford double-doubled with 12 points and 10 rebounds, adding three blocks.

    Wizards 94, Magic 91

    The Wizards pulled out a win behind John Wall’s near triple-double performance, scoring 26 points with seven rebounds and 10 assists. What would the Wizards do without him? Bradley Beal also looked like a point guard tonight handing out eight assists to go with his 14 points. He did tweak his ankle in the second half but was able to play through it. Beal has been playing at a top-20 level when healthy so now is a nice opportunity to sell high.

    Otto Porter continues to play well putting up an efficient 19 points on 8-of-15-shooting, seven rebounds, two assists, three 3-pointers and zero turnovers. He has been playing a lot better than most expected and should be able to sustain top-50 value all season long.

    Nikola Vucevic looked like the Vucevic of old, posting a monster double-double and finishing with 17 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocks. He’s creeping towards becoming a top-100 player but it’s hard to be consistent with a loaded frontcourt. Serge Ibaka also played well tonight, chipping in with 19 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and four blocks. These two will need to play well together if the Magic want to get anywhere in the East.

    Cavaliers 128, Mavericks 90

    This game was a blowout after the first half and by looking at the score you can tell the Mavericks didn’t stand a chance. Kyrie Irving finished with 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting and not much else. He’s a scoring machine and is returning top-30 value on the season and should probably stay around that value. LeBron James finished with a double-double, scoring 19 points with five rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. No one can stop King James but himself at this rate. Tristan Thompson also added 12 rebounds to go with his 11 points. He’s returning top-100 value and is a good source for boards and field goal percentage.

    The Mavs only bright spot was Dirk Nowitzki returning from his Achilles injury and looking fine. The German finished with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes. Try to sell high when he strings together a couple of good games. Harrison Barnes cooled off tonight with just 12 points and five rebounds; he should bounce back in the team’s next game against the Pelicans. Deron Williams also returned from his calf injury and played just 14 minutes, finishing with four points, two rebounds and five assists.

    Knicks 113, Hornets 111

    This game came down to the final shot in overtime and what a fun game it was to watch. Carmelo Anthony lit it up on Friday, dropping 35 points with 14 rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block, three treys and the game winning shot. He’s been a top-50 player so far this season and will continue to be as long as the Knicks are in the playoff picture. Kristaps Porzingis put up 16 points, eight rebounds and was putting on a highlight reel with his three blocks. It’s only a matter of time until the Knicks become his team. Joakim Noah also made his return, chipping in with six points, eight rebounds, one assists and one steal.

    Kemba Walker finally slowed down Friday, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, three assists, four steals and three turnovers. Foul trouble slowed him down but he should bounce back in the next game. Nicolas Batum almost had a triple-double, scoring 18 points to go with nine rebounds, nine assists and one block. He did what he could for the team but it wasn’t enough. The Hornets will rely heavily on the play making abilities of Batum and Walker.

    Marvin Williams left tonight’s game with a hyper-extended left knee and did not return. With Williams going down, this opened up minutes for Frank Kaminsky who ended up playing 40 tonight. He scored 13 points with nine rebounds and continues to produce when given the opportunity. On a side note, Marco Belinelli stayed hot scoring 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

    Bulls 105, Sixers 89

    The Bulls are continuing to roll and Jimmy Butler is leading the way. Both he and Dwyane Wade finished with 26 points apiece and it wasn’t a surprise that the veteran team picked apart a young Sixers team. Rajon Rondo had a good night as well scoring six points with eight rebounds, 10 assists and two steals. He will continue to have mid-to-late round value in 8- and 9-cat leagues, respectively. As for the struggling Nikola Mirotic, he continued to struggle. Mirotic managed just six points on 2-of-5 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and two steals. His ceiling is much higher than this so hang in there.

    It looks as though Dario Saric is taking a back seat in the Sixers rotation. He scored just four points with seven rebounds, three assists and three turnovers. Saric has top-75 upside when he produces but it hasn’t been happening (to read more on Dario Saric, click here). Robert Covington scored just two points but still managed to chip in with two steals and a block. He’s still worth owning despite shooting struggles.

    Nik Stauskas is now floating top-150 value and he continued his hot streak with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists, three blocks and three 3-pointers. Jerryd Bayless also made his first start of the season scoring 11 points with four rebounds and two assists. Bayless will be a top 100-125 value if he continues to get these minutes and should be owned in most, if not all leagues.

    Pistons 108, Clippers 97

    Andre Drummond outplayed DeAndre Jordan tonight, scoring 16 points with 10 rebounds, three steals and one assist. He has now double-doubled in four straight games and will continue to be a monster if you’re punting free throws. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope dished out a career-high 10 assists while also scoring 16 points. Stan Van Gundy loves him and so must his owners. We can’t forget about another player SVG loves, Jon Leuer, who finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. He’s producing solid late-round value for owners right now.

    The big three on the Clippers couldn’t do enough to help the team pull off a victory tonight. Despite struggling with his shot, Chris Paul still finished eight points, 15 assists, three rebounds and one steal. He’s been a first round stud and will bounce back quickly. DeAndre Jordan didn’t miss from the field finishing with 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. He’ll try to get back to his double-double self in the next game. Both Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick lead the way in scoring with 24 points apiece. Blake has been returning top-25 value and if he can stay healthy, he’ll make a lot of owners look silly.

    Jazz 95, Hawks 68

    The Jazz put up a defensive clinic tonight and held the Hawks to just 68 points. Gordon Hayward lead the way for the Jazz with a strong 24 point performance to go along with his seven rebounds, two steals and a block. He’s just outside the top-50 players for the season right now but should easily become one soon enough. Rudy Gobert did what he does best, played defense. He double-doubled with 10 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Trey Lyles also shined off the bench with 13 points and 10 rebounds. With Derrick Favors still out Lyles could have more nights like these.

    There aren’t many bright spots for the Hawks tonight. Paul Millsap finished with 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting, five rebounds, one steal, two blocks and one turnover while Dwight Howard finished with four points on 2-of-9 shooting, seven rebounds, one block and two turnovers. Both players will look to bounce back Sunday against the young Lakers squad. Dennis Schroder finally had a decent game after struggling in the past few. He scored 16 points on 6-of-19 shooting with two rebounds, two assists, three steals an two turnovers.

    Raptors 105, Bucks 99

    Of course the Raptors were lead by their dynamic backcourt. DeMar DeRozan went for 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists while Kyle Lowry added 19 points, five rebounds and six assists. After coming off a great performance, DeMarre Carroll had just 14 points, four 3-pointers, one rebound and one assist. The 3-pointers are nice but there were no defensive stats. We’ve seen his upside before and he could be on an upward trend. Jonas Valanciunas also added 12 points with six rebounds and it looks as though his minutes are set in the low thirties.

    Giannis Antetokounmpo was once again terrific, scoring a game-high 20 points with 11 assists and six rebounds. Tony Snell also got hot tonight scoring 16 points, making 6-of-12 shots with four 3-pointers. John Henson went from a starter to a DNP-CD while Miles Plumlee got the starting spot. Plumlee wasn’t very impressive scoring just five points, three rebounds and two steals. For those still wondering about Greg Monroe, he was the first big man off the Bucks’ bench and finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and one assist. Jason Kidd is having fun with fantasy owners all over the world.

    Pacers 118, Nets 97

    Without Paul George to lead the way, it was up to the rest of the team to pick up the slack and they did just that. Jeff Teague continues to step up in the absence of George and actually flirted with a triple-double, scoring nine points with nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Myles Turner was in a bit of a funk but broke out of it in a major way with 16 points, eight rebounds, one steal and four blocks. Start him with confidence.

    The surprise was actually Glenn Robinson scoring a team-high 20 points with six rebounds, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers. He’ll likely provide some value with George out and after that disappear into the nightfall. The same goes for Rodney Stuckey, who played a season-high 25 minutes and finished with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    The new 3-point shooting Brook Lopez continued to score, finishing with 20 points and just four rebounds. He hasn’t been rebounding well this season but the 3-point touch is nice. He’s returning top-40 value on the season. Sean Kilpatrick started in place of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and finished with a solid 16 points, two rebounds and seven assists. His value will fade when Jeremy Lin and RHJ comes back. Trevor Booker chipped in with a bit of everything, scoring 10 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block. If he’s still on your wire for some reason… go pick him up.

    Heat 90, Grizzlies 81

    Tyler Johnson scored a team-high 22 points in the win over the Grizzlies. Goran Dragic sat our of this one so Johnson had to do some heavy lifting, also adding five rebounds, two steals and one block. Hassan Whiteside fouled out for the first time this season in 27 minutes. He finished with four points, 12 rebounds, one assists and two blocks. He’ll be fine. James Johnson has been a nice surprise the last two weeks without Justise Winslow, putting up mid-round value. He finished with 13 points, six rebounds one assist, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Rodney McGruder got the start for Goran Dragic and finished with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers. He’s not worth owning with the Heat’s crowded backcourt. Dion Waiters chipped in with 15 points and three steals while Josh Richardson had 12 points and four 3-pointers.

    Mike Conley came off the bench for some reason but still managed to score 16 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. This was probably just a move to reduce his minutes but still, weird. Owners should check back for his Saturday. JaMychal Green kept it going with 14 points, six rebounds and one assist. He hasn’t been impressive but this could be signs of him on the rise.

    Thunder 132, Nuggets 129

    This game had to go to overtime to be settled and in the end, Russell Westbrook was too much for them Nuggets. He finished with a triple-double, scoring 36 points with 12 rebounds and 18 assists. Only an injury can slow this man down. His Thunder buddy Victor Oladipo had another stellar game with 26 points and a season high seven assists, four rebounds, three steals and two 3-pointers. Steve Adams on the other hand didn’t do so well, scoring just seven points with five rebounds and two steals.

    Joffrey Lauvergne gave it to his old team with 15 points and four rebounds off the bench. He has a decent fantasy stat set but we’d like to take a wait-and-see approach on him. Enes Kanter continues to put up late-round value but only had 11 points with two steals tonight. Opportunity is all he needs to increase his fantasy value.

    Emmanuel Mudiay was efficient, scoring 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Jameer Nelson got the start with Gary Harris and Will Barton out, scoring a season-high 21 points while adding 13 assists, four rebounds and three 3-pointers. With these injuries, Nelson is worth a look. Wilson Chanlder double-doubled with 32 points and 11 rebounds while Jamal Murray continues to impress scoring 20 points. The Nuggets can stuff the stat sheet; it’s just that things can change real quickly with a trade or an injury.

    Timberwolves 98, Suns 85

    These two young squads matched up and we got to see a lot of potential stars going up against each other. Andrew Wiggins scored 25 points with five rebounds and not much else. Owners would like to see more from him but he’s still learning. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 22 points while adding 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. He’ll be better than this and that’s scary to know. Ricky Rubio played 25 minutes but was benched down the stretch for Tyus Jones. He still finished with 11 points, five assists and five steals and is still a hold in standard leagues.

    Eric Bledsoe lead the way for the suns scoring 23 points while adding six rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and seven turnovers. Those turnovers are disgusting but he’ll get better while hopefully staying healthy. Brandon Knight added 15 points while Devin Booker scored 11. Tyson Chandler also returned on Friday to add six points and seven rebounds. Unless you need boards, there are better options out there than Chandler.

    Trailblazers 119, Pelicans 104

    After a tough loss against the Cavs, the Blazers bounced back with a strong effort from Damian Lillard. He scored 27 points with 11 assists and four rebounds. Moe Harkless continues to impress with 19 points and 11 rebounds tonight. He’s returning top-75 value for owners right now and should be owned in standard leagues. Mason Plumlee nearly triple-doubled with 12 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. He likely won’t be able to keep up these assist totals but knowing that he can pass is a blessing for the Blazers.

    Ed Davis actually got the start with the Blazers struggling and finished with nine points, six rebounds, one steal and one block. He’s more of a deep league guy for now. Meyers Leonard also scored a season-high points but consistency will be an issue for him

    Anthony Davis continued to be a monster despite his team losing. The Brow scored 31 points with 13 rebounds, two assists, five blocks and two 3-pointers. He’s the number one fantasy player right now. Jrue Holiday added 16 pointers with five assists and four rebounds. He’ll only get better as the rust comes off and could end with early-round value. Terrence Jones got his 30 minutes but didn’t get as much done as owners would’ve liked, finishing with just 11 points. With Dante Cunningham out, he’ll likely get his minutes.

    Warriors 109, Lakers 85

    This was a blowout but we shouldn’t really be surprised. The reigning MVP Stephen Curry scored 24 points and added five assists, five rebounds, three steals and four triples. Kevin Durant continues to be efficient hitting 11-of-19 shots with 29 points. The real story of the night was Draymond Green leaving the game with a left ankle contusion. The X-rays came back negative and he even told Steve Kerr that it isn’t that bad. He’ll likely sit out the next game regardless of if he can go or not. Check in for more updates.

    With Nick Young out, Jordan Clarkson started and came up big with 20 points, two rebounds, five steals and four treys. They’ll need him to do more with all these injuries. Brandon Ingram got all the shots he wanted but was inefficient, hitting just 3-of-18 shots for just eight points. He did add nine rebounds, two steals and one block to help his fantasy line. He could be seeing more love with all these injuries as well.

    Rockets 117, Kings 104

    James Harden did his thing, posting his fourth triple-double of the season with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and three 3-pointers. We also witnessed why everyone was so high on Trevor Ariza. He scored 18 points with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and six 3-pointers. He can do it all and will do it all for owners who drafted him. Clint Capela also continued upward trend, scoring 17 points with 10 rebounds and two blocks. He was already worth owning for his defense and the added offense is a nice touch for owners. The Rockets set a new record with 50 3-point attempts and we shouldn’t be surprised if they beat their own record.

    DeMarcus Cousins was one of the few bright spots for the Kings tonight and he actually set a career-high with five 3-pointers tonight. He ended up scoring 32 points and added nine rebounds and five blocks. It was a game asking for him to takeover but in the end it wasn’t enough. For a more detailed look at the game, you can click here.

    That’ll do it for Saturday’s dish. Have a great weekend and shop safely! Cheers! #HoopBall #WeTheNorth

     

     

     

Fantasy News

  • Zach LaVine
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Zach LaVine was an offensive juggernaut in Saturday's 118-106 win over the Cavs scoring 44 points, on 16-of-30 shooting, while chipping in 10 rebounds, eight assists and a steal.

    LaVine is averaging nearly 29 points a game in the month of January and has notched 40-plus points in three games this month. Beyond the scoring he has been very efficient during the stretch while also providing across the board in other categories. Remarkably, he is averaging just shy of two steals a game putting him in top-40 territory, in terms of return on investment.

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis shot 13-of-22 from the field and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc on his way to scoring 31 points with seven rebounds, two steals and one block in a 108-91 loss to the Sixers on Saturday.

    Davis was questionable with a glute injury, but he was able to play and show why he's the number one player in 9-cat this season. Davis is a fantasy stud and should be a top-2 player ROS.

  • Kris Dunn
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Kris Dunn notched his fifth-straight double digit scoring effort with 10 points in Saturday's win over the Cavs, chipping in five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

    Dunn's minutes have crept up a bit in the month of January and he has responded by averaging nearly two steals a game to go along with respectable countable numbers. The low scoring output is ok in this one as he made four of the six shots that he attempted, providing an semi-efficient game as he made all two of his shots from the charity stripe.

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    LeBron James scored 29 points on Saturday to pass Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

    James added eight assists and seven rebounds on this historic night but was unable to get the win as the Lakers lost 108-91 to the Sixers. LeBron will continue to chug along with top-10 value ROS and is now only behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone on the all-time scoring list.

  • Tomas Satoransky
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Tomas Satoransky scored 19 points, on 8-of-11 shooting, in Saturday's win over the Cavs, chipping in six rebounds, six assists and three steals.

    After failing to score in double digits in the past five games, Satoransky woke up and dropped 19 in this one. This is his highest scoring output this month and it was paired well with an all-around efficient game, not to mention the three steals. With so many backcourt options it is hard to trust him on a night-to-night basis but this one reminds fantasy owners of what he is capable of producing.

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma flopped on Saturday with four points (2-of-6 from the field) and five rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench.

    Kuzma posted a dud and his fantasy value is tied heavily to his scoring. He's outside the top-220 the past month with 14.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 threes per game. He's a late-round value at his best and is worth trying to sell high since his name value may be greater than his fantasy value.

  • Thaddeus Young
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Thaddeus Young scored 11 points in Saturday's win over the Cavs, chipping in three rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block in 35 minutes of game play.

    With both teammates Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. injured, Young is not only getting the start but also playing major minutes in their absences. He is definitely worth a look in the short-term as he is a nice source of defensive statistics while not fantasy owners in any particular area.

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Ben Simmons flourished on Saturday with 28 points (12-of-15 shooting), 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals in a 108-91 victory over the Lakers.

    LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant on the career scoring list, but Ben Simmons ruined his night and dominated on both ends of the court in an impressive win for a short-handed Sixers team. Simmons was already on a roll with Joel Embiid out and will be even better with Josh Richardson also sidelined. Ben Simmons owners will enjoy the next few weeks.

  • Tobias Harris
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Tobias Harris scored a team-high 29 points while shooting 10-of-20 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line to go with eight rebounds and three triples on Saturday.

    Harris is inside the top-50 on the season as an efficient scorer averaging 19.5 points per game while shooting .478 from the field and .801 from the line. He was an 86 percent free throw shooter last season and is shooting .838 the past month so he's trending up in that area too.

  • Matisse Thybulle
    SG-SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Matisse Thybulle swiped five steals on Saturday and added six points, one block and two triples in 36 minutes.

    If you're rostering Thybulle, it is for defensive stats like this. Thybulle has increased value in the short-term with Josh Richardson and Joel Embiid sidelined and he's averaging 2.6 steals and 1.6 blocks in 30.8 minutes the past seven games.