Thursday’s NBA slate was a busy one, as there were nine games on the schedule. While Luka Doncic starred and Michael Porter Jr. had a breakout performance, the biggest storyline may have been the hamstring injury suffered by Paul George.
Clippers 126, Pistons 112 — Injuries were the story in this one, as Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) was held out and Paul George (hamstring) left the game in the second quarter. In the case of Griffin, his absence led to rookie Sekou Doumbouya making his first NBA start. He played 27 minutes, scoring ten points to go along with 11 rebounds and one steal. Doumbouya starting may be a bitter pill to swallow for those who have Christian Wood on their rosters, but there’s still room for the latter to be productive. Wood played 25 minutes, scoring 14 points with six rebounds, one assist and one three-pointer.
Going back to Griffin briefly, Pistons owner Tom Gores ruled out shutting the power forward down before saying that the team would assess the situation in the next week or so. Even when considered healthy enough to play Griffin hasn’t looked himself, and one has to wonder if the chase for a seventh or eighth seed in the East is truly worth it.
All nine Pistons that scored reached double figures, with Bruce Brown (two rebounds, six assists and one steal) leading the way with 15 points. Wood, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (two rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers), Tony Snell (one rebound, one assist and two 3-pointers) and Derrick Rose (two rebounds, six assists) added 14 apiece, Langston Galloway (two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one three-pointer) 11 and Doumbouya and Andre Drummond (12 rebounds, three steals and one block) ten apiece.
As for George, he was unable to return after tallying 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 16 minutes. A prolonged absence would mean even more opportunities for a Rodney McGruder, who played 14 minutes and accounted for four points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot. Kawhi Leonard filled the stat sheet with 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and one three-pointer, while Montrezl Harrell (23 points, four rebounds and three blocks) and Lou Williams (22/5/5/1 with three 3-pointers) led the way offensively.
Moe Harkless and JaMychal Green scored 12 points apiece, and more will likely be asked of those two as well should George be sidelined for an extended period of time. The Clippers have enough talent to account for his loss in the short-term, but it is fair to wonder how this will impact the management of Leonard's minutes. L.A. has a back-to-back scheduled for Saturday/Sunday, so we'll soon find out.
Hornets 109, Cavaliers 106 — While Terry Rozier has been a top-100 player in both eight- and nine-category formats this season per Basketball Monster, his field goal percentage has limited his value some. He shot 11-of-22 from the field Thursday night, scoring 30 points with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and six 3-pointers in 39 minutes. That 50 percent mark from the field was much-needed, as over the last month Rozier is shooting just 39.5 percent from the field. Backcourt partner Devonte' Graham has been even worse (33.6 percent FG over the last month), and he shot 3-of-8 against the Cavaliers. The good news is that he made all seven of his free throw attempts, finishing with 16 points, one rebound, 11 assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.
Also providing solid production for Charlotte were P.J. Washington (14 points, six rebounds, five assists and one three-pointer) and reserves Dwayne Bacon (15 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers) and Cody Zeller (11 points, seven rebounds, two assists). With regard to Bacon neither he nor Malik Monk (three points, two rebounds in 16 minutes) have been all that consistent this season, with the former having missed ten games, so there isn’t much value to be had for either. Zeller, who has been more effective coming off the bench than he was as a starter, has some value in deeper leagues but only as the second center on a roster.
Marvin Williams, who finished with six points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers, left the game in the fourth quarter due to nasal trauma. Should he have to miss any time those minutes would likely be absorbed by Zeller or Miles Bridges (six points, five rebounds and one assist). Both are already in the rotation, so that’s unlikely to have much of an impact fantasy-wise.
For the Cavaliers, Collin Sexton shot 8-of-17 from the field and scored a team-high 21 points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes. Points and field goal percentage-wise not a bad night, but the lack of production in other statistical categories cuts into his fantasy value. Since dishing out five assists in a loss to the Bucks on November 29, the second-year guard has dished out four assists or more in a game just once (December 16 vs. Toronto). A positive for Sexton is that he’s shot 45 percent or better from the field in five of his last six games.
In total five Cavs scored in double figures. Kevin Love (eight rebounds, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers) finished with 18 points, Cedi Osman (one rebound, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers) 17, Darius Garland (five rebounds, eight assists, one steal and three 3-pointers) 14 and John Henson (six rebounds and one assist) ten. Love has been a top-50 player in both eight- and nine-category formats over the last two weeks, and he’s the only Cavalier ranked within the top-100.
With the trade deadline just over a month away, both he and Tristan Thompson (six points, 11 rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot) will continue to be mentioned as potential targets for contenders in need of frontcourt help.
Nuggets 124, Pacers 116 — Denver went back to its usual starting lineup, as Gary Harris (shin) made his return after missing two games due to injury. And there was no kind of minutes restriction to deal with, as he played 37 minutes and finished with 12 points, three rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. The player affected the most by Harris’ return was Malik Beasley, who was a DNP-CD Thursday night. And while Mike Malone’s rotation hasn’t been the easiest to predict on the back end, as players truly have to earn their spots. And in the case of Michael Porter Jr., it appears that he’s well on his way to making sure that he’s consistently in the rotation.
MPJ came off the bench and played 23 minutes, shooting 11-of-12 from the field and posting a line of 25 points, five rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers. Over the last two weeks he’s provided 13th-round value in nine-category formats and 16th-round value in eight-cat. That obviously isn’t great, but Porter has scored in double figures in three of his last four games and should be owned in more than just 18 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray (five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers) scored 22 points apiece, with Jokic having what qualifies as a quiet night by his standards. While the big man grabbed seven rebounds, this was the first game this season in which he failed to record an assist.
Will Barton accounted for 16 points, ten rebounds, five assists, two steals and one three-pointer. Mason Plumlee (eight points, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block) and Paul Millsap (six points, seven rebounds, one assist and two steals) did a little bit of everything, with the latter making up for a 2-of-7 night from the field.
With Malcolm Brogdon (back) sidelined, Indiana turned to Aaron Holiday to fill the void in its starting lineup. And he had a tough night, playing just 22 minutes due to foul trouble. Holiday shot 3-of-7 from the field, scoring six points, but he did manage to tally a team-high ten assists. Holiday’s value is enhanced when Brogdon is sidelined, so even with Thursday’s performance he’s worth grabbing off the waiver wire if available.
And his foul trouble meant even more playing time for T.J. McConnell, who played 26 minutes and finished with eight points, five rebounds, seven assists and one steal. McConnell hasn’t provided top-100 value like Holiday has the last two weeks, but he can be of use in deeper leagues especially if there’s a need for assists.
Jeremy Lamb had a very good night, shooting 9-of-13 from the field and 7-of-7 from the foul line as he finished with 30 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers (on five attempts). Over the last two weeks Lamb, who’s owned in 69 percent of Yahoo leagues, has been a top-50 player in both eight- and nine-category formats.
Myles Turner added 21 points, five rebounds, one assist, one block and one three-pointer, with T.J. Warren (20 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers) and Domantas Sabonis (18 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, two steals and one block) also scoring in double figures. Sabonis has provided fifth-round value in both eight- and nine-cat formats this season, sliding just inside of the mark in eight-cat.
Editor's Note: Drafting is only half the battle. Dominate all season long with our Season Pass! Use our NEW Start/Sit Tool, Trade Analyzer, Weekly Tiers, Rest-of-Season Rankings, Projections and more on your way to a championship! Click here for more!
Heat 84, Raptors 76 — This one was a slugfest, as neither was able to create much in the way of easy scoring opportunities. Miami ultimately won because of its defending of Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet, who combined to shoot 7-of-32 from the field. Lowry scored 15 points while also accounting for four rebounds, eight assists and two 3-pointers (2-of-12), while VanVleet tallied seven points, four rebounds, six assists, one steal and one three-pointer (1-of-11).
Lowry (who rolled his right ankle in the third quarter but was able to return after exiting briefly) has shot 45.1 percent from the field over the last two weeks, so Thursday’s effort can be viewed as an aberration of sorts for him. VanVleet, on the other hand, has been struggling with his shot. He’s made just 33.6 percent of his field goal attempts over the last two weeks, a big reason why he’s ranked outside of the top-50 in both eight- and nine-category formats during that period. This is likely a byproduct of Toronto’s rotation being cut due to injuries, as opposing teams are able to pay even more attention to VanVleet than they would if Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol were available.
As for the Raptors’ starting lineup, Nick Nurse went back to OG Anunoby after bringing him off the bench in Toronto’s last game. And be posted a solid stat line, scoring 12 points with 12 rebounds three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes. And in his return to the bench Rondae Hollis-Jefferson accounted for 13 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot in 29 minutes. While his value takes a hit coming off the bench, he’s still worth rostering in the short-term as the Raptors await the returns of Siakam, Gasol and Norman Powell. Serge Ibaka led the Raptors with 19 points, ten rebounds and two blocked shots.
Bam Adebayo led four Heat players in double figures with 15 points, while also accounting for 14 rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot in 35 minutes. Flourishing in his role as the unquestioned starting center following the offseason trade of Hassan Whiteside, Adebayo has been a top-50 player in both eight- and nine-category formats this season. Goran Dragic (two rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers) and Tyler Herro (four rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers) scored 13 points apiece and Derrick Jones Jr. (six rebounds, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers) ten.
Jimmy Butler may not have had the best night shooting the basketball, as he tallied eight points on 2-of-10 shooting from the field (4-of-7 free throws), but he was impactful in other areas. He also accounted for 12 rebounds, seven assists and two steals, and that versatility is a big reason why he’s been a top-20 player this season. He isn’t going to shoot as poorly as he did Thursday night very often, and even when Butler struggles he finds other ways in which to impact games.
Timberwolves 99, Warriors 84 — With both teams dealing with injuries, there were changes to the starting lineups for this one. Marquese Chriss and Alec Burks started for Golden State, filling for the injured Willie Cauley-Stein (illness) and D'Angelo Russell (shoulder/illness) respectively. And Kelan Martin made another start for the Timberwolves, who remain without Karl-Anthony Towns (knee), Andrew Wiggins (illness), Jeff Teague (knee), Treveon Graham (illness) and Noah Vonleh (lower body).
Chriss played 22 minutes, posting a line of six points, seven rebounds, five assists and one blocked shot, while Burks accounted for seven points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one three-pointer. In the case of both Chriss and Draymond Green (two points, three rebounds, six assists and one steal in 22 minutes), the combination of their struggles and the fact that Minnesota led by 17 at the half opened up more minutes for Eric Paschall and Omari Spellman.
In his second game back after missing time with a hip injury Paschall played 26 minutes, scoring 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Spellman added ten points, five rebounds, one assist and one three-pointer in 22 minutes. While Spellman’s value remains limited, it’s time to grab Paschall, who’s currently rostered in just 27 percent of Yahoo leagues, if he’s available on the waiver wire. Glenn Robinson III led the way with 16 points, six rebounds, one assist and one three-pointer, with Damion Lee chipping in with ten points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Alen Smailagic posted a line of seven points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes, but he can be left on the waiver wire for now. At this rate he’s one of the players who would see an increase in minutes one Golden State is no longer in the running for a playoff spot.
Going back to the aforementioned Martin, he played 29 minutes and finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one three-pointer. While he has value at present time given the injuries that Minnesota has to deal with and how much he’s playing (29.3 minutes per game over the last week), it isn’t enough to justify picking him up right now.
The player who should be picked up (if available) is Shabazz Napier. He shot 7-of-9 from the field against the Warriors, scoring 20 points with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one blocked shot and two 3-pointers. He’s currently rostered in just 15 percent of Yahoo leagues despite being a top-100 player in eight-category formats and just outside of the top-100 in nine-cat. Robert Covington also scored 20 points on the night, while also tallying ten rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes.
Gorgui Dieng had a quiet Thursday, scoring six points with five rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot, while Jarrett Culver shot 4-of-14 from the field and finished with ten points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one three-pointer. Despite these performances both, especially Dieng, should be rostered in the short-term. Culver has greater long-term appeal since he was already in the starting lineup, while Dieng doesn’t have much value when Towns is healthy enough to play.
Lastly, rookie Naz Reid accounted for 13 points, six rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 20 minutes off the bench. He’s taken advantage of the opportunities afforded to him recently, but Reid should be left alone for now.
Jazz 102, Bulls 98 — Bojan Bogdanovic led the way for Utah with 19 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 34 minutes, but he scored those points on 5-of-13 shooting (0-of-5 3-pointers). While he’s been a top-100 player in both eight- and nine-category formats for the entire season, he’s well off that pace in recent weeks due to the field goal percentage and turnovers. Over the last month he’s shot just 38.5 percent from the field and averaging 3.0 turnovers per game, and as a result he’s been outside of the top-100 during that period. Punt turnovers and he’s a top-100 player, but the field goal percentage still needs to improve if his fantasy value is to be maximized.
The value of Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell isn’t up for debate, with both being top-50 players in both eight- and nine-cat formats. They scored 17 points apiece against the Bulls, with Gobert adding 12 rebounds and three blocked shots and Mitchell four rebounds, seven assists and two 3-pointers. Royce O’Neale and Joe Ingles had quiet nights scoring-wise, but Ingles supplemented his eight points with five rebounds, ten assists, one blocked shot and two 3-pointers. O’Neale finished with five points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one three-pointer in 29 minutes.
While Jordan Clarkson’s line (12 points, three rebounds and three 3-pointers) doesn’t come as a surprise, the contributions of Georges Niang and Tony Bradley would qualify as such. Niang accounted for 11 points, one rebound, one steal and three 3-pointers in 17 minutes, scoring in double figures for the first time since November 25. He should remain on the waiver wire, and the same can be said for Bradley despite his jumping Ed Davis int he Jazz rotation. Bradley accounted for six points, seven rebounds, one assist and two blocked shots in 13 minutes Thursday night.
Zach LaVine led all scorers with 26 points to go along with four rebounds, five assists, one steal, one blocked shot and three 3-pointers, but he shot 9-of-26 from the field. Over the last two weeks he’s shooting just 38.1 percent from the field while also committing 3.6 turnovers per game, which has limited his value in nine-cat formats. LaVine turned the ball over four times on Thursday, the third time in his last five outings that he’s had that many.
Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. added 18 points apiece, with the former also tallying eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes. Over the last two weeks Markkanen has been a top-50 player in nine-cat, and that’s while averaging 28.0 minutes per game. It’s been argued that he should be playing even more, and given how productive Markkanen has been it is tough to argue with that. And those who already have him rostered would certainly like to see him well into the 30s minutes-wise on a consistent basis. Markkanen hasn’t played more than 35 minutes in a game since December 18 (37 in an overtime win over the Wizards).
Carter Jr. supplemented his 18-point night with 13 rebounds, four assists and one three-pointer in 36 minutes. For the season he’s hovered right around the top-100 in both eight- and nine-cat formats. Coby White accounted for six points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes off the bench, while Kris Dunn (five points, eight rebounds, four assists, one block and one three-pointer) and Tomas Satoransky (eight points, four assists and two steals were relatively quiet points-wise.
Mavericks 123, Nets 111 — Simply put, Luka Doncic did Luka Doncic things as the Mavericks pulled away from the Nets in the fourth quarter. He finished with 31 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, one blocked shot and five 3-pointers in 34 minutes, with 15 of those points being scored in the final stanza. Doncic is now up to ten 30/10 games this season, which ranks second in the NBA behind Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Dallas was once again with Kristaps Porzingis (right knee soreness) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (left hamstring), and it was J.J. Barea and Justin Jackson who joined Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell in the starting lineup. Barea played 21 minutes, finishing with ten points, four rebounds, six assists and one three-pointer, while Jackson tallied eight points, two rebounds, one block and one three-pointer in 26 minutes. The absence of Porzingis means more opportunities for Powell (four points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and two blocks) and Maxi Kleber, and the latter had a very good night against the Nets.
Kleber, who started the second half in place of Powell, accounted for 18 points, four rebounds, one assist, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes. He’s held steady value-wise, producing at a 12th/13th-round level in both eight- and nine-category formats. The matchup with the Nets also meant playing time for Boban Marjanovic, who accounted for ten points and seven rebounds in 13 minutes off the bench. Unlike Kleber and Powell, the fan favorite should not be rostered due to his playing time being heavily influenced by matchups. Credit to Boban for staying ready, however.
Lastly Seth Curry went off, going 9-of-13 from the field and finishing with 25 points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and five 3-pointers (on five attempts) in 31 minutes. He’s a points and threes guys, so the fantasy value is somewhat limited, but he’s capable of having a big night as he did against the Nets.
Brooklyn was more balanced offensively, with seven players scoring in double figures led by Spencer Dinwiddie (19 points, two rebounds, five assists, one steal and one three-pointer). But he played just 23 minutes due to foul trouble, this limiting his impact on the action. It goes without saying that he’s a must-have in any league, as it remains unknown when Kyrie Irving (shoulder) will be healthy enough to play.
Taurean Prince (six rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers), Joe Harris (four rebounds, five assists and one three-pointer) and Wilson Chandler (three rebounds, one assist, one block and one three-pointers) scored 11 points apiece. And there was a change to the starting lineup, as DeAndre Jordan replaced Jarrett Allen. This didn’t change much with regard to playing time, as Jordan played 22 minutes and Allen 25. Jordan didn’t miss a shot from the field (3-of-3) or the foul line (4-of-4), finishing with ten points, ten rebounds and two assists, while Allen accounted for nine points (3-of-3 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), and six rebounds.
Speaking of the Nets’ rotation, Caris LeVert (right thumb) is expected to make his return to the lineup Saturday according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He’s missed the last seven weeks since undergoing surgery on the injured thumb. While nothing has been reported regarding a minutes restriction, Timothe Luwawu (seven points, four rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers) and Theo Pinson (11 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one three-pointer) are unlikely to be in the mid-20’s minutes-wise once LeVert is back in the fold.
Thunder 109, Spurs 103 — The backcourt trio of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Chris Paul and Dennis Schroder made the difference, as they combined to score 60 of the Thunder’s 109 points. Gilgeous-Alexander was especially good, as he shot 10-of-18 from the field and finished with 25 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocked shots and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes. Over the last two weeks, he’s been a top-10 player in both eight- and nine-category formats.
Paul added 16 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals, while Schroder finished with 19 points, one rebound, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes off the bench. A top-20 player in nine-cat formats this season, Paul is ranked 26th in eight-cat. And over the last two weeks, Schroder has been with in the top-100 in both formats. Steven Adams added 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot, and Danilo Gallinari tallied 13 points, five rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in his second game back.
The play of Darius Bazley and Hamidou Diallo bears watching, especially with Terrance Ferguson continuing to struggle offensively. Ferguson played 29 minutes, scoring two points with one rebound, two steals and one blocked shot. His value comes on the defensive end of the floor, but that doesn’t always show in the statistics. For either Bazley (nine points, three rebounds, one steal and one three-pointer in 12 minutes) or Diallo (five points, three rebounds in 17 minutes) to cut into Ferguson’s playing time, defense is likely where they’ll have to close the gap. None of those three are players who have to be rostered at this point.
DeMar DeRozan led San Antonio with 30 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and one three-pointer, his first triple since December 6 (3-of-5 vs. Sacramento). He’s a mid-range and in guy and that isn’t changing anytime soon, so don’t expect DeRozan to suddenly hoist multiple three-pointers in a game on a consistent basis. He’s been a top-20 player in both eight- and nine-category formats over the last two weeks, so he’s obviously doing something right.
LaMarcus Aldridge, on the other hand, has made a concerted effort to expand his range. He shot 4-of-4 from three Thursday night, scoring 22 points (7-of-13 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with 11 rebounds and three blocked shots in 33 minutes. Over the course of his last five games, Aldridge is an impressive 14-of-20 from beyond the arc. If anyone is wondering why he’s been a top-5 player in both eight- and nine-cat formats over the last two weeks, look no further than his improved three-point shooting.
Also, Lonnie Walker IV had a good night. In 21 minutes he accounted for 16 points, seven rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers, receiving some praise from Gregg Popovich following the game. He’s still well off the radar fantasy-wise, but it is fair to wonder if the second-year guard will be able to get into the twenties (minutes) on a consistent basis moving forward. And this is bad news for the few who still have Marco Belinelli, who received the dreaded DNP-CD label. Bryn Forbes (three points, four rebounds, two assists and one three-pointer) shot 1-of-9 from the field, with Dejounte Murray (nine points, two rebounds four assists, and one three-pointer) and Derrick White (five points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and one three-pointer) also failing to score in double-figures.
Kings 128, Grizzlies 123 — Sacramento ended its eight-game losing streak, with De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield leading the charge offensively. Fox posted a line of 27 points, four rebounds, nine assists, five steals, two blocks and one three-pointer, while Hield tallied 26 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one block and five 3-pointers. Sacramento got back to playing with pace, as it did for much of last season, and the approach paid off. Richaun Holmes, who was on the receiving end of some “MVP” chants, added 18 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots, while Harrison Barnes snapped out of his shooting slump and scored 17 points (6-of-10 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) with one rebound, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers.
Rounding out the double-digit scorers was Bogdan Bogdanovic, who accounted for 16 points, two rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes before limping back to the locker room in the fourth quarter. Should Bogdanovic, who missed time with an ankle injury not too long ago, have to miss any time Trevor Ariza (five points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one three-pointer) stands to benefit with regard to playing time. Ariza isn’t much of a scorer, but he’s provided late-round value in both eight-and nine-cat formats over the last two weeks.
Nemanja Bjelica, who has been the biggest beneficiary when it comes to the distribution of minutes after Marvin Bagley’s foot injury, accounted for eight points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes. Bjelica has been a top-100 player, despite his role being diminished somewhat when Bagley is healthy. Harry Giles played 12 minutes, finishing with four points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Ja Morant shot the ball well for Memphis, making eight of 13 shots from the field, but he also turned the ball over seven times to go along with his 23 points, one rebound, seven assists and two 3-pointers. He’s outside of the top-100 in nine-cat, with his average of 3.2 turnovers per game being the reason why. But that shouldn’t (and won’t) keep anyone from using the rookie point guard, because he has every opportunity to make plays from the point guard position.
In total six Grizzlies scored in double figures, with Jae Crowder (four rebounds, six assists and three 3-pointers) finishing with 19 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. (seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers) and Jonas Valanciunas (12 rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers) 18 apiece, De’Anthony Melton (five rebounds, one assist and one steal) 16 and Dillon Brooks (three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers) 15. Melton has been a top-100 player in both eight- and nine-category leagues over the last two weeks, providing greater value than both Brooks and backup point guard Tyus Jones.
Friday’s Schedule (all times Eastern)
Miami at Orlando, 7 PM
Portland at Washington, 7 PM
Atlanta at Boston, 7 PM
Philadelphia at Houston, 8 PM
New York at Phoenix, 9 PM
New Orleans at LA Lakers, 10:30 PM