With Wednesday’s NBA schedule loaded with games, Tuesday’s slate was comparatively meager as one would expect. Below is a look at the two games, beginning with the Clippers shutting down Luka Doncic and the Mavericks, followed by some early injury notes for Wednesday’s games.
Clippers 114, Mavericks 99 — After going on a five-game win streak in which he scored at least 110 points in each victory, Dallas failed to hit the 100-point mark as the run came to a screeching halt Tuesday night. The Clippers were able to keep both Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis in check, and many of the Mavericks reserves who played well during the win streak struggled as well. Doncic finished with 22 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals, but the majority of his scoring damage was done at the foul line (14-of-16). He shot 4-of-14 from the field, which included an 0-of-8 night from beyond the arc, while also turning the ball over seven times.
As for Porzingis, he shot 4-of-13 from the field and 4-of-8 from the charity stripe, finishing with 15 points, ten rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers. The 7-foot-3 power forward was just 1-of-5 inside the arc, with three of those shots being attempted in the paint. Porzingis has provided fourth/fifth round value over the last two weeks according to Basketball Monster, so Tuesday’s performance says more about the Clippers than it does him. Tim Hardaway Jr. struggled as well, scoring eight points on 3-of-8 shooting with one rebound, one assist, three steals and one three-pointer in 29 minutes played.
Seth Curry (13 points, two rebounds and three 3-pointers), J.J. Barea (12 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers) and Dwight Powell (ten points, three rebounds, one assist, three steals and one three-pointer) all scored in double figures, with Barea continuing his run of solid play. Over the last two weeks he’s just outside of the top-100 in both eight- and nine-category formats, producing at that level despite playing just over 14 minutes per game. The playing time makes it difficult to rely on him in most leagues. Barea’s rostered in just one percent of Yahoo leagues.
As one would expect, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George led the way for the Clippers. Leonard shot 11-of-21 from the field and 5-of-5 from the foul line, scoring 28 points with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one three-pointer in 28 minutes. As for George he posted a line of 26 points (8-of-21 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), four rebounds, two assists, six steals and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes. Over the last two weeks George h
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Lou Williams added 21 points (7-of-14 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), six rebounds, six assists and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes off the bench, and Montrezl Harrell accounted for 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal. If there was an issue for Williams it was the turnover court, as he had a team-high five on the night. Providing fourth-round value in eight-cat formats (punting turnovers) over the last two weeks, Williams has given sixth-round value in nine-cat during that same stretch.
Starting center Ivica Zubac was productive in his 18 minutes, scoring 11 points and grabbing seven rebounds. And JaMychal Green didn’t have the best night shooting the ball, as he was just 2-of-6 from the field and scored five points, but he did contribute eight rebounds, one assist and two blocked shots in his 23 minutes on the floor. Both Zubac and Green have late-round value in deeper leagues, with the former being the better option right now despite the fact that he only averages 16.0 minutes per game.
Nuggets 117, Wizards 104 — Six Nuggets scored in double figures Tuesday, but none were named Nikola Jokic. But that doesn’t mean he had a bad night, as he scored eight points (4-of-8 FGs) while also tallying 20 rebounds and five assists in 25 minutes. According to Basketball Reference, the last time a player scored eight points and had at least 20 rebounds in a game was on December 16, 2018, when DeAndre Jordan finished with eight points and 23 rebounds in a loss to the Kings as a member of the Mavericks.
The last time a player posted that stat line in a win: April 9, 2013, when then-Houston Rocket Omer Asik scored eight points and grabbed 22 rebounds in a win over the Suns. Jokic didn’t score much, but he’s the kind of player who can impact games in ways other than putting points on the board.
His teammates picked up the slack, beginning with Jerami Grant shooting 7-of-13 from the field and finishing with 20 points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals and one three-pointer in 28 minutes off the bench. Will Barton put up a line of 17 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, one block and two 3-pointers, followed by Jamal Murray (16/2/2/3/1), Mason Plumlee (15/7/3/1/1), Gary Harris (11/4/2/1 with one three-pointer) and Monte Morris (10/3/5 with one blocked shot).
Barton has now grabbed eight rebounds in back-to-back games, and for the month of November he’s averaging 16.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.2 three-pointers per game while shooting 47.9% from the field, 46.5% from three and 62.5% from the charity stripe. Just outside of the top-50 in nine-cat for the entire season, Barton has been a top-75 player in eight-cat.
While Denver’s offensive balance deserved mention, so did the job that they did defending Bradley Beal (with Gary Harris being the primary defender for most of the game). Beal shot just 6-of-15 from the field, finishing the game with 14 points, four rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers (on ten attempts). The 14 points are the fewest that he’s had in a game this season, and it’s just the second time in which Beal has failed to score at least 20 points.
The one Wizards player who did reach the 20-point mark was Jordan McRae, who scored 21 (9-of-16 FGs) with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes off the bench. Over the last two weeks he’s provided 11th-round value in nine-cat and 12th-round value in eight-cat; this would be a good time to get on the McRae bandwagon.
Moe Wagner (two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one three-pointer) and Davis Bertans (five rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers) scored 14 points apiece, with Troy Brown Jr. adding 12 points (with four rebounds, two assists and one steal) and Thomas Bryant (eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks) ten. Wagner’s been a top-100 player in both eight- and nine-cat formats over the last month, and yet he’s still owned in just 32% of Yahoo leagues. If he’s available, be sure to pick him up.
Wednesday’s Schedule (all times Eastern)
Orlando at Cleveland, 7 PM — Kevin Love (lower back contusion) and John Henson (right hamstring strain) are both listed as questionable for this one. Should either be limited or unable to go Larry Nance is immediately a player of interest, as he averaged 15.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per in Cleveland’s last two games (both starts in place of the injured Love). As a starter (15.7 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 2.7 apg) Nance is playing 33.6 minutes per game, with that number dropping down to 24.0 when he comes off the bench (9.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.0 apg).
As for the Magic there have been no changes to the injury report, as Michael Carter-Williams (left hip irritation), Aaron Gordon (right ankle contusion) and Nikola Vucevic (right ankle sprain) all remain out. Jonathan Isaac will continue to be a key player, while Khem Birch and Mo Bamba will see an increase in minutes with Birch likely to start. Something to watch here is how often Isaac and Bamba share the court. In Monday’s loss to the Pistons neither looked very comfortable during that brief stint in the first half, resulting in some awkward five-out “sets” that could not have been intentional.
Utah at Indiana, 7 PM — JaKarr Sampson (back soreness), who has missed the team’s last three games, is listed as doubtful for the Pacers. The return of Myles Turner moved him out of the starting lineup, and Sampson hadn’t been particularly impactful from a fantasy standpoint when he was with the first unit. Rudy Gobert (left ankle sprain), who has missed Utah’s last two games, is listed as questionable for this one. Tony Bradley started both of those games, and he would be impacted the most if the Stifle Tower is back on the floor. In those outings Bradley averaged 11.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 assists per game. He’s been solid, but it goes without saying that the Jazz are missing something when the two-time Defensive Player of the Year isn’t on the floor.
Brooklyn at Boston, 7 PM — While Gordon Hayward (left hand fracture) and Daniel Theis (illness) have been ruled out for Boston, Kemba Walker (neck sprain) is listed as probable for Wednesday’s game. Walker’s return would mean a return to the bench for Semi Ojeleye, while also cutting into the minutes available to backup Carsen Edwards. Tremont Waters, a two-way player who played 20 minutes in Monday’s win over Sacramento, has already been sent out on assignment with the Celtics’ G-League affiliate.
For Brooklyn DeAndre Jordan (left ankle soreness) is listed as questionable, and if he can’t go rookie Nic Claxton would once again be part of the rotation. He played 13 minutes in Monday’s win over Cleveland, finishing with two points, three rebounds and three blocked shots. Jordan being sidelined would also mean a heavy workload for Jarrett Allen, who played 34 minutes and posted a line of 22 points, 21 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks Monday night.
Sacramento at Philadelphia, 7 PM — No major changes for Philadelphia, with Shake Milton (upper respiratory illness) having already been ruled out. He sat out Monday’s loss in Toronto, and has generally been on the outside looking in with regards to the 76ers’ usual rotation. For the Kings, Bogdan Bogdanovic (left hamstring tightness) is once again listed as probable. His minutes may drop slightly, as he’s played 28 and 29 minutes in the two games he’s appeared in since sitting out the November 22 loss at Brooklyn, but he’ll get enough run to have an impact.
Detroit at Charlotte, 7 PM — Malik Monk (sprained finger, left hand) and Cody Zeller (left hip contusion) are both listed as probable for Charlotte, with both being injured during Monday’s loss to the Heat. If they’re able to go as expected, that’s unlikely to result in any major changes to the Hornets’ rotation.
For Detroit, Tony Snell (left hip strain) is listed as questionable after having missed the Pistons’ last four games. Langston Galloway, who’s started each of those games and played at least 37 minutes in three of them, would be the player most impacted by Snell’s return. Galloway’s been a top-100 player in nine-category formats over the last month, and during this period he’s been both a reserve and a starter. Even if Snell returns and reclaims his spot in the starting lineup, hold onto Galloway.
New York at Toronto, 7:30 PM — The Knicks arrive in Toronto with some injury issues on the perimeter, as RJ Barrett (illness) and Frank Ntilikina (left quad contusion, sore groin) are listed as questionable and Kevin Knox (left quad contusion) is listed as doubtful. Dennis Smith Jr. would see an increase in playing time if Ntilikina can’t go, while Wayne Ellington would also be in line for more minutes if both Barrett and Knox have to sit. Maybe there will be an Allonzo Trier sighting, even with the coaching staff’s reported concerns with his play on the defensive end of the floor.
For the Raptors Serge Ibaka (right ankle sprain) is listed as doubtful, and his absence would mean that Chris Boucher’s spot in the rotation would remain safe. No other changes to the injury report for Toronto, as Kyle Lowry (left thumb fracture) is still working his way back to full strength.
Atlanta at Milwaukee, 8 PM — Trae Young (right ankle sprain), Cam Reddish (left wrist sprain) and De'Andre Hunter (right knee contusion) are all listed as probable, so at this point we’ll assume that they’ll be able to play. DeAndre Bembry (right hip contusion) is listed as questionable, and he played just over 15 minutes in Monday’s loss to Minnesota. If everyone else is available to go, Atlanta would be able to distribute Bembry’s minutes without much of an issue.
For the Bucks, Khris Middleton will make his return while George Hill (back soreness) is listed as doubtful and Thanasis Antetokounmpo (illness) is listed as questionable. Pat Connaughton and Sterling Brown stand to see their minutes impacted by Middleton’s return, although if Hill can’t go that could keep them in double figures minutes-wise. Connaughton’s averaging 12.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 three-pointers per game in Milwaukee’s last three, and he’d be a player to consider streaming if Hill can’t go.
LA Clippers at Memphis, 8 PM — Since the Clippers played on Tuesday, they did not submit an injury report for Wednesday’s game. The Grizzlies have Ja Morant (back soreness) listed as questionable after he fell into a cameraman during Monday’s game, which he left briefly before returning to action. Should he not be able to go Tyus Jones would likely move into the starting lineup, and maybe Kyle Anderson gets some more time on the ball with the reserves.
Miami at Houston, 8 PM — Justise Winslow (concussion) could be ready to make his return to action Wednesday, as he’s listed as probable on the injury report. He hasn’t appeared in a game since November 5, with Duncan Robinson starting every game since. Robinson has played an average of just under 29 minutes per game during this stretch, averaging 10.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.7 three-pointers per. As a starter he’s shot 40.2% from three this season, averaging 11.6 points and 3.0 three-pointers per game.
Houston’s biggest injury concern is starting center Clint Capela (illness), who’s listed as questionable. Should Capela, who’s grabbed 20 rebounds or more in six of his last seven games, be forced to sit out Isaiah Hartenstein gets back into the rotation. But don’t expect him to produce enough to merit picking him up off the waiver wire.
Minnesota at San Antonio, 8:30 PM — Minnesota could once again be without Shabazz Napier (right hamstring strain), who’s listed as doubtful for Wednesday’s game. The backup point guard role has been filled, with Jeff Teague moving to the second unit and rookie Jarrett Culver replacing him in the starting lineup, so Napier’s minutes have been accounted for. Josh Okogie (left knee soreness) and Treveon Graham (left forearm contusion) are both listed as probable, so at this point it would be surprise if either one were unable to play. All four Spurs listed on the injury report are on assignment with the team’s G-League affiliate in Austin, so no concerns there.
Washington at Phoenix, 9 PM — No injury report for the Wizards since they were in action Tuesday night. As for Phoenix, Ricky Rubio (back spasms) and Cameron Johnson (right knee soreness) are both listed as probable, while Aron Baynes (right hip flexor strain) remains out. If Rubio’s back spasms flare up Tyler Johnson would get another start, while Elie Okobo would be in line for more minutes. In the three games that Rubio has missed, Okobo has averaged 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.0 three pointers in 23.5 minutes per game.
LA Lakers at New Orleans, 9:30 PM — Anthony Davis (right shoulder soreness) is one again on the injury report but he’s listed as probable; based upon how things have gone with him this season, he’s going to play. New Orleans could have two players back in Davis’ first game in the city since he was traded during the offseason, as Derrick Favors (lower back spasms) and Josh Hart (left ankle sprain) are both listed as questionable. Favors hasn’t appeared in a game since November 16, so it remains to be seen if he would be on a minutes restriction if he’s able to play. Hart’s been out of the lineup since November 11.
Oklahoma City at Portland, 10 PM — There were no changes to the Thunder injury report, with Hamidou Diallo and Andre Roberson the only players listed. As for Portland, Gary Trent Jr. (right hamstring strain) is listed as probable. Injured during Portland’s loss to the Cavaliers on Saturday, Trent didn’t play in Monday’s win over Chicago. Damian Lillard’s return to the lineup meant that it was going to be tough for Trent to remain in the rotation even if he were healthy.
Chicago at Golden State, 10:30 PM — Both teams have lengthy injury lists, beginning with Golden State as Draymond Green (right heel soreness) is listed as questionable. He has missed each of Golden State’s last three games, and his absence has led to the ball being in Eric Paschall’s hands even more than it was when Green was healthy. Kevon Looney (general neuropathy) continues to work towards a return to action, but he’s listed as out for Wednesday.
For Chicago, Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb sprain) is listed as available while Ryan Arcidiacono (right elbow sprain) is probable and Luke Kornet (sinus) questionable. Kornet hasn’t played since November 9, and after not playing much early on rookie center Daniel Gafford has played at least 14 minutes in each of Chicago’s last five games. Gafford would be the player most likely to take a minutes hit once Kornet is available to play. And Otto Porter (left foot, bone bruise), who’s been out since November 6, will miss another game.