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Over & Under: Title Week

by Ethan Norof
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

OVER

 

Marcin Gortat, C Washington Wizards (85%)

 

Gortat came into Tuesday’s game vs. the Lakers—a favorable matchup—having a nightmare March (15 games) with averages of just 7.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and nothing else on 49.0% shooting. And after averaging more than 32 minutes every month of the season until this point, Gortat has hovered right around 24 minutes. Unless the big man starts suddenly and immediate starts playing more minutes and/or contributing defensively, it’s increasingly difficult to provide evidence of why he’s worthy of a roster spot during the most critical juncture of the campaign.

 

Reggie Jackson, G Detroit Pistons (63%)

 

The Pistons are (arguably) a better team with Smith starting in Jackson’s place, and it sure sounds like there is real potential for R-Jax to be shut down for they year. From a health standpoint, the $80 million point guard simply hasn’t been right this season, but that is not meant to be a disguise for just how disappointing he’s been. Despite being drafted at a discount, Jackson hasn’t even been worth the bargain bin price.

 

Kyle Korver, G/F Cleveland Cavaliers (50%)

 

With Korver’s foot an ongoing issue that remains without certain resolution, there is simply no reason to hold him anywhere it matters. At this point, even a healthy Korver wouldn’t have a spot on my fantasy team.

 

Steven Adams, C Oklahoma City Thunder (86%)

 

The pre-All-Star Break version of Adams looked like a mid-round asset, but he’s really fallen off and is nothing more than a late-round guy right now.

 

UNDER

 

Ish Smith, PG Detroit Pistons (26%)

 

Smith has now started two straight in place of Jackson, and it looks like he could very well hold his spot in the first five for the remainder of the season. If you’re chasing point guard help, considering passing the dish to Ish.  

 

Patty Mills, PG San Antonio Spurs (33%)

 

Mills is a streaky contributor whose minutes are difficult to project, but Gregg Popovich is almost certain to integrate more rest for Tony Parker in the coming games ahead, and that means we should see more of Mills without rookie Dejounte Murray available.

 

Over his last five games, the veteran guard has averaged 10.4 points, 5.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 3-pointers. Those numbers are certainly good enough to use in standard formats.

 

Joe Johnson, G/F Utah Jazz (13%)

 

Johnson is really just a depth addition in deeper leagues, but he’s had a decent March so far with averages of 10.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 3-pointers on 40.0% from the field.

 

Cory Joseph, PG Toronto Raptors (26%)

 

Joseph has played his way back into the standard league equation and earned headlines with Monday’s performance (15 points, 13 assists), but setting appropriate expectations is key given what Joseph brings to the table. He’s a low-risk, low-upside addition.

Ethan Norof
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