After a long day of basketball, it’s time to take stock in the players that made an impact. The Warriors with another blowout win over Phoenix tonight at home and Kevin Durant is on fire with 44 points off 62% shooting including 10-13 from downtown. At the other end of the spectrum, Paul George has scored just 7 total points on 5 shots as his team falls back down below .500 for first time since December 3rd against Detroit Pistons. We are now left wondering where this trade will ultimately lead us but until more clarity comes we can’t help ourselves but speculate…
The “is kcp playing tonight” is a question that is asked often. The answer to the question is “yes”.
Charlotte’s Miles Bridges led the Hornets in scoring for the third consecutive game, even if it wasn’t enough to beat the Boston Celtics in an overtime thriller on Monday. This season, the Michigan State graduate is one of just six NBA players to score 100 points, and he is already more than double his career scoring average.
Bridges made 22 field goal tries on Monday and has a season average of 17.5 field goal attempts, up 66 percent from his previous two seasons’ average. Bridges’ fantasy reputation has been fueled by an increase in scoring freedom and an injury to fellow forward P.J. Washington.
Bridges, who is drafted in about 85% of ESPN leagues, might have a breakout season in his fourth NBA season.
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Recap of Monday
Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum: 41 points (14-28 FG), 7 rebounds, and 8 assists
Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns had 32 points (10-24 FG), 14 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
Clint Capela had 4 points (2-3 FG), 8 rebounds, and 0 assists for the Atlanta Hawks.
Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard had 12 points (4-15 FG), 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 turnovers.
Takeaways for Monday
• Paul George of the Clippers had a career-high eight thefts in a victory against the Trail Blazers, continuing his stellar statistical start to the season. The Clippers had 21 thefts in the win, the most they’ve had in a game since November 1991 against the Nuggets. Terance Mann, a reserve winger, had four steals and might become a fantasy-relevant option as the team’s need for perimeter scoring grows.
Damian Lillard has struggled from the field to start the season, shooting 8.3 percent from 3-point range, the lowest percentage in NBA history through the first three games of a season (min. 20 attempts). In terms of scoring efficiency, things will obviously improve for Lillard, but you may be able to leverage this fact in making bids for Portland’s superstar.
• On the opposite end of the efficiency range, we have Cleveland’s Jarrett Allen, who made only one of his 11 shots from the field in an upset victory over Denver and now has three games this season where he has shot at least 90% of his attempts while averaging at least 20 points and 15 rebounds. During this time period, the remainder of the league has had no similar performances.
• In Minnesota, second-year guard Anthony Edwards has increased his scoring ability to 25.3 points per game while making 42.1 percent of his 3-point tries. Edwards only made a third of his 3-point attempts last season, so a significant increase in 3-point efficiency and volume might help him keep up his amazing scoring pace.
• Chris Boucher only played five minutes for the Raptors in yesterday night’s defeat against the Bulls. It’s probably a good moment to make offers for a guy who was third in the NBA in block % last season, with his fantasy worth at its lowest only a week into the season.
• Nerlens Nerlens Nerlens Nerl Noel is doubtful to play for the Knicks tonight against the 76ers. If Noel sits, Mitchell Robinson might get 30 minutes.
• Derrick Favors of Oklahoma City will sit this evening for rest, setting up Darius Bazley with a double-double opportunity.
Tuesday will benefit from the use of analytics.
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The Sixers are without Ben Simmons and Shake Milton, which means Tyrese Maxey, a second-year guard, will play a key role in controlling the offense. Maxey’s jump to 16.3 PPG looks to be sustainable, with a usage rate of approximately 23% despite playing roughly 35 MPG so far. Maxey is available in almost 75% of ESPN leagues as a free agent.
Discussion on DFS
New York Knicks’ RJ Barrett: Barrett is often charged with creating for others in the half-court offense due to the lack of a real pass-first point guard. Barrett’s fantasy worth is boosted by this role, as he has at least seven combined assists and rebounds in each game this season, particularly against a Philadelphia squad that lacks perimeter defense.
Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins: Wiggins is in a fantastic position to offer value against a Thunder squad that presently allows the most rebounds, third-most assists, and highest shooting % to small forwards. Wiggins is a fantastic value tonight, with moderate price on most platforms and a busy starting position expected.
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