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About Taavi Pailk - RotoBaller

Sports nut since day 1 on the planet. Don't talk much, but write a lot. A firm believer that James Harden is the real MVP.

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Brian Elliott Looks To Continue Strong Start To March

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott takes the place between the pipes for Friday's clash with the Toronto Maple Leafs, looking to continue his good start to the month. Elliott has a 3-1-0 record in March with a 2.64 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. He has gone 5-1-1 across his last seven starts, upping... Read More

9 months ago

Frederik Andersen Faces Flyers Friday Night

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen will look to return to winning ways on Friday against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Danish netminder has had an awful week so far, getting pulled in two consecutive games. He lasted only the opening period and allowed four goals on 14 shots in his last start on Wednesday against... Read More

9 months ago

Casey DeSmith Picks Up Third Shutout Of The Season

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith recorded 26 saves on his way to his third shutout of the season on Thursday when the Pens beat Buffalo 5-0. Phil Kessel scored his second straight game-winning goal and was one of four players to register multiple points in the game. He was joined by Sidney Crosby, Nick Bjugstad... Read More

9 months ago

Andrew Wiggins Scores 14 Points In Return To Floor

Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Andrew Wiggins was back on Thursday following a three-game absence, finishing a 120-100 loss to Utah with 14 points. He shot 6-for-17 from the field, including 1-for-4 from downtown without doing much else. Wiggins has been very inconsistent following the All-Star break, which makes him hard to trust in DFS formats.... Read More

9 months ago

Karl-Anthony Towns Gets 26 Points In Thursday's Loss

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against the Jazz on Thursday before fouling out. He maintained his hot three-point shooting with a 3-for-4 record, going 9-for-15 overall from the field. Towns is on his way to shooting at least 50 percent from deep for a second consecutive month. His... Read More

9 months ago


Jae Crowder Gets 18 Points Off The Bench

Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder performed very well against the Timberwolves on Thursday, leading the team with a plus-23 rating and scoring 18 points in 28 minutes off the bench. Crowder trailed only Donovan Mitchell in points, shooting 5-for-10 from the field and 6-for-8 from the line. The veteran forward has now scored 10-plus points... Read More

9 months ago

Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors Grab Double-Doubles Versus 'Wolves

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and power forward Derrick Favors were both in double-double form on Thursday, helping the team to a 120-100 win over Minnesota. Gobert had 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Favors notched up 17 points and 11 boards. Both had two blocks as well. While Gobert is a double-double machine, Favors... Read More

9 months ago

Donovan Mitchell Leads Jazz With 24 Points On Thursday

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell struggled from downtown against Minnesota on Thursday, but he shot a solid 8-for-17 overall from the field on his way to a team-high 24 points. Mitchell, who was just 1-for-6 from deep, has now scored 20-plus points in 15 of the last 16 games. He ended up adding six assists... Read More

9 months ago

Casey DeSmith Gets 30th Start Of The Season

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith will make his 30th start of the season on Thursday against Buffalo. He has a 14-11-5 record so far with a 2.86 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. DeSmith has yet to allow fewer than three goals in eight starts since the turn of the year, but the Sabres... Read More

9 months ago

Carter Hutton Earns Trust For Pens Visit

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton will guard the cage on Thursday against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins. The veteran netminder impressed at the start of the season, but the team has been in a tailspin for a while, so you should look for a better option in goal for tonight. Hutton has won only three outings... Read More

9 months ago


Wayne Ellington Continues Good Run As Starter

Detroit Pistons shooting guard Wayne Ellington did what he did best -- sink three-pointers -- on Wednesday against Miami, finishing with 11 points. He shot 3-for-7 from the field, with all of his attempts coming from downtown. The veteran guard, who was snapped up on Feb. 9 as a free agent, also had a pair... Read More

9 months ago

Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond Struggle Against Miami

Detroit Pistons power forward Blake Griffin and center Andre Drummond both struggled Wednesday night against Miami, combining for only 18 points. Griffin had 13 points and a game-worst minus-32 rating, while Drummond managed just five points and nine rebounds. He missed a chance to join Griffin, Kevin Love, Dwight Howard, and Russell Westbrook as players... Read More

9 months ago

Josh Richardson Racks Up Stats On Wednesday

Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson had a very productive night against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, recording 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 31 minutes on the floor. He shot 5-for-10 from the field and 2-for-3 from behind the arc. The Miami backcourt is crowded, but Richardson has been... Read More

9 months ago

Hassan Whiteside Maintains Double-Double Form Versus Pistons

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside has been relegated to the bench in recent times, but that hasn't kept him away from double-doubles. Whiteside had 13 points and 11 rebounds in Wednesday's win over Detroit to log his third double-double in the last four games. He shot 6-for-12 from the field and recorded one block as... Read More

9 months ago

Justise Winslow Leads Heat In Scoring On Wednesday

Miami Heat small forward Justise Winslow shot 7-for-11 from the field, including 2-for-4 from downtown, to lead the team in scoring with 16 points in Wednesday's win over Detroit. He produced five rebounds, two assists, and two steals as well. Winslow has developed into an all-around fantasy contributor, averaging 12.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists... Read More

9 months ago


Johnny Gaudreau Collects Six Points In Tuesday's Big Win

Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau became the first player since 2013 to register six points in a single NHL game on Tuesday, finishing a 9-4 win over New Jersey with three goals and three assists. Elias Lindholm and Sean Monahan both had a goal and three assists, while Derek Ryan produced two goals and... Read More

9 months ago

Jakob Silfverberg Continues Hot Streak On Tuesday

Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg extended his point streak to six games on Tuesday, scoring his 20th goal of the season in a 3-2 win over Nashville. Ryan Getzlaf and Daniel Sprong scored as well, with Filip Forsberg netting a couple of power-play markers late in the third for Nashville. With the team struggling,... Read More

9 months ago

Dwight Powell Continues Strong Stretch On Tuesday

Dallas Mavericks forward/center Dwight Powell scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds on Tuesday against the Spurs to continue his strong start to the month. Powell is averaging 16.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and three assists in March, playing 33 minutes per game. He logged a team-high 39 minutes on Tuesday, and he'll likely be heavily... Read More

9 months ago

Jalen Brunson Scores Career-High 34 Points

Dallas Mavericks point guard Jalen Brunson carried the team's offense on Tuesday against San Antonio, scoring a career-high 34 points on 12-for-16 shooting. He was perfect with his seven free throw attempts while shooting 3-for-6 from downtown. Luka Doncic was limited to just 12 points, so the Mavs needed somebody to step up, and Brunson... Read More

9 months ago

Derrick White Impresses Once More

San Antonio Spurs point guard Derrick White produced another good all-around performance on Tuesday against Dallas, scoring 23 points and registering seven assists, three rebounds, and three steals. He shot a very good 10-for-16 from the field, nailing three of five attempts from deep. White has grown in confidence throughout the season, and he's become... Read More

9 months ago


LaMarcus Aldridge Continues Good Scoring Streak

San Antonio Spurs forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge kept his shooting hand hot on Tuesday, scoring 20-plus points for a seventh consecutive time. He ended up with 28, shooting 11-for-19 from the field and 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Aldridge added seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block to his line. The 13-year veteran has... Read More

9 months ago

DeMar DeRozan Drops 33 Points Versus Mavs

San Antonio Spurs shooting guard DeMar DeRozan had a very good offensive outing on Tuesday against Dallas, finishing a 112-105 win with a team-high 33 points. He shot 11-for-19 from the field and a perfect 11-for-11 from the line. DeRozan also picked up six assists, four rebounds, and four steals. The Spurs are streaking, and... Read More

9 months ago

Martin Jones Stays Perfect Versus Wild

San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones saved all 24 shots that he faced in Monday's 3-0 win over Minnesota, recording his third shutout of the season. Barclay Goodrow, Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture registered the goals as San Jose extended their winning streak to five games. Jones has been immense during the streak, producing a... Read More

9 months ago

Evander Kane Missing Road Trip Due To Personal Reasons

San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane, who's been out since Feb. 26, will miss the team's two-game road trip this week due to personal reasons. Kane went out with a bang two weeks ago, picking up 31 penalty minutes in a 4-1 loss to Boston before the team listed him out with a mid-body... Read More

9 months ago

Martin Jones Seeks Fifth Straight Win On Monday

San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones gets a chance to extend his winning streak to five games on Monday against the Minnesota Wild. He's been in top form during the streak, giving up 2.25 goals per game with a .920 save percentage. Jones has also done very well against the Wild this season, winning both... Read More

9 months ago


Victor Rask Returns To Wild Lineup On Monday

Minnesota Wild center Victor Rask (lower body) will make his return to the lineup on Monday after missing 12 games. He's set to center the second line with Zach Parise and Kevin Fiala. Rask missed the start of the season following an awful offseason kitchen accident, and he hasn't looked like himself all year, picking... Read More

9 months ago

Devan Dubnyk Tries To Bounce Back Versus Sharks

Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk gets a chance to redeem himself on Monday against San Jose after performing horribly last Friday against Florida. He allowed three goals on seven shots and lasted only the opening period in a 6-2 loss to the Cats. It was a major disappointment for owners after Dubynk had shut out... Read More

9 months ago

Carl Grundstrom Scores Again On Sunday

Los Angeles Kings right wing Carl Grundstrom made it two goals in two career games on Sunday, netting a 3-2 game-winner against the Ducks. Dustin Brown and Kyle Clifford also scored for the Kings, who stormed to a 3-1 first-period lead. Daniel Sprong and Jakob Silfverberg were the scorers for Anaheim. Grundstrom came over from... Read More

9 months ago

Terrence Ross Picks Up Something Of Everything On Sunday

Orlando Magic shooting guard Terrence Ross provided a nice all-around performance on Sunday against Memphis, picking up 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks in 28 minutes off the bench. He ended up as the team's second-leading scorer behind Nikola Vucevic, shooting 5-for-13 from the field and 3-for-9 from behind the... Read More

9 months ago

Nikola Vucevic Stretches Double-Double Streak To Four Game

Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic couldn't help his team beat the Grizzlies on Sunday, but he at least had some personal success, posting his fourth consecutive double-double with a team-high 26 points and 10 rebounds. Vuc is now tied for third with Joel Embiid in double-doubles, having collected 49 of them. Andre Drummond leads the... Read More

9 months ago


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