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3 years agoFollowing Monday’s close loss to Minnesota, Portland came back with a strong performance against the 'Wolves on Thursday night. While the usual individuals showed up to play, Portland grabbed some necessary offense from Allen Crabbe off the bench, who finished with 25 points by going a career-high 8-for-10 from three. He also added five rebounds, three assists and a steal. Consider Crabbe a low-floor, low-ceiling pickup.--Moosey Moose - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
3 years agoThaddeus Young seems to have finally regained his consistency. After a number of weeks of inconsistent play due to a nagging injury, he is back on the right track. Thursday’s game against Milwaukee gave Young a double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and one steal. Across his last six games, he has averages of 14.7 points on 54 percent shooting and 9.5 rebounds.--Moosey Moose - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
3 years agoPaul George’s renewed energy has breathed life into the Indiana Pacers, who have played with more passion since the return of Lance Stephenson. In Indiana’s win over Milwaukee, Paul George finished with 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting, 10 rebounds and four steals. While George had a stretch of bad games in the middle of the season, he has begun to click right as the playoffs are about to start.--Moosey Moose - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
3 years agoWith the Hawks coming into this game 2-9 over their last 11 games and the Celtics playing the day after a blowout to the Cavs, this game had some serious playoff implications. Isaiah Thomas had a game-high 35 points, five rebounds and four assists in Boston’s loss. Things got testy towards the end of the game as Thomas and Dennis Schroder exchanged words. Look for Thomas and Boston to bounce back Saturday against Charlotte as they try to hold on to the second spot in the East.--Moosey Moose - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
3 years agoPaul Millsap played 26 minutes in the Hawks' last game and will play against the Celtics Thursday, but not against the Cavaliers Friday. This is just an example of how inconsistent late-season NBA rotations can be. The Hawks are playoff bound but are looking to develop young players like Taurean Prince. Prince offers a decent bit of value but is extremely risky. Heading into the Celtics game, look for Millsap to get his starting run, but don't be surprised if Millsap is pulled to give Prince extended run in the frontcourt.--Jake Finnen - RotoBallerSource: Chris Vivlamore
3 years agoMalcolm Brogdon is dealing with a sore back, meaning Matthew Dellavedova will continue to start in his place. Dellavedova can run the offense, find teammates and absolutely be a solid DFS option. Unfortunately, he will do more defending Jeff Teague than generating offense in this game, leaving him as a low-upside option Thursday. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton will be major factors tonight, and they are going to be needed in a close game with Indiana. Dellavedova will benefit from solid play from the two forwards but is still a streaky point guard candidate.--Jake Finnen - RotoBallerSource: C.F. Gardner
3 years agoAfter missing the Knicks last game against the Bulls, Kristaps Porzingis will return in a very favorable matchup. The Wizards are fighting for playoff seeding and Porzingis is in for another night with a healthy workload. The Wizards' frontcourt struggles to guard taller defenders like Porzingis, making him a high-ceiling option for Thursday. The Wizards are solid defensively, but Porzingis is a nightmare matchup. This will hurt the rest of the Knicks' production, but Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony are always good options in tough games.--Jake Finnen - RotoBallerSource: Jonah Ballow
3 years agoEvan Fournier is unavailable against the Nets with a sore right wrist, allowing Marcus Georges-Hunt and Patricio Garino to see more than the four minutes they saw against the Cavaliers. They do not offer any fantasy value and will hinder the production of the rest of the team. Even Terrence Ross will not be playing in the second half to help head coach Frank Vogel get a better look at Georges-Hunt and Garino. This game should be avoided due to inconsistency, and whether the starters play the whole game is not for certain. Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton may be the only two Magic players worth considering.--Jake Finnen - RotoBallerSource: John Denton
3 years agoTerrence Ross has been solid since arriving in Orlando, but tonight, Patricio Garino and Marcus Georges-Hunt will get extended runs in the Magic backcourt. Neither of these options offer any fantasy value in their second game, but this is more to get a look at the two young guards. This is going to hurt DFS options on Orlando, so avoid this game. There is no saying what will happen with any of these options, especially seeing how the Nets scored over 140 points the other night. This part of the season is entirely up for grabs outside of teams that are fighting for seeding.--Jake Finnen - RotoBallerSource: John Denton
3 years agoSergio Rodriguez is out against the Bulls, leaving T.J. McConnell as the biggest beneficiary. He will continue to be moderately priced, but he will have upside until Rodriguez returns. Against the Bulls, McConnell will have his hands full on defense facing Rajon Rondo. McConnell will be able to get shots up, but the rest of the 76ers may struggle in the process, leaving McConnell as a low-ceiling option for Thursday. To make matters worse, Dario Saric is on a 24-minute restriction. McConnell will have plenty of usage against Chicago, but whether he produces is not certain. He has proven to do well against Chicago in the past, so the gamble might prove worthwhile. Once again, it's a gamble.--Jake Finnen - RotoBallerSource: Tom Moore
3 years agoThe Golden State Warriors will rest Draymond Green tonight, as the team takes on the Phoenix Suns. Without him, Klay Thompson should be in for a big game. The Suns are a terrible defensive team, so Thompson is going to get a ton of open looks from deep. Expect him to earn 30 points easily, because Phoenix is a young an inexperienced team that doesn’t know how to defend a shooter like him.--Aaron S - RotoBallerSource: Anthony Slater
3 years agoBoth Kent Bazemore and Tim Hardaway JR might not be able to play tomorrow night against the Boston Celtics. If that happens, Dennis Schroder’s fantasy value should skyrocket. Without Bazemore and Hardaway, the majority of the scoring is going to come from him. I’d expect Schroder to get 27 points and nine assists easily, especially if both of Bazemore and Hardaway aren’t able to play.--Aaron S - RotoBallerSource: Chris Vivlamore
3 years agoAfter coming down with an illness, James Harden will return tonight as the Houston Rockets take on the Denver Nuggets. That should be music to fantasy owners’ ears. The Nuggets are one of the worst defensive teams in the league, so Harden should have himself a huge game because of that. Through his previous three outings, he’s averaging 33 points a game, 10 assists and eight rebounds against Denver. So don’t expect that to change when they meet up again today.--Aaron S - RotoBallerSource: Jonathan Feigen
3 years agoPaul Millsap is dealing with a knee injury that might keep him out of the Hawks' next game against Boston. But if he isn’t able to play, look for Dwight Howard to have himself a big game. Without Millsap, the bulk of the interior scoring duties are going to go to him, so place him in your starting lineups tomorrow if Millsap isn’t able to play.--Aaron S - RotoBallerSource: Chis Vivlamore
3 years agoMike Conley suffered an eye injury in the Grizzlies' last game against San Antonio. Because of that, he’s listed as questionable to play for tonight’s matchup versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. If he isn’t able to give it a go, Troy Daniels is a nice replacement option. In his previous two outings, Daniels went off for 21 points against the Mavericks and 20 points the L.A. Lakers. If Conley isn’t able to play, look for Daniels to continue this excellent string of hot shooting performances.--Aaron S - RotoBallerSource: Tim MacMahon

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