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Dose: Wild 10-game night!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Eric Bledsoe was officially traded to the Bucks on Tuesday for Greg Monroe and draft picks. For a detailed look at the trade check out this breakdown by Mike Gallagher. My quick take is that John Henson is now must-own, despite last night’s struggles. I seriously doubt Bledsoe is going to negatively impact Giannis Antetokounmpo, while Tony Snell and Malcolm Brogdon will take hits. However, I still think Brogdon will start and they’ll start Bledsoe at SG. Monroe is not in the future plans of the Suns and I don’t think he needs to be owned, so Alex Len should still be held. As for Marquese Chriss, he’s a tough guy to own right now, but I’m still hanging onto him in a few leagues. But if you’re in a 10-team league, you can do better. And if you want to cut him in a 12-team league, I get it. I don’t recommend it, but don’t hate it, either. At least it doesn’t appear that Monroe should hurt any of the Suns bigs too much.

 

Tuesday night was weird, as the Cavaliers won, the Thunder lost to the Kings, the Knicks stayed hot, and the Mavericks, Pelicans, Sixers, Grizzlies and Kings all got huge wins. It was a night for underdogs. And Bobby Portis came back in a BIG way. 

 

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Cavaliers 124, Bucks 119LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo put on a show, Khris Middleton was a fantasy beast, and Malcolm Brogdon tied his career high with 22 points, five boards and six assists with four 3-pointers. As I said above, Brogdon will take a Bledsoe hit, but has been great over his last three games. I’d just hold him for now. Mirza Teletovic got loose for 16 points and four 3-pointers, so just keep an eye on him for now. John Henson was quiet with seven points, three boards and a block, but I’m holding him everywhere I picked him up yesterday (and earlier).

 

For the Cavs, Kevin Love had a big 32-16-3-2-1 game with no 3-pointers and J.R. Smith actually came through with 20 points and five triples. Maybe he’s going to stay hot for a minute, but I don’t trust him. Jeff Green disappeared in this one, getting just four points in 17 minutes, likely due to Smith finally getting hot.

 

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Mavericks 113, Wizards 99Harrison Barnes had 31 points, nine boards, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers for his best game of the season, and Dennis Smith Jr. hit 9-of-22 shots and a 3-pointer for a career-high 22 points, eight boards, eight dimes and a steal in his best game as a pro. Maybe I won’t get a million “should I cut DSJ?” tweets today. Yay me! Salah Mejri had 10 points, 12 boards and five blocks while Nerlens Noel played just six minutes. I need to see it again from Mejri, but if you’re still holding Noel, I think it’s time to cut the cord.

 

John Wall double-doubled and Bradley Beal stayed hot with 23 points, but the rest of the Wizards were underwhelming. Markieff Morris played 27 minutes for eight points, three boards, two assists and a couple 3-pointers, and it’s time to pick him up if he’s available in your league. He’ll be better than this once he’s up to speed. Kelly Oubre had nine points, seven boards and a block in 26 minutes, but I think he’s a cut candidate with Morris back and ramping up.

 

Pelicans 117, Pacers 112Anthony Davis had one of the lines of the year by hitting 14-of-18 shots and four 3-pointers for 37 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, a steal, two blocks and just two turnovers in the win. He’s straight-up beast mode and I just pray he stays… well, you know. DeMarcus Cousins overcame early foul trouble and was nearly as impressive with 32 points, 13 boards, six dimes, two blocks and four 3-pointers, while the rest of the Pelicans were kind of quiet. Darius Miller had 12 points and three 3-pointers and is averaging 10.7 points and 3.0 triples over his last three games, so just put him on your radar.

 

Myles Turner’s minute’s restriction was lifted and he had 21 points, 12 boards, three blocks and a 3-pointer. Let’s Go! Victor Oladipo has cooled off over his last two games, but will be fine, while Thaddeus Young, Bojan Bogdanovic and Darren Collison all hit double figures for the Pacers. Lance Stephenson had 14 points and eight boards off the bench, but I’ll need to see it a few more times before buying what Born Ready is selling. Domantas Sabonis was out with a calf injury, but is still a hold in my book.

 

Raptors 119, Bulls 114Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled, Kyle Lowry came through with a 17-6-6 line (relax, he’s fine) and DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points in the win. Norman Powell started again, but was quiet with seven points. He came in kind of hot and I picked him up in a bunch of leagues recently. I’m going to give him at least two more games.

 

Perhaps the fantasy story of the night was the return of Bobby Portis, fresh off his suspension for destroying the face of teammate Nikola Mirotic. Portis came off the bench and hit 8-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 21 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. I have no idea where this is going, but if you can pick him up, I’m all for it. Lauri Markkanen was quiet with 12 points, two boards and two 3-pointers (and a steal and a block), but don’t panic on him. Even if Portis hurts him, he’ll still have value. Jerian Grant was bad again (1-of-7 shooting) and Kris Dunn played well off the bench with 10 points, six boards, four assists, four steals and a 3-pointer. He should be picked up, as he has to overtake Grant in the very near future. Denzel Valentine is also getting a boost from the absence of David Nwaba, and is also worth a look in all leagues right now after his 14 points, two steals, a block and two more 3-pointers.

 

Knicks 118, Hornets 113 – I don’t know how, but the Knicks are 6-4 after the win and Kristaps Porzingis sent the Garden into a frenzy with a dagger 3-pointer over Dwight Howard last night. Porzingis scored 28 with three blocks and four 3-pointers and comes as advertised this season. Tim Hardaway Jr. has righted the ship and I hope you didn’t drop him in the first seven days of the season. Doug McDermott came out of nowhere for 20 points and three 3-pointers on a nearly perfect shooting night, so just keep an eye on him, while Frank Ntilikina had three points, three boards and eight assists off the bench. He’s another point guard worth a waiver-wire look, as it feels like he’s going to be starting sooner than later (over Jarrett Jack). Kyle O’Quinn also played very well, but is getting very limited minutes behind Enes Kanter. He’s worth a look, but is still not a must-own player.

 

Kemba Walker had a bounce-back game and Dwight Howard had 21 points and nine boards on 9-of-11 shooting. He also hit 3-of-3 free throws and has hit 15-of-19 free throws over his last two games. That’s a small sample size, but maybe he’s going to start making them. Jeremy Lamb and Malik Monk both put up big numbers, but I’m not feeling Monk. And Lamb is going to take a big hit when Nicolas Batum returns from his elbow injury around Thanksgiving. Frank Kaminsky had his third straight dud and I’m fine with dropping him and moving on.

 


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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2017-18 NBA season marks (at least) his 16th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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