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Zaza Pachulia | Center/Forward | #27

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/10/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 275
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 2 (13) / ORL
Contract: view contract details

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Zaza Pachulia had seven points, 11 rebounds and five assists in 41 minutes Tuesday, despite hitting just 1-of-4 shots.
He hit 5-of-6 free throws to salvage some scoring, but has cooled off recently. He's scored four points in three of his last five games, including an ejection against the Spurs, he also has three double-digit rebound games in those. The minutes are still there and he should break out of his funk soon. Feb 10 - 12:16 AM

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Zaza Pachulia has been working with Holger Geschwindner on improving his shot.

Geschwinder is close to Dirk Nowitzki and is known for calculating optimum angles of jump shots. Pachulia is only making 32.7 percent of his jumpers on the year, so he definitely can improve there. His fantasy value has really taken a tumble and he's more of a low-end asset.
Feb 8 - 2:20 PM

Zaza Pachulia was ejected from Friday's game vs. the Spurs after picking up his second technical foul.

The game was a blowout and Zaza let his frustrations get the best of him. He'll end his night with four points, two rebounds, two assists and two turnovers.
Feb 5 - 11:14 PM

Zaza Pachulia played 39 minutes and had 10 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's loss to the Heat.

Pachulia might be the most surprising fantasy center of the season and is showing no signs of slowing down. He's averaging 7.8 points and 11.0 rebounds over his last five games, and racked up his 22nd double-double of the season tonight. More blocks would be nice, but not bad for a guy you likely picked up off waivers.
Feb 4 - 12:06 AM

Zaza Pachulia looked great in 36 minutes vs. Phoenix, grabbing 15 rebounds with nine points, two assists and one steal.

Chandler Parsons referred to Zaza as "a walking double-double" after Friday's game, and the veteran center is one of only 10 players averaging 10+ points and 10+ rebounds this season. He's been a top-75 roto value and is no longer limited by his sore Achilles, which makes him safe to deploy in all formats.
Jan 31 - 10:16 PM

Zaza Pachulia (leg) returned on Friday against the Nets with 16 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes.

The team called his injury leg soreness on Friday morning, which was a different diagnosis from the sore Achilles earlier in the week. Pachulia had surgery on his Achilles earlier in his career, so that will be something to watch. Start him for now.
Jan 30 - 1:20 AM

Zaza Pachulia (Achilles) said that he will play on Friday vs. the Nets.

The big man has missed the last three games, but his Achilles must be progressing well. He was averaging 9.8 points, 11.4 boards, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals in January before going down with the injury, but he's safe to plug back into all lineups. Salah Mejri will return to the bench and is safe to drop.
Source: ESPN
Jan 29 - 12:06 PM

Zaza Pachulia (Achilles) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

We should have another update on Zaza following Friday morning's shootaround, but if he's not able to give it a go tomorrow, Salah Mejri will have another opportunity to start and he could potentially see his minutes in the high-20s as the Mavs will need his size to compete with Brook Lopez. JaVale McGee could also earn some extended run off the bench, but Mejri would make for the best DFS target sans Pachulia.
Jan 28 - 3:53 PM

The Mavericks hope that Zaza Pachulia (Achilles) will return vs. the Nets on Friday, according to coach Rick Carlisle.

Pachulia has missed the Mavs' past three games, during which time fill-in starter Salah Mejri has averaged 7.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks. Dallas won't take any risks with Pachulia, who is playing in his 13th NBA season, so owners should keep a close eye on Rotoworld's injury report.
Jan 28 - 1:25 AM

Zaza Pachulia (Achilles) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Warriors.

It'll be Pachulia's third straight game on the sidelines, which will give Salah Mejri another opportunity to start. However, Mejri isn't all that great of a DFS target tonight with a tough matchup against the Dubs, and his minutes could be constrained do to Golden State's tendency to go small. Pachulia's next opportunity to play will come Friday vs. Brooklyn, and we'll be considering him questionable for that one.
Jan 27 - 1:11 PM

Zaza Pachulia (Achilles) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Warriors.

With Pachulia likely to spend Wednesday's game on the sidelines, Salah Mejri will have likely earn another start at the center spot for Dallas with JaVale McGee having the opportunity for some extended run off the bench. However, with the Dubs tendency to go small, Mejri's minute may be constrained to the low-20s, making him a risky play in DFS.
Jan 27 - 9:49 AM

Zaza Pachulia (Achilles) and Devin Harris (toe) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Lakers.

This will be Pachulia's second straight game on the sidelines, but he is day-to-day. His next chance to play will be on Wednesday vs. the Warriors. Salah Mejri is coming off a double-double in his last game, so he is a much better speculative add than JaVale McGee.
Jan 26 - 9:15 PM

Zaza Pachulia (Achilles) is now doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

He was getting up some free throws in practice, but it's not a great sign that he is already considered doubtful. It's possible that the Mavs are being cautious because of the opponent, so Pachulia's owners should stick with him until we get a firm update. Salah Mejri has looked very good in Pachulia's absence, so he's a better speculative add than JaVale McGee.
Source: ESPN
Jan 25 - 6:52 PM

Rick Carlisle said that the plan is to rest Zaza Pachulia (Achilles) for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets in hopes that he'll be ready to go Tuesday vs. the Lakers.

Pachulia said that he's dealing with some inflammation in addition to soreness in his right Achilles, but added that he's hopeful the ailment only keeps him on the sidelines for one game. Owners can expect another update on Zaza following Tuesday morning's shootaround, and with him in street clothes on Sunday there will be more minutes available for guys like JaVale McGee and Salah Mejri.
Jan 24 - 2:36 PM

Zaza Pachulia (right lower leg) will not play on Sunday vs. the Rockets.

The big man has been excellent all season, but maybe all those heavy minutes are catching up to him. Pachulia does have a lengthy injury history, but hopefully this isn't anything too serious. With Pachulia on the shelf, JaVale McGee and Salah Mejri should both be in the mix at center for the Mavs on Sunday, but neither player is a must-start option.
Jan 24 - 12:51 PM

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All Positions
PG1Deron Williams
2J.J. Barea
SG1Wesley Matthews
2Raymond Felton
3Devin Harris
4John Jenkins
SF1Chandler Parsons
2Jeremy Evans
3Justin Anderson
PF1Dirk Nowitzki
2Dwight Powell
3Charlie Villanueva
C1Zaza Pachulia
2JaVale McGee
3Salah Mejri
4Satnam Singh