Player News - Mavericks

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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

Devin Harris (sprained left great toe) is "highly unlikely" to play on Tuesday vs. the Jazz.

It's not a surprise considering the previous Harris update had him (likely) sitting through the All-Star break. While Harris is out, J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton will continue to pick up extra time.
Feb 8 - 1:48 PM

Rick Carlisle praised rookie Justin Anderson for his recent performance on the floor.

"He’s been getting opportunities to play, which he has earned with consistency, with hard work and with understanding his role on the team," Carlisle said. "He made some rebounds in traffic that I haven’t seen anybody make here in the last seven-plus years, and I don’t know how you duplicate his enthusiasm and exuberance for the game and his teammates. You know, we knew he was a special kid when we drafted him." The words are nice, but Anderson is not currently on the fantasy radar.
Source: Mavs.com
Feb 8 - 11:54 AM

Dirk Nowitzki's ankle wasn't an issue on Saturday vs. the Grizzlies, scoring 18 points with seven boards, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

This was the second night of a back-to-back set, but the Mavs let him play since he only saw 24 minutes in Friday's blowout loss to the Spurs. Nowitzki shot just 6-of-17 from the field tonight, but at least he's healthy. He will be good to go for Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz.
Feb 6 - 11:25 PM

Deron Williams had 22 points to go with 11 assists, two boards, one steal and two 3-pointers in Saturday's overtime win over the Grizzlies.

He was awful on Friday vs. the Spurs with just eight points on 3-of-9 shooting in 27 minutes, but he looked rejuvenated vs. the Grizzlies and this was one of his best performances of the season. He shot 8-of-20 from the field and didn't turn the ball over once, so hopefully he carries this momentum into Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz.
Feb 6 - 11:15 PM

Raymond Felton scored 16 points off the bench on Saturday vs. the Grizzlies with seven boards, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

Wesley Matthews was benched down the stretch and finished with just eight points, but coach Rick Carlisle was simply riding the hot hand in Felton. He scored just six points in his previous outing in 21 minutes, so he would have to do this again to be on the radar in standard leagues. To be clear, Matthews' spot in the lineup is not in jeopardy.
Feb 6 - 11:14 PM

Chandler Parsons was phenomenal in Saturday's 114-110 overtime win over the Grizzlies, scoring 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting.

He had a six-point dud vs. the Spurs on Friday, so it was great to see him get back on track. The forward added eight boards, four assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 41 minutes, helping the Mavericks snap a three-game losing skid in the process. Keep Parsons locked in all lineups.
Feb 6 - 11:10 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) will start on Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.

The Mavericks will go with their normal starting five on the second night of their back-to-back set, meaning Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Chandler Parsons and Zaza Pachulia are also safe to deploy. We will let you know how Dirk's ankle holds up after the game.
Feb 6 - 7:52 PM

The Mavericks will not rest their starters on Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.

It's the second night of a back-to-back set, but the Mavs were blown out by the Spurs on Friday and the starters did not log heavy minutes. Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Chandler Parsons, Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) and Zaza Pachulia are all safe to plug into active lineups.

Charlie Villanueva scored 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting Friday, to go with six boards, three assists, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 23 minutes.

Villanueva got some extra run tonight with the game well out of reach by halftime, and with the Mavs on a back-to-back set, CV could potentially enter the starting lineup on Saturday if Rick Carlisle elects to rest Dirk Nowitzki. If that's the case, Villanueva could be worth a punt play in DFS, although there's no reason to swoop him up in season-long settings.
Feb 6 - 3:00 AM

Justin Anderson actually got into the rotation due to the blowout nature of Friday's game, and produced 13 points and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes of action.

Anderson shot 4-of-7 from the field and also pulled down three boards, but he's a negligible part of the rotation more often than not. We'll need to see him earning consistent minutes before recommending him as an add in any league.
Feb 6 - 2:56 AM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting Friday, with eight rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

Dirk also appeared to suffer a right ankle injury during the game, although he was able to play through it. However, the Mavs are on a back-to-back set, and Dirk hasn't been playing in those lately, so with the ankle tweak we're going to consider him doubtful for Saturday's game in Memphis. If he's out, Charlie Villanueva would likely start with guys like Chandler Parsons, Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea seeing some increased opportunity on offense.

Chandler Parsons only managed to score six points on 3-of-9 shooting during Friday's blowout loss to San Antonio, adding one rebound, one assist, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

The Mavs trailed by 36 points at the half, which was the largest halftime deficit in franchise history, so it's hard to take away much from this unproductive performance from Parsons. He should be able to bounce-back on Saturday vs. Memphis.
Feb 6 - 2:33 AM

Wesley Matthews couldn't get anything going during Friday's blowout loss to the Spurs, tallying just four points on 2-of-5 shooting with one rebound, two assists, one block and one turnover in 23 minutes.

The Mavs were blown out badly in this one, and the game was essentially over after the first-quarter. Wesley was noticeably upset after the game saying it was the most "embarrassing game" he's ever been a part of "at any level." Matthews has been struggling over the past month, knocking down just 34.5 percent of his shots, and it might not get any better any time soon with Dallas set to play Memphis on Saturday and Utah on Tuesday.
Feb 6 - 2:23 AM

Deron Williams' struggles continued on Friday as he only connected on 3-of-9 shots on his way to eight points, three rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 27 minutes.

Williams has been struggling mightily over the past month, owning meager averages of 11.7 points, 4.6 assists, 1.0 three-pointer and 2.3 turnovers per game on 38.5 percent shooting. Those numbers have him ranking well outside the top 150 in standard leagues, although he still offers too much upside to outright drop. Perhaps he can get things back on track after the All-Star break.
Feb 6 - 2:14 AM


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