Player News - Mavericks

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Wesley Matthews hit the game-winning 3-pointer with just under 12 seconds remaining in Tuesday's tough, 99-98 win over the Bulls, and also played tough defense all night on Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade.

While it may seem strange to praise Matthews' defense on a guy who just missed a triple-double with 24 points, nine boards and 12 assists (Butler), the two players had a running dialogue all night and Matthews had the last laugh when he knocked the ball away from Butler with the game on the line. Matthews finished with just 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers, but was much better in real life than fantasy tonight. And the Mavericks have quietly won three straight games.
Jan 17 - 11:26 PM

J.J. Barea hit 5-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points and six assists in just 18 minutes in Tuesday's 99-98 win over the Bulls.

Barea's hit double digits in back-to-back games but will need more than the 17 minutes he's getting a night right now if he's going to be worth adding in fantasy. Just keep an eye on him, as he's starting to come on.
Jan 17 - 10:47 PM

Seth Curry started again at shooting guard and hit 7-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 18 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes of Tuesday's 99-98 win over the Bulls.

Curry could stick in the starting lineup going forward, while Dirk Nowitzki got the start at center tonight. Curry hasn't done anything too spectacular recently, but is averaging 9.0 points, 1.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers. If Curry sticks with the starters he should be fun to own the rest of the way, despite the occasional quiet night.
Jan 17 - 10:43 PM

Deron Williams hit 5-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, six rebounds, nine assists and a steal in Tuesday's thrilling 99-98 win over the Bulls.

Harrison Barnes scored 20 and Dirk Nowitzki had a 10 & 10 double-double in the win, and Williams has scored in double figures in four straight games. He's averaging 13 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five and should be owned in all leagues right now.
Jan 17 - 10:37 PM

J.J. Barea was phenomenal in his 17 minutes of action during Sunday's win over the Wolves, scoring 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting to go with one 3-pointer, three boards, three assists and two turnovers.

Barea also went 4-of-5 from the charity stripe, giving him a ridiculous true shooting percentage of 104.2 on the evening to accompany his 32.4 usage rate. Barea said that while he's still not completely recovered from the left leg muscle strain, he's finally starting to feel better, so his minutes should start creeping up into the 20-range. He's worth a speculative add in deep leagues.
Source: Mavs.com
Jan 15 - 5:47 PM

Harrison Barnes went 6-of-16 from the field and 1-of-2 from the stripe on Sunday, on his way to 13 points, three boards, one steal, one block and one turnover in 32 minutes.

Barnes has impressively hit double figures in the scoring department in all 40 games this season, and he's been a steady mid-round guy all year long. He's having a career-year in Dallas, and as one of the younger guys on the roster, he's not in any danger of getting hit with random rest days down the stretch.
Jan 15 - 5:42 PM

Wesley Matthews scored a team-high 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting during Sunday's 98-87 win over the Wolves, adding four 3-pointers, seven boards, one assist, one block and one turnover.

Matthews has been connecting on a career-low 38.6 percent of his attempts this season, but aside from the shooting he's been solid with averages of 15.1 points, 2.2 dimes, 1.3 steals, 2.9 triples and just 1.4 turnovers per game, which has him sitting on an eighth-round evaluation in standard 9-cat leagues.
Jan 15 - 5:36 PM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting Sunday, to go with six rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, three blocks and one turnover in 28 minutes.

The blocks were a season-high, and this was his second multi-block performance of the season. Not typically known as a rim defender, Nowitzki joked after the game that "those kids better learn," in reference to swatting away one of Zach LaVine's layup attempts. Nowitzki has worked his way into the mid-round equation over the past few weeks, but as a likely post-break shutdown candidate, his owners should be looking to sell high.
Jan 15 - 5:30 PM

Seth Curry got another start on Sunday sans Andrew Bogut (hamstring) but failed to do much with the increased opportunity, scoring just seven points on 2-of-9 shooting in 32 minutes.

Curry added one triple, three rebounds, three steals and one turnover during his time on the court, but this isn't the type of production his owners were hoping for, particularly with the heavy minutes. Curry does have some nice upside, as the Mavs could turn him loose after the All-Star break once they start resting the older guys, but he's more of a stash at the moment.
Jan 15 - 5:23 PM

Deron Williams scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting Sunday, to go with 10 assists, four rebounds, three 3-pointers, two steals and four turnovers in 31 minutes.

Williams has been playing very well in his past three outings, owning averages of 15.7 points, 9.7 dimes, 2.7 triples, 1.0 steal and 2.7 turnovers per game on 57.6 percent shooting, which has been good enough for mid-round value. However, the sky-high field goal percentage is unsustainable, and Williams is definitely a guy that could be rested down the stretch with the Mavs sitting on a 13-27 record, so owners may want to use this hot streak to try and sell high on the oft-injured point guard.
Jan 15 - 5:19 PM

The Mavericks have signed Pierre Jackson to a 10-day deal.

Jackson was with the Mavs earlier this season and averaged 3.0 points and 1.8 assists in 7.0 minutes per game through four appearances, so it's good to see him getting another chance. He's expected to be active for Sunday's game vs. the Wolves, but won't have much fantasy value while the Dallas backcourt is healthy.
Jan 15 - 12:32 PM

The Mavericks have recalled Nicolas Brussino from the D-League.

He will need a couple more injuries in Dallas before cracking the rotation. Brussino has no fantasy value.
Jan 15 - 11:56 AM

The Mavericks are expected to sign Pierre Jackson to a 10-day deal as soon as Sunday.

The Mavs waived the PG after a four-game stint earlier in the season, but it's not a surprise that he's getting another chance because he's been lighting it up in the D-League. He won't have much fantasy value while the backcourt in Dallas is healthy.
Jan 15 - 9:56 AM

Coach Rick Carlisle said Seth Curry is "sneaky good at the defensive end on metrics and analytics."

With Andrew Bogut (hamstring) expected to miss plenty of time, it looks like we'll be seeing Curry out there in some starts depending on the matchup. The SportVu defensive tracking stats aren't the best, but Curry is allowing his man to shoot 3.3 percent below league average while he does rank 26th on defensive real plus minus among 99 shooting guards, so Carlisle has a point. However, his fantasy owners will be looking for his offense, so go ahead and pick him up to see what happens.
Jan 14 - 3:59 PM

Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will be out for "the near future," according to coach Rick Carlisle.

Bogut has had a very difficult time staying healthy, as this hamstring issue is simply his most recent ailment. Bogut has averaged just 18.4 minutes in the games he's appeared in over the last six weeks, so the fantasy impact of this news is actually not all that significant. Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell will soak up the minutes Bogut leaves behind. Carlisle also hinted he could start Seth Curry, so he's worth a pickup.
Jan 14 - 1:36 PM


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