Player News - Mavericks

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Dirk Nowitzki finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and an assist across 24 minutes in Friday's loss against the Timberwolves.

The Mavericks held a 12-point lead at half, but the game turned into a 24-point loss by the end. As such, Disco Dirk was rested for long stretches in the second half once victory was out of reach. Still, he was pretty impactful when he was in there, and he has back-to-back double-digit scoring performances for the first time in the month of November. He'll look for three games in a row with 10 or more points in Saturday's outing against Milwaukee.
Nov 18 - 1:01 AM

Harrison Barnes finished with 18 points and six rebounds in Friday's embarrassing home 111-87 loss against the Timberwolves.

The Mavericks actually held a 55-43 lead at halftime but then were steamrolled in the second half, including being outscored 37-15 in the final quarter. Barnes still had a pretty solid stat line for fantasy owners, hitting 6-of-16 from the floor while turning it over just once. He and his teammates won't have long to atone, as they welcome the Bucks on Saturday night.
Nov 18 - 12:57 AM

Maxi Kleber did not score in his first NBA start against the Wolves on Friday, adding three rebounds in 27 minutes.

He actually played decent defense in the first half, but in the second half he got thrown to the... Wolves. Leave Kleber on the wire almost everywhere.
Nov 18 - 12:29 AM

Salah Mejri scored six points with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 17 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

He provides a lot of energy and he had some great defensive possessions against Karl-Anthony Towns. Mejri is likely going to be more of a matchup-based player, but for now he may have 15-20 minutes in the short term. Blocks are really hard to add in fantasy and he does have 1.8 blocks per game in just 12 minutes per night, so he's worth a look in deeper leagues for those needing boards.
Nov 18 - 12:26 AM

Nerlens Noel played six garbage-time minutes with two points and two rebounds against the Wolves on Friday.

He did not check in until 5:35 was left in the fourth with the game basically out of reach. Salah Mejri is clearly outplaying Nerlens Noel and the Mavs really don't have much interest in playing the former 76er. It's really hard to sign off on stashing a guy that is going to be a free agent after this year, so he's really just a luxury stash for those doing well. For the second year in a row, he probably needs a trade to save his value.
Nov 18 - 12:21 AM

Maxi Kleber is starting at forward for Mavs against the Wolves on Friday.

Coach Rick Carlisle is reaching here with a starting lineup of Dennis Smith Jr., Wes Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Maxi and Dirk Nowitzki. This is bad news for the other Mavs bigs and it's really tough to even attack this team in fantasy because of the bad offense. Well, you can attack them with other players. We'll let you know how it goes, but leave Kleber on the wire in most leagues.
Nov 17 - 8:19 PM

Devin Harris (ribs) is active for Friday's game vs. the Wolves.

With season averages of 9.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.8 triples, Harris belongs on the wire in most leagues. His role could be in jeopardy when Seth Curry (leg) returns.
Nov 17 - 7:01 PM

The Mavs are planning to release Gian Clavell.

He had a killer preseason and that's the main reason why he made the team. That momentum stopped in his 64 minutes this season, making just 33.3 percent from the field with 20 points, seven boards, three assists and two steals. Clavell is 23 and is probably headed to the G League.
Nov 16 - 3:05 PM

Devin Harris (ribs) is expected to play on Friday vs. the Wolves.

He was limited at Wednesday's practice after missing Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs, but he should see his normal allotment of minutes vs. Minnesota. Harris is averaging 9.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.8 triples this season, so this news shouldn't impact most fantasy owners.
Nov 16 - 1:24 PM

Seth Curry (leg) is listed as out for Friday's game vs. the Wolves.

We keep hearing that he's making good progress, but the Mavs have every reason to proceed with caution. There's still a good chance that we'll see Curry at some point in November, though. Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea will continue to play extended minutes in Dallas, but Barea has been the better option in deeper leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Nov 16 - 12:32 PM

Devin Harris (ribs) was held out of the contact portions of Wednesday's practice and is questionable to play Friday vs. Minnesota.

Harris has spent the past two games on the sidelines, which has resulted in more run for Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea. It'll be more of the same if he can't give it a go on Friday, but we'll have a better idea on his status following Friday morning's shootaround.
Nov 15 - 1:59 PM

After scoring a career-high 27 points on Tuesday night, Dennis Smith Jr. was more concerned with the fact that the Mavericks picked up another loss.

"We’ve got to get something that translates to wins. Whether it’s 27 or seven [points], we’ve got to get some wins," Smith said. "I’m still getting about wherever I want most of the game. It’s just something has got to translate to wins." This is the sort of mentality you want from your franchise player, and while DSJ probably won't be happy with the Mavs' win-loss record at the end of the season, his fantasy owners have to be pleased with his averages of 21.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 triples, 1.3 steals and 1.0 block per game over the past three.
Source: Mavs.com
Nov 15 - 1:52 PM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

Dirk is a legend, but Father Time is undefeated. He's averaging just 8.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists over his last five games, and things won't get any easier for his fantasy owners when the Mavs start resting him frequently.
Nov 14 - 11:44 PM

Yogi Ferrell failed to score in 33 minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday, missing five shots including four 3-point attempts.

The second-year guard added just four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three turnovers. With Seth Curry (leg) nearing a return, Ferrell is going to have a really difficult time holding onto his role, especially with Dennis Smith Jr. and J.J. Barea rolling.
Nov 14 - 11:41 PM

Nerlens Noel played five minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday with one rebound and one turnover.

It's hard to make an impression in five minutes, but coach Rick Carlisle opted to go back to Salah Mejri after halftime at the expense of Noel. He's now played 13 total minutes over his last four games and is just a luxury stash at this point if your team is doing well in the standings.
Nov 14 - 11:37 PM


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