Line of the Night
James Harden fell two rebounds shy of a triple-double during Friday’s 122-119 loss to the Clippers, scoring 37 points on 9-of-16 shooting to go with eight rebounds, 12 assists, five trey-bombs, two steals and four turnovers in 42 minutes. He also went 14-of-18 from the charity stripe to give him an absurd 77.3 TS%, and he’s been the No. 1 stud this season with insane averages of 38.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 4.8 triples, 1.7 steals, 0.5 swats and 5.4 turnovers per game on 43.4% shooting from the field and 86.6% from the stripe. Yes, what he’s doing is sustainable – he’s an absolute monster.
Mike Conley had his way with the woeful Warriors on Friday, netting 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting (5-of-6 from the line) to go with four triples, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover in 31 minutes. After a brutal start to the season, Conley has been trending up over the past two weeks with averages of 18.8 points, 5.5 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 treys and just 0.8 turnovers per game on 44.2% shooting from the field and 76.7% from the stripe. The only real negative during that stretch is that he’s been averaging just 0.5 steals per game, but I’d expect that to start trending up considering he’s averaged 1.5 steals per game over his 12-year career. If Conley can continue to operate at his current pace while seeing a regression to the mean in the steals department, he should be able to creep his way into the top-50 equation.
Rudy Gobert dominated the paint, hauling in 19 rebounds to go with eight points (3-of-8 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), one assist, one steal, three turnovers and a season-high seven swats over 35 minutes. Gobert was extremely quiet to open the season, but he’s really hit his stride over the past few weeks with averages of 17.0 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.7 swats and 2.2 turnovers per game on 71.9% shooting from the field and 62.5% from the stripe, which has been good enough for first-round value in 9-cat leagues. He’s entering his prime at 27 years old and should be in for a monster season.
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Miles Bridges busted loose for a career-high 31 points on 12-of-21 shooting (4-of-4 from the stripe) against the lowly Wizards, adding three triples, eight rebounds, three steals and two turnovers across 35 minutes. He was pretty awful last week, but he’s been trending up again over his past three with averages of 18.7 points, 6.0 boards, 2.3 treys, 2.0 steals, 0.7 swats and 1.0 turnover per game on 50% shooting, so hopefully, this is a sign that he’s ready to get going again.
DeMar DeRozan contributed 29 points (12-of-23 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers across 33 minutes in a loss to the 76ers. He’s really hit his stride over the past few weeks with averages of 24.3 points, 4.5 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 turnovers per game on 53.7% shooting from the field and 86.2% from the stripe, which has him flirting with third-round value in 9-cat leagues. He should finish somewhere in that range.
Steven Adams only missed once during Friday’s narrow loss to the Lakers, finishing 9-of-10 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the stripe on his way to 22 points, six rebounds, four assists, three turnovers across 27 minutes. This was definitely one of his better games the season, but it was also his second game in a row without any defensive statistics, and while he looked to be completely over the knee injury, Billy Donovan still held his minutes in check. He’s averaging just 0.5 steals and 0.7 blocks per game, which are his worst defensive numbers since his rookie year, and it could be tough for him to turn that around if he continues to be confined to minutes in the mid-20s. Friday’s game was a positive sign, but he still has a long way to go before he starts meeting expectations.
DeAndre Bembry got the start sans Cam Reddish (wrist) and popped off for 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting to go with four rebounds, four triples, six assists, four steals and one turnover across 35 minutes. Bembry tends to produce when given the minutes, so if Reddish is out again on Saturday, Bembry will make for a very attractive streamer.
De’Andre Hunter scored 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting (3-of-3 from the line) to go with one 3-pointer, two rebounds, four assists, one block and one turnover in 35 minutes. He’s been trending up over the past few weeks with averages of 15.4 points, 2.1 triples, 4.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.1 turnovers per game on 42.2% shooting, so give him a look if those numbers are appealing.
Malik Monk netted 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting (2-of-2 from the line) to go with three treys, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 22 minutes off the bench. Excluding Monday’s seven-point dud against the Raptors, Monk has been in a nice groove as of late, and over the past seven games he’s been a tenth-round product with averages of 15.0 points, 1.6 triples, 4.6 boards, 2.9 dimes and 1.7 turnovers per game on 50% shooting in 25.2 minutes a night. He could fall off at a moment’s notice, but he’s worth owning while he’s doing this.
Nicolas Batum dished out a season-high seven dimes in 28 minutes off the bench, to go with six points, five rebounds, two 3-pointers and two turnovers. He’s not going to do much for you in the points department, but Batum does have some low-end appeal in deep leagues as a dimes-specialist.
Shaquille Harrison looked good in another start sans Chandler Hutchison (shin splints) and Otto Porter (foot), tallying 10 points (3-of-8 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), two rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and zero turnovers across 23 minutes. In his two starts this season, Harrison has put in averages of 12.5 points, 6.5 boards, 4.5 dimes, 2.5 steals, 1.0 block and 1.0 turnover per game on 50% shooting, so if Hutchison is out again on Saturday, Harrison will make for a quality streamer.
Kris Dunn hit 3-of-6 shots on his way to eight points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, five assists, three steals and two turnovers in 22 minutes off the bench. Dunn hasn’t been getting a lot of attention this season, but he’s fourth in the league in steals per game (2.2) and is averaging 3.3 assists with just 0.9 turnovers, which has him flirting with eighth-round value in 9-cat leagues. He’s not going to score a lot of points (6.8), but the elite steals totals make him worth owning.
Darius Garland dropped in a career-high 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting to go with five triples, one rebound, four assists and two turnovers across 34 minutes. He’s been extremely hit-or-miss this season, which isn’t all that surprising considering he hadn’t played competitive basketball in a year coming into his rookie season (he played just five games during his one-and-done season at Vanderbilt), but the kid was taken with the No. 5 overall selection for a reason. If you’ve got someone to cut, Garland could be worth a look.
Brad Wanamaker scored 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting (4-of-4 from the stripe) to go with two rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 27 minutes off the bench. He had been trending up over the past three games with averages of 14.0 points, 4.5 assists and 1.0 triple a night on 56.3% shooting, and he figures to be very involved in the rotation while Gordon Hayward (hand) and Kemba Walker (concussion) are out. He’s someone to consider as a speculative add in deep leagues.
Alec Burks scored a team-high 20 points on 7-of-18 shooting (4-of-4 from the line) to go with two 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists, four steals and one turnover through 35 minutes as a starter. He’s basically the No. 1 scoring option on this decimated Dubs’ team, and while he hasn’t been scoring efficiently (39.2% shooting), he’s still been a top-75 guy over the past few weeks with averages of 16.1 points, 4.3 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.3 treys, 1.1 steals and 1.1 turnovers per game. He’ll be worth owning until D’Angelo Russell (thumb) gets back.
Ky Bowman chipped in 17 points (7-of-16 FGs), six rebounds, five assists, three 3-pointers, four steals and zero turnovers across 37 minutes. He’ll be starting until D’Lo gets back, and he’s been solid as a starter this season with averages of 15.2 points, 4.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 triples, 1.6 steals and 1.6 turnovers per game on 53.3% shooting. Like Burks, as long as Russell is out, Bowman will be worth owning.
Glenn Robinson III contributed 17 points (7-of-12 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), two 3-pointers, four rebounds, five assists, one steal and one turnover across 36 minutes. He’s been inconsistent, but the minutes have been steady with zero depth behind him and he’s been a late-round guy with averages of 11.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.2 triples, 0.9 steals and 0.9 turnovers per game on 47.8% shooting. He’s not the most exciting guy to own, but he’s worth a look if you’re in a deep league and have someone to cut.
Langston Galloway drained another four triples on his way to 12 points (4-of-9 FGs), one rebound and one turnover through 28 minutes as a starter. He’s averaging 13.1 points and 2.5 treys per game this season on 43.7% shooting, so give him a look if you need some help with the trey-bombs.
Garrett Temple scored a season-high 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting (2-of-2 from the line) to go with four triples, three rebounds, four assists, two steals and two turnovers in 35 minutes. He’s going to see ample opportunity while Kyrie Irving (shoulder) and Caris LeVert (thumb) are out, although even when receiving quality minutes, he can be woefully inconsistent. Just keep your eye on him.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit 5-of-9 shots on his way to 17 points, four treys, five boards, two assists, one steal and one turnover through 32 minutes as a starter. In his five starts this season, KCP has registered averages of 13.4 points and 2.2 triples per game on 58.1% shooting, and he has at least another three starts coming his way with Avery Bradley (leg) not on the current road trip. He’s another points and triples guy who might be on your waiver wire.
Ben McLemore was back in the starting lineup with Danuel House (shoulder) back on the sidelines, and he produced 14 points (4-of-9 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), four triples, two rebounds, one assist, two steals and zero turnovers. If House is out again on Saturday, McLemore could be viewed as a possible streamer in deep leagues.