May 3rd Box Score Analysis (8 Games)
Hawks 123 Blazers 114
Danilo Gallinari (Pick Up): The Hawks play Wednesday and Thursday and then are done for the week. Only getting two games from Gallo may not be worth a move, but if that back-to-back does make sense for youR team, you should get a fair amount of points, triples, and FT% impact from the veteran. Over the last month, in only 24.7 MPG, Gallo has produced top-90 numbers thanks to averages of 16.0 PPG, 2.5 3PG, and 92.2 FT% on 5.1 FTA.
Kevin Huerter: I wouldn’t bother with Huerter outside of deep leagues. We don’t have time to wait for his minutes to ramp up, and with the Hawks only having two games left this week, even one dud would make him a disastrous pickup. Since returning from injury two games ago, Huerter has managed only 5.0 PPG, 1.0 3PG, 3.5 RPG, 3.0 APG, and 1.0 SPG in 22.9 MPG.
Carmelo Anthony: Another game, another solid performance in points and threes from Melo. As you can see from this box score, the rest of his line is Tony Snell-like, but if you need help in the scoring categories, it will be hard to find a streamer better than Anthony, especially with the Blazers having three games left this week. Over his last nine, Melo has averaged a very helpful 14.2 PPG and 2.7 3PG while connecting on 93.3 percent of his 1.7 FTA.
Enes Kanter: Thirteen minutes in a game where Nurkic only played 23 is very disappointing. While Kanter is no longer the mid-round player that he was for much of the season, he’ll still be useful this week if you need FG% and rebounds. The Blazers have three games left in Week 19 and Kanter has averaged 7.3 RPG and shot 58.5 percent from the floor over the last two weeks. The rest of his line will be ugly.
Sixers 106 Bulls 94
Seth Curry: Boom. Another well-timed big game from Curry who has turned it up at the perfect time. He is not a sure thing, but with the Sixers having three more games by Saturday, he’s worth gambling on if you need help in the scoring categories. Over his last seven, Curry has produced top-65 numbers that include averages of 14.6 PPG on 58.1 FG% and 3.1 3PG.
Danny Green: Green was dropped in a lot of leagues due to his very rough Week 18 performance. If your league is one of those leagues, I would scoop him up. With three games from Wednesday to Saturday, Green has the potential to swing threes and steals while helping out in blocks. Despite the recent rough patch, Green has averaged 2.4 3PG, 1.4 SPG, and 0.8 BPG over the last month.
Daniel Theis: Don’t pick up Theis tonight. Wait until tomorrow. Starting on Thursday, the Bulls play three games in four nights. Vucevic will likely be back sometime this week, so don’t expect 40 minutes for the German, but Theis should be able to provide you with low-end, but useful, big-man numbers. Over the Bulls’ last eight games, Theis has averaged 11.0 PPG on 52.9 FG%, 7.3 RPG, and 0.5 BPG.
Thad Young: Thad will be an even better pickup than Theis when the Bulls resume play on Thursday. He’s not what he was earlier in the season, but if you look at his game log, he does give you something useful almost every night. Over the last two weeks, he’s blessed his owners with 12.4 PPG on 57.9 FG%, 5.6 RPG, 5.0 APG, and 1.1 SPG. Those are numbers that will make him useful in almost every matchup.
Magic 119 Pistons 112
Moritz Wagner: Wagner should be worth deploying until Okeke is back. It seems like the Magic want to give him an extended look, and we know that he can put up decent numbers when given the opportunity. In his three starts with the Magic, the freshly-signed big man has averaged 13.0 PPG, 1.7 3PG, 5.3 RPG, and 1.3 BPG. You could do worse if you need big-man numbers that come with low-end contributions in the scoring categories.
R.J. Hampton: Back-to-back big games from Hampton. He dropped a very similar line on Saturday against the Grizzlies. With the Magic having three games left this week, he’s worth adding if you need boards and low-end numbers elsewhere. Over his last four, in 27.2 MPG, Hampton has averaged 12.3 PPG on 44.7 FG%, 1.0 3PG, 6.3 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.0 SPG, and 0.8 BPG.
Killian Hayes: Hayes is apparently playing tonight, which is big news, as it will be the first time that the rookie has played in back-to-back sets since returning. Hayes is not for matchups where FG% is competitive, but if you need a big assists and steal boost, the Piston could be your guy. Detroit has four games left this week and Hayes has averaged 6.5 APG and 1.7 SPG over his last six.
Frank Jackson: Jackson is a game-time decision tonight, but it does sound like he’ll be good to go for the Pistons’ final three games of the week. He gives you absolutely nothing outside of points and threes, but he will do very good work in both of those categories. Over his last four, Jackson has averaged a very helpful 20.5 PPG and 3.3 3PG.
Lakers 93 Nuggets 89
LeBron James: LeBron is going to miss at least the next two games. That makes him a no-brainer drop in leagues that end this Sunday. In leagues that go to the buzzer, he’s droppable as well. There is no guarantee that he will be back against the Suns on Sunday, and with the Lakers having a back-to-back set that includes the Rockets next week, he’s going to play, at most, three games next week, and he’ll likely be somewhat limited in those games.
Kyle Kuzma: With LeBron out two and possibly done for the week, Kuzma turns into a strong streamer for those in need of points, threes, and rebounds. In his 30 starts this season, Kuzma has played 33.0 MPG and has averaged 14.8 PPG, 2.4 3PG, and 6.5 RPG. The rest of his line will be weak, and he’ll be a small drag on both of your percentages.
Facundo Campazzo (Pick Up): This is what Facu does when he’s on. He can give you low-end triples while posting flashy numbers in dimes and steals. The Nuggets have three games left this week, so pick him up if you need help in those categories. Over his last eight, Campazzo has averaged 1.5 3PG, 6.5 APG, and 1.8 SPG. Usually, he comes with a FG% hit, but that hasn’t been the case lately. Over the last month, Facu has shot a respectable 43.8 percent from the floor.
Austin Rivers: Dozier went down last night and is likely going to miss time. If he does, that should mean more minutes for Rivers. I wouldn’t expect any miracles here, but if Rivers does start seeing minutes in the high-20s due to the plethora of Nuggets’ injuries, he could become a decent source of points, threes, and dimes. Keep an eye on Shaq Harrison as well. If Shaq’s minutes jump, he could turn into an elite steals streamer (2.2 SP36).
Knicks 118 Grizzlies 104
Taj Gibson: Gibson has been sneaky good this year and is worth streaming until Noel is back. Five blocks is obviously a fluke, but Gibson has been a solid contributor in the category for a while. Over the last month, in only 22.3 MPG, the Thibs favorite has averaged 1.3 BPG. Add him if you need big-man numbers and can take a major drag on the scoring categories.
Derrick Rose: Rose is rolling at the perfect time and should be owned in all leagues. The former MVP has posted top-40 numbers over the last two weeks with averages that include 19.0 PPG on 60.7 FG%, 1.3 3PG, 4.7 APG, and 0.9 SPG. He likely won’t keep that up with the Nuggets, Suns, and Clippers on the schedule this week, but he will be a good-sized help in the scoring categories and dimes.
Ja Morant: Morant is back to being terrible after blowing up in Week 17. If you don’t need points and assists this week, then holding Morant doesn’t make a lot of sense. In that situation, he brings nothing but pain to your squad. Over his last four, the disappointing sophomore has averaged 12.0 PPG on 29.1 FG%, 1.3 3PG, 6.8 APG, 1.0 SPG, and a whopping 3.5 TOPG.
Desmond Bane: Back-to-back big-minute games from Bane. Despite the uptick in playing time, I would not be gambling on the rookie outside of very deep leagues. At this point in the season, you need to use your moves on surer things. In the six games leading up to this explosion, Bane failed to score more than eight points in a game and averaged only 4.2 PPG and 0.7 3PG.