May 6 Box Score Analysis (7 Games)
Bulls 120 Hornets 99
Daniel Theis: Theis is worth adding if you need FG% and rebounds tonight and on Sunday. Over his last four, the German has averaged a solid 11.5 PPG on 54.3 FG% and 8.0 RPG. Theis did pick up two blocks last night, but I would look elsewhere for swats. The big man is averaging only 0.5 BPG over the last month and failed to block a shot in the four games leading up to last night’s two-block performance.
Patrick Williams: Not a bad line from Williams who can be useful for his boards and steals. Over his last four, the rookie has put up 5.8 RPG and 1.0 SPG. In standard leagues, you can likely find a better streamer, but he’ll be useful in 16-team leagues and in some 14-team leagues.
Malik Monk (Pick Up): With two games left this week, Monk is an extremely strong add if you need points and threes. Last night’s 31 minutes was due to LaMelo having arguably his worst game of the season, but with Graham out, Monk should see minutes in the upper-20s and be a force in the scoring categories. In only 22.1 MPG, the Hornet has averaged 12.9 PPG and 2.3 3PG.
Jalen McDaniels: McDaniels should play 30 until one of Miles Bridges or Cody Martin is back. Scoop him up if you need a small boards and steals boost. Over his last eight, the forward has averaged 5.5 RPG and 1.0 SPG. The rest of his line will be limited. McDaniels did have a nice stretch on offense when he entered the rotation a month ago, but he’s cooled off significantly since then. Over the last two weeks, McDaniels has averaged only 8.1 PPG and 0.9 3PG.
Mavericks 113 Nets 109
Dorian Finney-Smith (Pick Up): DFS is going to end up on a ton of championship teams. The Mavericks’ recent heavy schedule and his mid-round play all but guarantees that. Finney-Smith has two games left this week (Friday and Sunday) and should be owned in all leagues. He’s a great fit for every matchup as he produces a well-rounded line. Over the last 14 days, the forward has averaged 14.0 PPG on 57.1 FG%, 2.9 3PG, 6.3 RPG, 2.7 APG, and 1.0 SPG. If you play in a Roto league, you should be starting him.
Dwight Powell: As long as Porzingis is out, Powell will be a strong source of boards and FG%. Over his last four, Powell has averaged 10.8 PPG on 81.3 FG% and 7.5 RPG. The Canadian has also averaged 1.5 BPG over that stretch, but that number is harder to buy. Powell has never been a great shot blocker and is producing only 1.0 BP36 on the year.
Blake Griffin: Griffin’s recent per-game numbers suggest that he’s viable in standard leagues, but the Nets’ upcoming schedule makes him (and all of the Nets’ role players) useless outside of leagues that play until the final day of the season. After Saturday night’s game against the Nuggets, the Nets are off until next Tuesday. If you grab Griffin next week, you’ll be getting solid boards and low-end points and threes. Over his last eight, Griffin has averaged 11.5 PPG, 1.5 3PG, and 6.0 RPG.
Pistons 111 Grizzlies 97
Wayne Ellington: We can’t really get excited about this game. Ellington is likely going to sit out a game during the Pistons’ weekend back-to-back set, and a Diallo or Jackson return could send his minutes back into the teens. At this point in the season, we can’t blow a move on a player this risky. I would only consider Ellington if we get news that he’s playing on Sunday and that part of the Pistons’ wing rotation is going to be out.
Sekou Doumbouya: Another big game from Sekou, but like Ellington, he’s not someone I am running to despite the upcoming back-to-back set. Jerami Grant will be back on Saturday and his return should kill Doumbouya’s value. I’m sure Grant sits on Sunday, but you will probably be able to find a better one-day streamer on the final day of the week. Over his last four, the sophomore has averaged 12.3 PPG on 46.9 FG%, 0.5 3PG, 6.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.5 SPG, and 0.3 BPG.
De’Anthony Melton: Just under 14 minutes without Grayson Allen in the lineup is incredibly disappointing. At this point, we just have to be disciplined and stay away from the per-minute stud. He’ll always be a tempting grab, but at this point in the season, we need surer things. Over his last five, Melton has played only 17.7 MPG and has averaged a paltry 4.8 PPG, 1.0 3PG, 3.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, and 0.4 SPG.
Dillon Brooks: If your league plays in Week 20, and you need points and threes, then Brooks is a very solid option. He was off last night, but he has been very productive in both categories lately. Over his last nine, the Canadian has given his owners 18.1 PPG and 2.2 3PG. The Grizzlies’ Week 20 schedule adds to his appeal. Memphis plays on both Monday and Tuesday next week.
Warriors 118 Thunder 97
Juan Toscano-Anderson: If you need the rare combination of boards and dimes, R.J. Hampton is your main wavier wire target. If he’s not available, then JTA is a nice backup plan. Over the last two weeks, the sophomore has averaged a very helpful 5.8 RPG and 4.3 APG. He’s also chipped in 1.0 SPG and 0.9 BPG over that stretch.
Mychal Mulder: Mulder is an elite threes streamer, especially with one more game against the Thunder on the schedule this week (Saturday). Over his last eight, the Warrior has averaged a whopping 3.5 3PG. He’s also scored 14.8 PPG over that stretch. The rest of his line will be Tony Snell/Frank Jackson-like.
Ty Jerome: Jerome would get a strong recommendation from me if we knew for sure that he was going to play in both games this weekend. The Thunder gave him a DNP-CD during the last back-to-back set to get a look at other guys. That makes the impressive sophomore a very risky Sunday stream if he does play on Saturday. When he is on the court, Jerome will be a strong source of threes who can provide useful low-end numbers in points and dimes. Over his last seven, the point guard has averaged 13.6 PPG, 2.4 3PG, and 3.6 APG.
Theo Maledon: Maledon has a long, long way to go, but he can still be useful in fantasy if you need dimes and FG% is not a competitive category. Over the last two weeks, the rookie has averaged 4.3 APG while shooting a retched 35.8 percent from the field. Maledon can also produce low-end numbers in points and threes but comes with a hefty turnovers hit. He should play in both games this weekend.
Pacers 133 Hawks 126
Oshae Brissett: Brissett is a drop for anyone with two games left this week. Over his last three, the Pacer has averaged 9.3 PPG, 1.0 3PG, 5.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 1.3 SPG, and 0.0 BPG. He’s unlikely to be more than a low-end per-game option in Week 20, but the Pacers’ five-game schedule next week should make him useful in deeper leagues.
Aaron Holiday: Holiday could have some short-term value with Brogdon out. I’m not interested this week with the Pacers only having one game left on Saturday, but if Brogdon’s absence extends into Week 20, Holiday could be worth a look for those unlucky souls who have to deal with the mess that is the final week of the NBA season. In an expanded role, Holiday can provide helpful dimes and low-end points and threes. Over his last four, in 26.9 MPG, the third-year man has averaged 11.8 PPG, 1.3 3PG, 4.5 APG, and 1.0 SPG.
Hawks: Atlanta is done for the week, so drop any Hawks on your roster. With the team just one game out of fourth and just one game out of the play-in as well, I would expect all of their regulars to be active and playing hard right until the buzzer. Next week, Atlanta plays on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
Clippers 118 Lakers 94
Marcus Morris: There is not much to say here since this game was over early. If your league plays in Week 20, then Morris is someone you will want to own. The Clippers’ Week 20 schedule consists of the Raptors who have all but been eliminated from playoff contention, the Hornets who are brutal right now, and the tanking Rockets and Thunder. Expect a couple of nights off for both Kawhi and George, and when they sit, Morris will post top-100 level lines.
DeMarcus Cousins: Keep an eye on Cousins in Week 20. With the Clippers not too worried about playoff positioning, we may see Zubac get a night or two off. If Cousins gets a start next week, he’ll be a must-start player. In his 11 starts this season (all with the Rockets), the former star has averaged 13.3 PPG, 2.1 3PG, 10.9 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.3 SPG, and 1.1 BPG.
Kyle Kuzma: With LeBron out for the week and AD dicy with back spasms, Kuzma is a strong add in leagues with same-day adds. The Lakers play tonight and on Sunday. He’ll have 20+ point upside for the next couple of games and should be a big help in threes and boards as well. Last night’s strong performance in the defensive categories is a bit of a fluke (0.6 SP36, 0.8 BP36). In his 31 starts this season, the Laker has averaged 15.1 PPG, 2.4 3PG, and 6.5 RPG.
Alex Caruso: Caruso is questionable tonight, but if he does play and you have same-day adds, he’ll be a strong pickup for him dimes and steals. Caruso is producing an elite 2.0 SP36 this season and has averaged 5.0 APG since entering the starting lineup three games ago. The rest of his line will be forgettable.
Wizards 131 Raptors 129 (OT)
Raul Neto: Neto is doing enough to be on standard league rosters right now. The Wizards’ final game of the week comes on Saturday, so he’s not a recommended streamer for those in leagues that end this week, but if you play into Week 20, the combo guard is worth grabbing. Over the last two weeks, Neto has produced top-75 numbers that include 11.8 PPG on 54.7 FG%, 1.7 3PG, 3.1 APG, and 1.2 SPG.
Center Rotation: The low minutes for Gafford were due to Lopez’s strong play. If you watched the game, you would understand why Brooks rolled with RoLo. Lopez is just a forgettable blocks streamer. He’s averaged 9.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG, and 1.1 BPG over the last two weeks. Last night was very rough, but I’d still hold Gafford if blocks are competitive. Even though his minutes continue to be all over the place, the center almost always brings the heat there. Over the last 14 days, Gafford has averaged 1.9 BPG.
Raptors Starters: This game pretty much eliminated the Raptors from play-in contention. VanVleet, Lowry, and Siakam are not on the injury report for tomorrow’s game against the Grizzlies, but that could change. The Raptors have been making last-minute changes to that report before almost every game. I could see the big guns playing another game or two, but we are unlikely to see much of them next week, and we probably won’t see O.G. Anunoby at all given that he’s dealing with a calf injury. Malachi Flynn will be a must-add if both Lowry and Siakam are out. Gary Trent could be a monster source of points and threes next week, but he’ll be a rest risk as well. Jalen Harris could be a very strong source of threes next week as well if he plays decent minutes. In the G League, Harris averaged 2.9 3PG on 50.0 FG%. Khem Birch is playing for a contract and will likely play until the buzzer.