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André’s 5 ideas: Injured stars, Dame Time, Mavericks’ maturity and extra

13hBrett Okamoto and Marc RaimondiDamian Lillard’s 71-point performance on Sunday might have been great for his fantasy managers but could hurt his teammates’ fantasy outlooks moving forward. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty ImagesFeb 27, 2023Andre SnellingsESPN Here are a few Monday morning thoughts from the Hoops Lab, as we prepare for Week 20 of the fantasy basketball

André’s 5 ideas: Injured stars, Dame Time, Mavericks’ maturity and extra

13hBrett Okamoto and Marc Raimondi

Damian Lillard’s 71-point efficiency on Sunday may need been nice for his fantasy managers however may damage his teammates’ fantasy outlooks shifting ahead. Photograph by Michael Reaves/Getty Photographs

Feb 27, 2023

  • Andre SnellingsESPN

Listed here are just a few Monday morning ideas from the Hoops Lab, as we put together for Week 20 of the fantasy basketball season. Bear in mind, the Fantasy Basketball Remainder of Season Rankings additionally replace on Mondays, so examine these out as you put together for this week’s video games. Between the rankings and this text, we’ll additionally enable you to determine some good Purchase Low/Promote excessive candidates. So, with out additional ado, let’s dig into it.

Ailing Finals MVPs standing headed to playoffs

Because the fantasy basketball playoffs quickly method, the Finals MVPs from 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022 are all coping with accidents of differing ranges of severity. Throw in Joel Embiid, who very effectively may have been the Finals MVP in 2019 if Kawhi Leonard‘s four-bounce 3-pointer had fallen off, and we have damage watches on a number of of fantasy’s most key producers.

Kevin Durant (FMVP 2017,18) is more likely to make his debut along with his new Suns teammates someday this week. Durant has been sidelined since Jan. 12 with an MCL sprain, and naturally was the centerpiece of the largest blockbuster deal of the NBA commerce deadline. I wrote on the time what I believed the new-look Suns would seem like from a fantasy hoops perspective, with Durant and Devin Booker as co-lead choices that ought to each get their typical quantity however at maybe higher effectivity. Deandre Ayton is the impression participant that I feel may lose probably the most as a scorer, whereas Josh Okogie probably strikes again to the bench and loses a lot of his current spate of fantasy hoops worth.

Embiid was stated to be coping with a lingering foot situation popping out of the All-Star Break, along with an sickness that would doubtlessly sluggish him. Even so, he has popped for averages of 34.0 PPG, 15.5 RPG, 5.5 APG and 4.5 BPG in his first two video games again. However control the peripherals… Embiid has shot solely 41.3% from the ground and 0.0% from the 3-point line in these two video games. The 76ers are battling for playoffs place, so Embiid is more likely to proceed to powerful issues out, however do not be caught slipping if he does ultimately must miss a while. Ensure that your backup heart slot is crammed and able to step up.

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LeBron James (FMVP 2020) has been managing a foot/ankle situation for a month, and he appeared to (re)worsen it once more throughout Sunday’s comeback win over the Mavericks. The Lakers are combating for each win proper now, nonetheless on the surface trying in to the play-in seeds, so count on LeBron to additionally attempt to keep on the courtroom as a lot as attainable. However, he is additionally 20 seasons in, and if his physique tells him to pause he could haven’t any alternative however to hear.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (FMVP 2021) sprained a ligament in his wrist within the recreation earlier than the Break, performed via an preliminary uncertain tag within the first recreation again from break, solely to endure a quadriceps contusion and have to go away his second straight recreation early. Giannis sat out Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Suns and is taken into account day-to-day for now. Bear in mind, although, that Giannis has been managing a nagging knee situation all season and should proceed to have video games that he has to overlook down the stretch.

Stephen Curry (FMVP 2022) stays out with the decrease leg damage that has sidelined him since he needed to go away the sport on February 4. Curry is anticipated to be re-evaluated this week, forward of a possible return as quickly as subsequent week. Curry is having probably the greatest scoring seasons of his profession, and the Warriors nonetheless reside in play-in territory, so count on Curry to ramp again as much as huge numbers as shortly as attainable.

Dame Time and Path Blazers timeline

Damian Lillard simply popped for a career-high 71 factors, a month-and-a-day after the newest time he scored 60. In his previous 12 video games, he is averaged 41.0 PPG, 6.7 APG, 5.6 RPG and 5.4 3PG whereas profitable the 3-point contest on the All-Star Break in addition. Lillard is locked in and makes an fascinating contradiction at this level within the season. The Path Blazers are nonetheless battling for the postseason, simply outdoors of play-in territory, however outdoors of Lillard they’ve quite a lot of younger gamers, and one may moderately count on them to lean into future mode quickly.

However Lillard is publicly defiant of the loud outcry that he ought to need out of Portland and appears decided to put up online game numbers as a substitute of packing it in. In the event you’ve bought Lillard, you are using with him thick and skinny, however this conundrum is extra for the younger gamers. I am notably listening to Cam Reddish, Shaedon Sharpe and Nassir Little. Every of the three has flashed recently, and if the Path Blazers leaned into future mode every could possibly be worthy of late-season pickup with recreation altering upside. However, if the Path Blazers proceed to lean on Lillard… stated one other approach, it is nonetheless Dame Time for now. I am curious if it is going to stay Dame Time for the remainder of the season, or if sooner or later the youth could be served.

Hawks new coach

The Hawks fired head coach Nate McMillan and are reportedly shifting ahead with Quin Snyder on the helm. The pinnacle coach can clearly impression the offensive philosophy of your complete crew, however I am most interested by what impression this has on Trae Young. Younger has come out of the Break on hearth, averaging 34.0 PPG, 8.5 APG, 3.0 RPG, 2.5 3PG and 1.5 SPG in two wins over groups at the moment slotted to make the playoffs within the East. Will Ice Trae go on a vindication tour to complete the season? I’ll actually be watching to see.

Mavericks’ maturity

After the Mavericks blew an enormous lead in opposition to the Lakers on Sunday, head coach Jason Kidd questioned the maturity of the crew. I am undecided how a lot is maturity versus how a lot is the crew having to reload on the fly as they combine Kyrie Irving into the combo, however both approach I am very curious to see the place the Mavericks discover their stage. Luka Doncic is clearly working to seek out his stage; he solely has one double-digit help effort since January 16, and has solely surpassed his 33.1 PPG season-scoring common as soon as within the month of February. The Mavericks have additionally adjusted their total rotation, shifting defensive/soiled work guys like Dwight Powell, Reggie Bullock and Justin Holiday into the beginning lineup with Luka and Kyrie, and shifting scorers like Christian Wood and Tim Hardaway to the second unit. I will be listening to how this all settles out.

Bulls’ new off-night backcourt

This notice could also be extra for each day betting than for fantasy hoops, however it’s additionally simply enjoyable. The Bulls have paired newly acquired Patrick Beverley with Alex Caruso in a beginning backcourt that appears to be giving their opponents suits. Within the first recreation beginning the brand new duo, the Bulls held the Nets to 29 factors within the first half. On Sunday, they held the Wizards to 55 complete factors over the ultimate three quarters of the sport. The Bulls haven’t been recognized for his or her protection this season (understatement), but when they will proceed to lock-in like this, you are going to wish to take a look at taking the beneath for his or her subsequent a number of video games till oddsmakers meet up with the brand new pattern.

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