NBA DFS Podcast - November 19
Jon Impemba and Sean MItchell preview Tuesday's NBA DFS main slate
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I. Zubac - C
Ivica Zubac tallied eight points (4-of-8 FGs), 15 rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot in 25 minutes Sunday vs. the Nets.
Zubac is not going to be much of a scorer for the Clippers, as his job is to be an effective screener, rebounder and rim defender within the team’s system. He did his job well Sunday night, and since struggling in a July 30 loss to the Lakers he’s been a beast on the boards. Zubac has grabbed at least nine rebounds in each of the Clippers’ last five games, averaging 12.6 caroms per contest during that stretch. He’ll have his work cut out for him Tuesday when the Clippers take on Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets, but Zubac is a good low-cost fantasy choice with Montrezl Harrell (personal) still away from the team.
Added 12:16 am (EST)
T. Mann - SG
Terance Mann made the most of his 23 minutes in Sunday’s loss to the Nets, scoring 14 points (6-of-7 FGs) with three rebounds and two 3-pointers.
After playing 12 minutes in Saturday’s win over the Blazers, Mann’s time on the court nearly doubled Sunday and with good reasons. Paul George (rest) being out freed up some time, but more importantly he played well in his reserve role. That isn’t enough to make Mann a value option in any fantasy format, but it may earn him a longer look Tuesday when the Clippers take on Denver.
Added 12:13 am (EST)
L. Williams - SG
Lou Williams accounted for 18 points (5-of-13 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), three rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes Sunday vs. Brooklyn.
The 18 points are the most that Williams has scored in his four games in the bubble, and the 23 minutes played are a “bubble-high” for him as well. The overall field goal percentage wasn’t great Sunday night, but he appears to be headed in the right direction after having to go through a 10-day quarantine before making his Orlando debut. That bodes well for the Clippers heading into the postseason.
Added 12:05 am (EST)
K. Leonard - SF
Kawhi Leonard played 37 minutes in Sunday’s loss to the Nets, scoring 39 points (14-of-25 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), two rebounds, six assists, four steals and four 3-pointers.
Leonard was held out of Saturday’s win over Portland for load management reasons, and he took on his usual workload with Paul George getting Sunday night off. Tuesday’s game against Denver will be critical for the Clippers, as a win would lock up the 2-seed in the West. Accomplish that, and it would not be a surprise of Doc Rivers limited the minutes of his two stars for the seeding game finale against Oklahoma City on Friday. Leonard should be a full go Tuesday, so he’ll be a safe DFS play then.
Added Yesterday 11:58 pm (EST)
T. Johnson - SG
Tyler Johnson played 30 minutes off the bench in Sunday’s win over the Clippers, scoring a season-high 21 points (6-of-11 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), four rebounds, one assist and five 3-pointers.
Johnson has reached double figures in four of the Nets’ six games in the bubble, emerging as a more important member of the rotation than many anticipated him being. After shooting a combined 9-of-36 from the field in his first four games, he’s been far more efficient in his last two. Johnson has shot 11-of-20 from the field and 7-of-14 from three in Brooklyn’s last two outings, wins over the Kings and Clippers. He could see an uptick in minutes during the team’s final two seeding games, as the Nets are locked into the 7-seed in the East.
Added Yesterday 11:52 pm (EST)
G. Temple - SG
Garrett Temple accounted for 19 points (6-of-14 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs), six rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes Sunday vs. the Clippers.
Brooklyn has not beaten both the Clippers and the Bucks while in the bubble, and Temple’s play was a big reason why. The veteran guard scored 19 points in each game, shooting a combined 9-of-22 from three while also tallying 11 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and one steal. The 37 minutes he played Sunday are the most that Temple’s logged in Orlando, and just four minutes shy of his season-high (41 vs. Minnesota on December 30). Brooklyn will need similar performances from Temple if they’re to knock off Toronto in the first round of the playoffs.
Added Yesterday 11:46 pm (EST)
J. Allen - C
Jarrett Allen (sprained left ankle) played 38 minutes in Sunday’s win over the Clippers, finishing with 16 points (7-of-9 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), 16 rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocked shots.
Allen has now posted three double-doubles in the bubble, and the 16 rebounds are the third-most that he’s tallied in a game this season (he had a career-high 21 rebounds in a November 25 win over Cleveland). The sprained ankle did not cause any issues for Allen Sunday night, and he’s been excellent for the Nets down in Orlando. With Brooklyn’s first-round matchup set (Toronto), his minutes may be monitored more closely in the team’s final two seeding games.
Added Yesterday 11:42 pm (EST)
J. Harris - SF
Joe Harris (left groin contusion) shot 10-of-16 from the field in Sunday’s win over the Clippers, tallying 25 points, two rebounds, one assist and five 3-pointers in 27 minutes.
Harris and Caris LeVert scorched the nets in the first quarter, as the combined to score 33 of Brooklyn’s 45 points. While Harris would only score nine more points the rest of the night, the damage was already done. If not for foul trouble, as he ultimately fouled out, Harris could have gone for 30 or more against a usually stout Clippers defense. Brooklyn is locked into the 7-seed in the East, so it would not be a surprise of Jacque Vaughn looked to manage the minutes of his “big three” (Harris, LeVert and Jarrett Allen) in the team’s final two seeding games.
Added Yesterday 11:34 pm (EST)