NBA DFS Showdown Write-Up: Nuggets vs Lakers Game 2
Jon Impemba breaks down tonight's NBA DFS showdown slate
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Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers (-7.5)
Game Total: 215.5
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L. Kennard - SG
Luke Kennard finished Tuesday’s loss to the Hawks with 13 points (5-of-13 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), three rebounds, two assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.
Kennard had a career night defensively, as he tallied four steals. With Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both away from the team due to the league’s health and safety protocols, Kennard will have more opportunities to produce as a starter. Kennard should get at least three more starts, as the earliest that Leonard and George are expected back is February 2 (at Brooklyn). He’s currently rostered in 20% of Yahoo leagues, so fantasy managers will want to grab Kennard off of the waiver wire.
Added 10:26 pm (EST)
R. Jackson - PG
Reggie Jackson played 39 minutes in Tuesday’s loss to the Hawks, posting a line of 20 points (8-of-16 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.
With Patrick Beverley (knee), Kawhi Leonard and Paul George (health and safety protocols) all not even making the trip east, Jackson was tabbed to make a spot start. And he made the most of his opportunity, shooting 50% from the field while filling the stat sheet. The Clippers don’t play again until Friday in Orlando, and depending upon what happens with Beverley (Leonard and George will miss at least one week), Jackson would be a very good streaming option. He’s currently rostered in just 7% of Yahoo leagues.
Added 10:23 pm (EST)
R. Rondo - PG
Rajon Rondo played six minutes in Tuesday’s win over the Clippers, accounting for two points (1-of-1 FGs), one steal and two turnovers.
Whether or not Rondo is dealing with an injury right now is unknown, as no information was provided by the team following Tuesday’s game. But he played just six first-half minutes, with Brandon Goodwin (7/3/2 with one 3-pointer in 16 minutes) taking on the backup point guard role in the second half. Maybe this was to ensure that Rondo would be available for Wednesday’s game against the Nets, but even if that is the case he doesn’t offer much in the way of fantasy value.
Added 10:18 pm (EST)
D. Hunter - SF
De'Andre Hunter shot 7-of-16 from the field and 6-of-6 from the foul line in Tuesday’s win over the Clippers, tallying 22 points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Hunter has been on a heater recently, as over the last week he’s been a top-20 player in both 8- and 9-cat formats. The second-year wing has six 20-point games this month, and he’s scored 22 or more in three of his last four. For the season Hunter is providing fifth-round value in 9-cat, exceeding his Yahoo ADP (129) by a significant margin.
Added 10:13 pm (EST)
D. Gallinari - PF
Danilo Gallinari (right ankle) missed both of his field goal attempts, finishing with two points and one rebound in 14 minutes.
Gallinari, who missed a lengthy stretch of time due to injury, was kept just under 15 minutes Tuesday night. With the veteran forward still on a minutes limit, starters John Collins (11/11/2/5 blocks and one 3-pointer) and De’Andre Hunter (22/3/4/1/1 with two 3-pointers) played at least 35 minutes and Solomon Hill (four rebounds, three assists, and two steals) played 23. With Gallinari's minutes limited Tuesday, that may leave the door open for him to play in Wednesday's game against the Nets.
Added 10:07 pm (EST)
C. Capela - C
Clint Capela played 35 minutes in Tuesday’s win over the Clippers, accounting for 13 points (6-of-11 FGs, 1-of-4 FTs), 19 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocked shots.
Capela was held out of Sunday’s loss to the Bucks with a hand injury, and he wasn’t on any kind of minutes restriction in his return to the starting lineup. Ranked second in the NBA in rebounds per game, the veteran center has corralled 19 or more in each of his last three games. Providing top-50 value in both 8- and 9-cat formats, Capela has been everything that the Hawks were hoping he would be when they acquired him last January.
Added 10:02 pm (EST)
T. Young - PG
Trae Young shot 12-of-23 from the field and 11-of-11 from the foul line in Tuesday’s win over the Clippers, tallying 38 points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
After missing Sunday’s game due to back spasms, Young showed no signs of rust in the win over the shorthanded Clippers. He scored 14 of his points during the third quarter, a stanza in which Atlanta outscored the Clippers by 11 (33-22). The lone negative for Young in this one was the right ankle sprain that he suffered during the fourth quarter. He was able to stay in the game, but that’s something to keep an eye on as the Hawks host the Nets Wednesday night.
Added 9:56 pm (EST)
R. Langford - SG
Romeo Langford (right wrist rehabilitation) is listed as out for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.
Langford, who underwent offseason surgery on his wrist, has yet to appear in a game this season. Consider him out indefinitely until the Celtics announce otherwise, and it's highly unlikely that he will offer much in the way of fantasy value once cleared.
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Added 8:39 pm (EST)