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NBA Podcast: S2-Ep.17

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POINT GUARD –  

 

BOB- Kyrie Irving-Boston Celtics- Danny Ainge said that Kyrie Irving who is suffering from a right knee strain is “very, very close” to a return. All signs are pointing to a return after the all star break. It is also noted irving has traveled down to Charlotte for All-Star weekend with the Celtics physical therapist Brian Dolan and his personal trainer, Robin Pound. Kyrie’s status for the All-Star game on Sunday night has not yet been determined, but Ainge said he would not have an issue with Irving playing even though he sat out of the Celtics last two contests.

 

FSF- Tony Parker- Charlotte Hornets- Parker was forced out of Thursday nights game with the same back issue.This will move Devonte Graham into the backup PG role but not worth the pick up in most leagues. Nothing suggests this injury will linger through the All-Star break, although Parker hasn’t been a fantasy asset even at full strength in Charlotte. Only way he would see an increase role is if Kemba Walker went down.

 

BOB- Austin Rivers- Houston Rockets- Rivers is dealing with a sore right elbow was out of action thursday but it doesn’t sound like a long-term injury and sitting out this game allows him to rest until Feb. 21. This also gives time for the team to get healthy for a last big playoff push. If anything we learned last year have the backup to Chris Paul because the man cannot stay healthy coming into the playoffs.

 

FSF- Goran Dragic-Miami Heat- Update 2/15/19: Dragic is currently at the eight-week mark of his initial 6-8 week timetable, and while Erik Spoelstra declined to provide a specific target date for Dragic, there’s a chance he could be back for their first game after the break on Feb. 21. Once Dragic is back, Justise Winslow will return to the second unit. Justise Winslow himself has voiced his opinion saying he would like to stay in the starting line up unsurprisingly. Winslow in Dragic absence is averaging 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists, while shooting 39% from downtown. Dragic is close enough to justify stashing in most scenarios.

 

BOB- Elfrid payton- New Orleans Pelicans- Payton is Suffering from a right ankle sprain and did not play thursday night. No surprise here Payton will now get to rest through the All- Star break but you could see New Orleans go full tank mode. So his fantasy arrow is pointing down.

 

FSF- Fred VanVleet- Toronto Raptors- Fred VanVleet will undergo surgery for ligament damage in his left thumb and miss approximately five weeks, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.Now the Raptors will have to turn to Danny Green, Norman Powell and newly-added Jeremy Lin for some help. Lin could be worth a look for PG-needy owners while Green should be owned in standard leagues.

 

SHOOTING GUARD-

 

BOB- Gary Harris- Denver Nuggets- suffering from a right adductor strain. He will rest until after the all star break. The first game Denver has is February 22nd and even for this game consider him questionable. Malik Beasley will continue to start in his absence, and he should be considered must-own for Harris owners.

 

SMALL FORWARD-

 

FSF- Kyle Anderson-Memphis Grizzlies- Kyle is suffering from right shoulder soreness. Anderson recently had a follow-up visit with a shoulder specialist, but we didn’t hear the results of that, which isn’t a great sign. He could trend up, but there is a shutdown factor. It is unclear if he will return after the all star break. Justin Holiday will continue to start in his absence, and he’s the primary beneficiary here.

 

BOB- Mario Hezonja- New York Knicks- Mario is suffering a bruised left leg and did not play vs. Atlanta on Thursday. Dotson got the start with Mario Hezonja (leg) out and Noah Vonleh moved to the bench, but saw fewer minutes than both John Jenkins and Kadeem Allen. He’s had periods of fantasy usefulness this season, but Dotson is best left on the wire in standard leagues.

 

FSF- Kawhi Leonard- Toronto Raptors- He missed the last game before the all star break for rest and to deal with knee soreness. We believe he is healthy just trying to get extra rest before the all star game. His replacement however made some noise Pascal Siakam went off for 15-of-25 FGs and 10-of-12 FTs to score a career-high 44 points on Wednesday, with 10 rebounds, four 3-pointers, three blocks and two assists.Siakam has been a terrific value in any fantasy format, and Wednesdays career game pushes him closer to top-50 overall in 9-cat.

 

POWER FORWARD-

 

BOB- Rodions Kurucs- (Row DEE ons Koo rooks)Brooklyn Nets- Left elbow strain It’s unclear exactly when Kurucs suffered the elbow injury, but he’ll now have a full week to rest up until Brooklyn’s next game on Feb. 21. Caris LeVert is still being eased back into things, so it’s unlikely he’ll move into the starting five tonight, but Allen Crabbe or Shabazz Napier could get the call. Kurucs has been trending down with the Nets getting healthy again, and he’s not worth owning in most leagues.

 

FSF- Wilson Chandler- Los Angeles Clippers- Wilson Chandler right quad injury is expected to return to practice after the All-Star break.

 

BOB- Nikola Mirotic- Milwaukee Bucks- Has been dealing with recovery from a calf strain. Based on recent reports of him ramping up his workload, there’s a decent chance he’ll be able to make his Milwaukee debut on Feb. 21 against the Celtics. His value will take a bit of a hit in Milwaukee after the trade, but he should still be able to flirt with top-75 value.

 

FSF- Anthony Davis- New Orleans Pelicans- Davis is dealing with a Volar plate avulsion fracture on his left index finger and now it is reported he has a shoulder injury. He plans to play in Sunday’s All-Star game, but it’s dependent on how he responds to treatment in coming days, according to Chris Hayes of Yahoo Sports.

 

BOB- Jerami Grant- Oklahoma City Thunder- He is suffering from a right ankle sprain and at this time it is undetermined if he will be ready for after the all star break. His back up Patrick Patterson has not done much to warrant a spot but off the bench it was Deonte Burton who stepped up the most with 18 points in 26 minutes. This is a deep league target only if you are desperate.

 

FSF- TJ warren- Phoenix Suns- Recovering from an ankle injury sat the last game before the all star break. He is projected to be back after the all star break. So he is worth a pick up in most leagues.

 

CENTER-

FSF- Aron Baynes- Boston Celtics- suffering from a left foot contusion he has now come out to confirm he’ll be back in action by late-February or early-March.

Daniel Theis to take up his minutes off the bench. Once he is back in the rotation Daniel Theis’ minutes will take a substantial hit.

 

BOB- Clint Capela-Houston Rockets- Update: 2/13/2019- Clint Capela who suffered a thumb injury and had surgery on Jan 17th.  Could return for the Rockets’ first game after the All-Star break on Feb. 21 against the Lakers. Mike D’Antoni referred to Wednesday’s game as the last game “before Clint comes back,” implying that he’ll be cleared for the first game after the break. Once he’s back, Kenneth Faried will head to the bench and his value will take a decent sized hit.

 

FSF- Mo Bamba- Orlando Magic- Mo Bamba underwent a procedure in New York to correct a stress fracture in his left tibia and he is currently without a timetable to return.There’s a decent chance Bamba will miss the remainder of the season, so he’s safe to leave on the waiver wire in all re-draft formats. Khem Birch will likely pick up most of Bamba’s minutes, and he could have some low-end value as a shot-blocking specialist in deep leagues.

Picks for the week:

 

Dr. Pagnani:

  1. Devin Booker-SG for the Suns-one of the biggest all star snubs this week, Booker has been on a tear this season which isnt easy when you are playing for the lottery.  Booker is a 6’6 guard with a nasty streak, i think he is a lot like Westbrook but a better shooter. 25 a game this year but 27 over the last 5 including 38 on the spurs last week. The suns are about to hold open tryouts and Booker will be fueled by the snub, I think he will try to play his way out of Phoenix which is bad news for any opponent
  2. Here is a guy for you Scotty, Pascal Siakam, (si a cum)15 and 7 guy who gets a ton of minutes up in Toronto for the Raptors.  He gets like 35 minutes a game and is making it count, he is doubling his career average and has really learned to play off of Kawhai, the East belongs to Toronto and Siakam will continue to flourish. Stat of the week, over the past 5 games Pascal has shot 95% from the charity stripe, he also hung 28 on Milwakee a last week and 33 on atlanta  He is capable of putting up numbers. I expect big things for him with all the changes
  3. Miles Turner-Center for the Pacers, Oladipo is out, Turner is the true Center there coming in at 250 lbs on his 6’11 frame and he plays physical.  He is usually around a 12 point a game guy but he is on a big push for minutes and taking advantage. The Pacers are on a downward spiral and they are looking for anyone to step up and I think Turner is doing it. He put up 27 on the Magic, he shoots over 50 % from the field and over 85% from the free throw line. I picked Thaddeus Young last week and Turner is my Pacer pick up this week.

 

Dr. Feil: The theme this week is young big man turning into studs finally.

 

  • Bobby Portis Center for the Washington Wizards following the trade deadline has been lighting up the league. Portis is loving life as a Wizard with 21.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.3 triples through three games and looks like a big winner of the deadline. He has taken all the minutes from the starting center Thomas Bryant. Get him now or possibly trade him while his value is this high.

 

 

  • Jabari Parker Power Forward Washington Wizards last two games put up an average of 13.5 points, 8.0 boards, 7.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 2.0 steals, though it should be said that those were against the Cavaliers and Bulls. The starting Power Forward Jeff Green is Struggling to stay healthy and seeing a Dip in his minutes with Jabari Parker lighting up the score board and stat sheets. If he wasn’t already scooped up in the past week, go get him. Hats off to the Wizards getting two young studs. That had so much to offer a team but could not find the right fit.

 

 

 

  • Marvin Bagley Sacramento Kings Power Forward Here is another young stud finally finding his shot a groove. The No. 2 pick recently had a stretch of four straight double-doubles and if he was still on your waiver wire he won’t be there for long. His potential arrow is pointing upward with AVG 16.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 blocks over his last five games.

 

 

F Scott Feil, PT, DPT, CKTP, known by many of his patients as "Dr Feilgood" is a physical therapist who has practiced in outpatient and orthopedic rehabilitation for the last 10 years. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as well as the Sports, Orthopedic, Education, and Private Practice sections. A graduate of Wake Forest University where he earned a BA in English, he went on to get his Masters in Physical Therapy at East Carolina University, his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at University of St Augustine where he is also pursuing his Doctorate in Education. "Dr Feilgood" enjoys golfing, fishing, craft beers, and enjoys all things Fantasy Football Injury related (including his own Fantasy Football Draft Weekend injury...true story) He is a lifelong tortured Mets, Knicks, Islanders, and Giants fan (all hail NY sports mediocrity). F Scott is married and he and his wife are raising two wonderfully exhausting children. Dr Feil is the owner and founder of PT.Educator.com, a blog aimed at improving healthcare literacy.

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NBA Podcast: Season 2-Episode 20

F Scott Feil, DPT

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POINT GUARD –

 

BOB-Devin Harris- Dallas Mavericks- He tweaked his ankle under the basket in the second half, but the team announced he was available to play. This sounds like a minor injury if the team announced he was available to play thursday. They could of just decided with Jalen Brunson performing at a high level to run with the hot hand. With that said suggestion is to get Jalen Brunson in all leagues if you need a point guard to score. Over the last three games, he has been killing it.

 

FSF-Lonzo Ball- Los Angeles Lakers- Lonzo is being shut down for the year. No surprise here with the Lakers closer to a lottery pick then a playoff berth. They could be hitting the full tank mode button. Look for Rondo to finish the year as starter and Alex caruso to back him up. The only one who needs to be owned is rondo.

 

BOB- George Hill- Milwaukee Bucks- Hill is recovering from a Groin strain. He is listed as probable for tonight’s game.If he plays he will play under limited minutes. Donte DiVincenzo, Pat Connaughton and Tony Snell could all see their playing time reduced a bit as Hill re-enters the rotation.

 

FSF- Jeff Teague/ Derrick Rose- Minnesota Timberwolves- Jeff teague is still dealing with a left foot injury and did not play last nights game. If the Wolves keep losing look for Teague to be a shutdown candidate bringing value to Tyus Jones. Rose is dealing with a sore right elbow. This is his shooting arm and again with the Wolves almost eliminated and with him dealing with his ankle issue he is another candidate to be shutdown.

 

BOB- Jrue holiday/E’Twaun Moore – New Orleans Pelicans- Alvin Gentry hinted on Thursday that the Pelicans could shut down both Jrue Holiday (abdominal strain) and E’Twaun Moore (quad) for the final 12 games of the season.  Frank Jackson and Kenrich Williams should continue to start in their absence. I like Frank Jackson if both holiday/ Moore on the shutdown bubble .

 

FSF- Dennis Smith Jr.-New York Knicks-  DSJ Is dealing with a Sore lower back. DSJ popped up on the injury report on Thursday with the back issue and will miss his first game since being traded to New York. Emmanuel Mudiay is expected to slide into the starting lineup at point guard and will be a popular DFS option. Mudiay when he starts is averaging 16.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 28.1 minutes.

 

BOB-Tyler Johnson- Phoenix Suns- is dealing with right knee soreness and has been rules out for fridays contest. Devin Booker will likely be asked to facilitate the offense more frequently on Friday. We don’t have a big add  hear but if you have booker you could see more assist come his way until Johnson returns to the line up.

 

BOB- Kyle Lowry- Toronto Raptors- He is dealing with a sprained left ankle injury. He sat out last nights game and Jeremy Lin Started in his place and disappointed in what was a good match up. The projection is for lowry not to be out to long but Lin is only a speculative add at this point. While Vanfleet is still nursing a surgically repaired left thumb.

 

FSF- Dante Exum- Utah Jazz- Yes he finally returned monday from his left knee soreness. But last night he injured his right knee. He is having a tough time staying healthy this season. Exum is droppable with playoffs here.  

 

SHOOTING GUARD-

 

BOB-Josh Hart- Los Angeles Lakers- He can’t get past his ailing knee issues. Hart is ruled out for fridays contest. With him out, that should put Alex Caruso on as a combo guard while Johnathan Williams should see additional time at the three, as well. Andre Ingram is also a deep-league play. Hart is tough to count on at this point drop him for a healthy body with upside.

 

SMALL FORWARD-

 

FSF- Demarre Carrol- Brooklyn Nets- The Nets kept him out on Wednesday because of a hyperextended knee issue from Monday.  He is probable to return to the line up saturday.

 

FSF- Treveon Graham- Brooklyn Nets- is dealing with a back issue and is probable for saturday but it is looking like Kurucs will keep starting in his place. Kurucs would be a decent streaming option for those looking to get a boost to close the week.

 

BOB- Brandon Ingram- Los Angeles Lakers- This headline came in right after we posted last weeks podcast. Ingram, who had missed two straight games due to a sore right shoulder, underwent further testing on Friday which revealed a Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) in his arm. If you recall this is what shut down Chris Bosh,  One clot traveled to Bosh’s lungs and was serious enough that he had to go to the hospital. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. Deep vein thrombosis can cause leg pain or swelling, but also can occur with no symptoms. But for athletes that work out for hours each day, leg pain could just be dismissed as normal wear and tear. So in this case it is a good thing they caught it early address the issue before it gets worse.

 

FSF- Kevin Durant- Golden State Warriors- Coach Steve Kerr said “it’s doubtful” Kevin Durant who suffered a right ankle sprain last game,  plays in Oklahoma City on Saturday. He did practice on Friday and is still listed as questionable. We think they will rest him but he may give it ago saturday against his old team. Look for updates around shootaround.

 

BOB- Moe Harkless- Portland Trail Blazers- Moe is dealing with a left knee injury. This is the same knee from the beginning of the year so there is cause for concern. He will not play on Friday. Rodney Hood will start in his place but should not be a fantasy mover in our opinion.

 

POWER FORWARD-

 

Larry Nance- Cleveland Cavaliers- He is dealing with a rib contusion injury that rules him out of thursdays contest. With the way Kevin Love been playing averaging 20.9 points, 11.9 boards, 2.0 dimes and 3.6 treys over his previous eight. He should be in all lineups. What was once a good add mid season has likely run its course and dried up.

 

CENTER-

 

FSF- Cody Zeller- Charlotte Hornets- This guy is still not healthy. He is dealing with Left knee soreness. The coach without Zeller has started many different lineups with zeller out. Coach James Borrego did say that he’s hopeful Zeller will play on Sunday, though. Borrego wouldn’t say who would start, but he started Willy Hernangomez on Monday. Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also benefit.  

 

BOB- Tyson Chandler- Los Angeles Lakers- He is dealing with a neck injury that has ruled him out friday. With the Lakers closer and closer to being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Chandler maybe shut down and played his last time in purple and gold.  

 

Picks for the week:

 

Bobby:

  1. Jason Richardson, SG for the heat,averaging 5 points above his career average at 17 pts he also adds in 4 dimes and 3 assists a games. While D Wade completes his farewell tour, Richardson has been handling business. He does a little bit of everything including finish around the rim as well as shoot mid 80’s from the free throw line. D wade will always be a bit of a distraction for other teams and I actually think that he is going to make a last run at deciding if he has 1 more year which means Richardson gets to fly under the radar a little more. The East is wide open but presently the heat are sitting at 8 seed but only 3 games out of 6th
  2. Demarcus Cousins, Center for Golden State, I hate to pick any one of the Warriors but Cousins is ready to make a statement as the Warriors make a push, he has had a chance to rest for most of the season with the achilles deal and now I think Steve Kerr is going to lean on Cousins while he rests his other all stars, plus drama is brewing with Durrant and Draymond, Cousins has been averaging 16, 8 as well as a block and a half a game but he is capable of doing more, he put up 27 on houston the other night and could probably do it anytime he wanted
  3. Here is my sleeper, Jalen Brunson, PG for the Mavs.  although he has only been averaging 8.5 points a couple of boards and couple of assists, he has been on a tear lately pushing his average up to 20 a game over the past 5 games and his minutes are up around 30 a game, the kid is a great example of what it is to be in the zone. Brunson has found a nice spot playing of the potential rookie of the year and with Dallas being lottery bound again, i think that Brunson continues to get plenty of opportunity to put up good fantasy numbers

 

FSF: Categorize Specifically players who dominate a specific category that can win you your match up for the weak

 

  • Elfrid Payton- Point Guard for the New Orleans Pelicans- With the Pelicans all but in tank mode. Shutting down players like Jrue holiday/E’Twaun Moore.  I think this assist specialist can pick you up a fantasy playoff win. In his last three games without Jrue, Payton is ranked 20th in 9-category leagues with 14.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.0 triples and 2.0 turnovers. He’s a must-start player until further notice.

 

 

 

  • Frank Kaminsky- Center/ Power Forward For the Charlotte Hornets. We forgot to mention him in the cody zeller injury. But he has been coming off the bench lighting up the scoreboard for a big man. Kaminsky has thrived in his role in the rotation over the last five, averaging 14.6 points, 5.4 boards, 1.2 dimes, 0.2 blocks and 2.2 treys on a 53/50/77 shooting line. He doesn’t have the most upside because of a lack of defensive stats, but his scoring makes him worth a look in competitive leagues.

 

 

  • Marcus Smart- Shooting Guard for the Boston Celtics- He will not wow you all  the time with his points. But where it counts is his Defensive stats. The man is averaging 2.5 steals per game. To go along with 12.7 points, 2.3 boards, 3.7 dimes, and 2.3 treys. Pick him up and watch as you win your match up before the playoffs.

 

 

Nates Picks: Sleepers is the name of the game. These are people your league mates are overlooking.

  • Jerami Grant-Power Forward- Oklahoma City Thunder- He’s really emerged as a key player for the Thunder and has also been a top-50 fantasy asset this season. Grant averaged 14.3 points, 5.4 boards, 1.4 dimes, 0.9 blocks and 1.6 treys on a shooting line. He’s worth owning in standard leagues.

 

  • Robin Lopez Center for the Chicago Bulls- Yes , I said Robin Lopez. If you do not own this man go get him. Ro-Lo’s not owned in enough fantasy leagues and the lottery-bound Bulls should just keep running him out there. Ro-Lo is averaging 16.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 blocks on 55 percent shooting over his last five games.

 

  • Rodonis Kurucs-Power Forward- for the Brooklyn Nets- With how well he has been playing and the Nets looking to secure a playoff spot. Look for the Nets to keep him in their starting line up. Over the last five the rookie forward is  Averaging 13.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 2.4 three-pointers per game. This guy is a pick up and a start at the position if you are struggling.
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NBA Podcast: Season 2-Episode 19

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POINT GUARD –  

 

BOB- Kyrie Irving-Boston Celtics- Irving is dealing with  a left thigh contusion. Coming of a back to back he sat out wednesday night. This could be just a rest day after a big game against the warriors the night before. The Celtics and Irving have made it known they are more worried about the playoffs so expect a few more days in between. What this means is Terry Rozier becomes a must add in all formats similar to last year.  Rozier started Wednesday’s game and put up 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 32 minutes, making 6-of-13 shots with four 3-pointers.

 

FSF- Goran Dragic- Miami Heat-Update 3/5/19- He is dealing with a left calf strain that has put him out of action the past three games. Our fantasy advice is move on from Dragic if you are fighting to make the playoffs.

 

FSF-Dante Exum- Utah Jazz-update 3/1/19- Dante Exum left ankle sprain is dealing with a bone bruise and will be evaluated on friday. We will monitor the situation but we still advice you drop Exum.  

SHOOTING GUARD-

 

BOB- Klay Thompson-Golden State warriors- He has missed the last two games while he is dealing with some right knee soreness. The warriors could play it safe with Thompson and rest him on friday as well. We should get more of an update on friday before shootaround to know if he is good to go. If he can’t go, Andre Iguodala, Damion Lee and Alfonzo McKinnie could see more run.

 

FSF- Terrence Ross- Orlando Magic- He is dealing with left achilles soreness that has ruled him out and they play again on friday as they try to hold on to the 8th seed in the east. With that said play Evan Fournier. Over the last five, the seventh-year guard is averaging 15.0 points, 4.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.

SMALL FORWARD-

 

FSF- Treveon Graham- Brooklyn Nets- is dealing with a back issue but it is looking like Both Kurucs and DeMarre could be streaming options with Kurucs being inserted into the starting line up.

 

BOB- Brandon Ingram- Los Angeles Lakers- He is dealing with right shoulder soreness. They’ll likely have to go bigger with more JaVale McGee at the five, and maybe Josh Hart is finally starting to get healthy. Ingram before this issue was starting to turn a corner. So hopefully he is not out to long.

FSF- Kyle Anderson- Memphis Grizzlies- Kyle Anderson will receive an anesthetic injection in his right shoulder in an effort to alleviate pain, and another update will be provided in approximately two weeks. With only 17 games left they may just shut him down. Our fantasy advice is to move on from him and get someone with value.

 

POWER FORWARD-

BOB- Trey Lyles- Denver Nuggets- Trey Lyles is dealing with a strained left hamstring and is unlikely to play in the Nuggets’ upcoming three-game road trip. Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee are both playing well and the Nuggets have excessive roster depth, so there’s no reason to think Lyles will help owners when he’s healthy.

 

FSF- Kyle Kuzma- Los Angeles Lakers-The good news is that an MRI and X-ray on Kuzma’s right ankle came back negative and he’s being listed as day-to-day, so maybe he’ll be able to get back out there for Saturday’s game against the Celtics with three full days to rest up. Josh Hart is getting the start in his place but he is not fantasy relevant.

 

CENTER-

 

FSF-Kenneth Faried- Houston Rockets- Faried is suffering from a left hip flexor strain. The Rockets will go smaller again  Gary Clark, Gerald Green and Nene will see some extra minutes with Faried and Shumpert off the floor tonight. We like green as a pick up if available for the short term.

 

BOB-Domantas Sabonis-Indiana Pacers- Indiana Pacers- has been held out of the last 4 games with a left ankle sprain. He won’t be traveling with the team for Thursday’s game, but head coach Nate McMillan did say he’s hopeful that Sabonis will be able to practice on Friday or Saturday ahead of Sunday’s game in Philadelphia. Turner will keep tearing it up in the absence of Sabonis.  

 

FSF- Joel Embiid- Philadelphia 76ers- He is dealing with a sore left knee soreness.  Brett Brown said he’s hopeful that Joel Embiid (knee) will be able to rejoin the team in Houston for Friday’s game or sunday against the Pacers.

 

Picks for the week:

 

Dr. Pagnani:

  1. Trevor Ariza-SF for the Wizards. Veteran journeyman has settled into a nice role in washington and with John Wall out, that gives Ariza plenty of touches. Lets remember this guy has played with some big scorers, Kobe and the Beard and he still knows how to get his shots.  He is kind of a swiss army knife of a player, averaging 12, 4 assists and 5 ½ boards. The guy is a 3 point threat but also fills the lane on a break. I like his role with the Wizards who are trying to figure out who they are and battle for a low playoff spot.Ariza came from Phoenix after signing a 1 yr deal for 15 mil, i think he puts on a show and raises his stock to see if LA will come knocking.
  2. Julius Randle, Center for the Pelicans. Everyone is talking about the Brow going to LA but lets talk about the guys who came from LA, Randle is a beast and he let LA know the other night on what they gave up as he put 35 on them. All year he has been averaging 20, 9 and half a block but he has upped his average over the past 5 games to 25 a game. The guy is 6’9 250 and has the luxury of playing off of the Brow! I think Randle uses the Lakers game make a statement and keep rolling, proving to everyone else there is someone besides the Brow in New Orleans
  3. Here is my sleeper, Terrence Ross, shooting guard for the Orlando Magic. 6 yr guy is averaging career highs in points, assists and rebounds and has found a nice spot usually coming off the bench but averaging 25 minutes a game. He is putting up 15 a game including the other night when he had 28 against league leading raptors.  The magic are sitting at the 8 spot but onl3 3 games put them out of the 6 spot. Role players are what Orlando is made up of and I think Ross will continue to be a big contributor.

 

Dr. Feil: This week Most of our picks have 4-3 games next week. Setting up perfectly for your last playoff push. Before week 22- 24.

 

  • Patrick Beverley Point Guard for the Los Angeles Clippers.  Over the last two weeks the veteran guard has been a top-50 player in nine-category leagues. Beverley’s been able to add stats all over the place with averages of 8.0 points, 7.6 boards, 4.0 dimes, 1.2 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.4 treys. He should be owned in standard leagues. and he’ll be of even greater importance as the Clippers look to lock down a playoff spot.

  • Trae Young Point Guard Atlanta Hawks. Since the All-Star break, Young came into this game ranked second in the NBA in triples  with 26, second in free throws made with 52, third in total points with 206 and third in total assists  with 65. He is making his case for rookie of the year granted we think Luka has it locked up. Look for Young to finish the year strong.

 

  • Kelly Olynyk Power Forward Miami Heat. Olynyk has been one of the bright spots for a Miami team trying to make the playoffs in Dwayne Wades last season.  Since the All-Star break, averaging 17.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He needs to be owned at this point in all formats until he cools off if he does.
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