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DFS NBA Playbook: March 27
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Matt Harvey Headshot

Harvey allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four over six innings during Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves.

His fastball was hitting 97 mph, his slider was running away from right-handed hitters, and the overall result was Harvey's best start of the spring. He still doesn't seem all the way back from surgery to correct his thoracic outlet syndrome, but the 28-year-old's made progress in every start and should at least be able to take his regular turn in the rotation when the regular season begins. With Steven Matz (elbow) now looking like he might need a DL stint, Harvey could make his 2017 debut in the third game of the season, at home April 6 against these same Braves.
10:27 am (EST)
Mike Minor Headshot

Minor is set to open the season in the Royals' bullpen, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

The lefty threw a pair of scoreless innings on Saturday and Sunday in his first back-to-back appearances of the spring. Manager Ned Yost seemed pleased with how Minor bounced back after working Saturday, saying Minor "passed a big test" and had "really good stuff" Sunday. Minor has allowed just one run on five hits and four walks while striking out 11 batters in 12 total Cactus League innings.
10:23 am (EST)
Jose Reyes Headshot

Reyes went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a run scored and an RBI in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves.

The 33-year-old hadn't done much this spring after hitting .278/.316/.389 in 18 at-bats for the Dominican Republic in the WBC, but Reyes has now picked up five hits in his last two games and seems to be rounding into form just in time for Opening Day. With David Wright (shoulder) out indefinitely, Reyes will be the Mets' starting third baseman and leadoff hitter to begin the season.
10:21 am (EST)
Mason Plumlee Headshot

Plumlee scored 16 points (8-10 FG, 0-1 FT) to go along with six rebounds, one assist and one block in 19 minutes off the bench in Sunday's 115-90 loss to the Pelicans.

Plumlee came off the bench for the second straight game, but he enjoyed more success than any of his starting counterparts and actually led the team in scoring in limited minutes. He has been quite productive on a per-minute basis since his arrival in Denver, but the team's crowded rotation has put a cap on his potential for production on a nightly basis.
10:15 am (EST)
Brandon Nimmo Headshot

Nimmo (hamstring) has been able to start jogging, but Mets manager Terry Collins suggested Sunday it was a "long shot" for the outfielder to see any further Grapefruit League action this spring, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.

A DL stint to begin the season it looking likely for Nimmo, but if he's at least able to ramp up his activity level over the final few days of training camp, it could be a short one. The 24-year-old will slot in as the Mets' fifth outfielder and provide a left-handed bat off the bench once he's healthy.
10:10 am (EST)
Nikola Jokic Headshot

Jokic scored just eight points (4-14 FG, 0-3 3Pt) while adding 13 rebounds and two assists across 18 minutes during Sunday's 115-90 loss to the Pelicans.

Jokic struggled a bit with foul trouble and knocked down just 29 percent of his attempts from the field, with his struggles helping contribute to a deficit that swelled to 28 after three quarters. He has been remarkably productive since assuming a featured role, albeit with the occasional dud such as this mixed in, so he should bounce back sooner rather than later as he looks to lead the Nuggets' charge toward a playoff berth with the regular season winding down.
10:09 am (EST)
Gio Gonzalez Headshot

Gonzalez gave up five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings during Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.

Home runs by Jake Marisnick and Marwin Gonzalez accounted for most of the damage, but despite the rough line in the box score, the 31-year-old lefty increased his workload to 91 pitches and would seem to be ready for the regular season. Gonzalez will slot in as the Nats' fourth starter to begin the year, putting him in line to make his first appearance April 7 in Philadelphia.
10:03 am (EST)
Julius Randle Headshot

Randle produced just four points (2-7 FG), nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block over 27 minutes in Sunday's 97-81 loss to the Trail Blazers.

Randle saw a notable offensive downturn after three straight double-digit scoring outings and represented his second four-point effort in the last five contests. Despite the occasional scoring fluctuations, Randle is a consistent presence on the boards, with the third-year pro hauling in no less than seven rebounds in the last 18 games.
10:02 am (EST)
Anthony Davis Headshot

Davis finished with 31 points (12-17 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 15 rebounds, three assists and one block across just 28 minutes during Sunday's 115-90 win over the Nuggets.

Davis was remarkably effective despite falling well short of his average allotment of minutes, leading the team in points and rebounds by hefty margins to spur on a blowout win. DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) sat out Sunday, but The Brow's outputs remained rather consistent with those from his previous outing, albeit in a shorter amount of time. Cousins could return for Monday's matchup with the Jazz, but Davis should still receive a large workload regardless as the team hunts for its fifth win in the last six games.
10:01 am (EST)
Larry Nance Headshot

Nance generated nine points (4-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-5 FT), seven rebounds and one assist over 29 minutes in Sunday's 97-81 loss to the Trail Blazers.

Nance has logged 35 and 29 minutes, respectively, over the last two games and has produced 11.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists over that span. His spot in the frontcourt rotation is secure, although he has logged two eight-minute outings in the last six contests. Otherwise, Nance's minutes are typically in the 20s and he remains a viable grab off the wire for those needing scoring and rebounding. He's also enjoyed a solid month in the steals category, with the second-year big man notching at least one theft in nine of 12 March games.
9:58 am (EST)
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