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DFS NBA Playbook: March 23
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Enes Kanter Headshot

Kanter recorded 24 points (8-9 FG, 8-9 FT), 11 rebounds, one steal and one block across 20 minutes during a 122-97 win over the 76ers on Wednesday.

Kanter was extremely efficient in totaling a game-high 24 points in just 20 minutes. The 24 points marked his highest scoring total since Jan. 15. He was also able to total his second consecutive double-double in the win. Kanter should be a reliable source of points, rebounds and percentages to close out the regular season.
1:50 am (EST)
Russell Westbrook Headshot

Westbrook produced 18 points (6-6 FG, 6-6 FT), 14 assists, 11 rebounds and two blocks across 28 minutes during a 122-97 win over the 76ers on Wednesday.

Westbrook, who had been averaging 23.8 field goal attempts per game on the season, took a major step back offensively Wednesday, as he went perfect from the field in taking a season-low six attempts from the floor. He was also able to secure a triple-double after missing out in the previous two games. It is unlikely that he will continue to be so passive on the offensive end, but he may take a small step back to finish the season to conserve a little energy with the playoffs looming.
1:49 am (EST)
Jahlil Okafor Headshot

Okafor (knee) contributed six points (3-6 FG), two rebounds and two assists across 17 minutes during a 122-97 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday.

Okafor wasn't able to get much going in the return as he only received 17 minutes. He had strung several good games together before he was forced to sit out with the sore knee, but it's hard to imagine him being productive on a consistent basis while receiving such a low amount of minutes.
1:48 am (EST)
Nik Stauskas Headshot

Stauskas totaled 20 points (7-12 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and one assist across 30 minutes during a 122-97 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday.

Stauskas stunningly reached the 20-point mark for the second consecutive game, and did so in much more efficient fashion this time as he matched a season high with five three-pointers made. His 20 points off the bench also marked a team high. It is extremely unlikely that he will continue at this rate of production.
1:48 am (EST)
LeBron James Headshot

James posted 18 points (8-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six rebounds and five assists over 34 minutes in Wednesday's 126-113 loss to the Nuggets.

James scored well below his 26.2 point season average on Wednesday and had an all-around unimpressive stat line (at least for The King). Kyrie Irving provided the majority of Cleveland's offensive spark in a losing effort, but Wednesday's game further illustrates the need for the Cavs to be humming on all cylinders if they wish to be competitive when playoff time arrives. Despite the loss, James is a must-start every game, but owners should closely monitor Cleveland's game-day updates as they could rest their starters multiple times in the coming weeks.
1:30 am (EST)
Deron Williams Headshot

Williams posted 19 points (8-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot over 20 minutes in Wednesday's 126-113 loss to the Nuggets.

Since joining the Cavaliers on March 1, Williams hasn't had much impact playing behind Kyrie Irving, but tonight marked his highest point total with the team. Williams could have an interesting role with the team in the next few weeks, as Cleveland may opt to rest some starters leading up to the playoffs, and his output tonight could garner some extra minutes in that role. He's also an excellent insurance policy for Irving if you're in a format that begins their playoffs this week or next week.
1:21 am (EST)
Kyrie Irving Headshot

Irving scored 33 points (11-22 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 7-7 FT), three assists and two rebounds over 27 minutes in Wednesday's 126-113 loss to the Nuggets.

Irving's night was remarkable considering all he achieved in just 27 minutes on the court. He shot 50 percent from the floor, 80 percent from beyond the arc and a perfect 100 percent from the charity stripe. His performance on Wednesday only bolsters his standing among his peers as he now ranks third in the league in field-goal percentage among point guards (47.4 percent). Unless Cleveland blows out a team or rests their starters, Irving's output is almost guaranteed to be high as the team prepares for playoff action.
1:10 am (EST)
Nikola Jokic Headshot

Jokic tallied 16 points (8-10 FG), 10 rebounds and seven assists over 29 minutes in Wednesday's 126-113 win over the Cavaliers.

Jokic remains a premier stat machine for the Nuggets, where he's recording double-doubles and triple-doubles almost at will. He's almost matchup-proof at this point and keeps exceeding his season averages, especially in rebounds, where he has beaten his current average of 9.4 rebounds per game seven times this month. Jokic's versatility earns him positional eligibility at both power forward and center in most formats, and he's a quality start in either spot.
12:59 am (EST)
Gary Harris Headshot

Harris scored 21 points (8-14 FG, 3-6 3 Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with four assists and three rebounds in Wednesday's 126-113 win over the Cavaliers.

Gary Harris continued his excellent play on Wednesday after notching a career-high 28 points on Monday against the Rockets. Across 11 contests in March, Harris has averaged 16.9 points, 3.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals all of which exceed his seasonal averages with the exception of rebounds. Harris will try to keep his hot streak going against the Pacers on Friday.
12:44 am (EST)
Wilson Chandler Headshot

Chandler posted 18 points (8-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, three assists and one steal over 41 minutes in Wednesday's 126-113 win over the Cavaliers..

Chandler's return after a four-game absence was a success, as he showed no ill effects from the groin injury that sidelined him. He will continue to start until Danilo Gallinari (knee) is able to return, so he should be a viable small forward in most formats, especially when you consider he often sees time at the 4 slot as well.
12:31 am (EST)
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