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DFS NBA Optimal Linesup: March 27
Ted Schuster
Kevin Love Headshot

Love scored nine points (4-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt) with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals across 27 minutes in Monday's 103-74 loss to the Spurs.

Love has struggled to regain his form since returning from a knee injury that kept him out for a month in the second half of February and first half of March. He's averaging just 13.5 points on 42.4 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from three in his six games back from injury while averaging under 30 minutes per game. It was a positive sign that Love was able to play in both halves of week Friday and Saturday's back-to-back and his limited minutes Monday undoubtedly had a lot to do with the game being out of reach, but he will remain a somewhat risky play as the regular season comes to a close unless he strings together a couple of great games very soon.
Yesterday 11:54 pm (EST)
Taj Gibson Headshot

Gibson managed 13 points (6-10 FG, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one block across 24 minutes in Monday's 92-91 victory over the Mavericks.

Gibson was hot early, collecting more than half of his points Monday night in the first quarter. Gibson hovers right around 20 minutes per contest, which makes it harder to trust him on a nightly basis, but he's been aggressive on the offensive end, hoisting up at least seven shots in each of the past four games. The Thunder are desperately looking for someone to take the offensive pressure off of Russell Westbrook, as Victor Oladipo and Steven Adams haven't proven to be reliable enough on that side of the floor. If Gibson continues to take shots, fantasy owners may want to give him a look as the rebounds will be there to make him more than a one-trick pony.
Yesterday 11:45 pm (EST)
LeBron James Headshot

James took an elbow to the neck during Monday's loss in San Antonio, but he fully expects to play Thursday in Chicago, Melissa Rohlin of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

The Cavaliers suffered an ugly 103-74 loss Monday, but had the game been closer, it's certainly possible James would have played more than the 30 minutes he ended up with. Even with the slightly limited workload Monday, James still managed to compile 17 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. Barring something unforeseen, the veteran will likely be on track to play closer to his season average of 37.6 minutes per game against the Bulls on Thursday.
Yesterday 11:43 pm (EST)
Kyrie Irving Headshot

Irving recorded eight points (4-13 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 0-1 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 26 minutes in Monday's 103-74 loss to the Spurs.

Irving was dreadful against the surging Spurs before Cavs' coach Tyronn Lue decided to pull the plug on the All Star point guards night after a season-low 26 minutes of action. Irving's eight points tied his previous season-low and ended his incredible streak of 22 straight games with at least 20 points. It was also the first game all season that he failed to record either a three pointer or a free throw. Better days are surely on the horizon for Irving, who is averaging 27.9 points per game in March, and he remains a must start despite Monday's torpedo of a game.
Yesterday 11:38 pm (EST)
Russell Westbrook Headshot

Westbrook dropped 37 points (15-30 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 5-5 FT) while adding 13 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals across 36 minutes in Monday's 92-91 victory over the Mavericks.

After single-handedly getting his team back into the game, Westbrook dropped the game-winner with seven seconds left as the Mavs, much like the rest of the league, had no answer for Westbrook. He recorded his 37th triple-double of the season Monday night and displayed that he can just about do anything he sets his mind to, especially late in the game when the pressure is solely on him to get his team a victory and one step closer to a firm playoff spot.
Yesterday 11:38 pm (EST)
J.J. Barea Headshot

Barea scored 10 points (3-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding eight assists, one rebound and one steal across 29 minutes in Monday's 92-91 loss to the Thunder.

The 29 minutes is more of an outlier than anything has Barea has played under 20 minutes in seven of his last ten contests. Over that span, he's shooting just 38 percent from the floor, which doesn't warrant any extra minutes. The extra run Monday night was due to Seth Curry's (shoulder) absence, and when he returns, Barea will be bumped back down on the depth chart, making him hard to own in fantasy formats.
Yesterday 11:34 pm (EST)
LaMarcus Aldridge Headshot

Aldridge scored 14 points (4-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-6 FT) with seven rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal across 29 minutes in Monday's 103-74 win over the Cavs.

Aldridge contributed a little bit of everything as the Spurs rolled over the struggling Cavs Monday. San Antonio has now won five straight games and Aldridge's play has reflected their success. He's averaging an even 20 points per game on 50.6 percent from the field with 7.4 rebounds, two assists and 2.4 combined blocks and steals during the win streak-- all right in line or above his full season averages.
Yesterday 11:27 pm (EST)
Kawhi Leonard Headshot

Leonard tallied 25 points (11-21 FG, 0-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block across 30 minutes in Monday's 103-74 win over the Cavs.

Leonard led all scorers as the Spurs coasted to victory over the struggling Cavs. The All Star small forward gave a pretty typical performance contributing respectable totals in each fantasy category, except for his season worst 0-for-7 from three-point range. Leonard has quietly struggled to find his outside shot in the final third of the season with a 29.9 percent average from deep since the All Star break, but despite Leonard's struggles from range, he simply brings too much to the table to be considered anything but a must start in virtually all fantasy formats.
Yesterday 11:19 pm (EST)
Yogi Ferrell Headshot

Ferrell collected 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt), five assists, four rebounds and three steals across 32 minutes in Monday's 92-91 loss to the Thunder.

Ferrell returned to the starting lineup after two games since Seth Curry (shoulder) was sidelined and posted numbers similar to his season averages when he starts. Although he was recently benched, he hasn't stopped playing hard as he has 11 steals over the last five games. Offensively, he has made 10 of his last 16 threes, which has been the source for most of his points (averaging 10 points per game over the last five contests). It'll be interesting to see if Seth Curry will be immediately entered back into the starting lineup with Ferrell's motor, but if he is, expect Ferrell's minutes to dip significantly and his fantasy stock to drastically fall as well.
Yesterday 11:18 pm (EST)
Nerlens Noel Headshot

Noel tallied 15 points (6-12 FG, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, four steals, two blocks and one assist across 28 minutes in Monday's 92-91 loss to the Thunder.

Noel continues to be a force on the boards as he was responsible for half of the team's offensive rebounds Monday night. He has gotten the starting nod in each of the last three games, but this was the first one in which he eclipsed 10 points. Rick Carlisle must like what he sees from Noel in other categories, most notably his rebounds and the six steals he has in the past three contests. If Noel can continue to impress by doing the little things right, he may have found a spot in the starting lineup that he can run with and build on if he can score like he did Monday night.
Yesterday 11:09 pm (EST)
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