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DFS NBA Optimal Lineups : March 22
Ted Schuster
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Marco Belinelli Headshot

Belinelli scored 20 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT) with three rebounds, one assist and one steal across 21 minutes in a 109-102 win over the Magic on Wednesday.

Belinelli's 20 points led all bench scorers in the game, and it was his highest scoring night dating all the way back to a 22 point game on Nov. 19. An inordinate number of free throws allowed the Italian guard to rack up points quickly and efficiently-- his eight attempts were his most of the season. Belinelli is a decent NBA bench player as he consistently gets over 20 minutes of run, but he has done little to prove his fantasy value in even deeper leagues over the course of the season. It's probably safest to consider this game an outlier and move along.
10:02 pm (EST)
Kemba Walker Headshot

Walker posted 22 points (8-21 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven assists and three rebounds across 33 minutes in Wednesday's 109-102 win over the Magic.

Walker finally eclipsed the 20 point mark after failing to do so in his previous three games, but at 38.1 percent from the field, he wasn't all that efficient in getting there. The All Star point guard has failed to break 40 percent from the field in any his past six contests, meaning we can safely classify this recent stretch as a shooting slump. Despite his shot being off, Walker distributed the ball the best he has in four games-- he recorded just one turnover against his seven assists.
9:47 pm (EST)
John Henson Headshot

Henson (thumb) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Kings.

Henson appears to have sprained his left thumb during Tuesday's tilt with the Trail Blazers, as he showed up on the Bucks' injury report earlier today. In order to avoid the risk of aggravating it further, Henson will receive the night off Wednesday, with his next opportunity to see the floor on Friday against the Hawks. Look for both Greg Monroe and Thon Maker to share the center workload in his place, likely meaning an uptick in playing time for both players.
9:20 pm (EST)
Tyreke Evans Headshot

Evans (ankle) will play in Wednesday's game against the Bucks, Jason Ham of CSN Bay Area reports.

Evans has missed three of the last four games with a sore ankle, but has now had ample time off to make a full recovery. He'll rejoin the regular rotation Wednesday, and could be in line for a bigger role on the wing depending on the availability of Arron Afflalo (personal). Evans has been in and out of the lineup with injuries, but in the five games he's played so far in March, he's averaged 13.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steal across 21.4 minutes.
8:41 pm (EST)
Paul Millsap Headshot

Millsap (knee) is expected to opt out of his $21.4 million player option for the 2017-18 season and become a free agent, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

Millsap is currently dealing with a knee injury and has missed three straight games, but that hasn't stopped him from thinking about his future plans. He's now fully expected to opt out of his player option for next year, which would make him an unrestricted free agent. According to Schefter, Millsap could eventually re-sign with the Hawks to a max five-year deal worth $207 million, or sign on to a max four-year deal worth $154 million with another team. That said, this could just be a ploy for more money, rather than indicating he's ready to move on from Atlanta. For now, he'll continue to work on his rehab with the hope of being available for Friday's game against the Bucks, with Ersan Ilyasova the main beneficiary in his absence.
8:26 pm (EST)
Richaun Holmes Headshot

Holmes will come off the bench for Wednesday's tilt versus the Thunder, Randy Renner of NBA.com reports.

Holmes has shined recently, specifically when he posted 24 points (11-19 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 14 rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal across 42 minutes in Monday's starting opportunity against the Mavericks. However, Jahlil Okafor is healthy Wednesday, and will return to the starting lineup. Holmes still figures to see a relatively healthy workload off the bench.
8:00 pm (EST)
Malachi Richardson Headshot

Richardson (hamstring) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Bucks, James Ham of CSN California reports.

Richardson has been sidelined since Feb. 15 with a torn hamstring, and while he has been able to practice recently, he's still not healthy enough to be made active. His next opportunity to return will be Friday in Golden State, but given that Richardson is one of the King's young players they'll have beyond this season, they may remain cautious with the former Syracuse standout.
7:54 pm (EST)
Kosta Koufos Headshot

Koufos will sit out Wednesday's matchup against the Bucks in order to rest, Kings' radio reporter Sean Cunningham reports.

The Kings are opting to rest veteran players sporadically as the season winds down, as it will certainly not hurt their chances in the lottery. As a result, Koufos will draw his second night off in five games. Look for Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein, and even rookie Georgios Papagiannis to continue seeing increased roles in the frontcourt with Koufos sidelined.
7:54 pm (EST)
Ty Lawson Headshot

Lawson will sit out Wednesday's game against the Bucks for rest, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports.

Lawson will be getting his second night off for rest over the past five games, as the Kings continue to alternate days off for some of their veteran players. He should be back in the lineup come Friday's game against the Warriors, but in the meantime, Darren Collison should get the bulk of the point guard minutes, while guys like Garrett Temple and Langston Galloway could see added time off the bench.
7:52 pm (EST)
Juan Hernangomez Headshot

Hernangomez will move to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.

Hernangomez has started the last three games with Wilson Chandler (groin) and Danilo Gallinari (knee) sitting out with their respective injuries. However, Chandler has been cleared to return to the court and is a better matchup against LeBron James at small forward, so the Nuggets will insert him into the top unit right away, while sending Hernangomez to the bench. Chandler's presence likely means a decent drop in minutes for Hernangomez moving forward.
7:47 pm (EST)
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