DFS NBA Playbook: February 27 Cover Image
DFS NBA Playbook: February 27
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Danilo Gallinari Headshot

Gallinari scored 24 points (6-16 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 10-11 FT) while adding four rebounds, two steals and an assist in 35 minutes during Sunday's 105-98 loss to the Grizzlies.

He's looked good in three games since returning from a groin injury, averaging 19.7 points, 6.0 boards, 1.7 three-pointers and 1.0 steals. Staying healthy is always an issue for Gallinari -- he's played more than 59 games just once in the last five seasons -- but if he can avoid his usual strains and sprains, he should be productive down the stretch for a Nuggets squad that doesn't have many other scoring options.
1:14 am (EST)
Nikola Jokic Headshot

Jokic scored 10 points (5-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt) while adding 11 rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block in 33 minutes during Sunday's 105-98 loss to the Grizzlies.

The second-year center is struggling at the offensive end of the court right now, scoring only 16 points combined over his last three games, but Jokic has still grabbed double-digit boards in six of his last eight contests while averaging 16.6 points, 12.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 0.9 blocks and 0.9 steals over that stretch.
1:09 am (EST)
Zach Randolph Headshot

Randolph scored 20 points (9-18 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding 11 rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 105-98 win over the Nuggets.

After nearly averaging a double-double in January, Randolph has unsurprisingly fallen off the pace a bit in February, but the 35-year-old has still produced a useful 13.9 points and 8.4 boards through nine games on the month as the Grizzlies try to lock up a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
1:04 am (EST)
Jose Berrios Headshot

Berrios gave up a run over two innings with two strikeouts and a walk in his spring debut in Sunday's win over Washington.

Berrios and Trevor May are the primary candidates competing for the fifth starter job, though five other starters (including Tyler Duffey) are also in the mix. Berrios will pitch for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, which may delay Minnesota's decision on their fifth starter role until late in spring training. Berrios was spectacular at Triple-A last season (2.51 ERA and 10.1 K/9) but struggled so much in the majors (8.02 ERA and 5.4 BB/9) that the Twins may feel he needs to regroup in the minors at the start of the season.
12:56 am (EST)
Mike Conley Headshot

Conley scored 31 points (9-16 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 8-11 FT) while adding five assists, four rebounds and two steals in 35 minutes during Sunday's 105-98 win over the Nuggets.

It's the second time in four games Conley's popped for 30 or more points. The 29-year-old has enjoyed another huge month in February, averaging 20.1 points, 6.0 assists, 2.6 boards, 2.2 three-pointers and 1.4 steals in 10 games.
12:54 am (EST)
Marc Gasol Headshot

Gasol scored 23 points (9-17 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding six assists, five rebounds and a block in 38 minutes during Sunday's 105-98 win over the Nuggets.

It's the first time in eight games Gasol has scored 20 or more points, and the first time in nine that he's drained more than one three-pointer, as the veteran center's offense has taken a bit of a downturn in February. He's remained productive, however, averaging 16.3 points, 7.8 boards and 5.8 assists over that eight-game stretch.
12:50 am (EST)
Trevor May Headshot

May threw 1.2 scoreless innings allowing one hit with two walks and one strikeout in his spring debut in Sunday's win over Washington.

May is competing for the fifth starter job after working out of the bullpen last season. May looked set to become a key factor in Minnesota's bullpen last season, but his year was sidetracked with a stress fracture in his back that helped result in a a 5.27 ERA and 1.5 HR/9. With a 12.66 K/9 and a 93.9 mph average fastball last season, he'll be an intriguing option if he's able to win a spot in the rotation.
12:49 am (EST)
Kurtis Gabriel Headshot

Gabriel was suspended by the AHL pending a review of a fight he got into with a Chicago Wolves defenseman in front of their locker room during Saturday's game, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Gabriel got into a fight with Vince Dunn on the ice and then Gabriel hit Dunn after they got into an altercation again off the ice as they were headed to each team's locker room.
12:36 am (EST)
Alex Pietrangelo Headshot

Pietrangelo received stitches on his ear after Sunday's loss to Chicago, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. He was struck with a puck while sitting on the bench.

The issue didn't force the veteran blueliner to miss any time during the contest, and there hasn't been any indication that he'll be forced to sit out any upcoming games, the first of which comes Tuesday at home against Edmonton. Despite the losing effort -- and puck to the head -- Pietrangelo managed to score his ninth goal of the year in 25:44 of ice time Sunday.
12:28 am (EST)
Oliver Bjorkstrand Headshot

Bjorkstrand collected a pair of helpers Sunday in a 5-2 win over the Rangers.

The young Dane has been productive in five games since being recalled from the AHL, posting four points and a plus-5 rating. On top of that, Bjorkstrand has fired 14 shots on goal during that span, as well, so he's not likely to be sent back down anytime soon as long as he's rolling.
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