NBA DFS Podcast - November 11
Jon Impemba and Sean Mitchell preview Monday's NBA DFS main slate
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N. Vucevic - C
Nikola Vucevic hit 10-of-11 shots and three 3-pointers for 23 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal in just 26 minutes of Thursday's 133-127 win over the Pelicans.
D.J. Augustin, who came off the bench, hit 7-of-10 shots for 22 points and six assists, and James Ennis, Wesley Iwundu, Markelle Fultz, Vic Law and Melvin Frazier Jr. all finished in double digits tonight. The Magic are hoping to get Terrence Ross, Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon healthy for the playoffs, but if any of them sit out against the Bucks, guys like Augustin, Ennis and Iwundu might be in play for DFS.
Added 12:30 am (EST)
F. Jackson - PG
Frank Jackson hit 12-of-24 shots and three 3-pointers for a game-high 31 points, two rebounds, five assists and a steal in Thursday's 133-127 loss to the Magic.
Jackson was challenged by teammate Nickeil Alexander-Walker for game-high honors, as NAW hit 11-of-18 shots and two 3-pointers for a season-high 29 points and seven assists in the loss. The Pelicans are going fishing but their two young guns put on a nice show against the Magic in Orlando tonight.
Added 12:27 am (EST)
J. Harris - SF
Joe Harris hit 9-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 19 points, three rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes of Thursday's 134-133 loss to the Blazers.
Harris did all he could and was matched by teammate Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, who also scored 19 points in the loss off the bench with eight rebounds and five 3-pointers. Garrett Temple added 15 points, 10 boards and four assists, and the Nets have nothing left to lose against the No. 2 Raptors in the playoffs. This should be an entertaining series, even though the Nets are heavily overmatched on paper.
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J. Allen - C
Jarrett Allen played 37 minutes and hit 5-of-8 shots and 4-of-9 free throws for 14 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in Thursday's tough loss to the Blazers.
Allen is basically the last center standing in Brooklyn and should play a huge role against the Raptors in Round 1. While the eye test said that Allen dominated the Blazers on the glass tonight, the stat sheet says differently. Allen is going to be a popular DFS center for as long as the Nets are alive in the playoffs. If they play like they did tonight against the Blazers, they could hang around a little longer than most people might think.
Added 12:15 am (EST)
C. LeVert - SG
Caris LeVert put on a show on Thursday, hitting 16-of-29 shots and a 3-pointer for 37 points, six rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a block in 33 minutes of a 134-133 loss to the Blazers.
He missed a game-winning step-back jumper at the buzzer and no one was mad at him for it. Twitter was alive with 'we should be talking more about Caris LeVert' chatter, but we were pretty high on him coming into the bubble. He looked silky smooth tonight and the Nets, who beat the Clippers and Bucks in the bubble, and almost sent the Blazers home, will face the Raptors in Round 1 of the playoffs. LeVert and his mates have nothing to lose and will surely leave it all on the floor against Giannis and company. They finished 5-3 in the bubble despite being completely depleted and LeVert left his mark. If nothing else, it will be fun to see what they can do against the No. 2 seed next week.
Added 12:06 am (EST)
C. McCollum - SG
C.J. McCollum hit 9-of-21 shots and missed all six of his 3-point attempts for 25 points, four rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a block in 44 minutes of Thursday's 134-133 win over the Nets.
McCollum played really well in the first half, cooled off in the second half and was outshined by Brooklyn's Caris LeVert, who scored 37 in the loss. But the Blazers' needed C.J.'s offense tonight and are now the No. 8 seed, facing the Grizzlies on Saturday in a play-in game. If they can beat Memphis once in two games they'll move on to face the Lakers in Round 1 of the playoffs. And they're going to need McCollum, who is reportedly playing with a back fracture, to bring his A game.
Added 12:02 am (EST)
J. Nurkic - C
Jusuf Nurkic hit 11-of-17 shots for 22 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal and zero blocks in 33 minutes of Thursday's thrilling 134-133 win over the Nets to secure the No. 8 seed in the West.
Nurk gave us several alerts tonight, although he couldn't seem to keep the Nets off the offensive boards with the game on the line. This was win-or-go-home for the Blazers and they're going to have to step up their defense and rebounding going forward. The Blazers now just have to win 1-of-2 games against the Grizzlies to advance to the playoffs and you have to think the Lakers are shaking in their boots right now. Nurkic had a great fantasy line, but was basically outplayed by Jarrett Allen tonight.
Added Yesterday 11:55 pm (EST)
D. Lillard - PG
Damian Lillard hit 13-of-22 shots, 8-of-14 3-pointers and 8-of-9 free throws for 42 points, three rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and just one turnover in 44 minutes of Thursday's thrilling 134-133 win over the Nets, helping the Blazers secure the No. 8 seed in the West.
What a game and what a bubble performance for Lillard, who is now the undisputed pre-playoff bubble MVP, although there wasn't much doubt going in. Lillard's finest play might have been a steal of the ball from Caris LeVert, who had 37 points, to help seal the game with 1:10 left on the clock. The Blazers finished the bubble regular season 6-2 and Lillard will finish as the leading scorer for the eight-game stretch. The Blazers will now face the Grizzlies in a play-in game on Saturday afternoon. If they win, it's over and they'll face the Lakers in Round 1. If they lose, they'll face the Grizzlies again on Sunday and the winner of that game will go on to face the Lakers.
Added Yesterday 11:47 pm (EST)