NBA DFS Podcast - December 4
Jon Impemba and James Grande preview Wednesday's NBA DFS main slate
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J. Crowder - SF
Jae Crowder accounted for 17 points (6-of-7 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), two rebounds, one assist, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes Saturday vs. Phoenix.
Crowder has made four 3-pointers in three of the Heat’s five games in the bubble, shooting 17-of-29 from beyond the arc. Saturday’s 17-point effort was his best in those five games, and he’s scored 15 or more in three of Miami’s last four. Crowder’s rebounding and defensive contributions tend to grab the headlines, but he’s been a dependable shooter for the Heat as well.
Added 10:28 pm (EST)
D. Robinson - SF
Duncan Robinson shot 4-of-12 from three in Saturday’s loss to the Suns, posting a line of 25 points (7-of-15 FGs, 7-of-7 FTs), three rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 37 minutes.
The seven free throw attempts were two shy of his season-high, and Saturday’s game was the third this season in which Robinson managed to block two shots. When Miami’s rotation is whole he tends to be pigeon-holed into the “points and 3-pointers” box, but Robinson had the opportunity to do a little more as both Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic were out with ankle injuries. Robinson’s shooting ability is enough to make him a worthwhile fantasy pickup, and any production in other areas qualifies as a welcome bonus.
Added 10:22 pm (EST)
B. Adebayo - PF
Bam Adebayo finished Saturday’s loss to the Suns with 18 points (6-of-13 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), seven rebounds, nine assists, one steal and three blocks in 30 minutes.
Adebayo was asked to do more as a playmaker with Jimmy Butler (ankle) sidelined, and overall he had a very good night when placed in those situations. The five turnovers weren’t great, but that figure qualifies as a minor hiccup for the young All-Star. He’ll still have chances to initiate actions when Butler returns, but the number of opportunities decrease slightly. Either way Adebayo is a must-have in any fantasy format.
Added 10:19 pm (EST)
T. Herro - SG
Tyler Herro was outstanding in Saturday’s loss to the Suns, as in 36 minutes he was responsible for 25 points (10-of-16 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), eight rebounds, 10 assists and one 3-pointer.
Herro’s ten assists represent a new career-high, as the rookie took full advantage of there being more opportunities for him to make plays on the ball. Miami was without both Jimmy Butler (ankle) and Goran Dragic (ankle) Saturday, with Herro moving into the starting lineup as a result. Should those two have to miss any more game time, the rookie out of Kentucky is a prime fantasy option regardless of the format.
Added 10:15 pm (EST)
C. Johnson - PF
Cameron Johnson made both of his 3-point attempts in Saturday’s win over the Heat, finishing with 14 points (5-of-6 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), three rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot in 27 minutes.
Johnson had a noteworthy achievement Saturday night, as he reached 100 made 3-pointers faster than any player in Suns history. The decision to move Johnson into the starting lineup at the four has worked wonders for Phoenix, especially as the rookie continues to make strides defending power forwards. Possessing solid fantasy value currently, Johnson will be a late-round value pick ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
Added 10:11 pm (EST)
D. Ayton - C
Deandre Ayton tallied 18 points (7-of-15 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), 12 rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes Saturday vs. the Heat.
Ayton struggled with Bam Adebayo on the defensive end of the floor, but he still managed to post his second double-double in as many games. He now has three double-doubles in the Suns’ five games in the bubble, and has been one of the big reasons why Phoenix remains undefeated. The team’s current five-game win streak is the franchise’s longest in six years.
Added 10:06 pm (EST)
J. Carter - PG
Jevon Carter played 26 minutes in Saturday’s win over Miami, scoring a season-high 20 points (7-of-10 FGs) with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and six 3-pointers.
Carter has long been known for his prowess on the defensive end of the floor, but he got the job done on both ends Saturday. The 20 points and six 3-pointers are season-highs, with the latter figure also representing a career-high. If Carter can consistently knock down perimeter shots, he’ll not only cement a role for himself in the rotation but increase his fantasy value as well.
Added 10:03 pm (EST)
D. Booker - SG
Devin Booker shot 15-of-26 from the field and 5-of-5 from the foul line in Saturday’s win over the Heat, finishing with 35 points, three rebounds, six assists and one steal.
Booker struggled from beyond the arc, missing all seven of his 3-point attempts, but the mid-range and in game was working well for the Suns’ star guard. He’s now scored 30 or more in three of the Suns’ last four games, and Phoenix remains the lone undefeated team in the bubble. Booker now has 89 30-point games in his career, one away from the Suns' franchise record.
Added 9:24 pm (EST)