DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  January 15 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: January 15
James Grande


Isaiah Thomas Headshot

Thomas (rest) registered 19 points (8-21 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists and one rebound across 32 minutes in Monday's 118-108 loss to the Warriors.

Thomas was back in action after receiving the night off for rest on Friday against the Pacers. The 28-year-old logged a season-high amount of minutes in the process, certainly an encouraging development with respect to the overall fitness of his surgically repaired hip. Thomas has managed three double-digit scoring efforts in the five games he's seen action in thus far, even though his shot is undeniably still a work in progress; factoring in Monday's contest, he's shot no better than 38.1 percent in the last three games.
8:21 am (EST)
LeBron James Headshot

James supplied 32 points (12-18 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 8-13 FT), eight rebounds, six assists, four blocks and three steals across 36 minutes in Monday's 118-108 loss to the Warriors.

James was clearly the Cavs' offensive linchpin once again, even though his sky-high usage led to a game-high eight turnovers. The four-time MVP remained red-hot from the field as well, with his 66.7 percent success rate his best since Dec. 12. James has shot at least 50.0 percent in seven of the last eight games, and he's mirrored that high standard on the other end of the floor as well. Factoring in Monday's contest, he's notched multiple steals in six of the last nine contests, while also recording at least two blocks in three of the past four games as well.
8:16 am (EST)
Eric Gordon Headshot

Gordon scored 19 points (7-21 FG, 3-9 3PT, 2-2 FT) to go with four rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes during Monday's 113-102 loss to the Clippers.

Despite tying for the team lead with 19 points, Gordon was not very efficient from the floor for the second straight game. In his last two games, the guard is shooting a total of 30.0 percent on 20.0 shots. In the four games before that, Gordon was shooting 47.4 percent, including 35.0 percent from three. Still, he is averaging 21.2 points in his last seven games since returning to the starting lineup. However, with James Harden (hamstring) possibly returning later this week, Gordon's current run as a starter may be coming to an end.
8:14 am (EST)
Jordan Bell Headshot

Bell drew the start at center in Monday's 118-108 win over the Cavaliers, producing six points (2-3 FG, 2-2 FT) and three rebounds across 14 minutes in Monday's 118-108 win over the Cavaliers.

Coach Steve Kerr opted to go small Monday, sending Zaza Pachulia to the bench, and ultimately, to a DNP-CD. Meanwhile, Bell entered the first unit, but he ended up playing a minimal role. The 23-year-old has enjoyed some productive outings this season off the bench, especially on the glass. However, given the depth of the Warriors' rotation and minutes typically afforded to the first unit, his fantasy value remains limited to deeper formats for the time being.
8:08 am (EST)
Chris Paul Headshot

Paul scored 19 points (8-17 FG, 3-10 3PT) to go with six rebounds, seven assists and one block in 35 minutes during Monday's 113-102 loss to the Clippers.

Overall, Paul had a solid night in his first game back at his former home in Los Angeles. Monday's stat line adds onto a seven game stretch in which the guard is averaging 22.4 points, 9.7 assists and 7.1 rebounds in James Harden's (hamstring) absence. With Harden possibly making a return later this week, Paul's numbers could see a significant hit. Over his last seven games, Paul is shooting, on average, 17.8 times from the floor, which is currently 3.7 more times than his season average. With Harden back in the lineup, expect Paul's opportunities to decrease slightly back to the range of 14.0 shots per game versus Harden's 21.2 shots.
8:07 am (EST)
Brendan Gallagher Headshot

Gallagher had a team-high seven shots over 19:38 of ice time in Monday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders.

Gallagher topped a lineup that fired 56 shots on New York's Thomas Greiss. More important than getting pucks to the net, Gallagher's time on ice was a season high and more than four minutes above his average TOI (15:17). We've been hard on head coach Claude Julien for limiting Gallagher's ice time, but the coach has allotted 18:31 of playing time for Montreal's leading goal-scorer over the last two games.
8:06 am (EST)
Draymond Green Headshot

Green supplied 11 points (5-14 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 16 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks across 38 minutes in Monday's 118-108 win over the Cavaliers.

Green enjoyed an impressively productive night despite a relatively poor shooting effort, particularly from long distance. The 27-year-old came within an assist of his second triple-double of January, and his rebound haul was a season high. Green has also posted double-digit scoring in six of the first eight contests of 2018, and the fact he accomplished the feat on Monday with the starting five at full health was certainly an encouraging sight for his fantasy owners.
8:03 am (EST)
Klay Thompson Headshot

Thompson posted 17 points (7-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal across 35 minutes in Monday's 118-108 win over the Cavaliers.

Thompson played his complementary role to perfection once again, shooting well over 50.0 percent for the second straight game in the process. The 27-year-old's scoring contributions have gone through their usual fluctuations thus far in January, with his point totals often relative to the health, or lack thereof, of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. However, Thompson has scored under 15 points only once since Nov. 18, making keeping his fantasy stock robust across all formats.
7:59 am (EST)
Blake Griffin Headshot

Griffin scored 29 points (11-22 FG, 0-4 3PT, 7-8 FT) to go with 10 rebounds, six assists, one steal and five turnovers in 35 minutes during Monday's 113-102 win against Houston.

After collecting 10 rebounds Monday, Griffin clinched his second double-double in his last three games. The forward is averaging 19.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.1 assists in his last eight games since originally returning from a knee injury. If Griffin can stay healthy, he should be able to continue to maintain his 22.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists that he is averaging through his first 27 games of the season.
7:57 am (EST)
Stephen Curry Headshot

Curry poured in 23 points (8-15 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and added eight assists, four rebounds and two steals across 33 minutes in Monday's 118-108 win over the Cavaliers.

Curry played second fiddle to star teammate Kevin Durant on the night, but he still produced his seventh straight game with at least 50.0 percent shooting. The nine-year veteran bounced back from long range following a rough 28.6 percent night from distance against the Raptors on Saturday, draining 50.0 percent of his three-point attempts for the third time in the last four contests. Curry even put a punctuation night on his solid night with a rare two-handed dunk in the third quarter, one of several highlights in what was the Warriors' 13th consecutive road victory. Factoring in Monday's production, the perennial All-Star is averaging 30.8 points, 7.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals across 34.0 minutes in six January games.
7:51 am (EST)
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