DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  January 15 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: January 15
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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)
Jonathan Drouin Headshot

Drouin had a goal, four shots on net, and three hits in Monday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders.

The goal was a huge monkey off Drouin's back. The 22-year-old forward had gone 13 straight games, dating back to Nov. 29, without scoring and had just three in the last 32. He's registered points in three straight contests, which may quell some of creeping buyer's remorse feeling in Montreal. His painful transition to center has been a running theme of late, and there's no sign that head coach Claude Julien will be moving him to wing anytime soon. Montreal is without Andrew Shaw (lower body, IR) and Phillip Danault (head) for the time being and needs Drouin to continue in the pivot.
7:48 am (EST)
Lou Williams Headshot

Williams scored 31 points (12-19 FG, 4-8 3PT, 3-4 FT) to go with three rebounds, nine assists and one block in 40 minutes during Monday's 113-102 win against Houston.

Since returning to the starting lineup, Williams has been scoring in bunches. In his last five games, the guard is averaging an impressive 34.2 points in 37.2 minutes per game. In addition, Williams is shooting well as of late, sinking 49.1 percent of his 23.2 shots per game over this span. In particular, he is shooting the lights out from beyond the arc, making 46.2 percent of his 10.8 three-pointers per game since January 8. With Austin Rivers expected to be out until at least Saturday, Williams has at least one more start against Denver on Wednesday to continue his current scoring run. Whether he is starting or contributing from the bench, Williams has been the Clippers' most valuable offensive option this season.
7:44 am (EST)
Kevin Durant Headshot

Durant posted 32 points (9-16 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 10-10 FT), eight assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block across 35 minutes in Monday's 118-108 win over the Cavaliers.

Durant and the Warriors got the better of the Cavaliers once again, extending their road winning streak to 13 in the process. The perennial All-Star generated half of his point total in a stellar third quarter on his way to his fourth consecutive game with at least 55.6 percent shooting. Durant has been particularly sharp from three-point range during that stretch, draining 62.5 percent of his 25 attempts from distance. Factoring in Monday's production, Durant is averaging 29.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.8 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals across 35.4 minutes in the five January contests he's participated in.
7:44 am (EST)
Alex Galchenyuk Headshot

Galchenyuk registered two assists (one on the power play), five shots and minus-3 rating during Monday's 5-4 loss to the Islanders.

While the talented winger has now marked the scoresheet in four of his past five games for two goals, three assists and four power-play points, he's also saddled fantasy owners with a minus-5 rating during that stretch. In settings excluding the category, the recent uptick in production is encouraging for a strong second half. However, his minus-20 rating for the campaign has been crippling, and it's likely not sitting well with old-school head coach Claude Julien.
7:34 am (EST)
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