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DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: January 18
Jon Impemba
Marcus Morris Headshot

Morris recorded 14 points (4-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds and one assist across 27 minutes during an 89-80 loss to the 76ers on Thursday.

Morris played well off the bench in the loss, as the 14 points matched a team high and he knocked down a few triples. Despite the decent game, Morris' value is mostly limited to points, three-pointers and rebounds. Over the last three games, he's averaging 15.0 points on 47.1 percent shooting, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 three-pointers per game.
Yesterday 11:22 pm (EST)
Marcus Smart Headshot

Smart provided 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt), five rebounds and one assist across 34 minutes during an 89-80 loss to the 76ers on Thursday.

Smart received the start with Kyrie Irving (shoulder) sidelined and received 34 minutes. He also scored in double figures for the fifth time in the last six outings. Smart has played decently lately, with averages of 12.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game across his last five games.
Yesterday 11:22 pm (EST)
Jerryd Bayless Headshot

Bayless contributed four points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists across 25 minutes during an 89-80 win over the Celtics on Thursday.

Bayless got the start for the injured J.J. Redick (leg) but didn't do much, as he put up just four points on five field goal attempts. He was outplayed by T.J. McConnell, who came off the bench and played 26 minutes. If Bayless continues to start, he will likely have some nice games here and there, but he shouldn't be expected to be a consistent force.
Yesterday 11:22 pm (EST)
Joel Embiid Headshot

Embiid totaled 26 points (10-19 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 16 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and one steal across 35 minutes during an 89-80 win over the Celtics on Thursday.

Embiid was excellent again in the win, as he picked up a game-high 26 points, his third consecutive double-double and contributed across the board. The 16 rebounds also matched a season high. Embiid could have a slightly larger role in the offense while J.J. Redick (leg) is sidelined.
Yesterday 11:21 pm (EST)
Jae Crowder Headshot

Crowder posted 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-2 3Pt), five rebounds and one steal across 23 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 victory over the Magic.

Crowder's role in the offense will never exceed Thursday night's effort because of the players surrounding him. He was extremely efficient when he had his chances and hit both of his threes, but he only shot five times from the floor, capping his upside. Playing in the starting lineup may be a curse for his stats, but his defense and solid perimeter shooting makes him a solid forward to round out the Cavs' lineup moving forward.
Yesterday 10:13 pm (EST)
Aaron Gordon Headshot

Gordon registered 17 points (7-20 FG, 2-10 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, three steals and two assists across 36 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 loss to the Cavaliers.

Despite his woeful shooting from behind the arc, Gordon collected his double-double of the season, getting it done inside the paint on offense and defense. His three steals marked his second-highest such total on the season, as the struggling Cavs made a lot of errors that Gordon capitalized on. Undoubtedly the best big man on the roster right now for the Magic, Gordon will have his chance to play and post double-doubles on a consistent basis.
Yesterday 10:10 pm (EST)
Elfrid Payton Headshot

Payton collected 19 points (9-17 FG, 1-1 3Pt), eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block across 30 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 loss to the Cavaliers.

Payton has scored in single-digits three out of his last four games, so Thursday night's performance was encouraging to see. While his minutes have fluctuated on a volatile Magic roster, Payton remains a solid source of points and assists when given the chance to lead the team down the court every possession.
Yesterday 10:05 pm (EST)
Skal Labissiere Headshot

Labissiere (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Friday's matchup with the Grizzlies, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento reports.

Labissiere sat out Wednesday's game after injuring his shoulder Monday. More information should come out during the King's Friday shootaround. If he is unable to go, Zach Randolph could see an increased number of minutes.
Yesterday 10:02 pm (EST)
Isaiah Thomas Headshot

Thomas tallied 21 points (6-15 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 6-7 FT), four assists, three rebounds and two steals across 30 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 victory over the Magic.

Thomas has yet to boast a solid efficiency from the floor in any of the contests he has played, but it is encouraging to continue to see his point production rise further removed from injury. While he may not attempt 10 threes every night, he has shown that even with the best player in the league on his team, he can still produce with the opportunities he gets. Look for Thomas to take a big step in the right direction soon, and take the Cavs team as a whole with him.
Yesterday 10:01 pm (EST)
Lance Stephenson Headshot

Stephenson (illness) will be available to play Thursday.

Stephenson was considered a game-time decision with an illness earlier in the day, but coach Nate McMillan confirmed that he will be available to play Thursday. With him being able to go, the illness shouldn't be an issue in any upcoming games.
Yesterday 8:43 pm (EST)
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