Jeff Teague drops 17, Hawks win 18th straight
Jeff Teague | ATL
(January 30, 2015 10:14 PM EST)
Jeff Teague scored 17 points in a 105-99 win over the Blazers on Friday, adding seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.
The Hawks have won 18 games in a row and are 32-2 since Thanksgiving. They will take on the 76ers on Saturday, the Pelicans on Monday, the Wizards on Wednesday, and then the Warriors on Friday in what's shaping up to be the best game of the season. As for Teague, he's a top-10 fantasy guard and his owners can enjoy the ride.
Al Horford fills it up against the Blazers
Al Horford | ATL
(January 30, 2015 10:06 PM EST)
Al Horford filled the stat sheet against the Blazers on Friday with 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.
He's on fire. In his previous 10 games, Horford averaged 17.9 points, 7.9 boards, 5.1 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.7 steals on 71.1 percent from the field. He's certainly capable of being a top-10 fantasy asset and his owners should be asking for a lot if they want to sell high.
Don't Baze Me, Bro: Bazemore logs 40 mins
Kent Bazemore | ATL
(January 30, 2015 10:01 PM EST)
Kent Bazemore played a season-high 40 minutes against the Blazers on Friday, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.
DeMarre Carroll (Achilles) didn't play and Thabo Sefolosha (calf) was hurt in the first quarter. Excluding the two games in which the Hawks rested guys, Bazemore hasn't played more than 26 minutes and he has a ton of DNP-CDs. However, there's a good chance he gets run with Carroll and Thabo out. He's still only worth a look in deep leagues.
LaMarcus Aldridge scores 37 points vs. Hawks
LaMarcus Aldridge | POR
(January 30, 2015 9:55 PM EST)
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 37 points on 15-of-24 from the field against the Hawks during a 105-99 loss on Friday, adding 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.
Umm, what thumb injury? Aldridge was the go-to option and the Hawks couldn't stop him. He's also coming off a 38-point game on Wednesday and it's probably safe to say he's comfortable playing through the torn ligament. Although, there is a ton of risk because an aggravation is possible, so his owners can consider trading him for 90 cents on the dollar.
Michael Carter-Williams puts up a trip-dub
Michael Carter-Williams | PHI
(January 30, 2015 9:40 PM EST)
Michael Carter-Williams posted his third triple-double of the season during a 103-94 win over the Wolves on Friday, making 6-of-13 from the field with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers.
He's shooting the ball a lot better right now, making at least 46 percent from the field in three of his last four, averaging 13.3 points, 7.3 boards, 8.8 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.0 triples. He is starting to come around, but he's going to really hurt his fantasy owners in percentages and turnovers. MCW is still a nice play in DFS and points formats.
Nerlens Noel blocks six, steals four in win
Nerlens Noel | PHI
(January 30, 2015 9:33 PM EST)
Nerlens Noel filled it up against the Wolves on Friday with 14 points, six boards, three assists, four steals and six blocks on 7-of-8 from the field.
Well hello there, Mr. Noel. This was his first game over 50 percent from the field since Jan. 16. Noel also has multiple blocks and multiple steals and each of his last three games. This might be the highest point of his fantasy value all year, but his patient owners are starting to see some nice dividends. He won't be a great foul shooter, so his upside is a little capped.
Jimmy Butler will play, Mike Dunleavy won't
Jimmy Butler | CHI
(January 30, 2015 9:02 PM EST)
Jimmy Butler (leg) will play against the Suns on Friday.
There was almost no doubt that Butler would go and he's likely to see big minutes on the second night of a back-to-back set. His owners can have him locked and loaded tonight.
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Zach Lavine (ankle) returns to the game
Zach LaVine | MIN
(January 30, 2015 8:34 PM EST)
Zach LaVine went to the locker room with a left ankle sprain in the third quarter of Friday's game and did return.
LaVine was able to hobble back to the locker room under his own power, but he didn't put all of his weight on his foot. He's probably going to have to deal with some swelling, so he'll be up in the air for Saturday. We'll let you know how he looks in the fourth quarter following the game.
Richard Jefferson starting vs. Heat on Friday
Richard Jefferson | DAL
(January 30, 2015 7:58 PM EST)
Richard Jefferson will start in place of Chandler Parsons (illness) on Friday against the Heat.
It'll be Jefferson against Danny Granger at small forward tonight, which isn't exactly Damian Lillard vs. Jeff Teague at point guard. Jefferson was actually very good in the last game without Parsons, scoring 13 points with 13 boards. If you need a player in a pinch tonight. Give him a look.