Fantasy 30: Updates on Russell Westbrook, Bam Adebayo and others

The best fantasy basketball managers have a habit of looking at NBA schedules, studying final results, and scouring the news for any tidbit that could help them gain an edge in their leagues.

Luckily, Eric Moody does all that work for you every Thursday with Fantasy 30, helping answer tough questions like where to start, who’s the best fantasy basketball player, and what’s the latest injury news with key players around the world. league.

Here’s the latest fantasy news from each of the league’s 30 teams.

Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks acquired Saddiq Bey from the Warriors through the Pistons on Thursday, a notable addition to the rotation. In his last 12 games, he averaged 20.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals. With many snipers on the bench for the Hawks, Bey will have a hard time replicating those numbers.

Boston Celtics: Although Mike Muscala is not a particularly strong fantasy player, he could be a good fit for the Celtics, who needed backups behind Robert Williams III and Al Horford. Muscala, who was added on Thursday in a Thunder trade, could be seen as a viable streamer if Williams or Horford miss time. Fantasy managers should keep him on their watchlists.

Brooklyn Nets: Cam Thomas stepped up after Kevin Durant was out with an MCL strain and Kyrie Irving was traded to the Mavericks. On Tuesday, he became the second player in league history to score 40 points in three consecutive games. Allen Iverson recorded his first five 40-point games in straight games back in April 1997. Thomas currently competes in 49.8% of Sportzshala leagues. Durant was traded to the Suns, so Thomas should still be actively involved.

Charlotte Hornets: Charlotte traded Jalen McDaniels to the Sixers, implying that PJ Washington would likely be re-signed this offseason. Fantasy players appreciated its ability to contribute to several statistical categories. Over the past 15 games, Washington has averaged 13.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks. As he tries to get a bigger contract from the Hornets, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Washingtons up their game even more for the rest of the season.

Bulls of Chicago: This was the second season in a row that the Bulls had missed their trade deadline. Despite a slow start to the season and the departure of Billy Donovan to the bench, Zach LaVine’s name came up in trade discussions. The guard has been recovering well lately, but LaVine has averaged 21.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in his last eight games.

Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavaliers won eight games by 20 points or more, their most in a season from 2017 to 2018. over 50.

Dallas Mavericks: Irving had 24 points and five assists in his Mavericks debut Wednesday night and is only the fifth Dallas player overall and one of three players on the team to do so this season. Luka Doncic leads the league with 41 points but missed Wednesday’s game.

Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets traded Devon Reid and three second-round picks to the Lakers for backup center Thomas Bryant, giving them more frontcourt depth. Bryant superbly replaced Anthony Davis in Los Angeles when the big man was out with injury for more than a month, and his presence in Denver provides another off-the-bench goal-scoring opportunity.

Detroit Pistons: While the Pistons traded for former second overall pick James Wiseman on Thursday, it shouldn’t have had too much of a negative impact on rookie center Jalen Duren. Over the past nine games, Duren has averaged 11.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. He only appears in 20.0% of Sportzshala leagues. Duren’s fantasy potential for the rest of the season is intriguing and he’s a great player to keep for now.

Golden State Warriors: With Stephen Curry out for several weeks with a knee injury, Donte Di Vincenzo will take on the prominent role of the Warriors’ sixth man. He only appears in 11.6% of Sportzshala leagues. In eight of his last nine games, DiVinseso has scored at least 23 fantasy points, including four with 35 or more points. It must be entered in most leagues. Curry will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.

Houston Rockets: Kenyon Martin Jr. had a great 12 games and is still productive with Jalen Green recovering from injury. During this time, Martin averaged 14.1 points and 7.8 rebounds. Until Kevin Porter Jr returns, Martin can continue to be seen as a streamer. He only appears in 14.0% of Sportzshala leagues.

Indiana Pacers: Tyrese Halliburton has had at least 10 assists in 27 games this season. This breaks ties with Nikola Jokic and Trae Young for league points. Meanwhile, recently renewed Miles Turner remains with the Pacers after the trade deadline, and he has scored at least 42 fantasy points in four straight games.

Los Angeles Clippers: Kawhi Leonard only has three more in a row this season, so fantasy managers should be thrilled about it. Leonard averaged 27.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game over the last 10 games. Meanwhile, newly acquired center Mason Plumley will help Los Angeles center after his trade to the Clippers, but he’s less valuable in the fantasy leagues after Ivica Zubac.

Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers traded backup center Thomas Bryant to the Nuggets for Devon Reed and three second-round picks. While Anthony Davis was out with a leg injury earlier this season, Bryant has been a fantastic coach. After Davis’ return, he was not happy with his reduced role. Despite signing DeAndre Jordan this offseason, the Nuggets didn’t always use him as a backup center after Nikola Jokic. Bryant should play this role brilliantly, but he’s not someone that fantasy managers should prioritize.

Memphis Grizzlies: It was impressive to see Jaren Jackson Jr dominate the defense in the last four games. During this time, he scored 20 blocks and averaged 52.7 fantasy points per game.

Miami Heat: Bam Adebayo made history against the Pacers on Wednesday. He joined LeBron James as the only player in franchise history to score 35 points in a game with a 75% field goal percentage and a 100% free throw percentage. Adebayo has averaged 41.3 fantasy points per game this season.

Milwaukee Bucks: Brook Lopez led the Bucks in scoring on Monday against the Trail Blazers with 27 points. He continues to outperform his average position in the draft. Lopez has averaged 14.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks this season, and while it might be tempting to trade him, fantasy managers should keep Lopez on their roster for the rest of the season.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Mike Conley, who was traded from the Jazz to the Timberwolves on Thursday, has now reunited with former Jazz teammate Rudy Gobert in Minnesota and is set to start at point guard. Conley has averaged 7.7 assists this season, a career high. Gobert screened Conley 21.9 times per game last season, second only to Chris Paul and Deandra Ayton, according to Second Spectrum.


New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson has been out of action since January 2 with a right hamstring strain, and according to head coach Willie Green, he will be re-examined after the All-Star break. Fantasy managers look forward to Williamson’s return as Zion averaged 26.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists in his third season in the NBA.

New York Knicks: Josh Hart reunited with former Villanova teammate Jalen Brunson in New York in a trade with Portland. Hart has averaged 8.2 rebounds per game this season, which is the most for a player 6-foot-5 and shorter. The value of Hart’s fantasy will depend on whether he comes off the bench for the Knicks or not, so keep an eye on that.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Fantasy managers should consider adding Jaylene Williams (0.4% of participants) to their rosters. In his last six games, he averaged 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Those who prefer deeper formats should pay attention to the Williams uptrend.

Orlando Magic: Mo Bamba was traded to the Lakers to provide depth around Anthony Davis. It is likely that Bamba will compete with Venien Gabriel and Jarred Vanderbilt in minutes. Following the trade, Patrick Beverly is expected to be bought out by the Magic and there is a possibility that he could rejoin the Timberwolves. As long as you keep him in touch.

Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid is unlikely to play against the Knicks on Friday due to pain in his left leg. If Embiid is ruled out, then Montrezl Harrell is firmly on the streaming radar. This season, Harrell averaged 18.1 points and 8.8 rebounds in 40 minutes, and his roster is in only 25.8% of Sportzshala leagues.

Phoenix Suns: Kevin Durant’s arrival in Phoenix has made the Suns a legitimate title contender as he joins forces with Chris Paul, Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton in the West. According to Second Spectrum, all four are in the top 10 in field goal percentage among jumpers over the past two seasons, out of 241 players with at least 300 attempts.

Portland Trail Blazers: Cam Reddish is very intriguing now that he has been traded to the Trail Blazers for Josh Hart. He has not played since 3 December and has not started a game since 18 November. Given enough playing time, Reddish was a viable fantasy option during his young NBA career. In 36 career games played for 30 minutes or more, he averaged 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals.

Sacramento Kings: The Kings have 31 wins this season, more than their total wins last season and in line with their total wins in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. Additionally, Sacramento is 17-13 in clutch games this season, matching their total clutch games wins for the season. Clutch time is defined as the minutes when the difference in performance is within five points with five or…


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