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Clint Capela double-doubles with 3 blocks in Rockets' victory
Houston Rockets forward/center Clint Capela scored 16 points (8-of-11 field goals) with 12 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks in 31.4 minutes of Sunday's 129-120 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Capela has now double-doubled in three straight games while blocking 12 shots and committing just 1 turnover in that span. The Rockets face the Trail Blazers in Portland on Tuesday in their next matchup.
Capela scored 42.4 FanDuel points on Sunday, compared to his average of 35.0 FanDuel points per game for the season.
Karl-Anthony Towns' 20 points, 18 rebounds not enough for Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 points (9-of-15 field goals, 2-of-3 free throws) with 18 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, and 3 turnovers in 35.4 minutes of Sunday's 129-120 loss to the Houston Rockets.
This was Towns' fifth game of the season with 18-plus rebounds. However, he did fail to make a 3-pointer after hitting at least 2 in the previous three games. Minnesota hosts the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.
KAT scored 46.1 FanDuel points on Sunday, compared to his average of 43.5 FanDuel points per game for the season.
Marlins' J.T. Realmuto (back) expects to be ready for Opening Day
Miami Marlins catcher/first basman J.T. Realmuto (back) said Monday morning that he is confident he'll be ready for the start of the regular season.
Manager Don Mattingly said that he thinks Realmuto is turning the corner, so all of these are good signs with the season just over a week away. Check back for another update on Realmuto later in the week to see if the Fish still think he is on target for Opening Day.
For the 2018 season, numberFire projects Realmuto to hit .270 with 60 runs, 14 home runs, 54 RBI, and 10 stolen bases over 525 plate appearances.
Ed Davis fouls out in 11 minutes for Trail Blazers on Sunday
Portland Trail Blazers forward/center Ed Davis scored 2 points (1-for-3 field goals) with 6 rebounds and 2 turnovers in 11.4 minutes before fouling out of Sunday's 122-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Davis hasn't produced double-digit points or rebounds in four straight games. Portland hosts the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.
Davis finished with 7.2 FanDuel points on Sunday, compared to his average of 17.9 FanDuel points per game for the season.
Taj Gibson quiet again for Timberwolves in loss
Minnesota Timberwolves forward/center Taj Gibson scored 4 points (2-of-6 field goals) with 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 turnover in 25.6 minutes of Sunday's 129-120 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Gibson also committed 5 personal fouls, which led to the limited playing time. This is the first time since January that the 32-year-old veteran was held below 10 points in back-to-back games, so look for a better effort on Tuesday versus the Los Angeles Clippers.
Taj scored 9.6 FanDuel points on Sunday, compared to his average of 25.8 FanDuel points per game for the season.
Marcus Morris scores 17 points with 6 rebounds in Celtics' loss
Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris scored 17 points (5-for-14 field goals, 5-of-7 free throws) with 6 rebounds, 2 3-pointers, and 1 steal in 29.8 minutes of Sunday's 108-89 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Morris went 2-for-4 from beyond the arc but struggled from the field overall again, as he's now a combined 9-for-29 (31.0 percent) over the last two games. Boston hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.
Morris scored 27.2 FanDuel points on Sunday, compared to his average of 22.1 FanDuel points per game for the season.
Jeremy Lamb will start for Nicolas Batum on Monday as Hornets play Sixers
Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb will start in place of guard Nicolas Batum (Achilles) on Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Lamb is one of numberFire's better DFS value plays on Monday, and without Batum he could be in for bigger minutes and shot attempts. Along with Lamb, Treveon Graham and Malik Monk should also see some more playing time.
Our models project Lamb for 33.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,800.
Cody Zeller (knee) will not play Monday for Hornets
Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller (knee) has been ruled out of Monday's game versus the Philadelphia 76ers.
Zeller will be out for a fifth straight game on Monday, so the Hornets will continue to give Willy Hernangomez and Frank Kaminsky more minutes backing up Dwight Howard. Coach Clifford mentioned Hernangomez by name at shootaround Monday after the big man went for 9 points and 6 rebounds in 13 minutes Saturday.
Zeller is averaging 17.0 FanDuel points per game this season.
Tobias Harris regresses a bit in Clippers' loss
Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris scored 11 points (5-of-14 field goals, 1-of-4 3-pointers) with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 turnovers in 35.6 minutes of Sunday's 122-109 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Harris scored at least 21 points in six of the seven previous games heading into Sunday, but he couldn't get it going in the loss, failing to make at least 40.0 percent of his shots for the first time since February 27. Look for Harris to bounce back versus the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.
After scoring 40.0-plus in back-to-back games, Harris scored 21.6. FanDuel points on Sunday, compared to his average of 31.4 FanDuel points per game for the season.
Al-Farouq Aminu turns in a gem as Trail Blazers beat Clippers
Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu scored 16 points (6-of-12 field goals, 4-of-7 3-pointers) with 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 1 turnover in 32.7 minutes of Sunday's 122-109 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Aminu has played 30 minutes in four straight games and appears to be taking advantage, as this impressive line comes on the heels of a double-double. The Trail Blazers host the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.
Aminu scored 42.6 FanDuel points on Sunday, almost double his average of 23.5 FanDuel points per game for the season.
Anthony Davis scores 34 points with 11 rebounds as Pelicans clobber Celtics
New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis scored 34 points (14-of-24 field goals, 6-of-8 free throws) with 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, and 1 turnover in 32.6 minutes of Sunday's 108-89 victory over the Boston Celtics.
Davis has now topped 30 points twice in the past four games and he's showing no signs of slowing down with just 12 games left to play for the Pelicans in the regular season.
AD scored 56.7 FanDuel points on Sunday, compared to his average of 54.0 FanDuel points per game for the season.
Marc Gasol (illness) is questionable Monday for Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (illness) is questionable for Monday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.
The Grizzlies won their first game out of 20 over the weekend, so it appears they are taking no chances with their epic tank job on Monday. If Gasol sits out, Jarell Martin and JaMychal Green would gain some more playing time, while Tyreke Evans would be in for a big boost in usage against the Nets.
If he is able to play, our models project Gasol for 34.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $8,500.
Orlando's Aaron Gordon clears concussion protocol, available to play Tuesday
Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon has passed the NBA concussion protocol and will be available to play on Tuesday against the Toronto Raptors.
Gordon has missed the last five games with concussion symptoms, but he is ready for the home stretch starting Tuesday. He will likely return to the starting lineup, and his presence will diminish the fantasy value of Mario Hezonja and Jonathan Isaac.
Our early models for Tuesday project Gordon for 34.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $7,600.
Kyle Korver (foot) listed as questionable for Cavaliers on Monday
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver (right foot soreness) is questionable for Monday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Korver missed Saturday's game for personal reasons, but apparently he's dealing with some foot soreness too. If he is out again, J.R. Smith, Jordan Clarkson, and George Hill will see more playing time against the Bucks.
If he is able to play, our models project Korver for 21.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,800.
Larry Nance (hamstring) will not play Monday in Cleveland
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance (hamstring) will sit out Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Nance has not played in the Cavs' last two games after exiting last Tuesday's game with the injury. He will be out for a third straight on Monday, which will lead to more minutes for Ante Zizic, Jeff Green, and Kevin Love (hand) if he plays.
Nance is averaging 24.8 FanDuel points per game this season.
Maurice Harkless catches fire Sunday with 21 points for Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless caught fire on Sunday for 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting, to go with 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals in a 122-109 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Harkless has apparently gotten his groove back over the last three games, and his 36.0 FanDuel points were enough to earn him a spot in the Perfect FanDuel lineup on Sunday. Harkless will have another shot at a big game Tuesday against the Houston Rockets.
Harkless is now averaging 14.5 FanDuel points per game this season.
Montrezl Harrell shines in Clippers' loss with 24 points on Sunday
Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell scored 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting Sunday, to go with 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal in a 122-109 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Clippers' big man has played extremely well this month, averaging 15.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in just 17.2 minutes per game. He only needed 20 minutes to drop 24 points on Sunday, and he'll be back in action Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Harrell is now averaging 19.1 FanDuel points per game this season.
Tyronn Lue stepping away from coaching Cavaliers for time being due to health concerns
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue says he is stepping away from the team for the time being due to ongoing health issues.
In a statement on the Cavs' website, Lue says, "I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. After many conversations with our doctors and Koby and much thought given to what is best for the team and my health, I need to step back from coaching for the time being and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation from which to coach for the rest of the season." Lue wasn't on the bench for the second half of Saturday's game with an undisclosed illness, and apparently he's been dealing with it for the entirety of the 2017-18 season. Until Lue is back, Larry Drew will assume head coaching duties.
The Cavaliers are currently 3rd in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 40-29 heading into their Monday matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Nikola Mirotic drops 16 points and 10 rebounds Sunday in New Orleans
New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic scored 16 points on 4-for-12 shooting Sunday, to go with 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 3 steals in a 108-89 win over the Boston Celtics.
Despite shooting 18-for-60 (30.0%) over his last six games, Mirotic came away with a big fantasy night Sunday because of his defense. The big man collected double-digit rebounds for the fourth time over his last seven games, and along with his blocks and steals he totaled an impressive 44.5 FanDuel points.
Our early models for Tuesday project Mirotic for 29.4 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,700.
Jayson Tatum gets hot with 23 points Sunday for Boston
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum scored 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting Sunday, to go with 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals in a 108-89 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Tatum isn't going to get much love in the Rookie of the Year voting, but his play for the Celtics has been worthy of votes this season. Until Boston gets healthy, Tatum will continue to be asked to do more on offense, even if it doesn't lead to a win for the C's like on Sunday.
Our early models for Tuesday project Tatum for 24.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,500.
Cavaliers rule out Rodney Hood (back) for Monday's game against Bucks
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood (back) will not play on Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Hood has struggled through injuries during his career, and apparently being in Cleveland does not make him immune. Hood will sit out Monday, and if Kyle Korver (foot) plays, he could see more minutes along with George Hill and J.R. Smith.
Hood is averaging 22.4 FanDuel points per game this season.
Kevin Love (hand) listed as questionable Monday for Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (hand) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Love was initially targeting March 23 as his return date, but with the Cavs banged up in the frontcourt, it looks like he has a chance to make his return a little earlier. If that's the case, Jeff Green and Ante Zizic would see fewer minutes.
Love is averaging 32.6 FanDuel points per game this season.
Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic double-doubles, matches season-high with 4 blocks Sunday
Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic scored 17 points on 8-for-18 shooting Sunday, to go with 12 rebounds, 1 assist, and 4 blocks in a 122-109 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Nurkic played 30 minutes for the first time in almost a week, and it showed in his final box score. The big man's minutes are likely going to be in flux some as we head down the stretch, but if Nurkic is needed against an opposing big man, he seems to get the minutes to be a great fantasy asset.
Our early models for Tuesday project Nurkic for 30.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,300.
Lou WIlliams drops 30 points in Clippers' Sunday loss
Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams scored 30 points on 11-for-24 shooting Sunday, to go with 1 rebound, 4 assists, and 1 steal in a 122-109 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Williams came into Sunday in a bit of a shooting slump, but he ended that quickly netting 3 made three-pointers and netting all five of his free throws. After a day off Monday, Williams and the Clippers are back on the court Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Our early models for Tuesday project Williams for 36.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $7,200.
Jeff Teague picks up a double-double in Wolves' loss to Rockets
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague posted 23 points on 5-for-11 shooting Sunday, to go with 11 assists, 6 rebounds, 3 three-pointers and 2 steals in 37 minutes of a 129-120 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Teague was fantastic in the loss, racking up his 12th double-double of the season. The Wolves' point guard should continue to see a bigger workload in the offense until Jimmy Butler makes his return.
Our early models for Tuesday project Teague for 30.7 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,800.
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