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Dose: The Brow & Boban!

Thursday, October 18, 2018


It was a crazy 11-game ‘second’ opening night in the NBA and there were a lot of good things that happened, as well as some bad things. The best news is we avoided any big injuries, and we may have witnessed the freeing of Boban! Here we go.

 

Nuggets 107, Clippers 98Nikola Jokic was solid, Gary Harris scored 20 and Will Barton had a fun 19-point line, but Jamal Murray hit just 3-of-12 shots for seven points, and Paul Millsap hit just 1-of-7 shots for 11 points. However, Millsap added 16 rebounds, a steal and a block, and Murray’s simply too good to be this bad again anytime soon. Trey Lyles had 10 points and seven boards off the bench in 19 minutes, and is worth a deep league alert, but I’m not at all worried about the five starters in Denver. Especially Murray. And maybe this is a sign that Millsap’s going to bounce back.

 

Tobias Harris double-doubled with 19 & 10 with two 3-pointers and three blocks, and Danilo Gallinari added 16 points, eight boards and four 3-pointers, but the rest of the Clippers starters were bad. Marcin Gortat played just 18 minutes and had six points and six boards, Patrick Beverley missed all eight of his shots and failed to score, and Avery Bradley picked up where he left off last season with eight points, two rebounds, zero assists, one steal and two blocks. I still think Bradley will bounce back this year, but this performance throws some doubt on that thought, and I also think Beverley is going to be fine. Gortat, however, is a different story. Because… BOBAN MARJANOVIC had 18 points and eight rebounds in just 18 minutes! He hit 6-of-8 shots and 6-of-6 free throws, and I stopped writing this to go drop Jordan Bell for Boban in several leagues. Mistake? Maybe. Risk vs. Reward move? Yep. But there’s a chance Boban will finally be freed and this was a huge step in the right direction. Boban may be the pickup of the night.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 11 points and four assists, and is worth a look in all leagues.Follow me on Twitter by clicking here!

 

Pelicans 131, Rockets 112 – The Pelicans looked amazing last night! Anthony Davis had 80.2 Fanduel points (32-16-8-3-3), Nikola Mirotic dropped 30 points, 10 rebounds and six triples, Elfrid Payton triple-doubled (10-10-10) and E’Twaun Moore had 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Jrue Holiday was quiet and missed all six of his 3-point attempts, but Julius Randle came off the bench for 25 points, eight boards and two 3-pointers. Jrue will be fine, Randle’s an early Sixth Man of the Year candidate, Davis is an MVP favorite, and the Pelicans look like a force to be reckoned with. If you have someone to drop, Moore is a pickup candidate.

 

For the Rockets, Chris Paul and James Harden were solid, with Harden just missing a triple-double (18-9-10), P.J. Tucker came through with 19 points, a steal, a block and four 3-pointers, and Eric Gordon had 21 off the bench. James Ennis is starting alongside Tucker, but I don’t love either of them, and Clint Capela had a quiet evening against the Brow with eight points, eight boards and a block. Carmelo Anthony hit just 3-of-10 shots for nine points, four boards, a block and a 3-pointer, and I have little interest in him. Check that. I have no interest in him. Maybe I’m wrong about Tucker, but I’m not racing to pick him up.

 

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Bucks 113, Hornets 112 – All five Bucks starters (Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon) hit double digits in scoring and Ersan Ilyasova added 13 off the bench. Giannis was his normal, freakish self, finishing with 25 points, 18 rebounds, eight assists and a block, but also had eight turnovers. Hopefully that will end up being his season high. There’s not much to learn here, except that Lopez still has rebounding issues (3), but is also still hitting triples (2). And Middleton might be the most underrated player in the league.

 

Kemba Walker is playing for a contract and went off for 41 points, four assists, two steals and seven 3-pointers. He’s on a mission. Nicolas Batum was disappointing with five points and a 3-pointer on 2-of-8 shooting, but also had seven boards, three dimes, two steals and two blocks. He’ll be fine. They only used two centers and Cody Zeller started, but had just five points and three boards. Willy Hernangomez came off the bench for just 12 minutes and had nine points, five boards and a steal. I’d drop either for Boban at this point. Frank Kaminsky and Bismack Biyombo didn’t even play, but I’m not into any center in Charlotte. Malik Monk was much better than starter Jeremy Lamb, and had 18 points, four boards, two assists, a steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes. It’s only a one-game sample, but Monk is worth a serious look in all leagues right now.

 

Pacers 111, Grizzlies 83Darren Collison was terrible, missing all five of his shots, and Bojan Bogdanovic was surprisingly the leading scorer for the Pacers with 18. Domantas Sabonis, Doug McDermott, Cory Joseph and Tyreke Evans all played well off the bench, while the other three starters next to Collison and Bojan weren’t too awe inspiring, either - especially Myles Turner. Turner, Collison and Victor Oladipo (16-5-5) will all bounce back and should be better against the Bucks on Saturday.

 

The Grizzlies offensive woes carried over from last year and they were blown out by the Pacers last night. Marc Gasol and Mike Conley combined to hit just 5-of-22 shots and Gasol led the team in scoring with just 13 points. Jaren Jackson showed some promise with 10 points, five boards, three steals and a block, but the Grizzlies were just bad tonight. Conley and Gasol should bounce back in the next one, but they might be really bad again.

 

Knicks 126, Hawks 107 – The Hawks opened up a quick lead but the Knicks answered it with a 12-0 run and never looked back. Enes Kanter started and double-doubled, and Noah Vonleh also had one off the bench. Vonleh is worth keeping an eye on, but keep in mind he only played 16 minutes. Trey Burke started at point guard and was good with 15 points, four dimes and two 3-pointers, and Tim Hardaway Jr. torched his former mates for 31 points, six boards, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers. He was motivated for this one. Burke is worth a look if you need a point guard, as long as Frank Ntilikina doesn’t get hot. Allonzo Trier stayed hot in his debut with 15 points, four boards, a 3-pointer and two blocks, and joins Patrick Ewing and Kristaps Porzingis as the third rookie Knick to score at least 15 points in his debut. If you’re in a deep league, go get him. Another rookie, who was drafted everywhere, struggled mightily. Kevin Knox hit just 4-of-16 shots for 10 points, zero rebounds, zero assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer. He’s coming off the bench, but starter Lance Thomas didn’t do anything, so hopefully Knox will be starting soon. It’s simply too early to panic on him, despite the poor preseason. Mario Hezonja had 15 points and three triples in 19 minutes, and is another guy worth a look for the Knicks.

 

Taurean Prince played well with 21-6-6 and three 3-pointers, and Trae Young hit 5-of-14 shots for 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and four turnovers, which is incredibly close to what I was imagining for this one. He’s going to have some great games this season, but he’s also going to have some pretty bad ones. Kent Bazemore started and had 14 points, six boards, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers, and should be owned, while Vince Carter and Alex Len also started for the Hawks. Carter was decent, but I’m not touching him, while Len is worth a look, especially with Dewayne Dedmon out with an ankle injury. Len had seven points, four boards and a block, but I think he’ll be better than that on most nights, as well as hit some treys.


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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2017-18 NBA season marks (at least) his 16th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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