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Dose: Down goes James Harden

Thursday, October 25, 2018


Luka Doncic dominated early and Trae Young got it done late to help the Hawks overcome a 26-point deficit, James Harden, Devin Booker, Marc Gasol and Bobby Portis came up gimpy, Freak and Process put on a show, and Stephen Curry dropped 51 on the Wizards on Wednesday night. I took a nap from 1:00 to 2:30 a.m. before diving into this Dose and had a dream about a new “busy night” format, and I’m implementing it for this column. Additionally, I dreamed about the steering wheel of my car being soft instead of hard, and wrapped it in Lizard Skins Bat Grip in my dream. When I woke up, I went out and bought a soft wheel cover, which has worked, well, like a dream. Hopefully the same is true of this Dose.

 

Hawks 111, Mavericks 104

Hawks overcome 26-point deficit to win behind Bazemore’s career-high 32

Luka Doncic dominates early, Trae Young battles back in win

Fantasy Impacts

Kent Bazemore should be owned everywhere after averaging 27.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 3.5 3-pointers over his last two. Deandre Bembry went nuts with 11 points, a career-high 16 boards, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer. I need to see more, but I’m intrigued. Alex Len had seven points, seven boards, three blocks and a 3-pointer, while Dewayne Dedmon debuted with three points, five boards, a block and a 3-pointer in just 14 minutes. I don’t love either of them now. Alex Poythress left with a knee injury and will have an MRI.

 

Wesley Matthews had season-high 23 and has hit 13 triples over last three games. He’s a little old for my liking, but has played really well in all four games.

 

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Warriors 144, Wizards 122

Steph Curry drops 51, Durant scores 30 in blowout win

Fantasy Impacts

Stephen Curry hit 15-of-24 shots and 11 3-pointers on his way to 51. Good lord. Kevin Durant hit 13-of-18 shots for 30-8-7, and Klay Thompson scored 19 in the win. Draymond Green still isn’t scoring (5 points), but had five boards, 12 assists, a steal and a 3-pointer. Jordan Bell played 21 minutes and Damian Jones played just 12 ticks. Keep an eye on Bell.

 

Markieff Morris had 14 points, four boards, two assists and two 3-pointers for the Wizards, and Kelly Oubre had 17 points, four boards and three 3-pointers. Both are worth a look in most leagues.

 

Bucks 123, Sixers 108

Giannis outduels Embiid as Bucks push to 4-0, Sixers drop to 2-3

Fantasy Impacts

Tale of two studs: Giannis Antetokounmpo: 32-18-10-2-3 12-of-24 shooting

Joel Embiid: 30-19-6-0-3-2 9-of-24 shooting

Ben Simmons (back) returned for a 14-13-11 triple-double and thankfully only missed one game. Markelle Fultz had five points and four assists on 2-of-6 shooting. With Simmons back, Fultz takes a hit. I’m not telling you to cut him, but I think he can be dropped for the right free agent. 

 

Brook Lopez hit five 3-pointers for the Bucks and scored 21, but had just one rebound and two blocks.

 

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Jazz 100, Rockets 89

Jazz beat Rockets behind Mitchell’s 38, Rockets Harden leaves with injury

Fantasy Impacts

First for the bad news – James Harden left with hamstring tightness and will be reevaluated on Thursday. The Rockets say they’re just being cautious, but there’s concern here. If he misses time, Chris Paul and Eric Gordon (and everyone else on the team) will get a boost. CP3 is back from his suspension on Friday. Michael Carter-Williams started and scored seven points, but you can ignore him. Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 22 points with seven boards and three 3-pointers, but I’m still not feeling him. Especially with the Rockets missing a couple starters.

 

The Jazz got a season-high 38 points from Donovan Mitchell and I’m not at all worried about his slow start. The buy-low window just closed. Ricky Rubio’s slow start continued, and we’ve seen it for three straight years. He’ll start going off after Christmas, if history holds true. 

 

Lakers 131, Suns 113

Lakers get first win in LeBron era, JaVale McGee goes off, Booker injured

Fantasy Impacts

JaVale McGee hit 8-of-13 shots and a rare 3-pointer for 20 points, six boards and four blocks, and is as must-own as they come. Josh Hart started and had 15 points, four 3-pointers and two steals, and should be owned everywhere, and Lance Stephenson went off with 23 points, eight boards, eight assists, two steals and a 3-pointer. The Lakers will get Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo back soon from suspensions, but Stephenson’s worth a look while they’re still out.

 

Devin Booker left with a hamstring injury, and will get an MRI and be reevaluated on Thursday. Josh Jackson, T.J. Warren and Trevor Ariza all win if Booker’s going to miss time. Warren cooled off last night, but is still the best player to own of those three, while Jackson should start at shooting guard if Booker’s out. Jackson had 10 points and a couple 3-pointers in 25 minutes. Isaiah Canaan was quiet, and can be dropped for a hot free agent now that his four-game week is winding down.

 

Nets 102, Cavs 86

Nets easily handle Cavs as Russell finally shows up, and Dinwiddie doesn’t

Sexton, Love and Clarkson lead 0-4 Cavs with 14 points each

Fantasy Impacts

Joe Harris had 16 points, six rebounds, a steal and four 3-pointers. He’s not must-own, but he’s worth owning in most leagues. Caris LeVert’s line wasn’t great, but he played 32 minutes. He’s FINE and I’m not worried about the return of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who made his debut and played 17 minutes. Shabazz Napier also debuted for the Nets. D’Angelo Russell had 18 points, eight dimes and two 3-pointers, while Spencer Dinwiddie had eight points, one assist and two 3-pointers. That should squash the ‘start Dinwiddie’ talk. Ed Davis double-doubled in 17 minutes, putting him on the fantasy radar.

 

Larry Nance Jr. played 20 minutes and had four points, six boards, four assists and two steals. Tristan Thompson played 24 minutes and hit 1-of-10 shots. Nance is going to negatively impact Thompson some going forward. Collin Sexton played 25 minutes for 14 points, three rebounds and one assists, while George Hill started and hit 3-of-8 shots for seven points, three rebounds and a 3-pointer in 25 minutes. It’s only a matter of time before Sexton is starting.

 

Heat 110, Knicks 87

Heat blowout Knicks with balanced attack, inspired by Bosh tribute video

Knicks starters combine for just 40 points in brutal loss

Fantasy Impacts

Damyean Dotson played 34 minutes for 20 points, 10 rebounds, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers, and was the lone bright spot for the Knicks. He’s gotten progressively higher minutes and production in each of the last three games, and if you’ve got some dead weight at the end of your bench (Allonzo Trier, Boban), it’s time to take a flier on Dotson. Also, Mario Hezonja is worth owning with Kevin Knox out for a few weeks, and had 13 points and a couple 3-pointers off the bench.

 

All five Heat starters scored in double digits, but the news here is Rodney McGruder, who had 19 points, six boards, five assists, a steal and three 3-pointers on 6-of-8 shooting. Yes, he could take a hit once the Heat are healthy, but he’s scored 19 or 20 points in each of his last three games, is putting up stats across the board, and looks like one of the hottest pickups in fantasy right now. I was able to find him available in several leagues while writing this at 4 a.m.

 


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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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