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Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 points and ripped down 13 rebounds in the Mavs victory on Monday night.
Oct 15   11:38 AM

Luka Doncic stuffed the stat sheet with 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, but did commit six turnovers in the Mavs victory over OKC on Monday night.
Oct 15   10:02 AM

Doncic is picking up right where he left off, posting solid all-around numbers. Moreover, it's encouraging to see him knock down his free throws. After shooting just 5-of-10 from the FT stripe in Dallas' first preseason game, Luka was 10-of-11 from the stripe in Game 2 and knocked down nine of his 11 attempts on Monday.

Dejounte Murray says he is not worried about signing an extension prior to the start of the regular season.
Oct 15   10:02 AM

The Spurs have until Oct. 21 to ink Murray to a rookie-scale extension. "My mind is not on that at all," Murray said after practice Monday. "Obviously, I want to be here for as long as I can, but those are things I can’t control. What I can control is getting better, learning and being a great person, being Dejounte Murray." Over the SPurs first three preseason games, Murray has shown some rust, averaging 8.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 17.2 minutes, while shooting just 36.4% from the floor.

Frank Ntilikina said that he now understands that "being aggressive for myself sometimes is the right play."
Oct 15   9:46 AM

The knock on Frank over his first two NBA seasons, other than his poor shooting percentages, has been his inability, or lack of desire, to attack defenders. He was far more aggressive for the French national team in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. And the Knicks are hoping it carries over into this season. Unfortunately, Ntilikina sat out of Monday's practice with a sore groin. We'll see if he can play Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

Marquese Chris accounted for 14 points (4-of-7 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal in Monday's 104-98 loss to the Lakers.
Oct 15   2:55 AM

With the Warriors dealing with a hard cap, the team needs to find cost-effective options to fill out the rotation. Chriss fits the mold, and he's played well enough during the preseason that he could be in line to start at center when the season begins. Golden State remains without Kevon Looney (hamstring) and Willie Cauley-Stein (foot) as they recover from their respective injuries, which has opened things up for Chriss when it comes to his minutes.

Damion Lee posted a stat line of 18 points (7-of-11 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), nine rebounds, three steals and two assists in the Warriors' 104-98 loss to the Lakers.
Oct 15   2:35 AM

After averaging 11.7 minutes per game in 32 minutes last season, Lee is looking to show that not only does he belong on the roster but he should also factor into the Warriors' rotation. Lee was one of three bench players that managed to reach double figures in scoring, with Alfonzo McKinnie (four rebounds, one steal, one blocked shot and one three-pointer) and Jacob Evans (four rebounds, one steal, one blocked shot) scoring 11 points apiece. Lee isn't much of a factor fantasy-wise, even with Monday's effort.

Frank Kaminsky scored 22 points (6-of-10 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs) while also accounting for six rebounds, three assists, one blocked shot and two 3-pointers in the Suns' 107-102 loss to Denver.
Oct 15   2:19 AM

Kaminsky has adjusted well to his new franchise, as he's averaging 13.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.0 three-pointers this season. The former Charlotte Hornet is shooting 47.2% from the field, 42.1 % from three and 85.7% from the foul line during the preseason. With Deandre Ayton (14 points, four rebounds and one assist) dealing with foul trouble and Dario Saric out due to a right quad contusion, Kaminsky was in line to see even more playing time. He took advantage of the opportunity, and the question now is whether he can be producitve on a consistent basis.

Zach Norvell Jr. started and played 33 minutes in Monday's 104-98 win over the Warriors, scoring 22 points (6-of-13 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs) with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.
Oct 15   2:19 AM

The Lakers were without at least five players who will be a part of the rotation when the regular season begins, which opened things up for Norvell. The rookie out of Gonzaga, who's on a two-way contract, made the most of his opportunity by leading the Lakers in scoring with a combination of jump shots and tough finishes around the basket. And Norvell wasn't the only guard to do a good job of filling in for the team's veterans, as David Stockton (seven assists, one rebound and one steal) and Demetrius Jackson (seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block) scored ten and 11 points, respectively, off the bench.

Jerami Grant shot 6-of-8 from the field and 8-of-8 from the foul line in Monday's 107-102 win over Phoenix, scoring 22 points with three steals, two rebounds and two 3-pointers.
Oct 15   1:55 AM

With Paul Millsap out with a sore right calf, there were more scoring opportunities available to Grant and he took advantage of them. His 22 points were the most for any player in the game (tied with Phoenix forward Frank Kaminsky), and he looked comfortable playing multiple positions throughout the course of the night. Millsap's eventual return could knock Grant's fantasy standing down just a tad, but not enough to keep him from being a late-round pick in most leagues.

Gary Harris tallied 18 points (6-of-10 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), two rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in Monday's 107-102 win over Phoenix.
Oct 15   1:55 AM

Harris and Jamal Murray (16 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers) combined to score 34 points on the night, supplementing Jerami Grant's 22-point outing as the Nuggets held off the Suns. Limited by injury for much of last season, Harris is back to full strength and he's managed to impact games in a variety of ways. He's a good perimeter option in both eight and nine-category leagues.

Rudy Gobert played 27 minutes in Monday's 128-115 loss to Sacramento, scoring 17 points (5-of-6 FGs, 7-of-10 FTs) with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot.
Oct 15   1:38 AM

Gobert, who shot 66.9% from the field last season, has been even better during the preseason. The 7-foot-1 center shot nearly 91% from the field in his first two preseason games, and he made five of his six shots Monday night. The bigger story for Gobert may be his free throw shooting, as he's made 70% of his attempts during the preseason. By comparison he was a 63.6% shooter from the charity striped. Improved foul shooting will only enhance Gobert's fantasy value if he can continue to make them at a decent clip.

Joe Ingles finished Monday's 128-115 loss to Sacramento with 12 points (3-of-6 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), eight assists, four rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.
Oct 15   1:38 AM

Coming off the bench during the preseason after starting all 82 regular season games for the Jazz in 2018-19, Ingles has been more effective as a passer. He entered Monday's game averaging 7.3 assists per game, and that figure is going to increase thanks to his eight-assist effort against the Kings. Ingles still has late round value in most leagues, and it's a safe bet that he's going to be on the floor in crunch time on most nights.

Danny Green, Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley are all being given the night off for Monday's game vs. the Warriors.
Oct 15   12:59 AM

The Lakers are two days removed from playing the second of their two games against the Nets in China, so it comes as no surprise that some veterans are getting Monday off. Green, Rondo and Bradley will join LeBron James (rest) and Anthony Davis (thumb) on the bench. And given the number of guards who will be sitting, this opens up even more minutes for players such as Alex Caruso and Zach Norvell Jr.

Buddy Hield finished Monday's 128-115 win over the Jazz with 23 points (9-of-17 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), three rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.
Oct 15   12:58 AM

One day after saying that he would like to finalize a contract extension with the Kings by the October 21 deadline, Hield put together a solid performance to help lead Sacramento past Utah. The lone negative was the shooting guard's turnover output, as he racked up four. But turnovers aren't much of a concern for Hield, as he averaged 1.8 per game last season.

Yogi Ferrell accounted for ten points (3-of-7 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), three rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 19 minutes as the Kings beat Utah, 128-115.
Oct 15   12:58 AM

With Cory Joseph getting the night off, Ferrell put forth a solid effort off the bench as the Kings beat the Jazz in Salt Lake City. Unfortunately for him, he's still going to struggle for minutes once the regular season begins due to Sacramento's depth on the perimeter. As a result, Ferrell doesn't provide much value from a fantasy standpoint.

Donovan Mitchell shot 8-of-15 from the field and 5-of-6 from the foul line in Monday's 128-115 loss to Sacramento, scoring 22 points with five rebounds, two assists and one three-pointer in 29 minutes.
Oct 15   12:58 AM

While Mitchell has shot nearly 49% from the field during the preseason, he's struggled to knock down three-pointers. The third-year guard shot 1-of-6 from distance Monday night, and for the preseason he's shooting just 21.4% with an average of 4.7 three-point attempts per game. Mitchell still has high value in both eight and nine-category leagues, but he'll be even better with improved perimeter shooting numbers.

Mike Conley played 25 minutes in Monday's 128-115 loss to Sacramento, scoring six points (2-of-8 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with six assists and two rebounds.
Oct 15   12:58 AM

Conley continues to struggle with his shot, as he's making just 29.2% of his shots from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc during the preseason. The veteran guard is capable of contributing in other areas, as evidenced by his six assists Monday night. But a big reason why the Jazz brought Conley in was to get improved production at the point guard position, which would take some of the pressure off of Donovan Mitchell. Hopefully Conley can get going scoring-wise before the start of the regular season.

Derrick Jones Jr. (bruised left knee) gave the Heat a huge spark off the bench on Monday vs. the Hawks, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds, one triple and one block in 28 minutes.
Oct 15   12:14 AM

This only negative was that Jones had to leave early due to a bruised left knee, but the injury is not believed to be serious. His performance comes on the heels of coach Erik Spoelstra praising his ability to "bring an immediate boost of energy" off the bench. DJJ looks like he's ready to take the next step in his development with an improved shot, and we know the defensive stats are going to be there with 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks per 36 minutes last season. He's an upside pick in the late rounds and should be way ahead of an out-of-shape James Johnson on the depth chart.

Bogdan Bogdanovic accounted for 16 points (6-of-16 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), five rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one blocked shot and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes in Monday's win over Utah.
Oct 15   12:14 AM

Bogdanovic didn't have his best night shooting the basketball, as he finished 2-of-7 from beyond the arc. But he managed to do a little bit of everything while on the floor, leading the team in assists while also leading the reserves with his 16 points off the bench. Bogdanovic should get into the high twenties in minutes on a nightly basis, and while his fantasy value is hurt some by the fact that he comes off the bench he's certainly worthy of being selected in the latter stages of most league drafts.

Marvin Bagley made the most of his 30 minutes in Monday's 128-115 win over the Jazz, tallying 22 points (8-of-16 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), 11 rebounds, two blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers.
Oct 14   11:57 PM

Bagley put forth an efficient performance Monday night, shooting 50% from both the field overall and from beyond the arc while also turning the ball over just once. The second-year front court talent entered Monday with averages of 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game, with shooting splits of 41.2% from the field, 33.3% from three and 71.4% from the foul line. If Bagley can produce defensively as he did against the Jazz when the regular season begins, he'll be even more valuable from a fantasy standpoint.

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