We’re heading into the final week of November, as the first month of the National Basketball Association regular season has just flown by. This week is time for Thanksgiving, and a time to reflect on friends, family and hopefully a well-drafted Fantasy Basketball team. If not, we have plenty of help to fix things up before the next set of holidays roll around. The rest of the year is going to start flying fast and furious as we transition into December, usually one of the quickest months of the year.
Boston Celtics PG Avery Bradley knocked down a career-high seven 3-pointers in Sunday’s loss at Brooklyn. Bradley was serving as a starter with PG Marcus Smart (leg) on the Injured List for at least the next two weeks. Bradley is available off the waiver wire in at least 30-35 percent of all Fantasy leagues depending on your provider, so scoop him up if you’re looking for points and 3-point category help in Rotisserie formats.
In that same game, Brooklyn Nets SF Rondae Hollis-Jefferson picked up a career-best five steals, and he is making quite the name for himself in that category. He has at least one steal in each of his past five, and nine of the past 10 games while averaging 2.0 steals per game (SPG) during the span. He is picking up the production in other areas, too, going for 11.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game over the past two outings. He is owned in only 25-30 percent of all Fantasy leagues, so if you need steals help he should be available to pluck from the waiver wire. Do it now before his ownership starts to take off.
New Orleans Pelicans PG Ish Smith has had his ownership take off in recent weeks, but he is still available in 20-25 percent of all Fantasy leagues. Smith went for 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists with three steals in 30 minutes Sunday against Phoenix, and he is averaging 16.3 PPG, 8.8 APG and 4.8 RPG over the past four outings. If he is a free agent in your league, grab him immediately. It’s uncertain how long he’ll continue to rack up meaningful minutes, but it’s clear that right now he is going to get starter-type minutes while PG Jrue Holiday (leg) continues to play with a minutes restriction.
TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES
Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, L.A. Clippers, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, Washington
TEAMS WITH THREE GAMES
Brooklyn, Dallas, Denver, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Lakers, Miami, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Toronto, Utah
TEAMS WITH TWO GAMES
BOSTON CELTICS: The Celtics have a very favorable schedule, especially for those in cumulative head-to-head Fantasy formats and those that average points per game in a scoring period. The C’s have four games in the upcoming period, hosting the Philadelphia 76ers (104.2 PPG) and Washington Wizards (105.3 PPG), while playing two road games against the Atlanta Hawks (100.0 PPG) and Orlando Magic (100.8 PPG). There should be plenty of high-scoring games for a Celtics offense that ranks second in the Eastern Conference in points scored (1o3.7 PPG).
CHARLOTTE HORNETS: The Hornets are going to have a huge week with four home dates against four defensively-challenged teams. Three of the four teams the Hornets face this week allow 105.2 or more points per game. Fantasy owners in cumulative H2H leagues are certainly going to be thankful to the schedule makers.
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES: Fantasy owners are going to be very happy when the they see the Houston Rockets on the upcoming schedule. They cannot stop anyone, and it cost Kevin McHale his job last week. The Grizzlies face three teams allowing 100.4 or more points per game on their schedule, so look for a big statistical week from Gs Mario Chalmers, Courtney Lee and C Marc Gasol. Just be careful with Fs Jeff Green and Zach Randolph, as Z-Bo has been dealing with a knee injury and Green has been in and out with a head injury.
MIAMI HEAT: The Heat have just three games on tap for the upcoming week, and they’re going to be ugly, low-scoring games that Fantasy owners love to hate. A home-and-home with the New York Knicks (97.9 PPG) will likely be two defensive slogs, as both teams rank in the Top 10 in scoring defense in the NBA. The Heat will also have to contend with the Detroit Pistons and rebound and shot block machine Andre Drummond, and that’s never a good thing for anyone’s interior scoring.
DFS BASKETBALL STACK TEAM OF THE DAY
MONDAY – Charlotte vs. Sacramento – Nic Batum, Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker will have a field day vs. the Kings.
TUESDAY – Indiana at Washington – The Wizards ranks 27th in the NBA in scoring defense, and last in the East.
WEDNESDAY – Phoenix vs. New Orleans – The Suns will go for 110-plus points in Wednesday’s tilt with the Pellies.
THURSDAY – NO GAMES SCHEDULED.
FRIDAY – Golden State at Phoenix – Most Warriors are good plays, regardless of the opponent, as they rank No. 1 in offense.
SATURDAY – Utah vs. New Orleans – You’ll find plenty of DFS bargains in Utah, and they’ll come up big vs. NOLA.
SUNDAY – Memphis vs. Philadelphia – The Grizz will get their crack at running up the offense on the hapless Sixers.
NOTABLE INJURED PLAYERS (START OR SIT)
ATL – Kent Bazemore, G/F (ankle): SIT
ATL – Tiago Splitter, C (hip): SIT
BOS – Marcus Smart, G (knee): SIT
CHA – P.J. Hairston, G/F (quadriceps): START
CHA – Cody Zeller, F/C (ankle): SIT
CHI – Aaron Brooks, G (hamstring): SIT
CHI – Derrick Rose, G (ankle): START
CLE – Mo Williams, G (ankle): SIT
DEN – Kenneth Faried, F (ankle): SIT
DEN – Joffrey Lauvergne, F/C (back): SIT
DEN – Jusuf Nurkic, C (knee): SIT
HOU – Patrick Beverley, G (ankle): SIT
HOU – Dwight Howard, C (back): START
IND – George Hill, G (illness): START
IND – C.J. Miles, G/F (ankle): SIT
MEM – Zach Randolph, F (calf): START
MIN – Nemanja Bjelica, F (knee): SIT
NOP – Tyreke Evans, G/F (knee): SIT
OKC – Kevin Durant, F (hamstring): SIT
SAS – LaMarcus Aldridge, F (ankle): SIT
New York at Miami (7:30 p.m. NBATV)
Boston at Atlanta (8:00 p.m. TNT), Chicago at Portland (10:00 p.m., WGN), L.A. Lakers at Golden State (10:30 p.m. TNT)
Memphis at Houston (8:00 pm NBATV)
Miami at New York (7:30pm NBATV), New Orleans at L.A. Clippers (10:30pm NBATV)
Denver at Dallas (8:30pm NBATV)
Philadelphia at Memphis (6:00pm NBATV)
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POINTS PER GAME
Jamal Crawford, SG, L.A. Clippers (14.3 PPG past 12 games)
Jeremy Lamb, SG, Charlotte (12.6 PPG past 12 games)
Jerryd Bayless, PG, Milwaukee (11.6 PPG past 13 games)
Dion Waiters, SG, Oklahoma City (10.8 PPG past 13 games)
Omari Casspi, SF, Sacramento (10.7 PPG past 14 games)
REBOUNDS PER GAME
Clint Capela, C, Houston (6.6 RPG past 14 games)
Omri Casspi, SF, Sacramento (6.1 RPG past 14 games)
Luis Scola, PF, Toronto (6.1 RPG past 14 games)
Bismack Biyombo, C, Toronto (5.8 RPG past 14 games)
Lavoy Allen, PF, C, Indiana (5.7 RPG past 12 games)
ASSISTS PER GAME
J.J. Barea, PG, Dallas (4.3 APG past 13 games)
Jerryd Bayless, PG, Milwaukee (3.5 APG past 13 games)
Phil Pressey, PG, Philadelphia (3.4 APG past nine games)
Boris Diaw, C, San Antonio (3.3 APG past 13 games)
Cory Joseph, PG, Toronto (3.3 APG past 14 games)
STEALS PER GAME
Tony Allen, SG, Memphis (1.6 SPG past 14 games)
Thabo Sefolosha, SG, Atlanta (1.6 SPG past 12 games)
Mario Chalmers, PG, Memphis (1.4 SPG past 11 games)
Shane Larkin, PG, Brooklyn (1.3 SPG past 13 games)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Brooklyn (1.3 SPG past 13 games)
BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME
Jerami Grant, SF, Philadelphia (1.6 BPG past 14 games)
Dewayne Dedmon, C, Orlando (1.5 BPG past 12 games)
Clint Capela, C, Houston (1.4 BPG past 14 games)
Josh Smith, PF, L.A. Clippers (1.3 BPG past 12 games)
Bismack Biyombo, C, Toronto (0.9 BPG past 14 games)
3-POINTERS MADE PER GAME
Isaiah Canaan, PG, Philadelphia (31 3PT past 14 games)
Jerryd Bayless, PG, Milwaukee (26 3PT past 13 games)
Hollis Thompson, SG, Philadelphia (26 3PT past 14 games)
Nick Young, SF, L.A. Lakers (25 3PT past 25 games)
Patty Mills, PG, San Antonio (21 3PT past 13 games)
(statistics through November 21, 2015)