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What you need to know for Wednesday’s games
Now that the in-season tournament schedule is set it’s time to focus on regular-season hoops again on Wednesday.
Ivey has entered must-roster territory with his strong play of late. The Pistons have finally figured out that he needs minutes as Ivey has averaged 19 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.3 3-pointers in 31.7 minutes over his past three games. He has hit 22-of-36 shots over that stretch and it’s officially time to pick him up.
No one knows when we’ll see Bradley Beal again, and Kevin Durant and Grayson Allen are questionable for Wednesday night. Gordon has scored in double figures in eight straight games and has averaged 22.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 5.0 3-pointers on 15-of-28 shooting over his past two contests. He should be primed for another big scoring night on Wednesday, but you have to know going in that he won’t give you much more than points and 3-pointers. Anything else he does will be a bonus.
George is starting to turn it on and will be on a ton of fantasy rosters before the season is over. You might as well get on the bandwagon now and think about snagging him. He’s scored at least 15 points in three straight games and has averaged 16.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.0 dimes, 1.0 steals and 3.3 3-pointers over his past three games. He should be rostered everywhere right now.
Kelly Oubre Jr. is still out for the 76ers and they love Batum over Robert Covington. Batum has averaged 12 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.5 3-pointers over his past two games, knocking down 8-of-14 shots in 30.5 minutes over that stretch. He’s worth a stream on Wednesday, for sure, but should fade away once Oubre is back in action.
Aaron Gordon would have to miss his third straight game for Holiday to be a reasonable play but it’s quite possible it happens. Holiday has averaged 30 minutes, 8.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 3-pointers over his last two games, but did play 34 minutes with 12 points, six rebounds and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes in his last one. If Gordon is out, Holiday is worth a deep-league flier. Additionally, with Denver so banged up, Reggie Jackson could have one or two final big lines in his pocket before his run is finished with the imminent return of Jamal Murray.
The guy most casual NBA fans have never heard of has scored in double figures in three of his last four games and has averaged 12 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.5 3-pointers over his last two games. He’s a deep-league/DFS special and only has some fantasy appeal as long as Lauri Markkanen is sidelined.
Projections and Injury Reports
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