Can we take a second to understand how good the Utah Jazz look? In a 118-102 stomping of the Pelicans on Tuesday night time, Utah flexed all the explanations they’re one of many hottest groups within the NBA proper now. Donovan Mitchell sunk 4 3-pointers, and dished 4 assists, utilizing his full 6’10 wingspan to fling wrap-around passes to shooters across the arc. Rudy Gobert completed with three blocks, together with a forceful one assembly Zion Williamson on the rim. And Jordan Clarkson, the frontrunner for Sixth Man of the Yr, got here off the bench for 18 factors, six rebounds, and 6 assists.
The Jazz are rolling, and have received six video games in a row. 5 of these wins have been by double digits. Their 10-4 file is tied with the Clippers for second-best within the Western Convention, a half-game behind the Lakers. Per Basketball Reference, the staff ranks fifth within the league in internet score, outscoring opponents by 5.35 factors per 100 possessions. That is higher than final yr’s Mavericks, Rockets, and runner-up Warmth. Utah’s offense and protection rank within the prime 10.
Calling the Jazz a contender this early in this season is a entice, however followers need to be ecstatic with the best way this staff is rolling. Clarkson’s been value each penny of his four-year, $52 million deal, and Mike Conley‘s writing off final season’s struggles as a fluke. They will be examined within the coming weeks towards the Mavericks twice, Warriors and Nuggets. Let’s have a look at in the event that they maintain up. However to this point, so good.
Now, let’s discuss in regards to the fantasy play from all 4 groups who performed (oddly, on the identical time) on Tuesday night time.
Among the best components of a two-game night time is the power to take a seat and digest what’s taking place in a single sport with out panicking in regards to the different eight League Go channels operating concurrently. I hope you loved it as a lot as I did.
Okay, let’s discuss in regards to the prime fantasy gamers on the Jazz.
Jordan Clarkson — Clarkson had one other nice night time on Tuesday, scoring 18 factors on 6-of-15 capturing (4 3-pointers) with six rebounds, six assists, and one turnover. It wasn’t Clarkson’s most effective capturing night time, however sheesh has he been on fireplace from deep. In his final 4 video games, he is knocked down 17 3-pointers, and he is added 4 or extra assists in three of these video games. Notably, this sport confirmed that even with Joe Ingles (Achilles) again within the lineup, Clarkson’s going to get his numbers. Clarkson’s solely rostered by 73% of managers in Yahoo! leagues, and anybody in search of capturing ought to decide him up now if he is by some means out there. He is the No. 54 ranked participant in 9-cat leagues.
Donovan Mitchell — Mitchell had an important night time organising teammates, dishing 4 assists to go together with 28 factors on 9-of-15 capturing (4 3-pointers), and 7 rebounds. The draw back is he coughed up six turnovers. He shook off an 0-of-7 night time from vary the sport earlier than, nonetheless.
Mike Conley — Conley did not shoot properly, solely ending with six factors on 2-of-7 discipline objectives, however he dished 10 assists with two rebounds and a pair of steals. He solely made one 3-pointer, and this wasn’t his finest fantasy night time, however Conley nonetheless ranks No. 59 of all gamers in 9-cat leagues.
Rudy Gobert — Gobert logged his second straight double-double, scoring 13 factors (6-of-8 capturing), 18 rebounds, one help, one steal, and three blocks. He missed 1-of-6 free throws however did not flip the ball over in half-hour.
Royce O’Neale — O’Neale was quiet, scoring simply six factors on 2-of-8 capturing (each makes from distance), with one rebound, one help, and a pair of blocks. He is cooled off a bit after making six 3-pointers on January eighth. He is made six in whole in 5 video games since.
Joe Ingles — Regulate Ingles, who returned from an Achilles harm on Tuesday to attain 15 factors on 5-of-6 capturing from 3-point vary. He additionally added three rebounds, two assists, and a block. He is solely rostered in 27% of leagues and does not have to be added now. However he must be in your radar if he continues to make an impression from deep.
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Zion Williamson — Williamson was clearly the perfect Pelicans participant on the ground Tuesday, totaling 32 factors on 14-of-19 capturing (4-of-6 free throws), 5 rebounds, three assists, and a steal with two turnovers. In his final two video games, he is scored 63 factors on 27-of-34 capturing. That is bonkers! His lack of out of doors capturing is all the time going to carry him again in fantasy, although.
Brandon Ingram — Ingram had a tough night time, scoring simply 17 factors on 8-of-18 capturing. He added 4 assists, three rebounds, and two blocks with one turnover.
Eric Bledsoe — Bledsoe’s inventory is probably going headed down now that Lonzo Ball‘s returned. Bledsoe nonetheless began on Tuesday, and for that motive, he is value clinging on to, however on Tuesday, he made simply 3-of-9 pictures from the sphere, scoring 9 factors with 4 rebounds and two assists.
Lonzo Ball — Ball performed for the primary time since January eighth as a consequence of knee tendinitis. He seemed… rusty. He made simply 3-of-10 pictures, and missed all six of his 3-point makes an attempt. He made simply 1-of-2 free throws, however did not flip the ball over in 23 minutes, and did snag three steals. Hopefully, he simply wants time to work himself again into sport form after taking per week off to heal.
The Nuggets held off a short-handed Thunder staff lacking Al Horford, 119-101. Let’s speak about their prime performers.
Nikola Jokic — The most effective fantasy participant within the league continued his dominant season, scoring 27 factors on 12-of-21 capturing with 12 rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block, and a turnover in 28 minutes. He missed all 4 of his 3-point makes an attempt.
Paul Millsap — Millsap had one in every of his strongest nights of the season, scoring 13 factors on 5-of-10 capturing (two made 3-pointers) with 12 rebounds, three assists, one block, and two steals with one turnover in 26 minutes. In his final three video games, he posted three blocks and 5 blocks. It stays to be seen how the Nuggets lineup will change when Michael Porter Jr. is re-introduced (probably on Friday), however Millsap has strung collectively a number of good video games now. He is rostered in simply 44% of leagues and ranks No. 143 of all gamers in 9-cat leagues.
Jamal Murray — Murray’s complained about his elbow bothering him when he shoots, and as soon as once more, he could not purchase a bucket. He scored simply 5 factors on 2-of-10 capturing (no 3-pointers), with 4 assists, two rebounds, and two steals. In some unspecified time in the future, Mike Malone may want to take a seat him to get his shot trying proper once more.
Will Barton — Barton’s streakiness continues, however he did knock down three triples for 13 factors, six assists, three rebounds and one steal. He turned the ball over 4 instances in simply 25 minutes.
Monte Morris — On Tuesday, he scored 15 factors on 7-of-11 capturing (one 3-pointer), with 5 assists and 4 rebounds. He is an environment friendly scorer who’s averaging multiple 3-pointer and almost one steal per sport. Morris is rostered in simply 27% of Yahoo! leagues however ranks No. 127 in 9-cat leagues. He is value looking at as a fill-in when wanted.
Isaiah Roby — With Al Horford out for a fourth straight sport as a consequence of private causes, Roby had a very good night time beginning in his place. He scored 10 factors on 3-of-9 capturing (one 3-pointer), with 9 rebounds, three assists, and a season-high 4 steals. He had only one steal within the 9 different video games he performed this season. I would not count on a defensive night time like that once more any time quickly.
Luguentz Dort — Dort’s had two actually spectacular video games in a row now, following up a 21-point night time together with 4 3-pointers with a 20-point night time on three 3-pointers. Dort made 8-of-11 pictures on Tuesday with 5 rebounds, three assists, and a steal. Dort has top-100 participant worth in 9-cat leagues, but is just rostered in 44% of leagues.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander — SGA had an OK night time, scoring 14 factors on 5-of-11 capturing (one 3-pointer) with seven assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 turnovers.
Aleksej Pokusevski — Poku noticed a career-high 24 minutes, however it did not go so properly. He missed all seven of his pictures from the sphere together with 5 3-pointers. He did not rating any factors and had 4 rebounds, two assists, a block, and a steal with three turnovers. Please maintain him on the waiver wire.