While being just a hair behind Stephen Curry in fantasy value over the past two weeks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is quietly delivering another strong season. Oklahoma City's fourth-year guard produced his first career game with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds, defeating James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center last night.
Gilgeous-Alexander finished just one dime shy of a triple-double in the victory and has scored at least 30 points in consecutive games for the third time this season. Luguentz Dort pitched in with six 3-pointers for Oklahoma City, marking the second-most in a game in his career.
As well as Gilgeous-Alexander is playing the past few games, I'd still consider him an undervalued candidate in fantasy trades if for a looming, and possibly significant, correction in shooting success. He entered the season a 37.3% 3-point shooter and is still sitting below 30% from beyond currently while posting some of his most efficient midrange results and the best free throw rate of his career, suggesting the poor 3-point results could be an outlier due for a correction.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder: 33 points (11-18 FG), 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 blocks
• Antetokounmpo was dominant from the tip against Golden State, scoring 23 of his 30 points in the first half. Milwaukee amassed a 39-point lead at the break, which is the largest half-time lead since 1967 against an opponent winning at .750 or better clip. The two-time MVP produced his second 30-point triple double this season, joining Harden and LeBron James as only players to do so in multiple games this season. Bobby Portis chipped in with 20 points and seven boards in just 25 minutes. The list of players averaging at least 15 points, nine rebounds and two 3-pointers per game includes only Karl-Anthony Towns and Portis, who is still a free agent in roughly 30% of ESPN leagues.
• Dennis Smith Jr. posted a fun fantasy line with Anfernee Simons out due to personal reasons for the Portland Trail Blazers last night. In addition to respectable scoring and assist results, "DSJ" has averaged 2.7 combined steals and blocks per game in his last three starts, signaling real value if Simons misses any more games.
• Memphis kept on rolling with a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves last night, extending the team's winning streak to 11 games, the longest single-season streak in franchise history. Jaren Jackson Jr. rejected five shots and now has four games this season with at least five blocks, tied for second-most in the league. Desmond Bane continued to prove why he's one of the true league-winning waiver acquisitions of this season. Bane got to the line a season-high nine times, sinking all of his attempts.
• Harden was the lone star starting for Brooklyn and produced a vintage statistical performance in the loss. The bearded one netted nine assists, while the rest of the team combined for seven. To be fair, the Nets were playing their fourth game in five days, a stretch that began with a home victory Sunday over San Antonio and a loss the next night in Portland. Amazingly, this made the Nets the first team since Detroit in 1973 to play in the Eastern and Pacific time zones on consecutive days. Beginning next Monday, Brooklyn is on the road for four straight games with no back-to-back scenarios, signaling a potentially busy week for Kyrie Irving and some rare chances to see all three of the team's superstars at once.
• The Atlanta Hawks dealt Cam Reddish to the Knicks essentially for a protected pick via the Hornets. From a fantasy perspective, there's some real upside statistically for Reddish if only because he's joining a roster that is thin on athletes at the wing while playing for a coach that can afford his key players big roles. It's unclear if Reddish will become an important part of the Knicks' rotation right away, but I would think a real opportunity awaits him in MSG.
Injuries of note
Analytics advantage for Friday
With Toronto's defensive frontcourt potentially depleted, Bey enters the matchup with some momentum, averaging 19.3 points and three 3-pointers during his last three appearances. The Raptors, meanwhile, have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points per game to power forwards during the last two weeks.
Tyrese Maxey, Philadelphia 76ers: The 76ers won't have Danny Green's shooting or Shake Milton's isolation scoring in the lineup this evening, setting up Maxey with more important roles orchestrating the offense and helping to space the floor.
Christian Wood, Houston Rockets: Facing the Kings is an inviting premise for a power forward, especially one with as Sacramento has ceded 51.1 DraftKings points per game to the position during the last 15 games, the highest allowance in the NBA during this span.