Benny's Daily Hoops - 2/22
- Vegas: Hornets -7.5, 215
- Nets: 6th pace, 16th scoring, 25th points allowed
- Hornets: 10th pace, 14th scoring, 17th points allowed
Nets: Very interesting to see how the Nets start the second half. D’Angelo Russell carried this team early before suffering an injury. He’s back up to around 30 minutes before the break, so I would expect that to keep climbing as we start the back end of the season tonight. It has not really hurt Spencer Dinwiddie either as he is still playing mid 30s to low 40s minutes and producing. The two are on the floor more and more together. Caris LeVert remains out, so that keeps those minutes open for guys like Dinwiddie, Russell, and even Allen Crabbe. All three of those guys are likely to see 30+ minutes tonight and moving forward. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson also remains out and we have seen 31+ minutes in three straight for Quincy Acy with him sidelined. Jahlil Okafor is banged up too, which really thins out the Nets. The big man who stands to benefit most is Jarrett Allen. He’s played well but is still more of a half a game kind of guy. Demarre Carroll is playing big minutes to. You are also getting over 30 out of him. Dinwiddie has been the most consistently good of the bunch and has the most upside. I prefer Crabbe and Russell to Carroll right now. Those two are a few hundred cheaper and likely to score as many or more. One last guy to mention. Dante Cunningham is not a big-time fantasy producer, but you can’t argue with him seeing 28 minutes at only $3K. If Okafor misses and with RHJ and LeVert out, he could continue to play 24-30 minutes and at min price that at least makes him interesting.