Wednesday gives us an eight-game slate with some revenge and the weirdest flask giveaway to date. Let’s dive in:
Robin Lopez expects to be sitting tonight after he and Serge Ibaka threw punches at one another last night in the Raptors-Bulls game. Lopez’s backups are Cristiano Felicio and our boy King Joffrey Lauvergne. However, Felicio left last night’s game in the fourth quarter after landing on his back. He never re-entered the game. Lauvergne since the all-star break has averaged 0.77 Draftkings points per minute since the All-Star break with Lopez on the bench (stat courtesy of FantasyLabs).
Detroit and Milwaukee are playing on the always tough road back-to-back
Chicago is playing on a back-to-back, but this one is at the United Center
Utah, Oklahoma City, Denver, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Detroit and even Charlotte will be playing at what you would think full strength and “all hands on deck” as the season winds down and they are playing for their playoff lives and seeding.
Just one active player celebrates a birthday today. Happy Birthday to Taurean Prince of the Atlanta Hawks!
We do have some #revenge in the air tonight for a couple of players spread across the games. Bismack Biyombo hosts his former Charlotte team where he played the first four years of his NBA career. He does have upside against them when given the minutes, but with a healthy Nikola Vucevic, this is a tough one to predict any sort of “Bis Game”
J.R. Smith takes his talent back to Denver tonight where he played five seasons with the most heavily tattooed team in the history of the Association.
In the same game, 57-year veteran Mike Miller gets the Cavs where he spent 1 season before spending the last two in Denver. I’d play too if I was making $3.5 million as the 12th man on a team.
Jerami Grant spent three seasons in Philadelphia spanning 144 games before being traded this season to Oklahoma City where he and the Thunder will host the 76ers tonight. Grant stinks which is the problem in a prime #revenge spot.
Kris Humphries seems to have played for every team in the NBA, but he travels back to the nation’s capital tonight to face his former Wizards team. Yawn.
Giveaways / Promotions
The Utah Jazz consciously have a BEEF FLASK giveaway at tonight’s home tilt against the New York Knicks. I had to re-read this three times because the obvious person would think beer flask, but this is Utah, so yep, a freaking beef flask giveaway. I had to google this one. It’s literally a flask you put meat in. Fire the promotions guy for the Jazz immediately.
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