Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Lakers-Wizards trade creates pickup opportunities
By Gabe Allen, RotoWireSpecial to Yahoo SportsWith the NBA trade deadline a couple of weeks away, fantasy basketball managers should stay alert. Double-check your league’s waiver wire just in case an impatient opposing manager shortsightedly dropped him. Deni Avdija, SF/PF, Washington Wizards (28% rostered)Sometimes seemingly smaller moves send shockwaves through the fantasy basketball landscape. Although it’s a minuscule, two-game sample size, he’s averaging 12.5 points, 10.0 boards, 3.0 dimes and 2.0 steals in 31.0 minutes since the deal. Over the last 22 games, he’s averaging 10.8 points, 6.0 boards, 3.8 dimes, 2.5 treys and 1.5 steals in 30.4 minutes.wftv.com
Fantasy Basketball Pickups: Victor Oladipo could be worth the risk
Oladipo has earned over 30 minutes in three straight games while averaging 11.0 points, 3.3 boards, 3.3 steals, 2.7 assists and 1.7 threes. If he can stay healthy, he still has what it takes to be a quality contributor across all fantasy formats. It may not work out, but the potential reward is worth the risk unless your bench is already ocean-deep. Over the last four contests, Schroder is averaging 18.8 points, 4.3 assists and 2.3 threes in 30.0 minutes. Aaron Nesmith, Indiana Pacers (20% rostered)Small sample sizes aren't that small when it comes to proven players like Oladipo and Schroder.wftv.com
Balanced Suns cruise past Wizards, tie Warriors for NBA lead
Wizards Suns Basketball Phoenix Suns forward Jalen Smith (10) blocks the shot of Washington Wizards center Daniel Gafford, middle, as Suns forward Cameron Johnson (23) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX — (AP) — JaVale McGee scored 17 points, Deandre Ayton added 15 and the Phoenix Suns cruised to a 118-98 victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting, but the rest of the team couldn't muster much offense. The Suns led for nearly the entire night and had a 62-50 advantage at the break. COUNTING ON CAMBackup forward Cam Johnson has been crucial for the Suns during All-Star guard Devin Booker's injury absence.wftv.com
Embiid out for rest of Game 4 vs. Wizards with sore knee
76ers Wizards Basketball Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, right, is fouled by Washington Wizards center Daniel Gafford, left, during the first half of Game 4 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, May 31, 2021, in Washington. The Sixers posted on Twitter at halftime that Embiid would not return because of the knee. Embiid did not appear at all in the second quarter, which ended with the 76ers ahead 61-60. After staying down for a moment, a wincing Embiid rose and then put his hand on his lower right back. Embiid came into the night averaging more than a point per minute in the best-of-seven series, which Philadelphia led 3-0.wftv.com
76ers trust playoff process leads to 1st NBA title since '83
Magic 76ers Basketball Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, right, and Ben Simmons watch from the bench during an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Sunday, May 16, 2021, in Philadelphia. Larry Brown, the coach who led the Sixers to the 2001 NBA finals, said the early seasons " made me sick to my stomach." “Listen, I was there when we were ‘Trusting the Process,’” Wizards guard and former 10-win Sixers member Ish Smith said. The Sixers ( with 8-1 odds ) really can win the NBA championship for the first time since 1983. The Sixers swept the season series 3-0.wftv.com
Beal, Westbrook lead Wiz past Pacers 142-115 for East 8 seed
Russell Westbrook nearly had a triple-double and Bradley Beal scored 25 points in just 29 minutes to help the Washington Wizards reach the NBA playoffs as the Eastern Conference’s No. 8 seed by overwhelming the Indiana Pacers 142-115 in the play-in round.
Westbrook ties Robertson's record, Wizards beat Pacers
Russell Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson’s NBA record for triple-doubles with 181, finishing with 33 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, and made two free throws with a second left to give Washington a 133-132 overtime victory over Indiana on Saturday night.
LaVine scores 46 points, Bulls hit 25 3s to beat Pelicans
Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine dunks past New Orleans Pelicans' Lonzo Ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Chicago. LaVine scored a season-high 46 points, hitting nine of Chicago's franchise-record 25 3-pointers, and the Bulls cooled off the New Orleans Pelicans with a 129-116 victory Wednesday. LaVine and White became the first duo in NBA history to make at least eight 3s apiece in the same game, according to STATS. “We (were) due for a good team shooting night,” White said. Zion Williamson had 29 points for New Orleans, and Brandon Ingram finished with 21 points on 6-for-19 shooting.