What’d I tell you last week? Drama, drama, drama. The WWE inked Ronda Rousey and the NBA couldn’t just take the back seat for a little bit, could they?
While it was originally DeAndre Jordan’s name linked to trade talks, Blake Griffin became the latest Clipper to leave Los Angeles and bring the team one step closer to their late 90s days.
Whatever happens, we all hope that the Clippers can unleash the true star of the trade: Boban Marjanovic…I’m sure the FantasyLabs boys will have plenty to add on that topic later, though. — Mark Gallant
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OKC THUNDER (-3.5) AT WASHINGTON WIZARDS | O/U: 217
7 p.m. ET
Injuries to watch: The Wizards will reportedly be without John Wall for the next six weeks as he undergoes a clean-up procedure on his knee. Bradley Beal has been the chalk du jour when Wall has missed time, averaging 27 percent ownership on DraftKings in Wall’s past 10 DNPs. He’s been a trap more often than not, however, as he’s failed to exceed his DraftKings salary-based expectations 70 percent of the time. Beal has averaged just 33.9 fantasy points per game in this sample, down from the 38.4 he’s averaged on the season. He makes for an easy fade in GPPs given his projected ownership with Markieff Morris ($5,500 on FanDuel) and Kelly Oubre ($4,800 on FD) the preferred leverage plays. — Justin Phan
What the metrics say: Wall has had a down season by his standards, but he’s still vitally important to this Wizards team. When he’s been on the floor, Washington has scored 114.0 points per 100 possessions and allowed 108.7; when he’s been off, they’ve scored just 109.3 and allowed 112.1. The Wizards are very solid this season at full strength: Their best lineup of Wall-Beal-Porter-Oubre-Gortat has blitzed opponents, posting a +18.4 point differential. Their top-two lineups without Wall have been atrocious, however, posting point differentials of -4.3 and -10.9 across 652 combined minutes. The matchup against the Thunder is easier without Andre Roberson, who had a DPOY-like impact on OKC’s defense this season, but this is still a big, uphill battle. — Bryan Mears