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While Hellebuyck has been a revelation, the 24-year-old has never played in the postseason. A hot goaltender is a key ingredient for a long playoff run, so I assume he’ll stay composed under pressure. Stingy defense is another ingredient, and the Jets have been stellar on D. They are fifth-best in the league in goals per game, allowing 2.6. The Capitals are more mediocre in this area, as a leaky defense has been a concern since training camp. Washington is below the league average, allowing 2.93 goals per game.

As it stands now, the Jets would face the Wild in the first round, and that’s a tough matchup. The Capitals, meanwhile, would draw the Devils — young and plucky like the Jets, but once again, potentially overmatched by experience. My heart wants the Jets to make a long playoff run, but my gut says the Ovechkin-led Capitals — a team that has plenty of experience playing in April and May — may make it further.

Kings coach John Stevens decided to put That 70’s Line on hiatus for a night.

Instead, having forwards Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson play with center Adrian Kempe gave Los Angeles’ chances of making the postseason a much-needed reboot.

Toffoli and Pearson scored, Kempe had two assists and the Kings moved back into playoff position with a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

Stevens shuffled his lines coming off a 7-2 loss to St. Louis on Saturday, getting the response he was looking for from Los Angeles’ three emerging stars on offense.

I was really happy for the Kempe line tonight, Stevens said. We talked to that line just how much we needed them to play like they did earlier in the year. It could really balance out our attack, and I thought they did tonight.

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Do Not Draft list, which aims to take into account proper value in comparison with expectations in order to provide a list of players I will be avoiding. Ohtani, 23, dominated in Japan on the mound, at the plate and obviously in the hearts of so many, and it is not the least bit surprising that so many fantasy managers are eager to secure someone with so much promise to their rosters. However, a 3.41 ERA is not what many deem ultimate promise, and that goes for eight home runs as well. There is major upside for Ohtani to be a transcendent star in the United States … but we are probably not at that point yet in 2018, and that is really the point of his inclusion on this list.

Dec. 16: A deal driven by cash — it solved both teams’ long-term financial goals — Kazmir and McCarthy could be useful rotation stopgaps for the Braves. Kemp might not even remain in L.A., while Gonzalez was immediately designated for assignment.

The common issue with the Clippers all season has been injuries. Beverley (knee, done for year) and Gallinari (hand) are still out, and recently acquired Avery Bradley is down with a sports hernia.

The fantasy takeaway here is, whether the Clippers’ new talent is brought in by free agency or by a lucky-pick/No. 15-caliber home run, the rest of the Clips’ main guys shouldn’t have to greatly adjust their games to fit around that talent. Because of this, each of Harris, Williams and Jordan should reasonably be expected to produce next season on the level of what they are currently producing for the team. Rivers is more questionable, because a strong perimeter performer could push him to the bench, so his dynasty value is more at the mercy of their offseason moves.

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Memphis enters Saturday on its second double-digit losing streak of the season.

The Grizzlies also dropped 11 straight Nov. 11-Dec. 2 and this is the first time the franchise has recorded two double-digit skids in the same season since the 1999-2000 edition based Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Online in Vancouver dropped 11 straight Nov. 16-Dec. 6, 1999 and 12 in a row Feb. 29-March 19, 2000.

Gasol has played 11 games during this skid and scored 22 points when the steak was extended with Friday’s 108-102 loss to the Denver Nuggets. It was his second-highest point total during this stretch, which has seen him shoot 39.4 percent and average 16.6 points.

The Grizzlies rested Gasol once during the streak when Miami beat Memphis last Saturday. Deyonta Davis, who averages 5.5 points, started for Gasol, but is sidelined with a left ankle injury.

Since earning a 120-109 win against Phoenix on Jan. 29, the average margin of defeat has been 13.3 points. Friday’s game was the Grizzlies’ sixth loss by double-digits during the losing streak.

Three of four NBA players from Ames, Iowa were in the building. Barnes and fellow Dallas forward Doug McDermott, along with Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, all attended Ames High School. Hoiberg went on to play at Iowa State, located in Ames, before 10 NBA seasons. He returned to Iowa State to coach for six seasons.

Dick Gibbs, 69, was the first Ames high school product to play in the NBA (1971-76)

Bogdanovic made a go-ahead short runner from the baseline with 1:06 left in OT, then added a pair of free throws and the Kings beat the Brooklyn Nets 116-111 on Thursday night.

“I’ve said from the beginning of the season that we have great chemistry here,” Bogdanovic said. “It’s really fun to work with all of these guys. We just love to work. It’s nothing else, no secret.”

Gobert scored a season-high 26 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked four shots to help the Utah Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108 on Friday night in a game that featured three ejections.

His dominance around the basket spread throughout the team. Utah Cheap Kids Jerseys NBA finished with a 46-27 advantage on the glass. The Jazz also outscored the Timberwolves 19-0 in second-chance points and held them to a season-low two offensive rebounds.

Pistons seek to move closer to Heat

The Miami Heat got run out of their own building on Thursday night, but now they will get another chance in a game that is crucial to the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Drummond will match up with 7-foot, 265-pound Heat center Hassan Whiteside, who is averaging 14.0 points and 11.8 rebounds, including 3.2 on the offensive glass.

Backup Heat center Bam Adebayo, a 6-10, 245-pound rookie, is averaging 7.4 points and 5.5 rebounds in 20.5 minutes. Over 36 minutes, Adebayo’s averages would be 13.0 points and 9.6 rebounds.

All in all, Saturday’s game should be quite a battle in the paint.

On a night when Lonzo Ball made every one of his shots for the Lakers, Isaiah Thomas wanted to make sure his one playful shot at the rookie’s shooting form landed as well.

Thomas, a six-year veteran guard, was asked on Monday after Los Angeles’ victory in Atlanta about what he thinks of Ball’s shot and his infamous technique, now that they are teammates and the rookie guard is shooting well of late. Thomas gave a sly look over toward Ball’s locker to see if he was around and listening — not in a sinister way, but more like he wanted Ball to hear him give the point guard a hard time about his form.

“I mean, it’s ugly as hell,” Thomas said as he began defending Ball’s shooting style. “It’s an ugly shot, but he’s been successful with it his whole life. So you get to the highest level, there is no need to change it. You just got to figure out ways to continue to make it better.”

After Teague left the court, Jazz guard Jae Crowder and Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau were issued double technicals for arguing with each other. Crowder was later ejected for picking up his second technical foul with 45.3 seconds remaning.

Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns also was ejected just before halftime when he was called for his second technical foul for arguing a non-call.

Referee Kane Fitzgerald said after the game that Towns’ first technical Cheap NFL Jerseys USA foul was for dead-ball contact of an elbow to the Crowder’s face. The second technical was for “continuous complaint. Three or four plays in a row he was complaining and a technical foul was given.”

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Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler, who is sidelined due to surgery on his right knee, approved of Teague’s fiery play.