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Thunder vs. Grizzlies: Jonas Valanciunas owns the post in Memphis win

Jonas Valanciunas was the top fantasy scorer in this matchup with Steven Adams out of the picture. The big man tallied a double-double in a Memphis win.

Ja Morant, and Jonas Valanciunas of the Memphis Grizzlies talk to each other during the game against the New York Knicks on January 29, 2020 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.  Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

UPDATE: Dort fell off a cliff in the second half and finished with 26.25 DKFP. Paul surged forward to finish with a team-high 38.75 DKFP on 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Jonas Valanciunas took advantage of the absence of Steven Adams and tallied a game-high 39.75 DKFP on 19 points and 11 rebounds. Morant trailed him with 36 DKFP.

The Oklahoma City Thunder got off to a 37-25 lead by the end of the first quarter against Memphis Grizzlies Friday, but the Western Conference’s eighth seed powered back to outscore OKC 38-23 in the second frame to claim a 63-60 lead. We saw got to see some unexpected fantasy performances in the first half, and Luguentz Dort led the way.

Dort has been priced below $4,000 on DraftKings despite playing more than 30 minutes per night in the absence of Dennis Schroder. While he’s struggled to make open shots in recent games, he was 4-for-5 from beyond the arc before the break against Memphis. He tallied 14 points, 3 rebound, and 22.75 DKFP by the halftime. Only two players were more productive than him from a fantasy perspective.

Chris Paul got off to a slow start but found his rhythm in the second quarter. His 13 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals helped him lead all players with 29.5 DKFP. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s offense has been stagnant once again, as he’s only totaled 12.75 DKFP so far. He’s a player to watch in the second half.

Ja Morant contributed 11 points and 8 assists to tally 23.25 DKFP in 18 minutes. He’s trailed by Dillion Brooks (19.25) DKFP among Grizzlies. players. Both should play significant minutes down the home stretch.