C - LAL
Dwight Howard scored nine points (3-4 FG, 3-6 FT) along with nine rebounds, two blocks, and two turnovers across 35 minutes in a Game 5 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Over the past two games, Howard's averaged 10.5 points and 10 rebounds and has been a force in the paint. He did a good job defending and disrupting Nikola Jokic, and his effort didn't go unnoticed. He may not see 30+ minutes often, but when given minutes, Howard's been a pretty reliable source of rebounds and blocks.
Dwight Howard got the start at center in Game 4, scoring 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-3 FT) and grabbing 11 rebounds in 23 minutes of action.
After playing fewer than 16 minutes in each of the first three games, Howard got the nod at center for the Lakers in Game 4 and didn't disappoint. He was very active on the offensive boards, as evidenced by his six offensive rebounds. Howard's performance in Game 4 likely gives him another opportunity as a starter in Game 5, when the Lakers look to close out the series against the Nuggets.
Dwight Howard amassed 13 points (4-5 FG, 5-8 FT), three rebounds, two blocks, and two steals over 16 minutes in Friday’s 126-114 win over the Nuggets.
The veteran center made good use of his limited time, playing a strong defensive role. Howard had a quiet regular season but expect the 34-year-old former Defensive Player of the Year step up over the next couple of weeks. He’s a savvy DFS play as he’s kept his motor fresh with a small regular season role.
Dwight Howard got 20 minutes off the bench and was able to turn it into a game-high 15 rebounds (with four offensive) as well as scoring eight points (2-4 FG, 4-8 FT) with one assist, and one steal in a loss to the Rockets.
Howard amassed his fourth 15+ rebounding effort on the year, and he did a great job extending plays for the Lakers through his activity on the offensive glass. JaVale McGee sat out tonight's game, but Howard wasn't able to generate much offense due to the Rockets executing their small-ball strategy to perfection. Howard is at best a two-trick pony at this stage in his career, providing rebounds and blocks only. DFS players can do better targeting younger players with higher upside than Dwight Howard.
Dwight Howard (knee) is being listed as probable for tonight’s game against the Rockets.
Howard sat out Wednesday with the knee injury, but it was likely just a maintenance day for the veteran big man. JaVale McGee played 22 minutes in Wednesday’s game, but with the return of Howard, both players are likely to see fewer than 20 minutes. Especially given how small the Rockets are as a team.