Speights drew the start at center for DeAndre Jordan (rest) in Thursday's 129-114 loss to the Nuggets but played only 15 minutes, providing eight points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt), five rebounds and one assist. The veteran big man essentially saw the same amount of time he would have in his usual bench role, with coach Doc Rivers providing Brandon Bass with 24 minutes off the second unit. Despite typically modest minutes, Speights has proven capable of offering solid production relative to his opportunity time and again, so he remains an option in deep formats and as an occasional dart throw in daily leagues.
Speights will draw the start at center Thursday against the Nuggets, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports. With Blake Griffin (rest) and DeAndre Jordan (rest) both out Thursday, coach Doc Rivers has decided to insert Speights into the starting five. He's averaging 9.2 points and 4.5 rebounds across 15.9 minutes per game this season, but is likely to see closer to a 25-minute workload against the Nuggets, making him a solid DFS option.
Speights tallied eight points (3-6 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and eight rebounds across 15 minutes in a 116-102 win over the Celtics on Monday. Since seeing a streak of 28 consecutive games with a three-pointer come to an end back on Feb. 15, Speights has struggled to regain his outside touch. He's shooting just 16.7 percent from distance over his last eight games, which has led to lighter-than-normal scoring totals for the second-unit big man. Speights has failed to crack double-digit points in each of his last 11 contests.
Speights registered 15 points (5-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists and two steals across 20 minutes in Monday's 118-109 loss to the Raptors. Monday's game marks back-to-back games where Speights has posted a double-digit point total. 20 minutes seems to be the maximum playing time Speights will see on a given night now that Blake Griffin is back to form, but he's been efficient and productive off the bench with the little time he does receive.
Speights registered 11 points (2-5 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT) and five rebounds across 17 minutes in a 107-102 loss to the Celtics on Sunday. It was Speights' first double-digit scoring performance since he returned to the bench six games ago following a one-time promotion to the starting five. Now that Blake Griffin is healthy again after a long absence due to a knee injury, Speights' window for occasionally picking up 20-to-25 minute workloads seems to have closed. He's cleared 20 minutes only once in Griffin's first five games since returning to action, averaging a meager 8.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 three-pointers and 1.0 assist in that span.
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