Noel notched three points (1-3 FG, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds and one block across 25 minutes during Saturday's 94-86 loss to the Raptors. Despite drawing the start, Noel only just 25 minutes of action, and wasn't a focus on the offensive end. That being said, he controlled the boards in his limited minutes, ripping down an impressive five offensive rebounds. With the Mavericks all but out of the playoff picture, Rick Carlisle has been experimenting with his rotations, likely trying to find something that can stick for next season. As a result, Noel's minutes may be inconsistent from here on out, and could make for a risky DFS play even when he does start.
Noel drew the start at center and chipped in eight points (4-8 FG, 0-3 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks across 33 minutes during Thursday's 97-95 victory over the Clippers. Noel was given the opportunity to start and play over 30 minutes in an effort to match up against the size and athleticism of opposing center DeAndre Jordan, and he made the most out of his opportunity. He led his team in rebounding and provided a combined four steals and blocks while scoring efficiently from the field (though he missed all three of his free throws). He also showed discipline against a tough opponent by committing just one turnover and collecting only two personal fouls. Though fantasy owners likely expected Noel to garner 30-plus-minute workloads on a regular basis, he's still shown an ability to provide value no matter how many minutes he's given, averaging 9.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks across 22.5 minutes per game while hitting 60.3 percent of his shots since being dealt to the Mavericks by the 76ers.
Noel will draw the start at center for Thursday's matchup against the Clippers. Noel has only averaged 20.0 minutes per game over his past four games -- providing 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 blocks, and 0.5 steals per game. That being said, the fact that he's in the starting lineup Thursday may indicate he's in line for a slight bump in usage. Regardless, the move will send Yogi Ferrell to the bench.
Noel produced 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds and one block in just 17 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's 112-87 loss to the Warriors. Noel saw limited minutes as the visitors took a big lead relatively early but still managed to finish second on the team in scoring and rebounding. The Mavericks are seemingly taking it easy on their new acquisition through his first four contests since returning from a three-game absence due to knee soreness, as he is averaging just 20 minutes per night during that stretch. That said, he has shown no signs of the injury in the opportunities he has gotten, so an uptick in usage should follow shortly.
Noel (knee) scored 12 points (4-8 FG) with three rebounds, one assist and one block across 23 minutes in Wednesday's 112-107 win over the Wizards. Wednesday was Noel's first game back since missing the previous three with a knee injury. There was a possibility that he'd start if teammate Wesley Matthews wasn't healthy enough to play, but Noel came off the bench despite Matthews missing the game. The Mavs are still three games out of the playoff picture with time running out on the season so it would stand to reason that coach Rick Carlisle would take his time bringing back the his prized big man. Fantasy owners would be wise to keep an eye on Noel's status before adding him to their own starting lineups.
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