Lopez recorded 21 points (10-15 FG, 1-1 FT), five rebounds and one block across 36 minutes during a 99-98 loss to the Mavericks on Tuesday.
The 21 points were a season high for Lopez, who attained his first 20-point game of the season in the loss. Lopez took on the extra scoring load with Taj Gibson (ankle) sidelined and he has picked up his game recently after a bit of a slump. Over the last five games, he is back to returning decent value, with averages of 12.6 points on 48.3 percent shooting, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 assists per game in that stretch.
Lopez was limited to three points (1-7 FG, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and one block across 26 minutes in a 109-94 loss to the Thunder on Monday.
Lopez closed out December with a double-double on New Year's Eve, but he's been a black hole of production in his first four games of January. He's failed to record more than six points or five rebounds in any of those contests, and is now beginning to concede more playing time to backup Cristiano Felicio. Lopez is probably still worth holding in deeper formats, but those who have been leaning on him in shallower leagues can probably do better with another center option sitting on the waiver wire.
Lopez scored 14 points (7-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt) and grabbed six rebounds in 26 minutes during Monday's 113-82 win over the Pistons.
Lopez has quietly been having a solid season, as he scored double-digits for the 16th time this season and was only outscored by Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. However, his streak of eight straight games with a block came to an end. Lopez is averaging 9.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks this season.
Lopez supplied 10 points (4-12 FG, 2-2 FT) to go with a career-high eight blocks, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal across 32 minutes in Wednesday's 96-90 win over the Lakers.
A little over a week earlier, Lopez made waves with a six-block game, but took his skills as a rim protector to even greater levels Tuesday. The surge in rejections has helped Lopez raise his season-long average to two per game, good for sixth in the league among qualifiers. In addition to the rising block totals, Lopez has also had the offense run through him more frequently, attempting at least 11 shots in eight of the last nine games while reaching double figures in the scoring column in all but one of those contests. However, he's shooting just 41.2 percent from the field during that span.
Lopez registered 12 points (6-11 FG), 11 rebounds, two assists and two blocks across 28 minutes in Sunday's 118-110 win over the Lakers.
Lopez has notched four double-doubles in his last five games after failing to record even one in his first nine games with the Bulls. Unsurprisingly, the turnaround in Lopez's production has been aided by an enhanced minutes load, and with the Bulls rolling to a 9-5 start to the season, there's little reason to think Fred Hoiberg will limit his reliance on the center.
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