Lauvergne finished with 14 points (6-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one steal across 15 minutes during Thursday's 102-90 victory over the 76ers.
Lauvergne jacked up 10 shots in just 15 minutes of action Thursday, draining six of his attempts on route to 14 total points. In the seven games since returning to the bench after securing a start March 22 against the Pistons due to Robin Lopez's one-game suspension, Lauvergne has averaged 6.4 points and 3.1 rebounds across 14.4 minutes per game while knocking down 46.3 percent of his attempts from the field. Though he's a nice piece off the Bulls' bench, his numbers make him largely ignorable in the majority of fantasy formats. That being said, he can make for a solid option in DFS if he's due for extended minutes.
Lauvergne will move back to the bench for Friday's game agains the 76ers, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Lauvergne paid dividends for those who gambled on him in DFS lineups Wednesday when he was awarded the start in the Bulls' victory over the Pistons, as the third-year big man posted 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 28 minutes. However, it's unlikely he'll receive a real chance to build on that performance, since he'll presumably be in store for a steep reduction in playing time while heading back to the second unit with Robin Lopez returning from a one-game suspension. Lopez should take on the bulk of the minutes at center, but Lauvergne will function as his primary backup with Cristiano Felicio (back) due to miss his second straight contest.
Lauvergne registered 17 points (7-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and one steal across 28 minutes in Wednesday's 117-95 victory over the Pistons.
With Robin Lopez suspended after his altercation last game, Lauvergne started and played well with his minutes, shooting over 50 percent from the floor and snatching a team-high in rebounds. Although he had a solid showing Wednesday night, don't expect many games like this as Lopez will return from suspension next game and Lauvergne will resume his role on the bench, where he's averaged just 14.2 minutes per contest.
Usual starter Robin Lopez was suspended for Wednesday's game after an altercation and eventual ejection on Tuesday. To go along with that, Chritiano Felicio has also been ruled out with a bruised lower back, which leaves Lauvergne as the only true big man left in the fold. He should get a heavy workload at center Thursday, but it will only be a short term increase in value, as Lopez should be cleared for the Bulls' next contest.
Lauvergne failed to score (0-1 FG) and added one rebound in two minutes during Saturday's 117-99 win over the Cavaliers.
After he was acquired from the Thunder prior to the trade deadline Thursday, Lauvergne was unavailable for Friday's win over the Suns, but coach Fred Hoiberg opted to have the big man and newly-acquired point guard Cameron Payne make their Bulls debuts in the second half of the back-to-back set. Lauvergne only saw minutes in garbage time Saturday, but once he has a chance to log some practices with his new team, he could push power forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic for playing time.
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