Powell will start at power forward for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.
Veteran Dirk Nowitzki is sitting out for rest in Wednesday's regular-season finale, so Powell will jump into the starting lineup in his place at power forward. With Harrison Barnes (rest) and Wesley Matthews (rest) out as well, Powell should be in line for a pretty hefty workload, although Jarrod Uthoff is another candidate to see bigger minutes at the position.
Powell accumulated a season-high 21 points (8-14 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 1-3 FT) to go along with five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 32 minutes during Sunday's 124-111 loss to the Suns.
Powell saw 32 minutes off the bench Sunday, which marks only the third time all season that he's crossed the 30-minute threshold, and responded with his best scoring effort of the year. Sunday also marked the first time that Powell, a 26 percent three-point shooter, has sunk more than two triples in a single game this season. While his workload has been inconsistent all season, making Powell a tough player to own effectively in fantasy, he can make a low-cost DFS play when he's in line for a 24-plus-minute workload, averaging 10.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks per game under that criteria. With the Mavericks out of playoff contention, coach Rick Carlisle will likely give his younger players, like 25-year-old Powell, more run moving forward.
Powell scored a team-high 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 0-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one block across 25 minutes in a 102-89 loss to the Spurs on Friday.
With none of the Mavericks starters aside from point guard Yogi Ferrell playing more than 18 minutes, plenty of time was up for grabs for the team's reserves, and Powell turned in the best line of the lot. Powell was dropped from the Mavs' rotation in their prior game Wednesday against the Clippers, but with the team eliminated from playoff contention, it's expected that high-minute starting forwards Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes will continue to see smaller workloads over the final three contests. That should open up more time for Powell, who has used the last stretch of the season as a testing ground for expanding his range to the three-point line. Of his 20 attempts from the field in the last two games where he's seen at least 20 minutes, 14 have come from downtown, but he's only connected on four of those tries.
Powell started at power forward and produced 11 points (4-11 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and one block across a team-high 34 minutes in Tuesday's 98-87 loss to the Kings.
With three regular starters -- Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles), Wesley Matthews (rest) and Seth Curry (shoulder) -- sitting out Tuesday, Powell moved to the starting five for just the second time all season. While he benefited from a nice bump in minutes and usage, Powell might have fallen in love with the three-point line a little too much, a peculiar development given that he's shooting just 21.4 percent from that range in his career. Powell and the team's other young players should benefit from more playing time than usual over the final five games with the Mavericks eliminated from the playoffs, but he may be forced to head back to the bench Wednesday if one or more of the three aforementioned players who were held out Tuesday return to action.
Powell will start at power forward in Tuesday's game against the Kings, Mike Peasley of 103.3 FM ESPN reports.
Powell will enter the top unit with Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) getting the night off. It's the second start of the season for Powell, who tallied 14 points, nine rebounds, two steals and one assist across 26 minutes in his only other start. The Mavericks are officially eliminated from playoff contention, so Powell could be in line for a few more spot starts if the Mavericks opt continue holding out players as the season winds down.
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