After being traded from the Knicks to the Bulls in June of 2016, Robin Lopez had a solid, but not spectacular year in his first season in Chicago. He played in all but one regular season game, but his numbers stayed fairly consistent from a year prior. He finished with averages of 10.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.4 blocks, while shooting 49.3 percent from the field. That marked a slight drop in his rebounding numbers, while his field goal percentage was also the worst he's shot since the 2011-12 season. Heading into the 2017-18 campaign, Lopez will be back with the Bulls once again and should remain the team's starting center. Superstar Jimmy Butler was dealt to the Timberwolves in an offseason trade, which should allow Lopez to pick up a few more post touches per game. That means Lopez should see an increase in production, although it wouldn't be surprising if the gains were ultimately limited a bit considering the Bulls are in rebuild mode and will likely try and get their younger talent more involved right away to speed up their development. That said, a slight uptick in points, rebounds and field goal percentage should be expected, though his poor free throw shooting (72.1 percent in 2016-17) is something to be aware of.
Lopez posted 14 points (6-7 FG, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and a steal over 29 minutes in Wednesday's Game 5 108-97 loss to the Celtics. The Celtics have had a hard time containing Lopez during this series, as he's been outperforming his season averages in almost every game he's played in the postseason. Lopez made some great plays in the fourth quarter to keep the Bulls within striking distance but got frustrated at a missed call that resulted in a technical foul. The 29-year old journeyman comes at a great value for playoff DFS contests, and given his rise in production, he is a solid play if the Bulls survive and advance.
Lopez scored 18 points (8-11 FG, 2-2 FT) and added eight rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in 32 minutes during Tuesday's 111-97 win over the Celtics. The Celtics have been incapable of finding an answer to Lopez, who is now averaging 16.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 70.0 percent field goal shooting in 33.0 minutes over the first two games of the series. All of those figures are significantly above his regular season averages. Until the Celtics figure out a way to slow him down, the Bulls are likely to rely heavily on Lopez, keeping his fantasy value high.
Lopez accumulated 14 points (6-10 FG, 2-2 FT) and 11 rebounds across 34 minutes during Sunday's 106-102 victory over the Celtics. Lopez had his way on the offensive glass, ripping down eight of his 11 rebounds on that side of the ball. The Celtics are one of the worst rebounding teams in the league, allowing Lopez, who averages 8.2 rebounds per 36 minutes, to dominate the boards. While he doesn't provide much value other than his rebounding, this series may provide an ample opportunity for those playing DFS to squeeze value out of Lopez, whose workload and production during the regular season ebbed and flowed.
Lopez scored 18 points (9-14 FG) to go along with eight rebounds, one assist and one block across 29 minutes during Monday's 122-75 win over the Magic. Lopez met little resistance against Orlando's soft front line and managed his highest scoring output in three weeks as he led the team in field goal attempts. He also tied for the team lead in rebounding and should be in for another productive performance on Wednesday, as his club faces the lowly Nets with serious playoff implications on the line.
Lopez contributed 10 points (5-12 FG), 11 boards, two steals and one block across 36 minutes in a 99-93 win over the Cavaliers on Thursday. Lopez built nicely on his 18-point outing against the Bucks four days ago, though he wasn't nearly as efficient from the field. The high-energy center is rarely looked to as a primary scoring option in the Bulls' attack, but he should hold down a fairly stable role as a complementary option on offense over the final two weeks of the season as the team looks to secure a playoff spot.
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