Pachulia is expected to come off the bench for Thursday's contest against the Clippers, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports. Pachulia has started all 118 games he's appeared in for the Warriors over the past two seasons, so this move certainly represents a change, though it's unclear if this will be a long-term move. Regardless, he still may reach the 14.8 minutes per game he's seeing on the year despite coming off the pine.
Pachulia pitched in 12 points (4-5 FG, 4-4 FT), three rebounds and one assist across 15 minutes in Saturday's 122-105 win over the Spurs. The veteran turned in a highly efficient performance on his 34th birthday, posting his best scoring total since Jan. 23. Pachulia has served as a solid complementary source of offense recently, as he's tallied between nine and 13 points in seven of the last nine contests despite playing 19 minutes or fewer in each. While his fantasy value is capped by both his playing time and the high usage of his first-unit teammates, Pachulia remains a viable option for those in deeper formats looking for some scoring and rebounding help.
Pachulia totaled 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and one steal across 19 minutes in Saturday's 115-108 loss to the Nuggets. The big man's performance was encouragingly efficient and represented his fifth solid all-around effort in the last six contests. Pachulia has scored between eight and 13 points in those games, and he's complemented those totals with six to 13 rebounds in four those contests as well. The 33-year-old's minute totals are still typically under 20 in the overwhelming majority of nights, but Pachulia appears to be exceedingly proficient at maximizing them in recent games.
Pachulia poured in 13 points (5-6 FG, 3-3 FT) and added four rebounds and one steal across 14 minutes in Tuesday's 123-112 win over the Knicks. The veteran big man was highly efficient on a per-minute basis, posting his best scoring total since Dec. 30 and his second highest of the season overall. Pachulia contributions are usually heavily centered in the rebounding category, but he's capable of the occasional double-digit point tally when his shot is on. However, even factoring in Tuesday's modest offensive surge, the fact that he's yet to take double-digit shot attempts in any game and shares the floor with four high-usage teammates limits his fantasy value to considerably deep formats.
Pachulia will return to the starting five for Wednesday's tilt with the Bulls. The Warriors opted to go smaller in their previous outing, moving Jordan Bell into the starting lineup and bringing Pachulia off the bench. However, Draymond Green is dealing with an injury and has been ruled out Wednesday, so Bell will shift over to power forward, with Pachulia reclaiming his spot in the top unit.
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