Noel submitted nine points (3-4 FG, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks across 21 minutes in a 98-87 loss to the Kings on Tuesday.
Noel filled out the stat sheet nicely during his time on the court, but those who rolled with him in DFS were surely expecting more with the Mavericks down three key players in Wesley Matthews (rest), Seth Curry (shoulder) and Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles). The limited production was through no fault of Noel, as coach Rick Carlisle deliberately limited the playing time of his more established rotation players and gave extended run to players like A.J. Hammons (26 minutes) and Jarrod Uthoff (21 minutes), who had largely been outside of the rotation. It's unclear how the playing-time distribution will shake out in the second half of the back-to-back set Wednesday against the Clippers, so it may just be best to avoid using Noel in daily contests.
Noel will start at center for Tuesday's game against the Kings, Mike Peasley of 103.3FM ESPN reports.
Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) is sitting out with an injury, so the Mavericks will go with a bigger lineup that features Noel at center. Along with Nowitzki, the Mavericks are set to be without both Wesley Matthews (rest) and Seth Curry (shoulder), so Noel could be utilized more than usual on the offensive side of the ball.
Noel will come off the bench during Sunday's game against the Bucks, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.
The Mavericks elected to make a late swap and insert Dorian Finney-Smith into the smaller starting lineup. Noel figures to still see around 25 minutes per usual, and could return to his starting role Tuesday against the Kings.
Noel tallied 15 points (6-12 FG, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, four steals, two blocks and one assist across 28 minutes in Monday's 92-91 loss to the Thunder.
Noel continues to be a force on the boards as he was responsible for half of the team's offensive rebounds Monday night. He has gotten the starting nod in each of the last three games, but this was the first one in which he eclipsed 10 points. Rick Carlisle must like what he sees from Noel in other categories, most notably his rebounds and the six steals he has in the past three contests. If Noel can continue to impress by doing the little things right, he may have found a spot in the starting lineup that he can run with and build on if he can score like he did Monday night.
Noel notched three points (1-3 FG, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds and one block across 25 minutes during Saturday's 94-86 loss to the Raptors.
Despite drawing the start, Noel only just 25 minutes of action, and wasn't a focus on the offensive end. That being said, he controlled the boards in his limited minutes, ripping down an impressive five offensive rebounds. With the Mavericks all but out of the playoff picture, Rick Carlisle has been experimenting with his rotations, likely trying to find something that can stick for next season. As a result, Noel's minutes may be inconsistent from here on out, and could make for a risky DFS play even when he does start.
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