Ennis has started the past few games for the Lakers but he's being benched in favor of Josh Hart for Friday's game. Expect Ennis to see his minutes reduced slightly now that he's coming off the bench.
Ennis scored nine points (4-7 FG, 1-2 3pt) while adding three rebounds and three assists across 20 minutes during Wednesday's 114-90 loss to the Thunder.
Ennis started his second straight game due to the injury to Lonzo Ball (knee), but he struggled at both ends in a head-to-head matchup with Russell Westbrook and finished with a rather pedestrian stat line. He enjoyed one tremendously successful game against the Rockets on New Year's Eve, but he's otherwise failed to catch the eye in any of his extended outings this season. Ball's health will directly determine Ennis' role for Friday's game against the Pacers.
Ennis will pick up the spot start at point guard for Monday's game against the Grizzlies, Clay Bailey of the Commercial Appeal reports.
Usual starter Lonzo Ball has been ruled out with a left knee sprain, which opens an opportunity for Ennis to pick up the start in his place. In three previous starts this season, Ennis has averaged 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists across 29.9 minutes, so he should see an uptick in his overall production with the promotion and could be a potential punt-play option for those in desperate need of a salary break in Monday's DFS slate.
Ennis will shift back to a bench role for Friday's game against the Hornets, Bill Oram of the Orange County Register reports.
Ennis has started the last three games at point guard with Lonzo Ball (shoulder) out, averaging 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.3 steals across 29.7 minutes during that stretch. However, Ball has now been cleared for a return and will take back his starting role, which sends Ennis to the bench. Unless Ball goes down with another injury, Ennis can be avoided in the majority of fantasy leagues with the demotion.
Ennis posted 20 points (8-18 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 11 assists, four rebounds and two steals in 45 minutes during Sunday's 148-142 loss to the Rockets.
Ennis was a thorn in the side of many a fantasy player on Sunday, as Jordan Clarkson was widely owned and a presumptive lock for production on this slate. Instead, Ennis stepped in for 45 minutes of play and recorded a double-double. As he often does, coach Luke Walton rode the hot hand and kept Ennis in the game until he fouled out. It's not hard to come to the assumption that the Lakers might also be testing their reserves as a precursor to dealing Clarkson, as he's been the focal point of trade conversation in the local press. Ennis' decent night puts a bit of a blocker on gleaning any upside from the Lakers' one slot until Lonzo Ball returns.
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