D’Tigers and Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA forward, Al-Farouq Aminu scored 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting in Thursday’s win over the New Orleans Pelicans. The Nigerian added 10 rebounds and a block as well. Aminu has had a rocky start to the season, with four games of double figure scoring and four games of five or fewer points. But Portland takes on the Lakers on Saturday, a team that ranks in the bottom five in scoring defense. Aminu was just 1-for-10 from the floor the first time the teams played, but that usage suggests that he was getting shots and was involved offensively, making him a sleeper play on Saturday.

Aside the 17 points (6-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT) generated, Aminu also carved out 10 rebounds and one block across 33 minutes in the Trail Blazers’ 132-119 victory.

Aminu helped pick up some of the slack on offense on a night when C.J. McCollum struggled to find the net on the way to just eight points. The performance was a fitting representation of what Aminu can bring to the table when he remains involved on offense, as he flashed his underrated shot – including his three -point prowess – while also putting in his customarily stellar work on the boards. Due to a good portion of the usage usually going elsewhere in the Blazers’ attack, Aminu can’t be expected to produce in this fashion on offense consistently, but his consistent rebounding work and occasional scoring outburst continue affording him value in all formats and as a DFS.

Portland Trail Blazers’ triumph also means Aminu came out tops against another fine player from Africa, Mali’s Cheick Diallo.

Blazers are currently 3rd in the Western Conference. Injury-hit Pelicans will lick their wounds and hopefully come up with a winning game plan against the Spurs in San Antonio today. Blazers meanwhile square up with LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers on 3/11/2018.

 

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