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Carmelo Anthony improves in his second game as Trail Blazers lose to Bucks

Veteran forward jumped right into starting lineup for Portland, hits over point total in 24 minutes. We break down his performance here.

Carmelo Anthony of the Portland Trail Blazers drives around Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of a game at Fiserv Forum on November 21, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Portland Trail Blazers came up short of a road upset against the Milwaukee Bucks, but if you’re a Carmelo Anthony fan, it was another busy night for the long-time NBA veteran. He finished the night with 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting, seven rebounds and four assists. The Blazers lost 137-129 to drop to 5-11. Milwaukee improved to 12-3.

Anthony debuted on Tuesday the same day as he signed his contract and finished with ten points on 4-of-14 shooting with four rebounds and five turnovers in 24 minutes against the New Orleans Pelicans. Anthony showed rust in his debut, but it would appear he is quickly shaking it off.

Anthony played 29 minutes, a slight bump on his 24 minutes in his debut. The Blazers are clearly comfortable rolling him out there even as they continue struggling as a team. If he can keep up these kinds of moderately well-rounded performances, his DraftKings price is likely to rise. He is currently $3,900 and finished with 32.75 DKFP. That’s certainly building off his 15.5 DKFP from Tuesday. Three 3-pointers combined with the non-scoring were key to boosting his night.

Portland dropped to 5-11 with the loss. At some point Portland could decide to move more toward its youth, but for now, Melo is turning into a decent fantasy contributor.