Welcome back fans of guys putting an orange ball through an eerily similar shaped rim! The Day Before Tomorrow is back in action this season to give you all the news and notes from around the NBA the day before… well… tomorrow. That’s actually today if you are calendar impaired or just don’t like to think. Let’s dive in…
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–Nicolas Batum was absolutely phenomenal in a loss to the Spurs last night as he continued his impressive early season run. Batum scored 33 points on 5 threes as he shot a sparkling 11 of 18 from the field. He also chipped in 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block and 2 steals to round out his line nicely. He is playing a ton of minutes for the Blazers, as are most of the starters, and there is really nothing holding him back from putting up nights like this every night other than cold shooting. Congrats if you continued to buy at his steadily rising ADP this preseason.
–Kenneth Faried continued to punish fantasy owners that gave up on him early this season with another double double. Faried had 18 points and 17 rebounds and played most of the overtime periods for the Nuggets. He also added 2 steals and 3 blocks for good measure. It looks like George Karl fully trusts him at this point, so he is safe to lock into your lineups unless there is a major change in the Nuggets rotation.
–Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kemba Walker flourished against the Mavericks tonight keeping them in a game that was expected to be a blowout. MKG had easily his best game as a pro and one that showed exactly why he was the second pick in this summer’s draft finishing with 25 points, 12 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks in over 40 minutes. The scary thing is that if MKG could starting getting 35-40 minutes a game these numbers could become all too common. Not to be overshadowed though, Kemba Walker continued his torrid start to the season with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in the three main categories. The crazy thing here is none of those was his most impressive category on the night as he finished with a season-high 8 steals to reward fantasy owners that are patient with his field goal percentage.
–Kirk Hinrich injured his hip in the Bulls game on Saturday and it looks like he could miss a few days. Nate Robinson obviously would be the pickup here and he would go from inconsistent fringe option to must-start player with any kind of prolonged absence for Hinrich. Keep an eye on this situation as an unleashed Robinson can change the tide of any struggling fantasy squad.
(Those who target the night’s highest over/unders should reap fantasy success)
ATL @ LAC
CLE @ OKC
Irving has become close to a must-start for me when he is playing and he gets an inconsistent defender in Westbrook tonight. Moore continues to look solid as the Magic interim point guard. Conley has been solid so far, but he hasn’t been needed to carry the load so far with the frontcourt playing so well. Look for him to create a little more for himself tonight.
Bryant has been on fire so far and the Kings have no one that matches up well to stop him. Gee has been great on defense and his offense really came around last game, look for him to build on that. Thornton can go off in any game, this one against the Lakers with no coach and lack of wing depth screams one of those to me.
On an NBA night with not a lot of offensive firepower playing, you want to get your two studs in your lineup in Durant and Lebron. MWP has been playing a ton of minutes and if he shoots well he provides great value every time you start him.
Serge has been on a ridiculous tear. Here is to hoping Scott Brooks continues to unleash his talented forward. Vucevic struggled a bit on Friday, but still played over 30 minutes. He remains a solid value. Davis has looked tired at points the last two games, but he is locked in to a large role and the Magic will be seeking revenge for Friday’s loss.
Teams have torn up the Magic from the center position this season, just like Lopez started to Friday. Expect him to continue where he left off tonight. Jordan has played the best basketball of his career the last two outings, playing with so many great guards is really helping him. Gasol is the most trustworthy option in the high price range tonight.