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 continues to be the story of the league this season as he poured in the second highest scoring output of the season last night with 35 points. On top of the ridiculous scoring output Batum added 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a career-high 5 blocks. Much of Batum’s value last season came from his peripheral stats and now that he is consistently scoring, he has produced Top 5 value in most leagues. Don’t look for that to change any time soon as he is playing heavy minutes and there is no bench to speak of in Portland. Damian Lillard started slow for the Blazers last night, but came on late to finish with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the overtime win.
-The Rockets, however, were no slouch in the overtime game themselves. Omer Asik is proving he can do a lot more than rebound each and every night since his scoreless outing about a week ago. Last night he had 16 points and 16 boards while adding an assist and a block. Asik should remain one of the rebounding leaders all season and has a chance to make the big contract he got look like a bargain. James Harden dropped 29 points with a solid line in what has become a standard game for him at this point. Chandler Parsons continues to play heavy minutes at the forward position for Houston and he added 19 points and 11 rebounds with 2 threes mixed in.
-Metta World Peace and the Lakers got out and running against a fast paced, but overmatched Suns team last night. MWP scored 22 points on 5 threes and added 6 rebounds and 3 steals to his line. All the Lakers produced in this one with Kobe scoring 31 to take the NBA scoring lead and Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol each adding double doubles. This was a little preview of what the Lakers can do with a fast paced offense.
-Zach Randolph is crushing his pre-draft value and after posting 20 and 15 last night, now has 8 straight double-doubles for the Grizzlies. Memphis is playing great basketball while Randolph, Gasol, Gay and Conley are all hitting their high expectations in fantasy basketball. There is no real reason they will cool down other than an injury that changes the dynamic of the team, so congrats if you bought any of the Grizz this preseason.
Top Lines to Target:
(Those who target the night’s highest over/unders should reap fantasy success)
MIA @ PHX
DEN @ SAN
Irving was fantastic last time out and faces a poor defensive Dallas team coming off a tough loss last night. Conley has been as solid as they come and should take advantage of an undisciplined Bobcats team. Collison struggled a bit last night, but look for him to bounce back against a Cavs team who hasn’t defended PGs well.
Jackson appears to be the Spurs starting small forward while Kawhi Leonard is sidelined and he should excel in extended minutes. Waiters offers a lot of upside, but is very inconsistent at this point, but he does get a lot of OJ Mayo on him tonight, which is always a good thing. Rivers offers very little upside, but he has been playing solid minutes in almost every game.
James has gone off in two of his past three and with Wade iffy again tonight, look for him to do the same once again. UPDATE: James is questionable with the flu, I would avoid him unless we hear for sure he is playing. Deng is playing more minutes than everyone in the NBA and the Clippers play small a lot giving him a huge size advantage. Iggy has been ridiculously consistent outside of last game and the Nuggets should be able to run a bit against the Spurs tonight.
Davis should bounce back from a couple sub par fantasy games tonight in a pretty solid matchup. Randolph should tear through the Charlotte frontline for another double-double. Mullens isn’t a great value anymore, but still offers upside, especially in games where he isn’t overmatched athletically.
Gasol has been excellent and should dominate a Bobcats team that won’t know how to defend his passing and shooting, the only concern with these Grizzlies is a possible blowout. Seraphin played well enough last game I expect his role to be expanded and he may even start tonight. Keep an eye on that. Kaman’s minutes were limited by the blowout in Indy last night, so look for him to get it going tonight after some extra rest. UPDATE: If James sits, with Wade already out, Chris Bosh becomes a must start.