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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-Kyle Lowry is our headliner today for an entirely different reason than his last few games. He rolled his ankle stepping on Serge Ibaka’s foot last night and is doubtful at best for the rest of the week. Lowry was on his way to establishing first round value, so this is a huge blow to his owners. Jose Calderon, who has been playing well off the bench in a combo guard role, will now shirt to full time point guard duties. This makes Calderon a must-start in all formats as he should be able to replace 75-80% of Lowry’s value while he’s sidelined.
-More injury news, Gerald Wallace will be out again for Wednesday night’s game. He is still day to day, so no reason to panic for his owners, but the Nets will have to face Lebron without the guy they seemingly overpaid just to defend him. His absence boosts the outlooks of MarShon Brooks and CJ Watson tonight, who will both play more with Joe Johnson now playing a lot of small forward.
-After a slow night last night, injury news is most of the big stuff, so I’ll continue with Danny Granger. Granger got treatment from Dr. James Andrews yesterday and will be out at least 3 months. He is more than droppable in fantasy leagues at this point, I would cut him for anything near an ownable player as there is no guarantee he will be back even in that timeframe. If Gerald Green has been dropped due to his poor play, he needs to be picked up again as he appears locked into 25+ minutes whether it is off the bench or in the starting lineup. He will get it going, but he won’t produce Granger’s numbers.
-The Magic continue to take the fantasy basketball world by storm. Nikola Vucevic backed up his solid performance (18 & 13) last time out with a just as solid 16 points and 10 rebounds in 43 minutes. He is now a must-own player. E’Twaun Moore was impressive again with a career high 17 points against a stingy Bulls defense, he looks like the real deal and is a must-start whenever Jameer is out. Arron Afflalo beefed up his line to 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists last night proving he is over his hamstring injury. I’ve been saying for a while he is the best player on the Magic and he’s going to continue to show it.
-Shawn Marion, in our last injury news (for now), is out probably a week with an MCL sprain. This gets either Jae Crowder or Dahntay Jones into the starting lineup for the Mavs. Either way, Crowder is the guy you want to own, as he has been impressive in limited minutes and should approach 30+ minutes per game while Marion is out.
(Those who target the night’s highest over/unders should reap fantasy success)
TOR @ OKC
DET @ DEN
Irving gets a matchup with the club footed Steph Curry, he has also been fantastic, so get him in your lineups. Moore impressed again last night and gets an easier matchup tonight. Jennings’s backup Beno Udrih remains sidelined, look for him to rack up 40 minutes and of course shoot a ton tonight.
Mayo has been flat-out unconscious the last two games, look for that to continue against the struggling Raptors tonight. Afflalo has been playing well and is still undervalued in most fantasy formats. This one hinges a bit on injury, Jordan Crawford sat out yesterday’s practice and is a game time call. Check in on his status and if he’s out, Beal should get all the minutes and shots he can handle tonight. UPDATE: Crawford is in. I would look in the direction of Dorrell Wright who is starting at SG for the Sixers again tonight.
I mentioned this above, but James is facing the Nets without their stopper in Gerald Wallace, look for him to go off in a game where the Nets try to prove they deserve to be seen as contenders. Jae Crowder should get a ton of minutes tonight with Marion out, look for him to show off his versatile game. The Suns play the lowly Bobcats, this is the kind of game Beasley dominates, just check his line from the Magic game to see his upside.
Anderson played over 40 minutes with Anthony Davis out of the lineup, look for him to do so again and rack up threes and boards. Mullens has been solid, but unspectacular so far. If he gets his shot going one of these games, watch out. I don’t really need to talk about why Davis is on here, he averaging over 22 & 9 on the young season.
Howard should dominate tonight and even his down games are solid outside of his free throw shooting most nights. Lopez should continue to gobble up rebounds and blocks while Davis remains out. Varejao is locked into almost 40 mpg now that Tyler Zeller is out with a facial fracture.