-Isaiah Thomas was the story of the night despite the Kings losing badly to the Heat. With Aaron Brooks out with the flu, he took over the point guard reigns fully for the Kings and totalled 34 points on six threes, adding 5 assists and 1 steal. He played heavy minutes and showed exactly what he can do when he gets them. Hopefully this has solidified his starting point guard role and extended minutes, so he should be owned in all leagues.
-Jrue Holiday, in a common theme, went off again Saturday with 30 points while adding 3 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals, 1 block and a three. Holiday struggled for a couple games with a groin issue, but that’s clearly behind him now as he’s playing elite both on the court and in fantasy circles. There is no reason to think this won’t continue.
-John Wall made his long awaited return to action for the Wizards on Saturday and played 21 minutes off the bench. He scored 14 points with 2 rebounds and 4 assists while looking pretty solid all-around despite 3 turnovers. Get him in your lineups and his quickness was there, so a buy-low offer is definitely a good idea.
-Mario Chalmers popped up on the radar for one of the few times this season, in a big way. Chalmers hit a ridiculous 10 threes on his way to 34 points, three assists, and 2 steals in just 30 minutes. Chalmers hasn’t been very enticing this year, but maybe his 12 of 16 shooting day will propel him going forward. He’s still just someone to watch.
-Arron Afflalo was a key component in a big win over the Clippers on Saturday. He scored 30 points in the game, hitting big shot after big shot, while adding 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal and 3 threes. Afflalo is clearly the most consistent backcourt player on the Magic and should continue to post solid stats all season.
Top Lines to Target:
(Those who target the night’s highest over/unders should reap fantasy success)
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GSW @ DEN
OKC @ POR
CLE @ LAL
(Guys I am trying to get into lineups tonight, ranked on comparison to perceived value.)
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Value Play: George Hill
Kyrie Irving and Steve Nash should go back and forth all night in a high scoring game between the Lakers and Cavs, in which niether guard is likely to be able to stop the other. Westbrook should have his way with Damian Lillard much like Stephen Curry did the other night. Hill was solid and looked over his sickness with Paul George out of the lineup last night.
Value Play: Dion Waiters
Kobe has a nice ripe price today and gets a Cavs team that should play a fast-paced game with the Lakers. Iggy has continued to be solid of late and he gets a matchup with the turnover prone Warriors tonight. Stephenson played 39 excellent minutes last night with Paul George out of the lineup and will likely have that opportunity again. Waiters is in the high scoring affair with the Lakers tonight and should post a solid line.
Value Play: Derrick Williams
Durant has been on fire and that should continue today against Portland. Gallinari has at least 27 FPs in each of the last four games and gets a solid matchup with Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson today. Batum doesn’t have the greatest matchup, but with Aldridge possibly limited, he should pick up some extra shots, minutes and rebounds. Wiliams has been playing much better this Kevin Love injury period and he’s creeping up on 30 mpg.
Value Play: Reggie Evans
Lee faces the Nuggets tonight who have improved versus bigs, but Lee has gotten back on track lately and leads the NBA in 20/10 games. West triple-doubled last night with Paul George out and if he’s back on track shooting he’s a solid value even if George plays. Clark has been very impressive of late and gets his best matchup yet tonight versus the Cavs. Evans has been playing around 30 mpg over his last three and has a high floor because of his impeccable rebounding.
Value Play: Iah Mahinmi
Brook Lopez will face a Pacers team likely with a limited Roy Hibbert or without him at all, this should be the game where Lopez breaks out of his funk. Ibaka is much of the same, he should dominate a Portland frontline with a banged up LaMarcus Aldridge. Hickson will pick up extra shots and rebounds with LMA banged up and the Thunder have struggled against centers recently. Mahinmi would pick up a lot of value if Hibbert is out of the lineup tonight and will provide value even if he’s just limited like last night.