-Paul George was the story for the Pacers again last night. George worked over all the Knicks wings on both offense and defense, scoring 24 points while adding 11 boards, 6 assists, 1 block, 6 steals and 2 threes in 44 minutes. He’s basically playing almost the entire game every time out as Lance Stephenson and Gerald Green split the shooting guard minutes and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
-Roy Hibbert injured his back a few times last night to leave the game permanently in the 3rd quarter. The spasms had him in serious pain, so he needed to call it quits. Ian Mahinmi filled in with 13 points and 6 rebounds and would pick up the bulk of the playing time if Hibbert is forced to sit. The downside with him though is he’s badly prone to foul trouble.
-DeMarcus Cousins bounced right back from his dud against the Grizzlies with 29 points, 9 rebounds and a block against the Mavericks. He was easily the Kings best player again tonight and it’s really starting to look like he’s turned the corner. It’s going to be hard to trade for him right now and even harder to give him up if you’re an owner.
-Dirk Nowitizki quieted a lot of concerns about his knee in Thursday’s back end of a back-to-back for the Mavericks. He scored 17 points with 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 three in 40 minutes of action. Dirk obviously has no restrictions at this point and the only thing holding him back tonight was his poor 33% shooting.
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HOU @ BOS
CLE @ DEN
OKC @ LAL
(Guys I am trying to get into lineups tonight, ranked on comparison to perceived value.)
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Value Play: Luke Ridnour
Westbrook gets to be the next point guard to face Steve Nash and the Lakers, he should go nuts. Curry is taking on a defensively lax Damian Lillard who is going to be tired coming off a late win against the Heat. Irving is coming off another huge game and should continue to be very impressive against Ty Lawson. Ridnour is going to see heavy minutes with Barea banged up and Shved helping out at the 3 as well.
Value Play: Thabo Sefolosha
Harden will see Avery Bradley, but it should be one of the higher scoring games of the night and he hasn’t bee slowed down much this season. Outside Harden and Kobe, shooting guard continues to be pretty thin this season. Klay Thompson has been quietly consistent and broke out a bit last game, he will look to continue that tonight at home. DeRozan bounced back from a couple slow games with a solid game last time out and gets Charlotte tonight.
Value Play: Landry Fields
Durant may have to contend with Metta World Peace, but he’s simply too good to ignore in what should be the highest scoring game of the night. Batum is coming off a big game against the Heat and should handle Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes easily. Deng should have a field day with the Knicks small forward defense. Fields played over 40 minutes in his latest start.
Value Play: Ersan Ilyasova
Josh Smith is back up to his old tricks, posting huge lines featuring different categories, including 6 blocks last time out. Faried gets the JV Cavs frontcourt and should follow up his 18 and 19 line from Wednesday nicely. Carlos Boozer has simply been on a double-double tear for the Bulls and when Camby isn’t in they struggle to defend the 4 as well. Ilyasova isn’t fully back, but he’s on his way there, I’m hoping for 30 minutes tonight.
Value Play: Ed Davis
Noah is going to bounce back with a moster game soon and his price is right coming into a matchup he exploited last meeting with the Knicks. Ibaka struggled last time out, but the Lakers are ill-prepared to handle him in this matchup. Amir Johnson went bananas on Wednesday and has a chance to do the same thing every time he starts and plays 40 minutes, as long as he can avoid foul trouble. Davis has a nice matchup for the Raptors as well, he’s a little inconsistent as well, but is also a little cheaper because he lacks the upside of Amir Johnson.