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The Day Before Tomorrow – Fantasy NBA News and Notes for January 15th

posted by Scott

Yesterday’s News:

-Dion Waiters had 121106061609-110512-dion-waiters-cavaliers-clippers-recap-main-video-playerby far the best game of his young career on Monday, scoring 33 points while adding 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 threes and no turnovers in 29 minutes. Waiters attacked the Kings double teams out of the pick and roll perfectly, taking over primary creation duties from Kyrie Irving (15 points, 4 assists) for much of the second half.

-Russell Westbrook bounced right back from a poor shooting night on Sunday to score 36 points to go with 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 three. He was totally on fire in this one, hitting on 14 of 24 field goals and didn’t even lead the team in scoring. Kevin Durant scored 41 points with 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 2 threes in 43 minutes.

-Rajon Rondo took control of the game versus the Bobcats early on as he led the Celtics on an early run. He slowed down after an incredible first, but still finished with yet another triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Rondo is a bit up and down, but even the lows aren’t usually that low because of his assists.

-Glen Davis returned to action off the bench for the Magic to play 18 minutes and rack up 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Nikola Vucevic posted 13 and 13 in this one and I don’t expect Big Baby to slow his roll too much, they simply have no other options inside.

-Shannon Brown started and played 43 minutes as the Suns lost to the Thunder on Monday. Brown scored 21 points while tacking on 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks and 2 threes. Brown seems to impress a good amount of the time when he gets starter’s minutes, but we’ll have to see how things shake out with Jared Dudley likely returning to the lineup on Thursday.

Top Lines to Target:

(Those who target the night’s highest over/unders should reap fantasy success)

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LAC @ HOU

POR @ DEN

MIL @ LAL

Strong Plays for Tonight:

(Guys I am trying to get into lineups tonight, ranked on comparison to perceived value.)

My early daily DraftDay Freeroll lineup is to the right.Screen shot 2013-01-15 at 12.49.17 AM

Check out our EFF Matchups to determine the best plays for yourself.

Point Guards:

  1. Jrue Holiday
  2. Brandon Jennings
  3. Steve Nash

Value Play: Eric Bledsoe

Holiday looks totally over his nagging injuries as he’s logged 39 minutes two games in a row and he’s got a solid matchup at home tonight. Jennings gets Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in a game that should really suit his style. Nash continues to be solid since returning from his leg injury and should perform well against Brandon Jennings. Bledsoe should get at least one more start as I expect Chris Paul to sit out once again.

Shooting Guards:

  1. Kobe Bryant
  2. James Harden
  3. Monta Ellis

Value Play: Eric Gordon

Bryant should continue to be as solid as anyone against Monta Ellis and the Bucks tonight. Harden should have his way with Willie Green and Jamal Crawford at shooting guard tomorrow. Ellis is expected to get as much Nash as Kobe, neither one scares me in an expectedly high-scoring affair. Gordon got hot finally last game and he’s still priced nicely.

Small Forwards:

  1. Nicolas Batum
  2. Metta World Peace
  3. Evan Turner

Value Play: Gerald Green

Batum should thrive against Danilo Gallinari in a high scoring matchup. MWP should be healed up by now and looked more comfortable sliding back to the forward positions exclusively last game with Dwight Howard back. Turner has another chance to bust out against the Hornets tonight at home and has been averaging over 10 shots per game over his last four games. Green picked up the slack for Lance Stephenson after he was injured the other night, look for more of the same Tuesday.

Power Forwards:

  1. David West
  2. Blake Griffin
  3. Ed Davis

Value Play: Hakim Warrick, Lamar Odom

David West went from cold to hot as fast as you can and is coming off two straight 30+ FP games, one of them versus the Bobcats last week. Griffin should exploit a Houston defense that struggles versus the PF. Davis continues to play better and better and might be able to avoid Gerald Wallace tonight due to injury. Warrick has played over 30 mpg over his last two and Tyrus Thomas looks glued to the bench as long as he’s healthy. Odom continues to provide solid value as always.

Centers:

  1. Brook Lopez
  2. LaMarcus Aldridge
  3. Roy Hibbert

Value Play: Robin Lopez

Lopez hasn’t gone off in a while, but he gets a solid matchup tonight with the Raptors and he’s even been consistent when he hasn’t been as good as expected. Aldridge is coming off his best game of the season and he gets a weak defensive frontcourt in the Nuggets. Hibbert has been okay the last two games, but his price now almost makes him a value play in a plus matchup. Robin Lopez offers consistency and a bit more upside than usual against the Sixers centers.


Scott

I write about NBA things before they happen @fakebasketball and have very real dreams about very fake sports. I also write the Matchup Machine @thefakefootball

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