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The Day Before Tomorrow – Fantasy NBA News and Notes for January 21st

posted by Scott

Yesterday’s News:

-Russell Westbrook continued russell-westbrook-lwto assert his dominance on the league on Sunday despite an overtime loss to the Nuggets on the road. He’s averaging 33 points over his last 4 games including a solid line of 36 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 7 turnovers in 48 minutes last night. Westbrook turned his ankle in this one, but got it re-taped an came right back in. He’s not in much danger of missing a game.

-Jose Calderon was the better Raptors point guard on Sunday and it’s becoming impossible to predict whether he or Kyle Lowry will hold that title from night to night. Calderon played just 30 minutes still, but locked down Steve Nash on his way to scoring 22 points with 9 assists on the evening. This situation isn’t going to get any clearer unless Calderon is traded.

-Earl Clark again played well for the Lakers, mainly getting extended run due to Dwight Howard being ejected in the first half. Clark finished scoring 14 points with 14 boards, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block and 1 three on the day. He’s the most energetic player on the Lakers right now and he is going to keep earning himself playing time with performances like this and his ability to play all three frontcourt positions should only serve him well.

-Landry Fields re-awoke from a two game slumber to be the best Raptors wing again on Sunday. He double-doubled with 18 points and 10 rebounds and looks like a solid deep league add once again, despite playing just 30 minutes in the two games combined coming in.

Top Lines to Target:

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

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HOU @ CHA

LAC @ GSW

LAL @ CHI

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 2013-01-21 at 9.03.25 AM

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

Point Guards:

  1. Greivis Vasquez
  2. Kemba Walker
  3. John Wall

Value Play: Ricky Rubio

Vasquez gets the Kings and will have almost a foot in height advantage against Sacramento starting poing guard Isaiah Thomas. Walker is coming off two solid games and gets the Rockets at home in what should be a shootout. Wall has been highly impressive in his last 3 games and is cracking 30 minutes now. He gets a great matchup with burnable Damian Lillard. Rubio is going to continue to start and he’s going to put up a solid game sooner or later for a dirt cheap price.

Shooting Guards:

  1. James Harden
  2. Eric Gordon
  3. Klay Thompson

Value Play: Kyle Korver

Harden should get back in his groove against the lowly Bobcats today in what should be a high-scoring game. Gordon has been very solid in each of his last three games and gets a great matchup with the Kings, who have been torched by shooting guards lately. Thompson is on fire and should find room to operate against the Clippers with Steph Curry still battling his ankle injury. Korver should see extended minutes with Lou Williams out and Devin Harris banged up.

Small Forwards:

  1. Carmelo Anthony
  2. Andrei Kirilenko
  3. JR Smith

Value Play: Jimmy Butler

Melo is my top play today as he gets a home game against Brooklyn and is coming off a lot of rest with just 1 game last week. AK47 has simply been too solid not to play of late. JR Smith is another Knick I love at MSG against Brooklyn tonight. Butler looks likely to make another start for the injured Luol Deng.

Power Forwards:

  1. LaMarcus Aldridge
  2. Blake Griffin
  3. Ryan Anderson

Value Play: Lamar Odom

Aldridge has been on fire and gets another great matchup with Washington tonight. Griffin gets the Warriors in what should be a high-scoring, fun game to watch as long as Steph Curry is healthy. Anderson has been up and down of late, but you have to love his matchup with the Kings. Odom continues to provide solid value each and every night.

Centers:

  1. DeMarcus Cousins
  2. Dwight Howard
  3. Tyson Chandler

Value Play: Zaza Pachulia

Cousins continues to be an inefficient double-double machine and gets a nice matchup with the smallish Hornets frontline. Howard should be rested after being tossed on Sunday and he’s been pretty solid since returning from injury, I like him despite the tough matchup with the Bulls. There aren’t many guys more consistent than Chandler this season at any position and he should eat Brook Lopez up on the boards. Zaza is going to have to play 25-30 minutes with all the backcourt injuries because they will need Josh Smith at small forward a decent amount.

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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