-Kobe Bryant continues to lead an unselfish Lakers resurgence with his sudden change in playing style and everyone else seems to be buying in. Bryant tallied his third straight double-digit assist game finishing the game just short of a triple-double with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. His 39 assists over the last 3 games are easily a career-high and he doesn’t look like he’ll be slowing it down. As for other Lakers, Dwight Howard didn’t rebound well, but finished with 24 points, 5 steals and 4 blocks, while Earl Clark picked up the rebounding slack with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 threes as Pau Gasol watched the 4th quarter from the bench.
-LaMarcus Aldridge has been a monster this season and continues to reach new hieights nightly. Last night he hit a game-tying, step-back three, that may have been the biggest shot of his career thus far. He finished the game with an impressive 29 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and 2 blocks.
-Andre Drummond had a coming out party last night, even though I don’t think he needed one. He’s been providing solid value most of the season, but most people just look at his minutes and don’t trust him. Lawrence Frank still doesn’t trust him in the team defense or in the half court offense, so his minutes will continue to be limited despite an 18 point, 18 rebound performance last night.
-Jarrett Jack continued to impress filling in for the injured Stephen Curry. He posted 26 points and 12 assists in a very solid line, while he, Klay Thompson (32-7) and David Lee (20-13-8) carried the Warriors in this game. There’s not much value outside of those three with the injuries to their other good players.
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LAL @ PHX
HOU @ DEN
CHA @ SAS
(Guys I am trying to get into lineups tonight, ranked on comparison to perceived value.)
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Value Play: Avery Bradley
Holiday has another home game tonight against the fast-paced, but up and down Wizards and should continue to be impressive. Lawson had a great game last time versus the Rockets and he looks like a new player compared to earlier in the season. Bledsoe will continue to man the point for the Clippers and an explosion is coming. Bradley takes over as the starting poing guard for the Celtics, but his fantasy unfriendly game makes him risky.
Value Play: Lance Stephenson
Bryant has become the Lakers primary playmaker of late and it’s done wonders for his fantasy value. Iggy had a good game against Houston a few games ago and has been solid since then and he should take advantage again. Gordon is coming off a 6-three game and should have his way with the Jazz SGs. Stephenson plays much better at home and is coming off a big game in big minutes.
Value Play: Jeff Green
George finally gets a home game after a long roadtrip and should go off tonight. Melo gets a good matchup with a team that will likely be lacking it’s best wing defender. Deng’s price should be low and he’ll be needed to score more with Carlos Boozer a game time decision tonight. Green should pick up minutes and ball handling duties with Rajon Rondo done for the year.
Value Play: Taj Gibson, Lamar Odom
Young just tore up Memphis and gets a much better matchup with the slow Wizards frontcourt. West has been on a tear and has been taking a ton of shots of late. Nene has been good and gets a solid matchup with the Philly bigs tonight. Taj Gibson has a ton of upside if Boozer is out and Odom has been rock solid.
Value Play: Tiago Splitter
Noah has almost been too good to sit at this point unless his price is insanely high somewhere. Howard continues to be undervalued on daily sites. Asik played 34 minutes in his last game versus the Nuggets and they’ll need a center again tonight. Splitter is a lock for value with Duncan and Blair out tonight already.