-Amir Johnson continued his solid play on Friday night despite being sick earlier in the day. Johnson posted 19 points with 16 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block on the night and he looks likely to get big run the rest of the season now that he’s played so well for an extended time and with Ed Davis now in Memphis.
-Ersan Ilyasova continued his dominant play in Madison Square Garden on Friday. He’s been highly impressive since being reinserted into the starting lineup and he’s continued his career trend of being a high-impact player when he receives at least 30 minutes of playing time. Ilyasova posted 19 points, 7 boards, 3 assists, 4 steals and 2 threes in 35 minutes.
-Isaiah Thomas had his once a week solid game that Keith Smart unleashes him for on Friday. Thomas posted 24 points with 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal in the loss to the Sixers. The best news about this was that it was in a game that Tyreke Evans (29 points) and DeMarcus Cousins (12 points, 12 rebounds) both played well in also. Don’t expect this consistently, but it’s just another reminder of his upside.
-Rudy Gay got off to a good start with his new team despite coming off the bench in his first game. Gay scored 20 points with 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block in 33 minutes. The peripheral numbers could have been better, but it’s hard to complain about this line in his first game and he seemed to fit right in with the team.
Top Lines to Target:
(Those who target the night’s highest over/unders should reap fantasy success)
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CHA @ HOU
SAC @ NYK
OKC @ CLE
(Guys I am trying to get into lineups tonight, ranked on comparison to perceived value.)
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Value Play: Isaiah Thomas
Parker has scored 20 or more points in 7 straight games and he’s carrying the spurs offense right now and has another solid matchup. Lillard was solid agains the Jazz on Friday and should be even better in the home rematch. Vasquez continues to be solid and gets a good matchup with the Wolves point guards on Saturday. Thomas is coming off a good game, which gives no guarantees, but the Knicks have really struggled defending point guards this season.
Value Play: Jimmy Butler
Harden will be playing in the highest over/under game as usual and he managed to post a solid game before sitting in a blowout in the last meeting with the Bobcats. Gordon got shut down by Iggy last game, but who doesn’t. He has a much better matchup tonight. JR Smith is on a nice solid run at home and that should continue versus the Kings. Butler is playing heavy minutes with Deng back partially due to his solid play, but a lot of the Bulls are banged up.
Value Play: Martell Webster
Durant should have little trouble with Alonzo Gee after dealing with Tony Allen last time out. Melo should get some nice relief as well following a matchup with Mbah a Moute and matching up with the hapless Kings. Deng is providing great value right now and has an extra burden on offense with Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah banged up. Webster is playing 30+ minutes with Bradley Beal injured.
Value Play: Taj Gibson
David Lee is back on a tear again and Andrew Bogut in the lineup appears to be helping him and Phoenix is awful against PFs. Ilyasova continues to produce in big minutes and gets a very weak Orlando power forward crew. Aldridge has the same nice matchup he just lulled through on Friday, but at home and possibly without Wesley Matthews in the lineup taking away shots. Gibson has a nice price most places and will likely play well again assuming either Noah or Boozer sits out again.
Value Play: Tiago Splitter
Vucevic is back to being by far the best big man on the Magic, even though he was playing like it even with Glen Davis healthy, and he gets a great matchup with the Bucks weak center defense. Pekovic probably can bench press more than Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson and Robin Lopez combined and the Hornets really struggle against power centers. Horford goes from a horrible matchup to an excellent one if Noah rests with his foot woes again. Splitter continues to provide as solid of a value as any big man.