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Kyrie Irving – Kyrie Irving just keeps getting better and better, and it looks like the Cleveland Cavaliers are not going to slow down any time soon. In his last game, which was against the Sacramento Kings, he posted almost 60 fantasy points in 35 minutes of action. In the game prior, which was against the New Orleans Pelicans, he posted over 40 fantasy points in 37 minutes of action. Tonight, he plays the Lakers. Are the Lakers going to be able to slow him down? Are you serious? Do I have to answer that? Fine. No.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Irving is a great option in all leagues tonight.
Marco Belinelli – Marco Belinelli did not take advantage of his last matchup, which was against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he should be able to turn things around tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers. Ben McLemore did not play in the Sacramento Kings’ last game, and he likely will not play tonight. That means that Belinelli should play around 30 minutes tonight, if not more. He should also be able to easily hit value. Use him in both 50/50 contests and tournaments.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I’m not sure I trust Belinelli in cash games, but he can be used in tournaments tonight.
LeBron James – The Cleveland Cavaliers are definitely a favorite tonight for me. Even though they play the Los Angeles Lakers, their standout players should still all hit value. LeBron James triple-doubled for the first time all season, and he only played three quarters in his last game, which was, obviously, against the Sacramento Kings. He scored 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and assisted the ball 10 times. Imagine if the Kings would of kept the game close! James will likely sit the fourth quarter again tonight, but there is always the chance that he doesn’t. Even if he does, he could triple-double yet again against a terrible Lakers squad.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: James is a good option, but I’ll likely be paying up for Boogie Cousins tonight.
Nerlens Noel – Let’s go back to the Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings game. The Kings are one of the worst defense in the entire league – against any position. Noel has been playing well of recent, as he has over 30 fantasy points in all of his last four games. He should be able to absolutely dominate the Kings tonight, and I’m predicting that he finally surpasses that 40 fantasy point mark. He almost did against the Brooklyn Nets, posting 38.5 fantasy points in 32 minutes. This game should stay close, the Kings push the pace, and they also miss shots and don’t play defense. It does not get any better.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Noel is a decent tournament option, but I’ll be playing Markieff Morris over him at the same price in all leagues.
Pau Gasol – Pau Gasol dominated in his last game, which was against the Charlotte Hornets. He posted over 55 fantasy points in 33 minutes of action. He is the clear number one center option on the board tonight. He should be able to handle the Atlanta Hawks’ lazy defense. Use him in all formats.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I agree that Gasol can be used in all leagues tonight.
Ian Mahinmi – Ian Mahinmi gets a great matchup against the team that Pau Gasol just made look foolish. He should be able to score early and often against the Charlotte Hornets. He is starting to play around 30 minutes per game again for the Indiana Pacers. He has great upside, and he WAS consistent prior to his injury. I would not use Mahinmi in 50/50 contests just yet, but his price tag is definitely low enough to toss him into a few tournaments. Four games ago, he posted over 30 fantasy points in 29 minutes against the Los Angeles Clippers. He could definitely do that again tonight.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Mahinmi lost some of his minutes to Myles Turner, and I’ll be avoiding him tonight.
James Harden – Harden has been playing unbelievably well recently, as he’s averaging 30.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 7.8 assists, and 2.8 steals per game over the last 10 days. His price is on the rise, but he’s still too cheap, as he has been scoring 50+ fantasy points on nearly a nightly basis over his last 10 games. He gets a great matchup against the Blazers, who love to push the pace and have really struggled against the shooting guard this season. Harden should be able to continue his string of great games, and he can be used in all leagues tonight.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: James Harden has been solid. If you have the money, spend it.
Jamal Crawford – There’s just no real reason to avoid Jamal Crawford right now. Over the last 10 days, he’s averaging 22.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. He gets most of his fantasy points from scoring, and he is averaging over 16 shots per game over the last 10 days. He gets somewhat of a tough matchup against the Celtics, who have played well against the shooting guard this season, but Crawford is hot right now, and he can be used in all leagues until his price shoots up a bit more.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Jamal Crawford is still a great option. He will continue to be a great option until his price tag comes up.
DeMarcus Cousins – We don’t need to think that much about this pick. Boogie Cousins is one of the best players in the NBA, and he gets a great matchup against the Sixers tonight. Philly has one of the worst defenses in the NBA, and they don’t have anyone that is going to be able to slow Cousins down. He’s coming off a bad game against the Cavs, but he was on fire before that, and Cousins has as much upside as anyone on the slate tonight. He can be used in all leagues.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: How can you say no to Boogie?
Kent Bazemore – Bazemore has really been heating up, as he has scored 29.25, 38.0, and 34.25 fantasy points in his last three games. He’s contributing in four of the five categories, and Bazemore has been playing huge minutes for the Hawks. That’s going to continue tonight, and he gets a great matchup against the Bulls, who have one of the worst defenses in the NBA against small forwards. Bazemore is an extremely streaky player, and his price is still a bit low because of his recent cold streak. He can be used in all leagues tonight, though, as he’s beginning to heat up.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Bazemore makes for a decent GPP option, but do not use him in 50/50 contests.
Brook Lopez – Brook Lopez has been awful recently, as he has scored only 21.5 and 24.25 fantasy points in his last two games. With that being said, he gets a great matchup tonight and should be able to get back on track. The Grizzlies recently announced that Marc Gasol will be out for a while with a broken foot, and Memphis doesn’t have anyone who is capable of playing big minutes at center. BroLo is going to be able to dominate anyone the Grizzlies send out, and he should be penciled in at least a double double tonight. He’s best suited for GPPs, but I don’t mind him in cash games either.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: I love Bro-Lo.
Tyler Zeller – Zeller flopped last night, but I’m going back to the well tonight. He has been playing too well to be ignored for his current price tag. He has scored 20+ fantasy points in four of his last five games, and he gets a great matchup against the Clippers tonight. Los Angeles has really struggled against the center this season, and Zeller has been posting great fantasy point per minute numbers recently. He should only be used in GPPs, but he’s a great way to get guys like Harden and Cousins into your lineup.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: I’m not huge on Zeller.
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