In the Paint: Daily NBA Primer (March 1)
March 1, 2016 | Justin Bales
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Last Night’s Games
Pacers 96 – Cavs 100 – Paul George led the Pacers with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. Monta Ellis scored a team-high 28 points, but he didn’t add many other peripheral stats. LeBron James led the Cavs with 33 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Kevin Love also posted a versatile line with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 block.
Sixer 108 – Wizards 116 – Ish Smith led the Sixers with 25 points, 1 rebound, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. Jerami Grant also played well with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks. John Wall scored a team-high 37 points with 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block. Marcin Gortat also dominated with 18 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks.
Jazz 95 – Celtics 100 – Derrick Favors double doubled with 11 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 3 blocks. Trey Lyles also double doubled off the bench with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 block. Jae Crowder scored a team-high 22 points with 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. Isaiah Thomas also played well with 18 points, 2 rebounds, and 9 assists.
Rockets 121 – Bucks 128 – Dwight Howard posted a big double double with 30 points and 13 rebounds. Trevor Ariza nearly triple doubled with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, and 2 steals. Jabari Parker scored a team-high 36 points with 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. Giannis Antetokounmpo triple doubled again with 18 points, 17 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks.
Grizzlies 103 – Nuggets 96 – Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 22 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 block. Matt Barnes also played well with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. Kenneth Faried double doubled for the Nuggets with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal. Nikola Jokic also played fairly well with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block in only 19 minutes.
Thunder 131 – Kings 116 – Russell Westbrook triple doubled for the Thunder with 20 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists, and 3 steals. Kevin Durant also dominated with 27 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 35 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals. Rajon Rondo nearly triple doubled with 11 points, 9 rebounds, 12 assists, and 2 steals.
Nets 95 – Clippers 105 – Brook Lopez dominated for the Nets with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks. Bojan Bogdanovic also played well with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 assist. Chris Paul led the Clippers with 23 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists, and 2 steals. Jamal Crawford also played well with 26 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and 2 steals.
Suns vs Hornets – Mirza Teletovic and Ronnie Price are the two best options for the Suns, and they can be used in all leagues. Archie Goodwin, Devin Booker, P.J. Tucker, Alex Len, and Tyson Chandler can all be used in GPPs, as well. Marvin Williams has been the best player for the Hornets recently (for their prices) and he can be used in all leagues. Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum can also be used in GPPs tonight.
Bulls vs Heat – Derrick Rose is probable for tonight, and he can be used in all leagues with Jimmy Butler out. Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis, Mike Dunleavy, Doug McDermott, and E’Twuan Moore all have enough upside for GPPs, as well. Dwyane Wade and Hassan Whiteside have been playing extremely well for the Heat right now, and they can be used in all leagues. Luol Deng and Goran Dragic also make great GPP options, while Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow are cheaper options who come with a bit more risk.
Blazers vs Knicks – Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are the best options for the Blazers, while Gerald Henderson, Allen Crabbe, Al-Farouq Aminu, Ed Davis, and Mason Plumlee can all be used in GPPs for their prices. Carmelo Anthony is the safest option for the Knicks, and he can be used in all leagues. Arron Afflalo is questionable, and Langston Galloway will make a great option if he’s out. Kristaps Porzingis and Robin Lopez can also be used in GPPs.
Magic vs Mavs – Evan Fournier is doubtful, which means Mario Hezonja will likely start and makes a great option. Aaron Gordon, Victor Oladipo, and Nikola Vucevic are also fairly safe options, and they can be used in all leagues. Elfrid Payton and Brandon Jennings can also be used in GPPs. Chandler Parsons, David Lee, and Dirk Nowitzki can be used in all leagues tonight. Deron Williams, Raymond Felton, Wesley Matthews, and Zaza Pachulia all make good options in GPPs, as well.
Hawks vs Warriors – Al Horford, Paul Millsap, and Jeff Teague are the best options for the Hawks, while Kent Bazemore can be used tonight, as well. Stephen Curry is on fire for the Warriors, and he can be used in all leagues tonight. If he’s out, Shaun Livingston will make a great option. Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Harrison Barnes can all be used in GPPs, as well.
Nets vs Lakers – The Lakers have a terrible defense, and the Nets should be able to take advantage of that tonight. Thad Young and Brook Lopez are the best options, while Donald Sloan and Wayne Ellington can be used, as well. If Ellington is out, Markel Brown and Bojan Bogdanovic can also be used. Kobe Bryant is out tonight for the Lakers, which means D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Lou Williams will all gain a bit of value. Julius Randle can also be used in GPPs for the Lakers.
Top PG Plays: Stephen Curry, Kemba Walker, Jeff Teague, D’Angelo Russell, Ronnie Price
Top SG Plays: C.J. McCollum, Dwyane Wade, Raymond Felton, Brooklyn SG, Mario Hezonja
Top SF Plays: Carmelo Anthony, Chandler Parsons, Mirza Teletovic, Kent Bazemore, Mike Dunleavy
Top PF Plays: Draymond Green, Thad Young, Aaron Gordon, Marvin Williams, David Lee
Top C Plays: Hassan Whiteside, Brook Lopez, Al Horford, Robin Lopez, Alex Len