In the Paint: Daily NBA Primer (Feb 21) February 21, 2015  |  Justin Bales


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I hope everyone enjoyed the value they could find in yesterdays games. I wouldn’t expect as much of that, as most players will be able to play from here on out. There’s still value to be found and I’m sure we’re all excited to see how everyone will play with their new teams.

 

Last Night’s Games

Pelicans 84 – Magic 95 – Anthony Davis didn’t have a huge AD game, but he still double doubled with 13 points, 11 rebounds, an assist, and two blocks. Tyreke Evans nearly triple doubled for the Pelicans with 14 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds. Elfrid Payton also nearly triple doubled with 10 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds. Nikola Vucevic posted a big double double with 18 points and 13 rebounds in the win.

Pacers 106 – Sixes 95 – Rodney Stuckey dominated the Sixers for 30 points, two rebounds, four assists, and three steals in only 27 minutes off the bench before getting hurt. Luis Scola also posted a nice line with 16 points, seven rebounds, an assist, and three steals. The Sixers were led by Luc Mbah a Moute, who scored a team-high 16 points with 10 rebounds and three assists. Nerlens Noel also came to play (defense) last night with 12 points, nine rebounds, four steals, and nine blocks.

Raptors 105 – Hawks 80 – Lou Williams went off for the Raptors with 26 points, four rebounds, two assists, and four steals in only 24 bench minutes. DeMar DeRozen also played well with 21 points, eight rebounds, an assist, and three steals. The Hawks were extremely unimpressive last night, with no player scoring over 11 points. Al Horford didn’t have a bad game, however, with 11 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and a steal. Paul Millsap also scored 11 points with nine rebounds, a block, and a steal.

Bulls 91 – Pistons 100 – Jimmy Butler dominated the Pistons with 30 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Joakim Noah also played well with 10 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and a block. All of the Pistons starters played well last night. Andre Drummond posted a monster double double with 18 points, 20 rebounds, an assist, and a steal. Caron Butler scored 20 points with four rebounds, three assists, and four steals.

Heat 111 – Knicks 87 – Loul Deng took on a bigger role last night with Chris Bosh out and nearly triple doubled with 13 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, and two steals. Mario Chamlers also dominated, nearly going for a 4×2, with 13 points, six rebounds, seven assists, and eight rebounds. Langston Galloway led the Knicks with 19 points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block. Tim Hardaway Jr. also played well off the bench with 17 points, three rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

Suns 109 – Wolves 111 – Markieff Morris dominated last night, scoring a game-high 31 points with four rebounds, two assists, a steal, and two blocks. Alex Len also played well in his first game back with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and six blocks. Kevin Martin continued his great play with 28 points, six rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Ricky Rubio nearly triple doubled with 10 points, 14 assists, eight rebounds, and two steals.

Cavs 127 – Wizards 89 – LeBron James led the Cans with 28 points, five rebounds, six assists, and a steal. Kyrie Irving also played well with 25 points, two rebounds, and seven assists. John Wall scored 18 points to go with five rebounds, nine assists, a steal, and two blocks. Nene Hilario also scored 18 points, but only added three rebounds and two assists in the big loss.

Rockets 100 – Mavs 111 – James Harden continues to lead the Rockets, as he scored 26 points with seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Terrence Jones scored nine points with nine rebounds, two assists, a steal, and four blocks, but I’m focusing more on the fact that he played 30 minutes last night. Al-Farouq Aminu had a huge game off the bench with 17 points, 12 rebounds, an assist, and two blocks. Tyson Chandler also double doubled with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Denver 81 – Bucks 89 – Jusuf Nurkic saw big minutes last night and had a big game with 11 points, 15 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and three blocks. Wilson Chandler shot the ball 20 times last night, which could continue with Afflalo out of the picture. The Bucks continued their solid play throughout the starters, as everyone scored between 10 and 15 points. Jerryd Bayless nearly triple doubled with 11 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, a steal, and a block.

Blazers 76 – Jazz 92 – The Blazers didn’t play well, as you can see from the score. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 14 points with eight rebounds and two assists. Damian Lillard led the team with 19 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Gordon Hayward scored a team-high 20 points with four rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Derrick Favors also played well without Enes Kanter, scoring 16 points with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block.

Celtics 101 – Kings 109 – Avery Bradley led the way for the Celtics with a team-high 28 points with three rebounds, six assists, four steals, and a block. Brandon Bass double doubled with 13 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block. DeMarcus Cousins dominated against with 31 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. Rudy Gay also played extremely well with 28 points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal, and three blocks.

Spurs 99 – Warriors 110 – Aron Baynes was the best player for the Spurs last night with 12 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Kawhi Leonard also played well in very limited minutes, scoring 12 pointss, with six rebounds, and a block. The Splash Brothers dominated once again, combining for 45 points, 14 assists, seven rebounds, and four steals. Harrison Barnes also played well with 16 points, five rebounds, and a steal.

Nets 114 – Lakers 105 – Joe Johnson led the Nets with 23 points and six rebounds, but Brook Lopez was the most impressive, scoing 22 points with 14 rebounds and a block off the bench. The Lakers are in full tank mode, as players like Carlos Boozer and Wes Johnson received DNP-CD’s. Ed David played well off the bench with 16 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block.

 

Tonight’s Games

Thunder vs Hornets – I’m going to take a wait and see approach with the new Thunder players. I’ll continue to use KD and Westy, while Ibaka can be used in GPPs. Al Jefferson and Gerald Henderson can be used for the Hornets, but I wouldn’t really use anyone else.

Pelicans vs Heat – Once again, I’ll continue to use Evans, Gordon, and Davis for the Pelicans. They’re the main focus of the offense and all have high ceilings. Bosh is out for a while, which makes Whiteside a great play, but I’m worried about the other guys. Deng generally plays well without Bosh, but Dragic should be starting tonight, so I’m not certain how that will change his production. I’ll use Deng, Dragic, Wade, or Chalmers in GPPs tonight.

Suns vs Bulls – Markieff Morris and Alex Len are both solid big men options tonight. If Brandon Knight doesn’t play tonight, that makes Eric Bledsoe, Gerald Green, and possibly Archie Goodwin solid options tonight. Derrick Rose can be used if Knight doesn’t play, but if he does, I’d avoid Rose. Butler, Gasol, Noah, and Gibson all make solid options on a smaller slate.

Raptors vs Rockets – Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozen, and Jonas Valanciunas are all options tonight, but Lou Williams also makes a great GPP play. He’s coming off a monster game and while I’m not sold he’s going to do that again, he’s fairly cheap and doesn’t need to do that to hit value tonight. I’m losing confidence in taking Rockets players, as they’re sending their minutes all over the place. I’ll continue to use PatBev and Ariza in cash games, while I use Josh Smith and Terrence Jones in GPPs. James Harden can be used in all leagues.

Kings vs Clippers – The only two players I’m thinking about for the Kings are DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay and they both make great options. You can justifiably use any of the Clippers starters, along with Jamal Crawford tonight.

 

Tonight’s Top Plays

Top PG Plays: Russell Westbrook, Tyreke Evans, Goran Dragic, Mo Williams/Brian Roberts

Top SG Plays: Eric Bledsoe, DeMar DeRozen, Jamal Crawford, Lou Williams

Top SF Plays: Rudy Gay, Josh Smith, Loul Deng, Matt Barnes

Top PF Plays: Anthony Davis, Markieff Morris, Taj Gibson, Terrence Jones

Top C Plays: DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, Hassan Whiteside, Alex Len

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