In the Paint: Daily NBA Primer (February 22)
February 22, 2016 | Justin Bales
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Last Night’s Games
Pelicans 111 – Pistons 106 – Anthony Davis posted a ridiculous line for the Pelicans with 59 points, 20 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 block. Jrue Holiday also played well with 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists off the bench. Reggie Jackson led the Pistons with 34 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Andre Drummond was able to double double with 21 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 3 blocks.
Cavs 115 – Thunder 92 – Kevin Love double doubled, as he scored a team-high 29 points with 11 rebounds and 4 assists. LeBron James also double doubled with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists, and 3 steals. Russell Westbrook nearly triple doubled with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists, and 1 steal. Kevin Durant also played well with 26 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks.
Celtics 121 – Nuggets 101 – Isaiah Thomas posted the most impressive line for the Celtics with 22 points, 3 rebounds, 12 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. Jared Sullinger also double doubled with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists. Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Emmanuel Mudiay also played well with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
Spurs 118 – Suns 111 – Tony Parker led the Spurs with 22 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists, while LaMarcus Aldridge double doubled with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block. Alex Len posted a double double with 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns. Jon Leuer also played well with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block off the bench.
Hornets 104 – Nets 96 – Kemba Walker scored a team-high 28 points with 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals, while Nicolas Batum nearly triple doubled with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and 1 steal. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Thad Young also played well with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals.
Lakers 115 – Bulls 126 – Jordan Clarkson continued to play well last night, as he scored 20 points with 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal. Julius Randle also played well with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Pau Gasol also dominated with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 blocks.
Pacers 105 – Magic 102 – Monta Ellis scored a team-high 21 points with 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. Paul George also played well with 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon were both able to double double, combining for 29 points24 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal. Victor Oladipo also played well with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.
Grizzlies 85 – Raptors 98 – Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. Vince Carter also played well with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. DeMar DeRozan scored a team-high 21 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Kyle Lowry also played well with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 1 steal.
Sixers 103 – Mavs 129 – Jahlil Okafor dominated in the paint, as he scored 31 points with 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block. No one else played all that well for Philadelphia. Everyone one the Mavs chipped in last night, but Wesley Matthews led the team with 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Dirk Nowitzki also played well with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal.
Jazz 111 – Blazers 115 – Derrick Favors scored a team-high 22 points with 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 block. Gordon Hayward also played well with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals. Damian Lillard dominated again, as he scored 30 points with 4 rebounds and 5 assists. C.J. McCollum also played well with 31 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks.
Pistons vs Cavs – The Pistons seem to still be finding their groove since the trade deadline, which means their players are best suited for GPPs. Reggie Jackson is the only one I will consider in cash games, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tobias Harris, Marcus Morris, and Andre Drummond all have good upside. Kyrie Irving is questionable tonight, and if he’s out, Matthew Dellavedova and J.R. Smith would both see a boost in value. LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Tristan Thompson all make great options tonight, as well.
Pacers vs Heat – George Hill, Monta Ellis, Paul George, Myles Turner, and Ian Mahinmi have all been playing well for Indiana, but I find it hard to use them outside of GPPs. Luol Deng will continue to be a great option for the Heat, while Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside also have tremendous upside, as well. If Dwyane Wade is out, Josh Richardson and Gerald Green will likely see a few extra minutes, but they aren’t great fantasy options.
Raptors vs Knicks – Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, and Jonas Valanciunas continues to be the best options for the Raptors, while Cory Joseph can also be used tonight. Carmelo Anthony is the safest play for New York, while Langston Galloway, Kristaps Porzingis, and Robin Lopez can be used in GPPs.
Cetlics vs Wolves – Isaiah Thomas is the only Boston player safe enough for cash games, but they have quite a few good GPP options. Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Evan Turner, Jae Crowder, and Jared Sullinger can all be used. Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns are the best options for the Wolves, while Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, and Andrew Wiggins all have good GPP upside.
Warriors vs Hawks – Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green are the obvious Big Three for the Warriors, while Harrison Barnes can also be used in GPPs tonight. Jeff Teague was dealing with an injury in his last game, but he said he’s fully healthy, and he can be used in all leagues tonight. Kent Bazemore, Paul Millsap, Al Horford, and Dennis Schroder can all be used, as well, but they are best suited for GPPs.
Lakers vs Bucks – As always, Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell, Kobe Bryant, Lou Williams, and Julius Randle can be used for the Lakers. Clarkson is the best option fo the group, as he has been on fire recently. Michael Carter-Williams, O.J. Mayo, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, and Greg Monroe can all be used for the Bucks, but they may be best suited for GPPs tonight.
Suns vs Clippers – Tyson Chandler is doubtful tonight, and if he’s out, Mirza Teletovic, Jon Leuer, and Alex Len will all see a boost in value. Archie Goodwin, Ronnie Price, Phil Pressey, Devin Booker, and P.J. Tucker can all be used in GPPs for their prices. Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan are the big name plays for the Clippers, but Jamal Crawford could be the best option. J.J. Redick can also be used in GPPs tonight.
Top PG Plays: Chris Paul, Isaiah Thomas, Reggie Jackson, Goran Dragic, Jordan Clarkson
Top SG Plays: Khris Middleton, Kobe Bryant, Jamal Crawford, Evan Turner, O.J. Mayo
Top SF Plays: LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luol Deng, Mirza Teletovic
Top PF Plays: Draymond Green, Paul Millsap, Gorgui Dieng, Julius Randle, Jon Leuer
Top C Plays: Karl-Anthony Towns, DeAndre Jordan, Hassan Whiteside, Jared Sullinger, Alex Len