In the Paint: Daily NBA Primer (January 31)
January 31, 2017 | Justin Bales
Last Night’s Games
Kings 119 – Sixers 122
DeMarcus Cousins did everything in his power to pull out the win last night, but he fouled out late in the fourth quarter, and the Sixers won. Cousins ended the game with 46 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block. Most importantly, he shot an impressive 11-16 from the field, and a ridiculous 20-22 from the line.
Robert Covington looked great without Joel Embiid in the lineup again last night. Covington double doubled with 23 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, and four steals. He also had a +11 plus/minus, which led the Sixers team.
Nets 96 – Heat 104
No one looked great for the Nets last night, but Trevor Booker was able to post a solid line. He scored 13 points to go along with eight rebounds, two steals, and one block in only 26 minutes.
Dion Waiters continued his recent hot streak last night, as he displayed solid versatility in 36 minutes of action. He scored 19 points with six rebounds, nine assists, and one block.
Pistons 109 – Celtics 113
Andre Drummond played 41 minutes last night, and he posted another ridiculous double double. He scored 28 points with 22 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks. It would be wise for the Pistons to give him big minutes on a nightly basis, but that hasn’t been the case the entire season.
Isaiah Thomas stole the show again last night for the Celtics, as he scored a team-high 41 points, which was nearly twice as many as the next highest scoring Celtic. Thomas wasn’t able to record and rebounds, but he did have eight assists and two steals.
Magic 105 – Wolves 111
The Magic’s offense was extremely spread out last night, but Serge Ibaka posted the best line with a solid double double. He scored 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks.
Ricky Rubio nearly triple doubled, but Karl-Anthony Towns was also on the heels of a triple double last night, and he posted the more impressive line. Towns piled up 23 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks in 45 minutes last night.
Cavs 97 – Mavs 104
The Cavs were without Kevin Love last night, and LeBron James was the man to step up, although they fell short of the win. He nearly triple doubled with 23 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, and two steals.
Harrison Barnes looked great last night, as he was an efficient player, and he was able to double double. He ended the game with 24 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and one steal.
Grizzlies 115 – Suns 96
The Memphis offense has been running through Marc Gasol recently, but it was Mike Conley that took the game over last night. He scored a team-high 38 points with six rebounds, nine assists, and two steals.
Marquese Chriss was surprisingly locked into big minutes last night, as he played 34 minutes, which was the second most on the team. He looked good in that time, as well, scoring 20 points with six rebounds, two steals, and one block.
Pelicans vs Raptors
Anthony Davis looks healthy once again, and he’s coming off a huge 70.75 fantasy point performance. He gets a solid matchup against the Raptors tonight, and Davis has as much upside as anyone on the slate tonight. He does come with quite a bit of risk, though, and he’s best suited for tournaments.
Kyle Lowry has been heating up recently, as he has scored 54.25, 47.25, and 52 fantasy points in his last three games. Tonight, he gets a good matchup against the Pelicans, who have struggled against the point guard this season. He can be used in all leagues tonight.
Knicks vs Wizards
Carmleo Anthony has looked great recently, as he’s averaging 30.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game over the last 10 days. He has scored at least 50 fantasy points in three of his last six games, and he’ll make an elite tournament option for his price tag tonight.
Markieff Morris continues his smooth sailing, as he is consistently scoring 30 or more fantasy points each night. He has done that in nine of his last 10 games, and he has also scored at least 40 fantasy points in a few of those games. He’s still surprisingly cheap, and he is a great option in all leagues.
Kings vs Rockets
DeMarcus Cousins has been on fire recently, as he is averaging 31.1 points, 13.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.3 blocks, and 1.1 steals per game over the last 10 days. He has scored at least 60 fantasy points in six of his last 10 games, and his price tag does not match his production. The Kings will need his scoring abilities if they want to keep with James Harden tonight, and Cousins can be used in all leagues.
James Harden has been playing at an unbelievable level this season, and he recently scored 97.75 fantasy points in a game. He gets a solid matchup against the Kings tonight, but Harden is extremely expensive on this slate. He’s a player that is best suited for tournaments because of his price tag.
Thunder vs Spurs
Victor Oladipo has quietly been heating up for the Thunder recently, as he’s averaging 16.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.8 steals per game over the last 10 days. He has scored at least 30 fantasy points in four of his has five games. He still comes with a cheap price tag, and he can be used in all leagues tonight.
Kawhi Leonard has really cooled down for the Spurs since returning from injury, but he’s still the best option tonight. He has displayed elite scoring potential with the ability to add peripheral stats on a nightly basis. Leonard is best suited for tournaments, though, because of his most recent struggles.
Hornets vs Blazers
Kemba Walker is a dangerous player once he heats up, and he has scored at least 45 fantasy points in each of his last three games. Tonight, he gets a great matchup against the Blazers, who love pushing the pace in games. There should be plenty of scoring opportunities for Walker, and he can be used in all leagues.
Over the last 10 days, Mason Plumlee is averaging 14.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 1.2 steals per game. He’s a player that can fill the stat sheet in a hurry, and he still comes with a moderate price tag. He gets a decent matchup against the Hornets, and Plumlee can be used in all leagues tonight.
Nuggets vs Lakers
Kenneth Faried looked like the biggest beneficiary of the Nikola Jokic injury, as he scored 49.75 fantasy points in the Nuggets last game. Tonight, he gets a great matchup against the Lakers, who have struggled against big men this season. Faried is still cheap, but he should be locked into big minutes, and he can be used in all leagues.
The Lakers have been giving Ivica Zubac more run recently, and he should play solid minutes with Julius Randle out tonight. Zubac has scored 31.5, 33, and 37.75 fantasy points in his last three games with at least 25 minutes. He should be able to find success again tonight, and he’s an elite salary relief option on this slate.