In the Paint: Daily NBA Primer (January 5)
January 5, 2017 | Justin Bales
Last Night’s Games
Thunder 112 – Hornets 123
Russell Westbrook nearly triple doubled again last night. He has been unstoppable this season, and last night was no exception. He scored a team-high 33 points with 15 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and one block.
Nicolas Batum was shooting the ball at will last night, as he took 18 shots from the field to go along with 15 free throws. Kemba Walker was the best player for the Hornets, though, as he scored 20 points with four rebounds, nine assists, and two steals.
Hawks 111 – Magic 92
Dennis Schroder looked great last night, and he displayed good versatility. He led the team with 18 points to go along with six rebounds, seven assists, and one steal. He has been enjoying a breakout campaign this season.
Aaron Gordon isn’t playing big minutes for the Magic, but he has looked good over his last few games. He was able to double double last night, scoring 15 points with 10 rebounds, and two assists.
Bucks 105 – Knicks 104
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been an elite player this season, and there is some talk that he could win the MVP award. Last night, he scored 27 points, including the game winning shot, with 13 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and three blocks.
Carmelo Anthony saw his role grow with Kristaps Prozingis out last night. Melo scored a team-high 30 points with 11 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. He’s a huge part of the Knicks offense, and he’ll always make an elite option when Porzingis sits.
Bulls 106 – Cavs 94
Jimmy Butler struggled for most of the game, but he heated up at the end of the game. He led the Bulls with 20 points to go along with six rebounds, eight assists, and one steal. He has been a great option since Rajon Rondo was benched.
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were out last night, which left LeBron James to run the offense. He was able to dominate with 31 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and one steal. James is always an elite option, but he is even better when Irving and Love are out.
Grizzlies 106 – Clippers 115
Mike Conley looked fully healthy last night, as he was nearly able to triple double for the Grizzlies. He ended the game with 17 points, seven rebounds, and 12 assists. Most importantly, Conley played 36 minutes, and he should continue to be a great fantasy option as the season progresses.
Austin Rivers posted a great line, but DeAndre Jordan posted a double double that cannot be ignored. Jordan scored 18 points with 20 rebounds and two blocks. He was dominant in the paint last night, as he has been for the majority of the season.
Blazers 117 – Warriors 125
C.J. McCollum has finally caught fire for the Blazers, and he posted another huge line last night. He scored a team-high 35 points with nine rebounds, five assists, and two blocks. Damian Lillard will likely be back in a couple games, but McCollum can be used while he’s on fire.
Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry both posted big lines for the Warriors last night, but Curry was slightly more impressive. He led the team with 35 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and one steal.
Heat 107 – Kings 102
Tyler Johnson is locked into big minutes off the bench for the Kings, and he looked good last night. He played 30 minutes last night, and scored 23 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks.
No one played well for the Kings last night. DeMarcus Cousins posted arguably his worst line of the season, but he was the best player for SacTown. He ended the game with 13 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Nets vs Pacers
Brook Lopez has struggled a bit recently, but he’s still averaging 34.9 fantasy points per game over the last 10 days. He gets a great matchup against the Pacers, who have struggled against the center this season. I prefer Lopez in tournaments, but he isn’t the worst cash game play on the slate.
Paul George is the focal point of the Pacers offense, and he has been playing well recently. He has scored at least 40 fantasy points in three of his last four games, and he gets a great matchup against a weak Nets defense. PG13 has been playing well enough to be used in all leagues.
Hornets vs Pistons
Kemba Walker has been heating up recently, as he’s averaging 48.4 fantasy points per game over his last four games. He isn’t very expensive for his recent production, but he does get a tough matchup against the Pistons. Walker can still be used in all leagues tonight.
Reggie Jackson has quietly been heating up, as he has scored 38.0, 37.0, and 52.25 fantasy points in his last three games. He nearly triple doubled in his last game, and he’s a player that comes with great upside. He’s best suited for tournaments, though, as he does come with a bit of risk.
Jazz vs Raptors
Derrick Favors is an interesting option tonight. He played 29 minutes in his last game, and he’ll make an elite option if he’s playing around 30 minutes again tonight. That is far from a guarantee, though, and Favors is best suited for tournaments because of that.
Kyle Lowry’s price tag dropped dramatically tonight because he gets a tough matchup against the Jazz. He’s also coming off his worst game of the season. He was on fire before that, though, and he has been playing well enough to be used in all leagues tonight.
Hawks vs Pelicans
Dennis Schroder has been enjoying a breakout season. He has scored at least 35 fantasy points in four of his last six games, including a 43.5 fantasy point performance against the Nuggets. He gets a solid matchup against the Pelicans tonight, and he can be used in all leagues.
Anthony Davis is entirely too cheap on the slate tonight. He has scored at least 50 fantasy points in six of his last seven games. He is always averaging 15 more fantasy points per game at home than on the road this season, and he gets a good matchup against the Hawks tonight. He can be used in all leagues tonight.
Thunder vs Rockets
This game will feature the leading candidates for the MVP award this season. Russell Westbrook and James Harden are two elite scorers, who have the potential to triple double on any given slate. They are both the focal point of their offenses, and they play nearly every possession with the ball in their hands. Both are elite options tonight.
Suns vs Mavs
Eric Bledsoe is averaging 19.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 1.8 steals per game over the last 10 days. He has been on fire for the Suns, and he comes with a reasonable price tag tonight. He is a bit risk, but Bledsoe makes an elite option in tournaments tonight.
The Mavs don’t have anyone that sticks out tonight, but Harrison Barnes has been their best option the entire season. He comes with elite upside, but he also comes with quite a bit of risk. He’s best suited for tournaments tonight.
Spurs vs Nuggets
LaMarcus Aldridge is one of the most mispriced players on the slate tonight. He has scored at least 40 fantasy points in five of his last six games, including two games with 50 or more fantasy points. He gets a great matchup against the Nuggets tonight, and Aldridge makes an elite option for his price.
Nikola Jokic has been on fire over the last 10 days, as he’s averaging 20.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.0 steal in only 28.3 minutes per game over that span. He gets a decent matchup against the Spurs, and Jokic is a matchup proof player. He does struggle with foul troubles every now and then, and he’s best suited for tournaments.
Lakers vs Blazers
Julius Randle is coming off his second triple double of the season, and he’s one of only a few players to have multiple triple doubles this season. He’s averaging over 40 fantasy points per game over the last 10 days, and Randle is an elite option tonight.
It took C.J. McCollum a few games to adjusted to point guard, but he has looked outstanding in his last two games. He has scored 57.25 and 61.75 fantasy points in his last two games, and he gets a great matchup against a fast paced Lakers team tonight. McCollum is still best suited for tournaments.