In the Paint: Daily NBA Primer (February 16)
February 16, 2017 | Justin Bales
Last Night’s Games
Spurs 107 – Magic 79
The Spurs had this game wrapped up fairly quickly, which led to no one playing more than 30 minutes. Dewayne Dedmon has looked good in the starting lineup, though, and he double doubled with 10 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, and one block last night.
Nikola Vucevic was able to match Dedmon’s double double last night. Vucevic scored 16 points with 10 rebounds and one block in only 28 minutes of action. There will be better games for both teams after the All Star Break.
Pacers 104 – Cavs 113
The Pacers were a very spread out team last night, but Jeff Teague was able to lead the way. He double doubled with 15 points, four rebounds, and 11 assists. Teague has quietly been an excellent fantasy option for the majority of the season.
Once again, LeBron James took over the game for the Cavs, scoring a team-high 31 points last night. He also added five rebounds, four assists, and one steal to his line. He’s one of the hottest players in the NBA right now.
Sixers 108 – Celtics 116
Dario Saric has been on a hot streak recently, and last night was no exception. He led the Sixers with 20 points, 11 rebounds, one steal, and one block. It took him a little bit, but it seems as if he has finally found his footing in the NBA.
Marcus Smart drew the start last night, and he posted an extremely versatile line. He scored 21 points to go along with five rebounds, five assists, eight steals, and one block. It’s always impressive when someone nearly double doubles with steals.
Hornets 85 – Raptors 90
Frank Kaminsky has been starting for the Hornets recently, and he has rewarded them with outstanding play. Last night, he scored a team-high 27 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block.
Kyle Lowry was the leader of the Raptors offense last night, as he took one more shot than DeMar DeRozan. Lowry finished the game with 21 points, six rebounds, six assists, and one steal.
Bucks 129 – Nets 125
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been a bit quiet recently, but he dominated a weak Brooklyn defense last night. Antetokounmpo scored 33 points to go along with nine rebounds, three assists, four steals, and one block.
Brook Lopez caught fire early last night, including shooting 6-10 from beyond the arc. He ended the game with 36 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and eight blocks.
Mavs 91 – Pistons 98
Dirk Nowitzki turned back the clock last night, leading the Mavs with 24 points. He also added 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block to an impressive line. He isn’t the focal point of the offense anymore, but he does carry some fantasy value.
Jon Leuer posted an extremely efficient line last night, as he scored 20 points, while shooting 5-7 from the field and 10-10 from the line. He also was able to grab eight rebounds in a near double double.
Heat 117 – Rockets 109
Hassan Whiteside posted another big double double, but Dion Waiters nearly triple doubled in this game. Waiters scored 23 points to go along with nine rebounds and seven assists.
James Harden was a player that was able to reach that triple double, as he has done quite often this season. He scored a team-high 38 points with 12 rebounds and 12 assists. He also only had four turnovers.
Pelicans 95 – Grizzlies 91
Jrue Holiday got off to a slow start, but he still was able to post a great line. He scored 19 points with seven rebounds and seven assists. Surprisingly, he wasn’t able to record a steal last night.
Marc Gasol showed off his versatility last night, as well, coming only one assist away from a triple double. He only scored 15 points, but he also had 12 rebounds, nine assists, one steal, and one block.
Wolves 112 – Nuggets 99
Karl-Anthony Towns dominated with 24 points, 19 rebounds, two assists, and one steal, but Andrew Wiggins recorded another game with 40 points. He also added four rebounds, two assists, and two steals to his line.
The Nuggets had a plethora of players out last night, which meant most of their healthy options had to play big minutes. Jameer Nelson was one of those players, and he scored 16 points with seven rebounds and 11 assists in 35 minutes of action.
Blazers 88 – Jazz 111
Jusuf Nurkic made his Portland debut last night, as he played 21 minutes off the bench. He looked good in his limited time, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one block. It’s only a matter of time before he’s playing bigger minutes for the Blazers.
This game was a blowout in the second half, and Gordon Hayward was a huge factor in that. He scored 22 points with six rebounds and seven assists on the game, and he also had a ridiculous +31 plus/minus.
Knicks 105 – Thunder 116
Carmelo Anthony continues to play at a high level, as he scored a team-high 30 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, and two blocks last night. He also recently stated that he is not willing to waive his no-trade clause, so it looks like Melo will be staying in New York.
Russell Westbrook was a one man wrecking crew last night, as he posted another ridiculous triple double. He scored 38 points with 14 rebounds, 12 assists, three steals, and one block in 38 minutes.
Hawks 84 – Clippers 99
Dwight Howard was the only Hawks player to find success last night, but even he did not post a great line. He double doubled with 11 points and 15 rebounds in only 24 minutes because of the blowout.
Blake Griffin continues to show off his versatility, as he scored 17 points with five rebounds, nine assists, one steal, and two blocks in only 29 minutes last night. It’s great to see Griffin finally healthy.
Kings 86 – Warriors 109
Matt Barnes played big minutes off the bench, and he looked outstanding last night. He was able to double double with 15 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, and one steal, while no one else for SacTown played well.
The Warriors had multiple people play well last night, but Klay Thompson takes the cake. He returned from an injury with a team-high 35 points. He also added five rebounds, four assists, and two steals to his line.
Lakers 101 – Suns 137
Julius Randle double doubled for the Lakers last night, but this was far from an impressive game for LA. Randle scored 13 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, and one steal.
The Suns took a quick lead in this game, which is why it was surprising to see Eric Bledsoe play 36 minutes. He dominated in that time, though, scoring 25 points with 10 rebounds, 13 assists, and two steals.
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Wizards vs Pacers
Marcin Gortat is coming off a bad game against the Thunder, but he’s still entirely too cheap. He’s averaging 13.6 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.8 blocks per game over the last 10 days. He gets a great matchup against the Pacers, who he has dominated this season, and Gortat can be used in all leagues.
Monta Ellis has quietly been playing big minutes for the Pacers, and he’s an extremely cheap option on a slate with limited players. He has consistently been scoring 20 or more fantasy points per game, and he should have no problems doing that again tonight. He can be used in all leagues.
Celtics vs Bulls
Kelly Olynyk has been playing too well to avoid tonight. He’s still a cheap option, but he has displayed a great combination of consistency and upside over his last few games. He isn’t locked into big minutes, but he has proven that he doesn’t need them, and Olynyk can be used in all leagues.
If you’re talking about the Bulls, you have to be talking about Jimmy Butler, especially on a two game slate. He’s their best player, and he has been playing fairly well recently. He does come with some risk, but there aren’t a plethora of options tonight, which means Butler can be used in all leagues.