In the Paint: Daily NBA Primer (March 2)
March 2, 2017 | Justin Bales
Last Night’s Games
Knicks 101 – Magic 90
Kristaps Porzingis looked great last night, as he led the Knicks to victory. He scored a team-high 20 points with nine rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 33 minutes of action. It will be great to see the Knicks finally give him the keys to the offense, eventually.
Nikola Vucevic was limited to 27 minutes of action last night due to injury, but that didn’t stop him from double-doubling. He ended the game with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and one steal.
Wizards 105 – Raptors 96
John Wall hasn’t been scoring well at all for the Wizards recently, but he has been a double-double machine. Last night, he only had 12 points, but he also added four rebounds, 13 assists, and one block to his line.
Serge Ibaka has looked like a solid acquisition for the Raptors thus far, and last night was no different. He was able to double-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds, one steal, and two blocks in 36 minutes.
Mavs 95 – Hawks 100
Harrison Barnes was the clear focal point of the Mavs offense last night, and he led the team with 25 points. He was also able to add four rebounds, four assists, and two steals to his line.
Paul Millsap showed off his versatility last night, nearly triple-doubling for the Hawks. He ended the game with 18 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists, and one block. He also had six turnovers, though.
Sixers 98 – Heat 125
The Sixers looked awful last night, as they were quickly blown out in this game. Robert Covington posted the best line, though, scoring 19 points with five rebounds, one steal, and one block in 26 minutes of action.
No one played more than 30 minutes last night for the Heat, but Hassan Whiteside was still able to post a solid double-double. He scored 15 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and four blocks.
Nuggets 110 – Bucks 98
Nikola Jokic struggled to score last night, but it didn’t matter, as he posted another triple-double. He only had 13 points, but he also added 14 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, and one block to his line.
Khris Middleton came off the bench last night, but he looked outstanding in that role. He scored a team-high 21 points with five rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 31 minutes of action.
Pistons 86 – Pelicans 109
Andre Drummond played 29 minutes last night, and that was more than enough time for him to post another big double-double. He only scored 13 points, but he added 17 rebounds, one steal, and one block to his line.
DeMarcus Cousins was out last night, which allowed Anthony Davis to dominate once again. Davis scored 33 points with 14 rebounds, three assists, and one block. Keep in mind, Cousins has lost much more value than Davis since the trade.
Cavs 99 – Celtics 103
LeBron James was able to triple-double in 40 minutes of action last night, but that wasn’t enough to bring home the win. Still, he scored 28 points with 13 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, and one block.
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics offense, as he always does, but Al Horford nearly triple-doubled in this game. He only scored nine points with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and one block in 32 minutes of action.
Pacers 99 – Spurs 100
Paul George led the Pacers offense last night, scoring a team-high 22 points. He also added six rebounds, two assists, and one steal to his line. It’s a good line against a tough defense, but PG13 hasn’t been the star he’s known as this season.
Kawhi Leonard has been scoring extremely well this season, and last night was no different. He ended the game with 31 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, and three steals in 34 minutes.
Wolves 107 – Jazz 80
Karl-Anthony Towns continued his dominant play since the All Star break, as he has posted a few massive double-doubles. Last night, he scored 21 points with 15 rebounds, three assists, and one block.
The Jazz struggled quite a bit last night, but Derrick Favors was still able to double-double in 27 minutes. He scored 10 points with 12 rebounds, one steal, and one block. He did end with a terrible -23 plus/minus, though.
Rockets 122 – Clippers 103
The Rockets had a few guys post big lines last night, but Nene Hilario was arguably the most impressive. He scored 16 points with 10 rebounds and one steal in only 22 minutes of action off the bench.
Chris Paul struggled quite a bit last night, but he was still able to double-double. He scored 16 points with two rebounds, 11 assists, and two steals in 36 minutes. There will be better games for the Clippers to end the season.
Nets 109 – Kings 100
Brook Lopez was the only Nets player to play at least 30 minutes last night, and he looked good in that time. He scored a team-high 24 points with eight rebounds and one block.
Ty Lawson came off the bench last night, but he looked solid in 32 minutes. He nearly double-doubled with 15 points, three rebounds, and nine assists. The Kings are still trying to figure out their rotation, as they are trying to get a look at their younger players.
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Warriors vs Bulls
There are a lot of questions surrounding who will be the biggest beneficiary of the injury to Kevin Durant, and it will likely be Draymond Green. Green will now be playing with the ball in his hands more, and he scored 52.5 fantasy points with KD injured in their last game. Green can be used in all leagues tonight.
Dwyane Wade has been on fire recently, averaging 20.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game since the All Star break. He’s still a bit underpriced for his minutes and usage rating. He gets a great matchup against the Warriors tonight, and Wade can be used in all leagues tonight.
Hornets vs Suns
It’s clear that Cody Zeller is not going to steal any of Frank Kaminsky’s minutes, which is great for the big man’s value. He has posted a few elite lines in recent games, as he has the ability to contribute in each of the five categories. Kaminsky gets a great matchup against the Suns tonight, and he can be used in all leagues.
T.J. Warren has taken on a much larger role in the Suns rotation since the All Star break because of the P.J. Tucker trade. Warren is averaging 19.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals in 36.6 minutes per game since that trade. He still comes with a surprisingly low price tag, and he can be used in all leagues tonight.
Thunder vs Blazers
Russell Westbrook is the best option on this slate, and he should be the first player inserted into your lineups tonight. He gets scored at least 70 fantasy points in seven of his last eight games, and he gets a great matchup against the Blazers tonight. He can safely be used in all leagues.
The Blazers have a ton of great options on the slate tonight, but none have more upside for their price than Jusuf Nurkic. Nurkic should easily exceed value if he is given the playing time tonight, but he tends to struggle with fouls. He’s a player that is best suited for tournaments tonight.