In the Paint: Daily NBA Primer (March 28)
March 28, 2017 | Justin Bales
Last Night’s Games
Magic 112 – Raptors 131
The Magic had a few players play well last night, but Nikola Vucevic led the way. He double doubled with 12 points, 15 rebounds, and four assists in only 29 minutes of action.
DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors again last night, which has become a common theme this season. He scored a team-high 36 points, but was only able to add two rebounds and three assists to his line.
Pistons 95 – Knicks 109
The Pistons players struggled quite a bit last night, but Andre Drummond was able to post a double double. He ended the game with 10 points, 15 rebounds, and three assists in only 25 minutes.
Kristaps Porzingis showed off great versatility last night, as he was able to contribute in each of the five categories. He scored 25 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, and three blocks.
Cavs 74 – Spurs 103
This was an extremely embarrassing game for Cleveland, as they only scored more than 18 points in one quarter. LeBron James led the team with 17 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.
The Spurs won this game in the first half, but Kawhi Leonard still played a total of 30 minutes. He led San Antonio with 25 points, six rebounds, six assists, three steals, and one block.
Thunder 92 – Mavs 91
Russell Westbrook was able to post another ridiculous triple double for the Thunder, scoring 37 points with 13 rebounds, 10 assists, and two steals. He has been enjoying one of the most impressive seasons in NBA history.
Nerlens Noel drew the start again, and he was able to fill the box score. He scored 15 points with eight rebounds, one assist, four steals, and two blocks in 28 minutes. It seems as if the Mavs are going to be playing him more down the stretch, which is great news for his fantasy value.
Grizzlies 90 – Kings 91
Zach Randolph drew the start for an injured Marc Gasol again last night, and he looked outstanding. Randolph double doubled with 17 points, 15 rebounds, two assists, and one block.
A lot of people were anticipating a huge jump in value for Darren Collison with DeMarcus Cousins out of town, but that hasn’t been the case. Collison did play well last night, though, scoring 23 points with four rebounds and seven assists.
Pelicans 100 – Jazz 108
Anthony Davis has looked great without DeMarcus Cousins in the lineup, and he was able to post another huge double double last night. Davis scored 36 points with 17 rebounds, three assists, three steals, and three blocks against one of the best defensive teams in the NBA.
Rudy Gobert was able to post a ridiculous double double of his own, though. Gobert ended the game with 20 points, 19 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and five blocks. He also shot an extremely efficient 8-11 from the field.
Bucks vs Hornets
Malcolm Brogdon has been locked into big minutes for the Bucks recently. He’s averaging 26.8 fantasy points per game over his last five games. Tonight, he gets a good matchup against the Hornets, who he played well against earlier this season. Brogdon is still cheap enough to be used in all leagues.
Cody Zeller has quietly been on fire for the Hornets recently, as he has scored at least 30 fantasy points in four of his last five games. The only game he struggled in was because of foul troubles. He’s playing big minutes for Charlotte, and he’s a great option for his low price tag tonight.
Wolves vs Pacers
The Wolves team has been struggling quite a bit recently, but Ricky Rubio is still averaging 14.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 9.2 assists, and 1.8 steals per game over the last 10 days. He’s not longer consistent enough to be used in all leagues, but he’s a high upside tournament option tonight.
Paul George has taken over the offense for the Pacers, and he has been on fire recently. He’s averaging 24.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.8 steals per game over the last 10 days. He has also scored at least 50 fantasy points in three of his last six games, and he can be used in all leagues tonight.
Heat vs Pistons
Hassan Whiteside has been on a tear recently, as he has scored at least 39 fantasy points in each of his last nine games. He’s averaging 19.6 points, 13.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 2.2 blocks per game over the last 10 days, as well. He gets a tough matchup against the Pistons tonight, but Whiteside has been playing well enough to be used in all leagues.
There are questions surrounding whether Reggie Jackson will play again this season or not, which means Ish Smith will likely be playing big minutes tonight. He started the Pistons last game with Jackson sitting out, and he scored 32.5 fantasy points. He should easily exceed value again tonight if Jackson cannot suit up.
Sixers vs Nets
Shawn Long has been earning more minutes recently, and he will likely see minutes in the 20s if Jahlil Okafor is ruled out tonight. Long has scored 32 and 31.75 fantasy points in his last two games, and he’s a player that can score in a hurry. He does come with quite a bit of risk, though, which means he’s best suited for GPPs tonight.
Jeremy Lin looks fully healthy for Brooklyn once again, but who knows how long that will last? That’s why we play DFS, right? We only need him for tonight. He played 28 minutes in his last game, scoring 40.5 fantasy points against the Hawks. He gets an elite matchup against the Sixers, and Lin can be used in all leagues tonight.
Suns vs Hawks
T.J. Warren has had the hot hand for the Suns recently, as he has scored at least 35 fantasy points in four of his last five games, including three games with 40 or more fantasy points. He gets a great matchup against the Hawks tonight, and Warren can be used in all leagues.
Dwight Howard has had to step up his game with all of the recent injuries for the Hawks, and he has done just that. He’s averaging 16.0 points, 12.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.6 steals per game over the last 10 days. He has been a much larger part of the offense recently, and Howard can be used in all leagues tonight.
Warriors vs Rockets
Andre Iguodala has been playing a bigger role for the Warriors since the injury to Kevin Durant. He plays big minutes when games are close, which should be the case tonight. He has also scored at least 30 fantasy points in three of his last four games, including a huge 41.75 fantasy point performance against the Grizzlies. Iguoala does come with quite a bit of risk, though, and he should only be used in GPPs.
James Harden has been the leader of the Rockets offense all season. He has been on fire recently, as well, as he’s averaging 36.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 12.2 assists, and 2.0 steals per game over the last 10 days. He gets a great matchup against a fast paced Warriors team tonight, and Harden can be used in all leagues