In the Paint: Daily NBA Primer (March 6) March 6, 2017  |  Justin Bales


Last Night’s Games

 

Pacers 97 – Hawks 96

Paul George led the Pacers yesterday, scoring more than twice as many points as the next highest scorer. PG13 ended the game with 34 points, five rebounds, four assists, and one steal.

Paul Millsap continues to be the best player for the Hawks, as he scored 23 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, and two steals last night. He has flashed great versatility for a big man this season, as well.

 

Warriors 112 – Knicks 105

Stephen Curry caught fire early, and he dominated the Knicks for 37 minutes yesterday. He scored a team-high 31 points with eight rebounds, six assists, and two steals.

Kristaps Porzingis played a team-high 40 minutes last night for the Knicks, and he was able to post a huge double double. He scored 24 points with 15 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.

 

Celtics 106 – Suns 109

Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics again last night with 35 points, but Amir Johnson is a player that should be pointed out. He scored 13 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, and three blocks. He’ll continue to make a great fantasy option if Al Horford misses more time.

The Suns continue to get their younger players more minutes, but Eric Bledsoe was able to lead the team last night. He scored 28 points to go along with six rebounds and nine assists.

 

Magic 114 – Wizards 115

Bismack Biyombo drew the start for an injured Nikola Vucevic last night. Biyombo looked good, scoring 14 points with 15 rebounds, one assist, and two steals in 34 minutes. It’s a shame he did not sign with somewhere he was going to have a more defined role.

John Wall double doubled again, but Bradley Beal was the star of the show. He led the Wizards offense with 32 points to go along with three rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block.

 

Jazz 110 – Kings 109

Rudy Gobert was able to get back on track last night with an elite double double. He scored 16 points with 24 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and three blocks. He was also able to hit the game winning shot for the Jazz.

The Kings played a team game yesterday, as seven of their nine players scored in double digits. Willie Cauley-Stein posted the best line with 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block.

 

Thunder 89 – Mavs 104

As always, Russell Westbrook led the Thunder, but Enes Kanter was their most impressive player. He double doubled with 16 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, and one steal in only 19 minutes off the bench.

Dirk Nowitzki was also able to double double with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists in 30 minutes. Most importantly, he had a ridiculous +26 plus/minus, which was the best on the Mavs team last night.

 

Pelicans 105 – Lakers 97

DeMarcus Cousins posted a great double double, but Anthony Davis was still the best player for the Pelicans. Davis scored a team-high 31 points with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, and three blocks. Davis also had a +17 plus/minus, while Cousins’ was -8.

D’Angelo Russell is the clear focal point of the Lakers offense, as he took 20 shots from the field last night. He turned those into 16 points to go along with four rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and one block.

 


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Tonight’s Games

 

Heat vs Cavs  

The Heat get a rematch against the Cavs tonight, but this time LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are expected to play. Hassan Whiteside still makes the best option for Miami, as he scored 39.25 fantasy points in only 28 minutes in their last game. He had also scored at least 40 fantasy points in four consecutive games before that. Whiteside can be used in all leagues.

LeBron James has been on fire recently, scoring 69.75, 67.25, and 64.25 fantasy points in three of his last four games. He gets a matchup against the Heat, who he played well against earlier this season, and James can be used in all leagues tonight.

 

Bucks vs Sixers

Khris Middleton isn’t the most consistent option in the world, but he’s finally locked into big minutes, and he has looked outstanding recently. He’s averaging 37.7 fantasy points per game over his last three games, and he makes an elite tournament option tonight.

Dario Saric is the best option for the Sixers tonight. He has scored at least 40 fantasy points in all but one of his games since the All Star break, and he was on fire well before that. He’s a huge part of the Sixers offense, and he is still cheap enough to be used in all leagues.

 

Knicks vs Magic

Kristaps Porzingis is a boom or bust options that makes an elite tournament play. He scored 51.25 fantasy points in his last game, but he also recently scored only 25.75 fantasy points against the Thunder. He gets somewhat of a tough matchup against the Magic, but Prozingis can be used in GPPs tonight.

Nikola Vucevic has been on fire recently, and his status determines the best option for the Magic. If he’s playing, he can be used in all leagues. If he’s out, Bismack Biyombo becomes a great option. This is something to monitor before tip-off.

 

Bulls vs Pistons

Dwyane Wade is currently listed as questionable tonight, and if he’s out, Jimmy Butler will see an increase in usage rating. This would make Butler a great option tonight, but he is still a bit too inconsistent for cash games. He’s best suited for tournaments.

Marcus Morris is an extremely streaky player, but he has been heating up recently. He has scored 39.75, 57.5 and 36.5 fantasy points in three of his last four games, but he only scored 20.75 fantasy points in the fourth game. He gets a decent matchup against the Bulls tonight, and Morris can be used in tournaments.

 

Warriors vs Hawks

Klay Thompson has taken on a larger role in the offense with Kevin Durant out. He has taken at least 20 shots in each of his last three games, although he only found success in one of those games. He gets a good matchup against the Hawks tonight, though, and Thompson is a solid GPP option.

Dwight Howard has looked solid over his last five games, as he’s averaging 37.9 fantasy points in only 30 minutes per game over that span. He gets a matchup against a fast paced Warriors team tonight, and Howard is cheap enough to be used in all leagues.

 

Nets vs Grizzlies

Spencer Dinwiddie has quietly been playing well for the Nets, as he has scored at least 20 fantasy points in five of his last seven games, including a huge 41.75 fantasy point performance against the Bucks. He gets a terrible matchup against the Grizzlies tonight, but Dinwiddie can be used in tournaments tonight.

Mike Conley has taken his game to the next level recently, as he’s averaging 45.9 fantasy points per game over his last four games. He still does come with a bit of risk, but he can be used in all leagues because of the great matchup against Brooklyn tonight.

 

Pacers vs Hornets

The Pacers have no type of consistency on their team, but Paul George does come with good upside. He’s the focal point of the offense, and he gets a great matchup against the Hornets. He’s far from consistent enough to be used in cash games, but he’s a solid tournament option.

Kemba Walker has looked outstanding since the All Star break, as he’s averaging 27.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.3 steals per game since then. He gets a good matchup against a fast paced Pacers team, and Walker can be used in all leagues tonight.

 

Blazers vs Wolves

Damian Lillard is another point guard that has caught fire since the All Star break. He’s averaging 29.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game since then, and he is still reasonably priced. He’s an elite option in all leagues on the slate tonight.

Speaking of point guards playing at an elite level since the All Star break, Ricky Rubio fits the mold. He’s averaging 11.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 11.0 assists, and 2.2 steals per game since the break. He gets an elite matchup against the Blazers tonight, and Rubio can be used in all leagues.

 

Rockets vs Spurs

It’s tough to judge the Rockets offense because they have so many weapons, but Ryan Anderson sticks out tonight. He has been a significantly better fantasy option away from home this season, and he comes with a reasonable price tag. He isn’t more than a high upside tournament option, though.

Kawhi Leonard was on a recent cold streak, but he has now scored 69.5, 54.75, and 54.5 fantasy points in his last three games. He gets a great matchup against the Rockets, who love pushing the pace in games, and Leonard can be used in all leagues tonight.

 

Pelicans vs Jazz

As always, Anthony Davis is underpriced tonight. He’s averaging 33.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.2 steals per game since the All Star brek. The Pelicans recently stated that they want to get DeMarcus Cousins more touches, but it won’t be at Davis’ expense. He can be used in all leagues, even with the tough matchup.

Rudy Gobert is coming off an elite game against the Kings, and he gets another great matchup against the Pelicans tonight. He’s an elite defender, who can rebound and block shots at a ridiculous rate. He’s cheap enough to be used in all leagues tonight.

 

Kings vs Nuggets

Ty Lawson has quietly been heating up for the Kings, and he gets a matchup against his former team tonight. He’s averaging 29.8 fantasy points in 34.7 minutes per game over his last three games. He still comes with a low price tag, and Lawson can be used in all leagues tonight.

It took Nikola Jokic a few games to get back on track after the trade for Mason Plumlee, but Jokic has looked great recently. He has scored 56, 52.5, and 60.5 fantasy points in his last three games, and he’s still reasonably priced. He can be used in all leagues tonight.

 

Celtics vs Clippers

Al Horford is questionable tonight, but it looks like he is closer to doubtful. If he’s out, Amir Johnson will make an elite option for his low price tag. Johnson has scored 36 and 32.5 fantasy points in his last two games, and he will be a must start if Horford is forced to miss this game.

It’s tough to really get behind any of the Clippers tonight, but Blake Griffin is an interesting option. He has been a better fantasy option at home this season, and the Celtics have struggled against the power forward. Still, Griffin isn’t more than a high upside GPP option.

 

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