In the Paint: Daily NBA Primer (March 7) March 7, 2017  |  Justin Bales


Last Night’s Games

 

Knicks 113 – Magic 105

The Knicks won the game last night, but no one really stood out. Guillermo Hernangomez showed flashes again, though, scoring 14 points with eight rebounds and three assists in only 18 minutes off the bench.

Elfrid Payton was locked into big minutes last night, and he looked outstanding. He was able to triple double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal. His minutes have been inconsistent for most of the season, but he has flashed elite upside when given the opportunity.

 

Heat 106 – Cavs 98

Dion Waiters caught fire early and did not look back for the rest of the game. He ended with a team-high 29 points, two rebounds, five assists, and one block. He’s a streaky player, but he has proven that he can score against anyone this season.

LeBron James did everything in his power to win this game, but he did not receive much help outside of Kyrie Irving. James scored 30 points with 17 rebounds, six assists, one steal, and one block.

 

Bucks 112 – Sixers 98

Giannis Antetokounmpo is known for his versatility, and it was on full display last night. He contributed in each of the five categories, scoring 24 points with eight rebounds, five assists, two steals, and three blocks.

Dario Saric wasn’t scoring at an elite rate last night, but he still was able to put together a solid line. He finished the game with 14 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 33 minutes.

 

Warriors 119 – Hawks 111

Stephen Curry looked great for the Warriors last night, but Andre Iguodala dominated off the bench. Iggy scored 24 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one block.

Dwight Howard has really been struggling offensively recently, but he has been rebounding at an elite rate. That was the case again last night, as he ended the game with only eight points, but he also added 19 rebounds and one block to his line.

 

Bulls 95 – Pistons 109

Jimmy Butler saw his usage rating increase with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo out of the lineup last night. Butler scored a team-high 27 points with nine rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block.

The Pistons really played team basketball last night, but Reggie Jackson caught fire in the second half to post a solid line. He finished the game with 26 points, two rebounds and six assists.

 

Nets 122 – Grizzlies 109

It’s crazy that not only were the Nets able to beat the Grizzlies, but they scored 122 points against an elite defense. Sean Kilpatrick led the Nets with 23 points, five rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 28 minutes off the bench.

Mike Conley has been scoring at an extremely high rate recently, and that was the case again last night. He was able to score a team-high 32 points with three rebounds, six assists, and one steal.

 

Pacers 88 – Hornets 100

Paul George has been heating up recently, as he’s clearly taking over the Pacers offense. He scored 36 points with 10 rebounds and five assists last night. His point total was more than double the next highest scorer.

Kemba Walker took over for the Hornets, which he has done ever since the All Star break. Last night, he led the team with 28 points, six rebounds, seven assists, and one steal. The big news from Charlotte, though, is that Frank Kaminsky is likely out for the season.

 

Rockets 110 – Spurs 112

James Harden took over the game for the Rockets, but he couldn’t quite do enough to bring home the win. He ended the game with 39 points, three rebounds, and 12 assists, but he also ad seven turnovers.

Kawhi Leonard also showed off his scoring ability, as he led the Spurs with 39 points. He also added six rebounds, five assists, one steal, and two blocks to his line, while only suffering one turnover.

 

Kings 96 – Nuggets 108

Kosta Koufos has been starting for the Kings, and he has looked solid in limited last minutes. Last night, he double doubled with 14 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

The Nuggets were without Nikola Jokic last night, and Wilson Chandler took over the offense. He scored a team-high 36 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block.

 

Pelicans 83 – Jazz 88

The Pelicans struggled for the majority of the game, but Anthony Davis was still able to double double. He led New Orleans with 20 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, and two steals.

Rudy Gobert showed off solid versatility, as he filled the box score last night. He double doubled with 15 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks in 36 minutes of action.

 

Celtics 102 – Clippers 116

The Celtics struggled to find their footing in the second half last night, but Isaiah Thomas was still able to play well. He scored a team-high 32 points with two rebounds, five assists, and three steals.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers last night, finishing with 26 points. He also added eight rebounds and three assists to his line. He has certainly had an up and down season, but there’s no denying the upside he comes with on a nightly basis.

 


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Tonight’s Games

 

Blazers vs Thunder

The Blazers game got cancelled last night, but Damian Lillard still makes an elite option. He’s averaging 28.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 8.3 assists, and 1.0 steal over the last 10 days, and the Blazers will need his scoring to keep up with Russell Westbrook. Lillard can be used in all leagues tonight.

Russell Westbrook struggled in his last game, but he was consistently scoring 70 or more fantasy points on a nightly basis before that. He gets a great matchup against a fast paced Blazers team, and Westbrook makes an elite option tonight.

 

Lakers vs Mavs

It’s impossible to trust Julius Randle, but he’s the type of player that can dominate in this matchup. The Mavs have struggled to rebound the ball this season, and Randle recently had 18 rebounds against the Hornets. He isn’t more than a high upside tournament option, though.

Seth Curry has looked great since the All Star break, as he’s averaging 23.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game since then. He gets a great matchup against a fast paced Lakers team tonight, and Curry is still cheap enough to be used in all leagues.

 

Wizards vs Suns

Bradley Beal has been heating up for the Wizards recently, as he has scored at least 40 fantasy points in three of his last four games. He’s a player that comes with great upside, and he should see plenty of scoring opportunities in a fast paced game tonight. Beal can be used in all leagues on the small slate.

The Suns have multiple great options tonight, but Alan Williams leads the way. He has scored 36.75, 40.25, 36, and 48.75 fantasy points in four of his last five games, and he seems to be locked into big minutes for Phoenix. He can safely be used in all leagues on this slate.

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