In the Paint: Daily NBA Primer (April 12)
April 12, 2017 | Justin Bales
Last Night’s Games
Hornets 76 – Hawks 103
This was an embarrassing game for the Hornets. Jeremy Lamb was able to lead the team with 21 points, five rebounds, one assist, and two steals in 33 minutes off the bench, though.
The Hawks minutes were extremely spread out, as they had this game won in the first half. Dwight Howard was able to double double, though, scoring 19 points with 12 rebounds, one assist, and one block.
Thunder 100 – Wolves 98
Victor Oladipo took over the team with Russell Westbrook out last night. Oladipo scored a team-high 20 points to go along with nine rebounds and six assists. He also struggled with eight turnovers.
The Wolves struggled to get any bench production last night, as Minnesota’s bench scored only 20 points. Karl-Anthony Towns was their top starter, double doubling with 26 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Nuggets 109 – Mavs 91
Gary Harris was extremely efficient last night, and he was nearly able to triple double for the Nuggets. He ended the game with 20 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, and one steal.
Dirk Nowitzki was shooting at a high clip last night, but he only was able to go 9-20 in 27 minutes. He led the team with 21 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, and three blocks.
Suns 104 – Kings 129
Tyler Ulis has really come on at the end of the season, and he looked outstanding again last night. He scored a team-high 21 points to go along with four rebounds, six assists, and one steal.
Ty Lawson drew the start for Darren Collison last night, and Lawson was able to post an impressive triple double. He finished the game with 22 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists, and one steal.
Pelicans 96 – Lakers 108
Cheick Diallo looked like an elite player in 27 minutes off the bench last night. He shot 9-10 from the field for 19 points. He also added 11 rebounds and two blocks to his line.
Most teams are getting a look at their young players, while the Lakers opted to play Metta World Peace 25 minutes last night. He led the team with 18 points, four rebounds, one assist, and four steals.
Hawks vs Pacers
The Hawks are in an interesting spot tonight. They aren’t formally resting anyone, but they also aren’t giving anyone big minutes. Because of the lack of minutes, they are a team to completely avoid, as there are plenty of other options tonight.
Some of the elite players are getting the night off, but Paul George is expected to play. He’s averaging 33.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 2.4 steals per game over the last 10 days. He has dominated the Hawks this season, and he can be used in all leagues.
Nets vs Bulls
The Nets are benching Jeremy Lin, Trevor Booker, and Brook Lopez, which means other players are going to be forced into big minutes. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is the player that sticks out, as he has scored 47.75 and 44.5 fantasy points in his last two games. He’s an elite option on the slate tonight.
If you need to spend your money somewhere tonight, you could do a lot worse than Jimmy Butler. His usage rating has decreased since the return of Dwyane Wade, but he’s still a player that comes with tremendous upside. He also gets a great matchup against the Nets, and Butler is a high upside GPP option.
Mavs vs Grizzlies
Nicolas Brussino has been playing a solid role off the bench for the Mavs, and he recently scored 25.25 fantasy points in a game. He will likely play around 30 minutes tonight, and he’s a great salary relief option in tournaments.
Mike Conley has been a boom or bust option for the Grizzlies the entire season, and that will be the case again tonight. He comes with tremendous upside, but he also scored only 23.5 fantasy points in his last game. He should only be used in GPPs tonight.
Nuggets vs Thunder
Malik Beasley scored 30.25 fantasy points in 32 minutes in his last game, and he’s expected to play a big role in the offense again tonight. He’s the minimum price, and Beasley makes an elite salary relief option tonight.
There is so much value that you can easily fit Russell Westbrook in your lineup. He gets an elite matchup against the Nuggets, who he scored 93 fantasy points against in his last game, and Westbrook can be used in all leagues.
Pistons vs Magic
Boban Marjanovic has seen his minutes increase recently, and while he’s only playing 20-25 minutes each night, he comes with 50 fantasy point upside. He gets a great matchup against the Magic tonight, and Marjanovic is a high upside GPP option for his price tag.
Nikola Vucevic has been the best fantasy option for the Magic all season, and that will be the case again tonight. He comes with elite upside, but he’s also fairly expensive, which is a concern. Because of the other options on the slate, Vucevic should only be used in GPPs.
Bucks vs Celtics
The Bucks have ruled the majority of their team out for tonight, which means Michael Beasley is going to be locked into big minutes. He has a high usage rating, and there is no reason to avoid him tonight.
Isaiah Thomas continues to make be the focal point of the Celtics offense, and that will be the case again tonight. He’ll be looking to catch fire before the playoffs, but he’s best suited for GPPs because of some of the other options on the slate.
Wolves vs Rockets
The Rockets have really struggled against big men this season, and Karl-Anthony Towns has been playing extremely well recently. He’s averaging 29.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.0 steal per game over the last 10 days. KAT can be used in all leagues.
Similarly to Russell Westbrook, James Harden makes an elite option because of the amount of value on the slate. It will be easy to fit Harden into your lineups, and it isn’t a terrible idea to stack him with Westbrook tonight.
Sixers vs Knicks
T.J. McConnell continues to make a safe option for Philly, as he’s averaging 9.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.8 assists, and 2.2 steals per game over the last 10 days. He’s sitting around 30 fantasy points on a nightly basis, and he’s a great option in all leagues, specifically cash games.
The Knicks are going to bench multiple players again tonight, which opens the door for Guillermo Hernangomez to lead the team. He scored 52.25 fantasy points in his last game, and he’ll be playing similar minutes tonight. He can be used in all leagues.
Raptors vs Cavs
Kyle Lowry has displayed great upside since returning from injury, as he has scored at least 50 fantasy points in two of his last three games. He gets a great matchup against the Cavs tonight, and Lowry is a high upside GPP option.
LeBron James has been ruled out tonight, which means Kevin Love is going to step into a larger role for the Cavs. Love is averaging 19.0 points, 13.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game over the last 10 days. He can be used in all leagues tonight.
Wizards vs Heat
The Wizards will be without multiple starters tonight, which means Brandon Jennings is going to run the offense. He is a player that can heat up in a hurry, and he comes with a low price tag. He can be used in all leagues, but he may be best suited for GPPs tonight.
Hassan Whiteside is expected to play tonight, and he’s averaging 18.8 points, 14.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 2.2 blocks per game over the last 10 days. He gets a good matchup against the Wizards, and Whiteside can be used in all leagues.
Spurs vs Jazz
Pau Gasol has been playing limited minutes recently, but he is still averaging 11.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 blocks in only 24.3 minutes per game over the last 10 days. He’s a high upside GPP option tonight.
The Jazz aren’t a team that I want to attack tonight, but Rudy Gobert makes the best option if you’re dying to use them. He has cooled down a bit recently, but he’s still averaging over 40 fantasy points per game over the last 10 days. He can be used in tournaments.
Lakers vs Warriors
The Lakers have been seemingly playing around Brandon Ingram recently, as he scored 31.75 fantasy points in his last game. He finally looked comfortable in the NBA, and he’s a high upside play. He’s also cheap enough to be considered in all leagues on this slate.
Kevin Durant is expected to play tonight, and he has looked good since returning from injury. The Lakers do not have anyone that can guard him, and he will likely be looking to get back into form before the playoffs. KD can be used in all leagues.
Pelicans vs Blazers
The Pelicans will be without Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins tonight. That means Cheick Diallo and Alexis Ajinca will both be locked into big minutes, and they are cheap enough to be used in all leagues.
Damian Lillard is expected to be out tonight, which means Shabazz Napier will take over the offense again. He scored 47 fantasy points in his last game, and while that is not likely to happen again, he should be able to hit value.
Kings vs Clippers
Ty Lawson has been playing at an unbelievable level recently, as he’s averaging 21.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 11.3 assists, and 1.0 steal per game over the last 10 days. He has dominated the Clippers this season, and he can be used in all leagues.
Chris Paul is entirely too cheap for the Clippers. He’s averaging 20.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 9.3 assists, and 3.0 steals per game over the last 10 days. He gets a great matchup against the Kings, and he’s an elite option tonight.