In the Paint: Daily NBA Primer (April 4)
April 4, 2017 | Justin Bales
Last Night’s Games
Blazers 109 – Wolves 110
Damian Lillard wasn’t the most efficient player on the court for the Blazers, but he was able to lead the team. He scored 25 points with four rebounds, six assists, and two steals.
Karl-Anthony Towns wasn’t able to show off his versatility last night, but he was able to post a huge double double. He ended the game with a team-high 34 points and 12 rebounds.
Nets vs Sixers
Jeremy Lin continues to make the best option for the Nets, as he’s locked into big minutes. He’s a consistent player, who can score fantasy points in a hurry, and he will benefit from a weak Sixers defense tonight. Lin can be used in all leagues.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot is a tough player to trust, but he will be playing huge minutes again with Sergio Rodriguez out tonight. Luwawu-Cabarrot is averaging 29.5 fantasy points per game over his last four games, and he has scored at least 26 fantasy points in each of those games. He gets a great matchup against the Nets, and Luwawu-Cabarrot can be used in all leagues.
Hornets vs Wizards
This is going to be a battle between two of the best point guards in the NBA. Kemba Walker has been on fire recently, averaging 27.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.0 steal per game over the last 10 days. He has flashed great upside to go along with decent consistency, and he can be used in all leagues tonight.
John Wall is another guard, who has been playing well over his last five games. He has scored at least 65 fantasy points in three of those games, although he has struggled a bit in his last two games. He comes with a reasonable price tag tonight, though, and Wall can be used in all leagues.
Magic vs Cavs
Aaron Gordon is having somewhat of a disappointing season, but he has been on fire for the Magic recently. He has scored 55.25 and 62.5 fantasy points in his last two games, and he looks to be a big part of the offense again tonight. He’s a player that comes with quite a bit of risk, but he’ll make an outstanding tournament option tonight.
LeBron James is coming off a ridiculous triple double, in which he scored 41 points with 16 rebounds, 11 assists, one block, and two steals. That is the type of upside he comes with, and he’s also a consistent option. He has dominated the Magic in two matchups this season, and James can be used in all leagues.
Raptors vs Pacers
It’s difficult to trust DeMar DeRozan, but he comes with elite upside because of his role in the offense. He has scored 59.25, 53.5, and 68.25 fantasy points in three of his last seven games, and he gets a great matchup against the Pacers tonight. Still, he is a tournament only option on this slate.
Paul George has been on fire for some time now, but his price tag doesn’t represent that. He’s averaging 30.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.2 steals per game over the last 10 days. He gets a good matchup against the Raptors tonight, and PG13 is a great option in all leagues.
Bulls vs Knicks
Jimmy Butler is the obvious choice for Chicago tonight, and he is the right one. He has been an elite fantasy option since the injury to Dwyane Wade, and Butler is averaging 30.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 8.6 assists, and 1.8 steals per game over the last 10 days. He should have no problems dominating a weak Knicks defense, and he’s one of the best options on the board tonight.
Carmelo Anthony is expected to play tonight, which hurts the value of Kristaps Porzingis a bit, but he could see a few extra shots with Derrick Rose out for the season. Porzingis is a player that can contribute in multiple categories, and he will likely be the leader of the offense. Still, there are too many questions surrounding him to be used in cash games.
Nuggets vs Pelicans
Wilson Chandler was recently moved to the bench, but he was still able to score 37.75 fantasy points in 31 minutes in his last game. He only played 20 minutes in the game before that, though, and his inconsistent playing time is a bit worrisome. Still, he gets a great matchup tonight, and he’s a high upside GPP option on this slate.
DeMarcus Cousins looks completely comfortable in the Pelicans lineup right now, and he’s averaging 63 fantasy points per game over his last five games. He gets a matchup against a fast paced Nuggets team tonight, and Boogie makes a great option in all leagues.
Bucks vs Thunder
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been enjoying a successful season, but he has certainly had his ups and downs. He has been heating back up recently, though, as he has scored 49.75, 64.5, and 74.25 fantasy points in his last three games. He could be trying to make a statement for the MVP voting tonight, and Antetokounmpo is a high upside tournament option.
Russell Westbrook simply cannot be stopped right now. He’s averaging 41.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 11.2 assists, and 1.6 steals per game over the last 10 days. You read that correctly. He has scored at least 70 fantasy points in each of those games, including a ridiculous 99.75 fantasy point performance against the Magic. He can safely be used in all leagues.
Grizzlies vs Spurs
This is far from my favorite game to attack tonight, but Vince Carter makes an interesting option. He’s extremely cheap, but he’s averaging 10.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game over the last 10 days. He’s fairly consistent with good upside for his price, and he can be used in all leagues.
Pau Gasol has been playing extremely well recently, although he isn’t playing huge minutes. Over the last 10 days, he’s averaging 16.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.2 blocks in 25.5 minutes per game. He still comes with a low price tag, and he’s a high upside GPP option tonight.
Blazers vs Jazz
Al-Farouq Aminu will be locked into big minutes with Jusuf Nurkic out. He’s averaging 13.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.2 steals per game over the last 10 days, and his price tag is still extremely low. He gets a tough matchup against the Jazz tonight, but Aminu can be used as a salary relief option in all leagues.
Rudy Gobert continues to make the best option for the Jazz. He’s averaging 19.4 points, 14.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 3.2 blocks per game over the last 10 days. He also get a great matchup against the Blazers, who will be without Jusuf Nurkic tonight. Gobert is an elite option in all leagues.
Mavs vs Kings
Devin Harris isn’t a player that is going to score 50 fantasy points, but he is the minimum price tonight, which means he does not have to. He has scored at least 15 fantasy points in five of his last six games, including a 26 fantasy point performance against the Thunder. He gets a great matchup against the Kings tonight, and Harris can be used in all leagues.
Buddy Hield has had an up and down rookie season, but he has been playing fairly well recently. He has struggled in a pair of games against two elite defenses, but he has scored at least 30 fantasy points in six consecutive games, excluding those. He is a huge part of the Kings offense, but he does get a tough matchup against the Mavs tonight. He’ll make a high upside tournament option.
Wolves vs Warriors
Ricky Rubio has caught fire once again, and he’s averaging 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 11.5 assists, and 1.3 steals per game over the last 10 days. He has scored at least 40 fantasy points in five of his last six games, including a huge 60.25 fantasy point effort against the Lakers. He gets a fast paced matchup tonight, and Rubio can be used in all leagues.
It’s tough to avoid Stephen Curry right now. He has taken over the Warriors team, and he’s averaging 29.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 9.0 assists, and 2.7 steals per game over the last 10 days. He’s still surprisingly cheap for his recent production, and he can be used in all leagues against the Wolves tonight.