Thursday was a productive night off for me with all of the great college basketball games last night. The amount of OT games was insane and extremely entertaining. Now, it’s back to work as we have ten games to use tonight to pick our lineups. I would like to throw a warning out there though. As the end of the season approaches, you will see wacky things happening. So, now is the time to be a little more cautious with your money and hedging. Now, let’s take a look at the action over at Draftstreet tonight!
John Wall ($17,968) was a big time player last night against the Trail Blazers. He scored 24 points on five threes and added 14 assists. He’s shooting 49% from the field in his last five games to go along with 60% from three. He has a primetime matchup tonight against the Lakers. In his lone game against them this season, Wall went for 31/6/9/3. Wall should be very good against the guards that the Lakers have to throw at him.
Michael Carter-Williams ($15,039) is one of those guys that I will always play in certain matchups. Well, this matchup is the Knicks. He has owned them in three games this season posting a line of 18/11/8/2. He’s done this while shooting 44% from the field and 72% from the line. Whatever it is, he’s better against the Knicks then his season averages.
Avery Bradley ($9,671) had a very nice 23 point night against the Heat in his last game and seems to be healthy again. He scored 22 points against the Nets earlier this season on 50% shooting, so there is some previous success against them as well. Rondo will be playing because it isn’t a back-to-back game, which should mean plenty of good passes and open shots for Bradley.
Kenneth Faried ($14,596) is another guy I’m going to go back to the well with tonight. Faried really didn’t play bad in his last game; he just didn’t take enough shots to put up what we needed. He went 4 of 8 from the field; the only time he has shot in the single digits in the last ten games. Besides that, he added eight rebounds, two assists, and a steal/block each. Let’s hope they let him shoot more against the Mavs tonight.
Drew Gooden ($8,980) has suddenly played 25+ minutes in his last three games and he’s producing big time with it. In those three games, he’s averaging 19 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Tonight against the Lakers, he has the typical great matchup and one that he should do well with.
Thad Young ($14,604) has been on a tear in his last four games. He has scored 20+ points in each of those games while averaging six rebounds and four assists per game. The amazing thing is his ability to steal the ball right now. He has 14 steals in his last four games. Tonight against the Knicks, he’ll be facing a team that he is averaging 3.3 steals against in three games. This is a great play tonight for me.
Tyson Chandler ($12,820) needs to be considered tonight with the way he rebounds. He could easily record 20 rebounds tonight. With that should come some easy points. I think he’s one of the safer bets for a double double tonight when he faces the 76ers. Earlier this season he went for 10 and 14 against them.
JJ Hickson ($11,661) is doing very well with what bench minutes he’s receiving. Hickson has three straight double doubles averaging 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 1 assist in those games. The Mavericks are a great matchup for him as he is averaging 15/6/1/1/2 against them on the season. He might be limited in minutes, but he’s been producing very well in that role.