Only two games on the night on which this NBA season reaches its half birthday. Both of them were low scoring affairs, the Hawks and Heat only getting to a 93-89 final with the help of overtime.
Line of the Night: Usually overtime boosts the fantasy lines, and LeBron James (1.61) used it to get to the kind of line that he usually posts in regulation games: 34 points (10-11 from the line), 10 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals. Not a bad line for a first game back from injury. Too bad he had to take a couple shots at the end of regulation and overtime that lowered his FG%.
I’m glad I’m not playing Derrick Rose (1.28) this week as he’s put together very nice back-to-back games, this time with 33 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Gerald Wallace (1.26) held off Rose’s Bulls with 13 points, 16 rebounds, and 4 assists. Josh Smith (1.04) led the Hawks (fantasy-wise) with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 steals.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: With Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah out, anyone with Taj Gibson (1.47) would have been mental not to start him. Taj had 9 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 blocks, and if you’re in a daily league, see if he’s still available (only 36% owned), since Boozer is still expected to be questionable for Thursday.
Pick Up Lines: Joel Anthony (1.27; 3% owned) had maybe the most efficient line ever, since he did not attempt a field goal nor a free throw, so while he ended up with 0 points, he did have 16 rebounds, and 3 blocks. I think Chris Bosh is still questionable for Thursday, so Anthony might have another shot then, but I wouldn’t pick him up just for that unless you’re not scared to go that deep…
Eddie House (0.95; 3% owned) made 2 more threes en route to 12 points (including 4-4 from the line) and is now averaging 3 threes per game for the last 3 games. Definitely someone to look at if you need to add more of that to your lineup.
Biggest Loser: In addition to LeBron’s 11-30 from the field there were a few bad shooting performances, but Stephen Jackson (-0.12) was the worst (at least of guys who are owned in a majority of leagues). Jackson had 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists while going 5-14 from the field. That’s decent for a waiver wire pick up.
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