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Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 1.20.12

by on Jan.20, 2012, under Quick hits

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant

This pretty much tells the tale. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Beast of the Night: LeBron James posted 31 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals, three blocks and two three-pointers last night against the Lakers. He shot 44 percent (12-27) from the field, 71 percent (5-7) from the free-throw line and had three turnovers. Maybe it wasn’t as momentous as MJ’s “flu game,” but this was a huge line from a guy who was questionable with the flu-like symptoms until about an hour before the start of the game. LeBron has hit nine three-pointers in his last three games, which is noteworthy because he hit zero threes in the 10 games before that. He remains the unquestioned king of fantasy basketball.

Lines for Discussion:
Kobe Bryant: 8-21 FG (38%), 5-5 FT (100%), 24 Pts, 3 threes, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 TO; he’s shooting a combined 15-of-43 (35 percent) from the floor in his last two games

Pau Gasol: 11-19 FG (58%), 3-3 FT (100%), 1 three, 26 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 TO; he has top 20 value so far in the 2011-12 NBA season, but that’s disappointing for a guy who was drafted in the top 10 of most leagues

Al Jefferson: 8-18 FG (44%), 6-8 FT (75%), 22 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl; Jefferson is putting up top 15 averages and is keeping in tip-top shape

Waiver-Wire Watch (four stars = must add; one star = keep an eye on him):
Jason Smith: 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk, 1 TO (**)

Marco Belinelli: 15 Pts, 1 three, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO (**)

Courtney Lee: 17 Pts, 2 threes, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 TO (***)

Rodrigue Beaubois: 17 Pts, 2 threes, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk, 1 TO (**)

C.J. Miles: 17 Pts, 1 three, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl (***)

Injuries:
Jermaine O’Neal (wrist): expected to go tonight

Chris Wilcox (calf): doubtful tonight

Keyon Dooling (knee): questionable tonight

Rajon Rondo (wrist): doubtful tonight

Sasha Pavlovic (wrist): day-to-day

Vince Carter (foot): out indefinitely

Will Bynum (foot): expected to return tonight

Jordan Hill (flu): day-to-day

Dwyane Wade (ankle): day-to-day

Shawne Williams (foot): out Saturday

Carmelo Anthony (personal, ankle, wrist): expected to play tonight

Marcus Camby (ankle): will start tonight

Josh Howard (quad): day-to-day

For Tonight:
See how Avery Bradley fares for the Celtics if Rondo and Dooling can’t go tonight against the Suns.

For Next Week:
5 games: ORL
4 games: ATL, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, HOU, IND, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NJN, NOR, NYK, PHI, PHO, POR, SAS, TOR, WAS
3 games: DEN, GSW, LAC, LAL, OKC, SAC, UTA

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