Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 4.20.12

by on Apr.20, 2012, under Quick hits

Danny Granger

Granger was No. 1 last night. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Beast of the Night: Danny Granger notched 29 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and four three-pointers last night. He shot 35 percent (7-20) from the floor and 100 percent (11-11) from the free-throw line, and had one turnover. For the season, Granger has pretty much fulfilled expectations by putting up top 30 numbers. So far in April, he’s averaging 23.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.9 threes per game, while shooting 48 percent from the field and 96 percent from the free-throw line.

Lines for Discussion:
Nikola Pekovic: 10-17 FG (59%), 3-6 FT (50%), 23 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk; Pekovic has been one of the most pleasant surprises this season, and he has the potential to be Marcin Gortat-esque next season

Eric Gordon: 9-18 FG (50%), 8-10 FT (80%), 1 three, 27 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; in his eight games this season, Gordon has put up top 30 stats, but health concerns will justifiably drag down his value in next season’s drafts

Steve Nash: 4-6 FG (67%), 3-4 FT (755), 2 threes, 13 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 6 TO; that’s 25 points, three three-pointers, three rebounds, 11 assists and 11 turnovers in his last two games

Waiver-Wire Watch (four stars = must add; one star = keep an eye on him):
Mike Dunleavy: 23 Pts, 3 threes, 8 Reb, 1 TO (***)

Luc Mbah a Moute: 16 Pts, 1three, 11 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 TO (*)

George Hill: 22 Pts, 2 threes, 5 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO (****)

Anthony Randolph: 15 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Blk, 2 TO (****)

Charlie Villanueva: 6 Pts, 2 threes, 12 Reb (**)

John Lucas: 16 Pts, 2 threes, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 TO (**)

Chase Budinger: 22 Pts, 4 threes, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 TO (***)

Carl Landry: 20 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Stl, 4 TO (****)

Gustavo Ayon: 9 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk (****)

Larry Sanders: 4 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 Blk, 1 TO (**)

Ben Wallace (personal): monitor his status

LeBron James (hamstring): monitor his status

Ersan Ilyasova (thigh): day-to-day

Jason Smith (face): day-to-day

Dwight Howard (back): done for the season

Rajon Rondo (back): didn’t travel with the team; day-to-day

Mickael Pietrus (knee): ditto

Ray Allen (ankle): ditto

Kevin Martin (shoulder): seems close to returning to the court

Darren Collison (groin): could miss the rest of the regular season

Kobe Bryant (shin): expected to play tonight

Chris Bosh (rest): day-to-day

Amar’e Stoudemire (back): will take part in the team shootaround today and could return tonight

Baron Davis (hamstring, illness): expected to play tonight

Grant Hill (knee): day-to-day

Raymond Felton (Achilles): will miss Saturday’s game

John Salmons (hip): no timetable for his return

For Tonight:
Avery Bradley should be a solid starter tonight for the Celtics, who visit the Hawks

For Next Week:
3 games: CHA, CLE, MIL, PHI, SAS, WAS
1 game: DAL, HOU, LAL, MIN

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