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I'll give you my picks each day and a recap of yesterday's top performers so you can get bragging rights over your friends.
Last night's overachievers
Bledsoe was a force on both sides of the ball on Monday night against the Raptors. While the Suns' comeback push ultimately fell short, Bledsoe had a standout game nonetheless with 25 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. With the addition of Isaiah Thomas to Phoenix's backcourt, Bledsoe's stats and playing time have dropped this season, but he is still capable of putting up big numbers any given night.
The Cavaliers ended their four-game losing streak on Monday night and James carried the team past the Magic. After criticizing his own performance in recent games, James responded with 29 points, 11 assists, four rebounds and three steals in a blowout win over Orlando.
Center: Jonas Valanciunas, Raptors, +19.2
Valanciunas outdueled Bledsoe in Toronto's win over Phoenix on Monday. Playing against an undersized Suns frontline, he piled up 27 points, 11 rebounds and a block. The 22-year-old has been very efficient to start the season (22.59 PER) and has done so in limited minutes (24.5 MPG). If the Raptors are going to contend in the playoffs, Valanciunas will need to continue growing into a larger role this season.
Antetokounmpo has played well in each game he has received extended minutes in this season and is coming off a career-high 20-point performance on Saturday against the Wizards. His nearly 7-foot frame gives him a matchup advantage each night against opposing guards, and he is making strides on offense on a nightly basis. He is poised to continue his hot play tonight against the struggling Pistons.
Davis continues to be the best player whenever he suits up. The 21-year-old MVP frontrunner of this young season has beaten his projection in four of his last five games and is coming off a career-high 43 point game on Saturday against the Jazz. His projected stats wildly underrate his nightly production. Davis should be a staple in your Basketball Throwdown lineup.
With Nene expected to miss tonight's game, Humphries should see additional playing time against the Hawks. He has been effective in limited minutes off the bench this season and is only projected to accumulate 15 points tonight. It was only a few seasons ago that Humphries was a reliable double-double threat for the Nets, so expect him to play well tonight if he gets more playing time.
- Paul Palladino