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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
Curry scored 40 points on Tuesday against the Miami Heat. In addition to putting the ball in the basket, Curry added seven assists, six rebounds, three steals and a block as the Warriors moved to 11-2 on the season.
Gallinari has shown signs of returning to form following an ACL tear in April 2013 and he continued his strong play on Tuesday against the Chicago Bulls. He piled up 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and a block to help lead Denver to its fifth straight victory. As his playing time continues to increase, Gallinari is a good start because his projections are still so low.
Drummond had a big game on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks, playing under new head coach Stan Van Gundy. Drummond scored a season-high 23 points and added 10 rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist. Despite his standout game, the Pistons fell to 3-11 on the season.
Williams is poised for a huge night against his former team on Wednesday. He scored 36 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers last week and averaged 25.0 points during his last three games. Williams doesn't get many rebounds or assists, but can use his speed to steal the ball. The Raptors and Hawks are evenly matched so Williams should see extended minutes tonight.
Chandler has beaten his projection in four of his last five games and a matchup with the up-tempo, poor-defending Suns should allow him to make it five of six. Chandler has seen his playing time increase significantly in the past four weeks as coach Brian Shaw has shortened his rotation. After a slow start to the season, Chandler has averaged 18.0 points during his last four games.
Cousins made a big impression playing for Team USA this summer at the FIBA World Cup, and he's carried that momentum into the 2014-15 NBA season. He has topped his projected stats in his last five games while averaging 24.8 points, 14.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. With Rockets center Dwight Howard's status for tonight's game uncertain, Cousins should have his way against Houston's frontline.
- Paul Palladino