Paul Palladino
Wednesday March 25th, 2015

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Tuesday’s overachievers

Guard: Jordan Clarkson, Lakers, +24.3

While the Lakers lost 127-117 to the Thunder, Clarkson had the best game of his career to keep them in the game. He made 12 of his 19 shots en route to a career-high 30 points, seven assists, four rebounds, three blocks and a steal. The second-round pick has played well over the past month, averaging 15.2 points, 4.9 assists and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 47.6% from the field.

Forward: Ersan Ilyasova, Bucks, +17.2

Ilyasova continued his strong play in Tuesday’s win over the Heat, finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal. Ilyasova has battled a variety of injuries this season, but has been consistent during his last eight games, averaging 16.0 points and 8.1 rebounds while shooting 47.2% from the field and 43.2% from beyond the arc.

Center: DeMarcus Cousins, Kings, +25.9

Despite struggling with his shooting, Cousins led the Kings to a win over the 76ers on Tuesday. He made just eight of his 27 shots but still scored 33 points thanks to 17 made free throws. Cousins also added 17 rebounds, four blocks, four steals and three assists. It has been another nightmare season for the Kings, but Cousins is averaging career-highs of 23.8 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 blocks.

Today’s picks

Guard: J.J. Redick, Clippers at Knicks, 7 p.m. ET

With Jamal Crawford out of the lineup, Redick has beaten his projection in five straight games while averaging 22.2 points, 3.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds on 50.6% shooting from the field and 44.7% on three pointers. On the season, the 30-year-old is averaging a career-high 15.8 points. The Clippers have won four straight games and are the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference.

Forward: Markieff Morris, Suns vs. Kings, 10 p.m. ET

The Suns are riding a four-game winning streak, and Morris has beaten his projection in four of his last five games, averaging 17.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 steals. The Suns are three games behind the Thunder for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and will need more strong play from Morris to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

Center: Enes Kanter, Thunder at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. ET

Kanter has been a stud since being traded to the Thunder at the trade deadline and has helped lead the Thunder to the No. 8 seed. He has beaten his projection in six straight games, averaging 22.3 points and 14.0 rebounds while shooting 58.9% from the field. The Spurs have a formidable frontline, but Kanter will still carry a heavy burden in Oklahoma City’s offense.

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