Paul Palladino
Wednesday April 1st, 2015

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Tuesday’s overachievers

Guard: C.J. Watson, Pacers, +18.2

Watson had a strong game off the bench, but it wasn’t enough as the Pacers lost to the Nets on Tuesday. He made four of his five shots en route to 13 points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block in 28 minutes. It was a key loss for the Nets, who fell 1.5 games behind the Nets for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Forward: Blake Griffin, Clippers, +26.9

Griffin led the Clippers with 40 points during Tuesday’s loss to the Warriors. In his best game since returning from elbow surgery, he made 16 of his 25 shots and added 12 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and a steal. In his eight games, Griffin averaged just 17.4 points so his breakout game on Tuesday bodes well for the Clippers’ postseason chances.

Center: Andre Drummond, Pistons, +11.1

The Pistons upset the Hawks on Tuesday and Drummond teamed with Reggie Jackson to carry them. While Jackson had 12 points and 11 assists, Drummond finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block. Following a ten-game losing streak, the Pistons have won five of their last seven games. 

Today’s picks

Guard: Jimmy Butler, Bulls at Bucks, 8 p.m. ET

Butler has beaten his projection in two straight games and should have a strong game against the Bucks on Wednesday. He is a favorite for the Most Improved Player Award, averaging 20.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals whiles hooting 46.3% from the field. With Derrick Rose still recovering from his latest knee surgery, Butler will need to carry a large role in Milwaukee.

Forward: Trevor Booker, Jazz vs. Nuggets, 9 p.m. ET

Booker is a good buy-low candidate because he has a measly 16-point projection on Wednesday. He is coming off a 17-point, 13-rebound performance against the Timberwolves on Monday with Derrick Favors out of the lineup. As long as Favors is out again, Booker should pile up big numbers against the Nuggets.

Center: Steven Adams, Thunder vs. Mavericks, 8 p.m. ET

Adams has played well during his last ten games since Serge Ibaka went down with a knee surgery, averaging 10.6 points and 11.1 rebounds while playing 30.3 minutes per game. He has a 26-point projection for tonight’s game against the Mavericks which is well within his reach. The Thunder have a 2.5 game lead over the Pelicans for the No. 8 seed and are 3.0 games behind the Mavericks for the No. 7 seed.

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