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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.
Antetokounmpo set a career-high with 29 points on Monday, but his performance wasn't enough to beat the Pelicans. The Greek Freak made 11 of his 16 shots and added five rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks for the Bucks. Antetokounmpo has shown flashes of star potential in his second season and rebounded from a five-point performance against the Wizards on Saturday. He also had a spectacular dunk over Anthony Tolliver on Monday.
Forward: Anthony Davis, Pelicans, +22.0
Davis outdueled Antetokounmpo to carry the Pelicans to a win over the Bucks. He matched his career-high with 43 points on 17-for-23 shooting and added 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and a steal. Since returning from a shoulder injury last week, Davis has led the Pelicans to a 3-1 record while averaging 33.5 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.5 blocks, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals. The Pelicans are a half-game behind the Thunder for the final playoff spot and will need Davis to continue his heroic play for a chance at making the playoffs.
Jordan has been instrumental to the Clippers' success with Blake Griffin out of the lineup, and he led them to a victory over the Timberwolves on Monday. He made 10 of his 11 shots en route to 20 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Jordan is leading the league in field goal percentage for the third straight season at 71.5 percent and has averaged 14.6 points and 18.6 rebounds without Griffin. He is playing in the final season of his contract and will undoubtedly receive a big raise this summer in free agency.
Parker has battled a hamstring injury for most of the season, but he has returned to form during the last two games. In wins over the Nuggets and Bulls, he averaged 28.0 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting 67.6 percent from the field. The Spurs are riding a five-game winning streak entering Tuesday's game against the Raptors as they look to move up from the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference.
The Jazz have won seven of their last nine games since the All-Star break, and Favors has been a major factor. Following the trade of Enes Kanter to the Thunder, Favors has averaged 17.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 steals while shooting 53.9 percent from the field. Paired with second-year center Rudy Gobert in Utah's frontcourt, Favors should have no problem against the overmatched Knicks on Tuesday.
The Pistons have lost six straight games and will be looking for just their third win since the All-Star break when they play the Lakers on Tuesday. Drummond has beaten his projection three times in his last five games, and the Lakers have no one to match his combination of size and athleticism in the paint.