Daily Buckets - Sunday
February 23, 2014
By Daniel Dobish
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Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
1:00 p.m. - Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahom City Thunder (ABC)
3:30 p.m. - Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat (ABC)
6:00 p.m. - Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers
6:00 p.m. - Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors
8:00 p.m. - Sacramento Kings at Denver Nuggets
9:00 p.m. - Houston Rockets at Phoenix Suns (ESPN)
9:00 p.m. - Brooklyn Nets at Los Angeles Lakers
9:00 p.m. - Minnesota Timberwolves at Portland Trail Blazers
BIG-TICKET ITEM (Salaries $8,000 and Above)
Goran Dragic, PG, Phoenix (vs HOU): Dragic struggled against the Spurs in Friday's win, so he is a candidate for a bounce back. In his last meeting with the Rockets in Houston Feb. 5, he posted 23 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals in 36 minutes. The Rockets are one of the worst defensive clubs in the NBA, so Dragic and the Suns should be able to put together some nice offense in this home game.
MID-LEVEL VALUES (Salaries between $5,100 and $7,999)
If you spend big up top, you’re going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:
Andray Blatche, PF, Brooklyn (at LAL): Blatche's salary is at the low-end of the mid-level values, but he certainly hasn't been playing like it lately. In two games since the All-Star break, Blatche is averaging 19.5 PPG with 7.0 RPG and 1.5 SPG. The Lakers are awful defensively, so Blatche is a potential double-double waiting to happen.
Luol Deng, SF, Cleveland (vs WAS): Deng has looked rejuvenated in three games since returning from the All-Star break, averaging 17.0 PPG with 6.0 RPG, 2.0 APG and 1.3 SPG. He missed the last meeting with the Wizards due to injury. However, he is healthy now, and on a nice little roll. He comes with a reasonable price tag, and he could easily exceed expectations.
Kyrie Irving, PG, Cleveland (vs WAS): Irving has fared well against the Wizards over his career, and he posted 23 points, 12 assists and three rebounds in 33 minutes in the last meeting in Washington back on Feb. 7. He has six or more assists in five of his past seven games, and he'll chip in with an occasional steal as well.
Chandler Parsons, SF, Houston (at PHO): Parsons has been strong over the past four games, posting 18 or more points in each outing. He is averaging 19.3 PPG with 7.0 RPG, 4.8 APG and 1.3 SPG during the impressive four-game stretch. In his last meeting with the Suns, Parsons went for 19 points seven boards and six dimes while picked up a pair of steals. He'll have another strong stat line against the Suns.
Ricky Rubio, PG, Minnesota (at POR): Rubio concentrated less on his assists and more on offense in 27 minutes at Utah Saturday, finishing with 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds. It was a slightly disappointing night considering he entered the game with 29 assists and nine steals over his previous two games. Still, he is averaging 12.7 PPG, 12.0 APG, 4.7 RPG and 3.0 SPG over his past three games. The Blazers are a terrible defensive team, so Rubio will have another strong offensive performance.
THE BARGAIN BIN (Salaries less than $5,000)
J.J. Barea, SG, Minnesota (at POR): Barea has been playing well over the past three games, and part of it might be relief he wasn't dealt at the NBA trade deadline. He is averaging 12.3 PPG with 4.3 APG over the past three games. Sure, that isn't giant production, but his salary is minuscule in relation to his stats.
Martell Webster, SF, Washington (at CLE): Webster has averaged a respectable 12.5 PPG over his past two games, and he had 18 points with two rebounds in the last matchup with the Cavaliers Feb. 7. He doesn't offer a whole lot else other than scoring, but he is playing well and will easily live up to his low, low salary. And his inclusion in your lineup will give you plenty of salary flexibility up top.