C.J. Miles erupts for 40 points
It all came together Wednesday night for C.J. Miles as the Utah Jazz blew out the Minnesota Timberwolves behind 40 points from the sixth-year swingman. Actually, Miles was probably due for a game like this; he's an excellent scorer who had been averaging 20.6 points per 40 minutes for the season, so it's not totally unexpected that he'd get hot and go for 40 points against a bad defense. In addition, Miles happens to be an excellent foul shooter and has been averaging 1.0 steals per game all season despite playing a far more limited role than he's been playing recently.
Miles is available in most leagues, although he'll be getting snapped up left and right once the world gets news of his 40-point outburst. Even so, you'll want to make sure you're the one that gets him in your league; without Deron Williams, the Jazz certainly need scoring, and beyond Al Jefferson, there aren't a lot of players on the roster who can score the way Miles can when he's healthy and playing well.
The Denver Nuggets handed it to the Hawks in Atlanta on Wednesday, and it's looking like it's time to start viewing the post-Melo version of the team in a different light in terms on fantasy. So far in March, the Nuggets are allowing just 95.6 points per game, which would put them in the top 10 league-wide if they kept it up over a whole season. It's even more impressive when you consider that five of the seven games they've played in March have been on the road; they're not the pushovers defensively they were a month ago. Paul George had another nice night for the Indiana Pacers despite the team's loss to the Boston Celtics; the rookie finished with 15 points (including three 3-pointers), seven rebounds, three steals and a block. I continue to believe he'll be a good fantasy guy for the rest of the season. Richard Hamilton had another nice for the Detroit Pistons, who seem to be intent on playing their star shooting guard for the time being. Hamilton's now averaging 17.8 points per game with 3.0 assists and good percentages over his past five games, so if he's available in your league, he's worth picking up until something changes. Luis Scola missed Wednesday's game for the Houston Rockets with a sore knee, and Patrick Patterson had 12 points and 10 rebounds in his absence against the Bobcats; if Scola misses more time, Patterson could be a productive pickup.
It looks like the Chicago Bulls will be without Carlos Boozer for Thursday's game against the New Jersey Nets, which means it's a great night to get Taj Gibson into your lineup. As a starting forward, Gibson is averaging 10.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in just 29 minutes, so he should be pretty productive with Boozer out against a pretty mediocre defensive squad. It should also be a good night to get Tony Allen into your lineup. The Memphis Grizzlies swingman is always a good source of steals, and though he's had a couple tough games in a row, he was electric when he faced the New York Knicks last week, finishing with 22 points, four assists and two steals while shooting nearly perfectly from the floor and the line. He's a good bet to have another good game against them Thursday.