NBA Fantasy Basketball-Starting 5-March 10

The NBA had 10 games on the schedule last night amid college basketball’s championship week. Don’t forget about your fantasy team amid all the madness of March. Here’s what you might have missed last night.

The Kevin Love-less Wolves lost to the Lakers as LA salvaged a game on their horrible trip. The other LA team bounced back a little bit as well as they beat the Spurs in San Antonio behind a big night from CP3.  The Mavs didn’t have the same success as their road tripped continued to go badly as they lost to the Kings dropping their 2nd game in 2 nights. Boston and Philadelphia cruised to wins at home, while the Nets and Nuggets pulled away late. The Knicks lost their 4th in a a row falling to Milwaukee, and the Hawks get edged at the buzzer by the Pistons.

For Fantasy players, here’s the list of the the 5 best fantasy players overall and the 5 best at each position. Check back later today for the 10 best pickups in fantasy hoops, and here are your 6 lists of 5 to start your Saturday up to speed on all the fantasy hoops latest. Remember, these lists are just based on last night’s action and aren’t necessarily an indicator of overall value.

Mar 9, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) brings the ball up court during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE

5 top fantasy players overall

1. Chris Paul-LAC: Paul had a monster night with 36 points, 11 assists, 4 steals, 4 rebounds, 3 threes, and just 1 turnover. He dominated the game from the outset as the Clippers beat the Spurs in San Antonio to improve to 23-15.

2. Mo Williams-LAC: Willams was a great running-mate for CP3 hitting 7 threes and 12-19 overall on his way to 33 points 2ith 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.

3. Kobe Bryant-LAL: Kobe had 34 on 11-26 from the field with 2 threes, 4 boards, 2 blocks, a steal, and an assist. LA didn’t blow a big lead this time as they were able to finish their road trip 24-16. They now return home to host the Celtic on Sunday.

4. Amare Stoudemire-NY: Stoudemire had 27 points and 11 rebounds for New York in Milwaukee last night. He added a steal and a block before fouling out after 37 minutes. Amare had to play more of the center role with Tyson Chandler out which helped his overall numbers.

5. Andrew Bynum-LAL: Bynum had 26 and 10 to go with 3 assists, a steal, and a block in LA’s win. He played a team-high 43 minutes in Minnesota.

5 top fantasy point guards

1. Brandon Jennings-Mil: Jennings had 10 assists and 25 points with 4 boards and a steal while hitting 4 threes to help the Bucks beat the Knicks to get to 16-24 on the year.

Mar 9, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (17) drives for a shot between Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders (8) and guard Beno Udrih (19) during the first quarter at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

2. Jeremy Lin-NY: Even as the Knicks slide, Lin’s play continues to be solid. He had the most assists in the league last night with 13 while scoring 20 points and adding a rebound, 4 steals and a three in his 41 minutes on the floor for the Knicks. The loss in Milwaukee dropped NY to 18-22 overall.

3. Kyrie Irving-Cle: Irving dished out 12 assists to go with 3 steals, 6 rebounds, and 9 points as he led the Cavs to the most surprising win of the night as they knocked off the Thunder in OKC. The win improves Cleveland’s record to 15-23.

4. Russell Westbrook-OKC: Westbrook had 19 points on 8-17 shooting but only had 4 assists, 2 boards, and a steal as the Thunder lost at home for just the 2nd time this year to drop to 31-9

5. Ricky Rubio-Min: Rubio had 15 points, 10 assists, 4 boards, and 2 steals but left at the end of the game with an injury. His status going forward is unknown, but he had a nice game last night.

5 top fantasy shooting guards

1. Arron Afflalo-Den: Afflalo had a game-high 28 points, with 4 assists, 2 rebounds, a steal, and a block. He and Ty Lawson (11 pts, 10 assists) make a dynamic fantasy backcourt for Denver and last night they led them past the Hornets on their way to a 23-18 record.

2. Evan Turner-Phi: Turner had 15 points with 12 boards, 6 assists, a steal, and a block. He played 42 minutes and has become a huge asset in multiple categories since entering the starting lineup.

3. Ray Allen-Bos: Allen stroked 4 threes while hitting 8-12 scoring 22 points with 2 boards and 2 assists in Boston’s win over visiting Portland.

4. Manu Ginobili-SA: Manu continues to round into form before the playoffs as he led the Spurs with 22 points last night shooting 6-10 overall and 4-6 from three-point territory. He added 6 assists, 3 rebounds, and a steal in his 28 minutes off the bench.

5. Landry Fields-NY: Fields played 37 minutes and was his usual efficient self shooting 9-12 from the field scoring 18 points to go with 7 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, and a block.

Mar 09, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) shoots as Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum (88) defends during the second quarter at the TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

5 top fantasy small forwards

1. Mike Dunleavy-Mil: Dunleavy came off the bench with 25 points on 10-16 shooting with 3 threes, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and a block. Look for him in our additions article later… He’s available in over 97 percent of leagues.

2. Paul Pierce-B0s: Pierce tied with Ray Allen for the team-high in points with 22 while adding 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 assists. The W ran the Celtics record to 21-18 overall and 16-8 at the Garden.

3. Carmelo Anthony-NY: Anthony scored 22 points with 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 assists, and a steal in the Knicks loss to the Bucks.

4. Corey Maggette-Cha: Maggette had 19 points on 8-16 shooting with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. The Bobcats fell short of beating the Nets even though New Jersey was without Deron Williams and Brook Lopez. Charlotte’s record is now a dreadful 5-33.

5. Thaddeus Young-Phi: Young and Lou Williams came off the bench to lead the Sixers with 21 points a piece. Young added 6 rebounds, an assist, and a steal as Philly cruised by the Jazz to get to 24-17 overall and 16-8 at home.

Mar 9, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Jersey Nets power forward Kris Humphries (43) goes up for a dunk while being defended by Charlotte Bobcats power forward Tyrus Thomas (12) in the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

5 top fantasy power forwards

1. Kevin Durant-OKC: Durant had 23 points, 8 boards, and 8 assists while adding 3 blocks in his 36 minutes in the Thunder’s loss to Cleveland.

2. Kris Humphries-NJ: Humphries had 20 points and 15 reobounds with 3 blocks, a steal, and an assist as he played 45 minutes and helped the Nets get a win without Brook Lopez or Deron Williams. It was only over the Bobcats, but it was still a nice way for the Nets to get to 14-27.

3. Jason Maxiell-Det: Maxiell continues to start for the Pistons and last night in his 29 minutes had 19 points and 12 rebounds while adding 2 assists. He has 2 consecutive double-doubles after having 0 in his first 37 games played this season.

4. Ersan Ilyasova-Mil: Ilyasova led the Bucks with 26 points and had a key putback on one of his 3 rebounds while adding a steal in Milwaukee’s 119-114 win over New York.

5. Derrick Williams-Min: Williams started in place of Kevin Love (back spasms) and had 22 points, 10 boards, 2 assists, and a steal. He’s developed nicely in this his rookie season and should be a contributor in the future.

5 top fantasy centers

Mar 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (14) tries to drive to the basket past Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) in the second half at Target Center. The Lakers won 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

1. Nikola Pekovic-Min: Pekovic rose to prominence while filling the gap with no K-Love. Last night, he did the same scoring a team-high 25 points and grabbing 13 boards to go with 2 assists and a steal.

2. Serge Ibaka-OKC: Ibaka qualified in most leagues as C and PF, but wherever you put him is 13 points, 7 boards, and 6 blocks will greatly help your fantasy teal. He made 6-8 from the field in his just 23 minutes.

3. Pau Gasol-LAL: Gasol had a key block in the closing minutes and a solid game amid swirling trade rumors (again). He finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal in 36 minutes.

4. Greg Monroe-Det: Monroe had a team-high 20 points to go with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block against the Hawks. It was Tayshaun Prince who hit the game-winner to get the Pistons to 14-26 after their 86-85 win over Atlanta.

5. Bismack Biyombo-Cha: Biyombo had 11 boards and 11 points in 31 minutes and added 2 blocks, an assist, and a steal. He’ll be featured in our additions article since he’s stepped up his boards/blocks since he’s been in the starting lineup.

Topics: Boston Celtics, Chris Paul, Fantasy Basketball Advice, Jeremy Lin, Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, NBA Recap, Nikola Pekovic, Starting 5

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