• Saturday’s slate was filled with teams that refused to play defense, highlighted by a Pelicans game which featured both of their bigs going dynamite and we got another minor Stephen Curry ankle scare, but for now all is well and the scoop on the action is right below.

    Nuggets 123 @ Suns 113

    All of Denver’s juice came from their starters and in a surprising turn of events, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray both had off games while Wilson Chandler and Will Barton picked up the slack. Barton had talked a bit of smack on the Suns prior to this game which may have caused Troy Daniels to be a little extra on edge and both players ended up in a scrum which resulted in techs. None of them should be suspended though.

    Dragan Bender made the most of another start and 33 minutes, tallying a 23-8-4-1-2 line with three triples and Josh Jackson is a must-own and tonight his 20-7-5-1-4 line showed why. Elfrid Payton has a new home in Phoenix and they need point guard play badly so he’s a perfect fit.

    Spurs 105 @ Warriors 122

    The Spurs are just a shell of themselves right now without Kawhi Leonard and what’s inflating their record is the fact that they’re 22-6 against teams under .500 and 13-16 the other way. LaMarcus Aldirgde and co. fared well at first, but they don’t have that next gear to compete with elite teams yet. Pau Gasol came off the bench for 11 minutes and Aldridge is the only appealing option on this team.

    The Warriors didn’t get much out of Kevin Durant, but they got enough from the other three players to edge out the Spurs and the most noteworthy thing was Stephen Curry tweaking his ankle in the first quarter. He shook it off and played 29 minutes and said it’s not a big deal, but ankle injuries and Steph aren’t a good combo so that’s something to just monitor going forward.

    Wizards 101 @ Bulls 90

    Bradley Beal is still struggling, but he’s too good to not bounce back in a big way soon. Tomas Satoransky made up for the missing production by going 10-for-12 from the field towards 25 points, six assists, five triples and two steals. He won’t always be this good and the Wizards were missing Markieff Morris, but he’s a low-end asset in standard leagues.

    Zach LaVine sat out the back end of a back-to-back set and Denzel Valentine picked up the work with 10-10-5-1. He dind’t shoot the ball well but is a dynamic player and could be useful if the Bulls are ever going to let him run with a 30-minute role. However the return of Kriss Dunn and LaVine make that scenario highly unlikely.

    Clippers 98 @ Sixers 112

    Danilo Gallinari is back and up to speed and the only thing that’s always stopped him is health. He played 40 minutes tonight and gave the numbers along with Tobias Harris, DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams. Sweet Lou is fresh off an extention but should continue to ball out and the Clippers have their own core four fantasy guys, Austin Rivers is worth owning, but his stat set is inefficient and clunky.

    Robert Covington is in a real funk in regards to shooting, but his splits are actually improved from last season so we can’t expect much of an improvement here while Joel Embiid played 34 minutes and looked great. He had a 29-16-2-1-3 line with solid shooting and he’s a lock for early-round value. The gamble on JoJo is paying off so far, fingers crossed.

    Bucks 111 @ Magic 104

    Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to leap over defenders and carry this Bucks team as he had a late and-1 bucket to seal the deal against a depleted Magic team. Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe did their thing and the injury to Malcolm Brogdon has shown to do nothing for any new fantasy contributors.

    The Magic are dying to get Aaron Gordon back and it’s likely that he misses time until after the All-Star Break and this was news that we could have seen coming because of his early withdrawal from the dunk contest. As long as he’s gone, Mario Hezonja is worth owning as he put up another solid line and D.J. Augustin cooled off a bit and Shelvin Mack outplayed him big time this game with 19 points, 10 assists, two steals and a block. There’s a an outside shot that he carves out value and overtakes Augustin as the Magic are looking for anyone who can play basketball.

    Pelicans 138 @ Nets 128

    It was a thriller in Brooklyn with all the Pelicans starters playing over 40 minutes and delivering big lines. We got a monster game from Anthony Davis (44-17-2-6-3 3 3PTM 16-35 FG) and our favorite gunner Nikola Mirotic who had 21-16-1-2-5 and two triples. Those blocks are insane and we don’t expect that to happen again soon. Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday both delivered as well in a fantasy bonanza game against one of the fastest paced teams in the league.

    The Nets got great performances from Spencer Dinwiddie and Allen Crabbe while D’Angelo Russell got his numbers, but they weren’t efficient or pretty. He looks like he’s still struggling to get into game shape and the All-Star Break should do him well. Dinwiddie is worth owning the rest of the way, you can quote this.

    Lakers 123 @ Mavs 130

    Tonight the Lakers got their debut from Isaiah Thomas who found his way to 22 points and six assists, he went 7-for-12 from the field and is going to be rejuvenated in Los Angeles. Julius Randle gets a big boost with Larry Nance out and Brandon Ingram is continuing to make strides.

    Somehow, Dirk Nowitzki continues to beat father time and lead the Mavs with 22 points tonight. Harrison Barnes also had 21 himself while J.J. Barea had a strong showing with nine assists. His value is solely tied to that stat though so be warned if you plan on picking him up.

Fantasy News

  • Taj Gibson
    PF, New York Knicks

    Taj Gibson is probable to meet the Bulls on Saturday due to back spasms.

    Gibson gets the starts when he's healthy but he only picks up minutes in the teens. He's just a deep league center and nothing more.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Danny Green
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Danny Green is dealing with right hip soreness that has him doubtful to take the floor vs. the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Green has lived up to his name this season, and remains one of the most inconsistent options in standard leagues. He's a steadier option for a 16-team league, but he's still worth a stream if you are fishing for 3-pointers along with some steals and blocks. While Green is out the Lakers will send more minutes towards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Avery Bradley.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Jordan Poole
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    Dealing with a right ankle sprain, Jordan Poole is questionable to face the Suns on Saturday.

    With Stephen Curry (left hand fracture) set to return in the not too distant future Poole's value is going to take a hit in short order. Everyone's value on the Warriors is in flux beyond Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green (when active), so it is hard to count on anybody for more than a couple games. If you have Poole in standard leagues you can wait to see when Curry returns, but don't be afraid to dump him for a hot hand with better long-term prospects.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Norman Powell
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Norman Powell (left finger fracture) is active for Friday's game against the Hornets, and he will be in the starting lineup.

    Powell's recovery came awfully fast, and it's a good thing as the Raptors needed some more bodies to fill in for Fred VanVleet (left shoulder). Powell was giving late mid-round value earlier in the year, but it could be tougher to do that while his teammate's are healthy. If you have space he is worth a 12-team flyer to see how the roster shuffles out. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will also start on Friday, in place of Serge Ibaka. RHJ should have some value as long as Ibaka and Marc Gasol are out, although Chris Boucher may have even more upside for his blocks.

    Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter

  • Andrew Wiggins
    SF, Golden State Warriors

    Andrew Wiggins is probable (back) to take on the Suns on Saturday.

    This is a new issue for Wiggins, who has looked like a nice fit on the Warriors as the number one offensive option. Things will transform when Stephen Curry does return, which should not be too much further away. Keep an eye out to see where things stand for Wiggins on Saturday. Everyone would do a little more for the Warriors if he was out of the lineup. Juan Toscano-Anderson is the best bet if you had to pick one player to target.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis has been listed as probable to face the Grizzlies on Saturday due to his sore left elbow.

    Davis is very much needed for the Lakers while LeBron James (groin soreness) is held out of the lineup. LBJ is questionable so his status is still in flux in comparison. Davis lives in the probable zone, and should be ready to ball out with top-2 value on Saturday.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    LeBron James has been listed as questionable for Saturday's faceoff with the Grizzlies as his sore groin continues to recover.

    James' status remains up in the air for Saturday. There is little reason rush LBJ at this point, and this will likely be an ongoing injury monitor throughout the rest of the season. It's LeBron though, he won't want to sit out for long.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Khris Middleton
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Khris Middleton is questionable to face the Thunder on Friday due to neck soreness.

    This is a new injury on the fantasy radar for Middleton, and he has been playing the best basketball of his career in 2020. If this does keep him out, let's hope it's nothing serious as Middleton has been carrying many teams these past couple of months. His role in the lineup would get distributed across the roster if he did sit out. The Bucks have plenty of depth to fill the void.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Norman Powell
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Norman Powell (left finger fracture) probable for Friday's matchup against the Hornets .

    Powell recovered quicker than expected, as information on his injury was a blackhole until the last week or two. If he's ready for substantial minutes he could slide right into Fred VanVleet's (left shoulder) slot in the lineup, but it'd be a bit surprising to see him leap right back into the thick of the rotation.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Fred VanVleet
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet (left shoulder) has been suddenly ruled out for Friday's contest against the Hornets.

    This one we did not see coming. With VanVleet out the Raptors will turn towards Terence Davis to play alongside Kyle Lowry. Davis has been playing well lately, and should be in for a solid night of work for a thin Raptors squad. Norman Powell is also probable on Friday, although it's unclear how big of a role he is ready for. The severity of FVV's injury is unknown, so be sure to check back for a proper diagnosis.

    Source: NBA Injury Report