• Saturday was packed full of marquee NBA matchups from lunch until dessert. Here’s the big dish for you to scarf it all down.

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    Clippers 113 @ Jazz 125DeAndre Jordan is still nursing an ankle injury and the Clippers are still managing to score points thanks to their go to guy, Lou Williams who dropped another 31 with a whopping 10 steals. He’s been on fire and the Clippers are filled with injury prone guys, so if Sweet Lou stays in L.A., owners can be looking at a top-40 year. Blake Griffin added 25-8-3 on 8-of-15 shooting but is still far from an early round asset.

    The Jazz got their Stifle Tower back and their offense has looked better with him out there. Joe Ingles scored 21 points with five triples and four steals and shouldn’t have been dropped, if he was, go scoop him. Derrick Favors maintained some value, but the Jazz put up 125 points so it’s unlikely that this is a regular occurence. Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio both had solid games and Mitchell’s year is going to be monstrous while owners are hoping Rubio picks it up. Rubio has been terrible this season, but there’s still a chance he turns it around.

    Raptors 109 @ Wolves 115

    DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points with three steals, a block and two triples and those deep balls are now a regular thing for DDR. He’s going to be a fantasy stud and his evolution as a player has been a joy to watch unfold. Delon Wright came off the bench for a solid 12-6-6 outing with a steal and is rosterable in standard leagues while Kyle Lowry erupted for 40 points on 14-of-25 shooting with six triples, five boards and five assists. The Bulldog is finally in rhythm and as long as he avoids the injury bug he should return early round numbers.

    Jimmy Butler sat this one out with a sore right knee which meant Andrew Wiggins would jack up 21 shots, hitting 11 of them towards 29 points and a triple with no defensive stats. He shot 6-for-6 from the line which is surprisng because of his low efficiency all seaosn and now is a great time to sell-high on an asset that isn’t versatile in any way. Karl-Anthony Towns had another uber efficient double-double with 22 & 10 on 6-of-7 shooting and 8-of-9 foul shooting. The Wolves won, but it’s a crime that Wiggins is taking triple the amount of shots that Towns is.

    Bucks 94 @ Sixers 116

    Malcolm Brogdon is out for personal reasons and Giannis Antetokounmpo sat with a knee injury so the Bucks started Sterling Brown and Tony Snell who logged heavy minutes and each scored in double figures, however they’re not fantasy relevant long term. Khris Middleton triple-doubled with 23-14-10 and added a 3-pointer and a steal for good measure while Eric Bledsoe swiped away five steals but shot inefficienty.

    The Sixers side was loaded with goodies as Ben Simmons dropped 16-8-9 and Robert Covington hit three triples with three steals and a block. Joel Embiid posted 29-9-1-1-2 on 11-of-19 shooting and 5-of-6 foul shooting. He’s hoping the back-to-back restrictions will be lifted and is playing 31.4 minutes a game. Fingers crossed, because Embiid is a top-20 value with space to climb higher.

    Grizzlies 104 @ Pelicans 111

    Wayne Selden was the hero for the Grizz as he scored 31 points on 11-of-16 shooting with five triples. Dillon Brooks cooled off with 10 points while Marc Gasol and Tyreke Evans had their usual popcorn stats. Mike Conley is still no where to be found and still has no timetable.

    The Pelicans ran an eight man rotation and got big double-doubles from their twin towers while Rajon Rondo was quiet. Jrue Holiday has had a superb year, averaging a career-high 18.6 points on another career-high mark of 49.7 percent shooting from the field. He’s also adding 1.5 steaals and 0.6 blocks so his owners aren’t complaining about the dip in assists, which still sits at 5.1. It looks like this will be his best season and fantasy year to date.

    Heat 106 @ Hornets 105

    James Johnson finally had a nice game with 22-6-7 with a triple on 9-of-12 shooting. The defensive numbers will climb back up, but the increased dimes come with more turnovers. Josh Richardson is tearing it up and owners should cling on to his multi-cat goodies, tonight he offered 17 points, a triple, a steal and two blocks. That’s a normal line for him and we love our triple-1 guys here at Hoop Ball. Wayne Ellington hit six triples and is now a standard league option with Dion Waiters out for the year and Kelly Olynyk is still holding onto late-round value even with Hassan Whiteside back.

    Nicolas Batum had a strong outing while Dwight Howard is doing his thing with 14 & 15 with three blocks and bad free throw shooting. Kemba Walker shrugged off the trade rumors and had 22 points, seven assists and three steals. He’ll be fine wherever he lands.

    Bulls 113 @ Hawks 97

    Lauri Markkanen didn’t hit a triple, but shot the ball well en route to 19 points while Zach Lavine still only played 18 minutes. The minutes restriction will be there until at least All-Star break so LaVine won’t be up to full speed until around then. He looks good out there though and the Bulls have no problem handing the offense over to him.

    Dennis Schroder is the only Hawks player you can trust on a day-to-day basis, but Dewayne Dedmon has been sturdy lately. Tonight he pulled down 11 boards and swatted a shot and should be owned in all leagues.

    Thunder 148 @ Cavs 124

    The Thunder hung 148 on this terrible Cavs defense on the backs of their big four, all of whom scored more than 20 points. Russell Westbrook was one rebound shy of a triple-double and Paul George was on fire, hitting 12-of-19 shots with five triples on his way to 36 points. He’s a bit of a streaky shooter and the zero defensive stats are a bummer, but George remains an elite 3 & D fantasy stud.

    Kevin Love left the game after three minutes and didn’t return, but only LeBron James 18-7-3 didn’t do much with the extra usage to spare. Isaiah Thomas made work of it though and scored 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting with four triples and a steal in 26 minutes. That’s two solid outings in a row for Thomas and it’s looking like he’ll return to form sooner rather than later.

    Mavs 108 @ Blazers 117

    Dirk Nowitzki turned back the clock agai for the Mavs with 21 points, three triples, a steal and two blocks and he’s having a surprisngly strong year, but the Mavs are just flat out bad. They got some contributions from Wesley Matthews who is always hit or miss and Dennis Smith shined with 21-6-6-3 and he’s going to be a fun guy to won for the second half of the year.

    Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum did all the heavy lifting for the Blazers per usual. Lillard dropped 31 with seven triples and nine assists while McCollum had 26 with two triples and had a play where he destroyed Yogi Ferrell, you’ll be seeing that all over Twitter and Instagram.

    Warriors 108 @ Rockets 116

    The Marquee matchup of the day had the Dubs against a Rockets team who finally had their two star guards healthy, but Stephen Curry had an off night with 19 points on 6-of-20 shooting. Kevin Durant and Draymond Green filled the void for the squad with full lines, but Klay Thompson also strugled, going 3-for-11 in 37 minutes. They’ll all be fine, but their 13-game road winning streak was snapped tonight in Houston.

    With Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green both out, the Rockets got some nice minutes out of P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute, but their time will be up as the suspensions are done being served. Chris Paul had a stellar game with 33-11-7-3 on 10-of-20 shooting with six 3s. James Harden went over his 30-minute limit as he checked in the fourth to secure the win for the Rockets. He had a clutch stepback 3-pointer over Curry and proceeded to block Curry’s shot attempt right after to put the game in the bag. The Beard ended with 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting with five triples, eight assits, two steals and two blocks. He’s back.

Fantasy News

  • CJ McCollum
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    C.J. McCollum finished the night with 19 points, six rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and hitting three shots from deep on Wednesday.

    McCollum has been shaky this season and it was nice to see an uptick in 3-pointers and rebounds in this one. He will likely pick it up as the season continues, and if you're looking for a buy-low candidate, this might be a good target for you.

  • Rodney Hood
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Rodney Hood (back spams) returned to action on Wednesday night and dropped 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting, two boards, an assist and five 3-pointers.

    Hood looks like some that should be owned in standard leagues as he is providing nice numbers from deep and shooting 50% from the field this season. He's currently inside the top-120.

  • Anfernee Simons
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Anfernee Simons came off the bench on Wednesday and finished with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting and three 3-pointers.

    Simons can hold some value in deep leagues due to his ability to score and knock down shots from deep. The upside is there, but at this point, he doesn't hold much value in standard leagues.

  • Nassir Little
    SF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Nassir Little got his first career start on Wednesday and ended with seven points (3-for-10), five boards, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    It's worth keeping an eye on Little if he continues to start and picks up his production. But for the moment, he hasn't done enough to warrant picking up outside of deep leagues.

  • Fred VanVleet
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Fred Vanvleet had a monstrous line, ending with 30 points on 10-for-16 shooting, four rebounds, seven dimes, two steals, a block and sinking four from deep on Wednesday night.

    VanVleet has been blowing his ADP out of the water this season. He is right on the cusp of top-25 production, and while he might not end the season there, he has the potential to put up big numbers with Kyle Lowry (fractured thumb) watching from the sidelines.

  • Pascal Siakam
    PF, Toronto Raptors

    Pascal Siakam led the Raptors in scoring with 36 points (15-for-28 shooting), along with six rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and four 3-pointers on Wednesday night.

    Pascal Siakam continues to have huge games and proves that he was worth an early-round pick. He contributes across the board, and the injuries to the Raptors will only provide higher upside for Siakam.

  • Norman Powell
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Norman Powell couldn't find his shot, ending the night with two points on 0-for-6 shooting, seven rebounds and two blocks against Portland on Wednesday.

    Powell got the start with Kyle Lowry out, but tonight just wasn't his night. That being said, he has provided decent out of position blocks recently, and should still be a valuable asset with Lowry out.

  • Marc Gasol
    C, Toronto Raptors

    Marc Gasol racked up four blocks to go along with nine points, five rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Gasol has strung together a couple meaningful lines now and the four blocks help ease the disappointing start to the season. With Serge Ibaka sidelined by injury, Gasol has the opportunity to start working his way back to the top-100 value many were expecting.

  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had his best game of the season, putting up 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, 11 boards, one assist, a block and a steal on Wedensday.

    The Raptors have caught the injury bug and Hollis-Jefferson is making the most of his time. He could be a productive streamer if OG Anunoby continues to miss time.

  • Karl-Anthony Towns
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Karl-Anthony Towns had another fantastic night, finishing with a line of 28, 11, 4 and three 3-pointers in a 129-114 win against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    This was Towns' first game without a block this season, but made up for it with two steals to his name. He continues to dominate this season and is a top-5 player.