• Pickups of the Night: Thursday, April 4 ($)

    There were only three games tonight and with the season winding down (or already over), there’s nothing but slim pickings remaining. If you’re in a league with a lot of streaming, you probably have a  lot of turnover on the wire; you’ll most likely be able to find a higher-owned player that better fits your needs.

    Nemanja Bjelica, SAC (28% owned) scored 10 points with a trey, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 26 minutes. Bjelica has scored at least 10 points since he returned from an illness and has been providing marginal top-150 value over his last six games.

    Ante Zizic, CLE (5%) started and got heavy run with both Kevin Love (left shoulder soreness) and Tristan Thompson (undisclosed) missing the game. Zizic had 14 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, a block and an unusual five turnovers. This was Love’s second straight missed game and if he’s shut down, Zizic will get an opportunity to grab some boards and whatever else he can cobble together.

    Alex Caruso, LAL (15%) had nine points, a triple, six assists, five rebounds, a steal and three turnovers in 36 minutes as a starter. He came in with top-80 value in 9-cat over his last three.

    Mike Muscala, LAL (1%) has also been a top-80 value over his last three games and had 11 points, three treys, six boards, two assists and a steal in 24 minutes. The Lakers are running on fumes now so whenever a blowout happens, Muscala gets more run.

    Johnathan Williams, LAL (1%) double-doubled with 17 points, 13 rebounds, a steal and a block in 25 minutes. That’s the most burn he’s gotten since March 9 but Williams is capable of production if he can consistently get minutes in the 20s. He hasn’t so far but silly season is upon us.

    Pat Connaughton, MIL (17%) had an off-game with four points, six rebounds, two assists and a turnover. He still played 31 minutes and has been a top-75 option over the last two weeks with 9.7 points, 1.6 threes, 7.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.9 turnovers.

    With the Bucks locked in the No. 1 see out East coach Mike Budenholzer has been resting his starters, allowing George Hill (5%) to re-enter the fantasy matrix. All the starters played tonight but Eric Bledsoe was tossed after three minutes for chucking the rock (back) at Joel Embiid so Hill played 33 minutes and had 20 points, two 3s and five assists. Over the last three games he’s been averaging 20.0 points, 1.5 threes, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in over 28 minutes a game (top-60 in 9-cat). He had been playing fewer than 20 minutes per game since arriving in Milwaukee so there’s no telling how long he can last but if the team is going to continue resting key players, Hill has a chance to produce.

    Mike Scott, PHI (2%) started as Tobias Harris shifted to small forward with Jimmy Butler (back tightness) sitting this one out. Scott got hot and hit 6-of-8 treys for 22 points, three rebounds, an assist and nothing else in 36 minutes. He’s a less-than-ideal option on most nights, and that’s even if he’s starting.

Fantasy News

  • D.J. Augustin - G - Orlando Magic

    D.J. Augustin shot 4-for-9 from the floor for 15 points with one board, four assists, and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Raptors on Tuesday.

    Augustin hit all of his shots from beyond the arc. He played like a savvy vet during the whole playoff series, but it's unfortunate his team didn't follow suit. The 30-year-old can still ball, but his days are numbered moving forward.

  • Aaron Gordon - F - Orlando Magic

    Aaron Gordon shot 4-for-13 from the field for 11 points with seven boards, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes to fall to the Raptors in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Gordon had alternated games doing well then awful, so he kept the pattern strong by doing awful again. The Raptors did an excellent job slowing him down all series. Gordon is a bright young piece for this Magic team which really seems invested in him. He should only get better for dynasty owners moving forward.

  • Jonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic

    Jonathan Isaac shot 1-for-7 from the floor for three points with six boards and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes on Tuesday.

    Isaac has been awful over the past two games, totaling three points with just one cash-counter in Games 4 and 5. He was coming along very strong to end the season, but clearly the playoffs have taken things to another level. Isaac will still be fantasy relevant for his defense next season.

  • Nikola Vucevic - C - Orlando Magic

    Nikola Vucevic shot 3-for-10 from the field for six points with seven boards and one assist in 17 minutes to fall to the Raptors on Tuesday.

    Vooch was shut down by Gasol again, as he has been for most of the series. After clearly being a stud for the Magic all season, it's a shame his season had to end this way, especially in a do-or-die situation. Vooch is still a great fantasy asset at this point in his career, but clearly not a playoff competitor just yet.

  • Marc Gasol - C - Toronto Raptors

    Marc Gasol shot 2-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line for nine points with nine boards, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes for a 115-96 win over the Magic on Tuesday.

    While it doesn't show up in the box score, Gasol has been a lock-down defender in the playoffs. He is playing with a lot of veteran grit in a role that seems to suit him very well. Gasol isn't asked to shoulder the load on offense as he had to do in Memphis, so he is focused on a very specific task, to play big and be a presence. He is doing just that.

  • Kyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors

    Kyle Lowry shot 6-for-10 from the floor for 14 points with four boards, nine assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes to put away the Magic on Tuesday.

    Lowry had an extremely up-and-down series. Tuesday was a bit of a down game, but he didn't have to do much as the Raptors jumped out to a 20-point lead by halftime. Lowry did leave the first half early after hurting a finger on his right hand, so that could be something to monitor moving forward. The Raptors should get ample rest ahead of the second round.

  • Pascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors

    Pascal Siakam shot 8-for-16 from the floor for 24 points with six boards, four assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes to eliminate the Magic in Game 5 on Tuesday night.

    Siakam was as steady as they come in this series. He has fully emerged during the season and is now spreading his wings for a deep playoff run. The Raptors will likely face the Sixers in the second round, pending a Sixers win tonight.

  • Kawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors

    Kawhi Leonard shot 8-for-11 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line for 27 points with seven boards, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Magic in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Leonard has been ultra-efficient in this series and could not be contained by the young Magic defenders. After resting several games during the season in order to be healthy in the playoffs, his method is paying dividends as he looks fresh and ready to lead the Raptors on a deep run. The Raptors and Kawhi will get ample rest ahead of the second round.

  • Mike Scott - F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Mike Scott (heel) will not return in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Scott looked a bit hobbled as he showed a slight limp coming off the floor late in the second quarter. The Sixers had to call a timeout to get him out of the game. He walked to the locker room under his own power. With the Sixers building a sizable lead by halftime, Scott could simply be resting.

    Source: Derek Bodner on Twitter

  • Mike Scott - F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Mike Scott (leg) went to the locker room in the second quarter on Tuesday.

    Scott looked a bit hobbled as he showed a slight limp coming off the floor. The Sixers called a timeout to get him out of the game. He walked to the locker room under his own power. With the Sixers building a sizable lead by halftime, Scott could simply rest. Stay tuned for updates.

    Source: Jon Johnson on Twitter