• The Kings, on three days rest, were worn down by a Blazers team playing the second of a back-to-back and fell at home 118-100. It was the last game of Sacramento’s home stand as the team will now hit the road for their final three games before the All-Star break.

    Damian Lillard sat the entire fourth quarter after putting on a three-quarter performance of a lifetime. He finished the game with 50 points on 26 shots and hit 8-of-13 makes from the 3-point line.

    Defense was in short supply for both teams for much of the first half, but it was the Blazers coming out ahead after the first 24 minutes of play. Led by Lillard’s 28 points in less than 18 minutes, Portland stretched their lead to 10 at the break.

    The Kings, who were down to just De’Aaron Fox at the point guard position needed a ball handler and Bogdan Bogdanovic stepped in. Bogdanovic responded and showed an ability to handle the offense when given the opportunity. He finished the half with 10 points, three boards and an assist.

    Sacramento displayed a bit more aggression than they had lately and forced the ball into the paint in the first half. They finished the half outscoring the Blazers 32-to-16 in the paint. However, the Kings still weren’t able to get to the charity stripe and were almost doubled in free throw attempts, 11-to-6.

    After falling behind by as much as 12 in the third quarter, with 5 minutes left to play the Kings found themselves down just one, in large because of a 9-0 run. But, the Blazers and Lillard responded with a 17-0 run. Lillard finished the period with 22 points as Sacramento couldn’t find an answer.

    Kosta Koufos was the only bright spot for the Kings’ bench for much of the night as the rest of the reserves began the game 0-of-11 before Vince Carter knocked down a jumper with just under 11 minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

    Paired with Lillard’s scalding performance, Sacramento’s offense fell into a funk to close out the third and into the fourth quarter; the Kings were held to zero made buckets for more than five minutes during the stretch.

    After trailing by as much as 23, the Kings did get the Blazers’ lead down to 13 with just under six minutes to play in the fourth. This prompted Lillard to make his way to the scorer’s table, but a 10-3 run by Portland allowed the star of the night to return to his seat on the visitor’s bench.

    NOTES

    • After shooting a respectable 46 percent in the first half, Sacramento made just 38 percent of their attempts in the second half.
    • Damian Lillard tied the Kings team in the third quarter with 22 points. Lillard, who didn’t play at all in the fourth period outscored the rest of Portland’s starters 50-to-39. Lillard finished the game with eight 3-pointers made and the Kings finished with just nine.
    • Buddy Hield, who began the game 0-of-5, went on to connect on five straight 3-pointers and finished the night with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting.

Fantasy News

  • Dewayne Dedmon
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Bruno Fernando will start against the Magic on Wednesday in place of Dewayne Dedmon (right elbow pain), who has been ruled out.

    Dedmon has been on a nice stretch since joining the Hawks. Fernando will draw the start while Damian Jones will see some minutes off the bench. Neither Fernando nor Jones are viable in fantasy this season but Fernando could have some DFS appeal as a low-cost option. Dedmon's next opportunity to play will be on Friday vs. the Nets.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Dante Exum
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    According to head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, Dante Exum will miss an extended period of time with a sprained left ankle.

    Exum has dealt with injuries for his entire NBA career. He has not played in more than 42 games since his second season. He can be safely dropped across redraft formats.

    Source: Kelsey Russo on Twitter

  • Bismack Biyombo
    C, Charlotte Hornets

    Bismack Biyombo will draw the start ahead of Wednesday's contest vs. the Knicks.

    It was also reported that Cody Zeller would be active but would likely not play on Wednesday. Willy Hernangómez will be the primary back-up to Biyombo. Neither player is worth rostering in standard formats but Hernangómez has the higher upside.

    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter

  • Trae Young
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    Trae Young (illness) has been upgraded to probable ahead of Wednesday's tilt vs. the Magic.

    Young has been a top-15 fantasy player all season while he sees a significant boost in 8-cat leagues due to the 4.9 turnovers he averages per game. If he does play, he should be locked in across leagues.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Bam Adebayo (right ankle sprain) has been downgraded to questionable ahead of Wednesday's matchup vs. the Wolves.

    The Heat will welcome back Jimmy Butler on Wednesday but are now in jeopardy of being without their young All-Star. Chris Silva would become an intriguing low-cost DFS play if Adebayo doesn't end up playing while Kelly Olynyk could see some additional opportunity. Continue to monitor for updates ahead of tip-off.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Dewayne Dedmon
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Dewayne Dedmon has been downgraded to questionable ahead of Wednesday's tilt vs. the Magic as he deals with pain in his right elbow.

    If Dedmon is unable to play on Wednesday, look for Bruno Fernando to start while Damian Jones see some time off the bench. Continue to monitor as we should learn more prior to the 7:30pm ET tip-off.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton (right ankle soreness) will return to action for Wednesday’s matchup vs. the Hornets.

    Payton will be able to play in his first game after the All-Star break, after missing the last two contests. He has proven to be the most reliable point guard that the Knicks have on their roster this season and should be rostered across standard formats as he is currently producing top-91/108 per-game value in 8/9-cat this season. Dennis Smith Jr. will head back to the bench but could see limited minutes with Frank Ntilikina (groin) sideline.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Wayne Ellington
    SG, New York Knicks

    Wayne Ellington (illness) will face the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Ellington has played sparingly over the last month and only has relevance in 30-team leagues at this time. He can be ignored across all other formats.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Shabazz Napier
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Shabazz Napier will make his first start since joining the Wizards on Wednesday as they take on the Nets.

    Napier will earn his first start for the Wizards after coming off the bench in the last seven contests. If he takes over the starting role for the remainder of the season, he becomes a must-own fantasy asset across formats. Scoop him up if he is still on the wire. Ish Smith will likely see his value take a hit with this news.

    Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter

  • Davis Bertans
    F, Washington Wizards

    Dāvis Bertāns (right knee soreness) will play in Wednesday’s tilt vs. the Nets.

    Bertāns will return to the floor on Wednesday after missing the Wizards' last game. Bertāns can be fired up across all formats. Moritz Wagner could see his minutes decrease with Dāvis back in the mix.

    Source: Wizards PR on Twitter