• While John Wall will assume his role as the dominant ballhandler once he returns, he doesn’t want to be the reason behind Bradley Beal‘s inevitable descent.

    “We got to find a way to still keep him in his rhythm when I come back,” Wall said. “Keep him the same zone that he’s in.” In the last three games, Beal has totaled 110 points, a stretch that would align him with MVP candidate James Harden, who has scored 113 points over his last three games. Beal’s numbers should regress with Wall’s return but he has been returning top-50 value this season while averaging a career-high 23.8 points, as his health issues seem a thing of the past.

Fantasy News

  • LaMarcus Aldridge
    PF, San Antonio Spurs

    LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) is hopeful to return Saturday vs. the Magic.

    Aldridge missed Wednesday's game with the shoulder injury but looks like he should return soon. If he's unable to return on Saturday the next game for the Spurs is on Monday.

    Source: Tom Osborn on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook (thumb) was at his best on Wednesday, scoring 33 points on 15-of-24 shooting with nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals in a blowout victory over the Grizzlies.

    Westbrook missed Monday's game with a sore thumb but obviously isn't bothered by it given his dominant performance on Wednesday. Westbrook is a first-round player over the past month and is thriving in the Rockets' small-ball lineups. Westbrook will be an early-round player with first-round upside ROS and has bounced back in a big way after posting top-60 value in the 2019 portion of the season.

  • Devin Booker
    SG, Phoenix Suns

    Devin Booker could hardly buy a bucket in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers, shooting a dismal 5-for-19 from the field for 14 points, 10 dimes and one 3-pointer.

    While Booker did not fare well from the efficiency standpoint, he did manage to get other teammates involved with his 10 dimes and his eighth double-double of the season. He's not going to shoot this poorly ROS, so a bounce-back game should be in the cards for the Suns' star.

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Deandre Ayton played well on Wednesday, dropping 25 points on 11-of-22 shooting, grabbing 17 rebounds and blocking three shots, but the Suns still fell to the Clippers 92-102.

    Ayton was coming off a five-rebound, zero-block game thanks to foul trouble. So while the Suns failed to squeak out a win, Ayton owners still lined up to cash in this line at the fantasy bank.

  • Robert Covington
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Robert Covington stuffed three shots on Wednesday, adding 10 points, six rebounds and one steal in a 140-112 blowout win vs. the Grizzlies.

    Covington has excelled in blocks since joining the Rockets, averaging 2.7 blocks per game. He's a top-40 player during that stretch and is locked in to a big role for the Rockets. Covington's blocks will regress, but his threes and defensive stats will be fantasy gold moving forward.

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with a 24 point, 14 rebound double-double effort on Wednesday, while tacking on five assists and three steals.

    Leonard continues to play some of the league's best basketball. Over the last two months, he has been the number one fantasy player in nine-cat leagues, and sits in the top-5 on the season. Owners will hope to carry this hot hand through the playoffs.

  • Austin Rivers
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Austin Rivers scored 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting with three assists and four triples in 25 minutes as the Rockets beat the Grizzlies 140-112.

    Rivers took advantage of the blowout and was able to get his stats. He's too inconsistent to trust as a streamer and can be left on the waiver wire outside of 20-team leagues.

  • Marcus Morris
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Marcus Morris put together a respectable performance on Wednesday, finishing with 18 points (6-14 FG, 4-8 3PT), five rebounds, three assists and a block in 30 minutes.

    Morris had his best game with the Clippers so far, but it's hard to know what the production will be when Paul George is back to full strength. His value will be much clearer when the minutes distribution shakes out, but having them both in the starting lineup tonight is promising.

  • Gorgui Dieng
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Gorgui Dieng scored 10 points with two rebounds and one block in 19 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    It's difficult to judge this box score since it was a blowout from the start of the game. Dieng is coming off of back-to-back double-double performances and scored 14 points with 10 rebounds and four blocks in 28 minutes on Monday. Dieng should be held in all formats while Brandon Clarke (hip) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) are sidelined.

  • Paul George
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Paul George struggled from the field in his limited minutes on Wednesday, but still managed 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting, one rebound, four assists and three steals.

    George is still on a minutes limit which will hamper his production until he gets ramped back up. Patrick Beverley was also on a minutes restriction and scored 11 points with five rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes of action.