• Zach Collins
    F/C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Zach Collins shot 4-for-8 from the field for 14 points with four boards, one assist, one steal, five blocks and one three-pointer in 28 minutes off the bench in a 119-108 win to force a Game 7 with the Nuggets.

    Collins did a little bit of everything yet again on Thursday, including five monster blocks to set the tone in the paint. With Jusuf Nurkic out for the series, Collins has stepped in nicely and keeps the Blazers afloat with their frontcourt depth. Game 7 will be on Sunday in Denver.

Fantasy News

  • Larry Nance Jr.
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Despite no Andre Drummond on Friday, Larry Nance Jr. only put up two points, five rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes of action.

    Nance had topped 25 minutes in each game since the All-Star break so we wouldn't worry too much about this tilt against the smaller Pelicans. Although the trade deadline didn't go his way, Nance has remained a top-100 option over the last two weeks and should be safe to deploy in lineups for the stretch run.

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo led his herd to an easy 133-86 win over the Thunder on Friday with 31 points (13-of-20 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), 13 rebounds, two 3s and six assists in only 27 minutes.

    Giannis was unstoppable, plain and simple. The Bucks took an early lead and never really looked back. This was still a good line, lack of defensive stats notwithstanding, considering it was recorded in just 27 minutes. At this point, the only thing that can possibly hold Giannis back from a strong finish to the season is the back soreness that's been bothering him as of late.

  • Kevin Love
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Love played 27 minutes on Friday night but wasn't anything special with 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals.

    Love has failed to top 20 points in each of his last five contests, a streak that goes back to before the All-Star break. He also has double digit rebounds just once in that span. Love is returning top-120/175 value in the last two weeks and it's going to be an unenjoyable ride to the finish given the state of the Cavs. He'll be better than this most nights — hopefully.

  • D'Angelo Russell
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    D'Angelo Russell kept up his solid play on Friday against the Magic, dropping 28 points, dishing out seven assists and snagging three rebounds in the Wolves' loss.

    Since sitting out (for which the Wolves' were fined), he has scored 29, 27, and 28 points in the subsequent three games. When he's out there and healthy, there's no stopping him. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Russell has been on two different teams that are not near playoff contention so his playing time has been a question mark nearly every game. It's also quite the disappointment that he and KAT were barely able to suit up together before the latter went down with an injury. Hopefully we get to see that again before the season comes to a close.

  • Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Chris Paul was barely a bright spot for the Thunder on Friday as he tallied 18 points (7-of-17 shooting) in 27 minutes.

    Paul also hit one 3-pointer, adding three rebounds, five dimes and one steal to the box score in this one. CP3 has been a top-10 value on per game rankings, so this line was not indicative of his 2019-20 campaign. Chalk this one up to a nasty blowout and keep him rostered with extreme confidence.

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander cooled off quickly on Friday in an ugly blowout loss to the Bucks, quietly posting 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting with three rebounds, one 3-pointer and two assists.

    The Thunder got steamrolled in this one and they just could not get anything going. SGA has been cruising with mid-to-early round value lately, so consider this just a hiccup and expect a rebound-performance very soon.

  • Juancho Hernangomez
    PF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Juancho Hernangomez continued his great play of late, scoring 18 points and adding 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals in Friday's game against the Magic.

    Since Karl-Anthony Towns has been sidelined Hernangomez has been a fantasy stud. He is creeping near the top-100 and should be owned in almost every fantasy league right now with the opportunities he is receiving. As long as he's locked into starters' minutes, use him as the fantasy playoffs loom.

  • James Johnson
    PF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    James Johnson continued to produce in 26 minutes off the bench on Friday, ending with 17 points, four assists, three rebounds, two blocks and two assists.

    Johnson is currently the Wolves' top option off the bench with Karl-Anthony Towns on the shelf, and he has been very productive in his stead. He ranks in the top-75 over the past two weeks, roughly the time that Towns has been out, and is usable until Towns make his return to action.

  • Hamidou Diallo
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Hamidou Diallo started on Friday for a resting Danilo Gallinari but didn't produce anything noteworthy with just four points on 2-of-7 shooting with three rebounds and one steal.

    Diallo is not any fantasy radars right now and will lose the starting gig immediately when Gallo returns to action in the next game. Leave Diallo on the wire.

  • Malik Beasley
    SG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Malik Beasley had 17 points and four rebounds in Friday's loss to the Magic in 34 minutes.

    Beasley had been great in every game he had suited up for the Wolves until this one, and he struggled with his shot a bit. He ended up going 7-for-18 FG (3-for-9 3PT) and did not make it to the free throw line. Expect him to bounce back on Sunday against the Mavs.