Ranking Tonight’s NBA Top Fantasy Picks from 1 to 9 under $50,000 Salary Cap

1 – LeBron James (F) – Los Angeles Lakers / $8,600

2 – Anthony Davis (F) – Los Angeles Lakers / $8,100

3 – Jimmy Butler (G) – Miami Heat / $6,600

4 – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (G) – Los Angeles Lakers / $4,000

5 – Jae Crowder (F) – Miami Heat / $4,800

6 – Tyler Herro (G) – Miami Heat / $5,600

7 – Dwight Howard (C) – Los Angeles Lakers / $4,000

8 – Duncan Robinson (G) – Miami Heat / $4,300

9 – Andre Iguodala (G) – Miami Heat / $3,300

Salary Cap reamining ($50,000): $700

Happy drafting!

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Ranking Tonight’s NBA Top Fantasy Picks from 1 to 9 under $50,000 Salary Cap

1 – Jayson Tatum (F) – Boston Celtics / $7,900

2 – Bam Adebayo (F) – Miami Heat / $6,900

3 – Jimmy Butler (G) – Miami Heat / $6,600

4 – Goran Dragic (G) – Miami Heat / $6,300

5 – Tyler Herro (G) – Miami Heat / $5,600

6 – Jae Crowder (F) – Miami Heat / $4,800

7 – Gordon Hayward (F) – Boston Celtics / $4,900

8 – Duncan Robinson (G) – Miami Heat / $4,300

9 – Grant Williams (F) – Boston Celtics / $2,700

Salary Cap remaining ($50,000): $0

Happy drafting!

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Ranking Tonight’s NBA Top Fantasy Picks from 1 to 9 under $50,000 Salary Cap

1 – LeBron James (F) – Los Angeles Lakers / $8,400

2 – Anthony Davis (F) – Los Angeles Lakers / $8,200

3 – Jamal Murray (G) – Denver Nuggets / $7,500

4 – Dwight Howard (C) – Los Angeles Lakers / $3,900

5 – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (G) – Los Angeles Lakers / $4,000

6 – Rajon Rondo (G) – Los Angeles Lakers / $5,100

7 – Paul Millsap (F) – Denver Nuggets / $4,000

8 – Gary Harris (G) – Denver Nuggets / $3,800

9 – Michael Porter Jr (F) – Denver Nuggets / $4,800

Salary Cap remining ($50,000): $300

Happy drafting!

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Ranking Tonight’s NBA Top Fantasy Picks from 1 to 9 under $50,000 Salary Cap

1 – Jayson Tatum (F) – Boston Celtics / $7,800

2 – Jaylen Brown (G) – Boston Celtics / $6,500

3 – Bam Adebayo (F) – Miami Heat / $7,000

4 – Tyler Herro (G) – Miami Heat / $5,700

5 – Goran Dragic (G) – Miami Heat / $6,300

6 – Daniel Theis (C) – Boston Celtics / $4,600

7 – Duncan Robinson (G) – Miami Heat / $4,200

8 – Jae Crowder (F) – Miami Heat / $4,800

9 – Kendrick Nunn (G) – Miami Heat / $2,800

Salary Cap remaining ($50,000): $300

Happy drafting!

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Ranking Top NBA Picks from 1 to 6

1 – Anthony Davis (F) – Los Angeles Lakers

2 – Lebron James (F) – Los Angeles Lakers

3 – Nikola Jokic (C) – Denver Nuggets

4 – Jamal Murray (G) – Denver Nuggets

5 – Alex Caruso (G) – Los Angeles Lakers

6 – Danny Green (G) – Los Angeles Lakers

Happy drafting!

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Top NBA Fantasy Picks from 1 to 6

1 – Jayson Tatum (F) – Boston Celtics

2 – Jaylen Brown (G) – Boston Celtics

3 – Daniel Theis (C) – Boston Celtics

4 – Duncan Robinson (G) – Miami Heat

5 – Jae Crowder (F) – Miami Heat

6 – Tyler Herro (G) – Miami Heat

Happy drafting!

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  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks
  2. James Harden – Houston Rockets
  3. LeBron James – Los Angeles Lakers
  4. Anthony Davis – Los Angeles Lakers
  5. Goran Dragic – Miami Heat
  6. Jimmy Butler – Miami Heat
  7. Khris Middleton – Milwaukee Bucks
  8. Eric Gordon – Houston Rockets
  9. Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat
  10. Russell Westbrook – Houston Rockets
  11. Tyler Herro – Miami Heat
  12. Brook Lopez – Milwaukee Bucks
  13. Jeff Green – Houston Rockets
  14. Robert Covington – Houston Rockets
  15. Danuel House Jr – Houston Rockets
  16. Jae Crowder – Miami Heat
  17. Eric Bledsoe – Milwaukee Bucks
  18. P.J. Tucker – Houston Rockets
  19. Dwight Howard – Los Angeles Lakers
  20. George Hill – Milwaukee Bucks
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NBA EZ Pick Preview 04/02/19

Take a look at the matchups set for this Tuesday’s EZ Pick.

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Russell Westbrook (vs LAL) or Stephen Curry (vs DEN)

Russell Westbrook triple-doubled during Sunday’s narrow loss to the Mavs, tallying 25 points, 11 boards, 11 dimes, three triples, two steals and three turnovers in 38 minutes. As an added bonus, Westbrook finished 4-of-4 from the line, something that hasn’t happened all that often this season (he’s shooting a career-low 65.4% from the stripe). Unfortunately, he also picked up his 17th technical foul of the season in this one after swinging his arm to get Devin Harris off him on a drive to the hoop, and if that isn’t rescinded, he’ll be just one more tech away from invoking another mandatory one-game suspension.

Stephen Curry hit 8-of-14 shots and five 3-pointers for 25 points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block in 27 minutes of Sunday’s ridiculous 137-90 win over the Hornets. Klay Thompson also played 27 minutes and hit 9-of-16 shots and six 3-pointers for 24 points, while Kevin Durant hit 5-of-5 shots for 11 points, two rebounds, nine assists and a 3-pointer in his 27 minutes. Unfortunately for KD, Curry and Klay were on fire and took care of all the heavy lifting against Charlotte. The Warriors are a game up on the Nuggets now with the No. 1 seed in the West, and while all of these guys may get a day off between now and the end of the season, it’s a great sign that the Warriors are still playing at full speed this late in the season. They clinched the Pacific Division title tonight, handed the Hornets their worst loss of the season, and Curry has now made five or more 3-pointers in a career-high eight straight games. They could possibly put Denver away with a win over the Nuggets at Oracle on Tuesday.

LaMarcus Aldridge (vs ATL) or Nikola Jokic (vs GSW)

LaMarcus Aldridge notched 27 points with 18 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 36 minutes of a 113-106 loss to the Kings on Sunday. This was his 22nd game of the season with a 20-10 line, the most by a Spur since Tim Duncan in 2008-09. LMA also racked up a career-high 10 offensive rebounds, the most by a Spur since Duncan in 2011 (h/t to stat guru Jordan Howenstine). The Spurs play four times next week which includes games against the Hawks and Cavs, so be on the lookout for a possible rest day.

Nikola Jokic was ejected from Sunday’s game vs. the Wizards for two technical fouls. He should have walked away after his first tech but had plenty to say to the officials. Joker suffered a bloody nose earlier in the game when Bobby Portis extended his arm on a dunk attempt and may have still been fired up about that. The good news for fantasy owners is that The Joker had a phenomenal night in the box score with 23 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.

Trae Young (vs SAS) or De’Aaron Fox (vs HOU)

Trae Young hit the game-winning shot against the Bucks on Sunday, adding a double-double of 12 points (5-of-19 FGs) with 16 assists, five rebounds, two steals, two 3-pointers and just one turnover in 35 minutes. This was Young’s second game-winner in just over a week. He struggled with his shot for most of the game, but hit two big shots in the lane to give the Hawks a hard fought win at home. Young passed Chris Paul for 12th in assists in a rookie season and now owns all five of the top-5 assists performances from a rookie this season. Young might just snatch that Rookie of the Year Award right out of Luka Doncic’s hands at this rate.

De’Aaron Fox is scoring 17.5 points per game and averaging 3.8 rebounds for the Kings.

Klay Thompson (vs DEN) or Chris Paul (vs SAC)

Klay Thompson contributed 24 points (9-16 FG, 6-9 3Pt) and one rebound in 27 minutes Sunday in the Warriors’ 137-90 win over the Hornets. If not for the Warriors turning the game into a runaway victory after three quarters, Thompson likely would have seen enough minutes to make a run at his third 30-point game of March. Thompson settled for cracking 20 points for third time in four contests, during which he has shot 50.8 percent from the field while knocking down 16 treys.

Chris Paul scored 22 points with two rebounds, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Kings on Saturday. It’s the first time he’s hit the 20-point mark since Mar. 17, but CP3’s dimes continue to trend down with just 7.8 per game this month. He’s going to turn 34 in May, so his fantasy stock for next season may drop him to out of the top 30 in ADP for the first time in years.

Steven Adams (vs LAL) or DeMarcus Cousins (vs DEN)

Steven Adams hit 10-of-17 shots on his way to 20 points, 15 rebounds, two assists and two blocks over 39 minutes in a three-point loss to the Mavericks on Sunday. Adams dominated the Dallas bigs, and he was quite a force on the offensive glass (nine O-boards), creating numerous second-chance opportunities for the Thunder. He was arguably OKC’s best player in that game, and as an added bonus for 9-cat owners, he didn’t commit a single turnover while he was out there.

DeMarcus Cousins was ejected with a flagrant 2 foul on Sunday vs. Charlotte. He got tangled up with Willy Hernangomez and extended his elbow. It’s not worthy of a suspension, so expect Boogie to be back in the lineup on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets as both teams battle for the No. 1 seed. He finished with eight points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 11 minutes.

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NBA FanLotto Preview 04/01/19

Check out the groupings for this Monday’s Fantasy Lotto contest. See who’s been on fire lately with their average fantasy score from the past 3 games.

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Group 1

Devin Booker (vs CLE) – 49pts

Kyrie Irving (vs MIA)- 31.83pts (Probable to play on Monday)

Ben Simmons (vs DAL) – 31.5pts

Kemba Walker (vs UTA) – 28.5pts

Damien Lillard (vs MIN) – 28.33pts

Group 2

DeAndre Jordan (vs CHI) – 20.83pts

Hassan Whiteside (vs BOS) – 19.67pts

Marc Gasol (vs ORL) – 16.33pts

Deandre Ayton (Out of lineup on Monday)

Jusuf Nurkic (Out for the Season)

Group 3

D’Angelo Russell (vs MIL) – 33.67pts

Donovan Mitchell (vs CHA) – 21.33pts

Kyle Lowry (vs ORL) – 18.17pts

Zach LaVine (Out of lineup on Monday)

CJ McCollum (Out for Indefinite amount of Time)

Group 4

Kevin Love (vs PHX) – 28pts (Unknown if he plays on Monday due to Shoulder Injury)

Khris Middleton (vs BKN) – 27pts (Unknown if he plays on Monday due to Groin Injury)

Tobias Harris (vs DAL) – 21.83pts

Nikola Mirotic (Out for Indefinite amount of Time)

Lauri Markkanen (Out for the Season)

Group 5

Aaron Gordon (vs TOR) – 27.83pts

Andrew Wiggins (vs POR) – 27.17pts

Pascal Siakam (vs ORL) – 25.83pts

Domantas Sabonis (vs DET) – 21.33pts

Kelly Oubre Jr (Out for the Season)

Group 6

Bojan Bogdanovic (vs DET) – 24.83pts

Jayson Tatum (vs MIA) – 17.83pts

Marcus Morris (vs MIA) – 14.83pts

Justise Winslow (Out of lineup on Monday)

TJ Warren (Out for Indefinite amount of Time)

Group 7

Myles Turner (vs DET) – 28.33pts

Al Horford (vs MIA) – 26.67pts (Probable to play on Monday)

Serge Ibaka (vs ORL) – 25.83pts

Enes Kanter (vs MIN) – 22.17pts

Tristan Thompson (vs PHX) – 14.17pts

Group 8

Jordan Clarkson (vs PHX) – 19.33pts

Ricky Rubio (vs CHA) – 19.17pts

Spencer Dinwiddie (vs MIL) – 15pts

JJ Redick (vs DAL) – 14.5pts

Jeremy Lamb (vs UTA) – 12.67pts

Group 9

Dwyane Wade (vs BOS) – 22.5pts

Goran Dragic (vs BOS) – 22.5pts

Emmanuel Mudiay (vs CHI) – 22pts

Collin Sexton (vs PHX) – 21.33pts

Reggie Jackson (vs IND) –

Group 10

Joe Ingles (vs UTA) – 27.33pts

Larry Nance Jr (vs PHX) – 20.67pts

Thaddeus Young (vs DET) – 18.67pts

Nicolas Batum (vs UTA) – 9.33pts

Derrick Favors (Out of lineup on Monday)

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NBA EZ Pick Preview 03/27/19

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Stephen Curry (vs MEM) or Russell Westbrook (vs IND)

Stephen Curry returned from a rest day to score 26 points on Sunday, making five 3-pointers with nine rebounds, three assists and one steal in 35 minutes. The night off Saturday appeared to do him good, as Steph looked sharp after resting for the first time in Golden State’s past 50 games. He came in shooting just 41.6% from the field since the All-Star break, but made 9-of-19 shots tonight and hit a few key buckets to ward off a late challenge from Detroit. He’s cruising along as a top-10 value but owners should be mindful of the Warriors’ two remaining back-to-back sets — it wouldn’t be surprising if Steph got a night or two off in preparation for the playoffs.

Russell Westbrook hit just 6-of-20 shots for 16 points in Monday’s 115-103 loss to the Grizzlies. He dished out seven dimes with five rebounds, one triple and one turnover, but was outplayed by both Delon Wright and Tyler Dorsey. The good news is that he didn’t pick up a technical foul, so he’s still two away from another one-game suspension. With the Thunder sliding down to 8th in the West, OKC won’t have the luxury of resting Westbrook as long as seeding is up for grabs.

LeBron James (vs UTA) or Paul George (vs IND)

LeBron James had 23 points, seven rebounds, 14 assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 11-of-20 shooting in Tuesday’s 124-106 win over the Wizards. The Lakers are out of the playoffs and play again on Wednesday night against the Jazz, and it would be surprising to see LeBron in uniform for that one. Fantasy owners should plan on being without him Wednesday night. LeBron said after the game that he doesn’t know how many more games he’ll play this season, but that he will go all out when he does play. He also said he considered skipping tonight’s game to go to Chris Bosh’s ceremony in Miami, but decided against it due to the fact the NBA wouldn’t have been pleased.

Paul George will be playing his fourth game against his former team. In two games against Indiana last season, he averaged just 11 points per game, but the Thunder won both. In their only other matchup this season, he scored 36 points in a two-point loss. I think we’ll see “Playoff P” in action, given both the motivation against his former club and the sheer need for the Thunder to get back into the win column.

Damian Lillard (vs CHI) or Bradley Beal (vs PHX)

Damian Lillard didn’t have his best night shooting the basketball, as he was 10-of-30 from the field and 4-of-16 from three, but he finished with 31 points, 12 assists, six rebounds and one steal in a double-overtime win over the Nets. Lillard has scored 30 points or more in four of his last five games, and his average of 28.1 points per game in March is his second-highest for a month this season (29.6 ppg in October). The All-Star point guard is also averaging 8.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game this month, and he’ll have even more on his plate offensively as Jusuf Nurkic was lost to a horrific leg injury. Portland is also without CJ McCollum (knee), meaning that the Trail Blazers will look to solidify its playoff seeding without two of the team’s top three scorers.

Bradley Beal hit 10-of-19 shots and two 3-pointers for 32 points, five rebounds, two assists and a block in 37 minutes of Tuesday’s loss to the Lakers. That just about does it for the Wizards playoff hopes and you have to wonder if Beal starts missing occasional games with nothing left to play for. So far there hasn’t been talk about shutting him down, or even missing games, but given his injury history and veteran/star status, it would be surprising if he doesn’t at least get a couple days off the rest of the way.

CJ McCollum (vs CHI) or Klay Thompson (vs MEM)

C.J. McCollum (left knee) will not travel with the Blazers on their upcoming 4-game road trip. After Monday’s home game vs. the Nets, the Blazers will face the Bulls, Hawks, Pistons and Wolves on the road. That rules McCollum out until at least April 4th. Coach Terry Stotts said that McCollum is “progressing well,” but there’s no guarantee he returns before the end of the regular season.

Klay Thompson put up 24 points (10-17 FG, 4-6 3Pt) to go with two rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes Sunday in the Warriors’ 121-114 win over the Pistons. Thompson took part in all five of the Warriors’ league-high five games during the week, contributing averages of 18.4 points (on 42.5 percent shooting from the field), 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.6 triples per contest. With the Warriors holding just a half-game lead over the Nuggets for the top seed in the Western Conference heading into Monday’s action, Thompson and most of Golden State’s key regulars shouldn’t be subject to the frequent late-season rest they have received in past years.

DeMarcus Cousins (vs MEM) or Steven Adams (vs IND)

DeMarcus Cousins (rest) is set to return for Wednesday’s game versus the Grizzlies, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Cousins was sidelined Sunday against the Pistons for rest purposes, as it was the second half of a back-to-back set. Coach Steve Kerr indicated Tuesday that all Warriors will be active in Memphis, so look for him to resume his usual role with the team.

Steven Adams had two points (1-7 FG), eight rebounds, four steals, and three blocks in 32 minutes during Monday’s 115-103 loss to the Grizzlies. Adams was absolutely awful offensively, only salvaging his stat line thanks to his impressive defensive contributions. He has been held to single digits in scoring in three straight tilts and four of the last five, and Adams will look to get back on track during Wednesday’s matchup versus the Pacers.

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NBA EZ Pick Preview 03/19/19

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James Harden vs Stephen Curry

James Harden played through a strained neck and hit just 8-of-24 shots, 4-of-12 3-pointers, and didn’t even attempt a free throw to finish with 20 points, two rebounds, 10 assists and a steal in Sunday’s win over Minnesota. The good news is he played and the Rockets have four games this week, but they have a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday at Atlanta and Memphis, and Mike D’Antoni seems to be in “rest guys” mode. It’s quite possible that Harden rests for one of those games, but at this point of the season, you kind of have to go with the guys who got you here. And Harden is definitely one of those guys. Even if he only plays in three games, he should still rack up some ridiculous stats, and he hopefully got his bad game out of his system tonight. He also took a hard fall and was having his neck worked on throughout the night, but the chances of him playing in at least three games this week seem to be good. And in case you’re wondering, outside of All-Star games and the playoffs, the last time he didn’t attempt a free throw in a regular-season game appears to have been Jan. 2 of 2015. Crazy.

Stephen Curry hit 9-of-25 shots during Monday’s loss to the Spurs, finishing with 25 points, seven boards, eight dimes, six triples, three steals, one block and two turnovers in 37 minutes. Curry got off to a slow start in this one, missing his first seven shots, and overall, he just seemed a bit off. He did, however, have a hashtag StephGonSteph moment to close out the first quarter, drilling a 60-footer to beat the buzzer, which accounted for his fourth-career make from beyond 50 feet. Curry has been in a mini-slump over the past five-games, connecting on just 37.5% of his field goal attempts, but the counting stats have remained stellar.

Chris Paul vs Jimmy Butler

Chris Paul returned from a rest and hit 8-of-12 shots, 6-of-7 3-pointers and 3-of-3 free throws on his way to 25 points, seven rebounds, 10 assists, a steal and one 3-pointer in Sunday’s 117-102 win over the Wolves. He dominated, and we mean dominated, Tyus Jones tonight, and is hot heading into a four-game week for his fantasy owners. He was rested on Friday, but looked like a well-rested, well-oiled machine Sunday night. Hopefully Mike D’Antoni isn’t planning on resting him in the upcoming four-game week, but just keep in mind that the Rockets do have a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Hawks and Memphis, both of which are road games. We’re starting Paul in Week 23 where we own him, and his six 3-pointers tied his season high.

Jimmy Butler went 8-of-16 from the field and 9-of-13 from the line on his way to 27 points during Sunday’s win over the Bucks. Butler added six rebounds, three assists, three steals, two turnovers and a surprise two triples over his 34 minutes of floor time, and his defense was instrumental in Philly pulling off the win in Milwaukee.

Ben Simmons vs Kemba Walker

Ben Simmons flirted with a poor man’s triple-double during Sunday’s win over the Bucks, registering eight points, nine rebounds, nine assists and three turnovers in 35 minutes. Simmons got off to a sluggish start, going just 2-of-6 from the field through the first half of action, and he didn’t attempt a single shot through the entirety of the third quarter. Some of that had to do with him taking a backseat to the Joel Embiid show, and some of it had to do with Giannis Antetokounmpo’s suffocating defense, but he should have a more productive outing on Tuesday against the Hornets.

Kemba Walker was held to just 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting during Sunday’s blowout loss to the Heat, adding two triples, four boards, four dimes, one steal and three turnovers in 36 minutes. The Heat did a nice job of taking the ball out of Walker’s hands, blitzing him every time he touches the rock, and he finished the first half of action with just five points on 2-of-8 shooting. It didn’t get much better for him after halftime, and with the Hornets dropping this one they now sit 1.5 games behind the Heat for the No. 8 spot out East. Charlotte has lost 12 of their last 17 games, and have a tough schedule to close out the year, so their postseason hopes are looking pretty grim at the moment.

Draymond Green vs Tobias Harris

Draymond Green racked up 10 points for Golden State on Monday night. The Warriors hve now dropped to 47-22 on the season and are now tied with Denver for top spot in the Western Conference standings.

Tobias Harris finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and zero turnovers through 34 minutes of floor time against the Bucks on Sunday.

De’Aaron Fox vs Trae Young

Sacramento is fourth in the Western Conference with 25.6 assists per game, led by De’Aaron Fox averaging 7.2.

Trae Young scored 20 points on 9-of-18 in Sunday’s loss to the Magic, adding six rebounds and five assists with just two turnovers. Young went 0-of-5 from distance, but still managed his third straight game of 20 or more points, doing much of his damage on a flurry of mid-range runners. The 20-year-old has shot an impressive 27-of-47 (57.4 percent) from the floor over his last three games.

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NBA EZ Pick Preview 03/18/19

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Stephen Curry vs Russell Westbrook

Stephen Curry netted 33 points in 33 minutes on Saturday, adding five triples, seven boards, three assists, two steals and four turnovers in an easy win over the Thunder. Curry scored his 16,000th career point in this one, becoming just the fifth player in Warriors’ history with 16,000 career points, and with his five trey-bombs, he improved his season total to 289 – which ranks as the fourth-most threes in a single season in NBA history. Steve Kerr hinted he could rest some of his stars on the upcoming Monday-Tuesday back-to-back set, so owners will want to confirm Curry’s status prior to both those games.

Russell Westbrook has been suspended for Monday’s game after picking up his 16th technical foul of the season on Saturday. Dennis Schroder should benefit the most in Westbrook’s absence, while Paul George will soak up extra usage and Raymond Felton should join the rotation. For every two techs Westbrook gets after No. 16 he’ll face another suspension, so hopefully he can keep his cool in the final 11 games for which he’ll be active. This also means he’ll play just two games in Week 23, a brutal turn of events for his fantasy owners.

Kevin Durant vs Anthony Davis

Kevin Durant (ankle) will return to the lineup on Monday vs. the Spurs. He arrived early at the arena to get some extra shots up and went through a full shootaround. Despite his questionable tag, coach Steve Kerr was expecting him back in the lineup tonight prior to this update. This is the first game of five for the Warriors this week which includes two back-to-backs, so there’s a good chance KD will be rested at some point.

Anthony Davis returned from a one-game rest with 15 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and one block in 22 minutes against the Suns on Saturday. That’s still a pretty awesome line for his fantasy owners and he’ll continue to put up high value points even with his minutes limit. The good news is that the Pels are done with the back-to-back sets, but they could still sit The Brow with even the smallest injury.

Paul George vs Kawhi Leonard

Paul George scored a team-high 29 points during Saturday’s blowout loss to the Warriors, adding 13 rebounds, four 3-pointers, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 38 minutes. Golden State did an excellent job of running George off the 3-point line, and overall, their 3-point defense was phenomenal with them holding OKC to 13-of-41 shooting from beyond the arc. PG-13 has struggled against the Warriors this season, but he should be better on Monday vs. the Heat, particularly with Russell Westbrook likely to be suspended for that game.

Kawhi Leonard (load management) is out for Monday’s game vs. the Knicks. Kawhi played three games in a row for the first time in over a month, so this was inevitable against the Knicks. With Serge Ibaka (suspension) out and Kyle Lowry (ankle) questionable, Pascal Siakam is set up for a monster game. The last time Kahwi sat, Norman Powell had 15 points, four assists and three triples in 24 minutes, while OG Anunoby had an 11-3-1 line with two steals and a block in 24 minutes.

Damian Lillard vs Kyrie Irving

Damian Lillard scored 34 points (13-of-29 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs) with six rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday. C.J. McCollum left the game early in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury, after which Lillard scored 26 of his 34 points. Lillard posts per-36 minute averages of 34.7 points, 5.9 boards, 6.1 dimes, 1.8 steals and 3.4 triples with a 35.6 usage rate and a 58.0 TS% without McCollum this season. If he is out for any period of time, Lillard’s role within the Blazers’ offense will only rise, making him an elite play with their 3-4-4 schedule over the next three weeks.

Kyrie Irving just missed a triple-double during a 129-120 win over the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 30 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists, one steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes. He just dropped a 30-point triple double on Thursday for the second of his career, and Irving is on some kind of heater since getting a game off on Mar. 6. In those four, he averaged 27.3 points, 7.5 boards, 9.3 dimes, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks and 3.0 treys with Boston hitting 115-plus points in each of those. As long as he’s not resting, Irving has massive upside every time he steps on the floor.

Nikola Jokic vs Andre Drummond

Nikola Jokic was ejected from Saturday’s game during the fourth quarter, finishing with 26 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two 3-pointers and four turnovers in 34 minutes. During Thursday’s game, Jokic didn’t get his first bucket until the fourth quarter, so the Nuggets made sure to get him going early in this one and he wound up scoring 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting through his first 10 minutes of play. On the season, Jokic has been operating with a 27.1 usage rate, but his usage was at 35.1 tonight, and Mike Malone has indicated during recent interviews he wants him to be more aggressive on offense. The ejection was petty, so he shouldn’t face any additional punishment from the league.

Andre Drummond helped the Pistons earn their ninth straight home win on Sunday with 15 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and one assist in 33 minutes. That gives Drummond his sixth consecutive season with at least 1,000 rebounds. He didn’t block any shots today but also committed just one turnover, while making 5-of-8 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs. His efforts helped cement the Pistons’ hold on the No. 6 seed in the East, while giving coach Dwane Casey his third straight win vs. his former team. That’s no small feat, given Toronto’s position near the top of the standings.

Devin Booker vs Jrue Holiday

Devin Booker scored 40 points with five rebounds, 13 assists, one block, seven turnovers and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes during a 138-136 overtime win at New Orleans on Saturday. The Suns got lucky in this one with the Pelicans calling for a timeout when they ran out, so Booker hit the go-ahead free throw. The Suns have won five of their last eight games and they’re only 2.5 games “up” on the Bulls for top lottery odds. Booker has played excellent ball lately as a top-25 player since the break, so keep him locked and loaded.

Jrue Holiday (abdominal strain) and E’Twaun Moore (quad) will remain on the sidelines for Monday’s matchup with the Mavericks. Holiday and Moore were scheduled to be re-evaluated today, and while we didn’t get word on those results, the fact that they’ve already been ruled out for Monday’s game isn’t a great sign. Alvin Gentry has hinted that both these guys could be headed for a shutdown, and with each missed game, that scenario becomes more and more likely. Frank Jackson and Kenrich Williams will continue to start with these two on the sidelines.

Luka Doncic vs Draymond Green

Luka Doncic (right knee contusion) is being listed as probable for Monday’s matchup with the Pelicans. Doncic sat out Saturday’s game, but it looks like the knee contusion will only force him to spend one game on the sidelines. With Doncic expected back in action on Monday night, Dorian Finney-Smith or Tim Hardaway Jr. could return to the second unit and Trey Burke could drop out of the rotation entirely.

Draymond Green scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting Saturday, to go with three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 34 minutes. Green had his 3-point stroke working for him in this one, drilling two treys through the first quarter of action, and this was the first time he had multiple three-balls since January. Green has been shooting his worst 3-point percentage (24.6) since his rookie year, but he’s been knocking down a somewhat more respectable 30.4% of his 3-point attempts since the All-Star break.

Kevin Love vs Lauri Markkanen

Kevin Love (lower back contusion) is questionable for Monday’s game vs. Detroit. Love has been productive lately but the Cavs are likely to play it safe any time he’s banged up, so his inclusion on the injury report is ominous. Cleveland does play four games next week, though, so even if he misses Monday’s game he could still put together a solid three-game slate.

Lauri Markkanen had 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and one block in 23 minutes during Sunday’s blowout road loss in Sacramento. Markkanen was one of just two Bulls starters with double-digit points tonight, joining Zach LaVine, and coach Jim Boylen opted to bench his key guys for most of the second half. This was a fluky result for Markkanen, in other words, but at least it wasn’t a total loss — he also shot 4-of-8 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line with one 3-pointer. Expect much better vs. the Suns (Monday) and Wizards (Wednesday).

Klay Thompson vs Kyle Lowry

Klay Thompson scored 23 points on 9-of-21 shooting Saturday, to go with three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and one turnover in 34 minutes. Thompson passed up Peja Stojakovic for the No. 17 spot on the NBA’s all-time 3-point list in this one, and he was aggressive in seeking out his shot with Kevin Durant (ankle) on the sidelines. As a team, the Dubs dropped in 40 points through the first quarter of action, which accounted for the most points OKC has allowed through any first quarter this year, and they never really let up at any point throughout the game.

Kyle Lowry (ankle) has been upgraded to probable for Monday’s game against the Knicks. Lowry has missed the past two games, but it appears there’s a chance he’ll be able to make it back to the court tonight. If he does play, he could see some more shots falling his way with Kawhi Leonard (rest) unavailable, but he could also take an early seat on the bench if the game turns into a blowout, so he’s not the best DFS target.

DeMarcus Cousins vs Steven Adams

An MRI on DeMarcus Cousins’ sore right ankle revealed no structural damage and he is being listed as day-to-day. Boogie will sit out Monday’s game against the Spurs, and there’s a decent chance he’ll miss Tuesday’s game vs. the Timberwolves, but even if he skips those two he’d still have the opportunity to play in three games this week. Kevon Looney will likely get the start in his place tonight, and Andrew Bogut will have the opportunity to make his Dubs’ debut.

Steven Adams scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting (1-of-4 from the line) on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers in 33 minutes. Adams did tweak his left ankle midway through the third fighting for a loose ball with Stephen Curry, which required a trip to the locker room, but he eventually returned to the game during the fourth quarter despite the Thunder being down by 20. Adams is one of the toughest dudes out there, so he’ll likely play through the pain, but owners would be wise to just confirm his status prior to Monday’s game against the Heat.

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Stephen Curry vs Russell Westbrook

Stephen Curry hit just 6-of-20 shots and 4-of-15 3-pointers for 18 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals and a block in 35 minutes of Sunday’s ugly 115-111 home loss to the Suns. Curry, Kevin Durant (who left with an ankle injury) and Klay Thompson combined to hit just 9-of-34 shots from downtown, and the Warriors were just 10-of-43 from 3-point land as a team. They’ve lost six of their last 10 games, and a home loss to the Suns is not what the doctor ordered. GSW has a big game on Wednesday at Houston, and it will be interesting to see how they fare in that one. Regardless of their recent struggles, the Warriors are still the No. 1 seed in the West, holding a 1.5 game lead over the Nuggets.

Russell Westbrook produced 23 points (9-19 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-6 FT), 11 rebounds, eight assists, one steal, and one block in 37 minutes during Monday’s 98-89 win over the Jazz.

Bradley Beal vs Devin Booker

Bradley Beal nearly triple-doubled in a 121-115 win over the Kings on Monday, scoring 27 points with nine rebounds and nine assists. He also recorded four steals with three triples, hitting 9-of-20 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line. It’s a fantastic start to the week from Beal and his fantasy owners will continue to benefit from one of the best remaining schedules in the NBA — the Wizards play three more times this week and follow that up with two straight weeks of four games each. He’ll be locked in as a top-10 fantasy asset as long as his team is in striking distance of the No. 8 seed.

Devin Booker hit 13-of-23 shots, two 3-pointers and 9-of-9 free throws on his way to 37 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists and two steals in 41 minutes of Sunday’s 115-111 win over the Warriors in Oracle Arena. Booker was awesome and took over the game in the fourth quarter, helping the Suns snap an 18-game, five-year losing streak against the Warriors. The Suns have won five of their last seven games, and have now beaten both the Bucks and the Warriors in the past week. And despite all of that goodness, the Suns are still just 16-52 on the season, trailing only the Knicks for the league’s worst record.

Andre Drummond vs Nikola Vucevic

Andre Drummond reached the 20-rebound mark for the 15th time this season Monday, as he accounted for 20 rebounds, 13 points (5-of-14 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), three assists and one steal. Drummond could have put up an even higher rebound total if the outcome were in doubt, as he and the rest of the Pistons starters sat for much of the fourth quarter in the 103-75 loss to the Nets. The seventh-year center has grabbed 20 or more boards in two of his last three games, and over the last five he’s averaging 19.0 points, 18.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 57.1% from the field, 33.3% from three and 64.7% from the foul line.

Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 26 points and 10 rebounds on Sunday against the Grizzlies. The Magic have outscored opponents by 2.9 points per 100 possessions with Nikola Vucevic on the floor this season. When Vucevic is on the bench, Orlando gets outscored by 5.9 points per 100 possessions.

Rudy Gobert vs Clint Capela

Rudy Gobert amassed 15 points (5-8 FG, 5-7 FT), 12 rebounds, four blocks, one assist, and one steal in 35 minutes during Monday’s 98-89 loss to the Thunder.

Clint Capela scored 19 points (8-12 FG, 3-3 FT) while adding 15 rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes during Monday’s 118-106 win over the Hornets.

Donovan Mitchell vs D’Angelo Russell

Donovan Mitchell hit 8-of-22 shots and 6-of-8 free throws in Monday’s 98-89 loss to the Thunder. This was a monster line from Mitchell, as he racked up five assists, four rebounds, five steals, one block and three triples in 37 minutes. Mitchell has put his slow start to the season well behind him and looks like the player who helped knock out this OKC team from the playoffs last season. He’s averaging just under 30 points per game for the past month and is peaking for the fantasy playoffs.

D’Angelo Russell played 24 minutes Monday vs. the Pistons, finishing with 11 points (5-of-13 FGs), seven assists, three rebounds, two steals, one blocked shot and one three-pointer. Russell did not have his best night scoring-wise, but he did tally seven assists and help lead the Nets to a 28-point win over the Pistons in Brooklyn. The fourth-year point guard is shooting just 39.0% from the field, 30.6% from three and 46.2% from the foul line over his last five games, which is a bit of an issue for those who have him on their rosters. However, given how well the All-Star guard has played throughout the entire season it’s fair to assume that this slump will come to an end soon enough. And even with the shooting issues Russell has been a top-100 player over the last month.

DeMarcus Cousins vs Hassan Whiteside

DeMarcus Cousins tallied 13 points (5-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, two assists and two blocks across 28 minutes in the Warriors’ 115-111 loss to the Suns on Sunday.

Hassan Whiteside is averaging 12.8 points and 12.1 rebounds for the Heat.

Chris Paul vs Klay Thompson

Chris Paul scored 10 points (3-8 3Pt, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, four assists and a block in 29 minutes during Monday’s 118-106 win over the Hornets.

Klay Thompson hit 10-of-22 shots and 4-of-15 3-pointers for 28 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block in 36 minutes of Sunday’s 115-111 loss to the Suns at Oracle Arena. Thompson had a great night everywhere but from beyond the arc, and the Warriors’ poor 3-point shooting as a team is a big reason they lost this game. The loss snapped an 18-game, five-year winning streak over the Suns, and the Warriors will look to rebound on Wednesday with a big game at Houston.

Josh Richardson vs Spencer Dinwiddie

Josh Richardson couldn’t get anything going during Sunday’s blowout loss to the Raptors, finishing with just eight points, two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover over 26 minutes. Richardson (right hamstring soreness) will play Wednesday against the Pistons. He has been expected to play since earlier this afternoon. This isn’t a back-to-back set and it’s one of the biggest games left on the schedule, so expect J-Rich to get close to a full workload, especially getting the green light before warmups are over. Get him in your lineups.

Spencer Dinwiddie shot 5-of-11 from the field and 7-of-7 from the foul line in Monday’s win over the Pistons, scoring 19 points with two rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers. Dinwiddie was one of seven Nets to score in double figures in Brooklyn’s 28-point win, and he’s scored 15 points or more in five of the six games he’s played in since returning from a thumb injury. During this stretch, the backup guard is averaging 18.4 points, 5.0 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game with shooting splits of 45.6/33.3/72.4.

Goran Dragic vs Evan Fournier

Goran Dragic scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting (2-of-4 from the line) Sunday, to go with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 21 minutes off the bench.

Evan Fournier was ejected early on Sunday, scoring zero points in 14 minutes with 0-of-4 shooting, three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Wes Iwundu took over for Fournier after his ejection, with Terrence Ross (28 minutes) also chipping in to balance the load. Fournier came in averaging 3.0 triples in March, with enough steals and points to justify playing him in most fantasy formats. This was a brutal outcome but the good typically outweighs the bad, giving him mild appeal as a source of scoring, threes, assists and FT%.

Trevor Ariza vs Justin Holiday

Trevor Ariza totaled 11 points (5-14 FG, 1-7 3Pt), 10 rebounds and three assists across 37 minutes in the Wizards’ win over the Kings on Monday.

The Grizzlies have one of the best matchups of the day vs. the Atlanta Hawks, which makes Justin Holiday an interesting target.

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