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C.J. McCollum made scoring 32 points look easy during a 112-100 win over the Wolves on Saturday, making 11-of-13 from the field and all six free throws with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

Not bad on efficiency with a 102.3 true shooting percentage. Damian Lillard said McCollum is the best midrange player in the league, but McCollum said on the Blazers broadcast that he's the best "in the world." He may be right with C.J. way above league average in non-restricted paint scoring, midrange and on 3-pointers. For a guy who gets 48.3 percent of his shots on pull-ups, McCollum is vastly underrated as an elite scorer in the NBA. His fantasy owners certainly don't underrate him thanks to his top-20 value in standard leagues this season.
Mar 26 - 1:24 AM

Damian Lillard made 8-of-13 from the field for 21 points with six points, eight rebounds, three steals and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday.

The garbage time could've been the main reason why his three-game streak of scoring at least 30 has been snapped. On the other hand, Lillard does have a great efficiency streak still alive with at least a 54.0 true shooting percentage (TS%) in nine straight, totaling a pristine 68.3 TS% and a 35.2 usage rate in that span. He's arguably the hottest scorer in the league and is a big reason why the Blazers won't go away in the race for eighth.
Mar 26 - 1:12 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 16 points with five rebounds and one block in 31 minutes during a 112-100 loss to the Blazers on Saturday.

It's been a long, long time since KAT had a dud like this one. In fact, the 21 combined points and boards are his lowest since Nov. 23 against the Pelicans. Over his previous games since the break, Towns averaged 28.1 points, 13.9 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.4 treys. Even with the Wolves basically out of the playoffs, KAT is headed for a monster finish.
Mar 26 - 1:06 AM

Ricky Rubio scored 16 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

This loss puts the Wolves down six games from the No. 8 spot with only 10 games to go, so they're basically dead in the water. We'll see how coach Tom Thibodeau plays this one with Rubio, but it's obvious more minutes are going to Tyus Jones and Kris Dunn. To be clear, the low minutes today had to do with garbage time. With only three games this week, Rubio's fantasy owners may have to weigh their options.
Mar 26 - 12:57 AM

Tyus Jones scored one point with one rebound, four assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

The Wolves are making a change to their rotation with Kris Dunn as more of a wing and Jones locking down the backup PG minutes. Jones has also played 18 minutes next to Ricky Rubio in the last two, so he's filling in there. Jones isn't really a pickup unless you're desperate now or want to stash him for the five-game week starting on Apr. 3.
Mar 26 - 12:52 AM

Kris Dunn scored a career-high 17 points against the Blazers on Saturday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

It's looking like Kris Dunn shooting guard time. In the last two games, Dunn has played a combined 31 minutes next to Ricky Rubio and 37 minutes next to Tyus Jones -- the Dunn-Rubio lineups have been torched. Now that the Wolves are basically out of it, Dunn looks like he'll be contributing on a nightly basis. If you need a point guard, he's worth a look. He could be a sneaky player to have in the last full week of the season with five games, but only has three next week.
Mar 26 - 12:49 AM

Serge Ibaka scored 18 points with eight rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers during a 94-86 win over the Mavs on Saturday.

The Raptors actually haven't been too bad without Ibaka off the court, but he's putting up some good stats these days. In his last four active games, he's averaged 16.8 points, 7.0 boards, 0.8 assists, 0.5 blocks and 2.3 treys. He's been performing as expected as a sixth-round player since arriving in The North. DeMar DeRozan also added 18 points during this win.
Mar 26 - 12:42 AM

P.J. Tucker scored nine points with nine rebounds, three assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

With DeMarre Carroll (back) out, coach Dwane Casey pulled a page out of Suns coach Earl Watson's playbook with heavy run of Tucker against strong offensive players. The Raptors are getting some serious value out of Tucker from their second-round pick at the deadline and he could make a big impact in the postseason, but most fantasy owners should be looking elsewhere unless he's being added as a steals specialist. There are a lot of hot pickups out there.
Mar 26 - 12:34 AM

Norman Powell scored six points with one assist and one steal in 14 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

Even with DeMarre Carrol (back) out, coach Dwane Casey used some two-PG combos to offset that loss along with plenty of P.J. Tucker. Powell isn't really an add unless you're fishing for points at the bottom of the barrel.
Mar 26 - 12:31 AM

Jakob Poeltl scored four points with three rebounds, one block and one steal in 18 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

Coach Dwane Casey still gave Poeltl some important run even with Serge Ibaka back. The biggest takeaway from this is that Jonas Valanciunas is even tougher to trust in fantasy.
Mar 26 - 12:29 AM

Delon Wright scored eight points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

That will work as the Raptors went smaller to help offset not having DeMarre Carroll (back) out there today. Wright does appear to be trending up, but he's still only worth a look in very deep leagues.
Mar 26 - 12:26 AM

Harrison Barnes scored 23 points during a 94-86 loss to the Raptors on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and no turnovers.

March has been a rough month for Harry B, but now he's got two good ones in a row under his belt. This month, he has his worst scoring average and efficiency compared to other full months. He's still a must-start player and has been much better than expected in reality after his big contract. The Mavs trail the Nuggets by 4.0 games.
Mar 26 - 12:24 AM

Seth Curry scored 11 points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

The Mavs want to get a look Curry as a point guard, but it just wasn't there against a vastly improved defense. We've seen coach Rick Carlisle turn trash to treasure on a lot of point guards, so this should be a positive for Curry after an adjustment period. Of course, fantasy owners in redraft leagues may not enjoy said adjustment period. He still has to be starting in almost all formats.
Mar 26 - 12:20 AM

Wesley Matthews made 2-of-12 from the field and missed both free throws for four points with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks.

Besides the missed shots, that's a pretty good line for Matthews. Still, Matthews is now down to just 28.6 percent from the field in March, and a lot of that is because he's only made two shots at the rim for the entire month. The downside is outweighing the upside by a lot these days. He did go to the locker room today, but quickly returned.
Mar 26 - 12:09 AM

Yogi Ferrell scored 10 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

He did not check for the first 15 minutes of this game. Ferrell gave the Mavs a nice spark after a strong start, so it's fair to say Ferrell's minutes were likely going to be in the low double digits had he not played well early. He's a drop candidate in most leagues.
Mar 26 - 12:04 AM



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