Jimmy Butler SG/SF MIN 2 hours ago
Butler recorded 21 points (7-10 FG, 7-7 FT), nine assists, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes during Thursday's 119-96 victory over Sacramento.
Butler and the Timberwolves bounced back after a disappointing loss against the 76ers, coming away with an easy win. His 10 field-goal attempts were his lowest in over a month, but contributed across the stat sheet, in a typical Jimmy Butler type performance. He continues to shoot the ball very well from both the field and the charity stripe and will look to keep things rolling against a struggling Suns team on Saturday.
Karl-Anthony Towns C MIN 2 hours ago
Towns finished with 30 points (11-16 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-9 FT), 14 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and one steal in 34 minutes during Thursday's 119-96 victory over the Kings.
Towns took advantage of a favorable matchup, coming through with his best overall performance of the season. Owners have to be happy with his last week of action, having taken at least 14 shots in each of his last four games. He is also finding his way to the free-throw line more consistently while averaging 2.5 steals and 3.0 blocks over the same time frame. His defensive numbers have been seen as his weakness, and these numbers will likely lead to increased production on a more regular basis. He will get the night off before another favorable matchup against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.
George Hill G SAC 2 hours ago
Hill finished with 16 points (5-9 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists and two rebounds in 30 minutes during Thursday's 119-96 loss to the Timberwolves.
Hill played well for the second straight game, leading the team once again with 16 points. He has played more than 28 minutes in three of his last four games, scoring in double figures in all three of those games. His role has been inconsistent so far this season, along with most of the Kings roster. D'Aaron Fox has not developed as quickly as the team would have hoped, and this may lead to some more run for the veteran. There is a decent chance he is floating around on quite a few waiver wires, and he is worth a look if you have room at the end of your bench.
Lonzo Ball PG LAL 2 hours ago
Ball totaled 13 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 3Pt), 11 assists, eight rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes during Thursday's 121-112 loss to Cleveland.
Ball was questionable coming into the game, but appeared unphased by his quad concern, racking up 37 minutes of action. He appears to be adjusting to the NBA game, picking his shots carefully as opposed to putting up ill-advised attempts. His free-throws are still a concern but he doesn't really get to the line enough to make a huge impact on your overall production. He will look to continue his impressive play against the Warriors on Monday.
Josh Hart SG LAL 2 hours ago
Hart finished with 11 points (4-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes during Thursday's 121-112 loss to the Cavaliers.
Hart received his first career start with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope out due to personal reasons. He finished with season-highs in points, rebounds and minutes played, while also recording his first double-double. If Caldwell-Pope is forced to miss more time, Hart likely did enough to warrant another start. He is by no means worth a pickup in standard leagues but could be a nice streaming option if he does indeed receive another start.
Brandon Ingram SG/F LAL 2 hours ago
Ingram tallied 26 points (10-15 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, six assists and one steal across 39 minutes in Thursday's 121-112 loss to Cleveland.
Ingram had a nice game, bouncing back from a poor performance against the Knicks. He continues to be a pleasant surprise for the young Lakers team, averaging career-best numbers across the board. With the team looking to develop their young stars, he should be locked in for significant minutes, no matter the record of the team.
Dwyane Wade G CLE 2 hours ago
Wade collected 10 points (3-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six assists and two rebounds in just 22 minutes during Thursday's 121-112 victory over the Lakers.
Wade returned from a one-game absence, scoring 10 points off the bench. The fact that he only missed one game would indicate that the injury is not a major concern moving forward. He has looked good over the last three weeks and appears to have settled into a bench role very nicely. He will likely miss some more time throughout the season as the team monitors him in preparation for the playoffs. He should still be owned in most league formats based on his recent production. Just keep in mind, he isn't the player he used to be, so temper your expectations.
Kevin Love PF/C CLE 2 hours ago
Love had 28 points (9-15 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes during Thursday's 121-112 victory over the Lakers.
Love recorded his sixth double-double in his last seven games, helping the Cavaliers to another victory. He has been very consistent this season, scoring in double-figures in all but two games. His average scoring numbers have remained basically the same as last season, however, he has seen a nice rise in his efficiency. He is shooting almost 47 percent from the floor, a four percent increase from last season.
LeBron James F CLE 3 hours ago
James finished with 25 points (8-18 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 8-12 FT), 12 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes during Thursday's 121-112 victory over the Lakers.
James powered his way to another triple-double, having his way with the young Lakers defense. With the lack of a quality point-guard, James has put his passing game on full display. He has recorded double-figure assists in the last three games, averaging 14 assists in the period. Isaiah Thomas (hip) is closing in on a return which will take away from some of James' opportunities, but he should still remain a lock to finish the season as a top 10 player in all formats.
Harrison Barnes F DAL 5 hours ago
Barnes recorded 16 points (6-18 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in 33 minutes during Thursday's 112-97 loss to the Warriors.
One could consider this an off night for the usually-consistent forward, who usually offsets any poor shooting with decent supporting statistics to boost his fantasy totals. Unfortunately for Barnes owners, that didn't occur on Thursday. Despite this poor matchup, he remains Dallas' most consistent contributor and stability is a valuable asset in many formats.