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|2/25/2017||Rudy Gobert, Uta, C|
|Gobert was a force in the post once again on Friday, as the Utah big man compiled 15 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks to help the Jazz defeat Milwaukee.
Analysis: It's the sixth time this season in which the 7-foot Frenchman has posted 15 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks in a game, an amount eclipsed only by Anthony Davis and Hassan Whiteside. It's also Gobert's sixth straight double-double and 13th in his last 17 games.
|2/25/2017||George Hill, Uta, G|
|Hill contributed 19 points and a season-high four steals to the Jazz's 109-95 win at Milwaukee on Friday.
Analysis: The sharpshooting guard went 3 of 4 from 3-point range and is 18 of 43 (41.9 percent) from beyond the arc over a seven-game stretch in which he's averaged 18.9 points. Hill has been injury-prone throughout this season, but he's been a pretty dependable fantasy source when on the court.
|2/25/2017||Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mil, SF|
|Antetokounmpo racked up 33 points, 12 rebounds, five steals and three assists Friday, though he received little support from his Milwaukee teammates in the club's loss to Utah.
Analysis: The All-Star forward is averaging 27 points in the Bucks' five games since Jabari Parker tore his ACL while his excellent rebounding and assist totals have remained constant. Antetokounmpo should maintain his status as a top-five fantasy player on a Milwaukee team still in search of consistent complementary scorers.
|2/25/2017||Michael Beasley, Mil, F|
|Beasley put up 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting while adding six rebounds in Friday's loss to Utah.
Analysis: Jabari Parker's season-ending knee injury has yielded an opportunity that Beasley is taking advantage of. The well-traveled forward is averaging 19.7 points and shot an outstanding 69.2 percent from the floor over his last three games to put himself back on the fantasy map.
|2/25/2017||Kawhi Leonard, SA, G-F|
|Leonard scored 21 points, and the San Antonio Spurs used a third-quarter spark to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-97 on Friday night at Staples Center.
Analysis: He's averaging 29.2 points in the last six games.
|2/25/2017||Dewayne Dedmon, SA, C|
|Dedmon had 12 rebounds Friday.
Analysis: He's averaged 11.7 rebounds in the last seven games.
|2/25/2017||Blake Griffin, LAC, F-C|
|Griffin scored 23 of his 29 points in the second half Friday.
Analysis: The 29 matched Griffin's point total from the previous two games.
|2/25/2017||Austin Rivers, LAC, G-F|
|Rivers came off the bench to score 23 points Friday.
Analysis: He's totaled 42 points on 15-of-30 shooting in the last two games.
|2/25/2017||Nikola Mirotic, Chi, F|
|Mirotic came out of the doghouse to match a season high with 20 points and pull down eight rebounds in Chicago's overtime win over Phoenix on Friday.
Analysis: The forward didn't play in any of the Bulls' last three games before the All-Star break, but he'll have a chance to restore his diminishing fantasy value following the trade of Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to Oklahoma City.
|2/25/2017||Jimmy Butler, Chi, G-F|
|Butler delivered 22 points, nine assists and four steals to help the Bulls defeat Phoenix in overtime on Friday.
Analysis: With the trade deadline having passed and some time off to rest his injured heal, Butler should be ready to rock down the stretch. Though he's shot just 37.3 percent overall and gone 3 of 15 on 3s over his last four games, he's still averaged 22.5 points, 8.5 assists and 2.8 steals during that period.
|2/25/2017||Eric Bledsoe, Pho, G|
|Bledsoe had 10 assists and seven rebounds Friday, but was held to 17 points on 5-of-14 shooting in the Suns' overtime loss at Chicago.
Analysis: Phoenix's do-everything guard has now connected on a subpar 38.8 percent of his field goal attempts over his last eight games, though his production hasn't dropped much over that stretch. Bledsoe is still averaging 20.6 points, 6.8 assists and 4.9 rebounds during that time frame.
|2/25/2017||Marquese Chriss, Pho, PF|
|Chriss put up 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting along with seven rebounds in Friday's overtime loss at Chicago.
Analysis: With the Suns playing strictly for draft position the rest of the way, the talented rookie is on the verge of a significant minutes spike and should be a player to watch. Chriss had 15 points and eight boards in Phoenix's final game before the All-Star break.
|2/25/2017||Devin Booker, Pho, SG|
|Booker finished with 27 points in the Suns' overtime loss at Chicago on Friday.
Analysis: Though consistency remains an issue with the young guard, he'll remain fantasy relevant the rest of the way just on volume alone. Booker's 19 field goal attempts per game since Jan. 8 rank in the top 10 of all NBA players, and he's averaging a strong 25.1 points during that period.
|2/25/2017||LeBron James, Cle, F|
|James is being listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against Chicago due to an illness which caused him to miss the shootaround.
Analysis: Cleveland has lost all three games James has missed this season. Richard Jefferson would start in his place.
|2/25/2017||E'Twaun Moore, NO, G|
|Moore (personal) will miss Saturday's game in Dallas.
Analysis: Moore had just taken over a starting job after Buddy Hield was traded in the DeMarcus Cousins deal. It's unclear who will start in place of Moore.
|2/25/2017||Patrick Beverley, Hou, G|
|Beverley is questionable for Saturday's game against Minnesota due to left groin tightness.
Analysis: It appears that Beverley would be a risky play even if he plays because this is an injury that has already caused him to miss 14 games this season.
|2/25/2017||Michael Carter-Williams, Chi, PG|
|Carter-Williams did not travel with the Bulls for Saturday's game in Cleveland due to patellar tendinitis.
Analysis: It's unclear who will start in place of Carter-Williams, who has been awful recently with an average of 5.5 points on 29.7 percent shooting in Chicago's last six games.
|2/25/2017||Kevin Durant, GS, F|
|Durant will not play Saturday against the Nets due to a left hand contusion.
Analysis: Durant got hurt bracing himself during a fall Thursday night, though he stayed in the game. He had his hand wrapped at practice Friday, and apparently the Warriors aren't taking any chances with the superstar by giving him Saturday off. Then again, the team probably figures it can handle the woeful Nets without Durant in hopes of getting him back for the start of a five-game road trip Monday in Philly.
|2/25/2017||Nikola Vucevic, Orl, F-C|
|Vucevic will play in Saturday's matchup with Atlanta despite a sore right Achilles.
Analysis: Vucevic was a late add to the injury report as questionable, but coach Frank Vogel has confirmed that the big man will play. He looked plenty healthy in Orlando's last game, scoring 25 points in 33 minutes on Thursday.
|2/25/2017||Caris LeVert, Bkn, G-F|
|LeVert (illness) will miss Saturday night's game against the Warriors.
Analysis: With the injury problems he's had during his rookie season, it's possible LeVert wouldn't have played anyway with Brooklyn playing for the second straight night. LeVert had 10 points Friday in his second start of the season.
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