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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (back), point guard Ben Simmons, and small/power forward Tobias Harris have all been given the green light to take the floor for Saturday's game versus the Pistons. Embiid spent the past two games demolishing Boston's interior defense to the tune of 42 and 38 points, respectively. He's once again in a prime spot to feast against a Detroit squad that has had extreme difficulty in slowing opposing centers this year. Prior to tip-off, head coach Doc Rivers expressed doubt that Simmons and Harris would play, but the trio has all been announced as a part of the starting five. They carry some DFS risk due to their banged up nature, but with a premium matchup against Detroit's defense, Embiid in particular carries slate-breaking potential.
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, one block, and two steals in 37 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Spurs. In four of the past five games, Siakam now has at least 20 points. Overall, the 27-year-old has been very consistent this season and is averaging a solid 20.8 points per game, making him a great fantasy option. He has a great matchup on Friday against an average Magic defense.
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Reggie Jackson flourished in a revenge game against his former team, the Detroit Pistons, on Wednesday. Jackson shot 12-for-24 from the field and scored a game-high and season-high 29 points. He hit three threes and grabbed six rebounds. Clearly, he wanted to keep this revenge game in his own hands as he only had one assist and only one turnover as well. The Clippers were without both Kawhi Leonard (foot) and Paul George (rest) in this game, so Jackson had to take on a bigger workload. Next up for Jackson and the Clippers is a tough matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.
San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan compiled 19 points, four rebounds, 11 assists, and one steal in 38 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Raptors. The forward now has at least 19 points and six assists in the last four games. Averaging 21.2 points and 7.1 assists per game, DeRozan is a solid fantasy option going forward. Up next is a terrific matchup on Friday against a bottom-five Portland defense.
Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac posted his second double-double of the month in Wednesday's 100-98 win over the Detroit Pistons. Zubac shot 6-for-10 from the field and 6-for-7 from the line. He scored 18 points to go along with 13 rebounds. He also had two assists, two steals and a block. Zubac has been a steady contributor in rebounds all year, averaging 7.3 rebounds per game on the season. However, his greatest contribution to fantasy managers has been his elite field goal percentage (65.2%). Zubac's next matchup will be a tough one against Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.
Detroit Pistons small forward Jerami Grant had a strong offensive showing in Wednesday night's 100-98 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Grant shot 10-for-21 from the field and 7-for-7 from the line on the way to a team-high 28 points. He hit one three and also had three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Grant had missed the team's last three games with a knee injury. While he's still in the midst of a breakout season, he's slowed down a bit since a scorching start to the year. His next matchup is a favorable one against his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, on Friday.
San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White finished with 25 points, three rebounds, and five assists in 34 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Raptors. Despite averaging 14.6 points per game, White now has 25 points in two of the past four games. Overall, White is a low-end fantasy option as he does post generally decent numbers, but not always in a consistent pattern. The guard has a very favorable matchup on Friday against a bottom-five Blazers defense.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards led his team with 24 points in Wednesday's blowout loss against Milwaukee, shooting 8-for-21 from the field and 3-for-5 at the foul line. The top pick of last year's draft had a very inefficient performance from the field, but he actually shot a nice 5-for-11 from downtown. Edwards added three assists and three steals to his line with two turnovers in 31 minutes. The 19-year-old is having a prolific month, failing to reach the 20-point mark just twice in eight games. Next up, he will try to impress against Jimmy Butler and the Heat on Friday.
Milwaukee Bucks forward/center Bobby Portis had another start on Wednesday with Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) still out, and he provided a good fantasy line in a 130-105 win over Minnesota with 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals, shooting 6-for-13 from the field and 1-for-2 from outside. The game sadly marked the end of Portis' four-game double-double streak, but the assists and steals were nice to see. The 26-year-old could be in for a huge game on Thursday if the Bucks also decide to rest Khris Middleton. Giannis has been back at practice, but it's still uncertain when he'll return.
Milwaukee Bucks small forward Khris Middleton needed only 25 minutes of action to rack up 27 points in Wednesday's blowout win over Minnesota, finishing with 9-for-15 shooting from the field and with a 6-for-6 mark at the foul line. He also found time to pick up eight rebounds, seven assists and one steal while shooting 3-for-7 from downtown. The Bucks had another game without Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) here, and the stage is always nicely set for Middleton if the Greek Freak is out. He might end up missing another game with Milwaukee back in action on Thursday against Atlanta.
Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet(hip) could make his return to the court on Friday. VanVleet is serving his one-game suspension, which indicates that he is past his hip injury. In a confusing turn of events, head coach Nick Nurse initially said that the update on VanVleet's injury was not good on Tuesday night, though he said that "he would assume" that the guard would be available for Friday's contest when asked. This is definitely a situation to monitor closely if you have VanVleet rostered, as it sounds like he'll play, though there's always the threat of a potential late scratch from the lineup.