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Bobby Portis Jr. scored 15 points (3-11 Fg, 8-10 Ft, 1-3 3Pt) 11 rebounds, one block, and one assist across 30 minutes in the Bucks 97-93 loss to the Raptors from Toronto on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Portis was abysmal from the floor on Thursday night but still managed to collect his first double-double in his last five games. The veteran center will be locked in as the starting center in this Bucks lineup for as long as he remains healthy as Brook Lopez is out indefinitely after having back surgery. Next up for the Bucks is a home matchup with the Heat on Saturday night.

Khris Middleton scored 22 points (8-20 Fg, 4-5 Ft, 2-5 3Pt) eight rebounds, two assists, and one block across 35 minutes in the Bucks 97-93 loss to the Raptors from Toronto on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Middleton turned in another solid performance on Thursday night which coincides with him seeing an uptick in minutes in the last two games. Next up for the Bucks is a home matchup with the Heat on Saturday night.

Giannis Antetokounmpo missed Thursday night's game against the Raptors with right calf soreness.

Fantasy Impact: It's not quite clear when he aggravated his right calf but the Bucks will be monitoring Giannis' injury for the next couple of days. At least for now it appears he will miss Saturday's game against Miami.

SA Spurs G Bryn Forbes ended with 18 points (7-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and two steals over 15 minutes during Thursday's 114-83 victory over Portland.

Fantasy Impact: In a blowout win over the Blazers, Forbes was a hot spark off the bench tallying 18 points on 7-9 shooting while managing to nail three 3's. Forbes has played exceptionally well over his past four contests logging double-digit points in three-of-four. He remains off fantasy radars outside of DFS circles.

SA Spurs C Jakob Poeltl amassed 14 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, four blocks and one steal in 30 minutes during Thursday's 114-83 victory over the Trail Blazers.

Fantasy Impact: It was an impressive night for the veteran big man. Poeltl managed to score 14 points on 7-12 while notching in nine rebounds, just one shy of what would've been third of the season. Since returning from injury, he's been averaging 13.0 points, 10.2 boards and 2.0 blocks over his past five games. He remains a top-75 player with that type of production.

SA Spurs G Dejounte Murray finished Thursday's 114-83 victory over the Trail Blazers with 15 points (6-16 FG, 3-7 3Pt), seven rebounds, 13 assists and two steals over 34 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Murray managed to post yet another double-double on the season but failed to do so with efficiency from the floor. The young star shot 6-16 on his way to 15 points.The fifth-year point guard has grown as a scorer with a career-best 18.9 points on the campaign, and he is also on pace for the best marks of his career with 8.4 boards, 8.3 assists, 1.3 three-pointers and 2.0 steals per contest. Collectively, those numbers have helped Murray post top-15 value in nine-category fantasy leagues on the campaign.

OKC Thunder G Watson finished with four points (1-8 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists and one block over 32 minutes during Thursday's 152-79 loss to the Grizzlies.

Fantasy Impact: It was one for the record books on Thursday as the Thunder lost by 73-points, an NBA record. Paul Watson was one of the biggest factors as he did next to nothing on both sides of the ball on his way to a -40 plus-. He along with several other Thunder should be sent to the Drew League after such a pathetic performance but with SGA remaining out, it's likely he retains his minutes.

Thunder G Tre Mann provided 12 points (5-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT), one assist and one block in 27 minutes during Thursday's 152-79 loss to the Grizzlies.

Fantasy Impact: Tre Mann was one of the lone bright spots for a Thunder squad that lost by an NBA record of 73 points on Thursday. He provided 12 points on just under 50% shooting in 27 minutes of play. The minutes come at some what of a result of the blowout. Don't expect Mann to offer any fantasy value moving forward.

OKC Thunder G Ty Jerome recorded 12 points (5-14 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds, four assists and two steals across 35 minutes during Thursday's 152-79 loss to the Grizzlies.

Fantasy Impact: It was a pathetic performance from Jerome and the Thunder on Thursday who got blown out by 73 points, most in NBA history. With starter Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out, Jerome played 35 minutes and logged 12 points on just over 35% shooting.

Anthony Edwards finished with 25 points (7-17 FG, 4-9 3PT, 7-8 FT), three rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in 38 minutes. The Timberwolves lost the Wizards 115-107.

Fantasy Impact: The young sophomore continues to edge towards stardom, both for the Timberwolves and for fantasy teams. His effectiveness on both ends of the floor allow him to contribute even on nights when the his shots aren't falling. He's already a top-25 player with room for growth.

Jarred Vanderbilt secured a game-high 12 rebounds in Wednesday's 115-107 loss to the Wizards. He also had four points and two blocks.

Fantasy Impact: That's double-digit rebounds in six of the last seven for Vanderbilt, but he's completely uninvolved in the offense. He's only reached double-digit points once in his last 14 games. That's simply not going to cut it in most fantasy formats.

D'Angelo Russell struggled to 10 points (3-18 FG, 1-12 3PT, 3-4 FT) in Wednesday's 115-107 loss to the Wizards. He did add nine assists, five rebounds, and two blocks.

Fantasy Impact: There's no other way to put it, this was a brutal shooting night for Russell. Still, his numbers are up almost across the board from last season as he continues to grow into this offense. His upside is limited but he's startable in 12-team leagues as a consistent option at guard.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 34 points (11-25 FG, 2-4 3PT, 10-11 FT) and added 10 rebounds in Wednesday's 115-107 loss to the Wizards.

Fantasy Impact: KAT also had an assist, a steal, and a block to round out his line. He took a hard fall with just over two minutes remaining and was unable to return, but the star center seemed optimistic after the game that it won't cost him any time.

Clint Capela contributed eight points, nine rebounds, four assists, and two blocks in 33 minutes on Wednesday. The Hawks beat the Pacers 114-111.

Fantasy Impact: After pulling down 39 rebounds over his last two games, Capela was only able to grab nine in this one. He also failed to reach double-digit points, so overall it was a quiet night for the big man, who's fourth in the league with 15 double-doubles this season. He has nights like this more often than fantasy owners would like, but he's still a top-10 center.

Myles Turner scored 17 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and three snipes against the Hawks this wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Now that Turner is back from one day absence, he could get it going again especially with Caris LeVert still struggling to get his rhythm.

Malcolm Brogdon tallied 27 points, six rebounds, nine assists and three steals in Atlanta.

Fantasy Impact: Brogdon is currently the highest ranked Pacer in terms of fantasy value. He is really thriving in the Rick Carlisle system. Let's just hope he stays healthy for the whole season.

Domantas Sabonis scored 22 points in 9/10 FGA against the Atlanta Hawks this Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Sabonis is starting to rack another series of doubles-double. We still haven't seen uptick in his usage and dimes so unless someone get's hurt he might not match his fantasy value form the past seasons.

Kevin Huerter scored 19 points (8-11 FG, 3-4 3PT) in Wednesday's 114-111 win over the Pacers.

Fantasy Impact: This was a solid bounce-back game for Huerter after he went 0-6 from three in the game prior. Still, the 19 points match his second-highest total all season. He's simply not a big enough part of this offense to be fantasy relevant in most formats.

John Collins had a strong defensive game with 4 blocked shots and a steal in Wednesday's 114-111 win over the Pacers. He also contributed 14 points (5-8 FG, 3-3 3PT, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, and two assists.

Fantasy Impact: I suppose Collins is still the second option in this Hawks offense, but it's really a committee behind Trae Young. Collins' 11.2 shot attempts and 16.5 points per game are both his lowest since his rookie season. He's still a top-15 forward but his upside is capped in this offense.

Trae Young made two late free throws to secure a 114-111 win over the Pacers on Wednesday. He finished with 33 points (13-27 FG, 3-10 3PT, 4-4 FT), to go along with 10 assists and eight rebounds.

Fantasy Impact: It wasn't the most efficient game for Young but his fantasy owners won't mind. Few players are more of a focal point of the team's offense than Young is for the Hawks, and that's not changing. He's locked in as a top-10 player overall.