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Game Recaps

Giannis Antetokounmpo posted a game-high 38 points as his team lost to team LeBron James 178-164. He added 11 rebounds, five assists, two three-pointers, and one steal but three turnovers in 27 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Giannis Antetokounmpo remains one of the best fantasy options in the league and should be started in all leagues moving forward. Once he gets Nikola Mirotic back, the Bucks will be a solid favorite for the top seed in the East.

LeBron James had 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and two blocks for Team LeBron as they erased a 19-point deficit to storm back and beat Team Giannis 178-to-164 in the 2019 NBA All-Star game.

Fantasy Impact: James is averaging 26.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 7.6 assists, and a career low 34.9 minutes in 39 games this season. The King is as always an elite fantasy play the rest of the season as the Lakers look to make a playoff run.

Kyle Kuzma was named the Rising Stars MVP after scoring a game-high 35 points on Friday night. Kuzma shot 15-for-27 from the floor but only 3-for-10 from the arc. He added six board, two assists, and one block.

Fantasy Impact: There was certainly some impressive basketball played on Friday but Kuzma was the highlight of the night along with teammate Jayson Tatum. Kuzma should be a solid fantasy option for years to come.

De'Aaron Fox scored just two points but managed to dish out sixteen assists for Team USA in the Rising Stars Game. Fox also added on five steals in a game that is notorious for turnovers, highlights, and other frivolities. His sixteen assists mark the third-highest total in the history of the Rising Stars Challenge and his five steals tied for game honors.

Fantasy Impact: Fox is a versatile fantasy player who will get you numbers in any way possible. He'll be a plug-and-play when the Kings get back to face Golden State on Thursday.

Marvin Bagley scored 14 points and grabbed five boards to kick off the NBA's festivities in Charlotte for All-Star Weekend. He added three steals in Team USA's 161-144 win over Team World. Bagley notably finished with a breath-taking 360 dunk in the final minute after being frivolously assisted by Team World's Bogdan Bogdanovic. Bagley did start off a little rough, but keep in mind that this game is meaningless and nothing should be taken seriously.

Fantasy Impact: Don't take this seriously at all. He has been excelling as of late and should continue to expand his role in the Kings' campaign.

Kevin Knox scored 11 points, had two rebounds, and one assist in 16 minutes in a 161-144 win for the USA team over the World team.

Fantasy Impact: Knox on the season is averaging 12.5 points, 0.9 assists, and 4.3 rebounds a game. He has played well of late averaging 14.3 points during the last 10 games. He should continue to see improvement when the 2nd half of the season starts next Friday.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played a bench-high 20 minutes in the Rising Stars Challenge, contributing on all ends, with 15 points, five rebounds and six assists. He shot 5-for-10 and 3-for-7 from deep.

Fantasy Impact: In a game that totaled over 300 points, Gilgeous-Alexander got his fair share of play making opportunities, and stood his own. A game like this could provide a great confidence boost for SGA to finish the season strong.

Wesley Iwundu saw 21 minutes in a 127-89 victory against the Hornets. The Magic forward scored 11 points while shooting 2-of-2 from three-point range and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. He added three rebounds, one assist, and one block.

Fantasy Impact: Iwundu offers little fantasy value unless you are seeking a player for dynasty formats or very deep leagues. He is seeing decent action off of the bench, but as long as Terrence Ross is the main scoring option of the Magic's bench, Iwundu is in a role player position. Also still coming off of the bench.

Jonathan Isaac shot 6-of-9 overall and 2-of-4 from three on Thursday. He totaled 16 points for Orlando en route to a 127-89 victory over the Hornets. He also tallied six rebounds, one steal, and one block.

Fantasy Impact: The 6th overall pick in 2017 might be turning the corner in his second season. He has scored in double figures in nine out of his last 10 games. The most consistent stretch of his career. He is worth a roster spot in all fantasy formats. Isaac also is becoming a valuable trade commodity for fantasy owners looking to add a sleeper with potential upside.

Evan Fournier scored 12 points in a 127-89 victory on Thursday as the Magic dominated the Hornets. He struggled from three-point range shooting 1-of-6 and 5-of-12 overall. Fournier also had six assists, three rebounds, and two steals.

Fantasy Impact: The Frenchman is a solid contributor for fantasy owners. He is not in the must-own category but should be played in the majority of fantasy formats. Orlando plays a fast-pace that offers a solid upside for fantasy owners of Fournier.

The Magic steamrolled the Hornets 127-89 on Thursday with Aaron Gordon producing a double-double in 32 minutes. He scored 10 points and nabbed 11 rebounds. He struggled from the field with 4-of-17 shooting and 1-of-6 from three-point range. Gordon added four assists and one steal.

Fantasy Impact: Orlando is quietly one of the more explosive offensive teams in the league and they seem to be putting more consistency together as of late. This bodes well for Gordon fantasy owners as they enter the stretch run after the all-star break. He is worth a start in nearly all fantasy formats except the deepest leagues out there. He is a great target for dynasty league owners, as well.

Nikola Vucevic scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds in Orlando's route over Charlotte 127-89. He shot 7-of-13 from the field and was 1-of-2 from three-point range. Vucevic added four assists, one steal, and one block on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Vucevic continues to roll out solid numbers for fantasy owners. Do not hesitate to roll out the center for the Magic regardless of the matchup in all fantasy formats.

Nerlens Noel ended his evening after 22 minutes and logged 22 points, 13 rebounds, two steals, one assist, while turning the ball over once.

Fantasy Impact: Finishing with 44.1-FanDuel points on Thursday, Noel was one of the best value-plays on the market. Though Noel can achieve big performances, the problem is that you cannot trust him to produce every evening. Always be skeptical of the big-man prior to drafting him.

Kenrich Williams jumped out of the gymnasium on Thursday. The guard secured 12 rebounds, scored nine points, found four assists, blocked one shot, stole one pass and committed only one turnover.

Fantasy Impact: Williams continues his recent trend of playing deep into games. In his last nine games, the TCU alum has averaged 30.4-FanDuel points per contest. Season-long leagues may find some value in Williams, so long as Williams remains in the starting lineup.

Omari Spellman shot 2-for-5 on his way to six points, nine rebounds, two assists, and one block against the Knicks on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Spellman made the most of his minutes in the loss, picking up all nine rebounds in just 17 minutes of playing time. He's averaging 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 0.9 assists through 17 minutes of playing time per game.

Taurean Prince shot 3-for-12 on his way to 10 points, five rebounds, and one steal against the Knicks on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Prince struggled in the loss, he shot poorly and committed three turnovers in 28 minutes of playing time. Regardless, he's had a very good February so far, shooting 48.6% from the field and 47.7% from three-point range.

Trae Young shot 6-for-19 on his way to 16 points, six rebounds, 11 assists, and two steals against the Knicks.

Fantasy Impact: Young's shooting wasn't great however, he delivered a double-double for the fourth time in his past six games. He's started this month averaging a great 9.4 assists per game, his three-point shooting is also at a very good 39.6%. The future is bright for the rookie.

E'Twaun Moore played 17 minutes and scored 15 points, dished out three assists, grabbed one rebound, stole one pass and committed one turnover. He shot 3-of-3 from deep and 6-of-7 overall. The Purdue product did not attempt any free throws.

Fantasy Impact: On Thursday, Moore was valued at $4200 on DFS platforms. For the cost, Moore had a respectable return and finished with 22.7-FanDuel points on the evening. Moore has been ramping up his play since coming back from a quad injury, so I imagine the All-Star break could further help alleviate any continued soreness or lingering issues, prior to his next game. If Moore is healthy and consistent, he averages 19.6-FanDuel points per contest.

After 39 minutes and 12-of-27 shooting, Jrue Holiday finished with 32 points. He shot 3-of-8 from deep, 5-of-5 from the free throw line and added seven assists, five rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two turnovers.

Fantasy Impact: Currently, Holiday seems to be the most consistent Pelican, in terms of fantasy production. On Thursday, DFS players forked up $9000 in salary for the guard and he returned his fantasy owners with 61.5-FanDuel points. Holiday, night-in and night-out, is a great fantasy player to have in all formats. Continue to trust the nine-year vet going forward, especially if Anthony Davis continues to log limited minutes.

Anthony Davis logged 16 minutes where he scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting overall, 1-of-2 from behind the three-point line and converting 3-of-4 free throws. He also grabbed four rebounds, dished out two assists, stole one pass, blocked one shot and committed two turnovers.

Fantasy Impact: Over the last four games, Davis is averaging 24.8 minutes per game. That is a difference of 11.2 minutes in comparison to his season average, 36 minutes per game. With his salary at $11,500 on Thursday, DFS players should avoid Davis until we can further understand his minutes situation. The forward only put up 25.8-FanDuel points on Valentines Day, which is 35-daily points shy of his season average of 60-daily points. Season-long leagues should continue playing Davis for the time being.