Zach LaVine a keen selection for fantasy basketball lineups

(Brad Rempel, USA TODAY Sports)(
(Brad Rempel, USA TODAY Sports)

There are a couple of injury situations to keep an eye on heading into tonight's 12-game slate.

We'll start with the Sacramento Kings, who will be without center DeMarcus Cousins (foot) and could also be missing forward Rudy Gay (head). If Gay doesn't suit up, forward Omri Casspi ($3,800 salary; 7.6% of cap) becomes a safe source of cap relief. He is averaging 25.94 FantasyScore points in the four games Gay has missed over the past couple of weeks.

Make sure to keep tabs on the status of Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (foot), as well. He is questionable to face the Utah Jazz, and guard Beno Udrih ($3,000; 6.0%) has produced solid numbers when given starter's minutes. Udrih would likely run the point if Conley can't take the court.

Featured stud

G Russell Westbrook, Thunder at Kings
$9,500 salary | 19.0% of cap

After facing some of the NBA's top defenses in recent games, Westbrook draws a friendly matchup against Sacramento's 28th-ranked scoring D. He is averaging 40.38 fantasy points in two meetings with the Kings despite Kevin Durant (foot) being healthy for both games. Westbrook will have the ball to himself this time around.


G Zach LaVine, Timberwolves at Lakers
$5,300 salary | 10.6% of cap

With Ricky Rubio (ankle) out for the year, LaVine has taken advantage of the extra minutes to average 34.65 fantasy points over his last five games. He offers plenty of upside against a Lakers team allowing the most points and second most assists per game to point guards, and LaVine finished with 31.00 fantasy points when these teams last met.

G Jordan Clarkson, Lakers vs. Timberwolves
$4,800 salary | 9.6% of cap

Clarkson has been a steady performer lately, and his value could be further boosted by Jeremy Lin's knee injury. He has topped 30.00 fantasy points in eight of his last 10 games, and Clarkson should have another strong performance against Minnesota's 30th-ranked scoring defense that he torched for 36.75 fantasy points March 25.

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F DeMarre Carroll, Hawks vs. Hornets
$5,500 salary | 11.0% of cap

He has been playing well of late, and an injury to Paul Millsap (shoulder) has taken Carroll's numbers to another level. He has delivered at least 28.75 fantasy points in six of his last seven outings, and he is averaging 35.25 over his past three.

C Zaza Pachulia, Bucks at Knicks
$4,700 salary | 9.4% of cap

The Knicks have struggled to defend the center position all year, and in three meetings, Pachulia is averaging a double-double along with 37.93 fantasy points. The big man should be a safe value play at the position, taking advantage of the matchup to help you free up some cap space.

F Rodney Hood, Jazz vs. Grizzlies
$3,000 salary | 6.0% of cap

Hood has been on a tear since returning from a head injury, averaging 34.83 fantasy points in his last three games. You won't find another player in this price range playing any better than Hood, and he is worth a flier if you want to try to free up a big chunk of salary.


C Jonas Valanciunas, Raptors at Magic
$4,700 salary | 9.4% of cap

Despite looking like a friendly matchup on paper, Valanciunas has been terrible in three previous meetings with the Magic this season. He is averaging just 6.7 points on abysmal 26.3% shooting, and he has no business being on rosters.

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