Timberwolves a favorable matchup for Damian Lillard

Timberwolves a favorable matchup for Damian Lillard

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Timberwolves a favorable matchup for Damian Lillard

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(Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports)
(Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports)

Only a handful of games remain, leaving nearly half the league with nothing to play for but pride, so keep an eye on limited minutes from some of the more reliable faces. Injuries are also still just as much of a concern as ever before; don't forget to check back on the status of Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson prior to finalizing any rosters. His matchup is ideal, should he play, making Lawson a no-brainer for fantasy owners.

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Featured stud

F Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans at Memphis Grizzlies
$9,400 salary | 18.8% of cap

The Pelicans are in a tough battle for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs, and Davis is doing his best to carry his team. He has topped 40.00 FantasyScore points in eight straight games, eclipsing 50.00 five times during the stretch. Meanwhile, Davis put up 46.00 fantasy points in his most recent meeting with Memphis.

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G Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota Timberwolves
$7,600 salary | 15.2% of cap

No team is allowing more points per game than the Timberwolves, and Lillard has already proven he can take advantage of the favorable matchup. He is averaging 45.30 fantasy points in three meetings with Minnesota, and he should have no trouble matching to those numbers tonight.

C Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers
$5,600 salary | 11.2% of cap

After a rare rough patch, Gortat has bounced back to average 33.54 fantasy points in his last six games. He also draws a great matchup against the 76ers. In three previous games with Philadelphia, he is averaging 17.0 points on 76.7% shooting and 12.0 rebounds, and Gortat delivered 48.50 fantasy points in an April 1 meeting.

F Evan Turner, Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons
$5,500 salary | 11.0% of cap

Turner has been stuffing the stats sheet lately, and in his last six games, he is averaging 12.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 34.96 fantasy points. He has also played well against the Pistons this year, delivering 47.50 fantasy points the last time these teams met.

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G Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks
$5,600 salary | 11.2% of cap

The veteran has flipped a switch, and Williams suddenly looks like the All-Star of old. In his last six games, he is averaging 38.13 FantasyScore points, and Williams has topped 46.00 in three of his last four starts. He is a bargain at his current price tag.

G Louis Williams, Toronto Raptors at Charlotte Hornets
$3,900 salary | 7.8% of cap

Although he isn't starting, Williams continues to benefit from the absence of Kyle Lowry (back). He is averaging 29.80 fantasy points over his past five games and has topped 30.00 in back-to-back outings. Wiiliams makes a great source of cap relief.

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Bench

F Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics
$7,400 salary | 14.8% of cap

He is expected to start after missing the last 11 games, and despite a friendly matchup, Monroe is a risky play after such a long layoff. Limited minutes and rust could cap his upside, and there is a good chance he won't live up to his price tag.

G Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns
$6,300 salary | 12.6% of cap

Ellis has been inconsistent recently, scoring 25.00 fantasy points or less in five of his last seven games. He is also shooting just 37.7% in three meetings with Phoenix this year, and Ellis managed just 21.50 fantasy points against the Suns March 22.

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