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Celtics' Jaylen Brown scores 35 points in Rising Stars Challenge
In Friday's Rising Stars Challenge, Boston Celtics guard/forward Jaylen Brown scored a game-high 35 points with 10 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal in 24 minutes.
Brown's 35 points wouldn't be enough for the victory, as Team USA fell to Team World 155-124. For the Celtics this season, he's averaging 14.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.0 steal in 31.6 minutes a game. Boston will face the Detroit Pistons on Friday following the break.
Brown is averaging 24.8 FanDuel points per game this season.
Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic wins MVP of Rising Stars Challenge
In Friday's Rising Stars Challenge, Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic helped lead Team World to a 155-124 victory over Team USA, finishing with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 steal in 22 minutes.
Bogdanovic was on fire from long distance, hitting 7-of-13 threes. For the Kings, his value could be looking up the rest of the way with George Hill now in Cleveland. Sacramento hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday following the All-Star break.
Bogdanovic has scored at least 29 FanDuel points in each of the last three games.
76ers' Joel Embiid says he'll participate in all three of his All-Star events
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid said he would participate in all three of his All-Star Weekend events, according to NBC Sports' Jessica Camerato.
Embiid's set to appear in the Rising Stars Challenge, Skills Challenge and All-Star Game. The three events are spread across the three days and the big man's been off since Monday. He might get limited minutes on Friday, in order to preserve him for Sunday's main attraction. Either way, he'll be all over the place this weekend.
Through 44 games, Embiid is averaging 43.1 FanDuel points across 31.4 minutes per game this season.
Corey Brewer scores 6 in 13 minutes off Lakers' bench
Los Angeles Lakers guard/forward Corey Brewer tallied six points in a 119-111 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.
Brewer got 13.4 minutes off run and turned that into 3-of-6 from the field. In terms of peripherals, he added two rebounds, one assist and a steal. For the third time in four games, he scored at least six points with two rebounds and an assist in the same game.
At the minimum of $3,500, Brewer produced 12.9 FanDuel points. He's averaging just 9 FD points on the year.
Gorgui Dieng scores 6 as Timberwolves best Lakers
Minnesota Timberwolves power forward/center Gorgui Dieng scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in Thursday's 119-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Dieng played 15.8 minutes off the Minnesota bench. He went 3-for-7 from three and notched a steal and a block on the defensive end of the floor. It was a nice bounce-back game after going scoreless with three turnovers against the Houston Rockets.
At $3,500, Dieng's 18 FanDuel points were good enough to exceed 5x value while also surpassing his projection of 15.7 FD points. He's averaging 16 FD points and 17.5 minutes through 58 games this season.
Taj Gibson scores season-high 28 in Timberwolves' win
Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Taj Gibson scored a season-high 28 points in a 119-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.
Gibson went big to cap off the first part of the year. He scored four more points than in any other game, as he finished the night 11-for-16 from the floor and a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. Meanwhile, he accounted for seven boards, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 38.5 minutes.
Gibson's 44.9 FanDuel points were his highest since November 22nd and provided a value of 8.63 FD points per $1,000. When he emerges from this week's All-Star break, we project Gibson for 25.8 FD points on the road against the Houston Rockets.
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