P.J. Dozier goes off on Saturday night

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Here are 10 things that happened on Saturday night you should take notice of heading into the homestretch of the fantasy basketball season.

1. P.J. Dozier might be a beast

Dozier started for Will Barton (hamstring) and went off on Saturday, racking up a career-high 23 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks on 10-of-13 shooting in 28 minutes. Barton and Monte Morris are out indefinitely and Jamal Murray is done for the season with a torn ACL, making Dozier (and Facundo Campazzo) looking like strong pickups in fantasy. Campazzo had a career-high 13 dimes in the same game and both guys play four times in each of the last three weeks to end the season. If Dozier’s available, he’s worth grabbing in every format.

2. D.J. Wilson can play

D.J. Wilson made a start for the super short-handed Rockets on Saturday and went off for a career-high 25 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and three 3-pointers on 10-of-17 shooting in 40 minutes of a loss to the Nuggets. Christian Wood is out with a sprained ankle, Jae’Sean Tate hurt his back and the Rockets are incredibly banged up right now. As long as Wood is out, Wilson is worth a look. And while we’re at it, Kelly Olynyk went off for 21 points, eight boards, 11 assists and two 3-pointers last night. Both players are worth rostering in all formats right now. The Rockets finish up the season with a 4-3-4 weekly schedule going forward.

3. Where in the world is Talen Horton-Tucker?

The Lakers chose to start Ben McLemore over Talen Horton-Tucker on Saturday when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was ruled out with a right ankle sprain. B-Mac went off for 20 points and six triples, while THT played just 17 minutes off the bench for six points and not much else. THT went off for a career-high 24 points and three 3-pointers on Monday and had an 11-assist game earlier this month but has played just 12 and 17 minutes in his last two games. Maybe McLemore is going to be the guy going forward if KCP misses time, but I still think THT will bounce back and get into the mix. But having said that, I’m not going to mess with either of them heading into the Lakers’ four-game week.

4. The Mavericks play five times this week

The Mavs have a five-game week starting on Monday and have won three straight games, beating the Lakers in two of them. They’ve passed the Blazers for the No. 6 seed and now sit just 1.5 games behind the Lakers for the No. 5 seed and hold the tie breaker there. Their schedule is pretty easy compared to most other teams and they are going to go as hard as they can to make sure they avoid a play-in situation for the playoffs. Kristaps Porzingis is out with a sprained ankle right now and I don’t know when he’ll return, while guys like Luka Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell, Maxi Kleber and Tim Hardaway Jr. are all worth a look right now. Powell had a big game on Saturday with a season-high 25 points and nine boards on 11-of-12 shooting, Kleber returned from a back injury with nine points, 10 boards, five assists, a steal and three 3-pointers and DFS went off for 21 points, seven boards and four 3-pointers on 8-of-13 shooting. Hardaway Jr. is struggling right now, but with five games, I’d think about rolling with any of these guys, especially if Porzingis is going to miss more time. Jalen Brunson, who hit just 1-of-7 shots in 23 minutes on Saturday, is also worth a look.

5. The Thunder play five times next week

I’m not sure about who you can trust or why you would trust them, but if you can play or pickup Aleksej Pokusevski, Luguentz Dort, Darius Bazley, Theo Maledon, Kenrich Williams, Isaiah Roby or Svi Mykhailiuk, you probably should. Moses Brown should be a fantastic pickup right now, but I’m pretty sure the Thunder know he’s good enough to accidentally win them games by himself, so he just doesn’t play and it’s infuriating. I really don’t trust any of these guys, but with five games, they’re all worth a look, especially if you’re desperate.

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6. The Raptors play five times next week

Chris Boucher (knee) might be done for the season, but the Raptors aren’t going to fully tank and still have some playoffs ambitions. Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Khem Birch, Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet should all play big minutes next week while Gary Trent Jr. and Malachi Flynn could do something. Trent and Flynn were invisible on Saturday and this whole situation is trick, considering the Raptors will play two sets of back-to-backs next week. But with no Boucher and five games, the Raptors crew is looking enticing. And I know that Anunoby has been available for pickup recently, although he should be gone in all leagues by now.

7. Oshae Brissett still doing things

Brissett had 11 points, 11 boards, two assists, a block and two 3-pointers in a team-high 38 minutes and another start for the Pacers on Saturday. Their bigs are so banged up that Brissett almost has to play big minutes for the Pacers for the foreseeable future. The biggest problem is that the Pacers only have three games next week, but then finish 4-5 to end the season. I’ll be the first to admit that the three games are a huge buzzkill with most teams playing four times, but nonetheless, Brissett has been on a fun run.

8. Joe Ingles hates us

Jingles started on Saturday and played a team-high 38 minutes but hit just 1-of-9 shots and 1-of-6 3-pointers for three points, two rebounds and seven assists in a loss to the Timberwolves (what?). He had scored 21, 21, 20, 11, 18 and 20 points in his previous five games so Saturday’s dud was likely a backbreaker in many fantasy playoff matchups. The Jazz had just three games this week but finish up 4-4-4 and Donovan Mitchell is still a ways away from a return, as far as we know. Don’t let Jingles’ disappearing act scare you away from playing him this week, although Mitchell’s return is going to negatively impact him at some point. But it’s probably not going to happen in the upcoming week.

9. Michael Porter Jr. is the man

MPJ got loose for career highs of 39 points and eight 3-pointers along with six rebounds, two dimes and three blocks on 13-of-21 shooting in a team-high 36 minutes. The Nuggets go 4-4-4 in the final three weeks of the season and I’ve not been shy about my love for MPJ. In fact, if Luka Doncic can make some free throws down the stretch, my shirsey of choice in my Luka free-throw bet with Matt Stroup will be MPJ’s. Stroup, get ready, because Luka’s going to finish strong, just like MPJ.

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10. Coby White is back, baby

Coby White was demoted to the bench and was all but dead in the water until Zach LaVine went into the health and safety protocols, but that event pushed White back to the forefront for the Bulls. He went off for 31 points, three 3-pointers, five boards, five dimes and two steals on 11-of-18 shooting in 38 minutes on Saturday and should continue to flourish as long as LaVine is out. He’ll miss at least two more games and the Bulls go 4-4-4 to finish up the season, so White should be a very good option for at least two more games, if not longer.