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Dice Matsuzaka picked up his first career save Thursday as he pitched a perfect ninth inning striking out one as the Mets defeated the Cardinals 4-1.

Before you decide on whether or not to grab Dice-K off waivers be sure to read Howard Bender's Closer Report in our Baseball articles section on our home page.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Charlie Villanueva scored 13 points (5-10 FGA, 2-2 FTA) going 1-for-2 from three-point range with six rebounds an three assists over 23 minutes in Friday's 116-90 loss to the Spurs

Villanueva had played only 27 minutes over his last four games heading into Friday's contest, but managed to make the most of his extended playing time as he finished tied for the team-high in points. Considering he would not have played this much ad the game stayed close, there is no reason to look too much into this situation as he is nothing more than a bench player with limited fantasy potential at this point in his career.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Deron Williams scored eight points (3-9 FGA, 2-2 FTA) with three rebounds and three assists over 27 minutes in Friday's 116-90 loss to the Spurs.

Williams failed to get things going on Friday night, as he managed to score only eight points in the Mavericks blowout loss. However, the important news to take from this game is that Williams was able to make it through without any setbacks to his injured hip, so fantasy owners should get him back in starting lineups now that his injury threat appears to be a thing of the past.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Dirk Nowitzki scored 10 points (4-8 FGA, 2-2 FTA) with eight rebounds and one steal over 24 minutes in Friday's 116-90 loss to the Spurs.

After scoring 28 points in Wednesday's loss to the Heat, Nowitzki failed to get things going on Friday as he took only eight shots from the floor, which was his lowest total since December 6. The fact he only played 24 minutes in a blowout had a lot to do with his lack of production, so fantasy owners should not be overly concerned by his numbers from this contest and continue starting him on a regular basis.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Patty Mills scored 16 points (6-8 FGA, 2-3 FTA) going 2-for-2 from three-point range with four rebounds over 15 minutes in Friday's 116-90 win against the Mavericks.

Mills continues to be a solid bench player for the Spurs this season as he is now averaging 8.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 three-pointers through 50 games. Although this isn't the type of production that is going to warrant fantasy consideration, Mills is someone to keep an eye on down the stretch as he will make for a cheap DFS play on nights that Tony Parker is given off for rest.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 14 points (5-11 FGA, 4-4 FTA) with 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks over 28 minutes in Friday's 116-90 win against the Mavericks.

Aldridge has really picked up the pace in the absence of Tim Duncan, as he is now averaging 23.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 blocks over his last five games. Although his role as a scorer has lessened since joining the Spurs, he is still a must-start in all fantasy formats while still being a threat for a double-double on a nightly basis.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points (9-16 FGA, 3-3 FTA) going 2-for-4 from three-point range with two rebounds and one assist over 27 minutes in Friday's 116-90 win against the Mavericks.

Leonard had himself another efficient game on Friday night, as he managed to almost match his minutes played with points scored in a blowout win. Now averaging 20.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.8 three-pointers through 48 games, Leonard remains one of the elite small forwards to own across all formats, even if his minutes are down at times.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Rudy Gobert scored 15 points (6-7 FGA, 3-4 FTA) with eight rebounds, one assist, five steals and three blocks over 38 minutes in Friday's 84-81 win against the Bucks.

Gobert continues to have himself a solid run of late, as he is now averaging 12.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.8 steals over his last five games. With Derrick Favors (back) looking to be at just about full strength, Gobert's offensive production is going to be limited, but as long as he keeps doing damage in the post on the defensive side of the court he remains a must-start in all fantasy formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

J.R. Smith scored 20 points (7-15 FGA, 1-2 FTA) while going 5-for-10 from three-point range with three rebounds, one assist and one block over 33 minutes in the Cavaliers 104-103 loss to the Celtics on Friday.

Smith got hot from three-point range early in this game for the Cavs and helped them jump out to an early double-digit lead over the Celtics. Over the last five games Smith is averaging 13.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 3.4 three-pointers per game while he's shooting 47.2-percent from beyond the arc. Kevin Love left this game with an injury that likely has him questionable for Saturday's game which could open up some additional shots for Smith in the offense. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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