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NBA Head-to-Head Fantasy Game, Week 1: Breaking down each matchup

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Who will score more points in each matchup? [NBA.com illustrations]

Welcome to Head-To-Head!

Head-To-Head is a new fantasy game that is centered around how many points players score. Every Monday, starting Jan. 18, 2021 through the remainder of the 2020-21 NBA season, five new matchups will be presented. All you have to do is pick which player you think will score more points in each matchup.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 users with the most points every week. There will also be prizes for the 10 users with the most points at the season's end. The season long prizes include two courtside tickets to a game in the 2021-22 season and a video call with an NBA All-Star.

This week's matchup starts with LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo on Thursday. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Paul George will go head-to-head on Friday, followed by Stephen Curry and Donovan Mitchell on Saturday, Fred VanVleet and Malcolm Brogdon on Sunday and Collin Sexton and Jaylen Brown on Sunday.

Here's what you need to know about each matchup.

LeBron James vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers at Milwaukee Bucks

Date/time: Thursday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m. ET

Channel: TSN

Antetokounmpo has the slight edge in points per game so far this season, averaging 27.2 points to James' 23.7 points. However, it is worth noting that over the 20 games that Antetokounmpo and James have matched up throughout their careers, James has averaged 27.8 points per game to Antetokounmpo's 22.9.

In two meetings last season, they split 1-1 in head-to-head scoring.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander vs. Paul George

Matchup: Oklahoma City Thunder at LA Clippers

Date/time: Friday, Jan. 22, 10 p.m. ET

Channel: Sportsnet

George has the advantage in points per game so far this season, averaging 24.8 points to Gilgeous-Alexander's 21.6. In seven career matchups against each other, SGA has only outscored PG one time, with George averaging 21.7 points to Gilgeous-Alexander's 10.9 points in those meetings.

As of late, Gilgeous-Alexander is starting to heat up with two 30-point games over his last four outings, but George has been one of the best players in the league to start the 2020-21 season.

Stephen Curry vs. Donovan Mitchell

Matchup: Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz

Date/time: Saturday, Jan. 23, 5 p.m. ET

Channel: Sportsnet

Curry's 28.2 points per game ranks third in the NBA, giving him the edge over Mitchell's 23.2 points per game. These two stars have only faced off four times. While Curry has averaged 25.3 points to Mitchell's 20.3 in those meetings, they've split head-to-head scoring 2-2.

Fred VanVleet vs. Malcolm Brogdon

Matchup: Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers

Date/time: Sunday, Jan. 24, 3:30 p.m. ET

Channel: Sportsnet

Brogdon is averaging 22.2 points per game so far this season, whereas VanVleet is posting 19.0 points per game. Each player's individual season-high in scoring is 35 points, making this a tough choice.

In 11 meetings against each other, each side appears to pick up the defence as Brogdon's 13.8 points per game beats out VanVleet's 10.7 points. In three matchups last season, Brogdon outscored VanVleet twice.

Collin Sexton vs. Jaylen Brown

Matchup: Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics

Date/time: Sunday, Jan. 24, 4 p.m. ET

Channel: League Pass

Both players are enjoying breakout seasons with Brown's career-high 25.8 points per game just beating Sexton's career-high 25.1 points per game. Sexton has missed a stretch of five games due to an ankle injury, giving Brown an advantage in this matchup, but when the Cavaliers' young guard is on the floor, he's been filling it up.

Sexton has yet to score under 20 points in a game so far this season, but Brown has two 30-point games and a 40-point game.

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