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NBA Head-to-Head Fantasy Game, Week 10: Breaking down each matchup

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Week 10's matchups are as follows: Jimmy Butler vs. Malcolm Brogdon (Wednesday), Nikola Vucevic vs. Devin Booker (Wednesday), Nikola Jokic vs. Kawhi Leonard (Thursday), Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. Damian Lillard (Friday) and Julius Randle vs. Karl-Anthony Towns (Wednesday) as a tiebreaker.

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

All times Eastern.

Jimmy Butler vs. Malcolm Brogdon

Matchup: Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 31 at 7 p.m.

Channel: NBA League Pass

Butler and Brogdon are both averaging exactly 21.5 points per game. When Miami and Indiana met for back-to-back meetings just one week ago, Brogdon's 27 points eclipsed Butler's 19 points in a blowout win for the Pacers, but Butler got revenge in the next game with his 21 points edging Brogdon's 12, albeit in a loss. When you look at their last five games the decision doesn't get any easier, as Butler is posting 20.5 points over his last five while Brogdon is averaging 20.6 in the same span.

A coin toss would suffice to make your decision here.

Nikola Vucevic vs. Devin Booker

Matchup: Chicago Bulls vs. Phoenix Suns

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 31 at 10 p.m.

Channel: NBA TV Canada

Vucevic has scored 21 points in both of his first two games in a Bulls uniform, averaging just 14.5 field goal attempts per game, roughly six fewer than his volume in Orlando. However, the All-Star big is still averaging 24.4 points per game on the season, making this decision slightly harder. Booker is averaging 25.1 points per game, but he's coming off of a 35-point outing against the Charlotte Hornets.

Vucevic is due for a breakout game with Chicago, but Booker is the safer play. Choose wisely.

Nikola Jokic vs. Kawhi Leonard

Matchup: Denver Nuggets vs. LA Clippers

Date/Time: Thursday, April 1 at 10 p.m.

Channel: TSN

Jokic's 26.9 points per game just edges out Leonard's 25.8 points per game and he's been scoring more than Kawhi recently, too. Jokic is posting 26.0 points per game over his last five, while Leonard is averaging 23.0, but it is worth noting that there is a chance the Clippers could be without Paul George in this contest, who missed a game earlier this week with foot soreness.

The last thing of note: in the only other meeting between these two teams this season, Jokic's 24 points beat out Leonard's 21.

Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. Damian Lillard

Matchup: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Date/Time: Friday, April 2 at 10 p.m.

Channel: Sportsnet

This is a decision between two heavy hitters.

Both players have been dealing with minor injuries as of late, but they have a tendency to fill it up when they're on the floor. Lillard's 29.8 points per game is more than Antetokounmpo's 28.4, but Giannis has scored 30-plus points in four of his last seven outings. As for Lillard, he hasn't gone over 22 points in his last four games, but if you extend that back a bit further, he had three 30-plus-point games and a 50-ball two weeks back.

There's no wrong answer here. Make your selection, sit back and enjoy the show.

Julius Randle vs. Karl-Anthony Towns (tiebreaker)

Matchup: New York Knicks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 31 at 8 p.m.

Channel: NBA League Pass

This head-to-head matchup acts as a tiebreaker for the week.

Dealing with injuries and COVID-19 for the majority of the start of the season, Towns' 24.1 points per game may not accurately depict how great he's been lately. But even with that being said, he still averages more than Randle's 23.0 points per game.

Towns is hitting his stride as of late, averaging 27.0 points per game since the All-Star break. Randle has also maintained his All-Star prowess, but only has one 30-plus point game in his last five. Towns seems like the smarter selection, but the Knicks have been playing much better basketball than the Timberwolves and that could impact the result if Randle gets hot.

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