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NBA Head-to-Head Fantasy Game, Week 2: Breaking down each matchup

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Week 2's matchup starts with Jamal Murray vs. Bam Adebayo, DeMar DeRozan vs. Kemba Walker and Luka Doncic vs. Donovan Mitchell on Wednesday. It continues with Fred VanVleet vs. De'Aaron Fox on Friday and concludes with Zach LaVine vs. Damian Lillard on Saturday.

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

Jamal Murray vs. Bam Adebayo

Matchup: Denver Nuggets at Miami Heat

Date/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. ET

Channel: NBA League Pass

Adebayo's 20.3 points per game this season just edges out Murray's 19.5, but we all know what Murray is capable of when he gets going. His season-high is 36 points and he's gone for 30 or more points on three different occasions, trying to maintain his level of play from the bubble where he had two 50-point playoff games. With that being said, Adebayo has been hot as of late, just notching a new career-high in scoring with 41 points last week.

DeMar DeRozan vs. Kemba Walker

Matchup: Boston Celtics at San Antonio Spurs

Date/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 8:30 p.m. ET

Channel: NBA League Pass

Walker has just returned from injury, averaging 17.0 points per game through his first four games of the season. DeRozan has the greater scoring average with 20.1 points per game but has been an up-and-down scorer as of late whereas Walker has increased his scoring total in every game he's played so far.

In 25 matchups over the course of their careers, DeRozan's scoring average of 21.4 points per game just edges Walker's 19.8, making this a coin toss of a decision.

Luka Doncic vs. Donovan Mitchell

Matchup: Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz

Date/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 9 p.m. ET

Channel: NBA League Pass

Doncic is averaging 26.7 points per game to Mitchell's 24.3 points per game but Mitchell has been on fire during the Jazz's eight-game win streak. Averaging 27 points per game while shooting over 50% from both the field and 3-point land, Mitchell is amidst his best stretch of the season.

Even with his hot stretch, Doncic has double the number of 30-point games (6) than Mitchell does. In four career meetings, Mitchell has outscored Doncic 19.5 to 19.0 points per game.

Fred VanVleet vs. De'Aaron Fox

Matchup: Sacramento Kings at Toronto Raptors

Date/time: Friday, Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m. ET

Channel: SN One, SN National

Fox's 20.9 points per game just edges out VanVleet's 19.1 points per game but in the first meeting between these two players this season, VanVleet went for 34 points while Fox had just 23 points.

VanVleet's Raptors have won all four meetings against Fox's Kings throughout the guards' careers, but Fox's 16.5 points per game has the slight advantage over VanVleet's 14.5 in those meetings.

Zach LaVine vs. Damian Lillard

Matchup: Portland Trail Blazers at Chicago Bulls

Date/Time: Saturday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m. ET

Channel: NBA League Pass

Talk about two guys who can set the scorebook on fire. Lillard's 28.9 points per game is third-best in the NBA but LaVine's 26.8 points per game isn't far behind, ranking ninth in the NBA. Lillard has turned things up a notch since CJ McCollum went down, scoring over 30 points in each contest without his backcourt mate. But LaVine his six 30-point games and one 40-point game this season, proving he can keep up with whatever firepower Lillard brings.

In 13 career meetings, Lillard's 22.2 points per game holds the advantage over LaVine's 14.4.

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