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NBA Head-to-Head Fantasy Game, Week 4: Breaking down each matchup

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Week 4's matchups are front-loaded with Wednesday games starting with Pascal Siakam vs. Russell Westbrook, followed by LaMelo Ball vs. Ja Morant, Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. Devin Booker and Trae Young vs. Luka Doncic. The final matchup of the week will be Friday featuring Kawhi Leonard vs. Zach LaVine.

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

All times Eastern.

Pascal Siakam vs. Russell Westbrook

Matchup: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards

Date/time: Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.

Channel: TSN 4

Siakam has been on a tear as of late, scoring 30 or more points in four of his last six outings. He is averaging 25.7 points per game during that stretch and has appeared to find his groove since returning from a groin injury. Westbrook has been in and out of the lineup for the Wizards, posting fewer than 20 points in three consecutive games, but two weeks back he did erupt for 41 points against the Nets. Siakam's 20.2 points per game outweighs Westbrook's 19.4

LaMelo Ball vs. Ja Morant

Matchup: Charlotte Hornets at Memphis Grizzlies

Date/time: Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m.

Channel: NBA League Pass

Ball has taken his game to another level since being inserted into the starting lineup, averaging 22.6 points over five games as a starter. That includes two 20-point performances and a 30-point performance, and with the rookie guard remaining in the starting five for this contest, he's an enticing option. As for Morant, the reigning Rookie of the Year has only eclipsed the 20-point mark twice this season - his first two games of the year which included a 44-point game - but his 18.5 points per game get the best of Ball's 14.2.

Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. Devin Booker

Matchup: Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns

Date/time: Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 10 p.m.

Channel: TSN 4

It might be hard to bet against the back-to-back MVP Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 27.3 points per game this season - good for top 10 in the league. Over Milwaukee's five-game win streak he's got two 30-point games, but Booker has also had the hot hand as of late, too. In five games since returning from an injury, Booker is averaging 25.2 points per game, including a 36-point outing in his most recent contest. He has come up clutch with a few game-deciding buckets, flashing the confidence he has in his game right now. This will be one of the tougher matchups to decide.

Trae Young vs. Luka Doncic

Matchup: Atlanta Hawks at Dallas Mavericks

Date/time: Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Channel: SN One

Young and Doncic faced off in last week's head-to-head where Luka's 27 points defeated Trae's 21 points. Doncic has the slightest edge in points per game this season, averaging 27.8 to Young's 26.7, but you know Young will be looking for revenge after falling short to the Mavericks a few days back. He bounced back with a 28-point outing after missing a game with an ankle sprain, but on that very same night, Doncic went off for a career-high 42 points.

Kawhi Leonard vs. Zach LaVine

Matchup: LA Clippers at Chicago Bulls

Date/time: Friday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.

Channel: NBA League Pass

Leonard has been a machine this year, averaging 26.0 points per game with six 30-point performances. LaVine is making a run at his first-career All-Star bid, averaging a career-high 27.4 points per game. While LaVine's prolific scoring will always make him a safe choice in these head-to-head matchups - he's had back-to-back games of 35 or more points - it's worth noting that Kawhi will be without Paul George for this matchup which could boost his scoring chances.

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