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NBA Head-to-Head Fantasy Game, Week 6: Breaking down each matchup

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Week 6's matchups are as follows: Pascal Siakam vs. Bam Adebayo (Wednesday), Jerami Grant vs. Brandon Ingram (Wednesday), Luka Doncic vs. Joel Embiid (Thursday) and Jamal Murray vs. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Saturday). The tiebreaker will be LaMelo Ball vs. Chris Paul (Wednesday).

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

All times Eastern.

Pascal Siakam vs. Bam Adebayo

Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat

Date/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.

Channel: TSN 4/5

Siakam's scoring average might be down from last season but the All-Star forward is trending upward. Over the Raptors' last 10 games, Siakam is posting 23.0 points per game on a much-improved 41.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc as he seems to have fixed his biggest issue from early on in the season. Adebayo is averaging 19.6 points per game on the season, making Siakam seem like an easier choice, but Adebayo's defence did prevent Siakam from scoring over 20 points in each of the previous matchups between these two teams this year.

Jerami Grant vs. Brandon Ingram

Matchup: Detroit Pistons vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Date/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.

Channel: NBA League Pass

Grant has nearly doubled his previous best scoring average of his career, posting 23.5 points per game. Just last week he notched a new career-high of 43 points, and the rising star forward has had six games with 30 or more points. He'll be up against a known prolific scorer in Ingram, who has the slight advantage with 23.9 points per game this season. Ingram has seven games of 30 or more points this season, but has yet to break 40 like Grant did recently.

LaMelo Ball vs. Chris Paul

Matchup: Charlotte Hornets vs. Phoenix Suns

Date/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 9 p.m.

Channel: NBA TV Canada

A matchup of new school versus old school. Ball has been awesome as the Hornets starting point guard, averaging 19.5 points while shooting a much more efficient 43.2 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from 3 in 10 games as a starter. He'll draw a tough defensive matchup against Paul, which could alter Ball's typical scoring output. Meanwhile, CP3 is averaging 16.5 points per game on the season - a number that has jumped up after averaging 18.5 points over the Suns' recent stretch of 11 wins in 13 games.

Luka Doncic vs. Joel Embiid

Matchup: Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Date/Time: Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Channel: SN One

This is a matchup between heavy hitters. As two of the league's leading scorers, Doncic (28.8 points per game) and Embiid (30.3 points per game) rank fifth and second, respectively, in scoring average this season. When you stack their scoring performances up against each other, this decision becomes much tougher. Embiid has scored 20 or more points in all but three contests this season, including 10 30-point games, two 40-point games and a 50-point game. Doncic has also scored at least 20 points in all but three contests this season, including eight 30-point games and three 40-point games. Choose wisely.

Jamal Murray vs. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Matchup: Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.

Channel: NBA TV Canada

Two Canucks going at it in this one. Murray has been on a scoring rampage as of late, averaging 33.0 points per game over his last five outings. Notching a career-high 50 points helps boost that scoring average, as the Nuggets guard is now up to 20.9 points per game on the season. As for Gilgeous-Alexander, he has picked up right where he left off after missing a variety of games due to an injury, averaging 24.0 points per game over the last four contests. The third-year guard is posting a career-best 22.8 points per game on the season.

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