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  • Too, Too Much Monta: Ellis scores 26 points
    Monta Ellis was terrific against the Thunder on Wednesday with 26 points, four rebounds, five assists, four steals and one turnover in 37 minutes.

    Advice: What calf injury? Ellis is one of the most durable players in the NBA since his moped fiasco and the Mavs are at their best when he's on his A game. He'll have a very tough matchup against the Rockets on Thursday in what could be a first-round preview. You'll want to start Monta for that one, obviously.
    56 minutes ago
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • Jordan Clarkson still hot for Lakers
    Jordan Clarkson stayed hot on Wednesday, hitting 7-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists in a loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: Clarkson hasn't gotten the memo that the Lakers need to lose the rest of the their games and it's a little surprising that they're still giving him so much run, given his strong play and will to win. He's averaging 19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.4 steals on 52 percent shooting over his last five, so just keep running him out there as long as the Lakers are going to play him.
    Yesterday, 11:42 pm
  • Jeremy Lin starts, struggles Wednesday
    Jeremy Lin started after missing his last game with an illness, but hit just 3-of-10 shots for 10 points and three assists in 28 minutes.

    Advice: At least he played after missing a couple games, but he didn't look great against the Pelicans. Expect him to bounce back on Friday against the Blazers.
    Yesterday, 11:39 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 17 in win over Lakers
    Norris Cole came off the bench for 17 points, four assists and a 3-pointer on 8-of-12 shooting in 27 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Lakers.

    Advice: The Lakers are notorious for giving up big games to opposing guards, and Cole shot it lights-out tonight. With Tyreke Evans healthy and handling the point guard duties for the Pelicans, it's hard to see Cole starting to do this on a consistent basis. Having said that, he's averaging 11.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five games, meaning he might be worth a look if you're in a very deep league and need a healthy player.
    Yesterday, 11:27 pm
  • Russell Westbrook drops 10th trip-dub of year
    Russell Westbrook logged his 10th triple-double of the season during a 135-131 loss to the Mavericks on Wednesday with 31 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and two 3-pointers on 10-of-32 from the field and 9-of-11 from the line.

    Advice: It was his eighth triple-double since the break, so he's putting up one of those about 40 percent of the time. He's also scoring 31.0 points per game in that span, which is just crazy talk. Westbrook also had a ridiculous 38.4 usage rate during his 37 minutes per game since the break. He's a stat machine.
    Yesterday, 11:17 pm
  • Lillard double-doubles, Aldridge scores 29
    Damian Lillard had 18 points, 10 assists and three 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 points and six rebounds on the night, and both players are must-starts for the Blazers. There's nothing special about either of their lines, as it's what owners have become accustomed to, but we thought we'd mention their output.
    Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • O.J. Mayo thrives off the bench
    O.J. Mayo was effective during his 27 minutes off the bench during a 95-91 win against the Bulls on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with two rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: In his previous 10 games since the break, Mayo made just 31.0 percent from the field, so making 5-of-9 from the field was a massive improvement. Still, he's been dealing with a hamstring ailment since February and we'll need to see it again before suggesting him as a pickup. Just keep an eye on him going forward.
    Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • Chris Paul goes off for 41 & 17 in win over POR
    Chris Paul had a season-high 41 points, five rebounds, 17 assists, four steals and five 3-pointers on 13-of-21 shooting, and also hit 10-of-10 free throws in Wednesday's tough win over the Blazers, which is a fight for home court advantage in the playoffs.

    Advice: CP3 tied his season high in assists and got fired up after Chris Kaman shoved him from the blindside, and the Blazers probably wish they had a do-over on that play, as they were up at the time. Blake Griffin added 24 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers, and DeAndre Jordan added 13 points, 13 boards, a steal and a block in the win. As long as these guys are in the lineup for the Clippers, they are must-starts in fantasy, obviously. The Blazers, who are on the verge of clinching the Northwest Division, hold just a one-game lead over the Clippers for the No. 4 seed in the West.
    Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Dante Exum hands out 12 assists in win
    Dante Exum had two points and 12 assists on 1-of-4 shooting in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: Even with that line, he's averaging just 2.8 points and 2.8 assists over his last five games after not recording a single assist in three straight games. Treat tonight's dimes as a fluke.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Michael Carter-WIlliams finally plays well
    Michael Carter-Williams finally had a good game in a win on Wednesday with 21 points, 10 boards, two assists, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: March is finally over for MCW. In that month, he made just 36.2 percent from the field for averages of 13.4 points, 5.5 assists, 3.6 boards, 1.7 steals and 3.5 turnovers. Those numbers put him outside of the top 150 for nine-cat leagues. Maybe he can have another strong April like last season.
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Jameer Nelson scores just three points
    Jameer Nelson hit just 1-of-8 shots for three points, two rebounds and zero assists in 20 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Nelson came in cooking, scoring 22 in his last game, and hitting double digits in nine straight games. None of the Nuggets guards played well tonight, and it's possible Nelson bounces back in his next one. But because he's not starting, it's hard to fully invest into what he sells.
    Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Randy Foye hits 2-of-9 shots for five points
    Randy Foye hit just 2-of-9 shots and 1-of-8 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss, finishing with five points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: He played 28 minutes, but just never got it going tonight. He's been struggling lately, scoring nine or fewer points in three of his last four games. He had 17 points and four 3-pointers in his previous game, but took a stumble tonight. He's worth a look if you need 3-pointers, but he's averaging just 9.0 points on 38 percent shooting over his last four games (with 9 3-pointers), meaning he's a risky play at hopes of a few extra deep balls.
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • LaVine, Budinger stay hot for cold Wolves
    Zach LaVine got another start for Ricky Rubio and had 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a 3-pointer and seven turnovers on 10-of-17 shooting in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: LaVine has been somewhat of a waiver-wire beast ever since Ricky Rubio went down, and is obviously a must-start until further notice. Chase Budinger added 19 points, six boards, two steals and two 3-pointers, and is just as hot at LaVine. Both of these guys should be in all fantasy lineups right now.
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Lorenzo Brown quiet on Wednesday
    Lorenzo Brown started and played 24 minutes on Wednesday, finishing with seven points, five assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer on 3-of-5 shooting.

    Advice: With Kevin Martin due back sooner than later, Brown's run might have come to an end. Dropping him for a hot free agent makes sense.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 18 in win over Wolves
    Lou Williams hit 6-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 18 points, two assists and three steals in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: Williams is hot again with Kyle Lowry out with a back injury, and has scored 18 or 19 points in four of his last five games, and had 13 in the other one. As long as Lowry's out, Lou-Will is a great bet for points and 3-pointers every time out.
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Evan Turner drops triple-double vs. Pacers
    Evan Turner dropped a triple-double against the Pacers during a 100-87 win on Wednesday with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists and one 3-pointer on 6-of-17 from the field.

    Advice: It was a very Turner-esque triple-double with no defensive stats and poor shooting, but he did have a very good game tonight and helped his team earn a big win. The Celtics are now just 0.5 behind the Nets for the eighth seed. Turner is a must-own player in points leagues and an low-end option in standard formats for his lack of diversity on the stat sheet.
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez scores 14 in start for Lowry
    Greivis Vasquez hit 5-of-6 shots and 4-of-5 3-pointers for 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over Minnesota.

    Advice: He was 1-of-10 for three points and seven assists in his last game, so this was a much better showing, as he started for Kyle Lowry. Lowry is doubtful for Friday's game, so Vasquez should make for a decent play in that one, as long as his shots are falling.
    Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • George Hill scores 21 in a loss
    George Hill made 9-of-11 from the field for 21 points against the Celtics on Wednesday with six rebounds, six assists and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He's been a stud in March and is carrying it over into April. In March, only four players were able to post a usage rate greater than 23, a true shooting percentage greater than 60 and played more than 30 minutes per game: Hill, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul and Kawhi Leonard. Hill has been second-round player in the last month and is tearing it up for his owners.
    Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey scores 16 off bench
    Rodney Stuckey scored 16 points off the bench in 20 minutes against the Celtics on Wednesday with two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was in pain during warmups due to an issue with his shooting wrist, but he still made 6-of-9 from the field tonight. Stuckey has suddenly become an efficient scorer and maybe he'll have more minutes on Friday against the Hornets. He's a borderline player to own in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • Victor Oladipo scores 24 points vs. SA
    Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 24 points against the Spurs during a 103-91 loss on Wednesday with six rebounds, seven assists and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: March was the best scoring month of his career, averaging 21.4 points with 3.9 boards, 5.1 dimes, 2.2 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.4 treys on 44.2 percent from the field and 87.8 percent from the line in that span. That was good for No. 10 on the rankings for eight-category leagues. Oladipo is going to be a fantasy monster for a long time.
    Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Monta Ellis (calf) ready to play vs. Thunder
    Monta Ellis (calf) will play vs. the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ellis' calf may not be 100 percent healthy but he's one of the league's toughest players and it's no surprise to see him in the starting lineup. He'll give the No. 7 seed Mavericks whatever he has tonight, as they try to fend off the No. 8 seed Thunder, and he's safe to activate in all leagues.
    Yesterday, 4:49 pm
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • Monta Ellis (calf) is a game-time decision
    Monta Ellis (calf) is a game-time decision to face the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is probable and the Mavs look to be expecting him to play. Ellis missed Sunday due to his calf injury and he could be limited tonight. If he can't play his usual 33.7 minutes per game, minutes will go to Richard Jefferson, Devin Harris and Raymond Felton.
    Yesterday, 3:39 pm
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • Rodney Stuckey (wrist) will play vs. Celtics
    Rodney Stuckey (wrist) will "try to play" vs. the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: Stuckey shot 1-of-8 from the field in 25 minutes on Tuesday and owners may want to shy away from him -- the injury is to his shooting wrist and coach Frank Vogel suggested that Stuckey is pretty banged up. He recently recovered from a calf injury and may only be suiting up because the Pacers are fighting for their playoff lives. If he is limited, expect more opportunities to open up for C.J. Watson and Damjan Rudez.
    Yesterday, 3:04 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (ankle) out vs. Hornets
    Spencer Dinwiddie (ankle) will not play against the Hornets on Wednesday and is expected to miss Friday against the Bulls.

    Advice: Reggie Jackson is under the weather and could be limited, so we might get a longer look at John Lucas III. Dinwiddie has played well on occasion this season and is on the radar in very deep leagues. Lucas III isn't a great option tonight.
    Yesterday, 2:36 pm
  • Report: Mavs won't overpay for Rajon Rondo
    The Mavericks reportedly hope to re-sign Rajon Rondo in free agency this summer, but they "wouldn't be willing to get into a bidding war."

    Advice: Nor should they. Rondo has a PER of 11.7 since joining the Mavs, the lowest mark of his career, and his assist rate of 33.2 percent is the lowest since 2007-08. He's bound to get a hefty offer in free agency but fantasy owners should view him warily next season, as brutal FG and FT percentages continue to erode his overall value.
    Yesterday, 2:24 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey is questionable for Wed
    Rodney Stuckey (wrist) is questionable to play against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He just got over a calf issue and he's now back on the injury report with an issue involving his shooting wrist. That may have explained why he made just 1-of-8 from the field on Tuesday. If he's out, C.J. Watson would likely be the sixth man while Damjan Rudez would also get more minutes.
    Yesterday, 12:12 pm
  • Jeremy Lin will start against the Pelicans
    Jeremy Lin (illness) will start against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: He missed two games due to a respiratory issue and he could be back up to his normal playing time of around 30 minutes. Lin had trouble speaking on Monday due to soreness in his throat, so there's a little risk in starting him in fantasy on a 12-game night. Jabari Brown is much less attractive now.
    Yesterday, 11:23 am
  • NBA rescinds a technical for Westbrook
    The NBA has rescinded a technical foul for Russell Westbrook and he now has 14 on the season.

    Advice: This is big news because he would be suspended for one game with 16 technical fouls on the season. Westbrook now has a one tech cushion in his final eight games this season. Rajon Rondo will try to stop Westbrook tonight, which means we'll likely see a huge line from Westy.
    Yesterday, 11:22 am
  • Kyle Lowry out Wednesday, doubtful Friday
    Kyle Lowy (back) will not play vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, and he is considered doubtful to play vs. the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Lowry has already said that he won't rush back from injury, so it's safe to drop him in most leagues. Greivis Vasquez will continue to draw the start and is worth a look if you need help in assists and 3-pointers, while DeMar DeRozan and Lou Williams will continue to receive a boost in value with Lowry on the shelf.
    Yesterday, 9:34 am
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) probable for Wednesday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) said that he is ready to play on Wednesday vs. the Thunder, and the Mavericks have him listed as probable.

    Advice: Barea has missed the past four games for the Mavericks, so it wouldn't be surprising if he doesn't get a lot of run tonight. With averages of 7.5 points and 3.3 assists this season, Barea belongs on the wire in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 7:54 am
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • Monta Ellis, J.J. Barea probable Wednesday
    Monta Ellis (calf) and J.J. Barea (ankle) are both listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Ellis was held out of Sunday's game vs. the Pacers, but he was able to fully participate in Tuesday's practice and should be ready to roll tonight. Ellis is one of the toughest and most durable players in the NBA, but even this is a little surprising considering he was on crutches a couple of days ago. If Ellis plays he should be activated in all lineups, while Richard Jefferson would return to the bench and lose most of his value. For what it's worth, head coach Rick Carlisle wouldn't commit to Ellis playing just yet, so his owners will want to check back for another update prior to tip-off.
    Yesterday, 7:52 am
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • Byron Scott praises rookie Jordan Clarkson
    Byron Scott believes that rookie Jordan Clarkson "has a chance" to become an All-Star in the NBA.

    Advice: "The more he gains experience, he will learn the pace of the game, how to slow it down and use his speed when he has to do so," Scott said. "His ceiling is pretty high." Clarkson has posted ridiculous averages of 21.6 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 boards and 1.6 steals over his last five games, and the Lakers have to be feeling pretty good about themselves by stealing him in the second round of the draft last year. Clarkson is an absolute must-start player down the stretch.
    Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • Stephen Curry jukes Chris Paul, goes viral
    Stephen Curry finished Tuesday's victory in L.A. with 27 points, four 3-pointers, four assists, one steal and one ankle-breaking move against Chris Paul.

    Advice: This is a somewhat pedestrian line for Steph, who is one of the leading MVP candidates. We just needed an excuse to proliferate his ridiculous juke-move in the second quarter, which sent elite defender CP3 sprawling onto his backside while Curry sank a jumper from the corner. Follow the link below, and enjoy.
    Tuesday, 11:04 pm
    7:30 pm vs Pho
  • Chris Paul scores 27 pts w/ full line in loss
    Chris Paul scored 27 points in a losing effort vs. the Warriors in L.A on Tuesday, finishing with one 3-pointer, two rebounds, nine assists and one steal.

    Advice: CP3 has been a top-5 fantasy value by virtually any metric this season -- 8-cat or 9-cat, per-game or cumulative. He rivals Kawhi Leonard as one of the game's deadliest mid-range shooters and his 10.3 ppg off pull-up jumpers are tops in the NBA, far ahead of Mo Williams (8.9), Stephen Curry (8.6) and Russell Westbrook (8.4). He also leads the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.1) and will be a fixture on plenty of championship-winning fantasy teams this season.
    Tuesday, 11:03 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (wrist) shoots 1-of-8 vs. Nets
    Rodney Stuckey (sore right wrist) notched four points (1-of-8 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) with two rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes on Tuesday, and he started the second half in place of C.J. Miles (sprained ankle).

    Advice: Stuckey recently came back from a calf injury and he's perpetually banged up, but the Pacers are scrapping for a playoff spot so it's not surprising that he'd play at less than 100 percent. His potential for offensive eruptions makes him a tantalizing fantasy option, especially if he starts on Wednesday, though he's been reduced to late-round value over the past 12 games with averages of 14.8 points on 42.8 percent shooting, 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 0.8 steals.
    Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • George Hill's game-high 28 pts aren't enough
    George Hill scored a game-high 28 points in Brooklyn on Tuesday, making 10-of-17 shots with four 3-pointers, six boards, three assists and zero turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The Pacers' playoff chances took a big hit with tonight's 106-111 loss to the Nets, as they're now 1.5 games behind Brooklyn for the East's final playoff spot. Hill's fantasy owners might not care, however, as he's caught fire recently with five-game averages of 23.0 points, 2.8 triples, 5.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. That's even sweeter for owners who suffered through his interminable absence to begin the season.
    Tuesday, 7:46 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (ankle) won't return Tues
    Spencer Dinwiddie (sprained left ankle) will not return on Tuesday.

    Advice: He rolled his ankle in the first half and his absence leaves Detroit very thin at PG, as Reggie Jackson is battling an illness and John Lucas III has barely played recently. Dinwiddie has averaged 16.5 minutes over Detroit's previous 10 games, playing time that will shift to Lucas if he can't suit up for Wednesday's road game in Charlotte.
    Tuesday, 6:16 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie exits after rolling ankle
    Spencer Dinwiddie rolled his ankle during Sunday's game, leaving him questionable to return.

    Advice: He stayed down for quite a while before heading into Detroit's locker room. If the Pistons' rookie can't return, John Lucas III should emerge as Reggie Jackson's primary backup at PG.
    Tuesday, 5:11 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (wrist) will play Tuesday
    Rodney Stuckey (wrist) will play Tuesday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Stuckey will draw a very favorable matchup against the Nets tonight, so make sure you have him on your active roster. C.J. Waton's value takes a hit with Stuckey active.
    Tuesday, 3:12 pm
  • Scott thinks Jeremy Lin will play Wednesday
    Lakers' head coach Byron Scott believes that Jeremy Lin (illness) will be able to play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: "I don’t think it’s serious. I think he’s just drained," said Scott. Lin is dealing with an upper respiratory infection, and owners can expect to get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. If he is able to go, Wayne Ellington will likely head back to the bench, and Jabari Brown may fall out of the rotation. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 2:50 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) practices in full Tuesday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) went through a full practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: We'll be considering Barea questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Thunder, and if he is able to return to the lineup, Raymond Felton will likely fall out of the rotation. Devin Harris and Rajon Rondo would also likely lose some minutes upon Barea's return.
    Tuesday, 12:34 pm
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • Monta Ellis (calf) could play Wednesday
    Monta Ellis (calf) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, and head coach Rick Carlisle implied that there's a good chance Ellis will be able to play Wednesday vs. OKC.

    Advice: "Nothing's for sure tomorrow, but it looks promising," said Carlisle of Ellis potentially playing on Wednesday. If Ellis is indeed able to return on Wednesday, he will have only spent a mere one-game on the sidelines. His return to action will push Richard Jefferson back to the bench and irrelevancy in most leagues. Owners can expect to get another update on Ellis' status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 12:29 pm
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • Damian Lillard turns it around vs. Suns
    Damian Lillard ended his brief slump on Monday against the Suns, making 7-of-14 from the field for 19 points with four rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had two really bad games over the weekend, but it was just a matter of time before he picked it up. Lillard and the Blazers get a huge matchup against the Clippers on Wednesday, which could be a preview of a first-round playoff series. Lillard also has two more games after that, so he should be a huge help to his fantasy owners.
    Monday, 11:10 pm
  • Brown posts nice money counters on Monday
    Lorenzo Brown scored seven points on 3-of-7 shooting (including a three) with one rebound, six assists, one steal and two blocks over 30 minutes on Monday against the Jazz.

    Advice: Brown has stealthily posted top 80-90 value over the last two weeks by hitting 52 percent of his shots while averaging 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. If you need help in the latter two categories, he's well worth a look as long as Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin remain out.
    Monday, 11:07 pm
  • LaVine scores 21 points with five assists
    Zach LaVine scored 21 points on 7-of-19 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in Monday's loss.

    Advice: LaVine's owners are dodging the wishy-washy return of Ricky Rubio and until then he'll be a must-start player, unless field goal percentages or turnovers are critical areas for you.
    Monday, 11:03 pm
  • Vasquez struggles in start on Monday
    Greivis Vasquez hit just 1-of-10 shots (including a three) for three points, three boards, seven assists and two steals in 34 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: Kyle Lowry is still out indefinitely and that keeps Vasquez as a potential fantasy option until Lowry returns. Vasquez just isn't very good and there's no guarantee that he helps owners out on any given night.
    Monday, 10:31 pm
  • Clarkson scores 26 points with 11 assists
    Jordan Clarkson scored 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting (0-for-2 from deep, 8-of-10 from the line) with six rebounds, 11 assists and three steals in 44 minutes on Monday against the Sixers.

    Advice: Clarkson is the Lakers' most consistent asset right now and he's a must-start player going forward.
    Monday, 10:01 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams has another bad game
    Michael Carter-Williams made 1-of-6 from the field for four points with two rebounds, five assists, four turnovers and one steal.

    Advice: He still hasn't won a road game in a Bucks uniform. Carter-Williams has made just 31.9 percent from the field in his last eight games and turned the ball over 3.4 times. Amazingly, he's averaged 10.5 points per game with a 25.2 usage rate in his last eight. Something has to give here.
    Monday, 9:35 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back spasms) is still hurting
    Kyle Lowry (back spasms) is still hurt and it's "not just something where he's sore," according to coach Dwane Casey.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like he's going to be back at any point this week and he can probably be dropped in most fantasy leagues. Greivis Vasquez will get at least one more start tonight and probably has a few more headed his way, too. However, he hasn't played well, so he's not a must-own player. Vasquez is still worth a look if you need some treys and dimes.
    Monday, 3:02 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (illness) out again for Monday
    Jeremy Lin (illness) will not play against the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: He has an allergy issue and will miss his second straight game. Wayne Ellington will get another start and Jabari Brown will be the sixth man for the Lakers tonight. Expect both to be around 30 minutes and they could also be score in the teens tonight. Jordan Clarkson is also a nice play tonight.
    Monday, 2:38 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams will play on Monday
    Michael Carter-Williams has arrived to play against the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: He's down to a paltry 36.8 percent from the field this month, which is bad for even him. Carter-Williams has been even worse in his last seven games, averaging 11.4 points, 2.9 boards, 4.9 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.1 treys on 32.9 percent from the field. He hasn't been worth owning in standard leagues, but is a decent option in points formats.
    Monday, 2:21 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (wrist) questionable Tuesday
    Rodney Stuckey (wrist) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: Stuckey logged 30 minutes in Sunday's win over the Mavs while coming off a calf injury, but apparently he managed to add another injury in the process. If he's forced to sit out, C.J. Miles and C.J. Watson would both be the most direct beneficiaries.
    Monday, 10:57 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams expected to play Mon.
    Michael Carter-Williams will arrive to the Bucks game late today after the funeral of his grandfather, but he's expected to play on Monday against the Hawks.

    Advice: Our thoughts are with MCW and his family after the passing of his grandfather. This news won't impact his fantasy outlook unless he winds up missing the game, but that doesn't seem like a reality at this time.
    Monday, 9:58 am
  • Kyle Lowry (back) out again on Monday night
    Kyle Lowry (back) will not play on Monday against the Rockets.

    Advice: Lowry has already said that he won't rush his return, but it's not clear when he will be back on the floor. Greivis Vasquez is averaging 11.1 points, 4.3 assists and 1.7 triples on 44.6 percent shooting over 23 games as the starting point guard, and both Lou Williams and DeMar DeRozan will have more responsibilities while Lowry is sidelined, as well.
    Monday, 9:44 am
  • Russell Westbrook nets 33 pts in comeback win
    The Thunder won a critical game in Phoenix on Sunday behind Russell Westbrook's 33 points (10-of-29 FGs, 12-of-14 FTs), nine rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: Westbrook now has 24 games with 30+ points this season and he's racking up gaudy fantasy lines on a nightly basis, though tonight's production was tainted by a lousy FG percentage. Kevin Durant (foot) is done for the season and Serge Ibaka (knee) won't return until mid-April at the earliest, leaving Westbrook to single-handedly carry the Thunder in the playoffs. So far, so good, as he's staked the Thunder to a 2.5-game lead over the No. 9 seed Pelicans.
    Sunday, 8:52 pm
  • Rajon Rondo scores 17 points with 10 dimes
    Rajon Rondo stepped up in the absence of Monta Ellis (calf) in Sunday's loss to the Pacers, scoring 17 points with 10 assists, seven boards, two steals and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Rondo shot 8-of-14 from the field and hit his only free throw attempt on the night, and early indications suggests that he and Chandler Parsons will be the biggest beneficiaries if Ellis remains on the shelf (there is no timetable for his return). This was also the most minutes Rondo has played since joining the Mavericks, and he should be able to carry this momentum moving forward with the extra responsibility on offense.
    Sunday, 6:46 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (calf) plays 30 minutes Sunday
    Rodney Stuckey (calf) logged 30 minutes during Sunday's much-needed win vs. Dallas, scoring 10 points with one 3-pointer, five rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: He wasn't on a minute-limit and is safe to deploy whenever he's healthy, as the Pacers have given him a green-light to shoot with their second unit (he finished 4-of-14 from the field tonight). The second unit has proven to be a strength for Indiana this season -- their bench is averaging 41.0 points per game, second in the NBA behind only the Lakers. Stuckey's return stole some playing time from C.J. Miles (28 minutes), C.J. Watson (24 minutes) and especially Solomon Hill (14 minutes).
    Sunday, 6:34 pm
  • Evan Turner's near triple-double not enough
    Evan Turner racked up nine points, seven rebounds and 10 assists in 30 minutes during Sunday's loss, while chipping in one 3-pointer and a pair of steals.

    Advice: Turner is one of only six players in the NBA with at least 350 rebounds and 350 assists this season, joining James Harden, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Eric Bledsoe and Tyreke Evans. He doesn't contribute many 3-pointers or defensive stats, and his percentages take a chunk out of his overall value, but he's currently playing well enough for use in all 12-team leagues.
    Sunday, 6:17 pm
  • Lorenzo Brown hands out eight assists vs. NO
    Lorenzo Brown started at PG again on Sunday, finishing a 22-point loss to New Orleans with eight points, three rebounds, eight assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: The Wolves committed five turnovers on their first seven possessions and they can't get Ricky Rubio (ankle) back soon enough -- the good news is that he's questionable to return on Monday. Brown logged 36 minutes tonight and is a decent deep-league source of assists and steals, but the well could dry up whenever Rubio and Kevin Martin (hamstring) return.
    Sunday, 3:24 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson posts 18-7-6 line in loss
    Jordan Clarkson looked great during Sunday's loss to the Nets, posting 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting (3-of-4 from the line), seven assists, six rebounds, one 3-pointer and two turnovers through 35 minutes of action.

    Advice: Clarkson has really got things rolling during the month of March, posting averages of 14.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. The Lakers are fully committed to developing him, so he'll continue to log heavy minutes as they close out their regular-season. Keep rolling him out there.
    Sunday, 2:50 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (illness) will not play vs. Nets
    Jeremy Lin (illness) will not play vs. the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: He is dealing with an upper respiratory infection, so hopefully he recovers in time for Monday's game vs. the 76ers. With Lin out of the lineup, Jordan Clarkson will likely log all the minute he can handle at point guard, while Wayne Ellington and Jabari Brown should also see some extra minutes on the wing. We will update Lin's status as soon as we know more.
    Sunday, 10:41 am
  • Monta Ellis (calf) will not play vs. Pacers
    Monta Ellis (calf) has officially been ruled out of Sunday's game vs. the Pacers, and Richard Jefferson will draw the start at shooting guard.

    Advice: Ellis had played in 237 consecutive games before the injury, so it's obviously a huge blow for his owners who are in the middle of fantasy playoffs. Ellis is off crutches, but he is still in a lot of pain and doesn't have a timetable to return. We will update his status once we know more, but the Mavericks will probably proceed with caution. Jefferson is worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of short-term value, while Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris will likely see a boost in value as well with the added responsibility on offense.
    Sunday, 8:58 am
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) will not play on Sunday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) will not be able to play vs. the Pacers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Mavericks desperately could have used Barea tonight with Monta Ellis (calf) out of commission, but instead they will have to lean on Rajon Rondo, Devin Harris, Richard Jefferson and Raymond Felton. This will be Barea's fourth consecutive game on the sidelines, and considering he is still experiencing soreness in his ankle, the Mavericks won't be in a hurry to rush him back.
    Sunday, 8:54 am
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • Rodney Stuckey (calf) will play on Sunday
    Rodney Stuckey (calf) will play on Sunday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Stuckey is returning from a three-game absence due to a calf strain, so it will be interesting to see how he holds up during the game. He isn't a must-own player by any means, but he is worth a look if you need help in scoring. C.J. Watson and C.J. Miles will lose some touches on offense Sunday, and their owners should expect their value to take a hit.
    Sunday, 8:13 am
  • Mavericks preparing to be without Monta Ellis
    The Mavericks are preparing for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers with the expectation that Monta Ellis (calf) will not be able to play.

    Advice: "We're going to have to make up for his loss collectively," head coach Rick Carlisle said in regards to replacing Ellis. "You don't lose your best offensive player and have one guy who can step up and make the difference. The whole group's got to step forward. So we got our work cut out for us." Carlisle also said that they won't rush Ellis back from injury, so it's safe to say that he is probably looking at some time on the shelf. Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris will be busy in the backcourt vs. the Pacers, while J.J. Barea (ankle) is also hopeful that he will be able to return from injury Sunday.
    Sunday, 6:40 am
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • Dante Exum returned to action on Saturday March 28.
    Saturday, 11:26 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 37 points Saturday
    Russell Westbrook scored 37 points with eight boards, six assists, three 3-pointers and nine turnovers in a loss to the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: Westbrook's owners probably didn't even blink twice at this line which speaks volumes about his play recently. Kevin Durant isn't coming back this season, meaning Westbrook will arguably be the top play in fantasy leagues moving forward with the Thunder trying to clinch a playoff berth. Enjoy the show.
    Saturday, 9:49 pm
  • Damian Lillard is in a mini slump right now
    Damian Lillard made 4-of-11 from the field for eight points with three boards, 10 assists, one steal and three turnovers in 30 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: He's in a slump. He made just 4-of-15 from the field on Friday and tonight was just his third game without a trey on the season. On the bright side, the Blazers are on a three-game winning streak. He also had four fouls in a game for just the third time in 2015. His fantasy owners will get a four-game week starting on Monday, assuming they were able to withstand the Lillard drought this week.
    Saturday, 9:44 pm
  • Jameer Nelson gets hot late, scores 22 points
    Jameer Nelson scored 22 points against the Blazers on Saturday with two rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: With Danilo Gallinari (rest) out, most of the Nuggets players moved up a position -- shooting guard to a small forward and so forth. That allowed Nelson to play next to Ty Lawson a little more, which has been happening more often. Nelson has scored at least 12 points in each of his last four and he's on the radar in deeper leagues.
    Saturday, 9:29 pm
  • Randy Foye scores 17 points vs. Blazers
    Randy Foye scored 17 points with one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He scored just 14 points combined in his previous two games, but he really turned it around. Foye has been a must-own player in standard leagues thanks to his output in treys and coach Melvin Hunt has been playing him somewhat consistently.
    Saturday, 9:28 pm
  • Warriors lock up No. 1 seed in West, win 60th
    Stephen Curry made 8-of-13 from the field with six 3-pointers for 25 points during a 108-95 win in Milwaukee on Saturday, adding four rebounds, six assists, one steal and six turnovers.

    Advice: He didn't have a great first half and was in foul trouble, but Curry and the Warriors turned it on in the third quarter -- that's been their calling card lately. They won their ninth consecutive game and have clinched the top seed in the Western Conference with their 60th win. Curry has been flat-out ridiculous from deep over his last five, making 5.4 treys per game on 61.4 percent from that range. He has to be the favorite for MVP. Meanwhile it's probably safe to say Steve Kerr made the right call with the Warriors winning their 60th game of the season on the same night the Knicks lost their 60th.
    Saturday, 8:23 pm
    7:30 pm vs Pho
  • Michael Carter-Williams plays just 22 minutes
    Michael Carter-Williams played 22 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday during a 108-95 loss with eight points, one rebound, three assists, two steals and three turnovers on 3-of-9 from the field.

    Advice: At least he only shot it nine times. Carter-Williams didn't play in the fourth quarter, but that's because the Bucks were down 73-59 at the time of his departure in the third. He has been the 228th best player in nine-cat leagues for total value before tonight and he's been trending down. He's not a must-own player.
    Saturday, 8:14 pm
  • Dante Exum, Rodney Hood starting vs. OKC
    Dante Exum and Rodney Hood are both starting on Saturday against the Thunder.

    Advice: They are both getting over illnesses and neither played in the second half yesterday -- Hood has been out since Monday.
    Saturday, 5:17 pm
  • Curry and Klay are good to go
    Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut are all starting on Saturday.

    Advice: This was as expected with the Warriors not pulling any shady business on resting guys.
    Saturday, 5:14 pm
    7:30 pm vs Pho
  • Dante Exum warming up to play on Saturday
    Dante Exum (illness) is not on the injury report and is warming up to play against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He will get Russell Westbrook tonight, so he's going to have his hands full. Exum has been pretty good on defense, but his offensive game has a long way to go. He's only worth a look in deep leagues.
    Saturday, 4:26 pm
  • Jeremy Lin should be fine for Sunday
    Jeremy Lin (illness) said he plans to play against the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: He did leave the door open of him missing the game, saying he'll play "unless it gets worse." A couple starting guards could be sick for Sunday afternoon with Deron Williams also under the weather. Lin had his allergy issue on Friday and still played 36 minutes, so he should be good to go.
    Saturday, 11:31 am
  • Rodney Stuckey (calf) questionable Sunday
    Rodney Stuckey (calf) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Stuckey has been in street clothes for the past three games, and the Pacers may continue to err on the side of caution on Sunday. If Stuckey is unable to play, C.J. Watson and C.J. Miles will be the primary beneficiaries and would be worth a look in daily leagues. We should have another update after shootaround Sunday.
    Saturday, 10:12 am
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) questionable for Sunday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He has been sidelined for the past three games, but he has already said that he is hopeful to return on Sunday. Barea's presence off the bench would be crucial if Monta Ellis (calf) sits this one out, but he is still only worth a look in deeper leagues. If Barea can't go, expect Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris to log heavy minutes vs. the Pacers.
    Saturday, 9:19 am
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • Monta Ellis (calf) is doubtful to play Sunday
    Monta Ellis (calf) is considered very doubtful to play vs. the Pacers on Sunday according to head coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: Ellis has played in 237 consecutive games and is easily one of the most durable players in the NBA, but it is highly unlikely that he plays. Ellis was still using crutches on Saturday and obviously isn't going to practice, but we should have another update after shootaround Sunday. Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris would be extremely busy if Ellis ends up sitting this one out, while the Mavericks are also hoping that J.J. Barea (ankle) will be able to return Sunday. For what it's worth, Ellis won't have an MRI until at least Monday when the team returns to Dallas, and while Carlisle is concerned, he doesn't expect the injury to be too serious.
    Saturday, 9:18 am
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • Byron Scott praises Jordan Clarkson again
    The first thing that head coach Byron Scott noticed in the box score was that Jordan Clarkson finished Friday's game with zero assists, but he still came to the rookie's defense.

    Advice: "That’s something that at a young age, he’s going to have to figure out on the fly," said Scott. "He did get in the paint a few times and finish it off. But guys just didn’t make layups or they got fouled and went to the free throw line. He was still unselfish and doing the right things. It just didn’t show up in the stat sheet." Clarkson has been excellent for the Lakers this season and it looks like he has a bright future in this league, so we would expect for him to get every opportunity to succeed as we close out the season. Keep him active in all lineups.
    Saturday, 6:23 am
  • Nelson stays on heater; scores 18 points
    Jameer Nelson's heater continued on Friday as he hit 7-of-10 shots (including four threes) for 18 points, one rebound and three assists in just 22 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Nelson has shot a ridiculous 52.1 percent over the last 15 games and that has made him a late-round value over that span, but when he plays lately he's even better than that because he's averaging 2.8 treys per game over the last six contests. Rest and shooting regressions threaten his value nightly, but especially if you need point guard stats and threes he's well worth a look.
    Friday, 11:54 pm
  • Exum misses second half of Friday's game
    Dante Exum missed the second half of Friday's game due to illness.

    Advice: Exum logged 12 minutes on the night and had just one rebound and one steal to his credit. He has shown some nice defensive skills at times but his fantasy game is in the trash, so owners don't need to worry about his status too much.
    Friday, 11:41 pm
  • Monta (calf) left locker room on crutches
    Updating an earlier item, Monta Ellis (calf) left the locker room on crutches and as we passed along earlier he will be evaluated on Saturday.

    Advice: Crutches can be used as a precautionary measure but it's certainly not good to hear. Ellis is one of the toughest players in the league and doesn't miss games, but the Mavs may be able to convince him that it would be necessary in advance of the playoffs. Rajon Rondo (seven points, five boards, five assists, one steal) and Chandler Parsons (nine points, six boards, two assists, three steals, one trey) would be beneficiaries if he misses any time.
    Friday, 11:20 pm
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • Curry posts 38 & 10 with eight 3-pointers
    Stephen Curry torched the Grizzlies in an easy road win on Friday, scoring 38 points on 12-of-22 shooting (8-of-12 3PTs, 6-of-6 FTs) with three rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: This is just a crippling line if you had to go against Curry this week and right next door Klay Thompson wasn't bad either with 28 points and six treys of his own. Steve Kerr has made a number of overtures to the effect that rest is good, and owners have to hope that this just means they get hit with a game or two of rest and nothing more.
    Friday, 11:04 pm
    7:30 pm vs Pho
  • Lorenzo Brown scores six
    Lorenzo Brown scored six points with two rebounds, five assists, three steals and two turnovers in 37 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: The minutes and dimes are there, but the scoring isn't just yet. Kevin Martin (hamstrings) appears to be out for a couple more games, so expect Brown to have plenty of minutes headed his way. He'll likely have more offensive responsibility on Sunday. He's only worth a look in 16-team leagues.
    Friday, 10:50 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez scores five in 26 minutes
    Greivis Vasquez scored five points with one rebound, five assists and one 3-pointer against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: It's been DeMar DeRozan and Lou Williams handling the ball more for the Raptors, so there have been some quiet nights from Vasquez lately. Kyle Lowry (back) doesn't seem to be progressing and he could miss more time. If you need a point guard who can hit some treys, give him a look.
    Friday, 10:34 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 14 with no dimes
    Jordan Clarkson scored 14 points during a 94-83 loss to the Raptors on Friday with four rebounds, two steals and one turnover in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't have an assist tonight, but the scoring numbers are there for Clarkson. He's a good bet to lead the team in points going forward and he should add some steals along with a few other stats along the way. He's worth owning in all leagues.
    Friday, 10:22 pm
  • Jeremy Lin plays well in 36 minutes
    Jeremy Lin had team highs with 36 minutes, 18 points and five assists against the Raptors on Friday, adding seven rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had an allergy issue and was a game-time decision, but it didn't seem to affect him. Lin has done a fine job in the starting lineup and not having Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill have allowed some extra shots to go around. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
    Friday, 10:13 pm
  • Chris Paul scores an efficient 25 points
    Chris Paul was magnificent against the 76ers during a 119-98 win on Friday with 25 points, three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three 3-pointers on 9-of-15 from the field in just 30 minutes.

    Advice: It was all just too easy for CP3 with 19 points coming in the first half. Paul's offensive game is clicking at the right time, averaging 23.8 points, 4.4 boards, 12.0 dimes, 2.2 steals and 1.8 treys on 55.6 percent from the field and 88.9 percent from the line in his last five. If CP3 keeps this up, he'll likely be on a lot of fantasy championship teams.
    Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Monta Ellis dealing with a right calf injury
    Monta Ellis was kneed in the right calf and coach Rick Carlisle said he doesn't know what the extent of the injury is.

    Advice: "We'll see how he feels in the morning and go from there," Carlisle said. It sounds like he's dealing with a leg contusion, which has occurred an inordinate amount of times this season. Ellis is one of the toughest dudes in the NBA, so he might not need to miss time. If he does, it'll be Devin Harris, Richard Jefferson and Chandler Parsons filling in the most for Monta.
    Friday, 8:16 pm
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • Jeremy Lin (illness) will play on Friday
    Jeremy Lin (illness) will play against the Raptors on Friday night.

    Advice: Considering the Lakers are holding out healthy players, it's a surprise to see him active with his sinus issue. If he's limited, Wayne Ellington and Jabari Brown will get more playing time.
    Friday, 3:13 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) hopeful to play Sunday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) said he is hopeful he'll be able to return to the lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: We'll be considering Barea questionable for that one, and it'll be Devin Harris as the primary beneficiary for however long Barea is out. Harris is averaging 8.9 points, 2.1 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers through the month of March, so he can be viewed as a low-end option in deep leagues.
    Friday, 10:00 am
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • Kyle Lowry (back) out Friday vs. the Lakers
    Kyle Lowry (back) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Lowry has said that he won't rush a return, but the Raptors have not given any clear timeline on when he might be able to return to action. While he's out, Greivis Vasquez will continue to start at point guard, with Lou Williams and DeMar DeRozan being tasked with some more responsibilities on offense. We'll be considering him questionable for Monday's game vs. the Rockets, stay tuned.
    Friday, 9:48 am
  • O.J. Mayo scores three points in 13 minutes
    O.J. Mayo returned to action against the Pacers on Thursday, scoring three points with one rebound, four assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He didn't look too bad considering his hamstring issue has bothered him for most of the post-break run. Still, Mayo is likely going to have a 20-minute cap for the next week or so. Keep him on the wire.
    Thursday, 9:09 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams fouls out vs. Bucks
    Michael Carter-Williams fouled out in 29 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday, making 3-of-11 from the field for 13 points with five rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: He finally stopped shooting on Tuesday with just four shots from the field and he seemed to making a conscious effort to not force shots -- a very good thing. In his previous March games, Carter-Williams made just 28.1 percent on his shots from outside of the paint, which accounted for over 40 percent of his shot total. Plus, his turnovers are way too high at 4.0 per game in 33.3 minutes per game. What’s makes it even worse is that the 76ers are playing great ball right now without him.
    Thursday, 7:55 pm
  • George Hill scores 24 points, hits six treys
    George Hill stayed hot against the Bucks on Thursday during a 111-107 loss with 24 points, three rebounds, five assists, one steal and six 3-pointers on 7-of-12 from the field.

    Advice: His six 3-pointers were a career high and the Bucks just left him open way too often. He's scored at least 20 points in four of his last five, averaging 23.0 points, 4.2 boards, 5.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.4 triples. Hill no longer has a minutes limit and is one of the hottest properties in fantasy in the past two weeks with second-round value in that span.
    Thursday, 7:48 pm
  • O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will play Thursday
    O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will play Thursday against the Pacers.

    Advice: Mayo was limited to just six minutes when he returned to action on Tuesday, but head coach Jason Kidd said he'll "add minutes" for Mayo tonight. That's a pretty vague quote, but we doubt Mayo would see his minutes much higher than the 20s. With a tough matchup against the Pacers, and a lot of uncertainty around how much floor time Mayo will see tonight, he's not a great option in most leagues.
    Thursday, 3:28 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) out Friday vs. San Antonio
    J.J. Barea (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: With Barea unavailable, Devin Harris will have the opportunity for some extended minutes. Harris is averaging 8.9 points, 2.1 assists, 1.1 three-pointers and 0.8 steals per game through the month of March, so his value is limited to deep leagues.
    Thursday, 12:41 pm
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • Rodney Stuckey (calf) out Thursday vs. MIL
    Rodney Stuckey (calf) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: This will be Stuckey's second consecutive game on the sidelines (and he missed most of a third), and we'll be considering him questionable for Sunday's game vs. Dallas. C.J. Watson has stepped up in Stuckey's absence, and he's worth a look as a streamer option for owners seeking some 3-point shooting, steals, and assists.
    Thursday, 11:06 am
  • Jordan Clarkson not happy with his play
    Despite solid back-to-back efforts on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jordan Clarkson said he's still not satisfied with his play.

    Advice: Despite his line 20 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block that included the game-winning free throws on Wednesday, Clarkson is still looking for improvement. "I think I took a few steps back," said Clarkson. "I didn’t take care of the ball well. I was holding it a little bit too much on the offensive end. I have to keep growing, watch the film and learn from it." As evidenced by his last two games, Clarkson has been fully unleashed in the Lakers' offense and is a must-own player in all fantasy leagues.
    Thursday, 8:34 am
  • Russell Westbrook finally cools off vs. Spurs
    Russell Westbrook didn't make a basket after the first quarter in Wednesday's ugly 130-91 loss to the Spurs, finishing with 16 points, four rebounds, seven assists and two steals on 5-of-16 shooting.

    Advice: Given the score, it's pretty easy to understand Westbrook finally having an off night, and it didn't help that he didn't play in the fourth quarter. The good news is that he's healthy and probably really ticked off, and will take his anger out on the poor Jazz on Saturday. He came into this one with seven triple-doubles in his last 14 games.
    Wednesday, 11:49 pm
  • Randy Foye plays 34 minutes in return
    Randy Foye played 34 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday with five points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: If Randy Foye gets 34 minutes in the second half of the season, he's usually more like Randy Moss because he's straight cash, homey. Before missing Sunday due to an illness, he played at least 30 minutes in his previous three games. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 11:26 pm
  • Zach LaVine stays hot in OT loss
    Zach LaVine had 18 points, six rebounds, five assists and a 3-pointer on 5-of-18 shooting in Wednesday's overtime loss.

    Advice: Ricky Rubio could be shut down for the season with his ankle injury, although that's far from a guarantee. But if you own LaVine, overlook the shooting and hang onto him until further notice.
    Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • Lo Brown starts for Kevin Martin
    Lorenzo Brown started at shooting guard on Wednesday and had eight points, nine rebounds and three steals in an overtime loss to the Lakers.

    Advice: Lo-Bro played 35 minutes and as long as Kevin Martin is resting, Brown could continue to see 30-plus minutes a night. Deep leaguers should give him a look.
    Wednesday, 10:44 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 20, hits game-winners
    Jordan Clarkson came off his career-high 30-point game and had 20 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals, a block and six turnovers in Wednesday's OT win against the Wolves.

    Advice: He also hit two free throws with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to give his team the win. While that's a good thing for JC and his fantasy owners, the Lakers were surely hoping for a loss in order to get more ping pong balls. Clarkson is a must-own player until further notice.
    Wednesday, 10:34 pm
  • Jeremy Lin plays well in another start
    Jeremy Lin started again and had 19 points, three boards, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in Wednesday's overtime win over Minnesota.

    Advice: As long as Lin's starting alongside Jordan Clarkson, he should be owned in fantasy. The Lakers also learned that it's tough to tank against the lowly Wolves.
    Wednesday, 10:32 pm
  • Evan Turner cools off in loss to Heat
    Evan Turner hit just 1-of-5 shots for four points, four rebounds and five assists in 20 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Heat were up by 17 at halftime and Brad Davis was trying several different and random combos in hopes of getting back into the game. Turner came in hot and Isaiah Thomas didn't look comfortable in his return to action, so we're not ready to give up on Turner just yet.
    Wednesday, 9:55 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez scores 22 points in a start
    Greivis Vasquez scored 22 points in the starting lineup against the Bulls on Wednesday with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and six 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He's been very disappointing in his starts at point guard this season and finally came up big tonight in a losing effort. Kyle Lowry has a small chance to return on Friday against the Lakers, so there's no need to be too aggressive in adding Vasquez. If you want help this weekend and aren't limited with matchup moves, give him a look.
    Wednesday, 9:12 pm
  • George Hill drops 29 points, hits game-winner
    George Hill hit a game-winning layup against the Wizards on Wednesday during a 103-101 victory, scoring 29 points with seven rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers.

    Advice: He made 12-of-24 from the field and had total control of the offense tonight. Hill played a season-high 43 minutes, which crushed his previous season high of 36 from Monday night. It's pretty clear his minutes limit has been lifted, but this does have a little to do with Rodney Stuckey (calf) missing time. Hill is a must-start player regardless.
    Wednesday, 8:39 pm
  • Lorenzo Brown starting for Kevin Martin
    Lorenzo Brown is starting in place of Kevin Martin on Wednesday against the Lakers.

    Advice: Martin is "available to play" for the Wolves, which is pretty much meaningless. Brown probably won't play 45 minutes like he did on Monday, but he could play around 30 or so. Give him a look in deep leagues.
    Wednesday, 5:03 pm
  • O.J. Mayo is probable to play Thursday
    O.J. Mayo is probable to play against the Pacers on Thursday after going through practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He played just six minutes on Tuesday in his return to the lineup. The Bucks are unlikely to play Mayo more than 10-12 minutes on Thursday, so keep him on the wire.
    Wednesday, 2:04 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) will not play Wednesday
    Kyle Lowry (back) will not play vs. the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lowry has already said that he won't be rushing back from injury this time, so he is probably looking at an extended stint on the sidelines. Greivis Vasquez will likely start on Wednesday and is worth picking up in most leagues, while Lou Williams should see an uptick in minutes off the bench and can be considered a must-start option in all leagues.
    Wednesday, 8:52 am
  • Andrew Bogut backs Stephen Curry for MVP
    Andrew Bogut said that Stephen Curry is the obvious choice to win the MVP Award this season.

    Advice: "He only needs to play 25, 30 minutes, and we’re winning games by 15, 20 points," Bogut said. "If he had to play 45 minutes for us, I’m sure he’d be averaging greater numbers, so in a way, it’s kind of flawed. He’s the MVP in my opinion. We’re the best team in the league. We have the best record in the league. I don’t think it’s close in my opinion." It's hard to argue with Bogut's logic as the Warriors usually have their games all but won by the end of the third quarter, and Curry has had some memorable performances this season. With season averages of 23.4 points, 7.9 assists, 4.3 boards, 2.1 steals and 3.4 3-pointers in just 32.9 minutes per game, Curry's owners couldn't be any more excited at the moment.
    Wednesday, 6:34 am
    7:30 pm vs Pho
  • Damian Lillard's 29 pts aren't enough Tuesday
    Damian Lillard scored a team-high 29 points vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, sinking 9-of-21 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs with six 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Lillard is shooting just 43.3 percent in March, but he's still averaging 20.3 points and 2.1 triples. He'll be leaned on even more if LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) and Nicolas Batum (back) miss any more games, so fantasy owners can sleep soundly with Lillard locked into their lineups.
    Tuesday, 10:51 pm
  • Warriors clinch Pacific with win vs. Blazers
    The Warriors clinched the Pacific Division with Tuesday's win in Portland, led by Stephen Curry's 33 points on 13-of-22 shooting, five 3-pointers, two rebounds, 10 assists and one steal.

    Advice: He turned the ball over just twice in 34 minutes, a rare treat for 9-cat owners, and continues to be a one-man army for fantasy GMs. The sole concern is that Curry may be rested at some point during Golden State's final 11 games -- they're easily the No. 1 seed in the West and have a 4.5-game lead on the Hawks for potential home court advantage in the Finals. The Warriors haven't won the Pacific Division since 1976, and the fact that they clinched with 12 games remaining underscores how impressive they've been all season.
    Tuesday, 10:25 pm
    7:30 pm vs Pho
  • Jordan Clarkson pours in career-high 30 pts
    Jordan Clarkson scored a career-high 30 points during Tuesday's loss in Oklahoma City, hitting 12-of-19 FGs with four rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: Two of his makes came from downtown and he committed a tolerable three turnovers in a team-high 36 minutes of action. Jeremy Lin joined Clarkson in the backcourt and it suited both players just fine, as they combined for 49 points on 60.0 percent shooting. The Lakers are in player-development mode and Clarkson is at the top of the list, so tonight's gem could be a harbinger of things to come in L.A.'s final dozen games.
    Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • Jeremy Lin starts, scores 19 pts in road loss
    Jeremy Lin made the most of his start on Tuesday, racking up 19 points (6-of-11 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), two 3-pointers, two rebounds and seven assists.

    Advice: It's likely that Lin will start the rest of the season and fantasy owners should plug him into all active lineups. The Lakers are drifting toward the draft lottery but Lin will be playing with a purpose -- his $8.4 million contract expires this summer, setting him up for a nice payday in free agency. L.A.'s upcoming schedule also helps his case, as they're tied with Charlotte for the most remaining games.
    Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams fouls out in 27 mins
    Michael Carter-Williams struggled vs. Goran Dragic and the Heat on Tuesday, scoring four points with three rebounds and four assists before fouling out after 26 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 1-of-4 from the field without any 3-pointers or defensive stats, which is a rarity -- in his past six games he was averaging 2.0 steals and 1.2 blocks. The Bucks snapped a five-game skid tonight but they're just 5-12 since Carter-Williams arrived and Brandon Knight headed to Phoenix. MCW is still a must-start fantasy PG despite tonight's dud -- his 35.1 percent shooting is more than offset by solid points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.
    Tuesday, 8:05 pm
  • O.J. Mayo (hamstring) scoreless in return
    O.J. Mayo (hamstring) returned to action on Tuesday, going scoreless with two rebounds and one assist in six minutes vs. the Heat.

    Advice: He didn't check in until the end of the third quarter, presumably because Jason Kidd wanted more offensive weapons on the court with his Bucks trailing by seven points. Mayo has suffered a few setbacks with his hamstring in recent weeks and fantasy owners should view him with skepticism as long as he's playing limited minutes off the bench.
    Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) won't rush back this time
    Kyle Lowry said that he won't rush back from injury this time after he was forced to leave Tuesday's game vs. the Pistons due to back spasms.

    Advice: This doesn't sound very reassuring for his owners, and it looks like Lowry should be considered highly doubtful to play vs. the Bulls on Wednesday. We will pass along further updates once we know more, but his owners should have a backup plan ready. Greivis Vasquez will likely draw the start if Lowry can't give it a go and he is worth a look for anyone in need of 3-pointers and assists, while Lou Williams should see a nice uptick in minutes as well and would be a must-start option in all leagues.
    Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez logs 28 minutes w/ Lowry out
    Greivis Vasquez took over at PG once Kyle Lowry (back spasms) exited Tuesday's game, and he finished with seven points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: It's possible that Lowry will miss more games, as back injuries are easy to aggravate, so owners in need of 3-pointers and assists should keep a close eye on Vasquez this week. The Raptors conclude the week with home games vs. the Bulls (Wednesday) and Lakers (Friday).
    Tuesday, 7:41 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 19 points w/ Lowry ailing
    Lou Williams stepped up with Kyle Lowry (back) exiting early on Tuesday, leading the second unit with 19 points, three 3-pointers, two rebounds and three turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Williams was efficient offensively (6-of-11 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), but he botched the final possession -- facing a two-point deficit, he wasted time isolating at the top of the arc before launching an errant 30-foot three-point attempt. Toronto is now 5-12 in their past 17 games, though it hasn't done much to damage their playoff standing -- they hold a very comfortable 11.0 game lead over the Celtics in the Atlantic Division.
    Tuesday, 7:39 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) will not return on Tuesday
    Kyle Lowry (back spasms) left Tuesday's game vs. the Pistons and will not be able to return.

    Advice: Lowry had just returned from a two-game absence prior to tonight's game because of his back, so this is obviously a devastating blow for the Raptors and for his owners. We will go ahead and consider Lowry questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls, but considering he was only able to play 11 minutes before his back tightened up on him, he is probably closer to doubtful. If Lowry can't give it a go, Greivis Vasquez and Lou Williams would both benefit. Expect another update following shootaround on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • Jameer Nelson not worried about hip injury
    Jameer Nelson expressed little concern when asked about the hip injury that's been bothering him lately.

    Advice: Nelson only missed one game with the injury, so it doesn't sound like it's going to be a major issue moving forward. However, with the Nuggets in full rebuilding mode, it would be far from shocking to see the veteran handed out some random rest days here and there as the Nuggets close out their season. Nelson has been playing well lately, but playing in a reserve role behind Ty Lawson will really limit his value to deeper leagues.
    Tuesday, 4:04 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) will start Tuesday vs. DET
    Kyle Lowry (back) will start Tuesday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Greivis Vasquez will likely head to the bench with this news, and his value will take a sizable hit with the demotion to the second unit. Lowry is obviously a must-start guy every time he's in uniform, so go ahead and get him active.
    Tuesday, 3:44 pm
  • O.J. Mayo (hamstring) a game-time decision
    O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: The Bucks will make a decision on Mayo after he goes through warm-ups, but even if he is able to go, he'll likely be on a minutes restriction which will really limit his upside. Mayo belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:30 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) a true game-time call Tues.
    Kyle Lowry (back) will again be a true game-time decision for Tuesday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Lowry has spent the past two games on the sidelines, but he was able to go through a full practice on Monday, so there's that. The Raptors have waited until just before the tip before announcing Lowry's status over the past two games, and that's the situation we're headed for again today. If he sits, Greivis Vasquez will draw the start, with DeMar DeRozan doing the heavy lifting on offense. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 3:06 pm
  • Randy Foye (flu) expected to play Wednesday
    Randy Foye (flu) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, and he is expected to be available for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: If Foye is able to go on Wednesday, he'll likely cut into the minutes of Jameer Nelson (hip) and Will Barton, while Garry Harris may fall out of the rotation entirely. Foye has played very well since the All-Star break with averages of 11.3 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.4 three-pointers per game, and he's well worth owning in standard leagues for his ability to light up the 3-point category.
    Tuesday, 1:21 pm
  • Damian Lillard won't use fatigue as excuse
    Damian Lillard refused to use fatigue as an excuse for the Blazers' recent struggles.

    Advice: "I’m fine," Lillard said. "I would tell you if I was worn down or [fatigued]. I got to play better. I don’t want to blame a four-game losing streak on, ‘I’m tired’ or ‘this is hurting or that’s hurting.’" With Nicolas Batum (back) and LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) hurting and unlikely for Tuesday's game, Lillard doesn't really have the luxury to consider a rest day with the Blazers fighting for a higher seed out West. If both Aldrige and Batum are indeed unavailable Tuesday, Lillard is going to have a lot of responsibilities on offense.
    Tuesday, 12:51 pm
  • Jameer Nelson could stay in Denver
    Jameer Nelson said he is thinking about picking up his option to remain in Denver for the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: While Nelson wasn't committal about his end-of-season plans, he didn't rule out remaining in Denver. "I wouldn’t mind staying here," Nelson said. "I’m not ready to make that decision just yet. I’ll make that decision with my agency and my family first and foremost when the time comes." While the 33-year-old has been playing well as of late, the rebuilding Nuggets may elect to rest him over the last few weeks of the season so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues as long as Ty Lawson is starting.
    Tuesday, 9:56 am
  • J.J. Barea will miss Tuesday's game vs Spurs
    J.J. Barea (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: "He’s out tonight for sure," Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said. "And my understanding is it’s more of a day-to-day thing. Not serious. But he turned it over the other day in practice. He’s not ready to go yet." Devin Harris is in line to see a minutes boost against the Spurs, but he isn't a lock to play as he recovers from an illness, so we may get a look at Raymond Felton if Harris experiences a setback before tip-off.
    Tuesday, 9:26 am
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • Zach Attack goes off for 27 points, five 3PMs
    Zach LaVine scored 27 points on 7-of-19 shooting (a season-high 5-of-6 from deep, 8-of-10 from the line) with three rebounds, four assists and seven turnovers over 46 minutes in Monday's overtime win over the Jazz.

    Advice: Gordon Hayward wasn't around but this is still a signature performance for LaVine in his rookie year. Yes, Ricky Rubio (ankle) could return, among others, to ruin his fun, but this type of upside can't be lying around any waiver wires.
    Monday, 9:04 pm
  • Lorenzo Brown logs 45 minutes on Monday
    Lorenzo Brown started for Kevin Martin (hamstring) on Monday and logged 45 minutes, scoring 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting with seven rebounds, six assists and two steals.

    Advice: Brown will be a tough bet in standard leagues even if we know the same pack of Wolves are going to be out on Wednesday. Chances are one or more of them will return and make Brown a bystander, but in DFS leagues he might have some short-term value.
    Monday, 8:57 pm
  • Turner triple-doubles in Celtics win vs. BKY
    Evan Turner triple-doubled in Monday's win, scoring 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting (no threes) with 10 rebounds, 12 assists and one block.

    Advice: Turner is the guy who takes a hit when Isaiah Thomas (probable) returns as soon as Wednesday. With the way he has been playing lately, owners will want to walk him all the way to the edge before considering a drop.
    Monday, 7:23 pm
  • George Hill puts up big 20-point line vs. HOU
    George Hill filled the stat sheet against the Rockets on Monday with 20 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers on 9-of-15 form the field in 36 minutes

    Advice: He stepped up with Rodney Stuckey (calf) out and certainly didn't look like he had any issues with his back. Hill is really picking up his scoring in his last five, averaging 19.0 points, 3.4 boards, 3.8 dimes, 1.0 steals and 1.4 treys and 1.7 turnovers on 56.5 percent from the field. He's a must-start player.
    Monday, 7:00 pm
  • Lorenzo Brown to start for Kevin Martin
    Lorenzo Brown will start in place of Kevin Martin (hamstring) on Monday against the Jazz.

    Advice: As they say on the internet, "Welp!" It sounds like Martin is going to be limited, so Brown might get 20-30 minutes tonight. He's worth a look in deep leagues. Meanwhile, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine are going to get more chances at shots.
    Monday, 6:01 pm
  • O.J. Mayo is questionable for Tuesday
    O.J. Mayo (hamstring) is questionable to play against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: Even if he does return, the Bucks are unlikely to give him more than minutes in the teens. Mayo is not worth owning in almost any league. Tyler Ennis should remain in the rotation while Jerryd Bayless gets some extra run.
    Monday, 12:36 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) already ruled out for Tues
    J.J. Barea (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's expected to miss multiple games due to his ankle sprain from Saturday's practice. Barea going down would have given more minutes to Devin Harris (illness), but he is also not 100 percent due to an illness. Raymond Felton could get some run as a backup for the Mavs.
    Monday, 11:54 am
    5:30 pm vs Hou
  • Kyle Lowry (back) goes through practice Mon.
    Kyle Lowry (back) was able to go through practice on Monday, but he remains questionable to play against the Pistons on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lowry has been out since March 18, and there is no clear timetable for his return. It leaves fantasy owners in a very tough spot at a critical juncture of the season, but the good news is Lowry was able to get through practice on Monday. Owners will have to check back for an update (or two) ahead of Tuesday's contest.
    Monday, 10:21 am
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