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  • Julius Randle makes 9-of-11 FGs, posts 18/7/6
    Julius Randle was a beast vs. Houston on Wednesday, sinking 9-of-11 shots to finish with 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists and one block in the Lakers' 120-114 home win.

    Advice: Randle's assists ticked upward late last season, including a triple-double in late March, and this is a stellar way to kick off the 2016-17 campaign. The primary complaints about his fantasy value are poor efficiency and limited supporting stats, both of which he provided tonight. We'll see how he fares vs. Utah's much stiffer defense on Friday. Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov scores 12 points in LAL debut
    Timofey Mozgov finished Wednesday's 120-114 victory with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in just 22 minutes.

    Advice: Mozgov scored 12 points early but he faded into the background late, as both teams opted for smaller lineups. His playing time will fluctuate based on matchups, as much as anything, but overall this is a strong start for owners who snagged Mozzy with a flier pick. Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 25 points vs. Memphis
    Andrew Wiggins scored a game-high 25 points against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He was 7-of-14 from the field and 10-of-14 from the line. Wiggins only attempted one shot from beyond the arc, which is just a shade below his preseason average of 1.3 per game. There was talk of Wiggins working in more treys to his game, but it doesn't look to be in the cards. Still, he should be scoring a ton and hopefully he can add some defensive stats. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels hits 5-of-5 FGs for 11 points
    K.J. McDaniels didn't miss from the field on Wednesday, going 5-of-5 with a 3-pointer to score 11 points in 12 minutes of action.

    Advice: McDaniels and Corey Brewer (four points, two assists in 15 minutes) have both secured spots in the rotation, but their upside is severely limited while James Harden, Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza are dominating the wing positions. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Eric Gordon scores 19 points in 34 minutes
    Eric Gordon made his Rockets' debut on Wednesday with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, five boards, two 3-pointers, and one steal in 34 minutes of action.

    Advice: Gordon has emerged as a starter due to Pat Beverley's leg injury, which is expected to sideline him for at least three weeks. Gordon has had his own injury problems, to say the least, but when healthy he'll be an excellent source of scoring and 3-pointers in the Rockets' system. It's worth mentioning that James Harden's total ball-dominance prevented Gordon from recording a single assist. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Zach LaVine scores 19 points vs. Grizzlies
    Zach LaVine scored 19 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He accounted for half of the Wolves' 3-pointers in this game and he could be in the top 10 for the NBA in that category. With Kris Dunn not playing combo guard minutes, LaVine is going to get some heavy run at shooting guard. He could flirt with 20 points per game to go with some dimes, treys and steals. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • T.J. Warren scores 14 points on 14 shots
    T.J. Warren shot 5-of-14 from the field to finish Wednesday's road win with 14 points, five rebounds, one assist and five fouls in 30 minutes of action.

    Advice: It was Warren's first regular-season appearance since season-ending foot surgery last January, and he may have suffered from some opening-night jitters. The good news for fantasy owners is that Warren added two steals to diversify his line, and his 14 shot attempts were a team-high for Phoenix. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Sergio Rodriguez scores 12 with 9 dimes
    Sergio Rodriguez made his 76ers debut against the Thunder on Wednesday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds, nine assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was in complete control with no turnovers. Rodriguez did have a tough time on the defensive end, but everyone knew that would be a problem from the start. The 76ers offense has been fantasy friendly for point guards since Brett Brown took over due to the tempo and space, so Rodriguez could have a lot of value. Even Randy Watson would say Spanish Chocolate is the best chocolate right now as a strong grab for any owner needing a point guard. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Lance Stephenson plays well in 26 minutes
    Lance Stephenson came off the bench for eight points, three boards, three assists and one steal in his Pelicans' debut on Wednesday, making 4-of-7 shots in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: "With the injuries to Tyreke and Jrue not being with the team, we felt we needed a little more playmaking," said GM Dell Demps. "[Lance] can go out and create and make plays for others." The Pelicans can assuredly use any help they can get for Anthony Davis, as they lost to the Nuggets tonight despite a ridiculous 50-point performance from their resident MVP. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Kenneth Faried grabs 14 boards off DEN bench
    Kenneth Faried came off the bench on Wednesday for nine points, 14 rebounds, two steals, one assist and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The Manimal can still be productive in a bench role, but his fantasy stock has dropped like a rock over the past year. Denver is committed to the Nurkic/Jokic frontcourt, and Darrell Arthur (knee) is day-to-day, so Faried's fantasy owners should probably be rooting for a trade. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic opens year w/ career-high 23 pts
    Jusuf Nurkic opened the 2016-17 season with a career-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and one block.

    Advice: Nurkic also went 5-of-6 from the line with just one turnover in 26 minutes, an incredibly assured debut that solidifies his case as a breakout fantasy center. Efficiency has been a big issue for Nurkic in his brief NBA career, so it was great to see him feasting in the paint tonight -- none of his makes came from beyond six feet, however, so don't expect him to start drifting toward the perimeter. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Will Barton scores 22 points as starting SG
    Will Barton started on Wednesday and had 22 points, five boards and two assists during a 107-102 win vs. the Pelicans, going 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Barton will likely shift to the bench once Gary Harris (groin) returns, which could be as soon as Saturday's home opener. That doesn't mean his value will evaporate, of course, as he managed to post top-60 value in just 28.7 minutes per game last year. That might be unattainable with Wilson Chandler and Jamal Murray in the mix this season, but Barton remains a viable source of scoring, 3-pointers and FT percentage, with a trickle of across-the-board stats. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Nikola Jokic plays just 21 minutes in opener
    Nikola Jokic had a disappointing season opener on Wednesday, finishing with just five points, seven rebounds, two assists and four turnovers in 21 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Nuggets went smaller for stretches tonight, hurting Jokic's minutes, but in an era of small-ball lineups Denver is embracing a super-sized frontcourt. "The great thing about Nikola is that he can space the floor," coach Mike Malone said before the game. Jokic did go 1-of-2 from downtown tonight and his playing time should increase vs. the Blazers on Saturday. Jusuf Nurkic's presence at center may be stifling Jokic somewhat, but patience is warranted. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Wilson Chandler logs 30 minutes Wednesday
    Wilson Chandler played 30 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, contributing 12 points, seven boards, one assist and one 3-pointer during the Nuggets' road victory.

    Advice: The veteran hadn't played a regular-season game since Apr. 15, 2015, due to a long absence following hip surgery. The Nuggets' deep rotation makes it hard to get excited about Chandler's prospects, but his playing time is a good sign -- he could have had an even bigger line if he shot better than 5-of-15 from the field. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic sent to bench after 1st half
    Mirza Teletovic started the first half during his Bucks' debut on Wednesday, but he finished with only six points on 3-of-12 shooting, three boards and one assist in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The four-year veteran is coming off a career-best season during which he averaged 12.2 points, 2.3 triples and 3.8 rebounds in just 21.3 minutes per game. He was benched after halftime and it's anyone's guess where he'll begin Saturday's game, but his per-minute upside as a perimeter shooter makes him a worthwhile specialist in most 12-team leagues. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Will Barton starting opener vs. Pelicans
    Will Barton will start vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: Barton was always expected to start with Gary Harris (groin) absence, and this simply confirms it. Check back after the game to see how he fared. Yesterday, 4:59 pm
  • Sergio Rodriguez to start season opener
    Sergio Rodriguez will start at PG for the Sixers in their season opener.

    Advice: It was unknown whether Rodriguez or T.J. McConnell would draw the start, but Coach Brett Brown opted to go with the Spanish League veteran. It will be interesting Brown decides to divvy up the minutes at PG. Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric, and Joel Embiid round out the rest of the Sixers starting five. Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic, Miles Plumlee to start
    Mirza Teletovic will start next to Matthew Dellavedova, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Miles Plumlee against the Hornets.

    Advice: The Bucks do not have Tony Snell (ankle) for this game, so they'll start the power forward Teletovic. He did get some starts in the preseason and the Bucks will need him to space the floor. If he has a strong run to start the year, he could stick. If you need treys, give Teletovic a look. Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • Zach LaVine, Dieng will start on Wednesday
    Zach LaVine and Gorgui Deing will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: There was some concern that Tom Thibodeau may have wanted to bring LaVine off the bench due to his deficiencies on the defensive end, but it looks like the starting two-spot in Minnesota is LaVine's to lose. Both he and Dieng look primed for a big year under Thibs. Yesterday, 10:37 am
  • Will Barton expected to start sans Harris
    Will Barton will likely start at shooting guard for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pelicans, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

    Advice: Dempsey is a highly reliable source, and he speculates the starting five for Wednesday's game will be Emmanuel Mudiay, Barton, Danilo Gallinari, Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic. Assuming Barton starts, he'll draw a favorable matchup against New Orleans, so he's on the radar as a potential low-budget DFS play. Wilson Chandler should also be able to see some increased minutes with Harris on the sidelines. Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic ready to be a leader for Denver
    Jusuf Nurkic is ready to step into a leadership role with the Nuggets this season.

    Advice: "That’s my position. Whoever takes it, I get it back," Nurkic said of earning his job back as Denver's starting center. "I’m happy to be here. I’m here for a reason. I will show, like I showed in the preseason. I will do whatever I need to be a leader on this team and to help this team win." Nurkic looked great during the preseason with averages of 12.6 points, 10.7 boards, 1.0 steal and 0.7 swats per contest in just 23.4 minutes of action, so if he can just stay healthy, he could have a very nice season. Yesterday, 8:33 am
  • Sergio Rodriguez expects to start in opener
    Sergio Rodriguez said that he expects to start on opening night with Jerryd Bayless (wrist) sidelined.

    Advice: Rodriguez has more talent and experience than T.J. McConnell, and he started the last few preseason games for the 76ers, but Brett Brown really seems to like McConnell and hasn't yet officially divulged his starting five. We expect Rodriguez to get the start, and he's on the radar in deep leagues for those seeking some triples with a trickle of assists. Tuesday, 11:27 am
  • Lance Stephenson makes Pelicans' 15-man squad
    Lance Stephenson has made the Pelicans' final 15-man roster for opening night.

    Advice: Stephenson's playmaking abilities provides a need for New Orleans with both Jrue Holiday (personal) and Tyreke Evans (knee) set to begin the year on the sidelines, although it's unlikely he'll earn enough minutes to matter in standard leagues. Monday, 7:51 am
  • Eric Gordon will start at SG on opening night
    Eric Gordon will officially be Houston's starting two-guard on opening night with Patrick Beverley (knee surgery) unavailable.

    Advice: "With me starting, I’m going to have to guard mostly the top perimeter guy and that’s fine," Gordon said. "They will have to guard me also." Beverley is going to miss at least the first 20 games of the season, and he'll likely be brought along slowly once healthy, so it looks like the starting two-spot in Houston is Gordon's to lose. While his injury history certainly is concerning, there's essentially no risk involved in targeting him as you can swoop him up during the final few rounds on draft day. Monday, 6:25 am
  • MIN picks up team option on Zach LaVine
    The Timberwolves have exercised their fourth-year team option on Zach LaVine.

    Advice: Andrew Wiggins' fourth year option was also picked up, so the Bounce Bros get at least one more year together. LaVine was impressive after the All-Star break last season, compiling averages of 16.4 points, 2.8 assists, 2.4 triples and 1.2 steals per contest on 48.0 percent shooting, so he makes sense as a mid-round target on draft day. Sunday, 3:42 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) will play in opener
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) will play in Minnesota's regular-season opener against Memphis on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wiggins experienced an allergic reaction in his eyes and said that his face swelled up so bad that he felt like Will Smith in Hitch. He's fine now, though, and there's nothing suggesting that he won't take the court Wednesday night. Additionally, the Wolves have exercised their fourth year option on Wiggins. Sunday, 3:26 pm
  • Eric Gordon scrimmages with starters Sunday
    Eric Gordon ran with the starting unit during Sunday's scrimmage.

    Advice: With Patrick Beverley (knee) set to spend the first 4-6 weeks of the year on the sidelines, Gordon looks locked and loaded as Houston's starting two-guard. While he does seem to always suffer a long-term injury at some point, he still makes for a fine late-round selection as a guy with mid-round upside. Sunday, 1:28 pm
  • Brett Brown won't reveal his starting PG
    76ers coach Brett Brown has not decided on a starting point guard for the season opener.

    Advice: Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will be out for at least a couple weeks, so the decision will come down to Sergio Rodriguez and T.J. McConnell. Neither player really separated themselves during the preseason, but Rodriguez has more upside and is the better flier late in drafts. Sunday, 10:14 am
  • Stephenson battling Gee for 15th roster spot
    Lance Stephenson is competing with Alonzo Gee for the final roster spot in New Orleans.

    Advice: If the preseason is any indication, Stephenson has the edge right now. The Pelicans need another ball-handler with Jrue Holiday (personal) away from the team and Tyreke Evans out with a knee injury, so that also helps Stephenson's case. "I think he did a good job for us," coach Alvin Gentry said. "He was kind of locked in and tried to do the things we asked him to do." Even if he makes the team, Stephenson won't be an option in standard formats right out of the gate. Sunday, 6:29 am
  • Timofey Mozgov returns to practice Saturday
    Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) returned to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Mozgov was already declared ready for the season opener, but it's nice to see him back on the practice floor before the year begins. Saturday, 2:10 pm
  • T.J. Warren will start the season opener
    T.J. Warren will start at small forward for the season opener vs. the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's a chance that P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready, but the Suns will bring him along slowly. Warren will play some SF and PF this season and averaged 11.0 points, 3.1 boards, 0.8 steals and 0.6 3-pointers in 22.8 minutes per game during the preseason, but he's more of a low-end player to own in standard leagues for now. Saturday, 8:36 am
  • Nikola Jokic will be the starting PF
    Nikola Jokic be the starting power forward for the regular season.

    Advice: His minutes were safe regardless. Jokic still struggles on closing out on pick-and-pop plays, but he has shown some improvement. Coach Mike Malone must also feel confident in Jokic's perimeter D or else he wouldn't make this move. He's a per-minute monster and deserves a selection in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. Friday, 10:00 pm
  • Kenneth Faried to come off the bench
    Kenneth Faried will come off the bench this regular season.

    Advice: He had a good game on Friday, scoring 10 points with nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes. With Nikola Jokic set to play minutes at both big spots and coach Mike Malone loving to go small, Faried's playing time may only be hanging in the low 20s. He's also a trade candidate given Denver's depth -- that might be a good thing. If you draft Faried late, make sure your expectations are somewhat low. Friday, 9:56 pm
  • MDA wants Gordon or Harden on court
    Coach Mike D'Antoni wants James Harden or Eric Gordon on the floor at all times while Patrick Beverley (knee) is out.

    Advice: We haven't seen Gordon play on the ball with great regularity since his Clippers days, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Following the Rockets game, Gordon was actually first in offensive rating this preseason and the Rockets offense has been a monster this month. Gordon has risk, but he has big upside too. Friday, 9:30 pm
  • Spanish Chocolate starts, scores 13
    Sergio Rodriguez scored 13 points with three rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes during his start on Friday.

    Advice: T.J. McConnell started the second half, so this position battle is still unclear. Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is going to miss the start of the season and it's still possible he needs surgery. Both Rodriguez and McConnell should be looking at a split of the minutes. Spanish Chocolate has the higher upside, so he's the better pick in deep leagues. Friday, 9:10 pm
  • Zach LaVine scores 15 points vs. CHA
    Zach LaVine scored 15 points against the Hornets on Friday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was hobbling around in both halves, but didn't ask out and didn't appear to be in pain. For now, we'll assume LaVine was just fine because there was no reason to play him in the preseason. He's going to be the trigger man for the Wolves and could flirt with 20 points per game. Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Nurk Work: Jusuf Nurkic wins starting job
    The starting Nuggets front court for opening night will be Danilo Gallinari, Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic.

    Advice: Nobody gets more credit for earning a starting job than Nurkic. He lost around 40 pounds this offseason and quickly shed a minutes cap. He's playing with a chip on his shoulder and is running the floor better than he ever has. His awesome summer moves him into the late-middle rounds of standard drafts. Friday, 6:21 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov will be available for opener
    Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) will be available for the season opener.

    Advice: The Lakers will hold him out tonight after an injury scare on Wednesday. Mozgov has too many durability concerns to be counted on in fantasy leagues. Friday, 5:26 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins out, Shabazz Muhammad in
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) will not play while Shabazz Muhammad (hip) will on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau said he wants to use his starters into the fourth, so we'll see a bunch of the other four first-unit guys. Wiggins should be OK for the opener next week. Friday, 4:19 pm
  • Sergio, Hendo, Cov, Saric & Process starting
    Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid will start on Friday.

    Advice: This seems like a tune up for the 76ers and maybe it means Rodriguez starts the opener. For what it's worth, this group was together in their scrimmage on Thursday. There still isn't enough upside to draft Rodriguez in most leagues. Friday, 3:17 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) questionable Friday
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Shabazz Muhammad (hip) is also questionable. Wiggins returned to practice on Thursday, but if he is ultimately held out, it will likely just be a precaution. He will be fine for the regular season. Friday, 9:57 am
  • Eric Gordon resting on Friday
    Eric Gordon will rest vs. the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He should open the season as the starter at SG, especially with Patrick Beverley possibly needing knee surgery. Gordon is averaging 15.2 points and 2.5 treys per game during the preseason and looks like a nice value pick late. K.J. McDaniels and Corey Brewer will be busy Friday. Friday, 9:16 am
  • Wiggins, Muhammad practice on Thursday
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) and Shabazz Muhammad (hip) went through a full practice on Thursday and will be re-evaluated on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to consider both guys questionable for the preseason finale against Charlotte on Friday, but neither guy is dealing with anything that should linger into the regular season. Wiggins should be able to take another step forward under Tom Thibodeau, so he's a decent guy to gamble on during the middle rounds. Thursday, 12:53 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) questionable Friday
    Timofey Mozgov (bruised tailbone) did not practice on Thursday and is questionable to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Suns.

    Advice: Mozgov still has a full six days to recover before the regular season opener, and he was reportedly feeling better on Thursday, so he should be fine for opening night. However, if his absence extends into the regular season, it'll be Ivaca Zubac and Tarik Black picking up most of his minutes. Thursday, 12:49 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) doesn't return
    Timofey Mozgov didn't return to Wednesday's game after leaving with a bruised tailbone.

    Advice: Mozgov took a nasty fall but he walked off under his own power, albeit with a slight limp, and he'll be reevaluated on Thursday. We're listing him as day-to-day until the Lakers' update his status, but deep-league owners should keep an eye on Ivaca Zubac and Tarik Black in case Mozzy ends up missing significant time. Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Eric Gordon scores 13 points as starter
    Eric Gordon scored 13 points with one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Rockets were launching treys in this game with 39 attempts, making just 12. Gordon attempted seven of them and figures to be chucking plenty more as the favorite to start. His downside is there due to a slew of injuries, but he's a big beneficiary of Pat Beverley (knee) not being healthy. Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic scores 14 points as starter
    Mirza Teletovic started on Wednesday and had 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting with three 3-pointers, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Bucks badly need Teletovic's perimeter shooting, and his prospects are even brighter with the possibility of minutes at both SF and PF. He's worth a look in the final rounds if you need some 3-pointers and scoring with solid FT shooting. Wednesday, 7:33 pm
  • Sergio, Hendo, Cov, Saric & Process starting?
    Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid were playing together on a scrimmage.

    Advice: It's a toss up for Rodriguez or T.J. McConnell to start in the opener. It looks like Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is not going to be ready for the opener, which means there should be a lot of minutes available. Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic getting the start
    Mirza Teletovic will start next to Giannis Antetokounmpo, Matthew Dellavedova, Jabari Parker and Miles Plumlee on Wednesday.

    Advice: Tony Snell (ankle) still isn't ready to go, so the Bucks will give Mirza a longer look tonight. Teletovic should be getting minutes in the mid 20s in the second unit this season. Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad out vs. MEM
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) and Shabazz Muhammad (right hip soreness) will miss Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau is going to miss his top two small forward tonight. Brandon Rush has played mostly at shooting guard, but he should have no problem sliding over. We'll also see if Thibs wants to roll with more three-guard lineups. Wiggins should be good to go for the season. Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Eric Gordon will start on Wednesday night
    Eric Gordon will start next to James Harden on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The Harden PG era looks like it'll be underway tonight. Gordon should also benefit greatly as a key 3-pointers specialist for coach Mike D'Antoni. While Gordon is injury prone, he's coming off a 2.5 treys per game season and could flirt with 3.0 this year. He's a nice target in the late rounds. Wednesday, 11:26 am
  • Kenneth Faried appears headed for bench
    Kenneth Faried came off the bench again on Tuesday and hit 4-of-7 shots for nine points, two rebounds and a block in 16 minutes.

    Advice: It looks like Jusuf Nurkic will start at center and Nikola Jokic will get the nod at power forward, pushing Faried to the bench. He's been disappointing nearly every season he's been in the league and having to battle with Jokic for minutes and production could be a rough road for the Manimal. He's nothing more than a late-round fantasy flier right now. Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 11 Tuesday
    Nikola Jokic hit 5-of-9 shots for 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero blocks in 26 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's going to start at power forward, with Jusuf Nurkic at center, assuming nothing changes between now and the start of the season. Jokic's preseason has been a bit disappointing, but the talent is there and we're still expecting a pretty big year from him. However, the sudden rise of Nurkic hasn't done him any favors thus far, and may negatively impact him for the foreseeable future. Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic calms down Tuesday
    Jusuf Nurkic hit just 1-of-8 shots for four points, 13 rebounds and a block on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's been playing very well this preseason but never got it going tonight. It looks like he's going to start at center for the Nuggets, with Nikola Jokic sliding over to power forward. His stock has been rising and he's become a very popular center pick in the early-middle rounds of drafts. Tuesday, 7:57 pm
  • Will Barton back in action on Tuesday
    Will Barton started at shooting guard on Tuesday and could be at that spot on opening night. He hit just 3-of-11 shots and finished with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and three turnovers.

    Advice: With Gary Harris currently nursing a groin injury, Barton could be the early-season starter, although Harris could easily reclaim the job when he's healthy. Barton had a pleasantly surprising season last year, but Denver's depth could make it tough for him to pull off a repeat performance. But there's enough upside that he's worth a shot in the later rounds of most leagues. Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic scores nine in start Monday
    Mirza Teletovic scored nine points in a start at power forward on Monday, adding three boards, two steals and two treys in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He was 2-of-5 from the field and hit all three of his free throws. Starting Teletovic would make sense for the Bucks because of their struggles from deep least season, and he gives point forward Giannis Antetokounmpo some more driving lanes with his floor spacing. Regardless of whether or not he starts, Teletovic will have a significant role and is a nice late-round pick for owners in need of treys. The Bucks gave him $30 million for a reason. Monday, 7:10 pm
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