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  • Matt Bonner (calf) out Saturday
    Matt Bonner (calf) will not play on Saturday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: He picked up the injury during Friday's blowout win over the Mavs, but he's not a regular in the rotation even with Tim Duncan (knee) out. Leave Bonner on the wire. 43 minutes ago
  • Tim Duncan (knee) ruled out Saturday
    Tim Duncan (knee) will not play on Saturday vs. the Lakers as expected.

    Advice: He was never expected to play and the Spurs still haven't released a timetable for his return. Coach Gregg Popovich did say on Friday that Duncan was making some progress, so stash him in an IR spot if possible. David West, Boris Diaw and Boban Marjanovic will pick up the slack. 45 minutes ago
  • Chris Andersen (knee) out Sunday
    Chris Andersen (knee, ankle) will not play on Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He has no timetable for a return, but he's not in the rotation anyways. Leave him on the wire. 51 minutes ago
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) is questionable Saturday
    Ian Mahinmi (back) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Pacers coach Frank Vogel said on Friday that Mahinmi was probable, so he has a very good chance of returning from a four-game absence tonight. Mahinmi has been a pleasant surprise all season with averages of 8.5 points, 7.1 boards and 1.0 blocks, so he's worth a look if you need a low-end big. Jordan Hill and Lavoy Allen will lose minutes upon Mahinmi's return. Today, 9:34 am
  • 76ers will continue to play Okafor at the 4
    The 76ers will continue to experiment with Jahlil Okafor at the four and Nerlens Noel at the five.

    Advice: "We're trying some things with Jahlil, trying to see if he can guard perimeter four men-types and let Nerlens block shots," Brown said in regards to Friday's game. "We tried that at the start and even persevered even in the third period to start the second half. That hurt us, but it's something I don't regret. That's what our job is. We've got to see how to pair those two up. So we're trying different things." Okafor has struggled in his last three games with averages of 10.7 points and 3.7 boards, but the 76ers are determined to find out if he can coexist with Noel. He's not a must-start player at the moment. Today, 8:17 am
  • Dallas will not rest their starters Saturday
    The Mavericks will not rest their starters on Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: It's the second night of a back-to-back set, but the Mavs were blown out by the Spurs on Friday and the starters did not log heavy minutes. Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Chandler Parsons, Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) and Zaza Pachulia are all safe to plug into active lineups. Today, 6:58 am
  • Popovich says Tim Duncan is improving
    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said that Tim Duncan is "coming along slowly but surely."

    Advice: The Spurs haven't released a timetable for Duncan's return, but don't expect to see him on Saturday vs. the Lakers. Stash Duncan in an IR spot if you can, and in the meantime expect David West, Boris Diaw and Boban Marjanovic to continue to fill the void. Today, 6:40 am
  • Report: LAC are not shopping Blake Griffin
    According to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register, the Clippers are not shopping Blake Griffin.

    Advice: Teams have inquired about Griffin, but the Clippers still believe that they can win this season and they aren't interested in making a move. There were reports on Friday that the Clippers had discussions with Denver and Philly, but the talks obviously never made it out of the rumor stage. Expect Griffin to remain with the Clippers. Today, 6:11 am
  • Dirk Nowtizki scores 10 points w/ 8 rebounds
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting Friday, with eight rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Dirk also appeared to suffer a right ankle injury during the game, although he was able to play through it. However, the Mavs are on a back-to-back set, and Dirk hasn't been playing in those lately, so with the ankle tweak we're going to consider him doubtful for Saturday's game in Memphis. If he's out, Charlie Villanueva would likely start with guys like Chandler Parsons, Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea seeing some increased opportunity on offense. Yesterday, 11:41 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge double-doubles w/ two swats
    LaMarcus Aldridge double-doubled during Friday's easy win over the Mavs, tallying 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go with 10 boards, two assists, two steals, two blocks and one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Aldridge has been playing extremely well since Tim Duncan (knee) went down, producing averages of 20.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and just 1.5 turnovers per game which has been good enough for top-20 value in standard leagues. However, Aldridge has never averaged more than 1.2 swats per game, so now seems like a good sell-high opportunity for a guy that's producing unsustainable numbers. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Rudy Gobert scores 15 with five steals
    Rudy Gobert made the Bucks offense look like it belonged in the NCAA during an 84-81 win on Friday, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds, one assist, five steals and three blocks in 38 minutes.

    Advice: His five steals are a career high, he made 6-of-7 from the field and he didn't turn the ball over. The Jazz are winning with defense and coach Quin Snyder is OK with that. "I think we are an offensive juggernaut," Snyder said. "We've scored over 80 for two straight games." As for Gobert, he's inside of the top 15 over his last 10 games and is back to being a fantasy monster. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Derrick Favors double-doubles with five block
    Derrick Favors scored 11 points with 15 rebounds, one assist, two steals and five blocks in 32 minutes against the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: Teammate Joe Ingles does commercials for mattresses, so one would think every mattress store around Salt Lake City would be calling Favors' agent. The big man is changing his mattress to fix his back problems and he's been rolling with second-round value in his last four. Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 14 with 12 rebounds
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) scored 14 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He committed a couple dumb fouls to get him an early exit. That issue aside, Jusuf Nurkic played just 12 minutes and Joffrey Lauvergne played just 14 minutes while they combined for 1-of-10 from the field. Coach Mike Malone said he wouldn't trade Jokic for anyone, so it's fairly obvious Jokic has a clear runway going forward. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Tristan Thompson grabs 10 boards w/ 2 swats
    Tristan Thompson hauled in 10 rebounds through 32 minutes of action on Friday, to go with three points, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: Kevin Love did go down with a thigh bruise in this one, and if he's forced to miss any time, Thompson is going to get all the run he can handle Saturday vs. the Pelicans. However, with averages of 7.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 0.4 blocks on the year, Tristan is nothing more than a low-end asset in deep leagues. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Bobby Portis scores eight points
    Bobby Portis played 27 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday with eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: He got freed and he didn't capitalize. It doesn't sound like Pau Gasol (hand) will be out long and the potential loss of Jimmy Butler (knee) doesn't affect Portis' playing time directly. Portis is only a low-end add right now. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Cam Bairstow gets a start
    Cameron Bairstow scored four points with four rebounds and one assist in 10 minutes during his start for Pau Gasol (hand) on Friday.

    Advice: Bobby Portis picked up most of the minutes and Bairstow looked pretty bad in his 10 minutes, too. Leave him on the wire. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis blocks six shots in loss
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 points during a 91-85 loss to the Grizzlies on Friday with 10 rebounds, six blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He finally broke out after a slump in the past week and change. After the game, Porzingis had some suggestions on the offense regarding pick-and-roll. "I think we need to do that a little more," he said. Porzingis should be an early-round player regardless of how many PNR chances he gets. Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Tyler Zeller scores 16 points in 20 minutes
    Tyler Zeller scored 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting Friday, to go with four boards, one assist and three turnovers through 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: Zeller's playing time has been sporadic throughout the season, but he's been a more consistent part of the rotation over the past three averaging 12.7 points, 6.3 boards and 1.0 block in 20.0 minutes per outing. He's more of a speculative add in really deep leagues, but he could also fall out of the rotation at a moments notice, so don't cut anyone with long-term value to nab him. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Boogie Cousins triple-doubles in loss to BK
    DeMarcus Cousins put up his first triple-double of the season with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Nets during a 128-119 loss on Friday.

    Advice: Boogie was not happy at the end of this game as his team allowed the Nets to score a season-high 128. "Not going to keep blaming the guys in the locker room," Cousins said. "We got a bigger issue." Fire up the grass and snake emojis? The Kings are fading fast while the Jazz have won five straight, so the Kings have a tough job on their hands. Expect the DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors to start up in some capacity even if they don't hold a lot of weight. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Matt Bonner (calf) heads to locker room
    Matt Bonner went to the locker room with a left calf injury and did not return

    Advice: With Friday's game being a massive blowout, Bonner was finally able to get into the rotation, but he lasted just four minutes. He's not worth owning in any league, not even with Tim Duncan (knee) out. Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Marcin Gortat scores 21 with 13 boards
    Marcin Gortat scored 21 points with 13 rebounds, three assists and one block on 10-of-16 from the field against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: The Wizards really wanted him to cross Jahlil Okafor off his "list" as they went to him early and often. Gortat dominated on the defensive end and the Wizards going small has helped his numbers. He was a first-round player after the break last year and figures to finish strong again. Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor gets 21 minutes in start
    Jahlil Okafor got the start on Friday against the Wizards with nine points, four rebounds and one turnover in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He made Marcin Gortat's list and he probably will want to stay off it for now. Okafor did only play 8.0 minutes next to Nerlens Noel tonight and the 76ers looked pretty bad in that playing time. He'll likely be around top-100 value going forward. Yesterday, 8:27 pm
  • Another One: Whiteside trip-dubs with blocks
    Hassan Whiteside put up his third triple-double with blocks of the season during a 98-95 win over the Hornets on Friday, finishing with 10 points, 10 boards and 10 blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: "I'm different, simple as that," Whiteside said. Yes, he is. He's the only player to record multiple triple-doubles with blocks off the bench in his career, and he's had four trip-dubs with blocks in his career while nobody else in the NBA has any in the last three seasons. It's safe to say Whiteside is healthy. Yesterday, 8:13 pm
  • Jordan Hill scores three points in loss
    Jordan Hill scored three points with eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in 28 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: As great as he's been lately, he's still Jordan Hill. He scored just six points in Wednesday and is clearly trending down. If there is a hot pickup out there, Hill's owners shouldn't be too tied to keeping him. Yesterday, 7:22 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon returns on Friday
    Dewayne Dedmon (foot) returned on Friday with two points in two minutes.

    Advice: He only played the last 1:47 in garbage time. Leave Dedmon on the wire. Yesterday, 6:33 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) will play on Friday
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) will play Friday vs. the Bulls, as expected.

    Advice: He'll have a favorable matchup against Chicago tonight, so go ahead and get him active. Yesterday, 5:27 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (foot, ankle) doubtful vs. CHI
    Nikola Pekovic (foot, ankle) is doubtful to play vs. the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: No surprise here. The burly center can't shake his ankle injuries and coach Sam Mitchell said that he's not close to returning, so it's possible the Wolves will shut him down until the All-Star break. He shouldn't be owned. Yesterday, 4:47 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (leg) doubtful Saturday vs. CHI
    Kevin Garnett (leg) is doubtful to play Saturday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Garnett isn't close to making a return, so plan on him being out tomorrow. Gorgui Dieng will continue to start, and needs to be owned in all leagues. Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo start
    DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo are starting against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: They were expected to play the whole time and the Kings probably should've never even said they were probable. Cousins should be the focal point as per usual tonight in Brooklyn. Yesterday, 4:41 pm
  • Cameron Bairstow starting w/ Pau Gasol out
    Cameron Bairstow will earn the second start of his career on Friday, filling in for Pau Gasol (hand).

    Advice: Bairstow started one game last season, during which he scored two points in 19 minutes, and thus far in 2015-16 he's averaged a mere 3.8 minutes in 11 appearances. He's not an appealing option in any leagues, and Gasol's absence should primarily benefit Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis. Yesterday, 4:36 pm
  • Blake Griffin had second procedure on hand
    Blake Griffin (hand) underwent a second procedure this week on his broken right hand, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

    Advice: According to Shelburne, "the procedure was a part of the original surgery last week, so sources said the 4-6 week timeframe for his return remains unchanged." This has been a very odd situation for Blake and he's going to receive some additional punishment once he's back. Wes Johnson has been the best pickup and could hold nice value this month. Additionally, enjoy the Blake trade rumors. Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon available to play
    Dewayne Dedmon (foot) is available on Friday.

    Advice: He might not be in the rotation unless coach Scott Skiles gets crazy. Dedmon is not a fantasy option. Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor starting next to Nerlens Noel
    Jahlil Okafor will start next to Nerlens Noel on Friday against the 76ers.

    Advice: He'll join Ish Smith, Nik Stauskas and Robert Covington in the first unit. The Marcin Gortat vs. Okafor storyline also gets a fun little boost tonight. The 76ers not having Richaun Holmes (ankle) should mean more run for Okafor, too. Yesterday, 2:49 pm
  • Chris Andersen (knee) not close to a return
    Chris Andersen (ankle, knee) is "unlikely to be back soon" for the Heat.

    Advice: Shocker. The 37-year-old big man has more DNPs this season (43) than minutes played (36). Yesterday, 2:43 pm
  • Karl and Cousins are doing OK
    Coach George Karl said DeMarcus Cousins is "cool" and he's "enjoyed the adventure" of tweaking his offensive game.

    Advice: "I don't think Boogie is ever going to like coaches," Karl said. Karl did admit he did "stupid" things involving Cousins, so it was nice to see him take the blame. Karl praised Cousins' attitude in the preseason, as well. Cousins is expected to play tonight. Yesterday, 2:39 pm
  • Cousins, Rondo and McLemore expect to play
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle, knee), Rajon Rondo (toe) and Ben McLemore (wrist) are all expected to play against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: This isn't the biggest update of the day because all three are probable. Cousins had a couple minor bumps and bruises on Wednesday and it seems like every night he's suffering at least something small. For now, his owners can keep him in their lineups. Yesterday, 1:58 pm
  • Report: PHI showing interest in Blake Griffin
    The 76ers had discussions with the Clippers about Blake Griffin, according to Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio.

    Advice: OK. First and foremost, a discussion about a trade doesn't seem like much. Secondly, the 76ers dealing for Griffin would be one of the most shocking developments of all time. For now, it's safe to assume this won't happen. Yesterday, 12:10 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic out through break?
    Nikola Pekovic (foot, ankle) is not expected to return any time soon.

    Advice: He can't play big minutes anyway and he might just be a reserve right now. Pekovic shouldn't have been added to begin with, but he can be dropped in basically all leagues. Yesterday, 11:35 am
  • Kevin Garnett likely out through break?
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is not close to a return.

    Advice: Coach Sam Mitchell said he likes the rotation as is. That means Gorgui Dieng should be locked in to the starting lineup. His scoring is way up, but Dieng's blocks have fallen off. He should be owned in all leagues. Yesterday, 11:33 am
  • LAC had talks with DEN about Blake Griffin?
    The Clippers reportedly discussed a Blake Griffin trade with the Nuggets according to Mitch Lawrence of Sirius XM Radio.

    Advice: It's not clear what pieces were involved in the reported talks, but it would likely take a massive offer from the Nuggets to get the ball rolling. Nothing is imminent by any means, so take this report with a grain of salt until we hear something more concrete. Yesterday, 11:09 am
  • Hassan Whiteside will come off the bench
    Hassan Whiteside will come off the bench again on Friday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra declined to comment if this would be a permanent move, but the Heat are likely just being cautious with the oft-injured big man. Whiteside played just 17 minutes on Wednesday, piling up 10 points with nine rebounds, one steal and five blocks. Whether he starts or not, Whiteside is a must-start player. As for Amare Stoudemire, he could continue to have some value in deeper leagues moving forward, but he will have to stay healthy. Yesterday, 9:05 am
  • Clint Capela returned to action on Thursday February 4. Thursday, 11:40 pm
  • Cousins, Rondo, McLemore all probable for SAC
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle, knee), Rajon Rondo (toe) and Ben McLemore (wrist) are all listed as probable for Friday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: All three played on Wednesday, but Rondo didn't look great and Cousins went down a couple times during the game after getting popped in the knees. It sounds like all three players are good to go, but it's probably best to watch for updates just in case something comes up during the day on Friday. Thursday, 11:21 pm
  • Tarik Black scores four in 16 minutes
    Tarik Black (foot) scored four points in 16 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday with two rebounds.

    Advice: His foot injury didn't bother him. The Lakers are playing Black at power forward and center, but he's not a great add in almost any league. Thursday, 9:59 pm
  • Clint Capela scores 10 points
    Clint Capela scored 10 points with four rebounds and two blocks in 15 minutes against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: He did not play next to Dwight Howard at all and those days might be done. Capela isn't the greatest per-minute guy and those are trending down, too. He's a drop candidate unless you want to use him as Dwight Howard insurance. Thursday, 9:17 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis struggling right now
    Kristaps Porzingis scored five points with four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Pistons on Thursday.

    Advice: He hasn't been involved in the offense much. In his 57 minutes next to Carmelo Anthony in his previous three games, Porzingis only has made 33.3 percent from the field and a 21.9 usage rate. His efficiency on jumpers is down about 10 percent in the previous 10 games, too. Porzinigis' blocks are also down, so nothing is going right. As bad as this sounds, he's still put up seventh-round value in his last 10. He's a buy-low guy. Thursday, 8:14 pm
  • Clint Capela (hip) cleared to play vs. PHX
    Clint Capela (hip) has been cleared to play against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: He will come off the bench behind Dwight Howard, who hasn't finished a game in over a week due to ejections and a suspension. The Rockets are likely going to go small a lot, so Capela isn't a great fantasy asset right now. Thursday, 4:34 pm
  • Clippers could punish Blake?
    Owner Steve Ballmer said "there needs to be consequences" for Blake Griffin's incident last week.

    Advice: "It's the right thing to do," Ballmer said. The league is also looking at a punishment for Blake, so he might get at least a game or two. He is out for this month and could make it back for next month. Wes Johnson has been the best pickup by far. Thursday, 4:12 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) probable for Friday
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) is probable to play Friday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Jokic played through the shoulder injury on Wednesday, and there's no reason to believe he'll miss Friday's game. He had a disappointing performance against the Jazz, but he should be able to bounce-back on Friday with a much more favorable matchup against the Bulls. Thursday, 3:25 pm
  • Tim Duncan (knee) ruled out for Friday
    Tim Duncan (sore right knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Mavs.

    Advice: It'll be Duncan's sixth straight game on the sidelines, and the usual suspects of David West, Boris Diaw, Kyle Anderson and Boban Marjanovic will continue to earn some extended run in his absence. For now, we'll be considering Duncan doubtful for Saturday's game against the Lakers. Thursday, 2:02 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) out Friday vs. the Hawks
    Ian Mahinmi (back) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Mahinmi didn't even travel with the team to Atlanta, but Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star is reporting that Ian could potentially make his return Saturday vs. Detroit. With Mahinmi out on Friday, Myles Turner, Jordan Hill and Lavoy Allen will continue to see an uptick in minutes, with Turner offering the most upside. Thursday, 1:32 pm
  • Clint Capela (hip) a game-time decision Thurs
    Clint Capela (left hip flexor, thigh) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Donatas Motiejunas said that the reason he's headed back to the D-League on Thursday is because "Clint is healthy," and Capela reportedly ran around at shootaround with "little difficulty," so it sounds like he'll be out there tonight. With Clint active, Marcus Thornton's minutes will likely take the biggest hit. Thursday, 12:43 pm
  • Nowitzki will play Friday, questionable Sat
    Dirk Nowitzki will play Friday vs. the Spurs, but his status for Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies has not yet been determined.

    Advice: Carlisle said as recently as January 31 that Nowitzki will not be playing in back-to-back sets, so it'll be interesting to see if he changes his stance on that subject for Saturday's game. If Dirk is out vs. the Grizzlies, Charlie Villanueva would likely enter the starting five to matchup with Memphis' bully-ball lineup, and there would be more minutes available for guys like Raymond Felton and Dwight Powell. Stay tuned. Thursday, 11:56 am
  • Clint Capela (hip) moving well at shootaround
    Clint Capela (left hip flexor, thigh) was moving well during Thursday morning's shootaround, according to beat reporter Jonathan Feigen.

    Advice: The Rockets sent Donatas Motiejunas back to the D-League on Thursday, which could be an indication that Capela is feeling good enough to play. We'll have another update on his status closer to tip-off, but if Capela is out there, there will be less minutes available for Josh Smith and Marcus Thornton. Thursday, 11:23 am
  • Tarik Black (foot) expected to play Thursday
    Tarik Black (foot) is expected to play Thursday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Black doesn't play enough minutes in Los Angeles to matter in most leagues. Leave him on the wire. Thursday, 11:09 am
  • Chris Andersen out vs Hornets on Friday
    Chris Andersen (knee) will miss Friday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: Even when he's healthy, Andersen isn't a big part of the Heat's rotation and can be left on waivers in all fantasy leagues. Thursday, 10:58 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge feeling like old self again
    LaMarcus Aldridge was back to feeling like his old self after Wednesday's win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: Aldridge scored a season-high 36 points against the Pelicans on Wednesday and said he's feeling like his old slef again. "The ball’s been going in," Aldridge said. "Taking the shots and making them, playing more confident, more like myself, and I think the team has fed off that energy." While Aldridge isn't providing the returns his fantasy owners expected, his last two games could go a long way towards getting his value back on track. Thursday, 9:27 am
  • 76ers experiment with Jahlil Okafor at PF
    The 76ers experimented with Jahlil Okafor at power forward on Wednesday.

    Advice: The experiment didn't go so well as 76ers head coach Brett Brown wasn't pleased with the big man's perimeter defense, but he said he wanted to at least try it. "Just trying to look at it. I think that we want to learn as much as we can about how to pair Nerlens [Noel] and Jahlil, and give them different matchups from time to time," Brown said. While the rookie is still developing as an NBA player, he's worth a nightly start in standard fantasy leagues as he's averaging 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game this season. Thursday, 7:28 am
  • Hassan Whiteside feels fine playing w/padding
    Hassan Whiteside (oblique) played with extra padding on Wednesday and said he felt fine after the game.

    Advice: Whiteside only played 17 minutes on Wednesday, but was able to put up 10 points, nine rebounds, one steal, and five blocks in limited action. "It's weird, but it's ok. I can still dunk on people," Whiteside said of the extra padding. Whiteside is still getting over his injury, but his stat line from Wednesday shows he's a must-start player as long as he's on the court. Thursday, 6:58 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki shrugs off Kareem's comments
    Dirk Nowitzki said he doesn't agree with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's recent comments that he is a one-trick pony.

    Advice: Abdul-Jabbar recently said Nowitzki was a one-trick pony and was unable to dominate during his career, but Dirk shrugged of the Hall of Famer's comments. "People have opinions," Nowitzki said. "He's one of the greatest ever to play the game, so I'm not going to get in a war of words. I respect his opinion. I don't necessarily agree with it, but it is what it is." Comments aside, the 37-year-old is worth a nightly start in all fantasy leagues as he's still averaging 17.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.7 three-pointers this season. Thursday, 6:39 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 30 in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) returned from a one-game absence and scored 30 points during a 107-102 loss to the Bulls on Wednesday, adding 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals, two blocks and six turnovers.

    Advice: He was 12-of-25 from the field and 6-of-11 from the line for a 38.1 usage rate in his 37 minutes. Cousins was bothered by something at the end of the game and said something to Bulls assistant Randy Brown. "We just had a few words, nothing serious, just trash talk," Cousins said after the game. Boogie also had a couple leg injuries tonight, but it didn't affect his playing time. He is dodging some bullets when it comes to injuries right now. Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores season-high 36
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 36 points against the Pelicans during a 110-97 win on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: He was 12-of-20 from the field and made all 12 free throws. Aldridge is coming off a season-high 28 from Monday and he's rolling in his last four, averaging 26.0 points, 5.5 boards, 1.5 assists and 2.0 blocks on 64.9 percent from the field. He'll cool off, but this is nice to see for those who overspent on him. Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Derrick Favors drops 16-11-6 in win
    Derrick Favors had 16 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks on 7-of-14 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Nuggets.

    Advice: He's played 30-plus minutes in each of his last three games, and it looks like he's back and good to go. That was a long month that he was listed as day-to-day with his back injury, so let's just quietly hope he stays healthy the rest of the way. He's averaging 15.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in his five games since returning from the injury. Wednesday, 9:41 pm
  • Nikola Jokic quiet in loss to Jazz
    Nikola Jokic, who was dealing with a sore shoulder, started and played 29 minutes on Wednesday, but hit just 3-of-9 shots for eight points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and zero blocks.

    Advice: Maybe he got 'Gobert'd' tonight, but it was nice to see the big minutes after he was a little iffy coming in. He double-doubled in his previous three games and got the same amount of playing time as usual, so don't be concerned about the low production. Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 28 in loss to Heat
    Dirk Nowitzki hit 10-of-21 shots and two 3-pointers for 28 points, four rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Heat.

    Advice: The old guy is playing well and has scored 18 and 28 points in his two games since getting a night off for rest. Keep using him as long as you know he's going to play. Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside hits all 5 shots in return
    Hassan Whiteside returned from an oblique injury on Wednesday and hit 5-of-5 shots for 10 points, nine rebounds, a steal and five blocks in just 17 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Wow. That's quite a stat line for just 17 minutes of action and it's time to get him back into your lineup ASAP. He missed his previous six games due to the injury, and most of a seventh, so tonight's line was great to see, especially considering the low minutes. Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Tyler Zeller plays 14 minutes on Wednesday
    Tyler Zeller, who went off for his best game of the season on Tuesday, played just 14 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He still managed to put up six points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks despite the limited minutes. He's played well in two straight games, but minutes are still a big concern and he'll need a bigger role going forward if he's going to warrant a fantasy pickup. Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor struggles defensively vs. Hawks
    Jahlil Okafor struggled during Wednesday's crushing defeat, finishing with 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and five turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: 76ers coach Brett Brown wasn't enamored with Okafor's defense vs. Paul Millsap, saying afterward, "I think it's difficult for him. I think it's not, right now, his strength." Okafor played only 21 minutes vs. Golden State on Saturday but defensive lapses shouldn't limit his playing time too much, as the floundering Sixers have more than enough incentive to develop him. Wednesday, 7:22 pm
  • Tristan Thompson flops in 34 minutes vs. CHA
    Tristan Thompson came up empty in 34 minutes vs. the Hornets, scoring just four points with four rebounds and a pair of personal fouls.

    Advice: Thompson attempted four shots without any free throw attempts, and he had zero assists, steals or blocks. Timofey Mozgov (four points, zero rebounds in seven minutes) is doing nothing to overtake Thompson as a starter, but TT's fantasy offerings are too slim for use in standard leagues. Wednesday, 7:10 pm
  • Pek out again on Wednesday night
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play on Wednesday against the Clippers.

    Advice: The team did change his diagnosis from a sore foot to a right ankle issue. Regardless, don't expect Pekovic back any time soon. Gorgui Dieng should be owned in all leagues. Wednesday, 6:13 pm
  • KG out again for Wednesday night
    Kevin Garnett will not play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Wolves should probably do us all a favor and rule him out to the break. Garnett can be ignored in all leagues. Wednesday, 6:11 pm
  • Nikola Jokic starting on Wednesday vs. Jazz
    Nikola Jokic is starting on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He did show some pain in warmups, but fantasy owners can trust one of the hottest rookies in fantasy tonight. Wednesday, 5:58 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins will play on Wednesday
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) will play against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sam Amick of USA Today adds the Kings need this win, which is true due to teams like the Blazers getting hot. Boogie's return will bump Kosta Koufos back to the bench while he takes shots away from basically the entire team due to his league-leading usage rate. Wednesday, 5:20 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) a game-time call
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) is a game-time decision to face the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going to warm up and is still likely to play. The last time we saw Jokic, he torched the Raptors for 27. For now, his owners can assume he'll play for now. If not, Joffrey Lauvergne and Jusuf Nurkic will play more. Wednesday, 4:45 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside warming up, intends to play
    Hassan Whiteside (hip) is warming up with the intention to play against the Mavs.

    Advice: If he can give it a go, he will likely come off the bench. Whiteside will likely have his minutes monitored, as well. His return would also mean less burn for Amare Stoudemire and most of the wings. Wednesday, 4:05 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon out for Wednesday
    Dewayne Dedmon sprained one of his feet at a workout and is out for Wednesday.

    Advice: It is not serious and he did play through it for a bit. That's one less guy for coach Scott Skiles to use in case his starters get in trouble. Leave Dedmon on the wire in almost all leagues. Wednesday, 3:04 pm
  • Tarik Black (left foot) probable for Thursday
    Tarik Black had an X-ray on his left foot and the results were negative.

    Advice: It's good news and he's probable to play on Thursday. Black is getting some minutes now with Larry Nance out and temporarily ahead of Ryan Kelly. He can be ignored in most leagues. Wednesday, 12:04 pm
  • Boogie, McLemore and Rondo shoot around
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle), Rajon Rondo (turf toe) and Ben McLemore (wrist) all went through shootaround on Wednesday.

    Advice: This is a good sign for Cousins, but he's still questionable for now and is almost certainly going to be a game-time decision for tonight's late start. If he can't go, that should mean more minutes for Kosta Koufos, Willie Cauley-Stein and Omri Casspi. The Kings usually have an official report in the afternoon. Wednesday, 11:42 am
  • Kevin Garnett (leg) doubtful vs. LAC
    Kevin Garnett (right knee) is doubtful to play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is probably not going to play, which puts Gorgui Dieng in the starting lineup. Garnett can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 11:39 am
  • Nikola Pekovic and Garnett are doubtful
    Nikola Pekovic (right foot) and Kevin Garnett (knee) are doubtful to play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: It would be very surprising to see either player go. Gorgui Dieng has become a bigger part of the offense while Nemanja Bjelica gets a handful of minutes. Dieng should be owned in all leagues. Wednesday, 11:35 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (hip) questionable Wednesday
    Hassan Whiteside (hip) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Mavs.

    Advice: Whiteside said on Tuesday that he's no longer experiencing pain in his hip, so perhaps he's able to get back on the floor tonight. For what it's worth, the Heat are currently listing Amare Stoudemire as a starter, although the game notes (particularly out of Miami) tend to be unreliable. Check back for another update on Hassan closer to Wednesday's tip. Wednesday, 10:05 am
  • Clint Capela (hip) questionable for Thursday
    Clint Capela (left hip flexor, thigh) is questionable to play Thursday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: If Capela is unable to give it a go tomorrow, look for Josh Smith and Terrence Jones to see an uptick in minutes, with Smith offering the most upside. Houston could also go with some more small ball lineups against the up-tempo Suns, which would result in Corey Brewer and Marcus Thornton getting some extended run. Wednesday, 10:02 am
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) probable Wednesday
    Nikola Jokic is dealing with a strained left shoulder, but he is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Jokic will look to build off his career-high 27-point performance from Monday, and with Darrell Arthur (quad) on the sidelines Wednesday night, Jokic should have no problem seeing his playing time in the 30s. Go ahead and get him active. Wednesday, 9:55 am
  • Tyler Zeller double-doubles in win
    Tyler Zeller played 27 minutes off the bench and hit 8-of-13 shots for a season-high 16 points, 10 rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's win.

    Advice: We haven't even blurbed him since before Christmas, which was the last time he did anything of significance. Just keep an eye on him and if he suddenly starts playing well and getting minutes, strugglers Amir Johnson and Jared Sullinger will take an even bigger hit. Tuesday, 7:51 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis gets limited run in loss
    Kristaps Porzingis played 27 minutes and had 10 points, five rebounds, a steal and a block on 4-of-11 shooting in Tuesday's loss.

    Advice: He sat for a long stretch during the fourth quarter and didn't hit a 3-pointer tonight, while the other four starters played between 34 and 40 minutes for the Knicks. He also struggled a bit on Sunday against the Warriors, but there are no indications that this trend will continue. Hopefully he bounces back in the next one. Tuesday, 7:35 pm
  • Cousins and Rondo are questionable Wednesday
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) and Rajon Rondo (turf toe) are questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Boogie went through a light practice on Tuesday and was moving around well, so he will likely be a game-time call. If he does end up sitting out, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos will play heavy minutes in the frontcourt. Rudy Gay will benefit the most from a fantasy standpoint, though. Tuesday, 6:53 pm
  • Clint Capela, Montrezl Harrell out Tuesday
    Clint Capela (thigh) and Montrezl Harrell (illness) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Josh Smith is expected to start at center, but Terrence Jones will likely split minutes with him. Capela is day-to-day, but he isn't worth picking up in most leagues because Dwight Howard is dealing with just a one-game suspension. Tuesday, 4:15 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor will start Wednesday vs. ATL
    Jahlil Okafor will return to the starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks, which will likely send Jerami Grant back to the bench.

    Advice: Okafor came off the bench in his return to action vs. the Warriors on Saturday, but it was only a matter of time until he was back running with the first-unit. Okafor returned sixth-round value through the month of January behind averages of 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game on 60.9 percent shooting, so he'll make sense as a DFS target on Wednesday with a favorable matchup against the Hawks. Tuesday, 3:05 pm
  • Clint Capela (thigh) questionable for Tuesday
    Clint Capela (thigh) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: With Dwight Howard (suspension) set to spend Tuesday's game on the sidelines, Terrence Jones could make his way back into the rotation tonight if Capela is unable to play, and there would be more minutes available for Josh Smith. The Rockets would also likely go with a lot of small ball lineups sans Capela, which would translate to more minutes for Corey Brewer and Marcus Thornton. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 2:07 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins goes through light practice
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) went through a light practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: For what it's worth, Cousins appeared to be in "good spirits" during Tuesday's practice, and the ankle injury didn't seem to bother him much while he went through some 1-on-1 work (video below). For now, we'll be considering DMC questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls, and if he's unable to play Rudy Gay would take the reigns on offense with more minutes falling to guys like Omri Casspi, Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein. Check back for another update on DeMarcus following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Tuesday, 1:39 pm
  • Tim Duncan (knee) out Wednesday vs. Pelicans
    Tim Duncan (sore right knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Wednesday will mark Duncan's fifth straight game on the sidelines, and he's currently without an official timetable to return, so his absence could extend into the All-Star break. David West, Boris Diaw, Kyle Anderson and Boban Marjanovic will continue to see some increased opportunity with Duncan in street clothes. Tuesday, 1:11 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) out Wednesday vs. the Nets
    Ian Mahinmi (back) will not suit up for Wednesday's game vs. Brooklyn, but he's hopeful he can return to the court for Friday's game in Atlanta.

    Advice: It'll be Myles Turner, Jordan Hill and Lavoy Allen picking up the slack in Mahinmi's absence on Wednesday, with Turner offering the most upside. Turner is averaging 14.0 points, 8.3 boards and an elite 3.0 swats per game as a starter for the Pacers, and he absolutely needs to be owned in all leagues at this point. Tuesday, 12:34 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (foot) ruled out for Tuesday
    Nikola Pekovic (sore foot) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: With both Kevin Garnett (leg) and Pekovic on the sidelines for Tuesday's game, Gorgui Dieng's spot in the starting five is safe, and he looks like an excellent DFS target tonight with a favorable matchup against the Lakers. Pekovic is a constant injury risk, and belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Tuesday, 12:32 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (leg) out Tuesday vs. Lakers
    Kevin Garnett (leg) will not play Tuesday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Garnett said that it's his right leg, and not specifically his right knee that has been bothering him, but he added that it's been feeling better and he expects to get back on the court "soon." His next opportunity to play will come Wednesday vs. the Clippers, so we'll be considering him questionable for that one. However, Garnett is only playing 14.7 minutes per game this season, so there's no reason to own him in any league. Tuesday, 12:29 pm
  • Whiteside no longer dealing with pain in hip
    The pain in Hassan Whiteside's hip has subsided, and he reportedly looked "fluid" while going through some 3-on-3 work during a recent practice.

    Advice: Whiteside won't play Tuesday vs. the Rockets, but he's progressing well, so there's a chance he's able to get back on the court for Wednesday's game in Dallas. With Whiteside out vs. the Rockets, look for Justise Winslow to pick up some extra minutes with Amare Stoudemire filling in as the starting power forward. Loul Deng will also see some more touches on offense sans Whiteside. Tuesday, 12:22 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) questionable for Wednesday
    Ian Mahinmi (back) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Mahinmi has spent the past two games on the sidelines, but he's currently being listed as day-to-day, so there's a chance he's able to get back on the court for Wednesday's game. However, if he's unable to play tomorrow, Jordan Hill would have another opportunity to start with Myles Turner getting all the run he can handle. Check back for another update on Mahinmi following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Tuesday, 11:35 am
  • Hassan Whiteside out vs Rockets on Tuesday
    Hassan Whiteside (hip) will miss Tuesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: Whiteside was able to make the trip to Houston with the Rockets, but will be unable to suit up on Tuesday night. With Dwight Howard suspended, the Heat will likely go small against the Rockets, so we could see some more of Justise Winslow filling in for Whiteside along with starter Amare Stoudemire. Tuesday, 9:39 am
  • Clint Capela will start vs Heat on Tuesday
    Clint Capela will start against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: Clint Capela will get the start against the Heat while Dwight Howard is suspended on Tuesday. Josh Smith and Terrence Jones will also get a one-game value boost, but Capela is the player to target as the starter on Tuesday. Tuesday, 9:29 am
  • Chris Andersen out vs Rockets on Tuesday
    Chris Andersen (knee) will not play against the Rockets on Tuesday.

    Advice: Andersen made the trip with the Heat after missing nine consecutive games, but will not play against the Rockets on Tuesday. Birdman isn't a big part of the Heat's rotation anyway and can be left on waivers in all fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 9:16 am
  • Blake Griffin still waiting on discipline
    Blake Griffin (hand) is still waiting to hear from the league about his punishment from the league.

    Advice: The Clippers are hoping to hear from the league about Griffin's discipline soon, but a decision may not be imminent, according to sources. Griffin is expected to miss up to two months with a fractured right hand and will likely miss more time due to a suspension when he returns, so fantasy owners may not get him back until mid-to-late March. Short of having a a free IR spot, stashing Griffin could be a detrimental move for fantasy owners. Tuesday, 6:20 am
  • Derrick Favors back problems due to mattress?
    Derrick Favors scored 13 points with eight rebounds and four blocks in 38 minutes against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: There's still no word if he got a new mattress, but nobody will be sleeping on him in fantasy leagues anymore. Favors is coming off a 20-point game on Saturday and should be an early-round player going forward. Monday, 10:42 pm
  • Bobby Portis gets 21 minutes
    Bobby Portis scored eight points with five rebounds in 21 minutes against the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: The Bulls are playing with fire giving Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol 85 minutes on the second night of a back-to-back set. Even with Nikola Mirotic (appendectomy) out, Portis is still only worth a look in deep leagues right now. Monday, 10:18 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge drops season-high 28 points
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 28 points against the Magic during a 107-92 win on Monday, adding four rebounds and five blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: His five blocks were also a season high and topped his entire January total of four. It's pretty wild to see Aldridge set a season high tonight at 28. In fact, he scored 28 or more 10 different times before Feb. 1 of last season with the Blazers. Aldridge is definitely trending up. Monday, 10:06 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 27 w/ 14 boards in win
    Nikola Jokic scored a career-high 27 points in Monday's 112-93 win over the Raptors, adding 14 boards, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The boards were also a career high, and this was easily the best game of his season. He has now recorded three double-doubles in a row and is averaging 19.3 points, 11.7 boards, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 3-pointers in that span. That's good for top-15 value in standard leagues. The guy is special and should be a beast down the stretch. When asked about Jokic after the game, coach Michael Malone said that he "wouldn't trade him for anybody in the world." Monday, 8:52 pm
  • Dirk returns on Monday, scores 18
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points with three rebounds, one assist and two steals in 31 minutes during a 112-97 loss to the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: He hasn't attempted more than three free throws in a game since Jan. 18, but he went to the line 11 times tonight. Nowitzki might be rested more in back-to-back sets now that the team is worried about his knee. He is still worth owning in all leagues, but expect his value to dip. Monday, 8:29 pm
  • Jordan Hill still hangs a nice line in loss
    Jordan Hill scored 17 points with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: It wasn't as great as his 20-point, six-block game on Saturday, but this is still a nice line. Ian Mahinmi (back) is likely looking at a few more games out of the lineup. Hill is nowhere near the asset Myles Turner is, but he's worth a look if you need some short-term help at PF/C. Monday, 7:00 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (sore foot) is doubtful
    Nikola Pekovic (sore foot) is doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: So it begins. Pekovic lasted just six minutes on Sunday vs. the Blazers and was not able to practice on Monday. The big man just can't stay healthy, and there's a good chance he will eventually be shut down. Leave him on the wire. Monday, 4:50 pm
  • Garnett, Pekovic and Martin are doubtful
    Kevin Garnett (knee), Nikola Pekovic (sore foot) and Kevin Martin (wrist) are all considered doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: To be clear, KG isn't going to play. The 39-year-old veteran is a shut-down candidate and plays minutes in the teens when he is active, so he can be ignored in all leagues. Gorgui Dieng is a must-own player. Monday, 4:45 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki in starting lineup
    Dirk Nowitzki will start against the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: He rested on Sunday and should be all set for tonight. The Mavs have another back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday, so Dirk might be out for one of those, too. Monday, 4:39 pm
  • Pacers uncertain on Mahinmi's return
    The Pacers are uncertain when Ian Mahinmi (back) can return.

    Advice: He is out on Monday and he could miss additional games. That means we'll see more of the Jordan Hill and Myles Turner frontcourt. Turner should be owned everywhere while Hill may have some nice short-term value. Don't expect him to be a great as he was on Saturday, though. Monday, 3:12 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (hip) listed as questionable
    Hassan Whiteside (hip) is listed as questionable against the Rockets on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Heat are listing a lot of players questionable, so this doesn't mean much. If he goes through shootaround on Tuesday, that would speak louder volumes than this. For now, expect Whiteside to sit while Amare Stoudemire starts again. Monday, 1:55 pm
  • Derrick Favors back problems due to mattress?
    Derrick Favors said his back problems may have been due to sleeping on his stomach and from having a soft mattress.

    Advice: "I’m in the process of of changing my mattress now," Favors said. "It wasn’t soft, but it was kind of outdated. I had it for a couple of years." Former Jazzman Al Jefferson spent over $23K on his mattress in his Utah days, so maybe Favors can give him a call for help. Whatever the case, Favors has looked fantastic recently and dropped 20 points on Saturday. Monday, 12:00 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside without timetable to return
    Hassan Whiteside (hip), who is not expected to play on Tuesday vs. the Rockets, is without an official timetable to return.

    Advice: Whiteside still can't make it through a full practice, so the day-to-day tag is a little misleading. He's missed five straight games, and there is good reason to believe Whiteside is doubtful for Miami's back-to-back set on Tuesday and Wednesday. After that, the Heat play on both Friday and Sunday to wrap up a four-game week. Amare Stoudemire should continue to start so long as Whiteside is sidelined, but Miami will also utilize small-ball lineups more often. Monday, 9:03 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) ruled out again on Monday
    Ian Mahinmi (back) will not play on Monday vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: That means Jordan Hill, who exploded for 20 points, seven boards, three assists, a steal and six blocks in 38.5 minutes on Saturday, should again draw the start at the five with rookie Myles Turner lining up at power forward. It's a tough matchup for both players against a Cleveland time beginning to find its groove, and despite another game on the sidelines, there's nothing (yet) to indicate Mahinmi will miss extended time. Monday, 7:34 am
  • No timetable for Tim Duncan's (knee) return
    The Spurs have no timetable for Tim Duncan's (sore right knee) return.

    Advice: Duncan will miss his fourth straight game on Monday vs. Orlando, and Gregg Popovich declined to offer any kind of timeline for TD's potential return. Although Duncan had an MRI and is currently rehabbing, we still don't know the results of what the scan did or didn't show. For now, it will be David West, Boris Diaw, Kyle Anderson and Boban Marjanovic will continue to try and fill the void. Monday, 7:08 am
  • Vogel praises Jordan Hill's rim protection
    Frank Vogel praised Jordan Hill's rim protection after his six-block showing on Saturday.

    Advice: "He was great," Vogel said. "We’ve been on him the last couple of weeks to raise his level in terms of rim protection. He was great tonight in that regard." Hill has also drawn behind-the-scenes praise for his work mentoring Myles Turner, who he said is "going to be great." As for Hill, it's going to be tough to carve out sustainable fantasy value with Turner now playing an integral role and Ian Mahinmi (back) still performing well when healthy. Monday, 6:49 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 14 points in loss
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 14 points with six boards, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: He got into some foul trouble which limited him to 20 minutes, and after the game he said he would use it as a learning experience. "This is going to be a learning experience for me," Porzingis said. "As I get more experience, I'll avoid [foul trouble]." He had a seven-point dud vs. the Suns on Friday, but he also just returned from an illness. The rookie is going to be fine and this is just a minor bump in the road, so his owners shouldn't panic. Sunday, 7:39 pm
  • Kevin Garnett, Kevin Martin out Sunday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) and Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: This will be Garnett's fourth straight game on the shelf and the Wolves won't be in any hurry to rush him back. Gorgui Dieng has been playing really well as the starting power forward, so he should benefit the most on Sunday. Sunday, 4:44 pm
  • Bobby Portis scores eight points in 18 mins
    Bobby Portis scored eight points on 4-of-9 shooting Sunday, to go with six rebounds and one assist through 18 minutes of action.

    Advice: The frontcourt minutes in Chicago have opened up for Portis with Joakim Noah (shoulder) done for the year and Nikola Mirotic (appendicitis) out until the All-Star break, although he’s still not getting much more than 20 minutes a night with Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol still clearly in front of Bobby in the rotation. A 20-minute role isn’t really enough time for Portis to make a difference in standard leagues. Sunday, 3:21 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki (rest) out Sunday vs. Phoenix
    Dirk Nowitzki (rest) will not play Sunday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle said that Dirk isn’t playing in back-to-back sets "right now," so he could also sit during Dallas’ upcoming back-to-back set later this week Friday vs. The Spurs and Saturday vs. the Grizzlies. Charlie Villanueva will likely return to the starting lineup, with guys like Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews and Chandler Parsons all doing a bit more on offense. Expect Dirk to return to the starting lineup Monday vs. the Hawks. Sunday, 2:30 pm
  • Chris Andersen (knee) out Sunday vs. Atlanta
    Chris Andersen (knee) will remain sidelined for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: It'll be the Birdman's ninth consecutive game on the sidelines, and he's not even expected to play at any point during Miami's upcoming three-game road trip. We're going to consider him "out indefinitely," and he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues, as he's a negligible part of the rotation even when healthy. Sunday, 1:33 pm
  • Tim Duncan (knee) out Monday vs. the Magic
    Tim Duncan (sore right knee) has been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Duncan is a cut-candidate in shallow leagues at this point as he's a candidate to sit out games down the stretch even if fully healthy. The Spurs will use a committee approach to help fill the void with guys like David West, Boris Diaw, Kyle Anderson and Boban Marjanovic all splitting minutes and thus cancelling out their respective values. Sunday, 12:10 pm
  • Lakers recall Tarik Black
    The Lakers have recalled Tarik Black from the D-League.

    Advice: This means he will be available for Sunday's game vs. the Hornets, but he will only see limited minutes at best. Sunday, 10:10 am
  • Tarik Black assigned to D-League
    Tarik Black has been assigned to the D-League.

    Advice: Head coach Byron Scott hasn't been pleased with Black's development this season, but he will likely get some minutes towards the end of the season with the Lakers tanking. Black is not a fantasy asset, though. Sunday, 6:35 am
  • NBA still looking into Blake Griffin incident
    The NBA's investigation of Blake Griffin (hand) is still ongoing.

    Advice: Griffin is expected to miss up to two months of action because of his hand, but he could face some discipline from either the NBA or the Clippers. "He feels awful about it, and he's let everyone know that," Coach Doc Rivers said. "That's all you can do. You have to forgive people at some point. I believe that. We built Richard Nixon a library. I mean, my goodness, you forgive people." Unless you have an IR spot, stashing Griffin at this point in the season will be very difficult. Sunday, 6:09 am
  • Clint Capela (thigh) plays 17 minutes
    Clint Capela played through a thigh injury on Saturday vs. Wizards, but finished with just one point, four boards, one steal and two blocks in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Dwight Howard was ejected for the second straight game, but Capela looked awful down the stretch and shot just 1-of-8 from the free throw line. The Rockets have been playing a lot more small ball with Trevor Ariza at the four, so Capela is only looking at minutes in the teens for the foreseeable future. He's safe to drop in most leagues. Saturday, 9:24 pm
  • Jordan Hill scores 20 points with six blocks
    Jordan Hill erupted for 20 points in a start with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and six blocks in 38 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: Wow. The blocks are obviously a fluke and were a career high. Ian Mahinmi (back) has been hurt throughout his career and there's a decent chance he is going to miss more games. Hill's body of work suggests he won't be great while Ian is out, so he's only an add if you have something to cut. Most owners will want to see it again. Saturday, 7:38 pm
  • Nikola Jokic drops 16 and 10 with five steals
    Nikola Jokic kept rolling on Saturday during a 109-105 overtime loss to the Pacers, scoring 16 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, five steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The steals were a career high and he is only the third Nuggets player since 1983-84 to post at least 16 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and five steals. His minutes are starting to be consistent and his defense has made major strides. For fantasy, he has been a second-round player in his last five and a fourth-round player in the month of January. Enjoy the ride. Saturday, 7:27 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor scores 13 points off bench
    Jahlil Okafor scored 13 points in his return on Saturday against the Warriors, adding one rebound and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown didn't want to unleash Okafor in his first game back and was worried about the matchup, so there's no need to worry about his low minutes. He'll play more his next time out on Wednesday against the Hawks. Saturday, 4:54 pm
  • Jordan Hill starting for Ian Mahinmi
    Jordan Hill will start in place of Ian Mahinmi (back) on Saturday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: While Hill starting is interesting, this is all about more run for red-hot Myles Turner. Hill and Lavoy Allen will likely split minutes while Turner should see some heavy run. Hill isn't the greatest asset in most leagues. Saturday, 3:29 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) ruled out Saturday
    Ian Mahinmi (back) will not play on Saturday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: The big man is dealing with a sore lower back, so the issue likely isn't serious and should be considered day-to-day. Mahinmi actually looked really good next to Myles Turner, so his owners should stick with him if he doesn't miss any more action. Jordan Hill will start next to Turner on Saturday. Saturday, 3:27 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) doubtful for Sunday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is doubtful vs. the Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Wolves will not let the 39-year-old veteran play at less than 100 percent, so don't expect to see him out there. Coach Sam Mitchell has finally freed Gorgui Dieng, so he is a must-start player until further notice. Saturday, 3:13 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor coming off the bench
    Jahlil Okafor will come off the bench against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He's some time and the matchup is a factor here. "[Okafor] hasn't played in a few games," coach Brett Brown said. "We're going against a bunch of track stars." His minutes will likely be in the lower 20s tonight, which means more run for Nerlens Noel and Jerami Grant. Saturday, 12:24 pm
  • Gobert is excited to have Favors back
    Rudy Gobert is excited that Derrick Favors is starting again.

    Advice: "I'm happy that he's back in the lineup," Gobert said. "It's great to have him back and we really missed his presence. We feel like we want to try and get back to how we played last year and at the start of this season." Favors moved back into the starting lineup on Friday vs. the Wolves and was excellent, scoring 20 points with nine boards and one block in 35 minutes. Needless to say, his buy-low window is likely closed. Saturday, 9:18 am
  • Tristan Thompson is embracing his role
    Tristan Thompson will embrace his role regardless of whether or not he starts.

    Advice: "Just doing my job," Thompson said. "It doesn't change. My role on the team is set good screens and finish around the rim so whether I'm starting or coming off the bench, at the end of the day whatever it takes for this team to be successful I'm here to do." Thompson has started three games in a row and has played well, so coach Tyronn Lue may want to stick with him. Regardless, Thompson is a low-end big in fantasy because he doesn't block shots and is not a good free throw shooter. Saturday, 6:48 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 12 points in win
    Dirk Nowitzki returned from one game of rest on Friday with 12 points, eight rebounds, two steals and four blocks in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Mavs used him at center a little bit tonight and played some zone against the woeful Nets to help the block total. His blocks were the most since 2014 and he was a little surprised. "They shot a couple in my hand, I guess," Nowitzki said. He might have some knee concerns going forward, but start him as long as he's active. Friday, 10:13 pm
  • Rudy Gobert double-doubles with two swats
    Rudy Gobert double-doubled during Friday's win over the Timberwolves, tallying 14 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two turnovers through 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: Gobert has been a much more effective scorer over the past two weeks, and during that span he’s been a top-20 guy in standard 9-cat leagues with averages of 12.9 points, 12.6 rebounds and an elite 2.6 swats per contest on 62.5 percent shooting. He was a second-round stud after the break last year, and he could certainly be right there again this season. Friday, 9:21 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores seven in return
    Kristaps Porzingis returned from an illness on Friday with seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He was just missed one-game with the respiratory infection, and he had one of his patented put-back jams tonight. Porzingis looks like a good bet to be a top-50 player going forward and it might help him more if Carmelo Anthony is limited from his knee issue. Friday, 7:18 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki will play
    Dirk Nowitzki will play against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: There was never a doubt and he should be solid in a favorable matchup. Friday, 5:32 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis (illness) will play Friday
    Kristaps Porzingis (respiratory illness) is available to play vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: KP missed Thursday's game and he's "still impacted" by the illness tonight, according to coach Derek Fisher, so he may not be as effective as usual. If Porzingis' minutes are limited, expect to see more of Derrick Williams and Kyle O'Quinn. Friday, 2:50 pm
  • Tim Duncan ruled out for Saturday vs. CLE
    Tim Duncan (knee) will not play against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: He still isn't practicing and he did have an MRI. Duncan could be out into next week, so expect David West and Boban Marjanovic to play a little more. The Spurs did go small on Wednesday with Kyle Anderson, so that probably won't happen tomorrow against Kevin Love. Friday, 12:44 pm
  • Melo, Porzingis and Calderon all questionable
    Kristaps Porzingis (illness) is questionable against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: The Knicks said they weren't going to guess on KP's status, so we won't know anything concrete until later this evening. He also did not complain about his illness at Thursday shootaround, so he just started getting sick yesterday. If he can't go, Kyle O'Quinn would likely start and look to build off a massive 32.5 usage rate in his start from Thursday. Derrick Williams should also step up u the second unit. Friday, 12:30 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (illness) goes through practice
    Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) participated in practice on Friday.

    Advice: The big man has missed the last two games, but he is improving and he also got up some shots on Thursday by himself. Okafor should be ready for Saturday's game vs. the Warriors, meaning Jerami Grant will likely head back to the bench. There will be another update after Saturday's shootaround. Friday, 10:42 am
  • Derrick Favors to start, Trey Lyles benched
    Derrick Favors will start against the Wolves on Friday with Trey Lyles moving back to the bench.

    Advice: It was just a matter of time. Favors' back has been responding really well, so his workload should continue to gradually increase. Needless to say, Favors belongs in all active lineups. Lyles had a good run with the first unit, but he's safe to drop outside of dynasty formats. Friday, 10:24 am
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play Friday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play on Friday vs. the Jazz as expected.

    Advice: A 39-year-old veteran dealing with a sore knee is not good, so expect KG to miss more time. Gorgui Dieng exploded for 21 points and nine boards in his last game, so he should benefit the most in KG's absence. Friday, 10:07 am
  • Report: Blake Griffin could miss two months
    According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, Blake Griffin (hand) could miss two months of action.

    Advice: His original timetable was established at 4-6 weeks, but even Doc Rivers suggested that the timetable wasn't realistic. This would mean that Griffin wouldn't return to the court until the end of March at the earliest, so his owners may be forced to evaluate other options if they don't have an IR spot. In the meantime, DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick and Chris Paul will all benefit. Friday, 9:26 am
  • Bobby Portis scores four points in 22 minutes
    Bobby Portis scored four points with seven rebounds, one assist and two steals in 22 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

    Advice: He was the first big man off the bench and really no other bench big man saw playing time until garbage time -- Doug McDermott played all of his minutes at the three. Portis is clearly behind Taj and is more of a short-term option in 14- and 16-team leagues. Thursday, 10:24 pm
  • Nikola Jokic drops 15 and 10 vs. Wizards
    Nikola Jokic scored 15 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: He's really good and the Nuggets have more confidence running offense though him in the post. The Nuggets are not going small nearly as much these days, which helps explain why Jokic has been consistent. In his last four, Jokic averaged 12.5 points, 8.0 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks on 55.6 percent from the field. His upside makes him a must-own player in standard leagues. Thursday, 8:02 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi scores eight in start
    Ian Mahinmi scored eight points in 30 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday, adding six rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

    Advice: He's not a highly-used player on offense, so the move of Myles Turner doesn't really hurt him much. Mahinmi has put up 10th-round value this month, so he might trend down a tad due to a lower rebounding rate and possibly less blocks. He's just an OK player to own. Thursday, 6:35 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge gets an All-Star spot
    LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, Klay Thomson, James Harden and Chris Paul were named to the Western Conference All-Star Team.

    Advice: No Zaza Pachulia? Kidding aside, it's pretty hard to argue here outside of Damian Lillard and DeAndre Jordan, but it's hard to take any of these guys off. The Spurs are playing wonderful ball and deserve two guys while you could argue C.J. McCollum has been better than Dame on the whole because of Dame's heel injury. Thursday, 4:22 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis (illness) out on Thursday
    Kristaps Porzingis (illness) will not play against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Well, the Knicks are going to need some offense tonight. Lance Thomas and Langston Galloway are already starting, so they will likely have to lean on Derrick Williams a ton tonight. There should be a lot of Robin Lopez and Kevin Seraphin against the Raptors as well. Thursday, 4:13 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) doubtful Friday vs. Utah
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Garnett did not practice on Thursday, and it's looking like he'll spend his third straight game on the sidelines on Friday. Gorgui Dieng started on Wednesday with Garnett out, tallying 21 points, nine rebounds, one steal and a block over 27 minutes, so he's the primary beneficiary with KG out. Thursday, 1:55 pm
  • Tim Duncan (knee) unlikely to play Saturday
    Tim Duncan (knee) is unlikely to play Saturday vs. the Cavs, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

    Advice: It's worth noting that this report is coming from Cleveland's side, although Brian Windhorst tends to be a very reliable source, so we'll consider Duncan doubtful for Saturday's game. The 39-year-old vet will likely have his minutes closely monitored down the stretch, so he's not a very attractive guy to own in standard leagues. David West, Boris Diaw and Boban Marjanovic will continue to split Duncan's minutes, but the timeshare renders all those guys useless in standard formats. Thursday, 12:47 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge takes care of Houston
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored a game-high 25 points during a 130-99 win over the Rockets on Wednesday, adding 10 boards, five assists and two turnovers on 9-of-13 from the field.

    Advice: He famously deleted his Twitter account after the loss to the Warriors and said after Wednesday's game he wants to "lock in" for the season. His fantasy owners can't complain with Aldridge posting fourth-round value in January. Wednesday, 9:53 pm
  • Derrick Favors hits 6-of-9 FGs in 21 minutes
    In his second game back from an extended absence, Derrick Favors posted 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes.

    Advice: "At this point it becomes what type of shape is he in?" said Quin Snyder, referring to Favors' playing time and role. "[It's] us not wanting to play him beyond what he's capable of right now." Favors didn't need to play more than 21 minutes in an easy win tonight, and he should be more active when the Jazz host the Wolves on Friday. Wednesday, 9:24 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic scores one point off bench
    Nikola Pekovic shifted to the Wolves' bench on Wednesday, where he scored one point (0-of-5 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) with one rebound and three assists in 12 minutes.

    Advice: Pek was playing around 15 minutes per game even when starting alongside Karl-Anthony Towns, which won't cut it outside of the deepest leagues. Minnesota is 2-8 vs. teams in the Northwest division and they're just 14-33 overall, leaving them 14th in the West and just five games up on the lowly Lakers. Wednesday, 9:14 pm
  • Tristan Thompson quiet despite starting role
    Tristan Thompson earned another start at center on Wednesday, finishing the Cavs' easy home victory with five points, five boards and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: "I think starting Tristan does give a lot of energy, you can put him on 4s or 5s to match up," said coach Tyronn Lue. "That's something that we're going to look at going forward." It sounds as though Lue isn't locked into Thompson as a starter, and either way he won't help your team in more than three categories (scoring, FG percentage and rebounds). Wednesday, 6:46 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic will come off the bench Weds
    Nikola Pekovic will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Thunder, with Gorgui Dieng returning to the starting lineup.

    Advice: While Pekovic has been starting, he's only been playing 14 minutes a game to go with forgettable averages of 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds on 40.0 percent shooting from the field. There is not a league out there where Pekovic should be owned. Wednesday, 4:48 pm
  • Derrick Favors likely coming off bench
    Derrick Favors is likely going to come off the bench against the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: That'll put Trey Lyles in the starting lineup again. Favors played just 20 minutes in his return on Monday, so expect him to be in the 23-27 range tonight. Expect Favors to get hot again soon. Wednesday, 4:37 pm
  • Tim Duncan had an MRI on right knee
    Tim Duncan (knee) had an MRI and the Spurs are in "wait-and-see" mode on Wednesday.

    Advice: We still don't know the results, but the Spurs are not resting Duncan for DNP-OLDs right now because he is hurt. He could miss the weekend and possibly next week, too. David West is the favorite to start tonight against the Rockets, but coach Gregg Popovich said he's not sure if David West starts. Boban please? Wednesday, 3:43 pm
  • Tim Duncan (knee) doesn't shoot around
    Tim Duncan (knee) did not shootaround on Wednesday and remains out against the Rockets.

    Advice: He did some work in the weight room today. Duncan had pain in his right knee, which has been his "good" knee in his career and he wears a brace on his left knee. It sounds like Duncan is going to miss some games here, so he's not a complete must-own player in shallow leagues. It'll likely be David West starting tonight with hopefully a little Boban Marjanovic action. Wednesday, 11:17 am
  • Blake Griffin apologizes to LAC organization
    Blake Griffin took to Twitter to apologize to the Clippers' organization for the physical altercation that happen between him and a Clipper staffer, and resulted in a fractured hand for Blake.

    Advice: "A situation among friends escalated and I regret the way I handled myself towards someone I care about," Griffin said in the statement. "I want to apologize to the Clippers organization, my teammates and the fans for creating this distraction." Griffin is set to spend at least the next 4-6 weeks on the sidelines, but Doc Rivers indicated he feels that timetable is a bit optimistic, so owners without an IR-spot will need to consider cutting Blake at this point. Wednesday, 7:56 am
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