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  • O.J. Mayo expected to return on Tuesday night
    O.J. Mayo (sore left hamstring) is expected to make his return on Tuesday vs. Boston.

    Advice: This confirms an earlier report, and all signs point to the veteran guard finally getting back on the floor. Following an 11-game absence, expect Mayo to be eased back into action. With Mayo and Jerryd Bayless once again in the mix, those with Michael Carter-Williams on the roster should be paying very close attention to the minutes distribution in Milwaukee. 29 minutes ago
  • Nene (calf) does some practice on Monday
    Nene (calf) went through practice on Monday.

    Advice: Despite the full practice, we're considering Nene questionable vs. the Knicks on Tuesday. If he can't go, Drew Gooden will likely step into more minutes. Today, 9:53 am
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) doubtful to play Monday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: The veteran point guard has no timetable for his return, meaning Randy Foye will continue to serve as Emmanuel Mudiay's backup. Today, 9:41 am
  • Malone hints at more minutes for Lauvergne
    Mike Malone hinted that Joffrey Lauvergne will receive more playing time moving forward.

    Advice: Lauvergne is coming off of a double-double in 29 minutes on Sunday, and Malone is looking to reward the big man. "I've been trying to play him lately because I think Joffrey's work ethic and his character are going to be big pieces moving forward," Malone said. With Nikola Jokic locked into place as the starting center, this is bad news for the out of shape Jusuf Nurkic. Today, 9:19 am
  • Roy Hibbert (ankle) questionable for Monday
    Roy Hibbert (left ankle sprain) is still questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Hibbert will want to play against his former team, so he'll do whatever he can to try and be out there. If he sits, expect Tarik Black, Brandon Bass and Robert Sacre to have a bump in minutes. Today, 9:09 am
  • Julius Randle expected to play on Monday
    Julius Randle (ankle) is expected to start on Monday vs. Indiana.

    Advice: Randle twisted his ankle after stepping on a cameraman in Saturday's loss to the Spurs, but postgame X-rays were negative and as Randle said, he's fine. Averaging 12.8 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists on 47.8% from the field over his last four games, Randle should keep getting big minutes without Larry Nance (knee) in the lineup. With how well he's been playing, it would be a surprise if Randle was sent back to the bench once Nance is ready to return. Today, 9:05 am
  • Matthew Dellavedova out again on Monday night
    Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) will not play on Monday vs. Sacramento.

    Advice: Delly's absence means Mo Williams will continue to remain in the rotation, but only as a backup to a healthy Kyrie Irving. Leave Williams on the waiver wire in your fantasy league. Today, 8:19 am
  • Kevin Love (thigh) probable to play on Monday
    Kevin Love (quad) is probable to play on Monday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Assuming Love plays, he'll wind up missing just a single game with the quad injury. His return will push Timofey Mozgov back to the bench where he belongs, while Tristan Thompson will slide back over and assume starting center responsibilities. Today, 8:17 am
  • Report: Melo had two MRIs in last three weeks
    Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee) has had two MRIs in the last three weeks, sources told Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

    Advice: Despite both coming back clean, "the concern over his long-term health is very real," per Isola. Obviously there are a number of things going wrong in New York right now, and Melo's health woes are right at the top of the list. If the soreness in his surgically-repaired knee doesn't improve after the All-Star break, Melo will be a shutdown candidate as the Knicks fall further and further out of the playoff race. Anthony's absence would mean more minutes for Langston Galloway, Derrick Williams and Lance Thomas while Kristaps Porzingis and Arron Afflalo would each assume a larger role in the offense. Today, 8:14 am
  • Report: ORL listening on Tobias Harris deals
    The Magic "aren't discouraging" trade offers for Tobias Harris, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: You could really say this about almost any player in the NBA beyond obvious franchise building blocks, but we digress. Harris was re-signed to a 4-year, $64M deal in the offseason, but the Magic are (rightfully) looking into his market with Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja in the fold. It wouldn't be surprising if Harris is moved, but we would have said the same thing prior to this report, as well. A potential offseason trade seems more likely than a drastic midseason shakeup. Today, 7:01 am
  • Scott praises Hibbert's defensive activity
    Byron Scott said Roy Hibbert has "done everything he can do from us from a defensive standpoint."

    Advice: Some might argue differently, but the Lakers defense is so bad that no one man is going to make a sizable impact. Regardless, Hibbert has really struggled in his first season with the Lakers, and as his playing time has dwindled, he's embraced a mentorship role with the younger players. Hibbert is questionable for Monday's (revenge) game vs. the Pacers due to a sprained left ankle, but you can bet he'll do his best to be out there against his former team. If not, Tarik Black, Brandon Bass and Robert Sacre will earn more minutes. Today, 6:47 am
  • Muscala earns praise from Mike Budenholzer
    Mike Muscala earned praise from Mike Budenholzer for his readiness to step into the rotation.

    Advice: "The fact that he hadn’t played much, to step in and be ready to play pretty good is a statement to how he works," Budenholzer said. "I’m pleased with how he kept himself ready. And his activity defensively, his length at the rim and his verticality at the rim has been really good. I think the pace with which (he has played), he has gotten some easy baskets in transition and beat people down the court. He’s moving the ball and playing within what we do. He’s really stepped in and done well after not playing much for a good month or so." Despite "feeling comfortable" in Tiago Splitter's (hip) absence, Muscala isn't a fantasy option. Today, 6:42 am
  • JaMychal Green odd man out of Grizz rotation
    JaMychal Green is the odd man out in the Memphis rotation.

    Advice: "Unless you’re going to play 11 or 12 guys, it’s very difficult [to work in Green]," Dave Joerger said. "He's certainly a valuable piece of what we're trying to do." Ryan Hollins is playing ahead of Green, an illustration of Green's fantasy value in any format. Today, 6:33 am
  • Marc Gasol admits he's playing through injury
    Marc Gasol admitted that he's currently playing through an injury.

    Advice: "I have some issues, but you have to push through it," Gasol said. "I’m never going to use not being 100 percent as an excuse. It’s just not me. I’m going to push through it and give whatever I have to my team. That’s how I’ve always been, and that’s how it’s going to be." Coach Dave Joerger recently said that Gasol is "playing on one leg," so the All-Star break can't come soon enough for the big man. Through three February games, Gasol is averaging 15.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 blocks on 55.3 percent shooting. Despite the injury concern, selling low doesn't make sense, and Gasol is fully expected to continue playing at less than full strength. Today, 6:28 am
  • Hoiberg wants Rose to play with pace and push
    Fred Hoiberg wants Derrick Rose to play "with pace and his push" moving forward.

    Advice: With Jimmy Butler (knee) likely out through the All-Star break, Rose's usage rate figures to climb in the upward direction. Rose has been playing better over his last six games, averaging 19.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.0 steals on 42.9 percent shooting. He's better in DFS and points formats than standard leagues because Rose doesn't hit threes, steal the ball or block any shots. Today, 6:00 am
  • Dunleavy confident conditioning will come
    Mike Dunleavy, who made his season debut on Saturday, is confident that his conditioning will improve sooner rather than later.

    Advice: "It's going to be a progression, build it up slowly," Dunleavy said. "I think [game condition] will come sooner rather than later. I put a lot of work in, feel pretty good about it. I'll be good." Dunleavy played just 14 minutes in his inaugural game, but his playing time will creep up so long as he doesn't have any setbacks after offseason surgery. When it does, he'll take minutes from Tony Snell, E'Twaun Moore and Doug McDermott. Today, 5:48 am
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) may need more DNPs
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) has been assured that the pain in his surgically-repaired knee is "part of the recovery," but he suggested that he might sit out more games to rest his knee.

    Advice: "I can feel it when I'm out there, as far as the rhythm, mechanically shooting the ball," said Anthony. "It's not aligned for me right now." He has missed three of the Knicks' past eight games and although the All-Star break should help, owners have to prepare for occasional DNPs down the stretch. Melo's recent MRI came back negative and he said on Sunday that he intends to play in the All-Star game, which at least suggests that he's not overly concerned. Yesterday, 5:29 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) will play in A.S. game
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) said that he will play in the All-Star game, though he admitted that his knee "[isn't] gonna heal in a week ... or even two weeks."

    Advice: He recently had a precautionary MRI which ruled out structural damage, and Derek Fisher thinks Melo will be fine "long term," but this is still a huge concern for fantasy owners. New York is five games out of the playoff picture, dropping nine of their past 10 games, and the prospect of a shutdown looms larger with each defeat. His fantasy appeal is tanking, making it hard to extract value in a trade, but owners may want to see what opposing GMs think he's worth. Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) plays 35 minutes
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) finished Sunday's home loss with 21 points (7-of-19 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), six rebounds, seven assists and three turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Melo is shooting a career-worst 42.4 percent from the field and his surgically-repaired knee is a constant concern for fantasy owners, though coach Derek Fisher tried to downplay the severity. "I think he'll be fine long term," Fisher said. "I think we just have to get through this next set of days into the break and hopefully re-evaluate him from there in terms of something that's not reoccurring." This loss knocked New York five games behind the No. 8 seed Pistons, and Melo's owners can only hope that they don't fall further out of the playoff picture. Yesterday, 1:29 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne double-doubles in 29 mins
    Joffrey Lauvergne double-doubled in 29 minutes on Sunday, scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds (four offensive), one assist, one block and three turnovers.

    Advice: Lauvergne earned most of his minutes as a backup center, even playing ahead of Nikola Jokic down the stretch, though he also played some PF alongside Jusuf Nurkic due to the absence of Darrell Arthur (quad). Lauvergne has fallen out of the rotation for long stretches, and he's exceeded 30 minutes once all season, so he's only worth a glance in very deep leagues. Yesterday, 1:27 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not play Sunday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not play on Sunday vs. the Knicks as expected.

    Advice: He has no timetable for a return and likely won't play until after the All-Star break. Emmanuel Mudiay is locked in for heavy minutes vs. the Knicks, while Randy Foye will back him up off the bench. Yesterday, 9:25 am
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: He participated in Saturday's light practice and was always expected to return to the court against his former team. Anthony is still battling soreness in his knee and clearly isn't 100 percent, so the shut-down risk will grow if the Knicks don't start winning games. They have lost four straight. Langston Galloway will return to the bench for Sunday's game. Yesterday, 8:19 am
  • Tobias Harris (ankle) will not play Sunday
    Tobias Harris (sore left ankle) will not play on Sunday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: He was initially dealing with a cut above his eye and was expected to play, but he was held out of practice on Saturday due to soreness in his left ankle. Harris does have a history of ankle issues, so the Magic might just be exercising some caution here. With Harris on the shelf, we can expect to see a lot of Aaron Gordon today, while Mario Hezonja should see more playing time as well. Yesterday, 8:14 am
  • Joerger admits that Marc Gasol is hurting
    Memphis coach Dave Joerger admitted that Marc Gasol is basically "playing on one leg" at the moment.

    Advice: Neither Joerger or Gasol would elaborate, but the big man has been on the injury report in recent weeks with a sore left knee. The All-Star break can't come soon enough for Gasol, but the good news is that there has been no indication that he will miss any time. Expect him to be out there on Monday vs. the Blazers. Yesterday, 6:56 am
  • Julius Randle (ankle) is probable for Monday
    Julius Randle (ankle) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: This is wonderful news. Randle looked like he was in obvious pain in the closing moments of Saturday's game, but he insisted that he's fine and x-rays were negative on his ankle. Randle was excellent vs. the Spurs with 15 points, 17 boards, four assists and two steals in 31 minutes, so he belongs in most lineups as long as you don't expect him to help you out in steals or blocks. Yesterday, 6:36 am
  • Roy Hibbert (ankle) is questionable Monday
    Roy Hibbert (ankle) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He sprained his left ankle on Saturday vs. the Spurs and wasn't able to return, but x-rays were negative and he is day-to-day. Hibbert will do everything in his power to play against his former team, but Brandon Bass and Tarik Black would soak up his minutes if he ultimately decides to sit this one out. Yesterday, 6:35 am
  • Derrick Rose has season-high 10 assists
    Derrick Rose handed out a season-high 10 assists against the Wolves on Saturday during a 112-105 loss, adding 18 points, five rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: He has been horrible in back-to-back sets and made just 6-of-20 from the field tonight. Rose is going to be really busy and could be an option in DFS while Jimmy Butler (knee) is out, but he doesn't get a big bump in standard leagues. Saturday, 8:59 pm
  • X-rays negative on Julius Randle's ankle
    X-rays on Julius Randle's left ankle came back negative.

    Advice: Randle was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain, but he insists that he's fine and he expects to play on Monday vs. the Pacers. However, he will be re-evaluated at Sunday's practice, so his owners should check back then for an official update. If he is forced to miss any time, Brandon Bass and Ryan Kelly would benefit the most, with Bass being the better add in deeper leagues. Saturday, 8:56 pm
  • Marc Gasol scores 22 points in loss
    Marc Gasol scored 22 points in a loss to the Mavericks on Saturday with six boards, two assists and one block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He was an efficient 9-of-15 from the field, but he hit just 4-of-6 from the line and had a couple of turnovers. The Grizzlies were on a five-game winning streak coming into this one, but they will look to bounce back in a difficult matchup with the Blazers on Monday. Saturday, 8:52 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy scores five in debut
    Mike Dunleavy made his season debut on Saturday with five points, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 14 minutes against the Wolves.

    Advice: It wasn't a bad game for a guy who hasn't played in an NBA game in about nine months. Dunleavy is still only worth a look in deep leagues, especially with Jimmy Butler (knee) not dealing with a serious injury. Saturday, 8:45 pm
  • Julius Randle will have x-rays on ankle
    Julius Randle tweaked his left ankle at the end of Saturday's game vs. the Spurs and will have x-rays.

    Advice: He was in a lot of pain, but he never went to the locker room and was talking to the team trainer. The Lakers already lost Roy Hibbert to an ankle sprain on Saturday, so hopefully it's not serious. Randle finished with 15 points, 17 boards, four assists and two steals in 31 minutes. If he misses time, Brandon Bass and Ryan Kelly would have to step up. Saturday, 7:59 pm
  • Roy Hibbert (ankle) will not return
    Roy Hibbert left Saturday's game vs. the Spurs with a left ankle sprain and he will not return.

    Advice: He was supposed to just get his ankle re-taped, so the injury must be a little more serious than originally thought. Hibbert hasn't been playing well lately, so he shouldn't have been owned in most leagues. Brandon Bass and Tarik Black will see an uptick in minutes if Hibbert misses more time. X-rays were negative, so Hibbert is considered day-to-day. Saturday, 6:06 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy will make his season debut
    Mike Dunleavy (back) will make his season debut against the Wolves on Saturday.

    Advice: He said "I'm back" at his locker, so Mike apparently wants to be like Mike. His minutes should be limited with so much time away from NBA game action, so he's not someone worth owning in most leagues just yet. His return takes away from E'Twaun Moore and Tony Snell. Saturday, 4:06 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy (back) is a game-time call
    Mike Dunleavy (back) is a game-time call vs. the Wolves on Saturday.

    Advice: Dunleavy admitted that he battled some soreness on Friday, so that's a little concerning since he hasn't even made his debut yet. If he is cleared to play, the Bulls will ease him back into action and his minutes will be limited. Saturday, 3:37 pm
  • Nene (calf) out for Saturday night
    Nene (calf) will not play against the Hornets on Saturday night.

    Advice: He tried warming up but calf was still too painful. The Wizards are probably going to want to shut him down if he can't make it through a warmup. Drew Gooden and Dejuan Blair figure to get a handful of minutes. Saturday, 3:06 pm
  • Matt Dellavedova out again on Saturday
    Matt Dellavedova (hamstring) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: His hamstring issue has been a problem for two weeks and the Cavs may rest him until the break. Mo Williams will be in the rotation again while this news also helps Iman Shumpert because of no Kevin Love. Saturday, 2:55 pm
  • Kevin Love (quad) will not play on Saturday
    Kevin Love (quad) will not play on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: It's a quad contusion from Friday night, which he was unable to return from in the loss. With Love out, the Cavs will likely be giving more minutes to Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov. Interestingly, Kyrie Irving's usage rate is 31.6 without Love and with LeBron James, so he has a nice chance tonight. Saturday, 2:51 pm
  • Nene (calf) is a game-time decision
    Nene (calf) is a game-time decision to face the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: His calf issue just won't go away and chances are he will sit. If he does, that means more minutes for Drew Gooden and Dejuan Blair. Nene isn't worth owning. Saturday, 2:35 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy (back) is questionable
    Mike Dunleavy (back) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He has been targeting this game for his return, so he will likely make a decision after warming up with the team. His return can't come soon enough with Jimmy Butler going down with a knee injury, but he's only on the radar in deeper leagues for now. His minutes should be pretty limited if he's cleared to play. Saturday, 11:21 am
  • Tobias Harris (eye) is expected to play
    Tobias Harris (eye) is expected to play on Sunday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: He is dealing with a cut above his left eye that required stitches, but the injury sounds very minor. There will be another update after Sunday's morning shootaround, but it's safe to pencil him into all active lineups. Saturday, 10:39 am
  • Fisher says Carmelo will be fine long-term
    Knicks coach Derek Fisher said that Carmelo Anthony will be fine "long-term."

    Advice: "He’s carrying a big load,’’ Fisher said. "Coming off an ankle injury, he got thrown into an intense week. It hasn’t calmed down completely since then. He’ll be fine long-term, but we just have to get through these next seven days and hopefully reevaluate from there so it’s not something that’s recurring.’’ An MRI came back clean and Anthony is expected to play on Sunday vs. Denver, but his owners should be concerned about a possible shutdown after the All-Star break. Saturday, 6:22 am
  • Derrick Rose drops 30-9-8 line in loss
    Derrick Rose scored 30 points with nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and two turnovers in 35 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday during a 115-110 loss.

    Advice: He was very busy, making 13-of-27 from the field with his 37.1 usage rate in the second half. If Jimmy Butler (knee) misses time, we'll be seeing a ton of Rose in the offense. His upside still isn't high because of low defensive stats and treys, but he'll likely be better for DFS. Friday, 9:57 pm
  • Kevin Love (thigh) hopeful to play Saturday
    Kevin Love (left thigh) said that he's hopeful to play Saturday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Love was able to limp out of the arena under his own power, and said he was "okay," and owners can expect to get another update on Saturday. If Love is unable to play tomorrow, Tristan Thompson would get all the run he can handle, with Kyrie Irving doing a bit more on offense. Friday, 8:10 pm
  • Kevin Love exits game with left thigh bruise
    Kevin Love was forced out of Friday's game after suffering a eft thigh bruise, and he will not return.

    Advice: Love was able to limp his way to the locker room under his own power, but he looked to be in quite a bit of pain. He'll end his night with 10 points, five boards, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers, and if he's forced into an extended absence, Tristan Thompson will be the primary beneficiary. It's safe to say that Love does not love playing against the Celtics. Friday, 6:23 pm
  • Tobias Harris gets stitches above eye
    Tobias Harris received stitches above his left eye and he will not return.

    Advice: He was bleeding quite a bit as he went to the locker room. Harris may go through concussion testing, but there is no word of anything on that front yet. He has a good chance to play on Sunday against the Hawks. Harris finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and one turnover in 28 minutes. Friday, 6:20 pm
  • Kidd expects Mayo (hamstring) to play Tuesday
    Jason Kidd said that he expects O.J. Mayo (sore left hamstring) to play Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Mayo was able to get through a full practice on Thursday unscathed, so it sounds like he'll be ready to get back on the court Tuesday night following an 11 game absence. Mayo will likely be eased back into the rotation in Milwaukee, and with averages of just 9.1 points, 1.2 three-pointers and 1.2 steals on 37.4 percent shooting on the year, he can safely remain on the wire in most leagues. Friday, 5:51 pm
  • Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) iffy Saturday
    Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) won't play on Friday and he's questionable to return vs. the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: Tyronn Lue suggested prior to Friday's game that Dellavedova might not be ready to face New Orleans, which isn't a good sign. Mo Williams is picking up a handful of minutes in Delly's absence, but he's not a viable fantasy option. Friday, 3:25 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) out on Friday
    Carmelo Anthony (left knee) will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday night.

    Advice: This is his surgically repaired knee that also kept him out for two games last month. An MRI ruled out any structural damage, but this isn't the usual DNP-REST with the news of needing an MRI. Coach Derek Fisher said there is no thought of shutting him down, but Melo could miss more games. Langston Galloway and Derrick Williams are the beneficiaries here while Arron Afflalo and Kristaps Porzingis also get more shots. Friday, 2:51 pm
  • Nene (calf) out for Friday against 76ers
    Nene (calf) will not play against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: His calf injury just won't go away and he could miss more time. With Nene out, that's more run for Marcin Gortat. Back in October, Gortat said he is putting Jahlil Okafor on his "list" going forward and this is his first chance. We could see nice game out of the Polish Hammer tonight. Friday, 2:20 pm
  • Nuggets looking to deal Joffrey Lauvergne?
    The Nuggets would reportedly want a late first-round pick in exchange for Joffrey Lauvergne.

    Advice: King Joffrey is behind Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic on the depth chart, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the Nuggets tried to deal him at the deadline. Nothing is imminent at the moment, so there's no real reason to stash Lauvergne in most formats. The 24-year-old center is averaging 7.8 points and 5.2 boards in 17.6 minutes per game this season. Friday, 9:35 am
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) has no timetable
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) still doesn't have a clear timetable to return.

    Advice: "I'm just waiting on some things to get resolved to see what's next, what's best for it and how we approach the next step," Nelson said. "I'm always going to be honest with Coach, the organization and the training staff. I just told them I was hurting." The veteran has already missed eight games because of his wrist this season, so the Nuggets won't rush him back. Emmanuel Mudiay and Randy Foye will continue to pick up the slack in his absence. Friday, 8:53 am
  • Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) out Friday
    Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) will not play on Friday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: This will be his second straight game on the shelf and the Cavs shouldn't be in any hurry to rush him back. Mo Williams played just 11 minutes on Wednesday as the backup point guard, so there's no real reason to consider him outside of deeper leagues. Friday, 8:06 am
  • Carmelo not shooting well, passing more?
    Carmelo Anthony made 4-of-18 from the field and 10-of-14 from the line for 19 points against the Pistons during a 111-105 loss on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's not shooting the ball well at all. In his last six, he's made 32.6 percent from the field for 17.2 points per game. Only 15.7 percent of his shots have been at the rim and he's not hitting jumpers either. The good news is that his dimes and boards are up. With some concern about his knees last month, there's slightly more concern of Melo missing games. To be clear, there is no word of him being hurt right now. Thursday, 8:19 pm
  • O.J. Mayo (hamstring) out Friday vs. Utah
    O.J. Mayo (sore left hamstring) will not play Friday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Mayo was able to go through a full practice with the Bucks on Thursday, and head coach Jason Kidd said that he's looking good, so at least Mayo is getting close to a return after spending half of January on the sidelines. However, O.J. is averaging just 9.1 points, 1.2 steals and 1.2 three-pointers per game on 37.4 percent shooting, so even when he does get back on the court, there's not much reason to own him in most formats. Thursday, 3:40 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) out Friday vs. Chicago
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. Chicago.

    Advice: Nelson doesn't have a clear return date, and he's a pretty low-upside guy to own with Emmanuel Mudiay healthy. Leave him on the wire. Thursday, 3:23 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy (back) out Friday vs. Denver
    Mike Dunleavy (back) will not play Friday vs. the Nuggets, as expected.

    Advice: He's targeting a return to the court for Saturday's matchup vs. the Timberwolves, and his imminent return to action will result in less minutes for E'Twaun Moore, Tony Snell and Doug McDermott. Dunleavy will likely be brought along very slowly, so he's not a great add in most leagues. Thursday, 1:04 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy set to return on Saturday
    Mike Dunleavy (back) is set to return against the Timberwolves on Saturday, according to league sources.

    Advice: Dunleavy had been practicing with Santa Cruz of the D-League, but is set to make his season debut on Saturday as long as he doesn't experience any setbacks. While Dunleavy isn't an add outside of deeper fantasy leagues, his return will cut into the minutes of Tony Snell and E'Twaun Moore. Thursday, 6:07 am
  • Kevin Love cools off but still double-doubles
    Kevin Love cooled off vs. Charlotte on Wednesday with 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting, including a 2-of-7 mark from downtown.

    Advice: It wasn't a total loss, as Love added 12 rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one assist in 36 minutes. This snaps an eight-game streak of double-digit scoring for Love, tying his season high, and he's still been a top-30 option (9-cat) since the start of 2016. He'll look to bounce back vs. the visiting Celtics on Friday. Wednesday, 7:09 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy (back) hopeful for weekend
    Mike Dunleavy (back) is hopeful to return over the weekend.

    Advice: The Bulls get some good news here and they might need Dun-Dun if Jimmy Butler (knee) needs to miss more time. Dunleavy isn't the strongest add and he'll have his minutes monitored, but give him a look in very deep leagues. This means less run for E'Twaun Moore and Tony Snell, assuming Butler is back. Wednesday, 5:52 pm
  • Matt Dellavedova (hamstring) will not play
    Matt Dellavedova (hamstring) will not play against the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going to rest his bothersome hamstring and it sounds like it's precautionary. The Cavs figure to get Mo Williams back in the rotation tonight, but he's not a reliable fantasy option unless you are hoping for garbage time against a shorthanded Hornets team. Wednesday, 2:57 pm
  • Matt Dellavedova (hamstring) a game-time call
    Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) is a game-time decision to face the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been fighting the issue for a week and only played 12 minutes on Monday, so perhaps this hamstring issue explains why. The Cavs don't need Dellavedova too much right now and could opt to throw Mo Williams back in the rotation. We'll have another update shortly. Wednesday, 2:39 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy called up to the Bulls
    Mike Dunleavy (back) has been called up to join the Bulls.

    Advice: He put in a couple practices with the D-League club and should be with the team in Denver on Friday. It's still unknown if he'll play or when he'll make his season debut. Once he's ready to go, he'll bump E'Twaun Moore from the starting lineup and Tony Snell will lose minutes. Wednesday, 1:57 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) out Wednesday vs. Utah
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not play Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: With Jameer on the sidelines Wednesday night, Emmanuel Mudiay figures to log minutes in the high-30s with Randy Foye having the opportunity for some extended run off the bench. Nelson belongs on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • Roy Hibbert plays 16 minutes in win
    Roy Hibbert picked up four fouls and played a total of 16 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He looked awful and scored just two points with one board, one assist and zero blocks. That's not good for a 7'2" center. Hibbert is averaging just 6.2 points, 2.4 boards and 1.6 blocks over his last five games, so he belongs on the wire in most formats. Tuesday, 11:03 pm
  • Julius Randle double-doubles in win
    Julius Randle double-doubled in Tuesday's win over the Wolves with 15 points, 12 boards and two assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: His primary competition for playing time (Larry Nance) is out through the All-Star break with a knee injury, so Randle is looking at heavy minutes for the next few weeks and maybe even beyond that. He was averaging just 0.4 blocks and 0.7 steals prior to Tuesday which gives him very little upside, but he is worth a look if you're in need of points and boards. Tuesday, 10:53 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony double-doubles again
    Carmelo Anthony had 16 points, 14 rebounds and four assists before fouling out of Tuesday's loss to the Celtics.

    Advice: His shooting still isn't pretty, as he's hit just 17-of-48 shots over his last three games, but in an odd coincidence, he's also double-doubled in all three of those, averaging 19.7 points and 11.3 rebounds. He's making his money on the boards and at the free throw line right now, as he's hit 22-of-26 free throws over that stretch. Now let's just hope his shot starts falling and his knee stays healthy. And we'll admit that neither is guaranteed to happen. Tuesday, 7:31 pm
  • Jameer Nelson listed as 'out' for Wednesday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) is being listed as "out" for Wednesday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: After returning from a six game absence, Nelson suffered a setback with his wrist, and it's looking like he's going to spend some extended time on the shelf. Emmanuel Mudiay will continue to get all the run he can handle with Nelson on the sidelines, with Randy Foye logging extended minutes off the bench. Nelson belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Tuesday, 11:24 am
  • O.J. Mayo out Tuesday against Trail Blazers
    O.J. Mayo (sore left hamstring) will not play against the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Mayo will miss his tenth consecutive game on Tuesday and looks to be out until at least the All-Star break as he is still without a timetable. Jerryd Bayless and Rashad Vaughn will continue to see an uptick in minutes, but neither carries much fantasy value beyond deeper leagues even with Mayo out. Tuesday, 7:42 am
  • Marc Gasol scores 14 in 32 minutes
    Marc Gasol scored 14 points with three rebounds, seven assists and two blocks in 32 minutes against the Pelicans during a 110-95 win on Monday.

    Advice: His knee was not a problem tonight as he handled the post nicely. Gasol's knee has been an issue in the last two seasons, but he still hasn't missed a game this season. The Grizzlies are off until Friday and have a back-to-back. Monday, 9:28 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) plays three minutes
    Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) played just three minutes on Monday vs. the Raptors and hit both of his shots to finish with four points.

    Advice: King Joffrey isn't in the rotation right now and it's not a good sign that he played just a few minutes in a blowout win. This is Nikola Jokic's world now and Lauvergne is no longer a viable option in fantasy leagues. Monday, 8:42 pm
  • Marc Gasol (knee) is in the starting lineup
    Marc Gasol (knee) will start on Monday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: He has been on the injury report with a sore left knee for over a week, but he hasn't missed a game yet. The Grizzlies have been playing him heavy minutes, so he's likely just a little fatigued. Get him active and we will let you know how he holds up after the game. Monday, 4:58 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy (back) assigned to D-League
    Mike Dunleavy (back) has been assigned to the D-League.

    Advice: He will rehab with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the D-League and will return to the Bulls when he gets his legs under him. Dunleavy will eventually start at small forward for Chicago, but he's not worth stashing in most leagues because he won't be too involved in the offense. Monday, 4:51 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) out Monday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not play on Monday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He experienced a setback, so he's likely going to spend some time on the shelf. Emmanuel Mudiay is going to be looking at significant minutes, while Randy Foye and Sean Kilpatrick could play more as well. Leave Nelson on the wire. Monday, 4:26 pm
  • Marc Gasol (knee) expected to play on Monday
    Marc Gasol (sore left knee) is expected to play on Monday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: He's not even listed on the injury report, and that's a good example of why going off of game notes more than 24 hours in advance of any contest is often incredibly misleading. Gasol will occupy his usual spot in the starting five, and fantasy GMs can feel confident plugging him into the lineup . Feb 1, 9:57 am
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) experiences setback
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) experienced a setback, and he's now doubtful to play on Monday vs. Toronto.

    Advice: For now, he's considered just day-to-day, but the team is deciding whether an "extended absence" is necessary. Nelson had played in each of the last two games, but he's taken a major backseat to Emmanuel Mudiay as the rookie point guard has played better and Denver emphasizes a youth movement. Now dealing with a recurring wrist injury and staring a potential shutdown in the face, Nelson's proper home in your fantasy league is on the waiver wire. Feb 1, 9:32 am
  • Julius Randle feels 'matured, better' now
    Julius Randle feels that he's "matured" and "gotten better" since the season began.

    Advice: Although Randle says he's improved regardless of his role, he's clearly more comfortable as a starter, Randle is averaging 12.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks on 44 percent shooting with the first five compared to 9.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocks on 37.2 percent shooting off the bench. Byron Scott still wants to see Randle reduce turnovers and improve his defense, but also praised his aggressiveness and improving mid-range jumper. Feb 1, 9:17 am
  • Lue wants Kevin Love to go back into the post
    Kevin Love said Tyronn Lue has told him that he needs to return to being a "power player."

    Advice: "He basically said that I need to go back to being more in the post, a power player, more demonstrative down there," Love said. "He just said I need to be aggressive every game and play hard. He said I'm only going to get the best out of myself if I play hard every night." The big man previously admitted that getting touches closer to the basket helps his comfort level in the flow of a game, so those with Love on the roster have to be feeling romantic about his outlook with Valentine's Day two weeks away. Feb 1, 8:42 am
  • Love feels more involved w/ close touches, FT
    Kevin Love admitted that getting touches closer to the basket helps him feel more involved in the game.

    Advice: "When I get to the free-throw line and get those close touches, it helps me have continuity and feel a little bit of a flow, involved in the offense," Love said. "It makes the hoop bigger in a lot of ways just getting those easy touches." Love has eclipsed 20 points scored in three straight games, averaging 23.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 blocks and 3.7 triples on 51.0 percent shooting during that stretch. Feb 1, 8:03 am
  • Lakers tie record w/ 10th straight defeat
    The Lakers tied a franchise record with their 10th straight loss on Sunday, as Roy Hibbert went scoreless with two boards and three blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: L.A.'s previous 10-game skid came during the 1993-94 season and there's no relief in sight this year, as they continue to develop their neophyte core. Hibbert was 0-of-4 from the field tonight, and he shouldn't be owned if you want more than blocks with a handful of rebounds and solid FT shooting from the center position. Jan 31, 9:26 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony double-doubles in loss
    Carmelo Anthony double-doubled in Sunday's loss to the Warriors, scoring 24 points with 10 boards in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 8-of-18 from the field and added two assists, two blocks and three turnovers, but it was encouraging that he was able to play such heavy minutes. Anthony has admitted that he is still battling soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee, so it's not the worst idea to sell high. The Knicks will need to start winning some games to lower the shut-down risk. Jan 31, 7:30 pm
  • O.J. Mayo (hamstring) out Monday
    O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will not play on Monday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He has no timetable for a return and could miss more games. Jerryd Bayless has been getting most of Mayo's minutes, while rookie Rashad Vaughn has also been in the rotation. Leave Mayo on the wire. Jan 31, 7:05 pm
  • Derrick Rose scores 20 points with four dimes
    Derrick Rose scored 20 points on 10-of-17 shooting Sunday, to go with five rebounds, four assists and three turnovers through 33 minutes of action.

    Advice: Rose has actually worked his way into a late-round evaluation over the past two weeks with averages of 18.0 points, 3.2 assists and just 1.5 turnovers per game on 45.5 percent shooting from the field. He’s finally beginning to concede touches to Jimmy Butler, which is why his turnovers are down and the shooting percentages are up, so hopefully that trend continues. Jan 31, 3:08 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) probable for Monday
    Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) is probable to play Monday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Lauvergne picked up a DNP-CD on Saturday, and his minutes have been on a downward trajectory as of late with Nikola Jokic playing very well as the starting center. Lauvergne can be cut in most leagues at this point. Jan 31, 1:56 pm
  • Marc Gasol (left knee) questionable Monday
    Marc Gasol (left knee) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Gasol tends to play if he's capable of walking, so he's probably a bit closer to probable for Monday's game. However, if he's unable to give it a go, the Grizzlies would likely go with a lot of small ball lineups with Matt Barnes and Jeff Green having the opportunity to return to the starting five. Stay tuned. Jan 31, 11:55 am
  • Julius Randle starting, Kobe Bryant uncertain
    Julius Randle will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Hornets with Larry Nance (right knee) unavailable, but Kobe Bryant (shoulder) remains questionable.

    Advice: Randle is a safe bet for a double-double tonight with a favorable matchup against the Hornets, so he's an option in daily leagues. Kobe's status isn't likely to be confirmed until he goes through his pregame routine, so he's likely to be game-time decision tonight. If Bryant sits, Anthony Brown will remain in the starting lineup, but Brown isn't a fantasy option in most leagues. Jan 31, 11:38 am
  • Julius Randle could move to the bench Sunday
    Julius Randle could move back to the bench for Sunday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: "I still love what Julius has done," coach Byron Scott said. "But when Larry [Nance] was in that starting role, he was playing extremely well." This is a frustrating thing for Randle's owners to hear, especially after dropping a career-high 23 points vs. the Clippers on Friday with 14 boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointers in 34 minutes. Randle doesn't provide many defensive stats and coach Scott isn't ready to completely unleash him, so he is a low-end option in standard leagues. Jan 31, 8:36 am
  • Marc Gasol scores 22 w/ five blocks in win
    Marc Gasol scored 22 points in Saturday's 121-117 win over the Kings, adding six boards, five assists, two steals and five blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He was impressive on both ends of the court, but his biggest accomplishment was holding DeMarcus Cousins to 3-of-17 shooting from the field. Gasol has been on the injury report this week due to some knee soreness, but this was arguably one of the best games of his season. His owners shouldn't be concerned. Jan 30, 8:54 pm
  • Nene ejected for two technical fouls
    Nene was ejected from Saturday's game vs. the Rockets after picking up two technical fouls.

    Advice: He was going at it with Dwight Howard and both players were tossed on the same play. Nene moved to the bench in favor of Jared Dudley in this one, and that's likely going to be a permanent switch. Nene finished with 10 points, two boards, two assists, one block and one steal and is only on the radar in deeper leagues. Jan 30, 7:14 pm
  • Lauvergne gets a DNP-CD
    Joffrey Lauvergne was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

    Advice: It took a while, but the cream has risen to the top and Nikola Jokic is getting some heavy burn. Lauvergne can be dropped in most leagues. Jan 30, 7:06 pm
  • Nene back to the bench
    Nene will come off the bench against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: The big lineup is not working at all, so coach Randy Wittman is going to break it up. Nene probably won't play much on a back-to-back and he's hurt too often to have solid value. Jan 30, 4:52 pm
  • Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph good to go
    Marc Gasol (knee) and Zach Randolph (toe) are good to go for Saturday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Both players were on the injury report, but their status for tonight's game was never in doubt. Feel free to plug them into your lineups. Jan 30, 3:37 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) is expected to play
    Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) is expected to play on Saturday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He has missed two games in a row, but the big man went through shootaround and must be feeling a lot better. King Joffrey has only been getting minutes in the teens lately, but hopefully he doesn't take any playing time away from Kenneth Faried and Nikola Jokic. He is not on the fantasy radar. Jan 30, 9:22 am
  • Julius Randle scores career-high 23 points
    Julius Randle scored a career-high 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting during Friday's loss to the Clippers, to go with 14 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one 3-pointer and an unfortunate six turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: As a starter, Randle is a serious double-double threat on a nightly basis. However, because Randle does very little on the defensive end (0.7 steals and 0.5 blocks per game), and shoots 40.1 percent from the field, he's nothing more than a late-round guy in standard leagues. Jan 29, 10:23 pm
  • Roy Hibbert scores 12 points with two blocks
    Roy Hibbert actually played well vs. the Clippers on Friday, tallying 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting to go with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Advice: While it was nice to see Hibbert finally turn in a productive outing, he's basically been garbage over the past month with averages of 6.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game on 46.2 percent shooting, which has him ranking well outside the top 150 in standard leagues. There’s better shot blocking specialist out there. Jan 29, 10:12 pm
  • Kevin ove scores 29 points vs. Pistons
    Kevin Love scored a game-high 29 points against the Pistons on Friday during a 114-106 win, adding six rebounds, three assists and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: A lot of day-time sports shows have a target on Love, but it's easy to forget how great he can be on offense. He's not being used too much and his rebounds are down a tad, but expect Love to flirt with top-30 value going forward. Jan 29, 8:45 pm
  • Tobias Harris scores 10 points in loss
    Tobias Harris scored 10 points with seven rebounds and two 3-pointers against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: Jae Crowder locked him down for some of this game. The lineup change hasn't affected Tobias much, averaging 15.2 points, 6.4 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.8 blocks and 1.6 treys in his last five. He should be a mid-round guy with a fairly high floor. Jan 29, 7:43 pm
  • O.J. Mayo (hamstring) out Friday vs. the Heat
    O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will not play Friday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: He hasn't played since January 13 and belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues at this point. Jerryd Bayless and Rashad Vaughn will continue to pick up some extra run in Mayo's absence, with Bayless offering the most upside. Jan 29, 4:35 pm
  • Lakers looking to trade several veterans?
    The Lakers are exploring the trade market for Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams, Brandon Bass and Nick Young.

    Advice: The Lakers are obviously going nowhere in the West, so it makes sense to make some moves in order to open up some minutes for the younger players on the roster. Hibbert is on the last year of his deal, but moving his $15.5 million contract will not be easy. He is averaging a pathetic 8.4 points, 2.8 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks over his last five games and is well past his prime despite being just 29 years old. Jan 29, 6:58 am
  • Derrick Rose scores 16 in solid game
    Derrick Rose (back, hamstring) played 29 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He looked healthy and made some smart decisions in this easy win. Of course, this comes with a grain of salt because of the matchup against the Lakers. Rose's hamstring issue could pop up again, so his loyal fantasy owners will have to keep their eyes peeled for his status on the injury report. Jan 28, 10:38 pm
  • Julius Randle scores 14 points
    Julius Randle scored 14 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 27 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: He had a scary fall, but he was fine. Randle had an MRI this week to check on his leg and everything came up OK. He is starting to play under control and is becoming a more reliable double-double guy. In his last five, he's averaged 11.8 points, 10.8 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.2 steals. He's still a low-end hold, but the upward trend is encouraging. Jan 28, 10:03 pm
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