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    • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) increases workload
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) has increased his workload and was able to run on a anti-gravity treadmill at 80 percent on Saturday.

      Advice: He is scheduled to have an MRI next week in the hope that he will be cleared to run on his full weight soon. However, he is still not close to a return and Minnesota have no reason to rush him back as they are firmly out of the playoff race. Pekovic's eventual return could hurt the value of Gorgui Dieng, but Dieng should still be owned in all leagues for the rest of the way due to his upside and how injury-prone Pekovic is. Rotoworld.com
      38 minutes ago
    • Brook Lopez plays 15 minutes in loss
      Brook Lopez looked awful on Saturday against the Pacers, missing all five shots from the field for no points with five rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 15 minutes.

      Advice: It's his first scoreless game since 2008 and he has been useless in his lsat thee games. Lopez might have played a little more tonight, but the Nets were blown out. Brighter days are ahead, so keep him owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      49 minutes ago
    • Tyreke Evans scores 26 points
      Tyreke Evans made 10-of-21 from the field for 26 points against the Bulls on Saturday with five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block.

      Advice: He didn't score more than 14 points in any of his previous four games, which came on the heels of a knee injury. Evans looks to be fine and he's going back to his attacking ways. He should be a solid fantasy asset even when Eric Gordon (shoulder) is back. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:53 pm
    • Marreese Speights will start again Saturday
      Marreese Speights will draw another start against Minnesota on Saturday.

      Advice: Festus Ezeli (ankle) and Andrew Bogut (knee) are both sidelined, so Speights will continue to see extended run with the first team. However, Bogut is nearing a return and David Lee is finally healthy, so it is only a matter of time before Speights heads back to the waiver wire, as there simply aren't enough minutes to go around in Golden State. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:51 pm
    • George Hill gets the start on Saturday
      George Hill started against the Nets on Saturday.

      Advice: The team didn't announce the starting lineup until tip. Hill will start next to Rodney Stuckey and move C.J. Watson to the bench. Hill should be owned in all leagues based on his high usage and 3-point shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:12 pm
    • Luc Mbah a Moute will not play on Saturday
      Luc Mbah a Moute (calf) will not play on Saturday against the Jazz.

      Advice: This is a new injury for Mbah a Moute. The 76ers tend to keep their players out longer than most teams and he has missed a lot of time due to injury in his career, so he's likely out for a handful of games. While he's out, it'll be a collective effort from K.J. McDaniels, JaKarr Sampson, Robert Covington and Henry Sims picking up extra run. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:49 pm
    • Blake Griffin has another solid line
      Blake Griffin scored 22 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks in 38 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

      Advice: His rebounding numbers continue to stay low while his assist numbers are high. Griffin also had his second multiple-block game of the season and today was his 10th consecutive game with at least one steal. His fantasy value is fine and he's making 73 percent from the line this month. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:58 pm
    • DeAndre Jordan grabs 20 boards
      DeAndre Jordan grabbed 20 rebounds against the Raptors on Saturday with four points, two assists and one block in 38 minutes.

      Advice: It's his third 20-rebound game in his last seven and Jordan just keeps strengthening his league lead in that category. Jordan is also blocking 2.5 shots per game this month, but his fouling is slightly on the rise. Still, he's an elite fantasy center, especially if you're punting free throw percentage. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:50 pm
    • DeMar DeRozan getting shots up
      DeMar DeRozan (groin) was getting shots up on Friday and is with the team in Los Angeles.

      Advice: He is still not close to a return and doesn't have a timetable. The good news is that it sounds like he may have a shot to return before the All-Star break and the Raptors are playing well anyway. Keep DeRozan stashed for now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:58 am
       
      Injured
      W, 110-98 @ LAC
    • Batum (wrist) returns to turn in nice game
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) returned to action in Friday's win over the Sixers, scoring 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, three assists and a steal.

      Advice: Batum had his number called more often with LaMarcus Aldridge out and we're in the midst of a pretty big buy low window for him. As long as the wrist injury isn't serious, he stands a very good chance of improving his rock bottom shooting percentages. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:49 am
    • Arthur (leg) returns to action on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) was available but did not play on Friday against the Wolves.

      Advice: Kenneth Faried went off for 26 & 25 but played his normal 30 minutes, with J.J. Hickson getting the backup power forward minutes tonight. Arthur had been playing well enough for some deep leagues but with Faried's big night he's probably back to being mostly irrelevant in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:37 am
    • Ibaka posts 13 points and season-high 14 rebs
      Serge Ibaka scored 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting (including three treys) with a season-high 14 rebounds and four blocks in the Thunder's 98-75 win over the Hornets on Friday.

      Advice: Owners are looking for better efficiency but on a night with that many boards, threes and blocks it's most certainly a win. If he doesn't get the efficiency taken care of, he's not going to sniff the first to second round value many thought he would have and it won't matter how many threes he's hitting. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:31 am
    • Harden just misses massive triple-double
      James Harden just missed a massive triple-double in Friday's overtime win over the Grizzlies, scoring 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting (2-of-4 3PTs, 10-of-11 FTs) with eight rebounds, 10 assists and three blocks.

      Advice: Harden pulls into a dead heat with Anthony Davis for the No. 1 rank in 8-cat leagues with the effort, though in 9-cat league that title is still held by Davis and it's not close. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:26 pm
    • Nicolas Batum returned to action on Friday December 26. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:14 pm
    • Omer Asik plays just 18 minutes
      Omer Asik played 18 minutes on Friday with four points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Spurs.

      Advice: His minutes keep dropping and coach Monty Williams is gaining more confidence in Alexis Ajinca. Asik is not worth owning in even 16-team leagues at this rate. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:34 pm
    • Ryan Anderson scores 22 points on Friday
      Ryan Anderson scored 22 points against the Spurs on Friday with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

      Advice: It's just the 11th time in his career he's scored more than 20 points in a game with less than three treys. Anderson's role is safe on the bench and he should get plenty of shots because of the lack of depth on the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:32 pm
    • George Hill plays well yet again
      George Hill played well in his second game of the season on Friday with 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes during a 119-109 loss to the Pistons.

      Advice: He came off the bench again, but we'd guess he'll be in the starting lineup on Saturday. Hill shouldn't be sitting on any waiver wires right now. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:10 pm
    • Darrell Arthur will return on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will play against the Wolves on Friday.

      Advice: He has been out for a week due to a mysterious leg injury. Arthur is injury-prone, so the Nuggets might ease him back into the rotation tonight. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson take mild hits. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:35 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (wrist) will play against Philly
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) will play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: He might not be looking for his shot due to the pain in his wrist, but Batum isn't a high volume scorer anyway. His fantasy owners can plug him back into their lineups in this favorable matchup. Allen Crabbe will likely move back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:20 pm
    • George Hill will come off the bench on Friday
      George Hill will come off the bench again on Friday against the Pistons.

      Advice: He was extremely busy in his debut with a usage rate of 28.0 in 21 minutes of action. Hill should have a lot of his plate as the primary ball-handler, so he should be owned in all leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:23 pm
    • Brook Lopez plays 14 minutes
      Brook Lopez played just 14 minutes off the bench against the Celtics on Friday with eight points, one rebound and one turnover.

      Advice: He did not play down the stretch and coach Lionel Hollins seems to be gaining confidence in Mason Plumlee. Lopez's minutes should rise into the upper 20s, so he should be a mid-round guy once he gets it going. He's a buy-low option because his fantasy owner will likely give him away at a severe discount. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:11 pm
    • Nicolas Batum, Aldridge are questionable
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) and LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) are questionable to play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: Considering the matchup and how much Batum has struggled with his shot, he's probably a little closer to doubtful tonight. He did not play on Tuesday and it was mostly Allen Crabbe getting some extra run. Coach Terry Stotts plays the matchups a lot, so Crabbe is still an extremely risky play. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:54 am
    • Blake Griffin notches 18-15-6 line in win
      Blake Griffin scored 18 points with 15 boards, six assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 39 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

      Advice: It's just his ninth double-double of the season, which is surprising because he notched his 20th double-double of the season on Christmas last year. DeAndre Jordan being such a monster on the glass while Griffin does have career lows in offensive and defensive rebounding rate, which might be due to him passing more. He's still a fantasy beast even with the dip in boards. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:27 pm
    • DeAndre Jordan racking up the boards
      DeAndre Jordan grabbed 12 rebounds with 14 points and two blocks against the Warriors on Thursday.

      Advice: He is some kind of rebounder. Jordan has eight games with a defensive rebounding rate of at least 40 percent, so it's no surprise he leads the NBA in total rebounding rate at 23.4 percent. He's an absolute monster in boards, blocks and field goal percentage to help offset the disastrous free throw shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:24 pm
    • Marreese Speights scores 11 in a loss
      Marreese Speights made 4-of-9 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line for 11 points with one rebound, one steal and two turnovers in 22 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: As expected, his usage rate took a hit tonight, but he was still able to get involved on the offensive side. Draymond Green has been too good and David Lee won't take minutes from him, so it will likely be from Speights. His owners in deep leagues should expect a dip. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:15 pm
    • Speights Cowboy Saddles Up: Marreese starting
      Marreese Speights will start in place of Andrew Bogut (knee) and Festus Ezeli (ankle) against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: Bogut has been out for a couple weeks and Festus suffered a sprained ankle on Festivus (Dec. 23), so Speights is the next man up. He has one of the highest usage rates for a big man at 29.0, so that will likely take a hit with more of his minutes coming next to the starters. Still, he is a nice play tonight in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:25 pm
    • Serge Ibaka goes for 21 & 9 in OKC win
      Serge Ibaka put up 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, with nine rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, two turnovers, and one block during the Thunder's Christmas Day win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Ibaka had a slow start to the year, but his shot-blocking has been consistent (second in the league with 2.4 per game), and the career-high 1.3 three-pointers per game has been a nice surprise. He should only get better as the year goes on, so it would be wise to send out a few buy-low offers before he really starts rolling. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:45 pm
    • Blake Griffin dishes season-high 11 assists
      Blake Griffin dished out a season-high 11 assists vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, while scoring 21 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He shot 9-of-17 from the field and 3-of-4 from the FT line with only two turnovers in 36 minutes, but Blake's terrific game wasn't enough to avoid L.A.'s third loss in four games. Their bench production begins and ends with Jamal Crawford, which is the root of the problem, but Griffin's fantasy owners won't complain as he racks up top-30 value with FT percentage and turnovers excluded. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:43 pm
    • DeAndre Jordan posts 15 & 22 w/ four blocks
      DeAndre Jordan piled up 15 points, 22 rebounds, one assist and four blocks vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, while making seven of his season-high 11 field goals.

      Advice: Jordan leads the NBA in rebounding at 13.1 per game, ahead of Andre Drummond (12.6), Tyson Chandler (11.9) and Nikola Vucevic (11.8). He has zero plays called for him in L.A.'s offense, hence the season-high 11 shots, yet he's a first-round fantasy value when you ignore his atrocious FT shooting. The Clippers were questioned for matching Jordan's four-year, $43 million offer sheet in 2011, but that deal will look like a steal compared to what he earns as an unrestricted free agent next summer. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:41 pm
    • Luc Mbah a Moute scores season-high 19 points
      Luc Mbah a Moute scored a season-high 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting during Tuesday's win vs. the Heat, adding six rebounds, two steals and one block in 39 minutes on the court.

      Advice: The 28-year-old is the only veteran to have a reliable spot in coach Brett Brown's rotation. It seems inevitable that he'll take a backseat to younger players as the season progresses, but for now he's averaging a steady 8.9 points, 0.7 threes, 5.1 boards and 1.4 steals in 28 minutes per game as a starter. That's good enough for value in 16-team leagues, but he's not worth owning in shallower formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:56 pm
    • Serge Ibaka scores 16 pts w/ two 3-pointers
      Serge Ibaka was ejected late in overtime on Tuesday, finishing a loss to the Blazers with 16 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds and four blocks in 33 minutes.

      Advice: Ibaka's 46.0 percent shooting is well below his career average (53.8 percent), but the trade-off is that fantasy owners are getting a career-best 1.3 three-pointers per game. His rebounds are down but his shot-blocking has picked up in recent weeks, and he's steadily regaining the early-round value his owners bargained for on draft day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:39 pm
    • Brook Lopez (back) logs eight minutes Tuesday
      Brook Lopez (back) came off the Nets' bench on Tuesday, making 3-of-5 shots to finish with six points and four rebounds in just eight minutes of action.

      Advice: Lopez was iffy to play and he looked exhausted despite his limited action, so owners should his minutes to slowly ramp up over the Nets' next games on Friday, Saturday and Monday. Mason Plumlee has played very well as a starter in Lopez's absencek, but it should be only a matter of time before he's back in a reserve role. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:19 pm
    • Ryan Anderson shoots 1-of-8 vs. Pacers
      Ryan Anderson couldn't find the range vs. Indiana, going 1-of-8 from the field (0-of-6 from downtown) to finish with four points and three rebounds before fouling out in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Anderson was averaging 3.5 triples over the Pelicans' previous six games and he still launched six attempts beyond the arc tonight, which is all his owners can ask for. The Pacers are allowing the fifth-fewest 3-pointers per game to their opponents (6.7), and Ryno faces two more difficult matchups vs. the Spurs (on Friday) and the Bulls (on Saturday). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:38 pm
    • Tyreke Evans (knee) plays well in 37 minutes
      Tyreke Evans (knee) played well in 37 minutes vs. the Pacers on Tuesday, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two turnovers in the road loss.

      Advice: The Pelicans average a league-leading 48.7 points in the paint and it's easy to see why, as Anthony Davis (21 points, nine rebounds) thrives in the paint and Evans is attempting 70.9 percent of his shots within five feet of the hoop. Tyreke's lousy FG and FT percentages continue to detract from his overall fantasy appeal, but he has enough across-the-board potential to be owned in all 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:37 pm
    • George Hill (knee) shines in season debut
      George Hill (knee, quad) made his season debut on Tuesday, coming off the Pacers' bench for 15 points (5-of-8 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), two 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in just 21 minutes.

      Advice: This was an unexpectedly fast start for Hill, who must regain his conditioning while adjusting to new teammates and a new role, and he has enough upside to be labeled 'must own' in standard fantasy leagues. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said that Hill "looked great out there" before citing his speed, length and defense, and it shouldn't be long before he's back in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:31 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Tuesday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: This will be the fourth game in a row that he will miss due to a lower leg strain, and there is still no known timetable for his return. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will continue to see extended run in Arthur's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:56 pm
    • George Hill will play nine minutes each half
      Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel is going to try and play George Hill nine minutes during each half for Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: Vogel also said that there will be no lingering injury concerns, just issues with conditioning, rhythm, and timing. Hill is going to be brought along slowly, but he's eventually going to be a primary fixture in the Pacers' offense, and should be owned in all leagues. C.J. Watson's value will take a hit once Hill is back to full strength, and Donald Sloan will likely fall out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:35 pm
    • Brook Lopez available, but may not play Tues.
      Updating a previous report, Lionel Hollins said that Brook Lopez (back) will be available for Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets, but he may not actually play.

      Advice: It looks like if Lopez does play, it's going to be limited minutes off the bench, and it appears Mason Plumlee is going to get one more game with the starting unit. Given Lopez' unclear status, it may be best to bench him until he starts getting things going. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:58 pm
    • Brook Lopez (back) will play Tuesday vs. DEN
      Brook Lopez (back) will play Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

      Advice: Lopez's return to the lineup is going to hurt the value of Mason Plumlee, and he'll have a favorable matchup tonight going up against a weak Denver frontcourt. There's no word of a minutes restriction yet, or if he'll be starting, but we'll let you know as soon as the information becomes available. Owners will want to seriously consider selling high on Lopez after he strings together a few good games. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:00 pm
    • Nicolas Batum out Tuesday vs Thunder
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) will miss Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: There isn't a major fantasy beneficiary of Batum's absence, but Wesley Matthews will look to get increased run while Allen Crabbe, Dorrell Wright, Victor Claver, Will Barton, and C.J. McCollum should all see extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:00 am
    • George Hill will make season debut on Tues
      George Hill (knee) will make his season debut against the Pelicans on Tuesday.

      Advice: Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said Hill will come off the bench on Tuesday and he "won't play [Hill] huge minutes. Enough to get his feet wet." Hill should be scooped off waiver wires if he's still available, while C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan take a hit to their fantasy values as both will now return to reserve roles. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:36 am
    • Brook Lopez lobbying to get back on court
      Brook Lopez (back) said he has been lobbying the Nets medical staff to allow him to return to the court.

      Advice: Lopez is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, but is getting closer to a return after missing eight games with a lower back strain. While Bro-Lo's eventual return will push Mason Plumlee back to the bench, his fantasy owners will want to sell-high as soon as he has a good game as he has shown he can't be trusted to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:37 am
    • Blake Griffin scores 22 points vs. Spurs
      Blake Griffin scored 22 points against the Spurs on Monday with 22 points, six boards, six assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He's hoisting a ton of shots lately with at least 20 in three of his last four games. Griffin blocked his 10th shot of the season tonight, which has probably passed his foul shooting woes for the biggest knock on his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:24 pm
    • Beard Goes Bonkers: James Harden scores 44
      James Harden dominated the Blazers on Monday during a 110-95 win, scoring 44 points with three rebounds, seven assists, five steals and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: On top of all that, he had just one turnover. Harden had 31 points, five dimes and five steals at halftime and the Blazers couldn't do anything to stop him. In his last five games with Dwight Howard in the lineup, Harden averaged 29.6 points, 6.0 boards, 9.2 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.2 triples. He's in the hunt for MVP. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:58 pm
    • Nicolas Batum has a quiet game vs. Rockets
      Nicolas Batum had a quiet night against the Rockets on Monday with two points, two rebounds, three assists and one turnover.

      Advice: He's just not taking shots right now and only had three attempts tonight. Batum posted a usage rate of just 10.5 over his last two games, which dropped his season usage rate to just 14.4 -- the second-lowest usage rate among players with at least 34 minutes per game (DeAndre Jordan). His fantasy value is near its low point. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:31 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) won't play on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Monday night against the Hornets.

      Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and considering how long it takes for him to recover from injuries, he is likely going to miss more games. Expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:42 pm
    • James Harden (hamstring) will play
      James Harden (hamstring) will play against the Blazers on Monday.

      Advice: He had a hammy tweak on Saturday and was able to play through it. Harden is among the most active players in the NBA and leads the league in scoring. He obviously needs to be in your fantasy lineup as he likely torches the Hornets. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:24 pm
    • George Hill (knee) could make debut Tuesday
      George Hill (knee) has been upgraded to questionable against the Pelicans on Tuesday, and he could make his season debut.

      Advice: Hill's knee has responded well, and now he just has to get his conditioning together in order to make his season debut. At this point, Hill should not be on the waiver wire in any format, and if he is, make sure to scoop him up immediately as the Pacers sorely need everything he brings on offense. He'll be tasked with playing as large of a role as he can handle. CJ Watson and Donald Sloan will be pushed into their usual reserve roles when Hill returns. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:41 am
    • Brook Lopez (back) returns to practice Monday
      Brook Lopez (back) returned to practice on Monday, but he's not expected to play on Tuesday.

      Advice: This is significant with Lopez not having practiced since early December. It's not clear what Lopez's timetable to return to action might be, but a full contact practice is a great first step. Mason Plumlee has been thriving of late without Lopez, but Bro-Lo will send Plums back to the bench when he returns. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:57 am
    • James Harden, Dwight Howard probable Monday
      James Harden (hamstring) and Dwight Howard (shoulder) are both probable to play on Monday against the Blazers.

      Advice: Although both are dealing with a nagging concern, the two stars will be out there in a big game against Portland. Harden said he planned to play, so the probable designation is just a formality. Harden and Howard's owners can feel good about putting them in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:23 am
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) doubtful again on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) is doubtful to play on Monday.

      Advice: Arthur has a lower leg/muscle strain, and at this point, it's not clear what kind of timetable he's looking at for a return. Without him, look for Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler to each pick up some extra time. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:15 am
    • Doc Rivers gushes all over DeAndre Jordan
      DeAndre Jordan is leading the NBA with 13 rebounds per game, and he's also making 72.1 percent of his shots from the field.

      Advice: Jordan is shooting a lousy 43.6 percent from the charity stripe after a 42.8 percent mark last season, so it's not getting any better. However, that hasn't stopped Jordan from amassing impressive value to the Clippers and fantasy owners. "My gosh, what he's doing every night is unbelievable," Rivers said. "He does it every night, doesn't ask for the ball, sets picks, rolls, still scores because he's so active." Jordan has five straight games with at least 14 rebounds. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:25 am
    • DeMar DeRozan likely out for six-game trip
      DeMar DeRozan (groin) is not expected to return during the Raptors upcoming six-game road trip.

      Advice: Ouch. The Raptors start their road trip on Monday in Chicago, and it doesn't conclude until January 4 in Phoenix. DeRozan last played on November 26, so this absence would push his total time missed to over a month. Kyle Lowry will continue to shoulder the heaviest load for the Raptors, with guys like Terrence Ross, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and James Johnson also stepping up while DeRozan remains sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:43 am
       
      Injured
      W, 110-98 @ LAC
    • Serge Ibaka's struggles continue on Sunday
      Serge Ibaka's struggles continued on Sunday in a loss to the Pelicans, as he finished with six points on 2-of-8 shooting to go with eight boards in 38 minutes.

      Advice: Ibaka has been inconsistent this season and seems to have regressed somewhat, but his role has also been jostled by the presence or absence of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Ibaka was matched up against Anthony Davis during Sunday's disappointing game, and the buy-low window is still wide open after this showing. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:20 pm
    • Tyreke Evans scores 12 with seven assists Sun
      Tyreke Evans played 36 minutes on Sunday, scoring 12 points to go with seven assists, two boards and three steals.

      Advice: While this line isn't that impressive, the good news was that Evans appeared to move around the court very well and it didn't seem like his knee gave him any problems. Evans carries a little risk with his injury history, but as long as he stays active he will continue to play well in what has become his bounce-back season. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:10 pm
    • James Harden (hamstring) probable for Monday
      James Harden (strained left hamstring) is probable to play Monday vs. Portland.

      Advice: Harden injured his hamstring during Saturday's game vs. Atlanta, but played through the strain and put up 18 points, six rebounds, and a season-high 14 assists over 39 minutes of action so we'd expect him to give it a go on Monday. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:17 pm
    • Blake Griffin scores 24 with eight dimes
      Blake Griffin handed out eight assists against the Bucks during a 106-102 win on Saturday, scoring 24 points with six rebounds and one steal.

      Advice: The assists have been the story lately with 6.4 per game over his last five to go with averages of 23.0 points, 9.4 boards and 1.4 steals. Griffin is posting career highs in usage rate and assist percentage while turning in a career low in turnover percentage. He's not just a freak athlete anymore. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:58 pm
    • James Harden (hamstring) double-doubles
      James Harden needed to go to the locker room in the first half due to a hamstring injury on Saturday and did return in the second quarter, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds, 14 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers during a 104-97 loss.

      Advice: He played 39 minutes and the injury didn't seem to bother him much. The Rockets are off until Monday when they'll get a much anticipated rematch against the Blazers, so Harden owners can expect him to suit up for that one. Of course there is a chance he deals with soreness. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:45 pm
    • Nicolas Batum plays 30 minutes in a win
      Nicolas Batum looked healthy against the Pelicans on Saturday with 11 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals in 30 minutes.

      Advice: It would have been a larger allotment of playing time, but the Blazers had this game won in the middle of the third quarter. Batum isn't quite 100 percent due to wrist and knee ailments, but he's played through plenty of issues -- an evulsion fracture to his hand last season, for example. He's a prime buy-low target. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:33 pm
    • Ryan Anderson scores 16 points off the bench
      Ryan Anderson scored 16 points during a blowout 114-88 loss to the Blazers on Saturday with five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He had some trouble defending Thomas Robinson tonight, but the entire team was abused this evening. Anderson's minutes in the mid-20s are safe and the disappointing play of Omer Asik could give him more run. He's capable of being a mid-round fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:24 pm
    • Omer Asik still stinks on Saturday
      Omer Asik played 20 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday with four points, seven rebounds and two turnovers.

      Advice: The Pelicans have been playing him less these days and it makes sense. They have a lower net rating when Asik and Anthony Davis are on the floor compared to Ryan Anderson and Davis. Asik has almost no upside for owners in standard leagues, so feel free to cut him based on him only being a one-category player. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:18 pm
    • Tyreke Evans looks awful on Saturday
      Tyreke Evans (right knee) returned from a one-game absence on Saturday, making 2-of-11 from the field for six points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes during a blowout loss.

      Advice: He wasn't quite as aggressive as usual, but it's not necessarily because of his knee bruise. Evans has dealt with a slew of leg injuries in his career and he did have his right knee scoped in the offseason, so expect the Pelicans to monitor him. He should be ready to go for Sunday against the Thunder. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:13 pm
    • James Harden returns after hurting hamstring
      James Harden strained his hamstring in Saturday's game vs. the Hawks, but has since returned.

      Advice: This is incredible news for the Rockets, and it looks like Harden dodged a bullet here. We will obviously monitor him closely, and we will provide updates as needed. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:49 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Saturday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play against the Pacers on Saturday.

      Advice: He has some sort of muscle strain and it sounds like he's going to miss time. Arthur is hurt far too often, so expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to plck up most of the minutes at power forward. Wilson Chandler also plays some four, too. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:39 pm
    • Nicolas Batum still active for Saturday
      Nicolas Batum, who intends on playing Saturday, was in pain and grimacing due to a sore wrist in pre-game warmups.

      Advice: He's on the active list and all signs are pointing to him playing, but either way, he'll likely be limited by his wrist and knee, so it would be wise to look in another direction in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:50 pm
    • Tyreke Evans will play on Saturday night
      Tyreke Evans (knee) will play against the Blazers on Saturday and is expected to start.

      Advice: The Pelicans say they are going to watch him closely tonight, which doesn't mean an awful lot. Evans tends to miss more time with injuries than most players, so there's a chance he's somewhat limited tonight. Of course, Austin Rivers is not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:21 pm
    • Brook Lopez (back) out Sunday vs. Detroit
      Brook Lopez (back) is out for Sunday's game vs. the Detroit Pistons.

      Advice: The fact that he was ruled out so quick is a little worrying, but Lopez has been doing some conditioning work and even did some light basketball activities on Saturday. Lopez is expected to be evaluated on a daily basis so we should know more soon, while Mason Plumlee will continue to be a must-start player until he returns. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:53 am
    • Tyreke Evans (knee) will try to play Saturday
      Tyreke Evans (knee) said that he will try to give it a go on Saturday vs. Portland.

      Advice: "It’s been swelling up pretty bad after some games, but it really kind of got me on the road," Evans said. "I just have to keep getting ice and treatment. Just trying to take care of it and get it right." Owners will have to hope that he doesn't suffer a setback if he suits up on Saturday, as the Pelicans have three games in the next four days. Check back before tip-off, but it is looking like Evans has a real shot to play in this one. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:48 am
    • Griffin scores 32, hits 14-of-18 free throws
      Blake Griffin scored 32 points on 9-of-20 shooting (14-of-18 FTs) with 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal in Friday's loss to the Nuggets.

      Advice: Griffin's general performance has improved over the last few weeks but his low rebounding totals have kept him from truly capitalizing on the momentum in fantasy leagues. Hopefully for owners this signals the beginning of a comeback in that regard. Chris Paul went for 17 and 15 with three steals and DeAndre Jordan posted 11 and 14 with three steals and a block. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:21 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday night against the Clippers.

      Advice: He has a lower leg strain and the injuries just keep coming for Arthur. He's played well, but he's going to be tough to own in most leagues. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will pick up some playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:09 pm
    • George Hill (knee) practices on Friday
      George Hill (knee, quad) participated during Friday's practice, and ran with the starters towards the end with C.J. Watson (sinus infection) unable to finish the session.

      Advice: Slowly but surely Hill is nearing a return. He's likely going to start out slow after being sidelined for over a month, but he offers enough upside to warrant a stash in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:45 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (knee) out Friday vs. the Spurs
      Nicolas Batum (wrist, knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: C.J McCollum, Dorell Wright, Allen Crabbe, and Will Barton will all step up to help fill the void with Batum sidelined, but none of these guys make for a great play in standard leagues. Portland plays again Saturday against the Pelicans, and we'll be considering Batum questionable for that one. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:32 pm
    • Tyreke Evans (knee) a game-time decision Sat.
      Tyreke Evans (knee) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: If Tyreke is unable to go on Saturday, Austin Rivers would likely draw another start. However, he really doesn't do enough to be considered a quality plug-and-play option. Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, and Anthony Davis would be in line for some additional shots with Evans sidelined, and those are the guys to target in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:10 pm
    • DeMar DeRozan (groin) not close to a return
      DeMar DeRozan (groin) is still not close to making a return.

      Advice: DeMar has been limited to shooting free throws, and he remains without an official return date. Kyle Lowry has been the main beneficiary with DeRozan sidelined, while Terrence Ross, Patrick Patterson, James Johnson, and Greivis Vasquez have all done their part to help fill the void. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:12 pm
       
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    • Tyreke Evans (knee) limited at practice Fri.
      Tyreke Evans (knee) was limited to some light shooting drills during Friday's practice, and he's questionable to play Saturday vs. Portland.

      Advice: There remains some swelling in Evans knee, and he will take some anti-inflammatory medication and test his knee during shootaround Saturday morning. Austin Rivers stepped into the starting lineup on Thursday with Evans sidelined, but only managed to put up 10 points and six assists over 35 minutes of action. If Evans is unavailable, there will be more shots to go around for guys like Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, and Anthony Davis. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:06 am
    • Marreese Speights has 10 points in 19 minutes
      Marreese Speights had 10 points in 19 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with five rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: He has a very high usage rate and should be able to score in the teens while Andrew Bogut (knee) is out. Bogut could miss up to a month, so that means the Speights Cowboy is worth a grab in standard leagues. Some people call him Marreese. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:02 pm
    • Omer Asik looks like garbage again
      Omer Asik did not play down the stretch on Thursday against the Rockets, finishing with two points, 11 rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He is one of the most inept offensive big men in the NBA and doesn't even block shots. Asik has been the 176th-best player in standard leagues over the past month, so there is nothing wrong with cutting him if you want to add the upside of Marcus Smart or someone else. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:39 pm
    • James Harden scores 21 points in a loss
      James Harden scored 21 points on 8-of-23 from the field during a 99-90 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: Kudos to Austin Rivers for actually doing something most players can't do: Keep Harden in check. Obviously Harden is one of the biggest stat-stuffers in the NBA, leading the NBA in scoring and free throw makes with two steals per night. He did play the second half of a back-to-back, so he'll be fine. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:31 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (knee, wrist) questionable Fri
      Nicolas Batum (left knee contusion, right wrist) is questionable to play against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: This probably has to do with his bad fall from the incident with Larry Sanders on Wednesday. Batum did not miss time, but he does have a history with wrist and knee ailments. If he misses time, C.J. McCollum, Dorell Wright and Will Barton will likely pick up some minutes -- none are great fantasy plays. Batum owners will want to check back on Friday morning. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:22 pm
    • Tyreke Evans (knee) will not play on Thursday
      Tyreke Evans (knee) will not play against the Rockets on Thursday.

      Advice: The Pelicans cannot stay healthy these days and they are already extremely thin on the wing. It'll likely be Austin Rivers stepping up from the bench and he should see a ton of minutes. Still, he's arguably one of the worst offensive players in the NBA, so fantasy owners shouldn't have high hopes. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:12 pm
    • Tyreke Evans questionable for Thursday
      Tyreke Evans (right knee contusion) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Rockets.

      Advice: Evans is averaging 23.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.0 treys over his last five games, so his fantasy owners will have to keep their fingers crossed that he'll be able to play Thursday night. If Evans sits, Austin Rivers and Luke Babbitt would see increased playing time, though neither are a very attractive plug-and-play option. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:50 am
    • James Harden scores 41 points in OT win
      James Harden added his newest piece of evidence in his bid for MVP during a 115-111 overtime win over the Nuggets on Wednesday scoring 41 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made 11-of-21 from the field and 18-of-21 from the field in 45 minutes. This line is pretty ridiculous and he became the sixth player since 1985-86 to have more than 20 attempts from the field, more than 20 attempts from the line, and at least 10 assists. The other five are Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Kenny Anderson. Harden is good. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:52 am
    • DeAndre Jordan goes for 15-23-2 in win
      DeAndre Jordan abused Roy Hibbert for 15 points, 23 rebounds and two blocks on 4-of-8 shooting on Wednesday.

      Advice: He hit just 7-of-15 shooting, but you don't care about his free throw percentage if you own him, as his struggles from the line are not a surprise, nor is he going to improve from there any time soon. DJ's line will be overshadowed by what Andre Drummond did tonight (19 points, 24 rebounds, four steals, three blocks), but Jordan's line was certainly noteworthy. Make a note to play opposing centers against Hibbert and the Pacers going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:52 pm
    • Blake Griffin torches Pacers for 31 & 16
      Blake Griffin hit 11-of-27 shots for 31 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and a steal in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: His field goal percentage wasn't good, but he did hit 9-of-13 free throws and had a big line. His free throw shooting has greatly improved, and his fantasy value as followed as a result. Congratulations if you drafted him this year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:48 pm
    • Serge Ibaka has season-high seven blocks
      Serge Ibaka had a season-high seven blocks on Tuesday vs. the Kings, adding nine points, six boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

      Advice: The blocks were great, but the rest of the line was rather boring and there is no question that he has really struggled rebounding the ball this season. Ibaka should break out of his slump soon, and owners will have no choice but to be patient with him. He is still a must-start player, though. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:19 pm
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