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  • Timofey Mozgov will start for Kevin Love
    Timofey Mozgov will start for Kevin Love (quad) on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: That will bump Tristan Thompson over to power forward. Thompson has a tiny 6.1 usage rate when Love is off the court while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are on, but it shouldn't matter for his output tonight thanks to a lot of boards and minutes. Mozgov isn't a great DFS play with the Cavs likely set to go small more often than usual. Rotoworld.com 31 minutes ago
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 42 minutes ago
  • Kris Humphries out again on Saturday
    Kris Humphries (knee) will not play on Saturday against the Hornets.

    Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and chances are Humphries is out until the break. Rotoworld.com 55 minutes ago
  • Jordan Hill moving to the bench
    Jordan Hill will come off the bench on Saturday against the Pistons.

    Advice: He lost all his momentum on Friday and his playing time should drop quite a bit tonight. If you still have Hill on your roster, it's time to start thinking about dropping him. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:26 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi will start, no minutes cap
    Ian Mahinmi (back) will start on Saturday against the Pistons without a minutes restriction.

    Advice: That will bump Jordan Hill back to the bench and make him someone most owners should cut. The Pacers have only used Paul George at the four next to Myles Turner for just four minutes since Turner has been starting, so that might change tonight. Mahinmi is only a low-end asset. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:22 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) ruled out for Sunday
    Tiago Splitter (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday against the Magic.

    Advice: He is likely out through the break with his troublesome hip injury. Expect more Mike Muscala and Mike Scott to back up Al Horford. Splitter can be dropped basically everywhere. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:30 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) is questionable Saturday
    Ian Mahinmi (back) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Pistons.

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

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

    Advice: Teams have inquired about Griffin, but the Clippers still believe that they can win this season and they aren't interested in making a move. There were reports on Friday that the Clippers had discussions with Denver and Philly, but the talks obviously never made it out of the rumor stage. Expect Griffin to remain with the Clippers. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:11 am
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  • LaMarcus Aldridge double-doubles w/ two swats
    LaMarcus Aldridge double-doubled during Friday's easy win over the Mavs, tallying 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go with 10 boards, two assists, two steals, two blocks and one turnover in 28 minutes.

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

    Advice: His five steals are a career high, he made 6-of-7 from the field and he didn't turn the ball over. The Jazz are winning with defense and coach Quin Snyder is OK with that. "I think we are an offensive juggernaut," Snyder said. "We've scored over 80 for two straight games." As for Gobert, he's inside of the top 15 over his last 10 games and is back to being a fantasy monster. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 14 with 12 rebounds
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) scored 14 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

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

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

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

    Advice: Bobby Portis picked up most of the minutes and Bairstow looked pretty bad in his 10 minutes, too. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Tyler Zeller scores 16 points in 20 minutes
    Tyler Zeller scored 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting Friday, to go with four boards, one assist and three turnovers through 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: Zeller's playing time has been sporadic throughout the season, but he's been a more consistent part of the rotation over the past three averaging 12.7 points, 6.3 boards and 1.0 block in 20.0 minutes per outing. He's more of a speculative add in really deep leagues, but he could also fall out of the rotation at a moments notice, so don't cut anyone with long-term value to nab him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor gets 21 minutes in start
    Jahlil Okafor got the start on Friday against the Wizards with nine points, four rebounds and one turnover in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He made Marcin Gortat's list and he probably will want to stay off it for now. Okafor did only play 8.0 minutes next to Nerlens Noel tonight and the 76ers looked pretty bad in that playing time. He'll likely be around top-100 value going forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:27 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:10 pm
  • Jordan Hill scores three points in loss
    Jordan Hill scored three points with eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in 28 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: As great as he's been lately, he's still Jordan Hill. He scored just six points in Wednesday and is clearly trending down. If there is a hot pickup out there, Hill's owners shouldn't be too tied to keeping him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:22 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:23 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) will play on Friday
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) will play Friday vs. the Bulls, as expected.

    Advice: He'll have a favorable matchup against Chicago tonight, so go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:27 pm
  • Cameron Bairstow starting w/ Pau Gasol out
    Cameron Bairstow will earn the second start of his career on Friday, filling in for Pau Gasol (hand).

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

    Advice: According to Shelburne, "the procedure was a part of the original surgery last week, so sources said the 4-6 week timeframe for his return remains unchanged." This has been a very odd situation for Blake and he's going to receive some additional punishment once he's back. Wes Johnson has been the best pickup and could hold nice value this month. Additionally, enjoy the Blake trade rumors. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:37 pm
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  • Jahlil Okafor starting next to Nerlens Noel
    Jahlil Okafor will start next to Nerlens Noel on Friday against the 76ers.

    Advice: He'll join Ish Smith, Nik Stauskas and Robert Covington in the first unit. The Marcin Gortat vs. Okafor storyline also gets a fun little boost tonight. The 76ers not having Richaun Holmes (ankle) should mean more run for Okafor, too. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:49 pm
  • Report: PHI showing interest in Blake Griffin
    The 76ers had discussions with the Clippers about Blake Griffin, according to Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio.

    Advice: OK. First and foremost, a discussion about a trade doesn't seem like much. Secondly, the 76ers dealing for Griffin would be one of the most shocking developments of all time. For now, it's safe to assume this won't happen. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:10 pm
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  • Kris Humphries (knee) will not play
    Kris Humphries (knee) will not play on Friday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: The big man is reporteldy progressing, but there is still no clear return date in sight. Leave him on the wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:14 am
  • LAC had talks with DEN about Blake Griffin?
    The Clippers reportedly discussed a Blake Griffin trade with the Nuggets according to Mitch Lawrence of Sirius XM Radio.

    Advice: It's not clear what pieces were involved in the reported talks, but it would likely take a massive offer from the Nuggets to get the ball rolling. Nothing is imminent by any means, so take this report with a grain of salt until we hear something more concrete. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:09 am
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  • Clippers could punish Blake?
    Owner Steve Ballmer said "there needs to be consequences" for Blake Griffin's incident last week.

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

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

    Advice: Mahinmi didn't even travel with the team to Atlanta, but Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star is reporting that Ian could potentially make his return Saturday vs. Detroit. With Mahinmi out on Friday, Myles Turner, Jordan Hill and Lavoy Allen will continue to see an uptick in minutes, with Turner offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:32 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) ruled out for Friday
    Tiago Splitter (right hip) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Splitter said on Wednesday that his injury is "not good," so he could be looking at some extended time on the shelf. It'll be Mike Muscala and Mike Scott earning some extended run in his absence, but neither of those guys will be able to do much with Atlanta's frontcourt healthy. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:06 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge feeling like old self again
    LaMarcus Aldridge was back to feeling like his old self after Wednesday's win over the Pelicans.

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

    Advice: The experiment didn't go so well as 76ers head coach Brett Brown wasn't pleased with the big man's perimeter defense, but he said he wanted to at least try it. "Just trying to look at it. I think that we want to learn as much as we can about how to pair Nerlens [Noel] and Jahlil, and give them different matchups from time to time," Brown said. While the rookie is still developing as an NBA player, he's worth a nightly start in standard fantasy leagues as he's averaging 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game this season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:28 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores season-high 36
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 36 points against the Pelicans during a 110-97 win on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: He was 12-of-20 from the field and made all 12 free throws. Aldridge is coming off a season-high 28 from Monday and he's rolling in his last four, averaging 26.0 points, 5.5 boards, 1.5 assists and 2.0 blocks on 64.9 percent from the field. He'll cool off, but this is nice to see for those who overspent on him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Nikola Jokic quiet in loss to Jazz
    Nikola Jokic, who was dealing with a sore shoulder, started and played 29 minutes on Wednesday, but hit just 3-of-9 shots for eight points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and zero blocks.

    Advice: Maybe he got 'Gobert'd' tonight, but it was nice to see the big minutes after he was a little iffy coming in. He double-doubled in his previous three games and got the same amount of playing time as usual, so don't be concerned about the low production. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Tyler Zeller plays 14 minutes on Wednesday
    Tyler Zeller, who went off for his best game of the season on Tuesday, played just 14 minutes on Wednesday.

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

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

    Advice: Thompson attempted four shots without any free throw attempts, and he had zero assists, steals or blocks. Timofey Mozgov (four points, zero rebounds in seven minutes) is doing nothing to overtake Thompson as a starter, but TT's fantasy offerings are too slim for use in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:10 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:09 pm
  • Nikola Jokic starting on Wednesday vs. Jazz
    Nikola Jokic is starting on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He did show some pain in warmups, but fantasy owners can trust one of the hottest rookies in fantasy tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:58 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) a game-time call
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) is a game-time decision to face the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going to warm up and is still likely to play. The last time we saw Jokic, he torched the Raptors for 27. For now, his owners can assume he'll play for now. If not, Joffrey Lauvergne and Jusuf Nurkic will play more. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:45 pm
  • Kris Humphries (knee) will not play
    Kris Humphries (knee) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: The big man is nearing a return and went through a workout during the morning shootaround, but he still hasn't been cleared to play. His role will be limited when he returns because the Wizards are playing a lot of small ball, so he's not worth stashing in almost any league. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:20 pm
  • Tiago Splitter not doing well with calf issue
    Tiago Splitter (calf) said his injury is "not good" on Wednesday.

    Advice: Splitter is out tonight and will likely miss more games. He is getting frustrated and was asked about it. "I am, I am a little bit," Splitter said. "At the same time, I’m working hard to get back. I want to play. It has been a little bit frustrating." Expect to see more run for Mike Muscala and Mike Scott. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:14 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) probable Wednesday
    Nikola Jokic is dealing with a strained left shoulder, but he is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Jokic will look to build off his career-high 27-point performance from Monday, and with Darrell Arthur (quad) on the sidelines Wednesday night, Jokic should have no problem seeing his playing time in the 30s. Go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:55 am
  • Kris Humphries (knee) misses shootaround
    Kris Humphries (knee) worked out, but did not participate during Wednesday morning's shootaround.

    Advice: With Humphries sitting out shootaround, we're going to go ahead and consider him doubtful for tonight's game given that he hasn't played since January 3. He belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:02 am
  • Tyler Zeller double-doubles in win
    Tyler Zeller played 27 minutes off the bench and hit 8-of-13 shots for a season-high 16 points, 10 rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's win.

    Advice: We haven't even blurbed him since before Christmas, which was the last time he did anything of significance. Just keep an eye on him and if he suddenly starts playing well and getting minutes, strugglers Amir Johnson and Jared Sullinger will take an even bigger hit. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:51 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor will start Wednesday vs. ATL
    Jahlil Okafor will return to the starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks, which will likely send Jerami Grant back to the bench.

    Advice: Okafor came off the bench in his return to action vs. the Warriors on Saturday, but it was only a matter of time until he was back running with the first-unit. Okafor returned sixth-round value through the month of January behind averages of 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game on 60.9 percent shooting, so he'll make sense as a DFS target on Wednesday with a favorable matchup against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:05 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) ruled out for Wednesday
    Tiago Splitter (hip) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: It'll be Splitter's second straight game on the sidelines and Mike Muscala will likely pick up the bulk of Splitter's minutes on Wednesday. Neither of these guys have any fantasy value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:53 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) out Wednesday vs. the Nets
    Ian Mahinmi (back) will not suit up for Wednesday's game vs. Brooklyn, but he's hopeful he can return to the court for Friday's game in Atlanta.

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

    Advice: Mahinmi has spent the past two games on the sidelines, but he's currently being listed as day-to-day, so there's a chance he's able to get back on the court for Wednesday's game. However, if he's unable to play tomorrow, Jordan Hill would have another opportunity to start with Myles Turner getting all the run he can handle. Check back for another update on Mahinmi following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:35 am
  • Blake Griffin still waiting on discipline
    Blake Griffin (hand) is still waiting to hear from the league about his punishment from the league.

    Advice: The Clippers are hoping to hear from the league about Griffin's discipline soon, but a decision may not be imminent, according to sources. Griffin is expected to miss up to two months with a fractured right hand and will likely miss more time due to a suspension when he returns, so fantasy owners may not get him back until mid-to-late March. Short of having a a free IR spot, stashing Griffin could be a detrimental move for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:20 am
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  • Bobby Portis gets 21 minutes
    Bobby Portis scored eight points with five rebounds in 21 minutes against the Jazz on Monday.

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

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

    Advice: The boards were also a career high, and this was easily the best game of his season. He has now recorded three double-doubles in a row and is averaging 19.3 points, 11.7 boards, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 3-pointers in that span. That's good for top-15 value in standard leagues. The guy is special and should be a beast down the stretch. When asked about Jokic after the game, coach Michael Malone said that he "wouldn't trade him for anybody in the world." Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:52 pm
  • Jordan Hill still hangs a nice line in loss
    Jordan Hill scored 17 points with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

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

    Advice: Well, that explains why the Hawks recalled Walter Tavares from the D-League. Spliiter only plays minutes in the teens, so he isn't a fantasy asset anyways. Mike Muscala is expected to get most of Splitter's minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:22 pm
  • Pacers uncertain on Mahinmi's return
    The Pacers are uncertain when Ian Mahinmi (back) can return.

    Advice: He is out on Monday and he could miss additional games. That means we'll see more of the Jordan Hill and Myles Turner frontcourt. Turner should be owned everywhere while Hill may have some nice short-term value. Don't expect him to be a great as he was on Saturday, though. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:12 pm
  • Kris Humphries out on Monday, progressing
    Kris Humphries (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Humphries hasn't played in a month because he's been dealing with calcification in his knee, but the veteran big man said he was "close" to returning. When he does get back on the floor, it won't matter to fantasy GMs, who can leave him floating on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:32 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:03 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) ruled out again on Monday
    Ian Mahinmi (back) will not play on Monday vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: That means Jordan Hill, who exploded for 20 points, seven boards, three assists, a steal and six blocks in 38.5 minutes on Saturday, should again draw the start at the five with rookie Myles Turner lining up at power forward. It's a tough matchup for both players against a Cleveland time beginning to find its groove, and despite another game on the sidelines, there's nothing (yet) to indicate Mahinmi will miss extended time. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:34 am
  • Vogel praises Jordan Hill's rim protection
    Frank Vogel praised Jordan Hill's rim protection after his six-block showing on Saturday.

    Advice: "He was great," Vogel said. "We’ve been on him the last couple of weeks to raise his level in terms of rim protection. He was great tonight in that regard." Hill has also drawn behind-the-scenes praise for his work mentoring Myles Turner, who he said is "going to be great." As for Hill, it's going to be tough to carve out sustainable fantasy value with Turner now playing an integral role and Ian Mahinmi (back) still performing well when healthy. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:49 am
  • Bobby Portis scores eight points in 18 mins
    Bobby Portis scored eight points on 4-of-9 shooting Sunday, to go with six rebounds and one assist through 18 minutes of action.

    Advice: The frontcourt minutes in Chicago have opened up for Portis with Joakim Noah (shoulder) done for the year and Nikola Mirotic (appendicitis) out until the All-Star break, although he’s still not getting much more than 20 minutes a night with Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol still clearly in front of Bobby in the rotation. A 20-minute role isn’t really enough time for Portis to make a difference in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:21 pm
  • NBA still looking into Blake Griffin incident
    The NBA's investigation of Blake Griffin (hand) is still ongoing.

    Advice: Griffin is expected to miss up to two months of action because of his hand, but he could face some discipline from either the NBA or the Clippers. "He feels awful about it, and he's let everyone know that," Coach Doc Rivers said. "That's all you can do. You have to forgive people at some point. I believe that. We built Richard Nixon a library. I mean, my goodness, you forgive people." Unless you have an IR spot, stashing Griffin at this point in the season will be very difficult. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:09 am
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  • Jordan Hill scores 20 points with six blocks
    Jordan Hill erupted for 20 points in a start with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and six blocks in 38 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

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

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

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

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

    Advice: The big man is dealing with a sore lower back, so the issue likely isn't serious and should be considered day-to-day. Mahinmi actually looked really good next to Myles Turner, so his owners should stick with him if he doesn't miss any more action. Jordan Hill will start next to Turner on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:27 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor coming off the bench
    Jahlil Okafor will come off the bench against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He's some time and the matchup is a factor here. "[Okafor] hasn't played in a few games," coach Brett Brown said. "We're going against a bunch of track stars." His minutes will likely be in the lower 20s tonight, which means more run for Nerlens Noel and Jerami Grant. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:24 pm
  • Kris Humphries (knee) misses practice
    Kris Humphries (knee) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He was getting up some shots on the side and has been able to do a little more, but he isn't going to be ready in time for Saturday's game vs. the Rockets. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:02 am
  • Tristan Thompson is embracing his role
    Tristan Thompson will embrace his role regardless of whether or not he starts.

    Advice: "Just doing my job," Thompson said. "It doesn't change. My role on the team is set good screens and finish around the rim so whether I'm starting or coming off the bench, at the end of the day whatever it takes for this team to be successful I'm here to do." Thompson has started three games in a row and has played well, so coach Tyronn Lue may want to stick with him. Regardless, Thompson is a low-end big in fantasy because he doesn't block shots and is not a good free throw shooter. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:48 am
  • Rudy Gobert double-doubles with two swats
    Rudy Gobert double-doubled during Friday's win over the Timberwolves, tallying 14 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two turnovers through 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: Gobert has been a much more effective scorer over the past two weeks, and during that span he’s been a top-20 guy in standard 9-cat leagues with averages of 12.9 points, 12.6 rebounds and an elite 2.6 swats per contest on 62.5 percent shooting. He was a second-round stud after the break last year, and he could certainly be right there again this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:21 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:45 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (illness) goes through practice
    Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) participated in practice on Friday.

    Advice: The big man has missed the last two games, but he is improving and he also got up some shots on Thursday by himself. Okafor should be ready for Saturday's game vs. the Warriors, meaning Jerami Grant will likely head back to the bench. There will be another update after Saturday's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:42 am
  • Report: Blake Griffin could miss two months
    According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, Blake Griffin (hand) could miss two months of action.

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

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

    Advice: He's really good and the Nuggets have more confidence running offense though him in the post. The Nuggets are not going small nearly as much these days, which helps explain why Jokic has been consistent. In his last four, Jokic averaged 12.5 points, 8.0 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks on 55.6 percent from the field. His upside makes him a must-own player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:02 pm
  • Tiago Splitter starts second half
    Tiago Splitter started the second half in place of Paul Millsap (ankle) on Thursday, scoring eight points with four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He was pretty bad tonight as the Pacers bigs took care of him. Splitter could start on Friday, but he is still not close to being a fantasy option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:24 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi scores eight in start
    Ian Mahinmi scored eight points in 30 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday, adding six rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

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

    Advice: No Zaza Pachulia? Kidding aside, it's pretty hard to argue here outside of Damian Lillard and DeAndre Jordan, but it's hard to take any of these guys off. The Spurs are playing wonderful ball and deserve two guys while you could argue C.J. McCollum has been better than Dame on the whole because of Dame's heel injury. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:22 pm
  • Kris Humphries (knee) out Thursday vs. Denver
    Kris Humphries (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Given that Humphries hasn't played since January 3, we're going to go ahead and switch his status to "out indefinitely." He's not worth rostering in any league. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:51 pm
  • Kris Humphries (knee) doubtful for Thursday
    Kris Humphries (knee) did not go through shootaround and is doubtful to play Thursday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Humphries hasn't seen the court since January 3, and belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues at this point. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:29 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge takes care of Houston
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored a game-high 25 points during a 130-99 win over the Rockets on Wednesday, adding 10 boards, five assists and two turnovers on 9-of-13 from the field.

    Advice: He famously deleted his Twitter account after the loss to the Warriors and said after Wednesday's game he wants to "lock in" for the season. His fantasy owners can't complain with Aldridge posting fourth-round value in January. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:53 pm
  • Kevin Love gets 21 & 11 with full line vs PHX
    Kevin Love finished Wednesday's blowout win with 21 points, three 3-pointers, 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and only one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He got hit in the thigh during the first quarter but was able to walk it off, and it shouldn't bother him going forward. Tyronn Lue wants to get Love more involved as a playmaker by establishing him on the elbow offensively, something David Blatt seemed reluctant to try. Love is averaging a modest 2.7 dimes in his past three games, but the assists should tick upward if Lue stays the course. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:48 pm
  • Tristan Thompson quiet despite starting role
    Tristan Thompson earned another start at center on Wednesday, finishing the Cavs' easy home victory with five points, five boards and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: "I think starting Tristan does give a lot of energy, you can put him on 4s or 5s to match up," said coach Tyronn Lue. "That's something that we're going to look at going forward." It sounds as though Lue isn't locked into Thompson as a starter, and either way he won't help your team in more than three categories (scoring, FG percentage and rebounds). Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:46 pm
  • Blake Griffin apologizes to LAC organization
    Blake Griffin took to Twitter to apologize to the Clippers' organization for the physical altercation that happen between him and a Clipper staffer, and resulted in a fractured hand for Blake.

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