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  • Amare Stoudemire scores 18 points
    Amare Stoudemire scored 18 points against the Thunder on Wednesday with four rebounds, two assists and one turnover on 8-of-9 from the field.

    Advice: He gave Enes Kanter the business throughout the game for his most productive outing in a Dallas uniform. Stoudemire is a decent bet to get some rest on Thursday even though the game is at home.
    Today, 12:07 am
  • Ed Davis sits again for Lakers
    Ed Davis sat out his third straight game for the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill are playing, and it's impossible to tell when Davis will get back in the mix. Which is a shame, because he was looking like a decent play until the end of the season before Boozer was back in action.
    Yesterday, 11:49 pm
  • Jabari Brown quiet despite 30 minutes
    Jabari Brown played 30 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, but hit just 2-of-8 shots for six points and a 3-pointer.

    Advice: Brown had 22 points and three 3-pointers in his previous game, but never got it going tonight. He's a wild roll of the dice, but given the Lakers' wishes to tank, it's possible he continues to see 30 minutes a game until the merciful end of the season. He looks like a decent add in most leagues, as the silly season hits full gear.
    Yesterday, 11:47 pm
  • Carlos Boozer plays 18 minutes in loss
    Carlos Boozer returned to action on Wednesday after an extended rest and had four points and three rebounds on 2-of-9 shooting in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Unlike his teammate, Jordan Clarkson, Boozer understands the Lakers need to lose games and played along. Given the fact he doesn't block shots and isn't guaranteed to play on a nightly basis, we can't recommend picking him up.
    Yesterday, 11:45 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson still hot for Lakers
    Jordan Clarkson stayed hot on Wednesday, hitting 7-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists in a loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: Clarkson hasn't gotten the memo that the Lakers need to lose the rest of the their games and it's a little surprising that they're still giving him so much run, given his strong play and will to win. He's averaging 19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.4 steals on 52 percent shooting over his last five, so just keep running him out there as long as the Lakers are going to play him.
    Yesterday, 11:42 pm
  • Jeremy Lin starts, struggles Wednesday
    Jeremy Lin started after missing his last game with an illness, but hit just 3-of-10 shots for 10 points and three assists in 28 minutes.

    Advice: At least he played after missing a couple games, but he didn't look great against the Pelicans. Expect him to bounce back on Friday against the Blazers.
    Yesterday, 11:39 pm
  • Good Morrow: Anthony scores 32 points
    Anthony Morrow caught fire against the Mavs on Wednesday, making 11-of-16 from the field for 32 points with four rebounds, one steal and six 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He's obviously a system fit with Russell Westbrook breaking down defenses. Morrow has been locked in from deep, making 65.2 percent from that range in his last five with averages of 14.6 points, 2.2 boards, 0.4 steals and 3.0 treys. He has to be owned in all standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Last hurrah? J.J. Redick scores 25 points
    J.J. Redick hit 9-of-20 shots and five 3-pointers for 25 points and eight rebounds in Wednesday's win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Redick has been killing it for a month now, and most of the season, while Jamal Crawford has been out since March 2 with a calf injury. Crawford is feeling better and is targeting a return on April 7, which would almost surely hurt Redick in some capacity. Redick will continue to start and was playing well with Crawford healthy, but owners should look for him to struggle a bit with consistency if Crawford returns and gets his standard 25-30 minutes per game.
    Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Chris Paul goes off for 41 & 17 in win over POR
    Chris Paul had a season-high 41 points, five rebounds, 17 assists, four steals and five 3-pointers on 13-of-21 shooting, and also hit 10-of-10 free throws in Wednesday's tough win over the Blazers, which is a fight for home court advantage in the playoffs.

    Advice: CP3 tied his season high in assists and got fired up after Chris Kaman shoved him from the blindside, and the Blazers probably wish they had a do-over on that play, as they were up at the time. Blake Griffin added 24 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers, and DeAndre Jordan added 13 points, 13 boards, a steal and a block in the win. As long as these guys are in the lineup for the Clippers, they are must-starts in fantasy, obviously. The Blazers, who are on the verge of clinching the Northwest Division, hold just a one-game lead over the Clippers for the No. 4 seed in the West.
    Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Trevor Booker quiet, despite 29 minutes
    Trevor Booker took a hit with the return of Derrick Favors on Wednesday, but still played 29 minutes and hit 3-of-9 shots for nine points, four rebounds, a steal and a block.

    Advice: Booker was decent tonight, but if Favors is playing, we want no part of Booker in fantasy lineups.
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Jared Dudley returns, scores one point
    Jared Dudley played 17 minutes on Wednesday with one point, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Bulls.

    Advice: He's been dealing with back and knee issues since the break, which are probably two areas most associated with lingering as the year goes on. Dudley hasn't played well these days anyway, so keep him on the wire.
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Dante Exum hands out 12 assists in win
    Dante Exum had two points and 12 assists on 1-of-4 shooting in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: Even with that line, he's averaging just 2.8 points and 2.8 assists over his last five games after not recording a single assist in three straight games. Treat tonight's dimes as a fluke.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Joe Ingles quiet in start for Rodney Hood
    Joe Ingles started in place of Rodney Hood (concussion), but had just 12 points, three rebounds and four 3-pointers on 4-of-7 shooting in 27 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The 3-pointers were nice, but Ingles didn't do a lot more. If Hood continues to miss more games, Ingles could have some big lines in the near future. But there's no way of telling which version of him is going to show up.
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Wilson Chandler disappears in loss
    Wilson Chandler hit just 1-of-7 shots for two points, three rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The good news is that he's not hurt, and he had scored in double digits in his previous three games. Write this game off as a dud and expect him to return to form on Friday. Although he'll have a tough matchup with Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs.
    Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Wayne Ellington hurts shoulder on Wednesday
    Wayne Ellington suffered a mild shoulder separation on Wednesday and will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

    Advice: It was a late-game collision and there's a decent chance Ellington misses time. If he does, Jeremy Lin, Wes Johnson and Jabari Brown would all get a slight uptick in value. Ellington finished with 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes vs. the Pelicans.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • LaVine, Budinger stay hot for cold Wolves
    Zach LaVine got another start for Ricky Rubio and had 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a 3-pointer and seven turnovers on 10-of-17 shooting in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: LaVine has been somewhat of a waiver-wire beast ever since Ricky Rubio went down, and is obviously a must-start until further notice. Chase Budinger added 19 points, six boards, two steals and two 3-pointers, and is just as hot at LaVine. Both of these guys should be in all fantasy lineups right now.
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores 12 off the bench
    Taj Gibson scored 12 points in 20 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with four rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: He said on Tuesday that his ankle is feeling better and it showed tonight. Still, Gibson is not logging major minutes and he's going to have a tough time getting more than 25 minutes while the Bulls are at full strength.
    Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 25 in loss
    Andrew Wiggins hit 8-of-20 shots and 9-of-10 free throws for 25 points, five rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: As long as Kevin Martin is out, expect big things from Wiggins. And even when Kev-Mart is playing, he should still be in starting lineups in almost any league. Can you say ROY?
    Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • James Johnson plays well in win over MIN
    James Johnson hit 5-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 23 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's games like these that make him so intriguing, but it's games like his last one (19 minutes, 6 points, 2 rebounds) that make him so tough to own. Keep an eye on him, but don't drop anyone good for him.
    Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Tyler Hansbrough double-doubles in win
    Tyler Hansbrough came out of nowhere for 10 points and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The guy had done nothing in his previous four games, racking up a total of just five points and five rebounds in them, so it's hard to get too excited about this one. Patrick Patterson missed all four of his shots, which likely had something to do with Zeller's mini-explosion.
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Evan Turner drops triple-double vs. Pacers
    Evan Turner dropped a triple-double against the Pacers during a 100-87 win on Wednesday with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists and one 3-pointer on 6-of-17 from the field.

    Advice: It was a very Turner-esque triple-double with no defensive stats and poor shooting, but he did have a very good game tonight and helped his team earn a big win. The Celtics are now just 0.5 behind the Nets for the eighth seed. Turner is a must-own player in points leagues and an low-end option in standard formats for his lack of diversity on the stat sheet.
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan cools off on Wednesday
    DeMar DeRozan hit 6-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: He blew up for 42 points and 11 boards in his previous game, and you should expect his future output to fall somewhere in between these two stat lines.
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez scores 14 in start for Lowry
    Greivis Vasquez hit 5-of-6 shots and 4-of-5 3-pointers for 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over Minnesota.

    Advice: He was 1-of-10 for three points and seven assists in his last game, so this was a much better showing, as he started for Kyle Lowry. Lowry is doubtful for Friday's game, so Vasquez should make for a decent play in that one, as long as his shots are falling.
    Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • It's A Harden Knocks Life: Drops 51 points on Kings
    James Harden hit 16-of-25 shots, 8-of-9 3-pointers and 11-of-13 free throws for 51 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in Wednesday's win over the Kings.

    Advice: Harden and DeMarcus Cousins put on a show tonight, but Harden had the last laugh. Yeah, he had seven turnovers, but that's a small price to pay for such a massive stat line. Harden was already the favorite for MVP and tonight's game is only going to get the people in his corner more fired up about it.
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Joey Dorsey goes for 7 & 11 in start at C
    Joey Dorsey started at center on Wednesday with Dwight Howard and Donatas Motiejunas out with injuries, and had seven points, 11 boards and a steal in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Howard is expected to play on Thursday, so Dorsey's run should be a short one. Just keep an eye on him.
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Trevor Booker shifts to Utah bench Wednesday
    Trevor Booker will shift back to the Jazz bench on Wednesday with Derrick Favors (back) returning to action.

    Advice: Booker posted 17 points and 13 rebounds on Monday but his role will be drastically reduced with Favors back in the lineup. He's only worth considering in deep leagues.
    Yesterday, 4:16 pm
  • Joey Dorsey starts w/ Dwight Howard resting
    Joey Dorsey will start at center on Wednesday with Dwight Howard resting his knee during Houston's back-to-back set.

    Advice: Dorsey is a non-factor in standard leagues even when starting. He's averaging 3.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 fouls in just 15.2 minutes during his 15 starts this season, and was even the victim of a Hack-a-Dorsey strategy on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 4:04 pm
  • Jared Dudley will return vs. Bulls
    Jared Dudley (knee, back) will play against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's had back and knee issues in the past two weeks, so we're not expecting him to get significant playing time. Dudley can be left on the wire in all leagues.
    Yesterday, 3:18 pm
  • Scott won't share who's getting benched?
    Coach Bryon Scott wouldn't say who will get minutes for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: We know Jordan Clarkson, Jeremy Lin, Wes Johnson, Ryan Kelly and Tarik Black are starting, but it's tough to say after that. Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer already had their turn to sit and now it's been Ed David missing time. Perhaps we see Robert Sacre and/or Tarik Black get some rest. We'll have some updates later today.
    Yesterday, 12:02 pm
  • Jeremy Lin will start against the Pelicans
    Jeremy Lin (illness) will start against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: He missed two games due to a respiratory issue and he could be back up to his normal playing time of around 30 minutes. Lin had trouble speaking on Monday due to soreness in his throat, so there's a little risk in starting him in fantasy on a 12-game night. Jabari Brown is much less attractive now.
    Yesterday, 11:23 am
  • Lakers sign G Jabari Brown to multi-year deal
    The Lakers have signed G Jabari Brown to a multi-year deal on Wednesday and have officially waived Steve Nash.

    Advice: Brown has been getting some decent run down the stretch and made the most out of his two 10-day contracts. He is averaging 11.2 points, 2.0 assists, 1.8 boards, 1.2 steals, and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games, but the likely return of Jeremy Lin (illness) on Wednesday will hurt his value. Brown is only worth a look in deeper leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:00 am
  • Byron Scott praises rookie Jordan Clarkson
    Byron Scott believes that rookie Jordan Clarkson "has a chance" to become an All-Star in the NBA.

    Advice: "The more he gains experience, he will learn the pace of the game, how to slow it down and use his speed when he has to do so," Scott said. "His ceiling is pretty high." Clarkson has posted ridiculous averages of 21.6 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 boards and 1.6 steals over his last five games, and the Lakers have to be feeling pretty good about themselves by stealing him in the second round of the draft last year. Clarkson is an absolute must-start player down the stretch.
    Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • Chris Paul scores 27 pts w/ full line in loss
    Chris Paul scored 27 points in a losing effort vs. the Warriors in L.A on Tuesday, finishing with one 3-pointer, two rebounds, nine assists and one steal.

    Advice: CP3 has been a top-5 fantasy value by virtually any metric this season -- 8-cat or 9-cat, per-game or cumulative. He rivals Kawhi Leonard as one of the game's deadliest mid-range shooters and his 10.3 ppg off pull-up jumpers are tops in the NBA, far ahead of Mo Williams (8.9), Stephen Curry (8.6) and Russell Westbrook (8.4). He also leads the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.1) and will be a fixture on plenty of championship-winning fantasy teams this season.
    Tuesday, 11:03 pm
  • Scott thinks Jeremy Lin will play Wednesday
    Lakers' head coach Byron Scott believes that Jeremy Lin (illness) will be able to play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: "I don’t think it’s serious. I think he’s just drained," said Scott. Lin is dealing with an upper respiratory infection, and owners can expect to get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. If he is able to go, Wayne Ellington will likely head back to the bench, and Jabari Brown may fall out of the rotation. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 2:50 pm
  • Lakers meeting to decide Jabari Brown's fate
    With Jabari Brown's second 10-day contract set to expire, Lakers head coach Byron Scott is meeting with general manager Mitch Kupchak to decide next steps.

    Advice: The 22-year-old is averaging 11.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers over his last five games, so he's giving the Lakers a lot to think about. If the Lakers decide to sign Brown for the rest of the season, he's worth a flier in standard fantasy leagues as he's averaging 28.0 minutes per game over that five-game span.
    Tuesday, 7:10 am
  • Andrew Wiggins has coach's support for ROY
    Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders said there is no question that Andrew Wiggins should be the2014-15 Rookie of the Year.

    Advice: While Nerlens Noel is closing the gap with a strong second half, Wiggins is in the midst of a finishing kick that his coach says should leave voters with no doubt. "Anyone that throws anything else out, they’re dreaming," Saunders said. "He is the most dominant rookie. He’s playing in a situation where because we’ve been so undermanned, he is the guy." ROY voting aside, Wiggins is averaging 22.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 0.4 three-pointers over his last five games and is rewarding fantasy owners who were patient through his slow start to the season.
    Tuesday, 6:05 am
  • LaVine scores 21 points with five assists
    Zach LaVine scored 21 points on 7-of-19 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in Monday's loss.

    Advice: LaVine's owners are dodging the wishy-washy return of Ricky Rubio and until then he'll be a must-start player, unless field goal percentages or turnovers are critical areas for you.
    Monday, 11:03 pm
  • Booker goes for 17 and 13 with two blocks
    Trevor Booker went for 17 and 13 with Derrick Favors (back) out in Monday's win over the Wolves, hitting 7-of-11 shots (including a three) with two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Booker has a chance of putting up startable numbers any night that Favors is out, so if you need a short-term plug-in give him a look. The fact that the Jazz aren't going to rush back Favors also helps here.
    Monday, 11:00 pm
  • DeRozan has career-night with 42 & 11
    DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 42 points and tied a career-best with 11 rebounds in the Raptors' 99-96 win over the Rockets on Monday.

    Advice: DeRozan hit 14-of-27 shots (2-of-4 3PTs, 12-of-17 FTs) to go with one steal, one block and six turnovers, as his usage was off the charts with Kyle Lowry (back) out. Look for this trend to continue until Lowry returns, and owners that are sensitive to field goal percentage may need to keep a close eye on him in case he gets a bit too trigger happy.
    Monday, 10:45 pm
  • Vasquez struggles in start on Monday
    Greivis Vasquez hit just 1-of-10 shots (including a three) for three points, three boards, seven assists and two steals in 34 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: Kyle Lowry is still out indefinitely and that keeps Vasquez as a potential fantasy option until Lowry returns. Vasquez just isn't very good and there's no guarantee that he helps owners out on any given night.
    Monday, 10:31 pm
  • Clarkson scores 26 points with 11 assists
    Jordan Clarkson scored 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting (0-for-2 from deep, 8-of-10 from the line) with six rebounds, 11 assists and three steals in 44 minutes on Monday against the Sixers.

    Advice: Clarkson is the Lakers' most consistent asset right now and he's a must-start player going forward.
    Monday, 10:01 pm
  • Ellington scores 20 points with four treys
    Wayne Ellington scored 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting with four threes, three boards and three assists over 43 minutes in Monday's overtime win.

    Advice: Ellington could be slated into big minutes if the Lakers' continue to rest so many guys and that will make him a late-round asset, relevant if you need 3-point shooting, scoring and a trickle of other popcorn stats.
    Monday, 9:06 pm
  • Brown scores 22 points off the bench
    Jabari Brown scored 22 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 7-of-10 shots (3-of-4 3PTs, 5-of-5 FTs) with zero rebounds, three assists and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: This is a leveraged line with some deficiencies but all-in-all it's a continuation of the late-round value he has been posting for the last two weeks. Given the Lakers' favorable schedule and the fact he fits the team's tanking needs, he looks like a decent pickup.
    Monday, 8:53 pm
  • Update: Carlos Boozer will not play vs. 76ers
    Updating a previous item, Carlos Boozer (illness) will not play against the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: With Boozer now out, the Lakers could rest one more big man in their rotation. It was Boozer and Ed Davis yesterday, so maybe they go that route again. Robert Sacre is warming up and we'll pass along more info as we receive it.
    Monday, 3:05 pm
  • Carlos Boozer will be available on Monday
    Carlos Boozer will be available for Monday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: Coach Byron Scott said he hasn't decided on the frontcourt rotation just yet. Jordan Hill returned on Sunday with a big 22-point game and Ed Davis sat, so maybe they go that route again. We'll have an update if any news comes regarding a Lakers' big. Boozer is still too risky to start. If we had to guess, Hill, Sacre or Ed Davis are going to sit out tonight.
    Monday, 2:39 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (illness) out again for Monday
    Jeremy Lin (illness) will not play against the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: He has an allergy issue and will miss his second straight game. Wayne Ellington will get another start and Jabari Brown will be the sixth man for the Lakers tonight. Expect both to be around 30 minutes and they could also be score in the teens tonight. Jordan Clarkson is also a nice play tonight.
    Monday, 2:38 pm
  • Ed Davis not happy with sitting out on Sunday
    Ed Davis was not happy about sitting out of Sunday's loss to the Nets.

    Advice: He has every right to be mad. "Honestly, I don't like it. I didn't ask to sit out or anything. I wanted to play 82 games this year." Davis signed a one-year contract (with an option) and confirmed he'll hit free agency, so he wants to show what he can do. The Lakers have tried to manipulate his value by limiting his playing time, but it may already be too late for that.
    Monday, 6:56 am
  • Jared Dudley wants to re-sign with Bucks
    Jared Dudley would like to re-sign with the Bucks after the season.

    Advice: Excited by the youth infusion in Milwaukee and the leadership of Jason Kidd, Dudley is in a good place as a veteran leader on an up-and-coming team. Dudley did say he'd be willing to take less money on a multi-year deal, but it's too early to say whether or not the two sides will work something out.
    Monday, 6:45 am
  • Ed Davis will opt for free agency this summer
    Ed Davis confirmed on Sunday that he will turn down his $1.1 million player option to test the free agent market this summer.

    Advice: Davis will easily earn a more substantial deal in free agency so this comes as no surprise. He also said that "didn't ask to sit out" on Sunday, when he picked up a DNP-CD, and would have preferred to play. "I wanted to play all 82," he said. "I'm going to support the guys and be there, stay professional and stay ready." Davis should be back in the lineup on Monday, which unfortunately casts doubt on the availability of Jordan Hill.
    Sunday, 10:12 pm
  • Jared Dudley (back) confirms he'll play Wed
    Jared Dudley (back) confirmed that he'll be ready to play vs. the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I'm 100% fine," he wrote on Twitter. "Just being pre cautious, I'll be ready [Wednesday]." This is excellent news for Bucks fans and any deep-league owners who have Dudley on their bench. He has had spurts of sustained value this year but is too risky for use in most leagues given the recurring nature of his back injury.
    Sunday, 9:50 pm
  • Evan Turner's near triple-double not enough
    Evan Turner racked up nine points, seven rebounds and 10 assists in 30 minutes during Sunday's loss, while chipping in one 3-pointer and a pair of steals.

    Advice: Turner is one of only six players in the NBA with at least 350 rebounds and 350 assists this season, joining James Harden, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Eric Bledsoe and Tyreke Evans. He doesn't contribute many 3-pointers or defensive stats, and his percentages take a chunk out of his overall value, but he's currently playing well enough for use in all 12-team leagues.
    Sunday, 6:17 pm
  • J.J. Redick scorches Celtics with 27 points
    J.J. Redick poured in 27 points to help L.A. fend off the Celtics on Sunday, hitting 11-of-15 FGs with five 3-pointers, five rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: The Warriors may want to bring a firehose to Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers, as Redick has been torching opponents in March with averages of 20.6 points and 3.0 triples per game. His high-volume perimeter shooting hasn't affected his percentages, either, as he's made 49.3 percent of his field goals and hasn't missed a free throw since going 1-of-2 on Feb. 23.
    Sunday, 6:14 pm
  • Jared Dudley (back) will not play on Monday
    Jared Dudley will not play vs. the Hawks on Monday in order to give his ailing back some extra rest.

    Advice: Dudley has been able to play in the past two games for the Bucks, but they are wanting to be cautious with him since he had missed six consecutive games earlier in March. Dudley should be fine for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls, but he is still not a fantasy option outside of deeper leagues. Expect O.J. Mayo and Jerryd Bayless to see a few extra minutes off the bench Monday.
    Sunday, 4:52 pm
  • Wayne Ellington scores 13 points w/ 3 treys
    Wayne Ellington made the most of his return to the starting unit on Sunday, scoring 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting, to go with five rebounds, two assists, three 3-pointers and two turnovers over 30 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ellington's numbers as a starter are significantly better than his averages as a reserve, but Jeremy Lin (illness) could be back as soon as Monday, so owners of Ellington will want to check in on the status of Lin before deploying him. Ellington can be viewed as a 3-point specialist in deep leagues, but he's by no means a must-own guy in standard leagues.
    Sunday, 2:57 pm
  • Jabari Brown chips in four steals, one block
    Jabari Brown shot just 4-of-14 from the field to score 11 points in 31 minutes on Sunday, but he also contributed one 3-pointer, four rebounds, three assists, four steals and one block.

    Advice: The 22-year-old shooting guard has impressed the Lakers since he inked his first 10-day contract, and it's possible that he'll be signed for the rest of the season. Today's defensive stats look like an aberration, however, and he's still only on the radar in deep leagues.
    Sunday, 2:53 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson posts 18-7-6 line in loss
    Jordan Clarkson looked great during Sunday's loss to the Nets, posting 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting (3-of-4 from the line), seven assists, six rebounds, one 3-pointer and two turnovers through 35 minutes of action.

    Advice: Clarkson has really got things rolling during the month of March, posting averages of 14.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. The Lakers are fully committed to developing him, so he'll continue to log heavy minutes as they close out their regular-season. Keep rolling him out there.
    Sunday, 2:50 pm
  • James Harden scores 24 points with full line
    James Harden scored 24 points on 7-of-20 shooting (9-of-10 from the line), with six assists, three rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer, one block and three turnovers during Sunday's win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Harden has been on an absolute tear through the month of March, posting ridiculous averages of 28.4 points, 7.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 three-pointers, 1.9 steals and 0.7 blocks while getting to the charity stripe 12.8 times per game and knocking down an impressive 86.2 percent of those attempts. He's carrying fantasy squads through the playoffs, and he'll get four games next week. Enjoy the show.
    Sunday, 1:01 pm
  • Ed Davis (rest) will not play Sunday vs. BKN
    Ed Davis (rest) will not play Sunday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: With Davis and Carlos Boozer being given the day off, Tarik Black, Ryan Kelly, and Jordan Hill will all have the opportunity for some extended minutes. Kelly is good for some 3-pointers, while Hill can put up some points and rebounds, while Black can be viewed as a rebounding and shot blocking specialist in extremely deep leagues.
    Sunday, 11:19 am
  • Carlos Boozer will be inactive Sunday vs. BKN
    Carlos Boozer (rest) will sit out Sunday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Despite being healthy, Boozer has spent the past three games on the sidelines as the Lakers try to improve their odds in the draft lottery. There's a chance he returns to the lineup on Monday vs. the 76ers, but at this point in the fantasy season, Boozer belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues.
    Sunday, 11:15 am
  • Wayne Ellington will start at SG Sunday
    Wayne Ellington will start at shooting guard for Sunday's game vs. the Nets with Jeremy Lin (illness) unavailable.

    Advice: With Lin out today, Ellington and Jordan Clarkson are going to be forced into heavy minutes with a very favorable matchup against the Nets. Jabari Brown will also have the opportunity to log extended minutes off the bench, but Clarkson and Ellington are the guys that should be targeted in daily leagues.
    Sunday, 11:08 am
  • Jeremy Lin (illness) will not play vs. Nets
    Jeremy Lin (illness) will not play vs. the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: He is dealing with an upper respiratory infection, so hopefully he recovers in time for Monday's game vs. the 76ers. With Lin out of the lineup, Jordan Clarkson will likely log all the minute he can handle at point guard, while Wayne Ellington and Jabari Brown should also see some extra minutes on the wing. We will update Lin's status as soon as we know more.
    Sunday, 10:41 am
  • Dante Exum returned to action on Saturday March 28.
    Saturday, 11:26 pm
  • Trevor Booker scores 12 in start Saturday
    Trevor Booker started in place of Derrick Favors (back) on Saturday vs. the Thunder and scored 12 points with three boards, one steal and one 3-poiner in 33 minutes.

    Advice: This wasn't a great line by any means, but the Thunder have some serious size in the paint and this wasn't a great matchup for Booker. It isn't clear if Favors will need to miss any more games, but Booker will be worth a look in most leagues if the Jazz keep Favors on the shelf. On a side note, Booker had one of the quotes of the night when he took a subtle shot at former teammate Enes Kanter. "He did what he always does," Booker said. "He got his stats. He didn't defend. He took an L [a loss)."
    Saturday, 8:57 pm
  • Cook Book Time: Trevor Booker starts vs. OKC
    Trevor Booker will start against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He should get minutes in the 24-30 range tonight and will likely have a good chance at a double-double. Although, these are the two best teams for rebounding, so a double-double won't be easy to come by.
    Saturday, 5:20 pm
  • Dante Exum, Rodney Hood starting vs. OKC
    Dante Exum and Rodney Hood are both starting on Saturday against the Thunder.

    Advice: They are both getting over illnesses and neither played in the second half yesterday -- Hood has been out since Monday.
    Saturday, 5:17 pm
  • Dante Exum warming up to play on Saturday
    Dante Exum (illness) is not on the injury report and is warming up to play against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He will get Russell Westbrook tonight, so he's going to have his hands full. Exum has been pretty good on defense, but his offensive game has a long way to go. He's only worth a look in deep leagues.
    Saturday, 4:26 pm
  • Jeremy Lin should be fine for Sunday
    Jeremy Lin (illness) said he plans to play against the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: He did leave the door open of him missing the game, saying he'll play "unless it gets worse." A couple starting guards could be sick for Sunday afternoon with Deron Williams also under the weather. Lin had his allergy issue on Friday and still played 36 minutes, so he should be good to go.
    Saturday, 11:31 am
  • Byron Scott praises Jordan Clarkson again
    The first thing that head coach Byron Scott noticed in the box score was that Jordan Clarkson finished Friday's game with zero assists, but he still came to the rookie's defense.

    Advice: "That’s something that at a young age, he’s going to have to figure out on the fly," said Scott. "He did get in the paint a few times and finish it off. But guys just didn’t make layups or they got fouled and went to the free throw line. He was still unselfish and doing the right things. It just didn’t show up in the stat sheet." Clarkson has been excellent for the Lakers this season and it looks like he has a bright future in this league, so we would expect for him to get every opportunity to succeed as we close out the season. Keep him active in all lineups.
    Saturday, 6:23 am
  • Trevor Booker could pickup some minutes
    Trevor Booker scored six points on 2-of-5 shooting with five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in Friday's loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: Booker could slide into some extra minutes if Derrick Favors (back) misses some time and though he has never been a big minute guy he'd probably be worth the plug-and-play.
    Saturday, 2:04 am
  • Exum misses second half of Friday's game
    Dante Exum missed the second half of Friday's game due to illness.

    Advice: Exum logged 12 minutes on the night and had just one rebound and one steal to his credit. He has shown some nice defensive skills at times but his fantasy game is in the trash, so owners don't need to worry about his status too much.
    Friday, 11:41 pm
  • James Harden scores 33 points vs. Wolves
    James Harden scored 33 points during a 120-110 win over the Wolves on Friday with four rebounds, eight assists, five steals and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: He tied his season high in steals tonight and his six treys were the most he's made in a game during the second half. The Rockets were able to clinch a spot in the playoffs, but Harden may have actually lost ground in the MVP race with Stephen Curry hitting a 9.5 on the Curry-O-Meter tonight.
    Friday, 11:13 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 31 points vs. Rockets
    Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points against the Rockets on Friday during a 120-110 loss, adding four rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's having a very strong second half and no player has logged more minutes than him since the break. Wiggins has scored at least 20 points in four of his last five, averaging 22.6 points, 5.0 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.4 treys. He and Nerlens Noel are making it tough on voters for Rookie of the Year.
    Friday, 10:55 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan makes 1-of-10 from field
    DeMar DeRozan made 1-of-10 from the field for six points during a 94-83 win over the Lakers on Friday, adding 10 boards, seven assists, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He really has to take it easy on his jumpers. In his last nine games, DeRozan has made just 25.8 percent on his jump shots, which account for 44.9 percent of his shot total. He's also struggled all over the court on shooting, averaging 20.1 points, 6.7 boards, 4.3 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.6 treys on 37.0 percent from the field in that span. Considering he's taking 15.3 shots per game, he's one of the worst guys for field goal percentage right now.
    Friday, 10:39 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez scores five in 26 minutes
    Greivis Vasquez scored five points with one rebound, five assists and one 3-pointer against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: It's been DeMar DeRozan and Lou Williams handling the ball more for the Raptors, so there have been some quiet nights from Vasquez lately. Kyle Lowry (back) doesn't seem to be progressing and he could miss more time. If you need a point guard who can hit some treys, give him a look.
    Friday, 10:34 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 14 with no dimes
    Jordan Clarkson scored 14 points during a 94-83 loss to the Raptors on Friday with four rebounds, two steals and one turnover in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't have an assist tonight, but the scoring numbers are there for Clarkson. He's a good bet to lead the team in points going forward and he should add some steals along with a few other stats along the way. He's worth owning in all leagues.
    Friday, 10:22 pm
  • Jeremy Lin plays well in 36 minutes
    Jeremy Lin had team highs with 36 minutes, 18 points and five assists against the Raptors on Friday, adding seven rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had an allergy issue and was a game-time decision, but it didn't seem to affect him. Lin has done a fine job in the starting lineup and not having Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill have allowed some extra shots to go around. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
    Friday, 10:13 pm
  • Chris Paul scores an efficient 25 points
    Chris Paul was magnificent against the 76ers during a 119-98 win on Friday with 25 points, three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three 3-pointers on 9-of-15 from the field in just 30 minutes.

    Advice: It was all just too easy for CP3 with 19 points coming in the first half. Paul's offensive game is clicking at the right time, averaging 23.8 points, 4.4 boards, 12.0 dimes, 2.2 steals and 1.8 treys on 55.6 percent from the field and 88.9 percent from the line in his last five. If CP3 keeps this up, he'll likely be on a lot of fantasy championship teams.
    Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (illness) will play on Friday
    Jeremy Lin (illness) will play against the Raptors on Friday night.

    Advice: Considering the Lakers are holding out healthy players, it's a surprise to see him active with his sinus issue. If he's limited, Wayne Ellington and Jabari Brown will get more playing time.
    Friday, 3:13 pm
  • Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill out Friday
    Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill will not play Friday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: With Boozer and Hill out, Tarik Black and Ryan Kelly will likely remain in the starting unit, with Ed Davis seeing extended minutes off the bench. All three guys can be viewed as low-end streamer options in deep leagues, with Davis and Kelly offering the most upside. Head coach Byron Scott said Hill and Boozer may return to the lineup for either Sunday's game vs. the Nets or Monday's game vs. the 76ers. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 9:06 am
  • Jared Dudley has awful shot in win
    Jared Dudley returned from his kneecap injury on Thursday, scoring two points with one rebound, one assist and one turnover.

    Advice: He had the worst shot you'll see all season with a backwards shot in the corner. We know that doesn't make sense, so click the link below to check it out. Dudley can be left on the wire in almost all leagues.
    Thursday, 9:17 pm
  • Jared Dudley (knee) will play Thursday
    Jared Dudley (knee) will play Thursday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Dudley had some good stretches during the season, but his play has really fallen off during the month of March with averages of just 2.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game on 22.2 percent shooting from the field. He'll likely be eased back into the rotation, so it's safe to leave Dudley on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues.
    Thursday, 3:20 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson not happy with his play
    Despite solid back-to-back efforts on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jordan Clarkson said he's still not satisfied with his play.

    Advice: Despite his line 20 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block that included the game-winning free throws on Wednesday, Clarkson is still looking for improvement. "I think I took a few steps back," said Clarkson. "I didn’t take care of the ball well. I was holding it a little bit too much on the offensive end. I have to keep growing, watch the film and learn from it." As evidenced by his last two games, Clarkson has been fully unleashed in the Lakers' offense and is a must-own player in all fantasy leagues.
    Thursday, 8:34 am
  • Amare Stoudemire not thinking retirement
    Amare Stoudemire said he's not even thinking about retirement at this point in his career.

    Advice: With former Suns teammates Steve Nash and Shawn Marion either retired or set to retire, Stoudemire said he isn't planning to follow suit. "This isn’t it for me, for sure," STAT said. "There’s a lot of basketball left. There’s a lot of high-level basketball left in me. I feel competitive. I have faith in my body, what I can do on a basketball court on a consistent basis." Future plans aside, the 32-year-old is averaging just 9.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 14 games with the Mavericks and can be safely left on the waiver wire in standard fantasy leagues.
    Thursday, 7:47 am
  • Anthony Morrow posts another dud
    Anthony Morrow, who has been very quiet for three straight games, stunk again on Wednesday in an ugly 130-91 loss to the Spurs, finishing with six points and not much else in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Morrow can be forgiven for tonight's performance, as the Spurs blitzed the Thunder by 39 points. Morrow still has plenty of potential given all the OKC injuries, and we would not be surprised to see him get hot again against the Jazz on Saturday.
    Wednesday, 11:59 pm
  • Wilson Chandler double-doubles vs. 76ers
    Wilson Chandler double-doubled against the 76ers on Wednesday during a 99-85 loss, scoring 16 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He played plenty of minutes at power forward and bounced back nicely from a seven-point, seven-board dud on Sunday. Chandler won't be this good, but he's worth owning in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 11:35 pm
  • Zach LaVine stays hot in OT loss
    Zach LaVine had 18 points, six rebounds, five assists and a 3-pointer on 5-of-18 shooting in Wednesday's overtime loss.

    Advice: Ricky Rubio could be shut down for the season with his ankle injury, although that's far from a guarantee. But if you own LaVine, overlook the shooting and hang onto him until further notice.
    Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins' big line not enough
    Andrew Wiggins hit 8-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for 27 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in Wednesday's overtime loss to the Lakers.

    Advice: Wiggins looks like the Rookie of the Year and might have sewn up the award with tonight's line. He's having a great season and while he's faded at times, looks like he might finish strong. He's played 49 minutes in two straight games.
    Wednesday, 10:42 pm
  • Jabari Brown plays 32 minutes in OT win
    Jabari Brown played a whopping 32 minutes on Wednesday and hit 3-of-4 shots (all 3-pointers) for nine points, four boards, three assists and a steal in an overtime win against Minnesota.

    Advice: With the Lakers showing little interest in winning games these days, it's possible that Brown continues to play heavy minutes. Deep-leaguers should keep an eye on him and hope that he continues to try to impress those actually watching the Lakers play.
    Wednesday, 10:40 pm
  • Wayne Ellington shoots 19 times, scores 7
    Wayne Ellington came off the bench and played a team-high 39 minutes, hitting 3-of-19 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in Wednesday's overtime loss to Minnesota.

    Advice: Ellington complied with the Lakers' wish to lose this game, but they still pulled it out in OT. Ellington has had potential all season, but has rarely come through for his owners. The minutes and shots were a lot more encouraging than the results, but he might be worth a flier if you have someone to cut.
    Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 20, hits game-winners
    Jordan Clarkson came off his career-high 30-point game and had 20 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals, a block and six turnovers in Wednesday's OT win against the Wolves.

    Advice: He also hit two free throws with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to give his team the win. While that's a good thing for JC and his fantasy owners, the Lakers were surely hoping for a loss in order to get more ping pong balls. Clarkson is a must-own player until further notice.
    Wednesday, 10:34 pm
  • Jeremy Lin plays well in another start
    Jeremy Lin started again and had 19 points, three boards, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in Wednesday's overtime win over Minnesota.

    Advice: As long as Lin's starting alongside Jordan Clarkson, he should be owned in fantasy. The Lakers also learned that it's tough to tank against the lowly Wolves.
    Wednesday, 10:32 pm
  • Ed Davis drops 14 & 9 off bench
    Ed Davis came off the bench and played just 22 minutes, but had 14 points, nine rebounds and a steal in Wednesday's OT win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill have been taken out of action, in our opinion, for tanking purposes, so Davis is worth a look if you need a big man. We'd like him more if he were starting over Ryan Kelly or Tarik Black, but there's a possibility he ends up in the starting five at some point. None of them look like must-own players though, despite the opportunities that are coming their way.
    Wednesday, 10:31 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores two in 14 minutes
    Taj Gibson played just 14 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday during a 116-103 win, scoring two points with two assists.

    Advice: He only played five minutes in the first half and didn't pull down a single rebound. Gibson has lost minutes to red-hot Nikola Mirotic and that's probably going to continue for the foreseeable future. His owners will need to temper expectations and cutting him seems plausible.
    Wednesday, 9:56 pm
  • Evan Turner cools off in loss to Heat
    Evan Turner hit just 1-of-5 shots for four points, four rebounds and five assists in 20 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Heat were up by 17 at halftime and Brad Davis was trying several different and random combos in hopes of getting back into the game. Turner came in hot and Isaiah Thomas didn't look comfortable in his return to action, so we're not ready to give up on Turner just yet.
    Wednesday, 9:55 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 20 points vs. Bulls
    DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points during a 116-103 loss to the Bulls on Wednesday with two rebounds, five assists and one steal in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He has become more of a facilitator for the Raptors, but he still made just 7-of-19 from the field. DeRozan has made just 40.5 percent from the field in his last seven, averaging 22.4 points, 6.3 boards, 3.7 dimes, 0.6 steals, 2.0 turnovers and 0.7 treys. Specifically, he's made 29.6 percent on his mid-range shots in that span, which accounted for 46.6 percent of his shot total. DeRozan needs to attack the basket more.
    Wednesday, 9:28 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez scores 22 points in a start
    Greivis Vasquez scored 22 points in the starting lineup against the Bulls on Wednesday with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and six 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He's been very disappointing in his starts at point guard this season and finally came up big tonight in a losing effort. Kyle Lowry has a small chance to return on Friday against the Lakers, so there's no need to be too aggressive in adding Vasquez. If you want help this weekend and aren't limited with matchup moves, give him a look.
    Wednesday, 9:12 pm
  • Carlos Boozer not expected to play on Wed
    Carlos Boozer (tanking) is expected to sit out of Wednesday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Jordan Hill also won't play, but both players will still dress and will be on the bench for emergency purposes. Ryan Kelly and Tarik Black will draw the start again, but they are both only options in deeper leagues. Ed Davis and Robert Sacre will also be in the frontcourt rotation, but Davis is the only one worth a look for his upside in blocks. Just to clarify, Boozer or Hill are not expected to play for at least a few more games, and the Lakers will do everything they can to strengthen their chances of a high pick in this year's draft.
    Wednesday, 3:41 pm
  • Jared Dudley is questionable for Thursday
    Jared Dudley (knee) is questionable to play against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: He did go through practice, but that doesn't mean much because he went through practice on Monday and missed Tuesday's game. Dudley can remain on the wire in almost all leagues.
    Wednesday, 2:06 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson pours in career-high 30 pts
    Jordan Clarkson scored a career-high 30 points during Tuesday's loss in Oklahoma City, hitting 12-of-19 FGs with four rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: Two of his makes came from downtown and he committed a tolerable three turnovers in a team-high 36 minutes of action. Jeremy Lin joined Clarkson in the backcourt and it suited both players just fine, as they combined for 49 points on 60.0 percent shooting. The Lakers are in player-development mode and Clarkson is at the top of the list, so tonight's gem could be a harbinger of things to come in L.A.'s final dozen games.
    Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • Jeremy Lin starts, scores 19 pts in road loss
    Jeremy Lin made the most of his start on Tuesday, racking up 19 points (6-of-11 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), two 3-pointers, two rebounds and seven assists.

    Advice: It's likely that Lin will start the rest of the season and fantasy owners should plug him into all active lineups. The Lakers are drifting toward the draft lottery but Lin will be playing with a purpose -- his $8.4 million contract expires this summer, setting him up for a nice payday in free agency. L.A.'s upcoming schedule also helps his case, as they're tied with Charlotte for the most remaining games.
    Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • Wayne Ellington scores 15 pts off LA's bench
    Wayne Ellington scored 15 points off L.A.'s bench on Tuesday, making 6-of-14 FGs with three 3-pointers, three boards, two assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Ellington was a drag on standard-league rosters even while starting, returning positive value in just one category (3-pointers), so his benching may seal his fate as a waiver wire regular. Don't hesitate to cut him for a free agent with more upside.
    Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Anthony Morrow scores 12 pts w/ four triples
    Anthony Morrow scored 12 points with four 3-pointers on Tuesday, and he started the second half ahead of Dion Waiters.

    Advice: The bad news is that he didn't have a single rebound, assist, steal or block in 30 minutes of court-time. His second-half start may have been a temporary matchup-based move by Scott Brooks, but it's equally possible that Morrow will continue to start alongside Russell Westbrook, Kyle Singler, Enes Kanter and Steven Adams. Either way, he's a must-start fantasy player -- since Mar. 15 he's averaging 3.6 triples per game, trailing only Randy Foye (3.7) and J.R. Smith (4.2).
    Tuesday, 8:33 pm
  • Ed Davis shoots 5-of-5 in 16 minutes Tuesday
    Ed Davis made all five of his shot attempts on Tuesday, but he played only 16 minutes and finished with 12 points, three rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Byron Scott has suggested that he'll start Davis soon, possibly for the remainder of the season, making him a sneaky pickup despite tonight's lackluster numbers. With top-80 value as a reserve over the past month, Davis doesn't even need a promotion to help fantasy owners in standard leagues.
    Tuesday, 8:32 pm
  • Carlos Boozer taken out of Lakers' rotation
    Carlos Boozer did not play vs. the Thunder on Tuesday and the Lakers' coaching staff told him that he's unlikely to play for the next "four or five games."

    Advice: Boozer has been a net negative player both offensively and defensively this season, per Basketball Reference, but his inactivity is another signal that the Lakers are ready to tank in earnest over their final 12 games. Boozer is not a viable fantasy option, even if he does claw his way back into the rotation. His absence opens up more minutes for Ryan Kelly, Tarik Black, Ed Davis and Robert Sacre, but only Davis is a worth owning in standard leagues
    Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez logs 28 minutes w/ Lowry out
    Greivis Vasquez took over at PG once Kyle Lowry (back spasms) exited Tuesday's game, and he finished with seven points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: It's possible that Lowry will miss more games, as back injuries are easy to aggravate, so owners in need of 3-pointers and assists should keep a close eye on Vasquez this week. The Raptors conclude the week with home games vs. the Bulls (Wednesday) and Lakers (Friday).
    Tuesday, 7:41 pm
  • Tyler Hansbrough vanishes after 18-point game
    Tyler Hansbrough, who scored a season-high 18 points on Sunday, finished Tuesday's game with only four points and two boards in eight minutes off the bench.

    Advice: There was never any expectation that he'd follow up Sunday's game with another efficient gem, and he's a non-factor in fantasy leagues while averaging 12-15 minutes with the second unit.
    Tuesday, 7:39 pm
  • Wayne Ellington shifts to bench vs. Thunder
    Wayne Ellington will move to the Lakers bench on Tuesday with Jeremy Lin starting alongside Jordan Clarkson.

    Advice: Ellington is averaging just 16.4 minutes as a reserve this season and he's unlikely to muster any value now that Lin has leap-frogged him in the rotation. There should be better 3-point specialists available on every waiver wire.
    Tuesday, 5:00 pm
  • Jared Dudley (knee) out Tuesday vs. Miami
    Jared Dudley (knee) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Dudley is inching his way closer to making a return after going through a full practice on Monday, but today will not be the day. He wasn't playing well before going down, and he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:29 pm
  • Ingles hits career-high four threes vs. MIN
    Joe Ingles hit a career-high four treys in Monday's overtime loss, finishing with a career-best 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting with two rebounds, one steal and six turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Ingles' lines are typically more rounded than this and he benefited from the absence of Gordon Hayward (shoulder), who is day-to-day. Elijah Millsap was also pressed into more action and put up 13 points, four rebounds, two steals and one block, but neither are worth a pickup in standard leagues just yet.
    Monday, 9:21 pm
  • Zach Attack goes off for 27 points, five 3PMs
    Zach LaVine scored 27 points on 7-of-19 shooting (a season-high 5-of-6 from deep, 8-of-10 from the line) with three rebounds, four assists and seven turnovers over 46 minutes in Monday's overtime win over the Jazz.

    Advice: Gordon Hayward wasn't around but this is still a signature performance for LaVine in his rookie year. Yes, Ricky Rubio (ankle) could return, among others, to ruin his fun, but this type of upside can't be lying around any waiver wires.
    Monday, 9:04 pm
  • Wiggins scores 22 points in 49 minutes
    Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points on 10-of-19 shooting (no threes) with seven rebounds, two steals and one block in Monday's overtime win over the Jazz.

    Advice: Wiggins has been quiet but it's possible he's ready to explode in the fantasy playoffs. If the Wolves continue to have more injured folks than healthy folks, it's almost guaranteed.
    Monday, 8:59 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores four in 32 minutes
    Taj Gibson played 32 minutes against the Hornets on Monday with four points, seven rebounds, three steals and one block.

    Advice: He started tonight with Joakim Noah (rest) out. Gibson could be at risk of losing playing time because Nikola Mirotic is one of the hottest rookies in the NBA. He's still a hold in standard leagues, but isn't a must-own player with Noah expected to be back soon.
    Monday, 8:52 pm
  • James Harden scores 44 points vs. Pacers
    James Harden took over against the Pacers during a 110-100 win on Monday, scoring 44 points on 10-of-21 from the field and 21-of-22 from the line with four rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's his league-leading eighth game with at least 40 points to pass Russell Westbrook with seven. Harden is also the first player this season to score at least 40 points while making 10 or less field goals in a game. It's also his second game with more than 20 free throw makes in a game this season -- no other player has one of those games this season. He lost a little ground for MVP on Saturday, but he regained most of that ground tonight. His fantasy owners are going to love having him for a four-game run this week.
    Monday, 8:15 pm
  • Turner triple-doubles in Celtics win vs. BKY
    Evan Turner triple-doubled in Monday's win, scoring 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting (no threes) with 10 rebounds, 12 assists and one block.

    Advice: Turner is the guy who takes a hit when Isaiah Thomas (probable) returns as soon as Wednesday. With the way he has been playing lately, owners will want to walk him all the way to the edge before considering a drop.
    Monday, 7:23 pm
  • Joe Ingles will start for Hayward
    Joe Ingles will start in place of Gordon Hayward (shoulder) on Monday.

    Advice: Ingles isn't a ball-dominant guy, so he probably won't have many more shots go his way. He's still worth a look as a punt play in daily leagues.
    Monday, 4:31 pm
  • Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler listed as starters
    Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler are listed as the starters against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: Joakim Noah (rest) won't play tonight while Butler makes his return. The Bulls should look to beat the Hornets inside with Charlotte missing some depth. Gibson is worth starting in most leagues tonight.
    Monday, 4:13 pm
  • Jared Dudley questionable for Tuesday
    Jared Dudley (knee) is questionable to play against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: He went through practice on Monday and could return after missing most of the second half due to an issue with his kneecap. Dudley would take minutes away from Ersan Ilyasova, but Ghosface Ilya is still worth owning in all leagues.
    Monday, 12:37 pm
  • Ed Davis could join starting lineup soon?
    Ed Davis could soon join the starting lineup, but it's unclear who he'd replace.

    Advice: It would either be Jordan Hill or Tarik Black. As a starter, Davis is averaging 8.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 0.5 steals and 1.1 blocks on 56.8 percent shooting over 24 games. Seeing as how he's producing that line in just 26 minutes per contest, Davis has plenty of room to contribute for fantasy owners if he's ever unleashed.
    Monday, 9:37 am
  • J.J. Redick enjoying career season w/ LAC
    J.J. Redick is enjoying a career season with the Clippers, and he said he's tweaked his game to better address his strengths.

    Advice: "I pay attention to advanced stats, and I pay attention to shot charts," Redick said. "I try to figure out, if I can’t get to my strengths, what are teams forcing me to do and how do I improve on those weakness so each year I kind of work on one or two things that if I can get them better will incrementally add a little bit of offensive to my game." Since March began, Redick has been on fire with averages of 21.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.9 steals and 3.1 triples on 47.9 percent shooting.
    Monday, 7:45 am
  • Ed Davis blocks four shots w/ 11 rebounds
    Ed Davis came off the Lakers bench for eight points, 11 rebounds and four blocks on Sunday, helping L.A. hold on for a 101-87 win vs. the visiting Sixers.

    Advice: His play was bigger than the stat line reveals, particularly in the decisive fourth quarter, but Davis is trapped as a late-round value due to limited playing time -- he's played 30+ minutes just three times since Jan. 1.
    Mar 22, 9:38 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire scores 16 in return to PHX
    Amare Stoudemire scored 16 points in 17 minutes off the bench against the Suns on Sunday.

    Advice: He shot 7-of-11 from the field and added four rebounds to his name, but it wasn't enough to lift the Mavericks over his former team. Stoudemire is capable of random scoring outbursts such as this, but the fact that he is averaging just 13.6 minutes over his last five games severely limits his value. Leave him on the wire.
    Mar 22, 9:14 pm
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