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    • Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play Friday
      Lance Stephenson (hip) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the 76ers, and he's being listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: This is just a reminder to get Stephenson out of your lineups. Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal, and Michael Kidd Gilchrist will all be asked to step up with Stephenson sidelined in a favorable matchup vs. the 76ers. MKG and Neal offer the most upside, but neither is a lock for production. Rotoworld.com
      39 minutes ago
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Report: Heat express interest in Stephenson
      The Heat have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Lance Stephenson.

      Advice: Add Miami to the list of suitors that currently includes Indiana, Brooklyn, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Stephenson would have the most value in a return Indiana, but right now, everything is in the very early stages and nothing is imminent. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:19 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Report: Mavericks eyeing Emeka Okafor
      The Mavericks are reportedly interested in bringing in either Emeka Okafor or Jermaine O'Neal to help fill the void left by Brandan Wright.

      Advice: The Mavs no longer have a true center to help backup Tyson Chandler, so it makes sense that they would have interest in Okafor or O'Neal. O'Neal has stated that he will make a decision "after the holidays" as to whether he wishes to continue his NBA career, and Okafor is still recovering from a herniated disk in his neck. For now, Greg Smith and Charlie Villanueva will audition for the backup role, and it'll be interesting to watch Rick Carlisle's rotations develop over the coming days. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:59 am
    • Thibodeau heaps praise on Nikola Mirotic
      Tom Thibodeau heaped praise on Nikola Mirotic following a solid effort during the Bulls win over the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: "[Nikola] made a lot of great plays, particularly in the first half," said Thibodeau. "He made shots and made plays off the dribble, he hustled. I was very pleased with the way he played. We did not play a great game, but we found a way to win in the end." Mirotic busted out of his mini-slump on Thursday, and if Taj Gibson (ankle) is unavailable for Friday's game, expect Mirotic to again get a healthy heaping of minutes and be a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:29 am
    • Jimmy Butler: 'I don't want to be a star'
      Jimmy Butler stated during a recent interview that he sees himself as more of a role player than a star in the league.

      Advice: "I don’t want be a star," said Butler. "I just want to be a decent role player on a really good team." While Butler may not be ready to admit it, he's emerging as a star in the league during his fourth NBA-season. Butler is hitting career-highs in points (21.5), rebounds (5.8), and assists (3.4), while shooting 48.6 percent from the field, and 81.4 percent from the charity stripe (on 8.2 attempts per game). He’s returning early-round value, and shows no signs of slowing down. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:20 am
    • Smart (Achilles) returned to practice Thurs.
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) returned to practice on Thursday, and is questionable to play Friday vs. the Timberwolves.

      Advice: Smart removed himself from Tuesday's practice after not feeling healthy enough to continue, but his return to Thursday's practice is an encouraging sign. With Rajon Rondo now in Dallas, Smart should be owned in most leagues as he's set to be the main man at point guard in Boston. If Smart is unable to go Friday, expect Evan Turner and Jameer Nelson (if available) to see extended minutes at the point guard spot. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:37 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • DeMarcus Cousins refuses minutes restriction
      DeMarcus Cousins said that there was no way he was going to accept the limited minutes, and ended up playing the entire fourth quarter of Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Cousins added that he'll be fine, so it appears owners can get back to plugging him into their lineups without hesitation every time he's active. He finished Thursday's game with a standard 27-point, 11-rebound Boogie outing, while playing 33 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:26 am
    • DeMarcus Cousins returned to action on Thursday December 18. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:58 pm
    • Stephen Curry goes off with 34 points in win
      Stephen Curry had one of his patented explosions against the Thunder during a 114-109 win on Thursday, scoring 34 points with seven rebounds, nine assists, four steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

      Advice: The Thunder came out firing with a 40-point first quarter, but Curry got it going. He did have a minor ankle scare tonight and it did not cause him to miss time. On top of the obvious treys, Curry has career highs in free throw makes, rebounds, steals, usage rate and true shooting percentage. Superstar. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:11 pm
    • Marreese Speights has 10 points in 19 minutes
      Marreese Speights had 10 points in 19 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with five rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: He has a very high usage rate and should be able to score in the teens while Andrew Bogut (knee) is out. Bogut could miss up to a month, so that means the Speights Cowboy is worth a grab in standard leagues. Some people call him Marreese. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:02 pm
    • Harrison Barnes getting a face procedure
      Harrison Barnes will have a minor procedure on his nose on Friday, but doesn't expect to miss time.

      Advice: He played well against the Thunder on Thursday with 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. Barnes is a low-end player to hold in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:59 pm
    • Perry Jones plays 19 minutes
      Perry Jones played 19 minutes off the bench on Thursday with four points and five rebounds.

      Advice: He picked up some extra playing time with Kevin Durant (ankle) going down tonight. Jones had a couple bright spots while the Thunder were banged up, but there is still no need to pick him up in most cases because KD should be back quickly. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:50 pm
    • Russell Westbrook scores 33 points in loss
      Russell Westbrook scored 33 points against the Warriors on Thursday on 11-of-30 from the field and 8-of-12 from the line, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two steals, six turnovers and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: It was the Russell Westbrook Show -- a great show, by the way -- in the second half as he posted a ridiculous usage rate of 46.5 to go with an assist percentage of 27.3. Westbrook is easily of the best players in the league and all of his naysayers have decided to hide out for a while. He can stuff a stat sheet like only a few others can and should be viewed as a first-round asset in standard leagues. He might be the best player for Daily Fantasy Sites this side of Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:44 pm
    • Jared Dudley scores season-high 19 points
      Jared Dudley scored a season-high 19 points against the Kings on Thursday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He had season highs in field goal attempts and free throw attempts in what was obviously his best game. Dudley has barely been shooting the rock while he's been out there and only had 0.8 triples per game in his previous eight games this month. This rotation is going to be a mess, so he's not a standard league target based on this game alone. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:26 pm
    • O.J. Mayo scores 19 points in a win
      O.J. Mayo scored 19 points in just 23 minutes against the Kings on Thursday with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He started out red hot with 17 of those 19 coming in the first quarter, but cooled off with some fouling issues. Surprisingly, Mayo's worst quarter this season has been the first and he's been able to exhibit some added effort on both ends. What's more, his fouling has been his biggest issue with at least five fouls in three of his last five. He's more of a player to track in standards, but a big game could change that. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:22 pm
    • Jerryd Bayless plays 29 minutes on Thursday
      Jerryd Bayless played 29 minutes against the Kings on Thursday with 17 points, four rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: O.J. Mayo battled some foul trouble, so Bayless picked up some of the slack. He's going to get minutes in the mid-20s while the Bucks try to figure out how to fill their minutes at the forward spots, so he might have some low-end value in standard leagues for the next couple weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:18 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia starts and struggles
      Zaza Pachulia struggled in a start against the Kings on Thursday with seven points, five rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.

      Advice: He got all the DeMarcus Cousins he could handle tonight. Pachulia will move back to the bench against the Clippers on Saturday and should see around 20 minutes as Larry Sanders' backup. He's not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:15 pm
    • Johnny O'Bryant plays 17 minutes
      Johnny O'Bryant played 17 minutes in his first NBA start on Thursday with six points, one rebound and one assist against the Kings.

      Advice: He had four fouls and had several "Welcome to the NBA" moments tonight. O'Bryant is a banger and doesn't have much polish to his game, but the Bucks need someone like that right now. His minutes might climb into the 20s while Ersan Ilyasova (face) is out. He's not worth owning in almost any league, though. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:12 pm
    • Boogie's Back: DeMarcus Cousins drops 27
      DeMarcus Cousins returned to action during a 108-107 loss to the Bucks on Thursday, scoring 27 points with 11 rebounds, five assists and one steal in 33 minutes.

      Advice: Well, so much for the minutes cap. Cousins was outstanding on the offensive end, making 8-of-12 from the field and 11-of-13 from the line. He wasn't thrilled about the firing of coach Mike Malone and tonight he had a long talk with new coach Ty Corbin. As long as he's avoiding ejections, Cousins is going to be one of the best big men in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:09 pm
    • Derrick Williams fills in at backup SF
      Derrick Williams played 24 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday with nine points, three rebounds, and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He played some backup minutes at small forward while Omri Casspi (knee) sat out. Williams has been very inconsistent the past couple seasons and Casspi won't be out for long, so he's not a great pickup. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:55 pm
    • Jason Thompson takes a backseat
      Jason Thompson played 19 minutes with three points, three boards and two turnovers against the Bucks on Thursday.

      Advice: He made 1-of-4 from the field and anyone who rode him in a deep league should be looking at other options. Thompson is not worth owning in even 20-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:54 pm
    • Anthony Davis drops 30 and 14 with 5 blocks
      Anthony Davis went off against the Rockets on Thursday during a 99-90 win with 30 points, 14 boards, three assists, two steals and five blocks.

      Advice: He made 10-of-17 from the field, 10-of-12 from the line and only turned it over once. Davis already has eight 30-point games and raised his scoring to 24.8 points per game, ranking fourth in the NBA. The future is now for the best power forward in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:47 pm
    • Austin Rivers turns up the defense
      Austin Rivers played 35 minutes as the starting shooting guard on Thursday with 10 points, one rebound, six assists and two turnovers against the Rockets.

      Advice: While the stat line wasn't great, this might've been one of his best games of his career for his defense. Rivers just can't knock down jumpers and isn't a great finisher, so he's never really going to flourish even with big minutes. He's only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:41 pm
    • Omer Asik looks like garbage again
      Omer Asik did not play down the stretch on Thursday against the Rockets, finishing with two points, 11 rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He is one of the most inept offensive big men in the NBA and doesn't even block shots. Asik has been the 176th-best player in standard leagues over the past month, so there is nothing wrong with cutting him if you want to add the upside of Marcus Smart or someone else. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:39 pm
    • Dante Cunningham coming on nicely
      Dante Cunningham hit a clutch jumper against the Rockets during a win on Thursday, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He played down the stretch next to Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson tonight. This is his third game with 30 minutes or more, so he should have some low-end fantasy value. Although, he does not do much else besides score, so he's not worth grabbing in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:35 pm
    • James Harden scores 21 points in a loss
      James Harden scored 21 points on 8-of-23 from the field during a 99-90 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: Kudos to Austin Rivers for actually doing something most players can't do: Keep Harden in check. Obviously Harden is one of the biggest stat-stuffers in the NBA, leading the NBA in scoring and free throw makes with two steals per night. He did play the second half of a back-to-back, so he'll be fine. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:31 pm
    • Donatas Motiejiunas finally has a bad game
      Donatas Motiejunas had an overdue dud on Thursday against the Pelicans with nine points, four rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.

      Advice: He got a front-row seat to watch Anthony Davis destroy him and he gets a pass here. Motiejunas made an impressive 56.7 percent from the field in his previous 10 for 16.6 points per game, so expect him to turn it around on Saturday against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:11 pm
    • Dwight Howard plays 35 minutes in a loss
      Dwight Howard played 35 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday with 17 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

      Advice: He looks healthy, but was a bit late on defense a couple times tonight. Howard should be ready to go for the future, but we wouldn't be surprised to see him miss a game out of the blue considering how much time he missed with a mysterious knee injury. Keep him in your lineup for now and perhaps entertain the idea of trying to deal him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:04 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic fills in quite well
      Nikola Mirotic excelled off the bench on Thursday with 13 points, one rebound, three assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Knicks.

      Advice: He stepped right in to Taj Gibson's (ankle) role and absorbed 100 percent of the big-man bench minutes. Gibson is looking at another game-time call on Friday, so Mirotic will be worth a look for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:38 pm
    • Jimmy Butler scores a career-high 35 points
      Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 35 points against the Knicks on Thursday with five rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: While Anthony Davis is rolling, Butler is the frontrunner for Most Improved Player. He has completely turned around his offensive game while still playing major minutes and filling up the stat sheet in other areas. Butler is flirting with first round value and is not slowing down. Basically, he is for real and when fantasy opponents try to trade for him, his owners should say, "Don't touch Jimmy!" Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:22 pm
    • Not Ready: Lance Stephenson (hip) out Friday
      Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: He did not travel due to his pelvic sprain and is expected to miss at least another game. With Stephenson out, Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal and Michael Kidd Gilchrist will likely pick up some minutes. Neal is likely to benefit most, especially since he closes out several games for coach Steve Clifford. Stephenson's value can't get much lower than this. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:28 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Johnny O'Bryant getting the start vs. Kings
      Johnny O'Bryant will start at power forward against the Kings.

      Advice: He made his NBA debut on Wednesday and he already making his first start. The Bucks are completely gutted up front and have nobody behind O'Bryant and Zaza Pachulia, so he could get big minutes. Of course, he's only worth a look in very deep leagues. O'Bryant joins Brandon Knight, O.J. Mayo, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Pachulia in the starting unit. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:01 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins will start with minutes limit
      DeMarcus Cousins will start against the Bucks on Thursday with a minutes limit.

      Advice: He's been out since November and his conditioning probably is not up to speed just yet. Cousins is one of the best offensive big men in the NBA while he's pulling down 12.6 boards and adding 1.5 blocks per game. Even with 20 minutes tonight, his owners should still have him in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:23 pm
    • Marcus Smart poised for increase in PT
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) is poised for an increase in playing time.

      Advice: He is still a major project as a scorer. Smart has made just 27.9 percent of his jumpers overall and 33.3 percent of any shot off the dribble, so both of those are going to have to come up. Unlike Rajon Rondo, Smart can potentially make a triple per game and he's not going to shoot 33.3 percent from the line, so he has decent upside with his dimes and terrific output in steals. He's worth owning in standard leagues to see how it plays out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:00 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • Austin Rivers will start on Thursday vs. HOU
      Austin Rivers will start in place of Tyreke Evans (knee) on Thursday.

      Advice: In his two starts this season, Rivers has made a ridiculous 7.7 percent of his shots from the field, so there is nowhere to go but up. He also has a very tiny usage rate while he's out there with the first unit, but the Pelicans really need help. Rivers is worth a look as a very deep play or a punt in daily. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:13 pm
    • Dwight Howard is good to go for Thursday
      Dwight Howard is good to go against the Pelicans on Thursday.

      Advice: He looked great on Wednesday with 24 points against the Nuggets. Howard had some soreness on Saturday in his first game back, so there was at least a small chance he sat out. Start Howard as planned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:58 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) probable Thursday
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Cousins' return would send Reggie Evans back to the bench, and Jason Thompson's value would take a hit. All signs are pointing towards Cousins giving it a go on Thursday, and he's obviously a must-start option when in uniform. Stay tuned for an official update as we draw closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:56 pm
    • Lance Stephenson doubtufl for next two games
      Lance Stephenson (pelvis) is doubtful for the Hornets' next two games with a pelvic sprain.

      Advice: The Hornets play the 76ers on Friday and the Jazz on Saturday and it looks like they'll have to do so without Stephenson. We'll update his status after Friday's shootaround, but fantasy owners can expect to see more of Gerald Henderson, Marvin Williams, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Gary Neal if Stephenson is out for the weekend. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:30 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Marcus Smart expected to practice Thursday
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) is expected to practice on Thursday and is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Timberwolves.

      Advice: Smart had to leave Tuesday's practice after aggravating his Achilles injury, but looks to be on the mend due to his practice status. While the rookie has had a rough start to the 2014-15 season, he's worth a flier for fantasy owners who have an open roster spot as trade rumors surrounding Rajon Rondo are picking up steam. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:21 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • James Harden scores 41 points in OT win
      James Harden added his newest piece of evidence in his bid for MVP during a 115-111 overtime win over the Nuggets on Wednesday scoring 41 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made 11-of-21 from the field and 18-of-21 from the field in 45 minutes. This line is pretty ridiculous and he became the sixth player since 1985-86 to have more than 20 attempts from the field, more than 20 attempts from the line, and at least 10 assists. The other five are Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Kenny Anderson. Harden is good. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:52 am
    • Donatas Motiejunas keeps the party going
      Donatas Motiejunas was fantastic against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 18 points, six rebounds, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

      Advice: Terrence Jones (leg) is at least getting some shots up at practice, so he's at least on his way back. There is still no timetable for his return, so Motiejunas is good to go as a must-start guy right now. Keep him roster and cross the TJ bridge when you get to it. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:37 am
    • Dwight Howard plays 43 minutes, scores 24
      Dwight Howard played 43 minutes in an overtime win over the Nuggets on Wednesday with 24 points, 16 boards, one assist and four blocks on 7-of-16 from the field and 10-of-15 from the line.

      Advice: The Rockets starters lived at the charity stripe with 48 attempts while their bench didn't have any. As for Howard, he was as dominant as he has been all season and helped keep the Nuggets out of the paint. His 43 minutes are a very encouraging sign and his fantasy owners should have some shred of confidence in him now. Of course, it makes a lot of sense to sell high considering how much time he missed from an injury that came out of nowhere. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:29 am
    • O.J. Mayo returned to action on Wednesday December 17. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:57 pm
    • Johnny O'Bryant returned to action on Wednesday December 17. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:57 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia plays 26 minutes
      Zaza Pachulia played 26 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday with five points, eight rebounds, three assists and one turnover.

      Advice: He is sharing minutes at center and coach Jason Kidd is not using him at power forward these days. Perhaps one takeaway is the Bucks need Ersan Ilyasova (face) to come back. Pachulia is not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:17 pm
    • Jerryd Bayless scores 10 in 22 minutes
      Jerryd Bayless scored 10 points with two rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 22 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: He played his first two seasons in Portland, but didn't get his revenge. Bayless is likely to see a slight increase in playing time, but he's not taking many threes and is posting a low usage, so it's hard to be too excited about grabbing him in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:14 pm
    • O.J. Mayo plays 36 minutes on Wednesday
      O.J. Mayo made 4-of-12 from the field for 12 points with one rebound, two assists, two steals, five fouls and three turnovers in 36 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

      Advice: It's the first time he's played 36 minutes in a non-overtime game in the past year and the Bucks losing Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) just before halftime probably had something to do with it. Mayo played 16 minutes in the first half, so the plan was probably to give him around 32 minutes. Conditioning hasn't been an issue for him and he's seen some minutes at small forward this season, so owners in standard leagues can keep him in mind. He's still not playing well enough to grab, though. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:07 pm
    • Johnny O'Bryant makes his debut
      Johnny O'Bryant played five minutes in his NBA debut with two points on Wednesday.

      Advice: The good news is he's made 100 percent from the field, but the bad news is he has 9.6 fouls per 48 minutes. O'Bryant has no fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:54 pm
    • Jared Dudley scores three points in start
      Jared Dudley scored three points in 27 minutes during a start against the Blazers on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, five assists and one steal.

      Advice: He committed four fouls and wasn't as involved in the offense nearly as much. Dudley's usage rate is extremely low, so he's not going to be asked to score much. His assists are fairly high for a guy with his role, but it's still not enough to move the needle enough to grab him in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:51 pm
    • Dwight Howard will play against Denver
      Dwight Howard (knee) will play against the nuggets on Wednesday.

      Advice: He went through warmups and everything appears to be fine. Howard admitted he had some soreness following Saturday, but that's to be expected with how much time he missed. Fantasy owners can use him like they normally would. Expect the Nuggets to be in foul trouble tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:28 pm
    • Jared Dudley starting in place of Parker
      Jared Dudley will start in place of Jabari Parker on Wednesday.

      Advice: He replaced Jabari when the injury happened, so this move is not a surprise. Dudley also played 20 minutes in the second half on Monday, so he should see a nice increase in playing time. He's worth a look in standard leagues, but there's no need to be too aggressive. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:38 pm
    • Marcus Smart (Achilles) out on Wednesday
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Magic.

      Advice: He pulled himself out of practice on Tuesday, so the writing was on the wall for this one. He has now missed 13 of the first 23 games this season, and can't seem to stay healthy. However, the injury is not thought to be serious, and the trade rumors about Rajon Rondo are intensifying, so Smart makes a lot of sense as a stash in deeper leagues. In the meantime, Evan Turner will see some increased minutes for the Celtics. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:39 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • DeMarcus Cousins practices, plans to play
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) practiced on Wednesday and plans to play against the Bucks on Thursday.

      Advice: The Kings will likely make a decision following shootaround on Thursday. Cousins has been out for over three weeks with viral meningitis and the Kings could limit him in his first game back, especially since his conditioning is not likely where it should be. His owners will want to check back tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:26 pm
    • Dwight Howard (knee) goes through shootaround
      Dwight Howard (knee) participated in the morning shootaround, but is still questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Denver.

      Advice: His status will likely be determined closer to tip-off, so his owners will have to frequently check back for updates. If he is held out of Wednesday's game, Tarik Black would likely start but still wouldn't be an asset in most leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:52 am
    • Russell Westbrook scores 32 points Tuesday
      Russell Westbrook scored 32 points on 11-of-20 shooting in Tuesday's win vs. the Kings, adding six boards, seven assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Westbrook has had at least 20 points, five boards, and five assists over his last nine games, and has played his way into MVP consideration. He has been the best player on the Thunder this season, and is doing a fine job propelling the Thunder until Kevin Durant regains his previous form. Continue to expect big things from Westbrook as the Thunder edge closer to a playoff spot. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:08 pm
    • Marreese Speights drops 18-8-2 line in loss
      Marreese Speights came off the bench for 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocks on 7-of-14 shooting in 26 minutes on Tuesday.

      Advice: With news that Andrew Bogut's knee injury might be more serious than we were initially led to believe, Picking up Speights might be a good idea. He usually gets just 19 minutes a game, but saw more than that tonight and could be a very effective fantasy player if Bogut is going to miss extended time. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:26 pm
    • Steph Curry hits 1-of-10 treys as streak ends
      Stephen Curry hit just 9-of-25 shots and 1-of-10 3-pointers for 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals in Tuesday's loss to the Grizzlies, the Warriors first since Nov. 11.

      Advice: The Grizzlies play solid defense and the Warriors could have used Andrew Bogut, or Harrison Barnes being at 100 percent, which would have helped them keep the 16-game winning streak alive. We're not going to lie and say the Warriors are glad the streak is over, but the pressure is off and they'll no longer have to hear about it every day, which has to be viewed as a good thing. With tonight's loss the Warriors are still a league best 21-3. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:15 pm
    • Harrison Barnes wears face mask in loss
      Harrison Barnes played through his facial injury on Tuesday wearing a mask, and finished with eight points, 11 rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer as the Warriors saw their 16-game winning streak come to a halt in Memphis.

      Advice: Barnes likely would have fared better without the obtrusive mask, but he was effective while helping to make up for the loss of Andrew Bogut. It looks like Barnes dodged a bullet with this injury and is still a guy we're in favor of owning across the board right now. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:08 pm
    • Anthony Davis scores 31 points in win Tuesday
      Anthony Davis scored 31 points in a win vs. the Jazz on Tuesday, adding nine boards, one assist, one steal and three blocks in 35 minutes.

      Advice: After missing Sunday's game vs. the Warriors with a chest injury, Davis returned in style and was a force on both ends of the court. He shot 12-of-15 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line to the delight of his owners. Davis has been the No. 1 player in fantasy basketball this season, and barring another injury he should be able to maintain that status moving forward. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:42 pm
    • Anthony Davis to wear protective flak jacket
      Anthony Davis will wear a protective flak jacket for Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz to protect his chest from further injury.

      Advice: Davis has not practiced while wearing the flak jacket, but stated that it will not be an issue. Go ahead and get the No. 1 player in fantasy basketball active for an extremely favorable matchup vs. the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:55 pm
    • Marcus Smart (Achilles) doubtful Wednesday
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) pulled himself out of Tuesday's practice, and is doubtful to face the Magic on Wednesday.

      Advice: Smart is averaging a meager 5.9 points and 1.5 assists on the season, and he's not worth owning in standard leagues. Evan Turner will get some extra run if Smart isn't able to go, but his game doesn't translate very well to fantasy. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:24 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • Dwight Howard (knee) questionable for Wed.
      Dwight Howard (right knee strain) is now being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Denver

      Advice: Howard returned to the lineup on Saturday, logging 30 minutes and putting up 26 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks. However, he said he felt "tight" on Sunday, and it's a bit concerning that the Rockets are listing him as questionable after he missed a month with the injury. If he's forced to sit, Tarik Black would slide back into the starting lineup, although he doesn’t do enough to warrant consideration in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:56 am
    • Harrison Barnes will play Tuesday vs Grizz
      Harrison Barnes (mouth) will play against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

      Advice: Barnes will play with a generic protective mask after receiving two stitches to his mouth and said that he will get fitted for a custom mask once the Warriors return home. Fantasy owners can feel free to start Barnes as they normally would, while Andre Iguodala misses out on the value boost he would've had if Barnes missed Tuesday's game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:27 am
    • Anthony Davis will play Tuesday vs Jazz
      Anthony Davis (chest) will return to the Pelicans' lineup on Tuesday against the Jazz.

      Advice: The Brow is back! Fantasy owners can feel free to plug Davis back into their lineups for Tuesday night, while Ryan Anderson, Tyreke Evans, and Jrue Holiday will miss out on the value bump they would've seen if Davis was unable to play on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:15 am
    • Anthony Davis present at Pelicans shootaround
      Anthony Davis (chest) was present at shootaround on Tuesday in advance of the Pelicans' game against the Jazz.

      Advice: Davis was also seen shooting trick shots from the stands, so we'll take that as a good sign for his availability. We'll update Davis' status as soon as information becomes available, but Ryan Anderson, Tyreke Evans, and Jrue Holiday would all see a bump in their fantasy value if Brow can't go. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:37 am
    • Celtics hope Marcus Smart can return Weds
      The Celtics are hopeful that Marcus Smart (achilles) will be able to return for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

      Advice: Smart is still dealing with a left achilles strain that he suffered on Friday, but could be available to suit up for the injury-depleted Celtics on Wednesday. Smart could see some extra minutes upon his return with Marcus Thornton (calf) sidelined for two weeks, but he's better off left on waiver wires for now. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:53 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • Pacers owner leaving Stephenson trade to Bird
      Pacers owner Herb Simon said he would support a trade to bring Lance Stephenson back to Indianapolis, but is leaving the decision to team president Larry Bird.

      Advice: With Stephenson eligible to be traded starting Monday, the Hornets have been rumored to be looking for a trade partner and the Pacers have been the low-hanging fruit in those rumors. "I'd be OK with it but it's not up to me. Larry (Bird) has to decide if he fits," Simon said. Stephenson has struggled in his short time in Charlotte, so a trade would be good news for his fantasy owners as it can't get much worse than his 38.9 percent field goal percentage and 10.4 points per game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:33 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Jerryd Bayless plays 26 minutes vs. Suns
      Jerryd Bayless had a nice game in his hometown vs. the Suns on Monday, scoring 11 points with four rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in a 96-94 win.

      Advice: He's played in at least 20 minutes with at least nine points in each of his last five, averaging 10.8 points, 3.4 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 triples. He should get a few minutes of extra playing time as the Bucks shift their wings up to the three and four spots. He's worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:59 pm
    • Cousins could play on Thursday vs. Bucks
      DeMarcus Cousins (viral meningitis) could play on Thursday against the Bucks, but his minutes would be limited.

      Advice: Cousins is in the middle of a storm right now and it will be extremely interesting to watch how he reacts as chess pieces appear to be moving wildly around him without his input. To his credit, he has taken the high road while expressing his displeasure with the situation, and if he keeps his head down and plays hard he'll probably come out of this situation smelling better than most. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:52 pm
    • Jared Dudley plays 31 minutes as fill in
      Jared Dudley replaced Jabari Parker (knee) after his knee injury on Monday, finishing with 10 points, two rebounds, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: Coach Jason Kidd hasn't been playing Dudley too much with just 18.9 minutes per game on the season, but it's fair to think he'll get his playing time to around 26-28 minutes per game. He'll have a chance to make 1.5 treys per game, which puts him on the radar in standard leagues. Unless you hate the guy on the end of your bench, it's probably better to wait and see how things go on Wednesday against the Blazers. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:39 pm
    • Jimmy Butler scores 22 points on Monday
      Jimmy Butler scored 22 points against the Hawks during a 93-86 loss on Monday with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He only attempted 10.3 shots per game in his previous three outings, so this game was very encouraging. Butler did have a nice little buy-low window before tonight, but that's probably closed now. He should be a top-40 player the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:52 pm
    • Stephenson scores eight points on Monday
      Lance Stephenson scored eight points on 4-of-12 shooting with two rebounds, four assists and two steals in 25 minutes on Monday.

      Advice: Stephenson's two steals make this line a lot better than what we see on most nights, but the real issue here is where he'll be traded and what that will do to his value. It can't get much worse than it is in Charlotte, making him a buy low guy with a bigger name than fantasy game due to all of his deficiencies in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:35 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Mayo leaves game with hamstring injury
      O.J. Mayo left Monday's game with a hamstring injury and returned to start the second half.

      Advice: Now that Jabari Parker has gone down to a serious looking knee injury, his outlook has actually improved tonight. We'll be monitoring this game closely and for what it's worth Mayo has nine points, four rebounds, four turnovers and one three in 20 minutes mid-way through the third quarter. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:39 pm
    • Cousins (virus) out on Tuesday vs. Thunder
      DeMarcus Cousins (viral meningitis) will not play on Tuesday against the Thunder.

      Advice: Cousins is saying all the right things about the Mike Malone departure, but he hasn't made his dissatisfaction completely unknown, so it's going to be interesting to see how things progress in new owner Vivek Ranadive's laboratory. As for his absence, plugged-in sports producer Sean Cunningham gave a pure guess on Sunday against the Lakers for a return. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:25 pm
    • Anthony Davis is questionable for Tuesday
      Anthony Davis (chest) is questionable to face the Jazz on Tuesday.

      Advice: The team ruled him out before shootaround on Sunday, so he's likely headed to the dreaded game-time decision. The Pelicans get four games this week, so fantasy owners in weekly leagues should probably roll with fantasy basketball's best player. One would think two games would be the worst case, but it's possible he misses time. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:33 pm
    • Jimmy Butler is fine for Monday night
      Jimmy Butler is a full go for Monday night against the Hawks.

      Advice: He played through an illness on Sunday. Butler is not expected to be limited and should see his normal playing time. His numbers have come back to Earth since the return of Derrick Rose, but he's still a must-start play this week. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:08 pm
    • Dwight Howard had some soreness
      Dwight Howard "was tight" on Sunday after a game on Saturday, but is good to go for Wednesday.

      Advice: He played 30 minutes after missing a month, so some soreness was to be expected. Luckily, the Rockets have a few days off before they'll play on Wednesday. He can be inserted into most fantasy lineups now. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:43 pm
    • Harrison Barnes is questionable for Tuesday
      Harrison Barnes (mouth) is questionable to play against the Grizzlies on Tuesday, but coach Steve Kerr said he'd be shocked if Barnes doesn't play.

      Advice: He had a visit to the dentist on Monday and needed two stitches to his mouth, but chances are he'll be able to play. The Warriors only have two games this week, so Barnes isn't an option in weekly leagues. Andre Iguodala would benefit sans Barnes. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:32 am
    • Pacers have had talks to reacquire Stephenson
      The Indianapolis Star confirmed the Pacers have had talks to reacquire Lance Stephenson.

      Advice: However, there's nothing to suggest the two teams are in active discussions or anything is close. A reunion between Stephenson and the Pacers makes sense on a number of levels, but it's not going to be easy for the dream to become a reality. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:43 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Harrison Barnes getting teeth fixed Monday
      Harrison Barnes is visiting the dentist to get his teeth fixed on Monday.

      Advice: Barnes also needed two stitches in his mouth, and the exact dental work he'll need is to be determined when he goes in on Monday. We'll mark him sidelined considering he needs a dental procedure, but it wouldn't be surprising if he doesn't miss any time. He returned to action on Sunday after getting the stitches. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:34 am
    • Jimmy Butler played through the flu on Sunday
      Jimmy Butler (illness) played through the flu in Sunday's win over the Heat.

      Advice: Butler had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in 36.5 minutes, so Butler's performance looks even better with this news. "Can’t say enough about Jimmy," said Thibodeau. "Wasn’t feeling well; don’t hear boo. Just go out and do the job." Butler should be able to stay on the floor if he played through it Sunday, but owners will want to keep a close eye on his status for Monday's game against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:54 am
    • Westbrook shooting career-high from field
      Russell Westbrook is shooting a career-high 48.9 percent from the field and a career-high 35.7 percent from behind the 3-point line.

      Advice: Westbrook has been on an absolute tear this season, and he's doing it with improved efficiency. Westbrook is averaging a ridiculous 25.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists to go along with 1.7 steals and 1.0 3-pointers per game. The only knock on him currently is his 4.1 turnovers per game, but considering the stats he's piling up in an average of just 29.5 minutes, none of his owners are complaining. Let Westbrook be Westbrook. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:29 am
    • Russell Westbrook nearly triple-doubles Sun
      Russell Westbrook nearly triple-doubled in Sunday's win against the Suns, finishing with 28 points, eight boards, eight assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

      Advice: If this game wasn't over so quickly, he would have easily been able to notch the coveted triple-double. Instead, he was able to comfortably watch the game end from the sidelines as the Thunder destroyed the Suns. He made all 13 of his shot attempts from the free throw line and was an animal on both ends of the court all night. The Thunder are in a heated playoff race and Westbrook looks poised to put them on his back. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:41 pm
    • Dante Cunningham plays well in 30 minutes
      Dante Cunningham thrived in 30 minutes off New Orleans' bench on Sunday, finishing with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, five rebounds, two steals and one block.

      Advice: Cunningham has immediately earned the trust of coach Monty Williams, which isn't surprising since his competition at SF is Luke Babbitt (six points, five rebounds) and John Salmons (two points). His current bench role is too limited and unsteady for use in typical fantasy leagues, especially with Anthony Davis (chest) day-to-day and Eric Gordon (shoulder) expected back within a month, but he's worth keeping an eye on. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:35 pm
    • Harrison Barnes conspicuously quiet on Sunday
      Harrison Barnes finished Sunday's overtime win in New Orleans with only two points on 1-of-3 shooting, in addition to four rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Barnes has quietly been a top-100 value this season (even higher in nine-cat leagues) and this off-game isn't worth fretting over for fantasy purposes. The return of David Lee is a mild concern, as Lee could steal a few minutes from Barnes, but the minor dent in playing time shouldn't prevent him from being a dependable option. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:18 pm
    • Harrison Barnes (face) returns to game Sun
      Harrison Barnes suffered a laceration to his mouth during Sunday's game that required two stitches, and he has since returned.

      Advice: He appears to be fine and owners should have no concerns moving forward. Barnes has improved tremendously from last season and has been a key part of the Warriors this season, so keep him active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:07 pm
    • Report: Hornets shopping Lance Stephenson
      Lance Stephenson will become trade-eligible on Monday, and the Hornets are reportedly looking for a trade partner.

      Advice: Charlotte and Indiana have had preliminary discussions regarding Stephenson, but the talks haven't gone far, according to sources. So far, Charlotte has been unwilling to include a first-round draft pick in order to unload Stephenson, which has been a hindrance to any deal involving Lance. The Nets and Clippers have also reportedly begun looking into Stephenson, but have yet to express serious interest. Stephenson would see a major uptick in value if he returned to Indiana, but as it stands right now, nothing is imminent. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:54 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Anthony Davis (chest) out Sunday vs. Warriors
      Anthony Davis (chest) will not play Sunday vs. the Warriors, and he is being listed as day-to-day with no official timetable for a return.

      Advice: Ryan Anderson will start in Davis' place on Sunday, and there will be more shots to go around for guys like Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans. Evans put up 31 points and 10 assists during his last outing, and he'll look to carry that momentum into Sunday's game. Holiday, Evans, and Anderson will all see their value increased with Davis sidelined and make for solid options in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:24 pm
    • Marcus Smart (Achilles) out for Monday's game
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) is listed as out for Monday's game vs. the 76ers, and is not travelling with the team.

      Advice: He reportedly has a chance to play on Wednesday and should practice on Tuesday, so the injury isn't thought to be too serious. However, Smart isn't a big part of the rotation and would need an injury or trade of Rajon Rondo to be relevant in standard leagues. Leave Smart on the waiver wire for now. Evan Turner should receive a few extra minutes with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:36 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • Derrick Williams scores eight in 24 minutes
      Derrick Williams scored eight points with six rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers in 24 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

      Advice: He's been playing more small forward these days and that could continue with Omri Casspi (knee) having a setback. Williams does have some upside because he takes treys, but the inconsistency is too much of a negative for most owners. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:25 pm
    • James Harden drops third trip-dub of career
      James Harden logged the third triple-double of his career on Saturday with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He did make just 7-of-20 from the field, which dropped his season shooting to just 41.7 percent. On the other hand, he's made 89.1 percent of his 9.6 free throws per game, which boost his true shooting percentage to 57.8 percent. Harden is the third-best player in fantasy leagues despite his poor shooting and turnovers. He's a monster everywhere else, though. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:11 pm
    • Dwight Howard scores 26 points in his return
      Dwight Howard played 30 minutes in his return to the lineup against the Nuggets on Saturday, scoring 26 points with 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks.

      Advice: He was 9-of-11 from the field and 8-of-18 from the line, so it was like he never left. Howard picked up his 10,000th rebound of his career tonight and dominated in the paint on both ends. The Rockets are off until Wednesday, so Dwight gets to heal after being off for almost one month. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:05 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas scores 25 points vs. DEN
      Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 25 points against the Nuggets on Saturday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Well, so much for Dwight Howard affecting him negatively. Motiejunas has been hot in his last five, averaging 17.2 points, 6.8 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.4 triples on 53.7 percent from the field. It should be interesting to see what happens when Terrence Jones makes his return. For now, both players are worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:02 pm
    • Lance Stephenson struggles again on Saturday
      Lance Stephenson struggled again on Saturday, scoring 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting while adding two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He has quickly lost the trust of his head coach, and you can tell it is impacting his confidence. The trade rumors also might have caused some distractions for him, but at this point a trade may not be a bad thing for his value. Stephenson is still a must-own player for his upside, but owners should pull a Steve Clifford and bench him until he turns it around. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:04 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • O.J. Mayo scores six in 11 minutes
      O.J. Mayo scored six points against the Clippers on Saturday with one assist and two turnovers in 11 minutes.

      Advice: It's his second game in his last four with minutes under 14 and he's made just 40 percent from the field on the year, so it's going to be awfully tough to trust him. Mayo is going to need to string together about five games in a row for fantasy owners in most leagues to consider grabbing him. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:46 pm
    • Dwight Howard expected to play 20-24 minutes
      Dwight Howard (knee) is expected to play 20-24 minutes in his return on Saturday.

      Advice: He'll play in 4-5 minute spurts, according to coach Kevin McHale. The Rockets played really well without Howard and they certainly won't want him to aggravate his knee injury, so he could see limited playing time for a few games. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:26 pm
    • Johnny O'Bryant is available on Saturday
      Johnny O'Bryant is available to play against the Clippers on Saturday.

      Advice: He is expected to be limited and is not a lock for playing time. O'Bryant has no fantasy value right now. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:02 pm
    • Steph Curry scores 29, GSW wins 15th in a row
      Stephen Curry scored a game-high 29 points against the Mavericks during a 105-98 win on Saturday, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two steals, three 3-pointers and one turnover.

      Advice: This game wasn't that close and the Warriors put up a ridiculously efficient 39 points in the first quarter. They actually missed a ton of wide-open triples today, but had a slew of easy buckets around the rim due to great passing. Curry is unstoppable and is going to be great for a very long time. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:12 pm
    • Dwight Howard will play on Saturday vs. DEN
      Dwight Howard (knee) will play against the Nuggets on Saturday.

      Advice: "I'm just thankful to be back out there," Howard said. "Nobody wants to sit on the bench in a suit and watch his team play." The Rockets have been rolling without him, winning nine of their last 10 games. Howard has been out since Nov. 19 and should get a good amount of minutes. Donatas Motiejunas should see his usage rate go down while Tarik Black and Joey Dorsey will lose most of their minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:01 pm
    • Johnny O'Bryant (knee) questionable Saturday
      Johnny O'Bryant (knee) is considered questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: He likely won't be in the rotation upon his return and would need an injury to Zaza Pachulia or Larry Sanders before owners in deep leagues should pay him any attention. Leave him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:41 am
    • Anthony Davis (chest) questionable Sunday
      Anthony Davis (chest) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Warriors, though X-rays and an MRI came back clean.

      Advice: He didn't participate in practice on Saturday and he was actually held overnight in a hospital for testing, but that is what you will come to expect when you are dealing with a player of this magnitude. New Orleans will likely be extremely cautious with Davis, and it would come as no surprise if he sat out on Sunday. Ryan Anderson would be the biggest beneficiary if Davis misses any time, and we should know more after Sunday's shootaround. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:17 am
    • Anthony Davis (chest contusion) is OK
      Anthony Davis (chest contusion) is OK and it will be up to him on whether he will play on Sunday vs. the Warriors.

      Advice: His owners can finally breathe easy as there had to be some concern after Davis said the pain in his chest did not get better as the game went on. However, there is still a chance that he sits out on Sunday given how cautious the Pelicans will want to be with their superstar so owners will want to check back for official confirmation before tip-off. Consider him day-to-day for now and expect to see a lot of Ryan Anderson if Davis sits. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:39 am
    • Pelicans to update Anthony Davis on Saturday
      Coach Monty Williams said the team will have a better idea of Anthony Davis' (chest contusion) injury on Saturday.

      Advice: Davis said the pain in his chest did not decrease as the night went on, but the good news is that nothing is broken in his ribcage. He looked like Superman earlier this year, but he's had a jammed toe and this injury in the past three days, suddenly reminding us about his injury concerns heading into the season. Hopefully he can suit up against the Warriors on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:28 pm
    • Westbrook still on a tear with 34-6-6
      Russell Westbrook continued his tear with 34 points on 12-of-19 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 8-of-9 FTs), six rebounds, six assists and two steals in Friday's win over the Wolves.

      Advice: Westbrook has yet to have a game this season in which he hasn't put up 20 points, five boards and five assists. Our only concern is that he continues to jam like a madman with his still-recovering right hand and nobody in Oklahoma City has the fortitude to demand he stop for a few weeks. He's the No. 7 and 16 play in 8- and 9-cat leagues on a per-game basis, respectively. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:32 pm
    • Lance Stephenson has a thumb issue
      Lance Stephenson suffered an apparent thumb injury on Friday against the Grizzlies, finishing with eight points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover.

      Advice: He did stay in the game, but was in serious pain for close to a minute. Stephenson didn't play down the stretch in overtime and coach Steve Clifford doesn't seem to have total confidence in him. He is a buy-low player to a degree because he's the No. 229 player on per-game value this season, but he's very unlikely to be a mid-round guy. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:14 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Mirotic posts solid 15-9-1-1-1 line off bench
      Nikola Mirotic scored 15 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 4-of-9 shots (1-of-3 from deep, 6-of-6 from the line) with nine rebounds, one steal and one block in 19 minutes.

      Advice: Mirotic is doing his part to show that he can answer the call in fantasy leagues when he gets the minutes, and he has produced enough in 17.5 mpg to be worth owning in 12-team formats on a standalone basis. He'll be inconsistent unless one of the three other big men in Chicago's rotation are out, which has been the case most of the time this season. There's a lot to like here given his upside, but owners need to be prepared for some lulls when the Bulls are at full strength. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:52 pm
    • Marcus Smart (Achilles) out for game
      Marcus Smart suffered a left Achilles strain on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: Not good. He was on the exercise bike for a minute and went to the locker room under his own power. Smart had a bad ankle sprain last month and he looks like he's going to miss time with this issue. Marcus Thornton and Evan Turner are going to get even more playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:18 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • DeMarcus Cousins could practice next week
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) could practice next week, according to coach Mike Malone.

      Advice: That means he's likely over one week from returning. Cousins did a light workout on Friday and will likely have a few more of those. His fantasy owners should be planning on benching him next week. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:48 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins getting shots up at practice
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) was getting shots up at practice on Friday.

      Advice: He still has no timetable to return and there are some reports of him being out until January. The Kings are not going to rush him back, but there is a decent chance he can make it back in a week or so. Until then, Derrick Williams, Ben McLemore and Darren Collison have stepped up while Ryan Hollins and Reggie Evans will get more minutes as well. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:09 pm
    • Johnny O'Bryant does more work at practice
      Johnny O'Bryant (knee) did some more work at practice on Friday.

      Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and is up in the air for Saturday. The Bucks need a big man behind Larry Sanders and Zaza Pachulia, so O'Bryant has an outside shot at playing time. Of course, he's not worth owning in any league. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:13 am
    • What back injury? James Harden scores 44
      James Harden put the Rockets on his back during a 113-109 overtime win against the Kings on Thursday, scoring a season-high 44 points with four rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made 14-of-32 from the field and 13-of-15 from the line and had the ball in his hands throughout the night in 48 minutes. Harden is leading the NBA in scoring at 26.4 points per game while also posting averages of 6.2 boards, 6.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 triples. He's a stat factory and his shooting percentage is starting to come around, too. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:16 pm
    • Derrick Williams scores 17 points in loss
      Derrick Williams scored 17 points against the Rockets on Thursday with five rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: The Kings lost Omri Casspi to a knee contusion and the Rockets went small, so Williams was coach Mike Malone's solution. He hasn't been playing much even with DeMarcus Cousins (illness) out, but he should see minutes in the 20s until Casspi is back. He's a short-term option in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:54 pm
    • Jason Thompson double-doubles vs. HOU
      Jason Thompson grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds against the Rockets on Thursday with 13 points, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: He's had at least eight boards in his each of his last five, averaging 11.0 points, 10.2 boards, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks on 48.6 percent from the field in 33.8 minutes in that stretch. Thompson isn't going to be great in standard leagues because of his lack of defense, but owners in points leagues can give him a look until DeMarcus Cousins comes back. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:51 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas fouls out vs. Kings
      Donatas Motiejunas fouled out in the fourth quarter against the Kings on Thursday, scoring 14 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He continues to be aggressive on the offensive end with 12 of his 13 shots coming from within eight feet tonight. Motiejunas is likely going to take a hit soon with the return of Dwight Howard possibly coming on Saturday. If you've enjoyed the ride the past two weeks, you might want to lower your expectations beyond this weekend. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:21 pm
    • Russell Westbrook scores 26 points in win
      Russell Westbrook was everywhere against the Cavs on Thursday with 26 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He is co-existing just fine with Kevin Durant and is still posting a usage rate of 35.9 in his last five games since Durant debuted, which is only a shade below where he was before. Westbrook is the only player to have a usage rate greater than 30 and an assist percentage over 40 -- he's at 37.3 and 44.6, respectively. No player in the NBA is the offensive weapon that Westbrook is and he'll have elite fantasy value as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:22 pm
    • Johnny O'Bryant (knee) returns to practice
      Johnny O'Bryant (knee) returned to practice on Thursday, and is nearing a return.

      Advice: O'Bryant isn't likely to be a key rotation player for the Bucks, and he can be left on the wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:11 pm
    • Mo Speights plays well sans Andrew Bogut
      Mo Speights came off the bench for 15 points, eight rebounds and a block in 20 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Festus Ezeli started at center and had seven points and three rebounds, but any time Andrew Bogut (knee) is out, Speights is the guy you'll want to plug-and-play. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:59 pm
    • Harrison Barnes drops 20 and three 3-pointers
      Harrison Barnes was feeling it on Wednesday, hitting 7-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 20 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in a win over the Rockets.

      Advice: This was GSW's 14th straight win and they're 19-2 on the season. Barnes scored just four points in his previous game, but is still averaging 13.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 63 percent shooting over his last five games. He got loose tonight with Pat Beverley hassling Stephen Curry, so don't expect him to score like this on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:56 pm
    • James Harden scores 34 in loss to Dubs
      James Harden played through a back injury and had 34 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and three 3-pointers on 14-of-27 shooting, but the Rockets fell to the Warriors.

      Advice: He outshined Stephen Curry (20-7-7) and Klay Thompson (21-4-4) tonight, but the Warriors got the last laugh with their 14th straight game and now sit at a ridiculous 19-2 on the season. The Rockets were 7-1 over their last eight games and were in this game until the end, but weren't able to win it in the end. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:45 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas stays hot with Dwight out
      Donatas Motiejunas hit 8-of-17 shots for 18 points, six rebounds, two assists and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors.

      Advice: He's been playing very well with Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones hurting, and should continue to be started by fantasy owners as long as the two aforementioned players are in street clothes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:40 pm
    • Omer Asik racks up 15 more rebounds in loss
      Omer Asik scored just six points on 2-of-6 shooting, but also had 15 rebounds in 26 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Asik has hit double digits in boards in six straight games and is averaging 9.8 points and 13.0 rebounds over his last five. He hasn't been blocking many shots, and maybe he never will, but he's playing well again for the Pelicans. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:45 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic scores 10 off bench
      Nikola Mirotic hit 3-of-9 shots for 10 points, six rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer in 21 minutes off the bench Wednesday.

      Advice: It was nice to see him get some run tonight, but Joakim Noah was out with an ankle injury. Once Noah rejoins Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson in uniform, minutes will be a problem for him. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:02 pm
    • Marcus Smart cools off on Monday night
      Marcus Smart did not score in 12 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday, adding two rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: He put up 23 points on Monday for the best game of his career, but coach Brad Stevens didn't unleash him tonight. Smart is likely going to only see minutes in the teens most nights, so he can be left on the waiver wire while the Celtics are healthy in the backcourt. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:48 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
    • Rockets: James Harden (back) will play vs GSW
      James Harden (back) will play against the Warriors on Wednesday.

      Advice: This report comes from the team and Harden has said he's playing tonight, as well. The Rockets play the late game, so it couldn't hurt to check back later tonight to make sure everything is still good to go. Harden is going to be extremely busy tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:07 pm
    • James Harden goes through shootaround
      James Harden (back) went through shootaround on Wednesday and is likely a game-time decision against the Warriors.

      Advice: He did add that he thinks he is good to go. Harden played through his back spasms on Saturday, so the few days off look to have helped him. He could still miss this game with the late start time, so his owners will have to check back. If he's out, it'll be a collective effort from Patrick Beverley, Jason Terry and maybe even Nick Johnson helping out at the guard spots. Again, it sounds like he will play. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:34 am
    • Jerryd Bayless solid in 20 minutes vs. OKC
      Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless played one of his most complete games of the season on Tuesday, scoring 11 points with six assists and two steals in just 20 minutes of action.

      Advice: He's had a few solid games this year, including last Friday's 12-point, five-assist, two-steal performance, but his limited 3-point range and sporadic production spoil any fantasy value. Jared Dudley chipped in eight points on Tuesday while reserves Khris Middleton and Zaza Pachulia each scored seven, and the Bucks continue to have one of the league's most productive benches. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:36 pm
    • Russell Westbrook leads Thunder w/ 28 points
      Russell Westbrook had 28 points, five rebounds, seven dimes and three steals in 32 minutes during Tuesday's win vs. the visiting Bucks.

      Advice: He led the Thunder in shot attempts and has now recorded at least 21 points, five rebounds and seven assists in each of his five games this season. It's not surprising that he easily leads all NBA guards with 63 games of at least 25-5-5 over the past seven seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:32 pm
    • Omer Asik double-doubles w/ 16 pts, 14 boards
      Omer Asik notched 16 points and 14 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season on Tuesday, helping New Orleans in a win vs. the visiting Knicks.

      Advice: Asik made 7-of-10 FGs and 2-of-4 FTs, and it was nice to see him blocking shots after going three games without a single swat. He's among the league's best sources of rebounds but remains a marginal fantasy option in most leagues thanks to damaging averages in points (8.4), FT percentage (59.1 percent), steals (0.3) and blocks (0.7). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:06 pm
    • Dante Cunningham logs season-high 31 minutes
      Dante Cunningham logged a season-high 31 minutes vs. the Knicks on Tuesday, finishing with seven points, five rebounds and one assist off the Pelicans' bench.

      Advice: It hasn't taken long for Cunningham to carve out a big role under coach Monty Williams, who is desperately looking for capable small forwards. Cunningham has yet to make any waves in fantasy leagues, and for now he's simply a guy to put on the 'watch list' in deeper formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:05 pm
    • James Harden (back) questionable Wednesday
      James Harden (back spasms) is questionable to play vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

      Advice: If Harden is unable to go, Jason Terry could slide back into the starting lineup, and he'd make for a solid option in daily and standard leagues. Terry is averaging 16.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 3.3 three-pointers per game with the starting unit this year. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:19 am
    • Thompson just misses double-double
      Jason Thompson just missed a double-double with 10 points, nine rebounds and three assists over 36 minutes in Monday's win over the Jazz.

      Advice: Thompson did not record a steal or block and he's going to be raw in the fantasy sense even if he gets a boatload of minutes. With DeMarcus Cousins looking at weeks and maybe even months before he returns at full speed, there is a big window to plod his way into standard league value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:10 pm
    • Barnes has slow night in blowout win
      Harrison Barnes scored four points on 2-of-5 shooting with six rebounds and one steal over 29 minutes in Monday's blowout win over the Wolves.

      Advice: Barnes has been worth owning in standard leagues and has a very nice thing going right now starting at small forward and getting some stretch four action with the twos. David Lee's return is going to be a hassle, but the Warriors aren't going to stick their heads in the sand by overvaluing Lee like past administrations. If Barnes keeps it up and Lee plays like he has the last two years, it will be Barnes that maintains the upper hand. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:20 pm
    • Speights goes for 12 and seven in 21 minutes
      Marreese Speights scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 21 minutes off the bench on Monday against the Wolves.

      Advice: If you've been riding Speights this keeps him on your good side before David Lee eventually returns to dent his value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:04 pm
    • Smart scores season-high 23 points
      Marcus Smart has a career-best game with 23 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals and four threes in 35 minutes off the bench in Monday's double-overtime loss.

      Advice: Brad Stevens went heavy with the bench and let them finish out the game after they made a huge comeback. Smart is going to have a hard time providing consistent fantasy value in 12-14 team leagues as things stand right now, but it's good to see him productive when he's on the floor. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:08 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Min
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