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  • Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington to start
    Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington will start on the wings against the Celtics.

    Advice: With Nik Stuaskas (knee) out, the 76ers will look for some extra spacing on the floor with Canaan and Covington. Canaan should be getting plenty of minutes at the two, which also means Phil Pressey should get a few more minutes. Canaan is one of the most inconsistent players around, so start him at your own peril -- he should be defended by Avery Bradley. 43 minutes ago
  • Matt Dellavedova (calf) out vs. Raptors
    Matthew Dellavedova (calf) will not play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: With the Cavs set to manage Mo Williams' minutes tonight, that means we should see a lot of Jared Cunningham. The Cavs will also be giving heavy minutes to J.R. Smith at the two. Cunningham is obviously a risky play in DFS tonight. 46 minutes ago
  • Napier could see more PT if Payton struggles?
    Head coach Scott Skiles said that Shabazz Napier has earned the right to get more minutes, and his playing time could go up if Elfrid Payton continues to struggle.

    Advice: Skiles benched Payton during Monday's game and gave 29 minutes to Napier, and Napier responded by handing out a career-high nine assists, so it'll be interesting to see what Skiles does with his rotations tonight. We'd recommend using a wait-and-see approach with Napier, as this could more so be Skiles trying to motivate Payton to play better. Today, 2:40 pm
  • C.J. Watston (calf) out again on Wednesday
    C.J. Watson (calf) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: That means Shabazz Napier is the backup point guard. Although, Victor Oladipo coming off the bench likely means he gets more minutes at the one as a combo guard. Watson has very little value after missing his seventh game. Today, 2:27 pm
  • Smart (leg) likely out longer than two weeks
    Marcus Smart (lower left leg) is unlikely to be back on the court within the next two weeks.

    Advice: Smart is currently on crutches, along with wearing a leg brace, so the two-week timetable seems a bit overly optimistic. Smart himself said that there's no definitive timetable for his return, so he could be potentially looking at a lengthy absence. Smart has shown flashes this season, but with averages of 9.8 points, 3.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.1 three-pointers on 33.3 percent shooting on the season, owners in standard leagues without an IR-slot may want to consider cutting ties with Marcus. Today, 2:18 pm
  • Bryce Cotton headed to the Suns
    The Suns are in the process of calling up Bryce Cotton.

    Advice: It's not a big deal, but this isn't a good sign of Eric Bledsoe (knee) playing tonight. Of course, the Suns could just be playing it safe here. Cotton would still be behind Ronnie Price, so he's not a pickup in any league yet. Today, 12:31 pm
  • Mudiay apologizes for argument with Malone
    Emmanuel Mudiay apologized for his verbal argument with coach Mike Malone.

    Advice: Malone benched Mudiay with two minutes left in the fourth quarter on Tuesday and Mudiay expressed his displeasure, but he was sorry about it. "It probably was my fault, I could have been doing a lot more. So I kind of put the blame on myself," Mudiay said after the game. Mudiay is ranked 260th in nine-cat leagues for fantasy and he's also ranked 408th of 409 players for real plus-minus in reality. He's having a horrible season and isn't a must-own player in standard leagues. Today, 12:21 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) headed for a GTD on Weds
    Eric Bledsoe (left knee) is likely headed for a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Bledsoe said that he's no longer feeling any pain in his left knee, but he wants to make sure that there's no discomfort, and he will continue to undergo treatment throughout the day. Bledsoe will test his knee during pregame warmups, so we likely won't have official confirmation on his status until just prior to the tip. Bledsoe likely has his eyes fixated on Friday's matchup with the undefeated Warriors, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him play it safe and sit out Wednesday's game against the 3-11 Pelicans. Brandon Knight will be the primary beneficiary of a Bledsoe absence. Today, 10:56 am
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) questionable Wednesday
    Eric Bledsoe's left knee has improved, but he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Bledsoe sat out Monday's loss to the Spurs with a sore left knee, and it remains unclear if he'll play tonight against the Pelicans. If he's unable to give it a go, Brandon Knight would see a spike to his usage rate with guys like T.J. Warren and P.J. Tucker seeing some increased opportunity for minutes. Stay tuned. Today, 10:15 am
  • Beverley (ankle) goes through shootaround
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) was a full participant during shootaround, but he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Beverley seems on track to make his return on Wednesday, but he's going to come off the bench and his minutes will be monitored, making him an unattractive option in most leagues. Beverley could conceivably start for the Rockets at some point, but he's likely headed for a three-way timeshare with Jason Terry and Ty Lawson; meaning at best he could only be viewed as a steals and 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Today, 9:14 am
  • Victor Oladipo will come off the bench on Wed
    Victor Oladipo will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, and Channing Frye will replace him in the starting five.

    Advice: Oladipo has been horrible since returning from the concussion, averaging just 7.3 points, 4.0 boards and 2.7 assists per game on a putrid 31.0 percent shooting from the field, so perhaps he can get things back on track acting as a sixth man for the Magic. Oladipo has early-round upside, so owners shouldn't be looking to sell at this current low point. For what it's worth, head coach Scott Skiles said the move was not punitive, and he's just looking to get more balance with the first-unit. There's also no indication that the bench role will be a long-term thing for Dipo, and it's important to note that he's still expected to play starters minutes. Today, 8:38 am
  • Mo Williams (ankle) will play on Wednesday
    Mo Williams (ankle) will play Wednesday vs. the Raptors, but head coach David Blatt said that he will monitor his minutes.

    Advice: If Blatt intends to monitor Mo's minutes, he may need to get creative with the point guard position as Matthew Dellavedova (calf) is headed for a game-time call. Williams is going to get a tough matchup against Kyle Lowry of the Raptors, and partnering that with a limited workload makes him an unattractive play in DFS. Today, 8:26 am
  • Matthew Dellavedova (calf) a game-time call
    Matthew Dellavedova (calf) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Toronto.

    Advice: Dellavedova's value is set to take a hit tonight anyway with the return of Mo Williams (ankle), and with him heading towards a game-time decision, he's far too risky to consider using in DFS. Williams could be forced into heavy minutes if Delly is unable to give it a go. Stay tuned. Today, 8:02 am
  • Ty Lawson embracing bench role with Houston
    Ty Lawson said that coming off the bench in Houston can be a positive as it will give him more opportunity to have the ball in his hands, and play his game.

    Advice: "If I come off the bench, I can have the ball in my hands more and have more opportunity to get in the paint, play my game," said Lawson. "It's good for the team, good for me. Hopefully, this is a transition to getting back to myself, be more aggressive." Lawson hasn't benefited at all statistically with the demotion to the second-unit, averaging a meager 3.3 points and 2.3 assists on 20.0 percent shooting through 17.8 minutes per game. What's troubling is his value could head even further south when Patrick Beverley (ankle) returns to the floor, so he's by no means a must-own player at this juncture. Today, 7:58 am
  • Mo Williams (ankle) says he'll play Wednesday
    Mo Williams (ankle) said that he will play in Wednesday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Williams has spent the past two games on the sidelines with an ankle injury, but he'll be back on the floor tonight which will send Matthew Dellavedova back to the bench. Williams will draw a tough matchup against Kyle Lowry of the Raptors, so he's not a great play in DFS. Today, 7:47 am
  • Patrick Beverley's minutes will be monitored
    Interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that he will monitor Patrick Beverley's (ankle) minutes upon his return.

    Advice: Beverley is questionable to play Wednesday against the Grizzlies, but if he does get on to the court following a five-game absence, he will continue to come off the bench and Bickerstaff will be cautious with his minutes. Bickerstaff said he likes the leadership that Jason Terry brings, which is why Terry will continue to start, and it's looking like this could turn into a three-way timeshare at the point guard slot in Houston between JET, Ty Lawson and Beverley; which isn't great from a fantasy standpoint. Today, 7:43 am
  • Report: Kyrie Irving (knee) to play by X-mas
    Kyrie Irving (knee surgery) is reportedly expected to play on Christmas day vs. the Warriors, and he's hopeful to be back on the court before that game.

    Advice: Recent reports indicate that Uncle Drew is targeting a mid-December return, so now would be the time to fire up some low-ball offers for a guy with first-round upside. He'll likely be brought along slowly upon his return, but he'll more than likely resume his first-round status by the time we get to the All-Star break. His return to the court will hurt the value of Mo Williams, and kill the value of Matthew Dellavedova, who will then become the third-string point guard in Cleveland. Today, 7:08 am
  • Kobe thinks Dubs can beat 33-game win streak
    Following the Lakers 111-77 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday night, Kobe Bryant said the he believes the Dubs have a real shot at breaking the 1971-72 Lakers' 33-game win streak.

    Advice: "Yeah, they could do it – because they’re good," Bryant said. "It’s a very young league, and they’ve managed to put together a team of extremely intelligent players and extremely versatile players, and great shooters. And so I see no reason why they couldn’t continue to extend [the record]." Game recognize game. Simply put, the Warriors have looked phenomenal this year going undefeated through the first 16 games of the season with MVP Stephen Curry leading the way behind averages of 32.1 points (career-high), 5.1 boards (career-high), 5.9 assists, 2.6 steals (career-high) and 4.9 three-pointers (career-high) per contest on 51.2 percent shooting from the field. The Dubs will look to extend their current winning streak against the Suns on Friday. Today, 6:22 am
  • D'Angelo Russell scores eight points in loss
    D'Angelo Russell was held to just eight points on 4-of-8 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: The rookie also added two assists, four boards and two steals, but he missed his two attempts from beyond the arc. Russell was showing signs of improvement over his last three games, but the Warriors are playing some insane basketball right now and his owners could probably see tonight's mediocre stat line coming from a mile away. Russell will look to get it going vs. the Blazers on Saturday. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores four points in loss
    Jordan Clarkson scored just four points on 2-of-11 shooting in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: It was easily the worst game of his season which is a shame because he averaged 18.0 points per game in his previous five outings. The Lakers aren't going anywhere this season and may shift gears and start looking towards the future (their draft pick is top-3 protected next summer), so Clarkson's value should rise as the season progresses. He deserves a pass for tonight's performance. Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 18 in loss to Bulls
    C.J. McCollum hit 7-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, two rebounds and four assists in Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: This wasn't one of his greatest games, but he still put up pretty solid numbers. The Blazers get the Lakers on Saturday, so CJM should have a big game as long as he's not on the bench late in a blowout. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Damian Lillard has off night vs. Bulls
    Damian Lillard hit just 4-of-22 shots and missed all six of his 3-point attempts, but still filled the stat sheet with 19 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and a block in Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: Great players have a way of coming through for fantasy owners even when things aren't going well, and that was certainly the case for Lillard tonight. Look for him to get some redemption on Saturday against the Lakers. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Derrick Rose returns from ankle injury
    Derrick Rose returned from a two-game absence to hit 7-of-20 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, four rebounds and six assists in Tuesday's win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Rose missed a couple games with a sprained ankle, and while he didn't set the world on fire tonight, he played fairly well. Hopefully he can stay healthy and get hot between now and Christmas. Pau Gasol added 12 points, 14 rebounds and a block in the win, but hit just 5-of-15 shots. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Warriors set NBA record, improve to 16-0
    The Warriors set an NBA record on Tuesday with a dominant win over the Lakers to become the first team to start the season 16-0 with Stephen Curry leading the way with 24 points.

    Advice: Unreal. The Warriors look unstoppable at the moment and they are showing no signs of slowing down. Curry has been the clear frontrunner to win the MVP Award once again and he's been the best player in real life and in fantasy this season. The Warriors will look to improve their streak on Friday in Phoenix. Curry added nine assists, four boards, two steals and four 3-pointers in the win. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores seven points in loss
    Emmanuel Mudiay scored seven points with four assists, three boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Mudiay shot just 3-of-8 from the field and turned the ball over three more times, and his inefficient play continues to make him a terrible option in 9-cat leagues. He also got into a heated argument with head coach Michael Malone during the loss, but he downplayed the whole situation after the game and made it clear that he would apologize to his coach. He will continue to get solid minutes down the stretch and his usage rate will be solid, so owners in points leagues can continue to roll him out there. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Avery Bradley drops 25 in loss to Hawks
    Avery Bradley hit 10-of-17 shots and four 3-pointers for 25 points, two assists, three steals and a block against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bradley had 27 points and seven triples on Sunday, and is averaging 22.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 3.8 3-pointers over his last five games. He's become the only other reliable Celtic in addition to teammate Isaiah Thomas, who struggled in tonight's loss. Yesterday, 8:09 pm
  • Mario Chalmers scores 14 with 5 steals
    Mario Chalmers came off the bench and hit 4-of-7 shots for 14 points, two assists and five steals in 22 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Super Mario is actually trying to live up to his nickname since being traded to the Grizzlies, and is averaging 15 points, 2.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in 20 minutes per game over his last five. If you need a guard and those numbers are appealing, think about grabbing him in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 8:06 pm
  • George Hill scores 14 despite illness
    George Hill played through an illness on Tuesday and hit 5-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, four rebounds, five assists and a steal in a win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Hill was iffy coming in, but looked pretty good tonight. He was overshadowed by C.J. Miles and Paul George, but still played well enough to help your team if you had him active. Yesterday, 6:42 pm
  • George Hill (illness) will start on Tuesday
    George Hill (illness) will start Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Joining him will be Monta Ellis, C.J. Miles, Paul George and Ian Mahinmi. Hill is going to get a tough matchup against John Wall of the Wizards in his first game back following a three-game absence, but Hill is a must-start option every time he's on the court. Go ahead and get him active. Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • Scott wants to get Russell to 30-35 minutes
    Byron Scott said he would like for D'Angelo Russell to play 30-35 minutes per game, but Russell will need to earn those minutes with his play on the court.

    Advice: The No. 2 overall pick has begun to string some good games together, as he's averaging 14.3 points, 6.0 boards, 3.3 assists and 2.0 tripes per game over the last three. Scott isn't going to hand the rookie minutes, but he did earn a season-high 36 minutes during the Lakers loss to the Blazers on Sunday. His arrow is pointing up, so he's worth stashing in standard leagues. Yesterday, 12:27 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (ankle) practices on Tuesday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) practiced on Tuesday, and has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Beverley is on track to play Wednesday, although interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that Jason Terry will still be the starting point guard upon Beverley's return. JET as the starting point is not a trend that's likely to continue once Beverley is fully up to speed, but this is very bad news for Ty Lawson owners as his minutes will head even further south with Patrick active. Beverley won't score a lot of points, but he should be able to do enough with steals and 3-pointers to warrant a roster spot in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) will start on Tuesday
    Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain) will start Tuesday vs. Portland, sending Kirk Hinrich back to the bench.

    Advice: Rose said that there will be no restriction on his minutes tonight, so owners can go ahead and roll him out there. Kirk Hinrich won't be worth using in any format with Rose active, and Jimmy Butler's value and usage rate will take a slight hit. Yesterday, 11:06 am
  • Kyrie Irving expected to return before Jan
    Kyrie Irving (knee surgery) is expected to return before January.

    Advice: Irving has been targeting a mid-December return, so this timetable makes sense. Irving will likely be on a minutes limit upon his return so his fantasy owners should short-term temper expectations, but this is great news for the Cavs and fantasy owners alike. Mo Williams and Matthew Dellavedova are set to see their value drop when Irving returns. Yesterday, 7:19 am
  • Brandon Knight turns it over eight times
    Brandon Knight turned the ball over eight times against the Spurs on Monday during a 98-84 loss, adding 18 points with three rebounds, eight assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Suns really missed Eric Bledsoe (knee) and turned the ball over a 76ers-like 28 times tonight. Knight is having a breakout season as a scorer and he should be better against the Pelicans on Wednesday. Monday, 10:50 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 13 points in win
    Goran Dragic scored 13 points against the Knicks on Monday with nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

    Advice: You could say this is his best game of the year. Dragic is starting to trend up in his last five, averaging 11.6 points, 4.4 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.6 treys. He's always had a very nice floor in fantasy, so there might still be a buy-low window. Monday, 9:37 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 20 with nine assists
    Russell Westbrook scored 20 points with nine assists, seven boards, one steal and four turnovers against the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: Kevin Durant (hamstring) returned to the lineup tonight and the game was a blowout, so that explains why Westbrook played just 27 minutes. Westbrook's numbers won't be as crazy as they were when Durant was on the shelf, but he will still be a first-round value the rest of the way. Judging by tonight's game, the Thunder look like a force to be reckoned with in the West. Monday, 9:26 pm
  • Canaan scores 14 points, starts 2nd half
    Isaiah Canaan scored 14 points on 3-of-10 shooting in Monday's loss to the Wolves with three boards, three assists, one block, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Nik Stauskas left the game with a knee injury and will have an MRI on Tuesday, so Canaan could be looking at an increased role going forward. He is a very streaky shooter and struggles with consistency, so he's better suited for deeper leagues. Monday, 8:48 pm
  • Matt Dellavedova looks great again
    Matthew Dellavedova scored 15 points against the Magic on Monday with nine assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was awesome and has looked like a whole new player this season. Dellavedova is just keeping the seat warm for Kyrie Irving (knee) and he'll likely move back to the bench when Mo Williams (ankle) can return, which can be as soon as this week. He's more of a short-term add despite his terrific play in the past week. Monday, 8:04 pm
  • Shabazz Napier hands out nine dimes
    Shabazz Napier handed out a career-high nine assists against the Cavs during a 117-103 loss on Monday, adding 11 points, three rebounds, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He took over for a benched Elfrid Payton and there's even a chance Napier gets the starting job. Coach Scott Skiles likes Napier more than LeBron James did, but he still doesn't have much of a fantasy upside. Napier is only a speculative add if you really need a point guard and is better suited for 14- or 16-team leagues. Monday, 7:44 pm
  • Scott Skiles: It's time to change the lineup
    Coach Scott Skiles said that it's "time to change the lineup" following a loss to the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: Oh boy. Based on how Victor Oladipo has been benched multiple times in the past week, there is a pretty good chance he or Elfrid Payton moves to the second unit because they're not playing well off each other right now. Oladipo's owners shouldn't be pushing the panic button yet and anyone who wants to own him should try to see if his owner will sell low. He finished with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 26 minutes. Monday, 6:51 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) will not play on Monday
    Eric Bledsoe (left knee soreness) will not play on Monday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He was expected to be a game-time decision, but his knee must have been giving him some problems in warmups. Bledsoe briefly left Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans with a leg injury, so it's unclear if the two issues are related. To be clear, Bledsoe returned to Sunday's game and appeared to be moving fine. Until we get a further update, Bledsoe should be considered day-to-day. Brandon Knight will be incredibly busy on Monday, while more opportunities should fall to guys like Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker. Monday, 4:33 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) will be a game-time call
    Eric Bledsoe (sore left knee) will be a game-time decision for Monday's game vs. the Spurs. Monday, 4:28 pm
  • Matthew Dellavedova will start
    Matthew Dellavedova (ankle) will start against the Magic on Monday.

    Advice: He is likely going to have his minutes monitored today, so he'll be a risky player to use in DFS. Dellavedova only has short-term value this week. Jared Cunningham could also get more minutes tonight. Monday, 2:24 pm
  • Mo Williams out, Matt Dellavedova will start
    Mo Williams (ankle) will not play against the Magic on Monday and Matthew Dellavedova will get the start.

    Advice: Williams has some inflammation in his ankle and he could miss more games going forward. He's still a decent stash, but he will undoubtedly lose value once Kyrie Irving (knee) returns. Dellavedova is not a particularly strong player to own in season-long leagues. Monday, 2:21 pm
  • Pat Beverley up in the air for Wednesday
    Pat Beverley (ankle) will go through practice on Tuesday and coach B.J. Bickerstaff said "we'll see" regarding his status for Wednesday.

    Advice: The Rockets rested Beverley on Monday after they gave him extra work on Sunday. Beverley will likely be in the starting lineup and should find minutes in the mid 20s. He's worth a look in 14-team leagues. Monday, 12:46 pm
  • George Hill, C.J. Miles probable for Tuesday
    George Hill (illness) and C.J. Miles (ankle) are probable to play against the Wizards on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hill had a chest infection last week, forcing him to miss two games. His return will bump Monta Ellis back to shooting guard and C.J. Miles (ankle) to small forward. Hill should be in all lineups this week. Monday, 11:58 am
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) puts in full practice
    Derrick Rose (ankle) practiced in full on Monday and is expected to play on Tuesday against the Blazers.

    Advice: He'll be returning after missing two games on the road trip. Rose is likely very close to 100 percent and he isn't expected to have a a minutes cap. Kirk Hinrich would move back to the bench and E'Twaun Moore would play less. The Bulls only have two games, so he should still be benched in weekly leagues. Monday, 11:44 am
  • Pat Beverley (ankle) doesn't practice Monday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: He was on track to practice today, so perhaps he won't be able to play on Wednesday. Beverley is likely going to start for the Rockets and he could have value in 14-team leagues off the bat. If you need steals or treys, give him a look. Monday, 11:38 am
  • D'Angelo Russell now calling 90% of the plays
    D'Angelo Russell is now calling 90 percent of the plays when he's on the floor.

    Advice: "He needs that confidence," Byron Scott said. "He needs to know that we believe in him. Giving him the ball and saying you will run the show pretty much says it all." This is a big difference from just a couple of weeks ago, when Scott and Russell were splitting the calls evenly. Over his last three games, Russell is averaging 14.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 3-pointers, and he's also been able to stay on the floor with average north of 32 minutes during that stretch. It's taking some time, but things are noticeably improving for Russell as he trends upward. Monday, 9:28 am
  • Mo Williams (leg/ankle) still doubtful Monday
    Mo Williams (right ankle/leg) remains doubtful to play on Monday vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Williams was deemed doubtful on Saturday, and nothing has really changed over the last couple of days. Without the veteran available, it will be on Matthew Dellavedova and Jared Cunningham to step up at point guard. As a starter, Delly is averaging 9.5 points, 8.0 assists and a triple on 50 percent shooting. Monday, 9:11 am
  • Update: Dellavedova expected to play Monday
    Updating a previous item, Matthew Dellavedova (left ankle/leg) is expected to play on Monday.

    Advice: It's still not yet clear if Delly will start at point guard with Mo Williams (right ankle/leg) doubtful or if Jared Cunningham will get the nod after practicing with the starters on Monday morning, but it would be surprising if Dellavedova isn't with the starting group if he's feeling well enough to play. At less than 100 percent and staring at a potential timeshare, Delly's DFS ceiling isn't all that high. Monday, 9:05 am
  • Dellavedova has an unspecified ankle injury
    Matthew Dellavedova is "dealing with an ankle injury."

    Advice: It's not clear what type of injury Delly is currently dealing with, but he apparently hurt himself in Saturday's win over Atlanta, and we wonder how Kyle Korver feels about that development. Moving on, iff Dellavedova is forced to sit out, Jared Cunningham would be in line to draw the start at point guard. Unless David Blatt wants Cunningham to play major minutes, the Cavs are going to have to get creative at point guard with Mo Williams (leg) also doubtful to suit up. Monday, 8:22 am
  • Derrick Rose on track to return on Tuesday
    Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain) is on track to return on Tuesday vs. Portland.

    Advice: Rose made it through Sunday's practice in full, and unless he has a setback in advance of Tuesday's game, the expectation is that he'll be back on the floor. Sidelined since the November 16 win over the Pacers, a Tuesday return would mean Rose will have missed just two games. Monday, 6:02 am
  • Damian Lillard posts 30 points w/ 13 assists
    Damian Lillard dropped 30 points and a career-high 13 assists in Sunday's win over the Lakers, while chipping in three 3-pointers, six rebounds, two steals and one block.

    Advice: He shot 12-of-25 from the field and only turned the ball over twice in 37 minutes, getting anywhere he wanted to vs. the Lakers' perimeter defenders. The Blazers have now won a franchise-best five straight road games in L.A., and they held on tonight thanks to a combined 49 points from Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Sunday, 9:18 pm
  • C.J. McCollum posts well-rounded line Sunday
    C.J. McCollum made 8-of-13 shots with three 3-pointers vs. the Lakers, finishing with 19 points, four boards, five assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: There's nothing like a game vs. the Lakers to snap a shooting slump -- McCollum came in shooting only 25-of-65 from the field in his previous four games. The lack of efficiency has taken a toll but he's still doing enough for steady mid-round value with upside, anchored by 20.1 points and 1.9 triples per game, and tonight's defensive stats are a welcome surprise. Sunday, 9:16 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson takes over as backup PG
    Jordan Clarkson took over as the Lakers' backup PG on Sunday and finished with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, three 3-pointers, four rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Byron Scott wasn't thrilled with Lou Williams' performance as a reserve PG, so he tweaked his lineup to give Clarkson the ball when D'Angelo Russell sat. Clarkson played 35 minutes, just under his season high, and the added responsibilities should be a boon for his already-solid fantasy value. Sunday, 9:13 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell returns after ankle sprain
    D'Angelo Russell posted 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists vs. the Blazers, knocking down two 3-pointers in 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: Russell was on the court down the stretch, which is a good sign that Byron Scott is trusting him more, but he shot 0-of-4 in the fourth quarter and had a costly turnover with two minutes remaining. He suffered a mild left ankle sprain in the third quarter but was able to return after being re-taped, and we're leaving him off the injury report in advance of Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors. Sunday, 9:12 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (ankle) expected to return
    D'Angelo Russell (mild left ankle sprain) is expected to return to Sunday's game.

    Advice: He is having a nice game vs. the Blazers and fortunately seems to have avoided any serious injury. Sunday, 8:02 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay nears historic shooting lows
    Emmanuel Mudiay posted 17 points, two rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block vs. the Warriors, but he shot only 6-of-21 from the field and turned the ball over three times.

    Advice: Just how awful has Mudiay's shooting been? He's on pace to be the first qualifying player since 1960 to shoot worse than 34 percent from the field while taking at least 13 attempts per game. He's clinging to late-round value in 8-cat leagues, but is basically unusable in 9-cat thanks to his 4.4 turnovers per game. Sunday, 7:51 pm
  • Golden State ties NBA record w/ 15-0 start
    Stephen Curry and the Warriors improved to 15-0 with a win in Denver on Sunday, thus tying the NBA record for consecutive wins to begin a season.

    Advice: Golden State tied the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets, and they can set a new record if they win at home vs. the Lakers on Tuesday. Their depth and team-first attitude is evident on a nightly basis, and it helps that they have the reigning MVP on their side -- Curry posted 19 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds, seven assists and three steals tonight, and could blow up in Tuesday's potentially historic game. Sunday, 7:46 pm
  • Russell Westbrook carries Thunder past Mavs
    Russell Westbrook put the Thunder on his back again on Sunday, racking up 31 points, two 3-pointers, five boards, 11 assists, five steals and one block in a win vs. Dallas.

    Advice: He made 12-of-22 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs in another superhero performance for OKC, which improved to 8-6 with the victory. He did commit seven more turnovers, adding to his league-leading 4.9 miscues per game, but that's something his 9-cat owners have obviously come to terms with. Sunday, 6:45 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 29 points w/ full line
    Eric Bledsoe briefly exited Sunday's game with a leg injury, but he still filled it up with 29 points (7-of-15 FGs, 11-of-12 FTs), seven rebounds, six assists and one steal.

    Advice: EB has at least 20 points and two 3-pointers in eight consecutive games, and he's adding enough rebounds and assists for first-round value in 8-cat leagues. His leg didn't seem to bother him and we're leaving him off the injury report, but it can't hurt to double-check his status prior to Monday's game. Sunday, 6:08 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) starts, plays 37 mins
    Brandon Knight (ankle) played 37 minutes on Sunday but shot only 5-of-18 from the field to finish with 19 points, three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four turnovers.

    Advice: The Pelicans give up 30.1 points per game to opposing point guards, most in the NBA, but it was Eric Bledsoe (29 points) who feasted tonight. Knight's ankle shouldn't be an issue for Monday's road game vs. the Spurs, so we're keeping him off the injury report. Sunday, 6:07 pm
  • Avery Bradley w/ career-high seven 3-pointers
    Avery Bradley made a career-high seven 3-pointers as a starter on Sunday, scoring 27 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: Brad Stevens plugged him back into the starting unit with Marcus Smart (leg) on the sidelines for at least two weeks, and Bradley didn't miss a beat. He and Isaiah Thomas each scored 27 points and they'll be leaned on heavily over the next few weeks. Make sure Bradley is locked into your lineups for Boston's upcoming four-game week. Sunday, 5:42 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (leg) returns after brief exit
    Eric Bledsoe exited Sunday's game with an apparent left leg injury, but he has since returned.

    Advice: Bledsoe looked uncomfortable to begin the second half, and he was walking with a different gait after returning, but fortunately it doesn't seem like a serious issue. We should have more details about his injury after the game. Sunday, 4:31 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) will start on Sunday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Pelicans, as expected.

    Advice: The Suns will go with their standard starting lineup of Eric Bledsoe, Knight, P.J. Tucker, Markieff Morris and Tyson Chandler. Knight briefly left Friday's game with a mild left ankle sprain, but he was never really in any doubt of suiting up for tonight's game. Go ahead and get him active. Sunday, 2:30 pm
  • Avery Bradley will start Sunday vs. Brooklyn
    Avery Bradley will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Nets, with Marcus Smart (leg) out.

    Advice: The Bradley off the bench experiment will have to be put on hold with Smart expected to be sidelined for at least the next couple weeks, and it'll be interesting to see how he responds to the first-unit as he's been going off as a reserve with averages of 18.5 points, 3.0 boards, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 three-pointers per game. He'll draw an extremely favorable matchup against the Nets today, so make sure you have him active. Sunday, 1:42 pm
  • Marcus Smart (leg) out at least two weeks
    Marcus Smart will be sidelined for the at least the next "couple weeks" with a "subluxation of the proximal tibfib joint," and Avery Bradley will return to the starting five with Smart out.

    Advice: Head coach Brad Stevens said that Smart could be out even longer than the current two-week timeline, so we can expect to see a ton of Isaiah Thomas and Bradley moving forward. Evan Turner is also going to see a decent bump in minutes sans Smart, and Stevens also suggested that one of the Celtics younger guys is going to start playing more, so R.J. Hunter and Terry Rozier could see their playing time rise to the low-teens. If there's a positive here, it's that Stevens said no surgery will be required for Smart as there is nothing structurally wrong, but this is a tough blow for the Celtics who are currently clinging to the seventh-seed out East. Sunday, 1:34 pm
  • Rose (ankle) goes through full practice Sun
    Derrick Rose (ankle) was a full participant during Sunday's practice, and head coach Fred Hoiberg said that Rose will be re-evaluated on Monday.

    Advice: Rose is making good progress with his sprained left ankle, and he said that he's shooting to play in Tuesday's game against Portland, which is a realistic timeline given his full participation in Sunday's practice. His return would send Kirk Hinrich back to the bench, and he'd cut into the production of Jimmy Butler. Check back for another update on Rose on Monday. Sunday, 1:00 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) probable Sunday vs. NO
    Brandon Knight (ankle) is probable to play Sunday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Knight suffered a very mild left ankle sprain during Friday's game against the Nuggets, but he played through it and finished with a career-high 38 points over the course of 36 minutes. Make sure you have him active for what will be an uptempo matchup with the Pelicans. Sunday, 12:29 pm
  • George Hill day-to-day with chest infection
    George Hill, who has missed Indiana's past three games with a chest infection, is still being listed as day-to-day.

    Advice: Hill reportedly suffered a setback in his recovery following Friday's practice, and it's looking like there's a small chance he misses his fourth consecutive game on Tuesday. If that's the case, Monta Ellis would continue to act as a makeshift point guard for the Pacers, with Rodney Stuckey picking up some extra minutes. Sunday, 11:21 am
  • Dragic is losing confidence in his shot
    Goran Dragic admitted on Saturday that he has lost a little bit of confidence in his shot.

    Advice: "I’ve lost a little bit of confidence on my shot, but I’m working on it," Dragic said. "I’m staying after practice shooting the ball, trying to get back that feeling. I think I’m thinking too much about it." Dragic is averaging just 10.5 points on 41.7 percent shooting this season, and he is going to have a really tough time reaching his ADP unless he turns things around quickly. He is still a decent buy-low target, though. Sunday, 7:52 am
  • C.J. Watson (calf) listed as out for Monday
    C.J. Watson (calf) is listed as out for Monday's game against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Watson is dealing with a strained left calf and hasn't played since Nov. 9, but it's not a good sign that the Magic ruled him out so quickly. Elfrid Payton's minutes have been on the rise lately, meaning Shabazz Napier will likely see minutes in the teens as the backup point guard on Monday. Sunday, 7:38 am
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) is making good progress
    Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said that Kyrie Irving is making good progress, but he still doesn't know when the star point guard will return to action.

    Advice: "He has advanced to running plays 5-on-0. He’s doing some light 1-on-1 contact drills. He’s certainly taking some steps forward," Blatt said. "Again, can I put a number on it in terms of days left until we see him back out there fully? I really can’t. I’m not trying to keep it from you. I just don’t know. But definitely seeing progress in the last few days and that’s encouraging." According to a team source, Irving "destroyed" LeBron James in 1-on-1 and was "in the zone." We've heard a lot of encouraging reports lately, so it sounds like we could see him return to the court in December. Sunday, 6:31 am
  • Mario Chalmers has a minor right foot issue
    Mario Chalmers scored six points in 2-of-10 from the field against the Spurs on Saturday, adding two rebounds, four assists and one steal.

    Advice: He did have an injury to his right foot, but didn't need to miss time. Chalmers was leading the NBA in offensive rating, defensive rating and net rating earlier this week, but he's cooled off in his last two. He should not have a big bump from his Miami days and is more of a 14-team player. Saturday, 9:12 pm
  • Ty Lawson plays 17 minutes off the bench
    Ty Lawson failed to score in 17 minutes off the bench in Saturday's loss to the Knicks, adding two boards, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Lawson's fantasy value is laughable at the moment and he now has averages of 4.8 points and 3.4 assists over his last five games. If you were still contemplating holding onto Lawson prior to Saturday's game, you probably just got your answer. With Patrick Beverley (ankle) hoping to return on Wednesday and the Rockets falling to 5-9 on the season, don't be surprised if Lawson falls completely out of the rotation. Saturday, 8:47 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan scores 22 points off bench
    Isaiah Canaan scored 22 points against the Heat on Saturday with two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He was hurt at the end of this game, but it looks to be minor. Canaan has been very inconsistent all season, so he's not really worth a pickup unless you have dead weight on your roster. Saturday, 8:44 pm
  • Matt Dellavedova slows down in a win
    Matthew Dellavedova scored 12 points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was very good once again and continues to exceed expectations. His body of work suggests he won't be this good on Monday, but feel free to give him a look with Mo Williams (ankle) doubtful for that one. Dellavedova only has short-term value in most cases. Saturday, 7:27 pm
  • Victor Oladipo benched in fourth quarter
    Victor Oladipo did not play at all in the fourth quarter during a loss to the Kings on Saturday, finishing with 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Scott Skiles is at it again. He apparently is not pleased with the effort from his star guard and benched him for a big chunk of the second half for the second game in a row. This should only be a temporary thing because Oladipo is too good, so his owners just have to weather the storm. He's a buy-low option. Saturday, 4:34 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (ankle) targeting Wednesday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) is on track to practice on Monday and is targeting Wednesday's game vs. the Grizzlies for his return.

    Advice: Beverley suffered the ankle injury on Nov. 13 and hasn't played since, so this great news for the Rockets. Ty Lawson was recently demoted to the bench because of poor play and Jason Terry has been running the point in the first unit, but Beverley could very well be starting when he gets back. Saturday, 3:31 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) doing 5-on-0 and 1-on-1
    Kyrie Irving (knee) has been doing some 5-on-0 and 1-on-1 work in practice.

    Advice: He still doesn't have a timetable to return, but getting in more 1-on-1 is a positive sign. Irving has been doing some shooting before games and there is a sense he should be ready in December. Matt Dellavedova will get plenty of minutes tonight with Mo Wiliams (ankle) also out tonight. Saturday, 2:57 pm
  • George Hill very unlikely to play vs. Bucks
    George Hill (illness) is not likely to play against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He's only going to play in an emergency, which means he won't get minutes unless someone gets hurt. With Hill out, the Pacers will probably want to go with a bigger lineup to try and clog the paint against the Bucks. Regardless, fantasy owners shouldn't be relying on Lavoy Allen or Chase Budinger tonight. Rodney Stuckey should also get some minutes at backup point guard. Saturday, 2:25 pm
  • Smart (lower left leg) out at least two games
    Marcus Smart (lower left leg injury) will not play against the Nets on Sunday or against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Celtics originally called his injury a bruised left knee, but the severity of his left leg issue is still unknown. It's a little worrying that he isn't even traveling with the team, but we will consider him day-to-day until we get a firm update or timetable. It's possible that Avery Bradley will enter the starting lineup next to Isaiah Thomas, while Evan Turner figures to be more involved in the offense as well. Saturday, 10:10 am
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) plays some 1-on-1
    Kyrie Irving (knee) played in a "friendly" game of 1-on-1 with LeBron James on Saturday.

    Advice: Irving still has a "ways to go" according to this report, but it's another step in the right direction for the star point guard after he was recently cleared for weight-bearing activities. While there is no official timetable, it sounds like we should see him back on the court before Christmas. In case it's not obvious, Irving should absolutely be stashed everywhere. Mo Williams (leg) and Matthew Dellavedova's value will take a hit when Irving does return. Saturday, 8:27 am
  • George Hill (illness) upgraded to probable
    George Hill (illness) has been upgraded to probable for Saturday's game against the Bucks, but he will likely be a game-time decision.

    Advice: The team will monitor his status throughout the day, but Hill will likely slide back into the starting lineup with Lavoy Allen shifting to the bench. Hill has missed the past two games with an upper respiratory illness, but he shouldn't have too many limitations tonight. We'll confirm his status prior to tip-off, but go ahead and get him active. Saturday, 7:59 am
  • Avery Bradley is OK with coming off bench
    Avery Bradley said that he is OK with coming off the bench behind Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart (knee).

    Advice: "Right now I feel it does fit me," Bradley said after scoring 21 points against the Nets on Friday. "Of course I want to start, but I have to do whatever is best for the team. It's just my role right now." Head coach Brad Stevens also seems to like the idea of Bradley off the bench, but it's important to note that his role isn't set in stone. Regardless of whether he starts or not, Bradley is averaging 18.5 points, 3.0 boards, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 treys over his last four games and belongs in all lineups while he is this hot. Saturday, 6:32 am
  • Stephen Curry doesn't have best game in win
    The Warriors didn't need Stephen Curry's best effort during a 106-94 win over the Bulls on Friday with Curry making just 9-of-20 from the field for 27 points with five rebounds, four assists, four steals, three 3-pointers and six turnovers.

    Advice: For anyone else, this is pretty nice. For Stephen Curry, it's one of his worst games of the season. As they have all season, the Warriors small-ball lineup of Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green dominated and managed to improve their offensive rating to 157.0 in 54 minutes on the season. Curry does have a whopping 20 turnovers in his last three games, but who cares? Additionally, he's only on pace for 416 treys this year now. The Warriors will look to try and go 15-0 against the Nuggets on Sunday. Saturday, 2:10 am
  • Jordan Clarkson keeps it going
    Jordan Clarkson scored 13 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: He has turned it around with four straight games of an effective field goal percentage of 50.0 or higher. Clarkson also has 2.0 treys per game in that span and has done a nice job of expanding his game. He's a solid player to own in standard leagues. Saturday, 1:04 am
  • D'Angelo Russell scores career-high 17
    D'Angelo Russell scored a career-high 17 points against the Raptors on Friday with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: It was by far his best offensive game and he's starting to take better shots and not forcing the ball. With the Lakers falling to 2-10, they may be more inclined to play Russell. He'll be wildly inconsistent, but he has enough upside to stash in standard leagues. He might be worth using, too. Saturday, 12:56 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 27 points
    Damian Lillard scored 27 points during a 102-91 win over the Clippers on Friday, adding four rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: It was Lillard Time. He killed the Clippers late with 11 points in the fourth quarter. Lillard hit a pullup trey to give the Blazers a boost and he pointed to his wrist and looked at the Clippers to let them know what time it was. He's putting up second-round value on the season despite a prolonged shooting slump. You can check out a video of Dame's celebration in the link below. Saturday, 12:53 am
  • Brandon Knight scores career-high 38 points
    Brandon Knight scored a career-high 38 points against the Nuggets during a 114-107 win on Friday, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: You think the Bucks want his 3-point shooting back? Knight is as hot as anyone in his last five games, averaging 27.6 points, 5.4 boards, 5.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 3.4 treys on 49.5 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the line. Knight actually had an ankle injury in the first half and went to the locker room. He has first-round value in eight-cat leagues and top-20 value in standard leagues. Saturday, 12:22 am
  • Eric Bledsoe scored 22 points in win
    Eric Bledsoe scored 22 points against the Nuggets on Friday, adding one rebound, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He just will not slow down with seven consecutive 20-point games. In that span, he's averaged 24.3 points, 4.1 boards, 5.9 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.1 treys on 51.6 percent from the field and 82.9 percent from the line. He's No. 8 in eight cat and No. 15 in nine-cat leagues right now. Saturday, 12:19 am
  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores career-high 26
    Emmanuel Mudiay scored a career-high 26 points against the Suns on Friday with three rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block, one 3-pointer and six turnovers.

    Advice: He was 10-of-16 from the field for easily his best game on offense. As for the defensive side, Mudiay was a disaster, gave up a lot of easy buckets from deep and was really exposed on pick-and-roll defense -- Synergy has him at 6.7 percentile on PNR defense. Coach Mike Malone called out his team for defending the 3-point line and he could be including Mudiay. His fantasy owners can still start him his next time out in hopes he can keep it going. Friday, 11:09 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 34 in loss to NY
    Russell Westbrook made 11-of-29 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line for 34 points during a 93-90 loss to the Knicks on Friday, adding seven rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's good for a 39.6 usage rate to move him to 35.6 on the season, which trails DeMarcus Cousins by 0.1. Westbrook's numbers are silly on the year, averaging 28.5 points, 7.8 boards, 10.2 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.9 treys. No player has ever gone 28-7-10 with 2.0 steals on the season and only Oscar Roberson has hit the 28-7-10 without the steals. Westbrook is a stat machine. Friday, 10:25 pm
  • Mario Chalmers cools off in win over Houston
    Mario Chalmers torrid streak in a Memphis jersey came to an end on Friday, as he connected on just 2-of-9 shots on his way to 10 points, four boards, three assists and one steal through 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: Chalmers did manage to connect on all six of his free throw attempts, which has been a strong point for Rio as of late, but the minutes were the lowest amount he's received while wearing a Grizzlies uniform. Still, he's been quite good since his arrival in Memphis, owning averages of 16.5 points, 1.8 three-pointers and 1.5 steals per game on 43.8 percent shooting from the field and 93.9 percent from the stripe, so he's worth holding onto to see if he can bounce-back during Saturday's game against the Spurs. Friday, 10:05 pm
  • Ty Lawson plays just 16 minutes off the bench
    Ty Lawson played a season-low 16 minutes during Friday's loss to Memphis, tallying just eight points on 2-of-6 shooting to go with four assists, one rebound, two steals, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: The defensive stats were nice, but the minutes and shooting percentage were far from encouraging. Since interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has taken over, Lawson has headed to the bench and his minutes have taken a major hit. Lawson also isn't doing much to prove he belongs on the court, connecting a career-worst 31.8 percent of his shot attempts, and his outlook isn't great with the impending return of Patrick Beverley (ankle). While he shouldn't be this bad for an entire season, he hasn't given his owners many reasons to not send him to the waiver wire. Friday, 9:17 pm
  • Avery Bradley scores 21 points off bench
    Avery Bradley was on hot during a win over the Nets on Friday, making 10-of-13 from the field for 21 points with three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He is cooking since his return from a calf injury, averaging 18.5 points, 3.0 boards, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 treys on 55.4 percent from the field in his last four. He's not going to be this good, but clearly all his work to extend his range this offseason is translating. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Friday, 7:41 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) returns to game
    Brandon Knight (left ankle) has returned to Friday's game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Yes, this was the same ankle that required season-ending surgery last season, but his return to the game suggests he'll be fine. Owners can now rest the hand that was hovering over the panic button. Friday, 6:45 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) goes to locker room
    Brandon Knight suffered a left ankle injury and went to the locker room. Friday, 6:30 pm
  • Marcus Smart exits game with left knee injury
    Marcus Smart has been diagnosed with a bruised left knee, and he will not return to Friday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: Smart limped to the locker room under his own power, but head coach Brad Stevens said that Smart will undergo an MRI on his knee, and we'll be awaiting the release of those results. We'll be considering Smart questionable for Sunday's rematch with the Nets, and if he's unable to play, Avery Bradley will likely return to the starting lineup, with Evan Turner seeing an uptick in minutes. Friday, 6:29 pm
  • Avery Bradley staying in reserve role vs Nets
    Avery Bradley will come off the Celtics' bench again on Friday.

    Advice: Brad Stevens won't commit to his starting lineup long-term, but for now he's content with Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart manning the backcourt. Bradley has played well with the second unit, providing a scoring spark while playing typically tight defense, and he's a safe play in typical leagues. Friday, 2:52 pm
  • George Hill questionable for Saturday
    George Hill (illness) is questionable for Saturday against the Bucks.

    Advice: He missed the last two games due to an upper respiratory illness and was able to practice on Friday. With Hill likely back, the Pacers will likely push Lavoy Allen back to the bench while Chase Budinger will play less. Friday, 12:49 pm
  • Derrick Rose will not play on Friday night
    Derrick Rose (ankle) will not play against the Warriors on Friday night.

    Advice: He is improving, but the Bulls won't put him out there against Stephen Curry. Rose almost never plays at less than 100 percent these days, so he could miss the final game on the three-game road trip on Tuesday in Portland -- the same court in which he tore his meniscus. Aaron Brooks is also likely out, so we should see a lot of E'Twaun Moore in the second unit. Kirk Hinrich will start and has very little value. Friday, 11:33 am
  • Mo Williams (right ankle) out for Saturday
    Mo Williams (right ankle) will not play in Saturday's game against the Hawks due to posterior right ankle inflammation.

    Advice: He's also doubtful to play on Monday and the report added he's feeling continued soreness. Williams has taken a lot of time to get over injuries in the past, so inflammation showing up in the MRI suggests he could miss several games. Matthew Dellavedova should put up decent numbers in the next week and is worth a look if you need a point guard in the short term. Friday, 11:27 am
  • Pat Beverley (ankle) still out for Friday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The Rockets will have to go with Jason Terry and Ty Lawson at the point guard spot for a little longer. Beverley has no timetable to return and isn't worth stashing due to a lower upside. Friday, 11:20 am
  • Bickerstaff not blaming Lawson for slow start
    Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff doesn't blame Ty Lawson for the Rockets' slow start and put him in the second unit so that he could have the ball in hands more,

    Advice: Additionally, Bickerstaff inserted Jason Terry in the starting lineup because the Rockets had some success with him in the first unit last season. "This was something we were comfortable with," Bickerstaff said. "We played that way most of the playoffs last year. With the change, we thought it was time for a little more change. It's not Ty's fault. He was not the cause of the problem. It was something we tried to get back to a comfort level." Lawson scored two points in 20 minutes off the bench against the Blazers on Wednesday, and his minutes could be in even more danger when Patrick Beverley (ankle) returns. Lawson is far from a must-own player. Friday, 6:33 am
  • Full Curry: Steph scores 40, GSW now 13-0
    Stephen Curry went crazy yet again during a thrilling 124-117 win over the Clippers on Thursday, scoring 40 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It's just not fair. Curry was in foul trouble and only had three points in the first quarter, which helped the Clippers build a 23-point lead in the first half. As only they could, the Warriors went absolutely bonkers in the fourth quarter with their eight 3-pointers giving them a 100.0 effective field goal percentage in that frame. On the season, Curry still has a ridiculous 69.2 true shooting percentage (TS%) to go with his third-ranked 33.6 usage rate -- no player in NBA history has posted a usage rate of at least 33 with a TS% of at least 64. He's on pace for 428 treys on the season and is on pace to be the most efficient high-volume player in one season. Thursday, 11:44 pm
  • Delly Dishes: Matt Dellavedova has 13 assists
    Matthew Dellavedova handed out a career-high 13 assists against the Bucks on Thursday, adding seven points, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Mo Williams (leg) did not play tonight, so Dellavedova got all the minutes he could handle. He actually looked horrible in the start of this game, but he got it going in the second quarter and beyond. Williams could miss Saturday, so Dellavedova could have short-term value. Although, he won't be worth much in about a week. Thursday, 9:03 pm
  • Mo Williams (leg) questionable for Sat
    Mo Wililams (leg) will receive treatment and is questionable to play against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was ruled out just minutes before the game on Thursday. Williams would be a must-start player, but he's certainly been injury prone in his career. If he's out, Matthew Dellavedova will get a chance to build off his career high in assists from Thursday. Thursday, 8:19 pm
  • Slayed Dragon: Goran Dragic has a bad game
    Goran Dragic scored just nine points in 32 minutes against the Kings on Thursday, adding one rebound, six assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was 4-of-11 and continues to stay ice cold as a scorer. Compared to last season with the Heat, his averages are down 5.7 in points, down 0.7 in boards, down 0.7 in assists and down 0.4 in steals. His usage rate is also down 3.8, which can be blamed on the Heat being healthy so far. We can probably rule out him putting up top-75 value, but it's not a bad idea to trade for him at a heavy discount. He'll need a Heat player to miss time to be a must-start player. Thursday, 7:57 pm
  • Mo Williams will not play on Thursday night
    Mo Williams (leg) will not play against the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: Matthew Dellavedova will get the start tonight. Williams' right leg injury doesn't sound serious and he should be ready for the weekend. With Mo out, there should be more shots to go around to basically the entire team. Dellavedova should be decent, but his upside isn't too high. Thursday, 4:57 pm
  • Kyrie Irving doing some pre-game shooting
    Kyrie Irving (knee) did some pre-game shooting on Thursday.

    Advice: That's a good sign and something he hasn't been doing before today. Irving is doing some weight-bearing exercise, but he's still not cleared for contact. He should be back before Christmas and his owners just have to keep stashing him. Mo Williams has been terrific and may even hold some value upon Irving's return. Thursday, 4:45 pm
  • Mo Williams (leg) a game-time decision Thurs
    Mo Williams (right leg) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's matchup against the Bucks.

    Advice: The dreaded game-time decision. If Williams isn't able to give it a go, Matthew Dellavedova would likely play as close to 48 minutes as possible, and he'd make for a fine DFS target. J.R. Smith would also likely see a bit more opportunity on offense, but LeBron James and Kevin Love would continue to do the heavy lifting. Stay tuned. Thursday, 3:23 pm
  • Ty Lawson pleads guilty to Denver DUI
    Ty Lawson pled guilty to driving while his ability was impaired, as well as failure to drive in a single lane during his court appearance in Denver on Thursday.

    Advice: Lawson was also arrested this summer in Los Angeles for another suspected DUI, and he's due in court later this week for that offense. Lawson's official sentencing for the Denver DUI is scheduled to take place in January, and with him pleading guilty, he'll very likely receive a suspension from the league. It's unclear if he'll be available to play Friday against the Grizzlies, but with how horrible he's been, owners should probably just leave him on their bench for now. Thursday, 2:27 pm
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) a game-time decision Fri
    Derrick Rose (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: Rose didn't go through any on court work during Thursday's practice, and head coach Fred Hoiberg said that while Rose will definitely try to play on Friday, he will err on the side of cautious with his point guard. Given Rose's injury history, it would be far from shocking to see him spend another game on the sidelines to make sure that this ankle injury doesn't turn into a lingering issue, and if that's the case, Jimmy Butler would be in for another big game. Stay tuned. Thursday, 12:02 pm
  • Ty Lawson (personal) misses practice Thursday
    Ty Lawson was not at Thursday's practice because of his court date in Denver.

    Advice: Lawson absence from Thursday's practice shouldn't affect his status for Friday's game against the Grizzlies, although he's been playing so horribly as of late that owners may want to consider benching him until he can string a few good games together. Thursday, 11:40 am
  • C.J. Watson misses Thursday practice
    C.J. Watson (sore left calf) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Watson has missed four straight games and this news doesn't bode well for his availability against the Kings on Saturday. Watson should be ignored in almost all fantasy leagues. Thursday, 10:07 am
  • Mo Williams questionable for Thurs vs Bucks
    Mo Williams (lower right leg soreness) is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: We'll keep an eye on Williams' status leading up to tip off, but he looks to be headed for a game-time decision. If Williams is unable to play, Matthew Dellavedova will see extra run and would make for a solid daily play on Thursday. Thursday, 8:48 am
  • Clippers marvel at Steph Curry's skills
    Doc Rivers and several of the Clippers said there is no player in the NBA like Steph Curry.

    Advice: They're not wrong. Said Rivers, ""It’s amazing," Rivers said. "I don’t know if we’ve seen anything like it, really. We’ve seen great shooters in the league, we’ve seen great ball-handlers in the league; we haven’t seen great shooters that are ball-handlers. He’s both." Blake Griffin and Paul Pierce added to Rivers' praise in the link below, and all fantasy owners can do is sit back and enjoy the ride. Thursday, 6:42 am
  • Ty Lawson says he's good w/ coming off bench
    Ty Lawson said he's fine with coming off the bench if it helps the team.

    Advice: Lawson has struggled mightily this season and scored just two points off the bench on Wednesday against the Blazers. While Lawson has upside, he's not an undroppable player and fantasy owners should feel free to cut ties if it helps them add a higher performing asset. Thursday, 6:30 am
  • Bledsoe & Knight score 44 points on 42 shots
    Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight combined to score 44 of the Suns' 97 points on Wednesday, but they shot just 15-of-42 from the field in a home loss.

    Advice: Bledsoe added six rebounds, seven assists and two steals vs. Chicago, while Knight added three boards, four assists, one steal and five turnovers. The loss snaps a three-game win streak for Phoenix but their next game is vs. the Nuggets, whom they destroyed by 24 points last week. Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay's shot is a tear-down project
    Emmanuel Mudiay's awful shooting continued on Wednesday, as he made 2-of-12 shots to finish a road loss with five points, three rebounds and seven assists.

    Advice: He only committed two turnovers, which is nice, but didn't have any defensive stats and continues to maul owners with his shooting -- he's a combined 27.1 percent from the field in Denver's past five games. Simply put, the rookie is currently a liability in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Wednesday, 9:11 pm
  • Ty Lawson stinks off the bench
    Ty Lawson made 1-of-8 from the field for two points off the bench against the Blazers on Wednesday, adding one assist and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Well, the move to the bench didn't help this time. Lawson is somehow shooting an unfathomably bad 31.7 percent from the field on the season -- he has a higher minutes-per-game average than his field goal percentage. He's not a must-own player in standard leagues and it's become almost impossible to make a case for him as a fantasy asset. Wednesday, 8:39 pm
  • Thunder win behind Russell Westbrook's 43 pts
    Russell Westbrook ran wild vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday with 43 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: New Orleans gives up a league-high 109.9 points per game and they were playing without Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis and Omer Asik tonight, creating a perfect storm for Westbrook. He sank 14-of-25 FGs and 15-of-20 FTs, on his way to a ridiculous usage rate of 42.6 percent. WB has been great all season, but his fantasy owners are loving the sans-Durant version even more. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 19 points in loss
    C.J. McCollum scored 19 points with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes during a 108-103 overtime loss to the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's scored at least 15 points in every single game this year and added a career high in assists. McCollum also had a season high in steals for one of his best multiple-category lines of the season. He was also poked in the eye, but he didn't need to miss time. Wednesday, 8:34 pm
  • Avery Bradley scores 18 points w/ full line
    Avery Bradley had a strong game off the Celtics' bench on Wednesday, posting 18 points, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and four steals.

    Advice: He started out red-hot before cooling off from the field, and eventually fouled out after 31 minutes in a tough loss to the visiting Mavs. Brad Stevens' rotations can change at a moment's notice but Bradley is a safe standard-league play no matter where he begins the game. Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Marcus Smart's offensive struggles continue
    Marcus Smart struggled offensively vs. the Mavericks, hitting 1-of-7 shots without any free throw attempts for two points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Dallas has been steady defensively all season, holding opponents to 99.5 points on 42.6 percent shooting, but this dud has more to do with Smart's shaky jumper. He's 2-of-18 from the field in Boston's past two games and his lone make tonight came from the nail. Fantasy owners have to take the good with the bad -- Smart is returning top-120 value despite shooting just 34.7 percent from the field and 66.7 percent at the line. Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Victor Oladipo returns, but benched by Skiles
    Victor Oladipo returned from a concussion on Wednesday, but he was benched to begin the second half and finished with only one point, three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Oladipo was 0-of-6 from the field at halftime and Scott Skiles simply went with guys who were producing. The good news is that Oladipo's low playing time isn't related to his concussion. He has been hovering around top-40 value in 9-cat leagues this season, in part because he's kept his turnovers down to 1.7 per game. Expect him to creep into third-round territory once his shot starts falling. We fully expect him to start vs. the Kings on Saturday. Wednesday, 7:43 pm
  • Derrick Rose officially out for Wednesday
    Derrick Rose (ankle) will not play against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He said his ankle is really sore, which is a little different from him saying he didn't have swelling earlier today. His fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to play Friday. Kirk Hinrich will start, but Aaron Brooks should have more value. Jimmy Butler could have a big game. Wednesday, 6:02 pm
  • Ty Lawson coming off the bench
    Ty Lawson will come off the bench on Wednesday against the Blazers.

    Advice: This move probably should have been made to begin the year, but the team will make the switch during its first game without Kevin McHale. Hopefully, the move to the bench will help Lawson's value, which is barely worth owning right now. Wednesday, 4:46 pm
  • Avery Bradley will again come off the bench
    Avery Bradley will continue to come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Head coach Brad Stevens said that he initially brought Bradley off the bench to try and limit his minutes as he was eased back into the rotation following the calf injury, but now he likes what he's seen with Bradley manning the second-unit. Stevens added that the starting lineup will be a day-to-day thing, so it's anyone's guess as to how long Avery will remain with the reserves and Isaiah Thomas/Marcus Smart with the starters. Bradley's value is better as a starter, but he's still worth owning in standard leagues as a reserve. Wednesday, 3:03 pm
  • Victor Oladipo (concussion) will start Wed
    Victor Oladipo (concussion) will return to the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves, sending Channing Frye to the bench.

    Advice: Oladipo has been medically cleared from the concussion, although head coach Scott Skiles said he will monitor Victor closely during Wednesday's game, so there's a chance he doesn't get his usual minutes. Still, he remains a must-start guy every time he's on the floor, so go ahead and get him active. Wednesday, 2:21 pm
  • Victor Oladipo (concussion) activated vs. MIN
    Victor Oladipo (concussion) has been placed on the active roster for Wednesday's game against the Wolves.

    Advice: While there's no official word just yet, it's looking very likely that Oladipo will be able to give it a go tonight. If he does play, Channing Frye will head back to the bench and Aaron Gordon will lose some minutes. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 2:16 pm
  • Derrick Rose has no swelling, could play Fri
    Derrick Rose (ankle) said he has no swelling in his ankle and could play as soon as Friday.

    Advice: "I would love to play in all three [road games] but really got to pay attention to my body, listen to my body," Rose said. He is "extremely doubtful" to play against the Suns on Wednesday and Kirk Hinrich should be starting. Aaron Brooks will get back int the rotation, but it should be Jimmy Butler handling the offense tonight. Wednesday, 11:57 am
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) a game-time decision Wed
    Derrick Rose (sprained left ankle) was limited during shootaround, and will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Head coach Fred Hoiberg called Rose "extremely doubtful" for tonight's game, so we don't expect him to play. Kirk Hinrich will get the start if Rose can't give it a go, with Jimmy Butler and Nikola Mirotic seeing some increased opportunity on offense. Butler would make for an excellent DFS target with a favorable matchup against the Suns. Wednesday, 11:01 am
  • George Hill (illness) out Wednesday vs. 76ers
    Updating a previous report, George Hill (illness) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: Hill's next opportunity to play will come on Saturday when the Pacers face the Bucks. With both Hill and Rodney Stuckey (ankle) out, Paul George and Monta Ellis will be very active on offense, with Joseph Young and C.J. Miles seeing some increased opportunity. Wednesday, 10:00 am
  • Update: George Hill (illness) questionable
    Updating a previous report, Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that the only guy that has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the 76ers is Rodney Stuckey (ankle), implying that George Hill (illness) could play.

    Advice: An earlier report had Hill out for tonight's game, but it sounds like there's a chance he'll be able to give it a go. Hopefully we'll get another update following shootaround, but it looks like Hill may be headed for the dreaded game-time decision. If he plays, Chase Budinger would head to the bench. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 9:39 am
  • C.J. Watson (calf) out Wednesday vs. MIN
    C.J. Watson (sore left calf) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Shabazz Napier will see some increased opportunity sans Watson, but with Victor Oladipo (concussion) set to return on Wednesday, Napier is unlikely to earn enough minutes to matter in most leagues. Wednesday, 8:58 am
  • Oladipo (concussion) on track to play Wed
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said that he expects Victor Oladipo to suit up for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: The Magic have not yet completed their consultation with the NBA's concussion expert, but things are moving in a positive direction regarding Dipo's status. His return to the lineup will send Channing Frye back to the bench, and Aaron Gordon's value will take a bit of a hit. Wednesday, 8:53 am
  • George Hill (illness) out Wednesday vs. 76ers
    George Hill (illness) will not play Wednesday against the 76ers.

    Advice: This is hardly surprising given the opponent, and with Rodney Stuckey's (ankle) status also up in the air, we could see a whole lot of Monta Ellis and Paul George tonight. Joseph Young and Glenn Robinson would also see a slight uptick in minutes, but they're not getting enough floor time to matter in most leagues. Wednesday, 6:43 am
  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores 12 points
    Emmanuel Mudiay scored 12 points with three rebounds, eight assists, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Not bad. He did only make 35.7 percent from the field, so he has some work to do there. On the bright side, Mudiay has turned the ball over three or fewer times in four of his last five -- the other game was a nine-TO outing, though. He has some work to do to be a reliable asset in standard leagues. Tuesday, 10:40 pm
  • Stephen Curry drops 37, GSW improve to 12-0
    The Warriors improved to 12-0 on the season behind a 37-point performance from Stephen Curry on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The MVP added nine assists, two boards, two steals and five 3-pointers, but he did have seven turnovers. The Warriors are now just the seventh team in NBA history to start the season 12-0 and they wouldn't be where they are without the unbelievable play of Curry. He's been the best player to own in fantasy this season and it's not even close. Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 16 with nine dimes
    Goran Dragic scored 16 points with nine assists, two boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Wolves.

    Advice: Dragic has been a major disappointment this season, but he is starting to pick it up and he looked like a new player on Tuesday. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade couldn't really get anything going tonight, so Dragic had to step up in a big way. He's a decent buy-low target because his owners are still probably a little frustrated with him, but he will have a tough time reaching his ADP unless Wade goes down at some point this season. Tuesday, 9:07 pm
  • Rockets have players only meeting on Tuesday
    The Rockets had a players only meeting on Tuesday, and Ty Lawson said the meeting was productive.

    Advice: The Rockets have got off to a 4-7 start on the season, something Dwight Howard said the team is embarrassed about, and the players looked to address their various issues during Tuesday's meeting. There have been rumblings that Lawson could be headed for the bench as he's been painfully ineffective to start the season with averages of 8.9 points, 5.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game on 33.3 percent shooting, but it would be surprising to see head coach Kevin McHale make this move before Patrick Beverley (ankle) returns to the floor. Tuesday, 12:46 pm
  • Victor Oladipo could be cleared for Wednesday
    Victor Oladipo (concussion) could be cleared for Wednesday's game against Minnesota.

    Advice: Magic head coach Scott Skiles said Oladipo has been riding the stationary bike, jogging, and getting in non-contact work so we'll have to wait and see what happens after shootaround on Wednesday. If Oladipo sits, Elfrid Payton and Evan Fournier will both again see a boost in fantasy value, with Shabazz Napier getting a bump as well. Tuesday, 10:40 am
  • Kyrie Irving says he's not breaking down
    Kyrie Irving (knee) responded to the notion that he's injury-prone and said he's not even close to breaking down.

    Advice: While Irving hasn't had the best track record with injuries during his NBA career, the 23-year-old said his body isn't breaking down. "For me, everyone putting in the notion of breaking down, I'm nowhere near close to breaking down I can be completely honest with that," Irving said. "I'll just let my game on the court and my work ethic speak for all that." Irving said he has a target date in mind for his return that he wouldn't disclose, but it sounds like his fantasy owners should have him back at some point during December. Tuesday, 7:53 am
  • Avery Bradley feeling good after back-to-back
    Avery Bradley (calf) is feeling good after the Celtics latest back-to-back.

    Advice: Bradley came off the bench for the Celtics back-to-back series after missing the previous two games and had a strong showing on Monday with 21 points against Houston. "This is the NBA," Bradley said when asked about keeping up the intensity in back-to-back sets. "If you can't, you shouldn't be in the NBA honestly." Bradley is likely to be re-inserted in the Celtics starting lineup soon, but he's no more than a end-of-bench player in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 7:47 am
  • Marcus Smart says Celts focused on defense
    Marcus Smart said the Celtics are focused on making teams feel defeated by playing suffocating defense.

    Advice: The Celtics have been frustrating opponents with their defense this season and Smart said that's exactly the plan. "We can feel [opposing teams are defeated], and that’s what we’re trying to do," Smart told reporters after Monday's win. "Once we get on a roll like that in the defensive end, we lock down. We want teams to feel defeated. We want to keep our foot on the gas pedal and keep going." Smart's defense is ahead of his offense, but he's still worth holding in standard leagues due to his upside. Tuesday, 6:49 am
  • Brandon Knight posts first career trip-dub
    Brandon Knight had the first triple-double of his career during a 120-101 win over the Lakers on Monday, scoring 30 points with 10 rebounds, 15 assists, four steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: His assists were also a career high. Knight played on the ball a lot more tonight and just carved up the Lakers in every facet. This game moved Knight up to being a top-25 player in standard leagues, but that probably won't hold up. The Suns are leading the Western Conference in pace in their last 10, so that may help Knight, too. It's early, but he looks like a draft-day bargain. Monday, 10:50 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 21 points in win vs. LAL
    Eric Bledsoe kept it going against the Lakers on Monday with 21 points on 8-of-16 from the field, adding one rebound, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in just 28 minutes.

    Advice: You'd be hard-pressed to find a more efficient high-volume player than Bledsoe right now. Among players with at least 25 minutes per game and a usage rate greater than 25 in their last five games (37 players), nobody has a higher true shooting percentage than Bledsoe's 67.2. He's a first-round asset on the season and he seems like a lock to be a top-25 player. Monday, 10:43 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson snapping out of it
    Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points with two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Suns on Monday.

    Advice: It's really the first time he's had success with efficiency while Kobe Bryant (rest) was out this season. Clarkson has made 50 percent from the field in each of his last three games with multiple treys in each, too. His slump from earlier this month seems to be behind him. Monday, 10:09 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 27 points in loss
    Damian Lillard made 10-of-21 from the field for 27 points against the Spurs during a 93-80 loss on Monday, adding seven rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The bandage on his thumb has not worked out well for him, making just 2-of-18 from deep in his last three games. On the bright side, Lillard has been very good on his two-pointers this season, making 45.7 percent on his mid-range shots. Hopefully that bandage comes off soon and he doesn't have to deal with numbness in his fingers. Monday, 9:37 pm
  • Super Mario Chalmers scores 29 points vs. OKC
    Mario Chalmers was unbelievable against the Thunder on Monday, making 6-of-13 from the field for 29 points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He made 13-of-15 from the line after going 10-of-10 from the line on Sunday. Chalmers is certainly doing quite well with his new team as the Grizzlies look to add some perimeter scoring. He's obviously not going to be this good, but he's worth a look in standard leagues while he's hot like this. If Jeremy Lamb can turn it around on a new team, why can't Super Nintendo Chalmers? Monday, 9:08 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 40 with 14 dimes
    Russell Westbrook was at it again during a 122-114 loss on Monday, scoring 40 points with four rebounds, 14 assists, three steals, five 3-pointers and eight turnovers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: His five 3-pointers matched his career high. Westbrook scored 29 points in the second half, which was almost half of OKC's points in those 24 minutes. Kevin Durant (hamstring) is going to miss at least one more game, so expect Westbrook to go berserk against the Pelicans on Wednesday. Monday, 9:04 pm
  • Avery Bradley drops 21 points off the bench
    Avery Bradley came off the bench again on Monday vs. the Rockets, but he scored 21 points with two assists, one board, one steal and four 3-pointers in just 20 minutes.

    Advice: Head coach Brad Stevens made a point to mention that he was keeping Bradley in a bench role because he just recently came back from a calf injury, but it's hard to imagine Stevens shaking things up since the Celtics have won their last three games against significant opponents (Hawks, Thunder and Rockets). Despite tonight's outburst, Bradley should be treated as a low-end asset. Monday, 8:53 pm
  • Marcus Smart grabs nine boards, five steals
    Marcus Smart scored just four points on 1-of-11 shooting with five turnovers on Monday vs. the Rockets, but he was still able to scrape together nine boards, six assists and five steals in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The boards, assists and steals were nice, but Smart couldn't get anything going on offense and missed all six of his 3-point attempts. He is coming off a career-high 26-point performance against Russell Westbook on Sunday, so he deserves a pass here. Smart will struggle with efficiency from time to time, but he is still worth owning in all leagues. Monday, 8:35 pm
  • Pat Beverley (ankle) out of walking boot
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) is out of his walking boot and still has no timetable to return.

    Advice: That's good news for Beverley, but he still might miss the entire week. Ty Lawson has been a disaster so far this year and he'll get more minutes again this week. Beverley isn't worth owning in most leagues. Nov 16, 3:44 pm
  • Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas will start again
    Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas will start against the Rockets on Monday.

    Advice: The Celtics had a lot of luck with this lineup on Sunday, so why not go for it again? Smart will look to build off his career-high 26 points, but he's not as appealing with Avery Bradley back and coming off the bench. Thomas should move to the bench soon, but he's still a must-start player regardless. Nov 16, 3:39 pm
  • C.J. Watson (calf) doesn't practice on Monday
    C.J. Watson (sore left calf) was held out of Monday's practice.

    Advice: Watson's calf injury has kept him out since November 11, and with Victor Oladipo (concussion) also out of the lineup, Shabazz Napier is earning extra time off the bench backing up Elfrid Payton as a result. Nov 16, 10:13 am
  • Victor Oladipo remains in concussion protocol
    Victor Oladipo remains in the concussion protocol, and there is no timetable for his return.

    Advice: It was flooring to watch Oladipo stagger up and down the court for multiple possessions before he was finally pulled from the game, and it's currently unclear when he'll be able to get back on the court. Although he rode a stationary bike at Monday's practice, it sounds like Wednesday vs. the Timberwolves may be a little too soon for Oladipo's return. Nov 16, 10:09 am
  • Hornacek praises Eric Bledsoe's improvement
    Jeff Hornacek praised Eric Bledsoe's improvement in "seeing the game a lot better now."

    Advice: "He is at the stage where he is looking how our play is developing and how can I get my guys a shot and be open and that’s great. That’s another level that we need from him," the coach said. After an offseason where Bledsoe stepped up to the challenges presented to him by the team, Mini-LeBron is averaging 23.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 2.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers on a career-high 49.7 percent shooting. Yeah, he's a stud. Nov 16, 9:30 am
  • Patrick Beverley (ankle) out again on Monday
    Patrick Beverley (left ankle) will not play on Monday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Beverley was expected to be evaluated over the weekend, but we still don't know the exact severity of his injury and the Rockets aren't putting a timetable on his return. Without Beverley available, the Rockets will lean a little more on James Harden and Ty Lawson while hoping Jason Terry can give something in limited run off of the bench. Nov 16, 8:51 am
  • Damian Lillard says thumb is feeling better
    Damian Lillard said his thumb is beginning to feel better.

    Advice: Lillard had to remove the nail on his thumb after it was partially torn off, and he's since been using numbing ointment which makes it difficult to feel the ball coming out of his hand when shooting. "It felt a lot better than it did against Memphis,’’ Lillard said. "It’s just a little bit weird … my shot is going to the left. It’s just unfortunate. I have to play through it." We don't expect Lillard, one of the NBA's most durable players, to even think about missing time. Nov 16, 6:04 am
  • D'Angelo Russell benched for defensive reason
    D'Angelo Russell watched the fourth quarter of Sunday's victory from the bench, finishing with nine points, one 3-pointer, five rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes.

    Advice: A few days ago Byron Scott singled out Russell's defense as the reason he's often been benched late in games. "Especially the last three, four minutes of the game, [defense] is an area where he has to get better," Scott said. "I'm not just going to put him out there to put him out there. If I do that and he's not prepared and he's not learning, then I'm preparing him to fail." Russell's fantasy owners will simply have to cut ties ,or be very patient, while he learns the ropes. Nov 15, 9:32 pm
  • Celts win, Marcus Smart scores career-high 26
    Marcus Smart dropped a career-high 26 points vs. OKC on Sunday, hitting 9-of-14 shots with three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He only committed one turnover in 34 minutes and it's safe to say that his toe injury is completely behind him. Smart's shot hasn't been falling this year, which makes this an even more encouraging performance for his owners. It looks like Brad Stevens will continue to start Smart alongside either Isaiah Thomas (20 points, eight assists) or Avery Bradley (14 points). Nov 15, 6:48 pm
  • Russell Westbrook's triple-double streak ends
    Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 27 points during Sunday's home loss, making 5-of-20 field goals and 15-of-17 free throws in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He couldn't get a third straight triple-double but still chipped in four rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks, with his customary four turnovers. His shot wasn't falling tonight but at least he made up for it at the FT line, earning more attempts than he'd taken in the previous three games combined. Nov 15, 6:45 pm
  • Damian Lillard takes 25 shots for 23 points
    Damian Lillard (thumb) shot 9-of-25 from the field to finish Sunday's game with 23 points, eight rebounds, five assists, one steal and five turnovers.

    Advice: Lillard's thumb is very tender and it's doing his shooting no favors -- he's just 35.0 percent from the field in his past two games, including a 1-of-14 mark from downtown. His owners should be pleased that he's playing through the injury, and with any luck he'll get going vs. the Spurs on Monday -- opposing PGs are shooting 45.3 percent vs. San Antonio this year, the fifth-highest mark in the league. Nov 15, 4:53 pm
  • Mario Chalmers scores 16 points with two 3PM
    Mario Chalmers had his second consecutive productive game while wearing a Grizzlies' jersey on Sunday, scoring 16 points with four assists, two 3-pointers, one block and three turnovers in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Chalmers has come in and given Memphis' second-unit a major lift, which is something the sometimes offensively challenged team has really needed. He was very aggressive on Sunday, getting to the line 10 times and knocking down all 10 of those attempts, and after two solid outings in a Memphis uniform, he's worth a speculative add in deep leagues for those seeking some 3-point shooting and steals. Just don't cut anyone with long-term appeal, as Chalmers could very well start his disappearing act in the next one. Nov 15, 3:52 pm
  • Curry is still unfair, GSW improve to 11-0
    Stephen Curry led the Warriors to a 107-99 overtime win over the Nets on Saturday, finishing with 34 points, six assists, three boards, one steal and five 3-pointers in 44 minutes.

    Advice: Curry passed his father Dell in 3-pointers made tonight, so maybe he does deserve to sit in his recliner. The Warriors improved to 11-0 on the season with the win and Curry is well on his way to another MVP Award. He'll get Kyle Lowry and the Raptors at home on Tuesday and Klay Thompson (back) will hopefully be there to help him, not that he needs it or anything. Nov 14, 10:15 pm
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