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  • Gary Neal (right leg) ruled out for Thursday
    Gary Neal (right leg) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: It'll be Neal's second straight game on the sidelines with a sore leg, but he's not a major part of the rotation anyway with Bradley Beal healthy. Ramon Sessions and Garrett Temple will pick up some extra minutes in Neal's absence, but that doesn't mean much at all in fantasy hoops. Neal should be good to go after the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:33 pm
    Out
  • Mudiay will participate in Skills Challenge
    Emmanuel Mudiay will replace defending champ Patrick Beverley (ankle) in the Skill Challenge.

    Advice: Mudiay will be going up against DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green, Anthony Davis, C.J. McCollum, Karl-Anthony Towns, Isaiah Thomas and Jordan Clarkson to determine who is best at throwing a basketball through a tire. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:40 pm
  • NO working on long-term deal w/ Dejean-Jones
    The Pelicans are reportedly in negotiations to sign Bryce Dejean-Jones for the remainder of the season, although a deal is not likely to be finalized until after the All-Star break.

    Advice: Dejean-Jones will not be available for Thursday's game vs. the Thunder as his second 10-day deal expired on Wednesday, but it sounds like the Pelicans would like to factor him into their long-term plans. However, Eric Gordon (finger) is expected to return to the court by late-February, so Hot Mustard's long-term outlook in New Orleans isn't great. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:18 pm
  • Toney Douglas listed as probable starter
    Toney Douglas is being listed as the probable starter for Thursday's game vs. OKC.

    Advice: Bryce Dejean-Jones is no longer with the team after his second 10-day contract expired, and while game notes are notoriously unreliable, New Orleans doesn't have all that many options with Tyreke Evans (knee) and Eric Gordon (finger) sidelined. If Douglas does start, he could be used as a streamer option for those seeking some 3-point shooting and steals. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:42 am
  • ATL not actively trying to trade Jeff Teague
    The Atlanta Hawks aren't actively trying to trade Jeff Teague.

    Advice: While the Hawks aren't actively looking to deal Teague, they are open to listening to offers in case they get one that is too good to refuse. While Dennis Schroder stands to see a big value boost if the 27-year-old is traded, Teague is averaging 20.6 points, 5.5 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals over his last eight games and is a nightly must-start as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:27 am
  • Teams calling Timberwolves about Ricky Rubio
    Teams have been called the Timberwolves about acquiring Ricky Rubio, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

    Advice: The Timberwolves aren't looking to move Rubio so this news could be a moot point, but it's a situation worth keeping an eye on as the Wolves are in full rebuild mode. While it wouldn't make much sense to trade a 24 year old in the midst of a rebuild, stranger things have happened. For now, fantasy owners can continue to start Rubio with confidence, but Zach LaVine could be in line for a boost in value if Rubio is moved. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:37 am
  • Patrick Beverley will miss Skills Competition
    Patrick Beverley (left ankle) will miss the Skills Competition this weekend in Toronto.

    Advice: Beverley wants to rest his ankle over the All-Star Break and will not defend his Skills Competition title. Beverley should be ready go when the second half of the season starts, but he's only averaging just 8.9 points and 2.8 assists on the season and isn't worth owning in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:48 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams coming off bench Thur
    Michael Carter-Williams will come off the bench against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: MCW will again be replaced by O.J. Mayo in the Bucks starting lineup, but is still likely to play his usual complement of minutes. Fantasy owners shouldn't worry too much as Mayo is likely being showcased for a trade, so MCW is still the point guard to own in Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:08 am
  • C.J. McCollum quiet in 27 minutes vs. Houston
    C.J. McCollum had a quiet game vs. Houston on Wednesday, scoring 14 points on 6-of-16 shooting with two 3-pointers, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He sat out 7:28 during the fourth quarter, which is unusual, as Terry Stotts rolled with Gerald Henderson (32 minutes) and Allen Crabbe (30 minutes) for long stretches tonight. The front-runner for Most Improved Player has fallen below 30 minutes just three times all season, and this is obviously nothing to worry about. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • Brandon Knight (groin) doesn't play Wednesday
    Brandon Knight (groin) didn't play on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: Knight was never likely to return before the All-Star break, and now the question shifts to his post-break status -- the Suns have been coy about a return date and they may be inclined to shut him down while developing Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker. We should finally get an update during the break, so stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:33 pm
    Injured
  • Steph Curry scores 26, Dubs now 48-4
    Stephen Curry scored 26 points during a 112-104 win in Phoenix on Wednesday, adding nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Warriors have the best record of all time before the break at 48-4 and they're also 72-10 in their last 82 games counting last year. Curry's output from deep is unbelievable and his 245 treys are just 41 shy of his record last year. Based on his current pace, Curry will break his record on Mar. 6 against the Lakers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Zach LaVine starts w/ Tayshaun sidelined
    Zach LaVine started in place of Tayshaun Prince on Wednesday, pitching in 13 points, four rebounds, five assists and one block in 38 minutes vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Prince missed the game to attend Chauncey Billups' jersey retirement in Detroit, so we expect him to resume starting on the other side of the break. LaVine shot just 4-of-13 from the field tonight but the playing time is encouraging, and it's not purely a result of Prince's absence -- he's logged 30+ minutes in five of the Wolves' past nine games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Cory Joseph shoots 4-of-11 off bench vs. MIN
    Cory Joseph chipped in eight points, five rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, but he shot just 4-of-11 from the field without any 3-pointers or steals.

    Advice: Dwane Casey credited CoJo with changing the course of Monday's game with his "grit and grime," but Joseph's blue-collar efforts rarely result in fantasy value. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Kyrie Irving pours in season-high 35 points
    Kyrie Irving dropped a season-high 35 points vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, making 15-of-24 shots including three 3-pointers, to go along with seven assists, three rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Kyrie also turned the ball over just once in 36 minutes, and over the past three games he's averaging 32.0 points on 59.1 percent shooting. It's exactly what his fantasy owners hoped for heading into the All-Star break, and Uncle Drew is primed for a huge finish to the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson heads into break on high note
    Jordan Clarkson headed into the All-Star break on a high note, racking up 22 points, seven assists, six rebounds, three 3-pointers and one steal vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Clarkson has been hot in February, averaging 17.4 points on 54.4 percent shooting, with 1.2 triples, 4.6 boards, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Add in stingy turnovers (1.8) and he's a must-start option in all formats. The Lakers have every reason to feed him minutes as their 2015-16 campaign drifts to a close, giving Clarkson substantial rest-of-season upside. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell OK after recent groin injury
    D'Angelo Russell's recent groin injury wasn't an issue on Wednesday, as he came off the bench for 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting, three 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Byron Scott said recently that he's been hard on his rookie PG because "he has a chance to be a very good basketball player," and he once again allowed Russell to play down the stretch tonight -- he played the final 10 minutes of a reasonably close game. Hopefully that trend continues over L.A.'s final 27 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Brandon Jennings starts, scores 16 points
    Brandon Jennings made his first start of the season on Wednesday and had 16 points, four 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 29 minutes of action.

    Advice: Reggie Jackson was out due to an illness and B-Jennings will return to a bench role after the All-Star break, assuming he's still in Detroit. He'll need a tailor-made situation to be worth owning in standard leagues, even if he is traded, as he's shooting a paltry 36.2 percent from the field with just 2.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.1 blocks in 17.5 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 11 in start
    Norris Cole scored 11 points with two rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has a clear runway for minutes now with Tyreke Evans (knee) likely out for the season. Cole hasn't really lit it up as a fantasy asset with just 12th-round value in the eight games since Evans has been out, so he might be slightly overvalued. He is still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Marcus Smart posts 17/4/4 with three triples
    Marcus Smart started the second half of Wednesday's game, finishing with 17 points, three 3-pointers, four boards, four assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Doc Rivers said before the game that the Celtics' have "three Avery's," suggesting that Avery Bradley's defensive tenacity is matched by Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart, and Smart proved him right tonight. He made 4-of-8 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs before fouling out in 32 minutes, and should be a steady mid-round value after the break. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 21 points in win
    Jrue Holiday scored 21 points with six rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 31 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going to dominate with the news of Tyreke Evans (knee) looking to have surgery. There is still a chance of Holiday suffering an injury to his oft-injured leg, but he's a must-start player. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
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