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  • Gary Neal scores 18 points in futile effort
    Gary Neal stayed hot vs. the Hornets on Wednesday, scoring 18 points points on 7-of-13 shooting with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He played 28 minutes and hardly missed a beat after dropping 23 points vs. the Pacers on Tuesday. Unfortunately, Neal has yet to play 30 minutes in a game this season and he's not worth your attention in standard leagues while Bradley Beal (17 points in 38 minutes) is healthy. 40 minutes ago
  • Nicolas Batum hands out season-high 11 dimes
    Nicolas Batum played through illness to finish Wednesday's game with 16 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two steals and a season-high 11 assists.

    Advice: Batum shot 5-of-15 from the field but he only turned the ball over twice. He's delivering well-rounded production on a nightly basis, fulfilling his owners' draft-day hopes, and continues to hover around top-25 value in 8-cat leagues. 41 minutes ago
  • Raymond Felton starts w/ Parsons resting
    Raymond Felton will start Wednesday's game in place of Chandler Parsons.

    Advice: Felton has had a handful of nice games as a fill-in starter this year, but he gets a tough matchup vs. the Spurs' defense tonight. Parsons will return to action vs. the Nuggets on Saturday, so Felton's starting gig will once again be fleeting. Today, 5:37 pm
  • Tyreke Evans out for Wednesday night
    Tyreke Evans (knee) will not play against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: We'll have to wait for this weekend to see how the Pelicans will use the former Rookie of the Year. Evans should be owned in all leagues right now while Ish Smith owners should hang in there to see how it plays out. He's been too good. Today, 5:37 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) will play vs. Pelicans
    Eric Bledsoe (knee) will play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been dealing with some left knee soreness and should be ready to roll. It's worth mentioning his right knee is the "bad" knee in his career with the multiple meniscus tears. Get Bledsoe in your lineups and this may help Brandon Knight, who is better off the ball. Today, 5:17 pm
  • Devin Harris (rest) back for Wednesday
    Devin Harris is playing on Wednesday.

    Advice: He should have his normal minutes and perhaps even more with Chandler Parsons (rest) out tonight. Today, 5:15 pm
  • Pat Beverley says he's 'definitely playing'
    Pat Beverley (ankle) said he's "definitely playing" against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be coming off the bench, but we still don't know if he's going to start after tonight. We'll have another update shortly, but expect Beverley to get minutes in the teens to low 20s tonight. Jason Terry will lose some run and maybe Ty Lawson, too. Today, 3:57 pm
  • Gerald Green starting in place of Luol Deng
    Gerald Green is starting in place of Luol Deng (hamstring) on Wednesday against the Pistons.

    Advice: That will push Dwyane Wade to more of a small forward in the offensive set and Green should likely guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Green is probably only looking at minutes in the mid-20s and it's a pretty safe bet that we'll see more of Justise Winslow, especially to close halves. Today, 3:49 pm
  • Robert Covington will start vs. Celtics
    Robert Covington will start at small forward on Wednesday against the Celtics.

    Advice: He gets a sub-par matchup against Jae Crowder in the starting lineup. Although, Crowder hasn't defended the 3-point line very well on the year. Covington is coming in hot, scoring 19.5 points per game. He should be owned in standard leagues and is worth a play in DFS. Today, 3:12 pm
  • Oladipo off the bench could hurt Hezonja
    Coach Scott Skiles said bringing Victor Oladipo off the bench could impact the minutes going to Mario Hezonja.

    Advice: Basically, Channing Frye getting into the rotation means it could push Hezonja out. In other words, Skiles hates fantasy and fun. Today, 2:46 pm
  • Kobe Bryant sits out Wednesday's practice
    Kobe Bryant (rest) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a scheduled rest day for Bryant who logged 25 minutes during Tuesday's blowout loss to the Warriors. He has plenty of time to rest up for Saturday's game against the Blazers, but with the Lakers scheduled for a back-to-back set Saturday vs. Portland and Sunday vs. Indiana, there's a chance he sits out one of those games. Kobe is shooting a career-low 31.1 percent from the field on the season, and he's not a must-own guy in standard leagues. Today, 2:12 pm
  • Rivers won't commit to Johnson as starter
    Despite the fact that the Clippers snapped a three-game losing streak with Wes Johnson as the starting small forward, Doc Rivers would not commit to keeping him in the starting five long-term.

    Advice: "That lineup is a lineup that I'm going to keep moving, depending on guys," Rivers said. "I like Wes the most because of his size and his ability to shoot, but there's nights where you play a great offensive player at that spot and we may go with a defensive guy. We're going to just keep moving it around." Lance Stephenson, Paul Pierce and Johnson are going to continue subbing in-and-out of the starting five for the foreseeable future, making it tough to own any of these guys in most leagues. Today, 9:54 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
  • Shumpert (wrist) making progress in recovery
    Iman Shumpert (wrist) has progressed to short-range form shooting with his surgically repaired right wrist, and he's also converting layups.

    Advice: Shumpert is shooting to return by mid-December, which is right at the 12-week mark of his initial 12-14 week timetable. He'll provide a major boost to the Cavs' second-unit, but he can't be viewed as much more than a 3-point and steals specialist in deep leagues. Today, 8:12 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
  • 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
  • Klay Thompson shoots 3-of-12 from the field
    Klay Thompson struggled against the Lakers on Tuesday, finishing with 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting from the field.

    Advice: He also added three boards, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers, but it was a little disappointing to see him take a step back after he recently strung together a few good games. Thompson's buy-low window probably opened up a little more after tonight's dud, so feel free to test the patience of his owners in your league. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Will Barton held to one point in loss Tuesday
    Will Barton scored just one point with three rebounds in Tuesday's loss to the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Nuggets don't have a lot of size right now due to some injuries and Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were having their way in the paint, so Denver was forced to play big for most of the game which limited Barton to 20 minutes. There's no reason for his owners to panic considering he averaged 15.6 points, 1.4 3-pointers, 6.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks in his previous five games, so expect him to bounce back vs. the Spurs on Friday. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
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