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  • Pau Gasol scores 13 points in loss to Bulls
    Pau Gasol scored 13 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: He got a standing ovation from the Chicago crowd in his first game back. The Spurs also lost their first game on the road this season and had a four-game winning streak get snapped. As for Gasol, he'll get some time off with only one game until Wednesday with the Nets coming to San Antonio on Saturday. Today, 10:16 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores just 10 points
    LaMarcus Aldridge made 5-of-15 from the field for 10 points with six rebounds, one assist, four blocks and one steal in 31 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: He's in a slump right now. Aldridge lives and dies by the midrange and has made just 32.4 percent from that range over his last five -- those shots also account for 56.7 percent of his shot total. In that five-game span, Aldridge averaged 11.6 points, 6.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals. He's a buy-low option. Today, 10:13 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca starts vs. Sixers
    Alexis Ajinca hit 4-of-6 shots for eight points and four rebounds in 13 minutes against the Sixers on Thursday night.

    Advice: Ajinca did not make much of an impact against Philadelphia despite getting the start. In fact, he played fewer minutes than Omer Asik and did not start in the second half. He remains a non-factor from a fantasy standpoint and can be left on the waivers. Today, 9:31 pm
  • JaMychal Green grabs career-high 18 boards
    JaMychal Green grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds against the Blazers on Thursday, scoring six points with two assists and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He is cleaning up on the glass these days and it certainly helped against the Blazers. Plus, Green was credited with two extra boards back on Dec. 5, so that puts him at 14.5 boards per game over his last four. On the downside, he is not shooting the ball well over his last three, making just 6-of-24 (25 percent) in the span. Still, Green shouldn't be affected with the return of Zach Randolph, so keep him rolling in all leagues. Today, 9:17 pm
  • Richaun Holmes heads back to bench
    Richaun Holmes hit 4-of-6 shots for eight points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday night.

    Advice: With Joel Embiid (rest) back to action, Holmes returned to his bench role and did not see much action. Jahlil Okafor (illness) and Nerlens Noel (knee) are set to return soon, so Holmes will find himself buried in this crowded front court. He has all the talent in the world, but the opportunity is just not there. It will take an injury or trade to get him a bigger role in this offense. Today, 9:07 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu injures back Thursday
    Al-Farouq Aminu played 24 minutes and hit 2-of-9 shots for five points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals on Thursday, before leaving late with a back injury.

    Advice: Aminu took a very hard fall and landed flat on his lower back. He hobbled to the sideline, but was clearly in pain. The Blazers don't play again until Saturday at Indy, so there's a chance he'll be feeling better by then. But it also wouldn't be surprising to miss a game or two. Watch for updates on his status throughout the weekend. Aminu was just getting back from a calf injury and is still on a minutes limit, so his new injury just adds some fuel to the fire. If Aminu misses time, guys like Moe Harkless (ankle), Ed Davis and Evan Turner all benefit. Today, 8:07 pm
  • Ed Davis double-doubles off bench
    Ed Davis took his demotion to the bench in stride on Thursday, racking up 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in just 18 minutes in a 88-86 loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: This was Davis' best game in a while, as he had failed to score more than nine points in his previous seven games. Maybe he'll be better off the bench, if the move lasts. Meyer Leonard didn't even score in the start tonight, lasting just 17 minutes and missing all three of his shots. Today, 8:01 pm
  • Meyers Leonard scoreless in start over Davis
    Meyers Leonard started over Ed Davis on Thursday and missed all three of his shots, failing to score in just 17 minutes.

    Advice: He had six rebounds, while Davis still managed a 10 & 10 double-double off the bench. Al-Farouq Aminu took a scary fall and hurt his back late in the game, so Leonard will be worth keeping an eye on, especially as long as he's starting. But as of now, Leonard has no fantasy value. Today, 7:46 pm
  • Jason Smith goes to the locker room twice
    Jason Smith scored two points with one rebound in five minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: He went to the locker room on two different occasions today, but there was no reported injury. Smith should be able to suit up the next time out, but has very little value. Today, 7:45 pm
  • Anthony Davis double-doubles
    Anthony Davis made 8-of-21 shots and 10-of-12 free throws for 26 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in Thursday night’s loss to the Sixers.

    Advice: Davis recorded his 11th double-double of the season and has at least one block in 15 consecutive games. He suffered an apparent left hand injury during the game, but was able to play through it and did not appear to be serious. The good news is that he will get a day of rest before heading to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers. Davis leads the league in points and blocks per game, and remains an elite fantasy option. So long as he stays healthy, which has been an issue throughout his career, he will produce at a high level and will continue to stuff the stat sheet. Today, 7:36 pm
  • Patrick Patterson quiet in Thursday's win
    Patrick Patterson played 30 minutes off the bench, but hit just 2-of-10 shots (both 3-pointers) for seven points, five rebounds and two assists in a 124-110 win over the Timberwolves on Thursday.

    Advice: Patterson was playing well coming in but couldn't get his shot to fall tonight. He also won't be as good off the bench if Jonas Valanciunas put his slump behind him with tonight's 20 & 10 game. Patterson's not a must-own player, but might be worth holding with averages of 11 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.8 3-pointers over his last five games. Today, 7:08 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 10, will sit Friday
    DeMarre Carroll played 33 minutes and had 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers on 3-of-7 shooting in Thursday's 124-110 win over Minnesota.

    Advice: Carroll is scheduled to miss Friday's game against the Celtics for a rest. He's not having a great season, but once he finally gets up to speed he should be a solid fantasy option. Now looks like a good time to buy low on DC. With Carroll out on Friday, look for Terrence Ross, Norman Powell and Patrick Patterson to both step up in his absence tomorrow. Today, 6:56 pm
  • Darrell Arthur starts, gets hurt on Thursday
    Darrell Arthur played 20 minutes in the starting lineup on Thursday, scoring six points with three rebounds, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He suffered a hand injury and was able to stay in the game. However, he had an issue with his leg and had the training staff check him out. Given Arthur's litany of leg issues in his career, it's possible he misses time. He'll be a risky asset in deeper leagues. We'll look for an update post-game. Today, 6:54 pm
  • Kenneth Faried gets a DNP-CD on Thursday
    Kenneth Faried was a DNP-CD against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: From starter on Wednesday to out of the rotation on Thursday. Faried has been in coach Mike Malone's doghouse before, but this time it may be for a decent amount of time. The odds of Faried getting traded may be at an all-time high with guys like Juancho Hernangomez currently ahead of him. He may be back in the rotation at some point, but his short-term outlook looks bleak. He's a drop candidate in standard leagues. Today, 6:43 pm
  • Omer Asik starts 3Q over Ajinca
    Omer Asik started the third quarter over Alexis Ajinca on Thursday.

    Advice: Ajinca had three fouls in five minutes. That moved made very little sense against Joel Embiid. Today, 6:34 pm
  • Ed Davis coming off the bench
    Ed Davis will move to the bench on Thursday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Davis saw his playing time drop on Wednesday, so he may see even a bigger hit tonight. He's a drop candidate in most leagues. Today, 4:57 pm
  • Meyers Leonard starting, Ed Davis to bench
    Meyers Leonard will start and Ed Davis will move to the bench on Thursday.

    Advice: He had a lot of success against the Grizzlies in the 2015 playoffs, so that is likely the reasoning here. Leonard isn't a fantasy add until he can string games together. Today, 4:56 pm
  • Omer Asik to the bench
    Omer Asik will come off the bench on Thursday.

    Advice: He hasn't scored a field goal since Friday, but obviously Asik isn't in the lineup for offense. He has veery little upside regardless. Today, 4:23 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca getting the start
    Alexis Ajinca will start against the 76ers on Thursday.

    Advice: He'll get a dose of The Process to start out tonight. Given Ajinca's fouling issues, he may foul out in under 10 minutes. Today, 4:21 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu still on a minutes cap
    Al-Farouq Aminu is still on a minutes limit for Thursday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: "It's tough to start a guy with a minutes restriction," coach Terry Stotts said. Moe Harkless (ankle) is questionable to night, so the Blazers could have to get creative at forward. Aminu has played almost all four this year, so starting him would've been a surprise anyway. Today, 3:39 pm
  • Kenneth Faried moving to the bench
    Kenneth Faried will move to the bench against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: He is firmly in coach Mike Malone's doghouse. Faried could eventually get out of said doghouse, but it'll be Darrell Arthur getting the first crack at minutes at the four. Faried owners should totally panic, but he certainly has lost value. Today, 3:36 pm
  • Darrell Arthur starting, Faried to bench
    Darrell Arthur will start and Kenneth Faried will move to the bench against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: This move was fully expected after coach Mike Malone benched Faried to start the second half on Wednesday. Malone likes Arthur for his defense, so that will be a big reason why he's in the mix. Arthur is a bit of a hit-or-miss option, but he could have a good game in a solid matchup. He has value in 16-team leagues. Today, 3:25 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll to play Thursday, rest Friday
    DeMarre Carroll will play against the Wolves on Thursday and will rest against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: The Raptors are still being careful with Carroll, but coach Dwane Casey said the back-to-back limit will drop "hopefully soon." His minutes have been trending up with 27.1 minutes per game in his last eight and he's also made 50.0 percent from the field in that span. Carroll is worth owning in standard leagues right now. Today, 2:28 pm
  • Tarik Black out again for Friday night
    Tarik Black (ankle) will not play against the Suns on Friday night.

    Advice: He suffered an ankle sprain on Monday and has been out of the lineup since. With Black out, Thomas Robinson has seen some extra minutes, but he hasn't done much with that playing time. Today, 12:53 pm
  • Rockets will hold Motiejunas to offer sheet
    The Rockets will hold Donatas Motiejunas to the offer sheet he signed, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

    Advice: This means they won't be returning him to restricted free agency. The Rockets are going to play the waiting game and hope D-Mo changes his mind, as he is reportedly at odds with Houston because of a difference of nearly $6 million from the offer sheet he signed with the Nets. He won't have much fantasy value in Houston, so he's not a great stash unless his situation changes. Today, 11:10 am
  • DeMarre Carroll's status for Thursday unclear
    DeMarre Carroll's (rest) status for Thursday's game vs. the Wolves is unclear.

    Advice: He's not cleared for both games of back-to-back sets at least until the new year, meaning he will either sit on Thursday vs. the Wolves or Friday vs. the Celtics. Norman Powell will likely draw the start when Carroll sits which puts him on the streaming and DFS radar. We may not know Carroll's status until an hour or so before tip-off. Today, 8:09 am
  • Kevin Durant goes 5-of-17, still fills it up
    Kevin Durant shot just 5-of-17 from the field on Wednesday, but he still finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers.

    Advice: It was KD's worst shooting night with the Warriors, dropping his pristine True Shooting percentage (66.7) to second place behind Rudy Gobert (67.8). Keep in mind, Steve Kerr said the before the game that he'll "probably" rest some players during their busy five-game week. They play again on Thursday, followed by a back-to-back set on Saturday/Sunday, and it's likely that Kerr will stagger DNPs among his core rotation guys. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Blake Griffin shoots 5-of-20 in loss to GSW
    Blake Griffin had a rough night on Wednesday, going just 5-of-20 from the field for 12 points with nine boards, two assists, one steal and a season-high seven turnovers.

    Advice: Blake took some tough shots tonight, but all credit is due to Draymond Green and the Warriors' defense. He finished 3-of-13 on shots outside of nine feet, and was hardly better within five feet of the rim at just 2-of-7. The Clippers are slumping lately but they'll get a prime opportunity to bounce back vs. the visiting Pelicans on Saturday. Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Paul George scores 25 points vs. Suns
    Paul George scored 25 points during a 109-94 win over the Suns on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, one assist, three steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Pacers were really attacking during this game for a season-high 41 attempts from the line. George himself made 8-of-10 and after the game he said he wanted to put pressure on the refs to make the calls. He also had an interesting comment on the heels of a blowout loss with Klay Thompson's 60 points. "We're the opposite of the Warriors. We got drivers," George said on the Suns TV broadcast. Now that George is back and healthy, expect him to fill up the box score. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Myles Turner hits three 3-pointers
    Myles Turner made a career-high three 3-pointers against the Suns on Wednesday, finishing with 20 points, four rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He's never made more than one 3-pointer in any game in his career, so this output was a surprise. On the other side of things, Turner has been very consistent with his blocks with at least one in all but three games. Turner is tied with Giannis Antetokounmpo for fourth in the NBA on blocks per game and he's actually been solid for fantasy owners in both free throw and field goal percentage. He's posted top-30 value in standard leagues on the year. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn solid in just 21 minutes vs. CLE
    Kyle O'Quinn came off the bench on Wednesday for 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting with seven boards and three assists in just 21 minutes.

    Advice: In the past four games, including one start for injured Joakim Noah, O'Quinn is averaging 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 assists, while hitting 22-of-31 field goals. His minutes are on the rise, which isn't a surprise given how poorly Noah (five points in 15 minutes) has played this season. There are never any guarantees with KOQ, but he's worth a speculative add if you need a big man. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis struggling with his shot
    Kristaps Porzingis had another rough shooting night on Wednesday, going 5-of-15 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: KP is now just 19-of-60 in his past four games (31.7 percent), but it's not a total loss for fantasy owners -- he's still averaging 13.0 points, 1.3 triples, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in that span. This might be the closest thing to a 'buy low' window we've seen all season, even though it's just a temporary lull. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Tristan Thompson grabs season-high 20 boards
    Tristan Thompson scored three points on Wednesday, going 0-of-5 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, but he also secured a season-high 20 rebounds in 34 minutes of action.

    Advice: Thompson added two steals, one block, one assist and zero turnovers, and his work on the glass was instrumental in the Cavs' 126-94 victory. Although he'll never offer much upside, Thompson remains a rock-steady source of boards, blocks and FG percentages. As a bonus for 9-cat owners, he turns the ball over just 0.5 times per game. Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins fills it up for Kings in win
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points during a 120-89 win over the Mavs on Wednesday, adding 14 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been consistent on the glass with at least nine boards in each of his last 12 games. Cousins is also blocking more shots with at least three in each of his last three. With Boogie, it's always been about his usage rate and he ranks third with his 36.5 (Westbrook, Embiid), which is actually more than last year to go with a bump in efficiency. The trade rumors won't go away for Boogie, but he's going to dominate regardless. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Kenneth Faried in Mike Malone's doghouse
    Kenneth Faried was benched four minutes into the first quarter on Wednesday, finishing with just four points and five rebounds in 12 minutes.

    Advice: Mike Malone confirmed that Faried wasn't injured and that his benching was "more of a coach's decision." Faried did re-enter the game in the second half, but not before Malone was tossed for arguing with the refs. The Nuggets' starting lineup of Faried, Jusuf Nurkic, Danilo Gallinari, Will Barton and Emmanuel Mudiay had a -27.2 net rating in 54 minutes this season, which was Denver’s worst lineup (minimum 20 minutes together). Malone is still searching for answers, obviously, and it would be surprising if Faried weren't benched in favor of Darrell Arthur vs. the Wizards on Thursday. Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Darrell Arthur starts second half for Faried
    Darrell Arthur started the second half ahead of Kenneth Faried on Wednesday, posting three points and two turnovers with no other stats to his credit in 11 minutes of action.

    Advice: Denver was embarrassed in the first half and there's a good chance Arthur will start at PF for at least Thursday's game -- coach Mike Malone confirmed that Faried's benching tonight was "a coach's decision." It was Wilson Chandler doing most of the work at PF in the second half, however, so anything is possible. We'll let you know if Malone tips his hand prior to Thursday game in D.C. Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Ed Davis gets just 17 minutes
    Ed Davis played 17 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with two points and five rebounds.

    Advice: With Al-Farouq Aminu now back in action, Davis could see his playing time take a hit. Although, Aminu isn't having the strongest season. Whatever the case, most of Aminu's minutes should come from Davis, so his owners in deeper leagues should expect a hit there. Yesterday, 7:59 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu still struggling
    Al-Farouq Aminu played 18 minutes off the bench against the Bucks on Wednesday, scoring two points with four rebounds and one turnover.

    Advice: He didn't get an increase in minutes following his 17 on Monday. Aminu is having a disastrous season from the field, making just 27.1 percent overall. He's made just one midrange shot all year and somehow has gone 6-of-20 at the rim (30 percent). He may have value at some point, but he has to get better first. Yesterday, 7:56 pm
  • Darrell Arthur starts 3Q over Kenneth Faried
    Darrell Arthur started the third quarter over Kenneth Faried on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Nets just dominated in the first half with 42 points in the paint. Faried played just four minutes in the first half and is now firmly in coach Mike Malone's doghouse. Arthur may get a little boost and is worth a look in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 5:55 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu will play slightly more Weds
    Terry Stotts said that Al-Farouq Aminu's minutes could increase during Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks, but not by much.

    Advice: Aminu logged 17 minutes in his return from the calf injury on Monday, so he'll likely be looking at around 20 minutes tonight. He's still going to come off the bench, and is shooting just 27.7 percent from the field on the year, so he's only worth owning in deep leagues at the moment. Yesterday, 3:40 pm
  • Motiejunas not reporting because of money
    Donatas Motiejunas won't report to the Rockets because of a difference of nearly $6 million from the offer sheet he signed with the Nets, according to Calvin Watkins of

    Advice: Motiejunas signed a four-year, $37 million offer sheet with the Nets last week, but the Rockets only had to match the principle terms of the offer sheet. That explains the $6 million difference. According to the report, "Houston's options are to keep their first-refusal exercise notice open and wait for Motiejunas to report. If he doesn't report, Houston can pull the offer Thursday and Motiejunas would become a restricted free agent." Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Pau Gasol goes for 11 & 7 in win over MIN
    Pau Gasol played 26 minutes and had 11 points, seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, zero steals and zero blocks in Tuesday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Gasol has played pretty well in his last three games, averaging 15 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers, but a day off is probably coming in his near future. If you can trade Gasol based on his name value and get something decent in return, we wouldn't blame you. Tuesday, 8:54 pm
  • JaMychal Green double-doubles in win
    JaMychal Green double-doubled against the 76ers on Tuesday, scoring 13 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: More importantly, his role wasn't impacted by the return of Zach Randolph (personal). Green only shot 2-of-7 from the field, but made up for it by hitting 9-of-10 free throws. He's been a beast over his last five games with averages of 11.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 block and 2.0 steals in 34.6 minutes per game and shouldn't be on the waiver wire in standard leagues. Tuesday, 8:33 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge awful vs. Wolves
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit just 3-of-8 shots for six points, two rebounds, three steals and no blocks in 30 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Aldridge played pretty well in his previous two games, scoring 18 and 19 points, but had just five points on 2-of-9 shooting last Wednesday. LMA has been hit or miss under Gregg Popovich this season and is fairly unreliable. He's still a solid player to hold and use in season-long leagues, but we simply don't trust him in DFS. And tonight's a good reason as to why. Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Richaun Holmes blocks three shots in start
    Richaun Holmes started at center on Tuesday vs. Memphis and played well, scoring 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: So much upside. Unfortunately, Holmes is buried on the bench this season and only picked up a lot of run because Joel Embiid was resting and Jahlil Okafor was out with an illness. Nerlens Noel (knee) is also on the way back, so it's going to be tough for Holmes to emerge unless a trade or two opens up some minutes in Philly. Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn scores 12 off the bench
    Kyle O'Quinn scored 12 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's coming off the bench these days with Joakim Noah healthy again, but Noah picked up four fouls and only played 14 minutes which allowed KOQ to see 27 minutes of action. He made the most of his minutes and shot 6-of-8 from the field and did a respectable job against Hassan Whiteside, but he's going to be hard to trust while the Knicks are healthy. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Richaun Holmes starting Tuesday vs. Memphis
    Richaun Holmes will draw the start for Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies with both Joel Embiid (rest) and Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) on the sidelines.

    Advice: It's not the best matchup for Holmes, but if he can just keep himself out of foul trouble he could be a nice DFS play tonight with zero depth behind him. Sergio Rodriguez, Nik Stauskas, Gerald Henderson and Ersan Ilyasova will join Holmes in the starting five for tonight's game. Tuesday, 3:39 pm
  • Tarik Black (ankle) ruled out for Wednesday
    Tarik Black (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: He won't be traveling with the team for their one-game road trip, but he could be back in action as soon as Friday's game against the Suns. With Black on the sidelines, Thomas Robinson will likely pick up most of his minutes, but that doesn't mean all that much in fantasy hoops. Tuesday, 12:23 pm
  • Tarik Black (ankle) doesn't practice Tuesday
    Tarik Black (right ankle sprain) did not practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's questionable for Wednesday's game, but him sitting out Tuesday's practice isn't exactly encouraging. If Black is out Wednesday night, Thomas Robinson will likely pick up most of his minutes. Tuesday, 11:52 am
  • Richaun Holmes expected to start Tuesday
    With both Joel Embiid (rest) and Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) out on Tuesday, Richaun Holmes is expected to start on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Sixers will also be without starters Robert Covington (knee) and Jerryd Bayless (wrist), and will have only nine healthy bodies. Holmes makes for a strong DFS play on Tuesday, as he'll have an opportunity to play a season-high in minutes as long as he stays out of foul trouble. Holmes' pr-36 minute averages this season are impressive: 16.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.5 steals. Tuesday, 10:02 am
  • Donatas Motiejunas will not report to Rockets
    Donatas Motiejunas will not report to Houston to take a physical and join the team, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: Motiejunas, a restricted free agent, signed an offer sheet with Brooklyn last week but the Rockets decided to match. As recently as last week, Motiejunas had said he would be open to a return to Houston, but obviously something has gone wrong. Per Woj, the Rockets and Motiejunas' representatives are discussing what the next steps will be. Motiejunas would only have seen limited minutes in Houston, so the fantasy implications here are relatively minor. Tuesday, 9:49 am
  • Tarik Black (ankle) questionable for Wed.
    Tarik Black sprained his right ankle on Monday and is questionable for the Lakers next game on Wednesday.

    Advice: The x-rays were negative but Luke Walton said after the game that Black was on crutches in the locker room. However, Black seemed to downplay the injury, saying "don't count him out" for Wednesday. He was able to put weight on the ankle and put on his right shoe. Check back soon for an update. Tuesday, 9:43 am
  • Myles Turner quiet in laughable blowout
    Myles Turner hit 3-of-8 shots for six points, five rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: The Warriors literally ran circles around the Pacers in this one, finishing with an 11-point lead after one, a 20-point lead at halftime and a final score of 142-106. Turner has been a little disappointing at times this season, but is still getting it done for his owners. Don't let this game worry you, as it was basically a practice session for the Warriors in front of 20,000 fans. Monday, 10:06 pm
  • Paul George double-doubles in blowout loss
    Paul George had 21 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes Monday, but hit just 4-of-12 shots and didn't do much else.

    Advice: He did hit 13-of-13 free throws, but the Pacers were embarrassed by the Warriors after shocking the Clippers on Sunday. The fact PG played in both games and played pretty well in them is a great sign. He missed three games with a sprained ankle before returning on Sunday. Monday, 10:03 pm
  • JaMychal Green grabs 15 boards in win
    JaMychal Green hit just 2-of-5 shots and 1-of-3 free throws for five points on Monday, but also had 15 rebounds and a steal in 43 minutes of Monday's double-overtime win against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Green has been a pleasant surprise this season, but has been up and down like a yo-yo over his last five games, at least in the scoring category, going for 5, 16, 8, 16 and 2 points. Over that stretch, he's averaging 9.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.6 steal and 0.8 blocks on 44 percent shooting. He might take a small hit once Zach Randolph is back from bereavement leave, but Green is someone you want to own either way. Monday, 9:26 pm
  • Tarik Black sprains his ankle, done for night
    Tarik Black sprained his right ankle on Monday vs. the Jazz and will not return.

    Advice: X-rays were negative and he's day-to-day, but he's considered doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. Houston. He's averaging 15.6 minutes per game off the bench this season, so this doesn't have many fantasy implications. If anything, Thomas Robinson could pick up a handful of minutes if Black misses more time. He finished with seven points, five rebounds and two steals in 12 minutes. Monday, 9:25 pm
  • Anthony Davis goes 28-17-4 in loss
    Anthony Davis had 28 points, 17 rebounds, a steal, four blocks and a 3-pointer on 10-of-27 shooting in 48 minutes of Monday's double-overtime 110-108 loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He was a little iffy with a foot injury coming in, but obviously looked great. Davis is playing at an incredibly high level and has managed to stay healthy thus far, but we're not even to Christmas yet. If history doesn't lie, Davis is still primed for some kind of leg injury at some point this season. But so far, so good. Monday, 9:13 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu plays 17 minutes in return
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) returned to action on Monday vs. the Bulls, scoring three points on 1-of-3 shooting with three rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He had playing time restrictions of 16-20 minutes, but those should be lifted soon. However, the Blazers may continue to roll with Ed Davis as their starting PF for now and Moe Harkless is obviously locked into his role as the starting SF, so Aminu is just a deep-league add until his role grows. Monday, 8:55 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge plays well on Monday
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit 7-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, nine rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 36 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: It's been a bumpy right for Aldridge under Gregg Popovich this season, but he's playing well right now, averaging 16.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting over his last five games. And unfortunately, the fact he's played in seven straight means he's probably due for a day of rest soon. Monday, 8:30 pm
  • Tristan Thompson grabs 14 boards, 2 blocks
    Tristan Thompson had six points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in Monday's win over the Raptors.

    Advice: After three pretty disappointing lines, Thompson got back on track tonight. Despite some quiet nights, he's still averaging 8.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over his last five, meaning he's worth hanging onto if you're thin at center. Just don't expect him to score very much. Monday, 7:49 pm
  • Pat Patterson goes 12 & 9 with three treys
    Patrick Patterson hit just 3-of-12 shots on Monday, but all three were 3-pointers and he finished with 12 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

    Advice: Patterson is playing well and has scored between 12 and 17 points in three of his last four games, knocking down 12 3-pointers and racking up 33 boards over that stretch. If you need a big man, Pat-Pat might be on waivers and is playing well, racking up points, boards and 3-pointers right now. If struggling Jonas Valanciunas ever gets it going, Pat-Pat could take a hit. Monday, 7:39 pm
  • Ken Faried plays just 13 minutes on Monday
    Kenneth Faried played just 13 minutes and missed his only shot for two points, two rebounds and a block on Monday.

    Advice: Faried had scored at least 10 points in five straight games, but never got it going tonight. He was outplayed by Darrell Arthur, who got 23 minutes and finished with seven points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block. Faried is probably still the guy to own here, but if his minutes are down again in the next one, it might be time to think again. Especially with Nikola Jokic on his way back from a wrist injury. Monday, 7:09 pm
  • Richaun Holmes nearly double-doubles
    Richaun Holmes had 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks on 5-of-8 shooting in just 18 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: With centers Joel Embiid (rest) and Jahlil Okafor (stomach) both out on Tuesday, Holmes looks like a really sneaky play tomorrow night. Monday, 7:02 pm
  • Anthony Davis (foot) will play Monday vs. MEM
    Anthony Davis (right foot sprain) will play Monday vs. Memphis.

    Advice: The Pelicans will limp into Monday's game with just nine healthy bodies, and with Jrue Holiday (toe) and E'Twaun Moore (toe) out, The Brow should be operating with a hefty usage rate. Fire him up. Monday, 3:34 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu will come off the bench
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) will come off the bench against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: Additionally, Aminu will be limited to 16-20 minutes as the Blazers ease him back into action. Prior to going down with the injury, Aminu was averaging 6.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals in 26.1 minutes per game. Monday, 3:34 pm
  • Report: HOU matches Motiejunas' offer sheet
    The Rockets have reportedly matched Donatas Motiejunas' offer sheet from the Nets.

    Advice: Motiejunas may have been able to put up some low-end fantasy value in Brooklyn, but now he'll be fighting for reserve minutes in Houston with the likes of Nene and Montrezl Harrell. Motiejunas has been training in Canada, but his conditioning likely isn't where it needs to be, and he still needs to pass a physical before he's allowed to play. This is far from an ideal situation in fantasy hoops, so he can remain on the wire in most scenarios. Monday, 2:03 pm
  • Paul George, C.J. Miles good to go for Monday
    Paul George (ankle) and C.J. Miles (knee) will play Monday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: George returned from a three-game absence on Sunday and logged 34 minutes, while Miles got back from a six-game stint on the sidelines and was limited to 15 minutes. PG-13 will likely again be without a minutes limit tonight, while Miles should be able to get closer to the 20-minute mark. Monday, 1:15 pm
  • Anthony Davis (foot sprain) probable Monday
    Anthony Davis (right foot sprain) is probable for Monday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: Davis denied reports that he had X-rays on his foot after Sunday's game, but this confirms that he did tweak something and that he may not be 100 percent Monday night. Season-long owners can pencil him into lineups, but he's a little more risky than usual in DFS. He has battled a variety of ailments this season including minor knocks to his right shoulder and knee, but he's only missed one game so far. He's also playing 37.5 minutes per game, so the Pelicans are asking for trouble. Monday, 9:34 am
  • Paul George leads Indy to road win in return
    Paul George (sore left ankle) returned to action on Sunday with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: George missed six of the Pacers' past seven games and he showed some rust early, going scoreless in the first quarter, but he quickly found his groove in an impressive road win. The offense ran through him extensively as the Pacers fended off the Clippers down the stretch, and the fact that he logged 34 minutes proves that he doesn't have any medical restrictions. Sunday, 9:27 pm
  • Clips lose despite Blake Griffin's 24 & 16
    The Clippers lost at home to the Pacers on Sunday, in spite of Blake Griffin's team-high 24 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: L.A. coughed up a big early lead and Griffin was one of the only players who looked engaged on both ends tonight, as the Clippers committed 20 turnovers while getting out-scored in the paint 58-36. Blake drained 10-of-21 shots tonight and the Clippers' loss doesn't make his line any less appealing to fantasy owners. Sunday, 9:23 pm
  • Anthony Davis denies having X-rays on foot
    Anthony Davis (right foot/ankle) reportedly had X-rays taken after Sunday's game in Oklahoma City, though Davis denied the report.

    Advice: ESPN's Justin Verrier reports, "Davis had an X-ray taken after the game in Oklahoma City, according to league sources. Davis denied the account, but the Pelicans forward received treatment and [had] a black wrap on his right foot at his locker before speaking to the media. Davis ... appeared to be walking without a hobble in the locker room." He played 43 minutes on Sunday and did appear to be limping on certain possessions, though he never left the game. We're adding him to the injury report, and in the absence of an update owners should consider him questionable for Monday's home game. Sunday, 7:41 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn gets nine boards, four blocks
    Kyle O'Quinn followed up Friday's big game with four points and nine rebounds on Sunday, adding four blocked shots in just 14 minutes of action.

    Advice: KOQ notched 20 points, 13 boards, two assists and two steals as a fill-in starter on Friday, but he shifted to a bench role with Joakim Noah returning tonight. You can't fault his per-minute production, as usual, but it's hard to trust him while both Noah and Willy Hernangomez are healthy. Sunday, 7:30 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis double-doubles w/ 4 blocks
    Kristaps Porzingis posted 15 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks and two assists on Sunday, going 6-of-18 from the field with one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Porzingis could have had a monster line if he shot better from the field, but his fantasy owners can't complain with tonight's block-laden double-double. He's a second-round value in most fantasy formats, and has been averaging 34.2 minutes despite ranking third in the NBA in fouls per game. Sunday, 7:28 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 36 points on 30 shots
    DeMarcus Cousins went 9-of-30 from the field and 14-of-16 from the line on Sunday, finishing with 36 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, one steal and just two turnovers in 43 minutes.

    Advice: Cousins had a few 3-point attempts blocked late in the game but he still finished 4-of-10 beyond the arc. He's averaging a career-high 1.7 triples on 38.4 percent shooting, and at this point he's basically matchup-proof. One negative tonight is that he picked up another technical foul, giving him six techs in Sacramento's first 20 games. Sunday, 7:25 pm
  • Anthony Davis' 37 & 15 not enough vs. OKC
    Anthony Davis piled up 37 points (14-of-32 FGs, 9-of-11 FTs) with 15 rebounds, four blocks, two steals and two assists on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to avoid a road loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Davis was simply unstoppable for stretches tonight, but he got negligible help from his teammates. His offensive exploits shouldn't obscure the fact that he ranks first in blocks (2.7), fourth in defensive rebounds (9.1), and is holding opponents to 4.4 percent below their typical shooting averages against him. Expect another monster effort vs. the visiting Grizzlies on Monday. Sunday, 6:50 pm
  • Paul George, Miles may play reduced minutes
    Pacers coach Nate McMillan cautioned before Sunday's game, "You don’t want to just throw [Paul George and C.J. Miles] out there and play them a bunch of minutes."

    Advice: George (ankle) and Miles (knee) are both returning from extended absences in a tough road matchup vs. the Clippers tonight. Assuming they both play reduced minutes, Glenn Robinson III should be the primary beneficiary. Sunday, 5:59 pm
  • Paul George (ankle), Miles playing on Sunday
    Paul George (ankle) and C.J. Miles (knee) will both play vs. the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Pacers have a clean injury report tonight, which means that Kevin Seraphin (knee) is also available to play after an extended absence. It's obviously safe to fire up George in all formats, and Miles is a sneaky pickup given how well he played to start the season. Sunday, 4:03 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn will come off the bench Sunday
    Kyle O'Quinn will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: As a reserve this season, O'Quinn owns meager averages of 4.4 points, 3.2 boards and 1.1 blocks per game, so he can't be considered a viable target in most leagues. Sunday, 3:58 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) probable for Monday
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) is probable to play Monday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: He's been out since Nov. 8, so he'll likely be eased back into things as his conditioning likely isn't where it needs to be. Aminu's return should push Ed Davis back to the bench and Meyers Leonard's minutes will become even more inconsistent. Aminu was hitting just 27.9 percent of his shots prior to going down with meager averages of 6.4 points, 6.7 boards, 1.1 treys and 1.4 steals per game, so he's only worth a speculative add in deep points leagues at the moment. Sunday, 1:21 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 20 points on seven FGAs
    Kevin Durant made scoring 20 points look easy against the Suns during a 138-109 win on Saturday, adding four rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He needed just seven attempts from the field and made all nine from the line with just one turnover -- that's only a 16.2 usage rate. Durant's 91.2 true shooting percentage tonight boosted him to 68.0 on the season, which moves him back into the top spot on the season -- Patty Mills is No. 2 at 67.8. Durant also has 3.2 blocks per game in his last five. He's the number one player in fantasy right now. Saturday, 11:05 pm
  • JaMychal Green drops 16 points with 13 boards
    JaMychal Green had a big game during a 103-100 win over the Lakers on Saturday, scoring 16 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: It's a season high in boards and just his second double-double on the year. As a member of the Nasty Nine, Green has been quietly consistent over his last nine, averaging 12.1 points, 7.8 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.9 blocks and 0.6 treys on 59.1 percent from the field and 81.3 percent from the line. He has top-45 value in standard leagues in that span, so his patient owners have to be feeling great right now. Make sure he's somehow not on your wire. Saturday, 9:53 pm
  • Kenneth Faried quietly productive
    Kenneth Faried had 10 points, six rebounds and a block in 29 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He stands to get a couple more starts with Jokic's wrist injury likely to keep him out for at least two more games, and is averaging 12.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over his last five games. He's been a little boring, but he has seventh-round value on the season. Saturday, 9:24 pm
  • Patrick Patterson scores 17 off bench
    Patrick Patterson hit 6-of-8 shots and 4-of-5 3-pointers for 17 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in Saturday's 128-84 whooping of the Hawks.

    Advice: DeMarre Carroll was back in action, but Jonas Valanciunas has been struggling for the last five games, and especially the last three. Meanwhile, Pat-Pat has been on a 3-point shooting blitz and is averaging 11.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 2.8 3-pointers on 56 percent shooting over his last five. He's still not a must-own fantasy player, but if he keeps up his recent pace, he may be worth grabbing if you need a big man who can shoot 3-pointers. Saturday, 8:40 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 10 in return from rest
    DeMarre Carroll returned from a day of rest and hit 4-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, five rebounds and three steals in 26 minutes of Saturday's ridiculous 128-84 romp over the Hawks.

    Advice: This wasn't much of a revenge game for Carroll, but at least he played. He's still limited on back-to-back sets and wasn't great tonight, but is averaging 12.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.8 3-pointers in his last four games. He's worth owning and should be better once he's fully recovered from his knee is closer to 100 percent health. The Raptors are rolling, blowing out their last four opponents by a combined 119 points and winning six straight games. Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll back in the starting lineup
    DeMarre Carroll is back in the starting lineup against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: Revenge game? He had the night off against the Lakers on Friday, which was not a surprise with Carroll still limited on back-to-back sets. He's played very well lately, so he's worth a pickup in shallower leagues. Norman Powell will move to the bench. Saturday, 3:36 pm
  • Anthony Davis not on the injury report
    Anthony Davis is not on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: This is good news after Davis gave us a scare with a right shoulder injury. There wasn't any concern about him after the game, so he's apparently good to go. Coach Alvin Gentry did say the Clippers limiting Davis on Friday was "a little bit of both" regarding the defense and his injury. Saturday, 12:14 pm
  • Kenneth Faried scores 14 points
    Kenneth Faried scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 23 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: The Nuggets were run out of their own gym to start this one, giving up 42 points in the first quarter. After the game coach Mike Malone was not happy with how his guys covered Ryan Anderson in the first quarter, and he talked about how the hustle wasn't there. To be clear, this doesn't necessarily mean he's talking about Faried. He's still worth owning in standard leagues. Friday, 11:11 pm
  • Darrell Arthur scores eight in nine minutes
    Darrell Arthur scored eight points in nine minutes against the Rockets on Friday with four rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: Even with Nikola Jokic (wrist) out, Arthur still couldn't get decent run. Arthur can stay on the wire in most leagues. Friday, 10:40 pm
  • Pau Gasol scores 19 w/ 10 rebounds
    Pau Gasol returned from a day of rest in a 107-105 win vs. the Wizards on Friday and scored 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: It looks like the maintenance day worked, as Gasol averaged 7.6 points per game in his last three appearances. His days as an elite fantasy asset likely ended the moment he signed in San Antonio, but he's still capable of returning mid-round value. Friday, 10:31 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn goes bonkers in win vs. Wolves
    Kyle O'Quinn came out of nowhere against the Wolves on Friday with 20 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. That's season highs in points, boards and minutes for KOQ in his start today. He was outstanding on the defensive end and coach Jeff Hornacek stuck with him after not playing him for more than 18 minutes in any of his previous four games. Joakim Noah (ankle) could be back for Sunday, so O'Quinn would only be worth a look in deeper leagues. This looks like one of the flukiest games of the season. Friday, 9:35 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 27 w/ 10 rebounds in win
    Blake Griffin scored 27 points on 12-of-22 shooting in Friday's 114-96 win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: This was the second night of a back-to-back set and he logged 34 minutes, so it's safe to say that he's healthy after a knee/calf scare last week. Griffin added four assists, two blocks and hit a triple to give him five 3-pointers on the season. He gets a matchup with the Pacers on Sunday. Friday, 8:26 pm
  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) scores 21 points
    Anthony Davis (right shoulder) returned to Friday's game vs. the Clippers and looked fine, scoring 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He bumped into Marreese Speights in the first quarter and was in the locker room for about 10 minutes, but it didn't seem to bother him down the stretch. This isn't the same shoulder that had a partial tear last season, so there's no real concern here and we haven't heard anything about the Pelicans running any tests. He grabbed six rebounds with four assists, one steal and one block and he should be ready to go for Sunday's game vs. the Thunder. Friday, 7:57 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 28 points in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points during a 97-92 loss to the Celtics on Friday, adding nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Boogie was bleeding above his eye and had to go back to the locker room in the fourth quarter. Cousins needed eight stitches after the game and looked fine after he was glued to close it in the fourth, so there's no concern he misses any action going forward. Cousins did have his four-game streak of scoring at least 30 snapped, but his averages over his last five are outstanding: 33.8 points, 12.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.2 blocks, 1.4 steals and 3.0 treys. He's a machine right now. Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) returns to game
    Anthony Davis (right shoulder) has returned to Friday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He played the whole first quarter before heading to the locker room, but returned with three minutes left before halftime. The replay showed Davis colliding with Marreese Speights, but it looked very minor. It looks like Davis is in the clear, but this is why it's important to handcuff him with Terrence Jones on your fantasy team. We'll have an update after the game. Friday, 6:04 pm
  • Anthony Davis questionable to return vs. LAC
    Anthony Davis (right shoulder) is questionable to return Friday night against the Clippers.

    Advice: This is the same right shoulder he had problems with two seasons ago, but not the left shoulder with a partial tear from last year. Davis didn't appear to be hurt, so it's all a guessing game right now. We'll have another update once we have more info. Friday, 5:43 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (illness) is available Friday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) is available to play on Friday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: With Nikola Jokic (wrist) out, Arthur will likely be in the rotation. He hasn't been healthy all season, so his minutes will likely be pretty limited. Leave him on the wire. Friday, 5:26 pm
  • Nets sign Motiejunas to $37M offer sheet
    The Nets have signed Donatas Motiejunas to a four-year, $37 million offer sheet.

    Advice: Wow. The Rockets will have three days to match, but that doesn't seem likely. D-Mo didn't have many suitors this summer because his troublesome back raised several red flags, but clearly that didn't faze the Nets. Assuming the Rockets don't match, D-Mo could find minutes at both the four and five in Brooklyn and could have some value in deeper leagues -- he averaged 6.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.4 treys in 14.8 minutes per game in 2015-16 with Houston. For now, Trevor Booker's owners shouldn't be too worried. Friday, 4:40 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn getting another start
    Kyle O'Quinn will get another start against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: The Knicks were destroyed in the first quarter on Wednesday with Karl-Anthony Towns going for 22 in that frame, so O'Quinn may be on a short leash. Marshall Plumlee played 12 minutes in the second half while Mindaugus Kuzminskas saw 11 minutes in that time. Kuzminskas may be the most appealing guy in this group. Daily Slant: O'Quinn isn't a recommended DFS play this evening, but Noah's absence does improve the outlook for a few of the Timberwolves. Karl Anthony-Towns destroyed this defense on Wednesday, and draws an equally attractive match-up here. The Knicks will likely make it more of a point to try to take him away, so Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Gorgui Dieng are all strong GPP plays. Dieng should benefit if the Knicks throw extra front-court attention at Towns. Friday, 3:06 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll resting Friday, Powell starts
    DeMarre Carroll (rest) will not play against the Lakers on Friday and Norman Powell will start in his place.

    Advice: It's scheduled rest on the front end of a back-to-back set, so Carroll will get to play against his former team, the Hawks, on Saturday. With Carroll out, both Norman Powell and Terrence Ross should be flirting with 30 minutes. Ross has been very good on defense and should carry the second unit tonight. Both are great streaming options in a fantastic matchup. Friday, 2:55 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu practices, still out Saturday
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) practiced on Friday and remains out for Saturday against Miami.

    Advice: This is a very encouraging sign for Aminu, who has missed the last 12 games. He's had a smooth transition to playing all power forward this season, which has allowed Moe Harkless to step up as a three. Aminu's return with 27 minutes per game would take minutes away from guys like Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh. Aminu is a borderline asset in standard leagues. Friday, 1:58 pm
  • Paul George progressing, could play Sunday
    Paul George (ankle) is expected to go through some practice this weekend and said he's been good enough to play in games.

    Advice: "Being hurt and sitting out, little stuff like that nags on you," George said. "But that’s the only thing I’m hoping, that I can play without a tweak, where I have full strength where I can cut and be aggressive off the drive." He has been doing some lighter work in practice and said he even made 16 triples in a row on Wednesday. George has a good chance to play on Sunday. Friday, 1:15 pm
  • Rockets hope to keep Donatas Motiejunas
    Donatas Motiejunas is expected to sign an offer sheet with the Nets, but the Rockets are not ready to give up hope that they might him.

    Advice: Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has been told to expect to receive an offer sheet, possibly as soon as Friday. Motiejunas had met with the Brooklyn Nets this week and had been examined by their team physicians as the Nets prepare an offer sheet. "We're big fans of Donatas," Morey said. "We hope to have him at some point this year. It's our understanding he will probably sign something in the next day. We won't know until it's official. We don't know how much it will be." The Rockets would have three days to match an offer sheet or let him join the Nets. From a fantasy perspective, landing in Brooklyn offers more upside for Motiejunas. Friday, 8:07 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 39 points in two-OT loss
    Kevin Durant matched his season-high 39 points on 12-of-28 from the field during a 132-127 double-overtime loss at home to the Rockets on Thursday, adding 13 rebounds, two assists, three steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Warriors were not in a good rhythm on offense and Draymond Green said KD was stuck with some tough shots. Durant went 1-of-7 in OT and said he wasn't tired and just missed his shots, so at least that's a positive with Durant playing 49 minutes. KD has also lost his lead for true shooting percentage with Patty Mills leapfrogging him, but he's still the No. 1 player in standard leagues. Friday, 12:22 am
  • Blake Griffin hands out 11 assists
    Blake Griffin hit just 4-of-14 shots and 5-of-8 free throws for 13 points, but also had five rebounds, 11 assists and a steal in just 31 minutes of Thursday's blowout 113-94 win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Griffin was on pace to set a career high in assists, but didn't play much in the second half with the game well in hand. The 11 dimes ties his career high and his low scoring was simply a result of the blowout. He sat out his previous game to rest, so we all expected him to come out with a vengeance tonight. While that didn't happen, the assists were nice. Thursday, 8:08 pm
  • Tristan Thompson scores 3 points in loss
    Tristan Thompson had three points, eight rebounds, a steal and a block in 34 minutes of Thursday's blowout loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: After back-to-back double-doubles, Thompson is cold again, averaging just 5.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.0 blocks over his last two games. Both of them were blowout losses and we're guessing Thompson gets back on track against the Bulls on Friday. Thursday, 7:55 pm
  • Blake Griffin back in the starting lineup
    Blake Griffin is starting against the Cavs, as expected.

    Advice: He got the night off on Tuesday and should be ready to roll for the national TV game. Griffin should be going at Kevin Love a ton tonight. Thursday, 4:56 pm
  • Darrell Arthur probable for Friday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) is probable for Friday against the Rockets.

    Advice: He missed Wednesday due to an illness and should be back. Arthur won't be playing much while the Nuggets are somewhat healthy at the four and five. Thursday, 2:29 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll to rest Friday or Saturday
    DeMarre Carroll will rest on either Friday or Saturday in the upcoming back-to-back set this weekend.

    Advice: The rest day will decide on the matchup for the Raptors against the Lakers and Hawks. Both of the games are at home and there is a one day cushion on each end -- the Raptors played Wednesday and will play Monday after the back-to-back. It probably makes more sense to rest Carroll in the up-tempo game against the Lakers on Friday and he does have the revenge factor against the Hawks, too. When he sits, Terrence Ross would be a nice DFS option while Norman Powell also benefits. Carroll is worth owning again, especially with the Raptors possibly dropping the back-to-back restriction next month. Thursday, 11:58 am
  • Nets preparing Donatas Motiejunas offer sheet
    The Nets are reportedly preparing an offer sheet for Donatas Motiejunas.

    Advice: Assuming the Rockets don't match the offer sheet in the next three days, Motiejunas will become a member of the Nets. It's unclear what shape he's in, but he's worth a speculative pickup in deeper leagues as he'll see minutes in Brooklyn. Thursday, 10:54 am
  • Ed Davis gets 32 minutes minutes vs. Indy
    Ed Davis played 32 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with two points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: That's a lot of playing time and it shows that coach Terry Stotts has become somewhat committed to using Davis as his starting big man. Over his last five, Davis averaged 7.2 points, 6.2 boards, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 steals on 64.0 percent from the field and 80.0 percent from the line. He's been a solid short-term hold, but his value will drop once Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) returns. Wednesday, 10:23 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge struggles vs. Mavericks
    LaMarcus Aldridge flopped on Wednesday with just five points (2-of-9 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), eight rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Spurs have scored 21.5 percent of their points this season off mid-range jumpers, which is the highest mark in the league. That's partly due to Kawhi Leonard, but mid-range maestro Aldridge is also a huge reason. Neither of the Spurs' studs found the range tonight, spoiling a golden opportunity against a poor Mavericks' defense, but this random dud shouldn't dissuade fantasy owners. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 29 points in win
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 29 points during a 106-104 win over the Wolves on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He carried the Knicks throughout this game while Carmelo Anthony struggled and scored just 14. On the other hand, Melo hit a game-winning jumper to help give the Knicks the win and get them back to .500. Porzingis did have an awkward landing today and was limping for about 20 seconds, but he was fine and stayed in the game. The Wolves and Knicks get a rematch at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Wednesday, 9:16 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn gets the start, scores two
    Kyle O'Quinn started for Joakim Noah (ankle) on Wednesday, finishing with two points, eight rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 18 minutes against the Wolves.

    Advice: Even though his beard makes him look like he's 36, O'Quinn is just 26 years old. When Noah is out, the Knicks don't really play KOQ too often, averaging just 20.5 minutes in his previous two starts. He's not a great pickup. Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • Patrick Patterson double-doubles in 30 mins
    Patrick Patterson recorded his first double-double of the season on Wednesday with 14 points and 13 rebounds in 30 minutes off the Raptors' bench.

    Advice: Patterson made 5-of-10 shots with four 3-pointers, and he chipped in one steal to round out perhaps his best line of the season. He's heating up after a very slow start to the season, and is worth owning in most leagues as a reliable 3-point shooter who can chip in rebounds and steals without hurting you in any category. Wednesday, 8:20 pm
  • JaMychal Green scores 16 pts with five steals
    JaMychal Green had 16 points, five rebounds, a career-high five steals, one block and one assist vs. Toronto on Wednesday.

    Advice: Green played 34 minutes with just one turnover, finishing 5-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line. He's been a low-end fantasy option in most 12-team leagues this season, but has stepped up his game during the absence of Zach Randolph (personal). Z-Bo is day-to-day, but if you need a productive PF don't hesitate to add JaMychal to your squad. Wednesday, 8:13 pm
  • Ed Davis is starting against the Pacers
    Ed Davis will start against the Pacers on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Against a quicker Thaddeus Young, this is somewhat surprising. Davis will likely have to guard Myles Turner in this game and should focus on the defensive end. He's not a fantasy option in most leagues. Wednesday, 6:59 pm
  • Official: NBA postpones Kings vs. 76ers game
    The NBA has officially postponed Wednesday's game between the Kings and 76ers due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: A hockey game was played the night before and condensation led to excessive moisture on the court, reportedly because an arena employee forgot to turn down the temperature before the game. After a substantial delay, the game was finally postponed. It's unclear when the league will reschedule the game -- it could be as soon as tomorrow night (preempting a planned music concert), or during the Kings' road trip in January. Frustrated fantasy owners can only wait for the schedule-makers to announce a date. Wednesday, 5:06 pm
  • Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili resting vs. Mavs
    Pau Gasol (rest) and Manu Ginobili (rest) will not play against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a road game on the second half of a back-to-back set, so this isn't a surprise. The Spurs will start Dewayne Dedmon tonight, with more minutes also available for Davis Bertans and David Lee. Expect Gasol to get plenty of rest going forward. Wednesday, 4:15 pm
  • Kings-76ers game delayed, could be cancelled
    The Kings vs. 76ers game has been delayed due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: The game has been delayed for 20 minutes as the game ops people at Wells Fargo Center continue to mop up the floor, and a determination as to whether the teams can take the court tonight will be made after that time elapses. For what it's worth, 76ers CEO Scott O'Neal would not rule out the possibility of tonight's game being cancelled. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • Kings-76ers game could be cancelled?
    There's a chance that the Kings vs. 76ers game will be cancelled on Wednesday due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia is used to host both hockey and basketball games, and there's currently a problem with condensation on the court due to high humidity and ice below the floor. The games ops people have been vigorously mopping the floor for the past hour, and they're communicating with NBA officials to determine whether or not it is safe to use the court tonight. For what it's worth, a game has been cancelled in the past for a similar issue, and at the very least it's looking like tonight's game will be delayed. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn will start Wednesday vs. MIN
    Kyle O'Quinn will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves with Joakim Noah (ankle) unavailable.

    Advice: In two starts this season, O'Quinn owns forgettable averages of 6.0 points, 6.5 boards and just 0.5 blocks per contest through 20.5 minutes, so while he'll see some increased opportunity with the first unit, he's still not a great target in most settings. Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • Darrell Arthur ruled out for Wednesday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday night against the Heat.

    Advice: With Danilo Gallinari (thigh) back, the Nuggets won't need Arthur as much. Wilson Chandler should slide over to the four more tonight and should still get plenty of minutes. Arthur isn't worth stashing in most leagues. Wednesday, 1:32 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (illness) sits out shootaround
    Darrell Arthur (illness) did not participate during shootaround and he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Arthur sitting out shootaround is a pretty good indication that he won't be playing tonight. He's not worth owning anywhere. Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Al-Farouq Aminu's (calf) nearing a return?
    Al-Farouq Aminu's (left calf strain) could be back in action as soon as Saturday's game against the Heat, according to Trail Blazers' Insider Jason Quick.

    Advice: Aminu was reportedly moving around well during Tuesday's practice, going through sprints and getting some nice lift on his jumper, and Quick speculates that his return will come no later than next week. Once he's back, Ed Davis will return to the bench where he'll split minutes with Meyers Leonard. Aminu wasn't playing very well at all prior to the injury, ranking well outside the top-150 with averages of 6.4 points, 6.6 boards, 1.1 triples and 1.4 steals per game on 27.9 percent shooting, so he's only worth a speculative add in deep points leagues. Wednesday, 8:40 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 16 points vs. Magic
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 points with six rebounds, three assists, one block and one triple vs. the Magic on Tuesday.

    Advice: LA hit 7-of-12 from the field with one turnover, but split a pair of shots at the line. Aldridge picked up a maintenance day the last time the Spurs played the Mavericks, and now they play the Mavs on the second night of a back-to-back set on Wednesday. It's the perfect storm for another "DNP-Pop", so make sure he's active before plugging him into lineups. Tuesday, 9:13 pm
  • Pau Gasol held to six points Tuesday
    Pau Gasol scored six points on 2-of-6 shooting vs. the Magic on Tuesday, adding six rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Yikes. Gasol has been held to single-digit points in four straight games and he recently admitted that he's having a hard time adjusting to his role on offense with his new team. The fact that he only played 23 minutes may bode well for his status to play on Wednesday for the second night of a back-to-back set against Dallas, but his owners should check the injury report to be safe. Tuesday, 9:03 pm
  • Tristan Thompson blocks three shots in loss
    Tristan Thompson blocked three shots on Tuesday vs. the Bucks with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes.

    Advice: This was eighth game of the season with multiple blocks and he's now averaging nearly 1.7 swats per contest. He's going to hurt his owners with his free throw shooting and he only hit 2-of-4 attempts tonight, but he's worth owning for his blocks and elite rebounding. Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Omer Asik finally double-doubles
    Omer Asik made another start on Tuesday and had his first double-double of the season with 10 points, 11 boards, a steal and a block on 4-of-6 shooting in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's been pretty useless thus far, despite starting, and hadn't hit double figures in either points or rebounds in his previous six games. And in his three previous games double-digit rebounding games, he scored a total of zero points in them. He belongs on waiver wires, despite tonight's heroics. The Lakers have a way of giving things up to guys they shouldn't. Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Paul George (ankle) a possibility for Sunday
    Paul George (sore left ankle, back) could return as soon as Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: The Pacers only have two games in Week 6 and George has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Blazers. George did not practice on Tuesday and coach Nate McMillan didn't provide much of an update. Expect Glenn Robinson III to have a heavy workload vs. the Blazers. Tuesday, 4:37 pm
  • Blake Griffin (rest) out, Pierce will start
    Blake Griffin (rest) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Nets, and Paul Pierce will draw the start in his place.

    Advice: The Clippers probably don't need him to secure a win over the lowly Nets (4-12), so it makes sense to give Griffin the night off, but head coach Doc Rivers confirmed that he'll be back in action for Thursday's game in Cleveland. Chris Paul will be running the show on offense tonight, and DeAndre Jordan could be looking at a 20-20 game, so both those guys look like solid DFS targets. Interestingly, when Griffin has been off the court this season, J.J. Redick's usage rate has spiked to 27.1, so he too could have a nice game against a terrible defensive team. Tuesday, 3:07 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (sick) questionable Wednesday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Arthur seems to always find a way to pop up on the injury report, but he's not a meaningful part of the rotation anyway. Leave him on the wire. Tuesday, 1:26 pm
  • Doc Rivers to consider sitting his starters?
    On Tuesday, Doc Rivers said he would consider resting some of his players over the final three games of their current road trip.

    Advice: Rivers declined to give any details about which players he might sit, and/or during which games. The Clippers play at Brooklyn on Tuesday and then play in Cleveland on Thursday and at New Orleans on Friday in a back-to-back. This is obviously a situation we will keep an eye on. Encouragingly, Rivers did say that Blake Griffin's calf, which was kicked during last Friday's game in Detroit, was "fine." Tuesday, 8:36 am
  • DeMarre Carroll finally feeling healthy
    A full year after his initial injury, DeMarre Carroll says he "feels great just to be healthy."

    Advice: It was around this time last year - less than a month into his first season with Toronto - that Carroll initially hurt his knee. "I need my legs to knock down my 3-pointers. It just feels good to be healthy and be able to go out there and help my team win," Carroll said. He has scored 10 or more points in five straight games for the first time since joining the Raps. Over this recent stretch, he's averaging 14.4 points on 55 percent shooting, including 46 percent from beyond the arc. He's totaled five steals and five blocks over the last three contests. Carroll may be cleared to play in both games of back-to-back sets around the new year. Tuesday, 8:06 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis goes off in loss
    Kristaps Porzingis had 21 points, three 3-pointers, two steals and five blocks in Monday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: He's pretty much just killing it these days, averaging 22.4 points, 7.8 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 2.2 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. If he starts stealing the ball, look out. Nov 28, 11:31 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 25 w/ 14 rebounds
    Kevin Durant scored 25 points with 14 rebounds in Monday's 105-100 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: The Warriors came into the game with the top offensive efficiency rating in the NBA and the Hawks were leading the NBA in defensive efficiency, but they couldn't slow down KD who finished 8-of-16 from the field with three assists, one steal, two blocks and one triple in 36 minutes. This was Durant's sixth game of the season with 20+ points and 10+ rebounds, and he's now recorded a double-double in back-to-back games. Nov 28, 10:19 pm
  • Boogie Cousins drops 36 & 20 in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins hit 16-of-34 shots and a 3-pointer for 36 points, a season-high 20 rebounds, four assists, two steals, a block, five turnovers and five fouls in 40 minutes of Monday's OT loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Boogie is rolling, despite trade rumors, and has scored at least 32 points in four straight games and six of his last eight. He's averaging a ridiculous 32 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.4 blocks and 3.2 3-pointers over his last five games, and the addition of a 3-point shot to his game has made him even more fun to own. Hopefully he can keep his head together for the entire season and avoid being traded, although rumors persist that he might be moved by Christmas. On a side note, Cousins may or may not have a small break in the tip of his middle right finger. It's swollen, but he says it's not bothering him, obviously. We're not sure if the attached tweet is properly worded, or if the author meant that there is no break. Either way, the Boogie express is in full effect. Nov 28, 8:17 pm
  • JaMychal Green struggles in loss to CHA
    JaMychal Green struggled against the Hornets on Monday, scoring four points on 1-of-4 shooting with five rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He also had five fouls on the night. Green was coming into Monday's game with averages of 12.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.0 3-pointer and 0.5 blocks in his previous four games, so his owners should stick with him. Nov 28, 8:12 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 10 in 21 minutes
    DeMarre Carroll scored 10 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes vs. the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: The game was over by the third quarter, so that explains the low minutes. Carroll was an efficient 4-of-5 from the field and didn't turn the ball over, and this was his fourth solid game in a row (not including his DNP-Rest on Nov. 21). He's averaging 15.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.8 steals and 2.8 triples in that span, so he's clearly trending up. Coach Dwane Casey expects him to start playing in back-to-back sets around the new year, meaning he will miss either Friday's game vs. the Lakers or Saturday's game vs. the Hawks. Nov 28, 7:30 pm
  • Richaun Holmes impresses in 23 minutes
    Richaun Holmes was impressive in 23 minutes off the bench on Monday vs. the Raptors, scoring 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting.

    Advice: He added nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one triple, hitting both of his free throws in the process. Holmes was a DNP-CD in three out of his last five games and usually doesn't play when both Joel Embiid (rest) and Jahlil Okafor are active, so there's no reason to pick him up despite his upside. Nov 28, 7:25 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) running at 3/4 speed
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) was spotted going through some shooting drills on Monday.

    Advice: Aminu was running at roughly 75 percent speed in the half court and spotting up for 3-point shots, so this is another small step in the right direction. He's still a ways away however, and owners in standard leagues without an IR-spot may want to move on to healthier options. Ed Davis has been starting with Meyers Leonard seeing sporadic minutes, but neither of those guys are consistent enough to rely upon in standard settings. Nov 28, 1:13 pm
  • Blake Griffin (knee) has some minor swelling
    Blake Griffin said after Sunday's loss to the Clippers that he some swelling in his right knee.

    Advice: Griffin was kicked in the calf during Friday's game against the Pistons and wore a sleeve on his right leg on Sunday to provide some extra support for his knee. It sounds like the injury is minor and it shouldn't be a long-term concern, but it's worth noting that the Clippers play the 4-12 Nets on Tuesday. For now, we'll keep Griffin off the injury report. Nov 28, 8:01 am
  • Joerger praises DeMarcus Cousins
    Sacramento coach Dave Joerger praised DeMarcus Cousins for his efforts against the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: "[Cousins is] a difficult cover because he can play facing you or with his back to the basket, he can shoot a little bit, he can drive a little bit," Joerger said. "He creates a lot of contact and goes to the free-throw line. You look at that, and you say, how can you take him for granted? He had 37 points and 11 rebounds." Cousins has helped the Kings win three out of their last four games, passing Chris Webber for third place in team history in Sacramento-era scoring with 8,846 points in the process. Nov 28, 6:20 am
  • Ed Davis starts, plays 22 minutes Sunday
    Ed Davis started at PF again on Sunday, finishing with seven points on 3-of-3 FGs and 1-of-2 FTs, three rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Terry Stotts was mixing and matching his lineup in the absence of Al-Farouq Aminu, but he seems to have settled on Davis as his every-night PF. In his first five starts, Davis averaged 6.4 points, 7.2 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.0 blocks in 24.0 minutes per game. That's a good indication of his low-end value until Aminu returns -- just don't expect him to continue making 85.7 percent of his free throws as a starter. Nov 27, 9:16 pm
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