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  • Markieff Morris will be limited to 24 minutes
    Markieff Morris will be limited to around 24 minutes for Sunday's matchup against Toronto.

    Advice: The Wizards are still being cautious with Morris following his hernia surgery, so they'll keep his minutes in the lower-20s tonight with this being the first game of a back-to-back set. He's been up-and-down this season playing limited minutes in Washington, but he should be flirting with top-75 value once he's fully up to speed, making him worth a hold in most scenarios. 28 minutes ago
  • Tim Frazier will start Sunday vs. the Raptors
    Tim Frazier will move into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Raptors, with John Wall (knee) unavailable.

    Advice: Frazier put up four points, eight dimes, two points and a steal through 31 minutes as a starter his last time out there with Wall on the sidelines, so he could be someone to think about deploying as a low-end streamer or DFS punt play. Per nbawowy, Bradley Beal's usage spike to 37.6 sans Wall, so he figures to be very busy tonight on the offensive end. 31 minutes ago
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) remains questionable
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is still listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Utah.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown is expecting him to play and it's a good sign that Bayless was able to participate in Sunday's practice. If Bayless is able to play, that would eat into the minutes of guys like J.J. Redick, T.J. McConnell and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. He's more of a deep-league fantasy asset and could be limited on Monday. Today, 10:59 am
  • Jose Calderon will start on Monday vs. DET
    Jose Calderon will start on Monday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Iman Shumpert (knee) is out for about a week and Derrick Rose (ankle) is at least two weeks away, but Calderon is only worth a look in deeper leagues at this point in his career. LeBron James is going to run the offense even more than usual, and Dwyane Wade should play some point as well. Today, 10:39 am
  • Damyean Dotson assigned to G-League
    Damyean Dotson has been assigned to the G-League.

    Advice: Tim Hardaway Jr. (foot) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Clippers, so we'd expect Dotson to be recalled right away. If THJ sits on Monday, Dotson should be in the mix to see some minutes. Today, 10:10 am
  • Fultz is progressing, out another 2-3 weeks
    The 76ers announced on Sunday that Markelle Fultz will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: He had a checkup on Sunday and it went well, as the "soreness is dissipating and the muscle balance is improving." The 76ers added that he will continue to progress towards full basketball activities, but his return to action hinges on how well his shoulder responds to an increased workload on the practice court. He's only worth owning in re-draft formats if you have an IR spot and can afford to be patient with him. Today, 10:06 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis says elbow has improved
    Kristaps Porzingis said that his elbow isn't bothering him at the moment.

    Advice: "Today's the day I'm almost back to normal," he said. "I almost don't feel it at all anymore." Porzingis has been battling some swelling in his elbow dating back to last season, and while he may have to address this issue in the offseason, his fantasy owners don't have much to worry about for now. If the Knicks can stay competitive in the East, that will certainly help his outlook and make it more likely that he plays through the pain down the stretch. Today, 9:21 am
  • Anthony Davis (face) is probable for Monday
    Anthony Davis (face) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Davis was in the concussion protocol after taking a shot to the head on Friday, but he has been cleared of the concussion diagnosis and is simply dealing with a facial contusion. His fantasy owners dodged a bullet and can go ahead and pencil him into active lineups. Today, 9:13 am
  • Raptors recall Bruno Caboclo
    The Raptors have recalled Bruno Caboclo and Alfonzo McKinnie from the G-League.

    Advice: They likely won't play on Sunday vs. the Wizards unless there's some garbage time, so both players can be left on the wire. Today, 8:57 am
  • Kevin Durant (ankle) sitting out vs. Brooklyn
    Kevin Durant will sit out against the Nets on Sunday with a left ankle sprain.

    Advice: This is the second night of a back-to-back set and the Nets are one of the weakest teams in the NBA after losing Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell to injuries, so draw your own conclusions here. He apparently injured his ankle in the first quarter on Saturday, but finished with 27 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the 76ers. Injured or not, there's no way he's going to miss Wednesday's game vs. the Thunder. With Durant out, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson should both get more looks and pretty much every rotation player gets a bump. Today, 8:49 am
  • Zach LaVine (knee) to be cleared Monday
    Barring a setback, Zach LaVine (knee) will be cleared for full contact at Monday's practice.

    Advice: He's scheduled to meet with a doctor before practice, so he'll be out there as long everything looks OK. While it's good to see LaVine making progress, there's been no indication that the Bulls will move up his timetable -- the goal is for LaVine to make a mid-December return. He'll be brought along slowly, but he's worth picking up if he's still on the wire. Today, 8:31 am
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (foot) questionable Monday
    Tim Hardaway Jr. (foot) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He had X-rays after Friday's game, but they came back negative and was diagnosed with a sore left foot. Hardaway said he's not sure how he suffered this mysterious injury, but he said it's been bothering him since Thursday morning. THJ did not practice on Sunday, but check back on Monday morning to see if he's able to go through shootaround. If he can't play, rookie Damyean Dotson might get an opportunity to see minutes. Today, 8:22 am
  • Beasley says he'll do whatever NYK needs
    Michael Beasley said he'd like to have a bigger role but is waiting patiently for his next chance.

    Advice: "I think everybody wishes they played more — except the guys playing 45 minutes a night,’’ Beasley said. "But I’m not here to say what I need or want personally. Whatever the team needs. If they need me to play 40 minutes, I’ll play it. If they want me to clap on the bench, I’ll do it." His attitude has been great, and after two DNP-CDs in a row, Beasley gave the Knicks a lift with 10 points in 12 minutes vs. the Raptors on Friday. As long as Kristaps Porzingis is healthy, Beasley can be left on the wire. Today, 7:51 am
  • Damian Lillard defends coach Stotts
    Damian Lillard said coach Terry Stotts isn't to blame for Portland's slow start.

    Advice: "Late game turnovers and not getting stops has nothing to do with a coach," Lillard said before Saturday's rematch with the Kings. "Blame me then. This the NBA ... we play 82 games and we've played 15 and won more than we've lost. Relax family." Lillard has cooled off a bit lately and is shooting 39.4 percent over his last five, but does get a matchup against a Memphis team that is missing Mike Conley on Monday. Today, 7:46 am
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) listed as out Monday
    Jonathan Isaac (ankle) is listed as out on Monday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: The rookie is still not practicing and this will be his fourth game in a row on the sidelines. He still has some swelling, and right now there's no timetable for his return. While he's out, Marreese Speights will continue to pick up minutes in the teens behind Aaron Gordon. Today, 7:05 am
  • Malik Monk a healthy scratch vs. Clippers
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he didn't play Malik Monk on Saturday vs. the Clippers because he needed more defense.

    Advice: "You lose six in a row and the defense has been bad," Clifford said. "It’s not Malik’s fault, it’s just his position; [Michael Carter-Williams is] a difference-maker defensively." This was Monk's first DNP-CD of the season, but he hasn't been playing much since Nicolas Batum returned with 18 or fewer minutes in his last four outings. He can be dropped in most re-draft formats. Today, 6:21 am
  • D.J. Augustin returned to action on Saturday November 18. Yesterday, 11:51 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic scores 14 points vs. Kings
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 14 points with seven rebounds, two assists and four blocks against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: Besides the lack of rebounding, Nurkic is starting to come around lately. In his last five, he averaged 13.4 points, 6.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.4 steals on 43.5 percent from the field. He's also been really bad with his turnovers, ranking fourth among centers with 51 despite only 31 dimes. Nurk is still trending up and he has been healthy, but he's got a lot of work to do to make his owners happy. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Biggie gets bumped out
    Caleb Swanigan moved to the bench and played two minutes against the Kings on Saturday

    Advice: Sadly, Biggie is out of the rotation and only played in garbage time. Swanigan should find a way to get minutes at some point, but he's an easy drop now. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Ed Davis plays 22 minutes
    Ed Davis (ankle) played 22 minutes with two points, eight boards, one assist and one block against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: He suffered an ankle sprain on Friday, but he wasn't limited in this game. Davis has really come on as a rebounder and he may have value if Jusuf Nurkic had to miss time. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Noah Vonleh gets the start
    Noah Vonleh scored six points with six boards and one assist in a start against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: He made all three from the field and was effective on defense. Coach Terry Stotts loves the matchups and Al-Farouq Aminu (ankle) could be back in the next week or so, which means it's hard to roster Vonleh. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox scores 11 points in loss
    De'Aaron Fox scored 11 points with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer during a 102-90 loss to the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He was 5-of-9 from the field with no attempts from the line, so the usage hasn't really been there. One reason why Fox caught our attention early was because of such high usage, but that has really dipped. In his last five, he only had an 18.9 usage rate, but that number was at 26.9 in the first five games. Low usage aside, it's encouraging that he looks to be starting the rest of the way, so there may be a small buy-low window on Fox. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic scores 12 points
    Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 12 points with one rebound, three assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He didn't pick up any noteworthy playing time from the Buddy Hield (ankle) injury. However, Bogdanovic was really slumping coming into this game with a two-point dud on Friday and some bad November averages of 7.4 points, 2.5 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.9 treys on 37.3 percent from the field. He's basically just a stash for now. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Malachi Richardson scores one point
    Malachi Richardson scored one point with one rebound and one steal in 17 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: It was Richardson who picked up Buddy Hield's (ankle) spot in the rotation, but he didn't do much with it. Richardson has a long way to go. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. quiet in 22 minutes Saturday
    Dennis Smith Jr. shot 2-of-8 from the field on Saturday, scoring five points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The rookie committed four turnovers but he also hit one 3-pointer, and he's proven that he can stuff the boxscore on a per-minute basis. It didn't click tonight with the Mavs' backup guards playing extremely well, and Dallas cruising to a blowout victory, but DSJ's owners shouldn't be discouraged. After a rough start to the season, he's been cruising with top-50 value over the past few weeks. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 27 points in win vs. PHI
    Kevin Durant scored 27 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: He's on another one of his 20-plus scoring streaks with seven straight, but the non-scoring stuff is the most impressive part of his stat lines. In those games, Durant averaged 24.4 points, 6.1 boards, 5.1 assists, 2.0 blocks, 0.9 steals and 1.9 treys on 53.4 FG% and 94.1 FT%. KD also wanted to win this game badly, but not for the reasons you might think. "We didn't want to lose to these guys. Especially Joel [Embiid]," Durant said. "He would've went straight to Twitter and talked [expletive]." We'll have to wait until next year to see what The Process has for the Warriors. Until then, KD is in the mix to be fantasy's top player. Yesterday, 8:36 pm
  • Noah Vonleh back in the starting lineup
    Noah Vonleh will start against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: Caleb Swanigan got a quick hook on Friday, so he may be out of the rotation. Vonleh still isn't worth owning in most leagues. Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • D.J. Augustin struggles vs. Jazz
    D.J. Augustin (hamsring) returned after a seven-game absence on Saturday, failing to score with one rebound and one assist in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He did play a little bit in garbage time, but he was not very good while he was out there -- also a laughable -28 in plus/minus. Augustin should be able to get his role back with minutes around 18, but he's probably not going to see much run next to Elfrid Payton because of Jonathon Simmons. Yesterday, 6:30 pm
  • Ed Davis (ankle) says he's playing vs. Kings
    Ed Davis (ankle) said he will play against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: He tweaked his ankle in the first quarter on Friday, but he was able to play through it. Davis has played well and the Blazers did struggle when he was off the floor last night, so maybe he gets more burn. He's not worth owning in most leagues, though. Yesterday, 5:54 pm
  • Fox, Hill, Temple, Skal & Z-Bo will start
    De'Aaron Fox, George Hill, Garrett Temple, Skal Labissiere and Zach Randolph will start against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: One good turn deserves another, apparently. This lineup got a win last night, but it was more about Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein in the second unit. Fox has a decent chance to keep the job as a starter and he played 25-of-27 minutes next to Hill last night. Yesterday, 5:39 pm
  • D.J. Augustin (hamstring) available vs. Jazz
    D.J. Augustin (hamstring) is available against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He's back after missing his last seven games. The Magic just had Elfrid Payton come back from a hamstring injury and coach Frank Vogel voiced some concerns about it, so they may not play Augustin much in his return. He did go through practice on Friday, so perhaps he does get minutes in the teens. Shelvin Mack is probably moving out of the rotation soon. Yesterday, 2:24 pm
  • Ed Davis (ankle) is questionable to play
    Ed Davis (ankle) is questionable to play against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: He hurt his ankle early on Friday night, but he was able to play through it for 22 total minutes. Davis has quietly been one of the best backup centers, and his performance is part of the reason Jusuf Nurkic is off to a slow start. If Davis can't give it a go, Meyers Leonard would likely back up Nurk, who figures to play slightly more than usual, as well. Yesterday, 11:13 am
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) ruled out Saturday
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Warriors and is listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Utah.

    Advice: The questionable tag for Monday is a good sign, as it confirms that Bayless is moving in the right direction. He will eat into the minutes of J.J. Redick, T.J. McConnell and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot upon his return. Yesterday, 8:41 am
  • De'Aaron Fox gets a start, scores nine points
    De'Aaron Fox scored nine points in a start with two rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 27 minutes during an 86-82 win over the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He played 25 minutes next to George Hill and it would appear the Kings are finally going to allow Fox to show what he can do as the engine of the offense. The Kings are also on a back-to-back in Portland on Saturday, so maybe Fox sticks in the first unit after their embarrassing 46-point loss to the Hawks on Wednesday. Fox has actually attempted 111 jumpers this year and made 35 (31.5 percent), and he's even been unassisted on 75.8 percent of his makes, so his scoring should come easier as his teammates learn how to play with him. He should be owned in standard leagues. Friday, 11:49 pm
  • Bogdanovic scores just two points
    Bogdan Bogdanovic made 1-of-8 from the field for two points with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and no turnovers in 24 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: Bad game aside, Bogdanovic is likely looking at more opportunity on Saturday with Buddy Hield getting hurt tonight. Although, Justin Jackson could be thrown in to take Hield's minutes and it may not affect Bogdanovic. He should get more shots regardless, though. Friday, 10:10 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 29 points in bad loss
    Damian Lillard scored 29 points with one rebound, four assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers during an 86-82 loss to the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: This was a bad loss for the Blazers after they were starting to turn it on with their 4-2 run coming into this game. Lillard looked like he was going to have a huge night with a strong first quarter, but the Blazers as a team didn't score more than 22 points in any of the four quarters. Luckily for them, they get the Kings again on Saturday in Portland. Friday, 9:49 pm
  • Caleb Swanigan flops in a start vs. Kings
    Caleb Swanigan scored two points with four rebounds, one assist and one steal in just 10 minutes during his start against the Kings on Friday

    Advice: Coach Terry Stotts has a quick hook for his unestablished players, so Swanigan has some work to do to earn his trust. He'll probably be out of the rotation once Al-Farouq Aminu (ankle) comes back. Friday, 9:38 pm
  • Anthony Davis suffers a concussion Friday
    Anthony Davis suffered a concussion on Friday vs. the Nuggets and will not return.

    Advice: His night finished with 17 points (7-of-11 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs), five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes. We don't know the severity quite yet and the timetables for concussions can vary quite a bit, so it's too early to speculate on how much time he will miss. Coach Alvin Gentry loves Dante Cunningham for some reason, but it's possible he turns to Cheick Diallo if Davis misses time. Friday, 9:16 pm
  • Anthony Davis (head) goes to locker room
    Anthony Davis went to the locker room on Friday vs. the Nuggets after colliding heads with Nikola Jokic. Friday, 8:59 pm
  • Jose Calderon starts in second half
    Jose Calderon was scoreless in 10 minutes off the bench in Friday's overtime loss against the Clippers.

    Advice: Calderon actually started the third quarter with Iman Shumpert nursing a sore knee, but he was unable to seize the opportunity. Instead, it was Dwyane Wade and Kyle Korver stepping up and filling the void. Calderon continues to remain a non-factor for most fantasy owners. Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Tim Frazier has chance to start Sunday
    Tim Frazier did not score in 14 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: He didn't do much tonight, but there's a chance he starts on Sunday if John Wall (knee) can't suit up. Keep an eye on Frazier in deep leagues or as a Sunday streamer. Friday, 7:34 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox starting next to George Hill
    De'Aaron Fox is starting alongside George Hill on Friday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: The Kings have been laughable at times this season, but it's good to see them turn to their point guard of the future. Fox has been pretty inconsistent and is coming off a rough stretch, but he should get better and better. Friday, 7:12 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis held to 13 points vs. TOR
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 13 points on 3-of-13 shooting with four rebounds, four blocks and two 3-pointers in Friday's 107-84 loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: He has eight games with 30+ points this season and has been spoiling his fantasy owners, but he has slowed down a bit this week. "Teams are starting to play him differently, sometimes doubling, sometimes a guy cuts [to double]," coach Jeff Hornacek said. "Some nights guys make shots, some nights not. He’s still drawing a lot of attention that helps other guys." Porzingis ditched his arm sleeve tonight and his elbow isn't an immediate concern, and it's just a matter of time before he's putting up monster lines again. Friday, 7:08 pm
  • X-rays negative on Tim Hardaway Jr.'s foot
    X-rays taken on Tim Hardaway Jr.'s left foot came back negative.

    Advice: The Knicks are calling his injury a sore left foot for now, but it's a little concerning that he needed X-rays. THJ checked out of this game for good with three minutes to go in the fourth, but it was garbage time at that point and it's a good sign that he was playing through it. We'll put him on the injury report until we get an update at Saturday's practice. He finished with 13 points (5-of-11 FGs), five rebounds, one assist, three steals and three triples in 33 minutes. If THJ does end up missing time, we might get an extended look at rookie Damyean Dotson. Friday, 7:07 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac still has swelling in ankle
    Jonathan Isaac (ankle) is still dealing with swelling and he will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not practice on Friday and it sounds like he could miss more time. With Isaac out, it's been Marreese Speights logging the minutes behind Aaron Gordon while Mario Hezonja was in the rotation for seven minutes in the last one. Isaac is still a decent stash in deeper leagues, especially because he was playing well before the injury. Friday, 12:51 pm
  • D.J. Augustin (hamstring) questionable Sat
    D.J. Augustin (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: He did go through practice on Friday and has a good chance to return. We should have a reliable update on Augustin either after practice on Friday or following Saturday morning's shootaround. Upon his return, D.J. will replace Shelvin Mack as Elfrid Payton's primary backup. Friday, 8:13 am
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) listed as out Saturday
    Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle) is listed as "out" in the game notes for Saturday's matchup against Utah.

    Advice: This is only a game-notes designation, so we'll have to wait to hear from coach Frank Vogel, either after practice on Friday or Saturday morning after shootaround. Isaac has missed each of Orlando's last two games, but said he was feeling better on Wednesday despite still dealing with discomfort when he moves side-to-side. Friday, 8:04 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 24 points losing effort
    Kevin Durant scored a game-high 24 points during a 92-88 loss to the Celtics on Thursday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He missed a key mid-range shot late in the game to lead to the loss. On the whole, the blocks were there yet again and Durant continues to show how he can be a plus defender. Blocks aren't the best way to measure defense, but KD comes in at 94th percentile at around-the-rim defense, and he's only allowed one make on 22 attempts as the defender with the shot clock under four seconds (Synergy). Oh and KD is on pace for his most efficient offensive season of his career. He'll be in the mix as fantasy's top player all season. Thursday, 8:09 pm
  • D.J. Augustin hopes to play Sat. or Monday
    D.J. Augustin (hamstring) hopes to return to game action on Saturday against the Jazz or Monday against the Pacers

    Advice: "I’m leaving it up to the training staff on when I could return, but it’s looking like pretty soon," Augustin said. "It’s hard to sit out. But with a hamstring, you want to be careful with it, because it could recur and I don’t want to go backwards." Dating back to when Augustin went down on Nov. 1, Jonathon Simmons has made it clear he can be a ball handler in the second unit. DJA likely won't hurt Simmons, but Shelvin Mack would likely move out of the rotation. Thursday, 12:14 pm
  • Zach LaVine targeting mid-December
    Zach LaVine (knee) could be cleared for full contact as soon as Nov. 20.

    Advice: While this is good news, the goal for him to start playing isn't until mid-December. The Bulls will also be bringing him along very slowly upon his return, as they have no reason to push him in a rebuilding season. Thursday, 7:05 am
  • Caleb Swanigan benched after halftime
    Caleb Swanigan started on Wednesday, but he was benched after halftime and finished scoreless with one turnover and no other stats in six minutes.

    Advice: Pat Connaughton started the second half instead of Swanigan. Terry Stotts clearly didn't like what he saw early, matchup-wise, and the Blazers leaned on a lot of small lineups tonight. The result was a victory, which doesn't bode well for Swanigan, but we'll see if he can bounce back vs. the Kings on Friday. Wednesday, 10:50 pm
  • Damian Lillard gets 26/11/7 with five triples
    Damian Lillard helped the Blazers stave off the Magic on Wednesday for a 99-94 victory, posting 26 points, a season-high 11 rebounds, seven assists and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: Dame is on the cusp of first-round value, thanks in part to career-high averages in rebounds (5.6), steals (1.3), FT percentage (93.1%), and even blocks (0.5). He's scoring 24.4 points per game despite shooting 40.4%, which would be a career-low, and when his accuracy goes up his fantasy value will follow suit. Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores just 19 points
    Anthony Davis scored 19 points with five rebounds, one assist, one block, three steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes during a 125-116 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Surprisingly, he hasn't hit 20 points in three of his last four despite playing 34 minutes in each. He was actually good efficiency wise in all of those, but the usage was the problem with his usage rate ranging from 17.8 to 21.7 in this four-game cold streak. Before this, he was below 22 in just one game, but there's still little reason to be worried. AD is a monster this year and he won't need a 30 usage rate to be fantasy's top player if healthy. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Malik Monk plays season-low nine minutes
    Malik Monk played a season-low nine minutes on Wednesday, scoring five points with three boards and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The rookie can be cut for a hot free agent now that Nicolas Batum (elbow) is healthy, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has returned from a personal absence, and Jeremy Lamb is locked into solid minutes with the second unit. We'll let you know if he emerges with reliable value. Wednesday, 8:02 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. drops 26/6/6 in win vs. Jazz
    Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks to a win on Wednesday with 26 points, six rebounds, six assists and three 3-pointers, making 7-of-15 field goals and 9-of-10 free throws in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points, eight boards and a pair of blocks, and the Knicks improved to 8-6 overall (7-3 at home). There was a lot of hand-wringing when THJ began the season ice-cold, but hopefully owners didn't sell-low -- he's now scored at least 26 points in three of the past four games. Wednesday, 7:35 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox quiet in 19 minutes vs. Hawks
    De'Aaron Fox had two points on 1-of-4 shooting, two assists, two steals and one rebound in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 46-point loss in Atlanta.

    Advice: Fox is now shooting just 10-of-34 in his past four games, and he's under 20% from downtown on the season. The upside is there, and he should only get better as the season continues, but most owners should keep him benched until he heats up. Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Markieff Morris gets two techs, fouls out
    Markieff Morris picked up his sixth personal foul and second technical foul within seconds on Wednesday, finishing with 15 points, two rebounds and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Heat.

    Advice: He was in foul trouble for most of the game with his fourth coming at just past the eight-minute mark in the third, but Morris was hot early with 10 of the first 26 Wizards points to start this one. Morris has only cleared the 24-minute mark just once this year, but it was more about garbage time or other factors. He should be getting closer to 27 minutes in the future, so he's a hold in standard leagues. Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) sheds walking boot
    Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle) won't play on Wednesday, but he was seen without a walking boot.

    Advice: Isaac said that he "still feels discomfort when he moves side to side," but he's feeling better. Orlando will play it safe but he gets a few days off before Saturday's game vs. the Blazers, so there's a chance we'll see him this weekend. Wednesday, 5:55 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play vs. LAL
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play against the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The team announced he had swelling in his wrist a week ago, so he's likely going to be sitting out based on his problems with his wrist in the past. With him out, it's been Robert Covington, J.J. Redick, T.J. McConnell and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot getting some extra chances. Wednesday, 11:15 am
  • Dennis Smith Jr. puts winning above all else
    After scoring a career-high 27 points on Tuesday night, Dennis Smith Jr. was more concerned with the fact that the Mavericks picked up another loss.

    Advice: "We’ve got to get something that translates to wins. Whether it’s 27 or seven [points], we’ve got to get some wins," Smith said. "I’m still getting about wherever I want most of the game. It’s just something has got to translate to wins." This is the sort of mentality you want from your franchise player, and while DSJ probably won't be happy with the Mavs' win-loss record at the end of the season, his fantasy owners have to be pleased with his averages of 21.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 triples, 1.3 steals and 1.0 block per game over the past three. Wednesday, 10:52 am
  • Dennis Smith Jr. scores career-high 27 points
    Dennis Smith Jr. scored a career-high 27 points on 10-of-23 shooting in Tuesday's 97-91 loss to San Antonio.

    Advice: He was getting to the rim at will against San Antonio's slow-footed frontcourt and grabbed six rebounds with two assists, a career-high five 3-pointers and six turnovers. After a rocky start to the season, DSJ is looking more comfortable out there and it's showing in the boxscore. His fantasy arrow is pointing straight up with averages of 20.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.6 triples over his last five games. Tuesday, 8:30 pm
  • D.J. Augustin (hamstring) unlikely for Wed
    D.J. Augustin (hamstring) is making progress but is unlikely to play Wednesday vs. Portland.

    Advice: Per Orlando beat reporter John Denton, Augustin was getting shots up after practice and is "getting closer," but will likely sit out at least one more game. After Wednesday, the Magic don't play again until Saturday, so Augustin will have three more days to let his hamstring heal. Shelvin Mack will continue to serve as Elfriid Payton's backup. Tuesday, 2:06 pm
  • Brown won't commit to timetable for Fultz
    76ers' head coach Brett Brown said it's still unclear exactly when Markelle Fultz (shoulder) will be able to return to the court.

    Advice: "The problem is the shoulder. The problem is the shot," said Brown. "We do not know [when he'll return]. Slowly we’re getting his shoulder stronger." Fultz is going to be re-evaluated sometime next week, but this quote from Brown hints that we shouldn't anticipate the No. 1 pick making it back to the court anytime soon. Dario Saric should continue to start in his absence with T.J. McConnell seeing extended minutes with the second unit. Fultz is only worth owning if you've got an IR-spot. Tuesday, 1:55 pm
  • Caleb Swanigan will start again on Wednesday
    Coach Terry Stotts said Caleb Swanigan would remain in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Swanigan made his first career start Monday vs. Denver, sending Noah Vonleh to the bench. Swanigan logged 20 minutes and finished with six points, five rebounds, one assist and two blocks. He'll be an intriguing DFS tournament option on Wednesday, but owners in standard leagues can probably afford to exercise patience and see Swanigan can maintain his starting spot before considering plucking him off the wire. Tuesday, 8:25 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 21 points in win over ORL
    Kevin Durant scored 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting in Monday's win over the Magic.

    Advice: He was a perfect 3-of-3 from the line with eight assists, seven rebounds and two turnovers. His owners were probably expecting more from KD with Stephen Curry (thigh) out, but he only played 30 minutes after playing 28 on Saturday. He did just return from a thigh injury of his own, so maybe the Warriors were just taking it easy on him. Monday, 10:39 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 15 points vs. Denver
    Damian Lillard scored 15 points vs. the Nuggets on Monday, adding seven assists, five rebounds, four steals, two triples and four turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Lillard only hit 4-of-14 shots, but nailed all five of his freebies from the line. He's in a bit of a rut over his last three games with 15.3 points on 32.6 percent shooting, but it's just a matter of time before he heats up again. Monday, 9:44 pm
  • Noah Vonleh productive off the bench
    Noah Vonleh was productive off the bench on Monday vs. Denver, scoring eight points with 10 rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Maybe he didn't like getting benched in favor of Caleb Swanigan, as this was his best game of the season. Swanigan looked solid as well, but the rookie had five fouls which led to more run for Vonleh. This game doesn't the move the needle much and we'll need to see a couple more performances like this before we could get behind a pickup in deeper leagues. Monday, 9:39 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic scores 17 in revenge game
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 17 points (7-of-15 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) against his former Nuggets in a 99-82 win on Monday, adding five rebounds, one assist and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He's now 2-0 against his old teammates. Nurk was forcing things tonight with revenge on his mind, turning the ball over a season-high seven times. The good news is that he seemed healthy after struggling with a lower back issue over the weekend, and he played twice the amount of minutes as Ed Davis (four points and seven rebounds in 15 minutes). Next up for Portland is a home game against Orlando on Wednesday before a back-to-back set against the Kings this weekend. Monday, 9:33 pm
  • Caleb Swanigan scores six points in start
    Caleb Swanigan moved into the starting lineup on Monday vs. the Nuggets, scoring six points with five rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Making his first career start, Swanigan racked up five fouls, but he played well for the most part. The Blazers haven't gotten a lot of production from guys like Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh, so there's a chance Swanigan sticks in the first unit. Owners in most leagues can monitor his progress from the wire while we see how the rotation develops. Monday, 9:25 pm
  • Anthony Davis plays through back scare
    Anthony Davis played through an apparent back injury on Monday and hit 5-of-7 shots for 13 points, 10 rebounds, seven dimes, two steals and four blocks in 38 minutes of a 106-105 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: He slipped on a mop and appeared to tweak his back, but stayed on the court. The 13 points were easily a season low for a full night of work, although he also had a two-point game when he played just five minutes on Oct. 24. He's always an injury risk but he's been able to stay on the court for all but two games early in the season, so now we just have to hope his back feels good when he wakes up in the morning. He should be fine.. Monday, 7:53 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. bounces back w/ 28 points
    Tim Hardaway Jr. bounced back on Monday vs. the Cavaliers with 28 points on 10-of-20 shooting.

    Advice: Coming off a four-point dud against the Kings, THJ got back on track tonight with 10 rebounds, five assists, one block, two steals and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes. He's been a rollercoaster ride this season, but he's been much more consistent in November and is cruising with seventh-round value in standard 9-category leagues. He'll get a tough test on Wednesday vs. the Jazz, as they have allowed the 6th fewest fantasy points to SGs this season. Monday, 7:46 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 20 in loss to CLE
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 20 points (7-of-21 FGs, 4-of-7 FTs) with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two triples in Monday's loss to Cleveland.

    Advice: Foul trouble ruined what could’ve been a monster night against Cleveland’s leaky defense for KP, as he picked up two fouls in the first four minutes of the game. We learned last week that Porzingis may need an offseason procedure to address the bursitis in his right elbow, and he was sporting an arm sleeve tonight for the first time this season. As long as the Knicks continue to make noise in the East and Porzingis can stay remotely healthy, his owners don’t need to worry about this for now. Monday, 7:35 pm
  • Caleb Swanigan starting, Vonleh to bench
    Caleb Swanigan is starting on Monday vs. Denver, sending Noah Vonleh to the bench.

    Advice: Interesting. Swanigan has only played in three out of five games in November, but the Blazers are looking to shake things up after a two-game losing streak. We'll let you know how Swanigan fares with the starting lineups, and deep-league owners will want to watch him closely. Monday, 6:58 pm
  • Markieff Morris struggles vs. Kings
    Markieff Morris hit just 2-of-9 shots and was 0-for-5 from downtown for four points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in just 20 minutes of Monday's win over the Kings.

    Advice: Morris was cleared to play as many as 28 minutes tonight, but the game was a blowout and he simply wasn't needed, nor was he playing very well. Tonight was a disappointment after he averaged 17 points in his previous two games, but he should bounce back on Wednesday against the Heat. Monday, 6:49 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox hits 3-of-10 shots in loss
    De'Aaron Fox hit just 3-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points, three rebounds and five assists in Monday's loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Fox has yet to have a mind-blowing game but he's been close a couple times. He hasn't scored more than 14 points in any of his November games, after scoring 14 or more in five of his seven October games. Fox has cooled off a bit, but he's too good a player and in too great a position to not be owned in all fantasy leagues. The big one is coming. Monday, 6:41 pm
  • Markieff Morris to play 26-28 mins Monday
    Markieff Morris will see his minutes increased to the 26-28 range for Monday's matchup with the Kings.

    Advice: Morris' minutes have only gone into the mid-20s once since his return from the hernia, but he's slowly getting closer to his typical workload. As Morris' minutes rise, Kelly Oubre's playing time will likely start trending in the opposite direction. Monday, 2:27 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) wearing a walking boot
    Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle) was spotted sporting a walking boot on Monday.

    Advice: Isaac has already been ruled out for Monday's game against the Warriors, but the fact that he's sporting a walking boot would suggest his absence could extend well beyond Monday's game. With him out, Aaron Gordon will get all the burn he can handle, and Jonathon Simmons could see a slight uptick in minutes. Monday, 12:04 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless out Monday, doubtful Wednesday
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He's also considered doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Lakers and doesn't have a timetable to return. T.J. McConnell will continue to see a bump in minutes in Bayless' absence and is averaging 6.4 points, 6.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals over his last five games. Monday, 11:03 am
  • Damian Lillard not concerned about finger
    Damian Lillard (finger) said he sat out of Sunday's practice as a precaution.

    Advice: The injury is to his ring finger on his left (non-shooting) hand, but Lillard said it's not going to be an issue. He will be ready to roll for Monday's game vs. Denver, so get him into your lineups and don't think twice about it. Monday, 8:52 am
  • Damyean Dotson recalled from G-League
    Damyean Dotson has been recalled from the G-League.

    Advice: The Knicks have won seven out of their last nine games after an 0-3 start to the season, so Dotson may have to spend a good chunk of time in the G-League as long as the Knicks stay relevant in the East. Monday, 6:50 am
  • Dennis Smith Jr. hits 6-of-17 FGs, scores 15
    Dennis Smith Jr. followed up Saturday's big game with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Thunder threw everything at the rookie defensively, with Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson and even Paul George taking turns against him. He shot just 6-of-17 from the field with five turnovers, but hit a pair of 3-pointers and had enough all-around production to appease most owners. He's showing the type of upside owners envisioned on draft day, but there will be more bumps in the road -- he is 19 years old, after all. Sunday, 7:01 pm
  • D.J. Augustin (hamstring) ruled out Monday
    D.J. Augustin (hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday's game vs. Golden State.

    Advice: Elfrid Payton (hamstring) is officially questionable but it sounds like he'll be ready to go, which would bump Shelvin Mack to the second unit. Augustin isn't expected to play during Orlando's road trip, so he'll likely get another DNP vs. Portland on Wednesday. Sunday, 4:33 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic dismisses back injury, benching
    Jusuf Nurkic dealt with a sore lower back after Friday's game, but he said it's not an issue and he'll be ready to go vs. Denver on Monday.

    Advice: Nurkic and coach Terry Stotts' decision to bench him for most of the fourth quarter, in favor of Ed Davis. "I respect coach's decision," Nurk said. "And to be honest, I never have a better coach than Stotts. So, there's [not] anything wrong." Stotts said that he stuck with Davis because the team was on a run with him in the game, adding, "It wasn't so much about Nurk." We'll keep an eye on this situation, but there's no cause for immediate concern. Sunday, 2:53 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic dealing with a sore back
    Jusuf Nurkic said he skipped talking to reporters following Friday's loss to the Nets because he was in the treatment room getting his back worked on.

    Advice: This perhaps could explain why Nurkic did not play most of the fourth quarter of Friday's loss, but hopefully, this isn't something that affects his status for Monday's game against the Nuggets. Just to be safe, we'll though him on the injury report, and owners can expect to get another update following Monday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned. Sunday, 2:09 pm
  • Damian Lillard skips practice, will play Mon
    Damian Lillard (left ring finger) sat out Sunday's practice, but he will play Monday vs. Denver.

    Advice: Lillard is as tough as they come, so a minor injury to a finger on his non-shooting hand obviously won't be something that forces him to spend any time on the sidelines. He's gotten off to a hot start this season with averages of 25.2 points, 6.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 2.2 triples and 3.1 turnovers per game on 41.3 percent shooting which has been good enough for first-round value in 9-cat leagues. Sunday, 12:35 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) ruled out Monday
    Jonathan Isaac (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: He left Saturday's game and wasn't able to return, and while X-rays were negative, the severity of the injury is not clear at the moment. With Isaac out, we could see more of Jonathon Simmons on Monday because the Magic will need his defense against the defending champs. Sunday, 10:17 am
  • Damyean Dotson assigned to G-League
    Damyean Dotson has been assigned to the G-League.

    Advice: He had 14 points in 14 minutes of garbage time on Saturday, but he's averaging just 7.6 minutes per game in seven appearances for the Knicks this season. If the Knicks cool off, Dotson could get more burn. Sunday, 6:38 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 29 in return
    Kevin Durant returned from a thigh injury on Saturday and hit 11-of-18 shots and 3-of-6 3-pointers for 29 points, five boards, four assists, two steals and two blocks to lead the Warriors to a 135-114 win over the Sixers.

    Advice: KD sat out in his last game with a thigh problem, but looked amazing tonight. That's what KD does, so just roll him out there again for Week 5. Saturday, 9:37 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 34 in win over SAC
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 34 points during a 118-91 win over the Kings on Saturday, adding five rebounds, two assists, two blocks, four 3-pointers and no turnovers.

    Advice: Even with an injury to his shooting elbow, Porzingis was not bashful with his 11-of-21 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line. Everyone knew the unicorn was going to see an increase in usage, but not many could've seen him rise to a league-leading 36.0 usage rate and a 61.4 TS%. How rare is that? Well, no NBA scoring qualifier in league history has finished a season with at least a 35.0 usage rate and a true shooting percentage greater than 60 -- James Harden is also on pace for this in 2017-18. The unicorn nickname may not even do him justice because he's like nothing anyone has imagined. Saturday, 9:07 pm
  • Damyean Dotson scores 14 points.
    Damyean Dotson scored a career-high 14 points with one rebound, one assist an two 3-pointers in 14 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: This was all about garbage time. He had a nice 17-point game in the preseason and he should stick on the big club most of the year. Dotson won't have much value when the team is healthy though. Saturday, 8:37 pm
  • Dennis Smith turns in strong stat line
    Dennis Smith Jr. finished with 21 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots over 30 minutes in Saturday's 111-104 loss against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: There haven't been a lot of bright spots on the hardwood so far in the Metroplex this season, but DSJ and Harrison Barnes are certainly doing their part every night. Smith has turned up the intensity in November, hitting at least 3-pointer in each of his games while averaging 19.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game after averaging just 11.3 PPG, 5.7 APG and 3.0 RPG in six October outings. Saturday, 8:25 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac suffers a right ankle sprain
    Jonathan Isaac suffered an ankle sprain on Saturday and will not return.

    Advice: X-rays were negative for a fracture. He went down near the baseline and limped back to the locker room. Isaac was ruled out about five minutes after the injury, but the Magic were being blown out. He's been very good on defense and has played two positions for the Magic. The rookie finished with two points, four rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 16 minutes. Saturday, 8:07 pm
  • Anthony Davis goes off yet again vs. Clips
    Anthony Davis scored 25 points with 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks, two steals and one turnover in 40 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: He's just incredible and is racking up the stats all over the place, averaging 26.7 points, 11.5 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.2 blocks and 1.1 treys on 58.2 percent from the field and 79.1 percent from the line on the season. Davis' usage rate has dropped to 25.7 this year, but who cares when he's at a beautiful 66.3 TS%? He is fantasy basketball's No. 1 player right now. Stay healthy, big man. Saturday, 7:28 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores 18 points in 20 mins
    Markieff Morris scored 18 points with four rebounds, two blocks and two 3-pointers in just 20 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: He made 8-of-10 from the field, so he's heating up in a hurry with his 6-of-7 line on Thursday. Morris played through a knee injury on Thursday, so coming out strong today is a great sign, especially with how he's had problems with that before. He hasn't been unleashed yet because of garbage time or small injuries, but his playing time should start trending up soon. Plus, the Wizards want to play him at the five. Saturday, 6:44 pm
  • Kevin Durant (thigh) will play vs. 76ers
    Kevin Durant (thigh) will play against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: He has been expected to play for three days and went through practice on Friday. With Durant wanting to show what he can do on defense, it'll be very interesting to see how the Warriors cover Ben Simmons. As for his offense, he's likely going to hit the ground running against a team that has been fairly up-tempo this season. Saturday, 4:09 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis (ankle, elbow) will play
    Kristaps Porzingis (ankle, elbow) will play against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: Porzingod vs. Kings tonight, which should be a favorable matchup for the Knicks big man. Porzingis was held out of Wednesday's game for an issue with his shooting elbow, so it'll be interesting to see if he can hold his lead as the NBA's leader in usage rate. You're obviously starting him in season long and he's a viable DFS play. Saturday, 3:23 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) ruled out Saturday
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play Saturday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: This will be the third straight game Bayless has missed. T.J. McConnell has seen a slight uptick in minutes with Bayless sidelined. Dario Saric, playing alongside Ben Simmons, has been the biggest beneficary. Saric has posted two straight double-doubles and is averaging 19.0 points and 10.0 rebounds over the Sixers last two games. Saturday, 10:03 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic scores 21 points vs. Nets
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 21 points with five rebounds and one assist on 10-of-20 shooting in 25 minutes in Friday's 101-97 loss to the Nets.

    Advice: Nurk was benched for the final 11:07 of this game and we're not sure why because he was having his way with the Nets early. The Nets have given up the fifth most fantasy points to centers this season, making coach Terry Stott's decision to pull him even more confusing. We'll look for an explanation, but his owners should expect a monster revenge game against Denver on Monday. For what it's worth, Nurk ate them alive last season with 33 points and 15 rebounds. Friday, 10:10 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 19 in loss to Nets
    Damian Lillard scored 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting in Friday's 101-97 loss to the Nets.

    Advice: The Nets have allowed the most fantasy points to PGs this season and Lillard was coming off a 12-point dud, so his fantasy owners were likely hoping for a bigger night. He did grab nine rebounds with six assists, a triple and two turnovers, but his owners can now look forward to back-to-back weeks with four games on the schedule. Friday, 10:04 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac scores a career-high 11 points
    Jonathan Isaac scored a career-high 11 points against the Suns on Friday with six rebounds, one assist, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, it was against the Suns, but Isaac just shows up on tape like few other rookies. He has the potential to be a deadly roll man and he's already showing he has potential range with his five triples. Plus, he is beyond his years as a defender and it looks like he'll make a big impact in steals and blocks one day. The Magic are good, so Isaac may not have much value this season while the team is healthy. Friday, 8:58 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) likely out
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is likely out against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He is out indefinitely due to swelling in his left wrist. This is the second season in a row Bayless has dealt with wrist issues, so he could be out for several games. T.J. McConnell has filled in nicely and Dario Saric also benefits next to PG Ben Simmons. Friday, 1:20 pm
  • Kevin Durant (thigh) practice on Friday
    Kevin Durant (thigh) practiced on Friday.

    Advice: He said he expects to play against the 76ers on Saturday, so he's almost a lock to play. Durant has said he's committed to defense and it's showing on the stat sheet with his career-high block averages. Durant vs. Ben Simmons will be must-see TV. Friday, 12:56 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis (elbow) likely to play Fri
    Kristaps Porzingis (ankle, elbow) went through a full practice on Friday and coach Jeff Hornecek said he expects Porzingis to play Saturday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Porzingis was forced to sit out Wednesday's game in Orlando due to a mild left ankle sprain and an elbow contusion suffered in Tuesday's win over Charlotte. It's great to see KP back at practice and preparing for Saturday, although he was wearing a large brace on right arm due to the bursitis in his elbow. Hopefully, the elbow issue on his shooting arm won't impact his offensive production. Friday, 9:04 am
  • De'Aaron Fox makes game-winning jumper
    De'Aaron Fox hit his first NBA game-winning shot with a 19-foot pullup to beat the 76ers 109-108 on Thursday, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds, seven assists and one turnover in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Up until the last shot, he actually didn't shoot the ball well with his 4-of-13 from the field and 3-of-7 from the line. Fox has been hanging in the upper 20s lately with averages of 11.8 points, 2.6 boards, 6.0 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks over his last five. He's not quite as hot as he was earlier this year, but it's just a matter of time before Fox starts to click again. Thursday, 10:09 pm
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic scores nine in win
    Bogdan Bogdanovic scored nine points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

    Advice: He's probably the most confident player on the team, but coach Dave Joerger went with Justin Jackson over Bogdanovic to close this game out. Bogdanovic is starting to add some defensive stats and his six attempts from deep were a career high, but it figures to be a bumpy ride in fantasy. Plus, Justin Jackson getting hot doesn't help the Serbian swingman. Thursday, 10:03 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores 16 pts in 17 minutes
    Markieff Morris played through a knee issue on Thursday vs. the Lakers with 16 points, five rebounds, one assist and two triples in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He complained about some knee tightness in the first quarter and briefly went to the locker room, but Morris looked great for the most part when he was out there. In addition to his knee, Morris said his ankle never really got back to 100 percent since tweaking it in the Boston playoff series, but tests have revealed no damage. If anything, this will give the Wizards plenty of reason to continue bringing him along slowly. Thursday, 7:21 pm
  • Anthony Davis held in check on Thursday
    Anthony Davis scored 18 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks, no turnovers and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Serge Ibaka did a fine job on Davis in this game to keep him in check for the first time in a non-injury game. Since his injury on Oct. 24, AD posted some ridiculous averages of 31.2 points, 12.8 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.5 blocks and 1.2 treys on 58.8 percent from the field in those previous six games. He'll get a must-see matchup against Blake Griffin on Saturday. Thursday, 7:08 pm
  • Markieff Morris returns to game action
    Markieff Morris (left leg) returned to Thursday's game against the Lakers in the second quarter.

    Advice: After a trip to the locker room, Morris spent plenty of time on a stationary bike in the first half. He seems to be moving fine now that he's back, so expect him to get his normal playing time in the second half. Thursday, 5:02 pm
  • Markieff Morris goes to the locker room
    Markieff Morris went to the locker room in the first quarter on Thursday.

    Advice: He was trying to get around a screen, but it looked like he pulled something. Morris committed an intentional foul to get out of the game, and had a trainer look at his left knee on the bench. He was able to walk to the bench and to the locker room under his own power. Kelly Oubre is going to play more than expected tonight. Thursday, 4:22 pm
  • Clifford says Monk should be a combo guard
    Coach Steve Clifford said Malik Monk should continue to be a combo guard and he would have to be a point guard to be a starter in the NBA.

    Advice: Clifford talked up Monk's pick-and-roll game, which is a huge part of what the Hornets do on offense -- only James Harden has more PNR possessions per game than Kemba Walker (Synergy). Monk is starting to turn the corner with two 20-plus scoring games in his last four, but he still has to add a little more to his stat line to be a reliable fantasy option. Thursday, 1:20 pm
  • D.J. Augustin likely out next four games
    D.J. Augustin is not expected to play in Orlando's four-game road trip.

    Advice: The trip begins on Friday in Phoenix and ends on Nov. 15, so this rules him out for the next week. "I don’t anticipate that [D.J. can play on the trip]," coach Frank Vogel said. "He’s really just in the mindset that he’s going to continue to try to improve and see how he responds from treatment." The good news for Orlando is that Elfrid Payton returned on Wednesday and looked great, so they will take their time bringing Augustin back. Shelvin Mack will hold down the fort as the backup PG in the meantime. Thursday, 9:57 am
  • Kevin Durant (thigh) expects to play vs. PHI
    Kevin Durant (bruised thigh) said he expects to play against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: He was in uniform for warmups on Wednesday and the team said he would've played in a playoff game, so this was a precaution. Durant's injury occurred early in the first quarter on Monday and he was able to play through it, so there was never much concern. Wednesday, 10:06 pm
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