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  • Mario Chalmers holds his own vs. Lillard
    Mario Chalmers hit 7-of-12 shots, a 3-pointer and 6-of-7 free throws for a season-high 21 points, six rebounds, six assists and a steal in 33 minutes in another start for Mike Conley on Monday.

    Advice: Chalmers is no Spencer Dinwiddie, but he was very good tonight, and is going to get a great opportunity in Memphis with Mike Conley (achilles) on the shelf indefinitely. We thought Chalmers was worth grabbing by owners in need of a point guard prior to this contest, but he's officially going to be a very hot pickup on Tuesday morning. He's averaging 10.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals over his last five, and will hopefully be able to keep it going against the Mavs on Wednesday. 25 minutes ago
  • Frank Ntilikina quiet vs. the Clippers
    Frank Ntilikina had a night to forget on Monday vs. the Clippers, finishing scoreless on two missed shots with one assist and four turnovers in 11 minutes.

    Advice: Like most rookies, The Frenchise is going to have an up-and-down season, but it's been mostly positive (especially on defense). He doesn't offer much in fantasy at this point in his career besides steals and assists, so treat him like a stash or watch his progress from the wire. He should eventually overtake Jarrett Jack as the starter. 35 minutes ago
  • E'Twaun Moore scores 12 in start for Pels
    E'Twaun Moore started on Monday, sending Dante Cunningham back to the bench against a small Thunder lineup, and had 12 points, two steals and a 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Moore has had some nice games this season, but as long as Jrue Holiday, Tony Allen and Rajon Rondo are healthy and playing, Moore's going to be a risky roll of the dice in fantasy. Despite some nice games this season, he still probably belongs on waivers in most leagues. 44 minutes ago
  • Rajon Rondo scores four points in 31 minutes
    Rajon Rondo went over his 24-26 minute limit on Monday, playing 31 of them and finishing with four points, two rebounds, eight assists and one steals on 2-of-4 shooting in a win over the Thunder.

    Advice: Not great, not bad. Rondo is ramping up his minutes but is still in an odd position, trying to play alongside Jrue Holiday. He's probably worth holding if you need a point guard and should see his minutes loosened up going forward after a slow start due to coming off a hernia. 46 minutes ago
  • Russell Westbrook posts 22-16-12 trip-double
    Russell Westbrook hit 6-of-19 shots, 2-of-7 3-pointers and 8-of-10 free throws for 22 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists and three steals with just three turnovers in 39 minutes of Monday's 114-107 loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: This was Westbrook's first triple-double in his last nine games and first since Oct. 31. He's also doing a better job with the ball, totaling just five turnovers over his last two games. Westbrook has five triple-doubles on the season, which is a far cry from where we were a year ago, but chances are he's going to start racking them up again soon. Tonight was a good start, and despite some knocks on his play, Westbrook came into this one averaging 20.3 points, 6.8 boards, 7.5 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.9 3-pointers in the month of November. 53 minutes ago
  • Austin Rivers shoots 1-of-9 in loss
    Austin Rivers hit just 1-of-9 shots for two points, five assists, one rebound and one steal in 32 minutes vs. the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He continues to have the green light on offense despite shooting 37.2 percent from the field prior to this nightmare. Rivers' value has been trending in the wrong direction, but he'll continue to see a healthy dose of minutes with Danilo Gallinari (hip) out another 7-10 days. Today, 7:53 pm
  • Jeff Teague fills stat sheet in loss to CHA
    Jeff Teague hit 7-of-18 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, two rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocks in Monday's 118-102 loss to Charlotte.

    Advice: The steals and blocks were outstanding and Teague's having a fine season for the Wolves. In fact, he's stealing some of Jimmy Butler's thunder, as Butler had just 14 points, seven boards, a steal and a 3-pointer tonight. Today, 7:47 pm
  • Patrick Beverley scores nine points in return
    Patrick Beverley (sore right knee) returned from a five-game absence on Monday vs. the Knicks, scoring nine points with six rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He finished 3-of-8 from the field with seven of his shots coming from behind the arc. Beverley looked fine, but the Clippers were obviously watching his minutes closely as a precaution. With the Clippers losing their ninth straight game, they will need to ramp up Beverley's workload in a hurry for them to turn their season around. Today, 7:38 pm
  • D.J. Augustin scores 10 points vs. IND
    D.J. Augustin scored 10 points with four rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer vs. the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: He saw 23 minutes after playing 17 minutes on Saturday, so the hamstring injury is hopefully in the rear-view mirror. Augustin outplayed Payton tonight, though he did turn the ball over five times. There's been no indication that Payton's job is in danger, so Augustin is merely a deep-league asset as long he continues to lead the second unit. Today, 7:24 pm
  • Elfrid Payton hits 1-of-7 shots in loss
    Elfrid Payton hit just 1-of-7 shots for three points, seven assists, one rebound and three steals vs. the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: This was a close game, so it's worrying that Payton only saw 25 minutes. We haven't heard anything about his hamstring lately, so we can only assume that he's just in a slump. Payton had an incredible run after the All-Star break last season and Orlando's offense clicks when he's at his best, so this presents a good buy-low window for fantasy owners. Today, 7:20 pm
  • Ben Simmons scores 27 in easy win
    Ben Simmons hit 13-of-24 shots for 27 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and four steals in Monday's easy 107-86 win over the Jazz.

    Advice: Simmons didn't hit a 3-pointer, missed 3-of-4 free throws and committed four turnovers, proving he's human. The kid's a beast, is the consensus for Rookie of the Year, and has helped the Sixers get off to a 9-7 start to the season. Today, 6:59 pm
  • Oladipo goes off for 29 points and 7 steals
    Victor Oladipo was everywhere in Monday's 105-97 win over the Magic, racking up 29 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, a career-high seven steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Now that's what you call a revenge game. This was one of the best fantasy lines of the season and it's one of the reasons why he's returning top-25 value in standard 9-category leagues. He hit 8-of-19 from the field and 12-of-14 from the line, finishing one free throw below his career-high. Dipo did leave the game in the fourth quarter after taking a shot to the head, but he did return and closed this game out. He'll be back in action on Friday against the Raptors. Today, 6:56 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless scores five in return
    Jerryd Bayless returned from a three-game absence with a wrist injury and came off the bench for five points and two rebounds in 16 minutes.

    Advice: T.J. McConnell has been playing well as the backup point guard in Philly and it's possible Bayless has lost his job. He's not worth owning at this point, but just keep an eye on the situation to see who's getting the backup point guard minutes. McConnell played 34 minutes and hit 3-of-6 shots for eight points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal tonight. Today, 6:49 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 17 points on 6-of-19
    Donovan Mitchell hit 6-of-19 shots and 1-of-7 3-pointers for 17 points, four rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 37 minutes of Monday's ugly loss to the Sixers.

    Advice: He easily led the team in minutes tonight and while his shooting wasn't great, the numbers were just fine. Mitchell looks like he's going to be a must-start fantasy player for the entire season and it was nice to see him stuff the stat sheet on a night when his shot wasn't falling. Today, 6:43 pm
  • Ricky Rubio plays well in loss to Sixers
    Ricky Rubio hit 5-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals, a block and six turnovers in 22 minutes of Monday's blowout loss to the Sixers.

    Advice: Rubio hasn't played well for most of this season, but finally looked better tonight. Hopefully his achilles injury is behind him and this will be the start of a hot streak for Rubio. Today, 6:41 pm
  • Damian Lillard (ankle) will start 2nd half
    Damian Lillard (ankle) will start the second half of Monday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He had a nasty ankle turn that forced him to the locker room, but he's going to give it a go. Lillard was walking gingerly on his way back to the court for the second half, and we'll be watching him closely the rest of the evening. Today, 6:31 pm
  • Jose Calderon catches fire in blowout win
    Jose Calderon moved back into the starting lineup on Monday and hit 4-of-5 shots, 2-of-2 3-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws for season highs of 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 28 minutes of a blowout win over the Pistons.

    Advice: Calderon's stats on the entire season coming into this one were seven points, five assists, four rebounds and one steal in 47 minutes, so he pretty much blew all of that out of the water with tonight's performance. Unless you're in a 30-team league, you want nothing to do with Calderon, despite tonight's miracle. Today, 6:26 pm
  • Damian Lillard (ankle) goes to locker room
    Damian Lillard rolled his right ankle and went back to the locker room on Monday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: It was a nasty turn of his ankle and Lillard was down for a while in a lot of pain. He eventually hobbled off to the locker room, but we should get the official word on his status for the rest of the game momentarily. Today, 6:13 pm
  • John Wall starting, Tim Frazier to the bench
    John Wall (knee) will return to the starting five for Monday's matchup in Milwaukee, sending Tim Frazier back to the bench.

    Advice: Scott Brooks said that Wall had a "great chance" of returning to the floor tonight, so it's not all that surprising to see him out there and it looks as though his one-game absence was more precautionary than anything else with this being the second game of a back-to-back set. With Wall back in action, Bradley Beal won't see quite as many playmaking opportunities, and Frazier will likely be looking at minutes in the teens. Brooks did say he'd like to keep Wall's minutes in the low-30s tonight, but that's still plenty of time for him to offer up a robust stat line. Today, 3:42 pm
  • Tim Frazier headed back to the bench
    Tim Frazier will head back to the bench on Monday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: John Wall (knee) is good to go and has no restrictions, so Frazier can be dropped to the wire in most leagues. Today, 3:42 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) available Monday
    Patrick Beverley (sore right knee) will start on Monday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: We'll be on the lookout for any information regarding restrictions prior to tip-off, but he's safe to activate in season-long leagues and should be picked up if he was dropped. With Beverley back, both Austin Rivers and Lou Williams will take a hit in value, and we'll see less of rookie Sindarius Thornwell. Today, 3:26 pm
  • E'Twaun Moore starting, Cunningham to bench
    E'Twaun Moore will enter the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Thunder, sending Dante Cunningham to the bench.

    Advice: Alvin Gentry will be going with a starting five featuring Rajon Rondo, Jrue Holiday, Moore, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins tonight, and it'll be interesting to see how Moore fares with the first unit. He does provide the Pelicans with another ball handler and scorer, but that's not really needed with Holiday and Rondo vying for control of the offense and Boogie and Davis dominating usage wise. Today, 3:25 pm
  • 76ers recall Jacob Pullen from the G-League
    The 76ers have recalled Jacob Pullen from the G-League.

    Advice: Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is available to play tonight, so there's a good chance Pullen will be watching a majority of Monday's game from the bench. Today, 2:56 pm
  • Dellavedova (left knee tendinitis) out Monday
    Matthew Dellavedova (left knee tendinitis) will miss his third straight game on Monday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return, but it doesn't matter anyways because he's lost most of his fantasy value since Eric Bledsoe arrived. Malcolm Brogdon will continue to play a healthy dose of minutes at both guard spots off the bench. Today, 9:56 am
  • Seth Curry (leg) unlikely to play this week
    Seth Curry (leg) is unlikely to play at all this week according to coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: He still doesn't have a timetable to return and is considered week-to-week. As noted earlier, the trio of Devin Harris, J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell will likely see their minutes take a hit once Curry is cleared to return, but they shouldn't be owned in standard leagues anyways. Today, 9:19 am
  • Rajon Rondo to play 24-26 minutes Monday
    Rajon Rondo will play 24-26 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: His minutes continue to trend up and it won't be long before his restrictions are lifted. Rondo has looked great in his first three appearances as a Pelican, averaging 6.3 points, 5.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds on 69.2 percent shooting in under 15 minutes per game. Today, 9:15 am
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is available Monday
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is available for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: This was the expectation after coach Brett Brown said he was good to go after practicing on Sunday. Bayless could have restrictions and T.J. McConnell has looked solid as the backup PG, so most fantasy owners can use a wait-and-see approach here. Today, 8:41 am
  • Seth Curry (leg) ruled out for Monday
    Seth Curry (leg) will not play on Monday vs. Boston.

    Advice: The Mavs continue to list him as out and he's considered week-to-week. Once Curry is cleared to return, Yogi Ferrell, J.J. Barea and Devin Harris are all candidates to lose minutes. Today, 7:08 am
  • Jamal Murray quiet in 24 minutes vs. Lakers
    Jamal Murray was quiet during Sunday's loss to the Lakers, scoring 10 points on 2-of-11 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs, with four rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Murray missed all of his 3-point attempts tonight, but he added two steals and one block. There's nothing to worry about here -- Murray had scored 30+ points in two of his previous three games, and he's always one game away from an explosive performance. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Lonzo Ball triple-doubles in Lakers' home win
    Lonzo Ball posted the second triple-double of his NBA career on Sunday with 11 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers snapped a two-game losing streak tonight and Ball continues to be a fantasy dynamo, with the glaring exception of percentages (30.8% FGs and 46.2% FTs). In every other respect he's been awesome, averaging 6.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.1 threes and 0.9 blocks. His fantasy value hinges on each league's scoring settings -- if you can ignore percentages, the 20-year-old is already a stud. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Jeff Teague shoots 1-of-7 in 40 minutes
    Jeff Teague played 40 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Pistons, posting nine assists, four rebounds and one steal, but he shot just 1-of-7 from the field to finish with three points.

    Advice: The playing time was a season-high because Jamal Crawford (migraines) didn't play after halftime. Teague is sitting on mid-round value through 15 games, and tonight's poor shooting can be shrugged off as a fluke -- it's particularly odd since opposing PGs have shot 45.6% vs. Detroit this season, the fourth-highest mark in the league. Expect better vs. Charlotte on Monday. Yesterday, 7:01 pm
  • Victor Oladipo chips in across board vs. Heat
    Victor Oladipo shot just 6-of-15 from the field for 15 points on Sunday, but he chipped in five assists, four rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Oladipo's ability to contribute across-the-board stats is critical for fantasy purposes, especially as opposing defenses make him a focal point. "This is part of the process with Victor, going against these elite defenders and still be productive," Nate McMillan said after Friday's game. This was just the second time in Indy's past six games that Oladipo has failed to score 20 points, and he should fare better scoring-wise vs. the Magic on Monday. Yesterday, 5:01 pm
  • John Wall (knee) questionable for Monday
    John Wall (left knee) has a "great chance" of playing vs. the Bucks on Monday, according to coach Scott Brooks.

    Advice: "Just playing it safe," Brooks said, referring to Wall's DNP on Sunday. "We got three games in four nights, so we’re going to sit him out [Sunday] and see how he feels [Monday]. It’s a great chance there that he will play [Monday]." Wall's knee reportedly swelled up as a side-effect from IVs he received this week to help him recover from an illness, so fortunately it doesn't sound like anything structural. Check for confirmation on Monday afternoon, but it sounds safe to plug Wall into weekly lineups. Yesterday, 3:12 pm
  • Tim Frazier hands out eight assists in loss
    Tim Frazier handed out eight assists as a fill-in starter sans John Wall (knee) on Sunday, adding eight rebounds, six points, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Frazier did a nice job of running the offense for Washington, and while he didn't spend a ton of time looking for his own shot (2-of-4 from the field) he still put forth an effective stat line. The Wizards play again Monday vs. Milwaukee, and if Wall is again forced to sit that one out, Frazier will make for a solid streamer or low-budget option in DFS. Yesterday, 3:07 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) questionable Monday
    Patrick Beverley (sore right knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Monday's matchup with the Knicks.

    Advice: Beverley has spent the past five games on the sidelines, but he's been ramping up his activities at practice and Monday seems like a very realistic potential return date. If he is able to get back out there Sindarius Thornwell will head back to the bench and Juwan Evans could drop from the rotation entirely. Check back for another update following Monday morning's shootaround. Yesterday, 11:43 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 11:31 am
  • John Wall (knee) out Sunday vs. Toronto
    John Wall (sore left knee) will not suit up for Sunday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Wall said he felt like he could "barely move" after Friday's game in which he finished just 3-of-12 from the field, so it's not all that surprising to see him taking the night off, particularly with this being the first game of a back-to-back set. Tim Frazier will draw the start in his place tonight, and Bradley Beal will see a major spike in usage, making both those guys solid DFS targets. For now, We'll be considering Wall questionable for Monday's game in Milwaukee. Yesterday, 11:14 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 10:39 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. Yesterday, 7:46 am
  • D.J. Augustin returned to action on Saturday November 18. Saturday, 11:51 pm
  • Garrett Temple goes scoreless in 27 minutes
    Garrett Temple went 0-of-9 from the field for zero points with one rebound, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: Hey, at least he played on a back-to-back set. Temple is likely going to get nights off at some point, so it's really tough to count on him as a fantasy asset. Saturday, 9:20 pm
  • Ben Simmons puts up 23/8/12 in loss to GSW
    Ben Simmons made 11-of-15 from the field for 23 points with eight rebounds, 12 assists and one steal during a 124-116 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: The 76ers were incredible in the first quarter with 47 points, but the Warriors returned the favor and then some with a 47-15 edge in the third. Not even the Warriors could limit Simmons because of his size, and he received a lot of praise from Kevin Durant after the game. "Something I've never seen before," Durant said. "[Playing the point guard] with that height, that speed and that strength." Simmons is also like something we've never seen from a fantasy rookie. He has Rookie of the Year in the bag as long as he plays 60 games. Saturday, 8:25 pm
  • Mario Chalmers has disastrous outing
    Mario Chalmers finished with six points in Saturday's game against the Rockets, his second game since moving into the starting five with Mike Conley (Achilles) injured.

    Advice: Chalmers was just 1-of-7 from the floor, although he did salvage the line with eight assists, four rebounds and four steals across 29 minutes. He is 1-of-8 from behind the arc since moving into the starting lineup. Conley is just day-to-day, so Chalmers doesn't have much appeal outside of streaming, DFS and those in need of a cheap PG in deeper leagues. Saturday, 8:08 pm
  • Pat Beverley (knee) targeting return at MSG
    Patrick Beverley (knee) is targeting a return to the lineup on Monday to face the Knicks.

    Advice: This makes a lot of sense after we saw him put in a good workout before today's game. Beverley seems to be up to speed for the most part and the Clippers missed him badly due their current NBA-high eight game losing streak. Sindarius Thornwell, Juwan Evans, Lou Williams and Austin Rivers should lose some value. Beverley needs to be added in all standard leagues. Saturday, 8:03 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell has another strong night
    Donovan Mitchell scored 12 points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: He's really starting to look like a point guard and his ability to hit open shooters really showed up in both games. He's coming off a career-high eight dimes and he handled the ball a lot more even with Ricky Rubio next to him. Mitchell has likely secured a role around 30 minutes no matter who is active and he's on a heater over his last five, averaging 19.2 points, 4.8 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.2 treys on 47.4 percent from the field and 91.7 percent from the line in that span. He's one of the best rookies in fantasy and that should continue all season. Saturday, 7:16 pm
  • Ricky Rubio scores nine points in return
    Ricky Rubio scored nine points with six rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 16 minutes against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: He was expected to play 25 minutes, but he didn't need to because the Jazz won this by 40. For what it's worth, Rubio did look like he was moving around better, but he did miss some wide open shots. The bad news is Donovan Mitchell is handling the ball a lot more than expected, so that may explain the decline in dimes. Achilles issues can linger for a while, so hopefully the game off can get Rubio back on track. He does make some sense as a buy-low player, but only if it's at a heavy discount. Saturday, 7:13 pm
  • Austin Rivers has off shooting night
    Austin Rivers finished with nine points, four rebounds and three assists across 34 minutes in Saturday's 102-87 loss in Charlotte.

    Advice: Rivers hit just 3-of-14 from the floor, including 1-of-6 from behind the arc, as his shooting woes continue. He's now just 19-of-63 (30.2 percent) across the past four outings. He trolled his ankle in practice last week and perhaps he is still dealing with the after effects of that injury. He remains a low-end option in fantasy despite his current starting status. Saturday, 6:41 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. Saturday, 6:30 pm
  • Pat Beverley does some contact work
    Patrick Beverley (knee) did some pre-game work and took on contact before Saturday's game in Charlotte.

    Advice: He looked to have worked up a good sweat in the video from the Clippers broadcast. Beverley was not expected to play in either game this weekend, but it sounds like the Clippers have a plan to get him back out there next week. If he was dropped, it's probably time to pick him back up. Saturday, 4:35 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) will not play
    Patrick Beverley (knee) will not play against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers said he was going to miss this game a few days ago, but the Clippers listed him as doubtful. Lou Williams, Sindarius Thornwell and Juwan Evans will pick up the slack. Saturday, 4:07 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (Achilles) back in starting unit
    Ricky Rubio (Achilles) will start against the Magic on Saturday and is expected to play around 25 minutes.

    Advice: After getting Friday off, Rubio will be back out there after his Jazz team got thumped in Brooklyn. Rubio has been awful this month with poor shooting, a drop in dimes and some poor defense for his club. With him back, Alec Burks and Raul Neto figure to lose minutes. Rodney Hood and Donovan Mitchell should still be in for productive nights. Saturday, 2:32 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. Saturday, 2:24 pm
  • John Wall (knee) questionable vs. Raptors
    John Wall (knee) is questionable to play against the Raptors on Sunday.

    Advice: He said his team started out slow on Friday because of him and that he's had some issues from his knee dating back to early this week. Wall did have surgery on both his knees in the summer of 2016, but somehow he got past his minutes limit almost 1.5 months earlier than expected. If Wall can't go, Tim Frazier will likely get a start and Bradley Beal will be a great option. Saturday, 11:20 am
  • Ricky Rubio (Achilles) probable for Saturday
    Ricky Rubio (Achilles soreness) is probable for Saturday's game vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Rubio was sidelined Friday night vs. the Nets. It was the first game he missed all season. Donovan Mitchell started at PG and played 35 minutes. Raul Neto logged 20 minutes off the bench. Nate Wolters saw just three minutes of action. Neto would see his playing time reduced if Rubio returns. Mitchell would still likely log 30-plus minutes. Rubio has struggled this season. He is shooting 37.3 percent from the floor and averaging just 5.5 assists per game. He's never averaged fewer than 7.3 assists over a full NBA campaign. Saturday, 10:15 am
  • Matthew Dellavedova (knee) won't play Sat
    Matthew Dellavedova (left knee tendinitis) will not play Saturday vs. the Mavs.

    Advice: This will be the second straight game Dellavedova has missed. Eric Bledsoe logged 31 minutes on Wednesday, with Malcolm Brogdon playing 27 minutes off the bench. Gary Payton II was a DNP-CD. With Bledsoe and Brogdon ahead of him in the rotation even when he's healthy, Dellavedova belongs on the waiver wire in almost all fantasy formats. Saturday, 9:13 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. Saturday, 8:41 am
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) doubtful Saturday
    Patrick Beverley (knee) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Beverley was listed as doubtful for Friday's game as well and did not play. It was the fourth consecutive game he has missed. We may not get definitive word on Beverley's status until coach Doc Rovers addresses the media prior to tip-off tonight. Sindarius Thornwell started on Friday and tallied 13 points and two assists in 31 minutes during the Clippers overtime loss to the Cavs. Lou Williams scored 13 points and dished out seven assists in 37 minutes off the bench. Saturday, 7:18 am
  • Lonzo Ball to stay remain in starting lineup
    Coach Luke Walton said he is not considering moving Lonzo Ball out of the starting lineup.

    Advice: "He's our starting point guard," Walton said after practice earlier this week. "So there's no discussion, no talks as of now of moving Lonzo to the bench. Nah. He's our starting point guard." Ball had been benched in the fourth quarters of the Lakers win on Monday and their loss on Wednesday. However, Ball closed out the game on Friday, despite continued struggles with his shooting. Ball's rebounding and assist numbers remain strong, but his poor percentages hurt his value. He currently ranks outside the top-150 in nine-category fantasy leagues. Saturday, 6:59 am
  • Arrow Pointing Up: Jamal Murray scores 31
    Jamal Murray was on fire again during a 146-114 win over the Pelicans on Friday, making 13-of-18 from the field for 31 points with two rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: It was easily his most aggressive game this year with a career-high 10 two-point makes, and he was only 3-of-7 from deep. The Nuggets continue to go as Murray goes with his 62.2 TS% in wins and just 45.7 TS% in losses, so not surprisingly they won by 32 here. After he couldn't make open treys in October with his 18.2 percent from deep, Murray is now up to a November offensive line of 16.3 points and 2.0 treys per game on 52.7 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from deep and 84.2 percent from the line. He does need to up his steals and he won't help in dimes, but Murray's fantasy owners have to feel a heck of a lot better these days. Friday, 10:54 pm
  • Lonzo Ball scores six points vs. Suns
    Lonzo Ball scored just six points with six rebounds, six assists, a career-high five steals, one block and three turnovers vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: Ball's best game of the season came against the Suns when he had 29 points against them on Oct. 20, but it's pretty much been downhill since. He finished 3-of-7 from the field and missed both of his free throws, and it's a concern that he managed just six points against the tiny backcourt combo of Tyler Ulis and Mike James. On the bright side, at least he closed this game after getting benched in the fourth quarter of his previous two games. Friday, 10:50 pm
  • Rajon Rondo scores 13 points vs. Denver
    Rajon Rondo scored 13 points with six assists, three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes vs. the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: Rondo was 6-of-8 from the field and played a little more than he was supposed to, but that's a good thing obviously. He did take a shot to his shoulder/neck area before halftime, but looked fine after the break and it shouldn't be a concern going forward. Expect his minutes to keep trending up with two days off before Monday's game vs. the Thunder. Friday, 10:19 pm
  • Garrett Temple scores 14 points
    Garrett Temple scored 14 points with four rebounds, two assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: While this game was solid, there's a very good chance Temple doesn't play on Saturday night. He'll be really tough to trust in fantasy on weekly basis. Friday, 9:58 pm
  • Double-double for Jeff Teague in Dallas
    Jeff Teague finished with 15 points and 10 assists across 32 minutes in Friday's road rout of the Mavericks.

    Advice: Teague hit 6-of-11 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc, posting his first double-double since Nov. 5, and his fifth overall on the season. He failed to post a steal for the third time in November after posting at least one theft in each of his seven games in October, but he continues to be a pretty solid value for those who took a chance on him in the middle rounds on draft day. Friday, 9:55 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
  • Russell Westbrook has rare forgettable night
    Russell Westbrook finished with 15 points, nine assists and nine rebounds in Friday's loss at San Antonio.

    Advice: The final stat line, just short of another triple-double, doesn't look terribly impressive. However, he hit just 5-of-22 from the floor, including 0-of-4 on 3-pointers, and he posted an even rating with two turnovers. For whatever reason he is not terribly effective from inside the paint this season, but his overall production continues to make his fantasy owners pretty pleased. Friday, 9:16 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell puts up 15/7/8 line as PG
    Donovan Mitchell made his first NBA start at point guard against the Nets during a 118-107 loss on Friday, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Those assists are a career high, but he did struggle as a shooter with his 5-of-15 line from the field. Mitchell continues to just blow right by defenders and he did an excellent job of finding open shooters along the 3-point line. Mitchell has made it abundantly clear since he arrived in Las Vegas that he deserves heavy minutes, and yet he's been better than expected. He should be owned in every league and his owners can worry about his sub-par FG% later. Friday, 8:39 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
  • John Wall says he has fluid in his knee
    John Wall said fluid in his knee limited him on Friday in 91-88 loss to the Heat, making 3-of-12 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, eight assists and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He started out 0-of-7 in this game and he wasn't shy about what went wrong in the first half. "I could barely move out there. I couldn’t get the team going. It kind of hurt us," Wall said. He revealed he had treatment on his knee earlier this week, and that his status for Sunday depends how his knee feels in the next day or so. He was in a small slump this month, so perhaps this is why. If he's limited, Tim Frazier would start while Bradley Beal would carry the offense. Friday, 7:39 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
  • Victor Oladipo grabs 15 boards, scores 21
    Victor Oladipo grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against the Pistons during a 107-100 win on Friday, adding 21 points, four assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Pacers looked like they were dead when they were down 22 points in the third quarter, but they managed to pull out the win with their 36-19 edge in the fourth. Oladipo's minutes have been soaring lately with 35.6 per game over his last five outings with one garbage-time game mixed in, averaging 23.2 points, 6.8 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.8 treys. He's the real deal. Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) will not play vs. CLE
    Patrick Beverley (knee) will not play against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers said he's going to miss at least one more game, but the team listed him as doubtful today. With Beverley out, it's the Lou Williams show while Sindarius Thornwell and Jawun Evans should be in the rotation. The Clippers need a win. Friday, 3:54 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell starting at point guard
    Donovan Mitchell will start at point guard against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: This news was somewhat easy to see from a mile away with Ricky Rubio (Achilles) out, and based on how Mitchell played 32 minutes at point guard in the last three games. He's likely going to play big minutes as Utah tries to climb out of their bad start, so Mitchell could become a very valuable asset. He should be owned in all leagues. Meanwhile, all of the other wings benefit by Mitchell moving over, especially Alec Burks. Friday, 3:02 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (Achilles) ruled out Friday
    Ricky Rubio (Achilles soreness) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Rubio has been struggling all season, so here's hoping that resting his Achilles may help. Raul Neto and Donovan Mitchell will see an uptick in minutes with Rubio sidelined. Over the 97 minutes Mitchell has logged over his last three games, 32 of those minutes came at point guard. Mitchell is an intriguing DFS option for Friday, especially considering Utah is playing the fast-paced Nets. The Jazz has also recalled Nate Wolters from the G-League. He will be active on Friday and will serve as Utah's third-string PG. Friday, 9:02 am
  • 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
  • Lakers want Ball to improve shot selection
    Coach Luke Walton said he wants Lonzo Ball to improve his shot selection.

    Advice: Ball has struggled mightily with his shot all season and has been benched in the fourth quarter in each of the Lakers last two games. Walton told reporters that some of Ball's 3-point attempts have been forced and not within the flow of the offense. "If he’s going to his left and they go under (a screen) and he’s in rhythm and wants to pull up and shoot that 3, then we’re good with that. That’s what we want," said Walton. Ball will look to snap out of his slump Friday night vs. the Suns. Friday, 7:02 am
  • Ricky Rubio (Achilles) questionable vs. Nets
    Ricky Rubio (Achilles) is questionable to face the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: He just hasn't looked right all year and maybe this is why. The first unit continues to struggle lately, and Rubio ranks second to last in net rating over the last three while making just 31.3 percent from the field in November. Meanwhile, Donovan Mitchell has logged a whopping 32 minutes at point guard to go with his 65 minutes as a wing over his last three. If Rubio can't play, Mitchell and the wings should be very busy while Raul Neto would have to step up a lot. Thursday, 12:36 pm
  • Rajon Rondo to play 20-24 minutes vs. DEN
    Rajon Rondo is expected to play 20-24 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: He played 14 minutes in his first start on Wednesday, scoring four points with eight rebounds. Jrue Holiday has played 15 minutes next to Rondo and his assists have really fallen off while other wings are expected to take a hit. Rondo is in a good spot to succeed next to the stud bigs, so maybe he's worth an add to see if he can get going. His upside isn't the greatest. Thursday, 12:24 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
  • Seth Curry (leg) listed as out Friday
    Seth Curry (leg) is listed as out for Friday's game vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: We keep hearing that he's making good progress, but the Mavs have every reason to proceed with caution. There's still a good chance that we'll see Curry at some point in November, though. Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea will continue to play extended minutes in Dallas, but Barea has been the better option in deeper leagues. Thursday, 9:32 am
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) doubtful for Friday
    Patrick Beverley (knee soreness) is listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: The Clippers have lost six straight games, but they'll likely be without Beverley "for at least one or two" more games according to coach Doc Rivers. Austin Rivers and Lou Williams will continue to play as many minutes as they can handle with Beverley on the shelf, while Sindarius Thornwell will play a significant amount of minutes as well. In terms of fantasy, Williams is by far the easiest to trust out of this trio. Thursday, 8:24 am
  • Courtney Lee praises Frank Ntilikina
    Courtney Lee said he's noticed that Frank Ntilikina is more confident on the floor.

    Advice: "He already had the physical gifts, being 6-5, 6-6, with long arms and the foot quickness and it's him just learning the terminology and learning where to be at," Lee said of the rookie. "You knew that was gonna take time, but he's matured fast." Ntilikina is tied for second in the league in steals per game (2.0), leading the NBA in steals per 36 minutes (3.5) and third in the league in deflections per 36 minutes (4.3), and coach Jeff Hornacek said the team has "great confidence" in him defensively. It won't be long before he's starting, so Ntilikina is a fun player to stash at the end of your roster. Thursday, 6:32 am
  • Ben Simmons puts up 18/9/10 with 5 steals
    Ben Simmons had another impactful game against the Lakers on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds, 10 assists, five steals and one block in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He and Joel Embiid are already one of the most dominating duos in the Eastern Conference. In their 266 minutes together, they have a +13.8 net rating and it feels like they're on their way to the postseason. Not coincidently, the 76ers have turned it on with a 7-2 record in their last nine games and Simmons has filled the stat sheet like few others with averages of 18.6 points, 8.8 boards, 7.9 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.0 blocks in that span. He's still made just four shots outside of 15 feet on the year, but who cares? His upside is Giannis-esque. Wednesday, 11:15 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
  • Elfrid Payton hits 6-of-11 shots w/ two 3s
    Elfrid Payton finished Wednesday's loss in Portland with 14 points, five assists and three rebounds, going 6-of-11 from the field with two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Magic concluded a four-game road trip with their third consecutive defeat. This was the second time all season that Payton has logged 30+ minutes, thanks to his nagging hamstring injury, but it looks like that's behind him and he gets two days off before Saturday's home game. The buy-low window is about to slam shut, so make your offers while you still can. Wednesday, 10:43 pm
  • Big Benching Brand: Lonzo doesn't play in 4Q
    Lonzo Ball got benched again on Wednesday during a loss to the 76ers, making 1-of-9 from the field for two points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Uh oh. He didn't play in final 16:04 tonight, and didn't play in the final 14:47 on Monday. This benching has been compounded by Jordan Clarkson getting hot these days, which won't go on forever. Ball has just been a complete disaster as a scorer with his 36.4 TS% on his 19.1 usage rate on the season. How bad is that? Well, no scoring qualifier has finished a season with a usage rate of at least 19 and a TS% below 39. We all knew Ball wasn't going to be a plus scorer, but he's off to one of the worst starts in history from an efficiency standpoint. Hopefully you're punting FG% anyway, and at least Ball has nowhere to go but up. Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Mario Chalmers starts in place of Conley
    Mario Chalmers started in place of Mike Conley (left Achilles) on Wednesday, notching eight points on 4-of-9 shooting, six assists and four rebounds.

    Advice: He didn't have any defensive stats and went 0-of-4 from downtown -- in fact, he made just one field goal outside of the restricted area. Conley is day-to-day which limits Chalmers to streaming and DFS appeal, unless you need a cheap PG in a deep league. Wednesday, 8:29 pm
  • Rajon Rondo scores four with eight dimes
    Rajon Rondo scored four points with two rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 14 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was right in his 14-16 minute window during his first start with the Pelicans. Rondo has been around the team for most of his recovery, so he should be able to adapt quickly with his two stud bigs. He hasn't been very good in the past few years, but his best run did come with DeMarcus Cousins, so maybe he can get it going again. Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • E'Twaun Moore scores 10 points
    E'Twaun Moore made 4-of-12 from the field for 10 points with three rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He still managed to find a decent amount of shots and still hit his 31.5 minutes-per-game average. Rajon Rondo did only play 14 minutes in this game, so Moore is really going to have a tough time hitting 30 minutes once Rondo gets going. Expect him to start trending down. Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • John Wall scores 27 points in win vs. Heat
    John Wall made 9-of-21 from the field for 27 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers during a 102-93 win over the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's the Wall we know and it's just the second time this year he only had one turnover. Wall had an eight-game streak of not hitting 30.0 for his usage rate and he failed to score at least 25 points in his previous games since Oct. 21, so a big game here alleviates some concern that his shoulder issue from earlier this month was holding him back. Expect Wall to bust out with more lines like this one. Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina plays 20 minutes vs. Utah
    Frank Ntilikina chipped in seven points and four rebounds in 20 minutes during a 106-101 win vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ntilikina was coming off a six-steal game vs. the Cavs on Monday, and he added two more tonight. He didn't have any assists, but owners will have to take the good with the bad from the 19-year-old PG. He had played at least 23 minutes in the Knicks' previous five games, which is where he'll likely be vs. Toronto on Friday. Wednesday, 7:35 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 19 points w/ extras
    Donovan Mitchell stayed hot on Wednesday, scoring 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting with three 3-pointers, four rebounds and three assists.

    Advice: The rookie was billed as a hard-nosed defender, but his offensive game has been a welcome surprise. He's shooting with high volume and his lousy FG% is trending in the right direction -- over the past three games he's gone 28-of-54 from the field (51.9%). With plenty of steals and 3-pointers, and a trickle of boards and assists, his owners must be elated. Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Ricky Rubio plays 31 minutes in road loss
    Ricky Rubio had 13 points (4-of-10 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes during a losing effort on Wednesday.

    Advice: Quin Snyder recently dismissed concerns about Rubio's shooting -- he shot 43.0 percent in October, but came in at 30.1 percent in November. The real concern for his fantasy owners should be playing time, since he'd no more than 28 minutes in four of Utah's previous five games. There's no need to panic, of course, and tonight was a step in the right direction. Wednesday, 7:33 pm
  • Mario Chalmers will start for Mike Conley
    Mario Chalmers will start for Mike Conley (Achilles) against the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Chalmers played 26 minutes in his previous start without Conley. Chalmers didn't shoot the ball well with his 3-of-12 shooting line, but he should get plenty of usage with 5-10 assists. Conley could miss additional time due to his Achilles, so picking up Chalmers isn't a bad idea in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 3:42 pm
  • Matthew Dellavedova (knee) out Wednesday
    Matthew Dellavedova (left knee tendinitis) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: With Dellavedova on the sidelines, Malcolm Brogdon shouldn't have much trouble flirting with 30 minutes off the bench and perhaps Rashad Vaughn will be able to work his way into the rotation. After Wednesday, the Bucks don't take the floor again until Saturday in Dallas, so maybe this will just be a one-game absence for Delly. Wednesday, 3:37 pm
  • E'Twaun Moore will move to the bench
    E'Twaun Moore will move to the bench against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Moore was a great fit next to DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis because he can space the floor, but Rajon Rondo will be on the other end of the spectrum. Moore's fantasy owners should probably expect him to take a hit and consider dropping him. Wednesday, 3:28 pm
  • Rajon Rondo to start, play 14-16 minutes
    Rajon Rondo will start against the Raptors on Wednesday and is expected to play 14-16 minutes.

    Advice: He is expected to play in five-minute stints, so likely both halves and possibly down the stretch depending how it goes. Rondo only played just five minutes in his season debut and it'll definitely be interesting to see how he affects the other starters. He's a lukewarm fantasy add, unless you need dimes. Wednesday, 3:25 pm
  • Doc: Beverley will be out at least 1-2 more
    Coach Doc Rivers said Patrick Beverley (knee soreness) is not expected to play "for at least one or two of these games" on the upcoming road trip.

    Advice: The Clippers start a five-game road trip on Friday and it does sound like Beverley could make it back at some point in that time. However, he's almost certainly out for Friday and it could be beyond that. The Clippers are the coldest team in basketball, but Lou Williams certainly isn't in fantasy. Sindarius Thornwell also should step up. Beverley fantasy owners should stand pat for now. Wednesday, 2:28 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
  • Report: Utah has no plans of benching Rubio
    The Jazz have no plans of benching Ricky Rubio, according to sources of Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Advice: Rubio has not played very well at all in Utah this season, and he's been particularly bad over the past few weeks with meager averages of 11.6 points, 3.9 assists, 1.7 steals and 3.3 turnovers per contest, but the Jazz just want him to play through this rough stretch. He also doesn't have an obvious replacement, as Quin Snyder prefers to run Donovan Mitchell at the two and Dante Exum (shoulder) is essentially out for the season, so for now, his spot in the starting five is safe. Wednesday, 10:00 am
  • Cousins eager to play alongside Rajon Rondo
    DeMarcus Cousins is excited to have Rajon Rondo back in action and "can't wait" until he's 100 percent.

    Advice: "It’s great to get him in the flow of things," Cousins said. "He’s a big part of this team. We can’t wait to get him back because he makes the game so much easier for everyone else when he’s out on the floor. I can’t wait until he’s 100 percent and he can go at it all the way." Cousins is fan of Rondo from their days together on the Kings, a season in which Rondo registered averages of 11.9 points, 11.7 dimes and 2.0 steals per contest. He should help the Pelicans turn up the tempo (currently seventh in pace), and with his upside in dimes and steals he's someone to think about stashing. Wednesday, 7:30 am
  • Rajon Rondo listed as probable starter Weds
    Rajon Rondo is being listed as the probable starter for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: To be clear, this is coming from the game notes, which are notoriously unreliable, so owners will want to check back for official confirmation closer to Wednesday's tip. If Rondo does start, he'd replace E'Twaun Moore in the first unit, but he'll still be relegated to just 14-16 minutes of play, making him a non-option in most leagues. He is worth picking up as a stash, though. Tuesday, 2:08 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
  • Rajon Rondo to play between 14-16 mins Weds
    Rajon Rondo will play between 14-16 minutes on Wednesday vs. Toronto.

    Advice: New Orleans will be easing Rondo back into things after he spent the first four weeks of the season on the sidelines, but as his minutes head north, Jameer Nelson and E'Twaun Moore's playing time will start heading south. It'll be a couple weeks before he's fully up to speed, but there's potential for him in New Orleans, so he's someone to think about stashing for those seeking some dimes and steals. Tuesday, 11:34 am
  • Lakers won't change Lonzo Ball's form
    Lakers president Magic Johnson said that the coaching staff won't attempt to fix or change Lonzo Ball's form this season.

    Advice: Ball is shooting just 31.3 percent from the floor, 25.0 percent from 3-point territory and 50.0 percent from the free-throw stripe. "Let him shoot the way he's been shooting and hopefully they'll go in," said Magic. "And so, we're not gonna mess with it. If after the season, and he's not shooting well, then we'll sit down with him and say, 'Hey, let's maybe look at a different way or let's try to improve the way you are shooting." Tuesday, 7:20 am
  • Ben Simmons still rolling for Sixers
    Ben Simmons had 22 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and five turnovers on 9-of-14 shooting in Monday's big win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Yes, his turnovers are a buzzkill, but he's steamrolling toward the Rookie of the Year Award (assuming he can hold off Donovan Mitchell and Dennis Smith Jr.), and is averaging a ridiculous 16.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.4 blocks on 45 percent shooting over his last five. Baller. Monday, 10:52 pm
  • Elfrid Payton struggles vs. Warriors
    Elfrid Payton had a night to forget on Monday vs. the Warriors, finishing with four points, five assists, two rebounds and two turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He was rested over the weekend against the Nuggets, but Payton was likely on a minutes limit again because he's still battling soreness in his left hamstring. Coach Frank Vogel said a couple days ago that it's still a concern, but the good news is that Payton appeared to escape this game without suffering a setback. Expect him to be better on Wednesday vs. Portland, but double check his status before tip-off to be safe. Monday, 10:03 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
  • Jamal Murray scores 18 points
    Jamal Murray made 7-of-19 from the field for 18 points with five rebounds, one steal and six turnovers in 39 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He was open for a handful of his triples, but he couldn't knock any of his seven attempts from deep. Murray is playing off the ball more than he was earlier this year, but he continues to get heavy usage as a scorer. This was one of his most inefficient games of the year, but at least Murray has a green light and Emmanuel Mudiay has also really cooled off. Monday, 9:35 pm
  • Lonzo Ball scores seven points in win
    Lonzo Ball made 3-of-10 from the field for seven points during a 100-93 win over the Suns on Monday, adding five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: No triple-double here and he couldn't come close to matching his career-high 29 he had against the Suns last time he played them, but the Lakers did break their three-game losing streak. Plus, coach Luke Walton benched Ball down the stretch because Jordan Clarkson was playing well. Ball is still really struggling with his jumper at just 25.2 percent on those 107 attempts, and he's also had 11 of his 59 layups get blocked as well. Ball is also terrible as a transition scorer, which he'll really need to improve in this offense. Monday, 9:32 pm
  • Mario Chalmers scores 14 points in loss
    Mario Chalmers scored 14 points (3-of-4 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs) with six assists, five rebounds, one steal and one triple before fouling out in 25 minutes vs. the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: He gave the Grizzlies a nice spark on a night in which Mike Conley was held to seven points on 2-of-12 shooting. Conley hasn't looked right lately, so keep an eye on Chalmers if you need a PG. Monday, 8:58 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 22 points with four treys
    Jeff Teague hit 7-of-15 shots and four 3-pointers for 22 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in Monday's win over the Jazz.

    Advice: Ricky Rubio was terrible tonight and Teague owned him on both ends of the floor. He had just eight points on 3-of-10 shooting on Saturday, but looked much better tonight. Nov 13, 8:52 pm
  • Rookie Donovan Mitchell scores 24 points
    Rookie Donovan Mitchell made another start on Monday and hit 10-of-19 shots and three 3-pointers for 24 points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block in a team-high 35 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. The kid is on fire after scoring 26 points on Saturday and is averaging 17.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games. And over his last two he's shooting lights out, hitting 20-of-37 shots (54%). If he's somehow still available in your league, run, don't walk, to get him. Nov 13, 8:39 pm
  • Ricky Rubio bottoms out in Monday's loss
    Ricky Rubio hit just 1-of-7 shots and missed all six of his 3-point attempts for a season-low three points, two assists, zero steals and three turnovers in Monday's 109-98 loss to the Wolves.

    Advice: Rubio has cooled off in November after a hot start in October, hasn't scored more than 11 points in his last five games, and hasn't had a double-digit assist game since Oct. 25. This was just his second game of the season without a steal, while he hasn't hit a 3-pointer in any of his last four games (0-for-14). He should get it going again soon and was coming off a 10-7-8 line on Saturday against the Nets. Nov 13, 8:35 pm
  • Rajon Rondo plays 5 minutes in debut
    Rajon Rondo (hernia) made his season debut on Monday and played just five minutes, finishing with two points and two assists.

    Advice: Here we go. Rondo will eventually be able to ramp up his minutes and negatively impact E'Twaun Moore, who tied his career high with 24 points tonight, while also possibly squeezing Jrue Holiday some. Rondo's poor shooting from both the field and line, along with him coming off the injury, makes him nothing more than a stash at this point. Nov 13, 8:10 pm
  • E'Twaun Moore ties career high with 24 points
    E'Twaun Moore hit 11-of-18 shots and two 3-pointers to tie his career high with 24 points on Monday, adding two rebounds, four assists and a steal in 34 minutes in a win over the Hawks.

    Advice: Moore also had 24 against the Cavaliers on Oct. 28 and has now scored in double digits in three straight games. He should take a bit of a usage hit with Rajon Rondo back in action, but it might be slow going with Rondo, who played just five minutes tonight. Nov 13, 8:02 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina racks up six steals in loss
    Frank Ntilikina racked up a career-high six steals in Monday's 104-101 loss to Cleveland, finishing with seven points (2-of-5 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), three boards, two assists and three turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: LeBron James called out the Knicks for drafting Ntilikina over Dennis Smith Jr., but The Frenchise showed why the Knicks love him so much with a dominant display on the defensive end, becoming the first Knicks rookie with more than 5 steals in a game since Mark Jackson in 1987. He also got into a shoving match with LeBron and the MSG crowd was rocking every time he made a big play. New York’s future is certainly bright, as the duo of Ntilikina and Kristaps Porzingis had a net rating of +44.7 prior to Monday which ranks 1st in the NBA. It won’t be long before he’s starting and he’s worth picking up if you’re targeting steals and assists. Like most rookies, efficiency will be an issue, though. Nov 13, 7:33 pm
  • John Wall ultra efficient in easy win
    John Wall hit 8-of-9 shots and 4-of-4 3-pointers on his way to 21 points, two rebounds, nine assists and a steal in just 27 minutes.

    Advice: There's not really news here, as Wall's capable of doing this every time out, but it's not often you'll see him have a one-miss game. Nov 13, 6:58 pm
  • Elfrid Payton (hamstring) will start Monday
    Elfrid Payton (sore left hamstring) will return to the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Warriors.

    Advice: Payton sat out Saturday's loss to the Nuggets as a precaution with it being the second game of a back-to-back set, but he'll be back in action tonight, which should shift Shelvin Mack back to the second unit. Feel free to get Payton active. Nov 13, 12:09 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. Nov 13, 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. Nov 13, 8:52 am
  • Porzingis voices support for Frank Ntilikina
    Kristaps Porzingis voiced his support for Frank Ntilikina after LeBron James said that the Knicks should've drafted Dennis Smith Jr.

    Advice: "I don’t know why he made those comments. All I can say is we love Frank, we’re happy with him," Porzingis said. "He’s doing a great job, he’s playing great and he’s doing what he’s supposed to. I would not change Frank for anybody. Simple." Porzingis has been a leader on and off the court and it's nice to see him stand up for the rookie. The Cavaliers are in town on Monday, so LeBron's comments should give the Knicks plenty of bulletin-board material. Nov 13, 7:24 am
  • OKC wins on Russell Westbrook's 29th birthday
    Russell Westbrook celebrated his 29th birthday on Sunday with a win vs. the Mavericks, racking up 27 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Westbrook's scoring remains far below last year's 31.6 points per game, but he's piling up counting stats while ranking second in the league in assists (9.7 per game, trailing James Harden). His usage spiked to 39.8% tonight without Carmelo Anthony (back), and he finished 6-of-18 from the field and 12-of-13 from the FT line. The only caveats for Westy's fantasy owners are turnovers (4.9 per game) and percentages (42.0% FGs, 60.0% FTs). Nov 12, 7:08 pm
  • Victor Oladipo scores game-high 28 points
    The Pacers lost at home on Sunday, despite Victor Oladipo scoring a game-high 28 points on 11-of-17 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs in 36 minutes.

    Advice: This gives VO six games with at least 25 points this year, something he's never done more than eight times in a season. He added four rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers and one steal tonight, and his minutes were a game-high. After a three-game shooting slump this month, Oladipo has responded with stellar 22-of-37 shooting (59.5%) in his past two games. Nov 12, 5:57 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. Nov 12, 4:33 pm
  • Elfrid Payton 'seems likely' to return Monday
    Elfrid Payton (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. the Warriors, but he "seems likely to play," according to beat writer Josh Robbins.

    Advice: Payton wanted to play on Saturday but the Magic didn't want to risk a setback in the second of back-to-back games. "They don’t pay me to make those decisions," Payton said about resting. "I trust them, so that’s what I’m rolling with." All signs point to him being ready vs. Golden State, and it helps that Orlando doesn't have any back-to-back sets next week. Nov 12, 2:47 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. Nov 12, 12:35 pm
  • Seth Curry (leg) out against OKC Sunday
    Seth Curry (leg) will not play on Sunday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: He's been week-to-week for a while, but recent reports have indicated that he's still targeting a mid-November return. Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea will continue to see an uptick in minutes in Curry's absence. Nov 12, 10:19 am
  • Donovan Mitchell scorches Nets for 26
    Donovan Mitchell finished with 26 points, three assists, three rebounds and a steal across 26 minutes on Saturday against the Nets.

    Advice: Mitchell hit 10-of-18 from the field while going 1-of-5 from the perimeter and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. It was a welcome sight for fantasy owners after he had made just 8-of-35 field-goal attempts over his past two outings. He has shown a nice scoring touch in November, eclipsing 25 points on three different occasions. He has also hit at least one 3-pointer in eight consecutive outings. Nov 11, 10:11 pm
  • Ricky Rubio gets back on track
    Ricky Rubio posted 10 points with eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals across 36 minutes in Saturday's game against Brooklyn.

    Advice: That's a little bit better. He was 0-of-5 from the field in Friday's game against Miami, so this was a step in the right direction. Still, he has knocked down just one 3-pointer over his past five outings after averaging 1.9 triples in seven October contests, and his points are down over a bucket per game in November. Nov 11, 10:08 pm
  • Bullseye: Jamal Murray scores career-high 32
    Jamal Murray was on the mark during a 125-107 victory over the Magic on Saturday, scoring a career-high 32 points with four rebounds, one assist and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Blue Arrow made 12-of-21 from the field and was on fire in the first quarter with 16 points. Coach Mike Malone continues to preach consistency for the second-year guard, so there will be added pressure on him against the Blazers on Monday. Murray also looked great off the ball and was able to convert his wide-open shots to earn this easy win in an up-tempo game. It's been a bumpy ride, but Murray has been awesome overall in his last eight with a 66.1 TS% and a 24.6 usage rate. He's also first on the team in net rating over that span. Yes, this is why we've been preaching patience for one of the best young shooters in the NBA. Nov 11, 10:08 pm
  • Ben Simmons looks human against Warriors
    Ben Simmons had 13 points, five rebounds, eight assists and two steals on 6-of-17 shooting in Saturday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Simmons is just fine. He had four turnovers tonight, which is to be expected, but he's still a fantasy monster despite tonight's line. Can you say Rookie of the Year? Nov 11, 9:14 pm
  • Lonzo Ball makes NBA history w/ triple-double
    Lonzo Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double on Saturday, scoring 19 points with 13 assists, 12 rebounds, four blocks, three steals and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Ball is 20 years and 15 days old, so he beat out LeBron James by five days. The rookie's historic night included efficient 7-of-12 shooting from the field, but L.A. still didn't have enough to avoid their fifth loss in six road games this season. Luke Walton said recently that "any time you turn on any sports show, all the talk about is [Ball's] shot," but that won't be the case this weekend. The rookie's percentages (29.2% FGs, 50.0% FTs) are a massive anchor in category leagues, of course, but that doesn't obscure his obscene potential. Nov 11, 8:22 pm
  • John Wall scores 13 points in 24 minutes
    John Wall (illness) played 24 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 13 points with five rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal during a 113-94 win.

    Advice: He missed shootaround because of an illness, but luckily the Wizards were hot late in this game to get it to garbage time to keep his minutes down -- not lucky for fantasy owners, of course. Due to a shoulder injury last weekend and missing a game, Wall's perceived value may be at a low point. However, there's little reason to worry and that shoulder injury was to his non-shooting shoulder, so he could be viewed as a buy-low player. Nov 11, 6:47 pm
  • John Wall (illness) will start against Hawks
    John Wall (illness) will start against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was called probable for this game earlier today, but he may be slightly limited because he didn't go through shootaround. Wall lit up the Hawks in the playoffs last year with averages of 29.5 points, 10.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.5 treys in those six games. It's possible he can flirt with this numbers in what should be a very fast game. Nov 11, 2:25 pm
  • Elfrid Payton (rest) will not play vs. Denver
    Elfrid Payton (rest) will not play against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Frank Vogel said Payton's hamstring was "still a concern" and he played just 17 minutes on Friday, but part of that was due to garbage time. This does feel like it's a precaution and playing in altitude is probably a factor as well, but Payton should be good for Monday against the Warriors. Jonathon Simmons, Shelvin Mack and Evan Fournier benefit tonight in what should be a high-scoring game. Nov 11, 11:44 am
  • Report: John Wall (illness) probable vs. ATL
    John Wall (illness) is "probable" to play against the Hawks on Saturday, according to team reporter Ben Standig.

    Advice: Just to clarify, this is not your typical probable tag like say the Hawks would use. He is officially questionable for this game, so a fair estimate would be he has a 75 percent chance to play in this game. For now, his fantasy owners can pencil him into their lineups in a great matchup. Nov 11, 11:14 am
  • 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. Nov 11, 10:03 am
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 12 points
    Donovan Mitchell scored 12 points in a start against the Heat during a 84-74 loss on Friday, adding two rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored all 12 of his points in the first half, finishing at just 5-of-14 from the field in his 36 minutes. Mitchell is coming off a 3-of-21 shooting line on Wednesday, but coach Quin Snyder still trusted him in that game and even close with him at point guard. Mitchell has a 28.7 usage rate on the year and he's getting minutes in the 30s. He'll get a dream matchup against the Nets on Saturday, so he could be in for a big night. Nov 10, 11:03 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. Nov 10, 10:04 pm
  • Russell Westbrook looks better on Friday
    Russell Westbrook made 8-of-16 from the field for 22 points with three rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: That's better. Westbrook also made 5-of-6 from the line and he was very aggressive in getting to the basket. Westbrook did miss a couple close-range shots, which has been a problem all year because he's made just 57-of-111 in the paint this season. He'll be better than this bad start and today could be what gets him going again. Nov 10, 9:51 pm
  • Austin Rivers scores 17 points
    Austin Rivers scored 17 points with two assists and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: It was a night he'd probably like to forget on defense and maybe he wasn't 100 percent. Rivers was "50-50" to play in this game because he rolled his ankle in practice on Thursday, but the Clippers needed him badly with Pat Beverley (knee) out. He's a low-end option in fantasy. Nov 10, 9:27 pm
  • Elfrid Payton gets just 17 minutes
    Elfrid Payton scored eight points with four rebounds, seven assists and six turnovers in 17 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He was expected to play around 25 minutes, but coach Frank Vogel actually went to his garbage time a little earlier than most coaches. This had to be due to the Magic playing again on Saturday in altitude as they'll take on the Nuggets. Payton is probably still going to have a minute limit on Saturday, but he's having a great year and is a big reason why the Magic are thriving. Nov 10, 8:50 pm
  • Victor Oladipo scores game-high 25 points
    Victor Oladipo posted a game-high 25 points with six rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals across 31 minutes in Friday's 105-87 win in Chicago.

    Advice: Oladipo hit 11-of-20 from the floor and he finished with a plus-17. The former standout at Indiana University is enjoying being back in the Hoosier State as a pro, posting 20 or more points in nine games while hitting double digits in each of his past 13 outings. His previous career best was 17.9 PPG back in 2014-15 with the Magic, but he's on pace to smash that since he's averaging better than 22 points per contest currently. Nov 10, 7:49 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell starting, Hood to bench
    Donovan Mitchell will replace Rodney Hood in the starting lineup on Friday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Coach Quin Snyder said earlier that he was considering a lineup change and Mitchell was always the favorite to get the nod. He shot just 3-of-21 from the field last game, but the Jazz love his defense and his offensive game is also progressing. If you can live with a poor FG%, Mitchell is worth owning in standard 9-category leagues. Nov 10, 5:26 pm
  • Vogel confirms Elfrid Payton will play Friday
    Elfrid Payton (hamstring) will play against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He reported some soreness after Wednesday's win, so coach Frank Vogel will try to limit him to 25 minutes. Expect the Magic to do some damage on offense and get Payton in your season-long lineups. Nov 10, 4:39 pm
  • Austin Rivers (ankle) will play on Friday
    Austin Rivers (ankle) will play on Friday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: He said he would be play and now we have confirmation from his head coach (and father) as well. The Clippers are shorthanded with both Patrick Beverley (knee) and Danilo Gallinari (glute) out, so Rivers and Lou Williams will have to play as many minutes as they can handle. Nov 10, 4:33 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. Nov 10, 1:20 pm
  • Vogel still concerned about Payton's hammy
    Coach Frank Vogel said Elfrid Payton's hamstring is "still a concern," but Payton will play against the Suns on Friday unless Vogel is told otherwise.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise because hamstring injuries tend to linger more than almost any soft tissue injury. Payton missed eight games, but he was outstanding on Wednesday with a double-double in 29 minutes. The Magic starters with Payton have been one of the best offensive units with their 129 offensive rating this season, so they could have a big night against the Suns on Friday. Nov 10, 12:40 pm
  • Austin Rivers (ankle) says he'll play Friday
    Austin Rivers (ankle) said he will play Friday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: "I’m gonna play," said Rivers. "There’s a difference between pain and discomfort. If it’s discomfort, you can play with that." Patrick Beverley (knee) and Danilo Gallinari (glute) have been ruled out Friday, so Rivers has a chance to play heavy minutes if he can handle it. Lou Williams will replace Beverly in the starting lineup on Friday. Nov 10, 9:44 am
  • Austin Rivers (ankle) '50-50' to play Friday
    Coach Doc Rivers said Austin Rivers (ankle) is "50-50" to play Friday vs. OKC.

    Advice: The Clippers are already short-handed with Patrick Beverley (knee) and Danilo Gallinari (glute) ruled out for Friday. If Rivers is unable to suit up, Lou Williams would be asked to play extended minutes. Wes Johnson, Sindarius Thornwell and Juwan Evans would also see additional playing time. Nov 10, 9:19 am
  • Jamal Murray scores nine in 18 minutes
    Jamal Murray played 18 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with nine points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone's hot-hand approach has really burned Murray's playing time. Emmanuel Mudiay played the game of his life tonight and Will Barton is in a groove. Before the game, Malone called Murray "inconsistent" and said he needs to relax to just make the right play. The coach also said Murray has been getting down on himself and Malone has watched a lot of tape with him. He's not exactly fun to own in fantasy right now, but the Nuggets are obviously committed to him after having multiple opportunities to land a point guard and still sticking with their 20-year-old guard. Nov 9, 10:51 pm
  • Russell Westbrook drops to 57.6 FT% on season
    Russell Westbrook made 6-of-22 from the field for 13 points during a 102-94 loss to the Nuggets on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was 0-of-3 from the line to continue one of the most puzzling stat stories of the year. After making at least 80 percent from the line in each of his previous seven seasons and making a career-high 84.5 percent from the line on a whopping 840 attempts last year, Westbrook is down to just 34-of-59 (57.6 percent) on the season. Over the last six, the milk has gone bad from the field at just 35.4 percent with averages of 16.8 points, 9.0 boards, 9.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.5 treys and 4.0 turnovers. The reigning MVP has been so bad in three areas that he hasn't even been a top-100 player per game in standard leagues. He'll obviously be much better than this and should be viewed as a buy-low option. Nov 9, 10:38 pm
  • Ben Simmons gets in foul trouble
    Ben Simmons scored 18 points with two rebounds, six assists and two steals in 27 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: He had some foul trouble in this game and picked up his fourth foul with 10:43 left in the third quarter. Somewhat shockingly, this was the first time Simmons was under 33 minutes in his NBA career and he likely would've been right at his usual 36 minutes had he avoided foul trouble. The heavy favorite for ROY is also up to 75.0 percent from the line this month and he's racking up the dunks to buoy his field goal percentage. If he ever gets a jumper, the sky is the limit. Nov 9, 9:47 pm
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