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

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

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

    Advice: Ajinca did not make much of an impact against Philadelphia despite getting the start. In fact, he played fewer minutes than Omer Asik and did not start in the second half. He remains a non-factor from a fantasy standpoint and can be left on the waivers. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Marc Gasol scores 36 points in win over POR
    Marc Gasol (groin) scored a season-high 36 points during an 88-86 win over the Blazers on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: What right groin injury? He popped up on the injury report today, but looked totally fine. The Grizzlies are on a five-game winning streak and Gasol is the heavy favorite for Western Conference Player of the Week. In his three wins so far, Gasol has averaged 30.0 points, 10.7 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.3 treys on 50 percent from the field. Big Spain has been a top-five player for standard leagues over his last 10 and is making a great case for the All-Star team. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Rudy Gobert drops 20 & 17 on Warriors
    Rudy Gobert hit 8-of-8 shots and 4-of-7 free throws on his way to 20 points, 17 rebounds and a block in Thursday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: We were a year early on Gobert, predicting a breakout season last year, but he's crushing right now. He's hit 20 points or more in back-to-back games, has hit double figures in rebounds in nine straight games, and is averaging 13.8 points, 13.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocks on 77 percent shooting over his last five. Wow. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Ed Davis double-doubles off bench
    Ed Davis took his demotion to the bench in stride on Thursday, racking up 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in just 18 minutes in a 88-86 loss to the Grizzlies.

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

    Advice: He had six rebounds, while Davis still managed a 10 & 10 double-double off the bench. Al-Farouq Aminu took a scary fall and hurt his back late in the game, so Leonard will be worth keeping an eye on, especially as long as he's starting. But as of now, Leonard has no fantasy value. Yesterday, 7:46 pm
  • Anthony Davis double-doubles
    Anthony Davis made 8-of-21 shots and 10-of-12 free throws for 26 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in Thursday night’s loss to the Sixers.

    Advice: Davis recorded his 11th double-double of the season and has at least one block in 15 consecutive games. He suffered an apparent left hand injury during the game, but was able to play through it and did not appear to be serious. The good news is that he will get a day of rest before heading to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers. Davis leads the league in points and blocks per game, and remains an elite fantasy option. So long as he stays healthy, which has been an issue throughout his career, he will produce at a high level and will continue to stuff the stat sheet. Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • Lucas Nogueira plays well in 19 minutes
    Lucas Nogueira played just 19 minutes but hit 4-of-5 shots for eight points, nine rebounds and three blocks.

    Advice: Nogueira is always worth keeping an eye on, but doesn't play or score enough to really be trusted. He's averaging 8.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 2.0 blocks in 18.6 minutes over his last five games, but the last time he got hot like this, he quickly disappeared. Just keep an eye on him. Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Patrick Patterson quiet in Thursday's win
    Patrick Patterson played 30 minutes off the bench, but hit just 2-of-10 shots (both 3-pointers) for seven points, five rebounds and two assists in a 124-110 win over the Timberwolves on Thursday.

    Advice: Patterson was playing well coming in but couldn't get his shot to fall tonight. He also won't be as good off the bench if Jonas Valanciunas put his slump behind him with tonight's 20 & 10 game. Patterson's not a must-own player, but might be worth holding with averages of 11 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.8 3-pointers over his last five games. Yesterday, 7:08 pm
  • Darrell Arthur starts, gets hurt on Thursday
    Darrell Arthur played 20 minutes in the starting lineup on Thursday, scoring six points with three rebounds, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He suffered a hand injury and was able to stay in the game. However, he had an issue with his leg and had the training staff check him out. Given Arthur's litany of leg issues in his career, it's possible he misses time. He'll be a risky asset in deeper leagues. We'll look for an update post-game. Yesterday, 6:54 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns quiet in loss to Raptors
    Karl-Anthony Towns hit 8-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, 11 rebounds and a block in Thursday's loss to Toronto.

    Advice: Jonas Valanciunas got the best of KAT tonight and he's struggled over his last two games, hitting just 3-of-16 shots on Tuesday, and having a quiet game against the Raptors. It was just over a week ago that KAT blew up for 47 points and 18 rebounds, but he hasn't done anything too amazing since then. Maybe he'll bounce back against Andre Drummond on Friday, but that's not something that's easy to do. Yesterday, 6:45 pm
  • Kenneth Faried gets a DNP-CD on Thursday
    Kenneth Faried was a DNP-CD against the Wizards on Thursday.

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

    Advice: Ajinca had three fouls in five minutes. That moved made very little sense against Joel Embiid. Yesterday, 6:34 pm
  • Damian Jones will be active
    Damian Jones will be active for Thursday against the Jazz.

    Advice: Coach Steve Kerr said he wants to play him tonight. That may be for garbage time, though. Jones has very little value. Yesterday, 5:01 pm
  • Ed Davis coming off the bench
    Ed Davis will move to the bench on Thursday against the Grizzlies.

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

    Advice: He had a lot of success against the Grizzlies in the 2015 playoffs, so that is likely the reasoning here. Leonard isn't a fantasy add until he can string games together. Yesterday, 4:56 pm
  • Marc Gasol (groin) in the starting lineup
    Marc Gasol (groin) will start against the Blazers on Thursday night.

    Advice: He gets an outstanding matchup tonight against a sub-par Blazers interior defense and rebounding. Gasol may have a slight hit in minutes, so he's a risky DFS play even when it's not on a back-to-back set. He's an obvious start in season long leagues. Yesterday, 4:45 pm
  • Omer Asik to the bench
    Omer Asik will come off the bench on Thursday.

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

    Advice: He'll get a dose of The Process to start out tonight. Given Ajinca's fouling issues, he may foul out in under 10 minutes. Yesterday, 4:21 pm
  • Kenneth Faried moving to the bench
    Kenneth Faried will move to the bench against the Wizards on Thursday.

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

    Advice: This move was fully expected after coach Mike Malone benched Faried to start the second half on Wednesday. Malone likes Arthur for his defense, so that will be a big reason why he's in the mix. Arthur is a bit of a hit-or-miss option, but he could have a good game in a solid matchup. He has value in 16-team leagues. Yesterday, 3:25 pm
  • Damian Jones called up for Warriors
    The Warriors called up Damian Jones on Thursday.

    Advice: He has looked good in the D-League and looks to be over his ruptured pectoral. Jones likely won't be in the rotation. The Warriors are in no rush to play him. Yesterday, 3:13 pm
  • Marc Gasol (groin) questionable for Thursday
    Marc Gasol (right groin) is questionable for Thursday against the Blazers.

    Advice: This is a new injury for Gasol. He played a whopping 80 minutes combined on Monday and Tuesday, which is by far the most he's played in a back-to-back set. Gasol did play down the stretch on Tuesday night and didn't appear to be hurt. That said, the Grizzlies could choose to be careful with their best player even though they're not on a back-to-back set tonight. If he's out, Zach Randolph and Jarell Martin figure to pick up extra run. JaMychal Green's upside also goes up here. Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (illness) ruled out Thursday
    Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) has officially been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. New Orleans.

    Advice: He remained home in Philly as he recovers from his illness. Okafor's next chance to play will be on Saturday vs. Detroit. Joel Embiid will play 28 minutes on Thursday with Richaun Holmes backing him up. Yesterday, 10:32 am
  • Blake Griffin shoots 5-of-20 in loss to GSW
    Blake Griffin had a rough night on Wednesday, going just 5-of-20 from the field for 12 points with nine boards, two assists, one steal and a season-high seven turnovers.

    Advice: Blake took some tough shots tonight, but all credit is due to Draymond Green and the Warriors' defense. He finished 3-of-13 on shots outside of nine feet, and was hardly better within five feet of the rim at just 2-of-7. The Clippers are slumping lately but they'll get a prime opportunity to bounce back vs. the visiting Pelicans on Saturday. Wednesday, 10:42 pm
  • Myles Turner hits three 3-pointers
    Myles Turner made a career-high three 3-pointers against the Suns on Wednesday, finishing with 20 points, four rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He's never made more than one 3-pointer in any game in his career, so this output was a surprise. On the other side of things, Turner has been very consistent with his blocks with at least one in all but three games. Turner is tied with Giannis Antetokounmpo for fourth in the NBA on blocks per game and he's actually been solid for fantasy owners in both free throw and field goal percentage. He's posted top-30 value in standard leagues on the year. Wednesday, 9:56 pm
  • Alex Len fouls out yet again
    Alex Len fouled out in 16 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with nine points, two rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: That's two foul outs in a row for Len. The Suns are playing Tyson Chandler more than expected, which has caused Len's playing time to slide to 18.0 minutes per game over his last three. He could still have some value for his 1.5 blocks per game on the year and solid percentages, but Len is trending down a bit. Wednesday, 9:45 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn solid in just 21 minutes vs. CLE
    Kyle O'Quinn came off the bench on Wednesday for 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting with seven boards and three assists in just 21 minutes.

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

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

    Advice: Thompson added two steals, one block, one assist and zero turnovers, and his work on the glass was instrumental in the Cavs' 126-94 victory. Although he'll never offer much upside, Thompson remains a rock-steady source of boards, blocks and FG percentages. As a bonus for 9-cat owners, he turns the ball over just 0.5 times per game. Wednesday, 9:37 pm
  • Salah Mejri gets in foul trouble vs. Kings
    Salah Mejri played 11 minutes in a start for Andrew Bogut (knee) against the Kings on Wednesday, scoring two points with seven boards.

    Advice: Foul trouble kept his minutes down tonight, which isn't a surprise against DeMarcus Cousins. Mejri should be looking at more playing time in the next week, so he may have some short-term value in 16-team leagues. Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • A.J. Hammons gets minutes
    A.J. Hammons played 11 minutes on Wednesday with five boards and two blocks.

    Advice: Coach Rick Carlisle said he'd look at Hammons, but it didn't happen until garbage time. You would have to be in a super deep league to take a look at the rookie. Wednesday, 9:20 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins fills it up for Kings in win
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points during a 120-89 win over the Mavs on Wednesday, adding 14 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers.

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

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

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

    Advice: With Al-Farouq Aminu now back in action, Davis could see his playing time take a hit. Although, Aminu isn't having the strongest season. Whatever the case, most of Aminu's minutes should come from Davis, so his owners in deeper leagues should expect a hit there. Wednesday, 7:59 pm
  • Darrell Arthur starts 3Q over Kenneth Faried
    Darrell Arthur started the third quarter over Kenneth Faried on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Nets just dominated in the first half with 42 points in the paint. Faried played just four minutes in the first half and is now firmly in coach Mike Malone's doghouse. Arthur may get a little boost and is worth a look in deeper leagues. Wednesday, 5:55 pm
  • Salah Mejri will start against the Kings
    Salah Mejri will start against the Kings on Wednesday night.

    Advice: It'll be his third start of the season. Andrew Bogut (knee) is going to miss several games and at least 10 days, so Mejri is going to get some run. He played 29.5 minutes per game in his previous starts, so he may be on the radar as a short-term pickup in deeper leagues. Dwight Powell also benefits in a big way tonight. Wednesday, 5:28 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (illness) not with 76ers in NO
    Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) is still not traveling with the 76ers.

    Advice: Okafor has stayed in Philly while the 76ers have gone on their three-game road trip, and it was reported on Tuesday that the plan was for Okafor to remain at home for Thursday's game in New Orleans, so things are not trending in a positive direction here. He'll more than likely spend Thursday night on the sidelines, and he could miss Sunday's game in Detroit as well. Richaun Holmes should pick up some extra minutes in his absence, but that doesn't mean much with Joel Embiid active. Wednesday, 2:48 pm
  • Could A.J. Hammons get minutes?
    Coach Rick Carlisle mentioned A.J. Hammons as a possible option to play on Wednesday.

    Advice: "It makes it much more difficult, but with [Dwight] Powell, [Salah] Mejri and Hammons, we’ll probably have to invent something else here, too, just to make sure we have enough manpower, especially tonight with [DeMarcus] Cousins," Carlisle said. Hammons hasn't played a single second in the first three quarters this season, so he's nowhere near being on the radar right now. Wednesday, 12:47 pm
  • Salah Mejri listed as probable starter
    Salah Mejri is listed as the probable starter for Wednesday against the Kings.

    Advice: This is the expected move with Andrew Bogut (knee) out and going against DeMarcus Cousins. Mejri has played 29.5 minutes per start, averaging 5.5 points, 11.0 boards, 1.0 blocks and 2.5 steals. While he does get a nice bump for fantasy purposes, Dwight Powell should also get a huge bump off the bench. Wednesday, 12:41 pm
  • Marc Gasol just wants the ball in his hands
    Marc Gasol said during Tuesday's postgame interview that he just wants the ball in his hands.

    Advice: "I just want the ball," said Gasol. "I don't care where, how, I just want it and to be able to make a decision with it." Gasol is currently operating with a career-high 26.6 usage rate to accompany his career-high 24.5 assist percentage, and those two things have culminated in him pumping out top-30 value on the year with averages of 19.2 points, 5.9 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.5 triples and just 2.1 turnovers per game. He's going to be a beast moving forward sans Mike Conley (back). Wednesday, 8:03 am
  • Pau Gasol goes for 11 & 7 in win over MIN
    Pau Gasol played 26 minutes and had 11 points, seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, zero steals and zero blocks in Tuesday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Gasol has played pretty well in his last three games, averaging 15 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers, but a day off is probably coming in his near future. If you can trade Gasol based on his name value and get something decent in return, we wouldn't blame you. Tuesday, 8:54 pm
  • Rudy Gobert scores career-high 22 points
    Rudy Gobert scored a career-high 22 points on 6-of-8 shooting in Tuesday's 112-105 win over the Suns.

    Advice: The Stifle Tower was coming off a 14-point, 17-rebound and five-block effort against the Lakers the previous night and kept his foot on the gas pedal with 11 rebounds and four blocks Tuesday. He also hit 10-of-11 free throws on the night, bringing his season average up to 66.9 percent. You can check out his final dunk of the game in the link below. Tuesday, 8:51 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge awful vs. Wolves
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit just 3-of-8 shots for six points, two rebounds, three steals and no blocks in 30 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Aldridge played pretty well in his previous two games, scoring 18 and 19 points, but had just five points on 2-of-9 shooting last Wednesday. LMA has been hit or miss under Gregg Popovich this season and is fairly unreliable. He's still a solid player to hold and use in season-long leagues, but we simply don't trust him in DFS. And tonight's a good reason as to why. Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns hits 3-of-16 shots in loss
    Karl-Anthony Towns never got it going on Tuesday, hitting just 3-of-16 shots for 11 points, 14 rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in a 105-91 loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: The Spurs appeared to be keyed in on KAT tonight and he fizzled against their defense. He still played 37 minutes and it wasn't that long ago he went off for 47 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks against the Knicks last week. He gets the Raptors and a struggling Jonas Valanciunas on Thursday and the 6-15 Wolves are desperate for a win. Look for KAT to bounce back in that one. Tuesday, 8:24 pm
  • Marc Gasol posts serviceable line w/ 26 pts
    Marc Gasol scored 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting with 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 34 minutes in Tuesday's 96-91 win over the 76ers.

    Advice: This was the second night of a back-to-back set after Gasol triple-doubled on Monday with 28 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in a double-overtime win. He played 46 minutes in that contest, so coach David Fizdale said before Tuesday's game that he would play a "serviceable" amount of minutes vs Philly. Apparently that means 34. Gasol is rolling right now and his owners just need to hope that he stays healthy. Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn scores 12 off the bench
    Kyle O'Quinn scored 12 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's coming off the bench these days with Joakim Noah healthy again, but Noah picked up four fouls and only played 14 minutes which allowed KOQ to see 27 minutes of action. He made the most of his minutes and shot 6-of-8 from the field and did a respectable job against Hassan Whiteside, but he's going to be hard to trust while the Knicks are healthy. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (stomach) doubtful Thursday
    Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) is doubtful to play Thursday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Okafor has not yet joined the team on their road trip, and it doesn't seem likely that that fact will change on Thursday. Joel Embiid (rest) will be returning from his rest day on Thursday, so Okafor's absence won't mean all that much. Richaun Holmes could see an uptick in minutes, but that's about it. Tuesday, 4:10 pm
  • Marc Gasol will play 'serviceable' mins Tues
    Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale said that Marc Gasol will play a "serviceable" amount of minutes during Tuesday's matchup with the 76ers.

    Advice: This could be a clue that Gasol will head to the bench early if the game turns into a blowout, thus making Gasol a slightly riskier play in daily leagues. He's obviously a must-start guy in season-long settings, though. Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • Rudy Gobert scores 14 w/ 17 boards, 5 blocks
    Rudy Gobert scored 14 points with 17 rebounds, five blocks, one assist and one steal in 39 minutes in a 107-101 win over the Lakers on Monday.

    Advice: He tied his season highs in rebounds and blocks, shooting 4-of-7 from the field and 6-of-11 from the line. Gobert has been feasting all season long with averages of 10.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game, and he's currently flirting with third-round value in standard leagues. He should have a big day against the Suns on Tuesday. Monday, 10:48 pm
  • Myles Turner quiet in laughable blowout
    Myles Turner hit 3-of-8 shots for six points, five rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: The Warriors literally ran circles around the Pacers in this one, finishing with an 11-point lead after one, a 20-point lead at halftime and a final score of 142-106. Turner has been a little disappointing at times this season, but is still getting it done for his owners. Don't let this game worry you, as it was basically a practice session for the Warriors in front of 20,000 fans. Monday, 10:06 pm
  • Marc Gasol triple-doubles in double-OT win
    Marc Gasol's crazy season continued on Monday when he had 28 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers on 11-of-25 shooting in 46 minutes of Monday's 110-108 double-overtime win against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Gasol is insane right now, knocking down threes and flirting with a Russell Westbrook-like line tonight. Gasol, never known for assists or 3-pointers, has hit a three in all but three games this season, and has racked up 19 dimes over his last two games. He's returning third-round value right now, but that arrow appears to be pointing up after this one. And over his last five games? He's averaging 21.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting. Monday, 9:37 pm
  • Anthony Davis goes 28-17-4 in loss
    Anthony Davis had 28 points, 17 rebounds, a steal, four blocks and a 3-pointer on 10-of-27 shooting in 48 minutes of Monday's double-overtime 110-108 loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He was a little iffy with a foot injury coming in, but obviously looked great. Davis is playing at an incredibly high level and has managed to stay healthy thus far, but we're not even to Christmas yet. If history doesn't lie, Davis is still primed for some kind of leg injury at some point this season. But so far, so good. Monday, 9:13 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge plays well on Monday
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit 7-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, nine rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 36 minutes on Monday.

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

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

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

    Advice: Faried had scored at least 10 points in five straight games, but never got it going tonight. He was outplayed by Darrell Arthur, who got 23 minutes and finished with seven points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block. Faried is probably still the guy to own here, but if his minutes are down again in the next one, it might be time to think again. Especially with Nikola Jokic on his way back from a wrist injury. Monday, 7:09 pm
  • Anthony Davis (foot) will play Monday vs. MEM
    Anthony Davis (right foot sprain) will play Monday vs. Memphis.

    Advice: The Pelicans will limp into Monday's game with just nine healthy bodies, and with Jrue Holiday (toe) and E'Twaun Moore (toe) out, The Brow should be operating with a hefty usage rate. Fire him up. Monday, 3:34 pm
  • Okafor (gastroenteritis) out Monday & Tuesday
    Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) has been ruled out for Monday's game against Denver as well as Tuesday's game in Memphis.

    Advice: Gastroenteritis is no joke, but Okafor should be just fine after spending these next two games on the sidelines, so we'll consider him on the probable side of his inevitable questionable-tag for Thursday's game in New Orleans. Joel Embiid will be drawing the start tonight, but with him set to rest Tuesday vs. Memphis, we could see a lot of Richaun Holmes at the five-spot. Dario Saric and Ersan Ilyasova could also man the five during certain small ball lineups. Daily Slant: Joel Embiid will be the guy down low for the Sixers tonight, but we'll have ample opportunity to attack the back-up big men tomorrow. With Okafor and Embiid set to sit on Tuesday, Dario Saric, Richaun Holmes and Ersan Ilyasova are all in play, with Saric seemingly holding the highest ceiling among the three. He also happens to own a solid 26.5% usage with Embiid/Okafor off the floor. Monday, 2:18 pm
  • Anthony Davis (foot sprain) probable Monday
    Anthony Davis (right foot sprain) is probable for Monday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: Davis denied reports that he had X-rays on his foot after Sunday's game, but this confirms that he did tweak something and that he may not be 100 percent Monday night. Season-long owners can pencil him into lineups, but he's a little more risky than usual in DFS. He has battled a variety of ailments this season including minor knocks to his right shoulder and knee, but he's only missed one game so far. He's also playing 37.5 minutes per game, so the Pelicans are asking for trouble. Monday, 9:34 am
  • Jahlil Okafor (illness) questionable Monday
    Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) is questionable for Monday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: Okafor has been playing well of late. He has scored in double-figures in five straight games and over the Sixers last four contests, Okafor is averaging 15.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.0 block. Joel Embiid is going to play on Monday night, but will sit out (rest) on Tuesday. Thus, if Okafor is not close to 100%, the Sixers may choose to hold him out on Monday in hopes he recovers in time for Tuesday's contest, when they will be sans Embiid. Monday, 8:38 am
  • Clips lose despite Blake Griffin's 24 & 16
    The Clippers lost at home to the Pacers on Sunday, in spite of Blake Griffin's team-high 24 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal.

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

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

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

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

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

    Advice: Davis was simply unstoppable for stretches tonight, but he got negligible help from his teammates. His offensive exploits shouldn't obscure the fact that he ranks first in blocks (2.7), fourth in defensive rebounds (9.1), and is holding opponents to 4.4 percent below their typical shooting averages against him. Expect another monster effort vs. the visiting Grizzlies on Monday. Sunday, 6:50 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn will come off the bench Sunday
    Kyle O'Quinn will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: As a reserve this season, O'Quinn owns meager averages of 4.4 points, 3.2 boards and 1.1 blocks per game, so he can't be considered a viable target in most leagues. Sunday, 3:58 pm
  • Kenneth Faried quietly productive
    Kenneth Faried had 10 points, six rebounds and a block in 29 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He stands to get a couple more starts with Jokic's wrist injury likely to keep him out for at least two more games, and is averaging 12.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over his last five games. He's been a little boring, but he has seventh-round value on the season. Saturday, 9:24 pm
  • Lucas Nogueira has big games vs. Hawks
    Lucas Nogueira played 23 minutes and hit 5-of-5 shots for 11 points, eight rebounds, two steals and three blocks in Saturday's crazy 128-84 blowout win over the Hawks.

    Advice: Jonas Valanciunas has been awful over his last five games while the Raptors have now won six straight. Nogueira is averaging just 6.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 2.2 blocks over his last five games, but is shooting a ridiculous 81 percent from the floor over that stretch. If JV continues to struggle, Nogueira might be worth a flier, but he's just as likely to score two points as he is 10 on any given night. Just keep him on your radar. Saturday, 8:49 pm
  • Patrick Patterson scores 17 off bench
    Patrick Patterson hit 6-of-8 shots and 4-of-5 3-pointers for 17 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in Saturday's 128-84 whooping of the Hawks.

    Advice: DeMarre Carroll was back in action, but Jonas Valanciunas has been struggling for the last five games, and especially the last three. Meanwhile, Pat-Pat has been on a 3-point shooting blitz and is averaging 11.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 2.8 3-pointers on 56 percent shooting over his last five. He's still not a must-own fantasy player, but if he keeps up his recent pace, he may be worth grabbing if you need a big man who can shoot 3-pointers. Saturday, 8:40 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor scores 15 in loss to Boston
    Jahlil Okafor scored 15 points in a start for Joel Embiid (rest) on Saturday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He is playing well on the offensive side and took care of business on that end. However, it's not a secret that NBA teams love to go after Okafor on defense and Isaiah Thomas even threw some shade. "We wanted to get Okafor in as many pick-and-rolls as possible," Thomas said. Even with the bad defense, Okafor is worth owning in standard leagues with coach Brett Brown OK with playing him next to Embiid. Saturday, 8:02 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 27 in comeback win
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 points in a huge comeback 125-120 overtime win in Charlotte on Saturday, adding 15 rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers.

    Advice: That's his seventh 25-15 game of his career and the Wolves needed it, especially with Towns pulling down a big-time offensive board for a put-back in overtime. Towns was finally able to clear the 10.0 boards per game plateau on the season with this game while he's added 2.7 blocks over his last three. The consistent monster lines are coming. Saturday, 7:54 pm
  • Anthony Davis not on the injury report
    Anthony Davis is not on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Thunder.

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

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

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

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

    Advice: Wow. That's season highs in points, boards and minutes for KOQ in his start today. He was outstanding on the defensive end and coach Jeff Hornacek stuck with him after not playing him for more than 18 minutes in any of his previous four games. Joakim Noah (ankle) could be back for Sunday, so O'Quinn would only be worth a look in deeper leagues. This looks like one of the flukiest games of the season. Friday, 9:35 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 20 in loss
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 points during a 118-114 loss to the Knicks on Friday, adding eight rebounds, one assist, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Knicks were very good against Towns and doubled him very nicely, especially in the first. Towns dropped 22 in the first on Wednesday and went scoreless in the first tonight. After Towns wasn't getting the ball enough, he may have to look for his teammates more, and on the other side of the ball their defense has been a disaster. Whatever happens with Towns, he's obviously going to get plenty of minutes and will be better than his disappointing second-round value in standard leagues so far. Friday, 8:53 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 27 w/ 10 rebounds in win
    Blake Griffin scored 27 points on 12-of-22 shooting in Friday's 114-96 win over the Pelicans.

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

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

    Advice: Boogie was bleeding above his eye and had to go back to the locker room in the fourth quarter. Cousins needed eight stitches after the game and looked fine after he was glued to close it in the fourth, so there's no concern he misses any action going forward. Cousins did have his four-game streak of scoring at least 30 snapped, but his averages over his last five are outstanding: 33.8 points, 12.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.2 blocks, 1.4 steals and 3.0 treys. He's a machine right now. Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Lucas Nogueira scores season-high 13 points
    Lucas Nogueira scored a season-high 13 points with three rebounds, two steals and two blocks on Friday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: "Bebe" did all of his damage in just 18 minutes, shooting 5-of-5 from the field and falling one point shy of his career high. He has at least one block and one steal in three straight games, but he's only eclipsed the 20-minute mark one time since Nov. 12. He's a deep-league asset until his role grows. Friday, 7:12 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor gets first double-double
    Jahlil Okafor posted his first double-double of the season against the Magic on Friday, scoring 16 points with 13 rebounds and two blocks in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown used Okafor next to Joel Embiid for 13 minutes tonight. That would be great news for Okafor in most matchups, but against the Magic it's not a big deal. Embiid is almost certainly going to rest on Saturday, so Okafor will look to build off this game against the Celtics at home. He's worth a look if you need a big man. Friday, 6:49 pm
  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) returns to game
    Anthony Davis (right shoulder) has returned to Friday's game vs. the Clippers.

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

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

    Advice: With Nikola Jokic (wrist) out, Arthur will likely be in the rotation. He hasn't been healthy all season, so his minutes will likely be pretty limited. Leave him on the wire. Friday, 5:26 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn getting another start
    Kyle O'Quinn will get another start against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: The Knicks were destroyed in the first quarter on Wednesday with Karl-Anthony Towns going for 22 in that frame, so O'Quinn may be on a short leash. Marshall Plumlee played 12 minutes in the second half while Mindaugus Kuzminskas saw 11 minutes in that time. Kuzminskas may be the most appealing guy in this group. Daily Slant: O'Quinn isn't a recommended DFS play this evening, but Noah's absence does improve the outlook for a few of the Timberwolves. Karl Anthony-Towns destroyed this defense on Wednesday, and draws an equally attractive match-up here. The Knicks will likely make it more of a point to try to take him away, so Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Gorgui Dieng are all strong GPP plays. Dieng should benefit if the Knicks throw extra front-court attention at Towns. Friday, 3:06 pm
  • Marc Gasol scores 25 points in win vs. Magic
    Marc Gasol scored 25 points in 32 minutes during a 95-94 comeback win over the Magic on Thursday, adding two rebounds, three assists, five blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: What a huge win for the Grizzlies. Coach David Fizdale continues to talk up The Nasty Nine, and his squad has just been money in tough situations. In fact, the Grizzlies are now 5-0 on the second night of a back-to-back set and they improved to 8-0 when the margin is within three points in the final minute. As for Gasol, the solid playing time after 35 minutes on Wednesday. He'll likely get rest at some point, but expect Gasol to post great stats sans Mike Conley (back). Thursday, 10:26 pm
  • Rudy Gobert is a rebounding machine
    Rudy Gobert hit 3-of-4 shots for six points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks in 35 minutes on Thursday night.

    Advice: Despite a tough matchup, Gobert was able to hold his own under the glass, making it the 14th time this season he records double-digit rebounds. He has also blocked three or more shots in four straight games. His next game is against the Nuggets who he fared well against last season. Thursday, 9:52 pm
  • Blake Griffin hands out 11 assists
    Blake Griffin hit just 4-of-14 shots and 5-of-8 free throws for 13 points, but also had five rebounds, 11 assists and a steal in just 31 minutes of Thursday's blowout 113-94 win over the Cavs.

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

    Advice: After back-to-back double-doubles, Thompson is cold again, averaging just 5.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.0 blocks over his last two games. Both of them were blowout losses and we're guessing Thompson gets back on track against the Bulls on Friday. Thursday, 7:55 pm
  • Salah Mejri gets 27 minutes in start
    Salah Mejri played 27 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday with three points, 11 rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Andrew Bogut (rest) did not play while Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) is still out, so there were heavy center minutes up for grabs. The Mavs were being careful with Mejri earlier in the season due to some injuries, but they may play him more on the nights Bogut sits. Mejri is barely in the rotation when Bogut is active, so he's only a plug-and-plug or DFS punt. Thursday, 6:43 pm
  • Blake Griffin back in the starting lineup
    Blake Griffin is starting against the Cavs, as expected.

    Advice: He got the night off on Tuesday and should be ready to roll for the national TV game. Griffin should be going at Kevin Love a ton tonight. Thursday, 4:56 pm
  • Grizzlies sticking with the same starters
    The Grizzlies will start Andrew Harrison, Tony Allen, Troy Williams, JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol on Thursday.

    Advice: it's a home game on a back-to-back set, so there's a chance Gasol's minutes take a slight dip to play some of the younger guys. He should be very busy while Mike Conley (back) is on the mend. Thursday, 4:49 pm
  • Salah Mejri, Dorian Finney-Smith starting
    Salah Mejri will get the start on Thursday.

    Advice: Andrew Bogut is getting the night off tonight, so Mejri should find himself getting minutes in the low 20s. Dwight Powell should also get some minutes in the second unit and could be a better option. Powell has really struggled lately, though. Thursday, 3:53 pm
  • Darrell Arthur probable for Friday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) is probable for Friday against the Rockets.

    Advice: He missed Wednesday due to an illness and should be back. Arthur won't be playing much while the Nuggets are somewhat healthy at the four and five. Thursday, 2:29 pm
  • Damian Jones unlikely to crack Dubs rotation
    Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Damian Jones will have a hard time playing his way into Golden State's rotation.

    Advice: Jones is currently in the D-League as he recovers from a pectoral tear, and Myers said he's unlikely to make a dent with the Warriors this season. "It's gonna be hard to crack our rotation," Myers said. "But he hasn't played basketball in seven months He needs to play a lot more basketball. But we're encouraged." Jones has some upside, but he isn't worth owning in any fantasy leagues after comments like that. Thursday, 7:05 am
  • Alex Len has another multi-block game
    Alex Len had another single-digit scoring game on Wednesday with six points on 3-of-4 shooting, nine rebounds, two blocks, one steal and two turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Tyson Chandler's return to the starting lineup has done Len no favors, but it's not all bad news. Len has seven straight games with at least two blocks, the longest streak by a Suns player since Jermaine O'Neal in 2012, and he's averaging 9.9 rebounds during that stretch. He's worth holding onto in most formats. Wednesday, 10:54 pm
  • Ed Davis gets 32 minutes minutes vs. Indy
    Ed Davis played 32 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with two points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

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

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

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

    Advice: Even though his beard makes him look like he's 36, O'Quinn is just 26 years old. When Noah is out, the Knicks don't really play KOQ too often, averaging just 20.5 minutes in his previous two starts. He's not a great pickup. Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • Karl Towns drops 47 and 18 in loss to Knicks
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored a career-high 47 points during a 106-104 loss to the Knicks on Wednesday, adding 18 rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks and four turnovers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: This is a bad, bad loss for the Wolves at home. On the positive side, Towns was absolutely rolling in the first with 22 points for his best scoring quarter in his career, and he made his first 10 shots from the field on the evening. He's also the youngest player in Wolves history to post a 40-point game. On the defensive side, Towns has at least one block in 25 consecutive games. After a somewhat slow start, Towns should get hot in a hurry, especially if the Wolves feed him. The Wolves are somehow just 5-13. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Patrick Patterson double-doubles in 30 mins
    Patrick Patterson recorded his first double-double of the season on Wednesday with 14 points and 13 rebounds in 30 minutes off the Raptors' bench.

    Advice: Patterson made 5-of-10 shots with four 3-pointers, and he chipped in one steal to round out perhaps his best line of the season. He's heating up after a very slow start to the season, and is worth owning in most leagues as a reliable 3-point shooter who can chip in rebounds and steals without hurting you in any category. Wednesday, 8:20 pm
  • Ed Davis is starting against the Pacers
    Ed Davis will start against the Pacers on Wednesday night.

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

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

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

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

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

    Advice: In two starts this season, O'Quinn owns forgettable averages of 6.0 points, 6.5 boards and just 0.5 blocks per contest through 20.5 minutes, so while he'll see some increased opportunity with the first unit, he's still not a great target in most settings. Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • Brown says Jo and Okafor will play together
    Coach Brett Brown said Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor playing together "will happen" on Wednesday.

    Advice: With Embiid getting 28 minutes, this news does suggest Okafor can still get to 24 minutes. Okafor's defense has been a big problem on the help side, so it'll be Embiid protecting the rim. Okafor has some low-end value now that he doesn't have a minutes cap. Wednesday, 2:36 pm
  • Darrell Arthur ruled out for Wednesday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday night against the Heat.

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

    Advice: Arthur sitting out shootaround is a pretty good indication that he won't be playing tonight. He's not worth owning anywhere. Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Damian Jones sent down for a D-League stint
    Damian Jones has been sent back down for another D-League stint.

    Advice: Jones will have a marginal role with the Dubs this season, so he's not worth owning in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:10 am
  • Okafor, Embiid could play together Wednesday
    Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid could share the floor during Wednesday's matchup with the Kings.

    Advice: Head coach Brett Brown has been talking about pairing the big man duo for some time now, and he believes that he'll finally have the opportunity to do so on Wednesday night, given how Sacramento likes to play big. Okafor hasn't been great this season, and while he could see a slight boost tonight if he is able to share the floor with Embiid, this is not likely a strategy that Brown will be able to use regularly. Wednesday, 7:36 am
  • Rudy Gobert goes for 16-14-3 in win
    Rudy Gobert hit 5-of-7 shots and 6-of-8 free throws for 16 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks in Tuesday's win over Clint Capela and the Rockets.

    Advice: Gobert, a dud last season after a bunch of hype, has it in cruise control right now, double-doubling in four straight games and averaging 15.3 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks over his last four games. Denver's Nikola Jokic is this year's version of last season's Gobert, so there's still hope for Jokic. As for Gobert, just wind him up and turn him loose until further notice. Tuesday, 9:18 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 16 points vs. Magic
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 points with six rebounds, three assists, one block and one triple vs. the Magic on Tuesday.

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

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

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

    Advice: He's been pretty useless thus far, despite starting, and hadn't hit double figures in either points or rebounds in his previous six games. And in his three previous games double-digit rebounding games, he scored a total of zero points in them. He belongs on waiver wires, despite tonight's heroics. The Lakers have a way of giving things up to guys they shouldn't. Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Blake Griffin (rest) out, Pierce will start
    Blake Griffin (rest) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Nets, and Paul Pierce will draw the start in his place.

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

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

    Advice: Rivers declined to give any details about which players he might sit, and/or during which games. The Clippers play at Brooklyn on Tuesday and then play in Cleveland on Thursday and at New Orleans on Friday in a back-to-back. This is obviously a situation we will keep an eye on. Encouragingly, Rivers did say that Blake Griffin's calf, which was kicked during last Friday's game in Detroit, was "fine." Tuesday, 8:36 am
  • Towns takes responsibility for Wolves losses
    Karl-Anthony Towns believes he has to "play at a higher level" in order for Minnesota to snap their losing streak.

    Advice: The Timberwolves have lost two straight and five out of their last six games. "All these losses fall on my shoulders," Towns said. "It’s something I have to fix. So far this season it’s been me. Does it make sleeping at night hard? Yeah. I just have to do more. I have to play at a higher level, at a level where we can’t lose." Credit to the youngster for taking responsibility; however, KAT is certainly doing more than his fair share. Towns is averaging 21.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.6 3-pointers and 1.3 blocks per game this season. Tuesday, 6:33 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis goes off in loss
    Kristaps Porzingis had 21 points, three 3-pointers, two steals and five blocks in Monday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: He's pretty much just killing it these days, averaging 22.4 points, 7.8 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 2.2 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. If he starts stealing the ball, look out. Monday, 11:31 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns double-doubles in loss
    Karl-Anthony Towns made 8-of-19 field goals for 19 points, 12 rebounds, a block, and a steal in 33 minutes of Monday’s loss to Utah.

    Advice: Towns recorded his tenth double-double in the month of November and has five double-doubles in his last six games, missing the other one by just a rebound. He accounts for 32.3 percent of the rebounds, 30.1 percent of the blocks, and 27.3 percent of the points for Minnesota. Since the start of the season, he has at least one blocked shot in each game, and while he may not be as exciting to own as Russell Westbrook, James Harden, or several other studs, Towns remains a strong contributor in multiple categories, is one of the league’s top big men and is only going to get better with time. Monday, 9:51 pm
  • Rudy Gobert scores 16 w/ 17 boards, 3 blocks
    Rudy Gobert was everywhere on Monday vs. the Wolves, scoring 16 points with 17 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Stifle Tower grabbed eight of his rebounds on the offensive glass and hit 5-of-10 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line. The Jazz are second in the NBA in defensive efficiency and Gobert is the main reason why. He's averaging 3.2 blocks per game over his last five and is pulling down 12.2 rebounds per game in that span. He'll be an early-round value the rest of the way if he keeps this up. Monday, 9:05 pm
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