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  • Kawhi Leonard scores 24 points in 38 minutes
    Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points with eight rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes during a 95-91 loss in Chicago on Thursday.

    Advice: On top of Kawhian Island being a scary place for his opponent, his consistency as a scorer is top notch. Leonard has scored at least 19 points in each of his 14 games. In that span, he has a 29.2 usage rate and 58.5 true shooting percentage. On the year, Leonard also has a 50.0 effective field goal percentage on his jumper and is unassisted 54.3 percent of the time on all of his makes. He's also in the top five for free throw percentage at 91.1 percent on his 6.8 attempts per game. He's an exceptional fantasy asset. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Jimmy Butler has off night
    Jimmy Butler hit 4-of-14 shots for 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block on Thursday night against the Spurs.

    Advice: Butler went into the half shooting 0-of-5 from the field and finished the night with a season-low 13 points, which is likely due to the difficult matchup against Kawhi Leonard. There is no need to be concerned as Butler looks to bounce back in Chicago’s next game against the Heat who are amongst the top seven in fantasy points allowed to opposing small forwards. Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • 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
  • Manu Ginobili has rough night
    Manu Ginobili missed all nine shots from the field and didn't go to the line on Thursday, adding two rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 18 minutes.

    Advice: The rest hasn't really helped him much. He's rested in two of the last five, making just 27.3 percent from the field in his other three. Ginobili isn't a fantasy option. Yesterday, 9:51 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
  • Tony Allen scores 15 points
    Tony Allen scored 15 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers in 29 minutes during an 88-86 win over the Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: How good are the Grizzlies right now? They're on a five-game winning streak, and they've won 12 straight games decided by five or fewer points or went into OT -- that's tied with the 1994-95 Suns as the longest such streak since the merger. As for Allen, he has been rolling with minutes, but coach David Fizdale may dial it back once Vince Carter (hip) comes back. He has some value in standard leagues for now. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • JaMychal Green grabs career-high 18 boards
    JaMychal Green grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds against the Blazers on Thursday, scoring six points with two assists and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He is cleaning up on the glass these days and it certainly helped against the Blazers. Plus, Green was credited with two extra boards back on Dec. 5, so that puts him at 14.5 boards per game over his last four. On the downside, he is not shooting the ball well over his last three, making just 6-of-24 (25 percent) in the span. Still, Green shouldn't be affected with the return of Zach Randolph, so keep him rolling in all leagues. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Jingle Bells: Utah's Joe Ingles scores 21
    Joe Ingles came off the bench for the banged up Jazz on Thursday and hit 7-of-13 shots, 5-of-9 3-pointers and 2-of-3 free throws for a season-high 21 points, five rebounds, three assists, four steals and a block.

    Advice: Rodney Hood (hamstring) and Gordon Hayward (finger) joined George Hill (toe) in street clothes, and Ingles took advantage, just missing his career high by one point in a season-high 35 minutes. If those three are out again on Saturday, Ingles, and not Joe Johnson, looks like the way to go in fantasy. Just keep in mind that he hadn't scored more than eight points in each of his previous three games, so the key to Ingles' success is the absence of Hayward. Make sure Hayward is out before deploying Ingles. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Richaun Holmes heads back to bench
    Richaun Holmes hit 4-of-6 shots for eight points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday night.

    Advice: With Joel Embiid (rest) back to action, Holmes returned to his bench role and did not see much action. Jahlil Okafor (illness) and Nerlens Noel (knee) are set to return soon, so Holmes will find himself buried in this crowded front court. He has all the talent in the world, but the opportunity is just not there. It will take an injury or trade to get him a bigger role in this offense. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Nik Stauskas has solid outing
    Nik Stauskas hit 5-of-7 shooting for 14 points, five assists, and two rebounds in 21 minutes on Thursday night.

    Advice: Stauskas headed back to the bench with Robert Covington (knee) back, but still managed to score double-digit points for 13th time in the last 17 games. With that said, he lacks peripheral stats and remains a low-upside player that does not need to be owned in most leagues. Yesterday, 8:57 pm
  • Dario Saric looks good in RoCo's return
    Dario Saric scored 13 points with five rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: His confidence is clearly back. Coach Brett Brown said he's going to continue to play Saric at the three, and did so tonight with nine minutes next to Ersan Ilyasova. Saric's averages over his last four look very good with 17.0 points, 8.0 boards, 0.8 steals and 2.8 treys in 25.6 minutes per outing. He's a hold now that he may be past the rookie wall. Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Mason Plumlee misses 8-of-9 shots
    Mason Plumlee hit just 1-of-9 shots for four points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in Thursday's tough loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He tied the game with a late free throw, but missed the second, which would have given his team the lead with less than 10 seconds remaining. He hit just 2-of-6 free throws on the night and couldn't get his shots to fall after coming in hot. Despite tonight's disaster, he's still averaging 10.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.6 blocks on 44 percent shooting. He also leads all centers in assists this season. Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • Wilson Chandler goes ice cold in DC
    Wilson Chandler made 2-of-16 from the field for a season-low five points against the Wizards on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This dud snaps his 13-game streak of double-digit scoring games. Even though Chandler may not start with Kenneth Faried in the doghouse, he should see heavy run in the second unit. Plus, coach Mike Malone loves keeping him out there with Nikola Jokic. As long as Chandler is healthy, he should post very nice value in most leagues. Yesterday, 7:17 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nik Stauskas back to the bench
    Nik Stauskas will move back to the bench on Thursday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: He had his chance in the starting lineup, but it didn't work out. In those three starts, Sauce Castillo made just 25.0 percent from the field for 8.7 points per game. He was actually leading the NBA in true shooting percentage not too long ago, but he's fallen off quite a bit. He's not worth owning in most leagues. Yesterday, 3:47 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
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. not on the injury report
    Tim Hardaway Jr. (knee) is not on the injury report for Friday.

    Advice: He banged knees with Goran Dragic and it sounds like he's ready to go. Hardaway Jr. should be looking at some extra minutes on Friday with Kent Bazemore (knee) out again, but he's not going to do too much besides scoring. He's worth a look in DFS. Yesterday, 2:22 pm
  • Paul Millsap is probable for Friday
    Paul Millsap (left hip soreness) is probable for Friday against the Bucks.

    Advice: Millsap has said he has to fight through the pain of his current injury, but he's fully expected to play. He looked good on Wednesday with 21 points and a full line on Wednesday. Yesterday, 2:07 pm
  • Nick Young back at practice on Thursday
    Nick Young (calf) practiced on Thursday and remains out for Friday against the Suns.

    Advice: There was a report on Wednesday saying Young is targeting a return on Monday night, so going through practice today makes it seem possible. Young's initial timetable was expected to keep him out to the second half of December for his calf strain. He was putting up top-100 value before his injury, so he may be worth a pickup now. Although, his start does seem slightly unsustainable. Yesterday, 12:59 pm
  • Nerlens Noel could debut on Saturday?
    76ers coach Brett Brown said Nerlens Noel could debut as early as Saturday vs. Detroit.

    Advice: He is traveling with the team again as coach Brown wants him to integrate with the players and staff. His fantasy outlook is cloudy at best in Philly because he's not going to take away minutes from Joel Embiid, meaning he will have to fight for scraps with Jahlil Okafor off the bench. If you're stashing him, you simply have to hope he's traded to a better situation. Yesterday, 10:52 am
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) says he will play
    Doug McDermott (concussion) said he will play on Thursday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He's been practicing in the D-League to get his conditioning back up, but the Bulls will "watch him closely" even though he doesn't have a minutes limit. McDermott averaged 10.6 points, 1.3 assists and 0.9 triples per contest prior to the concussion, so he's not an add in standard leagues. His return could take a handful of minutes away from Denzel Valentine, Isaiah Canaan and maybe even Nikola Mirotic. Yesterday, 10:12 am
  • Kevin Durant goes 5-of-17, still fills it up
    Kevin Durant shot just 5-of-17 from the field on Wednesday, but he still finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers.

    Advice: It was KD's worst shooting night with the Warriors, dropping his pristine True Shooting percentage (66.7) to second place behind Rudy Gobert (67.8). Keep in mind, Steve Kerr said the before the game that he'll "probably" rest some players during their busy five-game week. They play again on Thursday, followed by a back-to-back set on Saturday/Sunday, and it's likely that Kerr will stagger DNPs among his core rotation guys. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 10:48 pm
  • Darren Collison scores 19 points vs. Mavs
    Darren Collison scored 19 points with three rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: After a slow start, Collison has been stringing games together. In his last five, he's averaged 13.8 points, 2.2 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 treys on 47.7 percent from the field. He's still getting some minutes next to Ty Lawson, so Collison should see plenty of run even when Lawson has a hot hand. Collison is a strong hold in all leagues with an upward trend. Wednesday, 9:12 pm
  • Arron Afflalo gets a DNP-CD
    Arron Afflalo moved to the bench and was a DNP-CD on Wednesday.

    Advice: OK then. Afflalo is only signed on a two-year deal, so the Kings may not view him as a piece going forward. He may get back in the rotation at some point, but his upside is very low. Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo triple-doubles in win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo triple-doubled again during a 115-107 win over the Blazers on Wednesday, scoring 15 points with 12 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and four blocks.

    Advice: That's triple-double No. 2 on the season. While the points, assists and boards are cool for Russell Westbrook, Antetokounmpo has been absurd on the defensive stats with 2.2 blocks and 2.3 steals per game. Only David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Gerald Wallace have averaged 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals in a season. Giannis' high dimes tonight also get him over the 6.0 per game threshold. He's currently the No. 3 player in standard leagues and isn't going anywhere for a long, long time. Wednesday, 9:00 pm
  • Wilson Chandler notches 27 & 15 w/ six threes
    Wilson Chandler had another big game on Wednesday with 27 points, 15 rebounds and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes, sinking 10-of-24 field goals with one steal and two turnovers.

    Advice: It was too little, too late for the Nuggets tonight, but at least they showed some fight after getting outscored 68-52 in the first half. Chandler has been awesome this season and his versatility makes him almost immune to shifting rotations in Denver, which seem inevitable in light of coach Mike Malone's comment that he'll "look at starting groups and combinations." Wednesday, 8:25 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
  • Mason Plumlee scores 10 in full line
    Mason Plumlee filled the stat sheet against the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 10 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He's filling the stat sheet like only a few can. In fact, Plumlee is the fastest Blazer to tally 150 rebounds and 100 assists (23 games) since Scottie Pippen in 1999-2000 (22 games). Plumlee leads all NBA centers in assists per game and has seen his rebounding and scoring show a slight uptick lately. If you take the free throw woes out of the equation, Plumlee has been a must-start option in even super shallow leagues. Wednesday, 8:14 pm
  • Paul Millsap gets 21 pts, 9 reb, 4 stl, 3 blk
    Paul Millsap (hip) scored 21 points on 8-of-12 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs during Wednesday's 103-95 win vs. the Heat, adding nine boards, two assists, four steals and three blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Millsap admitted before the game that his hip still hurts, saying that he's "just playing through and seeing what happens. Hopefully, getting better." That's not entirely encouraging for fantasy owners, but tonight's vintage-Sapper production was a terrific indication that he's feeling better. There's no reason to think he's in imminent danger of missing games. Wednesday, 7:57 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (knee) questionable Friday
    Tim Hardaway Jr. filled in as a starter on Wednesday but he exited in the second half after he "banged" his knee, according to coach Mike Budenholzer.

    Advice: Hardaway didn't return after limping into the locker room in the second half, finishing with seven points and two assists in 22 minutes. Kent Bazemore (knee) will miss at least one more game, giving Hardaway a temporary window for increased production, but that won't matter unless he's healthy. We should have an update after Thursday's shootaround. Wednesday, 7:55 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
  • Arron Afflalo back to bench Wednesday
    Arron Afflalo will head back to the Kings bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ben McLemore will take his spot with the starters, and this demotion is nothing new for Afflalo. He has no fantasy appeal outside of very deep leagues. Wednesday, 5:33 pm
  • Doug McDermott recalled on Wednesday
    The Bulls have recalled Doug McDermott, R.J. Hunter and Paul Zipser from the D-League.

    Advice: McDermott has been practicing with the D-League team to help him get up to speed. Assuming everything went well, he could play against the Spurs on Thursday. McBuckets is still only worth a look in deep leagues. Wednesday, 1:25 pm
  • Nick Young (calf) targeting Monday night
    Nick Young (calf) is targeting a return on Monday night, according to Mark Medina of the Orange County Register.

    Advice: It's worth mentioning this report adds the Lakers downplayed that target date. Young surprisingly traveled with the team to Houston for tonight, and has been going through some pool exercise and light shooting. It's possible Young is back for Monday, but it seems slightly doubtful. There will be more minutes for Marcelo Huertas, Brandon Ingram and Luol Deng. Wednesday, 11:37 am
  • MIA may wait for Rudy Gay to hit free agency
    The Heat may wait to pursue Rudy Gay as an unrestricted free agent this summer rather than unloading assets to nab him this season.

    Advice: Miami is currently in the bottom three of the Eastern Conference with a record of 7-14, so they may pursue a tanking avenue this season rather than try and bring in talent to start winning games. Gay has been linked to the Heat franchise for some time now, and he reportedly "loves Miami," but pursuing him as a free agent next offseason might make more sense than trading for him now. That doesn't mean that Gay doesn't get traded this season, though. Wednesday, 10:46 am
  • Nick Young (calf) limited to light shooting
    Nick Young (calf) is still being limited to light shooting.

    Advice: Young is unable to make hard cuts or get around screens, which is to be expected given that he just hit the beginning of Week-2 of his initial 2-4 week timetable. He's out for Wednesday's game against the Rockets, and it seems unlikely that he'll be able to play Friday vs. Phoenix, meaning Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams and Brandon Ingram will continue to soak up the backcourt minutes in Los Angeles. He does hope to return to a full practice on Saturday, so we'll be watching for that. Wednesday, 10:14 am
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. will start next two games
    Tim Hardaway Jr. will move into the starting unit for Atlanta's next two games with Kent Bazemore (knee) on the shelf.

    Advice: Hardaway Jr. tends to be inconsistent, although he has managed to produce late-round value over his past four outings with averages of 14.8 points, 2.3 dimes, 1.0 steal and 1.5 triples per contest on 48.0 percent shooting. The move into the starting five will only help him, but with relatively low upside, he's basically only worth a speculative add in deep leagues. Wednesday, 8:28 am
  • Paul Millsap (hip) will play through the pain
    Paul Millsap (hip) said he will fight through the pain, and he fully intends to play Wednesday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: "It’s sore," Millsap said after practice Tuesday. "It’s something that probably will have to be dealt with. By that I mean just playing through and see what happens. Hopefully, getting better." Millsap is being listed as probable for tonight's game, and after returning from his three-game stint on the sidelines Monday night and going through Tuesday's practice, there's no reason to believe he'll miss Wednesday's game. Get him active. Wednesday, 6:32 am
  • Joe Ingles starts 2nd half, scores seven
    Joe Ingles started the second half of Tuesday's game vs. the Suns and scored seven points with three rebounds, one assist and one triple in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Rodney Hood tweaked his right hamstring, so Ingles got the call in the second half over Joe Johnson. We still like Johnson as the better add if we learn that Hood will miss time, so it's safe to leave Ingles on the wire in most leagues. Tuesday, 8:59 pm
  • 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
  • Kawhi Leonard goes off against Wolves
    Kawhi Leonard hit 11-of-15 shots for 31 points, one rebound, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: It's not a season high in points for Kawhi, but it's close. He scored 34 points way back on Nov. 9, and hadn't scored more than 23 points in his previous six games. Leonard didn't exactly crush the stat sheet like he's capable of doing, but he did fill it. He hasn't had a night off yet this season, so it's time to start watching for news that Gregg Popovich will sit him for a game. But if you drafted Leonard and have been disappointed with his output, tonight was a nice step in the right direction. Tuesday, 8:51 pm
  • JaMychal Green double-doubles in win
    JaMychal Green double-doubled against the 76ers on Tuesday, scoring 13 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes.

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

    Advice: Aldridge played pretty well in his previous two games, scoring 18 and 19 points, but had just five points on 2-of-9 shooting last Wednesday. LMA has been hit or miss under Gregg Popovich this season and is fairly unreliable. He's still a solid player to hold and use in season-long leagues, but we simply don't trust him in DFS. And tonight's a good reason as to why. Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Nik Stauskas plays 38 minutes in loss
    Nik Stauskas played 38 minutes on Tuesday vs. Memphis, scoring 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting.

    Advice: He was just 1-of-8 from beyond the arc and added four rebounds, one assist and one block. He also only hit 5-of-10 from the line which was a surprise because he was a career 78.8 percent shooter prior to Tuesday. He's played 33 or more minutes in three straight games, but his upside is pretty low and he's more of a deep-league play. Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Saric stays hot with 17 points, three treys
    Dario Saric had another solid game on Tuesday vs. Memphis, scoring 17 points with seven rebounds, one steal and three triples in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He would've played a bit more, but Ersan Ilyasova was unconscious with 23 points and 17 rebounds. Saric shot 6-of-12 from the field and has now played three good games in a row since his two-point dud against the Magic on Dec. 2. In those three games, he's averaging 18.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 3.0 treys. He looks like a really solid pickup with Robert Covington out with a knee injury, but there will be some bumps in the road for the rookie. Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Richaun Holmes blocks three shots in start
    Richaun Holmes started at center on Tuesday vs. Memphis and played well, scoring 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: So much upside. Unfortunately, Holmes is buried on the bench this season and only picked up a lot of run because Joel Embiid was resting and Jahlil Okafor was out with an illness. Nerlens Noel (knee) is also on the way back, so it's going to be tough for Holmes to emerge unless a trade or two opens up some minutes in Philly. Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 32 in loss to DET
    Jimmy Butler hit 11-of-21 shots for 32 points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal in Tuesday's loss to the Pistons.

    Advice: He hit 10-of-10 free throws, but didn't hit a 3-pointer tonight. This line isn't really news, as Butler is averaging 26 points, 6.7 rebounds, four assists and a lot more on the season. Tuesday, 7:42 pm
  • Manu Ginobili likely to be rested Tuesday
    Manu Ginobili is expected to be rested against the Wolves on Tuesday.

    Advice: He will be uniform, but the Spurs will only use him in emergency situations. If he doesn't end up playing, this would be his third maintenance day over the last six games. Tuesday, 4:39 pm
  • Richaun Holmes starting Tuesday vs. Memphis
    Richaun Holmes will draw the start for Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies with both Joel Embiid (rest) and Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) on the sidelines.

    Advice: It's not the best matchup for Holmes, but if he can just keep himself out of foul trouble he could be a nice DFS play tonight with zero depth behind him. Sergio Rodriguez, Nik Stauskas, Gerald Henderson and Ersan Ilyasova will join Holmes in the starting five for tonight's game. Tuesday, 3:39 pm
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) could play Thurs?
    Doug McDermott (concussion) got in two full practices with Chicago's D-League affiliate, and he could return to action Thursday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: McDermott is only averaging 10.6 points, 1.3 assists and 0.9 triples per contest this season, so he's not worth owning in most leagues. Once he's fully up to speed, he'll likely take away some minutes from Denzel Valentine and Isaiah Canaan, but that really doesn't mean all that much. Tuesday, 3:23 pm
  • Paul Millsap (hip) probable for Wednesday
    Paul Millsap (hip) is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Millsap returned from a three-game absence on Monday and put up 24 points, five boards, four assists, three steals and a triple in 39 minutes, so there's no reason to believe he'll miss Wednesday's game. Tuesday, 2:00 pm
  • Nick Young shooting post-practice jumpers
    Nick Young (right calf) was spotted getting up some shots following Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Young is nearing the conclusion of Week-1 of his initial 2-4 week timetable, so while this is a minor step in the right direction, he's still not close to making a return. He's not really worth hanging onto if you don't have an IR-spot, and it'll be Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Ingram picking up some extra minutes in his absence. Tuesday, 12:05 pm
  • Richaun Holmes expected to start Tuesday
    With both Joel Embiid (rest) and Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) out on Tuesday, Richaun Holmes is expected to start on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Sixers will also be without starters Robert Covington (knee) and Jerryd Bayless (wrist), and will have only nine healthy bodies. Holmes makes for a strong DFS play on Tuesday, as he'll have an opportunity to play a season-high in minutes as long as he stays out of foul trouble. Holmes' pr-36 minute averages this season are impressive: 16.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.5 steals. Tuesday, 10:02 am
  • Tony Allen posts big double-double in 2OT win
    Tony Allen hit 9-of-14 shots for 19 points, 14 rebounds, three steals and a block in 42 minutes of Monday's intense 110-108 double-overtime win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: This was easily the best game of the season for Allen and the two overtimes helped. He had a season high in points, rebounds, minutes, shots and makes, while his previous season highs were just 12 points and nine rebounds. He's averaging 11.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals over his last five, but that number is clearly inflated by tonight's game. Give him a look, but he still doesn't look close to being a must-own player in most instances. Monday, 9:43 pm
  • JaMychal Green grabs 15 boards in win
    JaMychal Green hit just 2-of-5 shots and 1-of-3 free throws for five points on Monday, but also had 15 rebounds and a steal in 43 minutes of Monday's double-overtime win against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Green has been a pleasant surprise this season, but has been up and down like a yo-yo over his last five games, at least in the scoring category, going for 5, 16, 8, 16 and 2 points. Over that stretch, he's averaging 9.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.6 steal and 0.8 blocks on 44 percent shooting. He might take a small hit once Zach Randolph is back from bereavement leave, but Green is someone you want to own either way. Monday, 9:26 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 26 points in loss to POR
    Jimmy Butler scored 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting in Monday's loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Jimmy Buckets hit all eight of his free throws and added seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks, two triples and two turnovers in 37 minutes. He took on more responsibility with Rajon Rondo suspended, but both Rondo and Dwayne Wade will be in the lineup for Tuesday's game vs. Detroit on the second night of a back-to-back set. Butler has scored 20+ points in 14 straight games and is comfortably returning first-round value in standard leagues. Monday, 8:31 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
  • Millsap plays well, but Hawks lose again
    Paul Millsap returned from his hip injury on Monday and played well, racking up 24 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and a 3-pointer on 8-of-14 shooting.

    Advice: Finally. Millsap wasn't playing well before his injury and owners in weekly leagues had a tough decision to make with him. He came through tonight and looked like vintage Millsap, so hopefully he's over his injury and his knee is also feeling better. As for the Hawks, they are reeling, losers of seven straight games and 10 of their last 11. Monday, 7:53 pm
  • Richaun Holmes nearly double-doubles
    Richaun Holmes had 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks on 5-of-8 shooting in just 18 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: With centers Joel Embiid (rest) and Jahlil Okafor (stomach) both out on Tuesday, Holmes looks like a really sneaky play tomorrow night. Monday, 7:02 pm
  • Dario Saric scores 14 in loss to Nuggets
    Dario Saric came off the bench and played 25 minutes, hitting 6-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for 17 points, eight boards and a steal on Monday.

    Advice: After going through a slump, Dario is rolling right now, scoring 21 on Saturday and playing very well tonight. He's seeing minutes at small forward and now looks like a great time to pick him up if he was dumped in your league. Monday, 7:00 pm
  • Nik Stauskas hits 1-of-7 shots in loss
    Nik Stauskas hit just 1-of-7 shots (a 3-pointer) for four points, three rebounds, five assists, a block and three turnovers in 35 minutes of Monday's start for the Sixers.

    Advice: Stauskas has hit just 4-of-24 shots over his last three games. The minutes and opportunity are there, but he's in a shooting slump, making him a borderline fantasy play right now. He could get hot at any time though, and is too good a shooter to not break out of his funk sooner than later. Monday, 6:53 pm
  • Paul Millsap (hip) to start, Muscala to bench
    Paul Millsap (hip) will start vs. the Thunder on Monday, moving Mike Muscala to the bench.

    Advice: He made it through warmups just fine and is returning after a three-game absence. We haven't heard about any restrictions for Millsap, so season-long owners should make sure he's active. Monday, 3:41 pm
  • Report: Nerlens Noel at least one week away
    Nerlens Noel is reportedly at least one week away from making his regular-season debut.

    Advice: Noel won't be traveling with the team to Memphis or New Orleans, and it sounds like he'll likely remain in Philly for Sunday's game in Detroit as well. Head coach Brett Brown wants Noel to take contact and get in some 1-on-1 work before he'll even consider bringing him into the rotation, but he's close enough to a return that he should be stashed in most leagues. Playing in Philly’s crowded frontcourt is far from ideal, but there’s also a decent chance he gets traded into a better situation. Monday, 2:54 pm
  • Brown says Dario Saric will play some SF Mon
    Brett Brown confirmed that Dario Saric will again spend some time at the small forward position during Monday's game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Saric had his best game of the year on Saturday with 21 points and 12 boards, and a lot of that success came with him operating at the three-spot. It'll be interesting to see if he can keep his momentum going into tonight's game, but consistency is often an issue that rookies struggle with. That being said, Robert Covington (knee) is going to miss at least the next three games, which will result in some increased opportunity for Saric, so he's worth a speculative add in deep leagues. Monday, 2:47 pm
  • Nik Stauskas will start again Monday vs. DEN
    Nik Stauskas will remain in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Nuggets with Robert Covington (knee, illness) unavailable.

    Advice: Covington is going to spend the next three games on the sidelines, so Sauce Castillo could be looking at a 30-plus minute starting role this week. That being said, Stauskas basically only hits triples (inefficiently) and he turns the ball over quite a bit (2.0 per game over the past two weeks) for a guy with a 17.3 usage rate. At the moment, he's just a 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Monday, 2:29 pm
  • McDermott (concussion) assigned to NBADL
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has been assigned to the NBA D-League.

    Advice: It's simply the next step in his rehab after he was recently cleared for contact. It sounds like McBuckets could return within the week, but he's only a stash in deeper leagues if you're desperate for 3-pointers. Monday, 9:46 am
  • Nerlens Noel not traveling with the 76ers
    Nerlens Noel (knee) is not traveling with the 76ers to Memphis or New Orleans.

    Advice: He doesn't have a target date to return, but this at least rules him out until Dec. 11 against the Pistons. If you're stashing Noel, you basically have to hope he's traded out of Philly because the frontcourt is simply too crowded right now. Monday, 9:27 am
  • Paul Millsap (hip) a game-time call Monday
    Paul Millsap (hip) is a game-time call on Monday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Millsap has missed the last three games for the Hawks, but he's truly day-to-day and the Hawks didn't even feel the need to give him an MRI which is a very good sign. If Millsap is ultimately ruled out Monday, Mike Muscala could possibly make his second straight start at PF, but he won't be a great option outside of deeper leagues. Monday, 8:45 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 20 points on seven FGAs
    Kevin Durant made scoring 20 points look easy against the Suns during a 138-109 win on Saturday, adding four rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and one 3-pointer.

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

    Advice: It's a season high in boards and just his second double-double on the year. As a member of the Nasty Nine, Green has been quietly consistent over his last nine, averaging 12.1 points, 7.8 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.9 blocks and 0.6 treys on 59.1 percent from the field and 81.3 percent from the line. He has top-45 value in standard leagues in that span, so his patient owners have to be feeling great right now. Make sure he's somehow not on your wire. Saturday, 9:53 pm
  • Nik Stauskas gets 33 minutes in start
    Nik Stauskas got the start for Robert Covington (knee) on Saturday, scoring 10 points with two rebounds, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He matched up against Avery Bradley tonight and held his own for the most part. Coach Brett Brown likes Stauskas more than last year because he's doing more than just shooting, so he may have a chance at 30 minutes while RoCo is out -- there is no word on the severity of Covington just yet. Sauce Castillo's ceiling isn't the best, so he's more of a player to add for owners with something to cut. That may change if Covington is out for an extended period of time. Saturday, 8:18 pm
  • Tim Hardaway scores 15 off Hawks bench
    Tim Hardaway Jr. hit 6-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in Tuesday's embarrassing 128-84 loss at Toronto on Saturday.

    Advice: Hardaway has quietly scored in double figures in four straight games and with Kyle Korver struggling as badly as any time in his career, Hardaway is a candidate to replace the struggling shooting guard in the starting lineup. The reeling Hawks have lost nine of their last 10 games and have been blown out by a combined 80 points in their last two games. Something's got to give for coach Bud in the ATL, and bringing Korver off the bench and starting THJ might be the easiest move for him to make. If THJ becomes the starter at some point, he might be worth stashing. But if you've been holding Korver in a deep league and need to make a move for a warm body, picking up THJ might be worth a flier until we see what happens here. Saturday, 8:15 pm
  • Dario Saric busts out with 21 and 12 in loss
    Dario Saric matched his career highs with 21 points and 12 boards against the Celtics on Saturday, adding two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He did get plenty of minutes at small forward tonight despite coach Brett Brown saying it wasn't the best matchup to do so against the Celtics. Saric was as cold as ever coming into this game, but maybe the new role is just what he needs -- there is still no prognosis on Robert Covington (knee). We'd obviously like to see him do it again after a two-week slump, but he's worth a look if your league is quick with the pickups and you have something to cut. Saturday, 7:58 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 16 with 5x4
    Giannis Antetokounmpo was up to his old tricks during a 112-103 victory over the Nets on Saturday, scoring 16 points with 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals, five blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: That is his second 5x4 in his last three and third in his last six. Antetokounmpo matched his career high in blocks and his 2.2 per game on the year makes him just one of five players above the 2.0 plateau (Davis, Gobert, Whiteside and Turner). He's an incredible shot blocker with his wingspan and is a rim protector quite often, so blocking two per game could definitely happen this year. He's one of the most fun players to own in a long time with first-round value to go with it. Saturday, 5:29 pm
  • Doug McDermott getting better
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said Doug McDermott (concussion) has been cleared for contact.

    Advice: He will practice with the D-League Windy City Bulls on Monday and Tuesday, if no setback. McDermott will likely be out for a couple more games due to suffering two concussions last month. Saturday, 4:11 pm
  • Nick Young out of the walking boot
    Nick Young (calf) is out of his walking boot.

    Advice: There's no word of his progressions on his strained calf, so he is still expected to miss the next 1.5-3.5 weeks. With Young out, it's been Brandon Ingram moving over the the two while the other guards have seen a few more minutes. Saturday, 3:39 pm
  • Dario Saric could play some small forward
    Dario Saric could play some small forward for the 76ers while Robert Covington (knee) is out.

    Advice: Hey, a positive for The Homie. Saric has really hit the rookie wall, so maybe a shift to a slightly different role can help him. He's not worth owning in standard leagues right now, but we'll let you know if anything changes after the game. Saturday, 3:01 pm
  • Nik Stauskas gets the start for Covington
    Nik Stauskas will start for Robert Covington (knee) against the Celtics on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown said he wants another ball-handler out there, which may have to do with Joel Embiid being out of the lineup tonight. Sauce Castillo has cooled off considerably, making just 38.1 percent from the field. Although, the uptick in assists with 3.6 per game in his last five may be the reason he starts. He's a speculative add in competitive leagues while Hollis Thompson should benefit as well. Saturday, 2:50 pm
  • Wilson Chandler scores 24 points in loss
    Wilson Chandler scored 24 points in a 128-110 loss the Rockets on Friday with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone was not happy with how his team defended the three, but it likely wasn't on Chandler. Malone has called Chandler a blessing and it may not be a surprise to see him get the starting lineup, as well. With Chandler as arguably their best healthy player right now and how awful the Nuggets are playing, Malone may up Chandler's minutes on Saturday. He should be owned in all leagues. Friday, 11:22 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
  • Manu Ginobili scores 13 w/ 7 assists
    Manu Ginobili scored 13 points with seven assists, one rebound, one triple and three steals in 24 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: He's picked up two maintenance days over the last five games and the Spurs are going to monitor his workload all year. He's still got some gas left in the tank, but he can't be trusted outside of very deep leagues. Friday, 10:35 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
  • Jimmy Butler goes off again, of course
    Jimmy Butler scored 26 points with eight rebounds, six assists, two blocks, three steals and one turnover in 42 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: It's going to be the Jimmy Butler Show on Saturday with Dwyane Wade (rest) out. The last time Wade sat out, Butler went off for a season-high 40 points. Butler has also been on fire since that explosion, averaging 29.8 points, 6.0 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 treys in those five. Jimmy is coasting with first-round value in standard leagues and is an elite DFS play. Friday, 10:25 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 11 points off bench
    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 11 points with two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes off the bench on Friday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: He missed all six of his triples, but he started the second half and he's certainly a candidate to start over the struggling Kyle Korver on Saturday vs. the Raptors -- coach Mike Budenholzer said after the game that he will "look at everything." THJ is just a speculative pickup in deeper formats for now and it's worth noting that he was coming off a 21-point effort against the Suns. Friday, 10:02 pm
  • Dario Saric plays 16 minutes in loss
    Dario Saric played 16 minutes against the Magic on Friday with two points, and two turnovers.

    Advice: He's really struggling and may have hit the rookie wall. In his last five, Saric averaged just 5.4 points, 4.0 boards, 2.4 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.8 treys on 25.6 percent from the field. The 76ers have played him at small forward at times, so maybe he gets a bump if Robert Covington (knee) needs to miss games. Saric is more of a drop than an add right now. Friday, 6:32 pm
  • Nik Stauskas doesn't score vs. Magic
    Nik Stauskas missed all six shots from the field and didn't go to the line against the Magic on Friday, adding one rebound and five assists in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Hey, at least the five assists were a season high. Sauce Castillo has cooled off considerably in his last five, making just 38.1 percent from the field for 9.0 points per game with 3.6 dimes. There could be more minutes headed his way with Robert Covington (knee) getting hurt tonight. Stauskas' upside still isn't all that great, so he's only a speculative add in deep leagues for now. Friday, 6:26 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
  • Paul Millsap (hip) out Friday and Saturday
    Paul Millsap (hip) will not play against the Pistons on Friday and is also out for Saturday against the Raptors.

    Advice: These DNPs will be his second and third games out of the lineup. Despite going scoreless on Wednesday, Mike Muscala should get another start while Mike Scott could also see a few extra minutes than his four on Wednesday. Millsap's injury doesn't sound serious and it may be more about pain tolerance, so he could make it back for Monday against the Thunder. Friday, 3:32 pm
  • Nerlens Noel called back up to 76ers
    Nerlens Noel (knee) has been recalled from the Delaware 87ers following Friday's practice.

    Advice: He went through practice with the D-League team to help him progress in his rehab. Noel has said he's in a good place mentally and that he's looking forward to playing with the 76ers even though the roster hasn't changed yet. He's likely going to have a minutes limit, so anyone wanting to stash him will have to wait a while before he's turning in value. He still doesn't have a target date. Friday, 1:08 pm
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) out Fri. and Sat.
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has been ruled out for Friday night vs. the Cavs and Saturday night in Dallas.

    Advice: The Bulls are hopeful McDermott will be cleared for contact on Friday. However, coach Fred Hoiberg wants to see him get a couple workouts in before being cleared for a game. Isaiah Canaan and Nikola Mirotic have been the biggest beneficiaries of McDermott's absence and should continue to see increased workloads this weekend. Friday, 9:21 am
  • Sixers assign Nerlens Noel to the D-League
    The Sixers have assigned Nerlens Noel to the D-League.

    Advice: He is scheduled to participate in practice on Friday as part of his ongoing rehab for his left knee. Noel seems to be inching towards a return to the Sixers lineup. However, with a glut of big men, it is still unknown how frequently he will play once he is finally healthy enough to suit up for actual NBA games. If the Sixers are going to trade him in February, it would make sense for them to showcase him for other teams. Noel remains stash-worthy in standard leagues. Friday, 8:23 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 39 points in two-OT loss
    Kevin Durant matched his season-high 39 points on 12-of-28 from the field during a 132-127 double-overtime loss at home to the Rockets on Thursday, adding 13 rebounds, two assists, three steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Warriors were not in a good rhythm on offense and Draymond Green said KD was stuck with some tough shots. Durant went 1-of-7 in OT and said he wasn't tired and just missed his shots, so at least that's a positive with Durant playing 49 minutes. KD has also lost his lead for true shooting percentage with Patty Mills leapfrogging him, but he's still the No. 1 player in standard leagues. Friday, 12:22 am
  • Tony Allen scores nine in 27 minutes
    Tony Allen scored nine points with six rebounds, three steals and one turnover in 27 minutes during Thursday's win over the Magic.

    Advice: While the Grandfather wasn't yelling "First Team All Defense" tonight, he was just terrific on that end late in the game. He had his three steals all come in the final 6:12 to help get the Grizzlies going. Allen has stepped up with more playing time because of the all the injuries. He even said the Grizzlies were "a makeshift team" in his post-game interview. He will likely be managed later in the season, but he could be a steals specialist for some owners. Thursday, 10:16 pm
  • Joe Ingles brings spark off bench
    Joe Ingles scored 15 points in Thursday night’s loss to the Heat, adding four rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: Ingles played 22 minutes off the bench, but ignited the offense with three 3-pointers and played the entire fourth quarter. It was the most minutes that he has played since Nov. 14 and only the third time this season he has played 22 or more minutes. Once the Jazz gets healthier, Ingles will see his role diminish. Thursday, 9:38 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 23 in full line
    Giannis Antetokounmpo went berserk during a 111-93 win over the Nets on Thursday, scoring 23 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in just 30 minutes.

    Advice: The steals numbers are off the charts and it's moved Giannis to No. 3 in steals per game while he's also fifth in blocks per outing. Antetokounmpo made a season-high two treys in this game and hit his first corner trey, which make have lead to some post-game talk on his shooting. After the game, Giannis said he's been invited to work out with Dirk Nowitzki next summer and Giannis also talked about his shot. "My main focus is to shoot without hesitating," Antetokounmpo said. "That's my main focus right now. I don't care if it goes in or it goes out. I just shoot. I have nothing to lose. Just let it fly." If he develops a strong shot, no team is safe. Thursday, 9:09 pm
  • Joe Ingles coming off the bench
    Updating a previous item, Joe Ingles will come off the bench on Thursday against the Heat.

    Advice: He should still get solid minutes, especially with how frequently the Heat go small. Ingles isn't quite as appealing as Joe Johnson, but he's in the mix for owners in deep leagues. Thursday, 5:37 pm
  • Joe Ingles likely to start for Rodney Hood
    Joe Ingles is likely to start for Rodney Hood (hamstring) against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: It makes sense to keep the second unit together and bring Joe Johnson off the bench. Ingles actually exploded in his only start this year, scoring 20.0 points in 33 minutes. With the Jazz very thin on the outside, both Joe and Jingles should be getting big minutes. Thursday, 4:11 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
  • Paul Millsap (hip) is questionable for Friday
    Paul Millsap is listed as questionable to play against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: The Hawks are on a back-to-back set with another game in Toronto on Saturday. Millsap was playing through his hip injury for about a week before he missed Wednesday against the Suns. He'll likely be a game-time call for the 8:00 start. If he can't go, Mike Muscala should play close to 30 minutes with a few more minutes going to Mike Scott (knee), assuming Scott is a go. Thursday, 2:02 pm
  • Doug McDermott out for Friday night
    Doug McDermott (concussion) will not play against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: There's not much of an update here. McDermott has still not been cleared for contact and doesn't have a target date. Isaiah Canaan has been the most consistent bench perimeter guy while Nikola Mirotic has seen some bright spots. Hopefully, McDermott can make it back next week. Thursday, 11:46 am
  • Nerlens Noel in for most of Thursday practice
    Nerlens Noel (knee) participated in most of practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Yes, we're talking about practice. With a targeted late-November return now in the rearview mirror, Noel seems to be progressing towards a return. He's scheduled to meet with the media on Thursday, so we may know more about his return shortly. While he'll be brought along slowly, the 22-year-old is worth a stash in most leagues. Thursday, 10:50 am
  • Wilson Chandler fares well in reserve role
    Wilson Chandler came off the bench on Wednesday for 17 points, seven rebounds and one steal in 29 minutes of action.

    Advice: Chandler went 8-of-17 from the field with one 3-pointer and three turnovers, and his reserve role was the result of Danilo Gallinari (thigh) returning after a three-game absence. He's versatile enough to play three positions and the Nuggets are still thin on the wings with Will Barton (ankle) and Gary Harris (foot) sidelined, making Chandler a safe option until further notice. Wednesday, 9:57 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
  • Kawhi Leonard leads short-handed Spurs to win
    The Spurs bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Magic, beating the Mavericks on Wednesday 94-87 thanks to Kawhi Leonard's 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Leonard shot just 5-of-16 from the field but he made 9-of-12 free throws in 31 minutes, helping the Spurs maintain their undefeated record on the road. They are a perfect 11-0 on the road this season, but just 4-4 at home. Kawhi has yet to miss a game this season, which has helped him maintain top-six fantasy value in nearly all formats on a cumulative basis. Wednesday, 9:19 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 22 pts in loss to Lakers
    Jimmy Butler finished Wednesday's home loss to the Lakers with 22 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 40 minutes of action.

    Advice: Before the game, Butler gave some credit to former teammate Luol Deng, now with the Lakers. "The way I look at it, I owe him a little bit," he said. "That's why I'm going to show him the protege is doing it." Butler made 13-of-15 free throws but was just 4-of-18 from the field, and his team lost to a rebuilding Lakers squad tonight, so it wasn't exactly a pristine performance. Expect him to rise to the challenge vs. Cleveland on Friday. Wednesday, 8:59 pm
  • JaMychal Green scores 16 pts with five steals
    JaMychal Green had 16 points, five rebounds, a career-high five steals, one block and one assist vs. Toronto on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: He went through some warmups in Phoenix, but the Hawks will just hold him out. Millsap suffered the injury last week and has been playing through it. He is only day-to-day and has a decent chance to play this weekend. Besides a big bump to Muscala, Mike Scott should benefit. Wednesday, 5:22 pm
  • Wilson Chandler to bench w/ Gallinari active
    Wilson Chandler will come off the bench on Wednesday with Danilo Gallinari (thigh) returning to the starting five.

    Advice: Gallinari missed three games, during which Chandler thrived in an expanded role as a starter. His minutes may tick down tonight but he's well worth holding onto unless the bottom drops out. Wednesday, 5:20 pm
  • Manu Ginobili (rest) out vs Mavs on Wednesday
    Manu Ginobili (rest) will not play vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's the second night of a back-to-back set and this is likely to be a pattern for Ginobili and other Spurs' veterans throughout the season. Occasional DNPs are one more reason to leave Ginobili on the waiver wire. Wednesday, 4:16 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
  • Nerlens Noel (knee) limited at practice Weds
    Nerlens Noel (knee) was a limited participant during his practice with the 76ers' D-League affiliate on Wednesday.

    Advice: Thus far he's only been going through 1-on-1 and 1-on-none drills, and it doesn't sound like he saw a significant increase in activity with the 87ers. He's expected to re-join the 76ers on Thursday, and at that point it'll be determined if he can increase his workload. The 76ers will be bringing Noel along slowly, but he's getting close enough to a return that he should be stashed in most leagues. Wednesday, 2:22 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
  • Nick Young (right calf) will miss 2-4 weeks
    Nick Young (strained right calf) will miss the next 2-4 weeks.

    Advice: An MRI confirmed his injury, which occurred in the first quarter on Tuesday night. Young was having a very solid season with career highs in field goal percentage, free throw percentage and 3-point percentage, but now his fantasy owners probably have to cut him. While he's out, the Lakers will have to lean more on Jose Calderon and Marcelo Huertas until D'Angelo Russell (knee) can return. Both Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams should be very busy while more shots should go to rookie Brandon Ingram. Wednesday, 11:49 am
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) out Wednesday
    Doug McDermott (concussion) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Lakers, as expected.

    Advice: "Every case is individualized," Fred Hoiberg said. "You look at it based on what their symptoms are, and Doug, unfortunately has two of them in this early portion of the season, so he’s just not ready yet." He's yet to be cleared for contact, so for now, we'll be considering him doubtful for Chicago's upcoming back-to-back set Friday vs. Cleveland and Saturday vs. Dallas. Wednesday, 11:00 am
  • Nick Young (Achilles) out Wednesday vs. CHI
    Nick Young (right Achilles) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Bulls.

    Advice: The Lakers haven't yet released the results of Young's MRI, so we won't be speculating on the length of his absence until that information is made available. With Young on the sidelines Wednesday night, Jordan Clarkson will more than likely move into the starting lineup, and he'll get all the run he can handle with D'Angelo Russell (knee) also unavailable. Lou Williams should also see an uptick in value, as he won't have to share the floor with a teammate that steals his passes tonight. Wednesday, 10:31 am
  • 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
  • Nick Young (Achilles) sporting a walking boot
    Nick Young (right Achilles strain) was spotted leaving the Smoothie King Center wearing a walking boot.

    Advice: Young was also able to put pressure on his foot while limping around the Lakers' locker room after Tuesday's game, and he was in high spirits, although Uncle P is eternally optimistic. He's scheduled to undergo an MRI once the Lakers arrive in Chicago, but for now, we'll be considering him doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Bulls. If he's out, Jordan Clarkson will get all the burn he can handle and Brandon Ingram will see some increased opportunity with the second unit. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 8:06 am
  • Nerlens Noel (knee) sent to D-League to rehab
    Nerlens Noel has reportedly been sent down to the D-League to rehab his surgically repaired left knee.

    Advice: Noel said one week ago that he's a "couple weeks away," and his D-League assignment is likely an indication that he's extremely close to making his season debut, particularly with this coming during a four-game home stand and not a lengthy road trip. That being said, head coach Brett Brown has acknowledged that it'll be tough to get Noel meaningful minutes in Philly's crowded frontcourt, so he probably won't have immediate value upon his return. He could, however, have nice value if traded to the right situation, so he's a reasonable guy to stash away at this point. Wednesday, 7:14 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 16 points vs. Magic
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 points with six rebounds, three assists, one block and one triple vs. the Magic on Tuesday.

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

    Advice: Yikes. Gasol has been held to single-digit points in four straight games and he recently admitted that he's having a hard time adjusting to his role on offense with his new team. The fact that he only played 23 minutes may bode well for his status to play on Wednesday for the second night of a back-to-back set against Dallas, but his owners should check the injury report to be safe. Tuesday, 9:03 pm
  • Manu Ginobili scores 13 points in return
    Manu Ginobili scored 13 points with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two treys in 23 minutes against the Magic on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ginobili was rested on Saturday vs. the Wizards and it wouldn't be a shock if he picked up another maintenance day on Wednesday vs. Dallas on the second night of a back-to-back set. Look for Patty Mills and Jonathon Simmons to pick up the slack if that's the case. Tuesday, 9:00 pm
  • Antetokounmpo scores 34 w/ monster line
    Giannis Antetokounmpo matched his career-high with 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting in a 118-101 win over the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He posted a monster line with 12 rebounds, five assists, five steals, two blocks, one triple and six turnovers, hitting 7-of-10 from the line. He's also outscored LeBron James in three out of his last four matchups with the Finals MVP. The 21-year-old superstar will be a top-five fantasy play the rest of the way Tuesday, 8:03 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
  • Nick Young (Achilles strain) won't return
    Nick Young (right Achilles strain) will not return on Tuesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Young needed the help of his teammates to get back to the locker room and the Lakers ruled him out for the game after just a few minutes. Young will have an MRI on Wednesday and the Lakers will provide an update at that time. His status for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls isn't looking great right now. Jordan Clarkson is looking at heavy minutes if Young misses additional time. Tuesday, 5:25 pm
  • Nick Young goes to locker room Tuesday
    Nick Young (right leg) left Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans and went to the locker room. Tuesday, 5:19 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
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) not yet cleared
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has not yet been cleared for full-contact practice, so it appears he will miss Wednesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: McDermott has to be symptom-free and pass all required tests in order to progress through the league-mandated concussion protocol. He has missed six straight games, but appears to at least be headed in the right direction. Tuesday, 11:14 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 25 w/ 14 rebounds
    Kevin Durant scored 25 points with 14 rebounds in Monday's 105-100 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: The Warriors came into the game with the top offensive efficiency rating in the NBA and the Hawks were leading the NBA in defensive efficiency, but they couldn't slow down KD who finished 8-of-16 from the field with three assists, one steal, two blocks and one triple in 36 minutes. This was Durant's sixth game of the season with 20+ points and 10+ rebounds, and he's now recorded a double-double in back-to-back games. Monday, 10:19 pm
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