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  • Cam Reddish (knee contusion) questionable Saturday
    Cam Reddish is questionable to play on Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers due to a left knee contusion.

    Advice: With Bogan Bogdanovic and Danil Gallinari sidelined, the Hawks could really use Reddish on Saturday. If he can't give it a go, expect big minutes from Kevin Huerter, who ranks No. 122 in 9-cat leagues, and De'Andre Hunter. Brandon Goodwin should see some additional time, too. 40 minutes ago
  • Sterling Brown (lower leg injury) out Saturday
    Sterling Brown won't play on Saturday due to a lower leg injury.

    Advice: Brown was listed as a game-time call until the Rockets' trade with the Nets was finalized, allowing Rodions Kurucs to be on the active roster, and for Houston to have the required eight players to play a game. Without Brown, Eric Gordon, John Wall or Victor Oladipo, expect Mason Jones, Ben McLemore, David Nwaba, Jae'Sean Tate, P.J. Tucker and Christian Wood to all get their shots up. Wood will have the opportunity to take control of the offense, while everyone else's roles in the offense are boosted to the max. This is the NBA in 2021. 53 minutes ago
  • Sterling Brown (lower leg injury) game-time call
    Sterling Brown will be a game-time decision to play on Saturday against the Spurs, and without him the Rockets will only have seven active players.

    Advice: The Rockets are missing the bulk of their team due to a pending trade involving James Harden, and injuries to John Wall, Eric Gordon and DeMarcus Cousins. If Brown can't give it a go, the Rockets would be down to seven players, and wouldn't have enough to play. If a game is played, expect extended run for Houston's remaining seven: Christian Wood, Mason Jones, Ben McLemore, David Nwaba, Jae'Sean Tate, and P.J. Tucker. Today, 12:41 pm
  • Eric Gordon (leg) is out on Saturday vs. the Spurs
    Eric Gordon won't play on Saturday against the Spurs due to left leg tightness.

    Advice: The Rockets are in trouble, missing nearly half their roster due to injury or trade. The only guards Houston will have available are Ben McLemore, rookie Mason Jones and maybe Sterling Brown, who's a game-time decision to play. Jae'Sean Tate, David Nwaba and P.J. Tucker should get a lot of run, too. Today, 12:32 pm
  • Michael Porter Jr. (COVID) could return Friday
    Michael Malone said he hopes to have Michael Porter Jr. (COVID-protocols) back by next Friday when the Nuggets begin a five-game road trip, per Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports.

    Advice: MPJ has been out for over a week now after testing positive for COVID-19, so it's a great sign for fantasy managers that he is nearing a return. He was averaging nearly 20 points, seven rebounds, one steal and 1.5 blocks prior to his quarantine period, and the Nuggets could surely use him back in their lineup. Today, 11:43 am
  • Alec Burks (left ankle) doubtful vs Knicks Sunday
    Alec Burks (left ankle) is considered doubtful to play vs the Celtics on Sunday.

    Advice: The Knicks have a back-to-back set starting with the Celtics tomorrow and the Magic on Monday. Burks could return against Orlando on MLK Day, but Tom Thibodeau might end up playing it safe as his team will have two days off after another B2B set on Thursday and Friday which would allow Burks a couple more days to get back into game shape. Today, 11:21 am
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (left groin) questionable Sunday
    Tim Hardaway Jr. (left groin strain) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs the Bulls.

    Advice: Hardaway played an effective 37 minutes on Friday and was on the court at the end of a tight game, scoring 22 points with six boards in the loss. He might just be dealing with some soreness and will likely go through a Sunday morning shoot around before determining his status for the game. Check back for more tomorrow. Today, 10:58 am
  • Paul George: "I'm coming back with vengeance"
    Paul George opened up to reporters on Friday night after the Clippers 138-100 beatdown over the Kings.

    Advice: “I'm coming back with vengeance," George said. "I didn't like, not so much of the noise and everything around [the way last season ended], but just the fact that people saw weakness. And I had to answer that.” To PG-13's credit, he's answered the call so far, averaging 25.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game in 2020-21. He also boasts career-high shooting numbers, converting on 50% of his field goals and nearly 52% from beyond the arc, a big reason why he ranks 12th in 9-cat a month into the season. Today, 9:43 am
  • Report: Heat would want Bradley Beal if available
    The Miami Heat's interest level in Bradley Beal is reportedly "high" if the guard becomes available via trade, reports Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

    Advice: Beal hasn't openly requested a trade, but the Wizards are 2-9 this season while his NBA-leading 35 points a game go wasted, making it hard to imagine the thought hasn't crossed his mind. He's 27-years-old and is in the prime of his career, and should GM Tommy Sheppard put him on the trade market, a handful of teams will be blowing up his phone with their best offers, and Pat Riley will reportedly be one of them as he looks to lead Miami back to the Finals. Today, 9:23 am
  • Evan Fournier (back spasms) out Saturday vs Nets
    Evan Fournier will miss his eighth straight game after being ruled out on Saturday vs Brooklyn.

    Advice: Fournier continues to deal with lower back spasms that are very concerning considering he hasn't played yet this month. Rookie Cole Anthony is the best option here if you're looking for a streamer because James Ennis and Terrence haven't done much as of late. Today, 8:03 am
  • Sindarius Thornwell falls out of Pelicans rotation
    Sindarius Thornwell dropped out of New Orleans' rotation on Friday.

    Advice: Thornwell got a spot start on Wednesday, but he was scoreless with one rebound and one steal in 19 minutes. Evidently that did not compel coach Stan Van Gundy to play him more. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker starts, limited by fouls
    Nickeil Alexander-Walker started on Friday and scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, but he also committed five turnovers and five personal fouls in 20 minutes.

    Advice: NAW was coming off a monster 37-point game for the short-handed Pelicans on Wednesday, which he attributed to letting the game come to him and "riding its wave." Head coach Stan Van Gundy took the same approach by starting him ahead of Eric Bledsoe (right eye), but Alexander-Walker undermined himself with the rampant errors. He's earned a spot in SVG's tight rotation, at least, and opportunistic fantasy managers should hang onto him while Lonzo Ball (knee tendonitis) remains on the shelf. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Wesley Matthews (Achilles) scoreless in 14 minutes
    Wesley Matthews (Achilles soreness) returned to action vs. the Pelicans on Friday, going scoreless with one assist in 14 minutes.

    Advice: The veteran has missed three straight games with soreness in his right Achilles, which is not the same Achilles tendon that was surgically repaired back in 2015. He's healthy but at this stage of his career Matthews offers no fantasy value beyond a handful of triples. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • LeBron James (left ankle) gets 21 points, 11 dimes
    LeBron James (left ankle sprain) finished Friday's win vs. the Pelicans with 21 points (6-of-11 FGs, 7-of-7 FTs), eight rebounds, 11 assists, two 3-pointers and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: One of these days, LBJ might actually miss a game with a legitimate injury. For now, though, the Lakers are content to keep him on the injury report with a phantom ankle injury that's yet to cost him any games. He's 36 years old and coming off a championship, followed by the shortest offseason in NBA history, so fantasy GMs have to be thrilled that he's playing in every game and racking up huge stats along the way. More defensive stats would be nice (0.8 steals, 0.4 blocks), but let's not get greedy. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
    New Player Note
    LeBron James LAL - PG,SG,SF
  • Paul George scores 26 points in easy win
    Paul George had a strong showing vs. the Kings on Friday with 26 points (8-of-14 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), four rebounds, two assists and four triples in 30 minutes.

    Advice: George came into Friday’s game shooting a blistering 51.6% from beyond the 3-point arc, quite the turnaround after earning the nickname “Wayoff P” in the bubble. "Just shooting it with confidence and really just knowing the shots I'm going to get," George said. "I know what to look for, I know what to expect, I know how the shots are coming." His health is obviously a big reason for his success as well after some issues with his shoulders in the last couple years, and he’s starting to resemble the player that was No. 3 in standard leagues back in 2018-19. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 27 points in blowout
    Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers to an easy 138-100 win over the Kings on Friday, dropping 27 points with six assists, four rebounds, one steal and one triple.

    Advice: He did all of his damage in 28 minutes, so the Clippers were able to get him a little extra rest. Kawhi was 10-of-15 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line, but that's nothing new for a player who is ranked 3rd in 9-cat over his last six games with 27.5 points, 6.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 2.3 triples. With Kawhi playing in back-to-backs these days, his fantasy managers are loving life. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Cam Reddish scores 20 points on 8-of-13 FGs
    Cam Reddish was one of the few bright spots for Atlanta in their blowout loss to the Jazz, knocking down 8-of-13 shots on his way to 20 points, five rebounds, four triples and one steal in 28 minutes. 

    Advice: Cam had a brutal stretch in early January, but has started to turn things around to look like the breakout player many were expecting. Over his last three games, he's putting up top-70 numbers in 9-cat with 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 3.0 triples on 44% from the field. He's rostered in 54% of Yahoo Leagues but that number should shoot up soon as the Hawks continue to rely on him with Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) sidelined. Yesterday, 8:36 pm
  • Denzel Valentine gets +14 rating in overtime loss
    Denzel Valentine only scored four points in 15 minutes on Friday, but he added four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in a tough loss vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: That's four straight losses for Chicago, whose defense has been shredded nightly. Valentine committed two of his team's 24 turnovers, and he shot 2-of-7 from the field, but generally he was solid and finished with a team-high plus/minus rating of +14. He's flashed some fantasy potential for steals and 3-pointers, but needs more than 15-20 minutes per game to achieve it. Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • LeBron James (left ankle sprain) good to go
    LeBron James (left ankle sprain) is good to go for Friday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: LeBron, who is apparently going to be listed as questionable or probable for every game, should see his regular allotment of minutes tonight since this is a non back-to-back set. Anthony Davis (back soreness) is also a go, so the Lakers will be at full strength. Yesterday, 5:19 pm
    New Player Note
    LeBron James LAL - PG,SG,SF
  • Wesley Matthews (right Achilles) playing Friday
    Wesley Matthews (right Achilles soreness) will play vs. the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: He should slot into his usual 20-minute role for the Lakers, but doesn't do nearly enough to entice most fantasy managers. Yesterday, 5:12 pm
  • Alec Burks (left ankle) out Friday vs Cavs
    Alec Burks (left ankle) has been ruled out on Friday vs the Cavs.

    Advice: Tom Thibodeau says Burks is "day-to-day" and adds that, "He's coming along very well. He's getting closer and closer. We've got to re-condition him. He's doing quite a bit in practice right now." Burks hasn't played since Dec. 27 and prior to that, he was averaging 20.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in three games for the Knicks. Rookie Immanuel Quickley is a solid streaming option, as he's coming off a 19-point, three-assist game against the Nets on Wednesday. Yesterday, 3:35 pm
  • Evan Fournier (back spasms) remains out on Friday
    Evan Fournier will miss Friday's game against the Celtics with back spasms that have now held him out of seven straight contests.

    Advice: Fournier remains sidelined due to lower back spasms that him kept him off the court since Dec. 31, 2020. But the Magic are surprisingly 4-0 since then. Dwayne Bacon, James Ennis and Terrence Ross will continue to play big minutes in the mean time. Yesterday, 2:50 pm
  • Eric Gordon (left leg) questionable vs Spurs Sat.
    Eric Gordon (left leg tightness) is questionable vs the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: Gordon was upgraded to questionable after missing Thursday's game, and the shorthanded Rockets could surely use his offense with John Wall (knee) already ruled out. If Gordon suits up, he should play a big roll against the Spurs on Saturday as will Sterling Brown who's coming off a big game on Thursday. Yesterday, 1:39 pm
  • Wizards have two more games postponed
    After new positive tests, the NBA has postponed the Wizards' games slated for Sunday and Monday.

    Advice: Washington already had its Friday night contest against the Pistons postponed. But now it doesn't have the minimum eight required players to participate in the next couple games against the Cavs games on Sunday and Monday after more positive tests. Yesterday, 12:04 pm
  • Sterling Brown scores season-high 23 points
    Sterling Brown scored a season-high 23 points vs. the Spurs on Thursday, going 9-of-17 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and three triples in 37 minutes.

    Advice: This was his third career game with at least 23 points and he finished four points shy of his career-high. We won't overreact to this line because John Wall (knee, day-to-day) was out and Victor Oladipo hasn't joined the team yet, but Brown is certainly on our watch lists in case he takes on a larger role. He's already a 12th-round value in 9-cat in 20.5 minutes, so there's some upside here for a wing who can do a little bit of everything. Thursday, 8:09 pm
  • Wesley Matthews (Achilles) is questionable
    Wesley Matthews (Achilles soreness) is questionable for Friday vs. the Pelicans. 

    Advice: He's progressing and could return from a 3-game absence. Matthews is not on the fantasy radar, averaging 6.1 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.1 dimes and 1.6 triples in 22 minutes. Thursday, 5:34 pm
  • LeBron and Anthony Davis are questionable again
    LeBron James (left ankle sprain) and Anthony Davis (back soreness) are questionable for Friday vs. the Pelicans. 

    Advice: At this point, we'll be more concerned when LeBron isn't on the injury report. Time and time again, the Lakers list him as questionable but he trots out there and dominates no matter what. He's yet to miss a game this season as he continues to hold off Father Time. Thursday, 5:12 pm
    New Player Note
    LeBron James LAL - PG,SG,SF
  • Evan Fournier (back) out on Friday
    Evan Fournier won't play on Friday against the Celtics due to back spasms. 

    Advice: Fournier hasn't played a game since New Year's Eve, recovering slowly from the injury. For as long as he sits, Terrence Ross, James Ennis and Dwayne Bacon should see an uptick in minutes, and in responsibility in the offense. Thursday, 2:38 pm
  • Alec Burks (ankle) listed as doubtful for Friday
    Alec Burks (left ankle sprain) is listed as doubtful for Friday's game against the Cavaliers. 

    Advice: Burks has been sidelined since late-December, and it appears likely that he will miss at least one more game. His absence means that RJ Barrett and Austin Rivers will continue to log heavy minutes on the perimeter, with rookie Immanuel Quickley secure in his role as Elfrid Payton's backup. Rivers is a better choice than Barrett for fantasy managers in need of a perimeter contributor. Thursday, 11:15 am
  • Eric Gordon (left leg) downgraded to OUT
    Eric Gordon (left leg tighness) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Spurs. 

    Advice: Due to the James Harden trade, Houston was already going to be shorthanded for Thursday's game. Now that Gordon has been officially ruled out, expect to see plenty of Ben McLemore, Sterling Brown, Jae'Sean Tate and even Mason Jones as Stephen Silas looks to cobble together a rotation. Thursday, 10:21 am
  • Paul George nets 27 points with full line in win
    Paul George scored 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting (6-of-7 FT) in Wednesday's win over the Pelicans, adding five triples, six rebounds, six assists, one block and three turnovers across 38 minutes.

    Advice: This was PG-13's third straight game with at least 25 points and five dimes, which ties the longest streak of his career. He's been a top-10 stud in a major bounce-back season after a ton of folks punked him in the playoffs, and he's showing no signs of slowing down. Kawhi Leonard was also fantastic in the win with 28 points (8-of-18 FG, 10-of-11 FT), six boards, nine dimes, two triples, two steals and two turnovers in 39 minutes of floor time. Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • NAW way: Alexander-Walker drops career-high 37 pts
    Nickeil Alexander-Walker came alive for a career-high 37 points on 15-of-23 shooting in Wednesday's narrow loss to the Clippers, adding five triples, eight boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 33 minutes.

    Advice: NAW got the spot-start today with both Eric Bledsoe (eye) and Lonzo Ball (knee) unavailable, and he saw a massive uptick in usage with Zion Williamson (COVID-protocol) also unavailable. He essentially single-handedly kept the Pelicans in the game, helping erase an 18-point deficit by dropping in 15 points in the third quarter alone, and he got deep into his bag with pretty floaters, crossovers and pull-up 3s. The Pelicans play again on Friday vs. the Lakers, so if Bledsoe and Ball need to skip that one as well, Alexander-Walker will make for an obvious streamer. Wednesday, 10:34 pm
  • LeBron James helps Lakers cruise to easy win
    LeBron James hit 9-of-20 shots and five 3-pointers on his way to 26 points, six rebounds and seven assists in Wednesday's 128-99 blowout win over the Thunder. 

    Advice: We're actually lucky that LeBron played and produced as much as he did with the score so lopsided and this being the second of a back-to-back. The Lakers have a day off on Thursday and then will face the Pelicans on Friday. And you can bet that LeBron will be focused on helping Anthony Davis do as much damage against his former team as possible, even though both players will likely be on the injury report, just like they are every other day of the week. And if we're really lucky we may even get another 'bet shot' out of Bron. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
    New Player Note
    LeBron James LAL - PG,SG,SF
  • Pelicans starting Alexander-Walker, Thornwell
    With Lonzo Ball and Zion Williamson out for the Pelicans on Wednesday they'll start Nickeil Alexander-Walker at point guard, Sindarius Thornwell at shooting guard, Josh Hart at small forward, Brandon Ingram at power forward and Steven Adams at center. 

    Advice: This is going to be a wild one as Thornwell has played a grand total of 10 minutes in two games this season and NAW has appeared in just seven games this season, playing 15 or fewer minutes in four of them. Wednesday, 6:39 pm
  • WAS vs. DET on Friday has been postponed
    The NBA has postponed Friday's game between the Wizards and the Pistons.

    Advice: The Pistons will be playing on Wednesday though as this cancellation is due to the Wizards not having the minimum of eight players due to COVID-19 and contact tracing. Every delayed game will be made up at a later date which is why the NBA only released the schedule for the first half of the season. Wednesday, 3:47 pm
  • LeBron James will play on Wednesday against OKC
    LeBron James will play on Wednesday against the Thunder.

    Advice: No reason was given for James' questionable listing ahead of Wednesday game, but he will play in the back-to-back alongside Anthony Davis. Expect a normal, dominant night from James — always. Wednesday, 3:25 pm
    New Player Note
    LeBron James LAL - PG,SG,SF
  • LeBron James is questionable for Wednesday
    LeBron James (undisclosed) is questionable vs. the Thunder on Wednesday. 

    Advice: No reason was given but LeBron has been frequently listed on the injury report. Presumably, this means there's a chance he's rested on the second leg of this back-to-back. He's yet to miss a game this season while Anthony Davis has already rested a couple times. Wednesday, 12:19 pm
    New Player Note
    LeBron James LAL - PG,SG,SF
  • Eric Gordon (left leg tightness) is questionable
    Eric Gordon (left leg tightness) is questionable for Thursday vs. the Spurs. 

    Advice: He was able to play on Tuesday and will almost certainly have to play vs. the Spurs as well despite not being 100 percent -- John Wall (knee soreness) is out and the Rockets are refusing to play James Harden. If Gordon does get the green light, he'll offer way more upside than usual as the Rockets will be without a primary ball-handler. Wednesday, 12:07 pm
  • Wesley Matthews (Achilles) out Wednesday vs. OKC
    Wesley Matthews (Achilles soreness) won't play on Wednesday against the Thunder.

    Advice: This will be Matthews' third consecutive missed game due to the injury. Expect Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Causo and Talen Hornton-Tucker to receive additional opportunities in his absence. Wednesday, 7:03 am
  • Porter Jr. sidelined due to positive COVID-19 test
    Nuggets coach Michael Malone revealed after Tuesday's loss to the Nets that Michael Porter Jr. tested positive for COVID-19. 

    Advice: On January 7, it was reported that Porter Jr. would have to quarantine for at least 10-14 more days, but it wasn't known whether or not he tested positive for COVID-19. Now we know, which could make things trickier with regard to a possible return. Also a late arrival to the bubble by more than two weeks when the league resumed play last season, MPJ has not appeared in a game since New Year's Day. Will Barton will continue to start at the small forward position in Porter Jr.'s absence. Tuesday, 9:18 pm
  • LeBron James will play in B2B on Wednesday vs OKC
    LeBron James played 29 minutes on Tuesday, netting 26 points, eight rebounds, five assists and a block in the Lakers win.

    Advice: James did most of his damage in first half with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists coming in the first 24 minutes. He sat for most of the second half with the Lakers up big and it's a good thing he did because Anthony Davis (toe) is questionable for Wednesday's back-to-back, and LeBron will be rested for the game. Tuesday, 8:07 pm
    New Player Note
    LeBron James LAL - PG,SG,SF
  • Eric Gordon (leg) available to play
    Eric Gordon (left leg tightness) is available to play in Tuesday’s game against the Lakers. 

    Advice: Gordon will fill his usual role off the bench, where he’s a decent points and 3-pointers option. David Nwaba doesn’t offer much in the way of fantasy value, even though he’s starting. Tuesday, 4:44 pm
  • LeBron James, Anthony Davis starting Tuesday
    LeBron James (fake ankle injury) and Anthony Davis (pretend groin thing) will start Tuesday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: The Lakers don't understand what an injury report is for. Feel free to get these guys active. Tuesday, 4:32 pm
    New Player Note
    LeBron James LAL - PG,SG,SF
  • Eric Gordon (leg) a game-time decision
    Eric Gordon (left leg tightness) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with the Lakers.

    Advice: Gordon will go through his pregame routine before the Rockets make a decision on his status for tonight, but he may have his minutes monitored even if he's cleared. If he can't give it a go, we'd expect to see some more of Ben McLemore and Sterling Brown. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 3:22 pm
  • Bradley Beal goes off for 33, full stat line
    Bradley Beal hit 12-of-22 shots, two 3-pointers and 8-of-9 free throws for 34 points, eight rebounds, nine assists, two steals, a block and just one turnover in 35 minutes of Monday's win over the Suns. 

    Advice: Beal, thus far, was easily the DFS play of the night and got his fantasy managers off to a big start in standard leagues, as well. He should continue to eat for as long as Russell Westbrook is out, which appears to be the rest of this week, at least. Beal has scored 34, 41 and 60 in his last three games and has scored at least 30 points six times this season, and has scored 27 or more in all 10 games this year. Monday, 8:09 pm
  • Cam Reddish posts 10 points & five boards in start
    Cam Reddish started for the Hawks on Monday, posting 10 points, five rebounds, a steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Reddish moved into the starting unit with Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) sidelined and it's likely he will remain until either Bogy or Danilo Gallinari returns. He didn't shoot the ball a ton, going 3-of-8 and 1-of-4 from beyond the arc. But the Hawks were up by 25-plus and Lloyd Pierce emptied the bench in the second half. Reddish holds some value in standard and deep leagues. Monday, 7:36 pm
  • LeBron James listed as questionable...again
    LeBron James (ankle) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: He's been on the injury report all season (again) and has yet to miss a game, but you have to think he's eventually going to take a day off. Just check back on Tuesday afternoon to make sure he's a go. Monday, 4:53 pm
    New Player Note
    LeBron James LAL - PG,SG,SF
  • Wes Matthews (Achilles) won't play on Tuesday
    Wes Matthews won't play on Tuesday against the Rockets.

    Advice: Matthews sat out Sunday's game, and now he'll miss another. Without him, expect Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to step into a slightly larger role. Monday, 4:49 pm
  • Eric Gordon (left leg tightness) questionable Tues
    Eric Gordon (left lower leg tightness) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: John Wall is also questionable due to a migraine headache, so Houston's backcourt could be thinned out if one or both veterans can't suit up. Gordon's minutes are way down the past two games and he's not typically an efficient fantasy play, even at full strength, so give long consideration to cutting him for a healthy free agent. Monday, 2:48 pm
  • Cam Reddish starting for Hawks on Monday
    Cam Reddish is starting for the Hawks on Monday with Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) out indefinitely. 

    Advice: He led the team in scoring with 21 points off the bench in his previous game and should be the starter going forward. And he's now basically a must-start player in fantasy with Bogdanovic and Danilo Gallinari on the shelf. Monday, 2:47 pm
  • Evan Fournier (back spasms) "unlikely" to play Wed
    Evan Fournier (back spasms) is "unlikely" to play Wednesday vs. Boston, according to coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: Fournier's recovery has gone "relatively slowly," according to Clifford. He added that Fournier could return to action Friday, Saturday, or even Monday, Jan. 18. Until he's ready to play, James Ennis and Dwayne Bacon will continue to play extra minutes while Terrence Ross does heavy lifting off the bench. Monday, 2:36 pm
  • Evan Fournier (back) will not play Monday
    Evan Fournier (back spasms) will not play on Monday vs. the Bucks. 

    Advice: Yikes. This will be his sixth straight game on the shelf but the Magic continue to list him as day-to-day. James Ennis has been getting the starts in Fournier's place but is putting up a bunch of Tony Snell lines. Fantasy managers looking for a streamer should avoid Orlando if possible. Monday, 9:04 am
  • Eric Gordon held to four points w/ four turnovers
    Eric Gordon had a miserable game on Sunday, going 1-of-4 from the field and 2-of-4 from the stripe for four points, two rebounds, one assist and four turnovers in 22 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: EG was great in his first four games of the season, but he's been in an awful rut over the past two, hitting just 33.3% of his shot attempts while being held to single digits in the scoring department. He should be able to snap out of the shooting funk relatively soon, but don't expect him to be the top-30 guy he was through the first four games of the year. He's more of a low-end, 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Sunday, 7:22 pm
  • LeBron James posts 18/7/7 line in blowout win
    LeBron James scored 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting (3-of-6 FT) Sunday, to go with one 3-pointer, seven rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers across 30 minutes in a blowout win over the Rockets.

    Advice: “Through the first 10 games I think we’ve played B, B-plus basketball and that is absolutely OK,” James said prior to Sunday's game. “We are a team that added basically five new pieces to the rotation, and we’re still learning each other and getting accustomed to different lineups and playing with different guys. But I think through the first 10 games we’ve played pretty good basketball." If they were playing at a "B-plus" level in the previous 10 games, L.A. was in A-plus mode for tonight's thrashing of the Rockets. King James hasn't missed a game yet, but we'd expect him to be listed as questionable for Tuesday's rematch, which actually means probable. Sunday, 6:22 pm
    New Player Note
    LeBron James LAL - PG,SG,SF
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 35 points on 14-of-22 FGs
    Kawhi Leonard appeared to hurt his left leg late in Sunday's game, but continued playing to score a season-high 35 points on 14-of-22 shooting, with seven 3-pointers, two rebounds and three steals.

    Advice: Kawhi went down grimacing and grabbed his left leg/knee after a bucket late in the fourth quarter, but quickly got up and didn't even leave the game. Clips coach Ty Lue said afterward that Leonard "seemed to be fine," and Kawhi said he plans to play on Wednesday, so we'll leave him off the injury report for now. It won't be surprising if we hear about a minor ailment prior to Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans, but for now managers can revel in the elite production. He added four assists for good measure on Sunday, with two turnovers and zero personal fouls in 38 minutes of action. Sunday, 4:40 pm
  • Wesley Matthews (right Achilles) out Sunday
    Wesley Matthews (right Achilles soreness) will not play Sunday.

    Advice: The good news is that Matthews' left Achilles that has been surgically repaired, so at least it's not the same tendon. Nothing suggests this is a serious ailment, and it's likely just a maintenance day now that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) is returning to the lineup. Sunday, 3:26 pm
  • Evan Fournier (back spasms) questionable Monday
    Evan Fournier (back spasms) is listed as questionable for Monday's contest against the Bucks.

    Advice: After sitting out on Saturday night, Fournier has now missed five consecutive games for Orlando as he deals with back spasms. James Ennis has been starting in Fournier's place, though he hasn't done much with the opportunity. Sunday, 2:54 pm
  • Bradley Beal (med. protocols) will play Monday
    Bradley Beal (health and safety protocols) will play on Monday vs the Suns.

    Advice: Beal will suit up on Monday against Phoenix after a quick one game absence due to league health and safety protocols. In the two games prior, he had totaled 101 points and 11 triples, and he will look to stay hot against a Suns team that has been really good on defense this season. He'll have to carry the load, however, as Russell Westbrook (left quad) is out the contest. Sunday, 12:55 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 36, makes eight triples
    Tim Hardaway Jr. started on Saturday night, scoring 36 points on 12-of-20 shooting and 8-of-13 from distance.

    Advice: Earlier in the week, Rick Carlisle said that he could see THJ starting again and by the end of the week, he did, and it paid major dividends. Hardaway was on fire all night but did most of his damage in the third quarter with 16 points. He also had five rebounds and two assists and played a game-high 40 minutes. The 36 points was his season high and comes just days after he was moved to the bench and still scored 30 points. Whether he's a starter or a reserve, THJ just wants to contribute, "My job is to be an energy giver not an energy drainer. I'm just doing whatever is best for the team at this point. When I go out there I try to compete and encourage my brothers to play hard and play together." Saturday, 8:59 pm
  • Cam Reddish scores team-high 21 in loss
    Cam Reddish played 34 minutes off the bench in Saturday’s loss to the Hornets, posting a line of 21 points (6-of-17 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), five rebounds, one assist, four steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Reddish was replaced in the starting lineup by Bogdan Bogdanovic, but that could be a one-game deal as Bogdanovic left Saturday’s game in the second quarter with a right knee injury. The second-year guard entered the game in a shooting slump, and his percentages weren’t great, but to Reddish’s credit he’s continued to fire away. He’s a must-play right now, especially if Bogdanovic has to miss an extended period of time due to the injury. Saturday, 6:58 pm
  • Bradley Beal (med. protocols) out Saturday
    Bradley Beal (health and safety protocols) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Heat. 

    Advice: Beal is being held out due to contact tracing measures, as he was in close contact with Celtics wing Jayson Tatum during Friday's game. With Russell Westbrook also sidelined, there will be a lot of shots available to players such as Thomas Bryant and Rui Hachimura. Troy Brown Jr. is the player most likely to fill in for Beal in the starting lineup. Saturday, 3:17 pm
  • Evan Fournier (back spasms) questionable Saturday
    Evan Fournier (back spasms) is listed as questionable for the Magic's meeting with the Mavs on Saturday, per the Orlando Sentinel's Roy Parry.

    Advice: Fournier will likely be a game-time decision for the Magic today as he hopes to avoid missing his fifth game in a row with back spasms. Orlando is 2-2 without him but could use him after losing Markelle Fultz (ACL) for the season. Saturday, 9:45 am
  • Wesley Matthews gets fill-in start on Friday
    Wesley Matthews drew a start on Friday vs. the Bulls and fared well, scoring 14 points (4-of-8 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with two rebounds, one assist, one block and four triples in 34 minutes. 

    Advice: Don't chase this line, as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) is expected back next game in addition to Anthony Davis (adductor). Matthews was only getting 20 minutes per night before this for 5.2 points. Plus, it's a matter of time before Talen Horton-Tucker gets more involved. Friday, 9:43 pm
  • Bradley Beal's 41 points not enough vs. Boston
    Bradley Beal dropped 41 points (16-of-29 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs) with three rebounds, three assists, one block, four triples and five turnovers, but the Wizards fell to Boston on Friday in a 116-107 loss. 

    Advice: He was coming off a career-high 60-point effort which tied the franchise high, but was still bothered because the Wizards lost. "I'm pissed off," he said. "... Any of my career highs, they've been in losses. So I don't give a damn. You can throw it right out the window with the other two or three I've had." The Wizards are 2-7 and Beal is obviously frustrated, so it won't be long before we start hearing some trade rumors, regardless of whether or not they have any merit. He’ll get a matchup with the Heat on Saturday, a team he has been heavily linked to in trade rumors for the last couple years. With Russell Westbrook expected to rest, we’re expecting fireworks from Beal yet again. Friday, 7:29 pm
  • Evan Fournier (back spasms) out Friday vs Rockets
    Evan Fournier (back spasms) has been ruled out on Friday vs Rockets.

    Advice: Fournier has yet to play since the calendar hit 2021, but considering he was a game-time decision, he will likely return soon and that could be Saturday when the Magic play the Mavs. Though nothing is certain yet. James Ennis will be starting in Fournier's place Friday. Friday, 4:03 pm
  • Evan Fournier (back spasms) game-time on Friday
    Evan Fournier (back spasms) is a game-time decision on Friday.

    Advice: Fournier will go through a pregame shooting routine before determining whether he can play, so DFS managers are forewarned. Gary Clark should start and play 30+ minutes if Fournier isn't able to suit up. Friday, 3:33 pm
  • Michael Porter Jr. to be quarantined once again
    Michael Porter Jr. is facing a minimum of 10 additional quarantine days due to health and safety protocols, Shams Charania reports. 

    Advice: Wow. MPJ just completed a 7-day quarantine, but is now facing an "additional quarantine period in the 10 to 14-day range," Shams adds. This is a brutal blow for fantasy managers as MPJ has been putting up first-round value. With MPJ out, JaMychal Green will continue to see an uptick in minutes and has played much better than Paul Millsap, and maybe this will allow Will Barton to get himself going. Thursday, 7:41 pm
  • Michael Porter Jr. (protocols) out Thursday
    Michael Porter Jr. won't play on Thursday against the Mavericks due to health and safety protocols.

    Advice: Porter Jr. was expected to return to the Nuggets on Thursday, but instead, he remains away from the team. His absence will clear the way for Will Barton to continue to play big minutes. On Tuesday, he scored 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes. Thursday, 12:43 pm
  • Evan Fournier (back) questionable to play Friday
    Evan Fournier (back spasms) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Rockets. 

    Advice: Fournier has been out for a week due to the back spasms, which first became an issue on New Year's Eve. Orlando's backcourt has been hit hard by injuries in recent weeks, as Markelle Fultz (knee) is out for the season and Michael Carter-Williams (foot) is also sidelined. If Fournier can't go, Gary Clark stands to get another start with Aaron Gordon shifting to small forward. Thursday, 10:49 am
  • Michael Porter Jr. (protocols) questionable Thurs.
    Michael Porter Jr. (health and safety protocols) is officially listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Mavericks.  

    Advice: The expectation on Wednesday was that he would be officially cleared to make his return to action Thursday night. He's listed as questionable as of the 1:30 PM injury report, so more clarification will come later in the day. Will Barton would be the player most impacted by Porter's return, as those two were in competition for the starting small forward spot throughout training camp. Whether or not Porter would go back into the starting lineup immediately has yet to be determined, but he's definitely going to get his minutes no matter the role. Thursday, 10:40 am
  • Kawhi Leonard ready to play in more back-to-backs
    Kawhi Leonard said after Wednesday's win over the Warriors that he's ready to play in more back-to-backs. 

    Advice: Prior to Wednesday, Leonard had not played in both games of a back-to-back since the 2016-17 season. While he did turn the ball over seven times against the Warriors, the fact that he was able to take on his usual workload is a positive. And this bodes well for his availability for the Clippers' next back-to-back (January 28-29). "I mean, I think I'll be playing, pretty much," Leonard said of his availability in future back-to-backs according to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk. "The last few years, I was injured, and I worked on getting my leg stronger, and it's been a long time. But I was patient, and I'm able to play." Thursday, 7:04 am
  • Paul George double-doubles in return to action
    Paul George played through a sore right ankle that kept him out of Tuesday's game and had 21 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and a steal with two 3-pointers on 5-of-15 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Warriors. 

    Advice: PG-13 sat out just one game with his ankle injury and while his 5-of-15 shooting wasn't great, it was nice to see him on the court tonight. He also hit 9-of-9 free throws and committed just two turnovers and the Clippers don't have another back-to-back until late January. Make sure George is in your lineup going forward. Wednesday, 10:27 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard plays in first B2B since 2017
    Kawhi Leonard played 35 minutes and hit 7-of-12 shots for 21 points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and seven turnovers in Wednesday's 108-101 win over the Warriors. 

    Advice: This is big news for Kawhi and his fantasy managers as he could potentially play in more back-to-backs going forward. He missed all three of his 3-pointers and the TOs were a bummer, but he came through with a decent line, which was better than him watching in street clothes. The Clippers don't have another back-to-back until Jan. 28-29, so Kawhi's managers won't have to worry about it until then. And it would appear that there's a decent chance he'll play in both of those games. Wednesday, 10:22 pm
  • Cam Reddish struggling with shot
    Cam Reddish hit just 3-of-15 shots for eight points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 27 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Hornets. 

    Advice: The once red-hot Hawks are now the losers of three straight games and Reddish can't seem to throw it into the ocean. He's hit just 11-of-41 shots in January and is averaging just eight points in those games. The Hawks are crazy deep and Reddish is struggling, so if you feel like you need to drop him for a hot free agent, we're not going to argue with you. The Sixers and Pacers play five games next week, and you have to consider Reddish a possible cut candidate if you want to grab someone off the wire. Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Beal nets career-high 60 points; Wiz still lose
    Bradley Beal's career-high 60 points were not enough for Washington to pull out the win in Philly on Wednesday.

    Advice: Beal was en fuego from the jump in this one, dropping in 13 points in his first 10 minutes of play and he had 32 on 16 shots at halftime. He got his buckets with remarkable efficiency, going 20-of-35 from the field and 13-of-15 from the stripe to go with seven triples, five dimes, one steal and four turnovers across 38 minutes, but ultimately, it was not enough and the Wizards picked up their sixth loss of the season. Russell Westbrook dislocated his finger towards the end of this game, so he could miss both games of the upcoming back-to-back, so Beal is on track for an electric weekend. Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Eric Gordon scores 20 points with two triples
    Eric Gordon scored 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting Wednesday, to go with two triples, one rebound, one assist and two blocks over 33 minutes.

    Advice: Gordon also finished a perfect 4-of-4 from the stripe tonight and he finished the game without a single turnover. He's flirting with top-30 value on the year behind averages of 19.5 points, 3.0 treys, 1.3 steals, 1.0 block and 1.5 turnovers per contest on 43.9% shooting, so congrats if he snatched him off the waiver wire. Wednesday, 7:02 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard "good to go" on Wednesday
    Kawhi Leonard is said to be "good to go" and ready to play in back-to-back games for the first time since 2017 on Wednesday night.

    Advice: This is big news and maybe Kawhi's lower body is feeling 100 percent. If he starts playing in back-to-backs this season and stays healthy, his fantasy managers that drafted him are going to feel like they hit the lottery. The game hasn't started yet, but all signs are pointing to Kawhi playing a full load of minutes tonight. Wednesday, 5:37 pm
  • Paul George (ankle) will play on Wednesday
    Paul George (ankle) is good to go for Wednesday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: George skipped Tuesday's game, but he'll be back in action tonight, so he's a reasonable DFS target with an uptempo matchup vs. Golden State. With PG-13 back in action, Luke Kennard will return to the second unit and Lou Williams' usage will take a hit. Wednesday, 5:31 pm
  • Kawhi to play in first back-to-back since 2017
    Kawhi Leonard is not on the injury report for Wednesday vs. the Warriors. 

    Advice: If this holds, this will be Kawhi's first time playing in both games of a back-to-back since 2017. He's been criticized for the amount of load management he's had over the last few years and has been drafted at a discount in fantasy leagues for a few years because of that. This doesn't mean he won't rest from time to time, but his fantasy managers have to be ecstatic right now. Wednesday, 1:37 pm
  • Paul George (ankle) is questionable Wednesday
    Paul George (right ankle soreness) is questionable for Wednesday vs. the Warriors. 

    Advice: The hope here is that George was held out of Tuesday's game so that he could be ready for tonight. The questionable tag is all we have to work with so we'll have to wait until closer to tip-off for clarification. Assuming Kawhi Leonard gets the night off to rest, George will offer monster upside if he's cleared to play. Wednesday, 1:18 pm
  • Michael Porter Jr. expected back on Thursday
    Michael Porter Jr. (COVID-protocol) is expected to be cleared on Wednesday night. 

    Advice: Barring a surprise, this means he'll be a go for Thursday night vs. the Mavericks. MPJ has been a stud through four games, averaging 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals. JaMychal Green has played really well for the Nuggets but his value will take a massive hit with MPJ back. Wednesday, 12:06 pm
  • Carlisle can see Tim Hardaway Jr. starting again
    Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said that he can see Tim Hardaway Jr. starting again this season after he came off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Carlisle tried to shake the Mavs' early-season stumbles by moving Hardaway Jr.'s scoring to the second rotation, and it paid off. He scored 30 points on 11-of-14 shooting and still played 31 minutes in the win. The move to the bench may not be permanent, though. "He really wants to find a home here in Dallas," Carlisle said. "I think he's willing to do whatever. ... Do I see him starting other games this season? Yeah, I do. I don't know exactly when or where, but if he doesn't start, he'll be in there quick." Wednesday, 11:09 am
  • Alec Burks (ankle sprain) is in a walking boot
    Alec Burks is in a walking boot because of an ankle sprain, and will be re-evaluated in 7-to-10 days.

    Advice: Burks hasn't played a game since December 27, and now he'll miss minimally another week. He'd been off to a strong start for the Knicks, sinking 10 3-pointers in three games, averaging 21 points on 53.1% shooting. Without Burks, New York will continue to roll with heavier minutes for RJ Barrett, Austin Rivers and Reggie Bullock. With the team finding success, it's unclear how Burks' role will change when he returns. Wednesday, 7:13 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 30 with 10 assists in loss
    Kawhi Leonard shot 13-of-22 from the field and 3-of-3 from the foul line in Tuesday’s loss to the Spurs, tallying 30 points, three rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one blocked shot and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: With Paul George being a late scratch due to an ankle injury, Leonard was left to do much of the heavy lifting offensively. Result aside he had a very good game, shooting better than 50% from the field while not turning the ball over at all. Fantasy managers in leagues that use assist-to-turnover ratio should be thrilled with Leonard’s stat line. However there is a negative: Tuesday’s game was the first of a back-to-back for the Clippers, so don’t be surprised if Leonard sits Wednesday night. Tuesday, 10:42 pm
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