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  • Dennis Smith Jr. quiet in 22 minutes Saturday
    Dennis Smith Jr. shot 2-of-8 from the field on Saturday, scoring five points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The rookie committed four turnovers but he also hit one 3-pointer, and he's proven that he can stuff the boxscore on a per-minute basis. It didn't click tonight with the Mavs' backup guards playing extremely well, and Dallas cruising to a blowout victory, but DSJ's owners shouldn't be discouraged. After a rough start to the season, he's been cruising with top-50 value over the past few weeks. 21 minutes ago
  • Malcolm Brogdon scores just four
    Malcolm Brogdon scored four points with one rebound, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

    Advice: We finally have a nice little sample on Brogdon now that Eric Bledsoe is around. It hasn't really gone very well in those five, averaging 10.2 points, 3.6 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 treys on 39.6 percent from the field in 28.8 minutes. His efficiency, usage rate, assist percentage and minutes are significantly down as a bench guy, so he's taking a bigger hit than expected. Brogdon was awesome next to Giannis Antetokounmpo, but he may be losing his value in shallower leagues. 23 minutes ago
  • Eric Bledsoe plays just 22 minutes vs. Dallas
    Eric Bledsoe played only 22 minutes vs. Dallas on Saturday, hitting 2-of-10 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs for six points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal.

    Advice: Bledsoe committed his third foul with 6:40 left in the second quarter, and he didn't play at all in the fourth quarter with the score out of hand. He's yet to score more than 15 points in five games with the Bucks, but the supporting stats have helped and an adjustment period was inevitable. Patience is a virtue. 29 minutes ago
  • James Harden dumps in six triples
    James Harden finished with a game-high 29 points in Saturday's game at Memphis across 36 minutes.

    Advice: The Beard was good for 9-of-20 from the field, including a solid 6-of-12 from behind the arc, while adding seven assists, five rebounds and three steals. The Rockets have incorporated Chris Paul (knee) back into the fold nicely and it hasn't affected the offensive production of the team, or Harden, one bit. 40 minutes ago
  • Stephen Curry scores 35 in big comeback win
    Stephen Curry scored 35 points with five rebounds, five assists, one block and four 3-pointers during a 124-116 win over the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: It's not often you seen Steph have multiple-game slumps, and he bounced back quickly from his nine-point dud in Boston on Thursday. The Warriors were hit in the mouth in the first quarter as they gave up 47 points in that frame, but were still able to overcome a 22-point deficit at half. They put up 47 of their own in the third and this game became the seventh time in the Shot Clock Era that two teams both scored at least 47 points in a quarter in the same game. Curry was a big part of that with his 20 points in that quarter to get to their fifth 40-point quarter on the year. Steph gets the Nets on Sunday, so he should be in for another big night. 43 minutes ago
  • Ben Simmons puts up 23/8/12 in loss to GSW
    Ben Simmons made 11-of-15 from the field for 23 points with eight rebounds, 12 assists and one steal during a 124-116 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.

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

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

    Advice: This makes a lot of sense after we saw him put in a good workout before today's game. Beverley seems to be up to speed for the most part and the Clippers missed him badly due their current NBA-high eight game losing streak. Sindarius Thornwell, Juwan Evans, Lou Williams and Austin Rivers should lose some value. Beverley needs to be added in all standard leagues. Today, 8:03 pm
  • Kyrie Irving helps BOS earn 15th straight win
    The Celtics won their 15th consecutive game on Saturday, led by Kyrie Irving's game-high 30 points on 10-of-12 field goals and 5-of-5 free throws.

    Advice: Boston trailed by 15 points after one quarter tonight, but as usual they clawed back to improve their record to an astounding 15-2. Kyrie hit five 3-pointers with five assists, four rebounds and one block tonight, rounding out an uber-efficient game. His recent facial fracture obviously isn't bothering him, and it's important to remember that he hasn't even played 20 games with his new team -- the best is yet to come. Today, 7:23 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell has another strong night
    Donovan Mitchell scored 12 points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Magic on Saturday.

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

    Advice: He was expected to play 25 minutes, but he didn't need to because the Jazz won this by 40. For what it's worth, Rubio did look like he was moving around better, but he did miss some wide open shots. The bad news is Donovan Mitchell is handling the ball a lot more than expected, so that may explain the decline in dimes. Achilles issues can linger for a while, so hopefully the game off can get Rubio back on track. He does make some sense as a buy-low player, but only if it's at a heavy discount. Today, 7:13 pm
  • Kemba Walker goes for game-high 26
    Kemba Walker (wrist) shook off a wrist injury to play in Saturday's game against the Clippers, finishing with a game-high 26 points.

    Advice: Walker's wrist didn't appear to be giving him any trouble, as the point guard was good for a 6-of-9 shooting night from behind the 3-point line while adding six assists and two rebounds across 36 minutes. It appears safe to get him back into the active fantasy lineup for the upcoming week if you reserved him as a precaution. Today, 7:00 pm
  • Austin Rivers has off shooting night
    Austin Rivers finished with nine points, four rebounds and three assists across 34 minutes in Saturday's 102-87 loss in Charlotte.

    Advice: Rivers hit just 3-of-14 from the floor, including 1-of-6 from behind the arc, as his shooting woes continue. He's now just 19-of-63 (30.2 percent) across the past four outings. He trolled his ankle in practice last week and perhaps he is still dealing with the after effects of that injury. He remains a low-end option in fantasy despite his current starting status. Today, 6:41 pm
  • Shelvin Mack only gets garbage time
    Shelvin Mack did not score with five rebounds and one assist in 11 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He checked in with 10:34 left in the fourth with the score at 103-67, so he was not in the rotation. Mack moves into the background while D.J. Augustin and Elfrid Payton are healthy. Today, 6:32 pm
  • Pat Beverley does some contact work
    Patrick Beverley (knee) did some pre-game work and took on contact before Saturday's game in Charlotte.

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

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

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

    Advice: He tweaked his non-shooting wrist on Friday in his 38-minute gem. Walker blew up with a 47-point game in a loss to the Bulls on Friday and he's scored at least 20 in four straight. With Pat Beverley (knee) doubtful to play, Walker could be in for another big night in front of the home crowd. Today, 2:22 pm
  • John Wall (knee) questionable vs. Raptors
    John Wall (knee) is questionable to play against the Raptors on Sunday.

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

    Advice: Rubio was sidelined Friday night vs. the Nets. It was the first game he missed all season. Donovan Mitchell started at PG and played 35 minutes. Raul Neto logged 20 minutes off the bench. Nate Wolters saw just three minutes of action. Neto would see his playing time reduced if Rubio returns. Mitchell would still likely log 30-plus minutes. Rubio has struggled this season. He is shooting 37.3 percent from the floor and averaging just 5.5 assists per game. He's never averaged fewer than 7.3 assists over a full NBA campaign. Today, 10:15 am
  • Isaiah Taylor (eye) out 1-2 weeks
    Isaiah Taylor has been diagnosed with a retinal tear and will be sidelined for 1-2 weeks.

    Advice: Taylor suffered the injury when he got poked in the eye on Friday during practice. Malcolm Delaney will now inherit all of the backup PG minutes behind Dennis Schroder. The Hawks are also expected to call up Josh Magette from the G-League. Taylor should be on the waiver wire in all fantasy formats. Today, 10:02 am
  • Kemba Walker (wrist) questionable Saturday
    Kemba Walker (left wrist sprain) has been downgraded to questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: We didn't think much of it when Walker popped up on the injury report Saturday morning, as he was initially listed as probable. However, there is now cause for concern regarding Walker's availability for Saturday night's contest. If Kemba is unable to suit up, Michael Carter-Williams would likely draw the start at point guard. Malik Monk would also see an uptick in playing time off the bench. The Hornets don't have a shootaround today, so we'll have to wait for coach Steve Clifford to address the media this evening for an update. Today, 9:38 am
  • Kemba Walker (wrist) probable Saturday
    Kemba Walker (left wrist sprain) is listed as probable for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Walker must have dinged his wrist Friday; however, it certainly didn't slow him down as he poured in a season-high 47 points in a loss to the Bulls. Walker also added six rebounds, five assists and five triples. He should be ready to rock tonight but check back before tip-off on Saturday evening to confirm he is in the starting lineup. Today, 9:05 am
  • Isaiah Taylor (eye) likely to miss a few gms
    Isaiah Taylor (eye bruise) is expected to miss "a few games."

    Advice: Coach Mike Budenholzer said Taylor got poked in the eye on Friday during practice. Malcolm Delaney will see an uptick in playing time with Taylor on the sideline. Coach Bud also said the team would consider promoting Josh Magette from the G-League. Today, 8:22 am
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) doubtful Saturday
    Patrick Beverley (knee) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Hornets.

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

    Advice: "He's our starting point guard," Walton said after practice earlier this week. "So there's no discussion, no talks as of now of moving Lonzo to the bench. Nah. He's our starting point guard." Ball had been benched in the fourth quarters of the Lakers win on Monday and their loss on Wednesday. However, Ball closed out the game on Friday, despite continued struggles with his shooting. Ball's rebounding and assist numbers remain strong, but his poor percentages hurt his value. He currently ranks outside the top-150 in nine-category fantasy leagues. Today, 6:59 am
  • Tyler Ulis scores season-high 15 points
    Tyler Ulis scored a season-high 15 points with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: Finally. Ulis has really been a liability on offense, especially as a scorer. Maybe this game can get him going, but he's only a lukewarm add in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Arrow Pointing Up: Jamal Murray scores 31
    Jamal Murray was on fire again during a 146-114 win over the Pelicans on Friday, making 13-of-18 from the field for 31 points with two rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

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

    Advice: Ball's best game of the season came against the Suns when he had 29 points against them on Oct. 20, but it's pretty much been downhill since. He finished 3-of-7 from the field and missed both of his free throws, and it's a concern that he managed just six points against the tiny backcourt combo of Tyler Ulis and Mike James. On the bright side, at least he closed this game after getting benched in the fourth quarter of his previous two games. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores 19 points off bench
    Emmanuel Mudiay scored 19 points with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: Even with a strong game here, you could say this night was a loss for his fan club because Jamal Murray went off again. Mudiay is having a fantastic year, but the Nuggets are clearly at their best when the Blue Arrow is rolling. Mudiay isn't the best player to hold in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Garrett Temple scores 14 points
    Garrett Temple scored 14 points with four rebounds, two assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

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

    Advice: Teague hit 6-of-11 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc, posting his first double-double since Nov. 5, and his fifth overall on the season. He failed to post a steal for the third time in November after posting at least one theft in each of his seven games in October, but he continues to be a pretty solid value for those who took a chance on him in the middle rounds on draft day. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 29 points in bad loss
    Damian Lillard scored 29 points with one rebound, four assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers during an 86-82 loss to the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: This was a bad loss for the Blazers after they were starting to turn it on with their 4-2 run coming into this game. Lillard looked like he was going to have a huge night with a strong first quarter, but the Blazers as a team didn't score more than 22 points in any of the four quarters. Luckily for them, they get the Kings again on Saturday in Portland. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Kris Dunn scores career-high 22 points
    Kris Dunn scored a career-high 22 points vs. the Hornets on Friday with seven assists, five rebounds, three steals and two triples in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was back on the bench with Justin Holiday (personal) back in the lineup, but it seems like it's just a matter of time before he takes Jerian Grant's spot. Perhaps the most impressive part of this line was that he finished with one turnover, as he was averaging 3.4 TOs per game prior to Friday. He hit 10-of-16 shots and gets a great chance to build on this performance against the Suns on Sunday. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
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  • Spencer Dinwiddie puts up monster stat line
    Spencer Dinwiddie exploded during a 118-107 win over the Jazz on Friday, scoring a career-high 25 points with five rebounds, eight assists, two steals, six 3-pointers and no turnovers.

    Advice: We'll save you the time to start this blurb: Dinwiddie needs to be added everywhere. He is the first player in franchise history to record 25-plus points, six-plus 3-pointers made and eight-plus assists with no turnovers in a game. D'Angelo Russell (knee) is expected to miss a good amount of time, so Dinwiddie has the keys to one of the most fantasy-friendly systems out there. He is going to be a difference maker until DAR is back, which could be a long while. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell puts up 15/7/8 line as PG
    Donovan Mitchell made his first NBA start at point guard against the Nets during a 118-107 loss on Friday, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Those assists are a career high, but he did struggle as a shooter with his 5-of-15 line from the field. Mitchell continues to just blow right by defenders and he did an excellent job of finding open shooters along the 3-point line. Mitchell has made it abundantly clear since he arrived in Las Vegas that he deserves heavy minutes, and yet he's been better than expected. He should be owned in every league and his owners can worry about his sub-par FG% later. Yesterday, 8:39 pm
  • Kemba Walker goes off for 47 points in loss
    Kemba Walker scored a season-high 47 points (five short of career-high) on Friday, but the Hornets still fell to the Bulls 123-120.

    Advice: The Hornets are reeling with six straight losses, and coach Steve Clifford said the team has no identity right now -- the Bulls were dead last in offensive efficiency and still put up 123 points. As for Kemba, he was sensational en route to the second-highest point total of his career, hitting 17-of-27 shots with six rebounds, five assists and five triples. The All-Star PG will try to help the Hornets right the ship on Saturday against a Clippers team that has lost seven straight. Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • John Wall says he has fluid in his knee
    John Wall said fluid in his knee limited him on Friday in 91-88 loss to the Heat, making 3-of-12 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, eight assists and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He started out 0-of-7 in this game and he wasn't shy about what went wrong in the first half. "I could barely move out there. I couldn’t get the team going. It kind of hurt us," Wall said. He revealed he had treatment on his knee earlier this week, and that his status for Sunday depends how his knee feels in the next day or so. He was in a small slump this month, so perhaps this is why. If he's limited, Tim Frazier would start while Bradley Beal would carry the offense. Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) will not play vs. CLE
    Patrick Beverley (knee) will not play against the Cavs on Friday.

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

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

    Advice: He's played better than Malcolm Delaney at times, but Delaney would get all of the backup minutes if Taylor is out. Plus, the Hawks have run a lot of two-PG lineups, so that could help DeAndre Bembry. Yesterday, 1:57 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (Achilles) ruled out Friday
    Ricky Rubio (Achilles soreness) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Nets.

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

    Advice: Ball has struggled mightily with his shot all season and has been benched in the fourth quarter in each of the Lakers last two games. Walton told reporters that some of Ball's 3-point attempts have been forced and not within the flow of the offense. "If he’s going to his left and they go under (a screen) and he’s in rhythm and wants to pull up and shoot that 3, then we’re good with that. That’s what we want," said Walton. Ball will look to snap out of his slump Friday night vs. the Suns. Yesterday, 7:02 am
  • James Harden scores 48 points in 142-116 win
    James Harden went berserk during a 142-116 win over the Suns on Thursday, making 12-of-22 from the field for 48 points with two rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block, five turnovers and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets became the first team since 1991 to score 90 points in a half with 45 points in the first and second quarters. Harden also made all 18 from the line tonight and all 19 on Tuesday, which helped him get to 43 consecutive free throws and counting. Those free throws are part of the reason why he's scored 40.2 points per game over his last six on a ridiculous 68.8 TS% and a 39.0 usage rate. He did actually bang knees with Josh Jackson with nine minutes left in the second quarter tonight, but he stayed in the game and it clearly didn't affect him in a negative way. Yeah, Chris Paul could hurt him slightly, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see Harden finish the year as fantasy's top player. Thursday, 10:35 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 16 points in win
    Kyrie Irving made 4-of-16 from the field for 16 points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in a win over the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: He was very quiet to start the game, but he came through late and drew a foul on a drive with 14 seconds left to give the Celtics a two-point lead after the makes at the line. Perhaps he started slow because of the mask, but he ditched it in the second half and coach Brad Stevens said the decision to take it off was between Irving and the trainer. Irving was not having much success in isolation early in the year, but he's already been able climb out of that hole. He'll be flirting with first-round value all season. Thursday, 8:47 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores just nine in loss to BOS
    Stephen Curry did not fare well in his return from a one-game absence, making 3-of-14 from the field for a season-low nine points with six rebounds, five assists, four steals, four turnovers and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The Celtics were aggressive on defense and made him work on offense, which led to Curry making just 1-of-8 in the first half. He was also in some foul trouble with his fourth foul coming with nine minutes left in the third quarter and coach Steve Kerr pulled him -- Kerr doesn't usually pull Curry for fouls because he doesn't commit many. It's hard to chalk up this bad game to his thigh issue, so just expect him to turn it around against Ben Simmons and the 76ers on Saturday. That should be fun. Thursday, 8:07 pm
  • Stephen Curry (thigh) will play vs. Celtics
    Stephen Curry (thigh) will play against the Celtics on Thursday, according to Chris Haynes of

    Advice: There was never really any doubt after Curry cautiously sat out on Monday. Curry took a Ben Simmons knee to his thigh in the first quarter on Saturday and he was able to play through it, so he should be fairly close to 100 percent. It should be a showdown against Kyrie Irving tonight and Curry gets a tough test against the league's best defense. Thursday, 2:23 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (Achilles) questionable vs. Nets
    Ricky Rubio (Achilles) is questionable to face the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: He just hasn't looked right all year and maybe this is why. The first unit continues to struggle lately, and Rubio ranks second to last in net rating over the last three while making just 31.3 percent from the field in November. Meanwhile, Donovan Mitchell has logged a whopping 32 minutes at point guard to go with his 65 minutes as a wing over his last three. If Rubio can't play, Mitchell and the wings should be very busy while Raul Neto would have to step up a lot. Thursday, 12:36 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) doubtful for Friday
    Patrick Beverley (knee soreness) is listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: The Clippers have lost six straight games, but they'll likely be without Beverley "for at least one or two" more games according to coach Doc Rivers. Austin Rivers and Lou Williams will continue to play as many minutes as they can handle with Beverley on the shelf, while Sindarius Thornwell will play a significant amount of minutes as well. In terms of fantasy, Williams is by far the easiest to trust out of this trio. Thursday, 8:24 am
  • Ben Simmons puts up 18/9/10 with 5 steals
    Ben Simmons had another impactful game against the Lakers on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds, 10 assists, five steals and one block in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He and Joel Embiid are already one of the most dominating duos in the Eastern Conference. In their 266 minutes together, they have a +13.8 net rating and it feels like they're on their way to the postseason. Not coincidently, the 76ers have turned it on with a 7-2 record in their last nine games and Simmons has filled the stat sheet like few others with averages of 18.6 points, 8.8 boards, 7.9 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.0 blocks in that span. He's still made just four shots outside of 15 feet on the year, but who cares? His upside is Giannis-esque. Wednesday, 11:15 pm
  • Damian Lillard gets 26/11/7 with five triples
    Damian Lillard helped the Blazers stave off the Magic on Wednesday for a 99-94 victory, posting 26 points, a season-high 11 rebounds, seven assists and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: Dame is on the cusp of first-round value, thanks in part to career-high averages in rebounds (5.6), steals (1.3), FT percentage (93.1%), and even blocks (0.5). He's scoring 24.4 points per game despite shooting 40.4%, which would be a career-low, and when his accuracy goes up his fantasy value will follow suit. Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Big Benching Brand: Lonzo doesn't play in 4Q
    Lonzo Ball got benched again on Wednesday during a loss to the 76ers, making 1-of-9 from the field for two points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Uh oh. He didn't play in final 16:04 tonight, and didn't play in the final 14:47 on Monday. This benching has been compounded by Jordan Clarkson getting hot these days, which won't go on forever. Ball has just been a complete disaster as a scorer with his 36.4 TS% on his 19.1 usage rate on the season. How bad is that? Well, no scoring qualifier has finished a season with a usage rate of at least 19 and a TS% below 39. We all knew Ball wasn't going to be a plus scorer, but he's off to one of the worst starts in history from an efficiency standpoint. Hopefully you're punting FG% anyway, and at least Ball has nowhere to go but up. Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Kris Dunn starts, hits 1-of-11 FGs in 29 mins
    Kris Dunn made his first start of the season on Wednesday, but he shot just 1-of-11 to finish with three points, six boards, three assists and one steal in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Justin Holiday was out tonight for personal reasons, which bumped Dunn into a dubious starting lineup alongside Jerian Grant, Quincy Pondexter, Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez. The result was nothing short of disastrous, with Chicago falling behind by 20 points after one quarter. Dunn is a viable steals specialist, but beware his damaging percentages (42.9% FGs, 66.7% FTs) and high turnovers (3.4). Wednesday, 9:56 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Dunn Chi - PG,SG
  • Eric Bledsoe gets 14/8/6 and defensive stats
    Eric Bledsoe finished Wednesday's home win with 14 points, eight assists, six rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: That type of across-the-board production is exactly what EB's owners want to see, and he balanced out his 4-of-12 FGs with a 5-of-5 mark at the line. The Bucks are being careful with Bledsoe, but he said after playing 27 minutes on Monday that his legs "felt good," and the playing time should ramp up soon enough. The Bucks are now 4-0 since inserting Bledsoe in the starting unit. Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon plays well in 26 minutes
    Malcolm Brogdon came off the bench on Wednesday for 12 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and a pair of 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Matthew Dellavedova (left knee tendinitis) was sidelined tonight, which opened up more backcourt minutes, and Brogdon took full advantage. His value took a hit with Eric Bledsoe coming to town, but the sixth-man role suits him just fine. Brogdon's fantasy floor is high enough to warrant holding him in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • Mario Chalmers starts in place of Conley
    Mario Chalmers started in place of Mike Conley (left Achilles) on Wednesday, notching eight points on 4-of-9 shooting, six assists and four rebounds.

    Advice: He didn't have any defensive stats and went 0-of-4 from downtown -- in fact, he made just one field goal outside of the restricted area. Conley is day-to-day which limits Chalmers to streaming and DFS appeal, unless you need a cheap PG in a deep league. Wednesday, 8:29 pm
  • John Wall scores 27 points in win vs. Heat
    John Wall made 9-of-21 from the field for 27 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers during a 102-93 win over the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's the Wall we know and it's just the second time this year he only had one turnover. Wall had an eight-game streak of not hitting 30.0 for his usage rate and he failed to score at least 25 points in his previous games since Oct. 21, so a big game here alleviates some concern that his shoulder issue from earlier this month was holding him back. Expect Wall to bust out with more lines like this one. Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 19 points w/ extras
    Donovan Mitchell stayed hot on Wednesday, scoring 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting with three 3-pointers, four rebounds and three assists.

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

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

    Advice: Chalmers played 26 minutes in his previous start without Conley. Chalmers didn't shoot the ball well with his 3-of-12 shooting line, but he should get plenty of usage with 5-10 assists. Conley could miss additional time due to his Achilles, so picking up Chalmers isn't a bad idea in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 3:42 pm
  • Doc: Beverley will be out at least 1-2 more
    Coach Doc Rivers said Patrick Beverley (knee soreness) is not expected to play "for at least one or two of these games" on the upcoming road trip.

    Advice: The Clippers start a five-game road trip on Friday and it does sound like Beverley could make it back at some point in that time. However, he's almost certainly out for Friday and it could be beyond that. The Clippers are the coldest team in basketball, but Lou Williams certainly isn't in fantasy. Sindarius Thornwell also should step up. Beverley fantasy owners should stand pat for now. Wednesday, 2:28 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. puts winning above all else
    After scoring a career-high 27 points on Tuesday night, Dennis Smith Jr. was more concerned with the fact that the Mavericks picked up another loss.

    Advice: "We’ve got to get something that translates to wins. Whether it’s 27 or seven [points], we’ve got to get some wins," Smith said. "I’m still getting about wherever I want most of the game. It’s just something has got to translate to wins." This is the sort of mentality you want from your franchise player, and while DSJ probably won't be happy with the Mavs' win-loss record at the end of the season, his fantasy owners have to be pleased with his averages of 21.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 triples, 1.3 steals and 1.0 block per game over the past three. Wednesday, 10:52 am
  • Kris Dunn will start Wednesday vs. Thunder
    Kris Dunn will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: This was the expected move with Justin Holiday (personal) taking the night off, but if Dunn plays well, he could potentially stick as a starter. He should see his minutes in the mid-30s as a starter tonight, so Dunn could be someone to think about as a low-budget DFS option. Wednesday, 10:09 am
    Player Note
    Kris Dunn Chi - PG,SG
  • Report: Utah has no plans of benching Rubio
    The Jazz have no plans of benching Ricky Rubio, according to sources of Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Advice: Rubio has not played very well at all in Utah this season, and he's been particularly bad over the past few weeks with meager averages of 11.6 points, 3.9 assists, 1.7 steals and 3.3 turnovers per contest, but the Jazz just want him to play through this rough stretch. He also doesn't have an obvious replacement, as Quin Snyder prefers to run Donovan Mitchell at the two and Dante Exum (shoulder) is essentially out for the season, so for now, his spot in the starting five is safe. Wednesday, 10:00 am
  • Kyrie Irving says mask blocks peripherals
    Kyrie Irving said that playing with a mask somewhat blocks his peripheral vision.

    Advice: "It's almost like having somewhat foggy blinders on," Irving said. "When I take off the mask, I can see everything. And when I have the mask on, I'm really dialed into what's in front of me. My peripherals are a little cut off, up and down. It's something to get used to." Irving also said that he chose to wear the clear mask instead of the black one as the black one completely blocks his peripheral vision, and while he clearly doesn't enjoy wearing it at all, this isn't going to be something that significantly affects his play. Wednesday, 9:01 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie returned to action on Tuesday November 14. Tuesday, 10:47 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. scores career-high 27 points
    Dennis Smith Jr. scored a career-high 27 points on 10-of-23 shooting in Tuesday's 97-91 loss to San Antonio.

    Advice: He was getting to the rim at will against San Antonio's slow-footed frontcourt and grabbed six rebounds with two assists, a career-high five 3-pointers and six turnovers. After a rocky start to the season, DSJ is looking more comfortable out there and it's showing in the boxscore. His fantasy arrow is pointing straight up with averages of 20.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.6 triples over his last five games. Tuesday, 8:30 pm
  • James Harden scores 38, hits 19-of-19 FTs
    James Harden hit 8-of-25 shots and 19-of-19 free throws for 38 points in Tuesday's 129-113 loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: This was the sixth game of his career with 19 free throws made, and he's comfortably leading the NBA in free throws made per game this season. He dished out 11 assists with six rebounds, one block, three triples and nine turnovers in 39 minutes, but his owners should be expecting a small dip in value with Chris Paul (knee) targeting a return on Thursday vs. Phoenix. Even with CP3 in Houston, Harden could still be a top-5 fantasy asset and hasn't scored fewer than 26 points since Oct. 28. Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 25 wearing mask
    Kyrie Irving returned from his facial injury and hit 8-of-20 shots and two 3-pointers for 25 points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal in 29 minutes in Tuesday's 109-102 win over the Nets.

    Advice: Irving only missed two games (one full, played 2 minutes in the other) with the injury and looked great tonight. The mask appeared to be bothering him when the clock was stopped, but when he was moving and into the game, it appeared to have no effect. Hopefully you had him in your lineup tonight, as the 25 points tied for his second highest scoring game of the season. Irving hasn't been blowing anyone's mind with his fantasy play this season, but he's rolling and the Celtics have won 13 straight games. Tuesday, 7:11 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie scores 12 w/ 11 assists
    Spencer Dinwiddie started at point guard and double-doubled with 12 points and 11 assists in Tuesday's loss to Boston.

    Advice: Dinwiddie didn't play against the Jazz on Saturday due to a hamstring injury, but it's a really good sign that he was able to play 34 minutes. His shot wasn't falling (4-of-14 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs), but Dinwiddie made some really nice plays and added four rebounds with one block and one 3-pointer. D'Angelo Russell (knee) is expected to miss "several games" even though coach Kenny Atkinson said he's day-to-day, so Dinwiddie could have some really nice short-term value if you can live with his rough field goal percentage. Tuesday, 7:10 pm
  • Dinwiddie, Crabbe, RHJ, Carroll, Booker start
    Spencer Dinwiddie, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Trevor Booker will start vs. the Celtics on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dinwiddie was the suspected D'Angelo Russell replacement, but it's interesting that Booker will be replacing Timofey Mozgov in the starting five tonight. As for Dinwiddie, he's played well in limited minutes (22.3) this season with averages of 9.8 points, 4.9 dimes, 1.5 triples and just 1.1 turnovers per contest, so he's certainly someone to consider throwing out there in daily leagues. Tuesday, 3:40 pm
  • Kyrie Irving starting, Smart to the bench
    Kyrie Irving (face) will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nets, sending Marcus Smart back to the bench.

    Advice: Irving will only end up missing one-game due to the facial fracture below his right eye, and he'll be donning a protective mask tonight, but that shouldn't be an issue that affects his play. Smart's minutes should hold steady despite moving back to the second unit, but Shane Larkin probably won't take the court tonight unless the game turns into a blowout. Feel free to get The Masked Man active for an extremely favorable matchup against the Nets. Tuesday, 3:06 pm
  • Stephen Curry (thigh) probable for Thursday
    Stephen Curry (thigh) is probable to play Thursday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Curry got in a full practice on Tuesday and looked fine, so it's should only be a one-game absence for the two-time MVP with this minor thigh issue. With Curry back in action, Shaun Livingston will shift back to the second unit, and the usage of Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will take a minor hit. Tuesday, 12:10 pm
  • Kris Dunn likely to start on Wednesday
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said that he will likely start Jerian Grant and Kris Dunn in the backcourt on Wednesday vs. OKC.

    Advice: Justin Holiday (personal) will not be with the team following the birth of his first child, opening a spot in the starting lineup. Dunn has played relatively well of late. Over Chicago's last three games, he is averaging 13.7 points (on 51.4 percent shooting), 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 3.0 steals in 28.6 minutes per contest. He should be expected to exceed 30 minutes on Wednesday, which makes him an enticing DFS option. Tuesday, 9:27 am
    Player Note
    Kris Dunn Chi - PG,SG
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) feeling 'much better'
    Patrick Beverley (right knee soreness) says his knee is feeling "way, way much better."

    Advice: Beverley has missed three straight games after getting fluid drained from the knee and feels he should have rested it at the start of the season. "I don’t feel like I took enough time off the first time. I was playing like 70%, trying to fight through it," Beverley said. "But it feels much better now, though, way much better, way, way much better, night and day." He wouldn’t say when he plans to return, but coach Doc Rivers said his Beverley would travel with the team on a four-game trip that starts Friday at Cleveland. We should have an update by Thursday. Tuesday, 8:39 am
  • Kyrie Irving (face) plans to play Tuesday
    Kyrie Irving (face) went through shootaround and said he plans to play Tuesday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Irving will be wearing a fitted mask when he returns to action on Tuesday night, facing a Brooklyn team that will be playing without D'Angelo Russell (knee). With Irving back in the lineup, Marcus Smart will likely be bumped back to the bench. Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin will see their minutes reduced as well. Tuesday, 8:04 am
  • Lakers won't change Lonzo Ball's form
    Lakers president Magic Johnson said that the coaching staff won't attempt to fix or change Lonzo Ball's form this season.

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

    Advice: Yes, his turnovers are a buzzkill, but he's steamrolling toward the Rookie of the Year Award (assuming he can hold off Donovan Mitchell and Dennis Smith Jr.), and is averaging a ridiculous 16.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.4 blocks on 45 percent shooting over his last five. Baller. Monday, 10:52 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay quiet in loss to Blazers
    Emmanuel Mudiay played 21 minutes off the bench and finished with just four points and zero assists on 1-of-4 shooting in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Mudiay's had some nice lines recently, but Jamal Murray and Will Barton are getting a lot of point guard minutes, meaning it will be tough for Mudiay to put up consistent, useful production. He's worth a look in deeper leagues, but in 12-teamers, he probably belongs on waivers. Monday, 10:21 pm
  • Shelvin Mack returns to the bench
    Shelvin Mack returned to the bench on Monday vs. the Warriors, scoring four points with six assists and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Elfrid Payton was back in action, but he's being brought along slowly due to soreness in his hamstring. Mack will eventually be demoted back to third-string PG when D.J. Augustin (hamstring) returns, so his owners should find a player with a better long-term outlook. Monday, 10:12 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 15 points vs. Denver
    Damian Lillard scored 15 points vs. the Nuggets on Monday, adding seven assists, five rebounds, four steals, two triples and four turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Lillard only hit 4-of-14 shots, but nailed all five of his freebies from the line. He's in a bit of a rut over his last three games with 15.3 points on 32.6 percent shooting, but it's just a matter of time before he heats up again. Monday, 9:44 pm
  • Jamal Murray scores 18 points
    Jamal Murray made 7-of-19 from the field for 18 points with five rebounds, one steal and six turnovers in 39 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

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

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

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

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

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

    Advice: Rubio has cooled off in November after a hot start in October, hasn't scored more than 11 points in his last five games, and hasn't had a double-digit assist game since Oct. 25. This was just his second game of the season without a steal, while he hasn't hit a 3-pointer in any of his last four games (0-for-14). He should get it going again soon and was coming off a 10-7-8 line on Saturday against the Nets. Monday, 8:35 pm
  • Tyler Ulis scores two points in 27 minutes
    Tyler Ulis scored two points with four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 27 minutes against the Lakers on Monday.

    Advice: It was another bad game on offense and he's having a tough time hitting open shots. The Suns did not use a PG for parts of this game, so coach Jay Triano doesn't trust his point guards right now. Ulis is a low-end fantasy asset right now and is going to need more volume to make an impact. Monday, 8:32 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) scores 15 points vs. MEM
    Eric Bledsoe played through a right knee contusion on Monday vs. the Grizzlies, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The low minutes were probably by design, but Bledsoe didn't seem bothered by his knee and played some really nice defense on Mike Conley down the stretch. He's averaging 13.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 triples through his first three games with the Bucks, but those numbers should improve once he develops some chemistry with his teammates and when his minutes go up. Monday, 8:18 pm
  • John Wall ultra efficient in easy win
    John Wall hit 8-of-9 shots and 4-of-4 3-pointers on his way to 21 points, two rebounds, nine assists and a steal in just 27 minutes.

    Advice: There's not really news here, as Wall's capable of doing this every time out, but it's not often you'll see him have a one-miss game. Monday, 6:58 pm
  • Curry out Monday, Livingston to start vs. ORL
    Stephen Curry (right thigh contusion) has been ruled out of Monday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: He was "very, very, very unlikely to play," but coach Steve Kerr said he would play if this was a playoff game. The Warriors begin a four-game road trip on Thursday in Boston, so hopefully Curry heals in time for the showdown vs. the Celtics. Shaun Livingston is starting and will be a popular DFS punt. Monday, 5:50 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (right knee contusion) will play
    Eric Bledsoe (right knee contusion) is in the starting lineup on Monday vs. Memphis.

    Advice: "If he can go that means his knee is fine," coach Jason Kidd said about an hour before tip-off. Bledsoe made it through warmups just fine and this injury sounds relatively minor, so get the PG in your lineups. Monday, 4:58 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) a true game-time call
    Eric Bledsoe (right knee contusion) remains a game-time decision for Monday's matchup with Memphis.

    Advice: The Bucks may want to play it safe with Bledsoe, who hadn't seen the court for roughly three weeks before making his Milwaukee debut on Friday and has a history of knee issues, but we likely won't get official word until just prior to tipoff. If he's out, Malcolm Brogdon would return to the starting five and Khris Middleton would see some increased playmaking opportunities. Stay tuned. Monday, 3:27 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie expected to start Tuesday
    Spencer Dinwiddie (hamstring) is expected to start Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Dinwiddie missed Saturday's game with a minor hamstring issue, but with D'Angelo Russell (knee) going down, Dinwiddie will power through his injury and try and help fill the void left by D-Lo. Dinwiddie has been sneaky good this season with averages of 9.8 points, 1.5 triples, 4.9 dimes, 0.9 steals and 1.1 turnovers per contest in 22.3 minutes a night, so if you're okay with some up-and-down shooting (38.4 FG%), Dinwiddie is worth a speculative pickup. Monday, 12:22 pm
  • Stephen Curry (thigh) doubtful for Monday
    Stephen Curry (right thigh contusion) is "very, very, very unlikely to play" Monday vs. the Magic, according to Warriors' Insider Monte Poole.

    Advice: The Dubs are so stacked that they can afford to have their stars take a night off here and there without significantly diminishing their chances of pulling off a win, and with Curry not making it through shootaround and Golden State calling up Quinn Cook from the G-League, it's looking like the two-time MVP will be watching from the sidelines tonight. Shaun Livingston will draw the start if Curry sits, and guys like Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will see an uptick in usage. Monday, 11:49 am
  • Stephen Curry (thigh) sits out shootaround
    Stephen Curry (thigh) did not participate in the Monday morning shootaround.

    Advice: He remains questionable to play against the Magic, but he'll likely end up as a game-time call. If Curry is held out, Shaun Livingston figures to draw the start, while Draymond Green would likely run most of the offense. Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala would all get a bump in value as well. Monday, 10:58 am
  • Tyler Ulis will start again on Monday
    Tyler Ulis will remain in the starting lineup on Monday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Ulis was disappointing in his first start on Saturday with two points, five assists, three rebounds, two steals and two turnovers in 26 minutes, but he has a great chance to bounce back because the Lakers have allowed the third most fantasy points to PGs this season. Ulis will be joined by Devin Booker, T.J. Warren, Marquese Chriss and Tyson Chandler. Monday, 10:57 am
  • Bledsoe (knee contusion) is a game-time call
    Eric Bledsoe is a game-time call vs. Memphis on Monday with a right knee contusion.

    Advice: The Bucks were worried about Bledsoe picking up an injury because he was off for nearly two weeks when the Suns were shopping him, but at least this sounds minor. If Bledsoe can't go, Malcolm Brogdon will likely move back into the starting lineup and would get a nice bump in usage, while Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton will have a little more weight on their shoulders as well. Monday, 10:39 am
  • Kyrie Irving (face) is questionable Tuesday
    Kyrie Irving (face) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: After missing Sunday's game with a minor facial fracture, Irving has been fitted for a mask and has joined the team for their short trip to Brooklyn. The Nets are going to be without D'Angelo Russell (knee), so maybe the Celtics give Irving another game off to prepare him for Thursday's showdown vs. the Warriors. We'll know more on Tuesday morning after the shootaround, but look for Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier to benefit if Irving can't go. Monday, 10:05 am
  • Damian Lillard not concerned about finger
    Damian Lillard (finger) said he sat out of Sunday's practice as a precaution.

    Advice: The injury is to his ring finger on his left (non-shooting) hand, but Lillard said it's not going to be an issue. He will be ready to roll for Monday's game vs. Denver, so get him into your lineups and don't think twice about it. Monday, 8:52 am
  • Dennis Smith Jr. hits 6-of-17 FGs, scores 15
    Dennis Smith Jr. followed up Saturday's big game with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Thunder threw everything at the rookie defensively, with Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson and even Paul George taking turns against him. He shot just 6-of-17 from the field with five turnovers, but hit a pair of 3-pointers and had enough all-around production to appease most owners. He's showing the type of upside owners envisioned on draft day, but there will be more bumps in the road -- he is 19 years old, after all. Sunday, 7:01 pm
  • James Harden dishes 15 assists vs. Pacers
    James Harden distributed a season-high 15 assists on Sunday, adding 26 points, five rebounds, three 3-pointers and two steals in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Harden had nine assists in the first quarter alone, helping Houston claim a 35-18 lead, and he came within two dimes of his career-high. Chris Paul went through some light work during Friday's practice and he's inching closer to a return, but Houston has no need to rush him back -- their 11-3 record is tops in the West, just ahead of the 10-3 Warriors. Sunday, 5:46 pm
  • Beverley, Gallinari, Teodosic all out Monday
    Patrick Beverley (sore right knee) will not play vs. the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) and Milos Teodosic (left foot) will also miss Monday's game. With their backcourt depth tested, we should again see plenty of Austin Rivers and Lou Williams, with Sindarius Thornwell possibly earning another start. The Clippers don't play again until Friday, so maybe that factored into Bev and Gallo both sitting out Monday's game. Sunday, 5:00 pm
  • Stephen Curry (thigh) questionable Monday
    Stephen Curry (right thigh contusion) is questionable for Monday's game vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Curry hurt himself on Saturday and the 'questionable' tag isn't a surprise, but he did say after the game, "I'm sure it's going to hurt tomorrow, but I'm sure I'll be alright." If the Warriors err on the side of caution and keep Steph out, Shaun Livingston should get more minutes. The Warriors would also run more offense through Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and their bevy of capable playmakers. Check back for updates after Monday's shootaround. Sunday, 3:55 pm
  • Damian Lillard skips practice, will play Mon
    Damian Lillard (left ring finger) sat out Sunday's practice, but he will play Monday vs. Denver.

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

    Advice: He has a minor facial fracture under his right eye and won't be at the arena. Irving is going to be fitted for a mask, and head coach Brad Stevens said he didn't know if Irving will be able to travel for Tuesday's game in Brooklyn. With Irving on the shelf, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart get a significant bump in value, and Shane Larkin will likely be in the rotation again. Sunday, 10:44 am
  • Tyler Ulis gets his first start
    Tyler Ulis made his first start of the season on Saturday with two points, five assists, three rebounds, two steals and two turnovers in 26 minutes against the Wolves.

    Advice: The stat line isn't great, but Ulis played well on defense and getting the win will be a plus in coach Jay Triano's eyes. Mike James probably won't be going away and this will likely be a split for a while, but feel free to grab Ulis if you need a point guard. He won't do much outside of steals and dimes, though. Saturday, 10:40 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell scorches Nets for 26
    Donovan Mitchell finished with 26 points, three assists, three rebounds and a steal across 26 minutes on Saturday against the Nets.

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

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

    Advice: The Blue Arrow made 12-of-21 from the field and was on fire in the first quarter with 16 points. Coach Mike Malone continues to preach consistency for the second-year guard, so there will be added pressure on him against the Blazers on Monday. Murray also looked great off the ball and was able to convert his wide-open shots to earn this easy win in an up-tempo game. It's been a bumpy ride, but Murray has been awesome overall in his last eight with a 66.1 TS% and a 24.6 usage rate. He's also first on the team in net rating over that span. Yes, this is why we've been preaching patience for one of the best young shooters in the NBA. Saturday, 10:08 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores 12 points
    Emmanuel Mudiay scored 12 points with three rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: Jamal Murray strikes back, but it is noteworthy that coach Mike Malone did play them together today because Gary Harris (shoulder) wasn't out there. Mudiay still has some work to do to firmly unseat Murray and he doesn't offer much upside. Saturday, 9:43 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon logs 33 minutes Saturday
    Malcolm Brogdon played 33 minutes off the bench on Saturday, notching 16 points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in a win vs. L.A.

    Advice: Brogdon came in averaging 33.6 minutes and his role as sixth-man should be fine for fantasy purposes, even if it eventually caps his upside. His trade appeal dipped following the Eric Bledsoe trade, so most owners should sit tight and hope he takes to leading the second unit -- so far, the results are encouraging. Saturday, 9:30 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe plays 31 minutes vs. Lakers
    Playing in his second game for the Bucks on Saturday, Eric Bledsoe finished with 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He made 4-of-13 FGs (0-of-6 from deep) and it will inevitably take him a while to fully mesh with his new team, but fantasy owners have to be thrilled. It didn't take long for him to get traded away from Phoenix, and his efficiency should quickly improve with defenses focused on Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. It's all-systems-go for EB's owners. Saturday, 9:24 pm
  • Shelvin Mack scores seven in 24 minutes
    Shelvin Mack scored seven points in a start at point guard with one rebound, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: While he does start at point guard, Mack is basically a shooting guard and doesn't really handle the ball much. Elfrid Payton (hamstring) is fully expected to be ready for Monday, so put Mack back on the wire. Saturday, 9:20 pm
  • Ben Simmons looks human against Warriors
    Ben Simmons had 13 points, five rebounds, eight assists and two steals on 6-of-17 shooting in Saturday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Simmons is just fine. He had four turnovers tonight, which is to be expected, but he's still a fantasy monster despite tonight's line. Can you say Rookie of the Year? Saturday, 9:14 pm
  • Kris Dunn gets chance in second half
    Kris Dunn ended up with 15 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals across 26 minutes off the bench Saturday at San Antonio.

    Advice: Dunn joined Bobby Portis in the starting five to kick off the second half, as Paul Zipser was sent to the bench and Lauri Markkanen (ankle) was on the shelf. The former standout at Providence College made the most of his chance, and he is averaging 13.7 PPG with 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 APG and 3.0 SPG over his past three outings. He is clearly better than Paul Zipser, and there is no reason Dunn shouldn't be playing more minutes until David Nwaba is healthy enough to re-join the mix. Saturday, 9:05 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Dunn Chi - PG,SG
  • Stephen Curry not too concerned about injury
    Steph Curry hit 5-of-12 shots and 3-of-6 3-pointers for 22 points, four boards, nine assist and a steal, but suffered a thigh contusion on Saturday night.

    Advice: "I'm sure it's going to hurt tomorrow, but I'm sure I'll be alright," he said. Curry should be fine after taking a Ben Simmons knee in the thigh, especially because he was able to rest while the Dubs were blowing out the Sixers on Saturday night. He's expecting some pain on Sunday, so owners should check back and make sure he is able to go on Monday. We think he will be. Saturday, 8:51 pm
  • Dennis Smith turns in strong stat line
    Dennis Smith Jr. finished with 21 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots over 30 minutes in Saturday's 111-104 loss against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: There haven't been a lot of bright spots on the hardwood so far in the Metroplex this season, but DSJ and Harrison Barnes are certainly doing their part every night. Smith has turned up the intensity in November, hitting at least 3-pointer in each of his games while averaging 19.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game after averaging just 11.3 PPG, 5.7 APG and 3.0 RPG in six October outings. Saturday, 8:25 pm
  • Lonzo Ball makes NBA history w/ triple-double
    Lonzo Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double on Saturday, scoring 19 points with 13 assists, 12 rebounds, four blocks, three steals and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Ball is 20 years and 15 days old, so he beat out LeBron James by five days. The rookie's historic night included efficient 7-of-12 shooting from the field, but L.A. still didn't have enough to avoid their fifth loss in six road games this season. Luke Walton said recently that "any time you turn on any sports show, all the talk about is [Ball's] shot," but that won't be the case this weekend. The rookie's percentages (29.2% FGs, 50.0% FTs) are a massive anchor in category leagues, of course, but that doesn't obscure his obscene potential. Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • James Harden still red hot, scores 38 points
    James Harden's hot streak continued on Saturday as he piled up 38 points (11-of-25 FGs, 10-of-14 FTs), eight assists, six 3-pointers, four rebounds and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Harden has zoomed to the No. 1 spot in nearly every fantasy format over the past five games, and his numbers in the past three are unreal -- 43.0 points, 6.3 threes, 5.7 rebounds, 11.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 0.7 blocks. He's averaging 11.8 free throw attempts this month, up from 7.0 in October, and has made at least six 3-pointers in his past five games. With Chris Paul (knee) inching closer to a return, this is a timely reminder that, in the end, Harden's talent will win out. Saturday, 7:44 pm
  • John Wall scores 13 points in 24 minutes
    John Wall (illness) played 24 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 13 points with five rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal during a 113-94 win.

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

    Advice: He hasn't been very good as a starter and Jonathon Simmons has clearly outplayed him when the Magic didn't have Elfrid Payton (hamstring) like tonight. Mack is still a decent stream, but we like Simmons a lot in this matchup. Saturday, 4:35 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie out; Trevor Booker in
    Spencer Dinwiddie (hamstring) will not play against the Jazz on Saturday and Trevor Booker (back) is available.

    Advice: We should see Isaiah Whitehead in the rotation tonight while the Nets wings should also be getting more run after Dinwiddie has played next to D'Angelo Russell more these days. Dinwiddie fantasy owners should still hold him. Saturday, 4:25 pm
  • John Wall (illness) will start against Hawks
    John Wall (illness) will start against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was called probable for this game earlier today, but he may be slightly limited because he didn't go through shootaround. Wall lit up the Hawks in the playoffs last year with averages of 29.5 points, 10.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.5 treys in those six games. It's possible he can flirt with this numbers in what should be a very fast game. Saturday, 2:25 pm
  • Kyrie Irving has a minor facial fracture
    Kyrie Irving suffered a minor facial fracture on Friday and he is currently listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: The good news is he did not suffer a concussion, and he's probably going to be able to wear a mask once the medical staff thinks he's ready to play. The Celtics will play again on Tuesday before they have a showdown against the Warriors, so that may be the target date. Until then, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier are headed for a bigger role with Shane Larkin the second unit -- Larkin was effective on Monday. Plus, there's plenty of usage that will go around. Saturday, 2:06 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (hamstring) is questionable
    Spencer Dinwiddie (right hamstring tightness) is questionable to play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: The Nets are one of the most cautious teams in the NBA, so there's a very really chance Dinwiddie can't give it a go. If he's out, Isaiah Whitehead would be moving into the rotation as the backup point guard. Plus, Dinwiddie has played around 5-8 minutes per game next to D'Angelo Russell, so that means more playing time for Caris LeVert, Allen Crabbe and Joe Harris. Saturday, 11:28 am
  • Report: John Wall (illness) probable vs. ATL
    John Wall (illness) is "probable" to play against the Hawks on Saturday, according to team reporter Ben Standig.

    Advice: Just to clarify, this is not your typical probable tag like say the Hawks would use. He is officially questionable for this game, so a fair estimate would be he has a 75 percent chance to play in this game. For now, his fantasy owners can pencil him into their lineups in a great matchup. Saturday, 11:14 am
  • John Wall (illness) questionable for Saturday
    John Wall (illness) was unable to participate in shootaround and is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: If Wall is unable to play on Saturday, Tim Frazier would slide into the starting lineup. Frazier has started one game in place of Wall this season. Frazier finished with four points, one rebound and eight assists over 31 minutes in that previous start. We may have to wait until coach Scott Brooks' pre-game meeting with the media to get an update on Wall's status for Saturday night. Saturday, 8:54 am
  • Kyrie Irving not diagnosed with a concussion
    Coach Brad Stevens said that Kyrie Irving had not been officially diagnosed with a concussion but that he will be monitored moving forward.

    Advice: Irving took an inadvertent elbow to the face early in the first quarter on Friday night and was bleeding badly from his nose. He went to the locker room and was unable to return to the game. The initial tests indicate that he was not concussed, but team doctors will continuously check on him. "At halftime they said they were going to monitor him through the next 36 hours, or 24, whatever the typical timeline is," said Stevens. Boston's next game is Sunday vs. Toronto. We should have an update on Kyrie shortly. Saturday, 6:22 am
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 12 points
    Donovan Mitchell scored 12 points in a start against the Heat during a 84-74 loss on Friday, adding two rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored all 12 of his points in the first half, finishing at just 5-of-14 from the field in his 36 minutes. Mitchell is coming off a 3-of-21 shooting line on Wednesday, but coach Quin Snyder still trusted him in that game and even close with him at point guard. Mitchell has a 28.7 usage rate on the year and he's getting minutes in the 30s. He'll get a dream matchup against the Nets on Saturday, so he could be in for a big night. Friday, 11:03 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie scores nine points
    Spencer Dinwiddie scored nine points with three rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He did play a few minutes next to D'Angelo Russell, which is something coach Kenny Atkinson wants to see more of. Dinwiddie has actually been at his best in the second unit and he's still getting minutes in the low 20s almost every night. He hasn't been as good as earlier this month, but he does have value if you need PG stats. Friday, 10:21 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 19 in loss to Nets
    Damian Lillard scored 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting in Friday's 101-97 loss to the Nets.

    Advice: The Nets have allowed the most fantasy points to PGs this season and Lillard was coming off a 12-point dud, so his fantasy owners were likely hoping for a bigger night. He did grab nine rebounds with six assists, a triple and two turnovers, but his owners can now look forward to back-to-back weeks with four games on the schedule. Friday, 10:04 pm
  • Ricky Rubio struggles with shot in loss
    Ricky Rubio finished with just four points, three rebounds, three steals, two assists and five turnovers across 23 minutes in Friday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Rubio had an awful shooting performance, going 0-of-5 from the field. After shooting 43.0 percent from the floor in seven games in the month of October, Rubio's shooting percentage has nosedived in November. He is just 17-of-57 (29.8 percent) from the field in five outings in the current month while averaging just 9.5 PPG over the past four games. Friday, 10:02 pm
  • Brogdon plays 34 minutes in Bledsoe's debut
    Malcolm Brogdon moved to the bench on Friday vs. the Spurs but still played 34 minutes with nine points, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one triple.

    Advice: The Bucks shortened their rotation with Eric Bledsoe in the mix and it's a good sign that Brogdon still played heavy minutes, but he wasn't nearly as involved on offense as expected -- he posted a 13.6 usage rate after hovering around 20.0 before the Bledsoe trade. He's still a hold in most formats, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to be the top-60 player in standard 9-cat leagues that he was. Friday, 9:27 pm
  • Austin Rivers scores 17 points
    Austin Rivers scored 17 points with two assists and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: It was a night he'd probably like to forget on defense and maybe he wasn't 100 percent. Rivers was "50-50" to play in this game because he rolled his ankle in practice on Thursday, but the Clippers needed him badly with Pat Beverley (knee) out. He's a low-end option in fantasy. Friday, 9:27 pm
  • Bledsoe scores 13 w/ 7 dimes in MIL debut
    Eric Bledsoe had a successful debut for Milwaukee in Friday's 94-87 win over the Spurs, scoring 13 points with seven assists, four rebounds, one steal and one triple in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Bucks kept a close eye on his minutes since he hasn't played in an NBA game October 21st, but he appeared to be in excellent shape and meshed well with his new teammates. He finished 6-of-15 from the field and missed his only free throw with three turnovers, but all in all it was a solid showing with a 26.7 usage rate -- similar to his usage rate in Phoenix. The Bucks actually shortened their rotation with Malcolm Brogdon getting plenty of minutes (34) as well, so Bledsoe could be closer to 32 minutes in his next outing. Friday, 9:03 pm
  • Kris Dunn goes for 16 points off bench
    Kris Dunn hit 8-of-14 from the field in 34 minutes off the bench Friday against the Pacers, finishing with 16 points.

    Advice: Dunn also added five assists, four rebounds and three steals with four turnovers. Head coach Fred Hoiberg said after the game that Dunn makes great plays followed by careless turnovers. He is still a young player learning on the job, but he has a very bright future once he starts to mature as a professional and cut out the miscues. Friday, 8:16 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Dunn Chi - PG,SG
  • Kemba Walker scores 20 w/ 11 assists
    Kemba Walker scored 20 points with 11 assists, five rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in a 90-87 loss to Boston on Friday.

    Advice: The Hornets had a meltdown in the fourth quarter as they were outscored 26-11. Walker recorded his 29th career points/assists double-double, but couldn't buy a 3-pointer tonight -- he missed all six triples and finished 5-of-19 from the field. On the bright side, Kemba knocked down 10-of-11 FTs and is on pace to demolish his previous career-high in FTAs per game. Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell starting, Hood to bench
    Donovan Mitchell will replace Rodney Hood in the starting lineup on Friday vs. the Heat.

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

    Advice: He said he would be play and now we have confirmation from his head coach (and father) as well. The Clippers are shorthanded with both Patrick Beverley (knee) and Danilo Gallinari (glute) out, so Rivers and Lou Williams will have to play as many minutes as they can handle. Friday, 4:33 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon bumped to the bench Friday
    Coach Jason Kidd said Eric Bledsoe would replace Malcolm Brogdon as the team's starting point guard Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: The Bledsoe trade is a bummer for Brogdon, who has been playing exceptionally well this season. Brogdon has scored at least 13 points in nine of the 10 games he's appeared in and tallied at least 20 points in each of the Bucks last three contests. Kidd did state that Bledsoe's minutes would be monitored on Friday, as Bledsoe hasn't played a game in three weeks. Thus, Brogdon should safely see 30-plus minutes on Friday, but his playing time going forward is less certain. Friday, 9:59 am
  • Eric Bledsoe to start in MIL debut on Friday
    Eric Bledsoe will replace Malcolm Brogdon in the starting lineup Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Kidd did say that they would monitor Bledsoe's minutes on Friday night, as he has just one full practice under his belt and hasn't played in an NBA game October 21st. Thus, it's best to avoid Bledsoe in DFS formats on Friday, but being named the starting point guard right away is encouraging for his long-term fantasy value. We will have to wait and see how playing time between Brogdon and Bledsoe is divvied up once Bledsoe is back in game shape. Friday, 9:46 am
  • Austin Rivers (ankle) says he'll play Friday
    Austin Rivers (ankle) said he will play Friday vs. the Thunder.

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

    Advice: The Clippers are already short-handed with Patrick Beverley (knee) and Danilo Gallinari (glute) ruled out for Friday. If Rivers is unable to suit up, Lou Williams would be asked to play extended minutes. Wes Johnson, Sindarius Thornwell and Juwan Evans would also see additional playing time. Friday, 9:19 am
  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores 21 points in win
    Emmanuel Mudiay made 8-of-10 from the field for 21 points in a 102-94 win over the Thunder on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, five assists and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: While it wasn't a career scoring night, it's fair to say this was the best game he's ever played. Mudiay made his first seven from the field and played fairly mistake-free basketball throughout the game. Coach Mike Malone trusted him again down the stretch and after the game he called him the MVP of the night. "As I told the team in the locker room, Emmanuel was phenomenal tonight, proud of him and happy for him," Malone said. As great as this outing was and even considering how well he played in the preseason, Mudiay is only a lukewarm pickup in 12-team leagues. Thursday, 11:09 pm
  • Jamal Murray scores nine in 18 minutes
    Jamal Murray played 18 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with nine points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone's hot-hand approach has really burned Murray's playing time. Emmanuel Mudiay played the game of his life tonight and Will Barton is in a groove. Before the game, Malone called Murray "inconsistent" and said he needs to relax to just make the right play. The coach also said Murray has been getting down on himself and Malone has watched a lot of tape with him. He's not exactly fun to own in fantasy right now, but the Nuggets are obviously committed to him after having multiple opportunities to land a point guard and still sticking with their 20-year-old guard. Thursday, 10:51 pm
  • Ben Simmons gets in foul trouble
    Ben Simmons scored 18 points with two rebounds, six assists and two steals in 27 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: He had some foul trouble in this game and picked up his fourth foul with 10:43 left in the third quarter. Somewhat shockingly, this was the first time Simmons was under 33 minutes in his NBA career and he likely would've been right at his usual 36 minutes had he avoided foul trouble. The heavy favorite for ROY is also up to 75.0 percent from the line this month and he's racking up the dunks to buoy his field goal percentage. If he ever gets a jumper, the sky is the limit. Thursday, 9:47 pm
  • James Harden triple-doubles, scores 35 in win
    James Harden posted his second triple-double of the season during a 117-113 win over the Cavs on Thursday, scoring 35 points with 11 rebounds, 13 assists, five steals, one block and six 3-pointers in 43 minutes.

    Advice: He joins Russell Westbrook and Ben Simmons as the only players with multiple triple-doubles on the year. While Harden's dimes have been there and his scoring is better than last year, his rebounding numbers have plummeted to 4.9 per game from 8.1 last season. Harden is also back to living at the line with his 11.4 attempts per game over his last five games, which explains the 36.0 points per game in that span. He's on a serious roll right now and his owners shouldn't worry too much about Chris Paul (knee) coming back. Thursday, 8:32 pm
  • Wall scores 23 in win over Lakers w/ 3 blocks
    John Wall scored a game-high 23 points in Thursday's 111-95 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: The Lakers have allowed the third most fantasy points to PGs this season, so they are lucky Wall didn't go bonkers. He finished a +23 in his 32 minutes, shooting 8-of-18 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line with eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocks. Wall's shoulder is now healthy and tonight's performance from the free throw line was a sigh of relief, as he was hitting 69.6 percent of his attempts prior to Thursday. Thursday, 7:27 pm
  • Lonzo Ball posts 10-8-8, but shoots 3-of-12
    Lonzo Ball notched 10 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one triple in Thursday's 111-95 loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Once again, Ball's efficiency was brutal, as he finished 3-of-12 from the field, 1-of-7 from deep and 3-of-7 from the line with four turnovers-- one of his free throws barely grazed the rim. "Its in my head to be honest," Ball said of his struggles. "I know I can shoot the ball." If you're not punting FG% in 9-category leagues, Ball is doing more harm than good to your fantasy team. Thursday, 6:36 pm
  • Austin Rivers (ankle) questionable vs. OKC
    Austin Rivers (ankle) suffered a mild sprain on Thursday and is questionable to play against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: This could be bad news with Patrick Beverley (knee) and Danilo Gallinari (glute) already ruled out. Lou Williams has played just 69 minutes next to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan this season, so he'll be adding to that number in a big way regardless. Plus, Wes Johnson, Sam Dekker and Sindarius Thornwell should have their minutes extended. Plus, Juwan Evans should be in the rotation, so that could be something to watch in super deep leagues -- he scored 22 points in the preseason finale. Thursday, 12:20 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) to miss next 2 games
    Patrick Beverley was sent home from the Clippers road trip with a sore right knee and will miss the next two games.

    Advice: He will miss Friday's game vs. the Thunder and Saturday's game vs. the Pelicans, so his next chance to play will be on Monday vs. Philly. Expect the Clippers to run some tests on his knee when he gets back to Los Angeles. In the meantime, Austin Rivers and Lou Williams will have to play a ton of minutes, and we could see rookie guards Jawun Evans and Sindarius Thornwell get a chance. Thursday, 10:24 am
  • Tyler Ulis plays 17 minutes vs. Miami
    Tyler Ulis played 17 minutes with four points, three assists and two turnovers against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Suns didn't add a young point guard in the Eric Bledsoe deal, so Ulis should be looking at minutes all season. However, he really isn't playing well and had a few glaring mistakes in this game, which explains the light playing time. Ulis really needs a lot of playing time to have value in standard leagues, so he's not the best stash, especially with how Mike James is a better fit next to Devin Booker. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Lonzo Ball gets 9/6/5 and four blocked shots
    Lonzo Ball shot 4-of-15 from the field to finish Wednesday's loss with nine points, six assists, five rebounds, one steal and a career-high four blocks.

    Advice: The blocks bolstered tonight's line, but Ball came in shooting horribly from both the field (29.9 percent) and the FT line (53.8 percent), which has ruined his appeal in roto and dragged him down in all category-based leagues. With 11.7 shot attempts per game, he's actually been the single-biggest drag on FG% this year. Wednesday, 8:26 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. not afraid of anybody
    Dennis Smith Jr. won't allow anyone to intimidate him on the basketball court.

    Advice: "Nobody's going to intimidate me," Smith Jr. said. "It's just playing basketball. John [Wall], he's a really great player, one of the best point guards in the league... Regardless of who was over there, I came in to try to lock in for the Mavericks." Rick Carlisle praised DSJ after his 22-point, eight-board, eight-dime effort during Tuesday's win, saying he was "great in all areas," so hopefully, he can keep his momentum going after a slow start to the year. Wednesday, 8:11 am
  • Brett Brown impressed with Ben Simmons
    Brett Brown has been impressed with how good Ben Simmons has been to open the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: "I didn’t realize that he was going to be as gifted athletically, immediately," Brown said. "I see it clearly now. You wished and you hoped, but you didn’t know... the realization is this organization has something very unique we hope for a very long time." Simmons has hit the ground running this season, posting top-60 value in 9-cat leagues behind averages of 17.8 points, 10.1 boards, 8.0 dimes, 1.7 steals, 0.9 blocks and 3.7 turnovers per contest, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Wednesday, 7:48 am
  • John Wall returned to action on Tuesday November 7. Wednesday, 12:21 am
  • Mario Chalmers (knee) plays 17 minutes
    Mario Chalmers (knee) played 17 minutes vs. the Blazers on Tuesday with seven points, three rebounds, two assists and one triple.

    Advice: He was probable with knee soreness, and he played a few less minutes than he normally does. The Grizzlies only have one more game this week and it's not until Saturday, so Chalmers is more of a deep-league handcuff for Mike Conley's owners. As for Conley, he scored 20 points with six assists, two steals and two triples in 31 minutes. Tuesday, 10:21 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell hits 3-of-21 shots
    Donovan Mitchell played 31 minutes off the bench on Tuesday but hit just 3-of-21 shots and 2-of-11 3-pointers for eight points, three rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He actually started the third quarter tonight, but if you've owned Mitchell for any length of time, you should already know that you have to be prepared to take the good with the bad. He came in hot, averaging 23.3 points and 3.3 3-pointers over his last three games, but fell back to earth tonight. He's been pretty inconsistent thus far and will probably continue to be until further notice. But he looks like one of the most NBA-ready rookies out there and owners should at least hang tight until his next big game. And if you can't handle the inconsistency that he'll bring, sell high as soon as it happens. Tuesday, 9:22 pm
  • Ben Simmons posts monster line in win vs. UTA
    Ben Simmons was a monster in Tuesday's 104-97 win over the Jazz, racking up 16 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He was 7-of-22 from the field with six turnovers, but hit both of his free throws and carried the 76ers with Joel Embiid resting, as he matched his career-highs in blocks, steals and rebounds. His usage rate rises from 21.1 to 28.4 with Embiid off the floor, so DFS owners should keep that in mind the next time The Process sits out. Simmons will be a triple-double threat every time he touches the floor and is the heavy favorite for Rookie of the Year. Tuesday, 9:20 pm
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