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  • Russell Westbrook piles up 57/13/11 in OT win
    Russell Westbrook followed up Monday's heroics with another astounding performance, dropping 57 points (21-of-40 FGs, 9-of-11 FTs), 13 rebounds, 11 assists, six 3-pointers and three steals in a comeback overtime win vs. Orlando on Wednesday.

    Advice: Westbrook led a furious charge to send this game into OT, capped by a clutch 3-pointer against two defenders to tie the game (see the link below). This was the highest-scoring game ever with a triple-double and Westy now has 38 of them on the year, three behind Oscar Robertson's single-season record. Magic swingman Evan Fournier advocated Westbrook as a "co-MVP" with James Harden before the game, and fantasy owners will also be hard-pressed to make a distinction between those two studs. 22 minutes ago
  • Dennis Schroder commits nine turnovers vs PHI
    Atlanta snapped a seven-game losing streak on Tuesday, despite Dennis Schroder committing nine turnovers while scoring 14 points on 6-of-16 shooting.

    Advice: It wasn't a total loss, as he chipped in five assists, three rebounds and one steal, but owners in 9-cat leagues can't be happy -- he's now averaging 6.8 turnovers in his past five games. He's also shooting below 41 percent from the field in that span, which takes the shine off his otherwise robust statistics. 40 minutes ago
  • Dante Exum starting at PG for Jazz Wednesday
    Dante Exum will start for the Jazz on Wednesday with both George Hill (groin) and Raul Neto (groin) unavailable

    Advice: Shelvin Mack should also get plenty of minutes tonight with Utah thin in the backcourt, with Gordon Hayward also earning extra ball-handling duties. Exum is only worth a glance for short-term value. Today, 6:18 pm
  • Ty Lawson (quad) probable Wednesday vs. Jazz
    Ty Lawson (quad) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game vs. Utah.

    Advice: The Kings are leaning into their youth movement and it's impossible to rely on Lawson down the stretch, but at least he might give deep-league owners something tonight. Today, 5:57 pm
  • Seth Curry (shoulder) will play on Wednesday
    Seth Curry (shoulder) will play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: He was a full participant during shootaround and is no longer feeling any pain in his left shoulder, so he should be back in the starting five without a minutes restriction tonight. With Curry back in action, Yogi Ferrell will likely head back to the second unit and J.J. Barea won't play as much. Feel free to get Curry active for what should be an uptempo game against New Orleans. Today, 4:06 pm
  • Ron Baker will start Wednesday vs. the Heat
    Ron Baker will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Heat, with Derrick Rose (sore left knee) unavailable.

    Advice: Joining Baker in the starting five for tonight's game will be Courtney Lee, Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez. Baker really hasn't done much in his previous five starts this season, owning meager averages of 3.6 points, 1.6 dimes, 1.2 steals and 1.2 turnovers per game on 30.4 percent shooting, so he's not a very attractive option tonight with nine other games on the slate. Today, 3:59 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (wrist) shooting with right hand
    Kyle Lowry (right wrist surgery) has progressed to shooting with his right hand.

    Advice: In an ideal scenario, Lowry will be able to get back to the court for the final 4-5 games of the year, but he remains without an official timetable, and you can bet the Raptors will be extremely cautious with bringing him back. With such little information, Lowry makes for an unattractive stash in most settings. Today, 3:22 pm
  • Ty Lawson (quad) questionable for Wednesday
    Ty Lawson (quad) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: If Lawson is out, that will leave just Darren Collison, Langston Galloway, Buddy Hield and Ben McLemore as the only available players in Sacramento's backcourt. Hield has been playing very well as of late, although with 10 games on a slate and a tough matchup vs. the Jazz, he's not necessarily a must-start guy. Lawson has been hit-or-miss this season, but typically when Collison and Tyreke Evans are active, it's a miss. Today, 2:55 pm
  • Derrick Rose (sore left knee) will not play
    Derrick Rose (sore left knee) will not play against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: This is not the same injury as his sore foot from over the weekend and Rose has a litany of knee injuries, so this could be a multiple-game absence. He'll be too risky to own in fantasy the rest of the way. We'll see plenty of Ron Baker in the starting lineup while Chasson Randle backs him up. Neither are great fantasy options. Daily Slant: With Rose and Thomas off the floor this season, Carmelo Anthony leads the Knicks with a 37.9% usage rate, a massive 6.7% bump from his season total. There has been some talk about the Knicks easing up on Melo down the stretch run, but he appears to be a full go this evening. We should also see Ron Baker pick up extra court time, although he's not all that appealing with Melo and Porzingis still active. Today, 2:52 pm
  • Garrett Temple will not play
    Garrett Temple (rest) will not play against the Jazz on Wednesday

    Advice: There should be a heavy dose of Buddy Hield with Temple out for today. Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway should get minutes, as well. Today, 2:48 pm
  • Alec Burks back with the team
    Alec Burks (personal) is back with the team and is expected to be available for Wednesday against the Kings.

    Advice: After being away from the team on Monday to be there for the birth of his daughter, Burks should be in the rotation tonight. He was playing point guard earlier in 2017 and the Jazz could look at him in that spot today. It'll still be tough to trust him in fantasy, especially if Gordon Hayward (quad) is a go. Today, 1:17 pm
  • George Hill, Raul Neto will not play vs. SAC
    George Hill (groin) and Raul Neto (groin) will not play against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hill looked like he may have suffered this injury on Saturday, and he suffered another groin injury on Monday, as well. He has been a very slow healer and he's had groin injuries before, so the Jazz could take it easy on him until he's 100 percent. His fantasy owners may have to weigh their options on dropping him. With Hill and Neto out, Dante Exum and Shelvin Mack should be splitting the minutes at the point while Joe Ingles could be more of a primary ball handler. If Gordon Hayward can't go, there may be enough shots to go around for Exum to shoot the ball enough to use in DFS. He's a risky option, of course. Today, 11:54 am
  • Dwyane Wade (elbow) doing light shooting
    Dwyane Wade (elbow) has been doing some light shooting at recent practices, and head coach Fred Hoiberg said he's progressing well.

    Advice: To be clear, Wade is done for the regular-season, so he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all re-draft formats. There is, however, a slim chance that Wade may be able to return at some point during the playoffs should the Bulls make the postseason, but with the way things have been going for Chicago this year, them squeaking their way into the playoffs seems like an unlikely scenario. Today, 10:46 am
  • Cameron Payne recalled from the D-League
    Cameron Payne has been recalled from the D-League.

    Advice: Unfortunately, the move to Chicago did nothing to bolster Payne's fantasy value. Leave him on the wire. Today, 9:49 am
  • Seth Curry (shoulder) plans to play vs. NO
    Seth Curry (shoulder) was a full participant during shootaround and said he feels like he's "good to go" for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: It looks like the shoulder issue will only end up costing Curry one game on the sidelines, and if he is indeed able to get back to the court tonight, Yogi Ferrell will return to the bench and J.J. Barea's playing time could be confined to the teens. Check back for official confirmation on Curry's status closer to tip-off. Today, 9:45 am
  • Pels plan to give Quinn Cook 2nd 10-day deal
    The Pelicans are reportedly set sign Quinn Cook to a second 10-day contract.

    Advice: Cook has made just three brief appearances for the Pelicans since signing his initial 10-day deal, so while he'll help New Orleans in terms of depth, he has no business being owned in any fantasy leagues. Today, 8:53 am
  • Report: Indiana will waive Rodney Stuckey
    The Pacers will reportedly waive Rodney Stuckey (knee) on Wednesday.

    Advice: Stuckey will be injured throughout the postseason, and the Pacers need healthy bodies for a playoff run, so Stuckey gets the ax after only managing to suit up for 39 games for the Pacers this season. Additionally, with Indiana getting him off the books prior to April 10, Stuckey will no longer have a player option of $7 million for next season, so he'll need to find his next contract via free agency. Today, 7:42 am
  • James Harden acknowledges wrist is hurting
    James Harden acknowledged after Tuesday's 5-of-20 shooting performance that his left (shooting) wrist is giving him problems, but he doesn't anticipate spending any time on the sidelines.

    Advice: "It's pretty tough, man, I'm not going to lie," said Harden of fighting through the pain with his wrist. "I don't like to feel sorry for myself at all, but just the shot is short and frustrating when you can't really follow through and whatnot. I'm going to continue to go out there and do my best." While Harden has made it clear he has no interest of getting hit with a rest day, it's Mike D'Antoni who will ultimately be able to decide if he plays Thursday vs. Portland. Check back for another update following Thursday morning's shootaround. Today, 6:32 am
  • Seth Curry (shoulder) questionable Wednesday
    Seth Curry (left shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: The minor shoulder issue forced Curry to the sidelines on Monday night, which allowed Yogi Ferrell to return to the starting five and J.J. Barea was able to flirt with 30 minutes off the bench. It'll be more of the same if Curry is again out tonight, with both Barea and Ferrell qualifying as potential DFS targets. Stay tuned. Today, 6:24 am
  • Sean Kilpatrick returned to action on Tuesday March 28. Today, 12:34 am
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 22 points
    Jordan Clarkson (hand) scored 22 points on 10-of-19 shooting vs. the Wizards on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was playing with a bruised fifth metacarpal, but it didn't seem to bother him as he finished with four rebounds, three assists and two triples in 39 minutes. "He’s been one of our more consistent players and we have a lot more and higher expectations of the player he’s going to become," coach Luke Walton said of Clarkson earlier this week. Nick Young isn't even in the rotation anymore, so Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell are both poised to finish the season strong. Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell scores 28 w/ nine assists
    D'Angelo Russell posted a gem of a line on Tuesday vs. the Wizards with 28 points, nine assists, six rebounds, one block and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was well on pace for a triple-double, but the Lakers had a meltdown in the fourth quarter when they were outscored 37-13. Regardless, Russell shot 10-of-21 from the field and hit all four of his free throws, drawing the praise of head coach Luke Walton after the game -- Walton said he looked "brilliant" and praised him for his aggressiveness, passing and how he pushed the pace. Russell's value is locked and loaded the rest of the way, assuming Walton doesn't bench him again. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • John Wall scores 34 w/ 14 assists in win
    John Wall lit up the Lakers for 34 points and 14 assists in Tuesday's 119-108 win.

    Advice: Trailing by 13 points entering the fourth, the Wizards outscored the Lakers 37-13 in the final quarter. Wall finished 14-of-25 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line with three rebounds, four steals and one triple in 37 minutes, improving the Wizards to 30-12 since the new year. The Wizards play three more times this week against the Clippers on Wednesday, the Jazz on Friday and the Warriors on Sunday. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Jameer Nelson scores 23 points in loss to POR
    Jameer Nelson matched his season-high with 23 points in Tuesday's loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: He logged 34 minutes and shot an impressive 8-of-11 from the field with four assists, three rebounds and four triples. The Nuggets trail the No. 8 seed (Portland) by a single game with eight games remaining on the schedule, so there's no reason to think that coach Michael Malone will reduce Nelson's workload in favor of Jamal Murray or Emmanuel Mudiay while the Nuggets are in the mix for a playoff spot. Denver only plays two more times this week, so Nelson might be on a lot of benches in weekly formats. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • C.J. McCollum drops 39 points on 15-of-24 FGs
    C.J. McCollum went off for 39 points on 15-of-24 shooting in Tuesday's crucial win over the Nuggets.

    Advice: Portland has now won a season-high tying four straight games and improved to 12-3 in March which ties them with San Antonio for the league's best record in that span. As for McCollum, this was the second- highest scoring game of his career and he finished four points shy of his career-high (43). He hit all six of his free throws with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and three triples in 40 minutes, and with the Blazers holding a 1.0 game advantage over Denver for the No. 8 seed, McCollum should be an elite option the rest of the way. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Goran Dragic leads Heat with 28 points
    Goran Dragic hit 9-of-16 shots, a 3-pointer and 9-of-13 free throws for 28 points, four rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes of Tuesday's one-point win over the Pistons.

    Advice: There was once a time when everyone was worried about him being traded, but those days are long gone. Now he's simply the Heat's most reliable player as they fight for their playoff lives. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Tyler Ulis double-doubles in loss
    Tyler Ulis double-doubled vs. the Hawks on Tuesday with 15 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, one steal and one triple in 40 minutes.

    Advice: This was his fourth double-double of the season and they have all come in March. He only shot 6-of-16 from the field and his field goal percentage has been an issue, as he was hitting just 40.0 percent in his previous 14 games. Still, it's hard to complain about a player you picked up off the wire who's averaging 11.6 points, 7.5 assists and 1.4 steals this month. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Ish Smith cooking for Pistons right now
    Ish Smith made another start and Reggie Jackson sat out again on Tuesday, and Smith finished with 19 points and six assists on 7-of-13 shooting.

    Advice: He's played very well in two straight games and with talk of Jackson being shut down for good this season, Smith is as must-own as they come in all formats right now. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores 27 points
    Dennis Schroder scored 27 points on 12-of-27 shooting in a win over the Suns on Tuesday, helping the Hawks snap a seven-game losing streak.

    Advice: The 27 FGAs is a career-high, but it's not a surprise with Thabo Sefolosha (groin), Paul Millsap (knee) and Kent Bazemore (knee) all on the shelf tonight. Schroder added nine assists, six rebounds, one steal and two triples, and he's rolling with averages of 23.4 points, 7.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 0.8 steals and 2.0 triples over his last five games. This has been his best stretch of the season and he couldn't have timed it better for his fantasy owners. Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • James Harden triple-doubles, hurts wrist
    James Harden had his 20th triple-double of the season with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in Tuesday's 113-106 loss to the Warriors, but also hurt his left wrist along the way.

    Advice: He hit just 5-of-20 shots and 1-of-9 3-pointers, but was a perfect 13-of-13 from the line. As for his left wrist injury, coach Mike D'Antoni said it was bothering Harden during the game and that it might be something to "look at." It was also wrapped in ice after the game, ironically, on the same day Harden's comments about guys not resting so as not to let their teammates down emerged. If Harden sits, it's going to be because he's hurt, but he hasn't missed a game this season and we doubt he's about to start now. Especially with the fact he's embattled in one of the best MVP races we've ever seen with Russell Westbrook. The Rockets visit Portland on Thursday, so owners will want to watch for news about Harden's status for that one. Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson (hand) will play Tuesday
    Jordan Clarkson (hand) will play on Tuesday vs. Wizards.

    Advice: He was diagnosed with a bruised fifth metacarpal on Sunday, but he was able to play through the injury. We'll let you know how he fares tonight, but his fantasy owners can go ahead and deploy him in lineups. Yesterday, 5:53 pm
  • Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring) will play Tuesday
    Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring) will play Tuesday night vs. the Sixers.

    Advice: Kilpatrick had missed seven straight games. Coach Kenny Atkinson said that Kilpatrick will get some minutes "here and there," so we can expect him to see limited playing time on Tuesday. Kilpatrick will eat into the minutes of K.J. McDaniels and Randy Foye. Yesterday, 2:56 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (knee) to miss 4-6 weeks
    Rodney Stuckey (left patellar tendon strain) is expected to miss four to six weeks.

    Advice: Stuckey sustained the injury in Sunday night’s victory over Philadelphia. With less than three weeks left in the regular season, we have seen the last of Stuckey. He should be on waivers in all fantasy leagues. 2016-17 was a frustrating and injury-filled campaign Stuckey. He'll finish the season having appeared in just 39 games. Monta Ellis and C.J. Miles will see additional minutes with Stuckey on the shelf. Yesterday, 2:06 pm
  • Derrick Rose not listed as a starter vs. MIA
    Derrick Rose is not being listed as a starter in the game notes for Wednesday's matchup with Miami.

    Advice: The game notes list Ron Baker as New York's starting point guard, but it's worth pointing out that the game notes are notoriously unreliable, and this report is stemming from Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinal and not a New York beat reporter. We should have a better idea on Rose's status following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but if both he and Carmelo Anthony are indeed rested on Wednesday night, Kristaps Porzingis would see a nice uptick in usage. Yesterday, 2:01 pm
  • Ty Lawson plays 19 minutes in win
    Ty Lawson (knee) returned to action in Monday's game against the Grizzlies, finishing with 10 points over 19 minutes.

    Advice: Lawson was a late scratch Sunday due to a stiff right knee, but he didn't seem to be terribly impacted by the ailment. He drew plenty of contact, getting to the line 10 times in his 19 minutes while converting six times from the stripe. If you normally rely upon him in seasonal play he can safely be plugged back into the lineup. Monday, 10:59 pm
  • Garrett Temple doesn't do much with time
    Garrett Temple played 34 minutes in Monday's 91-90 win against the Grizzlies, but he finished with just six points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot.

    Advice: Temple was leaned upon heavily for his veteran presence in a game head coach Dave Joerger wanted badly against his former team, but Temple misfired on eight of his 10 field goal attempts. When Arron Afflalo (personal) or Tyreke Evans (rest) return it will mean a lesser role - and fantasy appeal - for Temple. Monday, 10:20 pm
  • Westbrook triple-doubles, hits game-winner
    Russell Westbrook hit the game-winning shot in Monday's 92-91 win over the Mavericks and triple-doubled with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

    Advice: He's been incredible all season, but he took it to another level tonight -- the Thunder closed with a 14-0 run and Westbrook had 12 of those points. He shot 15-of-30 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line with two steals and two triples, recording his 37th triple-double of the season. With nine games remaining, Westbrook is on pace to break Oscar Robertson's single-season record for triple-doubles (41). Mark Cuban is going to need some time to cool off after this performance. Monday, 8:14 pm
  • Derrick Rose drops 27 in Monday's win
    Derrick Rose finished with 27 points, six assists, four rebounds and a steal with zero turnovers over 33 minutes in Monday's 109-95 win against the Pistons.

    Advice: Rose has looked good in two outings since resting his ailing foot, averaging 25.5 points with 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds while hitting 22 of his 39 field goal attempts. The point guard is always a possibility to rest down the stretch, especially with the Knicks all but eliminated from the race for a playoff spot. Tread lightly. Monday, 7:51 pm
  • Garrett Temple starting Monday vs. Memphis
    Garrett Temple is in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Temple should do some heavy lifting with Arron Afflalo (personal) and Tyreke Evans (rest) in street clothes. While his role might be fairly significant for this game, he isn't someone to rely upon down the stretch. The Kings are likely to lean heavily upon their youth to get a jump on the 2017-18 season. Monday, 7:35 pm
  • Ish Smith posts 15-6-5 in starting role
    Ish Smith finished with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists over 35 minutes in Monday's 109-95 loss against the Knicks.

    Advice: Smith was in the starting five for the third consecutive game, and he is expected to get the nod again Tuesday with Reggie Jackson (knee) out for the second end of the back-to-back. Head coach Stan Van Gundy said he wasn't sure if Jackson would be shut down for the season due to his knee pain. Smith's fantasy owners certainly hope so, as Smith would likely finish out as the starter. Monday, 7:24 pm
  • Alec Burks out Monday due to personal reasons
    Alec Burks is not with the team for Monday's game against the Pelicans due to personal reasons.

    Advice: Burks just doesn't play enough minutes to make much of a difference for most fantasy owners, especially at this juncture of the season. Dante Exum and Joe Ingles will likely see a couple of extra minutes as a result of Burks being inactive. Monday, 6:10 pm
  • Seth Curry (shoulder) ruled out for Monday
    Seth Curry will not play on Monday vs. the Thunder due to a "minor shoulder injury."

    Advice: Curry tweaked his left shoulder back on Mar. 21 and has been playing through the issue, but he'll get the night off this time around. With Curry out, Yogi Ferrell could move back into the starting lineup and we should see more of J.J. Barea and Devin Harris. Curry's status for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans is up in the air. Monday, 4:36 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (knee) questionable Tuesday
    Rodney Stuckey (knee) is officially being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Stuckey left Sunday's game with a sore knee, but we should have a better idea on his status for Tuesday night once the results of his MRI are made public. If Stuckey can't give it a go on Tuesday, Monta Ellis and Aaron Brooks would have the opportunity for some extra minutes. Monday, 1:34 pm
  • Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring) probable Tuesday
    Sean Kilpatrick (strained left hamstring) is being listed as probable for Tuesday's matchup with the 76ers.

    Advice: Kilpatrick has spent the past seven games on the sidelines with the hamstring issue, but it sounds like he'll be back in action on Tuesday night. With Kilpatrick expected to be active, there won't be quite as many minutes available for guys like Randy Foye, Archie Goodwin and K.J. McDaniels. Monday, 12:58 pm
  • Ish Smith will remain a starter on Monday
    Ish Smith will remain in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: This will be Smith's third start in a row, although it's worth pointing out that he hasn't exceeded 28-minute mark in any of those outings. The point guard situation in Detroit has entered value-killing timeshare territory with Reggie Jackson and Smith, so this is something that should be avoided in standard leagues. Joining Smith in the starting five will be Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris, Tobias Harris and Andre Drummond. Monday, 11:52 am
  • Goran Dragic playing through a foot injury
    Goran Dragic is playing through a "nagging foot injury."

    Advice: The injury is so painful that the Heat training staff has been cutting a hole in the side of his sneaker to alleviate the pressure while he’s playing. There aren't any specifics, but this likely explains why Dragic has slowed down with averages of 15.6 points, 5.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 1.2 triples on 35.7 percent shooting over his last five games. The good news for fantasy owners is that DNPs will be unlikely down the stretch for Dragic with the Heat clinging onto the No. 8 seed. Monday, 10:38 am
  • James Harden (wrist) practices Monday
    James Harden (wrist) is practicing on Monday and will play vs. the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Advice: He already said that he would play on Tuesday vs. the Warriors after aggravating his wrist on Sunday night, but it doesn't hurt to get more confirmation. Harden's owners should be in great shape with four games on the schedule this week. Monday, 10:22 am
  • Rodney Stuckey's status is unclear
    Rodney Stuckey's (knee) status for Tuesday's game vs. the Wolves is up in the air.

    Advice: He left Sunday's game against the 76ers due to a sore left knee and wasn't able to return. "We haven’t taken X-rays yet," McMillan said on Sunday night. "He was walking a little better coming off the floor. I’m sure [the training staff] will give me an update tomorrow." Stuckey will undergo an MRI on Monday afternoon, and if he misses time, both Monta Ellis and C.J. Miles could see a bump in minutes. Monday, 8:56 am
  • James Harden says he will play vs. Warriors
    James Harden said he will play on Tuesday vs. the Warriors despite aggravating his left wrist on Sunday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: He left Sunday's game vs. the Thunder in the final minute after a hard a fall and didn't return, but he said that he's "good." Coach Mike D'Antoni hinted that Harden may get a maintenance day at some point, but not if Harden has anything to say about it. "It's something he's probably going to have to put up with the rest of the year," D'Antoni said. "It's a tendon. He jammed it. Hopefully, he's good. If he needs to rest, he'll rest and make sure he gets well, but knowing him, he wants to play." With Harden hoping to lock up the MVP Award, his fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned. Monday, 6:52 am
  • Jordan Clarkson OK after hand injury Sunday
    X-rays were negative on Jordan Clarkson's bruised fifth metacarpal on Sunday, and he returned to finish with 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists, going 4-of-16 from the field with one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Clarkson dropped a career-high 35 points on Friday and he seems to have avoided any serious injury tonight, although he was ice-cold after returning. "He has the ability to be so dynamic," Luke Walton said before the game. "He’s been one of our more consistent players." His long-term outlook is terrific, and barring a setback owners can also expect him to be ready for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards. Sunday, 9:42 pm
  • C.J. McCollum quiet in easy win vs. Lakers
    C.J. McCollum shot just 5-of-13 from the field on Sunday, finishing with 13 points, one 3-pointer, three assists, one rebound, one steal and four turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Portland has won three straight games and they're tied with Denver for the No. 8 seed. McCollum's struggles tonight didn't really matter because Portland had this game in hand early, and he could have played more minutes if it weren't a blowout. Expect a more robust line in a critical home game vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday. Sunday, 9:23 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey exits Sunday's game
    Rodney Stuckey (knee) left Sunday's game against the 76ers due to a sore knee and he was unable to return.

    Advice: With the Pacers up by a considerable margin, it's uncertain if Stuckey was unavailable due to the severity of his injury or if he was just rested since the game was well out of reach. If Stuckey misses any time it's good news for Aaron Brooks. Stuckey finished with just two points on 1-of-8 shooting before departing. Sunday, 5:18 pm
  • Russell Westbrook drops 39-13-11 line in loss
    Russell Westbrook notched his 36th triple-double of the season during Sunday's loss to the Rockets, racking up 39 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds, three 3-pointers and five turnovers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: As per usual, Westbrook was extremely aggressive at getting to the line, going 10-of-16 from the charity stripe while connecting on 13 of his 24 shot attempts for a 62.8 true shooting percentage. Westbrook now needs just six more triple-doubles to surpass Oscar Robertson's single-season record, a feat that seems highly attainable with 10 more games on the schedule for OKC. Sunday, 4:29 pm
  • James Harden double-doubles, tweaks wrist
    James Harden put up a 22-point, 12-assist double-double during Sunday's win over OKC, but exited the game with 30 seconds left in the fourth after a hard fall on his left wrist, and did not return.

    Advice: Harden added five boards, two triples and five turnovers through his 36 minutes of floor time, but this wrist issue is definitely a concern. Harden's left (shooting) wrist was heavily wrapped up in ice after the game, and he acknowledged during his post-game interview that he initially suffered the injury during Monday's win over Denver. Head coach Mike D'Antoni said it's something Harden will likely be dealing with the rest of the season, and admitted that he'll rest the MVP-candidate if need be. For now, we'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Golden State, and if he's out, Lou Williams would likely emerge as the primary beneficiary. Stay tuned. Sunday, 3:21 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores 24 points
    Dennis Schroder scored 24 points with three rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Nets during a 107-92 loss on Sunday.

    Advice: He took a couple hard hits in this game, including a cut on the mouth from Jeremy Lin's contact to Schroder's face. With this loss, the Hawks still haven't won a game without Paul Millsap and they continue to slide in the standings. As for Schroder, he does get a 4.1 usage rate boost and an increase in assist percentage when Sapper is on the bench, so his fantasy upside has increased due to more volume. Sunday, 1:56 pm
  • Ty Lawson (knee) a late scratch vs. Clippers
    Ty Lawson (right knee stiffness) was a late scratch vs. the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: Lawson's injury wasn't reported until well after the game began, so this will burn more than a few owners in DFS and deep leagues. He's a perpetual DNP risk even when healthy, and there should be many more reliable options on the waiver wire. Sunday, 12:57 pm
  • Tyler Ulis scores 16 with nine dimes
    Tyler Ulis scored 16 points with four rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes against the Hornets on Sunday.

    Advice: Not having Leandro Barbosa is a factor for Ulis, who just dominates in playing time when the Brazilian Blur isn't out there. While Ulis is really struggling as a shooter, he's turned in solid averages lately with 11.0 points, 3.4 boards, 8.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.8 turnovers over his last five. Teams seem to understand how to defend him better once he gets inside, so Ulis has some work to do. He's still someone worth owning in all leagues. Sunday, 12:35 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 32 points on 100.0 eFG%
    C.J. McCollum made scoring 32 points look easy during a 112-100 win over the Wolves on Saturday, making 11-of-13 from the field and all six free throws with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Not bad on efficiency with a 102.3 true shooting percentage. Damian Lillard said McCollum is the best midrange player in the league, but McCollum said on the Blazers broadcast that he's the best "in the world." He may be right with C.J. way above league average in non-restricted paint scoring, midrange and on 3-pointers. For a guy who gets 48.3 percent of his shots on pull-ups, McCollum is vastly underrated as an elite scorer in the NBA. His fantasy owners certainly don't underrate him thanks to his top-20 value in standard leagues this season. Saturday, 10:24 pm
  • Seth Curry flops as PG vs. Raptors
    Seth Curry scored 11 points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: The Mavs want to get a look Curry as a point guard, but it just wasn't there against a vastly improved defense. We've seen coach Rick Carlisle turn trash to treasure on a lot of point guards, so this should be a positive for Curry after an adjustment period. Of course, fantasy owners in redraft leagues may not enjoy said adjustment period. He still has to be starting in almost all formats. Saturday, 9:20 pm
  • Derrick Rose scores 24 points
    Derrick Rose (foot) scored 24 points with five rebounds, five assists and one turnover against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: Considering he had Kawhi Leonard on him quite a bit during this game, this is a positive for Rose. His sore foot that kept him out for the last game looked like a non-issue, as well. There's always risk of Rose resting and he usually doesn't play when he's banged up, so he'll be a tough player to rely on the rest of the way, especially because the Knicks will likely be eliminated from the postseason on Monday. Start him at your own risk with four games next week. Saturday, 8:16 pm
  • Ron Baker moves back to bench
    Ron Baker scored two points with three rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: The Knicks gave Derrick Rose a full workload, so Baker only picked up the backup minutes. Even if Rose did miss time, Baker would likely only split minutes with Chasson Randle. There isn't enough upside to stash him. Saturday, 8:07 pm
  • John Wall drops 37 points in win at Cleveland
    John Wall scored 37 points during a 127-115 win over the Cavs on Saturday, adding four rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was red hot and made his first seven shots from the field during this win. Wall and the Wizards just dominated in the paint with 58 points from that range, and they also had a 27-4 advantage in fast-break points during this win. The Wizards are within shouting distance for the top seed and are just 2.5 behind the Cavs while they're 2.0 behind Boston for No. 2. Wall's shot is back with two efficient games in a row, so his owners can expect monster stat lines with four games this week. Saturday, 8:02 pm
  • Rose, Lee, Kuz, Porzingis & Willy starting
    Derrick Rose, Courtney Lee, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez will start against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: It sounds like Rose should be fine, but we'll see how long the he lasts in what is shaping up to be a blowout. Saturday, 5:26 pm
  • Wall good to go for Saturday
    John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat will start against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: Wall looks like he's good to go and didn't have a water jug as he arrived to the arena this time around. Get him in your lineup and feel free to have high expectations, especially with a thin second unit lacking Bojan Bogdanovic (back). Saturday, 4:17 pm
  • Derrick Rose is available to play vs. Spurs
    Derrick Rose (foot) is available to play against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: The "available to play" tag can be a little worrisome, especially when it's on a tanking team and for Derrick Rose. Rose has also said he doesn't care too much about free agency because he saved his money, so that's a whole different story. There are a lot of red flags on Rose, so most owners may just want to steer clear. Ron Baker and Chasson Randle will lose playing time, assuming Rose is a full go. Saturday, 4:06 pm
  • George Hill scores just nine points
    George Hill scored nine points with one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: He did suffer what looked like a groin injury, but he stayed in the game after a timeout. He also was shut down by Chris Paul in this game, so there's no need to worry. Hill's minutes were climbing with 36.7 minutes per game over his previous three, but it's worth a mention he hasn't played in a back-to-back set since before this recent spike. The Jazz have games every other day from now until Apr. 4, so Hill should be all set for this four-game week coming up. Saturday, 3:21 pm
  • Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring) out again Sunday
    Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring) will not play against the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: This hamstring strain will cost him at least two weeks and the Nets haven't indicated much on his progress. Kilpatrick did have an interesting tweet about his time on the sidelines today. "Our road trips be memorable," Kilpatrick tweeted. "Learning, getting better, and analyzing the game of basketball." It sounds like he'll be studying a little while longer. K.J. McDaniels has seen some minutes while Randy Foye has slightly benefited. Saturday, 2:22 pm
  • Derrick Rose to test foot at shootaround
    Derrick Rose said he will test his sore right foot at shootaround to see if he will be able to play Saturday night vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Rose, who injured his foot Wednesday night and did not play Thursday vs. the Blazers, is listed as questionable in the game notes. This may come down to a game-time decision. Ron Baker and Chasson Randle would split minutes at point guard if Rose is unable to play. Saturday, 8:53 am
  • Ty Lawson returned to action on Friday March 24. Saturday, 8:00 am
  • Ty Lawson happy court date is behind him
    Ty Lawson says he feels like a weight has been lifted off his shoulders after getting through a court appearance on Thursday.

    Advice: Lawson denied he violated his probation stemming from a drunken driving case in 2015 and had his next hearing pushed back to May 4. This means he will not be disciplined by the NBA this season. Lawson started at PG on Friday vs. the Warriors and finished with 20 points, two assists and two 3-pointers. "He looked much more relieved," said coach Dave Joerger. "He was the Ty that we know that he is still." Saturday, 7:43 am
  • Ty Lawson scores 20 points
    Ty Lawson scored 20 points with two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers against the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: He did his damage early with 18 points in the first half, but the Kings went away from him in the second half. Considering Lawson will likely be rested for several games, he can stay on the wire in fantasy. Friday, 11:46 pm
  • James Harden scores 38 points with 17 dimes
    James Harden scored 38 points during a 117-107 win over the Pelicans on Friday with 17 assists, seven rebounds, one block, two steals and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's his NBA-high eighth 30-plus scoring game this month. Harden also scored or assisted on 77 points tonight, and he's currently on pace to set the record for that department this season with 57.7 points per game -- Nate Archibald has the record with 56.8 in 1972-73. He has scored at least 38 points in four straight and will get a big MVP-caliber matchup with Russell Westbrook Sunday afternoon. There will be triple-doubles. Friday, 11:38 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 33, hits 8 triples
    Jordan Clarkson scored a career-high 33 points on 13-of-20 shooting with eight 3-pointers, five assists and two rebounds in 47 minutes in a 130-117 overtime win over the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: What a way to respond after he scored five points on 1-of-9 shooting vs. the Clippers on Tuesday. It's no secret that Clarkson is a high-volume shooter, but Walton said earlier this week that he wants him to find other ways to impact the game if his shot isn't falling. "He’s too good of an athlete. He’s one guy who loves to compete, but you can’t get locked in and focus on the fact you can’t make any shots," Walton said. "That’ll come eventually. Get into someone on defense, make some steals, make some passes, take a charge, do something." Clarkson has been a beast since the Lou Williams trade and should be owned in standard leagues. Friday, 10:26 pm
  • John Wall scores 22 points vs. Nets
    John Wall (migraine) needed just 24 minutes to score 22 points during a 129-108 win over the Nets on Friday, adding four rebounds, nine assist and one steal.

    Advice: Thankfully, the Wizards had this game in hand early to limit Wall's playing time. Wall said he's dealt with migraines in the past and he took a nap until about 4:30. He had a gallon of water as he arrived to the arena and warmed up wearing a hoodie. The Wizards have a massive game in Cleveland on Saturday, so hopefully Wall will be back to 100 percent. Friday, 8:42 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores 28 points in loss
    Dennis Schroder scored 28 points on 11-of-25 shooting with seven rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and three triples vs. the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: Since Paul Millsap (knee) went down, Schroder is averaging 18.5 points, 6.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.4 triples over his last four games, but his efficiency is way down -- he's shooting 36.1 percent from the field with 4.8 turnovers in that span. With that said, tonight's line was encouraging and his owners can look forward to his great matchup with the Nets on Sunday -- Brooklyn has allowed the most fantasy points per game to point guards this season. Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Ty Lawson and Kosta Koufos starting Friday
    Ty Lawson and Kosta Koufos are starting vs. the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: The Kings are starting Lawson, Buddy Hield, Arron Afflalo, Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein. Lawson was rested last game, but he's looking at a heavy workload tonight with Darren Collison resting this time around. He's still a low-end option going forward. Friday, 7:14 pm
  • Ish Smith scores six in start
    Ish Smith scored six points in the starting lineup during a start against the Magic on Friday, adding three rebounds and one turnover in 16 minutes.

    Advice: This isn't going to end well for the Pistons with two bad losses in a row. While Smith should remain in the first unit for the short term, it's still going to be a timeshare and his usage figures to take a hit with better players around him. He's more of a steals and dimes specialist than a guy fantasy owners should count on the rest of the way. Friday, 6:27 pm
  • John Wall (migraine) will play Friday night
    John Wall (migraine) will play Friday night against the Nets.

    Advice: He is not 100 percent and did not go through shootaround. As he arrived to the arena, he had a gallon of water, was wearing sunglasses and didn't exactly look healthy for this one. His fantasy owners in season-long leagues have to start him, but DFS owners may want to be careful on using him even in a plus matchup. Friday, 3:02 pm
  • Brooks expects Wall (migraine) to play Friday
    Coach Scott Brooks said he expects John Wall (migraine headache) to play Friday vs. the Nets, but Wall's status has not yet been confirmed.

    Advice: Wall was unable to participate in shootaround on Friday morning and is listed as questionable. This update from Brooks certainly qualifies as good news, but we are still awaiting confirmation. Check back soon, as we should have our final answer within an hour. Brandon Jennings will get the start if Wall is unable to play. Friday, 2:30 pm
  • John Wall (migraine) questionable for Friday
    John Wall (migraine headache) is considered questionable for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Wall did not participate in the team's shootaround on Friday morning. He will be re-evaluated pregame on Friday night to determine his availability. This is shaping up as a game-time decision. It is worth noting that the Wiz are playing the lowly Nets. Many teams have used games against Brooklyn to rest their star players. Luckily, the game tips off at 7 pm, so we will have an official update before DFS lineups get locked in.Daily Slant: In the event that Wall does sit, both Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris will become much stronger DFS plays. Beal carries a strong 31.0% usage rate with Wall off the floor this year, while Morris leads the starters with a 7.8% usage bump. Bojan Bogdanovic actually leads the Wizards in usage without Wall on the floor, but it's in a smaller sample size. A match-up with the lowly Nets only makes Beal and Morris more intriguing. Friday, 10:40 am
  • Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring) ruled out Friday
    Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring) will not play Friday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: This will be the sixth consecutive game Kilpatrick has missed. He should be left on waivers in all leagues. K.J. McDaniels has been the biggest beneficiary of late. McDaniels has played over 20 minutes in each of Brooklyn's last two games and posted season-highs in both points (16) and rebounds (8) Thursday night in a blowout victory over the Suns. Friday, 9:58 am
  • John Wall (headache) does not practice Friday
    John Wall (headache) did not practice Friday and will be checked on later in the day.

    Advice: It doesn't seem as if Wall is currently in any danger of missing Friday's game, but we will have to wait for confirmation from the team. It should also be noted that the Wizards play the Nets on Friday night. Many teams have rested star players this season when playing against Brooklyn, the NBA's worst team. Check back later for an update. Friday, 9:48 am
  • Ish Smith will start again on Friday night
    Ish Smith will remain in the starting lineup Friday night vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Coach Stan Van Gundy wanted to shake things up on Wednesday and inserted Smith into starting five. Smith finished with nine points, seven assists, three steals, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes. Reggie Jackson had just six points and four assists in 19 minutes. Friday, 9:40 am
  • Ty Lawson denies violating his probation
    Ty Lawson denied that he violated his probation is a court hearing on Thursday.

    Advice: The Associated Press reported that Lawson "wanted his vehicle equipped with an interlock device that would test him for alcohol consumption so he could prove he's not drinking." The judge agreed and will hold another hearing in May to determine if Lawson should face more severe punishment. Thus, it appears he won't face any discipline from the NBA this season. Lawson may have to deal with a suspension at the start of the 2017-18 season, depending on what happens in his next court hearing. Friday, 7:13 am
  • Ron Baker scores four in start
    Ron Baker scored four points in a start against the Blazers on Thursday with one rebound, four assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: It's never easy to tell how long Derrick Rose (foot) is going to be out, but his track record suggests he could miss additional time. Still, Baker just doesn't do enough on the stat sheet to add speculatively. Thursday, 9:19 pm
  • Seth Curry will get more minutes at PG
    Coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavs "need" to take an extended look at Seth Curry as a point guard going forward.

    Advice: Interesting. Curry played mostly the two during a win over the Clippers and he's played a lot of two since his breakout. Curry was not a very good point guard earlier in his career, and the change to the SG is part of the reason he's been so good. Regardless, Curry has a big role coming his way and he should continue to be a must-start player in all formats. Curry turned in a strong Thursday game, scoring 23 points with three rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in a win over the Clippers. Thursday, 9:08 pm
  • Tyler Ulis double-doubles on Thursday night
    Tyler Ulis recorded another double-double in a game-high 45 minutes on Thursday night in Brooklyn, finishing with 10 points, 12 assists, five rebounds and four turnovers.

    Advice: Phoenix was obliterated on Thursday night (126-98). However, the Suns simply don't have any other healthy point guards on the roster, so Ulis was forced to play nearly the entire game. As a result, Ulis has been fantasy gold for those shrewd enough to pluck him off the wire. The poor field goal percentage is an issue (he was just 5-of-19 on Thursday), but his overall production has been fantastic. Over his last five contests, Ulis is averaging 13.6 points, 10.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals in a whopping 41.8 minutes. Thursday, 8:06 pm
  • Ron Baker getting the start
    Ron Baker will start for Derrick Rose (foot) on Thursday against the Blazers.

    Advice: Baker should be splitting the minutes with fellow rookie Chasson Randle tonight. Plus, the Knicks would likely run some two-PG lineups against the quicker Blazers backcourt. Randle has the higher upside, but most fantasy owners can ignore this situation unless Rose gets ruled out for multiple games. Thursday, 6:40 pm
  • Derrick Rose out for Thursday
    Derrick Rose (sore right foot) will not play against the Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury late on Wednesday night and was limping after the game. Rose missing a game due to injury is nothing new and he could miss more time as he approaches free agency this summer. The Knicks should get a look at Chasson Randle and Ron Baker tonight, but both are not really great fantasy adds unless Rose is ruled out for multiple games. Thursday, 5:31 pm
  • Seth Curry in the starting lineup
    Seth Curry (shoulder) is in the starting lineup against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: He had a minor shoulder injury against the Warriors, but there was no word of any lingering damage heading into this game. While he has been struggling, get him in your lineup. Thursday, 5:25 pm
  • Cam Payne to the D-League
    Cameron Payne was sent down to the Windy City Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: He should be back with the Bulls this weekend. Payne has not played in an NBA game since Mar. 13 and is basically the fourth PG on the depth chart. Thursday, 3:25 pm
  • X-rays negative on Derrick Rose's left foot
    X-rays were negative on Derrick Rose's left foot, but he exited the arena after Wednesday's game with a brace and a noticeable limp.

    Advice: Rose did return after the injury, finishing with 17 points and six assists in 32 minutes, but we're considering him questionable to face the Blazers on Thursday. Rose said that his foot was injured, not his ankle, and his oft-injured knees don't seem to have been affected. If he is forced to miss any time, Ron Baker and Chasson Randle would absorb the PG duties. Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • Garrett Temple comes off the bench
    Garrett Temple scored 12 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's tough to count on any Kings vet right now with how the front office finally is getting to play the youth. Temple can remain on the wire in just about all fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 10:03 pm
  • Derrick Rose returns to action
    Derrick Rose (right ankle) returned in the fourth quarter on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had a sore right ankle and did go to the locker room. Rose appears to be fine, but the Knicks may take it easier on him. Wednesday, 9:40 pm
  • Russell Westbrook drops triple-double No. 35
    Russell Westbrook turned in his 35th triple-double of the season during a 122-97 win over the 76ers on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds, 14 assists, two blocks and five turnovers.

    Advice: Westbrook was 6-of-6 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line to make him the first player in NBA history to drop a triple-double on perfect shooting. Westbrook only had a 19.5 usage rate in this game, which is less than half his season average and is also a season low by a mile. In fact, this was only the second time this season he had a usage rate under 30 in a game. He gets a triple-double date with James Harden on Sunday afternoon. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • John Wall recovers after ice-cold start Wed
    John Wall made 6-of-21 FGs and 9-of-12 FTs vs. the Hawks on Wednesday, finishing with 22 points, 10 assists, four steals, two rebounds and two blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Wall went into halftime scoreless on 0-of-8 FGs and 0-of-2 FTs, but he was on a mission in the third and fourth quarters, helping Washington come back for an impressive home win. Wall also threw down a decisive dunk on a breakaway late in the fourth quarter, which you can enjoy via the link below. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Dennis Schroder w/ 10 turnovers in road loss
    Dennis Schroder committed a career-high 10 turnovers during Wednesday's 104-100 defeat, adding 18 points (5-of-16 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs) with six assists and two rebounds.

    Advice: Schroder's previous career-high was seven turnovers but he simply couldn't get out of his own way vs. John Wall tonight. Miscues have been a constant issue for him in the NBA, but he's done enough over the past few weeks for owners to overlook tonight's unsightly 'double-double'. Wednesday, 8:36 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey gets a DNP-CD
    Rodney Stuckey was a DNP-CD on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Nate McMillan changed his rotation and went with Aaron Brooks over Stuckey for today. He mentioned this before the game, so maybe it sticks in the short term. Although, not winning today probably isn't going to help. Leave Stuckey on the wire. Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • Ish Smith dishes seven assists as starting PG
    Ish Smith moved into Detroit's starting lineup on Wednesday, where he posted nine points, seven assists, three steals, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Stan Van Gundy threatened lineup changes after Tuesday's loss to the lowly Nets, saying, "We'll find out [Wednesday]," and it wasn't an idle threat. The fact that Detroit got destroyed tonight doesn't help Smith's case, but SVG will probably roll with him for at least a few more games. He's a decent pickup if you missed out on guys like Tyler Ulis and Malcolm Brogdon. Wednesday, 7:38 pm
  • Garrett Temple to bench on Wednesday
    Garrett Temple will come off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Arron Afflalo is getting the start tonight, and this effectively erases Temple's faint fantasy appeal. Wednesday, 7:31 pm
  • Russell Westbrook (hand) will start Wednesday
    Russell Westbrook (hand) will start Wednesday vs. the 76ers, as expected.

    Advice: Westbrook picked up a blister on his shooting hand during Monday's loss to Golden State, but he's obviously fine, and he should have a nice bounce-back performance with a matchup against Philly. Victor Oladipo, Andre Roberson, Taj Gibson and Steven Adams will join him in the starting five. Wednesday, 4:49 pm
  • Ty Lawson, Kosta Koufos resting Wednesday
    Ty Lawson and Kosta Koufos will both be rested for Wednesday's game vs. Milwaukee.

    Advice: Darren Collison and Langston Galloway should pick up extra minutes with Lawson out of the picture, while Koufos' absence opens things up for Georgios Papagiannis, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere. Wednesday, 4:44 pm
  • Ish Smith starting, Jackson to the bench
    Ish Smith will enter the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Bulls, sending Reggie Jackson to the bench.

    Advice: Smith has been heating up over the past month, while Jackson has been trending in the wrong direction, so this could be a lineup change that holds. Through 21 games as a starter this season, Smith owns averages of 10.8 points, 6.4 assists, 1.0 steal and just 1.5 turnovers per game on 43.1 percent shooting, so he's worth a look if those numbers fit your needs. Jackson, on the other hand, is quickly approaching cut candidate territory. Wednesday, 4:22 pm
  • Cameron Payne recalled from the D-League
    The Bulls have recalled Cameron Payne (foot) from the D-League.

    Advice: It's unclear if Payne will be available to play for Wednesday's matchup with the Pistons, but if he does get on the court, it will likely just be for limited minutes. Payne isn't a viable target in most settings. Wednesday, 2:31 pm
  • Sean Kilpatrick out again for Thursday
    Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring) will not play against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: This will be his fifth game out of the lineup. The Nets have taken a look at K.J. McDaniels lately, giving him 21 minutes on Tuesday with 11 points. Archie Goodwin has also got some run, but these two are tough to own in most leagues. Caris LeVert should also benefit. Wednesday, 2:00 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell scores 18 points
    D'Angelo Russell started alongside Jordan Clarkson again on Tuesday vs. the Clippers, finishing with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting.

    Advice: The game was a 24-point blowout, but at least D Russ filled it up with five assists, two rebounds, three steals and three 3-pointers. He was coming off a career-high 40 points in his previous outing with seven triples, and his value should be safe as long as coach Luke Walton doesn't take him out of the starting lineup. Tuesday, 11:02 pm
  • Seth faces off with Steph, hurts shoulder
    Seth Curry started against brother Stephen Curry on Tuesday and hit 4-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points, three boards, four assists and a steal in 27 minutes of Tuesday's 112-87 blowout loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Seth on facing off against Steph: "It was a lot of fun until the game started and they were beating up on us." On a serious note, Curry suffered some sort of left shoulder injury during the game and said it was sore afterwards. We're going to throw him on the injury report, so make sure he's good to go before the Mavs face the Clippers on Thursday. He dealt with shoulder issues earlier this season, so it's definitely something to keep an eye on. Tuesday, 8:44 pm
  • Tyler Ulis scores nine in loss to Heat
    Tyler Ulis hit just 4-of-11 shots for nine points, three rebounds, six assists and a steal in 42 minutes of Tuesday's 112-97 loss to the Heat.

    Advice: He also had five turnovers in a forgettable night, but the minutes were there (he's played at least 39 in four straight), he's double-doubled in two of his last four games, and is averaging 13. 6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.4 steals over his last five. His shooting is a problem, as he's at just 39 percent over that stretch, but as long as the minutes are there, he's a must-own, must-start player. Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Ish Smith gets hot late, outplays Jackson
    Ish Smith scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's tough 98-96 loss to the Nets and finished with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block, and hit 8-of-15 shots in 28 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Starter Reggie Jackson played just 20 minutes and hit 3-of-9 shots for seven points and two assists, and gave way to Smith in the fourth quarter when Smith caught fire. Jackson is still the starter and it's still his job to lose, while we've seen Smith turn in games like this one before. As usual, Smith is always worth keeping an eye on and might even be worth a deep-league flier, but Jackson played well in his previous two games and probably isn't in jeopardy of losing his job this deep into the season. Tuesday, 7:24 pm
  • Westbrook dealing with blister on his hand
    Billy Donovan said that Russell Westbrook picked up a blister on his right (shooting) hand during Monday's loss to the Warriors, but he's fine.

    Advice: Westbrook took it easy during Tuesday's light, non-contact practice, but he should be just fine for Wednesday's matchup with the 76ers. Owners can expect to get official confirmation on Westbrook's status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Tuesday, 11:25 am
  • Coach Walton wants Russell to remain engaged
    Coach Luke Walton wants D'Angelo Russell to remain engaged, even when his shots are not falling.

    Advice: The Lakers are hoping Russell can build off the momentum of his career-high 40 point explosion on Sunday. However, coach Walton wants his young playmaker to stay focused, even if he's struggling offensively. "It’s when he’s engaged and doing other things, it allows him to make those type of shots because you’re in rhythm," Walton said. "He seems to be disengaged when the ball is not going in for him." Russell will remain in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers. Tuesday, 9:19 am
  • James Harden does his usual thing
    James Harden scored a game-high 39 points with 11 assists, seven rebounds, four steals and four 3-pointers in Monday's win against the Nuggets.

    Advice: The Beard has 38 or more points in three straight games and four of his past five outings. He has managed three or more 3-pointers in five of his past six contests while rolling up two or more steals in four straight and six of the past seven. Harden continues to post huge fantasy totals and the Rockets will not rest their players until they're locked into a playoff seed, so the good times will continue to roll. Monday, 9:34 pm
  • Russell Westbrook held to 15 points in loss
    Russell Westbrook was held to 15 points on 4-of-16 shooting vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: Incredibly, his 15 points were his 2nd-fewest in a game this season since he scored 14 vs. the Heat back in November. Westbrook added eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one triple, but only played 27 minutes in the lopsided loss. Westbrook needs seven triple-doubles in his last 12 games to match Oscar Robertson's single-season record of 41 triple-doubles, so Westy's owners probably don't have to worry about him taking time off. Monday, 9:15 pm
  • John Wall scores 16 points in loss
    John Wall scored 16 points with eight assists in Monday's loss to Boston.

    Advice: He shot 4-of-10 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line, adding four rebounds, three steals and five turnovers in 34 minutes. Wall received treatment under his left knee and on the side of his thigh after the game, but he didn't sound concerned and said that he would be "alright." We'll look for an update after Tuesday's practice, but for now his owners should expect him to play vs. the Hawks on Wednesday. Monday, 8:22 pm
  • George Hill posts 16-6-6 against old team
    George Hill finished with 16 points, six rebounds and six assists over 38 minutes in Monday's loss at Indiana against his former teammates.

    Advice: Hill is good for 16 or more points in four of his past five outings as he appears back on track after dealing with a toe injury earlier in the month. The only complaint from fantasy owners Monday is his 0-for-7 mark from the perimeter. As long as he can stay healthy he is a must-start fantasy option in most formats. Mar 20, 7:10 pm
  • Schroder scores 20 w/ six dimes, two blocks
    Dennis Schroder scored 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting in a loss to the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: That's four straight losses for the Hawks and it doesn't get any easier on Wednesday vs. the Hawks. As for Schroder, this was a nice bounce-back game after he was limited to eight points on 2-of-14 shooting in his previous game. He played 31 minutes with six assists, three rebounds, two blocks and three triples, and more big lines are likely on the way -- Paul Millsap (knee) will miss at least one more game and Schroder gets a 3.7 usage rate bump when Millsap is off the court. Mar 20, 6:43 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell will start Tuesday vs. LAC
    D'Angelo Russell will remain in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Luke Walton said that he'll be going with the same starting five that he deployed on Sunday night, so it'll be Jordan Clarkson, Russell, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and Ivica Zubac getting the call on Tuesday. Walton also added that he intends on having a different starting lineup before the season ends, so it'll be interesting to see how long Russell can keep his spot as a starter. Randle could also be a candidate to eventually head to the bench if Walton wants to see how Larry Nance fits with the starters. Mar 20, 2:37 pm
  • Sean Kilpatrick, Harris out Tuesday vs. DET
    Sean Kilpatrick (left hamstring) and Joe Harris (shoulder) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: With both these guys set to spend Tuesday night on the sidelines, and Jeremy Lin (ankle) looking unlikely, Brook Lopez will be tasked with the heavy lifting on offense, and there will be more minutes available for guys like Caris LeVert and K.J. McDaniels. LeVert could be someone to consider using as a streamer on Tuesday. Mar 20, 1:36 pm
  • Cameron Payne (foot) headed to D-Leauge
    Cameron Payne (foot) will head down to the D-League to play a couple games.

    Advice: On the bright side, at least this means his foot must be better. Payne can be left on the wire in re-draft leagues. Mar 20, 10:25 am
  • D'Angelo Russell to play off the ball more
    The Lakers want to evaluate how D'Angelo Russell plays off the ball for the remainder of the season.

    Advice: Coach Luke Walton said Russell will continue to start next to Jordan Clarkson, and if Sunday was any indication, he should finish the season strong -- he scored a career-high 40 points with six assists, two rebounds, two steals and seven 3-pointers vs. the Cavs. Looking at the big picture, it's possible the Lakers want to see Russell off the ball because the top prospects in this year's draft are point guards and the Lakers have a great chance of keeping their top-3 protected pick. Walton added that Russell is a great cutter and his highest 3-point percentage is off a screen, and it sounds like Russell is on board with the idea. "I’m a basketball player, not a point guard or a shooting guard," he said. Mar 20, 7:22 am
  • D'Angelo Russell scores career-high 40 points
    D'Angelo Russell scored a career-high 40 points as a starter on Sunday, going 14-of-22 from the field (7-of-12 from downtown), with six assists, two rebounds and two steals in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Russell played the entire first quarter and scored 18 points in that frame alone, looking revived as a member of the starting unit. He got the nod in place of Nick Young (illness) tonight, and after his career night coach Luke Walton said he'll continue pairing D-Russ with Jordan Clarkson in the backcourt. Russell has been alternately frustrating and exhilarating to own this season, but we should get more of the latter over L.A.'s final 12 games. Mar 19, 9:21 pm
  • Garrett Temple hot from the perimeter
    Garrett Temple scored 15 points while hitting all three of his attempts from behind the arc in Sunday's 118-102 loss in San Antonio.

    Advice: Temple matched his best shooting night since returning from a long-term hamstring injury, and this was just the second time he played in a back-to-back situation since coming back March 5. The last time he struggled in both ends of the back-to-back, but he obviously excelled this time around. Mar 19, 7:17 pm
  • Goran Dragic shoots 6-of-22 in home defeat
    Goran Dragic couldn't find the range on Sunday, going just 6-of-22 from the field for 17 points with four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Dragic missed some shots he usually makes, but credit is also due to the Blazers, who dogged him on the perimeter and didn't let up when bigger guys switched onto him. Tonight's loss dropped Miami to the No. 9 seed, in a virtual tie with Detroit and just half a game behind the Bucks. The Eastern Conference playoff race is going to have a fun finish, and it helps ensure that key players like Dragic won't see any rest in the next few weeks. Mar 19, 6:51 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell starting for Nick Young
    D'Angelo Russell will start Sunday's game in place of Nick Young (illness).

    Advice: Russell scored 14 points in 21 minutes off the bench in L.A.'s last game, before getting ejected in the third quarter, and his role should expand with the starting unit. If you were on the fence about him tonight, Young's absence should make it easier to deploy him. Mar 19, 6:02 pm
  • Tyler Ulis double-doubles w/ 17 pts, 11 dimes
    Tyler Ulis double-doubled vs. Detroit on Sunday, handing out 11 assists while scoring 17 points on 7-of-24 shooting.

    Advice: The FG percentage is horrible, but Ulis also pitched in three rebounds, three steals and just two turnovers. He helped get Reggie Jackson in foul trouble, too, but his efforts weren't enough to get the short-handed Suns a win in Detroit. As we've been saying, Ulis is a must-own player now that he's been handed the keys to the offense. Mar 19, 4:19 pm
  • Quinn Cook is available
    Pelicans sign G Quinn Cook.

    Advice: It's official and he should be available for Sunday against the Wolves, but he likely will not play. He could get in the rotation and Cook can fill it up with his 3-pointers, but he's not a fantasy option. Mar 19, 2:07 pm
  • Seth Curry scores eight points
    Seth Curry scored eight points with one rebound, one assist and one turnover in 31 minutes against the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: He's finally in a slump. On top of that, the usage is really tailing off, too. In his last five games, Curry averaged just 8.4 points, 1.6 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 treys on just 35.9 percent from the field. His minutes are still there at with at least 31 in the four games without garbage time, so his role is still solidified. He was too good for too long to not trust, so keep him active. He gets his brother on Tuesday for his next time out. Mar 19, 12:32 pm
  • Tyler Ulis says he's still adjusting to role
    Tyler Ulis said he's still adjusting to his new role as the starting point guard.

    Advice: "I think I'm playing pretty well," Ulis said. "I just need to adjust to my new role. [Coach Earl Watson] wants me to be a lot more aggressive coming out. I'm used to coming in as the backup, facilitating and getting guys involved early. I'm just trying to adjust to it." Watson wants Ulis to find a balance between being aggressive and facilitating for his teammates, but added that rookie is getting "better and better." He's averaging 16.0 points, 10.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 0.5 triples through his first two starts, and he's going to have a long leash going forward with Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight shut down for the season. After Sunday's game vs. Detroit, the Suns play four times next week. Mar 19, 6:42 am
  • James Harden scores 40 in triple-double
    James Harden had another triple-double against the Nuggets during a 109-105 win on Saturday, scoring 40 points with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, eight turnovers and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: That extends his NBA record seven 40-point triple-doubles in one season. Harden also has four consecutive triple-doubles, and it does help he's camping out under the rim more often these days. The Rockets are not expected to rest their players until they are locked in to their seed to allow them to grow as a team and develop chemistry. That is music to the ears of Harden fantasy owners. Mar 18, 10:31 pm
  • Jameer Nelson scores 15 with 11 assists
    Jameer Nelson scored 15 points with seven rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: It looked like Nelson's playing time was going to drop, but that's two really strong games with a 16-point, five-dime game on Thursday. Nelson still wasn't doing much before this weekend and Jamal Murray won't be going away, so the limited upside makes him more of a player to stream. Nelson does have four games this week, so maybe he is worth a look for you. Plus, he also slightly benefits from Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Wilson Chandler (groin) not playing. Mar 18, 10:00 pm
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