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  • Aaron Gordon chucks up six donut in win
    Aaron Gordon missed all six of his shot attempts on Wednesday, finishing with just five rebounds, one assist and two turnovers across 22 minutes in a win over the Knicks.

    Advice: AG has not stepped up like we expected him to in wake of all the injuries in Denver, and tonight's scoreless performance was coming off the heels of three-straight, single-digit stinkers. The Nuggets only have six games remaining on their schedule, and we doubt Gordon will suddenly turn things around over this final stretch. Don't hesitate to send him to the wire if you're currently scrapping through the Fantasy Finals. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:49 pm
  • REVENGE GAME! Rivers drops in 25 points vs. NYK
    Austin Rivers went off against the team that traded him at the deadline on Wednesday, tallying 25 points, three rebounds, three assists, six triples, three steals and one turnover in 28 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Rivers got his points efficiently, finishing 7-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-6 at the line, and he's going to have increased opportunity in Denver while P.J. Dozier (groin) and Monte Morris (hamstring) are watching from the sidelines alongside Jamal Murray (knee). Michael Porter Jr. confirmed after the game that this was indeed a revenge game, saying, "He’s talked to me extensively how difficult it was for him in New York. So he told me coming into tonight how aggressive he was going to be and he was trying to get those dudes back." He got his revenge tonight, but we still wouldn't trust him to be consistent, particularly with Denver's next two matchups coming against Utah and Brooklyn. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:41 pm
  • Millsap plays good defense but has bad stat line
    Paul Millsap returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday with P.J. Dozier (adductor) joining a plethora of Denver players on the inactive list and finished with six points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal over 24 minutes.

    Advice: Millsap shot just 3-of-13 from the floor tonight, but his defense was superb, as he helped hold Julius Randle to just 5-of-15 shooting and finished with a plus/minus rating of plus-17. At this stage in his career, Millsap is a lot more valuable to the Nuggets than any fantasy team. Michael Porter Jr. finished with a team-best plus/minus of plus-24 on his way to 17 points, six rebounds, three triples, three assists and one turnover in 25 minutes. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:37 pm
  • Nikola Jokic posts dominant double-double in win
    Nikola Jokic dominated the Knicks on Wednesday, tallying 32 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals, two swats and four turnovers across 29 minutes in a 113-97 win.

    Advice: Jokic set a new career-high for points in a quarter when he netted 24 on 8-of-9 shooting from the field and 8-of-10 at the stripe over his first 12 minutes, and in typical Jokic fashion, he deflected from his amazing performance during his postgame interview and instead heaped praise on head coach Mike Malone. "The guy gave me everything. The guy gave me the freedom," said the MVP candidate of his coach. "He led me. He showed me the way. And we built a great relationship... it’s more than basketball. It’s six years of building something together." NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:29 pm
  • Noel (ankle) brings the defensive stats in return
    Nerlens Noel (ankle) ripped away two steals and sent six shots packing in his return to action on Wednesday.

    Advice: Noel was moving around fine after missing Monday's game, which was the second of a back-to-back, so he should be good to go for Friday's game in Pheonix. He added five points (2-of-3 FG, 1-of-2 FT), five rebounds and two turnovers in his 30 minutes of floor time, but the defensive stats are why you have him on your roster. Taj Gibson returned to the second unit and finished with two points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block over 12 minutes; while Norvel Pelle saw just five minutes off the bench and contributed two points and one rebound in the loss. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:25 pm
  • Alec Burks (knee) chucks up seven donuts in loss
    Alec Burks (knee) was scoreless in 16 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, finishing with just two rebounds, two assists and one block while missing all seven of his shots.

    Advice: Burks is still working on finding his rhythm after a lengthy absence, but while he's playing like this, he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:24 pm
  • Elfrid Payton continues to do nothing as a starter
    Elfrid Payton continued his ineffectiveness through 17 minutes as a starter on Wednesday, finishing with six points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and four turnovers in a loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: Payton may be starting in New York, but he's not a closer, nor is he a great option in fantasy hoops. Tom Thibodeau recently said that he views his reserve PGs as the true starters, but that Payton is "an important part of the team." That may be true for actual basketball purposes, but he's not doing much for you in fantasy hoops, so we'd recommend sending him to the wire. Derrick Rose finished with 14 points, two rebounds, three assists, two triples and two turnovers in 27 minutes off the bench; while Immanuel Quickley produced 18 points, three rebounds, three triples, one steal and one turnover in 25 minutes. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:03 pm
  • Terence Davis quietly making noise for Sacto
    Terence Davis played 20 minutes and hit 4-of-12 shots and 1-of-8 3-pointers for 10 points, six rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's 104-93 win over the Pacers. 

    Advice: TD is getting some run with several Kings banged up and in street clothes and he's averaging 12.8 points, 4.5 boards, 3.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.3 3-pointers over his last four games.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:02 pm
  • Anthony Edwards erupts for 42 points with eight 3s
    Anthony Edwards erupted for a career-high-tying 42 points on 17-of-22 shooting Wednesday, adding six rebounds, seven assists, eight triples, one steal, one block and just three turnovers across 38 minutes in a loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Not only did Edwards become the first Minnesota rookie in franchise history to record a 30/5/5 line tonight, but he also tied Kevin Love and Stephen Marbury for the single-game, rookie record for 3-pointers in a game. Karl-Anthony Towns also had a solid night with 22 points (7-of-15 FG, 5-of-5 FT), four rebounds, five assists, three triples, one steal and four turnovers in just 24 minutes, but the end result was yet another loss for Minnesota, dropping them to 20-46 on the year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:56 pm
  • Kevin Love posts +/- of -45 for Cavaliers
    Kevin Love hit 7-of-14 shots and four 3-pointers for 18 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in 26 minutes of Wednesday's blowout loss to the Blazers. 

    Advice: We weren't even going to blurb him tonight and while it's not really fantasy related, it's not every night we have the privilege of blurbing a player with a +/- of -45, which is what Love accomplished tonight. If you don't know, that means his team was outscored by 45 points while he was on the floor tonight. And that was the lowest +/- by a Cavs player since Antawn Jamison in 2012. And if you would have told us that both 32-year-old Kevin Love and 38-year-old Anderson Varejao would play in a meaningless game for the Cavs on May 6 back in December, we would have probably lost a lot of money.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:55 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell posts 22/14 double-double
    D'Angelo Russell posted a 22-point, 14-assist double-double in his return to the starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: D'Lo finished 6-of-13 from the floor and 8-of-8 at the stripe, and he added four rebounds, one steal, two triples and an unfortunate five turnovers in his 37 minutes of floor time. Chris Finch said before the game that he wanted to get Russell in the starting lineup for Minnesota's final seven games to develop some better chemistry with Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards, so it doesn't sound like he's in any danger of Ricky Rubio taking his job again. Particularly considering that Rubio finished tonight's game with just two points, four rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 17 minutes off the bench. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:50 pm
  • Brandon Clarke double-doubles in 23 minutes
    Brandon Clarke posted a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double in 23 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Clarke finished 5-of-11 from the floor and 2-of-2 at the stripe, and he added one assist, one block and one turnover while he was out there. He had fallen out of the rotation over the past two games with Jaren Jackson Jr. back in the mix, but with JJJ receiving a rest day today, he was able to get back out there and had an okay stat line. There's a decent chance he'll return to collecting DNP-CDs on Thursday, though. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:47 pm
  • Ja Morant powers Memphis to win with 37/10 line
    Ja Morant powered the Grizzlies to a 139-135 win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday with 37 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, two steals, one block, one triple and four turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Morant received some heat when he proclaimed himself to be a top-5 PG in the league on TNT early today, but he went out tonight and looked every bit the part. “I said what I said. I believe in myself 100 percent," Morant stated after the game. "I’m not going to sit here and say I’m the worst guard in the league." Before he came through with this gem of a quote, he also said he had a "bad game" tonight and that it was "unacceptable" for him to brick two free throws down the stretch, so it wasn't coming from a place of cockiness, but confidence. He's a pleasure to watch and it'll be interesting to see where he winds up in next year's fantasy drafts. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:40 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas struggles in matchup with KAT
    Jonas Valanciunas had a rough night on Wednesday, contributing just nine points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals before fouling out in 20 minutes.

    Advice: JV balled out in his previous two meetings with Karl-Anthony Towns this season, but tonight, KAT got the best of him — although the Grizzlies still came away with the win. This was just the fifth time this season that JV has been held to single-digits in the scoring column, and the first time since March 17, but we'd anticipate him having a big bounce-back performance against the tanking Pistons on Thursday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:33 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson hits 12-of-16 for 30 points in win
    Jordan Clarkson hit 12-of-16 shots and two 3-pointers for 30 points, six rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's 126-94 blowout win over the Spurs. 

    Advice: This was his third 30-point game of the season and he joined Bojan Bogdanovic (24 points on 10-of-13 shooting) and Joe Ingles (14/5/7 with three triples) to lead the Jazz to a very easy win against a Spurs team that pulled most of its starters before halftime. Jingles and Clarkson are must-start players with Mike Conley on the shelf with his ongoing hamstring injury.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:31 pm
  • Pat Connaughton nets 16 points with four treys
    Pat Connaughton saw 32 minutes off the bench on Wednesday with Khris Middleton (rest) taking the night off and hit 6-of-10 shots for 16 points, six rebounds, three assists, four triples, one block and one turnover in a win vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Connaughton can do this from time to time when one of the guys in Milwaukee's backcourt gets hit with a rest day, but he's tough to trust when the team is at full strength. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:30 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo flirts with triple-double
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (thigh) flirted with a triple-double in his return to action on Wednesday with 23 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and six turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The turnovers weren't great, but everything else was, as Giannis finished an efficient 8-of-15 from the field and 7-of-8 at the line in the one-point win. The Bucks are now only 1.0 game behind Brooklyn for the No. 2 seed out East, and 3.0 games behind Philly for the No. 1 spot. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:26 pm
  • Jrue Holiday nets team-high 29 points in win
    Jrue Holiday (hip) went 10-of-20 from the floor and 5-of-7 at the stripe for a team-high 29 points in Wednesday's 135-134 win over Washington.

    Advice: Holiday's hip didn't seem to give him any issues tonight, and he added five rebounds, six dimes, four triples, one block and an unfortunate five turnovers while he was out there. Donte DiVincenzo saw a spike in usage with Khris Middleton (knee, rest) unavailable, and produced 19 points (6-of-8 FG, 2-of-3 FT), three rebounds, four assists, five triples, one steal and two turnovers in 20 minutes. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:23 pm
  • P.J. Tucker exits Wednesday's game with sore jaw
    P.J. Tucker exited Wednesday's game with a sore jaw and did not return, finishing with one rebound, one steal and two turnovers in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Tucker got the spot-start with Khris Middleton (knee) taking the night off, but just as we expected, he didn't do anything fantasy relevant. We'd be surprised if he skipped Friday's game in Houston due to "jaw soreness," but whether he plays or not won't impact fantasy hoops. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:20 pm
  • Gafford double-doubles in 14 mins; more PT coming
    Daniel Gafford posted a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double in just 14 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gafford finished 4-of-6 from the floor and 4-of-7 at the line, and he added two dimes, one block and zero turnovers while he was out there. When head coach Scott Brooks was asked after the game if Gafford's performance warranted more playing time, he responded in one word: "Yeah." Make sure he's not floating around on your waiver wire. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:17 pm
  • Devin Vassell's okay game looks good for bad Spurs
    Devin Vassell hit 6-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and zero steals in Wednesday's 126-94 thrashing at the hands of the Jazz. 

    Advice: The other four starters (DeMar DeRozan, Keldon Johnson, Jakob Poeltl and Dejounte Murray) combined to hit 11-of-32 shots and three of them played fewer than 20 minutes, including DeRozan, Poeltl and Murray. Vassell's line might have been fun had he been stealing the ball but in both reality and fantasy, Wednesday was a night to forget for all things Spurs.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:16 pm
  • Chandler Hutchison leaves game with knee injury
    Chandler Hutchison exited Wednesday's game with a left knee contusion and did not return.

    Advice: He finished with one rebound and nothing else in his three minutes off the bench, but even if he needs to miss time, it won't matter much in fantasy hoops, as he's not a consistent part of the rotation in Washington. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:13 pm
  • Another 40-piece & Another L for Bradley Beal
    Bradley Beal recorded his seventh game of the season with at least 40 points on Wednesday, going 14-of-24 from the floor and 11-of-14 at the stripe for 42 points in a one-point loss to the Bucks.

    Advice: Those misses at the line must hurt extra for Beal tonight considering the Wizards only lost by one, and while he's now passed up Gilbert Arenas for the most 40-point games in franchise history with 29, his teams have gone 2-15 in those games over the past two seasons. Beal added four rebounds, three assists, three triples, one steal and two turnovers in his 39 minutes of floor time, but with the loss, they're now only 3.0 games ahead of the Raptors for the No. 10 spot out East. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:08 pm
  • Domantas Sabonis plays well in another loss
    Domantas Sabonis hit 7-of-9 shots for 17 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and two steals in Wednesday's 104-93 loss to the Kings. 

    Advice: As if things aren't already weird enough in Indy (see Goga Bitadze's blurb) both Sabonis and Caris LeVert were playing the final minutes of a game the Pacers had no shot of winning with the second of a back-to-back coming on Thursday against the streaking Hawks. Maybe if Sabonis and LeVert weren't dealing with serious injury concerns earlier this season it wouldn't be a big deal, but it didn't make much sense for them to be playing their fragile studs with another huge game in less than 24 hours. The Pacers are a mess and the Hawks blew out the Suns tonight in Atlanta. You do the math.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:58 pm
  • DaQuan Jeffries fizzles in spot-start Wednesday
    DaQuan Jeffries received 41 minutes in a spot-start on Wednesday but finished with just five points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: Jeffries went 2-of-10 from the floor and bricked all four of his 3-point attempts, so while the opportunity was there, he failed to make the most of it. He could again see major minutes on Friday in Milwaukee, but that'll be a tough matchup, and based on his production tonight we wouldn't be too excited about another potential spot-start. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:53 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (toe) starting for Nuggets Wednesday
    Nikola Jokic (toe) is starting for the Nuggets on Wednesday. 

    Advice: He never really seemed to be in doubt and was listed as probable so he'll look to take advantage of Jakob Poeltl and the Spurs tonight. Jokic will be joined by Facundo Campazzo, Aaron Gordon, Michael Porter Jr. and Paul Millsap in the starting unit.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 5:30 pm
  • Alec Burks (knee) available to play Wednesday
    Alec Burks (contused left knee) will be available to play on Wednesday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Burks tweaked his left knee late in Monday's game, but he'll play through the pain tonight. He's not a great option in most leagues, though, as he's still working on his conditioning after being forced into a lengthy quarantine. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 5:20 pm
  • Nerlens Noel, Pelle will play Wednesday
    Nerlens Noel (ankle) and Norvel Pelle (ankle) will play on Wednesday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Noel will likely be starting tonight, which will shift Taj Gibson back to the second unit, and Pelle could drop from the rotation entirely. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 4:39 pm
  • DaQuan Jeffries starting for Rockets on Wednesday
    DaQuan Jeffries will start for the Rockets on Wednesday as they'll put their 38th differently of the season. 

    Advice: DJ will be joined by KJ Martin Jr., Kelly Olynyk, Avery Bradley and Kevin Porter Jr. If we're in the middle of silly season (and we are) the Rockets are the grand marshall of the parade. Jeffries has appeared in nine games and made zero starts this season but we won't be surprised if he has a good night. Christian Wood (ankle/quad) and Danuel House (ankle) will get the night off. Anthony Lamb and Armoni Brooks are the only available bench players for the Rockets tonight, while D.J. Augustin will be in uniform so that the game can take place.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 4:33 pm
  • Tucker, Jrue, Giannis, DiVincenzo, BroLo starting
    P.J. Tucker will get the spot-start on Wednesday vs. the Wizards with Khris Middleton (knee) unavailable, joining Jrue Holiday, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Donte DiVincenzo and Brook Lopez in the first unit.

    Advice: Tucker will get the start, but we wouldn't target him in fantasy hoops. Pat Connaughton could get some extended run tonight, but he's tough to trust with the rest of the main guys healthy. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 4:33 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell starting for Rubio on Wednesday
    D'Angelo Russell will start over Ricky Rubio for the Wolves on Wednesday night against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Rubio has been struggling and we'll finally get a look at Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns together in the first unit. There is no report of an injury for Rubio, so this simply looks like a coach's lineup change. Anthony Edwards, Josh Okogie, Jaden McDaniels and KAT will round out the starting lineup for the Wolves. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 4:27 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (sore right hip) probable Wednesday
    Jrue Holiday (sore right hip) is probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Khris Middleton is doubtful to play due to a knee issue, but fortunately the Bucks are expected to have Holiday and Giannis Antetokounmpo (thigh) available tonight. This is the second half of a back-to-back so anything is possible, but fantasy GMs should feel confident leaving him in active lineups. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 2:40 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (bruised thigh) probable
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (bruised left thigh) is probable for Wednesday's game vs. Washington.

    Advice: Giannis is coming off a 36-point game, which came after a 49-point game, and that was despite having returned from a sprained right ankle. It's unclear when he picked up the thigh bruise, though fortunately it's not likely to cost him any time. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 2:38 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (ankle) expected to play vs. Denver
    Nerlens Noel (sprained left ankle) is expected to play vs. Denver on Wednesday.

    Advice: Noel got hurt on Sunday, but it sounds like it was minor enough that he'll be back after missing one game on Monday. His return would reduce Taj Gibson's streaming appeal, while ensuring that Norvel Pelle (ankle) isn't rostered anywhere. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 12:12 pm
  • Alec Burks (bruised knee) probable vs. Nuggets
    Alec Burks (bruised left knee) is probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Burks got hurt on Monday but it appears to have been a very minor sprain, so hopefully it won't cost him any time. His conditioning and "timing" (to use coach Tom Thibodeau's word) are a work in progress, so there's some risk deploying him in any fantasy setting. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 11:01 am
  • Kevin Love on track to play in back-to-back Wed
    Kevin Love isn't on the Cavs' injury report for Wednesday's game vs. Portland.

    Advice: Love played 34 minutes during Tuesday's overtime defeat, the second-most minutes he's played all season. It's a bit surprising that he's not ruled out in the second half of this back-to-back, but for whatever reason Love continues to suit up at the bitter end of the Cavs' rebuilding season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 10:27 am
  • Terance Davis scores 18 off Kings bench in win
    Terance Davis played 31 minutes off the bench and hit 6-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 18 points, five rebounds and three assists in Tuesday's win over the Thunder.

    Advice: The Kings don't appear to have a real shot at the playoffs any longer and are missing De'Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton and Harrison Barnes, so guys like Davis, Delon Wright, Richaun Holmes, Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley should do the heavy lifting for the Kings until further notice.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • Jrue Holiday nearly triple-doubles in win over BKN
    Jrue Holiday hit 8-of-13 shots, four 3-pointers and 3-of-4 free throws for 23 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists, a steal and a block in 36 minutes of Tuesday's exciting 124-118 win over the Nets. 

    Advice: This is the version of Holiday the Bucks are going to need to see during the playoffs and Khris Middleton joined him with a 23-point night. Donte Divincenzo added 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, which were also instrumental in the Bucks getting the big win. Holiday and DD will look to keep it going on Wednesday against the Wizards as they continue to chase the No. 2 seeded Nets.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 36 in win over Nets
    Giannis Antetokounmpo hit 11-of-30 shots, four 3-pointers and 10-of-12 free throws for 36 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and a steal in Tuesday's big 124-118 win over the Nets. 

    Advice: Giannis hit four 3-pointers in back-to-back games for the first time in his career on Sunday and Tuesday and while he wasn't very efficient, it was a blast watching him guard Kevin Durant and leave it all on the court in the win. He had 49 points on Sunday and the Bucks secured the tie breaker against the Nets with tonight's win, and sit just 1.5 games behind them as the No. 3 seed in the East. Giannis has taken his game to another level lately and the crazy thing is that their playoff run could come down to whether or not Giannis can hit his free throws in the postseason. He's been up and down from the line all year but was making them tonight, and it helped them get the win.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:18 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (toe) probable for Wednesday night
    Nikola Jokic (sore toe, right foot) is listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks. 

    Advice: Jokic has yet to miss a game this season, and it appears unlikely that he will have to sit out Wednesday's home game. Those who have him rostered should carry on with their business, and expect to see the MVP favorite in the starting lineup.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 6:16 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (sprained ankle) questionable vs. DEN
    Nerlens Noel (sprained left ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: The Knicks could certainly use Noel active to help defend MVP frontrunner Nikola Jokic. We should have a better feel for his status after shootaround, but if he's out Taj Gibson is suddenly a streaming option. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau also recently praised Novel Pelle (also questionable with a sprained ankle), so Pelle could see his minutes spike. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 2:57 pm
  • Alec Burks sprains ankle Monday, doesn't return
    Alec Burks sprained his ankle late in Monday's game and didn't return, finishing with nine points, two rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Burks was just returning from an eight-game absence due to COVID protocols, and coach Tom Thibodeau said afterward, "His timing’s still not there, [but] it will get there." According to Knicks writer Marc Berman, "[Burks'] status now appears uncertain for the game in Denver on Wednesday." We should have an official injury status on Tuesday night. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:30 am
  • Austin Rivers quiet but plays 33 minutes for Nuggs
    Austin Rivers came off the bench to hit 1-of-3 shots for three points, three rebounds, six assists and a steal in 33 minutes off the bench in Monday's loss. 

    Advice: P.J. Dozier went down with a groin/hip injury tonight and Rivers joins Facundo Campazzo and Shaq Harrison as the only healthy guards currently on the roster. Rivers might be worth a flier and could start in the next one if Dozier is out, but the numbers really haven't been there for him. You can probably find a safer option as you try to win a fantasy championship this week.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 9:59 pm
  • Nikola Jokic's 32 not enough in loss to Lakers
    Nikola Jokic hit 12-of-28 shots, a 3-pointer and 7-of-8 free throws for 32 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in Monday's 93-89 loss to the Lakers. 

    Advice: Jokic didn't shoot it particularly well tonight and Marc Gasol flashed some good defense at him with Andre Drummond in foul trouble tonight. Jokic still filled the stat sheet despite his worst shooting night since April 14 and looks like the favorite to win this year's MVP Award.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 9:53 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson hits 7-of-20 shots for 16 points
    Jordan Clarkson hit 7-of-20 shots for 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, two triples and two steals across 34 minutes in Monday's win over the Spurs.

    Advice: The counting stats were nice, but the shooting percentage was garbage, and he also committed an unfortunate five turnovers while he was out there. Clarkson was looking like a steady, top-50 stud through the first half of the season, but he's ranked outside the top-150 since the All-Star break because he's been connecting on just 37% of his shot attempts while jacking up 16.1 FGA a night. He's a much more attractive option in points leagues. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 9:47 pm
  • Devin Vassell finally has an okay game Monday
    Devin Vassell finally had a non-terrible game on Monday, scoring 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting (2-of-2 FT) to go with six rebounds, one 3-pointer and one steal over 24 minutes.

    Advice: Vassell had combined for just six points on 1-of-10 shooting in his previous two outings, so it was nice to see him in double figures tonight with some multi-category production. The rookie has not been good as Derrick White's (ankle) replacement in the starting lineup, but perhaps tonight's moderate stat line is a sign that he can have some low-end value over these final few weeks. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 9:40 pm
  • Ja Morant hits 2-of-13 shots before ejection in L
    Ja Morant hit just 2-of-13 shots for eight points, five rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes before being ejected from Monday's loss for arguing with officials in a 118-104 loss to the Knicks. 

    Advice: Ja did have a nice highlight-reel reverse layup but was otherwise pretty bad in this one. His name is probably bigger than his fantasy game right now and he's returning just 16th-round fantasy value, according to Basketballmonster.com. He still has time to get his career turned around but it's been a pretty rough ride thus far. His coach, Taylor Jenkins, was also ejected and the resulting free throws allowed the Knicks to hold off a Memphis comeback and easily win the game. Morant has hit just16-of-55 shots over his last four games. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:43 pm
  • Alec Burks scores nine in 16 minutes on Monday
    Alec Burks returned from an illness on Monday and hit 4-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for nine points, two rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes. 

    Advice: He hadn't played since April 14 due to a COVID-related illness but was back at it tonight. He could get hot and be a fantasy asset at some point, but for now he still belongs on the waiver wire except in the deepest of leagues.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:36 pm
  • Daniel Gafford scores 15 points with three swats
    Daniel Gafford saw 15 minutes off the bench on Monday and finished with 15 points, two rebounds, one steal, three swats and just one turnover in a win over the Pacers.

    Advice: Gafford didn’t miss in this one, throwing down all seven of his shots directly at the rim, as he helped Washington score 15 of their 96 points in the paint. He didn’t receive too many minutes tonight, but he made the most of his playing time with the high percentage scoring and defensive stats. We wish Scott Brooks would just start him, but as long as he’s able to consistently flirt with close to 20 minutes, he’ll have some fantasy value due to his shot blocking upside. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 7:02 pm
  • Domantas Sabonis nearly triple-doubles in loss
    Domantas Sabonis just missed a triple-double on Monday with 32 points, 19 boards, nine dimes, one 3-pointer, three steals and six turnovers across 43 minutes in a loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Sabonis dominated the Washington bigs, and he had his double-double early in the second quarter. Unfortunately, aside from Caris LeVert, he didn’t get much help from the other starters, which resulted in a loss to a team that is chasing them in the standings. They're now only one game ahead of the Wizards for the No. 9 spot out East, and have lost three of their past four games. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 6:41 pm
  • Alec Burks (illness) will play on Monday
    Updating a previous note, Alec Burks will play on Monday night. 

    Advice: He's been out since April 14 with a COVID-related absence and had 21 points, seven boards and four 3-pointers on that night. He's worth a look on Monday in deeper formats.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 4:56 pm
  • Alec Burks "sounds like a go" for Knicks Monday
    Alec Burks sounds like he'll return from a COVID-related absence on Monday.

    Advice: He last played on April 14 and has been working on his conditioning recently. He went off for 21 points, seven boards and four 3-pointers the last time we saw him so it will be interesting to see how he plays tonight.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 4:41 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (ankle) won't play Monday
    Nerlens Noel (ankle) won't play on Monday against the Grizzlies. 

    Advice: Noel tweaked his ankle on Sunday and wasn't able to play through it, and won't be able to again tonight, either. Taj Gibson is pretty relevant with this news and it's possible Norvel Pelle could even be of service tonight.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 4:26 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (ankle) ruled out for Monday
    Nerlens Noel (sprained left ankle) will not play on Monday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Noel rolled his left ankle on Sunday and was forced out of the game, so it's not terribly surprising to see him hit the sidelines tonight. Taj Gibson, Obi Toppin and Norvel Pelle should get some extended run tonight with Noel on the sidelines. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 4:22 pm
  • Nerlens Noel gets questionable tag Monday
    Nerlens Noel (ankle) is questionable vs. the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: Noel tweaked his ankle on Sunday night and was unable to return, but we've heard little since -- this update comes from the official injury report. If Noel is unable to go, the Knicks will rely on Taj Gibson and possibly Norvel Pelle at the five.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 10:33 am
  • Nerlens Noel (ankle) won't return Sunday
    Nerlens Noel (sprained left ankle) will not return vs. Houston on Sunday.

    Advice: This leaves the Knicks very thin at center now, with Norvel Pelle likely being the next man in line for the center spot. We'll see how Noel's ankle reacts overnight, but with the Knicks playing the lowly Rockets, hopefully they were just being cautious with the big man.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 6:41 pm
  • Alec Burks not expected to play on Sunday
    Alec Burks is not expected to play on Sunday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: He's still working on getting his conditioning to where it needs to be, but while he's collecting DNP-CDs, you can be confident leaving him on the waiver wire. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 3:46 pm
  • Jrue Holiday nets 18 points with full line in win
    Jrue Holiday went 7-of-16 from the floor and 1-of-4 at the stripe for 18 points, five rebounds, four assists, three triples, one steal, one block and four turnovers across 36 minutes in Sunday's win over the Nets.

    Advice: Holiday didn’t have a block his last time out, but he sent Kyrie Irving’s shot packing within his first five minutes of play today, and he was phenomenal on both ends of the floor. He helped hold Irving to just 8-of-21 shooting, and with the win, the Bucks are now just 2.5 games behind Philly for the No. 1 seed out East. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 3:36 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo drops in 49 points in win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) busted loose for 49 points on 21-of-36 shooting Sunday, to go with eight rebounds, four assists, four triples, one steal, three swats and just one turnover across 36 minutes in a win over the Nets.

    Advice: Antetokounmpo skipped Friday’s win over Chicago with a minor ankle injury, but his ankle didn’t seem to give him any issues today, as showed some good explosion and his movement didn’t seem to be impeded at all on defense. He had a fun battle with Kevin Durant, constantly going back-and-forth exchanging buckets, and his 49 points tonight were the most an opposing player has scored vs. Brooklyn this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 3:20 pm
  • Giannis (ankle) returning to the lineup Sunday
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (right ankle) will return to the lineup on Sunday vs. Brooklyn. 

    Advice: This was the expectation with Giannis carrying a probable tag into this afternoon. With Giannis back, Bobby Portis goes from a must-start fantasy player to a late-round streamer, at best.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 10:36 am
  • Nikola Jokic bolsters MVP case in win over LAC
    Nikola Jokic put on a masterclass in Saturday's win over the Clippers, accounting for 30 points (9-of-17 FGs, 10-of-10 FTs), 14 rebounds, seven assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes. 

    Advice: The Clippers did not have an answer for Jokic, who got his regardless of who Tyronn Lue called on to defend the MVP favorite. Ivica Zubac started the night on Jokic, and down the stretch it was DeMarcus Cousins who was given the task of defending the Joker. None of it mattered, as Jokic posted his league-best 55th double-double without committing a single turnover. Denver, which is without Jamal Murray (knee), Monte Morris (hamstring) and Will Barton (hamstring), has now won five straight and nine of its last 10. And their talented center is the biggest reason why.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 10:02 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 29 points, hits 10-of-11 FTs
    Bradley Beal shot 9-of-20 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line for 29 points during Saturday's tough loss in Dallas.

    Advice: Beal hit 1-of-5 triples and filled out his line with four boards, three assists and two steals. He missed a potential game-winner but the Wizards have still won 12 of their last 15 games, a surge that's solidified their hold on the No. 10 seed (2.5 games up on the Bulls). Beal is in the middle of it all and his 31.1 points per game are second in the league behind only Stephen Curry. His overall fantasy value this season has been nearly as impressive with first-round value in any format. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:44 pm
  • Anthony Edwards leads Wolves with 29 in OT loss
    Anthony Edwards hit 9-of-21 shots, two 3-pointers and 9-of-11 free throws for 29 points, nine rebounds, six assists and a block in 38 minutes of Saturday's overtime loss to the Pelicans. 

    Advice: He had 25 points in his last game and might try to go on a late tear now that LaMelo Ball is back to try to win Rookie of the Year. Edwards' shooting isn't quite as bad as we thought it would be and he looks like a nice building block to team with Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell next season, when the Wolves will be looking to shock the world and make the playoffs.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:03 pm
  • Kevin Love goes off for 25 points in loss to Heat
    Kevin Love hit 9-of-14 shots and 7-of-10 3-pointers for a season-high 25 points, six rebounds and three assists in Saturday's 124-107 loss to the Heat. 

    Advice: Love failed to score in 22 minutes on Friday so it's understandable if you had him on the bench tonight. He has been rebounding at a decent rate but you have to think the Cavs are going to shut him down at some point. In fact, this could have been this season's swan song, although that's just us guessing. He couldn't miss against the Heat tonight.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 7:27 pm
  • Domantas Sabonis goes absolutely nuts in return
    Domantas Sabonis (back) was not on this planet in his return to action on Saturday, triple-doubling with 26 points, 19 rebounds, 14 assists, a steal and two triples in 30 minutes. 

    Advice: He had his triple-double by halftime and sat at 22-11-11 before the third even started - he became the first player in the last 25 seasons to reach a 20-point triple-double by the halfway mark. We’ve learned this season that Sabonis’ ceiling is ridiculous, but he reached heights in this one that not even his biggest fans could have expected. The Pacers missed him in a big way, and he led them to an extremely dominant 152-95 win as well. Welcome back, Domas. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 7:19 pm
  • Domantas Sabonis (back) available to play Saturday
    Domantas Sabonis (sore lower back) will play in Saturday's game against the Thunder. 

    Advice: Sabonis will make his return after missing nearly two weeks due to the sore lower back. He should slot right back into the starting lineup, with JaKarr Sampson being the player most likely to move to the bench. Sampson wasn't all that valuable to begin with, so that won't have much of an impact as far as fantasy is concerned. Oshae Brissett's value stands to take a hit, but with Myles Turner still sidelined, those who have him rostered may want to hold off on dropping Brissett for the time being.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 4:30 pm
  • Domantas Sabonis may return on Saturday
    Domantas Sabonis, who has missed six straight games with a back injury, might be ready to return on Saturday. 

    Advice: He's a game-time decision but it sounds like there's a decent chance he'll play tonight. JaKarr Sampson is still out with a concussion, so Oshae Brissett should still get some run tonight, even if Sabonis is back. But Brissett would likely take somewhat of a hit if Sabonis is a go.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 3:41 pm
  • Giannia Antetokounmpo (ankle) probable Sunday
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (right ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: Giannis hurt his already-sprained ankle on Thursday, and it's promising that he may be able to give this one a shot in a battle of two of the best teams in the East. If he decides to take this one off, however, look for Bobby Portis as an option for an almost sure double-double.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 2:43 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) questionable Sunday
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (sprained right ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Although Giannis isn't officially 'questionable' on the injury report, which has yet to be submitted, that's the gist of coach Mike Budenholzer's post-game comments on Friday. “[Antetokounmpo] is progressing well," he said. "We’ll see how he feels in the morning [Saturday], get another kind of day of rehab and work on it, and we’ll just see with the early game on Sunday what it looks like, what it feels like." Even if he's not ready for Sunday's marquee matinee vs. Brooklyn, it sounds like he has a good chance of playing in the rematch on Tuesday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 8:43 pm
  • Devin Vassell struggles w/ foul trouble vs. Boston
    Devin Vassell got another start on Friday, but played only 15 minutes vs. the Celtics to finish with two points, two rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Vassell was in foul trouble, so that was part of the reason he was so limited. He's stepped into the starting lineup in the wake of Derrick White's ankle injury, which Gregg Popovich said will likely keep White out until the playoffs. Vassell could hold the job for the Spurs' final 10 games, but he's only worth considering if you need some steals and triples. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 7:54 pm
  • Brandon Clarke scores nine points vs. ORL
    Brandon Clarke had nine points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 18 minutes vs. Orlando on Friday.

    Advice: Clarke’s fantasy value is trending in the wrong direction because his minutes have tanked since the return of Jaren Jackson Jr, playing an average of 19.8 minutes over his last five. And that includes one rest-related DNP for JJJ who also sat out tonight on the front end of the back-to-back. Unless he leapfrogs Kyle Anderson, which is unlikely, Clarke is strictly a deep-league asset. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 7:21 pm
  • Domantas Sabonis (back) questionable Saturday
    Domantas Sabonis (sore lower back) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. OKC.

    Advice: Sabonis has missed six straight games but he's been doing contact work and appears to be on the verge of a return. If he plays Saturday it could dent Oshae Brissett's upside, though minutes are still available without Myles Turner (foot). And if he sits out again, Sabonis could return vs. the Wizards in D.C. on Monday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 5:34 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (right ankle) out Friday
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (right ankle) has officially been ruled out for Friday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: This comes from the official injury report so there's no word on the severity of the ankle injury. This is the second night of a back-to-back, so even if it's minor this news isn't a surprise. The Bucks will also be without Donte DiVincenzo (Achilles), so Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday will be usage rate vacuums and Bobby Portis becomes a must-start fantasy option.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 2:36 pm
  • Anthony Edwards cooks Warriors in fourth quarter
    Anthony Edwards scored 18 points in the fourth quarter of a win against Golden State, finishing with 25 points, five boards, three assists, a block and a triple. 

    Advice: He had a quiet first three quarters but came alive in the fourth to say the very least. He hit 20+ points for the 29th this time this season, and no other rookie has more than 14 games of such a mark. Edwards was even efficient tonight, going 10-of-19 from the field, and he looks to ready to finish out the season strongly. With LaMelo Ball (wrist) still not back in action, it looks like the ROY award is his to lose.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 7:54 pm
  • Giannis sprains ankle, will not return Thursday
    Giannis Antetokounmpo sprained his right ankle on Thursday vs. Houston and will not return. 

    Advice: He attempted a "eurostep" on Kelly Olynyk and turned his ankle pretty good. The Bucks are always cautious with their superstar but it's too early to say how severe the injury is. The bad news is that this game is the front end of a back-to-back so his status for Friday isn't looking too hot right now.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 5:36 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, DiVincenzo expected to play
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (sprained right ankle) and Donte DiVincenzo (sore left Achilles) are both expected to play vs. the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: This comes from coach Mike Budenholzer and merely confirms that they're fine, since both guys were already considered probable. This is the first game of a back-to-back set with the Bulls awaiting the Bucks in Chicago on Friday, so it seems like the Bucks are serious about vying for the top spot in the East. Otherwise, why play the twice-reigning MVP at less than 100% health in a matchup vs. the worst team in the NBA? NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 3:44 pm
  • Woj: Nuggets plan to sign Austin Rivers for season
    According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nuggets plan to sign Austin Rivers to a contract that runs through the remainder of this season. 

    Advice: With Jamal Murray (torn ACL), Monte Morris (hamstring) and Will Barton (hamstring) all sidelined due to injury, Rivers has helped fill a sizable void on the perimeter. In five games with the Nuggets, Rivers is averaging 5.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.6 3-pointers in just over 24 minutes per. He doesn't offer a great deal fantasy-wise, but Rivers has been solid in spot duty for the Nuggets.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 11:30 am
  • Nikola Jokic stuffs Zion for game-winning block
    Nikola Jokic had an epic, game-sealing block on Zion Williamson during Wednesday's win over the Pelicans, finishing with 32 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, two triples, three steals and three swats over 36 minutes.

    Advice: There was quite a bit of contact on that final block, but the refs swallowed their whistles on the final possession of the game, and the Nuggets got the win. The Joker finished 12-of-20 from the floor, 2-of-4 from distance and 6-of-8 from the stripe in his efficient night, and the only negative was his six turnovers, but that's easy to forgive when he's pumping out stat lines like this. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:54 pm
  • Devin Vassell posts low-end line as a starter Weds
    Devin Vassell went 4-of-10 from the floor and 1-of-3 at the line for 11 points, two rebounds, one assist, two triples and one block through 25 minutes as a starter on Wednesday.

    Advice: Vassell might be starting the rest of the way with Derrick White (ankle) ruled out for the remainder of the season, so he's on the radar in deep leagues. Per-36 minutes this season, Vassell owns averages of 11.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 triples and 1.7 steals per contest. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 8:43 pm
  • Nerlens Noel racks up four steals, five blocks
    Nerlens Noel hit 3-of-6 shots for eight points, eight rebounds, three assists, four steals and five blocks in Wednesday's 113-94 win over the Bulls. 

    Advice: Noel is making the loss of Mitchell Robinson an afterthought and while he didn't even set a season high in steals or blocks tonight, he is helping the Knicks right now, as they've won 10 of their last 11 games and have a stranglehold on the No. 4 seed in the East currently.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 7:48 pm
  • Kevin Love hits 2-of-11 shots in loss
    Kevin Love, who is somehow still plugging along for the Cavs, hit 2-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for six points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals in Wednesday's loss to the Magic. 

    Advice: Despite the horrific shooting, Love still managed a decent fantasy line a game after he had a meltdown and quit on his team in his last game. He apologized and things appear to be all good, but it's hard to believe he's still playing in meaningless games this deep into the season. One of his 3-pointers actually briefly tied the game late after the Cavaliers trailed by 23 at the start of the fourth quarter.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 6:38 pm
  • Update: Alec Burks won't play Wednesday
    Updating a previous report, Alec Burks will not be available for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: He's finally out of quarantine, but he'll now need to work on his conditioning before he's logging meaningful minutes again. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 3:49 pm
  • Devin Vassell will start Wednesday vs. Miami
    Devin Vassell will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: He's replacing Derrick White (ankle), who is not expected to play again this season, so Vassell may be starting the rest of the way. He does offer some intriguing upside, so it wouldn't be the worst idea to deploy him as a streamer or DFS punt play tonight. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 3:44 pm
  • Domantas Sabonis (back) ruled out for Thursday
    Domantas Sabonis (back) will miss his sixth straight game on Thursday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: This isn't terribly surprising given that Sabonis was just a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, and with Goga Bitadze (ankle) questionable for tomorrow night, we could see Oshae Brissett logging heavy minutes as a starter. If Bitadze gets ruled out, Brissett will make for a quality streamer. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 2:46 pm
  • Alec Burks (COVID-protocols) available to play Wed
    Alec Burks (COVID-protocols) will be available to play on Wednesday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: He'll be available, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll get out there, as he's missed the past six games and likely still needs to work on his conditioning. He'd be a risky guy to deploy in most settings tonight. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 2:42 pm
  • Domantas Sabonis (back) limited in Pacers practice
    Domantas Sabonis (sore lower back) was a partial participant in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Sabonis went through some contact drills in practice, and how his back responds will determine whether he's ready to return after a lengthy absence. If he does play, Oshae Brissett's fantasy ceiling lowers a bit, though minutes are still available without Myles Turner (foot). We'll mark Sabonis as questionable to return vs. Brooklyn on Thursday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 1:48 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell hits 5-of-17 shots in win
    D'Angelo Russell hit 5-of-17 shots, 1-of-8 3-pointers and 4-of-5 free throws for 15 points, three boards, seven assists and a steal in 29 minutes of Tuesday's 114-107 win over the Rockets, the third straight W for the Wolves. 

    Advice: Russell came into this one on a hot shooting streak but couldn't find it tonight, although he did make a few big plays down the stretch as both teams went on fourth-quarter runs in a tight game in the end. Russell had scored at least 23 points in three of his previous four games and is currently running circles around Ricky Rubio, who has scored just two points in each of his last three games. Wolves fans have to be intrigued by what could be next season if Karl-Anthony Towns and Russell can stay healthy and Anthony Edwards can build on a great rookie season. But how much longer the Wolves keep rolling their future out there in meaningless games remains to be seen. Russell will look to bounce back against the Warriors on Thursday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 8:49 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (sore left ankle) available vs Hornets
    P.J. Tucker (sore left ankle) is available for Tuesday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Rodions Kurucs (right oblique strain) is also available, though neither player's status has a measurable fantasy impact in 12-team leagues. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 10:38 am
  • Cavaliers may fine Kevin Love for Monday's antics
    The Cavaliers are "internally" dealing with Kevin Love's bizarre display during Monday's game, when he slapped the ball inbounds for a critical turnover.

    Advice: Love has apologized to his teammates for quitting on the play, and said his frustration was directed at the referees. It's an incident with echoes of Jan. 2020, when Love apologized for "childish" behavior after showing up his teammates and coaches, coincidentally also in a road game vs. the Raptors. The 'shutdown clock' just jumped a few hours closer to midnight for Love, though for now we'll assume he's available vs. the Magic on Wednesday. Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reports that Love "could be fined" by the Cavs but there's no mention of a possible suspension. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:28 am
  • Nikola Jokic double-doubles in blowout win
    Nikola Jokic posted a 24-point, 15-rebound double-double during Monday's 120-96 trouncing of the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Jokic had his double-double by halftime, and he added five dimes, two triples, two steals and an unfortunate six turnovers in his 30 minutes of floor time. He got his points efficiently too, finishing 6-of-12 from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 at the stripe. Michael Porter Jr. also kept his hot streak going on Monday with 31 points (12-of-19 FG, 4-of-5 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, three triples, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 36 minutes. NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 26, 10:13 pm
  • Aaron Gordon scores 15 points with two triples
    Aaron Gordon scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting Monday, to go with five rebounds, two assists, two triples and one steal over 22 minutes in an easy win vs. Memphis.

    Advice: This was a nice bounce-back performance from Gordon after he was held to just seven points over 20 minutes on Saturday, and he likely would have had an even better stat line if the game weren't such a blowout. He's still finding his footing in Denver after spending the first 6.5 years of his career in Orlando, but he's looking at a ton of opportunity with Jamal Murray (knee) done for the year and Will Barton out with a hamstring injury, so he has a chance for a strong finish. NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 26, 10:05 pm
  • Ja Morant scores team-high 27 points in loss
    Ja Morant dropped in a team-high 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting Monday, to go with six rebounds, six assists, one steal and three turnovers across 30 minutes in a blowout loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: Morant went 0-of-4 from distance in this one, but he was a respectable 7-of-9 at the stripe tonight, which was nice to see as he's been converting just 65.1% of his freebies in April. Jonas Valanciunas was Memphis' second-leading scorer tonight with 13 points (6-of-9 FG, 1-of-2 FT), three rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 23 minutes, while the rest of the Memphis starters were held to single digits in the 24-point loss. NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 26, 9:59 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell posts 27/12/7 line in win vs. UTA
    D'Angelo Russell hit 10-of-16 shots for a game-high 27 points during Monday's 105-104 win over the Jazz, adding two rebounds, 12 assists, seven trey-bombs, one block and three turnovers in 31 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: D'Lo was locked and loaded from the jump, giving the Wolves an immediate scoring punch as soon as he entered the game, and he helped Minnesota bounce-back from a 17-point first quarter with a 32-14 second quarter run that included 12 straight buckets from Russell to close out the first half. Karl-Anthony Towns also had a solid game, tallying 21 points (7-of-13 FG, 6-of-7 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and four turnovers across 36 minutes in the upset win. NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 26, 9:37 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson hits 5-of-20 shots for 13 points
    Jordan Clarkson couldn't buy a bucket on Monday, finishing 5-of-20 from the floor, 1-of-10 from distance and 2-of-2 at the stripe for 13 points in a loss to the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Clarkson did manage to tack on four rebounds, eight assists and two steals in his 27 minutes off the bench, and he only committed one turnover while he was out there, so it wasn't a total loss. Still, there's no denying that he's been struggling with his shot over the past three, but he should be able to turn it around on Wednesday against the defensively-challenged Kings. NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 26, 9:18 pm
  • Kevin Love plays poorly; throws temper tantrum
    Kevin Love did not play well on Monday, contributing 11 points (3-of-9 FG, 5-of-5 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and two turnovers across 24 minutes in a loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: Love let his frustrations get the best of him, and in a two possession game late in the third he just casually batted the ball away on what was supposed to be an in-bounds play that directly led to a bucket for Toronto. He was benched after that and went into the locker room before the final buzzer sounded, but he did apologize to his teammates after the game. It'll be interesting to see if he faces further disciplinary action from the team for his behavior tonight. NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 26, 8:21 pm
  • Bradley Beal twists open another 40-spot with an L
    Bradley Beal didn't seem to be bothered at all by the calf issue on Monday, as he went off for a game-high 45 points on 20-of-37 shooting in an overtime loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Beal bricked all four of his 3-pointers tonight, but he was also a perfect 5-of-5 at the stripe and added three rebounds and one assist in his 42 minutes of floor time. This was Beal's 32nd, 30-plus-point performance of the season, which set a new single-season, career-high, and the 28th 40-spot of his career — which tied him up with Gilbert Arenas for the most 40-point games in franchise history. Unfortunately, the end result was yet another loss, and the Wizards are now just 1-5 this season in games where Beal crosses the 40-point plateau. NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 26, 7:44 pm
  • Aaron Gordon starting for Nuggets on Monday
    Aaron Gordon (knee) is starting for the Nuggets on Monday.

    Advice: He was limited by a knee issue in his last game but it looks like h's good to go. He'll join Facundo Campazzo, P.J. Dozier, Michael Porter Jr. and Nikola Jokic in the starting five.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 26, 5:31 pm
  • Domantas Sabonis (back) won't play on Tuesday
    Domantas Sabonis (back) will remain on the sidelines for Tuesday's game vs. the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Tuesday will mark Sabonis' fourth straight game on the sidelines, and it's not a great sign that he's getting ruled out a day in advance of tip-off. Goga Bitadze (ankle) is being listed as questionable, and if he's able to give it a go, he'd make sense as a streamer. But if both Goga and Domantas join Myles Turner (toe) on the sidelines again for Tuesday's game, Oshae Brissett will continue to log heavy minutes as the tallest man available for Indiana. NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 26, 2:39 pm
  • Bradley Beal not on the injury report Monday
    Bradley Beal is not on the injury report for Monday vs. the Spurs. 

    Advice: This is a huge relief after Beal tweaked his calf Sunday. "My leg got twisted up a little bit. I got kicked and I kicked myself a little bit, too," Beal said Sunday night. "When I came up, my calf was really tight. I felt like my shin was hurting, too. My whole left leg was in pain when I was on the ground." The Wizards will keep a close eye on him but it's safe to pencil him into fantasy lineups.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 26, 10:28 am
  • Jrue Holiday's double-double not enough vs. Hawks
    Jrue Holiday recorded a double-double in a tough loss to the Hawks on Sunday, scoring 19 points with 11 assists, five boards and a steal in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was 8-of-11 from the field and only turned it over once to round out a good night for Jrue. He’s a very important part of this Bucks team for his tenacious defense and his ability to run the offense and make plays, so the Bucks will need to play him as much as possible down the stretch to ensure his team doesn’t slip in the standings.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 25, 7:26 pm
  • Daniel Gafford racks up the defensive stats in win
    Daniel Gafford was fantastic in his 27 minutes off the bench on Sunday, tallying 12 points, six rebounds, two assists, four steals and four swats in a win over Cleveland.

    Advice: Gafford was limited to just two points over 15 minutes his last time out, but he surpassed that total within his first two minutes of play today and finished 5-of-7 from the floor and 2-of-3 at the stripe. His defensive upside is immense, so if he’s able to earn Scott Brooks' trust and make his way into the starting lineup, he could have a monster finish to the 2020-21 season. As a side note, this was the first time a Washington player recorded four steals and four swats since Brendon Haywood did it back in 2004; 17 years ago. NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 25, 7:03 pm
  • Bradley Beal drops in another 30 points in win
    Bradley Beal dropped in 33 points on 13-of-24 shooting (5-of-6 FT) Sunday, to go with six rebounds, three assists, two triples, one steal and two turnovers across 39 minutes in a win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Beal was getting whatever he wanted out there, and the Cavs had zero answers for him, which wasn’t particularly surprising given that Cleveland ranks towards the back of the pack in terms of defensive efficiency. He’s now put in at least 30 points in seven of his past eight games, and the only time he fell short over that span, he finished with 29. Unfortunately, he did tweak his left calf towards the end of the game, and while he tried to play through it, he was clearly laboring and sat out the final few possession of the game. The Wizards play again on Monday, so don’t be surprised if he needs to skip that one. NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 25, 6:53 pm
  • Ja Morant scores 28 with three triples in win
    Ja Morant dropped 28 points, eight boards, three assists, two steals and three triples in a 120-113 win vs. Portland on Sunday.

    Advice: The Blazers clearly went too crazy at Sunday morning brunch and came out looking sluggish, shooting 29.4% from the field in the first half. Ja Morant was just toying with them with a flurry of ball fakes and step backs, and while this was a far cry from his two 30+ point games in his last three, the efficiency is a breath of fresh air. He looks poised for a strong finish after a rather slow start to season with a handful of missed games, so keep him active for the Grizzlies’ last 13 games. NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 25, 4:24 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas returns, hits three triples
    Jonas Valanciunas returned from a three-game absence and dominated, notching a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double to go along with two assists and two steals in 30 minutes of action. 

    Advice: The three triples tie his career high and he didn’t skip a beat after missing three games due to concussion protocol. He scored 13 points in the second quarter alone and did a good job of slightly slowing down Jusuf Nurkic. He’s had a more impressive season than anyone could have hoped for, and there’s no reason he shouldn’t go off for this Grizzlies team moving forward. Hopefully he was in your lineup today, and make sure he’s in there going forward.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 25, 4:22 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (ankle) won't play Sunday vs. Atlanta
    P.J. Tucker (sore left ankle) will not be available for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Bobby Portis should have an easier time seeing minutes in the mid-20s with Tucker on the inactive list for tonight's game. NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 25, 4:07 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (sore left ankle) questionable vs. ATL
    P.J. Tucker (sore left ankle) is questionable vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: The defense-and-corner-3s specialist hasn't been able to stay healthy since joining the Bucks. Even if he does play, he's not a fantasy asset. NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 25, 2:36 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas (concussion) available Sunday
    Jonas Valanciunas (concussion) is available to play vs. the Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: Xavier Tillman should move to the Grizzlies' bench as a result of JV's return from a three-game absence. Get Valanciunas back into your active fantasy lineups for what should be a bruising matchup with Jusuf Nurkic. NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 25, 11:42 am
  • Domantas Sabonis (sore lower back) out Sunday
    Domantas Sabonis (sore lower back) won't play vs. the Magic on Sunday.

    Advice: Myles Turner remains out indefinitely with a right toe injury and Goga Bitadze (sprained ankle) is questionable, so the Pacers' frontcourt may be running on fumes. If Bitadze is cleared to play he'll be a popular streaming play in a favorable matchup vs. the Magic. As for Sabonis, he's still day-to-day so maybe we'll see him vs. the visiting Blazers on Tuesday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 25, 10:33 am
  • Nikola Jokic extremely efficient in win over HOU
    Nikola Jokic hit 10-of-14 shots for 24 points, eight rebounds, 12 assists, a steal and a block in 29 minutes of Saturday's 129-116 win over the Rockets. 

    Advice: There's not much to say here, as Jokic does this on a nightly basis and looks like the clear front runner for this season's MVP Award. And if you drafted him back in December, you're fantasy team is probably doing very well.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 24, 9:54 pm
  • Aaron Gordon (knee) scores seven in 20 minutes
    Aaron Gordon hit 3-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, two rebounds, one assist and a steal in just 20 minutes on Saturday, possibly injuring his knee during the game. 

    Advice: Gordon's knee was being attended to on the bench and we really don't know anymore, other than his low minutes suggest the knee kept him out of most of the second half. JaMychal Green played 21 minutes off the bench and had 10 points and a couple 3-pointers, and Austin Rivers played 29 minutes off the pine. If Gordon's going to miss time, Michael Porter Jr. and Green would both see an uptick in minutes going forward.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 24, 9:43 pm
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