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  • Luke Babbitt (back) is available Monday
    Luke Babbitt (back) will play on Monday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He hasn't missed any time since leaving a game early on Nov. 15, but the Hawks might list him as probable for the next month like they did with Marco Belinelli. He's a 3-point specialist with 2.6 treys over his last five games, but he's a one-trick pony in fantasy. 41 minutes ago
  • Tim Frazier headed back to the bench
    Tim Frazier will head back to the bench on Monday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: John Wall (knee) is good to go and has no restrictions, so Frazier can be dropped to the wire in most leagues. Today, 3:42 pm
  • Joel Embiid (knee) will play on Monday
    Joel Embiid (sore left knee) will play Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Embiid looked just fine while going through his pregame routine, so he should see his regular workload tonight. Feel free to fire him up in all settings, and with Embiid active, Richaun Holmes loses a lot of luster in daily leagues. Today, 3:31 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) probable Monday vs. OKC
    Alvin Gentry said he expects Tony Allen (knee) to play Monday against the Thunder.

    Advice: Allen has spent the past four games on the sidelines, so he'll likely only see minutes in the teens tonight, rendering him a non-option in most leagues. Today, 3:22 pm
  • 76ers recall Jacob Pullen from the G-League
    The 76ers have recalled Jacob Pullen from the G-League.

    Advice: Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is available to play tonight, so there's a good chance Pullen will be watching a majority of Monday's game from the bench. Today, 2:56 pm
  • Joel Embiid (knee) a true game-time call Mon
    Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) remains a game-time decision for Monday's matchup with the Jazz.

    Advice: Embiid wants to get out there, but the decision will ultimately be up to the 76ers' medical staff, and they've been known to err on the side of caution with their franchise players. We likely won't get another update until just prior to tip-off, but if Embiid is forced to the sidelines tonight, Richaun Holmes would see a nice uptick in minutes and there would be more shots to go around for basically everyone. Stay tuned. Today, 2:30 pm
  • Richaun Holmes (illness) will play Monday
    Richaun Holmes (illness) will play Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) remains a game-time call, and if he's not able to give it a go, Holmes would likely be flirting with minutes in the mid-20s, making him a truly inticing DFS play. Jahlil Okafor could also get into the rotation sans Embiid, and Amir Johnson would draw the start, but Holmes is the guy you want to target in fantasy hoops. Today, 2:27 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Trevor Booker said his sprained left ankle is "not too bad," but he was non-committal regarding his status for Wednesday's game in Cleveland.

    Advice: Booker said he initially suffered the ankle injury last Friday vs. Utah, and then aggravated the injury shortly into Sunday's game against the Warriors, which forced him to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines. We'll have a better idea on his status based on his activity level at practices leading up to Wednesday's tip, but if he is unable to give it a go, Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller would see an uptick in minutes. Today, 12:28 pm
  • Buddy Hield (ankle) out Monday vs. Denver
    Buddy Hield (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's matchup with the Nuggets.

    Advice: This will be Hield's second straight game on the sidelines, and considering how bad the ankle injury looked when it occurred, we're going to have to consider him doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Lakers until we hear otherwise. Bogdan Bogdanovic should be able to get closer to the 30-minute mark sans Hield, and De'Aaron Fox could spend some more time alongside George Hill in some two-PG lineups. Hield isn't necessarily worth hanging onto in leagues without an IR-spot. Today, 11:19 am
  • Georgios Papagiannis recalled from G-League
    Georgios Papagiannis was recalled from the G-League.

    Advice: He will eventually get a look when coach Dave Joerger comes to the conclusion that Kosta Koufos and Zach Randolph aren't the building blocks of the franchise. Today, 10:09 am
  • Joel Embiid says he should be fine for Monday
    Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) said he should be "fine" for Monday's game vs. Utah.

    Advice: He's considered a game-time call, but Embiid said "the decision is on me" in regards to playing. This means owners can tentatively pencil him into lineups, but a final call won't be made until he warms up. If he decides to sit, Richaun Holmes (illness), Amir Johnson, Dario Saric and Jahlil Okafor would all be candidates to see more minutes. Today, 9:25 am
  • Richaun Holmes (illness) questionable Monday
    Richaun Holmes (gastroenteritis) is questionable for Monday's game vs. Utah.

    Advice: He hasn't been getting much playing time, but his status is worth monitoring closely because Joel Embiid is also questionable due to left knee soreness. Holmes would be a great streaming option if he plays and Embiid doesn't, but look for Amir Johnson, Dario Saric and maybe even Jahlil Okafor to step up if both of these guys can't go. Today, 8:37 am
  • Embiid (knee soreness) questionable Monday
    Joel Embiid is a game-time call for Monday's game vs. the Jazz with left knee soreness.

    Advice: Embiid has been battling soreness for most of the season, but the 76ers have said that they're not concerned and that it was expected. He's also been playing 30.2 minutes over his last 10 games, so he's adjusting to a larger workload. If Embiid is held out, the 76ers will likely use a combination of Amir Johnson, Richaun Holmes (illness) and Dario Saric to absorb his minutes. Jahlil Okafor may get a chance to showcase himself as well. Today, 8:32 am
  • Marvin Williams (quad) probable Monday
    Marvin Williams (quad contusion) went through the morning shootaround on Monday.

    Advice: He's listed as probable to face the Wolves, but we'll have to wait until after warmups before we get the official word. If Williams can't play, Frank Kaminsky would get a lot of burn, and we could see Cody Zeller play some PF as well. Williams has been a disappointment this season as his counting stats are down across the board with 9.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.5 triples, 0.7 blocks and 0.5 steals. Today, 8:22 am
  • Bruno Caboclo assigned to G-League
    Bruno Caboclo, Alfonzo McKinnie and Lorenzo Brown have been sent down for a G-League stint.

    Advice: The Raptors don't leave for their road trip until Tuesday, so all three could be back with the team in less than a day. Today, 7:16 am
  • Knicks recall Damyean Dotson
    The Knicks have recalled Damyean Dotson from the G-League.

    Advice: He scored 23 points in Sunday's G-League game and could be looking at some minutes on Monday if Tim Hardaway Jr.'s sore foot prevents him from playing. Today, 6:32 am
  • Jamal Murray quiet in 24 minutes vs. Lakers
    Jamal Murray was quiet during Sunday's loss to the Lakers, scoring 10 points on 2-of-11 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs, with four rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Murray missed all of his 3-point attempts tonight, but he added two steals and one block. There's nothing to worry about here -- Murray had scored 30+ points in two of his previous three games, and he's always one game away from an explosive performance. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Kyle Kuzma hits 7-of-11 shots for 17 points
    Kyle Kuzma finished Sunday's win vs. the Nuggets with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, three 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Luke Walton reportedly "challenged Kuzma to focus on his all-around game" prior to this contest, and he yanked him early tonight after some ill-advised shots. The playing time was easily Kuzma's lowest in November, but nothing suggests this will become a trend. He'll clear 30 minutes vs. the Bulls on Tuesday and remains a solid option in almost every fantasy format, despite a lack of defensive stats. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Lonzo Ball triple-doubles in Lakers' home win
    Lonzo Ball posted the second triple-double of his NBA career on Sunday with 11 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers snapped a two-game losing streak tonight and Ball continues to be a fantasy dynamo, with the glaring exception of percentages (30.8% FGs and 46.2% FTs). In every other respect he's been awesome, averaging 6.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.1 threes and 0.9 blocks. His fantasy value hinges on each league's scoring settings -- if you can ignore percentages, the 20-year-old is already a stud. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) doubtful to return
    Trevor Booker (sprained left ankle) is doubtful to return vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: The Nets aren't competitive in this game vs. the Warriors, so hopefully Booker's 'doubtful' tag is just a precaution. If he doesn't return, he'll finish scoreless with one rebound and one assist in nine minutes -- Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller will pick up the slack. Yesterday, 4:29 pm
  • Tim Frazier hands out eight assists in loss
    Tim Frazier handed out eight assists as a fill-in starter sans John Wall (knee) on Sunday, adding eight rebounds, six points, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Frazier did a nice job of running the offense for Washington, and while he didn't spend a ton of time looking for his own shot (2-of-4 from the field) he still put forth an effective stat line. The Wizards play again Monday vs. Milwaukee, and if Wall is again forced to sit that one out, Frazier will make for a solid streamer or low-budget option in DFS. Yesterday, 3:07 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (back) probable for Monday
    Luke Babbitt (back) is being listed as probable for Monday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: Babbitt is the new guy in Atlanta who has been getting hit with the probable tag as of late, and yes, he has not missed a single game. He'll be out there, but his minutes are starting to trend down with Ersan Ilyasova healthy. Yesterday, 1:49 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) questionable for Monday
    Tony Allen (knee) is questionable to face the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: Allen has spent the past four games on the sidelines, but he was supposed to return to action on Friday, which hints that he's at least getting close. Perhaps he'll be able to get out there Monday night, but he won't be earning enough minutes to warrant a roster spot in most settings. Yesterday, 12:27 pm
  • Tim Frazier will start Sunday vs. the Raptors
    Tim Frazier will move into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Raptors, with John Wall (knee) unavailable.

    Advice: Frazier put up four points, eight dimes, two points and a steal through 31 minutes as a starter his last time out there with Wall on the sidelines, so he could be someone to think about deploying as a low-end streamer or DFS punt play. Per nbawowy, Bradley Beal's usage spike to 37.6 sans Wall, so he figures to be very busy tonight on the offensive end. Yesterday, 11:31 am
  • Damyean Dotson assigned to G-League
    Damyean Dotson has been assigned to the G-League.

    Advice: Tim Hardaway Jr. (foot) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Clippers, so we'd expect Dotson to be recalled right away. If THJ sits on Monday, Dotson should be in the mix to see some minutes. Yesterday, 10:10 am
  • Raptors recall Bruno Caboclo
    The Raptors have recalled Bruno Caboclo and Alfonzo McKinnie from the G-League.

    Advice: They likely won't play on Sunday vs. the Wizards unless there's some garbage time, so both players can be left on the wire. Yesterday, 8:57 am
  • Joel Embiid scores 21 points in loss
    Joel Embiid scored 21 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one block, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: The Process did give us a couple scares in this game, but he's OK. He hit his head under the basket and had to go to the bench to get checked out by the training staff. Embiid also fell on his left side as he couldn't get a pump fake to work on JaVale McGee. After giving up a Process dunk on the first possession, the Warriors did an outstanding job of keeping him out of the paint, but of course they have the personnel to do it. The Jazz will not on Monday, so expect another giant line from Embiid. Saturday, 8:16 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (back) starts vs. Celts Saturday
    Luke Babbitt (back) started on Saturday and had 11 points, two boards, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes, making 4-of-12 shots with three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Babbitt played just 11 minutes vs. the Kings on Wednesday, but he earned another start tonight despite the return of DeAndre Bembry (wrist). Tyler Cavanaugh played 15 minutes off the bench but Ersan Ilyasova was apparently a DNP-CD, which bodes well for Babbitt. He's still just a 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Saturday, 7:41 pm
  • Richaun Holmes gets all the C2 minutes
    Richaun Holmes scored six points with four rebounds, one assist and one block in 15 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He played 100 percent of the backup center minutes and hopefully this will continue. Holmes brings a lot of energy, he defends the 3-point line well for a five man, and the 76ers love to throw him lobs. If he can somehow keep his minutes at 15-20 every night, he is worth owning in 12-team leagues because he's fantasy basketball's best handcuff. Saturday, 7:39 pm
  • Luke Babbitt in the starting lineup
    Luke Babbitt (back) will start against the Celtics on Saturday.

    Advice: He went through warmups and apparently everything went well for him. Babbitt has a lot of competition for his minutes now, so he will have to play well to keep his starting role. Saturday, 4:20 pm
  • Luke Babbitt likely to start on Saturday
    If Luke Babbitt (back) is OK after warmups, he will be in the starting lineup against the Celtics on Saturday.

    Advice: In other words, he's still a game-time call, but he is on track to play. Babbitt would be starting next to Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince and Dewayne Dedmon. With guys like DeAndre Bembry back, we may see Ersan Ilyasova and Babbitt start to see their minutes fade. Saturday, 3:02 pm
  • Buddy Hield (ankle) will not play Saturday
    Buddy Hield (sprained right ankle) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. Portland.

    Advice: Hield rolled his right ankle Friday night and had to be helped to the locker room. He did not return to the game. Thus, it's not surprising to see that Hield is unable to suit up on Saturday. Bogdan Bogdanovic will likely soak up additional minutes off the bench. The Kings also implemented some two-PG lineups on Friday, so De'Aaron Fox, George Hill and Frank Mason may see an uptick in playing time as well on Saturday. Saturday, 9:33 am
  • Lonzo Ball to stay remain in starting lineup
    Coach Luke Walton said he is not considering moving Lonzo Ball out of the starting lineup.

    Advice: "He's our starting point guard," Walton said after practice earlier this week. "So there's no discussion, no talks as of now of moving Lonzo to the bench. Nah. He's our starting point guard." Ball had been benched in the fourth quarters of the Lakers win on Monday and their loss on Wednesday. However, Ball closed out the game on Friday, despite continued struggles with his shooting. Ball's rebounding and assist numbers remain strong, but his poor percentages hurt his value. He currently ranks outside the top-150 in nine-category fantasy leagues. Saturday, 6:59 am
  • Trevor Booker plays well in start
    Trevor Booker scored 14 points with five rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Kenny Atkinson seems 100 percent confident that he can roll out a starting lineup with nobody taller than 6'8". Booker has been effective when called upon almost all season, averaging 11.0 points, 7.2 boards and 0.4 steals in just 22.5 minutes per game before this showing. He is likely headed for around 26-28 minutes, so he'll be around 13 and eight in the short term. Friday, 11:17 pm
  • Arrow Pointing Up: Jamal Murray scores 31
    Jamal Murray was on fire again during a 146-114 win over the Pelicans on Friday, making 13-of-18 from the field for 31 points with two rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

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

    Advice: Ball's best game of the season came against the Suns when he had 29 points against them on Oct. 20, but it's pretty much been downhill since. He finished 3-of-7 from the field and missed both of his free throws, and it's a concern that he managed just six points against the tiny backcourt combo of Tyler Ulis and Mike James. On the bright side, at least he closed this game after getting benched in the fourth quarter of his previous two games. Friday, 10:50 pm
  • Kyle Kuzma scores career-high 30 points
    Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 30 points in Friday's 122-113 loss to Phoenix.

    Advice: Wow. He started this game 0-of-6 at halftime, but finished 11-of-23 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line with 10 rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes. This was his sixth game of the season with 20+ points which is more than any other rookie, and there's no way that coach Luke Walton can justify taking him out the starting lineup with Larry Nance (hand) nearing a return. He doesn't get many defensive stats, but he's still a must-start player in all formats. Friday, 10:35 pm
  • Buddy Hield (ankle) unlikely to play Saturday
    Buddy Hield (ankle) is unlikely to play on Saturday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: He rolled his right ankle on Friday and wasn't able to return, and he was spotted using crutches in the locker room after the game. With Hield looking at some time on the shelf, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Frank Mason could both benefit with the Kings experimenting with some two-PG lineups. Friday, 10:01 pm
  • Buddy Hield (right ankle) will not return
    Buddy Hield (ankle) was helped to the locker room in the fourth quarter and he will not return.

    Advice: He rolled his right ankle as he was trying to put a move on in transition. Hield didn't put weight on his leg at first, but he did put some weight on it as he was helped to the locker room by two staff members. He's almost certainly done tonight, so expect to see Friday, 9:00 pm
  • Tim Frazier has chance to start Sunday
    Tim Frazier did not score in 14 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: He didn't do much tonight, but there's a chance he starts on Sunday if John Wall (knee) can't suit up. Keep an eye on Frazier in deep leagues or as a Sunday streamer. Friday, 7:34 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) sitting out vs. Denver
    Tony Allen (knee) will not play on Friday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: He was originally expected to play, but the Pelicans will continue to be cautious. Darius Miller has thrived in Allen's absence, averaging 17.0 points, 0.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.0 steal and 3.5 triples over his last two games. Friday, 6:21 pm
  • Dinwiddie, Crabbe, Carroll, RHJ & Book start
    Spencer Dinwiddie, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Trevor Booker will start against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: This is the same starting lineup as Tuesday, but using it against Utah is somewhat noteworthy. Booker has played very well and so has Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, so coach Kenny Atkinson just wants his best five out there despite Booker being so short for a five man. Friday, 3:42 pm
  • Luke Babbitt, Mike Muscala are questionable
    Luke Babbitt (back) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are questionable for Saturday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Babbitt suffered back spasms on Wednesday and did not return. It's also worth a mention he did have back spasms in March, so perhaps the Hawks are extra careful with him. If he's out, the Hawks may wind up shifting Taurean Prince over to the four to allow DeAndre Bembry to play in his return. Tyler Cavanaugh could also be in the rotation after he started the second half on Wednesday. Friday, 1:50 pm
  • Lakers want Ball to improve shot selection
    Coach Luke Walton said he wants Lonzo Ball to improve his shot selection.

    Advice: Ball has struggled mightily with his shot all season and has been benched in the fourth quarter in each of the Lakers last two games. Walton told reporters that some of Ball's 3-point attempts have been forced and not within the flow of the offense. "If he’s going to his left and they go under (a screen) and he’s in rhythm and wants to pull up and shoot that 3, then we’re good with that. That’s what we want," said Walton. Ball will look to snap out of his slump Friday night vs. the Suns. Friday, 7:02 am
  • Kings assign Georgios Papagiannis to G-League
    The Kings have assigned Georgios Papagiannis to their G-League affiliate.

    Advice: Papagiannis, the 13th overall pick in the 2016 draft, is averaging just 2.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 6.3 minutes over four appearances for Sacramento this season. Friday, 6:28 am
  • Tony Allen likely to play on Friday
    Tony Allen (knee) is likely going to play against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: Darius Miller has been in one of his best stretches of his NBA career, so it'll be inresting to see how coach Alvin Gentry wants to divide the minutes between Miller, Allen and Dante Cunningham. All three do not have much value in non-deep leagues. Thursday, 12:26 pm
  • Joel Embiid goes off with 46/15/7 & 7 blocks
    Joel Embiid had a career night against the Lakers during a 115-109 victory on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 46 points with 15 rebounds, seven assists, seven blocks, two turnovers and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He was 14-of-20 from the field and 16-of-19 from the line to give him a ridiculous 81.1 TS% on his 35.8 usage rate. Embiid became the first NBA player to post at least 45 points, 15 boards, seven assists and seven blocks in a game since blocks became an official stat in 1973-74. Fantasy wise, his 93.5 fantasy points are the most this season, and he's not even all the way back yet. After the game, he said he was at about 69 percent of what he's capable of doing, so his fantasy owners should have some very, very nice lines coming their way. As always, Trust The Process. Wednesday, 11:34 pm
  • Kyle Kuzma scores career-high 24 points
    Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 24 points with seven rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been on Kuz control since Larry Nance Jr. (hand) went down in the first game this month. In November, Kuzma has averaged 16.9 points, 8.4 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.0 treys in 35.1 minutes per game. The Lakers starters actually haven't been bad this month, so Kuzma could still hold his starting job once Nance is back. Besides his lack of defensive stats, he should be owned in standard leagues. Wednesday, 10:52 pm
  • Big Benching Brand: Lonzo doesn't play in 4Q
    Lonzo Ball got benched again on Wednesday during a loss to the 76ers, making 1-of-9 from the field for two points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Uh oh. He didn't play in final 16:04 tonight, and didn't play in the final 14:47 on Monday. This benching has been compounded by Jordan Clarkson getting hot these days, which won't go on forever. Ball has just been a complete disaster as a scorer with his 36.4 TS% on his 19.1 usage rate on the season. How bad is that? Well, no scoring qualifier has finished a season with a usage rate of at least 19 and a TS% below 39. We all knew Ball wasn't going to be a plus scorer, but he's off to one of the worst starts in history from an efficiency standpoint. Hopefully you're punting FG% anyway, and at least Ball has nowhere to go but up. Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Buddy Hield shoots 2-of-8, chips in elsewhere
    Buddy Hield was quiet during the Kings' blowout loss in Atlanta, going 2-of-8 from the field for six points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Hield also had one block and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes of action, so it wasn't a total loss for fantasy owners. The entire Kings team was awful tonight, and they lost by 46 points, so there's not a lot to glean from this game. Wednesday, 7:29 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (back spasms) will not return
    Luke Babbitt (back spasms) will not return to Wednesday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Tyler Cavanaugh started the second half for the injured Babbitt. He went to the locker room in the first half, but he did return to action after that. Babbitt did check back into the game, but apparently he didn't feel well enough to continue. With him out, the Hawks may have to play Kent Bazemore at the four more, up Ersan Ilyasova's minutes, or shift John Collins over to power forward more often. Wednesday, 5:50 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) out Wednesday vs. Toronto
    Tony Allen (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: This will be Allen's third straight game on the sidelines with the knee issue, and he's being listed as day-to-day. E'Twaun Moore and Ian Clark will likely be splitting his minutes, but that means very little in fantasy hoops. Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Joel Embiid will play on Wednesday
    Updating a previous item, Joel Embiid will still play Wednesday night against the Lakers after missing shootaround.

    Advice: He did do some light rehab work on the side, so maybe the 76ers are just taking it easy on Embiid whenever they can. He played a career-high 36 minutes in a thrilling win against the Clippers on Monday, and after the game he said he's not close to 100 percent yet. He may not play 36 minutes tonight, but get him in your lineups in a favorable matchup. Wednesday, 12:56 pm
  • Embiid misses shootaround, expects to play
    Joel Embiid did not participate in this morning’s shootaround at Santa Monica High School and he is still scheduled to play in Wednesday's game against the Lakers.

    Advice: We don't know if this is injury related, just part of the maintenance plan, or another reason. After Monday's win, Embiid said he's still only around 50 percent to be fully back and he was reportedly still dealing with soreness, so it's possible he was just given the morning off. For now, expect him to be out there, but DFS players may want to proceed with caution on The Process. If he is held out, Richaun Holmes and Amir Johnson would benefit. Wednesday, 12:24 pm
  • Trevor Booker scores 12 points in start
    Trevor Booker started at center on Tuesday vs. the Celtics and scored 12 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Timofey Mozgov hasn't given the Nets much this season, so there's a chance Booker could stick in the first unit. He finished 5-of-10 from the field and knocked down both of his free throws, so put him on your radar if you could use a big. Keep in mind that the Nets are off until Friday. Tuesday, 7:02 pm
  • Trevor Booker will start at center on Tuesday
    Trevor Booker will replace Timofey Mozgov in the starting lineup Tuesday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Booker had missed four straight due to back soreness before returning Saturday vs. Utah. This will be his first start of the season. Booker did start 43 games in 2016-17 and averaged 9.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 26.6 minutes per start. He's worth consideration as an inexpensive dart throw in DFS tournaments on Tuesday. Tuesday, 3:46 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) questionable for Wednesday
    Tony Allen (left knee inflammation) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. Toronto.

    Advice: Allen has spent the past two games on the sidelines, and it's looking like that number could hit three on Wednesday night. If he's out again, Ian Clark could see his minutes in the 20s, but that's not enough floor time for him to make a difference in fantasy hoops. Tuesday, 11:43 am
  • Lakers won't change Lonzo Ball's form
    Lakers president Magic Johnson said that the coaching staff won't attempt to fix or change Lonzo Ball's form this season.

    Advice: Ball is shooting just 31.3 percent from the floor, 25.0 percent from 3-point territory and 50.0 percent from the free-throw stripe. "Let him shoot the way he's been shooting and hopefully they'll go in," said Magic. "And so, we're not gonna mess with it. If after the season, and he's not shooting well, then we'll sit down with him and say, 'Hey, let's maybe look at a different way or let's try to improve the way you are shooting." Tuesday, 7:20 am
  • Joel Embiid dominates Jordan in win over LAC
    Joel Embiid hit 11-of-20 shots, a 3-pointer and 9-of-16 free throws on his way to a season-high 32 points, a season-high 16 rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes of Monday's 109-105 win over the Clippers.

    Advice: DeAndre Jordan was held to two points, five rebounds and a block before fouling out against The Process, and Embiid simply got it done tonight. He took a flagrant foul from backup Willie Reed, but held his composure and played a great game. Yeah, a steal or block would have been nice, but we challenge you to find anyone who doesn't trust The Process right now. He should be primed for another big night on Wednesday against the other L.A. team, as the Sixers visit the Lakers next. Monday, 10:48 pm
  • Jamal Murray scores 18 points
    Jamal Murray made 7-of-19 from the field for 18 points with five rebounds, one steal and six turnovers in 39 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

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

    Advice: No triple-double here and he couldn't come close to matching his career-high 29 he had against the Suns last time he played them, but the Lakers did break their three-game losing streak. Plus, coach Luke Walton benched Ball down the stretch because Jordan Clarkson was playing well. Ball is still really struggling with his jumper at just 25.2 percent on those 107 attempts, and he's also had 11 of his 59 layups get blocked as well. Ball is also terrible as a transition scorer, which he'll really need to improve in this offense. Monday, 9:32 pm
  • Luke Babbitt hit four more 3-pointers
    Luke Babbitt started again for the Hawks and hit 4-of-11 shots (all 3-pointers) for 12 points, three rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes of Monday's one-point loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: Babbitt has been starting for a little more than a week now and is averaging 10.8 points 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting in those five games. He's been up and down like a yo-yo, but is getting 31 minutes a night, shooting the ball well and knocking down threes. He's worth a look in standard leagues as long as he's starting for the Hawks. Monday, 7:23 pm
  • Buddy Hield plays nice game on Monday
    Buddy Hield played 26 minutes and hit 5-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in Monday's loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Hield wasn't filling it up tonight, but came through with the threes and steals. He's been great lately after previously struggling with his shot, averaging 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.6 3-pointers while shooting it a lights-out 48 percent over his last five games. Monday, 6:38 pm
  • Damyean Dotson recalled from G-League
    Damyean Dotson has been recalled from the G-League.

    Advice: The Knicks have won seven out of their last nine games after an 0-3 start to the season, so Dotson may have to spend a good chunk of time in the G-League as long as the Knicks stay relevant in the East. Nov 13, 6:50 am
  • Tony Allen (knee) out Monday vs. Atlanta
    Tony Allen (left knee inflammation) will miss Monday's matchup with the Hawks.

    Advice: This will be Allen's second straight game on the sidelines, but head coach Alvin Gentry indicated that they're just being cautious with the 35-year-old veteran, so maybe he'll be able to get back out there for Wednesday's game against the Raptors. With Allen out, Ian Clark should see an uptick in minutes, but that doesn't mean much. Nov 12, 12:31 pm
  • Pelicans just being cautious w/ Allen
    Head coach Alvin Gentry said the Pelicans are just being cautious with Tony Allen (left knee).

    Advice: "He’s got a lot of years and a lot of miles on him," Gentry said of Allen. "There’s going to be little hurts and pains that may keep him out a game or so, but it’s not anything that I’d spend any time worrying about." After sitting out on Saturday, there's a good chance that the 35-year-old Allen will be back in the lineup on Monday vs. the Hawks. He's averaging just 4.8 points and 2.2 rebounds this season, so fantasy owners can keep ignoring him. Nov 12, 8:36 am
  • Damyean Dotson assigned to G-League
    Damyean Dotson has been assigned to the G-League.

    Advice: He had 14 points in 14 minutes of garbage time on Saturday, but he's averaging just 7.6 minutes per game in seven appearances for the Knicks this season. If the Knicks cool off, Dotson could get more burn. Nov 12, 6:38 am
  • Trevor Booker back in action Saturday
    Trevor Booker (back) returned to action Saturday at Utah, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot in 20 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Booker hit 5-of-10 from the field and did not see to have any ill effects of the back injury which forced him to the shelf. It helped him ease back into action by not having to face the disruptive Rudy Gobert (knee), too. He'll likely continue to log 15-20 minutes per game off the bench, and his return did not affect Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who still logged 31 minutes in the starting five. Nov 11, 10:18 pm
  • Bullseye: Jamal Murray scores career-high 32
    Jamal Murray was on the mark during a 125-107 victory over the Magic on Saturday, scoring a career-high 32 points with four rebounds, one assist and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Blue Arrow made 12-of-21 from the field and was on fire in the first quarter with 16 points. Coach Mike Malone continues to preach consistency for the second-year guard, so there will be added pressure on him against the Blazers on Monday. Murray also looked great off the ball and was able to convert his wide-open shots to earn this easy win in an up-tempo game. It's been a bumpy ride, but Murray has been awesome overall in his last eight with a 66.1 TS% and a 24.6 usage rate. He's also first on the team in net rating over that span. Yes, this is why we've been preaching patience for one of the best young shooters in the NBA. Nov 11, 10:08 pm
  • Richaun Holmes goes for 11 & 6 in loss
    Richaun Holmes played 21 minutes and hit 3-of-4 shots for 11 points, seven rebounds and zero blocks off the Sixers' bench on Saturday.

    Advice: The line was about garbage time, but the takeaway here is Amir Johnson was a DNP-CD and Holmes is way ahead of him. His upside as a handcuff makes him worthy of a hold in several leagues. Nov 11, 9:17 pm
  • Joel Embiid cools off for Sixers
    Joel Embiid hit just 4-of-11 shots for 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 25 minutes of Saturday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: The good news is he played. The bad news is that his knee is sore and he didn't exactly kill it last night. He's probably going to be day-to-day for a while and now might be a good time to sell high on the superstar, if you feel like his knee is going to hold him back. Nov 11, 9:11 pm
  • Kyle Kuzma goes for 21 & 11 in 42 minutes
    Kyle Kuzma notched his fourth double-double of the season on Saturday with 21 points and 11 rebounds, adding one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: This marks the most minutes Kuzma has played in an NBA game, and he recovered from a cold start to finish 8-of-17 from the field and 4-of-5 from the FT line. Shooting efficiency has been a big part of his appeal, and the defensive stats were a welcome sight. He's averaging 0.5 steals and 0.2 blocks this year, which he'll need to improve to reach his full category-league potential. Nov 11, 8:51 pm
  • Damyean Dotson scores 14 points.
    Damyean Dotson scored a career-high 14 points with one rebound, one assist an two 3-pointers in 14 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: This was all about garbage time. He had a nice 17-point game in the preseason and he should stick on the big club most of the year. Dotson won't have much value when the team is healthy though. Nov 11, 8:37 pm
  • Lonzo Ball makes NBA history w/ triple-double
    Lonzo Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double on Saturday, scoring 19 points with 13 assists, 12 rebounds, four blocks, three steals and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Ball is 20 years and 15 days old, so he beat out LeBron James by five days. The rookie's historic night included efficient 7-of-12 shooting from the field, but L.A. still didn't have enough to avoid their fifth loss in six road games this season. Luke Walton said recently that "any time you turn on any sports show, all the talk about is [Ball's] shot," but that won't be the case this weekend. The rookie's percentages (29.2% FGs, 50.0% FTs) are a massive anchor in category leagues, of course, but that doesn't obscure his obscene potential. Nov 11, 8:22 pm
  • Luke Babbitt scores five points
    Luke Babbitt scored five points with six rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: The Hawks actually had to use Babbitt at the five because of John Collins getting into some foul trouble. Babbitt continues to see minutes around 30 with Ersan Ilyasova (knee) and Mike Muscala (ankle) out, so he does have some short-term upside in deeper leagues or as a streamer. Nov 11, 6:29 pm
  • Trevor Booker (back) available
    Trevor Booker (back) is available against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He should see around 15-20 minutes as a backup four and even some run at the five, especially if Rudy Gobert can't play. Booker has some low-end value and this shouldn't affect Rondae Hollis-Jefferson much. Nov 11, 4:26 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) will not play on Saturday
    Tony Allen (knee) will not play on Saturday against the Clippers.

    Advice: We've seen the Grizzlies rest Allen a heck of a lot for knee soreness, so this is not surprising whatsoever. Allen has been used as a small forward almost exclusively, so Dante Cunningham and Darius Miller could play slightly more. Plus, the Clippers go small a ton, so this should help Jameer Nelson get a slight bump. Nov 11, 2:00 pm
  • Trevor Booker (lower back) probable vs. Jazz
    Trevor Booker (back) is probable against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: Revenge game? Booker has been held out for four games for his back soreness, which led to a lot of small-ball lineups and Tyler Zeller to see some run. Booker coming back shouldn't really affect Rondae Hollis-Jefferson too much, but he probably won't be playing 39 minutes like Friday. Nov 11, 11:33 am
  • Trevor Booker will not play
    Trevor Booker (back) will not play against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: The Nets are going to have to go small a lot here with not much depth behind Timofey Mozgov. Expect to see some Rondae Hollis-Jefferson at the five with a lot of wing minutes available. Nov 10, 4:43 pm
  • Jamal Murray scores nine in 18 minutes
    Jamal Murray played 18 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with nine points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone's hot-hand approach has really burned Murray's playing time. Emmanuel Mudiay played the game of his life tonight and Will Barton is in a groove. Before the game, Malone called Murray "inconsistent" and said he needs to relax to just make the right play. The coach also said Murray has been getting down on himself and Malone has watched a lot of tape with him. He's not exactly fun to own in fantasy right now, but the Nuggets are obviously committed to him after having multiple opportunities to land a point guard and still sticking with their 20-year-old guard. Nov 9, 10:51 pm
  • Richaun Holmes doesn't score in Thursday
    Richaun Holmes did not score with one rebound and one assist in nine minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: He didn't play well with a couple fouls and he also had some foul trouble on Tuesday during his start against the Jazz. Holmes impressed during his season debut on Friday, but he's trended down since. Still, he should be viewed as the best handcuff in all of fantasy hoops and he should start to produce once he can clearly beat out Amir Johnson. Embiid's owners almost have to hold him and maybe now they can trade for him on the cheap. Nov 9, 9:33 pm
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