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  • J.J. Redick scores nine points
    J.J. Redick scored nine points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Mavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Despite going just 2-of-8 from the field until the last possession, Redick attempted the final shot at the buzzer and it didn't go down. Redick was coming in fairly hot with at least a dozen points in his previous nine games, and even a cold Redick is better than almost anyone for a clutch shot. Redick continues to hang around top 100 value in fantasy, but he's not exactly a must-own player if you think it may help to stream his roster spot. 59 minutes ago
  • The Marquese Chriss Show continues on Thurs
    Marquese Chriss posted another terrific stat line in Thursday's blowout defeat to the Nets, tallying 23 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and a block in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The high-flying Chriss is playing at a very high level right now. Over Phoenix's last five games, he is averaging 18.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.4 steals. Chriss is also shooting 53.3 percent from the floor and 40.9 percent from 3-point territory over that stretch. He is providing a wonderful boost for those fantasy owners that plucked him off the wire. Today, 8:15 pm
  • Norman Powell scores 14 points vs. Heat
    Norman Powell scored 14 points with three rebounds, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: With P.J. Tucker in the first unit to start for the suspended Serge Ibaka, there were more minutes available for Powell. Ibaka will be ready to go for the next one and Powell only playing in 15.5 minutes per game in his previous two, so fantasy owners can keep him on the wire. Today, 7:51 pm
  • Jakob Poeltl to the rescue late
    Jakob Poeltl scored four points with six rebounds in 24 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: He played some big minutes in the second half to help the Raptors earn the comeback victory. Poeltl may not have picked up the run if Serge Ibaka wasn't suspended, so there's really nothing to this output going forward. Perhaps the biggest takeaway is that Poeltl is just another guy who can take minutes from Jonas Valanciunas. Today, 7:47 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie quiet off Brooklyn's bench
    Spencer Dinwiddie, coming off the bench behind Jeremy Lin (ankle), finished with six points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers on Thursday in Brooklyn's victory over Phoenix.

    Advice: This game was a 28-point blowout, so Dinwiddie actually ended up playing more minutes (23) than Lin (21). However, when Lin is active, Dinwiddie simply can't be trusted as a reliable fantasy option. Today, 7:44 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores two points
    Jonas Valanciunas scored two points with eight rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: Even with Serge Ibaka suspended, Valanciunas still couldn't get late run in this game. Jakob Poeltl was the guy to guard Hassan Whiteside, so coach Dwane Casey is basically just looking for reasons not to play JV late. Valanciunas is really just a late-round player these days. Today, 7:42 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside sprains ankle late vs. TOR
    Hassan Whiteside rolled his ankle at the end of Thursday's game.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra said he doesn't know how severe the ankle injury is, so we'll have to wait on the details. Whiteside had a right ankle injury before the All-Star Game and there's a chance that injury affected him for arguably the worst part of his season. As for this new injury, the schedule helped the Heat out this week because they won't play again until Sunday. Whiteside already was playing with 13 stitches in his hand, finishing with 16 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in this loss to the Raptors. Today, 7:39 pm
  • Tyler Johnson scores 11 points vs. Raps
    Tyler Johnson scored 11 points with one rebound, one assist, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Somewhat surprisingly, Johnson hasn't really taken a step forward since Dion Waiters (ankle) went down. In those three, he averaged 14.0 points, 3.3 boards, 2.7 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.0 treys. Johnson is still hanging around top 100 value in standard leagues over his last 10 games, so he's still a player almost all owners should be starting. Today, 7:31 pm
  • Josh Richardson scores 12 points vs. TOR
    Josh Richardson scored 12 points with two rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra is finally playing Richardson consistently with 34.7 minutes per game over his last three, averaging 12.0 points, 1.7 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.3 steals and 1.2 treys. We still don't know how long Dion Waiters (ankle) is going to be out, but we could get a hint if the Heat do sign someone to a 10-day deal. Regardless, Richardson makes sense as a pickup until Waiters has a target date to return. Today, 7:21 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels scores a season-high 16 in win
    K.J. McDaniels scored a season-high 16 points in Brooklyn's 126-98 victory over the Suns on Thursday night.

    Advice: With this game decided early in the second half, the Nets were able to give extended minutes to their bench players. McDaniels logged 24 minutes and, in addition to the points, also grabbed a season-high eight rebounds. He added one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer as well. The 16 points were the most he's scored since his rookie season back in 2014-15. This was his second straight game in double figures. It is unlikely he'll be able to match this production or playing time in the Nets next contest, but he is now worth keeping an eye on deeper leagues. Today, 7:15 pm
  • Willy getting the start
    Willy Hernangomez will start against the Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: He should get some serious minutes with Kyle O'Quinn backing him up. Plus, the Blazers have given up some big lines to centers, so Willy could be in for a big night. He should be owned in all leagues. Today, 6:42 pm
  • Lance Thomas (hip) out for Thursday night
    Lance Thomas (sore right hip) will not play against the Blazers on Thursday night.

    Advice: Thomas played 32 minutes in a start on Wednesday and apparently picked up an injury along the way. With Thomas and Carmelo Anthony (knee) out, the Knicks will likely play more Willy Hernangomez and Kyle O'Quinn next to each other. We should see more Mindaugas Kuzminskas and a little bit of Justin Holiday at the three. Today, 5:34 pm
  • Tony Allen will start on Thursday night
    Tony Allen (knee) will start against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: He had some treatment earlier today and said he wants to be close to 100 percent before suiting up again. Allen is going to have his hands full against Kawhi Leonard tonight, but he doesn't have much fantasy value anyway. Today, 4:37 pm
  • Tony Allen likely to play against the Spurs
    Tony Allen (knee) is likely to play against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: "It's looking positive," coach David Fizdale said. "I expect him to play." Allen went through shootaround and had some ice on his knee afterwards. He said it's going to be up to the training staff, but for now Allen is likely going to get minutes in the 20s. He's not really a fantasy options right now. Today, 4:17 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie back to the bench
    Spencer Dinwiddie will move back to the bench on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Kenny Atkinson said he wanted to start Dinwiddie going forward, but he changed his mind with Jeremy Lin back already. Dinwiddie won't be worth using in fantasy when Lin is active. Today, 4:03 pm
  • David Lee (foot) will play on Thursday night
    David Lee (foot) will play against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

    Advice: He was probable to play after missing Tuesday's action. With the Spurs having most of their depth up front, Lee is likely looking at minutes in the upper teens. He's not a fantasy option right now. Today, 3:59 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside will start on Thursday night
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) will start on Thursday night against the Raptors.

    Advice: He went through warmups and apparently is good to go. Whiteside also went through morning shootaround and has intended to play all day. Fantasy owners can fire up Whiteside, but the Raptors did a good job against him in their last meeting with just 12 points. Today, 3:46 pm
  • Cam Payne to the D-League
    Cameron Payne was sent down to the Windy City Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: He should be back with the Bulls this weekend. Payne has not played in an NBA game since Mar. 13 and is basically the fourth PG on the depth chart. Today, 3:25 pm
  • Brandon Ingram (knee) probable Friday
    Brandon Ingram (knee tendinitis) is probable to play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: He did not finish practice due to right patella tendinitis. Ingram had some tendinitis in his right knee back in October, but the rookie has been fairly healthy besides that. In other news, he's starting to be more involved in the offense lately, averaging 16.4 points per game over his last five. He's worth a look in standard leagues while he's playing well. Today, 12:34 pm
  • Tony Allen to be a game-time call
    Tony Allen (knee) said he will be a game-time decision for Thursday against the Spurs.

    Advice: He said it'll be up to the training staff and he'll see how he feels after he warms up. Allen said he's been managing this left knee injury and said he wants to be close to 100 percent. He had a lot of ice on his knee after shootaround, as well. If he can't go, Troy Daniels, James Ennis, Vince Carter and Andrew Harrison will get a little added run. Today, 11:27 am
  • Alan Williams (illness) expects to play
    Alan Williams (illness) is expecting to play on Thursday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Williams was on the active list on Tuesday vs. the Heat, but left the team right before tip-off because he was dealing with some food poisoning. If he looks good during pre-game warmups, expect him to be out there tonight. If not, Alex Len will have a heavy workload at center and Marquese Chriss will have to play some five as well. Through 10 games in March, Williams is averaging a double-double with 13.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. Today, 9:07 am
  • Hassan Whiteside goes through shootaround
    Hassan Whiteside (right hand laceration) was able to go through the morning shootaround.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra said that Whiteside still intends to play on Thursday vs. the Raptors, but did add that most of the stuff he did at the shootaround was left handed. With the Heat fighting for a playoff spot, the chances of Whiteside playing should be pretty good. Check back for an update after the pre-game warmups. Today, 8:50 am
  • Terry Rozier picks up a DNP-CD
    Terry Rozier picked up a DNP-CD on Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Rozier is shooting just 27.3 percent from the field in March, so maybe coach Brad Stevens is trying to send him a message. "That's not easy from their standpoint, and I respect that," Stevens said of not playing Rozier or Jonas Jerebko on Wednesday. "And that's hard. But we're going to need all those guys and we're going to need them to be playing great." Avery Bradley played 39 minutes in the win and Marcus Smart is basically a sixth starter, so Rozier is only looking at a handful of minutes at best in the near future. Today, 8:22 am
  • Rodney Hood struggles in 21 minutes Wednesday
    Rodney Hood had another forgettable game on Wednesday, logging 21 minutes to finish with three points on 1-of-4 shooting, three rebounds, one assist and one turnover.

    Advice: Hood was in foul trouble during his return from a knee injury on Monday, but tonight he was the victim of his own inefficiency -- Joe Ingles played 25 minutes, Joe Johnson played 23 minutes, and even Alec Burks logged 19 scoreless minutes. With his uninspiring play and recurring knee soreness, Hood is tough to trust if you're battling for the fantasy playoffs. Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez logs 17 minutes off bench
    Willy Hernangomez came off the bench vs. Utah on Wednesday, playing 17 minutes to finish with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting, 10 rebounds, two steals and one assist.

    Advice: Kristaps Porzingis started at center in a frontcourt that also featured Carmelo Anthony and Lance Thomas, which bumped Willy to a reserve role. His inconsistent minutes have been frustrating at the most important time on the fantasy calendar, but his upside is undeniable. He's worth holding in most leagues, unless there's a very compelling free agent available. Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores team-high 24 points
    Kristaps Porzingis started at center on Wednesday and scored a team-high 24 points (8-of-17 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs) with three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one steal, one block and zero turnovers.

    Advice: It was an interesting move from New York, but Porzingis barely avoided fouling out (thanks to multiple fouls attributed to other players), and Rudy Gobert destroyed the Knicks with 35 points on 13-of-14 shooting. Porzingis' recent Achilles injury hasn't been an issue since his return, which is the key for fantasy owners, and he's going to get his stats whether he's starting at center or power forward. Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Lance Thomas quiet in 32 minutes as starter
    Lance Thomas moved into the Knicks' starting unit on Wednesday, where he posted four points, nine rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The Knicks went smaller tonight vs. the Jazz and they jumped out to an early lead thanks to a 34-point first quarter. Thomas isn't a great fantasy option even if he continues to start -- in 14 previous starts this season, he averaged a modest 9.5 points, 1.2 threes, 4.4 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocks. There are better options on your waiver wire. Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Buddy Hield scores 21 points vs. Bucks
    Buddy Hield scored 21 points with four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's his best scoring game as a King. Hield has seen his shot total rise with at least 12 in each of his last three games as coach Dave Joerger gives his rookie more responsibility. Hield also has a steal in three straight and only 1.0 turnovers in that span, as well. His fantasy value isn't all that great because he doesn't do too much outside of scoring, but feel free to give him a look if you need some points and treys. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Arron Afflalo returns to action in loss
    Arron Afflalo scored 12 points with two rebounds and two 3-pointers against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Kings will continue to rest their veterans and chances are Afflalo won't play either Friday or Sunday. Afflalo can remain on the waiver wire in just about all leagues. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Jamal Murray thrives in 20 minutes vs. Cavs
    Jamal Murray thrived in 20 minutes vs. the Cavs, coming off the bench with 15 points (5-of-11 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), three 3-pointers, three assists and zero turnovers.

    Advice: Starting PG Jameer Nelson had three points and nine dimes in 28 minutes, as the two continue to share the position. Mike Malone likes to play the rookie alongside Will Barton (20 points in 33 minutes), to take pressure off him as a ball-handler, and the tandem displayed terrific chemistry tonight. Murray is trending up and he makes sense as a cheap pickup for 3-pointers, steals and a trickle of other stats. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Jerami Grant scores three points
    Jerami Grant scored three points with three rebounds and two assists against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: No revenge game for Grant here. Before this game, coach Billy Donovan joked that he wished coach Brett Brown did a better job with Grant, but Donovan also added Grant has to refine his offensive game. With OKC fairly healthy, Grant doesn't have much value in fantasy. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Wilson Chandler (groin) plays 41 minutes
    Wilson Chandler (groin) returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday, making 8-of-14 shots to score 18 points with one 3-pointer, five boards, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: Chandler had missed the past four games, but he sure didn't appear rusty while playing a game-high 41 minutes tonight. He was slumping offensively prior to the injury, and it looks like the extended rest could lead to renewed efficiency over Denver's final 11 games. Make sure he's not floating on your waiver wire. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Arron Afflalo starting, Temple to Kings bench
    Arron Afflalo (personal) will start for the Kings on Wednesday, sending Garrett Temple to the bench.

    Advice: The Kings' rotations are perpetually in flux, and tonight it'll be Afflalo getting the nod vs. Milwaukee. He's done nothing this season to encourage owners to pick him up. Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Lance Thomas starting vs. Utah on Wednesday
    Lance Thomas is starting against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Knicks will go with their smaller lineup and put Kristaps Porzingis at the five. Thomas only averaged 9.5 points per game as a starter, so he's not really someone fantasy owners should be using. Yesterday, 7:20 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez to come off bench Wednesday
    Willy Hernangomez is listed as a reserve for Wednesday's game, with Lance Thomas starting alongside Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

    Advice: The Knicks are mixing things up against Utah's imposing defense, with Porzingis lining up across from Rudy Gobert. Hernangomez hasn't been great as a starter in his past few games, so hopefully the benching will fire him up. Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • David Lee is probable for Thursday
    David Lee (foot) is probable for Thursday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He said he is expecting to play, so this is essentially a non-update. Lee is likely looking at minutes in the teens now that the Spurs are healthy up front. Yesterday, 6:15 pm
  • Wilson Chandler (groin) will play vs. Cavs
    Wilson Chandler (groin) will play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He needed almost two weeks to recover from a groin contusion. Chandler has dealt with a lot of groin injuries in his career, so the Nuggets could ease him back into his role. It'll be interesting to see where he fits in with coach Mike Malone liking the Mason Plumlee starting lineup. Chandler is worth owning, but his upside is capped. Kenneth Faried may also lose minutes. Yesterday, 4:25 pm
  • Cameron Payne recalled from the D-League
    The Bulls have recalled Cameron Payne (foot) from the D-League.

    Advice: It's unclear if Payne will be available to play for Wednesday's matchup with the Pistons, but if he does get on the court, it will likely just be for limited minutes. Payne isn't a viable target in most settings. Yesterday, 2:31 pm
  • Whiteside (right hand laceration) is probable
    Hassan Whiteside (right hand laceration) is listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. Raptors.

    Advice: He cut his hand on Tuesday night and has said he wouldn't miss additional time. Whiteside looks healthy again and turned in averages of 21.8 points, 15.2 boards and 2.2 blocks in his last five games. The Raptors did shut him down last time with just 12 points and 14 boards back on Mar. 11. Yesterday, 1:43 pm
  • Tony Allen likely questionable for Thursday.
    Tony Allen (knee) went through treatment at Wednesday's practice in San Antonio and is likely questionable Thursday against the Spurs.

    Advice: He did not play on Tuesday for his first DNP since the break. The Grizzlies started Wayne Selden for 16 minutes on Tuesday while Andrew Harrison and Troy Daniels also picked up some minutes. This is a situation to avoid in most fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 11:24 am
  • David Lee (foot) expects to play Thursday
    David Lee (foot) said he expects to play Thursday vs. Memphis.

    Advice: Lee did not play Tuesday, but it was expected to be just a one-game absence. Lee's return will mean LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol will play their usual allotment of minutes on Thursday. Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • Whiteside (hand) 'intends to play' Thursday
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) said that he "has the intent to play" in Thursday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: It was widely assumed Whiteside would miss multiple games after receiving 13 stitches on his right hand Tuesday night. He left the arena with his hand heavily bandaged. However, Whiteside was working out in the weight room at the Heat's practice facility on Wednesday and told reports that he plans to play. We still haven't heard from a team official or coach Erik Spoelstra on the matter, so you'll obviously want to check back for updates. Yesterday, 10:22 am
  • Chandler (groin) expects to play Wednesday
    Wilson Chandler (groin) was able to participate in shootaround on Wednesday and is expected to play Wednesday night vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: Chandler had missed four straight games. If Chandler does play, he will eat into the minutes of Juan Hernangomez, Kenneth Faried, Mason Plumlee and Will Barton. Darrell Arthur (knee) is also expected to return on Wednesday. Yesterday, 10:21 am
  • Whiteside (hand) uncertain for Thursday night
    Hassan Whiteside received 13 stitches between the middle and ring finger on his right hand Tuesday night and his status for Miami's game on Thursday is uncertain.

    Advice: "It’s in an awkward place in his hand," coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. "We’ll know more tomorrow. Hopefully he’s going to be OK." Whiteside missed three games late in 2015 after needing 10 stitches in a very similar injury to his hand. "I know people are thinking ‘Is it the same as two years ago? Is it worse?’ We’ll see," said Spoelstra. Willie Reed will likely draw the start at center on Thursday if Whiteside can't play. James Johnson would also see an uptick in minutes. Yesterday, 6:20 am
  • Brandon Ingram scores 21 points in 40 minutes
    Brandon Ingram scored 21 points in 40 minutes in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: This was his second game of the season with 20+ points and he finished one point shy of his career high. He added five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two triples, and it looks like he's going to make some noise in the final few weeks of the season. Over the last five games, he's averaging 16.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 triples on 53.0 percent shooting. However, he's still struggling from the free throw line, hitting just 3-of-8 FTAs in this one. Tuesday, 10:51 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 24 w/ four triples
    J.J. Redick scored 24 points with three rebounds, one steal and four triples vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He did all of his damage in 18 minutes and didn't touch the floor in the fourth quarter of the lopsided win. Redick finished 7-of-9 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line, and with three more games on the schedule this week, his owners should be off to a great start. Tuesday, 10:22 pm
  • Tyler Johnson does it all on Tuesday
    Tyler Johnson came off the bench and hit 7-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals in 29 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: He benefitted by playing the Suns but still put up a fantastic fantasy line tonight. He's rolling again, averaging 18 points, 3.7 boards, 3.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.3 3-pointers over his last three games. And with Dion Waiters out with an ankle injury, shouldn't be slowing down anytime soon. Tuesday, 8:22 pm
  • Josh Richardson plays 36 minutes in start
    Josh Richardson hit 6-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, two rebounds, two assists and a block in a team-high 36 minutes and a start in Tuesday's 112-97 win over the Suns.

    Advice: Dion Waiters is basically out indefinitely with an ankle injury, so Richardson is starting for the Heat. He's scored in double figures in two straight games now, but is averaging just 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five games. If Waiters is going to miss time, we might finally be on the verge of seeing Richardson get hot. He's been a headache to own for most of the season, but if you have some dead weight to drop, now might be the time to give him a serious look. He's played 30-plus minutes in four of his last five games. Tuesday, 8:13 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores eight points
    Jonas Valanciunas scored eight points on 4-of-6 shooting vs. the Bulls on Tuesday.

    Advice: He grabbed five rebounds with two turnovers and nothing else in 25 minutes. Before his owners drop him out of frustration, it's worth noting that he should get a nice bump in the short term because Serge Ibaka is likely going to be suspended. The Raptors only have two more games this week, though. Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Marquese Chriss drops 24 & 7 on Heat
    Marquese Chriss hit 7-of-9 shots, 2-of-2 3-pointers and 8-of-10 free throws on his way to 24 points, seven rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes of Tuesday's 112-97 loss to the Suns.

    Advice: We've been touting Chriss as as pickup for some time now and he's hit double digits in scoring in four straight, averaging 17.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 2.3 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers over that stretch. He's averaging 31 minutes a game right now and if you were lucky enough to snag him before he blew up, congratulations! Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels scores 11 in win over DET
    K.J. McDaniels played 21 minutes and hit 4-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for 11 points, two rebounds and a block in Tuesday's win.

    Advice: He hadn't scored more than nine points in a game since Nov. 5 and didn't exactly kill it tonight, so there's no reason to move on him. But with the Nets having nothing to play for, anything is possible over the last few weeks of the season. Tuesday, 7:49 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie scores 10 in start
    Spencer Dinwiddie, who will start at point guard the rest of the way for the Nets, hit 3-of-9 shots for 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Jeremy Lin sat this one out with a sprained ankle and Dinwiddie is worth a look in most leagues, now that we know he's going to start. But don't expect monster numbers from him and look for both Lin and Isaiah Whitehead to steals some of his minutes going forward. Dinwiddie did have 18 points and seven dimes in his previous game, so it's not unreasonable to think that he'll play better than he did in this one on most nights. Tuesday, 7:34 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside suffers hand laceration
    Hassan Whiteside suffered a right hand laceration on Tuesday vs. the Suns and will need 13 stitches.

    Advice: He suffered a cut between his right middle and ring fingers during the last couple minutes of the game and didn't return. Whiteside let out a scream when it happened, and it's worth noting that he missed four games back in March 2015 when he needed 10 stitches to patch up a similar laceration. When asked about Whiteside's status for Thursday's game vs. the Raptors, coach Erik Spoelstra said, "We'll see." He finished with 23 points, 14 rebounds, one assist, three steals and two blocks. Willie Reed and James Johnson will benefit if HW misses time. Tuesday, 7:29 pm
  • David Lee (foot) ruled out for Tuesday
    David Lee (foot) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He's dealing with a sore left foot, but he said he's sitting as a precaution and expects to play on Thursday vs. Memphis. With Lee out, LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol could get a small bump in minutes, while we could see more of Davis Bertans at the four. Tuesday, 5:24 pm
  • Alan Williams (illness) will not play Tuesday
    Alan Williams (illness) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Wow. He's not even with the team, but the Suns didn't even bother to mention this -- this report came as the first quarter was wrapping up. With Williams out, Alex Len gets a nice boost and Marquese Chriss will have to play more center. Tuesday, 5:21 pm
  • Josh Richardson will start again on Tuesday
    Erik Spoelstra said that he'll stick with Josh Richardson in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Dion Waiters (ankle) is looking at a lengthy absence, so Richardson should be the starting two-guard in Miami moving forward. Richardson produced 10 points, one triple, one board, two dimes, one steal and one block through 33 minutes as a starter on Sunday night, so he could be worth a look for deep league GMs seeking to bolster the 3-point category. Waiters is a cut candidate in leagues without an IR-spot. Daily Slant: With Waiters and Winslow off the floor this season, Goran Dragic and James Johnson see the biggest bumps in usage rate (1.9%). Dragic is an elite across the board play against the Suns, who rank 3rd in pace and 26th in defensive efficiency on the season. Hassan Whiteside, James Johnson and Josh Richardson are all nice upside targets, although Richardson's per minute ceiling is capped a bit with Dragic, Whiteside and the Johnson's likely to carry the load offensively. Tuesday, 2:58 pm
  • Wilson Chandler (groin) questionable vs. CLE
    Wilson Chandler (groin) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: Chandler has missed the past four games, but he said on Monday that he was shooting to return on Wednesday night. Owners can expect to get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but if Chandler is able to return to action, there will be less opportunity for guys like Juan Hernangomez, Kenneth Faried and Mason Plumlee. Jamal Murray's usage could also suffer a slight hit with Chandler active. Tuesday, 1:11 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) will not play Tuesday
    Tony Allen (knee) will not play Tuesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: This is the first game Allen will miss due to injury since mid-November. James Ennis had replaced Allen in the starting lineup for a couple of games earlier this month, so he will likely draw the start on Tuesday night. Troy Daniels and Andrew Harrison will also see an uptick in minutes. This is a situation to avoid from a fantasy perspective. Tuesday, 10:39 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie looking to prove he belongs
    Spencer Dinwiddie is looking to secure a role with the Nets next season and beyond.

    Advice: Dinwiddie's contract has a team option for the 2017-18 season and he hoping the Nets pick it up. He started the second half for Jeremy Lin (ankle) on Sunday and finished with 18 points, seven assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes. Coach Kenny Atkinson said that Dinwiddie would continue to start if Lin (ankle) is unable to suit up. Dinwiddie is averaging 8.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists in the 16 starts he has made this season. Tuesday, 7:47 am
  • Jakob Poeltl earning trust of coach Casey
    Jakob Poeltl's improved play has helped earn the trust of Raptors coach Dwane Casey.

    Advice: "Every time you put him in, he does something positive," coach Casey said Monday. "There’s that trust, not only with myself but with his teammates. He’s doing positive things... He’s always in the right place, (makes) very few mistakes." Poeltl scored a career-high 12 points with seven rebounds in 23 minutes on Sunday. He's averaging 16.9 minutes over Toronto's last five games. While not on the radar in standard fantasy leagues, those in keeper leagues should keep an eye on him over these final few weeks. Tuesday, 7:16 am
  • Lance Thomas returns to bench
    Lance Thomas scored just two points with one assist and one rebound in 15 minutes off the bench against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Thomas was back to a reserve role with Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) back in action. As such, Thomas is back to having very minimal fantasy appeal. However, with the Knicks all but eliminated from a spot in the postseason the team could shut down some key members and Thomas might return to a starting role. For now, most fantasy owners can leave him to the waiver wire. Monday, 10:28 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis posts 18 and 11 in return
    Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 32 minutes in Monday's loss against the Clippers.

    Advice: Porzingis looked pretty sharp in his return from a thigh injury and as expected he did not play with any kind of a minutes cap. In fact, he played all the way down to the final minute despite a lopsided score for most of the second half. With Porzingis back it was Lance Thomas sliding back to a reserve role. It appears safe to plug Porzingis back into the active fantasy lineup in all leagues. Monday, 10:08 pm
  • Jamal Murray tries to protect his job
    Jamal Murray hit five of his eight field goal attempts to finish with 13 points and four rebounds over 23 minutes in Monday's 125-124 loss at Houston.

    Advice: Murray continues to hold down the backup point guard job between veteran Jameer Nelson, and he is trying to hold off Emmanuel Mudiay. He did nothing to hurt his standing in Monday's game, as the rookie out of Kentucky continues to play well. He remains a nice depth option in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams and in long-term keeper formats. Monday, 9:19 pm
  • Foul trouble limits Rodney Hood
    Rodney Hood (knee) was in the starting five Monday in Indiana, and he finished with 11 points, two rebounds and a pair of 3-pointers over 16 minutes.

    Advice: Hood was limited to 16 minutes due to foul trouble, not his ailing knee. That meant Joe Ingles, who Hood supplanted in the lineup, saw more action. It might be a slow go for Hood to knock off the rust and get back into the swing of things, but he is a decent play when he is active and healthy. Monday, 7:21 pm
  • Rodney Hood starting, Joe Ingles to the bench
    Rodney Hood (knee) will return to the starting lineup following a two-game stint on the sidelines for Monday's matchup with Indiana, sending Joe Ingles back to the bench.

    Advice: Hood has been a frustrating guy to own this season, but at the very least, he could be someone to consider deploying as a deep league streamer or DFS punt play. George Hill, Gordon Hayward, Joe Johnson and Rudy Gobert will join Hood in the starting five for tonight's game. Monday, 3:31 pm
  • Rodney Hood (knee) expected to play Monday
    Rodney Hood (knee) is expected to play Monday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Hood has spent the past two games on the sidelines with a sore right knee, but it sounds like he'll be back in action tonight, which will likely result in Joe Ingles heading back to the bench and there won't be as many minutes available for Joe Johnson. Hood has been woefully inconsistent this season, but if you've got someone to cut in a deep league, he could be someone to take a flier on. Monday, 2:58 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) will play Monday
    Kristaps Porzingis (bruised left thigh) will play Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Porzingis was a full participant during Sunday's practice, and there's been no discussion of a minutes limit, so owners can feel confident plugging Porzingis back into their starting lineup following a one-game absence. With Porzingis back in action, Lance Thomas will likely return to the bench, and he'll lose most of his value with the demotion to the second unit. Monday, 11:43 am
  • Cameron Payne (foot) headed to D-Leauge
    Cameron Payne (foot) will head down to the D-League to play a couple games.

    Advice: On the bright side, at least this means his foot must be better. Payne can be left on the wire in re-draft leagues. Monday, 10:25 am
  • Dinwiddie to start at PG rest of the season?
    Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said that Spencer Dinwiddie will start at point guard for the remainder of the season.

    Advice: Atkinson wouldn't reveal much about Jeremy Lin's ankle injury, and while the "belief" is that he's day-to-day, it sounds like he's going to miss some time. Dinwiddie had arguably his best game of the season on Sunday vs. the Mavs with 18 points, two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes, but in 16 previous starts this season, he averaged just 8.3 points, 3.6 assists and 0.9 triples. Most fantasy owners can monitor his progress from the waiver wire. Monday, 10:15 am
  • Chandler and Gallinari ruled out for Monday
    Wilson Chandler (groin) and Danilo Gallinari (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: This is his fourth game in a row on the shelf, but both Chandler and Gallo are hoping to return on Wednesday vs. the Cavaliers. If he is able to play vs. the Cavs, that means his owners would still get him for three games. To be clear, he's still a very risky start in weekly formats. Will Barton, Juancho Hernangomez and Jamal Murray will continue to get a bump in value until Chandler and Gallo are able to return. Monday, 9:07 am
  • Rodney Hood (knee) questionable for Monday
    Rodney Hood (knee) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He can't shake this knee issue and even if does manage to play tonight, he will likely get some DNPs down the stretch. He's too frustrating to trust in the fantasy playoffs in standard leagues. Joe Ingles will be a solid streaming option if Hood is ruled out. Monday, 9:04 am
  • Brandon Ingram has 18 pts w/ supporting stats
    Brandon Ingram scored 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting during Sunday's tough home loss, adding six rebounds, one assist, one block, and just one turnover in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Ingram is finally making some noise for fantasy purposes. He's shooting 39.0 percent on the season, but in an expanded role in March he's averaged 12.3 points on 50.6 percent shooting, 0.8 threes, 3.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.8 blocks. The supporting stats are tolerable, but he's also committing 2.6 turnovers while making under half of his free throw attempts. Plan accordingly. Sunday, 9:36 pm
  • Buddy Hield (finger) posts 18/5/5 in defeat
    Buddy Hield knocked down 8-of-14 shots with a pair of 3-pointers on Sunday, finishing with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: This was one of Hield's best performances of the season, with the assists tying his career-high, but it wasn't enough to get a road win vs. the Spurs. He injured his right index finger during the game, ripping half of his nail, but didn't leave after getting it bandaged up. We'll let you know if it's serious enough to jeopardize his status for Tuesday's game. For now we're assuming he's fine and leaving him off the injury report. Sunday, 7:00 pm
  • Josh Richardson logs 33 minutes as starter
    Josh Richardson started in place of Dion Waiters (ankle) on Sunday, posting 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, one 3-pointer, one rebound, two assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Waiters was concerned about his injury and said his goal is to return before the end of the season, so J-Rich could be looking at more starts if coach Erik Spoelstra sticks with this lineup -- he wouldn't commit to it after the game, though. Grab him if you have a guy you've been itching to cut. Sunday, 6:48 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside gets 17 & 10 w/ three swats
    Hassan Whiteside (shoulder) picked up 17 points, 10 rebounds (five offensive), three blocks and two assists in 31 minutes of action on Sunday.

    Advice: Whiteside tweaked his right shoulder on Friday but there was never any official indication that his status was in jeopardy tonight. He shot 8-of-15 from the field and was physical inside with burly Jusuf Nurkic, so he also didn't show any signs of favoring his shoulder. Deploy him as usual. Sunday, 6:47 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas sees more rest in fourth
    Jonas Valanciunas finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds in 24 minutes Sunday against Indiana.

    Advice: Valanciunas checked out of the lopsided game with 4:39 to go in the third quarter and never did return, as Lucas Nogueira and Jakob Poeltl held down the fort in the middle. The Lithuanian big man continues to see plenty of rest in the final quarter for a multitude of reasons - including the presence of Serge Ibaka - yet he remains a top-100 value in the middle due to his high production when he actually is on the floor. Sunday, 6:14 pm
  • Jakob Poeltl shoots well in extended minutes
    Jakob Poeltl scored a career-high 12 points with seven rebounds and two blocked shots in 23 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 116-91 victory over the Pacers.

    Advice: The rookie out of the University of Utah has been seeing plenty of playing time lately, but this was his most effective stat line. The minutes, points and rebounds were each career bests. For now, he is only worth monitoring in most seasonal fantasy leagues, but he is worth adding in the deepest of leagues as well as long-term keeper formats. The 7-footer has played 12 or more minutes in each of his past five outings and it appears he has jumped Lucas Nogueira in the pecking order in the middle. Sunday, 6:05 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) practices Sunday
    Kristaps Porzingis (bruised left thigh) practiced on Sunday and said he hopes to play vs. the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: The official game notes have Porzingis listed as 'out' but that's usually meaningless, since game notes tend to parrot whatever happened in the previous game. Both KP and coach Jeff Hornacek have been optimistic that he'll play on Monday, so all signs are pointing in that direction. Check back for more concrete updates following shootaround. Sunday, 3:15 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (personal) out Sunday vs. Spurs
    Arron Afflalo (personal) has been ruled out for Sunday's game.

    Advice: No reason has been given for Afflalo's absence, so it's unclear when he might rejoin the team. The Kings are tanking, with their young guys getting more and more minutes, so there's no reason to think the 31-year-old Afflalo will play a big role down the stretch. Sunday, 2:29 pm
  • Josh Richardson will start for Dion Waiters
    Josh Richardson will start for Dion Waiters (ankle) against the Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: With Waiters out indefinitely and possibly for the rest of the season, Richardson now has a big chance to turn his season around. He was expected to break out this year, but Waiters was a gigantic road block for him. Richardson can do a little bit of everything on the stat sheet, so he makes sense as a player to add in standard leagues. Sunday, 2:22 pm
  • Terry Rozier scores 14 points
    Terry Rozier scored 14 points during a 105-99 loss to the 76ers on Sunday, adding 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Celtics missed Isaiah Thomas (knee) badly and this loss could be costly for the No. 2 seed. Rozier bounced back nicely from an 0-of-8 on Friday, but his playing time would likely drop upon Thomas' return. The Celtics are hopeful IT is back for Monday. Sunday, 2:12 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie scores 18 points vs. DAL
    Spencer Dinwiddie started the second half for Jeremy Lin (ankle) on Sunday, finishing with 18 points, two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Mavs.

    Advice: It looked like it was going to be a day to forget with three quick fouls in the first quarter, but really got it going after that first stint. Lin was unable to return to this game, which allowed Dinwiddie to get big minutes and handle the ball more than usual. In his previous 16 starts, Dinwiddie only averaged 8.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 0.9 treys, so he will need to improve on the stat sheet to have value. He was terrific in February with his elite assist:turnover ratio, so maybe there could be some growth. He's only a speculative add in deeper leagues until we get a concrete update on Lin. Sunday, 12:02 pm
  • Wilson Chandler questionable for Monday
    Wilson Chandler (groin) is questionable for Monday against the Rockets.

    Advice: Due to some contact to his groin last Saturday, Chandler has missed his last three games. On Thursday, coach Mike Malone said he didn't know how much time Chandler would miss, so this is a good sign. Still, there is a chance he could miss time considering how many groin injuries he's had in his career. If he's back, this will likely take minutes from Kenneth Faried and perhaps the Nuggets won't go with as much Mason Plumlee at the four. Sunday, 11:09 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis listed as out in notes
    Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) is listed as out in the Sunday game notes for Monday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: To be very clear here, this does not mean he is out for this game. Porzingis said he is expected to play in this game and coach Jeff Hornacek also added he thinks Porzingis had a good chance to play. We should have another update Monday afternoon before fantasy owners have to set their rosters. Sunday, 10:50 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie starts second half
    Spencer Dinwiddie started the second half for Jeremy Lin (ankle) on Sunday.

    Advice: Even when Lin missed time earlier this season, Dinwiddie couldn't really perform well enough for fantasy owners. He's really just a desperation pickup in most leagues. Sunday, 10:30 am
  • Jamal Murray scores 12 points vs. Rockets
    Jamal Murray scored 12 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: He had three really bad fouls early in this game and never really got it going. Coach Mike Malone has said he wants to give Murray to help develop him faster while also trusting him in clutch spots. That was the case in this game for Murray with plenty of important shots, but he did not come through -- he missed two big free throws late. Murray's usage and minutes are rising, so that makes him a pickup in competitive leagues while Danilo Gallinari (knee) is out. Saturday, 9:51 pm
  • Buddy Hield scores 11 points vs. OKC
    Buddy HIeld scored 11 points with one rebound, one assist and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: Even a homecoming game in Oklahoma couldn't get him going. Hield is coming of a seven-points, zero-dime game on Wednesday and he continues to do very little outside of scoring. There just isn't enough incentive to own the rookie in most leagues right now. Saturday, 2:44 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (personal) won't play Saturday
    Arron Afflalo (personal) is not with the team and will not play Saturday vs. OKC.

    Advice: The Kings are in full tank mode and continue to shuffle their lineup haphazardly on almost a nightly basis. Afflalo has been putting up decent numbers, averaging 11.6 points and 2.9 rebounds over his last seven games, but it's hard to rely on him due to the frequent nights off. He should be left on waivers in most leagues. Saturday, 9:45 am
  • Rodney Hood (knee) will not play Saturday
    Rodney Hood (knee) will not play Saturday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Hood was removed from Wednesday's game due to knee soreness and was unable to suit up on Thursday. Joe Ingles started in place of Hood on Thursday and logged 36 minutes, finishing with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. Joe Johnson could also see a few extra minutes with Hood sidelined. If you still own Hood, there are probably more attractive, less frustrating options on your league's waiver wire. Saturday, 9:02 am
  • Porzingis (thigh) expects to play Monday
    Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) said he believes his injury is "nothing serious" and that he plans on playing Monday night vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: KP sat out Thursday's game after injuring his thigh in Tuesday's win over the Pacers. "This is just one game, the muscle swelled up. That’s how I see it right now. Nothing serious," said Porzingis. He also quickly dismissed the notion that he would be shut down at some point later this season. "If I’m healthy, I want to be out there. Not even a question." This is encouraging news for fantasy owners. Saturday, 6:43 am
  • Big Sauce only gets 12 points
    Alan Williams scored 12 points with seven rebounds and two assists in just 16 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: Alex Len actually showed up in this game and Big Sauce was in foul trouble, so that explains the low minutes. Williams' fantasy owners shouldn't worry here and can plan on a better game against Andre Drummond and company on Sunday. Friday, 10:49 pm
  • Marquese Chriss has another great game
    Marquese Chriss scored 13 points with eight rebounds, four blocks and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: He suffered a laceration in the second half and needed four stitches above his right eye, but he did return and was unaffected by the injury. Chriss has been dynamite on the defensive end with sound defense, but his fantasy owners are loving his nine blocks in his last two games. Plus, Tyler Ulis has helped his efficiency all season, so that should help him keep his scoring in the teens. Chriss looks like he might be a league-winning kind of add and he continues to flirt with early-round value since the break. Friday, 10:43 pm
  • A not so happy birthday for Rozier
    Terry Rozier missed all eight shots from the field and didn't go to the line against the Nets on Friday, adding six rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Not the best birthday for Mr. Rozier. He did get minutes and decent usage, so he may have a chance to produce on Sunday against the 76ers. Friday, 8:54 pm
  • Tyler Johnson scores 23 points
    Tyler Johnson scored 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting vs. the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: With Dion Waiters suffering a potentially serious ankle injury, Johnson is looking at a decent bump in value. He played 32 minutes vs. the Wolves with three assists, two rebounds, two blocks and two triples, but he's already owned in the vast majority of competitive leagues anyways. The bad news is that the Heat only play three times next week after Sunday's game vs. the Blazers. Friday, 8:51 pm
  • Josh Richardson looking at a bump in minutes
    Josh Richardson scored five points on 1-of-5 shooting with four boards, three assists and three blocks vs. the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: Dion Waiters suffered an ankle injury tonight and it looked pretty serious, so Richardson is on the radar as a pickup. While he didn't play particularly well, Richardson logged 32 minutes off the bench compared to Wayne Ellington's 18. He hasn't lived up to the hype this season, so it makes some sense to see how he looks on Sunday vs. the Blazers before making an add. Friday, 8:39 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside tweaks right shoulder in win
    Hassan Whiteside tweaked his right shoulder in Friday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: He got hit in his right shoulder with about six minutes left in the fourth quarter, and while he did finish the game, it was clear that it was bothering him -- he was even giving out left-handed high-fives on the bench. HW said after the game that his shoulder was still hurting and that he expects to get it checked out on Saturday. We should get a better idea of his status for Sunday's game vs. the Blazers on Saturday afternoon. He finished with 23 points (10-of-11 FGs), 14 rebounds, three blocks and one assist in 33 minutes. Friday, 8:30 pm
  • JV scores 10 with eight boards
    Jonas Valanciunas scored 10 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: That's another game with no playing time in the fourth quarter. Valanciunas has actually played well despite not getting run in the fourth, so his fantasy owners can't complain about his bottom line. JV continues to hang around top-100 value, so he's shaping up to be a guy worth owning. His low upside is annoying, though. Friday, 8:19 pm
  • Norman Powell back to the bench
    Norman Powell scored 11 points with two rebounds and no turnovers in 19 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: He did play some big minutes late, but the return of DeMarre Carroll clearly hurts Powell. We'll see him again at some point, but he's a drop candidate in most leagues. Friday, 8:10 pm
  • Rodney Hood (knee) questionable for Saturday
    Rodney Hood (knee) is questionable for Saturday against the Bulls.

    Advice: He did not play on Thursday due to some soreness in his knee. Hood tapped out of Wednesday's game at half and said he was trying to play through some discomfort. The Jazz will likely be limiting him going forward, so he's probably going to be a headache to own. Joe Ingles has more value right now. Friday, 3:19 pm
  • Wilson Chandler out again for Saturday
    Wilson Chandler (groin) will not be available for Saturday's game vs. Houston.

    Advice: The Nuggets haven't really missed Chandler too much these days thanks to their success with the Mason Plumlee and Nikola Jokic lineups. Besides Plumlee, Juancho Hernangomez should benefit, and he did score nine points with five boards, one steal and one trey in 26 minutes on Thursday. Kenneth Faried should also get minutes. Plumlee is probably the only one worth owning in standard leagues. Friday, 12:21 pm
  • Cameron Payne (foot) to miss at least 2 games
    Cameron Payne (foot) will not play Friday vs. the Wizards or Saturday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: This is not surprising news, as Payne had already been ruled out of Friday's contest. Rajon Rondo will continue to see the bulk of playing time at point guard. Michael Carter-Williams may see an increase in playing time as well, especially with Dwyane Wade (elbow) out for the season. Payne should be left on waivers. Friday, 8:53 am
  • Jamal Murray scores 10 points
    Jamal Murray made 4-of-14 from the field for 10 points with five rebounds, three steals and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: He struggled with his shot, at least the usage was there and he didn't turn the ball over. The combo guard minutes are coming with 11 minutes tonight, which is way more than his average since the break. Of course, Danilo Gallinari (knee) not playing slid Will Barton to more of a straight three, so there were minutes available at SG. Regardless, Murray looks like he's part of the next crop of rookie pickups after guys like Tyler Ulis, Ivica Zubac and Skal Labissiere. If you're looking for a rookie with upside, Murray might be your guy. Thursday, 9:32 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 22 points
    J.J. Redick scored 22 points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and four 3-pointer against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: It's his first 20-point game of the month and not having Blake Griffin tonight certainly helped him get more shots. Redick hasn't exactly lit it up in March, averaging 11.9 points, 1.9 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.8 treys in his previous March games. He likely only has late-round upside, but he's still worth owning unless it's to grab a hot free agent. Thursday, 8:50 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels comes through
    K.J. McDaniels scored nine points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

    Advice: The Nets wanted to get a look at him and he was better than expected. He made 4-of-5 from the line and played sound defense all night. With Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring) possibly missing more time, McDaniels could see minutes in the 20s next time. He's only worth a look in deep leagues, but keep in mind his value may go up on Friday if the Nets rest players. Thursday, 8:06 pm
  • Willy doesn't do much in his start
    Willy Hernangomez did not fare well his start against the Nets on Thursday with four points, six rebounds and one steal in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Foul trouble was the culprit here and he could not handle Brook Lopez down low. There's really nothing to this game besides rookies just having bad games. Hernangomez should remain owned in standard leagues even if Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) can return this weekend. Thursday, 7:38 pm
  • Lance Thomas scores 15 points
    Lance Thomas scored 15 points with 10 rebounds and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes during his start against the Nets on Thursday.

    Advice: Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) said he is not expected to miss much time beyond Thursday, so there's little reason to react to this line for Thomas in the short term. On the other hand, the Knicks are now 6.5 games out of the No. 8 seed and only have 13 games to play, so maybe guys get shut down to open up minutes for Thomas. Most owners can leave him on the wire. Thursday, 7:32 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas gets just 17 minutes
    Jonas Valanciunas played 17 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with seven points, five rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: He checked out with the score at 70-58 and did not play at all in the final 19:22 of this game. Since the break, Valanciunas has played a grand total of 16 minutes in the fourth quarter, which explains why he's been a disaster since the Serge Ibaka trade. As bad as that is, he's still been a top-100 player in standard leagues. He's still only a weak hold with his severely capped upside right now. Thursday, 6:32 pm
  • Norman Powell back to the bench
    Norman Powell scored 13 points with four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes off the bench against the Thunder on Thursday.

    Advice: He played a little more than expected because the Raptors needed some late offense. Powell does have a four-game streak of scoring at least 12 points, but he's really not doing anything else besides that. He's not really worth owning right now and does need to work on his defense. Thursday, 6:27 pm
  • Wilson Chandler's return date is unclear
    Coach Mike Malone said Wilson Chandler (groin) doesn't have a definitive timetable.

    Advice: There's a chance Chandler can make it back over the weekend, but he still isn't practicing yet. Chandler's fantasy owners will have to weigh if they want to keep him stashed, especially with the fantasy playoffs starting in several leagues. While he's out, Kenneth Faried, Mason Plumlee and Juan Hernangomez should pick up the minutes at the four. Thursday, 4:58 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez starting vs. Nets
    Derrick Rose, Courtney Lee, Lance Thomas, Carmelo Anthony, and Willy Hernangomez will start against the Nets on Thursday.

    Advice: The Nets defense can be the most porous in the league, so Hernangomez should have ample opportunity in this game. He should he owned in all standard leagues going forward. We should see plenty of Kyle O'Quinn behind him, too. Thursday, 4:35 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels to get minutes
    The Nets are expected to play K.J. McDaniels on Thursday.

    Advice: There should be some highlights coming our way and the Nets may even use him as a four. Just keep an eye on McDaniels. Thursday, 4:25 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis hoping he's only out 1 gm
    Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) said he thinks he'll only need to miss Thursday's game and should play on the upcoming road trip.

    Advice: He was asked about shutting down, and KP said he wants to finish the season and basically laughed off the question. Porzingis suffered his injury on Tuesday and coach Jeff Hornacek also said he's only expecting his star big to miss just one game. With him out, Willy Hernangomez and Carmelo Anthony benefit while Lance Thomas and Kyle O'Quinn should step up. Thursday, 3:46 pm
  • Norman Powell back to the bench
    Norman Powell will move back to the bench on Thursday against the Thunder.

    Advice: Norm is coming off a strong game with 19 points in 31 minutes, but he should see a noticeable drop in minutes. In the last game Carroll played, Powell was at just 18 minutes, so expect him to be around 20 in this home game. He's not the strongest player to own while Carroll is in the lineup. Thursday, 2:27 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis listed as out for Thursday
    Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) is listed as out for Thursday against the Nets.

    Advice: Coach Jeff Hornacek said he wasn't sure if Porzingis will play on the road trip, so KP could miss additional games. Besides Carmelo Anthony getting a hefty bump in usage, we'll see plenty of Willy Hernangomez in the first unit while Lance Thomas helps out. Hernangomez should be owned in all leagues. Thursday, 12:21 pm
  • Cameron Payne (foot) out for Friday
    Cameron Payne (foot) is listed as out and not with the team for Friday against the Wizards.

    Advice: The Bulls have a one-game road trip, so they'll keep Payne home and hope he can play Sunday. Rajon Rondo is playing his best ball of the season and could get 30 minutes, so he may be worth owning if that's your cup of tea. With Dwyane Wade (elbow) out for the season, we'll see if Michael Carter-Williams plays more two-guard minutes. Jerian Grant was also a DNP-CD on Wednesday. Thursday, 11:55 am
  • Rodney Hood (knee) ruled out Thursday
    Rodney Hood (knee) will not play on Thursday vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: He had some soreness during Wednesday's game and couldn't finish. His knee has been an issue all season and his fantasy owners should seriously consider moving on if they haven't already. Joe Ingles looks like the best pickup in the short term, while Joe Johnson also gets a bump because he's been playing more small-ball PF. Thursday, 10:57 am
  • Buddy Hield gets 21 minutes
    Buddy Hield scored seven points in 21 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday with two rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: While he won't be rested, Hield just isn't that good yet. He hasn't picked up a steal in four of his last five and his assist:turnover ratio is below 1.0 in that span, too. Most fantasy owners should be able to do better. Wednesday, 11:52 pm
  • Arron Afflalo returns to the lineup
    Arron Afflalo scored 14 points with four rebounds in 30 minutes as a starter against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: While he did play well, Afflalo is likely going to get rested at some point again. Afflalo can stay on the wire in just about all leagues. Wednesday, 11:50 pm
  • Marquese Chriss scores 17 points in full line
    Marquese Chriss filled the stat sheet during a 107-101 loss to the Kings on Wednesday, scoring 17 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and five blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He continues his terrific post-break run and he's vastly under-owned in fantasy. Chriss will also have more shots coming his way with Eric Bledsoe's piece of the pie up for grabs. Plus, it also helps he's a much better player on offense when he's next to Tyler Ulis. Chriss has been a fifth-round player since the break and should be owned in all leagues. Wednesday, 11:20 pm
  • Alan Williams drops another double-double
    Alan Williams scored 14 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Another night, another double-double. Williams has a double-double in seven of his eight March games with consistent playing time in each. Alex Len isn't taking minutes from him and Tyson Chandler is likely done for the year, so keep plugging in Big Sauce as a possible mid-round guy going forward. Wednesday, 11:11 pm
  • David Lee shifts to bench, scores 12 points
    David Lee came off the bench on Wednesday for 12 points and five rebounds, making 5-of-6 field goals and 2-of-3 free throws in 19 minutes.

    Advice: LaMarcus Aldridge (heart) was able to return tonight, fortunately, which returned Lee to his typical bench role. He's made 75.0 percent of his shots over the past five games and is a decent source of rebounds, but most owners can do better on the waiver wire. Wednesday, 9:47 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores 18 points
    Brandon Ingram scored 18 points with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's starting to string games together with six straight in double-figure scoring, which started after a zero-point game on Mar. 3. He's also seen an increase in assists and defensive stats over his last five, averaging 14.2 points, 4.0 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.6 treys on 54.5 percent from the field. Ingram likely won't be a difference maker, but he's trending up as a pickup and is locked in for big minutes. Wednesday, 9:28 pm
  • Tyler Johnson gets 10 points, nine assists
    The Heat defeated the Pelicans on Wednesday, aided by Tyler Johnson's 10 points, nine assists, three rebounds and three steals in 28 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Miami opened up a five-game homestand in style, earning their fifth win in six games. Johnson has been inconsistent lately and he was coming off a two-point dud, but he's proven this season that he can return top-75 value with regularity. Don't hesitate to keep him active for Miami's games on Friday and Saturday. Wednesday, 9:12 pm
  • Rodney Hood unlikely for Thursday
    Rodney Hood (knee) had some soreness on Wednesday and tried to play through.

    Advice: He made it through the first half, but was ruled out at halftime. Hood is very unlikely to play on Thursday, which means Joe Ingles, Joe Johnson and Dante Exum should benefit. If you're going to make some pickups, it makes sense to do it in that order. Hood is a drop candidate. Wednesday, 7:49 pm
  • Rodney Hood (right knee) will not return Wed
    Rodney Hood will not return to Wednesday's game due to right knee soreness.

    Advice: Hood finishes scoreless with four rebounds in nine first-half minutes. His right knee has been a source of trouble all season, so there's a good chance Utah will hold him out of Thursday's game even if he's feeling better. Owners should check for updates after shootaround. If he does sit out, expect Joe Ingles, Alec Burks and Dante Exum to absorb most of his playing time. Wednesday, 5:45 pm
  • Cam Payne not worried about foot
    Cameron Payne (foot) said he isn't concerned about his foot long term.

    Advice: "They got a big ol' screw in there so I'm not worried at all," Payne said. He also said he'll work on keep his turnovers down on his new team. So far, Payne has not been very good, averaging 6.0 points, 1.6 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.4 turnovers in 15.3 minutes. He has some work to do this offseason. Wednesday, 3:55 pm
  • Josh Richardson will come off the bench Weds
    Josh Richardson will return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Goran Dragic (eye) is back in the starting five tonight, so Richardson will return to the bench and his value will take a hit. Richardson really hasn't done much this season, so it's probably best to leave him on the wire in standard leagues. Wednesday, 3:51 pm
  • Hornacek expects Porzingis to miss Thursday
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said he's expecting Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) to miss Thursday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: Hornacek also wasn't clear on KP playing on the upcoming road trip. "We’ll see whenever he’s ready to play," Hornacek said. While he's out, we'll see plenty of must-add Willy Hernangomez with some Lance Thomas and Kyle O'Quinn to help out. KOQ is also a solid pickup. Considering the Knicks are basically out of the postseason, the Knicks won't be in a rush to bring him back. Wednesday, 12:58 pm
  • Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari out vs. LAC
    Wilson Chandler (right groin contusion) and Danilo Gallinari (left knee bone bruise) will not play against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: This Saturday groin injury will keep him out for at least a week with the Nuggets not playing again until Mar. 18. Chandler was able to return from this injury during that game, but it's become worse over time. He should be considered questionable for Saturday. While he's out, expect more run for Mason Plumlee, Will Barton, Juancho Hernangomez and more shots for the wings. Wednesday, 12:23 pm
  • Wilson Chandler not at practice
    Wilson Chandler (groin) will not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone said he wasn't sure if Chandler could play, but he's likely going to be questionable. We should have an update on Chandler tomorrow, but the Nuggets may opt to be careful given his history with groin injuries in his career. If he's out again, Juan Hernangomez, Mason Plumlee and maybe even Kenneth Faried (back) can step up. Wednesday, 12:02 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) doesn't practice
    Kristaps Porzingis (left thigh contusion) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Porzingis exited Tuesday's game with the thigh contusion and did not return, and while he downplayed the injury after the game saying it was, "nothing serious," him sitting out Wednesday's practice isn't the greatest sign regarding his availability for Thursday's game against the Nets; Jeff Hornacek was non-committal regarding his status for Thursday night. Owners can expect to get another update following Thursday morning's shootaround, but if he's out, Willy Hernangomez will benefit most. Wednesday, 10:08 am
  • Cameron Payne (foot) out Wednesday vs. MEM
    Cameron Payne (sore right foot) will miss Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: This is the same foot that Payne broke twice earlier in the year and required surgery to correct, so it makes sense for Chicago to take a very cautious approach when he experiences soreness there. Payne hasn't done much since landing in Chicago, so his absence won't have much of an affect in fantasy hoops. Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams will likely split his reserve minutes, but that doesn't mean much. Wednesday, 9:30 am
  • Lance Thomas plays 33 minutes in start
    Lance Thomas moved into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. the Pacers and scored nine points on 3-of-9 shooting in 33 minutes.

    Advice: This was simply a matchup move for the Knicks as they needed his defense against Paul George. The low-usage forward added seven rebounds, one assist and three triples, and any prospective owners should be scared away by the fact that the Knicks only play one more time this week. Tuesday, 7:16 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez scores 13 w/ 16 boards
    Willy Hernangomez racked up 13 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in 31 minutes vs. the Pacers on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Knicks moved Hernangomez to the bench tonight for matchup reasons, but it didn't matter in the end. Kristaps Porzingis left the game with a thigh contusion and didn't return, so Hernangomez closed this game out. He shot 6-of-12 from the field and 1-of-4 from the line, and while he's a must-own player for the final stretch, the bad news is that the Knicks only have one more game this week. Tuesday, 7:01 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez to come off the bench Tues
    Willy Hernangomez will come off the bench Tuesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Lance Thomas is starting Tuesday, with Kristaps Porzingis sliding over and starting at center. This change was likely made to matchup with the Pacers frontline, so it may not be permanent. Hernangomez should still see plenty of court time as the first big off the bench, but it will be difficult for him to play the 28-plus minutes he was logging as a starter. Tuesday, 4:45 pm
  • Lance Thomas starting, Hernangomez to bench
    Lance Thomas will start on Tuesday vs. the Pacers, sending Willy Hernangomez to the bench.

    Advice: The Pacers are rolling with Thaddeus Young at the four, so the Knicks will match with their own small-ball lineup. Thomas is still a shaky fantasy option, while Hernangomez's owners should still start him. Tuesday, 4:44 pm
  • Jamal Murray scores 22 points w/ five triples
    Jamal Murray scored 22 points with five 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds, one block and two steals in Monday's easy win over the Lakers.

    Advice: The Nuggets were missing two key pieces in Wilson Chandler (groin) and Kenneth Faried (back), so that opened up some minutes for the rookie. He played a total of 30 minutes with 19 of those coming at PG, but coach Michael Malone said a few days ago that the rookie isn't ready to unseat Jameer Nelson as the starter. This was Murray's sixth game of the season with 20+ points, but just his first since Feb. 4. While his dynasty owners should be pumped, his re-draft value is still limited and the Nuggets only have two more games this week. Give him a look if Chandler misses another game. Monday, 11:02 pm
  • Buddy Hield productive in Monday's start
    Buddy Hield finished with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes on Monday against the Magic.

    Advice: Hield was in the starting five with Tyreke Evans (ankle) sidelined and Arron Afflalo getting a scheduled day of rest. He has 17 or more points with five or more rebounds in three straight games. The Kings are in tank mode, but they're giving their key acquisition in the DeMarcus Cousins trade a long look and he is looking like the real deal with regular playing time. Monday, 10:33 pm
  • David Lee scores 14 points on 7-8 shooting
    David Lee scored 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting vs. the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: Unlike Saturday's blowout 107-85 win over the Warriors, the Spurs actually needed Lee tonight and he logged 30 minutes with six rebounds, four assists and a block. The Spurs have three more games this week and LaMarcus Aldridge (heart) doesn't have a timetable to return, so Lee looks like a nice pickup for owners targeting points, rebounds and shooting percentages. Monday, 10:11 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas double-doubles
    Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled vs. the Mavericks on Monday with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

    Advice: The Mavs had very little rim protection with Nerlens Noel (knee) out, so J-Val feasted early on with nine points alone in the first quarter. He eventually cooled off and only played 24 minutes in the blowout win, but his owners will take this line every day of the week. He finished 5-of-11 from the field with two assists and one block, and he's now posted double-doubles in four straight games. The presence of Serge Ibaka isn't ideal, but J-Val should still be a mid-round player if he gets at least 25 minutes a night. Mar 13, 8:46 pm
  • Norman Powell scores 19 points w/ five boards
    Norman Powell scored 19 points with five rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers vs. the Mavericks on Monday.

    Advice: Making his second straight start for DeMarre Carroll (ankle), Powell shot 6-of-8 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line. He usually produces when he gets the nod in the starting lineup as evidenced by his averages of 14.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.5 steals in 16 previous starts. Carroll could be back for Thursday's game vs. the Thunder, but Powell will be a streaming option again if Carroll sits. Mar 13, 8:37 pm
  • Arron Afflalo ruled out for Monday
    Arron Afflalo is out for Monday's game against the Magic due to a planned rest.

    Advice: With Afflalo (rest), Tyreke Evans (ankle) and Malachi Richardson (hamstring) out, it will be Buddy Hield, Garrett Temple and Ben McLemore seeing an increase in minutes. In fact, Hield might be a real steal in DFS play at a low price. Afflalo is likely to play in Wednesday's game in Phoenix. Mar 13, 6:13 pm
  • Norman Powell starting again Monday
    Norman Powell is starting again on Monday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: This will be his second straight start with DeMarre Carroll (ankle) out again. Carroll did go through shootaround, so there's a good chance that he's back on Thursday vs. the Thunder. Powell played 35 minutes on Saturday vs. the Heat with 14 points, so he's on the streaming radar if you need a short-term boost. Mar 13, 4:23 pm
  • Malone may consider starting Murray?
    Nuggets coach Michael Malone hinted that he's not ready to hand the starting PG job over to Jamal Murray just yet.

    Advice: "I have not gotten to that point yet," Malone said. "Obviously, with 18 games to go, we’ll see what happens in those 18 games. I think Jameer [Nelson] has earned the right to be our starter for the time being." These comments were made before Nelson was listed on the injury report with a right hip flexor strain, and he's currently questionable for Monday's game vs. the Lakers. If Nelson can't go, Murray seems like the obvious choice to start with Emmanuel Mudiay still in the doghouse. The rookie is worth a speculative add in deeper formats. Mar 13, 6:19 am
  • Alan Williams w/ another double-double Sunday
    Alan Williams had another bare-bones double-double on Sunday with 12 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Williams has six double-doubles in seven March games, despite averaging a modest 26.3 minutes, and he's paying off richly for anyone who snatched him off the waiver wire. Tyson Chandler was out tonight for personal reasons but he's no longer part of the rotation, while oft-injured Alex Len is dealing with a hip injury, all of which solidifies Big Sauce's rest-of-season outlook. Mar 12, 9:01 pm
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