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  • Blake Griffin scores 43 points, hits three 3s
    Blake Griffin made a career-high three 3-pointers vs. Charlotte on Sunday to finish with 43 points (15-of-26 FGs, 10-of-16 FTs), 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

    Advice: Blake's 43 points were the most scored by a Clippers player this season. The Hornets are giving up a league-high 11.3 triples per game and Blake took full advantage of their perimeter defense. He also did plenty of work in the paint, including one soaring putback dunk, and concerns about his explosion after knee surgery are getting quieter on a nightly basis. The star PF even logged 42 minutes with just one turnover tonight, rounding out a stellar performance. Today, 9:52 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan gets 20 & 19, hits 9-of-10 FGs
    DeAndre Jordan piled up 20 points and 19 rebounds during an overtime win on Sunday, making 9-of-10 shots with three steals, two blocks and one assist.

    Advice: DJ played 43 minutes and he was a tolerable 2-of-4 at the FT line, even though Charlotte committed a few intentional fouls late in the game. He went through a fallow period without Chris Paul prior to the All-Star break, but with CP back Jordan's owners can expect his typically dominant production. Today, 9:51 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky fouls out with 16/5/4 vs. LAC
    Frank Kaminsky fouled out of Sunday's game after scoring 16 points with five rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Kaminsky made 5-of-13 field goals with one 3-pointer, while going 5-of-5 at the free throw line. Injuries to Miles Plumlee (calf) and Cody Zeller (quad) have thrust him into a huge role and he's responded well, but the Hornets simply don't have any depth at center. He had a rough time corralling the Clippers' explosive frontcourt tonight. Owners should keep deploying him until his role changes. Today, 9:48 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic's lost crowns replaced on Sunday
    The two crowns that were knocked out of Jusuf Nurkic's mouth on Sunday have been repaired.

    Advice: Nurk didn't even leave the game after losing his two teeth, so it's safe to assume that he'll be in the starting lineup on Tuesday. We'll leave him on the injury report, to be safe, but there's no real ambiguity here. Today, 8:19 pm
  • Taj Gibson finishes w/ six points in 21 mins
    Taj Gibson finished Sunday's home game with six points on 2-of-9 shooting, five rebounds and one turnover in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Gibson played solid defense but wound up with zero steals or blocks, and the inefficient shooting added insult to injury for anyone relying on him tonight. The veteran could overtake Domantas Sabonis as the starting PF, but until his minutes spike it's hard to trust him. Today, 6:55 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores 20 points in 24 minutes
    Enes Kanter played well in 24 minutes vs. New Orleans on Sunday, scoring 20 points on 6-of-9 FGs and 8-of-10 FTs.

    Advice: Kanter rounded out his line with nine rebounds, three assists and one steal. His playing time could take a hit with Taj Gibson in town, but he's a per-minute dynamo who should continue to post value in 12-team leagues. Today, 6:54 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas (lacerated shin) returns
    Donatas Motiejunas (left shin laceration) returned to Sunday's game to finish with six points, four rebounds and one steal in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Motie left for a while in the first half to get some stitches, but this isn't an injury that should jeopardize his status going forward. His minutes were inflated due to DeMarcus Cousins' foul trouble tonight, so don't read anything into this performance. Today, 6:52 pm
  • Anthony Davis drops 38 points on 15-of-28 FGs
    Anthony Davis went off for 38 points in a losing effort on Sunday, making 15-of-28 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws with two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal.

    Advice: Davis dropped 24 points in the first quarter alone, setting a new franchise record for points in a quarter. He and DeMarcus Cousins combined for a whopping 69 points tonight, but their teammates added just 41 points on 35.1 percent shooting. They're figuring things out on the fly, but so far it doesn't look like AD will take a big hit statistically with Cousins alongside him. Today, 6:51 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins picks up 18th technical foul
    DeMarcus Cousins picked up his 18th technical foul of the season on Sunday, meaning he'll be suspended one game if the tech isn't rescinded.

    Advice: Cousins finished the game with 31 points and 10 rebounds, making 8-of-15 FGs and 15-of-15 FTs before fouling out, but those numbers are overshadowed by the possibility of a suspension. His combustibility could haunt owners if he gets more techs during the fantasy playoffs. The trade deadline has passed in most leagues, so his owners can only hope that he keeps his cool down the stretch. Today, 6:50 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic struggles w/ fouls, loses teeth
    Making another start for Portland on Sunday, Jusuf Nurkic posted eight points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal, making 3-of-9 FGs and 2-of-3 FTs in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Nurk's transition to starting for the Blazers has gone very well, rewarding any owners who snatched him after the trade, but he was limited tonight by some early foul trouble. The big man had a few teeth knocked out in the fourth quarter, but he continued playing and didn't bleed because he has a dental bridge. He should be fine for Tuesday's game but we'll put him on the injury report as a precaution. Today, 6:44 pm
  • Serge Ibaka gets 18 & 10 w/ full line Sunday
    Serge Ibaka finished Sunday's win vs. Portland with 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting, 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Ibaka has made a seamless transition to Toronto, to the relief of his fantasy owners, and coach Dwane Casey has clearly encouraged him to shoot from the perimeter. His arrival hasn't been good news for the team's other big men, however, particularly Lucas Nogueira (10 minutes) and Patrick Patterson (19 minutes). Ibaka should continue to flirt with early-round value down the stretch. Today, 6:07 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas gets 15 & 7 in 22 minutes
    Jonas Valanciunas made 7-of-8 shots to finish Sunday's game with 15 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The efficiency was there but the playing time wasn't, as JV logged 22 or fewer minutes for the fourth straight game. Serge Ibaka got hot in the fourth quarter of a close game and Valanciunas once again didn't leave the bench in the final frame. Dwane Casey has made no secret of his desire for a more versatile defensive lineup late in games, and Ibaka's arrival is a clear threat to JV's minutes. That said, he's still capable of posting solid value with minutes in the mid-20s. Today, 6:05 pm
  • Roy Hibbert doesn't play on Sunday
    Roy Hibbert was listed as a DNP-CD for Sunday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Hibbert was just acquired from the Bucks at the NBA trade deadline but the 7-foot-2 big has yet to see any play time in two games in the Mile High City. The team recently added Mason Plumlee from Portland, and he has been playing regularly off the bench, so Hibbert likely needs an injury to Plumlee before he sees any meaningful minutes with his new organization. He is not a recommended fantasy option at this point. Today, 5:39 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas (shin) probable to return
    Donatas Motiejunas (left shin laceration) is probable to return to Sunday's game.

    Advice: He'll need a few stitches but it sounds like he's fine. Today, 5:19 pm
  • Nikola Jokic
    Nikola Jokic finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and six assists with a blocked shot in Sunday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Jokic has been all over the board in the month of February, posting a 40-point game Feb. 10 in New York, but just two points in 15 minutes last time out on Friday. Expect somewhere in between that rather large gap, as he should be good for about 14-18 points per night with double-digit rebound totals and an occasional swat. Today, 5:18 pm
  • Marc Gasol drops in three triples
    Marc Gasol finished Sunday's 105-98 win against the Nuggets with 23 points, six assists, five rebounds and a blocked shot.

    Advice: Gasol dropped in a trio of 3-pointers in the road win, becoming just the fourth center to post 80 or more successful 3-pointers made this season. He is such a valuable contributor for fantasy owners in most leagues, but especially so in rotisserie formats for his work from behind the arc. Today, 4:51 pm
  • Jason Smith falls out of rotation Sunday
    Jason Smith fell out of the Wizards' rotation on Sunday.

    Advice: Head coach Scott Brooks has praised Smith and spoken about finding minutes for him, but it just isn't happening with Ian Mahinmi back in the lineup. There's no reason to think Smith will re-emerge as an asset in any leagues this season. Today, 4:49 pm
  • Derrick Favors swats four shots on Sunday
    Derrick Favors blocked four shots in 24 minutes vs. the Wizards, adding 10 points and seven rebounds in a 102-92 road victory.

    Advice: Favors is looking good after getting time off during the All-Star break -- in his past two games he's averaging 14.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks, while shooting 14-of-23 from the field. His owners' patience is finally starting to pay off, and as long as he stays healthy he should build momentum through the fantasy playoffs. Today, 4:48 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores 14 points with full line
    Greg Monroe scored 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting Sunday, to go with eight rebounds, three assists, three steals, two blocks and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Over the past few weeks, Monroe has averaged 30.0 minutes a night and he’s responded with averages of 17.5 points, 9.3 boards, 2.5 dimes, 2.0 steals and 2.3 turnovers per game on 59.6 percent shooting, which has been good enough for top-25 value in standard 9-cat leagues. The sky-high shooting is probably unsustainable, and Jason Kidd has some of the most unpredictable rotations in the league, but if Monroe can continue to flirt with minutes in the 30s he could have a strong finish to the year. Today, 4:38 pm
  • Roy Hibbert available to play Sunday vs. MEM
    Roy Hibbert will be available to make his Denver debut Sunday vs. Memphis.

    Advice: Hibbert will likely be logging limited minutes off the bench with the Nuggets, so he has no business being owned in most leagues. Today, 11:21 am
  • Kenneth Faried (back) out Sunday vs. Memphis
    Kenneth Faried (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: With Faried on the sidelines, there will be more minutes available for guys like Wilson Chandler, Juan Hernangomez and Darrell Arthur, with Chandler offering the most upside out of the group. The Nuggets have a back-to-back set coming up, Tuesday in Chicago and Wednesday in Milwaukee, and for now, we'll be considering Faried questionable for those games. Today, 11:15 am
  • Omer Asik (illness) out Sunday
    Omer Asik (illness) will not play on Sunday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: He wouldn't be in the rotation if he was healthy. The Pelicans have to be disappointed that they couldn't shed his terrible contract at the deadline. Today, 9:58 am
  • Stotts praises Jusuf Nurkic
    Blazers head coach Terry Stotts praised Jusuf Nurkic after he scored 12 points with 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks in 34 minutes against the Magic on Thursday.

    Advice: "I thought he was very effective in a lot of areas defensively on [Nikola] Vucevic," Stotts said. "I thought he was solid and offensively he made a lot of good plays. We were able to play through him out on the perimeter and in the post. I thought he had a very solid game." Nurkic said that he's "finally" happy in Portland after a rough ending to his time in Denver, and he added that this is the first time in two years that he's having fun again. Stotts also said he was surprised with Nurkic's playmaking ability, so the Blazers could run some offense through him like they did with Mason Plumlee. Nurk Alert is the man in the Portland frontcourt and should be added in most formats. Today, 8:18 am
  • Market for Okafor was bigger than Noel's?
    76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said the market for Jahlil Okafor was bigger than it was for Nerlens Noel.

    Advice: "Because of his rookie contract, the market for [Okafor] was much more broad, but the right deal did not present itself," Colangelo said. "For now, he is a valuable part of what we're doing. He's a nice, talented player." Okafor still has two years left on his rookie deal, while the 76ers didn't want to pay Noel's projected asking price in restricted free agency. It seems likely that the 76ers will explore a trade for Okafor during the offseason, but it makes sense for them to build his value back up first. Saturday was a step in the right direction as he scored a season-high 28 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 29 minutes. Today, 6:18 am
  • Brook Lopez scores just nine points
    Brook Lopez scored just nine points with four rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: It's just the seventh game Lopez has played the second half of a back-to-back set, but it's worth a mention he did play in the last set earlier this month. Losing 16 games straight has to be taking its toll on Brook, but this dud is a fluke for one of the best centers in the Eastern Conference. He should flirt with early-round value, but the possible rest is going to be very annoying going forward. This was also his 505th start as Net for the second most in franchise history. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 37 w/ 22 rebounds
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 37 points with a career-high 22 rebounds in Saturday's 142-130 loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: So good. KAT has been the top player in standard leagues for over a month and showed why tonight, shooting 16-of-24 from the field, 4-of-4 from the line and 1-of-2 from beyond the arc with three assists, one block and one steal. He took advantage of a Houston team that has allowed the fourth most fantasy points to centers this season, but he gets another great matchup on Monday vs. the Kings. There's no reason to sell high. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Dwight Powell gets a DNP-CD
    Dwight Powell was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

    Advice: Nerlens Noel put the kibosh on Powell the rest of the way. He's a clear drop. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Salah Mejri gets six minutes
    Salah Mejri fouled out in six minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: He's a good story and is fun to watch, but he's clearly trending down with Nerlens Noel in the mix. Mejri is a drop candidate everywhere. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 39 points in loss
    Anthony Davis scored 39 points during a 96-83 loss to the Mavs on Saturday, adding 14 rebounds, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: That's two blowout losses in the two games since DeMarcus Cousins arrived. Coach Alvin Gentry has done a decent job of staggering his two bigs with the pair on the court for only 44 minutes together in the two games -- Davis has played 72 total minutes and Cousins has played 67. It seems pretty clear Boogie will be affected more than AD, who should still be a first-round guy going forward. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scores 18 points in win
    Ryan Anderson scored 18 points with three assists, two rebounds and four 3-pointers on Saturday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: Coach Mike D'Antoni wants the Rockets to shoot 50+ 3-pointers a night going forward, so Anderson is going to launch a ton of triples the rest of the way -- he attempted 13 treys tonight which was three shy of his season-high that he set back on Dec. 17 against these same Wolves. He finished 5-of-15 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line, but his lack of supporting stats really holds him back in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores season-low 12 points
    DeMarcus Cousins scored a season-low 12 points against the Mavs on Saturday, adding 15 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He was just 3-of-9 from the field to also make this his first game with single-digit attempts from the floor. Obviously Boogie's usage rate is going to plummet from his second-ranked 37.6 before he came to New Orleans, but it shouldn't be this low. His fantasy value is almost certainly going to drop, but he could still be a second-round guy going forward. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • D Mo gets a donut
    Donatas Motiejunas was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

    Advice: This signing just isn't working out and it was a bit misguided from the get-go because the Pelicans wanted him to space the floor a la Channing Frye. Motiejunas is not going to have value while the frontcourt is healthy. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor drops 28 points with 10 boards
    Jahlil Okafor scored a season-high 28 points against the Knicks on Saturday with 10 rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He made 11-of-19 from the field and all six from the line for a terrific scoring line. Okafor was coming off a rough game on Friday against the Wizards, but he's struggled against Marcin Gortat for basically his whole career. With Joel Embiid (knee) still in street clothes and possibly missing more than two games, maybe Okafor get start to get it going. While this might be his best game all year, he's still worth owning to see if he can keep it going. Yesterday, 7:32 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky scores 23 with 13 boards
    Frank Kaminsky scored a game-high 23 points during a 99-85 win over the Kings on Saturday, adding a career-high 13 rebounds with three assists, two steals and a career-high five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been all the Hornets could've hoped for as a center. Ever since the Hornets got stomped in Oakland on Feb. 1, coach Steve Clifford has talked up how well Kaminsky has performed closer to the basket on defense. On offense, he's really hitting his stride lately, averaging 19.8 points, 7.6 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.2 steals and 3.0 treys in his last five. While he won't be this good, he has to be owned right now. Yesterday, 5:54 pm
  • TJ, Hendo, RoCo, The Homie & Okafor starting
    T.J. McConnell, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jahlil Okafor will start against the Knicks on Saturday.

    Advice: It's the same starting five for the 76ers tonight. We'll see if Okafor is on a short leash after Richaun Holmes lit it up on Friday night. Robert Covington also played 15 minutes at power forward on Friday, so there are minutes up for grabs on the wings. Yesterday, 3:10 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (back) questionable Sunday
    Kenneth Faried (back spasms) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: Faried, who came into the game with a minor ankle injury, hurt his back after landing awkwardly on Friday night. He was ruled out and did not return to the game. Wilson Chandler, Darrell Arthur and Juancho Hernangomez should see additional playing time if Faried is unable to suit up on Sunday. Yesterday, 10:26 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 29 points vs. Spurs
    Blake Griffin scored 29 points with nine rebounds, five assists and one steal in 38 minutes against the Spurs on Friday night.

    Advice: He did take a Dewayne Dedmon shoulder to his cheek and ran to the locker room for about 10 seconds, but he had to come back out to shoot the free throws. Griffin just had a band-aid put over his cheek and it was enough to stop the bleeding, so he stayed in the game. As for his play, Griffin clearly has it going again and looks like an early-round player going forward. He needs to stay healthy. Yesterday, 12:15 am
  • Nikola Jokic scores just two points
    Nikola Jokic played just 15 minutes with two points, five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Do not panic. Brook Lopez caught Jokic with a rip move to give him two fouls in the first two minutes tonight, which put him in foul trouble for basically the whole game. This isn't the first time we've seen Jokic have major fouling issues and his coach knows it. "We need to play him at least 30-32 minutes a night," Malone said. "He needs to stop with those silly fouls in transition." Yes, Jokic has not been good since Mason Plumlee arrived, but that's more of a coincidence due to foul trouble and just poor play. Jokic should still be considered an elite fantasy option. Yesterday, 12:03 am
  • Brook Lopez scores 17 points vs. Nuggets
    Brook Lopez scored 17 points during a 129-109 loss in Denver on Friday, adding one rebound, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He'll stick with the Nets and he deserves a lot of credit dealing with all these losses. The Nets have just one win dating back to Dec. 27 and basically have the helped Boston get the No.1 spot in the lottery. It's not Brook's fault at all, averaging 21.0 points, 4.7 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.6 assists and 1.6 treys on 47.5 percent from the field in that 27-game span. His owners will have to watch out for rest on Saturday against the Warriors. Friday, 11:29 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 19 on 9-of-14 FGs
    Derrick Favors scored 19 points on an efficient 9-of-14 shooting in Friday's 109-95 win over the Bucks.

    Advice: We were hoping that Favors would look rejuvenated after the break and tonight should be very encouraging for his fantasy owners. He played 26 minutes and added seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks, so hopefully this a sign of good things to come. The Jazz had "light conversations" with teams about Favors at the deadline, so he has a lot to prove to the franchise the rest of the season -- he will hit free agency during the summer of 2018. Friday, 9:31 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 26 w/ 18 boards
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 26 points with 18 rebounds, three assists, one steal and seven turnovers in a 97-84 win over the Mavericks on Friday.

    Advice: He had 20 points and 10 rebounds alone in the second half, and this was his 13th straight game with 20+ points. Towns shot 12-of-18 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line, and there's simply no reason to sell high even though he's been the best player in standard leagues for over a month. He's just that good. Friday, 8:57 pm
  • Serge Ibaka worth every penny
    Serge Ibaka made an instant impact in his first game as a Raptor during a win over the Celtics on Friday, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Good defense will work for any team. Coach Dwane Casey's frontcourt of Ibaka, P.J. Tucker and DeMarre Carroll was outstanding late in this game as the closing trio with DeMar DeRozan and Cory Joseph in the backcourt. In fact, the Carroll-Tucker-Ibaka frontcourt had a +97.9 net rating in nine minutes tonight. Ibaka's fantasy value should take a hit, but he could still wind up flirting with early round value. Friday, 8:56 pm
  • Valanciunas doesn't play in the fourth
    Jonas Valanciunas scored seven points with six rebounds in 18 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: Uh oh. Serge Ibaka took some minutes away from him, including down the stretch in this close game. Valanciunas did not see any playing time in the fourth quarter and played just five minutes in the third. It's probably safe to say JV takes a hit with Serge in the mix, but his owners should not panic yet. He could be more of a mid-round guy, though. Friday, 8:44 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores 12 in Thunder debut
    Taj Gibson scored 12 points in his Thunder debut vs. the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: He played 21 minutes compared to 19 for Enes Kanter (arm), so this has the look of a potential timeshare going forward. Gibson shot 6-of-13 from the field and added four rebounds, one assist and one steal, but his fantasy value should trend down on his new team. Friday, 8:01 pm
  • Enes Kanter (arm) shoots 2-of-12 in return
    Enes Kanter (arm) returned to action on Friday vs. the Lakers, but scored just four points on 2-of-12 shooting.

    Advice: He missed a lot of easy looks and finished 2-of-10 in the paint, but some rust was to be expected. He played 19 minutes and grabbed seven rebounds with one assist and four turnovers, but it is a little concerning that the Thunder have another solid option in their frontcourt in Taj Gibson. It's going to take some time for Kanter to find his rhythm, but he could be more a late-round guy going forward. Friday, 7:56 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor scores 11 points`
    Jahlil Okafor scored 11 points with two rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes during a start against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Ever since Okafor talked trash two preseasons ago, he does not like to play against Marcin Gortat. He picked up three quick fouls to allow more run for Richaun Holmes, who continues to outplay him. Okafor should have some value while Joel Embiid (knee) is out, but he just isn't playing well this season. Friday, 7:43 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (back) will not return
    Kenneth Faried (lower back spasms) will not return on Friday night.

    Advice: He had an awkward landing in this game and tried to play through it, but he was ruled out about 40 minutes later in real time. This is not the same as the ankle injury that had him on the injury report today, but Faried did have back issues in January. If he needs to miss time, Darrell Arthur and Juancho Hernangomez should benefit. Friday, 7:40 pm
  • Kenneth Faried available to play
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) is available to play against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: He played just 14 minutes in his return to the lineup on Thursday. Faried should be looking at more playing time in a very fantasy friendly matchup, but he's more of a low-end guy. Friday, 4:38 pm
  • Roy Hibbert not available for Friday
    Roy Hibbert had issues with his flight and will not play on Friday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Hibbert isn't expected to be in the rotation most nights unless the Nuggets are playing against a team like the Pelicans. Leave him on the wire. Friday, 4:29 pm
  • Serge Ibaka is starting on Friday vs. Boston
    Serge Ibaka is starting on Friday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The Raptors are missing Kyle Lowry (wrist), so we won't know for sure how involved Ibaka will be on the offensive end until Toronto is at full strength. Make sure he's in all lineups tonight. Friday, 4:18 pm
  • Enes Kanter (arm) available to play Friday
    Enes Kanter (arm) will be available and is expected to play Friday night vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: This will be Kanter's first game action since fracturing his right arm back in late January punching a chair. OKC traded for Taj Gibson on Thursday, which will reduce the amount of playing time available for Kanter over the final two months of the season. We will have to see how coach Billy Donovan divides the minutes on Friday night in order to get a sense of what the rotation will look like going forward. Friday, 3:30 pm
  • Omer Asik out for Saturday
    Omer Asik (illness) will not play on Saturday against the Mavs.

    Advice: Asik is not expected to be in the rotation with DeMarcus Cousins in the fold. Friday, 3:11 pm
  • Taj Gibson to make OKC debut on Friday
    Taj Gibson will be available to play and is expected to make his OKC debut on Friday night vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Domantas Sabonis has started at power forward for each of the Thunder's 57 games this season. It's unknown if Gibson will come off the bench on Friday. Gibson was playing over 27 minutes a night as the starter in Chicago. Even if he eventually starts in OKC, Enes Kanter (arm) is returning to the OKC lineup on Friday and Gibson will have to divvy minutes with Kanter. Thus, Thursday's trade will likely dimish Gibson's fantasy value going forward. Friday, 3:05 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor to start at center on Friday
    Jahlil Okafor will start at center on Friday night vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: With Nerlens Noel in Dallas and Joel Embiid expected to miss the Sixers next four games, Okafor will start and will likely play heavy minutes. Okafor has started 22 games this season and is averaging 13.5 points (on 55.4 percent shooting), 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 25.4 minutes in those starts. He is an enticing DFS and streaming option on Friday. Richaun Holmes will backup Okafor. Friday, 2:42 pm
  • Kenneth Faried is probable
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) is probable to play against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: He is fully expected to play. Faried did not fare well in his return to the lineup on Thursday with just two points on 1-of-7 from the field in 14 minutes -- all seven shots were within six feet. With the Nuggets close to full strength, Faried may only be a low-end guy in standard leagues. Friday, 11:15 am
  • Roy Hibbert is questionable for Friday
    Roy Hibbert is questionable for Friday against the Nets.

    Advice: Mason Plumlee played all of his minutes at center in Thursday, so Hibbert is clearly the No. 3 center on the depth chart. Outside of games against oversized fives, Hibbert is not likely to be in the rotation. Friday, 11:11 am
  • Serge Ibaka to make Raps debut on Friday
    Serge Ibaka is expected to make his debut with the Raptors on Friday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: We will get our first indication of how coach Dwane Casey plans to employ Ibaka and the rest of the Raps rotation behind him. Assuming Ibaka is installed as the starter, his minutes and production should remain steady. However, Patrick Patterson, Lucas Nogueira, Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl will have to fight for playing time off the bench. Friday, 8:40 am
  • Nikola Jokic starts second half slowly
    Nikola Jokic had a disappointing line during a 116-100 loss to the Kings on Thursday, scoring four points with 10 rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The Kings actually did a bang-up job on Jokic, keeping bodies on cutters and not allowing Jokic to establish deeper position. Plus, it wasn't a good defensive game for him and coach Mike Malone didn't hold back his thoughts after the game. "If he wants to be our best player and a franchise player he's got to play better," Malone said. "They went at him, scored easily on him." Jokic has struggled since Mason Plumlee arrived is more of a confidence, especially since those two didn't play together tonight. Jokic's fantasy owner should still expect him to be truly elite going forward. Thursday, 10:32 pm
  • Kenneth Faried only scores two in return
    Kenneth Faried only scored two points in a start against the Kings on Thursday, adding three rebounds, one assist and one block in 14 minutes.

    Advice: It was a bad line, but it wasn't all bad news for a guy who was listed as doubtful to play yesterday. Mason Plumlee didn't play any power forward minutes, Darrell Arthur was a DNP-CD, and Juancho Hernangomez wasn't in the rotation. Faried's value is capped with the Nuggets close to full strength, so he's only a borderline hold. Thursday, 10:27 pm
  • Blake Griffin still sluggish after break
    Blake Griffin, who scored just 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting in his last game before the All-Star break, hit just 3-of-13 shots for 12 points, five rebounds and eight assists in Thursday's 123-113 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Maybe it was the Warriors' defense, but Griffin looked a little sluggish tonight, and he's struggled a bit in his last two games. Look for him to take out his frustrations on the hapless Nets on Saturday night. Thursday, 10:21 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 29 alongside Boogie
    Anthony Davis hit 8-of-21 shots and 13-of-16 free throws for 29 points, nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes of Thursday's 129-99 blowout loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: Davis looked good in the debut of DeMarcus Cousins, but the Pelicans were run out of the gym tonight. It looks like Davis and Cousins are going to get along swimmingly, but the Pelicans will have to find a way to win with the two studs playing in the front court together. Thursday, 8:16 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins drops huge line in NO debut
    DeMarcus Cousins hit 11-of-19 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 27 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, five steals and four blocks in 35 minutes of his Pelicans' debut on Thursday.

    Advice: The bad news is that the Pelicans lost 129-99 and a lot of the starters sat out down the stretch in garbage time. Boogie was a beast tonight, and even avoided a technical foul despite getting tangled up with Nene occasionally. Anthony Davis was also impressive, but the rest of the Pels were a mess. But as of now, it looks like Boogie and the Brow are not going to do too much damage to each other's stats. Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Nurk Red Alert: Jusuf Nurkic explodes in win
    Jusuf Nurkic exploded in his first start for the Blazers, scoring 12 points with 12 rebounds five assists, three steals and two blocks in 34 minutes against the Magic on Thursday.

    Advice: Hello, sir. It's the first time he's double-doubled with at least five assists in his career and he's been shockingly good in the first unit. After the game, Nurkic said this was the most fun he's had in two years. Nurkic couldn't really set screens in Denver, but he was much better doing so tonight -- it helps to play next to Dame Lillard and C.J. McCollum. He's not likely going to be this good and has been wildly inconsistent, but obviously Nurk Alert has to be owned. Thursday, 7:36 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky scores 17 points in loss
    Frank Kaminsky started at center again on Thursday and scored 17 points, but added just one rebound, a steal and a block on 6-of-18 shooting.

    Advice: He did hit three 3-pointers and played a nice game, but the return of Cody Zeller (quad) is likely coming sooner than later. And when it happens, Kaminsky is going to take a hit. We just don't know how big of one. Plan on holding him until further notice. Thursday, 7:09 pm
  • Roy Hibbert out vs. Kings on Thursday
    Roy Hibbert will not play for the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: He still hasn't joined his new team and when he does, he's going to see pretty limited minutes behind Nikola Jokic and company. Thursday, 6:13 pm
  • Kenneth Faried, Emmanuel Mudiay available
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) and Emmanuel Mudiay (back) are available to play against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: This is a surprise with Faried listed as doubtful on Wednesday. He should be sticking in the starting lineup, but his playing time may be dropping with the Nuggets having most of their depth and also Mason Plumlee in the fold. Thursday, 6:10 pm
  • Jrue, Moore, Hill, Boogie & Brow starting
    Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore, Solomon Hill, Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins will start against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: We get a look at the new duo against a three-point barrage of the Rockets. Cousins was on pace for the second highest usage rate since Kobe Bryant in 2005-06, but it'll certainly be dropping on his new team. Expect his numbers to see a dip now that he has some help. He's still an elite fantasy option. Thursday, 4:30 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic starting Thursday vs. Magic
    Jusuf Nurkic and Noah Vonleh will start vs. the Magic on Thursday.

    Advice: Meyers Leonard and Ed Davis will shift to the bench and this is a fairly predictable move after Portland dealt Mason Plumlee to acquire Nurk before the All-Star break. He racked up 13 points, seven boards, three steals and one block in 21 minutes during his Blazers debut, and projects as a solid rest-of-season option in an expanded role for Portland. Thursday, 3:57 pm
  • Enes Kanter expected to play Friday night
    The Thunder are expecting Enes Kanter (arm) to play against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: Kanter himself said it's a secret on his status, but he also said his arm feels "pretty good" on Thursday. The addition of Taj Gibson should actually hurt Kanter a little big because the Thunder do use a lot of Kanter next to Steven Adams. Go ahead and pick up Kanter, but he's likely more of a late-round guy in standard leagues. Thursday, 1:47 pm
  • Brook Lopez staying in Brooklyn this season
    Brook Lopez will remain in Brooklyn past the trade deadline.

    Advice: Lopez was a hot name in the rumor-mill leading up to the trade deadline, as usual, but once again the Nets opted to keep him. Brooklyn reportedly wanted two first-round picks, which they scaled back to "a good first-round pick," but even that doesn't seem to have materialized. Lopez isn't in a great spot as a veteran on a cellar-dwelling team, and his owners just have to hope Brooklyn doesn't shut him down. Thursday, 12:41 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor staying put in Philadelphia
    Jahlil Okafor wasn't traded on Thursday and he'll remain in Philly past the deadline.

    Advice: Well, that's awkward. The Sixers dealt Nerlens Noel to Dallas but couldn't find a suitable offer for Okafor, who was one of the most glaring trade candidates this season -- Philly went so far as to sideline while conducting trade talks in recent weeks. Okafor has some fantasy appeal with Joel Embiid (knee) expected to miss at least four games, but Embiid's eventual return looms over Okafor's rest-of-season outlook. Thursday, 12:32 pm
  • Taj Gibson traded to OKC in deal for Payne
    Taj Gibson has been traded to the Thunder as part of a deal bringing Cameron Payne to Chicago, according to The Vertical.

    Advice: Gibson gives the Thunder a veteran PF at a position of weakness, as they've been starting rookie Domantas Sabonis out of necessity all season. It's unclear whether Gibson might earn the starting job, and the return of Enes Kanter (arm) does him no favors, so this doesn't seem like an overly positive development for his fantasy value. The biggest winner here is Bobby Portis, who should step into the vacuum created by Gibson's departure. Thursday, 11:52 am
  • Roy Hibbert headed to Denver
    The Nuggets are finalizing a deal for Roy Hibbert for a protected second-round pick.

    Advice: The Nuggets are under the salary cap and will pick up Hibbert's expiring deal. If he isn't bought out, Hibbert isn't a lock to be in the rotation behind Nikola Jokic and Mason Plumlee. Thursday, 11:49 am
  • Report: Enes Kanter could play on Friday?
    Enes Kanter says his arm feels "pretty good" and when asked if he might play on Friday night, he said "it's a secret."

    Advice: If Kanter really is in play for tomorrow night against the Lakers it means he recovered very quickly from his broken arm and returned a bit ahead of schedule. While feeling "pretty good" is a step in the right direction, we still don't know if Kanter has a realistic shot at playing on Friday. But it sure seems like a possibility. Watch for more updates on his status coming Friday afternoon. Thursday, 10:58 am
  • Jahlil Okafor goes through practice
    Jahlil Okafor went through all of practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Even with Nerlens Noel in Dallas, the 76ers are still likely looking at a deal for Okafor. The 76ers were terrible with Okafor next to Joel Embiid (knee), but they may have to look at that combo with only Dario Saric at the four right now. Additionally, Embiid being hurt should give Okafor some short-term value. Thursday, 9:34 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic could start on Thursday?
    Jusuf Nurkic could move into the starting lineup on Thursday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: He had a strong debut with 13 points, seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in 21 minutes, shooting 5-of-5 from the field. Coach Terry Stotts previously said that Nurk Alert would have to earn the starting gig, so it would be great for his value if he moved into the first unit after just one game. He's trending up in a hurry and is worth adding in standard leagues if you're OK with sub-par shooting percentages and a high turnover rate. If Nurk starts, Meyers Leonard will return to the bench. Thursday, 9:09 am
  • Omer Asik (illness) not at practice
    Omer Asik (illness) was not at practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Asik is not likely to be in the rotation anyway. Thursday, 9:08 am
  • Jazz has conversations about Derrick Favors?
    The Jazz have had "light conversations" with teams about trading Derrick Favors, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: Favors is still under contract for next season, but the Jazz could be in a pickle to re-sign him. Gordon Hayward will need a max deal, they already paid up for Rudy Gobert, and Rodney Hood will be a restricted free agent next summer, as well. To be clear, it would be a surprise to see Favors dealt today. Thursday, 6:42 am
  • Bulls won't give up a 1st rounder for Okafor?
    According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls have "shown no inclination" to include a first-round pick in a potential deal for Jahlil Okafor.

    Advice: This goes to show how much value Okafor has around the league. We've heard reports that the Bulls are offering Nikola Mirotic for Okafor, but that's probably not going to cut it for Philly. Okafor will be one of the most popular names in the rumor mill today so this won't be the last thing you hear about him leading up to the deadline. Thursday, 6:12 am
  • Taj Gibson a trade target for the Thunder?
    According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Taj Gibson has emerged as a trade target for the Thunder.

    Advice: The 31-year-old PF is playing on a $8.95 million expiring contract, and with the Bulls considering a rebuild, his name has been in the rumor mill for a while. You would think that Gibson would get a short-term boost in OKC with Enes Kanter (arm) on the shelf, but the big man went through a non-contact practice on Wednesday and is said to be nearing a return. A trade would likely hurt Gibson's value, but Bobby Portis would instantly become relevant since coach Fred Hoiberg said that he is officially ahead of Nikola Mirotic on the depth chart. For now, the Bulls are asking for a first-round pick in return for Gibson. Thursday, 6:06 am
  • Report: Bulls still pushing for Jahlil Okafor
    The Bulls have "continued to push on a trade" for Jahlil Okafor, according to The Vertical.

    Advice: Chicago and Philadelphia are having ongoing discussions and if Okafor doesn't end up with the Bulls, it's still likely that he'll find himself wearing another jersey after the break. The Celtics, Pacers and Kings have also been tied to Okafor -- it depends upon the players involved, but Sacramento looks like the ideal team for fantasy purposes. Wednesday, 4:55 pm
  • Greg Monroe unlikely to be dealt
    Greg Monroe's agent, David Falk, said it's unlikely his client will be dealt before the deadline.

    Advice: This coincides with Adrian Wojnarowski saying a deal was unlikely due to little interest in acquiring the big man. Monroe ended his first half on a high note with back-to-back games of 25 points on Feb. 13 and 15. The loss of Jabari Parker should help his usage and the Bucks moving Thon Maker to the four gives him less competition, too. Wednesday, 2:59 pm
  • Omer Asik is doubtful for Thursday
    Omer Asik (illness) is doubtful to play against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: He's not in the rotation anyway. The Pelicans would love to shed Asik's contract. Wednesday, 2:09 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (ankle) doubtful for Thursday
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) is doubtful for Thursday night against the Kings.

    Advice: He has been out since Feb. 8 due to his ankle injury, but Faried did go through some practice on Tuesday. The Nuggets did practice on Wednesday, so we'll be looking out for any reports on his status for that one. If he can't go, we should see a decent amount of Juancho Hernangomez and maybe a little more Mason Plumlee at the four. Wednesday, 12:23 pm
  • BK wants 'a good' first-round pick for Lopez?
    The Nets are looking for "a good first-round pick" for Brook Lopez, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: In other words, they want a pick that is in the teens or better. The Nets were asking for two first-round picks last month, but that price looks to have come down. Lopez is on the books for $22.6 million next year, so that could be a big factor on why teams may be apprehensive. Plus, it doesn't help the Nets that the trade market for centers is fairly strong, so it's not really a seller's market. Wednesday, 11:46 am
  • Report: BOS still interested in Jahlil Okafor
    The Celtics are reportedly still interested in Jahlil Okafor.

    Advice: The Celtics still view Jimmy Butler and Paul George as their primary targets for any deadline day deal, but if Boston can't pull off a major move, they may turn their eyes towards Okafor. David Aldridge boldly stated during an appearance on NBA TV on Tuesday night that Okafor "will get moved" by the deadline and that Philly has "a lot of offers" on the table. He's also been linked to the Pacers and Kings, and the Kings would be the best landing spot in terms of fantasy hoops. Wednesday, 6:54 am
  • Kenneth Faried (ankle) returns to practice
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) went through practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Manimal has been able to heal up over the All-Star break and the Nuggets are hopeful that he will be ready for Thursday's game vs. the Kings after a four-game absence. Faried has been a trade candidate for years, but his name hasn't been floated around much prior to the Feb. 23 deadline. He won't play center nearly as much with Mason Plumlee in town, but he's a hold in standard leagues for now. Tuesday, 5:46 pm
  • Serge Ibaka expected to practice Wednesday
    Serge Ibaka is expected to practice in full with the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ibaka wasn't able to make his Toronto debut for the final game heading into the break, but all indications are that that will happen Friday vs. Boston. Ibaka's value should relatively steady in Toronto, but his arrival is bad news for the rest-of-season outlook for guys like Jonas Valanciunas and Lucas Noguiera. Tuesday, 3:48 pm
  • Nets lower asking price on Brook Lopez
    The Nets have lowered their asking price on Brook Lopez and are now willing to accept a first and second-round pick, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: The Nets were initially demanding two first-round picks in exchange for their best player. However, after seeing how little the Kings got in return for DeMarcus Cousins, it appears they have been forced to re-evaluate Lopez's market value. If Lopez were to get traded, his usage rate would likely decline, as he is the focal point of the Nets offense, but a new team would likely play him more than Brooklyn does. Ultimately, we would have to wait and see where he might end up before predicting his future fantasy value. Tuesday, 10:01 am
  • Report: Suns interested in Derrick Favors
    The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that the Suns have expressed interest in potentially trading for Derrick Favors.

    Advice: Favors has had a disappointing season due largely to a nagging knee injury he has been battling since training camp. He is averaging just 9.2 points (while shooting 46.9 percent from the floor and 63.5 percent from the free throw line) and 6.1 rebounds in the 40 games he has appeared in. Still, when healthy, he has shown star potential and he's locked into an affordable contract through 2018. According to the report, "Utah has been willing to listen" to offers for Favors. Tuesday, 7:57 am
  • Nets not 'actively shopping' Brook Lopez
    According to the New York Porst, the Nets are not "actively shopping" Brook Lopez, as they have found other teams are unwilling to meet their asking price.

    Advice: Brooklyn was willing to trade Lopez if they got two first-round picks in return. However, with DeMarcus Cousins netting relatively little in return for Sacramento, Brooklyn saw that the market had been set. In addition, New Orleans was one of the teams that the Nets were discussing a deal with. Also, the Nets don't own the rights to their first-round pick this year or next, so they have no motivation to dump Lopez simply to secure a higher draft pick. It now seems likely Lopez will remain with the Nets past the trade deadline. Tuesday, 6:34 am
  • BOS not expected to trade for Blake Griffin
    The Celtics have reportedly "talked intermittently" with the Clippers about Blake Griffin, but a deal "is extremely unlikely."

    Advice: Griffin is set to hit free agency this summer, so the Celtics aren't going to throw away assets at the deadline when they can simply pursue him during the offseason if they still have cap space. The Pacers aren't returning Boston's calls about Paul George, so it sounds like Jimmy Butler remains their primary target with the deadline looming. Feb 20, 7:31 pm
  • Jazz exploring the market for Derrick Favors?
    Zach Lowe of ESPN said that the Jazz have explored the market for Derrick Favors over the last few weeks.

    Advice: Favors hasn't been the same since he suffered a knee injury during the preseason, but it sounds like the Jazz are just doing their due diligence. The Jazz are hoping to re-sign both George Hill and Gordon Hayward, so they are going to be financially strapped when Favors hits free agency during the summer of 2018. The Jazz don't want to weaken their team ahead of the playoffs, so if they do move Favors they probably wouldn't do it until the offseason. There's no reason to stash Trey Lyles outside of very deep leagues unless we get wind of something. Feb 20, 7:18 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins deal finalized on Monday
    The trade sending DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the Pelicans in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and some draft picks was finalized on Monday.

    Advice: "It was time for a change and I decided this was the best direction for the organization, said Vlade Divac. "Winning begins with culture and character matters." Divac went on to half-heartedly thank Cousins for his time in Sacramento and tried to justify the trade by hyping up the draft picks, but the line about "culture" and "character matters" is a pretty obvious shot at Boogie. Both Cousins and Anthony Davis will be sacrificing some touches as they learn to play together, but both of them should still be able to fill up the stat sheet. For what it's worth, Divac also said he had a better offer a couple days ago, so there's that. Feb 20, 12:37 pm
  • Report: DeMarcus Cousins traded to Pelicans
    The Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: The Kings are expected to get Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a future first-round pick and a future second-round pick. This is a stunning move that gives New Orleans an overwhelming frontcourt with Cousins joining All-Star MVP Anthony Davis -- the Pelicans are currently 2.5 games out of the playoff picture, so they could make a late run. Cousins' fantasy value could take a hit in New Orleans, since his usage rate should dip, but he's still an elite fantasy option. Teams on the bubble of the playoff picture out West have been put on notice, and we can't wait to see how Cousins and AD play as a frontcourt duo. Feb 19, 8:45 pm
  • All-Star DeMarcus Cousins faces trade rumors
    DeMarcus Cousins reportedly asked to play limited minutes during Sunday's All-Star game because he was "dinged up."

    Advice: DMC is healthy and his limitations during Sunday's meaningless game aren't a concern. His owners should be monitoring the swirling trade rumors, however, as the Kings are reportedly "strongly considering" an offer from the Pelicans which would send Cousins to New Orleans in exchange for Buddy Hield and two first-round picks. Plenty of teams will likely get involved in a bidding war, assuming the Kings are open to moving Cousins before the deadline, so this storyline is far from over. Feb 19, 8:26 pm
  • Anthony Davis posts All-Star record 52 points
    Hometown hero Anthony Davis was named the MVP of Sunday's All-Star game in New Orleans, scoring an all-time record 52 points on 26-of-39 shooting with 10 rebounds and two steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Davis blew past Wilt Chamberlain's previous record of 42 points, set in the 1961-62 season, and his Western Conference teammates were looking for him in the Pelicans' home arena -- his 39 shots tonight were almost equal to the rest of the West's starting unit combined. Feb 19, 8:06 pm
  • Cousins' agent shoots down trade rumors
    DeMarcus Cousins' agent Jarinn Akana shot down rumors that the Kings are looking to deal Cousins at the trade deadline.

    Advice: "We met with Vlade [Divac] and ownership and they assured us and DeMarcus that he's not being traded," said Akana. "As far as we're concerned, nothing has changed." The Kings are reportedly willing to listen to potential godfather offers from other teams, but it seems unlikely that Sacramento will be trading away Boogie at the deadline, particularly with Divac at the helm. Feb 19, 3:54 pm
  • Report: Kings considering trading Cousins
    The Kings have reportedly been "engaging" in trade talks regarding DeMarcus Cousins.

    Advice: This is the first credible report we've heard regarding Sacramento shopping Cousins since GM Vlade Divac briefly quelled the rumors earlier in the year saying that the Kings intended to re-sign DMC to a massive deal during the offseason. Cousins has been linked to the Celtics and Suns this year, and Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Kings recently had discussions with the Pelicans, although Sacramento is still debating Cousins' future with the franchise internally. As for fantasy hoops, Boogie's value should be fairly safe regardless of where he's playing. Feb 19, 2:47 pm
  • Anthony Davis says Westbrook is close friend
    Anthony Davis called Russell Westbrook one of his closest friends in the league.

    Advice: The two share the same agent and are frequently asked questions about teaming up down the line. In fact, Westbrook was asked about joining Davis this weekend, but he answered with a question about fashion. Davis will be starting for his home team on Sunday night. Feb 18, 1:34 pm
  • Magic turned down a deal for DeMarcus Cousins
    According to a report from Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report, earlier this season the Kings offered DeMarcus Cousins to Orlando for Nikola Vucevic and either Evan Fournier or draft picks, but the Magic declined.

    Advice: That certainly would have been a blockbuster. Cousins is posting career-highs in numerous statistical categories this season, including scoring (27.8 points per game), assists (4.9) and 3-pointers (1.7). DMC, along with Russell Westbrook, have a chance to become the first players since Larry Bird in 1984-85, to average at least 27 points, ten boards and five dimes over the course of a full season. Feb 18, 6:17 am
  • Nikola Jokic flirts with a triple-double
    Nikola Jokic scored 12 points with 11 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in the Rising Stars game on Friday.

    Advice: We all know flirting with a triple-double was nothing new. It looked like Jokic was on his way to lead the night in highlights with four no-look passes in the first half, but the World got away from it and just chucked treys. Just like he does during the season, Jokic brought the ball up and is a true point center. His fantasy owners should be expecting him to flirt with first-round value going forward. Feb 17, 8:23 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky scores 32 points
    Frank Kaminsky scored 32 points in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, adding three rebounds, two assists and eight 3-pointers.

    Advice: He kept the USA in it with a late 3-point barrage, needing only 12 attempts from deep total. Kaminsky now has coach Steve Clifford's confidence as a backup five man, so he may be able to get minutes at two positions even when Cody Zeller (quad) comes back. Kaminsky has posted eighth-round value in his last 10 games, so he's a possible asset in standard leagues until he cools off. Feb 17, 8:21 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 24 points
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points with 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday.

    Advice: This is pretty much a regular KAT line even in a game without defense. In his last 12 NBA games, Towns has scored at least 22 points, averaging 28.5 points, 11.5 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.8 steals and 1.3 treys on 56.2 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the line. He has been by far the No. 1 player in standard leagues over that stretch. Meow. Feb 17, 8:19 pm
  • Playoffs is the priority for the Timberwolves
    Timberwolves Owner Glen Taylor says that his team is focused solely on trying to qualify for the postseason.

    Advice: The Wolves are currently four games behind the Nuggets in the loss column, with four teams in between them and Denver. However, Wolves ownership and front office aren't thinking about the lottery. "We're all of the same mind, to get in, get the experience," said Glen Taylor. "Just the winning of games to try to get there is worth it. Our guys can't see anything positive about losing games. They must win games, and then if we can win enough to get into the playoffs, that in and of itself would be a major step for our young players." Feb 17, 7:52 am
  • Taj Gibson not concerned with trade rumors
    Taj Gibson said the trade rumors swirling around him aren't a concern.

    Advice: "Of course it's gonna get hotter," Gibson said about the trade talk. "No matter what happens, you're still in the NBA. You're still getting paid a lot of money to play basketball. People don't understand that. They think it's bad half the time. No it's not. It's the same paycheck, just on a different team." Gibson is playing on an expiring contract and many expect the Bulls to shake things up at the deadline. Gibson was linked to the Raptors before they acquired Serge Ibaka, but any contenders in need of a PF will likely entertain the idea of adding Gibson if the price is right. To be clear, a trade could hurt his fantasy value. Feb 16, 8:27 am
  • Jason Smith's role set to trend down
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks indicated that Jason Smith deserves to stay in the rotation with Ian Mahinmi back.

    Advice: "My job is to find him a role because he makes shots, he blocks shots, he gets in our defensive coverage, he’s athletic," Brooks said. "He’s done some good things for us the last two or three months, he deserves to stay in." Smith has played slightly over 20 minutes per game since Mahinmi returned on Feb. 8, but that number could take another hit once Mahinmi's playing time restrictions are lifted. He's strictly a deep-league asset until further notice. Feb 16, 6:17 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 17 points vs. Hawks
    Blake Griffin scored 17 points during a 99-84 win over the Hawks on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, nine assists, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Clippers won this game with defense to end their first half on a four-game winning streak. They were dominating with defense earlier this season and are 19-3 when they hold their opponents under 100 points this season. Griffin is also coming into the break on a roll, averaging 26.7 points, 9.4 boards, 5.9 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 treys on 53.4 percent from the field and 80.8 percent from the line in his previous February games. He'll have a tough time keeping up these numbers when Chris Paul (hand) comes back and BG has been a little injury prone, so this may be a decent sell-high moment. Feb 15, 10:31 pm
  • Nurk Alert: Jusuf Nurkic scores 13 in 21 mins
    Jusuf Nurkic had an impressive debut against the Jazz on Wednesday, making all five attempts from the field for 13 points with seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Terry Stotts said Nurkic could have an opportunity to start at some point, so this game certainly helped his case. Plus, Meyers Leonard has not looked good at all in the starting lineup. Although, the Blazers have the third-lowest frequency in post-up possessions because of how their guards dominate, and Nurkic is ranked third among players in that department. That could mean he's a better fit in the second unit. Whether he starts or not, Nurkic looks like he's headed for minutes in a good offense. He will have some consistency issues, but it makes sense to add him with his change of scenery possibly giving him some added incentive to play well. Feb 15, 9:10 pm
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