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  • Willie Cauley-Stein scores 12 points
    Willie Cauley-Stein scored 12 points during a 114-100 loss to the Warriors on Friday, adding four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He hasn't quite lit it up, but Cauley-Stein is still getting it done in the starting lineup. In his last five, WCS averaged 11.6 points, 6.0 boards, 3.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.4 steals. He's a little like Nerlens Noel and should be owned in all leagues. Today, 12:07 am
  • Papagiannis gets career-high 27 minutes
    Georgios Papagiannis played a career-high 27 minutes against the Warriors on Friday, scoring seven points with four rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: With Kosta Koufos having another bad game, it probably won't be long until Papagiannis is starting. He's been a great offensive rebounder lately and does have a 19.2 usage rate since he's been freed in his last four. Papagiannis isn't going to be consistent, but he could be a double-double guy with a block going forward. Today, 12:04 am
  • Kosta Koufos scores two points
    Kosta Koufos scored two points with two rebounds, one assist and one block in 14 minutes against the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: He'll get more rest going forward and there is just no upside in fantasy right now. Even if you're in a 40-man league, go pick up someone else. The Kings may even shut him down to look more at their youth. Yesterday, 11:48 pm
  • More Skal stats coming?
    Skal Labissiere handed out a career-high eight assists against the Warriors on Friday, adding 10 points, 10 rebounds and one block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: It was very clear he was being used differently in this game. When Labissiere does get the ball, it's not usually in a set and most of it is when the game is out of hand. However, coach Dave Joerger made it seem like there will be some changes. "I think we've got to play through him," Joerger said. Labissiere should make an impact going forward for owners in standard leagues. Yesterday, 11:44 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 33 points vs. HOU
    Anthony Davis scored 33 points during a 117-107 loss to the Rockets on Friday, adding 16 rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in 41 minutes.

    Advice: That's four straight double-doubles for Davis, who hasn't really dropped off at all with Boogie Cousins back in the last three games. In those three, Davis averaged 26.7 points, 13.3 boards, 1.0 steals and 0.3 blocks. The drop in blocks could be due to Boogie because he's away from the basket more often, though. The bad news is the Pelicans are basically out of the playoffs, sitting in the No. 11 spot and trailing the Nuggets by 5.0 games. Yesterday, 11:20 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 29 points
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 29 points with six rebounds, four assists, four blocks, one steal and five 3-pointers against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: It looks like all is right in the Boogie world. With one of his techs getting rescinded, he hasn't picked up a tech since his last one-game suspension, and his numbers have climbed since he missed Mar. 17 due to an injury. In those three games, Cousins averaged 28.3 points, 11.3 boards, 3.3 assists, 2.0 steals, 2.3 blocks and 3.7 treys. Sure, small sample size matters here, but this is still very impressive after such a rough start. Yesterday, 11:13 pm
  • NBA suspends Joakim Noah for 20 games
    The NBA has suspended Joakim Noah 20 games for violating its anti-drug program.

    Advice: This means he will be suspended for the final 10 games of this season and the first 10 games of the 2017-18 season. Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is prohibited under the CBA, but he cooperated fully with the league’s probe and the National Basketball Players Association’s investigation concluded that Noah hadn’t "knowingly or willingly" violated the policy. Noah is still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee that he had on Feb. 27, and while he wasn't expected to return this season anyways, he recently started running and conditioning. That contract is looking pretty awful right now. Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • Richaun Holmes comes off the bench in 3Q
    Richaun Holmes started the first quarter and came off the bench in the second half against the Bulls on Friday, scoring eight points with three rebounds and one block.

    Advice: Shawn Long had his breakout game, so coach Brett Brown took it easier on Holmes in this game. Jahlil Okafor (knee) is dealing with knee soreness, so Holmes should have a clear runway for minutes the rest of the way. Even if it is close to a spilt with Long, Holmes should be owned in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Ivica Zubac quiet in win over Wolves
    Ivica Zubac was quiet vs. the Wolves on Friday, scoring seven points on 3-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 21 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers had a lot of success with the Larry Nance and Julius Randle combo against Karl-Anthony Towns, so Zubac didn't play down the stretch and was glued to the bench during overtime. Better days are coming for the rookie and the Lakers play four times next week after Sunday's game vs. the Blazers, so he's a hold in standard leagues despite tonight's quiet line. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Robin Lopez scores just one point
    Robin Lopez returned from his one-game suspension with one point, one rebound and one block in 18 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: The Bulls were absolutely smashed in the paint, giving up 70 points to just 30 on their end. Lopez is usually a solid defender inside, but there hasn't been much to his fantasy value all season anyway. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Joffrey gets 16 minutes
    Joffrey Lauvergne scored four points with four rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes off the bench against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: He is not going to play much when the Bulls are healthy. Lauvergne is not a fantasy option. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Bobby Portis scores 17 points in loss
    Bobby Portis scored 17 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: The Bulls rotation is an absolute mess, so who knows how much Portis will play? Nikola Mirotic is still playing somewhat well, so Portis is likely only going to be in the low 20s for his next time out. He's not really worth owning right now. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 30 points with 17 boards
    Nikola Jokic scored 30 points during a 125-117 win over the Pacers on Friday, adding 17 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had his usual magical no-look dimes with two over his head while looking the complete opposite way. He had his 20-10 at halftime and really there is nothing left to say about him anymore. Jokic is still just 22 years old and is already an elite offensive big man. He'll be a no-brainer first-round pick in fantasy next year. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Mason Plumlee only plays 16 minutes
    Mason Plumlee played 16 minutes off the bench for nine points with two rebounds, one assist and two steals against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone only went with Plumlee for just two minutes next to Nikola Jokic, so obviously Plumlee's playing time will be taking a hit. He's probably more of a drop now that the Nuggets are healthy for the first time since Plumlee established he can play the four. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Kenneth Faried scores nine off the bench
    Kenneth Faried scored nine points with three rebounds in 16 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He actually subbed in for Nikola Jokic in the first quarter, but that was pretty much it for his minutes as a center. There shouldn't be too much playing time available for Faried while the Nuggets are healthy, but almost any injury to the frontcourt would help him. Most owners can probably do better. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Greg Monroe double-doubles vs. Hawks
    Greg Monroe double-doubled vs. the Hawks on Friday with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

    Advice: He finished 7-of-15 from the field with three assists in 26 minutes. The Bucks have been missing John Henson (ankle) for the last two games, but surprisingly, Monroe's minutes haven't gone up. Instead, Thon Maker has seen a slight uptick and Spencer Hawes has entered the rotation. Monroe is still worth deploying in standard leagues and just needs 24+ minutes to help his owners. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Myles Turner scores 20 points on birthday
    Myles Turner scored 20 points with four rebounds, two steals and four blocks against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: It was his 21st birthday, but Nikola Jokic wasn't in a friendly mood to give Turner a really hard time while Turner was on defense. After about a two-week drop off, Turner is back to putting up elite value. In his last three, he's averaged 14.3 points, 6.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.3 blocks. With one more game this week, Turner's fantasy owners are probably in good shape for blocks. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Markieff Morris doesn't do much vs. Nets
    Markieff Morris scored five points with one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: While this bad game is due to garbage time, Morris is kind of a shell of himself compared to what he was doing in February and January. In his previous March games, Morris only averaged 10.5 points, 6.2 boards, 2.3 assists and 0.9 steals. He's still worth owning in most situations, but his owners should be lowering their expectations. Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Ryan Anderson with badly swollen ankle
    Ryan Anderson (right ankle) had a badly swollen ankle after Friday's game.

    Advice: He sprained his right ankle after stepping on Cousins' foot and went straight to the locker room in the second half. Anderson said it's too soon to know about how much time he'll miss, but it didn't sound positive about playing against OKC on Sunday. If he's out, the Rockets will be rolling with more multiple-guard lineups and Sam Dekker should see some extra minutes. If you want to drop Ryno, it makes sense. Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • Kosta Koufos starting vs. the Warriors
    Kosta Koufos is starting vs. the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: Koufos was rested on Wednesday vs. the Bucks, but should see his normal workload tonight. We still like Skal Labissiere's outlook going forward and Koufos could get more DNPs down the stretch, so Koufos belongs on the wire in standard leagues. Yesterday, 7:16 pm
  • Brook Lopez gets 22 minutes in loss
    Brook Lopez played 22 minutes with six points, seven rebounds and two assists against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: This game was a blowout, so the Nets didn't need to play their vet too much in this game. Somewhat surprisingly, Lopez hasn't been "rested" since Jan. 27 -- he was out on Mar. 10 due to an ankle injury. Lopez is still likely to get rest at some point, but his owners have to be happy he's still playing in late March. Yesterday, 6:49 pm
  • Andre Drummond scores six in another loss
    Andre Drummond scored six points during a 115-87 loss to the Magic on Friday, adding 14 rebounds, two assists and one block in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He hasn't had much success in the last two games, making a combined 7-of-20 from the field and missing all six from the line. Drummond and the Pistons are one of the coldest teams in basketball, but the 23-year-old Drummond should still get his minutes when it's not garbage time. He gets a much better matchup against the Knicks on Monday. Yesterday, 6:29 pm
  • Richaun Holmes will start Friday vs. Chicago
    Richaun Holmes will start at center on Friday night vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Jahlil Okafor (knee) is sidelined once again on Friday night, which makes Holmes a very intriguing DFS option. Holmes has started six games this season and is averaging 13.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in those six contests, including a monster 24-point, 14-rebound effort in his most recent start on Monday. Shawn Long will backup Holmes. Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • Mason Plumlee bumped to the bench Friday
    With Danilo Gallinari (knee) returning to the starting lineup, Mason Plumlee will get bumped to the bench Friday night vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Plumlee had started five straight games for Denver. He averaged 10.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 blocks in those five contests. With Gallo back in the mix, the Nuggets entire frontcourt is finally healthy. Coach Mike Malone will be challenged to split up minutes amongst Plumlee, Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried, Will Barton and Juancho Hernangomez. Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (shoulder) will play vs. Indy
    Kenneth Faried (left shoulder) will play against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He has a contusion and was questionable to play, but the Manimal gets an all clear before warmups. After a big 17-point Wednesday, it'll be interesting to see how he gets minutes with Danilo Gallinari back. Gallo's return will push Wilson Chandler to the four and the Nuggets do want to use Mason Plumlee at PF, as well. Faried would be a risky DFS or season-long play on a busy night. Yesterday, 2:36 pm
  • Sanders not likely for minutes
    Coach Tyronn Lue said he had no plans to use Larry Sanders in meaningful minutes on Friday night against the Hornets.

    Advice: The Cavs are on the front end of a back-to-back set and play the Wizards on Saturday night, so there is absolutely a chance for rest tonight. Still, Sanders likely won't be making an impact until the last week of the regular season. Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) still out for Saturday
    Derrick Favors (knee) will not play against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: The good news is he was doing some shooting at practice on Friday. Favors' bone bruise has kept him out since Mar. 7 and the Jazz aren't in a rush to bring him back, especially after he said he was playing on one leg earlier this month. The last time the Jazz played the Clips on Mar. 13, Boris Diaw got the start in the win. Joe Johnson may come off the bench, but he's still the better DFS play. Yesterday, 12:26 pm
  • Omer Asik unlikely to play this season
    Omer Asik (illness) is unlikely to play again this season.

    Advice: He hasn't played since the All-Star Game due to a bacterial infection and coach Alvin Gentry didn't sound very optimistic about Asik coming back. "He went through a tough time trying to see what was wrong with him," Gentry said. "I think it’s a slim chance that he’ll be back playing this year." Yesterday, 11:17 am
  • Faried (shoulder) questionable for Friday
    Kenneth Faried (left shoulder contusion) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Just when it appeared that Faried was injury-free and the Nuggets were at full strength, a new ailment pops up on the radar. Denver has plenty of depth up front with Danilo Gallinari (knee) expected to return to the lineup on Friday, so the Nuggets may prefer to err on the side of caution and keep Faried sidelined unless he is close to 100 percent. Yesterday, 9:21 am
  • Myles Turner is being asked to pass more
    Myles Turner says his dip in scoring is the result of the coaching staff asking him to be more of a distributor.

    Advice: After averaging 15.5 points over the first 60 games of the season, Turner is averaging just 8.7 points over the Pacers last 10 games. However, his assists average has jumped up from 1.2 to 2.3 over that same stretch. "I'm distributing the ball a lot more," said Turner. "It's what the offense has called for, feeding the hot hands. [Paul George] and Jeff [Teague] have been hot, so I'm getting it to them." Turner is still boarding and blocking shots, so he should still be owned and started in all fantasy formats. Yesterday, 7:31 am
  • Whiteside (ankle) plans on playing Sunday
    Hassan Whiteside downplayed the ankle injury he suffered Thursday night and said he plans on playing Sunday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Whiteside, who received 13 stitches in his hand on Tuesday, rolled his ankle late in the fourth quarter of Thursday's loss to the Raptors. "It’s not crazy like Dion’s," Whiteside said of the injury, referring to the badly sprained ankle of his teammate Dion Waiters. "More just annoying." Coach Erik Spoelstra was not quite as confident. "We'll know more, how severe or not severe," he said after the game. Stay tuned for updates out of Miami this weekend. Yesterday, 6:12 am
  • 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. Thursday, 7:39 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 19 in blowout victory
    Brook Lopez scored 19 points and grabbed six boards in the Nets blowout victory over the Suns on Thursday night.

    Advice: Brooklyn demolished Phoenix, 126-98. As a result, Lopez played only 25 minutes. He was 7-of-14 from the floor and chipped in one 3-pointer and a block. This is the first time BroLo has scored fewer than 20 points since Mar. 8. He came into Tuesday night averaging 25.5 points and 3.0 treys per game over his last six contests. Thursday, 7:06 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. Thursday, 3:46 pm
  • 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. Thursday, 8:50 am
  • Skal Labissiere scores eight points
    Skal Labissiere scored eight points in the starting lineup against the Bucks on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, one assist and two steals in 31 minutes during a 116-98 loss.

    Advice: With Kosta Koufos resting, Labissiere was able to make his third NBA start. In his previous two, he only averaged 10.5 points, 6.0 boards, 2.5 blocks and 0.5 steals in just 17.5 minutes. He is clearly earning more run and the Kings will continue to rest players to allow Skal to play more. He's worth a long look in standard leagues. Wednesday, 10:08 pm
  • Papa G blocks a couple shots
    Georgios Papagiannis made 2-of-9 from the field for four points with seven rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: With Kosta Koufos getting the night off, the Kings gave their rookie plenty of run during this game. Papagiannis still isn't very effective on the offensive end, but he is improving and does have some upside for blocks and boards. He's worth a look in deep leagues. Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • Kenneth Faried scores 17 points on 8-of-15 FG
    Kenneth Faried came off the bench on Wednesday for 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting, nine rebounds, two steals and one assist in 19 minutes vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Faried was on a strict 20-minute limit as the Nuggets try to preserve his troublesome back, which cost him nearly a month before returning last Thursday. He was great tonight, but with his minutes down and the Nikola Jokic/Mason Plumlee frontcourt playing well, there's no reason to expect much from Faried down the stretch. Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Richaun Holmes has disappointing game
    Richaun Holmes scored 11 points with two rebounds and five fouls in 16 minutes off the bench during a 122-97 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a big-time letdown for Holmes after blowing up for 24 points and 14 boards on Monday. Holmes did get in foul trouble during this game and Shawn Long was in the mix for 15 minutes due to some garbage time. Jahlil Okafor also got the start today, but he probably won't be holding that job for very long. Holmes should remain owned in all leagues. Wednesday, 8:51 pm
  • Myles Turner hands out five dimes
    Myles Turner handed out five assists against the Celtics on Wednesday, adding seven points, nine rebounds, two blocks, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Those assists are just one off his career high. Turner has been in an offensive slump for most of this month, averaging 9.6 points per game in his previous March outings. He's not going to the line nearly as much, but Turner does have 2.0 blocks per game in March. He's still a must-start option. Wednesday, 7:44 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne starts, scores 17 points
    Joffrey Lauvergne started in place of Robin Lopez (suspension) on Wednesday, finishing with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: With Lopez suspended and Cristiano Felicio (back) out of commission, the Bulls plugged the hole at center with a whole lot of Lauvergne. The fact that they easily won this critical home game could earn him another start, but for now we're assuming that Lopez will reclaim the job on Friday. Prior to this game, Lauvergne had scored 17 points combined in March, and he's been nowhere near standard-league value in Chicago. It's hard to recommend him after one big game in a blowout. Wednesday, 7:42 pm
  • Andre Drummond (knee) grabs 17 rebounds
    Andre Drummond (knee) hauled in 17 rebounds on Wednesday, with eight of them on the offensive glass, but he added just eight points on 4-of-12 shooting in a lopsided loss to Chicago.

    Advice: Drummond checked out late on Tuesday due to a minor knee ailment, but coach Stan Van Gundy played it down, and nothing about his play indicated discomfort. Drummond did solid work on the boards tonight, but his rim protection was suspect and the Bulls piled up 58 points in the paint. His owners surely expected more against Chicago's decimated frontcourt. Wednesday, 7:35 pm
  • Collison, Hield, Afflalo, Skal & WCS starting
    Darren Collison, Buddy Hield, Arron Afflalo, Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein are starting against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Kings are resting Kosta Koufos, so Skal should be getting some good minutes in the first unit. The Kings should also roll with Georgios Papagiannis off the bench. Skal is worth a look in standard leagues. Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • Kosta Koufos (rest) will not play Wednesday
    Kosta Koufos (rest) will not play Wednesday against the Bucks.

    Advice: It's a home game for the Kings, so they'll give their fans a look at the youth today. Georgios Papagiannis had a productive weekend on the road and should be looking at minutes in the 20s. He's a sneaky guy to use in fantasy, especially with how the Kings are giving him the ball. Koufos is not worth owning in most fantasy leagues anymore. Wednesday, 4:46 pm
  • Richaun Holmes to bench w/ Okafor starting
    Richaun Holmes will come off the bench on Wednesday with Jahlil Okafor (knee) starting.

    Advice: Holmes won't approach the 42 minutes he saw on Tuesday, but he should still get more than enough run to benefit fantasy owners. Wednesday, 4:41 pm
  • Andre Drummond (knee) will start Wednesday
    Andre Drummond (knee) will start Wednesday vs. the Bulls, as expected.

    Advice: Drummond left Tuesday's game during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter with some minor knee pain, but it was never expected to be an issue that would cause him to spend any additional time on the sidelines. Ish Smith, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris will join him in the starting five for tonight's game. Wednesday, 4:32 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne will start on Wednesday
    Joffrey Lauvergne will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Pistons.

    Advice: Robin Lopez is serving his one-game suspension, so Lauvergne will get the call to enter the starting five. Fred Hoiberg has talked up Lauvergne a lot since he got to Chicago, so maybe he'll be worth a punt play in DFS as his minutes could be in the 30s tonight. Bobby Portis still seems like a more attractive DFS target, though. Wednesday, 3:27 pm
  • Robin Lopez, Serge Ibaka suspended one game
    Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka have been suspended for one game for throwing punches at each other.

    Advice: This one was coming all along today and Lopez only getting one game is good news. He won't be playing tonight against the Pistons and the Bulls may have to get creative with their center minutes. Cristiano Felicio is questionable to play, so he would be busy if he's able to give it a go. We might see some Bobby Portis at the five. Daily Slant: If Cristiano Felicio is able to suit up, he'd likely eat up 25-30 minutes of court time in order to deal with Andre Drummond, making him a potential GPP punt play at minimum price. In the event that he sits, both Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic could see upticks in playing time, with Joffrey Lauvergne also looming as an option at the 5. Mirotic looks like the best upside play in the group after seeing at least 26 minutes in four of the last five games. Wednesday, 1:52 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. Wednesday, 1:43 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Drummond (knee) left Tuesday's game early
    Andre Drummond (knee) exited Tuesday's loss to the Nets late fourth quarter, but coach Stan Van Gundy said Drummond was "OK."

    Advice: Drummond was apparently dealing with some minor knee pain which forced him from the game with 3:22 left in the fourth. Van Gundy said he stuck with Aron Baynes the rest of the way because the Pistons went on a run. We will have to wait for confirmation from the Pistons, but it appears as though Drummond should be available for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls. Wednesday, 9:38 am
  • Derrick Favors (knee) ruled out for Wednesday
    Derrick Favors (left knee bone contusion) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Favors has not played since March 6th and is considered out indefinitely. There is a chance he returns before the end of the regular season, but he will be on a minutes restriction if/when he does. This time of year, when roster spots are so valuable, he belongs on the waiver wire in fantasy leagues without an IR spot. Wednesday, 8:44 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. Wednesday, 6:20 am
  • Ivica Zubac scores 17 points on 8-of-14 FGs
    Ivica Zubac scored 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: The game was over by the third quarter, but the Lakers let Zubac play all the garbage time minutes and he finished with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes. He continues to trend up and he's only going to get better in the final few weeks, but the bad news for his owners is the Lakers only have two more games this week. Tuesday, 10:58 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins drops 41 w/ monster line
    DeMarcus Cousins dropped 41 points in a 95-82 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday, adding 17 rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: This was easily his best game with the Pelicans as he shot 14-of-27 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line. He became just the second player since '83 with 41+ points, 17+ rebounds and 5+ triples, and the first since Kevin Love did it in 2010. The Pelicans trail the No. 8 seed (Denver) by 3.5 games, so expect him to keep playing through some minor ailments -- he missed Friday's game with a right rib contusion and a knee issue. Tuesday, 8:51 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 19 points in 40 minutes
    Anthony Davis played through an illness on Tuesday vs. the Grizzlies and led his team to a 95-82 win with 19 points.

    Advice: DeMarcus Cousins carried the Pelicans with 41 points, but AD deserves a lot of credit for playing even though he clearly wasn't 100 percent. He finished 9-of-18 from the field after a rough start to the game, adding 13 rebounds in 40 minutes. The Pelicans are only 3.5 games behind the Nuggets for the No. 8 seed, so Davis will finish the season strong if his team remains competitive. Tuesday, 8:39 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
  • Brook Lopez scores 29, hits game-winner
    Brook Lopez hit 13-of-24 shots, including the game-winning jumper at the buzzer, and three more 3-pointers for 29 points, seven rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes of Tuesday's 98-96 win over the Pistons.

    Advice: Bro-Lo came through in a meaningless game for the Nets, while the Pistons dropped to 1.0 games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot in the East. Lopez passed Mike Gminski for No. 2 on the Nets' games-played list with 551 and now only trails Buck Williams for the top spot. Williams is also the Nets' career points leader, and Lopez also sits behind him in that category. Tuesday, 7:28 pm
  • Robin Lopez ejected on Tuesday
    Robin Lopez was ejected from Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He got tangled up with Serge Ibaka and both players started throwing punches, but none of them landed. A suspension is certainly on the table, so look for Cristiano Felicio to benefit if Lopez misses time. RoLo finished with 12 points, four rebounds, three blocks and one assist in 25 minutes. Tuesday, 5:56 pm
  • Anthony Davis (illness) will play on Tuesday
    Anthony Davis (illness) will play Tuesday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Davis also got poked in the eye and hit in the shins during Sunday's game, but none of these ailments will force him to the sidelines. Make sure you've got The Brow active. Tuesday, 3:43 pm
  • Nikola Jokic flirts with triple-double
    Nikola Jokic finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists over 40 minutes in Monday's 125-124 loss in Houston.

    Advice: Jokic rebounded after a subpar effort in the front end of the home-and-home, as he managed to stay out of foul trouble in the rematch. He has 10 or more points and 10 or more rebounds in eight of his past 10 outings, including three triple-doubles. Jokic has emerged as a top-10 fantasy option and he should continue to put up huge numbers as the Nuggets fight for a spot in the postseason. Monday, 9:07 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores 14 points in return
    Markieff Morris (illness) returned from a two-game absence on Monday vs. the Celtics, scoring 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting.

    Advice: He didn't look limited and it's safe to say he's over his flu. Morris added four rebounds, one block and one triple in 31 minutes, and while he has slowed down significantly since the All-Star break, he's still a decent low-end option with three more games this week and four games next week. Hopefully he heats up soon. Monday, 8:08 pm
  • Richaun Holmes grabs career-high 14 boards
    Richaun Holmes was plugged into the starting lineup Tuesday at Orlando and he delivered, finishing with 24 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Holmes hit 11 of his 19 field goal tries while also adding four assists with a steal and a blocked shot. He certainly responded well to his return to the starting five and he will likely remain there until Jahlil Okafor (knee) is ready to return. Since there is no real reason to rush Okafor back it could be an extended period of starting for Holmes which is great news for his short-term fantasy appeal. Monday, 7:56 pm
  • Myles Turner has bounce back game
    Myles Turner hit 6-of-11 from the floor in Tuesday's win against the Jazz to finish with 16 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots.

    Advice: Turner wasn't terrible involved on the offensive end over the past two games, posting just nine total points while grabbing 16 rebounds. He focused more on scoring, as his shot was falling early. Fantasy owners have come to expect some uneven performances from Turner offensively, but he is a solid source of rebounds and blocks. Monday, 7:32 pm
  • Markieff Morris starting, Smith to the bench
    Markieff Morris (illness) will return to the starting five for Monday's game against the Celtics, sending Jason Smith back to the bench.

    Advice: Morris will be returning from a two-game absence tonight, and there's been zero talk of a potential minutes limit, so his owners can feel free to get him active. Smith had a nice run in his previous two starts, but he'll likely return to being a non-factor with the second unit on Monday. Monday, 3:15 pm
  • Richaun Holmes starting vs. the Magic
    Richaun Holmes is starting vs. the Magic on Monday.

    Advice: Jahlil Okafor (knee) is out and could miss additional time, but Holmes has been worth owning for weeks. He's averaging 12.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.1 steals and 0.6 triples in March, so he is clearly worth deploying in standard leagues. Shawn Long will back him up. Monday, 3:00 pm
  • Markieff Morris (illness) is probable Monday
    Markieff Morris (illness) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Morris has been battling the flu and missed the previous two games, but he went through shootaround and it sounds like he's fully expected to return which will bump Jason Smith back to the bench. Morris has slowed down a bit since the All-Star break, but he's still worth owning in standard leagues with four games on the schedule this week and next week. Monday, 9:32 am
  • Derrick Favors (knee) ruled out Monday
    Derrick Favors (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He's out indefinitely, but maybe he returns to the lineup later this month. Even if he does, most fantasy owners will want to steer clear of the oft-injured big man. The Jazz will likely continue to play more small ball with Joe Johnson getting more run, but Joe Ingles is likely the best player in Utah that's available on your wire right now. Monday, 9:03 am
  • Bobby Portis expected to come off the bench
    Bobby Portis is expected to come off the bench again on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He scored a career-high 22 points off the bench against the Jazz on Saturday with five rebounds and a triple in 31 minutes, but regardless of who starts at PF, coach Fred Hoiberg will usually ride the hot hand in the fourth quarter. Portis was brutal in his previous six games with averages of 7.3 points and 6.2 rebounds on 39 percent shooting, but he said he was thinking too much and wasn't playing the game the right way. "I feel like the last couple games, I was just kind of hesitant to shoot," he said. "I've got to get that out of my system. I've got to, when the shot is available, just take it. I worry too much about shooting too much." We're not ready to add him after one solid game, but feel free to put him on your watch list to see if he can keep it going Tuesday. Monday, 7:09 am
  • Holmes playing with a chip on shoulder
    Richaun Holmes said that he always plays with a chip on his shoulder.

    Advice: "I've been overlooked for so long that it's always been that," Holmes said. "There's always been somebody that's bigger, somebody that's supposedly better. It's always been that way." Holmes opened the season as the fourth-string center, but he has a legitimate chance to start the rest of the way -- Jahlil Okafor left Sunday's game with right knee soreness. Coach Brett Brown loves Holmes and called him a "modern-day player," so the 76ers keep dropping hints that he could open the 2017-18 season as the primary backup behind Joel Embiid. With averages of 12.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.1 steals and 0.6 triples in March, Holmes is a must-start player vs. the Magic on Monday. Monday, 6:11 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins returned to action on Sunday March 19. Monday, 1:02 am
  • Ivica Zubac plays just 19 minutes
    Ivica Zubac scored 10 points while grabbing six rebounds with two assists and a blocked shot in Sunday's 125-120 loss against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: The overall stat line wasn't bad, but he was limited to just 19 minutes. He has been limited lately due to foul trouble, but that wasn't the case in this one with just one personal. Perhaps he was just seeing his minutes scaled back after playing 29 minutes on Friday and 30 minutes on Monday in Denver. He is averaging 13.3 points and 6.0 rebounds over the past six outings to emerge as a useful depth option in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams. Sunday, 9:17 pm
  • Skal Labissiere hot from the floor
    Skal Labissiere ended up with 14 points and seven rebounds in Sunday's 118-102 loss against the Spurs.

    Advice: The rookie connected on seven of his nine field goal attempts and is now hitting 63.3 percent from the field (50-of-79) in 10 games in the month of March. Labissiere is logging plenty of time since the trade of fellow Kentucky alum DeMarcus Cousin to New Orleans and it's now his time to shine. He and another Wildcat, Willie Cauley-Stein, are the future in Sacramento in the middle. Sunday, 7:56 pm
  • Georgios Papagiannis grabs 10 more boards
    Georgios Papagiannis scored six points with 10 rebounds, a steal and a blocked shots in 24 minutes against the Kings on Sunday.

    Advice: Head coach Dave Joerger has decided the remove the bubble wrap from the rookie and see what the Greek-born 7-footer can do. Papagiannis is averaging 10.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game over his past two outings. If he continues to see 15-20 minutes per game, which is a good bet down the stretch, Papagiannis could be quite the addition for fantasy owners in deeper leagues in search of an effective big man, especially in rotisserie formats. Sunday, 7:01 pm
  • Willie Cauley-Stein bounces back nicely
    Willie Cauley-Stein scored 18 points with four rebounds, five assists and a blocked shot in 32 minutes against Spurs on Sunday.

    Advice: Cauley-Stein bounced back nicely after an ugly four-point effort in Oklahoma City last night, and he did it against one of the best defensive units in the league. Occasionally there will be growing pains with the rookie, but he is really trending upward since the trade of DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans and Cauley-Stein hasn't even come close to reaching his fantasy ceiling. Sunday, 6:57 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
  • DeMarcus Cousins (knee) double-doubles Sunday
    DeMarcus Cousins (knee) returned on Sunday with 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting, 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and four turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Cousins had an MRI, which came back negative, and the fact that he played two days later confirms that it's not serious. The Pelicans host the Grizzlies on Tuesday, after which they don't play until Friday, so Cousins' knee should have plenty of time to heal. Sunday, 6:00 pm
  • Anthony Davis OK after minor injuries Sunday
    Anthony Davis survived a few minor injuries on Sunday to finish a 123-109 home victory with 28 points (11-of-16 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), 12 rebounds, three assists and five turnovers.

    Advice: Davis got hit in the eye and banged shins with Karl-Anthony Towns, but neither injury cost him any time. We'll let you know if there's cause for concern. The good news is that the Pelicans' victory moves them closer to playoff contention, ensuring that New Orleans will do whatever they can to keep Davis on the court for a final push. Sunday, 5:55 pm
  • Andre Drummond gets 18 & 18 vs. Phoenix
    Andre Drummond piled up 18 points, 18 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a 112-95 win vs. Phoenix on Sunday.

    Advice: Drummond made 7-of-10 field goals but he was just 4-of-11 at the line. In his past dozen games he's a combined 19-of-68 (27.9 percent), which is atrocious even by his standards. That said, it was nice to see Drummond scoring 10+ points after a three-game lull in single-digits, his longest of the season. He'll face a stiffer test vs. Miami on Monday. Sunday, 4:24 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (knee, ribs) starting Sunday
    DeMarcus Cousins (knee, ribs) will start for the Pelicans on Sunday.

    Advice: Cousins missed Friday's game but an MRI came back negative and he said he would play tonight, so hopefully he's in your active lineups. His return should dent Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday's usage, but AD in particular has proven that he can post elite value even while playing alongside Boogie. Sunday, 2:13 pm
  • Richaun Holmes has five assists, four blocks
    Richaun Holmes scored eight points with seven rebounds, five assists, four blocks and two steals in 29 minutes against the Celtics on Sunday.

    Advice: Those five assists are a career high and he did much more work on the ball today. Jahlil Okafor (knee) did not play in the second half of this game with his troublesome knee injury. Holmes has already outplayed Jah in a big way with his coach saying he likes his speed, bounce, called him a "modern-day player" and said he "could be a keeper." Holmes has absolutely been a keeper in his last five, averaging 14.6 points, 7.2 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.4 steals and 0.8 treys on 66.0 percent from the field. He needs to be owned everywhere in fantasy. Sunday, 2:02 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 27 points in loss
    Brook Lopez scored 27 points in a 111-104 loss to the Mavs on Sunday, adding seven rebounds and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: That game off for an "ankle" injury really got him going. In those games, Lopez averaged 24.8 points, 5.8 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.8 blocks and 3.0 treys on 49.4 percent from the field. His owners will still have to keep an eye out for possible rest, but at least he's playing well right now. Sunday, 12:14 pm
  • Richaun Holmes will come off the bench
    Richaun Holmes will come off the bench on Sunday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: He drew a lot of praise for his effort in a start on Friday after he racked up 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in 20 minutes. He is averaging 13.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 triples in March, but it doesn't really matter if he starts the game because he's basically locked into a timeshare with Jahlil Okafor for now. Depending on the matchups, Holmes will likely make some more starts going forward and is worth owning in all standard leagues. Sunday, 8:29 am
  • Richaun Holmes thriving as starter
    Richaun Holmes said he feels "very comfortable" in the first unit.

    Advice: "Every time you step on the court, [an] opportunity to play against the best in the world, you're going to get better," Holmes said. "I feel like I'm getting better with every game, learning more every game, and just looking to continue to improve." He is averaging 13.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 triples in March while shooting 63.3 percent from the field, and he's making a strong case to open the 2017-18 season as the primary backup center behind Joel Embiid. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Sunday, 7:12 am
  • Ryan Anderson scores 10 points with 4 boards
    Ryan Anderson scored 10 points with four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: He did have to go to the locker room for a cut on his face with about a minute left in the first half -- Anderson did start the second half. Somewhat surprisingly, Anderson's usage rate is actually up after the break, but his efficiency and minutes are both down quite a bit. He actually hasn't really been worth owning in standard leagues and is only a specialist. Saturday, 10:19 pm
  • Nikola Jokic gets into foul trouble
    Nikola Jokic scored 16 points with five rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes during a 109-105 loss to the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: Yuck. He picked up two fouls in the first quarter and never really could get it going after that. Jokic is obviously fine and two of these fouls were on the offensive end, so it's not like it was on bad shooting fouls -- that tends to be his undoing in bad games. Expect Jokic to be a top-10 player the rest of the way. Saturday, 10:08 pm
  • Kenneth Faried scores 11 in lss
    Kenneth Faried scored 11 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: He's playing well and is back to seeing minutes at mostly power forward. In his last two games, he's played 15 minutes next to Nikola Jokic, 22 minutes next to Mason Plumlee and four minutes as the lone big man. Faried's upside still isn't that high with Mason Plumlee being successful and Wilson Chandler (groin) returning would hurt him even more, so he's not the best pickup. Saturday, 9:55 pm
  • Mason Plumlee plays well in start
    Mason Plumlee scored nine points with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks in 32 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: While the offense wasn't great in big minutes for him, you could call this a win for Plumlee's minutes going forward. Before the game, coach Mike Malone stressed covering the 3-point line and the Nuggets actually held them to a season low in treys. The fact that Malone can still go big and cover the 3-point line will be huge in certain spots for the former Blazer. While Plumlee did benefit a ton from Nikola Jokic being in foul trouble, he looks like he's earned a handful of minutes at PF. He's a hold. Saturday, 9:44 pm
  • Bobby Portis scores a career-high 22 points
    Bobby Portis scored a career-high 22 points off the bench against the Jazz on Saturday, adding five rebounds and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Uhh, what? Portis was terrible coming into this game and that's why he came off the bench after starting every other game this month. Portis' defense was non-existent in his recent games and he only scored 5.3 points per game in his previous three. He will be coming off the bench the next time out and will continue to share minutes with Nikola Mirotic. Coach Fred Hoiberg will ride the hot hand, so this will be a very annoying fantasy situation -- the Bulls have the most inconsistent rotation in the NBA right now. We'd like to see Portis do it a couple more times before adding him. Saturday, 9:28 pm
  • Robin Lopez scores 14 points vs. Utah
    Robin Lopez scored 14 points with five rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 30 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He went up against Rudy Gobert and lives to tell about it. Lopez is coming off a 25-point Friday, so he heads into next week with some nice momentum. He still only has mid-round upside and is flirting with that recently even with this two strong games, so he's not exactly a strong add. Although, with four games and some favorable matchups this week, he's someone fantasy owners may want to call on. Saturday, 9:22 pm
  • Greg Monroe is available Saturday
    Greg Monroe is available to play on Saturday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Monroe was ejected on Friday vs. the Lakers for shoving Nick Young, but the NBA isn't going to step in and issue a suspension. Get him active. Saturday, 6:41 pm
  • Bobby Portis back to the bench
    Bobby Portis will move back to the bench against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: Nikola Mirotic is on one of his heaters while Portis has not been able to string together games since a solid finish to his first half. He should see minutes tonight, but it likely won't be more than minutes in the teens. He's a drop candidate. Saturday, 4:21 pm
  • Skal Labissiere scores 13 points
    Skal Labissiere scores 13 points during a 110-94 loss to the Thunder on Saturday, adding four rebounds and one assist in 18 minutes.

    Advice: While this line probably made his recent owners frown after a 32-point explosion in Phoenix on Wednesday, it could have been a lot worse. He committed three fouls in his five first-quarter minutes and really didn't have anything going until the fourth. Labissiere continues to show he has terrific moves in the halfcourt and the Kings are starting to feed him the ball more. The Kings are also using him in more lineup combinations as a small forward, which may help if the Kings decide to go with a very big lineup. Labissiere probably won't be a difference-making add, but he should be owned in standard leagues as the Kings try to identify what his limits are. Saturday, 3:00 pm
  • WCS has a bad game against OKC
    Willie Cauley-Stein scored four points with three rebounds, two assists and two steals in just 26 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: It was a game to forget with the Thunder going right at him. Cauley-Stein played 36.5 minutes per game over his previous four, which is probably going to be tough to match going forward now that the Kings have Skal Labissiere and Georgios Papagiannis going. Still, Trill should be worth owning in standard leagues. Saturday, 2:56 pm
  • Markieff Morris (illness) out vs. Charlotte
    Markieff Morris (illness) is out against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: He did travel, but he is going to miss both games of the back-to-back set. Morris should be well enough to play on Monday night against the Celtics. For tonight, Jason Smith will look to build off his stunning 17-point Friday. That is unlikely to happen again, but feel free to chase that line in a much worse matchup against Marvin Williams. Otto Porter, Bojan Bogdanovic and Ian Mahinmi may also slightly benefit. Daily Slant: John Wall’s usage jumps 6.7% when Morris is off and Smith is on – 38.7% over a 286.4-minute sample. Smith’s rate drops a touch - 1.4% to 16.3% - when he shares the court with Wall but he manages to produce 0.77 FD points and 0.82 DK points per minute. At minimum salary, he’s projects as our top value option. Both players are solid targets as Charlotte allows the 11th-most fpts per game. Wall will have lower ownership - we’re projecting 15-17.5%. Saturday, 2:47 pm
  • Kosta Koufos scores nine points
    Kosta Koufos scored nine points with six rebounds, two assists and one block in 23 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He is playing through a right hand injury and does have two fingers taped. According to the Kings broadcast, Koufos said he is going to have to play through it for a month or so. Perhaps this will be a reason to hold Koufos out of games as the season winds down. With Georgios Papagiannis turning in his best game as a pro, we'll likely be seeing Koufos' playing time start to fade. Saturday, 2:40 pm
  • Georgios Papagiannis logs first double-double
    Georgis Papagiannis turned in career-highs 14 points and 11 rebounds for his first NBA double-double of his career against the Thunder on Saturday, adding one assist, one block and one steal in 22 minutes.

    Advice: It was obviously his best game. His defense was better, he had his first make outside of the paint, showed an array of post moves, and only committed two fouls. The days of Papa G getting DNP-CDs are probably over and he's likely looking at close to 20 minutes in the short term and possibly more after that. It's also worth mentioning this game comes with both Anthony Tolliver and Kosta Koufos playing -- one or both will likely rest on Sunday. He's not quite worth adding in standard leagues, but he's trending up for owners in deeper formats. Saturday, 2:27 pm
  • Cousins (knee, ribs) expects to play Sunday
    DeMarcus Cousins (knee, ribs) said he expects to play Sunday vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Cousins was a late scratch on Friday night as he is dealing with a right rib contusion and a knee issue. Boogie had an MRI on the knee, and fortunately, it came back negative. If he does, in fact, return to the lineup on Sunday, Dante Cunningham would get bumped back to the bench. Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis will also have their usage rates reduced a bit. As of now, there is now word as to whether the Pelicans plan to keep Boogie on a minutes restriction on Sunday. Saturday, 10:11 am
  • Denver's defense much improved with Plumlee
    The Nuggets defense has improved significantly since the team traded for Mason Plumlee.

    Advice: As the Denver Post article points out, before Plumlee’s arrival, the Nuggets ranked last in the NBA with a defensive rating of 110.8. However, Denver is allowing 108.4 points per 100 possessions in the 13 games Plumlee has played as a Nugget. Plumlee is averaging 9.4 points (on 58.3 percent shooting), 7.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 24.7 minutes with the Nuggets. Denver is also having great success playing Plumlee alongside Jusuf Nurkic, which means his minutes will likely increase going forward. Saturday, 8:06 am
  • Ivica Zubac scores 18 w/ eight rebounds
    Ivica Zubac scored 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting with eight rebounds and one assist vs. the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: This was a nice bounce-back performance for the rookie after his 11-minute dud on Wednesday. Like most rookies, there are going to be some bumps in the road, but Zubac should be a fun player to own for the final stretch. He logged 29 minutes without Tarik Black (illness) on the active roster, but he didn't close this game out with the Lakers going small in an effort to make up some ground on the scoreboard. Zubac will be the starter the rest of the way and should be owned in all standard leagues. Friday, 10:40 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 24 points with 15 boards
    Anthony Davis scored 24 points during a 128-112 win over the Rockets on Friday, adding 15 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: It was still a solid game, but most AD owners probably had higher hopes. In fact, Davis has a 37.4 usage rate in his minutes without DeMarcus Cousins (knee, ribs) since the break, which tops his 29.1 usage rate with Boogie. He's also way better on the glass with a terrific 19.2 total rebounding rate without DMC. If Cousins is out again, AD vs. Karl-Anthony Towns should be a treat. Friday, 10:26 pm
  • Greg Monroe ejected on Friday vs. the Lakers
    Greg Monroe was ejected from Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Nick Young pushed Malcolm Brogdon after a hard foul, but Monroe came over and aggressively shoved Young in the neck area. While a suspension isn't likely, it wouldn't hurt to confirm his status for Saturday's game vs. the Warriors just in case. Monroe finished with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and three blocks in just 16 minutes. Friday, 9:25 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 23 points
    Brook Lopez scored 23 poins during a 98-95 loss to the Celtics on Friday, adding five rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He continues to play with a lot of energy and he was fired up on the bench when his team made a late run. There's always a chance of Lopez being shut down, but his competitiveness will make it a tough decision for the front office to hold him out for a long period of time -- that didn't stop the Suns from shutting down Eric Bledsoe. Just keep Lopez going and hope he suits up for as long as possible. By the way, this was the first time all season Lopez played at least 30 minutes in both games of a back-to-back set. Friday, 8:50 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
  • Andre Drummond struggles in bad loss
    Andre Drummond scored eight points with 22 rebounds, one block, two steals, three turnovers and six fouls in 36 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: That's his third straight game with single-digit scoring, but the previous two had something to do with garbage time. As per usual, a major problem for Drummond these days is at the line, making just 11-of-38 (28.9 percent) in March. If the Pistons are going to make the postseason, they'll need their big man to play better. He hasn't really shown much improvement this season and it's fair to say he's regressed. Friday, 7:41 pm
  • Robin Lopez scores season-high 25 points
    Robin Lopez scored a season-high 25 points in a loss to the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: He was five points shy of his career-high and has only scored 25+ points five times in his career. There are more touches up for grabs in Chicago with Dwayne Wade (elbow) out for the season, so Lopez should get a small bump. He finished 12-of-16 from the field with 12 rebounds, two assists and one block, and with four games on the schedule for the Bulls next week, he's back on the radar as a pickup. Friday, 7:33 pm
  • Markieff Morris out; Jason Smith starting
    Markieff Morris (illness) will not play against the Bulls on Friday and Jason Smith will start in his place.

    Advice: He has a sinus issue and this news came out of nowhere just a few minutes ago. With Morris out, Smith should see minutes close to 20, but you can bet the Wizards will use a lot of lineups with Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic at the forward spots. Plus, Marcin Gortat's minutes are also safer because Morris has played a lot of five recently. Friday, 3:32 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) out again for Saturday
    Derrick Favors (knee) is out again for Saturday against the Bulls.

    Advice: He's basically out indefinitely and can be dropped in most leagues. The Jazz have liked their small-ball lineup and will likely use it again against the Bulls. That should help Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles, especially if a questionable Rodney Hood can't play. Friday, 3:17 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (knee, ribs) out for Friday
    DeMarcus Cousins will not play on Friday due to left knee soreness and a right rib contusion.

    Advice: He likely suffered the right rib contusion when James Johnson kicked him in the chest on Wednesday night. The knee injury is a little more concerning and Cousins even had an MRI. The good news is results were negative for structural damage. Hopefully, Cousins is only day-to-day going forward. For tonight, Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis will go back to being studs while there are more shots for Jordan Crawford and more minutes for Dante Cunningham. Friday, 2:35 pm
  • Nikola Jokic drops another triple-double
    Nikola Jokic dropped a triple-double during a 129-114 win over the Clippers on Thursday, scoring 17 points with 14 rebounds, 11 assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: That is five triple-doubles in his last 20 games, so look out Russell Westbrook. There really isn't much left to say about Jokic outside of how he's looking like a lock to be drafted in the first round of fantasy drafts next year. The Nuggets are also one of the hottest teams in basketball with their second-ranked offense since the break, so Jokic is a DFS stud unless he's in foul trouble. They have a 2.5 game cushion on the Blazers to hold their No. 8 seed. Thursday, 9:49 pm
  • Mason Plumlee drops 10-10-6 line vs. LAC
    Mason Plumlee scored 10 points with 10 rebounds, six assists and three blocks in 30 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: While the Nuggets were destroyed with their old big lineup back when Jusuf Nurkic was on the team, they're thriving with it now. In the 47 minutes Plumlee played with Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets have a +26.6 net rating and just smash teams with their offense. That bodes extremely well for Plumlee, who is averaging 10.3 points, 8.0 boards, 5.0 assists, 2.3 blocks and 0.5 steals in the last four games with Jokic. Given that success, Plumlee looks like he's going to be worth owning in standard leagues. Plumlee also said this was the best passing team he's ever been on. Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • Kenneth Faried scores 12 in return
    Kenneth Faried (back) returned from a nine-game absence on Thursday with 12 points, six rebounds and one assist in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone said he wanted to keep his minutes down and he was able to do so in the easy win. Faried played well and even had some confidence on some jumpers. "I'm happy to be back. Watching them from the bench was hard. You want to be out there having fun. I felt like a kid again," Faried said. Given the success of Mason Plumlee, Faried isn't really a great add. Thursday, 9:07 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 24 points
    Brook Lopez scored 24 points with six rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

    Advice: The Nets get the Celtics at home for St. Patrick's Day for the second half of the back-to-back set. Of Lopez's six games off this season, only one of them has been at home. While he has played, he's having a monster month with averages of 20.4 points, 5.7 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.6 blocks, 0.7 steals and 2.1 treys in his previous March games. His owners will want to check back for an update. Thursday, 8:19 pm
  • Kenneth Faried coming off the bench
    Kenneth Faried is available off the bench on Thursday against the Clippers.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone hinted Faried my not be where he needs to be, which is to be expected after he had such serious back pain. It may take him a few games to get going, so his potential fantasy owners may not want to add him if they have to wait a week for decent production. His upside isn't great anyway with Mason Plumlee playing well. Thursday, 5:33 pm
  • Walton: Zubac never got chance to get going
    Coach Luke Walton said Ivica Zubac never got a chance to get going on Wednesday in his 11-minute outing against the Rockets.

    Advice: It was all about foul trouble. Walton said he wants to see Zubac go straight up and try to avoid reaching down to try and get an extra block. In other words, Zubac gets a pass for Wednesday, so he should be closer to his Monday 25-point gem than his ugly Wednesday game. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Thursday, 2:47 pm
  • Larry Sanders is back up
    The Cavs recalled Larry Sanders.

    Advice: He surprisingly made his NBA season debut with two minutes in garbage time. The Cavs are not likely to use Sanders unless it's garbage time for most of the season, but he might be a producer in the last week of the season with players resting. Thursday, 12:52 pm
  • NBA likely to rescind Cousins' Wednesday tech
    DeMarcus Cousins' technical foul from Wednesday night in Miami will be rescinded, according to Justin Verrier of ESPN.

    Advice: This is great news for the Pelicans because Boogie will be suspended for every two techs going forward. With this tech being dropped, Cousins is back down to 18 on the season. That would mean he needs two more techs to get a suspension instead of one. He'll be ready to roll on Friday against the Rockets. Thursday, 12:05 pm
  • Derrick Favors, Rodney Hood out Thursday
    Derrick Favors (knee) and Rondey Hood (knee) have both been ruled out of Thursday's game vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: He's scheduled to be re-evaluated in a few days, but his fantasy owners should just move on at this point. With Favors out, the Jazz have been playing a lot of small ball and Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson have been the biggest winners.Daily Slant: With Favors, Hood and Mack off the floor this year, Gordon Hayward sports at 31.0% usage rate, a +1.8% bump from his season total, with George Hill picking up a slightly bigger bump (+1.9%). Both Hayward and Hill are viable targets against the Cavs, with Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles picking up between 25-30 minutes in relief of Hood and Favors. Neither carry terribly high ceilings, but Ingles is the better bet to see bigger minutes and given the short slate, he's playable in any format. Thursday, 10:56 am
  • Kenneth Faried (back) will play Thursday
    Kenneth Faried (low back) will play on Thursday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Faried has looked good in practice and he's ready to return from a nine-game absence. Wilson Chandler (groin), Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Darrell Arthur (body) have all been ruled out already, so Faried is a low-end pickup if you need to stream some boards. He could be limited right out of the gate, but we'll pass along his restrictions if the Nuggets provide another update. Thursday, 10:23 am
  • Willie Cauley-Stein drops monster stat line
    Willie Cauley-Stein went off during a 107-101 win over the Suns on Wednesday, scoring 14 points with 11 rebounds, five assists, four steals and four blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: A 5x4 will definitely work. The Kings are trying to go with their youth, but it's costing them lottery balls with two straight wins against two teams, the Suns and Magic, also in the mix for a high pick. Cauley-Stein's minutes are way up in his last four, averaging 36.8 minutes, 16.3 points, 9.0 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks in that span. With all the rest going on around him, Trill looks poised for a big finish. He should be owned in all leagues. Wednesday, 11:58 pm
  • Kosta Koufos looks good in his return
    Kosta Koufos scored 13 points with six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 20 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: Koufos was back in the starting lineup after getting rest on Monday. He looked to be on his way to a really strong game, but Skal Labissiere went scorched-earth mode in the fourth and Koufos never checked back in. Koufos did rest on Monday and there's a very good chance he's not going to play on Friday. He can't be owned in fantasy with so much uncertainty about his status going forward. Wednesday, 11:43 pm
  • Papa G blocks three shots
    Georgios Papagiannis blocked a career-high three shots with three rebounds in 13 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did need three stitched under his chin due to some contact in the fourth. Papagiannis may have turned in his best game, but he's still a major project. Wednesday, 11:30 pm
  • Skal Labissiere explodes for career-high 32
    Skal Labissiere scored a career-high 32 points against the Suns on Wednesday, adding 11 rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The youth movement is on. Skal went berserk in the fourth quarter, scoring the Kings' first 15 points of that frame and scoring 21 total in the fourth. Clearly, he's going to be getting more minutes as the Kings pick their spots on what veterans they will rest next to him. He's been extremely efficient and he's also shown improvement on the glass on defense. He won't be this good, but he should be picked up in standard leagues. Wednesday, 11:24 pm
  • Ryan Anderson goes scoreless
    Ryan Anderson did not score on Wednesday with two rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did take a shot to the mouth in the second quarter and went to the locker room. Anderson did return to start the second half, but he didn't play in garbage time to keep his minutes down. He's really just a specialist at this point. Wednesday, 10:22 pm
  • Andre Drummond held to 20 minutes vs. Jazz
    Andre Drummond played only 20 minutes during a lopsided loss to the Jazz on Wednesday, posting six points, five rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Ouch. Drummond was badly outplayed by Rudy Gobert tonight, and Stan Van Gundy didn't hesitate to bench his struggling starters. It's not the first time SVG has messed with Drummond's minutes, and it won't be the last, but he should be fine vs. Toronto on Friday. Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Ivica Zubac flops after a big Monday
    Ivica Zubac scored two points with two rebounds and one assist in 11 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Yuck. He picked up two quick fouls to start the game, picked up his third just 27 seconds after he checked back in during the second quarter, and then picked up his fourth four minutes into the third quarter. Bad games like this will happen for Zubac, but his monster 25-point double-double from Monday makes him a hold. Wednesday, 9:13 pm
  • Anthony Davis (ankle) plays 35 mins Wednesday
    Anthony Davis (ankle) logged 35 minutes on Wednesday, posting 27 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three blocks, while making 7-of-17 field goals and 13-of-18 free throws.

    Advice: Davis briefly exited Tuesday 's game with a left ankle injury, but he was never in danger of sitting out tonight. He's a brutal matchup for any big man and Miami starts Luke Babbitt at PF, so it wasn't shocking to see him parade his way to the free throw line tonight. The loss drops New Orleans 5.5 games out of the No. 8 seed, but they show no inclination to rest their key players. Wednesday, 8:47 pm
  • Omer Asik (illness) gets DNP-CD vs. Miami
    Omer Asik (illness) did not play vs. Miami on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Pelicans have no use for Asik in the rotation with both Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins healthy. They're counting the days until his contract expires, but they still owe him a guaranteed $33.8 million through the 2019-20 season. Wednesday, 8:45 pm
  • Bobby Portis gets 20 minutes
    Bobby Portis scored eight points with seven rebounds and one steal in 20 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's fading fast with Nikola Mirotic back in the mix again. Portis could stick in the first unit and may be asked to score more, but he really needs to be able to string games together to be worth owning in most leagues. Wednesday, 8:42 pm
  • Markieff Morris quiet in loss to Mavericks
    Markieff Morris was quiet during Wednesday's home loss, fouling out with five points on 2-of-6 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: Head coach Scott Brooks wanted his team to lock in defensively after a tough loss to the Wolves, but instead they gave up 112 points on 50.6 percent shooting to the Mavs tonight. Morris has been a mid-round value since the break, so owners should give him a pass for this unusually quiet performance. Wednesday, 8:12 pm
  • Ty, Buddy, Arron, Kosta & Willie starting
    Ty Lawson, Buddy Hield, Arron Afflalo, Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein will start against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: Koufos is back after a night off and he should be looking at minutes in the 20s. Now that he's likely going to rest more often, he's not really a reliable fantasy option. Wednesday, 6:58 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins goes to the locker room
    DeMarcus Cousins went to the locker room with 1:35 left in the fourth quarter on Wednesday and did not return.

    Advice: He went up to block a shot and James Johnson inadvertently kicked him in the side. Cousins was down on the floor for a minute and stood near the bench for another two minutes or so. This game was decided, so Cousins leaving may have just been to keep him from getting a technical. He also picked up his 19th tech in this game, finishing with 19 points, nine boards, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers. Wednesday, 6:55 pm
  • Jrue, Selden, Hill, Davis & Cousins starting
    Jrue Holiday, Wayne Selden Jr, Solomon Hill, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis will start against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Brow is back after an injury scare on Tuesday. He looked fine in his return and even checked back in late in the fourth quarter with a 19-point lead. He should he all set for tonight and hopefully he can avoid another trip to the locker room. Wednesday, 4:18 pm
  • Derrick Favors evaluated in a few days
    Derrick Favors (knee) will be re-evaluated in a few days.

    Advice: He has been out this week with a bone contusion on his left knee, and the knee issues continue to pile up for Favors. It's looking like a lost season for Favors and his fantasy owners will probably want to look at other options right now. Coach Quin Snyder will play the matchups while he's out, but Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles should benefit. Wednesday, 4:13 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (low back) is questionable
    Kenneth Faried (low back) is questionable against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: This is expected news with Faried looking good in practice, according to coach Mike Malone. Faried could actually be stepping into a nice role with Wilson Chandler (groin) and Danilo Gallinari (knee) ruled out for Thursday. He's still not a strong pickup until he proves otherwise. Wednesday, 12:19 pm
  • Anthony Davis not on the injury report Weds
    Anthony Davis is not being listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Davis tweaked his left ankle during Tuesday's win over the Blazers, but he played through it, and him not being on the injury report suggests that he'll be just fine for tonight's game against Miami. Feel free to get him active. Wednesday, 9:53 am
  • Ivica Zubac will start final 15 games for LAL
    Lakers head coach Luke Walton said he's planning on starting Ivica Zubac for the final 15 games of the season.

    Advice: The Lakers want to get a good look at Zubac to determine if he's capable of being their long-term starting center, and they've already shut down Timofey Mozgov for the remainder of the year to ensure Zubac gets his minutes. Through three starts this season, Zubac has compiled averages of 13.7 points, 7.0 boards and 1.7 blocks per game on 79.2 percent shooting, so he's officially a must-own guy in all formats moving forward. "It’s going to be good to get some playing time with the starting five for the rest of the season," said Zubac. "I’ll try to make the most of my minutes." Wednesday, 8:31 am
  • Larry Sanders sent down to the D-League
    Larry Sanders has been sent down for a D-League stint.

    Advice: Sanders was able to log two minutes in his Cleveland debut on Tuesday, but he has a ways to go before he's in game shape. Leave him on the wire. Wednesday, 7:08 am
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