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  • Bucks assign Jabari Parker to G-League
    The Bucks have assigned Jabari Parker (knee) to their G-League affiliate.

    Advice: Parker will practice with the Wisconsin Herd this week, as he works his way back from an ACL tear. Parker told reporters last week that he intends to return to game action for the Bucks prior to the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com 38 minutes ago
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  • MJ says he's not looking to trade Kemba
    Hornets majority owner Michael Jordan said Monday night he’s not looking to trade Kemba Walker.

    Advice: However, Jordan did say that he would "listen to opportunities." ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday that the Hornets are actively involved in trade talks, which led to MJ calling Kemba to reassure him that the Hornets were not determined to move their best player. "Yes, it’s disappointing where we are," Jordan said, "But I haven’t given up on the season." Rotoworld.com 50 minutes ago
  • Damian Lillard meets with Blazers owner
    Damian Lillard recently met with Blazers owner Paul Allen to "gather an understanding of the organization's direction," according to Chris Hayes of ESPN.

    Advice: Lillard and Allen met for approximately one hour in Allen's office last Thursday. Per the ESPN report, Allen feared that Lillard might demand a trade, but no such request was made. However, Lillard let it be known that he "has championship aspirations and wanted to fulfill those lofty goals during the remaining years of his prime window." With plenty of drama throughout the NBA, this is another storyline to keep an eye on. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:32 am
  • Mavs sign Kyle Collinsworth to another 10-day
    The Mavs will sign Kyle Collinsworth to a second 10-day contract.

    Advice: Collinsworth played a career-high 18 minutes in the Mavs win over Washington on Monday, finishing with four points, four boards and three assists. However, he belongs on the waiver wire in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:10 am
  • Milos Teodosic scores 15 points vs. Wolves
    Milos Teodosic scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shots and 2-of-2 free throws vs. the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: He logged 28 minutes with four fouls, adding six assists, three rebounds, one steal and three triples. We now have a six-game sample size to work with since Teodosic returned from his latest setback, and he's been worth owning in that span with averages of 11.8 points, 5.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.8 triples. He gets a matchup against the Celtics on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Blake Griffin posts massive triple-double
    Blake Griffin triple-doubled in Monday's 126-118 loss to the Wolves, posting 32 points with 12 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and two triples in 37 minutes.

    Advice: That's his second triple-double of the season and the seventh of his career. Griffin hit 13-of-22 shots and 4-of-7 free throws, but turned the ball over four times including one really bad one with the Clippers down three points in the final 20 seconds. He's been a monster lately with 23.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 triples over his last five games, and his outlook will be fine as long as the Clippers continue to fight for the No. 8 seed out West. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Bjelica scores 18 points w/ nine boards
    Nemanja Bjelica matched his season-high with 18 points vs. the Clippers on Monday, hitting 6-of-13 shots and 3-of-4 free throws.

    Advice: He made his second straight start for the injured Jimmy Butler (knee), but unlike last game, he closed over Marcus George-Hunt. Bjelica grabbed nine rebounds with four assists, one steal and three triples in 34 minutes, and he's now averaging 13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.0 triples in his last two games. If Butler continues to miss time, Bjelica will be a solid streaming option on Wednesday vs. the Blazers and Thursday vs. the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores season-high 30 points
    Jeff Teague scored a season-high 30 points in Monday's win over the Clippers, hitting 7-of-14 shots and 16-of-17 free throws.

    Advice: The 16 free throws were three more than his previous career-high, but Teague wasn't done there, as he racked up six assists with three rebounds and a turnover in 34 minutes. He was in a funk coming into tonight's game with averages of 11.0 points, 6.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.7 triples on 36.8% shooting in his previous six games, and while he obviously benefitted from Jimmy Butler's (knee) absence, hopefully this a sign of things to come. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins goes off for 40 points
    Andrew Wiggins posted a season-high in points for the second time in a row in Monday's 126-118 win over the Clippers, dropping 40 points in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Wiggins hit 16-of-28 shots and 5-of-8 free throws, adding six rebounds, one assist, one block and three triples. He had 29 points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes in his last game, and he's been the putting the Wolves on his back with Jimmy Butler missing the last two games with right knee soreness. This was the sixth game of his career with 40+ points and he'll be a monster play once again if Butler can't go vs. the Blazers on Wednesday or the Warriors on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 25 points vs. Nuggets
    Damian Lillard scored 25 points on Monday vs. the Nuggets, hitting 10-of-18 shots and 1-of-2 free throws in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Western Conference Player of the Week added eight assists, two rebounds and four triples, but Portland's three-game winning streak came to an end. Lillard's injuries appear to be behind him and he's been on fire lately, scoring 25+ points in four straight games. It'll be a huge upset if he's not named to the All-Star team on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Yogi Ferrell scores 14 in 31 minutes
    Yogi Ferrell played 31 minutes off the bench and hit 6-of-16 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in Monday's blowout win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Ferrell had just seven points and not much else on Saturday, but bounced back tonight. He's getting more minutes than J.J. Barea and looks like a hot pickup right now, averaging 13.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting and 35 minutes per night over his last five games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
     
  • Blue Arrow Hits Bullseye: Murray scores 38
    Jamal Murray busted out for a career-high 38 points with five rebounds, six assists, one turnover and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Blazers during a 104-101 win on Monday.

    Advice: It was a virtuoso performance from one of the league's best point guards. Murray hit mid-range jumpers and six shots in the paint to get him to his best scoring game ever. Murray has been on a serious roll for two months, so his patient owners are laughing to the bank. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 pm
     
  • Will Barton goes 0-of-7 from the field
    Will Barton missed all seven of his shots from the field against the Blazers on Monday, but hit 7-of-8 from the line for seven points.

    Advice: Barton got the start at small forward over Wilson Chandler, and while it may have been a matchup move, it's possible coach Malone gave him the start since he was playing against his former team (he did the same thing with Mason Plumlee). Despite the rough shooting line, Malone let Barton close this game and he was able to grab eight rebounds with two assists and a steal in 34 minutes. His splits as a starter are significantly higher, so his fantasy owners will be hoping that he makes another start vs. the Knicks on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 pm
     
  • Dennis Smith Jr. scores 17 with 6 dimes
    Dennis Smith Jr. kept it rolling on Monday, hitting 7-of-16 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals in 31 minutes of a 98-75 blowout win over the Wizards.

    Advice: DSJ is rolling after a rough patch in the first half of the season, averaging 20.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting over his last five. He's returning seventh-round fantasy value over his last 10 games, and fifth-round value over his last five. Hopefully he's setting up for a big second half of the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Mason Plumlee scores 11 points in win
    Mason Plumlee started and scored 11 points with seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal in 29 minutes vs. the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone has been changing his starting lineup a lot lately depending on the matchups, but Plumlee got the nod over Trey Lyles against his former team. You could argue that this was just his second strong game in the last two weeks, so he's hard to rely on in a standard league, starting or not. The Nuggets play the Knicks on Thursday and they use a traditional two-big lineup, so maybe Plumlee gets another start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Wall, Beal & Wizards struggle with shooting
    John Wall hit 4-of-15 shots for 11 points, Bradley Beal hit 4-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers for 18 points, and the Wizards' starters combined to hit just 14-of-52 shots (27%) in an ugly 98-75 loss to the Mavericks on Monday.

    Advice: The bench wasn't much better and the Wizards hit just 31 percent of their shots in the blowout loss. Hopefully shots are falling against the Thunder on Thursday, and hopefully Wall's migraine is a distant memory by then. He was iffy coming in because of it, but was able to play. And the migraine likely explains at least part of the poor performance for Wall and his teammates tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
     
  • Kemba Walker scores 26 points in win
    Kemba Walker scored 26 points with six rebounds, nine assists, one steal, two blocks, six turnovers and five 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Kings during a 112-107 win on Monday.

    Advice: He started the fourth quarter, but he had a two-minute break from 8:15 to 6:04. Interestingly, Walker has only played a 12-minute fourth once this season after he played that quarter 13 times in 2015-16, and nine times in 2016-17. He's reportedly on the trade block, but his fantasy owners should be rooting for him to stay put. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:14 pm
  • Will Barton starts; Wilson Chandler to bench
    Will Barton will start at small forward and Wilson Chandler will move to the bench against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Revenge game? Barton goes against his former team and Chandler has been whisper quiet, but moving Barton into the first unit makes a lot of sense here. This could stick with coach Mike Malone really unsatisfied with his first unit, so maybe Barton trends up a bit. Chandler loses value here in his first game off the bench. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:39 pm
     
  • Mason Plumlee starting, Lyles to bench
    Mason Plumlee will replace Trey Lyles in the starting lineup on Monday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: The Plumlee and Nikola Jokic combination hasn't really worked this season, so it's puzzling that coach Mike Malone keeps going back to it, especially with the Blazers starting Al-Farouq Aminu at the four. Regardless of where he begins the game, Plumlee is a low-end fantasy option while Jokic is active. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:39 pm
  • John Wall (migraine) listed as a starter
    John Wall (migraine) is listed in the starting lineup for Monday's game vs. Dallas.

    Advice: He missed the morning shootaround and was a game-time call, meaning he's probably not 100 percent. His season-long owners should deploy him and hope for the best, and be sure to check back after the game to see how he fares. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:10 pm
     
  • John Wall (migraine) now a game-time call
    John Wall (migraine) is now a game-time call vs. the Mavericks on Monday.

    Advice: Wall missed the morning shootaround, but it didn't sound like his status was in doubt. Maybe coach Scott Brooks just wants him to go through warmups first, but DFS owners will have to be careful here. If wall can't go, Tim Frazier and Tomas Satoransky will benefit, while Bradley Beal will see a bump in usage. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:04 pm
     
  • Wall (illness) is expected to play vs. DAL
    John Wall (illness) is expected to play vs. the Mavericks on Monday.

    Advice: Wall missed the morning shootaround, but it sounds like the Wizards were just playing it safe. He's a little risky in DFS, but his season-long owners can deploy him in their lineups. We'll have an update after warmups. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:33 am
     
  • Damian Lillard scores 31 points in victory
    Damian Lillard made 10-of-15 from the field for 31 points during a 117-108 win over the Mavs on Saturday, adding five rebounds, nine assists and seven 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He was rolling to start this game, making all nine of his first shots including all seven of those treys. That's not really a surprise because Lillard is en fuego since returning from injury, averaging 26.8 points, 4.7 boards, 8.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.0 treys on 50.5 percent from the field and 89.7 percent from the line. The Blazers are right in the thick of the playoff race and Dame's owners can expect him to suit up for every game he can as a top-10 player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:28 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. posts 21/6/6 with 3 steals
    Dennis Smith Jr. kept it going against the Blazers on Saturday, scoring 21 points with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He's easily in his best groove of his career with four 20-plus scoring games over his last five. In that span, he's averaged 20.8 points, 3.8 boards, 4.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 treys on 46.4 percent from the field and 90.9 percent from the line. A big reason why has been his shot selection, making 68.8 percent at the rim with those attempts accounting for 38.1 percent of his shot total over this five-game stretch. Patience looks like it's about to pay off for the rookie phenom. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:12 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores season-high 29 points
    Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 29 points during a 115-109 win over the Raptors on Saturday, adding five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He shot the ball well with his 11-of-21 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line. Wiggins also pulled down two huge rebounds late in the game to help the Wolves snap their two-game losing streak. It's not really a surprise that Wiggins blew up because Jimmy Butler (knee) didn't play. It doesn't sound like Jimmy will be out long, so this strong game doesn't really change Wiggins' outlook. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:00 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores five in 33 minutes
    Jeff Teague made 2-of-11 from the field for five points with three rebounds, 10 assists and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: While this shooting line is tough to shallow, Teague did make plays late and coach Tom Thibodeau went with him down the stretch yet again. Tyus Jones keeps playing well for the most part and Teague hasn't exactly been thriving, but it does look like Teague has some leash to close games. He's actually a decent buy-low option, especially if Jimmy Butler needs to miss more time. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:56 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica scores eight points in start
    Nemanja Bjelica scored eight points with six rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: It wasn't a huge game, but this works. Although, the last time Bjelica started at small forward he put up 24 points, eight boards, three dimes, three steals and five 3-pointers in 41 minutes. We don't know the extent of Jimmy Butler's injury yet, but it doesn't sound serious and his right knee hasn't given him problems in years. Bjelica is more of a deep add for now. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:51 pm
  • Milos Teodosic doesn't do much in loss
    Milos Teodosic finished with eight points, four assists and two rebounds over 32 minutes Saturday in Utah.

    Advice: Teodosic had an ugly shooting night, going just 3-of-11 from the field, although he was able to bang home a pair of 3-pointers. He had trouble avoiding the referee's whistle, picking up four personals, and that likely didn't help him as he was unable to get into any sort of rhythm. He'll look for better results against the visiting Timberwolves on Monday. He is also in line for a four-game week starting on Monday, so he's a decent option in standard fantasy play. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:43 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 25 points in road loss
    Blake Griffin went for 25 points across 38 minutes in Saturday's 125-113 loss at Utah.

    Advice: Griffin hit 8-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-7 from behind the arc, while going 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. He also added eight rebounds, three assists and a steal. The Clippers have a four-game schedule in the upcoming week, so Griffin is in line for a big fantasy points. He is averaging 24.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.0 steals over his past three outings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:38 pm
  • Kemba Walker scores 22 points in tough loss
    Kemba Walker scored 22 points with three rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes during a 106-105 loss to the Heat on Saturday.

    Advice: This was a bad, bad loss for the Hornets to drop them to 18-26. They had the ball with a five-point lead and 37 seconds left, but Nic Batum turned it over twice and the Heat came through with James Johnson scoring five points in four seconds. This loss will probably heat up the trade rumors even more for the former All-Star. Walker's fantasy owners should be rooting for him to stay put. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:41 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica starting for Jimmy Butler
    Nemanja Bjelica is starting for Jimmy Butler against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: It's been a while since we've seen Bjelica play small forward and he's had some big games in that role. The Wolves have a massive hole to fill on Jimmy, so Bjelica may be a speculative add in deeper leagues. Expect more Tyus Jones and Shabazz Muhammad to help out, too. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:13 pm
  • Jamal Murray scores 30 points against PHX
    Jamal Murray scored 30 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and five 3-pointers during a 108-100 loss to the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He made 10-of-17 from the field with two emphatic jams in the third and also hit all five free throws. Murray did also foul out for the first time in his NBA career due to T.J. Warren getting some favorable calls. The second-year guard has been extremely durable in his NBA career and missed his first game due to a concussion, but getting back out there is another positive for Murray in his breakout campaign. He should flirt with early-round value going forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:00 pm
     
  • Mason Plumlee moves to the bench
    Mason Plumlee moved to the bench against the Suns on Friday, scoring one point with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 13 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone ditched his two-center combos in this game with Plumlee not logging a minute next to Nikola Jokic. Despite the loss, that wasn't the problem for the Nuggets, so this loss shouldn't dissuade Malone from staying away from that combo. Plumlee is a fairly easy drop candidate unless you're desperate. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:49 pm
  • Will Barton scores eight off the bench
    Will Barton moved to the bench against the Suns on Friday, making 3-of-10 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The Denver second unit couldn't hang in this loss, but Barton still played down the stretch as the Nuggets failed in their comeback attempt. Barton's playing time should be close to 30 minutes even when the Nuggets are healthy, so don't worry too much about him missing shots tonight. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:45 pm
     
  • John Wall dishes out 11 assists in win
    John Wall posted 16 points and 11 assists over 37 minutes in Friday's road victory against the Pistons.

    Advice: Wall hit 6-of-15 from the field, including 2-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, while also chipping in with three boards and a steal. It wasn't all great, as he had five turnovers, but apparently Scott Brooks liked the effort enough. The head coach warned of changes in minutes coming if the effort wasn't there, but Wall had 37 minutes and is apparently not in the doghouse. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:19 pm
     
  • Mason Plumlee to the bench
    Mason Plumlee will move to the bench against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: This move should probably stick because the two-center lineups have been costly to the Nuggets and to Nikola Jokic. Plumlee is a drop candidate in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:38 pm
  • Will Barton to the bench
    Will Barton will move to the bench on Friday against the Suns.

    Advice: His minutes should still be there in the second unit and he'll likely be running the point when Jamal Murray is on the bench. Barton's value only takes a small hit and he should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:37 pm
     
  • Jamal Murray starting; Will Barton to bench
    Jamal Murray will start against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: The Nuggets get their point guard back after just one game off. He was cooling off before his concussion, but he gets a dream matchup against the Suns tonight. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:35 pm
     
  • Jamal Murray is available for Friday vs. PHX
    Jamal Murray is available to play on Friday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: This means he has officially cleared the concussion protocol. Expect him to start and see his normal allotment of minutes tonight. He was cold before picking up the concussion, so hopefully he gets it going again. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:59 pm
     
  • Malone optimistic Jamal Murray will play
    Coach Mike Malone said he’s optimistic about Jamal Murray's availability for Friday against the Suns.

    Advice: Murray said he's preparing to play, so it sounds like Murray is only going to miss one game from his concussion on Tuesday. If he is back, that should move Emmanuel Mudiay out of the rotation and it sounds like Mason Plumlee is getting bumped from the first unit regardless. Will Barton will slide over to the wing and may even come off the bench. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:22 pm
     
  • Kemba would be 'pretty upset' if dealt
    Kemba Walker said he'd be "pretty upset" if he was traded from the Hornets.

    Advice: He's also in the process of building a new house, and that he put his heart and soul into the team and the city. Walker added that he values he got his opportunity in Charlotte and that he does a lot of work in the community. He said staying with one franchise would be a "special thing" and that he'd love to be one of those guys. Additionally, coach Steve Clifford said he thinks it would be hard to trade Kemba, and that nobody has said anything around the team. Nicolas Batum said he couldn't imagine the Hornets trading him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:58 pm
  • Mason Plumlee unlikely to start Friday night
    Coach Mike Malone told reporters that Mason Plumlee will likely not start Friday vs. Phoenix.

    Advice: Malone said he would start "start mixing and matching starting power forwards for the foreseeable future." The goal is to get Nikola Jokic more time at center. Plumlee has been consistent but offers a limited upside in fantasy. Now that he won't be starting, his value takes an additional hit. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:44 am
  • Jamal Murray (head) upgraded to questionable
    Jamal Murray (concussion protocol) has been upgraded to questionable for Friday's game vs. Phoenix.

    Advice: Murray missed Wednesday's game after taking a shot to the face Tuesday vs. Dallas. However, Murray told reporters on Friday that he has already had physical activity, including shootaround Friday morning, and will go through warmups before a final decision is made on whether he will play against the Suns. The Nuggets tip off at 9:00 pm EST, so we should have an update when coach Mike Malone speaks to the media at approximately 7:30. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:13 am
     
  • Damian Lillard posts 26 points and 8 dimes
    Damian Lillard scored a game-high 26 points during a 100-86 win over the Pacers on Thursday, adding five rebounds, eight assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: It's safe to say he's back as he's driving more and getting to the line more frequently, too. Since his return on Jan. 10, Lillard averaged 26.0 points, 4.6 boards, 7.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.2 treys on 47.8 percent from the field and 88.6 percent from the line -- 7.0 attempts per game from the charity stripe, too. His fantasy owners can probably expect him to flirt with top-10 value the rest of the way, especially with the Blazers in the thick of the playoff race. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:53 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores six points in loss
    Jeff Teague scored six points with five rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 32 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: He got the Chris Paul treatment, but Teague was playing well coming into this game. It was also somewhat encouraging that coach Tom Thibodeau went back to Teague after a rough night, so he still has some leash. Expect him to be a mid-round point guard in standard leagues. He does get another really tough matchup against the Raptors for his next game. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:43 pm
  • Milos Teodosic has efficient, all-around line
    Milos Teodosic had a nice all-around game on Wednesday with 15 points, five assists, four rebounds, three steals and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Better yet, the veteran 'rookie' made 5-of-9 field goals and 2-of-2 free throws. He's been dogged by inefficiency (37.9% FGs, 78.6% FTs) and poor defensive stats (0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks), so it was nice to see him address those concerns tonight. Let's see if he can do it again on Saturday (at Utah) and Monday (vs. Minnesota). Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • Will Barton puts up 17/6/6 as starting PG
    Will Barton started at point guard against the Clippers on Wednesday, scoring 17 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone gave him some heavy burn again after a 42-minute Tuesday night. Barton is likely looking at another game as the starting PG against the Suns on Friday, so his fantasy owners should be raising their expectations for that game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:51 pm
     
  • Plumlee starting at the four
    Mason Plumlee will start against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Will Barton is sliding over to the point with Jamal Murray not playing tonight. Plumlee has lost a lot of his momentum and getting the start tonight doesn't really change his outlook once Murray can return. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Jamal Murray not expected to play Friday
    Jamal Murray (concussion protocol) is not expected to play on Friday.

    Advice: In case you missed it, he is not going to play tonight. Murray took a shot to his face on Tuesday, but he was able to return to the game. There's a very good chance he did play after he suffered the blow to his head, so expect the Nuggets to be extra cautious. Murray will miss his first NBA game tonight and Will Barton will be running the point in the first unit. Emmanuel Mudiay should be in the rotation off the bench. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:18 pm
     
  • No suspension for Blake Griffin
    Blake Griffin will not be suspended for his Monday incident against the Rockets.

    Advice: This is a small surprise with the Clippers getting off light. Griffin can be put into all lineups and may actually be a strong DFS play against the Nuggets tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:46 pm
  • Mason Plumlee (core) is available
    Mason Plumlee (core) is available to play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The team is calling it a lateral trunk strain and it would appear he'll be out there in a back-to-back set. Plumlee did not play next to Nikola Jokic on Tuesday, and that will probably continue tonight. He's not a great fantasy asset these days. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:05 pm
  • Jamal Murray (concussion protocol) out vs. LA
    Jamal Murray (concussion protocol) will not play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The injury happened on Tuesday night and Murray was diagnosed with a facial contusion. He did return to the game in the fourth, but the team monitored him through the night and Wednesday morning. Murray does not have a timetable to return, but hopefully this is more of a day-to-day issue. With him out, that should mean Emmanuel Mudiay gets in the rotation again while Will Barton plays more PG. That should also open up minutes for Torrey Craig and Malik Beasley.Daily Slant: Believe it or not, with Millsap/Murray and non-active Nuggets off the floor, Emmanuel Mudiay actually leads the team in usage at 25.9% (0.85 FPPM). While the majority of that production came with the second-unit against back-ups, Mudiay does enter the DFS discussion but remains a low-floor/high-ceiling option. Will Barton is the safer target with a higher ceiling, as he figures to pick up ball-handling duties. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:35 pm
     
  • Mason Plumlee (core strain) probable vs. LAC
    Mason Plumlee (core strain) is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Plumlee will likely be dealing with this core strain for the remainder of the season, but it shouldn't cost him any game-time action. He's not worth owning anywhere. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:46 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 31 points in win
    Damian Lillard hit 11-of-19 shots and four 3-pointers for 31 points, five rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 36 minutes of Tuesday's 118-111 win over the Suns.

    Advice: Devin Booker stole the headlines with his 43-point performance, but despite the final score, the Blazers were in control of this game throughout, with Lillard and C.J. McCollum (27 points, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 6 3-pointers) leading the charge. Lillard's been back from his calf injury for four games and hasn't missed a beat, going off for 26 points, 7.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.3 3-pointers in those four games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:49 pm
  • Mason Plumlee plays 14 minutes off bench
    Mason Plumlee moved to the bench on Tuesday vs. Dallas, playing 14 minutes with five points and three rebounds.

    Advice: He played exclusively as the backup center and didn't see any minutes next to Jokic. He was a deep-league asset even as a starter, so he belongs on the wire in most leagues even if this was a temporary move. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:08 pm
  • Will Barton scores 22 points w/ six assists
    Will Barton's move into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. Dallas paid dividends, as he racked up 22 points (9-of-15 FGs), six assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block, two triples and five turnovers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The Nuggets needed a spark after losing four out of their previous five games, so Barton delivered. Maybe it was a matchup move, but it would make sense for Denver to go back to this lineup on Wednesday vs. the Clippers, especially if DeAndre Jordan (ankle) is out. Barton should be owned everywhere. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:00 pm
     
  • Jamal Murray struggles again
    Jamal Murray had another off night on Tuesday vs. Dallas, scoring seven points on 3-of-9 shots in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He added just three rebounds, one assist, one triple and three turnovers, and this comes on the heels of a two-point dud on Saturday. Murray is pretty streaky, but he has no competition for minutes right now and coach Malone went back to him late in the game even though he was cold. He has a great chance to bounce back on Wednesday vs. Milos Teodosic and the Clippers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:51 pm
     
  • Yogi Ferrell goes for 13 & 7 off bench
    Yogi Ferrell moved to the bench with J.J. Barea out (groin) on Tuesday and hit 5-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, two rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 35 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: The Mavs started Maxi Kleber, who did nothing, and Ferrell was instrumental in helping the Mavs win the fourth quarter 33-19 and giving his team a chance to win the game. Ferrell's generally more fun to use when he's starting, but has scored in double figures in four straight games. If you picked him up and used him this week, we're at the halfway mark, with Dallas finishing their week on Saturday against the Blazers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:47 pm
     
  • Dennis Smith Jr. scores 25 in tough loss
    Dennis Smith Jr. hit 11-of-18 shots and 3-of-3 free throws for 25 points, two rebounds, five assists and a steal in 31 minutes of Tuesday's 105-102 loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: Smith helped lead a fourth-quarter comeback when Dallas outscored Denver 33-19, but came up just short. DSJ had a big three-point play near the end that cut the lead to one when he hit the free throw, but he also had a costly late turnover, as well. DSJ is playing very well right now, averaging 18.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five, and has hit 16-of-17 free throws in his last four. He's still learning how to play, but has scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games. Make sure he's in your lineup if Dallas is playing. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:43 pm
  • Jeff Teague cools off on Tuesday
    Jeff Teague hit 6-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, two rebounds, six assists and two steals in 35 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Magic.

    Advice: Teague was coming off a big game against Portland on Sunday when he had 22 points and eight assists, but returned to form tonight. Teague hasn't shot the ball particularly well since returning from his knee injury, but then again, he's only played in four games after missing seven straight with the injury. He should be nearing 100 percent health for the second half of the season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:44 pm
  • Mason Plumlee will come off the bench
    Mason Plumlee will come off the bench on Tuesday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: He was considered probable to play with a core strain, but the Nuggets will make a lineup switch to counter Dallas small-ball lineup. There's no word on whether or not this will be more than a temporary move, but this matchup is better suited for guys like Wilson Chandler and Trey Lyles. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:55 pm
  • Will Barton will start vs. Dallas on Tuesday
    Will Barton will start against the Mavericks on Tuesday.

    Advice: It sounds like this is a matchup move, but Barton is worth deploying in fantasy lineups regardless of where he begins the game. He'll join Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Wilson Chandler and Nikola Jokic in the first unit. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:54 pm
     
  • Nemanja Bjelica ejected Tuesday night
    Nemanja Bjelica was ejected in the second quarter of Tuesday's game vs. Orlando after getting into an altercation with Arron Afflalo.

    Advice: Both players received double technical fouls after jawing at one another earlier in the quarter. Then, a few minutes later, Afflalo threw a right-handed punch to Bjelica's face. Gorgui Dieng could see a few extra minutes in the second half of Tuesday's contest with Bjelica out of the game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:52 pm
  • Jabari Parker (knee) to return before ASG
    Jabari Parker (knee) said that he plans to return before the All-Star break.

    Advice: Specifically, "the first two weeks before the All-Star Game," said Parker. "It’s probably in that area. We just have to see how I keep doing with my pickup games." This is in line with recent updates and projections. All-Star weekend is Feb. 16-18, which means Parker is hoping to return in early February. Parker is worth stashing in deep leagues, especially if you have an open IR-spot. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:52 am
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  • Blake Griffin ejected late Monday vs. Houston
    Blake Griffin was ejected late during Monday's 113-102 victory, finishing with 29 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and a steal in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Griffin and Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni were assessed technicals for exchanging words in the fourth quarter, then Griffin was hit with a second tech after jawing with Trevor Ariza. Blake hit 11-of-22 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs, and his point total was his highest since Nov. 25, a span of nine games and a couple of injuries. The buy-low window will slam shut if he is able to replicate these results Wednesday against the visiting Nuggets. We'll see if there is any disciplinary action after his two techs. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:00 pm
  • John Wall scores 27 points with nine assists
    John Wall went 7-of-22 from the field and 12-of-13 from the line on his way to 27 points, four boards, nine dimes, one triple, three steals, two blocks and four turnovers in 41 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: Wall has finally been trending in a positive direction over the past few weeks, posting averages of 25.9 points, 11.3 assists, 2.1 steals, 1.3 blocks, 1.4 triples and 5.3 turnovers per contest on 44.2% shooting from the field and 70.7% from the stripe, which has been good enough for top-15 value when punting turnovers. Wall hasn’t been great from the charity stripe this season, but as a career 78.5% shooting from the line, it should only be a matter of time until he’s draining those. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:11 pm
     
  • Nemanja Bjelica productive off Wolves' bench
    Nemanja Bjelica had another productive game on Sunday, coming off the bench with five points, five rebounds, one 3-pointer and one assist in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Tom Thibodeau had nothing but praise for Bjelica after Friday's game, when he scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting. "When [Bjelica] plays the small forward position, it makes us real long," he said. "The 3-point shooting is obviously something we need and it opens up the floor. He complements all of our players well, the starters and the bench guys." Thibs' high praise aside, Bjelica isn't a standard-league asset while the Wolves' frontcourt is healthy. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 9:19 pm
  • Jeff Teague picks up 22 points, eight assists
    Jeff Teague lit up the Blazers on Sunday with 22 points on 8-of-15 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs, eight assists, two steals, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Teague just missed his season-high of 23 points, which he set back on Oct. 30. The Wolves are now 4-0 when he scores at least 20 points, but the fact that it's only happened four times is indicative of his supporting role most nights. The best news for fantasy owners is that his knee injury hasn't limited him, and he's again producing mid-round value on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 9:19 pm
  • Damian Lillard's 21/8/6 not enough vs. Wolves
    Damian Lillard had 21 points, eight assists, six rebounds, one steal in a road loss vs. the Wolves on Sunday, making 7-of-14 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Lillard joined Klay Thompson as the only players in NBA history to make at least 100 three-pointers in their first six NBA seasons -- he finished 2-of-6 behind the arc tonight. The Blazers were a fantasy wasteland tonight, other than Lillard and Pat Connaughton, but they should fare much better at home vs. the Suns on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 9:17 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. trending up
    Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said Dennis Smith Jr. has been "earning his minutes" lately.

    Advice: "It's a very precise game, and when you have the ball that much you are going to be in situations where you have to make decisions and make plays -- and he's learning a lot about those kinds of things," Carlisle said. DSJ has played more than 30 minutes just five times since the start of December, but he's now done that three games in a row with averages of 19.3 points, 4.0 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.6 triples in just under 35 minutes per game. His fantasy arrow is finally pointing straight up. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 6:49 am
  • Blue Arrow pointing down on Saturday
    Jamal Murray managed just two points in Saturday's dismal 112-80 loss in San Antonio.

    Advice: Murray was able to hit just 1-of-7 from the floor, going 0-of-3 from behind the arc, while adding two assists and a rebound with a minus-18 rating. The two-point stinker snaps a career-high 10-game streak with double-digit points. He has hit just 2-of-14 (14.3 percent) from the field over the past two outings, as The Blue Arrow is in a bit of a funk. It didn't help facing a decent defensive club on their home court. He should find more room to operate on Tuesday against Dallas. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 8:53 pm
     
  • John Wall drops 16 dimes in OT victory
    John Wall finished with 23 points while tying a season high with 16 assists over 40 minutes in Saturday's overtime victory against the Nets.

    Advice: Wall wasn't the big star on Polish Heritage Night in D.C., as that honor belonged to Marcin Gortat. But Wall made it a successful night and sent the home crowd home happy. If you're wondering what sixteen is in Polish, and who wouldn't be, it's 'szesnascie'. Wall has managed nine or more assists in each of his six January outings, and seven in a row. His six-game run with at least one blocked shot came to an end, however. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 7:34 pm
     
  • Off shooting night for Kemba Walker
    Kemba Walker hit just 5-of-17 from the floor in Saturday's 101-91 loss against the visiting Thunder, finishing with just 19 points.

    Advice: Walker didn't do a lot in the other categories, either, hitting just 2-of-7 from behind the arc while adding just three rebounds, two assists, a steal and five turnovers. There will be better days for the former UConn standout. He'll look to get back on track Sunday in Detroit. He went for 24 points, six rebounds and four assists across 35 minutes on Opening Night in Detroit in the first meeting this season. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 5:18 pm
  • Blake Griffin struggles with shot in win
    Blake Griffin went 3-of-8 from the field and 4-of-4 from the stripe on his way to 11 points, four boards, one 3-pointer, nine assists and five turnovers in 29 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: Ugly shooting has been a consistent issue for Griffin this season, who is currently connecting on a career-worst 42.9% of his shot attempts. Some of that has to do with the fact that he's jacking up a career-high 5.7 triples per contest, but the lack of spacing in Los Angeles hasn't done him any favors either. That said, he's still managed to produce top-60 value on the year and there's room for improvement, so he's someone to think about as a buy-low target. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 4:44 pm
  • Yogi Ferrell double-doubles in overtime loss
    Yogi Ferrell notched an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double in 43 minutes during Saturday's overtime loss to the Lakers.

    Advice: Ferrell also added four assists, one 3-pointer and one steal in the loss, and he tends to play well when given the minutes. As a starter this season, Ferrell has produced averages of 12.1 points, 2.1 triples, 3.7 boards, 3.3 assists and just 1.1 turnovers per game on 43.9% shooting, so as long as he’s starting, he’s worth owning in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 3:02 pm
     
  • Dennis Smith Jr. scores 23 points in OT loss
    Dennis Smith Jr. earned a season-high 39 minutes during Saturday's overtime loss to the Lakers, tallying 23 points, two rebounds, three assists, one steal, three 3-pointers and three turnovers.

    Advice: Smith Jr. came out firing in this one, looking for his shot early and often while relentlessly attacking the rack, and he did a nice job defensively against Lonzo Ball which helped him stay on the floor. It’s been an up-and-down season for DSJ, as Rick Carlisle has made him have to earn everything, but this is his upside and he could be in for a strong second half to the season if he can keep playing like this. "I thought he earned the minutes," Rick Carlisle said after the game. "This is a game all of our young guys will learn from." Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 2:53 pm
  • Mavs sign G Kyle Collinsworth to 10-day deal
    The Mavs have signed Kyle Collinsworth to a 10-day contract.

    Advice: Dallas initially signed Collinsworth to a two-way contract back in December, but then waived him last week to open up a roster spot for Jalen Jones. Collinsworth can be ignored in all fantasy formats, as he is unlikely to crack the Mavs rotation. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 9:21 am
  • Will Barton scores 17 points in start
    Will Barton moved into the starting lineup with Gary Harris (personal) out on Friday vs. the Grizzlies, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three triples in 40 minutes.

    Advice: That's more like it. Barton was cold coming into tonight's game with January averages of 11.6 points, 5.2 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 0.4 steals and 1.6 triples on 35.9% shooting, so he was in need of a confidence booster. Harris was tending to a "private family matter" and could be back on Saturday, so Barton will be back on the bench if that happens. He's worth owning even when his shot isn't falling, as his assists give him a decent floor. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 10:38 pm
     
  • Damian Lillard good for 23 points on Friday
    Damian Lillard (right calf strain) was in the lineup Friday at New Orleans, and he finished with 23 points across 38 minutes.

    Advice: Lillard didn't play with any type of minutes cap, and he hit 9-of-22 from the floor while adding eight assists, three steals and two rebounds. His shot was a bit off, and he was just 2-of-11 from behind the 3-point line, too, but whenever he is in the lineup he is an obvious must-start across the board in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 9:25 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 12 points in win
    Jeff Teague scored 12 points with eight assists, four rebounds, four steals, one triple and three turnovers in 33 minutes vs. the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: It was a step in the right direction after he looked rusty in his return on Wednesday with just eight points over 26 minutes. He was 3-of-11 from the field tonight, but playing 33 minutes in just his second back is a really good sign. It won't be long before he's churning out top-75 value again and that's being conservative. He gets a matchup with the Blazers on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 9:19 pm
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