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  • Buddy Hield (right ankle) will not return
    Buddy Hield (ankle) was helped to the locker room in the fourth quarter and he will not return.

    Advice: He rolled his right ankle as he was trying to put a move on in transition. Hield didn't put weight on his leg at first, but he did put some weight on it as he was helped to the locker room by two staff members. He's almost certainly done tonight, so expect to see Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Pau Gasol swats two shots in Friday's win
    Pau Gasol was good for 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and a pair of 3-pointers in Friday's home win against Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Gasol continues to be very consistent for fantasy owners, at least in the rebounds and assists categories. He he managed at least seven rebounds in four games in a row, and 15 of his 16 outings this season. He also has four assists in each of his past four outings, while hitting the mark in six straight contests. His scoring can yo-yo, but he remains a fantastic fantasy option even at 37 years old. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Anthony Davis (head) goes to locker room
    Anthony Davis went to the locker room on Friday vs. the Nuggets after colliding heads with Nikola Jokic. Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Isaiah Whitehead tweaks shoulder
    Isaiah Whitehead scored five points with one rebound, two assists and four turnovers in 10 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: He did suffer a shoulder injury in this game, so that explains the light playing time. Still, Whitehead really hasn't played well and Caris LeVert looks fine as a backup PG. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Treveon Graham (thigh) does not play
    Treveon Graham (thigh) was a DNP-CD on Friday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He was available to play, but he's not going to be in the rotation consistently with Nicolas Batum back. Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Nicolas Batum scores nine points in loss
    Nicolas Batum scored just nine points on 3-of-7 shooting in 27 minutes vs. the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Steve Clifford did say there would be nights in which Batum would play less while they get him up to speed, and keep in mind that this is the front end of back-to-back set. He added three rebounds and three assists, and hopefully this low workload means he'll be ready to roll on Saturday vs. the Clippers. The Hornets have lost six straight, so we'd expect him to play. Yesterday, 8:27 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tweaks ankle in loss
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tweaked his ankle in Friday's loss to the Bulls, finishing with nine points, four rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He was 3-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, and his ankle injury isn't a huge concern because he was able to return after getting it re-taped. Barring a surprise, MKG should be fine for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers, so keep him active for his rebounds and defensive stats. Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Joe Ingles scores 15 on 150.0 eFG%
    Joe Ingles made all five shots from the field for 15 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: It doesn't get any better than a 150.0 eFG% and that's what he had tonight. Ingles has run the offense a lot in the past couple years for coach Quin Snyder, so he will be asked to create more while Ricky Rubio (Achilles) recovers. Expect Ingles to improve on his numbers from the past two weeks. Yesterday, 8:18 pm
  • Jose Calderon starts in second half
    Jose Calderon was scoreless in 10 minutes off the bench in Friday's overtime loss against the Clippers.

    Advice: Calderon actually started the third quarter with Iman Shumpert nursing a sore knee, but he was unable to seize the opportunity. Instead, it was Dwyane Wade and Kyle Korver stepping up and filling the void. Calderon continues to remain a non-factor for most fantasy owners. Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 22 w/ 10 dimes, 5 triples
    Kyle Lowry scored 22 points with 10 assists, eight rebounds and five 3-pointers in an emphatic win over the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He was remarkably efficient, hitting 8-of-12 from the field and 5-of-7 from deep. Lowry's touches have been reduced from 85.0 in 2016-17 to 74.1 in 2017-18, so that could explain why he's only averaging 14.9 points after a career-high 22.4 PPG last season. With Delon Wright (shoulder) out, there's a good chance that Lowry's touches trend up again. Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • John Wall says he has fluid in his knee
    John Wall said fluid in his knee limited him on Friday in 91-88 loss to the Heat, making 3-of-12 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, eight assists and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He started out 0-of-7 in this game and he wasn't shy about what went wrong in the first half. "I could barely move out there. I couldn’t get the team going. It kind of hurt us," Wall said. He revealed he had treatment on his knee earlier this week, and that his status for Sunday depends how his knee feels in the next day or so. He was in a small slump this month, so perhaps this is why. If he's limited, Tim Frazier would start while Bradley Beal would carry the offense. Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Wes Johnson efficient in Friday's road loss
    Wes Johnson hit 6-of-10 from the floor in Friday's overtime loss in Cleveland, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds.

    Advice: Johnson also chipped in with four blocked shots, four assists and three steals while knocking down three triples, as he gave fantasy owners a little something across the board. He entered the game with just four blocks over his past nine contests, and his double-digit point total was just the second of the season, so those were probably the biggest surprises of the night. Yesterday, 7:33 pm
  • Blake Griffin posts 23 and 12 in OT loss
    Blake Griffin finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a blocked shot across 42 minutes in Friday's overtime loss in Cleveland.

    Advice: The frontcourt did a good job of taking advantage of the weak center position for the Cavs and they nearly pulled off the road upset. He has scored 23 or more points in a season-high three straight outings, and the double-double was just his fourth of the season in 14 contests. He'll be back at it Saturday night in Charlotte, and should get a bigger tests against the likes of Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams and the larger frontcourt of the Hornets. Yesterday, 7:30 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 26 points in loss to MIA
    Bradley Beal scored 26 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: That's his first double-double of the season and the third time he's hit 40 minutes. Beal could be looking at more shots in the short term because John Wall (knee) is a little banged up. On the year, Beal has a 35.8 usage rate and a 61.7 TS% when he's not with Wall, so he could be ready to feast. Beal has been as advertised and should be a top-25 player the rest of the way with first-round upside. Yesterday, 7:25 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan gathers 22 boards in OT loss
    DeAndre Jordan finished with a season-high 20 points, 22 rebounds and three blocked shots in Friday's overtime loss at Cleveland.

    Advice: Jordan was outstanding from the floor, hitting 10-of-12, while doing his usual at the free-throw line (0-of-2). His previous season bests were 14 points and 24 rebounds back on Oct. 19 on the road against the Lakers in the team's opener. He also hadn't had more than more than six buckets in a single game this season, so he really took advantage of the center-less Cavaliers. Yesterday, 7:17 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox starting next to George Hill
    De'Aaron Fox is starting alongside George Hill on Friday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: The Kings have been laughable at times this season, but it's good to see them turn to their point guard of the future. Fox has been pretty inconsistent and is coming off a rough stretch, but he should get better and better. Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Andre Drummond grabs 15 boards
    Andre Drummond scored 11 points with 15 rebounds, five assists, one steal and three blocks in 35 minutes against the Pacers during a 107-100 loss on Friday.

    Advice: This was a bad loss for the Pistons with a 22-point lead during the third quarter. As for Drummond, that makes it 15 straight games with 12-plus boards, which puts him one shy of Moses Malone's record of 16 straight games with 12-plus boards to start an NBA season. While Drummond's free throw shooting has dropped from that absurd 77.8 percent he had as of Nov. 7, at least he's been at 50 percent or better in each of his last four games. Drummond is a playing big minutes and has a chance at a 20-15 in almost any matchup. Yesterday, 6:39 pm
  • David Nwaba (ankle) targeting Sunday
    David Nwaba (ankle) is targeting a return on Sunday.

    Advice: He will have to go through practice on Saturday without any setback, but he looks like he'll be his original timetable of 2-4 weeks back on Nov. 6. Nwaba was outstanding just before his injury and he'll have a chance to be a starter once he's back. He's a decent pickup in deeper leagues, but that could change if Denzel Valentine thrives tonight. Yesterday, 4:06 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha (knee soreness) out Friday
    Thabo Sefolosha (right knee soreness) will not play on Friday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: The Jazz play again on Saturday vs. Orlando, so hopefully they are just resting him for that one. With Sefolosha out, Jonas Jerebko is looking at extended minutes and is worth a look if you need 3-pointers -- he's hit three triples in each of his last two games. Yesterday, 3:54 pm
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) ruled out
    Jon Leuer (ankle) is inactive for Friday against the Pacers.

    Advice: He hasn't been expected to play all day. With Leuer out, it will likely be Eric Moreland getting the backup center minutes because Domantas Sabonis is active. If Sabonis is limited, maybe we get some Boban Marjanovic action. Yesterday, 3:35 pm
  • Norman Powell (hip) ruled out on Friday
    Norman Powell (hip) has been ruled out for Friday against the Knicks.

    Advice: That means OG Anunoby will be in the starting lineup again and he should be playing around 30 minutes. Plus, the Raptors are really going to have to lean on Fred VanVleet today and should use a lot of two-PG lineups -- they used FVV next to Lowry for 13 minutes on Wednesday. Powell is actually a decent stash now because Delon Wright (shoulder) was taking his fourth-quarter minutes. Yesterday, 2:53 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac still has swelling in ankle
    Jonathan Isaac (ankle) is still dealing with swelling and he will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not practice on Friday and it sounds like he could miss more time. With Isaac out, it's been Marreese Speights logging the minutes behind Aaron Gordon while Mario Hezonja was in the rotation for seven minutes in the last one. Isaac is still a decent stash in deeper leagues, especially because he was playing well before the injury. Yesterday, 12:51 pm
  • Mike Conley (Achilles) out at least two weeks
    The Grizzlies have announced that Mike Conley (Achilles) will miss at least two more weeks.

    Advice: Here's the full statement from the team: "Conley will undergo therapy and treatment to help promote healing and alleviate soreness in his left heel and Achilles following consultations with physicians. There is no timetable for his return at this time. Further updates will be provided in approximately two weeks." Mario Chalmers is expected to remain the starter while Conley is sidelined. Chalmers is averaging 11.0 points and 6.0 assists in 27.4 over Memphis' last two games. Tyreke Evans will continue to log heavy minutes off the bench as well. Yesterday, 10:21 am
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) doubtful for Friday
    Coach Stan Van Gundy said Jon Leuer (ankle) didn't participate in the walkthrough and is doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: This is not surprising after it was reported that Leuer had a "flare up" on Thursday. Leuer has missed six straight games due to the ankle issue. Eric Moreland will continue to serve as Andre Drummond's primary backup at center. Yesterday, 9:25 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha (knee) questionable Friday
    Thabo Sefolosha (right knee soreness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. Brooklyn.

    Advice: Sefolosha was averaging 23.4 minutes per game in the three games the Jazz has played since Rudy Gobert (knee) went down. If Thabo is unable to suit up on Friday, Jonas Jerebko would likely remain in the starting lineup and see additional minutes. Ekpe Udoh would also see an uptick in playing time. Yesterday, 9:04 am
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) listed as out Saturday
    Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle) is listed as "out" in the game notes for Saturday's matchup against Utah.

    Advice: This is only a game-notes designation, so we'll have to wait to hear from coach Frank Vogel, either after practice on Friday or Saturday morning after shootaround. Isaac has missed each of Orlando's last two games, but said he was feeling better on Wednesday despite still dealing with discomfort when he moves side-to-side. Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Lakers want Ball to improve shot selection
    Coach Luke Walton said he wants Lonzo Ball to improve his shot selection.

    Advice: Ball has struggled mightily with his shot all season and has been benched in the fourth quarter in each of the Lakers last two games. Walton told reporters that some of Ball's 3-point attempts have been forced and not within the flow of the offense. "If he’s going to his left and they go under (a screen) and he’s in rhythm and wants to pull up and shoot that 3, then we’re good with that. That’s what we want," said Walton. Ball will look to snap out of his slump Friday night vs. the Suns. Yesterday, 7:02 am
  • Greg Monroe scores 20 points with 11 boards
    Greg Monroe scored 20 points in his Suns debut on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 26 minutes during a blowout loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: The Rockets went right at him early in the game and it's part of the reason the Suns were out of it early. The Suns are almost certainly going to be trading him or buying him out at some point because of his expiring contract and maybe this will help them move that along faster than expected. His long-term upside doesn't sound great, but the Suns really don't have much direction. If you want to pick him up to use him before he's dealt and you need a big man, it's not a bad idea. Thursday, 10:04 pm
  • Greg Monroe will start at center vs. Rockets
    Greg Monroe will start at center against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: The Suns will get their new trade chip out there in what is going to be a really tough matchup for him. Monroe has not played since Oct. 26 due to his calf injury and has been inactive since the Suns traded for him on Nov. 7. It's very unlikely that Monroe will be on the roster in a couple months and the Suns continue to talk about development of their young players, so the bar shouldn't be very high on Moose. Alex Len should still be able to get minutes in the 20s tonight. Clint Capela is probably in for a big night. Thursday, 5:48 pm
  • Treveon Graham questionable for Friday
    Treveon Graham (thigh) is questionable for Friday against the

    Advice: With Nicolas Batum back in action, Graham isn't expected to be in the rotation. Thursday, 1:56 pm
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) had a flare up
    Jon Leuer (ankle) felt tight on Wednesday on and had a "flare up" on Thursday.

    Advice: He did not practice today after he did not play on Wednesday. Leuer was available to play, but the tightness kept him out. If he's out again, Eric Moreland could get minutes in the upper teens like his 19 on Wednesday. Thursday, 1:20 pm
  • Greg Monroe (calf) says he's playing Thursday
    Greg Monroe (calf) said he's been told he will play against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: It will be his debut for his new team and it's still unclear how much he'll play. Monroe has been on the practice court for about a week, so he may be able to get 20-24 minutes. Most indications are that the Suns won't be keeping him for long, so it'll be tough to count on him in the long term. Alex Len should still have a solid role with minutes in the mid 20s. Thursday, 11:27 am
  • David Nwaba (ankle) not ready to return
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said David Nwaba (ankle) isn't ready to return to action yet.

    Advice: He was given a 2-4 week timetable nearly two weeks ago, but Hoiberg said he still has some soreness. "We miss David a lot. He's a downhill threat and very athletic wing who can get into the paint," Hoiberg said. "We miss his defensive intensity and rebounding. The important thing is to get him right." Nwaba is only worth stashing in very deep leagues, while Denzel Valentine and Paul Zipser will continue to see a bump in minutes in his absence. Thursday, 7:12 am
  • Big Benching Brand: Lonzo doesn't play in 4Q
    Lonzo Ball got benched again on Wednesday during a loss to the 76ers, making 1-of-9 from the field for two points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Uh oh. He didn't play in final 16:04 tonight, and didn't play in the final 14:47 on Monday. This benching has been compounded by Jordan Clarkson getting hot these days, which won't go on forever. Ball has just been a complete disaster as a scorer with his 36.4 TS% on his 19.1 usage rate on the season. How bad is that? Well, no scoring qualifier has finished a season with a usage rate of at least 19 and a TS% below 39. We all knew Ball wasn't going to be a plus scorer, but he's off to one of the worst starts in history from an efficiency standpoint. Hopefully you're punting FG% anyway, and at least Ball has nowhere to go but up. Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores season-high 22 points
    Kyle Lowry posted season-highs with 22 points and 11 rebounds during a 125-116 win over the Pelicans on Wednesday, adding nine assists and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Shockingly, this was his first 20-plus scoring game of the year with two 19-point efforts in his previous two. It's not hard to see what the difference is because Lowry has gone to the line 21 times in the last three games, which is more than the 17 he had in the first 11 games combined. There could still be a chance to buy low on Lowry and his patient owners have to be feeling a lot better. Wednesday, 9:20 pm
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) gets healthy DNP-CD
    Jon Leuer (sprained left ankle) was available to play on Wednesday but he didn't leave Detroit's bench.

    Advice: Leuer is part of a big-man committee for the Pistons, but tonight it was Eric Moreland playing 19 minutes to finish scoreless with nine boards and two blocks. Neither guy is a fantasy asset while Andre Drummond, Tobias Harris and Anthony Tolliver (nine points in 31 minutes) are healthy. Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores just 19 points
    Anthony Davis scored 19 points with five rebounds, one assist, one block, three steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes during a 125-116 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Surprisingly, he hasn't hit 20 points in three of his last four despite playing 34 minutes in each. He was actually good efficiency wise in all of those, but the usage was the problem with his usage rate ranging from 17.8 to 21.7 in this four-game cold streak. Before this, he was below 22 in just one game, but there's still little reason to be worried. AD is a monster this year and he won't need a 30 usage rate to be fantasy's top player if healthy. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist breaks out w/ 22 pts
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist broke out on Wednesday for a season-high 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Guess who the most popular waiver-wire pickup will be tomorrow? MKG had struggled to find a rhythm while missing six games for personal reasons, but it all clicked for him tonight. He didn't just score at the rim, either, going 5-of-6 on shots outside the paint. He's on the wire in plenty of leagues, and is worth grabbing if you need boards and defensive stats. Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Nicolas Batum gets 16/6/5 in return Wednesday
    Nicolas Batum returned to action on Wednesday with 16 points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Batum hopped right into the starting lineup, with Jeremy Lamb coming off the bench, and it looks like all systems go for the veteran swingman. The playing time was a welcome surprise for his first game back, and he doesn't have any restrictions, so fire him up for Charlotte's back-to-back games on Friday (at Chicago) and Saturday (vs. the Clippers). Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • John Wall scores 27 points in win vs. Heat
    John Wall made 9-of-21 from the field for 27 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers during a 102-93 win over the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's the Wall we know and it's just the second time this year he only had one turnover. Wall had an eight-game streak of not hitting 30.0 for his usage rate and he failed to score at least 25 points in his previous games since Oct. 21, so a big game here alleviates some concern that his shoulder issue from earlier this month was holding him back. Expect Wall to bust out with more lines like this one. Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 26 points vs. Heat
    Bradley Beal made 6-of-19 from the field for 26 points with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: He made a season-high 13 free throws on 14 attempts, so that was his saving grace tonight. Beal is starting to heat up in the scoring department with 27 points per game in November, and he's adding more to his stat line. He is starting to look like the player that turned in first-round value after the break last year. Wednesday, 7:48 pm
  • Buddy Hield shoots 2-of-8, chips in elsewhere
    Buddy Hield was quiet during the Kings' blowout loss in Atlanta, going 2-of-8 from the field for six points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Hield also had one block and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes of action, so it wasn't a total loss for fantasy owners. The entire Kings team was awful tonight, and they lost by 46 points, so there's not a lot to glean from this game. Wednesday, 7:29 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox quiet in 19 minutes vs. Hawks
    De'Aaron Fox had two points on 1-of-4 shooting, two assists, two steals and one rebound in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 46-point loss in Atlanta.

    Advice: Fox is now shooting just 10-of-34 in his past four games, and he's under 20% from downtown on the season. The upside is there, and he should only get better as the season continues, but most owners should keep him benched until he heats up. Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) sheds walking boot
    Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle) won't play on Wednesday, but he was seen without a walking boot.

    Advice: Isaac said that he "still feels discomfort when he moves side to side," but he's feeling better. Orlando will play it safe but he gets a few days off before Saturday's game vs. the Blazers, so there's a chance we'll see him this weekend. Wednesday, 5:55 pm
  • Treveon Graham (thigh) out Wednesday vs. CLE
    Treveon Graham (thigh) will not play Wednesday vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: With Nicolas Batum (elbow) getting back to the court tonight, Graham might not be in the rotation moving forward. Leave him on the wire. Wednesday, 4:08 pm
  • Norman Powell out, OG Anunoby starting
    Norman Powell (hip) will remain on the sidelines for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, allowing OG Anunoby to earn another start.

    Advice: Anunoby played very well through 30 minutes as a starter on Tuesday, registering 16 points, three triples, two boards, one assist and one steal, although head coach Dwane Casey said he will try and keep his minutes down on the second leg of a back-to-back, thus limiting his DFS appeal. The Raptors play again Friday vs. New York and we'll be considering Powell questionable for that one, but he's been too up-and-down this season to warrant a hold in standard 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 3:42 pm
  • Mike Conley (Achilles) will not play vs. Indy
    Mike Conley (Achilles) will sit out against Indiana on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is day-to-day, but coach David Fizdale said this is something he's been struggling with since Day-1, so it sounds like there could be additional maintenance on his foot going forward. Conley's fantasy value has dropped in a big way, and it could be a while before he's 100 percent. His value is probably too low to trade, so his fantasy owners may want to just sit tight until he can get it going again. Mario Chalmers is worth a look in 12-team leagues while Andrew Harrison should get minutes, as well. Tyreke Evans should be busy in the second unit. Wednesday, 3:33 pm
  • Nicolas Batum expected to play 20-22 minutes
    Nicolas Batum (elbow) is expected to play between 20-22 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be starting with Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams and Dwight Howard, so Jeremy Lamb moves to the bench here. Batum is still likely going to have his minutes managed for a couple games, but he should be added in all leagues. As for Lamb, he may still have value because coach Steve Clifford said he wants to play him heavy minutes. Wednesday, 3:21 pm
  • Greg Monroe is questionable for Thursday
    Greg Monroe (calf) is questionable to play against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: He has been working out for about a week, so he may be over his calf injury. On the other hand, there is plenty of talk of a buyout or trade, so that could be a factor on Monroe's availability. He's not really worth stashing in most formats. Wednesday, 11:56 am
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) available to play Wednesday
    Jon Leuer (ankle) will be available to play Wednesday against Milwaukee.

    Advice: He's spent the past five games on the sidelines, so the Pistons may want to ease him back into things with limited minutes. Anthony Tolliver and Eric Moreland might not play as much tonight, but none of these guys can be considered viable targets in most settings. Wednesday, 9:36 am
  • Mike Conley (Achilles) skips shootaround
    Mike Conley (left Achilles) did not participate during shootaround and remains questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Conley looks to be headed for a game-time call, but given his history with Achilles issues, the Grizzlies may want to play it safe and give him the night off. After Wednesday, the Grizzlies don't play again until Saturday, so if Conley sits that would give him a full four days to rest his sore left Achilles. Mario Chalmers will draw the start if Conley sits, and there will be more shots to go around for guys like Tyreke Evans and Marc Gasol. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 9:11 am
  • Pau Gasol quiet in win over Mavericks
    Pau Gasol hit just 1-of-5 shots in 23 minutes to finish with two points, 10 rebounds and four assists in Tuesday's 97-91 win over the Mavericks.

    Advice: He didn't hit a 3-pointer, record a steal or block a shot, so this was a disappointing night against the Mavericks, who tend to struggle against opposing centers. And with the Spurs playing again on Wednesday night, Gasol is a strong candidate to sit that one out. On a positive note, Gregg Popovich became the fastest NBA coach to 500 road wins, getting there in just 835 away games - 41 fewer than Pat Riley. Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • Kyle Lowry double-doubles in win over HOU
    Kyle Lowry hit just 4-of-12 shots and two 3-pointers, but also made 9-of-10 free throws for 19 points, five rebounds, 10 assists and a steal in 37 minutes of Tuesday's 129-113 spanking of the Rockets on Tuesday.

    Advice: This was just his fourth double-double of the season and while the shooting wasn't great, Lowry's owners have to be feeling better with his play of late. He's averaging 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.8 3-pointers over his last four games and is still an elite fantasy point guard, despite his slow start to the season. Tuesday, 8:05 pm
  • Isaiah Whitehead plays just six minutes
    Isaiah Whitehead played just six minutes vs. the Celtics on Tuesday with zero points on three shots with two rebounds.

    Advice: He was expected to get some burn with D'Angelo Russell (knee) on the shelf, but the Nets gave Spencer Dinwiddie the start and Caris LeVert ran some point as well. Tonight's game confirmed that Whitehead can be left on the wire in almost all leagues. Tuesday, 6:57 pm
  • Mike Conley (Achilles) questionable Wednesday
    Mike Conley (left Achilles) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: Conley will never be one to make excuses, but coming off a 2-of-12 shooting performance, it's tough to try and say that the Achilles issue isn't affecting him. This is the same Achilles that limited him to just 56 games during his 2015-16 campaign, so the Grizzlies may want to give him some time off to avoid this turning into a lingering issue. If he's out, Mario Chalmers would likely draw the start and Marc Gasol would see a spike in usage. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 2:59 pm
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) questionable for Wednesday
    Stan Van Gundy said Jon Leuer (ankle) participated fully in practice on Tuesday and is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Milwaukee.

    Advice: Leuer has missed five consecutive contests since spraining his ankle back on Halloween. If Leuer is out again on Wednesday, Anthony Tolliver and Eric Moreland will again soak up most of his minutes. Tuesday, 10:58 am
  • Norman Powell (hip) ruled out on Tuesday
    Norman Powell (right hip pointer) has officially been ruled out of Tuesday's matchup vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Powell not playing has been the expected outcome since he injured his hip during Sunday's game and left the arena on crutches. He has ditched the crutches but is not yet ready to return to game action. With Powell sidelined, C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby will soak up additional minutes. Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • Norman Powell (right hip) remains doubtful
    Coach Dwane Casey says Norman Powell (right hip) remains doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: Casey told reporters after shootaround: "I don’t think he’s going to play." We should have confirmation when Casey speaks with the media prior to tip-off. C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby will see an uptick in minutes with Powell sidelined. Tuesday, 10:02 am
  • Nicolas Batum (elbow) will start Wednesday
    Coach Steve Clifford said Nicolas Batum (elbow) will start Wednesday vs. Cleveland but will play limited minutes.

    Advice: This is the confirmation Batum owners were hoping for. Last season, Batum averaged 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.8 treys and 1.1 steals over 34.0 minutes. He ranked 59th overall in nine-category fantasy leagues. There is no reason to believe he won't replicate similar production over the final 70 games of the 2017-18 campaign. With Batum back in the starting lineup, Jeremy Lamb will be bumped to the bench. Tuesday, 9:06 am
  • Lakers won't change Lonzo Ball's form
    Lakers president Magic Johnson said that the coaching staff won't attempt to fix or change Lonzo Ball's form this season.

    Advice: Ball is shooting just 31.3 percent from the floor, 25.0 percent from 3-point territory and 50.0 percent from the free-throw stripe. "Let him shoot the way he's been shooting and hopefully they'll go in," said Magic. "And so, we're not gonna mess with it. If after the season, and he's not shooting well, then we'll sit down with him and say, 'Hey, let's maybe look at a different way or let's try to improve the way you are shooting." Tuesday, 7:20 am
  • DeAndre Jordan stifled by the Process
    DeAndre Jordan hit just 1-of-2 shots and never went to the line on Monday, finishing with two points, five rebounds and a block against Joel Embiid.

    Advice: DAJ was on the bench laughing to himself after fouling out, probably in awe of how Embiid was able to render him useless tonight. Look for him to bounce back and take out some anger on the center-less Cavaliers on Friday. Monday, 10:28 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 29 in loss to Sixers
    Blake Griffin hit 10-of-25 shots and three 3-pointers for 29 points, six rebounds, five assists, a block and five turnovers in 36 minutes of Monday's loss to Philly.

    Advice: He also hit 6-of-8 free throws and came in shooting 78 percent from the free throw line. Based on where he was a couple years ago, the free throw turnaround is fantastic, as he's a career 68 percent shooter from the line. And over his last five games, he's hit 82 percent of them to go along with his 22 points, 6.6 boards, 5.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 3-pointers. Monday, 10:26 pm
  • Lonzo Ball scores seven points in win
    Lonzo Ball made 3-of-10 from the field for seven points during a 100-93 win over the Suns on Monday, adding five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: No triple-double here and he couldn't come close to matching his career-high 29 he had against the Suns last time he played them, but the Lakers did break their three-game losing streak. Plus, coach Luke Walton benched Ball down the stretch because Jordan Clarkson was playing well. Ball is still really struggling with his jumper at just 25.2 percent on those 107 attempts, and he's also had 11 of his 59 layups get blocked as well. Ball is also terrible as a transition scorer, which he'll really need to improve in this offense. Monday, 9:32 pm
  • Mike Conley scores 7 points on 2-of-12 FGs
    Mike Conley scored a season-low seven points and hit just 2-of-12 shots in Monday's loss to the Bucks.

    Advice: As referenced in the link below, Conley's shooting numbers are down across the board this season. Despite playing 33 minutes, he wasn't productive in other areas of the boxscore either with two assists, one steal and two triples. Conley did miss a game on Nov. 1 due to an Achilles issue, so maybe he's not 100 percent. However, if he is healthy then he's way too good to not snap out of this funk, so this could be a great buy-low opportunity. Monday, 8:50 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores 13 points off bench
    Thabo Sefolosha came off the bench and hit 5-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points, two rebounds, one assist and zero steals in 22 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: He might get some starts with Rudy Gobert out with a leg injury, but Jonas Jerebko got the nod tonight. Sefolosha is a steals specialist and had five of them on Saturday, but came away empty handed in this one. However, the three 3-pointers were a season high. Monday, 8:43 pm
  • Joe Ingles posts goose egg on Monday
    Joe Ingles missed all six of his shots and failed to score in 24 minutes of Monday's loss to the Wolves.

    Advice: He did have five assists, but this was a disappointing start to the week for Ingles. Despite the off night, he should still be owned in 12-team leagues. The last time he failed to score in a regular-season game was on Jan. 13, 2016. Monday, 8:31 pm
  • Anthony Davis plays through back scare
    Anthony Davis played through an apparent back injury on Monday and hit 5-of-7 shots for 13 points, 10 rebounds, seven dimes, two steals and four blocks in 38 minutes of a 106-105 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: He slipped on a mop and appeared to tweak his back, but stayed on the court. The 13 points were easily a season low for a full night of work, although he also had a two-point game when he played just five minutes on Oct. 24. He's always an injury risk but he's been able to stay on the court for all but two games early in the season, so now we just have to hope his back feels good when he wakes up in the morning. He should be fine.. Monday, 7:53 pm
  • John Wall ultra efficient in easy win
    John Wall hit 8-of-9 shots and 4-of-4 3-pointers on his way to 21 points, two rebounds, nine assists and a steal in just 27 minutes.

    Advice: There's not really news here, as Wall's capable of doing this every time out, but it's not often you'll see him have a one-miss game. Monday, 6:58 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox hits 3-of-10 shots in loss
    De'Aaron Fox hit just 3-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points, three rebounds and five assists in Monday's loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Fox has yet to have a mind-blowing game but he's been close a couple times. He hasn't scored more than 14 points in any of his November games, after scoring 14 or more in five of his seven October games. Fox has cooled off a bit, but he's too good a player and in too great a position to not be owned in all fantasy leagues. The big one is coming. Monday, 6:41 pm
  • Buddy Hield plays nice game on Monday
    Buddy Hield played 26 minutes and hit 5-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in Monday's loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Hield wasn't filling it up tonight, but came through with the threes and steals. He's been great lately after previously struggling with his shot, averaging 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.6 3-pointers while shooting it a lights-out 48 percent over his last five games. Monday, 6:38 pm
  • Norman Powell (hip) doubtful for Tuesday
    Norman Powell (right hip) is doubtful to play Tuesday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: The good news is that Powell was no longer sporting crutches at Monday's practice, but the bad news is that he's doubtful and did not participate. OG Anunoby started the second half on Sunday night when Powell went out, which we could see again on Tuesday, and there will also be more minutes available for C.J. Miles. Stay tuned. Monday, 12:31 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) wearing a walking boot
    Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle) was spotted sporting a walking boot on Monday.

    Advice: Isaac has already been ruled out for Monday's game against the Warriors, but the fact that he's sporting a walking boot would suggest his absence could extend well beyond Monday's game. With him out, Aaron Gordon will get all the burn he can handle, and Jonathon Simmons could see a slight uptick in minutes. Monday, 12:04 pm
  • Treveon Graham (thigh) misses practice
    Treveon Graham (thigh contusion) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: This may not even matter, as Graham will likely fall out of the rotation with Nicolas Batum (elbow) expected back on Wednesday vs. Cleveland. Graham belongs on the waiver wire. Monday, 9:47 am
  • Nicolas Batum expected to play vs. CLE
    According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Nicolas Batum (elbow) "should" play on Wednesday vs. the Cavaliers barring a setback.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Batum made it through a full-court 5-on-5 scrimmage on Sunday. "I bet he got an assist to everybody he played with today," Marvin Williams said. "There were a couple of times when he hit me wide-open and I wasn’t expecting the ball." The Hornets are planning to scrimmage again on Monday, so it'll be interesting to see how his elbow responds. While he will be brought along slowly in the early going, Batum has to be owned everywhere. Monday, 7:12 am
  • Andre Drummond grabs 17 boards vs. Heat
    Andre Drummond made 3-of-8 FGs and 2-of-4 FTs for eight points on Sunday, but he added a game-high 17 rebounds, four assists and one block in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The Pistons didn't lose during their five-game homestand, improving their record to an impressive 10-3, trailing only the red-hot Celtics in the East. Drummond now has at least 12 rebounds in every game this season, putting him in Moses Malone territory, and he's holding onto top-25 roto value even with his FT% slipping on a nightly basis. Sunday, 4:15 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 19 points with seven dimes
    Kyle Lowry scored an efficient 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting Sunday, to go with four 3-pointers, seven assists, one rebound, one steal and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Lowry started the game out ultra-aggressive and racked up five free throws within the first two minutes of the game, but then he got into some foul trouble during the third quarter and that kind of took him out of his rhythm. Still, he's been trending up over the past week with averages of 18.0 points, 4.7 boards, 6.7 assists, 3.0 triples and 2.3 turnovers per game, which has been good enough for top-30 value in 9-cat leagues. He also passed Andrea Bargnani (6,581) for fourth on Raptors all-time scoring list in this one, but he's still a long ways away from catching Vince Carter (9,420). Sunday, 3:41 pm
  • Norman Powell (right hip) leaves on crutches
    Norman Powell (right hip) left the arena on crutches after Sunday's game.

    Advice: It was called a hip pointer injury and although the crutches aren't a good sign, we'll wait for an update before speculating as to the severity. If Powell isn't ready to play vs. the Rockets on Tuesday, C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby should be called on to absorb his minutes. Sunday, 3:23 pm
  • Norman Powell (hip) will not return Sunday
    Norman Powell exited Sunday's game with a right hip pointer injury, and he will not return.

    Advice: Powell was able to limp his way back to the locker room after taking a knee from Aron Baynes, but was ruled out pretty quickly, so for now, we're going to have to consider him questionable for Tuesday's game in Houston. He'll end his evening with one rebound, one assist, one steal and zero points in seven minutes and his absence should lead to more minutes for C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby. Sunday, 1:19 pm
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) out Sunday vs. the Heat
    Jon Leuer (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: This will be No. 5 on the sidelines for Leuer, and there haven't been many reports of him making much progress, so he should be considered questionable at best for Wednesday's game in Milwaukee. Anthony Tolliver and Eric Moreland will continue to see an uptick in minutes sans Leuer, but that doesn't mean much in fantasy hoops. Sunday, 11:31 am
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) ruled out Monday
    Jonathan Isaac (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: He left Saturday's game and wasn't able to return, and while X-rays were negative, the severity of the injury is not clear at the moment. With Isaac out, we could see more of Jonathon Simmons on Monday because the Magic will need his defense against the defending champs. Sunday, 10:17 am
  • Nicolas Batum looks 'great' in 5-on-5
    Nicolas Batum (elbow) looked "great" at practice during a 5-on-5 scrimmage.

    Advice: He was cleared for full contact a couple days ago and it sounds like he has a really good chance to make his season debut on Wednesday vs. the Cavaliers. Batum will be brought along slowly, and coach Steve Clifford even hinted that he could come off the bench. He needs to be owned everywhere, but expectations should be held in check in the early going. Jeremy Lamb's owners should sit tight while we see how this rotation unfolds. Sunday, 10:01 am
  • Isaiah Whitehead scores eight points
    Isaiah Whitehead scored eight points with two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 13 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: Before tonight, coach Kenny Atkinson has said he wanted to play Spencer Dinwiddie and D'Angelo Russell (knee) together more, but he said he didn't want to do that until Whitehead steps up. Now, the Nets may have no choice but to play Whitehead because of Russell getting hurt tonight. He's a speculative add in super deep leagues. Saturday, 10:20 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha records five steals
    Thabo Sefolosha was in the starting lineup Saturday against Brooklyn with Rudy Gobert (knee) sidelined and he stepped up with nine points, nine rebounds and five steals across 32 minutes.

    Advice: Sefolosha did a good job with his quick hands, and his insertion into the starting five made sense since the Nets are a smaller team that likes to run. He did a good job at both ends of the floor and finished with a game-high plus-17 rating. It's uncertain if Gobert will need more time to heal, but Sefolosha might come off the bench Monday with a bigger Timberwolves team coming to Salt Lake. Saturday, 9:58 pm
  • Pau Gasol goes for 21 and 10 in blowout
    Pau Gasol finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot across 27 minutes in Saturday's 133-94 rout of the Bulls.

    Advice: The veteran didn't see any disruption to his playing time despite the lopsided nature of the game. In fact, he saw seven more minutes than he did last time out on Friday night against the Bucks. He finished 8-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-3 from behind the arc, while knocking down at least one triple in a season-high four consecutive outings. Saturday, 9:33 pm
  • Lonzo Ball makes NBA history w/ triple-double
    Lonzo Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double on Saturday, scoring 19 points with 13 assists, 12 rebounds, four blocks, three steals and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Ball is 20 years and 15 days old, so he beat out LeBron James by five days. The rookie's historic night included efficient 7-of-12 shooting from the field, but L.A. still didn't have enough to avoid their fifth loss in six road games this season. Luke Walton said recently that "any time you turn on any sports show, all the talk about is [Ball's] shot," but that won't be the case this weekend. The rookie's percentages (29.2% FGs, 50.0% FTs) are a massive anchor in category leagues, of course, but that doesn't obscure his obscene potential. Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac suffers a right ankle sprain
    Jonathan Isaac suffered an ankle sprain on Saturday and will not return.

    Advice: X-rays were negative for a fracture. He went down near the baseline and limped back to the locker room. Isaac was ruled out about five minutes after the injury, but the Magic were being blown out. He's been very good on defense and has played two positions for the Magic. The rookie finished with two points, four rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 16 minutes. Saturday, 8:07 pm
  • Mike Conley, Marc Gasol play just 28 minutes
    Mike Conley had a forgettable game vs. Houston on Saturday, shooting 4-of-11 from the field for 12 points, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The minutes aren't a concern since there was plenty of garbage time -- Marc Gasol also played 28 minutes while getting 15 points, nine boards and three assists. Houston has been stingy vs. PGs despite the early loss of Chris Paul this season, giving up the 10th-fewest DFS points, and Conley should bounce back vs. the Bucks on Monday. Saturday, 7:53 pm
  • Anthony Davis goes off yet again vs. Clips
    Anthony Davis scored 25 points with 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks, two steals and one turnover in 40 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: He's just incredible and is racking up the stats all over the place, averaging 26.7 points, 11.5 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.2 blocks and 1.1 treys on 58.2 percent from the field and 79.1 percent from the line on the season. Davis' usage rate has dropped to 25.7 this year, but who cares when he's at a beautiful 66.3 TS%? He is fantasy basketball's No. 1 player right now. Stay healthy, big man. Saturday, 7:28 pm
  • Blake Griffin struggling with his shot
    Blake Griffin made 9-of-27 from the field for 26 points in a 111-103 loss to the Pelicans on Saturday, adding four rebounds, six assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: What happened to that 4-0 start? The Clippers are slipping in the standings with their 5-7 record, and Blake's shooting is doing the same thing. In the last three games, Griffin has attempted 59 shots from the field, but he's made just 30.5 percent of them. He is leaning on his jumper a lot more these days, so he'll be more likely to go through slumps like these. He'll snap out of it soon and will try to do so against the 76ers on Monday. Saturday, 7:15 pm
  • John Wall scores 13 points in 24 minutes
    John Wall (illness) played 24 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 13 points with five rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal during a 113-94 win.

    Advice: He missed shootaround because of an illness, but luckily the Wizards were hot late in this game to get it to garbage time to keep his minutes down -- not lucky for fantasy owners, of course. Due to a shoulder injury last weekend and missing a game, Wall's perceived value may be at a low point. However, there's little reason to worry and that shoulder injury was to his non-shooting shoulder, so he could be viewed as a buy-low player. Saturday, 6:47 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha will start, Favors to center
    Thabo Sefolosha will start for Rudy Gobert (knee) against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: It makes a lot of sense against a Nets team that loves to run. Although, Derrick Favors has rarely played next to four smaller players, so this is a lot of pressure on him. Saturday, 5:23 pm
  • John Wall (illness) will start against Hawks
    John Wall (illness) will start against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was called probable for this game earlier today, but he may be slightly limited because he didn't go through shootaround. Wall lit up the Hawks in the playoffs last year with averages of 29.5 points, 10.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.5 treys in those six games. It's possible he can flirt with this numbers in what should be a very fast game. Saturday, 2:25 pm
  • Report: John Wall (illness) probable vs. ATL
    John Wall (illness) is "probable" to play against the Hawks on Saturday, according to team reporter Ben Standig.

    Advice: Just to clarify, this is not your typical probable tag like say the Hawks would use. He is officially questionable for this game, so a fair estimate would be he has a 75 percent chance to play in this game. For now, his fantasy owners can pencil him into their lineups in a great matchup. Saturday, 11:14 am
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) questionable for Sunday
    Coach Stan Van Gundy said Jon Leuer (ankle) was "questionable at best" for Sunday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Leuer has missed four straight games and hasn't suited up since badly spraining his ankle on Halloween. Anthony Tolliver and Eric Moreland have seen more consistent playing time with Leuer out of action. Saturday, 9:36 am
  • John Wall (illness) questionable for Saturday
    John Wall (illness) was unable to participate in shootaround and is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: If Wall is unable to play on Saturday, Tim Frazier would slide into the starting lineup. Frazier has started one game in place of Wall this season. Frazier finished with four points, one rebound and eight assists over 31 minutes in that previous start. We may have to wait until coach Scott Brooks' pre-game meeting with the media to get an update on Wall's status for Saturday night. Saturday, 8:54 am
  • Report: Cavs have interest in Greg Monroe
    The Cavs have some interest in Greg Monroe, according to Joe Vardon of

    Advice: Suns GM Ryan McDonough said he's "open to a number of different scenarios" regarding the newly acquired Greg Monroe, including flipping him to a new team. Per Vardon's sources, Cleveland might explore such a deal. Vardon adds: "The Cavs, though flawed, have a crowded rotation already, so pursuing Monroe in any way would probably follow or coincide with other roster changes." Saturday, 8:43 am
  • Blake Griffin gets held in check
    Blake Griffin made 5-of-19 from the field for 17 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: Everyone picks on the Thunder these days, but they've been outstanding on defense all season. Griffin couldn't do much damage inside and was left open quite a bit on the outside, but he made just 1-of-7 from deep. He's also been trending down over his last two at just 3-of-14. Griffin gets another really tough matchup against Anthony Davis on Saturday. You'll want to tune in to that one. Friday, 9:39 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac scores a career-high 11 points
    Jonathan Isaac scored a career-high 11 points against the Suns on Friday with six rebounds, one assist, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, it was against the Suns, but Isaac just shows up on tape like few other rookies. He has the potential to be a deadly roll man and he's already showing he has potential range with his five triples. Plus, he is beyond his years as a defender and it looks like he'll make a big impact in steals and blocks one day. The Magic are good, so Isaac may not have much value this season while the team is healthy. Friday, 8:58 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returns to lineup
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) was back in the starting lineup on Friday vs. the Celtics, scoring eight points (4-of-6 FGs) with five rebounds and one block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: MKG has missed a total of six games this season so he's not in the best shape, but he did match his season-high in minutes played. He could be closer to 30 minutes on Wednesday vs. LeBron James and the Cavaliers, so give him a look if you could use some defensive stats and rebounds. Since the Hornets are off for the next four days, you can probably wait a little bit before adding him. Friday, 7:34 pm
  • Andre Drummond dominates with 16/20/7 line
    Andre Drummond turned in a career-high seven assists against the Hawks during a 111-104 win on Friday, adding 16 points, 20 rebounds and two blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He was also 4-of-6 from the line and hit two big free throws in the fourth. Drummond also has tied the second-most games with 12-plus rebounds to start a season in the last 40 years (Mose Malone 16, tied with Kevin Love). The Pistons are playing elite defense and offense this year, and are flying high with their 9-3 record. Drummond's strong preseason was no fluke and he's becoming a monster in DFS. Friday, 7:05 pm
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) will not play on Friday
    Jon Leuer (ankle) will not play against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: He hasn't been expected to play all day. The Pistons are likely going to use Eric Moreland as a backup five, but maybe we see Boban Marjanovic for a second game in a row. Tobias Harris should see more power forward minutes, which should allow Langston Galloway and Reggie Bullock to get more burn on the wing. Friday, 2:33 pm
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) unlikely to play Friday
    Stan Van Gundy told reporters that he doesn't anticipate Jon Leuer (ankle) playing Friday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Friday would mark the fourth consecutive game Leuer has missed due to the sprained ankle. Anthony Tolliver and Eric Moreland had been splitting Leuer's minutes over the first two games he missed. However, Boban Marjanovic cracked the rotation and logged nine minutes on Wednesday. Friday, 8:40 am
  • Treveon Graham (thigh contusion) out Friday
    Treveon Graham (thigh contusion) will not play Friday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Graham is averaging 20.5 minutes per game off the Hornets bench this season. With Graham sidelined, Malik Monk, Jeremy Lamb and Dwayne Bacon will likely divvy up additional minutes on Friday. Friday, 8:06 am
  • De'Aaron Fox makes game-winning jumper
    De'Aaron Fox hit his first NBA game-winning shot with a 19-foot pullup to beat the 76ers 109-108 on Thursday, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds, seven assists and one turnover in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Up until the last shot, he actually didn't shoot the ball well with his 4-of-13 from the field and 3-of-7 from the line. Fox has been hanging in the upper 20s lately with averages of 11.8 points, 2.6 boards, 6.0 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks over his last five. He's not quite as hot as he was earlier this year, but it's just a matter of time before Fox starts to click again. Thursday, 10:09 pm
  • Wall scores 23 in win over Lakers w/ 3 blocks
    John Wall scored a game-high 23 points in Thursday's 111-95 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: The Lakers have allowed the third most fantasy points to PGs this season, so they are lucky Wall didn't go bonkers. He finished a +23 in his 32 minutes, shooting 8-of-18 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line with eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocks. Wall's shoulder is now healthy and tonight's performance from the free throw line was a sigh of relief, as he was hitting 69.6 percent of his attempts prior to Thursday. Thursday, 7:27 pm
  • Norman Powell continuing not to play late
    Norman Powell played 18 minutes with eight points, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey still doesn't trust Powell in the clutch and tonight it was OG Anunoby taking his minutes late in this game -- we've seen Delon Wright also take time from him. Powell has only played in the fourth quarter for just four games on the year and that accounts for only 21 of his 243 minutes, so he may have some work to do to get minutes in the upper 20s per game. It'll be tough to count on him on a nightly basis. Thursday, 7:22 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 18 points with seven dimes
    Kyle Lowry scored 18 points with six rebounds, seven assists, and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: The bad news is he didn't go to the line at all in this game, which has been an alarming trend on the year. He's on pace for a career-low 1.5 free throw attempts per game and is isn't anywhere close to his 6.1 per game from last year or 6.4 in 2015-16. He's obviously not attacking nearly as much, so maybe that'll change. After a brutal start, Lowry finally taking some shots and cleared a 20.0 usage rate for the three straight games before this one -- he did not have consecutive such games before this streak. He's trending up, so there could still be a chance to buy-low at a nice discount for a guy who could still be an early-round performer. Thursday, 7:21 pm
  • Anthony Davis held in check on Thursday
    Anthony Davis scored 18 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks, no turnovers and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Serge Ibaka did a fine job on Davis in this game to keep him in check for the first time in a non-injury game. Since his injury on Oct. 24, AD posted some ridiculous averages of 31.2 points, 12.8 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.5 blocks and 1.2 treys on 58.8 percent from the field in those previous six games. He'll get a must-see matchup against Blake Griffin on Saturday. Thursday, 7:08 pm
  • Lonzo Ball posts 10-8-8, but shoots 3-of-12
    Lonzo Ball notched 10 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one triple in Thursday's 111-95 loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Once again, Ball's efficiency was brutal, as he finished 3-of-12 from the field, 1-of-7 from deep and 3-of-7 from the line with four turnovers-- one of his free throws barely grazed the rim. "Its in my head to be honest," Ball said of his struggles. "I know I can shoot the ball." If you're not punting FG% in 9-category leagues, Ball is doing more harm than good to your fantasy team. Thursday, 6:36 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (elbow) takes on contact
    Nicolas Batum (elbow) took on contact at practice on Thursday and "did it all," according to coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: Coach Clifford did hint that Batum could play more minutes on some nights, and not as many in other matchups. It did also sound like Batum could come off the bench to help organize the second unit, especially with how well Jeremy Lamb has played. The Hornets have their next home game on Nov. 15 against the Cavs, and it feels like Batum has a decent shot to play in that one. He should be added in standard leagues. Thursday, 1:27 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will start on Friday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) will start on Friday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: His minutes are "to be determined" and he did go through practice on Thursday, but we wouldn't expect a full workload since he's been away from the team so much. He'll be tough to trust in fantasy lineups until his minutes trend up, but is worth picking up if you're targeting rebounds and defensive stats. Thursday, 10:05 am
  • Lonzo Ball gets 9/6/5 and four blocked shots
    Lonzo Ball shot 4-of-15 from the field to finish Wednesday's loss with nine points, six assists, five rebounds, one steal and a career-high four blocks.

    Advice: The blocks bolstered tonight's line, but Ball came in shooting horribly from both the field (29.9 percent) and the FT line (53.8 percent), which has ruined his appeal in roto and dragged him down in all category-based leagues. With 11.7 shot attempts per game, he's actually been the single-biggest drag on FG% this year. Wednesday, 8:26 pm
  • Andre Drummond gets 21 boards, 0-of-7 at line
    Andre Drummond grabbed a season-high 21 rebounds on Wednesday, adding 14 points (7-of-9 FGs, 0-of-7 FTs), four assists, one block and four turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Drummond is off to a great start this year, in part because the offense is running through him more often. "He loves to handle the ball, and now he’s getting a chance to do that," Stan Van Gundy said. The only bad news is that Drummond, who came in shooting 75.0 percent at the FT line, missed all seven of his attempts at home tonight. Most owners drafted him thinking he'd tank the category, so we'll take what we can get. Wednesday, 6:51 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist expected to play Fri
    Steve Clifford said he intends to play Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) on Friday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to get in a full practice on Thursday, and if all goes well, his owners can plan on having him available on Friday night. He has missed the past three games, though, so Clifford may keep MKG's minutes in the lower-20s until he gets his conditioning where it needs to be. Wednesday, 4:19 pm
  • Suns open to a number of scenarios on Monroe
    General manager Ryan McDonough said he's "open to a number of different scenarios" on Greg Monroe moving forward.

    Advice: McDonough said the team could play him this year, could look to trade him, or they could buy him out. The Suns are also expected to meet with Monroe to figure out what he wants, but chances are the Suns would try to trade him first. Plus, they only have four weeks to clear a roster spot to convert Mike James' two-way deal to a regular one. Obviously, the Suns made the Eric Bledsoe trade to get the draft pick, so keeping Monroe isn't a priority. Monroe isn't the best pickup in shallower leagues, especially because the Suns really want to play their younger guys in the near future. Wednesday, 12:07 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (elbow) could return Nov. 15
    Nicolas Batum (elbow) is close to being cleared and could return to game action as early as Nov. 15 against the Cavs, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

    Advice: This coincides with the previous timeline from Nov. 1 with Batum possibly making it back Nov. 14-21. He still needs to be cleared and it's certainly possible he's not available for the national TV game on the 15th. Fantasy owners should probably pounce on Batum where he's available. Jeremy Lamb may lose some playing time, especially after Malik Monk's recent improvement. Wednesday, 11:21 am
  • Kidd-Gilchrist expected to practice Thursday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) is expected to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: After MKG left the team last month due to the passing of his grandmother, the team has not shared why he has left the team for a second time. Hopefully, everything is OK with Kidd-Gilchrist and he can play this weekend. If he's back, Dwayne Bacon would likely move back to the bench. MKG should be owned in standard leagues. Wednesday, 11:17 am
  • Isaiah Whitehead was signed by BKN on Tuesday November 7. Wednesday, 12:21 am
  • John Wall returned to action on Tuesday November 7. Wednesday, 12:21 am
  • Buddy Hield keys Kings' win over Thunder
    Buddy Hield came off the bench to hit 7-of-9 shots and 4-of-4 3-pointers for a season-high 21 points, seven rebounds, one assist and two steals in 28 minutes of Sacramento's 94-86 win over the Thunder.

    Advice: Don't look now, but Hield has scored at least 13 points in three straight games and is rebounding the ball and hitting threes. He's averaging 17 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 2.3 3-pointers over his last three games while shooting 61 percent from the floor. He said recently that he lost his shot, but he's certainly found it over his last three games and is now doing what he was supposed to do this season. If he was dropped in your league, he's worth grabbing, even though he could easily cool off again at some point. Tuesday, 10:30 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox goes for 10 & 8 in win
    De'Aaron Fox played 24 minutes off the bench and hit 5-of-10 shots for 10 points, two rebounds, eight assists, a block and five turnovers.

    Advice: It really feels like it's only a matter of time before Fox takes over for George Hill and it's a little surprising that it hasn't already happened. Fox has some rough edges, but the Kings look energized when he's on the court. He should be owned in all leagues until further notice, as he should get better every week and month of the season. Tuesday, 10:25 pm
  • Joe Ingles comes through with 15 points
    Joe Ingles hit 6-of-16 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, six boards, two assists and a steal in 33 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: After a quiet stretch, Jingles has now scored in double figures in three straight games and is averaging 9.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 38 percent shooting in his last five. He should be held in fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 9:13 pm
  • Pau Gasol posts 19/8/6 in 28 minutes vs. LAC
    Pau Gasol finished Tuesday's game with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting, eight rebounds, six assists and a season-high three 3-pointers, helping the Spurs beat the Clippers 120-107 in San Antonio.

    Advice: Pau came in shooting a combined 4-of-16 in his previous two games, but he'd made up for it with strong supporting stats. He didn't have any steals or blocks tonight, but that's the beauty of his game -- in his 16th NBA season, at age 37, he can still find ways to fill up the boxscore. Tuesday, 8:55 pm
  • Wesley Johnson starts, plays 33 minutes Tues
    Wesley Johnson finished Tuesday's loss to the Spurs with 12 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and a pair of 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson scored all 12 points of his points in the first half. He continued to be productive statistically, however, and it looks like he'll log heavy minutes if Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) misses more games. Gallo was struggling to walk on Sunday, so that sounds like a safe bet, but Johnson is still just a streaming option in deeper leagues. Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Norman Powell cools off in win vs. Bulls
    Norman Powell cooled off during Tuesday's home win, chipping in seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with one 3-pointer, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Powell was coming off a season-best 19-point effort on Sunday, but the usage won't always be there while starting alongside Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas. The good news is that he was hot coming in, and coach Dwane Casey praised an increase in his activity, saying, "He’s not tip-toeing around and moving at a slug-like pace." The Raptors aren't bursting with depth, and Powell is a solid hold. Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Kyle Lowry returns in style with 17/6/6 line
    Kyle Lowry, who was ejected from Sunday's game, returned to action with 17 points, six rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer during Tuesday's narrow win vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Lowry made 7-of-13 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs, and he sank a few key buckets to prevent the Raptors from blowing a big lead at home tonight. It's been a rough start shooting for the three-time All-Star, but he also started slow last season -- he shot 43.0 percent in November, then caught fire at 54.0 percent in December. He's sitting on mid-round value and now is the time to buy-low. Tuesday, 7:37 pm
  • John Wall scores 23 points with 14 assists
    John Wall made 5-of-10 from the field and 13-of-18 from the line for 23 points during a 113-99 loss to the Mavs on Tuesday, adding three rebounds, 14 assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Despite the low field goal attempts, Wall was aggressive and looking for his shot. Wall's 18 attempts from the line are the third most he's had in his career, and his dimes were one off his season high. Wall talked about his team's effort today, so presumably his shoulder is feeling OK. He'll get the Lakers on Thursday night. Tuesday, 7:21 pm
  • Anthony Davis dominant in win over Pacers
    Anthony Davis played 41 minutes, hit 14-of-18 shots, 4-of-5 3-pointers and 5-of-8 free throws for 37 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, a steal, two blocks and just two turnovers as the Pelicans broke a seven-game losing streak in Indy with a 117-112 win over the Pacers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Goodness gracious! Davis benefitted early after Boogie Cousins picked up a couple quick fouls, which allowed Davis to dominate on both ends of the court without having to share with his equally impressive teammate. And out of all those big numbers, only the 3-pointers were a season high. This marked his sixth 30-point game of the season and he's averaging 31.4 points, 12.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.4 blocks, 1.0 3-pointers, 2.4 turnovers and just 1.8 personal fouls over his last five games, all while shooting 61 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the line. Tuesday, 6:56 pm
  • Wes Johnson starting vs. the Spurs
    Wes Johnson is starting against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Johnson started the second half of Sunday's game when Danilo Gallinari (glute) was ruled out. Gallo is sitting out tonight and could miss additional time, but Johnson doesn't offer much upside and is a shaky fantasy option at best. Look for Sam Dekker to see a bump in minutes as well. Tuesday, 5:34 pm
  • Woj: Suns will try to trade Greg Monroe
    Greg Monroe and the Suns have not yet begun to discuss a buyout, as Phoenix will first explore trade possibilities, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

    Advice: Whether the Suns quickly flip Monroe in another deal or resort to buying him out, "it is unlikely partnership extends through the end of the season," according to Wojnarowski. From a Phoenix perspective, this trade was merely about ‏adding a future first-round pick and ridding themselves of the disgruntled Bledsoe. Monroe was attractive in large part because he is an expiring contract. This is good news for the fantasy value of both Tyson Chandler and Alex Len. Tuesday, 4:27 pm
  • Greg Monroe officially traded to Phoenix
    The Bucks have offically traded Greg Monroe and a protected first and second-round draft pick to the Suns in exchange for Eric Bledsoe.

    Advice: Monroe's departure opens up major minutes for John Henson in Milwaukee. Thon Maker benefits as well. In Phoenix, both Tyson Chandler and Alex Len will now have to sacrifice playing time, unless the Suns buy-out Chandler or trade Len in order to alleviate the logjam. Monroe was averaging only 15.8 minutes for the Bucks, so the move to PHX won't hurt him. He is currently dealing soreness in his left calf and is likely a week away from returning to game action. We should get a better feel for the situation when coach Jay Triano addresses the media. Tuesday, 2:11 pm
  • Greg Monroe to be traded to Phoenix
    The Bucks are finalizing a trade that will send Greg Monroe and a future first-round pick to the Suns in exchange for Eric Bledsoe.

    Advice: Monroe is currently sidelined due to a sore left calf. He is expected to miss another week of action. When he does return, apparently it will be in Phoenix uniform. John Henson and Thon Maker get a boost as a result of this trade. Henson has started each of Milwaukee's two previous contests and is averaging 4.0 points and 11.5 rebounds over 28.1 minutes in those two games. Monroe will be forced to split time with Tyson Chandler and Alex Len at center, but could also get a lot of run at power forward, as coach Jay Triano doesn't seem enamored with Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender currently. Monroe could do anything from starting to being bought out, so he's nothing more than a stash until we see exactly how the Suns plan on using him. Tuesday, 7:53 am
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