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  • Avery Bradley, Kennard will try to play Weds
    Avery Bradley (groin) and Luke Kennard (thumb) will try to play Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Bradley and Kennard sat out Tuesday's practice, and it's concerning that this groin issue is flaring up again for Bradley after he missed seven games with the same issue in December. Both these guys appear to be headed for a game-time decision, and if they're out, Anthony Tolliver would likely slot back into the starting five and there would be more minutes available for Langston Galloway. Stay tuned. 17 minutes ago
  • Iman Shumpert (knee) practices Wednesday
    Iman Shumpert (knee surgery, foot) practiced on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's inching his way closer to a return, but he won't be much of a factor in the rotation even when he's cleared to play. Leave Shumpert on the wire. 27 minutes ago
  • Derrick Rose, Shumpert practice on Wednesday
    Derrick Rose (ankle) and Iman Shumpert (knee) practiced on Wednesday.

    Advice: Head coach Tyronn Lue wouldn't say whether the two would be available for Thursday's game against the Magic, but their playing status is irrelevant with the Cavs' main guys healthy. 28 minutes ago
  • Larry Nance (hip) probable for Wednesday
    Larry Nance (right hip pointer) is probable to play Wednesday vs. Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Nance tweaked his hip on Monday but was able to play through it, and it sounds like that's what he'll be doing tonight. Check back for official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off. 38 minutes ago
  • Brandon Ingram (ankle) will play on Wednesday
    Brandon Ingram (ankle) will return from a one-game absence on Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Ingram practiced in full on Tuesday, and considering he only missed one game, he shouldn't be dealing with any sort of minutes limit tonight. His return to the court should shift Josh Hart back to the second unit, but with Lonzo Ball (knee) out, Hart's minutes might not take a significant hit. Ingram owners can feel free to get him active. 40 minutes ago
  • Richaun Holmes (illness) out Thursday vs. BOS
    Richaun Holmes (gastroenteritis) will not suit up for Thursday's game in Boston.

    Advice: This will be Holmes second straight game on the sidelines due to the stomach bug, which will translate to more minutes for Trevor Booker and Amir Johnson. Holmes is only worth owning in deep leagues as a Joel Embiid-handcuff. 50 minutes ago
  • Marc Gasol (illness) questionable Wednesday
    Marc Gasol (illness) did not go through shootaround and is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Gasol is likely going to be a game-time call tonight, but if he is forced to the sidelines, Brandan Wright would have an opportunity to start while Tyreke Evans' usage rate would likely go into the ridiculous range. Deyonta Davis would also have the opportunity for some extended minutes, and JaMychal Green would spend more time at the five than usual. Stay tuned. 56 minutes ago
  • Isaiah Thomas working on his conditioning
    Isaiah Thomas said that playing in games is the "only thing" that will help him get his conditioning back because the Cavs "dont practice."

    Advice: "That's the only thing that's gonna help me, because we don't practice. Only thing that's gonna help me is getting reps, running up and down the floor, getting my hip, getting my body accustomed to taking a beating and to running up and down the floor, getting in basketball shape." Thomas might not really start rolling until after the All-Star break, but the fact that he was able to log 32 minutes in Monday's loss to the Warriors was encouraging. Today, 9:31 am
  • Draymond Green, Iguodala won't play Wednesday
    Draymond Green (right shoulder soreness) and Andre Iguodala (calf) will not suit up for Wednesday's game in Chicago.

    Advice: Green said his shoulder feels fine, so we'd expect him to get back out there for Saturday's game in Houston. With both Green and Iguodala watching from the sidelines on Wednesday, Jordan Bell will draw the start and there will be more minutes available for guys like David West, Omri Casspi and Nick Young. Today, 9:10 am
  • Dakari Johnson recalled from the G-League
    Dakari Johnson has been recalled from the G-League.

    Advice: He only plays if the game is a blowout. Today, 8:56 am
  • Frank Kaminsky (ankle) upgraded to probable
    Frank Kaminsky (right ankle sprain) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Kaminsky tweaked his ankle during the fourth quarter of Monday's win over the Pistons, but it looks like he might not need to miss any additional game-time action. Check back for official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off. Today, 8:35 am
  • Report: Bulls shopping Jerian Grant
    The Bulls are reportedly shopping Jerian Grant.

    Advice: With Zach LaVine back, and Kris Dunn excelling at point guard, Grant has become an expendable piece for the Bulls. They also would probably like to get a good look at Cameron Payne (foot) after the All-Star break, and moving Grant would make it easier to do that. It's unlikely Grant will be much more than a backup regardless of where he winds up, so the name on the jersey won't have much impact on his status as a non-option in fantasy hoops. Today, 7:54 am
  • Derrick Favors could be an option for CLE
    Derrick Favors could be a potential trade target for the Cavs, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: Cleveland is looking to add some size, and Favors is available, so it'll be interesting to see if anything becomes of this report. Favors value in Cleveland would depend on the moving pieces, but it's tough to see him improving his stock with the Cavs. He's also been linked to the Bulls, but his value would likely take a hit there if they didn't also move Robin Lopez. Today, 7:30 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis says game slowing down
    Kristaps Porzingis said he was forcing things too much on offense during his cold shooting stretch.

    Advice: "I’m just trying to slow down mentally. That’s helping me know," Porzingis said. "I’m not thinking I need to score as much. I just want to be involved. When the shots come, I’m going to take them, and they’re going to be higher-percentage shots, not as many contested shots and not as much me fighting to get the bucket." Porzingis is adjusting to being the No. 1 guy in the offense, but with Tim Hardaway Jr. back, and Porzingis being more selective with his shots, his shooting percentages should start to trend upward. Today, 7:03 am
  • J.J. Barea (groin) hopeful for Saturday
    J.J. Barea (groin) is hopeful that he'll be able to get back to the court for Saturday's game in Portland.

    Advice: Barea missed Tuesday's game due to the groin issue, but said he "should be okay," and he'll have had a full week off going into Saturday's game so maybe he'll be able to get back out there. If Barea is able to return to the court, Devin Harris' minutes will take a hit. Today, 6:54 am
  • Otto Porter is trying to find his rhythm
    Otto Porter said he's been out of rhythm since returning from the one-game absence last week.

    Advice: "I know I've only been out a [game], but I'm trying to slowly get back mentally and physically to where I was," Porter said. "I'm just trying to get back into rhythm." Over the past seven games, Porter has averaged just 8.9 points per game on 37.7% shooting, so he's certainly struggling at the moment. Head coach Scott Brooks hinted that he'll run some more plays for Porter, but also said that Porter will need to be more aggressive in seeking out his own shot. Today, 5:49 am
  • Rajon Rondo posts nice line in another win
    Rajon Rondo got some revenge against the Celtics Tuesday with seven points, eight assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He's been a bit quiet lately, but is still averaging 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.2 steals over his last five games, hitting 52 percent of his shots. If you can live with the low scoring, he's worth holding. Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Shabazz Napier stays relevant on Tuesday
    Shabazz Napier played through a sore back and hit 5-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, three rebounds, six assists and a steal in 20 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: While it's true he's a must-start any time the Blazers are without Damian Lillard, he's actually managed to stay afloat with Lillard back. He returned to action four games ago and Napier has averaged 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 3-pointers over that stretch, despite sitting out the entire second half on Sunday with the back problem. Those aren't must-own numbers and he's tough to trust with Lillard healthy, but he might be worth grabbing, especially as a Lillard insurance policy. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays just 22 minutes in win
    Jusuf Nurkic hit 4-of-9 shots for nine points, seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 22 minutes of Tuesday's easy win over the Suns.

    Advice: He played the opening six minutes of the game but was then benched for the rest of the first half, despite not being in foul trouble. His minutes got back on track in the second half, but it is concerning that he's only played 22 and 20 minutes in each of his last two games. Nurkic will look to get back on track against the Pacers on Thursday, and then has a dream matchup against the Mavericks on Saturday. Dallas gets torched by opposing centers every night and Nikola Jokic put them on blast for 29 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block tonight. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Troy Daniels scores 18 points vs. Blazers
    Troy Daniels scored 18 points vs. the Blazers on Tuesday, hitting 6-of-13 shots in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He had 11 3-point attempts and connected on six of them, adding one rebound and one steal. Josh Jackson had four fouls which limited him to 23 minutes and T.J. Warren (foot) missed another game, so Daniels stepped up when coach Jay Triano called his name. The Suns only have one more game this week and it's not until Friday, so there's no reason to pick up Daniels in most leagues. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu hits four more treys
    Al-Farouq Aminu hit 5-of-12 shots and four 3-pointers for 14 points, nine rebounds and a block in 28 minutes of Tuesday's easy 118-111 win over the Suns.

    Advice: The Suns had a big fourth quarter (39-26) but still lost by seven, while Aminu bounced back after a quiet game on Sunday, when he had just six points, seven rebounds, a block and zero 3-pointers. Aminu is bouncing around on a lot of waiver wires, but he's quietly averaging 11 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games. He's hit at least one 3-pointer in eight of his nine January games and if you need a big man who can steal and hit 3-pointers, Aminu seems to be coming on after a rather quiet second half of December. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Devin Booker goes off for 43 points in loss
    Devin Booker went off for 43 points in Tuesday's 118-111 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: That's the third game of his career with 40+ points. He did everything he could to give the Suns a chance with 21 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as they dropped their third straight game. He finished 14-of-29 from the field and hit all 10 of his free throws with eight assists, six rebounds, two steals, one block and five triples, becoming the first Phoenix Sun to record 43+ points and 8+ assists since Stephon Marbury in 2003. He's quickly becoming one of the top shooting guards in the NBA. Yesterday, 9:30 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 9:00 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 5:54 pm
  • Shabazz Napier (back) is available vs. Suns
    Shabazz Napier (back) is available to play against the Suns on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's dealing with a strained lower back and left Sunday's game early, but he'll give it a go tonight. He's hard to trust while Damian Lillard is healthy, but he's been terrific for a few weeks and the Blazers need to find more minutes for him. Yesterday, 5:01 pm
  • Mason Plumlee (core strain) probable Tuesday
    Mason Plumlee (core strain) is probable to play Tuesday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: He's been playing through the core strain issue for over a month, and it's likely going to be something he just has to deal with for the rest of the season. Plumlee is not a viable fantasy option in most leagues. Yesterday, 1:08 pm
  • Draymond Green, Iguodala questionable vs. CHI
    Draymond Green (right shoulder soreness) and Andre Iguodala (calf) are questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Green was icing his shoulder after Monday's win, and it's become a reoccurring issue this season, so it wouldn't be all that surprising to see him hit the sidelines on Wednesday night with a matchup against the 16-27 Bulls. The same can be said about Iguodala. If both these guys are out, there minutes will be divvied up between Kevin Durant, David West, Omri Casspi and Jordan Bell. Yesterday, 12:56 pm
  • Dakari Johnson sent down to the G-League
    Dakari Johnson has been assigned to the Thunder's G-League affiliate.

    Advice: No fantasy spin here, as Johnson is irrelevant while Steven Adams is healthy. Yesterday, 12:46 pm
  • Brandon Ingram (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Brandon Ingram (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: Ingram was able to practice in full on Tuesday and said he expects to be back on the court on Wednesday night, and head coach Luke Walton echoed a similar sentiment, so he feels a bit closer to probable. Check back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Larry Nance (hip) questionable for Wednesday
    Larry Nance (right hip pointer) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: Nance played through the hip issue on Monday, but it may have gotten worse overnight. We'll have a better idea on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but if he does need to hit the sidelines, Kyle Kuzma and Julius Randle would pick up most of his minutes. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 12:25 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Frank Kaminsky (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Kaminsky sprained his right ankle during the fourth quarter of Monday's win over the Pistons, and he was in a good amount of pain after the injury, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him sit out Wednesday's game. We should have another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but if he's out, Marvin Williams and Dwight Howard would likely split most of his minutes. Johnny O'Bryant could also get into the rotation, but he wouldn't be a fantasy target. Yesterday, 11:20 am
  • Brandon Ingram (ankle) plans to play Wed
    Brandon Ingram (left ankle sprain) was able to practice with the team on Tuesday and said he was "confident" he would be able to play Wednesday vs. OKC.

    Advice: Ingram, who was held out of Monday's loss to Memphis, did admit he was "a little sore," but was able to sprint and cut on his ankle in Tuesday's practice. The Lakers will determine Ingram's status for Wednesday's game based upon how the ankle responds to Tuesday's activity, but it's worth noting that head coach Luke Walton also said he expects Ingram to play. If he is able to get back out there, Josh Hart would get bumped back to the bench. Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • Avery Bradley (groin) questionable Wednesday
    Avery Bradley (groin) did not practice on Tuesday and is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: This is concerning news, as Bradley was sidelined for seven straight games from mid-December through early January due to a right groin strain. Hopefully, this is more of a maintenance day off for Bradley, as opposed to a re-aggravation. We'll have to wait for a clear update from coach Stan Van Gundy before jumping to conclusions. Luke Kennard (thumb) and Stanley Johnson (hip) are also questionable for Wednesday, which means Detroit may be shorthanded at SG and on the wing. Yesterday, 10:28 am
  • Draymond Green just misses triple-double
    Draymond Green hit 5-of-14 shots and was 0-for-5 from downtown for 11 points, but also had a season-high 16 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks, just missing a triple-double in Monday's win over the Cavaliers.

    Advice: This would have been his third triple-double of the season and it feels like they're tougher to come by across the league this season. Green's not a dynamic scorer on a loaded Warriors' team, but that hasn't stopped him from being worth a second-round fantasy pick. Monday, 8:07 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas hits 8-of-21 shots
    Isaiah Thomas returned from a maintenance rest on Monday but hit just 8-of-21 shots and 1-of-7 3-pointers for 19 points and four assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Maybe we should start calling him the 'Rust Guy' instead of the 'Pizza Guy,' as it's going to take him a minute to shake off the rust after missing seven months with his hip injury. The good news is that he played 32 minutes and hasn't had any issues with the hip, so it should only be a matter of time before he gets the ship righted. Monday, 8:00 pm
  • Derrick Rose could be back very soon
    Derrick Rose might return to the Cavaliers in the next game or two, according to Marv Albert (via Tyronn Lue) on the TNT broadcast Monday night.

    Advice: Rose last played on Nov. 7 and we should have more details on Tuesday, but with Isaiah Thomas back for the Cavs, Rose's role is expected to be fairly limited, if he's even healthy enough to play. Stay tuned. Monday, 7:50 pm
  • Larry Nance double-doubles in loss
    Larry Nance played through a hip injury suffered on Monday and double-doubled with 15 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and three blocks in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He hit 6-of-9 shots and owners might want to monitor him going forward, as he was in a lot of pain after banging hips with Deyonte Davis and was wearing a huge contraption around his waist when he wasn't playing in order to ease the pain. He's double-doubled in two of his last three games and left early with a cut above his eye on Saturday. He's banged up, but playing well when the minutes are there. Monday, 5:22 pm
  • Larry Nance Jr. (back) available to return
    Larry Nance Jr. hurt his back during Monday's game against the Grizzlies, but he's available to return.

    Advice: He got bumped on a drive to the hoop, hit one of two of his freebies and then limped his way back to the locker room. We'll provide another update after the game, but it doesn't seem like he's dealing with anything serious. Monday, 3:43 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis dumps in 26 points
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 26 points with nine rebounds and two blocked shots across 27 minutes in Monday's 119-104 victory at Brooklyn.

    Advice: Porzingis was a solid 8-of-14 from the field, including 2-of-3 from behind the 3-point line, while adding 8-of-11 from the free-throw stripe. His minutes were somewhat limited dude to four personal fouls, but he obviously still had a very nice line. He had a much better time than his last outing aginst the Nets Dec. 14, when he left in the first half with a sore knee. In his previous two full games against Brooklyn he is averaging 28.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per outing. He'll get another crack at them at MSG on Jan. 30. Monday, 2:43 pm
  • Otto Porter hits 3-of-8 shots for 8 points
    Otto Porter's shooting woes continued on Monday, as he went just 3-of-8 from the field on his way to eight points, six boards, two assists, three steals and two turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Porter's jumper has been off in January, as he's been connecting on just 37.9 percent of his field goal attempts, and this was his third game in a row without a single 3-pointer. He's also seen his usage rate dip to just 14.5 over the past seven games, so there's no denying that he's in a dreadful cold streak, but at least he's been coming through with the defensive stats to keep his value afloat. Porter should be able to right the ship soon, so now looks like a good buy-low opportunity. Monday, 2:20 pm
  • Brandon Ingram (ankle) ruled out vs Grizzlies
    Brandon Ingram (left ankle sprain) will not play vs. Memphis on Monday.

    Advice: His absence should yield more playing time for Kyle Kuzma, who had 18 points and 10 rebounds in 36 minutes with Ingram leaving early on Saturday. Corey Brewer should also step up in the rotation, and the Lakers will need a team-wide effort with Lonzo Ball (knee) also unavailable tonight. Monday, 2:12 pm
  • Shabazz Napier (back) questionable Tuesday
    Shabazz Napier (strained lower back) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Phoenix.

    Advice: Napier left during the second quarter of Sunday's game and this is an unfortunate break, as he'd been playing very well the past few weeks. Hopefully we'll get some good news after Portland's shootaround, but if he can't suit up Pat Connaughton should get extra run with the second unit. Monday, 1:39 pm
  • Brandon Ingram a true game-time decision
    Brandon Ingram is a true game-time decision for Monday in Memphis due to a left ankle sprain.

    Advice: He'll try to warm up and see if he can go and it sounds like this one could go either way. We'll know one way or another prior to the 5:30 p.m. tipoff. Monday, 1:17 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky leaves with sprained ankle
    Frank Kaminsky sprained his right ankle with about seven minutes left in the fourth quarter on Monday and never returned, finishing with five points, five rebounds and a 3-pointer on 2-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: He was defending a driving Tobias Harris and rolled it pretty badly on the play. He was down for several moments and in obvious pain, and couldn't stand up the first time he tried. He limped to the bench, and then locker room, and given the amount of pain he was in, it would not be surprising to see him miss at least a game or two due to the injury. Marvin Williams and Johnny O'Bryant would get some extra work if he's out. Monday, 11:39 am
  • J.J. Barea (groin) listed as out Tuesday
    J.J. Barea (groin) is listed as out for Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: This is coming from the team's game notes, but his owners should go ahead and have a backup plan ready. Keep in mind that Dallas has just two games total this week. Dennis Smith Jr., Yogi Ferrell and Devin Harris will all get a bump with Barea expected to sit out. Monday, 10:02 am
  • Richaun Holmes (illness) ruled out Monday
    Richaun Holmes will not play on Monday vs. the Raptors due to an illness.

    Advice: Amir Johnson missed Philly's last game with an illness, but he's currently questionable. If Johnson is unable to back up Joel Embiid, Trevor Booker and Dario Saric might see some time at the five. Holmes hasn't been playing much lately and is just a handcuff for Embiid's owners. Monday, 9:03 am
  • 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. Sunday, 9:17 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu quiet in lopsided road loss
    Al-Farouq Aminu struggled in 21 minutes on Sunday, going 3-of-7 from the field for six points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: Aminu came in averaging 33.0 minutes per game but was the victim of a slow start for Portland -- trailing by 14 points at halftime, coach Terry Stotts wasn't shy about mixing up his rotations in the second half. His shot still isn't falling (42.1 percent in January) but Aminu chips in enough elsewhere to be worth holding in most formats. Sunday, 9:16 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic quiet in 20 minutes vs. Wolves
    Jusuf Nurkic had eight points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in just 20 minutes during Sunday's 120-103 loss in Minnesota.

    Advice: The Blazers' big man has struggled with consistency all season, so this is nothing new for fantasy owners. He was coming off a strong effort in 31 minutes on Friday but couldn't keep up with Karl-Anthony Towns defensively tonight, which helps explain the dip in playing time. We expect to see him back in his typical 24-30 minute range in the Blazers' upcoming three-game week. Sunday, 9:15 pm
  • Shabazz Napier exits Sunday w/ back tightness
    Shabazz Napier (back) didn't play in the second half on Sunday, finishing with nine points, two assists and one block in 12 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Napier was efficient with 3-of-5 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs, but his back "tightened up" during the game, according to coach Terry Stotts. His recent play has ensured him a solid spot in the rotation, but owners will need to check for updates on Monday before relying on him in weekly lineups. If he does miss time, expect Pat Connaughton to pick up most of the slack. Sunday, 9:12 pm
  • Devin Booker gets 15/7/5 in blowout home loss
    Devin Booker shot 5-of-16 from the field for 15 points on Sunday, adding seven assists, five rebounds, two turnovers and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Booker was in foul trouble tonight but that wasn't a real issue, especially since Phoenix let him play down the stretch of a blowout 120-97 defeat. He continues to run the offense more often and the Suns coaching staff is pleased with his playmaking. "Just as a point guard, he’s setting us up, he’s getting us into our offense," coach Jay Triano said before the game. "We’re asking him to be a big scorer, to set everyone up ... It’s a little bit of a new role for him." Booker is poised for a big finish in 2018. Sunday, 7:30 pm
  • Rajon Rondo logs just 24 minutes in OT win
    Rajon Rondo was held to four points on 2-of-7 shooting in Sunday's overtime win over the Knicks, adding four rebounds, five assists, one steal and four turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Rondo struggled with his shot, was sloppy with the rock and played some very subpar defense against Jarrett Jack, which resulted in him getting benched down the stretch in favor of Ian Clark. We'd expect a bounce-back performance on Tuesday with a potential revenage game against the Celtics in Boston. Sunday, 4:13 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 25 points in loss
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points on 10-of-24 shooting Sunday, to go with six boards, four 3-pointers, three assists, five steals, two blocks and three turnovers in 44 minutes.

    Advice: Porzingis had a hot start to the game, but he cooled off after halftime, going 4-of-11 from the field through the second half of action and his usage rate also dipped to 24.5. The Knicks blew a 19-point lead, which was partly due to some miraculous play from Anthony Davis, but they also played fairly horribly as a team on the defensive end. Speaking of terrible defense, Enes Kanter finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one turnover in 36 minutes. Sunday, 4:09 pm
  • Brandon Ingram (ankle) questionable Monday
    Brandon Ingram (mild left ankle sprain) is questionable to play on Monday in Memphis.

    Advice: We'll have a better idea on Ingram's status following Monday morning's shootaround, but if he is forced to watch from the sidelines on MLK Day, there would be more minutes available for Kyle Kuzma and Julius Randle. Josh Hart started the second half on Saturday when Ingram went down, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him get the start if Ingram sits. Sunday, 3:41 pm
  • Thunder recall Dakari Johnson
    The Thunder have recalled Dakari Johnson from the G-League.

    Advice: He was with the OKC Blue for the G-League showcase. Johnson has only played 10 minutes for the Thunder since the start of January because Steven Adams is the only true center in their rotation right now. Sunday, 7:01 am
  • Avery Bradley heats up w/ 26 points, six 3s
    Avery Bradley's shot finally started falling on Saturday, as he went 10-of-19 from the field for 26 points, with a 6-of-10 mark from downtown.

    Advice: Bradley added three rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in 38 minutes vs. the Bulls tonight. Fantasy owners probably did a double-take when looking at the boxscore tonight, as this is the sixth time all season AB has made more than half of his shots. He's starting to warm up after missing a chunk of time with a groin injury, so hopefully owners' patience will continue to pay off. Saturday, 8:46 pm
  • X-rays come back clean on Ingram's ankle
    X-rays came back clean on Brandon Ingram's sprained left ankle, and the Lakers are listing him as day-to-day.

    Advice: Ingram said he wasn't really able to push off his left ankle when he tried to play through the injury, but he'll try and run on it on Sunday and see how he feels. He wants to play on Monday in Memphis but said it will depend on how he feels, so he could be trending towards a game-time decision. Owners can expect to get another update on Sunday, but if he's out on MLK day, more minutes would fall to Kyle Kuzma and Julius Randle, while Josh Hart could earn a start. Saturday, 4:04 pm
  • J.J. Barea goes down with a groin injury
    J.J. Barea did not play during the second half on Saturday after aggravating a groin injury, finishing with five points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle said he had "no idea" on the severity of Barea's injury after the game, so he's likely headed for an MRI. That said, groin injuries can be tricky, so it wouldn't be surprising at all to see this result in an extended absence for the 33-year-old veteran, and if he does need to miss time that would open up minutes for Dennis Smith Jr. and Yogi Ferrell. The Mavs take on the Nuggets on Tuesday, so we should get another update on Barea in the intervening days. Saturday, 3:29 pm
  • Larry Nance exits game cut above left eye
    Larry Nance exited Saturday's game with a cut above his left eye and did not return, finishing with two points and seven boards in 19 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: The extent of Nance's injury is currently unclear at this point, but he'll likely be evaluated for a concussion, and there's a chance he could sit out Monday's game in Memphis. If he does indeed hit the sidelines on Monday, that would open up minutes for Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma. Check back for another update following Monday morning's shootaround. Saturday, 1:45 pm
  • Ingram (ankle) will not return Saturday
    Brandon Ingram (mild left ankle sprain) will not return to Saturday's game against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Ingram tweaked his ankle during the first quarter and tried to play through it after getting his ankle re-taped in the locker room, but after a second trip to the locker room the Lakers ruled him out for the remainder of the game. He'll end his evening with four points, six boards, five dimes in 14 minutes, and for now, we'll be considering him questionable for Monday's game in Memphis. His absence would translate to more minutes for Kyle Kuzma, Larry Nance and Julius Randle. Stay tuned. Saturday, 11:43 am
  • Devin Booker drops 27 in Friday's home loss
    Devin Booker was good for 27 points across 37 minutes in Friday's 112-95 loss against the visiting Rockets.

    Advice: Booker hit 9-of-18 from the field, including 3-of-8 from behind the arc, while adding 6-of-6 from the free-throw stripe. He also added nine assists, six rebounds and two steals. The only complaint from fantasy owners might be his ugly nine turnovers, which was a season high. He has four or more turnovers in five of his past six outings, so fantasy owners have to take the good with the bad. Usually with Booker, it's way more good than bad. Friday, 11:19 pm
  • 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. Friday, 10:38 pm
  • Draymond Green solid across the board
    Draymond Green finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and a steal over 37 minutes in Friday's 108-94 win at Milwaukee.

    Advice: Green hit 8-of-17 from the field, including 1-of-4 from behind the arc, while hitting 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. He bounced back nicely after an egg-laying in Wednesday's game against the Clippers when he shot just 1-of-9. He has rolled up 10 or more rebounds in five of his six games in the month of January to make his fantasy owners happy. Friday, 10:17 pm
  • Marc Gasol scores 22 points in loss
    Marc Gasol scored 22 points with 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough in an 87-78 loss to the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: Gasol hit 8-of-19 shots and all five of his free throws, adding two assists, one block and one triple in 36 minutes. The Grizzlies are tied with the Kings for the worst record in the West and Gasol has voiced his frustration many times, so it's no secret that he'll be a popular trade candidate at the deadline. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported early this week that the Grizzlies are still planning to keep him, but a lot can change in just a few weeks. Friday, 10:02 pm
  • Rajon Rondo mostly invisible on Friday
    Rajon Rondo finished with just thee points, two assists and two rebounds over 20 minutes in Friday's win against Portland.

    Advice: These types of nights are maddening for fantasy owners, as Rondo can be so special at times and look rather disinterested and uninvolved other times. He is just two games removed from posting 15 assists, and he has 12 or more dimes in three of his past eight with a few stinkers in between. The tease of elite-level assists makes him worth owning in most formats, but be ready for duds like this now and again. Friday, 10:02 pm
  • Shabazz Napier posts 17 points in road loss
    Shabazz Napier posted 17 points with six rebounds, six assists and two steals over 36 minutes in Friday's road loss against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Napier hit 7-of-15 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, faring surprisingly well considering he was in the starting five along Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. He was solid filling in at the point when Lillard (calf) was sidelined, and he showed well here. However, his long-term fantasy outlook isn't great as long as Lillard and McCollum are each healthy and available. Friday, 9:27 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. Friday, 9:25 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic goes for 19 points in road loss
    Jusuf Nurkic finished with 19 points across 31 minutes in Friday's 119-113 loss at New Orleans.

    Advice: Nurkic was a very efficient 7-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe while adding five rebounds, three blocked shots, two assists and a steal. The Pelicans didn't do very well on interior defense and Nurk was able to take advantage. It was a very nice bounce back game after his dud Wednesday in Houston snapped a five-game streak with 10 or more points. Friday, 9:17 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu notches double-double
    Al-Farouq Aminu finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and three steals over 35 minutes in Friday's 119-113 loss at New Orleans.

    Advice: Aminu hit 7-of-16 from the floor, including 3-of-9 from behind the arc, and he finished with a team-best plus-16 rating. In fact, he was the only Blazers player in double digits in the category. This was a nice game, but he has posted some pretty awful stat lines lately, too. In fact, he has yet to post back-to-back double-digit scoring totals so far through seven games in January. He is a bit erratic in terms of fantasy production, but remains a decent add in category leagues, especially 9-cat. Friday, 9:15 pm
  • Otto Porter logs 39 minutes on Friday
    Otto Porter Jr. (hip) was able to play 39 minutes against the Magic on Friday, finishing with nine points on 4-of-13 shooting.

    Advice: Fantasy owners won't be terribly pleased with the off shooting night, and the fact he chipped in with just two assists, two rebounds and two steals. However, it was nice to see him roll up 39 minutes, playing with no restrictions after just returning from a hip injury on Wednesday. It will be interesting to see how the team handles him on Saturday night in the second end of a back-to-back against the visiting Nets. Friday, 8:11 pm
  • Derrick Favors struggles in return
    Derrick Favors (ankle) was quiet on offense in his return to action on Friday vs. the Hornets, scoring five points on 2-of-4 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Dwight Howard and the Hornets have allowed the second fewest fantasy points to centers this season, so the matchup didn't do him any favors. Rudy Gobert (knee) is scheduled to be re-evaluated later this weekend and the Jazz have been linked to Chicago's Nikola Mirotic, so Favors' rest-of-season outlook is a little bleak unless he is a part of any deal. Friday, 6:50 pm
  • Will Barton starting for Harris (personal)
    Will Barton will start in place of Gary Harris (personal) on Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Harris is tending to a "private family matter," but coach Malone is hopeful to have him back on Saturday vs. the Spurs. Barton has been in a slump lately and is hitting 35.9% from the field over his last five games, so maybe the move to the first unit will get him going again. Friday, 5:36 pm
  • Shabazz Napier starting for Turner (illness)
    Shabazz Napier will start on Friday vs. the Pelicans with Evan Turner (illness) out.

    Advice: He'll join Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic in the first unit. Napier's upside isn't as high while Lillard and McCollum are active, but he still has some streaming appeal tonight. Friday, 4:55 pm
  • Damian Lillard (calf) available for Friday
    Damian Lillard (right calf strain) is available to play on Friday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Barring a setback in warmups, Lillard will start and should see his normal allotment of minutes. He had 29 points, eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes in his last game, so make sure he's active in all lineups. Friday, 3:34 pm
  • Derrick Favors (ankle) will start on Friday
    Updating a previous report, Derrick Favors (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Friday's matchup with Charlotte.

    Advice: Favors only missed one game with the minor ankle issue, and there haven't been any reports of a minutes limit, so owners can feel free to throw him out there for tonight's game. Ekpe Udoh will return to the bench, and as a reserve, Udoh can't be considered a viable target in most leagues. Friday, 3:10 pm
  • Derrick Favors (ankle) will play on Friday
    Derrick Favors (ankle) will play Friday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Favors missed Wednesday's game with the minor right ankle sprain, but he's a full four days off, so he should be good to go without any restrictions tonight. With Favors back in the mix, Ekpe Udoh will lose most of his value with the return to the second unit, and Jonas Jerebko won't play as much. Friday, 2:33 pm
  • Otto Porter (hip) won't have minutes limit
    Otto Porter (hip) won't be on any sort of minutes limit for Friday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: Porter looked fine in his return from a one-game absence on Wednesday, tallying 14 points, six boards, three steals, two triples and one assist in 37 minutes of action, and he should see a similar workload tonight. Get him active. Friday, 2:24 pm
  • Damian Lillard (calf) expects to play Friday
    Damian Lillard (right calf strain) said he has "no lingering issues" with his calf and expects to play Friday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Lillard looked terrific in his return to action on Wednesday, finishing with 29 points, eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. And, fortunately, he has now confirmed he didn't suffer any setbacks. Lillard should be locked and loaded in starting lineups this evening. Shabazz Napier can be sent back to the waiver wire. Friday, 10:03 am
  • Thunder assign Dakari Johnson to G-League
    The Thunder have assigned Dakari Johnson to their G-League affiliate.

    Advice: Minimal fantasy impact here, as Johnson is averaging just 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.5 minutes per game this season. Friday, 7:07 am
  • Larry Nance double-doubles off bench
    Larry Nance played 30 minutes and hit 6-of-9 shots, including a highlight-reel dunk, for 14 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block on Thursday.

    Advice: Brook Lopez and Julius Randle never got it going in this one, giving Nance a chance to shine off the pine. He's been playing well, especially in his last three games, and is holding ninth-round fantasy value this season, despite the presence of Randle and Kyle Kuzma, who hit just 3-of-12 shots tonight. Nance is worth owning, but he's not going to be all that reliable on nights when Randle, who failed to score in this one, and Kuzma are doing work. Thursday, 11:14 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores 26 in win over Spurs
    Brandon Ingram was aggressive on Thursday, hitting 11-of-21 shots, two 3-pointers and 2-of-5 free throws for 26 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 37 minutes, while committing just one turnover.

    Advice: Ingram is finally feeling it and is shooting it much better of late. He's scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games and is averaging 20.8 points, 5.8 boards, 4.3 assists and 1.8 3-pointers over that stretch. And the best news is that his shots are falling, as he's hit 33-of-55 in those four games, good for 60 percent. He appears to be primed for a big second half for the Lakers after a rough start to the season and his confidence is growing by the day. But poor free throw shooting and a lack of peripheral stats will likely keep him from becoming an elite fantasy player any time soon. Thursday, 11:02 pm
  • Thomas hits 2-of-15 shots, will rest Friday
    Isaiah Thomas, who scored just four points on 2-of-15 shots vs. the Raptors on Thursday, will rest on Friday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He's not cleared for back-to-back sets and we haven't heard when the Cavs will lift those restrictions. Thomas has looked rusty for the most part since his return and Toronto exposed him on defense tonight despite missing Kyle Lowry. It's just a matter of time before Thomas returns to All-NBA form, so his fantasy owners should sit tight for now. He added three assists, two rebounds and one block in 25 minutes. Thursday, 7:28 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas starting vs. Raptors
    Isaiah Thomas is officially starting vs. the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: The mystery is over. Thomas' owners can expect to see him play minutes in the lower- to mid-20s tonight, but coach Tyronn Lue confirmed that he will rest on Friday vs. the Pacers. We'll let you know how he fares after the game. Thursday, 5:02 pm
  • Update: Lue says Thomas will play Thursday
    Updating a previous report, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Isaiah Thomas will play on Thursday vs. the Raptors and rest on Friday vs. Indiana.

    Advice: We are seeing a lot of conflicting reports right now, so we'll be on the lookout for confirmation leading up the 8:00 ET tip-off. If Thomas does play, expect him to see minutes in the lower- to mid-20s. Stay tuned. Thursday, 4:20 pm
  • Report: Isaiah Thomas (rest) out Thursday
    Isaiah Thomas is expected to rest vs. Toronto on Thursday, the first half of a back-to-back set for the Cavs.

    Advice: Jose Calderon should jump into the starting PG spot and this should be a trend for the foreseeable future, as Cleveland plays it safe with Thomas after his long recovery from a hip injury. Calderon doesn't have much appeal even as a streaming option, though, so there are no clear winners here. Thursday, 4:01 pm
  • Derrick Favors (ankle) probable for Friday
    Derrick Favors (sprained ankle) is probable for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Favors practiced on Thursday, so unless there's a setback at shootaround it looks like he'll be back in action. Ekpe Udoh thrived as a fill-in starter on Wednesday, with 16 points, nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks, but Favors' return would be a direct hit to his value. Thursday, 12:06 pm
  • Damian Lillard (calf) probable for Friday
    Damian Lillard (right calf strain) is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: There's no indication that Lillard suffered a setback while playing 32 minutes in his return on Wednesday, so this looks like a simple precaution. Shabazz Napier will benefit if Dame is at all limited, but for now we're expecting him to be fine. Check back after Portland's shootaround on Friday for confirmation. Thursday, 11:50 am
  • Draymond Green (knee) logs 29 minutes
    Draymond Green (right knee soreness) had seven points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes vs. the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He went 5-of-6 from the FT line tonight, but shot 1-of-9 from the field while missing all six of his 3-point attempts. This is the sixth time all season he's been held without any defensive stats, so that's nothing to worry about. Despite being a constant presence on Golden State's injury report, Dray hasn't missed a game since Dec. 20. Wednesday, 10:48 pm
  • Marc Gasol racks up 21/10/7 and two steals
    Marc Gasol stepped up on Wednesday with 21 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer, making 8-of-14 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs in 35 minutes of action.

    Advice: Over the Grizzlies' previous six four quarters, Gasol had a combined seven points on 2-of-10 shooting, with six turnovers in 41 minutes. Interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff defended Gasol, saying, "Defenses are trying to take him out in the fourth quarter. They’re sending two and three guys at him." He had two baskets, an assist and a steal in the final 2:26 tonight, and the result was a 105-102 home victory. Hopefully he can keep it going vs. Denver on Friday. Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic struggles in 21 minutes Wed
    The Blazers lost for the third time in their past nine games on Wednesday, with Jusuf Nurkic contributing just eight points on 4-of-13 shooting in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Nurk did have eight rebounds, three blocks and one assist, so it wasn't a total loss. Part of his low minutes were due to early foul trouble, but he also took a backseat with Ed Davis (11 points, 10 boards) playing well off the bench tonight. Nurk's shooting was trending up prior to this rough night, which included a handful of easy misses near the rim. The Pelicans' interior defense is suspect most nights, so we're anticipating a bounce-back effort on Friday. Wednesday, 9:39 pm
  • Shabazz Napier logs 23 minutes w/ Dame active
    Shabazz Napier rolled his right ankle in the second half on Wednesday, but he continued playing to finish with nine points, two boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Damian Lillard (strained right calf) was back in action tonight, which bumped Napier to the second unit and eroded his minutes. He was terrific filling in as the starting PG, though, and may have secured an 18-24 minute role from coach Terry Stotts. Napier is also a great handcuff for Lillard, even though Dame has been extremely durable throughout his career. Barring a pessimistic update about Napier's ankle, we'll leave him off the injury report. Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Damian Lillard (calf) returns with 29/8/5
    Damian Lillard (strained right calf) returned to action on Wednesday with 29 points on 9-of-16 FGs and 10-of-12 FTs, eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Lillard was on an unspecified minute-limit tonight, as the Blazers seek to avoid any setbacks after their star PG missed seven of the past nine games. He still played 32 minutes, however, and returned the type of all-around, efficient line that owners love. His calf injury didn't appear to limit him at all, so fire him up for games on Friday (at New Orleans) and Sunday (at Minnesota). Wednesday, 9:36 pm
  • Otto Porter (hip, back) returns, plays 37 min
    Otto Porter (hip, back) returned to action on Wednesday with 14 points (5-of-9 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), six rebounds, three steals, two 3-pointers and one assist in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Hip soreness has been an ongoing issue for Porter, but the Wizards don't sound overly concerned. "There’s no question with Otto, we’re always working on his flexibility and his core so he can play like last year [when] he played most of the season," said coach Scott Brooks. "Hopefully this season he’ll do the same." There's no reason to think he'll miss more games imminently, so make sure he's locked into active lineups. Wednesday, 8:59 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky scores hollow 10 points
    scored a hollow 10 points in 18 minutes vs. Dallas, going 4-of-10 from the field with two 3-pointers and one rebound.

    Advice: Charlotte was coming off a four-day break in the schedule, and they faced a tired Mavs team on the second of back-to-back games, but it was Dallas who held on for a 115-111 road win. Kaminsky continues to score double-digit points with little else -- in the past three games he's averaging 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.3 steals and zero blocks. Even with Cody Zeller (knee) on the shelf, he's been hurting most fantasy owners. Wednesday, 7:49 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 24 points in loss
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 24 points with six rebounds, one assist and four blocks in a double-overtime loss to the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: After the first quarter, he really disappeared in this game with only four points in the second, third and fourth quarters, but Porzingis did show up in overtime with a dunk at the buzzer (video in link below). He was 0-of-4 from the line in this game, but that seems like a fluke after going 17-of-18 in his previous three games. The Unicorn will be a stud as long as he's in the lineup. Wednesday, 7:46 pm
  • Shabazz Napier to bench w/ Lillard starting
    Shabazz Napier will come off the Blazers' bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: No surprise here, as the Blazers welcome Damian Lillard (calf) back into the starting lineup. Dame is expected to be on a minute-limit, though, which could boost Napier's playing time in the short-term. Wednesday, 5:08 pm
  • Damian Lillard (calf) will play Wednesday
    Damian Lillard (right calf strain) will play Wednesday vs. the Rockets, but coach Terry Stotts said that Lillard will "probably" have a minutes limit.

    Advice: Lillard missed each of the Blazers last two games but returns with a favorable fantasy matchup against the fast-paced Rockets. However, with a possible minutes limit looming, Lillard is a risky DFS option. Shabazz Napier gets bumped back to the bench, and back to waivers in standard fantasy leagues, with Dame healthy. Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Derrick Favors (ankle) won't play Wednesday
    Derrick Favors (right ankle sprain) will not play Wednesday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: This is very surprising news, as Favors has been able to practice this week and was listed as probable on the injury report. The Jazz are still without Rudy Gobert (knee), so they are very thin upfront. Jonas Jerebko, Ekpe Udoh and Thabo Sefolosha should all be expected to see an uptick in minutes on Wednesday. The Jazz will also likely be forced to play a lot of 'small ball' with undersized lineups. Wednesday, 2:40 pm
  • Otto Porter (hip, back) will play Wednesday
    Coach Scott Brooks confirmed that Otto Porter (hip, back) will start Wednesday vs. the Jazz and play "about 30 minutes."

    Advice: Porter is back after missing just one game. He's a risky play in DFS, but should be locked and loaded in daily leagues. Kelly Oubre will get bumped back to the bench. Wednesday, 2:24 pm
  • Draymond Green (knee) available Wednesday
    Draymond Green (knee) is available to play Wednesday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: As expected, Green, who was listed as probable, will suit up to take on the Clippers. Because both Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) and Klay Thompson (rest) have been ruled out, Green and Kevin Durant will be popular DFS plays on Wednesday evening. Wednesday, 12:56 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas avoids suspension
    Isaiah Thomas was fined $20,000 for his flagrant foul on Andrew Wiggins, but will not be suspended.

    Advice: There was concern that the league office would slap Thomas with a one-game suspension after his hit to the head of Wiggins. However, IT is good to go for Thursday's matchup vs. the Raptors. Wednesday, 12:08 pm
  • Damian Lillard (calf) questionable Wednesday
    Damian Lillard (right calf strain) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Houston.

    Advice: Lillard told reporters that he felt "really good" on Tuesday. The Blazers didn't hold a shootaround Wednesday morning, so we haven't had heard from Lillard or coach Terry Stotts today. We will likely have to wait until Stotts addresses the media pregame to get a reliable update on Dame's status for this evening. If Lillard is unable to play Shabazz Napier will draw another start and will be a chalky DFS play. Wednesday, 11:59 am
  • Otto Porter (hip, back) probable Wednesday
    Otto Porter (hip, back) is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Scott Brooks already said on Tuesday that Porter would be back out there for Wednesday's game, so the probable tag is just a formality and owners can go ahead and get him active following his one-game stint on the sidelines. With Porter back, Kelly Oubre will return to the bench and his value will take a bit of a hit with the demotion to the second unit. Wednesday, 11:03 am
  • Iman Shumpert now dealing with foot soreness
    Iman Shumpert (left knee surgery) is now dealing with foot soreness.

    Advice: Shumpert was progressing well in his rehab from the knee procedure, but he suffered a setback with the foot soreness issue on Tuesday, and that will likely push back his timetable. Maybe he'll be able to get out there towards the end of January, but regardless of his playing status, he's a non-option in fantasy hoops with the Cavs healthy. Wednesday, 9:09 am
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) ruled out for road trip
    Derrick Rose (ankle) has been ruled out for the remainder of Cleveland's road trip.

    Advice: Rose is getting close, but he won't play Thursday in Toronto or Friday in Indiana. Maybe he'll be able to get back out there for Cleveland's home game against Golden State on January 15, but with Isaiah Thomas back in action, Rose is unlikely to earn enough minutes with the Cavs to have any impact in fantasy hoops. Leave him on the wire. Wednesday, 9:06 am
  • Marc Gasol says he needs to do better in 4Q
    Marc Gasol acknowledged that he needs to do a better job of seeking out his own shot during crunch time.

    Advice: "Maybe it’s more face-ups and just shooting over guys and living with that result," said Gasol. "Although it might not be the best shot, it might be the only shot I’m going to get... You want to be able to attack the paint and do stuff. But the paint has been very populated lately." Outside of Tyreke Evans, the Grizzlies don't have a legit perimeter threat, which has made it easy for opposing teams to send double teams at Gasol. As a result, he's connecting on a career-low 41.4% of his FGA this season, and as long as Mike Conley (Achilles) is out, it'll be tough to correct that issue. Wednesday, 7:40 am
  • Derrick Favors could be dealt for Mirotic
    Trade talks regarding a Derrick Favors-Nikola Mirotic swap have reportedly progressed past the preliminary stages and are now getting serious.

    Advice: Favors and Mirotic make roughly the same amount of money, so this could be a straight-up swap, although the Bulls reportedly would like a first-round pick as well. If the Bulls bring on Favors without parting ways with Robin Lopez, Favors would find himself in an unfavorable situation fighting for minutes in Chicago's crowded frontcourt. A trade can't officially go down until January 15, and the Bulls have also received interest from the Pistons, so it'll be interesting to see how this plays out. Wednesday, 7:17 am
  • Damian Lillard says calf is feeling better
    Damian Lillard said his strained right calf felt "really good" on Tuesday.

    Advice: "I mean, I’m not going to say much about it because I don’t know,’’ Lillard said regarding his potential return date. "I think it’s day by day. I felt really good [Tuesday]. I did a workout [Tuesday] morning, worked out [pregame] again, did some conditioning, and felt good." The Blazers won't have a shootaround this morning with Wednesday's game being the second of a back-to-back set, so we likely won't get another update on Lillard until he's going through his pregame routine. If he's out again, Shabazz Napier will draw another start and he'll make for a solid DFS option. Wednesday, 7:00 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic scores 20 in win over Thunder
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 20 points (8-of-15 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) with eight rebounds, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

    Advice: Nurkic picked up four fouls, so that prevented him from having a monster night. His owners should still be thrilled with this line, as Steven Adams and the Thunder have allowed the sixth fewest fantasy points to centers this season. Nurk Alert gets a boost when Damian Lillard (calf) is out, but it's unclear if Portland's franchise player will be available on Wednesday vs. Houston. Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Shabazz Napier scores 21 in win over Thunder
    Shabazz Napier started and scored 21 points on 5-of-10 shots in Tuesday's 117-106 win over the Thunder.

    Advice: The Thunder have allowed the seventh fewest fantasy points to PGs this season, making Napier's performance even more impressive. He made 10 trips to the free throw line and connected on nine of them, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two treys in 34 minutes. He's become a must-start player every time Damian Lillard (calf) misses a game and was averaging 18.2 points, 5.4 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.8 triples in five previous starts. Lillard's status for Wednesday's game vs. Houston is up in the air, so be on the lookout for an update. Tuesday, 7:34 pm
  • Draymond Green (knee) probable for Wednesday
    Draymond Green (knee) is probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He's been listed as probable the last few games, so there's no reason to expect him to sit. The Warriors do have a back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday, so they may be tempted to rest him in one of those. Tuesday, 5:07 pm
  • Favors (right ankle) participates at practice
    Derrick Favors (right ankle sprain) went through portions of Tuesday's practice and he remains probable to play Wednesday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Favors has been able to practice two days in a row, so he should be fine for Wednesday's game. Check back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Tuesday, 1:22 pm
  • Otto Porter (hip) will play on Wednesday
    Scott Brooks said that Otto Porter (hip, back) will be "good to go" for Wednesday's game against the Jazz.

    Advice: Porter was a full participant at Tuesday's practice, so he'll get back out there on Wednesday following a one-game stint on the sidelines. Because he only missed one game, he shouldn't be dealing with any sort of minutes limit, so owners can deploy him with confidence tomorrow. With Porter back in action, Kelly Oubre will return to the second unit and his value will take a slight hit. Tuesday, 11:19 am
  • Otto Porter (hip) listed as questionable Wed
    Otto Porter (right hip strain) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Wednesday's matchup vs. Utah.

    Advice: Porter was held out of Saturday's loss to the Bucks after his back tightened up in Friday's win over Memphis. Encouragingly, Porter was able to participate in "some portions" of practice on Monday. We should have another update, and a better idea of his status going forward, after Tuesday's practice. If Porter is unable to play, Kelly Oubre will likely draw another start. Tuesday, 7:45 am
  • Draymond Green fills boxscore vs. Nuggets
    Draymond Green (knee) notched 23 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, three blocks, two 3-pointers and one steal in 35 minutes during Monday's win vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Green's constant presence on the Warriors' injury report makes him seem like more of an injury risk than he really has been -- other than a mid-December stretch with five DNPs, he's missed just one game (Nov. 24). He also averaged 38.0 minutes in a back-to-back set in early January, which is a great sign, and owners shouldn't fret about his availability until the bitter end of the regular season. Monday, 10:38 pm
  • Will Barton plays only 19 minutes Monday
    Will Barton was quiet in 19 minutes vs. the Warriors on Monday, shooting 1-of-6 from the field with two points, five assists and one block.

    Advice: Barton had been slumping from the field at 37.5% in his previous four games, but the low playing time was an unusual twist. This is the second time all season Barton has played fewer than 20 minutes, and the first time since Nov. 24, so we'll keep an eye out for any explanations. It looks like Denver just stuck with bigger lineups that were effective down the stretch. Monday, 10:29 pm
  • Avery Bradley scores 24 points w/ full line
    Avery Bradley hit 10-of-23 shots to score 24 points vs. the Pelicans on Monday, going 3-of-9 from deep with six assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Bradley did his damage in 35 minutes and this is good enough for most owners -- he shot just 43.5% from the field, but that's his highest mark since returning from a groin injury earlier this month. He's been hard to own in roto leagues due to lousy percentages and low supporting stats, but maybe this will get him going. Monday, 8:47 pm
  • Rajon Rondo hands out 15 assists Monday
    Rajon Rondo tied a franchise record with nine assists in the first quarter on Monday, finishing with 15 dimes, 12 points, four rebounds and a pair of steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Rondo came in averaging 18.5 minutes in the Pelicans' two previous games, and coach Alvin Gentry challenged him to be more aggressive at both ends tonight. He's not always fun to own, but elite assists make him worth the trouble in most formats -- among players outside the top-100 for roto value this season, Rondo is easily the leader with 8.0 assists per game. The only players close are Lonzo Ball (7.0), Elfrid Payton (6.6), J.J. Barea (6.0) and Jarrett Jack (6.0). Monday, 8:41 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas ejected on Monday vs. MIN
    Isaiah Thomas was ejected from Monday's game vs. the Wolves with a Flagrant 2 foul.

    Advice: The Cavs were getting blown out and Thomas let his frustration get the best out of him -- he basically slapped Andrew Wiggins in the face. He wasn't playing well before the ejection and had just two points on 0-of-7 shooting in the first half, finishing with nine points (3-of-11 FGs), three assists, one triple and one rebound in 19 minutes. The Cavaliers have a back-to-back set coming up on Thursday and Friday, but it's unclear which one he will sit out to rest. Monday, 6:34 pm
  • Derrick Favors (ankle) probable for Wednesday
    Derrick Favors (right ankle sprain) is being listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: It's weird that Favors is being listed with an ankle injury, as that didn't appear to be an issue during Sunday's loss to the Heat, but the probable tag suggests this is nothing. Favors was able to get through portions of Monday's practice, and with another full day off until Wednesday's game, he should be fine. Monday, 1:31 pm
  • Draymond Green (knee) available to play Mon
    Draymond Green (right knee soreness) will be available to play Monday vs. Denver.

    Advice: Green played through the sore knee on Saturday, and he'll be doing the same thing tonight. He'll have the opportunity to operate with the rock in his hands slightly more than usual with Kevin Durant (calf) unavailable, so maybe he messes around with a triple-double in what will be a favorable matchup with the Nuggets. Monday, 12:24 pm
  • Otto Porter (back, hip) limited Monday
    Otto Porter (back, hip) participated in "some portions" of practice on Monday according to coach Scott Brooks.

    Advice: His status for Wednesday's game is to be determined, but this is still a good sign. If Porter can't go after a couple days of rest, Kelly Oubre will draw another start and will be a solid punt in DFS and streaming option in standard leagues. Oubre had 14 points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and two triples against the Bucks on Saturday. Monday, 10:52 am
  • Woj: Grizzlies planning to keep Marc Gasol
    The Grizzlies are planning to keep Marc Gasol according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: Wojnarowski said that teams are "curious" to see what Memphis plans to do with Gasol, especially with the Grizzlies tied for last place with the Lakers in the West. The Grizzlies are gauging interest in Tyreke Evans, and if they do decide to tank, Gasol would give them their best chance to bring back young prospects and draft picks, especially since Mike Conley (Achilles) is without a timetable. Jan 8, 10:18 am
  • Brandon Ingram scores 20 pts w/ seven dimes
    The Lakers snapped a nine-game losing streak on Sunday, aided by Brandon Ingram's 20 points and seven assists in 30 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ingram committed five turnovers but he was otherwise efficient, hitting 6-of-7 field goals and 6-of-7 free throws with one block, one assist and a pair of 3-pointers. Despite averaging an impressive 35.1 minutes per game this season, he has actually hurt most roto owners -- he's just 67.5% from the stripe on 5.3 attempts per game, with mediocre supporting stats, and is much more appealing in leagues that don't penalize FT percentages. Jan 7, 10:48 pm
  • Larry Nance hits 6-of-6 FGs for 13 points
    Larry Nance (illness) finished Sunday's game with 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting, adding eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Nance didn't miss any games despite battling 'flu-like symptoms' the past few days. L.A. recently waived Andrew Bogut to avoid guaranteeing his contract for the rest of the season, but Nance's playing time is still unlikely to climb while Julius Randle, Brook Lopez and Kyle Kuzma are clogging up frontcourt minutes. Jan 7, 10:29 pm
  • Shabazz Napier thrives as fill-in starter
    Shabazz Napier racked up 15 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer as a fill-in starter on Sunday, making 7-of-9 shots in 33 minutes of action.

    Advice: Damian Lillard was ruled out before tip-off due to his strained right calf, although it doesn't sounds like he'll miss much time -- the training staff thought it was "smarter" if he took the night off vs. the short-handed Spurs. Napier is a terrific handcuff for Lillard in deeper leagues, and he's worth opportunistic streaming in most situations whenever Lillard is unavailable. In case you missed his impressive effort tonight, follow the link for a sample of his efforts at both ends of the court. Jan 7, 9:20 pm
  • Devin Booker scores 26 points w/ five triples
    Devin Booker shot 6-of-17 from the field on Sunday, but he still scored 26 points while hitting 9-of-12 free throws with five 3-pointers, four assists and two rebounds in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Isaiah Canaan (groin) was out tonight, and coach Jay Triano has hinted that Booker will handle the ball more often in his absence. "We want him to play his natural position but also get more reps at the point," Triano said. "I can see it evolving, but right now it’s not something we want to throw at him ... [Eventually] I think he could do either [PG or SG]." Booker did handle the ball more tonight, but he committed four turnovers with his four assists. Like the Suns as a whole, it's a work in progress. Jan 7, 8:30 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis gets 29 points in road win
    Kristaps Porzingis made 9-of-25 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs on Sunday, adding three 3-pointers to finish with 29 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Knicks improved to 4-14 on the road with tonight's victory in Dallas, which concluded a three-game road trip. Porzingis recently lamented that he's "tired ... so tired," and that the mental aspect of losing makes it harder to fight through physical fatigue. He looked fine in big minutes tonight, but still hasn't made more than half his shots since Dec. 12, a span of 11 games. He gets a few days off before hosting the Bulls on Wednesday. Jan 7, 7:24 pm
  • Draymond Green probable despite sore knee
    Draymond Green (right knee soreness) is probable vs. the Nuggets on Monday.

    Advice: Green recently dealt with a sprained left ankle, and he's had back and shoulder issues this season, but none of them have been overly serious. The Warriors are playing it safe with injuries and the fact that Dray is 'probable' suggests he won't miss any time. Check for confirmation after Monday's shootaround. Jan 7, 5:39 pm
  • Larry Nance Jr. (illness) will play on Sunday
    Larry Nance Jr. (flu-like symptoms) will play vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: There's not a lot of upside for Nance with Julius Randle and Brook Lopez both healthy, but at least he won't miss any games with his recent illness. Jan 7, 4:51 pm
  • Derrick Favors double-doubles in 32 minutes
    Derrick Favors posted an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double on Sunday, to go with one steal, one block and one turnover in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Favors did briefly exit the game after Goran Dragic hit him with a knee-to-knee collision on a drive to the hoop, but he didn't need to go to the locker room and after taking a few possessions off, he got right back in there. This could be something that swells up on Favors overnight, but with Utah off until Wednesday, it might not be something that requires him to spend any time on the sidelines. We'll have a better idea on his status for Wednesday's game based on his activity level at practice. Jan 7, 4:04 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas says hip is feeling great
    Isaiah Thomas said that he "felt pretty good" on Saturday vs. Orlando when he dropped 19 points in 21 minutes.

    Advice: "Coach [Tyronn Lue] and the guys put me in a position to be successful, so I just tried to make plays," IT2 said. "But my body felt a lot better. I got more of a rhythm. Early, that rust was still there. I was missing layups and free throws and things like that. But as we got going, as my body got going, I felt a lot better." He played 19 minutes in his debut, so expect the Cavs to continue to ramp up his workload very slowly. Jan 7, 7:07 am
  • Mason Plumlee swats three shots in road loss
    Mason Plumlee finished with nine points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots over 17 minutes in Saturday's 106-98 loss at Sacramento.

    Advice: Plumlee was 3-of-5 from the field and on his way to a big stat line, but foul trouble limited his playing time. He is averaging 8.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assist and 3.0 blocked shots per game over his past three outings in the month of January. He isn't a great fantasy option in most leagues, but he isn't a bad big man in deeper formats. Jan 6, 9:58 pm
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