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  • Nikola Vucevic (illness) questionable for Monday
    The Chicago Bulls have listed Nikola Vucevic (illness) as questionable for Monday night's game against Toronto.

    Advice: We are not sure what the illness is, but considering that he listed as questionable, and now doubtful or anything worse, we are expecting him to be available. We will know more the closer we get to gametime, but should he not be able to go, Chicago becomes extremely thin in the front court, with Alize Johnson or Tony Bradley in line to step into the starting center role. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:33 am
  • Mike Malone: Bones Hyland could debut this week
    In an interview with Mike Singer of The Denver Post, Nuggets head coach Mike Malone hinted that rookie guard Nan'Shon "Bones" Hyland could make his NBA regular-season debut this week.

    Advice: After a great preseason, Hyland has not yet checked into a regular-season game for the Nuggets. With the makeup of the Nuggets roster, plus their small championship window being in the present, it will be hard for Hyland to get consistent minutes. But Malone suggested that with two back-to-backs this season, Hyland could make his debut in an effort to keep some of the guards fresh. If you have Hyland on your roster, he is a clear drop candidate, seeing that Malone has conceded that consistent minutes will not be there this season for the rookie guard. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:41 am
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. struggles in loss vs Lakers
    Jaren Jackson Jr. shot 3-of-12 from the floor (2-of-6 3-pointers) on his way to 12 points with five rebounds, one steal, and two blocks on Sunday evening as the Grizzlies lost to the Lakers 121-118.

    Advice: JJJ ran into an angry Anthony Davis after Friday night's meltdown against the Suns so needless to say, Davis was locked in on Sunday. JJJ did contribute defensively with two blocks and a steal, and holding Anthony Davis to 22, while only putting him on the foul line a couple of times was big. For JJJ his health will be his biggest priority going forward, so if he can stay off the injury report, he will make a lot of managers happy this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Steven Adams scores 14 with 16 boards in loss
    Steven Adams scored 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting and snatched 16 rebounds with six assists and four turnovers as the Grizzlies fell to the Lakers 121-118 on Sunday night. 

    Advice: Adams failed to record a block or a steal in 34 minutes, but the six assists is a big plus for him, as he has now tallied 14 assists in three games this season. Adams has never averaged more than 2.3 assists per game, but if he can keep this up, he will change that this season. Don't expect him to log five and six assist games on a night-to-night basis as he has in his last two, but a little spike in the passing game would be some icing on the cake for Adams' managers. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Desmond Bane scores 17 w/ 2 steals in loss to LAL
    Desmond Bane scored 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting (2-of-7 3-pointers) with five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one turnover in 31 minutes as the Grizzlies fell to the Lakers 121-118 on Sunday night.

    Advice: The Grizzlies starters thoroughly outplayed the Lakers starters on Sunday as all of the Grizzlies starters posted positive plus/minus numbers while all of the Lakers starters were in the negatives.  Bane posted a +21, which was the highest of all players who played in Sunday's game at Staples Center. Bane's counterpart on the wing, De'Anthony Melton, cooled down a bit from a scoring standpoint after posting back-to-back 20-point performances in the first two games of the season. On Sunday he chipped in 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting (3-of-5 3-pointers) with three rebounds, three assists, and three steals. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:13 pm
     
  • Ja Morant's 40 and 10 not enough, Griz lose to LAL
    Ja Morant was sensational on Sunday evening as he put up 40 points on 13-of-21 shooting (5-of-7 3-pointers) with 10 assists, three rebounds, three steals, and six turnovers, but it wasn't enough because the Grizzlies fell 121-118 to the Lakers.

    Advice: Morant was absolutely incredible on Sunday night, but he did miss the biggest free-throw of the game after he was fouled on a three-point attempt by Kent Bazemore and made the first two free throws. Back in May, Ja said that he felt that he was one of the top-five point guards in the NBA and he is certainly playing like it that season. Through three games, Morant is averaging 35 points per game on 57.9% shooting from the floor with eight assists. It will be hard to make the all-star game in the western conference, but Ja is certainly making a strong case in the early going. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:50 pm
     
  • Lebron scores 19 w/ 2 blocks, 2 steals in win
    LeBron James scored 19 points on 7-of-19 shooting (4-of-9 3-pointers) to go along with six rebounds, six assists, two steals, two blocks, and three turnovers as the Lakers finally got in the win column, beating the Grizzlies 121-118 on Sunday evening

    Advice: LeBron fell to the floor after Desmond Bane fell into his ankle in the first half of Sunday night's action. After laying on the floor for a few seconds, as the entire Staples Center went silent, he re-tied his shoes, hopped up, and walked it off. Don't be surprised if you see LeBron on the injury report on Monday, but don't expect him to miss any time because of it. Other than the brief injury, it was business as usual for James on Sunday. Expect The King to keep making those who drafted him very happy this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:38 pm
    New Player Note
    LeBron James LAL - PG,SG,SF
    GTD
     
  • Anthony Davis swats four shots in win over Memphis
    Anthony Davis scored 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting (1-of-3 3-pointers) with eight rebounds, two assists, four blocks, and three turnovers as the lakers beat the Grizzlies 121-118 on Sunday night.

    Advice: Davis is known as a great defensive player, but Sunday was one of his best performances. The four blocks will show up on the stat sheet, but what won't is all the shots at the rim that he altered, including the one that forced Ja Morant into one of the most spectacular finishes of the early season during the third period of Sunday's game. Davis also held Jaren Jackson Jr. to 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting on the night. He will continue to be one of the best defensive big men in fantasy hoops, and of course, it doesn't hurt that he'll get you north of 20 points on offense each night as well.   NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Russell Westbrook dishes out 13 assists in win
    Russell Westbrook scored 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting (1-of-4 3-pointers) with 13 assists, seven rebounds, four steals, and nine turnovers in 37 minutes as the Lakers beat the Grizzlies 121-118 on Sunday night.

    Advice: Westbrook has stunk it up in his brief stint with the Lakers but Sunday was his best game yet in the purple and gold. Westbrook set the tone for the Lakers early as he had 8 assists in the first 15 minutes of the game. The Lakers had 29 assists on 45 made baskets on Sunday and looked the best that they have looked in this young season. Though it hasn't been pretty up to date, the Lakers looked like they began to put it together on Sunday and Westbrook was a big reason why. The turnovers are still a big issue, but managers who picked Westbrook knew what they were getting when they picked him. Continue to be patient, and hope that they find a way to trend back downward soon. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Richaun Holmes double-doubles with two swats
    Richaun Holmes posted a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double on Sunday, adding one assist, two blocks and just one turnover across 34 minutes.

    Advice: Holmes fouled out in just 18 minutes his last time out, and while he did finish with five fouls tonight, he still managed to play 32 minutes. As long as he can stay out of his own way, Holmes should be set up for another solid season, despite the Kings having an overwhelming number of centers on this roster. Tristan Thompson saw 16 minutes off the bench and finished with six points, seven rebounds and one turnover, while both Alex Len and Marvin Bagley picked up another DNP-CD. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Tyrese Haliburton struggles again in loss to GSW
    Tyrese Haliburton had another rough night offensively on Sunday, scoring just eight points on 3-of-9 shooting in a loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Haliburton seemed to right the ship on Friday with a 15-point performance, but he found himself back in the gutter offensively tonight, and his lack of usage in Sacramento’s crowded backcourt is concerning. He did round out his stat line with seven rebounds, nine dimes, two triples, two blocks and two turnovers, so it wasn’t a total loss, but Tyrese certainly hasn’t met expectations through his first three games. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Davion Mitchell nets 22 points with three triples
    Davion Mitchell saw 32 minutes off the bench on Sunday and finished with 22 points (9-of-16 FG, 1-of-2 FT), one rebound, four assists, three triples and two turnovers in a loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Mitchell scored a total of five points on 2-of-14 shooting (0-of-6 from 3) through his first two games of the season, but Off-Night was on tonight, dropping in a quick eight points on 3-of-4 shooting in his first five minutes of play and he finished the game as Sacramento’s No. 2 scorer. Perhaps tonight’s outburst will get him going, so he’s worth a look in deep leagues. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 28, now 9th on scoring list
    Carmelo Anthony passed Moses Malone for ninth on the NBA's all-time scoring list as he scored 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting (6-of-8 3-pointers) with three rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two blocks in 28 minutes as the Lakers beat the Grizzlies

    Advice: Anthony is simply a professional scorer. There is no other way to put it as he passed Moses Malone for 9th on the all-time scoring list on Sunday evening.  Next up on the list is Shaquille O'Neal who is currently eighth all-time with 28,596 points. It will be a tall task for Melo to pass O'Neal this season unless he plays virtually every game in the regular season, so it is likely he won't pass The Big Diesel until next year. If you're in a deep league, Melo is worth a look at the end of your roster.   NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox nets 17 points in loss to Warriors
    De'Aaron Fox produced 17 points, five rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer across 34 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Fox was held to just 5-of-19 shooting his last time out, but he got things back on track tonight from an efficiency standpoint, finishing 8-of-16 from the field. Unfortunately, he also committed a game-high seven turnovers, and he did briefly exit the game late in the fourth after tweaking his left knee, but he got right back in there a few possessions later — so we’re not particularly worried on that front. He’s still rounding into form, but we have no doubt that he’ll finish the year as a top-30 player, assuming you’re punting free throws. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Draymond Green posts 14/6/6 line in win
    Draymond Green registered 14 points (6-of-12 FG, 1-of-2 FT), six rebounds, six assists, one 3-pointer and just one turnover across 34 minutes in Sunday's win over the Kings.

    Advice: Steve Kerr said this summer that he wanted Draymond to be more aggressive on offense, and so far, so good on that front, as he’s reached double figures in the scoring department in two of his first three games; something that was a bit of a rarity last year. He still hasn’t blocked a shot this season, and this was his first game without any defensive stats, but he’s been nice with the dimes and this was his second straight game with only one turnover. He should only continue to get better throughout the season, as he gets his conditioning and rhythm back. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. scores 21 points, hits dagger 3
    Jaren Jackson Jr. hit a dagger 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in Saturday's 120-114 road win, finishing with 21 points (6-of-11 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), seven rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: JJJ is coming off a four-year, $105 million extension with the Grizzlies, who are betting that he can finally stay healthy and realize his sky-high potential. He reportedly spent the offseason working on his physique, "post-up game, ball-handling and mobility drills," which is all well and good. Fantasy GMs just want to see him stay on the court. He committed just one turnover in 31 minutes tonight, leaving him a few assists shy of a true 9-cat gem. We'll be saying that a lot for JJJ this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 10:46 pm
  • Ja Morant scores 28 points w/ eight assists
    Ja Morant led Memphis with 28 points and eight assists on Saturday, making 10-of-19 field goals and 6-of-8 free throws with a pair of rebounds and a steal.

    Advice: That's two straight gems from Morant to begin the season, and two Grizzlies victories. As usual, Morant did the vast majority of his damage in the paint and eight of his makes were within eight feet of the hoop. He's a combined 3-of-11 from deep with all of his attempts 'above the break', after hitting 30.8% from that range last season. He'll keep shooting to open up his drives, so fantasy managers have to live with a few 3-pointers as a trade-off for reduced FG percentage. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 10:46 pm
     
  • Steven Adams racks up 17/9/5 and two steals
    Steven Adams piled up 17 points (6-of-9 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), nine rebounds, five assists and two steals in 27 minutes vs. the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: Last season was one to forget for Adams, who never quite clicked on either end of the court next to Zion Williamson. He looks way more comfortable in a Grizzlies uniform and was in the middle of everything tonight, with the offense and dimes as an unexpected bonus. He had three assists in the opener, too, and this uptick may actually stick. He had a 28.5% assist rate tonight, after exceeding 34.5% just once all of last season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 10:40 pm
  • Vucevic goes off, continues to struggle with shot
    Nikola Vucevic struggled with his shot yet again on Saturday, but still double-doubled on his way to 15 points (6-of-16 shooting), 19 rebounds, three assists, three assists, two steals, three blocks, one 3-pointer and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Vuc’s offensive struggles continue as he now sits at just 34.4% from the floor in his first three games of the season. This is not something we believe will continue as he generally isn’t a liability there, but it’d be nice to see him get it going sooner rather than later. He remains an early-round option going forward, assuming he fixes his shot.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 7:30 pm
  • Haliburton plays well, De'Aaron Fox w/ 5 Stls Fri
    Tyrese Haliburton scored 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting with six assists, three rebounds and three steals while De'Aaron Fox tallied 12 points with five assists, five steals and three rebounds but the Kings fell to to the Jazz 110-101 on Friday night.

    Advice: Haliburton struggled mightily in the season opener, but he bounced back in a big way on Friday night even though it didn't end in a win. He and De'Aaron Fox were exceptional defensively, even though Fox struggled from the floor, going 5-of-19 (0-of-5 3-pointers) in the loss. De'Aaron, or Swipathefox as he goes by on Instagram, was surely in that mode on Friday as he swiped away five steals on the evening. Haliburton tallied three of his own, and a block, and rookie guard Davion Mitchell had four steals himself. That is a combined 12 steals for Fox, Haliburton, and Mitchell, who could very well be the best defensive backcourt in the NBA this season. Not to mention the fact that Donovan Mitchell never wants to see Davion again after the rookie guard smothered the elder Mitchell all night long, forcing him to shoot 36% from the floor on the evening. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 10:53 pm
  • Russell Westbrook shoots poorly vs. Suns
    Russell Westbrook hit just 6-of-15 shots and 3-of-8 free throws for 15 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one block and four turnovers in 35 minutes vs. the Suns. 

    Advice: Westy is now a combined 10-of-28 from the field with eight turnovers on the season. His transition to the Lakers hasn't exactly been smooth but Anthony Davis and LeBron James were both preaching patience at practice this week. If you have Westbrook on your fantasy team and you're not punting percentages and/or turnovers, then you're doing this wrong.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 9:49 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony plays well vs. Suns
    Carmelo Anthony was one of the few bright spots for the Lakers in their loss to Phoenix, scoring 16 points (5-of-11 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with five rebounds, one assist and four triples in 23 minutes. 

    Advice: Anthony also fared well in the season opener with nine points, four rebounds and a pair of steals and triples. His minutes are floating around the 20s, and that will likely remain the case with the Lakers missing Talen Horton-Tucker and Trevor Ariza. Melo is still only a deep-league asset, to be clear.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 9:45 pm
  • Anthony Davis gets into altercation w/ Dwight
    Anthony Davis had a heated exchange with Dwight Howard during Friday's loss to Phoenix, finishing with 22 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal. 

    Advice: We're not even sure what the argument was about but frustrations are boiling over with the Lakers off to an 0-2 start. As for fantasy, the big takeaway from tonight is that AD decided to suddenly hit his free throws again after a year of the "yips," going 10-of-11 from the line. If this trend continues, he'll crush his ADP. He has to avoid the locker room too, of course.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 9:44 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic snatches 4 steals with 2 blocks Fri
    Nikola Vucevic put up a quiet 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting (1-of-4 3-pointers) with five assists, four rebounds, four steals, and two blocks as the Bulls beat the Pelicans 128-112 on Friday evening.

    Advice: This new look Bulls roster is going to require some sacrifice in the scoring department and through two games, Vucevic has been the one that has taken the biggest backseat in terms of scoring the ball. Vucevic has found other ways to be effective though, as he grabbed 15 boards in Wednesday's win over Detroit, and on Friday, he contributed in a big way defensively with four steals and two blocks. Vucevic will have his scoring nights as well down the line, but for now, he is finding other ways to be effective, which is still a win in the fantasy department. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 8:15 pm
  • Draymond Green downplays Thursday's wrist injury
    Draymond Green said the wrist injury he suffered during Thursday's game was not the reason he shot 2-of-9 from the free throw line.

    Advice: "Yeah I banged it up," he said, referring to his right wrist. "But that's not the ... reason I was missing free throws ... I hope coaches do the 'Hack-a-Draymond' so they can put me on the line." That would be odd to hear from most career 71.1% free throw shooters, but Green is confidence incarnate. And to his credit, he is coming off a year in which he made 79.5% of his freebies (second-best to his rookie year). He played through the wrist injury after falling on Thursday, so all signs point to him being ready vs. the Kings on Sunday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 2:11 pm
  • Draymond goes for 10/6/7, can’t make his FTs
    Draymond Green accumulated 10 points, six rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one turnover in 34 minutes of a 115-113 win against the Clippers.

    Advice: Green shot just 2-of-9 from the free throw line, which will not do his fantasy managers any favors, but his 71.4% mark from the line for his career suggests he won’t be this bad most nights. He would have failed to tally any defensive stats if not for a steal late, and he needs to rack up the stocks to make up for his lack of scoring and apparently poor free throw percentage. The boards and out-of-position dimes are always nice, but be sure you have plenty of scorers on your squad to make up for Green rarely scoring in double figures these days. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 9:54 pm
  • LeBron says he's not a fan of load management
    LeBron James said he's not a fan of load management and that he's at his best when he's playing heavy minutes. 

    Advice: "I don’t play the game thinking about injuries,” James said. “And I also feel worse when I play low minutes.” Despite LeBron's comments, coach Frank Vogel still made it clear that he plans to give LeBron some nights off this season. “Obviously, it’s probably not right to have him play 82 games,” Vogel said. “But we’re not going to pre-script X amount of nights off. We’re going to take it as it comes throughout the year.” NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 7:23 am
    New Player Note
    LeBron James LAL - PG,SG,SF
    GTD
     
  • Davion Mitchell struggles in NBA debut Wednesday
    Davion Mitchell hit just 1-of-6 shots off the bench for two points, three rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes of Wednesday's road win at Portland. 

    Advice: The rookie didn't do a whole lot and the backcourt is a bit crowded in Sacramento. But we're only one game in and the fact he played 24 minutes is promising. Hang onto him if you can.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:55 pm
  • Tyrese Haliburton struggles badly but Kings win
    Tyrese Haliburton hit just 1-of-5 shots for two points, two rebounds, four assists and a steal in 29 minutes of Wednesday's win at Portland.

    Advice: He also had a big turnover late that kept the Blazers in the game but the Kangz were able to hold on. This is a good buy-low moment on Haliburton, who may have played his worst game of the season tonight. Don't panic.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:53 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox goes for 27-5-8 in opening win
    De'Aaron Fox outplayed Damian Lillard and led the Kings to an unlikely road win at Portland with 27 points, five rebounds, eight assists, a block and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes. 

    Advice: Fox is becoming an elite point guard and appears to be poised for his best season yet. He looked great tonight and you should feel really good about having him if you got him in your draft.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:52 pm
  • Richaun Holmes goes off for 21 & 11 on 9-of-10
    Richaun Holmes hit 9-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's thrilling 124-121 win at Portland. 

    Advice: Holmes and Jusuf Nurkic both played very well against each other and it was a fun game to watch. If you were able to grab Holmes in your fantasy draft, it looks like he's going to pay dividends. Backup Tristan Thompson played just 19 minutes for six points and five rebounds in the win.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. blocks 4 shots
    Jaren Jackson Jr. blocked four shots in Wednesday's season opener, adding 13 points, six rebounds, two assists and three triples in 31 minutes. 

    Advice: JJJ didn't have much success shooting (3-of-12 FGs) this evening, but was happy to take a backseat for a change with Ja Morant, De'Anthony Melton and Desmond Bane combining for 79 points. He only had two fouls despite playing some center, and more than held his own against the size of Cleveland. Poor shooting aside, this was an encouraging debut after a monster preseason. The offense is coming, don't worry.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 7:49 pm
  • Desmond Bane scores 22 to match career-high
    Desmond Bane matched his career-high of 22 points in Wednesday's season opener, adding three rebounds, three assists, two steals and two triples in 30 minutes. 

    Advice: Bane started next to De'Anthony Melton in a lineup that should get fantasy managers excited -- both these guys were two of our sleepers featured in the NBC Sports Edge Draft Guide. Coach Taylor Jenkins will have a tough decision to make when Dillon Brooks (hand) eventually returns, but there's no doubt that Bane and Melton will both play substantial roles all season long. Don't expect this type of shot volume from Bane, but he's absolutely worth rostering as a guy who can shoot the lights out and chip in across the board.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 7:46 pm
     
  • Ja Morant explodes for 37 points in win vs. CLE
    Ja Morant exploded for 37 points in Wednesday's season-opening win vs. Cleveland, going 17-of-29 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line with six assists, six rebounds, two blocks and one triple. 

    Advice: His face was lit up the entire preseason in anticipation of tonight and he let it all out for his 10th career game with 30+ points. No one can question his rising stardom in real life, but in the fantasy industry we've been waiting for his stat set to catch up -- his lack of defensive stats and 3s combined with poor percentages and high turnovers saw him finish well below his ADP last season. Here's to hoping a year-3 leap will erase some of those concerns and tonight couldn't have gone much better in that regard. Check out the link below to see one of his highlight blocks, something we've been hearing that we'll see more of this season.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 7:31 pm
     
  • Nikola Vucevic hits 7-of-21 shots vs. Pistons
    Nikola Vucevic hit 7-of-21 shots for 15 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and one triple in 36 minutes vs. Detroit on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Vucevic’s days as a first-rounder in 9-cat leagues likely ended when he left Orlando but there’s still plenty to love about him in Chicago. We don’t expect this amount of shot volume on most nights, but it would be a huge upset if he didn’t return second round fantasy value this season as Chicago’s No. 2 option on offense. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 6:42 pm
  • Russell Westbrook hits 4-of-13 shots in LAL debut
    Russell Westbrook hit just 4-of-13 shots and missed all four of his 3-pointers for eight points, five rebounds, four assists, four turnovers and nothing else in 35 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: While LeBron James and Anthony Davis look to be in midseason form, Westbrook looked like a guy who wasn't sure of his role. The fact that LeBron and Westbrook both need the ball in their hands did not work in Westy's favor tonight and if things go this way again for another week, it's possible that Westy could be moved to the bench, although that doesn't appear to be a likely scenario at this point. Just keep in mind that we're only one game in and Westbrook could easily turn it around in the next one. Use patience early in the season with him until he figures out how to play with his new teammates.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 10:06 pm
  • LeBron James leads Lakers with 34 & 11 in loss
    LeBron James hit 13-of-23 shots, five 3-pointers and 3-of-6 free throws for a game-high 34 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, a steal, a block and four turnovers in Tuesday's disappointing home loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: The Lakers' swiss cheese defense isn't going to do them any favors this season but LeBron and AD are going to eat in fantasy, regardless. Russell Westbrook struggled to get into a rhythm and LeBron and AD were the only two Lakers in double figures. If you got LeBron in Round 2 or 3 of your fantasy draft, you have to be thrilled. He looked like vintage LeBron tonight. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 10:03 pm
    New Player Note
    LeBron James LAL - PG,SG,SF
    GTD
     
  • Anthony Davis' 33 & 11 not enough for Lakers
    Anthony Davis hit 15-of-26 shots, a 3-pointer and 2-of-7 free throws for 33 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks in 39 minutes of Tuesday's 121-114 home loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: AD and LeBron looked very good in this one but Russell Westbrook looked like a fish out of water and the it was clear that the Lakers lost most of their defensive core from last season. If you took AD with a late first-round fantasy pick, tonight's performance has to be encouraging.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:59 pm
  • Kerr: Draymond and Wiggins on minutes restriction
    Coach Steve Kerr said both Draymond Green Green and Andrew Wiggins will be on a minutes restriction Tuesday vs. the Lakers because they missed part of the preseason. 

    Advice: Wiggings was dealing with some "nicks and bruises" early in the preseason and Green sat out one of the Warriors exhibition games while away from the team for an excused absence. Kerr did not provide any details as to what the minutes cap for both players would be. Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica could see a few extra minutes apiece in the season opener.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 11:47 am
  • Memphis, Jaren Jackson Jr. agree to extension
    Jaren Jackson Jr. has agreed to a four-year $105 million extension with the Memphis Grizzlies according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: Things were heading this way for a while, so it isn't too surprising that the two sides came to an agreement ahead of Monday's 6 pm deadline for rookie extensions. Through three seasons in Memphis, Jackson Jr. has averaged 15.4 points on 48.0% shooting from the floor (37.4% 3-pointers) with 1.7 triples 4.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game. Jackson's a solid fifth-round value in category formats, so if you are still waiting to draft, be prepared to fire away on JJJ anywhere in that late fourth-early fifth-round area.     NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 18, 8:48 am
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. drops 29 points w/ seven triples
    Jaren Jackson Jr. dominated again in Friday's preseason action with 29 points, seven triples, seven rebounds and two assists. 

    Advice: JJJ has looked dominant in the preseason on both ends of the court. The rhythm on his jumper is back, his rebounding has improved and he’s doing a better job limiting the silly fouls. His health is the key, but if he can stay on the court there is no doubt that he will have a monster season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 15, 7:26 pm
  • Kings pick up Tyrese Haliburton's 3rd-year option
    The Kings are picking up their third-year option for Tyrese Haliburton.

    Advice: This was a bookkeeping move for Sacramento, who assuredly hope to keep Haliburton for a long time to come. He'll earn $4.2 million in 2022-23 and has another $5.8 million team option the year after. Barring an extension, he'd then become a restricted FA going into the 2024-25 season. The Kings have repeatedly said they'll run three-guard lineups, and if anyone is likely to get pinched it's Buddy Hield. NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 15, 1:53 pm
  • Holmes goes for 15 and 10 in 23 minutes
    Richaun Holmes totaled 15 points, 10 boards, two assists, two steals and one turnover in a win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday evening.

    Advice: Holmes isn’t a big name by any means shot an astounding 63.7% from the floor and ranked tenth in blocks on a per game basis - the lack of blocks tonight was an anomaly and he almost had one that was called for goaltending in the second quarter He’ll usually be better than tonight, but he wasn’t bad at all and still got it done. He’s a very safe and pretty fun fourth-round pick in all formats NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 14, 9:34 pm
  • Westbrook scores 18, only turns it over thrice
    Russell Westbrook dropped a stat line of 18 points, three rebounds, five dimes, three steals and three turnovers in a to loss the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: The three turnovers were a breath of fresh air as he was not doing so hot in that category in other preseason games. He looked a bit more under control for the most part and had a nice give-and-go sequence with DeAndre Jordan early in the night. With a team consisting of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Brodie’s days of getting nightly triples doubles is likely over, but he’ll still get plenty of counting stats to warrant a third-round pick. Keep in mind that the turnovers are sure to be a problem, however. NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 14, 9:33 pm
  • Anthony Davis struggles with shot vs. SAC
    Anthony Davis sank just five of his 18 shots in a loss to the Kings on Thursday, putting up a line of 14 points, 12 boards and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He also hit just four of his seven free throws, so the Brow’s stroke wasn’t as smooth as usual. He was still active and logged 33 minutes, and given how often he’s hurt, the most important thing right now is that he’ll be healthy for opening night. The locker rooms trips and day-to-day tags are inevitable for AD, but if he can get through 70 games or so, he’ll return to the first-round player that we saw with the Pelicans.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 14, 9:31 pm
  • LeBron drops 30 in another preseason loss
    LeBron James put up a line of 30 points, six boards, six assists, two blocks and two three-pointers in 29 minutes of a 116-112 loss to the Kings on Thursday night.

    Advice: LeBron appeared to injure his right leg early in the third, but after a Lakers timeout, he was right back on the floor. Given his age, we’ll monitor him quite closely and make sure it’s nothing to worry about. As far as fantasy hoops are concerned, LeBron will absolutely produce when he’s playing, but he’s struggled to stay healthy as of late and he’s not getting any younger. Bron in the third round makes sense, but we don’t recommend picking him in the first like we’re so used to in years prior.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 14, 9:30 pm
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