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  • Lauri Markkanen returned to action on Friday November 24. Today, 12:48 am
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  • Stephen Curry scores 26 in 2Q, finishes w/ 33
    Stephen Curry scored 33 points during a 143-94 win over the Bulls on Friday with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He went on one of his nuclear runs with 26 points in the second quarter to get him to 30 before half. Today was his 21st 20-point quarter and just his seventh 30-point half of his career. Curry could be headed for more scoring because he has a whopping 38.9 usage rate and a 70.0 TS% in his 169 minutes without Kevin Durant (ankle) this season. He is fantasy's top player in standard leagues this year. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia scores 11 points
    Zaza Pachulia had a career-high six dimes and a season-high 11 points against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: It was a strong game from Pachulia and maybe he's hearing footsteps from the young guys. Pachulia is a legend for his Game 7 quote, but most of the fantasy world is rooting against him so we can get more Jordan Bell. Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Jerian Grant scores 21 points vs. GSW
    Jerian Grant scored a career-high 21 points in Friday's blowout loss to Golden State, hitting 8-of-10 shots with three rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls were embarrassed by the Warriors, losing by a whopping 49 points. Grant shined in garbage time with 13 fourth-quarter points, so this little outburst doesn't move the needle for his rest-of-season outlook. Kris Dunn is the PG you want to own in Chicago, but it will be a bumpy ride. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Lauri Markkanen scores 14 points in loss
    Lauri Markkanen scored 14 points with six rebounds, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: The Bulls were destroyed, but at least coach Fred Hoiberg ad some encouraging quotes on Markkanen before the game. "We’re adding new things to our offense pretty much daily to try to get him in spots where he can be successful," Hoiberg said. He should be heavily used all year and could trend up even more. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Nikola Jokic posts monster line vs. Memphis
    Nikola Jokic had a feast in a 104-92 win over Memphis on Friday, racking up 28 points with 13 rebounds, eight assists, one steal, two triples and five turnovers.

    Advice: Jokic hit 11-of-17 shots, but struggled a bit from the line (4-of-6 FTs). He was on the injury report after tweaking his right ankle on Wednesday, but his status for this game wasn't in any real doubt and it's a great sign that he played 36 minutes. Jokic's usage rate climbs from 20.1 to 24.0 with Paul Millsap (wrist) off the court, so his fantasy owners can expect more monster lines like this one going forward. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Greg Monroe goes scoreless
    Greg Monroe did not score in 12 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday with four rebounds, one assist and two turnovers as the starting power forward.

    Advice: He was in foul trouble for most of this game, so that explains the low minutes. Plus, he likely started because of the matchup against the Pelicans bigs. Either way, Monroe is likely going to be a fantasy headache with most of his value coming in the short term. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Will Barton posts a dud vs. Memphis
    Will Barton came off the bench for nine points, four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in just 17 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: Barton had played 36 and and 37 minutes in his previous two games, but coach Mike Malone said that he's going to base his lineups/rotations on the matchups going forward -- Kenneth Faried went from a DNP-CD on Wednesday to playing 33 minutes on Friday. This is definitely a buzzkill for Barton, but he should be a lot more involved than this on most nights and was averaging 15.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.1 triples in his previous 11 games in November. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Tony Allen playing minor role for New Orleans
    Tony Allen had six points, four rebounds and one turnover in 11 minutes of action on Friday.

    Advice: The 14-year veteran is averaging just 13.9 minutes this season, and he's off the fantasy radar while guys like E'Twaun Moore, Dante Cunningham and Darius Miller are all healthy. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Darius Miller grabs season-high nine rebounds
    Darius Miller grabbed a season-high nine rebounds on Friday, to go along with 10 points, three assists and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Miller shot 3-of-10 from the field and he's become a designated long-range bomber for the Pelicans -- so far in November, 78.2 percent of his field goal attempts have been 3-pointers. The fact that he's shooting 60.0% from the field in that span is extraordinary, but it's also a reflection of how wide-open teams are leaving him. We don't think it will last, but feel free to play him until the bottom drops out. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Jameer Nelson logs 23 minutes in blowout
    Jameer Nelson chipped in two points with eight assists, four rebounds and one steal in 23 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: The Pelicans blew out the Suns tonight, which helped Nelson a bit, but he's been staying in the 18-22 minute range even with Rajon Rondo back in the starting unit. It appears he'll be the backup PG until further notice, with Ian Clark third on the PG depth chart. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Ian Clark third on Pelicans' PG depth chart
    Ian Clark scored seven points with one assist and one steal in nine minutes during Friday's road win in Phoenix.

    Advice: Clark has a pair of DNP-CDs since Rajon Rondo returned in mid-November, and he's behind Jameer Nelson for the backup PG job. Enough said. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Jrue Holiday swipes season-high five steals
    Jrue Holiday had 18 points, a season-high five steals, two assists and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes on Friday, while committing one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: In the five games since Rajon Rondo became a substantial part of the Pels' rotation, Holiday is averaging a mere 3.4 assists, and he has exactly two dimes in each of his past three games. He'll need to make up the difference in other categories, so it was nice to see him scoring, hitting 3s and playing aggressive defense tonight. The dip in assists hurts his fantasy upside, but Holiday is still capable of mid-round value. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Dragan Bender cools off on Friday
    Dragan Bender scored two points with two rebounds in 17 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: After his best game on Wednesday, Bender came back to earth with issues on both ends. This frontcourt rotation is likely going to be a headache until the Suns start to clear out some of their veterans, but Bender does have some upside for steals, blocks and treys. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Avery Bradley (groin) struggles on Friday
    Avery Bradley (groin) struggled on Friday, finishing with just 11 points, three boards, three assists, and five turnovers on 4-of-13 shooting.

    Advice: Bradley was just 1-of-6 from distance, but he played 31 minutes, so the poor line may be more due to Thanksgiving-itis than related to his groin tightness. Bradley has now had two straight subpar performances, but the fact that the Pistons are off until Monday certainly can't hurt in helping Bradley turn it around. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Greg Monroe starting, Chriss to bench
    Greg Monroe will move into the starting lineup on Friday vs. the Pelicans, replacing Marquese Chriss.

    Advice: It's very surprising to see Monroe starting next to Tyson Chandler, but it's not a surprise to see Chriss demoted because he's shown a lack of discipline and effort this season. Monroe is coming off a monster revenge game with 22 points and 15 rebounds, and while he's worth a short-term look, his future on the Suns isn't exactly clear. Yesterday, 5:49 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (ankle) available vs. Grizzlies
    Nikola Jokic (ankle) is "available" vs. the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: There's no word of any restrictions and Jokic was originally probable, so expect him to see his normal allotment of minutes vs. Memphis. Despite the tough matchup, Jokic can be treated like a top-5 fantasy center every time he touches the floor. Yesterday, 4:24 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (ankle) expected to play Friday
    Nikola Jokic (ankle) is expected to play on Friday night against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He did have a slight tweak of his right ankle on Wednesday, but he did return in a game that the Nuggets were being blown out. Jokic should be close to 100 percent as he looks to anchor the offense now that Paul Millsap (wrist) is out. Fire him up in all leagues and consider him in DFS even in a subpar matchup. Yesterday, 10:11 am
  • Avery Bradley (groin) will play Friday
    Avery Bradley (groin tightness) will play Friday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: There was some concern raised when Bradley sat out of Wednesday's practice; however, it appears it Pistons were simply attempting to limit his reps. Bradley got off to a bit of a slow start this season, but has been increasingly effective on the offensive end of the floor. He's averaging 19.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 3-pointers over his last nine games. Yesterday, 9:28 am
  • Lauri Markkanen (illness) shoots 1-of-9 Wed
    Lauri Markkanen (illness) scored just three points on 1-of-9 shooting vs. Utah on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds without any assists or defensive stats in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Fred Hoiberg said that Markkanen was been battling an illness lately, which helps explain his poor play tonight. That said, the rookie is now a combined 9-of-30 from the field in the second half of back-to-back sets, so exhaustion could be a factor there. Chicago continues to say they'll play him 30-32 minutes per game, fortunately, and he'll get a day to rest before playing Golden State on Friday. Wednesday, 9:37 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 13 points, trending down
    Jrue Holiday scored 13 points with one rebound, two assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's another somewhat quiet game, which has a little to do with Rajon Rondo coming back. Before this game, we had a 41-minute sample of Jrue with Rondo, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. The numbers were not very good with only an 18.6 usage rate while his assist percentage sat at just 9.1 with those three — it’s 42.9 without them in a tiny sample. Holiday can still do a number of things, but he's probably not going to help in dimes like he usually does. Wednesday, 9:33 pm
  • Dragan Bender plays season-high 34 minutes
    Dragan Bender played a season-high 34 minutes vs. the Bucks on Wednesday and had a nice all-around game with 11 points, six rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and three triples.

    Advice: He was 4-of-7 from the field with five turnovers, while his competition in Marquese Chriss had another dud with two points in 12 minutes. Bender has had his fair share of duds as well and has been anything but consistent, but he's worth keeping a close eye on to see if he wins this position battle. If tonight's line is any indication, the upside to produce some nice fantasy value is there with his 3-point range and shot-blocking potential -- his 7'2" wingspan helps. Wednesday, 9:12 pm
  • Greg Monroe gets revenge vs. MIL w/ 22 and 15
    Greg Monroe had a nice revenge game vs. the Bucks on Wednesday, setting season-highs in points (22) and rebounds (15) with one assist and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Tyson Chandler (illness) returned to the starting lineup, but in a surprising move for a rebuilding team, the Suns deployed Monroe as the backup center over Alex Len (DNP-CD) — there’s a chance the Suns played him over Len to get some revenge on his former team as well. The Suns have been showcasing Monroe for a trade, but if they can’t salvage what little trade value he has, he’ll likely be bought out at some point. In the meantime, look at Monroe as a short-term source of points and rebounds as long as he stays ahead of Len. Wednesday, 8:58 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia, West, McGee splitting minutes
    Zaza Pachulia played 12 minutes vs. the Thunder, scoring two point with three rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Pachulia has exceeded 20 minutes once all season, and as usual he quickly gave way to David West (12 minutes), JaVale McGee (seven minutes), and a host of small lineups. The Warriors' center spot is a fantasy wasteland in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 8:47 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 17 points in bad loss
    Nikola Jokic scored 17 points during a bad 125-95 loss in Houston on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, three assists, one block, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He did tweak his right ankle in this game, but he started the second half. This game was a blowout at half, but Jokic said he wanted to go back out there. With Paul Millsap (wrist) out, Jokic should be seeing more opportunities to pass because coach Mike Malone has said he wanted to use Millsap to create offense. Jokic should be in for a huge season. Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Will Barton plays 36 minutes with -42
    Will Barton made a start at small forward against the Rockets on Wednesday with 20 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The bad news is he was -42 in plus/minus. He's been playing three positions for the Nuggets this year and now he'll be playing a lot of small forward with Paul Millsap (wrist) out. Barton puts up numbers in almost any situation, but now he should be able to clear 30 minutes almost every night. He may not be starting at the three every game, but he should be owned in all standard leagues. Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Nikola Jokic returns in the second quarter
    Nikola Jokic returned to game action in the second quarter on Wednesday.

    Advice: He didn't roll his ankle too badly and maybe he just went to the ground because he was surprised he tweaked it on a push off. For now, it looks like Jokic is going to be OK. Wednesday, 6:03 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (ankle) goes to the locker room
    Nikola Jokic (ankle) went to the locker room in the second quarter on Wednesday.

    Advice: He looked to have stepped on P.J. Tucker's foot, but it didn't look bad. Jokic talked to the staff near the bench, and then limped to the locker room under his own power. He didn't have a bad limp compared to most ankle sprains. Hopefully, he can start the second half after being retaped. If not, Mason Plumlee will be busy and Kenneth Faried will also have to step up. Wednesday, 5:55 pm
  • Greg Monroe moves to the bench vs. Bucks
    Greg Monroe will move to the bench on Wednesday against the Bucks.

    Advice: He'll come off the bench in his revenge game. Coach Jay Triano as played Monroe just 21.3 minutes per game in three outings this year, so maybe that playing time drops into the teens. Monroe, Tyson Chandler and Alex Len could be very annoying to own with all three on the active roster. Wednesday, 4:28 pm
  • Avery Bradley (groin) expected to play Friday
    Avery Bradley (groin tightness) sat out Wednesday's practice but he's expected to play Friday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Bradley doesn't have a history of groin issues, so it sounds like the Pistons were just playing it safe here in order to give him a full two days off prior to Friday's in OKC. Owners can expect to get another update following Friday morning's shootaround, but for now, it doesn't seem like there's too much to worry about here. Wednesday, 10:45 am
  • Jerian Grant benched vs. Lakers
    Jerian Grant was benched vs. the Lakers on Tuesday, scoring five points with three assists in 16 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls are going to roll with Kris Dunn as their starting PG, so if you were still holding onto Grant in a deeper league, it's time to let go. Tuesday, 11:00 pm
  • Lauri Markkanen pulls down 14 boards
    Lauri Markkanen grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds on Tuesday vs. the Lakers, adding 13 points, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The counting stats were nice, but the rookie hit just 4-of-17 shots and 3-of-4 free throws. Hopefully this game will go down as an outlier, as he was shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 81.1 percent from the line prior to Tuesday. Coach Fred Hoiberg said Markkanen will keep his starting role once Nikola Mirotic (face) comes back, so his owners have nothing to worry about for the time being. Tuesday, 10:58 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) removed from injury report
    Tony Allen (knee) has been removed from the Pelicans injury report and will play vs. the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Allen had missed four straight games before returning for Monday's matchup with the Thunder. He finished with six points, six rebounds and a steal in 18 minutes off the bench on Monday. Allen is averaging fewer than four points and playing less than 14 minutes a night this season. He should be left on the waiver wire. Tuesday, 2:07 pm
  • Will Barton scores 25 in start for Nuggets
    Will Barton started for the Nuggets on Monday and hit 9-of-15 shots and five 3-pointers for 25 points, six rebounds and five assists in Monday's 114-98 win over the Kings.

    Advice: Barton had a four-point dud on Friday, but has been very good for most of the season. He's averaging 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.4 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting over his last five games. With Paul Millsap and Wilson Chandler hurting right now, Barton looks like a must-own player. Monday, 9:53 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) plays 18 minutes Monday
    Tony Allen returned from a knee injury on Monday and had six points, six rebounds and a steal in 18 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: He'd missed four straight games with the injury and his return could eat into the minutes of E'Twaun Moore, who started as the Pelicans went small tonight. Just keep an eye on Allen, as he should not be owned in most fantasy leagues right now. Monday, 8:13 pm
  • Darius Miller has nice game on Monday
    Darius Miller hit 4-of-5 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 22 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Miller is quietly averaging 10.8 points and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games, making him worth a deep-league look I you need 3-pointers. Monday, 8:11 pm
  • Will Barton will start vs. the Kings Monday
    Will Barton will start against the Kings on Monday.

    Advice: The Nuggets are missing Paul Millsap (wrist) and Wilson Chandler (back), so Barton will join Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Kenneth Faried and Nikola Jokic in the first unit. Barton was worth owning when the Nuggets were healthy, but his owners can now expect a considerable bump in value in the short term. Monday, 6:27 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) probable Monday vs. OKC
    Alvin Gentry said he expects Tony Allen (knee) to play Monday against the Thunder.

    Advice: Allen has spent the past four games on the sidelines, so he'll likely only see minutes in the teens tonight, rendering him a non-option in most leagues. Monday, 3:22 pm
  • Will Barton starts 3Q for Millsap (wrist)
    Will Barton started the second half of Sunday's game in place of Paul Millsap (wrist), finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Millsap had X-rays on his wrist and the results haven't been announced, but either way Barton should already be owned. He's quietly racking up mid-round value (8-cat and 9-cat) in under 30 minutes per game, which should be sustainable all season. Sunday, 9:39 pm
  • Bulls lose despite Lauri Markkanen's 26 & 13
    Lauri Markkanen was terrific vs. Phoenix on Sunday, hitting 10-of-18 shots with four 3-pointers for 26 points, 13 rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls' prized rookie has been an amazing value for fantasy owners, coming in with averages of 14.8 points, 2.5 triples, 7.6 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.6 blocks and just 1.3 turnovers. He's shot 82.4% from the line, which has made up for 43.7% from the field, and the sky is the limit if tonight's efficiency becomes a trend. Sunday, 8:13 pm
  • Greg Monroe racks up 10/6/4 in 21 minutes
    Greg Monroe had 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and one block in just 21 minutes of action on Sunday.

    Advice: Monroe didn't play the final 16 minutes of tonight's game, with Alex Len getting the clutch minutes during the Suns' home victory. Tyson Chandler (illness) has been out since Thursday but he's day-to-day, so there's no clear incentive to own Monroe in most leagues. Sunday, 8:03 pm
  • Nikola Jokic ejected in second quarter Sunday
    Nikola Jokic was ejected in the second quarter of Sunday's game, finishing with six points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 12 minutes.

    Advice: In a wild sequence, Jokic and Nuggets coach Mike Malone were both ejected for yelling at the refs -- Malone may have been trying to get tossed, but Jokic's ejection did not seem deserved. Whether or not the league rescinds a technical foul, it's safe to assume that Jokic will be ready to go vs. Sacramento on Monday. Sunday, 7:31 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia plays 14 minutes vs. Brooklyn
    Zaza Pachulia had three points, two rebounds, four assists and one steal in 14 minutes of action vs. Brooklyn on Sunday.

    Advice: The veteran has started all 17 games for Golden State this season, but he's averaging just 14.3 minutes and has been a liability in almost every fantasy format. Sunday, 6:03 pm
  • Stephen Curry puts up 39/11/7 in win vs. Nets
    Playing in the second of back-to-back games, Stephen Curry lit up the Nets for 39 points (14-of-24 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), 11 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Kevin Durant (ankle) was out tonight and Steph took full advantage of the expanded offensive role -- he's now scored 30+ points in consecutive games for the first time all season. Curry is flirting with the No. 1 spot in roto leagues, and he joins Nikola Jokic are the only players with top-10 fantasy value who are playing under 33.0 minutes per game. Sunday, 6:01 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) questionable for Monday
    Tony Allen (knee) is questionable to face the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: Allen has spent the past four games on the sidelines, but he was supposed to return to action on Friday, which hints that he's at least getting close. Perhaps he'll be able to get out there Monday night, but he won't be earning enough minutes to warrant a roster spot in most settings. Sunday, 12:27 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 35 in big comeback win
    Stephen Curry scored 35 points with five rebounds, five assists, one block and four 3-pointers during a 124-116 win over the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: It's not often you seen Steph have multiple-game slumps, and he bounced back quickly from his nine-point dud in Boston on Thursday. The Warriors were hit in the mouth in the first quarter as they gave up 47 points in that frame, but were still able to overcome a 22-point deficit at half. They put up 47 of their own in the third and this game became the seventh time in the Shot Clock Era that two teams both scored at least 47 points in a quarter in the same game. Curry was a big part of that with his 20 points in that quarter to get to their fifth 40-point quarter on the year. Steph gets the Nets on Sunday, so he should be in for another big night. Saturday, 8:42 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores six points
    Greg Monroe scored six points with one rebound, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: He had nowhere to go but down after his 20-point, 11-board Suns debut. Monroe is really going to have a tough time hanging around in this up-tempo offense, and he is brutal on defense. It's really hard to buy his long-term upside because it's very likely he's not on the roster in a few months and he would likely be on a team with a lot of weapons. Friday, 11:01 pm
  • Dragan Bender scores 10 points
    Dragan Bender scored 10 points with five rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: He turned 20 years old today and he played very well on defense. Bender has been a bit of a mess on offense, so he's still more of a stash in most leagues. Friday, 10:56 pm
  • Nikola Jokic double-doubles in win
    Nikola Jokic scored 13 points with 11 rebounds, six assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: And here come the Nuggets. Their NBA-high 146 points for this season has helped them rise to sixth in offensive rating, and they're also creeping up in the pace ranks after ranking in the bottom 10 for much of the season -- they're 14th on the season now. Somewhat surprisingly, Jokic was somewhat quiet in this game, but his owners have to love to see Denver's offense is on a roll again. Friday, 10:46 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) sitting out vs. Denver
    Tony Allen (knee) will not play on Friday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: He was originally expected to play, but the Pelicans will continue to be cautious. Darius Miller has thrived in Allen's absence, averaging 17.0 points, 0.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.0 steal and 3.5 triples over his last two games. Friday, 6:21 pm
  • Will Barton back to bench on Friday
    With Gary Harris (shoulder) returning to the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Pelicans, Will Barton will head back to the bench.

    Advice: Barton started in place of Harris in each of Denver's last two games, but has been very productive off the bench this season as well. Barton is averaging 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 28.5 minutes over 12 games as a reserve. Despite the return of Harris, Barton should be owned in all leagues. Friday, 10:44 am
  • Greg Monroe scores 20 points with 11 boards
    Greg Monroe scored 20 points in his Suns debut on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 26 minutes during a blowout loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: The Rockets went right at him early in the game and it's part of the reason the Suns were out of it early. The Suns are almost certainly going to be trading him or buying him out at some point because of his expiring contract and maybe this will help them move that along faster than expected. His long-term upside doesn't sound great, but the Suns really don't have much direction. If you want to pick him up to use him before he's dealt and you need a big man, it's not a bad idea. Thursday, 10:04 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores just nine in loss to BOS
    Stephen Curry did not fare well in his return from a one-game absence, making 3-of-14 from the field for a season-low nine points with six rebounds, five assists, four steals, four turnovers and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The Celtics were aggressive on defense and made him work on offense, which led to Curry making just 1-of-8 in the first half. He was also in some foul trouble with his fourth foul coming with nine minutes left in the third quarter and coach Steve Kerr pulled him -- Kerr doesn't usually pull Curry for fouls because he doesn't commit many. It's hard to chalk up this bad game to his thigh issue, so just expect him to turn it around against Ben Simmons and the 76ers on Saturday. That should be fun. Thursday, 8:07 pm
  • Greg Monroe will start at center vs. Rockets
    Greg Monroe will start at center against the Rockets on Thursday.

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

    Advice: There was never really any doubt after Curry cautiously sat out on Monday. Curry took a Ben Simmons knee to his thigh in the first quarter on Saturday and he was able to play through it, so he should be fairly close to 100 percent. It should be a showdown against Kyrie Irving tonight and Curry gets a tough test against the league's best defense. Thursday, 2:23 pm
  • Tony Allen likely to play on Friday
    Tony Allen (knee) is likely going to play against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: Darius Miller has been in one of his best stretches of his NBA career, so it'll be inresting to see how coach Alvin Gentry wants to divide the minutes between Miller, Allen and Dante Cunningham. All three do not have much value in non-deep leagues. Thursday, 12:26 pm
  • Greg Monroe (calf) says he's playing Thursday
    Greg Monroe (calf) said he's been told he will play against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: It will be his debut for his new team and it's still unclear how much he'll play. Monroe has been on the practice court for about a week, so he may be able to get 20-24 minutes. Most indications are that the Suns won't be keeping him for long, so it'll be tough to count on him in the long term. Alex Len should still have a solid role with minutes in the mid 20s. Thursday, 11:27 am
  • Avery Bradley scores season-high 28
    Avery Bradley hit 8-of-18 shots and a season-high six 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 28 points, two rebounds, five assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's scored at least 20 points in three straight games and is averaging 22.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.8 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting in November. Hopefully you hung in there with him during the early, dark days. Thursday, 2:59 am
  • Lauri Markkanen (ankle) plays well in blowout
    Lauri Markkanen (ankle) finished Wednesday's road loss with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, six rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, two steals, one block and zero turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He briefly exited after falling on his back tonight, which was concerning because he had a back injury in the preseason, but he looked fine after returning. The Bulls are obviously keen to develop Markkanen, and his owners got good news before the game -- coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed the rookie will continue to start at PF even when (or if) Nikola Mirotic returns to action for Chicago. Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • Jerian Grant comes off bench after halftime
    Jerian Grant came off the bench after halftime on Wednesday, finishing with six points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: The Bulls set a franchise-low with seven points in the first quarter, shooting a combined 2-of-16 from the field, and they trailed by 24 points at halftime. Fred Hoiberg's decision to shake up the lineup paid off to some extent, as Chicago cut into the deficit, but they were never really in this game. Grant hasn't been a reliable option at any point this season, and that's not about to change with Kris Dunn healthy and Antonio Blakeney suddenly in the mix. Wednesday, 10:03 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 18 points vs. Raptors
    Jrue Holiday scored 18 points with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and no turnovers in 36 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's played just 15 minutes next to Rajon Rondo, but Holiday's stats in that time are not very encouraging, scoring 10 points with one rebound, one assist, two steals and no turnovers. While this stat line is solid tonight, Holiday is probably going to trend down a bit and be more of a top-75 player in most leagues. Wednesday, 8:29 pm
  • Darius Miller scores 13 points
    Darius Miller made 4-of-5 from the field for 13 points with one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: After his career-high 21 point game, he takes a backseat because of Rajon Rondo returning and the Pelicans going with more multiple-guard lineups. This is still a pretty solid line, but he is not going to be this efficient. He's only worth owning in very deep leagues. Wednesday, 8:08 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) out Wednesday vs. Toronto
    Tony Allen (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: This will be Allen's third straight game on the sidelines with the knee issue, and he's being listed as day-to-day. E'Twaun Moore and Ian Clark will likely be splitting his minutes, but that means very little in fantasy hoops. Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Greg Monroe is questionable for Thursday
    Greg Monroe (calf) is questionable to play against the Rockets on Thursday.

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

    Advice: Markkanen exited Saturday's game with an ankle injury and did not practice on Monday, but the plan was always to have him back in action on Wednesday night. Fred Hoiberg did say that he'd be monitoring Markkanen's minutes tonight, so he's a somewhat risky DFS target, while the potentially limited minutes for the rookie increases Bobby Portis' appeal. Wednesday, 10:06 am
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