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  • Shabazz Muhammad could be moved soon?
    Shabazz Muhammad could be involved in a potential trade between the Wolves and Pistons.

    Advice: The two teams are discussing a potential PG swap of Reggie Jackson for Ricky Rubio, but ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the deal could involve other players such as Muhammad. We'd have to know what other pieces are involved before speculating on Muhammad's potential value in Detroit, but he doesn't have much upside and isn't worth stashing in most leagues. To be clear, a deal isn't imminent. Rotoworld.com 25 minutes ago
  • Joel Embiid available to return on Friday
    Joel Embiid suffered a left knee contusion and has has returned on Friday.

    Advice: He jogged out of the locker room and got a huge cheer. It looks like he's OK, but you can bet he'll be resting tomorrow. Trust The Process. Rotoworld.com 32 minutes ago
  • James Ennis starting for resting Parsons
    James Ennis will start for Chandler Parsons (rest) on Friday against the Kings.

    Advice: It's scheduled rest for Parsons, so there's a good chance for Ennis for just tonight. In his previous starts, he averaged 9.0 points, 5.0 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.00 treys. He's not a fantasy option in most cases even as a stream. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:54 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca a healthy inactive
    Alexis Ajinca is a healthy inactive for Friday against the Nets.

    Advice: There is no reason to play him against the NBA's fastest team. In other news, Ajinca denied reports of him asking for a trade. He needs a lot of things to happen to get playing time. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:49 pm
  • Noah Vonleh starts, Al-Farouq Aminu to bench
    Noah Vonleh started over Al-Farouq Aminu on Friday against the 76ers.

    Advice: Well, coach Terry Stotts is at it again. The Blazers are on a back-to-back set, so that might be a factor. There's no fantasy move to be made with this late switch and it won't stick. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:12 pm
  • Evan Turner starting for Moe Harkless
    Evan Turner is starting in place of Moe Harkless on Friday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Talk about a late lineup switch. The Blazers announced a starting lineup change five minutes before tip-off. Harkless hasn't been 100 percent lately and the Blazers play again on Saturday vs. Boston, so maybe the idea here is to monitor his minutes tonight. Harkless' owners shouldn't panic, but it wouldn't be a complete shock if he got the night off completely. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:10 pm
  • Justin Hamilton to start at PF on Friday
    With Trevor Booker (rest) sitting out, Justin Hamilton will start at power forward on Friday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Hamilton is averaging 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists in his four previous starts this season. Thus, he is a risky DFS play. Luis Scola and Quincy Acy will also likely see additional minutes off the bench with Booker out. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:45 pm
  • Trevor Booker (rest) will not play Friday
    Trevor Booker (rest) will not play Friday night vs. New Orleans.

    Advice: Friday is the first game of a back-to-back, which likely factored into Brooklyn's decision to sit Booker. Booker has struggled a bit of late. He is averaging just 8.8 points while shooting 48.8 percent from the floor and 25 percent from the free-throw line over the Nets last four games. Justin Hamilton will start in his place. Luis Scola and Quincy Acy should also some extra minutes off the bench. Booker should be ready to bounce back Saturday vs. Charlotte. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:43 pm
  • Anthony Davis wearing right wrist tape
    Anthony Davis was wearing right wrist wrap in warmups on Friday before the game against the Nets.

    Advice: To be clear, he is fully expected to play without any restriction. Davis suffered a minor wrist injury on Wednesday, but he did return. He has recently suffered injuries to his left hip, right hip, right wrist, left fourth and fifth fingers, left thumb and tailbone in the last week. All that said, he could have a massive game today against the NBA's fastest team. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:16 pm
  • Ed Davis likely to play on Friday
    Ed Davis (ankle) is likely to play against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Terry Stotts and the Blazers may not give us another update on Boss, but it makes sense to use him with how Stotts like Davis against skilled bigs. Obviously, fantasy owners shouldn't be reacting to this news at almost any depth. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:46 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll (neck) to play Friday
    DeMarre Carroll (neck) will play Friday vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: This is simply confirmation, as Carroll told the media earlier in the day that he planned to play. Prior to being injured on Wednesday, Carroll had been playing some of his best ball of the season, averaging 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 3-pointers per game over the Raps previous eight contests. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:10 pm
  • Bebe Nogueira, Pat Patterson out again
    Patrick Patterson (knee) and Lucas Noguiera (concussion) will not play against the Hornets on Friday night.

    Advice: We'll see if the Raptors are going to play Jared Sullinger a little more, but it's unlikely to be much more than his 14 minutes. Pascal Siakam should get some added run at power forward, but the Raptors could definitely go small a lot against a smaller four in Marvin Williams. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:05 pm
  • Melo could waive no trade in rebuild?
    If the Knicks wanted to rebuild, Carmelo Anthony would consider waiving his no-trade clause.

    Advice: "I have the power, but still I would talk to [the front office]," Anthony said. "We would be in communication if they feel like they want to go in a different direction, they want to start rebuilding for the future. If they tell me they want to scrap this whole thing, yeah, I have to consider it." All this said, he said his family loves it in New York and his son goes to school in NYC, so he may not waive it even if the Knicks rebuild. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:40 pm
  • Blake Griffin listed as out for Saturday
    Blake Griffin (knee) is being listed as out for Saturday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: He is very likely to return on the upcoming road trip, but it won't be the first game unless something changes. Austin Rivers gets the biggest bump with Blake out because Luc Mbah a Moute is too important to the perimeter defense and should be starting. There's a great chance Griffin returns next week. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:11 pm
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  • Gary Harris listed as out for Saturday
    Gary Harris (right ankle sprain) is listed as out for Saturday against the Clippers.

    Advice: That makes it three games for Harris, who was hurt on Monday. Harris is having a really rough season, but his owners should still try to hang in there. In the meantime, Will Barton is going to get some serious run as the starter with Jamal Murray backing him up. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:08 pm
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  • Stein confirms report on P.J. Tucker
    ESPN's Marc Stein confirmed the Suns are looking for a first-round pick in a P.J. Tucker deal.

    Advice: This coincides with a local Arizona report, saying the Suns still have some interest in trying to resign Tucker. In a good portion of coach Earl Watson's post-game interviews, he talks about Tucker helping the team's identity, so the coach clearly likes having him around the young players. If Tucker is dealt, T.J. Warren would be a big winner while the Suns may get a look at Dragan Bender playing more three. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:14 pm
  • Bulls are interested in Bosh?
    If Chris Bosh can make it back for next season, the Bulls are "already plotting a run and will be at the front of the line to try to sign him," according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: This would be good news for Dwyane Wade and it may also help the Bulls attract other free agents to go with superstar Jimmy Butler. The new CBA has also added an independent medical panel to settle cases like Bosh. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:01 pm
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  • Luol Deng (wrist) questionable for Friday
    Luol Deng (right wrist) skipped the contact portion of the Lakers shootaround on Friday morning and is listed as questionable for for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Deng did not play Wednesday due to the wrist injury. Brandon Ingram started in his place and posted an impressive all-around game, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes. Ingram is an intriguing DFS play if Deng is ruled out on Friday. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:59 am
  • DeMarre Carroll (neck) will play Friday
    DeMarre Carroll (sore neck) confirmed that he will play Friday vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Carroll took a knee to the head in Wednesday's game and was unable to return. His neck is a little stiff, but he avowed to suit up Friday night, reminding the Toronto media that he considered himself a "warrior." Carroll may be in line for extra minutes on Friday, assuming he can handle them, as both Patrick Patterson (knee) and Lucas Nogueira (concussion) are doubtful. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:44 am
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) doubtful for Friday
    Patrick Patterson (knee) appears unlikely to play Friday vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Patterson has missed four straight games due to knee issues. Lucas Nogueira is also doubtful, leaving the Raps shorthanded in the frontcourt. Pascal Siakam will likely start. Jared Sullinger (foot) returned Wednesday and played 14 minutes. He should see around 15 minutes again on Friday. Norman Powell and Terrence Ross could also see additional minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:35 am
  • Ed Davis (ankle) probable for Friday
    Ed Davis (sprained left ankle) has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game vs. 76ers

    Advice: Davis missed Wednesday's game due to the ankle sprain. There is only minimal fantasy impact here, as Davis will split minutes off the bench with Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh Rotoworld.com Today, 8:08 am
  • Jeremy Lamb (foot) ruled out Friday
    Jeremy Lamb (inflamed metatarsal) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: This will be the fourth straight game Lamb has missed due to the foot injury. We have yet to receive a formal indication from the team regarding when Lamb is expected to return to the lineup. Marco Belinelli played well of the Hornets bench on Wednesday, scoring 13 points (on 5-of-8 shooting) and grabbing five boards in 24 minutes. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:02 am
  • J.R. Smith not yet cleared to do cardio
    J.R. Smith hasn't done any cardio exercises since fracturing his thumb on Dec. 20, but hopes to receive clearance to begin working out at his doctor's appointment on Friday.

    Advice: Smith was given a timeline of 12-14 weeks, and he is just at the four-week mark, which means he is still a good two months away from returning to the court. "Right now it's just healing," Smith said. "I can't really do anything." Smith also stated he was happy the Cavs were able to improve their roster with the addition of Kyle Korver. However, with Korver now in the mix, Smith will see fewer minutes when he does return to action. Smith can be left on waiver wires in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:30 am
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  • Anthony Davis aiming to win All-Star MVP
    Anthony Davis said that he will definitely do his best to take home MVP honors in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, which will be played in New Orleans.

    Advice: 'I'm definitely going after trying to get MVP, especially here in New Orleans. 'Coach Gentry told me every time I catch it, put it up. So I'm going to go out there and represent the city and try to walk away with that MVP for sure," said Davis. The Brow also talked about how he is becoming more comfortable playing center. ''I like playing the four, but right now with the team that we have and the way we are playing with small ball, it's helpful and I'm beneficial to the team at the five." Rotoworld.com Today, 6:18 am
  • Wes Johnson was reinstated from his suspension on Thursday January 19. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:29 am
  • Blake Griffin could return on road trip
    Blake Griffin (knee) could return to game action on the upcoming road trip.

    Advice: The Clippers start their road trip on Saturday and won't be coming back home until Feb. 2. Griffin has been going through some sprints and DeAndre Jordan seemed encouraged. "I’m ready for Blake to come back. I know he’s extremely ready to be back on the floor," Jordan said. He doesn't have a target date, but another loss on Thursday could move BG's timetable up. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:07 am
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  • Andrew Wiggins scores 27 points in win
    Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer in Thursday's 104-101 win against the Clippers.

    Advice: Wiggins has struggled this month, so watching him have a big night was refreshing. His lack of peripheral stats can be frustrating for fantasy owners, but on nights like tonight, his scoring makes up for it. He did grab a crucial rebound late in the game, which put him on the free throw line where he was able close the game out. Minnesota will face off against the Nuggets on Sunday, a team that Wiggins has scored 25 points against in each game this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Austin Rivers scores 20 points vs. T-Wolves
    Austin Rivers scored 20 points with two assists, one rebound, one block and two 3-pointers in Thursday's 101-104 loss to the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Rivers fouled out with five seconds left in the game, but was feeling it tonight as he scored 20 points for just the sixth time this season. He continues to play big minutes, averaging over 35 minutes per game in January and playing at least 31 minutes in eight consecutive games. With Chris Paul (hand) out for 6-8 weeks, Rivers will remain a big part of the Clippers offense until Blake Griffin (knee) comes back. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 34 points in win vs. DEN
    Kawhi Leonard was on fire yet again during a 118-104 win over the Nuggets on Thursday, scoring 34 points with five rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He earned an All-Star starting spot today, which was fairly obvious. Leonard has scored at least 30 points for five consecutive games, which has only been done by two other Spurs ever (George Gervin and Mike Mitchell). Coach Gregg Popovich had a very typical answer about Kawhi's play after the game. "Kawhi Leonard was super, but he's getting paid to be super," Pop said. Leonard is going to be super for a long time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • David Lee scores 10 points with 16 boards
    David Lee grabbed a season-high 16 boards in a start for Pau Gasol (hand) on Thursday against the Nuggets, adding 10 points, two assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: When he's in shape and is playing motivated, he has a similar skill set to Gasol right now. Coach Gregg Popovich said Lee was "fantastic" in this game, which isn't too surprising based on his previous starts. In those previous three, Lee averaged 8.7 points, 9.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks in 27.0 minutes. He should have some low-end value while Gasol is out for the next month or so, so he's worth a look in standard leagues for anyone needing a big man for points, boards and percentages. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 34 points in loss
    Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points against the Wizards on Thursday, adding 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He scored 25 points in the second quarter to set a Knicks franchise record for most points in a quarter. Anthony played more power forward in this game and he's looked a lot more comfortable in that role. Plus, the Knicks are more likely to stagger him from Kristaps Porzingis going forward. While Melo is playing better, his troublesome knee and shoulder will be black marks on his fantasy value. Keep him rolling, of course. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • P.J. Tucker scores just two points
    P.J. Tucker scored two points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 29 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Earl Watson always plays Tucker against top-notch wings, so that explains the playing time. As you can see with his stat line, he's not really doing much with his minutes. Tucker has actually been a ninth-round guy in his last 10, but a possible trade and a low upside makes him a borderline asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:38 pm
  • Blake Griffin running at full speed
    Blake Griffin (knee) was running at full speed in practice on Thursday.

    Advice: He was doing some more on-court work and going through some tests. Yesterday, coach Doc Rivers said it'll likely be another 1-2 weeks before Griffin can return. Upon his return, he'll likely affect Austin Rivers, Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:02 pm
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  • P.J. Tucker drawing interest around the NBA
    P.J. Tucker is reportedly drawing interest from around the league.

    Advice: Tucker is on the final year of an affordable deal, as he's on the books for just $5.3 million. With the Suns rebuilding, it's no secret that they will listen to offers for their defensive stopper. According to this report, the Clippers, Bulls, Cavaliers, Timberwolves and Hawks all have interest in Tucker, but Suns GM Ryan McDonough said earlier in the week that he doesn't like taking back late-round picks in deals which could complicate things in trade talks. If the Suns can find a new home for Tucker, T.J. Warren will get a bump and Dragan Bender will have a larger role. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb, hand) escapes Wed
    Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) played 29 minutes on Wednesday, finishing with 21 points (9-of-17 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 14 rebounds, four assists and one block.

    Advice: AD survived yet another injury scare tonight when he left to get X-rays on his left hand, but he quickly returned while wearing a splint on two fingers. He seems to be perpetually banged up, yet he's only missed three games this season. The risk of a shutdown is limited by the fact that New Orleans is just 1.5 games out of the playoff picture, and thus far Davis has paid off richly for his risk-taking owners. As a precaution, we'll add him to the injury report ahead of Friday's home game vs. Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:00 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 13 points on 14 shots
    Carmelo Anthony needed 14 shot attempts to score 13 points on Wednesday, making five field goals with four boards and three assists in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Melo's shot selection was poor tonight and he failed to take advantage of some switches with smaller defenders, which is unusual. He added three 3-pointers with one block and just one turnover, so it wasn't a total loss for fantasy purposes, and the Knicks ran away with a 117-106 victory despite Anthony's struggles. Go figure. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:29 pm
  • Joel Embiid (illness) scores 26 pts vs. TOR
    Joel Embiid (illness) racked up 26 points (6-of-13 FGs, 12-of-14 FTs) with two 3-pointers, nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 27 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Sixers said recently that Embiid's 28-minute limit will not be increased this season, but that's obviously not a deal-breaker for fantasy owners. Even with the limit in place he's been an early round value in January, averaging a stellar 22.5 points, 0.7 threes, 9.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.5 blocks. He's the first Sixers rookie since Allen Iverson to score 20+ points in 10 straight games, and he even earned "M-V-P" chants from the home crowd tonight. Give him another season or two, and that might not be far-fetched. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:37 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll (sore neck) will not return
    DeMarre Carroll (sore neck) will not return to Wednesday's game.

    Advice: Carroll took a knee to the head while falling and the good news is that there's no mention of a concussion -- tests came back negative and it's being described as something similar to whiplash. Terrence Ross should gain the most if Carroll is forced to miss any games, with Norman Powell also stepping into a bigger role. The Raptors next game is Friday in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:03 pm
  • Anthony Davis returns to action vs. Magic
    Anthony Davis (left thumb, left hand sprain, right hip) returned to action on Wednesday.

    Advice: X-rays were negative on his left hand and he should be OK. Hopefully, he can stay healthy for the rest of the game tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:57 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll goes to the locker room
    DeMarre Carroll went to the locker room in the third quarter on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was falling to the ground and Pascal Siakam's knee caught him as he was falling. Carroll was down for about two minutes and he needed some help off the court, so he may be dealing with a concussion. If he's out, Terrence Ross and Norman Powell would benefit. Ross is the better speculative add because he's played better late;y. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:46 pm
  • Confirmed: Anthony Davis will play Wednesday
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) will play Wednesday vs. the Magic, as expected.

    Advice: Davis looked fine while going through his pregame routine, and there's been no discussion of a minutes restriction, so his owners can feel free to fire him up. Alvin Gentry may have had the quote of the year during his pregame interview, stating, "AD will play hurt. He's played hurt since the day he got here." Yup. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:40 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play at PHI
    Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: His knee injury has kept him to just two games in 2017. Luckily for the Raptors, they have Jared Sullinger (foot) back for limited minutes -- he's likely only going to play 10-15 minutes tonight. The Raptors will also likely go smaller tonight while Pascal Siakam could play 20 minutes. None of these guys mentioned are worth using in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:17 pm
  • Gary Harris will not play on Thursday
    Gary Harris (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: This will be his second game out of the lineup. Harris is having a tough go this year, suffering injuries to his groin, foot and now this ankle sprain. With him out, Will Barton is a must-start player in season long and is probably worth using in DFS. Jamal Murray also benefits. Harris should still probably remain owned in standard leagues despite all these injuries. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:25 pm
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  • Joel Embiid (illness) will start on Wednesday
    Joel Embiid (illness) will start Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Embiid could be limited tonight due to the illness, but he remains a must-start guy any time he takes the court. With him active, Nerlens Noel (ankle) and Jahlil Okafor (ankle) will split the reserve minutes, with Noel offering a bit more appeal due to his defensive upside. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:21 pm
  • Luol Deng (wrist) questionable for Friday
    Luol Deng (right wrist) is questionable to play against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He also did not practice on Wednesday. Deng was called out indefinitely on Tuesday, so he's likely not going to play with a sprained shooting wrist. Even when he's back, the Lakers seem to be shifting to their younger players. If he's out, Brandon Ingram should continue to start and get heavy minutes, making him a target in standard leagues. The guards also benefit. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:06 pm
  • Blake Griffin about a week or two out
    Coach Doc Rivers said Blake Griffin (knee) is still about 1-2 weeks away from his return.

    Advice: That means he'll be on the back end of his 4-6 week timeline from back on Dec. 20. Griffin is starting to do some on-court work and ran some sprints before Saturday's game. The Clippers may have a tough time winning games with Chris Paul (hamstring) also out. Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers should be carrying the offense. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:07 am
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  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) says he'll play
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) said that he will play Wednesday vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Davis really likes going up against the Magic, in eight career outings against Orlando he owns impressive averages of 18.8 points, 13.4 boards, 1.4 dimes, 1.4 steals and a whopping 4.1 swats per contest, so he's on the radar as a potential DFS target. Just check back for official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:12 am
  • Joel Embiid (illness) questionable Wednesday
    Joel Embiid (illness) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Embiid wasn't able to go through shootaround, so he's likely headed for a game-time call here. Nerlens Noel (ankle) is probable, so if Embiid is out, it'll be Jahlil Okafor and Noel manning the five-spot with Noel being the more attractive target. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:44 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad scores 15 in 23 mins
    Shabazz Muhammad scored 15 points in 23 minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday, adding four rebounds and two triples.

    Advice: A report by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical indicated that the Wolves are looking to include Muhammad in a package deal with Ricky Rubio, so he could be on his way to a new city before the Feb. 23 trade deadline. Considering coach Tom Thibodeau likes to give all his starters 30+ minutes a night, a move away from Minnesota might not be a bad thing. With that said, Muhammad is just a pure scorer and has very little upside in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:51 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 34 w/ 7 boards, 5 dimes
    Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points on 12-of-17 shooting in Tuesday's 122-114 win over the Wolves.

    Advice: He's unfair. This was Leonard's 12th 30-point game of the season and his fourth in a row, becoming the first Spur to score 30+ points in four straight since Tim Duncan in Jan. 2004. The Claw added seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and two triples, and he also finished 8-of-9 from the free throw line. There's no reason why he shouldn't be a top-5 option in standard leagues the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Justin Hamilton returns to bench, scores 9
    Justin Hamilton returned to the bench on Tuesday vs. the Raptors, scoring nine points on 4-of-8 shooting with five rebounds, one assist and one triple in 13 minutes.

    Advice: That's an impressive stat line in limited minutes, but Hamilton usually doesn't have much value while Brook Lopez is active. Lopez did tweak his right ankle in the loss, so put Hamilton on your radar in case Lopez misses Friday's game vs. the Pelicans. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • Luol Deng (wrist) ruled out indefinitely
    Luol Deng will not play on Tuesday due to a sprained right wrist and will be out indefinitely.

    Advice: This came out of nowhere, but he apparently suffered the injury two days ago and he was sporting a huge wrap on his wrist prior to being ruled out. Look for Brandon Ingram to get some extra run in his absence, while Thomas Robinson could also see a small boost. Deng has a history of wrist problems so it will be interesting to see how long this one keeps him out. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:27 pm
  • Gary Harris (ankle) out for Nuggets
    As expected, Gary Harris will not play for the Nuggets on Tuesday due to a sprained right ankle.

    Advice: Will Barton (flu) is available and it would be surprising if both he and Jameer Nelson don't make some noise tonight in Harris' absence. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:19 pm
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  • Austin Rivers looking at an increased role
    Austin Rivers is looking at an increased role moving forward with Chris Paul (thumb) out 6-8 weeks.

    Advice: Rivers was going to lose some value with Blake Griffin (knee) nearing a return, but not so fast. With Paul out, both Rivers and Felton could realistically play over 30 minutes a night even with a healthy Blake. Rivers is averaging 16.8 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 triples in January, and his usage rate climbs from 14.9 to 21.8 when Paul is off the court. Go pick him up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:34 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) out Tuesday vs. BKN
    Patrick Patterson (sore left knee) will not play Tuesday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: This will be his third straight game on the sidelines, and his absence essentially ensures that Lucas Nogueira will get another start at the four-spot. Nogueira is worth owning as a shot blocking specialist in most leagues, while Patterson isn't worth a roster spot almost anywhere. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:50 pm
  • Ed Davis (ankle) out Wednesday vs. Hornets
    Ed Davis (sprained left ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: Davis only lasted five minutes on Monday night before the ankle flared up on him, so he could be spending a few games on the shelf here as he gets his ankle back to 100 percent. Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh will likely split Davis' minutes, but that means very little in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:02 pm
  • Report: Anthony, Jackson discuss future in NY
    Phil Jackson reportedly met with Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday to ask him if he wants to remain in New York.

    Advice: A source of Ramona Shelburne described the meeting as "far more contentious" than previous sit downs, and it looks like things in New York are reaching a boiling point with the Knicks falling out of the playoff hunt, and a Jackson confidant Charley Rosen recently publishing an extremely negative piece on Melo stating he's "outlived his usefulness in New York." Time and again Melo has stated that his desire is to remain with the Knicks and that he's not interested in waiving his no-trade clause, and neither of those sentiments changed during Tuesday's meeting. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:40 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb (foot) ruled out for Wednesday
    Jeremy Lamb (foot) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against Portland.

    Advice: Wednesday will mark Lamb's third straight game on the sidelines, and it's currently unclear exactly when he'll be able to get back to the court. Lamb typically isn't a major part of the rotation while the team is at full strength, so there aren't any major fantasy implications here. Marco Belinelli will have the opportunity for some extended minutes, but that's about it. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:20 pm
  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) questionable Weds
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: Davis hit the ground hard on Monday, and given that he tends to be a slow healer, we feel he's probably a bit closer to doubtful for Wednesday's game. If he's out, Terrence Jones would likely move back into the starting five, and there would be more minutes available for Donatas Motiejunas, while Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans would be tasked with more offensive responsibilities. Check back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:47 am
  • Embiid to remain on 28-min limit all season
    The Sixers expect Joel Embiid to remain on a 28-minute limit all season, according to coach Brett Brown.

    Advice: When asked if there was a possibility that the team would increase Embiid's minute cap or remove the limit altogether, Brown said: "I don't believe there is." Fantasy owners would obviously love to see The Process play more, but they obviously can't complain about the results thus far. The Sixers are wisely playing it safe with their franchise cornerstone, who has been consistently spectacular all season long. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:43 am
  • Joel Embiid (rest) probable for Wednesday
    Joel Embiid (rest) did not practice on Wednesday but is listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Embiid is coming off yet another monster game on Monday, finishing with 22 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, and five blocks. He has now scored at least 20 points in nine straight games, tying the NBA's all-time record for longest streak with at least 20 points while playing fewer than 30 minutes in each contest. As always, Trust The Process. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:30 am
  • Gary Harris (ankle): X-rays are negative
    X-rays on Gary Harris' sprained right ankle came back negative, but Harris is not expected to be available on Tuesday when the Nuggets play the L.A. Lakers.

    Advice: Harris has played just 17 of the Nuggets 38 games this season due to a variety of groin and foot injuries, and it appears he will miss at least one more due to this ankle sprain. The good news is that this injury seems relatively minor. "I don’t think this is nearly as serious or severe as the previous injury," coach Mike Malone said. Jameer Nelson and Will Barton will likely see a boost if Harris is unable to play. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:44 am
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  • Joel Embiid returned to action on Monday January 16. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:41 am
  • Ed Davis returned to action on Monday January 16. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:41 am
  • Austin Rivers scores 16 w/ six assists
    Austin Rivers scored 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting in Monday's win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He played impressive defense on Russell Westbrook and is thriving with the first unit. Rivers logged 35 minutes and added six assists, two rebounds, one steal and two triples, and he could have the ball in his hands a lot more if Chris Paul (sprained thumb) misses any time. Rivers' usage rate rises from 14.9 to 21.8 when Paul is off the court, so he looks like a solid pickup in addition to Raymond Felton. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:18 pm
  • P.J. Tucker hauls in season-high 13 boards
    P.J. Tucker tied his season high with 13 rebounds and added eight points and two steals in 27 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: Tucker is averaging just 6.2 points over his last five games, but also 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 29 minutes a game. He doesn't hit threes, hand out assists or block shots, and with his shaky field goal percentage and lack of scoring, is a borderline player to target in fantasy leagues. Chances are you can do better off your waiver wire. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:55 pm
  • Wes Johnson (personal) ruled out Monday
    Wes Johnson (personal) will not play on Monday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Johnson is only averaging 13.8 minutes over his last five games, so this won't have many fantasy implications. Alan Anderson could pick up a few extra minutes in his absence, but shouldn't be trusted in any format. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:37 pm
  • Gary Harris (ankle) doubtful Tuesday vs. LAL
    Gary Harris (right ankle sprain) is doubtful to play Tuesday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: "It is the same leg that his foot injury was on but this is separate," said head coach Mike Malone. "It is an ankle thing and he is doubtful for [Tuesday's game against the Lakers]." With Harris on the sidelines, Jameer Nelson could enter the starting lineup and Will Barton will see some increased opportunity with the second unit. Jamal Murray could also get into the rotation, although he only managed to get on the court for five minutes on Monday despite the game being a blowout. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:41 pm
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  • Joel Embiid scores 22 points in 28 minutes
    Joel Embiid played like an All-Star during a 113-104 win over the Bucks on Monday, making 4-of-9 from the field and 13-of-18 from the line for 22 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and five blocks.

    Advice: He should've had a sixth block on a terrific swat on Jabari Parker, but the refs didn't feel the same way and called it a goaltend (video in link below). Embiid has gone to the line 32 times in 56 minutes over his last two and is arguably the most unstoppable center in the NBA these days. In the fourth, he had a 93.8 true shooting percentage, a 37.3 usage rate, a 145.1 offensive rating and 12 points in those 7.6 minutes. If you don't know, now you know. Trust The Process. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:35 pm
  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) doubtful to return
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) is doubtful to return to Monday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: The good news here is that the X-rays taken on his thumb and hip both came back negative, so it appears AD has avoided a serious injury. He was barely able to walk to the locker room, so it would be quite shocking to see him return to the game today. He'll end his evening with 16 points, three rebounds and three assists. Terrence Jones is going to be the primary beneficiary if Davis is forced to miss any additional time, so he's a solid pickup in any setting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:12 pm
  • Gary Harris (ankle) will not return Monday
    Gary Harris (right ankle sprain) will not return to Monday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: Ugh. Harris just hasn't been able to stay healthy this season, as he's had some major issues with his right leg. He's now missed time with a groin and foot injury (both to his right leg), and it's looking like this new ankle injury could again force him to the sidelines for at least a few games. Will Barton and Jamal Murray will benefit sans Harris, with Barton offering a bit more upside. The only positive here is that X-rays came back negative, but we should get a rough timetable after he undergoes an MRI. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:45 pm
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  • Anthony Davis (back) heads to the locker room
    Anthony Davis (tailbone) is headed to the locker room.

    Advice: Davis tried to posterize Myles Turner on a dunk attempt, but Turner did not let that happen, and Davis hit the floor hard. He was writhing in pain on the ground for roughly a minute, and while he stayed in the game to knock down his free throws, he went straight back to the locker room after knocking them down. Davis was barely able to walk on his way back to the locker room, so it seems unlikely he'll be able to return to this one. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:38 pm
  • Gary Harris (groin) headed to the locker room
    Gary Harris (right groin) is headed to the locker room.

    Advice: Harris appeared to tweak his groin on a drive to the hoop, and after being evaluated on the bench, the Nuggets trainers decided to take him back to the locker room for further evaluation. It's worth noting that he was walking with a noticeable limp, which isn't the greatest sign. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:26 pm
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  • Moe Harkless has a rough return
    Moe Harkless didn't play well in his return to the lineup on Monday, failing to score with one rebound, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He only missed one game due to his strained calf. Harkless has cooled off a tad since Al-Farouq Aminu returned to the lineup, posting just 11th round value in his last 12 games. Some of that is due to his subpar foul shooting lately, so he's still a hold in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:03 pm
  • Harris, Gallinari starting Monday vs. Magic
    Gary Harris (groin) and Danilo Gallinari (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: They were both listed as probable so no surprises here. Emmanuel Mudiay, Kenneth Faried and Nikola Jokic will join them in the starting five with Wilson Chandler heading to the bench. Feel free to get Harris and The Rooster active. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:26 pm
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  • Carmelo Anthony scores points in loss
    Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points against the Hawks on Monday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: After the game, coach Jeff Hornacek said the Knicks weren't used to playing Melo strictly at the four. As you might expect, Melo has seen a 5.6 usage rate bump without Kristaps Porzingis next to him. On the lighter side, Melo called Ron Baker "Burgundy" in a halftime interview (video in link below), which has been a nickname for Baker since training camp. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:19 pm
  • Joel Embiid starting, Okafor to the bench
    Joel Embiid (rest) will return to the starting lineup on Monday, sending Jahlil Okafor back to the bench.

    Advice: Embiid was rested on the second leg of a back-to-back set on Saturday, but he'll be back in action with his usual 28-minute workload for MLK day. Nerlens Noel will be serving as Embiid's backup today, so Okafor could have a tough time finding meaningful minutes. Embiid, however, is a must-start guy every time he takes the court. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:37 am
  • Moe Harkless (calf strain) will start Monday
    Moe Harkless (left calf strain) will start on Monday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: He just finished his pre-game warmups without any setbacks, so Harkless' fantasy owners can activate him in season-long lineups. Allen Crabbe will return to the bench, but his numbers are actually better in the second unit anyways. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:25 am
  • Ed Davis (sprained ankle) will play Monday
    Ed Davis (sprained left ankle) is available to play on Monday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: He was considered questionable, but he said his ankle felt fine after warmups. Davis has played 21 or less minutes in three straight games, so he shouldn't be in many fantasy lineups. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:41 am
  • Moe Harkless (calf) is a game-time call
    Moe Harkless (left calf strain) is a game-time call vs. the Wizards on Monday.

    Advice: He will test his calf in the pre-game warmups, so we should have an answer within the hour. Allen Crabbe started in his place on Friday and scored seven points, so there's not a lot to like from a fantasy perspective if Harkless sits. Ed Davis (ankle) is still a game-time call. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:35 am
  • Luol Deng returned to action on Sunday January 15. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:19 am
  • Luol Deng plays team-high 36 minutes
    Luol Deng returned from a rest day on Sunday with two points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal, making 1-of-6 shots in a team-high 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: Deng has had some nice stretches for the Lakers this year, but his rest-of-season outlook is shaky at best. As a 13-year veteran on a team that should increasingly emphasize player development down the stretch, Deng is a borderline cut in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:37 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony dissatisfied w/ Knicks' brass
    Carmelo Anthony said on Sunday that if the Knicks' front office doesn't want him, "that’s a conversation we should have."

    Advice: His comments came in reaction to a polemical story from one of team president Phil Jackson's confidantes, Charley Rose, who opined that Anthony "has outlived his usefulness in New York." Melo seems to have inferred that Rose's column represents the view of the Knicks' front office, but he also said that he won't waive his rare no-trade clause. With the Knicks fading from the playoff picture, Melo's evident dissatisfaction with the team's leadership will make him a fixture in the rumor-mill. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:49 pm
  • Justin Hamilton swats career-high three shots
    Justin Hamilton started vs. the Rockets on Wednesday, posting a career-high three blocks with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, three boards and two assists in just 18 minutes.

    Advice: Brook Lopez was resting tonight and this highlights Hamilton's potential role should the Nets trade Lopez this season, even though his minutes were depressed due to the Rockets' small-ball attack, as well as the lopsided score. The Nets would likely get back draft picks and/or prospects if they dealt Lopez, rather than current rotation players, which might leave Hamilton as the default starting center. That's purely speculative at the moment, but he's worth keeping in the back of your mind -- just don't expect copious swats, as tonight's fluky total all came in the first quarter. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:23 pm
  • Trevor Booker scores 18 points w/ full line
    Trevor Booker gained some traction vs. Houston on Sunday, scoring 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting with five boards, three steals, two assists, one 3-pointer and two turnovers.

    Advice: The veteran forward played 26 minutes and this is a welcome return to form, since he'd averaged a mere 6.0 points in his previous three games. The steals were also a great sight, having been a staple of Booker's value all season, and Quincy Acy's recent addition to the team doesn't seem like it will be an issue. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:21 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 18 points in loss
    Carmelo Anthony scored 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting during Sunday's 116-101 loss to the Raptors, to go with three 3-pointers, one rebound, one assist, one block and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Melo's low minute total can be attributed to the blowout nature of the game, but his owners can expect a bounce-back performance Monday vs. the Hawks. For what it's worth, Anthony is reportedly becoming increasingly frustrated as the losses pile up in New York, and he may consider waiving his no-trade clause if the Knicks can strike a deal with the Clippers or Cavs. A move away from New York would likely hurt Melo's value, but nothing is imminent at the moment. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:07 pm
  • Ed Davis (ankle) questionable Monday vs. WAS
    Ed Davis (sprained left ankle) is a game-time call on Monday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly when Davis suffered this injury, but we should have a better idea on his status following Monday morning's shootaround. If he's out, Meyers Leonard would have the opportunity for some extended minutes off the bench, but he's too inconsistent to rely upon in standard settings. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:50 pm
  • Moe Harkless (calf) questionable for Monday
    Moe Harkless (left calf strain) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Harkless was a limited participant during Sunday's practice, and he was spotted getting some shots up afterward, so things are trending in a positive direction here. Allen Crabbe moved into the starting lineup on Friday with Harkless unavailable, but he'll head back to the bench if Harkless is able to give it a go on Monday. Check back for another update following shootaround. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:45 pm
  • Justin Hamilton will start Sunday vs. Houston
    Justin Hamilton will move into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockets, with Brook Lopez (rest) unavailable.

    Advice: Hamilton has been hit-or-miss in his three starts this season, owning averages of just 5.7 points, 4.0 boards, 1.0 steal, 1.0 block and 1.0 triple on 31.6 percent shooting over 23.3 minutes per game, so he's not much more than a punt play in daily leagues. Head coach Kenny Atkinson also said that Luis Scola and Quincy Acy will get some minutes with Lopez out, but neither of those guys can be considered viable targets in most settings. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:23 pm
  • Gary Harris, Gallinari probable for Monday
    Gary Harris (groin) and Danilo Gallinari (ankle) are probable to play Monday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Harris got back to the court following a one-game stint on the sidelines on Thursday, and Gallinari has been playing through his ankle soreness, so both these guys should be in uniform on Monday night. Check back for official confirmation following Monday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:59 am
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  • Patrick Patterson (knee) won't play Sunday
    Patrick Patterson (sore left knee) will not play Sunday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: He will miss his second game in a row, but the Raptors are likely being cautious based on coach Dwane Casey's comments earlier in the week. With Patterson out, the Raptors are going to roll with Lucas Nogueira at the four, but that might not be ideal if the Knicks start Lance Thomas in place of Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles). Nogueira had 10 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and two assists in his last start. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:57 am
  • Jeremy Lamb (foot) ruled out for Monday
    Jeremy Lamb (foot) will not play on Monday vs. Boston.

    Advice: This will be his second game in a row on the shelf. The Hornets are ruling him out a full 24 hours before tip-off, an indication that he could miss additional time. Luckily for the Hornets, Nicolas Batum looked healthy in 32 minutes of action on Friday. Marco Belinelli could pick up a few extra minutes with Lamb out. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:36 am
  • Report: Carmelo won't request a trade
    According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Carmelo Anthony went on a tirade in the locker room after Wednesday's loss to Philly.

    Advice: While Anthony has never considered requesting a trade according to this report, one of Anthony's associates said "that was as down as I've ever seen him after a game." Given Anthony's salary, trading him would be complicated and he also has a no-trade clause, meaning he would have to agree to a move. However, Anthony is becoming "increasingly frustrated" with losing and it's no secret that he doesn't have the greatest relationship with Phil Jackson. Anthony did respond to Wednesday's loss with a 23-point effort in a win over the Bulls on Thursday, but the Knicks will need even more from him on Sunday vs. Toronto. For now, a trade isn't imminent. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:38 am
  • P.J. Tucker scores six points
    P.J. Tucker scored six points with five rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He did get the business from Kawhi Leonard for most of this game, but Tucker came up big late to get the big win. He'll have some low-end value while the Suns are technically in playoff contention, but he's only a guy on deep-league radars. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:03 pm
  • Ka-Wow: Kawhi Leonard scores career-high 38
    Kawhi Leonard exploded for a career-high 38 points during a 108-105 loss to the Suns in Mexico on Saturday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's almost shocking to see the Spurs lose a game when Kawhi turns in his best offensive game, but he got very little help. Leonard has now scored 30-plus points for three straight games for the first time in his career. Leonard is also three games shy of tying Tim Duncan's franchise record for consecutive games with double-digit scoring. Leonard has an absolutely absurd 77.9 true shooting percentage in his last three as the hottest scorer in the NBA. Oh and he's a good defender. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:42 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 36 points in return
    Anthony Davis scored 36 points in his return to the lineup during a 107-99 loss to the Bulls on Saturday, adding 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: After missing one game due to a hip contusion, Davis had some protective padding in this game. After maybe some rust early, Davis went off in the second half with 23 points and nine boards in 21 minutes. He gets a great matchup in Indiana on Monday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:27 pm
  • Austin Rivers scores 15 points in start
    Austin Rivers scored 15 points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer against the Lakers on Saturday.

    Advice: He likely has the starting job locked up with his dad trusting him against small forwards of all sizes until Blake Griffin (knee) comes back. Rivers has been very effective in his last four, averaging 19.0 points, 3.8 boards, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 treys. He'll be taking a big hit once BG comes back and only has three games for the upcoming week, so Rivers' value isn't the greatest going forward. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:26 pm
  • Blake Griffin doing some running
    Blake Griffin (knee) ran light sprints along the sideline at Staples Center during warm-ups on Saturday.

    Advice: He is coming along nicely and remains on his 4-6 week timetable. Griffin has been taking some shots and there has been no sign of a setback. It may be a handful of games before he's back to his old self, but his owners may get him back within the next week. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:40 pm
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  • Luol Deng (rest) will not play on Saturday
    Luol Deng (rest) will not play on Saturday against the Clippers.

    Advice: It's just rest for the veteran on the front end of a back-to-back set. Deng has been consistently getting around 30 minutes before the Lakers were blown out on Thursday, but he'll likely see fewer minutes as the season goes on. He's still worth owning. For today, Brandon Ingram should be sliding into the first unit while there are more three-guard lineups today -- the Clippers should also go small a ton. Julius Randle also gets a slight bump today. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:14 am
  • Joel Embiid (rest) will not play Saturday
    As expected, Joel Embiid (rest) will not play Saturday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: As had been the plan all along, the Sixers will sit out their budding star on the second night of a back-to-back. It will be interesting to see how coach Brett Brown handles the void left by Embiid. Nerlens Noel has found his groove playing with the second unit, and Brown may, therefore, choose to have Noel come off the bench Saturday as well. This means we may get a look at Jahlil Okafor, who has played just once this month. Richaun Holmes is the other candidate to draw a start. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:34 am
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) questionable for Sun
    Patrick Patterson (sore left knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Patterson returned to play two games earlier this week but was then forced to sit out Friday night, although coach Dwane Casey said that it is more of a precaution. Lucas Nogueira started in place of Patterson on Friday, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes. Pascal Siakam or Norman Powell could also see increased minutes, based on matchups, if Patterson misses more time. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:16 am
  • Melo may consider a trade to Clippers or Cavs
    Saturday's New York Post references a report that Carmelo Anthony might consider waiving his no-trade clause if he were to be traded to the Clippers or the Cavs.

    Advice: Per the Post: "Charley Rosen, one of Jackson’s longtime friends, wrote in a Thursday column on Fanrag.com, in an unsourced piece: 'It’s understood that [Anthony would] only accept being dealt to the Cavaliers or the Clippers' and possibly could be sold on the Lakers." However, the Post also recognizes the fact that due to his trade-kicker and preference for New York, it is very unlikely Melo gets dealt this season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:27 am
  • Carroll posts first double-double as Raptor
    DeMarre Carroll had his first double-double as a Raptor on Friday, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Nets.

    Advice: It's taken a very long time for the Raptors to see some dividends on their four-year, $60 million deal from the summer of 2015. Well, it's happening over their last three, averaging 18.3 points, 7.7 boards, 0.7 steals and 4.0 treys. Carroll has to be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:26 pm
  • Moe Harkless (calf) will not play on Friday
    Moe Harkless (calf) will not play on Friday against the Magic.

    Advice: No revenge game for Mr. Harkless. The team is calling it a left calf strain and the details are not available just yet. Harkless has been cruising along with sixth-round value on the year, so he's still a hold for now. With him out, a red-hot Allen Crabbe should benefit most while Evan Turner figures to be second in line for a bump. It'll be interesting to see if Al-Farouq Aminu plays any three -- he's played basically straight four this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:08 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play Friday
    Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play Friday against the Nets.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said that it is more of a precaution. He didn't exactly look right with 21 minutes and going scoreless on Tuesday. Against Trevor Booker at the four, the Raptors could be looking at Lucas Nogueira as the starter. They could also go with more small-ball lineups against the fastest team in the NBA. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:52 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 31 points on 13 FGAs
    Kawhi Leonard was on fire early in a 134-94 win over the Lakers on Thursday, making 10-of-13 from the field for 31 points with two rebounds, two assists, two steals, three 3-pointers and no turnovers in just 26 minutes.

    Advice: His 24 points in the first half was a career high and he also made 8-of-9 from the line for some magnificent efficiency. Leonard became the only player to score at least 30 points in fewer than 29 minutes in multiple games this season -- he scored 30 in 27 minutes on Dec. 10. His offense may have caught up to his defense. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:04 pm
  • Luol Deng scores just three
    Luol Deng scored three points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes during a 134-94 loss to the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: This game should basically be thrown out for everyone except Julius Randle. Deng almost certainly has seen his peak pass this season, but he has played 30.3 minutes per game in his previous three games, so his fantasy value is still alive and well. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:38 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores team-high 23 points
    Carmelo Anthony hit 10-of-19 shots for 23 points with nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers on Thursday against the Bulls.

    Advice: Melo continues to have a solid month, averaging 33.4 minutes, 23 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.0 steals per game in January. If Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) misses any more time, Anthony will get a bump in usage. His next game is against the Raptors, a team he scored 31 points against earlier this season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:27 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca doesn't score
    Alexis Ajinca did not score in three minutes on Thursday with one rebound and one steal.

    Advice: He checked during the first half, looked awful for three minutes, and never came back in. Ajinca sure does know how to get into coach Alvin Gentry's doghouse. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:37 pm
  • Trevor Booker scores eight in 30 minutes
    Trevor Booker scored eight points with 12 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and no turnovers.

    Advice: He missed Tuesday's game due to a minor hip contusion from a rough fall on Sunday. Booker has been arguably the pickup of the year in fantasy so far with his six-round value, but he will likely trend down. His owners will have to make sure he's playing on Friday in a back-to-back set. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Gary Harris picks up where he left off
    Gary Harris (groin) returned to action on Thursday with 16 points, five rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: This is a very Harris-like line with a little bit of everything in efficient fashion, making 6-of-11 from the field and all three free throws. Harris did miss his last game due to a groin strain, which is what cost him the first four games of the regular season and most of the preseason. Harris won't light up the box score, but he's safe enough to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:40 pm
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  • Jeremy Lamb (foot) will not play on Friday
    Jeremy Lamb (foot) will not play on Friday against the 76ers

    Advice: The team is calling it metatarsal inflammation. Lamb hasn't had any noteworthy foot issues since 2014, so this is likely a new issue for him. With him out, Marco Belinelli will be the primary wing backup and should get minutes in the mid 20s. He's worth a look if you need a short-term scoring boost. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:50 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) misses practice
    Patrick Patterson (knee) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: He still has minute restrictions, so this was likely a rest day. Patterson moved into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. Boston, but failed to score in 21 minutes. Standard-league owners can do better and Patterson's outlook isn't great due to the eventual return of Jared Sullinger (foot). Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:28 am
  • Trevor Booker (hip) will play on Thursday
    Trevor Booker (hip) said that he will play on Thursday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: He added that his hip is feeling better, and this isn't a huge surprise after he was upgraded to probable the day before. Fantasy owners can safely deploy Booker back in active lineups. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will likely shift back to the bench. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:42 am
  • Austin Rivers returns in 33 mins Wednesday
    Austin Rivers (illness) returned to action on Wednesday with nine points, five assists, four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes of action.

    Advice: Rivers moved back into the starting five alongside Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute and DeAndre Jordan, as the Clippers continue to go small in the absence of Blake Griffin (knee). He's worth a glance if you need points, 3-pointers and a dash of assists, but he's not a well-rounded roto option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:30 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 28, MIN gets win streak
    Andrew Wiggins helped the Wolves earn their second win streak of the season on Wednesday, scoring 28 points (11-of-20 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) with two 3-pointers, four boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: Wiggins' lack of supporting stats draws a lot of attention for fantasy purposes, so it was nice to see him scoring efficiently while chipping in elsewhere. The Wolves are fourth in the league in total rebound rate, at 51.8, and they crushed the Rockets on the glass tonight with a 49-32 advantage, helping to seal the win. They can establish a season-best three-game streak by defeating the visiting Thunder on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad scores 20 pts on 7-of-11 FGs
    Shabazz Muhammad looked good again on Wednesday, making 7-of-11 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs to finish with 20 points, seven rebounds, one assist and zero turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Muhammad made two 3-pointers and he's simply on fire lately, scoring double-digit points in seven of his last nine games. In those contests, he's made a combined 52.6 percent FGs and 89.5 percent FTs, with 1.4 triples per game. Give him a look if you need offense, but don't expect much else -- in the same nine-game span, he added a mere 3.3 boards, 0.1 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.1 blocks. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • Blake Griffin doing much better
    Coach Doc Rivers said Blake Griffin (knee) feels great and his 4-6 week timetable is still accurate.

    Advice: "All things are good for him," Rivers said. Griffin has been getting some shots up and is coming along just fine. He was ruled out for 4-6 weeks back on Dec. 20, so it's possible he's back this month. The Clippers will likely manage him upon his return, so Griffin may not be himself until the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:46 pm
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  • Austin Rivers (illness) will start vs. Magic
    Austin Rivers (illness) will start against the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: His dad is also well enough to coach tonight. Rivers absolutely went off against the Magic in their last game on Dec. 14 with 25 points, so maybe he can have another big outing. Because he's playing well these days, Rivers is worth a look in standard leagues while he's going strong. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:54 pm
  • Trevor Booker is probable for Thursday
    Trevor Booker (hip) is probable for Thursday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: His injury from Sunday never seemed like a big concern. As we all know, the Nets are extremely careful with injured players, so Booker may have been somewhat close to 100 percent for Tuesday. He should be back and is likely to play minutes in the mid 20s. While he is trending down, Booker should still be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:57 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca would welcome a trade or buyout
    Alexis Ajinca told French publication L'Equipe that he would welcome a trade or buyout from the Pelicans.

    Advice: Ajinca has fallen out of the rotation in New Orleans, and there's no reason to believe head coach Alvin Gentry will suddenly reverse course on this move. Here are his words, per Google translate: "The solution, it would be a trade, after if the club wants to make a buyout, we will see what they ask but normally it would be an exchange." Ajinca is unlikely to have much value, regardless of where he winds up. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:06 am
  • Moe Harkless scores 14 w/ three blocks
    Moe Harkless scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Lakers.

    Advice: The Blazers allowed just 30 points in the second half which was a season low for their opponents, and Harkless was a big reason why. He blocked three shots with one steal in 32 minutes, adding five rebounds, one assist and one triple. He's been a top-70 player in standard leagues for his ability to rack up steals, blocks and triples. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:02 pm
  • David Lee scores 10 points in start
    David Lee started in place of LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) on Tuesday vs. the Bucks and scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting with seven rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He averaged 8.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.5 assist and 1.0 steal in two previous starts this season, so he's a decent punt in DFS every time he draws a start. Assuming Aldridge returns on Thursday vs. the Lakers, Lee will be an afterthought very soon. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:27 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 30 w/ 3 steals, 3 blocks
    Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Bucks.

    Advice: LaMarcus Aldridge (gastroenteritis) didn't play, so it's not a surprise that The Claw went off because his usage rate rises from 28.4 to 33.9 with Aldridge off the court. Leonard added seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, three blocks and two triples, hitting 8-of-10 free throws in 36 minutes. He should torch the Lakers on Thursday with or without Aldridge. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb scores 11 in loss to Rockets
    Jeremy Lamb started again for Nicolas Batum (knee) on Tuesday and had 11 points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He hit just 4-of-12 shots, but is worth a long look with Batum iffy going forward. Lamb is averaging 12 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in his two recent starts, but has hit just 8-of-24 shots in them. He's more of a player to target in DFS, assuming that Batum will be back sooner than later. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • Trevor Booker (hip) probable for Thursday
    Trevor Booker (hip) said he thinks he can play on Thursday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: He added that his hip is feeling better, so his injury will likely only cost him one game. With Booker expected back, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will likely return to the bench on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:36 pm
  • Patrick Patterson starting, Powell to bench
    Patrick Patterson is starting on Tuesday vs. Boston, sending Norman Powell to the bench.

    Advice: This is Patterson's first start of the season, but he's really just in there for his defense and floor spacing. As long as his shot is falling, Patterson is a low-end option in most formats. The PF position will be fluid from game to game until Jared Sullinger (foot) returns. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:26 pm
  • David Lee to start at PF on Tuesday
    David Lee will start in place of LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) on Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Lee did not play in the Spurs previous game on Saturday due to a minor knee injury, but practiced on Monday and is ready to roll. Lee has started two games this season and is averaging 8.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in those two contests. He is worth considering as a DFS tournament play due to his cheap salary. Davis Bertans, who played very well on Saturday, will back Lee up and could see 20-plus minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:55 pm
  • Trevor Booker (hip) will not play Tuesday
    Trevor Booker (hip) will not play Tuesday night vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Booker injured his hip in the first half of Sunday's game vs. Philly. He was initially ruled out but later returned. He downplayed the injury afterward, but is obviously not fully healthy. Justin Hamilton, who has played well of late, drew the start last time Booker did not play. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and even newly signed Quincy Acy will also likely see more minutes than previously expected. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:04 pm
  • Blake Griffin gets up shots at practice Tues
    Blake Griffin was spotted getting up some shots following Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: This is the first time we've heard of Griffin going through any on-court activities, and he's now hit the 3-week mark of his initial 4-6 week timetable, so he's definitely getting close to a return. Doc Rivers said that he "looked great" during a recent checkup and that he'd prefer that Griffin isn't with a minutes limit upon his return, and if that's the case, he'd likely be hitting the court closer to the 6-week mark. Austin Rivers and Marreese Speights will continue to see an uptick in minutes sans Blake. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:32 am
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  • Rivers (illness) probable for Wednesday
    Austin Rivers (illness) returned to practiced with the team on Tuesday and appears probable for Wednesday's game vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Rivers missed Sunday's game vs. Miami due to the flu bug that has rampaged the NBA. In his previous four games, Rivers was averaging 18.8 points, 4.3 assists, and 3.8 rebounds in 37.9 minutes. However, with Chris Paul back in the mix, Rivers will not see the same amount of extended playing time. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:11 am
  • DeMarre Carroll finally feeling healthy
    Nearly a year after knee surgery, DeMarre Carroll has had his minutes restriction lifted and is getting closer to full health.

    Advice: "Yeah, I think it’s finally — it’s been an up and down thing, but now, I can tell just by my defence, being able to slide my feet better, that I’m there," said Carroll. After averaging 22.4 minutes from early December through early January, DeMarre is averaging 38.0 minutes over Toronto's last three contests. He's also averaging 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 three-pointers over this recent stretch. He worth claiming off waivers if you have room on your roster. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:12 am
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