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  • Royce O’Neale fills the stat sheet in win
    Royce O’Neale finished with nine points, seven assists, six rebounds, three steals, and a block while shooting 4-of-4 from the floor (2-of-2 from three) in 29 minutes on Wednesday night.

    Advice: O’Neale turned in a complete performance, which isn’t new for him. He’s been a top-25 fantasy player over the past two weeks and continues to be the glue guy for one of the hottest teams in the league.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:05 pm
  • Nikola Jokic posts 39/11/11 line in OT win
    Nikola Jokic racked up a season-high 39 points with 11 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and six turnovers in a 120-114 overtime win vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: Denver had lost eight of their previous 10 games, and the fact that they had to grind out this win vs. the Pelicans is pretty telling of where they are right now. Earlier this week, coach Michael Malone said "every option is on the board" to try and turn things around. "I could play Nikola 48 [minutes]," Malone said. "That's an option that's certainly been discussed. I don't think that's good for his longevity." We’re not expecting Malone to go full Tom Thibodeau, but a few more minutes of Jokic would be a huge lift for his already spoiled fantasy managers.   NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:03 pm
  • KZ Okpala comes through with big line in Heat win
    KZ Okpala played 32 minutes and finished Wednesday's win over the Bucks with 10 points, nine rebounds, a steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers. 

    Advice: Those are all season highs for Okpala and he hadn't played more than 15 minutes in any of his 13 games this season until tonight. Maybe the Heat are ready to give him a look and he played well tonight. Just put him on your radar and keep in mind he played one minute on Monday, seven minutes on Saturday and 15 minutes last Wednesday. This has fluke written all over it, but he was instrumental in helping the Heat beat the Bucks tonight. Dewayne Dedmon played just 13 minutes tonight for two points, nine rebounds and nothing else, as the Bucks played small against the Bucks.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:03 pm
     
  • Max Strus gets loose for 16 points in win over MIL
    Max Strus came off the bench to hit 5-of-8 shots and four 3-pointers for 16 points and two rebounds in 19 minutes of Wednesday's win over the Bucks. 

    Advice: Caleb Martin started and went off for a career-high 28 points while Tyler Herro came off the bench for nine points on 3-of-9 shooting. It was a disappointing night for Herro, a dream night for Martin and Strus picked up Herro's slack with some nice shooting off the bench. Strus played just six minutes on Monday, so this line kind of came out of nowhere.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:59 pm
     
  • Kyle Lowry goes for 22 & 13 in win over Bucks
    Kyle Lowry hit 9-of-21 shots and 4-of-13 3-pointers for 22 points, two rebounds, 13 assists, a steal and six turnovers in Wednesday's impressive 113-104 win over the Bucks. 

    Advice: The shooting and turnovers were a little sketchy but he came through with a nice line and the Heat got a big win. This was Lowry's first double-double in December and fifth of the season, and if his shots start falling he could put up some really big numbers.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:56 pm
  • David Duke plays well in NBA debut
    David Duke made a strong impression in his NBA debut vs. the Rockets on Wednesday, scoring nine points with three boards, one assist and a triple in 22 minutes. 

    Advice: Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge were rested this evening, and Nicolas Claxton can't handle full workloads yet which led to the rookie getting his first run. He made some real nice cuts to the basket and held his own out there, drawing the praise of coach Steve Nash. "We think he's got a future in the league," Nash said. He's not a fantasy add, to be clear.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Caleb Martin starts, scores career-high 28 in win
    Caleb Martin started in place of Jimmy Butler (tailbone) on Wednesday and hit 9-of-12 shots and a career-high six 3-pointers for a career-high 28 points to go along with eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks in the best game of his career. 

    Advice: The Butler-less Heat shocked the streaking Bucks and Martin's strong play was a big reason why. He'll obviously take a hit once Butler's tailbone is healthy again but as long as Butler is out, Martin's probably earned a spot in the starting lineup. This was his first 20-point scoring night of the season.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:53 pm
     
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 18 on six triples
    Jordan Clarkson finished with 18 points while shooting 6-of-13 from deep in 24 minutes on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Clarkson continues to shoot the ball at a high volume, which is nice when he’s on. Unfortunately, he doesn’t do much else than provide 3-pointers and points.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Cam Thomas scores career-high 18 points
    Cam Thomas scored a career-high 18 points vs. the Rockets on Wednesday with two boards, a steal and a triple in 32 minutes. 

    Advice: This wasn't a garbage time special as the rookie got an extended look with Kevin Durant resting. He has certainly made a strong impression in limited minutes this season, but until his role is a lot more stable he's too unreliable outside of deeper leagues. His managers in dynasty formats have a lot to be excited about though. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • Jrue Holiday's season-high 27 not enough vs. Heat
    Jrue Holiday hit 12-of-17 shots and three 3-pointers for a season-high 27 points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in Wednesday's disappointing 113-104 loss to the Heat. 

    Advice: Holiday is cooking, scoring at least 20 points in three of his last four games and he's been shooting it lights-out in December, knocking down 42-of-76 shots for the month. Giannis Antetokounmpo couldn't get anything going tonight and Holiday, Khris Middleton (20) and Bobby Portis (18) didn't have enough to get by the Heat tonight.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:48 pm
     
  • James Harden scores 25 points in loss to HOU
    James Harden dropped 25 points (4-of-16 FGs, 14-of-16 FTs) with 11 boards, eight assists, two steals, three triples and eight turnovers vs. Houston on Wednesday.

    Advice: Brooklyn sat Kevin Durant for rest tonight, so Harden was able to give us a throwback performance as the engine of the offense. With Durant off the court this season, Harden’s usage rate jumps from 24.4 to 33.7 and he has a per-36 line of 26.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 8.9 dimes and 3.0 triples. He’s the 7th ranked fantasy player in 9-cat this season as the secondary option in Brooklyn, but you have to love the fact that he doesn’t need rest days unlike KD. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:48 pm
     
  • Donovan Mitchell drops 36 in win over Wolves
    Donovan Mitchell scored 36 points on 14-23 shooting (5-of-12 on 3-pointers) with five rebounds, two assists, and a block in 34 minutes during Wednesday night’s win over the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Spida has now scored over 30 in four straight games and, more importantly, has shot over 50% from the field in all of those games. He has provided top-10 value over the past two weeks, and should continue to do so as long as he’s shooting this well. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • Josh Christopher scores 18, HOU wins 7th straight
    Josh Christopher scored a career-high 18 points (7-of-7 FGs) as the Rockets won their seventh straight game vs. Brooklyn on Wednesday.

    Advice: The rookie added two boards, two assists, two steals, a block and four triples, and he also had the highlight of the game with a thunderous dunk (link below). We're not running to the wire to grab him just yet as he barely saw the floor in previous games, but this performance certainly has our attention. With Houston missing their starting backcourt, deep-league managers should track him closely.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:46 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo quiet, scores 15 in loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo hit just 4-of-13 shots and 7-of-12 free throws for 15 points, six rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in Wednesday's 113-104 loss to the Heat. 

    Advice: Giannis is over his calf injury but didn't look great tonight. The four made field goals tied his season low and he had scored at least 24 points in his previous five games, which included a 40-point bonanza on Dec. 1. The Bucks had won 10 of their previous 11 games but have now lost two of their last four. They'll look to get back on track at Houston on Friday, as will Giannis. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Garrison Mathews stays hot vs. BKN w/ 19 points
    Garrison Mathews kept his foot on the gas in a win vs. Brooklyn on Wednesday, racking up 19 points with two rebounds, three steals, a block and three triples. 

    Advice: It's hard to believe the Rockets got this guy out of the G League just a month ago as he's been a massive reason for Houston's 7-game winning streak. His fantasy stat profile isn't elite by any means, but he can sink some triples in a hurry and now has a combined 24 3-pointers over his last six games. He has graduated to must-start status in all fantasy formats with the Rockets missing their starting backcourt.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:40 pm
  • Nikola Jokic, Will Barton ready to roll vs. Pels
    Nikola Jokic (right forearm contusion) and Will Barton (illness) are good to go for Wednesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

    Advice: Jokic pops up on the injury report more often these days but hasn’t missed time since his wrist injury nearly a couple weeks ago. The Pelicans have the fifth worst defensive rebounding percentage in the whole league so The Joker could feast on the boards, as well as everywhere else, per usual. Barton has been playing well in extended run too, so get them both active. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 4:31 pm
  • Caleb Martin starting for Butler Wednesday
    Caleb Martin will get the start for Jimmy Butler (tailbone) for Wednesday’s game against the Bucks.

    Advice: We usually see Tyler Herro take Jimmy’s spot when he can’t suit up, but it’ll be Martin this time around with Herro remaining in his usual sixth-man role. This news increases Martin’s appeal as a DFS play a bit, so feel free to fire away with him. Martin will be joined by Kyle Lowry, P.J. Tucker, Duncan Robinson and Dewayne Dedmon. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 4:06 pm
     
  • Caleb Martin (left knee) intends to play Wednesday
    Caleb Martin (left knee contusion) will warm up with intent to play in Wednesday’s game against the Bucks.

    Advice: The Heat need all the help they can get with Jimmy Butler (tailbone) sidelined, and Martin could be worth a stream given he’s scored in double figures in four of his last five games. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 2:52 pm
     
  • Caleb Martin (left knee) questionable Wednesday
    Caleb Martin (left knee contusion) has been listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against Milwaukee.

    Advice: Martin has played well of late as he has scored in double figures in four of his last five games. With Jimmy Butler and Tyler Hero back, the Heat aren't as reliant on Martin off the bench, so if he can't go not much will change for Miami. Gabe Vincent would get some extra run if Martin can't go, but he isn't expected to produce much in the way of fantasy value. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:14 am
     
  • James Harden dishes out 12 assists in comeback win
    James Harden shot 7-of-13 from the field and 6-of-7 from the foul line in Tuesday's 102-99 win over the Mavericks, recording a line of 23 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists, one blocked shot, and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes. 

    Advice: After shooting a putrid 5-of-21 from the field in Saturday's home loss to the Bulls, Harden was much better Tuesday night. He shot better than 50% from the field, 50% from three, and 85.7% from the foul line, while also hitting double digits in assists for the second straight game. Harden did turn the ball over five times on the night, but that comes with the territory. Despite getting off to a slow start he's still a top-10 player in 9-cat formats, and the Nets have three more games to play this week. With two of those opponents being the Rockets and the Pistons, that's good news for those who have Harden rostered. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 7:07 pm
     
  • Nikola Jokic (forearm) probable for Wednesday
    Nikola Jokic (right forearm) is probable for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Jokic is dealing with some discomfort in his forearm, but it’s unlikely that’ll keep him out of Wednesday’s game. We’ll get official confirmation before tomorrow’s tip, but it looks like managers can feel confident having The Joker active on Wednesday evening. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 1:46 pm
  • Nikola Jokic posts 17/15/12 triple-double vs. CHI
    Nikola Jokic totaled 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting, adding 15 assists, 12 rebounds, two steals and a triple across 36 minutes in the Nuggets’ 109-97 loss to the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: Despite an inefficient scoring night, Jokic contributed a season-high assist total on his way to a third triple-double of the 2021-22 campaign. It was a nice showing for Jokic as a facilitator, as his 6.4 assists are his lowest mark in four seasons, though he's averaging a career-high 13.6 rebounds to go with 26.1 points. Though he didn't get the last laugh tonight against Chicago, fantasy managers are sure to be grinning ear-to-ear with this gaudy final line. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:06 pm
  • Jrue Holiday stuffs the stat sheet in win
    Jrue Holiday finished with 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting (2-of-3 from deep), to go along with eight assists, seven rebounds, two steals, and a block on Monday night.

    Advice: Holiday is now averaging 18.3 points, 7.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds, a block, and a steal in the month of December, but his biggest role was locking up Darius Garland, who has been red-hot recently. Holiday is providing top-50 value over the past two weeks and has been crucial for the Bucks recent climb up the standings. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:02 pm
     
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots 3/3 from distance
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points on 9-of-19 shooting (3-of-3 from deep, 6-of-7 from the line), to go along with 12 rebounds, two assists, and a block during Monday night's victory over the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Giannis may not be the best shooter on the team, but he was the only Milwaukee Buck to make all of his 3-pointers. That speaks more to his improved dominance than him being a better shooter than Khris Middleton or Pat Connaughton, but it’s definitely nice to see that continued improvement on his jumper. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 7:51 pm
  • Giannis, Grayson Allen playing on Monday
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (calf) is no longer on the injury report meaning he's available for Monday's game against the Cavs. 

    Advice: If sounds like Giannis is good to go tonight, although he wasn't on the injury report when the Bucks held him out a couple games ago at the last minute. Grayson Allen (illness) is also off the report and should be good to go.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 4:14 pm
  • Garrison Mathews drills another four triples in W
    Garrison Mathews knocked down another four triples during Sunday's win over the Pelicans, adding 13 points (4-of-6 FG, 1-of-1 FT) and seven rebounds over 31 minutes.

    Advice: Since Jalen Green (hamstring) went down, Mathews has been playing quite well in the starting unit, posting averages of 16.4 points, 3.4 boards and 4.2 triples per game on 54% shooting. There’s no way he’ll be able to maintain this production, but he’s worth a look in most leagues while he’s this hot. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 6:59 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (calf) questionable Monday
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (right calf soreness) is questionable for Monday's game against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Antetokounmpo was held out of Saturday's win over the Heat, with rookie Sandro Mamukelashvili getting the start. That could once again be the case if the reigning NBA Finals MVP is unable to play Monday night. Mamukelashvili would not be a worthwhile streaming option, however, as Giannis' absence would simply mean even more scoring opportunities for Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 4:26 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 35 points in close win
    Donovan Mitchell shot 12-of-21 from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul line in Sunday's 109-108 win over the Cavaliers, accounting for 35 points, three rebounds, six assists, one steal, and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes. 

    Advice: Mitchell came out firing in this one, accounting for 15 points and three assists in the first quarter alone. The Cavaliers did their best to neutralize the electric guard, but it turned out that he was his own worst enemy at times. Mitchell turned the ball over seven times, which represents a season-high for him. There's no need for alarm, but the high turnover tally did take some of the luster away from what was a very good afternoon for Mitchell.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 3:11 pm
  • James Harden posts 14/7/14/1 line vs. Bulls
    James Harden shot 5-of-21 from the field and 3-of-4 from the foul line in Saturday's 111-107 loss to the Bulls, recording a line of 14 points, seven rebounds, 14 assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes. 

    Advice: Harden had a rough night shooting the basketball, as he made just 25% of his 2-point attempts (4-of-16). Add in his only getting four free throw attempts, and it's easy to see why the scoring wasn't there. But there was a noteworthy positive: Harden did not commit a single turnover, his first such game of the season. Fantasy managers obviously shouldn't expect to see Harden do this on a consistent basis. But if he can shave a little off of that turnover average (5.0 per game entering Saturday), that could be the difference between a top-5 and a top-10 season for The Beard.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:15 pm
     
  • Cam Thomas (quad) plays 25 minutes vs. Bulls
    Cam Thomas (left quad contusion) recorded a line of eight points (3-of-9 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), four rebounds, two assists, and two steals in Saturday's 111-107 loss to the Bulls. 

    Advice: Thomas was injured during Friday's win over the Timberwolves, but he was able to play in the second game of the back-to-back. The rookie's fantasy value isn't particularly high, but he's worthy of consideration in deeper leagues. Thomas has played 21 minutes or more in three of his last five games, and he was headed in that direction Friday night (18 minutes pre-injury). Brooklyn has four games next week, including a back-to-back against the Mavericks and Rockets, so this is as good a time as any to stream Thomas.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:01 pm
  • Caleb Martin posts full line in garbage time
    Caleb Martin had a nice line in some extended run in garbage time in Saturday’s blowout loss to the Bucks, posting 16 points with three boards, three assists, two steals, two blocks, two triples and two turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: A couple Heat guys that normally don’t shine got some extended run in garbage time, and the high-flying act made the most of it with a little of everything. Jimmy Butler’s (tailbone) absence doesn’t appear to be extensive, so there’s no need to pick Martin up after this. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 7:50 pm
     
  • Max Strus nets season-high 25 points on Saturday
    Max Strus scored a season-high 25 points in a loss to the Bucks on Saturday, adding six triples, three rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 24 minutes.

    Advice: This has garbage time written all over it, and while it’s no secret Strus can hoop, he’s not someone we really need to consider targeting in fantasy. At best, he could be a DFS punt-play when the Heat aren’t at full strength. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 7:48 pm
     
  • Kyle Lowry scores just 10 with seven dimes
    Kyle Lowry scored 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting in a blowout loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, also recording two rebounds, seven assists, one block, one trey and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: This game wasn’t close and Lowry and Tyler Herro combined to shoot just 8-of-29 from the floor, so it was just a mess overall for Miami this time out with some key guys missing. Lowry scored a season-high 26 points just one game ago, and should continue to provide fantasy teams with more offense if Jimmy Butler (tailbone) misses any more time. His next chance to bounce back will be on Monday against the Ja Morant-less Grizzlies. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 7:47 pm
  • Giannis Antetokunmpo (calf) is out Saturday
    Giannis Antetokunmpo (calf) is out Saturday night against the Heat.

    Advice: With Antetokunmpo out of the lineup, Pat Connaughton could start for consecutive nights. Connaughton as a starter this season is averaging 9.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists with 2.0 triples made on 34% shooting.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 3:34 pm
  • Nikola Jokic double-doubles on Saturday vs. NYK
    Nikola Jokic scored 31 points on 14-of-19 shooting with 11 rebounds, five assists, and four turnovers in 26 minutes on Saturday against the Knicks.

    Advice: Jokic has double-doubled in nine of his last ten games, posting averages of 27.6 points 13.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.6 triples made on 37.2% shooting. The former league MVP is a top-two fantasy player and we expect this to be the trend as long as he is healthy. Enjoy the ride. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 2:48 pm
  • Cam Thomas (quad) expected to play
    Cam Thomas is expected to play vs. the Bulls on Saturday after suffering a left quad contusion against the Timberwolves on Friday.

    Advice: Thomas left Friday's win over Minnesota after just 18 minutes, but it appears the injury isn't serious. The LSU product averaged 9.8 points across 18.3 minutes in four games prior to Friday's injury. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 10:09 am
  • Royce O'Neale puts up solid line in return
    Royce O'Neale (ankle/foot) was excellent in his return to action on Friday vs. Boston with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two triples in 32 minutes. 

    Advice: Royce rarely puts up fantasy lines that make you look twice, but he's usually a safe bet to play big workloads for the Jazz and he can do a little bit of everything on the stat sheet. That makes him an underrated player in 9-cat where he is currently ranked as a top-80 player on the season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 8:48 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell leads Jazz w/ 34 points
    Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz to a 137-130 win vs. Boston on Friday, scoring 34 points with six assists, one board and six triples. 

    Advice: One of his six triples sealed the win for Utah, as Mitchell got some separation from Al Horford and nailed a step-back (link below). Mitchell did hit a rough patch last week, but that's back-to-back games with 30+ points and three straight wins for the Jazz.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 8:40 pm
  • Cam Thomas suffers left quad contusion
    Cam Thomas suffered a left quad contusion vs. the Wolves on Friday and wasn't able to return.

    Advice: This is unfortunate timing on the front end of the back-to-back. Thomas has been giving the Nets some quality minutes lately, but not enough to impact standard leagues. If he misses time, that would raise the floor of DeAndre' Bembry and allow Bruce Brown to play a bit more. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 7:10 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores season-high 26 points
    Kyle Lowry scored a season-high 26 points vs. Indiana on Friday to go with nine assists, three boards and six triples. 

    Advice: Lowry was coming off a dud vs. the Cavaliers, but stepped up tonight to end Miami’s two-game losing streak. Miami does have another game on Saturday vs. the Bucks, but they probably don’t have the luxury of resting Lowry with so many guys out. With Bam Adebayo out a while and Jimmy Butler day-to-day, Lowry has early-round upside in the short term. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 6:40 pm
  • Giannis (calf soreness) doubtful for Saturday
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (right calf soreness) is doubtful for Saturday’s matchup with the Miami Heat.

    Advice: Well, maybe Giannis sitting out Thursday’s game against the Raptors wasn’t totally precautionary, as the injury report ahead of the Bucks game on Saturday has the Greek Freak doubtful to suit up. However, it’s being listed as soreness, so we don’t expect his absence to be all too lengthy. Pat Connaughton got the start for Giannis last night but didn’t do a whole lot in 31 minutes, so he’ll look to redeem himself tomorrow assuming Giannis doesn’t play. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 3:48 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores season-high 26 points
    Jrue Holiday scored a season-high 26 points vs. the Raptors on Thursday to go with eight assists, six boards, one block and four triples. 

    Advice: Giannis was a late scratch tonight which was most likely just a maintenance day, so Jrue and Khris Middleton did the heavy lifting as they combined for 48 points. Jrue's usage rate shoots up from 20.3% to 29.7% with Giannis off the court, so rolling with him in DFS whenever Giannis is out is a good call. Hopefully next time the Bucks give us more of a warning that a DNP is coming. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 7:22 pm
     
  • Giannis not listed as a starter Thursday
    Giannis Antetokounmpo is not listed in the starting lineup on the arena monitor for Thursday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: It's the second night of a back-to-back, but Giannis wasn't listed on the injury report. It's a shame the Bucks weren't more transparent here, but they've done stuff like this in the past. Pat Connaughton will move into the starting lineup and the other studs for Milwaukee all get bumps. The Bucks announced several minutes after tip-off that Giannis was out for calf soreness, but we're assuming it's just an excuse to sit him.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 4:16 pm
  • Royce O'Neale (ankle/foot) not on injury report
    Royce O'Neale (right ankle/foot sprain) is not listed on the injury report ahead of Friday's game against the Celtics. 

    Advice: O'Neale not being on the report means that he'll be good to go Friday night. As a result, Joe Ingles will shift back to the bench, and his fantasy value takes a significant hit.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 3:53 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo drops 40 points in win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 40 points (15-of-24 FGs, 9-of-13 FTs), 12 rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one triple and six turnovers in a 127-125 win vs. Charlotte on Wednesday.

    Advice: This was Giannis’ 22nd career regular-season game with at least 40 points, so this was just another day in the office for the NBA champion. That's eight straight wins for the Bucks and they haven’t lost since Nov. 14th, so it’s safe to say that they are back on track as one of the title favorites. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 8:10 pm
  • Nikola Jokic puts up 18/15/7 line in bad loss
    Nikola Jokic dropped 18 points with 15 rebounds, seven assists and one steal vs. the Magic on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough in a bad 108-103 loss. 

    Advice: No matter how you slice it, this was a terrible loss for Denver with Orlando picking up just their 5th win of the season. Coach Malone just talked up how much of a "confidence booster" Jokic gives the Nuggets after his lengthy absence, but the MVP didn't have enough help tonight. Jokic alone makes the Nuggets competitive, so we're not too worried about Denver's rest-of-season outlook. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 6:34 pm
  • Cam Thomas scores 12 points off the bench Tuesday
    Cam Thomas finished Tuesday's 112-110 win over the Knicks with a line of 12 points (5-of-9 FGs), one rebound, two assists, one steal, and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes. 

    Advice: Thomas, a first-round pick in this summer's NBA Draft, has now hit double figures in three of his last four games. With the Nets down both Joe Harris and Bruce Brown, additional playing time has opened up in the team's rotation. Brooklyn's in need of scoring beyond Kevin Durant and James Harden, and Thomas (a prolific scorer at LSU) can certainly help in that regard. Rostered in just 1% of Yahoo leagues, he's worthy of consideration as a streamer in deep leagues.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 7:10 pm
  • James Harden posts 34/10/8/3 line vs. Knicks
    James Harden played 40 minutes in Tuesday's 112-110 win over the Knicks, finishing with 34 points (11-of-20 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs), 10 rebounds, eight assists, three steals, and three 3-pointers. 

    Advice: Harden, who said before the game that he was having some trouble picking his spots offensively, came out aggressive Tuesday night. The Beard scored 17 points in the first frame, a big reason why the Nets were able to score 33 points in the quarter. And during this big night, Harden made some history, becoming the fourth player in league history to make at least 2,500 3-pointers in a career. The other three: Ray Allen, Stephen Curry, and Reggie Miller. Harden should be able to move into third at some point this season.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 7:01 pm
     
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 30 points in Monday’s win
    Donovan Mitchell put up 30 points, two rebounds, five assists, four steals, and one turnover in 32 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: Mitchell scored 21 of his 30 points in the second half and did whatever he wanted offensively in Monday’s blowout victory. Mitchell is a top-20 value in 9-cat leagues this season and continues to fill the stat sheet.    NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 10:08 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 22 points on Monday vs POR
    Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting with six rebounds, and three assists in 30 minutes on Monday night.

    Advice: Clarkson has scored 20-plus points in three of his last four games and could have a few monsters coming with two of his next three opponents giving up over 32 points per game to opposing benches, placing them both in the bottom five in the NBA in that category.   NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 10:07 pm
  • Garrison Mathews scores 19 points vs. OKC
    Garison Mathews had another terrific showing vs. the Thunder on Monday with 19 points, two boards, one dime and five triples in 32 minutes. 

    Advice: Incredible. He goes from playing in the G League to being one of the main reasons why the Rockets are on a 3-game winning streak. With Jalen Green (shoulder) likely out for the rest of this week, Mathews is suddenly a short-term solution for 3-point needy mangers with 12 combined triples over his last three outings. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 7:36 pm
  • Max Strus scores season-high 19 in loss to Nuggets
    Max Strus hit 6-of-12 shots, all 3-pointers, for a season-high 19 points, two rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes in Monday's loss to Denver. 

    Advice: He scored 13 on Saturday but got loose tonight with both Jimmy Butler (tailbone) and Tyler Herro (illness) out. He'll lose most of his potential value on nights when they're playing.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 7:22 pm
     
  • Kyle Lowry tallies season-high 14 dimes in loss
    Kyle Lowry hit 5-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers on his way to 17 points, two rebounds and a season-high 14 assists in Monday's 120-111 loss to the Nuggets. 

    Advice: This was Lowry's fourth double-double of the season and one of his best games, but he was likely helped by the absence of Jimmy Butler (tailbone) and Tyler Herro (illness). Lowry looks like one of the better fantasy value picks in drafts thus far given how late he was available in most of them.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 7:13 pm
  • Caleb Martin scores season-high 18 in start
    Caleb Martin got the start for Jimmy Butler/Tyler Herro on Monday and came through with a season-high 18 points, four rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointer on 8-of-15 shooting in a 120-111 loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: If you rolled the dice on him in DFS tonight, he came through, but as long as Butler and Herro aren't out for long, there's no reason to think about grabbing Martin in standard leagues. And if you're thinking about grabbing him in a deep league, be careful, as his twin brother, Cody, plays for the Hornets. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 7:04 pm
     
  • Nikola Jokic returns with big line in win vs. Heat
    Nikola Jokic returned from a four-game absence with a wrist injury and racked up 24 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 9-of-14 shooting in Monday's 120-111 win over the Heat. 

    Advice: Yeah, he didn't have a block but who cares? It was great to see the Joker back in action and he didn't miss a beat. The Nuggets were in control of this game from the opening tip and it wasn't as close as it looks after Denver opened up a 63-43 lead at halftime. Jokic should be good to go moving forward.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 6:48 pm
  • Royce O'Neale (foot) out again on Monday
    Royce O'Neale won't play again on Monday due to his foot injury.

    Advice: Joe Ingles and Rudy Gay will once again fill in his vacant minutes tonight. Jingles started on Saturday and had 15 points, five boards and four 3-pointers while Gay came off the bench for 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists with four 3-pointers in just 23 minutes.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 4:19 pm
  • Caleb Martin will start on Monday vs. Denver
    Caleb Martin will get the spot-start on Monday vs. the Nuggets, with both Jimmy Butler (tailbone) and Tyler Herro (illness) unavailable.

    Advice: This will be Martin's first start of the season, but he could be someone to think about as a DFS punt play with Miami missing two main weapons tonight. Joining him in the starting unit will be Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson, P.J. Tucker and Bam Adebayo. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 4:07 pm
     
  • Nikola Jokic (wrist) will play Monday vs. Miami
    Nikola Jokic (right wrist) is good to go for Monday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Jokic is back in action after a four-game absence, which will shift JaMychal Green back to the second unit and Jeff Green won't see as many shots falling his way. There will also be a slight reduction in usage for Will Barton and Aaron Gordon tonight. Jokic managers, make sure you've got the reining MVP active. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 3:26 pm
  • Nikola Jokic, Hyland game-time decisions
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) and Bones Hyland (ankle) will be game-time calls for Monday's matchup with Miami.

    Advice: Jokic has missed the past four games with the right wrist issue, but he was able to get through his pregame routine today without sporting a brace on his wrist, so it does feel like he's on the cusp of a return. If Jokic is able to get back out there, JaMychal Green will return to the second unit and Aaron Gordon's usage will dip. Stay tuned. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 3:11 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo double-doubles in blowout W
    Giannis Antetokounmpo notched his 12th double-double of the season on Sunday with 26 points and 13 boards across 33 minutes.

    Advice: Antetokounmpo finished 10-of-15 from the floor and 6-of-10 at the line and he added three dimes, one block and an unfortunate five turnovers in Milwaukee's 18-point win tonight. Khris Middleton hit 6-of-13 shots for 14 points, five rebounds, five assists, one 3-pointer, two steals and three turnovers in 30 minutes. NBCSportsEDGE.com Nov 28, 4:37 pm
  • Jrue Holiday posts 23/7/9 line in easy win
    Jrue Holiday hit 11-of-21 shots for 23 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and one turnover across 31 minutes in Sunday's blowout win over the Pacers.

    Advice: Holiday hadn’t record any steals in his previous two appearances, but he ripped away the rock from Caris LeVert tonight on Indiana’s first possession, and he did an excellent job of taking care of the rock himself with just one turnover on the evening. Holiday has been flirting with top-50 value over the past four games, and if he starts getting the steals more consistently, he shouldn’t have any trouble returning to the top-20 equation. NBCSportsEDGE.com Nov 28, 4:30 pm
     
  • Royce O'Neale (ankle, foot) questionable Monday
    Royce O'Neale (right ankle/foot sprain) is questionable for Monday's game against the Blazers. 

    Advice: O'Neale suffered the injury on Wednesday, but he was able to play in Friday's loss to the Pelicans. Saturday's rematch was the second game in as many nights, so it comes as no surprise that he was held out. If O'Neale is unable to play Monday night, Joe Ingles would get another start.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Nov 28, 4:06 pm
  • Nikola Jokic, Bones Hyland questionable for Monday
    Nikola Jokic (right wrist sprain) and Bones Hyland (right ankle sprain) are questionable for Monday's game against the Heat. 

    Advice: Jokic has missed Denver's last four games, while Hyland has sat out the last two. The impact of the former is unquestioned, as the reigning MVP has been one of the top options in fantasy basketball, regardless of league format. If Jokic has to miss another game, JaMychal Green would remain in the starting lineup. Jeff Green would be a much better option for fantasy managers in need of frontcourt help. As for Hyland, his fantasy profile was improving just before the ankle injury. With the rookie sidelined, Facundo Campazzo has picked up more minutes off the bench.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Nov 28, 1:18 pm
  • James Harden “trying to figure it out”
    James Harden is “trying to figure out when to score, when to be a playmaker” for the Nets this season.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving’s absence was supposed to make Harden’s numbers go up and the Nets' wins go down. Instead, the Nets sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and Harden is having one of the worst seasons of his career. He’s scoring 20.3 points per game, which is his worst since leaving Oklahoma City, on 40.6% shooting, which is the worst he’s shot since his rookie season. A lot of people will argue that it’s because of the rule change, but Harden is only shooting 6.8 free throws per game, compared to his 7.3 free throws per game last season. He’s also drawn 5.2 fouls per game this season, which is actually up from 5.1 last season. So really, he might just be trying to figure it out, and when he does, he should get back to being that top fantasy asset that he’s been for the last decade. NBCSportsEDGE.com Nov 28, 7:38 am
     
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