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  • Kevin Love plays 22 minutes in ugly defeat
    Kevin Love played only 22 minutes during Wednesday's game, posting nine points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two steals and one block.

    Advice: The Cavs' starters were crushed to begin the game and coach Ty Lue relied on his bench heavily tonight, to Love's detriment. He still managed to post a decent fantasy line, however, and at least he'll be well-rested for Friday's road game. The loss also makes it less likely that Cleveland will rest their key guys, as Boston is now just one game back for the No. 1 seed. 33 minutes ago
  • Dennis Schroder w/ 10 turnovers in road loss
    Dennis Schroder committed a career-high 10 turnovers during Wednesday's 104-100 defeat, adding 18 points (5-of-16 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs) with six assists and two rebounds.

    Advice: Schroder's previous career-high was seven turnovers but he simply couldn't get out of his own way vs. John Wall tonight. Miscues have been a constant issue for him in the NBA, but he's done enough over the past few weeks for owners to overlook tonight's unsightly 'double-double'. 57 minutes ago
  • Joffrey Lauvergne starts, scores 17 points
    Joffrey Lauvergne started in place of Robin Lopez (suspension) on Wednesday, finishing with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: With Lopez suspended and Cristiano Felicio (back) out of commission, the Bulls plugged the hole at center with a whole lot of Lauvergne. The fact that they easily won this critical home game could earn him another start, but for now we're assuming that Lopez will reclaim the job on Friday. Prior to this game, Lauvergne had scored 17 points combined in March, and he's been nowhere near standard-league value in Chicago. It's hard to recommend him after one big game in a blowout. Today, 7:42 pm
  • D.J. Augustin logs 15 minutes in tough loss
    D.J. Augustin chipped in six points, two assists, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The ninth-year veteran continues to fill a quiet role backing up Elfrid Payton, but he's averaging just 7.3 points in 16.8 minutes per game in March. He's also shooting 34.8 percent from the field in that span, and you'd have to be in a super deep league to find him appealing. Today, 6:35 pm
  • Russell Westbrook (hand) will start Wednesday
    Russell Westbrook (hand) will start Wednesday vs. the 76ers, as expected.

    Advice: Westbrook picked up a blister on his shooting hand during Monday's loss to Golden State, but he's obviously fine, and he should have a nice bounce-back performance with a matchup against Philly. Victor Oladipo, Andre Roberson, Taj Gibson and Steven Adams will join him in the starting five. Today, 4:49 pm
  • Kosta Koufos (rest) will not play Wednesday
    Kosta Koufos (rest) will not play Wednesday against the Bucks.

    Advice: It's a home game for the Kings, so they'll give their fans a look at the youth today. Georgios Papagiannis had a productive weekend on the road and should be looking at minutes in the 20s. He's a sneaky guy to use in fantasy, especially with how the Kings are giving him the ball. Koufos is not worth owning in most fantasy leagues anymore. Today, 4:46 pm
  • Joel Embiid (left knee) will have surgery
    Joel Embiid (left knee) will have surgery in the coming days.

    Advice: The team officially confirmed what many have been expecting all month. Embiid's small tear in his meniscus will likely keep him out for Summer League, but he should be close to 100 percent for the preseason. The 76ers will have more details after the procedure is completed. Richaun Holmes will continue to thrive in his expanded role and should be owned in all fantasy leagues. Today, 3:39 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne will start on Wednesday
    Joffrey Lauvergne will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Pistons.

    Advice: Robin Lopez is serving his one-game suspension, so Lauvergne will get the call to enter the starting five. Fred Hoiberg has talked up Lauvergne a lot since he got to Chicago, so maybe he'll be worth a punt play in DFS as his minutes could be in the 30s tonight. Bobby Portis still seems like a more attractive DFS target, though. Today, 3:27 pm
  • Serge Ibaka suspended for one game
    Serge Ibaka has been suspended for one game.

    Advice: That means he's not going to play against the Heat on Thursday. Ibaka threw multiple punches at Robin Lopez, so he was clearly going to get at least one game. With him out, Jonas Valanciunas may actually play in the fourth quarter while Pat Patterson figures to get more run. Today, 1:54 pm
  • Robin Lopez, Serge Ibaka suspended one game
    Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka have been suspended for one game for throwing punches at each other.

    Advice: This one was coming all along today and Lopez only getting one game is good news. He won't be playing tonight against the Pistons and the Bulls may have to get creative with their center minutes. Cristiano Felicio is questionable to play, so he would be busy if he's able to give it a go. We might see some Bobby Portis at the five. Daily Slant: If Cristiano Felicio is able to suit up, he'd likely eat up 25-30 minutes of court time in order to deal with Andre Drummond, making him a potential GPP punt play at minimum price. In the event that he sits, both Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic could see upticks in playing time, with Joffrey Lauvergne also looming as an option at the 5. Mirotic looks like the best upside play in the group after seeing at least 26 minutes in four of the last five games. Today, 1:52 pm
  • Joel Embiid very likely to have knee surgery
    Joel Embiid (knee) is "very likely" to have surgery, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: This confirms a previous report of Embiid likely to have surgery from earlier this month. Embiid has a small tear in his meniscus and it will keep the rookie out for the rest of the season. If he does have surgery, it will likely cost him about two months in his offseason program. Richaun Holmes will continue to thrive and has made a case he deserves minutes next year. Today, 1:11 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (knee) ruled out Wednesday
    Coach Mike Malone said that Danilo Gallinari (knee) will not play Wednesday vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: This will be the fourth straight game Gallo has missed. Fortunately for the Nuggets, both Wilson Chandler (groin) and Darrell Arthur (knee) are expected to return on Wednesday night. It is unknown if Juancho Hernangomez will draw another start in place of Gallinari. Today, 10:18 am
  • Malone 'hopeful' Gallo and Chandler play Wed
    Coach Michael Malone said that he is "hopeful" that Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Wilson Chandler (groin) will play Wednesday vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: "Hopeful is the word I’d use," Malone said on Monday night. "We’ll have to wait and see how their continued rehabs go and how they’re feeling. For both of those guys it comes down to whether they’re comfortable enough and confident enough to go out there and play at a high level." Gallinari is currently listed as doubtful in the game notes, while Chandler is questionable. We should receive a reliable update after the Nuggets shootaround Wednesday morning. Today, 8:08 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad scores 18 points
    Shabazz Muhammad scored 18 points with four rebounds, one steal and two triples vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: He finished 8-of-15 from the field in 24 minutes, and his workload was safe despite the arrival of Omri Casspi. Muhammad is rolling with 18.5 points per game over his last four outings, but he offers very little to fantasy owners other than scoring. He's a low-end pickup with two games remaining for the Wolves this week. Yesterday, 11:37 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 22 in big win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo hit 8-of-21 shots for 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks in 36 minutes of Tuesday's 93-90 win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Giannis tweaked an ankle on Saturday, but was never really in jeopardy of missing this game. This was a huge win for the Bucks, who now sit just 1/2 game in front of the No. 8 seeded Heat. This is good news for his owners, as the Bucks are going to need everything he has to offer in order to ensure the Bucks make the playoffs. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Allen Crabbe plays 31 minutes in loss
    Allen Crabbe came off the bench and played 31 minutes on Tuesday, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer on 4-of-11 shooting.

    Advice: Crabbe's not a must-own player, averaging just 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 36 percent shooting over his last five games. But he's also averaging 30 minutes a night over that stretch and can get hot at any time. If he starts seeing his shots drop, he might be worth grabbing in case he's getting ready to go on a run. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng held to nine points
    Gorgui Dieng finished with nine points, four rebounds, two assists and one triple before fouling out in 33 minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: He dropped a perfect pass from Ricky Rubio in the final minute and also committed a costly offensive foul in the seven-point loss. Dieng hit 4-of-6 from the field, but couldn't add any steals or blocks. His minutes are much safer with Nemanja Bjelica (foot) out of the picture and he had a decent game on Sunday with nine points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes, so his owners should stick with him for the final 12 games of the season. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon scores two points
    Dewayne Dedmon scored two points with five rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes vs. the Wolves on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was back in the starting lineup at the expense of Davis Bertans, but he was benched at halftime for Pau Gasol. Dedmon was averaging 16.9 minutes per game in March prior to Tuesday, so he's not getting enough playing time to help fantasy owners outside of deeper formats. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Antetokounmpo (ankle) starting vs. Blazers
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) is starting vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He tweaked his right ankle while blocking Draymond Green's shot on Saturday, but wasn't listed on the injury report and should be fine. We'll let you know how he fares after the game. Yesterday, 7:00 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon starting, Bertans to bench
    Dewayne Dedmon is starting vs. the Wolves on Tuesday.

    Advice: He came off the bench against the Kings on Sunday, so the Spurs may continue to mix up their lineup depending on the matchups. His minutes will be pretty low regardless of where he starts the game, especially with Pau Gasol healthy. Yesterday, 6:29 pm
  • Robin Lopez ejected on Tuesday
    Robin Lopez was ejected from Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He got tangled up with Serge Ibaka and both players started throwing punches, but none of them landed. A suspension is certainly on the table, so look for Cristiano Felicio to benefit if Lopez misses time. RoLo finished with 12 points, four rebounds, three blocks and one assist in 25 minutes. Yesterday, 5:56 pm
  • Serge Ibaka and Robin Lopez ejected Tuesday
    Serge Ibaka and Robin Lopez were ejected from Tuesday's game in the third quarter.

    Advice: Both players got tangled up and punches were thrown, but none of them landed. However, a suspension for both players is a very real possibility. If Ibaka is suspended for Thursday's game vs. the Heat, Jonas Valanciunas would likely be the biggest winner, while Patrick Patterson and maybe even Lucas Noguiera would benefit. Ibaka finished with 16 points, six rebounds, one assist and two triples in 26 minutes. You can check out the incident in the link below. Yesterday, 5:55 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (knee) doubtful Wednesday
    Danilo Gallinari (knee) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Cavs.

    Advice: Gallinari was hopeful that he'd be able to return to the court for Wednesday's game, but now it's looking like it'll be his fourth straight game on the sidelines. With Gallinari unlikely, Juan Hernangomez could be looking at another start, and there will be more opportunity for Will Barton with the second unit. Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Westbrook dealing with blister on his hand
    Billy Donovan said that Russell Westbrook picked up a blister on his right (shooting) hand during Monday's loss to the Warriors, but he's fine.

    Advice: Westbrook took it easy during Tuesday's light, non-contact practice, but he should be just fine for Wednesday's matchup with the 76ers. Owners can expect to get official confirmation on Westbrook's status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Yesterday, 11:25 am
  • Giannis tweaks ankle in Saturday's loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo tweaked his right ankle while blocking Draymond Green's shot on Saturday and immediately left the game.

    Advice: He scored just nine points in the blowout loss and played 31 minutes, but the injury doesn't appear to be serious. We expect him to play on Tuesday night, but owners of the Greek Freak should watch for injury updates prior to game time in order to be certain he's playing tonight. Yesterday, 3:08 am
  • Russell Westbrook held to 15 points in loss
    Russell Westbrook was held to 15 points on 4-of-16 shooting vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: Incredibly, his 15 points were his 2nd-fewest in a game this season since he scored 14 vs. the Heat back in November. Westbrook added eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one triple, but only played 27 minutes in the lopsided loss. Westbrook needs seven triple-doubles in his last 12 games to match Oscar Robertson's single-season record of 41 triple-doubles, so Westy's owners probably don't have to worry about him taking time off. Monday, 9:15 pm
  • Schroder scores 20 w/ six dimes, two blocks
    Dennis Schroder scored 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting in a loss to the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: That's four straight losses for the Hawks and it doesn't get any easier on Wednesday vs. the Hawks. As for Schroder, this was a nice bounce-back game after he was limited to eight points on 2-of-14 shooting in his previous game. He played 31 minutes with six assists, three rebounds, two blocks and three triples, and more big lines are likely on the way -- Paul Millsap (knee) will miss at least one more game and Schroder gets a 3.7 usage rate bump when Millsap is off the court. Monday, 6:43 pm
  • Gallinari (left knee bone bruise) out Monday
    Danilo Gallinari (left knee bone bruise) will not play on Monday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: This will be his third game in a row on the shelf, but it could also be his last -- Gallo said he's hopeful to play on Wednesday vs. the Cavaliers. The Nuggets have a total of four games this week, but starting Gallo in a weekly league is still pretty risky. Will Barton, Juancho Hernangomez and Jamal Murray are all solid streaming options on Monday with Wilson Chandler (groin) also out. Monday, 9:08 am
  • Kevin Love strong in Sunday's return
    Kevin Love scored 21 points with 15 rebounds in Sunday's 125-120 win against the Lakers.

    Advice: Love was back after resting in Saturday's game against the Clippers and apparently the down time did him some good. He hit three triples and was active on the boards, looking good in the town where he played his college ball at UCLA. Love was markedly better than Thursday, his first game back after a long layoff following knee surgery. You can likely bank on Love resting during back-to-back situations and whenever the score gets remotely out of hand, as the Cavs need their big man for what they hope is another long postseason run. Sunday, 9:06 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon benched, then starts Sunday
    Dewayne Dedmon came off the bench to begin Sunday's home game, but he started the second half and finished with six points and four boards in 12 minutes.

    Advice: Davis Bertans started over Dedmon but that experiment didn't go well, as the Spurs fell into an early 12-0 hole vs. the Kings. It was business as usual after halftime, so anyone relying on Dedmon in deep leagues can continue to do so with confidence. Most owners can leave him on the wire, though. Sunday, 7:01 pm
  • Serge Ibaka shoots well from field
    Serge Ibaka was 7-of-11 from the field in Sunday's 116-91 victory against the Pacers, finishing with 16 points, five rebounds and a blocked shot in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Ibaka's .636 shooting percentage in the blowout win tied his best in 13 games since coming over from the Magic in a trade back in mid-February. While his offense has been better lately, he has managed just two blocked shots over past three games to give his fantasy owners a new reason to wring their hands and shake their heads. Sunday, 6:19 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng recovers after scoreless outing
    Gorgui Dieng, who went scoreless on Friday, finished Sunday's road game with nine points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks, making 3-of-4 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Dieng has been quiet lately, primarily due to the fact that he shot an uncharacteristic 36.9 percent over his past 10 games. The slump had to end sometime, and hopefully his play tonight will ignite a hot stretch with 13 games remaining in the regular season. Sunday, 5:45 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad scores 20 points in 24 mins
    Shabazz Muhammad scored 20 points in 24 minutes vs. New Orleans on Sunday, making 8-of-13 field goals and 3-of-5 free throws with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Muhammad is shooting the ball well lately, at 51.2 percent in the past two weeks, but he's contributing nothing else to support his fantasy value. Prospective owners should also be aware that the Wolves are close to signing Omri Casspi to fill the void left by Nemanja Bjelica (ankle), which could cut into Bazz's minutes. Sunday, 5:41 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon to bench w/ Bertans starting
    Dewayne Dedmon will shift to the bench on Sunday, with Davis Bertans taking his spot in the starting lineup.

    Advice: The Spurs have lost two straight and coach Gregg Popovich is mixing it up tonight. He's been a negligible fantasy option with LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol healthy, and the demotion certainly doesn't help. Sunday, 4:05 pm
  • Chandler, Gallinari are questionable vs. HOU
    Wilson Chandler (right groin contusion) and Danilo Gallinari (left knee bone bruise) have been upgraded to questionable for Monday at Houston.

    Advice: This is encouraging news after both players missed multiple games with their injuries. If Gallinari does return, that should take minutes from Will Barton and Juancho Hernangomez. It could also take away from Jamal Murray and Jameer Nelson because Murray likely wouldn't play as much SG. Hopefully, the Nuggets provide an update on Gallo Monday afternoon. Sunday, 11:05 am
  • Giannis Anteotokounmpo gets held to 9 points
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored nine points during a blowout 117-92 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, adding three rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors know how to defend drivers as well as just about anyone and Antetokounmpo got a little too much Draymond Green today. He came into this game with a 53.9 field goal percentage in March and he continues to flirt with his two steals and two blocks per game. His fantasy owners will have a big advantage next week with the Bucks suiting up for four games. Saturday, 10:42 pm
  • Robin Lopez scores 14 points vs. Utah
    Robin Lopez scored 14 points with five rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 30 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He went up against Rudy Gobert and lives to tell about it. Lopez is coming off a 25-point Friday, so he heads into next week with some nice momentum. He still only has mid-round upside and is flirting with that recently even with this two strong games, so he's not exactly a strong add. Although, with four games and some favorable matchups this week, he's someone fantasy owners may want to call on. Saturday, 9:22 pm
  • Allen Crabbe scores 16 points
    Allen Crabbe scored 16 points with three rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: The Hawks struggled to pick Crabbe up in transition to help the Blazers pull ahead early. Crabbe's playing time hasn't changed too much with Evan Turner missing time, but he has hit the mid-30s more often because that's how coach Terry Stotts rolls. Crabbe has been a mid-round guy, but his upside isn't the greatest and he is kind of Saturday, 6:10 pm
  • Dennis Schroder makes just 2-of-14 FGAs
    Dennis Schroder made just 2-of-14 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, seven assists, four steals and one 3-pointer against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He was actually on a roll a few days ago, but this woeful outing and a 4-of-16 shooting line on Thursday puts him on the other end of the spectrum. Schroder probably isn't near the doghouse yet, but you never know when it comes to coach Mike Budenholzer. He also had a handful of defensive lapses, so that won't help. He'll get a tough matchup against Kemba Walker on Monday to start his four-game week. Saturday, 5:51 pm
  • Kevin Love will not play on Saturday
    Kevin Love will not play on Saturday night against the Clippers.

    Advice: This isn't surprising at all with the Cavs resting Love on the front end of a back-to-back set. It actually wouldn't even be a surprise to see him rest on Sunday, too. The Cavs are playing with house money on Love because he beat his timetable to return. He'll be seeing several games off as the Cavs get ready for the postseason. Channing Frye will start and benefit most tonight. Saturday, 4:10 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 28 with no trip-dub
    Russell Westbrook scored 28 points during a 110-94 win over the Kings on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, 10 assists, four steals, seven turnovers and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: No triple-double this time to snap his four-game streak. While he didn't get the triple-double, he still has an excellent chance to average one for the season because he only needs 7.3 boards and 8.2 dimes in his final 13 games to hold the double-digit averages. Additionally, he has multiple-treys in four straight and his jumper is working again. Monday should be fun against the Warriors. Saturday, 3:31 pm
  • Kosta Koufos scores nine points
    Kosta Koufos scored nine points with six rebounds, two assists and one block in 23 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He is playing through a right hand injury and does have two fingers taped. According to the Kings broadcast, Koufos said he is going to have to play through it for a month or so. Perhaps this will be a reason to hold Koufos out of games as the season winds down. With Georgios Papagiannis turning in his best game as a pro, we'll likely be seeing Koufos' playing time start to fade. Saturday, 2:40 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 26 points in win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points before fouling out of Friday's 107-103 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: He fouled out of a game for the fourth time this season, but at least this time he fouled out in the final minute. Giannis shot 11-of-16 from the field in 35 minutes, adding eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks, one triple and four turnovers. The Bucks have won eight out of their last nine games and are seventh in the East, so the Greek Freak will feast the rest of the way with four games on the schedule in each of the next two weeks. Friday, 10:18 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad scores 15 points
    Shabazz Muhammad scored 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting vs. the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: Nemanja Bjelica (left foot) won't play again this season, so Muhammad will get a nice bump in minutes off the bench. He played 28 minutes tonight and added two assists and one rebound, and this is coming on the heels of a 21-point effort on Wednesday vs. the Celtics in 31 minutes. He's going to post some empty stat lines outside of the scoring column, so he's just a low-end pickup in deeper formats. After Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans, the Wolves will have a total of six games over a two-week span. Friday, 8:23 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng shoots 0-of-7 from field
    Gorgui Dieng had a rough game vs. the Heat on Friday, finishing with zero points on seven missed shots.

    Advice: This was his first game of the season in which he finished scoreless. He grabbed five rebounds with two assists and two blocks in 28 minutes, but there's still hope for his owners -- Nemanja Bjelica (foot) has been ruled out for the season which means Dieng's workload will be much safer going forward. Expect him to be bounce back vs. the Pelicans on Sunday. Friday, 8:16 pm
  • Robin Lopez scores season-high 25 points
    Robin Lopez scored a season-high 25 points in a loss to the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: He was five points shy of his career-high and has only scored 25+ points five times in his career. There are more touches up for grabs in Chicago with Dwayne Wade (elbow) out for the season, so Lopez should get a small bump. He finished 12-of-16 from the field with 12 rebounds, two assists and one block, and with four games on the schedule for the Bulls next week, he's back on the radar as a pickup. Friday, 7:33 pm
  • Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari out vs. HOU
    Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Wilson Chandler (groin) will not be available for Saturday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: Both of these forwards do not have a target date, but coach Mike Malone said there was a chance they come back soon. However, getting ruled out a day in advance is usually not a good sign for the next few games. With Gallo and Chandler out, Will Barton went off with a career-high 35 points on Thursday while he also saw a few more Jamal Murray minutes at the two. Barton should be owned in all leagues while Murray is starting to trend up as a pickup. Friday, 12:21 pm
  • Russell Westbrook drops triple-double No. 34
    Russell Westbrook posted his 34th triple-double of the season during a 123-102 win in Toronto on Thursday, scoring 24 points with 10 rebounds, 16 assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in just 28 minutes.

    Advice: That's four consecutive triple-doubles, eight in his last 12, and it's also his third streak of four straight trip-dubs this season. He is now seven away from Oscar Robertson's record of 41 triple-doubles in a season, which seems to be well within his grasp given his high volume in that department lately. Additionally, Westbrook playing in every game is very impressive given all his usage this season. He gets the Kings at home on Saturday. Thursday, 7:25 pm
  • Dennis Schroder struggles against Conley
    Dennis Schroder hit just 4-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points, three assists and two steals in Thursday's ugly loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The Grizzlies have been the league's worst defensive team since the break but they wrapped up Paul Millsap and Schroder tonight. Schroder came into this one running hot and will hope to bounce back against Damian Lillard on Saturday night, which will be an important game for both teams. Thursday, 7:12 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 10 points
    Serge Ibaka scored 10 points with three rebounds, one assist and one block in 27 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday during a 123-102 loss.

    Advice: No revenge game this time. That hot start from Serge has gone south in The North. In his last three games, Ibaka averaged 6.3 points, 5.3 boards, 2.0 blocks and 0.3 treys. Obviously those blocks are great and his minutes are still likely to be over 30 when the Raptors are in a close game. Expect him to flirt with early-round value. Thursday, 7:00 pm
  • Kevin Love goes for 10 & 9 in return
    Kevin Love returned from knee surgery on Thursday and hit 5-of-9 shots for 10 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Baby steps, right? He looked pretty good and should see his minutes count slowly increase as the season winds down. But the fact he nearly double-doubled in his first game back is a great sign, so owners should plan on deploying him any time he's going to play for the Cavs. Just make sure he's in the lineup when the Cavs go back-to-back this Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 24-25, Mar. 30-31, Apr. 4-5 and Apr. 9-10. Thursday, 6:51 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari's return date is unclear
    Coach Mike Malone said there is "no definitive timetable" on Danilo Gallinari (knee).

    Advice: "It could be next game, hopefully it is," Malone said. Gallinari has a bone bruise and is not going to play on Thursday. With Wilson Chandler (groin) also out, we should get a heavy dose of Juan Hernangomez, Will Barton and some more Jamal Murray. Barton should be owned while Murray is a very interesting pickup in competitive leagues. Thursday, 4:53 pm
  • Kevin Love (knee) back in the starting lineup
    Kevin Love (knee) will return to the starting lineup on Thursday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He is going to have a minutes limit, but this is wonderful news for the Cavs. They'll have about a month to get him back on track before the first round of the playoffs. The Cavs will almost certainly rest him in some back-to-back games. Make sure he's not still sitting on the waiver wire right now. Thursday, 2:20 pm
  • Kosta Koufos looks good in his return
    Kosta Koufos scored 13 points with six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 20 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: Koufos was back in the starting lineup after getting rest on Monday. He looked to be on his way to a really strong game, but Skal Labissiere went scorched-earth mode in the fourth and Koufos never checked back in. Koufos did rest on Monday and there's a very good chance he's not going to play on Friday. He can't be owned in fantasy with so much uncertainty about his status going forward. Wednesday, 11:43 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo limited by fouls vs LAC
    Giannis Antetokounmpo played just 28 minutes vs. the Clippers on Wednesday, but he still finished with 16 points (5-of-10 FGs, 6-of-9 FTs), five rebounds, five assists and one block.

    Advice: Antetokounmpo picked up two fouls in the first eight minutes of the game, forcing a substitution, and he picked up a third foul after playing 4:24 in the second quarter. Jason Kidd was playing it safe, in other words. Giannis came in leading his team in points (23.1), rebounds (8.6), assists (5.5), blocks (1.9), and steals (1.8), and he's successfully guided the Bucks into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Wednesday, 11:06 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad scores 21 points in 31 mins
    Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points with three boards, one assist and one block on Wednesday, hitting 7-of-14 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs in 31 minutes vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: He fell one point shy of his season high, getting a boost in minutes once Nemanja Bjelica went down with an ankle injury. He'll be worth a look for streaming and DFS value with Bjelica looking very iffy for Friday's game vs. the Heat. Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Ty, Buddy, Arron, Kosta & Willie starting
    Ty Lawson, Buddy Hield, Arron Afflalo, Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein will start against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: Koufos is back after a night off and he should be looking at minutes in the 20s. Now that he's likely going to rest more often, he's not really a reliable fantasy option. Wednesday, 6:58 pm
  • Kevin Love (knee) could play this weekend?
    Kevin Love (knee) could return to the court as soon as Saturday's game vs. the Clippers, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

    Advice: Love was able to practice two days in a row, and while Wednesday's practice was just a light 20-minute workout, there have been whispers that he's looking to get back to the court by this weekend. Tyronn Lue said that he'll start as soon as he's cleared to play, so it makes sense to grab him if you're currently in a bye-week, or you have an open IR-slot. Just know that even if he's starting, his minutes will likely be relegated to the lower-20s for at least the first few weeks of his return. Wednesday, 2:19 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (left knee bone bruise) out
    Danilo Gallinari (left knee bone bruise) will not play against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: Gallinari did not practice on Wednesday and now we know why. A knee bone bruise could result in various games missed, so it's tough to get a read on how much time he will miss. Of course, we all know how many knee injuries he's suffered, including a left ACL tear. While he's out, Will Barton's value gets new life as a strong pickup while Juancho Hernangomez, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris also benefit. Wednesday, 12:19 pm
  • Gallinari, Wilson Chandler do not practice
    Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler (groin) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone said he wasn't sure who would be available for Thursday against the Clippers. Gallo has been fantastic since the break and has played 31.7 minutes per game since the break and he's looked healthy in each game. We don't have the details on the injury front, but it's possible this is a day off. On the other hand, he's not the most durable guy. If he can't go, Juan Hernangomez and Will Barton would benefit most. Wednesday, 11:59 am
  • Kevin Love (knee) goes through light practice
    Kevin Love (knee surgery) went through a light practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Cavs only practiced for 20 minutes on Wednesday, so it was definitely a very light practice, but head coach Tyronn Lue did seem to hint that Love is on the cusp of a return. Love also got in some 3-on-3 work on Tuesday, and while he's still not officially been cleared to play, he's going to attempt to get back on the court sometime during Cleveland's upcoming four-game road trip (possibly this weekend). Lue said that Love will start once he's cleared, so he should be considered must-own in leagues with an IR-spot. Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson will lose most their value once Love is back on the court. Wednesday, 10:29 am
  • Westbrook scores 25 w/ 19 dimes, 12 boards
    Russell Westbrook recorded his 33rd triple-double in Tuesday's 122-104 win over the Nets, racking up 25 points, 19 assists and 12 rebounds.

    Advice: Per Statmuse, the last player to match/exceed those totals in a game was Magic Johnson in 1987. The Nets have given up the most fantasy points to point guards this season, so it was the perfect storm for Westy. He shot 6-of-18 from the field and 11-of-13 from the line with two steals, one block and two triples in 35 minutes. He's unfair right now. Westy will be back in action vs. the Raptors on Thursday. Tuesday, 8:16 pm
  • Allen Crabbe turns back into pumpkin in loss
    Allen Crabbe hit just 1-of-8 shots (a 3-pointer) for four points, two rebounds and one assist in Tuesday's 100-77 loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: After scoring 23, 18 and 14 points in three straight games, Crabbe has scored a total of 11 points, hit 4-of-16 shots and just 2-of-10 3-pointers over his last two games. He's streaky and coming off the bench, and as we've seen, he can get hot or cold at any given moment. Tuesday, 7:56 pm
  • Kevin Love (knee) could be back for road trip
    Kevin Love (knee surgery) participated in a 3-on-3 scrimmage on Tuesday and he may be able to return to action during Cleveland's upcoming four-game road trip.

    Advice: Love is currently at the 4-week mark of his initial 6-week timetable, but he described the knee scope as "very minor," so it sounds like there's a chance he could beat the initial 6-week timeline. The Cavs begin their four-game road trip on Saturday in Los Angeles and end it on Friday, March 24 in Charlotte. If Love is able to get back during this road trip, he'll likely be eased back into things, but with the potential for an imminent return, he needs to be stashed in all leagues with an IR-spot and should be strongly considered for those currently in a bye-week. Channing Frye will lose most of his value once Love returns to the court. Tuesday, 3:21 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores 22 w/ 10 assists
    Dennis Schroder scored 22 points with 10 assists, two rebounds, two steals and zero turnovers vs. the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: He missed all four of his 3-pointers, but finished 10-of-22 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line in 38 minutes. Since he was benched against the Warriors on Mar. 6 for a blown defensive assignment, Schroder has responded with averages of 23.8 points, 7.0 assists, 4.3 boards, 2.0 steals and 0.8 triples over his last four games. Unfortunately, his owners only get to deploy him two more times this week. Mar 13, 9:14 pm
  • Serge Ibaka goes scoreless in 32 minutes
    Serge Ibaka failed to score in 32 minutes vs. the Mavericks on Monday.

    Advice: He was a team-high +18, but missed all four of his field goals for his third scoreless game since 2011-12. Ibaka did add nine rebounds and two blocks, but this wasn't an easy matchup for him -- the Mavericks have allowed the third fewest fantasy points to power forwards this season. Ibaka will look to bounce back on Thursday vs. the Thunder in a "revenge game." Mar 13, 8:29 pm
  • Kosta Koufos to sit out Monday
    Kosta Koufos (rest) is receiving a planned rest and he will not face the Magic on Monday.

    Advice: With Koufos in street clothes it will be Willie Cauley-Stein playing all the minutes he can handle, and Skal Labissiere is likely to have a larger role than usual, too. Anthony Tolliver should also see added run against the Magic. The best bet for DFS purposes is Cauley-Stein, as he has double-double potential, while Labissiere might be the best value in points per dollar spent. Mar 13, 6:17 pm
  • Robin Lopez scores 13 points with two blocks
    Robin Lopez scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting Sunday, to go with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Over the past month, Lopez has seen his minutes dip to 26.4 a night, and over that 12 game span he’s only managed to put in averages of 11.5 points, 5.1 boards, 1.1 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.3 turnovers per game on 44.8 percent shooting, numbers that have him ranking well outside the top-150 in standard 9-cat leagues. Lopez is little more than a deep-league blocks specialist, and there should be higher-upside guys sitting on your wire. Mar 12, 3:29 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne fires up misses in 17 mins
    Joffrey Lauvergne went 1-of-7 from the field during Friday's blowout loss to the Celtics, ending his evening with three points, one 3-pointer, two boards and one turnover in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Fred Hoiberg has been intrigued by the addition of Lauvergne to his roster, so he’s likely going to keep giving him minutes until he realizes just how bad Lauvergne really is. Mar 12, 3:22 pm
  • Gallo scores 15 points in a win
    Danilo Gallinari scored 15 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: There was no sign of his vertigo issue from earlier this month. Gallinari and the Nuggets are firmly in the mix to make the postseason, so Gallo should be all set and is not a shutdown candidate. Keep him going as a mid-round player. Mar 12, 12:02 am
  • Dewayne Dedmon scores nine in win
    Dewayne Dedmon scored nine points with seven rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: His role shouldn't change too much with coach Gregg Popovich comfortable playing Dedmon in the 18-22 minute range most nights. He does have a higher floor now with LaMarcus Aldridge (heart) out indefinitely, so he's worth a look if you're looking to bolster your blocks. Mar 11, 10:00 pm
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