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  • Trevor Booker (illness) is out for Saturday
    Trevor Booker (illness) will not play against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: The Nets are also without Chris McCullough for this one, so they'll only have Anthony Bennett, Luis Scola and Justin Hamilton as their bench bigs. Booker was playing extremely well and played 31.2 minutes per game in the last five, so there's a big hole to fill tonight. Justin Hamilton figures to benefit most regardless of who coach Kenny Atkinson starts next to Brook Lopez. Today, 12:38 pm
  • Derrick Williams will play vs. Blazers
    Derrick Williams (back) will play against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable and is good to go for tonight. Williams was losing minutes to guys like James Johnson, but he should get playing time tonight due to the depth issues at forward. Even if he starts, he'll be a risky option in almost any league. Today, 11:46 am
  • Luke Babbitt (hip) not expected to play
    Luke Babbitt (hip) is not expected to play and is only available for emergency situations against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: In other words, he's out. Babbitt could miss two weeks due to his hip injury from Thursday night. He also may not have many minutes available once he's back with James Johnson outplaying him and it's possible Justise Winslow (wrist) is back. For tonight, Johnson, Derrick Williams and Wayne Ellington should get some additional run. Today, 11:43 am
  • Tyreke Evans (leg) not expected to play Sun.
    Tyreke Evans (right knee/left calf) is not expected to play Sunday vs. OKC, per coach Alvin Gentry.

    Advice: In addition to working his way back from surgery on his right knee, Evans is now dealing with tightness in his left calf. It is safe to assume Evans will have his minutes limited once he is finally healthy enough to suit up, but we still don't have a solid timeline as to when that will be. Today, 11:06 am
  • Lance Thomas says ankle is now fully healthy
    Lance Thomas says his ankle is now fully healthy, but he's still feeling the effects of plantar fasciitis.

    Advice: Lance Thomas returned to the court on Friday after missing nearly three weeks with an ankle injury. He says his ankle feels fine, but that plantar fasciitis is still an issue. Thomas explained there are two stages of discomfort from the fasciitis: soreness and acute pain. He says the acute pain is not present at the moment but the soreness comes and goes, which is OK. "I can play through soreness," he said. Thomas will have a tough time earning his minutes back from Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who has played very well recently backing up both forward spots. Today, 9:20 am
  • Patrick Beverley scores 11 points
    Patrick Beverley scored 11 points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: If not for garbage time, Beverley's minutes would have likely been more than his 29 from Thursday. Beverley does only have a team-low 12.0 usage rate, but the Rockets are very successful when he's on the court with his team-high 13.8 net rating. He's posting eighth-round value on the year and could hold that value. Yesterday, 11:40 pm
  • John Wall scores 15 with 17 assists
    John Wall scored 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting with 15 assists in Friday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: This was his second game in a row with 15 dimes and he added two rebounds, three steals and one triple in 37 minutes. Wall did miss practice on Thursday, but the Wizards are just managing his reps to keep him fresh for the games. The Wizards are only 6-12, so they will need to turn things around in order for Wall's fantasy value to be safe when it matters the most. Yesterday, 11:12 pm
  • Kenneth Faried scores 14 points
    Kenneth Faried scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The Nuggets were run out of their own gym to start this one, giving up 42 points in the first quarter. After the game coach Mike Malone was not happy with how his guys covered Ryan Anderson in the first quarter, and he talked about how the hustle wasn't there. To be clear, this doesn't necessarily mean he's talking about Faried. He's still worth owning in standard leagues. Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Markieff Morris (ankle) scores 12 points
    Markieff Morris (ankle) scored 12 points with four rebounds, three assists and one block in 38 minutes vs. the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He twisted his left ankle on Wednesday, but it's not the same ankle that bothered him earlier in the season. Considering he played 38 minutes, it's safe to assume that his injury is very minor. Morris shot 4-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line, but did turn the ball over four times. He's been a low-end asset in standard leagues so far, but he has room to grow. Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • Danny Green held to three points Friday
    Danny Green scored three points on 1-of-4 shooting with one assist, one steal, one triple and three turnovers in 24 minutes vs. the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: This was the third time in his last five games that Green was held to single-digit points, and he's averaging just 6.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 block and 1.6 triples in that span. He's only attempted more than four shots one time in that span, but you likely won't find a player on your waiver wire who can help you with steals, blocks and treys, making Green a hold in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Patty Mills scores 10 in 28 minutes Friday
    Patty Mills scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting with eight assists, four rebounds and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes on Friday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Tony Parker (knee) was out again and Nicolas Laprovittola drew his second straight start, but Mills played 28 minutes for the second straight game and he's clearly the pickup here. Mills is playing for a new contract and is playing the best ball of his career, averaging 14.4 points, 3.8 assists and 2.6 treys over his last five games. He's worth owning in standard leagues right now. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Jimmy Butler goes off again, of course
    Jimmy Butler scored 26 points with eight rebounds, six assists, two blocks, three steals and one turnover in 42 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: It's going to be the Jimmy Butler Show on Saturday with Dwyane Wade (rest) out. The last time Wade sat out, Butler went off for a season-high 40 points. Butler has also been on fire since that explosion, averaging 29.8 points, 6.0 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 treys in those five. Jimmy is coasting with first-round value in standard leagues and is an elite DFS play. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores 23 points vs. Cavs
    Taj Gibson was outstanding against the Cavs on Friday with 23 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and one steal in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He made his first nine shots from the field and finished 10-of-13 in this win. Gibson has put together his best five-game stretch of the season, averaging 14.6 points, 9.0 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 steals on 62.0 percent from the field. He has to be owned in standard leagues right now. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic set for a big Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic scored two points with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 22 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He'll likely be getting a start against the Mavs on Saturday night with Dwyane Wade (rest) getting the night off. The last time Wade sat, Mirotic exploded with 15 points and 15 boards in 37 minutes. He's going to be a popular DFS target. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Lance Thomas gets playing time
    Lance Thomas returned to action with three minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: He scored three points with one dime. Thomas may not be in the rotation right now as the team allows him to receive from his ankle sprain. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Tobias Harris scores 18 points in win
    Tobias Harris scored 18 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two triples in 32 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: If you bought low after his slump a couple weeks ago, you have to be feeling good. Harris shot 8-of-13 from the field in the win and is shooting a blistering 55.4 percent from the field over his last five with averages of 19.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.0 treys. The Pistons have won three straight games and get a date with the Magic on Sunday. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Derrick Williams (back) questionable Saturday
    Derrick Williams (back spasms) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: He said earlier that he was hopeful to play, so that's good news for a Heat team that's not expecting Luke Babbitt to play. If D-Will is ultimately ruled out, James Johnson and Josh McRoberts will hold down the fort at PF. Yesterday, 7:04 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (hip) questionable Saturday
    Luke Babbitt (hip) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra isn't expecting him to play, so he's probably closer to doubtful. Derrick Williams (back) is also questionable, so we should see a lot of James Johnson and Josh McRoberts. Yesterday, 7:01 pm
  • Markieff Morris (ankle) will start vs. Spurs
    Markieff Morris (ankle) will start against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: The Wizards made it clear he only has a "twisted" ankle and not a sprain, so Morris had a good shot to play tonight. He should get a good amount of run and is coming off a 37-minute, 19-point Wednesday. We'll see if he can keep LaMarcus Aldridge in check tonight. Yesterday, 4:38 pm
  • Lance Thomas (ankle) available on Friday
    Lance Thomas (ankle) is available to play on Friday vs. Minnesota.

    Advice: Thomas has missed the last nine games due to a nagging ankle injury. It is unknown if the Knicks will limit his minutes in his first game back. He returns at a fortunate time, as the Knicks are playing without two starters on Friday (Courtney Lee and Joakim Noah). Nonetheless, Thomas is averaging just 3.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in the eight games he has played this season, and thus is not on the fantasy radar. Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • Derrick Williams (back) hopeful to play Sat.
    Derrick Williams (back spasms) is hopeful he will able to play Saturday in Portland.

    Advice: The Heat announced prior to Thursday's game that Williams would be unavailable due to back spasms that ultimately were confirmed as the reasons he also had been held out of Wednesday's victory over the Nuggets. Williams said that in addition to the back spasms, he also is dealing with shoulder and neck pain. "Kind of right before the [Denver] game, actually, just warming up kind of just made the wrong movement and it just stiffened up on me," he said. However, Williams is hopeful of being in uniform Saturday. Miami may only have nine healthy players. Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Luke Babbitt dealing with a hip-flexor strain
    Luke Babbitt is dealing with a hip-flexor strain but did fly to Portland and expected to remain with the team until their Sunday flight back to Miami.

    Advice: Babbit left Thursday’s game with 4:07 left in the second quarter and did not return. Coach Spoelstra said Babbitt's injury is similar to the one that will have Dion Waiters out for at least two weeks. "Probably a little bit similar to Dion," he acknowledged after Thursday night's game. "We'll find out more. But it's a hip-flexor strain. It's not a contusion. So we'll evaluate him." Wayne Ellington started the second half in place of Babbitt, and would see an increase in minutes if Babbitt misses time. Yesterday, 7:21 am
  • Patrick Beverley gets 29 minutes
    Patrick Beverley scored three points with seven rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: He only saw 0.5 minutes in the overtime frames, so maybe coach Mike D'Antoni didn't want to put too many minutes on Beverley during the front end of a back-to-back set. He hasn't shot the ball well in his last three with just three makes on 16 attempts, but Beverley is a hold in standard leagues. His minutes may be something to watch in Denver on Friday. Thursday, 11:45 pm
  • Derrick Williams in locker room w/ back spasm
    Derrick Williams, who has fallen out of the Heat rotation recently, is in the locker room with back spasms on Thursday night, according to the broadcast team.

    Advice: Williams got a DNP-CD in his last game and lost his starting job to Luke Babbitt recently. Babbitt was also injured tonight (hip flexor), so red-hot Wayne Ellington got the start in the second half. Ellington's the pickup here, along with James Johnson. Ellington led the Heat in the first half with 14 points and two 3-pointers after scoring 22 and nine points in each of his previous two games. Johnson had 10 points at the half and has been playing well, and both are worth a close look with the Heat down to just seven healthy players right now. Thursday, 7:26 pm
  • Luke Babbit (hip) ruled out
    Luke Babbit will miss the remainder of Thursday’s game against the Jazz with a hip flexor.

    Advice: Babbit left Thursday’s game with 4:07 left in the half and will not return. If he misses an extensive amount of time, Wayne Ellington and James Johnson, who have been hot, should see an increased role, while Derrick Williams could also get back into the rotation. Thursday, 7:20 pm
  • Luke Babbit (back) goes to locker room
    Luke Babbit left Thursday’s game against the Jazz with 4:07 left in the half due to back tightness.

    Advice: Babbit headed to the locker room after tweaking his back and is questionable to return. He played seven minutes, scoring one point and one steal. Thursday, 6:57 pm
  • Tyreke Evans in a Lance Stephenson role?
    Coach Alvin Gentry said he sees Tyreke Evans (calf, knee) in a role similar to the one Lance Stephenson had with the Pelicans.

    Advice: That suggests Gentry wants to use Evans off the bench as a primary ball-handler. On the injury side of things, Evans did tightness in his left calf, which is a different leg from his right knee surgery that has kept him out this season. The Pelicans will certainly be limiting Evans for a very long time, so he may not be worth the trouble in standard leagues. Thursday, 12:44 pm
  • John Wall gets the day off on Thursday
    John Wall was given the day off for practice on Thursday.

    Advice: He's fine after playing 44 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday. The Wizards wanted to keep Wall's minutes down, but that hasn't happened with his 40.2 per game over his last five. He also led the team in usage rate over that span with a 43.1 assist percentage. He'll get plenty of minutes against the Spurs on Friday. Thursday, 12:15 pm
  • Markieff Morris gets treatment on ankle
    Markieff Morris (left ankle) received treatment on Thursday.

    Advice: He's likely going to be listed as questionable on Friday due to his twisted ankle on Wednesday. Morris had a right ankle injury last month, but this one appears to be more minor than that one. If he's out on Friday against the Spurs, Jason Smith would get more run while Andrew Nicholson could get in the mix. We'll get an update at shootaround on Friday. Thursday, 12:05 pm
  • Lance Thomas questionable for Friday
    Lance Thomas (ankle) is questionable to play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: He's missed the last nine games, but he did have a good workout on Wednesday morning. The Knicks have played the matchups with their backup forwards since then with Justin Holiday, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and even some small-ball lineups to overcome the loss of Thomas. He can be left on the wire while Carmelo Anthony is healthy. Thursday, 11:12 am
  • Tyreke Evans out Friday against the Clippers
    Tyreke Evans (right knee, left calf) will not play against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Head coach Dell Demps said Evans experienced tightness in his calf and won't play on Friday. Demps did add, however, that Evans would be back "sooner than later." Evans should be stashed in deeper leagues, but he's unlikely to warrant a start in standard leagues until he's eased back into action over the next few weeks. Thursday, 10:59 am
  • Patty Mills not worried about contract year
    Patty Mills said he's not worried about the fact that he's up for a new contract after the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Mills will become an unrestricted free agent after the season, but isn't letting that affect his play. "The feeling isn’t any different than any other year," he said. "My mindset is purely focused on this season and where we want to be. Nothing has changed." Mills won't be a fantasy star playing behind Tony Parker, but Parker will see more than his share of DNPs, which makes Mills worth owning in standard leagues. Thursday, 6:08 am
  • John Wall gets 44 minutes vs. Thunder
    John Wall played 44 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday with 15 points, six boards, 15 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Wizards probably should've had this game with a seven-point lead with four minutes left. After the loss, Wall said this was the toughest loss of the season, which may hurt even more for coach Scott Brooks against his former team. Wall getting 44 minutes tonight clearly indicates the Wizards have no intention of limiting him right now. Wednesday, 9:23 pm
  • Patty Mills scores team-high 23 pts Wednesday
    Patty Mills led the Spurs in scoring on Wednesday with 23 points off the bench, sinking 9-of-12 shots with five 3-pointers, four assists, three rebounds, one steal and two turnovers.

    Advice: Tony Parker was on the active roster but he picked up a precautionary DNP-CD, which freed up Mills to play big minutes behind fill-in starter Nicolas Laprovittola. Mills was already a top-120 fantasy point guard, and the likelihood of more DNPs for Parker makes him a decent pickup despite his low ceiling. Wednesday, 9:23 pm
  • Markieff Morris twists his ankle on Wednesday
    Markieff Morris twisted his left ankle against the Thunder on Wednesday, finishing with 19 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Morris had a right ankle injury earlier this month, so this is something different. The Wizards will re-evaluate Morris on Thursday and will see if he can play against the Spurs on Friday. If he's out, we could see more Otto Porter at the four, Jason Smith could play more and maybe Andrew Nicholson gets in the mix. Wednesday, 9:20 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 22 pts in loss to Lakers
    Jimmy Butler finished Wednesday's home loss to the Lakers with 22 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 40 minutes of action.

    Advice: Before the game, Butler gave some credit to former teammate Luol Deng, now with the Lakers. "The way I look at it, I owe him a little bit," he said. "That's why I'm going to show him the protege is doing it." Butler made 13-of-15 free throws but was just 4-of-18 from the field, and his team lost to a rebuilding Lakers squad tonight, so it wasn't exactly a pristine performance. Expect him to rise to the challenge vs. Cleveland on Friday. Wednesday, 8:59 pm
  • Lance Thomas (ankle) targeting Friday/Sunday
    Lance Thomas (ankle) had a "good workout" on Wednesday morning, and there's a chance he could return for Friday's game vs. Minnesota or Sunday's game vs. Sacramento.

    Advice: Thomas is reportedly pain-free, so while he'll miss his ninth straight game on Wednesday night, it appears his return is right around the corner. That being said, he’s averaging just 3.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game through 17.5 minutes of action this season, so he's not a viable target in any scenario. Wednesday, 4:47 pm
  • Wall limited at shootaround, says he'll play
    John Wall (left knee) was a limited participant during shootaround, but said that he's planning on playing Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Wall spent most of shootaround getting treatment on his surgically repaired left knee, but it doesn't sound like he's planning on missing Wednesday's game against his head coach's former team. We'll have official confirmation closer to tip-off, but owners in season-long settings can probably go ahead and just get him active. Wednesday, 10:18 am
  • Danny Green scores two points vs. Magic
    Danny Green scored a season-low two points vs. the Magic on Tuesday with five rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Here we go again. Green was coming into Tuesday's game with averages of 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 blocks, 0.8 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 48.1 percent shooting, so his owners should cut him some slack even though he's posted two duds in a row. He should be much better vs. Dallas on Wednesday, especially if the Spurs rest a couple studs. Tuesday, 9:18 pm
  • Trevor Booker double-doubles in win
    Trevor Booker hit 7-of-13 shots for 15 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals in 42 minutes of Tuesday's exciting 127-122 double-overtime win against the Clippers.

    Advice: This was quite a win for the Nets and Booker's strong line will be lost in all the attention Sean Kilpatrick's 38-point game will get. Booker had just eight points and eight boards in his last game, but has now double-doubled in three of his last four games, and has seven of them on the season. Tuesday, 8:09 pm
  • Tobias Harris has strong performance
    Tobias Harris hit 9-of-12 shots for 24 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal in Tuesday’s win against the Hornets.

    Advice: Harris led the team in scoring with 24 points and has now scored over 20 points in two consecutive games, just the second time this season that's happened. The Pistons head to Boston on Wednesday to face the Celtics, a team that Harris scored 19 points against a little over a week ago. He remains a consistent fantasy option, offering a safe floor. He's shooting lights out right now, hitting 54 percent of his shots over his last five games. Tuesday, 6:50 pm
  • Lance Thomas (ankle) may practice Tuesday
    Lance Thomas (ankle) missed his eighth straight game on Monday but may return to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Thomas was seen moving a bit gingerly in warmups prior to Monday's contest. Thomas is averaging just 3.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in the eight games he's appeared in this season. He is not on the fantasy radar in standard leagues. Tuesday, 6:50 am
  • John Wall posts ugly triple-double in win
    John Wall had 19 points, 11 assists and 11 turnovers for the kind of triple-double NBA players don't love posting on Monday night.

    Advice: He hit 6-of-16 shots, a 3-pointer and 6-of-6 free throws, and added eight rebounds, three steals and a block, so his line was still nice despite the 11 turns. Maybe he was just getting jealous of Russell Westbrook's 5.4 TOs per game, and Wall came in at 4.2 per game. He's having a nice season and his knee seems to be holding up well, so things are still looking up for Wall. Monday, 8:53 pm
  • Markieff Morris hits 2-of-12 shots in win
    Markieff Morris hit just 2-of-12 shots for eight points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and six turnovers in 44 minutes of Monday's 101-95 overtime win over the Kings.

    Advice: He was ejected in the third quarter of Saturday's game and really hasn't done much for the Wizards lately. He's averaging just 8.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.4 3-pointers on 37 percent shooting over his last five games. He'll get it turned around at some point, but he's been struggling for some time and might start showing up on waiver wires any day now. If you need a buy-low power forward, he's probably worth a look. Especially because the 44 minutes (yeah, it was overtime) were very encouraging. Monday, 8:38 pm
  • Luke Babbitt quiet in start for Heat
    Luke Babbitt started over Josh Richardson on Monday but hit just 2-of-7 shots for four points, two rebounds, one assist and a steal in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Things were looking up for Richardson with Dion Waiters out tonight, but the move to the bench didn't do him any favors. As for Babbitt, he's failed to answer the call every time he's gotten an opportunity this season, so there's no reason to think about adding him in fantasy leagues. Monday, 7:53 pm
  • Babbitt starting, Richardson to the bench
    Luke Babbitt will move into the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Celtics, sending Josh Richardson to the bench.

    Advice: Erik Spoelstra will role out a starting five of Goran Dragic, Rodney McGruder, Babbitt, Derrick Williams and Hassan Whiteside (knee) for Monday's game, and while Richardson will be coming off the bench, it's tough to envision a scenario where he doesn't exceed 30 minutes. Spoelstra is likely just bringing him off the bench to help infuse some offense into the second unit, so while Babbitt will start, Richardson remains the preferable fantasy target. Monday, 3:50 pm
  • Lance Thomas (ankle) out Monday vs. OKC
    Lance Thomas (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: Thomas' minute will continue to be divvied up between Justin Holiday and Mindaugas Kuzminskas, neither of which are worth deploying in fantasy hoops. Monday, 12:07 pm
  • Gentry hopeful to get update on Evans on Weds
    Alvin Gentry said he hopes to get more concrete information on Tyreke Evans’ (knee surgery) potential return on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jennifer Hale reported on Nov. 19 that Evans was "pain free" in his surgically repaired right knee, and that he could return in two weeks, and we're currently at the beginning of Week-2. That being said, Evans was rushed back into action too soon last season, and only lasted 25 games, so expect New Orleans to take an overly cautious approach this time around. Evans should be stashed in leagues with an IR-spot, but he might not be worth owning in standard leagues until January. Monday, 11:55 am
  • Lance Thomas (ankle) questionable Monday
    Lance Thomas (ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Monday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Coach Jeff Hornacek will have an interesting decision to make on Monday if Thomas plays, as Mindaugas Kuzminskas has earned a larger role off the bench moving forward. Thomas won't be a factor in fantasy leagues while the Knicks are healthy. Monday, 6:58 am
  • John Wall said his knees feel 'fine'
    John Wall said his surgically-repaired knees feel fine despite his increased workload.

    Advice: "I feel fine," Wall said "Just doing everything I'm supposed to do, treatment, cold tub, all that. I feel fine. Just would've been better if we got both wins." He played in both games of the back-to-back set and has played 37 or more minutes in four straight games, so the Wizards are playing with fire. Wall will try to keep up his momentum against the Kings on Monday. Monday, 6:40 am
  • Patrick Beverley shoots 0-of-5 in 35 minutes
    Patrick Beverley chipped in four assists, three rebounds and two blocks vs. Portland on Sunday, but he missed all five field goal attempts to finish with one point in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Bev came in hot this season, shooting 53.1 percent in five games, but a drop-off was inevitable for the career 41.4 percent shooter. He's still worth a look if you need a low-end PG, and you can't tell by watching him play that he just returned from knee surgery. Sunday, 9:11 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic would like to re-sign with CHI
    Nikola Mirotic said that he would like to re-sign with the Bulls when his contract expires this summer.

    Advice: "I love the Bulls," Mirotic said. "I love my teammates. I love the city. It's the perfect place for me. The first idea is to re-sign." Mirotic has been linked to a move to his former team Real Madrid, but he said the NBA is the best place for him to grow as a player. Mirotic has been wildly inconsistent for the Bulls with averages of 9.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 blocks and 1.6 triples on 40.0 percent shooting, so it will be interesting to see how much the Bulls are willing to spend on the impending free agent. Sunday, 7:08 am
  • Tobias Harris scores 21 points vs. OKC
    Tobias Harris scored 21 points against the Thunder on Saturday with four rebounds, one assist, three steals and one 3-pointer during a 106-88 loss.

    Advice: That little scoring slump is officially gone with Tobias scoring 17.6 points per game in his last three games. Harris has quietly posted sixth-round value on the season and could improve on that valuation. Saturday, 8:15 pm
  • John Wall plays 37 minutes vs. Spurs
    John Wall played 37 minutes against the Spurs during a 112-100 loss on Saturday, scoring 21 points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Before the game, coach Scott Brooks said he was not expecting big minutes for his studs, but he obviously doesn't trust his bench enough to limit Wall following 39 minutes on Friday. The Wizards only have one back-to-back with a set on Dec. 5-6 as their only one for almost the next four weeks, so Wall shouldn't have to worry about limits too much. Saturday, 6:47 pm
  • Markieff Morris ejected on Saturday night
    Markieff Morris was ejected in the third quarter on Saturday.

    Advice: Referee Ken Mauer gave him two technicals after Morris wouldn't stop talking. He didn't appear to make contact with the ref, so he shouldn't be suspended. Morris finished tonight's game with 12 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes. He's worth owning in standard leagues. For tonight, Jason Smith replaced him and should get a few extra minutes. Saturday, 5:33 pm
  • Brooks says don't expect big minutes
    Coach Scott Brooks said not to expect big minutes for his key players on Saturday.

    Advice: This is pretty obvious after Wall played 39 minutes on Friday when he had his minutes monitored. He's obviously locked and loaded for season-long leagues, but DFS owners may only want to look for him to play minutes around 30-33. Saturday, 2:34 pm
  • Kenneth Faried scores 12 points vs. OKC
    Kenneth Faried got back into double-digits on Friday with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting, eight rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Faried isn't known for his defense or shot-blocking, but he swatted away a potentially game-winning layup by Russell Westbrook at the buzzer in regulation (the Nuggets still lost in OT). Faried's starting gig hasn't resulted in many more minutes or higher usage, so he's still just a low-end option. Friday, 9:09 pm
  • Trevor Booker double-doubles in loss
    Trevor Booker double-doubled against the Pacers on Friday, scoring 10 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 5-of-8 from the field and continues to play the best ball of his life. This was his sixth double-double of the season and his seventh game with three or more steals. We keep waiting for him to slow down, but it hasn't happened yet. He's arguably been the top waiver wire add of the season as he's currently holding onto top-30 value in standard leagues. Friday, 8:58 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 26 points on Friday
    Jimmy Butler scored 26 points against the 76ers on Friday during a 105-98 victory, adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's making a very strong case as the second-best player in the Eastern Conference. Butler did his damage in just 31 minutes tonight, which has to be a positive out of this win following his 39.5 minutes per game in his previous four. Butler is the No. 3 fantasy player in his last 10 and may hold first-round value all season. The alpha and the omega. Friday, 8:22 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic scores six off bench
    Nikola Mirotic scored six points with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: After the monster 15-point, 15-board game in 37 minutes on Sunday, Mirotic is back to his normal playing time of 23.5 minutes per game over his last two. He's a little below average in that span with averages of 8.5 points, 3.0 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.0 treys. He's a hold in standard leagues, but he's going to be annoying somewhat often. Friday, 8:16 pm
  • John Wall scores 26 with 10 dimes
    John Wall scored 26 points during a 94-91 win over the Magic on Friday, adding seven rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in a game-high 39 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, so what minutes monitor was coach Scott Brooks using here? Wall was expected to have his minutes held in check tonight on the front end of a back-to-back, so you can bet he has some sort of minutes restriction against the Spurs on Saturday night. Wall is still expected to play, but expect him to be closer to 30 than 40. Friday, 7:18 pm
  • Markieff Morris comes back strong
    Markieff Morris (ankle) played 32 minutes against the Magic on Friday with 11 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: The Wizards having a few days off following their Monday game helped to get Morris back up to his normal playing time. Before his injury limited him in his previous three, Morris was turning the corner and flirting with mid-round value. He's a hold in standard leagues. Friday, 7:08 pm
  • Tobias Harris makes 7-of-11 shots vs. LAC
    Tobias Harris drained 7-of-11 shots to finish Friday's home win vs. the Clippers with 15 points, three rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers.

    Advice: Harris has mixed in a few single-digit scoring games this season but he's picked it up in his past two contests, averaging 16.0 points. He won't hurt you anywhere and is holding down mid-round roto value, though more supporting stats would go a long way -- he's averaging just 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocks this season. Friday, 7:08 pm
  • Jimmy Butler officially starting on Friday
    Jimmy Butler is starting on Friday, as expected.

    Advice: He rested from practice on Thursday, but he was never in doubt. Butler should have a feast against the 76ers tonight. Friday, 4:33 pm
  • John Wall will have minutes monitored
    John Wall will have his minutes monitored on the front end of a back-to-back on Friday.

    Advice: The Wizards get the Magic tonight and the Spurs at home on Saturday. In the last back-to-back, Wall played 24 minutes on the front end and 31 minutes on the back end back on Nov. 16 and 17. His minutes should still be a little higher and close to 30. Start him in season-long, but he's a slight risk in DFS at his high price tag.Daily Slant: Wall is now best avoided in DFS contests this evening, but his minutes being monitored does make a few other Wizards more appealing. Bradley Beal has seen a ton of run since returning from his own injury, playing at least 40 minutes in each of the last two games, scoring no fewer than 45 FPs. He's a great bet for 35-38 minutes again tonight, making him an elite mid-range target at the SG spot. Markieff Morris and Otto Porter are also more attractive as a result of this news. Friday, 3:01 pm
  • Danny Green getting hot again?
    Danny Green turned in a nice line against the Celtics on Friday, scoring 11 points with seven rebounds, two assists, four blocks and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He made 3-of-4 from the field for a 112.5 effective field goal percentage. Green looks to be all the way back from his quad injury with at least 27 minutes in each of his last five, averaging 10.6 points, 4.2 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.6 steals and 2.4 treys. He's worth owning in all standard leagues. By the way, Green had a pass directly to coach Gregg Popovich on the bench today (video in link below). Friday, 1:18 pm
  • Patty Mills shines on Friday, drops 19 points
    Patty Mills came up big during a win in Boston on Friday, scoring 19 points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He closed down the stretch and he's been outplaying Tony Parker all season. Mills only gets six more minutes as a starter and he only scores one fewer point per game, so his value doesn't change too much on the nights Parker sits. He's a low-end hold in standard leagues with a somewhat low upside. Friday, 1:00 pm
  • Markieff Morris good to go for Friday
    Markieff Morris (foot) will play against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: He is good to go after missing some practice time on Tuesday. Morris did have his minutes monitored on Monday, logging just 26 minutes. His injury has caused him to have some quiet numbers in his last three, averaging 6.4 points, 4.3 boards and 1.0 steals. Expect him to play around 30 minutes on Friday and he should remain owned in standard leagues. Thursday, 2:50 pm
  • Jimmy Butler rests for practice
    Jimmy Butler (rest) did not practice on Thursday and is fully expected to play on Friday against the 76ers.

    Advice: He's fine and he's earned it. In his last five, Butler is on fire with 28.8 points, 9.0 boards, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 treys. He's not having any sort of drop off with the Three Alphas and looks like a top-20 player. Thursday, 11:45 am
  • Lance Thomas doubtful for Friday vs Hornets
    Lance Thomas (ankle) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: Thomas has been without a timetable for his return, so the doubtful status is an upgrade at this point. Though he seems to be getting closer to a return, the 28-year-old can be left on waiver wires at this point. Thursday, 8:23 am
  • Trevor Booker goes off yet again
    Trevor Booker kept his career year going during a 111-92 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had one of the funnier shots of the night when Tyler Zeller knocked Booker's headband over his eyes and he shot it blindfolded -- he missed the shot (video in link below). Booker has been seeing everything very well this year and amazingly has third-round value in standard leagues. He's easily been the pickup of the year so far. Wednesday, 9:14 pm
  • Patrick Beverley posts 10 & 10 w/ four dimes
    Patrick Beverley grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds to go along with 10 points, four assists, two 3-pointers and one steal in 35 minutes of action vs. Toronto on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Raptors had given up 100+ points in seven consecutive games and they did so again tonight, but Houston's defense wasn't up to the task in a 115-102 defeat. Beverley fell two boards short of his career high and he's looked good since his return, establishing himself as a viable low-end point guard -- just don't expect many assists with James Harden running the show. Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • Danny Green scores 16 pts w/ four 3-pointers
    Danny Green scored a season-high 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting Wednesday, making four 3-pointers with three boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: Green played 30 minutes and it's a very nice roto line, but his owners should be most encouraged by his involvement offensively -- he attempted 12 or more shots just twice all of last season. Make sure he's not still available on your waiver wire. Wednesday, 7:19 pm
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