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  • Eric Bledsoe struggles against the Heat again
    Eric Bledsoe scored 11 points with three rebounds, five assists and one steal in 30 minutes against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: He does not like to play against the Heat with this dud and another 10-point game on Sunday. Bledsoe has been fairly productive in his other games this month, especially with his 2.6 steals per game over his previous January outings. He's been better than expected on his new team and should continue to flirt with early-round value in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 30 points in win
    Stephen Curry scored 30 points with nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and six 3-pointers against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was the 11th time the Warriors had both Curry and Klay Thompson each score 30-plus points in a game, and of course they're 11-0 in those instances. Curry exploded to start the third with 11 points in the first six-plus minutes to start that frame, which led to GSW taking the third by a 32-12 advantage. Curry has been in one of his unfair modes since returning from injury last month, posting a 30.6 usage rate and a 76.7 TS% in those eight. He's arguably the league's best player when he's playing like this. Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Tyler Ennis starts, plays 20 minutes
    Tyler Ennis started Wednesday's game and had nine points, three rebounds and three assists, making 4-of-7 shots with one 3-pointer in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Lonzo Ball (knee) was out again tonight so Ennis was tabbed to start alongside Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and Brook Lopez. As long as Ball is day-to-day there's no real incentive to own Ennis anywhere. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • No concussion symptoms for Kris Dunn
    Kris Dunn (mouth) did not have concussion symptoms following his exam on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He chipped and dislocated two front teeth when he fell with 2:52 left in the fourth quarter in tonight’s game, and he is going to be re-evaluated tomorrow. The scary fall after a dunk should only make him day-to-day for now and the Bulls are off until Saturday. After some dental work, expect an update on Thursday afternoon. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Zach LaVine looking for more minutes
    Zach LaVine said he's ready for more minutes and plans to meet with doctors and trainers on Thursday.

    Advice: It showed with LaVine showing plenty of explosion during his 20 minutes. Although, he was not able to keep it going on the stat sheet, making 2-of-12 from the field for five points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in the loss to Golden State. It's probably going to be a a few weeks before he's cruising, but the Bulls are on record saying they'd like to increase his workload weekly. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina scoreless on 0-of-6 shooting
    Frank Ntilikina went scoreless on 0-of-6 shooting Wednesday, adding seven assists, three rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 20 minutes.

    Advice: If you picked him up after Monday's double-double with 10 points, 10 dimes and seven assists, welcome back to reality -- the promising rookie is still very raw on offense. He's shooting 35.6% on the season and has gone scoreless three times in the past five games, so there should be more enticing options if you need immediate production. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Kris Dunn evaluated for concussion
    Kris Dunn is being evaluated for a concussion on Wednesday.

    Advice: After Dunn did a face plant on his dunk, Zach LaVine said Dunn should be "all good" following this loss. It looked like Dunn may have lost a tooth, but it turns out his tooth took a piece of the the United Center floor. For now, expect Dunn to be ready for Saturday against the Hawks. Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Ish Smith shoots 1-of-12 from field Wednesday
    Ish Smith had five rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes on Wednesday, but he also scored three points on 1-of-12 shooting.

    Advice: Awful shooting nights like this can be shrugged off in most points-based leagues, but it's poison for roto owners and can tank the category in weekly head-to-head matchups. He's been worth owning since Reggie Jackson (ankle) went down, so owners should shrug it off. If you're looking for solace, consider that Chris Bosh once shot 1-of-18 in a game for the Heat. Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • Avery Bradley (groin) will see specialist
    Avery Bradley said after Wednesday's game that he's going back to Philadelphia to see a specialist for treatment on his nagging groin injury.

    Advice: Bradley finished the game with 19 points on 8-of-19 shooting, three 3-pointers, three boards, two assists and two steals in 35 minutes. Shooting percentages continue to weigh down his value, at 41.4% field goals and 77.9% free throws, but he's contributing enough points (15.7), threes (2.0) and steals (1.2) to be worth holding most contexts. The real key is his health, of course, and owners should check for updates over the next few days -- Detroit plays on Friday, so we'll consider him questionable for that one. Yesterday, 8:36 pm
  • Dennis Schroder ties career-high w/ 15 dimes
    Dennis Schroder handed out a career-high-tying 15 assists on Wednesday, adding 13 points with three 3-pointers, three rebounds and two steals in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Schroder shot just 4-of-16 from the field tonight, but he didn't have a single turnover in the Hawks' surprising win vs. New Orleans. They've won two straight games but are still tied with Orlando for the league's worst record (13-31), so owners can rest assured -- the youth movement is alive and well in Atlanta. Yesterday, 8:34 pm
  • Patty Mills scores 25 points in 26 minutes
    Patty Mills scored 25 points with two rebounds, two assists, three steals and a career-high seven 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was 7-of-10 from the field, including his 7-of-8 from beyond the arc. Mills' numbers have trended down since November, so now he'll likely see Mills hit double-digit scoring more often while Kawhi Leonard (quad) is out. His upside still isn't high enough to warrant a pickup in most fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 8:28 pm
  • Bryn Forbes gets 23 minutes
    Bryn Forbes scored four points with two rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 23 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Spurs are going to run a few more smaller lineups on the outside, which means Forbes should be locked in for minutes until Manu Ginobili (thigh) gets back out there. He's still down in the pecking order with both Patty Mills and Dejounte Murray looking like better options. Yesterday, 8:10 pm
  • Dejounte Murray scores three points
    Dejounte Murray scored three points with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers in 23 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Spurs are really thin on the wing, so Murray should be looking at some minutes at the two. He has the length to earn more run there and he's a terrific rebounder for his position. Still, he may need Tony Parker or Patty Mills to miss time to break through in standard leagues. Yesterday, 8:08 pm
  • Allen Crabbe scores 20 points in loss
    Allen Crabbe scored 20 points with eight rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gets to 100 triples faster than any Net in the team's history with his 41 games topping Deron Williams' 44 back in 2011-12. Crabbe also hit 20 points for the sixth time this season to match his entire output last season -- his boards matched a career-high, too. Good game aside, Crabbe may have a tougher time earning minutes because D'Angelo Russell returning will make the wing rotation a bit of a mess. Yesterday, 7:59 pm
  • Caris LeVert scores 13 points vs. Spurs
    Caris LeVert scored 13 points with two rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: His improvement at backup point guard is going to be key for how the Nets handle their rotation. Coach Kenny Atkinson has said he'd like to play D'Angelo Russell next to Spencer Dinwiddie, which means LeVert should continue as the backup one. Although, it may be harder for him to close games, so his owners may want to expect a dip in production. He should still be held in standard leagues, though. Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams ejected on Wednesday
    Michael Carter-Williams was ejected late in Wednesday's game, finishing with three points, five assists, three rebounds and one block in 15 minutes.

    Advice: MCW was upset with Jason Smith and appeared to intentionally trip him, then charged at Smith while he was down (see link below for video of the incident). He could face a suspension and deep-league owners should confirm his status prior to Saturday's game vs. the Heat. If he does miss any time, Jeremy Lamb, Julyan Stone and Malik Monk would pick up the slack. Yesterday, 7:17 pm
  • Kris Dunn to the locker room after bad fall
    Kris Dunn (face) went to the locker room in the fourth quarter after a bad fall.

    Advice: He made a breakaway layup, but the momentum pulled him off the rim and put his body horizontal. Dunn landed on his face and it looked like he may have lost a tooth. He'll certainly be getting checked for a concussion here and he's almost certainly out for the rest of the game, but he was able to walk to the locker room under his own power. Dunn finished with 16 point, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes. Yesterday, 7:14 pm
  • Tim Frazier ejected after 4Q confrontation
    Tim Frazier was ejected from Wednesday's game after a scuffle with Michael Carter-Williams, finishing scoreless with one assist in three minutes.

    Advice: Frazier has fallen out of the rotation with Tomas Satoransky (six points, seven assists) taking over the backup point guard job. He was in during garbage time but didn't last long, and most fantasy owners can continue to ignore him. Yesterday, 6:53 pm
  • Austin Rivers (heel) still needs walking boot
    Austin Rivers (ankle, heel) will wear a protective walking boot for at least one more week.

    Advice: Doc Rivers said Austin will be "in and out" of the boot, but it's still unclear when he might return to the court. His absence ensures that Lou Williams and Milos Teodosic will be leaned on heavily, with Jawun Evans and Tyrone Williams also earning more minutes. Yesterday, 6:15 pm
  • Avery Bradley in the starting lineup
    Avery Bradley (groin) is in the starting lineup against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll have his hands full and is likely looking at DeMar DeRozan. Bradley was starting to heat up before he missed practice on Tuesday, so it makes sense to start him in standard leagues. Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • SVG thinks Bradley and Kennard will play Weds
    Stan Van Gundy said he thinks Avery Bradley (groin) and Luke Kennard (thumb) will be able to play Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Both players participated at shootaround, and it sounds like they'll be fighting through the pain tonight. We should get a firm update just prior to tip-off, but season-long owners can plan on having these guys active. Anthony Tolliver is no longer a very attractive streamer in most leagues. Yesterday, 3:21 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) 'getting close'
    Kenny Atkinson said that D'Angelo Russell (knee) "looked good" at shootaround on Wednesday and that he's "getting close" to a return.

    Advice: Russell will not play Wednesday vs. the Spurs, but maybe he'll be able to get back to the court for Friday's game against the Heat. We'll have a better idea on his status for Friday's game based on his activity level at practices, but he recently was cleared to go through 5-on-5 work, so there aren't many hurdles left to clear. He'll likely be working with a minutes limit upon his return, but he offers enough upside to warrant ownership in all leagues at this point. Yesterday, 3:01 pm
  • Tyler Johnson thinks he's more day-to-day
    Tyler Johnson (ankle) is thinking his injury is in terms of days and not weeks.

    Advice: That's good news and the Heat are reportedly not looking to give him an MRI. Johnson is not going to play on Wednesday, which means the Heat could shift Justise Winslow over to the two. Winslow said he's "comfortable" with playing there, or the Heat could go with Derrick Jones Jr. or Derrick Walton Jr. to start. Wayne Ellington also benefits in a big way and should be firing away from deep. Yesterday, 2:02 pm
  • Brett Brown talks about Markelle Fultz
    Coach Brett Brown said Markelle Fultz (shoulder) can still "impact an NBA game without having to shoot."

    Advice: Reading between the lines here, the 76ers probably aren't going to ask Fultz to shoot the ball upon his return. Obviously there is still no timeline for Fultz to hit the court again this season, so his fantasy owners in re-draft leagues probably should have moved on already. Plus, his upside won't be very high even if he can make it back. Yesterday, 12:19 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (left shoulder) doesn't practice
    Kyrie Irving has a sore left shoulder and did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is also going to be questionable to play against the 76ers on Thursday. Irving played a season-high 41 minutes on Tuesday, and he's also in a bad slump to start 2018 at just 35.4 FG% in those five games. If he can't go, Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin figure to pick up the most playing time. Hopefully, he is only being held out of practice as a precaution. Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • Avery Bradley, Kennard will try to play Weds
    Avery Bradley (groin) and Luke Kennard (thumb) will try to play Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Bradley and Kennard sat out Tuesday's practice, and it's concerning that this groin issue is flaring up again for Bradley after he missed seven games with the same issue in December. Both these guys appear to be headed for a game-time decision, and if they're out, Anthony Tolliver would likely slot back into the starting five and there would be more minutes available for Langston Galloway. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 10:15 am
  • Tyler Johnson (ankle) out Wednesday vs. MIL
    Tyler Johnson (ankle) will not play Wednesday vs. the Bucks, as expected.

    Advice: "He is feeling better. We did not get an MRI, it is just an ankle sprain at this point," said head coach Erik Spoelstra of Johnson. "We will continue to treat and evaluate him." It'll be interesting to see who Miami brings into the starting five with Johnson out, but Wayne Ellington figures to be the primary beneficiary here in terms of minutes. Johnson doesn't appear to be dealing with anything serious, but he could also miss Friday's game in Brooklyn with it being the first of a back-to-back set. Yesterday, 10:01 am
  • Isaiah Thomas working on his conditioning
    Isaiah Thomas said that playing in games is the "only thing" that will help him get his conditioning back because the Cavs "dont practice."

    Advice: "That's the only thing that's gonna help me, because we don't practice. Only thing that's gonna help me is getting reps, running up and down the floor, getting my hip, getting my body accustomed to taking a beating and to running up and down the floor, getting in basketball shape." Thomas might not really start rolling until after the All-Star break, but the fact that he was able to log 32 minutes in Monday's loss to the Warriors was encouraging. Yesterday, 9:31 am
  • Shane Larkin returned to action on Tuesday January 16. Yesterday, 12:47 am
  • C.J. McCollum hits six triples in win
    C.J. McCollum hit 9-of-18 shots and 6-of-10 3-pointers for 27 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 36 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: The six triples tied his season high, as he did it previously on Nov. 5, and CJM's had it on cruise control all season, scoring in single figures just one time. He's returning solid fourth-round fantasy value this season, but he's on the rise, putting up his best numbers of the season in January. Tuesday, 9:53 pm
  • Troy Daniels scores 18 points vs. Blazers
    Troy Daniels scored 18 points vs. the Blazers on Tuesday, hitting 6-of-13 shots in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He had 11 3-point attempts and connected on six of them, adding one rebound and one steal. Josh Jackson had four fouls which limited him to 23 minutes and T.J. Warren (foot) missed another game, so Daniels stepped up when coach Jay Triano called his name. The Suns only have one more game this week and it's not until Friday, so there's no reason to pick up Daniels in most leagues. Tuesday, 9:39 pm
  • Irving scores 27 points in overtime loss
    Kyrie Irving scored 27 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and five triples in Tuesday's 116-113 overtime loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: This was Boston's second game in the last 10 days, but the well-rested Irving got off to a slow start before erupting with a 16-point third quarter. He finished just 8-of-24 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line with an uncharacteristic six turnovers -- this was his third game of the season with that many. Expect a more efficient game on Thursday vs. Philly. Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • No MRI scheduled for Tyler Johnson (ankle)
    Tyler Johnson (ankle) will not be required to undergo an MRI, but he is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. Milwaukee.

    Advice: Johnson could miss a few games, but the fact that he's avoiding an MRI suggests he's not dealing with anything too serious. We should get official confirmation on his status following Wednesday's shootaround, and if he's out, Wayne Ellington could see heavy minutes as a starter. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 1:43 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) out Wednesday vs. SAS
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) will not play Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Russell did not practice on Tuesday, but he'll be active at Wednesday morning's shootaround. He recently went through a 5-on-5 scrimmage with Brooklyn's G-League affiliate, so he has to be close. His next opportunity to get out there will be Friday against Miami. Allen Crabbe could head back to the second unit once Russell gets back to the court, and Caris LeVert's value could take a hit. Tuesday, 11:44 am
  • Avery Bradley (groin) questionable Wednesday
    Avery Bradley (groin) did not practice on Tuesday and is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: This is concerning news, as Bradley was sidelined for seven straight games from mid-December through early January due to a right groin strain. Hopefully, this is more of a maintenance day off for Bradley, as opposed to a re-aggravation. We'll have to wait for a clear update from coach Stan Van Gundy before jumping to conclusions. Luke Kennard (thumb) and Stanley Johnson (hip) are also questionable for Wednesday, which means Detroit may be shorthanded at SG and on the wing. Tuesday, 10:28 am
  • Tyler Johnson (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    The Heat will likely be without Tyler Johnson (ankle) "for at least the short term," according to Heat reporter Tom D'Angelo.

    Advice: It was initially feared the Johnson had sustained a serious injury when he fell to the ground clutching his knee on Monday. However, Johnson is dealing with a sprained ankle. Coach Erik Spoelstra said everybody, including Johnson, was "relieved" when hearing the initial diagnoses. We should have a further update by Tuesday afternoon. If Johnson is unable to play Wednesday, Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson and Wayne Ellington would see an uptick in playing time. Tuesday, 8:56 am
  • Isaiah Thomas hits 8-of-21 shots
    Isaiah Thomas returned from a maintenance rest on Monday but hit just 8-of-21 shots and 1-of-7 3-pointers for 19 points and four assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Maybe we should start calling him the 'Rust Guy' instead of the 'Pizza Guy,' as it's going to take him a minute to shake off the rust after missing seven months with his hip injury. The good news is that he played 32 minutes and hasn't had any issues with the hip, so it should only be a matter of time before he gets the ship righted. Monday, 8:00 pm
  • Tyler Ennis quiet in start for Lakers
    Tyler Ennis started for Lonzo Ball (shoulder) on Monday and hit 3-of-6 shots for six points, two rebounds and three assists in 33 just 17 minutes.

    Advice: Gary Payton II made his debut for the Lakers tonight and played 12 minutes and Jordan Clarkson played 17 minutes in the loss. If Ball's not playing point guard for the Lakers, you probably don't want to be using one of the other ones in fantasy leagues. Monday, 5:15 pm
  • Zach LaVine scores 18 points in 20 minutes
    In just his second game back, Zach LaVine scored 18 points in 20 minutes against the Heat on Monday.

    Advice: He's showing little to no rust right now, but the Bulls are going to continue to build him up slowly. He finished 7-of-12 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line with five rebounds, five assists, two steals and two triples, posting a 31.1 usage rate in his first two games -- that would easily be a career-high, but it's obviously a small sample size. He has to be owned in all formats and his value will trend up as his restrictions are reduced. Monday, 3:58 pm
  • Update: No MRI scheduled for Tyler Johnson
    Updating a previous report, there is currently no MRI scheduled for Tyler Johnson (ankle).

    Advice: The Heat want to wait and see how he feels tomorrow morning before going through with the MRI, but the fact that they're even waiting to make that decision is a very positive sign. While he grabbed at his knee after the injury, after being examined in the locker room they determined he's dealing with a sprained left ankle, so it seems like he's avoided a serious injury. For now, we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Bucks. Monday, 3:46 pm
  • Caris LeVert drops 20 points off bench
    Caris LeVert posted 20 points in 30 minutes off the bench in Monday's 119-104 loss against the visiting Knicks.

    Advice: There weren't many Nets feeling good about themselves in this MLK Day loss against the crosstown rivals, but LeVert certainly wasn't hanging his head. He went 8-of-20 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc, and he chipped in with seven rebounds, an assist and a steal. LeVert is one of a handful of younger Nets who should be leaned upon heavily down the stretch in the team's second half, so his fantasy value will remain constant. Monday, 3:42 pm
  • Allen Crabbe has dismal afternoon vs. Knicks
    Allen Crabbe ended up with just six points over 35 minutes in Monday's 119-104 loss against the Knicks while picking up five personal fouls.

    Advice: Crabbe had a rough time of it at both ends of the court, getting into foul trouble and missing badly with his shot. He was just 1-of-7 from the field while chipping in with three assists, three rebounds and a blocked shot. He had been picking it up on offense lately, and is still worth grabbing off the waiver wire despite this stinker if he is available. Monday, 3:37 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina posts double-double off bench
    Frank Ntilikina was able to post 10 points with 10 assists across 29 minutes for a double-double off the bench Monday in Brooklyn. He is the first Knicks rookie to post at least 10 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and two blocks in a single game since 1964.

    Advice: Ntilikina was 3-of-6 from the field, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc, while going a perfect 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. He also chipped in seven rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal. It was his first-career double-double, and he was just three boards short of a triple-double. The performance was nice, and he has upside for help in the steals department, but he remains a stash option at this point. Monday, 3:16 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (ankle) headed for an MRI
    Tyler Johnson (ankle) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

    Advice: Johnson was grabbing at his knee after the hard fall on Monday and needed to be carted off the court, but the Heat are simply calling this an ankle sprain, and we should get official confirmation on that diagnosis once the MRI results are made public. Miami plays in Milwaukee on Wednesday, and for now, we'll be considering Johnson doubtful for that one. If he's out, Wayne Ellington could move into the starting group with Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson logging heavy minutes. Stay tuned. Monday, 3:15 pm
  • Dennis Schroder leads Hawks to win over Spurs
    Dennis Schroder played 33 minutes and hit 10-of-20 shots, a 3-pointer and 5-of-6 free throws on his way to 26 points, five rebounds, seven assists, a steal and five turnovers in Monday's 102-99 win over the Spurs.

    Advice: Hawks fans would prefer them to stop winning games, but this was just their 12th victory of the season for the home crowd on MLK Day. They were 2-20 vs. the Spurs since 2006 coming in, so it was probably good for the confidence of the entire organization. Schroder took over the game in the fourth quarter, scoring at will, hitting a couple intense, driving layups in traffic and sealing the win with free throws. He's returning sixth-round fantasy value this season in nine-cat leagues. Monday, 3:04 pm
  • Tyler Johnson diagnosed with sprained ankle
    Tyler Johnson has been diagnosed with a sprained left ankle and X-rays were negative.

    Advice: Johnson won't return to Monday's game but this is very encouraging considering how bad it looked initially -- he was in agony after an awkward landing and needed to be wheeled off the court. He immediately grabbed his knee after the injury and could get an MRI in the coming days, so we're not ready to say he's out of the woods quite yet. If he misses time, Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson will be leaned on very heavily, and Wayne Ellington could get more minutes. Stay tuned. Monday, 2:28 pm
  • Tyler Johnson leaves w/ left leg/knee injury
    Tyler Johnson exited Monday's game with a left leg/knee injury.

    Advice: He came down awkwardly after a drive to the hoop, immediately clutched his left knee, and was eventually wheeled into the locker room. We're hoping it wasn't as bad as it looked, but Johnson could be looking at extended absence -- it shouldn't take long before Miami runs tests. With Dion Waiters (ankle) out of the picture, Miami can ill-afford to lose Johnson -- if he misses time, Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson will be leaned on very heavily, and Wayne Ellington could get more minutes. Stay tuned. Monday, 1:58 pm
  • Walton: Tyler Ennis starting for Lonzo (knee)
    Tyler Ennis will start vs. the Grizzlies on Monday, according to coach Luke Walton. Monday, 1:54 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 23 points w/ four steals
    Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting Monday, to go with three 3-pointers, four boards, three assists, four steals and three turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: This was a nice bounce-back performance from Bledsoe following Sunday’s 4-of-16 shooting performance, and it was particularly impressive given that he did it against the No. 9 ranked defense against point guards. Bledsoe has been a top-30 producer since landing in Milwaukee, and as long as he can stay healthy, he should be able to sustain his early-round evaluation. Monday, 1:49 pm
  • Ish Smith double-doubles in loss to Hornets
    Ish Smith hit 8-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 19 points, three rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and a block in 35 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: This might have been Smith's best game of the season and if it wasn't, it was his first double-double. Smith was projected to play very well in the absence of Reggie Jackson, but he's been a little bit disappointing. Today's game may be just the thing he needs to get going, while Jackson still isn't close to returning from his ankle injury. Monday, 12:05 pm
  • Zach LaVine to play around 20 minutes
    Zach LaVine (knee) will play around 20 minutes on Monday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Once again, the Bulls aren't going to let him play in the fourth quarter. He was impressive in his Bulls debut on Saturday with 14 points in 19 minutes, but it's going to be a while before the Bulls ease his restrictions. Monday, 10:57 am
  • D'Angelo Russell goes through 5-on-5
    D'Angelo Russell was able to go through a 5-on-5 scrimmage at Monday's practice in the G-League.

    Advice: This was his first 5-on-5 scrimmage since the injury, confirming that Russell should be back any day now. Coach Kenny Atkinson said he would like to see Russell practice with the Nets before returning, so if he practices on Thursday then we could see him make his return on Friday vs. the Heat. Monday, 10:32 am
  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) assigned to G-League
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) has been assigned to the G-League.

    Advice: He'll practice in the G-League while the Nets take on the Knicks, but he'll be recalled right after. This is part of his rehab and maybe he'll go through some 5-on-5 for the first time. He's set to return any day now and should be owned everywhere. Monday, 7:37 am
  • C.J. McCollum gets 18 points w/ little else
    C.J. McCollum scored 18 points with three 3-pointers and one steal on Sunday, but he failed to record any rebounds, assists or blocks in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: Portland lost their third game in a row tonight, leaving them one game above .500 for the season (22-21). They're tied with Denver for the No. 8 seed, with the surging Clippers just 1/2 game back, which should ensure guys like McCollum and Damian Lillard play huge minutes in the coming weeks. He's a prime bounce-back candidate with the Suns visiting Portland on Tuesday. Sunday, 9:15 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe hits 4-of-16 shots in loss
    Eric Bledsoe struggled with his shot during Sunday's loss to the Heat, finishing with 10 points, four assists, three rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Bledsoe couldn’t buy a bucket in this one, missing all six of his 3-point attempts and finishing just 4-of-16 from the field and 2-of-3 from the charity stripe. Milwaukee's inability to connect from long-range (4-of-28 from distance) in this one made it easy for the Heat to clog up the paint, which made it tough for Bledsoe to get to the basket. That said, we'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance from Bledsoe on Monday in Washington. Sunday, 1:06 pm
  • Tyler Johnson scores 14 points with three 3s
    Tyler Johnson scored 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting Sunday, to go with three 3-pointers, six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He’s been a mid-round guy ever since Dion Waiters (ankle) hit the sidelines, pumping out averages of 16.0 points, 2.3 assists, 1.8 triples, 1.1 steals and just 0.8 turnovers per contest on 45.4% shooting from the field and 88.9% from the stripe. There really isn’t anyone on the roster to challenge him for minutes with Waiters done for the year, so he should be able to sustain his mid-round evaluation. Sunday, 12:34 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) out Monday vs. NYK
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) will not play Monday vs. the Knicks, according to multiple sources of Nets Daily.

    Advice: Russell still hasn't been able to go through any 5-on-5 work, although he did recently go through some 3-on-3 drills and looked good according to head coach Kenny Atkinson. The Nets will practice again on Tuesday, and if Russell is able to go through 5-on-5, full-contact work, there's a chance he could make it back out there for Wednesday's game against the Spurs. He's close enough that he needs to be stashed in all leagues. Sunday, 12:12 pm
  • Fultz still dealing w/ discomfort in shoulder
    76ers' head coach Brett Brown said that Markelle Fultz is still dealing with discomfort in his right shoulder.

    Advice: Brown also had an interesting response when a reporter asked if Fultz would need to be 100 percent healthy before taking the court, he simply responded: "I think what he needs to be is able to shoot a basketball." There's a video making the rounds on Twitter of Fultz getting some shots up at practice, and his jumper certainly looks awkward to say the least. There's a decent chance Fultz won't be taking the court this season, so he's not a great stash in most 12-team leagues. Sunday, 11:33 am
  • Avery Bradley heats up w/ 26 points, six 3s
    Avery Bradley's shot finally started falling on Saturday, as he went 10-of-19 from the field for 26 points, with a 6-of-10 mark from downtown.

    Advice: Bradley added three rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in 38 minutes vs. the Bulls tonight. Fantasy owners probably did a double-take when looking at the boxscore tonight, as this is the sixth time all season AB has made more than half of his shots. He's starting to warm up after missing a chunk of time with a groin injury, so hopefully owners' patience will continue to pay off. Saturday, 8:46 pm
  • Kris Dunn stuffs boxscore in win vs. Pistons
    Kris Dunn filled up the boxscore on Saturday with 18 points (7-of-13 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals, three blocks and two turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Chicago opened the game 15-of-20 from the field against a listless defensive effort from Detroit, and they held on for an impressive 107-105 victory. Dunn has now recorded at least eight assists in six consecutive games, which is a career-long streak, and he's thriving as the undoubted starting PG for Chicago. Zach LaVine's return is primarily a threat to Denzel Valentine and David Nwaba, so Dunn's owners can keep him locked in active lineups going forward. Saturday, 8:43 pm
  • Zach LaVine (knee) sharp in return Saturday
    Zach LaVine (knee) was impressive in his long-awaited Bulls debut on Saturday, posting 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, three 3-pointers and two assists in 19 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls kept LaVine on a 20-minute limit and he sat out the fourth quarter by design, but he looked spry while on the court tonight. Fred Hoiberg expects to keep LaVine around 20 minutes the next few games, after which his playing time should slowly ramp up -- it helps that Chicago doesn't play back-to-back games until Feb. 9-10. He played a handful of minutes at PG tonight, which is even more encouraging, and his fantasy owners are finally being rewarded for their patience. Saturday, 8:38 pm
  • Bryn Forbes plays 15 minutes off the bench
    Bryn Forbes posted eight points across 15 minutes in Saturday's blowout win against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Forbes was able to hit a pair of 3-pointers and grab three boards while posting a solid plus-17 rating off the bench even with Danny Green (groin) back from his absence. He was seeing increased minutes with the reserves playing much of the second half due to a blowout on the scoreboard. With Green back in the mix, Forbes will see his playing time dwindle once the team is involved in a close game. Saturday, 8:35 pm
  • Stephen Curry has 27/9/6 in dramatic road win
    Stephen Curry (right ankle) returned from a two-game absence on Saturday with 24 points, nine assists, six rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and just one turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Golden State absolutely destroyed the Raptors in the first half, committing one turnover with 22 assists on 32 made field goals (71.1% shooting). They nearly gave it away in the second half, but held on for a 127-125 win, despite Curry missing a few late free throws. He finished 6-of-12 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line, and is obviously safe to activate everywhere. Saturday, 7:51 pm
  • Caris LeVert helps out in other areas
    Caris LeVert's shot was off again in Saturday's overtime loss in Washington, but he was able to finish with 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists over 35 minutes.

    Advice: LeVert had an ugly 5-of-16 shooting night, including 1-of-7 from behind the 3-point line, and he is shooting just 34.4 percent (21-of-61) in five games in the month of January. With his shot not falling, he contributed in other ways, posting a season-high eight boards while his dimes were his third-most of the season. In the second half of the season you can expect the Nets to lean heavily on their younger players, and that means LeVert could see an even larger role down the stretch. Saturday, 7:20 pm
  • MCW effective in limited work
    Michael Carter-Williams played just 15 minutes off the bench Saturday against the Thunder, but he was a solid 3-of-4 from the floor to finish with seven points.

    Advice: An awful shooting percentage (28.2 percent) and high turnover rate has had him nailed to the bench lately. However, he has started to show some signs of life in January shooting 61.5 percent (8-of-13) with just two turnovers across 70 minutes over five games in the month of January. He might be potentially working his way back into a larger role, but he still cannot be trusted by fantasy owners outside of the deepest leagues. Saturday, 5:40 pm
  • Stephen Curry (ankle) will start vs. Toronto
    Stephen Curry (ankle) will start Saturday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia will join Curry in the starting five tonight, and there's been no word on a minutes limit, so owners can feel free to throw him out there for tonight's game. With Curry back in the starting five, Patrick McCaw will return to the bench, and he'll lose most his appeal with the Dubs' stars all healthy. Saturday, 3:55 pm
  • Stephen Curry (ankle) available to play Sat
    Stephen Curry (ankle) will be available to play Saturday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He looked fine while going through his pregame routine, so he should be able to get back out there tonight without any sort of limitations, which will queue Patrick McCaw's return to the second unit. We should have official confirmation on his status just prior to tip-off, but he looks to be safe to activate in all season-long settings. Saturday, 3:41 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) out Saturday vs. WAS
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) will not suit up for Saturday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Russell has been going through full-contact practices with Brooklyn's G-League affiliate, which suggests he's on the cusp of a return, so while he won't be taking the court tonight, he needs to be owned everywhere. He's next opportunity to play will come on Monday at home against the Knicks. Saturday, 2:22 pm
  • Shane Larkin (illness) doesn't practice Sat
    Shane Larkin (illness) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Larkin is an irrelevant part of the rotation in Boston, so his playing status for Tuesday's game will not have an impact in fantasy hoops. Saturday, 12:25 pm
  • Stephen Curry (ankle) upgraded to probable
    Stephen Curry (ankle) has been upgraded to probable for Saturday's game vs. Toronto.

    Advice: This confirms the numerous reports we've seen over the last couple of days stating that the Warriors were merely being cautious holding him out on Friday. It appears the Warriors will have all four of their studs in the starting lineup Saturday night. Over his last six games, Curry is averaging 34.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 6.3 treys. Assuming Curry suits up, Patrick McCaw will get bumped back to the bench. Saturday, 10:39 am
  • Zach LaVine (knee) will play first 3 quarters
    Zach LaVine (knee) who is on a 20-minute limit, will play in only the first three quarters Saturday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Coach Fred Hoiberg said that LaVine won't play in the fourth quarter on Saturday, but that plan will be re-evaluated after each game. Denzel Valentine will get bumped to the bench with LaVine replacing him in the starting lineup. Saturday, 10:09 am
  • Stephen Curry (ankle) questionable Saturday
    Stephen Curry (ankle) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Saturday's matchup vs. Toronto.

    Advice: Curry has missed the last two games and a total of 13 games this season due to a sprained right ankle. However, this is merely a game-notes designation, so we will have to wait until later this afternoon for a more reliable update on Curry's status. It was reported on Friday that Steph has a "solid chance" to return on Saturday and that the Warriors kept him out of Friday's game primarily because it was the front end of a back-to-back. If Curry can play, Patrick McCaw will get bumped back to the bench. Saturday, 6:29 am
  • Eric Bledsoe hits blackjack vs. Warriors
    Eric Bledsoe connected on 8-of-16 from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc, to finish with 21 points across 32 minutes Friday against Golden State.

    Advice: Bledsoe added four rebounds, four steals and three assists while also going 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. He has posted at least one 3-pointer in each of his seven games in January, and he has at least one steal in each of his past 10 outings, averaging 2.5 swipes during the stretch. Bledsoe isn't required to do as much heavy lifting on the offensive end as his days in Phoenix, but he still does a good job chipping in across the board to make him a top-50 fantasy option since arriving in Wisconsin. Friday, 10:43 pm
  • Fours wild for C.J. McCollum in NOLA
    C.J. McCollum finished with 23 points Friday in New Orleans, hitting four 3-pointers while adding four assists and four rebounds.

    Advice: McCollum shot 40.0 percent from behind the arc, banging home 4-of-10, and he added a steal and a blocked shot over his 36 minutes. He was one of four Portland starters to tally at least two triples on the evening. McCollum will look to match a season-high streak of six in a row with 20 or more points when his team plays Sunday night in the Twin Cities against the Timberwolves. Friday, 9:22 pm
  • Schroder scores 34 points in loss to BKN
    Dennis Schroder's career-high of 34 points weren't enough in a 110-105 loss to the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Schroder was getting whatever he wanted, but that's not a surprise with the Nets allowing the third most fantasy points to PGs this season. He finished 14-of-26 from the field, 3-of-3 from the line and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, adding seven assists, three rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes. This was the sixth game of his career with 30+ points and second of the season, and now he gets a couple days off to prepare for Monday's matchup with the Spurs. Friday, 8:11 pm
  • Stephen Curry (ankle) will not play Friday
    Stephen Curry (ankle) will not play Friday night vs. the Bucks, but there is a "solid chance" he returns for Saturday's game vs. Toronto.

    Advice: According to Warriors beat reporter Anthony Slater, Curry "looked fine" at practice on Thursday and there is a "solid chance" he returns on Saturday. The Warriors are being understandably cautious by keeping Curry out of both ends of a back-to-back. Shaun Livingston is expected to draw another start at point guard on Friday, with Patrick McCaw again seeing an uptick in minutes off the bench.Daily Slant: With Curry and other inactive Warriors off the floor this year, Kevin Durant owns a 35.0% usage rate (+3.1%) and a 1.49 FPPM rate (+0.10). He’s quickly ascended to one of the top overall plays on the board. Draymond Green also gets a value uptick and is playable in all DFS formats. Friday, 10:33 am
  • Zach LaVine (knee) will start Saturday
    Zach LaVine (knee) will start in his season debut Saturday vs. Detroit.

    Advice: LaVine will be on a 20-minute limit in this contest, but he'll get to run with the starting unit. The Bulls will likely keep LaVine's minutes capped and hold him out of back-to-backs for the foreseeable future, but he will have an opportunity to make an impact as he knocks off the rust and works his way back into game shape. Friday, 9:06 am
  • Bryn Forbes scores 18 points with four 3's
    Bryn Forbes started again on Thursday with Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard both sitting out, and hit 7-of-12 shots and four 3-pointers for 18 points, one rebound and two steals in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Forbes has quietly scored in double figures in five straight games, and while he's averaging 14.2 points, 1.2 steals and 1.8 3-pointers over that stretch, he isn't getting assists or rebounds. He's also not guaranteed to play much once Green and Leonard are back, making him very tough to trust. He should only be targeted in deeper leagues, and the fact he plays for the Spurs means he's going to be a mystery man on most nights. He's not worth the risk in 12-team leagues. Thursday, 10:40 pm
  • Dejounte Murray double-doubles in loss
    Dejounte Murray hit 7-of-14 shots for 14 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block in 26 minutes of Thursday's 93-81 loss to the Lakers.

    Advice: Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green were all out tonight and the Spurs threw the towel in midway through the fourth quarter. Murray's been bad, failing to score more than eight points in his previous eight games, so it was impossible to see this one coming. And since Parker (ankle) will probably be back in the next one, there's no reason to get excited about Murray Thursday, 10:34 pm
  • Thomas hits 2-of-15 shots, will rest Friday
    Isaiah Thomas, who scored just four points on 2-of-15 shots vs. the Raptors on Thursday, will rest on Friday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He's not cleared for back-to-back sets and we haven't heard when the Cavs will lift those restrictions. Thomas has looked rusty for the most part since his return and Toronto exposed him on defense tonight despite missing Kyle Lowry. It's just a matter of time before Thomas returns to All-NBA form, so his fantasy owners should sit tight for now. He added three assists, two rebounds and one block in 25 minutes. Thursday, 7:28 pm
  • Dejounte Murray will start vs. Lakers
    Dejounte Murray will start on Thursday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Tony Parker (ankle) has been ruled out, but the veteran PG said he should be fine for Saturday's game vs. Denver. Murray does have some streaming appeal on a four-game Thursday, as he's averaging 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.5 turnovers as a starter this season. Thursday, 6:41 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas starting vs. Raptors
    Isaiah Thomas is officially starting vs. the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: The mystery is over. Thomas' owners can expect to see him play minutes in the lower- to mid-20s tonight, but coach Tyronn Lue confirmed that he will rest on Friday vs. the Pacers. We'll let you know how he fares after the game. Thursday, 5:02 pm
  • Stephen Curry (ankle) goes through practice
    Stephen Curry (ankle) was able to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The injury was never believed to be serious and this confirms it. Curry will be listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Bucks, so check back for an update after the morning shootaround. If he can't go, Shaun Livingston and Patrick McCaw will pick up the slack. Thursday, 4:50 pm
  • Update: Lue says Thomas will play Thursday
    Updating a previous report, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Isaiah Thomas will play on Thursday vs. the Raptors and rest on Friday vs. Indiana.

    Advice: We are seeing a lot of conflicting reports right now, so we'll be on the lookout for confirmation leading up the 8:00 ET tip-off. If Thomas does play, expect him to see minutes in the lower- to mid-20s. Stay tuned. Thursday, 4:20 pm
  • Report: Isaiah Thomas (rest) out Thursday
    Isaiah Thomas is expected to rest vs. Toronto on Thursday, the first half of a back-to-back set for the Cavs.

    Advice: Jose Calderon should jump into the starting PG spot and this should be a trend for the foreseeable future, as Cleveland plays it safe with Thomas after his long recovery from a hip injury. Calderon doesn't have much appeal even as a streaming option, though, so there are no clear winners here. Thursday, 4:01 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) ruled out Friday
    D'Angelo Russell (left knee surgery) will not play vs. the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: Russell is basically day-to-day after practicing in the G League this week, but he continues to get ruled out a day in advance of games. Friday is the first half of a back-to-back set, though, so maybe he's targeting a return on Saturday. After that, the Nets return home for three straight home games, beginning Monday vs. the Knicks. Thursday, 12:14 pm
  • Johnson says neck is still bothering him
    Tyler Johnson said after Wednesday's game that he's still feeling pain in his neck which is related to his shoulder issue.

    Advice: "They just gave me some pills to try and relax it, try and relax the muscles that kind of tighten up," Johnson said. "I still can’t really turn my head. It’s still hard to turn my head. But we got it to somewhere where it was manageable, the pain, the movement and being able to at least lift my shoulder up, which to me was the most important part." Johnson wasn't supposed to play on Wednesday, but ended up playing 31 minutes after Udonis Haslem convinced him to fight through it. The Heat are off until Sunday's game vs. the Bucks, so hopefully the time off will help. Thursday, 8:42 am
  • Markelle Fultz still without a timetable
    According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the 76ers still don't know when Markelle Fultz (shoulder) will play.

    Advice: The No. 1 pick will miss his 35th consecutive game on Thursday afternoon vs. Boston, though he has progressed to 5-on-5 work recently. "Every day, I come in and try to give it my all," Fultz said. "It’s good to be out there and have the chemistry with my teammates, again. Just be able to interact with them. Be a competitor again, which I am." There are some reports that he's eyeing a return on Jan. 15, and he could have some value if his shoulder issue is truly behind him. Thursday, 7:07 am
  • Caris LeVert gets 12/5/3, six turnovers
    Caris LeVert finished Wednesday's ugly loss with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, five rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and six turnovers in 27 minutes off Brooklyn's bench.

    Advice: In addition to simply earning more minutes this season, LeVert is doing more while he's on the court -- his per-36-minute stats have increased in scoring (16.1 points per 36), triples (1.6), assists (5.6), steals (1.8) and blocks (0.5). His turnovers have nearly doubled, however, which is taking a toll on his 9-cat value. Still, he should only see his role increase as the Nets develop young guys over their final 41 games. Wednesday, 9:17 pm
  • Allen Crabbe (shin) 7-of-11 FGs, scores 20
    Allen Crabbe (sore left shin) was a bright spot for the Nets on Wednesday with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, five 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Crabbe came down awkwardly on his left leg vs. the Raptors, which forced him to miss overtime, but it obviously wasn't serious. This is the first time in his career that he's scored 20+ points in consecutive games, according to the Nets PR department, and he's heating up at the midway point of the season. If he was cut by an impatient owner, go get him. Wednesday, 9:16 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe swats two shots in home win
    Eric Bledsoe managed to score 15 points with five rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and a steal over 27 minutes in Wednesday's 110-103 win against the Magic.

    Advice: Bledsoe isn't throwing up eye-popping stats, but he is posting consistent numbers since arriving with the Bucks. He is posting top-50 fantasy value over the past six weeks. While he isn't needed to do as much heavy lifting at the offensive end as his days in Phoenix, he can still fill up the basket on occasion when the others are having an off night. Wednesday, 8:12 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina doesn't score
    Frank Ntilikina did not score with three assists in 18 minutes against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jarrett Jack is playing his best basketball of the season, so it may be a little longer before we see Ntilikina take over as the starter. Coach Jeff Hornacek did say he's "looking at" starting the rookie, but it's starting to feel it won't be until after the All-Star break. There is upside for steals and dimes, but Ntilikina is more of a stash. Wednesday, 7:40 pm
  • Dunn struggles with shot, fills stat sheet
    Kris Dunn made just 4-of-18 from the field for nine points with two rebounds, eight assists, five steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 46 minutes against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: That is one ugly shooting line, but Dunn hit a huge bank shot in the lane to help earn this win. The steals were somewhat expected from Dunn this year, but now in the mix with Russell Westbrook for No. 2 in the league in steals per game. Dunn's scoring has been a pleasant surprise and the return of Zach LaVine (knee) shouldn't hurt Dunn's scoring output too much, and maybe it'll open up the floor for him to boost his FG%. Dunn should continue to coast in what has been a mini-breakout season. Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • Allen Crabbe, Stauskas available to play Weds
    Allen Crabbe (shin) and Nik Stauksas (ankle) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: The Nets will be without DeMarre Carroll (knee) tonight, so Crabbe should see quality minutes tonight, and Stauskas will have the opportunity for some extended run. Crabbe is the better target out of the two, though. Feel free to get him active. Wednesday, 2:35 pm
  • No MRI or X-ray scheduled for Stephen Curry
    The Warriors have no plans for Stephen Curry to undergo an MRI or X-ray on his injured right ankle.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Curry slipped and tweaked his ankle at shootaround and will sit out Wednesday's game, but the Warriors don't seem overly concerned about the ankle tweak, and the fact that they're not even seeking a precautionary MRI is definitely good news. Klay Thompson (rest) will be joining Curry on the sidelines tonight, so Shaun Livingston and Patrick McCaw could be guys to think about streaming, while Kevin Durant (calf) will make for an attractive DFS option. Wednesday, 2:20 pm
  • Curry and Thompson ruled out Wednesday
    Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) and Klay Thompson (rest) have been ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Curry slipped at practice on Wednesday and sprained his right ankle. This is worrisome because it's the same ankle that sidelined him for 11 games in December. However, beat writer Connor Letourneau is reporting that a Warriors source told him Curry's ankle "doesn’t look serious at all, but we’re not taking any chances on anything this year." Let's hope that's the case. Shaun Livingston will likely start at PG on Wednesday. Kevin Durant (calf) has been cleared to play and will be the focus of the Dubs offense. Wednesday, 12:36 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas avoids suspension
    Isaiah Thomas was fined $20,000 for his flagrant foul on Andrew Wiggins, but will not be suspended.

    Advice: There was concern that the league office would slap Thomas with a one-game suspension after his hit to the head of Wiggins. However, IT is good to go for Thursday's matchup vs. the Raptors. Wednesday, 12:08 pm
  • Markelle Fultz (shoulder) won't play Thursday
    Markelle Fultz (shoulder) will remain on the sidelines for Thursday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Fultz has recently been going through 5-on-5 work at practice, so while he won't be taking the court on Thursday in London, he might be able to get back out there for Philly's home game against the Raptors on January 15. That said, he wasn't playing very well prior to going down, and he might not have a spot in the starting five once he's back with how good Dario Saric has been lately, so it's tough to justify stashing him outside of deep leagues. Wednesday, 9:02 am
  • C.J. McCollum scores 27 points w/ 7 dimes
    C.J. McCollum scored 27 points on Tuesday vs. the Thunder, hitting 11-of-19 shots and all four of his free throws.

    Advice: The Blazers are now 9-3 when McCollum scores 25 or more points, and he also finished the night with seven assists, three rebounds, one steal and one triple in 33 minutes. McCollum has a 30.7 usage rate when Damian Lillard (calf) is off the floor, so he'll be a popular DFS target once again on Wednesday vs. Houston if Lillard can't go. Tuesday, 7:51 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) out Wednesday vs. DET
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) will not play Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Russell recently practiced with Brooklyn's G-League squad, and while the Nets have been playing coy with his potential return date, he has to be very close at this point. Friday in Atlanta or Saturday in Washington will be D-Lo's next opportunity to get out there, and as a guy with early-round potential, he needs to be owned in all leagues with him on the cusp of a return. Tuesday, 2:29 pm
  • Allen Crabbe (shin) doubtful for Wednesday
    Allen Crabbe (sore left shin) is listed as doubtful on the injury report for Wednesday's game vs. Detroit.

    Advice: Allen Crabbe tallied 20 points and seven rebounds in 34 minutes in Monday's loss to the Raptors, but injured himself at the end of regulation. Crabbe fell awkwardly after making a game-tying layup. Afterward, he said he was confident he'd be able to play Wednesday, but is apparently in more pain than he expected. We should have another update after Wednesday's shootaround. DeMarre Carroll (knee) has already been ruled out. Caris LeVert and Joe Harris could be forced to log heavy minutes. Tuesday, 2:24 pm
  • Zach LaVine (knee) to make debut on Saturday
    Zach LaVine (knee) will make his season debut Saturday vs. Detroit.

    Advice: Chicago VP John Paxson said that LaVine will be limited to 20 minutes in his Bulls debut. Paxson also stated that LaVine will be held out of the second night of back-to-backs through the All-Star break. These restrictions were expected and it means we have to temper our expectations for LaVine out of the gate. Nonetheless, it's great news that he's cleared all the necessary hurdles and has been medically cleared to get back on the floor. He averaged 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.6 treys per game for Minnesota last season. Tuesday, 8:49 am
  • Bryn Forbes scores 12 in start
    Bryn Forbes made another start on Monday vs. the Kings, scoring 12 points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and two triples in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He hit just 5-of-13 shots, but he played 30 minutes and closed this game next to Patty Mills. The Spurs are going to be really cautious with Danny Green (groin) and it's unclear how long Kawhi Leonard (shoulder) will be out, so Forbes does have some low-end value in very deep leagues. In 10 previous starts, Forbes averaged 9.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.3 triples. Monday, 9:48 pm
  • Avery Bradley scores 24 points w/ full line
    Avery Bradley hit 10-of-23 shots to score 24 points vs. the Pelicans on Monday, going 3-of-9 from deep with six assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Bradley did his damage in 35 minutes and this is good enough for most owners -- he shot just 43.5% from the field, but that's his highest mark since returning from a groin injury earlier this month. He's been hard to own in roto leagues due to lousy percentages and low supporting stats, but maybe this will get him going. Monday, 8:47 pm
  • Kris Dunn gets all-around line in loss to HOU
    Kris Dunn chipped in across the board on Monday with 19 points on 9-of-20 shooting, eight assists, four rebounds, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes of action.

    Advice: The 23-year-old Dunn is in the midst of a breakout season, and he's surged into top-60 fantasy value over the past month. "I’m more comfortable times 10 than last year," Dunn said recently. "I didn’t know what I was doing last year. This year, I understand my role is learning how to be a leader every day." He has a long leash for the rebuilding Bulls, and continues to make the most of it -- he was aggressive at both ends tonight, and even Zach LaVine's eventual return shouldn't slow him down. Monday, 8:36 pm
  • Caris LeVert shoots 2-of-13 in return
    Caris LeVert returned from a two-game absence on Monday vs. the Raptors and really struggled, hitting just 2-of-13 shots for five points, three assists, one rebound, two steals, one block and one triple.

    Advice: There was some obvious rust with a couple airballs, but at least he had his normal explosion. He was supposed to have minute restrictions tonight, but he ended up playing 27 with the game going to overtime. LeVert was averaging 16.3 points, 8.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.5 triples in his previous four games before the injury, so his owners should forget about this dud and expect a better performance in his next outing. Monday, 7:34 pm
  • Allen Crabbe (shin) returns, scores 20 points
    Allen Crabbe returned from an injury scare on Monday vs. the Raptors, finishing with 20 points (6-of-11 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), seven rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Crabbe made a game-tying layup to send this one to overtime, but he injured himself by landing awkwardly on his left leg. He injured his shin but said after the game that he's confident he'll play on Wednesday -- we'll add him to the injury report as a precaution. Crabbe was hitting 2.3 treys per game prior to this outburst, but his rough field goal percentage (37.7%) and lack of steals (0.7) is really holding him back in category leagues. Monday, 7:26 pm
  • Allen Crabbe (left leg) goes to locker room
    Allen Crabbe left Monday's game vs. the Raptors with a lower left leg injury.

    Advice: He scored the game-tying basket to send this game to overtime, but he came down really awkwardly on his left leg. The training staff was looking at him on the bench for about a minute, but he eventually limped to the locker room. We'll have an update shortly. Monday, 7:03 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas ejected on Monday vs. MIN
    Isaiah Thomas was ejected from Monday's game vs. the Wolves with a Flagrant 2 foul.

    Advice: The Cavs were getting blown out and Thomas let his frustration get the best out of him -- he basically slapped Andrew Wiggins in the face. He wasn't playing well before the ejection and had just two points on 0-of-7 shooting in the first half, finishing with nine points (3-of-11 FGs), three assists, one triple and one rebound in 19 minutes. The Cavaliers have a back-to-back set coming up on Thursday and Friday, but it's unclear which one he will sit out to rest. Monday, 6:34 pm
  • Bryn Forbes, Kyle Anderson starting again
    Bryn Forbes and Kyle Anderson will start again on Monday in place of Danny Green (groin) and Kawhi Leonard (shoulder).

    Advice: Manu Ginobili (rest) is also out tonight, so there should be plenty of minutes available on the wings for both Forbes and Anderson. In a favorable matchup vs. the Kings, Forbes is worth a look for streaming or DFS value. Monday, 5:47 pm
  • Atkinson hints LeVert will be on mins limit
    Kenny Atkinson said that he will try and "build up" Caris LeVert's (groin) minutes in his return from a two-game absence on Monday.

    Advice: LeVert will be out there for Monday's matchup with Toronto, but it sounds like Atkinson will be monitoring his minutes, making him a risky guy to deploy in daily leagues. He's fine to throw out there in season-long settings, though. Monday, 2:59 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell practices w/ G-League team
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) practiced with Brooklyn's G-League team on Monday.

    Advice: We'll hopefully have more details later today, but this is really exciting news and confirms that Russell is on track for a mid-January return. The Nets play tonight, so maybe coach Kenny Atkinson will drop a target date. Russell will likely have restrictions early on, but he'll have early-round upside once he's back up to full strength. Monday, 9:44 am
  • Caris LeVert (groin) says he will play Monday
    Caris LeVert (groin) said he's 100 percent ready to play on Monday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The Nets held him out for two games to make sure that he was 100 percent before clearing him. We'll be on the lookout for any word on restrictions, but there's a good chance he sees his normal allotment of minutes. He was on fire before the injury and shouldn't be sitting on the waiver wire, especially with four games on the schedule this week. Monday, 9:35 am
  • Dennis Schroder scores 27 points vs. Lakers
    Dennis Schroder hit 10-of-23 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs during Sunday's road loss, scoring 27 points with five assists, three rebounds and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Schroder continues to thrive when he attacks the basket, and his 10.2 points off drives this season ranks second in the NBA behind only James Harden (11.5). He settled for too many outside jumpers tonight, but it was the other end of the court that cost the Hawks -- they were out-scored 56-40 in the paint, and gave up 42 points in transition. Defensive issues aside, Schroder should have another big game vs. the short-handed Clippers on Monday. Jan 7, 10:08 pm
  • Patty Mills quiet despite Tony Parker resting
    Patty Mills made 2-of-6 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs in 28 minutes on Sunday, finishing with seven points, two assists, one rebound and three turnovers.

    Advice: Tony Parker was rested tonight, while Danny Green (groin) was out again due to injury, and Mills' role continues to shift based on who is available for San Antonio. "It's been tough for Patty," Gregg Popovich admitted recently. "He's been all over the place. He's trying to help us any way he can. It has hurt his numbers a little bit." Mills isn't even holding top-150 value in 9-cat leagues this season, and belongs on the wire in the bulk of fantasy leagues. Jan 7, 9:35 pm
  • Dejounte Murray quiet in start for Parker
    Dejounte Murray started in place of Tony Parker (injury management) on Sunday, but had only three points, four assists and one rebound in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Patty Mills was the big winner the last time San Antonio rested Parker, but he was also quiet with seven points, two assists and one rebound in 28 minutes. Both guards will see their roles reduced with Parker due back on Monday. Jan 7, 9:31 pm
  • Bryn Forbes starts, plays 27 minutes Sunday
    Bryn Forbes played 27 minutes vs. Portland on Sunday, finishing with 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting, two assists and one rebound.

    Advice: Danny Green (left groin tightness) was listed as 'doubtful' prior to being ruled out tonight, and his absence continues to open up the wing rotation, but Forbes still isn't a reliable fantasy option. His $1.3 million contract becomes fully guaranteed on Jan. 10, and all signs point to the Spurs keeping him for the rest of the season -- he's likely headed for restricted free agency this summer. Jan 7, 9:30 pm
  • C.J. McCollum sinks game-winner vs. Spurs
    C.J. McCollum hit a game-winning floater vs. the Spurs on Sunday, finishing with 25 points on 11-of-24 shooting, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Blazers coach Terry Stotts praised his team's selflessness after Friday's game, saying, "Our passing has been improved the last three games ... It's been below average most of the season." They had a modest 19 assists tonight, on 48 made field goals, but that's partly because Damian Lillard (calf) was absent. McCollum would be leaned on more for playmaking if Dame were out long-term, but there's a good chance he'll return vs. OKC on Tuesday. Jan 7, 9:17 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina posts 7/7/5 & defensive stats
    Frank Ntilikina played well in 25 minutes on Sunday with seven points on 3-of-8 shooting, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Knicks drafted Ntilikina No. 8 overall this summer, one spot ahead of Dennis Smith Jr., whom he faced tonight. When asked about their styles of play, Ntilikina replied, "[Smith Jr.] is known for his offensive skills. Basically I’m known for my defensive skills. That part of him being aggressive [offensively] ...That’s the part I have to explore in my game." The Knicks' rookie is averaging just 5.8 points per game, and more aggression would be welcome if it results in attempts at the rim -- he's shooting 45.9% in the restricted area, but just 28.7% everywhere else. Jan 7, 7:22 pm
  • Caris LeVert (groin) probable for Monday
    Caris LeVert (groin) is being listed as probable for Monday's matchup with Toronto.

    Advice: It looks like the groin issue will only end up costing LeVert two games on the sidelines, and with him expected to get back on the court on Monday, there won't be as many minutes available for Nik Stauskas and Joe Harris. LeVert was playing very well prior to going down, so he should be owned in most leagues. Jan 7, 12:49 pm
  • Markelle Fultz (shoulder) goes through 5-on-5
    Markelle Fultz (shoulder) went through some 5-on-5 work at Sunday's practice.

    Advice: This is a big step that would suggest Fultz is on the cusp of a return, and while it's unlikely he'll be able to get out there for the 76ers game in London on Thursday, it sounds like there's a chance he could be back out there for Philly's home game against Toronto on January 15. Fultz will likely be eased back into things, and it's unclear if he'll start, so he's more of a deep league stash right now. Jan 7, 11:12 am
  • Isaiah Thomas says hip is feeling great
    Isaiah Thomas said that he "felt pretty good" on Saturday vs. Orlando when he dropped 19 points in 21 minutes.

    Advice: "Coach [Tyronn Lue] and the guys put me in a position to be successful, so I just tried to make plays," IT2 said. "But my body felt a lot better. I got more of a rhythm. Early, that rust was still there. I was missing layups and free throws and things like that. But as we got going, as my body got going, I felt a lot better." He played 19 minutes in his debut, so expect the Cavs to continue to ramp up his workload very slowly. Jan 7, 7:07 am
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