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  • Kevin Durant (ankle) says he'll play vs. OKC
    Kevin Durant (ankle) said he felt good after going through shootaround and that he plans to play Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: KD showed up at Chesapeake Energy Arena 45 minutes prior to shootaround to get in some on-court work and was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, so he's essentially a lock to play tonight. With Durant back in the fold, Omri Casspi will head back to the bench and there won't be quite as many shots to go around for Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. 28 minutes ago
  • Trevor Booker goes through shootaround
    Trevor Booker (ankle) reportedly "worked pretty hard" at shootaround, but he remains questionable to play Wednesday vs. Pheonix.

    Advice: Booker wasn't able to practice on Tuesday, and while it's encouraging that he was able to go hard at shootaround, it needs to be noted that Brooklyn often errs on the side of caution with injuries. He'll likely be a game-time call tonight, but if he's not able to give it a go, that would open up a lot of opportunity for Jarrett Allen. Stay tuned. 36 minutes ago
  • Malone won't commit to Faried as a starter
    Nuggets head coach Mike Malone said he'll be taking a game-by-game approach with the big man rotation sans Paul Millsap (wrist).

    Advice: It doesn't sound like Malone is committed to using Kenneth Faried as the full-time starter while Millsap is out, and he certainly has plenty of options with a wealth of depth at the four-spot in Denver. Malone could go small by shifting Wilson Chandler to the four and starting Will Barton at the three, or he could give Juan Hernangomez or Trey Lyles some starts. Needless to say, this is a situation we'll be monitoring closely, but Hernangomez might be worth a speculative add in deep leagues. 50 minutes ago
  • Kevin Durant (ankle) upgraded to probable
    Kevin Durant (left ankle) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game in Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Durant practiced in full on Tuesday and there was never much doubt about him suiting up to face his former squad. We should have official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off, but owners can feel confident plugging KD into their lineups. 58 minutes ago
  • Zach LaVine (knee) takes contact at practice
    Zach LaVine (left knee surgery) was able to take some "light contact" during Monday's practice and is on track to make it back to the court by mid-December.

    Advice: "There’s no real timeframe, I guess," Hoiberg said. "It’s really going to be on how he feels. We’ll try to do a little more every day with him. We did a little bit, got him some light contact [Monday] just to get the process started. He’ll be able to play a little 2-on-2 with not a lot of practice time these next 10 days." The Bulls will be bringing along LaVine slowly with his long-term health being their primary concern, but he has enough upside to warrant a stash in most leagues at this point. Today, 9:27 am
  • Omer Asik (illness) questionable Wednesday
    Omer Asik (illness) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: This is the first time Asik has been hit with the questionable-tag this season, but regardless of his playing status, he won't be receiving enough minutes in New Orleans while Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are healthy to make an impact in fantasy hoops. Today, 9:16 am
  • Beverley undergoes surgery, out indefinitely
    Patrick Beverley underwent a surgical procedure on his right knee Wednesday and he will be out indefinitely.

    Advice: We'll have a better idea on Beverley's potential return date once we know exactly what kind of surgical procedure he had, but he's guaranteed to be looking at a lengthy absence here and will be tough to hold in leagues that don't offer an IR-spot. Sindarius Thornwell will likely be the L.A.'s starting PG moving forward, but with averages of just 8.4 points, 1.4 triples, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steal per game through five starts, he's basically just a deep league guy. Austin Rivers and Lou Williams will be getting all the run they can handle, with Williams offering the most upside. Today, 8:48 am
  • Joel Embiid (knee) not on the injury report
    Joel Embiid (knee) was a full participant at shootaround and is not being listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Blazers.

    Advice: Embiid looked fine playing through a sore left knee on Monday, so there's no reason to believe he'll be taking the night off. On another note, Embiid recently spoke on if he's concerned about people going after him due to his constant trolling and he responded in typical Embiid fashion with: "I’m 7-2 and I’m a big dude, so I don’t think you wanna try me. And I’m African too. That’s the whole point of playing basketball. Having fun, go out there, have fun, kick someone’s a—, and just play." Today, 8:39 am
  • Nik Stauskas (ankle) out Wednesday vs. POR
    Nik Stauskas (right ankle) will remain on the sidelines for Wednesday's game against Portland.

    Advice: The last update we had on Stauskas said he would be re-evaluated in 7-10 days, and Thanksgiving will mark Day-10, so perhaps he'll be able to return to the court for Saturday's game against the Magic. He's irrelevant in fantasy hoops, though. Today, 8:22 am
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) will be out 'a while'
    Patrick Beverley has been sent back to Los Angeles because of right knee issues, and he will be out "a while," according to Clippers' beat reporter Brad Turner.

    Advice: Ugh. Beverley just can't seem to shake this right knee issue, and while he's been a solid top-60 option this season with averages of 12.2 points, 2.9 dimes, 2.2 triples and 1.8 steals per contest, it's going to be tough to hang onto him in leagues that don't offer an IR-spot. Sindarius Thornwell figures to move back into the starting lineup with Beverley out indefinitely, while Austin Rivers and Lou Williams will be getting all the run they can handle. Sweet Lou is the primary beneficiary here, and Rivers is a solid option in points leagues, but Thornwell is just a low-end guy in deep leagues. Today, 8:10 am
  • Jeremy Lin (knee) progressing well in rehab
    Jeremy Lin is progressing well in his recovery from knee surgery.

    Advice: "I’m getting well and can bend my knee now and I can walk normally. The recovery is very good. I wear the knee brace every day," Lin said, getting up off his couch to demonstrate. "So going anywhere, either eating out or working out is very easy now." To be clear, Lin won't be playing again this season, but it's nice to see that he's making solid progress in his rehab without experiencing setbacks. Today, 7:26 am
  • Johnson knows he needs to be more aggressive
    Tyler Johnson said he needs to do a better job of asserting himself in Miami's offense.

    Advice: "I feel like I’ve got to find ways to get myself in rhythm as opposed to just kind of being in a corner and waiting for other people to kind of get me going," said Johnson. "I’ve kind of for whatever reason found myself drifting to kind of the corner instead of being aggressive. Not only aggressive for myself but aggressive to get other guys open. I didn’t realize how much I was doing that." Johnson's numbers are down across the board this season, but he's still providing low-end value in deep leagues due to the 0.8 blocks (career-high) he generates from the guard position. Today, 7:20 am
  • James Harden says he feels quicker this year
    James Harden said he's feeling quicker this season after shedding roughly 12 pounds this summer.

    Advice: "I'm moving better, a lot better, so I'm more efficient," Harden said. "I'm more able to get to my spots I want to quickly, not taking those unneeded steps on the court whether I'm trying to score or I'm trying to make a play for somebody else. Just trying to be a little bit faster and be more efficient." Harden currently leads the league in points (31.6) and assists (9.9), and if you dismiss his 4.9 turnovers per contest he ranks No. 1 overall in fantasy hoops. He's a monster. Today, 6:56 am
  • Lauri Markkanen pulls down 14 boards
    Lauri Markkanen grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds on Tuesday vs. the Lakers, adding 13 points, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The counting stats were nice, but the rookie hit just 4-of-17 shots and 3-of-4 free throws. Hopefully this game will go down as an outlier, as he was shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 81.1 percent from the line prior to Tuesday. Coach Fred Hoiberg said Markkanen will keep his starting role once Nikola Mirotic (face) comes back, so his owners have nothing to worry about for the time being. Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Antonio Blakeney scores 15 points vs. Lakers
    Antonio Blakeney scored all 15 of his points in the first half of Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers, hitting 6-of-12 shots with two rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Blakeney has a two-way contract which means he can only spend a total of 45 days with the Bulls this season, but they may think about adding him to their roster full time. However, he could fall out of the rotation completely with David Nwaba (ankle) and Zach LaVine (knee) due back soon, so Blakeney is only worth monitoring in deep dynasty leagues for now. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Julius Randle double-doubles vs. Bulls
    Julius Randle double-doubled vs. the Bulls on Tuesday with 10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Luke Walton credited Randle after the game for changing the energy and effort level as the Lakers were able to climb their way back from a 19-point deficit. His defense has really improved this season, as his opponents are shooting less than 29 percent and committing turnovers more than 17 percent of the time when going one-on-one against him. Unfortunately for Randle, the frontcourt in Los Angeles is going to be really crowded again soon with Larry Nance (hand) due back next week. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Lonzo Ball hits 3-of-13 FGs, grabs 13 boards
    Lonzo Ball hit just 3-of-13 shots for eight points, 13 rebounds, four assists, one steal, two triples and one turnover on Tuesday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: His efficiency is still horrendous, but Ball makes up for it other areas such as rebounding, assists and defensive stats. So how inefficient are we talking? According to ESPN, just 12 players since the advent of the 3-point line in 1979 have posted a true shooting percentage worse than Ball's .368 mark (with at least 500 minutes). Until Ball improves as a scorer, he'll continue to be a much better fantasy asset in leagues that don't punish his shooting woes. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Asik (illness) present at Tuesday's practice
    Omer Asik (illness) was present during Tuesday's practice and head coach Alvin Gentry said he hopes to have Asik back on the court "at some point this year."

    Advice: Asik has been dealing with a pretty severe illness, so it's nice to see that he's at least at the point where he can attend practices. That said, the Pelicans are in no rush to get him back, and he won't play much at all once cleared as long as Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are healthy, so he's safe to leave on the waiver wire in all settings. Yesterday, 2:13 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Trevor Booker (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: He wasn't able to practice on Tuesday, so he seems much closer to doubtful, but we'll have a better idea on his status based on his activity level at shootaround. If he's unable to give it a go, Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller would see a bump in minutes, with Allen offering the most upside. Yesterday, 1:43 pm
  • Kevin Durant (ankle) questionable for Wed
    Kevin Durant (sprained left ankle) practiced fully on Tuesday but said he was unsure if he would be able to play Wednesday vs. OKC.

    Advice: Coach Steve Kerr claimed that sitting Durant on Sunday was a mostly precautionary move. However, speaking with reporters after Tuesday's practice and asked about Wednesday's matchup with the Thunder, Durant said: "I don’t know. We’ll see how it feels in the morning." It looks like we are headed towards a game-time decision. It's safe to assume KD is highly motivated to play in OKC, but he and the Warriors also have to look at the big picture. Check back tomorrow for an update. Yesterday, 10:28 am
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) is day-to-day
    Trevor Booker (ankle) was unable to practice on Tuesday and is day-to-day, according to coach Kenny Atkinson.

    Advice: Booker initially tweaked his ankle Friday vs. Utah and then aggravated the injury Sunday vs. Golden State. On Monday, he said the sprain is "not too bad" but was non-committal regarding his status for Wednesday's game vs. Cleveland. If Booker is unable to suit up, Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller would likely divvy up the additional minutes. Yesterday, 10:17 am
  • Patrick Beverley says Clips don't play hard
    Patrick Beverley challenged his teammates after the Clippers ninth straight loss on Monday, telling reporters: "We're not playing hard."

    Advice: Beverley had missed five straight games due to a sore right knee before returning to take on the Knicks Monday night. He finished nine points, six rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 22 minutes. After the game, he wasn't afraid to voice his concerns. "We just got to play harder," said Beverley. "We're not playing hard; the first unit, not the whole team... We too cool. We come in this game, we come on the court like people are supposed to back down because of the name on the back of our jerseys, and that’s not the case." Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Kevin Durant (ankle) questionable for Wed
    Kevin Durant (sprained left ankle) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Wednesday's matchup against the Thunder.

    Advice: We know Durant would love to play against his former team in OKC and Steve Kerr said that Durant sitting out on Sunday was mostly precautionary. Thus, it certainly won't be surprising if KD suits up on Wednesday. We should have a reliable update after Golden State's practice on Tuesday or after Wednesday's morning shootaround, at the latest. Yesterday, 6:39 am
  • Kenneth Faried plays just 19 minutes in start
    Kenneth Faried started in place of Paul Millsap (wrist) on Monday, but hit just 1-of-7 shots for six points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block and was pulled after just 19 minutes.

    Advice: So much for that. It's possible Faried continues to start if Millsap's wrist keeps him out, but after this one, he's going to be very hard to trust. He's only worth a DFS punt at this point, and even that move backfired tonight. Monday, 9:46 pm
  • Patrick Beverley scores nine points in return
    Patrick Beverley (sore right knee) returned from a five-game absence on Monday vs. the Knicks, scoring nine points with six rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He finished 3-of-8 from the field with seven of his shots coming from behind the arc. Beverley looked fine, but the Clippers were obviously watching his minutes closely as a precaution. With the Clippers losing their ninth straight game, they will need to ramp up Beverley's workload in a hurry for them to turn their season around. Monday, 7:38 pm
  • Joel Embiid quiet in easy Sixers win
    Joel Embiid played through his sore knee and hit 7-of-16 shots and 1-of-4 free throws for 15 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 27 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: The Sixers spanked the Jazz with no problems, but The Process and Robert Covington didn't exactly crush it tonight. Covington hit just 4-of-12 shots and a couple 3-pointers for 13 points, four steals and a block, but we've come to expect more from both players. They should bounce back on Wednesday against the Blazers, while owners of Embiid should just be happy he was allowed to play tonight.. Monday, 6:55 pm
  • Kenneth Faried starting vs. the Kings
    Kenneth Faried will start on Monday vs. the Kings in place of Paul Millsap (wrist).

    Advice: Wilson Chandler (back) remains a game-time decision. X-rays taken on Millsap's wrist came back negative, and while we don't know how long he'll be out, it looks like Faried will the primary beneficiary in fantasy for as long as Millsap is sidelined. Monday, 5:39 pm
  • Joel Embiid (knee) will play on Monday
    Joel Embiid (sore left knee) will play Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Embiid looked just fine while going through his pregame routine, so he should see his regular workload tonight. Feel free to fire him up in all settings, and with Embiid active, Richaun Holmes loses a lot of luster in daily leagues. Monday, 3:31 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) available Monday
    Patrick Beverley (sore right knee) will start on Monday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: We'll be on the lookout for any information regarding restrictions prior to tip-off, but he's safe to activate in season-long leagues and should be picked up if he was dropped. With Beverley back, both Austin Rivers and Lou Williams will take a hit in value, and we'll see less of rookie Sindarius Thornwell. Monday, 3:26 pm
  • Joel Embiid (knee) a true game-time call Mon
    Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) remains a game-time decision for Monday's matchup with the Jazz.

    Advice: Embiid wants to get out there, but the decision will ultimately be up to the 76ers' medical staff, and they've been known to err on the side of caution with their franchise players. We likely won't get another update until just prior to tip-off, but if Embiid is forced to the sidelines tonight, Richaun Holmes would see a nice uptick in minutes and there would be more shots to go around for basically everyone. Stay tuned. Monday, 2:30 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Trevor Booker said his sprained left ankle is "not too bad," but he was non-committal regarding his status for Wednesday's game in Cleveland.

    Advice: Booker said he initially suffered the ankle injury last Friday vs. Utah, and then aggravated the injury shortly into Sunday's game against the Warriors, which forced him to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines. We'll have a better idea on his status based on his activity level at practices leading up to Wednesday's tip, but if he is unable to give it a go, Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller would see an uptick in minutes. Monday, 12:28 pm
  • Joel Embiid says he should be fine for Monday
    Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) said he should be "fine" for Monday's game vs. Utah.

    Advice: He's considered a game-time call, but Embiid said "the decision is on me" in regards to playing. This means owners can tentatively pencil him into lineups, but a final call won't be made until he warms up. If he decides to sit, Richaun Holmes (illness), Amir Johnson, Dario Saric and Jahlil Okafor would all be candidates to see more minutes. Monday, 9:25 am
  • Embiid (knee soreness) questionable Monday
    Joel Embiid is a game-time call for Monday's game vs. the Jazz with left knee soreness.

    Advice: Embiid has been battling soreness for most of the season, but the 76ers have said that they're not concerned and that it was expected. He's also been playing 30.2 minutes over his last 10 games, so he's adjusting to a larger workload. If Embiid is held out, the 76ers will likely use a combination of Amir Johnson, Richaun Holmes (illness) and Dario Saric to absorb his minutes. Jahlil Okafor may get a chance to showcase himself as well. Monday, 8:32 am
  • Lonzo Ball triple-doubles in Lakers' home win
    Lonzo Ball posted the second triple-double of his NBA career on Sunday with 11 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers snapped a two-game losing streak tonight and Ball continues to be a fantasy dynamo, with the glaring exception of percentages (30.8% FGs and 46.2% FTs). In every other respect he's been awesome, averaging 6.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.1 threes and 0.9 blocks. His fantasy value hinges on each league's scoring settings -- if you can ignore percentages, the 20-year-old is already a stud. Sunday, 9:50 pm
  • Kenneth Faried logs nine bench minutes
    Kenneth Faried came off the bench on Sunday for two points and three rebounds in nine minutes.

    Advice: Nikola Jokic was ejected early and Paul Millsap (wrist) didn't play after halftime, but it was guys like Mason Plumlee and Trey Lyles who benefited the most. That speaks volumes about Faried's lack of fantasy appeal in Denver. Sunday, 9:47 pm
  • Julius Randle gets 24/7/5, hits 11-of-18 FGs
    Julius Randle lit up the Nuggets on Sunday for a season-high 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting, hitting one 3-pointer with seven rebounds, five assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: Randle played 32 minutes, after logging just 16 minutes vs. Phoenix on Friday, and after the game coach Luke Walton said, "When [Randle] plays like he did tonight, he's as good as anyone in this league]." Nikola Jokic (ejection) and Paul Millsap (wrist) were both out after halftime tonight, and Randle deserves credit for taking advantage of the situation, but we're skeptical since Kyle Kuzma is playing well at PF and Larry Nance (hand) is due back soon. Sunday, 9:46 pm
  • Bulls lose despite Lauri Markkanen's 26 & 13
    Lauri Markkanen was terrific vs. Phoenix on Sunday, hitting 10-of-18 shots with four 3-pointers for 26 points, 13 rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls' prized rookie has been an amazing value for fantasy owners, coming in with averages of 14.8 points, 2.5 triples, 7.6 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.6 blocks and just 1.3 turnovers. He's shot 82.4% from the line, which has made up for 43.7% from the field, and the sky is the limit if tonight's efficiency becomes a trend. Sunday, 8:13 pm
  • Antonio Blakeney sticks in Bulls' rotation
    Antonio Blakeney had seven points on 3-of-9 shooting, two rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes off Chicago's bench on Sunday.

    Advice: Fred Hoiberg said after Wednesday's game that Blakeney had earned a spot in the rotation "for now," but he's still just a deep-league option. The clock is ticking with Zach LaVine (knee) expected to start practicing this week. Sunday, 8:11 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) doubtful to return
    Trevor Booker (sprained left ankle) is doubtful to return vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: The Nets aren't competitive in this game vs. the Warriors, so hopefully Booker's 'doubtful' tag is just a precaution. If he doesn't return, he'll finish scoreless with one rebound and one assist in nine minutes -- Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller will pick up the slack. Sunday, 4:29 pm
  • Kevin Durant (ankle) unsure if he'll play Wed
    Kevin Durant (sprained left ankle) is "not sure" if he'll be ready to play vs. the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: Steve Kerr said Durant's absence on Sunday was mostly a precaution, and it's hard to imagine KD sitting out vs. his former team, but we'll have more clarity on his status in the coming days. Omri Casspi started on Sunday and will benefit the most if Durant misses more games, while guys like Steph Curry and Klay Thompson would also enjoy increased usage. Sunday, 4:16 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) questionable Monday
    Patrick Beverley (sore right knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Monday's matchup with the Knicks.

    Advice: Beverley has spent the past five games on the sidelines, but he's been ramping up his activities at practice and Monday seems like a very realistic potential return date. If he is able to get back out there Sindarius Thornwell will head back to the bench and Juwan Evans could drop from the rotation entirely. Check back for another update following Monday morning's shootaround. Sunday, 11:43 am
  • Kevin Durant (ankle) sitting out vs. Brooklyn
    Kevin Durant will sit out against the Nets on Sunday with a left ankle sprain.

    Advice: This is the second night of a back-to-back set and the Nets are one of the weakest teams in the NBA after losing Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell to injuries, and head coach Steve Kerr described KD's absence from tonight's game as precautionary more than anything else. He apparently injured his ankle in the first quarter on Saturday but finished with 27 points and a full stat line, and Kerr is confident he'll be ready for Wednesday's game in OKC. With Durant out, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson should both get more looks and pretty much every rotation player gets a bump. Sunday, 8:49 am
  • Zach LaVine (knee) to be cleared Monday
    Barring a setback, Zach LaVine (knee) will be cleared for full contact at Monday's practice.

    Advice: He's scheduled to meet with a doctor before practice, so he'll be out there as long everything looks OK. While it's good to see LaVine making progress, there's been no indication that the Bulls will move up his timetable -- the goal is for LaVine to make a mid-December return. He'll be brought along slowly, but he's worth picking up if he's still on the wire. Sunday, 8:31 am
  • James Harden dumps in six triples
    James Harden finished with a game-high 29 points in Saturday's game at Memphis across 36 minutes.

    Advice: The Beard was good for 9-of-20 from the field, including a solid 6-of-12 from behind the arc, while adding seven assists, five rebounds and three steals. The Rockets have incorporated Chris Paul (knee) back into the fold nicely and it hasn't affected the offensive production of the team, or Harden, one bit. Saturday, 8:45 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 27 points in win vs. PHI
    Kevin Durant scored 27 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: He's on another one of his 20-plus scoring streaks with seven straight, but the non-scoring stuff is the most impressive part of his stat lines. In those games, Durant averaged 24.4 points, 6.1 boards, 5.1 assists, 2.0 blocks, 0.9 steals and 1.9 treys on 53.4 FG% and 94.1 FT%. KD also wanted to win this game badly, but not for the reasons you might think. "We didn't want to lose to these guys. Especially Joel [Embiid]," Durant said. "He would've went straight to Twitter and talked [expletive]." We'll have to wait until next year to see what The Process has for the Warriors. Until then, KD is in the mix to be fantasy's top player. Saturday, 8:36 pm
  • Joel Embiid scores 21 points in loss
    Joel Embiid scored 21 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one block, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: The Process did give us a couple scares in this game, but he's OK. He hit his head under the basket and had to go to the bench to get checked out by the training staff. Embiid also fell on his left side as he couldn't get a pump fake to work on JaVale McGee. After giving up a Process dunk on the first possession, the Warriors did an outstanding job of keeping him out of the paint, but of course they have the personnel to do it. The Jazz will not on Monday, so expect another giant line from Embiid. Saturday, 8:16 pm
  • Pat Beverley (knee) targeting return at MSG
    Patrick Beverley (knee) is targeting a return to the lineup on Monday to face the Knicks.

    Advice: This makes a lot of sense after we saw him put in a good workout before today's game. Beverley seems to be up to speed for the most part and the Clippers missed him badly due their current NBA-high eight game losing streak. Sindarius Thornwell, Juwan Evans, Lou Williams and Austin Rivers should lose some value. Beverley needs to be added in all standard leagues. Saturday, 8:03 pm
  • Pat Beverley does some contact work
    Patrick Beverley (knee) did some pre-game work and took on contact before Saturday's game in Charlotte.

    Advice: He looked to have worked up a good sweat in the video from the Clippers broadcast. Beverley was not expected to play in either game this weekend, but it sounds like the Clippers have a plan to get him back out there next week. If he was dropped, it's probably time to pick him back up. Saturday, 4:35 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) will not play
    Patrick Beverley (knee) will not play against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers said he was going to miss this game a few days ago, but the Clippers listed him as doubtful. Lou Williams, Sindarius Thornwell and Juwan Evans will pick up the slack. Saturday, 4:07 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) doubtful Saturday
    Patrick Beverley (knee) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Beverley was listed as doubtful for Friday's game as well and did not play. It was the fourth consecutive game he has missed. We may not get definitive word on Beverley's status until coach Doc Rovers addresses the media prior to tip-off tonight. Sindarius Thornwell started on Friday and tallied 13 points and two assists in 31 minutes during the Clippers overtime loss to the Cavs. Lou Williams scored 13 points and dished out seven assists in 37 minutes off the bench. Saturday, 7:18 am
  • Lonzo Ball to stay remain in starting lineup
    Coach Luke Walton said he is not considering moving Lonzo Ball out of the starting lineup.

    Advice: "He's our starting point guard," Walton said after practice earlier this week. "So there's no discussion, no talks as of now of moving Lonzo to the bench. Nah. He's our starting point guard." Ball had been benched in the fourth quarters of the Lakers win on Monday and their loss on Wednesday. However, Ball closed out the game on Friday, despite continued struggles with his shooting. Ball's rebounding and assist numbers remain strong, but his poor percentages hurt his value. He currently ranks outside the top-150 in nine-category fantasy leagues. Saturday, 6:59 am
  • Trevor Booker plays well in start
    Trevor Booker scored 14 points with five rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Kenny Atkinson seems 100 percent confident that he can roll out a starting lineup with nobody taller than 6'8". Booker has been effective when called upon almost all season, averaging 11.0 points, 7.2 boards and 0.4 steals in just 22.5 minutes per game before this showing. He is likely headed for around 26-28 minutes, so he'll be around 13 and eight in the short term. Friday, 11:17 pm
  • Lonzo Ball scores six points vs. Suns
    Lonzo Ball scored just six points with six rebounds, six assists, a career-high five steals, one block and three turnovers vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: Ball's best game of the season came against the Suns when he had 29 points against them on Oct. 20, but it's pretty much been downhill since. He finished 3-of-7 from the field and missed both of his free throws, and it's a concern that he managed just six points against the tiny backcourt combo of Tyler Ulis and Mike James. On the bright side, at least he closed this game after getting benched in the fourth quarter of his previous two games. Friday, 10:50 pm
  • Dinwiddie, Crabbe, Carroll, RHJ & Book start
    Spencer Dinwiddie, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Trevor Booker will start against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: This is the same starting lineup as Tuesday, but using it against Utah is somewhat noteworthy. Booker has played very well and so has Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, so coach Kenny Atkinson just wants his best five out there despite Booker being so short for a five man. Friday, 3:42 pm
  • Lakers want Ball to improve shot selection
    Coach Luke Walton said he wants Lonzo Ball to improve his shot selection.

    Advice: Ball has struggled mightily with his shot all season and has been benched in the fourth quarter in each of the Lakers last two games. Walton told reporters that some of Ball's 3-point attempts have been forced and not within the flow of the offense. "If he’s going to his left and they go under (a screen) and he’s in rhythm and wants to pull up and shoot that 3, then we’re good with that. That’s what we want," said Walton. Ball will look to snap out of his slump Friday night vs. the Suns. Friday, 7:02 am
  • James Harden scores 48 points in 142-116 win
    James Harden went berserk during a 142-116 win over the Suns on Thursday, making 12-of-22 from the field for 48 points with two rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block, five turnovers and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets became the first team since 1991 to score 90 points in a half with 45 points in the first and second quarters. Harden also made all 18 from the line tonight and all 19 on Tuesday, which helped him get to 43 consecutive free throws and counting. Those free throws are part of the reason why he's scored 40.2 points per game over his last six on a ridiculous 68.8 TS% and a 39.0 usage rate. He did actually bang knees with Josh Jackson with nine minutes left in the second quarter tonight, but he stayed in the game and it clearly didn't affect him in a negative way. Yeah, Chris Paul could hurt him slightly, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see Harden finish the year as fantasy's top player. Thursday, 10:35 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 24 points losing effort
    Kevin Durant scored a game-high 24 points during a 92-88 loss to the Celtics on Thursday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He missed a key mid-range shot late in the game to lead to the loss. On the whole, the blocks were there yet again and Durant continues to show how he can be a plus defender. Blocks aren't the best way to measure defense, but KD comes in at 94th percentile at around-the-rim defense, and he's only allowed one make on 22 attempts as the defender with the shot clock under four seconds (Synergy). Oh and KD is on pace for his most efficient offensive season of his career. He'll be in the mix as fantasy's top player all season. Thursday, 8:09 pm
  • Zach LaVine targeting mid-December
    Zach LaVine (knee) could be cleared for full contact as soon as Nov. 20.

    Advice: While this is good news, the goal for him to start playing isn't until mid-December. The Bulls will also be bringing him along very slowly upon his return, as they have no reason to push him in a rebuilding season. Thursday, 7:05 am
  • Joel Embiid goes off with 46/15/7 & 7 blocks
    Joel Embiid had a career night against the Lakers during a 115-109 victory on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 46 points with 15 rebounds, seven assists, seven blocks, two turnovers and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He was 14-of-20 from the field and 16-of-19 from the line to give him a ridiculous 81.1 TS% on his 35.8 usage rate. Embiid became the first NBA player to post at least 45 points, 15 boards, seven assists and seven blocks in a game since blocks became an official stat in 1973-74. Fantasy wise, his 93.5 fantasy points are the most this season, and he's not even all the way back yet. After the game, he said he was at about 69 percent of what he's capable of doing, so his fantasy owners should have some very, very nice lines coming their way. As always, Trust The Process. Wednesday, 11:34 pm
  • Julius Randle gets blocked five times
    Julius Randle made 2-of-12 from the field for eight points with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, three turnovers and six fouls in 30 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The poor shooting line was not because he was missing with five blocks against tonight. He did not enjoy his time against Joel Embiid and was blocked by The Process three times tonight -- Richaun Holmes and Amir Johnson also got him once each. Randle is still doing damage with his role as the backup center, so he's still a hold in standard leagues. Wednesday, 10:45 pm
  • Big Benching Brand: Lonzo doesn't play in 4Q
    Lonzo Ball got benched again on Wednesday during a loss to the 76ers, making 1-of-9 from the field for two points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Uh oh. He didn't play in final 16:04 tonight, and didn't play in the final 14:47 on Monday. This benching has been compounded by Jordan Clarkson getting hot these days, which won't go on forever. Ball has just been a complete disaster as a scorer with his 36.4 TS% on his 19.1 usage rate on the season. How bad is that? Well, no scoring qualifier has finished a season with a usage rate of at least 19 and a TS% below 39. We all knew Ball wasn't going to be a plus scorer, but he's off to one of the worst starts in history from an efficiency standpoint. Hopefully you're punting FG% anyway, and at least Ball has nowhere to go but up. Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Lauri Markkanen (ankle) plays well in blowout
    Lauri Markkanen (ankle) finished Wednesday's road loss with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, six rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, two steals, one block and zero turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He briefly exited after falling on his back tonight, which was concerning because he had a back injury in the preseason, but he looked fine after returning. The Bulls are obviously keen to develop Markkanen, and his owners got good news before the game -- coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed the rookie will continue to start at PF even when (or if) Nikola Mirotic returns to action for Chicago. Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • Antonio Blakeney in CHI rotation 'for now'
    Antonio Blakeney played 26 minutes off Chicago's bench on Wednesday, scoring 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting with three 3-pointers, two rebounds and two turnovers.

    Advice: "Blakeney showed some real signs," coach Fred Hoiberg said after the game. "He can get to the basket ... He really went out there and showed that he can stay in the rotation for now." It's important to remember the "for now" part of that quote, which likely alludes to the fact that Justin Holiday (personal) was out tonight, and Zach LaVine (knee) could start taking contact in the next few weeks. There's no reason to move on Blakeney in almost any league. Wednesday, 10:03 pm
  • Joel Embiid will play on Wednesday
    Updating a previous item, Joel Embiid will still play Wednesday night against the Lakers after missing shootaround.

    Advice: He did do some light rehab work on the side, so maybe the 76ers are just taking it easy on Embiid whenever they can. He played a career-high 36 minutes in a thrilling win against the Clippers on Monday, and after the game he said he's not close to 100 percent yet. He may not play 36 minutes tonight, but get him in your lineups in a favorable matchup. Wednesday, 12:56 pm
  • Embiid misses shootaround, expects to play
    Joel Embiid did not participate in this morning’s shootaround at Santa Monica High School and he is still scheduled to play in Wednesday's game against the Lakers.

    Advice: We don't know if this is injury related, just part of the maintenance plan, or another reason. After Monday's win, Embiid said he's still only around 50 percent to be fully back and he was reportedly still dealing with soreness, so it's possible he was just given the morning off. For now, expect him to be out there, but DFS players may want to proceed with caution on The Process. If he is held out, Richaun Holmes and Amir Johnson would benefit. Wednesday, 12:24 pm
  • Lauri Markkanen (ankle) will start Wednesday
    Lauri Markkanen (ankle) will start Wednesday vs. the Thunder, as expected.

    Advice: Markkanen exited Saturday's game with an ankle injury and did not practice on Monday, but the plan was always to have him back in action on Wednesday night. Fred Hoiberg did say that he'd be monitoring Markkanen's minutes tonight, so he's a somewhat risky DFS target, while the potentially limited minutes for the rookie increases Bobby Portis' appeal. Wednesday, 10:06 am
  • James Harden scores 38, hits 19-of-19 FTs
    James Harden hit 8-of-25 shots and 19-of-19 free throws for 38 points in Tuesday's 129-113 loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: This was the sixth game of his career with 19 free throws made, and he's comfortably leading the NBA in free throws made per game this season. He dished out 11 assists with six rebounds, one block, three triples and nine turnovers in 39 minutes, but his owners should be expecting a small dip in value with Chris Paul (knee) targeting a return on Thursday vs. Phoenix. Even with CP3 in Houston, Harden could still be a top-5 fantasy asset and hasn't scored fewer than 26 points since Oct. 28. Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Trevor Booker scores 12 points in start
    Trevor Booker started at center on Tuesday vs. the Celtics and scored 12 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Timofey Mozgov hasn't given the Nets much this season, so there's a chance Booker could stick in the first unit. He finished 5-of-10 from the field and knocked down both of his free throws, so put him on your radar if you could use a big. Keep in mind that the Nets are off until Friday. Tuesday, 7:02 pm
  • Trevor Booker will start at center on Tuesday
    Trevor Booker will replace Timofey Mozgov in the starting lineup Tuesday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Booker had missed four straight due to back soreness before returning Saturday vs. Utah. This will be his first start of the season. Booker did start 43 games in 2016-17 and averaged 9.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 26.6 minutes per start. He's worth consideration as an inexpensive dart throw in DFS tournaments on Tuesday. Tuesday, 3:46 pm
  • Lauri Markkanen (ankle) plans to play Wed
    Lauri Markkanen (ankle) said he plans to play Wednesday vs. OKC.

    Advice: Markkanen tweaked his ankle on Saturday vs. the Spurs and was unable to return to the game. He sat out practice on Tuesday but reportedly was only dealing with "minimal swelling." Markkanen has exceeded expectations early on this season. He's averaging 14.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 treys in 30.5 minutes over the first 11 games of his NBA career. Tuesday, 9:29 am
  • Lakers won't change Lonzo Ball's form
    Lakers president Magic Johnson said that the coaching staff won't attempt to fix or change Lonzo Ball's form this season.

    Advice: Ball is shooting just 31.3 percent from the floor, 25.0 percent from 3-point territory and 50.0 percent from the free-throw stripe. "Let him shoot the way he's been shooting and hopefully they'll go in," said Magic. "And so, we're not gonna mess with it. If after the season, and he's not shooting well, then we'll sit down with him and say, 'Hey, let's maybe look at a different way or let's try to improve the way you are shooting." Tuesday, 7:20 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 21 points in win over ORL
    Kevin Durant scored 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting in Monday's win over the Magic.

    Advice: He was a perfect 3-of-3 from the line with eight assists, seven rebounds and two turnovers. His owners were probably expecting more from KD with Stephen Curry (thigh) out, but he only played 30 minutes after playing 28 on Saturday. He did just return from a thigh injury of his own, so maybe the Warriors were just taking it easy on him. Monday, 10:39 pm
  • Lonzo Ball scores seven points in win
    Lonzo Ball made 3-of-10 from the field for seven points during a 100-93 win over the Suns on Monday, adding five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: No triple-double here and he couldn't come close to matching his career-high 29 he had against the Suns last time he played them, but the Lakers did break their three-game losing streak. Plus, coach Luke Walton benched Ball down the stretch because Jordan Clarkson was playing well. Ball is still really struggling with his jumper at just 25.2 percent on those 107 attempts, and he's also had 11 of his 59 layups get blocked as well. Ball is also terrible as a transition scorer, which he'll really need to improve in this offense. Monday, 9:32 pm
  • Julius Randle plays just 19 minutes
    Julius Randle scored eight points with eight rebounds, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against the Suns on Monday.

    Advice: After logging at least 21 minutes in each of his last three, Randle saw his playing time drop a tad in this win. He hasn't even played a minute next to Brook Lopez in the last five games and he's only played 15 minutes next to Andrew Bogut in that span, so coach Luke Walton hasn't really adjusted Randle's role after the Larry Nance (hand) injury. He's still a fine hold in standard leagues. Monday, 9:15 pm
  • Nik Stauskas (ankle) is in a walking boot
    Nik Stauskas was seen wearing a walking boot for his sprained right ankle and will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.

    Advice: He has played a total of four minutes in November and isn't in the rotation anyways. Nov 13, 10:31 am
  • Lauri Markkanen (ankle) sits out practice
    Lauri Markkanen (ankle) sat out of Monday's practice.

    Advice: He left Saturday's game early and didn't return, but Markkanen has "minimal swelling" and is day-to-day. The Bulls are off until Wednesday's game vs. the Thunder, so while it's more likely than not that Markkanen plays, Portis would be line for a huge workload if not. Nov 13, 9:21 am
  • James Harden dishes 15 assists vs. Pacers
    James Harden distributed a season-high 15 assists on Sunday, adding 26 points, five rebounds, three 3-pointers and two steals in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Harden had nine assists in the first quarter alone, helping Houston claim a 35-18 lead, and he came within two dimes of his career-high. Chris Paul went through some light work during Friday's practice and he's inching closer to a return, but Houston has no need to rush him back -- their 11-3 record is tops in the West, just ahead of the 10-3 Warriors. Nov 12, 5:46 pm
  • Trevor Booker back in action Saturday
    Trevor Booker (back) returned to action Saturday at Utah, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot in 20 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Booker hit 5-of-10 from the field and did not see to have any ill effects of the back injury which forced him to the shelf. It helped him ease back into action by not having to face the disruptive Rudy Gobert (knee), too. He'll likely continue to log 15-20 minutes per game off the bench, and his return did not affect Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who still logged 31 minutes in the starting five. Nov 11, 10:18 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 29 in return
    Kevin Durant returned from a thigh injury on Saturday and hit 11-of-18 shots and 3-of-6 3-pointers for 29 points, five boards, four assists, two steals and two blocks to lead the Warriors to a 135-114 win over the Sixers.

    Advice: KD sat out in his last game with a thigh problem, but looked amazing tonight. That's what KD does, so just roll him out there again for Week 5. Nov 11, 9:37 pm
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