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  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 15 points
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 15 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: On paper, Aldridge was expected to see a boost in production while Pau Gasol was out. Well, that did not happen due to Aldridge making just 39.0 percent from the field in his previous February games and a drop in scoring compared to January despite an increase in minutes. LMA tore it up in the second half last season, but he just doesn't have it in his age-31 season. He's more of a mid-round guy than the early-round he's been for most of this decade. Today, 12:30 am
  • David Lee gets just 11 minutes
    David Lee played 11 minutes with two points, five rebounds and one block against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He was the primary beneficiary from the Pau Gasol injury and looked great for the last month. We'll see some more Lee at some point when the Spurs rest their bigs, but he's a clear cut candidate for those who used him in deep leagues. Today, 12:25 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 29 points vs. Spurs
    Blake Griffin scored 29 points with nine rebounds, five assists and one steal in 38 minutes against the Spurs on Friday night.

    Advice: He did take a Dewayne Dedmon shoulder to his cheek and ran to the locker room for about 10 seconds, but he had to come back out to shoot the free throws. Griffin just had a band-aid put over his cheek and it was enough to stop the bleeding, so he stayed in the game. As for his play, Griffin clearly has it going again and looks like an early-round player going forward. He needs to stay healthy. Today, 12:15 am
  • Austin Rivers moves to the bench
    Austin Rivers moved back to the bench on Friday with 23 points, three assists and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He looks like he's going to still have a role as a combo wing for the Clippers. Rivers is still likely going to see a drop in overall production and he really won't do too much outside of scoring, he's better for points leagues or deeper leagues. Today, 12:08 am
  • Robert Covington returned to action on Friday February 24. Today, 12:07 am
  • Nikola Jokic scores just two points
    Nikola Jokic played just 15 minutes with two points, five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Do not panic. Brook Lopez caught Jokic with a rip move to give him two fouls in the first two minutes tonight, which put him in foul trouble for basically the whole game. This isn't the first time we've seen Jokic have major fouling issues and his coach knows it. "We need to play him at least 30-32 minutes a night," Malone said. "He needs to stop with those silly fouls in transition." Yes, Jokic has not been good since Mason Plumlee arrived, but that's more of a coincidence due to foul trouble and just poor play. Jokic should still be considered an elite fantasy option. Today, 12:03 am
  • Danilo Gallinari scores 20 in 25 minutes
    Danilo Gallinari (groin) scored 20 points with eight rebounds and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: He was listed as probable for this game, but that's the status quo for the Nuggets following an injury. Gallinari did not play in the final 15:30 of this game because the Nuggets had the game in the bag, so Gallo likely would've been over 30 had this game been close. He'll be an injury risk, but his value is at its best on the Nuggets compared to another contender. Yesterday, 11:52 pm
  • Darrell Arthur gets 13 minutes
    Darrell Arthur played 13 minutes with two rebounds, one assist and three steals against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Kenneth Faried (back) went down in this game, so Arthur could be looking at minutes the next time out. He has some injury concerns of his own, so leave him on the wire. Yesterday, 11:40 pm
  • Gary Harris scores career-high 25 points
    Gary Harris scored a career-high 25 points with two points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Yeah, it was against the Nets, but Harris is on a roll and his coach gave him some credit. "I think Nikola [Jokic] loves playing with him because that is one of his favorite targets because Gary is in constant motion," coach Mike Malone said. Harris has been above his season scoring average in each of his last six games with 16 or more on terrific efficiency in each, as well. His strong second half last year was no fluke and he looks like a mid-round guy going forward. Harris probably deserves more mainstream love as one of the best 22-year-old guards in the NBA. Yesterday, 11:36 pm
    New Player Note
    Gary Harris Den - SG,SF
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson plays mostly four
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 15 points with eight rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Kenny Atkinson said he wants to play RHJ more at the four, and tonight it was 100 percent PF minutes for the 2015 first-round pick. Hollis-Jefferson was leaned on for defense quite a bit and even did a good job on Nikola Jokic at times. He's starting to get it going over his last five, averaging 9.8 points, 7.6 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.4 treys. He's looking like an asset in standard leagues again. Yesterday, 11:20 pm
  • Dion Waiters double-doubles
    Dion Waiters made 6-of-19 from the field for 14 points with three rebounds, 10 assists, two blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The Heat didn't unleash Josh Richardson (foot) in his first game back, but that will be something to watch. Also, the 10 assists is a season high for Waiters during this blowout win. There's still a chance to sell high on Waiters after a big-time start to 2017. Yesterday, 11:00 pm
  • James Johnson scores just two points
    James Johnson scored two points with two rebounds, five assists and one steal in just 16 minutes against the Hawks Friday.

    Advice: He basically could do no wrong in his previous February games, averaging 16.3 points, 4.6 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.8 blocks, 0.9 steals and 0.9 treys. The black-belted Johnson gets a pass due to foul trouble and his owners can expect him to rebound against the Pacers on Saturday. Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Wayne Ellington gets 22 minutes
    Wayne Ellington played 22 minutes with nine points, one rebound and three 3-pointers against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: The Heat were reportedly shopping Ellington at the deadline, but he was actually in the rotation ahead of Josh Richardson. That probably won't continue, so expect Ellington to fall out of the rotation at some point. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Josh Richardson doesn't do much
    Josh Richardson (foot) returned to action on Friday with no points, three assists and no turnovers in 13 minutes against the Hawks.

    Advice: Wayne Ellington actually checked in before Richardson in this game. Coach Erik Spoelstra said that Richardson didn't have a minutes limit, but obviously the Heat don't want to rush him back after missing the last 1.5 months. It'll take a handful of games for J-Rich to get right, but he's still a solid property to own. Patience will be required, though. Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha returns on Friday
    Thabo Sefolosha returned on Friday night with two points, four rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes against the Heat.

    Advice: He should be moving back into the starting lineup at some point, but Sefolosha wasn't really playing well before his injury due to his groin. Plus, the rookies, DeAndre Bembry and Taurean Prince, have played well. Leave Thabo on the wire. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova gets 16 minutes
    Ersan Ilyasova played 16 minutes with nine points, two rebounds, one assist and no turnovers against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: Just as coach Mike Budenholzer said, Ilyasova was Paul Millsap's backup. That pair did not play together in this game, but maybe that changes if the Hawks want to use Millsap as a small-ball five. Ilyasova loses a lot of value in Atlanta, so he's a drop candidate. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • John Henson enters rotation on Friday
    John Henson was back in the rotation on Friday vs. the Jazz, scoring four points with two rebounds and one block in 13 minutes.

    Advice: After three straight DNP-CDs, Henson was forced into action because Thon Maker had four fouls in 14 minutes. The Bucks were unable to move Greg Monroe at the deadline and the Bucks want to give Maker a look, so Henson's stash appeal isn't great. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores nine points
    Khris Middleton scored nine points in 24 minutes vs. the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: He played 26 minutes in the final game before the All-Star break, so he could be nearing the 28-minute mark by next week. Middleton shot just 2-of-9 from the field tonight with just three rebounds and one triple, but look for him to bounce back in a dream matchup vs. the Suns on Sunday. He should absolutely be owned in all standard leagues even though it will take some time for him to get it going. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Bobby Portis scores nine in a start
    Bobby Portis scored nine points with seven rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in a start against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: The Bulls said they traded away Taj Gibson because they wanted to free Bobby Portis. He didn't have a great game while his main competition for minutes, Nikola Mirotic, was very effective. Portis' inconsistent play makes him more of a 16-team guy until he can string games together. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Joe Ingles scores six points
    Joe Ingles moved back to the bench on Friday against the Bucks and scored six points with seven rebounds, five assists and two triples in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Rodney Hood (knee) only played 21 minutes in his return and looked rough, but Ingles' minutes should start to trend down as Hood gets his legs under him. It's time to move on from Ingles if you haven't already, despite tonight's solid line. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Rodney Hood struggles in return
    Rodney Hood (knee) struggled mightily in his return to action on Friday vs. the Bucks, scoring three points on 1-of-9 shooting in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He returned from a seven-game absence and was clearly rusty. Hood added two rebounds, one assist and one steal, and he's just a low-end pickup until he proves that he can consistently string together a few good games. He was averaging 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.1 3-pointers and 0.6 steals this season prior to Friday. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
    New Player Note
    Rodney Hood Uta - SG,SF
  • T.J. Warren gets 38 minutes, scores 17
    T.J. Warren scored 17 points with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 38 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: With P.J. Tucker's defense, rebounding and hustle in Toronto, Warren's runaway is finally clear for takeoff. He still had some defensive goofs in this game, but his only backup is Derrick Jones Jr. right now unless the Suns go with three guards. Warren is worth owning in all standard leagues again. Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Jared Dudley gets 20 minutes
    Jared Dudley played 20 minutes against the Bulls on Friday with three points, one rebound and one assist.

    Advice: He was Marquese Chriss' backup tonight and that may continue until Dragan Bender (ankle) can return. The Suns are hoping Bender can return next month, so Dudley's low upside could only last for a couple weeks. Most owners should be able to do better. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores career-high 43 points
    DeMar DeRozan took over against the Celtics for a career-high 43 points during a 107-97 win on Friday, adding five rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Without Kyle Lowry (wrist), it was DeMar DeRozan over everything. DeRozan has a whopping 41.4 usage rate in his 517 minutes without Lowry this season, so he would be looking at some massive output while Lowry is on the shelf. The new Raptors, Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, had a seamless transition on their new team and those lower-usage guys are another positive for DeMar. Expect big numbers from the All-Star. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 27 points in win
    Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points on 11-of-21 shooting in Friday's win over the Mavericks.

    Advice: It would be tough to find a hotter player in the NBA right now. Wiggins added seven rebounds, three assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer, and he's now scored 25+ points in seven straight games. Wiggins is averaging a ridiculous 32.8 points on 56.3 percent shooting with 4.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five outings, so he's quickly developing into a complete player in both real life and in fantasy. He just turned 22 years old on Thursday. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Good Knight: Sir Robert Covington scores 25
    Robert Covington torched the Wizards on Friday night, scoring 25 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, four steals and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made 9-of-14 from the field as the 76ers offense was hitting on all cylinders. Covington has been on fire in the last 30 days, averaging 16.3 points, 7.6 boards, 1.8 assists, 2.9 steals and 2.7 treys on a respectable 43.7 percent from the field in those 12 games. Due to injuries and Ersan Ilyasova heading to the ATL, RoCo will be in his best position all season and is a must-start player. Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Arthur (illness) is available to play Friday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) is available to play Friday night vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Arthur was available to play Thursday night as well but received a DNP-CD. It will be difficult for Arthur to carve out consistent minutes with both Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried fully healthy. Yesterday, 4:43 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari and Faried are active Friday
    Danilo Gallinari (groin) and Kenneth Faried (ankle) will play on Friday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: The Nuggets will list their injured players as probable for up to week after they return, so Gallo wasn't in real danger of missing this one. He scored 15 points with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 30 minutes against the Kings on Thursday and gets to look forward to a great matchup with the Nets. Yesterday, 4:38 pm
  • Rodney Hood (knee) to start, Ingles to bench
    Rodney Hood (knee) will return to the starting lineup on Friday vs. Milwaukee and Joe Ingles will return to the bench.

    Advice: Hood, who has been battling an assortment of injuries all year long, is averaging 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 3-pointers this season. He had missed seven straight games prior to Friday. Hood's return will limit the both Ingles and Joe Johnson's minutes. Yesterday, 4:25 pm
    New Player Note
    Rodney Hood Uta - SG,SF
  • Joe Ingles to the bench
    Joe Ingles will move back to the bench on Friday against the Bucks.

    Advice: With Rodney Hood (knee) back, Ingles should see his playing time drop. He's been terrific when called upon, but Ingles is a drop in most leagues. Yesterday, 4:23 pm
  • Robert Covington to start, get backup 4 mins
    Robert Covington will start and is expected to get minutes as the backup power forward against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Justin Anderson is also expected to see a little run at the four. This actually isn't new for either with Covington coming up as a power forward in the Houston system and Anderson getting run at the four under coach Rick Carlisle at times. Plus, with Ersan Ilyasova out, RoCo should be the primary trigger man. If he can hit shots, he should have some big nights going forward. Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari is probable to play vs. BK
    Danilo Gallinari (groin) is probable to play against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: He returned from his groin injury on Thursday and played 30 minutes. The Nuggets habitually list players as probable for the game following a return, so this is status quo. There is a chance he does sit or could be limited, but for now we're expecting him to play around 30 minutes. Yesterday, 11:09 am
  • Darrell Arthur (illness) is probable
    Darrell Arthur (illness) is probable to play against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: He was available to play on Thursday and was a DNP-CD. Arthur may not be in the rotation while Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried are healthy. Yesterday, 11:06 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will return Friday
    Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will return Friday night vs. Miami.

    Advice: Sefolosha has missed nine straight games due to the injury to his left groin. He will come off the bench on Friday, as coach Mike Budenholzer said Tim Hardaway Jr. will remain in the starting lineup for at least the "next few games." Hardway has played extremely well with Thabo sidelined, which means Sefolosha's minutes will likely be limited in the immediate future. Yesterday, 10:31 am
  • Bobby Portis to start at PF on Friday night
    Bobby Portis will start at power forward Friday night vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Portis has been disappointingly quiet for much of the 2016-17 campaign, but it appears he will get a chance to showcase his talents over the season's final two months after the Bulls traded Taj Gibson to OKC on Thursday. Portis flashed his upside when he scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Bulls final contest before the All-Star break. He had 16 points and six boards in the only other game he played more than 25 minutes this season. His fantasy stock is rising. Yesterday, 9:46 am
  • Rodney Hood (knee) will play Friday night
    Rodney Hood (knee) will play Friday night vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Hood, who has missed seven straight games, has been somewhat disappointing this season. His scoring, assist and steals averages are lower than there were compared to the 2015-16 campaign. This is due in large part to the nagging injury issues that have limited him for much of the season. With Hood back in the lineup, Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles will see their minutes reduced. Yesterday, 9:14 am
    New Player Note
    Rodney Hood Uta - SG,SF
  • Ersan Ilyasova expected to play Friday
    Ersan Ilyasova is expected to make his Hawks debut Friday night vs. Miami.

    Advice: Ilyasova's fantasy value took a major hit as a result of the trade that sent him from Philly to Atlanta. He was averaging over 27 minutes per game for the Sixers, but won't approach that amount of playing time with the Hawks now that he is backing up Paul Millsap. We should have a better feel of where Ilyasova fits in the Atlanta rotation after Friday night's contest. Yesterday, 8:19 am
  • Nikola Jokic starts second half slowly
    Nikola Jokic had a disappointing line during a 116-100 loss to the Kings on Thursday, scoring four points with 10 rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The Kings actually did a bang-up job on Jokic, keeping bodies on cutters and not allowing Jokic to establish deeper position. Plus, it wasn't a good defensive game for him and coach Mike Malone didn't hold back his thoughts after the game. "If he wants to be our best player and a franchise player he's got to play better," Malone said. "They went at him, scored easily on him." Jokic has struggled since Mason Plumlee arrived is more of a confidence, especially since those two didn't play together tonight. Jokic's fantasy owner should still expect him to be truly elite going forward. Thursday, 10:32 pm
  • Austin Rivers scores 19 in loss to Warriors
    Austin Rivers hit 7-of-16 shots and four 3-pointers for 19 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 37 minutes of Thursday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Is this the last hurrah for Rivers? Maybe not, but all signs are pointing to Chris Paul returning from his thumb injury on Friday night against the Spurs. Rivers, for the most part, has been rolling since CP3 went down, starting most nights and averaging 14.4 points, 4.8 assists and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games. With Paul on the verge of coming back, Rivers will surely take a hit. Don't drop him just yet, but once Paul proves he's healthy and ready to roll, and once Rivers' minutes take the hit that's coming, owners will be thankful they pre-planned for what's coming. Thursday, 10:29 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari returns on Thursday
    Danilo Gallinari returned to action on Thursday with 15 points six rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 30 minutes against the Kings.

    Advice: It's his first game back since a scary groin strain on Feb. 1, and there are just no half measures on Gallinari and the Nuggets. Even coming off an injury, he didn't really see limited run, which is part of the reason he's hurt so often. Still, Gallinari not getting traded is good for his fantasy value, so expect him to flirt with mid-round value as long as he's healthy. Thursday, 10:22 pm
  • Blake Griffin still sluggish after break
    Blake Griffin, who scored just 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting in his last game before the All-Star break, hit just 3-of-13 shots for 12 points, five rebounds and eight assists in Thursday's 123-113 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Maybe it was the Warriors' defense, but Griffin looked a little sluggish tonight, and he's struggled a bit in his last two games. Look for him to take out his frustrations on the hapless Nets on Saturday night. Thursday, 10:21 pm
  • Gary Harris scores 23 points
    Gary Harris scored 23 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and five 3-pointers against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: He was just one point off his season high in scoring for this game. The Nuggets pushing Jamal Murray to the one would be a big win for Harris, who has been heating up this month. In his previous February games, Harris averaged 15.2 points, 3.2 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.4 treys. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Thursday, 10:18 pm
    New Player Note
    Gary Harris Den - SG,SF
  • Darrell Arthur gets a DNP-CD
    Darrell Arthur was a DNP-CD on Thursday.

    Advice: With Kenneth Faried back and the Nuggets not trading anyone away today, Arthur is not expected to get much playing time. He likely won't be a DNP-CD every game, but the Nuggets will continue to manage Arthur and his aging knees. Thursday, 9:54 pm
  • Darrell Arthur available on Thursday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) is available to play on Thursday against the Kings.

    Advice: His role should be pretty limited off the bench, especially with the Nuggets finally getting healthy again. However, Kenneth Faried (available) is a little iffy with his sprained ankle, so Arthur might see a few more minutes than normal tonight if Faried struggles with his ankle. Thursday, 6:09 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha not on injury report
    Thabo Sefolosha is not on the injury report for Friday against the Heat.

    Advice: He should be good to go and it'll be interesting to see how he fits in going forward. Tim Hardaway Jr. has been very good while the rookies, Taurean Prince and DeAndre Bembry, have improved in the past month. Sefolosha isn't an add in fantasy. Thursday, 2:08 pm
  • T.J. Warren headed for bigger minutes
    T.J. Warren is headed for an increased role with the Suns.

    Advice: Excluding the up-and-down G-League guys and injuries, he's technically the only small forward on the roster. The Suns could shift Jared Dudley to the three now just because of their roster construction, they could sign someone to a 10-day deal, or maybe even Derrick Jones Jr. backs up Warren. Despite his struggles since December, Warren should trend up as an asset in standard leagues. He needs to play better on defense. Thursday, 1:07 pm
  • Bobby Portis could be unleashed w/ Taj gone?
    Bobby Portis should see a significant increase in playing time following Thursday's trade that sent Taj Gibson to Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Portis was one of the biggest winners at the trade deadline, just by virtue of staying put. He looks like the probable starting PF and is coming off a few strong performances before the break, including a 19-point, eight-rebound game last Thursday. His efficiency has improved this season and Chicago could turn him loose, so he's a reasonable pickup if you need a free agent forward. Thursday, 1:04 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (groin) will play vs. Kings
    Danilo Gallinari (groin) will play against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: He has been out since his Feb. 1 and was back at practice on Wednesday. The Nuggets were expected to traded away either Gallo or Wilson Chandler, but were unable to do so. Gallinari should have some minute restrictions in the early going. His return will hurt guys like Will Barton and Juancho Hernangomez. Chandler should also play more at the four. Thursday, 12:34 pm
  • Rodney Hood (knee) practice again
    Rodney Hood (knee) practiced again on Thursday.

    Advice: This was his second practice in a row and he's trending in the right direction for Friday's game vs. the Bucks. Hood has season averages of 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.1 triples on 42.0 percent shooting, but he's more of a low-end pickup because of his inconsistency and durability issues. Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles will lose most of their fantasy appeal when Hood is cleared. Thursday, 11:22 am
    New Player Note
    Rodney Hood Uta - SG,SF
  • DeMar DeRozan (personal) misses practice
    DeMar DeRozan missed practice on Thursday because he was attending a funeral.

    Advice: To be clear, he's fully expected to play on Friday vs. the Celtics. The Raptors are expected to make a move at the deadline, but DeRozan obviously isn't going anywhere -- the Raptors are looking for a small forward and have been linked to P.J. Tucker and Wilson Chandler. Thursday, 10:48 am
  • Heat shopping Wayne Ellington with McRoberts?
    The Heat have been shopping Wayne Ellington and Josh McRoberts as a package, according to Chris Mannix of The Vertical.

    Advice: Mannix notes that the Heat "appear interested in moving contracts." Ellington has a non-guaranteed $6.3 million salary next season, while McRoberts has a $6.0 million player option. There are zero teams linked to this 'package', for good reason, and we're not reading much into it with the deadline less than 24 hours away. Wednesday, 9:11 pm
  • Josh Richardson (foot) to return Friday?
    Josh Richardson (sprained left foot) is expected to make his return vs. the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra hinted that J-Rich will earn minutes at PG, SG and SF when he returns. "Nothing can be set in concrete with this team," Spoelstra said. "He’s been doing some level of contact now for two weeks ... The team has been able to adjust to guys in and out of the rotation." Richardson missed Miami's past 19 games and owners should temper expectations immediately after the break, but he's in a position to succeed and is a very intriguing pickup in standard leagues. Wednesday, 8:17 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson seen as combo-forward
    Nets coach Kenny Atkinson prefers to play Rondae Hollis-Jefferson at power forward, but won't rule him out as a small forward.

    Advice: "If we need minutes at the three, if there's a situation, he could definitely do it," Atkinson said. The takeaway here is that Brooklyn won't be shy about finding him playing time in the season's final weeks, and RHJ is trending up with the Nets focused almost exclusively on player development. Feel free to grab him if you're targeting guys with rest-of-season upside. Wednesday, 7:41 pm
  • Rodney Hood (knee) iffy to return on Friday
    Rodney Hood (knee) practiced on Wednesday but he's unsure whether he'll be ready for Friday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Hood said that his "goal" is to play Friday but he's unsure if that's practical. Players are almost always overly optimistic, which hints that Hood will miss more time after the break. He's been a shaky fantasy option while averaging 28.6 minutes per game this season, and he's struggled to stay healthy, so there isn't much incentive to own him through the deadline in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 6:39 pm
    New Player Note
    Rodney Hood Uta - SG,SF
  • Woj: Ersan Ilyasova heading from PHI to ATL
    The 76ers are finalizing a trade that will send Ersan Ilyasova to Atlanta in exchange for Tiago Splitter and two second-round picks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: The Sixers are expected to receive one second-round pick, while swapping another one. The Hawks are buyers at the deadline and Ilyasova gives them some welcome frontcourt depth, adding a stretch-PF behind Paul Millsap, but his fantasy value takes a hit with the move. If your waiver wire is barren he might be worth holding, to see how the rotation plays out, but the trade deadline is likely to create many more intriguing rest-of-season pickups. Wednesday, 4:29 pm
  • Josh Richardson cleared to play on Friday
    Josh Richardson (foot) has been cleared to play on Friday against the Hawks.

    Advice: He's been out since Jan. 6 and was in a walking boot last month, but Richardson has been doing some practicing since at least Feb. 3. He was on a roll to close his 2016 with 20.3 points per game in his final three December games, but the emergence of Dion Waiters could limit him. He's still someone worthy of a pickup on most leagues to see what happens. Wednesday, 2:15 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (illness) questionable Thur
    Darrell Arthur (illness) is questionable to play against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: This isn't due to his arthritic knee issues, which will cause him to be managed throughout the season. If Arthur can't go, there could be a few extra minutes going to Juancho Hernangomez, especially if the Nuggets make trades at the deadline. Wednesday, 12:28 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari is questionable for Thursday
    Danilo Gallinari (groin) is questionable to play against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: He did go through some practice on Tuesday, so he's coming along from what looked like a scary injury earlier this month. Of course, there is a chance that Gallinari is on another team before Thursday's game. The sense around reporters is that the Nuggets will be dealing either Gallo or Wilson Chandler. A trade would likely hurt Gallo's fantasy value. Wednesday, 12:25 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha (groin) could play Friday?
    Thabo Sefolosha (groin) may be able to return to the court for Friday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Sefolosha was spotted getting up some 3s after going through a full practice on Wednesday and given that he's been out since Jan. 27 with this groin injury, he has to be getting very close to a return. Sefolosha has value as a steals specialist as Atlanta's starting small forward, but a trade at the deadline would likely crush his value. Until he's actually playing games, he can remain on the wire in most leagues. Wednesday, 10:45 am
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) returns to practice
    Darrell Arthur (knee) returned to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's had a week off and should be fine for Thursday's game vs. the Kings. He's appeared in just 29 of the Nuggets 55 games this season, so they will continue to limit his minutes going forward. Arthur is not a fantasy option. Tuesday, 5:53 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari, Faried go through practice
    Danilo Gallinari (groin) and Kenneth Faried (ankle) went through practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Nuggets are "hopeful" that they will be both be available for Thursday's game vs. the Kings. Gallo has missed the past eight games for the Nuggets, but his fantasy owners should be more concerned about whether or not he's traded at the deadline -- the Celtics, Rockets and Clippers are all rumored destinations. A move would more than likely hurt his value, but at least he's healthy again. Tuesday, 5:41 pm
  • BOS not expected to trade for Blake Griffin
    The Celtics have reportedly "talked intermittently" with the Clippers about Blake Griffin, but a deal "is extremely unlikely."

    Advice: Griffin is set to hit free agency this summer, so the Celtics aren't going to throw away assets at the deadline when they can simply pursue him during the offseason if they still have cap space. The Pacers aren't returning Boston's calls about Paul George, so it sounds like Jimmy Butler remains their primary target with the deadline looming. Monday, 7:31 pm
  • Richardson says he's ready to make an impact
    Josh Richardson (foot) said he's "excited" to get back to the court and "make an impact" for his team after the All-Star break.

    Advice: "I feel like I can get a lot of growth done still. There’s still a lot of time left," said Richardson. "I think I’ve grown a lot, but I’d like to do a lot more on the court." The Heat will resume practice on Wednesday, but all indications are that Richardson will be in uniform for Miami's first game after the break, Friday vs. Atlanta. Rodney McGruder figures to return to the bench once Richardson is fully up to speed, and guys like Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson could be losing some touches on offense. Richardson makes sense as a speculative add if you've got someone to cut. Monday, 12:17 pm
  • Celtics keeping an eye on Gallo?
    The Celtics will "keep an eye on" Danilo Gallinari (groin) as a possible trade target, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

    Advice: The Celtics are reportedly making their picks available for the right deal, including the potential No. 1 lottery spot with Brooklyn's pick. That pick likely isn't going to be in play for Gallinari, but young talent or future firsts could be in play on this deal. Gallo would take a big hit in big hit in Boston while Will Barton and Juancho Hernangomez could benefit. Saturday, 5:13 pm
  • Nikola Jokic flirts with a triple-double
    Nikola Jokic scored 12 points with 11 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in the Rising Stars game on Friday.

    Advice: We all know flirting with a triple-double was nothing new. It looked like Jokic was on his way to lead the night in highlights with four no-look passes in the first half, but the World got away from it and just chucked treys. Just like he does during the season, Jokic brought the ball up and is a true point center. His fantasy owners should be expecting him to flirt with first-round value going forward. Friday, 8:23 pm
  • Bobby Portis is back? Maybe?
    Bobby Portis scored a season-high 19 points with eight rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: Free Bobby Portis? Nikola Mirotic (back) was expected to play in this game, but it looks like coach Fred Hoiberg wanted to give the second-year Portis a chance after some energetic effort this week. He's still a work in progress, but Portis playing well does put him on the radar in deep leagues. After all, it's not like Mirotic has played well this season. Thursday, 7:41 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha on the trade block?
    The Hawks have had discussions with other teams about Thabo Sefolosha with the deadline looming.

    Advice: Sefolosha is on a bargain of a contract at just under $3.9 million, but he will hit free agency this summer. The Hawks are looking to be buyers at the deadline, so Sefolosha and Tiago Splitter are the two most likely pieces to be moved to make a deal work. The Hawks are loaded with depth at SF and they may want to clear up more minutes for guys like Taurean Prince and DeAndre Bembry, but no deal is imminent at this time. He's not a great stash. Thursday, 11:14 am
  • Robert Covington (head) says he's 'fine'
    Robert Covington (head) said he's "fine" after leaving Wednesday's game vs. the Celtics early in the fourth quarter.

    Advice: "I hit it on the chair pretty hard," Covington said after the game. "I didn’t black out or anything. I didn’t get dizzy. It just started ringing and I had to sit there for a second. Overall, all I think it is right now is a headache." He added that he doesn't think he has a concussion, but we'll let you know if the 76ers run any tests on him. For now, expect the stat-stuffing machine to be ready to go when the 76ers return from the break. Thursday, 9:05 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 17 points vs. Hawks
    Blake Griffin scored 17 points during a 99-84 win over the Hawks on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, nine assists, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Clippers won this game with defense to end their first half on a four-game winning streak. They were dominating with defense earlier this season and are 19-3 when they hold their opponents under 100 points this season. Griffin is also coming into the break on a roll, averaging 26.7 points, 9.4 boards, 5.9 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 treys on 53.4 percent from the field and 80.8 percent from the line in his previous February games. He'll have a tough time keeping up these numbers when Chris Paul (hand) comes back and BG has been a little injury prone, so this may be a decent sell-high moment. Wednesday, 10:31 pm
  • Joe Ingles had great game against Blazers
    Joe Ingles made 7-of-9 from the field for 18 points with four rebounds, four assists, four steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He continues to be quite the understudy for Rodney Hood (knee). Ingles has been terrific around the basket and he's still in the hunt for the league lead in 3-point percentage -- Otto Porter is 2.0 percent ahead of Ingles. Hood could be back for the next game, so Ingles could take a hit after the break. Wednesday, 9:44 pm
  • Gary Harris scores 22 pts on 8-of-17 shooting
    Gary Harris fell two points shy of his season high on Wednesday, making 8-of-17 shots with three 3-pointers to score 22 points in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Harris added four boards, two assists and two steals, and this marks his fourth strong shooting performance. His minutes are up due to injuries recently, but his mid-round fantasy value is safe no matter who suits up for Denver. Wednesday, 8:49 pm
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  • Nikola Jokic fills it up again in loss to MIN
    Nikola Jokic filled it up again on Wednesday with 15 points, 14 rebounds (four offensive), four assists, four blocks and one steal.

    Advice: Jokic played alongside Mason Plumlee for most of the game, but that was mostly out of desperation with so many frontcourt guys injured. He shot just 6-of-19 from the field but also hit two 3-pointers and lit it up everywhere else, the type of performance that's becoming ho-hum for the elite big man. Wednesday, 8:47 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 40 points w/ two treys
    Andrew Wiggins scored 40 points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two treys in Wednesday's 112-99 win over the Nuggets.

    Advice: He's on some kind of heater right now. Wiggins was shooting 55 percent from the field and 46 percent from deep in his previous five games, and this performance comes on the heels of a 41-point outing on Tuesday vs. the Cavs. He shot 15-of-26 from the field and 8-of-11 from the line tonight, and he joined Kevin Love as just the second player in Wolves' history to score 40 points in back-to-back to games. This has been the best stretch of his career and he looks poised to have a monster run after the break. Wiggins also put Nikola Jokic on a poster tonight, so check that out in the link below. Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Dion Waiters drops 23/9/7 in win vs. Houston
    Dion Waiters helped the Heat escape with a win in Houston on Wednesday, getting 23 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Heat followed up their improbable 13-game win streak with two consecutive losses, but they got back on track tonight and head into the break with tons of momentum. Waiters' recent ankle injury hasn't slowed him down a bit in his past two games, as he's averaging 23.0 points on combined 18-of-36 shooting. Josh Richardson's return after the break could mar his production, but Waiters has been good enough to make believers out of most skeptics. Wednesday, 8:32 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova marginalized w/ Saric hot
    Ersan Ilyasova struggled in 15 minutes vs. Boston on Wednesday, making 2-of-9 shots to finish with five points, three rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Ilyasova didn't return after leaving at the 9:41 mark of the third quarter tonight, as Dario Saric went off and kept the veteran rooted to the bench. His minutes are trending down, even as Saric trends up, and this does not bode well for his role in the final weeks of the season. Feel free to look elsewhere for players with greater upside. Wednesday, 7:39 pm
  • Khris Middleton impresses, scores 20 points
    Khris Middleton cracked the 20-point plateau for the first time this season in Monday's 129-125 win in Brooklyn.

    Advice: Middleton was moving very well on Monday and showed flashes of the player that emerged as a star last season. He finsihed with 20 points, seven assists, three rebounds, three steals and just one turnover in 26 minutes. He was 7-of-13 from the floor and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe, including four clutch free throws to ice the game in the closing minute. As he rounds back into shape, Middleton has a chance to be a real difference-maker in fantasy leagues over the final two months of the season. Wednesday, 7:37 pm
  • Robert Covington (head) out for game
    Robert Covington (head contusion) went to the locker room in the fourth quarter on Wednesday and will not return.

    Advice: He hit his head and was able to walk back to the locker room under his own power. Covington was having a monster night in Boston, but he was down for a couple minutes and could have a concussion. He finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block, four 3-pointers and no turnovers. Wednesday, 6:49 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge gets going w/ 10-of-13 FGs
    LaMarcus Aldridge made 10-of-13 field goals and 3-of-4 free throws to finish Wednesday's game with 23 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Aldridge came in shooting 34.7 percent in February, a slump that dates back even further, so it's great to see him get on track heading into the break. He knocked down 6-of-7 shots in the first quarter alone tonight, and could have done more if it weren't a blowout. He can be viewed as a buy-low option for his post-break upside. Wednesday, 6:40 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha (groin) out for Wednesday
    Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will not play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: This will be his ninth straight game out of the lineup, but now he'll have the break to hopefully get back to normal. Taurean Prince was terrific on Monday and could fill in again. Tim Hardaway Jr. should also be busy. Wednesday, 6:34 pm
  • Jokic will replace Embiid in Skill Challenge
    Nikola Jokic will replace Joel Embiid (knee) in the Skills Challenge at All-Star weekend.

    Advice: Jokic will also be competing the Rising Stars Challenge, so he'll be busy at All-Star weekend, a trend that will likely continue for a very long time. Jokic has been a top-25 guy on the year, and over the past month, he's established himself as a first-round stud in standard 9-cat leagues. The sluggish start to the season is now a distant memory for The Joker. Wednesday, 8:45 am
  • Report: DEN open to moving Danilo Gallinari
    The Nuggets are reportedly open to moving Danilo Gallinari (groin) at the trade deadline.

    Advice: Gallinari has reportedly received interest from the Clippers, Celtics and Rockets, and of those locations, Los Angeles and Houston would be the best potential landing spots. As for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves, Gallinari will not play, and with Wilson Chandler (illness) being listed as questionable, we could again see Juan Hernangomez in the starting lineup. To be clear, nothing is imminent on the trade front for The Rooster, but this is a situation we'll be monitoring closely. Wednesday, 7:53 am
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