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  • Thabo Sefolosha scores eight points in start
    Thabo Sefolosha scored eight points on 3-of-9 shooting with six rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and one turnover in 29 minutes against the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: The blocks were a little fluky, but the steals weren't as he was averaging 2.1 steals per game prior to Friday. He missed all four of his triples this time around, but he's played at least 29 minutes in his last three games since moving into the starting five. He should be able to hold onto low-end value as long he continues to start. 33 minutes ago
  • Paul Millsap (hip) scores 23 w/ 14 boards
    Paul Millsap (hip) scored 23 points (8-of-15 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs) with 14 rebounds, six assists, one steal, three blocks and one 3-pointer in Friday's win over the Bucks.

    Advice: Wait, he's not 100 percent? Since returning from a three-game absence, Millsap is averaging 22.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 blocks, 2.7 steals and 0.7 triples in his last three games. The buy-low window is officially closed and the All-Star PF now gets four days to rest before the Hawks take on the Magic on Tuesday. 43 minutes ago
  • Greg Monroe scores 14 w/ five assists
    Greg Monroe scored 14 points with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and one turnover in 23 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: John Henson played 25 minutes, so the timeshare at the center spot continues. Monroe hit 6-of-13 shots and this was his sixth game in a row with 20+ minutes. He's scored in double digits in five of those contests and is doing enough to warrant ownership in all standard leagues. Still, his owners are likely rooting for a trade. Today, 8:00 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside gets benched on Friday
    Hassan Whiteside scored eight points with 12 rebounds, four turnovers and no blocks in 28 minutes during a blowout 114-84 loss in Cleveland on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra pulled Whiteside early in the third because of a lack of energy. Whiteside said he was fine and just chalked up the bad defensive game to guys like Kyrie Irving being tough to guard. Coach Spo also said he needs Whiteside to dominate for the Heat to win, so expect him to get another chance on Saturday. Today, 7:44 pm
  • Adreian Payne gets ejected
    Adreian Payne was ejected for a flagrant-2 on Friday.

    Advice: It likely wasn't on purpose, but he gave Marcus Morris one of the worst elbows of the season. Payne was in the rotation tonight with Nemanja Bjelica (ankle) out, but he doesn't have much value. Today, 7:20 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (finger) probable Saturday
    Gordon Hayward (finger) is probable for Saturday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He missed Thursday's game vs. the Warriors, but you have to wonder if the Jazz simply wanted to rest him against arguably the top team in the league right now. Rodney Hood (hamstring) is questionable and George Hill (toe) is out, so Hayward is going to be a strong play in all formats Saturday. Today, 7:07 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica (ankle) out for Friday night
    Nemanja Bjelica (sore right ankle) will not play against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: This is a new injury for Bjelica. He's played well in the second unit to offer some space and has seen some run with the ones at times, too. With him out, Cole Aldrich and Shabazz Muhammad could see a couple extra minutes. Today, 4:18 pm
  • Ed Davis not on injury report
    Ed Davis is not on the injury report for Saturday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: He suffered an ankle tweak on Thursday and had his ankle heavily taped leaving the FedEx Forum in Memphis. Davis' playing time could rise again with Al-Farouq Aminu (back) questionable to play. Today, 1:19 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu (back) is questionable Sat
    Al-Farouq Aminu (back contusion) is questionable to face the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: He took a really bad fall in the last minute of Thursday's game. Aminu was grabbing his lower back for a while, so clearly the pain has lingered. If he's out, Ed Davis should get minutes in the mid 20s while Meyers Leonard could also benefit. Aminu has potential, but his awful offensive season has kept him from being an asset in most leagues. Today, 1:15 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins doesn't expect to be traded
    DeMarcus Cousins doesn't expect to be traded this season.

    Advice: "I talk to management a lot," Cousins said. "We’re on the same page. I’m not worried about it." ESPN's Marc Stein adds the Kings "believe it’s still on the early side to seriously entertain the idea of parting with Cousins." The Kings are sitting at 8-13 and these Boogie trade rumors won't be going away any time soon. He'll have a ton of fantasy value regardless, buthis third-ranked usage rate suggests he has the most value in Sacramento. Today, 12:24 pm
  • Richardson likely to be on a minutes limit
    Coach Erik Spoelstra suggested Josh Richardson (ankle) will have a minutes limit upon his return.

    Advice: In case you missed it, he will be out Friday and could play Saturday. Richardson said he is "really close" and that the Heat called him on Thursday to have him join the team in Cleveland. He also added he won't have to play with the big knee brace because of his partially torn MCL from the offseason. It may take a few days for Richardson to get going, but it makes sense to pick him up. Today, 12:09 pm
  • Anthony Brown gets waived
    Pelicans waive F Anthony Brown.

    Advice: The Pelicans need help, so Brown becomes a casualty for them. He is likely heading back to the Erie BayHawks in the D-League. Coach Alvin Gentry said the Pelicans will "definitely, probably" add a wing to replace him Today, 11:35 am
  • Paul Millsap (hip) will play Friday
    Paul Millsap (hip) will play Friday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Millsap has played in two straight games and looked good doing so, averaging 22.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 1.5 blocks. Millsap admitted earlier this week that he is currently playing through pain, but should obviously still be locked into starting lineups. Today, 10:04 am
  • Pelicans to waive Anthony Brown
    New Orleans is in the process of waiving swingman Anthony Brown.

    Advice: Brown was averaging just 3.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in nine games this season. He should not have been on any rosters in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 9:07 am
  • Josh Richardson (ankle) will not play Friday
    Josh Richardson (ankle) will not play Friday vs. the Cavs, but "might" play Saturday in Chicago.

    Advice: Richardson re-joined the team on Friday in the middle of their road trip, so there was some hope he would suit up in Cleveland. However, Coach Spo told reporters that Richardson won't return to the lineup for Friday's contest. Nonetheless, the fact that Richardson flew out to join the team is obviously a positive sign. Per the team, he will be re-evaluated in hopes that he can play some minutes on Saturday Today, 8:49 am
  • Josh Richardson (ankle) rejoins the Heat
    Josh Richardson (ankle, wrist) rejoined the Heat in time for Friday morning's shootaround prior to Friday night's game against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: It would seem this puts Richardson on track to play Friday night; however, we are still awaiting official word from the team. Richardson has missed four straight games. The Heat remain without Luke Babbitt (hip), Justise Winslow (wrist), James Johnson (rotator cuff) and Dion Waiters (groin), who are all still in Miami rehabbing. Today, 8:25 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores just 10 points
    LaMarcus Aldridge made 5-of-15 from the field for 10 points with six rebounds, one assist, four blocks and one steal in 31 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: He's in a slump right now. Aldridge lives and dies by the midrange and has made just 32.4 percent from that range over his last five -- those shots also account for 56.7 percent of his shot total. In that five-game span, Aldridge averaged 11.6 points, 6.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals. He's a buy-low option. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Rajon Rondo flirts with triple-double
    Rajon Rondo hit 6-of-12 shots for 12 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, and two steals on Thursday night against the Spurs.

    Advice: Rondo finished one assist shy of his second triple-double of the season. He is not a high usage player, but his peripheral stats make him a valuable asset in fantasy. He is averaging 8.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Richaun Holmes heads back to bench
    Richaun Holmes hit 4-of-6 shots for eight points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday night.

    Advice: With Joel Embiid (rest) back to action, Holmes returned to his bench role and did not see much action. Jahlil Okafor (illness) and Nerlens Noel (knee) are set to return soon, so Holmes will find himself buried in this crowded front court. He has all the talent in the world, but the opportunity is just not there. It will take an injury or trade to get him a bigger role in this offense. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu injures back Thursday
    Al-Farouq Aminu played 24 minutes and hit 2-of-9 shots for five points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals on Thursday, before leaving late with a back injury.

    Advice: Aminu took a very hard fall and landed flat on his lower back. He hobbled to the sideline, but was clearly in pain. The Blazers don't play again until Saturday at Indy, so there's a chance he'll be feeling better by then. But it also wouldn't be surprising to miss a game or two. Watch for updates on his status throughout the weekend. Aminu was just getting back from a calf injury and is still on a minutes limit, so his new injury just adds some fuel to the fire. If Aminu misses time, guys like Moe Harkless (ankle), Ed Davis and Evan Turner all benefit. Yesterday, 8:07 pm
  • Ed Davis double-doubles off bench
    Ed Davis took his demotion to the bench in stride on Thursday, racking up 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in just 18 minutes in a 88-86 loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: This was Davis' best game in a while, as he had failed to score more than nine points in his previous seven games. Maybe he'll be better off the bench, if the move lasts. Meyer Leonard didn't even score in the start tonight, lasting just 17 minutes and missing all three of his shots. Yesterday, 8:01 pm
  • Ed Davis coming off the bench
    Ed Davis will move to the bench on Thursday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Davis saw his playing time drop on Wednesday, so he may see even a bigger hit tonight. He's a drop candidate in most leagues. Yesterday, 4:57 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu still on a minutes cap
    Al-Farouq Aminu is still on a minutes limit for Thursday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: "It's tough to start a guy with a minutes restriction," coach Terry Stotts said. Moe Harkless (ankle) is questionable to night, so the Blazers could have to get creative at forward. Aminu has played almost all four this year, so starting him would've been a surprise anyway. Yesterday, 3:39 pm
  • Paul Millsap is probable for Friday
    Paul Millsap (left hip soreness) is probable for Friday against the Bucks.

    Advice: Millsap has said he has to fight through the pain of his current injury, but he's fully expected to play. He looked good on Wednesday with 21 points and a full line on Wednesday. Yesterday, 2:07 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (finger) ruled out Thursday
    Gordon Hayward (finger) will not play on Thursday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: This is a tough blow for a Jazz team that also ruled out Rodney Hood (hamstring) and George Hill (toe) for Thursday, not to mention Derrick Favors (knee). Hayward broke his finger during the preseason and missed the first six games of the campaign, and he aggravated it on Tuesday vs. the Suns -- he played through the injury after he had it re-taped. X-rays were negative, so luckily he's day-to-day. Several players will have to step up, but Joe Johnson and Shelvin Mack look like the best short-term adds in standard leagues.Daily Slant: With Hayward, Hill, Hood and Favors off the floor this season, Shelvin Mack leads the team in usage at a 27.9% clip (73 minutes) with Joe Johnson right behind him at 27.4% (50 minutes). Trey Lyles and Boris Diaw also own usage rates over 25% with the big four off the floor, so this Utah side provides us with plenty of potential value. Yesterday, 10:02 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins fills it up for Kings in win
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points during a 120-89 win over the Mavs on Wednesday, adding 14 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been consistent on the glass with at least nine boards in each of his last 12 games. Cousins is also blocking more shots with at least three in each of his last three. With Boogie, it's always been about his usage rate and he ranks third with his 36.5 (Westbrook, Embiid), which is actually more than last year to go with a bump in efficiency. The trade rumors won't go away for Boogie, but he's going to dominate regardless. Wednesday, 9:18 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores 15 points vs. Blazers
    Greg Monroe scored 15 points against the Blazers on Wednesday with four rebounds, one assist and three steals in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Jason Kidd finally figured out his big man rotation. Monroe has played at least 20 minutes in each of his last five, averaging 10.8 points, 7.2 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 steals. He should be owned in all leagues. Wednesday, 8:42 pm
  • Ed Davis gets just 17 minutes
    Ed Davis played 17 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with two points and five rebounds.

    Advice: With Al-Farouq Aminu now back in action, Davis could see his playing time take a hit. Although, Aminu isn't having the strongest season. Whatever the case, most of Aminu's minutes should come from Davis, so his owners in deeper leagues should expect a hit there. Wednesday, 7:59 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha looks good with 10/5/5 line
    Thabo Sefolosha fared well in another start on Wednesday, scoring 10 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Thabo has taken over for Kyle Korver, and the fact that Atlanta snapped their seven-game win streak tonight means that Sefolosha is likely to keep the job. His assists tonight tied a season high (from opening night), but he's still little more than a steals specialist who won't hurt you anywhere. Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Paul Millsap gets 21 pts, 9 reb, 4 stl, 3 blk
    Paul Millsap (hip) scored 21 points on 8-of-12 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs during Wednesday's 103-95 win vs. the Heat, adding nine boards, two assists, four steals and three blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Millsap admitted before the game that his hip still hurts, saying that he's "just playing through and seeing what happens. Hopefully, getting better." That's not entirely encouraging for fantasy owners, but tonight's vintage-Sapper production was a terrific indication that he's feeling better. There's no reason to think he's in imminent danger of missing games. Wednesday, 7:57 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu still struggling
    Al-Farouq Aminu played 18 minutes off the bench against the Bucks on Wednesday, scoring two points with four rebounds and one turnover.

    Advice: He didn't get an increase in minutes following his 17 on Monday. Aminu is having a disastrous season from the field, making just 27.1 percent overall. He's made just one midrange shot all year and somehow has gone 6-of-20 at the rim (30 percent). He may have value at some point, but he has to get better first. Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu will play slightly more Weds
    Terry Stotts said that Al-Farouq Aminu's minutes could increase during Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks, but not by much.

    Advice: Aminu logged 17 minutes in his return from the calf injury on Monday, so he'll likely be looking at around 20 minutes tonight. He's still going to come off the bench, and is shooting just 27.7 percent from the field on the year, so he's only worth owning in deep leagues at the moment. Wednesday, 3:40 pm
  • Rondo looking to move on after suspension
    Rajon Rondo referred to Saturday's incident in which he picked up a one-game suspension for reportedly throwing a towel at an assistant coach "part of the game."

    Advice: "Me as a player, a point guard, I have to handle a situation better," Rondo said. "But when I feel a certain way, I’m gonna speak on it. My whole thing is always for the betterment of the team. If it comes off wrong or a certain way I’ll try to work on that." Rondo has had open spats with his coaches in the past, and a history of attitude issues, so this likely won't be the last time he makes headlines for the wrong reasons. He's just been a late-round guy this year, and it's unlikely he'll be able to work his way into an early-round evaluation while Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade are healthy. Wednesday, 7:53 am
  • Paul Millsap (hip) will play through the pain
    Paul Millsap (hip) said he will fight through the pain, and he fully intends to play Wednesday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: "It’s sore," Millsap said after practice Tuesday. "It’s something that probably will have to be dealt with. By that I mean just playing through and see what happens. Hopefully, getting better." Millsap is being listed as probable for tonight's game, and after returning from his three-game stint on the sidelines Monday night and going through Tuesday's practice, there's no reason to believe he'll miss Wednesday's game. Get him active. Wednesday, 6:32 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores 28 points in win
    Gordon Hayward scored 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: He briefly checked out of the game and went back to the locker room with an apparent finger injury (the same one he had surgery on), but we later learned that he simply had it re-taped. Hayward added five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two triples in the win, and he's now scored 22+ points in nine straight games. The Jazz will try to get their fourth straight win against the Warriors on Thursday. Tuesday, 8:55 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge awful vs. Wolves
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit just 3-of-8 shots for six points, two rebounds, three steals and no blocks in 30 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Aldridge played pretty well in his previous two games, scoring 18 and 19 points, but had just five points on 2-of-9 shooting last Wednesday. LMA has been hit or miss under Gregg Popovich this season and is fairly unreliable. He's still a solid player to hold and use in season-long leagues, but we simply don't trust him in DFS. And tonight's a good reason as to why. Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Richaun Holmes blocks three shots in start
    Richaun Holmes started at center on Tuesday vs. Memphis and played well, scoring 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: So much upside. Unfortunately, Holmes is buried on the bench this season and only picked up a lot of run because Joel Embiid was resting and Jahlil Okafor was out with an illness. Nerlens Noel (knee) is also on the way back, so it's going to be tough for Holmes to emerge unless a trade or two opens up some minutes in Philly. Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Rajon Rondo quiet in return from suspension
    Rajon Rondo returned from a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team on Tuesday and hit 4-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points, three boards, two assists and a block in a 102-91 loss to Detroit.

    Advice: Rondo has apparently kissed and made up with the Bulls, but he's not been fun to own for the last few days. He failed to even show up against his arch enemy, Dallas, was then suspended for going after a coach, and then posted this lackluster dud tonight. Maybe he'll get it turned around against the Spurs on Thursday, but it's a shame he couldn't torch the Mavericks after last Friday's 15-11-12 triple-double. Instead, he nosedived into the side of a mountain. Tuesday, 7:46 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside scores 23 w/ 14 rebounds
    Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points with 14 rebounds in Tuesday's loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: The Heat had nine available players, so HW ended up with a career-high 20 field goal attempts in 38 minutes, connecting on 10 of them. He also added one assist, one steal and a few blocks, but his owners already knew that. He only hit 3-of-9 shots from the line and he's shooting 54.0 percent from there on the season, so that's the only thing holding him back from returning first-round value in standard leagues. Tuesday, 7:16 pm
  • Richaun Holmes starting Tuesday vs. Memphis
    Richaun Holmes will draw the start for Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies with both Joel Embiid (rest) and Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) on the sidelines.

    Advice: It's not the best matchup for Holmes, but if he can just keep himself out of foul trouble he could be a nice DFS play tonight with zero depth behind him. Sergio Rodriguez, Nik Stauskas, Gerald Henderson and Ersan Ilyasova will join Holmes in the starting five for tonight's game. Tuesday, 3:39 pm
  • Josh Richardson (ankle) out at least 4 games
    Josh Richardson (ankle, wrist) will not play Tuesday vs. the Knicks and won't travel on Miami's three-game road trip.

    Advice: Richardson has already missed three games and now we learn he won't return until Monday, December 12th at the earliest, when the Heat return home to play the Wiz. This is a bummer for Richardson owners, as he was a limited participant at practice on Monday and appeared to be making steady progress. James Johnson (shoulder), Dion Waiters (groin) and Justise Winslow (wrist) all won't travel as well. Miami will have only nine healthy players. Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson will play all the minutes they can handle in the backcourt. Tuesday, 2:59 pm
  • Paul Millsap (hip) probable for Wednesday
    Paul Millsap (hip) is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Millsap returned from a three-game absence on Monday and put up 24 points, five boards, four assists, three steals and a triple in 39 minutes, so there's no reason to believe he'll miss Wednesday's game. Tuesday, 2:00 pm
  • Richaun Holmes expected to start Tuesday
    With both Joel Embiid (rest) and Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) out on Tuesday, Richaun Holmes is expected to start on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Sixers will also be without starters Robert Covington (knee) and Jerryd Bayless (wrist), and will have only nine healthy bodies. Holmes makes for a strong DFS play on Tuesday, as he'll have an opportunity to play a season-high in minutes as long as he stays out of foul trouble. Holmes' pr-36 minute averages this season are impressive: 16.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.5 steals. Tuesday, 10:02 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores 23 in win over Lakers
    Gordon Hayward scored 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting in a 107-101 win over the Lakers on Monday.

    Advice: The Jazz have won six out of their last eight games and Hayward has scored 22 or more points in each of those. He added six rebounds, five assists, two steals and three triples in 36 minutes Monday, but his value could take a small hit if George Hill (toe) is able to return on Tuesday to face the Suns. Monday, 10:35 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu plays 17 minutes in return
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) returned to action on Monday vs. the Bulls, scoring three points on 1-of-3 shooting with three rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He had playing time restrictions of 16-20 minutes, but those should be lifted soon. However, the Blazers may continue to roll with Ed Davis as their starting PF for now and Moe Harkless is obviously locked into his role as the starting SF, so Aminu is just a deep-league add until his role grows. Monday, 8:55 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge plays well on Monday
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit 7-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, nine rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 36 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: It's been a bumpy right for Aldridge under Gregg Popovich this season, but he's playing well right now, averaging 16.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting over his last five games. And unfortunately, the fact he's played in seven straight means he's probably due for a day of rest soon. Monday, 8:30 pm
  • Greg Monroe double-doubles in tough loss
    Greg Monroe hit 5-of-9 shots for 10 points and 13 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Monroe might not be fully back in Jason Kidd's good graces, but he is playing well right now, averaging 10.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.6 blocks off the bench over his last five. John Henson looks like the better player to own right now, but if you have been holding Monroe all season waiting for him to finally show up, it's happening. Monday, 8:27 pm
  • Thabo Seflosha quiet in start for Hawks
    Thabo Sefolosha started over Kyle Korver and played 33 minutes on Monday, and quietly filled the stat sheet with six points, three rebounds, two assists, four steals and two blocks in another loss.

    Advice: The minutes and new role are both positives, as were the steals and blocks. He'll also hit some threes, and while he won't be a dynamic scorer, he's worth a look in most leagues now that he's the starter for the Hawks. Monday, 7:58 pm
  • Millsap plays well, but Hawks lose again
    Paul Millsap returned from his hip injury on Monday and played well, racking up 24 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and a 3-pointer on 8-of-14 shooting.

    Advice: Finally. Millsap wasn't playing well before his injury and owners in weekly leagues had a tough decision to make with him. He came through tonight and looked like vintage Millsap, so hopefully he's over his injury and his knee is also feeling better. As for the Hawks, they are reeling, losers of seven straight games and 10 of their last 11. Monday, 7:53 pm
  • Richaun Holmes nearly double-doubles
    Richaun Holmes had 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks on 5-of-8 shooting in just 18 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: With centers Joel Embiid (rest) and Jahlil Okafor (stomach) both out on Tuesday, Holmes looks like a really sneaky play tomorrow night. Monday, 7:02 pm
  • Paul Millsap (hip) to start, Muscala to bench
    Paul Millsap (hip) will start vs. the Thunder on Monday, moving Mike Muscala to the bench.

    Advice: He made it through warmups just fine and is returning after a three-game absence. We haven't heard about any restrictions for Millsap, so season-long owners should make sure he's active. Monday, 3:41 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu will come off the bench
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) will come off the bench against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: Additionally, Aminu will be limited to 16-20 minutes as the Blazers ease him back into action. Prior to going down with the injury, Aminu was averaging 6.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals in 26.1 minutes per game. Monday, 3:34 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha starting, Korver to bench
    Thabo Sefolosha will start against the Thunder on Monday, moving Kyle Korver to the bench.

    Advice: The Hawks have lost six straight games and nine out of their last 10, so it makes sense for them to shake things up. According to coach Mike Budenholzer, this could be a permanent change moving forward. Sefolosha is averaging 7.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.5 triples in 24.2 minutes per game this season and could approach minutes in the 30s in his new role, so he's worth a look as a low-end option for owners needing steals. Monday, 2:55 pm
  • Josh Richardson (ankle) questionable Tuesday
    Josh Richardson (ankle, wrist) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: He was a limited participant at Monday's practice, and said he still felt "a little bit" of discomfort on his sprained ankle, but owners can check back for another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround. With James Johnson (shoulder), Dion Waiters (groin) and Justise Winslow (wrist) out for Tuesday, Richardson is looking at minutes in the 30s if he's able to play. Monday, 10:40 am
  • Paul Millsap (hip) a game-time call Monday
    Paul Millsap (hip) is a game-time call on Monday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Millsap has missed the last three games for the Hawks, but he's truly day-to-day and the Hawks didn't even feel the need to give him an MRI which is a very good sign. If Millsap is ultimately ruled out Monday, Mike Muscala could possibly make his second straight start at PF, but he won't be a great option outside of deeper leagues. Monday, 8:45 am
  • Rajon Rondo suspended for Monday's game
    Rajon Rondo has been suspended for Monday's game vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: He's being suspended for "conduct detrimental to the team," as he reportedly snapped at an assistant coach in the loss against Dallas. He's since apologized to the team, so he should be back in his usual role on Tuesday against the Pistons. With Rondo out, Jerian Grant will likely get the chance to start and play big minutes, while Isaiah Canaan and Denzel Valentine should get a bump as well. In two previous starts this season, Grant posted averages of 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.0 triple in 30.0 minutes. Monday, 8:43 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 36 points on 30 shots
    DeMarcus Cousins went 9-of-30 from the field and 14-of-16 from the line on Sunday, finishing with 36 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, one steal and just two turnovers in 43 minutes.

    Advice: Cousins had a few 3-point attempts blocked late in the game but he still finished 4-of-10 beyond the arc. He's averaging a career-high 1.7 triples on 38.4 percent shooting, and at this point he's basically matchup-proof. One negative tonight is that he picked up another technical foul, giving him six techs in Sacramento's first 20 games. Sunday, 7:25 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) probable for Monday
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) is probable to play Monday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: He's been out since Nov. 8, so he'll likely be eased back into things as his conditioning likely isn't where it needs to be. Aminu's return should push Ed Davis back to the bench and Meyers Leonard's minutes will become even more inconsistent. Aminu was hitting just 27.9 percent of his shots prior to going down with meager averages of 6.4 points, 6.7 boards, 1.1 treys and 1.4 steals per game, so he's only worth a speculative add in deep points leagues at the moment. Sunday, 1:21 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside scores 28 in 41 minutes
    Hassan Whiteside played 41 minutes during a 99-92 loss to the Blazers on Saturday, scoring 28 points with 16 rebounds, one assist and five blocks.

    Advice: That is a ton of playing time for Whiteside. He made 12-of-16 from the field and now has double-digit rebounding games in all but one game this season. Whiteside padded his lead in rebounds with 14.9 and he's also leapfrogged Rudy Gobert for the No. 2 spot in blocks per game. He's going to post some massive stat lines for the short-handed Heat and is sitting on second-round value this season. Saturday, 10:22 pm
  • Rajon Rondo awful in blowout loss to Mavs
    Rajon Rondo, who has made no secret about his disdain for the Mavericks, played just 24 minutes, hit 1-of-4 shots and finished with two points, two rebounds, two assists, a steal and five turnovers in Saturday's ugly loss to his former team.

    Advice: If there was ever a revenge-game scenario that set up well in fantasy hoops, it was tonight with Rondo. And we're still in a bit of shock that he failed to even show up. Rondo was owned in 42 percent of a FanDuel tourney we looked at, so we weren't the only ones drinking the revenge-game Kool Aid. Not to mention that Rondo was coming off a 15-11-12 monster triple-double against the Cavaliers on Friday night. Maybe the back-to-back was too much for him to handle, or maybe he was trying too hard to embarrass Mark Cuban. But Rondo disappeared at the worst time and the Bulls were the ones who were ultimately embarrassed in the 107-82 blowout. He's still averaging 10 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.8 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting over his last five, so just forget about this one and prepare for the next. Saturday, 9:48 pm
  • Gordon Hayward stays hot in win over Nuggets
    Gordon Hayward hit 9-of-18 shots, three 3-pointers and 11-of-11 free throws to match his season high of 32 points with four rebounds and two steals in Saturday's win over the Nuggets.

    Advice: Hayward has scored 32, 32 and 31 points in his last three games and is averaging 28.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five. His finger injury appears to finally be fully behind him and he's rolling. Saturday, 9:29 pm
  • Greg Monroe finally getting run
    Greg Monroe scored 13 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one blocks and four steals

    Advice: He finally seems to be out of the doghouse with coach Jason Kidd bumping Miles Plumlee out and going with a two-man rotation at his five spot. Monroe still hasn't been too great, averaging 9.6 points, 7.2 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals. He's still worth a pickup with even just 20 minutes per game. Saturday, 5:19 pm
  • Thabo back to the bench
    Thabo Sefolosha will come off the bench against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: It was somewhat obvious Thabo would come off the bench after the rough time on Friday. Sefolosha is really just a steals specialist in most formats. Saturday, 3:24 pm
  • Rajon Rondo triple-doubles in win vs. Cavs
    Rajon Rondo triple-doubled against the Cavs on Friday with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He's had a few phenomenal matchups to get him going strong and his coach has been impressed with how he runs the offense. "I thought Rondo was great all night long," coach Fred Hoiberg said. "You could hear him yelling 'Run with me' to all the guys all game." Rondo will take his momentum in an ultimate revenge game against the Mavs and Mark Cuban with Dwyane Wade (rest) out. After Saturday, it's not a bad idea to try and sell high off the string of favorable matchups. Friday, 10:31 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha starts, plays 17 minutes
    Thabo Sefolosha started on Friday vs. the Pistons, but only played 17 minutes and was benched at halftime, finishing with five points, two rebounds, one steal and one triple.

    Advice: He hit 2-of-5 shots from the field and took an early seat with the game quickly getting out of hand. Paul Millsap (hip) will miss at least one more game, so maybe Sefolosha can redeem himself on Saturday vs. the Raptors. For what it's worth, coach Mike Budenholzer hasn't decided who will start on Saturday. Sefolosha is just a steals specialist at this point. Friday, 9:41 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica scores 17 in loss
    Nemanja Bjelica scored 17 points with seven rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He got a little bump in playing time because the Wolves were trailing and Gorgui Dieng was in foul trouble. Bjelica wasn't playing well coming into this game, so we'll have to see it again before moving the needle on him. Although, the Wolves losing so many games could help him get minutes. Friday, 8:39 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 28 points in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points during a 97-92 loss to the Celtics on Friday, adding nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Boogie was bleeding above his eye and had to go back to the locker room in the fourth quarter. Cousins needed eight stitches after the game and looked fine after he was glued to close it in the fourth, so there's no concern he misses any action going forward. Cousins did have his four-game streak of scoring at least 30 snapped, but his averages over his last five are outstanding: 33.8 points, 12.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.2 blocks, 1.4 steals and 3.0 treys. He's a machine right now. Friday, 7:52 pm
  • ATL goes small, starting Thabo Sefolosha
    Thabo Sefolosha will start for Paul Millsap (hip) against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: It makes a lot of sense with the Pistons not having a big power forward in their starting lineup, and a bigger power forward in the second unit. Mike Muscala should still get a nice bump in playing time and is on the radar to use tonight. Plus, this news also helps Tim Hardaway Jr. with more minutes at the three. Friday, 4:05 pm
  • Paul Millsap (hip) out Friday and Saturday
    Paul Millsap (hip) will not play against the Pistons on Friday and is also out for Saturday against the Raptors.

    Advice: These DNPs will be his second and third games out of the lineup. Despite going scoreless on Wednesday, Mike Muscala should get another start while Mike Scott could also see a few extra minutes than his four on Wednesday. Millsap's injury doesn't sound serious and it may be more about pain tolerance, so he could make it back for Monday against the Thunder. Friday, 3:32 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu practices, still out Saturday
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) practiced on Friday and remains out for Saturday against Miami.

    Advice: This is a very encouraging sign for Aminu, who has missed the last 12 games. He's had a smooth transition to playing all power forward this season, which has allowed Moe Harkless to step up as a three. Aminu's return with 27 minutes per game would take minutes away from guys like Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh. Aminu is a borderline asset in standard leagues. Friday, 1:58 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has huge night
    Gordon Hayward scored 32 points with seven assists, three rebounds, and two steals in Thursday’s loss to the Heat.

    Advice: Hayward hit a season-high in points and has now scored over 30 points in two consecutive games, while scoring more than 20 points in six straight games. He is shooting the ball well recently and maintains a healthy usage rate of 28.3 percent. He is also contributing in assists, rebounds, and 3-pointers. His next game is against the Nuggets who play at the fifth highest pace in the league. Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside almost double-doubles
    Hassan Whiteside hit 4-of-11 shots for nine points, 10 rebounds, and one steal in Thursday night’s win against the Jazz.

    Advice: Whiteside was one point shy of 16th double-double of the season and his fourth consecutive one. He is averaging 17.7 points, 15.1 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game and remains one of the league's best centers. It was a rough night for Whiteside against a tough defense and his 47-game streak with a blocked came to an end. His next game comes against Portland who is allowing 45.8 rebounds per game with a -3.3 differential Thursday, 8:31 pm
  • Josh Richardson returns to Miami
    Josh Richardson (ankle, wrist) returned to Miami to have treatment on his ankle and coach Erik Spoelstra said Richardson's wrist is bothering him.

    Advice: That means he's out Thursday against the Jazz and Saturday against the Blazers. Richardson was starting to come around after a slower start and hopefully he can suit up on Tuesday against the Knicks. While he's out, Wayne Ellington and Rodney McGruder should pick up some of the slack. Thursday, 4:15 pm
  • Ed Davis gets 32 minutes minutes vs. Indy
    Ed Davis played 32 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with two points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: That's a lot of playing time and it shows that coach Terry Stotts has become somewhat committed to using Davis as his starting big man. Over his last five, Davis averaged 7.2 points, 6.2 boards, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 steals on 64.0 percent from the field and 80.0 percent from the line. He's been a solid short-term hold, but his value will drop once Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) returns. Wednesday, 10:23 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge struggles vs. Mavericks
    LaMarcus Aldridge flopped on Wednesday with just five points (2-of-9 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), eight rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Spurs have scored 21.5 percent of their points this season off mid-range jumpers, which is the highest mark in the league. That's partly due to Kawhi Leonard, but mid-range maestro Aldridge is also a huge reason. Neither of the Spurs' studs found the range tonight, spoiling a golden opportunity against a poor Mavericks' defense, but this random dud shouldn't dissuade fantasy owners. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Rajon Rondo's efficient 14/8/6 isn't enough
    Rajon Rondo notched 14 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on Wednesday, with just one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls lost tonight but they have a 3-0 record this season when Rondo hands out 10+ assists, which highlights his importance to the offense. The problem tonight wasn't a lack of distribution, but a lack of shot-making -- Rondo (6-of-12 FGs) and Bobby Portis (1-of-2 FGs) were the only Bulls players to shoot at least 50 percent, with the team going a combined 35.2 percent from the field. Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Josh Richardson (ankle) ruled out Thursday
    Josh Richardson (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He could be sent home for treatment, which suggests Richardson could also miss Saturday's game against the Blazers. On Wednesday, the Heat went with 32 minutes of Wayne Ellington while Rodney McGruder saw 25 minutes in the starting lineup. Both wings would be looking at decent minutes while Richardson is on the shelf. Richardson is still a hold unless you're already desperate for wins in a shallow league. Wednesday, 8:50 pm
  • Ed Davis is starting against the Pacers
    Ed Davis will start against the Pacers on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Against a quicker Thaddeus Young, this is somewhat surprising. Davis will likely have to guard Myles Turner in this game and should focus on the defensive end. He's not a fantasy option in most leagues. Wednesday, 6:59 pm
  • Josh Richardson (ankle) doubtful on Wednesday
    Josh Richardson (ankle) is "very unlikely" to play vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday, but he will be in uniform.

    Advice: Richardson reportedly suffered a "slightly tweaked ankle" but it must not have responded well during pre-game warmups. If he's unable to take the court, the short-handed Heat will rely even more on guys like Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and Rodney McGruder. Wednesday, 5:24 pm
  • Official: NBA postpones Kings vs. 76ers game
    The NBA has officially postponed Wednesday's game between the Kings and 76ers due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: A hockey game was played the night before and condensation led to excessive moisture on the court, reportedly because an arena employee forgot to turn down the temperature before the game. After a substantial delay, the game was finally postponed. It's unclear when the league will reschedule the game -- it could be as soon as tomorrow night (preempting a planned music concert), or during the Kings' road trip in January. Frustrated fantasy owners can only wait for the schedule-makers to announce a date. Wednesday, 5:06 pm
  • Josh Richardson (ankle) expected to play
    Josh Richardson (ankle) will warm up with the intent to play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was spotted on the training table and was getting treatment. It's only a "slightly tweaked ankle" for Richardson, so he should be good to go. He'll be busy on the wing tonight with Justise Winslow (wrist) and Dion Waiters (groin) out tonight. Wednesday, 4:41 pm
  • Kings-76ers game delayed, could be cancelled
    The Kings vs. 76ers game has been delayed due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: The game has been delayed for 20 minutes as the game ops people at Wells Fargo Center continue to mop up the floor, and a determination as to whether the teams can take the court tonight will be made after that time elapses. For what it's worth, 76ers CEO Scott O'Neal would not rule out the possibility of tonight's game being cancelled. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • Kings-76ers game could be cancelled?
    There's a chance that the Kings vs. 76ers game will be cancelled on Wednesday due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia is used to host both hockey and basketball games, and there's currently a problem with condensation on the court due to high humidity and ice below the floor. The games ops people have been vigorously mopping the floor for the past hour, and they're communicating with NBA officials to determine whether or not it is safe to use the court tonight. For what it's worth, a game has been cancelled in the past for a similar issue, and at the very least it's looking like tonight's game will be delayed. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu's (calf) nearing a return?
    Al-Farouq Aminu's (left calf strain) could be back in action as soon as Saturday's game against the Heat, according to Trail Blazers' Insider Jason Quick.

    Advice: Aminu was reportedly moving around well during Tuesday's practice, going through sprints and getting some nice lift on his jumper, and Quick speculates that his return will come no later than next week. Once he's back, Ed Davis will return to the bench where he'll split minutes with Meyers Leonard. Aminu wasn't playing very well at all prior to the injury, ranking well outside the top-150 with averages of 6.4 points, 6.6 boards, 1.1 triples and 1.4 steals per game on 27.9 percent shooting, so he's only worth a speculative add in deep points leagues. Wednesday, 8:40 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores season-high 31
    Gordon Hayward hit 8-of-16 shots, three 3-pointers and 112-of-13 free throws for a season-high 31 points, five rebounds and seven assists in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Hayward got off to a slow start tonight, but came on late to post one of his best lines of the season. He's rolling, averaging 25.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. He's also been very consistent, scoring between 22 and 31 points in each of his last five. His finger injury is obviously no longer a concern. Tuesday, 9:14 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 16 points vs. Magic
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 points with six rebounds, three assists, one block and one triple vs. the Magic on Tuesday.

    Advice: LA hit 7-of-12 from the field with one turnover, but split a pair of shots at the line. Aldridge picked up a maintenance day the last time the Spurs played the Mavericks, and now they play the Mavs on the second night of a back-to-back set on Wednesday. It's the perfect storm for another "DNP-Pop", so make sure he's active before plugging him into lineups. Tuesday, 9:13 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores 14 off the bench
    Greg Monroe scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and three turnovers against the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

    Advice: John Henson (21 minutes) started again and Miles Plumlee (two minutes) was out of the rotation, so Monroe is trending in the right direction. It looks like he may form a timeshare at the center position with Henson, but it's hard to believe that this was the first time in his last seven games that he eclipsed the 20-minute mark. His owners will be hoping the Bucks trade him out of Milwaukee sooner rather than later. Tuesday, 8:14 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 points Monday
    Gordon Hayward scored 24 points on 6-of-14 shooting against the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: He added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 34 minutes. Hayward also got to the free throw line 15 times, connecting on 12 of them. He's scored 22 or more points in each of his last four games and has made a total of 30 free throws in that span. Monday, 9:11 pm
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