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  • Larry Nance (knee) making steady progress
    Larry Nance (knee) practiced Wednesday and Thursday without any reported setbacks, but has not been cleared to play on Friday.

    Advice: Nance, who has missed 16 straight games, will have his knee reevaluated on Friday night to determine if he can play Sunday vs. Dallas. "If it was up to me, I wouldn’t have missed any time," Nance said. "But I’m just happy to be nearing getting back out on the court." Nance will have value when returns, assuming he can stay healthy, especially if Luol Deng (wrist) is sidelined. Rotoworld.com 55 minutes ago
  • Brandon Ingram adding extra shooting sessions
    Brandon Ingram has added extra shooting sessions before practice and before games in an effort to improve his shooting stroke and offensive efficiency.

    Advice: "If you put in the work, your numbers will get better," coach Luke Walton said. "It’s that simple. He continues to put in the work." The work has already started to pay off. Over the first 37 games of his rookie season, Ingram averaged 7.4 points while shooting 34.5 percent from the floor and 24.1 percent from 3-point territory. Over his most recent nine game this month, Ingram is averaging 11.7 points while shooting 48.6 percent from the floor and 47.8 percent from downtown. As the Lakers slip further away from playoff contention in the second half of the season, it is likely L.A.'s prized rookie will see an increase in playing time and scoring opportunities. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:55 am
  • J.R. Smith not yet cleared to do cardio
    J.R. Smith hasn't done any cardio exercises since fracturing his thumb on Dec. 20, but hopes to receive clearance to begin working out at his doctor's appointment on Friday.

    Advice: Smith was given a timeline of 12-14 weeks, and he is just at the four-week mark, which means he is still a good two months away from returning to the court. "Right now it's just healing," Smith said. "I can't really do anything." Smith also stated he was happy the Cavs were able to improve their roster with the addition of Kyle Korver. However, with Korver now in the mix, Smith will see fewer minutes when he does return to action. Smith can be left on waiver wires in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:30 am
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  • Anthony Davis aiming to win All-Star MVP
    Anthony Davis said that he will definitely do his best to take home MVP honors in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, which will be played in New Orleans.

    Advice: 'I'm definitely going after trying to get MVP, especially here in New Orleans. 'Coach Gentry told me every time I catch it, put it up. So I'm going to go out there and represent the city and try to walk away with that MVP for sure," said Davis. The Brow also talked about how he is becoming more comfortable playing center. ''I like playing the four, but right now with the team that we have and the way we are playing with small ball, it's helpful and I'm beneficial to the team at the five." Rotoworld.com Today, 6:18 am
  • Wes Johnson was reinstated from his suspension on Thursday January 19. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:29 am
  • Dejounte Murray returned to action on Thursday January 19. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:29 am
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 27 points in win
    Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer in Thursday's 104-101 win against the Clippers.

    Advice: Wiggins has struggled this month, so watching him have a big night was refreshing. His lack of peripheral stats can be frustrating for fantasy owners, but on nights like tonight, his scoring makes up for it. He did grab a crucial rebound late in the game, which put him on the free throw line where he was able close the game out. Minnesota will face off against the Nuggets on Sunday, a team that Wiggins has scored 25 points against in each game this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Zach LaVine shoots poorly vs. Clippers
    Zach LaVine hit 3-of-13 shots for nine points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in Thursday's win over the Clippers.

    Advice: LaVine is averaging just 15.3 points per game in January compared to his 20.1 points per game this season. It has been a rocky month nonetheless, but his next matchup is one that favors him, as the Nuggets are giving up the most fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards, making this a great bounce back spot. Fantasy owners should deploy him as per usual. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores team-high 37 points
    Karl-Anthony Towns scores a team-high 37 points with 12 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in Thursday's 104-101 win against the Clippers

    Advice: It was business as usual for Towns, who recorded his 32nd double-double of the season and led his team to a comeback victory with his valiant effort. He completely dominated DeAndre Jordan who had no answer for him. Towns is playing at an elite level right now, averaging 26.8 points, 14.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.0 steals, and 2.8 assists per game in his last five. If he continues at this pace, he will finish the season as a first-round player. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Kris Dunn scores five points in 25 minutes
    Kris Dunn scored five points with four assists, four rebounds, one block and one steal in 25 minutes on Thursday against the Clippers.

    Advice: Dunn started in place of the injured Ricky Rubio (hip) in the second half of tonight’s game. However, Tyus Jones started at point guard in the fourth quarter and finished with four points, four assists, and one 3-pointer in 12 minutes. Both of them were on the court to close out the game. If Rubio misses any time, Dunn and Jones would get a boost in playing time. In games where Dunn has played at least 24 minutes this season, he has averaged 5.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.2 points, and 3.0 steals per game. He will not light up the score board, but he is a great source of steals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • J.J. Redick struggles against Minnesota
    J.J. Redick hit 4-of-11 shots for nine points with three assists, two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in Thursday's loss to the Timberwolves.

    Advice: This type of night is to be expected from him, but the 31 minutes is a good sign. Redick only saw an extra minute per game in the last stint without Chris Paul (thumb) and he actually has a higher usage rate and a better efficiency with CP3 on the floor with him this season, but Redick should get more chances to score when he's having a good game. Keep him rolling. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Austin Rivers scores 20 points vs. T-Wolves
    Austin Rivers scored 20 points with two assists, one rebound, one block and two 3-pointers in Thursday's 101-104 loss to the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Rivers fouled out with five seconds left in the game, but was feeling it tonight as he scored 20 points for just the sixth time this season. He continues to play big minutes, averaging over 35 minutes per game in January and playing at least 31 minutes in eight consecutive games. With Chris Paul (hand) out for 6-8 weeks, Rivers will remain a big part of the Clippers offense until Blake Griffin (knee) comes back. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Raymond Felton scores 10 points in loss
    Raymond Felton scored 10 points with eight assists, four rebounds and two steals on Thursday night against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Felton got the start for the injured Chris Paul (hand) tonight and played 34 minutes. Although he scored just 10 points, he did contribute in dimes and steals. He should be owned in all formats during Paul’s absence, but will hurt you in field goal percentage some nights. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon scores seven in 19 minutes
    Dewayne Dedmon scored seven points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers in 19 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: He's likely getting at least a slight bump in playing time with Pau Gasol (hand) out. Interestingly, both Dedmon and David Lee have played 84 minutes each next to LaMarcus Aldridge in the last 15 games, but coach Gregg Popovich may like Dedmon is his current role off the bench to back up LMA and Lee. There is still a chance he can up his minutes from 15.6 to the low 20s. For what it's worth, his per-24 stats are 7.3 points, nine boards, 0.9 steals and 1.3 blocks, so getting to even just 20 minutes would make him interesting. If you want offense get Lee, if you want defense get Dedmon. DD has the higher upside for the blocking scarcity. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Davis Bertans scores four points
    Davis Bertans scored four points with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: When Bertans does get minutes, it's usually behind LaMarcus Aldridge. In this game, he only played next to LMA for four minutes and he actually played well overall today. Over the last 15 games, Aldridge has played only 3.9 percent of his minutes next to Bertans. He's only a pickup if you're desperate with Dewayne Dedmon and David Lee already picked up. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Dejounte Murray scores career-high 24 points
    Dejounte Murray had easily his best NBA game of his career in a start for Tony Parker (foot) on Thursday, scoring a career-high 24 points on 7-of-11 from the field with two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one turnover and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. Murray had no jumper in his time at Washington, making just 34.0 percent of his twos and 28.8 percent of his threes. He also had some horrendous turnover woes, so the one turnover in all that playing time is almost as impressive as the scoring. Clearly, things are working out nicely for the rookie and the Spurs clearly trust him as their No. 3 point guard. This game is a huge fluke, but keep him in mind if Tony Parker (foot) misses games again. Parker is likely to play on Saturday against the Cavs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Felton, JJ, Rivers, Luc & Jordan starting
    Raymond Felton, J.J. Redick, Austin Rivers, Luc Mbah a Moute and DeAndre Jordan will start against the Wolves on Thursday.

    Advice: This was expected all along and the Clippers will have to manage without the NBA's top player in real plus minus. Felton is worth a look if you need a point guard for the next 6-8 weeks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • Dejounte Murray will start for Parker vs. DEN
    Dejounte Murray will start for Tony Parker (foot) against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: It'll be the third start of his career. In his previous two, he averaged 6.5 points, 2.5 boards, 2.5 assists and 0.5 treys. He's actually shot the ball a lot better, but obviously you would have to be in a deep league to grab him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:30 pm
  • Dejounte Murray expected to be available
    Dejounte Murray (ankle) is expected to be available for Thursday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: He may actually get a start after missing the last two games. Murray has almost no value right now, but he is playing better. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:11 pm
  • Brandon Ingram not starting just yet
    Coach Luke Walton said he has no plans to start Brandon Ingram.

    Advice: Walton said the team has been doing some extra workouts with Ingram to help his shooting. In the last nine games, Ingram posted a 56.7 effective field goal percentage on jumpers. That's a massive boost from the 30.9 eFG% in his NBA career before that stretch. He's trending up, but he's still only a stash. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:13 pm
  • Larry Nance ruled out for Friday night
    Updating a previous item, Larry Nance (knee) has been ruled out for Friday against the Pacers.

    Advice: He did almost everything in practice on Wednesday and did everything in practice on Thursday. It sounds like getting cleared is the last hurdle for Nance and he will be re-evaulated on Friday to see where he is for possibly playing on Sunday. Nance has actually held seventh-round value per game in standard leagues, so he's worth a look now that he's close. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:02 pm
  • Larry Nance has a chance to play Friday
    Larry Nance (knee) has a chance to play on Friday against the Pacers and is listed as questionable.

    Advice: Coach Luke Walton said Nance looked good in practice, but said the possibility of him playing isn't a medical opinion. He still needs to be cleared from his bone bruise in his knee, but going through two practices in a row is a great sign. The Lakers could be without Luol Deng (wrist), so Nance could have some value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:45 pm
  • J.J. Redick, Crawford to see more minutes
    Doc Rivers said that J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford will likely play more minutes to help compensate for the loss of Chris Paul (left thumb surgery).

    Advice: Rivers was explicit about his reasoning. "Austin [Rivers] and Raymond [Felton] are the only two [points guards], really," he said. "[But] we don’t want to tax Raymond and Austin to the point that they’re not doing what they do well." Redick should already be owned, and Rivers and Felton are hot pickups with CP3 on the shelf for 6-8 weeks, but for now Crawford is just a borderline option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:04 pm
  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb, hand) escapes Wed
    Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) played 29 minutes on Wednesday, finishing with 21 points (9-of-17 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 14 rebounds, four assists and one block.

    Advice: AD survived yet another injury scare tonight when he left to get X-rays on his left hand, but he quickly returned while wearing a splint on two fingers. He seems to be perpetually banged up, yet he's only missed three games this season. The risk of a shutdown is limited by the fact that New Orleans is just 1.5 games out of the playoff picture, and thus far Davis has paid off richly for his risk-taking owners. As a precaution, we'll add him to the injury report ahead of Friday's home game vs. Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:00 pm
  • Anthony Davis returns to action vs. Magic
    Anthony Davis (left thumb, left hand sprain, right hip) returned to action on Wednesday.

    Advice: X-rays were negative on his left hand and he should be OK. Hopefully, he can stay healthy for the rest of the game tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:57 pm
  • Confirmed: Anthony Davis will play Wednesday
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) will play Wednesday vs. the Magic, as expected.

    Advice: Davis looked fine while going through his pregame routine, and there's been no discussion of a minutes restriction, so his owners can feel free to fire him up. Alvin Gentry may have had the quote of the year during his pregame interview, stating, "AD will play hurt. He's played hurt since the day he got here." Yup. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:40 pm
  • Larry Nance getting close to a return
    Larry Nance (knee) was able to do almost everything in practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: The training staff held him out of the final drill, but Nance wanted to participate in it. He's clearly getting close and his late-January target seems likely. Nance played 30.5 minutes per game in his previous two games prior to his injury on Dec. 20, and Luol Deng (wrist) is also banged up. If Nance can return before Deng, he may have some value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:29 pm
  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) says he'll play
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) said that he will play Wednesday vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Davis really likes going up against the Magic, in eight career outings against Orlando he owns impressive averages of 18.8 points, 13.4 boards, 1.4 dimes, 1.4 steals and a whopping 4.1 swats per contest, so he's on the radar as a potential DFS target. Just check back for official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:12 am
  • Brandon Ingram stuffs the stat sheet in loss
    Brandon Ingram moved into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets and stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: This was arguably one of his best games as a pro. Ingram finished 6-of-14 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line with zero turnovers. With Luol Deng (wrist) out indefinitely, Ingram is looking at 30+ minutes per night moving forward. We'd like to see him do it again because he was averaging 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 3-pointer in his previous nine January games, and there are a couple of better fantasy pickups around the league including Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers. If those guys are unavailable, give Ingram a look, but expect some bumps in the road. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 27 points in loss
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 points (10-of-18 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs) with 16 rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Towns has made an effort to find his shot earlier in games and it's paying dividends, as he's averaging 11.4 points in the first quarter of his last five games. "Just wanted to do what I can to get us W’s and make it as easy as I can for us as a whole to try to get wins," Towns said. "I felt that me being more aggressive in the first quarter would help us a little more, and I’m glad that it’s been working so far. I’ll keep riding the train." If he keeps this up, Towns should be a top-10 option the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:48 pm
  • Brandon Ingram will start on Tuesday
    Brandon Ingram will start on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Luol Deng (wrist) is considered out indefinitely, so the rookie is looking at a hefty workload going forward. As a starter this season, Ingram has posted averages of 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.7 triples in 11 games. We'll let you know how he fares tonight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:12 pm
  • Austin Rivers looking at an increased role
    Austin Rivers is looking at an increased role moving forward with Chris Paul (thumb) out 6-8 weeks.

    Advice: Rivers was going to lose some value with Blake Griffin (knee) nearing a return, but not so fast. With Paul out, both Rivers and Felton could realistically play over 30 minutes a night even with a healthy Blake. Rivers is averaging 16.8 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 triples in January, and his usage rate climbs from 14.9 to 21.8 when Paul is off the court. Go pick him up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:34 pm
  • Raymond Felton looking at a bump in minutes
    Raymond Felton is looking at a bump in minutes with Chris Paul (thumb surgery) out for the next 6-8 weeks.

    Advice: Felton started the second half of Monday's game and looked great with 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting with six assists, three rebounds, one block, one steal and two turnovers in 27 minutes, and he averaged 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.7 triples in six previous starts this season. He's likely going to take over the starting role in Los Angeles and looks like a strong pickup in standard leagues. Austin Rivers also looks like a great pickup. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:30 pm
  • MIN views Kris Dunn as long-term starter
    The Timberwolves reportedly view Kris Dunn as their long-term starting point guard.

    Advice: The Vertical broke news on Tuesday that Minnesota is actively shopping Ricky Rubio with the intent of being able to eventually turn over the reins to Dunn, so it’s highly likely that the rookie will be unleashed towards the end of the year. That being said, Dunn has a shaky jumper (37.8 percent shooting) and is not capable of consistently hitting the 3-point shot (0.4), so those two things will likely keep his value in check even when he's getting 30 minutes a night. Still, his upside in steals and assists makes him a reasonable guy to stash in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:59 pm
  • Larry Nance unlikely to return this week
    Luke Walton is that skeptical Larry Nance (knee) will be able to get back to the court this week.

    Advice: Nance recently went through some 1-on-1 work with Ivica Zubac, but he's still yet to go through a full practice with the team, and until that happens he won't be getting back to the court. As long as Nance is on the sidelines, Julius Randle will continue to see his playing time in the mid-30s. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:57 am
  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) questionable Weds
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: Davis hit the ground hard on Monday, and given that he tends to be a slow healer, we feel he's probably a bit closer to doubtful for Wednesday's game. If he's out, Terrence Jones would likely move back into the starting five, and there would be more minutes available for Donatas Motiejunas, while Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans would be tasked with more offensive responsibilities. Check back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:47 am
  • J.J. Redick scores 20 with five triples
    J.J. Redick scored 20 points with five 3-pointers in Monday's win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He shot 7-of-15 from the field in just 27 minutes, adding two assists, one rebound and two steals. Redick is rolling with averages of 19.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.6 steals and 3.8 triples over his last five games, but expect his numbers to take a hit when Blake Griffin (knee) returns in the near future. Chris Paul (sprained thumb) picked up an injury tonight, but Redick won't benefit as much if CP3 misses time because his usage rate, true shooting percentage and offensive rating are lower when CP3 isn't on the court. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:30 pm
  • Austin Rivers scores 16 w/ six assists
    Austin Rivers scored 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting in Monday's win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He played impressive defense on Russell Westbrook and is thriving with the first unit. Rivers logged 35 minutes and added six assists, two rebounds, one steal and two triples, and he could have the ball in his hands a lot more if Chris Paul (sprained thumb) misses any time. Rivers' usage rate rises from 14.9 to 21.8 when Paul is off the court, so he looks like a solid pickup in addition to Raymond Felton. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:18 pm
  • Raymond Felton scores 15 on 7-of-7 shooting
    Raymond Felton scored 15 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting in Monday's 120-98 win over the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: Chris Paul left the game with a sprained left thumb and did not return, so Felton started the second half and added six assists, three rebounds, one block, one steal and two turnovers in 27 minutes. X-rays were negative on Paul's thumb, but he is scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday at which point we will know if he needs to miss additional time. Felton looks like a nice speculative pickup with averages of 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.7 triples in six previous starts this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:13 pm
  • Wes Johnson (personal) ruled out Monday
    Wes Johnson (personal) will not play on Monday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Johnson is only averaging 13.8 minutes over his last five games, so this won't have many fantasy implications. Alan Anderson could pick up a few extra minutes in his absence, but shouldn't be trusted in any format. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:37 pm
  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) doubtful to return
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) is doubtful to return to Monday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: The good news here is that the X-rays taken on his thumb and hip both came back negative, so it appears AD has avoided a serious injury. He was barely able to walk to the locker room, so it would be quite shocking to see him return to the game today. He'll end his evening with 16 points, three rebounds and three assists. Terrence Jones is going to be the primary beneficiary if Davis is forced to miss any additional time, so he's a solid pickup in any setting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:12 pm
  • Anthony Davis (back) heads to the locker room
    Anthony Davis (tailbone) is headed to the locker room.

    Advice: Davis tried to posterize Myles Turner on a dunk attempt, but Turner did not let that happen, and Davis hit the floor hard. He was writhing in pain on the ground for roughly a minute, and while he stayed in the game to knock down his free throws, he went straight back to the locker room after knocking them down. Davis was barely able to walk on his way back to the locker room, so it seems unlikely he'll be able to return to this one. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:38 pm
  • Dejounte Murray (ankle) out Tuesday vs. MIN
    Dejounte Murray (sprained right ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: He's a negligible part of the rotation on most nights, so his absence from Tuesday's game will have zero consequence in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:09 pm
  • Zach LaVine returned to action on Sunday January 15. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:19 am
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 18 points in loss
    Karl-Anthony Towns scores 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting Sunday, to go with nine rebounds, one 3-pointer, three assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Over the past few weeks, Towns has crept into the first-round equation with averages of 22.3 points, 14.1 rebounds, 3.9 dimes, 1.9 blocks and 3.1 turnovers per game on 50.0 percent shooting from the field and 91.4 percent shooting from the stripe. He should be able to finish the second half of the season as a first-round stud. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:36 pm
  • Zach LaVine scores 11 points w/ three treys
    Zach LaVine (hip) scored 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting in his return from a two-game absence on Sunday, adding three 3-pointers, five boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: LaVine looked a bit rusty out there, and he didn't connect on any of his attempts from inside the arc, but the heavy minutes would suggest that he'll be just fine for Tuesday's game in San Antonio. LaVine popped off for 25 points with four triples in his last game against the Spurs, so his owners can expect a bounce-back performance. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:21 pm
  • Zach LaVine (hip) is active for Sunday
    Zach LaVine (hip) is active for Sunday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: He will be returning from a two-game absence, but there's no word of any restrictions. LaVine made it though warmups just fine and is safe to deploy in season-long leagues. We'll let you know how he looks after the game. Brandon Rush will return to the bench. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:05 am
  • Zach LaVine (hip) is a game-time call
    Zach LaVine (hip) is a game-time call vs. the Mavericks on Sunday.

    Advice: He's going to go through warmups and will play if his hip feels good according to coach Tom Thibodeau. If LaVine is able to return from a two-game absence, Brandon Rush will shift back to the bench. LaVine was also a game-time on Friday vs. the Thunder, so don't consider him as a lock to play. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:41 am
  • Anthony Davis scores 36 points in return
    Anthony Davis scored 36 points in his return to the lineup during a 107-99 loss to the Bulls on Saturday, adding 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: After missing one game due to a hip contusion, Davis had some protective padding in this game. After maybe some rust early, Davis went off in the second half with 23 points and nine boards in 21 minutes. He gets a great matchup in Indiana on Monday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:27 pm
  • Austin Rivers scores 15 points in start
    Austin Rivers scored 15 points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer against the Lakers on Saturday.

    Advice: He likely has the starting job locked up with his dad trusting him against small forwards of all sizes until Blake Griffin (knee) comes back. Rivers has been very effective in his last four, averaging 19.0 points, 3.8 boards, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 treys. He'll be taking a big hit once BG comes back and only has three games for the upcoming week, so Rivers' value isn't the greatest going forward. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:26 pm
  • Raymond Felton scores 15 points vs. Lakers
    Raymond Felton scored 15 points with two rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Lakers on Saturday.

    Advice: This wasn't really a garbage-time special for Felton in a very impressive game. He also played next to Chris Paul for eight minutes today, which is close to double his average in the 20 previous games they were paired together. Felton has been hanging around top-150 value in his last 10, but that's still close to his ceiling while CP3 is healthy. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:19 pm
  • Brandon Ingram plays really well in loss
    Brandon Ingram scored 14 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: With Luol Deng resting, Ingram started the second half. He's playing a lot better and it has a lot to do with his shot selection. Ingram is open more on his jumper lately and he's also been very good close to the basket, making 64.0 percent on his shots within eight feet in his previous 10 -- that accounts for 38 percent of his total. Ingram is trending up, but his standalone value isn't that great right now. He should have solid value in about a month and is worth a pickup in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:53 pm
  • Brandon Ingram starts 3Q over Lou
    Brandon Ingram started the third quarter over Lou Williams on Saturday.

    Advice: The Lakers were torched in the first half and were down 19 at half, so that's likely the reasoning here. There's no reason to react to this news from a fantasy perspective. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:55 pm
  • Anthony Davis will play, has no restriction
    Anthony Davis (hip) will play on Saturday and does not have a minutes restriction.

    Advice: He did some work on Friday and said there was a "high probability" he would play today, so he should be all set. Davis absolutely exploded before his hip injury in the third quarter on Tuesday, scoring 40 points with 18 boards in the partial game. He makes sense on a light DFS night. Meanwhile, we'll see who starts next to him, but Terrence Jones is still worth owning for now. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:36 pm
  • Larry Nance playing some 1-on-1
    Larry Nance (knee) played 1-on-1 against Ivica Zubac on Saturday.

    Advice: Nance said he won 5-0, but Zubac said the score was 5-3 and he let Nance win to help his confidence. It looks like Nance has an excellent chance to return at some point this month, perhaps even in the next week. He's worth a stash in deep leagues with the Lakers looking to their youth more often. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:46 am
  • Zach LaVine (hip) questionable for Sunday
    Zach LaVine (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Mavs.

    Advice: LaVine has missed each of the Wolves last two games, but appears to be inching closer to a return. Brandon Rush has started in place of LaVine and has played surprisingly well. Rush scored 12 points on Wednesday and then backed that up with 11 points and four rebounds in a team-high 40 minutes on Friday. Still, Rush would be a risky DFS punt on Sunday, even if LaVine does not play. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:11 am
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 29 with 17 boards
    Karl-Anthony Towns lit up the Thunder during a big 96-86 win on Friday, making 11-of-17 from the field and all seven free throws for 29 points with 17 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: And here comes the Wolves. After a big win against the Rockets on Wednesday, they now are on their longest winning streak with three wins in a row. Towns is also looking like the player his fantasy owners drafted over his last five, averaging 24.4 points, 14.2 boards, 3.2 assists, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 steals and 0.6 treys on 57.8 percent from the field and 88.5 percent from the line. We're expecting him to turn in early-first value in standard leagues going forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:20 pm
  • Zach LaVine (hip) will be inactive on Friday
    Zach LaVine (hip) will be inactive on Friday against the Thunder.

    Advice: They ruled him out somewhat early for his game-time decision, so he could miss the next game on Sunday against the Mavs. The matchup is a little different today for the Wolves because the Thunder obviously don't shoot anywhere close to as many threes as the Rockets, but Brandon Rush should still get some heavy run. Shabazz Muhammad has also stepped up. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:03 pm
  • Dejounte Murray (ankle) won't play Saturday
    Dejounte Murray (sprained right ankle) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Murray has been playing a bit more recently, averaging 7.1 minutes per game over the Spurs last five games. Still, he has scored more than two points only once this month. Thus, no significant fantasy impact with news he won't play Saturday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:49 pm
  • Zach LaVine (hip) a game-time decision Friday
    Zach LaVine (hip) said "I don't know" when he asked after shootaround if he would play Friday night vs. OKC.

    Advice: Here is the full quote from LaVine: "I don't know. Want to make sure I'm ok... Make sure I'm 100 percent." It seems he is headed in the right direction, but it would be sheer speculation to try and predict if he will return on Friday night. It will come down to a game-time decision. For wat it's worth, he is listed as questionable. If LaVine can't play, Brandon Rush, Shabazz Muhammad and Nemanja Bjelica should see an uptick in minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:16 am
  • Brandon Ingram scores nine in 32 minutes
    Brandon Ingram scored nine points with two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: The sprained wrist injury clearly didn't affect his playing time -- it is to his non-shooting wrist. Ingram said he was only dealing with some discomfort and didn't even notice the injury the day of on Wednesday, so he should be fine going forward. The more the Lakers lose, the better Ingram's fantasy value will be. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:18 pm
  • Brandon Ingram will play on Thursday night
    Brandon Ingram (wrist) will play on Thursday night against the Spurs.

    Advice: X-rays were negative on Ingram's left wrist. He didn't realize he hurt it on Wednesday and had a precautionary X-ray after dealing with some soreness today. Expect Ingram to play minutes in the uppers 20s. He is more of a stash in standard leagues, but he is playing a lot better lately. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:20 pm
  • Brandon Ingram sprains wrist, getting X-ray
    Brandon Ingram sprained his left wrist at practice on Wednesday and will be getting X-rays.

    Advice: He certainly has a chance to miss tonight's game against the Spurs. We don't have many details now, but the Lakers are usually terrific with sharing news on their injured players. If he's out, we should see more three-guard lineups and Luol Deng. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:21 pm
  • Zach LaVine (hip) questionable for Friday
    Zach LaVine (hip) is questionable for Friday against the Thunder.

    Advice: He did some rehab work on Thursday and is feeling better. LaVine was ruled out about an hour before Wednesday's game due to his hip contusion injury on Monday, so he should be close. LaVine is tied with Kyle Lowry for minutes per game with two DNPs on the season. If he can't go, Brandon Rush should get another chance to start. Shabazz Muhammad and Nemanja Bjelica would also benefit. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:15 pm
  • J.J. Redick: 22 pts w/ season-high five dimes
    J.J. Redick scored 22 points on 7-of-16 FGs and 5-of-7 FTs vs. the Magic on Wednesday, adding a season-high five assists and six rebounds in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Redick's six rebounds were his second-highest total of the season, trailing only Sunday's total of seven boards, and he's been terrific in the month of January. He added three 3-pointers and one block without a single turnover tonight, and needs to be started in all leagues until (or unless) he cools off. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:35 pm
  • Raymond Felton hits 4-of-6 shots in 16 mins
    Raymond Felton came off the bench vs. Orlando on Wednesday, making 4-of-6 shots to finish with eight points and three boards in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Felton started L.A.'s last game, but he returned to the second unit with Austin Rivers healthy tonight. Felton can be ignored in most leagues, but he's an interesting streaming play when injuries strike L.A.'s backcourt. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:31 pm
  • Austin Rivers returns in 33 mins Wednesday
    Austin Rivers (illness) returned to action on Wednesday with nine points, five assists, four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes of action.

    Advice: Rivers moved back into the starting five alongside Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute and DeAndre Jordan, as the Clippers continue to go small in the absence of Blake Griffin (knee). He's worth a glance if you need points, 3-pointers and a dash of assists, but he's not a well-rounded roto option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:30 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 28, MIN gets win streak
    Andrew Wiggins helped the Wolves earn their second win streak of the season on Wednesday, scoring 28 points (11-of-20 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) with two 3-pointers, four boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: Wiggins' lack of supporting stats draws a lot of attention for fantasy purposes, so it was nice to see him scoring efficiently while chipping in elsewhere. The Wolves are fourth in the league in total rebound rate, at 51.8, and they crushed the Rockets on the glass tonight with a 49-32 advantage, helping to seal the win. They can establish a season-best three-game streak by defeating the visiting Thunder on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns gets 23 & 18 in win vs HOU
    The Wolves upset the visiting Rockets on Wednesday, aided by Karl-Anthony Towns' 23 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and one steal.

    Advice: KAT has nine straight double-doubles and 29 on the season, which is third in the league behind the usual suspects -- Russell Westbrook and James Harden. He made 10-of-17 shots tonight, with a 3-of-4 mark at the line, and is toying with first-round value (8-cat) over the past month. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Raymond Felton headed to bench Wednesday
    Raymond Felton will likely shift to the bench with Austin Rivers returning to the starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rivers missed Sunday's game with the flu but he's healthy tonight, so the veteran Felton's minutes should take a significant hit. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:56 pm
  • Austin Rivers (illness) will start vs. Magic
    Austin Rivers (illness) will start against the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: His dad is also well enough to coach tonight. Rivers absolutely went off against the Magic in their last game on Dec. 14 with 25 points, so maybe he can have another big outing. Because he's playing well these days, Rivers is worth a look in standard leagues while he's going strong. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:54 pm
  • Zach LaVine (hip) ruled out for Wednesday
    Zach LaVine (hip) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: This is far from surprising with LaVine being listed as doubtful and limited at shootaround. With LaVine watching from the sidelines, Namanja Bjelica, Shabazz Muhammad and Kris Dunn will all see a boost in value with Bjelica being the preferable DFS target. For now, we'll be considering LaVine questionable for Friday's game against OKC. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores 11, hits two treys
    Brandon Ingram scored 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: The rookie added four rebounds, two assists, one block and two triples in 26 minutes. Luol Deng was the only starter with double-digit points, so Ingram didn't get as much burn this time. With that said, He's now scored an average of 14.0 points over his last four games with a combined six 3-pointers, so he's slowly graduating from a stash to a standard-league asset. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:21 pm
  • Davis Bertans scores 11 w/ three triples
    Davis Bertans scored 11 points with three triples in Tuesday's loss to the Bucks.

    Advice: David Lee (knee) returned to action tonight, but Bertans remained in the rotation because LaMarcus Aldridge was out with an illness. Bertans added two assists and one block in 19 minutes, and he was coming off a monster 21-point performance on Saturday with four triples. The Spurs may have found another gem, but he's unlikely to be a factor when the Spurs are at full strength. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Rivers (illness) probable for Wednesday
    Austin Rivers (illness) returned to practiced with the team on Tuesday and appears probable for Wednesday's game vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Rivers missed Sunday's game vs. Miami due to the flu bug that has rampaged the NBA. In his previous four games, Rivers was averaging 18.8 points, 4.3 assists, and 3.8 rebounds in 37.9 minutes. However, with Chris Paul back in the mix, Rivers will not see the same amount of extended playing time. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:11 am
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