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  • Ricky Rubio dishes out 11 assists in road victory
    Ricky Rubio shot 3-of-8 from the field in Tuesday's win over the Kings, finishing with six points, four rebounds, 11 assists and one steal in 30 minutes. 

    Advice: Rubio didn't have a great night shooting the ball, as he missed all three of his attempts from beyond the arc. But he did manage to crack double figures in assists for the first time since March 27. Even with D'Angelo Russell cleared to play, Chris Finch has continued to rely on Rubio as his starter for the time being. That has helped the veteran point guard preserve some value as far as fantasy is concerned, as he sits just outside of the top-100 in both 8- and 9-cat formats. Rubio's value will drop substantially once Russell is moved back into the starting lineup. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns goes off for 28/18/5 with 4 BLK
    Karl-Anthony Towns put up 28 points (9-of-17 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), 18 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Kings.

    Advice: Towns fell two rebounds shy of what would have been his first 20/20 game since March 23, 2019, when he racked up 33 points and 23 rebounds in a win over the Grizzlies. When healthy KAT has been one of the best players in fantasy basketball, providing top-5 value in 8-cat and top-10 value in 9-cat formats. The words "when healthy" are key, especially when taking into consideration the amount of time that Towns has missed over the last two seasons. After missing a total of five games in his first four seasons, Towns has missed 49 games due to injury over the last two (this doesn't count the two that he recently missed for personal reasons). Minnesota faces Sacramento again Wednesday night, and while Towns looked fine after tweaking his knee in Sunday's loss to the Clippers, this could be a spot where the Timberwolves look to either limit his workload or keep him out completely. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Anthony Edwards scores 28 points with a full line
    Anthony Edwards had one of his best all-around games of the season Tuesday, as he accumulated 28 points (11-of-21 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), four rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 38 minutes during a win over the Kings.

    Advice: Edwards came out hot Tuesday night, making six of his first seven field goal attempts and scoring 15 points. The rookie finished with 28, and he did so shooting better than 50% from the field. Edwards has shot 50% or better from the field in 10 of his 26 games with at least 20 points. Scoring in an efficient manner on a consistent basis will be what takes Edwards' game to the next level, and that would ultimately benefit both the Timberwolves and the fantasy players who have him rostered. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell torches SAC for 26 in first half
    D'Angelo Russell shot 10-of-13 from the field and 2-of-2 from the foul line in Tuesday's win over the Kings, recording a line of 28 points, three rebounds, six assists and six 3-pointers in 25 minutes. 

    Advice: Russell had it rolling during the first half, scoring 26 points in just 15 minutes. He served as more of a facilitator after halftime, with the Kings devoting a little more attention to him defensively. The 26 points are the fourth-most that Russell has scored in a half during his NBA career, and he has accounted for 25 or more in four games this month. While there is still fantasy value to be had, the minutes cap (which is now up to 30) has lowered Russell's ceiling. He has played 25 minutes or more in just three of the nine games that he's appeared in this month. What makes matters even worse for those who have Russell rostered in the fact that this was the first game of a back-to-back. Don't be surprised if he sits out Wednesday's rematch.   Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Damian Lillard (hammy) expects to play Wednesday
    Damian Lillard expects to play on Wednesday against the Nuggets after missing three games with a hamstring injury. 

    Advice: This is great news for the Blazers and fantasy managers alike (assuming you have him). The Blazers might have beaten the Clippers tonight with Lillard in uniform and they're hanging onto the No. 6 seed despite Lillard's recent absence. Get him in your lineup. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Enes Kanter goes for 9/9/1 in loss to Clippers
    Enes Kanter had nine points, nine rebounds and a block on 4-of-4 shooting in 27 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Clippers. 

    Advice: He was great early and then disappeared, while Ivica Zubac played well for the Clippers. Kanter got the start tonight with Jusuf Nurkic getting a rest, but you can expect Kanter to fall off in the next one with NurkAlert expected to play against the Nuggets on Wednesday night. Then again, Nikola Jokic is not an easy matchup so it's possible that Kanter could see some decent run if the Joker gets Nurkic into early foul trouble.  Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • C.J. McCollum's 28 points not enough for Blazers
    C.J. McCollum hit 11-of-26 shots and 3-of-12 3-pointers for 28 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and just one turnover in Tuesday's 113-112 loss to the Clippers. 

    Advice: He didn't have a very efficient night and clearly is more effective when Damian Lillard (hamstring) is on the court. CJM led the Blazers in scoring tonight and has scored at least 22 points in three straight games and has hit at least 20 points in six of his last 10 games, but the Blazers are going to continue to struggle to close out games as long as DameTime remains out with his injury. McCollum missed the game-winning shot for the Blazers at the buzzer tonight but got a good look.  Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Norman Powell scores 23 in loss to Clippers
    Norman Powell hit 10-of-20 shots and three 3-pointers for 23 points, one rebound, three assists and a steal in a team-high 39 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Clippers. 

    Advice: Powell has scored between 17 and 23 points in his last five games and has scored in double figures in all but one of his April games. He should continue to thrive for the Blazers, with or without Damian Lillard (hamstring) in uniform. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores 20 points with eight boards
    Harrison Barnes played 39 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Timberwolves, finishing with 20 points (6-of-11 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs) eight rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers. 

    Advice: Barnes has scored 20 points or more in back-to-back games for the first time since late-February, when he went on a run of four straight. The veteran forward has been one of the Kings' most consistent fantasy players this season, providing top-100 value in both 8- and 9-cat formats. Rostered in 81% of Yahoo leagues, Barnes won't be available in your most competitive leagues. But if your league is part of that other 19%, do not hesitate to pick him up, even with the Kings set to play the Timberwolves again Wednesday night.  Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Rajon Rondo plays well off Clippers' bench
    Rajon Rondo came off the bench and played 22 minutes on Tuesday, hitting 3-of-7 shots for nine points, six rebounds and seven assists in a tough win over the Blazers. 

    Advice: We don't trust Rondo and he had just two points and four assists in 15 minutes in Sunday's win over the Timberwolves. But Patrick Beverley is still out and Reggie Jackson is hit-or-miss, meaning Rondo could continue to produce for the red-hot Clippers, who have won nine of their last 10 games. But in reality, Rondo will probably do more to help the Clips in the playoffs than he will over the rest of the regular season. Jackson played 26 minutes and had nine points, five boards, six dimes and three 3-pointers, but hit just 3-of-9 shots. We still trust Jackson more than Rondo, at least for now.  Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Delon Wright scores 15 points with a full line
    Delon Wright recorded a line of 15 points (5-of-8 FGs), three rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Timberwolves. 

    Advice: The 16 points are the most that Wright has scored in a game since he was acquired from the Pistons, and he has now hit that number three times. The veteran point guard has played well recently, which has led to some questioning the impact that this has on rookie Tyrese Haliburton. Haliburton, who is still a top-100 player for the season, played 25 minutes Tuesday night and finished with a line of seven points (2-of-10 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), one rebound, nine assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. There's room for Haliburton and Wright within the Kings rotation, but both take a slight hit when it comes to their respective fantasy values.  Yesterday, 9:45 pm
    New Player Note
    Delon Wright Sac - PG,SG,SF
  • Chimezie Metu scores career-high 16 vs. Minnesota
    Chimezie Metu shot 8-of-12 from the field in Tuesday's loss to the Timberwolves, scoring 16 points with four rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes. 

    Advice: Metu had the best game of his NBA career from a scoring standpoint, exceeding his previous career-high by six points. While it would have been nice to get some defensive production from the third-year power forward, that really hasn't been a strong suit for him. Entering Tuesday, Metu averaged 0.2 steals and 0.5 blocks per in 9.3 minutes per game. There is room for Metu to make a greater impact on both ends of the floor, as the Kings are still without the injured Richaun Holmes (strained hamstring). However, we'll need to see a couple productive games in a row before buying into Metu as a short-term fantasy option. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Moe Harkless scores season-high 20 points in loss
    Moe Harkless had one of his best games of the season Tuesday, compiling 20 points (7-of-12 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), seven rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes during a loss to the Timberwolves. 

    Advice: Harkless established a new season-high in points, scoring 20 points after tallying a total of 13 in the three games prior. Entering Tuesday, Harkless was averaging 7.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.2 blocks and 0.7 3-pointers per game in his last six, which matches when he replaced Tyrese Haliburton in the starting lineup. Rostered in just 3% of Yahoo leagues, Harkless has been a top-100 player over the last two weeks. Luke Walton may not have a decision to make until Marvin Bagley (left hand) is cleared to play, but he's still without a timetable for return. So picking up Harkless may not be as much of a gamble as it appears to be at first glance.  Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Ivica Zubac plays well in win over Blazers
    Ivica Zubac hit 5-of-9 shots for 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 28 minutes of Tuesday's 113-112 win over the Blazers. 

    Advice: Zubac had a four-point dud on Friday against Joel Embiid but has otherwise been a very solid fantasy center in six of his last seven games. Zubac isn't really a game-changer in fantasy, but he's playing well enough to be used if you're in a pinch and your waiver wire is bare.  Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Jaxson Hayes plays just nine minutes in defeat
    Jaxson Hayes finished Tuesday's loss to the Nets with two points (1-of-2 FTs) and three rebounds in nine minutes. 

    Advice: With James Johnson ruled out due to a strained groin, Hayes was expected to see some time at the power forward spot Tuesday night. He did, but not to the point where it would have any kind of impact on his fantasy value. At this point, there's no reason to consider streaming Hayes, much less keeping him on your roster.  Yesterday, 8:03 pm
  • Lonzo Ball rebounds from poor outing, scores 15
    Lonzo Ball shot 6-of-11 from the field in Tuesday's loss to the Nets, tallying 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Ball's minutes have increased slightly since he returned to the lineup, and he was better on Tuesday after struggling in his first two games back. What may help him in the short term is that the Pelicans don't have many options capable of replacing him, as Eric Bledsoe (6/1/3 with two 3-pointers) struggled in his 17 minutes and Kira Lewis Jr. (11/1/4 with three 3-pointers in 19 minutes) producing a solid line. Eventually, especially if the Pelicans fall out of the race for a play-in round spot, Lewis could take more minutes away from Ball. But we haven't reached that point just yet.  Yesterday, 8:02 pm
  • Naji Marshall posts 15/6/7/2 line vs. Nets
    Naji Marshall played 35 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's loss to the Nets, accounting for 15 points (6-of-15 FGs, 1-of-6 FTs), six rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two 3-pointers. 

    Advice: Marshall played well, but he left some money on the table with that 1-of-6 effort from the charity stripe. The 15 points were one shy of his career-high, and with a better night at the foul line he could have hit 20. That being said, over the last two weeks Marshall, who's rostered in 8% of Yahoo leagues, has provided late-round value in 9-cat formats. He still isn't in a position where he should be rostered, but keep an eye on Marshall down the stretch. Stan Van Gundy clearly likes him, and there's room for playing time with Josh Hart and Nickeil Alexander-Walker both out due to injury.  Yesterday, 8:01 pm
  • Jeff Green dishes out season-high six assists
    Jeff Green recorded a line of 15 points (5-of-14 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), nine rebounds, six assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Pelicans. 

    Advice: With Kevin Durant nursing a thigh injury, Green made his return to the starting lineup Tuesday night. He didn't shoot the ball well, but Uncle Jeff did manage to contribute in other areas. Not only did Green establish a new season-high with the six assists, but he also tied his season-best in rebounds. Green hasn't been a great fantasy player this season but, with Durant sidelined, he may be worthy of a short-term look, especially in deep leagues.  Yesterday, 7:49 pm
    New Player Note
    Jeff Green Bkn - SF,PF,C
  • Landry Shamet continues to produce for the Nets
    Landry Shamet shot 7-of-12 from the field and 1-of-1 from the foul line in Tuesday's win over the Pelicans, accumulating 18 points, one rebound, eight assists and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes. 

    Advice: Shamet has been very good this month, scoring 13 points or more in seven of the eight games that he's appeared in. The absences of James Harden (hamstring) and Kevin Durant (thigh) have freed up more scoring opportunities for Shamet, and he's made the most of them. Over the last two weeks Shamet, who's rostered in 22% of Yahoo leagues, has provided 7th-round value in both 8- and 9-cat formats. Fantasy managers in need of a fill-in during the "silly season" would be wise to consider picking up Shamet. Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • Joe Harris drops 24 points, three triples on Pels
    Joe Harris recorded a line of 24 points (10-of-16 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), two rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: Harris has alternated 20-point games and more pedestrian efforts in his last six, so he may have been due for a big night. Over the last two weeks he's threatening top-50 value in 9-cat formats, a trend that should continue for the foreseeable future. Brooklyn was without both James Harden (hamstring) and Kevin Durant (thigh) Tuesday night, and those absences mean that Harris will have the ability to expand his game beyond catch-and-shoot opportunities. Yesterday, 7:48 pm
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