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  • Rajon Rondo posts nice line in another win
    Rajon Rondo got some revenge against the Celtics Tuesday with seven points, eight assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He's been a bit quiet lately, but is still averaging 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.2 steals over his last five games, hitting 52 percent of his shots. If you can live with the low scoring, he's worth holding. 40 minutes ago
  • Shabazz Napier stays relevant on Tuesday
    Shabazz Napier played through a sore back and hit 5-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, three rebounds, six assists and a steal in 20 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: While it's true he's a must-start any time the Blazers are without Damian Lillard, he's actually managed to stay afloat with Lillard back. He returned to action four games ago and Napier has averaged 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 3-pointers over that stretch, despite sitting out the entire second half on Sunday with the back problem. Those aren't must-own numbers and he's tough to trust with Lillard healthy, but he might be worth grabbing, especially as a Lillard insurance policy. Today, 10:01 pm
  • C.J. McCollum hits six triples in win
    C.J. McCollum hit 9-of-18 shots and 6-of-10 3-pointers for 27 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 36 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: The six triples tied his season high, as he did it previously on Nov. 5, and CJM's had it on cruise control all season, scoring in single figures just one time. He's returning solid fourth-round fantasy value this season, but he's on the rise, putting up his best numbers of the season in January. Today, 9:53 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 31 points in win
    Damian Lillard hit 11-of-19 shots and four 3-pointers for 31 points, five rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 36 minutes of Tuesday's 118-111 win over the Suns.

    Advice: Devin Booker stole the headlines with his 43-point performance, but despite the final score, the Blazers were in control of this game throughout, with Lillard and C.J. McCollum (27 points, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 6 3-pointers) leading the charge. Lillard's been back from his calf injury for four games and hasn't missed a beat, going off for 26 points, 7.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.3 3-pointers in those four games. Today, 9:49 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays just 22 minutes in win
    Jusuf Nurkic hit 4-of-9 shots for nine points, seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 22 minutes of Tuesday's easy win over the Suns.

    Advice: He played the opening six minutes of the game but was then benched for the rest of the first half, despite not being in foul trouble. His minutes got back on track in the second half, but it is concerning that he's only played 22 and 20 minutes in each of his last two games. Nurkic will look to get back on track against the Pacers on Thursday, and then has a dream matchup against the Mavericks on Saturday. Dallas gets torched by opposing centers every night and Nikola Jokic put them on blast for 29 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block tonight. Today, 9:41 pm
  • Troy Daniels scores 18 points vs. Blazers
    Troy Daniels scored 18 points vs. the Blazers on Tuesday, hitting 6-of-13 shots in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He had 11 3-point attempts and connected on six of them, adding one rebound and one steal. Josh Jackson had four fouls which limited him to 23 minutes and T.J. Warren (foot) missed another game, so Daniels stepped up when coach Jay Triano called his name. The Suns only have one more game this week and it's not until Friday, so there's no reason to pick up Daniels in most leagues. Today, 9:39 pm
  • Josh Jackson (groin) scores eight points
    Josh Jackson (groin) scored eight points vs. the Blazers on Tuesday, hitting 4-of-12 shots with two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: He had four fouls which limited him to 23 minutes, so he couldn't build off his 21-point game on Sunday. The game is slowing down for the rookie and his outlook for the rest of the season is promising with the Suns focusing on player development, but this isn't a great week to stash him since they only have one more game on the schedule this week. Today, 9:33 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu hits four more treys
    Al-Farouq Aminu hit 5-of-12 shots and four 3-pointers for 14 points, nine rebounds and a block in 28 minutes of Tuesday's easy 118-111 win over the Suns.

    Advice: The Suns had a big fourth quarter (39-26) but still lost by seven, while Aminu bounced back after a quiet game on Sunday, when he had just six points, seven rebounds, a block and zero 3-pointers. Aminu is bouncing around on a lot of waiver wires, but he's quietly averaging 11 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games. He's hit at least one 3-pointer in eight of his nine January games and if you need a big man who can steal and hit 3-pointers, Aminu seems to be coming on after a rather quiet second half of December. Today, 9:33 pm
  • Devin Booker goes off for 43 points in loss
    Devin Booker went off for 43 points in Tuesday's 118-111 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: That's the third game of his career with 40+ points. He did everything he could to give the Suns a chance with 21 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as they dropped their third straight game. He finished 14-of-29 from the field and hit all 10 of his free throws with eight assists, six rebounds, two steals, one block and five triples, becoming the first Phoenix Sun to record 43+ points and 8+ assists since Stephon Marbury in 2003. He's quickly becoming one of the top shooting guards in the NBA. Today, 9:30 pm
  • Mason Plumlee plays 14 minutes off bench
    Mason Plumlee moved to the bench on Tuesday vs. Dallas, playing 14 minutes with five points and three rebounds.

    Advice: He played exclusively as the backup center and didn't see any minutes next to Jokic. He was a deep-league asset even as a starter, so he belongs on the wire in most leagues even if this was a temporary move. Today, 9:08 pm
  • Will Barton scores 22 points w/ six assists
    Will Barton's move into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. Dallas paid dividends, as he racked up 22 points (9-of-15 FGs), six assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block, two triples and five turnovers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The Nuggets needed a spark after losing four out of their previous five games, so Barton delivered. Maybe it was a matchup move, but it would make sense for Denver to go back to this lineup on Wednesday vs. the Clippers, especially if DeAndre Jordan (ankle) is out. Barton should be owned everywhere. Today, 9:00 pm
  • Gary Harris scores 25 points w/ four steals
    Gary Harris was a beast in Tuesday's win over Dallas, racking up 25 points, four assists, four steals, one block and three triples.

    Advice: Harris was 8th in the NBA in deflections (133) prior to Tuesday and was everywhere on the defensive end again tonight. He did miss a pair of free throws late, but Harris, Will Barton and Nikola Jokic got the Nuggets back on track with just their second win in their last six games. Harris finished 8-of-17 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line and is locked in as a borderline early-round value in category leagues. Today, 8:46 pm
  • Nikola Jokic dominates w/ 29-18-7 line
    Nikola Jokic dominated in a 105-102 win over the Mavericks on Tuesday, scoring 29 points with a season-high 18 rebounds, seven assists, one block and two steals in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The matchup was obviously favorable, but the big takeaway from the game was that Jokic didn't log any minutes next to Mason Plumlee -- Jokic's advanced stats are better across the board when Plumlee is off the floor and he's clearly more comfortable playing all his minutes at the five. The Denver offense was running through him even more than usual tonight and he grabbed nine offensive rebounds, finishing 11-of-23 from the field and 7-of-10 from the line. His owners will be hoping that coach Malone sticks with this rotation on Wednesday vs. the Clippers. Today, 8:40 pm
  • Boogie Cousins drops 19 & 15 on Celtics
    DeMarcus Cousins hit 7-of-20 shots, 1-of-6 3-pointers and 4-of-6 free throws for 19 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, three steals, zero blocks and seven turnovers in Tuesday's 116-113 overtime in at Boston.

    Advice: Boogie wasn't all that efficient tonight and the seven turnovers, compared to just one for Anthony Davis, have been an issue all season. He's struggling with his shot right now, hitting just 11-of-36 over his last two games, but once they start falling again, look out. The 5.4 turnovers over his last five games are annoying and right on course, as he's averaging 5.0 per game on the season. Despite the negatives, he's playing at first-round value this season and his shot should start falling soon. Today, 7:21 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica ejected Tuesday night
    Nemanja Bjelica was ejected in the second quarter of Tuesday's game vs. Orlando after getting into an altercation with Arron Afflalo.

    Advice: Both players received double technical fouls after jawing at one another earlier in the quarter. Then, a few minutes later, Afflalo threw a right-handed punch to Bjelica's face. Gorgui Dieng could see a few extra minutes in the second half of Tuesday's contest with Bjelica out of the game. Today, 4:52 pm
  • Seth Curry (leg) won't return until February
    Coach Rick Carlisle said that Seth Curry (leg) won't return until February at the earliest.

    Advice: Curry has yet to appear in a game this season, and it sounds like he won't make his debut anytime soon. He'll first need to be cleared for contact, and then begin practicing with the team before he gets close to game action. He should be left on the waiver wire in all re-draft leagues. Today, 4:49 pm
  • Belinelli, Dedmon, Prince, Muscala probable
    Marco Belinelli (ankle), Dewayne Dedmon (leg), Taurean Prince (finger) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are probable to play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: None of these guys are in any danger of sitting out Wednesday's game. Maybe in another few weeks the Hawks will stop listing them as probable. Today, 2:21 pm
  • Jabari Parker (knee) to return before ASG
    Jabari Parker (knee) said that he plans to return before the All-Star break.

    Advice: Specifically, "the first two weeks before the All-Star Game," said Parker. "It’s probably in that area. We just have to see how I keep doing with my pickup games." This is in line with recent updates and projections. All-Star weekend is Feb. 16-18, which means Parker is hoping to return in early February. Parker is worth stashing in deep leagues, especially if you have an open IR-spot. Today, 6:52 am
  • Wes Johnson posts double-double off bench
    Wes Johnson was good for 11 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots over 31 minutes in Monday's victory against the Rockets.

    Advice: Johnson and Montrezl Harrell did a good job stepping up with DeAndre Jordan (ankle) sidelined, as they combined for six swats and were a Jordan-like 4-of-6 combined from the free-throw line. Johnson is averaging 12.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.7 blocked shots and 1.0 steals over his past three outings, but he'll be back to having minimal fantasy appeal in standard formats once Jordan can make his way back. Yesterday, 11:31 pm
  • Clint Capela snags seven rebounds in loss
    Clint Capela went for 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots over 28 minutes in Monday's road loss against the Clippers.

    Advice: Capela hit 6-of-10 from the field while turning it over just once. The most impressive part of his stat line was the six offensive rebounds, keeping possessions alive for the visitors. Unfortunately they needed a lot more, as they Clips outscored the Rockets by eight in the second half to secure a much-needed victory. He has swatted at least one shot in each of his eight games since returning from a right orbital fracture on Dec. 29. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
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