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  • Buddy Hield (right ankle) will not return
    Buddy Hield (ankle) was helped to the locker room in the fourth quarter and he will not return.

    Advice: He rolled his right ankle as he was trying to put a move on in transition. Hield didn't put weight on his leg at first, but he did put some weight on it as he was helped to the locker room by two staff members. He's almost certainly done tonight, so expect to see Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Pau Gasol swats two shots in Friday's win
    Pau Gasol was good for 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and a pair of 3-pointers in Friday's home win against Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Gasol continues to be very consistent for fantasy owners, at least in the rebounds and assists categories. He he managed at least seven rebounds in four games in a row, and 15 of his 16 outings this season. He also has four assists in each of his past four outings, while hitting the mark in six straight contests. His scoring can yo-yo, but he remains a fantastic fantasy option even at 37 years old. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Anthony Davis (head) goes to locker room
    Anthony Davis went to the locker room on Friday vs. the Nuggets after colliding heads with Nikola Jokic. Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Isaiah Whitehead tweaks shoulder
    Isaiah Whitehead scored five points with one rebound, two assists and four turnovers in 10 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: He did suffer a shoulder injury in this game, so that explains the light playing time. Still, Whitehead really hasn't played well and Caris LeVert looks fine as a backup PG. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Treveon Graham (thigh) does not play
    Treveon Graham (thigh) was a DNP-CD on Friday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He was available to play, but he's not going to be in the rotation consistently with Nicolas Batum back. Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tweaks ankle in loss
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tweaked his ankle in Friday's loss to the Bulls, finishing with nine points, four rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He was 3-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, and his ankle injury isn't a huge concern because he was able to return after getting it re-taped. Barring a surprise, MKG should be fine for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers, so keep him active for his rebounds and defensive stats. Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 22 w/ 10 dimes, 5 triples
    Kyle Lowry scored 22 points with 10 assists, eight rebounds and five 3-pointers in an emphatic win over the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He was remarkably efficient, hitting 8-of-12 from the field and 5-of-7 from deep. Lowry's touches have been reduced from 85.0 in 2016-17 to 74.1 in 2017-18, so that could explain why he's only averaging 14.9 points after a career-high 22.4 PPG last season. With Delon Wright (shoulder) out, there's a good chance that Lowry's touches trend up again. Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • John Wall says he has fluid in his knee
    John Wall said fluid in his knee limited him on Friday in 91-88 loss to the Heat, making 3-of-12 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, eight assists and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He started out 0-of-7 in this game and he wasn't shy about what went wrong in the first half. "I could barely move out there. I couldn’t get the team going. It kind of hurt us," Wall said. He revealed he had treatment on his knee earlier this week, and that his status for Sunday depends how his knee feels in the next day or so. He was in a small slump this month, so perhaps this is why. If he's limited, Tim Frazier would start while Bradley Beal would carry the offense. Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Wes Johnson efficient in Friday's road loss
    Wes Johnson hit 6-of-10 from the floor in Friday's overtime loss in Cleveland, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds.

    Advice: Johnson also chipped in with four blocked shots, four assists and three steals while knocking down three triples, as he gave fantasy owners a little something across the board. He entered the game with just four blocks over his past nine contests, and his double-digit point total was just the second of the season, so those were probably the biggest surprises of the night. Yesterday, 7:33 pm
  • Blake Griffin posts 23 and 12 in OT loss
    Blake Griffin finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a blocked shot across 42 minutes in Friday's overtime loss in Cleveland.

    Advice: The frontcourt did a good job of taking advantage of the weak center position for the Cavs and they nearly pulled off the road upset. He has scored 23 or more points in a season-high three straight outings, and the double-double was just his fourth of the season in 14 contests. He'll be back at it Saturday night in Charlotte, and should get a bigger tests against the likes of Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams and the larger frontcourt of the Hornets. Yesterday, 7:30 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 26 points in loss to MIA
    Bradley Beal scored 26 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: That's his first double-double of the season and the third time he's hit 40 minutes. Beal could be looking at more shots in the short term because John Wall (knee) is a little banged up. On the year, Beal has a 35.8 usage rate and a 61.7 TS% when he's not with Wall, so he could be ready to feast. Beal has been as advertised and should be a top-25 player the rest of the way with first-round upside. Yesterday, 7:25 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan gathers 22 boards in OT loss
    DeAndre Jordan finished with a season-high 20 points, 22 rebounds and three blocked shots in Friday's overtime loss at Cleveland.

    Advice: Jordan was outstanding from the floor, hitting 10-of-12, while doing his usual at the free-throw line (0-of-2). His previous season bests were 14 points and 24 rebounds back on Oct. 19 on the road against the Lakers in the team's opener. He also hadn't had more than more than six buckets in a single game this season, so he really took advantage of the center-less Cavaliers. Yesterday, 7:17 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox starting next to George Hill
    De'Aaron Fox is starting alongside George Hill on Friday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: The Kings have been laughable at times this season, but it's good to see them turn to their point guard of the future. Fox has been pretty inconsistent and is coming off a rough stretch, but he should get better and better. Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • David Nwaba (ankle) targeting Sunday
    David Nwaba (ankle) is targeting a return on Sunday.

    Advice: He will have to go through practice on Saturday without any setback, but he looks like he'll be his original timetable of 2-4 weeks back on Nov. 6. Nwaba was outstanding just before his injury and he'll have a chance to be a starter once he's back. He's a decent pickup in deeper leagues, but that could change if Denzel Valentine thrives tonight. Yesterday, 4:06 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha (knee soreness) out Friday
    Thabo Sefolosha (right knee soreness) will not play on Friday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: The Jazz play again on Saturday vs. Orlando, so hopefully they are just resting him for that one. With Sefolosha out, Jonas Jerebko is looking at extended minutes and is worth a look if you need 3-pointers -- he's hit three triples in each of his last two games. Yesterday, 3:54 pm
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) ruled out
    Jon Leuer (ankle) is inactive for Friday against the Pacers.

    Advice: He hasn't been expected to play all day. With Leuer out, it will likely be Eric Moreland getting the backup center minutes because Domantas Sabonis is active. If Sabonis is limited, maybe we get some Boban Marjanovic action. Yesterday, 3:35 pm
  • Norman Powell (hip) ruled out on Friday
    Norman Powell (hip) has been ruled out for Friday against the Knicks.

    Advice: That means OG Anunoby will be in the starting lineup again and he should be playing around 30 minutes. Plus, the Raptors are really going to have to lean on Fred VanVleet today and should use a lot of two-PG lineups -- they used FVV next to Lowry for 13 minutes on Wednesday. Powell is actually a decent stash now because Delon Wright (shoulder) was taking his fourth-quarter minutes. Yesterday, 2:53 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac still has swelling in ankle
    Jonathan Isaac (ankle) is still dealing with swelling and he will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not practice on Friday and it sounds like he could miss more time. With Isaac out, it's been Marreese Speights logging the minutes behind Aaron Gordon while Mario Hezonja was in the rotation for seven minutes in the last one. Isaac is still a decent stash in deeper leagues, especially because he was playing well before the injury. Yesterday, 12:51 pm
  • Mike Conley (Achilles) out at least two weeks
    The Grizzlies have announced that Mike Conley (Achilles) will miss at least two more weeks.

    Advice: Here's the full statement from the team: "Conley will undergo therapy and treatment to help promote healing and alleviate soreness in his left heel and Achilles following consultations with physicians. There is no timetable for his return at this time. Further updates will be provided in approximately two weeks." Mario Chalmers is expected to remain the starter while Conley is sidelined. Chalmers is averaging 11.0 points and 6.0 assists in 27.4 over Memphis' last two games. Tyreke Evans will continue to log heavy minutes off the bench as well. Yesterday, 10:21 am
  • Greg Monroe scores 20 points with 11 boards
    Greg Monroe scored 20 points in his Suns debut on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 26 minutes during a blowout loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: The Rockets went right at him early in the game and it's part of the reason the Suns were out of it early. The Suns are almost certainly going to be trading him or buying him out at some point because of his expiring contract and maybe this will help them move that along faster than expected. His long-term upside doesn't sound great, but the Suns really don't have much direction. If you want to pick him up to use him before he's dealt and you need a big man, it's not a bad idea. Thursday, 10:04 pm
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