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  • Harry Giles (thigh) will not return Thursday
    Harry Giles (left thigh contusion) will not return Thursday against the Mavs.

    Advice: He was grabbing near his knee and had the training staff look at him near the bench about 45 minutes prior to this news. The optimistic side of this that it isn't to his knees, which have bothered him since his high-school days. However, the Kings may want to be careful with Giles given his injury history. Marvin Bagley could see more minutes at the five to open up minutes for Nemanja Bjelica and Bogdan Bogdanovic, or maybe Kosta Koufos sees more run. Besides Bagley needing to be owned everywhere and maybe a small bump to Bjelica, there isn't much of an add to make. This also could help Willie Cauley-Stein with a longer leash. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Trae Young scores 23 with 11 dimes
    Trae Young scored 23 points during a comeback 117-114 win over the Jazz on Thursday, adding two rebounds, 11 assists, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: It's an impressive win for the Hawks to snap their three-game losing streak while also snapping Utah's five-game winning streak. Young continues his post-break tear, averaging 25.0 points, 4.6 boards, 8.5 dimes, 0.7 steals and 2.8 treys on a 45/42/89 shooting line in his previous games since All-Star. His shot-selection woes have subsided with Trae possibly moving into early-round ADP next year for standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:10 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon puts up 18 and 9 on Jazz
    Dewayne Dedmon fared well against the Jazz on Thursday with 18 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Dedmon is alive again. His playing time had been on the rise over his previous three, and he puts up his best game since returning from a knee issue on Mar. 10. In his last five, Dedmon averaged 9.4 points, 9.8 boards, 1.4 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.4 treys. He should be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:06 pm
  • John Collins quiet against the Jazz
    John Collins was held in check against the Jazz on Thursday, scoring nine points with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer before fouling out in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Any established big man gets an auto-pass against the Jazz, and that's the case here. If you're looking for a positive, coach Lloyd Pierce did even use him against Rudy Gobert in the first half. Collins is locked in to his role as he continues to grow next to Trae Young. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:04 pm
  • Torrey Craig nets 15 in win over Wizards
    Torrey Craig scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with one rebound, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: After playing just seven seconds against the Pacers on Saturday, Craig has turned in two solid performances. Juancho Hernangomez and Isaiah Thomas have been out of coach Mike Malone's rotation, giving Craig more minutes. The Nuggets have four games in each of the next two weeks so he may have worked his way back onto the deep-league radar. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Kevin Huerter gets some PG minutes
    Kevin Huerter made 6-of-12 from the field for 14 points with one rebound, two assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Jazz on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Lloyd Pierce broke out the PG Huerter lineups in this one, but it didn't show up in the assist category. Pierce has said multiple times that he wants to put the ball in the rookie's hands more, so expect more across-the-board output in the near future. He should be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:56 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 34 points in loss
    Donovan Mitchell scored 34 points during a 117-114 loss to the Hawks on Thursday, adding four rebounds, two assists, two blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: It was a smash spot for Donny Mitch and he comes through. The bad news is the Jazz had their five-game winning streak snapped, but they have a cupcake schedule for the next week: at Chicago, vs. Phoenix, vs. Lakers, vs. Wizards. Mitchell continues to tear it up since the break, averaging 28.0 points, 4.4 boards, 4.6 dimes, 0.9 steals and 3.3 treys on a 46/43/80 shooting line over his previous 14. He costs more in DFS these days and he should be worth it with some easy defenses on the horizon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Derrick Favors drops 15 and 15 vs. ATL
    Derrick Favors scored 15 points with 15 rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals in 27 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday.

    Advice: A homecoming game gets the Georgia Tech product back on track. Favors had been cold in his last two games partially due to a minor hammy issue, but he was a little more bouncy in this game. Favors has been one of the best value plays in the second half this season, so keep him locked in to fantasy lineups. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Rudy Gobert has mild letdown at ATL
    Rudy Gobert was below expectations against the Hawks on Thursday with 12 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and no blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't use a possession until the middle of the second quarter, but he was able to salvage a decent offensive game in the second half. It's a small letdown in one of the best matchups for big men, and Gobert has gone block-less in two straight for the first time all season. There's nothing to worry about here and he's totally trustworthy as the Jazz battle for seeding. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Jamal Murray scores 15 in 26 minutes vs. WAS
    Jamal Murray scored 15 points (7-of-14 FGs) on Thursday, adding four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against Washington.

    Advice: The two blocks tied a season-high for Murray, who didn't have any blocks in his previous 11 games. He finds himself inside the top-75 in 9-category leagues over the last two weeks, averaging 16.0 points, 3.2 boards, 3.0 dimes and 1.8 triples per game in that time frame. The Nuggets extremely favorable schedule to round out the season will keep Murray busy for his fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Kemba Walker scores 31 points in win vs. MIN
    Kemba Walker made 10-of-22 from the field for 31 points with five rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes during a 113-106 win over the Wolves on Thursday.

    Advice: There were some major changes to the rotation today, but it certainly didn't affect Kemba. Last season, Walker's minutes didn't trend down until the last week of the season, and he's always said he just wants to play basketball. The Hornets may give him what he wants to just keep him out there in hopes he'll re-sign this summer. Keep him rolling, but is fantasy owners may want to make sure he's a go for a back-to-back set on Saturday and Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:34 pm
  • Miles Bridges gets first double-double
    Miles Bridges picked up his first double-double of his NBA career on Thursday, scoring 11 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Wolves.

    Advice: It's his second straight game with double-digit boards and he gets it on his 21st birthday. The Hornets made major changes to their rotation, and it's not too surprising after coach James Borrego dropped a hint that they could look at younger guys prior to the previous game on Tuesday. Bridges looks to be on the rise and he gets a back-to-back set on Saturday and Sunday, so he makes a lot of sense as a stream in competitive leagues for those looking to save a move. He could be worth a look in standard leagues, too. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:30 pm
  • Mason Plumlee grabs 11 boards in win vs. WAS
    Mason Plumlee scored four points on 2-of-3 shooting with 11 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 26 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: Plumlee failed to block at least one shot for the first time in nine games. He continues to see minutes in the low-20s off the bench and plays with Nikola Jokic quite a bit. He's not the most versatile fantasy player, but he'll rebound and block shots. The Nuggets have four games in each of the next two weeks, making Plumlee a potential add for owners in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez finally gets an opportunity
    Willy Hernangomez saw 23 minutes of action against the Wolves on Thursday, scoring 10 points with seven rebounds, two assists and five fouls.

    Advice: On Hornets youth movement night, Hernangomez has one of his best games since January. Perhaps the Hornets do turn to him more often once they're officially out of the playoff chase, but it's still tough to really trust him in fantasy unless it's just as a dart throw. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb drops to 28 minutes
    Jeremy Lamb played 28 minutes with 13 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and one turnover against the Wolves on Thursday.

    Advice: His playing time did take a small hit with the Hornets expanding their rotation. The 26-year-old Lamb should still have at least a couple games before he has to worry about Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon, but is fantasy owners will want to be on the lookout for the upcoming back-to-back set on Saturday and Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 15, adds three steals
    Paul Millsap stuff the stat sheet on Thursday, scoring 15 points (6-of-8 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) with six rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Wizards.

    Advice: Millsap continued his efficient scoring streak and is now shooting 61.5% over his last six games. In that six-game span, he's posting top-30 value in nine-category leagues. The Nuggets are still battling for playoff positioning and with four games each of the next two weeks, Millsap will be a value option down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:20 pm
  • Tony Parker gets a DNP-CD
    Tony Parker was a DNP-CD on Thursday against the Wolves.

    Advice: He's a legend, but the Hornets are very likely to turn to Devonte Graham as the backup PG the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Malik Monk gets his chance, scores 14
    Malik Monk got his chance in the rotation again with 14 points, four rebounds and four 3-pointers in 19 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday.

    Advice: He was finally given decent minutes with coach James Borrego making drastic changes to his rotation. The Hornets are not officially out yet, but Monk could stick in the rotation the rest of the way. We'd still like to wait until the Hornets are officially out, but at least he's back on the radar. Don't forget, the Hornets front office considered Monk as a priority for development. He could get even more minutes in the back-to-back coming up on Saturday and Sunday, but he's still a very risky add. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:18 pm
  • Dwayne Bacon gets the start, scores four
    Dwayne Bacon got the start with four points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal and no turnovers in 19 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday.

    Advice: After the game, coach James Borrego would not commit to starting Bacon over Nic Batum with the Hornets still technically in the playoff hunt. Bacon does not offer much of a ceiling in fantasy with a lack of defensive stats, a low usage rate, and not really doing anything special on the stat sheet. He's a punt or deep stream at best. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:15 pm
  • Devonte Graham gets the backup PG minutes
    Devonte Graham handed out five assists with five points in 13 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday.

    Advice: He may be the backup PG the rest of the way, but there's no indication that the Hornets will be dialing Kemba Walker back yet. Just keep an eye on Graham, especially with a back-to-back coming up on Saturday and Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:12 pm
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