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  • Lou Williams scores 23 points in win vs. SA
    Lou Williams scored 23 points during a 116-111 win over the Spurs on Thursday, adding three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He's starting to look like the Sixth Man of the Year again with 20-plus points in six of his seven November games. That comes after just one 20-plus game in seven October games, and it has a lot to do with more usage and minutes. Some of it is because Avery Bradley (ankle) is out, but Bradley eventually returning may not knock off Williams regardless. He's trending up as a must-start player again. Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Tobias Harris scores 18 in 39 minutes
    Tobias Harris made 8-of-16 from the field for 18 points with eight rebounds, five assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday night.

    Advice: It's the quintessential Tobias line with solid efficiency and stats in several areas. Harris' playing time is surging right now with 38.0 minutes per game over his last five outings, and the Clippers plains in so many close games lately has helped his cause. He'll be in the top-30 neighborhood all season. Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • SGA has worst game in starting lineup
    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored nine points with five rebounds in 27 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday night.

    Advice: The fouls got him after 39.0 minutes per game in his last two. Gilgeous-Alexander still saw some playing time down the stretch, but this was easily his worst stat line since starting. In his five starts including this dud, SGA is sitting on averages of 13.6 points, 4.4 boards, 2.8 dimes, 1.2 blocks, 0.8 steals and 0.8 treys. He's locked up the starting job and he should be owned in standard leagues, but don't forget he's still a rookie and he'll have bad games from time to time. Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell puts up strong line
    Montrezl Harrell scored 14 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 27 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been outstanding all season and he's been exceptional over his last six, and really has only had one subpar game since the second week of the season. While coach Doc Rivers shuffles Boban Marjanovic and Marcin Gortat, Harrell continues to just crush with early-round value on the season at around 27 minutes this month. He's shaping up to be one of the steals of draft day. Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Boban Marjanovic gets another DNP-CD
    Boban Marjanovic was a DNP-CD on Thursday .

    Advice: He's been under a minute for three straight, so coach Doc Rivers looks to be done with Boban for now. That'll change at some point, but Boban is a drop in most leagues. Free Boban. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 34 points in 41 minutes
    DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 34 points with six rebounds, five assists, one block, three steals and no turnovers in 41 minutes during a 112-109 loss to the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: It's not often coach Gregg Popovich gives his star players big minutes and DeRozan sits just under 37 minutes per game on the year. No player has really even been close to that in the Pop era since Tim Duncan played 36.6 minutes per game back in 2003-04. The big volume, high usage, and six-plus dimes on strong efficiency has him as a top-20 player in standard leagues. Given his durability, he has an excellent chance to stay in that neighborhood. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Bryn Forbes scores 17 points vs. Clips
    Bryn Forbes scored 17 points with one rebound, two assists and five 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: The arrival of Derrick White hasn't hurt Forbes one bit. In those five games, he's averaged 13.0 points, 1.6 boards, 2.0 dimes, 0.4 steals and 3.0 treys. He'll be more of a specialist for treys, so he'll be more of a top 125-150 player in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Derrick White doesn't score vs. Clippers
    Derrick White failed to score with two rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: He came out flat today and maybe it was because of the back-to-back set after a 16-point night in Phoenix. White's starting job should be secure, but he'll have to play well or else either Bryn Forbes and/or Patty Mills will take his playing time down the stretch like they did tonight. White is still a hold in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Rudy Gay goes to the locker room late
    Rudy Gay went to the locker room in the fourth quarter on Thursday and did not return.

    Advice: He didn't look to suffer a major injury, so this could be related to his heel issue. Gay checked out with 19 points, six rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes, but returned to the bench in the final three minutes. He's had Achilles issues for his third straight season and they likely won't be going away, so he may have to miss games going forward. He'll be productive when he's active. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Patty Mills scores 12 in 33 minutes
    Patty Mills scored 12 points with four rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: He was starting to disappear with only 6.0 points per game in his previous three, but Derrick White was not effective in his 17 minutes tonight. White has played well for the most part and he'll likely improve as he gets his legs back, so Mills should continue to trend down. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 10 on poor shooting
    LaMarcus Aldridge made 3-of-15 from the field for 10 points with 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and three turnovers in 38 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been a mess with three scoring duds in his last five, averaging 12.6 points, 14.2 boards, 0.4 dimes, 1.6 blocks and 0.4 steals on just 32.4 percent from the field. Aldridge has over half of his shots come via a jumper, so he'll be susceptible to slumps like this one. There's no reason to worry and he could snap out of it in no time. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Malik Beasley scores season-high 15 points
    Malik Beasley scored a season-high 15 points during a 138-93 win over the Hawks on Thursday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It was all about the garbage time with 11 points in the fourth quarter. Beasley could be a candidate to start in some games, but he's not the strongest per-minute player compared to Monte Morris. Just keep an eye on him. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Jamal Murray will start again on Saturday
    Jamal Murray was benched on Thursday for "a small violation of team rules" and he will start again on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: It was a big surprise that Monte Morris got the start over Murray, but it was just a one-time thing for one of the NBA's best young guards. Despite the Nuggets going on a four-game losing streak before tonight, their starters haven't been the problem with only a -4.0 net rating in the four losses. Whatever the case, Murray should be a mid-round player going forward. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Monte Morris moving back to the bench
    Monte Morris will move back to the bench after Jamal Murray was pulled from the starting lineup for "a small violation of team rules" on Thursday.

    Advice: It was a solid start for Morris with eight points in a win over the Hawks. Even with Morris moving back to the bench, it's fairly clear coach Mike Malone wants to play him. In the last five games, Morris has played next to Jamal Murray for 70 minutes and that's part of the reason why Morris is making a fantasy impact. Over those five, he's averaged 11.0 points, 3.0 boards, 4.6 dimes, 0.6 steals and 1.0 treys for top-100 value. He should be a fine hold as the Nuggets still try to fill the void left by Will Barton. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 18 points in full line
    Paul Millsap scored 18 points with nine rebounds, five assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes during a 138-93 win over the Hawks on Thursday.

    Advice: Revenge game? The Hawks have seen a lot of players go off against them, so Millsap putting up one of his best lines of the year is no surprise. That said, Millsap is on one of his best stretches of the year over his last three, averaging 18.7 points, 5.7 boards, 4.0 dimes, 2.0 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.3 treys on 51.4 FG% and 81.3 FT%. He's creating a bit of a sell-high window. Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Jokic's strong night cut short by blowout
    Nikola Jokic scored 12 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday night.

    Advice: It's too bad the Hawks were blown out badly because maybe Jokic could've had his second triple-double on the season. The lack of triple-doubles is a surprise and a Vegas sportsbook had him at an over/under of 9.5 triple-doubles on the year, which almost seemed like a lock. That aside, Jokic's assists, steals and blocks are on pace for career-highs and Jokic is on his way to first-round value again this season. Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Juancho Hernangomez scores 25 points
    Juancho Hernangomez scored a season-high 25 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday night.

    Advice: He saw run in garbage time to add to a brilliant night at home. The Hawks are among the best matchups for wings, so Hernangomez's big night does come with a grain of salt. He didn't score more than eight points in any of his previous six games, but he's played at least 30 minutes in each of his last three. He's trending up, but we'll need to see more games like this one before going all in on him. This was just his second game this season in double digits, and both of those were 20-point games. Yesterday, 8:41 pm
  • Trae Young scores six points in 138-93 loss
    Trae Young made 2-of-11 from the field for six points during a 138-93 loss to the Nuggets on Thursday, adding two boards, five assists, one steal and five turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He did look to bang knees in the second half and hobbled to the bench, but Young apparently didn't go to the locker room. Young is really struggling over his last two with a 2-of-12 shooting line for a season-low four points on Tuesday night, but he's still had solid shot selection. Before today, 36.0% of Young's shots this season came at the rim, but he's obviously struggled there given his lack of size. He'll be a negative in FG%, but the other guard stats should be there for Ice Trae. Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Alex Len scores six in 13 minutes
    Alex Len (ankle) scored six points with five rebounds and two blocks in 13 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: He had some trouble against Nikola Jokic and did look a step slow. Len was on the injury report for a sprained left ankle and he's had multiple ankle surgeries in his career, so the Hawks will likely be dialing his minutes back some. Plus, John Collins making a return soon would be a negative to Len's value, so his owners may want to jettison him for a hot free agent. And once Dewayne Dedmon (wife having a baby) is added to the mix, Len's likely to be very inconsistent going forward, although he's pretty much been inconsistent all season. Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Omari Spellman double-doubles in bad loss
    Omari Spellman scored 10 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block in 27 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: He played some center in this game because the Hawks may have had a limit on Alex Len, who was on the injury report for an ankle sprain. Spellman's time in the starting lineup could be coming to an end with John Collins (ankle) not being ruled out until this afternoon, so he could be back this weekend. Spellman is more of a drop than an add. Yesterday, 8:24 pm
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