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  • Daniel Theis double-doubles in 30 minutes
    Daniel Theis double-doubled in 30 minutes against the Heat on Tuesday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: Theis now has a career-high three double-doubles this season, matching the total from his first two seasons combined. He's been operating as the sole center with Enes Kanter (hip) and Robert Williams (hip) both out, and he's been finding success. Theis has been posting top-100 fantasy value in just 22 minutes per game, so he should be owned in most leagues now that he's seeing close to 30 minutes in a short-handed frontcourt. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Jaylen Brown scores 25 w/ 5 dimes, 4 triples
    Jaylen Brown made 10-of-16 attempts (1-of-2 FTs) for 25 points on Tuesday against the Heat, adding three rebounds, five assists, one block and four 3-pointer in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Entering this season, Brown only had 31 games with 20+ points. So far this season, he already has 22 such games after tonight's performance. He's posting career-best marks nearly across the board and is on-pace for easily the best season of his young career. Brown has an outside chance of making his first All-Star team this year. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores 23 w/ 12 boards
    Jonas Valanciunas dropped 23 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies usually keep J-Val around 26 minutes but they let him go to work in a fun clash with Nikola Jokic. With Memphis eyeing the 8th seed, J-Val's role is locked in for the foreseeable future which means we peg him as a top-50 player in 9-cat going forward. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Trae Young hands out 13 assists in loss
    Trae Young hit 5-of-13 shots, 1-of-7 3-pointers and 7-of-8 free throws for 18 points, 13 assists and seven turnovers in Tuesday's 130-114 loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: Not Young's best night but the double-double was helpful. Young throwing alley-oops to John Collins has become a thing of beauty in Atlanta and Young will look to bounce back on Thursday against the Sixers. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Josh Jackson picks up a DNP-CD
    Josh Jackson was a DNP-CD in his first game with the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Many were hoping to see Jackson get some run with De'Anthony Melton (hand) and Jae Crowder (knee) out, but coach Taylor Jenkins said he wants Jackson to get some practice reps first. Jackson is only a player to watch in deeper leagues, as Melton is considered day-to-day and is the only reserve worth rostering in Memphis apart from Brandon Clarke. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Monte Morris plays well off bench Tuesday
    Monte Morris hit 3-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for nine points, five rebounds, six assists and a steal in 34 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.

    Advice: He had scored in double figures in his previous three games and has been racking up some decent rebounds, assists and 3-pointers in the absence of Jamal Murray. As long as Murray remains out with his ankle injury, Morris is worth a look, even when coming off the bench. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. blocks seven shots vs. DEN
    Jaren Jackson Jr. tied his career-high with seven blocks in Tuesday's 104-96 win over Denver, adding 10 points, two rebounds, one assist and two triples in 31 minutes.

    Advice: That bumps him up to 2.4 blocks per game in 29.4 minutes over the last month. The block rate we saw at Michigan State is really starting to show up in the NBA with JJJ's timing improving, and you have to love that he did it while avoiding foul trouble too (one foul in 31 minutes). He's been a top-20 asset in 9-cat over the past month and there's no reason to expect anything less going forward with his unique stat set. Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Gordon Hayward drops 29 points in win vs. MIA
    Gordon Hayward scored 29 points (10-of-14 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs) with nine rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hayward led all scorers in this one, leading Boston to a win without Jayson Tatum (groin). This was his second-highest scoring game of the season as well as his 11th game with at least 20 points. Hayward is posting top-50 fantasy value in what is turning into an exceptional bounce-back campaign after two seemingly lost seasons to begin his Celtics career. Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 25 with 13 boards in loss
    Nikola Jokic hit 8-of-16 shots and three 3-pointers for 25 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, a block and seven turnovers in Tuesday's 104-96 loss at Memphis.

    Advice: Turnovers have been a bit of an issue for the Joker lately, as he had six in his previous game, six on Jan. 22 and nine on Jan. 16. However, he's also been crushing it everywhere else and was one of just a couple Nuggets to play well in this one. Just keep rolling him out there and watch the stats roll in. Yesterday, 8:57 pm
  • Jerami Grant scores 21 in loss to Grizzlies
    Jerami Grant hit 7-of-17 shots and a career-high six 3-pointers on his way to 21 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals, a block and zero turnovers in Tuesday's loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Grant is really feeling it right now and is averaging 23 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 4.5 3-pointers over his last two games, while scoring in double digits in six straight. As long as Paul Millsap remains out with his sore knee, Grant has become a must-own, must-start fantasy player. Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Marcus Smart puts up 11/8/4/3-block line
    Marcus Smart scored 11 points (3-of-13 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: Smart sprained his right ankle in Sunday's game against the Pelicans, but he was able to return and play 36 minutes in that one, too. He's been dealing with a left hand injury on top of the sprained ankle, though he hasn't missed a game since just after Christmas. Smart's numbers have dipped recently, but he's still enjoying the best fantasy season of his career. Yesterday, 8:52 pm
  • Dillon Brooks scores 24 points vs. Denver
    Dillon Brooks dropped 24 points on 11-of-19 shooting vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday, adding three assists, one rebound, one steal, one block and one triple in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He was on fire from the jump with 18 points in the first half, and while a lot of his acrobatic attempts usually end up going viral for the wrong reasons, they were going in tonight. He began the season as one of the most volatile scorers in the NBA, but he has really turned a corner since the new year and has scored at least 20 points in eight of his last 10 games. Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) scores six in blowout
    Ricky Rubio played through a sore ankle and hit 2-of-5 shots for six points, six rebounds, seven assists and two steals in Tuesday's 133-104 win over the Mavericks.

    Advice: He wasn't great, but he was better than Sunday's 1-of-10 shooting performance. He should get back on track soon and will look to get it going on Friday against the Thunder. Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • Kevin Porter Jr. breaks out w/ 21 points
    Kevin Porter Jr. (sprained left knee) broke out vs. the Pelicans on Tuesday, scoring 21 points (8-of-16 FGs) with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and five triples in 26 minutes.

    Advice: This wasn't a garbage-time special either, and getting 26 minutes on the second leg of a back-to-back after playing just 16 minutes on Monday is awesome. Darius Garland (rest) taking the night off certainly contributed to KPJ's big night, but the rookie wing has an intriguing stat set and coach John Beilein has been talking him up. If he can put together another good line vs. a strong Toronto defense on Thursday, standard-league owners should consider taking a flier. Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Mikal Bridges scores 13 w/ 6 assists in start
    Mikal Bridges came through with 13 points, two rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block on 4-of-5 shooting on Tuesday, and also hit 4-of-4 free throws in an easy 133-104 win at Dallas.

    Advice: Bridges started over Dario Saric tonight and should stick given the way tonight's game unfolded. If he does stay in the starting five going forward, he'll be worth a look in most leagues. He played very well tonight, even though the game was an ugly blowout that saw the Suns win the fourth quarter 48-22. Yesterday, 8:45 pm
  • Tyler Herro quiet in 28 minutes vs. Celtics
    Tyler Herro made just 3-of-13 shots for five points in 28 minutes against the Celtics on Tuesday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Herro made another start with Kendrick Nunn still out nursing a sore Achilles. He had been playing well of late before this one, but he failed to make a triple while playing 20+ minutes for the first time since early January. Herro posted a game-worst -20 in the +/- column, so it wasn't a good night on the floor for him. The rookie guard is best used as a triples specialist in deeper settings. Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • Deandre Ayton torches center-less Mavs
    Deandre Ayton hit 13-of-15 shots and 5-of-5 free throws for a season-high 31 points, nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block in 29 minutes of Tuesday's 133-104 destruction of the Mavs in Dallas.

    Advice: The Mavericks start a forward (Maxi Kleber) at center and Willie Cauley-Stein and Boban Marjanovic don't play much right now, and Ayton took full advantage of the situation. Ayton will look to keep it going on Friday against Steven Adams and the Thunder, but he's been playing really well for the entire month of January. Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • Willie Cauley-Stein makes Mavs debut in loss
    Willie Cauley-Stein played 12 minutes in Tuesday's ugly home loss to the Suns and had four points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals off the bench.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle is taking baby steps with WCS, who has yet to practice with his new team, but he got into the game tonight. He could offer a little value once he's acclimated to the new surroundings, but for now he's not worth using in most leagues. The entire Mavs' box score was a lost cause tonight, as the Mavs gave up a franchise-record 48 points in the third quarter and never had a lead in the game. Yesterday, 8:39 pm
  • Dante Exum quiet in fill-in start vs. NOP
    Dante Exum didn't do much in a fill-in start for Darius Garland (rest) on Tuesday vs. the Pelicans with four points (1-of-3 FGs) with one rebound and nothing else in 18 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs have been giving Exum plenty of chances but he's been invisible since his 28-point outburst on Jan. 5. Plus, Kevin Porter Jr. is healthy again and picking up a ton of steam. Exum belongs on the waiver wire. Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Luka Doncic scores 21, Mavs awful in loss
    Luka Doncic played through his sore ankle and hit 7-of-15 shots, one 3-pointer and 6-of-7 free throws for 21 points, six rebounds, two assists, a steal and four turnovers in Tuesday's ugly 133-104 home loss to the Suns.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle made a hockey line substitution when he pulled all five starters with 7:32 remaining in the third quarter. The move backfired, as the Mavs went on to give up a franchise-record 48 points to the Suns in the third. The Mavericks have struggled at home this season and are 13-12 in their arena. Doncic has hit a bit of a wall, but at least he hit some free throws in this one. He'll look to bounce back on Friday against the Rockets. Yesterday, 8:35 pm
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