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  • Landry Shamet and Cam Johnson chip in 11 apiece
    Landry Shamet scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting (3-of-3 triples) while Cam Johnson also put up 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting (3-of-5 3-pointers) but the Suns fell to the Nuggets 110-98 on Wednesday evening.

    Advice: Shamet and Johnson will be the primary catch-and-shoot options off the bench this season and both did their part on Wednesday evening. Shamet was perfect from distance and shot half the shots that Johnson did and did it in five fewer minutes though. Johnson, though, was able to grab two rebounds, dish out an assist, and grab a steal, while the only other category that Shamet showed up in was rebounding with three.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:33 pm
  • Mikal Bridges scores 16 with two triples in loss
    Mikal Bridges scored 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting (2-of-6 3-pointers) with five rebounds, one block, and one steal, but the Suns fell 110-98 to the Nuggets in Wednesday nights season opener.   

    Advice: The Suns had seven players in double figures, all scoring between 10 and 16 points, so it was truly a balanced attack on Wednesday. Unfortunately, they could have used a big scoring night from someone, especially given the fact that Devin Booker did not have it going. Bridges' 16 was a solid outing for him, and it was the type of performance that you will likely get from him on a nightly basis, hopefully with a little more defensive pop going forward. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:25 pm
  • DeAndre Ayton puts up pedestrian 15 and 6 in loss
    DeAndre Ayton tallied 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting (1-of-3 3-pointers) with six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two turnovers in 33 minutes as the Suns fell to the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ayton had his hands full on Wednesday dealing with reigning MVP, Nikola Jokic. Jokic scored from all over the court on Wednesday getting a little revenge on Ayton after the Suns swept the Nuggets in the second round of last year's playoffs. Ayton also failed to tally a block and only grabbed six rebounds in 33 minutes, which is also low for Ayton. We will see if he can rebound against a deep Lakers frontcourt on Friday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:16 pm
  • Devin Booker struggles in season-opening loss
    Devin Booker scored 12 points on 3-of-15 shooting (2-of-7 3-pointers) with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, and three turnovers as the Suns fell to the Nuggets 110-98 in Wednesday's season opener.

    Advice: Not much went Booker's way from a shooting standpoint on Wednesday, but Booker did knock down all four of his foul shots on the evening. Booker's -24 plus/minus was the worst of everyone who suited up in Phoenix on Wednesday, and the four assists with three turnovers leave some to be desired. All in all, Booker will certainly be looking to bounce back when the Suns play the Lakers on Friday from Staples Center.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • Chris Paul's 15 and 10 dimes not enough Wednesday
    Chris Paul put up 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting (2-of-4 3-pointers) with 10 assists, four rebounds, two steals, one block, and three turnovers, but the Suns fell to the Nuggets 110-98 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Suns were in control of this game for a good portion of the evening and led by as much as 16, but a big third quarter put the Nuggets ahead and they never looked back on Friday evening. Paul's double-double was rather quiet, as he posted a -23 in 34 minutes on the court. Cameron Payne came off the bench and scored 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting and was a +10 in 14 minutes. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Aaron Gordon scores 12 with 8 boards & 4 dimes
    Aaron Gordon scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting (1-of-1 3-pointers) with eight rebounds, four assists, one block, and three turnovers as the Nuggets beat the Suns 110-98 on Wednesday evening.

    Advice: Gordon shot just 6 shots and scored 12 points, which is exceptional efficiency, but he didn't tally very many defensive stats, which he normally is good for. Still, though, Gordon was a +22 on Wednesday, which was the third-highest of any player to suit up. Going forward, expect Gordon to have a larger role offensively, and to get you more in the way of defensive value. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Michael Porter Jr. scores efficient 15 in win
    Michael Porter Jr. scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting (2-of-3 3-pointers) with six rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two turnovers as the Nuggets beat the Suns 110-98 on Wednesday night.

    Advice: It wasn't the explosive scoring performance that many people were expecting from MPJ, but it was certainly not a bad night for the former Missouri Tiger. Denver had six players in double figures, and nobody who scored more than 27 points, so the offense was rather balanced on Wednesday. Will Barton also got going late, and P.J. Dozier came off the bench and scored 10 points with three triples, so Porter's scoring was not as needed as it usually is. Denver will host San Antonio on Friday looking to move to 2-0. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Ricky Rubio double-doubles off Cavs' bench
    Ricky Rubio hit 4-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 12 points, four rebounds, 10 assists and a steal with just two turnovers in 25 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Rubio's traditionally a slow starter and is with a new team and new role, so this was a very promising start to his season. If he does it again in the next one, give him a look.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Will Barton puts up 20, 6 and 5 in win Wednesday
    Will Barton put up 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting (4-of-8 3-pointers) with six rebounds, five assists, and one steal as the Nuggets beat the Suns 110-98 in Wednesday's season opener.  

    Advice: Barton has battled injuries for much of the past few seasons, but when he has been on the floor, he has put up solid numbers. Barton showed off his isolation game and his savvy knack to score the ball on Wednesday as the Baltimore native caught fire in the second half and was instrumental in overcoming a 16-point Suns lead. Barton could be worth a flier if you are in need of some more scoring on the back end of your roster. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Nikola Jokic goes for 27 and 13 in win over Suns
    Nikola Jokic poured in 27 points on 13-of-22 shooting (1-of-6 3-pointers) with 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and three turnovers as Denver got some revenge on Phoenix, winning 110-98 in Wednesday's season opener.

    Advice: Some would say that Deandre Ayton got the best of Jokic in last season's western conference semi-finals, and Jokic must have gotten tired of hearing it all offseason. On Wednesday, Jokic gave Ayton everything that he was looking for on his way to an efficient double-double on opening night. Jokic's three-point shot was not falling, but he scored whenever he wanted in the painted area, showing off that touch that has become so masterful over the years. Wednesday marked the second straight season opener where Jokic tallied at least 25 points and ten rebounds. Last season ended in an MVP award, so we'll see if he can make it two in a row this season.   NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Marvin Bagley gets a DNP-CD in opening win
    As expected, Marvin Bagley was a DNP-CD in Wednesday's opening-night win at Portland. 

    Advice: Yep, it's official - the guy taken in front of Luka Doncic, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Trae Young in the 2018 draft isn't even a part of the Kings' rotation three years later. It's a tough pill to swallow but Bagley's not even worth rostering right now. He could emerge later in the season with a trade, injury or change of heart in Sacramento, but for now, there's no point in even holding him. Sad. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores 12 on poor shooting night
    Dennis Schroder struggled with his shot on Wednesday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting (1-of-4 3-pointers) with eight assists, three rebounds, two steals, and two turnovers as the Celtics lost to the Knicks 138-134 in double overtime.

    Advice: Schroder struggled with his shot, but his eight assists were huge for the Celtics who have been vocal about wanting to become a better passing team this season. His two turnovers to go with the eight assists results in a 4:1 assist to turnover ratio which, you would take from your point guard any day of the week. Schroder will attempt to bounce back from the poor shooting when the Celtics take on the Raptors on Friday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Buddy Hield plays well off Kings' bench
    Buddy Hield came off the bench and hit 5-of-9 shots and four 3-pointers for 17 points, six rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes of Wednesday's big win at Portland. 

    Advice: With De'Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, Davion Mitchell and Hield all commanding minutes on the wings for the Kings Hield may have trouble being this good every night. But he got off to a nice start in the opener.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Davion Mitchell struggles in NBA debut Wednesday
    Davion Mitchell hit just 1-of-6 shots off the bench for two points, three rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes of Wednesday's road win at Portland. 

    Advice: The rookie didn't do a whole lot and the backcourt is a bit crowded in Sacramento. But we're only one game in and the fact he played 24 minutes is promising. Hang onto him if you can.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Tyrese Haliburton struggles badly but Kings win
    Tyrese Haliburton hit just 1-of-5 shots for two points, two rebounds, four assists and a steal in 29 minutes of Wednesday's win at Portland.

    Advice: He also had a big turnover late that kept the Blazers in the game but the Kangz were able to hold on. This is a good buy-low moment on Haliburton, who may have played his worst game of the season tonight. Don't panic.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Marcus Smart tallies 15, 8 and 6 in loss to Knicks
    Marcus Smart scored 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting (5-of-11 3-pointers) with eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, and four turnovers as the Celtics fell to the Knicks 138-134 in double overtime on Wednesday.  

    Advice: Smart will be most remembered for the three-pointer that he hit to send Wednesday's game into overtime, and rightfully so as it was a huge shot. But as usual, Smart found other ways to contribute as well, which make his five triples look even better in the stat sheet. All of Smart's points came from the three-point line, so you would like for him to mix it up a little and tack on some points from the foul line, or in the paint to help the field-goal percentage, so we will see if he can get that done going forward. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox goes for 27-5-8 in opening win
    De'Aaron Fox outplayed Damian Lillard and led the Kings to an unlikely road win at Portland with 27 points, five rebounds, eight assists, a block and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes. 

    Advice: Fox is becoming an elite point guard and appears to be poised for his best season yet. He looked great tonight and you should feel really good about having him if you got him in your draft.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Derrick Favors quiet in start for OKC
    Derrick Favors started at center for the Thunder in Wednesday's season opener vs. the Jazz, but had just four points (2-of-9 FGs), nine rebounds, one assist and one block in 20 minutes. 

    Advice: Coach Mark Daigneault said he started Favors due to the "stability" he brings, and also said playing against his former team was a factor. Daigneault has said many times that he wants to take a look at all four of Favors, Isaiah Roby, Mike Muscala and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl at different points this season, so this position battle is going to be a headache.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Richaun Holmes goes off for 21 & 11 on 9-of-10
    Richaun Holmes hit 9-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's thrilling 124-121 win at Portland. 

    Advice: Holmes and Jusuf Nurkic both played very well against each other and it was a fun game to watch. If you were able to grab Holmes in your fantasy draft, it looks like he's going to pay dividends. Backup Tristan Thompson played just 19 minutes for six points and five rebounds in the win.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Harrison Barnes has career night in unlikely win
    Harrison Barnes went nuts on Wednesday by hitting 10-of-19 shots, a career-high eight 3-pointers and 8-of-9 free throws for a career-high 36 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in a somewhat shocking 124-121 win at Portland.

    Advice: Barnes absolutely carried his team tonight and also scored 18 points in the third quarter, his highest total in any quarter of his career. Harry B was rolling tonight and his fantasy managers have to be smiling. This will likely end up being his best game of the season.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:48 pm
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