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  • Satoransky, Hutchison on track to return Friday
    Tomas Satoransky and Chandler Hutchison both practiced on Wednesday, and are on track to return Friday against the Hornets. 

    Advice: This is a big step forward for Satoransky and Hutchison, who are both recovering from COVID-19 and haven't played since December 29th. Billy Donovan said both are on track to return to play in the Bulls' next game on Friday against the Hornets, though it's unclear if either will be on a minutes-restriction. 15 minutes ago
  • 6 NBA game times were changed between 1/23-1/31
    Six NBA game times were changed between January 23rd and January 31st, 2021.

    Advice: The Warriors' game against the Jazz on January 23rd will now be played at 9:00 p.m. ET and won't be televised on NBA TV. The Raptors' game against Pacers on January 24th will be played at 1:00 p.m. ET and will remain televised on NBA TV. The Cavaliers' game against the Celtics on January 24th will be played at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Blazers' game against the Bulls on January 30th will be played at 8:00 p.m. ET. The Clippers' game against the Knicks on January 31st will be played at 1:00 p.m. ET. The Sixers' game against the Pacers on January 31st will be played at 7:00 p.m. ET. 32 minutes ago
  • P.J. Washington (ankle) will play on Friday
    P.J. Washington will play on Friday against the Bulls despite tweaking his ankle in practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Washington ranks just inside the top-100 players in 9-cat leagues and is having a strong season for the Hornets. He's averaging 12.9 points, 1.2 3-pointers, 7.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 0.9 steals per game. 49 minutes ago
  • Terence Davis (hip) probable on Wednesday
    Terence Davis is probable to play through a right hip contusion on Wednesday against the Heat. 

    Advice: Davis is a deep rotation contributor for the Raptors, averaging 7.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.1 made 3-pointers in 12.1 minutes per game. He's not a top fantasy player and can be left on the waiver wire. 56 minutes ago
  • Sterling Brown (leg) available on Wednesday
    Sterling Brown (leg) is available to play on Wednesday against the Suns.

    Advice: Brown's missed the last two games with the injury, but he'll return to a much different Rockets team. His spot in the rotation is a lot less clear with Victor Oladipo playing the same position. Today, 10:32 am
  • Stevens: 50/50 chance Jayson Tatum plays Friday
    Brad Stevens says Jayson Tatum will be back on the court practicing in Boston on Wednesday, and there's a 50/50 chance he'll play on Friday against the Sixers. 

    Advice: Tatum hasn't played since January 8th after testing positive for COVID-19, and he's not in Philadelphia on Wednesday, where the Celtics are playing against the Sixers. Though Tatum's been out for nearly two weeks, that's only meant missing three games due to another three being postponed. If Tatum returns on Friday, it's unclear if he'll be on a minutes-restriction, but he'll likely cut into Semi Ojeleye and Grant Williams' playing time. Today, 10:23 am
  • Seth Curry (conditioning) won't play on Wednesday
    Seth Curry won't play on Wednesday after being cleared from health and safety protocol due to reconditioning.

    Advice: Curry was cleared after testing positive for COVID-19 and wasn't originally listed on the injury report, leading us to believe he'd play, but that's changed. The team wants to condition him so he's game-ready again after not playing for two weeks. For now, the red-hot Shake Milton has the 2-guard spot to himself. It'll be interesting to see what happens when Curry returns. Today, 10:12 am
  • Evan Fournier (back) active after missing 9 games
    Evan Fournier (back spasms) will play on Wednesday against the Timberwolves for the first time since December 31st.

    Advice: The Magic, who are going through a six-game losing streak, need Fournier back in the lineup, especially after losing Markelle Fultz for the season. His return likely means either Dwayne Bacon or James Ennis will return to the bench. Today, 10:07 am
  • Zion Williamson's 2-game stretch is historic
    Zion Williamson is the first Pelicans player, and the youngest player in NBA history to record back-to-back games with 30 or more points on 70% shooting or better. 

    Advice: It's all been shooting inside the paint, but that doesn't mean what Williamson's doing isn't impressive. In his last two games, he's made 27-of-34 shots from the field (79.4%) and scored 63 points. Williamson has a long way to go to develop into a franchise cornerstone, especially on the defensive end. But at 20 years old, his talent is evident. For fantasy purposes, Williamson ranks No. 96 in 9-cat leagues because of his poor shooting from the free-throw line and from distance. He isn't an incredible play-maker yet, either. Today, 7:42 am
  • Eric Bledsoe quiet in road loss to Utah
    Eric Bledsoe shot 3-of-9 from the field in Tuesday’s loss to the Jazz, posting a line of nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Bledsoe remained in the starting lineup Tuesday night, with Nickeil Alexander-Walker moving to the bench in order to free up a spot for Lonzo Ball. Neither Ball nor Bledsoe had good nights, but at least the latter was able to knock down a couple 3-pointers. Bledsoe, who had a Yahoo ADP of 78, still sits outside of the top-100 in both 8- and 9-cat formats. He’s worth hanging onto for the time being due to his being a starter, but Alexander-Walker has outplayed Bledsoe. It wouldn’t be all that surprising if Stan Van Gundy made a change to his starting five at some point. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker posts full line in 31 MIN
    Nickeil Alexander-Walker played 31 minutes off the bench in Tuesday’s loss to the Jazz, finishing with nine points (4-of-13 FGs), five rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: With Lonzo Ball back in the starting lineup following his return from knee tendinitis, Alexander-Walker returned to the second unit. But he still surpassed the 30-minute mark, which is good news when it comes to his fantasy value in the short-term. It’s worth noting that Ball was on a minutes restriction, which meant that Alexander-Walker wasn’t going to lose much in the way of playing time Tuesday night. Rostered in 22% of Yahoo leagues, Alexander-Walker has provided sixth-round value in both 8- and 9-cat formats over the last week. He stands to lose some minutes as Ball is cleared to play more, but NAW may be in the rotation to stay. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) plays 23 MIN in return
    Lonzo Ball played 23 minutes in Tuesday’s loss to the Jazz, finishing with seven points (3-of-10 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), one rebound, four assists, three steals and one blocked shot.

    Advice: Ball, who was on an unspecified minutes restriction, played in 5-to-6 minute stretches Tuesday night. Before the game, coach Stan Van Gundy said that his fourth quarter minutes would be based in part on how Ball was feeling. He didn’t appear to show any ill effects, which is good news for the point guard moving forward. New Orleans will play Utah again on Thursday, so we’ll have to wait and see if Ball’s limit is increased. He shot 0-of-6 from three Tuesday, a step back for a player who entered the game making just over two per game. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Rudy Gobert grabs 18 rebounds with three blocks
    Rudy Gobert posted a line of 13 points (6-of-8 FGs, 1-of-6 FTs), 18 rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocked shots in 30 minutes Tuesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Gobert dominated his matchup with Steven Adams, and he finished the game one rebound shy of his season-high (January 10 vs. Detroit). The negative for Gobert, both in Tuesday’s game and the season as a whole, has been his free throw shooting. He was 1-of-6 from the stripe on Tuesday, and for the season he’s making just 46.7% of his attempts. Fantasy managers who have Gobert rostered will either need to punt free throws, as he’s averaging just over five attempts per game, or hope that other players on their rosters will pick up the slack. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson goes for 18/6/6 with four triples
    Jordan Clarkson played 29 minutes in Tuesday’s win over the Pelicans, tallying 18 points (6-of-15 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), six rebounds, six assists and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: The return of Joe Ingles didn’t have much of an impact on Clarkson’s opportunities; he’s going to get his looks no matter who’s on the court with him. He has now scored 16 points or more in seven of ten games this month, and over the last two weeks Clarkson has rested safely within the top-50 in both 8- and 9-cat formats. Yet he’s rostered in 73% of Yahoo leagues. If he is somehow available in your league, do not hesitate to pick him up. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Joe Ingles (Achilles) cans five triples in return
    In his first game back from a sore right Achilles, Joe Ingles played 19 minutes and finished with 15 points (5-of-6 FGs), three rebounds, two assists, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: All six of Ingles’ field goal attempts were 3-pointers, and he managed to make a season-high five on the night. In six games this month he’s shooting 15-of-31 from three, and Ingles has scored 11 points or more in four of those outings. "We’ve been pretty open in saying it's the way we always want to play,” Ingles said when asked about his and Utah’s 3-point shooting (the Jazz made 21 3-pointers) on Tuesday. “… It was fun to be back out there, and I'm just glad we won, to be honest.” Rostered in 27% of Yahoo leagues, Ingles isn’t a great fantasy option, but he can change that with more performances like the one he put forth Tuesday night. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Isaiah Roby posts 10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals
    Isaiah Roby had a decent showing on Tuesday, posting 10 points, nine rebounds, three assists and four steals in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Roby had a decent game despite shooting 3-of-9, but Nikola Jokic was feasting on him and head coach Mark Daigneault commented on the matchup after the game, "It's just another really good experience for him. Obviously, it's a tough cover right now, but I don't think it's a long-term tough cover for him... I was pleased with how he played." The nine rebounds matched a season-high for Roby and the four steals were the most he's had through 13 games as he filled in nicely for Al Horford (personal) who was out again. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell posts 28/7/4 line in rout
    Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz past the Pelicans with a line of 28 points (9-of-15 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), seven rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The only negative for Mitchell on this night was the turnover count, as he was responsible for a team-high five. And turnovers are what have held him back in fantasy hoops, with Spida sitting just inside the top-75 in 9-cat. In 8-cat formats he’s threatening top-50 status, which still doesn’t hit his Yahoo ADP (25). If Mitchell is to be the top-25 player that fantasy managers expect him to be, he will need to be a more efficient player. Tuesday’s 9-of-15 effort from the field was good, but the five turnovers negated that. Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Lu Dort scores team-high 20 points on 11 shots
    Lu Dort scored 20 points in 25 minutes on Tuesday, making 8-of-11 shots with three 3-pointers, five boards, three assists and a steal.

    Advice: It was Dort's second game in a row notching at least 20 points and his third time doing so this season. What's more impressive is his 3-point shooting, however. In 2019-20, he went 30-of-101 (29.7%) from 3-point range and this year, he's already at 31-of-71 (43.6%) with 2.3 makes per game. Dort was picked up in 17% of Yahoo leagues last week and is still available in 55% of leagues. Pick him up if he's sitting on waivers. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Nikola Jokic tallies 27/12/6/1/1 in 28 minutes
    Nikola Jokic continued his MVP campaign on Tuesday, tallying 27 points, 12 boards, six assists, a steal and a block in the win.

    Advice: Jokic had his way against the young OKC Thunder on Tuesday night, hitting 12-of-21 field goals and stuffing the stat sheet in less than three quarters. He's the top-rated player in fantasy basketball right now which is no surprise considering he's averaging a triple-double till this point. Seriously, he has to be in the MVP discussion. Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Will Barton nets 13 points, season-high six dimes
    Will Barton was solid in the Nuggets 119-101 win over the Thunder, netting 13 points, three rebounds, six assists and a steal.

    Advice: Barton knocked down 5-of-7 field goals including three triples in 25 minutes, although the four giveaways were tied for a game-high. But he's played well in the absence of Michael Porter Jr., who could return Friday, totaling 54 points and 12 3-pointers in his last four games. If MPJ does suit up this weekend, Barton's fantasy value will take a dip and it might be safe to drop him after that. We'd wait for an update on MPJ before making any moves. Yesterday, 8:24 pm
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