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  • Nassir Little won't return with back spasms
    Nassir Little left Monday's game with back spasms and won't return. 

    Advice: He played five minutes and failed to score. His absence should mean a few more touches for Derrick Jones Jr. and Anfernee Simons.  NBCSportsEDGE.com 17 minutes ago
  • Jonas Valanciunas double-doubles with five swats
    Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled during Monday's win over the Pelicans with 20 points (9-of-12 FG, 2-of-2 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists and a season-high five swats over 28 turnover-less minutes.

    Advice: The Grizzlies racked up five swats within the first quarter of play, which set a new season-high for the most blocks in a single quarter of action, and with 19 total rejections on the evening they tied their franchise record. JV also became the first Grizzly in franchise history to ever record a 20-10-5 line on 75% shooting from the field. Jaren Jackson Jr. (12 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one trey, one steal, three turnovers) and Kyle Anderson (13 points, four rebounds, four assists, one triple) joined the block party with four apiece, and Brandon Clarke (eight points, four rebounds, two steals, one turnover) returned three shots in his 17 minutes off the bench. NBCSportsEDGE.com 36 minutes ago
  • Dillon Brooks nets 23 points with two steals
    Dillon Brooks produced 23 points, four rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer, two steals and one turnover across 31 minutes in Monday's win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: Brooks got off to a hot start tonight, dropping in 16 points on 11 shots through the first half of action, but he cooled down a bit after halftime and finished on 9-of-21 shooting from the floor and 4-of-6 at the stripe. Ja Morant also struggled with his shot tonight, going 5-of-14 from the field and 0-of-5 at the stripe for 12 points, 12 assists, three rebounds, two triples, one steal and two turnovers in 35 minutes. NBCSportsEDGE.com 40 minutes ago
  • Alexander-Walker nets 18 points with six assists
    Nickeil Alexander-Walker came off the bench for 18 points, six assists, three rebounds, two triples, one steal and two turnovers across 24 minutes in Monday's loss to Memphis.

    Advice: That's two solid outings in a row for NAW, and with the Pelicans season slipping away, Stan Van Gundy should turn towards focusing on Alexander-Walker's development over these final three games. We're not optimistic about Brandon Ingram (ankle) or Zion Williamson (finger) playing again this season, which means NAW will be looking at a ton of opportunity and his minutes restrictions should rise with each game. Go get him. NBCSportsEDGE.com 43 minutes ago
  • James Johnson scores 13 points in loss to Memphis
    James Johnson went 4-of-10 from the floor and 5-of-6 at the stripe for 13 points in Monday's narrow loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Johnson added seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and zero turnovers in his 28 minutes of floor time, but the Pelicans just couldn't get the job done tonight, and they're chances of making the play-in tournament are quickly slipping away. Naji Marshall finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer, three steals, one block and one turnover through 31 minutes as a starter, so both these guys should be rostered for New Orleans' final three games, as it seems unlikely that Brandon Ingram (ankle) or Zion Williamson (finger) will return. NBCSportsEDGE.com 46 minutes ago
  • Donte DiVincenzo fills stat sheet in ugly loss
    Donte DiVincenzo hit 4-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 12 points, six rebounds, six assists and a block in Monday's surprising 146-125 loss to the Spurs. 

    Advice: Despite the lack of scoring, DiVincenzo had one of the Bucks' better stat lines tonight. He'll be at it again on Tuesday and the Bucks will play on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, as well. Hopefully, DiVincenzo will be in the lineup for all four of those. If you're still playing in a fantasy league and he's sitting out there, the four games make him worth a look.  NBCSportsEDGE.com 52 minutes ago
  • Lonzo Ball posts solid low-end line in loss
    Lonzo Ball hit 5-of-7 shots for 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two triples, one steal, two blocks and one turnover across 34 minutes in Monday's loss to Memphis.

    Advice: Ball had been connecting on just 31.3% of his shots in his previous two outings, so he got things back on track from an efficiency standpoint tonight, and he also did a really nice job making life tough for Ja Morant — holding him to 5-of-14 shooting. Unfortunately, with the Pelicans losing tonight and the Spurs getting a win, they weren't able to gain any ground on the No. 10 seed, and with just three games remaining on their schedule making the play-in tournament seems close to impossible for New Orleans. NBCSportsEDGE.com 53 minutes ago
  • Damyean Dotson gets start for Love, scores 7 point
    Damyean Dotson posts seven points and 2 rebounds in 26 minutes in Monday night’s loss to Indiana.

    Advice: Dotson got the start for Kevin Love (rest) on Monday, but his performance was exceedingly underwhelming. Not only did he not do much offensively, but he failed to record any defensive statistics and played a role in allowing Indiana to shoot 50% from the field and 40% from distance. Even with quality minutes as a starter, Dotson isn’t worth a roster spot in most formats NBCSportsEDGE.com 53 minutes ago
  • Jakob Poeltl nearly triple-doubles with 8 dimes
    Jakob Poeltl somehow nearly had a triple-double on Monday night with nine points, 10 rebounds, a career-high eight assists, a steal and three blocks on 4-of-8 shooting in Monday's 146-125 blowout win over the Bucks. 

    Advice: Poeltl has been kind of quiet on most nights lately but did have 11 points, 10 boards, four assists and four blocks on Friday. If you had him in your lineup tonight, your team is probably off to a nice start. And Poeltl still has four more games to go this week on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Hopefully, he plays in all of them despite a pair of back-to-backs.  NBCSportsEDGE.com 57 minutes ago
  • Collin Sexton scores 25, Cavs fall to Pacers
    Collin Sexton tallied 25 points, eight assists and five rebounds in Monday night’s loss to Indiana.

    Advice: Given the Cavaliers injury situation and their clear commitment to pritortizing the development of their young players, it is natural to see Sexton as the primary playmaker for the Cavs. With that being said, the 7-of-26 shooting from the floor and 1-of-6 shooting from three is less than ideal, but he did make up for it by going 10-of-12 at the stripe. If you are the Cavs, you have to take the good with the bad these days. NBCSportsEDGE.com 58 minutes ago
  • Okoro posts first carer double-double in loss
    Isaac Okoro tallied his first career double-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and one steal, but the Cavaliers fell to the Pacers 111-102 on Monday.

    Advice: Okoro entered Monday night’s contest having scored in double figures in eight of his last nine games for the Cavaliers. Cleveland has clearly prioritized the development of their younger players in recent weeks and Okoro has taken full advantage of his opportunities and is starting to look like a promising young piece for the future in Cleveland. The only problem is that the Cavaliers have now lost an NBA worst 11 straight games and with their final three contests coming against teams who are fighting for postseason seeding, that streak could very well continue. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:56 pm
  • Caris Levert nets double-double in Pacers’ win
    Caris Levert tallied 20 points, 10 assists, three rebounds, one block and one steal as the Pacers defeated the Cavaliers on Monday.

    Advice: The former Michigan Wolverine has played All-Star caliber basketball in the month of May with averages of 26.3 points, 7.3 assists, and 5.2 rebounds per game on 43.8 percent shooting from the floor and 50.0 percent shooting from three. Levert and Sabonis are the only positives coming out of Indiana these days so be sure to keep your notifications on for those two. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:53 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan leads Spurs with 23 in blowout win
    DeMar DeRozan hit 9-of-17 shots and 5-of-7 free throws for 23 points, three rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes of Monday's win to lead the Spurs over the Bucks. 

    Advice: No threes, no steals, no blocks - rinse, repeat for DeRozan. Dejounte Murray scored 21 with six boards and nine dimes, Keldon Johnson and Patty Mills (6 3-pointers) each scored 20, Lonnie Walker and Rudy Gay scored 19 a piece, and Jakob Poeltl flirted with a triple-double, racking up nine points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, a steal and three blocks in the blowout. The Spurs set a franchise record with 87 points in the first half tonight and never looked back. The No. 10 Spurs are now 2.5 games up on the No. 11 Pelicans and 2.0 games behind the No. 9 Grizzlies and still have four more games this week. And with back-to-back sets on Weds/Thurs and Sat/Sun fantasy managers will want to watch the newsfeed closely to see who is in and who's out in those games.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:53 pm
  • Domantis Sabonis goes for 20 and 20 in Pacers’ win
    Domantis Sabonis scored 21 points (8-for-15 FG) and added 20 rebounds, nine assists, four blocks and three steals to lead Indiana to a 111-102 win over Cleveland Monday night.

    Advice: Sabonis has got to be one of the most underrated players in the NBA as he routinely flirts with triple doubles and tonight came just one assist shy of a 20-20-10 game for Indiana. For a Pacers team that has been ravaged by injuries to key players, and has dealt with turmoil from the top on down, what Sabonis has done to keep this team in position to make the postseason is nothing short of remarkable. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:52 pm
  • Bucks blown out by Spurs, Giannis scores 28
    Giannis Antetokounmpo hit 11-of-16 shots and 6-of-7 free throws for 28 points, three rebounds and four assists to lead the Bucks in an ugly 146-125 loss to the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: A glance at the Bucks' box score doesn't look too bad, as all five starters and Bobby Portis scored in double digits, but the Spurs opened up an 87-64 lead at halftime and never looked back. Khris Middleton hit 10-of-15 shots for 23 points, Jrue Holiday scored 20, Portis scored 13 and Brook Lopez and Donte DiVincenzo each scored 12 in the blowout. The Bucks are still locked into the No. 3 seed and now sit a full game behind the No. 2 Nets. The Bucks play four more times this week with a couple back-to-back situations, including Tuesday night (and Sat/Sun) but the six guys who produced tonight are the ones you want to mess with in fantasy as long as they're playing.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:46 pm
  • Kevin Huerter hits 3-of-12 shots as a starter
    Kevin Huerter's shooting woes continued on Monday, as he went just 3-of-12 from the floor on his way to seven points, four rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and one turnover across 37 minutes.

    Advice: Huerter found himself back in the starting lineup tonight with Tony Snell (Achilles) unavailable, and he surpassed 400 career triples tonight. He’s been in a bit of a shooting funk over his past few games, and his arrow might be pointing down with De'Andre Hunter making his return tonight, so he's not a guy we'd be clinging to. Danilo Gallinari finished tonight's game with eight points, three boards, two assists and one turnover in 21 minutes, and he too figures to see a downtick in production with Hunter back in the mix. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:10 pm
  • Clint Capela pulls down 22 rebounds w/ four swats
    Clint Capela was a monster on the glass during Monday's win over the Wizards, pulling down 22 rebounds to go with 10 points, one assist, four swats and just one turnover across 35 minutes.

    Advice: Capela was held to just 10 points and nine boards with no blocks his last time out, but he swatted his first shot within his first four minutes of play tonight, had three by halftime, and pulled down his 10th board early in the second quarter. This was his 54th game of the season with double-digit rebounds, the 20th time he’s done so by halftime, and his sixth game of the year with at least 20 boards. John Collins was also solid tonight, finishing with 28 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer, one steal, two blocks and one turnover in 33 minutes. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:08 pm
  • De'Andre Hunter logs 14 minutes off the bench
    De'Andre Hunter saw 14 minutes off the bench in his return to action on Monday, hitting 3-of-7 shots for six points and three rebounds in a win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Hunter looked fresh in his return from a 48-game absence, and he didn’t show too much rust, as his jumper was smooth and he was moving around fine on defense. He was the first man off the bench today, hit his first two shots (both mid-range, pull-ups), and seemed to be limited to eight-minute bursts. The Hawks are likely going to be extremely cautious with him over these final three games, and he could miss a game on the upcoming Wednesday-Thursday, back-to-back, so as much as we like him, he's not necessarily a must-roster player. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:04 pm
  • Daniel Gafford posts low-end line over 15 minutes
    Daniel Gafford contributed four points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover in 15 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Gafford was limited to just six points without any blocks across 17 minutes on Saturday, but he got his first swat within his first 40 seconds of play today, although foul trouble was a bit of an issue. Unfortunately, since Scott Brooks said that Gafford was deserving of more minutes after an impressive performance last Wednesday, he hasn’t stuck to his word, as Gafford has regularly been confined to minutes in the teens. He’s still capable of producing in limited minutes, but it would be nice if Brooks would just stop starting Alex Len — who isn’t very good. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:03 pm
  • Rui Hachimura scores 20 points in loss to Hawks
    Rui Hachimura went 9-of-19 from the field and 1-of-1 at the line for 20 points over 28 minutes in Monday's loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: Hachimura had a nice two-man game going with Russell Westbrook tonight, getting tons of easy looks right at the rim in both transition and the pick-and-roll, and he added three rebounds, one 3-pointer, one steal and one turnover while he was out there. Davis Bertans saw 31 minutes off the bench and hit 5-of-10 shots for 15 points, four rebounds, two assists, five triples and zero turnovers in the loss. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:00 pm
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