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  • Derrick Favors goes scoreless in 18 minutes
    Derrick Favors missed all three of his shot attempts over 18 scoreless minutes during Sunday’s exhibition, finishing with just three rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Favors also mixed in a turnover in a thoroughly underwhelming performance, and he’s been far from impressive this preseason with averages of 3.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.5 steals in 14.8 minutes. The veteran has a proven track record and he's in a desirable spot on an up-tempo Pelicans team, of course, so he's unlikely to fall too far in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. 16 minutes ago
  • Montrezl Harrell scores 22 points off bench
    Montrezl Harrell made 8-of-14 FGs and 6-of-9 FTs on Sunday, scoring a team-high 22 points with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Kawhi Leonard (rest) and Paul George (shoulders) were both sidelined tonight, and only one player for L.A. logged more than 24 minutes. There was more usage to go around, and the Clippers were playing Melbourne United, so it doesn't mean much that Harrell went off, or that Derrick Walton Jr. scored 14 points in 20 minutes. Harrell is locked into a solid bench role and should average more minutes than starter Ivica Zubac, though, and he's worth targeting in the early-middle rounds. 26 minutes ago
  • Ivica Zubac scores 10 points with two blocks
    Ivica Zubac put up 10 points, eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks across 20 minutes during Sunday's preseason win over Melbourne United.

    Advice: Zubac is expected to start for the Clippers this season, but he probably won't see much more than 20 minutes a night, thus limiting his upside. His production tends to be inconsistent, but as long as he's starting, he should be able to offer some low-end value in deep leagues as a shot-blocking specialist. 55 minutes ago
  • Dario Saric (quad) questionable for Monday
    Dario Saric (bruised quad) is questionable to play in Monday's preseason finale against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Saric should be able to get over the bruised quad in time for the start of the season, but it would be far from shocking to see him skip Monday's meaningless game. If he's out, Frank Kaminsky could see some extended minutes. Today, 3:14 pm
  • Larry Nance scores nine points w/ six boards
    Larry Nance scored nine points on 4-of-10 shooting during Sunday's preseason loss to the Celtics, adding six rebounds, one 3-pointer, one block and three turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: It wasn't the best showing from Nance, who also bricked both of his free throws, but none of the Cavs' main rotation players had a great game in the blowout loss. Collin Sexton went 1-of-8 from the field on his way to four points, three assists, two rebounds and seven turnovers in his 24 minutes of floor time, and Sindarius Thornwell was the only Cleveland player to crack double digits in the scoring department with 12 points over 16 minutes. Today, 2:37 pm
  • Robin Lopez, Connaughton out Sunday vs. WAS
    Robin Lopez and Pat Connaughton will sit out Sunday's preseason game against the Wizards.

    Advice: They're simply getting a rest day, but they'll be fine for opening night while remaining irrelevant in fantasy hoops. Today, 2:03 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic (ankle) won't play on Sunday
    Nikola Vucevic (sprained left ankle) will not play in Sunday's preseason game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Vucevic was able to get through Saturday's light practice, and head coach Steven Clifford has downplayed the severity of this ankle issue, so his absence from today's matinee seems more precautionary than anything else. Mo Bamba will get the start in his place tonight and it'll be fun to see what he can do with the extended minutes. If Vooch can get in a full practice on Monday or Tuesday, then he'll likely be cleared for Thursday's preseason finale. Today, 1:36 pm
  • Anthony Davis' MRI pushed back to Monday
    Anthony Davis is now expected to receive an MRI on his right thumb on Monday, instead of Sunday.

    Advice: The Lakers just returned from a long flight back from China, so they won't make their superstar report to their medical facilities. Initial exams reportedly showed no ligament damage, but we'll get official confirmation on that once the MRI results are announced. There's a decent chance AD will skip Monday's preseason game against the Warriors, but as of right now, this appears to be a fairly minor injury. Today, 12:51 pm
  • Goga Bitadze (ankle) scrimmages on Sunday
    Goga Bitadze (ankle) participated in Sunday's scrimmage and could be cleared for Tuesday's preseason finale against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Bitadze was also able to practice on Saturday, so it would seem there's a real chance he'll be able to make his preseason debut tomorrow. We should get another update following Monday's shootaround, but it sounds like as long as he doesn't experience a setback, he'll be out there. Today, 12:47 pm
  • Paul Millsap (calf) questionable for Monday
    Paul Millsap (right calf tightness) is being listed as questionable for Monday's preseason game against the Suns.

    Advice: Some calf tightness isn't anything to worry about, but don't be surprised if the 34-year-old gets held out of tomorrow's meaningless game. Millsap is past his prime and is likely going to be a load management guy this season, so we wouldn't look his way until the last few rounds on draft day. Today, 11:56 am
  • Kevin Love (rest) will not play Sunday vs BOS
    Kevin Love (rest) will not be in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Love has been doing well physically, but it's never too early to start monitoring his minutes. He's going to put up big numbers when he's active, but it's hard to know how often that will be. He carries massive risk in the middle rounds. Today, 11:54 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge expected to rest on Sunday
    Coach Gregg Popovic said that LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to rest on Sunday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Aldridge is entrenched as the Spurs' power forward and will just have a maintenance day off. Rudy Gay and DeMarre Carroll will see some added time in his absence against New Orleans. Today, 11:26 am
  • Tacko Time: Fall inks two-way deal w/ Celtics
    Tacko Fall has agreed to a two-way contract with the Celtics.

    Advice: This was expected to happen after the team converted Max Strus to a full NBA contract just a few hours ago. Fall is already a fan favorite in Boston, but he has a long way to go before he's a playable NBA-caliber player. The Celtics do have a whole at center, though, so who knows. He's not on the fantasy radar just yet. Today, 11:02 am
  • Daniel Theis will start at center again Sun.
    Daniel Theis will draw the start at center again on Sunday against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Theis started the last game and impressed coach Brad Stevens. He appears to be leading the way in the battle for the starting center job, outpacing Enes Kanter and Robert Williams. Theis is an intriguing player if he were to win the job, but his ceiling would be capped due to the presence of Kanter and Williams. He's worth a late-round flier, though. Today, 10:38 am
  • Steven Adams (rest) out on Monday vs. Mavs
    Steven Adams (rest) will not play on Monday against Dallas.

    Advice: Chris Paul will join Adams on the sidelines against the Mavs. Nerlens Noel and Mike Muscala will see extended minutes in his absence. Today, 10:20 am
  • Joel Embiid will play on Sunday, as expected
    Joel Embiid (load management) will play Sunday against the Magic, as planned.

    Advice: Embiid got the night off on Friday against the Hornets, and the plan was always to have him back for Sunday's game in Orlando. Al Horford got the start at center with Shake Milton entering the starting lineup in Embiid's absence. Horford will likely slide back to power forward while Milton returns to the bench unit with Embiid back in action. Get used to this. Today, 8:05 am
  • Zach Collins comes off bench, nets 16 points
    Zach Collins scored 16 points (5-of-11 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs) on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 24 minutes against the Suns.

    Advice: Collins came off the bench behind Anthony Tolliver, but that was likely just because coach Terry Stotts wanted to mix things up. Tolliver was silent, scoring just three points in 18 minutes. Collins initially entered to play backup power forward before shifting over to play backup center behind Hassan Whiteside. Collins has some pretty intriguing upside, especially in blocks, late in drafts. Yesterday, 8:28 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky flirts with triple-double
    Frank Kaminsky contributed across the box score on Saturday, scoring 16 points (5-of-13 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with six rebounds, eight assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Blazers.

    Advice: Kaminsky actually bested his career-high mark in dimes in this one, but it won't go in the official record book. Deandre Ayton got the night off and Kaminsky cashed in. Playing time will be hard to come by for the sweet-shooting big man, making him best left undrafted in most leagues. Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Jordan Bell (calf strain) out again on Sunday
    Jordan Bell (left calf strain) is listed as out again for Sunday's game against Maccabi Haifa.

    Advice: Bell already missed the first two preseason games with this ailment and looks set to miss his third straight. Both coach Ryan Saunders and Karl-Anthony Towns had talked Bell up quite a bit during training camp, so it's a shame that he hasn't been healthy enough to get some game action. Bell's fantasy upside is tantalizing, but his role being extremely uncertain makes him more of a late-round flier at best. Yesterday, 4:47 pm
  • Wendell Carter Jr (tailbone) probable Sunday
    Wendell Carter Jr. (tailbone contusion) is listed as probable for Sunday's preseason game against the Raptors.

    Advice: WCJ is set to make his preseason debut after sitting out the first three games. He practiced in full on Thursday, but was held out of Friday's game for precautionary reasons. The sophomore big man is finally ready to give it a go and could prove to be a value in drafts if he can stay healthy moving forward. Yesterday, 4:09 pm
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