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  • RJ Barrett in starting lineup on Saturday
    RJ Barrett is back in the starting lineup for the Knicks on Saturday after missing a game with an illness. 

    Advice: He'll be joined by Alec Burks, Evan Fournier, Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson, while Immanuel Quickley will return to his role off the bench against the Nuggets today. NBCSportsEDGE.com 7 minutes ago
  • Bouknight, Jones, Carey Jr. recalled from G-League
    James Bouknight, Kai Jones, and Vernon Carey Jr. have been recalled from the G-League Greensboro Swarm, Hornets report Rod Boone reports. 

    Advice: According to Boone, these moves were already planned, but the timing is vital with all of LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Jalen McDaniels, and Mason Plumlee out due to health and safety protocols. All three have a chance to crack the rotation, particularly Bouknight who has averaged 26.8 points, 7.3 boards, 3.5 dimes, and 1.8 swipes in G-League play this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com 20 minutes ago
  • Scottie Lewis recalled with Ball, Rozier out
    Scottie Lewis has been recalled from the Greensboro Swarm, according to Hornets reporter Rod Boone.

    Advice: Lewis, the 56th pick in the 2021 draft, has yet to see the court for the Hornets, as the two-way player has spent his entire season with the G-League Greensboro Swarm. With LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier both out due to health and safety protocols, the Florida product has a chance to crack the rotation, though he's not likely to be fantasy relevant any time soon. NBCSportsEDGE.com 30 minutes ago
  • Cody Martin off injury report for Sunday vs. Hawks
    Cody Martin (illness) is off the injury report and healthy ahead of Sunday's game against the Hawks. 

    Advice: With this morning's news that LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier have entered protocols, Martin could have a pretty big role on Sunday, making him a look in DFS lineups. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:32 am
    GTD
  • Terry Rozier enters health and safety protocols
    Terry Rozier has entered the COVID-19 health and safety protocols and is expected to miss several games, according to Shams Charania.

    Advice: Rozier was starting to find his groove, but he'll be forced to miss some additional time. With LaMelo Ball also out due to health and safety protocols, it'll be up to Ish Smith and Kelly Oubre to handle the majority of backcourt responsibilities for the now shorthanded Hornets. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:01 am
    INJ
  • LaMelo Ball enters health and safety protocols
    LaMelo Ball has entered the COVID-19 health and safety protocols and is expected to miss several games, according to Shams Charania.

    Advice: With Ball and Terry Rozier on the shelf, expect Ish Smith and Kelly Oubre to anchor Charlotte's backcourt. Oubre should already be rostered in 12-team leagues, but if he's not, he's worth an immediate add, while Smith should be widely available on your waiver wire. Cody Martin could see additional run as well.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 6:57 am
    INJ
  • Dubs snap Suns' win streak, extend own win streak
    With a 118-96 win over the Suns on Friday, Golden State snapped Phoenix's 18-game win streak while extending its own historic home win streak.

    Advice: The 22-point victory was Golden State's 11th straight home win by 13 or more points, tying the NBA record for such a streak. The 19-3 Warriors have been phenomenal this season, thanks in large part to fantastic play at Oracle Arena. The Dubs play at home again Saturday against a Spurs team that has won three straight.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 6:49 am
  • Malik Monk scores 20 off bench w/ 4 triples Friday
    Malik Monk scored 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting (4-of-8 3-pointers) and added four rebounds, two assists, and two steals with one turnover but the Lakers lost to the Clippers 119-115 on Friday.

    Advice: Monk has been great and has now scored at least 20 points in back-to-back games and three of his last four. Monk is returning 10th round value thus far this season, so he is worth a look if you need some points and triples at the back end of your lineup. Monk can be streaky though so proceed with caution.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • LeBron James puts up 23 & 11 in return Friday
    LeBron James scored 23 points on 9-of-23 shooting (2-of-8 3-pointers) and added 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals, and three turnovers as the Lakers lost to the Clippers 119-115 on Friday night.

    Advice: King James made his return after missing Tuesday's game against Sacramento due to a positive Covid-19 test. It is believed that this was a false positive test result, as James has returned eight negative tests since the positive test came in on Tuesday.  On Friday it was back to business as usual for LeBron, but his Lakers dropped another close game, this time to the Clippers. James' struggles from deep also continued, as he is now shooting 26.7% from distance in his last three games. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:07 pm
    New Player Note
    LeBron James LAL - PG,SG,SF
  • Gary Payton II scores 19 points vs. Suns
    Gary Payton II scored a season-high 19 points vs. the Suns on Friday, adding five boards, three triples, one steal and one block. 

    Advice: Payton scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter with the game pretty much over, so we won’t be chasing this line. What Payton does have is an elite steal rate, so he makes for a fun stream whenever Stephen Curry needs a maintenance day. And one of those could be on the table vs. the Spurs on the second leg of a back-to-back on Saturday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Mikal Bridges OK after tweaking pinky
    Mikal Bridges was held to seven points vs. the Warriors on Friday, adding two rebounds, one assist and one triple. 

    Advice: Bridges suffered a dislocated right pinky finger after a collision with Juan Tosacano-Anderson, but was able to return after about 10 minutes. The injury is to his shooting hand, so he may not be as aggressive until it feels a bit more comfortable – he only attempted four shots tonight. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Luke Kennard scores 19 w/ 5 triples off bench Fri.
    Luke Kennard scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting (5-of-8 3-pointers) and added four rebounds with one steal as the Clippers outlasted the Lakers 119-115 on Friday night.

    Advice: Kennard drilled two of the biggest shots of the game late in the fourth quarter on Friday to help will the Clippers to the win for Los Angeles bragging rights. Kennard scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter including three of his five triples. Isaiah Hartenstein also played well off the bench for the Clippers scoring 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting with one assist and one block.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (right quad) scores 12 off bench
    Tim Hardaway Jr. (right quad contusion) scored 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting (2-of-6 3-pointers) and added four rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 25 minutes as the Mavericks lost to the Pelicans 107-91 on Friday night.  

    Advice: Hardaway Jr. injured his quad and left to get evaluated in the locker room, before eventually returning to the ballgame. He will likely be listed on the injury report for Saturday's game against Memphis, so we will consider him questionable until we get an update after shootaround.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Dennis Schroder starts, scores 26 points vs. UTA
    Dennis Schroder moved into the starting lineup on Friday vs. the Jazz and responded with 26 points, three assists, two rebounds, one steal and three triples. 

    Advice: Jaylen Brown "experienced tightness" in his hamstring and was out tonight, and it's likely something he'll have to manage for a while. Schroder usually gets big minutes whether he starts or not, but his upside is considerably higher when Jaylen sits -- with Jaylen off the court this season, Schroder's usage rate gets a 4% bump.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:53 pm
  • Royce O'Neale puts up solid line in return
    Royce O'Neale (ankle/foot) was excellent in his return to action on Friday vs. Boston with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two triples in 32 minutes. 

    Advice: Royce rarely puts up fantasy lines that make you look twice, but he's usually a safe bet to play big workloads for the Jazz and he can do a little bit of everything on the stat sheet. That makes him an underrated player in 9-cat where he is currently ranked as a top-80 player on the season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • Luka Doncic puts up 21, 10 & 7 in loss to Pelicans
    Luka Doncic put up 21 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists in the Mavericks' 107-91 loss to the Pelicans on Friday. 

    Advice: Doncic shot 7-of-20 from the floor and missed all six of his three-pointers in an ugly loss on Friday. He also turned the ball over seven times and did nothing on the defensive side of the ball. The final box looks a lot better than what his actual game looked like on Friday for Dallas. The Mavericks will take on the Grizzlies Saturday in the second game of their back-to-back.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell leads Jazz w/ 34 points
    Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz to a 137-130 win vs. Boston on Friday, scoring 34 points with six assists, one board and six triples. 

    Advice: One of his six triples sealed the win for Utah, as Mitchell got some separation from Al Horford and nailed a step-back (link below). Mitchell did hit a rough patch last week, but that's back-to-back games with 30+ points and three straight wins for the Jazz.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Mike Conley scores 29 points, hits seven triples
    Mike Conley bounced back in a big way in a 137-130 win vs. Boston on Friday, scoring 29 points with seven triples, seven assists, four rebounds and one block.

    Advice: What a way to respond after arguably his worst game of the season vs. Portland. Conley played in Utah's most recent back-to-back in an effort to build some momentum for the Jazz, so it will be interesting to see if the same is true for the back-to-back set beginning on Dec. 8th with both games on the road. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:34 pm
  • Eric Gordon scores 24 points vs. ORL
    Eric Gordon turned back the clock with 24 points, three assists, two rebounds, one steal, one block and four triples vs. the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: The Rockets never once planned for Gordon to be playing this many minutes but they really don't have a choice right now with Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. banged up. He's only rostered in 19% of Yahoo Leagues, and while he's not a long-term option by any means, he may get the job done for a little while. Over his last eight games, Gordon is averaging 14.3 points, 3.9 dimes, 1.9 boards and 2.5 triples.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:10 pm
  • Franz Wagner posts 17/5/5 line vs. HOU
    Franz Wagner finished with 17 points, five assists, five rebounds, two steals and two triples vs. the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: His playmaking has been outstanding with this being his sixth straight game with at least four dimes. Wagner isn't getting enough love because he plays for an Orlando team with five total wins, but he's certainly showing the tools to become a star down the road.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:06 pm
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