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  • Jordan Clarkson scores 18 points with four treys
    Jordan Clarkson came off the bench for 18 points, four rebounds, two assists and four triples across 24 minutes in Wednesday's blowout win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Clarkson was fairly efficient while he was out there, going 6-of-13 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the stripe, and he also finished the game without committing a single turnover. He's been a steady, top-70 producer this season with averages of 18.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 3.3 triples, 1.0 steal and 1.8 turnovers per game on 45.7% shooting, so he has to be an early frontrunner in the Sixth Man of the Year race. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell posts 13/10/8 line in win
    Donovan Mitchell struggled with his shot in Wednesday's win over the Lakers, going 4-of-16 from the floor for 13 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, two triples and two steals over 31 minutes.

    Advice: Mitchell got off to a brutal start in this game, going just 1-of-8 from the field through the first half of action, but he was able to turn it around a bit after halftime and he finished the game with just one turnover. Mike Conley was the opposite of Mitchell tonight, as he couldn't miss through the first half (5-of-5 FG) but then couldn't get anything after halftime (0-of-5 FG) and he finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, four triples, two steals and three turnovers in the blowout win. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Talen Horton-Tucker nets eight inefficient points
    Talen Horton-Tucker struggled in a spot-start vs. the Jazz on Wednesday, going 3-of-12 from the field for eight points, five rebounds, five assists, two triples and three turnovers across 30 minutes.

    Advice: THT replaced Wesley Matthews in the first unit tonight, but neither guy played well, with Matthews going 1-of-4 from distance for three points, two assists and one steal over 17 minutes. The Lakers are desperate for offense right now with Anthony Davis (calf) and Dennis Schroder (quarantine) unavailable, although Schroder could be back for Friday's game. Horton-Tucker and Matthews are obviously not worth rostering in most leagues. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • LeBron James scores 19 points in blowout loss
    LeBron James netted 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting (4-of-5 FT) Wednesday, to go with four rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and four turnovers across 28 minutes in a blowout loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: The Lakers have now lost five of their past six games, and they're currently riding a four-game losing streak. James didn't get much help from his teammates tonight, with Markieff Morris (12) and Montrezl Harrell (16) being the only other players to crack double figures in the scoring department, and as a team, L.A. shot just 40% from the field. They had a tough matchup tonight against the No. 1 seed out West, but maybe they'll be able to right the ship on Friday vs. Portland. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
    New Player Note
    LeBron James LAL - PG,SG,SF
  • Mikal Bridges nets 12 points w/ full line in loss
    Mikal Bridges went 4-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-4 from the stripe for 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, two triples, one steal, two swats and just one turnover across 35 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Hornets.

    Advice: Bridges failed to record a steal his last time out, but he got right back on track in that department tonight, and he's been doing a better job with the swipes lately. Over the past six games, Bridges has been flirting with top 50 value behind averages of 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.2 triples, 1.0 steal, 1.0 block and just 0.7 turnovers per contest on 58.3% shooting. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Chris Paul double-doubles in narrow loss to CHA
    Chris Paul posted a 20-point, 10-assist double-double in Wednesday's 124-121 loss to the Hornets.

    Advice: CP3 was held to just two points on 1-of-9 shooting his last time out, but he was much more efficient in this one, finishing 7-of-14 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the stripe to go with eight rebounds, three triples, one steal, one block and three turnovers. The Suns had their three-game win streak snapped tonight, but they'll look to right the ship on Friday in Chicago. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Devin Booker nets 33 points in loss to Charlotte
    Devin Booker dropped in a game-high 33 points on 13-of-24 shooting (3-of-4 FT) Wednesday, to go with three assists, four triples, one steal and an unfortunate five turnovers in a loss to the Hornets.

    Advice: Booker got off to a hot start in this one, dropping in a quick 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting through his first nine minutes of play, making it his fourth-straight home game where he's recorded at least 16 points through the first quarter of play. Phoenix came into this one riding a three-game win streak, and they nearly got their fourth straight win tonight, but the refs missed an obvious foul by Gordon Hayward on Booker's final shot attempt which caused him to miss — and the Suns lost the game. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Zach LaVine hits 14-of-21 shots for 35 points
    Zach LaVine celebrated making his first All-Star team by torching the Wolves for 35 points, five 3-pointers, two rebounds and two assists on 14-of-21 shooting on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Yeah, he had seven turnovers, but LaVine has really changed his game over the years and has become one of the league's most efficient shooters and scorers. Prior to tonight's explosion, he was shooting a career-high 52 percent from the floor, a career-high 43 percent from downtown and a career-high 84.4 percent from the line while averaging a career-best 28.6 points. And all of those numbers are going up in the morning. Congratulations on your first All-Star Game, Zach. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Malik Monk erupts for 29 points over 28 minutes
    Malik Monk stayed hot on Wednesday, going 10-of-21 from the field and 4-of-4 from the stripe for 29 points in 28 minutes off the bench in a win over Phoenix.

    Advice: Monk added five triples, two rebounds, three assists and one steal without committing a single turnover, and this was his second straight game with at least 20 points and four triples. Monk is a guy who can fall off at a moment's notice, but he's been rolling over the past two, which puts him on the radar as a speculative add in deep leagues. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Terry Rozier doesn't play well in win
    Terry Rozier didn't have a great game during Wednesday's win over the Suns, scoring 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting to go with six rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, two steals and six turnovers across 36 minutes.

    Advice: At least Rozier went 3-of-3 from the line, but this was a fairly disappointing stat line from Scary Terry. He's been in a bit of a funk over the past two games, but maybe he'll be able to snap out of it with an up-tempo game against the Warriors on Friday. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (hand) scores 20 points in win
    Gordon Hayward (hand) went 7-of-17 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line for 20 points in Wednesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: Hayward exited Monday’s game during the fourth quarter due to the hand injury, but he didn’t miss any additional game time, and his hand didn’t appear to give him any major issues tonight although he did go 0-of-5 from distance. It's his shooting hand, so it may be messing with his shot a little bit, but it's not bad enough to keep him off the floor. He added eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover while he was out there, and managers can expect to have him available for Friday's game vs. the Warriors. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Anthony Edwards hits 7-of-20 shots in loss
    Anthony Edwards hit 7-of-20 shots, three 3-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws for 21 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals in 37 minutes of Wednesday's 133-126 overtime loss to the Bulls. 

    Advice: Edwards' shooting slump is becoming legendary, as he's now hit just 19-of-73 shots (26 percent) over his last five games. Edwards' stat line was pretty nice tonight if you ignore the poor shooting, and his stroke actually looks good when you watch him play. But if he's crushing your team's field goal percentage, which he probably is, look to move him to someone looking for a scorer who doesn't care about the slump he's in. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Lonzo Ball scores 12 points with full line in win
    Lonzo Ball contributed 12 points, six rebounds, eight assists, two triples, three steals and two turnovers across 35 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Pistons.

    Advice: Ball did appear to tweak something in his right hand early in the game, and while he played through it, that was something that was giving him some trouble on Sunday as well, so it's worth monitoring. Eric Bledsoe, who was held to just eight points his last time out, finished Wednesday's win with 11 points (5-of-11 FG, 1-of-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one turnover in 33 minutes. If the hand issue forces Ball to miss a game, Bledsoe and Nickeil Alexander-Walker will benefit. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Isaac Okoro scores 10 points with two 3-pointers
    Isaac Okoro hit 4-of-6 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, two rebounds and a block in Wednesday's win over the Rockets. 

    Advice: Okoro is playing well and is a generally efficient player. He's averaging 11 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.5 3-pointers over his last four games, and he's averaging a whopping 33.3 minutes over that stretch. He's not going to blow your mind with his nightly stats but he's getting enough minutes, steals, blocks and 3-pointers to be given a look in most leagues. And he should only get better with time. Yesterday, 8:57 pm
  • Wayne Ellington scores seven points with three 3s
    Wayne Ellington (rest) was back in the starting lineup on Wednesday and he hit 3-of-10 shots for seven points, one rebound, three assists, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Ellington sat out the previous game with it being the first of a back-to-back, and it looks like the Detroit vets will be skipping at least one game in back-to-back sets the rest of the way. He can randomly get hot from distance, but he’s far too inconsistent to warrant a roster spot in most leagues. Svi Mykhailiuk transitioned back to the second unit with Ellington back in action and finished with 12 points, four triples, three boards, two assists and three turnovers in 28 minutes. Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • Darius Garland double-doubles with 11 & 10, 8 TOs
    Darius Garland hit just 4-of-14 shots and 3-of-10 3-pointers for 11 points, four rebounds, 10 assists and eight turnovers in Wednesday's 112-96 win over the Rockets. 

    Advice: He logged his third double-double of the season and was just two turnovers shy of making it a dubious triple-double. Despite the inefficiency and poor shooting, Garland is still averaging 16.3 points, 8.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last three games. He's putting up solid counting stats but his poor shooting from the field will leave a mark on your fantasy team's percentages. After losing 10 straight the Cavs have now won two in a row, beating the Hawks in a gift and dominating the Rockets in the paint. Yesterday, 8:49 pm
  • Saben Lee posts solid low-end line over 22 minutes
    Saben Lee came off the bench for 13 points, two rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, two steals and one block across 22 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lee finished 5-of-8 from the field and 2-of-2 from the stripe, and as an added bonus for those in 9-cat leagues, he didn't commit a single turnover. Lee had been closing over Dennis Smith Jr. the past two games, but it was DSJ's turn to close tonight and he finished with 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting to go with three rebounds, seven assists, one 3-pointer, three steals and zero turnovers. These two will be handling the point guard duties in Detroit until Delon Wright (groin) and Killian Hayes (hip) get back, and both are worth rostering, although Lee is a better standard league target while DSJ is more of a deep league guy. Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • Andre Iguodala scores 12 points with four triples
    Andre Iguodala drilled a season-high four triples on his way to 12 points, five rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover across 24 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Raptors.

    Advice: Iguodala was absolutely locked in in this one, finishing 4-of-5 from the floor, but he won't be this efficient on most nights and he got some increased opportunity with Tyler Herro (hip) on the sidelines. Max Strus saw 30 minutes off the bench on Monday, but he finished today's game with a DNP-CD. Neither of these guys are worth rostering in the vast majority of leagues. Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Goran Dragic (ankle) nets 15 points in return
    Goran Dragic (left ankle) went 4-of-13 from the field and 5-of-6 from the stripe for 15 points over 21 minutes in his return to action on Wednesday.

    Advice: This was Dragic’s first game in a little over two weeks, so he was working with a minutes limit, and that should remain the case for at least the next few games. He added two triples, two rebounds, three assists and three turnovers while he was out there, so it was still a fairly solid performance in his first game back. Kendrick Nunn still saw 36 minutes as a starter with Dragic back in the mix, and he finished with seven points (2-of-9 FG, 2-of-2 FT), four boards, seven dimes, one 3-pointer, one block and two turnovers. However, once Tyler Herro (hip) is brought back into the equation, Nunn's value figures to plummet. Yesterday, 8:31 pm
  • Dean Wade starts, hits 4-of-4 shots for 11 points
    Dean Wade started again on Wednesday and hit 4-of-4 shots and two 3-pointers for 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in a win over the Rockets. 

    Advice: He had five points, two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a 3-pointer in Tuesday's start and Taurean Prince went down again tonight after aggravating his ankle injury. With Prince and the rest of the Cavs power forwards all hurting, Wade could continue to start for the near future. He's far from a must-have player in standard leagues but might be worth a DFS flier if you're looking for a cheap power forward. Yesterday, 8:29 pm
    New Player Note
    Dean Wade Cle - PG,PF,C
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