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  • 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. Today, 7:01 am
  • 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. Today, 6:57 am
  • 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. 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. 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. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
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    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. Yesterday, 9:47 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. Yesterday, 8:53 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. 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. 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. Yesterday, 8:34 pm
  • Cole Anthony scores 26 points in loss
    Cole Anthony kept his foot on the gas with 26 points vs. Houston on Friday, shooting 10-of-20 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line.

    Advice: He added seven assists, two boards and three triples, but turned the ball over five times as Orlando picked up their 19th loss of the season. If not for Mo Bamba, Anthony would be comfortably leading the Magic in fantasy value and there isn't any reason to think he won't be the No. 1 option on offense for the remainder of the season. Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Trae Young puts up 25 & 10 in loss Friday
    Trae Young scored 25 points on 8-of-22 shooting (2-of-5 3-pointers) and added 10 assists, four rebounds, one block, and four turnovers but the Hawks lost to the Sixers 98-96 on Friday.

    Advice: On Wednesday, Young tallied his 2,000th career assist and became the seventh player in NBA history to have 5,000+ points and 2,000+ assists before the age of 24. The others were Isaiah Thomas, Stephon Marbury, Tony Parker, LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Russell Westbrook. Young added some points and assists to those totals, but the Hawks lost to the Sixers on Friday night. Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • Seth Curry scores 18 w/ 5 dimes in win Friday
    Seth Curry put up 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting (2-of-4 3-pointers) and added five assists, two rebounds, and one steal as the Sixers beat the Hawks 98-96 on Friday night. 

    Advice: Curry has been great recently and has now scored in double-figures in seven straight games. Entering Friday over the last six games, Curry was averaging 19.4 points on 53.7% shooting from the floor and 40.0% from three with 2.6 assists, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game. Curry is having a career season for Philadelphia, and he is showing no signs of slowing down. Tyrese Maxey added 11 points and five assists with three rebounds, one block, and one steal with no turnovers on Friday. Yesterday, 7:38 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell scores 21 w/ 11 dimes vs. BKN
    D'Angelo Russell double-doubled vs. the Nets on Friday with 21 points, 11 assists, three rebounds, one steal and three triples in 34 minutes. 

    Advice: Russell’s passing has looked very sharp in recent weeks and it’s a big reason for Minnesota’s turnaround. He had a lot more on his plate offensively with Karl-Anthony Towns (tailbone) out, and he certainly didn’t disappoint. Russell was asked before the game if he had any extra motivation given his history with Brooklyn and responded with a clever answer. “Maybe if Sean Marks was in a jersey, then there'd be something different. But he’s not.” Yesterday, 7:33 pm
  • Patty Mills scores 23 points w/ four triples
    Patty Mills shot the lights out again on Friday vs. Minnesota with 23 points, four triples, three assists and a steal.

    Advice: Mills has been an unbelievable add from the waiver wire, posting top-40 value in his previous eight games with 17.4 points, 4.8 triples, 2.3 dimes and 0.8 steals. Of course he won't sustain the 54% shooting, and since he's mostly a two-category player for points and 3s, his value will tank when he cools off. Yesterday, 7:17 pm
  • Raul Neto scores 13 w/ 4 dimes, 2 boards Friday
    Raul Neto scores 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting and added four assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 22 minutes as the Wizards lost 116-101 on Friday night.

    Advice: The Wizards were terrible on Friday and trailed this game by 36 at one point on Friday night. Neto has been solid at times for Washington, and he was good again Friday, but it didn't matter because the Wizards starters got destroyed.  Bradley Beat scored just 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting, while Kyle Kuzma scored 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting with two triples. Yesterday, 7:14 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores season-high 26 points
    Kyle Lowry scored a season-high 26 points vs. Indiana on Friday to go with nine assists, three boards and six triples. 

    Advice: Lowry was coming off a dud vs. the Cavaliers, but stepped up tonight to end Miami’s two-game losing streak. Miami does have another game on Saturday vs. the Bucks, but they probably don’t have the luxury of resting Lowry with so many guys out. With Bam Adebayo out a while and Jimmy Butler day-to-day, Lowry has early-round upside in the short term. Yesterday, 6:40 pm
  • Darius Garland goes off for 32 & 10 dimes Friday
    Darius Garland was a beast on Friday, pouring in 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting and adding 10 assists, eight rebounds, and one steal as the Cavaliers beat the Wizards 116-101 on Friday night.

    Advice: Garland also made 5-of-6 triples and made all five of his shots from the foul line. The seven turnovers were less than ideal, but Garland made up for it in other ways on Friday. The final box resulted in a 15 point win but this game was nowhere near that close as the Cavaliers were up by 19 at the half, and led by as much as 36 in the second half. Cleveland has now won four straight and will look to make it five on Sunday against Utah. Yesterday, 6:39 pm
  • Kevin Porter Jr. tweaks thigh, will not return
    Kevin Porter Jr. (left thigh contusion) will not return on Friday vs. Orlando.

    Advice: KPJ has tweaked his thigh way too many times to count at this point and we were surprised that he was even cleared to play tonight. He was supposed to "miss some time" after the previous setback, so we'd imagine it will actually happen this time around. Armoni Brooks started the second half, and Garrison Mathews should benefit too. Yesterday, 6:29 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe coming off the bench
    Eric Bledsoe will come off the bench on Friday vs. the Lakers. 

    Advice: Bledsoe is coming off a rough outing vs. the Kings and the Clippers have lost four of their last five, so it's no surprise to see a shakeup. Bledsoe could still have a decent role though, so taking a wait-and-approach is probably the right call. Reggie Jackson, Paul George, Marcus Morris, Serge Ibaka and Ivica Zubac will start. Yesterday, 5:45 pm
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