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  • NBA postpones Blazers vs. Grizzlies game
    The NBA has postponed Wednesday's game between the Blazers and Grizzlies due to contact tracing. 

    Advice: Yet another game has been postponed but this is why the NBA only released half of the schedule. These postponed games will all be made up at a later date. 32 minutes ago
  • Hassan Whiteside's injury is a strained hip flexor
    Hassan Whiteside's injury is a strained left hip flexor, and he's considered day-to-day.

    Advice: An MRI confirmed Whiteside's injury wasn't more serious than anticipated, and he should return soon, which is great news. Still, Marvin Bagley and Richaun Holmes are the only Sacramento bigs worth rostering for now. 49 minutes ago
  • Chandler Hutchison expects to play on Friday
    Chandler Hutchison expects to be available on Friday for his first game of 2021 after recovering from COVID-19. 

    Advice: Hutchison and Tomas Satoransky both haven't played yet in the new year since testing positive for the virus. Hutchison compared his bout to a "rough flu." It's unclear if either of the players will be on any type of minutes restriction, but the Bulls could need them on Friday with Otto Porter Jr. (back), Patrick Williams (hip), and Wendell Carter Jr.'s (thigh) statuses all up in the air. 53 minutes ago
  • Wendell Carter Jr. (thigh bruise) leaves practice
    Wendell Carter Jr. left practice early on Wednesday due to a thigh bruise.

    Advice: It's unclear how serious the injury is, but Carter Jr.'s status for the Bulls' game on Friday is in question. Chicago could also be without Patrick Williams (hip), and Otto Porter Jr. (back strain). The bright side for the Bulls is that Tomas Satoransky and Chandler Hutchison are on track to play their first game in 2021 after recovering from COVID-19. Check back closer to game-time for a better assessment on what the minute-distribution might be on Friday, but a lot of the scoring load could be on Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen to pick up. Today, 11:32 am
  • Patrick Williams ran, did not practice Wednesday
    Patrick Williams ran but did not practice on Wednesday, just two days after being ruled out of a game due to hip stiffness.

    Advice: It's unclear if Williams will play in the Bulls' next game on Friday, but Chicago could have both Tomas Satoransky and Chandler Hutchison (COVID-19) back in the lineup for the first time in 2021. Check back closer to game-time, as we wait to see if either will have a minutes-restriction and if Otto Porter (back strain) will play. Wendell Carter Jr. also left practice on Wednesday with a thigh bruise, and his availability is in question. Today, 11:25 am
  • Satoransky, Hutchison on track to return Friday
    Tomas Satoransky and Chandler Hutchison both practiced on Wednesday, and are on track to return Friday against the Hornets. 

    Advice: This is a big step forward for Satoransky and Hutchison, who are both recovering from COVID-19 and haven't played since December 29th. Billy Donovan said both are on track to return to play in the Bulls' next game on Friday against the Hornets, though it's unclear if either will be on a minutes-restriction. Today, 11:17 am
  • 6 NBA game times were changed between 1/23-1/31
    Six NBA game times were changed between January 23rd and January 31st, 2021.

    Advice: The Warriors' game against the Jazz on January 23rd will now be played at 9:00 p.m. ET and won't be televised on NBA TV. The Raptors' game against Pacers on January 24th will be played at 1:00 p.m. ET and will remain televised on NBA TV. The Cavaliers' game against the Celtics on January 24th will be played at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Blazers' game against the Bulls on January 30th will be played at 8:00 p.m. ET. The Clippers' game against the Knicks on January 31st will be played at 1:00 p.m. ET. The Sixers' game against the Pacers on January 31st will be played at 7:00 p.m. ET. Today, 11:00 am
  • P.J. Washington (ankle) will play on Friday
    P.J. Washington will play on Friday against the Bulls despite tweaking his ankle in practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Washington ranks just inside the top-100 players in 9-cat leagues and is having a strong season for the Hornets. He's averaging 12.9 points, 1.2 3-pointers, 7.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 0.9 steals per game. Today, 10:43 am
  • Terence Davis (hip) probable on Wednesday
    Terence Davis is probable to play through a right hip contusion on Wednesday against the Heat. 

    Advice: Davis is a deep rotation contributor for the Raptors, averaging 7.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.1 made 3-pointers in 12.1 minutes per game. He's not a top fantasy player and can be left on the waiver wire. Today, 10:36 am
  • Sterling Brown (leg) available on Wednesday
    Sterling Brown (leg) is available to play on Wednesday against the Suns.

    Advice: Brown's missed the last two games with the injury, but he'll return to a much different Rockets team. His spot in the rotation is a lot less clear with Victor Oladipo playing the same position. Today, 10:32 am
  • Stevens: 50/50 chance Jayson Tatum plays Friday
    Brad Stevens says Jayson Tatum will be back on the court practicing in Boston on Wednesday, and there's a 50/50 chance he'll play on Friday against the Sixers. 

    Advice: Tatum hasn't played since January 8th after testing positive for COVID-19, and he's not in Philadelphia on Wednesday, where the Celtics are playing against the Sixers. Though Tatum's been out for nearly two weeks, that's only meant missing three games due to another three being postponed. If Tatum returns on Friday, it's unclear if he'll be on a minutes-restriction, but he'll likely cut into Semi Ojeleye and Grant Williams' playing time. Today, 10:23 am
  • Seth Curry (conditioning) won't play on Wednesday
    Seth Curry won't play on Wednesday after being cleared from health and safety protocol due to reconditioning.

    Advice: Curry was cleared after testing positive for COVID-19 and wasn't originally listed on the injury report, leading us to believe he'd play, but that's changed. The team wants to condition him so he's game-ready again after not playing for two weeks. For now, the red-hot Shake Milton has the 2-guard spot to himself. It'll be interesting to see what happens when Curry returns. Today, 10:12 am
  • Evan Fournier (back) active after missing 9 games
    Evan Fournier (back spasms) will play on Wednesday against the Timberwolves for the first time since December 31st.

    Advice: The Magic, who are going through a six-game losing streak, need Fournier back in the lineup, especially after losing Markelle Fultz for the season. Fournier's likely to be on a minutes restriction, though it's unclear what that will look like. His return also means either Dwayne Bacon or James Ennis are likely to return to the bench. Today, 10:07 am
  • Zion Williamson's 2-game stretch is historic
    Zion Williamson is the first Pelicans player, and the youngest player in NBA history to record back-to-back games with 30 or more points on 70% shooting or better. 

    Advice: It's all been shooting inside the paint, but that doesn't mean what Williamson's doing isn't impressive. In his last two games, he's made 27-of-34 shots from the field (79.4%) and scored 63 points. Williamson has a long way to go to develop into a franchise cornerstone, especially on the defensive end. But at 20 years old, his talent is evident. For fantasy purposes, Williamson ranks No. 96 in 9-cat leagues because of his poor shooting from the free-throw line and from distance. He isn't an incredible play-maker yet, either. Today, 7:42 am
  • Eric Bledsoe quiet in road loss to Utah
    Eric Bledsoe shot 3-of-9 from the field in Tuesday’s loss to the Jazz, posting a line of nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Bledsoe remained in the starting lineup Tuesday night, with Nickeil Alexander-Walker moving to the bench in order to free up a spot for Lonzo Ball. Neither Ball nor Bledsoe had good nights, but at least the latter was able to knock down a couple 3-pointers. Bledsoe, who had a Yahoo ADP of 78, still sits outside of the top-100 in both 8- and 9-cat formats. He’s worth hanging onto for the time being due to his being a starter, but Alexander-Walker has outplayed Bledsoe. It wouldn’t be all that surprising if Stan Van Gundy made a change to his starting five at some point. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker posts full line in 31 MIN
    Nickeil Alexander-Walker played 31 minutes off the bench in Tuesday’s loss to the Jazz, finishing with nine points (4-of-13 FGs), five rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: With Lonzo Ball back in the starting lineup following his return from knee tendinitis, Alexander-Walker returned to the second unit. But he still surpassed the 30-minute mark, which is good news when it comes to his fantasy value in the short-term. It’s worth noting that Ball was on a minutes restriction, which meant that Alexander-Walker wasn’t going to lose much in the way of playing time Tuesday night. Rostered in 22% of Yahoo leagues, Alexander-Walker has provided sixth-round value in both 8- and 9-cat formats over the last week. He stands to lose some minutes as Ball is cleared to play more, but NAW may be in the rotation to stay. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) plays 23 MIN in return
    Lonzo Ball played 23 minutes in Tuesday’s loss to the Jazz, finishing with seven points (3-of-10 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), one rebound, four assists, three steals and one blocked shot.

    Advice: Ball, who was on an unspecified minutes restriction, played in 5-to-6 minute stretches Tuesday night. Before the game, coach Stan Van Gundy said that his fourth quarter minutes would be based in part on how Ball was feeling. He didn’t appear to show any ill effects, which is good news for the point guard moving forward. New Orleans will play Utah again on Thursday, so we’ll have to wait and see if Ball’s limit is increased. He shot 0-of-6 from three Tuesday, a step back for a player who entered the game making just over two per game. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Rudy Gobert grabs 18 rebounds with three blocks
    Rudy Gobert posted a line of 13 points (6-of-8 FGs, 1-of-6 FTs), 18 rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocked shots in 30 minutes Tuesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Gobert dominated his matchup with Steven Adams, and he finished the game one rebound shy of his season-high (January 10 vs. Detroit). The negative for Gobert, both in Tuesday’s game and the season as a whole, has been his free throw shooting. He was 1-of-6 from the stripe on Tuesday, and for the season he’s making just 46.7% of his attempts. Fantasy managers who have Gobert rostered will either need to punt free throws, as he’s averaging just over five attempts per game, or hope that other players on their rosters will pick up the slack. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson goes for 18/6/6 with four triples
    Jordan Clarkson played 29 minutes in Tuesday’s win over the Pelicans, tallying 18 points (6-of-15 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), six rebounds, six assists and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: The return of Joe Ingles didn’t have much of an impact on Clarkson’s opportunities; he’s going to get his looks no matter who’s on the court with him. He has now scored 16 points or more in seven of ten games this month, and over the last two weeks Clarkson has rested safely within the top-50 in both 8- and 9-cat formats. Yet he’s rostered in 73% of Yahoo leagues. If he is somehow available in your league, do not hesitate to pick him up. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Joe Ingles (Achilles) cans five triples in return
    In his first game back from a sore right Achilles, Joe Ingles played 19 minutes and finished with 15 points (5-of-6 FGs), three rebounds, two assists, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: All six of Ingles’ field goal attempts were 3-pointers, and he managed to make a season-high five on the night. In six games this month he’s shooting 15-of-31 from three, and Ingles has scored 11 points or more in four of those outings. "We’ve been pretty open in saying it's the way we always want to play,” Ingles said when asked about his and Utah’s 3-point shooting (the Jazz made 21 3-pointers) on Tuesday. “… It was fun to be back out there, and I'm just glad we won, to be honest.” Rostered in 27% of Yahoo leagues, Ingles isn’t a great fantasy option, but he can change that with more performances like the one he put forth Tuesday night. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
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