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  • Aaron Gordon chucks up six donut in win
    Aaron Gordon missed all six of his shot attempts on Wednesday, finishing with just five rebounds, one assist and two turnovers across 22 minutes in a win over the Knicks.

    Advice: AG has not stepped up like we expected him to in wake of all the injuries in Denver, and tonight's scoreless performance was coming off the heels of three-straight, single-digit stinkers. The Nuggets only have six games remaining on their schedule, and we doubt Gordon will suddenly turn things around over this final stretch. Don't hesitate to send him to the wire if you're currently scrapping through the Fantasy Finals. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • REVENGE GAME! Rivers drops in 25 points vs. NYK
    Austin Rivers went off against the team that traded him at the deadline on Wednesday, tallying 25 points, three rebounds, three assists, six triples, three steals and one turnover in 28 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Rivers got his points efficiently, finishing 7-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-6 at the line, and he's going to have increased opportunity in Denver while P.J. Dozier (groin) and Monte Morris (hamstring) are watching from the sidelines alongside Jamal Murray (knee). Michael Porter Jr. confirmed after the game that this was indeed a revenge game, saying, "He’s talked to me extensively how difficult it was for him in New York. So he told me coming into tonight how aggressive he was going to be and he was trying to get those dudes back." He got his revenge tonight, but we still wouldn't trust him to be consistent, particularly with Denver's next two matchups coming against Utah and Brooklyn. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Millsap plays good defense but has bad stat line
    Paul Millsap returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday with P.J. Dozier (adductor) joining a plethora of Denver players on the inactive list and finished with six points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal over 24 minutes.

    Advice: Millsap shot just 3-of-13 from the floor tonight, but his defense was superb, as he helped hold Julius Randle to just 5-of-15 shooting and finished with a plus/minus rating of plus-17. At this stage in his career, Millsap is a lot more valuable to the Nuggets than any fantasy team. Michael Porter Jr. finished with a team-best plus/minus of plus-24 on his way to 17 points, six rebounds, three triples, three assists and one turnover in 25 minutes. Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Nikola Jokic posts dominant double-double in win
    Nikola Jokic dominated the Knicks on Wednesday, tallying 32 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals, two swats and four turnovers across 29 minutes in a 113-97 win.

    Advice: Jokic set a new career-high for points in a quarter when he netted 24 on 8-of-9 shooting from the field and 8-of-10 at the stripe over his first 12 minutes, and in typical Jokic fashion, he deflected from his amazing performance during his postgame interview and instead heaped praise on head coach Mike Malone. "The guy gave me everything. The guy gave me the freedom," said the MVP candidate of his coach. "He led me. He showed me the way. And we built a great relationship... it’s more than basketball. It’s six years of building something together." Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Noel (ankle) brings the defensive stats in return
    Nerlens Noel (ankle) ripped away two steals and sent six shots packing in his return to action on Wednesday.

    Advice: Noel was moving around fine after missing Monday's game, which was the second of a back-to-back, so he should be good to go for Friday's game in Pheonix. He added five points (2-of-3 FG, 1-of-2 FT), five rebounds and two turnovers in his 30 minutes of floor time, but the defensive stats are why you have him on your roster. Taj Gibson returned to the second unit and finished with two points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block over 12 minutes; while Norvel Pelle saw just five minutes off the bench and contributed two points and one rebound in the loss. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Alec Burks (knee) chucks up seven donuts in loss
    Alec Burks (knee) was scoreless in 16 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, finishing with just two rebounds, two assists and one block while missing all seven of his shots.

    Advice: Burks is still working on finding his rhythm after a lengthy absence, but while he's playing like this, he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Elfrid Payton continues to do nothing as a starter
    Elfrid Payton continued his ineffectiveness through 17 minutes as a starter on Wednesday, finishing with six points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and four turnovers in a loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: Payton may be starting in New York, but he's not a closer, nor is he a great option in fantasy hoops. Tom Thibodeau recently said that he views his reserve PGs as the true starters, but that Payton is "an important part of the team." That may be true for actual basketball purposes, but he's not doing much for you in fantasy hoops, so we'd recommend sending him to the wire. Derrick Rose finished with 14 points, two rebounds, three assists, two triples and two turnovers in 27 minutes off the bench; while Immanuel Quickley produced 18 points, three rebounds, three triples, one steal and one turnover in 25 minutes. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Terence Davis quietly making noise for Sacto
    Terence Davis played 20 minutes and hit 4-of-12 shots and 1-of-8 3-pointers for 10 points, six rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's 104-93 win over the Pacers. 

    Advice: TD is getting some run with several Kings banged up and in street clothes and he's averaging 12.8 points, 4.5 boards, 3.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.3 3-pointers over his last four games. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Anthony Edwards erupts for 42 points with eight 3s
    Anthony Edwards erupted for a career-high-tying 42 points on 17-of-22 shooting Wednesday, adding six rebounds, seven assists, eight triples, one steal, one block and just three turnovers across 38 minutes in a loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Not only did Edwards become the first Minnesota rookie in franchise history to record a 30/5/5 line tonight, but he also tied Kevin Love and Stephen Marbury for the single-game, rookie record for 3-pointers in a game. Karl-Anthony Towns also had a solid night with 22 points (7-of-15 FG, 5-of-5 FT), four rebounds, five assists, three triples, one steal and four turnovers in just 24 minutes, but the end result was yet another loss for Minnesota, dropping them to 20-46 on the year. Yesterday, 8:56 pm
  • Kevin Love posts +/- of -45 for Cavaliers
    Kevin Love hit 7-of-14 shots and four 3-pointers for 18 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in 26 minutes of Wednesday's blowout loss to the Blazers. 

    Advice: We weren't even going to blurb him tonight and while it's not really fantasy related, it's not every night we have the privilege of blurbing a player with a +/- of -45, which is what Love accomplished tonight. If you don't know, that means his team was outscored by 45 points while he was on the floor tonight. And that was the lowest +/- by a Cavs player since Antawn Jamison in 2012. And if you would have told us that both 32-year-old Kevin Love and 38-year-old Anderson Varejao would play in a meaningless game for the Cavs on May 6 back in December, we would have probably lost a lot of money. Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell posts 22/14 double-double
    D'Angelo Russell posted a 22-point, 14-assist double-double in his return to the starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: D'Lo finished 6-of-13 from the floor and 8-of-8 at the stripe, and he added four rebounds, one steal, two triples and an unfortunate five turnovers in his 37 minutes of floor time. Chris Finch said before the game that he wanted to get Russell in the starting lineup for Minnesota's final seven games to develop some better chemistry with Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards, so it doesn't sound like he's in any danger of Ricky Rubio taking his job again. Particularly considering that Rubio finished tonight's game with just two points, four rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 17 minutes off the bench. Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Brandon Clarke double-doubles in 23 minutes
    Brandon Clarke posted a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double in 23 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Clarke finished 5-of-11 from the floor and 2-of-2 at the stripe, and he added one assist, one block and one turnover while he was out there. He had fallen out of the rotation over the past two games with Jaren Jackson Jr. back in the mix, but with JJJ receiving a rest day today, he was able to get back out there and had an okay stat line. There's a decent chance he'll return to collecting DNP-CDs on Thursday, though. Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Ja Morant powers Memphis to win with 37/10 line
    Ja Morant powered the Grizzlies to a 139-135 win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday with 37 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, two steals, one block, one triple and four turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Morant received some heat when he proclaimed himself to be a top-5 PG in the league on TNT early today, but he went out tonight and looked every bit the part. “I said what I said. I believe in myself 100 percent," Morant stated after the game. "I’m not going to sit here and say I’m the worst guard in the league." Before he came through with this gem of a quote, he also said he had a "bad game" tonight and that it was "unacceptable" for him to brick two free throws down the stretch, so it wasn't coming from a place of cockiness, but confidence. He's a pleasure to watch and it'll be interesting to see where he winds up in next year's fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas struggles in matchup with KAT
    Jonas Valanciunas had a rough night on Wednesday, contributing just nine points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals before fouling out in 20 minutes.

    Advice: JV balled out in his previous two meetings with Karl-Anthony Towns this season, but tonight, KAT got the best of him — although the Grizzlies still came away with the win. This was just the fifth time this season that JV has been held to single-digits in the scoring column, and the first time since March 17, but we'd anticipate him having a big bounce-back performance against the tanking Pistons on Thursday. Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson hits 12-of-16 for 30 points in win
    Jordan Clarkson hit 12-of-16 shots and two 3-pointers for 30 points, six rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's 126-94 blowout win over the Spurs. 

    Advice: This was his third 30-point game of the season and he joined Bojan Bogdanovic (24 points on 10-of-13 shooting) and Joe Ingles (14/5/7 with three triples) to lead the Jazz to a very easy win against a Spurs team that pulled most of its starters before halftime. Jingles and Clarkson are must-start players with Mike Conley on the shelf with his ongoing hamstring injury. Yesterday, 8:31 pm
  • Pat Connaughton nets 16 points with four treys
    Pat Connaughton saw 32 minutes off the bench on Wednesday with Khris Middleton (rest) taking the night off and hit 6-of-10 shots for 16 points, six rebounds, three assists, four triples, one block and one turnover in a win vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Connaughton can do this from time to time when one of the guys in Milwaukee's backcourt gets hit with a rest day, but he's tough to trust when the team is at full strength. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo flirts with triple-double
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (thigh) flirted with a triple-double in his return to action on Wednesday with 23 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and six turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The turnovers weren't great, but everything else was, as Giannis finished an efficient 8-of-15 from the field and 7-of-8 at the line in the one-point win. The Bucks are now only 1.0 game behind Brooklyn for the No. 2 seed out East, and 3.0 games behind Philly for the No. 1 spot. Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Jrue Holiday nets team-high 29 points in win
    Jrue Holiday (hip) went 10-of-20 from the floor and 5-of-7 at the stripe for a team-high 29 points in Wednesday's 135-134 win over Washington.

    Advice: Holiday's hip didn't seem to give him any issues tonight, and he added five rebounds, six dimes, four triples, one block and an unfortunate five turnovers while he was out there. Donte DiVincenzo saw a spike in usage with Khris Middleton (knee, rest) unavailable, and produced 19 points (6-of-8 FG, 2-of-3 FT), three rebounds, four assists, five triples, one steal and two turnovers in 20 minutes. Yesterday, 8:23 pm
  • P.J. Tucker exits Wednesday's game with sore jaw
    P.J. Tucker exited Wednesday's game with a sore jaw and did not return, finishing with one rebound, one steal and two turnovers in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Tucker got the spot-start with Khris Middleton (knee) taking the night off, but just as we expected, he didn't do anything fantasy relevant. We'd be surprised if he skipped Friday's game in Houston due to "jaw soreness," but whether he plays or not won't impact fantasy hoops. Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Gafford double-doubles in 14 mins; more PT coming
    Daniel Gafford posted a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double in just 14 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gafford finished 4-of-6 from the floor and 4-of-7 at the line, and he added two dimes, one block and zero turnovers while he was out there. When head coach Scott Brooks was asked after the game if Gafford's performance warranted more playing time, he responded in one word: "Yeah." Make sure he's not floating around on your waiver wire. Yesterday, 8:17 pm
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