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  • Andre Iguodala (rest) will not play Saturday
    Andre Iguodala (rest) will not play Saturday vs. Memphis. 35 minutes ago
  • Michael Carter-Williams still w/out timetable
    Coach Fred Hoiberg says it's still unclear when Michael Carter-Williams will return.

    Advice: Asked whether the end of December is a possibility, coach Hoiberg said it was still too early to say because they want to see how MCW is feeling after his soft cast comes off. MCW should be left on waiver wires, as he will still see only limited minutes behind starter Rajon Rondo, even after he is fully healthy. 38 minutes ago
  • Nikola Jokic (wrist) probable for Saturday
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) is probable for Saturday vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Jokic had missed three games last week, but is back healthy and finally appears to be hitting his stride. He has posted a double-double in four straight games and is averaging 15.3 points and 11.8 rebounds, while shooting 58.3 percent from the floor over those four contests. Even though he still coming off the bench for Denver, he should be locked-and-loaded into starting lineups in fantasy leagues. Today, 8:25 am
  • Kevon Looney (ankle) questionable for Sat.
    Kevon Looney (left ankle sprain) questionable for Saturday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: This doesn't have significant fantasy implications, as Looney has only seen spot minutes off the Warriors bench. Today, 7:52 am
  • Jeff Green (ankle) questionable for Saturday.
    Jeff Green (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: Green sprained his ankle on Friday night during another disappointing outing in which he scored just three points in 24 minutes. Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) and Nikola Vucevic (back) are also questionable for Saturday. If Green can't play, Aaron Gordon would likely see a significant uptick in minutes. It's possible the Magic might even let Mario Hezonja get some run at small forward as well. Today, 7:45 am
  • Raps trying to cut Kyle Lowry's minutes
    Toronto believes Kyle Lowry's heavy usage and minutes per game average is a "big concern."

    Advice: Lowry has played more minutes (859) than any player in the NBA thus far this season. "It’s a big concern. We watch it. We try to keep it down as much as we can, but at the same time we’re trying to win games," coach Dwane Casey said. Lowry agrees, even though he’s not thrilled about the possibility of extended rest down the line. "We’ve been trying to cut my minutes down," Lowry said. "Whenever [the coaches] want me to sit down I’ma do it, but right now I love to play the game of basketball, man." The problem is Lowry has been so good, it's difficult to sit him when he's clearly healthy. Today, 6:55 am
  • Marcelo Huertas scores 12 off the bench
    Marcelo Huertas came off the bench to score 12 points with three assists, one rebound and two triples in 19 minutes vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He moved back to the bench with Brandon Ingram back in the starting five. Nick Young (calf) is on the verge of a return, so it won't be easy for Huertas to find consistent minutes despite his recent strong play. Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores nine points in start
    Brandon Ingram moved back into the starting lineup on Friday vs. the Suns, scoring nine points with seven rebounds, three assists and one triple in 31 minutes.

    Advice: With Nick Young (calf) expected to return on Monday vs. the Kings, Ingram should grab at least one more start vs. the Knicks on Sunday. Ingram only hit 3-of-8 shots from the field, but the biggest takeaway is that he's starting to look more confident with the ball in his hands, finishing with zero turnovers for just the fourth time this season. Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Lou Williams goes off for 35 points in loss
    Lou Williams scored 35 points on 10-of-19 shooting in Friday's 119-115 loss to the Suns, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal and six triples in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers have lost five straight games, but Williams has been one of the hottest players in the league in that span, averaging 30.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 3.4 treys on 48.9 percent shooting. The Lakers could get Nick Young (calf) back as soon as Monday's game vs. the Kings, so Williams' value should trend down a bit. Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn turns in nice game vs. SAC
    Kyle O'Quinn scored eight points with 11 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 20 minutes against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: That's two really good games from O'Quinn this month. This wasn't quite as strong as his 20-point explosion on Dec. 3, but the Knicks will take this all day. KOQ is only worth a look in deep leagues. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 28, picks up tech
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points with 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block during a 103-100 home loss to the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: In Boogie fashion, he made fun of Joakim Noah's free throw form from, but the two hugged it out later. But he also picked up his league-leading eighth technical foul of the season, as well. For those of you scoring at home, that means he's halfway to a suspension and it's still early December. Cousins was 9-of-25 from the field in this game and has cooled off on the efficiency front with a sub-40 percentage from the field in three of his last four. He'll have a really tough matchup against Rudy Gobert on Saturday. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Ben McLemore scores 10 points
    Ben McLemore scored 10 points in his second consecutive start on Friday, adding four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He may be sticking in the rotation, but obviously he has to play well to have value. This was a better game than Wednesday, so maybe he's worth a flier in 20-team leagues. The Kings falling to 8-14 also helps his chances at playing time. Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Ish Smith down to 15 minutes
    Ish Smith played 15 minutes with eight points, one rebound, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: If you haven't cut Smith in your fantasy league yet, go ahead and do it now. He likely won't be playing more than 15 minutes most nights. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • James Harden scores 21 points in win at OKC
    James Harden scored 21 points during a 102-99 win over the Thunder on Friday, adding nine rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He beat his former team, but it certainly wasn't his best game. Harden had eight turnovers and made just 6-of-23 from the field. Interestingly, he's not touching the ball as much since Pat Beverley has returned. Before Beverley, Harden had a time of possession of 9.5 minutes per game, but that number has dropped to 8.7 in the previous 11 games before tonight. He's still going to be a stat monster and so much for coach Mike D'Antoni dropping his minutes, right? Yesterday, 9:36 pm
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  • Pat Beverley brings the defense
    Pat Beverley scored three points with 12 rebounds, five assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and no turnovers in 32 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: The OKC fans do not like Pat-Bev after he collided with Russell Westbrook to cause an injury a couple years ago. Beverley gave coach Mike D'Antoni a huge bump at the end of the game and D'Antoni joked he'll be out for two games (video in link below). Beverley did a fantastic job on Westbrook tonight and he's certainly earned all of his minutes. Despite his lack of scoring, Beverley has sixth-round value in standard leagues. He may be able to hold it, too. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Monta Ellis fails to score in loss to Dallas
    Monta Ellis failed to score against Dallas on Friday, missing all five of his shots in 20 minutes.

    Advice: No revenge game for Mr. Ellis. He added just a pair of rebounds and assists with one turnover, as the Pacers rolled with Rodney Stuckey for 27 minutes off the bench. Ellis has only scored double-digit points in one out of his last six games and he has a combined 11 assists and nine turnovers in that span. His value has never been lower and his fantasy owners may be tempted to move on if he doesn't turn things around soon. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • C.J. Miles hits six triples in loss to Dallas
    C.J. Miles hit six 3-pointers on his way to 18 points against the Mavericks on Friday.

    Advice: He was 6-of-9 from the field and all of his attempts were from beyond the arc. He played 28 minutes and added four rebounds, one assist and two steals, but this comes on the heels of a two-point dud on Wednesday vs. the Suns. He's a fun player to own when he gets hot, so taking a flier on him if you need triples is the right call. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Steven Adams scores career-high 24 points
    Steven Adams had a career-high 24 points during a 102-99 loss to the Rockets on Friday, adding 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He was 8-of-9 from both the line and the field in this gem. Quite remarkably, Adams is up to 77.0 percent from the line on his 3.2 attempts per game this season. That percentage is way up from his 58.2 percent from last year, which really explains his massive rise in the fantasy ranks despite a drop in block rate. He has sixth-round value on the season for standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Wesley Matthews scores 26 points in win
    Wesley Matthews led the Mavericks with 26 points in 36 minutes in Friday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: Matthews was on fire, hitting 8-of-16 from the field and 5-of-10 from deep with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover. He's averaging a ridiculous 5.0 3-pointers over his last four games and it's not a bad idea to sell high with his team sliding in the standings. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores 14 in 21 minutes
    Dwight Powell scored 14 points with five rebounds, one assist and five fouls in 21 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He had a miserable first half after picking up a couple early fouls, but looked great after the break and closed out the game over Salah Mejri. With Andrew Bogut (knee) out for a while and the Mavs tanking, Powell looks like a strong pickup in most leagues. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
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