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  • Luc Mbah a Moute available, likely limited
    Luc Mbah a Moute (illness) is available for Saturday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He is expected to have a limit after he missed the last game on Thursday. Mbah a Moute is probably going to lose playing time now that Chris Paul is back. Today, 3:45 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha available for Saturday night
    Thabo Sefolosha (knee) will be available for Saturday against the Magic.

    Advice: We still don't know the starting lineup or if Sefolosha will be limited after missing Friday. Jonas Jerebko is likely going to lose minutes. Today, 3:41 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (Achilles) back in starting unit
    Ricky Rubio (Achilles) will start against the Magic on Saturday and is expected to play around 25 minutes.

    Advice: After getting Friday off, Rubio will be back out there after his Jazz team got thumped in Brooklyn. Rubio has been awful this month with poor shooting, a drop in dimes and some poor defense for his club. With him back, Alec Burks and Raul Neto figure to lose minutes. Rodney Hood and Donovan Mitchell should still be in for productive nights. Today, 2:32 pm
  • D.J. Augustin (hamstring) available vs. Jazz
    D.J. Augustin (hamstring) is available against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He's back after missing his last seven games. The Magic just had Elfrid Payton come back from a hamstring injury and coach Frank Vogel voiced some concerns about it, so they may not play Augustin much in his return. He did go through practice on Friday, so perhaps he does get minutes in the teens. Shelvin Mack is probably moving out of the rotation soon. Today, 2:24 pm
  • Mason Plumlee (core strain) now probable
    Updating a previous item, Mason Plumlee (core strain) is probable to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

    Advice: He was questionable earlier this afternoon, but he should be good to go. Expect him to back up Nikola Jokic for 13-15 minutes unless there's a blowout. He's not really a great add in fantasy while Jokic is healthy. Today, 1:30 pm
  • Isaiah Taylor (eye) out 1-2 weeks
    Isaiah Taylor has been diagnosed with a retinal tear and will be sidelined for 1-2 weeks.

    Advice: Taylor suffered the injury when he got poked in the eye on Friday during practice. Malcolm Delaney will now inherit all of the backup PG minutes behind Dennis Schroder. The Hawks are also expected to call up Josh Magette from the G-League. Taylor should be on the waiver wire in all fantasy formats. Today, 10:02 am
  • Mirza Teletovic (left knee soreness) out Sat
    Mirza Teletovic (left knee soreness) will not play Saturday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: This will be the fifth straight game Teletovic has missed. The Bucks return home on Monday to host the Wizards. We should have an update on Teletovic's status early next week. Starter Khris Middleton, who has played over 38 minutes in each of Milwaukee's last four games, will continue to log heavy minutes in his absence. Today, 9:14 am
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) ruled out Saturday
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Warriors and is listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Utah.

    Advice: The questionable tag for Monday is a good sign, as it confirms that Bayless is moving in the right direction. He will eat into the minutes of J.J. Redick, T.J. McConnell and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot upon his return. Today, 8:41 am
  • Danilo Gallinari (hip) ruled out Saturday
    Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) is listed as out for Saturday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Saturday will mark the sixth straight game Gallinari has missed. He reportedly still isn't practicing, so it's unclear when we can expect him back in the lineup. Wes Johnson has been starting in place of Gallo. Johnson had his best game of the season on Friday, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and four blocks in 43 minutes. However, Johnson averaged just 6.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in his four previous starts. Today, 7:15 am
  • Lonzo Ball to stay remain in starting lineup
    Coach Luke Walton said he is not considering moving Lonzo Ball out of the starting lineup.

    Advice: "He's our starting point guard," Walton said after practice earlier this week. "So there's no discussion, no talks as of now of moving Lonzo to the bench. Nah. He's our starting point guard." Ball had been benched in the fourth quarters of the Lakers win on Monday and their loss on Wednesday. However, Ball closed out the game on Friday, despite continued struggles with his shooting. Ball's rebounding and assist numbers remain strong, but his poor percentages hurt his value. He currently ranks outside the top-150 in nine-category fantasy leagues. Today, 6:59 am
  • Grizzlies assign Jarell Martin to G-League
    The Grizzlies assigned Jarell Martin and Deyonta Davis to their G League affiliate.

    Advice: Martin had started 12 consecutive games for the Grizz while JaMychal Green was sidelined. However, Martin is out of the rotation with Green back healthy. He should not be owned in any fantasy format. Today, 6:32 am
  • Brook Lopez scores 19 w/ 10 boards
    Brook Lopez scored 19 points with 10 boards, three assists, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He was coming off an 8-point dud against Joel Embiid and the 76ers on Wednesday, but Phoenix has been a lot more friendly to centers this season than The Process has -- the Suns have given up more points than any other team. Things will be more complicated for Lopez once Larry Nance (hand) returns, so his owners should be prepared for some frustration in Los Angeles' crowded frontcourt. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Rajon Rondo scores 13 points vs. Denver
    Rajon Rondo scored 13 points with six assists, three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes vs. the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: Rondo was 6-of-8 from the field and played a little more than he was supposed to, but that's a good thing obviously. He did take a shot to his shoulder/neck area before halftime, but looked fine after the break and it shouldn't be a concern going forward. Expect his minutes to keep trending up with two days off before Monday's game vs. the Thunder. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Kosta Koufos plays team-high 33 minutes
    Kosta Koufos scored 10 points with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in 33 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He played great next to Willie Cauley-Stein in the second unit to keep the Blazers to 82 points. It may be tough for Koufos to see run every night, but getting a win when he played a team-high 33 minutes should help his case. We'll see if he plays in the back-to-back set on Saturday. It's really hard to add him with how often coach Dave Joerger changes his rotation. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • George Hill slides over to SG
    George Hill played 27 minutes with 14 points, five rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He may be shifted over to the wing and he played 25 minutes next to De'Aaron Fox in this game alone. Hill is probably going to see his playing time fluctuate as the Kings slide in the standings. Most fantasy owners may not want to deal with the inconsistency and maybe he doesn't play on Saturday. He should have value if he can play 27 minutes per night. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Harrison Barnes good for 18 points
    Harrison Barnes finished with 18 points and six rebounds in Friday's embarrassing home 111-87 loss against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: The Mavericks actually held a 55-43 lead at halftime but then were steamrolled in the second half, including being outscored 37-15 in the final quarter. Barnes still had a pretty solid stat line for fantasy owners, hitting 6-of-16 from the floor while turning it over just once. He and his teammates won't have long to atone, as they welcome the Bucks on Saturday night. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 29 points in bad loss
    Damian Lillard scored 29 points with one rebound, four assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers during an 86-82 loss to the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: This was a bad loss for the Blazers after they were starting to turn it on with their 4-2 run coming into this game. Lillard looked like he was going to have a huge night with a strong first quarter, but the Blazers as a team didn't score more than 22 points in any of the four quarters. Luckily for them, they get the Kings again on Saturday in Portland. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Dakari Johnson mostly a non-factor in loss
    Dakari Johnson was scoreless with one steal across three minutes in Friday's loss in San Antonio.

    Advice: Johnson averaged 17.3 minutes per game over the past three outings, but Steven Adams (calf) is back and healthy after a brief absence and Jerami Grant was effective as the first option off the bench in the middle. Johnson's short-term fantasy appeal is over, and he is no longer worth a look as a cheap DFS option either. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Salah Mejri looking like the top Dallas C
    Salah Mejri scored six points with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 17 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: He provides a lot of energy and he had some great defensive possessions against Karl-Anthony Towns. Mejri is likely going to be more of a matchup-based player, but for now he may have 15-20 minutes in the short term. Blocks are really hard to add in fantasy and he does have 1.8 blocks per game in just 12 minutes per night, so he's worth a look in deeper leagues for those needing boards. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Russell Westbrook has rare forgettable night
    Russell Westbrook finished with 15 points, nine assists and nine rebounds in Friday's loss at San Antonio.

    Advice: The final stat line, just short of another triple-double, doesn't look terribly impressive. However, he hit just 5-of-22 from the floor, including 0-of-4 on 3-pointers, and he posted an even rating with two turnovers. For whatever reason he is not terribly effective from inside the paint this season, but his overall production continues to make his fantasy owners pretty pleased. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
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