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  • Al Horford plays well in loss to Lakers
    Al Horford hit 5-of-11 shots for 13 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes of Tuesday's 108-107 loss to the Lakers.

    Advice: He took a shot to the face from the head of Josh Bell late in the game and went to the bench. He could be checked for a concussion, but then again, he might be fine. Horford is returning third-round fantasy value this season precisely because of the line listed above. He's averaging 12.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.4 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games. Keep an eye on the newsfeed on Wednesday to make sure he didn't suffer an injury tonight. 14 minutes ago
  • Jarrett Allen records first double-double
    Jarrett Allen posted the first double-double of his NBA career with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

    Advice: This was his first game with double-digit rebounds, but this was also just his third game of the season with 23+ minutes. He finished 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line with one assist and one block, and coach Kenny Atkinson rewarded his strong play by letting him close the game. We love Allen's upside in blocks, so keep an eye on him in case his role grows. Today, 8:28 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 30 in win over Cavs
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit 12-of-18 shots and 6-of-7 free throws for 30 points, eight boards, three assists, two steals and a block in 41 minutes of Tuesday's 114-102 win over the Cavs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pau Gasol (wrist) was out tonight and Aldridge took advantage of the extra touches and played a highly efficient game. He's scored at least 30 points eight times this season and was returning early third-round fantasy value coming into this game. And with Kawhi Leonard down and out for the Spurs, Aldridge should be the first option until further notice. He's turned out to be one of the fantasy draft steals of the year. Today, 7:37 pm
  • Message not received: Love quiet Tuesday
    Kevin Love played 27 minutes and hit 4-of-8 shots (0-for-1 from downtown) for 10 points, 11 rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's 114-102 loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Apparently the message the team reportedly sent to Love on Monday was not received. The reeling Cavs have lost two straight, six of their last seven and are 3-7 in January. They still have the potential to flip the switch and turn it around, but things are not going well in Cleveland right now. Love may not be feeling well, but he had no choice but to be out there trying his best tonight. And LaMarcus Aldridge and Dejounte Murray dominated them in the win. Tyronn Lue said after the game that a lineup change is coming, but it's hard to imagine Love not being a starter for the Cavs. Today, 7:22 pm
  • Willie Cauley-Stein fills stat sheet in win
    Willie Cauley-Stein hit 9-of-18 shots for 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists, a steal and five blocks in 33 minutes of Tuesday's 105-99 win over the Magic.

    Advice: That's a fat stat line and he's been hot for a few weeks now. His five-game averages are up to 16 points, 9.2 boards, 1.8 steals and 1.2 blocks on 42 percent shooting, and he should get a ton of minutes in the middle the rest of the way for the Kings. Today, 6:49 pm
  • Jarell Martin (ankle, knee) is questionable
    Jarell Martin (left knee and left ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Martin was on the injury report with a left hand injury earlier this week, but now he has a couple more issues to deal with. He's been a pleasant surprise lately with 11.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 0.6 steals and 1.0 triples in 28.0 minutes over his last five games, and he's taking advantage of his opportunity with JaMychal Green (ankle) banged up. If Martin can't go, the Grizzlies may take an extended look at Myke Henry. Today, 6:46 pm
  • JaMychal Green (ankle) ruled out Wednesday
    JaMychal Green (right ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: This will be his second game in a row on the shelf and it's never a good sign when a player is ruled out a day early. Jarell Martin (left knee and left ankle) is questionable, but he'll be a solid streaming option in Green's place if he can play. Today, 6:41 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo bounces back in loss
    Bismack Biyombo hit 2-of-5 shots for four points, six rebounds, three assists and four blocks before fouling out of Tuesday's 105-99 loss to the Kings.

    Advice: He somehow failed to record a single rebound in Sunday's win over Boston, and while he didn't have a monster night against the Kings, it's hard to be mad at him for six boards, three dimes and four swats. Today, 6:39 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan (ankle) doubtful Wednesday
    DeAndre Jordan (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. Boston.

    Advice: On Monday, coach Doc Rivers said that Jordan was "really close" to returning. Thus, there was some hope he'd be back on the floor on Wednesday. Still, this is only a game-notes designation, so we'll take it with a grain of salt. We should have another update after the Clippers shootaround Wednesday morning. Montrezl Harrell and Willie Reed will again divvy up minutes at center if Jordan is unable to play. Harrell had 23 points and six rebounds in 31 minutes on Monday. Today, 4:48 pm
  • Channing Frye (abdominal) ruled out Tuesday
    Channing Frye (abdominal strain) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. San Antonio.

    Advice: Frye is rumored to be involved in a possible deal for George Hill. Thus, Frye sitting out Tuesday likely has more to do with a potential trade than an abdominal injury. Regardless, it doesn't have much of a fantasy impact, as Frye is not a regular part of the Cavs rotation. Today, 4:17 pm
  • Zach Randolph (knee) is inactive for Tuesday
    Zach Randolph (sore left knee) is inactive for Tuesday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: We're not making this up. Randolph was going to give it a go tonight according to the Kings broadcast, but coach Dave Joerger marked him as "inactive" on their lineup sheet -- he's not allowed to play once that happens. Keep up the great work, Joerger. Today, 4:11 pm
  • Kosta Koufos (rest) out Tuesday vs. Orlando
    Kosta Koufos (rest) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: With Koufos unavailable and Zach Randolph (knee) questionable, Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein could be forced into heavy minutes tonight. The Kings are reportedly shopping Labissiere, so maybe they'll start playing him more and upping his touches to increase his trade value. Today, 3:47 pm
  • Frank Vogel has high praise for Khem Birch
    Frank Vogel offered up some high praise for Khem Birch during a recent interview.

    Advice: "He’s remarkably quick off the floor and he does surprise guys [with his shot-blocking abilities]," said Vogel. "He continues to prove himself and we’ll continue to use him. He’s like a robot and he’s unfazed by all of that [surrounding noise] and he just goes out and plays." Birch was out there for the entirety of the fourth quarter during Sunday's win over the Celtics, and it looks like he's earned a spot in the rotation. He's averaged 2.3 swats per game over the past three, so he's on the radar as a deep league shot-blocking specialist. Today, 12:20 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out Tuesday vs. GSW
    Kristaps Porzingis (knee) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: Porzingis tweaked his knee at Monday's practice, and with the next game for New York being the first of a back-to-back set, it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out Thursday's game in Denver as well. Kyle O'Quinn (calf) will be joining Porzingis on the sidelines tonight, leaving the Knicks very thin upfront. Lance Thomas could move back into the starting five tonight, but the most attractive DFS targets will be Michael Beasley, Enes Kanter and Tim Hardaway Jr. Today, 11:07 am
  • Myles Turner (elbow) questionable Wednesday
    Myles Turner (elbow) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice and will be listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Phoenix.

    Advice: Turner, who has missed seven straight games, told reporters that he has made "good progress" and was able to "put in a full day of practice" on Tuesday but was unsure if he would be cleared to play Wednesday night. We should have another update on Turner's status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Turner will reportedly come off the bench behind Domantas Sabonis if he does play Wednesday. Today, 9:58 am
  • ESPN: NY would like to trade away a center
    Opposing executives believe that the Knicks will move one of their four centers before the deadline, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

    Advice: Joakim Noah is essentially untradeable due to his burdensome contract. However, both Willy Hernangomez and Kyle O'Quinn have team-friendly deals. Hernangomez has not been a consistent part of the Knicks rotation this season after making the All-NBA Rookie Team in 2016-17. Teams are eager to poach him in they feel the Knicks are undervaluing him. Any trade would boost Willy's fantasy value, as he would see an increase in playing time elsewhere. Today, 8:04 am
  • Montrezl Harrell scores 23 points in loss
    Montrezl Harrell scored 23 points with six rebounds and one steal vs. the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: He was 8-of-13 from the field and logged 31 minutes despite picking up five fouls. He helped the Clippers limit Karl-Anthony Towns to 1-of-7 shooting, and he's been way more effective than Willie Reed in the absence of DeAndre Jordan (ankle). Coach Doc Rivers said before the game that he thought Jordan would be back by now and added that he's close, so Harrell's window for fantasy value is closing. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Blake Griffin posts massive triple-double
    Blake Griffin triple-doubled in Monday's 126-118 loss to the Wolves, posting 32 points with 12 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and two triples in 37 minutes.

    Advice: That's his second triple-double of the season and the seventh of his career. Griffin hit 13-of-22 shots and 4-of-7 free throws, but turned the ball over four times including one really bad one with the Clippers down three points in the final 20 seconds. He's been a monster lately with 23.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 triples over his last five games, and his outlook will be fine as long as the Clippers continue to fight for the No. 8 seed out West. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Nurkic scores 19 points in loss to Denver
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 19 points (7-of-13 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs) with 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks in a 104-101 loss to the Nuggets on Monday.

    Advice: This was his first game in Denver since he was traded, and it's no secret that he had an issue with coach Mike Malone when he was there -- when asked about their relationship at the morning shootaround, Nurkic plainly said they didn't have one. "He plays better when he has an edge," Damian Lillard said of Nurkic. "For Nurk, when he’s locked in, he’s focused, when he’s paying attention to the small things, too, instead of the things that jump out, that’s when you see the best version of him." He averaged 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds on 57.5 percent shooting in three previous meetings, so it's easy to see why he was such a popular DFS target tonight. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Mason Plumlee scores 11 points in win
    Mason Plumlee started and scored 11 points with seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal in 29 minutes vs. the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone has been changing his starting lineup a lot lately depending on the matchups, but Plumlee got the nod over Trey Lyles against his former team. You could argue that this was just his second strong game in the last two weeks, so he's hard to rely on in a standard league, starting or not. The Nuggets play the Knicks on Thursday and they use a traditional two-big lineup, so maybe Plumlee gets another start. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
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