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  • Lucas Nogueira blocks three shots vs. NYK
    Lucas Nogueira blocked three shots with six points, four rebounds and two steals in 17 minutes vs. the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey mentioned the possibility of using Bebe at the four tonight with Serge Ibaka (knee) out, but it never happened. Instead, the Raptors used a three-man center rotation with Jonas Valanciunas (four points, five rebounds) playing 19 minutes and Jakob Poeltl (eight points, two blocks) playing 12 minutes. We love Nogueira's upside, but the frontcourt rotation is too crowded. 49 minutes ago
  • Hassan Whiteside scores 22 points in victory
    Hassan Whiteside made 10-of-12 from the field for 22 points during a 91-88 win in Washington on Friday, adding 16 rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

    Advice: He was terrific late in the game as the Wizards almost pulled off a comeback win. After the knee injury derailed his October, Whiteside is on a roll over his last five games with averages of 17.4 points, 15.8 boards, 2.4 blocks and 1.0 steals. He should be around those numbers all season as the team continues to find ways to get him the rock. Today, 7:57 pm
  • Kevin Love knocks down three triples in win
    Kevin Love posted 25 points with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot across 42 minutes in Friday's win against the Clippers.

    Advice: Love hit 9-of-18 from the field, including 3-of-7 from behind the arc, and his plus-9 rating was the best among all Cavs starters. This was just the second time this season he has posted 20 or more points in back-to-back games, and he hasn't done it in three straight outings yet. He'll look to keep up the good work in Monday's game at Detroit. Today, 7:45 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell scores eight off the bench
    Montrezl Harrell posted eight points with five rebounds and an assist in 13 minutes off the bench Friday in Cleveland.

    Advice: Harrell logged 13 minutes, hitting an efficient 4-of-5 from the field. The minutes actually tied a season high with the Clips, but don't get terribly excited. Remember, this game went to overtime, and the team is a big banged up. He was nailed to the bench in the previous outing Monday against the 76ers, so he needs a few more lines like this before fantasy owners in deeper leagues invest a roster spot on him. Today, 7:41 pm
  • Marcin Gortat scores just two points
    Marcin Gortat scored 11 points with 13 rebounds and one block in 28 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: That's better after Hassan Whiteside owned him on Wednesday with only two points. Gortat is what he is as a guy who will flirt with double-doubles and add some blocks. He's a fine hold at a premium position. Today, 7:27 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan gathers 22 boards in OT loss
    DeAndre Jordan finished with a season-high 20 points, 22 rebounds and three blocked shots in Friday's overtime loss at Cleveland.

    Advice: Jordan was outstanding from the floor, hitting 10-of-12, while doing his usual at the free-throw line (0-of-2). His previous season bests were 14 points and 24 rebounds back on Oct. 19 on the road against the Lakers in the team's opener. He also hadn't had more than more than six buckets in a single game this season, so he really took advantage of the center-less Cavaliers. Today, 7:17 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis held to 13 points vs. TOR
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 13 points on 3-of-13 shooting with four rebounds, four blocks and two 3-pointers in Friday's 107-84 loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: He has eight games with 30+ points this season and has been spoiling his fantasy owners, but he has slowed down a bit this week. "Teams are starting to play him differently, sometimes doubling, sometimes a guy cuts [to double]," coach Jeff Hornacek said. "Some nights guys make shots, some nights not. He’s still drawing a lot of attention that helps other guys." Porzingis ditched his arm sleeve tonight and his elbow isn't an immediate concern, and it's just a matter of time before he's putting up monster lines again. Today, 7:08 pm
  • Myles Turner doesn't play down the stretch
    Myles Turner did not play down the stretch against the Pistons on Friday, making 3-of-13 from the field for seven points with five rebounds, one assist, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He just didn't have it on offense while the Pacers were rolling with their unit without him in the fourth. Shockingly, Turner missed all 10 shots from within 20 feet in this game, so credit Andre Drummond there. Turner has kind of cooled off since his "I'm back" 21-point, 12-board game on Nov. 7, averaging 9.8 points, 6.6 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.4 treys and 2.6 blocks in those five. The blocks are still making his owners happy, but this presents one of the best buy-low opportunities for one of the hardest categories to add in fantasy. We still view Turner as an elite fantasy asset. Today, 6:57 pm
  • Andre Drummond grabs 15 boards
    Andre Drummond scored 11 points with 15 rebounds, five assists, one steal and three blocks in 35 minutes against the Pacers during a 107-100 loss on Friday.

    Advice: This was a bad loss for the Pistons with a 22-point lead during the third quarter. As for Drummond, that makes it 15 straight games with 12-plus boards, which puts him one shy of Moses Malone's record of 16 straight games with 12-plus boards to start an NBA season. While Drummond's free throw shooting has dropped from that absurd 77.8 percent he had as of Nov. 7, at least he's been at 50 percent or better in each of his last four games. Drummond is a playing big minutes and has a chance at a 20-15 in almost any matchup. Today, 6:39 pm
  • Mason Plumlee (core strain) expected to play
    Mason Plumlee (core strain) is expected to play on Friday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: He had an MRI and it came back clean, and coach Mike Malone said it's just about him playing through the pain. Plumlee is only a deep-league fantasy asset as he's averaging just 15.4 minutes per game as Nikola Jokic's backup. Today, 5:50 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng (finger) is available Friday
    Gorgui Dieng (finger) is available for Friday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Dieng isn't a lock to play as he might not be 100 percent yet. He's averaging just 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes this season, as the arrival of Taj Gibson has decimated his role in Minnesota. Today, 4:16 pm
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) ruled out
    Jon Leuer (ankle) is inactive for Friday against the Pacers.

    Advice: He hasn't been expected to play all day. With Leuer out, it will likely be Eric Moreland getting the backup center minutes because Domantas Sabonis is active. If Sabonis is limited, maybe we get some Boban Marjanovic action. Today, 3:35 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (swollen knee) ruled out Friday
    Serge Ibaka (swollen left knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Ibaka has been experiencing soreness since banging his knee on Nov. 12 vs. Boston. He did play through the pain against the Pelicans and Rockets, but he didn't look right. With Ibaka sitting this one out, Paskal Siakam is worth a look if you need short-term help with averages of 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in three fill-in starts, while we should see more of OG Anunoby, and C.J. Miles as well. Today, 3:32 pm
  • Mike Muscala is questionable
    Mike Muscala (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: The Hawks do have Ersan Ilyasova back now and they could always play John Collins at the four in some situations, so they may not need Muscala much. Collins is going to get almost all of the backup center minutes without Muscala as well. Today, 1:56 pm
  • Steven Adams (calf) will play Friday night
    Steven Adams (calf) will play Friday night vs. San Antonio.

    Advice: Adams had missed three straight games. Coach Billy Donovan said that Adams will not have a specific minutes limit, but that Adams' playing time would be dependant upon how he felt during the game. With Adams back in the mix, Dakari Johnson will get bumped to the bench, and Jerami Grant will see his minutes reduced as well. Today, 9:06 am
  • Clint Capela double-doubles vs. Suns
    Clint Capela scored 12 points with 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: This stat line doesn't do him justice as he dominated the paint and killed the Suns with his high screening. Capela already leads the NBA in dunks this year, so he is probably the heavy favorite to hold that title now that Chris Paul brought Lob City to Houston. Capela did miss all three from the line tonight, but he's in for a monster year. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scores season-high 24 points
    Ryan Anderson scored a season-high 24 points with four rebounds, one block and six 3-pointers against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: The Suns forgot to defend the 3-point line and maybe coach Jay Triano should've made a lineup tweak like many coaches do against this starting unit. Anderson was already trending down and now he'll have to give up shots to Chris Paul. His fantasy owners should expect him to be more of a fringe asset in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Alex Len scores nine with 13 rebounds
    Alex Len scored nine points with 13 rebounds in 21 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: Even though he didn't rack up the fouls, he was awful on defense and was late on numerous defensive plays. Greg Monroe may have the upper hand to keep the starting job, but Len was never really going to get 30 minutes on a consistent basis this early in the season anyway. He's still a decent hold in standard leagues and has nice long-term upside later this season. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Marquese Chriss commits bad fouls again
    Marquese Chriss was in foul trouble for the umpteenth time on Thursday, finishing with five points, one rebound, one steal and three blocks in 15 minutes against the Rockets.

    Advice: He actually salvaged his stat line with blocks in garbage time, which is a testament to his upside. Once again, it wasn't the shooting fouls that got him to keep his playing time down. Chriss continues to make reckless fouls when things aren't set and it's why he had four fouls in eight minutes to start this game. He has to get this fixed and coach Jay Triano said he'll bench his power forward for repeated mistakes. He's easily the most annoying player to own in fantasy, so he's certainly not for the impatient type. He has upside, though. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores 20 points with 11 boards
    Greg Monroe scored 20 points in his Suns debut on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 26 minutes during a blowout loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: The Rockets went right at him early in the game and it's part of the reason the Suns were out of it early. The Suns are almost certainly going to be trading him or buying him out at some point because of his expiring contract and maybe this will help them move that along faster than expected. His long-term upside doesn't sound great, but the Suns really don't have much direction. If you want to pick him up to use him before he's dealt and you need a big man, it's not a bad idea. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
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