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  • Zach LaVine at about 70 percent conditioning
    Zach LaVine said his conditioning is at "about 70 percent" as he works his way back into game shape.

    Advice: LaVine is averaging 12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 20.4 minutes over his first five games of the season. Coach Fred Hoiberg has been happy with his progression. "I think Zach’s doing great," Hoiberg said. "You look around the league where players have come back from significant injuries, he’s gonna be up and down." LaVine will be re-evaluated after Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia and could see his minutes rise after that. 48 minutes ago
  • MJ says he's not looking to trade Kemba
    Hornets majority owner Michael Jordan said Monday night he’s not looking to trade Kemba Walker.

    Advice: However, Jordan did say that he would "listen to opportunities." ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday that the Hornets are actively involved in trade talks, which led to MJ calling Kemba to reassure him that the Hornets were not determined to move their best player. "Yes, it’s disappointing where we are," Jordan said, "But I haven’t given up on the season." Today, 7:00 am
  • Damian Lillard meets with Blazers owner
    Damian Lillard recently met with Blazers owner Paul Allen to "gather an understanding of the organization's direction," according to Chris Hayes of ESPN.

    Advice: Lillard and Allen met for approximately one hour in Allen's office last Thursday. Per the ESPN report, Allen feared that Lillard might demand a trade, but no such request was made. However, Lillard let it be known that he "has championship aspirations and wanted to fulfill those lofty goals during the remaining years of his prime window." With plenty of drama throughout the NBA, this is another storyline to keep an eye on. Today, 6:32 am
  • Mavs sign Kyle Collinsworth to another 10-day
    The Mavs will sign Kyle Collinsworth to a second 10-day contract.

    Advice: Collinsworth played a career-high 18 minutes in the Mavs win over Washington on Monday, finishing with four points, four boards and three assists. However, he belongs on the waiver wire in all fantasy formats. Today, 6:10 am
  • Milos Teodosic scores 15 points vs. Wolves
    Milos Teodosic scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shots and 2-of-2 free throws vs. the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: He logged 28 minutes with four fouls, adding six assists, three rebounds, one steal and three triples. We now have a six-game sample size to work with since Teodosic returned from his latest setback, and he's been worth owning in that span with averages of 11.8 points, 5.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.8 triples. He gets a matchup against the Celtics on Wednesday. Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores season-high 30 points
    Jeff Teague scored a season-high 30 points in Monday's win over the Clippers, hitting 7-of-14 shots and 16-of-17 free throws.

    Advice: The 16 free throws were three more than his previous career-high, but Teague wasn't done there, as he racked up six assists with three rebounds and a turnover in 34 minutes. He was in a funk coming into tonight's game with averages of 11.0 points, 6.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.7 triples on 36.8% shooting in his previous six games, and while he obviously benefitted from Jimmy Butler's (knee) absence, hopefully this a sign of things to come. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins goes off for 40 points
    Andrew Wiggins posted a season-high in points for the second time in a row in Monday's 126-118 win over the Clippers, dropping 40 points in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Wiggins hit 16-of-28 shots and 5-of-8 free throws, adding six rebounds, one assist, one block and three triples. He had 29 points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes in his last game, and he's been the putting the Wolves on his back with Jimmy Butler missing the last two games with right knee soreness. This was the sixth game of his career with 40+ points and he'll be a monster play once again if Butler can't go vs. the Blazers on Wednesday or the Warriors on Thursday. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Yogi Ferrell scores 14 in 31 minutes
    Yogi Ferrell played 31 minutes off the bench and hit 6-of-16 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in Monday's blowout win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Ferrell had just seven points and not much else on Saturday, but bounced back tonight. He's getting more minutes than J.J. Barea and looks like a hot pickup right now, averaging 13.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting and 35 minutes per night over his last five games. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Blue Arrow Hits Bullseye: Murray scores 38
    Jamal Murray busted out for a career-high 38 points with five rebounds, six assists, one turnover and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Blazers during a 104-101 win on Monday.

    Advice: It was a virtuoso performance from one of the league's best point guards. Murray hit mid-range jumpers and six shots in the paint to get him to his best scoring game ever. Murray has been on a serious roll for two months, so his patient owners are laughing to the bank. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Will Barton goes 0-of-7 from the field
    Will Barton missed all seven of his shots from the field against the Blazers on Monday, but hit 7-of-8 from the line for seven points.

    Advice: Barton got the start at small forward over Wilson Chandler, and while it may have been a matchup move, it's possible coach Malone gave him the start since he was playing against his former team (he did the same thing with Mason Plumlee). Despite the rough shooting line, Malone let Barton close this game and he was able to grab eight rebounds with two assists and a steal in 34 minutes. His splits as a starter are significantly higher, so his fantasy owners will be hoping that he makes another start vs. the Knicks on Thursday. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. scores 17 with 6 dimes
    Dennis Smith Jr. kept it rolling on Monday, hitting 7-of-16 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals in 31 minutes of a 98-75 blowout win over the Wizards.

    Advice: DSJ is rolling after a rough patch in the first half of the season, averaging 20.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting over his last five. He's returning seventh-round fantasy value over his last 10 games, and fifth-round value over his last five. Hopefully he's setting up for a big second half of the season. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Wall, Beal & Wizards struggle with shooting
    John Wall hit 4-of-15 shots for 11 points, Bradley Beal hit 4-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers for 18 points, and the Wizards' starters combined to hit just 14-of-52 shots (27%) in an ugly 98-75 loss to the Mavericks on Monday.

    Advice: The bench wasn't much better and the Wizards hit just 31 percent of their shots in the blowout loss. Hopefully shots are falling against the Thunder on Thursday, and hopefully Wall's migraine is a distant memory by then. He was iffy coming in because of it, but was able to play. And the migraine likely explains at least part of the poor performance for Wall and his teammates tonight. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Mario Chalmers scores 17 points vs. 76ers
    Mario Chalmers (shoulder) returned from a one-game absence vs. the 76ers on Monday, scoring 17 points with three rebounds, three steals and one triple in 21 minutes.

    Advice: This game will go down as an outlier in what has been a pretty quiet few weeks. He had January averages of 8.4 points, 3.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.9 triples before tonight, so leave him on the wire unless he stings a few good games together. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Andrew Harrison (shoulder) plays 23 minutes
    Andrew Harrison (left shoulder) returned from a one-game absence on Monday vs. the 76ers, scoring four points on 2-of-7 shots with one assist and one block in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Harrison has been trending down for a couple weeks and now he has to worry about Wayne Selden and Ben McLemore coming for his minutes. He's a deep-league asset at best. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • James Harden scores 28 points in win
    James Harden hit 10-of-26 shots, 5-of-13 3-pointers and 3-of-4 free throws for 28 points, two rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes of Monday's 99-90 win over the Heat.

    Advice: Harden's been back for three games since missing seven with a hamstring injury and has seen his scoring improve in all of them. The minutes are back and so is Harden, and owners just have to hope he can stay healthy the rest of the way. Oddly, he hasn't been getting to the line since his return, shooting just nine free throws in his three games. That should change quickly and might be a sign that he's still not 100 percent confident in his hamstring. Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • Ricky Rubio still struggling with shot
    Ricky Rubio hit just 1-of-8 shots for two points, four rebounds, six assists, a steal and four turnovers in Monday's 104-90 loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: Rubio's poor shooting and low scoring would be an easier pill to swallow if he was racking up a ton of assists and steals, but as a whole package, he's been nothing more than a headache for most of the season. He's averaging just 8.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.8 steals and is shooting just 29 percent over his last five games. And if you throw out Friday's 6-of-11 shooting night, he's just 7-of-34 (21%) over his last four. He still has a chance to have a big second half, but if it happens, it will be somewhat surprising based on how the first half of his season has gone. Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • George Hill scores three in 19 minutes
    George Hill scored three points with five assists, one steal and one turnover in 19 minutes against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: His trade value is about as low as Death Valley right now and the Kings will be resting him. The Cavs are reportedly interested in Hill, but it's not going to be easy with his three-year, $57 million deal. Drop him. Yesterday, 6:36 pm
  • Buddy Hield scores 18 points vs. CHA
    Buddy Hield scored 18 points with five rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: He looked pretty comfortable in his catch-and-shoot role off the bench, so coach Dave Joerger may keep him there. Hield did also get minutes to close this game out and he's seen 25-plus minutes in four straight since the coach announced the youth movement. Hield will be inconsistent, but he's probably worth owning in 12-team leagues. Yesterday, 6:33 pm
  • Temple gets a night off
    Garrett Temple did not play on Monday against the Hornets.

    Advice: This is DNP two since coach Dave Joerger said he'll be sitting players. Temple really can't be owned in fantasy at almost any depth. Yesterday, 6:28 pm
  • Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson ruled out
    Goran Dragic (knee) and Tyler Johnson (ankle) will not play in Monday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Dragic has a bruised right knee and will miss his second straight game. This is likely a pain tolerance issue, so we'll continue to list him as day-to-day. With both Dragic and Johnson out, Josh Richardson and James Johnson will handle the ball a ton, while Wayne Ellington will get a nice bump and is coming off a 26-point game. All three are excellent fantasy options. Yesterday, 10:04 am
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