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  • Larry Nance ruled out for Friday night
    Updating a previous item, Larry Nance (knee) has been ruled out for Friday against the Pacers.

    Advice: He did almost everything in practice on Wednesday and did everything in practice on Thursday. It sounds like getting cleared is the last hurdle for Nance and he will be re-evaulated on Friday to see where he is for possibly playing on Sunday. Nance has actually held seventh-round value per game in standard leagues, so he's worth a look now that he's close. Rotoworld.com 35 minutes ago
    Injured
  • Blake Griffin running at full speed
    Blake Griffin (knee) was running at full speed in practice on Thursday.

    Advice: He was doing some more on-court work and going through some tests. Yesterday, coach Doc Rivers said it'll likely be another 1-2 weeks before Griffin can return. Upon his return, he'll likely affect Austin Rivers, Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:02 pm
    Injured
  • Brett Brown says Simmons should play
    Coach Brett Brown said he thinks the 76ers will have Ben Simmons (foot) at some point this year.

    Advice: In case you missed it yesterday, ESPN reported he could debut shortly after the All-Star Game. This is really the most positive sign from Brown about a potential target date. This could be due to the 76ers arguably playing the best basketball in 2017 and now they actually have a chance to make the playoffs. We'd still rather stash Khris Middleton (hamstring), but feel free to stash Simmons if you have a big lead or an open I.R. spot. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:27 am
    Injured
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) is a game-time call Friday
    Taj Gibson (ankle) is now a game-time call on Friday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Gibson returned to practice on Thursday, but the Bulls want to see how his ankle responds at the morning shootaround on Friday. It sounds like he's closer to probable, so his owners can go ahead and pencil him into their lineups. If the Bulls end up holding him out, expect them to use a committee approach to soak up his minutes. For what it's worth, Gibson said he's feeling "a lot better." Rotoworld.com Today, 10:26 am
    GTD
  • Nikola Jokic (ankle) will play on Thursday
    Nikola Jokic (right ankle sprain) will play on Thursday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He was listed as probable and his status was never really in doubt for tonight's game. Make sure the fantasy superstar is deployed in all lineups, even in a tough matchup vs. the Spurs -- Jokic had 19 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and a steal in their previous meeting on Jan. 5. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:38 am
    GTD
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) ruled out for Thursday
    Darrell Arthur (knee) will not play on Thursday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Of course he won't. Arthur can't stay healthy and the Nuggets are going to limit his workload whenever they can. With Wilson Chandler (personal) out and Danilo Gallinari (ankle) questionable, we should see a lot of Kenneth Faried tonight and may even get a Jusuf Nurkic sighting. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:19 am
    Injured
  • Gallinari (ankle) downgraded to questionable
    Danilo Gallinari (right ankle) has been downgraded to questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He was listed as probable on Wednesday, so this is a concern. However, a conflicting report from Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post said Gallinari is a "go." The forward has been on the injury report in his previous three games, but played 30, 40 and 39 minutes in those three contests. If he's unable to play, rookie Juan Hernangomez could see a sizable bump in minutes. Will Barton should also be a workhorse on the wings. Hopefully we'll have more clarity soon. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:18 am
  • Wilson Chandler, Gary Harris out Thursday
    Wilson Chandler (personal) and Gary Harris (ankle) will not play on Thursday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Chandler was listed as out, but now we have official confirmation. This is a tough blow for the Nuggets because Danilo Gallinari (ankle) was just downgraded to questionable. The Nuggets play two more times this week on Saturday and Sunday, so Chandler's owners should sit tight for now. Will Barton looks like a great DFS play and we could see more of rookie Juan Hernangomez. Chandler's absence also raises Kenneth Faried's floor, especially with Darrell Arthur (knee) out. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:15 am
    Out
  • Kevin Love (back) limited at shootaround
    Kevin Love (back) was limited at the morning shootaround and remains questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Suns.

    Advice: He was also limited at Wednesday's practice. Love was adamant after leaving Monday's game vs. the Warriors that he wouldn't miss any additional time, but he's shaping up to be a game-time call. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will be popular DFS plays if Love sits, while Channing Frye would likely draw the start in his absence. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:06 am
    GTD
  • Kevon Looney likely to take West's minutes?
    Kevon Looney could enter the rotation for the Warriors with David West (thumb) expected to miss two weeks.

    Advice: "We’ll see," head coach Steve Kerr said. "You may see [Kevon] Looney, you may see us change our rotation a little bit. We’ll have to talk about it." While Looney is the favorite to see a bump in minutes, the Warriors could also turn to JaVale McGee, Anderson Varejao or Damion Jones on any given night. West was only averaging 11.5 minutes per game on the season, so there's not much fantasy value here anyways. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:44 am
  • Joakim Noah (ankle) doubtful for Thursday
    Joakim Noah (ankle) is not expected to play on Thursday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: He's going to have an MRI on Thursday morning but it's a safe bet that he will miss his second straight game -- Noah was in so much pain on Wednesday that he didn't even try to warm up after his ankle swelled up on the plane. Kyle O'Quinn started in Noah's place on Wednesday, but flopped in a big way with just two points in 10 minutes. Willy Hernangomez scored 17 points off the bench with 11 rebounds in 20 minutes and Marshall Plumlee also had a nice game with five points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 20 minutes, but this is a situation for fantasy owners to avoid until someone separates themselves from the pack. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:34 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis hopes to play on Saturday
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) said he's "90 percent ready" and he is hopeful to play on Saturday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: He hasn't been officially ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Wizards, but it sure sounds like he's not planning to play. Porzingis is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday morning, so his plans for Saturday could change too based on the results. "Still not there yet," Porzingis said. "I have to be really careful of how much I do and how explosive the movements are. If not I get a little pinch again in the heel down there where the Achilles starts." We should have an update this afternoon, but Mindaugas Kusminskas looks like a nice short-term pickup and he's coming off a 17-point effort on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:25 am
  • Paul George scores 24 points vs. Kings
    Paul George scored 24 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in a 106-100 win over the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: You could say this was the best win for the Pacers, coming back from a 22-point deficit to get a road win. The Pacers ended 2016 on a serious down note with five losses in their final six games. Well, 2017 has been the opposite, winning six of their first seven games. George is starting to trend up again with second-round value so far in 2017. He could flirt with first-round value going forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • Myles Turner scores 16 points vs. Kings
    Myles Turner made 7-of-9 from the field for 16 points with five rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: While he didn't do much damage on the glass and only had one block, Turner was really good against DeMarcus Cousins on the defensive end. Turner had seen a sudden spike on the glass this month, averaging 10.3 boards per game in his previous January games -- he only had 6.5 in December. Turner has held steady as a second-round player in standard leagues this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 25 in triple-double
    DeMarcus Cousins posted his first triple-double of the season during a brutal 106-100 loss to the Pacers on Wednesday, scoring 25 points with 12 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, three blocks, nine turnovers and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This was a really, really bad loss for the Kings. They blew a 22-point lead in this game to put them on a three-game losing streak. Worse yet, Rudy Gay (Achilles) is expected to miss the rest of the season. In his minutes not next to Gay, Cousins has a whopping 39.9 usage rate and actually has better efficiency, too. The bad news is there is an 11.6 net rating differential with Boogie-Rudy lineups and lineups with Boogie and no Rudy. Cousins will have some massive stat lines, but he's more likely to be rested at times this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Hello Again: Kevin Durant gets 40 pts vs. OKC
    Kevin Durant was phenomenal against his former team on Wednesday, scoring a season-high 40 points (13-of-16 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs) with 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: "It's never going to be a regular game for me," Durant said prior to the game. "I'm sure it will [be emotional]. It's people I've been with for so long and to see them again, yeah, they'll be some emotions. But I've still got a job to do." He did his job at an MVP level tonight, playing with a little extra juice against Russell Westbrook and co., and he continues to hold off all challengers for No. 1 fantasy value in 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Kosta Koufos gets the start vs. Pacers
    Kosta Koufos scored 11 points in a start with four rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Kings went big and it actually was working early with Koufos having a positive net rating in this game. Koufos could be asked to play more next to DeMarcus Cousins, but he'll likely be used situationally at best. He's only worth a look if you're desperate for a big man. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver likely headed for minutes
    Anthony Tolliver came off the bench against the Pacers on Wednesday with five points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The first time Rudy Gay (Achilles) missed extended time, Tolliver was let loose a bit with 28.7 minutes per game in that 11-game span. He averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 boards, 0.9 assists, 0.5 blocks and 1.9 treys on 50.0 percent from the field. While that percentage may not be sustainable, Tolliver did post ninth-round value in that span, so he's worth a look if you need treys from a power forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Marcus Morris dishes season-high seven dimes
    Marcus Morris handed out a season-high seven assists on Wednesday, to go along with 14 points, 10 rebounds and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Morris fell one dime shy of his career-high and it's a nice surprise from a guy who came in averaging just 1.9 assists on the season. He played 36 minutes despite the Pistons' unassailable lead, and preseason talk of limiting his playing time has proven to be overblown. He's shooting just 35.1 percent over the past month, however, and there are more appealing options on most waiver wires. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Dante Cunningham hits 7-of-11 FGs for 14 pts
    Dante Cunningham earned another start for the Pelicans on Wednesday, posting 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting with five rebounds and no other stats in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The veteran came in shooting 38.9 percent this season, and he's typically a vacant fantasy option no matter how many minutes he gets. He belongs on the wire. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 pm
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