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  • Wilson Chandler (back) probable vs. Memphis
    Wilson Chandler (lower back soreness) is probable against Memphis on Friday.

    Advice: He was probable for Wednesday and did play 27 minutes, so this is the status quo for Chandler going forward. Although, he's been injury prone, so you may want to make sure he's good to go. The Nuggets have shift him back to small forward against a bigger Grizzlies team and how him at the four didn't work out against the Rockets on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com 40 minutes ago
  • Nikola Jokic (ankle) expected to play Friday
    Nikola Jokic (ankle) is expected to play on Friday night against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He did have a slight tweak of his right ankle on Wednesday, but he did return in a game that the Nuggets were being blown out. Jokic should be close to 100 percent as he looks to anchor the offense now that Paul Millsap (wrist) is out. Fire him up in all leagues and consider him in DFS even in a subpar matchup. Rotoworld.com 42 minutes ago
    GTD
  • Danilo Gallinari (glute) out on Saturday
    Danilo Gallinari (glute) will not play against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise and Gallo is expected to miss at least 3-6 more days. Wes Johnson went off on Wednesday with 24 points on just 11 possessions used, so he'll get another chance to produce. Don't expect him to repeat, but he's worth a short-term look. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:49 am
    Injured
  • Andre Drummond, Avery Bradley will play Fri
    Andre Drummond (dental implant) and Avery Bradley (groin tightness) will play Friday against the Thunder.

    Advice: Both players missed practice on Wednesday, but it appears that was only precautionary. Drummond has been playing at a high level over the first five weeks of the season. He is currently averaging 13.5 points, a league-leading 15.3 rebounds and a career-high 3.4 assists, to go along with 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks. Drummond is also shooting 61.5 percent from the free-throw line, far above his career average of 39.1 percent. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:23 am
  • Ryan Anderson (illness) expected to play Fri
    Ryan Anderson (illness) is practicing on Friday and is expected to play Saturday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Anderson missed his first game of the season on Wednesday, when the Rockets beat the Nuggets by 30. P.J. Tucker replaced Anderson in the starting lineup and finished with seven points and 11 rebounds in 35 minutes on Wednesday. Tucker will get bumped back to the bench with Anderson returning to action. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:21 am
  • Rockets assign Zhou Qi to G-League
    The Rockets have assigned Zhou Qi to the G-League.

    Advice: Zhou will be up and down all season, and it won't have any fantasy impact, as he is not a part of Houston's rotation. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:07 am
  • Joakim Noah (illness) out Friday and Saturday
    Joakim Noah (illness) will miss Friday's game vs. the Hawks and Saturday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Coach Jeff Hornacek said Noah did not make the two-game road trip with the team because he didn't want to risk Noah getting the other players sick. This has no fantasy implications, as Noah is not part of the rotation and has yet to appear in a regular season game this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:48 am
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) available to play Fri
    Trevor Booker (left ankle) is available to play Friday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Tyler Zeller will draw another start at center on Friday. Booker, who was sidelined on Wednesday, will split minutes off the bench with Quincy Acy and Jarrett Allen. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:38 am
  • Omer Asik (illness) close to returning
    Coach Alvin Gentry said that Omer Asik (illness) is "getting really close" to returning to game action.

    Advice: Asik hasn't appeared in a game since February of last season. He was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and lost 30 pounds over the course of a few months. "He's getting really close, I think, to being able to play a few minutes here and there," Gentry said. "He hasn't been able to run or condition or anything like that. Even when he's released to play, it's going to take a while for him to be able to play anything other than really short spurts." Even when fully healthy, Asik has limited fantasy value. He should be left on waivers in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:11 am
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play
    Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: With Muscala out, Dewayne Dedmon should be looking at minutes in the mid-20s as he looks to keep it going. The Hawks also staggered John Collins and put him in 100 percent of the non-Dedmon lineups on Wednesday, so Collins also benefits here. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:39 pm
    Out
  • Brandan Wright (groin) out for Friday night
    Brandan Wright (groin) is out for Friday night against the Nuggets.

    Advice: After his injury on Saturday, Wright will be missing his third game. There is no timetable for a return, but there hasn't been much information to suggest he'll be back in his next handful of games. Deyonta Davis is coming off a terrific 14-point game on Wednesday and could be a sneaky stream or DFS punt with 13-20 minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • Cauley-Stein doesn't like being near rim?
    Willie Cauley-Stein said he hasn't been around the rim as much this year because it's part mental.

    Advice: He said it had a lot to do with injuries in the past. Cauley-Stein said he's had "like 35 stitches" in his hand from hitting it on the rim, and his right hand isn't as strong as his left from injuries around the rim also factors into his decision making. "I should go get this, but I'm not messing with it," Cauley-Stein said about being careful around the rim. WCS had 44.9 percent of his shots come from within three feet last year, but that has plummeted to 30.9 percent this year. However, his recent four-game uptick has him feasting inside with 53.9 percent of his shots coming at the rim while also making just 1-of-13 on mid-range shots. Basically, WCS is obviously trending up following his 26-point Wednesday and should be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:56 am
  • Randle coexisting well w/ Brook Lopez
    Lakers coach Luke Walton said he thinks the frontcourt combo of Julius Randle and Brook Lopez can work in certain matchups.

    Advice: Both players have basically been in a timeshare at center this season, but Walton has experimented with them next to each other lately. "It works well with Brook because Brook spaces the floor so he kind of turns into the space ‘four,’" Walton said, "and Julius can still do all that dynamic rolling hat he does and switch defensively. We’ll keep fooling with that." This improves the outlook of both players a bit, but the return of Larry Nance (hand) next will only complicate things again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:41 am
  • Millsap seeking additional opinions on wrist
    Nuggets coach Mike Malone said that Paul Millsap (wrist) is going to "get some other opinions before we make a decision as to what the best course of action is."

    Advice: Shams Charania of The Vertical and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN both reported that Millsap will undergo surgery, and the Denver Post is reporting the same as well. Surgery would sideline the All-Star forward for 2-3 months, but until we know for sure, his fantasy owners should sit tight. The Nuggets went with a small-ball lineup with Wilson Chandler at the four on Wednesday while Kenneth Faried was a DNP-CD, but their lineups could change depending on the matchups. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:48 am
    Injured
  • Nerlens Noel scores two points
    Nerlens Noel scored two points in four minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hey, at least he didn't play only in garbage time, which has been the case in the last week and change. Salah Mejri has cooled off as far as making an impact goes, but Noel is still behind him for now. Maybe he gets a chance to play at some point, but it's really hard to stash him in 12-team leagues. It'll likely be a by-committee approach at center until late in the season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:19 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki grabs a milestone rebound
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 points with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: In the first quarter, he became the 29th player in NBA history to pull down 11,000 rebounds. Nowitzki's rebounds have slightly trended up with four straight seven-plus board games. His minutes have also increased lately because the Mavs have been able to keep some games close. He's still just clinging to late-round value. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • JaMychal Green scores eight points
    JaMychal Green scored eight points with nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in 28 minutes during a 95-94 loss to the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He almost had a game-winning putback dunk with 0.5 seconds left in this game, but Harrison Barnes had a 3-pointer go down on the other end. Green is coming off a 34-minute game on Monday and he should be able to get minutes around 30, especially if Brandan Wright (groin) is out for an extended period of time. Green is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:10 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores efficient 23 points
    Utah rolled past the Bulls on Wednesday, 110-80, led by Derrick Favors' 23 points on 8-of-11 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Favors said afterward that he's trying to be more aggressive offensively, and it paid off nicely tonight with Utah's second win in their past five games -- including Utah's biggest margin of victory all season. The quality of the competition had a lot to do with the score, but Favors did look particularly good in pick-and-rolls tonight. He's paying off nicely for owners who grabbed him when Rudy Gobert (knee) went down. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:39 pm
  • Bobby Portis plays well in lopsided defeat
    Bobby Portis came off the bench for 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block on Wednesday, making 5-of-11 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls looked lifeless all game long, with tired legs in the second of consecutive road games, which made Portis' energy stand out even more. The playing time was higher than usual because of garbage time, as well as an illness that helped limit Lauri Markkanen to just 24 minutes, so he'll likely be back in the 18-22 range on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Rudy Gay scores 19 points in loss
    Rudy Gay scored 19 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was ice cold coming into this game with five straight single-digit games. The Spurs have used Gay at power forward quite a bit, so Kawhi Leonard's (quad) eventual return may not hurt his playing time too much. Gay has been hanging around top-120 value in standard leagues this year, so he could slightly improve on that now that his Achilles may be getting closer to 100 percent. He's not likely going to be a difference maker, though. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:23 pm
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay SA - SF,PF
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