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  • Marcelo Huertas scores 12 off the bench
    Marcelo Huertas came off the bench to score 12 points with three assists, one rebound and two triples in 19 minutes vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He moved back to the bench with Brandon Ingram back in the starting five. Nick Young (calf) is on the verge of a return, so it won't be easy for Huertas to find consistent minutes despite his recent strong play. Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Lou Williams goes off for 35 points in loss
    Lou Williams scored 35 points on 10-of-19 shooting in Friday's 119-115 loss to the Suns, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal and six triples in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers have lost five straight games, but Williams has been one of the hottest players in the league in that span, averaging 30.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 3.4 treys on 48.9 percent shooting. The Lakers could get Nick Young (calf) back as soon as Monday's game vs. the Kings, so Williams' value should trend down a bit. Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Brandon Jennings scores 13 with seven dimes
    Brandon Jennings made his second consecutive start for Derrick Rose (back) against the Kings on Friday, scoring 13 points with five rebounds, seven assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Besides the turnovers, this is a solid game for Jennings with his 5-of-10 from the field. Rose is expecting to play on Sunday against the Lakers, so Jennings will likely move to the bench The two have played together, so Jennings could still get minutes in the mid 20s. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Leandro Barbosa scores 21 off the bench
    Leandro Barbosa scored a season-high 21 points off the bench on Friday vs. the Lakers, adding four assists, two rebounds, two steals and five triples in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Where did that come from? Barbosa finished 8-of-16 from the field and didn't turn the ball over once. The 34-year-old veteran was averaging 5.5 points per game prior to Friday, so we'll chalk this up as a fluke. Leave him on the wire. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 30 w/ nine assists
    Eric Bledsoe scored 30 points with nine assists, four rebounds, three steals, one block and three triples in Friday's win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Not a bad way to celebrate his 27th birthday. Bledsoe shot 10-of-18 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line for the 11th 30-point game of his career. Bledsoe has shown flashes this season, so hopefully he can keep it going in a favorable matchup with the Pelicans on Sunday. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Ish Smith down to 15 minutes
    Ish Smith played 15 minutes with eight points, one rebound, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: If you haven't cut Smith in your fantasy league yet, go ahead and do it now. He likely won't be playing more than 15 minutes most nights. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Reggie Jackson gets up to 29 minutes
    Reggie Jackson played 29 minutes against the Wolves on Friday, making 5-of-15 from the field for 16 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Based on the comments from coach Stan Van Gundy, all the signs are pointing to Jackson being back to normal. "He seemed to be playing, not thinking about what he needed to do or anything else," Van Gundy said. Andre Drummond was also confident in his point guard. "You can’t expect him to come back and do the same things he was doing last season," he said. Expect Jackson to get minutes in the mid-30s on Sunday against the 76ers, so he'll be a DFS play in that matchup. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Ricky Rubio scores 10 with six dimes
    Ricky Rubio made 4-of-5 from the field for 10 points with three rebounds, six assists and no turnovers during an ugly 117-89 home loss to the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: Umm, so what's up with the Wolves? They are currently 28th in the NBA for winning percentage and continued to get decimated in the third -- they were blown out 68-47 in the second half tonight. Rubio actually played fairly well in this game and he's kept his turnovers down with no more than one in four straight. He's annoying in fantasy, but his owners should try to stick with him. Rubio is a buy-low option because he will likely cost next to nothing. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • James Harden scores 21 points in win at OKC
    James Harden scored 21 points during a 102-99 win over the Thunder on Friday, adding nine rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He beat his former team, but it certainly wasn't his best game. Harden had eight turnovers and made just 6-of-23 from the field. Interestingly, he's not touching the ball as much since Pat Beverley has returned. Before Beverley, Harden had a time of possession of 9.5 minutes per game, but that number has dropped to 8.7 in the previous 11 games before tonight. He's still going to be a stat monster and so much for coach Mike D'Antoni dropping his minutes, right? Yesterday, 9:36 pm
    New Player Note
    James Harden Hou - PG,SG,SF
  • Pat Beverley brings the defense
    Pat Beverley scored three points with 12 rebounds, five assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and no turnovers in 32 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: The OKC fans do not like Pat-Bev after he collided with Russell Westbrook to cause an injury a couple years ago. Beverley gave coach Mike D'Antoni a huge bump at the end of the game and D'Antoni joked he'll be out for two games (video in link below). Beverley did a fantastic job on Westbrook tonight and he's certainly earned all of his minutes. Despite his lack of scoring, Beverley has sixth-round value in standard leagues. He may be able to hold it, too. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Monta Ellis fails to score in loss to Dallas
    Monta Ellis failed to score against Dallas on Friday, missing all five of his shots in 20 minutes.

    Advice: No revenge game for Mr. Ellis. He added just a pair of rebounds and assists with one turnover, as the Pacers rolled with Rodney Stuckey for 27 minutes off the bench. Ellis has only scored double-digit points in one out of his last six games and he has a combined 11 assists and nine turnovers in that span. His value has never been lower and his fantasy owners may be tempted to move on if he doesn't turn things around soon. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Seth Curry (knee sprain) dishes out 6 dimes
    Seth Curry (knee sprain) returned from a four-game absence on Friday vs. the Pacers, scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting with six assists and one steal in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He showed a little bit of rust but a 25-minute workload is a fair expectation going forward with Deron Williams healthy (for now). Coach Rick Carlisle said after the game that he's not planning on resting any players for Saturday's game vs. Houston, so expect to see Curry out there. He's a solid stash for the stretch run with Mavs sitting in last place in the West. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Russell Westbrook triple-doubles yet again
    Russell Westbrook posted his seventh consecutive triple-double in a loss to the Rockets on Friday, scoring 27 points with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and eight turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He's the first player to triple-double for seven straight since Michael Jordan in 1989. On the other hand, his efficiency was bad today with 25 attempts from the field, making only eight of those. Westbrook's usage rate tonight (45.5) was higher than his true shooting percentage (44.6) and playing time. He's on a record pace for the season at 40.4 usage rate to go with these ridiculous triple-doubles. We've never seen a player like this. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Marcus Smart scores 12 points in loss
    Marcus Smart scored 12 points with four rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes during a 101-94 loss to the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: It was basically the opposite from Wednesday. Smart was in foul trouble and only played 23 minutes in a loss on Wednesday. He was also 5-of-7 from the field on Wednesday and made just 3-of-11 tonight. There will be plenty of minutes for him with Isaiah Thomas (groin) out, so keep rolling him out there and hope he doesn't torpedo your field goal percentage. He gets a great matchup against OKC on Sunday. Yesterday, 8:23 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores career-high 33 points
    Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting in Friday's 114-110 win over the Bucks.

    Advice: Maybe he got tired of all the talk about his backup, Malcolm Delaney. Schroder has been a beast lately, scoring 15+ points in seven straight games and shooting above 50 percent in all but one of them. He played a season-high 40 minutes in the win and even logged some minutes next to Delaney with Kent Bazemore (knee) on the shelf. His slow start to the season is behind him and he will try to help the Hawks win their third straight game on Tuesday vs. Orlando. Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • George Hill (toe) ruled out for Saturday
    George Hill (left toe) will not play on Saturday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: This will be his sixth game in a row on the shelf after he missed eight games in a row earlier this season with a thumb issue. Hill was playing the best ball of his life this season, so his owners just need to hang in there. Shelvin Mack is worth streaming while Hill is out, but Dante Exum still belongs on the wire. Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell coming along nicely
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) went through full-court non-contact work and 5-on-0 drills on Friday.

    Advice: He is still out for Friday, but he has a chance for Sunday. Coach Luke Walton wants Russell to go through some "live and competitive" workouts with more cutting and fighting over screens, so Russell isn't cleared for games yet. He did say he's feeling good, so Russell has a good chance to play either Sunday or Monday. Red-hot Lou Williams may take a hit while the other guards also see a drop off. Yesterday, 1:42 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (toe) unlikely to play Saturday
    Jrue Holiday (toe) is unlikely to play Saturday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Tim Frazier will likely start at point guard once again, and is a very intriguing DFS option. In the 22 games he has started this season, Frazier is averaging 10.8 points, 7.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds. Langston Galloway and Buddy Hield should also see additional playing time. Yesterday, 10:50 am
  • Dante Exum hits 1-of-11 shots in 37 minutes
    Dante Exum started at point guard again on Thursday and hit just 1-of-11 shots for two points and five assists in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Exum has been given a great opportunity with George Hill (toe) out for five games, but hasn't taken advantage of it. He's averaging just 6.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0 steals and 0.8 3-pointers on 35 percent shooting over his last five games. Shelvin Mack looks like a safer option, as long as Hill remains out with his injury. Thursday, 9:08 pm
    Player Note
    Dante Exum Uta - PG,SG
  • Toney Douglas comes through in the clutch
    Toney Douglas scored 11 points with one rebound, three assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: He played the entire fourth quarter of this close win, making his only field goal and all four from the line. Douglas scored the final six Memphis points, including two free throws with 0.5 seconds left to get the win. He played mostly at point guard tonight and may have carved out a role for minutes in the mid 20s. If you're in a deep league with a dry wire, he's worth a look. Thursday, 9:05 pm
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