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  • Jeff Green (back spasms) ruled out Monday
    Jeff Green (back spasms) will not play on Monday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He's not even making the trip and this will be his third straight game on the shelf. With the Magic playing for lottery balls, it wouldn't be a surprise if the veteran missed more time. Mario Hezonja is getting a nice bump in minutes in Green's absence, but he's only worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues for now. Today, 10:34 am
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    Jeff Green Orl - SG,SF,PF
  • Mavs recall Manny Harris
    The Mavericks have recalled Manny Harris and Jarrod Uthoff from the D-League.

    Advice: Neither player is close to being in the rotation right now. Today, 10:10 am
  • Leandro Barbosa (hamstring) out Sunday
    Leandro Barbosa (hamstring) will not play on Sunday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He has a "left hamstring issue" and will join Ronnie Price (leg), Eric Bledsoe (rest) and Brandon Knight (rest), Tyson Chandler (rest) on the shelf. Expect heavy workloads for Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker the rest of the way. Today, 9:51 am
  • T.J. Warren (foot) listed in starting lineup
    T.J. Warren (left foot contusion) is listed in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He was "expected" to play, but now we have a little more confirmation that he will return from a two-game absence. Warren was probably dropped in a lot of head-to-head leagues, so it makes a lot of sense to pick him back up. Today, 9:41 am
  • Malachi Richardson (hamstring) out Sunday
    Malachi Richardson (hamstring) will not play on Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return right now and said earlier in the week that he's going to take his time getting back to the court. He can be left on the wire in most fantasy leagues. Today, 9:32 am
  • Arron Afflalo and Kosta Koufos resting Sunday
    Arron Afflalo and Kosta Koufos will rest against the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: Of course they will. This is the front end of a back-to-back set, so both players should be active on Monday vs. the Grizzlies. Expect plenty of DNPs for the veterans in Sacramento going forward. Buddy Hield is the only wing worth owning on the Kings right now. Today, 9:27 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha (groin) ruled out Sunday
    Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will not play on Sunday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: He joins Kent Bazemore (knee) and Paul Millsap (knee) on the injury report. This isn't the same groin that sidelined him for nine straight games earlier this season, but it's not clear how severe the issue is. It's possible the Hawks are giving him the night off against the worst team in the league as well. Taurean Prince will get his first NBA start and is worth a look if you want to stream some rebounds, triples and defensive stats. Today, 9:06 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (ankle) expected to play
    Hassan Whiteside (sprained ankle) feels "a lot better" and is expected to play on Sunday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The big man sat out of Saturday's practice as a precaution, but it sounds like he's ready for a full workload. He was also talking about the matchup with Boston, so his status doesn't appear to be in jeopardy. We'll confirm that he's starting, but go ahead and get him active. According to Heat reporter Ira Winderman, Whiteside will be a "full go." Daily Slant: Boston has gotten a rep as one of the worst rebounding teams – on the season they’re the 5th-worst in rebounding percentage (48.4%) – but they’re the 11th-best since the all-star break (50.3%) and 8th-best over the past five games (52.3%). They have the 6th-best defensive rating since the break (102.5) and have allowed 44.6 points in the paint per game (13th), where Whiteside scores 74.5% of his points. While the league’s leading rebounder should produce today, his upside may be limited. Today, 8:44 am
  • Paul Millsap's (knee) MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Paul Millsap's left knee came back clean according to Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer.

    Advice: Millsap has already been ruled out for the fourth straight game on Sunday vs. the Nets, but based on Budenholzer's comments, the All-Star forward is likely day-to-day. His injury was previously described as "tightness" in his left knee, but Budenholzer added that he has some swelling as well. He should be considered questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Suns. Ersan Ilyasova will continue to be the primary beneficiary in his absence. Today, 8:32 am
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee soreness) out Sunday
    Jahlil Okafor (knee soreness) will not play on Sunday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: This will be his second game in a row on the shelf. He's dealing with soreness in his surgically-repaired knee, so the 76ers are going to be cautious moving forward. Richaun Holmes has been a must-own player for weeks, but Shawn Long is on the radar in deeper leagues after he scored a career-high 18 points with seven rebounds, one assist and two steals in 19 minutes vs. the Bulls on Friday. Today, 8:25 am
  • Atkinson wants K.J. to develop 3-point shot
    Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said he wants K.J. McDaniels to work on his 3-point shot during the offseason.

    Advice: "In today’s game, you want a wing to be a ‘three-and-D’ guy," Atkinson said. "He’s so athletic that he can drive it all the time and get in the lane. But we need him to be out there and make some. I think the shot is technically pretty good, so I’m bullish on where he can go with his shooting." McDaniels is shooting 32.6 percent from deep this season which is his best mark through three seasons, but the defensive side of his game is already very solid. With the Nets a little banged up, McDaniels is getting a lot of burn and is averaging 12.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.0 triples in 23.6 minutes per game over his last three outings. Keep an eye on him. Today, 8:15 am
  • Al Horford being more selective with shots
    Al Horford said he's taking less 3-pointers per game because he's trying to be more aggressive in the paint.

    Advice: After averaging 4.1 triples per game through the first four months of the season, Horford is only attempting 1.7 per game in March. "With the 3-point shot, I’ve been working on it quite a bit. I feel confident about taking them when I’m open, taking them when they’re there, and just being a little more selective with the shots that I take." His fantasy owners probably don't mind, as his FG percentage is way up and he's averaging 8.9 points in the paint over his last 13 games. He's been a top-10 player in standard leagues over the last couple weeks and is peaking at the perfect time for fantasy owners. Today, 7:26 am
  • Scott Brooks praises Kelly Oubre
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks said Kelly Oubre has been a "superstar" in his role off the bench.

    Advice: "The game for Kelly, to me, is simple. Just compete," Brooks said. "Deflections. Getting into the passing lanes. Contesting at the rim. Switching on our pick-and-roll coverage because he can guard one through four depending on the matchup and then rebound. The game rewards him when he does that." The second-year wing had one of his best games of the season against LeBron James and the Cavs on Saturday, finishing with 16 points, seven rebounds, one steal and no turnovers in 26 minutes. However, unless we learn that Bojan Bogdanovic (back) will miss more time, most fantasy owners can leave him on the wire for now. Today, 6:36 am
  • C.J. McCollum scores 32 points on 100.0 eFG%
    C.J. McCollum made scoring 32 points look easy during a 112-100 win over the Wolves on Saturday, making 11-of-13 from the field and all six free throws with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Not bad on efficiency with a 102.3 true shooting percentage. Damian Lillard said McCollum is the best midrange player in the league, but McCollum said on the Blazers broadcast that he's the best "in the world." He may be right with C.J. way above league average in non-restricted paint scoring, midrange and on 3-pointers. For a guy who gets 48.3 percent of his shots on pull-ups, McCollum is vastly underrated as an elite scorer in the NBA. His fantasy owners certainly don't underrate him thanks to his top-20 value in standard leagues this season. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Ricky Rubio scores 16 points vs. POR
    Ricky Rubio scored 16 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: This loss puts the Wolves down six games from the No. 8 spot with only 10 games to go, so they're basically dead in the water. We'll see how coach Tom Thibodeau plays this one with Rubio, but it's obvious more minutes are going to Tyus Jones and Kris Dunn. To be clear, the low minutes today had to do with garbage time. With only three games this week, Rubio's fantasy owners may have to weigh their options. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Tyus Jones scores one point
    Tyus Jones scored one point with one rebound, four assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Wolves are making a change to their rotation with Kris Dunn as more of a wing and Jones locking down the backup PG minutes. Jones has also played 18 minutes next to Ricky Rubio in the last two, so he's filling in there. Jones isn't really a pickup unless you're desperate now or want to stash him for the five-game week starting on Apr. 3. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Kris Dunn scores career-high 17 points
    Kris Dunn scored a career-high 17 points against the Blazers on Saturday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: It's looking like Kris Dunn shooting guard time. In the last two games, Dunn has played a combined 31 minutes next to Ricky Rubio and 37 minutes next to Tyus Jones -- the Dunn-Rubio lineups have been torched. Now that the Wolves are basically out of it, Dunn looks like he'll be contributing on a nightly basis. If you need a point guard, he's worth a look. He could be a sneaky player to have in the last full week of the season with five games, but only has three next week. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Norm doesn't step up without Carroll
    Norman Powell scored six points with one assist and one steal in 14 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

    Advice: Even with DeMarre Carrol (back) out, coach Dwane Casey used some two-PG combos to offset that loss along with plenty of P.J. Tucker. Powell isn't really an add unless you're fishing for points at the bottom of the barrel. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Jakob Poeltl still finds his minutes
    Jakob Poeltl scored four points with three rebounds, one block and one steal in 18 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey still gave Poeltl some important run even with Serge Ibaka back. The biggest takeaway from this is that Jonas Valanciunas is even tougher to trust in fantasy. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Seth Curry flops as PG vs. Raptors
    Seth Curry scored 11 points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: The Mavs want to get a look Curry as a point guard, but it just wasn't there against a vastly improved defense. We've seen coach Rick Carlisle turn trash to treasure on a lot of point guards, so this should be a positive for Curry after an adjustment period. Of course, fantasy owners in redraft leagues may not enjoy said adjustment period. He still has to be starting in almost all formats. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
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