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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. 37 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. 39 minutes ago
  • 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. Today, 9:49 am
  • Avery Bradley (groin) will play Friday
    Avery Bradley (groin tightness) will play Friday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: There was some concern raised when Bradley sat out of Wednesday's practice; however, it appears it Pistons were simply attempting to limit his reps. Bradley got off to a bit of a slow start this season, but has been increasingly effective on the offensive end of the floor. He's averaging 19.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 3-pointers over his last nine games. Today, 9:28 am
  • 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. 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. Today, 9:21 am
  • Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson probable vs. NY
    Eric Gordon (sore calf) and Ryan Anderson (illness) are practicing Friday and are expected to play Saturday vs. the Knicks, according to Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen.

    Advice: Gordon was unable to play on Wednesday, but fortunately, it appears it will be just a one-game absence. The Rockets didn't miss either player on Wednesday, as they blew out the Nuggets by 30 points. Gordon had started 13 of the first 14 games he appeared in this season, before moving into the sixth-man role last week. Gordon should continue to see plenty of minutes and scoring opportunities as long as he is healthy. Today, 9:11 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. Today, 9:07 am
  • Moe Harkless demoted to bench on Friday
    Moe Harkless will be replaced in the starting lineup by Pat Connaughton Friday vs. Brooklyn.

    Advice: Harkless has been a mess this entire month. Over the Blazers last 12 games, he is averaging just 4.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 25.0 minutes, while shooting 13.3 percent from downtown and 62.5 percent from the free-throw stripe. His dud on Wednesday (one point, zero rebounds and zero assists in 18 minutes) forced coach Terry Stotts' hand. Harkless will compete for minutes off the bench with Evan Turner and Shabazz Napier. If you have been holding on to Harkless, it's time to cut him loose. Today, 8:59 am
  • Pat Connaughton to start at SF on Friday
    Pat Connaughton will start in place of Moe Harkless on Friday afternoon vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Connaughton will join Dame Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Noah Vonleh and Jusef Nurkic in the Blazers starting five. This will be the second career start for Connaughton. He's averaging just 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds over 16.1 minutes in the 11 games the Blazers have played this month. Despite Harkless' ineffectiveness leading to his demotion, Connaughton will split minutes with Harkless, Evan Turner and Shabazz Napier, which limits Connaughton's fantasy value. He can be left on waivers in standard leagues for now. Today, 8:51 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. 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. Today, 8:38 am
  • Jeremy Lamb to start at SF on Wednesday
    With Nicolas Batum (elbow) sidelined, Jeremy Lamb will start at small forward vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: Batum was injured on Wednesday, which allowed Lamb to step and step up. Lamb finished with 24 points (9-of-17 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs), seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three 3-pointers in Wednesday's win over the Wizards. He is averaging 16.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists in the 12 games he has started this season. Lamb will be a very enticing DFS option on Friday night. Today, 8:17 am
  • Nicolas Batum (elbow) ruled out for Friday
    Nicolas Batum (ulnar nerve contusion) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: Batum initially injured the elbow on Wednesday night vs. the Wizards, when he collided with Otto Porter. The good news is Batum is traveling with the team, which hopefully means he won't miss an extended period of time. We should have an update on his status moving forward once coach Steve Clifford addresses the media. Jeremy Lamb will start in place of Batum on Friday. Lamb had 24 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three 3-pointers on Wednesday. Today, 8:04 am
  • C.J. Miles (personal) will not play Friday
    C.J. Miles (personal) will not play vs. the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: Congrats to the Miles family, as C.J.'s wife gave birth to a baby girl on Thanksgiving night. With Miles out of the mix on Friday, it will open up more minutes for Norman Powell and OG Anunoby. OG started at small forward on Wednesday, but finished with just three points, one board and one assist in 16 minutes. Powell, making his return to the lineup after missing four games due to a hip injury, scored 11 points with four rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes on Wednesday. Today, 7:51 am
  • Ron Baker (shoulder) back practicing
    Ron Baker (shoulder) is back practicing but not at full contact.

    Advice: Baker sprained the AC joint in his left shoulder in a G-League game back on November 14th. "It’s definitely not 100 percent, but it feels way better than when it happened," said Baker. "The range of motion is 75 percent." He added that the next "three, four days will be very important." Baker's has very limited fantasy value, as he has fallen behind Jarrett Jack and Frank Ntilikina in the PG pecking order. Today, 7:01 am
  • Agent says Nets are resting Timofey Mozgov
    The agent for Timofey Mozgov said the Nets informed him they planned to rest Mozgov, whom they felt was worn down from the FIBA European championships this summer.

    Advice: Mozgov played in a total of 20 games (11 of them were "friendlies") this summer. The hope is that added rest will help Mozgov gain strength and improve his conditioning. Mozgov has been a DNP-CD for three straight games. Even when he was fully healthy and starting, Mozgov played more than 18 minutes just once this season. Despite his hefty salary, Mozgov won't play significant minutes for the Nets anytime soon. He should be left on the waiver wire. Today, 6:23 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. Today, 6:11 am
  • Terrence Ross scores season-high 22 points
    Terrence Ross started and hit 8-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers for a season-high 22 points, six rebounds and one assist in 34 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been hit-or-miss all season and Jonathon Simmons has more upside, but Ross deserves some attention. He's averaging 11.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 3-pointers on 55 percent shooting over his last five, so he can offer some 12-team help if you need steals and treys. Wednesday, 11:48 pm
  • Buddy Hield (ankle) returns, plays 15 minutes
    Buddy Hield (ankle) returned to action on Wednesday with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, one 3-pointer, one rebound and one steal in 15 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: The Kings will eventually unleash the 23-year-old Hield, who was a reliable fantasy value down the stretch last season, but right now we're seeing too much Garrett Temple (30 minutes) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (27 minutes) to be comfortable playing Hield in typical leagues. That said, don't hesitate to pounce if he strings together a few big games. Wednesday, 10:20 pm
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