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Malcolm Miller plays five minutes Wednesday 03-07-2018
Malcolm Miller F BOS
Malcolm Miller played five minutes off the bench on Wednesday, scoring two points on 1-of-2 shooting with one assist and no other stats. Miller struggled as a fill-in starter for OG Anunoby (ankle) and he should never have left the waiver wire. If he did, it's a mistake that can now be corrected.
DeMar DeRozan's 42 pts lead Raptors to OT win 03-07-2018
DeMar DeRozan G TOR
DeMar DeRozan lit up Detroit for a game-high 42 points on Wednesday, making 16-of-28 field goals and 8-of-8 free throws with six assists, four rebounds and two 3-pointers. Toronto clawed their way back from an early double-digit deficit, and DeRozan had clutch and-one baskets at the end of both regulation and overtime. The Pistons missed Stanley Johnson (back spasms) defensively tonight and had no answers for DeMar, who continues to quietly put up top-50 value in 8-cat and 9-cat formats -- he's even better in most points leagues.
Kris Dunn scores 21 points in win 03-07-2018
Kris Dunn G CHI
Kris Dunn scored 21 points during a 119-110 win over the Grizzlies on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, nine assists, three steals, one block, six turnovers and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

Cody Westerlund on Twitter
Nothing ruins your tank plans like the Grizzlies coming to town. Even with the NBA warning the Bulls about resting healthy players, Dunn should still be fine as the starter and he talked about winning games after this victory. "We got to find a way to build that chemistry," Dunn said. "It starts now. Don't try to wait too long. Try to get it going now and let it resonate through the summer and try to come back and try to be better." He should be busy for the last mont of the season.
Norman Powell scores 17 points as starter 03-07-2018
Norman Powell F TOR
Norman Powell scored 17 points as a starter on Wednesday, making 7-of-12 field goals with three 3-pointers, four rebounds and one block in 28 minutes. Delon Wright (sprained toe) and OG Anunoby (ankle) were both out of commission tonight, and Powell took advantage to score more points than he had in the previous nine games combined. Anunoby (ankle) didn't travel with the team for this road game and his return date is unclear, which sets the stage for more potential starts from Powell. Still, most owners should wait to see him reproduce this line before cutting anyone of value for him.
Bobby Portis double-doubles vs. MEM 03-07-2018
Bobby Portis F CHI
Bobby Portis scored 15 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday. He'll likely be moving back to the bench on Friday with the Bulls getting a warning about resting Robin Lopez. Portis' value should still be fine because he'll be productive off the bench and Lopez's minutes will likely be limited. He should be owned in all leagues.
Cheick back in 03-07-2018
Cheick Diallo F NO
Cheick Diallo returned from a knee injury on Wednesday. He was back on the bench after about three minutes, so his knee injury looked a lot worse at first. He could play more with Anthony Davis banged up.
Lauri Markkanen scores 22 points vs. Memphis 03-07-2018
Lauri Markkanen F CHI
Lauri Markkanen scored 22 points with six rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday. Easy shots got him going early today with four dunks to get him to his first eight points. He shouldn't be affected with the Bulls changing their rotation and he's been hot over his last five, averaging 16.2 points, 7.0 boards, 0.8 steals and 1.8 treys. Fire him up everywhere.
Anthony Davis (left ankle) to the locker room 03-07-2018
Anthony Davis F NO
Anthony Davis (left ankle) went to the locker room in the third quarter on Wednesday. He stepped on Kosta Koufos' foot to cause his foot to roll. Davis tried to walk it off and stayed in the game for a possession, but he checked out and hobbled to the locker room under his own power. Considering the Pelicans are up 20, he may be held out.
David Nwaba's minutes take a hit 03-07-2018
David Nwaba G CHI
David Nwaba moved to the bench against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, scoring eight points with four rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 24 minutes. While he did play more than Justin Holiday's 17 minutes, Nwaba's six-game streak of hitting 30 minutes was snapped today. With the NBA warning the Bulls to ease up on their rest, Nwaba is likely going to be closer to 24 minutes and not the 32.0 per game he had since the break. He'll probably have a tough time holding top-100 value with the minutes hit, but he's still somewhat fantasy friendly for hustle stats.
Cris Felicio gets 18 minutes 03-07-2018
Cristiano Felicio C CHI
Cristiano Felicio scored one point with eight rebounds in 18 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday. He'll probably be moving out of the rotation on Friday with Brook Lopez set to start. Felicio has been one of the worst defensive bigs in the NBA, so this move would likely hurt the Bulls tank mode.
Cameron Payne still gets his minutes 03-07-2018
Cameron Payne G CHI
Cameron Payne scored seven points with two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 16 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday. The lineup tweak didn't affect Payne and he looks to be ahead of Jerian Grant for the foreseeable future. Payne has actually been decent with 1.6 steals per game over his last five, but he's not scoring well and doesn't do much else. He's more of a desperation streamer.
Justin Holiday makes all five from field 03-07-2018
Justin Holiday G CHI
Justin Holiday returned to the starting lineup against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, making all five shots from the field for 14 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers in 17 minutes. He played a nine-minute stint in the first quarter and an eight-minute stint in the third for all of his playing time. Holiday got hot early with nine points in his first eight minutes, and had his jumper working in limited playing time. He's expected to start again on Friday night, but he's likely looking at around 17 minutes again. Considering that is half of his average from before the break, Holiday doesn't look like much of an add.
Marc Gasol benched late in 15th straight loss 03-07-2018
Marc Gasol C MEM
Marc Gasol was benched down the stretch of Wednesday's 119-110 loss in Chicago, finishing with 17 points, seven assists and six rebounds in 27 minutes. Jarell Martin (knee) and Chandler Parsons (personal) joined the parade of DNPs for Memphis tonight, and the 2017-18 season can't end soon enough for the Grizzlies or their fans. The team has shown no inclination to shut down Gasol outright, but there's a good chance he'll miss games during back-to-back sets on Mar. 21-22 and Apr. 8-9. Plan accordingly.
Dillon Brooks scores career-high 29 points 03-07-2018
Dillon Brooks F MEM
Dillon Brooks erupted for a career-high 29 points vs. Chicago on Wednesday, making 10-of-18 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws with five 3-pointers, two assists, one rebound and two steals. Brooks also played 28 minutes without a single turnover tonight, and he's scored 20+ points in two straight games for the short-handed Grizzlies. The second-round pick hasn't offered many supporting stats this season, and percentages have been an issue, but he's at least worth a look with Memphis turning him loose at the end of a lost season.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes hands out seven assists 03-07-2018
Xavier Rathan-Mayes G MEM
Xavier Rathan-Mayes came off the Grizzlies' bench on Wednesday with nine points, seven assists, one rebound, one steal and one block in 28 minutes. The Grizzlies are in the midst of a 15-game losing streak and they were missing four primary ball-handlers, so it's no surprise to see Rathan-Mayes getting serious run off the bench. He's averaging 6.0 assists over the past two games, which alone merits fantasy owners' attention -- assists are in rare supply on the waiver wire, so feel free to grab him if you need dimes. Just don't get too attached.
Kobi Simmons starts, plays 28 minutes vs. CHI 03-07-2018
Kobi Simmons G MEM
Kobi Simmons earned another start on Wednesday and put up 11 points (5-of-10 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), three rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block in 28 minutes. Simmons is essentially the default starting PG with so many injured guards, and he joined a lineup that included Ben McLemore, Dillon Brooks, JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol. Heavy minutes will be coming his way until Memphis gets some healthy players back, so feel free to deploy him if you need a cheap source of scoring with uncertain upside.
JaMychal Green's double-double streak ends 03-07-2018
JaMychal Green F MEM
JaMychal Green's double-double streak ended vs. Chicago on Wednesday, as he scored 11 points with eight rebounds and one assist. Green came in with six straight double-doubles and he wasn't a total disappointment tonight, going 5-of-6 from the field with just one turnover in 27 minutes. He did get benched down the stretch, along with Marc Gasol, and at age 27 he's one of the elder statesman on a tanking team. There's some risk involved but fantasy owners might as well keep him active unless his minutes fall off.
James Harden scores 26 in 17th straight win 03-07-2018
James Harden G HOU
James Harden scored 26 points during a 110-99 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, six assists, four steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
He scored 21 points in the first half to give him a whopping 25 games with at least 20 points in a half on the season. The Rockets continue to coast with their 17th-straight victory, and they're an incredible 34-1 when Harden, Chris Paul and Clint Capela all suit up for a game. Their streak will be tested in Toronto on Friday night, so you'll want to tune in for that one. Harden basically has MVP locked up at this point.
Ben McLemore scores 17 points w/ extras 03-07-2018
Ben McLemore G MEM
Ben McLemore (personal) returned on Wednesday with 17 points (5-of-11 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. McLemore missed Monday's game and his availability was welcome news for a decimated Grizzlies team without guards Mike Conley, Mario Chalmers, Andrew Harrison and Tyreke Evans. He did commit six turnovers in 38 minutes tonight, but most owners will happily accept that caveat for solid across-the-board production from a waiver-wire scrub. The Grizzlies' injury woes aren't going away any time soon, making McLemore a reasonable pickup if you're in need of a scoring guard.
Chris Paul scores 16 points with 11 dimes 03-07-2018
Chris Paul G HOU
Chris Paul scored 16 points with five rebounds, 11 assists and one 3-pointer against the Bucks on Wednesday. Somewhat shockingly, this was CP3's first double-digit dime game since Feb. 3, but he's still been able to turn in seven per game in that span. His scoring and rebounding are still up from last year, and his fantasy owners can't complain with his top-eight value per game in nine-category leagues.
Luc Mbah a Moute scores 11 in 30 minutes 03-07-2018
Luc Mbah a Moute F HOU
Luc Mbah a Moute scored 11 points with seven rebounds, one block, one steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday. This was a small-ball fest and Mbah a Moute continues to thrive in that role as an undersized five man. He's also been pretty decent in fantasy over his last five, averaging 10.8 points, 3.2 boards, 0.8 blocks and 1.2 treys on 70.4 percent from the field and 90.9 percent from the line. He's still more of a guy to stream in season-long leagues, but he has decent value until Ryan Anderson is back.
Clint Capela has a rare down game 03-07-2018
Clint Capela C HOU
Clint Capela scored 10 points with eight rebounds and one block in 19 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday. It was one of his worst games of the season, making just 2-of-10 from the line. Capela has vastly improved at the line this year and was at 60.0 percent before tonight, which is even more impressive after his horrible start from the charity stripe. He made just 17.4 percent in his rookie year and just 37.9 percent in 2015-17. Capela is in the mix for Most Improved Player and has been a breakout player in fantasy.
Cheick Diallo (left knee) to the locker room 03-07-2018
Cheick Diallo F NO
Cheick Diallo (left knee) limped to the locker room on Wednesday. He banged knees with Garrett Temple and limped to the locker room. Diallo wasn't putting much weight on his left leg, so he may be out for the night. That means a few more minutes for Emeka Okafor and Darius Miller.
Giannis Antetokounmpo posts 30 points in loss 03-07-2018
Giannis Antetokounmpo F MIL
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a game-high 30 points during a 110-99 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 38 minutes. He was used at center more than usual in this game and that combo may be used more as Jabari Parker sees more run. Antetokounmpo took some bumps in this game, including a Clint Capela elbow to his chin. On the whole, Antetokounmpo is back to his stat-stuffing ways since the break, averaging 4.9 dimes, 2.3 blocks, 1.9 steals and 0.7 treys in his previous outings since the All-Star Game. His efficiency is slightly down, but his owners can't complain. The Bucks are 3-7 in their last 10 games and sit in the No. 8 spot.
Jabari Parker scores 10 points in 25 minutes 03-07-2018
Jabari Parker F MIL
Jabari Parker scored 10 points in 25 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, three assists and one steal. He still seems to be stuck at the minutes limit in the mid 20s, and he didn't get key minutes late in this game. Part of that could be due to defensive play, but either way he should start to get closer to 30 minutes soon. Although, Parker isn't really doing much besides score with a few boards here and there, so he is likely just going to be a later-round fantasy guy going forward.
John Henson gets 20 minutes vs. Houston 03-07-2018
John Henson F MIL
John Henson played 20 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday, scoring six points with six rebounds, one assist and one block. Tyler Zeller didn't play and Thon Maker was a DNP-CD in this game, so the Bucks went with a ton of no-C lineups. The matchup was obviously a factor, but the Bucks will likely be looking to go with more Giannis Antetokounmpo at the five. Henson has been fairly quiet since the break, so he's a drop candidate in most leagues.
De'Aarox Fox (back) will not return vs. NO 03-07-2018
De'Aaron Fox G SAC
De'Aarox Fox (lower back stiffness) will not return against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

Jason Jones on Twitter
Lance Stephenson scoreless in 13 minutes 03-07-2018
Lance Stephenson G IND
Lance Stephenson didn't score in 13 minutes vs. the Jazz on Wednesday. The Pacers as a team struggled tonight, scoring 84 points on 38.6% shooting vs. an elite defense. That doesn't excuse Stephenson, who is now averaging 4.3 points on 23.5% shooting in his past three games. His minutes are dwindling even without Darren Collison (ankle) and he's simply not a trustworthy fantasy asset.
Derrick Favors (neck) returns, plays 26 mins 03-07-2018
Derrick Favors F UTH
Derrick Favors (neck) returned on Wednesday with seven points on 3-of-6 shooting, seven rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 26 minutes. Favors resumed his usual starting job alongside Rudy Gobert, with Jonas Jerebko heading back to the second unit. He didn't turn the ball over, which is a bonus for 9-cat owners, and is cruising along as a steady top-100 value this season. Considering his health issues in recent years, that's already a big win for everyone who drafted him.
Jonas Jerebko back to bench, logs 12 minutes 03-07-2018
Jonas Jerebko F UTH
Jonas Jerebko had five points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in 12 minutes during Wednesday's lopsided win in Indianapolis. Jerebko made a fill-in start for Derrick Favors (neck) on Monday, posting 12 points, four rebounds, three 3-pointers and one steal in 20 minutes of action. Favors was back in action tonight, however, so Jerebko's role took a predictable dive -- prior to Monday's game, he'd scored double-digit points just three times since Dec. 1.
Jae Crowder scores 16 points on 7-of-13 FGs 03-07-2018
Jae Crowder F UTH
Jae Crowder made 7-of-13 shots to score 16 points on Wednesday, going 2-of-6 from downtown with four rebounds, two assists and zero turnovers in 28 minutes. Favors has played at least 25 minutes in every game with Utah, and he's dipped into single-digit scoring just once -- Monday's four-point dud vs. the Magic. He's earning minutes at both forward spots and has emerged as the sixth-man for the Jazz, which makes him viable as a steady, low-upside option.
Jazz win again as Rudy Gobert gets 23 & 14 03-07-2018
Rudy Gobert C UTH
Utah opened their road trip with a 104-84 win vs. the Pacers on Wednesday, led by Rudy Gobert's 23 points, 14 rebounds, one steal and one block. Both teams came into this game with three-game win streaks, and Utah was able to extend their own despite playing in a hostile arena. Gobert has been magnificent in March with averages of 21.5 points, 14.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals, all while shooting 74.4% from the field. There have been bumps in the road this season, but he's carrying plenty of owners into the fantasy playoffs with this scorching production.
Royce O'Neale (shoulder) looks fine Wednesday 03-07-2018
Royce O'Neale F UTH
Royce O'Neale finished Wednesday's game with four points (1-of-2 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), two rebounds and one steal in 20 minutes off the bench.

Kyle Goon on Twitter
O'Neale played with a wrap on his left shoulder, although he said before the game that he was "fine." He had a brief stint with fantasy relevance while Ricky Rubio was nursing a hip injury, but Rubio's return, coupled with the strong play of Jae Crowder, have reduced O'Neale to a fantasy afterthought.
Ricky Rubio racks up 18/7/6/3, Jazz win again 03-07-2018
Ricky Rubio G UTH
Ricky Rubio filled up the stat sheet on Wednesday with 18 points on 8-of-18 shooting, seven assists, six rebounds, three steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes. Rubio's shot was off in the first five games after All-Star weekend, but he went 6-of-9 from the field on Monday and came just one shy of his season-high for FG attempts tonight. The supporting stats have been there all along, so it's great to see him staying aggressive offensively.
Joe Ingles hands out season-high 10 assists 03-07-2018
Joe Ingles F UTH
Joe Ingles had 11 points, a season-high 10 assists, four rebounds, two 3-pointers and one steal during Utah's impressive 104-84 win on Wednesday.

Andy Larsen on Twitter
Ingles was terrific in the pick-and-roll game with Utah's bigs tonight, and he became the first Jazz player other than Ricky Rubio to hand out 10+ assists this season. He committed one turnover in 35 minutes tonight and helped Utah improve to 16-2 in their past 18 games, just 1/2 game behind the No. 8 seed Nuggets. He's been one of the more unlikely top-50 values over the past month.
Victor Oladipo takes 19 FGs, scores 13 points 03-07-2018
Victor Oladipo G IND
Victor Oladipo had another rough shooting night on Wednesday, scoring 13 points on 6-of-19 shooting in a lopsided loss to the visiting Jazz. Oladipo had 10 turnovers during Monday's game, to go along with 14 points on 5-of-19 shooting. The good news is that he salvaged tonight's line with seven assists, five steals, three rebounds and one block in 34 minutes. He also gets a delectable matchup vs. the Hawks' defense on Friday, so this mini-slump isn't likely to last another game.
Bojan Bogdanovic held in check vs. Utah 03-07-2018
Bojan Bogdanovic F IND
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 13 points during Wednesday's home loss, making 4-of-10 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs with four rebounds, two steals and one assist in 33 minutes.

ESPN
The sharp-shooting forward has been on fire lately and he was coming off a season-high-tying 29-point eruption vs. the Bucks on Monday. Bogdanovic went scoreless in a game on Jan. 29, but since he's hit double-digits in every game since. "I was really, really pissed off [about the scoreless game] ... I just tried to tell myself that I have to be aggressive," he said. The message has obviously been received and he's rolling as a mid-round fantasy value since the All-Star break.
Myles Turner gets going in Pacers' home loss 03-07-2018
Myles Turner C IND
The Pacers' three-game win streak was snapped on Wednesday, despite Myles Turner putting up 24 points, four rebounds, three blocks and one assist. Turner made 10-of-14 FGs and 3-of-4 FTs, with one 3-pointer and just one turnover in 30 minutes of action. Considering the difficult circumstances -- a blowout loss vs. a surging Jazz team -- it's hard to ask for more from Turner for fantasy purposes. He was coming off a 1-of-3 shooting dud on Monday, and hopefully this will give him some elusive momentum for the season's final weeks.
Trevor Booker gets 14 minutes in Pacers debut 03-07-2018
Trevor Booker F IND
Trevor Booker made his Pacers debut on Wednesday with two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench. Booker wasn't expected to play more than 10 minutes tonight, as he got his feet wet in coach Nate McMillan's rotations. It'll take a few games to see exactly where his playing time comes from, but presumably T.J. Leaf will fall out of the rotation with Thaddeus Young and Domantas Sabonis potentially giving up a few minutes also. Regardless, Booker isn't a fantasy asset.
Skal Labissiere not starting Wednesday 03-07-2018
Skal Labissiere F SAC
Skal Labissiere (knee) isn't listed as a starter on Wednesday, as the Kings are going with a veteran frontcourt of Kosta Koufos and Zach Randolph.

Jason Jones on Twitter
To be clear, Skal was 'probable' to play and he isn't on the injury report -- it looks like he's simply anchoring the second unit tonight. We'll let you know if there's more to the story.
Fox, Bogdan, Jackson, Z-Bo & Kosta starting 03-07-2018
Kosta Koufos C SAC
De'Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Justin Jackson, Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos will start against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

Jason Jones on Twitter
The Kings will go with a bigger lineup against Anthony Davis here with both veteran bigs out there. The Kings also used the two-big lineup against the Jazz last week. Koufos is probably going to get rest in the next few games, but he should get in the 20s for minutes today.
Delon Wright (toe) will not return vs. DET 03-07-2018
Delon Wright G TOR
Delon Wright (toe) will not return against the Pistons on Wednesday.

Raptors on Twitter
He only lasted seven minutes after what looks like an aggravation. Wright suffered a stubbed toe on Tuesday night and apparently the Raptors just want to shut him down. With him out, it'll be Norman Powell, Malcolm Miller and Fred VanVleet getting a few extra minutes. Pascal Siakam also started the third quarter for the ejected Serge Ibaka.
Jonathan Isaac sticking on the bench 03-07-2018
Jonathan Isaac F ORL
Jonathan Isaac will come off the bench again on Wednesday.

Josh Robbins on Twitter
There was some talk of him starting, which makes sense against a bigger forward duo of Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma. Isaac should still be up to close to 20 minutes off the bench and he could start the second half. Keep an eye on him in 14-team leagues.
Serge Ibaka ejected after 12 minutes vs. DET 03-07-2018
Serge Ibaka F TOR
Serge Ibaka was ejected in the second quarter on Wednesday, finishing with four points, two rebounds and three personal fouls in 12 minutes. Ibaka and Blake Griffin were getting physical throughout the first half, and Ibaka took exception to a foul called on him. He didn't do anything demonstrative enough to warrant further punishment, though, and could even have a technical rescinded upon further review. On the plus side, he'll be very well rested for Friday's showdown with the visiting Rockets.
Zach Randolph, Kosta Koufos will play 03-07-2018
Zach Randolph F SAC
Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos will play Wednesday against the Pelicans.

James Ham on Twitter
Z-Bo did not play on Sunday for rest and he's also sat out two of the last three. With Willie Cauley-Stein (back) still out, both players should get some decent minutes tonight, but of course the Kings have been known to pull a fast one.
Malcolm Miller to the bench 03-07-2018
Malcolm Miller F BOS
Malcolm Miller will move to the bench on Wednesday against the Pistons.

Raptors on Twitter
This move could mean that Delon Wright (toe) is limited, so coach Dwane Casey will try not to shorten his rotation too much. Miller can't be counted on in fantasy.
Norman Powell starting, Miller to the bench 03-07-2018
Norman Powell F TOR
Norman Powell will replace Malcolm Miller in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

Raptors MR on Twitter
Despite OG Anunoby (ankle) going down, Powell hasn't seen much of a boost in value regardless of how he enters the game, so it's tough to trust him in most leagues. Joining Powell in the starting five will be Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas.
Ben McLemore starting against the Bulls 03-07-2018
Ben McLemore G MEM
Kobi Simmons, Ben McLemore, Dillon Brooks, JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol will start against the Bulls on Wednesday.

Cody Westerlund on Twitter
It's the tank game of the night and the Grizzlies will roll with their No. 5 PG as their starter. McLemore should be busy tonight after he did not play on Monday due to personal reasons. Wayne Selden will likely pick up some backup PG minutes while Xavier Rathan-Mayes also gets some extra wing minutes.
Jarell Martin (knee) will not play vs. CHI 03-07-2018
Jarell Martin F MEM
Jarell Martin (knee) will not play against the Bulls on Wednesday.

Rob Fischer on Twitter
The Grizzlies are missing four point guards along with Martin and Chandler Parsons tonight. The Grizzlies should be leaning more on Dillon Brooks at the three while Ben McLemore is likely going to start next to him. Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Myke Henry should be able to help out, as well.
Dakari Johnson recalled from the G-League 03-07-2018
Dakari Johnson C OKC
Dakari Johnson has been recalled from the G-League.

Fred Katz on Twitter
He won't play.
Nene (rest) will not play Wednesday vs. Bucks 03-07-2018
Nene C HOU
Nene (rest) will not suit up for Wednesday's game in Milwaukee.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
This will be Nene's standard rest day on the second night of a back-to-back, and with Ryan Anderson (hip) and Brandan Wright (knee) also unavailable, Clint Capela could be logging heavy minutes tonight. Nene will be back in action for Friday's game in Toronto.
Joe Johnson (illness) will not play vs. Bucks 03-07-2018
Joe Johnson G HOU
Joe Johnson (illness) will not play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
He'll miss both games in the back-to-back set after playing 13 minutes against the Celtics on Saturday. With him out, there will be a few extra minutes for P.J. Tucker, Luc Mbah a Moute and Gerald Green.
Tyler Zeller out with back and hip issues 03-07-2018
Tyler Zeller C MIL
Tyler Zeller (hip, back) will not play against the Rockets on Wednesday.

Matt Velazquez on Twitter
The Bucks will go with John Henson in the first unit again and Thon Maker will back him up. Maker hasn't exactly played well and the Bucks may go with more no-center lineups against the floor-spacing Rockets.
James Ennis will come off the bench Wednesday 03-07-2018
James Ennis III F DET
James Ennis will return to the second unit for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.

Rod Beard on Twitter
Ennis had one good game as a starter, but he was pretty awful over the past two games, so he might not be making it back to the starting five anytime soon. Leave him on the wire.
Jonas Jerebko back to bench 03-07-2018
Jonas Jerebko F UTH
Jonas Jerebko will move back to the bench on Wednesday. He may not be in the rotation at all with Derrick Favors back and Jae Crowder playing well.
Luke Kennard starting, Ennis to the bench 03-07-2018
Luke Kennard G DET
Luke Kennard (illness) will replace James Ennis in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.

Rod Beard on Twitter
Stanley Johnson (back) won't be available tonight, so Kennard could be looking at a decent amount of minutes with the starting unit, although he's still not much more than a low-end, 3-point streamer in deep leagues. Ennis isn't worth owning anywhere.
Derrick Favors back in the first unit 03-07-2018
Derrick Favors F UTH
Derrick Favors (neck) will start against the Pacers on Wednesday.

Eric Woodyard on Twitter
He's back after missing one game, which pushes Jonas Jerebko back to the bench. The Jazz have had some success with Jae Crowder at PF, so maybe they dial back Favors' minutes slightly. He's still worth owning in standard leagues.
Stanley Johnson (back) will not play vs. TOR 03-07-2018
Stanley Johnson F DET
Stanley Johnson (back) will not play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

Rod Beard on Twitter
Anthony Davis not on injury report 03-07-2018
Anthony Davis F NO
Anthony Davis is not on the injury report for Wednesday against the Kings.

Pelicans on Twitter
In case you missed it yesterday, he took a shot to his ribs in the first half and X-rays were negative, but returned for the second half with 31 points to get him to 41 total. Davis is on an epic heater right now and should be in for another monster game tonight.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: For those concerned about pulling the trigger on Davis on a B2B with a minor injury scare, he's absolutely dominated in his last two B2Bs, posting an average just shy of 94 FPs. He's continued to be a usage hog with DeMarcus Cousins out and that doesn't figure to change with the Pelicans playing well, so Davis once again is an elite upside target.
Ben McLemore will play on Wednesday 03-07-2018
Ben McLemore G MEM
Ben McLemore (personal) will play on Wednesday against the Bulls.

Mike Wallace on Twitter
He was away from the team for Monday's game, but he's back and he is probably going to start. The Grizzlies are missing four point guards tonight and Wayne Selden likely still has a minutes limit, so McLemore could find himself getting minutes in the 30s again.
Kyrie Irving says he'll play on Thursday 03-07-2018
Kyrie Irving G BOS
Kyrie Irving (knee) said he'll play on Thursday against the Wolves.

Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter
"I'm in," he said. Irving still has to meet with the training staff tonight and tomorrow, so he's not officially "in" just yet. Irving did not play on Monday due to his knee soreness, but it sounds like it was just a precaution against the lowly Bulls. Expect another update on Irving tomorrow morning.
David West (right arm cyst) is doubtful 03-07-2018
David West F GS
David West (right arm cyst) is doubtful for Thursday against the Spurs.

Warriors on Twitter
The injury doesn't sound serious and some reports were calling it rest yesterday. With him and Jordan Bell hurting, JaVale McGee and Kevon Looney should handle most of the center minutes.
Jordan Bell out for Thursday 03-07-2018
Jordan Bell F GS
Jordan Bell (ankle) will not play on Thursday against the Spurs.

Warriors on Twitter
He was diagnosed with an ankle sprain on Tuesday night and didn't return. Bell has had a tough time staying on the court and the Warriors will likely be holding him out in both games of a back-to-back set. JaVale McGee and Kevon Looney figure to get most of the center minutes, excluding when Draymond Green plays the five.
Andre Iguodala (wrist) doubtful for Thursday 03-07-2018
Andre Iguodala G GS
Andre Iguodala (wrist) is doubtful for Thursday against the Spurs.

Warriors on Twitter
It's the front end of a back-to-back set, so it's not a surprise that the Warriors will hold Iguodala out for at least one game. Iguodala hasn't played in both games of a back-to-back set since January, and hopefully it's just a precaution. Nick Young and Shaun Livingston could be looking at a few extra minutes.
Kyrie Irving goes through 75% of practice 03-07-2018
Kyrie Irving G BOS
Kyrie Irving (knee) went through 75 percent of practice on Wednesday.

Marc D'Amico on Twitter
He will meet with the training staff tonight and tomorrow morning to come up with a plan on his status for Thursday night. Irving could miss this entire week after he missed Monday's game due to soreness. If Irving can't play, it'll be Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart getting some extra run.
Wayne Ellington (thigh) probable Thursday 03-07-2018
Wayne Ellington G MIA
Wayne Ellington (thigh) is probable for Thursday against the 76ers.

Ira Winderman on Twitter
He's missed the last four games and it sounds like he'll be back. In those four games, it's been Justise Winslow really stepping up with extra playing time, including 38 minutes on Tuesday. Ellington's return should take minutes from Winslow and Rodney McGruder, and Ellington's chances to score will likely drop now that Dwyane Wade is playing well in the second unit.
Pau Gasol (shoulder) will not play vs. GSW 03-07-2018
Pau Gasol C SA
Pau Gasol (shoulder) will not play against the Warriors on Thursday.

Tom Orsborn on Twitter
Tony Parker dropped a hint that Gasol's shoulder injury was "bad" and Gasol did not practice on Wednesday. With Gasol out, it'll likely be Joffrey Lauvergne and Davis Bertans picking up a few extra minutes. Considering the Spurs stance on injuries, it's possible Gasol misses more time, so he's a drop candidate in fantasy leagues.
Jameel Warney getting a 10-day deal 03-07-2018
Jameel Warney F DAL
The Mavs will soon sign Jameel Warney to a 10-day deal.

Marc Stein on Twitter
He was with the team during the preseason two years ago and he's been with the Texas Legends in the G League. The 6'7" Warney has been filling it up in the G League with 20.3 points, 9.6 boards, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks.
Brandan Wright (knee) out 2-3 weeks 03-07-2018
Brandan Wright F HOU
Brandan Wright (knee) is probably out 2-3 more weeks, according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

Adam Wexler on Twitter
He has been ruled out in advance for every game since Feb. 26. D'Antoni has said Wright is basically on the team for "insurance, mostly" up front, so the Rockets will be OK without him.
Paul Zipser is out for Wednesday 03-07-2018
Paul Zipser F CHI
Paul Zipser (foot) will not play on Wednesday against the Grizzlies.

NBA.com
The Bulls won't need Zipser tonight with Justin Holiday back in the rotation.
Chandler Parsons (personal) out Wednesday 03-07-2018
Chandler Parsons F MEM
Chandler Parsons (personal) is out Wednesday against the Bulls.

Mike Wallace on Twitter
He is likely attending the funeral of his former agent Dan Fegan. With Parsons out, that should give more minutes to Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Myke Henry. We'll see what happens with Jarell Martin, who is questionable to play tonight, too.
Jonathan Isaac could start on Wednesday 03-07-2018
Jonathan Isaac F ORL
Coach Frank Vogel could start Jonathan Isaac against the Lakers on Wednesday.

John Denton on Twitter
He would likely start over Jonathon Simmons after Isaac started the second half over him on Monday. Isaac is expected to have a minutes limit for another week, but he's been effective in limited playing time with a combined four steals and six blocks over his last three. The Magic do play three games in the next four nights, so adding Isaac makes sense if you're looking for some extra defensive stats until Saturday. He's worth a look in 14-team leagues overall, too.
Skal Labissiere (knee) upgraded to probable 03-07-2018
Skal Labissiere F SAC
Skal Labissiere (knee) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday against the Pelicans.

James Ham on Twitter
He was listed as questionable yesterday due to knee soreness, but apparently Labissiere is feeling better today. The second-year forward is off to a solid start to his post-break run, averaging 11.6 points, 5.1 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.6 blocks and 0.4 steals in those seven games. He's worth owning in standard leagues right now and hopefully he can keep up the consistency.
OG Anunoby (ankle) doesn't travel to DET 03-07-2018
OG Anunoby F TOR
OG Anunoby (ankle) did not travel for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
He does not have a timetable to return, but he will be starting once he's ready to go. It'll be Malcolm Miller and Norman Powell picking up some extra minutes, but they're not fantasy options.
John Wall gets in light work on Wednesday 03-07-2018
John Wall G WAS
John Wall (knee) did some side-to-side shooting and slow movement during Wednesday's shootaround.

Candace Buckner on Twitter
This is the second day in a row that Wall has gone through some on-court work, and Scott Brooks again said that he "looked good" while he was out there. Based on Wall's initial 6-8 week timetable, the earliest Wall will be able to return will be for a home game against the Timberwolves on March 13, so he's worth stashing if you've got an open IR-spot or if you've got a post-season spot locked up with a bye week.
Reggie Jackson says ankle is feeling better 03-07-2018
Reggie Jackson G DET
Reggie Jackson said that his ankle is "feeling better," and he's not dealing with "much pain at all now."

Rod Beard on Twitter
"It's just strengthening and doing everything functionally so that I can go out there and be myself," said Jackson, "but I'm getting more confident each and every day." Jackson was able to get some shots up at Wednesday's shootaround, but he still hasn't got in a full practice, and Stan Van Gundy indicated on Monday that he's still not close. Jackson wasn't worth owning in most leagues prior to going down, and with no clear return date in sight, he's not worth rostering in most scenarios.
Magic waive G Rashad Vaughn 03-07-2018
Rashad Vaughn G ORL
The Magic have waived G Rashad Vaughn.

Josh Robbins on Twitters
He wasn't expected to recover from his knee injury prior to the conclusion of his second 10-day deal, so Orlando will be making a premature cut here. They're expected to award a 10-day deal to Rodney Purvis of the G-League, but he won't be a factor in fantasy hoops.
Joe Johnson (illness) questionable Wednesday 03-07-2018
Joe Johnson G HOU
Joe Johnson (illness) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Bucks.

Mark Berman on Twitter
The Rockets are on the second night of a back-to-back set, meaning they won't host a shootaround, so we won't get another update on Johnson until he goes through his pregame routine. In other words, he's headed for a game-time call, but if he is able to get back out there, Gerald Green could fall out of the rotation entirely.
Brandan Wright (knee) out Wednesday vs. MIL 03-07-2018
Brandan Wright F HOU
Brandan Wright (knee) will not suit up for Wednesday's game in Milwaukee.

Mark Berman on Twitter
Wright isn't even traveling with the team right now, so he could miss the remaining two games on this road trip. He's a negligible part of the rotation anyway, so his absence won't have any impact in fantasy hoops.
Ryan Anderson, Wright out Wednesday vs. MIL 03-07-2018
Ryan Anderson F HOU
Ryan Anderson (hip) and Brandan Wright (knee) will not play on Wednesday in Milwaukee.

Mark Berman on Twitter
This will be the fifth straight game on the sidelines for both of these guys, and neither guy seems close considering they both have yet to practice. Trevor Ariza, Luc Mbah a Moute and P.J. Tucker will continue to see an uptick in minutes while Anderson and Wright are out, with Ariza offering the most upside.
Jeff Green (back) will play Wednesday vs. DEN 03-07-2018
Jeff Green F CLE
Jeff Green (back) will play Wednesday against the Nuggets.

Dave McMenamin on Twitter
He should be back in his 20-minute reserve role tonight following a two-game stint on the sidelines, which will result in fewer minutes for Cedi Osman and Kyle Korver. Green isn't worth rostering in most leagues.
David Nwaba will come off the bench Wednesday 03-07-2018
David Nwaba G CHI
David Nwaba will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

Darnell Mayberry on Twitter
Justin Holiday will start ahead of Nwaba, but Holiday will likely be working with a minutes limit, so Nwaba should still see quality minutes despite running with the second unit. He's somewhat more risky to use in DFS operating as a reserve player, but he's fine to throw out there in season-long settings.
Derrick Favors (neck) available to play Weds 03-07-2018
Derrick Favors F UTH
Derrick Favors (neck) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

Kyle Goon on Twitter
Favors should be back out there following a one-game stint on the sidelines, which will push Jonas Jerebko back to the second unit, and Ekpe Udoh could fall out of the rotation entirely. Feel free to get Favors active.
Robin Lopez will remain inactive on Wednesday 03-07-2018
Robin Lopez C CHI
Robin Lopez will not play Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter
Head coach Fred Hoiberg did say that Lopez would rejoin the rotation when the Bulls' begin their two-game road trip on Friday, but he won't be taking the floor tonight. Lopez could be confined to minutes in the teens even as a starter, so him becoming a part of the rotation again in Chicago won't really do much in fantasy hoops.
Justin Holiday will start Wednesday vs. MEM 03-07-2018
Justin Holiday G CHI
Justin Holiday will return to the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter
The NBA recently issued the Bulls a warning regarding resting healthy players, so they'll get Holiday back into the rotation to avoid disciplinary action by the league. However, Holiday acknowledged that while he'll be starting, he doesn't anticipate playing a lot of minutes with Chicago still evaluating their younger guys, so he's still not a great option in most leagues.
Matthew Dellavedova (ankle) out Wednesday 03-07-2018
Matthew Dellavedova G MIL
Matthew Dellavedova (ankle) will remain on the sidelines for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.

Matt Velazquez on Twitter
There haven't been many updates on Dellavedova since he went down with the ankle injury on February 4, which suggests he's still not close. Leave him on the wire.
Tyler Zeller (hip) doubtful for Wednesday 03-07-2018
Tyler Zeller C MIL
Tyler Zeller (hip, back) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. the Rockets.

Matt Velazquez on Twitter
It looks like Wednesday will mark Zeller's second straight game on the sidelines, which means Thon Maker should be able to flirt with around 20 minutes off the bench tonight. Neither Maker nor Zeller is worth rostering in most leagues, though.
Kawhi Leonard (quad) says he'll be back soon 03-07-2018
Kawhi Leonard F SA
Kawhi Leonard (quad) said he expects to get back to the court "soon," but acknowledged he still doesn't have a set date.

Tom Orsborn on Twitter
"I don't have a set date right now. I just have to keep doing what I'm doing," said Leonard. "The progression that I am making has been great. I just have to keep doing what I'm doing." While this is an encouraging quote from Kawhi, it's worth noting that he still wasn't able to practice in full on Wednesday, and "soon" without an official return date is a painfully vague description. He's fine to stash away if you've got an open IR-spot, but know that he'll likely have heavy restrictions upon his return and that back-to-back sets will likely be out of the question.
Rudy Gay (ear) practices on Wednesday 03-07-2018
Rudy Gay F SA
Rudy Gay (ear) practiced on Wednesday.

Tom Orsborn on Twitter
Gay blew out his left eardrum on Monday, but that's not expected to be an issue that forces him to spend any time on the sidelines. Pau Gasol is reportedly dealing with a bad shoulder injury, so Gay could see a slight uptick in minutes if Gasol is forced to sit out some games.
Pau Gasol (shoulder) doesn't practice Weds 03-07-2018
Pau Gasol C SA
Pau Gasol (shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday.

Tom Orsborn on Twitter
Tony Parker said that Gasol suffered a "bad" shoulder injury during Monday's win over the Grizzlies, and with him sitting out Wednesday's practice, it seems unlikely that he'll be able to play on Thursday in Oakland. If he sits, Joffrey Lauvernge and Davis Bertans will split the majority of his minutes.
Otto Porter (hip) doesn't practice Wednesday 03-07-2018
Otto Porter Jr. F WAS
Otto Porter (bruised right hip) did not practice on Wednesday.

Zach Rosen on Twitter
For what it's worth, Scott Brooks did say that Porter was feeling better on Wednesday, but with his health being absolutely crucial to the Wizards' postseason success, we'd expect Washington to be cautious with bringing him back. The Wizards have a Friday-Saturday back-to-back set coming up, so don't be surprised if he sits out at least one of those games. Kelly Oubre and Markieff Morris will pick up the majority of Porter's minutes if he can't play on Friday.
D'Angelo Russell hints he's still not 100% 03-07-2018
D'Angelo Russell G BKN
D'Angelo Russell wouldn't commit to saying he's fully recovered from the arthroscopic knee procedure he underwent earlier this season.

The Undefeated
"I feel like it's a process with a long season ahead," said when asked if he feels like he's fully recovered from the arthroscopic knee procedure. "It's hard to say you're fully back when you don't really have the proper rest and the proper tools to get there. You just have to work with what you have." Russell has been better over the past month, but efficiency and turnover issues remain a problem for the third-year guard. He should continue to improve as the year goes on, though.
Luke Kennard (illness) probable for Wednesday 03-07-2018
Luke Kennard G DET
Luke Kennard (illness) is expected to play Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

Rod Beard on Twitter
Kennard skipped Tuesday's light practice with a minor stomach issue, but he was a full participant at shootaround this morning, so he should be able to get out there. With Stanley Johnson (back) looking unlikely, Kennard should see an increased role in the rotation, but it's still unlikely that he'll be out there long enough to make a meaningful impact in fantasy hoops.
Stanley Johnson (back) a game-time decision 03-07-2018
Stanley Johnson F DET
Stanley Johnson (back) did not go through shootaround and he'll be a game-time call for Wednesday's matchup with the Raptors.

Rod Beard on Twitter
Johnson also didn't practice on Tuesday, so with him skipping shootaround, it seems unlikely that he'll be able to take the floor tonight. Reggie Bullock and Luke Kennard will split most of his minutes, with Bullock offering more upside. Check back for official confirmation on Johnson's status closer to tip-off.
Trevor Booker to play around 10 minutes Weds 03-07-2018
Trevor Booker F IND
Trevor Booker will play roughly 10 minutes in Wednesday's game against the Jazz.

Eric Woodyard on Twitter
Booker is slated to make his Pacers' debut tonight, but 10 minutes of floor time won't be enough for him to make a meaningful impact in fantasy hoops. He'll likely take away some run from Domantas Sabonis and Thaddeus Young, but Booker belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Dakari Johnson sent down to the G-League 03-07-2018
Dakari Johnson C OKC
Dakari Johnson has been sent down for another G-League stint.

Brett Dawson on Twitter
He rarely plays for OKC when Steven Adams is healthy.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson might not start again 03-07-2018
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson F BKN
Kenny Atkinson would not commit to getting Rondae Hollis-Jefferson back in the starting five this season.

New York Post
"There's such a small sample size. I wish there were more games and we were fresh and could figure it out. We don't have a ton of games to look at it," Atkinson said of having RHJ run with the reserves. "But I like it where it is. My first thought was to get Rondae into the starting lineup, but we'll see how that evolves. We've got to get a better sample size to get a grip where we're going to go permanently." RHJ is still worth owning as a reserve player, but his value would be much improved as a starter.
03-07-2018
Shaun Livingston G GS
Shaun Livingston returned to action on Tuesday March 6.
03-07-2018
Dwayne Bacon F CHA
Dwayne Bacon returned to action on Tuesday March 6.
Tobias Harris scores 27 w/ 11 rebounds 03-07-2018
Tobias Harris F LAC
Tobias Harris scored 27 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three triples vs. the Pelicans on Tuesday. He played more small forward tonight with Montrezl Harrell starting the second half over Wes Johnson, but if this game was any indication, Harris' value is going to be just fine. He's seen a nice bump in value since his move to Los Angeles and the Clippers are the only team that plays four games in each of the next three weeks.
Lou Williams scores 27 w/ 11 dimes in loss 03-07-2018
Lou Williams G LAC
Lou Williams scored 27 points with 11 assists, three rebounds, two triples and five turnovers in 34 minutes vs. the Pelicans on Tuesday,

Tomer Azarly on Twitter
It was another monster night for Williams who finished 9-of-20 from the field and a surprising 7-of-13 from the line including a couple missed free throws in the final seconds. "It's nice to have a go-to guy," coach Doc Rivers said of Lou after the game. "Every team in the league wants one. We'll live with his makes and we'll live with his misses because at the end of he day, he makes more than he misses." The Clippers play four games in each of the next three weeks, so his fantasy owners should be in great shape.
Draymond Green scores 16 with 9 assists 03-07-2018
Draymond Green F GS
Draymond Green hit 7-of-10 shots for 16 points, five rebounds, nine assists, a block and a 3-pointer in 37 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Nets. This was Green's first game of more than 11 points in his last four, but his rebounds, assists and steals have been stellar all year. Green got his dunk attempt blocked by Joe Harris, and will surely be catching some heat from his teammates about it, as it was a pretty amazing play by Harris. Despite his lack of scoring, Green is still returning early third-round fantasy value this season.
Montrezl Harrell scores 26 pts vs. Pelicans 03-07-2018
Montrezl Harrell F LAC
Montrezl Harrell dropped a season-high 26 points vs. the Pelicans on Tuesday, hitting 11-of-17 shots and 4-of-6 free throws in 31 minutes. He started the second half in place of Wes Johnson and finished with a +/- rating of +16 in the 5-point loss, adding eight rebounds, two assists and one steal. This was the third-highest scoring game of his career and Harrell has been very productive recently, averaging 18.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.8 steals in 23.0 minutes over his last five. If Harrell moves into the starting lineup (Tobias Harris could slide to SF) or continues to see minutes in the 20s, he'll be worth an add if you can live with his free throw shooting.
JaVale McGee scores 12 in 15 minutes 03-07-2018
JaVale McGee C GS
JaVale McGee hit 6-of-7 shots for 12 points, five rebounds, a steal and a block in just 15 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Nets. The big man had scored two points in three of his previous four games, as the Warriors don't really use a center, but looked good on Tuesday night. He's much more valuable off the Warriors bench than he is in fantasy, so just ignore him.
Steph Curry scores 34 points in win over Nets 03-07-2018
Stephen Curry G GS
Stephen Curry hit 12-of-20 shots, 6-of-12 3-pointers and 4-of-5 free throws for 34 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block in 34 minutes on Tuesday, and only had three turnovers in a 114-101 win over the Nets. He was a little iffy coming in with a sprained ankle, but it obviously wasn't a problem. Curry's scored between 21 and 44 points in his last six games and the Warriors have won all six of them, which is being lost in the bustle of the Rockets (16) and Pelicans (9) winning streaks. The Warriors are still the champs and are probably happy to give up the spotlight to the Rockets right now, after being under a lot of pressure the last few years to set regular-season records. Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, as usual, were all effective in tonight's win.
Nikola Mirotic scores 13 points vs. Clippers 03-07-2018
Nikola Mirotic F NO
Nikola Mirotic returned to the bench on Tuesday vs. the Clippers, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one block, one steal and three triples in 25 minutes. He will play more than this most nights, as the Pelicans needed Emeka Okafor's size vs. DeAndre Jordan. Mirotic is a must-start player regardless of where he begins the game and is currently returning top-40 value on the season in 9-category leagues.
Emeka Okafor plays 21 minutes vs. LAC 03-07-2018
Emeka Okafor C NO
Emeka Okafor (ankle) returned to action vs. the Clippers on Tuesday, scoring nine points with seven rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 21 minutes. He set a season-high in minutes played tonight because of the matchup. Okafor has been a tremendous signing for the Pelicans so far and he'll make a lot more starts going forward, but usually he'll see minutes in the teens which will limit his fantasy appeal. He's a blocks and rebounding specialist in very deep leagues.
Caris LeVert scores 10 in loss to Dubs 03-07-2018
Caris LeVert G BKN
Caris LeVert played 25 minutes and hit 4-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors. LeVert went off for 27 points and a big stat line on Sunday, when he played over D'Angelo Russell in the fourth quarter, but was more pedestrian tonight. He's had a couple big games since returning from his knee injury and is averaging 13.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting over his last five games, and qualifies at several positions in most fantasy leagues. He's still working his way back into form, but looks like a solid pickup for the rest of the season, assuming he can stay healthy.
Jrue Holiday hands out career-high 17 dimes 03-07-2018
Jrue Holiday G NO
Jrue Holiday dished out a career-high 17 assists in Tuesday's win over the Clippers to go with 19 points, four rebounds, one steal, two blocks and two triples in 36 minutes. The Pelicans have won nine straight games, and while Anthony Davis is getting all the headlines, Holiday has been a stud as well. During their streak, Holiday is averaging 25.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.4 triples on 52% shooting. His defense has been just as good and he's returning second-round value in 9-category leagues on the season.
Allen Crabbe in a shooting slump for Nets 03-07-2018
Allen Crabbe G BKN
Allen Crabbe hit 3-of-10 shots and missed all five of his 3-pointers for nine points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 28 minutes on Tuesday. Crabbe's really cooled off over his last two games, hitting just 5-of-21 shots and scoring a total of 15 points. His minutes have been down a bit with Caris LeVert coming on, but the problem appears to be more related to Crabbe's ineffective shooting than the emergence of LeVert. Hopefully he'll break out of the funk on Thursday against the Hornets.
D'Angelo Russell drops 22 on Warriors 03-07-2018
D'Angelo Russell G BKN
D'Angelo Russell hit 9-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 22 points, three rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 34 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Warriors. He bounced back nicely from his six-point game on Sunday and has played very well in three of his last four games. The Nets have no reason to keep playing their veteran studs, but they keep doing it. DAR could get a rest at any time, but he's looking good and playing well, so just keep rolling him out there until further notice.
Anthony Davis (ribs) scores 41 in win vs. LAC 03-07-2018
Anthony Davis F NO
Anthony Davis returned from a rib contusion to score 41 points in a 121-116 win over the Clippers on Tuesday. He needed X-rays at halftime, but came back and dropped 31 points in the second half and hit a clutch fadeaway jumper to give the Pelicans a two-point cushion with 30 seconds left. He finished 17-of-31 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line to go with 13 rebounds, two assists, three steals, three blocks and four triples in 37 minutes. He has eight games with 40+ points this season and six of those have come after the DeMarcus Cousins injury. He's the best player in fantasy basketball at the moment and it's not close.
Jarrett Allen with another dud on Tuesday 03-07-2018
Jarrett Allen C BKN
Jarrett Allen played 20 minutes and hit 2-of-3 shots for four points, two rebounds and nothing else in Tuesday's 114-101 loss to the Warriors. We give up. He was showing serious signs of life, scoring 18, 13 and 15 points in three straight with solid boards and some blocks, then disappeared in his last two games, totaling just 11 points, five rebounds and one block in them. He wasn't in foul trouble in either game, but he wasn't engaged in the offense, either. Allen still has plenty of time to start going off, but he's been more of a headache than anything this season. He'll get Dwight Howard on Thursday night and anything is possible, but if you have options, Allen is not a must-start player right now, and he's barely clinging to must-own status.
Jordan Bell has a mild right ankle sprain 03-07-2018
Jordan Bell F GS
Jordan Bell has been diagnosed with a mild right ankle sprain.

Monte Poole on Twitter
X-rays came back negative and Bell won't need a walking boot. This is great news for Bell and the Warriors and we'll list him as day-to-day moving forward. He has great upside, but isn't worth picking up unless he earns a larger role.
DeMarre Carroll scores 19 in loss to Dubs 03-07-2018
DeMarre Carroll F BKN
DeMarre Carroll hit 7-of-19 shots and 2-of-10 3-pointers for 19 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in 28 minutes of Tuesday's 114-101 loss to the Warriors. Despite the Nets having nothing to play for, they're effectively losing games (albeit competitively) with Carroll out there, and he's kind of on fire, averaging 19 points, 7.2 boards, 3.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 3.6 3-pointers on 52 percent shooting over his last five games. The run could come to a halt at any time, but he's been killing it, and should be in all fantasy starting lineups until further notice.
Emmanuel Mudiay hits rock bottom vs. POR 03-07-2018
Emmanuel Mudiay G NY
Emmanuel Mudiay hit rock bottom on Tuesday vs. the Blazers, scoring three points on 1-of-9 shots with four assists, two rebounds, one steal and six turnovers.

Mike Vorkunov on Twitter
This game sums up why he's a toxic fantasy player. Mudiay has been so bad that coach Jeff Hornacek has considered putting Jarrett Jack back in the rotation, but it sounds like he will continue to prioritize "development" for now. His job is far from safe, though.
Michael Beasley scores 16 off the bench 03-07-2018
Michael Beasley F NY
Michael Beasley responded to his demotion to the bench with a 16-point effort on Tuesday vs. the Blazers. Beasley hit 8-of-13 shots in 25 minutes, adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. He was hot heading into the All-Star break, only to disappear in the games that followed. Coach Jeff Hornacek did say earlier in the week that he was hoping Beasley would find his form again, so maybe his minutes will ramp back up. Keep an eye on him to see if he can string a few good games together.
Ntilikina scores six points in first start 03-07-2018
Frank Ntilikina G NY
Frank Ntilikina made his first career start on Tuesday vs. the Blazers, scoring six points with two rebounds, two assists and one block in 28 minutes.

New York Daily News
He was 2-of-7 from the field and was quiet on offense, but he did have some great moments on defense. He'll need to hit the 3-point shot more consistently if he's going to play off the ball and coach Jeff Hornacek expects that to happen sooner rather than later. "He's got the length to shoot over guys. So he's going to be just fine," Hornacek said. "He's got to go back in the summer and continue working. He's going to be a dynamite shooter." We'll see what happens when Courtney Lee (personal) comes back, but it makes sense for the Knicks to play the rookie as much as possible. He's not a standard-league pickup.
C.J. McCollum does it all vs. Knicks 03-07-2018
CJ McCollum G POR
C.J. McCollum hit 7-of-18 shots and five 3-pointers for 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal in 35 minutes of Tuesday's 111-87 win over the Knicks. McCollum's last single-digit scoring night came on Nov. 22 and while he usually doesn't blow up the box score, he's returning late fourth-round fantasy value on the season. His scoring's been down a bit lately, but his assists and boards averages are higher than his season averages over his last five games.
Lance Thomas scores six points as starter 03-07-2018
Lance Thomas F NY
Lance Thomas moved into the starting lineup and had six points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two triples in 20 minutes vs. the Blazers. Even if this move sticks, Thomas just doesn't do enough on the offensive end to impact fantasy leagues. Leave him on the wire with confidence.
Damian Lillard torches Knicks for 37 03-07-2018
Damian Lillard G POR
Damian Lillard hit 10-of-18 shots, 8-of-11 3-pointers and 9-of-11 free throws for 37 points, two rebounds, one assist and two steals with just two turnovers in 32 minutes in Tuesday's destruction of the Knicks. He scored 39 on Monday night, has scored at least 35 points in three of his last four, and is averaging 31.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 4.8 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting over his last five. He just might be the most underrated point guard in the NBA.
Jusuf Nurkic goes for 11 & 8 in blowout 03-07-2018
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Jusuf Nurkic hit 5-of-8 shots for 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists in just 19 minutes of Tuesday's 111-87 blowout win over the Knicks. Nurk Alert picked up four quick fouls tonight and this one was over early in the third quarter. This was a back-to-back set for the Blazers so they simply didn't need Nurkic out there much in the second half. He had 16 points, 16 boards and a block on Monday and will look to get back at it on Friday against the center-less Warriors.
Jordan Bell sprains right ankle Tuesday 03-07-2018
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Jordan Bell came down on the foot of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson on Tuesday and appeared to badly sprain his right ankle, and immediately went to the tunnel to be checked out. He was already dealing with a left ankle sprain and some back problems, so this is officially his third different injury he's dealing with. He had five points, two rebounds and two blocks in 10 minutes before leaving, and will not return to the game. He'll have X-rays taken, but should still be considered day-to-day. But with so many injury issues right now, you're better off looking for a replacement on the waiver wire. The Clippers' Montrezl Harrell will be a hot pickup tonight.
Wilson Chandler scores 21 points vs. Dallas 03-07-2018
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Wilson Chandler scored a team-high 21 points in Tuesday's loss to the Mavericks, hitting 7-of-12 shots and 4-of-6 free throws. Chandler also hit three triples with three rebounds and three turnovers in 32 minutes. Even with the Nuggets at full strength, Chandler is still logging big minutes with at least 30 minutes in eight out of his last nine games. You could do worse in a standard league.
Montrezl Harrell starts 2nd half over Johnson 03-07-2018
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Montrezl Harrell started the second half of Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans over Wes Johnson. Harrell was dominant with 16 points in the first half and the Clippers need his size against Anthony Davis and Emeka Okafor. Harrell has been a per-minute monster lately and would be very intriguing if he had a larger role. He's making a strong case for more playing time tonight.
Doug McDermott scores 15 points Tuesday 03-07-2018
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Doug McDermott came off the bench to hit 4-of-8 shots, a 3-pointer and 6-of-6 free throws for 15 points, two rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes on Tuesday. He had 10 points and two 3-pointers in his previous game and is benefitting from the absence of Wesley Matthews (hip), while Yogi Ferrell scored a season-high 24 tonight. McDermott is worth keeping an eye on in deep leagues, but he'll need for Matthews to continue to rest and for Ferrell to crawl back into his hole for it to come to fruition.