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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, April 14, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Lu Dort, Paul George, Jayson Tatum, Pascal Siakam, Kevin Durant, Malcolm Brogdon, Caris LeVert and Clint Capela.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Malcolm Brogdon played 36 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Clippers, recording a line of 29 points (12-of-18 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), five rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers. After scoring 11 points in his first game back from a sore right hip, Brogdon has looked like his usual self in the Clippers' last two. He's scored 29 in back-to-back games, the first time he's had 25 or more in consecutive outings since March 12-13. Brogdon is ranked safely within the top-50, and it would not come as a surprise if he were to be a top-25 player by season's end. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Lu Dort went wild vs. the Jazz on Tuesday with a career-high 42 points on 16-of-31 shooting, seven 3-pointers, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Dort joins Kevin Durant as the only players in Thunder franchise history to score 40+ points at age 21 or younger, but Dort wasn't only a scorer tonight. His relentless defense also baited Utah in at least three offensive fouls, while helping to hold Utah to 41.9% shooting. The Thunder are light on offensive firepower without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (right foot), so Dort should have clearance to launch as many shots as he pleases. That's a mixed blessing since he's just 38.9% from the field and 75.2% from the line this season, inefficiency that hampers his overall appeal in category leagues. He shouldn't be on any waiver wires after this massive performance but don't set your expectations too high."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Rudy Gobert finished Tuesday's home win vs. the Thunder with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, 14 rebounds, seven blocks, one assist and one steal in 34 minutes. The Jazz were coming off a humbling home loss to the Wizards, and Gobert conceded that wear-and-tear played a role. “There is [fatigue]," he said. "At the end of the day, I think we’re going to have to be smart, because the goal is for us to be fresh for the playoffs, but at the same time to keep competing and, more importantly, keep getting better." The Jazz rested Mike Conley on Monday and both Joe Ingles and Royce O'Neale were out on Tuesday, so it's very possible Gobert will get some DNP-Rest days in the coming weeks. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jayson Tatum recorded a line of 32 points (10-of-17 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs), nine rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Blazers. Tatum has now scored 25 points or more in four straight, and 10 of his last 12 games. He got off to a slow start Tuesday night but got rolling after halftime, as he scored 25 second-half points. Over the last month Tatum has provided first-round value in both 8- and 9-cat formats, averaging 27.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 3.4 3-pointers per game while shooting 48.6% from the field and 89.6% from the foul line. Tatum's recent run looks quite familiar to his head coach. "This is about the time, the number of games, where last year he started taking off, and you can kinda see that in the last so many weeks," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after Tuesday's win. What's interesting about this is that Tatum revealed after the game that he has been using an inhaler since coming down with COVID-19. The return from that illness can be unpredictable, and it has taken Tatum some time to get back to the player that he was. He may not be all the way "back," but he's close. "

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, April 13, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Stephen Curry, Russsell Westbrook, Brandon Ingram, De'Aaron Fox, Jonas Valanciunas, Julius Randle, Donovan Mitchell, Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic and Christian Wood.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jonas Valanciunas bullied Chicago for 26 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and two assists during Monday's home win in Memphis, making 12-of-15 field goals and 2-of-2 free throws in 34 minutes. It remains to be seen how Jaren Jackson Jr. (right knee surgery) will impact Valanciunas in the season's final weeks, with JJJ expected back later this month. The Grizzlies' rising star will likely have restrictions for the foreseeable future, and the way JV is playing it'll be hard to reduce his minutes anyway. The last time he failed to secure double-digit rebounds in a game was on Feb. 28, and through seven games in April he's averaging 21.3 points on 66.3% shooting, plus a 93.3% mark at the line. He's added 16.7 boards and 2.7 blocks over the past three games, and is simply carrying fantasy teams at a critical moment with playoffs starting or about to start. Life is good for JV's fantasy managers right now."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Joel Embiid decimated the Mavs on Monday with a game-high 36 points on 10-of-17 field goals and 14-of-15 free throws, adding a pair of 3-pointers with seven boards, two dimes and a steal in 26 minutes. Embiid was clobbered by Boban Marjanovic in the first quarter, and was checking for loose teeth on the bench after the contact (which somehow didn't earn him a foul). There's no reason to think he'll appear on the injury report, fortunately, and his DNP risk is low this week since Philly doesn't play back-to-back games until Apr. 21-22. The Mavs had absolutely no answers for Embiid and he wasn't needed in the fourth quarter due to the lopsided score, so he'll be well rested for a must-watch game vs. Brooklyn on Wednesday."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jamal Murray suffered what appeared to be a serious left knee in the final minute of Monday's game. Murray's knee appeared to buckle as he landed after a layup attempt, and he immediately grabbed above his left knee in pain. He was helped off the court and will have an MRI, so until the results are known we'll reserve judgment. Nuggets coach Mike Malone said some of his coaching staff speculated it could be a hyper-extended knee. It's safe to assume that he'll miss at least some time with the injury. Facundo Campazzo should resume starting with Monte Morris taking on a bigger role. The Nuggets were already considering adding a free agent guard, with Austin Rivers, Troy Daniels and Gerald Green mentioned as possibilities. That could take on more urgency, depending on Murray's test results. Here's hoping it's not a serious as it seemed."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Stephen Curry passed Wilt Chamberlain to become the Warriors' all-time leading scorer on Monday, finishing a 116-107 win vs. Denver with 53 points, 10 three-pointers, seven rebounds and four assists. Steph was hyped for the moment, erupting for 21 points in the first quarter alone to pass Wilt. He shot 14-of-24 from the field, 10-of-18 from deep and 15-of-16 from the line in 36 minutes. "What he's doing is ridiculous," Steve Kerr said after the game. "Nobody has ever shot the ball like this. He can shoot anywhere, anytime, any situation, any defender on him." He's been unguardable and looks ready to single-handedly drag the Warriors into the postseason -- they're currently one game up on the Pelicans for the No. 10 seed."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, April 12, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Jonas Valanciunas, Zion Williamson, Caris LeVert, Kristaps Porzingis, Malcolm Brogdon, Karl-Anthony Towns, DeMar DeRozan and Paul George.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kristaps Porzingis posted a 31-point, 15-rebound double-double in Sunday's narrow loss to the Spurs. KP was locked in from the jump today, recording a 20-10 double-double within his first 16 minutes of play, and he finished 12-of-21 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the stripe. He added three assists, three triples, two swats and three turnovers in his 36 minutes of floor time, but ultimately, it was not enough to give Dallas the win. Luka Doncic was the Mavs' second-leading scorer tonight, and he finished with 29 points (10-of-17 FG, 7-of-8 FT), three boards, seven dimes, two treys, one steal and five turnovers in 35 minutes."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jimmy Butler was marvelous during Sunday's 107-98 win over Portland, tallying 20 points, four rebounds, five assists, one 3-pointer, four steals, two blocks and three turnovers across 36 minutes. Butler got his buckets efficiently too, finishing 7-of-13 from the field and 5-of-6 from the stripe, and he helped hold Portland to under 100 points — something Miami has done 19 times this season. Bam Adebayo was also solid in the win, scoring a game-high 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting (4-of-8 FT) to go with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 35 minutes. The Heat have now won two in a row, and they'll look to keep that streak going on Tuesday in Phoenix."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Paul George had his third straight 30-plus-point performance on Sunday, tallying 32 points (12-of-25 FG, 7-of-7 FT), three boards, nine dimes, one triple, one steal and two turnovers across 37 minutes. PG-13 was rested on Friday, but he was back in action tonight and saw a nice uptick in usage with Kawhi Leonard taking the night off. He’s been ballin’ out and at just the right time with the fantasy playoffs about to be in full swing, so George will likely be on a lot of winning fantasy teams this season. "I just got into a good groove, rhythm, physical, mental space. I know what I need to do," said George after the game. "I've been locked in and focused... I've just been at peace, I'm loving and enjoying the game. And the team is coming together.""

Per NBC Sports Edge, "LeBron James (ankle) is set to return to the lineup in about three weeks, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports. The Lakers announced on Saturday that Anthony Davis is expected in the next 10-14 days, while LeBron is said to be a week behind Davis. That's great news for the Lakers, but not so much for fantasy managers with the playoffs underway in most leagues. Talen Horton-Tucker and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will continue to provide streaming value in the meantime. "

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, April 10, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Jayson Tatum, Zach LaVine, Trae Young, Zion Williamson, Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, Karl-Anthony Towns, Reggie Jackson, Russell Westbrook and DeMar DeRozan.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Zach LaVine went bonkers for a career-high 50 points vs. the Hawks in Friday's 120-108 loss, going 18-of-31 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line with eight rebounds, five assists and seven triples in 39 minutes. LaVine scored a franchise record 39 points in the first half and even scored 25 straight, breaking Michael Jordan's record of 23. He also became the fifth Bull to ever reach 50 points and the first since Jimmy Butler did it in 2007. LaVine is well on pace for his best ever season in both real life and in fantasy, ranking inside the top-25 for 9-cat leagues. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Zion Williamson erupted for 37 points with career highs of 15 rebounds and eight assists vs. Philly on Friday, making 15-of-28 field goals and 7-of-11 free throws in 35 minutes. Prior to the game, Sixers coach Doc Rivers lavished praise on the Pelicans' developing superstar. "He keeps getting better,” Rivers said. “He’s so much more than a dunker. He’s a playmaker at this size. His speed and power is really unmatched in a lot of ways." Rivers' team was on the wrong end of Zion's unique talent tonight, with New Orleans gaining separation in the third quarter for a 101-94 home win. His huge streak of 20-point games with 50% or better shooting ended vs. the Nets on Wednesday, but he wasted no time by getting back there tonight. He's riding high after this career performance and is poised to dominate during a back-to-back set vs. the Cavaliers (Sunday) and Kings (Monday)."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "DeMar DeRozan handed out 12 assists during Friday's tough loss in Denver, while scoring 24 points on 8-of-14 field goals and 8-of-8 free throws in 37 minutes. The Spurs have lost nine of their past 11 games and tonight's 121-119 defeat was a heart-breaker after they erased a big deficit to have a chance in the game's final possessions. DeRozan continues to reach new heights as a playmaker with a career-high 7.0 dimes per game this season, which has helped him maintain top-50 fantasy value in category leagues. The Spurs' playoff chase reduces the odds of rest down the stretch, so it should be a fun finish for DeMar's fantasy managers."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kevin Porter Jr. handed out a career-high 13 assists during Friday's loss to the Clippers, adding 14 points (4-of-13 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) and six rebounds in 31 minutes of action. Houston got shellacked in the second quarter, 41-10, but they hung around thanks in large part to KPJ's career night. John Wall was resting in the first half of a back-to-back, and coach Stephen Silas said the Rockets will continue that cautious approach for the rest of the season. Wall's absence opens up more on-ball minutes for KPJ, which (as tonight demonstrates) is a good thing for his fantasy value. Percentages continue to be an issue with 44.0% FGs and 68.2% FTs over the past month, and he's turning it over in bunches, but the counting stats are too alluring pass up."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, April 9, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Chris Boucher, Paul George, Donovan Mitchell, Kristaps Porzingis, Jimmy Butler, Luka Doncic, Zach LaVine, Rudy Gobert and Cory Joseph.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Chris Boucher had a monster game against the Bulls on Thursday night going 14-of-24 for 38 points, 19 rebounds, one steal and one block. Boucher had a career high in points and rebounds against Chicago, helping the Raptors mount a late comeback that fell short. He was all over the floor tonight and dominated both ends, finishing with a plus/minus of +16 in a game Toronto lost by nine. Nick Nurse continues to mess with Boucher's minutes and confidence but he's too good a player not to be rostered and started on a nightly basis. Thankfully, this didn't happen on a night with 10 or more games when Boucher could have potentially been benched by disgruntled fantasy managers. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Khris Middleton shot just 6-of-27 from the field during Thursday's loss in Dallas, scoring 14 points with eight rebounds, three assists and one steal. Middleton hit a pair of 3-pointers and only committed one turnover, but the brutal high-volume FG% is hard to overcome. He's facing a ton of defensive attention without Giannis Antetokounmpo (left knee) but typically fares better regardless of the circumstances -- this was his second-worst shooting performance of the season after a 3-of-15 dud back on Dec. 30. Expect a bounce-back effort vs. the short-handed Hornets on Friday."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Donovan Mitchell hit 14-of-25 shots, 1-of-8 3-pointers and 8-of-8 free throws for 37 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 33 minutes of Thursday's 122-103 win over the Blazers. Mitchell had 41 points on Wednesday and took a Damian Lillard knee to his right shin tonight, but played through it. It clearly didn't slow him down and he's scored at least 30 or 40 points in seven of his last 12 games and is averaging 39 points over his last two. The fact that Jordan Clarkson sat this one out with a sprained right ankle probably helped Mitchell a little, but he's been great with Clarkson in the lineup, as well. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Paul George led the Clippers to a 113-103 win over the Suns on Thursday, scoring 33 points (12-of-19 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and seven triples in 34 minutes. George may not be close to 100 percent, but you wouldn’t be able to tell based off his last two games -- he had a 36-point the showing the game prior with six triples and five dimes. The Clippers do have an easy game vs. the Rockets on Friday for the second night of this back-to-back, so a DNP-rest is a possibility for George and Kawhi Leonard."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, April 7, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Jokic, Stephen Curry, Nikola Vucevic, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Zion Williamson, Trae Young, Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Paul George (toe) hit 11-of-18 shots, six 3-pointers and 8-of-8 free throws for 36 points, three rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 34 minutes of Tuesday's 133-116 win over the Blazers. Now that's more like it! PG-13 had scored just 16 and 17 points in his previous two games and this was his first 30-point performance since March 2. He's (clearly) been bothered by a toe injury but appeared to be feeling much better tonight. Hopefully, the toe injury is becoming a thing of the past and George will continue to ball out going forward. The Clippers are hot, winners of two straight and 10 of their last 13 and are going to need a fully healthy George if they're going to win it all this year. Kawhi Leonard added 29 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in the win. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Norman Powell had his best game as a Blazer on Tuesday when he hit 8-of-18 shots, two 3-pointers and a season-high 14-of-15 free throws for 32 points, four rebounds and one assist in 37 minutes of a 133-116 loss to the Clippers. He led the team in scoring tonight and we're guessing that Blazers fans have already forgotten about Gary Trent, at least when it comes to playing hoops. Powell has scored in double figures in all six games he's played for the Blazers and had nine steals over his previous three games before not getting one tonight. Simply put, Powell can play, and it's taken him no time to adjust to his new teammates in Portland. And it looks like they got a steal in their deal to acquire Powell, who could end up being a difference-maker in the postseason. It's also probably not a coincidence that Powell was there to pick up the slack on a night when Damian Lillard decided to hit just 2-of-14 shots for 11 points. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Stephen Curry shot 14-of-21 from the field and 8-of-9 from the foul line in Tuesday’s comeback win over the Bucks, posting a line of 41 points, six rebounds, four assists and five 3-pointers in 38 minutes. Curry was outstanding Tuesday night, shooting nearly 67% from the field despite being the primary focus of the Bucks defense. And he made history during the win, reaching the 200 made 3-pointers mark in a season for the eighth time in his NBA career. Curry is the only player in league history with eight such seasons, with teammate Klay Thompson next in line with seven. Curry did take a fall during the fourth quarter, but he was able to adjust to the point where he did not land directly on his bruised tailbone. So long as Curry stays healthy, he’s a safe bet for gaudy stat lines on most nights."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kevin Durant (hamstring) will play on Wednesday against the Pelicans. After missing nearly two months, Durant will return, though the Nets will still be without one of their stars as James Harden remains sidelined. Durant will probably play with some type of minutes restriction though the number isn't clear yet. His return will bump Jeff Green and maybe Nicolas Claxton down in the rotation."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, April 6, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Darius Garland, Kyrie Irving, Devin Booker, De'Aaron Fox, Luka Doncic, Mike Conley, Deandre Ayton, Russell Westbrook, Julius Randle and Chris Paul.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "James Harden aggravated his right hamstring injury on Monday and won't return to the game. He missed two games and tried to come back, but in hindsight that might have been an aggressive approach. Kyrie Irving should go nuts for as long as Harden is out and Bruce Brown should also become very relevant for as long as Harden is out. Harden lasted just four minutes before going to the locker room, which is a tough break for his managers on a Monday. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "D'Angelo Russell (left knee surgery) played well in his return on Monday, scoring 25 points (7-of-19 FGs, 7-of-9 FTs) with five rebounds, four 3-pointers, three rebounds, one steal and one block. Russell played 24 minutes divided equally into 12 minutes per half. He missed nearly two months while recovering from surgery, so the Wolves will assuredly be cautious with his workload while he regains his game conditioning. He may be limited for games Wednesday (at Indy) and Friday (at Boston), and fantasy managers should prepare for a DNP during a back-to-back set Apr. 11-12. After the type of productive game he had tonight, though, there's plenty of cause for optimism."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Anthony Edwards collected 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in 38 minutes on Monday, helping the Wolves defeat the visiting Kings, 116-106. Malik Beasley (left hamstring) is out 4-6 weeks and could realistically be done for the season, opening up more touches and shot attempts in the starting unit. Edwards should be a direct beneficiary and he's already on an upward trajectory, including a franchise-record streak of 19 consecutive games with at least one steal. The swipes are a huge boost for fantasy purposes, and he's also been tolerably efficient shooting with 44.3% FGs and 75.4% FTs since the All-Star break. He did shoot 5-of-15 tonight with a career-high-tying seven turnovers, so there's room for improvement vs. Indiana on Wednesday."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Deandre Ayton tied his season high with 27 points during Monday's win in Houston, making 10-of-14 field goals and 7-of-8 free throws with 11 boards and a pair of blocks. It was a nice bounce-back game from Ayton, who scored just nine points vs. OKC on Friday. Phoenix fed him the ball and his size was too much for the Rockets' frontcourt, resulting in season highs for free throws attempted (eight) and made (seven). The 14 field goals were also the most Ayton has attempted in a month, but he'll face a far more difficult opponent vs. Rudy Gobert and the Jazz on Wednesday."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "The Rockets couldn't stop Devin Booker on Monday, as the Suns' star scored 36 points (11-of-20 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs) with six rebounds, six assists and a steal. He went 6-of-8 from deep and there wasn't much defense played by either team tonight, but to be fair to Houston nobody has contained Booker lately. He's hit 32+ points in four of the past five games, and it's not merely that he's getting hot from the field (which he is). Perhaps more sustainably, he's also putting pressure on defenses and getting to the line 8.2 times per game in that span. Booker's hot streak will soon be stress-tested with a back-to-back set looming vs. the Jazz (Wednesday) and Clippers (Thursday)."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, April 5, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Kyrie Irving, Clint Capela, Nikola Vucevic, Nikola Jokic, Kelly Oubre, Lonzo Ball, James Johnson, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kyle Kuzma struggled on Sunday with six points on 2-of-10 field goals and 2-of-5 free throws, seven rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes. Kuzma did block two shots to give fantasy managers something useful, but he also turned the ball over four times. He said afterward that the Lakers "fell short on playing together on offense," which is a kind description. They mustered only 38 points in the first half and finished 40.0% from the field as a team, while also being out-rebounded 50-36. Kuzma's inconsistency is unlikely to resolve itself any time soon, so fantasy GMs have to accept that the highs will be accompanied by plenty of lows."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Lonzo Ball (hip) drilled a career-high eight triples in his return to action on Sunday, adding 27 points, four boards, nine dimes, three steals and six turnovers across 37 minutes in a win over the Rockets. Ball looked great in his first game back, ripping away a steal in his first three minutes of play and knocking down his first four shot attempts, all 3-pointers. He said he wanted to take his time coming back from the hip flexor issue to ensure it wouldn’t linger, and based on how he looked tonight, it seems safe to say that he’s past the injury. He did have some cramping issues in his right calf towards the closing seconds of the game and was unable to finish, but when asked about it afterward, he said he’s fine and will be ready to play on Tuesday in Atlanta."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Nikola Jokic handed out 16 dimes in Sunday's comeback win over the Magic, adding 17 points, nine rebounds, one steal and four turnovers across 38 minutes. Jokic did a beautiful job orchestrating the offense tonight, dropping dime after dime, and he was showed with MVP chants from the home crowd throughout the game. This was Denver’s 10th straight win over Orlando, and they’ve now won 14 of their past 17 games, which has catapulted them to the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, April 3, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Giannis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Pascal Siakam, Damian Lillard, Robert Williams (Celtics), Chris Paul, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Clint Capela, Jrue Holiday and Miles Bridges.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a season-high-tying 47 points during Friday's win in Portland, making 18-of-21 shots with 12 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal. The twice-reigning MVP began the game 6-of-6 from the field, and he finished as the first player since Wilt Chamberlain to post 45 & 10 on 85% shooting or better. He was also 11-of-13 at the line tonight, which continues a recent trend with 78.9% free throws since the All-Star break. That's an unexpected bonus for fantasy managers who may have built their teams around his egregious free-throw impact. If he can deliver a few unexpected FT%-category wins before reverting the form, so much the better. Either way, he's still an adjective-exhausting stud in both reality and fantasy."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Devin Booker went off for 32 points (11-of-20 FGs, 7-of-7 FTs), five assists, two rebounds and three triples in 30 minutes of Friday's 140-103 win over the Thunder. This game wasn't even remotely close with Booker being the only Sun to reach 30 minutes -- no other starter even hit 25. The Suns have won five straight to improve to 34-14, and Booker has been red hot in that span with 29.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.4 dimes, 0.8 steals and 2.6 triples. Expect another monster showing on Monday vs. the reeling Rockets. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Clint Capela racked up 14 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and six blocks in a 126-103 win vs. the Pelicans on Friday. Coach Nate McMillan said Capela was battling a couple "tweaks" including a left ankle sprain from Thursday night, so his fantasy managers were lucky he wasn't rested along with Trae Young and Danilo Gallinari. The Hawks did reduce his minutes this evening though as a precaution, but not enough to slow him down -- Capela was already red hot entering Friday with 18.0 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in his previous three games. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Gordon Hayward has been diagnosed with a right foot sprain and will be re-evaluated in about four weeks. Brutal. This should rule him out through April with no guarantees that he would be back for the final two weeks of the regular season in May. With Malik Monk (ankle) out at least two weeks, Miles Bridges has mid-round upside the rest of the way after his breakout game on Friday, and Brad Wanamaker could see a big uptick in minutes and is on the radar in deeper leagues. Hayward is a clear drop in season-long leagues with this news."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, April 2, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Clint Capela, DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Josh Jackson erupted for a season-high 31 points (13-of-21 FGs) in a 120-91 win over the Wizards on Thursday to go with four assists, two rebounds, one steal and four triples in 29 minutes. He also suffered a nasty ankle roll that sent him back to the locker room, but he returned for the second half and was obviously fine. There’s a chance the ankle swells up overnight, so just double check his status before Saturday’s game vs. the Knicks. As good as he was tonight, it’s really hard to chase this line because he was coming off a scoreless dud on Wednesday and only got an extended opportunity since Hamidou Diallo was rested. Simply put, we need to see him string some good games together before picking him up in standard leagues."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "DeMar DeRozan hit 14-of-27 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 36 points, five rebounds and nine assists in Thursday's double-overtime 134-129 loss to the Hawks. DeRozan played very well tonight and just missed his season high, which still stands at 38 points back on Jan. 9 against the Timberwolves, which was also an overtime game. DeRozan had 26 points and seven assists on Wednesday and appears to be heating up. But, as his managers well know, he hasn't hit a 3-pointer in seven straight games and hasn't had a steal in his last three. He's a great player but has some serious holes in his fantasy game."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Aaron Gordon hit 6-of-13 shots, a 3-pointer and 1-of-4 free throws for 14 points, six rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks in 39 minutes of Thursday's 101-94 win over the Clippers. Gordon looks happy and healthy and might end up being a perfect fit in the Nuggets' starting five. This was easily his best game of his three with the Nuggets and while we can't expect him to fill the stat sheet like this every night, it's certainly an encouraging sign. He played just 21 and 25 minutes in his first two games but the Nuggets fully unleashed him tonight and he came through in a big way. He's worth grabbing if he's somehow available in your league. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Paul George returned from his foot injury on Thursday and hit 5-of-15 shots, two 3-pointers and 5-of-6 free throws for 17points, eight rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes of Thursday's 101-94 loss to the Nuggets. He'd missed the last two games and his shot was a little rusty in this one. Then again, his shot looked rusty before the foot injury and he's now hit just 34-of-91 shots (37 percent) over his last five. This is slightly reminiscent of when he had his difficulties in the bubble last season but he's scoring at a fairly high level and playing well outside of the poor shooting. The Clippers had previously won the last five games George played in and six in a row, but are now on a two-game losing streak after tonight's loss. Hopefully, George's foot injury is no longer an issue going forward. "

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, April 1, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Fred VanVleet, Jrue Holiday, Kyrie Irving, Devin Booker, Damian Lillard, Ja Morant, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Vucevic, Jerami Grant and Mike Conley.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Mike Conley produced 26 points, four rebounds, seven assists, two triples, four steals and four turnovers across 35 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Grizzlies. Conley finished the game on 11-of-18 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from the stripe, and he helped the Jazz notch their seventh straight win tonight and sweep their season series against his former team. Joe Ingles wasn't all that efficient in the spot-start sans Donovan Mitchell (personal), going 3-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the stripe for 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, two triples, one steal and three turnovers in 34 minutes."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Ja Morant busted loose for 36 points, two rebounds, seven assists, two triples, three steals and five turnovers across 36 minutes in Wednesday's loss to Utah. Morant got his points efficiently, going 11-of-18 from the field and 12-of-15 from the stripe, and he also joined Mike Conley as the only other player in Memphis history to record 300 points and 100 assists in a single month. This was his fifth game of the season with at least 30 points, which was nice to see after back-to-back, 12-point games. Morant did take a hard fall towards the closing minute of the fourth quarter, landing hard on his right hand after getting fouled on a drive to the hoop, but he played through it — so he should be fine for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jrue Holiday went 11-of-16 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line for a game-high 28 points over 34 minutes in Wednesday's 112-97 win over the Lakers. Holiday was hot from the start, drilling his first four buckets and only missing once through the first half of action, and he added eight rebounds, six assists, three 3-pointers, four steals, one block and four turnovers while he was out there. Giannis Antetokounmpo was Milwaukee's second-leading scorer tonight, and he finished with 25 points (8-of-13 FG, 8-of-10 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, three blocks and an unfortunate nine turnovers as the Bucks hit the brakes on a three-game skid."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Devin Booker hit 17-of-24 shots, two 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws on his way to a season-high 45 points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in Wednesday's 121-116 win over the Bulls. The Suns blew a 16-point lead to let the Bulls back in the game late but were able to close the door and get their fourth straight win. Booker was incredibly efficient tonight and it was nice to see him contribute across the board although we could have done with fewer than five turnovers. He might just now be ready to heat up. "

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, March 31, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Russell Westbrook, Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr, Gordon Hayward and Trae Young.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Dario Saric hit 7-of-8 shots, 3-of-3 3-pointers and 3-of-4 free throws for 20 points, five rebounds and two assists in just 18 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's 117-110 win over the Hawks. It's too bad he doesn't play like this every night but the Suns appear to be committed to Jae Crowder at the 4. Devin Booker led the Suns with 21, Crowder scored 19 and Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul (all starters) all scored in double figures for the Suns. They also got 12 points and eight rebounds from Torrey Craig in 19 minutes off the bench, but both he and Saric feel like a bit of a fluke. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Wendell Carter Jr. had one of his best games of the season in Tuesday’s win over the Clippers, accounting for 11 points (4-of-4 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), six rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes. Carter Jr. played a big role in Orlando’s comeback win, as his rim protection helped the Magic shut off the lane from the Clippers down the stretch. Add in the perfect night shooting the ball, and the three assists, and this is certainly an effort that he can build on. That being said, Carter Jr. is in a tough spot as far as fantasy basketball is concerned. He’s effectively splitting bench minutes with Mo Bamba, who played 18 minutes and posted a solid line of 12 points, eight rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers. Ultimately, they may neutralize each other’s values as the fantasy playoffs approach."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Otto Porter shot 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-3 from the foul line in Tuesday’s win over the Clippers, recording a line of 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes. Not only was this the first time that Porter hit double figures since being traded to the Magic at the deadline, this was also his first double-digit scoring night in five games. In his four games prior, Porter scored a total of 16 points on 7-of-19 from the field. His fantasy value in Orlando isn’t great, but it appears unlikely that Porter will fall completely out of the rotation in favor of some of the team’s younger wings."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kawhi Leonard played 35 minutes in Tuesday’s loss to the Magic, tallying 28 points (10-of-20 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. Leonard, playing in both ends of a back-to-back for just the third time this season, shouldered most of the scoring load with Paul George (foot) sidelined. The Klaw has now scored 20 points or more in five straight and 12 of his last 13 games, which feels routine given his resume. Leonard will look to add to this current run Thursday night when the Clippers host the surging Nuggets in a game that will be key for seeding in the West."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, March 30, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Karl-Anthony Towns, Domantas Sabonis, Jayson Tatum, Rudy Gobert, Bam Adebayo, Richaun Holmes, Zion Williamson and Kyrie Irving.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Fred VanVleet hit 7-of-20 shots and four 3-pointers for 22 points, five rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes of Monday's 118-104 loss to the Pistons. He injured his right leg during the game and was checked out in the locker room before returning. The Raptors are a mess right now, going just 1-12 in March and are currently 5.0 games behind the Heat for the No. 8 seed in the East. Hopefully, FVV's leg is fine and he won't miss any time because of issue. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Richaun Holmes racked up 23 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal on Monday, leading the Kings to a 132-115 road win. Holmes continues to simply dominate for fantasy managers. He made 8-of-11 field goals and 7-of-10 free throws tonight, and also didn't turn the ball over in 33 minutes. He's at his best in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues, thanks to his efficiency, but his counting stats have popped and since the All-Star break he's averaging 17.8 points, 10.9 boards and 2.2 blocks. Games like this are becoming so routine we barely need to mention them."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Stephen Curry returned from a five-game absence due to a tailbone injury on Monday and hit 11-of-24 shots and six 3-pointers for 32 points, five rebounds, six assists, a steal and just one turnover in a 116-102 win over the Bulls. Curry's hard fall ended up costing him five games, during which the Warriors went 1-4. He looked a little rusty at times tonight and everyone held their collective breath whenever he hit the floor, but he put up a nice stat line and made it through the game in one piece. Golden State snapped a four-game skid and as further proof that he's his usual self, four of Steph's 3-pointers came above-the-break from 27 feet or beyond. The Warriors are in the thick of an intense playoff race at the bottom of the Western Conference, which should at least reduce the risk of rest days."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Zach LaVine (sprained right ankle) said he rolled his ankle "a little bit" during Monday's game, and suggested he may need time off to let the injury fully heal. “It’s a decision I’m going to have to make coming up, because obviously you guys can tell, I’m not myself," LaVine said. "I’m just trying to go out there and obviously tough it out. But I rolled it a little bit again [Sunday], so I’ll figure it out later." LaVine is shooting 36.9% from the field over his past five games, a far cry from his season average of 51.8%. The Bulls play in Phoenix on Wednesday and we'll list LaVine as questionable, though he may be closer to doubtful based on his statements."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, March 29, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were CJ McCollum, Robert Covington, Devin Booker, Nikola Jokic, Mikal Bridges.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Nikola Jokic hit 7-of-12 shots, 1-of-2 3-pointers, and 1-of-2 free throws for 16 points, eight assists, 10 rebounds, one steals, and two blocks with no turnovers in a win over the Hawks on Sunday. Jokic had yet another fantastic game without a turnover in 28 minutes. It's unreasonable for someone with the ball in his hands so much to be so careful with it for entire games at a time. The best player in fantasy basketball looks to continue his performance for the rest of the season, possibly with an MVP trophy waiting for him at the end. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Damian Lillard hit 7-of-21 shots, 2-of-7 3-pointers, and 6-of-6 free throws for 22 points, 11 assists, three rebounds, and two turnovers in a win over the Raptors on Sunday. Lillard dished nine assists in the first quarter alone, which tied Lonzo Ball and T.J. McConnell for the most in any quarter in league history. His 10 in the first half were more than every other Raptors combined (seven). He slowed down from there, and struggled with his shot, but still finished with a double-double."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Aaron Gordon hit 6-of-9 shots and 1-of-4 3-pointers for 13 points, one assist, two rebounds, one steal, and no turnovers in a win over the Hawks on Sunday. Gordon had a solid debut game for the Nuggets, scoring 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting in just 21 minutes. His first make was a mid-range jumper and he already threw down his first of many dunks from Nikola Jokic passes. His minutes will ramp up in time."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, March 28, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Paul George, De'Aaron Fox, Karl-Anthony Towns, Russell Westbrook, Zion Willliamson, Donovan Mitchell, Kawhi Leonard, Moses Brown, Alec Burks and Thanasis Antetokounmpo.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Moses Brown had multiple career-highs in Saturday's 111-94 loss to Boston, scoring 21 points (8-of-10 FGs, 5-of-8 FTs) with 23 rebounds in 33 minutes. Good grief. He had 19 boards alone in the first half, breaking OKC's franchise record (16) and joining Dwight Howard as the second player to record 19+ rebounds in a single half in the past 5 years. The Thunder announced before the game that Al Horford would be shut down, so Moses has a clear runway to continue showcasing his monster upside. Look for the Thunder to lock him up on a standard deal in the near future, because he's a keeper for the franchise. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jordan Clarkson erupted for 28 points (11-of-21 FGs, 1-of-1 FT) vs. the Grizzlies in a 126-110 win on Saturday to go with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and five triples in 29 minutes. He was long overdue for an outburst like this and only four of his points were in garbage time. Sure he's been volatile, but it's performances like this that have him in the Sixth Man of the Year conversation -- this was his 13th game of the season with at least 20 points. Donovan Mitchell was the star of the show though, dropping 35 points for the second game in a row with five triples and seven dimes on 12-of-17 shooting. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Zion Williamson shot 13-of-20 from the field and 12-of-18 from the foul line in Saturday’s win over the Mavericks, accounting for 38 points, five rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes. Williamson may not be much of a perimeter shooter, but it really doesn’t matter when opposing defenders struggle to keep him from getting into the paint. The absence of Lonzo Ball has meant even more opportunities for Williamson to serve as a facilitator, and he’s had at least five assists in five of his last seven games. "This is a Shaquille O'Neal-type force of nature with a point guard skill-set,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of Williamson after Saturday’s game. That description sounds about right."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "De'Aaron Fox went off for 36 points (15-of-24 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), six assists, four rebounds, one steal, two blocks and two triples in a 100-98 win over Cleveland on Saturday. Fox has been borderline unfair in recent weeks and it’s no wonder why the Kings decided to make a playoff push instead of unloading their veterans at the deadline. He came into Saturday on a top-30 in 9-cat over the last month, putting up 29.0 points, 7.5 dimes, 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.7 triples. The Kings will be looking for their 5th straight win on Monday vs. the Spurs."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, March 27, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Nikola Jokic, Zion Williamson, John Collins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis, Khem Birch, Jayson Tatum, Ja Morant, Pascal Siakam

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Zion Williamson scored a career-high 39 points vs. Denver on Friday, making 16-of-19 field goals and 6-of-7 free throws with 10 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal. This monster performance wasn't enough for the win, but fantasy GMs won't mind. It extended Williamson's streak with 20+ points to 22 consecutive games, the longest streak for an NBA player 20 years or younger. "I have the ball in my hands a lot because my coach and teammates trust me, [so] I could just shoot a lot and get 20 points," Williamson said. "But my teammates and coaches know that's not the game I want to play." Instead, he's scoring with extreme efficiency from the field (62.1%) while drawing a ton of contact for easy points at the line (70.8% on 8.3 attempts). And he's only getting better. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kristaps Porzingis dropped 31 points (12-of-28 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs) with 18 rebounds, three assists and three triples in 38 minutes vs. Indiana on Friday. The Mavericks rested Luka Doncic (back) Friday, and could sit Porzingis on Saturday as the team looks to keep them fresh for the postseason. Porzingis has struggled with Luka off the floor this season, shooting 38% with him off the floor and 53% with him on. If Porzingis does sit on Saturday, we may get a Boban Marjanovic sighting vs. the Pelicans."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Ja Morant lit up the Jazz for 32 points and 11 assists in a losing effort on Friday, making 11-of-21 field goals and 9-of-11 free throws in 37 minutes. Morant dropped 29/9/5 in an overtime win on Monday, one of his best efforts all season. He was quiet Wednesday but bounced back tonight, nearly helping Memphis knock off the top-seeded Jazz in a 117-114 road loss. Morant didn't have any defensive stats but he grabbed four rebounds and hit a 3-pointer while only committing one turnover. We've seen him get hot before, only to take his foot off the gas, so hopefully he sustains this newfound aggression in Saturday's rematch at Utah."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "John Collins went bonkers for a career-high 38 points (14-of-19 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and four triples in a 124-108 win over Golden State on Friday. Collins was one of the most popular names in the rumor mill for the past year, but the Hawks held through the deadline and the forward expressed his desire to remain with the team for the long term. “We never had any serious conversations with any team about moving him this year,” GM Travis Schlenk said. This is great news for Collins’ fantasy value, as he entered Friday’s game flirting with top-25 value in 9-cat for the last month. He'll look to keep it going vs. Denver on Sunday."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, March 26, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were De'Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo, Russell Westbrook, RJ Barrett, CJ McCollum, Tyler Herro and Richaun Holmes.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Danny Green hit 9-of-14 shots, eight 3-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws for 28 points, five rebounds, a steal and two blocks in 32 minutes of Thursday's 109-101 win over the Lakers, his former team. Green and Dwight Howard got their rings tonight and while Green went nuts, Howard got into with Montrezl Harrell and was ejected after just six minutes. The Lakers made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter but Green hit his eighth triple of the night to ice the game with 30 seconds left. It might shock you to know that the 28 points aren't a season high as he had 29 points and nine triples against the Heat on Jan. 12. And those two are his only 20-point games of the season. But he's playing well, scoring in double digits in five straight and seven of his last eight, and he's been shooting it very well since a 1-of-10 disaster on March 16. He's worth grabbing if available in your league."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Seth Curry returned from a three-game absence due to a left ankle injury and hit 7-of-13 shots and four 3-pointers for 19 points, one rebound and two assists in 27 minutes of a 109-101 win over the Lakers. Welcome back, Seth. He's had a season of highs and lows but has scored in double figures in his last seven games played and has hit at least one 3-pointer in 18 straight games. Now that he's healthy again, picking him up makes sense if you've got someone you've been wanting to drop. It's also worth noting the Sixers have won seven of the last eight games that Curry has played in. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kyle Kuzma played 42 minutes and hit 9-of-21 shots and three 3-pointers for 25 points, nine rebounds and a steal in Thursday's loss to the Sixers. That ties his season high and he's been cooking in March, scoring at least 12 in all but one of his nine games and hitting three triples per game. He's also been rebounding the ball a lot better, averaging 8.3 rebounds over his last three. LeBron James and Anthony Davis aren't walking through that door anytime soon so Kuz should continue to keep rolling going forward. He should be rostered everywhere. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Chris Boucher's minutes have been cut and he's not producing much lately under coach Nick Nurse, playing just 17, 22, 13 and 20 minutes in each of his last four games. Nurse has his reasons for pulling away from Boucher, but the fact the Raptors went on a recent nine-game losing streak is just adding fuel to the fire. "Well, he doesn't rebound defensively very well," Nurse recently said. "It's difficult, man. If he's going to be playing against big, strong 10-year veterans in the league, they're gonna look at him, his stature, and try to plant him under the basket and push him out of the way, aren't they?" Nurse clearly has issues with Boucher right now but just traded Norman Powell away. In our eyes, the Raptors are better when Boucher plays and we can only hope that Nurse starts to feel that way, too. But it's been a rough ride with Boucher for the last several games so just hang onto him and bench him when you can. The eye test says Boucher's a better player than his coach gives him credit for. Something's got to give. "

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, March 24, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Jokic, James Harden, Enes Kanter, Deandre Ayton and Zion Williamson.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Evan Fournier finished Tuesday’s loss to the Nuggets with 31 points (10-of-18 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), one rebound, six assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes. Fournier made 5-of-6 2-point attempts, and he also turned the ball over just once on the night. But his solid effort wasn’t enough to deliver Orlando a victory, as the Magic trailed by as much as 20 in the first half. So long as Fournier can stay healthy, he’s a virtual lock to provide mid-round value in both 8- and 9-cat formats. And with his name coming up in some trade rumors recently, it would not come as a surprise if he was moved ahead of the trade deadline. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Nikola Jokic shot 11-of-17 from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line in Tuesday’s win over the Magic, finishing with 28 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes. Jokic won the “Battle of the Nikolas” in convincing fashion, posting his 12th triple-double of the season (and first against the Magic) in the process. With LeBron James and Joel Embiid both sidelined due to injury, there should be even more chatter about Jokic as an MVP candidate. And he has been the best player in fantasy basketball this season, ranking first in both 8- and 9-cat formats."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Stephen Curry (tailbone) will miss at least one more week, according to Warriors coach Steve Kerr. According to Kerr, an MRI revealed inflammation in Curry's tailbone. His absence means even more scoring opportunities for Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre, while Jordan Poole should remain in the starting lineup. Fantasy managers would be wise to grab Poole off of the waiver wire while they still can. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "James Wiseman will start for the Warriors on Tuesday and may stick in that role for the rest of the season. "I anticipate James is going to start the rest of the season," coach Steve Kerr said prior to the game. Wiseman has had various injury issues this season that have kept him from being able to get into a groove so hopefully he can build onto his strong start to the season the rest of the way. "

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, March 23, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Rudy Gobert, Jrue Holiday, Karl-Anthony Towns, John Wall, De'Aaron Fox, Richaun Holmes, Fred VanVleet, Jaylen Brown, Kawhi Leonard and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "The Raptors lost their ninth straight game on Monday, despite Fred VanVleet's game-high 27 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two assists. FVV made 9-of-17 shots including 4-of-11 from deep, extending his franchise record to 70 consecutive games with a made 3-pointer. Pascal Siakam added 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Norman Powell scored 18 points, but it wasn't enough to avoid a brutal loss to the Rockets -- snapping Houston's epic 20-game skid in the process. Toronto is still only 2.5 games out of the No. 10 seed, but at this rate it would be surprising if they stand pat through the trade deadline."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "John Wall triple-doubled during Monday's cathartic win vs. Toronto, scoring 19 points with 11 rebounds, 10 assists, two blocks and one steal in 36 minutes. The Rockets had lost 20 consecutive games prior to tonight and they're going nowhere fast, but for now Wall shows no signs of shutting things down. “All you can do is go out and compete,” Wall said. His huge effort came despite playing in the second half of a back-to-back set. It's fortunate for fantasy managers that Wall played at all, especially since he was "a little sore" after logging 35 minutes on Sunday. This was his first triple-double since 2016 and it had to feel fantastic given how much he's overcome to get to this point, as well as the fact that it snapped the losing skid. He'll look to build on it vs. the short-handed Hornets on Wednesday."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jeff Teague started for Kemba Walker (rest) on Monday and hit 10-of-12 shots, two 3-pointers and 4-of-7 free throws for a season-high 26 points, six assists and nothing else in Monday's 132-126 overtime loss to the Grizzlies. It was a perfect storm for Teague with Walker and Jayson Tatum (illness) out, and he couldn't miss from the field. The reeling Celtics lost for the fourth time in five games and are now the No. 8 seed in the East, trailing teams like the Knicks, Hornets and Hawks. They have plenty of time to turn it around but as for Teague's fantasy value, this was a fluke. Walker should be back on Wednesday after getting the night off. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Ja Morant hit 12-of-25 shots, a 3-pointer and 4-of-7 free throws for 29 points, five rebounds, nine assists and just two turnovers in Monday's 132-126 overtime win against the Celtics on Monday. This was just what the doctor ordered for Morant, who hadn't scored more than 15 points in his previous four games and shot 5-of-20 for 14 points and eight assists in Saturday's win over the Warriors. Maybe this is a sign he's going to start playing more aggressively and putting up big fantasy stats, as he's simply been disappointing over the last couple of weeks. Tonight was definitely a step in the right direction."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, March 22, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Russell Westbrook, Nikola Jokic, Bam Adebayo, Brandon Ingram, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Chris Paul, Christian Wood, Jimmy Butler, Julius Randle.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Updating a previous report, the Hornets confirmed that LaMelo Ball is dealing with a fractured bone in his right wrist and he'll be "out indefinitely." Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the fracture is near Ball's thumb, and per Woj, he's "expected to miss the rest of the season." The Hornets haven't yet confirmed if he is indeed done for the year, but Woj's reporting is fairly golden, and that timetable will make sense if he winds up needing surgery. Ball is currently seeking second opinions on his wrist, so we wouldn't cut him just yet, but Devonte' Graham needs to be rostered everywhere in wake of this report."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Luka Doncic hit 13-of-19 shots, 8-of-9 3-pointers, and 3-of-6 free throws for 37 points, four assists, seven rebounds, and five turnovers in a win over the Blazers on Sunday. Doncic was unbelievable on Sunday, making his first eight 3-point attempts and scoring 24 points in the first half alone. This was his game. He matched Dirk Nowitzki as the only two Mavs players in the last 25 years to score 37 points in three quarters. This was a true stomping of the Blazers and Doncic was the reason for it."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Julius Randle dropped in 24 points on 7-of-23 shooting (6-of-8 FT) Sunday, to go with seven rebounds, three assists, four triples, five steals and five turnovers across 46 minutes in an overtime loss to the 76ers. Randle did a phenomenal job making life miserable for Tobias Harris, holding him to just 5-of-18 shooting, and he came through with some clutch buckets down the stretch to force OT — including a step-back 3 with 5.0 seconds left in regulation. He also had two opportunities to win the game, once in regulation and once in overtime, but both of his last-second-looks rimmed out and the Knicks lost the tightly contested game by just one point."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Chris Paul notched his first triple-double of the season during Sunday's 111-94 win over the Lakers with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists over 32 minutes. CP3 not only became the oldest player in Phoenix history to record a triple-double, but he also passed the 10,000 career-assist mark, which put him in the same elusive company as Jason Kidd and John Stockton as the only other players in NBA history to tally at least 10,000 assists and 2,000 steals. He didn't have a great shooting night, going 3-of-11 from the field, but he was also 5-of-6 from the stripe and he added three steals, one block and two turnovers in his historic night."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, March 21, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were John Collins, Tobias Harris, Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan, Lonnie Walker, Jonas Valanciunas, Juan Toscano-Anderson (Warriors), Paul George, Jordan Poole and Donte Divincenzo

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jonas Valanciunas played 27 minutes in Saturday’s win over the Warriors, accounting for 19 points (5-of-10 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs), 15 rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer. Valanciunas posted yet another double-double Saturday night, and in two games against the Warriors he manage to corral a total of 31 rebounds. While he had to deal with Kevon Looney Friday, the veteran center’s matchup at the beginning of Saturday’s game was Alen Smailagic. If there’s a negative to take away from Valanciunas’ stat line, it’s the fact that he had 10 field goal attempts despite the mismatch. Ja Morant (14/3/8/1 with one 3-pointer) went 5-of-20 and Dillon Brooks (19/4/3 with three 3-pointers) 4-of-16. The big fella deserved a bit more in the way of post touches Saturday night. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "DeMar DeRozan hit 8-of-18 shots, a 3-pointer and 5-of-6 free throws for 22 points, three rebounds, a season-high 13 assists, a steal and two blocks in Saturday's loss to the Bucks. What a line from DeRozan, who just missed his career high in assists, posting 14 of them against the Lakers back in 2018. He is hot, scoring at least 20 points in six of his last seven games and handing out at least seven assists in six of them. He's also had five double-doubles in his last seven games, logging at least 11 assists in five of them. His stellar assisting is impeding the fantasy value of guys like Dejounte Murray and Derrick White. White had six points and six dimes tonight, while Murray sat out for rest. This looks like a nice sell-high moment on DeRozan, as he can't possibly play better than he has over the last few weeks."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Lonnie Walker got hot and hit 13-of-21 shots and five 3-pointers for a career-high 31 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and just one turnover on Saturday. Dejounte Murray was given a rest tonight and Walker took advantage for the best game of his young career. He's been playing well, hitting double figures in scoring in eight of his nine March games, but scored 12 or fewer points in six of them. He'll go back to being an average player when Murray is back in action in the next one. Derrick White had six points and six assists in the loss. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Giannis Antetokounmpo hit 9-of-18 shots, two 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws for 26 points, eight rebounds and a season-high 15 assists in 34 minutes of Saturday's 120-113 win over the Spurs. The Bucks are rolling right now, winners of 11 of their last 12 games and six in a row, mostly due to the strong play of Giannis. He's also been shooting it lights out from both the field and the line since the All-Star break. He's hit 31-of-36 free throws in those five games, good for 86 percent and has hit at least half his shots in all five games. He also tied his career high with the 15 dimes tonight. Here's to hoping he keeps the hot-shooting hand and keeps dishing the ball going forward. "

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, March 20, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Jokic, Andrew Wiggins, Luka Doncic, Keldon Johnson (Spurs), Kyrie Irving, Richaun Holmes, Nikola Vucevic, TJ McConnell, Donovan Mitchell, Jamal Murray

Per NBC Sports Edge, "C.J. McCollum went off in a 125-119 win over Dallas on Friday, scoring 32 points (11-of-23 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with seven triples, four rebounds, four assists and zero turnovers in 28 minutes. It’s fair to say the rust is wearing off after McCollum shot 6-of-27 in his first two games back. The fact that the Blazers let him play in the second game of this back-to-back is another reason to celebrate, so it looks like the runway is clear for McCollum to get back to his early-round ways -- coming into tonight, McCollum was the 13th ranked 9-cat player on a per-game basis."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jamal Murray led the Nuggets to a 131-127 comeback win in overtime Friday, dropping 34 points (12-of-20 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with five assists, two rebounds, four steals and six triples in 42 minutes. Murray had just three points in the first half, but completely took the game over down the stretch including a game-tying step-back triple. There's a reason he's the 7th best fantasy player in 9-cat over his last 13 games with 24.4 points, 5.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 3.6 triples and 1.6 steals. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Otto Porter Jr. came out of nowhere for 22 points (9-of-13 FGs), four rebounds, three assists, one block and four triples in 29 minutes vs. Denver on Friday. He gave the Bulls some great minutes in the fourth quarter with seven points, so he ended up closing the game alongside Thaddeus Young with Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter watching from the sidelines. Porter barely made any noise in his previous five games, but taking a flier on him this close to the trade deadline isn't a bad idea in case he's moved or bought out. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Deandre Ayton was laden with foul trouble throughout Friday's game, scoring eight points with six rebounds and one turnover in 18 minutes. Ayton's disappointing campaign continues, to his managers' chagrin. He was coming off a game in which he fouled out in 26 minutes, but he's not typically foul-prone so at least that's not a frequent concern. The issue, of course, is that Ayton is averaging just 14.4 points, 11.1 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.1 blocks and 0.4 steals this season -- all down significantly from last year. The Suns are thriving with a 27-13 record (fourth-best in the NBA), which removes any urgency to feature Ayton more than they have been, so he's likely to continue plodding along with mid-round value in 8-cat and 9-cat."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, March 19, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Russell Westbrook, Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards, LeBron James, Donovan Mitchell, Julius Randle, Bradley Beal, Joe Ingles, Zion Williamson and Nikola Vucevic.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Julius Randle dished out a career-high 17 assists vs. the Magic in a 94-93 win on Thursday, adding 18 points (8-of-20 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), 10 rebounds, one steal and one triple in 40 minutes. Talk about putting the team on his back. That's Randle's third triple-double of the season which is the most by a Knick in the last 39 seasons, and this was the 9th game of his career with double-digit assists. He's doing a terrific job running the offense with New York missing three of their PGs, adding to what has already been an epic season -- he's on pace to join Larry Bird (1984) as the only players to average 20/10/5 while shooting 40% from beyond the arc. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Anthony Edwards hit 15-of-31 shots, 4-of-13 3-pointers and 8-of-13 free throws for a career-high 42 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one turnover in 38 minutes of Minnesota's 123-119 over the Suns on Thursday. It wasn't the most efficient line we've ever seen but he certainly helped fantasy teams with this monster performance. The Suns controlled the game through three quarters but the Wolves took over in the fourth behind Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns and were able to get a rare win. Edwards is on a tear, scoring between 21 and 42 points in each of his last five games and has scored in double figures in nine straight. Efficiency may never be his middle name, but he's going to score a ton of points in the NBA and he's just getting started. Edwards became the third-youngest player in NBA history to have a 40-point game."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Karl-Anthony Towns hit 15-of-24 shots, five 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws for a season-high 41 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and a steal in Thursday's comeback 123-119 win over the Suns. KAT was a monster tonight and unlike teammate Anthony Edwards, who scored a career-high 42, was highly efficient. KAT hasn't been blowing people's minds this season with stat lines like this, but he had a 29-6-7-2-1 line in his previous game and had a 34-point, 10-rebound explosion against the Blazers on March 13. It's been a long wait for Towns to show up and dominate, but tonight was hopefully the start of a hot run for KAT. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "LaMelo Ball hit 10-of-18 shots and two 3-pointers for 26 points, five rebounds, seven assists, a steal and six turnovers in Thursday's loss to the Lakers. LaMelo scored 30 points in his first game of March and has only had one dud over his last seven games when he scored seven points against Detroit on March 11. The six turnovers tied his season high but he generally does a very nice job of taking care of the ball. Just give him the Rookie of the Year Award now. He has at least one steal in all seven of his March games and has racked up 19 3-pointers in them, as well."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, March 18, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Luka Doncic, Domantas Sabonis, Russell Westbrook, De'Aaron Fox, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Saddiq Bey, Robert Williams III, Jaylen Brown and Zach LaVine.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Nikola Jokic hit 6-of-7 shots for 12 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and nothing else in Wednesday's easy 129-104 win over the Hornets. He racked up his 11th triple-double of the season, the 51st of his career and passed Dikembe Mutumbo as the franchise leader in double-doubles with his 228th. The Nuggets blew the game open in the third quarter and they simply didn't need any more than what the Joker gave them. Had the game been close he probably would have posted a monster line. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kevin Porter Jr. had another solid outing on Wednesday, scoring 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting to go with four rebounds, seven assists, three triples, three steals and five turnovers across 37 minutes. The only negative to KPJ's stat line tonight was he went 4-of-8 at the stripe, but that's typically not an issue for him. He's been a monster since landing in Houston, and with the Rockets doing a whole lot of losing, his minutes should be safe over the second half of the year. Congrats if you grabbed him because KPJ is a difference-making addition."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jimmy Butler (ankle) netted 24 points on 10-of-20 shooting (2-of-3 FT) Wednesday, to go with seven rebounds, two assists, two triples, one steal and one turnover across 36 minutes in a loss to Memphis. Butler was a game-time decision with an ankle issue, but it didn't appear to give him much trouble while he was out there and he logged 36 minutes, so we'd say he's fine. This was his 14th consecutive game with at least one steal, and he's been leading the league in that category this year — ripping away 2.1 a night — which will mark a career-high if he's able to keep up that pace."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Luka Doncic hit 16-of-28 shots, six 3-pointers and 4-of-5 free throws for 42 points, six rebounds, nine assists, three steals, two blocks and four turnovers in 43 minutes of Wednesday's 105-89 win over the Clippers. The Mavs got some revenge on the Clippers after falling to them on Monday and have won six of their last eight games, sticking as the No. 8 seed in the West. They've got two games in Portland this weekend and then get the Timberwolves on Wednesday. Luka had the ninth 40-point game of his career and put on a show on national TV. Two games of Luka vs. Damian Lillard should be a blast on Friday and Sunday. Luka's two blocks were a pleasant surprise after he failed to have one in his previous five games and he's hit 22 triples in his last six games."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, March 17, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Damian Lillard, LeBron James, Moses Brown (Thunder), Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler, Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine, Tobias Harris, John Collins and Kevin Porter Jr.

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Tobias Harris shot 11-of-20 from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line in Tuesday’s win over the Knicks, recording a line of 30 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and four 3-pointer in 38 minutes. Harris has now scored 23 points or more in three of Philadelphia’s four games since the All-Star break. Over the last month he’s providing first-round value in 9-cat formats, and with Joel Embiid (left knee) not expected back for at least another two weeks, this is Harris’ time to shine. The unfortunate thing for those who have "Tobi" rostered is that Philadelphia only plays twice more this week, with the first game being Wednesday's matchup with the Bucks."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Moses Brown had the best game of his NBA career Tuesday night, accounting for 20 points (9-of-16 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), 16 rebounds and five blocked shots in a loss to the Bulls. Brown played 30 minutes Tuesday night, and he’s played at least 19 in each of Oklahoma City’s four games since the All-Star break. What will happen with starter Al Horford, who did not play Tuesday night, is anyone’s guess with the trade deadline (March 25) just over a week away. But the Thunder are committed to playing their young guys, and in the case of Brown, he has proven to be a quick and willing learner. “Moses is a big dude,” Kenrich Williams said after the game. "The thing Moses does well for his age, he listens. He listens to the players and the coaches and he uses that advice in the games.” Brown sits just outside of the top-50 in 9-cat since the All-Star break, and he’s rostered in just 10% of Yahoo leagues. Go get him before it’s too late."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Zach LaVine hit the 40-point mark for the third time this season in Tuesday’s win over the Thunder, shooting 15-of-20 from the field and 3-of-3 from the foul line while also accounting for four rebounds, two assists, one steal and seven 3-pointers in 31 minutes. LaVine caught fire Tuesday night, doing the majority of his damage during the first and third quarters. And this could have been an even better night for the All-Star guard, as he checked out for good with a little over 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. For the season, LaVine has been a top-20 player in 9-cat, and a top-10 player in 8-cat. He and the Bulls will play three more times this week, including the second game of this back-to-back Wednesday night against the Spurs."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Damian Lillard hit 13-of-20 shots, six 3-pointers and 18-of-18 free throws on his way to his first 50-point game of the season, adding six rebounds and 10 assists in a comeback win over the Pelicans. The Blazers were down 17 points with about six minutes left and then went on a 25-7 run to win the game, as Lillard scored 18 in the fourth quarter alone. The Blazers hit 31-of-31 free throws on the night and Dame hit all 18 of his, including the game-winners after he was fouled late. Brandon Ingram contributed to the Blazers win by missing a pair of late freebies, but if Lillard wasn't in the MVP conversation before this one, he certainly is now. "

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, March 16, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic, Richaun Holmes, Julius Randle, Luka Doncic, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, Bradley Beal and Gordon Hayward

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Immanuel Quickley made his first NBA start on Monday and hit 6-of-19 shots, 4-of-12 3-pointers and 5-of-7 free throws for 21 points, two rebounds, two assists and zero turnovers in 34 minutes of a 117-112 loss to the Nets. He played 34 minutes and while he didn't have the most efficient night, it was still good to see him out there with the starters. Elfrid Payton and Derrick Rose were out so it's not as if Quickley has won the job, but Tom Thibodeau's trust in him is growing. Quickley has now scored at least 21 points in three of his five March games, scored 15 in one of them and had a zero-point dud in the other. But at this point, he should be rostered in all fantasy leagues going forward. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "James Harden hit 6-of-15 shots, missed all five of his 3-pointers and hit 9-of-9 free throws on his way to 21 points, 15 rebounds, 15 assists, a block and seven turnovers in Monday's 117-112 win over the Knicks. Harden became the first Nets player in history to have a 15/15/15 line and while it wasn't all that pretty, it's still quite an accomplishment. While Harden is now 26-of-26 from the line over his last three games, he's 0-for-11 from downtown in his last two, and 1-of-19 over his last three games from beyond the arc. Frank Ntilikina played just 16 minutes before fouling out tonight, but maybe he was able to get into Harden's head before checking out. Look for Harden's downtown drought to end against the Pacers on Wednesday night. "

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Devin Booker scored a game-high 27 points in an easy 122-99 win on Monday, hitting 10-of-19 shots with five assists, four rebounds and three triples. Booker wasn't needed after 30 minutes of action, watching as Phoenix improved to 18-4 in their past 22 games. That's helped them climb to the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference, aided by other team's struggles over the past 10 games including the Jazz (5-5), Lakers (4-6) and Clippers (4-6). Booker has limited his turnovers after a rocky start to the season, but he's still committing 3.5 per game including 11 in his previous two games. "If I'm gonna have the ball in my hands a lot and make plays for other people, I got to cut down on that," Booker said of his ball-handling miscues. He was a man of his word tonight with just two turnovers."

Per NBC Sports Edge, "Montrezl Harrell hit 11-of-14 shots and 5-of-6 free throws for a season-high 27 points, five rebounds, one assist and three steals in 25 minutes off the bench on Monday. The Lakers destroyed the Warriors 128-97 and Marc Gasol and Anthony Davis were out again, freeing up plenty of minutes for Harrell, even though he didn't start. Harrell is on a roll, scoring 27, 17 and 26 points over his last three games and shooting it lights out, but more rebounds would be nice. He should have another big game against Minnesota on Tuesday with Gasol out again due to health and safety protocols. "

Updated February 7, 2021

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