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Dennis Smith Jr. sat out Thursday's practice to rest "a sore hip area."

According to Mavs writer Eddie Sefko, the injury is "not believed to be anything serious," and the Mavs will update his status prior to Friday's game vs. the Bucks. DSJ said after Wednesday's game that he's been playing through some groin soreness for a few weeks, so presumably this is the same ailment. We're adding him to the injury report as a precaution, but owners should check for updates after Friday's shootaround.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 03:36:00 PM

LeBron James scored 32 points with 14 assists, eight rebounds, one steal, one block and two triples in Monday's 143-142 overtime loss to the Spurs.

LeBron sent the game to overtime with a pull-up triple with 2.4 seconds left, but missed a pair of free throws with 12.8 seconds left in OT and then followed that with a missed step-back jumper in the final second. The Lakers are now 0-3, but they've gone down to the wire against three playoff teams in SAS, HOU and POR. It's too early to panic and we'd expect LBJ to right the ship sooner rather than later. As for his fantasy value, he looks as strong as ever in his age-33 season.
Oct 23 - 2:30 AM

Kyle Kuzma moved into the starting lineup on Monday vs. the Spurs and made a big impression, scoring 37 points with eight rebounds, three assists and four triples in 45 minutes.

He finished just one point shy of his career-high, hitting 15-of-25 shots and 3-of-4 free throws. He's an exciting fit next to LeBron James because of his floor spacing and mobility, but this is just a short-term move because Brandon Ingram is suspended (three more games). If tonight was an indication, Kuzma's owners should have quite a week.
Oct 23 - 2:14 AM

Lonzo Ball moved into the starting lineup on Monday vs. the Spurs, scoring 14 points with six assists, six rebounds, one steal and three triples.

Coach Luke Walton said Ball doesn't have restrictions, and it was encouraging to see him play 33 minutes in the overtime loss. Ball was also efficient in this one, hitting 4-of-8 shots and 1-of-2 free throws with just one turnover. With Rajon Rondo suspended for two more games, Ball should be able to make a strong case to keep his starting spot the rest of the way. He just needs to stay healthy.
Oct 23 - 1:58 AM

Josh Hart scored 20 points (8-of-14 FGs) with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes in Monday's overtime loss to the Spurs.

His minutes have gone up in each game and he continues to significantly outplay Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. We would imagine that Hart is on the verge of entering the starting lineup, but either way, there's no way coach Luke Walton can justify not giving Hart 30+ minutes going forward. If you didn't draft him in the late rounds or grab him off the wire, it's probably too late.
Oct 23 - 1:54 AM

DeMar DeRozan posted a monster line in Monday's overtime win over the Lakers, scoring 32 points with 14 assists (career-high), eight rebounds, one steal and two triples in 45 minutes.

He had a combined 13 assists in his previous two games and has taken on more ball-handling responsibility because of injuries in San Antonio's backcourt. He was 11-of-29 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line, joining Tony Parker as the only Spurs in franchise history to post 32+ points and 14+ assists in a game. If he keeps dishing it like he has been, DeRozan could post his best ever season in fantasy.
Oct 23 - 1:46 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge went off for 37 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in Monday's 143-142 overtime win over the Lakers.

Who said posts up are dead? LMA was having his way with the Lakers all night no matter who they threw at him. He finished 13-of-22 from the field, but only hit 11-of-18 free throws. LMA is now shooting 62% from the line on the season despite being a career 80.6% shooter, so hopefully this is just a minor hiccup. The Spurs are off to a 2-1 start, LMA still has plenty of gas in the tank and DeMar DeRozan is fitting right in, so the Spurs should like their chances of getting back to the playoffs despite some bad luck with injuries.
Oct 23 - 1:33 AM

Kelly Oubre started the second half of Monday's game vs. Portland, scoring 22 points on 9-of-13 shots with six rebounds, one steal, one block and three triples.

After playing 19 and 20 minutes in Washington's first two games, the Wizards were forced to play smaller when Ian Mahinmi left with back spasms. Oubre ended up playing 39 minutes in the overtime win, scoring 20+ points for the sixth time in his career. The Wizards are short-handed right now and coach Scott Brooks said he wants to play his smaller lineups for "long stretches" going forward, so Oubre is at least worth putting on your watch list.
Oct 23 - 1:14 AM

Otto Porter scored 16 points with 10 rebounds, two steals and one block in 44 minutes in Tuesday's overtime win vs. the Blazers.

OPJ had the play of the game, as he swatted a Damian Lillard shot attempt in the final moment to protect a one-point lead for the Wizards. He really needed this performance because Porter was very underwhelming in his previous two. His minutes should be much safer going forward, especially with the Wizards missing their two top centers in Dwight Howard (back) and Ian Mahinmi (back) -- Markieff Morris slid to the five which opened things up for OPJ and Kelly Oubre.
Oct 23 - 1:08 AM

Markieff Morris went off for 28 points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and six triples in Monday's 125-124 overtime win in Portland.

Wow. Prior to Monday, Morris had hit more than three triples just once in his career, and one of his triples was a go-ahead basket with a minute left in overtime. Morris was forced to play more center with Ian Mahinmi leaving with back spasms, and we still have no clue when Dwight Howard (back) will return. His minutes should be over 30 in the short term and he's not going to be available on many waiver wires after tonight.
Oct 23 - 1:02 AM

Jusuf Nurkic hit 9-of-16 shots and 4-of-4 free throws for 22 points, 18 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 32 minutes of Monday's thrilling overtime loss against the Wizards.

Ian Mahinmi was Washington's only healthy center and he got hurt early, and Jeff Green also left for the Wizards with an injury, so Nurk had his way with the Wizards in what was easily is best game of the season. The Blazers suffered their first loss tonight, and Nurk will have a tougher test on Thursday night against a red-hot Nikola Vucevic.
Oct 23 - 12:59 AM

Mike Conley led the Grizzlies to a big road win on Monday in Utah, scoring 23 points (6-of-20 FGs, 1-of-6 3PTs, 10-of-11 FTs) with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals, one 3-pointer, and just one turnover in 35 minutes against the Jazz.

Conley posted the highest usage rate of his career in as many minutes as he played on Monday (check link). With the Grizzlies rebuilding and dealing with quite a few injuries, Conley will have the opportunity to get as many shots as he wants. He's a shell of his former self, but will still provide good value to those who took a chance on draft day. Similarly, Conley presents nice upside in DFS formats.
Oct 23 - 12:38 AM




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