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Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Suns.

Rick Carlisle hinted on Saturday that he was eying Monday's game against the Suns as a potential return date for the rookie, so the questionable tag is certainly encouraging. He's spent a full week on the sidelines with what has been reported as a relatively minor hip issue, so he has to be close. Upon his return, Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea will lose some value.
Dec 17 - 4:03 PM

Maxi Kleber scored a career-high 21 points during a 98-96 loss to the Spurs on Saturday, adding three rebounds, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

He was 9-of-10 from the field to give him a 105.0 effective field goal percentage. Kleber's defense was also really good and he's clearly locked up his starting job. Of course, Kleber does only have a 12.6 usage rate on the season, but the minutes are up with at least 29 in each of his last four and maybe he gets more shots. He's a possible deep-league option and he is trending up.
Dec 17 - 12:09 AM

Yogi Ferrell grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds with 17 points, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

The minutes have been pretty high when the games are close, but they're likely going to drop a tad because Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) is getting closer. If you've been riding Yogi recently, you may want to think about seeing if any hot pickups are on the wire.
Dec 17 - 12:04 AM

Seth Curry (leg) said he still has to get to the point where he can work out on the leg on a regular basis.

"I can manage to work out some, but it's still not to the level where I can where I can play consistently every single day, so I just got to be patient with it so I can get out there and help the team," Curry said. "With this kind of injury, you don't know a timeline, but I didn't think I'd be out this long." It's still possible Curry gets surgery on his leg and it sounds like he won't be back until January at the earliest. If you're stashing, you may want to look to see what else you can find.
Dec 16 - 2:53 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) is "getting closer and closer" and could return for Monday's game vs. Phoenix.

Smith has already been ruled out of Saturday's contest vs. the Spurs. However, he will have an individual workout on Saturday in San Antonio before the game. If Smith looks solid in workouts this weekend and avoids a setback, he may be on track to play Monday vs. the Suns. The Mavs also play on Wednesday and Friday of next week. We should have a complete update by Monday afternoon.
Dec 16 - 12:17 PM

J.J. Barea came off the bench and hit 6-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, two rebounds and six assists in 26 minutes of Thursday's 112-97 loss to the Warriors.

JJB has scored either 14 or 16 points in three straight games and is still the best bet for success while Seth Curry (leg) and Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) are out. He's averaging 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games on 48 percent shooting.
Dec 15 - 1:56 AM

Devin Harris hit 5-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, six assists and four steals in 24 minutes of Thursday's loss to the Warriors.

Harris hit just 1-of-9 shots on Tuesday and Thursday's 13-point game snapped a streak of four single-digit scoring games in a row, when he hit just 5-of-24 shots. With Seth Curry and Dennis Smith Jr. both out for the Mavericks, Harris is going to get run and is capable of doing something like this every night. But as evidenced by his previous four duds, he's going to also be a hit-or-miss player if you decide to roll the dice in any format. For tonight, at least, he was a hit.
Dec 15 - 1:53 AM

Yogi Ferrell started at point guard again on Thursday and hit 5-of-11 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points, one rebound, one assist and one steal in 24 minutes.

Ferrell was on Tuesday when he had 16 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and two 3-pointers, and is averaging 13 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 3-pointers over his last three games. He's starting for Dennis Smith Jr., who's out until at least Monday, but makes more sense as a DSF punt play than a short-term pickup in standard leagues.
Dec 15 - 1:49 AM

Dirk Nowitzki played 27 minutes and hit 6-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, nine rebounds and two assists in Thursday's loss to the Warriors.

This was Dirk's highest scoring game since he scored 19 points on Nov. 25, and he has still not had a 20-point game this season. He also hasn't missed a single game yet this year and is averaging 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games. He's also hit just 37 percent of his shots over that stretch, but has been playing well enough to justify owning in most leagues. Just know that the old man's eventually going to start missing games if you decide to pick him up.
Dec 15 - 1:44 AM

Dirk Nowitzki said on Thursday that it's "looking like" he'll return for another season in 2018-19.

"I’m not going to say 100 percent I’ll be back -- but it’s looking like it," Nowitzki said. "I feel fine so far. I’ve played every game. I’d love to play all 82. That would be amazing at [age] 39. We’ll see how the body feels." His $5 million salary in 2018-19 is technically a team option, but Dallas would obviously pick it up if Dirk wants to keep playing. He's hovering around top-100 value this season, but jumps a few rounds when you factor in his zero DNPs.
Dec 14 - 6:42 PM

Dallas beat writer Eddie Sefko said that the Mavericks might play Nerlens Noel (thumb) when he's healthy to see if he can develop any chemistry with Dennis Smith Jr.

The Mavs called Noel their center of the future after acquiring him from the 76ers, but he's been in the doghouse for most of the season while losing minutes to guys like Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell. Giving Noel a chance to play could also increase his trade value if the Mavs don't intend to re-sign him this summer. He has some stash appeal, but only if you have an I.R. spot because he's out for "several weeks" after undergoing thumb surgery.
Source: SportsDay
Dec 14 - 9:42 AM

Seth Curry (leg) remains without an official timetable to return and acknowledged that surgery is an option that's still on the table.

"It's like a couple week by couple week situation. It's a tricky situation," said Curry. "There's a chance [I'll need surgery], yeah. The path I'm on right now, the MRI shows it's gotten a little better. But there's a chance (he could need a procedure). It's a tricky situation and hard for me to say. It's very frustrating. Recovery-wise, I get out there and work out and feel OK, and it'll bother me the next day." With no clear return date in sight, Curry belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Source: Sports Day
Dec 13 - 10:22 AM

J.J. Barea hit 6-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points, six rebounds and six assists in Tuesday's win over the Spurs.

He was instrumental in the win, scoring 14 of his 16 in the second half, and played very well. He just keeps chugging along, especially with Dennis Smith Jr. out until at least Monday, averaging 16 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 3-pointers over his last two games. He should continue to flourish, along with Yogi Ferrell, until Smith is back from his hip injury.
Dec 12 - 11:45 PM

Dwight Powell played just 17 minutes, but still hit 5-of-7 shots for 12 points, 12 rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's win.

Powell had zero points and six boards in 13 minutes on Sunday and this was his first double-double of the season, so there's no reason to think he'll start doing this regularly, especially in such limited run.
Dec 12 - 11:42 PM

Yogi Ferrell started in place of Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) and had 16 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 7-of-14 shooting in 35 minutes on Tuesday.

He had 10 points, four rebounds and seven assists on Sunday and should continue to be a DFS asset as long as DSJ is out. Smith has already been ruled out for Thursday at Golden State and Saturday at San Antonio, making Ferrell an interesting play in both of those games.
Dec 12 - 11:36 PM


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