• Saturday was filled with games that had major playoff implications and the murky playoff picture out West has gotten a bit clearer. The Nuggets face the Clippers in a game that would eliminate the Clippers from playoff contention as the Nuggets are starting to click at the right time. Nikola Jokic is thriving alongside Paul Millsap and Jamal Murray has blossomed from a high potential player to a high impact player. They’re winners of five straight and this is all without Gary Harris, but the Wolves got Jimmy Butler back just in time to cling onto the 8-seed. Here’s a breakdown of the games and their fantasy implications.

    Blazers 106 @ Spurs 116

    The Blazers put up a tough fight in San Antonio, but they’ve been struggling since the injury of Maurice Harkless. Evan Turner filled in nicely tonight, scoring 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting but he’s still inconsistent and the Spurs are now 32-8 at home. Manu Ginobili had an 8-0 run by himself in the fourth quarter to help put the game away, but LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay remain the main fantasy contributors for this team.

    Pelicans 126 @ Warriors 120

    New Orleans came to play as Nikola Mirotic (28 points 6 3PTM) and Anthony Davis (34-12-4-2-4) went big this game while Rajon Rondo had a 17 assist night with the steal from Kevin Durant to seal the game. Jrue Holiday has had a career year and continues to give his owners huge returns. Golden State doesn’t have much to play for, but they’re a completely different team without Stephen Curry. Kevin Durant has been going ballistic, but the team looks great, not unbeatable when Curry sits. Quinn Cook (21 points 7 assists) has established himself as a player who belongs in the league and should make some noise in the playoffs now that he’s got the extra reps.

    Nets 124 @ Bulls 96

    Spencer Dinwiddie’s reign is over, but he delivered a full season’s worth of value so congratulations if you were able to scoop him up. Brooklyn platooned their minutes in this one and the Bulls have shut down their best players in an effort to lose the rest of the way. Bobby Portis and Cristiano Felicio are the engines down low that will bring in the stats for your teams.

    Bucks 115 @ Knicks 102

    Giannis Antetokounmpo took tonight off as a maintenance day which means Jabari Parker drew the start and logged 38 minutes. He double-doubled with 16 points and 12 rebounds and should be a strong fantasy play next season. In New York, Enes Kanter sat which meant Kyle O’Quinn would start and pull down 16 boards. O’Quinn is worth streaming if you’re in need of boards and blocks but is much more attractive when Kanter sits.

    Nuggets 134 @ Clippers 115

    The Nuggets came out to play as all of their starters played well, especially Nikola Jokic. Jokic had a field day with a 23-11-11-2-1 line and eliminated the Clippers from playoff contention tonight. Tyrone Wallace is a guy that could have a couple games of juice now that the Clippers have no chance at the playoffs.

    Thunder 108 @ Rockets 102

    Carmelo Anthony was on fire in the first quarter and his ending line of 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting is his best scoring line in about a month. Westbrook wasn’t efficient tonight, but he clamped down James Harden (26-4-9-1-1) in the fourth quarter. It was a must-win game for the Thunder and they pulled through on the road. Coach D’Antoni stated he wants Harden to play to finish the season, but on a lower minutes count.

Fantasy News

  • Allen Crabbe
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    Allen Crabbe (right knee arthroscopy) is unlikely to play until mid-to-late-November, according to coach Lloyd Pierce.

    Peirce will see how Crabbe performs once he starts practicing before integrating him into games. He underwent surgery in April and has yet to be completely recovered. He will likely see a limited role and can be left undrafted.

    Source: Sarah K Spencer on Twitter

  • Caleb Martin
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    Caleb Martin has agreed to a partially guaranteed three-year deal with the Hornets.

    Martin went undrafted but has now joined twin brother Cody on the team. He will likely spend some time in the G League.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Rayjon Tucker
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have requested waivers on Rayjon Tucker, Trevor Lacey and Jemerrio Jones.

    Tucker appeared in three preseason games and averaged 3.3 points in 9.7 minutes per game. Lacey and Jones did not appear in any preseason games. All three players are likely to be headed to the G League.

    Source: Milwaukee Bucks on Twitter

  • Anzejs Pasecniks
    C, Washington Wizards

    Anzejs Pasecniks and Jalen Jones have been waived by the Wizards.

    Both players signed with the team on Wednesday and played in Friday's preseason game against the Sixers. Pasecniks racked up 4 points and 3 rebounds while Jones scored 7 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. Both players may end up in the G League.

    Source: Washington Wizards on Twitter

  • John Henson
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    John Henson (right groin strain) is unlikely to play in the season opener on Wednesday.

    Henson has not been able to practice fully and missed every preseason game. Once healthy, Henson is expected to back up Tristan Thompson at center. It's worth noting that Henson is also dealing with an ankle injury as well, so this may be more than just a one game absence.

    Source: Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com

  • Jalen Adams
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans have waived Jalen Adams, Javon Bess and Kavell Bigby-Williams.

    It's the time for coaches to decide who will and will not make the 15 man roster. Adams, Bess and KBW will look to latch onto a G-League affiliate.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside (left ankle sprain) was limited to non-contact work during Saturday's practice, but expects to play in the Blazers' opener.

    Whiteside left Wednesday's preseason game after injuring his ankle through 16 minutes of play. Whiteside expects to be fine for Wednesday and is in line to have a bounce back season in his new threads.

    Source: Joe Freeman on Twitter

  • Max Strus
    PG, Boston Celtics

    The Celtics have waived Max Strus.

    The writing was on the wall with this one, as Javonte Green had been the frontrunner for the 15th and final roster spot.

    Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter

  • Jemerrio Jones
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have signed Jemerrio Jones.

    The Wizards waived Jones three days ago and he did not last long on the market. Jones spent time with the Lakers last season and averaged 4.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 23.8 mpg.

    Source: Bucks PR on Twitter

  • Milton Doyle
    SG, Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls have waived Milton Doyle, Justin Simon and Simisola Shittu.

    Bulls head coach Jim Boylan mentioned using one of the possible two-way contracts on a player outside of the organization and the Bulls leaving themselves with 16 players on their rosters points to exactly that.

    Source: Bulls PR on Twitter