• Welcome to This Week Tonight. We’ll  be breaking down some of the schedule for the week ahead, hot pickups, drops, and a run down of the injury report to keep you prepped on this week’s NBA slate.

    4 Games: ATL, CHA, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NOR, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHO, POR, SAS

    3 Games: BKN, BOS, CLE, MIL, NYK, SAC, TOR, WAS

    2 Games: CHI, UTA

    With the way the games lay this week there isn’t a big opportunity for streamers to take advantage of a compact schedule as the entire NBA has Thanksgiving off. As of the now there are seven teams that play three games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: Charlotte, Detroit, Golden State, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, and San Antonio. That makes them prime streaming targets mid week if you need a body that plays extra games.

    New Orleans, Denver, LA Lakers, Oklahoma City, and Portland all play four games from Tuesday on. That makes those teams prime streaming targets after a busy Monday night as it will maximize your games played on the thinner days.

    With Thanksgiving week having a condensed NBA schedule it’s important to maximize games played on off days so make sure you take advantage in both weekly locked leagues and streaming leagues.

    Top Pickups for the Week:

    Trey Lyles – I was hesitant on Lyles in Wednesday’s live reactions because of the presence of Boris Diaw and Joe Johnson. Diaw returned Sunday but has been a non-factor most of this season. The Jazz are reportedly looking to extend George Hill before they do Derrick Favors which to me speaks volumes to the development of Trey Lyles. He should be owned as of now even though he isn’t having a great start to the season as he’s shown good upside.

    Seth Curry and Justin Anderson – Both look like they’re going to relevant moving forward into the season, the question is simply how effective they will be and if that will lead to Rick Carlisle giving them more minutes. Curry the lesser has been solid so far, Anderson however gave way to a smoking hot Jonathan Gibson on Saturday. Both are worth taking the flier on.

     

    The waiver is getting thinner at the moment as there hasn’t been a rash of injuries opening up time for fantasy relevant players. If Terrence Jones or Jrue Holiday is available in your leagues they absolutely shouldn’t be. Keep an eye on Willy Cauley-Stein in the event of a sudden DeMarcus Cousins trade.

    Injuries:

    Thabo Sefolosha(knee) missed Sunday’s game and is considered day-to-day.

    Jeremy Lin (hamstring) missed Sunday but is on track and could play as soon as Wednesday. Considering the Nets don’t play until Wednesday I’d start him in weekly.

    Cody Zeller has a history with the shoulder he injured and underwent a precautionary MRI. He should be fine and is coming off a career Friday night.

    Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) hasn’t progressed well from his injury and could leave a ton of time open for Marco Belinelli who had a monstrous game in Lamb’s absence.

    Rajon Rondo tweaked his ankle but played Sunday. He was disastrous for the Bulls in his time on the court.

    Doug McDermott is still recovering from his second concussion on the year and may continue to miss extended time. His minutes are being distributed more heavily to Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade than anyone.

    Seth Curry said his shoulder “popped” out on Saturday night, but says it’s just sore for now. His situation should be monitored but he’s a hold in all leagues.

    Dirk Nowitzki was expected to miss the last two games on Friday and Saturday but is a question mark for this week. The Mavs play Monday and he’s questionable for that one, but may return Wednesday, making him a risky play this week.

    Will Barton (ankle) returned Sunday night against the Jazz and looks like he’s good to go moving forward.

    Gary Harris isn’t expected to rest his injured ankle until mid-December.

    Darrell Arthur returned to action from his knee injury and is irrelevant as Wilson  Chandler has taken over his minutes at both power forward and small forward.

    C.J. Miles (sore knee) had his MRI come back clean, but that means little for the oft injured forward. He was hot but he’s inconsistent.

    Paul George (sore left ankle) missed Sunday’s game. His scans came back negative which is great news for owners and the Pacers hope to have him back later this week.

    Chandler Parsons will miss at least the next two weeks with what is being called a left knee bone bruise. Fortunately it’s not his surgically repaired knee, unfortunately it’s another injury to add to the list for Parsons.

    Tyreke Evans (knee) is said to be “pain free.” He should be picked up everywhere but expectations should be kept to a minimum as Evans knees have been a mess the past few seasons.

    Robert Covington (ankle contusion) has been bad this year and the injury certainly doesn’t help matters. He was “available” to return, so it appears he should be safe from injury, though a benching is a different story.

    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) took part in scrimmages with the Sixers D-league affiliate but has said it will be awhile before he’s comfortable. Either way I don’t think his health or play will get him on the court, leaving Sergio Rodriguez as a low end asset.

    T.J. Warren (illness) missed one game and played only nine minutes in the next but should be able to go on Monday. Check back for updates, but I’d lock him into my lineups this week.

    Tyson Chandler’s mother died and he has missed a few games since then. He should return soon which will limit Alex Len.

    Al-Faroq Aminu (calf) is traveling with the team on it’s five game road trip. He was reportedly targeting late December so he should be benched unless news comes out.

    Boris Diaw (leg) returned Sunday but played very limited minutes. He’ll directly affect Trey Lyle’s minutes.

    George Hill (sprained thumb) continues to miss time and it’s a bit worrying at this point. There’s no word of surgery but also little word of when he’ll return.

    Markieff Morris exited Saturday’s game and was withheld from Sunday’s practice, but said he’d be “ready” for Monday’s game.

    Ian Mahinmi went through some 4-on-4 this week and his return is near. When he’s up to speed Marcin Gortat will likely take a significant hit as the Wizards don’t want to wear him down.

Fantasy News

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Victor Oladipo (ruptured right quad tendon) is expected to come off the bench and be on a minutes limit in his season debut against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    The Pacers are going to ease their star SG back into the lineup after missing just over a year of action due to the devastating injury he suffered last January. Oladipo should eventually supplant Jeremy Lamb take over the starting SG job where he'll pair with offseason acquisition Malcolm Brogdon in the backcourt.

    Source: Scott Agness on Twitter

  • Myles Turner
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Myles Turner was sent home before Tuesday's practice as he continues to battle an illness.

    Turner missed Sunday's game against the Blazers and is in danger of missing Victor Oladipo's season debut as well. If Turner can't go, Domantas Sabonis and Goga Bitadze should see extra minutes.

    Source: J. Michael on Twitter

  • Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Malcolm Brogdon has two more steps to complete in the concussion protocol but stated that he is optimistic about returning to the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Bulls.

    If Brogdon can go, we'll get a glimpse of what the Pacers backcourt will look like going forward, as Victor Oladipo will be making his season debut. Brogdon has battled a multitude of injuries this year, so it is not a given that he will return. If Brogdon can't go, T.J McConnell and Aaron Holiday would see extra minutes.

    Source: J. Michael on Twitter

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said on Tuesday that he isn't sure if Kyrie Irving (personal) will play against the Pistons on Wednesday, but the team is 'optimistic' that he will be out there after he returned to practice on Tuesday.

    Keep tabs on the situation as more information rolls in. If Irving sits this one out, Spencer Dinwiddie would start at PG again and maintain peak usage.

    Source: Alex Schiffer on Twitter

  • DeAndre Jordan
    C, Brooklyn Nets

    DeAndre Jordan (right middle finger dislocation) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    With Jordan back in the lineup, Jarrett Allen will take a hit as the two will presumably return to splitting C minutes. Nicolas Claxton had seen extra run the past few games, but he will be relegated to deeper-reserve status for this one.

    Source: Alex Schiffer on Twitter

  • Kristaps Porzingis
    PF-C, Dallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porzingis (left knee) is being listed as questionable to play against the Suns on Tuesday.

    Porzingis has been a top-45 9/8 cat asset over the past week on the back of 14.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.0 steals and 2.3 treys per game in 26.1 minutes. Although he has shot poorly, 37 percent from the floor, his ability to hit threes and contribute in stocks has been a boost to owners who were waiting for his return. If Porzingis is held out of the back-end of the back-to-back, look for Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith, Justin Jackson and Willie Cauley-Stein to see extra minutes.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Luka Doncic (right ankle soreness) is being listed as probable to play in Tuesday's matchup with the Suns.

    The past two weeks have brought some struggles from the free-throw line with Doncic, as he is shooting just 57 percent on 8.3 attempts per game. Doncic has provided just top-85 value in 9 cats over this time, but if we take out the free-throw shooting he jumps back to top-10 value over this time period.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kendrick Nunn
    PG, Miami Heat

    Kendrick Nunn (bilateral Achilles soreness) is being listed as questionable to play against the Celtics on Tuesday.

    Nunn missed Monday's game as he has dealt with the soreness throughout the season. If Nunn can't go, Goran Dragic would again be in line for the start, while Tyler Herro would get extra minutes off the bench.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kevin Porter Jr.
    SG-SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Porter Jr. (right ankle sprain) is being listed as questionable to play against the Pelicans on Tuesday.

    Porter Jr. returned to action on Monday after a multi-week absence, and the team may exercise caution on the back end of a back-to-back set. If Porter can go, he may slide into the starting SG, with Darius Garland (rest) out and Collin Sexton sliding over to PG. Keep an eye on this situation as we approach tip-off.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Darius Garland
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Darius Garland (rest) is being listed as out for Tuesday's matchup with the Pelicans.

    With Garland sitting out on the second half of a back-to-back there will be more minutes to go around for Collin Sexton, Dante Exum, Matthew Dellavedova, and Kevin Porter Jr. (questionable). Sexton will likely slide over to PG, while Porter would be a very interesting streamer if he hadn't only returned from a multi-week absence on Monday.

    Source: NBA Injury Report