• The Kings managed to snag their first win of the season with a 93-88 victory over the Mavericks in Dallas on Friday.

    The Mavs came out strong, making open shots and purely out playing the Kings on both ends. De’Aaron Fox and Skal Labissiere’s inclusion into the game helped right the ship, playing with pace and making life difficult for an injury-riddled Dallas squad.

    Despite that, Sacramento were still a step behind in the first half, turning the ball over and missing makeable shots. However, a late run to close the second quarter helped the Kings tie the game at 46 going into halftime.

    The Kings showed a bit more cohesion in the third quarter, led by George Hill who got hot. He struggled in the first half, turning the ball over five times but he certainly made up for it.

    If Hill can be become a reliable go-to scorer, the Kings will be in a good spot moving forward.

    They opened up an 11-point lead through three-quarters, holding the Mavs to just 14 points in the third quarter.

    Things didn’t go as smoothly for the Kings in the fourth. Dallas came out on a 12-0 run, briefly regaining the lead until Fox and Labissiere came to the rescue again.

    It could have gone either way down the stretch with both teams making key shots. Ultimately, the Kings held on for the victory.

    One thing that certainly became clear tonight. Having guys like Randolph and Hill on the team pays dividends late in games when the Kings need to create offense. It’s a luxury the team hasn’t had in a long time.

    Notable Performances:

    George Hill – 21 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL in 31 MINS (9-of-12 FG, 3-of-3 3PT).

    Willie Cauley-Stein – 10 PTS, 11 REB in 26 MINS (4-of-7 FG).

    Zach Randolph – 13 PTS, 6 REB, 2 STL in 30 MINS (5-of-15 FG, 1-of-3 3PT).

    De’Aaron Fox – 9 PTS, 6 REB, 10 AST, 1 STL in 26 MINS (4-of-13 FG, 1-of-1 3PT).

    Buddy Hield – 13 PTS, 6 REB in 27 MINS (4-of-11 FG).

    Harrison Barnes (DAL) – 24 PTS, 4 REB in 38 MINS (8-of-18 FG, 2-of-3 3PT, 6-of-9 FT).

Fantasy News

  • Austin Rivers - G - Houston Rockets

    Austin Rivers (sore right elbow) is being listed as probable for Friday's tilt vs. the Lakers.

    Rivers has taken a step back ever since Chris Paul came back from his injury and has been posting value outside the top-200. As long as the Rockets' starting guards are healthy, Rivers can be left on the wire.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Tyus Jones - G - Minnesota Timberwolves

    Tyus Jones, who is expected to practice on Thursday, says that he won't have restrictions once he's back, which could be on Friday vs. the Knicks.

    Jones' return is something to watch especially by managers in deep leagues. He's been known to be a viable stream target for steals. That said, as long as Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose are healthy, Jones is not an option in standard leagues.

    Source: Julian Andrews on Twitter

  • Trey Lyles - F - Denver Nuggets

    Trey Lyles hobbled off the court during the Nuggets' practice on Wednesday, so consider him questionable for Friday's game vs. the Mavs.

    Lyles has not held much value while Paul Millsap is healthy and active and this news does not help his short-term outlook. You can consider dropping him in deep leagues for a more promising FA.

    Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter

  • Gary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets

    Gary Harris, who has missed the Nuggets' last seven games due to a right adductor strain, is available to play vs. the Mavs on Friday.

    Harris has had a rocky 2018-19 season to say the least, dealing with an assortment of injuries that have kept him off the floor for multiple games. Hopefully, he can finally stay healthy for the second half of the season. He has a top-30 upside when at 100 percent health, so feel free to slot him in your active lineups.

    Source: Christian Clark on Twitter

  • Emanuel Terry - PF - Miami Heat

    The Heat have signed undrafted D2 All-American forward Emanuel Terry to a 10-day contract.

    Terry played in nine games for the Heat's G-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season and posted averages of 16.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. He's currently not someone worth picking up in fantasy leagues.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Troy Brown Jr. - F - Washington Wizards

    According to Candace Buckner, Wizards rookie Troy Brown Jr., who missed the last several games due to an ankle injury, has been looking "fresh and spry" while going through a shooting drill.

    Brown has not made much of an impact in fantasy this season, but with the Wizards out of the playoff race, we could see Brown get some run. He's worth keeping an eye on in deep leagues for now.

    Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter

  • Emmanuel Mudiay - G - New York Knicks

    Coach David Fizdale said that he's open to Emmanuel Mudiay (shoulder) and Dennis Smith Jr. together in the backcourt.

    This would make for an interesting albeit the most inefficient scoring backcourt in the league. Even if Mudiay does share the floor with DSJ, he's not going to bring enough fantasy juice to worth an add outside of very deep leagues.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Robin Lopez - C - Chicago Bulls

    Coach Jim Boylen said "We have not discussed a diminished role for him at all" in reference to Robin Lopez, who was shut own post-ASB last season.

    Lopez looks like he'll be sticking it out with the rest of the Bulls starters until further notice. He's good for some points and boards with reasonable field goal shooting but that's about it. As long as you're not expecting to be wowed, Ro-Lo is a decent pickup in 16-team leagues or deeper. Cristiano Felicio is a drop as he won't hold value while Lopez is in play.

    Source: KC Johnson on Twitter

  • Kris Dunn - G - Chicago Bulls

    Kris Dunn (back contusion) is on track to play on Friday after going through Wednesday's practice.

    Dunn missed the last game before the All-Star break but wasn't expected to miss any further time. Ryan Arcidiacono will move back to a bench role going forward.

    Source: Mike McGraw on Twitter

  • Emmanuel Mudiay - G - New York Knicks

    Emmanuel Mudiay (strained left shoulder) will return to the lineup on Friday against the Wolves.

    Mudiay won't be usurping Dennis Smith Jr.'s starting role, so he'll likely have to settle for battling with Frank Ntilikina for backup minutes. He's safe to cut in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.

    Source: Zach Braziller on Twitter