• Joel Embiid
    F/C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (sore left knee) and Jimmy Butler (back tightness) did not participate in morning shootaround and remain questionable on Saturday.

    The 76ers' stars are trying to remain as fresh as possible for what they hope is a championship playoff run. Embiid has mised three of the last four and Butler missed two of the last three. Neither should be expected to play against the lowly Bulls on Saturday. Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick, Tobias Harris and Mike Scott also got the morning off but coach Brett Brown said they are all expected to play on Saturday.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Bobby Portis
    PF, New York Knicks

    Bobby Portis double-doubled with 11 points (4-of-9 FGs) and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes in a 87-115 blowout loss to the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Portis also added a steal and a block to his total. With the coaching change and possible trades, there aren't many certainties with the Knicks right now. Portis has had hot stretches when he's gotten bigger opportunities on bad teams in the past, and there's a chance it could happen again later this season. Also off the bench was Mitchell Robinson with 14 points (5-of-8 FGs), five rebounds and a block in 27 minutes.

  • Allonzo Trier
    PG, New York Knicks

    Allonzo Trier scored 13 points (4-for-9 FGs) in 14 minutes off the bench on Tuesday vs. the Blazers, adding two assists and two 3-pointers.

    Trier minutes were his highest in a month, as his playing time has been sporadic. The Knicks need to shake things up and develop their young players, so maybe Trier can get back in the regular rotation later in the season. For now, leave him on the wire.

  • RJ Barrett
    SF, New York Knicks

    RJ Barrett had yet another dreadful game on Tuesday as he made just 1-of-9 field goals in 19 minutes, resulting in just five points and four rebounds as the Knicks were blown out by the Blazers.

    The train wreck rolls on for Barrett and the Knicks. In case you're still holding him in standard leagues, you can cut bait now. Barrett should have a bright future, but it's not likely to be here soon with the terrible efficiency he's shown. Frank Ntilikina didn't fare much better, shooting 1-for-5 for two points, an assist and a steal in 17 minutes.

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid scored a team-high 22 points (8-of-18 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs) and added 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block in 31 minutes in a win over the Nuggets on Tuesday.

    Embiid's value continues to hover in the late second-round, which is slightly concerning. This may be the new reality now that Al Horford has joined the starting lineup. If you're in a head-to-head league and already concerned about Embiid missing fantasy playoff games, this may be a good time to shop him, as many may not realize Embiid has had a small drop in minutes and just about everything else this season.

  • Matisse Thybulle
    SG-SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Matisse Thybulle came off the bench for 13 points (5-of-8 FGs), five rebounds, one assist, one steal and three triples in a win over the Nuggets on Tuesday.

    Thybulle ended up with some extra run because Josh Richardson didn't get his full complement of minutes in this one. Although Thybulle didn't get his patented defensive stats, it's great to see him getting more comfortable on offense. He will still likely have a hard time putting up consistent standard league value on such a talented team.

  • Josh Richardson
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Josh Richardson (right hamstring strain) returned from a six-game absence on Tuesday and the rust showed as he shot just 1-for-8 (1-for-3 from deep), good for three points, one rebound and one steal in 19 minutes.

    While Richardson is a must-start fantasy option, he's certainly not the mid-round player he was the last two seasons in Miami. If you're able to bench him, you may want to do so until he shows you he's healthy enough to put up top-100 production again.

  • Will Barton
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Will Barton scored a game-high 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting in a 92-97 road loss to the Sixers on Tuesday, but he wasn't done, as he added seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, three blocks and two treys in 40 minutes.

    Barton came out hot in this game. With this performance, he's now a top-75/60 (8-cat/9-cat) per-game player for the season, which is about where he was two seasons ago when he broke out. He often flies under the radar, so it's worth seeing the team that rosters him in your league values him appropriately.

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokic handed out 11 assists on Tuesday to go with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting, seven rebounds, a block and a three in 33 minutes.

    Jokic seems to be rounding into form a bit lately, so there's still hope that he ends up in the neighborhood where he was drafted. No one drafted Jokic expecting a player ranked in the 30s. He may still be a wise buy-low if you can actually get him low.

  • Cam Reddish
    G-F, Atlanta Hawks

    Cam Reddish was reasonably effective off the bench for the Hawks on Tuesday, chipping in 14 points (6-of-13 shooting), seven rebounds, two 3s and an assist.

    Reddish has potential but still needs the game to slow down for him. Until then, he's more of a deep-league play.

  • Kevin Huerter
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    Kevin Huerter took another step forward on Tuesday, recording nine points (3-of-8 shooting), two rebounds, seven assists, three triples and one block in 26 minutes.

    Huerter has been slowly rounding into form recently and is arrow is pointing up. He's still a deep-league guy at the moment, but could make noise in the standard-league scene once he's got his legs fully under him again.