January 8, 2019, 10:11 pmJoel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid shot 8-for-13 from the field for 20 points with 10 boards, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Wizards on Tuesday.
Embiid fell victim to the blowout, as the bench played much of the fourth quarter to end the game. He still earned his double-double in limited time. Embiid is an early-round talent in all formats.
January 16, 2019, 9:38 pmAaron Gordon - F - Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon fouled out in 37 minutes of action after putting up 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds in an overtime loss to the Pistons on Sunday.
Gordon has been red-hot as of late and this game was definitely a sign that he is cooling down. He is boasting middle-round value on the season as he currently sits inside the top-90 in 9-cat value. He has top-50 potential, but he has been unable to consistently produce at a high level this season. Roll with Gordon and live with the ups and the downs that come with his game.
January 16, 2019, 9:24 pmMaurice Harkless - F - Trail Blazers
Moe Harkless is out again for the Blazers on Wednesday with a sore left knee.
Harkless can be dropped now in 16-team leagues or shallower. His upside is not worth his missed games at this point.
Source: Joe Freeman on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 9:19 pmDamian Lillard - G - Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard is available for the Blazers in their game vs. the Cavs on Wednesday.
Looks like Lillard's right hand strain is not going keep out of tonight's game. He might not need too much time to put up a big line, considering the Blazers should likely blowout the Cavs in this one.
Source: Mike Richman on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 9:07 pmDeMarcus Cousins - C - Golden State Warriors
His minutes and exact fit in the rotation is unclear at this point but DeMarcus Cousins will be given the chance to start by coach Steve Kerr on Friday.
Even with the start, Cousins will likely have a minutes restriction. This will be the first time we'll see him take the floor with the rest of the Warriors' core four players, so keeping an eye on their chemistry is a must.
Source: Mark Medina on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 7:36 pmRudy Gay - F - San Antonio Spurs
As per coach Gregg Popovich, Rudy Gay will be in the Spurs' starting lineup on Wednesday vs. the Mavs.
He's missed five games with a sprained left wrist but has been deemed good to go by his coach. Gay will have a shot at getting back on track on his renaissance campaign in 2018-19, delivering mid-round value. He's been one of the season's more pleasant bounce-back guys, crushing his late-round ADP.
Source: Tom Osborne on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 7:33 pmWendell Carter Jr. - F - Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. (sprained thumb) will not play on Thursday.
In addition to the thumb injury, Carter apparently underwent an MRI on his left knee that came back negative. He'll be re-evaluated again on Friday but is said to be day-to-day, so hopefully he's not out long. Robin Lopez and Bobby Portis should see the largest increases in playing time for as long as Carter is sidelined while Jabari Parker and Cristiano Felicio are also in line for more minutes.
Source: Sun-Times Basketball on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 7:00 pmDennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks
Dennis Smith Jr. (illness) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game.
Smith is still under the weather and won't even be in the arena, per Rick Carlisle. Because nothing is ever drama-free in the NBA, Smith tweeted earlier this afternoon about meeting a fan while out for lunch. He must really be feeling it. The trade rumors will continue to swirl here until a move gets made.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 6:58 pmCJ Miles - F/G - Toronto Raptors
C.J. Miles (hip soreness) will not play on Wednesday.
Miles continues to be dogged by a hip issue. He's not in the rotation at the moment and shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters.
Source: Vivek Jacob on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 6:57 pmMichael Porter Jr. - F - Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. (back) has been able to do shooting drills at recent practices.
There's still no timetable for a return and the expectation is that he'll be out for the whole year. We'll update you when he's cleared for contact, though it's nice to know that Porter is doing some kind of basketball activity.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 6:55 pmIsaiah Thomas - G - Denver Nuggets
Mike Malone said that there's still not timetable for Isaiah Thomas (hip).
Thomas continues to make progress, apparently, but there's still no word on when he might be able to return. He was recently spotted taking jumpers but there's really no reason to get excited about IT's return until we get a date range. Even then he's only a stash, and with plenty of maintenance days likely coming we'd steer clear outside of deep leagues. Late-middle round numbers are possible but it'd take an almost-perfect storm.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter