• Ben Simmons
    G/F, Philadelphia Sixers

    The Sixers will use Ben Simmons and Mike Scott at center in the second unit on Thursday vs. the Thunder.

    With the Sixers short-handed up front coach Brett Brown will look to get creative as he plans to use Jonah Bolden and Amir Johnson at C when Steven Adams is on the court, and Ben Simmons and Mike Scott when Nerlens Noel checks in. While this news brings about a lot of moving parts for the Sixers rotation, it looks like Simmons will be getting all the minutes he can handle on Thursday.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Steven Adams
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Steven Adams kept his foot on the gas on Friday, delivering his best game of the season, tallying 22 points (9-of-13 FGs, 4-of-8 FTs), 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks.

    Adams is scorching-hot lately, cracking the top-10 in 9-cat last week with uncharacteristic .900 shooting from the line, which will obviously see a dip after tonight. He's a sell-high player at the moment as this pace is not sustainable, plus he's also not going to be as productive if the Thunder are able to trade him away.

  • Jordan Bell
    PF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jordan Bell checked in for 21 minutes on Friday night, delivering 12 points and five boards in an OT loss to the Thunder.

    Bell hadn't topped 17 minutes this year before tonight and had combined for just under 11 minutes over Minnesota's last four games combined. This one comes out of nowhere and did feature Andrew Wiggins sitting out, so take it with a grain of salt, but Bell looks to be ahead of Noah Vonleh in the rotation and is someone to monitor in deep formats.

  • Josh Okogie
    SG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Josh Okogie put up 12 points in 33 minutes on Friday, adding three rebounds and two 3-pointers.

    It's been said that Okogie will be moving back into the starting five, which just makes sense considering where the Wolves are at on their development curve. The athletic wing can deliver standard-league numbers as a 3-and-D guy so keep a close eye on him. Treveon Graham moved to the bench and played only 14 minutes.

  • Keita Bates-Diop
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Keita Bates-Diop slowed down substantially on Friday, missing all seven of his shots to finish scoreless in 16 minutes.

    Despite Andrew Wiggins missing this one, KBD saw a six-game low in playing time and had his performance bottom out to match. His surprising middle-round run over the last couple of weeks came to a screeching halt tonight, and it wouldn't be a shock if Bates-Diop returned to fleeting deep-league relevance going forward. You can give him another game or two just in case this, and not the random five-game burst, is the aberration.

  • Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Chris Paul donned some of his vintage form on Friday as he dropped a season-high 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting, with four rebounds, one 3-pointer, seven dimes and two blocks.

    This was a sweet make-up game for his 4-point disaster vs. the Pacers on Thursday. As things stand, CP3 is looking solid as a top-30 value play while he's healthy (knocks on wood).

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander woke up with a fantastic game in Friday's 139-127 win over the Wolves with a career-high 29 points (8-of-13 FGs, 12-of-12 FTs), five rebounds, one 3-pointer, two assists and one steal.

    Wow. Talk about a bounce-back SGA has been floundering in the rankings lately, edged out of the top-200 last week. This strong showing may not be enough to slam his buy-low window shut just yet, but is a stern reminder of the tantalizing upside he brings to the table.

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo had a light night of work in Friday's 119-91 thrashing of the Clippers, scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and a 3-pointer in just 26 minutes.

    The Bucks came out on fire and ended this one early, which explains the lack of defensive numbers. Antetokounmpo is producing second-round value on the season, but that's almost entirely because of his atrocious .591 mark at the free throw line on 11 attempts per game. Unfortunately, The Greek Freak is a full-fledged punt-FT guy, which is going to prevent him from hitting his ceiling and his fantasy ADP despite the excellent numbers elsewhere.

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Bam Adebayo took advantage of a favorable matchup against the Wizards' thin frontcourt and bullied them for a career-high 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting with 14 rebounds and two blocks on Friday.

    Adebayo has held steady with top-60 value on the season but could rise in the rankings as gets more comfortable with his role with the Heat – especially if he keeps raising the bar with lines like this one tonight.

  • Donte DiVincenzo
    SG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Donte DiVincenzo was able to produce 11 points, five rebounds, four steals and a 3-pointer in 22 minutes on Friday.

    DiVincenzo remains a late-round value on the year but figures to fade back to deep-league territory with Khris Middleton back. DiVincenzo took advantage of ample garbage time tonight so despite the solid line, his arrow is pointing down. Middleton had 17-6-5 on 7-of-9 shooting.

  • Brook Lopez
    C, Milwaukee Bucks

    Brook Lopez's shot was errant on Friday, as he went 2-of-12 from the field and came up empty from deep to finish with six points in 25 minutes.

    The Bucks steamrolled the Clippers so there's not too much to get worked up about, and he at least provided three blocks. His minutes have been down following a two-game absence but there's not much to worry about with BroLo.