Description: Hawks center Al Horford has three double-doubles in the last four games.
Insight: He had 25 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and one steal in 31 minutes Wednesday against the Kings. The center has kept his scoring in the same area as last season and increased his blocks but his rebounds are down nearly two per game because he is playing four minutes fewer per contest.
Description: Kings forward Rudy Gay had 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting Wednesday.
Insight: Gay dealt with knee stiffness Tuesday but he was able to play 36 minutes Wednesday. He's scored at least 22 points in three of his four games since joining Sacramento and is shooting 52.9 percent with the Kings after hitting an ugly 38.8 percent with Toronto.
Description: Portland point guard Damian Lilliard scored 36 points for the second straight game Wednesday at Minnesota but unlike Tuesday the Blazers did not pull off the win.
Insight: Lilliard hit a buzz-beating 3-pointer Tuesday to beat Cleveland, but the Wolves knocked off Portland by 11 points Wednesday. Lilliard has hit 15 threes over the last two games after going 0-of-7 from behind the arc on Sunday. The 23-year-old has upped his 3-point percentage from .368 as a rookie to .428 while taking more than one three more per game this season.
Description: Pistons forward Josh Smith has averaged 27 ppg over his last three games.
Insight: He followed up two straight 30-point efforts with 20 points Wednesday at Boston. The 28-year-old's points and rebounds have declined in his first season with Detroit because he has played away from the basket more. However, Detroit coach Mo Cheeks said he recently encouraged Smith to get the ball in the post more often, according to mlive.com, and it has resulted in improved scoring.
Description: Nets forward Paul Pierce had a season-high 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting (3-5 3PT) Wednesday against Washington.
Insight: It was actually Pierce's first 20-point game as a member of the Nets. The forward has come off the bench in the last five games but still played 30 mpg over the last four, including 35 minutes Wednesday.
Description: Orlando power forward Glen Davis tweaked his left knee during Wednesday's contest and went to the locker room, but he started the second half, according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
Insight: Davis suffered the injury after he landed while contesting a shot but he appears to be fine.
Description: Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey (shoulder) is not active Wednesday, according to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News.
Insight: He was clearly affected by a shoulder injury in Monday's win over Indiana (two points in 16 minutes). Detroit is using a mix of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Chauncey Billups and Kyle Singler at shooting guard.
Description: Grizzlies forward Tayshaun Prince (knee) will not play Wednesday, according to Memphis sideline reporter Rob Fischer.
Insight: Prince started Memphis' first 24 games but played just 26.5 minutes per game and averaged 6.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists. The Grizzlies are down to Mike Miller and Jamaal Franklin on the wings.
Description: Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said he expects guard Kevin Martin (knee) to be active Wednesday against Portland.
Insight: Martin missed Monday's game but participated in shootaround Wednesday. The guard is averaging 20.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.2 threes per game this season. We'll let you know if anything changes.
Description: Milwaukee shooting guard O.J. Mayo will not play Wednesday. He left the team Tuesday following the death of his grandmother.
Insight: Rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo will move into the starting lineup for the first time this season. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of yahoo.com, the Bucks were close to putting him in the starting five anyway.
Description: Philadelphia rookie Michael Carter-Williams (knee) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, but coach Brett Brown says he is, "Not sure," if MCW will play Friday against Brooklyn.
Insight: A skin infection on Carter-Williams' right knee has kept him out for the last seven games. He's been a top fantasy option when healthy and still is the frontrunner for the NBA Rookie of the Year.
Description: According to NBA.com, Denver forward Jordan Hamilton has been suspended for one game after taking a swing at Oklahoma City's Steven Adams during a transition moment Tuesday.
Insight: Hamilton was ejected for the incident and will serve his suspension Friday against the Spurs. Hamilton is averaging 18 minutes, 8.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 threes per game this season and doesn't have much fantasy value, but his absence will mean more minutes for Wilson Chandler.
Description: According to NBA.com, Clippers forward Matt Barnes (eye) has been cleared to play, but it is unknown if he'll actually return Wednesday, according to Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Barnes underwent three surgeries on his left eye in a two-week span after suffering a retinal tear when he was poked in the eye by Zach Randolph on November 18. He'll have to play with goggles for a few weeks. Barnes was averaging 20 minutes per game before the injury but could see more time with J.J. Redick (wrist) still out.
Description: The Bucks are "close" to moving rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo into the starting lineup, according to yahoo.com's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Insight: The 19-year-old out of Greece can play shooting guard and both forward spots. O.J. Mayo isn't likely to be benched, so it looks like either Ersan Ilyasova or Khris Middleton will lose his starting job. Antetokounmpo has averaged 30.5 minutes, 12 points and 8,7 rebounds over his last three games.
Description: Knicks PF/C Andrea Bargnani will move to the bench Wednesday, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday.
Insight: Tyson Chandler will return after missing 20 games due to a broken left fibula. Bargnani averaged 33 minutes, 16.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 threes per game while Chandler was out, but he has significantly less value now.
Description: Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey will be a game-time call Wednesday against Boston. SOURCE: Keith Langlois, Pistons.com
Insight: He was clearly affected by a shoulder injury in Monday's win over Indiana (two points in 16 minutes). Kyle Singler and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope should both see big minutes if Stuckey (15.2 ppg) is unavailable.
Description: The Bulls aren't expecting point guard Kirk Hinrich to play Wednesday against the Rockets. SOURCE: Nick Friedell, ESPN Chicago
Insight: He's missed the last two games with a back injury. Newly acquired point guard D.J. Augustin absorbed 37 minutes in Monday's loss to Orlando. He could see a similar workload Wednesday with Hinrich unlikely to play.
Description: It looks like Houston shooting guard James Harden will play through a high ankle sprain Wednesday against Chicago. SOURCE: Rockets on Twitter
Insight: Harden isn't one to shy away from contact, which is probably why he gets hurt so often. With that said, it takes a lot for him to sit out. He won't be close to 100 percent but Harden at 50 percent health is still better than most other players in the league.
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin won't be in action Wednesday against Chicago. SOURCE: Jason Friedman, Rockets.com
Insight: Lin saw a back specialist on Tuesday and the hope is that he might be back Friday against Indiana. The Harvard alum has mostly been coming off the bench so his absence hasn't really affected the Rockets' rotation.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James (ankle) wasn't at shootaround this morning. He's going to be a true game-time decision Wednesday against Indiana. SOURCE: Brian Windhorst, ESPN
Insight: Obviously every game is important but in the grand scheme of things, James can probably afford to sit this one out. It's the regular season, after all. Shane Battier would start at small forward if LeBron can't go.
Description: According to Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling, Dion Waiters wants to play for the Sixers "because he thinks he'd be the best player on the team."
Insight: Waiters wants to be a franchise player and that's not going to happen in Cleveland. Going to Philadelphia would reunite Waiters with his former Syracuse teammate, point guard Michael Carter-Williams. The trade deadline is February 20th.
Description: Boston swingman Jeff Green could be dealt in the next couple days if the rumors we're hearing about Omer Asik are true. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: The Rockets plan to have Asik off their roster by Thursday and Boston could be his most likely destination. Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein are hearing that Green could be sent to Cleveland as part of a three-team deal. Asik coming to Boston would mean fewer minutes for Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk at center.
Description: Wizards swingman Glen Rice Jr. is expected to miss Wednesday's game in Brooklyn after injuring himself Monday in a post-game celebration. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Washington
Insight: Rice was celebrating Washington's last-second win against the Knicks when he aggravated his wrist injury. The Georgia Tech alum has yet to be a factor in the fantasy game this season (2.9 ppg in 11 games).
Description: X-rays on LaMarcus Aldridge's right hand came back negative. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Northwest
Insight: Aldridge should be fine for Wednesday's game in Minnesota. He was dominant in Tuesday's win at Cleveland, piling up 26 points, 15 rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes of action. The former Texas Longhorn has been a top-ten fantasy player this season.
Description: Los Angeles guard Kobe Bryant tweaked his knee Tuesday against Memphis. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Insight: He still played 33 minutes and it shouldn't impact him going forward. All signs point to Bryant playing Friday against Minnesota. The Black Mamba has averaged 13.8 ppg, 6.3 apg and 4.3 rpg since returning from a torn Achilles.
Description: Kings forward Rudy Gay downplayed the seriousness of the knee stiffness he experienced Tuesday night in Charlotte. He should be ready to go Wednesday versus Atlanta. SOURCE: Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee
Insight: That's good news for fantasy owners. Gay has averaged 18 ppg in his first three games with Sacramento. Derrick Williams could see additional minutes if Gay is limited at all on Wednesday.
Description: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire has refuted coach Mike Woodson's claim that he is injured, taking to Twitter to explain the situation.
Insight: Previously Woodson had said Stoudemire would be out a while because of renewed swelling in his knee. However, Stoudemire claimed that the reason he's not playing Wednesday is because he's played six games in the last nine days and was due for a rest. If that's true, Stoudemire could be back Saturday against Memphis. Stay tuned.
Description: Denver forward J.J. Hickson generated 20 points and 14 boards Tuesday in a loss to OKC.
Insight: It's his second double-double in a row. Tuesday marked Hickson's highest scoring output since November 25th's game at Dallas (22 points). He's second on the team in rebounding at 8.4 boards per game.
Description: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins gave the Bobcats everything they could handle on Tuesday night.
Insight: Boogie finished with 30 points, 17 boards, three steals and six assists. He went 9-of-13 from the field while shooting 12-of-15 from the line. Cousins' current five-game double-double streak is his longest of the season.
Description: Portland power forward LaMarcus Aldridge posted another huge stat line Tuesday versus Cleveland.
Insight: Aldridge exploded for 25 points on 11-of-22 shooting, corralling 15 rebounds with one block and four assists. The 28-year-old has won Western Conference Player of the Week honors twice in a row and could make it three straight after this incredible performance.
Description: Damian Lillard beat the Cavaliers by knocking down a three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left Tuesday night in Cleveland.
Insight: It was Lillard's eighth three of the night. He finished with a season-high 36 points to go along with eight rebounds and ten assists.The Blazers have emerged as a real threat in the Western Conference thanks to the stellar play of Lillard and teammate LaMarcus Aldridge this season.
Description: Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala has returned to the starting lineup after missing 12 games with a hamstring injury.
Insight: Harrison Barnes will head back to the bench. Iguodala has everything a fantasy owner could ever want. He's eligible at multiple positions, he's an excellent scorer (15.0 ppg for his career), a reliable distributor (6.3 apg this season), a rock solid defensive player (1.9 spg) and an above average rebounder for his size (4.2 rpg). Did we mention he's shooting 47.9 percent from three-point distance this season? Get Iggy into your lineup ASAP.
Description: Pelicans swingman Tyreke Evans won't suit up Tuesday versus Golden State. SOURCE: John Reid, New Orleans Times-Picayune
Insight: He's out with a sprained ankle. Once the go-to scorer on an up-and-coming Sacramento team, Evans has shifted to a sixth man role in New Orleans. His scoring average through 21 games (11.6 ppg) represents a new career-low.
Description: Sports Illustrated reports the Celtics and Kings have explored a trade that would send star point guard Rajon Rondo to Sacramento, though a number of other outlets have refuted this rumor.
Insight: The Celtics have a real dilemma on their hands. They're playing better than expected and may make the postseason regardless of whether Rondo returns to the lineup or not. Dealing Rondo would strengthen Boston's chances of landing a high lottery pick but the rest of the Eastern Conference is playing so poorly that it might not matter. The Celtics have until mid-February to make a decision on Rondo's future in Beantown. For what it's worth, the four-time All-Star is expected to return from ACL surgery sometime in January.
Description: Rockets guard James Harden has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain. SOURCE: Marc Berman, Fox 26
Insight: A high ankle sprain occurs above the ankle, making it more serious than a low ankle sprain. It sounds painful but Harden hasn't been ruled out yet for Wednesday's game against Chicago. With Jeremy Lin also questionable with a back injury, Francisco Garcia should see plenty of minutes.
Description: Knicks forward Kenyon Martin will need a minimum of two weeks to recover from the strained abdomen he suffered Friday night in Boston. SOURCE: Frank Isola, New York Daily News
Insight: The good news for New York is that Tyson Chandler could be back on Wednesday. Martin was averaging 3.8 ppg and 4.3 rpg before he got hurt. Carmelo Anthony has been starting at power forward in his absence with J.R. Smith occupying the three.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James did not practice Tuesday and will be a game-time call Wednesday against Indiana. He's dealing with an ankle injury.
Insight: James was able to finish Monday's game so we're guessing his absence on Tuesday was precautionary. He should be ready when the whistle blows Wednesday against the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers.
Description: Rumors abound that Golden State G/F Andre Iguodala will return to the court on Tuesday.
Insight: Apparently David Lee implied he would play, according to Monte Poole of CSN. Iguodala last played Nov. 22. He's a box score filler averaging 12.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 63 apg, 1.9 spg, 1.8 threes per contest.
Description: Spurs point guard Tony Parker is questionable for Wednesday's game against Phoenix due to a bruised right shin.
Insight: The Spurs have tried to limit Parker's minutes this season and it shows in the point guard's statistics. He's down almost three minutes from last season and his scoring is down from 20.3 ppg to 17.5, assists from 7.6 to 6.1 and rebounds from 3.0 to 2.6. Fantasy owners are not happy, but Spurs fans will probably like a fresher Parker come playoff time.
Description: Cleveland backup center Tyler Zeller is questionable for Tuesday's game against Portland due to a sprained right ankle.
Insight: With Andrew Bynum and Anderson Varejao above him on the depth chart, Zeller is only seeing about seven minutes per game and has no fantasy value even when healthy. Of course given the injury-prone status of the guys in front of him, that could change quickly.
Description: Deron Williams paced the Nets with 13 points and 13 assists Monday in a blowout win over Philadelphia.
Insight: Now that's more like it. After ankle injuries hampered him in the early going, a rejuvenated Williams has come back to average 18.8 ppg on 56.5 percent shooting over his last four games. Brooklyn trails Boston by two games for the Atlantic Division lead.
Description: Timberwolves forward Kevin Love didn't have the greatest shooting night Monday against Boston (just 9-of-26) but was still able to score 27 points in 36 minutes.
Insight: Love, a 39.3 percent three-point shooter coming into this game, was just 2-for-11 from that distance on Monday. Brandon Bass and Kris Humphries both played solid defense on him throughout the game. Love (14 rebounds) should bounce back Wednesday versus Portland.
Description: Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson torched the Sixers for 37 points on Monday night.
Insight: That's a season-high for Johnson. Brooklyn is starting to get it going. Monday's 36-point win was their largest of the season and the Nets have now won four out of five. Johnson has averaged 18.4 ppg during that stretch.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James left briefly with an ankle injury but was able to return and score 30 points Monday in an easy win over Utah.
Insight: James needed one more rebound and one more assist for a triple-double. He was 13-of-17 from the field. There's a reason they call this guy The King. Paul George and Kevin Durant have been great this year but nobody in the league is playing on LeBron's level right now.
Description: Jazz guard Alec Burks went off for 31 points in Monday' loss to Miami.
Insight: That's a new career-high for the 22-year-old. He also had seven blocks and four steals. Rookie Trey Burke may lose his spot in the starting lineup if Burks continues to outplay him (just three points in 31 minutes).
Description: New York's point guard situation just got a little more complicated. Pablo Prigioni broke his right big toe in Monday night's loss to Washington. He'll be out at least two weeks. SOURCE: Ian Begley, ESPN New York
Insight: With Raymond Felton also out, Beno Udrih is the only healthy point guard on the Knicks' roster. Look for him to see huge minutes while Felton and Prigioni are on the shelf. Prigioni's injury should give the Knicks even more incentive to trade for Kyle Lowry.
Description: New York power forward Kenyon Martin wasn't in the lineup Monday against Washington and fantasy owners shouldn't expect him back anytime soon. SOURCE: Knicks on Twitter
Insight: He's missed the last two games with an abdominal strain. While he's out, the Knicks will employ Carmelo Anthony at power forward with J.R. Smith starting at the three. Amare Stoudemire should also see more minutes.
Description: Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin will get the start Monday against Boston. SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: Martin has been nursing a knee injury but it hasn't caused him to miss any games. He'll be looking for a bounceback performance after a rough game Sunday in Memphis (scoreless in 19 minutes of action).
Description: Nets center Brook Lopez is going to sit out Monday's game versus the Sixers. SOURCE: Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News
Insight: It's the second game he's missed with an ankle sprain. Kevin Garnett will start at center with Mirza Teletovic filling in at the four. Even though he won't be in the starting five, Andray Blatche will probably play more minutes than both of them.
Description: Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich (back) is questionable for Monday's game against Orlando.
Insight: Hinrich missed the morning shootaround which is a bad sign, but will still be a game-time decision. The veteran has averaged 8.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 threes this season.
Description: Minnesota guard Kevin Martin is questionable for Monday's game against Boston due to a lingering knee injury.
Insight: Martin hasn't shot over 50 percent in any of the last three games, shooting a combined 5-for-24 from the field (20.8 percent) and 2-for-11 from beyond the arc (18.1 percent). Perhaps the knee hurts more than he is admitting. Fantasy owners should stay away from now.
Description: Pelicans swingman Tyreke Evans (sprained left ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Golden State.
Insight: Evans injured his left ankle on Friday for a third time since the preseason. He's not the explosive box score filler he was in his rookie season (20.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.8 apg), but is averaging 11.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.4 apg off the New Orleans bench.
Description: Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (leg) was fine in the Monday morning shootaround but will still be a game-time decision.
Insight: The high-scoring two-guard hasn't played since November. We're not sure whether he'll immediately start or be eased back into the lineup, so waiting a game to see how it plays out might be best.
Description: Washington PF/C Nene is questionable for Monday's game against New York due to right foot tendinitis.
Insight: Nene continues to deal with the injury and has missed three straight games. Trevor Booker is averaging 16 ppg and 11 rpg over the past three contests with Nene sidelined. That's a quality replacement.