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Giannis Antetokounmpo made 4-of-7 from the field for 12 points with 10 rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes during a 113-97 loss to the Pacers on Wednesday.

He returned from a one-game absence due to a neck injury, and his seven shots from the field are his lowest this season along with a season-low 16.5 usage rate. Thaddeus Young should get the credit here for keeping Giannis in check to keep him to two dunks, one two-point non-dunk and a trey, but he is somewhat cold right now. Giannis' usage rate has failed to hit 25 in any of his last three active games, which occurred only one time in the first 22 games of the year. Low usage aside here, we're talking about one of the best players in the league, so he'll snap out of it in no time.
Dec 12 - 9:54 PM

Eric Bledsoe made 11-of-16 from the field for 26 points with one rebound, six assists, two steals, one block, two turnovers and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

He's really starting to heat up in December, averaging 19.4 points, 4.6 boards, 5.0 dimes, 1.8 steals and 2.2 treys on 51.3% from the field in his previous five December games. Bledsoe's usage is slightly up and perhaps he's benefitting from teams focusing on trying to keep Giannis Antetokounmpo away from the rim. Regardless, Bledsoe was a top-10 player after the break last year, and he's starting to trend up in a hurry.
Dec 12 - 9:46 PM

Khris Middleton made 4-of-18 from the field for 10 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one block and two turnovers in 34 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday.

He has been getting good looks, but he just can't knock them down right now. Since his benching in New York on Dec. 1, Middleton has made just 28.1% from the field, 20.8% from deep, and 69.2% from the line. he's been moving around pretty well and he's been super durable excluding his hammy tear, so it's likely just a slump for the fantasy stud. A buy-low window has opened on a guy who went in the third round of most standard drafts.
Dec 12 - 9:38 PM

Coach Mike Budenholzer said that George Hill will be a part of the regular rotation for Milwaukee.

Hill logged just 13 minutes off the bench in his Milwaukee debut, and it's unclear if Budenholzer intends to give him much more time than that. He'll likely siphon away some minutes from Pat Connaughton, but for now, it looks like Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon's minutes are safe.
Dec 12 - 12:52 PM

Pat Connaughton (knee) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

He'll be returning from a one-game absence, but his minutes figure to take a hit with George Hill now on the roster. He's not worth your attention in any setting.
Dec 12 - 12:50 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo (neck) will play on Wednesday against the Pacers.

He'll return to the starting lineup following a one-game stint on the sidelines, which will shift Ersan Ilyasova back to the second unit. Go ahead and get him active.
Dec 12 - 12:49 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo (neck soreness) is probable to play Wednesday against the Pacers.

The neck issue forced Antetokounmpo out of Monday's game, but him taking the night off may have had a bit more to do with the fact that the Bucks were taking on the 6-21 Cavaliers. With The Greek Freak expected to be back in action tomorrow night, Ersan Ilyasova should return to the second unit.
Dec 11 - 5:55 PM

Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points with a season-high 12 rebounds, five assists and four triples in Monday's easy 108-92 win over the Cavaliers.

He gets a 4% usage rate bump with Giannis Antetokounmpo (neck) off the floor and did all his damage in just 28 minutes. Giannis should be back for next game, but Bledsoe will continue to cruise either way with top-35 value in 9-category leagues so far. It's also safe to say that George Hill (two points in 13 minutes) won't be a legitimate threat. Khris Middleton added 16 points, seven boards, three dimes and two triples, while Malcolm Brogdon chipped in with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists and one triple.
Dec 11 - 12:11 AM

Pat Connaughton said he sat out of Monday's game vs. the Cavaliers with a knee issue.

He tweaked it against the Warriors back on Dec. 7 and only played five minutes against the Raptors on Dec. 9. Connaughton said he'll be fine, but we will put him back on the injury report for the time being. He's safe to ignore in most fantasy leagues.
Dec 11 - 12:04 AM

George Hill played just 13 minutes in his Milwaukee debut vs. the Cavaliers, scoring two points with two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Blowout or not, it's not a great sign that Hill played just 13 minutes with the Bucks missing Giannis Antetokounmpo (neck). Eric Bledsoe has been outstanding in coach Budenholzer's offense and it's unlikely that Hill will take minutes from Malcolm Brogdon either. He's safe to leave on the waiver wire.
Dec 10 - 11:54 PM

Ersan Ilyasova started for Giannis Antetokounmpo on Monday vs. the Cavaliers, scoring nine points with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one triple in 21 minutes.

He hit 3-of-7 shots and 2-of-2 from the line but was doomed by foul trouble (5). Giannis was a late scratch and was more than likely rested against one of the weakest teams in the NBA, so we see no reason to add Ersanity almost anywhere -- Giannis said he was "fine" after the game.
Dec 10 - 11:49 PM

Ersan Ilyasova will start Monday's game against the Cavaliers.

Ilyasova moves into the starting lineup due to the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was a late scratch due to neck soreness. This will be the veteran forward's second start of the season, with the first being a 19-point, ten-rebound, two-assist, three 3-pointer effort against the Raptors October 29.
Dec 10 - 7:45 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo (neck soreness) is a late scratch for Monday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

He wasn't on the injury report and the Bucks are dropping this on us less than an hour before tip-off. Several teams have been resting key guys against opponents like the Cavs, Hawks and Bulls, so hopefully this is just a one-game absence for the Greek Freak. Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon will see increased usage, and this means we will definitely get our first look at George Hill in a Bucks uniform.
Dec 10 - 7:26 PM

George Hill didn't leave the Bucks' bench on Sunday.

Hill cleared his physical on Saturday and could debut in a 'revenge game' vs. the Cavs on Monday. Hill and coach Mike Budenholzer are familiar with each other from their time in San Antonio, and Bud had high praise for the veteran prior to this game. "[Hill] is another guy that can defend multiple positions," Budenholzer said. "[He] can play pick-and-roll, can attack the paint and score ... He's certainly going to be a big part of our rotation." He's still a dubious fantasy asset while Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon are healthy.
Dec 9 - 8:43 PM

Brook Lopez made 7-of-13 shots and five 3-pointers on Sunday, scoring 19 points with two assists, two steals, one block and one rebound in 33 minutes.

Opposing centers came in shooting 45.8% vs. the Raptors, which is the lowest mark in the league by a wide margin. That makes it even more impressive that Lopez lit up Toronto from deep, but he can't break through as a rebounder -- he's had double-digit boards once all season and is averaging just 4.3 per game. Jason Smith's arrival gives the Bucks another big man with shooting range, so don't get used to seeing Lopez play 30+ minutes.
Dec 9 - 8:42 PM


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