The Lakers bench will have the addition of Lance Stephenson tonight as he is available to play. Mike Muscala will not play tonight due to a sore ankle. LeBron James returns to the starting lineup with hopes of ending a four-game losing streak. With a loss tonight The Lakers are officially eliminated from the playoff picture. Down a handful of players including Josh Hart, Stephenson could see a few extra minutes off the bench vs The Nets. At this point in the season predicting production on a team that clearly has waived the white flag is not an easy task. As we have seen in the past, Stephenson can produce fantasy points in a hurry if given the opportunity.
DeMarre Carroll returns to the starting lineup tonight vs The Lakers. Carroll will join Rodions Kurucus in the frontcourt pushing Caris LeVert to the bench. Historically a good defender the addition of Carroll to the starting lineup is to help provide defense against LeBron James. Priced down Carroll becomes a source of value assuming he gets a decent amount of run. The emergence of Jared Dudley playing better of late allows for Carroll to move to the first unit without sacrificing defense in the second unit.
After missing two games with an ankle injury, Giannis Antetouounmp will play tonight vs The Heat. There was some talk earlier tonight out of the Bucks camp that Giannis was closer to a game-time call based upon his performance in a pregame workout. After proving that his ankle is ready, Giannis is listed as active and should resume his normal role in the offense.
Sterling Brown and George Hill have both been cleared to play tonight for the Bucks. Giannis Antekokounmpo has missed the last two games with an ankle injury but is on the court warming up with hopes of playing. The team is hopeful to have Giannis back tonight but will make a final call after his pregame workout. We will update Giannis status as news becomes available.
The Spurs will continue to play the matchup game with their starting lineup as Rudy Gay will start tonight vs The Rockets. Gay will replace Jakob Poeltl in the starting lineup. Regardless of starting or coming off the bench, Gay plays a big role on the Spurs offense. In his last four games has averaged a usage rate of 24% producing almost 30 DK points per game.
Just like Mike Connley, Joakim Noah has been ruled out for tonight’s game. With Noah out, we can expect a bump in Jonas Valanciunas minutes as a starter. Ivan Rabb will eat up extra minutes as the backup and becomes a great play as min priced option on the slate. Memphis is extremely thin so there will be plenty of minutes to soak up tonight and both Valanciunas and Rabb should see a ton of action in the frontcourt this evening.
Kenneth Faried will return to his bench role after missing the last game for rest purposes. Since his return to the bench, Faried has lost his DFS appeal due to the lack of playing time on what is finally a healthy Rockets team.
Mike Conley has been officially ruled out of tonight’s game. Delon Wright and Tyler Dorsey will get the start in the Memphis backcourt tonight. Both players become instant sources of value tonight and can be considered in all formats. Priced down a bit lower than Wright, Dorsey has a slight advantage of being a better point per dollar play for the evening.
Clarification on Grizzlies news: Conley and Noah both not expected to play, but going through pre-game evaluations. Wright to start at PG and Dorsey at SG assuming Conley sits. Noah’s absence further solidifies JVal’s value and also puts Ivan Rabb squarely on the DFS radar. Wright and Dorsey are both viable punt plays across the industry, but Dorsey may offer better $/point value on DraftKings where he’s priced at the minimum and Wright sits at $4,900.
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