Neto has officially been upgraded from questionable and will be available to play in Saturday’s matchup against the Orlando Magic after missing one game due to a sore right thigh. In his absence, Dante Exum logged 22 minutes off the bench as the primary backup at both guard positions, though he’ll likely see that playing time drastically diminished with Neto now available. Neither guard carries much value in daily fantasy formats, as they cannibalize each other’s minutes and both own usage rates lower than 22.2%, limiting their overall floor and upside.
Booker technically remains questionable, but head coach Igor Kokoskov confirmed that he has a good chance to play in Saturday’s matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves after missing six consecutive games due to a strained left hamstring, while Jackson has been upgraded from questionable and will play in tonight’s contest. If Booker plays, he’ll likely just assume the vacated spot of the recently dealt Trevor Ariza in the starting lineup, which would slide Mikal Bridges over to the small forward position. There’s been no word of a potential minute restriction for Booker, and if ends up being a full-go, he’ll be an intriguing tournament target given the fact he leads the Suns by a wide margin with a 34.3% usage rate and an average of 1.50 fantasy points per minute with Ariza off the court this season.
Horford has officially been ruled out and won’t play in Saturday’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons due to patellofemoral pain syndrome that has now forced him to miss five consecutive games, while Guerschon Yabusele remains sidelined with a sprained right ankle. In Horford’s absence, Aron Baynes will likely draw a third consecutive start at center after averaging just 15 minutes through his first two spot starts. Head coach Brad Stevens has reverted to a center-by-committee approach sans Horford as both Daniel Theis and rookie Robert Williams have recorded at least 14 minutes off the bench the last two contests, essentially removing all three from consideration in daily fantasy formats. Marcus Morris continues to be the main beneficiary with Horford sidelined, as he owns a 25.7% usage rate (+2.8%) and is averaging 1.13 DraftKings and 1.08 FanDuel points per minute with him off the court this season.
Hutchison has officially been upgraded from questionable and will be available to play in Saturday’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs after missing one game with an illness, while Zach LaVine is traveling back to Chicago to receive further testing on his injured left ankle and has been ruled out for at least the next two games. In his absence, head coach Jim Boylen confirmed at shootaround that Kris Dunn will start alongside Ryan Arcidiacano as part of a two-point guard starting backcourt, though Antonio Blakeney will likely still be in line for a significant bump in minutes regardless of role after logging 33 minutes the last time LaVine was sidelined. Meanwhile, Hutchison will take over the backup small forward role from Jabari Parker, who will be out of the rotation entirely with Bobby Portis soaking up all of the backup power forward minutes behind Lauri Markkenan.
Anderson has officially been listed as questionable for Saturday’s matchup against the Houston Rockets due to a sprained left ankle, while Conley has been listed as probable once again with a sore left hamstring. Anderson was limited to just 16 minutes of action in Friday’s loss, but it remains unclear if that was directly injury related or a decision made by head coach JB Bickerstaff to monitor his minutes on the first night of a back-to-back set. With Dillon Brooks and Chandler Parson still sidelined, Omri Casspi would be one of the first in line to receive extended minutes, outside JaMychal Green, who already typically sees between 23-25 minutes a night off the bench. Anderson is a low-usage player, so his potential unavailability won’t open up many additional opportunities on the offensive end of the floor, but Conley does own a 31.5% usage rate (+2.1%) with an average of 1.16 DraftKings and 1.15 FanDuel points per minute with Anderson off the court this season.
LaVine is traveling back to Chicago to receive further testing on his injured left ankle, and he’s officially been ruled out of Saturday’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs in addition to the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday evening. In his absence, Antonio Blakeney is a candidate to start at shooting guard if head coach Jim Boylen doesn’t decide to start Kris Dunn alongside Ryan Arcidiacano as part of a two-point guard starting backcourt, though Blakeney will be in line for a significant bump in minutes regardless of role after logging 33 minutes the last time LaVine was sidelined. Meanwhile, Chandler Hutchison remains questionable with an illness, and if he’s cleared to play, he’ll take over the backup small forward role from Jabari Parker, who will be out of the rotation entirely with Bobby Portis soaking up all of the backup power forward minutes behind Lauri Markkenan.
McGee missed shootaround and is officially questionable for Saturday’s matchup against the Charlotte Hornets due to an illness. If he is unable to suit up, Tyson Chandler would almost certainly enter the starting lineup at center and would become one of the top value options on tonight’s slate with his likelihood of approaching 30 minutes with McGee sidelined. The rest of the remaining center minutes would likely be absorbed by Kyle Kuzma, who played a decent amount of backup center prior to the Lakers acquisition of Chandler, though it’s certainly possible Moritz Wagner or Ivica Zubac enter the rotation and receive some run at the five this evening.
The Phoenix Suns have finally reached an agreement to send Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards for Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers in a three-player trade with no draft compensation exchanging sides. The official trade call with the NBA league offices is expected to take place this afternoon, but Oubre and Rivers are longshots to make their Suns debut in Saturday’s matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves, even if the deal is completed prior to tonight’s contest.