Paschall is still listed as questionable, but he confirmed with reporters at shootaround that he feels fine and should be able to play in Wednesday’s matchup against the New York Knicks despite dealing with a sore left hip. Paschall ended up exiting midway through the fourth quarter of Monday’s loss, which enabled Alec Burks to close the game alongside the rest of the Warriors starting unit, and he did not disappoint from a fantasy perspective in 30 minutes of action. There haven’t been any reports of a potential minute restriction for Paschall, but if he is limited, Burks could be an interesting tournament target since he is averaging 0.95 DraftKings and 0.94 FanDuel points per minute this season.
Fultz has been added to the Magic’s injury report and is now listed as questionable for Wednesday’s matchup against the Orlando Magic due to an illness. There wasn’t any update on Fultz’s condition following shootaround this morning, so the mid-day downgrade appears to be a bad sign for his availability for tonight’s contest. If he’s unable to suit up, D.J. Augustin would more than likely rejoin the starting lineup, and he’d be a viable value option on an 11-game main slate considering he and Fultz essentially split the point guard duties when they aren’t on the floor together. Michael Carter-Williams has carved out a solid role in the mid-teens in terms of minutes on the wing, but he’d likely shift over to backup point guard if Fultz is unavailable, potentially allowing Wes Iwundu to rejoin the rotation.
Shumpert has officially been upgraded from doubtful and is now questionable for Wednesday’s matchup against the Charlotte Hornets due to a sore left knee. Shumpert has settled into an extremely consistent role off the bench in head coach Kenny Atkinson’s rotation ever since making his Nets’ debut in mid-November, and he’s logged at least 18 minutes in all but two games over this stretch. Shumpert has been the direct substitute for Joe Harris most nights, so if he’s unable to suit up, it’s possible that Harris and Garrett Temple see elevated minute floors in tonight’s contest, though a mid-day upgrade in status is usually a positive sign for a player’s availability.
Jones Jr. has officially been downgraded to questionable for Tuesday’s matchup against the Atlanta Hawks due to a stomach illness, while Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow remain sidelined with their respective ailments. Miami did recall KZ Okpala and Daryl Macon from the G-League for depth purposes earlier today, but they are highly unlikely to see playing time with head coach Erik Spoelstra utilizing primarily an eight-man rotation at the moment with Chris Silva consistently logging fewer than 15 minutes on a nightly basis. No regular Heat rotation players see a significant usage increase with Winslow and Dragic off the court together this season, but Tyler Herro and Kendrick Nunn have both been consistent producers in this scenario, as they each average at least 0.88 DraftKings and 0.83 FanDuel points per minute.
Richardson has been upgraded from questionable to probable on the Sixers’ injury report for Tuesday’s matchup against the Denver Nuggets due to a tight right hamstring that has forced him to miss five games. There haven’t been any reports of a potential minute restriction for Richardson in his likely return, so he’ll almost certainly replace Furkan Korkmaz in the starting lineup for tonight’s contest. Korkmaz logged more than 22 minutes in three of the previous five games, but he could find himself on the fringe of the regular rotation, if Richardson isn’t limited, with the emergence of Matisse Thybulle and James Ennis III in the second unit. Richardson has a 21.6% usage rate and is averaging 0.91 DraftKings and 0.89 FanDuel points per minute on the season, so he could be a viable option in tournament formats for his price tag on a four-game slate.
Adebayo has been upgraded from questionable to probable for Tuesday’s matchup against the Atlanta Hawks due to a right groin contusion, while Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow remain sidelined with their respective ailments. Miami did recall KZ Okpala and Daryl Macon from the G-League for depth purposes, but they are highly unlikely to see playing time with head coach Erik Spoelstra utilizing primarily a seven-man rotation at the moment with both Meyers Leonard and Chris Silva consistently logging fewer than 15 minutes on a nightly basis. No regular Heat rotation players see a significant usage increase with Winslow and Dragic off the court together this season, but Tyler Herro and Kendrick Nunn have both been consistent producers in this scenario, as they each average at least 0.88 DraftKings and 0.83 FanDuel points per minute.
Wiggins and Teague have been listed as questionable for Monday’s second leg of a back-to-back set against the Phoenix Suns, while Karl-Anthony Towns and Shabazz Napier continue to be listed as probable due to their respective ailments, despite suiting up in each of the previous four games. Even in a blowout loss on Sunday night, both Wiggins and Teague managed to log close to a full workload in terms of minutes and weren’t even pulled until three minutes remained in the fourth quarter. So, they should be expected to be ready to go in tonight’s contest barring some sort of setback postgame or unforeseen cautiousness from the Timberwolves to hold them out this evening.
White is listed as probable for Monday’s matchup against the Toronto Raptors due to right hamstring tightness, while Hutchison remains out with a sprained right shoulder. White is coming off of a solid fantasy performance in 32 minutes of action in Sunday’s overtime loss, so he should be able to suit up for tonight’s contest if the Bulls’ injury designation is accurate. White ended up closing the fourth quarter and the game over Tomas Satoransky, which led to his increased minutes total, but it remains unclear if that will be a trend moving forward. White continues to have a solid rookie campaign, as he has a 23.9% usage rate and is averaging 0.87 DraftKings and 0.82 FanDuel points per minute on the season.
VanVleet is listed as questionable on the Raptors’ injury report for Monday’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls due to a right knee contusion. VanVleet was forced to exit Sunday’s loss midway through the second quarter, and he was replaced briefly by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson before Terence Davis subbed in to finish the half alongside Kyle Lowry in the backcourt. However, if VanVleet is unable to suit up, Norman Powell will more than likely receive the starting nod at the shooting guard position, and he would pretty regularly approach or exceed the 30-minute mark as a starter when Lowry was sidelined with an injury. Pascal Siakam has still been the main beneficiary with VanVleet off the court this season, as he owns a 33.3% usage rate and is averaging 1.32 DraftKings and 1.26 FanDuel points per minute in a 128.3 minutes sample size.
Smart has been added to the Celtics’ injury report and is now questionable for Monday’s matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to an eye infection, while Hayward went through shootaround and intends to play after missing a month with a fractured left hand. There haven’t been any reports of a potential minute restriction for Hayward thus far, so he’ll presumably be close to a full-go in tonight’s contests and has a solid chance to rejoin the Celtics starting lineup regardless of Smart’s availability. Barring an unforeseen limitation, Hayward will virtually be a “free square” on DraftKings, where he is mistakenly priced, as he owns a 22.9% usage rate, 20.2% assist rate, and is averaging 1.16 DraftKings and 1.11 FanDuel points per minute on the season.
Thybulle is officially questionable and is expected to be a game-time decision for Sunday’s matchup against the Toronto Raptors due to a sprained right ankle, while Joel Embiid will return from a one-game absence for injury recovery management. Thybulle was one of the first players off the bench in Saturday’s massive blowout win, but he was limited to just nine minutes before exiting with his aforementioned ailment. He was replaced by Trey Burke, who went on to log 27 minutes and was apart of the bench unit that played the entire fourth quarter in garbage time. Head coach Brett Brown hasn’t been shy about playing Burke alongside Ben Simmons in the regular rotation, so there’s a strong possibility that he absorbs most, if not all, of Thybulle’s vacated playing time if he’s unable to suit up this evening.
The Phoenix Suns’ starters Saturday night will be Saric, Oubre Jr., Kaminsky III, Booker, and Rubio.
The Rockets’ starting 5 tonight vs the Suns will be Tucker, House Jr., Capela, Harden, and Westbrook.
Despite earlier reports he would be available, Chandler has now been ruled out for the Rockets tonight vs the Suns.
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