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  • Nikola Vucevic

    Orlando Magic

    Nikola Vucevic (ankle) available to play Sunday

    Vucevic has officially been upgraded from questionable and will be available to play in Sunday’s matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans after missing 11 games due to a sprained ankle. There haven’t been any reports of a potential minute restriction for Vucevic, but given the nature of the injury, it wouldn’t be surprising if Orlando decides to ease him back into games. However, the mere presence of Vucevic in the rotation will severely limit the playing time of Khem Birch and may even relegate him from the rotation despite starting every game at the center position while Vucevic was sidelined. Unless given the all-clear on his expected playing time, Vucevic will be a difficult player to target in daily fantasy formats, even though he has a 25.4% usage rate and is averaging 1.31 DraftKings and 1.29 FanDuel points per minute on the season.

    As reported by Josh Robbins via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
    • 32.48 proj
    • 4.01 pt/$
    • $8,100
    • 32.62 proj
    • 3.84 pt/$
    • $8,500
  • Andre Drummond

    Detroit Pistons

    Andre Drummond (eye) out Saturday; Luke Kennard (knees) available to play

    Despite head coach Dwane Casey saying Drummond was expected to play, he’s officially been ruled out of Saturday’s matchup against the Houston Rockets due to left eye inflammation, while Kennard will be available to play. With Drummond unable to suit up, his potential replacement in the starting lineup is a bit tough to project, but Markieff Morris, Christian Wood, and possibly even Thon Maker figure to benefit from increased playing time. Blake Griffin has only played 57.5 minutes with Drummond off the court this season, but he should theoretically see a substantial increase in his usage and rebounding rates. However, Derrick Rose has thrived without Drummond, as he owns a 34.0% usage rate, a 55.3% assist rate, and is averaging 1.54 DraftKings and 1.52 FanDuel points per minute in a 190.1 minutes sample size.

    As reported by Cayleigh Griffin via Twitter Other tagged players: Luke Kennard

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Donte DiVincenzo

    Milwaukee Bucks

    Donte DiVincenzo will start for Eric Bledsoe (shin) on Saturday

    Antetokounmpo will play in Saturday’s matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers despite dealing with a sore right quad tendon. Antetokounmpo was able to play through his injury in Friday’s win, but he logged just 27 minutes because of foul trouble before the starters were pulled with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. As for Eric Bledsoe’s absence, Donte DiVincenzo will receive the start alongside Wesley Matthews in the backcourt, even tho George Hill replaced Bledsoe in the third quarter of yesterday’s contest and went on to play over 18 minutes in the second half. Other than Hill, the main beneficiaries with Bledsoe off the court have been Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez, as they each own a minimum of a +5.0% increase in usage rate and average at least +0.09 more fantasy points per minute over their season-long numbers.

    As reported by the Milwaukee Bucks via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Paul Millsap

    Denver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap (quad) out Saturday

    Millsap has officially been downgraded from questionable and won’t play in Saturday’s matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to a strained right quad. Head coach Mike Malone didn’t disclose who would replace Millsap in the starting lineup, but Jerami Grant is by far the leading candidate and will be in line for extended playing time regardless of Malone’s lineup decisions. Millsap exited in the early stages of the third quarter in Thursday’s win, which enabled Grant to log 31 minutes in relief, and he was phenomenal for fantasy purposes in the second half of the aforementioned contest. Other than Grant’s increased minute load, Nikola Jokic has been the other beneficiary with Millsap off the court, as he owns a 30.9% usage rate and is averaging 1.38 DraftKings and 1.33 FanDuel points per minute in a 166.7 minutes sample size.

    As reported by T.J. McBride via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
    • 23.62 proj
    • 4.82 pt/$
    • $4,900
    • 23.48 proj
    • 5.46 pt/$
    • $4,300
  • Delon Wright

    Dallas Mavericks

    Delon Wright (adductor) will play Saturday

    As expected, Wright has been upgraded from probable and will play in Saturday’s matchup against the Miami Heat after missing two games due to a strained right adductor. In his absence, Seth Curry saw an increased role in the second unit and even cut into the playing time of Tim Hardaway Jr., as he was phenomenal from a fantasy perspective in just under 34 minutes of action in Thursday’s win. However, with Wright now available to return, the guard and wing rotation of head coach Rick Carlisle becomes too crowded to feel comfortable targeting Wright or Curry, making this a pretty easy situation to avoid in daily fantasy formats on tonight’s seven-game slate.

    As reported by Dwain Price via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo (quad) will play Saturday

    Antetokounmpo has officially been upgraded from questionable and will play in Saturday’s matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers despite dealing with a sore right quad tendon. Antetokounmpo was able to play through his injury in Friday’s win, but he logged just 27 minutes because of foul trouble before the starters were pulled with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. As for eric Bledsoe’s absence, George Hill will more than likely draw the start at point guard after he replaced Bledsoe in the third quarter of yesterday’s contest and went on to play over 18 minutes in the second half. Other than Hill, the main beneficiaries with Bledsoe off the court have been Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez, as they each own a minimum of a +5.0% increase in usage rate and average at least +0.09 more fantasy points per minute over their season-long numbers.

    As reported by Eric Nehm via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Lou Williams

    LA Clippers

    Lou Williams (calf), Patrick Beverley (concussion), and JaMychal Green (tailbone) out Saturday

    Williams, Beverley, and Green will join Kawhi Leonard on the Clippers’ inactive list for Saturday’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls, while Landry Shamet will make his return from a month-long absence due to a high left ankle sprain. In Friday’s win, Terance Mann ended up drawing the start at point guard in place of Beverley, but he was limited to just 18 minutes, while Derrick Walton Jr. outplayed him off the bench and was allotted 30 minutes, essentially assuming Williams’ vacated role. The last time Leonard rested, Patrick Patterson ended up drawing the start at power forward, but he’s logged fewer than 20 minutes in two of his last three games. Ever since Paul George made his season debut, he and Montrezl Harrell have all seen a minimum of a +3.4% usage rate increase and are averaging at least +0.10 more fantasy points per minute over there season-long numbers with Leonard off the court.

    As reported by Eric Woodyard via Twitter Other tagged players: Patrick Beverley, JaMychal Green

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Jae Crowder

    Memphis Grizzlies

    Jae Crowder (ankle) out Saturday; Kyle Anderson will start

    Crowder has officially been downgraded from questionable and won’t play in Saturday’s matchup against the Washington Wizards due to a sore left ankle, while Grayson Allen remains sidelined with right ankle soreness. Head coach Taylor Jenkins already confirmed during his pregame media availability that Kyle Anderson will receive the start at small forward, and he managed to log just under 19 minutes off the bench in Friday’s loss, his second game back from a lengthy injury layoff. Because of this, it wouldn’t be surprising if Anderson wasn’t allocated a full starter’s workload in tonight’s contest, which would allow Solomon Hill to see extended run off the bench with both the first and second units.

    As reported by Rob Fischer via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Fred VanVleet

    Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet (knee) listed out Saturday

    As expected, VanVleet has been listed out on the Raptors’ injury report for Saturday’s matchup against the Brooklyn Nets due to a right knee contusion that has now forced him to miss three games. In Thursday’s loss, Patrick McCaw made his return to the lineup following a lengthy injury layoff, but he was limited to just sporadic playing time and totaled just over nine minutes in the contest. With VanVleet officially unable to suit up, Norman Powell should receive the starting nod at the shooting guard position once again, and he has consistently approached or exceeded the 30-minute mark as a starter when either VanVleet or Kyle Lowry are sidelined this season. Powell will continue to be in consideration for tournaments at that minute floor, and he’s been solid for fantasy purposes thus far, averaging 0.83 DraftKings and 0.81 FanDuel points per minute on the year.

    As reported by NBA Official Injury Report

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Landry Shamet

    LA Clippers

    Landry Shamet (ankle) will play Saturday

    Despite originally being listed out, Shamet will reportedly play in Saturday’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls after missing over a month due to a left high ankle sprain, while Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, and JaMychal Green all remain questionable with their respective ailments. In Friday’s win, Terance Mann ended up drawing the start at point guard in place of Beverley, but he was limited to just 18 minutes, while Derrick Walton Jr. outplayed him off the bench and was allotted 30 minutes, essentially assuming Williams’ vacated role. The last time Kawhi Leonard rested, Patrick Patterson ended up drawing the start at power forward, but he’s logged fewer than 20 minutes in two of his last three games. Ever since Paul George made his season debut, he, Williams, and Montrezl Harrell have all seen a minimum of a +3.4% usage rate increase and are averaging at least +0.10 more fantasy points per minute over there season-long numbers with Leonard off the court.

    As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Devin Booker

    Phoenix Suns

    Devin Booker (wrist) out Saturday; Mikal Bridges likely to start

    Head coach Monty Williams confirmed with reporters at his pregame media availability that Booker won’t play in Saturday’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs due to a right wrist contusion, while Aron Baynes, Dario Saric, and Cameron Johnson all continue to be listed as probable despite playing through their respective ailments. Williams did disclose that Bridges will likely draw the start alongside Kelly Oubre on the wing, and he’s already been seeing an increased minute workload of late, logging at least 25 minutes in three of the previous six games. The main beneficiary with Booker off the court has easily been Oubre, as he owns a 28.4% usage rate and is averaging 1.13 DraftKings and 1.12 FanDuel points per minute in a 132.0 minutes sample size.

    As reported by Matt Petersen via Twitter Other tagged players: Mikal Bridges

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Kawhi Leonard

    LA Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard (knee) out Saturday

    As expected, Leonard won’t play in Saturday’s second leg of a back-to-back set against the Chicago Bulls as he continues to manage a sore knee, while Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, and JaMychal Green are all questionable after missing Friday’s win with their respective ailments. In that contest, Terance Mann ended up drawing the start at point guard in place of Beverley, but he was limited to just 18 minutes, while Derrick Walton Jr. outplayed him off the bench and was allotted 30 minutes, essentially assuming Williams’ vacated role. The last time Leonard rested, Patrick Patterson ended up drawing the start at power forward, but he’s logged fewer than 20 minutes in two of his last three games. Ever since Paul George made his season debut, he, Williams, and Montrezl Harrell have all seen a minimum of a +3.4% usage rate increase and are averaging at least +0.10 more fantasy points per minute over there season-long numbers with Leonard off the court.

    As reported by Andrew Greif via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Eric Bledsoe

    Milwaukee Bucks

    Eric Bledsoe (shin) listed out Saturday; Giannis Antetokounmpo (quad) listed questionable

    Bledsoe is listed out on the Bucks’ injury report and won’t play in Saturday’s matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a shin contusion, while Antetokounmpo is questionable with a sore quad tendon. Antetokounmpo was able to play through his injury in Friday’s win, but the coaching staff definitely appeared to be monitoring his playing time, as he logged just 27 minutes before the starters were pulled with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. As for Bledsoe’s absence, George Hill will more than likely draw the start at point guard after he replaced Bledsoe in the third quarter of yesterday’s contest and went on to play over 18 minutes in the second half. Other than Hill, the main beneficiaries with Bledsoe off the court have been Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez, as they each own a minimum of a +5.0% increase in usage rate and average at least +0.09 more fantasy points per minute over their season-long numbers.

    As reported by NBA Official Injury Report Other tagged players: Giannis Antetokounmpo

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Russell Westbrook

    Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook (rest) listed out Saturday

    As expected, Westbrook has been listed out on the Rockets’ injury report and won’t play in Saturday’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons due to rest purposes on the second leg of a back-to-back set, while Tyson Chandler is questionable with an illness. However, Chandler has played fewer than 10 minutes in each of his previous six games, so his potential absence would have minimal impact on the remaining members of the Houston frontcourt rotation. As for Westbrook, his unavailability should allow Ben McLemore to enter the starting lineup, and he already typically sees minutes in the upper-20s when Westbrook is active, giving him a substantial minute floor in tonight’s contest. It goes without saying that James Harden is a massive beneficiary with Westbrook off the court, and he owns a 47.8% usage rate, a 46.0% assist rate, and is averaging 1.84 DraftKings and 1.72 FanDuel points per minute.

    As reported by NBA Official Injury Report

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Terance Mann

    LA Clippers

    Terance Mann will start for Patrick Beverley (concussion) on Friday

    Lou Williams and JaMychal Green both won’t play in Friday’s matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves, while Rodney McGruder will have a minute restriction in his return from a seven-game absence due to a strained left hamstring. The Clippers are also without Patrick Beverley and Landry Shamet for tonight’s contest, but this will be the first time Beverley is unavailable when Kawhi Leonard is active, which sheds some uncertainty on who will replace Beverley in the starting lineup. Jerome Robinson handled the backup point guard responsibilities in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s win, but Terance Mann averaged 29 minutes per game when Beverley and Leonard were sidelined earlier in the season, and he’ll draw the start this evening. Robinson and Mann have similar production rates thus far, but Robinson has the edge in usage with a 22.6% rate on the season.

    As reported by Jovan Buha via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nba
    • injury
    • breaking-news

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