Ja Morant (back) will play Monday
Gallinari has officially been ruled out of Monday’s second leg of a back-to-back set against the Utah Jazz due to a sprained left ankle, while Terrance Ferguson is still expected to miss a third straight game with a sore right hip. Gallinari was able to close out Sunday’s win, so it appears he may be sitting for precautionary reasons more than anything. Darius Bazley has typically been the primary backup power forward when Gallinari is available, and he should be considered the leading candidate to enter the starting lineup, especially with Abdel Nader already starting in place of Ferguson on the wing.
Aron Baynes (calf) likely to play Monday, but will be on a minute restriction
Brogdon confirmed with reporters at Pacers’ shootaround that he will play in Monday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers after missing one game due to a sore right hand. In his absence, Aaron Holiday received the start at point guard in Saturday’s win, and he was serviceable for fantasy purposes in 28 minutes of action. There haven’t been inclinations that Brogdon will be limited in any way, so he’ll almost certainly reclaim his usual starting job and send Holiday back to a reserve role where he typically is allotted minutes in the mid-teens on a nightly basis. Brogdon escaped any egregious pricing errors across the daily fantasy sites, but he still remains fairly priced considering he has a 26.8% usage rate, 36.5% assist rate, and is averaging 1.21 DraftKings and 1.16 FanDuel points this season.
Wiggins and Teague will both be available to play in Sunday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers after previously being considered game-time decisions, while Karl-Anthony Towns and Shabazz Napier were also previously cleared to play. With Wiggins unavailable for Friday’s overtime loss, Teague ended up receiving the starting nod at point guard, and he was phenomenal from both real-life and fantasy perspectives in 40 minutes of action. However, there haven’t been any reports of minute restrictions for Teague or Wiggins, so Teague will head back to the bench to resume a reserve role that had kept him to 28 or fewer minutes in each of the Timberwolves’ previous two games.
As expected, Towns and Napier have been upgraded from probable and will be available to play in Sunday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers, while Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague remain game-time decisions due to their respective ailments. Towns had an injury designation heading into Friday’s overtime loss, but he still managed to log 37 minutes in that contest, so he should be considered a full-go barring an unforeseen in-game setback. Following a stellar start to the season, Towns has gone through a bit of a lull for fantasy purposes recently, but he is still averaging 1.59 DraftKings and 1.54 FanDuel points per minute to go along with a 28.2% usage rate on the year.
Rondo has officially been downgraded from questionable and won’t play in Sunday’s matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves due to a strained left hamstring. Rondo didn’t return to the game after halftime of Friday’s win, which enabled Quinn Cook to enter the rotation and log 10 total minutes from the end of the third quarter through garbage time. There could be some fantasy impact from Rondo’s absence if head coach Frank Vogel opts to condense the backcourt rotation to just Alex Caruso and Troy Daniels off the bench, but the more likely scenario is that Cook absorbs a large portion of the minutes that would have been allocated to Rondo this evening.
Joseph has officially been upgraded from questionable and will play in Sunday’s matchup against the Dallas Mavericks despite dealing with a sore lower back, while Bagley will remain sidelined as he recovers from a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb. For the most part, Joseph has been logging substantial minutes as the Kings starting point guard with De’Aaron Fox sidelined, as he’s seen at least 32 minutes in five of the Kings’ previous seven games. In fact, Joseph managed to log 38 inefficient minutes in Friday’s overtime loss despite originally being listed as questionable with the aforementioned back ailment, so he should be considered a full-go in tonight’s contest barring an in-game setback.
Thybulle has officially been upgraded from questionable and will be available to play in Sunday’s matchup against the Toronto Raptors despite dealing with 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 possibility that he may still cut into some of Thybulle’s playing time, even if he isn’t hampered by his ailing ankle.
Head coach Doc Rivers confirmed that Green play in Sunday’s matchup against the Washington Wizards after missing two games due to a tailbone contusion, while Patrick Patterson was already ruled out because of back spasms. Patterson was allotted 26 minutes in the first game with Green sidelined, but in Friday’s blowout loss, he saw just seven minutes off the bench in the first half with Mfiondu Kabengale and the other Clippers fringe rotation players logging nearing a full quarter of garbage time run. Assuming Green isn’t limited, he should have the opportunity to absorb a large majority of the available backup power forward minutes, and he is currently averaging 0.88 DraftKings and 0.84 FanDuel points per minute on the season.
Winslow has officially been downgraded from questionable and won’t play in Sunday’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls due to a strained lower back, while Adebayo has been cleared to play in tonight’s contest. Miami is still without Goran Dragic as well, so Tyler Herro should remain in a prominent sixth-man role for at least one more game, and he was stellar from a fantasy perspective in 32 minutes of action in Friday’s win. No regular Heat rotation players see a significant usage increase with Winslow and Dragic off the court together this season, but Herro and Kendrick Nunn have both been consistent producers in this scenario, as they each average at least 0.84 DraftKings and 0.80 FanDuel points per minute.
Despite being listed as probable on the Hornets’ injury report, Williams won’t play in Sunday’s matchup against Atlanta Hawks due to a sore right knee. Williams exited at the tail end of the third quarter of Friday’s loss and was limited to just 16 minutes of action, and he was replaced by Nicolas Batum, who went on to log 33 minutes and ended up closing the game over Mile Bridges with the other members of the Hornets starting unit. It’s unclear if this will be a trend moving forward, but Batum has now seen at least 25 minutes in two straight contests. However, he’ll be a difficult player to trust in daily formats if he maintains a minuscule 9.8% usage rate with his newfound playing time in head coach James Borrego’s rotation.
Hunter has officially been upgraded from questionable and will play off the bench in Sunday’s matchup against the Charlotte Hornets after missing one game due to a dislocated right index finger, while Crabbe will also be good to go, as expected. Head coach Lloyd Pierce already confirmed that Cam Reddish and Kevin Huerter will receive the starts on the wing, but both Huerter and Crabbe will be subject to restrictions of 25-minutes apiece. However, the Hawks have already demonstrated plenty of times this season that these limitations aren’t indicative of how much playing time a specific player will receive on a given night, and it will be difficult for all three of Crabbe, Huerter, and Hunter to approach the 25-minute mark this evening.
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