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Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood was carried off the court after turning his ankle in the fourth quarter of Friday's game versus the Minnesota Timberwolves. What It Means: No word on the severity of the injury but initial reports suggest Hood could be dealing with a high ankle sprain. He stepped on Karl-Anthony Towns foot while playing defense and immediately grabbed his lower leg. It is safe to s ...

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose sprained his ankle on Friday and is considered doubtful to play on Saturday. What It Means: Rose twisted his ankle early in the fourth quarter of the Cavs' 116-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. With the second half of a back-to-back in order on Saturday, Rose will play it safe and likely not play versus the Orlando Magic. Expect Jose Calderon and J. ...

New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez is the odd man out in the frontcourt rotation for now, according to head coach Jeff Hornacek. What It Means: Hernangomez played just 4 minutes in the season opener, the last 4 minutes of the blowout loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder to be precise. Hornecek said Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn had earned their minutes upfront while Hernangomez needs to con ...

Los Angeles Lakers guard/forward Corey Brewer is starting at small forward on Friday night. What It Means: Brewer replaces Luol Deng in the starting five after playing 16 minutes on Thursday night. The move is temporary as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will join the starting lineup when first eligible to do so on Sunday. Our models projected Brewer for 6.8 FanDuel points in 9.6 minutes before word of h ...

Los Angeles Lakers forward Luol Deng is inactive on Friday night. What It Means: Deng is a healthy scratch one night after starting at small forward for the Lakers. Coach Luke Walton promised to switch things up and has with Corey Brewer starting in place of Deng. Deng scored 2 points with 1 assist and 1 steal in 13 minutes on Thursday night. Source: Craig Grialou, ArizonaSports.com ...

Golden State Warriors guard/forward Andre Iguodala (back) will play Friday versus the New Orleans Pelicans. What It Means: Iggy sat out the season opener, with Nick Young and Patrick McCaw earning extra minutes. He is good to go on Friday and will see plenty of time behind Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson against the Pelicans. Our models project Iguodala for 7.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists ...

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (knee) is starting Friday night versus the New Orleans Pelicans. What It Means: Green suffered a scare in the season opener as he left early in the second half with a knee strain. After practicing the last two days, he feels good and is ready to go versus the Pelicans dynamic frontcourt of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. Our models project Green for ...

Orlando Magic point guard Elfrid Payton will not return to Friday's game after suffering a hamstring strain, per John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com. What It Means: Payton played 14 minutes in the first half before suffering the injury on Friday. He was immediately ruled out and looks doubtful to play on Saturday night. D.J. Augustin and Shelvin Mack will handle point guard duties as long as Payt ...

Dallas Mavericks forward/center Nerlens Noel is in the starting lineup Friday night. What It Means: Noel joins the starting five after coming off the bench in the season opener. With injuries to the Mavs' backcourt, they will go big with Dirk Nowitzki playing at power forward, Harrison Barnes at small forward, and Wesley Matthews moving to shooting guard. Yogi Ferrell moves to the bench. Our ...

Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea is starting at point guard on Friday night. What It Means: Barea is in the lineup in place of Dennis Smith Jr., who is out with a knee injury. With the lack of backcourt depth, the Mavericks have shifted Yogi Ferrell to the bench so he can back up Barea. Our models projected Barea for 20.7 FanDuel points while costing just $3,900 on Friday night. ...

Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe (ankle) will start on Friday night versus the Los Angeles Lakers. What It Means: The Suns briefly listed Bledsoe as questionable for Friday night's game but the point guard is ready to roll as he gets the chance to go head-to-head versus Lonzo Ball. Our models project Bledsoe for 18.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 5.6 assists for 34.4 FanDuel points on Friday ...

Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle) will not play Friday versus the Dallas Mavericks. What It Means: Bogdanovic has been getting in more work during practice but will miss his second consecutive game on Friday. Justin Jackson started at the two-guard on Wednesday with Bogdanovic sitting out. Our models project Bogdanovic for 11.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 24.8 minutes p ...

Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr will not play on Friday or Saturday night due to a left knee effusion. What It Means: Smith tore his ACL in his left knee during high school and is now dealing with some swelling. No word on how severe the effusion is or who will replace him in a depleted Mavericks backcourt. Our models projected Smith for 26.6 FanDuel points on Friday after he dropped ...

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (quad) has been officially ruled out for Saturday's game versus the Chicago Bulls. What It Means: Leonard sat out the season opener and could miss a few more games with a troublesome quad injury. Kyle Anderson started and played 30 minutes in his place and will likely earn the nod again versus the Bulls. Rudy Gay will continue to see an uptick in minute ...

Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph (oral surgery) will make his 2017-18 debut versus the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. What It Means: Randolph sat out the season opener after undergoing oral surgery. He is expected to start against the Mavs with Skal Labissiere returning to the bench. Our models project Randolph for 13.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.2 assists for 23.7 FanDuel points on Frid ...

Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris is taking a leave of absence and will not play on Friday night, following the death of his brother. What It Means: Harris will take as long as he needs, according to coach Rick Carlisle, after his brother Bruce died in a car crash on Thursday. The veteran guard played 16 minutes, scoring 10 points in Wednesday's season opener. J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrall wi ...

Brooklyn Nets guard/forward Allen Crabbe is starting on Friday against the Orlando Magic. What It Means: Crabbe is getting the start following Jeremy Lin's season-ending injury on Wednesday. Crabbe is projected for 20.9 FanDuel points and could see a boost in minutes as a starter. Source: Tom Lorenzo ...

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac is making his first career start as he fills in for Aaron Gordon (ankle) on Friday night. What It Means: Isaac played just 17 minutes in his first NBA game on Wednesday but will now be in the starting five after Aaron Gordon was ruled out with an ankle sprain. The sixth-overall pick scored 4 points with 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in the season-opener. He is a nice ...

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Brooklyn Nets. What It Means: Gordon tested his ankle out before the game, but decided it's still too sore to play on. In the Magic's season opener, Gordon shot just 4-of-13, but filled the stat sheet with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in 34 minutes. Source: Josh Robbins ...

Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe is being called questionable to play Friday night due to a right ankle sprain. What It Means: It is unknown when Bledsoe hurt his ankle as there was no word of an injury out of Phoenix following their disastrous 48-point loss on Wednesday. If he is unable to give it a go tonight, Tyler Ulis will likely earn the start at the point versus the Los Angeles Lakers. ...

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid said he will not play back-to-back games on Saturday. What It Means: Embiid is playing against the Boston Celtics on Friday, but says he's not cleared to play back-to-back games yet. He expects to play at least 20 minutes against the Celtics. Embiid played 27 minutes in the season opener. Based on his opening performance, numberFire's models project ...

Detroit Pistons center Boban Marjanovic has been made inactive for Friday night's game versus the Washington Wizards. What It Means: It appeared Boban had become a favorite of head coach Stan Van Gundy, but the big man is a healthy scratch on Friday after earning a "DNP-Coach's Decision" in the season opener on Wednesday. Eric Moreland and Jon Leuer will see time at center when ...

Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes will start at center on Friday with Marcus Smart ruled out against the Philadelphia 76ers. What It Means: With Smart being ruled out, the Celtics have decided to go big with Al Horford starting at power forward, Jayson Tatum at small forward, Jaylen Brown at shooting guard, and Kyrie Irving at the point. Baynes started just 3 games the last two season with the Det ...

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart is out on Friday, reports MassLive's Jay King. What It Means: Smart rolled both of his ankles in the previous game and was particularly bothered by a left ankle sprain. His absence will leave the Celtics a little low on guards. Terry Rozier should see more time backing up Kyrie Irving, while coach Brad Stevens goes big with Aron Baynes at power forward and Ja ...

Detroit Pistons guard/forward Stanley Johnson will start on Friday night, reports The Detroit News' Rod Beard. What It Means: Johnson was originally questionable for tonight's matchup, but he'll take the floor for Detroit after undergoing treatment for back spasms. It remains to be seen if his minutes will be limited but if they are Jon Leuer should see more time as Tobias Harris sh ...

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