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Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson is joining the starting lineup on Saturday. What It Means: With Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert out of commission, Johnson will make his first start of the season on Saturday. Our models projected Johnson for 11.1 FanDuel points in 16.1 minutes against the Cleveland Cavaliers before the starting lineup was announced. Source: Utah Jazz ...

Utah Jazz center Ekpe Udoh will start in place of Rudy Gobert (knee) on Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. What It Means: With Gobert out for the next few weeks and Derrick Favors (eye) out tonight, Udoh could see a vastly expanded role for the thin Jazz frontcourt on Saturday Our models project Udoh for 26.5 FanDuel points at a cost o $3,500. Source: Utah Jazz ...

Milwaukee Bucks guard DeAndre Liggins will move into the starting lineup on Saturday with guard Gary Payton II heading back to the bench. What It Means: This is Jason Kidd shuffling things around with Tony Snell sitting this one out. Look for Liggins and Payton to share shooting guard duties on Saturday against the Houston Rockets. Our models project Liggins for 9.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $3, ...

New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (knee) has been ruled out on Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. What It Means: Michael Beasley will make the start in his place, and Doug McDermott should see a few extra minutes as well against the Thunder. Our models project Beasley for 29.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,500 on Saturday. Source: Ian Begley ...

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (knee) is a game time decision for Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks. What It Means: Harden is reportedly still feeling some pain in his knee after a breakaway foul by Brandon Paul Friday night. If Harden is unable to go, Eric Gordon and Chris Paul would become big values for DFS, and Bobby Brown could see some extra minutes off the bench. If Harden is able to ...

Utah Jazz forward/center Derrick Favors (eye laceration) is not available to play on Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. What It Means: Favors got six stitches above his left eye on Friday, which forced him to leave the game early. Apparently the Utah medical staff is not ready to clear him for action, and with Rudy Gobert (knee) also out for the next 2-to-4 weeks, Ekpe Udoh could see big mi ...

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (left wrist sprain) will play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers. What It Means: Walker was listed as probable going in to Saturday, but assistant coach Stephen Silas confirmed before the game that Walker will play. Our models project Walker for 37.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $8,000. Source: Charlotte Hornets ...

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (personal) will not be able to play in three upcoming road games because of a legal agreement in his shortened probation, which does not allow him to leave the state of California for 25 days. What It Means: KCP will miss road games against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday and on New Year's Eve, as well as one against the Minnesota Timberwolve ...

The Utah Jazz announced center Rudy Gobert (knee) will be re-evaluated in two weeks. What It Means: Gobert has a sprained PCL and a bone bruise. The Vertical reported that Gobert will miss about a month, and it's shaping up to be a 2-to-4 week timetable. Derrick Favors should continue to see heavy minutes until Gobert is back. Upon his return, our models project Gobert for averages of 14.9 po ...

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (ankle) went through some shooting drills on Saturday. What It Means: The Athletic's Anthony Slater said that Curry looked like he was going about 75% in the drills, but Slater didn't notice any hitch or limp when Curry was doing the drills. It appears the Warriors' point guard is getting closer to a return, and Curry is expected to be re-ev ...

Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter (hip) did not practice on Saturday and is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. What It Means: Porter had to leave Friday's game and he was not able to practice on Saturday. If he is unable to go, Kelly Oubre will get a big boost in fantasy value, while Mike Scott and Markieff Morris could get a boost in playing ...

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (concussion) is out for Saturday against the New York Knicks. What It Means: Adams suffered a concussion after getting elbowed by Joel Embiid late in Friday night's game. He will remain in concussion protocol until he is symptom-free, which means Dakari Johnson will likely start for the Thunder on Saturday. Patrick Patterson could also see some more r ...

Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (right quad contusion) is doubtful to play against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. What It Means: Fox only played 7 minutes on Friday before suffering a quad contusion that forced him to the locker room. Assuming he is out on Sunday, George Hill and Frank Mason could see some meaningful minutes against the Raptors. Our models project Fox for averages of 11.0 ...

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (strained right calf) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Detroit Pistons. What It Means: Gordon has been diagnosed with a strained calf, but the good news is he will join the Magic on their upcoming road trip, so it appears he is just day-to-day. With Gordon out on Sunday, Mario Hezonja and Wes Iwundu should continue to play heavier minutes. Our ...

Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (left heel contusion) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Saturday's meeting against the Milwaukee Bucks. What It Means: This is a new injury that cropped up on the Rockets' game notes for Saturday. Nene (rest) has already been ruled out, so this one could come down to a game time decision. If Capela is not able to play, Tarik Black would b ...

Utah Jazz forward/center Derrick Favors (left eye laceration) "will probably attempt to play" in Saturday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to the Salt Lake Tribune's Tony Jones. What It Means: Favors got six stitches above his left eye on Friday, which forced him to leave the game early. However, Jones seems to think Favors will attempt to play on Saturday agai ...

Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward Tyreke Evans (right hip) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Boston Celtics. What It Means: Evans played on Friday night and put up 22 points, but on the second half of a back to back, he is questionable against the C's. He was also out on Wednesday, so check back for another update leading up to tip off. If he is able to play, our mo ...

Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons (rest) will not play against the Boston Celtics on Saturday. What It Means: As per usual this season, after playing in the front end of a back-to-back on Friday, Parsons will sit out on Saturday. He's also been dealing with a back issue this week. Parsons is averaging 17.4 FanDuel points per game this season. Source: Memphis Grizzlies ...

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (knee) is expected to be out for one month with a sprained PCL, per Shams Charania of Yahoo. What It Means: After undergoing an MRI, Gobert has been diagnosed with a sprained PCL in his left knee and a bone bruise in his tibia. With Gobert expected to be sidelined for an extended period, Derrick Favors will see the biggest boost, while Ekpe Udoh and Jonas Jerebko could ...

Los Angeles Clippers guard Jawun Evans scored 15 points with 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals in Friday's 100-93 loss to the Washington Wizards. What It Means: Evans played a career-high 40 minutes, shattering his previous best of 25 set just 2 days ago. With Milos Teodosic and Austin rivers out, Evans got his chance and seized the opportunity despite shooting 7-for-18 from the field. With ...

Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis set a new career-high with 27 points in Friday's win over the Milwaukee Bucks. What It Means: Portis' previous high was 23 points set just four days ago against the Boston Celtics. He was 9-for-16 from the field and 7-for-7 from the line in 29 minutes off the bench. He added 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Portis racked up 43.4 Fa ...

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook scored 27 points with 18 rebounds, and 15 assists in Friday's 119-117 triple-OT win over the Philadelphia 76ers. What It Means: Westbrook logged a game-high 52 minutes on Friday as he recorded his 10th triple-double of the year. While his shot was off all night (10-for-33 from the field and 5-for-12 from the line) Brodie set a season-high in ...

Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter is considered day-to-day with a thigh bruise. What It Means: Porter left after playing just 3 minutes on Friday as he was hit in the hip/thigh area. Porter will be re-evaluated on Saturday to determine the extent of the injury. If he is unable to play on Sunday, Kelly Oubre would likely take his spot in the starting lineup. Porter scored 2 points with 1 rebou ...

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed Thursday's game at the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a legal matter, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. What It Means: Caldwell-Pope began serving a modified sentence, stemming from an offseason misdemeanor offense, which required the guard to stay in California to start a 25-day program as part of his probation. There will be travel r ...

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker will start on Friday night but sit out on Saturday versus the Dallas Mavericks. What It Means: Parker is not playing both sides of a back-to-back just yet, so he will rest on Saturday night. Expect Dejounte Murray or Patty Mills to get the start versus the Mavs. Our models project Parker for 19.9 FanDuel points in 22.8 minutes versus the Houston Rockets on Frida ...

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