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Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (knee tendinitis) will play on Friday versus the Minnesota Timberwolves. What It Means: Ingram's knee is a little sore after Wednesday's game but looks to be minor enough the tanking Lakers are letting him play through it. The rookie forward has been on a roll recently and should not have any restrictions on Friday. Our models project Ingram for ...

Phoenix Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr. is in the starting lineup against the Boston Celtics on Friday. What It Means: Jones hurt his wrist on Thursday and needed X-rays. However, with T.J. Warren out another game, the Suns need the rookie in their lineup. Don't expect him to play extended minutes with Jarell Eddie and Jared Dudley earning extra time. None of them are worthy of playing in any ...

Phoenix Suns forward T.J. Warren (left foot contusion) will not play on Friday versus the Boston Celtics. What It Means: Warren will miss his second straight game with the injury and remains questionable to play on Sunday. The Suns will also be without Derrick Jones Jr, who started in Warren's place on Thursday. Jarell Eddie and Jared Dudley will see extra time with Jones and Warren out. Warr ...

Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor (knee soreness) will not play against the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. What It Means: Okafor has been bothered by soreness in his right knee for the better part of the last 12 months, so this could be an extended absence. Richaun Holmes is a must-start fantasy play with Okafor out of the lineup. Dario Saric could also get a little run at the five, but Shaw ...

John Henson (thumb) will not play against the Hawks on Friday. What It Means: Spencer Hawes scored 10 points in just under 20 minutes on Wednesday with Henson out, so he should be in line for a similar workload tonight. Greg Monroe will likely benefit the most, but he's ideally more of a deep-league option. Without yet accounting for Henson's absence, numberFire's models project Mon ...

Denver Nuggets small forward Danilo Gallinari (knee) will start and forward/center Mason Plumlee will move to the bench for Friday against the Indiana Pacers. What It Means: Wilson Chandler will join Gallinari as Denver's other starting forward. There shouldn't be any minutes limit for Gallinari, who is returning from a four-game absence, but he'll cut into the playing times of Plum ...

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, guard/forward J.R. Smith, forward LeBron James, forward/center Kevin Love and forward/center Tristan Thompson will start against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday. What It Means: The Cavaliers play again on Saturday as they host the Washington Wizards, so it's possible that the first unit is on restricted minutes ahead of tomorrow's contest. Head coa ...

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (migraine) will play Friday night against the Brooklyn Nets. What It Means: Wall remains below 100 percent and missed shootaround, so he's a risky DFS proposition, even in such an appealing matchup. Season-long owners should keep him active, but he could see a shortened workload if the game gets out of hand early. numberFire's models project Wall ...

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall's (migraine headache) status still hasn't been confirmed, but head coach Scott Brooks said he expects him to play. What It Means: Wall is considered questionable after being unable to make shootaround this morning. Brandon Jennings would replace Wall in the starting lineup, but Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris will likely benefit the most in the e ...

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (left shoulder) will play against the Indiana Pacers on Friday. What It Means: Faried bruised his shoulder in Wednesday's game and was considered questionable to play on Friday. Power forward has been an inconsistent fantasy option and will remain that way with Danilo Gallinari returning against the Pacers. Faried is averaging just 17.5 minutes in his las ...

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (illness) will not play Friday versus the Phoenix Suns. What It Means: With Bradley out, Jaylen Brown will get the start with Marcus Smart adding a few extra minutes to his night. Consider Bradley questionable for Sunday's game versus the Miami Heat. In Brown's 17 starts this season, he has averaged 9.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals and ...

Indiana Pacers forward Glenn Robinson III (left calf strain) has been ruled out for Friday against the Denver Nuggets. What It Means: Robinson strained his calf in Wednesday's loss to the Boston Celtics. He played only six minutes and should be considered very questionable to play Sunday versus the Philadelphia 76ers. C.J. Miles and Thaddeus Young will see extra minutes in his absence. Robins ...

Utah Jazz forward/center Derrick Favors (knee) will not play against the Clippers on Saturday. What It Means: Favors hasn't played since March 7, but he was able to get some balls up during Friday's practice. The Jazz aren't going to rush to bring him back anytime soon. Joe Johnson has struggled a bit recently, but he remains the superior DFS option to Boris Diaw, who was named the ...

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (migraine headache) is considered questionable for Friday's game versus the Brooklyn Nets. What It Means: Wall appears to be headed for a game-time decision after missing the Friday morning shootaround. The Wizards can afford to sit Wall against the Nets, which would create very appealing DFS opportunities for both Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris. Was ...

Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision for Friday night's road matchup with the Chicago Bulls. What It Means: Okafor was unable to participate in shootaround on Friday morning after taking a hit to the knee during Wednesday night's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. It doesn't sound like Okafor is goin ...

Denver Nuggets forward/center Kenneth Faried (left shoulder contusion) is questionable for Friday's game versus the Indiana Pacers. What It Means: With Danilo Gallinari (knee) returning from a four-game absence on Friday night, the Nuggets have the depth to let Faried sit and heal his shoulder. If he does play, numberFire's models project Faried for 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in 15.3 mi ...

Denver Nuggets small forward Danilo Gallinari (left knee bone bruise) said he will play Friday versus the Indiana Pacers. What It Means: Gallinari has spent the past four games on the bench. His return will create a quagmire in the Nuggets' frontcourt between Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried, Mason Plumlee, Will Barton and Juan Hernangomez. Owners can feel free to get Gallo in their starting l ...

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (ankle) expects to play on Sunday night against the Boston Celtics after suffering a minor ankle injury in Thursday's loss to the Toronto Raptors. What It Means: This is good news for the Heat, who are currently fighting for the eight seed in the Eastern Conference. Whiteside is already playing a hand laceration that required 13 stitches on Tuesday, but it ...

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard went off for 30 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 4 3-pointers as the Blazers beat the New York Knicks 110-95 on Thursday. What It Means: Lillard now has 30-plus points in a league-leading seven games in March, averaging 31.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 3.3 3-pointers through 12 contests on the month. Lillard finishe ...

Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry will get some increased run at point guard over the remainder of the season. What It Means: Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle has said that the team needs to get an extended look at Curry running the point, so this could cut into J.J. Barea's minutes and give Curry a bump in usage moving forward. He has been playing the bulk of his minutes at shooting guard ...

Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan went off for 40 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal in 36 minutes of action as the Raptors scored a 101-84 win over the Miami Heat on Thursday. What It Means: That makes back-to-back 40-point games for DeRozan -- something he had never managed in his eight-year career until now. He has averaged 24.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 34.3 min ...

Toronto Raptors point guard Delon Wright saw 24 minutes of action in Thursday's 101-84 road win over the Miami Heat, racking up 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. What It Means: Wright has only appeared in 17 games for the Raptors this season, averaging 6.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.9 steals in 16.5 minutes per game. Wright finished second among Raptors players with ...

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside suffered an ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's home loss to the Toronto Raptors. What It Means: The Heat are fighting for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, and with Whiteside downplaying this injury as "more just annoying", it seems likely that he will try to play through it as the Heat travel to Boston to take on the C ...

Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea was ejected from Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers after committing a flagrant 2 foul against Blake Griffin in the third quarter. What It Means: Barea shoved Griffin as Griffin set a screen, and looked to make some contact with Griffin's head -- don't expect this one to lead to any kind of suspension, and Barea should be availab ...

The New York Knicks will be without forward Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee), point guard Derrick Rose (sore right foot) and forward Lance Thomas (sore hip) on Thursday against the Portland Trail Blazers. What It Means: Rose and Thomas both were injured during Wednesday's loss to the Utah Jazz, while Anthony is getting extra rest. Justin Holiday, Chasson Randle and Mindaugas Kuzminskas will s ...

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