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  • Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) available to play
    Spencer Dinwiddie (sore left knee) will be available to play Friday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Dinwiddie is averaging just 16.3 minutes per game on the season to go with 6.3 points and 2.0 assists, so he's obviously not a factor in almost any league as a reserve. His return will take away minutes from Steve Blake, who is also a negligible fantasy option. 24 minutes ago
  • Nik Stauskas says he's available to play
    Nik Stauskas (knee) said he's available to play on Friday against the Rockets.

    Advice: Even though he's available, he might not be playing tonight. Stauskas was expected to miss at least one more game on top of this one, so he's not someone fantasy owners should be counting on for tonight. 31 minutes ago
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) in 'considerable' pain
    Tiago Splitter (hip) won't play on Friday and said that he still has "considerable" pain.

    Advice: It doesn't sound as though Splitter is close to returning, in other words, so we're not expecting to see him play vs. the Spurs on Saturday. His absence thrusts more minutes toward Mike Muscala, with Mike Scott also earning extra playing time off the bench. 33 minutes ago
  • Jordan Adams (knee) still out for Grizzlies
    Jordan Adams (knee) will miss his 13th straight game on Friday.

    Advice: Adams is dealing with soreness in his surgically-repaired right knee and the Grizzlies have no incentive to rush his return, as he's not part of their typical rotation. Fantasy owners should consider him 'out indefinitely' and continue to ignore him. 38 minutes ago
  • Gerald Green will start on Friday night
    Gerald Green will start on Friday night against the Knicks.

    Advice: He did play 38 minutes on Wednesday, but keep in mind garbage time was a big factor there. Justise Winslow is probably going to get a little more run to guard Carmelo Anthony. Green has a high usage rate this season, so he could be able to put up numbers tonight. 39 minutes ago
  • Jerami Grant starting at small forward
    Jerami Grant will start at small forward against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: Robert Covington will slide over to shooting guard tonight. Grant does put up better numbers as a power forward, but he should still get a nice amount of run tonight with a different rotation. 45 minutes ago
  • Thabo Sefolosha out for Friday night
    Thabo Sefolosha (rest) will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: It's just rest on the front end of a back-to-back set. Sefolosha did have some tightness in his ankle following a back-to-back set last week, so the Hawks will play it safe. Kent Bazemore (ankle) is back and starting while Lamar Patterson should get some run, too. 52 minutes ago
  • Rockets may alter starting lineup vs. Philly
    Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that he may alter his starting lineup vs. the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: The most likely move is shifting Patrick Beverley into the starting lineup ahead of Jason Terry. Ty Lawson played only three minutes on Wednesday and might not even be in the rotation, allowing Beverley and Terry to split the PG minutes between them. 59 minutes ago
  • Matthew Dellavedova will play on Friday
    Matthew Dellavedova (calf) will play on Friday night against the Hornets.

    Advice: He said he felt a lot better after the day off, but he'll be coming off the bench tonight. Mo Williams is going to get the start. so there shouldn't be a big chance for minutes for Dellavedova in his return. Jared Cunningham won't play much. Today, 3:07 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins is now questionable
    DeMarcus Cousins (back) was upgraded to questionable to play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: The Kings had him as doubtful in their previous injury report before this one, but he has a chance to play now. If he can go, that makes basically every wing and frontcourt player have a lower upside. There probably won't be an update until later tonight, so fantasy owners will want to exercise some caution. Today, 3:01 pm
  • Marcus Smart off crutches
    Marcus Smart (leg) is not on crutches and is unlikely to play in the upcoming five-game road trip.

    Advice: He also has a good chance to miss two games at home after that, so we might not see Smart back until near Christmas. While he's out, R.J. Hunter will get in the rotation while Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas carry the load on offense. Today, 2:52 pm
  • Channing Frye starting again on Friday
    Channing Frye is getting another start against the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: The starting lineup of Frye, Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic did not fare well on Wednesday, posting a putrid minus-34.3 net rating in 16 minutes against the Knicks -- the worst combo with at least two minutes on Wednesday. Frye played 20 minutes and hopefully he plays less tonight. Today, 2:38 pm
  • P.J. Hairston is not on the injury report
    P.J. Hairston (head) is not on the injury report for Friday's game against the Cavs.

    Advice: His head injury from Wednesday seems like it's behind him. Hairston should be in the starting lineup, but probably won't get more than 16-22 minutes tonight. He is only worth a look in very deep leagues. Today, 1:34 pm
  • Mo Williams listed as starter for Friday
    Mo Williams (ankle) is listed as the starter for Friday against the Hornets.

    Advice: He stared the second half on Wednesday and should be close to 100 percent. Williams played 32 minutes on Wednesday and scored 15 points, so he's all set to start tonight in almost all leagues. Matthew Dellavedova will move back to the bench while Jared Cunningham shouldn't play much. Today, 1:29 pm
  • Trey Burke doesn't practice, questionable
    Trey Burke (back) did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: He suffered from back spasms on Wednesday and couldn't return to action. Burke also had a back issue back in April, so he is probably on the bad side of this questionable tag. Raul Neto was very good in Wednesday, but he's still a risky play in DFS. If he can't play, there should be more minutes for Alec Burks, too. Today, 12:41 pm
  • Trey Burke, Rodney Hood questionable for Sat
    Trey Burke (back) and Rodney Hood (back) are questionable to play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: Hood went through practice on Friday and his injury doesn't appear to be as serious as Burke's back spasms. Hood tends to be a slow healer, but this is his first bout with a back issue. If he can't go, there will be more of Alec Burks, Chris Johnson and Joe Ingles. Today, 12:35 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) out for three games
    J.J. Barea (ankle) will not play in the next three games.

    Advice: He has a right ankle sprain and said he rolled it "pretty good" on Wednesday. With Barea out, the Mavs will be using more of Raymond Felton and Devin Harris. With Justin Anderson improving, he could get regular minutes, too. Barea could miss more time beyond next week. Today, 11:32 am
  • Lauvergne (back) is likely to play Friday
    Joffrey Lauvergne (back) made it through shootaround and will likely play vs. the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: After 12 straight games on the shelf, King Joffrey is expected to return tonight. Nikola Jokic has been playing well in his absence, but Lauvergne could still see decent minutes if he is cleared to play considering Kenneth Faried is questionable with a back injury. For now, owners in most leagues can use a wait-and-see approach here. Today, 10:18 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) will not play Friday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) will not play on Friday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: This will be his second straight game in street clothes, but hamstring issues can linger if they aren't given enough time to heal so it's understandable that the Heat want to be cautious with their veteran forward. Gerald Green drew the start on Wednesday vs. the Pistons and scored 16 points in 38 minutes, so expect him to see plenty of run again on Friday. Deng's hamstring has improved, and it's possible that he could return on Monday vs. the Celtics. Today, 8:13 am
  • James Johnson frustrated with his role
    James Johnson posted on his Twitter account that he is being "under-utilized" this season.

    Advice: Johnson's playing time has been sporadic early on this season and his minutes have been limited to single digits in his last two appearances. His maturity issues are well documented and there's a reason that he's struggled to lock down a consistent role despite being a gifted athlete and an excellent defender. The Raptors will likely address this incident internally, so we may not get any more details. As long as the Raptors are close to full strength, Johnson won't be worth owning in most fantasy leagues. Today, 6:24 am
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