Bobby Portis will start at power forward Friday night vs. the Suns.
The Hawks have suspended Dennis Schroder for one game (Friday night vs. Miami) for failure to report to the team on time after the All-Star break.
"Dennis has played an important role for our team and been a significant contributor to our success this season," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We are disappointed that he did not return to the team on time and we have discussed this with him. We look forward to him rejoining the team in Orlando tomorrow night." Malcolm Delaney is expected to draw the start in place of Schroder on Friday night and makes for an excellent streaming and/or DFS option.
Coach Brad Stevens said Avery Bradley (Achilles) will go through shootaround but will "most likely" not play Friday night vs. Toronto.
This is somewhat discouraging news, as Bradley has appeared in only one game since Jan 6. and had been targeting Friday as a return date. However, Bradley did travel with the team and told reporters that he felt "100 percent." He said he hoped to play Friday night but that the training staff might not let him. Marcus Smart will again see heavy minutes in Bradley's absence.
Rodney Hood (knee) will play Friday night vs. the Bucks.
Hood, who has missed seven straight games, has been somewhat disappointing this season. His scoring, assist and steals averages are lower than there were compared to the 2015-16 campaign. This is due in large part to the nagging injury issues that have limited him for much of the season. With Hood back in the lineup, Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles will see their minutes reduced.
Andrew Bogut will not be with Sixers for at least a week while dealing with personal issues.
There are no further details as to the nature of the issues. However, this does not preclude the Sixers from buying out Bogut's contract, which would enable him to sign with a contender. The Warriors, Cavs and Rockets are reportedly the teams that will be competing for Bogut's services.
Bojan Bogdanovic will be active and is expected to make his Wizards debut Friday vs. the Sixers.
Bogdanovic was the Nets second-leading scorer and was also second on the team in minutes played. However, he will see far fewer minutes and scoring opportunities in Washington, as he will be coming off the bench behind rising star Otto Porter.
P.J. Tucker is unlikely to make his Raptors debut Friday night vs. Boston.
Tucker was dealt from Phoenix to Toronto on Thursday afternoon. Tucker's fantasy value takes a hit as a result of this trade. He was averaging 30-plus minutes a night over the last few months in Phoenix. In Toronto, he will have to split playing time with DeMarre Carroll and Norman Powell.
Serge Ibaka is expected to make his debut with the Raptors on Friday vs. the Celtics.
We will get our first indication of how coach Dwane Casey plans to employ Ibaka and the rest of the Raps rotation behind him. Assuming Ibaka is installed as the starter, his minutes and production should remain steady. However, Patrick Patterson, Lucas Nogueira, Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl will have to fight for playing time off the bench.