Stew: No P.J. = More T.J.

Stew: No P.J. = More T.J.
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P.J. Tucker is available to play against the Celtics on Friday night.

The Raptors kept Serge Ibaka out for his game after a trade, but the Raptors will have Tucker available off the bench. He will likely be used as a second-unit defender, but he could take minutes away from DeMarre Carroll when Carroll goes into one of his numerous slumps. Tucker is more of a drop than an add.
Feb 24 - 6:09 PM

Doug McDermott is available to play against the Lakers on Friday.

It'll be interesting to see how the Thunder will use McBuckets. Russell Westbrook sure could use another shooter out there next to him, especially with Andre Roberson only making 25.0 percent from deep off Westbrook passes. McDermott's defense will hold him back from seeing big minutes, so he's not a pickup just yet.
Feb 24 - 6:06 PM

Taj Gibson will be available to play and is expected to make his OKC debut on Friday night vs. the Lakers.

Domantas Sabonis has started at power forward for each of the Thunder's 57 games this season. It's unknown if Gibson will come off the bench on Friday. Gibson was playing over 27 minutes a night as the starter in Chicago. Even if he eventually starts in OKC, Enes Kanter (arm) will cut into his playing time once Kanter returns to the lineup. Thus, Thursday's trade will likely dimish Gibson's fantasy value.
Feb 24 - 6:05 PM

Ian Mahinmi will be capped at 15-17 minutes for the next two weeks.

He's probably not going to play more than that even when he is 100 percent. Marcin Gortat has sneakily been one of the best centers in the Eastern Conference, so don't expect him to lose playing time.
Feb 24 - 5:45 PM

Jahlil Okafor will start at center on Friday night vs. the Wizards.

With Nerlens Noel in Dallas and Joel Embiid expected to miss the Sixers next four games, Okafor will start and will likely play heavy minutes. Okafor has started 22 games this season and is averaging 13.5 points (on 55.4 percent shooting), 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 25.4 minutes in those starts. He is an enticing DFS and streaming option on Friday. Richaun Holmes will backup Okafor.
Feb 24 - 5:42 PM

Robert Covington will start and is expected to get minutes as the backup power forward against the Wizards on Friday.

Justin Anderson is also expected to see a little run at the four. This actually isn't new for either with Covington coming up as a power forward in the Houston system and Anderson getting run at the four under coach Rick Carlisle at times. Plus, with Ersan Ilyasova out, RoCo should be the primary trigger man. If he can hit shots, he should have some big nights going forward.
Feb 24 - 5:42 PM

Al Jefferson (dental pain) will not play on Friday against the Grizzlies.

Hopefully this is just a one-day thing for Jefferson, who was not on the injury report just an hour ago. With the Pacers getting their power forwards back, Kevin Seraphin should slide over the backup five spot behind Myles Turner against the bigger Memphis front line. Turner also get a slight bump, too.
Feb 24 - 5:37 PM

Justin Anderson is available for Friday against the Wizards.

With the 76ers having almost no chance to get a first-round pick in the Nerlens Noel trade, they're clearly invested in Anderson. He's a great fit in Philly's system and should see minutes at three positions, especially with Dario Saric as the only healthy power forward. Anderson is more of a watch-list guy in fantasy, but coach Brett Brown should get a good look at him the rest of the way.
Feb 24 - 5:33 PM
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