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Nicolas Batum (back) doesn't sound likely to play vs. the Raptors on Monday, and said he's "hoping to be back for San Antonio [on Thursday]."

"I tried to attack [on Saturday, but] I feel like I have no power, no jump," Batum said. "I couldn't really move, couldn't really run, couldn't jump. So that's why I turned the ball over like three times in the first five minutes." His night ended after another hard fall in the first half, and owners should plan to be without him on Monday.
Source: Columbian
Sun, Dec 9, 2012 11:03:00 AM

DeMarcus Cousins (left ankle) is questionable to play against the Cavs on Friday.

This is interesting because Cousins missed time because of a right ankle sprain earlier this month. He did tweak his left ankle on Wednesday and did play through it, but it's possible he sits this one out. Although, one would think Boogie would want to suit up after being snubbed from the All-Stat team.
Jan 29 - 8:54 PM

Lavoy Allen is dealing with sore right knee and will not return to Thursday's game against the Knicks.

He hobbled back to the locker room under his own power with only a slight limp. This injury doesn't sound serious, but the timing is interesting because he leapfrogged Luis Scola for the No. 2 power forward spot tonight. He left the game with eight points, five boards and one assist in nine minutes.
Jan 29 - 8:20 PM

Dwight Howard (knee, ankle) will get a second opinion on his right knee and could miss "extended time," according to Yahoo! Sports.

It sounds like he won't be back until after the break and there's no specifics known about his injury besides some fluid buildup. Howard needed a couple weeks to get over a knee injury at the end of 2014 and it does seem a little more serious this time around. While Dwight is out, Terrence Jones will have a great opportunity in front of him while Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith will step up, too.
Jan 29 - 7:45 PM

Mike Conley (wrist) will not play against the Nuggets on Thursday night.

This will be his second game out of the lineup due to his wrist injury. The 2015 part of the season has not been nice to Conley with two ankle sprains and this current issue costing him time. There's no indication that this issue will linger on, so he can be considered as a buy-low candidate. Beno Udrih is a nice option in DFS tonight.
Jan 29 - 7:28 PM

Mike Conley (wrist) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Nuggets.

Conley dressed for Tuesday's game against Dallas, but he did not leave the bench, and it's looking like we're not going to get an official update on Conley's status until just before the tip. If he does indeed spend another game on the sidelines, Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes would split minutes at point guard. Stay tuned.
Jan 29 - 6:49 PM

JaVale McGee will again be available to play Thursday vs. Memphis.

McGee was available for the Nuggets' last game, but spent the entire game glued to the bench. He does however have a chance to step into the rotation tonight with the Nuggets looking for some size to go up against Memphis' imposing frontcourt of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. However, he's unlikely to do enough statistically to be worth using in most leagues.
Jan 29 - 6:42 PM

John Henson will replace Zaza Pachulia (calf) in the starting lineup for Thursday's game vs. Orlando.

Henson offers a lot of upside, and with a favorable matchup against the Magic, he's looking like a fine plug-and-play in daily leagues. It's going to be hard for head coach Jason Kidd to limit Henson's minutes tonight with Ersan Ilyasova, and Zaza unavailable. Kenyon Martin could also pick up some extended minutes tonight as one of the few healthy big men left on the roster, although he's unlikely to contribute much to the stat sheet.
Jan 29 - 6:03 PM

Jared Dudley will start at power forward for Thursday's game against Orlando with Ersan Ilyasova (groin) unavailable.

Dudley is more of a 3-point specialist, but he could see an uptick in value with the move to the starting lineup and a favorable matchup against the Magic. He's worth a dice roll for those playing daily leagues.
Jan 29 - 5:54 PM

Zaza Pachulia (calf) will not suit up for Thursday's game vs. the Magic, and John Henson will take his place in the starting lineup.

Pachulia said that he felt a "pop" while going through shootaround and he had to quit. He said he thinks he'll be sidelined for a week at the most, so owners can start looking at other options for Saturday's game vs. Portland, and Monday's game vs. Toronto. Henson will draw a favorable matchup against the Magic, and he looks like a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
Jan 29 - 5:49 PM

Carmelo Anthony will start vs. the Pacers on Thursday.

The Knicks are currently in the second game of a back-to-back set, so the fact that Melo is playing is certainly an encouraging sign. Anthony is still capable of putting up amazing stats when in uniform, so owners should really use this as a selling point as the shut-down talks aren’t going away any time soon.
Jan 29 - 5:42 PM

George Hill will remain on his 20 minutes per game limit until Saturday, after which the Pacers hope to increase his workload.

While Hill has been limited to 20 minutes per game over his last three outings, he's still been able to put up serviceable numbers, averaging 14.3 points, 2.7 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.0 three-pointer per game. He'll have a favorable matchup against the Knicks tonight, so feel free to roll him out there.
Jan 29 - 5:37 PM




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