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Jrue Holiday shot 9-of-16 from the field for 24 points, adding six rebounds, nine assists, one block and three 3-pointers in Sunday's loss to the Nets.

Holiday had a sub-par return on Friday from his foot injury, so this big line should alleviate most concerns for his owners. The Sixers get three games this week and he should be started with supreme confidence.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 05:50:00 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles), already ruled out of Saturday's game against the Bulls, is likely to miss at least one additional game.

The Mavs following game is Monday vs. Charlotte. They then play the Kings on Wednesday, which seems to be the earliest we would see Dirk back on the floor. However, even that is questionable due to the lingering soreness in his right Achilles' tendon. "Dirk's situation is improving, but he is really out indefinitely," Carlisle said during his weekly appearance on 103.3 FM ESPN. Nowitzki has played in only five games for the 3-15 Mavs this season.
Dec 2 - 6:23 PM

Brandon Ingram will start at shooting guard against the Raptors on Friday.

It's the same starting lineup as Wednesday with Jose Calderon, Luol Deng, Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov. Ingram played a whopping 41 minutes in that start with a 13.0 usage rate, so maybe he gets more shots tonight. Ingram is worth a long look in DFS and is a pickup in competitive leagues with a ton of playing time headed his way while Nick Young (calf) misses 2-4 weeks.
Dec 2 - 6:18 PM

DeMarre Carroll (rest) will not play against the Lakers on Friday and Norman Powell will start in his place.

It's scheduled rest on the front end of a back-to-back set, so Carroll will get to play against his former team, the Hawks, on Saturday. With Carroll out, both Norman Powell and Terrence Ross should be flirting with 30 minutes. Ross has been very good on defense and should carry the second unit tonight. Both are great streaming options in a fantastic matchup.
Dec 2 - 5:55 PM

Courtney Lee (ankle) and Joakim Noah (ankle) are both unavailable for Friday's game against the Wolves.

The Knicks are in a similar position as they were on Wednesday with Noah out for that game against the Wolves. Somewhat surprisingly, Marshall Plumlee picked up some extra run while Kyle O'Quinn and Mindaugus Kuzminskas also saw some added playing time. Noah is day-to-day and could play Sunday against the Kings, so the aforementioned bigs only have very short-term boosts.
Dec 2 - 5:51 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) practiced on Friday and remains out for Saturday against Miami.

This is a very encouraging sign for Aminu, who has missed the last 12 games. He's had a smooth transition to playing all power forward this season, which has allowed Moe Harkless to step up as a three. Aminu's return with 27 minutes per game would take minutes away from guys like Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh. Aminu is a borderline asset in standard leagues.
Dec 2 - 4:58 PM

Zach Randolph (personal) will not play against the Lakers on Saturday.

He is still on bereavement leave for the loss of his mother. With Z-Bo out, Jarell Martin has seen the biggest bump in minutes while Deyonta Davis has received a chance to play. Martin gets a good matchup and could be a sneaky steam or DFS punt play. Randolph isn't worth stashing in most cases.
Dec 2 - 3:10 PM

Vince Carter (hip) is out for Saturday against the Lakers.

This will be his third game out of the lineup due to his right hip flexor injury. The Grizzlies have played more Tony Allen while Troy Daniels and Troy Williams have both stepped up lately. Daniels and Williams have similar short-term value with Daniels being more about scoring and Williams doing a little of everything. Allen should be a steals specialist.
Dec 2 - 3:07 PM

Nikola Jokic (left wrist) is shaping up to be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Rockets.

On Wednesday night, Jokic was pushed to the ground and braced himself with his left wrist, so that's likely when he suffered the injury. Jokic did stay in the game and it doesn't sound serious. He's playing some outstanding ball and does appear to have a good chance to play. If he's out, more run will go to Jusuf Nurkic, Kenneth Faried and a number of other forwards.
Dec 2 - 2:23 PM

Doug McDermott (concussion) has been ruled out for Friday night vs. the Cavs and Saturday night in Dallas.

The Bulls are hopeful McDermott will be cleared for contact on Friday. However, coach Fred Hoiberg wants to see him get a couple workouts in before being cleared for a game. Isaiah Canaan and Nikola Mirotic have been the biggest beneficiaries of McDermott's absence and should continue to see increased workloads this weekend.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 2 - 12:21 PM

ESPN is reporting that Will Barton (ankle) will play Friday night vs. the Rockets.

Barton started off the year strong, averaging 18 points and five rebounds in 35 minutes over Denver's first three games of the season. However, he has missed 12 of the Nuggets last 15 games due to this nagging ankle injury. It is unknown if Barton will be on a minute restriction Friday. If you have room on your roster and he is still floating around your league's waiver wire, now is the time to nab him. Barton finished last season ranked among the top-85 overall fantasy players, according to BasketballReference.com. Barton's return will likely eat into the minutes of Wilson Chandler and Jamal Murray.
Dec 2 - 12:03 PM

Joel Embiid will be on a 28-minute limit Friday night vs. Orlando, but likely will not play on Saturday vs. Boston.

In addition to the 28-minute limit vs. Magic, the Sixers announced that "the team anticipates to follow prior back-to-back protocol for Celtics on Saturday." Thus, we can safely assume they will rest Embiid on Saturday. Embiid has not played more than 27 minutes in any game this season, so 28 minutes would represent a career high. It will be interesting to see if Embiid can sustain his incredible per-minute production as his playing time increases. His current per-36 minute averages are mind-boggling: 28.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers.
Dec 2 - 11:36 AM




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