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The Pelicans fell in Phoenix on Sunday despite a team-high 22 points from Jason Smith, who drained 9-of-12 field goals with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and zero turnovers.

Smith came in shooting 23-of-46 from mid-range this season, accounting for a whopping 86.8 percent of his FG attempts, which is crucial since it clears space in the paint for Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and the Pelicans' perimeter-averse offense. Greg Stiemsma (four minutes) has become an afterthought, and Smith will be a decent source of points, percentages, rebounds and blocks as long as he stays healthy.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 10:59:00 PM

Eric Gordon suffered a lower right leg injury of some sort on Tuesday and went to the locker room, but returned a short time later.

He likely either aggravated his toe injury or suffered a sprained ankle, but whatever the case, he had it taped back up and is back in the game. He's having a tough night, currently sitting on seven points on 3-of-11 shooting.
Jan 17 - 9:09 PM

Lucas Nogueira (blurred vision) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Nets.

He has blurred vision in his left eye and will be re-evaluated again after the game. He was also being evaluated for a concussion, but we should know more about that soon. Paskal Siakam started the second half and Jakop Poeltl could play a bit more as well. Bebe finished with three points (a trey) and two rebounds in seven minutes. There are no great speculative pickups here.
Jan 17 - 8:50 PM

Raymond Felton is looking at a bump in minutes with Chris Paul (thumb surgery) out for the next 6-8 weeks.

Felton started the second half of Monday's game and looked great with 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting with six assists, three rebounds, one block, one steal and two turnovers in 27 minutes, and he averaged 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.7 triples in six previous starts this season. He's likely going to take over the starting role in Los Angeles and looks like a strong pickup in standard leagues. Austin Rivers also looks like a great pickup.
Jan 17 - 7:30 PM

Cory Joseph is starting in place of Kyle Lowry (rest) on Tuesday vs. the Nets.

Lowry is getting the night off to rest some bumps and bruises, so Joseph could eclipse the 30-minute mark tonight and looks like a strong punt in DFS. DeMar DeRozan should also be a popular play, as his usage rate climbs from 31.7 to 41.5 with Lowry off the court.
Jan 17 - 7:21 PM

Kyle Lowry (rest) will not play Tuesday vs. Brooklyn.

Nothing like a very late and unexpected lineup change involving a stud to send DFS players scrambling at the last minute... The Raps announced that "Lowry will dress but likely not play to rest bumps/bruises." Safe to assume that playing the last-place Nets factored into Toronto's thought process, in addition to the fact that this is the front-end of a back-to-back for the Raps. Cory Joseph will replace Lowry in the lineup on Tuesday. Lowry should be ready to roll on Wednesday.
Jan 17 - 7:17 PM

Chris Paul has a torn ligament in his left thumb that will require surgery and he is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

This is a brutal blow for the Clippers. With this report, we likely won't see Paul back until March at the earliest. Luckily, that's just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers will both benefit and look like great pickups in standard leagues.
Jan 17 - 7:14 PM

Updating a previous report, Steven Adams has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Warriors.

He's still going through the league mandated concussion protocol testing, and he won't be able to return until he clears all the necessary steps. Because the Warriors like to play small, Jerami Grant could be looking at another start sans Adams, and Enes Kanter should see his minutes closer to the 30-minute mark. After Wednesday, the Thunder don't play again until Monday vs. the Jazz, so this might only end up being a two-game absence for Adams.
Jan 17 - 6:57 PM

Patrick Patterson (sore left knee) will not play Tuesday vs. the Nets.

This will be his third straight game on the sidelines, and his absence essentially ensures that Lucas Nogueira will get another start at the four-spot. Nogueira is worth owning as a shot blocking specialist in most leagues, while Patterson isn't worth a roster spot almost anywhere.
Jan 17 - 6:50 PM

Taj Gibson (sore left ankle) will miss Tuesday's matchup with the Mavs, and Paul Zipser is expected to get the start in his place.

Zipser only saw 15 minutes of action in his previous start, so we wouldn't get too hyped up about him sticking in the starting five. Nikola Mirotic (illness) will be returning from a four-game absence today, and it'll likely be him and Doug McDermott splitting the majority of Gibson's minutes. Fred Hoiberg described Gibson's absence as precautionary and said it's unlikely that he'll need to undergo an MRI, so chances are he'll be able to return to the court for Friday's game in Atlanta.
Jan 17 - 6:22 PM

Corey Brewer will start in place of Ryan Anderson (illness) on Tuesday night vs. Miami.

Brewer has started six games for the Rockets this season; however, his stats in those starts are not encouraging. He is averaging 3.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.6 minutes over those six contests. Brewer's overall numbers are down in 2016-17. He is averaging 4.1 points and has scored more than 10 points just once all season. He should see 20-plus minutes tonight but is still a risky play even as DFS punt.
Jan 17 - 6:06 PM

Ryan Anderson (illness) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Heat.

Corey Brewer will move into the starting five sans Anderson, with Trevor Ariza shifting over to the four-spot, and both James Harden and Eric Gordon will see an uptick to their respective usage rates. Tuesday will be the first game of a back-to-back set, so Anderson doesn't have much time to rest up for Wednesday's game against the Bucks. For now we'll be considering him questionable, and his owners will need to check back for another update closer to Wednesday's tip.
Jan 17 - 6:04 PM




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