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Joffrey Lauvergne scored a career-high 26 points (12-of-15 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs) in a 117-109 loss to the Nuggets on Tuesday, adding 12 rebounds, three assists and one block in 24 minutes.

This came out of nowhere with Joffrey playing 15 or fewer minutes in his previous eight games. LaMarcus Aldridge (knee) was out again tonight and Pau Gasol's minutes were held in check because of the back-to-back, so King Joffrey took advantage. The Spurs are off until after the All-Star break and LMA is expected back next game, so Joffrey isn't an add.
Feb 14 - 1:05 AM

Wayne Ellington (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Thursday's matchup with the Wizards.

Ellington missed all of camp and the first game of the season with that sore left ankle, and we'd expect that pattern to hold for tonight's game. Justise Winslow (hamstring) is doubtful and both Dion Waiters (ankle) and James Johnson (hernia) have already been ruled out, so Josh Richardson could again be flirting with 40 minutes tonight.
Oct 18 - 1:37 PM

Justise Winslow (right hamstring) is doubtful to play in Thursday's game against the Wizards.

Today's game will be the second of a back-to-back set, meaning the Heat haven't had any additional practice time since Wednesday, so it wouldn't anticipate having Winslow available tonight. Derrick Jones Jr. and Rodney McGruder will see an uptick in minutes with Winslow and James Johnson (hernia) out, but neither of those guys are an attractive option in most leagues.
Oct 18 - 1:34 PM

James Johnson (hernia) will not suit up for Thursday's game against the Wizards, as expected.

Johnson still needs to get in a few more practices before the Heat will be comfortable throwing him out there, so for now, we'll be considering him doubtful for Saturday's game against the Hornets. With Johnson unavailable, Justise Winslow (hamstring) doubtful and Wayne Ellington (ankle) questionable, Josh Richardson will again get all the run he can handle and there will be more minutes for Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr.
Oct 18 - 1:28 PM

Delon Wright (groin) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice and is questionable to play Friday vs. the Celtics.

Wright is making progress, but considering he still hasn't gone through any full-contact, 5-on-5 work, we wouldn't expect to see him take the floor on Friday night. Fred VanVleet should be able to flirt with minutes in the mid-20s while Wright is out.
Oct 18 - 1:07 PM

Dwight Howard (back) was a full participant at Thursday's shootaround and is officially listed as questionable for Thursday's season opener vs. Miami.

D12 was spotted going through contact work with Thomas Bryant well after shootaround ended, and he's been able to practice four days in a row, so things are trending in a positive direction regarding his status for tonight's opener against Miami. If he is able to play, he'll likely be dealing with a minutes limit, so he's not the most attractive DFS target. Ian Mahinmi won't be worth using in most leagues if Howard is active.
Oct 18 - 12:46 PM

Denzel Valentine (left ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's regular-season opener against the 76ers.

Valentine still hasn't been able to go through a full practice, so until that happens, we don't expect to see him on the court. Justin Holiday should get all the run he can handle with Valentine unavailable, and Antonio Blakeney might be able to get into the rotation. Valentine belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Oct 18 - 12:03 PM

Kris Dunn (personal) will not suit up for Thursday's season opener against the 76ers, and Cameron Payne will draw the start in his place.

It's unclear exactly why Dunn will be away from the team tonight, but hopefully, he'll be able to get back in time for Saturday's game against the Pistons. Cameron Payne can be hit-or-miss, but he should be looking at quality minutes tonight, which puts him on the radar as a potential punt play in DFS. Tyler Ulis or Ryan Arcidiacono should also see minutes tonight with Dunn unavailable.
Oct 18 - 12:02 PM

Trade talks involving Jimmy Butler have gone "dormant," according to sources of Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Butler remains adamant that he'd like to be traded, and Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has said on numerous occasions that he'll honor that request, but some GMs around the league have questioned whether or not Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden are truly interested in getting a deal done. Trading a player of Butler's caliber is a complicated process, so this is something that could certainly drag out all the way until the trade deadline.
Oct 18 - 9:55 AM

Tobias Harris scored 19 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes during a 107-98 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.

Those three blocks match his career high. Coach Doc Rivers has said he could see Tobias having a career year, and it'll help if Harris is going to get 41 minutes in games. Harris has been about as solid as it gets over the years, and now he'll have added upside as he logs minutes next to low-usage players. He should be in line for early-round fantasy production and the added durability makes him a strong fantasy asset.
Oct 18 - 2:59 AM

Devin Booker made 12-of-19 from the field for 35 points during a 121-100 win over the Mavs on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, seven assists and six 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

What hand injury? Booker caught fire in the fourth quarter as he led the Suns to 38 points, including 19 points on 133.3 eFG% in those eight minutes. Most importantly in the fourth, Booker was the point guard as he ran the two-man game with Deandre Ayton. He keeps adding more to his game every year and this could be the year he puts it all together now that he has his man in the middle in Ayton. Booker should be among the league leaders in scoring and offers massive upside every night.
Oct 18 - 2:26 AM

Deandre Ayton was outstanding in his debut against the Mavs on Wednesday, making 8-of-11 from the field and both free throws for 18 points with 10 rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and no turnovers.

No 3-pointers, Mr. Ayton? What a monster eight-cat line from the No. 1 pick. It really couldn't have gone much better with Ayton finding open teammates and showing some soft touch on his shooting. He's already one of the biggest centers in the NBA and he made short work of DeAndre Jordan in several sets. If you reached for Ayton in the third or fourth round, there's nothing like instant gratification in fantasy. It's one game, but he looks like he'll be the real deal for a long time.
Oct 18 - 2:19 AM




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