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Jaylen Brown (tailbone) will come off the bench vs. New York on Thursday.

Marcus Smart has played very well in a starting role and coach Brad Stevens opted to maintain that lineup, even though Brown is playing without any restrictions. It's not ideal for Brown's fantasy owners but it could also be a temporary role, and he should still get enough minutes to hit low-end value.
Dec 6 - 6:23 PM

Otto Porter (bruised right knee) is a game-time call for Friday vs. the Nets.

This isn't much of an update because Porter is still listed as questionable and day-to-day with no further details on the severity. Kelly Oubre has been on fire lately and will benefit the most if Porter sits, but Jeff Green would pick up some minutes/value as well.
Dec 14 - 6:04 PM

Allen Crabbe (knee) will not play Friday against the Wizards.

Coach Kenny Atkinson said Crabbe banged his knee, but is confident it’s a short term issue. Crabbe has been hot and will undoubtedly be back in the starting lineup upon his return, so he is still a hold. For tonight, Spencer Dinwiddie should be in the starting lineup while DeMarre Carroll, Shabazz Napier, Rodions Kurucs and Joe Harris pick up a few extra minutes. Dzanan Musa has also been called up for today.
Dec 14 - 5:59 PM

Jimmy Butler (groin) will not play Friday against the Pacers.

That means Furkan Korkmaz is likely looking at another start after an 18-point game in a tough matchup against the Nets, and Landry Shamet should also get minutes in the 20s. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are both looking at some heavy usage as both will be chalky plays in DFS. Butler is day-to-day after missing his second game, and coach Brett Brown said there's a chance he could play Sunday.
Dec 14 - 5:52 PM

Zach LaVine (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Saturday against the Spurs.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune adds that LaVine is expected to miss a game or two. He said he heard something pop on Thursday when he hurt himself on the last play of the game, and he's getting an MRI on his ankle today. LaVine has been a usage monster for the Bulls and just played 40 minutes on Thursday. If he's out, Antonio Blakeney, Chandler Hutchison, Cameron Payne and Shaq Harrison should pick up minutes. Harrison offers the most fantasy upside for his steals output, but none of these guys are strong adds in 12-team leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 14 - 5:38 PM

Khris Middleton (right finger sprain) is listed as out against the Cavs on Friday.

Uh oh. Middleton had been closing games lately, and has been in a brutal slump since he was benched against the Knicks back on Dec.1. Maybe he was playing through it, but this comes as a surprise. Coach Mike Budenholzer said the team had bumps and bruises, but didn't mention anything specific. With him out, Pat Connaughton and Sterling Brown will be getting some big minutes on the wings.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 14 - 5:38 PM

Malcolm Brogdon (left hamstring soreness) is listed as out for Friday against the Cavs.

It's a new injury for Brogdon, but the team calling it soreness and Brogdon himself said he's feeling sore today. Brogdon plays off ball a good amount, but this should add slightly more ball-handling responsibility for Eric Bledsoe. Pat Connaughton, Tony Snell, Sterling Brown and George Hill should see extra playing time with Brogdon and Middleton out.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 14 - 5:37 PM

Jaylen Brown (illness) will play against the Hawks on Friday night.

He missed the last game because of an illness, but he'll presumably be coming off the bench again. Brown has been terrific in his three games off the bench, averaging 21.0 points, 5.0 boards, 2.7 dimes, 0.7 steals and 2.3 treys. He'll be trending down from this at some point, but he could have a better chance at minutes with Al Horford (knee) out to get the Celtics a chance to go smaller.
Dec 14 - 5:15 PM

Updating a previous item, Kyle Lowry (left thigh contusion) is questionable for Friday against the Blazers.

As earlier report had him questionable with a back injury, which was something that bothered Lowry earlier in the season. Lowry likely sustained this new injury from some contact on Wednesday night, and overall this is better news than being listed for something that kept him out before. The Raptors are not on a back-to-back set, so Lowry may be able to go. If he and/or Kawhi Leonard (hip) can't go, Fred VanVleet would see huge minutes while Delon Wright, OG Anunoby and C.J. Miles could play more, too.
Dec 14 - 4:48 PM

Josh Jackson (left great toe sprain) is questionable to play against the Wolves on Saturday.

He had a minor toe problem back in October, so it's unknown if this new issue is related to that. Jackson played 34 minutes against the Mavs on Thursday night and looked to be 100 percent, so this could just be a precaution. If he can't go, Mikal Bridges would likely see over 30 minutes while the rest of the rotation could pick up a few extra scraps of playing time.
Dec 14 - 4:43 PM

Devin Booker (hamstring) is questionable vs. the Wolves on Saturday.

He's been making "huge improvement" according to coach Igor Kokoskov, and Booker has been doing on-court work for over a week now. On the other hand, the Suns have said all along they won't be rushing him back after his second hammy strain on the year, so he could miss his seventh game in a row. He'll likely be getting a game-time tag at best, but this is still positive news. If he's out, De'Anthony Melton would get another start while Jamal Crawford and Troy Daniels should see more run, as well.
Dec 14 - 4:40 PM

Eric Gordon (sore left knee) is questionable for Saturday against the Grizzlies.

This is the left knee that gave him some problems in his New Orleans days and he was on the injury report for it at times late last season. Since recovering from his 2014 surgery, he's had good luck with this left knee and only missed one game last season, so hopefully this doesn't become a trend. If it does, the Rockets may have to ramp up Brandon Knight more than they thought while Danuel House and Gerald Green would get heavier minutes.
Dec 14 - 4:11 PM




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