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Tyler Johnson (ankle) and Chris Andersen (body soreness) are game-time decisions to play against the Wizards on Friday.

Mar 6 - 5:50 PM

Devin Harris (right hand) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Warriors.

With Harris out and J.J. Barea (thumb) questionable, Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo could be forced into heavy minutes with Raymond Felton serving as their primary backup. Despite the increased minutes allotment, Felton remains too risky for use in most leagues.

Kyle Lowry will not have a minutes restriction on Friday night against the Hornets.

Coach Dwane Casey said Lowry's playing time will depend on how his conditioning holds up. Lowry missed three games with a mild hand issue, but it was more about how he was very unproductive in February. He can be started in all leagues tonight while Greivis Vasquez will go back to the second unit and become a less attractive play.
Mar 6 - 5:43 PM

Jimmy Butler (elbow) has a range of motion back in his arm and can do some running.

His timetable has not changed and he's still expected to miss 3-6 weeks. There is some optimism that he could be on the front end of that prognosis, so hopefully the Bulls get him back in two weeks. For now, Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell are getting his minutes, but Nikola Mirotic is benefitting with Jimmy's shots.
Mar 6 - 5:41 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) is not traveling with the Bulls on their current road trip, and he will remain sidelined for Friday's game against the Pacers.

We'll be considering Gibson doubtful Sunday's game vs. the Spurs as well, and Nikola Mirotic remains the primary beneficiary with Gibson sidelined. Mirotic has now scored in double figures for three consecutive games, and he'll look to keep up his stellar play tonight with a tough matchup against Indiana.
Mar 6 - 5:38 PM

Mario Chalmers (knee) is a game-time decision to play against the Wizards on Friday.

Chalmers saw his playing time dip to 22 minutes on Wednesday, but they would need him with Luol Deng (thigh) unlikely to play. If Chalmers doesn't play, Tyler Johnson would likely pick up most of those minutes while Shabazz Napier would get minutes in the teens behind Goran Dragic.
Mar 6 - 5:36 PM

Luol Deng (thigh) is doubtful to play against the Wizards on Friday.

The Heat are really in trouble here. Michael Beasley will get one more chance to show what he can do before his 10-day is up, but Henry Walker is the better bet for playing time. Plus, the Heat will have to give more minutes to Udonis Haslem with the Heat having an inability to play stretch fours because they're so thin. If you're feeling saucy, Walker could hit a bunch of treys tonight. Plus, Tyler Johnson may get more minutes in three-guard lineups, too.
Mar 6 - 5:33 PM

Willie Green (sore right Achilles' tendon) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Kings.

With Green, Evan Fournier (hip), and Luke Ridnour (hamstring) out for this one Ben Gordon will have the opportunity to jump into the rotation, although he can't be relied upon in most leagues. Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton are going to log some major minutes tonight.

Cody Zeller will start against the Raptors on Friday.

He came off the bench on Wednesday against the Nets with the Hornets going small and putting Marvin Williams back in the starting lineup. Zeller had an awful February, averaging 5.0 points and 6.0 boards. He's picked it up lately with 13.0 points and 7.7 boards in his last three, so just keep an eye on him in standard leagues. He's certainly on the radar though.
Mar 6 - 5:30 PM

Luke Ridnour (hamstring) will not play against the Kings on Friday.

The Magic will not have a true backup point guard behind Elfrid Payton again, so the rookie should be a lock for minutes around 35 tonight. Ridnour is not worth owning in most leagues.
Mar 6 - 5:27 PM

Evan Fournier (hip) and Luke Ridnour (hamstring) will not play against the Kings on Friday.

This will be Fournier's fourth game out of the lineup. With Willie Green also out tonight, the Magic will likely have to give more minutes to Aaron Gordon and maybe even Moe Harkless. Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo will also be around 40 minutes tonight. Fournier can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Mar 6 - 5:24 PM

Robert Covington (elbow) will play Friday vs. the Jazz.

Covington will come off the bench for this one, and he will have a difficult matchup against the Jazz, so that is something that should be considered for those playing daily leagues. There's no word on a minutes restriction, but owners of Covington looking to close the gap in the 3-point category can go ahead and get him active.
Mar 6 - 5:22 PM

Coach Brett Brown said the 76ers will try to tap into Isaiah Canaan's strength of brining him off screens.

The 76ers have basically been using Canaan as a shooting guard even though he's technically a point guard. Canaan is coming off a 31-point game from Wednesday and will try to keep it going against the Jazz on Friday. He's worth owning in standard leagues for his upside.
Mar 6 - 5:20 PM

The Bucks have officially signed Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract.

Johnson will add some depth to Milwaukee's backcourt, but he's unlikely to do enough statistically to warrant any attention in standard leagues. Leave him on the wire.
Mar 6 - 4:55 PM

Gary Neal is probable to play on Saturday against the Blazers after an X-ray on his hand was negative

He's been playing more these days with 35.0 minutes per game in his last two, but that probably has more to do with Kevin Martin getting over an illness. The Wolves really do not have another wing until Robbie Hummel gets back and because Chase Budinger is out of the rotation, so Neal could play minutes in the mid 20s for the next couple weeks. He's worth a look in 16-team leagues.
Mar 6 - 4:46 PM



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