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Coach Mike Budenholzer said Mike Muscala (ankle) participated in "70-80 percent of practice" on Friday "could be available" for Saturday's game vs. the Celtics.

Muscala, who has missed six straight contests for Atlanta, had started five of the previous six games he played prior to the ankle injury. Dewayne Dedmon and John Collins have logged additional minutes in his absence.
Nov 17 - 1:57 PM

With Gary Harris (shoulder) returning to the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Pelicans, Will Barton will head back to the bench.

Barton started in place of Harris in each of Denver's last two games, but has been very productive off the bench this season as well. Barton is averaging 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 28.5 minutes over 12 games as a reserve. Despite the return of Harris, Barton should be owned in all leagues.
Nov 17 - 1:44 PM

Gary Harris (right shoulder soreness) will play Friday vs. the Pelicans.

Harris missed two straight games, but practiced in full on Wednesday and has been trending in the right direction since. Harris has yet to take the step forward that many predicted he would coming into this season but we'll see if bounces back following this short respite. Will Barton, Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay will see their minutes scaled back with Harris returning to the lineup.
Nov 17 - 1:31 PM

The Grizzlies have announced that Mike Conley (Achilles) will miss at least two more weeks.

Here's the full statement from the team: "Conley will undergo therapy and treatment to help promote healing and alleviate soreness in his left heel and Achilles following consultations with physicians. There is no timetable for his return at this time. Further updates will be provided in approximately two weeks." Mario Chalmers is expected to remain the starter while Conley is sidelined. Chalmers is averaging 11.0 points and 6.0 assists in 27.4 over Memphis' last two games. Tyreke Evans will continue to log heavy minutes off the bench as well.
Nov 17 - 1:21 PM

Nate Wolters has been recalled from the G-League.

Ricky Rubio (Achilles soreness) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. Brooklyn. Wolters will be active Friday night and could see minutes behind Raul Neto at point guard. However, Donovan Mitchell will also see time at PG, so Wolters may remain on the bench. Wolters can be left on waivers in all formats.
Nov 17 - 12:57 PM

Courtney Lee (hamstring) will play Friday vs. the Raptors.

Lee limped off the court on Wednesday's following the Knicks win over the Jazz. However, Lee said it was just cramping and that he's good to go for Friday night. Lee has been sneakily solid all season for the Knicks. He's averaging 11.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists 1.8 treys and 1.4 steals in 32.6 minutes this season. He ranks inside the top-70 overall in nine-category fantasy leagues.
Nov 17 - 12:44 PM

Coach Tom Thibodeau said Gorgui Dieng (finger) may play Friday vs. the Mavs, depending on how Dieng feels after warmups.

Dieng has missed three straight games due to the finger injury. Even when healthy, he is averaging just 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes this season. Playing behind Taj Gibson, Dieng has very limited fantasy value.
Nov 17 - 12:37 PM

Serge Ibaka (swollen left knee) is questionable for Friday's game against the Knicks.

Ibaka missed one game earlier this season due to swelling his right knee, but this is the first time he's popped up on the injury report for an issue with his left knee. Pascal Siakam started in place of Ibaka that one game Serge missed. Norman Powell (hip) is doubtful, and Delon Wright (shoulder) has been ruled out for Friday, so the Raps will really have to shake up their lineup if Ibaka is unable to play. Siakam, OG Anunoby, and C.J. Miles would all see additional minutes.
Nov 17 - 12:26 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said Jon Leuer (ankle) didn't participate in the walkthrough and is doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

This is not surprising after it was reported that Leuer had a "flare up" on Thursday. Leuer has missed six straight games due to the ankle issue. Eric Moreland will continue to serve as Andre Drummond's primary backup at center.
Nov 17 - 12:25 PM

Steven Adams (calf) will play Friday night vs. San Antonio.

Adams had missed three straight games. Coach Billy Donovan said that Adams will not have a specific minutes limit, but that Adams' playing time would be dependant upon how he felt during the game. With Adams back in the mix, Dakari Johnson will get bumped to the bench, and Jerami Grant will see his minutes reduced as well.
Nov 17 - 12:06 PM

Thabo Sefolosha (right knee soreness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. Brooklyn.

Sefolosha was averaging 23.4 minutes per game in the three games the Jazz has played since Rudy Gobert (knee) went down. If Thabo is unable to suit up on Friday, Jonas Jerebko would likely remain in the starting lineup and see additional minutes. Ekpe Udoh would also see an uptick in playing time.
Nov 17 - 12:04 PM

Ricky Rubio (Achilles soreness) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Nets.

Rubio has been struggling all season, so here's hoping that resting his Achilles may help. Raul Neto and Donovan Mitchell will see an uptick in minutes with Rubio sidelined. Over the 97 minutes Mitchell has logged over his last three games, 32 of those minutes came at point guard. Mitchell is an intriguing DFS option for Friday, especially considering Utah is playing the fast-paced Nets. The Jazz has also recalled Nate Wolters from the G-League. He will be active on Friday and will serve as Utah's third-string PG.
Nov 17 - 12:02 PM

The Raptors have recalled Lorenzo Brown from their G-League affiliate.

Delon Wright is sidelined indefinitely after dislocating his right shoulder on Wednesday vs. New Orleans. Fred VanVleet will serve as Kyle Lowry's primary backup and Brown will now be the third-string PG for Toronto while Wright is out. Brown is not worth adding, even in deeper leagues, as long as both Lowry and VanVleet are healthy.
Nov 17 - 11:51 AM

Shabazz Napier is averaging 20.2 minutes per game over the Blazers last four contests.

Prior to last week, Napier had been a DNP-CD in three straight games and was averaging fewer than five minutes per contest. And last season, according to nbawowy.com, Dame Lillard and C.J. McCollum were on the bench for only 149 of about 3,650 possible minutes, excluding games where Lillard was injured or both players rested. However, over the last week, Stotts has experimented with Napier and Evan Turner in the backcourt. Napier is not yet worthy of a roster spot in standard leagues, but he would have value if Lillard or McCollum missed time.
Nov 17 - 11:36 AM

Coach Nate McMillan said that Domantas Sabonis (illness) would be a game-time decision for Friday's matchup against the Pacers.

Despite being bumped back to the bench since Myles Turner's return, Sabonis has still managed to post impressive numbers. Over his last four games, Sabonis is averaging 13.5 points (on 63.6 percent shooting), 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 25.7 minutes. If Sabonis is unable to play on Friday, Al Jefferson would serve as Turner's primary backup.
Nov 17 - 11:15 AM



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