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Coach Mike Malone said that Emmanuel Mudiay (back) is "very doubtful" to play Tuesday vs. the Jazz.

Jan 24 - 1:25 PM

Ricky Rubio (personal) is back with the Wolves and was at shootaround this morning in Phoenix.

Rubio, listed as probable, is track to play Tuesday night. It was reported that Rubio was away from the team to be with his family after the death of his grandmother. Kris Dunn will get bumped back to the bench with Rubio returning. Rubio had been playing his best ball of the season (averaging 13.2 points and 14.0 assists in a recent five-game stretch) prior to his absence. Hopefully he can pick up right where he left off.
Jan 24 - 1:12 PM

Tony Parker (foot) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors.

This will be the fourth straight game Parker has missed since his left ankle/foot "locked up" prior to last Thursday's win over the Nuggets. Dejounte Murray has started each of Spurs the last three games. After playing well in the first two starts but came back down to earth on Monday, scoring four points (on 2-of-8 shooting) with six rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes. Patty Mills came off the bench to score a team-high 20 points in 20 minutes on Monday. Mills and Murray will continue to split minutes with Parker sidelined.
Jan 24 - 1:01 PM

Blake Griffin (knee) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game vs. the 76ers.

This was expected, as coach Doc Rivers said on Monday that Griffin would "most likely" play in Philly. With Chris Paul (thumb) sidelined for at least another five or six weeks, Griffin will shoulder much of the offensive load for the Clippers. Luc Mbah a Moute, Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass will all see their playing time scaled significantly back with Blake back in the mix. Prior to missing 18 straight games with the knee injury, Griffin was averaging 21.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.0 steals this season.
Jan 24 - 12:28 PM

Manu Ginobili (back spasms) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors.

Ginobili did not play on Monday, although Coach Pop admitted that was partly due to the Spurs wanting to rest their vet. With Tony Parker (foot) ruled out for Tuesday, Manu may see a few extra minutes off the bench.
Jan 24 - 12:24 PM

Dwyane Wade confirmed that he will play both ends of the Bulls back-to-back (Tuesday in Orlando and Wednesday vs. Atlanta.)

It is important to note that Chicago may choose to limit his minutes in at least one of these two games, just as they did in a similar back-to-back situation last week, when he played 20 minutes (and scored four points) on Friday but then scored 30 points in 35 minutes the next night. Feel free to start Wade as one normally would in season-long leagues, but he carries a bit of extra risk for those considering him in DFS formats.
Jan 24 - 12:15 PM

Despite battling a bad head cold, Jerian Grant is expected to replace Michael Carter-Williams as the Bulls starting point guard on Tuesday vs. the Magic.

Grant has been a DNP-CD in three of the Bulls last five games, so this certainly qualifies as surprising news. However, Michael Carter-Williams has struggled recently, so it is understandable that coach Fred Hoiberg wanted to shake things up. MCW has scored a total of five points on 2-of-12 shooting and dished out just four assists over 40 minutes in the the Bulls previous two games. Grant has started five games this season, averaging 9.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in those contests. It will be interesting to see who Hoiberg uses as his first PG off the bench: Carter-Williams or Rajon Rondo.
Jan 24 - 12:01 PM

Ben Simmons (foot) had a planned scan on Monday with his operating physician in New York and is progressing as expected, yet remains without a timetable for his return.

Simmons is clearing minor hurdles and seems to be slowly but surely inching towards a return. Reports have intimated that the Sixers and Simmons are targeting sometime after the All-Star break. He is worth a stash, especially if your league utilizes an IR spot; however, keep in mind that even after Simmons returns, the Sixers will be very cautious with him. We can safely assume they will severely limit his minutes and prevent him from playing in back-to-back etc.
Jan 24 - 11:59 AM

Jahlil Okafor (knee) was limited in shootaround on Tuesday morning and has been downgraded to questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers.

Okafor had previously been listed as probable as recently as yesterday. Okafor was set to start and play heavy minutes on Tuesday and Wednesday, as Joel Embiid has already been ruled out of both contests. We will have to wait for a more complete update from the team prior to Tuesday night's tip-off. If Okafor does not play, Nerlens Noel will likely start at center and see all the minutes he can handle. Richaun Holmes, who has appeared in just one game over the last five weeks, would likely serve as Noel's backup off the Philly bench.
Jan 24 - 11:34 AM

Norman Powell is listed as the "probable starter" at shooting guard in place of DeMar DeRozan (ankle) in the Raptors game notes for Tuesday's matchup with the Spurs.

Powell has started seven games for the Raps this season and is averaging 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 28.5 minutes in those seven starts. Thus, he is a risky, but intriguing DFS play due to his cheap price. Terrence Ross will also see plenty of additional minutes off the bench on Tuesday and Wednesday with DeRozan sidelined.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 24 - 11:23 AM

Patrick Patterson (sore left knee) has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs.

Patterson appears primed to make his return after missing six straight and 10 of the Raptors last 12 games due to a left knee injury. However, it remains to be seen just how many minutes he will play. He will be forced to split minutes with Jared Sullinger, Lucas Nogueira and Pascal Siakam. For what it's worth, the Raps game notes list Lucas Nogueira as the projected starter at power forward and Norman Powell starting at shooting guard in place DeMar DeRozan (ankle).
Source: NBA.com
Jan 24 - 11:14 AM

Minnesota is willing to play Tyus Jones in the same backcourt alongside Kris Dunn, according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

"It opens up the floor. So Kris has the ability to play two positions. He can defend three positions, actually. So you can use him in that way," Thibodeau said. "And then you have multiple guys who can run in pick-and-rolls. It gives you different options." Rubio (personal reasons) is expected back for Tuesday's game, but this is something to keep in mind should the Wolves trade Rubio before the February trade deadline. Dunn will obviously be the primary benefactor of such a trade, but Jones could see a slightly larger boost than expected.
Jan 24 - 11:11 AM

Dragan Bender (right ankle soreness) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

Bender tweaked his ankle in the fist half of the Suns previous game, which was Sunday vs. the Raptors. He was unable to return the floor and sat out the entire second half. Bender had been averaging 18.3 minutes over the Suns previous four contests prior to Sunday. If Bender does not play Tuesday, Marquese Chriss and P.J. Tucker would likely soak up the majority of those minutes.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 24 - 10:53 AM

Coach Tom Thibodeau heaped praise on rookie Kris Dunn after his solid performance as a starter in the Wolves win over Denver on Sunday.

Dunn, starting in place of Ricky Rubio (personal) had 10 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. "He’s been coming on for a while," Thibodeau said. "Defensively he’s been good from the beginning. Offensively he’s figuring it out... Kris has a lot of toughness in him." Rubio is listed as probable for Tuesday's game, meaning he is expected to play. However, rumors involving a potential trade of Rubio continue to swirl around Minnesota. If Ricky is dealt, Dunn's playing time - and fantasy value - will skyrocket, making him a solid stash if you have roster room.
Jan 24 - 10:47 AM

Magic GM Rob Hennigan stated that Mario Hezonja "certainly wants to play more and impact the game more," and that Orlando's "desire is the same."

In a wide-ranging interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Hennigan touched on many topics, including how he was "extremely disappointed and frustrated" with the team's defense. He also discussed seldom used second-year pro Hezonja. "I think Mario is going through some developmental pains — some 'growing pains' for lack of a better phrase. But certainly we still value Mario a great deal and still consider him a very important player for us moving forward." Mario has played a bit more recently, averaging 18.3 minutes per game over Orlando's last four contests. We'll see if his paying time continues to creep up over the second half of the season.
Jan 24 - 10:39 AM



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