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Fred VanVleet (back) is a go for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

VanVleet will be returning from a one-game absence, and he could be getting the start with Kyle Lowry (thigh) unavailable, which would shift Delon Wright back to the second unit. He's on the radar in DFS, although it's not the best matchup for him.
Dec 19 - 11:35 AM

Pascal Siakam (back) will play on Wednesday against the Pacers.

He'll be returning from a one-game absence, and could be forced into heavy minutes tonight with Serge Ibaka (knee) and Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) unavailable, making him an attractive DFS target. C.J. Miles figures to return to the bench with Siakam back on the active roster.
Dec 19 - 11:32 AM

Isaiah Briscoe (illness) is doubtful to play Wednesday against the Spurs.

He's a negligible part of the rotation, so his playing status will not have an impact in fantasy hoops.
Dec 19 - 11:29 AM

Melvin Frazier (personal) will not play on Wednesday against the Spurs.

He's not typically in the rotation, anyway, so his playing status is irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Dec 19 - 11:28 AM

Nikola Vucevic (personal) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

Vucevic welcomed a new addition to his family on Monday with the birth of his first child, so he'll be sitting out tonight's game and should be considered questionable for Friday's matchup in Chicago. Mo Bamba figures to draw the start tonight, and there will be more minutes available for Khem Birch in the second unit, but Bamba is the guy you want to target.
Dec 19 - 11:26 AM

Danny Green (eye) said he will play on Wednesday against the Pacers.

Green has a cut on his right eye after getting poked in the eye during Sunday's game, so he may bust out the goggles tonight. Nick Nurse also confirmed that Green would be out there, so owners can feel confident plugging him into their lineups tonight.
Dec 19 - 11:17 AM

Serge Ibaka (right knee) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

With both Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) unavailable for Wednesday's game, Greg Monroe could be looking at a 30-minute, starting role, which puts him on the radar as a deep league streamer or low-budget DFS play. Pascal Siakam (back) is probable, he too could see heavy minutes tonight with the Raptors lacking depth at the center position.
Dec 19 - 11:14 AM

Kyle Lowry (thigh) and Serge Ibaka (knee) have been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

This will be the second consecutive game out of the lineup for Lowry, and with Fred VanVleet (back) probable, he'll likely be drawing the start and there will be more minutes for Delon Wright in the second unit. Greg Monroe could get the start with Ibaka unavailable, which puts him on the DFS radar. The Raptors have a Friday-Saturday back-to-back set coming up, so for now, we'll consider Ibaka and Lowry questionable for those two games.

Rudy Gay said he's feeling like himself again after a long recovery from a torn Achilles.

"Basically, I’m just now feeling like I’m getting my career back. Playing like I used to play and doing things I used to do," said Gay. "I guess I can be a beacon for the rest of the people who have that injury." Gay didn't look great in his first year back from the Achilles tear, but he's been operating as a fourth-round guy this season with averages of 14.3 points, 6.8 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.2 triples, 0.9 steals, 0.7 swats and just 1.6 turnovers per game.
Dec 19 - 11:03 AM

The Bucks will do everything they can to retain Khris Middleton during free agency.

"I feel like over the years we’re building something special here, so I feel like there will be an opportunity for me to be here and win at the same time," said Middleton, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. "If I feel like I have a chance to win somewhere else and do better things, I’ll look into that." It'll be interesting to see where Middleton winds up next year, but he's sure to be an elite fantasy asset regardless of the name across his jersey.
Dec 19 - 10:26 AM

Kevin Knox acknowledged that he needs to do a better job of staying in attack mode from start to finish.

"That’s something I've got work on," Knox said of continuing to attack on offense throughout the game. "First half the last few games, first quarter, second quarter, I’ve been really playing aggressive. And then the second half, I kind of fade away a little bit. I just gotta get more involved offensively." The rookie continues to make progress and has hit double figures in the scoring department in five straight games. He's worth owning in most leagues while he's this hot.
Dec 19 - 10:00 AM

Dion Waiters (foot) was a limited participant at Tuesday's practice.

Waiters also went through some 3-on-3 work after practice, and while he continues to make progress, he remains without an official timetable to return. "Basically right now, it’s day by day evaluations," said Spoelstra of Waiters. "But he’s doing a lot more on the court, which is good." Waiters was initially given an 8-10 month timetable after undergoing ankle surgery to repair instability and a navicular bone fracture back in January, but Saturday will mark his 11th month on the sidelines. Expect him to be brought along very slowly.
Dec 19 - 9:47 AM

Tyreke Evans (knee) scored four points on 2-of-9 shooting Tuesday, to go with two rebounds and one assist in 14 minutes off the bench.

The knee issue only cost him one game, but Evans has been flat out terrible this year and isn't worth owning in most leagues.
Dec 19 - 4:04 AM

Juancho Hernangomez started and played 30 minutes despite dealing with an abdominal injury on Tuesday, and hit 3-of-8 shots for 12 points, six rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer in a win over the Mavericks.

Juancho is alternating good games with bad ones right now, and was probably not in very many lineups with just two games this week, in addition to the questionable status with the injury. The Nuggets go three times in each of the next two weeks, but also have a five-game week starting on January 7. If Hernangomez is still starting then, he'll become a hot pickup shortly after the New Year.
Dec 19 - 12:14 AM

Monte Morris came off the bench to hit 7-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals and just one turnover in 25 minutes of Tuesday's 126-118 win over the Mavs.

Morris has scored in double digits in seven straight games and all but one of his December contests, and is averaging 14.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 2.4 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 52 percent shooting over his last five games. He was a tough play this week with just two games, and the Nuggets only play three times per week in the next two frames. But they go five times starting on January 7, and Morris could be a hot pickup for that one, assuming he's still cooking. But unfortunately for Morris, there's a decent chance Gary Harris will be back from his hip injury by then.
Dec 19 - 12:10 AM



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