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Aron Baynes scored a career-high 18 points with five rebounds and one block in 24 minutes against Orlando on Wednesday.

He came to Orlando not as a conquer, but as a liberator to return control to a team with the fifth-worst record in the NBA and help them move higher in the lottery. Baynes was 8-of-8 from the line and also played terrific defense on Nikola Vucevic. Unless you have an obsession to adding necessary evil to your roster, leave Baynes on the wire.
Apr 1 - 9:19 PM

Danilo Gallinari will start at power forward on Wednesday against the Jazz.

Darrell Arthur (calf) and J.J. Hickson (knee) are not expected to play, so Gallo, Kenneth Faried and Jusuf Nurkic should get more minutes.
Apr 1 - 8:17 PM

Omri Casspi is starting Wednesday's game in place of Rudy Gay (concussion).

Gay is expected to miss at least 4-5 games so Casspi could earn more starts, and he's worth a look for anyone seeking 3-pointers. Derrick Williams and Nik Stauskas may also pick up extra playing time in Gay's absence, which keeps them on the radar in deeper leagues.
Apr 1 - 8:16 PM

Brandon Knight (heel) is doubtful to play against the Warriors on Thursday.

The Suns are calling it a heel injury, but it may have something to do with his ankle sprain from last month. With Knight out, Marcus Morris should be owned in all leagues for his starting numbers on a three-game night. T.J. Warren is also worth a look in deeper leagues.
Apr 1 - 8:09 PM

The Kings have called up 7'5" center Sim Bhullar from the D-League.

He will ink a 10-day contract and 'Sim City' is sure to attract some headlines -- in addition to his 7'5" and 370-pound frame, he's the first player of Indian descent to ever play in the NBA. He's averaging 10.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.9 blocks in the D-League and is at least worth keeping on your radar with DeMarcus Cousins likely to be rested down the stretch.
Apr 1 - 8:08 PM

Al Jefferson went to the locker room in the first half on Wednesday and has returned.

He took an elbow from Andre Drummond to his chin and Jefferson is also dealing with some knee pain. We'll pass along an update regarding why he left the game, but it might have just been to check for a concussion.
Apr 1 - 7:58 PM

Jason Thompson will come off the Kings' bench on Wednesday with Carl Landry taking over the starting PF job.

George Karl hasn't given a specific reason for the switch. This shouldn't impact fantasy lineups in standard leagues, as Thompson was averaging a mere 5.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in March.
Apr 1 - 7:54 PM

Monta Ellis (calf) will play vs. the Thunder on Wednesday.

Ellis' calf may not be 100 percent healthy but he's one of the league's toughest players and it's no surprise to see him in the starting lineup. He'll give the No. 7 seed Mavericks whatever he has tonight, as they try to fend off the No. 8 seed Thunder, and he's safe to activate in all leagues.
Apr 1 - 7:49 PM

Trevor Booker will shift back to the Jazz bench on Wednesday with Derrick Favors (back) returning to action.

Booker posted 17 points and 13 rebounds on Monday but his role will be drastically reduced with Favors back in the lineup. He's only worth considering in deep leagues.
Apr 1 - 7:16 PM

Derrick Favors (back) will return to action against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

He's ready to roll after missing two games due to a back issue. Favors was able to go through shootaround this morning and he should be in the 22-28 minute range. Trevor Booker can be dropped in most leagues.
Apr 1 - 7:09 PM

Joey Dorsey will start at center on Wednesday with Dwight Howard resting his knee during Houston's back-to-back set.

Dorsey is a non-factor in standard leagues even when starting. He's averaging 3.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 fouls in just 15.2 minutes during his 15 starts this season, and was even the victim of a Hack-a-Dorsey strategy on Sunday.
Apr 1 - 7:04 PM

Draymond Green (shin, rest) is questionable to play vs. the Suns on Thursday.

Steve Kerr said that Green could have played Tuesday if the Warriors had anything at stake, but they opted to hold him out as a precaution. His status is truly up in the air and it may come down to a game-time decision, leaving owners to play the waiting game. If he does sit out David Lee should earn another fill-in start at PF.
Apr 1 - 7:01 PM

Dwight Howard (rest) will not play against the Kings on Wednesday.

He is going to play tomorrow against the Mavs. With Howard out, Joey Dorsey will get the start and Terrence Jones should get some run at the five, too. Howard isn't a must-own player and will likely have a minutes cap for the next week or so.
Apr 1 - 6:59 PM

Kevin Garnett (knee, illness) will not play on Wednesday.

This confirms earlier reports and there's no clear return date for KG, though he did join the Wolves during shootaround on Wednesday. Adreian Payne, Anthony Bennett and Justin Hamilton will continue to hold down the frontcourt with KG, Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Gorgui Dieng (concussion) all out of commission.
Apr 1 - 6:57 PM

Kevin Martin (hamstring) will not play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

This is not a surprise despite the Wolves saying Martin could return. There's also some hope he'll play on Friday, but we have our doubts. Lorenzo Brown and Zach LaVine will get most of the backcourt minutes tonight.
Apr 1 - 6:55 PM



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