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Date: Team: Pos:
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

Coach Gregg Popovich said every player is available to play against the Magic on Wednesday.

It's a road game in a back-to-back set, so there was a chance Tim Duncan or Tony Parker could sit. Fantasy owners can start them like they normally would, but trusting Pop can be a dangerous move.
Apr 1 - 5:43 PM

The Hawks intend to bring 2014 draft pick Walter Tavares to the NBA next season, according to David Pick of Eurobasket.com.

Tavares is a 7'3" center who currently plays for Gran Canaria in Spain, where he's averaging 8.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in just 22 minutes per game. He's extremely raw and is unlikely to make a fantasy impact as a rookie.
Apr 1 - 5:40 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie (ankle) will not play against the Hornets on Wednesday and is expected to miss Friday against the Bulls.

Reggie Jackson is under the weather and could be limited, so we might get a longer look at John Lucas III. Dinwiddie has played well on occasion this season and is on the radar in very deep leagues. Lucas III isn't a great option tonight.
Apr 1 - 5:36 PM

Jabari Parker (knee) was taking some jumpers before Wednesday's game.

It's a great sign for his recovery and Parker should be able to return to action for at least some of training camp. With the Bucks seeing major improvement from Giannis Antetokounmpo this season, they may have the best under-21 forward tandem in the NBA. Parker is more of a mid-round pick for drafts next season, but that could change.
Apr 1 - 5:35 PM

Reggie Jackson (illness) will start Wednesday's game but Stan Van Gundy isn't sure how many minutes he'll play.

Jackson double-doubled on Tuesday despite being severely ill, playing 22 minutes and spending most of the game being attended to by trainers. He's still a must-start player in most formats, but daily-league owners may want to lean toward a healthy alternative. With Spencer Dinwiddie (ankle) unavailable tonight, veteran PG John Lucas III will be unusually busy.
Apr 1 - 5:34 PM

The Mavericks reportedly hope to re-sign Rajon Rondo in free agency this summer, but they "wouldn't be willing to get into a bidding war."

Nor should they. Rondo has a PER of 11.7 since joining the Mavs, the lowest mark of his career, and his assist rate of 33.2 percent is the lowest since 2007-08. He's bound to get a hefty offer in free agency but fantasy owners should view him warily next season, as brutal FG and FT percentages continue to erode his overall value.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 1 - 5:24 PM

Al Jefferson (knee) had his knee drained, but will play against the Pistons on Wednesday.

He is receiving treatment and this is the third time he's had his knee drained in about one week, so that suggests he's not at 100 percent. Jefferson only played 25 minutes on Monday and that's probably a fair expectation for him tonight. He's still worth starting in standard leagues, but owners in DFS might want to go another direction.
Apr 1 - 5:24 PM

Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) will start Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

He's missed four games over the past few weeks but didn't have any setbacks after practicing on Tuesday, so he should see his usual 20-25 minutes tonight. He's not an appealing fantasy player, though he's a decent streaming option if you need rebounds, blocks and FG percentage. Channing Frye and Andrew Nicholson lose the most with Dedmon back in action.
Apr 1 - 5:22 PM

Kris Humphries (groin) will play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

He hasn't played since Feb. 25 and will likely have a restriction on his minutes. Humphries was playing around 18-20 minutes before his injury and could be back up around that time this weekend. Drew Gooden may lose some playing time.
Apr 1 - 5:18 PM

Kelly Olynyk (left eye laceration) is doubtful to play against the Pacers on Wednesday.

He suffered the injury at shootaround due to an elbow from Shavlik Randolph. With Olynyk out, Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller, Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko should get more minutes. Bass and Zeller are worth starting in standard leagues tonight.
Apr 1 - 5:07 PM

Kelly Olynyk was elbowed in the eye at shootaround and it swelled immediately.

We don't know if this puts him in jeopardy of missing tonight's game against the Pacers. There's been no indication he'll be out and we'll track this one heading to tip. If he's out, Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller, Jonas Jerebko and Jae Crowder would benefit.
Apr 1 - 4:37 PM

Shabazz Napier had successful surgery for a sports hernia and will miss the rest of the regular season.

There's a chance of Napier making it back in the postseason with the Heat currently sitting the seven spot for the Eastern Conference standings. Napier was already leapfrogged by Tyler Johnson and doesn't get consistent minutes anyway. He'll look to improve next season.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 1 - 4:26 PM
Alex Len - C - Suns

Alex Len (nose) will miss one week after suffering a broken nose on Monday.

Just when he was getting it going, Len gets hurt again. He can be dropped in just about all leagues considering he's going to miss almost half of the Suns' remaining games. With Len out, Brandan Wright is now back to being a must-own player in all leagues. Expect to see some Markieff Morris at the five while Earl Barron could play some as well.
Apr 1 - 3:57 PM

Udonis Haslem (illness) is traveling to Cleveland for Thursday's game.

It's still unclear if Haslem will give it a go after missing Tuesday. With Hassan Whiteside back in action, it's harder to trust Haslem in most leagues.
Apr 1 - 3:50 PM

Rodney Stuckey (wrist) is questionable to play against the Celtics on Wednesday.

He just got over a calf issue and he's now back on the injury report with an issue involving his shooting wrist. That may have explained why he made just 1-of-8 from the field on Tuesday. If he's out, C.J. Watson would likely be the sixth man while Damjan Rudez would also get more minutes.
Apr 1 - 3:12 PM


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