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Date: Team: Pos:

Kelly Olynyk (left eye laceration) will attempt to play vs. the Pacers on Wednesday.

It's a crucial game for both teams' playoff hopes, which explains why Olynyk is even considering playing -- he took a hard elbow during warmups and his eye has swelled up to nearly the size of a golf ball. We doubt he'll be very effective tonight and there's still a chance he won't even play, which makes him a very shaky option.
Apr 1 - 6:45 PM

Monta Ellis (calf) is a game-time decision to face the Thunder on Wednesday.

He is probable and the Mavs look to be expecting him to play. Ellis missed Sunday due to his calf injury and he could be limited tonight. If he can't play his usual 33.7 minutes per game, minutes will go to Richard Jefferson, Devin Harris and Raymond Felton.
Apr 1 - 6:39 PM

Dion Waiters (foot) will play vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday.

He didn't have any setbacks during shootaround and it sounds like his re-evaluation on Tuesday went well, so Waiters should be in the clear. That doesn't make him a reliable fantasy option, of course, as he shot just 41.7 percent from the field and 62.9 percent from the FT line in March.
Apr 1 - 6:26 PM

Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) will play against the Kings on Wednesday and will have a minutes restriction.

This is great to see after a very scary injury put him in the hospital last month. The Rockets have yet to decide on Dwight Howard, but Jones should still be able to get 16-24 minutes tonight in his first game back. The Rockets have a back-to-back, so Jones should be owned in all leagues with two games in the next two days.
Apr 1 - 6:20 PM

Jared Dudley (knee, back) will play against the Bulls on Wednesday.

He's had back and knee issues in the past two weeks, so we're not expecting him to get significant playing time. Dudley can be left on the wire in all leagues.
Apr 1 - 6:18 PM

Otto Porter will start for the Wizards on Wednesday with Paul Pierce resting.

Pierce has been struggling for weeks and sitting out late in games on a routine basis, so it's not surprising to see him get a day off. Porter is worth a look for temporary value even though he's been uninspiring in nine starts, averaging 9.9 points, 0.9 threes, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.4 blocks in 25 minutes per game.
Apr 1 - 6:13 PM

Paul Pierce (rest) will not play against the 76ers on Wednesday and Otto Porter will start in his place.

Pierce hasn't missed a game since Feb. 27 and the playoffs are just around the corner, so rest against the 76ers on the road makes sense. Porter played 37 minutes in the last game without Pierce, so he could get run. Although, his numbers on the season are not promising as a starter. Pierce isn't worth owning in most leagues right now.
Apr 1 - 6:11 PM

C.J. Miles (ankle) and Rodney Stuckey (wrist) are available to play against the Celtics on Wednesday.

Coach Frank Vogel said that both players are banged up heading into tonight, so they're likely to have their minutes limited. Miles has struggled to stay on the court even when he's entering a game at full health, so he's risky to start in any league. If he's unable to play through the injury, C.J. Watson, Solomon Hill and Damjan Rudez would step up.
Apr 1 - 6:05 PM

Rodney Stuckey (wrist) will "try to play" vs. the Celtics on Wednesday.

Stuckey shot 1-of-8 from the field in 25 minutes on Tuesday and owners may want to shy away from him -- the injury is to his shooting wrist and coach Frank Vogel suggested that Stuckey is pretty banged up. He recently recovered from a calf injury and may only be suiting up because the Pacers are fighting for their playoff lives. If he is limited, expect more opportunities to open up for C.J. Watson and Damjan Rudez.
Apr 1 - 6:04 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. (wrist) will not play against the Nets on Wednesday.

He is not close to a return and is still dealing with pain in his wrist. Cleanthony Early, Lance Thomas and Ricky Ledo are getting his minutes.
Apr 1 - 6:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Jason Richardson (knee) will play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

He was expected to miss tonight and a game over the weekend, so this is a surprise. Richardson hasn't played well at all and is still not worth grabbing in almost any league. His return will take some minutes away from Jerami Grant, Hollis Thompson and Robert Covington.
Apr 1 - 5:53 PM
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


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