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Mike Conley (wrist) will not play against the Nuggets on Thursday night.

This will be his second game out of the lineup due to his wrist injury. The 2015 part of the season has not been nice to Conley with two ankle sprains and this current issue costing him time. There's no indication that this issue will linger on, so he can be considered as a buy-low candidate. Beno Udrih is a nice option in DFS tonight.
Jan 29 - 7:28 PM

Jeff Teague, Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade (hamstring), Chris Bosh, Al Horford, Jimmy Butler and Paul Millsap were named as the Eastern Conference All-Star Reserves.

It would appear Wade is not going to play with his hamstring strain, so that should allow either Kyle Korver or Brandon Knight to replace him. Nikola Vucevic is probably the first big man to be considered as a snub and his numbers are certainly better than guys like Chris Bosh.
Jan 29 - 7:21 PM

Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and Tim Duncan were named as the Western Conference All-Star Reserves.

It was inevitable the Western Conference would have a couple snubs. DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Lillard have to be the first two guys to come to mind here with Tim Duncan earning his spot more on his career resume. Lillard or Cousins will replace Kobe Bryant (shoulder) while Mike Conley is also another player who is having an All-Star caliber season.
Jan 29 - 7:18 PM

Channing Frye will remain in the starting lineup for Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

Frye was benched during the entire second half of Monday's game vs. the Grizzlies, but head coach Jacque Vaughn will continue to go with him as a starter for the time being. However, Frye has been pretty bad lately hitting just 15-of-37 shots over the past five games. He can be viewed as a 3-point specialist in deep leagues, but guys in standard leagues should be able to find better production on the wire.
Jan 29 - 7:01 PM

Mike Conley (wrist) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Nuggets.

Conley dressed for Tuesday's game against Dallas, but he did not leave the bench, and it's looking like we're not going to get an official update on Conley's status until just before the tip. If he does indeed spend another game on the sidelines, Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes would split minutes at point guard. Stay tuned.
Jan 29 - 6:49 PM

JaVale McGee will again be available to play Thursday vs. Memphis.

McGee was available for the Nuggets' last game, but spent the entire game glued to the bench. He does however have a chance to step into the rotation tonight with the Nuggets looking for some size to go up against Memphis' imposing frontcourt of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. However, he's unlikely to do enough statistically to be worth using in most leagues.
Jan 29 - 6:42 PM

Blake Griffin praised Austin Rivers' play during a recent interview.

"I just love his aggression on offense and his willingness to attack the basket," Griffin said of Rivers. "And defensively, on the ball, he’s a dog on the ball. It’s tough to get around him." Rivers made a blip on the radar during Wednesday's game, scoring 12 points off the bench. However, this outing comes with an asterisk, as J.J. Redick (back spasms) did not play in that one. We need to see consistency from Rivers before we can get behind adding him in most leagues.
Jan 29 - 6:38 PM

Amare Stoudemire (wrist, ankle) will not suit up for Thursday's game vs. the Pacers, as expected.

He's not expected to play until sometime next week, and given the Knicks' record and their hopes of landing a high draft pick, the more time Stoudemire spends on the sidelines the better. Lance Thomas, Jason Smith, and Louis Amundson will all split Stoudemire's minutes.

John Henson will replace Zaza Pachulia (calf) in the starting lineup for Thursday's game vs. Orlando.

Henson offers a lot of upside, and with a favorable matchup against the Magic, he's looking like a fine plug-and-play in daily leagues. It's going to be hard for head coach Jason Kidd to limit Henson's minutes tonight with Ersan Ilyasova, and Zaza unavailable. Kenyon Martin could also pick up some extended minutes tonight as one of the few healthy big men left on the roster, although he's unlikely to contribute much to the stat sheet.
Jan 29 - 6:03 PM

Jared Dudley will start at power forward for Thursday's game against Orlando with Ersan Ilyasova (groin) unavailable.

Dudley is more of a 3-point specialist, but he could see an uptick in value with the move to the starting lineup and a favorable matchup against the Magic. He's worth a dice roll for those playing daily leagues.
Jan 29 - 5:54 PM

Zaza Pachulia (calf) will not suit up for Thursday's game vs. the Magic, and John Henson will take his place in the starting lineup.

Pachulia said that he felt a "pop" while going through shootaround and he had to quit. He said he thinks he'll be sidelined for a week at the most, so owners can start looking at other options for Saturday's game vs. Portland, and Monday's game vs. Toronto. Henson will draw a favorable matchup against the Magic, and he looks like a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
Jan 29 - 5:49 PM

Carmelo Anthony will start vs. the Pacers on Thursday.

The Knicks are currently in the second game of a back-to-back set, so the fact that Melo is playing is certainly an encouraging sign. Anthony is still capable of putting up amazing stats when in uniform, so owners should really use this as a selling point as the shut-down talks aren’t going away any time soon.
Jan 29 - 5:42 PM

Cole Aldrich (shin) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Pacers.

With Aldrich unavailable, Louis Amundson will get all the run he can handle, with Jason Smith and Lance Thomas seeing some extended minutes.
Jan 29 - 5:38 PM

George Hill will remain on his 20 minutes per game limit until Saturday, after which the Pacers hope to increase his workload.

While Hill has been limited to 20 minutes per game over his last three outings, he's still been able to put up serviceable numbers, averaging 14.3 points, 2.7 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.0 three-pointer per game. He'll have a favorable matchup against the Knicks tonight, so feel free to roll him out there.
Jan 29 - 5:37 PM

C.J. Miles (groin) will play in short stretches for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

It sounds like he's going to come off the bench, as Frank Vogel would like to ease him back into the rotation. Although he has a favorable matchup against the Knicks tonight, the minutes limit makes him a risky option in daily leagues.
Jan 29 - 5:28 PM


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