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Bucks' Tyler Zeller heading back to the bench Thursday
Milwaukee Bucks forward/center Tyler Zeller is not listed in the starting lineup for Game 6 against the Boston Celtics.
Thon Maker is listed as the starter in tonight's pivotal contest. Zeller will come off the bench.
We project Zeller to finish with 11.0 FanDuel points tonight.
Thon Maker likely to start for Bucks in Game 6
Milwaukee Bucks forward/center Thon Maker is listed in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Boston Celtics.
He will take the place of Tyler Zeller in the starting five as the Bucks look to extend the series. John Henson is still out.
We project Thon to finish with 17.9 FanDuel points tonight.
John Henson (back) ruled out again for Bucks in Game 6
Milwaukee Bucks forward/center John Henson (back) will not play on Thursday against the Boston Celtics in Game 6.
Henson was able to get shots up during Thursday's shootaround but he'll miss a fourth straight contest as the Bucks look to fend off elimination at home. Tyler Zeller figures to draw another start while Thon Maker should see more minutes off the bench.
Henson averaged 29.0 FanDuel points in his only two games of the series.
Stephen Curry (knee) gets in full practice, questionable for Warriors in Game 1
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (knee) practiced in full on Thursday and is questionable to play against the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 1 on Saturday.
Curry will be re-evaluated on Friday but this is obviously a big step in the right direction and it sounds like the two-time MVP is on the verge of a return. Once active, Quinn Cook will move back to the bench and Kevin Durant won't be as busy on offense.
Curry averaged 28.7 points, 8.3 assists, and 4.0 rebounds in three matchups with the Pelicans during the regular season.
Wizards' Otto Porter dealing with bone contusion in left leg
Washington Wizards small forward Otto Porter (leg) has been playing with a bone contusion in his left leg that has been monitored by the medical staff, according to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post.
"I know he’s banged up. That’s all I know as of right now," head coach Scott Brooks responded when asked about Porter's availability for Game 6 against the Toronto Raptors on Friday. The 24-year-old forward hasn't looked right all playoffs, finishing with single-digit scoring in three of the five contests. If Porter is out or limited, Kelly Oubre and Mike Scott could both benefit.
Porter is averaging 24.4 FanDuel points while playing 31.6 minutes per game in the postseason.
Bucks' John Henson (back) considered doubtful for Game 6
Milwaukee Bucks power forward/center John Henson participated in Thursday's shootaround but is listed as doubtful for Thursday's game against the Boston Celtics.
Henson has missed the last three games and could come down to a game-time decision for Game 6. If he remains out, look for Thon Maker and Jabari Parker to get more playing time down low for the Bucks.
Henson averaged 29.0 FanDuel points in his only two games of the series.
Warriors GM: 'Conceivable' Stephen Curry (knee) plays in Game 1
Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers said "it's conceivable" when asked if point guard Stephen Curry could play in Game 1 against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Myers said that Curry would try to practice and see where he's at. He also said, "There's a chance he can go." It was originally believed that Curry would be out, but with a few days off he might be ready. If so, that would take some playmaking burden off of Kevin Durant while taking playing time away from Quinn Cook.
On the year, Curry is averaging 28.7 points, 8.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds in three matchups with the Pelicans.
Otto Porter still bothered by leg issue as Wizards prepare for Game 6
Washington Wizards small forward Otto Porter (leg) might not play against the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 on Friday, head coach Scott Brooks suggested.
Porter has been dealing with a lingering leg issue since the end of the regular season and it may be why his numbers have dipped so far in the playoffs. He's not listed on the Wizards' injury report but head coach Scott Brooks expressed uncertainty about Porter's status for Game 6. Kelly Oubre could see an uptick in minutes if Porter sits or is limited.
Porter is averaging 24.4 FanDuel points per game in the postseason.
Celtics' Marcus Smart could play 30-35 minutes in Game 6
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart could play up to 30-to-35 minutes in Thursday's Game 6 matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Smart returned in Game 5 after more than a month-long absence due to injury. He played well in just under 25 minutes, but he could play more, if necessary, tonight. Coach Brad Stevens made it sound like he'll play around 30 with his minutes being capped around 35. He should allow Terry Rozier more breaks while limiting Jayson Tatum's minutes in a trickle-down effect.
Our models project Smart for 8.9 points, 4.4 assists and 21.8 FanDuel points in 27.4 minutes.
Celtics' Semi Ojeleye will start again in Game 6
Per Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, Boston Celtics power forward Semi Ojeleye will start in Thursday's Game 6 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Ojeleye started and played 31 minutes in Game 5, and he showed off his defensive versatility against Giannis Antetokounmpo and company. He didn't do much on the offensive end, finishing with just five points and seven rebounds. This means that guys like Aron Baynes and Marcus Morris will once again have a limited role.
In Milwaukee tonight, we project Ojeleye for 13.0 FanDuel points in 28.1 minutes.
Cory Joseph produces across-the-board in Pacers' loss
Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph accounted for six points, six rebounds and five rebounds in Wednesday's 98-95 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
As the Pacers dropped Game 5, Joseph added two steals and a block on the other end. He limited himself to one turnover in 26-plus minutes of action and was one of the reasons Indiana stayed close throughout this one.
At $3,600, Joseph tallied 29 FanDuel points at better than 8x value. For Game 6 at home, we project him for 18.3 FD points in 26.6 minutes.
Domantas Sabonis scores 22 as Pacers fall to Cavs in Game 5
Indiana Pacers power forward/center Domantas Sabonis scored 22 points in his team's Game 5 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In a narrow, last-minute loss, Sabonis shined bright for a second straight game. He played over 33 minutes, hitting 8-of-12 shots and 6-of-8 from the line. In addition, he ripped down five rebounds, two assists and one steal. It's the second straight game with at least 19 points and 5 boards.
At a cost of $4,000, Sabonis tallied 33 FanDuel points at 8.25x value. He's projected for 25.6 FD points in Friday's Game 6.
Timberwolves' Jamal Crawford scores 20 in season-ending defeat
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford scored 20 points in a closeout loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
Crawford had his best game of the series, but it was all for nothing. In just under 26 minutes, the veteran hit 8-of-10 field goals, 2-of-3 from three and 2-of-2 from the line. He also yielded two rebounds, two assists and one steal.
At $4,000, Crawford's 25.4 FanDuel points matched his Game 4 output. He finishes with 20.5 FD points per game in the first-round series.
Kyle Korver hits 5 triples in Cavs' Game 5 win
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver converted 5-of-9 three-point attempts during Wednesday's 98-95 win over the Indiana Pacers.
Korver's sharpshooting helped him to 19 points in 32.9 minutes last night. Elsewhere, he contributed nine rebounds, a steal and two free throws. The Cavs now take a 3-2 series lead into Indiana on Friday night.
At $4,300, Korver was projected for 23.2 FanDuel points but finished with 28.2 at 6.56x value. We project him for 15.9 FD points in Friday's Game 6 matchup.
Paul George catches fire, scores 34 in Thunder's Game 5 win
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George scored 34 points in a 107-99 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
Despite getting down big in the third quarter, George helped to rally the Thunder to the comeback win. 12 of his 34 came in the third quarter while 21 came after half. He was 12-of-26 from the floor, 2-of-6 from three and 8-of-10 from the line. He also contributed eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block over nearly 45 minutes.
At a price of $8,100, George exceeded his projected output and went for 53.6 FanDuel points on Wednesday. For Friday's Game 6, we like him to follow it up with 37.3 FD points in 36.7 minutes.
Utah's Jae Crowder splashes 6 threes, scores 27 in loss to Thunder
Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder hit 6-of-14 threes and scored 27 points in Wednesday's 107-99 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Crowder did most of his damage in the first quarter, knocking down four triples en route to 15 points. He also added two three-points in the third but he went quiet in the fourth. But, overall, it was a big night for Crowder, who had not scored more than 13 points in any of the previous four games in the series. He added eight rebounds, three assists and one steal to boot.
Priced at $4,500, Crowder accounted for 43.1 FanDuel points at nearly 10x value. On Friday, we project him to have a lesser impact with 17.3 FD points in Game 6.
Clint Capela dominant as Rockets advance past Timberwolves
Houston Rockets center Clint Capela posted a 26-point, 15-rebound double-double in Wednesday's 122-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
By taking Game 5, Houston advanced with a 4-1 series win. As he did for the majority of the series, Capela outplayed Karl-Anthony Towns, hitting 12-of-14 field goals and adding one assist and one block in 33-plus minutes.
Capela ended the night with 48.5 FanDuel points at his $8,200 price tag. He averaged 41.1 FD points over the 5-game series.
Russell Westbrook scores 45 in Thunder's come-from-behind win
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook scored 45 points in Wednesday's Game 5 victory over the Utah Jazz.
After getting down by as many as 25, the Thunder kicked it in to gear and overcame the deficit to stave off elimination. Westbrook finished the game with 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 turnovers. He was 17-of-39 from the floor in his 44 minutes of work.
At a cost of $10,600, Westbrook returned 6.46x value with 68.5 FanDuel points on the night. For Game 6, we project him to tally 52.5 FD points against the Jazz.
Raptors' DeMar DeRozan scores 32 in Game 5 win
Toronto Raptors guard/forward DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points in his team's 108-98 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
The Raptors now take a 3-2 lead into Washington for Game 6 of the first-round series. As for DeRozan, it's nice to see him taking charge, going 12-of-24 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the line. If Toronto makes it out of Round 1, they'll need the same aggressive DeRozan to show up.
At $8,600, DeRozan produced 37.9 FanDuel points at 4.41x value. We project him for 37.6 FD points in Game 6 Friday night.
LeBron James secures Cavaliers victory with late clutch plays on both ends
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored 44 points with 10 rebounds and 8 assists in Wednesday's 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
James single-handedly won this game in the final seconds. He started off by blocking Victor Oladipo's potential game-winning layup with just three seconds left to keep the game tied, and ended the game by nailing a three-point shot of his own as time expired.
numberFire's models projected James to score 58.9 FanDuel points and he topped that with 69.0.
John Wall comes up just shy of triple-double in Wizards' loss
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall scored 26 points with 9 rebounds and 9 assists in Wednesday's 108-98 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
Wall toed the line of his first triple-double of this series, while playing 44 minutes on Wednesday. He also blocked 3 shots, but did turn the ball over 7 times and put up a goose egg from downtown for the fourth-straight game, as the Wizards made just 5-of-26 three pointers as a team.
numberFire's models projected Wall to score 48.7 FanDuel points and he popped off for 55.3.
Jose Calderon starting again for Cavaliers in Game 5 with George Hill out
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Jose Calderon will start Wednesday's game versus the Indiana Pacers.
Calderon draws his second-straight start of this series after not playing in Game 3. With George Hill out again, Calderon will likely see similar usage to that of Game 4, in which he played 19 minutes.
numberFire's models project Calderon to score 13.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,500.
George Hill will miss Game 5 for Cavaliers on Wednesday
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill will not play in Game 5 against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
Hill missed Game 4 of the series, a game in which Cleveland tied things up at 2-2. Jose Calderon will start in his place on Wednesday.
Hill has averaged 8.7 points and 1.7 assists in three playoff games so far.
Fred VanVleet (shoulder) out again for Raptors on Wednesday
Toronto Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet (shoulder) will not play against the Washington Wizards in Game 5 on Wednesday.
VanVleet injured his shoulder in Game 2 and hasn't played since. Delon Wright will continue to see extended minutes for Toronto as they look to go up 3-2 over the Wizards tonight at home.
VanVleet averaged 18.5 FanDuel points per game for the Raptors in the regular season.
Tyus Jones (knee) heading towards game-time decision for Timberwolves in Game 5
Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Tyus Jones (right knee soreness) particpated in shootaround and will "hopefully" be available to play against the Houston Rockets in Game 5 on Wednesday night, head coach Tom Thibodeau said.
"I think he’s feeling better," Thibodeau said after the morning shootaround. "He will go through warmup tonight. Hopefully, he’ll be available." Jones only played seven minutes in Game 3 and was ruled out for Game 4 on Monday. Another absence would mean more minutes for Derrick Rose again.
In the event he plays, numberFire's models project Jones to play only 8.2 minutes while scoring 6.7 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,500 in Game 5.
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