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Pelicans' Anthony Davis (finger) to see a hand specialist, could miss 2-to-4 weeks

New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis (finger) is set to see a hand specialist as the team fears he suffered a volar plate avulsion fracture in his left index finger, which would sideline him two-to-four weeks, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

What It Means:

Davis has already been ruled out for this week with what the team believed was an index finger sprain. However, the injury appears to be much worse possibly. If the fears are confirmed, Davis could be out until after the All-Star Break. Jahlil Okafor is likely to stick in the starting lineup with Nikola Mirotic and Julius Randle picking up extra minutes and scoring responsibility.

Davis has averaged 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.7 steals, and 2.6 blocks for 61.2 FanDuel points per game this season.

Suns' T.J. Warren (ankle) makes an early exit on Tuesday

Phoenix Suns forward T.J. Warren left Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves early with an ankle injury.

What It Means:

Warren suffered the injury in the first half and was unable to return on for the start of the second half. Josh Jackson took his place on the court at the beginning of the third quarter and would see increased minutes if Warren were to miss future games.

Warren finished with 4 points, 1 rebound, and 2 assists for 7.2 FanDuel points in 16 minutes on Tuesday.

Cavs' Tristan Thompson (foot) listed as out for Wednesday's game

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (foot) is listed as out for Wednesday's game versus the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

Thompson is poised to miss his fourth straight game with foot soreness. With the Cavs tanking, there is no reason for the big man to suit up even if he is a little questionable. Ante Zizic will likely continue to start at center for Cleveland.

Thompson has averaged 11.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 30.3 FanDuel points per game this season.

Minnesota's Derrick Rose starting in place of Jeff Teague on Tuesday

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose will start in place of Jeff Teague on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Teague is out with a sore foot, leaving the point guard minutes to Rose and Jerryd Bayless. Rose is making his 12th start of the season. He has averaged 23.9 points and 6.5 assists in 34.4 minutes in the other 11 games.

Our models had Rose projected for 20.4 points, 5.0 assists and 32.9 FanDuel points in 30.3 minutes before the lineup change was announced.

Jalen Brunson will come off the bench Tuesday for Dallas

Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson will come off the bench on Tuesday versus the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Brunson got the start on Monday but will return to a reserve role with Dennis Smith making his first start in seven games.

Our models have Brunson projected for 12.6 FanDuel points in 16.2 minutes on Tuesday.

Richaun Holmes (foot) will not play Tuesday for Phoenix

Phoenix Suns forward/center Richaun Holmes (foot) will not play on Tuesday.

What It Means:

No surprise here as Holmes was considered doubtful with a sprained right foot. With Deandre Ayton out as well Dragan Bender and Quincy Acy will split the minutes in the middle with Bender getting the starting nod.

Holmes has averaged 8.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 19.0 Fanduel points per game this season.

Jeff Teague (foot) will not play Tuesday for Minnesota

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague (foot) will not play Tuesday versus the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Teague is dealing with soreness in his left foot and will get the night off. Derrick Rose is expected to start in his place with Jerryd Bayless picking up extra minutes off the bench.

Teague has averaged 11.5 points and 8.1 assists in 30.3 minutes per game this season.

Grizzlies to listen to trade offers for Marc Gasol and Mike Conley

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports the Memphis Grizzlies will begin listening to trade offers on franchise stars center Marc Gasol and guard Mike Conley.

What It Means:

With the Grizz sitting at 19-28, the seoncd-worst record in the Western Conference, the team is ready to start looking towards the future. Gasol may be the easier of the two to trade as he is in the last year of his deal with a $25M player option for 2019-20. Conley has one more fully guaranteed year on his contract, worth $32M for 2019-20 and a partial guarantee of $22M for 2020-21.

Gasol is averaging 15.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game while Conley is posting 21.3 points and 6.0 assists per game this season.

Patrick Patterson (nose) available to play Tuesday for the Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson (nose) is available to play on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Patterson was knocked out of Monday's game after taking a shot to the nose. With nothing broken or a sign of a concussion, the forward will be able to play on Tuesday.

Our models project Patterson for 6.6 Fanduel points in 10.5 minutes of action on Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Lou Williams (hamstring) will play, but have a minutes limit Tuesday for Los Angeles

Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (hamstring) will play Tuesday but will be on a minutes restriction against the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Williams' status has gone from out to probable to questionable to active all in the last 24 hours. No word on how many minutes he will be allowed to play, but the guard averages just 25.5 minutes per game this season. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Patrick Beverly will see fewer minutes but should still see plenty of run with Williams limited.

Our models had Wiliams protected for 32.9 FanDuel points in 28.7 minutes before the minutes restriction was announced.

Dennis Smith (illness) will start for Dallas on Tuesday

Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith (illness) will start on Tuesday versus the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Smith has missed the last six games with an 'illness' as the Mavs tried to find a trade partner for the guard. He is ready to roll on Tuesday without any limitations and will likely bump Jalen Brunson back to the bench.

Our models project Smith for 10.8 points, 3.6 assists, and 20.7 FanDuel points in 24.4 minutes on Tuesday.

Source: Tim Cato

Update: Justin Jackson will remain with Kings' second unit Tuesday

Sacramento Kings forward Justin Jackson will come off the bench Tuesday night.

What It Means:

Jackson was reportedly starting in place of Iman Shumpert but he will instead stick with the second unit against the Toronto Raptors. Bogdan Bogdanovic joins the starting five.

Jackson has averaged 14.3 Fanduel points per game this season.

Update: Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic will start in place of Iman Shumpert Tuesday

Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic will start on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Bogdanovic will replace Iman Shumpert in the starting five after initial reports had Justin Jackson getting the nod.

Our models have Bogdanovic projected for 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 32.7 FanDuel points on Tuesday.

Kings' Justin Jackson expected to join the starting lineup Tuesday

Sacramento Kings forward Justin Jackson is expected to start Tuesday versus the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

With Iman Shumpert sitting out for rest purposes Jackson is expected to join the starting five in his place. The second-year forward has made three starts this season, averaging 31.6 minutes in each.

Our models have Jackson projected for 22.5 FanDuel points in 33.0 minutes on Tuesday.

Marvin Bagley making first career start for Kings in Toronto

Sacramento Kings power forward Marvin Bagley is starting on Tuesday versus the Toronto Raptors in place of Nemanja Bjelica (back).

What It Means:

It will be the rookie's first career start.

numberFire's models expect Bagley to score 30.2 FanDuel points on Tuesday, at a cost of $5,600.

Source: James Ham

Yogi Ferrell a 'tentative' starter for Sacramento Tuesday

Sacramento Kings guard Yogi Ferrell is expected to start on Tuesday versus the Toronto Raptors in place of De'Aaron Fox (toe).

What It Means:

It will be Ferrell's first start since the second game of the season.

numberFire's models expect Ferrell to score 22.8 FanDuel points, at a cost of $3,500, on Tuesday.

Source: James Ham

Kings rule out Nemanja Bejelica (back) for Tuesday

Sacramento Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica (back) will not play Tuesday versus the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Bjelica has seen his minutes decline in rest games and will now get the night off on Tuesday. No word on who will start in his place but Justin Jackson and Harry Giles will both see an uptick in minutes with Bjelica out.

Bjelica has averaged 10.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 23.4 FanDuel points per game this season.

De'Aaron Fox (toe) will not play Tuesday for the Kings

Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (toe) will not play Tuesday versus the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Fox will get the night off as he rests his sore toe. Expect Yogi Ferrell or Frank Mason to get the start in his place with both seeing extra minutes in Fox's absence.

Fox has averaged 17.4 points, 7.3 assists, and 36.7 FanDuel points per game this season.

Henry Ellenson (ankle) questionable on Wednesday for Detroit

Detroit Pistons forward Henry Ellenson is considered questionable to play on Wednesday in the team's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Ellenson hasn't played since Dec. 10, but it seems as though Wednesday could be the day he comes back.

In two games this season, Ellenson has averaged 6.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 12.2 FanDuel points.

Andre Drummond (concussion) questionable for Pistons on Wednesday

Detroit Pistons forward/center Andre Drummond (concussion) is questionable to play on Wednesday versus the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Drummond was scheduled to be re-evaluated on Tuesday, so it's possible he clears protocol and is able to return versus Anthony Davis and the Pelicans on Wednesday. Zaza Pachulia started the past two games in place of Drummond.

Drummond is averaging 43.3 FanDuel points through 44 games this season, with 16.3 points, 14.9 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.7 blocks.

Ish Smith (adductor) doubtful to play Wednesday for Detroit

Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith (adductor) is doubtful to play Wednesday versus the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Smith has missed the last two games after re-aggravating a right adductor injury that forced him to lose more than a month and looks likely to miss another. Jose Calderon will pick up the backup point guard minutes if Smith is unable to play.

Smith has averaged 8.7 points, 2.8 assists, and 16.3 FanDuel points in 23.2 minutes per game this season.

Lou Williams (hamstring) questionable on Tuesday for Los Angeles

Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams is considered questionable to play on Tuesday in the team's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Williams was reportedly on track to play earlier today, but it seems that he's been downgraded.

Should he play, our models project Williams for 21.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 32.9 FanDuel points in 28.7 minutes of action.

Orlando's Aaron Gordon (back) officially questionable for Wednesday

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (back) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Gordon returned to practice on Tuesday and told reporters he would play against the Bets on Wednesday, barring any setbacks, after missing the last two games. His level of participation in Wednesday morning's shootaround will provide a clearer picture of Gordon's availability.

Early projections by our models have Gordon collecting 15.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 31.5 FanDuel points in 33.6 minutes on Wednesday.

Iman Shumpert resting for Sacramento versus Raptors

Sacramento Kings guard/forward Iman Shumpert (rest) will not play against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Shumpert will sit out the second half of the back-to-back set, which could lead to a start for Bogdan Bogdanovic.

Shump is averaging 18.8 FanDuel point in 25.8 minutes through 37 games (35 starts) this season.

De'Aaron Fox (toe) questionable for Kings on Tuesday

Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox is considered questionable to play on Tuesday night in the team's game against the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Fox could be given the night off, keep a close eye on his status before tipoff.

Should he play, our models project Fox for 17.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 36.0 FanDuel points in 31.9 minutes of action.

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