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Joel Embiid scores 23 points to lead 76ers past Brooklyn
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (knee) had 23 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in just 20 minutes in a Game 5 win over the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday.
Embiid was 9-for-18 from the field, 2-for-5 from three-point range and 3-for-3 on free throws.
He has averaged 53.7 FanDuel points per game this season.
Portland's Enes Kanter played through separated shoulder Tuesday
Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter said he played through a separated shoulder during Tuesday's Game 5 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Kanter had 13 points, 13 rebounds, 4 rebounds and 1 block in 32 minutes on Tuesday.
He has averaged 29.1 FanDuel points per game this season.
Damian Lillard with 50, wins series for Portland at the buzzer
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard hit a 37-foot jumper at the buzzer to knock out the Oklahoma City Thunder during a 118-115 win on Tuesday, and had 50 points with 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 1 block.
Lillard was 17-for-33 from the field, 10-for-18 on three-pointers and 6-for-8 from the free throw line in 45 minutes.
He has averaged 44.1 FanDuel points per game this season.
76ers' Joel Embiid (knee) will play in Game 5 on Tuesday
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (knee) will play in Game 5 on Tuesday.
Embiid was listed as probable to play and will in fact suit up on Tuesday. He is not expected to be limited in any way as the Sixers try to close out the first-round series tonight.
Our models project Embiid for 24.5 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 47.9 FanDuel points in 30.5 minutes on Tuesday.
Nets' Ed Davis (ankle) will not play in Game 5 on Tuesday
Brooklyn Nets forward Ed Davis (ankle) will not play in Game 5 on Tuesday night.
Davis has been hobbled with an ankle injury since Game 1, playing just 15.7 total minutes in the last three games. In his absence, DeMarre Carroll and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will see a few extra minutes on Tuesday.
Davis has averaged 5.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 18.8 FanDuel points per game this season.
DeMarcus Cousins (quad) "highly unlikely" to return for Warriors this season
Golden State Warriors forward/center DeMarcus Cousins is reportedly a longshot to make a comeback this postseason, according to Warriors' head coach Steve Kerr.
Kerr essentially closed the door on the big man returning to the court, calling the hypothetical "highly unlikely." It's a big blow for the Warriors, but they won three titles in the last four years without Boogie on the squad, so they will most likely be fine.
In 30 games this season, Cousins averaged 36.1 FanDuel points per game.
Reggie Jackson scores 26 with 7 dimes as Detroit is eliminated
Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson scored 26 points (9-of-20 field goals, 3-of-3 free throws) with 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, and 5 3-pointers in 31.6 minutes of a 127-104 Game 4 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
Jackson turned in his best game of the series, but it wasn't enough to avoid the sweep. Andre Drummond double-doubled with 15 points and 12 boards while Blake Griffin produced 22 points while playing through a sore knee.
Jackson finished with 43.1 FanDuel points in the loss.
Chris Paul stuffs stat sheet in Rockets' Game 4 loss
Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul scored 23 points (8-of-19 field goals, 5-of-6 free throws) with 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals, 2 blocks, 2 3-pointers, and 4 turnovers in 34.7 minutes of a 107-91 Game 4 loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday.
Paul was nothing short of phenomenal in this one, but the Rockets only got 5 points from their bench and Clint Capela was largely ineffective due to a virus he's been battling, so they weren't able to complete the sweep. Game 5 will be played back in Houston on Wednesday.
CP3 scored 60.1 FanDuel points on Monday, his second-highest total in any game this season.
Giannis drops 41 points to help Bucks complete sweep of Pistons
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 41 points (12-of-23 field goals, 15-of-20 free throws) with 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 4 blocks, 2 3-pointers, and 1 turnover in 31.9 minutes of a 127-104 Game 4 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday.
Antetokounmpo shot 8 more free throws than the entire Pistons team in a dominant showing. The 24-year-old MVP hopeful secured his first career series win while the Bucks advanced past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2001. They will now square off with the Boston Celtics, who eliminated Milwaukee in seven games last season.
Giannis scored 70.3 FanDuel points in Game 4.
Donovan Mitchell scores 31 as Jazz avoid sweep
Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points (11-of-26 field goals, 6-of-6 free throws) with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 3 3-pointers, and 4 turnovers in 40.1 minutes of a 107-91 Game 4 win over the Houston Rockets on Monday.
Mitchell scored 19 points in the fourth quarter alone to help the Jazz force a Game 5 on Wednesday in Houston. He's scored 30-plus in back-to-back games after being held under 20 points in Games 1 and 2.
Mitchell finished with 44.4 FanDuel points in Game 4.
Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon (foot) remains without a specific return date
Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (foot) remains without a specific return date, but head coach Mike Budenholzer expects to get one within the next three-to-five days.
Brogdon was given an initial timetable of six-to-eight weeks over five weeks ago. WIth no specific return date yet, it appears the guard is a question mark to be ready to play at the start of the second round, which could tip off as early as this weekend. Sterling Brown will continue to start and see heavy minutes until Brogdon is ready to return.
Brogdon averaged 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists for 27.1 FanDuel points per game this season.
76ers' Joel Embiid (knee) listed as probable for Game 5 on Tuesday
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (knee) is listed as probable for Game 5 of the first round series versus the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.
Embiid was unsure earlier in the day if he would play but being listed as probable is a good sign for his availability. The big man has played in three of the first four games in the series, averaging just 25.6 minutes per game.
Embiid has posted huge numbers in his limited time, averaging 25.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 3.7 blocks for 58.4 FanDuel points per game this postseason.
Luke Kennard to come off the bench for Detroit in Game 4 on Monday
Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard will come off the bench in Game 4 on Monday.
Bruce Brown joins the starting five in Kennard's place as the Pistons want Kennard's offense with the second unit on Monday.
Our models had Kennard projected for 25.7 FanDuel points in 33.9 minutes before the lineup switch was announced.
Bruce Brown starting for the Pistons in Game 4, Luke Kennard to the bench
Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown will start on Monday in Game 4 of the series with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Brown replaced Luke Kennard in the starting five as the Pistosn want to have Kennard's offense with the second unit.
Our models projected Brown for just 12.3 minutes of action before the lineup switch was announced.
Pistons' Blake Griffin (knee) active for Game 4 on Monday
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (knee) is active for Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
Griffin was considered probable to play, so this is no surprise. The forward played 30.6 minutes in Game 3 on Saturday and could see a few more on Monday night with Jon Leuer inactive.
Our models project Griffin for 24.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 5.3 assists for 41.6 FanDuel points in 35.2 minutes on Monday.
Ed Davis (ankle) questionable for Nets in Game 5
Brooklyn Nets forward/center Ed Davis (ankle) is questionable for Game 5 on Tuesday versus the Philadelphia 76ers, according to head coach Kenny Atkinson.
Davis missed Game 4 with the ankle issue. He totaled just 4 points and 3 rebounds in Games 2 and 3 after putting up 12 points and pulling down 16 boards in Game 1. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson should continue to see more playing time.
Davis is averaging 14.9 FanDuel points per game this postseason.
76ers' Joel Embiid (knee) tactful on Game 5 status
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (knee soreness) was non-committal on his status for Game 5 on Tuesday versus the Brooklyn Nets.
"We got to keep them guessing," Embiid said. He will likely wind up being another game-time decision. Embiid has played in every contest besides Game 3.
Embiid is averaging 25.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 3.7 blocks per game this postseason.
Detroit's Blake Griffin (knee) considered probable for Monday's game against the Bucks
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (knee) is listed as probable for Monday's playoff matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Griffin is likely to suit up on Monday despite dealing with left knee soreness. In his usual role with the starters, our models project the Detroit forward to score 24.1 points.
numberFire's models project Griffin to produce 40.6 FanDuel points on Monday.
JaMychal Green starting for Clippers in Sunday's Game 4, Ivica Zubac to come off bench
Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green is in the starting rotation on Sunday in the team's game against the Golden State Warriors.
With the Clippers attempting to even up the series, Green will take over for Ivica Zubac in the starting five.
Our models project Green for 20.3 FanDuel points across 20.5 minutes of action, while Zubac is projected for 18.2 FanDuel points across 16.3 minutes of action.
Guerschon Yabusele (back) out on Sunday for Boston in Game 4
Boston Celtics forward Guerschon Yabusele is sitting on Sunday in the team's game against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
Yabusele is dealing with a back ailment, and it'll cost him Sunday's game in which the Celtics could potentially sweep.
In 41 games this season, Yabusele has averaged 5.0 FanDuel points per game.
Derrick Favors coming off the Jazz's bench on Saturday
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors is not starting in Saturday's matchup against the Houston Rockets.
Favors will come off the bench tonight with Jae Crowder starting at power forward. In a role with the second unit, our models project Favors to play 23.5 minutes.
numberFire's models project Favors to produce 28.9 FanDuel points on Saturday.
Utah's Jae Crowder will start in Saturday's Game 3 against Houston
Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder will start in Saturday's playoff game against the Houston Rockets.
Crowder will move into the starting lineup tonight with Derrick Favors coming off the bench. In his new role, our models project Crowder to score 10.1 points.
numberFire's models project Crowder to produce 18.9 FanDuel points at the cost of $4,200.
Thon Maker playing with the Pistons' second unit on Saturday
Detroit Pistons forward Thon Maker will not start in Saturday's playoff matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Maker will come off the bench in Game 3 with Blake Griffin returning to the starting lineup. In a role with the second unit, our models project Maker to play 18.4 minutes.
numberFire's models project Maker to produce 15.8 FanDuel points at the cost of $3,900.
Detroit's Blake Griffin (knee) will play on Saturday
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (knee) will be available for Saturday's playoff matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Griffin is active for Game 3 after missing time with a sore left knee. In his usual high usage role, our models project the Detroit forward to score 19.3 points against Milwaukee.
numberFire's models project Griffin to produce 32.4 FanDuel points on Saturday.
Torrey Craig moves into the Nuggets' Saturday starting lineup
Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig will start in Saturday's playoff matchup against the San Antonio Spurs.
Craig will play with the first unit in Game 4 with Will Barton coming off the bench. In his new role, our models project Craig to score 5.8 points in 21.6 minutes.
numberFire's models project Craig to produce 14.3 FanDuel points at the cost of $3,800.
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