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Celtics rule out Marcus Morris (knee) for Saturday

Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Morris is dealing with knee soreness, and won't even be travelling with the team on the second half of a back-to-back. Look for Jayson Tatum to see an up-tick in minutes, averaging 32.3 minutes per game with Morris out compared to 28.2 per game when he plays.

numberFire's models account for Morris returning against the Detroit Pistons on Monday, projecting him for 20.1 FanDuel points in 25.2 minutes of action in that one.

Warriors' Jordan Bell starting against Chicago

Golden State Warriors power forward Jordan Bell will start against the Chicago Bulls on Friday.

What It Means:

Draymond Green (rest) is getting the day off, and Bell will make the first start of his career.

Not yet accounting for the announcement of his starting, numberFire's models project Bell for 10.8 FanDuel points in 12.1 minutes of action tonight.

Suns' Marquese Chriss moves to the bench on Friday

Phoenix Suns power forward Marquese Chriss will move to the bench against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.

What It Means:

Chriss was starting alongside Tyson Chandler in the front-court, but he'll move to the bench tonight, being replaced in the starting lineup by Greg Monroe.

numberFire's models project Chriss for 16.8 FanDuel points in 17.2 minutes of action tonight.

Suns' Greg Monroe starting on Friday

Phoenix Suns center Greg Monroe will start Friday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans

What It Means:

Marquese Chriss is moving to the bench, and Monroe will start next to Tyson Chandler in a two-center lineup against the Pelicans' big frontcourt of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

numberFire's models project Monroe for 27.0 FanDuel points in 24.7 minutes of action tonight.

Will Barton moves to the bench for Denver as Kenneth Faried starts against the Grizzlies

Denver Nuggets guard/forward Will Barton will move to the bench for Friday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

What It Means:

Barton started while Denver went with a small-ball lineup on Wednesday, but Faried gets to fill Paul Millsap (wrist)'s spot tonight, starting against a bigger team in the Grizzlies. Barton should still see plenty of run off the bench.

Not yet accounting for his move to the bench, numberFire's models project Barton for 30.0 FanDuel points in 33.0 minutes of action tonight.

Nuggets' Kenneth Faried starting on Friday

Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried will start Friday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

What It Means:

Faried was a DNP-CD on Wednesday night, but Mike Malone is still toying with starting lineups as he tries to make something work without Paul Millsap (wrist). Barton moves to the bench with Faried starting, though will likely continue to play a big role.

Not yet accounting for his move into the starting lineup, numberFire's models project Faried for only 10.5 FanDuel points in 11.5 minutes of action tonight.

Timberwolves' Aaron Brooks starting at point guard with Jeff Teague (ankle) sidelined

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Aaron Brooks will start on Friday, after Jeff Teague (ankle) was made a late scratch.

What It Means:

Tyus Jones has been running as the Wolves' second point guard this season, and even with Brooks starting, Jones will likely see the bigger workload of the two.

Before the injury, numberFire's models had projected Teague to play 34.2 minutes, meaning there is plenty of playing time to go around in his absence.

Jeff Teague (ankle) a late scratch for Minnesota

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague (ankle) is a late scratch and will not suit up against the Miami Heat on Friday.

What It Means:

Teague had been announced as a starter for this one, but he's a late scratch just minutes before tip. Look for Tyus Jones to likely move into the starting lineup, while Aaron Brooks should see a significant up-tick in playing time.

numberFire's models had projected Teague for 34.2 minutes before the injury, and his absence should leave plenty of minutes available.

Timberwolves' Nemanja Bjelica (foot) out on Friday

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica (foot) is out against the Miami Heat on Friday.

What It Means:

This is the first word of an injury for Bjelica, but he required surgery on a fractured a bone in his left foot in March, so this is concerning. Look for Shabazz Muhammad to get an uptick in minutes with Bjelica out.

Not yet accounting for Bjelica's absence, numberFire's models project Muhammad for only 7.1 FanDuel points in 10.6 minutes of action tonight.

Nuggets confirm Nikola Jokic (ankle) and Wilson Chandler (back) as active on Friday

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (ankle) and Wilson Chandler (back) are both active against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

What It Means:

Head coach Mike Malone didn't reveal the starting lineup, but as expected both Jokic and Chandler are active, and both stand to play significant minutes while Paul Millsap remains sidelined.

numberFire's models project Jokic for 44.8 FanDuel points in 33.6 minutes of action tonight.

Knicks' Kyle O'Quinn starting on Friday night

New York Knicks center Kyle O'Quinn will start in place of Enes Kanter (back) on Friday, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

What It Means:

Confirming earlier expectations, O'Quinn will start as Hernangomez backs him up and sees extended time off the New York bench. Kanter is experiencing back spasms and will look to return on Saturday.

At $3,400, O'Quinn is projected for 28.5 FanDuel points on Friday against the Atlanta Hawks.

Spurs' Kawhi Leonard (quad) to remain out Saturday

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will not play Saturday against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

This isn't all that surprising. Leonard has yet to be given a timetable and hasn't returned back to practice. He continues to recover from a quad issue that's kept him sidelined for the entirety of the 2017 season to date. Tony Parker (quad) is also out Saturday for the Spurs. Kyle Anderson will again start in the absence of Leonard.

Our models project Leonard to average 33.6 minutes, 24.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists upon his return to the team this season.

OG Anunoby to make sixth straight start for Toronto

Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby will start on Friday, reports Rogers Sportsnet's Michael Grange.

What It Means:

Norman Powell is playing his second game back from a hip injury, but will do so from the bench. The rookie draws the start, but Powell should also see good run as C.J. Miles (personal) sits tonight.

Projected to play 19.7 minutes, our models have Anunoby pegged for 14.3 FanDuel points at his $3,400 price on tonight's slate.

Pistons' Jon Leuer (ankle) out again Friday night

Detroit Pistons forward/center Jon Leur will miss Friday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to Rod Beard of The Detroit News.

What It Means:

Leuer hasn't played since October 31st due to a nagging ankle injury. In his absence, Anthony Tolliver and Eric Moreland will split the backup power forward minutes behind Tobias Harris.

Leuer is averaging 5.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 11.6 FanDuel points per game through 8 games in 2017.

Update: Knicks' Kyle O'Quinn 'likely' to start on Friday

According to USA Today's Steve Popper, New York Knicks forward/center Kyle O'Quinn is likely to draw the start in place of Enes Kanter on Friday night.

What It Means:

With Kanter sidelined due to back spasms, there was some question as to who would start between O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez. One report suggested that Hernangomez would start, but it might be more of an even split in minutes between he and "likely" starter O'Quinn.

At the low price of $3,400, O'Quinn is projected for 28.5 FanDuel points in 23.1 minutes of action against the Atlanta Hawks.

John Collins to make second straight start for Hawks

Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins will make a second straight start Friday, according to Atlanta Hawks play-by-play man Bob Rathbun.

What It Means:

Luke Babbitt (back) remains sidelined, but the Hawks didn't have a tough time making this decision. In his first career start, the rookie went for 14 points and 10 rebounds across 38 minutes. He's now put together back-to-back games of 14 or more points and nine or more rebounds with an average of 38.2 FanDuel points in those contests.

Collins costs $5,700 and is projected for 36.7 FanDuel points and 34.5 minutes in Friday's matchup with the New York Knicks.

Enes Kanter (back) out for Knicks, Willy Hernangomez to start Friday night

New York Knicks center Enes Kanter will not play Friday versus the Atlanta Hawks, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

What It Means:

Kanter is dealing with back spasms so he'll take a seat tonight. Early indications are that Willy Hernangomez will make the start rather than Kyle O'Quinn. Joakim Noah remains out of the lineup with an illness.

Prior to being ruled out, Kanter was projected for 29.4 minutes and 32.2 FanDuel points. His next chance to play comes tomorrow against the Houston Rockets.

Celtics' Aron Baynes coming off the bench on Friday

Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes will return to the bench on Friday against the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

The Celtics opted to go big with Aron Baynes on Wednesday against the Miami Heat, but on Friday they'll go back to their usual lineup with Marcus Morris. Baynes hasn't exceeded 13 minutes in his last five games.

numberFire projects Baynes for 13.0 FanDuel points on Friday.

Nets' Jarrett Allen to see more minutes 'if he keeps playing well'

Per Nets Daily's Anthony Puccio, Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said that center Jarrett Allen would see his minutes increase if he continues to play well.

What It Means:

Allen has played in four games since returning from a nagging foot issue. In three of them he's played at least 12 minutes with averages of seven points, five rebounds and one block per game. His rise would mean bad things for guys like Trevor Booker, Quincy Acy and Tyler Zeller.

Through 10 games, the rookie is averaging 13.9 FanDuel points per game. Allen's 27.6 FD points on Friday was his largest output of the year to date.

Celtics' Marcus Morris is back in the starting lineup on Friday

Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris is starting on Friday against the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

Morris is back in the starting lineup after coming off the bench on Wednesday. Aron Baynes will return to the bench. With the Celtics on the front end of a back-to-back, the initial plan is for Morris to rest on Saturday when the Celtics play the Indiana Pacers.

numberFire projects Morris for 22.0 FanDuel points against the Magic.

76ers' T.J. McConnell will start on Saturday against the Magic

With Ben Simmons (elbow) ruled out for Saturday, Philadelphia 76ers guard T.J. McConnell will move into the starting lineup.

What It Means:

McConnell should get a nice boost in minutes as a starter against the Orlando Magic. He's averaging 20.0 FanDuel points in 23.9 minutes a game this season.

Looking to Saturday, numberFire's early projections show McConnell getting 22.8 FanDuel points, and this latest news should see that number go up.

Source: philly.com

Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) listed as probable for Saturday night

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as probable in the game notes for Friday's game versus the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

It's just the game notes, but it sure seems like Antetokounmpo was held out as a precaution on Wednesday night. He's probably okay to return after a one-game absence due to a knee soreness. That means that Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe's usage rates will return to their usual places as Malcolm Brogdon returns to the bench on Friday.

Averaging 55.8 FanDuel points per game, Antetokounmpo is projected for 51.3 FD points in 37.1 minutes on the road Saturday against the Jazz.

Source: NBA.com

Cavaliers would reportedly 'consider' DeAndre Jordan-Tristan Thompson deal

According to Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon, the Cleveland Cavaliers would consider a trade involving Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan.

What It Means:

The deal would involve forward/center Tristan Thompson and maybe even the coveted first-round pick courtesy of the Brooklyn Nets. Earlier this week, the big man's name was brought up as a part of multiple conversation between the Clippers and contending teams looking for help down low. Jordan has a $24.1 player option on his contract next year. As for Thompson, he's currently out for another week or so with a calf injury.

Averaging 10.4 points, 13.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, Jordan is projected for averages of 11.9 points, 13.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 60 games the rest of the 2017-18 season.

Nuggets to 'talk to different doctors' to decide on plan for Paul Millsap (wrist)

Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone said that the team would discuss forward Paul Millsap's options to determine the best plan of action in dealing with his left wrist injury.

What It Means:

Some reports have suggested that Millsap will undergo surgery -- one that would hold him out two-to-three months. But there's still a possibility that he just rehabs the injury while remaining out for an extended time. Either way, Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried, Trey Lyles and Juan Hernangomez figure to see heavy minutes at the power forward spot.

numberFire's models project Millsap to average 21.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists a night over 22 games the rest of the season.

Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic scores season-high 29 in win over Nets

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic put up 29 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and one steal in Friday's 127-125 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Not only did Nurkic reach a season-high in points, but he also managed to match his high of four blocks on the other end. With the Nets going small for large parts of the day, the big man feasted offensively and impacted the game defensively. It was against a poor team, but Nurkic showed what he's capable of doing on any given night.

At $7,000 on Friday's afternoon-inclusive slate, Nurkic returned 65.5 FanDuel points for a value of 9.36 FD points per $1,00. The big man is projected for 29.4 FD points against the Washington Wizards on the second half of a back-to-back Saturday night.

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