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Carmelo Anthony not in Rockets' starting lineup on Wednesday

Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony will come off the bench in Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Anthony will come off the bench on Wednesday with James Ennis starting at small forward. Despite not starting, our models expect him to play 30.77 minutes against the Pelicans.

numberFire's models project Anthony for 26.7 FanDuel points at the cost of $5,700.

Jared Dudley starting at power forward on Wednesday for Brooklyn

Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley is in the starting lineup for the season opener versus the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Dudley replaces Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who is inactive due to a groin/hip injury. Dudley saw just 14.3 minutes per game last season with the Phoenix Suns.

Our models project Dudley for 4.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 16.6 minutes for 9.9 FanDuel points on Wednesday.

Derrick Jones Jr. draws start for Heat Wednesday

Miami Heat small forward Derrick Jones Jr. is starting on Wednesday versus the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

Wayne Ellington (ankle), Dion Waiters (ankle), James Johnson (hernia), and Justise Winslow (hamstring) are all sidelined for the Heat, so Jones Jr. and Rodney McGruder will join Gordan Dragic, Josh Richardson, and Hassan Whiteside in the starting five. He should play respectable minutes for the short-handed squad.

numberFire's models project Jones Jr. to score 7.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,500 on Wednesday.

Joe Harris starting for Brooklyn on Wednesday

Brooklyn Nets guard/forward Joe Harris will start on Wednesday versus the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Harris gets the nod at small forward with Allen Crabbe out with an ankle injury. Harris averaged 11.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.3 three-pointers per game in his 14 starts last season.

Our models project Harris for 11.6 points 3.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 2.2 three-pointers in 28.8 minutes for 18.8 FanDuel points on Wednesday.

Rodney McGruder in Miami's starting lineup versus Magic

Miami Heat shooting guard Rodney McGruder is starting against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Wayne Ellington is out with an ankle issue, so McGruder will start in the first game of the season for the Heat. They are missing a handful of players on the wing, so Ellington could see a decent amount of opportunity.

numberFire's models project McGruder to score 11.7 FanDuel points in 23.9 minutes at a cost of $3,500 on Wednesday.

James Ennis starting for Rockets on Wednesday

Houston Rockets forward James Ennis will start in Wednesday's lineup against the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Ennis will start ahead of Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday against the Pelicans. Our models project Ennis to play 26.59 minutes in today's season opener.

numberFire's models project Ennis for 18.7 FanDuel points at the cost of $3,500.

Garrett Temple starting on Wednesday for Memphis

Memphis Grizzlies guard Garrett Temple will start at shooting guard on Wednesday versus the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Temple was acquired from the Sacramento Kings earlier this offseason and has been projected to start all along. Andrew Harrison and Dillon Brook swill back him up off the bench.

Our models project Temple for 8.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 23.3 minutes on Wednesday for 16.3 FanDuel points.

Chandler Parsons is in the Grizzlies' season opening starting lineup

Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons is in the starting lineup for the season opener against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Parsons gets the nod at small forward over free agent signee Kyle Anderson. Parsons played in just 36 games (starting 8) last season due to injury.

Our models project Parsons for 9.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 22.0 minutes for 16.3 FanDuel points. He costs the minimum ($3,500) on Wednesday.

Pelicans claim Tim Frazier off waivers on Wednesday

The New Orleans Pelicans have claimed point guard Tim Frazier off of waivers.

What It Means:

Frazier was released by the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday but is now New Orleans bound as extra backcourt depth. Frazier played in New Orleans back in 2016-17, averaging 7.1 points and 5.2 assists in 23.5 minutes per game.

Frazier saw just 14.2 minutes per game for the Washington Wizards last season, where he averaged 3.0 points, 33.3 assists, and 0.8 steals per game.

Michael Carter-Williams (knee) ready to roll for Rockets Wednesday

Houston Rockets point guard Michael Carter-Williams (knee) is active on Wednesday versus the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Carter-Williams missed the Rockets' final three preseason games but returned to a full practice on Monday. Head coach Mike D'Antoni said he will be on a 15-20 minute limit.

numberFire's models project MCW to score 10.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,500 in a matchup with the highest over/under on Wednesday's 11-game slate at 232.5 points.

Vince Carter will start at power forward Wednesday for Atlanta

Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter will start at power forward on Wednesday in the season opener versus the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

The 41-year-old Carter gets the spot start with John Collins unable to play due to injury. No word on how many minutes Carter will play, but it's impressive he is still relevant in his 19th NBA season.

Our models project Carter for 5.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 18.1 minutes for 13.0 FanDuel points on Wednesday.

Knicks' Courtney Lee (neck) will not play on Wednesday

New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Lee was considered doubtful to play in tonight's season opener despite practicing on Sunday. The Knicks will need Frank Ntilikina to step up with Emmanuel Mudiay also unable to play.

Our models project the Knicks to score 107.85 points against the Hawks tonight.

Raptors' Delon Wright (thigh) ruled out for Wednesday

Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright will not play in Wednesday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Wright suffered a thigh injury last Wednesday and has been unable to practice. His injury should allow Fred VanVleet to play more minutes against the Cavaliers tonight.

Our models project the Raptors to score 115.65 points tonight against the Cavaliers.

Wayne Ellington (ankle) sitting for short-handed Heat Wednesday in Orlando

Miami Heat shooting guard Wayne Ellington (ankle) will not play against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Ellington, Dion Waiters (ankle), James Johnson (hernia), and Justise Winslow (hamstring) are all out. Look for Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson to both see a boost.

numberFire's models project Ellington to average 9.5 points, 2.1 3-pointers, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 22.6 minutes per game this season.

Justise Winslow (hamstring) inactive for Miami's opener Wednesday against Magic

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (forward) will not play versus the Orlando Magic in Wednesday's season opener.

What It Means:

Winslow will join Dion Waiters (ankle), James Johnson (hernia), and Wayne Ellington (ankle) on the sidelines. He is also expected to sit out Thursday versus the Washington Wizards. Rodney McGruder or Derrick Jones Jr. could draw the start in Wednesday's opener.

numberFire's models project Winslow to average 8.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 0.7 3-pointers in 26.3 minutes per game this season.

Pistons' Reggie Bullock (illness) considered a game time decision on Wednesday

Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Bullock (illness) is questionable to play in Wednesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Bullock's playing status will be game-time decision for Wednesday's season opener against the Nets. The Pistons are already without Stanley Johnson and could be short handed at the wing positions tonight.

If Bullock can play, our models project him for 18.4 FanDuel points at the cost of $4,300.

Source: Rod Beard

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin) ruled out for Nets' opener Wednesday versus Pistons

Brooklyn Nets guard/forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin) will not play in Wednesday's season opener versus the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Hollis-Jefferson missed the entire preseason due to a strained left adductor suffered over the summer, but he was able to return to practice recently, so it shouldn't sideline him for too long. Caris LeVert should play heavy minutes and there should be a boost for Treveon Graham and Jared Dudley with RHJ out.

numberFire's models project Hollis-Jefferson to average 14.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 29.1 minutes per game this season.

Stanley Johnson (toe) sitting for Pistons in Wednesday's opener

Detroit Pistons guard/forward Stanley Johnson (toe) has been ruled out for Wednesday's season opener versus the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Johnson has been dealing with the toe injury for the past week-plus. Reggie Bullock is questionable with the flu, so Luke Kennard and Glenn Robinson III could see a boost Wednesday.

numberFire's models project Johnson to average 10.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.1 3-pointers in 28.8 minutes per game this season.

Nikola Mirotic starting for Pelicans versus Rockets Wednesday

New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic will start against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Mirotic will be joined by Elfrid Payton, Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore, and Anthony Davis in the starting lineup. Julius Randle should also see plenty of playing time in what figures to be a fluid New Orleans frontcourt.

numberFire's models project Mirotic to score 29.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,600 versus the Rockets in a matchup with the highest over/under of the night at 232.5 points.

Wilson Chandler (hamstring) ruled out for 76ers' opener Thursday

Philadelphia 76ers guard/forward Wilson Chandler (hamstring) will not play in Thursday's season opener versus the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

76ers head coach Brett Brown said last week that Chandler is "a ways away," so he will likely be sidelined past Thursday.

numberFire's models currently project Chandler to average 11.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.4 3-pointers in 30.2 minutes per game this season.

Dwight Howard (back) remains uncertain for Thursday's opener

Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard (back) is still uncertain for Thursday's season opener versus the Miami Heat, head coach Scott Brooks said.

What It Means:

Howard has practiced in full three straight days, and barring any setbacks at Thursday's shootaround, he should be good to go for the opener. If not, Ian Mahinmi will likely start in Howard's place.

numberFire's models currently expect Howard to play and score 35.8 FanDuel points in 32.3 minutes on Thursday.

Portland's Moe Harkless (knee) expected to play limited minutes on Thursday

Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless is expected to play around 20 minutes in Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

What It Means:

Harkless is officially labeled as probable for tomorrow's game but is expected to play limited minutes. His recovery from knee surgery has taken a little longer than anticipated but it looks like he will be healthy enough to play.

If Harkless is active, our models project him for 18.8 FanDuel points against the Lakers on Thursday.

Jimmy Butler may be on minutes limit for Timberwolves Wednesday

Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Jimmy Butler will probably play in "shorter segments" during Wednesday's regular-season opener against the San Antonio Spurs, head coach Tom Thibodeau said.

What It Means:

Butler's conditioning might not be up to par after sitting out the entire preseason. The disgruntled All-Star sounded a little more content than in previous weeks at Wednesday's shootaround. "I want to hoop," Butler said. "Be out there with my soldiers. Go to war. Try to, to the best of my ability, get a win.”

numberFire's models project Butler to score 36.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $9,400 in the Timberwolves' opener.

Source: Kyle Ratke

Jamal Crawford officially signs, will not make Suns debut Wednesday

Phoenix Suns guard/forward Jamal Crawford will not play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Dallas Mavericks, head coach Igor Kokoskov said.

What It Means:

Crawford officially signed with the team Wednesday but will wait to make his team and season debut. It's not entirely clear how the rebuilding Suns intend to use the 38-year-old veteran.

Crawford averaged 10.3 points and 1.3 3-pointers with 2.3 assists for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season.

Nikola Mirotic expected to start for Pelicans Wednesday

New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic is expected to be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

Mirotic will likely join Elfrid Payton, Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore, and Anthony Davis in the starting five. Julius Randle is expected to rotate starts with Mirotic at the four throughout the season.

numberFire's models project Mirotic to score 29.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,600 on Wednesday.

Source: nba.com

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