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C.J. McCollum (ankle) will not return for Portland on Friday

Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum suffered an ankle injury in Friday's game against the Dallas Mavericks and will not return.

What It Means:

McCollum limped to the locker room during the second quarter of Friday's game against the Mavericks and will not return.

McCollum will finish the game with 4 points, 1 rebound, and 2 assists in 12 minutes played.

Cleveland's Tristan Thompson ejected from Friday's game against Memphis

Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Tristan Thompson was ejected from Friday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies after being assessed two technical fouls.

What It Means:

Thompson was ejected for slapping Jae Crowder on the butt as he walked past him on the foul line, earning him his second technical foul of the night.

Thompson will finish the game with 3 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, and 1 turnover in 25 minutes played.

Source: Angel Gray

Ben Simmons records 20-point double-double in 76ers' win over Bulls

Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons produced 20 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, and 2 turnovers in a 100-89 win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday.

What It Means:

Simmons had an efficient night on Friday, leading the 76ers to their 27th win of the season. He shot 10-of-17 from the floor, leading Philadelphia in points scored (tied with Al Horford), and all players in rebounds, and assists. Simmons finished just 3 assists shy of a triple-double in 37 minutes played. Next up for Simmons and the 76ers is a meeting with the New York Knicks on Saturday.

Simmons scored 44.7 FanDuel points on Friday. Our models expect him to see 34.7 minutes and score 41.9 FanDuel points against the Knicks.

Terrance Ferguson (illness) questionable to return for Thunder on Friday

Oklahoma City Thunder guard/forward Terrance Ferguson is questionable to return to Friday's game against the Miami Heat due to an illness.

What It Means:

Ferguson is dealing with an illness and is questionable to return. Dennis Schroder started the second half in his place.

Ferguson left the game with 0 points, 0 rebounds, and 0 assists, in 7 minutes played.

Damian Lillard (illness) active and starting for Portland on Friday

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is active for Friday's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Lillard is officially active and in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Mavericks after being listed as questionable due to an illness. Our models expect him to play 36.9 minutes on Friday.

Lillard's Friday projection includes 24.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists, and 42 FanDuel points.

Glenn Robinson III (ankle) questionable for Warriors on Saturday

Golden State Warriors forward Glenn Robinson III is questionable for Saturday's game against the Orlando Magic with an ankle injury.

What It Means:

Robinson was added to the injury report with a right ankle sprain and is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Magic. If active, our models expect him to see 30.6 minutes on Saturday. Jacob Evans (concussion) has been ruled out for the Warriors and will miss his second consecutive game.

Robinson's Saturday projection includes 11.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 20.9 FanDuel points.

Draymond Green (finger) ruled out for Warriors on Saturday

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Orlando Magic with a finger injury.

What It Means:

Green appears to have injured his finger in Thursday's win over the Nuggets. The sprained left finger will keep him out for Saturday's game against the Magic.

Green is averaging 8.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 29.1 FanDuel points per game this season.

Damian Lillard (illness) expected to play on Friday

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard said that he will play in Friday's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Lillard is dealing with an upper respiratory illness but said that he will play tonight against Dallas. If he is officially active, our models expect him to play 36.9 minutes on Friday.

Lillard's Friday projection includes 24.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists, and 42 FanDuel points.

Mario Hezonja (back) available for Portland on Friday

Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Mario Hezonja is available for Friday's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Hezonja will return to action following a two-game absence with a back injury. Our models expect him to play 14.5 minutes against the Mavericks on Friday.

Hezonja's Friday projection includes 4.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 10.4 FanDuel points.

Jordan McRae (ankle) will not return for Wizards on Friday

Washington Wizards shooting guard Jordan McRae will not return to Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors with an ankle injury.

What It Means:

McRae sprained his left ankle early in Friday's game against the Raptors and had to be helped to the locker room. He will not return.

McRae will finish the game with 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and 1 turnover in 6 minutes played.

Alfonzo McKinnie coming off Cleveland's bench with Kevin Love starting on Friday

Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Alfonzo McKinnie is not starting in Friday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

What It Means:

McKinnie will play off Cleveland's bench with Kevin Love starting on Friday.

In a role with the Cavaliers' second unit, our models project McKinnie to score 12.6 FanDuel points.

Kevin Love starting for Cleveland on Friday, Alfonzo McKinnie coming off the bench

Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

What It Means:

Love starts in his return to action on Friday. Alfonzo McKinnie will head to the bench. Our models expect Love to play 34.1 minutes on Friday.

Love's Friday projection includes 17.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 35.2 FanDuel points.

Kyle Anderson playing with Memphis' second unit on Friday

Memphis Grizzlies small forward Kyle Anderson is not starting in Friday's matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Anderson will play off the Grizzlies' bench with Jae Crowder active on Friday.

In a role with Memphis' second unit, our models project Anderson to score 9.2 FanDuel points.

Jae Crowder (hip) starting for Memphis on Friday, Kyle Anderson coming off the bench

Memphis Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Crowder will return directly to the starting lineup on Friday after entering the day listed as questionable with a hip injury.

Our models project Crowder for 23.6 FanDuel points across 29.0 minutes of action.

Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel starting for injured Steven Adams on Friday

Oklahoma City Thunder center Nerlens Noel is starting in Friday's matchup against the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Noel will start at center after Steven Adams was ruled out with a knee injury. In a role with Oklahoma City's first unit, our models project Noel to score 23.8 FanDuel points.

Noel's projection includes 8.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.

Tyler Herro (knee) ruled out for Heat on Friday

Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro has been ruled out of Friday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a knee injury.

What It Means:

Herro's left knee bruise will keep him out for a second consecutive game on Friday. His next chance to return will come against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

Herro is averaging 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 22.2 FanDuel points per game this season.

Source: Miami Heat

Treveon Graham will not play for Hawks on Friday, expected to play on Saturday

Atlanta Hawks forward Treveon Graham will not be available for Friday's game against the San Antonio Spurs after being traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday.

What It Means:

Graham won't be ready for Friday, but he is expected to be available to make his Hawks debut on Saturday against the Detroit Pistons.

Graham's Saturday projection includes 2.5 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 9.5 minutes played.

Atlanta's Jeff Teague out on Friday, expected to play on Saturday

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague will not play in Friday's matchup against the San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

Teague is expected to make his Hawks' 2020 debut in Saturday's matchup against the Detroit Pistons.

In his first game with Atlanta this season, our models project Teague to score 26.3 FanDuel points.

Luke Kornet starting for Bulls on Friday in place of injured Daniel Gafford

Chicago Bulls forward Luke Kornet is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

Kornet will get the start on Friday with Gafford out for multiple weeks with a thumb injury. Our models expect him to see 31.7 minutes against the 76ers.

Kornet's Friday projection includes 9.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 26.1 FanDuel points.

Utah's Mike Conley (hamstring) probable on Saturday

Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley (hamstring) is probable to play in Saturday's matchup against the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Conley is probable to return after missing time with a left hamstring strain. In his first game back, expect Conley to play with a minutes restrictions.

In 22 games this season, Conley is averaging 25.3 FanDuel points.

Source: Utah Jazz

Thunder's Nerlens Noel (ankle) available for Friday's game against Miami

Oklahoma City Thunder center Nerlens Noel (ankle) is active for Friday's matchup against the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Noel will return to the court after missing time with an ankle injury. In his first game back, our models project the Thunder center to score 19.8 FanDuel points.

Noel's projection against Miami includes 7.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists.

Source: Erik Horne

Thunder's Steven Adams (knee) ruled out on Friday

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams will not play on Friday in the team's game against the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Adams wasn't listed on the initial injury report for Friday's game, and then he was downgraded to questionable earlier on game day. He ultimately won't play, and with Nerlens Noel returning to the court, perhaps he'll get a nod in the starting lineup in Adams' absence.

In 38 games this season, Adams has averaged 11.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 31.7 FanDuel points.

Gorgui Dieng coming off Minnesota's bench with Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) starting on Friday

Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng is not starting in Friday's lineup against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Dieng will play off Minnesota's bench with Karl-Anthony Towns returning from his knee injury.

In a role with the Timberwolves' second unit, our models project Dieng to score 19.4 FanDuel points.

Grizzlies' Jae Crowder (hip) will play on Friday

Memphis Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder will suit up on Friday in the team's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Crowder said he planned on playing after Thursday practice, but he was officially listed as questionable entering game day. Despite the precarious tag, he will be available to play on Friday night after missing the last game with a hip ailment.

Our models project Crowder for 23.6 FanDuel points across 29.0 minutes of action.

Maurice Harkless (back) questionable for Clippers on Saturday

Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans with a back injury.

What It Means:

Harkless left Thursday's game against the Orlando Magic early due to soreness in his lower back and is questionable for Saturday's game against the Pelicans. If he is active, our models expect him to see 22.8 minutes on Saturday.

Harkless' Saturday projection includes 6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 17.3 FanDuel points.

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