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Atlanta's Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) will play in Sunday's Game 7 contest against 76ers

Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) is available for Sunday's Game 7 matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

Bogdanovic is active for Sunday's series-deciding contest despite a recent right knee injury. In a matchup against a Philly unit allowing an average of 42.5 FanDuel points per game to opposing players this regular season, our models project Bogdanovic to score 32.2 FanDuel points at the salary of $5,800.

Bogdanovic's current projection includes 18.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.5 assists.

Trae Young (shoulder) active for Hawks' Sunday Game 7 matchup

Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young (shoulder) will play in Sunday's Game 7 matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

Young is available against the 76ers despite recent shoulder soreness. In a featured offensive role against a Philadelphia team playing with a 100.1 pace, our models project Young to score 48.5 FanDuel points at the salary of $10,300.

Young's projection includes 28.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 10.6 assists.

Philadelphia's Joel Embiid (knee) available for Sunday's Game 7 matchup

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (knee) will play in Sunday's Game 7 contest against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Embiid will suit up for Sunday's critical matchup despite his recent meniscus injury. In a high usage role against a Hawks' unit allowing an average of 44.4 FanDuel points per game to opposing players this regular season, our models project Embiid to score 57.6 FanDuel points on Sunday night.

Embiid's current projection includes 31.3 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists.

Suns' Cameron Payne starting for Chris Paul (health protocols) Sunday

The Phoenix Suns will start Cameron Payne at point guard for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

With Chris Paul's (health and safety protocols) unfortunate unavailability for the biggest game of the year, the Suns will lean on Payne as their starting point guard.

FanDuel has set Payne's salary at $5,000 for tonight's contests. Our models project him to score 29.4 fantasy points, with 14.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists.

Omar Narvaez in Brewers' Sunday lineup

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Omar Narvaez is starting Sunday in the team's game against the Colorado Rockies.

What It Means:

Narvaez is getting the nod behind the plate while batting fourth in the order against Rockies starter Chi Chi Gonzalez.

Our models project Narvaez for 1.0 hits, 0.7 runs, 0.1 home runs, 0.7 RBI and 11.8 FanDuel points.

Suns' Chris Paul (health protocols) ruled out for Game 1 Sunday

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul is listed as out Sunday for the team's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Paul was placed in the NBA's health and safety protocols earlier in the week, and after the Clippers beat Utah in six games to move up the start of the Western Conference Finals, the veteran point guard has officially been declared out. Cameron Payne should be in line for a start on the wing.

In 10 games this postseason, Paul has averaged 15.7 points, 8.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals.

Joel Embiid (knee) questionable for 76ers in Game 7

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is considered questionable to play Sunday in the team's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

It's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and Embiid's knee is still proving to be a problem. It's likely he'll play through it like the last few games - despite questionable tags - but it's a situation that should continue to be monitored. Should Embiid be held out or limited in any way, that could mean more work for Dwight Howard.

Our models project Embiid for 27.7 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 49.3 FanDuel points across 31.5 minutes of action.

Trae Young (shoulder) probable for Atlanta in Game 7

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young is considered probable to play Sunday in the team's game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

Young continues to deal with the shoulder ailment, but in the biggest game of the season, it's hard to imagine him sitting. Keep a loose eye on his status over the next 12 hours to confirm he gets the green light from the training staff.

Our models project Young for 24.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 8.9 assists and 41.7 FanDuel points across 33.9 minutes of action.

Clippers' Kawhi Leonard (knee) will not travel to Phoenix for the start of the Western Conference Finals

Los Angeles Clippers guard/forward Kawhi Leonard (knee) will not travel with the team to Phoenix, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

Leonard will reportedly remain at home to continue rehabbing his knee for the start of the Western Conference Finals. The series will return to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Thursday, June 24th.

Leonard is averaging 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 45.7 FanDuel points per game this season.

Atlanta's Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) questionable for Sunday's Game 7 matchup

Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) is questionable to play in Sunday's Game 7 contest against the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

Bogdanovic's Game 7 status is currently in limbo after Atlanta's shooting guard recently experienced right knee soreness. Expect Danilo Gallinari to log more minutes if Bogdanovic is inactive on Sunday.

Bogdanovic's current projection includes 15.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists.

Hawks' Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) will not return to Game 6 on Friday

Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) will not return to Game 6 against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.

What It Means:

Bogdanovic is dealing with right knee soreness and will not return, according to the Hawks.

Bogdanovic will finish Game 6 with 7 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist in 29 minutes played.

Donovan Mitchell (ankle) available for Jazz in Game 6 on Friday

Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell (ankle) is available for Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

What It Means:

Mitchell has been upgraded from questionable to available and will remain in the starting lineup for Game 6 on Friday. Our models expect him to play 37.5 minutes against the Clippers.

Mitchell's Game 6 projection includes 28.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 44.3 FanDuel points. His salary is $9,400.

Mike Conley (hamstring) starting for Jazz in Game 6 on Friday, Joe Ingles coming off the bench

Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley (hamstring) is active and starting in Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

What It Means:

Conley is set to return to the starting lineup for Game 6 on Friday with Joe Ingles moving to the bench. Our models expect Conley to play 29.6 minutes against the Clippers.

Conley's Game 6 projection includes 12.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 28.2 FanDuel points. His salary is $7,500.

Utah's Mike Conley (hamstring) available for Game 6 on Friday

Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley (hamstring) is available for Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

What It Means:

Conley has been upgraded to available and will be active on Friday for the first time since June 2nd after missing time with a hamstring injury. Donovan Mitchell (ankle) is a game-time decision. Our models expect Conley to play 29.6 minutes in Game 6.

Conley's Game 6 projection includes 12.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 28.2 FanDuel points. His salary is $7,500.

76ers' Joel Embiid (knee) available for Game 6 on Friday

Philadelphia 76ers catcher Joel Embiid (knee) is available for Game 6 against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.

What It Means:

Embiid has been upgraded from questionable to available and will play in a win-or-go-home game 6 against the Hawks on Friday. Our models expect him to play 36.2 minutes against Atlanta.

Embiid's Game 6 projection includes 33.0 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 57.7 FanDuel points. His salary is $11,200.

Hawks' Trae Young (shoulder) available for Game 6 on Friday

Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young (shoulder) is available for Game 6 against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.

What It Means:

As expected, Young has been upgraded from probable to available and will play in Game 6 on Friday. Our models expect him to play 40.2 minutes against the 76ers.

Young's Game 6 projection includes 28.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 10.5 assists, and 47.6 FanDuel points. His salary is $10,300.

Source: Mike Conti

Nets' Kyrie Irving (ankle) out for Game 7 showdown with Bucks on Saturday

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (ankle) has been ruled out of Game 7 against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.

What It Means:

Irving will not recover in time to play on Saturday and will remain sidelined for a pivotal showdown with the Bucks. Jeff Green started in Game 6's loss to Milwaukee and could draw another start in Game 7. Our models expect Green to play 26.5 minutes against the Bucks.

Green's Game 7 projection includes 10.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 19.1 FanDuel points.

Woj: Jazz's Mike Conley (hamstring) could return Friday

Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley (hamstring) is working toward a return to the lineup on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Conley strained his hamstring on June 2 in Game 5 versus the Memphis Grizzlies and he revealed earlier this week that he suffered a "small setback" on June 10. He indicated on Wednesday that the state of the series would determine his status, and with the Jazz down 3-2 to the Clippers, Conley may tough it out in some capacity. Donovan Mitchell is dealing with an ankle injury and is expected to be a game-time decision.

numberFire's models project Conley for 28.2 FanDuel points in 29.6 minutes versus the Clippers. He has a $7,500 salary on Friday's two-game slate.

Donovan Mitchell (ankle) heading toward GTD for Jazz Friday

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (ankle) is expected to be a game-time decision for Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Mitchell's right ankle injury likely contributed to him shooting below 35.0 percent in each of the past two games. He scored a playoff-low 21 points in Wednesday's surprising Game 5 loss and said afterward that the injury is "just something I'm going to have to deal with." Mike Conley (hamstring) is "working toward a return to the lineup," per Woj, so Mitchell could have somewhat of a reduced workload. The Jazz trail the Clippers, 3-2, in the Western Conference Semifinal series.

numberFire's models expect Mitchell to score 44.3 FanDuel points over 37.5 minutes on Friday and he has a $9,400 on tonight's two-game slate. He averaged 49.3 FanDuel points in Games 1-4 before producing a postseason-low 35.5 FanDuel points in Game 5.

Thunder trade Al Horford to Boston

The Oklahoma City Thunder are trading forward/center Al Horford and center Moses Brown, along with a 2023 second-round pick, to the Boston Celtics for point guard Kemba Walker, a 2021 first-round pick, and a 2025 second-round pick.

What It Means:

Horford played just 28 games last season before the Thunder went into tank mode and shut the veteran down for the final six weeks of the season. The 35-year-old veteran will offer some depth for Boston in the front-court behind Robert Williams. Horford previously spent three seasons with the Celtics from 2016-2019.

Horford averaged 31.6 FanDuel points in 27.9 minutes per game for the Thunder with 14.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks, and 2.0 3-pointers.

Moses Brown traded from Thunder to Celtics

The Boston Celtics are acquiring center Moses Brown from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Brown and Al Horford are being sent to the Celtics in exchange for Kemba Walker and some picks. Brown, 21, flashed some promise for the Thunder last season with 12 double-doubles over 43 games (32 starts). He will likely compete with Horford for minutes off the bench behind Robert Williams.

Brown averaged 24.2 FanDuel points over 21.4 minutes per game last season with 8.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks.

Celtics send Kemba Walker, picks to Thunder for Al Horford, Moses Brown

The Boston Celtics are trading point guard Kemba Walker, a 2021 first-round pick, and a 2025 second-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for forward/center Al Horford , center Moses Brown, and a 2023 second-round pick.

What It Means:

Walker, 31, was limited to 43 games last season due to lingering knee issues. He recorded a career-low 23.8 percent assist rate and averaged 19.3 points per game, his lowest output since 2014. The Thunder may decide to send Walker elsewhere before the start of next season, but if he stays around, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander could shift to shooting guard. Oklahoma City now holds three first-round picks in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Kemba averaged 33.6 FanDuel points during the regular season with a 55.9 true shooting percentage.

Donovan Mitchell (ankle) questionable for Utah Friday night

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is considered questionable to play Friday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Mitchell is now dealing with an ankle injury after the team lost in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals, and with the season on the line, he could be held out. Keep a close eye on his status over the next 24 hours. Should Mitchell sit, Jordan Clarkson could enter the starting lineup.

Our models project Mitchell for 28.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 44.3 FanDuel points across 37.5 minutes of action.

Mike Conley (hamstring) questionable for Utah in Game 6

Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley is considered questionable to play Friday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Conley is dealing with a hamstring injury, and he's yet to suit up this series. But with the Jazz's backs against the wall, he could make a return to the court for Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals. If Conley is to miss another game, Joe Ingles should remain in the starting lineup.

Our models currently project Conley for 12.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 28.2 FanDuel points across 29.6 minutes of action.

Trae Young (shoulder) probable for Atlanta in Game 6

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young is listed as probable to play Friday in the team's game against the Philadelphia 76eres.

What It Means:

Young is still dealing with the shoulder ailment, but it seems as though he'll once again play through it. The Hawks had an incredible come-from-behind win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and now they'll have a chance to win the series at home.

Our models project Young for 28.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 10.5 assists and 48.9 FanDuel points across 40.2 minutes of action.

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