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Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor (ankle) out on Thursday

New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor will not play on Thursday in the team's game against the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Okafor was considered questionable entering game day, but he'll miss yet another game for the Pelicans. That means Jaxson Hayes will continue to start down low.

In nine games this season, Okafor has averaged 9.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 blocks and 20.6 FanDuel points.

Pelicans' Lonzo Ball (groin) on a minutes limit Thursday

New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball will be limited to 20 minutes in his return from a groin injury on Thursday night in the team's game against the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

It was reported earlier on game day that Ball would come off the bench, which was an indication he'd be on a minutes limit. That is certainly the case, as Ball will be gradually brought along to a full workload.

In eight games this season, Ball has averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 29.0 FanDuel points.

Suns' Tyler Johnson starting in place of injured Ricky Rubio (back)

Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Johnson will start on Thursday night in the team's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Johnson is taking the place of Ricky Rubio, who will miss Thursday's game against the Pelicans with a back ailment. Jevon Carter got the nod in the starting lineup the last time Rubio missed, but it'll be Johnson in charge of the first-team offense on Thursday night.

Our models currently project Rubio for 17.3 FanDuel points across 25 minutes of action.

Suns' Ricky Rubio (back) won't play on Thursday

Phoenix Suns guard Ricky Rubio will not play on Thursday in the team's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Rubio was able to suit up on Tuesday night with the back ailment, but he was listed as doubtful entering game day. He'll indeed miss Thursday's bout against the Pels, and Tyler Johnson will likely get the nod in his place.

In 11 games this season, Rubio has averaged 12.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 8.1 assists and 33.3 FanDuel points per contest.

Warriors' Draymond Green (heel) questionable on Friday

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is considered questionable to play on Friday in the team's game against the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Green is dealing with a heel injury, and his status for Friday is up in the air after he missed Wednesday's game. If Green can't go, Ky Bowman would likely start again in his place.

Our models currently project Green for 9.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 33.2 FanDuel points across 33.6 minutes of action.

Anfernee Simons (ankle) to play with Portland's second unit Thursday

Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons will come off the bench on Thursday in the team's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Simons is dealing with an ankle injury, though he'll be available to play. However, his spot in the starting lineup will be taken by Gary Trent Jr., who is getting his first start of the season.

Before this news, our models projected Simons for 27.6 FanDuel points.

Gary Trent Jr. starting for Portland on Thursday; Anfernee Simons (ankle) to bench

Portland Trail Blazers guard Gary Trent Jr. is in the starting lineup on Thursday in the team's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Trent is getting the nod on the wing alongside C.J. McCollum against the Bucks. That means Anfernee Simons will head to the bench, as he's dealing with an ankle injury (though he'll be available to play).

In nine games this season, Trent is averaging 2.4 points, 1.2 rebounds and 4.5 FanDuel points per contest.

Anthony Tolliver starting for Portland Thursday in place of injured Hassan Whiteside (hip)

Portland Trail Blazers forward Anthony Tolliver will get the nod in the starting lineup on Thursday night in the team's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Tolliver is getting the nod at the five with Hassan Whiteside sidelined, as he's dealing with a hip injury. It's unclear exactly how long the All-Star big will be on the pine, but for now, Tolliver will likely start in the paint.

In 12 games this season, Tolliver has averaged 9.0 FanDuel points per contest.

Portland's Anfernee Simons (ankle) available on Thursday

Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons is available to play on Thursday night in the team's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Simons' was up in the air entering game day, though his participation at shootaround on Thursday afternoon was a good sign as to his availability. With Damian Lillard sidelined with a back injury, Simons will likely play a large role once again.

Our models project Simons for 27.6 FanDuel points across 34.6 minutes of action.

Magic's Aaron Gordon (ankle) out Saturday, no firm timetable for return

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon will not play on Saturday in the team's game against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Gordon is dealing with an ankle injury that he suffered during Wednesday's game, and he'll miss Saturday's game as a result. According to a team spokesperson, "his return to play will depend on how he progresses after treatment." That makes it seem like Gordon will miss a decent amount of time, at least.

In 14 games this season, Gordon has averaged 13.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 26.6 FanDuel points per contest.

Hassan Whiteside (hip) ruled out for Trail Blazers on Thursday versus Bucks

Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside (right hip tendinitis) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Whiteside was held out of the morning shootaround, but the severity of the injury is unknown. Consider him questionable for Saturday's road game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Skal Labissiere will likely draw his first start of the season on Thursday.

Whiteside is averaging 35.1 FanDuel points per game this season. The Trail Blazers have the lowest implied total (107.75 points) on Thursday's four-game slate, per numberFire's NBA Heat Map.

Seth Curry (illness) questionable on Friday for Dallas

Dallas Mavericks point guard Seth Curry is considered questionable to play on Friday in the team's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Curry missed Wednesday's game with an illness, and it seems like he could miss Friday's game as well. With a win against Cleveland likely in-hand either way, the Mavs could opt to sit Curry another game. If that's the case, Tim Hardaway Jr. could see more minutes again.

Our models currently project Curry for 13.5 FanDuel points across 20.8 minutes of action.

Danuel House (shoulder) upgraded to questionable for Rockets

Houston Rockets power forward Danuel House (left shoulder soreness) has been upgraded to questionable for Friday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

House was previously considered doubtful, but it looks like he has a shot to play. Ben McLemore will start if House is ruled out.

House is averaging 11.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks, 2.4 3-pointers, and 23.9 FanDuel points in 12 games this season.

Cory Joseph (heel) questionable on Friday for Kings

Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph is considered questionable to play on Friday in the team's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Joseph had a great game on Tuesday, posting a career-high 14 assists while running the offense. He apparently bruised his heel during the course of the game, but it seems as though he'll be able to suit up on Friday night.

Our models currently project Joseph for 14.2 FanDuel points across 19.4 minutes of action.

Tony Snell (hip) remains out on Friday for Pistons

Detroit Pistons guard/forward Tony Snell will not play on Friday in the team's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

It seems that the Kings are committed to letting Snell become 100 percent healthy before he returns the court. Langston Galloway will likely continue to pick up the slack in Snell's stead.

In 13 games this season, Snell has averaged 9.2 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 15.3 FanDuel points per contest.

Lakers' Avery Bradley (leg) sidelined through Thanksgiving

Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley (leg) will not play on the team's upcoming four-game road trip.

What It Means:

That means Bradley will be out until at least the day after Thanksgiving. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope started the last three games in place of Bradley.

Bradley is averaging 9.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 3-pointers, and 18.0 FanDuel points per game.

Justise Winslow (concussion) out for Heat at least 2 more

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (concussion) isn't traveling with the team for an upcoming Friday-Saturday back-to-back.

What It Means:

The Heat visit the Chicago Bulls on Friday and then head to Philadelphia for a game against the 76ers on Saturday. There hasn't been any indication that Winslow will be ready once the team returns home. Duncan Robinson should continue to benefit after scoring a career-high 29 points on Wednesday. Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro have also been getting more run.

Winslow is averaging 13.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks, 0.6 3-pointers, and 32.2 FanDuel points per game.

Source: Miami Heat

Hawks' Cam Reddish (wrist) questionable on Friday

Atlanta Hawks forward Cam Reddish is considered questionable to play on Friday in the team's game against the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Reddish apparently picked up a wrist injury over the last day or two, and his status for Friday is up in the air. It seems as though he'll be good to go against the Pistons, but keep a close eye on his status in the next 24 hours.

Our models currently project Reddish for 21.1 FanDuel points across 26.2 minutes of action.

Derrick White (foot) questionable for Spurs on Friday

San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White is considered questionable to play on Friday in the team's game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

White missed Wednesday's game with the foot ailment, and his status for Friday is currently up in the air. If White can't go, Patty Mills would continue to come off the bench with the second unit.

Our models currently project White for 21.9 FanDuel points across 26.1 minutes of action.

Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic (hamstring) questionable on Friday

Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic is considered questionable to play on Friday in the team's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Bogdanovic apparently cramped up a bit in Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Suns, and his status for Friday is in some jeopardy. He appears to be on track to play, but keep a close eye on his status over the next 24 hours anyways.

Our models currently project Bogdanovic for 25.1 FanDuel points across 27.5 minutes of action.

Source: James Ham

Hawks' Chandler Parsons (knee) probable on Friday

Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons is considered probable to play on Friday in the team's game against the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Parsons only played a couple minutes in his season debut coming off an offseason knee surgery, and he's going to be gradually brought along as the year goes on. He won't be relevant in a fantasy situation, at least not anytime soon.

Our models currently project Parsons for 3.8 FanDuel points across 5.8 minutes of action.

Rockets' Ben McLemore will start Friday if Danuel House (shoulder) out

Houston Rockets shooting guard Ben McLemore will start on Friday versus the Los Angeles Clippers if Danuel House Jr. (shoulder, doubtful) is ruled out.

What It Means:

House could be facing a multi-game absence, potentially giving McLemore some short-term value. He's averaging 16.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.0 steals, and 3.3 3-pointers as a starter this season (three starts).

McLemore is averaging 23.5 FanDuel points as a starter this season.

Danuel House Jr. (shoulder) doubtful for Rockets on Friday

Houston Rockets power forward Danuel House Jr. (sore left shoulder) is doubtful to play on Friday versus the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

House injured his shoulder on Wednesday and it sounds like he may be facing a multi-game absence. Ben McLemore will start on Friday if House is ruled out.

House is averaging 11.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks, 2.4 3-pointers, and 23.9 FanDuel points in 12 games this season.

Kyrie Irving (shoulder) will remain on Nets' sidelines Friday

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (shoulder) will not play on Friday versus the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Irving still isn't practicing and there hasn't been any indication that he's getting close to a return. Spencer Dinwiddie will continue to start in place of Irving.

Kyrie is averaging 48.3 FanDuel points in 11 games this season. numberFire's models project him for 26.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.1 steals, and 2.8 3-pointers per game over the rest of the season.

Jahlil Okafor (ankle) questionable for Pelicans on Thursday

New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor (left ankle sprain) is questionable to play on Thursday versus the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Okafor missed the last four games. His return would likely knock Jaxson Hayes out of the starting lineup.

Okafor is averaging 20.6 FanDuel points per game this season. Per numberFire's NBA Heat Map, the Pelicans have an implied total of 114.75 points on Thursday, third-lowest on a short two-game slate.

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