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Nassir Little coming off Portland's bench on Thursday

Portland Trail Blazers forward Nassir Little will come off the bench on Thursday night in the team's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Little had started at small forward last time out, but against Dallas, the team will switch things up. Trevor Ariza is making his Blazers' debut on Thursday and will take over at the three in the starting lineup, leaving Little to return to a bench role.

Our models project Little for 10.4 FanDuel points across 16.1 minutes of action.

Trevor Ariza starting in Portland debut on Thursday; Nassir Little to bench

Portland Trail Blazers guard/forward Trevor Ariza is starting on Thursday in the team's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Ariza is making his Blazers debut on Thursday night, and he'll immediately be entered into the starting five. That means Nassir Little, who had started at the three the last time out, will return to a role off the bench with the second unit.

Our models project Ariza for 22.4 FanDuel points across 32.9 minutes of action.

Mavericks' Seth Curry starting on Thursday in place of injured Dwight Powell

Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry will start on Thursday in the team's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Curry had been coming off the bench as of late, but against Portland, the Mavericks are employing a smaller lineup with Dwight Powell sidelined with an Achilles injury.

Our models currently project Curry for 16.0 FanDuel points across 22.1 minutes of action.

Thunder's Terrance Ferguson (personal) ruled out for Friday

Oklahoma City Thunder guard/forward Terrance Ferguson will not play on Friday in the team's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Ferguson has missed the last three games with a personal issue, and he'll miss his fourth on Friday. He's still away from the team, and there's no timetable regarding a potential return.

In 36 games this season, Ferguson has averaged 10.5 FanDuel points.

Kings' Marvin Bagley (foot) listed out for Friday

Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley will not play on Friday in the team's game against the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Bagley is missing his second straight game with the sore left foot, and it's unclear exactly when he'll be ready to return to the court. With Bagley sidelined on Wednesday, Dewayne Dedmon entered the starting rotation.

In 13 games this season, Bagley has averaged 14.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 27.1 minutes of action.

Thunder's Steven Adams (ankle) listed questionable for Friday

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams is considered questionable to play on Thursday in the team's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Adams has been plagued by his ankle injury for the last week-plus, and he's in serious danger of missing Friday's game as a result. Keep a close eye on his status as tipoff approaches. If Adams can't go, Nerlens Noel would likely nab another start.

Our models project Adams for 31.9 FanDuel points across 28.1 minutes of action.

Nets' Kyrie Irving (hamstring) starting on Thursday; Garrett Temple to bench

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving will start on Thursday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

What It Means:

Irving was given the all-clear earlier on game day, and as expected, he is rejoining the starting lineup. That means Garrett Temple, who had started last time out, will return to a reserve role off the bench.

Our models project Irving for 45.4 FanDuel points across 32.8 minutes of action.

Garrett Temple coming off Nets' bench on Thursday night

Brooklyn Nets guard Garrett Temple will play with the second unit on Thursday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

What It Means:

Temple got the start last time time out with Kyrie Irving sidelined with a hamstring injury, but with the latter's return, Temple will come off the bench on Thursday night against LeBron James and Co.

Our models project Temple for 9.9 FanDuel points across 13.9 minutes of action.

Pacers' Malcolm Brogdon (concussion) won't play on Friday

Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon will not play on Friday in the team's game against the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

Brogdon left Wednesday's game early with a forehead laceration and didn't return, and it seems that he wound up suffering a concussion. Now in the NBA's protocol, he could be in store for a lengthy absence.

In 33 games this season, Brogdon has averaged 17.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 33.5 FanDuel points.

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Dwight Howard starting for Lakers on Thursday in place of ill JaVale McGee

Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Dwight Howard will start on Thursday in the team's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Howard is making his first start of the season for the Lakers, and he's replacing JaVale Mcgee, who was scratched with an illness.

Our models project Howard for 30.5 FanDuel points across 28.0 minutes of action.

Wizards' Isaac Bonga moving to bench Thursday

Washington Wizards shooting guard Isaac Bonga is available off the bench Thursday versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Bonga is giving up his starting spot to Thomas Bryant. He totaled only 7 points and 5 boards over the last two games after putting up career-highs (17 points, 9 rebounds) last Friday.

numberFire's models project Bonga for 14.1 FanDuel points on Thursday. He costs $3,900.

Wizards' Thomas Bryant starting on Thursday night; Isaac Bonga to bench

Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant is in the starting lineup on Thursday in the team's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Bryant had been coming off the bench as of late, but he'll join the starting five against Cleveland on Thursday. That means Isaac Bonga, who recently started, will return to a role off the bench with the second unit.

Our models currently project Bryant for 19.8 FanDuel points across 18.4 minutes of action.

Jimmy Butler (knee) questionable for Heat versus Clippers

Miami Heat guard/forward Jimmy Butler (right knee soreness) is questionable to play on Friday versus the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Butler missed Monday's game for a hip issue, but he dealt with a right knee problem in 2018. Goran Dragic (left calf soreness) and Kendrick Nunn (left Achilles soreness) are also questionable. If the Heat opt to play it safe, then Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro should both take on more work.

Butler is averaging 43.2 FanDuel points per game. numberFire's models project him for 22.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 2.0 steals, and 2.3 3-pointers over the rest of the season.

Heat's Kendrick Nunn (Achilles) listed questionable for Friday

Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn is considered questionable to play on Friday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Nunn is apparently dealing with an Achilles injury, and this is the first notice of that this season. Obviously that part of the body is a precarious situation to deal with, so keep a close eye on his status going forward.

Our models project Nunn for 25.9 FanDuel points across 30.0 minutes of action.

Nuggets' Gary Harris (adductor) questionable for Friday

Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris is considered questionable to play on Friday night in the team's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Harris has been sidelined for a while now with his injury, but it seems as though a return could be in store for the team this weekend. Keep a close eye on his status as tipoff approaches.

Our models project Harris for 22.6 FanDuel points across 32.5 minutes of action.

Michael Porter Jr. (back) questionable for Nuggets on Friday

Denver Nuggets power forward Michael Porter Jr. (back tightness) is questionable to play on Friday versus the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Porter sat out Wednesday after his back tightened up on him in warmups. He should be fine for Friday's matchup. The redshirt rookie has scored 10-plus in five straight, with averages of 16.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 2.0 3-pointers in that span.

MPJ is averaging 35.8 FanDuel points over the last five games, compared to 14.2 for the season.

Pistons' Tim Frazier (illness) questionable for Friday night

Detroit Pistons guard Tim Frazier is considered questionable to play on Friday in the team's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

What It Means:

Frazier is dealing with an illness - like teammate Bruce Brown - though this would be the point guard's first absence. Keep a close eye on his status as tipoff approaches.

Our models currently project Frazier for 8.4 points across 9.9 minutes of action.

Portland's C.J. McCollum (ankle) ruled out again on Thursday

Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum will not play on Thursday in the team's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

McCollum has been sidelined for a bit with his ankle injury, and Thursday won't be the day he makes his long-awaited return. It's currently unclear when he'll be ready to get back on the court.

In 42 games this season, McCollum has averaged 21.5 points and 34.7 FanDuel points.

JaVale McGee sidelined for Lakers on Thursday due to flu

Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (flu) will not play on Thursday versus the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

McGee is a late scratch due to flu-like symptoms. Dwight Howard will likely draw the start on Thursday.

The Lakers have an implied total of 117.5 points on Thursday, per numberFire's NBA Heat Map. The game has an over/under of 230.0 points.

Andre Drummond (lip) probable for Pistons on Friday

Detroit Pistons forward/center Andre Drummond (lip laceration) is probable for Friday's game versus the Memphis Grizzlies.

What It Means:

Drummond was hit in the mouth on Monday, causing him to miss Wednesday's game. Thon Maker drew the start in his place and Christian Wood saw more run.

Drummond is averaging 48.2 FanDuel points per game. numberFire's models project him for 18.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.1 blocks over the rest of the season.

Update: Clippers' Patrick Beverley (groin) now listed questionable for Friday

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley is considered questionable to play on Friday in the team's game against the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Beverley was originally considered doubtful, per the team's game notes, but the official NBA injury report has him as questionable. His status is still up in the air, but the picture is a bit more optimistic. Should Beverley miss another game, Lou Williams would most likely get the start at point guard.

Our models project Beverley for 24.7 FanDuel points across 29.2 minutes of action.

Pistons' Bruce Brown (illness) listed questionable for Friday

Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown is considered questionable to play on Friday in the team's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

What It Means:

Brown is dealing with an illness that caused him to miss Wednesday's game, and his status for Friday is up in the air. If he can't go, expect Svi Mykhailiuk to grab another start.

Our models currently project Brown for 20.6 FanDuel points across 24.1 minutes of action.

Paul George (hamstring) still out for Clippers on Friday

Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (hamstring) is out for Friday's game against the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

George is going to miss an eighth straight game. Patrick Beverley (groin) is doubtful, so the Clippers are going to be without two starters. Landry Shamet and Moe Harkless should continue to benefit.

George is averaging 38.6 FanDuel points per game. numberFire's models project him for 27.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 2.3 3-pointers over the rest of the season.

Cavaliers' John Henson (back) returning on Thursday night

Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center John Henson will play on Thursday night in the team's game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Henson has missed the previous two games with a sore back, but after being listed as probable for Thursday, he'll ultimately be suiting up against Washington.

Our models project Henson for 10.2 FanDuel points across 8.6 minutes of action.

Clippers' Patrick Beverley (groin) listed doubtful for Friday

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley is considered doubtful to play on Friday in the team's game against the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Beverley is set to miss another game with a sore groin, which would put Lou Williams in line for another start. The door is open for a potential return, however, so keep a close eye out for any updates on his status.

Our models currently project Beverley for 24.7 FanDuel points across 29.2 minutes of action.

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