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Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green piled up eight dimes in just 17 minutes during Thursday's loss to the Knicks before being tossed late in the second quarter following his second technical foul. There appeared to be some dispute as to what Green could have said in the direction of the official, as both he and multiple Warriors immediately reacted that Green was responding to a teammate. Nonetheless, he did record a rebound prior to his exit, marking the first time since Dec. 30, 2017, that he went without snatching a board in a contest. He remains a consistent assist option moving forward, but his season-long status in small-to-mid-sized formats is more perilous than it has been in the past few years. He next suits up against Utah on Saturday, who kept him in check offensively in each of last season's two meetings.
New York Knicks power forward/center Julius Randle came just an assist shy of logging his second triple-double of the season during Thursday's win over the Warriors, marking his third straight double-double. Randle also tied his season high in rebounds in the process, snatching 17, while adding 16 points and nine assists across his 36 minutes. The 11 shot attempts that Randle took were his second-fewest all year, yet he still delivered one of his strongest performances across the board. He'll draw a favorable matchup Friday when he faces the Kings on the second leg of a back-to-back, as the group has allowed the most DFS points per contest to the opposition this year, which further elevates Randle's floor when factoring in his massive minutes allotment.
New York Knicks shooting guard/small forward RJ Barrett may have snapped his double-double streak at two contests Thursday, but he responded by pouring in a career-high 28 points during a victory over the Warriors. Barrett's shooting percentages haven't been kind this year, but he shot 10-for-17 overall against Golden State, including 2-for-3 from behind the arc. Continuing to play a hefty minutes allotment (37), Barrett was also able to pad his stat line with five assists and two rebounds. He goes from one advantageous matchup to another one Friday, facing Sacramento and their league-worst defensive efficiency, which should elevate his DFS intrigue despite the back-to-back.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and one block in 35 minutes during Thursday's loss to the Lakers. Giannis has been very consistent this season and now has a double-double or triple-double in three of the past four games. He has also posted at least 25 points in the past three games. He will face somewhat of a challenge in the Bucks' next game against the Hawks as Atlanta has a somewhat stingy defense.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James racked up 34 points, six rebounds, eight assists, one block, and one steal in 38 minutes during Thursday's victory over the Bucks. LeBron also shot 6-for-10 from downtown. The 36-year-old has been sensational this season and Thursday marked his season-high in points. The veteran has posted at least 21 points in four of the past five games and is averaging 23.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.5 assists this season. He has a very favorable matchup on Saturday against a Chicago Bulls squad with a bottom-five defense.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope compiled a season-high 23 points along with three rebounds and one block in 27 minutes during Thursday's win over the Bucks. Caldwell-Pope also notably shot 7-for-10 from beyond the arc. The 27-year-old has been playing well as of late, scoring in double-digits in four of the past five games. He has quite a favorable matchup to build on this on Saturday against the Bulls, who field a bottom-five defense.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry (COVID-19) is listed as probable to play Friday night against the Boston Celtics. Curry missed Wednesday against Boston despite not being listed on the injury report. The team reported Curry's conditioning was not up to speed which explains the unexpected absence. Curry will likely rejoin the starting lineup Friday, pushing Tyrese Maxey to the bench. Maxey was a popular add while the 76ers were shorthanded, but could return to the waiver wire with all the fresh bodies out there. It will also be interesting to see how Shake Milton's minutes shape up off the bench. Milton is a hold in 12-team leagues after scoring at least 16 points in five straight games.
Los Angeles Lakers guard/forward LeBron James (ankle) and forward/center Anthony Davis (ankle) are playing and starting Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks. Both James and Davis have been listed on most, if not all, injury reports this season, but have been in no real danger of missing the contests. Expect James and Davis to see their usual minutes in a marquee match up with the Bucks who are 11th in defensive rating this season.
Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller (probable) is expected to play Friday night against the Chicago Bulls. Zeller fractured his left hand in the first game of the season and has been out ever since. Despite his first game back, Zeller is not expected to see any type of minutes restriction and the Hornets are finally getting some depth back in their center rotation. Zeller could be a cheap DFS play on Friday, especially against Chicago who could be without their starting center Wendell Carter Jr. (quad). For season long leagues, Zeller's upside is limited, but could be a good source of field goal percentage and rebounds.
Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (knee) and guard Cam Reddish (knee) are both questionable Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Both Hunter and Reddish missed Wednesday's win over the Detroit Pistons with knee issues and are probably closer to game-time decisions for Friday. If they both sit again, Kevin Huerter and Solomon Hill will likely get the spot starts again. Huerter has been a solid fantasy contributor as a starter and should be rostered in 12-team leagues while starting.
Atlanta Hawks forward Danilo Gallinari (ankle) is doubtful and not expected to play Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Gallinari has had a rough start to his Atlanta campaign and only played in two games this year while dealing with an ankle injury. Gallinari will likely be eased back into the lineup whenever he is cleared and is a decent hold if you have an IR spot. In the meantime, De'Andre Hunter (knee) and Cam Reddish (knee) have been playing well, but both are questionable Friday. Kevin Huerter has been the biggest benefactor due to all of Atlanta's injury issues.
New York Knicks guard Alec Burks (ankle) is listed as probable Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors. Burks has been out a few weeks after dealing with an ankle sprain, but stated he feels great and is expected to play. The tail end of his absences were due to conditioning so Burks should not have a strict minutes limit, if any. The return of Burks comes at a great time for New York as both Austin Rivers (Achilles) and Frank Ntilikina (knee) are doubtful. Burks was a top-40 player before the injury and, although he likely won't have that same value, he should be picked up off the waiver where available.
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (knee) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans. He is dealing with right knee soreness, but it sounds like Favors can play through the issue. Favors played 16 minutes on Tuesday and should see a similar workload here. He doesn't have much upside in standard leagues, but could be a decent option in deep leagues.
Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. (thigh) is listed as doubtful for Friday's game against the Charlotte Hornets. He suffered a bruised thigh on Wednesday and it doesn't sound like he'll be able to play through it. His absence could mean more minutes for Lauri Markkanen at the center spot. Although, Daniel Gafford would be a sneaky streaming option for Friday. His minutes have been inconsistent, but he has played well during his limited time. Gafford could do some damage with extended minutes likely coming his way.
Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams (hip) was able to go through practice on Thursday. It sounds like he is trending in the right direction, but should still be considered questionable for Friday's game against the Charlotte Hornets. Garrett Temple (ankle) would be in line for another start, assuming Williams is out. Both Denzel Valentine and Thaddeus Young would see a few extra minutes coming their way as well. Temple would likely be the best streaming option out of the bunch.
Chicago Bulls guard Garrett Temple (ankle) was able to fully participate in Thursday's practice. He was limited on Wednesday, but it sounds like Temple is trending in the right direction. Patrick Williams (hip) is currently listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Charlotte Hornets. Temple could be in line for another start and hold some low-end DFS appeal, assuming he starts.
Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker will have his minutes raised for Friday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers. The team continues to monitor Walker, but will extend his minutes to 25-28 for this game, according to head coach Brad Stevens. Walker is slowly working his way back up and that is great news for fantasy managers. He'll continue to gain value with more minutes and could see an extended role, assuming Jayson Tatum (COVID-19) sits out Friday.
Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr.has finally rejoined his teammates after being in the NBA's health and safety protocols due to COVID-19. As of right now, Porter is considered questionable for Friday's game against the Phoenix Suns. He's expected to be under a minutes limit since he has not taken the court in weeks. Will Barton has been starting for Porter, so his fantasy value will take a hit when Porter officially returns to the lineup for Denver.
Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (neck) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors. He has missed each of the last three games due to neck spasms. Herro was able to go through practice on Thursday without any issues, so hopefully he can play on Friday. Otherwise, Goran Dragic would continue seeing an increased role and could be a possible DFS choice, assuming Herro sits out.
Houston Rockets center Christian Wood (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Detroit Pistons. He sprained his ankle on Wednesday and it sounds like the injury has got worse overnight. Head coach Stephen Silas has his doubts about Wood suiting up for either of the back-to-back contests this weekend. DeMarcus Cousins will see more playing time without Wood available. He hasn't been a great fantasy option this season, but could have some DFS appeal on Friday.
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