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Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smartand small forward Aaron Nesmith (ankle) have been deemed questionable to suit up for Wednesday's contest against the Hornets. Smart has missed the past four outings under the league's health and safety protocols, but he could be ready for a return to game action, which would strengthen Boston's backcourt. Getting Smart in the mix would bump Dennis Schroder, who has led the team in assists the past two games, back to the second unit. Nesmith has played a minimal role on the wing for the Celtics, having scored in double figures just four times across his first 31 outings this season.
Miami Heat point guard Kyle Lowry (personal) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. Portland due to personal reasons. Lowry's absence is his second in a row, paving the way for Gabe Vincent to see increased run and Jimmy Butler to enjoy elevated assists upside. Lowry has been an assist dynamo in his own right to begin January, averaging 9.3 dimes across seven outings, on pace for his highest average in any month this year. Tyler Herro and Max Strus also stand to see increased workloads for as long as Lowry remains out of the mix, with his next chance to return coming Friday against the Hawks.
Utah Jazz point/shooting guard Donovan Mitchell (concussion) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. Houston after having been placed in the league's concussion protocol Tuesday. The blow in question reportedly happened just prior to halftime of the team's loss to the Lakers on Monday, although Mitchell finished the outing, albeit shooting 6-for-19 overall, including 0-for-8 from behind the arc. Mitchell's absence is likely to change the outlook of nearly everything offensively for Utah, with Joe Ingles the likeliest candidate to bump into the starting five. Bojan Bogdanovic and Mike Conley are set to take on larger offensive roles for as long as Mitchell remains in the protocol.
Milwaukee Bucks point guard Jrue Holiday (ankle) has been deemed questionable to suit up for Wednesday's contest vs. Memphis due to a sore left ankle. The tag is a step in the right direction for Holiday, who has missed the past six games, allowing George Hill, Grayson Allen, and Donte DiVincenzo -- among others -- to take on increased duties. Prior to going down with his injury, Holiday was on a strong offensive run, averaging 23.5 points and 7.9 assists over his last 11 games, an indication of the upper-tier fantasy viability he possesses when healthy. Fantasy managers will want to check back on his status prior to tip-off, as he will be a must-start option against a fast-paced Grizzlies squad if ultimately cleared.
New York Knicks point guard Kemba Walker (knee) has been given the green light to suit up for Tuesday's contest vs. the Timberwolves. Walker rejoins the starting five out of the gate despite missing the past nine outings due to left knee soreness. New York had been operating with a combination of Alec Burks and RJ Barrett serving as the team's primary ballhandler, with Walker's return giving the team a consistent point guard. Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes are the two candidates to see their minutes total adversely affected by Walker's return. Prior to his injury, Walker had reestablished himself as a genuine season-long asset, having reeled off a 44-point outing and triple-double in back-to-back appearances.
Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (ankle) and point/shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) have been ruled inactive ahead of Wednesday's contest vs. Minnesota. Capela continues to battle a sprained left ankle, which has now cost him six consecutive games. Bogdanovic has seen his year sidetracked by myriad injuries, the latest of which has been a sore right knee. Onyeka Okongwu has played a sizable frontcourt role in Capela's absence, a role that he stands to reprise so long as the veteran big man is sidelined. On the wing, De'Andre Hunter and Kevin Huerter will likely have more minutes and shot attempts funneled in their direction. The next chance for Capela or Bogdanovic to suit up comes Friday against the Heat.
New York Knicks center Nerlens Noel (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's contest vs. Minnesota as he continues to battle a sore left knee. Noel returned to play in just one game before being sidelined again, having logged just 21 minutes of action since Dec. 21. Mitchell Robinson should continue to see the lion's share of run at the center spot with Taj Gibson in line for a slight increase in role off the bench. A solid contributor of blocked shots when healthy, Noel's availability (18 games played) has been a detriment to his season-long viability this season. His next chance to return comes Thursday against the Pelicans.
Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Desmond Bane and small/power forward Kyle Anderson have been placed in the league's health and safety protocols, ruling them out indefinitely. Bane has been a breakout sensation in his second season, with his scoring average climbing up to 17.7 PPG in addition to shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc. Anderson has slid into a bench role in 2021-22, which has drastically affected his scoring upside, likely putting him on the wrong side of the waiver wire in many season-long formats. De'Anthony Melton and John Konchar are likely to step into larger roles for Bane and Anderson, respectively, while Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. can be expected to carry even more of the offensive heavy lifting for the time being.
Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (foot) will be shut down for at least the next two weeks as he deals with a stress reaction in his left foot. The move comes at a particularly inopportune time for both the team and Turner ahead of the Trade Deadline, with the big man's league-leading 2.8 blocks per game making him a coveted trade target. Domantas Sabonis stands to step into a larger rebounding role without Turner in the mix, while Goga Bitadze could see an increase in usage as well. Turner has emerged as one of the league's premier shot blockers over the past four seasons, but he has frequently battled injuries, playing more than 65 games in a campaign just twice across his first six years. His next chance at suiting up is at least Feb. 2.
Suns' G Devin Booker scored 69.25 fantasy points with 48 points scored, six assists and five rebounds in a 121-107 win over San Antonio on Monday night. Booker has scored an average of 43.90 fantasy points in his last 5 games.
Clippers' F Nicolas Batum scored 32 points on 11-of-16 shooting in a 139-133 win over the Pacers on Monday, Jan. 17. Batum is owned in only 1.45% leagues.
Heat's F Jimmy Butler recorded a triple-double, finishing with 19 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in a 104-99 win over the Raptors on Monday, Jan. 17.
Mavericks' G Luka Doncic recorded a triple-double, finishing with 20 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in a 104-102 win over the Thunder on Monday, Jan. 17.
Phoenix's G Devin Booker scored 48 points on 18-of-33 shooting in a 121-107 win over San Antonio on Monday, Jan. 17.
Toronto Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr. (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Miami Heat. Trent attempted to warm up for this contest, but the swelling in his left ankle continues to bother him. That means, Trent will miss his fifth straight game, but seems closer to a return. Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby should see all the minutes they can handle. That being said, both should be strong options for DFS contests given the fact they will likely play close to 40 minutes.
Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson will move into the starting five for Monday's game against the Toronto Raptors. Kyle Lowry (personal) will be unavailable for this contest, but hopefully it'll only be a one-game absence. His absence should mean more minutes for Robinson, Strus, and possibly Caleb Martin. Robinson is a shaky fantasy option due to his inconsistent shooting. He could be a possible streaming option due to the fact he's in the starting five. Although, Strus is the most consistent option between the two players. Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, and Bam Adebayo will be asked to run the offense without Lowry available.
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (thumb) will make his return to the court on Monday versus the Toronto Raptors. He has been sidelined since November 29 due to a right thumb injury. It's uncertain if the Heat plan to ease Adebayo back into action. Regardless, fantasy managers in season long formats can go ahead and start Adebayo. Omer Yurtseven has been fantastic in the absence of Adebayo. Although, his fantasy value is expected to take a significant hit with Adebayo returning. Possibly, Yurtseven carves a role out for himself, but it's unlikely to be anything worth holding him in most fantasy formats.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony (back) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Utah Jazz. He has missed each of the last two games due to lower back tightness. The Lakers might take the cautious approach here and let Anthony have another night off to fully recover. Talen Horton-Tucker, and Trevor Ariza would be asked to pick up the slack, assuming Anthony is out. Horton-Tucker is the better option between the two, but neither have much streaming appeal.
Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes (knee) has been removed from the injury report ahead of Monday's game against the Miami Heat. He was rested on Saturday, but Barnes should be back in action here. His return should push Yuta Watanabe to the second unit. Also, Precious Achiuwa won't have as big of a role with Barnes back in the rotation. Achiuwa should still have enough playing time to be able to produce fantasy value. Fantasy managers should check and make sure they have Barnes back in their lineups for Monday.
Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (thumb) is unlikely to return to the team during their four-game road trip. Grant was assigned to the Pistons G-League affiliate on Monday. He will continue to rehab there after undergoing right thumb surgery earlier in the season. Once Grant returns, Hamidou Diallo is expected to shift back to the second unit. Also, Saddiq Bey will be looking at a reduced role, while Trey Lyles could fall out of the rotation completely. Both Diallo and Bey should still hold fantasy value once Grant returns, but they should see a decrease in usage.