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Milwaukee's Khris Middleton (finger) probable for Monday

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton is listed as probable for Monday's game against the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Middleton missed Milwaukee's last game on Friday with a pinkie injury but it looks like he will be good to go, along with teammate Malcolm Brogdon.

Middleton is projected to score 30.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,400 on Monday.

Source: NBA.com

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scores season-high 25 as Lakers lose big

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 25 points (9-of-12 field goals, 4-of-6 3-pointers, 3-of-3 free throws) with 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal in 27.5 minutes of a 128-110 loss to the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

What It Means:

It was Caldwell-Pope's first 20-pointer of the season and he also set a season-high in assists. Brandon Ingram (ankle) could be back on Friday, per head coach Luke Walton, but Caldwell-Pope should pick up a few extra minutes again on Tuesday versus the Brooklyn Nets.

KCP also posted a season-best 42.7 FanDuel points in the loss. He's averaging 15.8 FanDuel points through 30 games.

De'Aaron Fox scores 28 on 19 shots, Kings top Mavericks

Sacramento Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox scored 28 points (11-of-19 field goals, 6-of-6 free throws) with 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, and 2 turnovers in 33.4 minutes of a 120-113 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

What It Means:

Fox has scored 25-plus in four of the past six games and made at least half of his field goal attempts in five of the past six. The Kings close out a back-to-back versus the Timberwolves on Monday.

Fox finished with 49.1 FanDuel points in the victory. numberFire's models project him for 36.7 FanDuel points, at a cost of $7,500, on Monday.

Nemanja Bjelica notches 15 points, 10 boards, 4 blocks in Kings' win

Sacramento Kings power forward Nemanja Bjelica scored 15 points (5-of-10 field goals, 4-of-7 3-pointers, 1-of-2 free throws) with 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 blocks, and 1 turnover in 34.6 minutes of a 120-113 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

What It Means:

Marvin Bagley (knee) is out for at least the next week, so Bjelica should continue to benefit from the added opportunity. Over the last three games, he's averaging 19.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.0 blocks, and 4.0 treys on 58.8 percent shooting. He will look to keep it going versus the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday in the second half of a back-to-back set.

Bjelica is averaging 35.4 FanDuel points over the past three games. numberFire's models expect him to score 23.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,200 on Monday.

DeAndre Jordan matches season-high with 23 rebounds in Mavericks' loss

Dallas Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan scored 8 points (4-of-7 field goals) with 23 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks in 29.6 minutes of a 120-113 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.

What It Means:

The rebounds equal Jordan's season-high and this was his fourth game with 20-plus. The 11-year veteran owns career-best marks for assists (2.1) and free throw percentage (.748). The Mavericks visit the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.

Jordan finished with 49.1 FanDuel points in the loss. He's averaging 33.4 FanDuel points through 28 games this season.

Pelicans' Julius Randle (ankle) left Sunday's game, likely out Wednesday

New Orleans Pelicans forward Julius Randle is day-to-day but will likely miss Wednesday's game, according to coach Alvin Gentry.

What It Means:

Randle sprained his right ankle in Sunday's game, though the severity of the injury is unclear. Frontcourt mater Nikola Mirotic is also questionable for Wednesday.

Randle is averaging 35.8 FanDuel points per game this season.

Anthony Davis posts 27 points, 12 boards, 7 dimes, 3 swipes, 3 swats for New Orleans

New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis scored 27 points (10-of-19 field goals, 2-of-3 3-pointers, 5-of-6 free throws) with 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks, and 1 turnover in 38.9 minutes of a 102-96 loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday.

What It Means:

It was the sixth time this season that Davis recorded at least 3 steals and 3 blocks in the same game. He's also made 2 triples in eight games on the year. The Pelicans visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

Davis finished with 68.9 FanDuel points in the loss. He's averaging 61.3 FanDuel points through 27 games this season.

John Wall goes bonkers as Wizards light up Lakers

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall scored 40 points (16-of-27 field goals, 4-of-8 3-pointers, 4-of-6 free throws) with 6 rebounds, 14 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks, and 5 turnovers in 42.1 minutes of a 128-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

What It Means:

Wall had 28 points and 8 assists by halftime alone in what was one of the best performances of his career. The points are a new season-high and he's handed out 13-plus helpers in each of the past three games. The Wizards visit the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.

Wall also posted a season-best 78.2 FanDuel points in the victory. He's averaging 43.4 FanDuel points through 28 games this season.

Bogdan Bogdanovic starting for Kings on Sunday

Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic will start against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

What It Means:

This was expected after Iman Shumpert was ruled out. This is his third start of the year.

We project Bogdan to score 26.9 FanDuel points tonight.

Jalen Brunson will start for Mavericks on Sunday

Dallas Mavericks point guard Jalen Brunson will start against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.

What It Means:

This makes sense with both Dennis Smith Jr. and J.J. Barea on the sidelines tonight. This will be the fifth start of the season for the rookie out of Villanova.

We project Brunson to score 22.2 FanDuel points tonight.

Fred VanVleet (back) will not play for Raptors on Sunday

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is out for tonight's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

This was expected after VanVleet had been listed as doubtful with a back injury. Delon Wright will start at point guard for the Raptors.

VanVleet is averaging 9.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 4.5 assists this season.

C.J. Miles will start for Raptors on Sunday night

Toronto Raptors guard/forward C.J. Miles will start against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.

What It Means:

Pascal Siakam is out tonight, which affords Miles the opportunity to enter the starting lineup.

numberFire has Miles projected for 13.4 FanDuel points in tonight's game.

Source: Eric Smith

Delon Wright will start for Raptors on Sunday

Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright will start against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

What It Means:

This was expected after Kyle Lowry was ruled out and Fred VanVleet was listed as doubtful.

Wright has scored at least 33 FanDuel points in three of his five career starts. We have him projected for 22.6 FanDuel points this evening.

Source: Eric Smith

Kings' Iman Shumpert (hip) will not play on Sunday night

Sacramento Kings guard/forward Iman Shumpert will not play against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

What It Means:

Shumpert is dealing with a hip bruise. With him out, we could see Bogdan Bogdanovic entering the Kings' starting lineup.

Shumpert is averaging 9.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.3 steals this season.

Source: James Ham

Tyson Chandler will start for Lakers on Sunday

Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler will start against the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

What It Means:

JaVale McGee looked like he was good to go, but he's apparently not over his illness. This will be Chandler's first start of the season.

Chandler is averaging 3.4 points and 7.4 rebounds in 20.8 minutes in his 19 games with the Lakers this season.

JaVale McGee (flu) is out against the Wizards on Sunday

Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee will not play against the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

What It Means:

McGee looked like he was going to get the green light, but he'll now be rested. Tyson Chandler will likely get the starting nod.

Dwyane Wade will play for Heat on Sunday

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade will suit up against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.

What It Means:

Was sat out Friday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies, but he'll return in what should be a relatively high-scoring affair against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.

We project Wade to score 25.6 FanDuel points on Sunday.

J.J. Barea (ankle) will not suit up for Mavs on Sunday

Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea will not play on Sunday against the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Dennis Smith Jr. is also out today, so expect Jalen Brunson to see extra minutes. The offense will run through Luka Doncic.

Barea is averaging 11.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 5.4 rebounds this season.

Dennis Smith (wrist) will not play for Mavs on Sunday

Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. will not suit up against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.

What It Means:

Smith returned Thursday after a four-game absence, but it looks like his wrist isn't fully healed yet. With J.J. Barea also out, expect to see a lot of Jalen Brunson.

Smith is averaging 13.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists this season.

Pelicans' E'Twaun Moore will play on Sunday

New Orleans Pelicans guard E'Twaun Moore will play in Sunday's game against the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Moore has missed the last two games with a leg injury, but he'll be able to play tonight. Solomon Hill could see fewer minutes with Moore back.

Moore is averaging 14.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists this season. We project him to score 17.7 FanDuel points tonight.

Nikola Mirotic (ankle) will not play for Pelicans on Sunday

New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic will miss Sunday's game against the Miami Heat with an ankle injury.

What It Means:

This is his second missed game in a row, and he only played seven minutes in the game before that. With him out, expect Julius Randle to see all the run he can handle.

Mirotic is averaging 17.4 points and 9.2 rebounds in 30.0 minutes per game this season, all of which are career highs.

JaVale McGee (flu) probable for Lakers on Sunday

Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee is expected to start tonight against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

He was able to play through his illness yesterday, and it looks like he'll be good to go once again tonight.

McGee is having a resurgent year, averaging 11.8 points and 6.7 rebounds. His 2.6 blocks per game ranks fourth in the league.

Raptors' Fred VanVleet (back) doubtful for Sunday

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Kyle Lowry has already been ruled out, so that means that Delon Wright will likely get the start for Toronto if VanVleet isn't able to suit up.

VanVleet is averaging 9.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 4.5 assists this season, all of which are career highs.

Pascal Siakam (back) will not play for Raptors on Sunday

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam will not play against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

What It Means:

Siakam hurt his back in Friday's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. OG Anounby and Greg Monroe should see some extra playing time with him out.

Siakam is having a career year, averaging 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.0 steals per game.

Kyle Lowry (thigh) will not play for Raptors on Sunday

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry will not play against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

What It Means:

This is Lowry's second missed game in a row. Fred VanVleet is doubtful for today's game, so Delon Wright will likely get the start at point for Toronto.

Lowry is averaging 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and a career high 10.0 assists this season. His previous high in assists was 7.4 in the 2013-14 season.

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