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Zaza Pachulia coming off the Warriors' bench on Thursday

Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia will move to a reserve role on Thursday night versus the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

The Warriors slumped before the break prompting coach Steve Kerr to shake up the starting five, inserting JaVale McGee in at center. McGree has infrequently played, leaving Pachulia to likely still play a significant role against DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers on Thursday.

Our models project Pachulia for 15.1 FanDuel points for 4.3x value on Thursday.

Paul Zipser (foot) will not return on Thursday for Chicago

Chicago Bulls forward Paul Zipser will not return to Thursday's game due to pain in his left foot.

What It Means:

Zipser had played just 7 minutes off the bench before being ruled out with the foot injury. His absence leaves more minutes for Denzel Valentine, Bobby Portis, and Noah Vonleh.

Zipser's night ends with 2 points and 2 assists for 5.0 FanDuel points against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Zach Randolph will start at power forward for Sacramento on Thursday

Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph is in the starting lineup on Thursday versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Randolph sat out the last game before the break but will return to the starting five on Thursday with JaKarr Sampson returning to a reserve role.

Our models project Randolph for 22.5 FanDuel points in 21.0 minutes on Thursday.

Kings' Garrett Temple starting with De'Aaron Fox out on Thursday

Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple will join the starting lineup against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.

What It Means:

Temple gets the nod in the starting five with De'Aaron Fox out with pink eye. The veteran guard will likely draw the responsibility of guarding Russell Westbrook on Thursday.

Our models project temple for 14.6 FanDuel points in 20.2 minutes on Thursday.

Clippers' Milos Teodosic will start over Tyrone Wallace on Thursday

Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic will start on Thursday versus the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

Tyrone Wallace was scheduled to start in place of Avery Bradley, but he had a personal matter to attend to and miss shootaround, prompting the lineup change. Teodosic had come off the bench the last two games.

Teodosic has averaged 20.3 FanDuel points in 24.9 minutes per game this season.

Wayne Selden (knee) will remain out as Memphis plays Cleveland on Friday

Memphis Grizzlies guard Wayne Selden (knee) will not play on Friday night.

What It Means:

Selden will miss his third consecutive game with knee soreness. He wasn't figured to play much of a role with the Grizzlies with Tyreke Evans back in action.

Selden has averaged 13.1 FanDuel points in 19.5 minutes per game this season.

Chandler Parsons (illness) will not play on Friday for Memphis

Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons (illness) will not play on Friday versus the Clevland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Parsons missed practice on Thursday but will get another day off on Friday to get better. The forward has played in only 27 games this season and just 1 since the end of December.

Parsons has averaged 16.5 FanDuel points in 20.6 minutes per game this season.

Kosta Koufos (illness) will not play on Thursday for the Kings

Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos (illness) will not play on Thursday.

What It Means:

With Koufos out of action, Skal Labissiere will likely see additional minutes backing up Willie-Cauley Stein at the five spot against Steven Adams and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Koufos has averaged 17.9 FanDuel points in 18.9 minutes per game this season.

Josh Huestis getting the starting nod for the Thunder against the Kings

Oklahoma City Thunder guard/forward Josh Huestis will start at shooting guard on Thursday night.

What It Means:

Huestis gets the nod against the Sacramento Kings, replacing Alex Abrines, who is nursing a hip injury. Expect the Thunder's two-guard spot to remain fluid with Huestis, Abrines, and Terrance Ferguson each seeing time and likely starts down the stretch.

Our models projected Huestis for 8.2 FanDuel points in 14.5 minutes before the lineup change was announced.

Warriors' JaVale McGee expected to start at center on Thursday

Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee is expected to join the starting lineup on Thursday versus the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

McGee will make his fifth start of the year as the Warriors apparently like his size and athletic ability versus DeAndre Jordan more than Zaza Pachulia. McGee has averaged 12.3 minutes a game in his 4 previous starts.

Our models project McGee for 10.0 FanDuel points in less than 10 minutes on Thursday.

Justin Holiday will be a healthy scratch on Thursday for Chicago

Chicago Bulls guard/forward Justin Holiday will be a healthy scratch on Thursday night.

What It Means:

Holiday had started all but one game (56) for the Bulls this season but will be inactive on Thursday as the Chicago goes into tank mode and plays their younger options. David Nwaba will get the start on Thursday night. Holiday is likely to see limited minutes the rest of the season.

Holiday has averaged 25.4 FanDuel points in 34.1 minutes per game this season.

Quincy Acy to come off Nets' bench on Thursday night versus Hornets

Brooklyn News forward Quincy Acy will move to the bench on Thursday against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

D'Angelo Russell is drawing the start next to Spencer Dinwiddie in the backcourt, while Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll, and Jarrett Allen fill out the rest of the Nets' first unit. Acy is averaging 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game off the bench this season.

numberFire's models project Acy to score 19.7 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,800 on Thursday.

D'Angelo Russell moving into the Nets' starting lineup on Thursday

Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell will start on Thursday against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

Russell will play alongside Spencer Dinwiddie in the backcourt with the Nets sliding Allen Crabbe, and Demarre Carroll up to the small and power forward spots respectively. Quincy Acy heads to the bench with Russell getting a starting nod.

Our models project Russell for 33.9 FanDuel points in 30.5 minutes for 5.6x value on Thursday night.

Tyler Ulis (back) questionable for Suns on Friday

Phoenix Suns point guard Tyler Ulis (back) is questionable to play on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Ulis missed Thursday's practice. His role will be limited moving forward as he's now behind both Devin Booker and Elfrid Payton in the Suns' rotation.

Ulis averaged 16.1 FanDuel points in 56 games (37 starts) before the All-Star break. Over the remainder of the year, numberFire's models project him to record 12.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.4 3-pointers per game.

Tyson Chandler (neck) doubtful for Suns on Friday

Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler (neck) is doubtful to play on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Chandler missed three of the last four games before the All-Star break and was scheduled to receive an MRI for his neck. His likely absence should lead to another start for Alex Len.

Chandler averaged 19.3 FanDuel points in 42 games before the All-Star break. Over the remainder of the year, numberFire's models project him to record 8.0 points, 8.3 assists, and 1.2 blocks per game.

Jarrett Jack will move to the bench on Thursday for New York

New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack will come off the bench on Thursday night.

What It Means:

Jack has been replaced in the starting lineup by Emmanuel Mudiay and will likely see minimal action the rest of the season as the Knicks give their younger guards extended run. Jack sits fourth on the team's point guard depth chart behind Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina, and Trey Burke.

Our models project Jack for 2.0 FanDuel points in 2.6 minutes against the Orlando Magic on Thursday.

Emmanuel Mudiay will start for Knicks on Thursday

New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay will start on Thursday versus the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

While the switch from Jarrett Jack to Mudiay was rumored, we have official confirmation from head coach Jeff Hornacek. Mudiay will be backed up by Trey Burke and Frank Ntilikina moving forward.

Our models project Mudiay for 22.5 FanDuel points in 27.3 minutes for 4.9x value on Thursday.

Nuggets' Torrey Craig (hamstring) is out for Friday's game versus the Spurs

Denver Nuggets guard/forward Torrey Craig (hamstring) will not play on Friday versus the San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

Craig will miss his third straight game with a hamstring injury, leaving extra minutes for Will Barton and Malik Beasley against the Spurs.

Craig has averaged 10.1 FanDuel points in 16.1 minutes per game this season.

Bismack Biyombo will return to a reserve role on Thursday for Orlando

Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo will come off the bench on Thursday versus the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

With Nikola Vucevic making his return from a hand injury, Biymbo will be limited to a reserve role moving forward. However, the Magic will ease Vucevic back in after missing nearly two months, meaning Biyombo should still see 20-plus minutes for the next few games.

Our models project Biyombo for 18.1 FanDuel points for 4.6x value on Thursday night.

Isaiah Taylor (ankle) questionable for Hawks on Friday

Atlanta Hawks point guard Isaiah Taylor (ankle) is questionable to play on Friday against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Malcolm Delaney has already been ruled out with a knee issue, so if Taylor joins him on the Hawks' shelf, there won't be much depth behind Dennis Schroder at point guard. It's not clear when Taylor suffered the injury. He scored 13 points in 25 minutes in Atlanta's last game before the All-Star break.

Taylor averaged 10.8 FanDuel points in 44 games before the All-Star break. Over the remainder of the year, numberFire's models project him to record 6.1 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 19.9 minutes per game.

Malcolm Delaney (knee) ruled out for Hawks on Friday

Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Malcolm Delaney (knee) will not play on Friday against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Delaney started and logged 27 minutes in the last game before the All-Star break, so it's not clear when he suffered the injury. Isaiah Taylor (ankle) is also questionable, so Dennis Schroder may not have much help behind him on Friday in Indiana.

Delaney is averaging 13.9 FanDuel points in 51 games (three starts) this season. Over the remainder of the year, numberFire's models project him to record 4.8 points and 2.4 assists with 0.8 3-pointers in 15.1 minutes per game.

John Henson (hamstring) listed as probable for Bucks on Friday

Milwaukee Bucks forward/center John Henson (sore right hamstring) is listed as probable for Friday's matchup with the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Henson missed the final three games -- and four of the last five -- before the All-Star break. Tyler Zeller's (illness) strong play during that stretch may cut into Henson's playing time moving forward.

Henson is averaging 23.9 FanDuel points 52 games (45 starts) this season. Over the remainder of the year, numberFire's models project him to record 11.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game.

Source: NBA.com

De'Aaron Fox (pink eye) will not play for Kings on Thursday

Sacramento Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox (pink eye) will not play against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.

What It Means:

Fox's absence should open up a starting spot for Frank Mason in his first game since December 31. Look for Garrett Temple, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Buddy Hield to also see a potential uptick with Fox unavailable.

Fox averaged 22.0 FanDuel points in 50 games (38 starts) before the All-Star break. Over the remainder of the year, numberFire's models project him to record 12.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.8 3-pointers per game.

Source: James Ham

Ricky Rubio (hip) returns to practice, questionable for Jazz on Friday

Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio (sore left hip) returned to practice on Thursday and is questionable for Friday's matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

This is encouraging news after Rubio didn't practice on Wednesday. He missed the last three games before the All-Star break, which opened up a spot for Royce O'Neale in the starting lineup while Donovan Mitchell took over point guard duties. Rubio averaged 20.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.6 3-pointers across five games in February before going down.

Rubio is averaging 26.8 FanDuel points in 54 games this season. Over the remainder of the year, numberFire's models project him to record 12.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.4 3-pointers per game.

Source: Kyle Goon

Grizzlies' Chandler Parsons (illness) misses Thursday's practice

Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons (illness) didn't practice on Thursday.

What It Means:

Parsons also missed Wednesday's practice but head coach J.B. Bickerstaff says the absence is "more because of the flu that's going around," rather than being related to his troublesome knee. Either way, it sounds like Parsons will miss at least half of the Grizzlies' upcoming back-to-back set. They host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday before facing the Heat in Miami on Saturday.

Parsons averaged 16.5 FanDuel points in 27 games (seven starts) for the Grizzlies before the All-Star break. Over the remainder of the year, numberFire's models project him to record 10.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.3 3-pointers per game.

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