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George Hill (personal) back in Kings' starting lineup on Tuesday

Sacramento Kings guard George Hill (personal) will start on Tuesday night versus the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Hill sat out on Sunday due to personal reasons but is back in the starting five on Tuesday. Bogdan Bogdanovic will return to the bench against the Suns.

Our models project Hill for 17.6 FanDuel points in 24.4 minutes of action on Tuesday.

Amir Johnson heads back to the 76ers' bench on Tuesday

Philadelphia 76ers center Amir Johnson will return to the bench on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

Johnson got the start on Sunday with Joel Embiid a late scratch. With "The Process" back in action on Tuesday, Johnson returns to his backup role versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Our models project Johnson for 8.2 FanDuel points in 8.4 minutes on Tuesday.

Richaun Holmes joins the 76ers' starting lineup on Tuesday

Philadelphia 76ers forward Richaun Holmes will start versus the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Holmes gets the nod at power forward with Dario Saric moving to small forward in place of Robert Covington. Tuesday will be Holmes' second start of the year.

Our models projected Holmes for 8.3 FanDuel points in 7.8 minutes before the 76ers starting lineup was announced. Expect Holmes to see an uptick in action.

Robert Covington (back) ruled out by 76ers on Tuesday

Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington (back) will not play on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

Covington will sit out his second consecutive game on Tuesday as he deals with a lower back injury. Dario Saric has been listed as Tuesday night's starter at small forward after Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot was in the starting five on Sunday.

Covington has averaged 31.0 FanDuel points per game this season.

76ers' Joel Embiid (back) will play on Tuesday night

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will play and start on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

Embiid was a late scratch on Sunday with lower back soreness. He is good to go on Tuesday with Amir Johnson heading back to the bench versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Our models project Embiid for 47.4 FanDuel points in 33.7 minutes of action on Tuesday.

T.J. McConnell (shoulder) will play Tuesday for Philly

Philadelphia 76ers guard T.J. McConnell will play Tuesday versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.

What It Means:

McConnell has played only one game in the last two weeks but feels ready to play on Tuesday night as he will back up Ben Simmons at point guard versus Minnesota. McConnell is averaging 24.0 minutes per game this season.

Our models project McConnell for 17.7 FanDuel points in 20.9 minutes on Tuesday.

Kawhi Leonard (quad) to start on Tuesday for San Antonio

Per ESPN's Michael C. Wright, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said forward Kawhi Leonard will start Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Leonard will finally make his way on to the floor this season. He's been out with a quad injury stemming from last year's playoffs. He's likely to return with a minutes restriction, but it will be nice for Spurs fans to see him start out Tuesday's game. Meanwhile, Rudy Gay will return to the bench.

At $7,000, Leonard is projected to tally 32.1 FanDuel points in 25.0 minutes.

Dennis Smith (hip) ruled out for Mavericks' two-game road trip

Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith will not play on the team's upcoming road trip, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

What It Means:

Smith has already missed two games and will miss a third consecutive one on Tuesday night. He'll be forced to miss an additional two games as he won't travel with the team to play Golden State or San Antonio. J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell will continue to soak up his minutes as he remains sidelined.

Over 30.8 minutes a game, our models project Smith to average 13.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists the rest of the 2017 season.

Update: Stanley Johnson still in Pistons' starting lineup on Tuesday versus Nuggets

Detroit Pistons guard/forward Stanley Johnson will start on Tuesday night against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

A previous report falsely stated that Reggie Bullock would be replacing Johnson in the Pistons' first unit. Bullock will come off the bench, per usual.

numberFire's models project Johnson to score 13.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,100 on Tuesday.

Reggie Bullock replaces Stanley Johnson in Pistons' starting lineup on Tuesday versus Nuggets

Detroit Pistons guard/forward Reggie Bullock is in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets, sending Stanley Johnson to the bench.

What It Means:

It will be Bullock's fourth start of the season and 11th of his career. He's averaging just 4.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.0 3-pointers in 27.6 minutes as a starter this season (three games).

numberFire's models project Bullock to score 15.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,500 tonight.

Stanley Johnson is moving to Pistons' bench on Tuesday

Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson is moving to the bench on Tuesday, with forward Reggie Bullock getting the start against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Johnson has been struggling this season, so this is probably a move out of necessity for Stan Van Gundy. Bullock and Johnson will likely remain in a time share regardless of who starts.

Our models project Johnson for 13.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,100.

Wizards rule out Ian Mahinmi (knee) for Tuesday

Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Mahinmi was a game-time decision with a sore right knee, and it has been confirmed that he won't go. Look for Jason Smith to see a potential up-tick in minutes in his absence.

numberFire's models project Mahinmi to average 4.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game over the remainder of the season.

Nets mum on whether Jahlil Okafor will make debut Tuesday night

Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson suggested that center Jahlil Okafor might not play on Tuesday, reports Philly.com's Sarah Todd.

What It Means:

Atkinson said that the newly-acquired will have to earn minutes and that he and guard Nik Stauskas will gradually be worked back into the fold in Brooklyn. But Brooklyn said, "never say never" as it pertains to whether the team's two acquisitions will make their debut on Tuesday. Tyler Zeller and Jarrett Allen are also vying for minutes at center, with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson also playing some smallball five.

As for our models, they project Okafor to log 23.8 minutes and turn out 24.2 FanDuel points against the Washington Wizards. He comes at $5,200 on Tuesday's slate.

Kyrie Irving (quad) is probable Wednesday in Boston

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (quad) is being listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Irving was forced to miss the game against the Bulls where the C's where embarrassed on the road. However, it looks like he'll play with Denver coming to town. Check back before tip off to make sure though.

Our models project Irving for 38.2 FanDuel points against Denver.

Hawks' Tyler Cavanaugh making first career start at center on Tuesday, Miles Plumlee moving to the bench

Atlanta Hawks power forward Tyler Cavanaugh will start at center against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, sending Miles Plumlee to the bench.

What It Means:

It's the first start of Cavanaugh's career. He's averaging 11.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.0 3-pointers in 24.4 minutes over the past three games, so the Hawks want to see what he can do in the first unit. Plumlee averaged 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game across five starts for Atlanta.

numberFire's models project Cavanaugh to score 17.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,200 on Tuesday.

Al Horford (rest) is out on Wednesday for Celtics

Boston Celtics center Al Horford (rest) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Horford will be rested on Wednesday, so Aron Baynes should take on some more minutes in Boston, while Semi Ojeleye and Daniel Theis could also see a few more minutes.

Our models project Horford for averages of 17.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.4 blocks over 35.0 minutes per game remaining this season.

Hawks' Miles Plumlee moving to the bench with Tyler Cavanaugh starting on Tuesday

Atlanta Hawks center Miles Plumlee will move to the bench for Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Plumlee has started five straight games for the Hawks, but he'll be replaced in the starting lineup tonight by Tyler Cavanaugh.

numberFire's models project Plumlee for 11.7 FanDuel points in 15.6 minutes of action against the Cavs tonight.

John Wall (knee) will remain out on Tuesday night for Washington

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (knee) will not play on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

Wall will miss his ninth consecutive game but is nearing a return, per head coach Scott Brooks. The team will give him another day of rest in hopes the point guard can give it a go Wednesday versus the Memphis Grizzlies. Tim Frazier is expected to start in his place versus the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.

Wall has averaged 41.6 FanDuel points per game this season.

Ian Mahinmi (knee) a game-time decision for Washington

Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi is considered a game-time decision for Tuesday's road tilt with the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

After arguably his best performance of the year, Mahinmi failed to practice on Monday and was considered day-to-day. He remains a game-time decision, leaving the chance that Marcin Gortat logs big minutes with Jason Smith the most likely candidate to back him up.

Coming in at $3,800, Mahinmi is projected to produce 17.7 FanDuel points in 21.0 minutes Tuesday night.

Maurice Harkless (quad) upgraded to questionable Wednesday for Portland

According to TrailBlazers.com's Casey Holdahl, Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless has been upgraded to questionable Wednesday against the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Previously, Harkless was listed as out, but he's trending toward a return from a quad injury that's kept him sidelined for two straight games. If he does make it back to the floor, look for Evan Turner and Shabazz Napier to see reduced minutes with Al-Farouq Aminu carrying less of a workload on Wednesday.

In a projected 25.1 minutes, Harkless is pegged for 17.5 FanDuel points in a road matchup with Miami.

Kings' Willie Cauley-Stein (back) upgraded to probable for Tuesday night

Sacramento Kings forward/center Willie Cauley-Stein 9back) is listed as probable to play on Tuesday.

What It Means:

WCS has missed the last three games with a back injury but appears ready to return versus the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. Skal Labissiere and Kosta Koufos will see reduced minutes with Cauley-Stein back in action.

Our models project Cauley-Stein for 29.4 FanDuel points in 27.5 minutes versus the Suns on Tuesday.

Nikola Jokic (ankle) 'getting closer' to return for Nuggets, Wednesday not ruled out

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (ankle) is "getting closer" to a return, head coach Mike Malone said.

What It Means:

Jokic is still bothered by swelling in his ankle, and while he's already been ruled out for tonight's matchup with the Detroit Pistons, Malone wouldn't rule out the possibility of the big man returning on Wednesday against the Boston Celtics for the second half of the Nuggets' back-to-back set. Jokic hasn't played since November 30.

Jokic averaged 38.7 FanDuel points per game prior to injury. Upon return, numberFire's models project him to record 22.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 2.7 turnovers per game.

Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) questionable Wednesday against Heat

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic is listed as questionable on Wednesday, reports Casey Holdahl of TrailBlazers.com.

What It Means:

After turning his ankle last Tuesday, Nurkic has failed to play in either of the Blazers' last two games. His questionable tag is encouraging when you consider Portland had not given him a timetable just a day ago. If the big man is to return, Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard and Zach Collins would all take a step back in Portland's rotation.

If Nurkic plays, our models like him to finish the matchup with 32.7 FanDuel points against the Miami Heat.

Hassan Whiteside (knee) ruled out for Heat on Wednesday

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game versus the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Whiteside has been out nearly two weeks as he nears the end of his initial rehabilitation schedule of one-to-two weeks for a bone bruise in his left knee. He still has a chance to return to action Friday or Saturday. Kelly Olynyk will likely continue to start in his place with Bam Adebayo backing him up on Wednesday.

Whiteside has played in just 15 games this season, averaging 14.9 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 37.2 FanDuel points per game.

Ante Zizic back to the bench for Cleveland as Kevin Love (hip) returns

Cleveland Cavaliers center Ante Zizic will return to the bench for Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Zizic drew a spot start on Saturday with Kevin Love (hip) out, but Love is back in action tonight, and Zizic is unlikely to see any playing time off the bench.

numberFire's models project Zizic for 0.4 FanDuel points in 0.6 minutes of action.

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