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Tony Snell (ankle) not on the Bucks' injury report for Saturday

Milwaukee Bucks guard/forward Tony Snell (ankle) is not on the injury report for Saturday.

What It Means:

Snell has been out since March 24 with an ankle injury but appears to be ready to return to action for the Bucks. He is not expected to see much action in Game 3 with the bench shortened for the playoffs.

Our models project Snell for 5.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 10.4 FanDuel points in 16.2 minutes on Saturday.

Patrick McCaw (thumb) available on Friday for Toronto in Game 3

Toronto Raptors guard Patrick McCaw is available to play on Friday in the team's playoff game against the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

What It Means:

McCaw has been out for a few weeks with a thumb injury, but it's time for him to return for a pivotal game against the Magic.

In 29 games this season, McCaw has averaged 8.1 FanDuel points per game.

Source: Eric Smith

Philadelphia's Joel Embiid (knee) doubtful for Saturday's playoff game against the Nets

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (knee) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's matchup against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Embiid is currently likely to play on Saturday after experiencing left knee soreness. Look for Greg Monroe to play more minutes at center in Game 4.

Our models project Monroe to produce 20.4 FanDuel points on Saturday.

Brooklyn's Ed Davis (ankle) will not play on Saturday

Brooklyn Nets center Ed Davis (ankle) will not be available for Saturday's playoff matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

Davis will miss Saturday's Game 4 after re-injuring his ankle on Thursday. Look for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to play more minutes off the bench.

Our models project Hollis-Jefferson to produce 16.0 FanDuel points on Saturday.

76ers' Greg Monroe starting for injured Joel Embiid (knee) on Thursday in Game 3

Philadelphia 76ers forward/center Greg Monroe will start on Thursday in the team's playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

In a stunning development, Joel Embiid will sit. As such, Greg Monroe will take over at the center position.

In 43 games this season, Monroe has averaged 11.8 FanDuel points per game.

Joel Embiid (knee) out on Thursday for 76ers in Game 3, Greg Monroe to start

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will not play on Thursday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

For the third straight game, Embiid has been considered questionable, but this time he will miss the game entirely.

In 64 games this season, Embiid has averaged 53.5 FanDuel points per game.

Jared Dudley (calf) available for Nets on Thursday in Game 3

Brooklyn Nets guard/forward Jared Dudley is available to play on Thursday in the team's playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers

What It Means:

Dudley is returning after a one-game absence, as his calf injury is fully recovered.

Our models project Dudley for 12.1 FanDuel points across 22.3 minutes of action.

Utah's Kyle Korver (knee) available to play in Game 2 on Wednesday

Utah Jazz forward Kyle Korver (knee) is listed as available to play on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Korver has considered probable but the designation change ensures the veteran will be out there in Game 2 of the series with the Houston Rockets. Korver played just 10.4 minutes in Game 1.

Our models project Korver for 4.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 9.2 FanDuel points in 14.8 minutes on Wednesday.

Utah's Thabo Sefolosha (hip) active on Wednesday

Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha (hip) will be available for Wednesday's playoff matchup against the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

Sefolosha will be active tonight despite experiencing left hip soreness. In a role off the bench, our models project the veteran to play 14.9 minutes.

numberFire's models project Sefolosha to produce 10.5 FanDuel points at the cost of $3,700.

Bruce Brown playing with Detroit's second unit on Wednesday

Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown will not start in Wednesday's playoff matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Brown will come off the bench tonight with Luke Kennard moving into the starting lineup. In a role with the second unit, our models project Brown to play 18.9 minutes.

numberFire's models project Brown to produce 11.2 FanDuel points at the cost of $3,500.

Pistons starting Luke Kennard in Wednesday's Game 2 against Milwaukee

Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard will start in Wednesday's playoff game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Kennard will move into the starting lineup on Wednesday with Bruce Brown coming off the bench. In a new role with the first unit, our models project Kennard to score 12.6 points in 28.4 minutes.

numberFire's models project Kennard to produce 21.4 FanDuel points at the cost of $4,100.

Pistons' Blake Griffin (knee) listed as inactive for Wednesday's game

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (knee) is listed as inactive for Wednesday's game versus the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Griffin was officially listed as questionable but it appeared to be a long shot for the forward to play. In his absence, Thon Maker will likely start once again.

Griffin averaged 41.5 FanDuel points per game this season.

Boston's Al Horford (illness) officially available on Wednesday

Boston Celtics center Al Horford (illness) will play in Wednesday's playoff game against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Horford will be active for tonight's game despite dealing with an illness. In his usual role with the starters, our models project the Boston center to score 13.5 points.

numberFire's models project Horford to produce 35.4 FanDuel points at the cost of $7,300.

76ers' Joel Embiid (knee) questionable to play on Thursday in Game 3

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (knee) is listed as questionable to play Thursday in Game 3 of the playoff series with the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Embiid was listed as doubtful for Game 1 and questionable for Game 2 but still suited up. He did see limited minutes in both contests (under 25 minutes) and is likely not to play minutes in the upper 30s anytime soon.

Embiid has dominated the Nets, averaging 47.8 FanDuel points in 22.6 minutes during the first two games.

Jared Dudley (calf) plans to play for Nets in Game 3

Brooklyn Nets guard/forward Jared Dudely (right calf) says he'll play in Game 3 on Thursday versus the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

The Nets allowed the 76ers to drop 145 points in Game 2 with Dudley on the sidelines, compared to 102 points in Game 1 with Dudley active. His return will likely take minutes from Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Caris LeVert, and Treveon Graham.

Dudley played 27.9 minutes and scored 20.8 FanDuel points in Game 1.

Al Horford (illness) expected to play for Celtics Wednesday

Boston Celtics forward/center Al Horford (illness) is expected to play on Wednesday in Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Horford will go through his pre-game routine before making a final decision, but the big man is on track to suit up. He scored 10 points with 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, and 1 triple in Game 1.

numberFire's models project Horford for 35.4 FanDuel points on Wednesday. He's priced at $7,300.

Golden State's Andrew Bogut will start at center while DeMarcus Cousins (quad) is out

Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut will move into the starting lineup with DeMarcus Cousins ruled out with a left quad injury.

What It Means:

Bogut will be the starting center for the Warriors going forward with Cousins dealing with a multi-week quad injury. In his new role, our models project the veteran center to play 20.7 minutes in Thursday's playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

numberFire's models project Bogut to produce 20.2 FanDuel points on Thursday.

Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo undergoes elbow surgery

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery on Wednesday.

What It Means:

He's expected to return to basketball activities in approximately four weeks.

Diallo averaged 7.9 FanDuel points per game this season.

Source: Maddie Lee

Portland's Enes Kanter dealing with right hand contusion

Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter suffered a right hand contusion during Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

He said he got x-ray during halftime and that he would be fine for Game 3 on Friday. If Kanter's minutes are limited, Meyers Leonard stands to benefit.

Kanter has averaged 29.0 FanDuel points per game this season.

Celtics' Al Horford (illness) questionable for Game 2

Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (illness) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Horford was dealing with a knee issue but is listed on the injury report with an illness. He did miss the team's shootaround so monitor his status as we approach game time.

He has averaged 32.8 FanDuel points per game this season.

Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins likely looking at six-week timetable

Golden State Warriors DeMarcus Cousins (left quad) is likely looking at a six-week timetable for a return to the court, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

What It Means:

Cousins could theoretically return for the NBA Finals, but he is also dealing with an issue that could easily get reinjured if he returns too soon, per the report.

He has averaged 36.1 FanDuel points per game this season.

Blake Griffin participates in Pistons' shootaround Wednesday

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (sore left knee) was able to get some shots up at Wednesday's shootaround.

What It Means:

Griffin was seen wearing a massive brace on his knee. He is listed as questionable for the game after reports last week said he would miss the entire first round of the playoffs.

He has averaged 41.5 FanDuel points per game this season.

Source: Rod Beard

C.J. McCollum leads way with 33 points, Portland crushes Thunder

Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum scored a game-high 33 points (12-of-22 field goals, 6-of-6 free throws) with 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 3 3-pointers, and 3 turnovers in 36.3 minutes of a 114-94 Game 2 beatdown of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.

What It Means:

McCollum and Damian Lillard both scored 16 points in the first half and wound up finishing with 62 of the Trail Blazers' 114 points. Game 3 will be played in Oklahoma City on Friday.

McCollum finished with 50.1 FanDuel points in Game 2.

Kyle Lowry bounces back for Raptors in Game 2 victory

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry scored 22 points (8-of-13 field goals, 4-of-5 free throws) with 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 2 3-pointers, and 2 turnovers in 37.6 minutes of a 111-82 Game 2 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Lowry scored 15 points in the first half alone and fared a bit better after coming up scoreless in the Game 1 loss. The series now moves to Orlando for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday.

Lowry scored 44.3 FanDuel points in the victory.

DeMar DeRozan scores 31 with 7 boards, Spurs fall in Game 2

San Antonio Spurs guard/forward DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points (11-of-19 field goals, 9-of-9 free throws) with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 1 turnover in 32.7 minutes of a 114-105 Game 2 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.

What It Means:

The Spurs were up by as many as 19 points in the first half and looked like they would take both games in Denver, but a 21-point fourth quarter from Jamal Murray helped prevent that from happening. Games 3 and 4 will be played on Thursday and Saturday in San Antonio.

DeRozan scored 47.4 FanDuel points in Game 2. He's scored at least 40.0 FP in both games this postseason.

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