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Jeremy Lin (knee) leaves Nets' season opener early

Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin left Wednesday's game against the Indiana Pacers in the fourth quarter with a knee injury.

What It Means:

Lin injured the knee after landing awkwardly on a layup attempt. He appeared to be in pain while being helped to the locker room and is set for further testing on the knee. D'Angelo Russell will likely slide in as the starting point guard if Lin's injury is proven to be serious.

Before leaving the game, Lin had 18 points, 4 assists and made 1 of his 2 three point attempts in 25 minutes.

Jared Dudley (foot) out of Suns' lineup on Wednesday

Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Dudley will sit out the season opener following offseason toe surgery to repair both bone and ligament damage. Josh Jackson will start at small forward in his place.

Our models project Dudley to average 7.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 23.3 minutes per game this season.

Buddy Hield starting in Kings' opener vs. Rockets

Buddy Hield will start in the Kings' backcourt alongside George Hill on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Our models project Hield to go for 22.42 FanDuel points at a $4,600 salary in the Kings' opener against the Rockets.

Recent speculation suggested veteran Garrett Temple might get the starting nod, but Sacramento decided to roll with second-year man Hield. We project him for 13.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.6 steals against the Rockets on Wednesday.

Justin Jackson will start for Kings on Wednesday

Sacramento Kings forward Justin Jackson will start Wednesday's season opener against the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

Jackson will get the start at small forward, with Buddy Hield filling in at shooting guard while Bogdan Bogdanovic is out.

Our models project Jackson for 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 18.9 minutes, totaling 13.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,600.

Source: Rotowire

T.J. Warren will start for the Suns on Wednesday

Phoenix Suns forward T.J. Warren will start Wednesday's season opener against the Portland Trailblazers.

What It Means:

Warren will start at small forward in the first game of the regular season after missing some time in the preseason with a back bruise.

Our models project Warren for 14.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 31.0 minutes, totaling 27.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,500.

Source: Rotowire

Josh Jackson will start for Suns on Wednesday

Phoenix Suns small forward Josh Jackson will start Wednesday's season opener against the Portland Trailblazers.

What It Means:

Jackson will draw the start in the first game of his NBA career, as Marquese Chriss will be on the bench to begin the game.

Our models project Jackson for 8.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 26.9 minutes, totaling 19.0 FanDuel points in $4,800.

Source: Rotowire

Alex Len (ankle) out of Suns' lineup on Wednesday

Phoenix Suns center Alex Len is out of Wednesday's season opener against the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Len was questionable heading into the season opener, and has now officially been ruled out. Tyson Chandler will start at center, with Dragan Bender likely getting minutes at the five as well.

Our models project Len to average 8.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 23.4 minutes per game this season.

Kyle Anderson to start for Spurs on Wednesday

San Antonio Spurs small forward Kyle Anderson will start against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

What It Means:

Anderson open the season as the starter in place of the injured Kawhi Leonard, who is dealing with a quad injury.

Our models project Anderson for 7.9 points, 1.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 28.5 minutes, totaling 20.7 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,000.

Source: Rotowire

Rodney Hood not starting for Jazz on Wednesday

Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood is not starting against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Hood was announced as the starter earlier in the night, but Donovan Mitchell ended up taking his place in the starting lineup just before tip-off.

Our model projects Hood for 13.4 points, 2.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 29.6 minutes, totaling 22.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,500.

Source: Utah Jazz

Donovan Mitchell starting for Jazz on Wednesday

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is starting against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Mitchell was not apart of the starting lineup, per the Nuggets announcement earlier this evening, but was later added in place of Rodney Hood shortly before tip-off.

Our models project Mitchell for 9.6 points, 1.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 20.8 minutes, totaling 18.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,300.

Source: Utah Jazz

Nuggets' Emmanuel Mudiay coming off the bench on Wednesday

Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay will not start on Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Mudiay and Jamal Murray were in the running to be the starting point guard on opening night following the release of Jameer Nelson. With Murray now named the starter, Mudiay will come off of the bench in the Nuggets season opener.

Our models project Mudiay for 7.1 points, 2.6 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 17.9 minutes, totaling 14.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,000.

Source: Rotowire

Jamal Murray starting for Nuggets on Wednesday

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray will start at point guard against the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay were in the running to star the season opener at point guard, after Jameer Nelson was released. Coach Mike Malone would not reveal earlier today who the starter was going to be, but we have confirmation now that it is Murray.

Our models project Murray for 13.4 points, 3.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 29.4 minutes, totaling 25.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,500.

Source: Rotowire

Eric Gordon will start for Rockets on Wednesday

Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon will start against the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Gordon will take the place of Chris Paul, who is sitting out tonight after starting Tuesday's game against the Warriors.

Our models project Gordon for 15.4 points, 2.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 30.3 minutes, totaling 24.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,200.

Rockets' Chris Paul (knee) out on Wednesday

Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul will not play against the Sacramento Kings, per the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen.

What It Means:

Paul will sit out the second night of the Rockets season-opening back-to-back, with a bruised left knee. Eric Gordon will start in his place.

On Tuesday, Paul had 4 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds and 2 steals in 33 minutes.

Stanley Johnson starting in Pistons' season opener

Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson will start on Wednesday against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

Johnson will start at small forward in the Pistons season-opener.

Our models project Johnson for 7.9 points, 3.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 29.0 minutes, totaling 20.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,900.

Source: Rod Beard

Clint Capela expected to have efficient outing for Rockets Wednesday

Houston Rockets forward/center Clint Capela is the only player in numberFire's models to be projected for more than 30 FanDuel points in less than 30 minutes of action on Wednesday versus the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

In just over 18 minutes of action in Tuesday's opener against the Golden State Warriors, Capela turned in 12 points and 4 rebounds with 1 steal and 1 block. Things should be a little easier tonight against the Kings.

numberFire's models project Capela to score 31.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,000 on Wednesday with 14.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.4 blocks in 26.8 minutes.

Source: numberFire

Heat's Kelly Olynyk starting at power forward Wednesday

Miami Heat forward/center Kelly Olynyk is in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

The Heat were quiet about their starting power forward spot, but it looks like it will be Olynyk on opening night. Josh Richardson is starting at small forward, and James Johnson will come off the bench.

Our models project Olynyk for 21.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,100 against Orlando.

Zach Randolph (mouth) ruled out for Kings opener on Wednesday

Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph (oral surgery) has been ruled out for the Kings' opener against the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

Randolph missed morning shootaround, so it's not surprising to see him sit out Wednesday's game. It's unknown right now who will start for him, but expect Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, and Georgios Papagiannis to all see a bump in minutes.

Our Matchup Heat Map has the Kings with a 105.5 implied total, which ranks 8th-best on the Wednesday slate.

Source: James Ham

Hornets' Dwayne Bacon starting at shooting guard

Charlotte Hornets guard/forward Dwayne Bacon will start in Wednesday's season-opener against the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) and Nicolas Batum (elbow) both sidelined, it's rookie Dwayne Bacon that will draw the start at small forward to kick off the year. The second-round pick played over 30 minutes per game in the preseason.

numberFire's models project Bacon for 7.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists -- good for 13.5 FanDuel points -- in 20.0 minutes of action in this one. That represents weak value even while he's priced at only $3,000.

Marcus Smart starting for Celtics on Wednesday

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will enter the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Smart played big minutes after Gordon Hayward broke his leg on Tuesday night, and he will have to play big again for the Celtics on Wednesday against the Bucks.

Our models project Smart for 27.8 FanDuel points on Wednesday at a cost of $5,300.

Terrence Ross confirmed as starter on Wednesday for Magic

Orlando Magic guard/forward Terrence Ross is starting on Wednesday against the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Despite an injured hamstring and a late preseason emergence from Jonathon Simmons, Ross will meet expectations and start in Wednesday's opener. He and Simmons will likely compete for minutes on the wing to start the season.

numberFire's models project Ross to score 21.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,200 on Wednesday while scoring 11.7 points and 1.4 3-pointers with 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.1 steals in 30.0 minutes.

Wizards confirm Jason Smith as a starter on Wednesday

Washington Wizards forward/center Jason Smith will start at power forward against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

What It Means:

With Markieff Morris (hernia) sidelined, it's Smith that will start at the four alongside John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat.

numberFire's models have Smith as a solid value while priced at $3,900 on FanDuel tonight. He is projected for 9.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks (20.7 fantasy points) in 20.0 minutes of action.

Rockets' Ryan Anderson projected for a quiet night despite good matchup against the Kings

Houston Rockets power forward Ryan Anderson is projected for a quiet game against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

What It Means:

The Rockets have Wednesday's highest implied total (113.0), but Anderson is coming off a mediocre 13-point performance against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.

numberFire's models project Anderson for 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists -- good for 20.6 FanDuel points -- in this one. That projection represents weak value while he's priced at $4,700.

Source: numberFire

Nuggets waive Jameer Nelson on Wednesday

The Denver Nuggets waived guard Jameer Nelson.

What It Means:

The addition of Richard Jefferson forced the Nuggets to part ways with the 13-year veteran, but he will likely sign with another team in the near future. Nelson's absence creates some job security for Emmanuel Mudiay and Jamal Murray.

In 75 games last season, Nelson averaged 9.2 points, 5.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds, and 0.7 steals per game.

Clippers to use Blake Griffin at center more this season

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said that he wants to use power forward Blake Griffin at the center spot "a lot" in 2017-18, according to Rotoworld's Mike Gallagher.

What It Means:

If and when the Clippers go to a smallball lineup with Griffin, that would likely involve Danilo Gallinari at the four and DeAndre Jordan sitting, particularly at the end of games. Griffin would no doubt see an increase in usage, assists and minutes under Rivers' new strategy.

In his first game of the year on Thursday, we project Griffin for 23.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists for a total of 43.6 FanDuel points against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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