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Dirk Nowitzki to come off bench for Mavericks on Thursday

Dallas Mavericks forward/center Dirk Nowitzki will not start Thursday's game versus the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Nowitzki will come off of the bench in the second night of a back-to-back. Maxi Kleber will get the start in his spot.

numberFire's models project Nowitzki for 11.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,600.

Source: Rotowire

De'Anthony Melton to come off of Suns' bench on Thursday

Phoenix Suns point guard De'Anthony Melton will not start Thursday's game versus the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Melton drew the start in each of the past two games, but will make way for Josh Jackson to enter the starting five on Thursday night.

numberFire's models project Melton for 17.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,600 on Thursday.

Josh Jackson will start for Suns on Thursday

Phoenix Suns guard/forward Josh Jackson will start Thursday's game versus the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Jackson will get the start at shooting guard, bumping De'Anthony Melton to the bench in a move that gives the Suns a bigger lineup.

numberFire's models project Jackson for 30.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,400.

Nicolas Batum to come off bench for Hornets Thursday

Charlotte Hornets guard/forward Nicolas Batum will not start on Thursday in the team's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

What It Means:

Batum is going to play with the second unit, as Dwayne Bacon will draw the start.

Our models project Batum for 27.0 FanDuel points. He will cost $5,800.

Dwayne Bacon draws start for Hornets Thursday over Nicolas Batum

Charlotte Hornets shooting guard Dwayne Bacon will start on Thursday versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.

What It Means:

Bacon will replace Nicolas Batum in the starting lineup. It will be his second start of the season.

numberFire's models expect Bacon to score 16.5 FanDuel points on Thursday, at a cost of $3,600.

Jeff Green to come off bench on Thursday for Washington

Washington Wizards guard/forward Jeff Green will not start on Thursday in the team's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Green isn't hurt, so he'll still be out there to play. However, he will come off the bench with the second unit.

Our models project Green for 14.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 24.9 FanDuel points in 30.8 minutes of action.

Source: Fred Katz

Thomas Bryant replacing Jeff Green in Wizards' lineup Thursday versus Nuggets

Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant will replace Jeff Green in the starting lineup on Thursday versus the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Bryant will be joined by Tomas Satoransky, Bradley Beal, Troy Brown, and Bobby Portis in the first five.

numberFire's models expect Bryant to score 20.0 FanDuel points on Thursday, at a cost of $4,300.

Source: Fred Katz

Lance Stephenson (toe) questionable on Friday for Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers guard/forward Lance Stephenson is considered questionable to play on Friday in the team's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Stephenson has been dealing with the toe ailment for weeks, and it could cost him yet another game on Friday.

Should he play, our models project Stephenson for 6.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 13.4 FanDuel points in 13.9 minutes of action.

Josh Hart (knee) questionable on Friday for Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart is considered questionable to play on Friday in the team's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Hart has been dealing with a tendinitis issue in his right knee, and it could cost him yet another game against the Nets in Los Angeles.

Should he play, our models project Hart for 8.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 18.9 FanDuel points in 25.8 minutes of action.

Kevin Love (head) fine Friday for Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love is not on the injury report for Friday's matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Love made an early exit from Wednesday's game after bumping heads with Eric Bledsoe, but it doesn't look like it will keep him out Friday. That's fortunate news for someone who had concussions in 2012, 2016, and twice in 2018.

Love is averaging 33.9 FanDuel points in 17 games this season, with 17.6 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 2.5 triples per contest.

George Hill (groin) probable on Friday for Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill is considered probable to play to play on Friday in the team's game against the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Hill missed Wednesday's game with a groin ailment, but it seems as though he'll be good to go on Friday.

Our models project Hill for 6.7 rebounds, 2.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 15.2 FanDuel points in 21.3 minutes of action.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) probable on Friday for Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as probable on Friday in the team's game against the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Antetokounmpo missed Wednesday's game with a knee ailment, but all signs point to him returning to action just two days later.

Our models project Antetokounmpo for 27.3 points, 11.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 54.3 FanDuel points in 33.4 minutes of action.

Taj Gibson (calf) out on Thursday for Minnesota

Minnesota Timberwolves forward/center Taj Gibson will not play on Thursday in the team's game against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

Gibson is dealing with a calf injury, and he'll take a seat against Kemba Walker and Co.

In 70 games this season, Gibson has averaged 10.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 23.3 FanDuel points per game.

Update: Richaun Holmes (quad) probable on Thursday for Phoenix

Phoenix Suns forward Richaun Holmes is considered probable to play on Thursday in the team's game against the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Holmes was listed as questionable earlier in the day, but now it seems as though he'll be out there against Andre Drummond and Co.

Our models project Holmes for 8.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 18.8 FanDuel points in 16.1 minutes of action.

Update: Maxi Kleber (wrist) probable on Thursday for Dallas

Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber is listed as probable to play on Thursday in the team's game against the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Kleber was originally ruled questionable earlier in the day, but now it appears as though he will suit up.

Our models project Kleber for 8.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 21.9 FanDuel points in 24.0 minutes of action.

Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) out on Thursday for Dallas

Dallas Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. will not play on Thursday in the team's game against the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Hardaway Jr. is dealing with an injury to his tibia, so he'll miss Thursday's game.

In 65 games this season, Hardaway Jr. has averaged 18.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 27.0 FanDuel points per game.

Wizards' first-rounder Troy Brown draws first career start versus Nuggets

Washington Wizards rookie small forward Troy Brown will make his first NBA start on Thursday versus the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Brown replaced Trevor Ariza to start the third quarter on Wednesday and he wound up pulling down a career-best 10 rebounds with 9 points (3-of-5 field goals, 2-of-2 free throws), 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 triple over a career-high 29.7 minutes. The 19-year-old first-round pick should see plenty of run again in the second half of this back-to-back set.

numberFire's models expect Brown to score 33.2 FanDuel points on Thursday and he's priced at just $3,500, making him a potentially extraordinary value.

Source: Fred Katz

Cody Zeller (knee) out on Thursday for Charlotte

Charlotte Hornets forward/center Cody Zeller will not play on Thursday in the team's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

What It Means:

Zeller is dealing with a knee ailment currently, and he'll take a seat against the Timberwolves.

In 49 games this season, Zeller has averaged 10.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 25.1 FanDuel points per game.

Trevor Ariza (groin) ruled out for Wizards Thursday, Troy Brown to make first NBA start

Washington Wizards guard/forward Trevor Ariza (left groin strain) will not play on Thursday versus the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Ariza will be replaced in the starting lineup by first-round pick Troy Brown, who logged a career-high 29.7 minutes and scored 9 points (3-of-5 field goals, 2-of-2 free throws) while pulling down a career-best 10 rebounds with 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 triple on Wednesday. Jabari Parker and Jeff Green should see more work on offense.

Ariza has averaged 28.1 FanDuel points in 68 games between the Wizards and Phoenix Suns this season. He's recorded 14.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.2 triples over 42 starts for Washington.

Source: Fred Katz

Kadeem Allen (illness) expected to return for Knicks Friday

New York Knicks shooting guard Kadeem Allen (illness) is expected to play on Friday versus the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

The Knicks are banged up in the backcourt, so Allen should see a sizable amount of minutes if he returns from his one-game absence.

Allen is averaging 20.0 FanDuel points in 13 games this season, with 9.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.8 triples per contest.

Report: Jimmer Fredette signs with Suns

Jimmer Fredette signed with the Phoenix Suns on a 2-year deal that includes a team option for next season, reports Shams Charania of .

What It Means:

Fredette is still awaiting clearance from China, so he will not be making his NBA return on Thursday versus the Detroit Pistons, but the process could be completed in time for Saturday's matchup with the Sacramento Kings. Fredette has been out of the league since making six appearances in 2015-16.

Fredette averaged 36.0 points in the CBA this season. He managed just 6.0 points on a 41.2 field goal percentage in 235 career NBA appearances.

Justin Houston signs with Colts for 2 years, $24 million

The Indianapolis Colts signed outside rusher Justin Houston, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs, to a 2-year, $24 million contract, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

What It Means:

The Colts need help rushing the passer and Houston fits the bill. He's missed 21 games over the past four seasons, but has made up for it with 9.0-plus sacks in 2017 and 2018. Houston turned 30 in January.

Houston recorded 32 tackles (25 solo) with 9.0 sacks, 1 pass deflection, 1 interception, and 5 forced fumbles in 12 games last season.

Nets' Shabazz Napier (illness) expected to play on Friday

Brooklyn Nets guard Shabazz Napier is reportedly expected to play on Friday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

What It Means:

Napier has missed time recently with an illness, but it seems as though he'll return to the court.

Our models project Napier for 3.8 points, 1.0 assists and 6.8 FanDuel points in 7.4 minutes of action.

LeBron James (groin) expected to play on Friday for Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James practiced somewhat on Thursday afternoon and is reportedly likely to suit up on Friday in the team's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Head coach Luke Walton reportedly expects the superstar forward to suit up, which is an encouraging sign as the season winds down.

Should he play, our models project James for 27.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 51.0 FanDuel points in 35.5 minutes of action.

Source: Bill Oram

Knicks' Allonzo Trier (calf) to miss more time

New York Knicks shooting guard Allonzo Trier (calf) is going to miss more games, according to head coach David Fizdale.

What It Means:

Trier missed Wednesday's matchup and it sounds like he may be out until next Thursday when the Knicks host the Toronto Raptors. Kadeem Allen (illness) is expected to return on Friday versus the Denver Nuggets and Emmanuel Mudiay should continue to see a busy workload.

Trier is averaging 17.5 FanDuel points in 64 games (three starts) during his first NBA season, with 10.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest.

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