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Deandre Ayton hauls in 17 rebounds as Suns fall to Raptors

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton scored 15 points with 17 rebounds and 2 assists in Thursday's 111-109 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Ayton played 35 minutes in this game, his highest total since New Year's Eve. Time ran out as Pascal Siakam scored the game-winning basket off the backboard, which was confirmed after video review.

numberFire's models projected Ayton for 33.5 FanDuel points and he topped that with 48.4 on Thursday.

Otto Porter records double-double as Wizards narrowly top Knicks

Washington Wizards small forward Otto Porter scored 20 points with 11 rebounds in Thursday's 101-100 win over the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

Porter led the Wizards in rebounds and finished behind just Bradley Beal in scoring, as they took down the Knicks in London on a goaltending call with 0.4 seconds left in the game.

numberFire's models projected Porter for 32.3 FanDuel points and he finished with 38.2 on Thursday.

Jimmy Butler drops 27 as 76ers blow past Pacers

Philadelphia 76ers guard/forward Jimmy Butler scored 27 points with 5 rebounds and 8 assists in Thursday's 120-96 win over the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Butler's 8 assists are his most since joining the 76ers earlier this season, tying his season-high set in his final game as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He got buckets too, as his 10 made field goals are his most since December 7th.

numberFire's models projected Butler for 31.8 FanDuel points and he went off for 54.0 on Thursday.

Joel Embiid puts up second-straight double-double in 76ers win

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid scored 22 points with 13 rebounds and 8 assists in Thursday's 120-96 win over the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Embiid was listed as a game-time decision heading into this matchup, due to stiffness in his lower back. But that did not appear to hamper him, as he played 35 minutes.

numberFire's models projected Embiid for 51.2 FanDuel points and he topped that with 56.6 on Thursday night.

Gary Harris (hamstring) will play for Nuggets on Thursday

Denver Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris will return to action in Thursday's game versus the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Harris was listed as questionable throughout the day, but will be back on the court on Thursday night. This comes after missing the past 5 games with a hamstring strain.

numberFire's models project Harris to score 13.3 points with 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists, totaling 22.7 FanDuel points in 26.4 minutes.

Will Barton (personal) out for Nuggets on Thursday night

Denver Nuggets guard/forward Will Barton will not play in Thursday's game versus the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Barton was excused from shootaround, before officially being ruled out later in the night. It's unclear what the issue is and he is not currently expected to miss any further time.

numberFire's models project Barton to average 14.3 points, with 5.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 29.1 minutes per game over the remainder of the season.

Rockets' Clint Capela (thumb) out 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery

Houston Rockets forward/center Clint Capela underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.

What It Means:

Capela is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks after re-injuring the thumb in Sunday's game versus the Orlando Magic.

numberFire's models project Capela to average 14.5 points, with 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 30.3 minutes per game after he returns.

Joel Embiid (back) active for 76ers versus Pacers

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (back) is available to play on Thursday against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Embiid was previously considered questionable with a tight back, but he got the green light after going through warmups. The talented 24-year-old erupted for 40 points and 21 rebounds when the 76ers and Pacers last squared off on December 14.

Operating under the assumption Embiid plays, numberFire's models expect him to produce 51.2 FanDuel points, at a cost of $11,100, on Thursday.

Wilson Chandler (illness) active on Thursday for Philadelphia

Philadelphia 76ers guard/forward Wilson Chandler will play on Thursday night in the team's game against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Chandler was considered questionable entering Thursday, but he will indeed suit up against the Pacers.

Our models project Chandler for 7.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 19.5 FanDuel points in 28.8 minutes of action.

Fred VanVleet enters Raptors' starting lineup versus Suns in place of Kawhi Leonard (rest)

Toronto Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet will start on Thursday versus the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Kawhi Leonard is getting a breather as the Raptors close out their back-to-back set, so VanVleet will make his 17th start of the season. The 24-year-old is averaging 12.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 0.8 steals, and 2.1 triples as a starter.

numberFire's models expect FVV to score 23.5 FanDuel points, at a cost of $5,000, on Thursday.

Source: Eric Smith

C.J. Miles (hip) available for Toronto Thursday

Toronto Raptors guard/forward C.J. Miles (hip) is available to play on Thursday versus the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Miles has played a total of 7.3 minutes in one appearance over the past six games. Kawhi Leonard is getting a breather in the second half of the back-to-back set and OG Anunoby (personal) is also unavailable, so Miles could see a larger role than normal off the bench.

numberFire's models expect Miles to score 10.6 FanDuel points, at a cost of $3,500, on Thursday.

Update: Kyle Lowry now active for Raptors versus Suns

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is available to play on Thursday versus the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Lowry was originally going to get a breather tonight in the second half of the Raptors' back-to-back set, but that's apparently no longer the case. Kawhi Leonard (rest) will sit, so Lowry could see an uptick in usage on offense.

Lowry is averaging 36.7 FanDuel points through 35 games, with 13.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.5 blocks, and 2.1 triples per contest.

Joel Embiid (back) a game-time decision for 76ers Thursday

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (back) is a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Wilson Chandler (illness) is also headed for a game-time call. If they both sit, the 76ers will likely turn to Amir Johnson and Mike Muscala in the frontcourt.

Operating under the assumption Embiid plays, numberFire's models expect him to produce 51.2 FanDuel points, at a cost of $11,100, on Thursday.

Kyle Lowry (rest) now questionable for Raptors Thursday

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (rest) is now listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Lowry was previously set to get a breather for the second night of the back-to-back set, so this will be something to monitor ahead of the 7:30 PM ET tip-off. Fred VanVleet will likely draw the start if Lowry is ruled out.

Lowry is averaging 36.7 FanDuel points through 35 games, with 13.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.5 blocks, and 2.1 triples per contest.

Caleb Swanigan (knee) questionable on Friday for Portland

Portland Trail Blazers forward/center Caleb Swanigan is considered questionable to play on Friday in the team's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Swanigan has barely sniffed the rotation since being promoted, and it's unclear what exactly his role is even when healthy.

Should he play, our models project Swanigan for 1.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 3.9 FanDuel points in 5.2 minutes of action.

Moe Harkless (knee) questionable for Trail Blazers on Friday

Portland Trail Blazers small forward Moe Harkless (knee) is questionable for Friday's matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Harkless sat out the past five games, leading to more opportunity for Jake Layman and Evan Turner.

Harkless is averaging 16.9 FanDuel points in 26 games (19 starts) this season, with 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 0.6 triples per contest.

Jamal Crawford (knee) ruled out again for Suns Thursday

Phoenix Suns guard/forward Jamal Crawford (knee) will not play on Thursday versus the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Crawford also missed the previous three contests, although those weren't due to a knee injury. His absence could lead to more opportunity for De'Anthony Melton and Elie Okobo.

Crawford is averaging 12.9 FanDuel points in 17.2 minutes through 37 games this season.

Allen Crabbe (knee) out on Friday for Brooklyn

Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe will not play on Friday in the team's game against the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

Crabbe is considered day-to-day, but there's been no mention of participating in practice for weeks. Rodions Kurucs will continue to start in his place.

In 28 games this season, Crabbe has averaged 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 16.8 FanDuel points per game.

Source: Greg Logan

Nets' Jared Dudley (hamstring) to miss fourth straight game Friday

Brooklyn Nets guard/forward Jared Dudley (hamstring) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

It will be Dudley's fourth consecutive absence. Treveon Graham has drawn starts in each of the past three games.

Dudley is averaging 12.6 FanDuel points in 43 games (25 starts) for the Nets this season.

Texans' J.J. Watt reportedly recovering from cleanup knee procedure

Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt underwent cleanup knee surgery after the Wild Card Round, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

What It Means:

It's notable because Watt missed most of the 2016 and 2017 seasons due to a tibia injury, but Rapoport says the procedure was "just some maintenance on an injury that bothered him during the season." Watt turns 30 in March.

Watt recorded 57 tackles (44 solo), 16 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, and 4 pass deflections in 16 games for the Texans this season.

Knicks' Damyean Dotson coming off bench in London

New York Knicks shooting guard Damyean Dotson is available off the bench for Thursday afternoon's matchup with the Washington Wizards in London.

What It Means:

Tim Hardaway Jr. replaced Dotson in the first unit after Sunday's spot start.

numberFire's models expect Dotson to score 14.9 FanDuel points, at a cost of $4,000, on Thursday.

Lance Thomas to come off Knicks' bench on Thursday

New York Knicks guard/forward Lance Thomas is coming off the bench on Thursday afternoon in the team's game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

The Knicks are taking part in the NBA's annual London game, and Thomas' spot in the starting five will be usurped by Luke Kornet.

Thomas is projected for 1.1 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 3.1 FanDuel points.

Luke Kornet starting for Knicks on Thursday, Lance Thomas to come off bench

New York Knicks forward Luke Kornet will start on Thursday in the team's London game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Lance Thomas had started last time out, but Kornet will get the nod in the afternoon matinee matchup against Washington.

Our models project Kornet for 9.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 19.2 FanDuel points. Thomas is projected for 1.1 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 3.1 FanDuel points.

Tim Hardaway Jr. returns to Knicks' starting lineup in London, Damyean Dotson back to bench

New York Knicks shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is starting on Thursday afternoon versus the Washington Wizards in London.

What It Means:

Hardaway Jr. replaced Damyean Dotson in the first unit after sitting out last game.

numberFire's models expect THJ to score 26.5 FanDuel points, at a cost of $5,700, on Thursday.

Tyler Johnson (illness) questionable on Friday for Miami

Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson is considered questionable to play on Friday night in the team's game against the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Johnson missed practice on Thursday due to the illness, and it could cost him Friday's game as well.

Should he play, our models project Johnson for 10.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 20.8 FanDuel points in 25.0 minutes of action.

Source: Miami Heat

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