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Hawks' AJ Griffin makes start on Saturday

Atlanta Hawks small forward AJ Griffin is in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Griffin will enter the starting lineup on Saturday with Trae Young sidelined with an illness.

The Hawks are 7.5-point underdogs against Denver on Saturday. Their implied team total of 112.0 points is the seventh-lowest team total on Saturday's main slate, according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map.

Nuggets’ Vlatko Cancar back with bench Saturday

Denver Nuggets forward Vlatko Cancar is not in the starting lineup on Saturday.

What It Means:

Aaron Gordon is returning from an ankle injury and replacing Cancar in the lineup after a spot-start last game.

Aaron Gordon (ankle) active Saturday, replacing Vlatko Cancar in Nuggets lineup

Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon (ankle) is replacing Vlatko Cancar in the starting lineup on Saturday.

What It Means:

Gordon has been upgraded from questionable and cleared to return after missing last game.

Bones Hyland (illness) available Saturday for Denver

Denver Nuggets guard Bones Hyland will play Saturday in the team's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Hyland was listed probable, so this comes as no surprise - even after being a late add to the injury report. He'll take the floor despite dealing with a non-COVID illness.

In 42 games this season, Hyland is averaging 12.1 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 20.4 FanDuel points.

Nuggets' Nikola Jokic (hamstring) available on Saturday

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (hamstring) is available for Saturday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Jokic has been upgraded from questionable to available and will start against Atlanta on Saturday. Our models expect him to play 34.7 minutes against the Hawks.

Jokic's Saturday projection includes 26.2 points, 13.0 rebounds, 8.6 assists, and 58.0 FanDuel points. His salary is $11,700.

Warriors’ Jonathan Kuminga coming off bench Saturday

Golden State Warriors small forward Jonathan Kuminga is not in the starting lineup on Saturday versus the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Draymond Green is replacing Kuminga in the starting lineup and joining Kevon Looney in the frontcourt after sitting out last game.

Draymond Green replacing Jonathan Kuminga in Warriors lineup Saturday

Golden State Warriors Draymond Green is in the starting lineup on Saturday versus the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Green is replacing Jonathan Kuminga in the starting lineup after sitting out last game. Kevon Looney is making another start.

Jordan Poole playing off Warriors’ bench Saturday

Golden State Warriors shooting guard Jordan Poole is not in the starting lineup on Saturday versus the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Klay Thompson is replacing Poole in the starting lineup after sitting out last game. Kevon Looney is staying in the lineup.

numberFire’s models project Poole for 32.0 FanDuel points on Saturday.

Klay Thompson replacing Jordan Poole in Warriors lineup Saturday

Golden State Warriors guard/forward Klay Thompson is in the starting lineup on Saturday versus the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Thompson is replacing Jordan Poole in the starting lineup after resting last game on the second end of a back-to-back.

numberFire’s models project Klay for 34.0 FanDuel points on Saturday.

Pelicans' Jonas Valanciunas (knee) will not return on Saturday

New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas (knee) will not return to Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

What It Means:

Valanciunas suffered a right knee injury and will not return to Saturday's clash with the Lakers.

Valanciunas will finish Saturday's game with 18 points, 5 assists, and 14 rebounds in 24 minutes played.

Nets' Seth Curry (adductor) will not return on Saturday

Brooklyn Nets point guard Seth Curry (adductor) has been ruled out for the rest of Saturday's game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Curry is dealing with left adductor tightness and will not return to Saturday's clash with Washington. Markieff Morris (knee) will also not return.

Curry will finish Saturday's game with 9 points and 1 assist in 20 minutes played.

Hawks' Trae Young (illness) out on Saturday

Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young (illness) has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Young has been downgraded from questionable to out and will not be available to face Denver on Saturday. Expect Aaron Holiday to see an increased role with Young sidelined.

Young is averaging 27.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 9.9 assists, and 44.5 FanDuel points per game this season.

Heat starting Gabe Vincent for inactive Kyle Lowry (knee) on Saturday night

Miami Heat point guard Gabe Vincent is starting in Saturday's game versus the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Vincent will make his sixth appearance in Miami's starting lineup after Kyle Lowry was held out with knee soreness. In 36.2 expected minutes, our models project Vincent to score 25.3 FanDuel points.

Vincent's projection includes 12.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 4.2 assists.

Rockets' Jalen Green starting on Saturday in place of injured Eric Gordon (knee)

Houston Rockets shooting guard Jalen Green is in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Green has been upgraded to available and will return to the starting lineup on Saturday with Eric Gordon sidelined with a knee injury. Our models expect Green to play 34.8 minutes against the Thunder.

Green's Saturday projection includes 20.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 31.2 FanDuel points. His salary is $6,900.

Stephen Curry (leg) will play Saturday night for Golden State

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will play Saturday in the team's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Curry was listed probable, so this comes as no surprise. He'll take the floor despite dealing with a lower left leg contusion.

Our models project Curry for 27.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 45.8 FanDuel points across 35.6 minutes of action.

Warriors' Draymond Green (calf) active on Saturday

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is available for Saturday's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Green has been upgraded from questionable to available and will play against Dallas on Saturday. Our models expect him to play 30.6 minutes against the Mavericks.

Green's Saturday projection includes 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 31.0 FanDuel points. His salary is $7,100.

Josh Green starting in Mavericks' Saturday lineup for injured Luka Doncic (heel)

Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Josh Green is starting in Saturday's contest against the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

Green will make his third start this season after Luka Doncic was sidelined with a heel injury. In an uptempo spot versus a Warriors' team ranked first in pace, numberFIre's models project Green to score 28.4 FanDuel points.

Green's Saturday projection includes 14.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.

Thunder's Isaiah Joe coming off the bench on Saturday

Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Isaiah Joe is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

Joe will move to the bench on Saturday with Aaron Wiggins back in the starting lineup. Our models expect Joe to play 23.8 minutes against Houston.

Joe's Saturday projection includes 11.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 19.1 FanDuel points. His salary is $4,200.

Jaylin Williams coming off the bench for Thunder on Saturday

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jaylin Williams is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

Williams will move to the bench on Saturday with Mike Muscala entering the starting lineup. Our models expect Williams to play 16.9 minutes against the Rockets.

Williams' Saturday projection includes 6.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 15.5 FanDuel points. His salary is $4,000.

Thunder's Aaron Wiggins starting on Saturday, Isaiah Joe coming off the bench

Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Aaron Wiggins is in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

Wiggins will get the start on Saturday with Isaiah Joe moving back to the bench. Our models expect Wiggins to play 25.7 minutes against Houston.

Wiggins' Saturday projection includes 9.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 18.0 FanDuel points. His salary is $4,200.

Mike Muscala starting for Thunder on Saturday, Jaylin Williams coming off the bench

Oklahoma City Thunder forward/center Mike Muscala is in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

Muscala will get the start on Saturday with Jaylin Williams moving to the bench. Our models expect Muscala to play 13.9 minutes against the Rockets.

Muscala's Saturday projection includes 7.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists, and 14.6 FanDuel points. His salary is $3,800.

Rockets' Jalen Green (calf) available on Saturday

Houston Rockets shooting guard Jalen Green (calf) is available for Saturday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Green has been upgraded from questionable to available and will play against the Thunder. Our models expect him to play 34.8 minutes against Oklahoma City.

Green's Saturday projection includes 20.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 31.1 FanDuel points. His salary is $6,900.

Wizards' Kyle Kuzma (ankle) will not return on Saturday

Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma (ankle) will not return to Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Kuzma suffered a left ankle sprain during Saturday's game against the Nets and will not return.

Kuzma will finish Saturday's game with 2 points, 5 assists, and 2 rebounds in 11 minutes played.

Immanuel Quickley coming off Knicks' bench on Saturday

New York Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley will play with the second unit Saturday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Jalen Brunson sat last time out due to a non-COVID illness. However, he's been cleared to return to the court, and he'll immediately start as well. In a corresponding move, Quickley is headed back to the bench.

Our models project Quickley for 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 28.9 FanDuel points across 34.3 minutes of action.

Jalen Brunson (illness) starting for Knicks on Saturday; Immanuel Quickley back to bench

New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson will play Saturday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Brunson sat last time out due to a non-COVID illness. However, he's been cleared to return to the court, and he'll immediately start as well. In a corresponding move, Immanuel Quickley is headed back to the bench.

Our models project Brunson for 21.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 36.2 FanDuel points across 34.4 minutes of action.

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