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Josh Hart coming off the bench for New Orleans on Sunday

New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Josh Hart is not in the starting five for Sunday's game against the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

After back-to-back starts, Josh Hart returns to a role off the bench with Eric Bledsoe back in the starting lineup on Sunday. Nickeil Alexander-Walker will remain in the starting lineup alongside Bledsoe.

Hart's Sunday projection includes 10.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 25.4 FanDuel points. His salary is $4,400.

Lakers' LeBron James (ankle) questionable for Monday

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (ankle) is questionable for Monday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

James has once again been listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Expect him to be upgraded to available on Monday, as he has been for the majority of the season. Our models expect James to play 34.0 minutes against the Warriors.

James' Monday projection includes 26.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 9.5 assists, and 51.9 FanDuel points.

Clippers' Serge Ibaka (illness) ruled out on Sunday, Ivica Zubac to start against Pacers

Los Angeles Clippers forward/center Serge Ibaka (illness) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Ibaka has been ruled out due to a non-covid illness and will not play against the Pacers on Sunday. Ivica Zubac will start in his place.

The Clippers are 8.5-point favorites over the Pacers on Sunday. They have an implied team total of 114.0, the second-highest total on Sunday's main slate, behind only the New Orleans Pelicans.

Clippers' Lou Williams (hip) out again on Sunday

Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Lou Williams (hip) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Williams has been downgraded from questionable to out and will miss Sunday's clash with the Pacers, extending his absence to two games. His next chance to play will come against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

Williams is averaging 9.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 16.9 FanDuel points per game so far this season.

Ivica Zubac starting for Clippers on Sunday in place of Serge Ibaka (illness)

Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac is in the starting five for Sunday's game against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Zubac will get the start against Indiana on Sunday with Serge Ibaka ruled out due to a non-covid illness.

The Clippers are 8.5-point favorites over the Pacers on Sunday. They have an implied team total of 114.0, the second-highest total on Sunday's main slate, behind only the New Orleans Pelicans.

Kings' Hassan Whiteside (hip) out again on Sunday

Sacramento Kings center Hassan Whiteside (hip) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Whiteside has been downgraded from questionable to out and will miss Sunday's game against the Pelicans. His second consecutive game on the sidelines should see Nemanja Bjelica see a couple of extra minutes operating behind Richaun Holmes.

The Kings are 2.5-point underdogs against the Pelicans on Sunday. Their implied team total is 112.0.

Source: James Ham

Bol Bol playing off Nuggets' bench with Gary Harris (personal) starting on Sunday

Denver Nuggets power forward Bol Bol is out of Sunday's starting lineup against the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Bol will come off Denver's bench after Gary Harris made his return to the Nuggets' starting lineup. In his usual role with Denver's second unit, Bol's FanDuel salary stands at $3,500.

According to Rotogrinders' Court IQ in 45.5 minutes this season, Bol is averaging 0.52 FanDuel points per minute and a 16.7% usage rate.

Denvers' Gary Harris (personal) starting on Sunday, Bol Bol to bench

Denver Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris (personal) is starting in Sunday's game against the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Harris will return to the court after the Nuggets' shooting guard missed two games for personal reasons. In his normal role with Denver's first unit, our models project Harris to score 18.9 FanDuel points at the salary of $4,600.

Harris' Sunday projection includes 9.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists.

Sacramento's Marvin Bagley (wrist) available for Sunday's game against Pelicans

Sacramento Kings power forward Marvin Bagley (wrist) will play in Sunday's contest against the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Bagley will be active against the Pelicans despite recent left wrist soreness. In his usual role with Sacramento's starting lineup, numberFire's models project 27.8 FanDuel points at the salary of $5,700.

Bagley's current projection includes 14.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.2 assists.

Source: James Ham

Eric Bledsoe will start in New Orleans' Sunday lineup against Kings

According to head coach Stan Van Gundy, New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe will start in Sunday's contest against the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Bledsoe will return to New Orleans' starting lineup after playing off the bench on Friday. In his normal role with the Pelicans' first unit, our models project Bledsoe to score 22.7 FanDuel points at the salary of $4,900.

Bledsoe's projection includes 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists.

Suns' Dario Saric (health protocols) ruled out for Monday

Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric (health protocols) has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

What It Means:

Saric has been ruled out due to health and safety protocols, joining Jalen Smith and Damian Jones. A timeline for his return is unknown at this time. With this trio ruled out, Deandre Ayton and Frank Kaminsky could see some additional minutes against Memphis.

Saric is averaging 10.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 18.1 FanDuel points per game so far this season.

Portland's C.J. McCollum (foot) sidelined for Monday's contest against Spurs

Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum (foot) is ruled out for Monday's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

McCollum will not active against the Spurs after leaving Saturday's game with a foot injury. Expect Gary Trent Jr. to play more minutes at the guard positions on Monday.

Trent Jr.'s current projection includes 11.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.

Memphis' Jonas Valanciunas (health protocols) ruled out for Monday's game against Suns

Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas (health protocols) will not play in Monday's contest against the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

According to Wojnarowski, Valanciunas has been ruled out after the Grizzlies' center entered league protocol. Expect Gorgui Dieng to play more minutes at the five if he is eligible on Monday.

According to Rotogrinders' Court IQ in 153.1 minutes this season with Valanciunas off the floor, Dieng is averaging 1.14 FanDuel points per minute and a 18.8% usage rate.

Minnesota's Ricky Rubio (health protocols) remains out on Monday

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio (health protocols) will not play in Monday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Rubio remains sidelined while in protocol. Expect Jarrett Culver to play more minutes against a Hawks' unit ranked 13th in defensive efficiency.

Culver's current Monday projection includes 6.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists.

Woj: Sunday's contest between Sixers and Thunder postponed

Sunday's game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Oklahoma City Thunder has been postponed.

What It Means:

According to Wojnarowski, Sunday's game will be postponed after the Sixers were unable to meet the league's roster requirement due to contract tracing. Expect more updates on future roster inactives when more details are released.

According to numberFire's models, Philadelphia ranks as one of the league's strongest teams with the seventh highest efficiency rating at 58.5 while the Thunder rate 27th with a 31.2 mark.

Brooklyn's Kyrie Irving (health protocols) questionable on Monday

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (health protocols) is questionable for Monday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Irving is listed as questionable after the Nets' star missed six games for personal reasons. If he is cleared to return, our models project Irving to score 38.8 FanDuel points in a tough matchup against a Bucks' unit ranked eighth in defensive efficiency.

Irving's current projection includes 23.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 6.1 assists.

Marvin Bagley (wrist) listed as questionable on Sacramento's Sunday injury report

Sacramento Kings power forward Marvin Bagley (wrist) is questionable to play in Sunday's contest against the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Bagley is questionable after recently dealing with left wrist soreness. Expect Richaun Holmes to play an increased role against a Pelicans' unit ranked 10th in defensive efficiency if Bagley is inactive on Sunday.

Bagley's current Sunday projection includes 13.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.1 assists.

Indiana's Myles Turner (hand) ruled out on Sunday

Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (hand) will not play in Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Turner will not available after experiencing right hand soreness. Expect Domantas Sabonis to play a lead role in an underrated matchup against a Clippers' unit ranked 26th in defensive efficiency.

Sabonis' current projection includes 19.8 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 5.6 assists.

Heat's Jimmy Butler (health protocols) out again on Monday

Miami Heat guard/forward Jimmy Butler (health protocols) will remain out for Monday's game against the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Butler, along with Avery Bradley, will remain sidelined due to health and safety protocols on Monday. Expect Duncan Robinson to continue to start in his place. Our models expect Robinson to play 30.5 minutes against Detroit.

Robinson's Monday projection includes 13.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 20.8 FanDuel points.

Miami's Tyler Herro (neck) questionable for Monday

Miami Heat shooting guard Tyler Herro (neck) is questionable for Monday's game against the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Herro is considered questionable to play against the Pistons on Monday with a neck injury. KZ Okpala started in his place on Saturday, and would likely return to the bench if Herro can return to action. Our models project Herro for 31.1 minutes against Detroit.

Herro's Monday projection includes 15.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 25.4 FanDuel points.

Houston's Eric Gordon (leg) probable for Monday

Houston Rockets shooting guard Eric Gordon (leg) is probable for Monday's game against the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Gordon is listed as probable for Monday, an excellent sign that he will return following a multi-game absence with a leg injury. If active, our models expect Gordon to play 27.2 minutes against Chicago.

Gordon's Monday projection includes 13.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 21.6 FanDuel points.

Source: Kelly Iko

Rockets' John Wall (knee) out again on Monday

Houston Rockets point guard John Wall (knee) has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Wall will miss his third consecutive game with left knee soreness. He remains without a timetable for return, and Stephen Silas said the team wants Wall to play a lot of games and not lose sight of their long-term goals. Victor Oladipo is expected to make his debut Houston debut on Monday.

Oladipo's Monday projection includes 19.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 33.8 FanDuel points. His salary is $7,000.

Source: Kelly Iko

Victor Oladipo to make Rockets' debut on Monday

Houston guard Victor Oladipo is expected to make his Rockets' debut in Monday's game against the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

According to Stephen Silas, Oladipo will play on Monday. He will have to wait a bit longer to play with John Wall, who remains out with a knee injury, but Houston could get Eric Gordon, probable with a leg injury, back. Our models expect Oladipo to play 32.1 minutes in his first game as a Rocket.

Oladipo's Monday projection includes 19.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 33.8 FanDuel points. His salary is $7,000.

Josh Green starting for Mavericks in place of Tim Hardaway Jr. Sunday

The Dallas Mavericks will start Josh Green with Tim Hardaway Jr. (groin) sidelined.

What It Means:

Green will enter the lineup with Hardaway Jr. sidelined. The rookie has had a role in the rotation recently but could take a big leap in court time in today's game.

Our models project Green to score 13.1 fantasy points in today's contest. FanDuel has set his salary at $3,500.

Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) available Sunday for Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks listed center Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) as available for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Porzingis is nursing an ankle sprain while he works his way back from last year's knee surgery. He was on the court for 29 minutes in Friday's game and could see a similar workload today.

Our models currently project Porzingis to score 41.2 fantasy points against the Bulls' struggling defense. FanDuel has set his salary at $7,400.

Source: NBA

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