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Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis (knee) available on Tuesday

Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (knee) will play in Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Porzingis is active on Tuesday despite logging 26 minutes in the first half of Dallas' back-to-back situation. In his usual role with the Mavericks' starting unit, our models project Porzingis to score 35.7 FanDuel points.

Porzingis' projection against the Suns includes 16.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists.

Nicolas Batum playing with Charlotte's second unit with Miles Bridges starting on Tuesday

Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum is not starting in Tuesday's lineup against the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

Batum will come off Charlotte's bench with Miles Bridges starting on Tuesday.

In a role with the Hornets' second unit, our models project the veteran to score 17.5 FanDuel points.

Update: Devonte' Graham active despite illness, starting for Hornets on Tuesday

Charlotte Hornets point guard Devonte' Graham is starting on Tuesday versus the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

Graham was initially ruled out with an illness, but he apparently is feeling well enough to play on Tuesday. Dwayne Bacon was previously announced as a starter in place of Graham.

Graham is averaging 34.9 FanDuel points per game this season.

Miles Bridges back in Hornets' lineup Tuesday, Nicolas Batum on bench

Charlotte Hornets small forward Miles Bridges is starting on Tuesday versus the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

Bridges is back in the first unit after Nicolas Batum drew the start this past Friday in his native homeland of France. Bridges has scored fewer than 5 points in three of his last four games.

numberFire's models expect Bridges to score 23.6 FanDuel points on Tuesday. He's priced at $4,700.

Dwayne Bacon entering Hornets' lineup Tuesday in place of Devonte' Graham (illness)

Charlotte Hornets shooting guard Dwayne Bacon is starting on Tuesday versus the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

Devonte' Graham is out with an illness, so Bacon is entering the lineup for the 11th time this season. He averaged 9.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 3-pointers in his previous starts.

numberFire's models expect Bacon to score 16.5 FanDuel points on Tuesday. He's priced at $3,700.

Cavaliers' Kevin Porter Jr. (ankle) active on Tuesday

Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Kevin Porter Jr. (ankle) will play in Tuesday's matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Porter Jr. is available on Tuesday despite an ankle injury. In a role off Cleveland's bench, our models project Porter Jr. to score 14.7 FanDuel points.

Porter's Tuesday projection includes 7.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.

Charlotte's Devonte' Graham (illness) ruled out on Tuesday

Charlotte Hornets point guard Devonte' Graham (illness) will not play in Tuesday's matchup against the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

Graham will not be available after coming down with an illness. Malik Monk should see a huge boost in usage and playing time on Tuesday.

Monk's projection against the Knicks includes 10.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.

76ers' Matisse Thybulle returning to bench Tuesday

Philadelphia 76ers small forward Matisse Thybulle is available off the bench Tuesday versus the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

Thybulle is being replaced in the lineup by Joel Embiid (hand) following six straight starts. Shake Milton will stick with the first unit. Thybulle is averaging 5.0 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.0 3-pointers off the bench this season.

numberFire's models expect Thybulle to score 23.1 FanDuel points on Tuesday. He's priced at $4,400.

Sixers' Joel Embiid (hand) starting on Tuesday, Matisse Thybulle off bench

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (hand) is starting in Tuesday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

Embiid will officially return after missing time with a hand injury. In his usual role with Philadelphia's starting unit, our models project Embiid to score 47.1 FanDuel points.

Embiid's Tuesday projection includes 23.3 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.

Ersan Ilyasova starting for Bucks in place of Giannis Antetokounmpo (shoulder) versus Wizards

Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova is starting on Tuesday versus the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Giannis Antetokounmpo is sidelined with a right shoulder injury, so Ilyasova is entering the lineup for the fourth time this season. He averaged 17.5 points and 15.5 rebounds in his last two starts.

numberFire's models expect Ilyasova to score 25.4 FanDuel points on Tuesday. He's priced at $3,700.

LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) ruled out again for Spurs on Wednesday

San Antonio Spurs forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge (right thumb sprain) will not play on Wednesday versus the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

It will be Aldridge's second straight absence. Jakob Poeltl scored 16 points with 13 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 blocks as a fill-in starter on Monday. Trey Lyles scored 10 points with 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 triples in an expanded role.

Aldridge is averaging 37.2 FanDuel points per game. numberFire's models project him for 18.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.8 blocks over the rest of the season.

Atlanta's Bruno Fernando (calf) out for Tuesday's game against Raptors

Atlanta Hawks power forward Bruno Fernando (calf) is ruled out for Tuesday's matchup against the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Fernando is not available after suffering a left calf strain. Cam Reddish should play an increased role against the Raptors.

Reddish's current Tuesday projection includes 10.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.

Heat's Kendrick Nunn (Achilles) remains out on Tuesday

Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn (Achilles) will not play in Tuesday's matchup against the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

Nunn will miss his third consecutive game after experiencing left Achilles soreness. Expect Goran Dragic to play more minutes at the guard positions until Nunn is ready to return.

Dragic's projection against the Celtics includes 15.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 4.9 assists.

Boston's Jayson Tatum (groin) remains sidelined on Tuesday

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (groin) is ruled out for Tuesday's matchup against the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Tatum will miss his third straight game after suffering a right groin injury. Expect Marcus Smart to play an increased role on Tuesday.

Smart's projection against the Heat includes 13.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 5.0 assists.

Source: Jay King

Clint Capela (heel) questionable for Rockets against Trail Blazers

Houston Rockets forward/center Clint Capela (right heel contusion) is questionable to play on Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Capela missed Monday's game to tend to a lingering heel issue. P.J. Tucker moved to center and Danuel House entered the lineup while Isaiah Hartenstein was limited to just 5.9 minutes off the bench. Check back for an update on Capela's status after Wednesday's morning shootaround.

Capela is averaging 39.5 FanDuel points per game. numberFire's models project him for 12.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks over the rest of the season.

Grizzlies' Jae Crowder (knee) out for Tuesday's matchup against Nuggets

Memphis Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder (knee) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Crowder will miss his second straight contest with a right knee soreness. Kyle Anderson should see more minutes at the forward positions on Tuesday.

Anderson's projection against the Nuggets includes 6.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists.

Kevin Porter Jr. (ankle) expected to play for Cavaliers on Tuesday

Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Kevin Porter Jr. (ankle) is expected to play on Tuesday versus the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Porter tweaked his ankle in his return to action on Monday, but he managed to play through it after a brief exit. Dante Exum is replacing Darius Garland (rest) in the starting lineup on Tuesday, but Porter could see a boost off the bench if his ankle is okay. The late first-round pick was limited to 16.4 minutes on Monday.

numberFire's models expect KPJ to score 14.7 FanDuel points on Tuesday. He's priced at $3,900.

Cavaliers starting Dante Exum for inactive Darius Garland on Tuesday

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Dante Exum is starting in Tuesday's lineup against the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Exum will start on Tuesday after Darius Garland was ruled out for rest reasons. In a new role with Cleveland's first unit, our models project Exum to score 22.4 FanDuel points.

Exum's projection includes 10.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists.

Source: Angel Gray

Philadelphia's Joel Embiid (hand) active on Tuesday

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (hand) will play in Tuesday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

Embiid is active on Tuesday after missing time with a left hand injury. In his first game back, our models project the Philadelphia center to score 47.1 FanDuel points.

Embiid's projection against the Warriors includes 23.2 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.

Houston's James Harden (thigh) questionable on Wednesday

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (thigh) is questionable for Wednesday's matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Harden is questionable after missing two straight games with a left thigh contusion. Expect Eric Gordon to play more minutes at the guard positions if Harden is not available against Portland.

Harden's current Wednesday projection includes 36.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 7.3 assists.

Raptors' Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (knee) officially ruled out on Tuesday

Toronto Raptors forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (knee) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Hollis-Jefferson is not available after leaving Sunday's game with an ankle sprain. Serge Ibaka should play more minutes on Tuesday.

Ibaka's projection against the Hawks includes 14.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists.

Derrick Rose (knee) not listed on Pistons' injury report for Wednesday's game against Brooklyn

Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose (knee) is not listed on the team's injury report for Wednesday's matchup against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Rose is likely to return after missing one game with right knee soreness. In his usual role with Detroit's starting unit, our models project Rose to score 31.2 FanDuel points.

Rose's projection includes 18.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 5.9 assists.

Detroit's Andre Drummond (wrist) questionable for Wednesday's matchup against Nets

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (wrist) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Drummond is questionable after suffering a left wrist sprain. Christian Wood should play an increased role offensively if Drummond is sidelined against the Nets.

Drummond's current projection on Wednesday includes 17.5 points, 14.9 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.

Toronto's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (ankle) downgraded to doubtful on Tuesday

Toronto Raptors forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (ankle) is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Hollis-Jefferson's Tuesday status is now doubtful after suffering a right ankle sprain on Sunday. Serge Ibaka should play more minutes off Toronto's bench if Hollis-Jefferson is ruled out.

Ibaka's current projection against the Hawks includes 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.

Joel Embiid (hand) a GTD for 76ers versus Warriors

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (hand) is a game-time decision for Tuesday's game versus the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

Embiid hasn't played since January 6. He met with the surgeon who operated on his hand Tuesday to seek clearance for a return. If Embiid is cleared, Matisse Thybulle will likely return to the second unit. Ben Simmons also figures to be less involved on offense.

numberFire's models expect Embiid to score 47.1 FanDuel points on Tuesday. He's priced at $9,000.

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