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Hawks' Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) will not return to Game 6 on Friday

Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) will not return to Game 6 against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.

What It Means:

Bogdanovic is dealing with right knee soreness and will not return, according to the Hawks.

Bogdanovic will finish Game 6 with 7 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist in 29 minutes played.

Donovan Mitchell (ankle) available for Jazz in Game 6 on Friday

Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell (ankle) is available for Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

What It Means:

Mitchell has been upgraded from questionable to available and will remain in the starting lineup for Game 6 on Friday. Our models expect him to play 37.5 minutes against the Clippers.

Mitchell's Game 6 projection includes 28.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 44.3 FanDuel points. His salary is $9,400.

Mike Conley (hamstring) starting for Jazz in Game 6 on Friday, Joe Ingles coming off the bench

Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley (hamstring) is active and starting in Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

What It Means:

Conley is set to return to the starting lineup for Game 6 on Friday with Joe Ingles moving to the bench. Our models expect Conley to play 29.6 minutes against the Clippers.

Conley's Game 6 projection includes 12.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 28.2 FanDuel points. His salary is $7,500.

Utah's Mike Conley (hamstring) available for Game 6 on Friday

Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley (hamstring) is available for Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

What It Means:

Conley has been upgraded to available and will be active on Friday for the first time since June 2nd after missing time with a hamstring injury. Donovan Mitchell (ankle) is a game-time decision. Our models expect Conley to play 29.6 minutes in Game 6.

Conley's Game 6 projection includes 12.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 28.2 FanDuel points. His salary is $7,500.

76ers' Joel Embiid (knee) available for Game 6 on Friday

Philadelphia 76ers catcher Joel Embiid (knee) is available for Game 6 against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.

What It Means:

Embiid has been upgraded from questionable to available and will play in a win-or-go-home game 6 against the Hawks on Friday. Our models expect him to play 36.2 minutes against Atlanta.

Embiid's Game 6 projection includes 33.0 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 57.7 FanDuel points. His salary is $11,200.

Hawks' Trae Young (shoulder) available for Game 6 on Friday

Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young (shoulder) is available for Game 6 against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.

What It Means:

As expected, Young has been upgraded from probable to available and will play in Game 6 on Friday. Our models expect him to play 40.2 minutes against the 76ers.

Young's Game 6 projection includes 28.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 10.5 assists, and 47.6 FanDuel points. His salary is $10,300.

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Nets' Kyrie Irving (ankle) out for Game 7 showdown with Bucks on Saturday

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (ankle) has been ruled out of Game 7 against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.

What It Means:

Irving will not recover in time to play on Saturday and will remain sidelined for a pivotal showdown with the Bucks. Jeff Green started in Game 6's loss to Milwaukee and could draw another start in Game 7. Our models expect Green to play 26.5 minutes against the Bucks.

Green's Game 7 projection includes 10.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 19.1 FanDuel points.

Woj: Jazz's Mike Conley (hamstring) could return Friday

Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley (hamstring) is working toward a return to the lineup on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Conley strained his hamstring on June 2 in Game 5 versus the Memphis Grizzlies and he revealed earlier this week that he suffered a "small setback" on June 10. He indicated on Wednesday that the state of the series would determine his status, and with the Jazz down 3-2 to the Clippers, Conley may tough it out in some capacity. Donovan Mitchell is dealing with an ankle injury and is expected to be a game-time decision.

numberFire's models project Conley for 28.2 FanDuel points in 29.6 minutes versus the Clippers. He has a $7,500 salary on Friday's two-game slate.

Donovan Mitchell (ankle) heading toward GTD for Jazz Friday

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (ankle) is expected to be a game-time decision for Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Mitchell's right ankle injury likely contributed to him shooting below 35.0 percent in each of the past two games. He scored a playoff-low 21 points in Wednesday's surprising Game 5 loss and said afterward that the injury is "just something I'm going to have to deal with." Mike Conley (hamstring) is "working toward a return to the lineup," per Woj, so Mitchell could have somewhat of a reduced workload. The Jazz trail the Clippers, 3-2, in the Western Conference Semifinal series.

numberFire's models expect Mitchell to score 44.3 FanDuel points over 37.5 minutes on Friday and he has a $9,400 on tonight's two-game slate. He averaged 49.3 FanDuel points in Games 1-4 before producing a postseason-low 35.5 FanDuel points in Game 5.

Thunder trade Al Horford to Boston

The Oklahoma City Thunder are trading forward/center Al Horford and center Moses Brown, along with a 2023 second-round pick, to the Boston Celtics for point guard Kemba Walker, a 2021 first-round pick, and a 2025 second-round pick.

What It Means:

Horford played just 28 games last season before the Thunder went into tank mode and shut the veteran down for the final six weeks of the season. The 35-year-old veteran will offer some depth for Boston in the front-court behind Robert Williams. Horford previously spent three seasons with the Celtics from 2016-2019.

Horford averaged 31.6 FanDuel points in 27.9 minutes per game for the Thunder with 14.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks, and 2.0 3-pointers.

Moses Brown traded from Thunder to Celtics

The Boston Celtics are acquiring center Moses Brown from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Brown and Al Horford are being sent to the Celtics in exchange for Kemba Walker and some picks. Brown, 21, flashed some promise for the Thunder last season with 12 double-doubles over 43 games (32 starts). He will likely compete with Horford for minutes off the bench behind Robert Williams.

Brown averaged 24.2 FanDuel points over 21.4 minutes per game last season with 8.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks.

Celtics send Kemba Walker, picks to Thunder for Al Horford, Moses Brown

The Boston Celtics are trading point guard Kemba Walker, a 2021 first-round pick, and a 2025 second-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for forward/center Al Horford , center Moses Brown, and a 2023 second-round pick.

What It Means:

Walker, 31, was limited to 43 games last season due to lingering knee issues. He recorded a career-low 23.8 percent assist rate and averaged 19.3 points per game, his lowest output since 2014. The Thunder may decide to send Walker elsewhere before the start of next season, but if he stays around, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander could shift to shooting guard. Oklahoma City now holds three first-round picks in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Kemba averaged 33.6 FanDuel points during the regular season with a 55.9 true shooting percentage.

Donovan Mitchell (ankle) questionable for Utah Friday night

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is considered questionable to play Friday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Mitchell is now dealing with an ankle injury after the team lost in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals, and with the season on the line, he could be held out. Keep a close eye on his status over the next 24 hours. Should Mitchell sit, Jordan Clarkson could enter the starting lineup.

Our models project Mitchell for 28.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 44.3 FanDuel points across 37.5 minutes of action.

Mike Conley (hamstring) questionable for Utah in Game 6

Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley is considered questionable to play Friday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Conley is dealing with a hamstring injury, and he's yet to suit up this series. But with the Jazz's backs against the wall, he could make a return to the court for Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals. If Conley is to miss another game, Joe Ingles should remain in the starting lineup.

Our models currently project Conley for 12.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 28.2 FanDuel points across 29.6 minutes of action.

Trae Young (shoulder) probable for Atlanta in Game 6

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young is listed as probable to play Friday in the team's game against the Philadelphia 76eres.

What It Means:

Young is still dealing with the shoulder ailment, but it seems as though he'll once again play through it. The Hawks had an incredible come-from-behind win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and now they'll have a chance to win the series at home.

Our models project Young for 28.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 10.5 assists and 48.9 FanDuel points across 40.2 minutes of action.

Joel Embiid (knee) questionable for 76ers Friday

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is considered questionable to play Friday in the team's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Embiid is dealing with a knee injury, and his status for Friday is up in the air. The 76ers collapsed in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the fourth quarter, and now their backs are up against the wall. If Embiid is held out or limited in any way, Philadelphia's season could be over. Dwight Howard would be in store for more minutes.

Our models currently project Embiid for 31.9 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 56.6 FanDuel points across 36.2 minutes of action.

Jeff Green starting for Brooklyn in Game 6; Bruce Brown to bench

Brooklyn Nets guard/forward Jeff Green is in the lineup Thursday in the team's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

The Nets are shaking up the starting lineup heading into a potential series-clinching tilt against the Bucks. In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Green will be elevated into a starting role. Bruce Brown will head to the bench in a corresponding move.

Our models project Green for 13.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 25.1 FanDuel points across 33.9 minutes of action.

Kawhi Leonard (knee) ruled out for Friday's Game 6 matchup

According to head coach Ty Lue, Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (knee) will not play in Friday's Game 6 playoff contest against the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Leonard will miss his second straight postseason game after Los Angeles' superstar suffered a knee injury. Expect Paul George to play a lead offensive role against a Jazz unit allowing 41.4 FanDuel points to shooting guard per game this regular season.

George's Friday projection includes 28.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 6.1 assists.

Bruce Brown coming off Nets' bench Thursday

Brooklyn Nets guard Bruce Brown is playing with the second unit Thursday in the team's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

After starting for the start of the series, Brown is heading to the bench. In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, veteran wing Jeff Green will get the nod instead in the starting lineup.

Our models project Brown for 7.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 18.1 FanDuel points across 19.5 minutes of action.

Terance Mann starting for Clippers in Game 5 on Wednesday in place of injured Kawhi Leonard (knee)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Terance Mann is in the starting five for Game 5 against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Mann will enter the starting lineup for a pivotal game 5 showdown with the Jazz on Wednesday. Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out due to an ACL sprain. Our models expect Mann to play 26.2 minutes against Utah.

Mann's Game 5 projection includes 8.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 16.5 FanDuel points. His salary is $3,700.

Hawks' Trae Young (shoulder) available for Game 5 on Wednesday

Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young (shoulder) is available for Game 5 against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

What It Means:

As expected, Young has been upgraded from probable to available and will play in Game 5 against the 76ers on Wednesday. Our models expect him to play 39.7 minutes against Philadelphia.

Young's Game 5 projection includes 26.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 10.4 assists, and 45.3 FanDuel points. His salary is $10,400.

76ers' Joel Embiid (knee) available and starting in Game 5 on Wednesday

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (knee) is available for Game 5 against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Embiid has been upgraded from questionable to available and will remain in the starting lineup for Game 5 on Wednesday. Our models expect him to play 36.2 minutes against Atlanta.

Embiid's Game 5 projection includes 30.5 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 55.2 FanDuel points. His salary is $10,800.

Nets' Kyrie Irving (ankle) out for Game 6 on Thursday

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (ankle) has been ruled out of Game 6 against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.

What It Means:

Irving will remain sidelined for Game 6 on Thursday with a right ankle sprain he suffered during the first quarter of Game 4. James Harden is available for Brooklyn as they look to close out the series. If the Nets lose on Thursday, Irvings' next chance to play would come in Game 7 on Saturday.

Irving is averaging 26.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 44.4 FanDuel points per game this season.

Utah's Mike Conley (hamstring) out again for Game 5 on Wednesday

Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley (hamstring) has been ruled out of Game 5 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Conley will remain sidelined on Wednesday as he continues to battle a hamstring injury that has ruled him out since June 2nd. His next chance to play will come in Game 6 on Friday.

The Jazz are 7.5-point favorites against the Clippers, who will be without Kawhi Leonard (knee) on Wednesday. Their implied team total of 114.0 points is the second-highest team total on Wednesday's main slate, according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map.

Suns' Chris Paul in COVID-19 protocol, out indefinitely

Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul has entered the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols and is sidelined indefinitely, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

What It Means:

Shams says Paul's status for the start of the Western Conference finals is "up in the air" as the Suns wait to play the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers-Utah Jazz series. The NBA has not released the schedule for the Western Conference Finals. Cameron Payne would likely see the largest increase in usage if Paul is ruled out.

CP3 is averaging 36.5 FanDuel points per game this postseason. Payne played without Paul once during the regular season and put up 33.8 FanDuel points. The Clippers allowed the eighth-most FanDuel points per game to the point guard position during the regular season and the Jazz allowed the third-fewest.

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