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Utah's Simone Fontecchio (foot) available on Friday

Utah Jazz forward Simone Fontecchio (foot) is available for Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Fontecchio will be active in a second unit role after Utah's forward was listed as questionable with foot soreness.

According to Rotogrinders' Court IQ in 211.4 minutes this season, Fontecchio is averaging 0.69 FanDuel points per minute and a 19.4% usage rate.

Kyrie Irving requests trade from Nets

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has requested a trade, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

What It Means:

Irving informed the Nets he will leave for free agency in July if they don't trade him ahead of the February 9 deadline. He's coming off his best month of the season and just earned another All-Star starting bid, but Irving's expiring contract and unpredictable off-court behavior could complicate potential trade offers. The Nets' next game is on Saturday versus the Washington Wizards.

Kyrie averaged 29.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 3.8 3-pointers over 13 games in January, yielding 51.1 FanDuel points per contest. numberFire's models project Kyrie for 30.9 minutes and 38.4 FanDuel points on Saturday against the Wiz.

Luka Doncic (heel) ruled out for Mavericks' Saturday matchup

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (heel) will not play in Saturday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

Doncic will sit out on Saturday after the Mavericks' superstar was forced to leave on Thursday with a heel injury. In a matchup versus a Warriors' team ranked 16th in defensive rating, expect Josh Green and Spencer Dinwiddie to see a bump in usage while Doncic is inactive.

Per Rotogrinders' Court IQ in 374.2 minutes this season with Doncic off the floor, Green is averaging 0.70 FanDuel points and a 14.7% usage rate while Dinwiddie's production stands at 1.17 FanDuel points per minute with a 30.2% usage rate in a 671.0 minutes sample size.

Pacers list Daniel Theis (knee) as questionable on Friday

Indiana Pacers power forward Daniel Theis (knee) is questionable for Friday's contest against the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

After playing seven minutes in his season debut on Thursday, Theis' status is currently in limbo for the later part of the Pacers' back-to-back. In a favorable spot versus a Kings' team ranked 28th in points allowed per game in the paint, expect Oshae Brissett to see more time off the bench if Theis is ruled out.

Theis' current Friday projection includes 7.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 0.8 assists.

Indiana's Tyrese Haliburton (knee/elbow) questionable for Friday's game versus Kings

Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton (knee/elbow) is questionable to play in Friday's game versus the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Haliburton's availability for the second half of Indiana's back-to-back is currently in question after Indiana's point logged 35 minutes in his return on Thursday. Expect T.J. McConnell to see more minutes against a Kings' team ranked 21st in defensive rating if Haliburton is inactive.

Haliburton's current projection includes 17.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 8.7 assists.

Dennis Smith Jr. (wrist) probable Friday for Hornets

Charlotte Hornets point guard Dennis Smith Jr. (wrist) is probable for Friday against the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Smith played 20 minutes on Thursday versus the Chicago Bulls and scored 7 points on 3-6 field goals and 1-2 3-pointers with a rebound and an assist. He may have tweaked his wrist in the process, but it shouldn't keep Smith on the sidelines for the second half of the Hornets' back-to-back. Cody Martin (knee) and Kelly Oubre (hand) will both remain out.

numberFire's models project DSJ for 21.1 minutes and 20.6 FanDuel points on Friday, and he has a $4,000 salary on the Main slate. Per our NBA Heat Map, the Hornets’ implied total (119.25) is No. 6 out of 16 active teams today and the game total (240.0) is second-highest on the board.

Portland's Jerami Grant (concussion symptoms) available on Friday

Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerami Grant (concussion symptoms) will play in Friday's game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Grant will be active on Friday night after Portland's forward was listed as questionable with concussion symptoms. In a matchup versus a Washington team ranked ninth in FanDuel points (42.9) in FanDuel points allowed per game to his position, our models project Grant to score 34.0 FanDuel points.

Grant's Friday projection includes 19.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.

Jusuf Nurkic (calf) sidelined for Trail Blazers through All-Star break

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic underwent an MRI on Thursday that revealed a left calf strain.

What It Means:

Nurkic, who suffered the injury on Wednesday versus the Memphis Grizzlies, is expected to return after the All-Star break. Drew Eubanks is the favorite to replace Nurkic in the starting lineup and there will be more work for Jerami Grant (concussion, questionable) in the frontcourt. Trendon Watford also stands to benefit while Nurkic is inactive.

Grant is averaging 44.8 FanDuel points without Nurkic this season and 31.9 when they are both active, leading the Blazers with a plus-12.9 point differential. Eubanks is second on the squad at plus-7.0 FanDuel points per game (23.4) when Nurkic is inactive.

Tre Jones (foot) downgraded Friday for Spurs

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tre Jones (left foot soreness) is out Friday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

Jones has been downgraded from doubtful due to a foot injury he suffered early in Wednesday's game versus the Sacramento Kings. Romeo Langford (hip) and Devin Vassell (knee) are both still out for the Spurs, so there will be more work for Malaki Branham, Josh Richardson, and Keita Bates-Diop. Keldon Johnson should also take on a larger role on offense for San Antonio.

Keldon averages 44.7 FanDuel points per 36 minutes on a massive 32.5% usage rate with Jones, Vassell, and Jeremy Sochan (back) off the floor this season. Branham has a $4,400 FanDuel salary on Friday, and with a projection of 25.9 FanDuel points over 34.9 minutes, he's currently numberFire's second-best point-per-dollar value on the eight-game slate. Richardson ($5,500) is registering a 23.7% usage rate and 1.04 FanDuel points per minute without Jones, Langford, Vassell, and Sochan on the floor this season.

Nets' T.J. Warren (shin) headed for another absence Saturday

Brooklyn Nets forward T.J. Warren (shin) is expected to remain out Saturday versus the Washington Wizards, per head coach Jacque Vaughn.

What It Means:

Warren has been making progress, but he's headed for a fourth straight absence on Saturday. His next opportunity to play will be on Monday versus the Los Angeles Clippers. Cam Thomas, Day'Ron Sharpe, and Yuta Watanabe will have additional minutes off the bench for at least one more contest.

Thomas is averaging an additional 7.5 FanDuel points per game without Warren (14.5) this season, which is the largest differential on the Nets. Over the last two contests, he registered 20.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 2.5 3-pointers in 23.5 minutes per game, good for an average of 25.3 FanDuel points.

Ben Simmons (knee) unlikely back Saturday for Brooklyn

Brooklyn Nets forward Ben Simmons (knee) is expected to remain out Saturday versus the Washington Wizards, per head coach Jacque Vaughn.

What It Means:

Simmons underwent a recent MRI on his left knee that came back clean, per Vaughn, but he's still headed for a fourth straight absence on Saturday. His next opportunity to play will be on Monday versus the Los Angeles Clippers. Cam Thomas and Patty Mills will continue to have more minutes available without Simmons.

Thomas is averaging an additional 9.8 FanDuel points per game without Simmons (17.9) this season. Over the last two contests, he registered 20.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 2.5 3-pointers in 23.5 minutes per game, good for an average of 25.3 FanDuel points.

Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) available Friday for Houston

Houston Rockets forward Jae'Sean Tate will play Friday in the team's game against the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Tate has been sidelined lately due to right ankle injury management, as the team looks to monitor his workload. However, he is now listed available to take the floor to kick off the weekend.

Our mdoels project Tate for 10.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 20.5 FanDuel points across 20.9 minutes of action.

Simone Fontecchio (foot) questionable for Jazz Friday night

Utah Jazz guard Simone Fontecchio is considered questionable to play Friday in the team's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Fontecchio is dealing with left foot soreness. As a result, he has been listed questionable for Friday's affair. Keep an eye on his status over the next 22 hours.

In 26 games this season, Fontecchio is averaging 3.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 5.6 FanDuel points.

Bryn Forbes (ankle) questionable Friday for Minnesota

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Bryn Forbes is considered questionable to play Friday in the team's game against the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

Forbes is dealing with a sprained right ankle. As a result, he has been listed questionable for Friday's affair. Keep an eye on his status over the next 24 hours.

In 22 games this season, Forbes is averaging 3.3 points, and 5.7 FanDuel points.

Taurean Prince (ankle) questionable for Timberwolves on Friday

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taurean Prince is considered questionable to play Friday in the team's game against the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

Prince keeps being listed questionable as he deals with a sprained left ankle, though he ultimately plays through the tag. Now, he is once again listed questionable. Keep an eye on his status over the next 22 hours.

Our models currently project Prince for 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 19.7 FanDuel points across 24.8 minutes of action.

Tre Jones (foot) doubtful Friday for San Antonio

San Antonio Spurs guard Tre Jones is considered doubtful to play Friday in the team's game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

Jones is dealing with left foot soreness. It's why he left Wednesday's game early, and now, he has been listed doubtful for Friday night's contest. Keep an eye on his status over the next 24 hours, but it's safe to assume he'll sit. Josh Richardson and Malaki Branham should see more work.

Our models currently project Jones for 12.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 29.2 FanDuel points across 28.1 minutes of action.

Cory Joseph (back) out again for Indiana Friday night

Detroit Pistons guard Cory Joseph will not play Friday in the team's game against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

Joseph is dealing with low back soreness. He missed time with it recently, and he has now been ruled out of action again to kick off the wekeend.

In 36 games this season, Joseph is averaging 4.6 points, 1.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 11.9 FanDuel points.

Donovan Mitchell ejected Thursday night for Cleveland

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell has been ejected Thursday in the team's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

What It Means:

Mitchell was punched below the belt by Dillon Brooks midway through the third quarter on Thursday, and he responded by throwing the basketball at the Grizzlies wing's head. As a result, both were ejected from action.

Before exiting, Mitchell had 6 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds and 21.3 FanDuel points.

Dillon Brooks ejected for Grizzlies on Thursday

Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks has been ejected Thursday in the team's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Brooks was ejected after being assessed a Flagrant 2 foul for hitting Cavaliers wing Donovan Mitchell below the belt. He will leave his team shorthanded for the final quarter and a half of action.

Before exiting, Brooks had 9 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds and 13.9 FanDuel points.

Davis Bertans (calf) won't return for Mavericks on Thursday

Dallas Mavericks forward Davis Bertans will not return Thursday in the team's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Bertans is dealing with a left calf strain, which he suffered in the second quarter of action. Now, he has been ruled out for the rest of the night in Dallas.

Before exiting, Bertans had 9 points, 2 rebounds and 11.4 FanDuel points.

Anthony Gill (health protocols) remains out Friday for Wizards

Washington Wizards forward Anthony Gill will not play Friday in the team's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Gill will remain in the COVID-19 health and safety protocols to kick off the weekend.

In 36 games this season, Gill is averaging 3.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 6.1 FanDuel points.

Romeo Langford (adductor) ruled out for San Antonio on Friday

San Antonio Spurs guard Romeo Langford will not play Friday in the team's game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

Langford is dealing with left adductor tightness, which is why he's been out recently. Now, he has officially been ruled out of action again to kick off the weekend.

In 32 games this season, Langford is averaging 7.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 14.7 FanDuel points.

Jeremy Sochan (back) won't play Friday for Spurs

San Antonio Spurs forward Jeremy Sochan will not play Friday in the team's game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

Sochan is dealing with lower back soreness. It's why he left Wednesday's game early and did not return. Now, he has officially been ruled out of action to kick off the weekend. Expect more work for Doug McDermott and Stanley Johnson.

In 45 games this season, Sochan is averaging 9.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 21.3 FanDuel points.

Alex Caruso (foot) won't return for Bulls on Thursday

Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso will not return Thursday in the team's game against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

Caruso went to the locker room late in the second quarter. Now, the team has ruled him out for the rest of the night due to a right foot sprain. Expect more minutes for Goran Dragic and Coby White.

Before exiting, Caruso had 7 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds and 14.1 FanDuel points.

Jonathan Kuminga starting for Warriors Thursday in place of injured Draymond Green

Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga will start Thursday in the team's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Kuminga comes off the bench when the Warriors are at full strength. However, they won't be on Thursday, as Draymond Green was just scratched due to right calf soreness. As a result, Kuminga will start on the wing.

Our models currently project Kuminga for 8.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 16.4 FanDuel points across 17.9 minutes of action.

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