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Zach McKinstry (back) scratched from Dodgers' Thursday lineup, Luke Raley batting eighth

Los Angeles Dodgers utility-man Zach McKinstry (back) is not starting in Thursday's game against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Luke Raley will man right field after Zach McKinstry was scratched with lower back stiffness.

Per Baseball Savant on 13 batted balls this season, Raley has produced a 15.4% barrel rate and a .287 expected average.

Chad Wallach catching for Marlins on Thursday

Miami Marlins catcher Chad Wallach is batting eighth in Thursday's lineup against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Wallach will start behind the plate after Sandy Leon was sent to the bench on Thursday night.

In a righty versus righty matchup against Aaron Sanchez, Wallach's Thursday salary stands at $2,100.

Lakers' Markieff Morris will start second half Thursday night

Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Markieff Morris will start the second half on Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Anthony Davis (calf) is back in the starting lineup for the first time since February 14 but he will be limited to 15 minutes and will only play in the first half. Kyle Kuzma will presumably remain in the starting lineup with Davis and Andre Drummond.

numberFire’s models project Morris for 17.6 FanDuel points versus the Mavericks and he has a salary of $4,800 on Thursday.

Mavericks' Maxi Kleber (back) out for Thursday's matchup against Lakers

Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber (back) is ruled out for Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

What It Means:

Kleber will not be active on Thursday night after suffering a lower back contusion. Expect Dorian Finney-Smith to log more minutes in a challenging opportunity agains a Lakers' unit ranked second in points allowed per game this season.

Finney-Smith's current projection includes 9.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists.

San Antonio's Lonnie Walker starting for Dejounte Murray on Thursday night

San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker is starting in Thursday's lineup against the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Walker will make his 31st start this season after Dejounte Murray was ruled out for rest purposes. In an underrated matchup against a Pistons' team ranked 17th in defensive efficiency, our models project Walker to score 22.8 FanDuel points at the salary of $3,500.

Walker's projection includes 13.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.

Source: Dan Weiss

Sekou Doumbouya entering Pistons' lineup Thursday for Jerami Grant

Detroit Pistons small forward Sekou Doumbouya will start on Thursday against the San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

Doumbouya will enter the lineup for Jerami Grant (quad) and make his fourth start of the season. He was a DNP-CD last game and missed the three before that with a sore neck.

numberFire’s models project Doumbouya for 7.3 FanDuel points in 14.6 minutes versus the Spurs and he has a salary of $3,500 on Thursday.

Source: Dan Weiss

Pistons starting Killian Hayes for resting Cory Joseph on Thursday

Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes is starting in Thursday's lineup against the San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

Hayes will make his tenth career start after Cory Joseph was rested against the Spurs. In an uptempo matchup against a San Antonio unit playing with 99.5 pace, our models project Detroit's rookie guard to score 23.8 FanDuel points at the salary of $4,400.

Hayes' Thursday projection includes 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 6.0 assists.

Source: Dan Weiss

Anthony Davis (calf) will play 15-minute first half for Lakers Thursday

Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Anthony Davis (calf) will start Thursday versus the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Davis will be limited to 15 minutes Thursday and will only play in the first half. It will be his first game since February 14. Markieff Morris (ankle) is available and will start the second half in place of Davis, so Kyle Kuzma will presumably remain in the starting lineup.

numberFire's models expect Davis to score 18.9 FanDuel points on Thursday and he has a $9,600 salary.

DeMar DeRozan (quad) a late scratch Thursday for Spurs versus Pistons

San Antonio Spurs guard/forward DeMar DeRozan (right quad contusion) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

DeRozan will join Dejounte Murray (rest) and Patrick Mills (rest) on the sidelines for the second leg of the back-to-back. It is also the Spurs' third game in four nights, so there could be some tired legs throughout the rotation. Lonnie Walker should take on a large role on offense for San Antonio. Luka Samanic figures to replace DeRozan in the starting lineup and Rudy Gay should see more minutes.

numberFire's models project Walker for 22.8 FanDuel points on Thursday and he has a $3,500 salary on the six-game slate.

Spurs starting Luka Samanic for inactive DeMar DeRozan on Thursday

San Antonio Spurs forward Luka Samanic is starting in Thursday's lineup against the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Samanic will make his fourth start this season after DeMar DeRozan was scratched on Thursday night. In a favorable opportunity against a Detroit team ranked 17th in defensive efficiency, Samanic's FanDuel salary stands at $3,500.

According to Rotogrinders' Court IQ in 61.3 minutes this season with San Antonio's current inactives, Samanic is averaging 0.75 FanDuel points and 0.29 field goal attempts per minute.

Source: Dan Weiss

Atlanta's Trae Young (ankle) out at least 2 games with Grade 2 sprain

Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young (ankle) has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain.

What It Means:

According to Spencer, Young will "definitely miss" Friday and Sunday's matchups against the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks. Expect Bogdan Bogdanovic to play an increased offensive role until Young is healthy enough to return.

According to Rotogrinders' Court IQ in 229.9 minutes with Atlanta's current inactives, Bogdanovic is averaging 0.95 FanDuel points and 0.48 field goal attempts per minute.

Detroit's Isaiah Stewart starting at center for inactive Mason Plumlee on Thursday

Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart is starting in Thursday's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

Stewart will start at the five after Mason Plumlee was given the night off against San Antonio. In a middling matchup against a Spurs' unit ranked 12th in defensive efficiency, our models project Stewart to score 28.6 FanDuel points at the salary of $5,500.

Stewart's projection includes 10.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 1.2 assists.

Source: Dan Weiss

Dodgers' Chris Taylor scratched on Thursday, Sheldon Neuse batting seventh

Los Angeles Dodgers utility-man Chris Taylor is not starting in Thursday's game against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Sheldon Neuse will start at second base and bat seventh with Zach McKinstry moving to right field after Chris Taylor was scratched from Thursday's lineup.

In a matchup against left-hander Ryan Weathers, Neuse's Thursday salary stands at $2,400.

Giants starting Curt Casali behind the plate on Thursday

San Francisco Giants catcher Curt Casali is batting sixth in Thursday's lineup against the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

Casali will catch on Thursday night after Buster Posey was rested against the Marlins.

numberFire's models project Casali to score 9.4 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,000.

San Antonio's Dejounte Murray (rest) ruled out on Thursday

San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (rest) will not play in Thursday's game against the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Murray will not be active for the second part of San Antonio's back-to-back for rest reasons. Expect Derrick White to play an increased role in an underrated matchup against a Detroit team ranked 17th in defensive efficiency.

White's Thursday projection includes 15.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists.

Source: RJ Marquez

Suns' Cam Johnson joining starters Thursday versus Celtics

Phoenix Suns small forward Cam Johnson will start on Thursday against the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

Johnson is replacing Jae Crowder (ankle) in the starting lineup over Dario Saric.

numberFire’s models project Johnson for 22.4 FanDuel points versus the Celtics and he has a salary of $3,800 on Thursday. Johnson is our top point-per-dollar play at the small forward position on tonight's six-game slate.

Sixers starting George Hill on Thursday, Shake Milton to bench

Philadelphia 76ers guard George Hill is starting in Thursday's lineup against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Hill will make his first start with the 76ers this season after Shake Milton was sent to the bench on Thursday night. In a revenge opportunity against this former team, our models project Hill to score 17.6 FanDuel points at the salary of $4,200.

Hill's Thursday projection includes 9.9 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.

76ers' Tobias Harris taking starting role back Thursday from Matisse Thybulle

Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris will start on Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Harris will replace Matisse Thybulle in the starting lineup in his return from a three-game absence for a right knee injury. Ben Simmons (illness) remains out, so Harris could see an expanded offensive role, especially if Joel Embiid is limited at all on the second leg of a back-to-back. There hasn't been any mention of a minutes limit for Harris and his return figures to cut into Furkan Korkmaz's usage.

numberFire’s models project Harris for 38.3 FanDuel points versus the Bucks and he has a salary of $7,500 on Thursday.

Sixers starting Seth Curry (hip) for Furkan Korkmaz on Thursday

Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry (hip) is starting in Thursday's contest against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Curry will return to Philadelphia's starting lineup after a one-game absence for hip injury management reasons. In a fast tempo matchup against a Bucks' team playing with a 102.4 pace, our models project Curry to score 20.3 FanDuel points at the salary of $3,500.

Curry's projection includes 11.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists.

Kemba Walker replacing Payton Pritchard at Celtics' point versus Suns

Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker will start on Thursday against the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Walker will reclaim the starting point guard spot from Payton Pritchard after missing the last game with an illness. Ditto for Marcus Smart. Jaylen Brown is out with a shoulder issue and Walker tends to see an uptick in usage when Brown is off the court.

Walker's usage rate increases by 5.4 percentage points with Brown off the court this season, according to RotoGrinders. numberFire’s models project Kemba for 36.3 FanDuel points versus the Suns and he has a salary of $6,900 on Thursday. He is our third-best point-per-dollar play at the point on tonight's six-game slate.

Evan Longoria batting cleanup for Giants on Thursday

San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria is starting in Thursday's contest against the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

Longoria will start at the hot corner after Tommy La Stella was moved to second and Donovan Solano was placed on the 10-day injured list with a calf injury.

Our models project Longoria to score 9.7 FanDuel points at the salary of $3,100.

Celtics' Romeo Langford starting over Semi Ojeleye Thursday

Boston Celtics shooting guard Romeo Langford will start on Thursday against the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Langford has drawn the start over Semi Ojeleye with Jaylen Brown (shoulder) out. He will be joined by Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, and Tristan Thompson.

numberFire’s models project Langford for 8.0 FanDuel points versus the Suns and he has a salary of $3,600 on Thursday.

San Francisco's Darin Ruf hitting fifth on Thursday night

San Francisco Giants first baseman / outfielder Darin Ruf is starting in Thursday's contest against the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

Ruf will operate left field after Alex Dickerson was benched against the Marlins.

In a righty versus lefty matchup against Daniel Castano, our models project Ruf to score 13.2 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,000.

Marcus Smart joining Celtics' starters Thursday in place of Jaylen Brown (shoulder)

Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart will start on Thursday against the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Smart is back in the starting lineup after missing the last game due to an illness. The same goes for Kemba Walker. Jaylen Brown (shoulder) has been ruled out, so Smart could see an uptick in usage.

numberFire’s models project Smart for 32.4 FanDuel points versus the Suns and he has a salary of $6,900 on Thursday.

Austin Slater leading off for Giants on Thursday

San Francisco Giants utility-man Austin Slater is starting in Thursday's contest against the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

Slater will patrol center field with Mauricio Dubon at shortstop and Brandon Crawford sitting out.

numberFire's models project Slater to score 11.1 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,700.

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