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J.R. Smith (elbow) is now active for Cleveland on Friday

Cleveland Cavaliers guard/forward J.R. Smith is now active for Friday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

What It Means:

He may not see a ton of run, but he'll at least be available for the Cavs should they need him tonight.

If he does see the court, we project Smith for 9.6 FanDuel points tonight.

Source: Joe Vardon

Grizzlies' Marc Gasol (back) will play and start on Friday night

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (back) will play and start on Friday night.

What It Means:

Gasol has been dealing with a back injury since Wednesday but after testing it out in pregame warmups is good to go on Friday. He could see limited minutes, especially against an awful Atlanta Hawks team on Friday.

Our models project Gasol for 16.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 4.0 assists for 36.8 FanDuel points on Friday.

Troy Daniels (concussion) will not play for Suns on Saturday

Phoenix Suns guard Troy Daniels will not play on Saturday against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Daniels, who averaged 20.5 minutes per game last year, is going to have a tough time getting a large amount of run this season. He's dealing with a healthy (knock on wood) Devin Booker, Josh Jackson starting at shooting guard, and the newly acquired Jamal Crawford.

We project Daniels to average 8.7 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks this season.

Kris Dunn (personal) listed as out for Saturday by Chicago

Chicago Bulls point guard Kris Dunn (personal) is listed as out for Saturday's game against the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

The information comes from the game notes, which is not the most accurate source of information. Dunn sat out the season opener on Thursday for the birth of his child and could do so as well on Saturday. Cameron Payne would likely start in his place against the Pistons.

Our models project Dunn for 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 6.9 assists for 37.6 FanDuel points on Saturday.

Suns' Deandre Ayton (ankle) questionable for Saturday

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton is questionable for Saturday's game against the Denver Nuggets due to an ankle injury.

What It Means:

Ayton rolled his ankle in practice. The Suns aren't going to risk further injury to one of the cornerstones of their future, so if he does play, take it as a sign that he's healthy and roll him out in your lineups with full confidence.

If he's able to give it a go tomorrow night, we project him to score 33.2 FanDuel points.

Source: Bob Young

Julius Randle (foot) is availble to play on Friday for New Orleans

New Orleans Pelicans forward Julius Randle (foot) is available to play on Friday night versus the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Randle is dealing with a plantar fascia issue in his left foot but is good to go on Friday. The injury tends to linger, so expect him to pop up on the injury report from time-to-time this season.

Our models project Randle for 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 26.5 minutes for 30.5 FanDuel points on Friday night.

Allen Crabbe will come off the bench for Nets on Friday

Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe will come off the bench against the New York Knicks on Friday night.

What It Means:

The Nets will run with their same starting five from opening night. Expect Crabbe to get back in the starting lineup once he's fully back up to speed.

We project Crabbe to score 23.2 FanDuel points tonight.

Cavs' J.R. Smith (elbow) will not play on Friday

Clevland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith (elbow) will not play on Friday night.

What It Means:

That makes two straight games with Smith on the sidelines to start the season. Rodney Hood will get all the minutes he can handle at shooting guard with Jordan Clarkson seeing decent run behind him against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Smith is projected for 9.8 points and 1.6 threes per game this season.

Russell Westbrook (knee) will not play on Friday night for Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (knee) has been ruled out on Friday night.

What It Means:

Westbrook will not play for the second consecutive game even after putting in what was called an "intense practice session" on Friday. Dennis Schroder will start in his place against the Los Angeles Clippers with Paul George maintaining a high usage rate.

Our models project Westbrook for 27.7 points, 10.2 rebounds, 10.1 assists, and 1.8 steals per game in 2018-19.

Larry Nance (ankle) will remain out for Cleveland on Friday

Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Larry Nance (ankle) will not play on Friday night.

What It Means:

Nance will miss his second straight game after spraining his ankle last week. The injury appears to be bad enough, it could cost the big man more time. Kevin Love will be forced to play more at center with Ante Zizic seeing some minutes on Friday as well.

Our models project Nance for 10.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 25.5 minutes this season.

Jonas Valanciunas headed to bench on Friday for Toronto

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will be relegated to the bench on Friday night against the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

Valanciunas had been starting at center, but against the Celtics, Serge Ibaka will replace him in the lineup.

Our models project Valanciunas for 10.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 24.4 FanDuel points in 21.3 minutes.

Marc Gasol (back) will be a game-time call on Friday for Memphis

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (back) will be a game-time decision against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.

What It Means:

Gasol left Wednesday's season opener briefly with the back injury, and it looks like the injury has lingered. Facing a terrible Hawks team, Gasol may opt to rest on Friday and save himself for later int he season. Jaren Jackson will likely find his way into the starting lineup if Gasol doesn't play.

Our models project Gasol for 36.8 FanDuel points in 33.2 minutes if he does suit up on Friday night.

Serge Ibaka back in the Raptors' starting lineup in place of Jonas Valanciunas on Friday

Toronto Raptors forward/center Serge Ibaka is starting at center on Friday night.

What It Means:

Ibaka replaces Jonas Valanciunas at the five as the Raps go small against the Boston Celtics on Friday. Ibaka played 27 minutes off the bench in the season opener on Wednesday.

Our models projected Ibaka for 10.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks in 26.6 minutes for 21.3 FanDuel points before the lineup change was announced on Friday.

Wayne Ellington (ankle) doubtful on Saturday for Mimi

Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington will likely not play on Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

Ellington has yet to make an appearance this season, and despite being considered questionable as of Friday morning, he was downgraded to doubtful.

In 77 games last season, Ellington averaged 11.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game.

James Johnson (groin) out for Miami on Saturday

Miami Heat forward James Johnson will not play on Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

Johnson hasn't practiced yet this season, so his near future doesn't signal a return anytime soon. Derrick Jones Jr. will start in his place in the meantime.

In 73 games last season, Johnson averaged 10.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game.

Dion Waiters (ankle) out on Saturday for Miami

Miami Heat guard/forward Dion Waiters will not play on Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

Waiters has been out since the final chunk of last season, so the Heat are easing him back in. Even when he returns, it's likely that he'll be on a minutes restriction.

In 30 games last season, Waiters averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game.

Knicks' Courtney Lee (neck) ruled out on Friday

New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (neck) will not play on Friday versus the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Lee missed the season opener on Wednesday and will sit out Friday as well. He is still considered day-to-day. Tim Hardaway Jr started at shooting guard, and Frank Ntilikina was at small forward on Wednesday and will likely do so again against the Nets.

Lee is projected, by our models, for 7.6 points and 0.9 three-pointers in 22.2 minutes this season.

Allen Crabbe (ankle) playing on Friday for Brooklyn

Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe is playing on Friday night against the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

Crabbe missed the season opener on Wednesday night against Detroit, but that absence seems to just have been precautionary in nature. Expect Crabbe to eat into Joe Harris' minutes.

Our models project Crabbe for 13.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 23.3 FanDuel points in 28.2 minutes.

Nets' Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (personal) out against Knicks on Friday

Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (personal, groin) will not play on Friday against the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

RHJ welcomed a baby boy into the world today and is also bothered by a groin injury he suffered earlier this summer. He will sit out another game with Jared Dudley likely to start again in his place.

Our models project Hollis-Jefferson for 14.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.1 steals this season.

Andre Iguodala (calf) out on Friday for Warriors

Golden State Warriors guard/forward Andre Iguodala will not play on Friday against the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Iguodala has barely played in the young 2018 season thus far, and him missing another game is a worrisome sign. Expect Jordan Bell to pick up additional minutes in his stead.

In 10 minutes so far this season, Iguodala has two points, two rebounds, and two assists.

Kris Dunn (personal) uncertain for Bulls Saturday

Chicago Bulls point guard Kris Dunn's (personal) status is uncertain for Saturday's game against the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Dunn missed Wednesday's season opener for unknown personal reasons and remains away from the team. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said he may change the starting lineup if Dunn is out again.

numberFire's models currently project Dunn to average 14.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 1.4 3-pointers in 31.3 minutes per game this season.

Mavericks' Harrison Barnes (hamstring) unlikely to make season debut Saturday

Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes (strained right hamstring) practiced on Friday but is "unlikely" to play Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, head coach Rick Carlisle said.

What It Means:

Barnes practiced on Friday as he continues to trend toward playing. Dorian Finney-Smith started in place of Barnes in Wednesday's season opener.

numberFire's models project Barnes for 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.4 3-pointers in 34.8 minutes per game this season.

Source: Tim Cato

Devin Harris (hamstring) sitting for Mavericks 'at least' two games

Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris (left hamstring strain) is out "at least a couple of games," head coach Rick Carlisle said.

What It Means:

Harris was lifted from the first half of Wednesday's season opener versus the Phoenix Suns. J.J. Barea and Jalen Brunson will benefit while Harris is sidelined.

numberFire's models project Harris to average 7.2 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 3-pointers in 15.5 minutes per game this season.

Russell Westbrook (knee) status in air for Thunder Friday

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (right knee) went through a Friday afternoon workout to determine his status for Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Royce Young of ESPN described the workout as "pretty high energy." Westbrook sat out Tuesday's season opener while still rehabbing from offseason surgery. Dennis Schroder started at point guard and Paul George logged a busy 33.7 usage rate with Westbrook sidelined.

numberFire's models currently project Westbrook to average 27.7 points, 10.2 rebounds, 10.1 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.7 3-pointers per game this season.

Marc Gasol (back) questionable for Grizzlies Friday

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (back soreness) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Gasol made a brief exit during Wednesday's season opener but he returned and finished with 13 points (2-of-11 field goals, 7-of-8 free throws) with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 3-pointers in 30.2 minutes of play. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ivan Rabb would both be in line for a boost if Gasol is ruled out Friday.

Operating under the assumption he plays, numberFire's models currently project Gasol to score 36.8 FanDuel points in 30.2 minutes at a cost of $8,300 on Friday.

Source: NBA.com

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