Recent NBA Player News
Jerome Robinson (foot) out on Tuesday for Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers guard Jerome Robinson will not play on Tuesday night against the Toronto Raptors.
Robinson hasn't played since Nov. 17, and it doesn't appear that the 21-year-old rookie is returning anytime soon.
In eight games this season, Robinson has averaged 2.9 points, 0.4 rebounds and 0.1 assists.
Trey Burke (knee) out on Wednesday for New York
New York Knicks guard Trey Burke will not play on Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Burke will now have missed five straight games, and the Knicks are much worse off because of it. Emmanuel Mudiay will continue to take over in his place.
In 21 games this season, Burke has averaged 12.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Luc Mbah a Moute out on Tuesday for Los Angeles
Los Angeles Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute will not play on Tuesday night in the team's game against the Toronto Raptors.
Mbah a Moute has now missed 22 straight games, although he's reportedly getting close to making a return.
In four games this season, Mbah a Moute averaged 5.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.5 assists.
Kawhi Leonard (hip) questionable for Raptors in front end of back-to-back
Toronto Raptors guard/forward Kawhi Leonard (bruised right hip) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin said he expects Leonard to play, but an official decision likely will not be announced until after pregame warmups. It's the front end of a back-to-back set for Toronto, so there's a solid chance Leonard sits out Wednesday's game versus the Golden State Warriors if he plays Tuesday.
numberFire's models expect Kawhi to play 35.7 minutes versus the Clippers and score 46.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $10,700.
Lou Williams (hamstring) questionable on Tuesday for Los Angeles
Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams is considered questionable on Tuesday night against the Toronto Raptors.
Williams reportedly tweaked his right hamstring in Monday night's overtime win against the Phoenix Suns, and his status for Tuesday's game could come down to the wire.
Should he play, our models project Williams for 14.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 23.9 FanDuel points in 23.7 minutes of action.
Jamal Crawford (knee) questionable on Tuesday for Phoenix
Phoenix Suns guard/forward Jamal Crawford is considered questionable on Tuesday night against the San Antonio Spurs.
Crawford missed Monday's game in the overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, and now he's in danger of missing a back-to-back. Keep a close eye on his status.
Should he play, our models project Crawford for 8.3 points, 1.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 13.7 FanDuel points in 18.0 minutes of action.
Devin Booker (hamstring) ruled out for Suns again Tuesday
Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker (hamstring) will not play on Tuesday against the San Antonio Spurs.
It will be Booker's fourth consecutive absence. De'Anthony Melton will likely draw another start.
Booker is averaging 37.6 FanDuel points over 19 games this season, with 23.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.2 steals, and 2.4 3-pointers per contest.
Victor Oladipo (knee) practices for Pacers Tuesday
Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (sore right knee) participated at Tuesday's practice.
Oladipo could be back as soon as Wednesday, although Friday or Sunday's contests seem more likely. He hasn't played since November 17 and will be on a minutes limit upon return. Tyreke Evans has been starting in place of Oladipo.
Dipo was averaging 40.4 FanDuel points per game before the injury. numberFire's models expect him to record 23.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.9 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 2.3 3-pointers per contest over the rest of the year.
Kyrie Irving cleared for Celtics versus Wizards
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is not on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards.
The shoulder issue will only cost Irving one game. Terry Rozier started in his place on Monday.
Kyrie is averaging 40.8 FanDuel points through 24 games. numberFire's models expect him to record 24.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.8 3-pointers per contest over the remainder of the year.
Jimmy Butler (groin) doubtful for 76ers Wednesday
Philadelphia 76ers guard/forward Jimmy Butler (strained groin) did not participate in Tuesday's practice and is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Butler left in the first quarter of Monday's game against the Detroit Pistons and didn't return. An MRI revealed the injury is "nothing significant," so Butler shouldn't miss more than a game or two. Furkan Korkmaz and Landry Shamet will likely see an uptick if Butler sits.
Jimmy Buckets is averaging 38.9 FanDuel points through 22 games this season. numberFire's models expect him to record 28.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.9 steals, and 2.7 3-pointers per contest over the remainder of the year.
Gordon Hayward (illness) doubtful for Celtics Wednesday
Boston Celtics guard/forward Gordon Hayward (illness) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards.
Hayward appears to be headed for a second consecutive absence. Marcus Morris and Jayson Tatum should see more minutes with Hayward on the shelf again.
Hayward is averaging 25.5 FanDuel points through 23 games. numberFire's models expect him to record 11.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.5 3-pointers per contest over the remainder of the year.
Allonzo Trier (hamstring) out for Knicks at least a week
New York Knicks shooting guard Allonzo Trier (strained left hamstring) will not play during the team's upcoming 3-game road trip and will be re-evaluated next week.
Trier sat out Sunday and will remain inactive until at least next Monday's home date against the Phoenix Suns. Frank Ntilikina and Damyean Dotson are in line for more minutes in the meantime.
Trier is averaging 18.2 FanDuel points through 27 NBA appearances, with 11.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 0.7 triples per contest.
John Wall (heel) a game-time call for Wizards on Wednesday
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (heel) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's matchup against the Boston Celtics, head coach Scott Brooks said.
Wall should be good to go if he makes it through pregame warmups without any issue. Otherwise, Austin Rivers and Tomas Satoransky will likely see more playing time.
Wall is averaging 41.3 FanDuel points through 25 games. numberFire's models expect him to record 18.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 triples per contest over the rest of the year.
Tristan Thompson reportedly out for Cavaliers 2-4 weeks with foot sprain
Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Tristan Thompson is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained left foot, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Thompson suffered the injury during Monday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks and was forced to make an early exit. Larry Nance figures to benefit the most while Thompson is out. Jaron Blossomgame should also see more minutes.
Thompson is averaging 31.2 FanDuel points over 27 games, with career-highs in points (12.0), rebounds (11.8), assists (2.2), and steals (0.8).
Tobias Harris scores 33 with full line, Clippers win in overtime
Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris scored 33 points (11-of-19 field goals, 2-of-4 3-pointers, 9-of-9 free throws) with 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, and 4 turnovers in 41.3 minutes of a 123-119 overtime win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday.
It was Harris' second 30-point game of the season and he set a new season-high for made free throws. The Clippers host the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday to close out the back-to-back set.
Harris posted a season-high 52.1 FanDuel points on Monday. numberFire's models expect him to turn in 34.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $7,700 on Tuesday versus Toronto.
Luke Kennard leads Pistons' loss to 76ers with career-high 28 points
Detroit Pistons shooting guard Luke Kennard scored a career-high 28 points (11-of-18 field goals, 5-of-8 3-pointers, 1-of-2 free throws) with 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 turnovers in 36.7 minutes of a 116-102 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.
The minutes were also a new career-high, as Kennard thrived in his second start of the season. His previous respective season-highs were 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 triple. The second-year man may be due for more minutes moving forward. Detroit visits the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.
Kennard finished with a season-high 37.1 FanDuel points, almost tripling his previous season-high (13.8 FanDuel points).
Al Horford 'day-to-day' for Celtics with patellar tendinitis
Boston Celtics forward/center Al Horford (knee) has been dealing with patellar tendinitis, head coach Brad Stevens said on Monday.
“He’s day-to-day right now, but we may go slowly with him,” Stevens noted. Horford said he's been dealing with soreness for "probably like a month now," but is hopeful that things will improve in "a couple more days." Daniel Theis has started each of the past two games for Boston in place of Horford.
Horford is averaging 31.4 FanDuel points through 22 games. numberFire's models project him to record 18.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game over the rest of the year.
Anthony Davis scores 41 with 4 steals in Pelicans' loss
New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis scored 41 points (17-of-34 field goals, 7-of-9 free throws) with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals in 37.8 minutes of a 113-100 loss to the Boston Celtics on Monday.
Davis finished 2 points and 1 steal shy of his season-highs in those marks. It was his fourth 40-point game of the season and the hip injury doesn't appear to be an issue anymore. The Pelicans host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
Davis scored 64.4 FanDuel points in the loss. He's averaging 60.5 FanDuel points through 24 games this season.
Stephen Curry torments Timberwolves in Warriors' win with 38 points, plenty more
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored 38 points (12-of-23 field goals, 7-of-14 3-pointers, 7-of-7 free throws) with 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, and 2 turnovers in 35.8 minutes of a 116-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.
Curry has now scored 30-plus in three of five games since returning from his groin injury. He's shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc this season, both of which are on pace for new career-highs. The Warriors host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.
Steph finished with 62.4 FanDuel points. It was his second 60.0-point outing of the season and both have come in the past three games. Curry is averaging 46.7 FanDuel points through 16 games overall.
Nikola Mirotic (ankle) makes an early exit for the Pelicans on Monday
New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic (ankle) will not return on Monday night.
Mirotic suffered a sprained ankle in the first half against the Boston Celtics. Darius Miller and Cheick Diallo will see extra minutes off the bench for however long Mirotic is out for.
Mirotic finished with 3 points and 1 rebound and 4.2 FanDuel points in 7 minutes on Monday.
Minnesota's Robert Covington (knee) will play and start on Monday
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robert Covington (knee) will play and start on Monday versus the Golden State Warriors.
Covington sat out on Sunday with the knee injury but will be good to go against the Dubs on Monday. Derrick Rose will head back to the bench. Josh Okogie will likely leave the rotation as well.
Our models project Covington for 31.5 FanDuel points in 37.3 minutes on Monday.
Mason Plumlee starting on Monday for Denver
Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee starting at power forward on Monday night.
Plumlee replaces Trey Lyles at the four spot against the Memphis Grizzlies. The duo will continue to both earn starts, based on matchups, with Paul Millsap out at least a month.
Plumlee was projected for 21.2 Fanduel points in 18.7 minutes before the lineup switch was announced.
Denver's Jamal Murray (shin) available to play on Monday night
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (shin) is available to play on Monday versus the Memphis Grizzlies
Murray hurt his shin last time out and was considered a game-time decision. He is good to go, which is huge for the Nuggets who are already down three starters (Paul Millsap, Gary Harris, and Will Barton).
Our models project Murray for 34.5 FanDuel points in 39.1 minutes on Monday.
Paul Millsap (toe) to miss the next 4-to-6 weeks for Denver
Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (toe) will be out the next four-to-six weeks with a broken toe, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Millsap broke his toe on Friday and was without a timetable over the weekend. The Nuggets are now hurting as they are down three starters (Gary Harris and Will Barton too) for the next few weeks. Trey Lyles and Mason Plumlee will see extra minutes with both earning starts depending on the matchup.
Millsap has averaged 13.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game.
Josh Jackson will come off the Suns' bench on Monday
Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson will come off the bench on Monday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Jackson filled in for an injured T.J. Warren the last few games but returns to a reserve role on Monday. He is in line for a few extra minutes though, as Warren will be on a minutes limit against the Clippers.
Our models project Jackson for 24.5 FanDuel points in 24.9 minutes on Monday.
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