Recent NBA Player News

Warriors' Draymond Green (knee) is now considered probable for Friday

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (knee) has been upgraded to "probable" to play Friday versus the New Orleans Pelicans, per Mark Medina of the Mercury News.

What It Means:

Earlier in the day, it looked like Green was doubtful to play but after he got in a full practice on Thursday, the Warriors expect him to play against the Pels. With all the back and forth, continue to keep an eye out for Green's status on Friday.

Green collected 39.7 FanDuel points despite leaving early in the Warriors' season opener on Tuesday.

Michael Beasley (ankle) exits Knicks' game early on Thursday

New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley (ankle) has been ruled out for the rest of Thursday's game versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Beasley landed on Russell Westbrook's foot, twisting his ankle in the process. After a few possessions, he limped to the locker room and will not return on Thursday. Expect more details to come after the game.

Beasley played just 1 minute, sinking 1 shot for 2 points before exiting on Thursday.

Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle) is questionable to play for Kings in Dallas

Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle) is questionable to play on Friday night.

What It Means:

Bogdanovic missed the season opener with an ankle injury and could sit out again on Friday. If he doesn't play, Justin Jackson is the favorite to start with Buddy Hield earning extra minutes.

Our models project Bogdanovic for 18.8 FanDuel points against the Dallas Mavericks if he plays on Friday.

Clippers' Milos Teodosic expected to start over Austin Rivers on Thursday

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Milos Teodosic is expected to start alongside Patrick Beverley on Thursday night.

What It Means:

In a bit of a surprise, the Clippers will start the 30-year-old rookie against the Los Angeles Lakers. Teodosic looked good running the first-team offense in the preseason, racking up 22 assists in 4 games. Austin Rivers will come off the bench.

Our models project Teodosic for 25.9 FanDuel points in 23.8 minutes played on Thursday night.

Zach Randolph (oral surgery) is questionable to play Friday for Sacramento

Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph (oral surgery) is questionable to play Friday versus the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Randolph sat out Wednesday's season opener and is in danger of missing another game on Friday. If he sits out, Skal Labissiere will continue to start at power forward.

If Randolph plays, our models see him collecting 30.2 FanDuel points versus the Mavs.

Enes Kanter starting for Knicks on opening night

New York Knicks center Enes Kanter will start for the New York Knicks against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.

What It Means:

Kanter will start at center in the Knicks season opener, with Willy Hernangomez beginning the game on the bench.

Our model projects Kanter for 13.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 25.8 minutes, totaling 26.4 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,900.

Source: Rotowire

Ramon Sessions opens up the season as Knicks' starting point guard

New York Knicks point guard Ramon Sessions is starting versus the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.

What It Means:

Sessions signed a one-year contract this offseason to provide veteran leadership at the point. He is expected to start for the Knicks most of the year but will likely relinquish the job to first-round pick Frank Ntilikina later this season.

Our models project Sessions for 10.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists for 19.5 FanDuel points while costing $4,600 on Thursday.

Paul Zipser to start at small forward for Bulls

Chicago Bulls small forward Paul Zipser is expected to start against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday.

What It Means:

Zipser will open the season as the Bulls starting small forward. His status was not completely certain after he missed the final preseason game with a back injury, but he has been confirmed as starting tonight.

Our models project Zipser for 8.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 31.2 minutes, totaling 17.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,800.

Source: Rotowire

Norman Powell is starting at small forward for Toronto

Toronto Raptors guard/forward Norman Powell is starting at small forward in the 2017-18 season opener on Thursday.

What It Means:

Powell will be the 14th different starting small forward in the last 15 years for Toronto as he beat out C.J. Miles for the honors. The 24-year-old started 17 games last season, primarily at the two-guard spot. Powell did spend 21% of his time at small forward in his second NBA season though.

Our models project Powell for 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 13 assists for 20.7 FanDuel points against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday.

Orlando's Aaron Gordon (ankle) is questionable for Friday

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (ankle) is questionable to play versus the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, per John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com.

What It Means:

It is unclear when Gordon hurt his ankle as the forward played 34 minutes on Wednesday night. Hopefully, he feels better on Friday as the 22-year-old is in line for a nice matchup against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, who gave up 141 points in their season opener.

Our models project Gordon for 16.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists for 31.6 FanDuel points on Friday night.

Wade Baldwin IV agrees to two-way contract with Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Wade Baldwin IV has agreed to a two-way contract with the team.

What It Means:

Baldwin was released by the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this week, just one year after he was selected in the first round of the NBA draft. He will likely spend time in the G League since this is a two-way deal.

In his 2016 rookie season, Baldwin averaged 3.6 points, 1.8 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 12.3 minutes per game.

Warriors' Andre Iguodala (back) remains questionable for Friday night

Golden State Warriors guard/forward Andre Iguodala (back) is questionable to play on Friday night versus the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Iguodala sat out the season opener on Tuesday but was able to participate in practice on Wednesday. A better indication of his availability will be after Friday morning's shootaround. Patrick McCaw and Nick Young will see a drop in minutes if Iggy can suit up against the Pels.

Our models project Iguodala for 7.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 25.9 minutes for 20.3 FanDuel points if he can play on Friday.

Boban Marjanovic's role with Pistons in doubt after DNP-CD in opener

Detroit Pistons center Boban Marjanovic was a DNP-CD versus the Charlotte Hornets in Wednesday's opener.

What It Means:

Andre Drummond was in foul trouble, but Marjanovic wound up playing behind both Jon Leuer and Eric Moreland on Wednesday night. The Pistons won, so head coach Stan Van Gundy may be inclined to go with the same approach again, although he claims the backup-center minutes will be handled "by committee." Detroit faces the Washington Wizards on Friday.

numberFire's models project Marjanovic to average 9.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks in 15.6 minutes per game this season.

Wizards' Otto Porter goes 0-for-3 from deep on Wednesday

Washington Wizards small forward Otto Porter scored just 10 points while missing all 3 of his three-pointers in Wednesday's season opener.

What It Means:

A disappointing performance from Porter, who shot 43.4% from downtown last season. He was 5-for-11 from the field, overall while adding 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 block to finish with a sound fantasy night. Porter could be in line for another tough shooting night on Friday as the Detroit Pistons held the Charlotte Hornets to under 40% shooting in their season opener.

Porter finished with 31.6 FanDuel points on Wednesday and is projected for 30.2 fantasy points versus the Pistons.

Lakers' Josh Hart (Achilles) won't play in Thursday's opener

Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (Achilles) will not play against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

What It Means:

Hart is day-to-day with bursitis. His absence will create more opportunity for Jordan Clarkson with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (suspension) also out.

numberFire's models project Hart to average 5.9 points, 0.8 3-pointers, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.9 assists in 14.8 minutes per game this season.

Jimmy Butler scores just 12 points in T-Wolves' debut

Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Jimmy Butler scored 12 points with 4 rebounds and 3 assists in the season opener.

What It Means:

Butler was 5-for-12 from the floor, taking fewer shots than Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. His 18.8% usage percentage was a significant drop from last year's number with the Chicago Bulls too. While it was only one game, it looks like Butler could be the third-option in Minnesota, delivering his fantasy value a bigger hit than anticipated.

Butler finished with 21.3 FanDuel points, bringing 2.5x value. He is projected for a bounce back against the Utah Jazz on Friday with 24.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 5.3 assists for 41.8 fantasy points.

Markieff Morris (hernia) making progress for Wizards

Washington Wizards forward/center Markieff Morris (hernia) participated in Thursday's non-contact practice.

What It Means:

Morris was originally expected to return in mid-November, but it sounds like he may be ahead of schedule. That will eventually mean fewer minutes for Kelly Oubre and likely Jason Smith (shoulder) as well.

numberFire's models believe Morris will average 10.9 points, 1.1 3-pointers, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 0.7 steals in 30.7 minutes across 63 games this season.

Victor Oladipo lights it up in limited minutes for Pacers

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo scored 22 points in 25 minutes in Wednesday's season opener.

What It Means:

Oladipo was in foul trouble, limiting his minutes, but was on fire when on the floor. The guard was 6-for-12 from the floor but 8-for-10 from the line in a game lacking defense. Oladipo added 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals on Wednesday. The Portland Trail Blazer will provide a much stiffer challenge for the Pacers on Friday night.

Oladipo returned 7x value for DFS owners with 43.0 FanDuel points. He is projected for a quieter night against the Balzers with 25.8 fantasy points in 30.5 minutes on Friday.

Eric Bledsoe says Suns 'need to make improvements' after blowout loss

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe says the team "needs to make some improvements" after a 124-76 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in Wednesday's opener.

What It Means:

Bledsoe was 5-for-18 from the field and 1-for-6 from the 3-point line on Wednesday while finishing with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block in over 29 minutes. It was an absolutely dreadful showing for Phoenix and an ominous sign for fans of what this season may have in store. Perhaps things will be easier for Bledsoe and the Suns on Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bledsoe scored 28.3 FanDuel points on Wednesday after our models projected him for 37.5. Over the remainder of the season, we expect Bledsoe to average 21.1 points, 1.7 3-pointers, 6.2 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals on 44.2 percent shooting from the field.

Ricky Rubio dishes 10 assists in Jazz' debut

Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio dished out 10 assists while scoring 9 points and grabbing 5 rebounds in Wednesday's season opener.

What It Means:

Rubio had a quiet night overall as he owned just a 19.5% usage rate, shot 3-for-9 from the floor, and committed 3 turnovers. The Jazz used a balanced offense on Wednesday and are expected to more of the same when they face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.

Rubio finished with 33.0 FanDuel points for a 4.7x value on Wednesday. He is projected to do a tick better against the T-Wolves with 35.5 fantasy points in 34.5 minutes on Friday night.

Kemba Walker drops 24 points in Hornets' opening night loss

Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker scored 24 points on 6-for-13 shooting from the field while hitting 11-of-13 free throws in Wednesday's loss to the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Walker's 24 points were a team-high as he posted a 30.0% usage percentage. He added 4 assists, which could have been higher but his teammates shot just 38.3% on the night. Walker will be in position for a better night against the Atlanta Hawks who posted a 108.3 defensive rating on Wednesday.

Walker finished with 33.2 FanDuel points against the Pistons. He is projected for an even better night on Friday with 41.6 fantasy points against the Hawks.

Jeremy Lamb scores 15 points in start for the Hornets

Charlotte Hornets guard/forward Jeremy Lamb scored 15 points with 4 rebounds, and 2 assists as he started at shooting guard on Wednesday night.

What It Means:

Lamb was starting at the 2-guard in place of an injured Nicolas Batum on Wednesday. He will likely continue to do so until Batum can return in late-December/January. Lamb was 4-for-10 from the field and 7-for-8 from the line as he played 28.4 minutes in an overall balanced performance.

Lamb posted 6.8x value on on Wednesday as he scored 23.8 FanDuel points while costing just $3,500. He is projected for more of the same on Friday with 21.4 fantasy points but at likely a higher price tag against the Atlanta Hawks.

Devin Booker off-target in Suns' opening night loss

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker shot 6-for-17 for 12 points in Wednesday's blowout loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Booker was 0-for-3 from long-range and failed to take a foul shot on Wednesday. Despite the lack of points, he saved his fantasy night with a solid all-around performance. Booker ended up with 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block in just 27 minutes of action.

Booker finished with a solid 30.0 FanDuel points on Wednesday and is projected for even more as the Suns face the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. Our models see Booker scoring 23.0 points with 3.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists for 32.9 FanDuel points.

Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge has a vintage performance on Wednesday

San Antonio Spurs forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points with 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks in Wednesday's season opener.

What It Means:

In his first season with the Spurs, Aldridge posted just 3 games with 25 points and 10 rebounds. He benefited from Kawhi Leonard sitting out as he took a team-high 21 shots and posted a 30.9% usage percentage. With the trainwreck called the Chicago Bulls next on the docket, expect Aldridge to take flourish in what could be limited minutes on Saturday.

Aldridge achieved 6.6x value on Wednesday with 46.0 FanDuel points at the cost of $7,000. He is projected for a more modest performance, 32.0 fantasy points, on Saturday.

Nuggets' Nikola Jokic struggles to score on Wednesday

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic recorded 12 rebounds and 8 assists but scored just 7 points in Wednesday's loss to the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Jokic went 3-for-10 from the floor as he was defended by one of the NBA's best centers in Rudy Gobert. He was 1-for-4 from three and committed 4 turnovers. With a much softer defense in the Sacramento Kings on tap next, Jokic should be able to bounce back on Saturday.

Jokic posted 29.4 FanDuel points, despite the low scoring output. He is projected for 20.7 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 6.3 assists for 47.5 fantasy points versus the Kings.

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