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Suns' Tyler Johnson (sore right knee) out Monday

Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Johnson (sore right knee) will sit out on Monday against the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

He has already missed Phoenix's last two games as well. De'Anthony Melton could see more playing time in his absence and gave a solid performance his last time out.

Johnson is averaging 21.7 FanDuel points per game this season.

Kelly Oubre (thumb) will not play for Suns versus Bulls Monday

Phoenix Suns small forward Kelly Oubre (left thumb sprain) will not play versus the Chicago Bulls on Monday.

What It Means:

Oubre was previously listed as questionable on Monday. His absence figures to mean more work for Josh Jackson and Mikal Bridges. DeAndre Ayton should also see a boost.

Oubre is averaging 36.8 FanDuel points over the past five games, with 22.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.2 steals, and 1.8 triples on 50.6 percent shooting from the field.

Julio Teheran to toe rubber Opening Day for Braves

Atlanta Braves pitcher Julio Teheran will be the team's Opening Day starter, manager Brian Snitker announced Monday.

What It Means:

This became the clear choice when the Braves confirmed Mike Foltynewicz would start the season on the injured list with an elbow injury. It will be Teheran's sixth straight Opening Day start.

numberFire's models expect Teheran to pick up 10 wins in 2019 while posting a 4.16 ERA and 1.26 WHIP with 168 strikeouts and 75 walks across 184 innings.

Source: Gabe Burns

Dennis Smith Jr. (back) still out Monday for Knicks

New York Knicks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. (sore lower back) will not play on Monday versus the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Emmanuel Mudiay has started the past two games in place of Smith and Kadeem Allen has taken on backup point guard duties. Mudiay turned in one of his best games of the season on Sunday, with 28 points (8-of-11 field goals, 9-of-10 free throws), 2 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 block, and 3 triples over 32.8 minutes.

DSJ is averaging 26.7 FanDuel points per game this season. In 17 games with the Knicks, he's putting up 14.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.1 triples per contest.

Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins (sore foot) out Monday

Golden State Warriors forward DeMarcus Cousins (sore foot) will not play on Monday against the San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

This could be a precautionary measure on the front end of a back-to-back for Golden State. Andrew Bogut and Kevon Looney could see an uptick in playing time Monday.

Cousins is averaging 36.8 FanDuel points per game this season.

Andre Iguodala (tooth) ruled out for Golden State Monday

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will miss Monday's game against the San Antonio Spurs due to a tooth extraction.

What It Means:

Kevin Durant is back in the lineup for Golden State, but Alfonzo McKinnie could also pick up some minutes in Iguodala's absence.

Iguodala is averaging 19.6 FanDuel points per game this season.

Richaun Holmes (right quad strain) ruled out again for Suns Monday

Phoenix Suns power forward Richaun Holmes (right quad strain) will not play versus the Chicago Bulls on Monday.

What It Means:

Holmes' second straight absence figures to create more minutes for Dragan Bender and Mikal Bridges. 2018 second-round pick Ray Spalding also may have earned more work after scoring 8 points with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks in 14.7 minutes on Saturday.

Holmes is averaging 19.1 FanDuel points in 16.4 minutes per game this season.

Blake Griffin to take a breather for Clippers versus Cavaliers in second half of back-to-back

Detroit Pistons forward/center Blake Griffin will rest against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.

What It Means:

The Pistons are 7.0-point road favorites on the second half of a back-to-back set, so they opted to give Griffin his third breather of the season. Andre Drummond figures to be asked to do more work on offense while Jon Leuer or Thon Maker could be in line for a start. Luke Kennard only attempted one shot on Sunday, but he tends to see the biggest boost when Griffin is unavailable.

Griffin is averaging 41.6 FanDuel points in 67 games this season, with 24.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 0.7 steals, and 2.5 triples per contest.

Kelly Oubre (thumb) questionable for Suns Monday

Phoenix Suns small forward Kelly Oubre (left thumb sprain) is questionable to play on Monday versus the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

The Suns (17-54) and Bulls (19-52) own two of the four worst records in the NBA, so there's some additional incentive for Oubre to be held out. He's been crushing it over the past five contests, with 22.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.2 steals, and 1.8 triples on 50.6 percent shooting from the field. Josh Jackson should see more minutes and DeAndre Ayton should see more work if Oubre sits.

In the event Oubre plays Monday, numberFire's models expect him to score 32.3 FanDuel points. He's priced at $6,900.

Kevin Durant (ankle) will return for Warriors Monday

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (ankle) will return on Monday versus the San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

Durant missed the past two games with a right ankle sprain. Andre Iguodala, who started both games in Durant's place, will not play due to a tooth extraction.

numberFire's models expect KD to score 43.6 FanDuel points on Monday, at a cost of $9,600.

Bengals reportedly part with Vontaze Burfict

The Cincinnati Bengals released linebacker Vontaze Burfict, reports Dianna Russini of ESPN.

What It Means:

Burfict appeared in just 43-of-80 games over the last five seasons due to multiple concussions and suspensions. Entering what will be his age-29 campaign, Burfict is unlikely to return to the level of play that earned him a Pro Bowl bid in 2013.

Burfict recorded 33 tackles (16 solo) and 3 pass deflections in seven games last season.

DeMarre Carroll drops 22 in Nets' loss on Sunday

Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll had 22 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal on Sunday in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers' on Sunday.

What It Means:

Carroll was 7-for-13 in the field, 3-for-6 from three-point range and 5-for-5 from the free throw line in 33 minutes.

He is averaging 20.3 FanDuel points per game this season.

Sacramento's Harry Giles scores 16 points against the Bulls on Sunday

Sacramento Kings forward Harry Giles had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocks in a win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

What It Means:

Giles was 8-for-14 from the field in 21 minutes.

He is averaging 15.6 FanDuel points per game this season.

Kings' Buddy Hield scores 16 on Sunday

Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield had 16 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 block in a win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

What It Means:

Hield was 6-for-12 from the field, 2-for-3 from three-point range and 2-for-2 from the free throw line in 25 minutes.

He is averaging 31.0 FanDuel points per game this season.

Danilo Gallinari drops 20 with 11 rebounds for the Clippers on Sunday

Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari had 20 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal in a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.

What It Means:

He was 7-for-17 from the field, 1-for-5 from beyond the arc and 5-for-5 from the free throw line in 31 minutes.

Gallinari is averaging 32.1 FanDuel points per game this season.

Kyle Lowry (ankle, questionable) expected to sit for Toronto again Monday

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (left ankle sprain) is questionable to play on Monday versus the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun tweeted Sunday that he expects Lowry to join Kawhi Leonard (load management) on the bench for the second half of Toronto's back-to-back set. As 11.5-point home favorites, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Raptors hold Lowry out again. Jeremy Lin and Fred VanVleet stand to benefit the most from Lowry's potential absence.

Lowry is averaging 36.9 FanDuel points over 56 games this season, with 14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 9.1 assists, 1.4 steals, and 2.5 triples per contest.

Clippers' Montrezl Harrell gets a double-double Sunda

Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell had 20 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assists, 3 blocks, and 1 steal on Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Harrell was 8-for-17 from the field and 4-for-6 from the free throw line in 34 minutes.

He is averaging 32.5 FanDuel points per game this season.

Kawhi Leonard (load management) out for Raptors Monday on second half of back-to-back

Toronto Raptors guard/forward Kawhi Leonard (load management) will not play on Monday versus the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

Leonard played three games in a row for the first time since early February and this is the second half of a back-to-back set for Toronto, so this was an obvious decision. One of OG Anunoby, Norman Powell, or Patrick McCaw will likely replace Leonard in the starting lineup, but with Serge Ibaka (suspension) out and Kyle Lowry (ankle) questionable, look for Pascal Siakam to step up the most on offense.

Kawhi is averaging 45.5 FanDuel points in 51 games this season, with 27.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.9 triples per contest.

Haloti Ngata announces retirement after 13 seasons

Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Haloti Ngata announced his retirement from the National Football League after 13 seasons.

What It Means:

Ngata was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Baltimore Ravens. During his nine seasons in Baltimore, Ngata earned back-to-back First-Team All-Pro honors and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, as well as a Super Bowl champion in 2012. He then went on to play three years with the Detroit Lions before closing things out with the Philadelphia Eagles last season. Ngata turned 35 in January.

Ngata recorded 489 tackles (165 solo) with 32.5 sacks, 37 pass deflections, 7 fumbles forced, 5 fumbles recovered, and 1 defensive touchdown over 180 games.

D'Angelo Russell scores 32 points with 10 assists for Brooklyn on Sunday

Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell had 32 points with 10 assists, 5 rebounds and 1 steal in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

What It Means:

Russell was 13-for-25 from the field, 6-for-12 from three-point range and 0-for-1 from the free throw line in 33 minutes.

He is averaging 36.3 FanDuel points per game this season.

Chris Paul scores 25 with 10 assists Sunday for the Rockets

Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul had 25 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 1 steal on Sunday in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

What It Means:

Paul was 8-for-12 from the field, 6-for-7 from three-point range and 3-for-3 from the charity stripe in 29 minutes.

He is averaging 37.4 FanDuel points per game this season.

Dustin Pedroia (knee) to begin year on Red Sox's injured list

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (knee) will begin the season on the injured list.

What It Means:

Pedroia hasn't suffered any setbacks, but the Red Sox want him to continue to work his way up to game shape. The 35-year-old veteran will remain in Grapefruit League games through the beginning of next week before switching to extended spring training. There isn't a set date for Pedroia to return, but barring any setbacks, an April debut seems likely. Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez will split second base duties for Boston in the meantime.

Prior to this announcement, numberFire's models expected Pedroia to bat .267 with 7 home runs, 40 RBI, 49 runs scored, and 1 steal across 400 plate appearances in 2019.

Nikola Vucevic scores 27 with 21 boards on Sunday for Orlando

Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic had 27 points, 21 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in a win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.

What It Means:

He was 10-for-20 from the field, 0-for-3 from the field, and 7-for-7 from the free throw line in 34 minutes.

Vucevic is averaging 45.8 FanDuel points per game this season.

Jung Ho Kang named Pirates' starting third baseman

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang will be the team's starting third baseman, general manager Neal Huntington announced Monday.

What It Means:

Erik Gonzalez got the nod at shortstop, setting Colin Moran up for work at first and third and leaving backup middle infield work for Kevin Newman. Kang is a poor 5-for-28 (.179) this spring, but each hit has gone the distance. The 31-year-old appeared in just three games last season and missed all of 2017 due to legal troubles.

Prior to this announcement, numberFire's models only projected Kang for 166 plate appearances. He owns a career .274/.355/.482 slash with 36 homers, 120 RBI, 105 runs scored, and 8 steals across 843 PA (232 games).

Source: Adam Berry

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) to throw live batting practice this week

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) will throw live batting practice in a few days.

What It Means:

Kershaw is ready to face hitters after using all his pitches in a 38-pitch bullpen session on Sunday. The veteran left-hander, who turns 31 on Tuesday, is tentatively expected to make his season debut sometime in April.

numberFire's models currently expect Kershaw to record a 2.87 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 186 strikeouts and 39 walks over 184 2/3 innings this season.

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