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Jamal Crawford (knee) ruled out again for Suns Thursday

Phoenix Suns guard/forward Jamal Crawford (knee) will not play on Thursday versus the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Crawford also missed the previous three contests, although those weren't due to a knee injury. His absence could lead to more opportunity for De'Anthony Melton and Elie Okobo.

Crawford is averaging 12.9 FanDuel points in 17.2 minutes through 37 games this season.

Allen Crabbe (knee) out on Friday for Brooklyn

Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe will not play on Friday in the team's game against the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

Crabbe is considered day-to-day, but there's been no mention of participating in practice for weeks. Rodions Kurucs will continue to start in his place.

In 28 games this season, Crabbe has averaged 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 16.8 FanDuel points per game.

Source: Greg Logan

Nets' Jared Dudley (hamstring) to miss fourth straight game Friday

Brooklyn Nets guard/forward Jared Dudley (hamstring) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

It will be Dudley's fourth consecutive absence. Treveon Graham has drawn starts in each of the past three games.

Dudley is averaging 12.6 FanDuel points in 43 games (25 starts) for the Nets this season.

Texans' J.J. Watt reportedly recovering from cleanup knee procedure

Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt underwent cleanup knee surgery after the Wild Card Round, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

What It Means:

It's notable because Watt missed most of the 2016 and 2017 seasons due to a tibia injury, but Rapoport says the procedure was "just some maintenance on an injury that bothered him during the season." Watt turns 30 in March.

Watt recorded 57 tackles (44 solo), 16 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, and 4 pass deflections in 16 games for the Texans this season.

Knicks' Damyean Dotson coming off bench in London

New York Knicks shooting guard Damyean Dotson is available off the bench for Thursday afternoon's matchup with the Washington Wizards in London.

What It Means:

Tim Hardaway Jr. replaced Dotson in the first unit after Sunday's spot start.

numberFire's models expect Dotson to score 14.9 FanDuel points, at a cost of $4,000, on Thursday.

Lance Thomas to come off Knicks' bench on Thursday

New York Knicks guard/forward Lance Thomas is coming off the bench on Thursday afternoon in the team's game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

The Knicks are taking part in the NBA's annual London game, and Thomas' spot in the starting five will be usurped by Luke Kornet.

Thomas is projected for 1.1 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 3.1 FanDuel points.

Luke Kornet starting for Knicks on Thursday, Lance Thomas to come off bench

New York Knicks forward Luke Kornet will start on Thursday in the team's London game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Lance Thomas had started last time out, but Kornet will get the nod in the afternoon matinee matchup against Washington.

Our models project Kornet for 9.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 19.2 FanDuel points. Thomas is projected for 1.1 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 3.1 FanDuel points.

Tim Hardaway Jr. returns to Knicks' starting lineup in London, Damyean Dotson back to bench

New York Knicks shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is starting on Thursday afternoon versus the Washington Wizards in London.

What It Means:

Hardaway Jr. replaced Damyean Dotson in the first unit after sitting out last game.

numberFire's models expect THJ to score 26.5 FanDuel points, at a cost of $5,700, on Thursday.

Tyler Johnson (illness) questionable on Friday for Miami

Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson is considered questionable to play on Friday night in the team's game against the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Johnson missed practice on Thursday due to the illness, and it could cost him Friday's game as well.

Should he play, our models project Johnson for 10.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 20.8 FanDuel points in 25.0 minutes of action.

Source: Miami Heat

Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) practices on Thursday for Atlanta

Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon was a participant at practice on Thursday ahead of the team's Saturday game against the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

Dedmon missed the past two games, but he has a great chance of returning in the next game against Boston on Saturday.

Our models project Dedmon for 9.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 24.3 FanDuel points in 23.7 minutes of action.

Jeremy Lin (illness) practices on Thursday for Atlanta

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin was a participant at practice on Thursday ahead of the team's Saturday game against the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

Lin missed the game on Tuesday, but fortunately for him and the Hawks, there's a long layoff before the next game over the weekend. He should be good to go.

Our models project Lin for 10.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 18.4 FanDuel points in 18.9 minutes of action.

Wendell Carter Jr. (thumb) out on Thursday for Chicago

Chicago Bulls forward Wendell Carter Jr. will not play on Thursday in the team's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Carter Jr. was originally considered questionable and then doubtful, and it seems as though his setback in shootaround is keeping him out of action.

In 44 games this season, Carter Jr. has averaged 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.3 blocks and 25.6 FanDuel points.

C.J. Miles (hip) questionable on Thursday for Toronto

Toronto Raptors guard/forward C.J. Miles is considered questionable to play on Thursday night in the team's game against the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Miles is one of a number of Raptors currently injured, and should he miss Thursday's game, they'll be terribly shorthanded.

Our models project Miles for 6.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 10.6 FanDuel points in 17.6 minutes of action.

Tim Hardaway Jr. (hamstring) available on Thursday for New York

New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is available to play on Thursday afternoon in the team's game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

After missing last game, it seems as though Hardaway Jr. will be out there as the Knicks partake in the NBA's annual London game.

Our models project Hardaway Jr. for 17.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 26.5 FanDuel points in 29.9 minutes of action.

Will Barton (personal) misses Nuggets shootaround Thursday

Denver Nuggets guard/forward Will Barton (personal) was excused from Thursday's shootaround.

What It Means:

The circumstances are unclear, but the Nuggets have a 9:00 PM ET home tip-off against the Chicago Bulls, so Barton should be able to make it back in time. He scored 11 points with 8 rebounds and 4 assists on Tuesday.

numberFire's models expect Barton to score 24.2 FanDuel points, at a cost of $5,400, on Thursday.

Lakers to use same starting five versus Thunder Thursday

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Tyson Chandler will remain in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Caldwell-Pope and Chandler replaced Josh Hart and JaVale McGee in the starting lineup on Tuesday as the Lakers put the kibosh on a two-game skid, so head coach Luke Walton has opted to roll with the same group. They will be joined by Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma in the first unit.

numberFire's models expect KCP to score 22.2 FanDuel points, at a cost of $4,500, on Thursday. Chandler ($3,700) is pegged for 20.3 FanDuel points.

Source: Kyle Goon

Wendell Carter Jr. (thumb) upgraded to doubtful for Bulls Thursday

Chicago Bulls rookie power forward Wendell Carter Jr. (thumb) has been upgraded to doubtful for Thursday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

This is excellent news after Carter Jr. was initially believed to be facing a multi-week absence. Even if he's ruled out for Thursday, the lottery pick appears to have a solid chance of suiting up for Saturday's contest against the Miami Heat. Bobby Portis will likely draw the start in Denver.

Carter Jr. is averaging 25.6 FanDuel points through 44 games, with 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.3 blocks per contest.

Wilson Chandler (illness) questionable for Philadelphia versus Pacers

Philadelphia 76ers guard/forward Wilson Chandler (upper respiratory infection) is questionable to play on Thursday against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Chandler missed two games earlier this month with the same issue. Joel Embiid is also questionable with a back issue, so the 76ers may be forced to roll with Mike Muscala and Amir Johnson down low in Indiana. There should be an update closer to tip-off (7:00 PM ET).

Operating under the assumption Chandler plays, numberFire's models expect him to produce 19.5 FanDuel points, at a cost of $4,300, on Thursday.

Joel Embiid (back) questionable for 76ers Thursday

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (back) is questionable to play on Thursday against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

It appears Embiid will be a game-time call for the 7:00 pm ET tip-off. Wilson Chandler (illness) is also questionable, which could mean heavy minutes for Mike Muscala in the frontcourt. Amir Johnson would also be in line for a start.

Operating under the assumption Embiid plays, numberFire's models expect him to produce 51.2 FanDuel points, at a cost of $11,100, on Thursday.

Jae Crowder scores efficient 23 in easy Jazz win

Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder scored 23 points (8-of-15 field goals, 2-of-4 free throws) with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 5 3-pointers, and 1 turnover in 29.2 minutes of a 129-109 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Crowder was averaging just 6.8 points on 19.0 percent shooting over the previous six games before this efficient showing. The Jazz host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.

Crowder finished with a season-high 38.8 FanDuel points in the win. He's averaging 22.6 FanDuel points through 45 games this season.

P.J. Tucker has 20-point double-double with full line in Rockets' loss

Houston Rockets guard/forward P.J. Tucker scored 20 points (7-of-12 field goals, 3-of-6 free throws) with 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 block, 3 3-pointers, and 1 turnover in 41.7 minutes of a 145-142 overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Tucker almost scored more than his previous three games combined (23) while notching his second double-double of the season. It was also his second 20-point performance, with both coming in the past six games. The Rockets host the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

Tucker finished with a season-best 41.5 FanDuel points in the loss. He's averaging 21.8 FanDuel points through 44 games overall.

Nikola Mirotic scores 29 points with 6 triples for New Orleans

New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic scored 29 points (9-of-14 field goals, 5-of-6 free throws) with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, and 6 3-pointers in 29.0 minutes of a 147-140 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

What It Means:

The minutes are the most Mirotic has played since returning from a month-long absence for an ankle injury and the points are his highest output since October 19. He should continue to play a similar role off the bench in Friday's road matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Mirotic scored 45.5 FanDuel points in the loss. He's averaging 31.7 FanDuel points through 29 games this season.

Louis Williams scores 23 points with 6 boards, 6 assists in Clippers' loss

Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Lou Williams scored 23 points (11-of-18 field goals, 1-of-2 free throws) with 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, and 1 turnover in 26.9 minutes of a 129-109 loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Williams has pulled down 5-plus rebounds in two straight games for the first time this season and hit the 20-point mark five times in eight games this month. He also bounced back nicely from the field after shooting just 6-of-19 (31.6 percent) on Monday. The Clippers host the Golden State Warriors on Friday.

Lou scored 41.2 FanDuel points in the loss. He's averaging 29.1 FanDuel points through 40 games this season.

Kyle Lowry to take a breather for Raptors versus Suns

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (rest) will sit out Thursday's game against the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

The Raptors are opting to take things easy on the second night of a back-to-back set at home against the 11-34 Suns, as Lowry and Kawhi Leonard are both being given the night off. Fred VanVleet will likely draw the start in place of Lowry and Delon Wright should see more action off the bench. Lowry scored 10 points (3-of-10 field goals, 3-of-3 free throws) with 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, and 1 triple in 33.5 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Boston Celtics.

Lowry is averaging 36.7 FanDuel points through 35 games. numberFire's models expect him to record 16.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.1 triples per contest over the remainder of the year.

Kawhi Leonard will rest for Toronto Thursday

Toronto Raptors guard/forward Kawhi Leonard (rest) will not play on Thursday versus the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

It's the second half of a back-to-back and the Suns are 11-34, so this isn't much of a surprise. Leonard hasn't played in a full back-to-back set this season. OG Anunoby (personal) has also been ruled out and C.J. Miles is dealing with a hip issue, so Norman Powell may be asked to do a lot for Toronto in the home matchup. Leonard scored 33 points (10-of-19 field goals, 11-of-11 free throws) with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, and 2 3-pointers in 36.4 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Boston Celtics.

Kawhi is averaging 47.2 FanDuel points through 36 games this season. numberFire's models expect him to record 27.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 1.9 triples per contest over the remainder of the year.

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