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Kent Bazemore scores 16 in 27 minutes, Hawks lose to Knicks
Atlanta Hawks guard/forward Kent Bazemore scored 16 points (7-of-14 field goals, 2-of-3 free throws) with 6 rebounds and 1 assist in 27.0 minutes of a 106-91 loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday.
It was the first time Bazemore logged over 20 minutes since returning from his ankle injury on January 30. He also scored more than 15 points for the first time since hitting the shelf. The Hawks host the Detroit Pistons on February 22 in their first game after the All-Star break.
Baze scored 24.7 FanDuel points in the loss. He's averaging 26.5 FanDuel points through 44 games overall.
Luke Kornet goes 3-of-16, adds 4 steals in rare Knicks' victory
New York Knicks power forward Luke Kornet scored 11 points (3-of-16 field goals, 2-of-2 free throws) with 3 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block, and 3 3-pointers in 31.4 minutes of a 106-91 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday.
Kornet drew the start in place of Mario Hezonja (leg) after being in and out of the rotation over the past few weeks. He went 3-of-10 from beyond the arc in a poor shooting effort, but still managed to put together a solid fantasy line. The steals were one shy of Kornet's career-best. The Knicks' first game after the All-Star break is on February 22 at home versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Kornet finished with 29.6 FanDuel points in the win. He's averaging 15.2 FanDuel points through 29 games this season.
Pelicans' Kenrich Williams bounces back with 9 points, 12 boards
New Orleans Pelicans undrafted rookie shooting guard Kenrich Williams scored 9 points (4-of-7 field goals) with 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 3-pointer, and 1 turnover in 34.4 minutes of a 131-122 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.
It was an encouraging effort after Williams shot 1-for-7 in 31.5 minutes on Tuesday and finished with just 2 points. He's pulled down 12-plus boards in two of the past three games. The Pelicans play in Indiana against the Pacers on February 22 in their first game after the break.
Williams scored 34.4 FanDuel points in the victory. He's scored at least 25.0 FanDuel points in eight of the last nine games.
Nerlens Noel scores season-high 22, grabs 13 boards in Thunder loss
Oklahoma City Thunder forward/center Nerlens Noel scored a season-high 22 points (10-of-16 field goals, 2-of-2 free throws) with 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 1 turnover in 21.7 minutes of a 131-122 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday.
In addition to the season-high scoring effort, Noel matched his career-high with 8 offensive boards. The 24-year-old had logged fewer than 15 minutes in each of the previous two contests, but Jerami Grant's (ankle) absence led to an expanded workload. It was the first time in seven games that Noel finished with more than 4 points. Grant will likely be back after the break on February 22 for a home matchup with the Utah Jazz, which would slash into Noel's value.
Noel finished with 44.1 FanDuel points in the loss, his second-highest output of the season. He's averaging 18.1 FanDuel points through 53 games overall.
Pelicans' Anthony Davis (shoulder) plans to play in All-Star game
New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis (shoulder) plans to play in Sunday’s All-Star game, but it’s dependent on how he responds to upcoming treatment, according to Chris Hayes of Yahoo Sports.
This seems to confirm an earlier report from ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, which claimed Davis' injury is "nothing too bad" and that he would receive treatment over the next few days before making a decision for Sunday. Either way, it sounds like Davis will be cleared to play on February 22 against the Indiana Pacers in the Pelicans' first game after the break.
Davis is averaging 59.1 FanDuel points through 45 games. numberFire's models expect him to record 30.9 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.4 steals, 2.2 blocks, and 0.7 triples per contest over the remainder of the season.
Julius Randle scores 33 with 11 boards, 6 dimes in Pelicans' victory
New Orleans Pelicans power forward Julius Randle scored 33 points (11-of-21 field goals, 9-of-12 free throws) with 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 2 3-pointers, and 4 turnovers in 38.9 minutes of a 131-122 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.
Anthony Davis made an early exit at the end of the first half for a shoulder injury, but Randle helped fill the void and led the Pelicans in scoring. It sounds like Davis will be fine after the break, but if he suffers a setback during All-Star weekend, Randle would benefit greatly. New Orleans' next matchup is in Indiana against the Pacers on February 22.
Randle scored 57.2 FanDuel points in the win, his second-highest total of the season. He's averaging 36.8 FanDuel points through 52 games overall.
Trae Young yields 16 points, 11 assists in Hawks' loss
Atlanta Hawks rookie point guard Trae Young scored 16 points (6-of-19 field goals, 3-of-4 free throws) with 6 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals, 1 3-pointer, and 3 turnovers in 31.1 minutes of a 106-91 loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday.
Young has four double-doubles over his last six games, with averages of 16.7 points, 4.5 boards, 9.7 dimes, 1.0 steals, and 2.0 treys in that span. The Hawks host the Detroit Pistons on February 22 in their first game after the break.
Young scored 42.7 FanDuel points in the win. He's averaging 31.6 FanDuel points through 58 games overall.
Jrue Holiday scores 32 with full line as Pelicans topple Thunder
New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday scored 32 points (12-of-27 field goals, 5-of-5 free throws) with 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks, 3 3-pointers, and 2 turnovers in 38.8 minutes of a 131-122 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.
It was Holiday's fourth 30-pointer of the season and first since December 3. He and Julius Randle combined for 65 points while Anthony Davis didn't play in the second half due to a shoulder injury. The Pelicans' first game after the break is on February 22 in Indiana versus the Pacers.
Holiday scored 61.5 FanDuel points in the win, his third-highest total of the season. He's averaging 43.2 FanDuel points through 59 games overall.
Anthony Davis reportedly suffers shoulder contusion in Pelicans' win
New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis suffered a muscle contusion in his shoulder during Thursday's 131-122 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
Davis made an early exit at the end of the second quarter after banging into Nerlens Noel and never returned. Shelburne says an MRI revealed “nothing too bad”, according to a source close to Davis. He will head to Charlotte for All-Star weekend and receive treatment over the next few days before deciding whether to play in the All-Star game on Sunday night.
Davis scored 14 points (5-of-10 field goals, 3-of-4 free throws) with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 3-pointer, and 2 turnovers in 15.9 minutes Thursday before leaving, finishing with 25.8 FanDuel points.
Russell Westbrook extends record to 11-straight triple-doubles in Thunder loss
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook scored 44 points with 14 rebounds and 11 assists in Thursday's 122-131 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Westbrook improved his NBA-record triple-double streak to 11 games, while setting a new season-high in points. He also recorded 2 blocks and 1 steal for the second consecutive game, giving him nearly 20 more FanDuel points than any other player on the night.
numberFire's models projected Westbrook for 55.3 FanDuel points and he exploded for 81.3 in 39 minutes.
Kenrich Miller moves to bench on Thursday for Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Kenrich Williams will not be in the starting lineup for Thursday's game versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Williams will come off of the bench after starting each of the past 5 games for the Pelicans. He managed just 2 points in 31 minutes on Tuesday, and will give way to Darius Miller to enter the starting lineup on Thursday.
numberFire's models project Williams for 24.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,000.
Jahlil Okafor coming off of Pelicans' bench on Thursday
New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor will not be in the starting lineup for Thursday's game versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Okafor will come off of the bench after starting his first game back following an ankle injury. He scored just 8 points in 29 minutes in that most recent game, and will now play as a reserve for the first time since January 18th. Julius Randle is starting in his place.
numberFire's models project Okafor for 28.6 FanDuel points at cost of $5,400.
Darius Miller moves into Pelicans starting lineup on Thursday night
New Orleans Pelicans guard/forward Darius Miller will start in Thursday's game versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Miller moves back into the starting lineup after a 1-game stint coming off of the bench. As a result, Kenrich Williams will come off of the bench for the Pelicans on Thursday.
numberFire's models project Miller for 11.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,900.
Julius Randle starting for Pelicans on Thursday
New Orleans Pelicans power forward Julius Randle will start in Thursday's game versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Randle return's to the starting lineup for the first time since January 23rd, after coming off of the bench in each of the past four games. He missed the prior 6 games with a sprained right ankle, but appears to not have any restrictions going forward and will bump Jahlil Okafor to the bench.
numberFire's models project Randle for 33.4 FanDuel points at a cost of $7,300.
Patrick Patterson starting on Thursday for Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder forward/center Patrick Patterson will start on Thursday in the team's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Patterson is starting in place of Jerian Grant, who is out for Thursday's game with an injury.
Our models project Patterson for 6.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 14.7 FanDuel points in 23.2 minutes of action.
Elfrid Payton (ankle) out on Thursday for Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton will not play on Thursday in the team's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Payton has been out for a month, and the Pelicans won't bring him back until after the All-Star Break.
In 19 games this season, Payton has averaged 9.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 24.8 FanDuel points per game.
Noah Vonleh available off Knicks' bench in Atlanta
New York Knicks power forward Noah Vonleh will be available off the bench in Thursday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.
Vonleh has been replaced by Luke Kornet in the starting lineup following a rough stretch. He's averaging just 4.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 16.8 minutes over the past five games.
numberFire's models expect Vonleh to score 18.8 FanDuel points on Thursday, at a cost of $4,500.
Luke Kornet draws start for Knicks Thursday, Noah Vonleh moving to bench
New York Knicks power forward Luke Kornet will start on Thursday versus the Atlanta Hawks.
Kornet will replace Noah Vonleh in the first unit, joining Dennis Smith Jr., Damyean Dotson, Kevin Knox, and DeAndre Jordan. He averaged 10.4 points, 3.3 boards, 1.7 dimes, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 2.4 triples (47.1 3-point percentage) over 22.6 minutes in 10 previous starts this season.
numberFire's models expect Kornet to score 22.2 FanDuel points on Thursday, at a cost of $4,300.
Damyean Dotson starting for New York on Thursday
New York Knicks guard Damyean Dotson is in the lineup on Thursday in the team's game against the Atlanta Hawks.
Dotson is taking over for Mario Herzonja, who was ruled out for Thursday's game earlier.
Our models project Dotson for 10.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 18.8 FanDuel points in 25.1 minutes of action.
Kevin Huerter (ankle) good to go for Hawks against Knicks
Atlanta Hawks rookie shooting guard Kevin Huerter (left ankle sprain) is available to play on Thursday versus the New York Knicks.
Huerter was held to 5 points and only logged 25.2 minutes on Tuesday, his smallest amount of playing time since January 30, but he was considered probable for this one, so there was never any concern about his status. Over the last five games, the 19th overall pick is averaging 12.2 points, 3.2 boards, 2.8 dimes, 1.0 steals, and 2.2 triples per contest on a 56.1 field goal percentage and 50.0 3-point percentage. Huerter scored 16 points the last time these two teams faced.
numberFire's models expect Huerter to score 22.0 FanDuel points on Thursday, at a cost of $5,300.
Tony Parker (back) out on Thursday for Hornets
Charlotte Hornets guard Tony Parker will not play on Thursday in the team's game against the Orlando Magic.
Parker was originally considered doubtful to play, and he'll miss as expected.
In 46 games this season, Parker has averaged 9.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 17.2 FanDuel points.
Mario Hezonja (leg) officially ruled out for Knicks Thursday in final game before All-Star break
New York Knicks shooting guard Mario Hezonja (left leg contusion) has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.
The injury may help explain why Hezonja only logged 6.5 minutes in Wednesday's 126-111 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Damyean Dotson is expected to replace Hezonja in the starting lineup. The Knicks' next game is on February 22 at home versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Hezonja is averaging 15.6 FanDuel points through 48 games (14 starts). numberFire's models expect him to record 11.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.6 triples per contest after the break.
Elfrid Payton (ankle, questionable) not expected to play for Pelicans Thursday
New Orleans Pelicans point guard Elfrid Payton (right ankle sprain) is questionable to play on Thursday versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Payton has been sidelined since January 26 and Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry previously said he will likely be held out until after the All-Star break. Tim Frazier and Frank Jackson should continue to benefit.
Payton averaged 24.8 FanDuel points over 19 games before the injury, with 9.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.7 3-pointers per contest.
Markieff Morris reportedly agrees to deal with Thunder
Free agent forward/center Markieff Morris and the Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to a contract, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Charania adds that Morris was also pursued by the Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors, and several other teams in what was an "aggressive market" for the veteran. Morris has been sidelined by a neck injury since December 26, but he was cleared to return earlier this week. The 29-year-old was waived by the New Orleans Pelicans after being dealt by the Washington Wizards at the deadline. Morris will likely compete for minutes off the bench with Patrick Patterson and Nerlens Noel.
'Kieff averaged 22.7 FanDuel points over 34 games (15 starts) for the Wizards this season, with 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 1.4 triples per contest.
Emmanuel Mudiay (shoulder) still out Thursday for Knicks
New York Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (strained left shoulder) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.
Mudiay hasn't played since January 23. Even if he returns after the All-Star break, Dennis Smith Jr.'s arrival will likely put a ceiling on Mudiay's value.
Mudiay was averaging 25.5 FanDuel points over 39 games (32 starts) before the injury, with 14.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.1 triples per contest.
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