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Philadelphia's Joel Embiid (knee) active and starting in Friday's game against Nets

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (knee) is starting in Friday's lineup against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Embiid (knee) will play in Friday night's showdown against the Nets despite recent right knee soreness. In a high usage role against a Brooklyn unit playing with a 102.0 pace, our models project Embiid to score 49.4 FanDuel points at the salary of $10,700.

Embiid's projection includes 27.1 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists.

Kyle Lowry (ankle) questionable for Miami's Saturday contest against Pacers

Miami Heat point guard Kyle Lowry (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Lowry's status against the Pacers is currently in limbo after Miami's star point guard suffered an ankle injury during Thursday's victory. Expect Tyler Herro to play an increased role if Lowry is inactive against a fast tempo Pacers' team playing with a 106.5 pace.

Lowry's current projection includes 16.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists.

Derrick Favors coming off Oklahoma City's bench Friday night

Oklahoma City Thunder forward/center Derrick Favors will play with the second unit Friday in the team's game against the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

Favors started in the season-opener on Wednesday, but that won't be the case in the second matchup of the year. Isaiah Roby will draw the start down low, and the veteran Favors will come off the bench.

Our models project Favors for 6.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 22.9 FanDuel points across 21.5 minutes of action.

Isaiah Roby starting for Thunder Friday; Derrick Favors to bench

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Isaiah Roby will start Friday in the team's game against the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

Roby came off the bench in the season-opener on Wednesday, but that's changing in the second matchup of the year. Derrick Favors will move to a role with the second unit, opening up Roby to get the start down low against Daniel Theis and Co.

Our models project Roby for 9.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 20.8 FanDuel points across 22.0 minutes of action.

Kelly Oubre coming off Hornets' bench on Friday

Charlotte Hornets forward Kelly Oubre will play with the second unit in the team's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Oubre started in the season-opener on Wednesday, but that's changing here in the second game of the year. Terry Rozier is making his season debut after sitting out previously due to an ankle injury. As such, Oubre will revert to a bench role on the wing.

Our models project Oubre for 11.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 22.3 Fanduel points across 25.4 minutes of action.

Charlotte's Terry Rozier (ankle) starting in Friday's lineup, Kelly Oubre to bench

Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (ankle) is starting in Friday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Rozier will make his first start this regular season after Charlotte's guard was unable to play in their opener with an ankle injury. In a fast tempo matchup against a Cleveland team playing with a 106.5 pace, our models project Rozier to score 33.1 FanDuel points at the salary of $7,000.

Rozier's current projection includes 18.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.2 assists.

Source: Marc Stein

Wizards starting Aaron Holiday for inactive Bradley Beal (hip) on Friday

Washington Wizards guard Aaron Holiday is starting in Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Holiday will make his 42nd career start after Bradley Beal was ruled out with a hip contusion. In an uptempo opportunity against a Pacers' team playing with a 106.5 pace, our models project Holiday to score 16.4 FanDuel points at the salary of $3,800.

Holiday's projection includes 8.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.

Pacers' Justin Holiday (ankle) available on Friday

Indiana Pacers guard/forward Justin Holiday (ankle) is available for Friday's game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

As expected, Holiday, Torrey Craig (shoulder), and Jeremy Lamb (wrist) are all available for Friday's game against the Wizards. Our models expect Holiday to play 31.2 minutes against Washington.

Holiday's Friday projection includes 11.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 22.6 FanDuel points. His salary is $5,100.

Jeremy Lamb (wrist) available for Pacers on Friday

Indiana pacers guard/forward Jeremy Lamb will play Friday in the team's game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

There were concerns about Lamb's ability to play due to a sore right wrist, but the veteran wing will be out there against a Wizards team playing without Bradley Beal. Expect Lamb to see a healthy amount of minutes.

Our models project Lamb for 10.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 21.3 FanDuel points across 22.1 minutes of action.

Ricky Rubio starting for Cavaliers Friday in place of injured Darius Garland

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ricky Rubio will start Friday in the team's game against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

Rubio came off the bench in the opener on Wednesday, but he'll be entering the starting five in the second game of the season. That's because Darius Garland will be sidelined by an ankle injury.

Our models project Rubio for 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.1 assists and 32.7 FanDuel points across 33.4 minutes of action.

Cleveland's Darius Garland (ankle) out on Friday, Ricky Rubio to start

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (ankle) is ruled out for Friday's contest against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

Garland will be inactive after Cleveland's young guard recently suffered a left ankle sprain. Expect Ricky Rubio to log more minutes at the guard positions in a favorable matchup against a Charlotte team playing with a 104.5 pace.

Rubio's Friday projection includes 8.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 5.2 assists.

76ers' Joel Embiid (knee) a game-time decision on Friday

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (knee) is a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Embiid is reportedly 50-50 to play against the Nets on Friday, according to Doc Rivers. Embiid "did a little bit more" by the end of shootaround, but Philadelphia is being careful after the injury suffered on Wednesday. If he is active, our models expect him to play 32.8 minutes against the Nets. Andre Drummond would likely see an increased role if Embiid sits.

Embiid's Friday projection includes 27.1 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 49.4 FanDuel points. His salary is $10,700.

Grant Williams coming off Celtics' bench Friday night

Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams will play with the second unit Friday in the team's game against the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Williams started the season-opener on Wednesday with Al Horford sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols. But the veteran is playing and starting on Friday, so Williams will head to the bench in a corresponding move.

Our models project Williams for 6.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 14.9 FanDuel points across 22.9 minutes of action.

Celtics' Al Horford (conditioning) active and starting on Friday, Grant Williams coming off the bench

Boston Celtics forward/center Al Horford (conditioning) is available and in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Horford has been upgraded from questionable to available and will step right into the starting lineup on Friday. He will be on a minutes limit of 20-25, according to Ime Udoka. Grant Williams will come off the bench.

Assuming 25.3 minutes played, our models project Horford for 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 26.9 FanDuel points on Friday. His salary is $4,400.

Source: Brian Robb

Josh Richardson (migraine) active for Boston's Friday matchup against Toronto

Boston Celtics guard / forward Josh Richardson (migraine) is available for Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Richardson is on track to make his Celtics' debut after missing Wednesday's season opener with a migraine. In a role with Boston's second unit, our models project Richardson to score 14.5 FanDuel points at the salary of $4,200.

Richardson's Friday projection includes 7.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists.

Jrue Holiday (heel) probable for Milwaukee's Saturday contest against Spurs

Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (heel) is listed as probable for Saturday's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

Holiday is on track to return after a one-game absence with a right heel contusion. In a potential role with Milwaukee's first unit, our models project Holiday to score 35.8 FanDuel points against a Spurs' unit playing with a 101.0 pace.

Holiday's current Saturday projection includes 17.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 6.0 assists.

Brook Lopez (back) out again for Bucks Saturday

Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez will not play Saturday in the team's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

Lopez missed the team's second game of the season on Thursday due to back issues, and he'll be out on Saturday as well. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return. Pat Connaughton will likely be in line for another start in Lopez's absence.

In 1 game this season, Lopez has 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks and 26.0 FanDuel points.

Hornets' Terry Rozier (ankle) a game-time decision on Friday

Charlotte Hornets point guard Terry Rozier (ankle) is a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Earlier in the day, Rozier said he was "98 percent" sure he would be available on Friday. However, head coach James Borrego when asked about Rozier said "Hopefully he's a go tonight, we'll see where he is after warm ups." Expect an announcement on his official status to come closer to tip-off.

numberFire's models project Rozier to play 33.6 minutes and score 33.1 FanDuel points. He has a $7,000 salary on Friday's slate.

Washington's Bradley Beal (hip) ruled out on Friday

Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (hip) will not play in Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Beal will not be available after Washington's star shooting guard suffered a hip contusion on Wednesday. Expect Spencer Dinwiddie to see a usage bump in an uptempo matchup against an Indiana unit playing with a 106.5 pace.

Dinwiddie's current Friday projection includes 17.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 8.3 assists.

Pacers' Justin Holiday (ankle) expected to play on Friday

Indiana Pacers guard/forward Justin Holiday (ankle) is expected to play in Friday's game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Holiday, Torrey Craig (shoulder), and Jeremy Lamb (wrist) are all expected to be available for Friday's clash with the Wizards, according to head coach Rick Carlisle. Our models expect Holiday to play 31.2 minutes against Washington.

Holiday's Friday projection includes 11.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 22.6 FanDuel points. His salary is $5,100.

Source: Tony East

Darius Garland (ankle) a game-time decision for Cleveland on Friday

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Darius Garland (ankle) is a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

Garland is dealing with an ankle injury and a decision on his availability will be made closer to game time. If he is available, our models expect him to play 34.9 minutes against the Hornets. If Garland is unable to play, Ricky Rubio could start in his place.

Garland's Friday projection includes 19.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 32.9 FanDuel points. His salary is $6,800.

Cade Cunningham (ankle) ruled out for Pistons three-game road trip

Detroit Pistons shooting guard Cade Cunningham (ankle) has been ruled out of the team's three-game road trip, starting with Saturday's game against the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Cunningham continues to battle an ankle injury he suffered in the preseason. He was forced to miss Wednesday's season opener and will miss at least the next three games as he recovers in Detroit. His next chance to play will come against the Orlando Magic on Saturday, October 30th. Expect Jerami Grant to continue to lead the Pistons while Cunningham makes his way back.

Grant's Saturday projection against the Bulls includes 20.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 34.0 FanDuel points.

Source: Rod Boone

Wizards' Bradley Beal (hip/groin) not expected to play on Friday

Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (hip/groin) is not expected to play in Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Beal is reportedly "trending towards being out" against the Pacers tonight. He is expected to test his groin one more time before tipoff. If Beal is ruled out, look for both Spencer Dinwiddie and Kyle Kuzma to play increased offensive roles.

Beal's Friday projection includes 29.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 43.7 FanDuel points. His salary is $9,400.

Josh Hart (knee) ruled out for Pelicans Friday night

New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Josh Hart (knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Hart only played 10 minutes in Wednesday's opener before leaving with a knee injury. Trey Murphy, Naji Marshall, and Garrett Temple are all in line for additional minutes on Friday. Murphy and Marshall are likely the favorites to replace Hart in the starting lineup.

numberFire's models project Marshall to play 22.7 minutes and score 19.2 FanDuel points on Friday. He has a $3,600 salary and is our preferred point-per-dollar value between him, Marshall, and Temple. Per our NBA Heat Map, the Pelicans have the fourth-lowest implied total (107.8) on the board.

Taj Gibson (personal) out again Friday for Knicks

New York Knicks forward/center Taj Gibson (personal) is out again Friday agains the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

Gibson also missed Wednesday's season opener. Nerlens Noel (knee) is also out again, leaving plenty of minutes up front for Mitchell Robinson. Jericho Sims worked as Robinson's primary backup at center on Wednesday.

numberFire's models project Robinson for 26.5 FanDuel points in 29.9 minutes versus the Magic. He has a $5,900 salary on Friday's slate.

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