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Rockets' Brandon Knight (knee) has no timetable for return

Houston Rockets guard Brandon Knight (knee) is still without a timetable for his return, general manager Daryl Morey announced on Friday.

What It Means:

Knight is still rehabbing his knee following an offseason procedure. He was acquired from the Phoenix Suns in the offseason.

numberFire's models currently project Knight to average 6.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 0.6 3-pointers in 15.3 minutes per game this season.

OG Anunoby (eye) will play for Raptors Friday

Toronto Raptors small forward OG Anunoby (right orbital contusion) will play Friday against the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

Anunoby made an early exit from Wednesday's season opener but practiced in full on Thursday and Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said the 21-year-old is "fine." Delon Wright (groin) will sit again.

numberFire's models project Anunoby to score 11.4 FanDuel points in 18.9 minutes at a cost of $3,900 on Friday.

Zach Collins swats 6 shots, Trail Blazers top Lakers

Portland Trail Blazers center Zach Collins scored 6 points (3-of-4 field goals) with 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 6 blocks, and 1 turnover in 26.3 minutes of a 128-119 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

What It Means:

Collins never swatted more than 3 shots in 66 games as a rookie. It's an encouraging start for his sophomore campaign but will obviously be tough to sustain. The Trail Blazers host the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.

Collins produced 33.2 FanDuel points in the opener, almost three times as much as numberFire's projection of 11.5 FanDuel points.

Lakers' Josh Hart has full line in loss

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Josh Hart scored 20 points (8-of-12 field goals, 1-of-3 free throws) with 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 3 3-pointers, and 2 turnovers in 27.5 minutes of a 128-119 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Hart made 3-of-5 3-pointers and that sort of proficiency may earn him a job in the starting lineup, as the rest of the Lakers made just 16.0 percent of their long-range shots. He will look to keep the strong start going on Saturday versus the Houston Rockets.

Hart scored 39.3 FanDuel points in Thursday's opener, more than doubling numberFire's projection of 17.3 FanDuel points.

Rodney McGruder makes noise for Miami in victory

Miami Heat shooting guard Rodney McGruder scored 20 points (7-of-12 field goals, 3-of-3 free throws) with 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block, 3 3-pointers, and 2 turnovers in 34.1 minutes of a 113-112 win over the Washington Wizards on Thursday.

What It Means:

The points and assists are both new career highs and the rebounds tie his personal best. He should continue to benefit until Wayne Ellington (ankle) and Justise Winslow (hamstring) are healthy. The Heat host the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.

McGruder scored 39.6 FanDuel points on Thursday, obliterating numberFire's projection of 16.0 FanDuel points.

Josh Richardson fills it up again as Heat defeat Wizards

Miami Heat guard/forward Josh Richardson scored 28 points (8-of-21 field goals, 7-of-8 free throws) with 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 5 3-pointers, and 2 turnovers in 38.4 minutes of a 113-112 win over the Washington Wizards on Thursday.

What It Means:

Richardson has attempted a career-high 21 shots in both games to start the year for a Heat squad that is missing some offensive assets. His 26.1 percent usage rate is tops on the team. Miami hosts the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.

Richardson scored 44.3 FanDuel points in the second half of the back-to-back, beating out numberFire's projection (27.5 FanDuel points) for the second consecutive game.

LeBron James debuts for Lakers with 26 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James scored 26 points (9-of-16 field goals, 8-of-9 free throws) with 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, and 6 turnovers in 37.3 minutes of a 128-119 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.

What It Means:

James also went 0-for-4 from distance. He dropped 13 points in the first quarter, the highest such total in the opening frame since his rookie year with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Lakers square off with the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

LeBron scored 46.4 FanDuel points in his Lakers debut, falling a little short of numberFire's projection of 50.8 FanDuel points.

Damian Lillard leads Trail Blazers past Lakers with 28 points, 6 boards, 4 dimes

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard scored 28 points (9-of-21 field goals, 8-of-8 free throws) with 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 2 3-pointers, and 3 turnovers in 35.4 minutes of a 128-119 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

What It Means:

Lillard led the Blazers in shot attempts and the entire matchup in scoring. Expect more of the same at home versus the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.

Dame scored 44.2 FanDuel points in the opener, on par with numberFire's projection of 43.5 FanDuel points.

Bobby Portis opens for Bulls with 20 points, 11 boards in loss

Chicago Bulls forward/center scored 20 points (8-of-15 field goals, 1-of-2 free throws) with 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, and 3 3-pointers in 33.1 minutes of a 127-108 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Thursday's season opener.

What It Means:

Portis came out swinging with a quick 13 points in the first quarter before settling down. Lauri Markkanen (elbow) is out and Jabari Parker was objectively bad in his Bulls debut, so Portis should continue to thrive for the time being. Next up is a Saturday game versus the Detroit Pistons.

Portis scored 42.2 FanDuel points on Thursday, beating out numberFire's projection of 29.7 FanDuel points.

John Wall comes up just shy of double-double in Wizards' one-point loss

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall scored 26 points with 9 assists and 3 rebounds in Thursday's 112-113 loss to the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Wall led the Wizards in both points and assists,36 while playing a team high 36 minutes in the season-opener. He also added 3 blocks, including 1 big defensive play late in the 4th quarter to keep the Wizards in the game. The Wizards had the lead even after Wall missed a late 3-point attempt on what turned out to be their second-to-last posession, before giving up a late basket with less than 1 second to play.

numberFire's models projected Wall for 36.2 FanDuel points and he went off for 52.1 on Thursday.

Ben Simmons leads 76ers to win over Bulls with triple-double

Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons scored 13 points with 11 assists and 13 rebounds in Thursday's 127-108 win over the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Simmons actually achieved the triple double in the third quarter and finished the game leading the 76ers in both rebounds and assists. This marks the 13th triple-double of his career.

numberFire's models projected Simmons for 46.8 FanDuel points and he finished with 51.1 on Thursday.

Joel Embiid drops 30-point double-double in Sixers' win

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid scored 30 points with 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocks in Thursday's 127-108 win over the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Embiid started off hot, piling on 12 points in the opening 5 minutes of the game, before finishing with his second double-double in 2 nights as the 76ers picked up their first win of the season. He was 1-of-3 76ers players with double-digit rebounds on a night where they out-rebounded the Bulls by 16.

numberFire's models projected Embiid for 50.8 FanDuel points and he topped that with 61.9 on Thursday.

Blazers' Moe Harkless will play Thursday night

Portland Trail Blazers forward Moe Harkless will suit up and play against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Moda Center tonight.

What It Means:

Harkless has been dealing with knee issues, but he'll give it a go. He could definitely be limited here, so Evan Turner could very well see more playing time. Still, having Harkless is a big boost to Portland's lineup.

We project Harkless to score 16.3 FanDuel points tonight.

Grizzlies' JaMychal Green (left knee) is probable for Friday's game

Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green is probable for Friday's home opener against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Green has been dealing with soreness in his left knee, but it must be minor since he's going to likely give it a go. Green opened the season on Wednesday with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals in 25 minutes.

We project Green for 13.2 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 33.1 FanDuel points in tomorrow night's contest.

Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play for Sixers on Thusday

Philadelphia 76ers forward/center Mike Muscala will not play on Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Muscala is still recovering from an ankle injury. Until he gets back, expect Amir Johnson to see 10-15 minutes of run.

We don't project a ton of production for Muscala this year. We currently have him projected to average 5.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 0.8 steals plus blocks.

Wayne Ellington (ankle) remains out for Miami versus Washington

Miami Heat shooting guard Wayne Ellington (ankle) is inactive versus the Washington Wizards on Thursday.

What It Means:

Ellington and Justise Winslow (hamstring) will both remain out for the second half of the back-to-back set. Rodney McGruder and Derrick Jones drew starts on Wednesday. Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said Ellington hasn't suffered any setbacks and that the team just wants him to be fully healthy.

numberFire's models project Ellington to average 9.5 points, 2.1 3-pointers, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 22.6 minutes per game this season.

Justise Winslow (hamstring) sitting again for Heat Thursday

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (hamstring) will not play versus the Washington Wizards on Thursday.

What It Means:

Winslow also sat out Wednesday's opener. The Heat have the same players available, so look for Rodney McGruder and Derrick Jones Jr. to start in place of Winslow and Wayne Ellington (ankle) again.

numberFire's models project Winslow to average 8.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 0.7 3-pointers in 26.3 minutes per game this season.

Ian Mahinmi starting in Wizards' opener Thursday

Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi is starting in Thursday's season opener versus the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Dwight Howard is still dealing with a lower back issue, so Mahinmi will start at center to open the year.

numberFire's models project Mahinmi to score 21.5 FanDuel points in 25.0 minutes at a cost of $3,500 on Thursday.

Dwight Howard (back) ruled out for Wizards' opener Thursday night, Ian Mahinmi starting versus Heat

Washington Wizards forward/center Dwight Howard (back) will not play versus the Miami Heat in Thursday's season opener.

What It Means:

Howard "still needs more practice time," according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Ian Mahinmi will start and Markieff Morris could also see some run at the five.

numberFire's models currently project Howard for 12.7 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game this season.

Julius Randle (foot) probable for Pelicans Friday

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Julius Randle (left foot plantar fasciitis) is listed as probable for Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Randle appeared fine in Wednesday's opener, scoring 25 points (9-of-15 field goals, 5-of-6 free throws) with 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 3-pointers in 23.8 minutes off the bench. Barring any issues at Friday's shootaround, Randle should be fine versus the Kings.

numberFire's models project Randle to average 15.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 30.4 minutes per game this season.

Shabazz Napier (hamstring) out on Friday for Brooklyn

Brooklyn Nets point guard Shabazz Napier will not play on Friday against the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

Napier has been out a few weeks, but since the season just started, there isn't any reason to rush him back. He'll miss the crosstown rivalry, but in the long run, holding him back as the season begins is the smart move.

Our models project Napier for 8.1 points, 2.1 points, 3.1 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game this season.

Andre Iguodala (calf) questionable for Warriors Friday

Golden State Warriors guard/forward Andre Iguodala is questionable to play against the Utah Jazz on Friday due to left calf tightness.

What It Means:

Iguodala sat out Thursday's practice. He suffered the injury in the first half of Tuesday's season-opener and didn't return. The veteran's potential absence could mean additional minutes for fellow elder statesman Shaun Livingston on Friday.

numberFire's models project Iggy for 6.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 0.7 3-pointers in 25.7 minutes per game this season.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has kid, expected to play for Nets Friday

Brooklyn Nets guard/forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson missed Thursday's practice for the birth of his child but is expected to make his season debut on Friday versus the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

Hollis-Jefferson sat out Wednesday's season opener due to a groin issue that also sidelined him for training camp and the preseason. That no longer seems to be a concern and it sounds like he will suit up on Friday.

numberFire's models project Hollis-Jefferson to average 14.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 29.1 minutes per game this season.

Allen Crabbe (ankle) probable for Nets versus Knicks Friday

Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (ankle) is probable for Friday's game versus the New York Knicks

What It Means:

Crabbe is apparently good to go after missing the opener. His debut will likely take value away from Joe Harris.

numberFire's models project Crabbe to average 13.5 points with 4.0 rebounds and 2.4 3-pointers in 28.6 minutes per game this season.

Reggie Bullock (illness) expected to play for Pistons Saturday

Detroit Pistons guard/forward Reggie Bullock (illness) is expected to make his season debut on Saturday versus the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Bruce Brown Jr. and Luke Kennard filled in for Bullock and Stanely Johnson (toe) in Wednesday's opener. They both will likely head to the bench on Saturday.

numberFire's models project Bullock to average 12.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals, and 2.2 3-pointers in 27.0 minutes per game this season.

Source: Rod Beard

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