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Bogdan Bogdanovic poised to make NBA debut on Monday for Kings

Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle) is probable to play on Monday night versus the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Bogdanovic has sat out the first three games of the season with an ankle injury but is prepared to see his first minutes of NBA action on Monday. No word if the Kings will have him start or ease Bogdanovic in off the bench.

Our models project Bogdanovic for 11.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists for 23.3 FanDuel points in 25.9 minutes on Monday.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (suspension) is starting on Sunday for the Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (suspension) is starting on Sunday, per coach Luke Walton.

What It Means:

Caldwell-Pope missed the first two games of the season due to a suspension for an offseason DUI but is starting at shooting guard in his first game back. Corey Brewer and Luol Deng, who both earned a start in Caldwell-Pope's place, will have their fantasy value dry up with the shooting guard back in action. Brandon Ingram slides over to small forward on Sunday.

Our models project Caldwell-Pope for 15.7 points, 2.1 three-pointers, 3.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.1 steals per game this season.

Clippers' Milos Teodosic sidelined indefinitely with plantar fascia injury

Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic is sidelined indefinitely with a plantar fascia injury, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Teodosic left Saturday's win after just 11 minutes played with a foot injury with an MRI revealing the plantar fascia issue. These types o ailments seem to linger so the 30-year-old rookie could be out of action for awhile. Austin Rivers and Lou Williams will benefit the most from Teodosic's absence.

Teodosic averaged 5.5 points, 4.0 assists, and 12.1 Fanduel points in 2 games played this season.

Hawks' Dennis Schroder leaves early with an ankle injury

Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder exited in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss with an ankle injury.

What It Means:

Schroder was in obvious pain after stepping on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's foot and was helped back to the locker room. The injury looks like it will cost the point guard multiple games, so stay tuned for more details after the Hawks further examine the ailment. Malcolm Delaney would likely take over the starting point guard job if Schroder missed a game or more.

Schroder was struggling with his jumper on Sunday before exiting, sinking 5-of-22 shots for 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 assists in 31 minutes for 37.8 FanDuel points.

Phoenix Suns fire head coach Earl Watson after 3 games

The Phoenix Suns have fired head coach Earl Watson after three games, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Wow! With the season only five days old, we already have our first coach out of a job. The Suns have disastrously started the season, going 0-3, allowing 128.7 points per game while getting demolished by over 40 points twice in just three games. No immediate word on who will take over for Watson. More details to follow.

The Suns rank 29th in our power rankings with a 29.6 nERD rating -- a metric that is predictive of the team's ultimate winning percentage.

Kawhi Leonard (quad) will remain out on Monday for San Antonio

San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (quad) will not play Monday against the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Leonard will now have missed the first three games of the season with a nagging quad injury and it doesn't appear he will be returning anytime soon. The Spurs still consider him day-to-day with Kyle Anderson likely to remain in the starting five.

Our models project Leonard for 24.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game the rest of the season.

Allen Crabbe returns to Nets' bench Sunday

Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

With Crabbe back on Brooklyn's bench, Caris LeVert will get the starting nod. Head coach Kenny Atkinson is trying to manage Crabbe's minutes after he missed a lot of time in the offseason with a sprained ankle. He logged 27 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's opener before seeing 23 minutes with as a member of the Nets' first unit on Friday.

numberFire's models project Crabbe to turn in 11.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists for 19.4 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,500 in 28.2 minutes on Sunday.

Caris LeVert will start for the Nets on Sunday afternoon

Brooklyn Nets' guard Caris LeVert is in the starting lineup against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday afternoon.

What It Means:

After starting Allen Crabbe on Friday night, Kenny Atkinson will have LeVert start alonside D'Angelo Russell in the Brooklyn back-court against the Hawks.

Our models project LeVert will post 21.6 FanDuel points with 9.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists on Sunday. He will cost $5,500 to add to your roster.

Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) questionable Monday for Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee effusion) is questionable for Monday's game versus the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

Smith has been held out the last two games due to a "little swelling" in his knee, but it's not believed to be a big deal. If he misses another contest, J.J. Barea figures to benefit the most from the rookie's absence.

In his NBA debut on Wednesday, Smith scored 31.6 FanDuel points with 16 points, 1 3-pointers, 10 assists, and 3 rebounds on 6-of-12 shooting from the field in almost 30 minutes. numberFire's models project him to average 13.3 points, 1.1 3-pointers, 5.6 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.0 steals in 28.4 minutes per game over the remainder of the season.

Mavericks' Seth Curry (leg) out for Monday's tilt with Golden State

Seth Curry (left tibia stress reaction) has been ruled out for Monday's matchup with the Warriors.

What It Means:

This will be the fourth straight game that Curry has missed with the leg issue to start this year. It is still unclear when he'll be able to return to the lineup.

Our models currently project Curry to post 1644.3 FanDuel points for the rest of the 2017-18 season.

D.J. Augustin double-doubles in start for Magic

Orlando Magic point guard D.J. Augustin posted 12 points and 3 3-pointers with 10 assists, 4 rebounds and 1 steal over 27 minutes in Saturday's win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Elfrid Payton was out with a hamstring injury, opening up the starting opportunity for Augustin, who capitalized with a productive fantasy performance. He'll remain on the streaming radar for however long Payton is on the shelf.

Augustin is averaging 27.4 FanDuel points over the past two contest, but his value will be limited to the short-term for fantasy owners. numberFire's models project him to record only 5.3 points, 0.8 3-pointers, 1.6 assists, 1.0 rebounds, and 0.3 steals in 14.5 minutes per game over the rest of the season.

Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert sees playing time increase on Saturday

After being held to just four points total in his first two games this year, Iman Shumpert had a big night for the Cavaliers on Saturday.

What It Means:

Shumpert produced 21 points (5-14 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 7-10 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, and one block in 30 minutes of action. He played more minutes and scored more points than any Cavalier besides LeBron James.

Shumpert and the Cavs are back in action on Tuesday night against the Bulls. We project him to post 13.86 FanDuel points for Tuesday's slate.

Source: numberFire

Dejounte Murray grabs 10 rebounds in productive outing for Spurs

San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray finished with 8 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals while shooting 4-for-10 from the field in 26 minutes against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

What It Means:

With Tony Parker (quadriceps) out, Murray should continue to see at least 25 minutes a night. He has at least 5 rebounds in both contests to start the year while also recording 2 steals in each game. Next up is a Monday matchup with the Toronto Raptors.

Murray is averaging 33.0 FanDuel points in two games. Over the remainder of the season, numberFire's models project him to turn in 7.4 points, 0.6 3-pointers, 2.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 0.7 steals per game.

Victor Oladipo's Pacers career off to a terrific start

Victor Oladipo has been impressive in his first three games with the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Oladipo has scored at least 15 points in every one of Indiana's games thus far. He is coming off a 28-point outing against Miami on Saturday night.

Oladipo will look to continue his hot start against his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, on Wednesday. We project the former first-round pick to post 23.4 FanDuel points in that contest.

Source: numberFire

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) will remain out Monday for Hornets

Charlotte Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) will not play on Monday versus the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Kidd-Gilchrist is back with the team after tending to a family matter to open the year, but head coach Steve Clifford wants him to work on his conditioning before making his season debut. Look for MKG to get the green light for Wednesday's matchup versus the Denver Nuggets. On Monday, Jeremy Lamb stands to benefit the most while Dwayne Bacon and Malik Monk should continue to see more run.

numberFire's models project Kidd-Gilchrist to play 29.9 minutes per game this season while averaging 10.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.1 blocks on 46.7 percent shooting from the field.

Kevin Durant ejected in Warriors' loss on Saturday night

Warriors' forward Kevin Durant was ejected at the end of Golden State's loss to Memphis on Saturday night.

What It Means:

Durant was tossed for arguing with an official on behalf of his teammate, Steph Curry, who was also tossed. Prior to his dismissal, Durant put up 55.1 FanDuel points with 29 points, 13 boards and four assists.

Durant and the Warriors return to action against the Mavericks on Monday night. We project Durant to post 47.8 FanDuel points against the Mavs.

Source: numberFire

Tobias Harris paces the Pistons' offense on Saturday night

Detroit Pistons' forward Tobias Harris put up 31 points against the New York Knicks on Saturday night.

What It Means:

Harris went 13-for-24 from the field, including 3-for-9 from beyond the arc to lead Detroit's offense. He finished the night with 39.7 FanDuel points in 38 minutes of action.

Over his first three games, Harris is averaging 35.1 FanDuel points per contest. Our models project him for 25.86 fantasy points in his next outing against Philadelphia on Monday night.

Source: numberFire

Miami Heat tap James Johnson as a captain for 2017-18

Miami Heat forward James Johnson has been named as a captain, along with Goran Dragic and Udonis Haslem, for the 2017-18 season.

What It Means:

"J.J. was one of the most special things that I've been a part of in my coaching career," said Erik Spoelstra, who is in his 10th year leading the Heat. "It was probably, to people on the outside, maybe surprising. Or you didn't predict this would happen a year ago when we signed him. "But when we actually named him captain, it was the no-brainer of no-brainers. You talk to any single player or staff member in that locker room, it was unanimous that he had to be a captain. He has that type of voice, purity, intention and just natural leadership qualities to take on that role. So it was really cool to see him grow into that."

Johnson put up 14 points, 8 assists, 5 blocks and 4 assists in Miami's win over the Pacers on Saturday night. The Cheyenne, Wyoming native's next game will come on Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

Grizzlies' Marc Gasol goes double-double against the Warriors

Memphis Grizzlies' center Marc Gasol put up 34 points and 14 boards in a win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

What It Means:

It was the second consecutive double-double for the 32-year-old center, who also went 16-17 from the charity stripe.

Gasol is averaging 48.0 FanDuel points per contest through his first two games. The Spanish international will take on the Houston Rockets on Monday night.

Source: numberFire

Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo dedicates big night to his late father

Milwaukee Bucks' small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo set a career-high with 44 points in Milwaukee's 113-110 win over Portland.

What It Means:

The 22-year-old Antetokounmpo dedicated his terrific performance to his late father, who passed away suddenly of a heart attack last month.

Antetokounmpo is off to a blistering start this year and is averaging 64.4 FanDuel points per game through his first three contests this season.

Clippers' Milos Teodosic (foot) will have MRI Sunday morning

Los Angeles Clippers' point guard Milos Teodosic, who was forced to leave LA's home opener on Saturday night early with a foot injury, will have an MRI on Sunday morning.

What It Means:

X-rays on Teodosic's foot were negative, so the severity of the rookie guard's injury won't be known until the MRI comes through. "We have to wait until then," Rivers said. "I just saw him laying down. I didn't see what happened. He said that he felt something in his foot. So it's definitely a foot injury. But we don't know what it is." Teodosic, who finished with five points, was injured going for an offensive rebound following a missed three-pointer.

Prior to the injury, numberFire projected Teodosic 1,521.6 FanDuel points for the rest of 2017-18.

Devin Booker (hip, back) will play Saturday for Phoenix

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (hip, back) will play on Saturday night.

What It Means:

Booker was listed as questionable after taking a hard fall on Friday but coach Earl Watson says he is good to go against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Our models project Booker for 21.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists for 32.3 FanDuel points on Saturday night.

Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas sprains ankle, will not return on Saturday

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas sprained his ankle in the first half of Saturday's game versus the Philadelphia 76ers and will not return, per Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.

What It Means:

Valanciunas injured his ankle as he got tangled up with Dario Saric. He was fouled, shot his free throws, but then went to the locker room. Jakob Poeltl and Lucas Nogueira will be in line for heavy minutes in the second half. Expect further details on the injury after the game, but consider him day-to-day for now.

Valanciunas scored 5 points with 4 rebounds for 9.8 FanDuel points in 15 minutes of action before exiting.

Donovan Mitchell starting in place of Rodney Hood for Utah on Saturday

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell will start on Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Mitchell started the season opener but returned to the bench on Friday. With Rodney Hood sitting out on Saturday, the rookie returns to the starting five against the Thunder. Alec Burks will back him up off the bench.

Our models project Mitchell for 21.5 FanDuel points in 27.3 minutes on Saturday night.

Nerlens Noel heads back to the bench as Dallas goes small against the Rockets

Dallas Mavericks forward/center Nerlens Noel is coming off the bench on Saturday night versus the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

Noel started on Friday but will man the second-unit as Dallas goes small ball against the Rockets and their three-point shooting. Dirk Nowitzki returns to the center spot with Harrison Barnes slinging back to power forward.

Our models project Noel for 30.5 Fanduel points in 27.5 minutes on Saturday.

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