Recent NBA Player News

Jazz's Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell medically cleared from COVID-19

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and shooting guard Donovan Mitchell have been cleared by the Utah Department of Health for COVID-19.

What It Means:

Gobert and Mitchell both completed their respective periods of isolation and quarantine following exposure to COVID-19. The NBA season remains suspended indefinitely.

Detroit's Christian Wood reportedly cleared from coronavirus on Wednesday night

Detroit Pistons forward / center Christian Wood has reportedly tested negative for coronavirus.

What It Means:

According to Charania, Wood has been cleared from the coronavirus after receiving a positive test two weeks ago. The Pistons' big man was the third player officially diagnosed with the pandemic since the NBA regular season was suspended.

In 62 games this season, Wood is averaging 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.0 assist.

Warriors' Klay Thompson participating in drills

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr noted that Klay Thompson had begun to participate in team activities prior to the league's suspension.

What It Means:

Thompson, who tore his ACL in Game 6 of the 2018-2019 NBA finals, appears to be progressing well in his recovery. He has already been ruled out for the remainder of this season, but is on track to suit up for the 2020-2021 season.

The 15-50 Warriors have sorely missed Thompson this season. He averaged 19.5 points per game last season, as well as 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals.

Kevin Durant, 3 other Nets test positive for coronavirus

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has tested positive for the coronavirus.

What It Means:

Durant is one of four Nets players to test positive. "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine," said Durant. "We're going to get through this." There are now seven confirmed cases among NBA players.

NBA (COVID-19) best-case for return is reportedly mid-June

NBA owners and executives are "bracing for the possibility of mid-to-late June as a best-case scenario for the league's return," reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

"Fears exist of a season completely lost, especially based on what some experts see as the slow response of the United States to flatten the curve of the coronavirus and make testing available on a widespread basis," Woj adds. The season was suspended indefinitely last week.

Source: ESPN.com

Pistons' Christian Wood tests positive for coronavirus

Detroit Pistons forward/center Chris Wood tested positive for the coronavirus, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

What It Means:

Wood scored 30 points and brought down 10 rebounds against Utah's Rudy Gobert on Saturday, March 7th. Wood is reportedly doing well and has shown no symptoms.

Wood is averaging 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 25 FanDuel points per game this season.

NBA to be suspended at least 30 days

The NBA hiatus will last "at least" 30 days, league commissioner Adam Silver announced.

What It Means:

There's a decent chance that the suspension lasts longer, as the Chinese Basketball Association is facing a 10-week hiatus. If and when the league does return, it's not clear if they will play an abbreviated regular-season schedule, or proceed directly to the postseason.

Source: ESPN.com

Christian Wood scores career-high 32 in Pistons' loss

Detroit Pistons forward/center Christian Wood scored 32 points (14-of-18 field goals, 1-of-4 free throws) with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 3 3-pointers, and 3 turnovers in 39.0 minutes of a 124-106 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Wood set a new scoring career-high for the third time in the last four games and also contributed everywhere else. It was the fourth time this season Wood recorded multiple steals and blocks in the same contest. The 24-year-old should continue operating as the Pistons' go-to offensive option if/when the NBA returns this season.

Wood is averaging 42.1 FanDuel points in nine games since the All-Star break, bringing his average to 25.0 FanDuel points for the season.

Mavericks' Boban Marjanovic erupts for career-high 31 points

Dallas Mavericks center Boban Marjanovic scored 31 points (12-of-20 field goals, 7-of-8 free throws) with 17 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 3 turnovers in 31.5 minutes of a 113-97 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Marjanovic made his second start of the season and proceeded to score the most points of his career. It was just the third time he's turned in 20-plus. The minutes and boards both set new season-highs. He will likely return to a reduced role off the bench whenever the NBA resumes play.

Boban put up a season-best 55.9 FanDuel points on Wednesday. He's averaged 39.4 FanDuel points in the four games he logged at least 20 minutes this season.

Jazz's Donovan Mitchell tests positive for coronavirus

Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell tested positive for the coronavirus, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Mitchell's teammate, Rudy Gobert, also tested positive for the disease on Wednesday night, leading to a league-wide suspension. Wojnarowski adds that Jazz players privately say that Gobert had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings.

Mitchell is averaging 36.2 FanDuel points per game this season, with 24.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.0 steals, and 2.5 3-pointers.

NBA suspension to likely last over 2 weeks

The NBA suspension will be at least 2 weeks.

What It Means:

The regular-season stoppage will be at least two weeks so all players affected can go through quarantine, but league insiders believe it will be longer. For perspective, the Chinese Basketball Association suspended play in late January and remains inactive. In related news, the NBA is telling players from the Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, and Cleveland Cavaliers to self-quarantine because they have all played the Utah Jazz in recent days. Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday night.

Source: ESPN

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings postponed on Wednesday due to illness concerns

Wednesday's game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings has been postponed.

What It Means:

Following the suspension of the NBA season, Wednesday's contest between the Pelicans the Kings has been postponed.

Richaun Holmes starting for Kings on Wednesday, Harry Giles coming off the bench

Sacramento Kings forward Richaun Holmes is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Holmes will make his first start since January 6th, after coming off the bench for two games following his return to action on March 7th. Harry Giles will come off the bench. As of right now, the contest will go on as planned, despite the suspension of the NBA season moving forward.

Holmes' Wednesday projection includes 9.1 points, 6. rebounds, 0.8 assists, and 21.5 FanDuel points.

Utah's Rudy Gobert tests positive for coronavirus

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has tested positive for coronavirus, according to The Athletic HQ.

What It Means:

Gobert, who entered the day listed as questionable with an illness, was ruled out before the game. The situation resulted in the contest between the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder being postponed. Following Gobert's positive test, the NBA has decided to suspend the season indefinitely. Games will be suspended while the league determines next steps.

NBA season suspended indefinitely

The NBA has suspended it's season indefinitely.

What It Means:

The decision comes after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the COVID-19. Games will be suspended while the league determines next steps.

Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder postponed on Wednesday due to illness concerns

Wednesday's game between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder has been postponed amid concerns of an illness before the game.

What It Means:

The game was delayed and both teams were sent to their locker rooms as a decision was being made. Nearly 25 minutes later an announcement was made that the game had been postponed due to an illness before the game. The official reason given for the postponement was unforeseen circumstances.

Source: Erik Horne

Mavericks' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (illness) available to play Wednesday

Dallas Mavericks forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will play on Wednesday in the team's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Kidd-Gilchrist had been held out with an illness, but it seems as though he's recovered enough to suit up Wednesday night. He'll come off the bench.

Our models project Kidd-Gilchrist for 11.1 FanDuel points across 19.9 minutes of action.

Jazz rule out Rudy Gobert (illness) for the second time on Wednesday

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with an illness.

What It Means:

Gobert has been officially ruled out for the second time on Wednesday, after being ruled out and then relisted as questionable by the Jazz.

The Jazz are 3.5-point underdogs against the Thunder on Wednesday. Their implied team total of 107.5 is the third-lowest on the main slate according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander starting for Thunder on Wednesday, Terrance Ferguson coming off the bench

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Gilgeous-Alexander reenters the starting lineup after missing one game with a hip injury. Terrance Ferguson will move to the bench.

Gilgeous-Alexander's Wednesday projection includes 17.3 points, 6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 32.9 FanDuel points.

Terrance Ferguson coming off Thunder's bench Wednesday

Oklahoma City Thunder guard/forward Terrance Ferguson will play with the second unit on Wednesday in the team's game against the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Ferguson had been starting as of late, but he'll head back to a bench role on Wednesday night. That's because Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who missed time with a hip injury, is returning to the court and the starting lineup.

Our models project Ferguson for 7.4 FanDuel points across 17.6 minutes of action.

Maxi Kleber starting for Dallas Wednesday in place of injured Dorian Finney-Smith

Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber will start on Wednesday in the team's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Kleber had been coming off the bench as of late, but he'll enter the starting five against the Nuggets. That's because Dorian Finney-Smith will be sidelined with a hip ailment.

Our models project Kleber for 30.2 FanDuel points across 35.3 minutes of action.

Mavericks' Boban Marjanovic starting Wednesday in place of resting Kristaps Porzingis

Dallas Mavericks center Boban Marjanovic is in the lineup on Wednesday in the team's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Marjanovic had been coming off the bench as of late, but Kristaps Porzingis is taking a rest day against the Nuggets. That means Marjanovic will enter the starting five on Wednesday night, manning things down low.

Our models currently project Marjanovic for 11.7 FanDuel points across 9.5 minutes of action.

Jazz update Rudy Gobert from out to questionable for Wednesday's game against Thunder

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with an illness.

What It Means:

Gobert was ruled out by the Jazz, who then reversed their decision later and relisted him as questionable.

The Jazz are 3.5-point underdogs against the Thunder on Wednesday. Their implied team total of 107.5 is the third-lowest on the main slate according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map.

Source: Utah Jazz

Cody Martin starting for Hornets on Wednesday in place of Terry Rozier (illness)

Charlotte Hornets shooting guard Cody Martin is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Martin draws the start with Terry Rozier sidelined on Wednesday with an illness. Our models expect Martin to play 31.3 minutes.

Martin's Wednesday projection includes 8.5 points and 23.5 FanDuel points.

Tony Bradley starting for Jazz on Wednesday in place of Rudy Gobert (illness)

Utah Jazz center Tony Bradley is starting on Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Bradley is replacing Rudy Gobert (illness) in the starting lineup. Ed Davis is expected to see expanded minutes.

numberFire's models expect Bradley to score 24.0 FanDuel points on Wednesday. He's priced at $3,800.

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