Recent NBA Player News

Jeremy Lin (back) questionable for Atlanta on Friday

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin is considered questionable to play on Friday night in the team's game against the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

Lin is nearing a return, and that will be a big boost to the struggling Hawks. Keep a close eye on his status in the coming 24 hours.

Should he play, our models project Lin for 10.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 19.8 FanDuel points in 20.8 minutes of action.

Lance Thomas (knee) doubtful on Friday for New York

New York Knicks guard/forward Lance Thomas is unlikely to play on Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

Thomas is still recovering from his left knee surgery, and it doesn't seem as though Friday will be the day he finally returns.

In 11 games so far this season, Thomas has averaged 3.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.

Trey Burke (knee) out on Friday for New York

New York Knicks guard Trey Burke will not play on Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

Burke will reportedly try to give it a go on Sunday, but at least for now, he's out.

In 21 games this season, Burke has averaged 12.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

Damyean Dotson (shoulder) questionable on Friday for New York

New York Knicks guard Damyean Dotson is considered questionable on Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

Dotson was seemingly injured on Wednesday night, and it appears as though it could cost him a contest.

In 23 games this season, Dotson has averaged 11.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists.

Allen Crabbe (sore knee) questionable for Nets Friday

Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (sore right knee) is questionable for Friday's game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Crabbe has been healthy for every game since missing the Nets' season opener with a left ankle sprain. If he sits, it would likely lead to more minutes for Spencer Dinwiddie, who just inked a fresh 3-year, $34 million contract after scoring a career-high 39 points on Wednesday. Crabbe is averaging 14.8 points in December, up from 8.0 points over the first two months of the season.

On the year, Crabbe is averaging 16.8 FanDuel points per game. numberFire's models expect him to record 10.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.5 3-pointers per contest over the rest of the season.

Andre Iguodala (hip) questionable on Friday for Golden State

Golden State Warriors guard/forward Andre Iguodala is considered questionable on Friday night for the team's game against the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Iguodala missed Wednesday's game and he failed to practice on Thursday, so his status could come down to the wire on Friday.

Should he play, our models project 5.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 16.8 FanDuel points in 23.3 minutes of action.

Jamal Murray (shin, forearm) probable for Nuggets Friday

Denver Nuggets shooting guard Jamal Murray (bruised right shin) is probable for Friday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Murray should be fine after being held out of Wednesday's practice. He scored 22 points with 8 rebounds and 8 assists on November 24 the last time the Nuggets and Thunder squared off.

Murray is averaging 31.7 FanDuel points in 27 games this season. numberFire's models expect him to record 19.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.9 steals, and 2.3 3-pointers per contest over the rest of the year.

Gordon Hayward (illness) to return for Celtics Friday

Boston Celtics guard/forward Gordon Hayward (illness) isn't on the injury report for Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

This means Hayward should be back out there following his two-game absence. Jaylen Brown's (illness) potential absence could open up more opportunity for Hayward.

Hayward is averaging 25.5 FanDuel points through 23 games (15 starts) this season. numberFire's models expect him to record 11.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.5 3-pointers per contest over the rest of the year.

Shaun Livingston (pelvis) out on Friday for Golden State

Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston will not play on Friday night against the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Livingston's injury isn't expected to be anything particularly serious, but keep an eye on his status going forward.

In 20 games this season, Livingston has averaged 4.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

Al Horford (knee) to miss fourth straight game for Celtics

Boston Celtics forward/center Al Horford (sore left knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

It will be Horford's fourth straight game on the sidelines and the Celtics are going to continue to take it easy. Aron Baynes and Daniel Theis are the primary beneficiaries with Horford out.

Horford is averaging 31.4 FanDuel points through 22 games. numberFire's models project him to record 18.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game over the rest of the year.

Evan Fournier (personal) expected to start for Magic Thursday over Jonathon Simmons

Orlando Magic guard/forward Evan Fournier (personal) is expected to replace Jonathon Simmons in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Bulls.

What It Means:

Fournier is back with the Magic after missing Monday's matchup. He's expected to replace Jonathon Simmons and join D.J. Augustin, Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon, and Nikola Vucevic in the first unit.

numberFire's models expect Fournier to score 29.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,000 on Thursday.

Jonas Valanciunas undergoes thumb surgery, out for Raptors 4-plus weeks

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas had surgery for his dislocated left thumb on Thursday and will miss at least 4 weeks.

What It Means:

Valanciunas will be re-evaluated in a month. Serge Ibaka and Greg Monroe will see more minutes at center in the meantime.

JV is averaging 25.1 FanDuel points through 30 games (10 starts) this season, with 12.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks in 18.8 minutes per contest.

Jonathon Simmons (ankle) expected to come off Magic bench Thursday

Orlando Magic small forward Jonathon Simmons (ankle) is expected to come off the bench versus the Chicago Bulls on Thursday.

What It Means:

Simmons tweaked his ankle in practice on Wednesday but was a full participant at Thursday's shootaround and is on track to play. He's expected to come off the bench after starting the past five games. Evan Fournier (personal) has been tabbed to fill the void in his return from a one-game absence.

numberFire's models project Simmons for 15.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,500 on Thursday.

Allonzo Trier signs 2-year deal with Knicks

The New York Knicks and shooting guard Allonzo Trier have agreed to a two-year deal.

What It Means:

Trier had been on a two-way contract that was close to expiring. Currently sidelined by a hamstring injury, the 22-year-old undrafted rookie was averaging 11.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.7 3-pointers, and 1.9 turnovers on 47.0 percent shooting through 27 games. The Knicks waived Ron Baker in a corresponding roster move.

Trier is also averaging 18.2 FanDuel points per game. numberFire's models expect him to record 12.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.6 3-pointers per contest over the rest of the year.

Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) reportedly intends to make season debut for Mavericks on Thursday

Dallas Mavericks forward/center Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) plans to make his season debut on the road Thursday versus the Phoenix Suns, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com.

What It Means:

Nowitzki will likely be on a minutes limit as he embarks on his age-40 campaign. At 21 seasons, the future Hall of Fame big man is setting an NBA record for the longest career spent with one franchise.

numberFire's models expect Dirk to play 7.4 minutes and score 7.4 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,700 in his season debut.

Source: ESPN.com

Spencer Dinwiddie drops career-high 39 points, Nets defeat 76ers

Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie scored a career-high 39 points (11-of-18 field goals, 4-of-6 3-pointers, 13-of-14 free throws) with 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, and 4 turnovers in 30.5 minutes of a 127-124 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Dinwiddie became the second Nets player since 1981-82 to score 30-plus off the bench twice in the same season. Over the last five games, he's averaging 23.2 points, 5.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 2.2 triples on 52.0 percent shooting (40-of-77 field goals). The Nets host the Washington Wizards on Friday.

Dinwiddie finished with 47.9 FanDuel points in the win. He's averaging 28.0 FanDuel points through 29 games this season.

Jeff Green double-doubles in Wizards' loss with season-high 22 points

Washington Wizards guard/forward Jeff Green started and scored a season-high 22 points (7-of-11 field goals, 2-of-5 3-pointers, 6-of-7 free throws) with 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block in 45.5 minutes of a 130-125 overtime loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Green scored just 4 points in his previous two starts this season, so the season-high showing was a bit unexpected. Otto Porter (knee) will likely be back for Friday's matchup with the Brooklyn Nets, so Green figures to head back to the bench for that one.

Green also scored a season-high 43.0 FanDuel points in the loss. He's averaging 20.5 FanDuel points through 26 games overall.

76ers' Furkan Korkmaz scores 18 with 3 steals in start

Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard Furkan Korkmaz scored 18 points (8-of-14 field goals, 2-of-3 3-pointers) with 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 3 turnovers in 34.7 minutes of a 127-124 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Korkmaz matched the season-high in points that he set in the previous game. He also set new career-bests in minutes, makes, assists, and steals. If Jimmy Butler (groin) remains out on Friday versus the Indiana Pacers, then Korkmaz will likely draw another start.

Korkmaz also posted a season-high 36.6 FanDuel points in the loss. He's averaging 12.1 FanDuel points through 21 games overall.

Thaddeus Young posts 25 points, 11 boards, 4 dimes, 5 steals for Pacers

Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young scored a season-high 25 points (9-of-14 field goals, 1-of-4 3-pointers, 6-of-8 free throws) with 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, 1 block, and 2 turnovers in 33.9 minutes of a 113-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Young also did a stellar job on defense against Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was held to a season-low 12 points (4-of-7 field goals). The steals also match Young's season-high. The Pacers visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.

Young also finished with a season-best 60.2 FanDuel points in the victory. He's averaging 24.8 FanDuel points overall (28 games).

Jonas Valanciunas dislocates left thumb in Raptors' win

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has been diagnosed with a dislocated thumb on his left (non-shooting) hand.

What It Means:

Valanciunas was forced to make an early exit from the Raptors' 113-93 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Serge Ibaka and Greg Monroe should see extended minutes while Val is down.

JV is averaging 25.1 FanDuel points through 30 games (10 starts) this season, with 12.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per contest.

Victor Oladipo double-doubles for Pacers in return

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo scored 12 points (5-of-11 field goals, 1-of-4 3-pointers, 1-of-2 free throws) with 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 turnovers in 29.2 minutes of a 113-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Oladipo's knee wasn't an issue in his first game since November 17, but he did admit his conditioning still needs some work, which may have contributed to the low volume. The 26-year-old guard is averaging 17.9 field goal attempts per contest, so he figures to be more involved versus the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.

Dipo scored 31.0 FanDuel points in his return. He's averaging 39.8 FanDuel points through 17 games overall this season.

Source: USA Today

John Wall scores 34 with 13 assists, 6 rebounds in Wizards' loss

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall scored 34 points (14-of-26 field goals, 1-of-5 3-pointers, 5-of-8 free throws) with 6 rebounds, 13 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, and 5 turnovers in a 130-125 overtime loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Wall looked fine in his return from a one-game absence for a heel injury, scoring 30-plus for the fourth time this season. However, Wall did make a brief exit during overtime for an ankle issue and said he was sore after the game, so keep an eye on his status for Friday's matchup with the Brooklyn Nets.

Wall scored a season-best 64.7 FanDuel points in the loss. He's averaging 42.2 FanDuel points overall through 26 games.

Kings' Nemanja Bjelica scores 25 in victory over Timberwolves

Sacramento Kings power forward Nemanja Bjelica scored 25 points (9-of-15 field goals, 4-of-9 3-pointers, 3-of-4 free throws) with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 turnover in 28.5 minutes of a 141-130 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Bjelica brought some extra oomph against his former employer, scoring as many points in this victory as he did in the previous three games combined. It was also his third 20-point game of the season. The Kings host the Golden State Warriors on Friday.

Bjelica finished with 40.5 FanDuel points. He's averaging 24.4 FanDuel points through 27 games this season.

Joel Embiid has 33 points, 17 boards, 6 assists in 76ers' loss to Nets

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid scored 33 points (12-of-18 field goals, 2-of-3 3-pointers, 7-of-8 free throws) with 17 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, and 6 turnovers in 38.1 minutes of a 127-124 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Embiid had 23 points and 13 rebounds in the first half alone. He also joined Charles Barkley as the only other Sixer in the past 30 seasons to record 30 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists in multiple games. The 76ers host the Indiana Pacers on Friday.

Embiid finished with 62.4 FanDuel points in the loss. He's averaging 52.0 FanDuel points through 28 games this season.

Anthony Davis propels Pelicans past Thunder with season-high 44 points, 18 boards

New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis scored a season-high 44 points (16-of-32 field goals, 1-of-3 3-pointers, 11-of-11 free throws) with 18 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, and 3 turnovers in 39.8 minutes of a 118-114 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Davis made a brief exit in the first quarter, but returned in the second and wound up finishing with 40-plus for a second straight game. The made triple also ended an 0-for-9 drought. The Pelicans host the Miami Heat on Sunday.

AD scored 74.6 FanDuel points in the win. He's averaging 61.0 FanDuel points through 26 games this season.

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