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Jose Rojas starting for Angels Saturday

Los Angeles Angels infielder Jose Rojas is in the lineup Saturday in the team's game against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

Rojas is getting the nod at first base while batting sixth in the order against Twins starter Matt Shoemaker.

In 19 plate appearances this season, Rojas has a .056 batting average with a .216 OPS.

Kurt Suzuki sitting for Los Angeles on Saturday

Los Angeles Angels catcher Kurt Suzuki is not in the lineup Saturday in the team's game against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

Suzuki is being replaced behind the plate by Anthony Bemboom against Twins starter Matt Shoemaker.

In 25 plate appearances this season, Suzuki has a .200 batting average with a .542 OPS, 1 run and 1 RBI.

Albert Pujols not in Angels' Saturday lineup

Los Angeles Angels infielder Albert Pujols is sitting Saturday in the team's game against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

Pujols is being replaced at first base by Jose Rojas against Twins starter Matt Shoemaker.

In 38 plate appearances this season, Pujols has a .229 batting average with a .604 OPS, 1 home run, 3 runs and 4 RBI.

Ersan Ilyasova starting for Jazz Saturday in place of resting Rudy Gobert

Utah Jazz forward Ersan Ilyasova is in the lineup Saturday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

What It Means:

Rudy Gobert is getting Saturday's game off for rest, as the Jazz are on the second day of a back-to-back set. WIth the two-time Defensive Player of the Year sitting, Ilyasova will be elevated to the starting lineup.

In 8 games this season, Ilyasova has averaged 4.4 FanDuel points.

Joe Ingles starting for Utah Saturday in place of resting Mike Conley

Utah Jazz guard/forward Joe Ingles is in the lineup Saturday in the team's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

What It Means:

The Jazz are going into Saturday's contest shorthanded - Donovan Mitchell is set to miss time with a leg injury, and veterans Mike Conley and Rudy Gobert are getting a rest day. As such, there are three spots vacant in the starting lineup, and Ingles will assume one of those.

Our models project Ingles for 13.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 27.8 FanDuel points across 31.5 minutes of action.

Wesley Matthews playing with Lakers' second unit on Saturday

Los Angeles Lakers guard Wesley Matthews is out of Saturday's starting lineup against the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Matthews will come off Los Angeles' bench after Markieff Morris made his return back from an ankle sprain.

In a challenging matchup against a Jazz unit ranked third in points allowed per game this season, our models project Matthews to score 4.4 FanDuel points at the salary of $3,600.

Lakers starting Markieff Morris on Saturday, Wesley Matthews to bench

Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris is starting in Saturday's contest against the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Morris will make his 25th start this season after a two-game absence with a left ankle sprain. In an average tempo matchup against a Jazz unit playing with a 99.6 pace, our models project Morris to score 12.9 FanDuel points.

Morris' Saturday projection includes 6.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 0.8 assists.

Jazz starting Jordan Clarkson for injured Donovan Mitchell on Saturday

Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson is starting in Saturday's lineup against the Los Angeles Lakers.

What It Means:

Clarkson will make his first start this season after Donovan Mitchell was ruled out with an ankle injury. In a revenge opportunity against his former team, our models project Clarkson to score 35.6 FanDuel points.

Clarkson's Saturday projection includes 23.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists.

Marc Gasol (finger) available off Los Angeles' bench on Saturday

Los Angeles Lakers center Marc Gasol (finger) will not start in Saturday's contest against the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Gasol will be available off the bench after Andre Drummond was picked as Saturday's starting center against the Jazz.

In a role with Los Angeles' second unit, our models project the veteran center to score 12.5 FanDuel points at the salary of $4,000.

Markieff Morris (ankle) active for Lakers' Saturday matchup against Jazz

Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris (ankle) will play in Saturday's contest against the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Morris will return after a two-game absence with a left ankle sprain. In a tough matchup against a Jazz unit ranked fourth in defensive efficiency, our models project Morris to score 12.9 FanDuel points on Saturday.

Morris' projection includes 6.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 0.8 assists.

Lakers starting Andre Drummond (toe) on Saturday

Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond (toe) will start in Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Drummond will return to the court after the Lakers' center missed one game with a bruised right toe. In an average tempo matchup against a Jazz unit playing with a 99.6 pace, numberFire's models project Drummond to score 35.0 FanDuel points at the salary of $6,600.

Drummond's Friday projection includes 14.5 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists.

Source: Alex Regla

Cory Joseph (ankle) not listed on Pistons' Saturday injury report

Detroit Pistons guard Cory Joseph (ankle) is on track to play in Saturday's game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Joseph will return on Saturday after Detroit's veteran guard missed one game with left ankle soreness. In an uptempo matchup against a Wizards' team playing with a 104.6 pace, our models project Joseph to score 19.1 FanDuel points.

Joseph's projection includes 8.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.4 assists.

Pistons' Jerami Grant not listed on Saturday's injury report against Washington

Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (rest) is not listed on Saturday's injury report against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Grant will return to the court after a one-game absence for rest purposes. In a promising spot against a Washington unit ranked 24th in defensive efficiency, our models project Grant to score 35.7 FanDuel points at the salary of $7,100.

Grant's Saturday projection includes 21.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.

Mason Plumlee not listed on Detroit's Saturday injury report

Detroit Pistons center Mason Plumlee (rest) is not listed on Saturday's injury report against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Plumlee is on track to return after Detroit's center was rested on Friday. In an uptempo opportunity against a Wizards' unit playing with a 104.6 pace, our models project Plumlee to score 21.5 FanDuel points at the salary of $5,100.

Plumlee's current projection includes 7.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.

Detroit's Killian Hayes (injury management) ruled out on Saturday

Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes (injury management) will not play in Saturday's game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Hayes will not be active for the second part of Detroit's back-to-back for injury management reasons. Expect Cory Joseph to play more minutes in a great matchup against a Washington unit ranked 29th in points allowed per game this season.

Joseph's current projection includes 8.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.4 assists.

Hornets' PJ Washington (ankle) questionable for Sunday's game against Portland

Charlotte Hornets forward PJ Washington (ankle) is listed as questionable on Sunday's injury report against the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Washington's status remains in limbo after Charlotte's power forward was sidelined three games with a right ankle sprain. Look for Miles Bridges to play more minutes in a favorable opportunity against a Trail Blazers' team ranked 25th in points allowed per game this season if Washington remains out.

Washington's Sunday projection includes 13.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.

Devonte' Graham (quad) listed as questionable on Charlotte's Sunday injury report

Charlotte Hornets guard Devonte' Graham (quad) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Graham is questionable to play on Sunday after a one-game absence with a left quad contusion. Expect Cody Martin to log minutes in a promising matchup against a Portland unit ranked 29th in defensive efficiency if Graham remains sidelined on Sunday.

Graham's current projection includes 15.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists.

Boston's Jaylen Brown (illness) questionable for Saturday's game against Warriors

Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown (illness) is questionable to play in Saturday's contest against the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

Brown is listed as questionable after Boston's forward recently came down with a non-COVID illness. Expect Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker to play increased offensive roles in a fast tempo matchup against a Golden State team playing with a 103.0 pace if Brown is ruled out.

Brown's current Saturday projection includes 25.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists.

Mike Conley (rest) inactive for Utah's Saturday matchup against Lakers

Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley (rest) is ruled out for Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

What It Means:

Conley will not be available against the Lakers after Utah's point guard logged 32 minutes on Friday. Expect Jordan Clarkson to play a lead offensive role in a revenge opportunity against a Los Angeles' unit ranked second in points allowed per game this season.

Clarkson's Saturday projection includes 20.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists .

Utah's Rudy Gobert (rest) ruled out on Saturday

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (rest) will not play in Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

What It Means:

Gobert will not be active for the second game of Utah's back-to-back for rest purposes. Expect Georges Niang to log more minutes in difficult matchup against a Lakers' team ranked first in defensive efficiency.

According to Rotogrinders' Court IQ in 50.7 minutes this season with Utah's current inactives, Niang is averaging 0.93 FanDuel points and 0.57 field goal attempts per minute.

Knicks' Taj Gibson coming off the bench on Friday

New York Knicks forward/center Taj Gibson is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Gibson will move to the bench with Nerlens Noel back in the starting five on Friday. Our models expect Gibson to play 22.7 minutes against Dallas.

Gibson's Friday projection includes 5.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists, and 18.0 FanDuel points. His salary is $4,100.

Nerlens Noel (ankle) active and starting for Knicks on Friday, Taj Gibson coming off the bench

New York Knicks forward/center Nerlens Noel (ankle) is active and in the starting five for Friday's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Noel has been upgraded from questionable to available and will return directly to the starting lineup. Taj Gibson moves to the bench. Our models expect Noel to play 22.0 minutes against Dallas.

Noel's Friday projection includes 4.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists, and 19.1 FanDuel points. His salary is $5,000.

Warriors' Kelly Oubre (wrist) questionable for Saturday

Golden State Warriors forward Kelly Oubre (wrist) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

Oubre has a chance to return to action for the first time since April 9th. If he is available, our models expect him to play 30.7 minutes against Boston.

Oubre's Saturday projection includes 14.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 26.9 FanDuel points. His salary is $6,900.

Andre Drummond (toe) probable for Lakers on Saturday

Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Andre Drummond (toe) is probable for Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Drummond is probable and has a good chance to return to action against Utah on Saturday. Our models expect him to play 25.3 minutes against the Jazz. Kyle Kuzma (calf), Dennis Schroder (foot), and Wesley Matthews (Achilles) are all also listed as probable.

Drummond's Saturday projection includes 14.5 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 35.0 FanDuel points.

Donte DiVincenzo (toe) out again for Bucks on Saturday

Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Donte DiVincenzo (toe) has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

What It Means:

DiVincenzo will remain sidelined on Saturday with a toe injury. His next chance to play will come against the Phoenix Suns on Monday. Bryn Forbes could remain in the starting five against Memphis.

DiVincenzo is averaging 10.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 24.6 FanDuel points per game this season.

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