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Nicolas Batum starting in Clippers' Monday lineup against Portland

Los Angeles Clippers forward Nicolas Batum is starting in Monday's contest against the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Batum will make his first start this season after Marcus Morris was ruled out on Monday night for conditioning purposes. In a fast tempo opportunity against a Portland team playing with a 104.0 pace, our models project Batum to score 24.2 FanDuel points at the salary of $4,400.

Batum's projection includes 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists.

Trail Blazers starting Nassir Little for injured Norman Powell (knee) on Monday

Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nassir Little is starting in Monday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Little will start at the three after Norman Powell was ruled inactive with a left knee ailment. In his first start this season, our models project Little to score 18.5 FanDuel points at the salary of $4,000.

Little's Monday projection includes 9.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.0 assist.

Clippers' Marcus Morris (conditioning) out on Monday, Nicolas Batum to start

Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris (conditioning) will not play in Monday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Morris will not be active on Monday night for conditioning reasons. In an uptempo matchup against a Portland unit playing with a 104.0 pace, expect Nicolas Batum to play an increased role in his first start this season.

Batum's projection includes 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists.

Darius Garland (ankle) starting in Cleveland's Monday lineup, Ricky Rubio to bench

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (ankle) is starting in Monday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Garland will start on Monday night after Cleveland's guard was forced to miss two games with a left ankle injury. In a matchup against a Nuggets' team playing with a 101.8 pace, our models project Garland to score 34.1 FanDuel points at the salary of $6,800.

Garland's Monday projection includes 20.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 6.2 assists.

Ricky Rubio coming off Cavaliers' bench on Monday night

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ricky Rubio is not starting in Monday's contest against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Rubio will play with Cleveland's second unit after Darius Garland was named Monday's starter against the Nuggets.

In a matchup against a Denver team allowing a 113.6 defensive rating, our models project Rubio to score 22.3 FanDuel points at the salary of $6,000.

Will Fuller (finger) not expected to play in Dolphins' Week 8 matchup against Buffalo

According to head coach Brian Floes, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Will Fuller (finger) is not expected to play in Week 8's contest against the Buffalo Bills.

What It Means:

Despite recent progress, Fuller is not expected to play in Week 8's divisional showdown against the Bills. Expect Jaylen Waddle to see an uptick in target share if Fuller and DeVante Parker (hamstring) are both inactive.

Waddle's current Week 8 projection includes 4.9 receptions for 48.7 yards on 7.8 targets.

Source: Omar Kelly

Philadelphia's Joel Embiid (knee) questionable for Tuesday's game against Knicks

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (knee) is listed as questionable to play in Tuesday's contest against the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

Embiid has been listed as questionable recently after Philadelphia's star big man experienced right knee soreness. Expect Tobias Harris to play a lead offensive role if Embiid is unable to go on Tuesday night.

Embiid's current projection includes 26.9 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists.

Shanahan: 49ers will start Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 8's matchup against Bears

According to head coach Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will start in Week 8's game against the Chicago Bears.

What It Means:

Garoppolo will make his sixth start under center this season despite a shaky performance in Week 7's loss to the Colts. Expect Trey Lance to possible mix in against the Bears if he is able to practice in full by Friday.

Per Pro Football Focus on 145 pass attempts, Garoppolo currently rates as the league's 29th rated quarterback with a 56.8 offensive rating.

Alex Collins (groin) active for Seattle's Week 7 matchup against Saints

Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins (groin) is available for Monday's Week 7 contest against the New Orleans Saints.

What It Means:

As expected, Collins will suit up for Monday night's showdown despite a groin injury. In a potential committee role against numberFire's ninth rated rush defense, our models project Collins to score 8.6 FanDuel points.

Collins' Week 7 projection includes 11.4 rushing attempts for 47.1 yards and 1.3 receptions for 9.4 yards.

Hawks starting Kevin Huerter for inactive De'Andre Hunter (illness) on Monday

Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter is starting in Monday's lineup against the Detroit Pistons.

What It Means:

Huerter will make his first start this season after De'Andre Hunter was ruled out with a non-COVID illness. In a slow tempo matchup against a Pistons' team playing with a 99.5 pace, our models project Huerter to score 21.5 FanDuel points at the salary of $4,600.

Huerter's projection includes 10.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists.

Blake Griffin replacing Nicolas Claxton in Nets lineup Monday

Brooklyn Nets forward/center Blake Griffin is in the starting lineup on Monday against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Griffin, who was rested on Sunday, is replacing Nicolas Claxton in the starting lineup as the Nets go with a smaller first five against the Wizards. Even as a starter, Griffin is unlikely to be involved much on offense. Claxton should still see his normal allotment of minutes off the bench.

Griffin is registering a career-low 14.8% usage rate and averaging 21.0 minutes per game. numberFire's models project him for 20.3 FanDuel points in 24.0 minutes against Washington on Monday.

Nicolas Claxton working with Nets second unit Monday

Brooklyn Nets power forward Nicolas Claxton is not in the starting lineup on Monday against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Blake Griffin is making the start over Claxton as the Nets go with a smaller unit. Claxton started the first three games for Brooklyn and averaged 5.0 points with 4.0 rebounds in 21.0 minutes.

numberFire's models project Claxton for 18.0 minutes and 18.2 FanDuel points on Monday. Per our NBA Heat Map, the Nets have the highest implied total on the board (117.5).

Bruce Brown starting for Brooklyn Monday over Jevon Carter

Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Bruce Brown is replacing Jevon Carter in the starting lineup versus the Washington Wizards on Monday.

What It Means:

Brown was a DNP-CD in the season opener and barely played in the second game, but then he logged 27 minutes on Sunday and is starting the second leg of the back-to-back.

numberFire's models project Brown for 10.1 minutes and 9.2 FanDuel points on Monday. Per our NBA Heat Map, the Nets have the highest implied total on the board (117.5).

Kyle Lowry (ankle) starting on Monday, Gabe Vincent to Miami's bench

Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry (ankle) is starting in Monday's lineup against the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

Lowry will return to the court against intrastate rivals after Miami's veteran missed one game with an ankle injury. In a matchup against a Magic team allowing a 98.7 defensive rating, our models project Lowry to score 34.0 FanDuel points at the salary of $6,800.

Lowry's projection includes 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists.

Pistons starting Kelly Olynyk for injured Jerami Grant (elbow) on Monday

Detroit Pistons forward / center Kelly Olynyk is starting in Monday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Olynyk will start at the four after Jerami Grant was ruled inactive with an elbow injury. In a matchup against a Hawks' team allowing a 95.6 defensive rating, our models project Olynyk to score 30.0 FanDuel points at the salary of $5,400.

Olynyk's Monday projection includes 15.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.

Source: Rod Beard

Pat Connaughton coming off Bucks' bench on Monday night

Milwaukee Bucks guard / forward Pat Connaughton is not starting in Monday's lineup against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Connaughton will play with Milwaukee's bench unit after Thanasis Antetokounmpo was announced as Monday's starter.

In a matchup against an Indiana unit allowing a 112.8 defensive rating, our models project Connaughton to score 25.9 FanDuel points at the salary of $4,500.

Source: Eric Ne

Milwaukee's Thanasis Antetokounmpo starting on Monday, Pat Connaughton to bench

Milwaukee Bucks forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo is starting in Monday's game against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Antetokounmpo will make his sixth career start after Pat Connaughton was sent to Milwaukee's bench on Monday night. In a matchup against an Indiana unit playing with a 99.3 pace, our models project Antetokounmpo to score 14.3 FanDuel points at the salary of $3,800.

Antetokounmpo's projection includes 5.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists.

Source: Eric Nehm

George Hill starting Monday for Bucks in place of Jrue Holiday (ankle)

Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill is starting on Monday against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Hill is drawing the start in place of Jrue Holiday (ankle) as the Bucks use their fourth different lineup in as many games. Hill also started last Thursday for Holiday, but his minutes have remained between 21-25 each game either way.

numberFire's models project Hill for 21.14 FanDuel points in 26 minutes on Monday. He is averaging 0.71 FanDuel points per minute and registering a 15.9% usage rate this season.

Pelicans' Josh Hart (quad) remains sidelined on Monday

New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart (quad) is ruled out for Monday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

What It Means:

Hart will miss his third straight game with a quad injury. Expect Herbert Jones to see more playing time in a rematch against a Minnesota team allowing a 110.7 defensive rating.

Per Rotogrinders' Court IQ in 61.3 minutes with Hart off the floor this season, Jones is averaging 0.49 FanDuel points per minute and a 9.8% usage rate.

Jerami Grant (elbow) ruled out for Pistons against Atlanta

Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (left elbow infection) is out for Monday against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

The Pistons added Grant to the injury report Monday morning with an elbow infection and he will miss at least one game. Trey Lyles and Kelly Olynyk are both candidates to start in place of Grant, and Saddiq Bey is in line for a larger role on offense.

Grant is leading the Pistons with a 26.8% usage rate through two games and he's averaging the second-most minutes (32.0) behind Bey (33.5). Per numberFire's NBA Heat Map, the Pistons have the second-lowest implied total (101.0) on the board.

Bruce Brown (calf) active Monday for Brooklyn

Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Bruce Brown (right calf contusion) is available for Monday's game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Brown was previously listed as probable. The Nets made Brown a healthy scratch in the season opener and he only saw four minutes of floor time in the second game, but then he played 27 minutes on Sunday. He finished with 8 points (3-of-9 field goals), 7 rebounds, a steal, 2 blocks, and a triple.

numberFire's models project Brown for 10.1 minutes and 9.2 FanDuel points on Monday. Per our NBA Heat Map, the Nets have the highest implied total on the board (117.5).

Jets reportedly acquire Joe Flacco in trade with Eagles

According to Adam Schefter, the New York Jets have reportedly acquired quarterback Joe Flacco in a trade with a the Philadelphia Eagles.

What It Means:

Flacco will play his second stint with the Jets after the Eagles acquired a conditional sixth round draft pick up to a fifth round value dependent on his playing time. Expect Gardner Minshew to operate as Philadelphia's second-string quarterback.

Per Pro Football Focus on 134 pass attempts last season, Flacco produced a 67.2% adjusted completion percentage and a 55.9 passing grade.

Nick Chubb (calf) expected back for Browns Week 8

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (calf) is expected to return for Week 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, reports Josina Anderson.

What It Means:

Anderson says Chubb is set to return, barring any setbacks at practice, after missing the last two games. D'Ernest Johnson ran wild last Thursday for 146 yards on 22 carries, but Chubb will likely return to workhorse duties. Kareem Hunt (calf) is still sidelined, so Johnson could have earned a larger role in passing-down situations over rookie Demetric Felton.

Chubb is averaging 16.1 FanDuel points per game this season. Per Pro Football Focus, Johnson was on the field for 22 passing snaps and ran 16 routes in Week 7. Felton played 13 passing downs and ran a route on each one.

Nikola Vucevic (illness) available for Bulls' Monday game against Raptors

Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (illness) is available for Monday's contest against the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Vucevic will play though an illness after Chicago's star center was listed as questionable. In a good matchup against a Toronto team allowing a 93.7 defensive rating, our models project Vucevic to score 43.7 FanDuel points at the salary of $8,700.

Vucevic's current Monday projection includes 20.3 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists.

Aaron Holiday playing with Washington's second unit on Monday

Washington Wizards guard Aaron Holiday is not starting in Monday's lineup against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Holiday will come off Washington's bench after Bradley Beal made his return to the Wizards' starting lineup after a one-game absence.

In a matchup against a Brooklyn team playing with a 100.2 pace, our models project Holiday to score 6.2 FanDuel points at the salary of $3,800.

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