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Mason Plumlee steps back into Nuggets' starting lineup on Wednesday night

Denver Nuggets forward/center Mason Plumlee will return to the starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Plumlee came off the bench on Tuesday for the front end of the Nuggets' back-to-back set but he's back at the five for tonight's road date with the Clippers. Will Barton will remain in the first unit and fill in for Jamal Murray (concussion) at point guard.

numberFire's models project Plumlee to score 22.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,600 on Wednesday.

Kyle Kuzma won't return for Lakers after injuring hand

Los Angeles Lakers power forward Kyle Kuzma went to the locker room in the fourth quarter with a left hand injury and will not return on Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

The official diagnosis is a sprain to his metacarpal-phalangeal joint, which describes where the pinkie meets the palm.

Kuzma scored 7 points (3-of-9 field goals, 1-of-5 3-pointers) with 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 2 turnovers in 23 minutes on Wednesday, yielding 12.2 FanDuel points in the process.

Garrett Temple on Kings' bench for matchup with Jazz

Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple is not starting on Wednesday against the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Temple started the past three games for the Kings but he'll run with the second unit tonight versus Utah. George Hill will be in the backcourt with De'Aaron Fox.

numberFire's models project Temple to score 0.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,600 on Wednesday.

Will Barton starting at point guard for Nuggets on Wednesday

Denver Nuggets guard/forward Will Barton will start at point guard in place of Jamal Murray (concussion) on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

This will be Barton's second straight game in the first unit, but he'll run the point in this one after taking Mason Plumlee's spot on Tuesday in the front end of the back-to-back set.

numberFire's models project Barton to score 33.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,800 versus the Clippers.

George Hill back in Kings' starting lineup on Wednesday night

Sacramento Kings guard George Hill is starting on Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Hill is back in the first unit after receiving a veteran maintenance day on Monday. Garrett Temple will come off the Kings' bench.

numberFire's models project Hill to score 18.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,200.

Zach Randolph returns to Sacramento's first unit versus Jazz

Sacramento Kings forward/center Zach Randolph is starting on Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Randolph sat on Monday as part of the Kings' new veteran maintenance plan, but he's back for tonight's action and will join De'Aaron Fox, George Hill, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Willie Cauley-Stein in the starting lineup. Skal Labissiere is out with a shoulder injury while Kosta Koufos will likely receive a rest day.

numberFire's models project Z-Bo to score 28.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,400 on Wednesday.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) makes early exit from Lakers' game on Wednesday

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) will not return on Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Caldwell-Pope exited in the first half and was in noticeable pain while limping back to the Lakers' locker room. He dealt with a right Achilles issue in 2015, so this could lead to a multi-game absence. Josh Hart drew the start at shooting guard in the second half.

KCP scored 10 points (3-of-5 field goals, 2-of-2 free throws) with 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 2 3-pointers in 15 minutes before leaving, earning 17.2 FanDuel points in the process.

Jamal Murray (concussion) expected to remain out for Nuggets on Friday

Denver Nuggets shooting guard Jamal Murray (concussion) is unlikely to return on Friday against the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Murray will miss his first career game on Wednesday versus the Los Angeles Clippers and it sounds like that will extend to at least Friday, making him questionable for Monday's matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers. Will Barton will run the point for the Nuggets' first unit tonight while Emmanuel Mudiay should see additional minutes off the bench.

Murray is averaging 25.0 FanDuel points in 44 games this season. Over the remainder of the year, numberFire's models project him to record 16.8 points, 2.1 3-pointers, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.1 steals, and 2.0 turnovers per game.

DeAndre Jordan (ankle) out again for Clippers on Wednesday

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (ankle) will remain inactive on Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

This will be Jordan's third straight game on the sidelines. Willie Reed has filled in at the five for the Clippers in the past two contests. Montrezl Harrell could also be busy after logging 32 minutes on Monday.

DJ is averaging 34.2 FanDuel points in 41 games this season. Over the remainder of the year, numberFire's models project him to record 11.9 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game.

Jordan Bell's (left ankle) X-rays negative, Warriors schedule MRI for Thursday

Golden State Warriors power forward Jordan Bell suffered a sprained left ankle on Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Bell is scheduled for an MRI on Thursday but the good news is that initial X-rays came back negative. If he's forced to miss time, Kevon Looney will likely benefit the most, at least until Draymond Green (shoulder) returns.

Bell is averaging 17.3 FanDuel points in 37 games (10 starts) this season.

Jordan Bell (ankle) exits Warriors' game in wheelchair, undergoing X-rays

Golden State Warriors power forward Jordan Bell is undergoing X-rays after injuring his left ankle in the first quarter of Wednesday's matchup with the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Bell was helped off the court and then put in a wheelchair after Robin Lopez added insult to injury with a slam dunk on the opening play of the game. Kevon Looney entered the game as his replacement and could see a decent amount of playing time, as Draymond Green (shoulder) is inactive for the Warriors. Bell will not return.

Bell is averaging 17.3 FanDuel points in 37 games (10 starts) this season.

Zaza Pachulia returns to Warriors' starting lineup on Wednesday

Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia is in Wednesday's starting lineup against the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Jordan Bell started over Pachulia on Monday when the Warriors decided to go small versus the Cleveland Cavaliers, but with Draymond Green (shoulder) not playing tonight, the 33-year-old big man will step back in at the five for Golden State.

numberFire's models project Pachulia to score 14.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,500 on Wednesday.

Lonzo Ball (knee) unlikely to return for Lakers on Friday

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball (knee) isn't expected to play against the Indiana Pacers on Friday.

What It Means:

"From what I see he doesn’t look like he’s ready to start playing," head coach Luke Walton revealed. Ball is already out for Wednesday's matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder and it sounds like he'll miss a third straight contest on Friday as well. Tyler Ennis figures to draw another start while Jordan Clarkson should and Josh Hart should continue to see additional run.

Ball is averaging 33.7 FanDuel points in 36 games this season. Over the remainder of the year, numberFire's models project him to record 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.9 3-pointers, and 2.9 turnovers per game.

Source: Bill Oram

Blake Griffin avoids punishment for aftermath of Clippers-Rockets game

Los Angeles Clippers forward/center Blake Griffin will not be suspended for Monday's confrontation with the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

Griffin should see his normal workload on Wednesday night as the Clippers take on the Denver Nuggets.

numberFire's models project Griffin to score 41.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $8,700 on Wednesday night.

James Harden (hamstring) doesn't receive punishment for Rockets-Clippers altercation

Houston Rockets guard/forward James Harden (hamstring) will not be suspended for his role in Monday's locker room altercation with the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Harden and Chris Paul reportedly tried calming things down and will avoid any disciplinary action. Meanwhile, Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green have both been suspended two games by the NBA for their role in the ordeal. Harden is expected to have a 24-25 minute limit in his return to the court on Thursday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Harden is averaging 54.6 FanDuel points in 35 games this season. Over the remainder of the year, numberFire's models project him to record 28.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.8 steals, and 3.3 3-pointers per game.

Grizzlies' Deyonta Davis draws first career start in place of Marc Gasol (illness) on Wednesday night

Memphis Grizzlies power forward Deyonta Davis is starting on Wednesday night against the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

Marc Gasol and Brandan Wright are both out due to illness, so Davis will make the first start of his NBA career. Grizzlies head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the 2016 second-round pick "has been groomed for these moments," so he should see plenty of opportunity for a shorthanded frontcourt in Memphis.

numberFire's models project Davis to score 28.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,600 on Wednesday.

Derrick Jones Jr. enters starting lineup for Heat in place of Tyler Johnson (ankle)

Miami Heat small forward Derrick Jones Jr. will start on Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Jones will draw the start while Tyler Johnson (ankle) sits out. He averaged 24.6 minutes in two previous starts this season.

numberFire's models project Jones to score 13.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,600 versus the Bucks.

Pau Gasol playing through hand injury again for Spurs versus Nets

San Antonio Spurs forward/center Pau Gasol (hand) is starting on Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Gasol is dealing with a hand injury but it won't keep him out of tonight's matchup with the Nets and doesn't seem like anything for owners to be concerned about moving forward.

numberFire's models project Pau to score 23.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,000 on Wednesday night.

Kyle Anderson remains in Spurs' starting lineup in place of Kawhi Leonard (quad)

San Antonio Spurs small forward Kyle Anderson is starting again on Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Kawhi Leonard was ruled out indefinitely with a quad injury on Wednesday afternoon, so Anderson should stick around in the Spurs' first unit until their star is back on the floor.

numberFire's models project Anderson to score 26.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,900 on Wednesday night.

Avery Bradley (groin) starting for Pistons on Wednesday

Detroit Pistons guard Avery Bradley (groin) is starting on Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Bradley missed Tuesday's practice but he's good to go tonight in Toronto. The eighth-year man scored at least 24 points twice in the past four games.

numberFire's models project Bradley to score 24.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,400 on Wednesday.

James Ennis (calf) good to go for Grizzlies on Wednesday evening

Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward James Ennis (right calf) has been ruled out for Wednesday's matchup with the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

Ennis was previously listed as questionable but appears to be fine for tonight's home game with the Knicks. He's averaging 12.5 points with 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 3-pointers, and 1.5 blocks over the past two games.

numberFire's models project Ennis to score 17.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,700 on Wednesday night.

Rockets' Gerald Green suspended two games for Monday incident with Clippers

The NBA is suspending Houston Rockets guard/forward Gerald Green two games for aggressively entering the Los Angeles Clippers locker room on Monday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Trevor Ariza was also suspended two games for the incident. Both players will not play on Thursday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, or Saturday against the Golden State Warriors. Green had been playing well, but with James Harden expected back on Thursday, Green may not have a big role following the suspension.

Across 10 games with Houston, Green has averaged 22.8 FanDuel points per game.

Stanley Johnson (hip) ruled out for Pistons on Wednesday night

Detroit Pistons guard/forward Stanley Johnson (hip) will not play against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

What It Means:

This will be Johnson's third straight game on the sidelines.

Johnson is averaging 17.3 FanDuel points in 32 games (22 starts) this season. Over the remainder of the year, numberFire's models project him to record 8.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.9 3-pointers per game.

Josh Hart falls out of Lakers' first unit on Wednesday night

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Josh Hart will return to the bench on Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Brandon Ingram (ankle) is back after an eight-game absence, so Hart will return to the bench, but with Lonzo Ball (knee) still out, he might see a decent role off the bench.

numberFire's models project Hart to score 13.4 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,500 on Wednesday.

Rockets' Trevor Ariza suspended two games for Monday incident with Clippers

The NBA is suspending Houston Rockets guard/forward Trevor Ariza two games for aggressively entering the Los Angeles Clippers locker room on Monday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Gerald Green was also suspended two games for the incident. Both players will not play on Thursday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, or Saturday against the Golden State Warriors. P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute could play bigger roles while Ariza is out.

Ariza has averaged 25.2 FanDuel points per game this season.

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