After a lengthy hiatus because of the All-Star break, we finally have a busy NBA slate with nine games on the schedule Friday. That leaves us with a ton of NBA player prop bets to wade through, so let’s try...
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Will Barton Cleared To Suit Up Friday
Written by Staff 1 hour ago Category: Injuries Nuggets
Denver Nuggets shooting guard/small forward Will Barton (knee) has been given the green light to play in Fridays contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Barton missed each of the Nuggets final four games of the first half due to a knee injury, but his return coincides with that of Michael Porter Jr. (ankle), giving Denver a plethora of options on the wing. In his last four outings, Barton has been on fire from long range, knocking down 56.5 percent of his looks en route to 19.5 points per game. Torrey Craig can likely be expected to see a significant downturn in minutes, eliminating his DFS intrigue.
Kyrie Irving Out For Remainder Of Season
Written by Staff 22 hours ago Category: Injuries, Top-Headlines Nets
Updating a previous report, Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is receiving season-ending shoulder surgery and will miss the rest of the season. From a Nets organization perspective, this is a no-brainer and management is looking at the long-term picture with Kevin Durant (Achilles) on track to play next season. For fantasy, this is a tough blow for owners who likely picked Irving in the early rounds. Spencer Dinwiddie will continue to be one of the biggest fantasy steals of the year while Caris Levert should not be on any waiver wires.
Karl-Anthony Towns Will Get Second Opinion on Wrist
Written by Staff yesterday Category: Injuries, Sit-Start, Waivers Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (wrist) is still being evaluated and will get a second opinion on his left wrist. It was reported last week that Towns would miss multiple weeks. There is no timetable for his return and it's unclear if Towns is going to play again this season. Naz Reid will see his fantasy value skyrocket with Towns out of the rotation. James Johnson will be involved more as well, but isn't expected to have the same kind of value. Fantasy owners should check back after Towns receives his second opinion.
Eric Gordon is Feeling Better
Written by Staff 2 days ago Category: Injuries, Sit-Start Rockets
Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (shin) said that he is feeling better and will go through practice. Gordon was dealing with a left shin contusion over the All-Star break, but it appears he's moving in the right direction. The Rockets start the second half of the season against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. Fantasy owners should consider Gordon questionable to play in that one. Austin Rivers, Ben McLemore, and possibly Danuel House would benefit if Gordon is unable to play. Fantasy owners will need to check back on Thursday for more information.
Reggie Jackson Has Buyout Agreement With Pistons
Written by Staff 3 days ago Category: Transactions, Waivers
Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson has agreed to a buyout with the organization. He reportedly is going to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers when he clears waivers. Jackson should see his fantasy value take a significant hit with the move to LA. The Clippers already have Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, and Landry Shamet who are going to remain in the rotation. However, Bruce Brown Jr., Luke Kennard, and Derrick Rose should see more minutes coming their way without Jackson on the team anymore. Jackson should make some noise with the Clippers, but it's not likely going to be enough to hold him in standard leagues.
Kris Dunn Might Miss The Rest of the Season
Written by Staff 4 days ago Category: Injuries, Sit-Start Bulls
Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn (knee) could be in danger of missing the rest of the regular season, according to K.C. Johnson. Dunn has been sidelined since Jan. 31 due to a sprained right MCL. The Bulls are expected to re-evaluate him soon, but they may decide to take the cautious approach. Their playoff chances are looking bleak and Dunn is expected to be a free agent this summer. Youngster Coby White could be involved more along with Shaquille Harrison. There is no official word that Dunn is done for the season, but White's fantasy value is looking like it might rise here soon.
Marcin Gortat Retires from NBA
Written by Staff 5 days ago Category: Transactions
Veteran free-agent center Marcin Gortat has officially announced his retirement from the NBA. Gortat was waived by the Los Angeles Clippers last season and hasn't played in the league since then. He was reportedly close to signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, but they chose to go with Dwight Howard instead. Gortat was selected with the 57th pick in the 2005 draft by the Phoenix Suns. He played 806 games in the league, which is the most by any Polish-born player. He was best known for his roles on the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards.
Evan Turner is Expected to Work Out With Clippers
Written by Staff 6 days ago Category: Transactions, Waivers Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Evan Turner has a buyout pending with the organization. Turner is allowed to work out for the Clippers on Saturday, according to Chris Haynes. He didn't make much of an impact in Atlanta earlier in the season, but could be useful elsewhere. However, Turner would likely be lost in shuffle if he signs with the Clippers. He might have deep league value, but it wouldn't be much more than that.
Zion Williamson Scores 30-Plus Points Again
Written by Staff 7 days ago Category: Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson continued his smooth transition into the NBA in Thursday's 123-118 loss to the Thunder, finishing with 32 points, six rebounds, one assist and one block in 31 minutes. The rookie did this on 11-for-19 shooting from the field while making 10 of 13 free throws. The hyped prospect has been picking it up in February as we approach All-Star weekend, and he has scored over 20 points in seven of the past eight games. The 2019 top pick has put himself in a solid starting role for the rest of the season, and you should have no problems rolling with him in matchups going forward, considering he averages 21 points and 27 minutes per game.
Serge Ibaka Cleared To Suit Up Wednesday
Written by Staff 8 days ago Category: Injuries Raptors
Toronto Raptors power forward/center Serge Ibaka has been given the green light to play in Wednesdays game versus the Brooklyn Nets after previously being tagged as questionable due to an illness. Ibaka missed the teams previous outing and will reclaim his spot in the starting five with Marc Gasol (hamstring) unavailable. In 20 prior starts this year, Ibaka has averaged 18.7 points and 8.9 rebounds, shooting an excellent 57 percent overall. His role come the second half is less clear, but Wednesday should mark one last hurrah of significant upside.
Kevon Looney Tagged As Questionable For Wednesday
Written by Staff 9 days ago Category: Injuries Warriors
Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney is deemed questionable to play in Wednesdays game versus the Phoenix Suns due to a sore left hip. Looney has come off the bench in each of Golden States last five games, but has provided very little by way of fantasy contributions, averaging just 2.9 points and 3.1 rebounds on a nightly basis this season. His absence would likely allow Marquese Chriss to snag some additional minutes in the frontcourt, as owners will want to check back and see if Looney is given the green light to take the floor.
Tim Hardaway Jr. Goes Off For 33 Points In Loss
Written by Staff 10 days ago Category: Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks shooting guard/small forward Tim Hardaway Jr. had the hot hand on Monday, but his 33 points were not enough in the four-point loss to the Jazz. Hardaway connected on 12 of 18 shooting overall and that included five makes from three, to go along with three rebounds, three assists and steal in his 37 minutes of action. Hardaway has been rolling with Luka Doncic (ankle) out and over his last four games is providing 20.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals in that span. This production will obviously take a hit when Mr. Doncic gets back on the court, which could be as early as the Mavs' next game.