• #RestGate was in full-motion on Tuesday night, as first-round fantasy studs Kevin Durant and LeBron James sat out their respective games. Serge Ibaka was on the shelf too. Tuesday featured a six-game slate with all kinds of playoff implications in five out of six games, so the players who did play tried to be on their best behavior. Nicolas Batum was one of them. Some were, and some weren’t. Let’s find out what it all meant in today’s edition of Daily Dish:

    BULLS 98, PACERS 96

    The Bulls seems to enjoy making it an exciting game every time they face the Pacers. All three of the Bulls wins this season have been within three points, as Jimmy Butler nailed a 10-footer to win the game with 3.7 seconds left. Unfortunately, game winners don’t help too much in fantasy. Butler was 6-for-10 from the field for 14 points with four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes. The Bulls swear up and down that Butler is fine, but it’s an election year. Results are all that matter.

    The Bulls gutted out a win even without their floor general Taj Gibson (ribs) who left the game at halftime and did not return. Nikola Mirotic was a huge reason, scoring 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting with seven threes, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 37 minutes off the bench. With five chances this week, Mirotic was bound to go off, as he did similarly last week in Madison Square Garden. Mirotic plays three more times this week and should be started in all leagues.

    Of course, it wouldn’t be a Bulls game this season if there weren’t multiple injuries. In addition to Taj, Derrick Rose suffered a hyperextended elbow and was being evaluated after the game ended. Rose played through it, but having to get X-rays after the game never sounds good. E’Twaun Moore (hamstring) returned from a six-game absence and played 24 minutes and had five points, four boards and one steal. If Rose misses time, go with Moore over Aaron Brooks.

    Players were falling like flies in this contest, as Paul George tweaked his left ankle but stayed in the game. PG24 went for 20 points, nine boards, five assists, four steals and one block. With the Pacers leading the Bulls for 8th place in the East by just two games, George should fight to play on despite the injury. Keep a close eye on his status moving forward, but he should be fine. Ian Mahinmi kept up the recent trend for big men to gash the Bulls inside with 18 points, seven boards and two blocks. This is the third straight game that Mahinmi has scored 18 or more points, marking the best three game stretch of scoring in his career. The Pacers play three more games this week so hold on to him.

    A poor game for Monta Ellis these days looks a little bit like Tuesday night, as he shot 3-for-12 from the field for eight points with five rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block. I’ll take that. Expect Monta to bounce back and finish the week strong. Bad George Hill is quite a bit worse than bad Monta, and unfortunately for owners that’s the version we got Tuesday. Hill followed Sunday’s three-point, three-rebound, three-assist dud with six points, three rebounds and four assists on Tuesday. He is still posting 11th round value over the past week and is a hold for now, but his last two outings aren’t pretty.

    Myles Turner followed the ugly trend, scoring six point on 3-of-8 shooting with five boards and one block. His 10th round value over the last week should rise with an easier schedule on the horizon. Be patient as the Pacers still have three more contests this week.

    MAGIC 139, NETS 105

    Skiles was handing out minutes tonight like Oprah to her audience. You get 20 minutes! You get 20 minutes! Nine players shared the wealth with over 20 minutes on Tuesday in the Magic win. The blowout had a lot to do with it, and none felt the effect of this more than Victor Oladipo (wrist) who made his return to the lineup after a two-game absence. Dipo played just 25 minutes, shooting 3-for-7 from the field with one three ball for seven points, three boards, eight assists and three steals. He will get more time in closer games.

    It was encouraging to see that Elfrid Payton didn’t slow down despite Dipo’s return, as he scored 11 points with five rebounds, 12 assists and two steals. Payton is posting top-80 value since returning from injury six games ago. Expect to see big numbers from him down the stretch. No other Magic point guards deserve your attention.

    Nikola Vucevic (groin) sat this one out after returning to practice on Monday, leaving the power forwards to get all the work they wanted. Aaron Gordon and Andrew Nicholson took advantage, combining for 44 points on 18-of-20 shooting. Gordon will continue to hold value, but Vucevic will put a cloud on all other frontcourt value on the Magic. That’s right, for fantasy purposes, consider Dewayne Dedmon a dead man.

    The Nets rested Thaddeus Young and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson on Tuesday, getting a chance to look at other players in the rotation. Thomas Robinson stepped up for 18 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes. This guy just needs minutes. Keep an eye on the Nets starting lineup in the coming days and consider T-Rob if he gets a start.

    Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic were benched for the entire second half, for no apparent reason other than to piss off fantasy owners. Since it was an 18-point deficit at halftime, Net coach Tony Brown got a chance to look at some of his other players. Keep both Lopez and Bojan on rest alert moving forward.

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  • Dwight Howard
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported that Dwight Howard remains in his Atlanta-area home and the Lakers hope he will eventually join them in Orlando.

    The Lakers do not plan to replace Howard on the roster. They are being patient with Howard, but if he decides to not play in Orlando the Lakers will likely look to sign another center.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Luc Mbah a Moute
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Shams Charania reported that the Houston Rockets plan to sign Luc Mbah a Moute for the Orlando restart.

    Thabo Sefolosha announced on Wednesday that he will not participate in the Orlando restart, leaving the Rockets with a need for an additional three-and-D wing. Mbah a Moute played 61 games for the Rockets in 2017-18 and averaged 25.6 minutes per game, so he is familiar with their system. Mbah a Moute will be a low-usage player that the Rockets can plug in at the end of their rotation and will provide them more depth, which could be imperative for teams given the COVID-19 concerns surrounding this Orlando restart.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Dwight Powell
    PF, Dallas Mavericks

    Dwight Powell has advanced in his rehab from a torn Achilles as he has been able to do some light shooting, agility work, and has been able to do some jogging on the treadmill.

    Powell suffered a torn Achilles in January and has no chance of participating in Orlando's restart. However, it is always good news to hear a player reach a milestone in terms of their rehab. Powell may not play an NBA game until the 2021-22 season as he continues to recover from one of the toughest injuries in basketball. This is a situation that will continue to evolve over the next year or so.

    Source: Callie Caplan on Twitter

  • Jaren Jackson Jr.
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Head coach Taylor Jenkins told the media that they are "looking good, feeling good" in regards to the health of Jaren Jackson Jr. (left knee), Brandon Clarke (right quad) and Justise Winslow (back soreness).

    Jackson and Clarke missed nine and eight games respectively prior to the shutdown while Winslow has yet to play a game for the Grizzlies due to an ongoing back injury. This appears to be great news for the young team as they will be at full strength when the league does resume. Clarke and Jackson definitely have fantasy appeal as they both finished inside the top-80 on the season. Winslow has potential but he is the riskiest of the three based on a brand new situation and the back injury that has caused him to miss 53 games so far this season. It is probably best to avoid Winslow for the league resumption and re-evaluate his fantasy value prior to the 2020-21 campaign.

    Source: Michael Wallace on Twitter

  • Thomas Bryant
    C, Washington Wizards

    Wizards center Thomas Bryant told the media that he is "100 percent healed" from a stress fracture in his foot and is doing everything on the basketball court ahead of the NBA resumption in Orlando.

    Bryant struggled to stay healthy prior to the league suspension as he played in 38 out of 64 games while the team also had him on a strict minutes limit for several of the contests that he was able to play. He is an intriguing fantasy option for the NBA restart but his recent injury history should be considered at draft time.

    Source: Fred Katz on Twitter

  • Caleb Swanigan
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Blazers forward, Caleb Swanigan, has opted out of the resumption of the NBA season in Orlando.

    Swanigan averaged 13.3 mpg for the Blazers across 20 contests and is off the radar from a fantasy perspective. He will join Trevor Ariza who will also be sitting out the NBA restart. There was very little likelihood that Swanigan would have been part of the rotation in Orlando with Jusuf Nurkić and Zach Collins returning from injury.

    Source: NBC Sports Northwest

  • Thabo Sefolosha
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Thabo Sefolosha will not participate in Orlando when the league resumes.

    Sefolosha was a deep rotation piece for the Rockets as he only eclipsed the 20 minute mark once this season. There isn't much of a fantasy impact here as Sefolosha played in just two of the team's final nine games.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    In regards to the health of Jusuf Nurkić and Zach Collins, head coach Terry Stotts said that "they both look great" and will be available for the restart of the NBA season in Orlando.

    Nurkić was close to returning when the league was suspended while Collins was further away from playing basketball in March. However, the additional three months allowed Collins to recover as he has no limitations heading into the restart in Orlando. It is likely that they will find themselves in the starting unit while Nurkić is the more proven player in terms of fantasy production.

    Source: Sean Highkin on Twitter

  • Marvin Bagley III
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    The Kings training staff believes that Marvin Bagley (left foot sprain) will be available for game action shortly.

    Bagley hasn't appeared in a game since January. While Bagley would likely have a bench role, his return may cut into the playing time of teammates like Harrison Barnes and Harry Giles.

    Source: Jason Jones on Twitter