• The Kings will return home for their first game back after the All-Star break Thursday night looking for an upset against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder.

    Oklahoma City visits Sacramento at 33-26 on the season and will want to jump a few teams in the standings before the postseason begins.  With the team currently in fifth place in the West, the Thunder will have plenty of reason to try and move up a few places to secure home court advantage.

    The Thunder may not consider the Kings to be much of a threat, but the team won’t want to let a game like this slip away from them.

    Oklahoma City is certainly a more talented team on paper, but the Kings have held their own in the matchups between the two teams this season.  Their last game was a 95-88 loss for Sacramento, but the team was able to pull off a 94-86 upset earlier in the season.

    Despite the wealth of offensive talent on Oklahoma City’s roster, the team has established an identity as one of the top defensive teams in the league.  The Thunder have allowed 103.2 points per game to their opponents this season, the sixth-best mark in the league.

    The Kings may also be getting some help from both Frank Mason and Skal Labissiere for the first time in a while.  Mason has been out since December with a foot injury, and Labissiere has been dealing with a shoulder injury since late January.  Both are listed as probable heading into the game.

    One of the biggest matchups for Sacramento tonight will be Justin Jackson against Paul George.  George is one of the top defenders in the NBA and will likely make life difficult for Jackson on that end of the floor, but he’s also the second best scorer for the Thunder.  Jackson has done well defensively over the team’s last few games, but George will easily be his biggest test since moving to the starting lineup.

    Sacramento will be more concerned with development than winning, but Dave Joerger will still want to see his team compete at home.  There will be plenty of learning opportunities against a team like this, and even a chance to win the season series if they can pull off the win.

    PROBABLE STARTERS

    PG – Frank Mason

    SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic

    SF – Justin Jackson

    PF – Zach Randolph

    C – Willie Cauley-Stein

    INJURY REPORT

    Iman Shumpert (foot) – OUT

    Harry Giles (knees) – OUT

    Skal Labissiere (shoulder) – PROBABLE

    Frank Mason (heel) – PROBABLE

    De’Aaron Fox (Conjunctivitis) – QUESTIONABLE

    HOW TO WATCH

    When: 7:00 p.m. PST (10:00 p.m. ET)

    Where: NBCS California

     

Fantasy News

  • Bruce Brown
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Bruce Brown (knee soreness) is very unlikely to play in the Pistons' game against the Suns on Friday evening, according to coach Dwane Casey.

    This will be Brown's second straight game on the shelf. The Pistons have no reason to run guys out there if they aren't completely healthy, so this is not a shocker by any means. Brandon Knight and Svi Mykhailiuk will see more opportunities on Friday for the Pistons.

    Source: James Edwards on Twitter

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo (back soreness) is available and in coach Mike Budenholzer's starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Thunder.

    If he had sat this one out, it likely would have been more due to rest than anything else. He may sit some games the rest of the way because the Bucks are so far ahead in the standings and have locked up a playoff spot. Fantasy owners should be wary and alert prior to his games, especially in games against subpar opponents.

    Source: Milwaukee Bucks on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. will be in the starting lineup for the Heat-Mavs contest on Friday.

    Kelly Olynyk is shifting back to the bench to make room for Jones. Now that Jimmy Butler is back Jones role is limited, and he is more of a 16-team option under these circumstances. This roster is just too deep with Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala now joining the fray. Jones is still useful if you are hunting steals or blocks. Olynyk will have his moments in the right matchups, but is mainly a deep league play.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • De'Aaron Fox
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    De'Aaron Fox (abdominal tightness) said he will take the court on Friday against the Grizzlies.

    Fox will get his wish as will his fantasy owners. The Kings are still on the fringes of the playoff picture and hopefully Fox can stay healthy enough to keep playing these games out. It hasn't been the finest season, but he has been slowly improving if you ignore the ugly free throw shooting.

    Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter

  • Jalen Brunson
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    Jalen Brunson has confirmed he has a torn labrum and that he has no timetable for a return.

    Brunson's focus is on recovering from the injury so he can make a return this season to help the Mavs in the postseason, and off season surgery is on the table. It's a tough break for Brunson, who should be dropped in all leagues unless he is a deep dynasty format stash. The outlook for Delon Wright and J.J. Barea remains a bit rosier with this news.

    Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter

  • Bismack Biyombo
    C, Charlotte Hornets

    Bismack Biyombo will start for the Hornets when they face the Raptors on Friday.

    Cody Zeller seems to be getting limited activity for the Hornets and that is allowing Biyombo to get some larger opportunities when he rests. If you can get the timing down Biyombo will make for a nice streamer and DFS target. The situation is a mess in terms of reliability until we get better notice on Zeller's "rest" status.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    As expected, Luka Doncic will play through his left thumb sprain on Friday against the Heat.

    Get Doncic in your lineups and enjoy the show. With Doncic active everyone else will slide into there usual roles for the Mavs. Doncic has been a bit better from the free-throw line post All-Star break. The free-throw shooting is what can keep him from being a first-round talent.

    Source: Mavs PR on Twitter

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    As far as head coach Rick Carlisle knows, Luka Doncic (left thumb sprain) will play on Friday against the Heat.

    This is a repeat of what Carlisle said earlier this afternoon. Assuming warmups are not a problem it seems like Doncic will be good to go for the Mavs. If for some reason he did sit out, the Mavs would turn towards Delon Wright, Seth Curry and J.J. Barea.

    Source: Dwain Price on Twitter

  • De'Aaron Fox
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    De'Aaron Fox (abdominal tightness) will be a gametime call for Friday's contest with the Grizzlies.

    Fox wants to be out there and assuming everything goes well during warmups it sounds like he can push through the injury. It'd be nice if Fox was simply healthy, but at this point we'll have to be satisfied with the fact that he intends to push through the pain. Cory Joseph will get the first crack at point guard duties if Fox is forced to sit.

    Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Bam Adebayo (right ankle sprain) is active for Friday's Heat-Mavs game.

    Adebayo rolled right through the injury on Wednesday, and it is great that he will be back in the thick of things for the Heat on Friday. May the dream season, where Adebayo has lived up to the fantasy hype and then some, continue.

    Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter