April 10, 2018, 9:55 amBrook Lopez - C - Los Angeles Lakers
Game notes have Brook Lopez listed as the starting center for Tuesday’s game against the Rockets.
Lopez has been considered probable with a tight back for the last few games but he has yet to miss any time. The Lakers are nothing to play for and could give their youngsters more playing time but owners should expect to see the big man play tonight.
Source: Lakers Game Notes
April 4, 2018, 11:54 amBlake Griffin - PF - Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin continues to work towards a return this week as Stan Van Gundy says there’s no plan to shut him down.
“Obviously, we’re not going to do anything stupid; we’re not bringing him back if he’s not ready to come back. If he’s ready to come back, he’ll play, whether it’s the last two or the last game,” Van Gundy said on Tuesday. He added that Griffin has progressed in his rehab, getting on an anti-gravity treadmill at 60 percent of his body weight and while he won’t play Wednesday against the Sixers, he could return Friday against the Mavs. Anthony Tolliver has been a pleasant surprise in his absence averaging 13.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 triples in three starts and owners should hold onto him as long as Griffin remains sidelined.
Source: Detroit News
April 4, 2018, 11:46 amAndre Drummond - C - Detroit Pistons
Andre Drummond was not present in this morning's shootaround as he battles a stomach sickness, but he hopes can play tonight against the Sixers.
Drummond was ejected on Sunday failing to capitalize on Blake Griffin's absence and it's unclear whether he'll be able to dress tonight. He is having an excellent year so far returning top-30 value for his owners and hopefully he will be able to gut it out tonight as the Pistons are trying to avoid getting eliminated from the playoffs. Look for Eric Moreland to pick up the slack if Drummond is unable to play.
Source: Rod Beard on Twitter
April 4, 2018, 11:05 amLonzo Ball - PG - Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers aren't sure if Lonzo Ball will play again this season because of a painful bruise in his left knee, but if he's fully healthy with even one or two games left, he will play.
Lonzo participated in a three-on-three drill at the Lakers' facility before a team flight on Monday but woke up sore on Tuesday. Luke Walton made it clear that with so few games left, and no playoffs to consider, the team will only play Ball when he is completely pain free to avoid aggravating his injury. "If he gets healthy it's an opportunity to play him," Walton said. "But if it remains sore … then we'll continue to leave him out for the rest of the season." Ball has missed three games because of the injury but he traveled to Utah with the team and wore an ice machine around his left knee during the portion of shootaround open to reporters. Owners should only stash him if they have an IR spot available while Josh Hart, Alex Caruso and Tyler Ennis will try to carry the load in his absence. Hart is the better fantasy option while Caruso and Ennis will be tough to rely upon for consistent production.
Source: LA Times
April 4, 2018, 10:52 amDirk Nowitzki - PF/C - Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki is not traveling with the team on their three-game road trip that starts on Wednesday in Orlando.
Nowitzki stayed in Dallas due to left ankle impingement related to bone spurs and it's unclear whether he will rejoin the team at some point on the trip or if he will play in the season finale at home next Tuesday. The Mavs have nothing to play for but lottery position the rest of the way and it's quite possible that Dirk played his final game of the season yesterday. Maxi Kleber looks like a speculative add for tonight's game while Harrison Barnes and Dennis Smith should dominate the Mavs' offense the rest of the way.
Source: Dallas News
April 4, 2018, 10:51 amJonathan Isaac - PF/C - Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac and Jonathon Simmons will not play tonight when the Magic face the Mavs.
Isaac had probably his best game of the season on Sunday with 15 points in 20 minutes but he rolled his left ankle late in the game. It's fortunate that this injury is unrelated to the right ankle injury he suffered in mid-November that caused him to miss half the season but the rookie proves that he is still very fragile. Simmons has already missed the last seven games and there has been no indication that he will return any time soon. Mario Hezonja will continue to start and should be owned in all formats until the end of the season.
Source: Dante Marchitelli on Twitter
April 4, 2018, 10:22 amDanilo Gallinari - SF - Los Angeles Clippers
Danilo Gallinari said that he will travel with the Clippers on Wednesday for Thursday's game against the Jazz, but the team doesn't see the forward playing the rest of the season due to his latest setback.
Gallo returned to play in the last two games for the Clippers after missing the previous 18 with a non displaced fracture of his right hand. During Sunday's game he fell on the court using his right hand and felt some pain after the game that lingered and forced him to sit out against the Spurs last night. "I fell down and towards the end of the game I got caught in a couple of screens where the wrist was a little weak and it bent," Gallinari said. "So I'm feeling bad again." The Clippers are fighting for a playoff spot in the Western Conference but the oft-injured forward shouldn't be trusted anymore after playing in only 21 games this season.
Source: LA Times
April 4, 2018, 9:52 amDennis Smith - PG - Dallas Mavericks
Games notes have Dennis Smith, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Powell listed as "out" for Wednesday's game against the Magic.
After an unfortunate win against the Blazers last night, the Mavs are bringing their top tank game to Orlando for Wednesday's matchup. It's a crucial game in this year's tankathon as the Mavs are just a game ahead of the Magic in the standings. Yogi Ferrel and J.J. Barea are locked in for heavy minutes while Maxi Kleber and Doug McDermott also deserve a look.
Source: Mavs Game Notes
April 4, 2018, 8:34 amDamian Lillard - PG - Trail Blazers
After rolling his left ankle in the fourth quarter following Tuesday’s loss to the Mavs, Damian Lillard was transported from the locker room to the team bus via a cart.
“It’s sore, man,’’ Lillard said. “I was just in a vulnerable position … it’s painful. I was able to finish the game, but it was worse when the game was over. (I’m) dealing with a lot more pain and swelling.’’ The Blazers have four regular season games remaining before the playoffs begin on April 14th and the team plays at Houston on Thursday but Dame said he will wait and see how the ankle responds. The injury made it difficult for him to dress, particularly when he had to push his left leg through his jeans and it’s not out of the question that he misses some or all of the remaining regular season games. Shabazz Napier looks like a smart add right now for owners still in playoffs as he is averaging 15.8 points, 4.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds as a starter this year.
Source: NBC Nortwest
April 3, 2018, 11:51 pmDennis Smith Jr. - PG - Dallas Mavericks
Dennis Smith Jr. will sit out Wednesday's game due to recent knee soreness.
DSJ was able to give it a go on Tuesday and played 29 minutes so it's shaping up like a glorified rest day. Smith had a great game against the Blazers with 18 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on 8-of-16 from the field but owners will need to turn to J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell in the backcourt tomorrow. It's possible Smith gets shut down, and his major deficiencies mean he's probably not worth holding onto unless he fills a very specific niche for your roster.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
April 3, 2018, 11:58 amIsaiah Whitehead - PG - Brooklyn Nets
Isaiah Whitehead will undergo surgery to a repair a ligament injury in his right wrist.
Whitehead isn't a fantasy option as he has only played in 19 games this season failing to impress. He shouldn't be a lock to return next season as the Nets will be loaded with D'Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie and Jeremy Lin at the point guard position.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 3, 2018, 11:32 amKawhi Leonard - SF - San Antonio Spurs
While guesting on Outside The Lines, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said that “several NBA GMs” have indicated that the Spurs will be getting calls about Kawhi Leonard.
It’s been a disaster season for Kawhi and it looks more and more likely that his relationship with the Spurs might be beyond repair. He still remains with no timetable awaiting to be cleared by his own medical staff and we wouldn’t count on him to have any fantasy impact for the rest of the season. The rumors about his future with the Spurs are already out and a lot will depend on whether the team is willing to give him the super-max contract extension that he is eligible for this summer.
Source: Brian Windhorst
April 3, 2018, 11:17 amKevin Love - PF/C - Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love missed shootaround with an illness and is questionable to face the Raptors.
The Cavs have a crucial game tonight as they are trying to remain the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Love was able to gut it out last week and returned to action after missing only one game due to a concussion he suffered after taking an elbow to the face. His numbers have gone down in the last seven games but he is still a double-double machine and should be in your lineup as long as his illness doesn't keep him away.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
April 3, 2018, 11:06 amNicolas Batum - SG/SF - Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum has been ruled out from Tuesday's game against the Bulls due to soreness in his Achilles.
It's somehow surprising that the team hasn't yet decided to shut down Batum for the remainder of the season. He has been on a minutes restriction the last few games and owners shouldn't really count on him as it's anyone's guess whether he will play again this year. Jeremy Lamb will probably start tonight in his place and should finish the year strong.
Source: Hornets PR on Twitter
April 3, 2018, 10:53 amShane Larkin - PG - Boston Celtics
Even thought it was originally reported that Shane Larkin would miss the two games of the Celtics' road trip, he is now considered questionable after getting discharged from the hospital on Monday.
Larkin didn't travel with the team yesterday but there is still a chance he joins the Celtics tonight before their game against the Bucks. He is by no means a lock to play even if he makes it to Milwaukee and owners should go with a safer option as Larkin looks more likely to return tomorrow. Terry Rozier will handle most of the work at the point while Brad Stevens will have to get creative with his rotations.
Source: Celtics Game Notes