NBA Player News and Fantasy Analysis

  • Danuel House
    PF, Houston Rockets

    Danuel House (left toe sprain) will be a game-time decision for Friday's contest vs. the Sixers despite not being listed on the injury report.

    House was not listed on the injury report but with nothing to play for other than getting ready for the postseason, all of the teams are going to be extra cautious with their key players. The Rockets will already be without Russell Westbrook (quad) for the beginning of the NBA Playoffs so they will need some of the periphery guards to perform well in order to beat the Thunder. Even if House suits up on Friday, he'll likely play limited minutes.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. received a scan to determine the severity of the injury that he suffered during Friday's affair with the Pacers.

    Let's all hope that Airplane Mode is alright after suffering a scary looking injury in a meaningless game. As Spoelstra said, let's just be patient until we find out the results of the tests. Monitor the news as we should learn more in the coming days.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Doug McDermott
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    Doug McDermott scored a team-high 23 points in Friday's 109-92 win over the Heat, hitting 8-of-16 shots from the field and five 3-pointers to go along with four boards and a steal.

    McDermott got some extra room to operate with Indiana sitting three of its normal starters today, though he will be in line for some postseason minutes given Domantas Sabonis' absence. McBuckets won't hold serious fantasy appeal unless TJ Warren's foot injury causes further absences, though that's not expected to happen.

  • Alize Johnson
    PF, Indiana Pacers

    Alize Johnson grabbed the first double-double of his career in Friday's start, corralling 11 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, a block and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes of action.

    Johnson has done most of his work in the G League through his first two professional seasons but took full advantage of his opportunity today. He's known for his motor and rebounding prowess and put both to good use in this one, so congrats if you had him in a DFS lineup. Fellow replacement starter Edmond Sumner was less successful with seven points and six assists in 31 minutes.

  • Jakarr Sampson
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    JaKarr Sampson put up 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in Friday's start against the Heat.

    Sampson has been a regular member of Indiana's rotation with Domantas Sabonis out and looks like the favorite for the backup center spot as things stand. He brings great energy to the floor but is going to have a hard time delivering even late-round fantasy appeal unless he gets minutes up in the twenties. His main competition is rookie Goga Bitadze, who posted four points, three rebounds, a steal and two blocks off the bench while playing through left knee soreness. Sampson is probably the safer bet but Bitadze has more upside because of a diverse skillset.

  • Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Malcolm Brogdon was one of the few Pacers starters to play on Friday, and he responded with 16 points, six rebounds, six assists and four threes in 25 minutes of work.

    Brogdon had a typical line in a quick outing, so anyone who rolled the dice in DFS should be very happy with these results. He's been battling a neck injury in the bubble but has looked good whenever he's been on the floor. Feel free to target Brogdon in the middle rounds of your playoff league drafts.

  • Solomon Hill
    SF, Miami Heat

    Solomon Hill played a team-high 41 minutes against the Pacers on Friday, scoring 21 points (5-for-13 FG) to go with seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a 3-pointer.

    Hill got as much as he could handle today, though we wouldn't expect him to be in Miami's playoff rotation even with today's injury to Derrick Jones Jr. You can write this one off as a silly season performance, though anyone who picked Hill as a DFS play today is probably in good shape.

  • Tyler Herro
    PG, Miami Heat

    Tyler Herro was able to tally 16 points, three assists and three 3-pointers on Friday against the Pacers.

    Herro got his points but also needed 16 shots to get there. He has put some nice performances together in the bubble but we're probably looking at the stronger end of the spectrum given how many Heat regulars have been in and out of the lineup. Herro offers great scoring upside but isn't exactly dependable at this stage of his promising career.

  • Chris Silva
    C, Miami Heat

    Chris Silva put up five points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in Friday's loss to the Pacers.

    Silva has been buried on Miami's depth chart but is a solid per-minute producer of traditional cetner stats. With 0.4 blocks in just 7.5 mpg on the season, Silva's a name worth knowing for anyone who plans to play in 30-team leagues or deep dynasty formats next season.

  • Andre Iguodala
    SF, Miami Heat

    Despite being available to play on Friday, Andre Iguodala did not leave the bench against the Pacers.

    The Heat have no need to push Iguodala so it's not surprising that they kept him under wraps today. He should be back in the rotation for Game 1 against these same Pacers, though he's not a strong bet for playoff fantasy leagues.

  • Meyers Leonard
    C, Miami Heat

    Meyers Leonard played his first game in the bubble on Friday, collecting nine points, seven rebounds and a pair of 3-pointers in 29 minutes off the bench.

    Leonard was Miami's starting power forward earlier in the year but has fallen off since and doesn't look to be in the team's playoff rotation. He's been thoroughly outplayed by Kelly Olynyk so far in Orlando but does give Erik Spoelstra a fine emergency option in case of injury or ineffectiveness.

  • Duncan Robinson
    F, Miami Heat

    Duncan Robinson started but played just 13 minutes on Friday, finishing scoreless on 0-for-3 shooting.

    It also means that Robinson's franchise-record 3-point streak ends at 57 games. The Heat could've had him out there to chase it but chose to preserve their sharpshooter for the playoffs. Robinson wasn't the only starter to have a quiet game today, as Kelly Olynyk had six points, six rebounds, two threes and a block in 20 minutes. Don't read too much into today's game.

  • Kendrick Nunn
    PG, Miami Heat

    Kendrick Nunn scored a team-high 23 points in Friday's loss to the Pacers, shooting an abysmal 8-for-27 from the field to go with four assists, three steals, a block and a 3-pointer.

    Nunn's never been one to shy away from scoring opportunities and he got his fill today. Questionable efficiency held him back in fantasy this year, and he slowly slid down the rankings after a strong start to his rookie year. Nunn should be a starter when the playoffs open but if he's not shooting particularly well, Erik Spoelstra won't hesitate to pull him off the floor in favor of Goran Dragic.

  • Udonis Haslem
    PF, Miami Heat

    Udonis Haslem set multiple season-highs in Friday's game, including 24 minutes, seven points and eight rebounds.

    Haslem always shows up in Miami's last game of the year and will continue to provide veteran presence for the Heat until he chooses to retire.

  • Nassir Little
    SF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Nassir Little (dehydration) will not play in Saturday's play-in game.

    Little also missed Thursday's game for dehydration and hasn't been in the rotation at all in the bubble. His absence has no impact on the fantasy landscape.

    Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter