NBA Player News and Fantasy Analysis

  • PJ Dozier
    PG, Denver Nuggets

    P.J. Dozier was outstanding in Friday's loss to the Raptors, logging a team-high 31 minutes and posting 20 points, five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and five 3-pointers.

    Dozier was also highly efficient, going 6-of-9 from the field and committing just one turnover. He was able to impress in his time on the court in the bubble, though Dozier lost some of his playing time once Jamal Murray was able to return from his hamstring injury. He'll be a great insurance policy for the Nuggets, who have Monte Morris (30 minutes, 16-6-4 with two threes and a block in a strong performance) slotted in as Murray's primary backup. Denver sat their starters for the second half of today's game so there aren't any conclusions we can draw that will hold meaning for the immediate future.

  • Keita Bates-Diop
    SF, Denver Nuggets

    Despite a 3-for-11 shooting line, Keita Bates-Diop had a productive Friday with 11 points, six rebounds, two blocks, a steal and a 3-pointer in 24 minutes of work.

    Bates-Diop was an afterthought for the Nuggets after he was acquired from the Wolves at the deadline, but he was able to capitalize on today's free-flowing finale where the starters all played under 20 minutes. He's a strong rebounder but doesn't have a great stat set in general, so KBD shouldn't be a fantasy consideration going forward unless he comes into this kind of workload regularly.

  • Edmond Sumner
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers will start Malcolm Brogdon, Edmond Sumner, Justin Holiday, Alize Johnson and JaKarr Sampson on Friday.

    Friday's games will all be glorified scrimmages with starters resting all over the place, and this one is no exception. DFS players have plenty of cheap options to choose from on today's slate.

    Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter

  • Mason Plumlee
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Mason Plumlee came through with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and four blocks off the bench in Friday's loss.

    Plumlee went 4-for-6 from the field in 20 minutes of work and got some extra run with Nikola Jokic seeing just 10 minutes today. This is obviously a throwaway game but it is a reminder that Plumlee could have fantasy value if he ends up in a larger role next season. The same can be said for cult hero Bol Bol, who had eight points, four rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 15 minutes.

  • Jerami Grant
    SF, Denver Nuggets

    Jerami Grant was quiet on Friday, going 1-for-6 from the field to score two points with two rebounds and an assist in 18 minutes of action.

    Grant started in place of Michael Porter Jr. (rest) but didn't do much of anything. There's nothing to read into for fantasy purposes here, as both the Nuggets and the Raptors took it easy on their regulars. Hopefully you didn't plug Grant into DFS lineups today.

  • Paul Millsap
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap was the best of the Nuggets starters in Friday's regular season finale, netting 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers in 16 minutes of action.

    The Nuggets sat their big guns for the second half so nobody had any notable lines, but Millsap was the best of the bunch. Nikola Jokic (two points) and Jamal Murray (two points) both only played 10 minutes. There's nothing to take away from this one for fantasy purposes.

  • Tyus Jones
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Tyus Jones (knee soreness) was able to go through a full practice on Friday and might be able to play in Saturday's play-in game.

    Jones has yet to play in the bubble due to his injury, so it may come down to whether the Grizzlies are comfortable throwing him back into the mix with the stakes at their highest. If Jones is able to play, he figures to take some minutes away from Grayson Allen and De'Anthony Melton.

    Source: Joe Vardon on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. (left knee bruise) is available for Friday's tilt with the Pacers.

    Jones should get some good minutes today with the Heat resting three of their usual starters. He makes for a solid DFS option because he's got a great stat set, but you also run the risk of Jones getting limited minutes in today's meaningless matchup.

    Source: Miami Heat on Twitter

  • Andre Iguodala
    SF, Miami Heat

    Andre Iguodala (left hip) is available for Friday's game.

    The Heat will be missing a handful of regulars today but it's unknown if they'll give Iguodala a normal allotment of minutes given that today's game is completely meaningless. He's averaged 19.9 mpg this season and doesn't offer much aside from defensive versatility.

    Source: Miami Heat on Twitter

  • Jae Crowder
    PF, Miami Heat

    Jae Crowder (right knee bruise) will sit out Friday's game with the Pacers.

    Crowder sustained the injury on Wednesday and will sit out this meaningless finale. Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr. will get some extra run at the power forward spot today. Expect Crowder to be reinserted into the starting lineup once he's healthy.

    Source: Miami Heat on Twitter

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Mo Bamba has left the bubble for a "comprehensive post-coronavirus evaluation," according to the Magic, and will miss the rest of the season.

    Bamba has been limited inside the bubble and fell down the depth chart, with conditioning being a major problem. The Magic are going to treat Bamba's condition with the utmost concern and holding him out of the playoffs is the smart play. He was unable to train for a month after contracting COVID-19 and has had a hard time getting back into shape.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Udonis Haslem
    PF, Miami Heat

    The Heat will start Udonis Haslem, Kendrick Nunn, Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson in Friday's meaningless game.

    Miami's facing off against their playoff opponent today, though the result is completely irrelevant to seeding. Don't expect to see any wrinkles that the teams might use in their upcoming series, and it could be a very weird day with lots of bench players getting minutes. Case in point: Haslem. He appeared in four games all season.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Terence Davis
    G-F, Toronto Raptors

    Terence Davis (abrasion under right eye) is available to return to Friday's game.

    Davis got poked around the eye and went to the bench holding his face, but he's not dealing with anything serious.

    Source: Toronto Raptors on Twitter

  • Kendrick Nunn
    PG, Miami Heat

    In reference to Kendrick Nunn's availability for Friday's contest with the Pacers, Erik Spoelstra told the media "This will be an important game for K-Nunn. Regardless of how many minutes he plays, it will be good for him to get back on the court and compete."

    Nunn will look at Friday's game as a tune-up for the NBA Playoffs that start next week but he will likely have his minutes limited to avoid any setbacks or injuries. The Pacers and Heat will face each other in the first round next week.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Goga Bitadze
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Goga Bitadze (left knee soreness) is available to play on Friday.

    Bitadze has been dealing with the knee issue since late July but has been able to play in each of Indiana's last four games. The team may limit him today, hurting his DFS appeal, but there's going to be plenty of work to go around with the Pacers missing three starters in a meaningless game.

    Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter