• Dennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks

    Dennis Smith Jr. (root canal) missed practice on Monday.

    DSJ had a tooth knocked out by Pat Beverley in Sunday's game, but ended up returning. Health wise, the assumption is he will be fine. Fantasy wise, he needs to find some consistency before being a trustworthy player, but the potential is certainly there. Don't let the flashy plays fool you from the overall stat line.

    Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter

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  • Bobby Portis - F - Chicago Bulls

    Bobby Portis (sprained MCL) says he's playing on Monday against the Kings.

    Portis will come off the bench, which he'll likely do even once he returns to full strength. Go make sure Portis isn't on waivers in your leagues, as he's a must-own option. It'll be tough to put a pin in his value until we see exactly how minutes are divided between Portis, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Jabari Parkier, but he's definitely someone to roster in all fantasy leagues.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Kris Dunn - G - Chicago Bulls

    Kris Dunn says he's playing in Monday's game and will come off the bench.

    Dunn is returning from a sprained MCL and was initially listed as out for this game. We wouldn't expect him to come off the bench for long, and Dunn should be added in all fantasy leagues if he hadn't been stashed away yet. He's probably not going to be up to his usual standards tonight so you don't necessarily need to make space for him in your starting lineups, but he should definitely be owned. This is pretty much last call for the Bulls' other point guards — Ryan Arcidiacono, Shaq Harrison and Cam Payne — to stake their claim to the backup work.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • TJ Warren - F - Phoenix Suns

    T.J. Warren (ankle soreness) will play limited minutes in Monday's game.

    Limited minutes was expected for Warren in this game as he makes his return. Josh Jackson and Mikal Bridges were struggling to hold standard league value, and now will take a hit with Warren back. Warren should be inserted into lineups when he's back to full strength, and isn't the worst play in limited minutes – although we never know what that actually means. Trevor Ariza trade rumors are picking up steam, and when he's moved, Warren, Jackson and Bridges will all get a boost.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Deandre Ayton - C - Phoenix Suns

    Deandre Ayton (illness) will start in Monday's game, according to coach Igor Kokoskov.

    Ayton missed Sunday's practice but seems to be fine. He was benched last Thursday but started Friday and appeared to get the message. He's a good bet for a double-double with an occasional block, and he's not a zero in the assist column either. His upside is limited due to the #FreeRichaunHolmes movement that has been growing all season long. Holmes and Ayton do not share the court together and their fight for minutes is a good one to watch.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Guerschon Yabusele - F - Boston Celtics

    Guerschon Yabusele (right ankle sprain) is out for Monday's game.

    Yabusele suffered the injury in Saturday's game, and was ruled out for this contest on Sunday. He would have been in a good spot with the Celtics being so short-handed. Semi Ojeleye has a chance for 20-plus minutes in this one given all the injuries for Boston.

    Source: Boston Celtics on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes - F/C - Boston Celtics

    Aron Baynes (left ankle sprain) has been ruled out for Monday's game.

    This will be the second game Baynes has missed after leaving Thursday's game without returning. The Celtics are very short-handed and Daniel Theis will presumably draw another start. This is turning into a juicy matchup for Anthony Davis and Julius Randle as the Celtics will have to play a lot of small ball.

    Source: Boston Celtics on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward - F - Boston Celtics

    Gordon Hayward (illness) is doubtful for Monday's contest with the Pelicans.

    It's good to see that Hayward is not listed with an ankle problem. It seems like the Celtics are giving a lot of veterans some rest in this game. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris should be able to have high minutes and usage in this one – along with Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart at guard.

    Source: Boston Celtics on Twitter

  • Al Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics

    Al Horford (left knee soreness) is doubtful for Monday's game.

    Horford has been dealing with this knee soreness for a few weeks now, and a few games off should help him. Daniel Theis should start again with Aron Baynes (ankle) doubtful.

    Source: Boston Celtics on Twitter

  • Rodney Hood - G - Cleveland Cavaliers

    Rodney Hood (toe) is questionable to play on Monday.

    Hood was on the court earlier this morning, which is a positive sign even if it doesn't make him a lock to play tonight. If he's out, Alec Burks would play big minutes again, and it's possible that Burks has overtaken Hood either way given his strong play since joining the Cavs. Hood's been very hit-or-miss this season despite a great opportunity and should only be owned in deep leagues.

    Source: Joe Vardon on Twitter

  • Kyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics

    Kyrie Irving (right shoulder soreness) has been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    This is a new injury for Irving and his owners knew that he would miss some games. The Celtics will be very shorthanded tonight leaving a lot of opportunities for Jayson Tatum, Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart. The Celtics have been playing better as of late and will be cautious with Irving's health.

    Source: Boston Celtics on Twitter