• Dennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks

    Dennis Smith Jr. (wrist, root canal) will play on Tuesday night.

    Smith was one of several Mavs who was listed as questionable but they'll all play tonight. That's Luka Doncic, Dwight Powell, J.J. Barea, Maxi Kleber and Salah Mejri if you're keeping score at home. You're safe to plug DSJ into your lineups, though he's really cementing himself as a late-round 8-cat asset and has yet to deliver on any of the big hype he earned in his draft year.

    Source: Eddie Sefko on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • DeMarcus Cousins - C - Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors officially announced that DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) will play Thursday vs. the Pacers.

    This was the expected outcome after participating in shootaround earlier on Thursday. Get Cousins back in your lineup.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • Kenneth Faried - F/C - Houston Rockets

    Kenneth Faried (knee) is probable to play the Spurs on Friday.

    Faried's value has predictably taken a big hit as Clint Capela's backup. Faried is an option in deeper leagues, but doesn't have much value in his current sitatuion

    Source: Mark Berman on Twitter

  • Trevor Ariza - F - Washington Wizards

    Trevor Ariza (strained left groin) is doubtful to face the Nuggets on Thursday after leaving Wednesday's game against the Bulls.

    The Wizards have one of the deepest forward rotations in the league with Jabari Parker, Jeff Green, Bobby Portis, Troy Brown Jr. and even Wesley Johnson all looking to pick up extra minutes. Parker is the best of the bunch, but Brown, who started the second half in place of Ariza, is worth a deep-league add as the most likely available player of the lot in your league.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • DeMarcus Cousins - C - Golden State Warriors

    DeMarcus Cousins (right ankle soreness) participated in shootaround and is expected to play on Thursday vs. the Pacers.

    Cousins will look to resume his normal role with the Warriors. Cousins can safely be returned to lineups. Andrew Bogut and Kevon Looney will fight for reserve minutes.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • Kyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors

    Kyle Lowry (right ankle sprain) is out for Friday's game against the Thunder.

    Lowry was hoping to play in the rematch against the Thunder, but unfortunately he isn't ready to give it a go. Fred VanVleet will once again start. VanVleet had 23 points, 6 assists and 2 steals in 40 minutes on Wednesday against this same Thunder team.

    Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter

  • Scott Machado - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers signed PG Scott Machado to a 10-day contract on Thursday.

    Machado is fresh off being named the G-League player of the week last week after pouring in a 40-point game for the South Bay Lakers. The Lakers are beat up with injuries up-and-down the roster right now, and with nothing to play for, Machado has a chance to earn himself a role to close out the season.

    Source: Brad Turner on Twitter

  • Maxi Kleber - F - Dallas Mavericks

    Maxi Kleber (left wrist sprain) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Kings.

    Kleber missed Wednesday's game with the wrist sprain, and looks iffy for Thursday as well. Justin Jackson and Salah Mejri saw the biggest boosts in playing time on Wednesday and would be in line for more minutes again, but nothing is certain as Dorian Finney-Smith, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Powell are competing for more minutes as well.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kelly Oubre Jr. - F - Phoenix Suns

    Kelly Oubre Jr. (thumb surgery) will undergo a procedure on his thumb and miss the rest of the season.

    This is devastating news for Oubre owners, as he was playing the best basketball of his young career prior to going down, with top-40 value in 9-cat leagues over the past two months. Josh Jackson and Mikal Bridges will get plenty of extra run with this news, and should be added for the final stretch run in any leagues that they are still available.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward - F - Boston Celtics

    Danny Ainge believes Gordon Hayward (concussion protocol) will return Saturday against the Hornets or Sunday against the Spurs.

    It looks like Hayward has progressed through his concussion symptoms and will be ready to roll this weekend. With Aron Baynes spraining his ankle, there will be a few extra minutes for Hayward if the Celtics decide to go small and move Marcus Morris to the five when Al Horford is sitting.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes - F/C - Boston Celtics

    Danny Ainge believes Aron Baynes (ankle sprain) has more of a day-to-day injury than a mutliple week injury, but the team will tread carefully with him.

    Baynes' absence hurts the Celtics frontcourt more than his fantasy owners, as Baynes had minimal fantasy value in his 15.5 mpg over the past two weeks. Daniel Theis will look to pick up a few extra minutes for as long as Baynes is out.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter