January 9, 2019, 11:47 pmRaul Neto - G - Utah Jazz
Raul Neto started for Ricky Rubio (right hamstring strain) on Wednesday night and posted 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 31 minutes.
Neto went 4-for-11 from the field but his line would've looked a bit better had he avoided an 0-for-5 mark from deep. This wasn't exactly an inspiring performance from Neto, and he is not a must-own player, but the minutes figure to be there for the next week at least. The floor might be enough to entice guard-needy teams but there's not much upside.
January 16, 2019, 7:36 pmRudy Gay - F - San Antonio Spurs
As per coach Gregg Popovich, Rudy Gay will be in the Spurs' starting lineup on Wednesday vs. the Mavs.
He's missed five games with a sprained left wrist but has been deemed good to go by his coach. Gay will have a shot at getting back on track on his renaissance campaign in 2018-19, delivering mid-round value. He's been one of the season's more pleasant bounce-back guys, crushing his late-round ADP.
Source: Tom Osborne on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 7:33 pmWendell Carter Jr. - F - Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. (sprained thumb) will not play on Thursday.
In addition to the thumb injury, Carter apparently underwent an MRI on his left knee that came back negative. He'll be re-evaluated again on Friday but is said to be day-to-day, so hopefully he's not out long. Robin Lopez and Bobby Portis should see the largest increases in playing time for as long as Carter is sidelined while Jabari Parker and Cristiano Felicio are also in line for more minutes.
Source: Sun-Times Basketball on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 7:00 pmDennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks
Dennis Smith Jr. (illness) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game.
Smith is still under the weather and won't even be in the arena, per Rick Carlisle. Because nothing is ever drama-free in the NBA, Smith tweeted earlier this afternoon about meeting a fan while out for lunch. He must really be feeling it. The trade rumors will continue to swirl here until a move gets made.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 6:58 pmCJ Miles - F/G - Toronto Raptors
C.J. Miles (hip soreness) will not play on Wednesday.
Miles continues to be dogged by a hip issue. He's not in the rotation at the moment and shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters.
Source: Vivek Jacob on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 6:57 pmMichael Porter Jr. - F - Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. (back) has been able to do shooting drills at recent practices.
There's still no timetable for a return and the expectation is that he'll be out for the whole year. We'll update you when he's cleared for contact, though it's nice to know that Porter is doing some kind of basketball activity.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 6:55 pmIsaiah Thomas - G - Denver Nuggets
Mike Malone said that there's still not timetable for Isaiah Thomas (hip).
Thomas continues to make progress, apparently, but there's still no word on when he might be able to return. He was recently spotted taking jumpers but there's really no reason to get excited about IT's return until we get a date range. Even then he's only a stash, and with plenty of maintenance days likely coming we'd steer clear outside of deep leagues. Late-middle round numbers are possible but it'd take an almost-perfect storm.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 6:33 pmGary Clark - F - Houston Rockets
Gary Clark will draw into the starting lineup on Wednesday night, with his move to power forward pushing P.J. Tucker to center.
It'll be an interesting look for Jarrett Allen to deal with from the Brooklyn side of things. This could be a regular look for Houston with Clint Capela out for the next month, and deep-league owners should keep an eye on Clark's game tonight.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 6:29 pmZaza Pachulia - C - Detroit Pistons
Zaza Pachulia (right lower leg contusion) is available on Wednesday.
Pachulia will return from an eight-game absence tonight. Khyri Thomas is inactive as a result and Jon Leuer should see less playing time going forward. The fantasy community is still reeling from the aftershocks here.
Source: Matt Schoch on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 6:26 pmJustin Holiday - G - Memphis Grizzlies
Justin Holiday is starting on Wednesday night.
Finally. Holiday's been playing sparse minutes since joining the Grizzlies, even with injuries to Dillon Brooks and Kyle Anderson really clearing the runway for him. Of course this comes right after he's been dropped en masse, and there's no guarantees he gets adequate playing time, but you should be paying close attention to this situation tonight. Jevon Carter will head back to the bench.
Source: David Cobb on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 6:23 pmEric Gordon - G - Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon (right knee contusion) will start on Wednesday night but is limited to around 24 minutes.
Gordon has missed the last eight games with a knee problem that originally had him listed as day-to-day. His return couldn't come at a better time for a Rockets team that's incredibly thin on the wings, and while they're still dealing with injuries Gordon is looking at plenty of shots headed his way. If you need threes and scoring he's worth a very close look.
Source: Alykhan Bijani on Twitter