December 14, 2019, 9:57 pmRodions KurucsPF, Brooklyn Nets
Rodions Kurucs emerged from obscurity on Saturday, logging 18 minutes and posting one point, seven rebounds, three assists and a block.
Kurucs hadn't appeared in Brooklyn's previous six games and has even had some G League stints this season. He's down to 9.9 mpg in 10 appearances, but perhaps this means the second-year player, and his sneaky versatile game, is back on the upswing. We'll see how the minutes look in the next one.
January 17, 2020, 7:10 pmMichael Carter-WilliamsPG, Orlando Magic
As he continues to deal with an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder, Michael Carter-Williams is questionable for Saturday's matchup with the Warriors.
Carter-Williams has not been roster worthy all season with the Magic, and that is not going to change even if he returns while D.J. Augustin is still out. It's best to leave MCW on the wire unless you are in the deepest of leagues.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
January 17, 2020, 7:03 pmMike ConleyPG, Utah Jazz
Mike Conley is probable to return from his strained left hamstring and face the Kings on Saturday.
Conley's return has long been anticipated, and he can only go up after a lousy start to his career as part of the Jazz. He has not seen the court since December 17, and his return should hurt Joe Ingles' value to some degree as the two did not coexist well prior to Conely's injury. If he is available Conley is well worth a pickup to see if he can rediscover the early-round value he delivered for so many years in Memphis. He is simply too talented, and the Jazz are far too committed to this experiment to let Conley go on playing this poorly.
Source: Andy Blarsen on Twitter
January 17, 2020, 6:52 pmShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier is set to start on Friday when the Wolves face the Raptors.
With Jeff Teague shipped to the Hawks Napier should be in for a nice run as the Wolves starting point guard. A trade away from the team looms, but Karl-Anthony Towns is back to serve as the focal point of the offense, which should ensure Napier gets plenty of assists without destroying your field-goal percentage. Jordan McLaughlin has also joined the Wolves and will serve as the backup point guard.
Source: Al Horton on Twitter
January 17, 2020, 6:40 pmTyler HerroPG, Miami Heat
Tyler Herro's left knee bruise has him heading for a true game-time decision to face the Thunder on Friday.
It looks like you'll have to really keep your eyes on this one to find out if Herro is playing on Friday. Everyone will lose some minutes if Herro is ready to roll, including Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson and Goran Dragic. Herro is still largely a 3-point shooting streamer, and it will be diffcult for him to rise above all of the competition on the Heat's roster to reach standard league value.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
January 17, 2020, 6:35 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
A right knee contusion will force Steven Adams to miss Friday's game vs. the Heat.
Adams' status went downhill over the course of the day, but hopefully, this is not even a medium-term issue. Nerlens Noel is set to return for the Thunder and should be in for a solid night of production with Adams out. Before this issue arose Adams was finally playing like a mid-round talent, but Noel had been pushing him into a timeshare for much of the season.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
January 17, 2020, 6:31 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel (sprained right ankle) will be available when the Thunder meet the Heat on Friday.
Noel will return after missing half a dozen games for the Thunder, and it is good timing as Steven Adams (knee) will sit this game out. Noel could see a minutes bump that would make him a nice streaming option if he is not currently owned in your league.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
January 17, 2020, 6:27 pmJae CrowderPF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jae Crowder is set to return from right hip soreness to face the Cavs on Friday.
It was a brief one-game absence for Crowder who has been able to carry late-round value in standard leagues all season. He is not going to win you a championship but Crowder makes for a nice end of the roster glue guy. Unfortunately, Crowder's return will go back to capping De'Anthony Melton's upside.
Source: Anthony Sain on Twitter
January 17, 2020, 6:23 pmMaurice HarklessSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Suffering from a sore lower back, Maurice Harkless is now questionable for Saturday's contest against the Hornets.
The Clippers will be without Paul George (strained left hamstring) already, and if Harkless were to join him on the sidelines minutes would shift towards JaMychal Green and Rodney McGruder. Green could have some sneaky value with 3-pointers and rebounds heading his way.
Source: Brad Turner on Twitter
January 17, 2020, 6:19 pmAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis (glute contusion) is a game-time call when the Lakers and Rockets play on Saturday.
The Lakers have no urgency in forcing AD's return to the floor, but if he is ready for the primetime affair on ABC it will mean a decline in value for Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee and Kyle Kuzma. If Davis wants some MVP voting spotlight this could make for nice timing.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
January 17, 2020, 6:15 pmJJ RedickSG, New Orleans Pelicans
J.J. Redick (left hamstring strain) is questionable to meet the Clippers on Saturday.
If Redick has to miss this one expect Josh Hart and E'Twaun Moore to be the main beneficiaries. Redick remains a late-round asset in standard leagues, but if you don't need his 3-pointers a drop is a reasonable move. Redick is never going to hit mid-round value.
Source: NBA Injury Report