• J.R. Smith went off on the Pacers on Friday night with 23 points including seven 3-pointers to go with four steals in the Cavs’ 115-108 win.

    Smith’s 23 were a season-high and he was feeling it from downtown to help Cleveland to just their second win in eight tries. Most notably though was the fact that Smith played 37 minutes. He hadn’t played 35 or more since the end of November. For Smith owners, who more than likely own him in deep leagues, that’s a nice sign that these Cavs’ lineup changes could result in Smith getting more time and more shots up. Of course, Dwyane Wade (personal) didn’t play tonight so who knows how things will look for J.R. Swish when Wade returns.

Fantasy News

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton (strained right hamstring) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Payton will continue to recover from this hamstring injury and can be dropped in most 12-team leagues. With a guard rotation or RJ Barrett, Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr. and Payton, his role on a night-to-night basis will be almost impossible to predict.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina (sore abdomen/groin) is being listed as probable ahead of Saturday's matchup with the Hornets.

    Ntilikina has more value for the actual New York Knicks than he does any fantasy team. With David Fizdale's rotations being as sporadic as any, he's hard to trust in most leagues. However, prior to this game he had been rolling which means the upside is there and he warrants a hold as of right now.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • RJ Barrett
    SF, New York Knicks

    RJ Barrett (right quad contusion) is being listed as probable for Saturday vs. the Hornets.

    Barrett hasn't been great as of late, coming in outside the top-300 over the past week. However, the potential upside that he carries along with the opportunity he'll have on the Knicks makes him a must-own guy. His owners will just have to roll with the punches that come along with him this season.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) is being listed as probable coming into Friday's matchup vs. the Kings.

    With Avery Bradley set to miss time with a lower leg injury, the Lakers might need to play KCP more than they'd like. The opportunity should warrant a flier in standard leagues but the expectations for him should be very, very low to begin with.

    Source: https://ak-static.cms.nba.com/referee/injury/Injury-Report_2019-11-15_01PM.pdf

  • OG Anunoby
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    OG Anunoby (right eye contusion) is expected to play in Saturday's matchup vs. the Mavericks.

    He missed Wednesday's game vs. the Blazers and the Raps still managed come out with the win. It's great news that he'll be back on the court tonight and his fantasy owners should be pleased to be getting back a top-35 guy. Fire him up in all lineups, sit back and relax.

    Source: Eric Smith on Twitter

  • Avery Bradley
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Avery Bradley suffered a hairline fracture in his lower right leg and will be re-evaulated in 1-2 weeks.

    Bradley had been dealing with a slew of injuries lately and an MRI taken Thursday night revealed the fracture. He was having a career-resurgence with the Lakers, playing 27.4 minutes per night which is third to only LeBron James and Anthony Davis. With him sidelined, expect Alex Caruso to maybe earn a look with the starters which makes him an interesting pickup in deeper leagues.

    Source: Mike Bresnahan on Twitter

  • Dwayne Bacon
    SF, Charlotte Hornets

    Dwayne Bacon (right knee soreness) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. Detroit

    He sat out on Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies and the Hornets said that he'll test his knee pregame to determine his availability for this one. Stay tuned for updates closer to tip-off.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Blake Griffin
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Neither Blake Griffin (left hamstring, knee) nor Derrick Rose (right hamstring tightness) is not on the injury report for Friday.

    Both Griffin and Rose missed Tuesday's game after playing on Monday, which was likely a load management situation. Both are good to get back into lineups.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Andre Roberson
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Andre Roberson (left knee) will remain sidelined on Friday.

    Roberson went through a non-contact practice last week but there haven't been any more updates. Consider him out indefinitely.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Dewayne Dedmon
    C, Sacramento Kings

    Dewayne Dedmon (right knee sprain) was able to practice on Thursday and Luke Walton thinks that he'll probably play on Friday.

    Dedmon remains questionable on the official injury report, but it seems like he'll be good to go if you need him. So far he's logging just 16.2 mpg this season and is only a deep-league value.

    Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter