• Carmelo Anthony
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Per Marc J. Spears of ESPN, Carmelo Anthony is expected to play around 20 minutes against the Pelicans on Tuesday.

    It’s officially Melo time again. For the first time in over a year Anthony will take the floor in an NBA game, and he gets a good matchup against a banged up Pelicans team. The Blazers will need everything Melo has in him with star PG Damian Lillard out.

    Source: Marc J. Spears on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo (left hamstring strain) will have his minutes limit increased to 25 on Sunday vs. the Hawks.

    There isn't much noteworthy here. Rondo already played 24 minutes in the last one after returning from his hamstring pull and there is not much evidence to suggest that Rondo deserves much more than that allotment of minutes at this stage of his career. He's useful as an assists streamer, but it has become increasingly more difficult to rely on him to even provide consistent output in that one category.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Avery Bradley
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Avery Bradley (leg) will have his minutes limit increased to 25 on Sunday.

    Bradley has been back since Friday and he's slowly working his way back from a leg fracture suffered earlier this season. Whether he plays five minutes or 50, he's off the fantasy radar as a consistently putrid per-minute producer.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Bismack Biyombo
    C, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets will start Bismack Biyombo at center against the Pacers on Sunday, sliding Cody Zeller up to power forward.

    Well, the Hornets had to do something after PJ Washington broke his finger and Nicolas Batum was ruled out with lingering soreness in his surgically-repaired hand. Seeing as they lack the personnel at both forward spots, they're choosing to get creative and play a two-center lineup against Indiana's supersized frontcourt. It'll be interesting to see how this affects Miles Bridges, who hasn't played at SF since last season, but for the most part expect the Hornets' guards to carry the offensive load, as usual. This is still a matchup to target for the Pacers' bigs.

    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    LeBron James (elbow soreness) will play on Sunday against the Hawks.

    James had been listed as questionable since last night. The Lakers don't really need his services tonight against a bad Hawks team, but it's reassuring to know that James isn't dealing with any serious injury issues. Fire him up as you usually would, with the caveat that he may sit out the entire 4th if the Hawks can't keep this game close.

    Source: Bill Oram on Twitter

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (upper respiratory illness) has been downgraded to out on Sunday.

    Embiid had previously been listed as doubtful. The Sixers are at risk of being very shorthanded up front against the Nets, but if Al Horford plays he would do so against a very defensively vulnerably Brooklyn frontcourt. No need to worry about Embiid in the long-term.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Lonnie Walker IV
    SG, San Antonio Spurs

    Lonnie Walker IV (bruised right knee) is listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Walker suffered a non-contact injury in the last game that had observers fearing the worst. It looks like he's avoided major injury and he has a chance to suit up tomorrow. That said, the guard rotation in San Antonio is a mess and, even if the dust settles, Walker's fantasy game is very one-dimensional at this stage in his career. Whenever Gregg Popovich commits to a youth movement in San Antonio, we'll let you know, but even in the event that they begin playing their young guard, Walker would be third on the pecking order after Dejounte Murray and Derrick White as it stands.

    Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter

  • Jamal Murray
    PG, Denver Nuggets

    Jamal Murray (thoracolumbar soreness) has been downgraded to questionable vs. the Knicks on Sunday.

    We're not sure what happened during shootaround, but Murray had come into today listed as probable. Maybe they just noticed the opponent, but most likely, the Nuggets want to be cautious with Murray on the second half of a back-to-back. Keep an eye on his status closer to tipoff. If he misses this one, Monte Morris is in line for a huge role and doesn't figure to come off the court in the event of a blowout, which was exactly what happened the last time these two teams met a few weeks back.

    Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter

  • Nicolas Batum
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    Nicolas Batum (left hand contusion) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game versus the Pacers.

    He was trending in this direction since yesterday, but this leaves the Hornets dangerously short at the SF spot. The Pacers are a big team, so we might see some more lineups with Miles Bridges at the three to counter Indiana's size.

    Source: Charlotte Hornets on Twitter

  • Nassir Little
    SF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Nassir Little (back spasms) is questionable for Monday's game.

    Little didn't play in Portland's last game, though his playing time has been trending down since a short run in the starting five. He's not a fantasy option.

    Source: Jamie Goldberg on Twitter

  • Isaiah Thomas
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Isaiah Thomas (left calf strain) has a "good chance" of returning on Monday.

    Thomas has been out for 10 days, though it remains to be seen if he'll go right back into the starting five upon returning. He's been a much better fit, at least from a fantasy perspective, with the second unit. Ish Smith's value will take a hit.

    Source: Fred Katz on Twitter