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Jeremy Lamb is expected to play Saturday against Orlando. (Source: J. Michael on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lamb has missed the past seven games while dealing with an ankle injury, though the guard says he's ready to go Saturday. With Malcolm Brogdon (back) a true game-time decision for that contest, Lamb could be in for a big backcourt role, assuming he's not on any type of minutes restriction.

Category: Injury Updates


Joel Embiid is expected to play this weekend's back-to-back against the Spurs on Friday and the Heat on Saturday. (Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Embiid hasn't appeared in back-to-backs all season, though that may change this weekend. He's reportedly going to face the Spurs and Heat in succession, though expectations should be tempered against Miami and its third-ranked defense in the second game of the back-to-back Saturday.

Category: Injury Updates


Jarrett Allen is probable for Friday's matchup with the Kings while dealing with an ankle sprain. (Source: Alex Schiffer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Allen tweaked his ankle in Wednesday's win over Charlotte, but he's expected to play Friday. The big man has been hot recently, averaging 15.0 points, 11.5 boards and 2.0 combined blocks/steals per game in his last four outings.

Category: Injury Updates


Kyrie Irving will miss Friday's matchup with the Kings while dealing with a shoulder injury. (Source: Alex Schiffer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Irving will sit his fourth straight game, and it's unclear when he'll next take the court. He missed practice Thursday, and the Nets' next game is Sunday against the cross-town Knicks. Spencer Dinwiddie should be in line for another start Friday and as long as Irving remains out.

Category: Injury Updates


Malcolm Brogdon missed practice Thursday while dealing with a back injury. (Source: J. Michael on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brogdon has been sidelined the last two games while dealing with back spasms, and his outlook for Saturday's matchup with Orlando is trending down with the missed practice. He should be considered a game-time decision for that one, though it seems unlikely he plays.

Category: Injury Updates


Landry Shamet is out Friday against the Rockets while dealing with an ankle injury. (Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This will be Shamet's sixth straight absence. His next chance to suit up will be Sunday against the Pelicans.

Category: Injury Updates


Draymond Green will be a game-time decision for Friday's matchup with the Jazz as he deals with a heel injury. (Source: Andy Larsen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Green missed Wednesday's matchup with Dallas due to the injury and could sit Friday as well. If he's forced out of action, Eric Paschall would likely draw the start.

Category: Injury Updates


Seth Curry is a game-time decision for Friday's matchup with the Cavaliers while recovering from an illness. (Source: NBA Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: Curry missed Wednesday's contest with the illness, though he wasn't needed in the 142-94 drubbing of the sinking Warriors. Tim Hardaway Jr. started Wednesday and exploded for 20 points, and he would likely slot into the starting five if Curry sits Friday.

Category: Injury Updates


Josh Richardson is questionable for Friday's matchup with the Spurs, as he deals with a hip injury. (Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Richardson is considered a game-time decision Friday after sitting out Wednesday with the same injury. Furkan Korkmaz stepped into the starting lineup for that game and would likely draw another start Friday if Richardson is sidelined.

Category: Injury Updates


Andre Roberson will miss Friday's matchup with the Lakers while recovering from off-season knee surgery. (Source: NBA Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: Roberson's rehab continues, and he still hasn't made his season debut for the Thunder. There's no timetable for his return, and his role once healthy remains unclear.

Category: Injury Updates


Hamidou Diallo will miss Friday's matchup with the Lakers while dealing with a knee injury. (Source: NBA Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: Diallo will sit out his fourth straight game Friday. In 11 games played this season, he's averaged 8.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals across 22.0 minutes per contest.

Category: Injury Updates


Chandler Hutchison is doubtful for Friday's matchup with the Heat as he deals with a lower-leg injury. (Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hutchison missed Wednesday's contest with the injury, forcing Shaquille Harrison into the starting five. Harrison balled out with 15 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block in the spot start and makes a nice pickup in deep leagues and a cheap, somewhat-chalky DFS play Friday.

Category: Injury Updates


Eric Bledsoe compiled 30 points (11-21 FG, 2-6 3PT, 6-6 FT), four rebounds, and six assists over 31 minutes of play against Portland Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Bledsoe has been hot and cold this season but has now averaged 29 points over his last two games. His inconsistency will be frustrating, but he's a must-start point guard in fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Cory Joseph will be a game-time decision for Friday's matchup with Brooklyn while dealing with a heel injury. (Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Joseph has been the Kings' starter over the last four games with De'Aaron Fox (ankle) out of action, and he dished a career-high 14 assists Tuesday while also knicking up his heel. In his four starts, he's averaged 3.3 points, 6.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds, making him a nice deep-league streamer. If he can't go Friday, Yogi Ferrell would likely draw the start. Yogi Ferrell

Category: Injury Updates


Ian Mahinmi will miss Friday's matchup with the Hornets while recovering from a strained Achilles. (Source: NBA Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: The big man has yet to make his 2019-20 appearance while working his way back from the Achilles injury. There is no timetable for his return yet.

Category: Injury Updates


Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 24 points (9-27 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 5-10 FT), 19 rebounds, and 15 assists Thursday night. He also notched three steals and a block over 35 minutes of play.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the poor shooting from the field, Antetokounmpo put up his best fantasy output of the season. It's worth noting that this performance came on the second game of a back-to-back set, which doesn't seem to be a problem for the reigning MVP.

Category: Game Recaps


Markieff Morris will be available Friday against Atlanta. (Source: NBA Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: Morris logged just five minutes Wednesday after exiting with a knee injury, though he won't miss Friday's matchup with the Hawks. He's averaged 11.1 points and 3.9 boards this season, but his role will shrink with Blake Griffin getting back up to speed.

Category: Injury Updates


Elie Okobo managed 11 points (4-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-3 FT), seven assists and a steal over 20 minutes in the Suns' 124-121 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: After playing a season-high 18 minutes against Sacramento on Tuesday, Okobo set a new season high in Thursday's loss, logging 20 minutes on the court. With Ricky Rubio (back) out of action again, Okobo stepped into a larger role off the bench and delivered his best scoring and assisting night of the 2019-20 campaign. It looks like he's found a spot in the backcourt rotation, at least while Rubio is out and possibly longer. Over his last two contests, the second-year French guard has logged 19.0 minutes and produced 7.5 points and 6.0 assists.

Category: Game Recaps


Jevon Carter went for seven points (3-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt), three rebounds and a steal over nine minutes in the Suns' 124-121 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: After a one-game absence proceeded by a start, Carter went back to the bench and barely saw the court in Thursday's loss. His playing time has been up-and-down this season, though he'll likely be confined to a deeper reserve role, barring injuries in the backcourt. The West Virginia product is a nice source of assists and steals when given the minutes, but an expanded role is unlikely to come to fruition.

Category: Game Recaps


Nicolo Melli went for nine points (3-4 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, three assists and a steal across 21 minutes in the Pelicans' 124-121 win over the Suns on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: The 28-year-old Italian forward put up a respectable stat line in Thursday's win, highlighted by a pair of triples and a swipe. Seeing his first taste of NBA action this year, Melli has been a quality producer off the bench, particularly as of late. In his last four games, Mellis has gone for 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.8 triples and 1.8 steals across 25.8 minutes per tilt. With Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram back in the lineup, Melli's recent hot streak is likely to cool off, but if you need a three-point streamer, you could do worse in deep leagues. On the season, he's averaging 1.2 triples at 38.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

Category: Game Recaps


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