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James Ennis declines 2019-2020 player option on Monday

Forward James Ennis will reportedly become a free agent after declining his player option on Monday.

What It Means:

Ennis will explore the market this offseason after declining his $1.8 million dollar option. Expect the 29-year old to look for a long-term deal this summer.

In 58 games this season, Ennis averaged 6.7 points and 3.1 rebounds.

Toronto's Kawhi Leonard drops 36 points in Sunday's double-overtime victory over the Bucks

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard produced 36 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 combined blocks and steals in Sunday's 118-112 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Despite suffering a lower body injury in the first half, Leonard continued to carry the Toronto offense on Sunday with his fourth straight game over 30 points. The 27-year old is now averaging 32.6 points on 44.9% shooting this series.

In 55 minutes on Sunday, Leonard scored 58.3 FanDuel points. The Toronto forward has now surpassed 50 FanDuel points in 60% of his games against Milwaukee this season.

Raptors roll with the same starting lineup for Sunday's Game 3

The Toronto Raptors will start Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, and Marc Gasol in Sunday's playoff matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Despite rumors of a new starting lineup for Game 3, the Raptors will not make any changes to their first unit. Look for perhaps "different" rotations on Sunday or more minutes for Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka.

Our models project Powell and Ibaka to produce 15.5 and 30.1 FanDuel points respectively on Sunday.

Golden State's Andre Iguodala (calf) questionable for Monday's Game 4 against Portland

Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (calf) is questionable to play in Monday's playoff matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Iguodala looks to be OK after an MRI on his left calf came back negative on Sunday. If he cannot play in Game 4, look for Shaun Livingston, Quinn Cook, and Alfonzo McKinnie to see more playing time.

If Iguodala is available, our models project the Golden State guard to produce 29.7 FanDuel points on Monday.

Portland will start Meyers Leonard, Enes Kanter to come off the bench on Saturday

Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard will start in Saturday's playoff matchup against the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

Leonard will start tonight at center with Enes Kanter playing with the second unit.

In four games this season against the Warriors, Leonard is averaging 4.75 points and 5.0 rebounds.

Golden State's Andrew Bogut will come off the bench on Saturday

Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut will not start in Saturday's playoff matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Bogut will reportedly play with the second unit in Game 3 after the new lineup change. In a role off the bench, our models project the veteran to score 3.9 points in 12.7 minutes.

numberFire's models project Bogut to produce 13.7 FanDuel points on Saturday.

Warriors reportedly starting Damian Jones in Saturday's Game 3 against Portland

Golden State Warriors center Damian Jones will reportedly start against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

What It Means:

According to Murdock, Jones will start at center against Portland. Andrew Bogut will reportedly come off the bench in Game 3.

In 24 games this season, Jones is averaging 13.9 FanDuel points.

Raptors considering several lineup changes for Sunday's Game 3

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse told the media on Saturday, "more than one" change could be made to Game 3's starting lineup against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Nurse hinted to the media several changes could be made to Sunday's Game 3 lineup against the Bucks. Look for Marc Gasol and Danny Green to potentially come off the bench if any changes are made to the first unit. If so, expect Norman Powell, Fred VanVleet, or Serge Ibaka to possibly start in Game 3.

Our models currently project Gasol and Green to produce 39.8 and 25.2 FanDuel points respectively on Sunday.

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo produces massive double-double in Friday's Game 2 victory over Toronto

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points with 17 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 combined blocks and steals in Friday's 125-103 win over the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

'The Greek Freak' produced his third best scoring performance this postseason, converting 50% of his shot attempts including one three-pointer. Antetokounmpo is now averaging 27 points, 15.5 rebounds, and 5.5 rebounds this series.

In 34 minutes last night, Antetokounmpo scored 62.9 FanDuel points. He is averaging 61.3 FanDuel points against Toronto this postseason.

Raptors' Patrick McCaw (personal) will not play in Game 2 on Friday

Toronto Raptors guard/forward Patrick McCaw (personal) will not play on Friday in Game 2 versus the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

McCaw joins OG Anunoby and Jordan Lloyd on the inactive list, shortening an already thin Raptors' bench. Expect the starters to play heavy minutes once again on Friday.

McCaw has averaged just 2.6 points and 1.7 rebounds per game this season.

NBA suspends Tyreke Evans for two seasons

Free agent guard Tyreke Evans has been disqualified from the NBA for violating the league's substance abuse program.

What It Means:

Evans will be eligible to apply for reinstatement after two seasons after being dismissed from the league for testing positive for a drug of abuse. Look for Evans to attempt his comeback when he is 31.

In 69 games this season, Evans averaged 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.

Golden State's Kevin Durant (calf) ruled out for Game 3 and 4

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (calf) will not play in Game 3 and 4 against the the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Durant will remain inactive for at least two more games while he recovers from his calf strain. Expect Steph Curry to carry the Warriors' offense until Durant can return.

In 11 games this postseason, Durant is averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.9 assists.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 24 with 14 boards, Bucks beat Raptors Game 1

Milwaukee Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points (7-of-16 field goals, 9-of-12 free throws) with 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks, 1 3-pointer, and 5 turnovers in 37.3 minutes of a 108-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Antetokounmpo came flying out the gates, racking up a pair of baskets, a steal, a board, and a blocked shot, all in the first 85 seconds of play. The Bucks trailed for 37 of the contest's 48 minutes, but Giannis and company finished strong to take the first game of the series. Game 2 will be played in Milwaukee on Friday.

Giannis has double-doubled in 7-of-10 games this postseason.

Kevin Durant (calf) reportedly ruled out for Warriors in Game 2

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (calf) will not play on Thursday in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals versus the Portland Trail Blazers, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

Durant is still recovering from a calf strain. The Warriors haven't missed a beat in two games without him, so they will likely give Durant all the time he needs to heal. Stephen Curry should continue to take on more work offensively. Ditto for Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

KD was averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 2.9 triples per game this postseason before the injury.

Stephen Curry ties playoff high with 9 treys, Warriors win Game 1 easy

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored 36 points (12-of-23 field goals, 3-of-3 free throws) with 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 9 3-pointers, and 1 turnover in 35.5 minutes of a 116-94 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Curry went 9-of-15 from beyond the arc, setting a playoff career high for made 3-pointers, as the Warriors exploited a porous Portland defense all night long. It was his fourth 30-point performance this postseason, with three coming in the past four games. Game 2 will be played in Golden State on Thursday.

Steph finished with 36.7 FanDuel points in Game 1.

New Orleans wins draft lottery, will pick first in 2019 NBA Draft

The New Orleans Pelicans have won the 2019 NBA Draft lottery and will pick first in the NBA Draft for the second time in franchise history.

What It Means:

The Pelicans entered the night with the seventh-best odds to land the first pick and their 6.0% odds paid off. Their rise wrapped up a shocking lottery which also saw the Memphis Grizzlies snagging the second pick. The New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Cleveland Cavaliers round out the top-five picks.

The Pelicans finished the 2018-19 season with a 33-49 record.

Portland's Rodney Hood (knee) officially active on Tuesday

Portland Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood (knee) will play in Tuesday's playoff matchup against the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

Hood will be available for Game 1 despite dealing with a left knee bruise. In a role off the bench, our models project Hood to score 9.9 points in 23.6 minutes.

numberFire's models project Hood to produce 16.5 FanDuel points on Tuesday.

Raptors' OG Anunoby (appendicitis) ruled out for Game 1 on Wednesday

Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (appendicitis) has been ruled out for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Anunoby has missed the last five weeks following surgery to remove his appendix. He is nearing a return though with the club not ruling the forward out beyond Game 1.

Anunoby averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 13.8 FanDuel points per game this season.

Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon will continue to play off the bench in Game 1 on Wednesday

Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon will remain in a reserve role in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Brogdon played his first game in two months last week, getting into Game 5 against the Boston Celtics for 17 minutes on Wednesday. While his minutes load will increase he will come off the bench for the time being with Nikola Mirotic remaining in the starting five.

Early projections by our models have Brogdon racking up 26.4 FanDuel points on Wednesday.

Nikola Mirotic to remain in Bucks' starting lineup for Game 1 on Wednesday

Milwaukee Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic will remain in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Malcolm Brogdon returned to action last week against the Boston Celtics but will come off the bench on Wednesday, leaving Mirotic in the starting five.

Early projections by our models have Mirotic collecting 15.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 28.9 FanDuel points in 27.1 minutes against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

Portland's Rodeny Hood (knee) questionable for Game 1 on Tuesday

Portland Trail Blazers guard/forward Rodney Hood (knee) is questionable for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.

What It Means:

An MRI revealed a left knee bone bruise for Hood after he was injured during Game 7 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals on Sunday. If he sits, expect Seth Curry and Evan Turner to see extra minutes off the bench.

Hood has averaged 9.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game this postseason.

Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins (quad) unlikely for Western Conference Finals

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (torn left quad) is unlikely to make it back to the court for the Western Conference Finals.

What It Means:

There was some optimism he would be able to play in the series versus the Portland Trail Blazers, but with his rehab still being limited, he is not likely to suit up until the NBA Finals if the Dubs make it that far.

Cousins averaged 16.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game this regular season.

Report: Kevin Durant (calf) ruled out Game 1 for Warriors, 'unlikely' plays Game 2

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (calf) will not play on Tuesday in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

What It Means:

Durant will have his strained right calf re-evaluated on Thursday, per Shelburne, making it "unlikely" he plays in Game 2 that evening. Game 1 will be his second consecutive absence due to the injury.

KD was averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 2.9 triples per game this postseason before the injury.

Nuggets' Michael Porter Jr. will play in Summer League

Denver Nuggets power forward Michael Porter Jr. says he will play in Summer League.

What It Means:

Porter says he's pain-free after rehabbing his back for the entire 2018-19 season. “I feel like a better player than I’ve ever been,” last year's 14th overall pick stated. He turns 21 in late June.

Porter was limited to a total of 53 minutes in three college games for the Missouri Tigers due to back surgery.

Trail Blazers' Evan Turner scores 14 points in Game 7 victory

Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner had 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block Sunday in a Game 7 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Turner was 3-for-7 from the field and 8-for-9 from the free throw line in 19 minutes off the bench.

Turner is averaging 17.4 FanDuel points per game this season.

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