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Russell Westbrook (ankle) out on Saturday for Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will miss Saturday's game against Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Westbrook is dealing with an ankle injury that will keep him out of sixth-consecutive game. Dennis Schroder will draw the start in his place.

Westbrook is averaging 50.1 FanDuel points per game.

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Warriors' Draymond Green (toe) out Saturday, could Sunday's game as well

Golden State Warriors forward has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Green is dealing with right toe sprain that will likely also keep him out of Sunday's game against Dallas.

He is averaging 31.1 FanDuel points per game this season.

Hawks' Taurean Prince (Achilles) ruled out Saturday

Atlanta Hawks forward Taurean Prince has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Prince is dealing with a right Achilles injury that also kept him out of Thursday's game.

He is averaging 27.1 FanDuel points per game this year.

John Collins (ankle) is available to play Saturday for Atlanta

Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins will be available to play Saturday against the Indiana Pacers.

What It Means:

Collins is set to make his season debut after missing the start of the season with an ankle injury.

Our models project Collins to score 18.7 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,600 on Saturday.

Pelicans' Elfrid Payton (finger) ruled out Saturday

New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Payton will be sidelined with a fractured finger he suffered on Friday night.

He is averaging 24.7 FanDuel points per game.

Kawhi Leonard (rest) ruled out for Saturday's Raptors game

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (rest) will not play on Saturday against the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

The Raptors are on the second game of a back-to-back, a scenario where Leonard has typically rested this season.

Leonard is averaging 44.2 FanDuel points per game this season.

Pacers' Victor Oladipo (knee) questionable Saturday

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Oladipo is dealing with a sore right knee. He has yet to miss a game this season, but only scored 8 points on Friday against Miami. Tyreke Evans could see an uptick in minutes if Oladipo is unable to go.

Oladipo is averaging 42.7 FanDuel points per game this year.

Knicks' Emmanuel Mudiay score 19 points Friday

New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay scored 19 points and had 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks on Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Mudiay logged 23 minutes and was 8-for-12 from the field, including 2-for-3 from three-point range.

He is averaging 19.3 FanDuel points per game this year.

Tyreke Evans scores 23 points in Pacers win

Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists on Friday against the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Evans' 23 points were a season-high. He was 6-for-13 from the field, 5-for-7 from three-point range and 6-for-6 from the free throw line in 25 minutes.

He is averaging 21.0 FanDuel points per game this year.

Justin Holiday scores 20 for the Bulls on Friday

Chicago Bulls guard Justin Holiday had 20 points, 4 assists and 3 steals against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday evening.

What It Means:

Holiday logged 29 minutes and was 7-for-12 from the field, including 6-for-9 from three-point range.

He is averaging 25.4 FanDuel points this year.

Jaren Jackson Jr. scores 27 with 6 boards, 4 steals and 2 blocks for Memphis

Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 27 points with 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks against the Sacramento Kings on Friday.

What It Means:

He was 11-for-16 from the field in 31 minutes.

Jackson is averaging 28.0 FanDuel points per game this season.

Wizards' Dwight Howard scores 25 with 17 rebounds on Friday

Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard had 25 points and 17 rebounds with 1 block, 1 assist and 1 steal on Friday against the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Howard logged 27 minutes and was 9-for-13 from the field. He was also 7-for-10 from the free throw line.

He is averaging 29.4 FanDuel points per game this season.

Bucks' Khris Middleton flirts with a triple-doubles on Friday

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists with 2 steals on Friday against the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Middleton played 33 minutes and was 9-for-15 from the field, including 2-for-6 from beyond the three-point arc.

He is averaging 34.6 FanDuel points per game this year.

Pelicans' Anthony Davis drops 43 points with 17 rebounds Friday night

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis had 43 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block and 1 steal in a win over the New York Knicks on Friday.

What It Means:

Davis played 40 minutes and was 16-for-25 from the field, including 1-for-4 from three-point range.

He is averaging 60.0 FanDuel points per game this year.

New Orleans' Elfrid Payton (finger) leaves Friday's game early

New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton was forced to leave Friday's game early with a fractured finger.

What It Means:

Terrible news for Payton and the Pelicans as the guard was just returning from a nine-game absence on Friday. No word on how long he is expected to be out but a broken finger will likely cost him multiple weeks.

Payton finished with 0-for-3 from the field with 1 rebound and 1 steal for 3.2 Fanduel points in 8 minutes on Friday.

Bulls' Zach LaVine (illness) will have his minutes monitored on Friday

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine is battling a cold and will have his minutes monitored on Friday.

What It Means:

LaVine is not expected to be limited but with a tough matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, don't be surprised if LaVine finds himself on the bench more often, if the score gets out of hand. Chandler Hutchison and Antonio Blakeney could see a few extra minutes on Friday.

Our models project LaVine for 23.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 36.1 FanDuel points in 39.0 minutes on Friday.

Raptors' OG Anunoby (wrist) makes an early exit on Friday

Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (wrist) will not return against the Bosen Celtics on Friday.

What It Means:

Anunoby fell on his wrist earlier in the game and has been diagnosed with a sprained wrist. He should be considered day-to-day.

Anunoby finished Friday with 5 points and 2 turnovers on 9 minutes for 3 FanDuel points.

Wesley Johnson heads to Pelicans bench with Elfrid Payton starting

New Orleans Pelicans forward Wesley Johnson will come off the bench on Friday.

What It Means:

Johnson has filled in at small forward the last few games but with Elfrid Payton back in the starting lineup, Jrue Holiday and E'Twan Moore slide up one spot in the lineup, bumping Johnson to the bench.

Our models projected Johnson for 18.3 FanDuel points in 23.8 minutes on Friday before the lineup change was announced.

Minnesota's Derrick Rose (knee) will be available to play on Friday

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose (knee) will play on Friday versus the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Rose sat out on Wednesday with soreness in his knee but head coach Tom Thibodeau said the guard is good to go on Friday. Rose will come off the bench, backing up Jeff Teague and Andrew Wiggins. His presence limits the amount of run Josh Okogie will get moving forward.

Our models project Rose for 21.7 FanDuel points in 24.6 minutes on Friday.

Elfrid Payton (ankle) expected to play on Friday for New Orleans

New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton (ankle) is expected to play on Friday night.

What It Means:

Payton has missed the last two-plus weeks with an ankle injury but has looked good according to head coach Alvin Gentry. He is still considered a game-time decision but Gentry expects the guard to play on Friday. No word on if he will be under a minutes limit.

Our models project Payton for 20.1 FanDuel points in 20.0 minutes against the New York Knicks.

Draymond Green (toe) listed as out on Saturday for Golden State

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (toe) is listed as out for Saturday's game versus the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

With the Dubs playing a back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday, Green will sit out on Saturday as he tries to rest his sprained big toe. Jonas Jerebko has started in Green's place the last couple of times he was out and will likely do so again against the Mavs.

Green has averaged 31.1 FanDuel points per game this season.

Ed Davis returns to the Nets' bench on Friday versus the Wizards

Brooklyn Nets forward/center Ed Davis will come off the bench on Friday.

What It Means:

Davis filled in on Wednesday with Jarrett Allen out with an illness. With Allen back in the starting five, Davis will resume his backup role against the Washington Wizards.

Our models project Davis for 16.5 FanDuel points in 17.8 minutes on Friday.

Jonas Valanciunas will come off the Toronto bench on Friday

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will come off the bench on Friday versus the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

JV got the start at center on Wednesday and played over 25 minutes for the first time this season with Serge Ibaka out. Ibaka will return to start on Friday with Valanciuans resuming his reserve role with 20-ish minutes against Boston.

Our models project Valanciunas for 24.1 Fanduel points in 19.9 minutes on Friday.

Serge Ibaka (knee) back in the Raptors' starting lineup on Friday night

Toronto Raptors forward/center Serge Ibaka (knee) will start on Friday versus the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

Ibaka sat out on Wednesday with a knee injury but returns to play in a big Eastern Conference showdown on Friday. Jonas Valanciunas heads back to the bench.

Our models project Ibaka for 14.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks for 29.0 Fanduel points on Friday.

Nets' Jarrett Allen (illness) availble to play on Friday

Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (illness) will be available to play on Friday.

What It Means:

Allen missed the last two games with an illness but is ready to roll on Friday. He is expected to return to the starting lineup with Ed Davis headed to the bench.

Our models project Allen for 12.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks for 29.8 Fanduel points against the Washington Wizards.

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