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Nikola Jokic scores 29 points with 18 boards in Nuggets' win

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic scored 29 points with 18 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block in Tuesday's 105-103 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Jokic scored 20 or more points for his second consecutive game while grabbing a season-high in boards. He recorded his 15th double-double of the season as he went 11-for-23 from the floor and 7-for-10 from the line.

Jokic finished the day with 65.1 FanDuel points for 6.7x value on Tuesday.

Kings consider Skal Labissiere (shoulder) questionable to play on Wednesday

Sacramento Kings forward/center Skal Labissiere (shoulder) is considered questionable to play on Wednesday versus the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Labissiere is dealing with a left shoulder strain. It is unclear when the injury occurred or the severity but with the big man being listed as questionable, he likely was unable to participate in all or part of Tuesday's practice. If he is unable to play, expect Zach Randolph to see extra minutes, especially after resting on Monday.

Labissiere is projected for 13.0 FanDuel points in 14.1 minutes, by numberFire's models, if he plays on Wednesday.

Pelicans' Anthony Davis goes off for 40-plus points in his second straight game

New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis scored 45 points with 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks in Tuesday's OT win over the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

Davis posted consecutive games with at least 45 points and 15 rebounds for the second time in his career. He last pulled off the feat in the first two games of last season. Davis took a season-high 34 shots as he posted a massive 39.3% usage rate in the game. The Brow is now averaging 34.0 points per game in January after posting his fourth straight game with 30 or more points.

Davis dominated DFS on Tuesday's short slate, posting 75.2 FanDuel points for 6.8x value even while costing $11,000.

Jimmy Butler drops 28 points with a full stat line in T-Wolves' loss on Tuesday

Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 28 points with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, 2 blocks in Tuesday's loss to the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

Butler dominated the T-Wolves offense, going 11-for-22 from the floor with 2 three-pointers. The performance was his fourth game with at least 25 points this month and 17th this season. He also tied a season-high with 5 steals as Minnesota snapped their five-game winning streak.

Butler ended up with 63.4 FanDuel points, the second-highest score of the night so far. He brought those who played him 6.7x value on Tuesday night.

Maxi Kleber returns to the Mavs' starting lineup on Tuesday

Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber returns to the starting lineup on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

Kleber came off the bench, playing just 1 minute, in Saturday's loss. He re-joins the starting five against the Denver Nuggets with Yogi Ferrell headed to the second unit.

Our models projected Kleber for 10.5 FanDuel points in 13.7 minutes before the lineup change was announced.

Dallas' Yogi Ferrell will return to a reserve role Tuesday versus Denver

Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell will return to a reserve role on Tuesday versus the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Ferrell moves to the second unit with Maxi Kleber starting against the Nuggets. The reserve guard will see extra minute with J.J. Barea out of action on Tuesday.

Our models project Ferrell for 25.8 FanDuel points in 37.6 minutes on Tuesday.

Will Barton moves into the Nuggets' starting lineup on Tuesday

Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton will join the starting lineup on Tuesday versus Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Barton will start at small forward with Wilson Chandler shifting to power forward, and Nikola Jokic to center with Mason Plumlee headed to the bench.

numberFire's algorithms project Barton for 30.4 FanDuel points in 32.2 minutes on Tuesday.

Mason Plumlee will come off the Nuggets' bench on Tuesday

Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee will come off the bench on Tuesday versus the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Plumlee will join the second unit on Tuesday as coach Ike Malone shakes up the starting lineup by going small. Nikola Jokic will slide over to center, Wilson Chandler to power forward, and Will Barton will start at small forward.

Plumlee is projected for 22.6 Fanduel points for 22.8 minutes on Tuesday.

J.J. Redick (leg) out the next 10-to-14 days for Philly

Philadelphia 76ers guard J.J. Redick (leg) is out for at least the next 10-to-14 days after suffering a small crack in his left leg on Monday.

What It Means:

The official diagnosis is a bone edema and a small cortical crack in the fibular head of his left leg. Redick will rest for the next 10 days minimum before being re-evaluated in hopes the crack heals enough for him to resume on-court basketball work. T.J. McConnell, Timothe Luwawu, and Jerryd Bayless are likely to see more minutes with Redick out.

Redick has averaged 17.3 points, 3.3 assists, 2.7 three-pointers, and 25.9 FanDuel points per game this season.

Trail Blazers' Shabazz Napier (back) available Tuesday against Suns

Portland Trail Blazers guard Shabazz Napier will be available to play on Tuesday, reports TrailBlazers.com's Casey Holdahl.

What It Means:

Napier was listed as questionable with a lower back strain, but it looks like he'll play in tonight's home matchup. With his presence, we shouldn't see an elevated minutes for either Evan Turner or Pat Connaughton.

Against the Phoenix Suns, Napier's projected for 19.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,100.

Orlando's Arron Afflalo ejected in second quarter of Tuesday's game

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Afflalo was ejected in the second quarter of Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

What It Means:

According to OrlandoMagic.com's John Denton, Afflalo and Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica were awarded double-technicals earlier in the quarter but they proceeded to get into another skirmish later. The altercation ended with Afflalo hitting Bjelica with a punch. Bjelica was also ejected for his role.

Afflalo's night ends with 1 rebound and 1.2 FanDuel points in 4 minutes of work.

Timberwolves' Nemanja Bjelica ejected from Tuesday's game

According to OrlandoMagic.com's John Denton, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica was ejected after receiving two technical fouls on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

Bjelica was ejected with more than seven minutes left in the second quarter. He and Orlando Magic forward Arron Afflalo got into two different skirmishes, the last of which resulted in Bjelica locking up Afflalo's head and Afflalo responding with a punch to his neck. We'll await any further discipline from the NBA.

In 4 minutes, Bjelica ended the night with 2 points, 1 rebound and 3.2 FanDuel points.

76ers' J.J. Redick (leg) likely to miss 'short window of time'

Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard J.J. Redick "will likely miss only a short window of time," reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

What It Means:

Wojnarowski is reporting that Redick's leg injury isn't serious. The 33-year-old had suffered a leg contusion in Monday's game against the Toronto Raptors. We should get a timetable before long, but he can be considered day-to-day for now. For as long as he's out, T.J. McConnell and Timothe Luwawu will split his minutes on the wing.

On the year, Redick is averaging 32.6 minutes and 25.9 FanDuel points with 17.3 points per game on 44.8% shooting (40.5% from three).

Utah's Thabo Sefolosha (knee) scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on Wednesday

Utah Jazz guard/forward Thabo Sefolosha is schedule to undergo season-ending knee surgery on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Sefolosha suffered a right MCL injury and will be out for the rest of the season. He'll be given a more finite timetable following surgery. Jonas Jerebko, Joe Johnson and Royce O'Neale will absorb his forward minutes in Utah.

Sefolosha will end his season with averages of 8.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in 38 games.

Source: NBA.com

Marreese Speights (personal) unavailable to play for Orlando on Tuesday

Orlando Magic forward Marreese Speights (personal) will not play on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

Speights has been ruled out against the Minnesota Timberwolves, leaving no "true" power forward on the bench. Aaron Gordon will likely see extra minutes with Mario Hezonja having to play the four more against the T-Wolves.

Speights has averaged 12.6 FanDuel points in 13.3 minutes per game this season.

Nene (knee) questionable to play Thursday for Houston

Houston Rockets center Nene Hilario is questionable for Thursday's game, reports Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

What It Means:

The 35-year old has missed the team's last six games due to a knee injury. He may finally return to the lineup on Thursday, but check back for updates tomorrow and following shootaround on Thursday. If he's in, Tarik Black would be limited in minutes with Clint Capela looking at minutes in the mid-to-high 20s.

In a matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Nene is projected for 12.6 FanDuel points over 13.2 minutes.

Rockets' James Harden (hamstring) officially upgraded to questionable against Timberwolves

According to the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen, Houston Rockets guard James Harden has officially been upgraded to questionable for Thursday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

What It Means:

Harden was listed as questionable in the game notes, but we know how that goes. At least this gives us more of a concrete idea as to his expected availability. If he does return, Eric Gordon would move back to the bench. Chris Paul wouldn't be asked to run the entire offense either.

In a potential return against Minnesota, Harden's projected for 53.5 FanDuel points in 36.5 minutes of work.

Report: Clippers' DeAndre Jordan desires trade to Rockets

According to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan wants to be traded to the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

During Tuesday's episode of First Take, Smith said he heard that Jordan wanted to be traded to Houston. It would be a little harder to see that with the skirmish between the two teams a night ago, but Jordan might want to reunite with Chris Paul. We'll have to wait and see how much substance there is to this report, but even if it's true the Rockets have to be happy starting Clint Capela at a cheaper salary.

This season, Jordan is averaging 11.8 points, 14.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 32.1 minutes a game. He averaged more points, field goal attempts and blocks per game with Paul in L.A. a season ago.

Grizzlies' Chandler Parsons (knee) out Wednesday against Knicks

Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons will not play Wednesday against the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

Parsons doesn't have any structural damage to his knee, but he is experiencing soreness and hasn't played in 2018. His combination of knee problems and rest days has to be frustrating for Memphis. JaMychal Green and Jarell Martin will continue to hold down the power forward spot with him sidelined.

Parsons was projected to play 21 minutes and tally 16.3 FanDuel points prior to being ruled out. He will have missed 17 games so far this season, and 65 of 125 since joining the team in 2016.

James Ennis (calf) pops up on Grizzlies' injury report, questionable for Wednesday

Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward James Ennis (right calf) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the New York Knicks.

What It Means:

It's not clear when Ennis suffered the injury but we should know more about his status for Wednesday following the morning shootaround. Dillon Brooks and Jarell Martin would likely benefit the most if Ennis sits.

Ennis is averaging 14.4 FanDuel points in 40 games (14 starts) this season. Over the remainder of the year, numberFire's models project him to record 7.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.1 3-pointers per game.

Kawhi Leonard not on Spurs' injury report, expected to play Wednesday

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is not on the team's injury report for Wednesday's game versus the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Leonard was a surprise scratch on Monday as the Spurs continue to manage his playing time from quad and shoulder injuries. With three full days off since he last played on Saturday, Leonard should not be restricted in any way against the Nets. Kyle Anderson will likely head to the bench with Leonard back.

Our models project Leonard for 15.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 30.5 FanDuel points on Wednesday night.

Celtics' Al Horford (calf) will play Tuesday against Pelicans

Boston Celtics center Al Horford will play on Tuesday, reports Brian Robb of bostonsportsjournal.com.

What It Means:

He was originally probable, but this confirms that he'll play. With Jayson Tatum (knee) also good to go, the Celtics have their usual starters all together as they host the New Orleans Pelicans.

At $7,100, Horford is projected for 35.2 FanDuel points and a return of 4.96 points per $1,000. He's the number-4 center on Tuesday's slate, according to our metrics.

Manu Ginobili (thigh) ruled out for Spurs' matchup on Wednesday

San Antonio Spurs guard/forward Manu Ginobili (right thigh contusion) will not play against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Ginobili's absence should open up additional minutes for Bryn Forbes and Brandon Paul in the Spurs' rotation. The 40-year-old veteran suffered the injury on Monday against the Atlanta Hawks.

Manu is averaging 16.6 FanDuel points in 37 games this season. Over the remainder of the year, numberFire's models project him to record 10.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.3 3-pointers per game.

Pelicans' Jameer Nelson (personal) available to play Tuesday night

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jameer Nelson is with the team and is available to play Tuesday against the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

Nelson was expected to be out on Tuesday for personal reasons, but he is now with the team following Sunday's absence. He will assume his backup role and will continue to see limited minutes -- 12.6 per game in January -- behind Rajon Rondo.

Nelson is averaging 13.8 FanDuel points in 21.9 minutes per game. He costs $3,500 at the point guard spot.

Pau Gasol (wrist) questionable for Spurs on Wednesday

San Antonio Spurs forward/center Pau Gasol (right wrist sprain) is questionable against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Gasol said he played through the hand injury on Monday but head coach Gregg Popovich may decide to hold the ailing veteran out for Wednesday's matchup. If so, Davis Bertans and Joffrey Lauvergne could see additional minutes.

Pau is averaging 26.9 FanDuel points across 43 games this season, with 10.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game.

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