Recent NBA Player News

Pelicans' Jrue Holiday undergoes season-ending core surgery

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday underwent successful surgery Tuesday morning to repair a core muscle injury.

What It Means:

Holiday will not return for the Pelicans this season. He's been sidelined since March 7, so this isn't a surprise. Turning 29 this summer, Holiday will be fine for the start of training camp in September. He recorded career-bests in points (21.2), boards (5.0), and treys (1.8) this season.

Holiday averaged 21.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.8 blocks, 1.8 triples, and 43.0 FanDuel points over 67 games for New Orleans.

Elfrid Payton (wrist) upgraded to probable for Pelicans Tuesday

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Elfrid Payton (right wrist contusion) has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Payton was previously listed as questionable. Following five straight triple-doubles, he's averaged just 5.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.0 steals over the past two games.

numberFire's models expect Payton to score 35.4 FanDuel points on Tuesday, at a cost of $8,000.

Anthony Davis (back) downgraded to doubtful Tuesday for Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis (lower back spasms) has been downgraded to doubtful for Tuesday's game versus the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

Davis was previously considered probable, but it now appears he will sit out. Jahlil Okafor will likely draw a start and Cheick Diallo should see more run. Julius Randle figures to be busy on offense for New Orleans.

AD is averaging 16.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.9 blocks, and 0.6 triples over 11 games since the All-Star break.

Jared Dudley scores 15 with 2 blocks in Nets' loss

Brooklyn Nets guard/forward Jared Dudley scored 15 points (6-of-8 field goals, 1-of-1 free throws) with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 3-pointers in 35.1 minutes of a 148-144 double-overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.

What It Means:

Dudley reached double-digit scoring for the first time since January 6 and outscored his point total for the entire month of March (12). The pair of swats matched Dudley's season-high. He hadn't logged as much as 20 minutes since January 4, so the veteran may see a reduced workload when the Nets play the 76ers in Philadelphia on Thursday.

Dudley finished with a season-best 31.5 FanDuel points in the loss. He's averaging 11.7 FanDuel points in 53 games overall.

Michael Carter-Williams turns in a gem as Magic stifle 76ers

Orlando Magic point guard Michael Carter-Williams scored 15 points (5-of-8 field goals, 4-of-4 free throws) with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, and 1 3-pointer in 19.7 minutes of a 119-98 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.

What It Means:

The Magic gave Carter-Williams a second 10-day contract on Monday morning and he responded with his best performance of the season. The points and rebounds are both new season-highs. Orlando plays the Heat in Miami on Tuesday in a game that could determine who gets the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

MCW scored a season-best 35.7 FanDuel points in the victory. numberFire's models expect him to put up 19.0 FanDuel points on Tuesday. He's priced at $3,500.

Derrick Favors posts 18 points, 8 boards, 5 dimes, 2 blocks in Jazz beatdown

Utah Jazz forward/center Derrick Favors scored 18 points (9-of-13 field goals) with 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks in 24.9 minutes of a 125-92 win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday.

What It Means:

Favors wasn't needed much in the fourth quarter, but he still produced a solid line for owners while almost matching his assist total from the previous six games (6). Following a 4-point dud on March 18, Favors has reached double-digit scoring in four straight. The Jazz host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

Favors scored 41.1 FanDuel points in the win. He's averaging 27.9 FanDuel points per game this season.

Grizzlies' Bruno Caboclo scores career-high 24 with season-best 11 boards

Memphis Grizzlies small forward Bruno Caboclo scored a career-high 24 points (8-of-13 field goals, 4-of-4 free throws) with 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 4 3-pointers, and 1 turnover in 35.2 minutes of a 115-103 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.

What It Means:

Caboclo recorded the first 20-point game of his career and also matched his personal-best in rebounds. The makes from distance also set a new career-high. He had totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds over the previous two games, so Caboclo will try to make it two strong showings in a row when the Grizzlies host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

Caboclo finished with a season-best 45.2 FanDuel points in the victory. He's averaging 15.9 FanDuel points over 26 games overall on the year.

D’Angelo Russell racks up 39 points, 9 boards, 8 assists in Nets' loss

Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell scored 39 points (16-of-34 field goals, 4-of-8 free throws) with 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal, 3 3-pointers, and 6 turnovers in 42.2 minutes of a 148-144 double-overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.

What It Means:

Russell went just 3-of-14 from beyond the arc (21.4 percent) in his worst 3-point shooting performance since March 11 (16.7 percent). He's scored 30-plus in three of the last four games, including a career-high 44 points last Tuesday. In that four-game stretch, Russell has averaged 34.0 points and 10.8 helpers. The Nets will pay a visit to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.

Russell scored 58.8 FanDuel points in the loss. He's averaging 57.9 FanDuel points over the past four contests, compared to 37.3 FanDuel points per game overall this season.

Damian Lillard scores 31 with 12 dimes as Trail Blazers defeat Nets

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard scored 31 points (10-of-30 field goals, 7-of-8 free throws) with 6 rebounds, 12 assists, 1 steal, and 4 3-pointers in 47.7 minutes of a 148-144 double-overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday.

What It Means:

Lillard went just 4-of-16 from beyond the arc and shot under 44.0 percent from the field for the first time in seven games. Despite the inefficiency, he scored 30-plus for the fourth time in the past five games. His average of 8.8 assists per game in March is Lillard's highest for a month this season. The Trail Blazers play the Bulls in Chicago on Wednesday.

Dame finished with 59.2 FanDuel points in the win. He's averaging 44.1 FanDuel points over 72 games this season.

Devin Booker pours in season-best 59 points for Phoenix

Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker scored a season-high 59 points (19-of-34 field goals, 16-of-17 free throws) with 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 5 3-pointers, and 6 turnovers in 41.1 minutes of a 125-92 loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday.

What It Means:

Booker recorded the second 50-point performance of his career while joining David Robinson (April 24, 1994) and Kobe Bryant (December 20, 2005) as the only players in NBA history to put up at least 50 points in a game in which none of his teammates reached double-digits. It was his first game shooting above 50.0 percent from the field since March 10. The Suns host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

Booker finished with a season-best 66.8 FanDuel points in the loss. He's averaging 40.5 FanDuel points over 60 games this season.

Jusuf Nurkic suffers season-ending leg injury in Trail Blazers' victory

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic sustained season-ending compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula during a 148-144 double-overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday.

What It Means:

Nurkic suffered the horrendous injury with two minutes left in the second overtime period. It's a devastating blow, as the 24-year-old has been playing some of the best ball of his career and the Trail Blazers are currently penciled in for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Nurkic finished a point shy of his personal-high before being carried off on a stretcher, scoring 32 points with 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 4 blocks, and 1 turnover in 33.9 minutes. Enes Kanter, Meyers Leonard, and Zach Collins will divvy up Nurkic's minutes moving forward.

Nurkic averaged 15.6 points, 10.4 boards, 3.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.4 blocks, and 37.8 FanDuel points in 72 games this season.

Source: Marc Stein

Reggie Bullock (foot) questionable to play Tuesday for Los Angeles

Los Angeles Lakers guard Reggie Bullock (foot) is questionable to play Tuesday versus the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Bullock sat out on Sunday as he deals with plantar fasciitis in his foot. If he sits out again, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would remain in the starting lineup versus the Wiz.

Bullock has averaged 18.9 FanDuel points per game this season.

Source: Kyle Goon

Lakers rule out Josh Hart (knee) versus Wizards on Tuesday

Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (knee) will not play Tuesday versus the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Hart has been out since last Tuesday with knee soreness and will remain out for at least one more game. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso will see extra minutes in Hart's place.

Hart has averaged 18.1 FanDuel points per game this season.

Source: Kyle Goon

LeBron James (rest) probable to play Tuesday for the Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (rest) is probable to play Tuesday versus the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

With James suiting up on Tuesday, it almost guarantees he sits out Wednesday night versus the Utah Jazz. The Lakers have made it known they will not play James on both ends of back-to-backs and have reduced his minutes to around 31 per game since they have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Early projections by our models have James racking up 51.4 FanDuel points versus the Wizards on Tuesday.

Source: Kyle Goon

Blazers' C.J. McCollum (knee) out at least 4 more games

Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum (knee) will not travel with the team on the upcoming four-game road trip.

What It Means:

McCollum has already missed four games (including Monday night versus the Brooklyn Nets) and will be out until at least April 3, when the team returns home to face the Memphis Grizzlies. His status for the following final five games of the regular season has yet to be determined. Jake Layman will likely continue to start in his place with Seth Curry seeing extra run off the bench.

McCollum has averaged 21.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game this season.

Memphis starting Delon Wright in Monday's matchup against the Thunder

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Delon Wright will start in Monday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Wright will move into the starting lineup against the Thunder with Mike Conley sitting out with a thigh injury. In a role with the first unit, our models project the Memphis point guard to score 10.5 points in 27.9 minutes.

numberFire's models project Wright to produce 24.4 FanDuel points at the cost of $5,700.

Mike Conley (thigh) ruled out on Monday by Memphis

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (thigh) will not play on Monday versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Conley sat out on Friday but managed to play through the injury on Saturday. However, with the Grizzlies concerned more about the future, Conley will take a seat Monday. Delon Wright will likely join the starting lineup with Tyler Dorsey joining him in the backcourt versus the Thunder.

Conley has averaged 20.9 points, 6.4 assists, and 37.8 FanDuel points per game this season.

Mike Conley (thigh) a game-time decision Monday for Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley (left thigh soreness) is a game-time decision for Monday's game versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Delon Wright and Tyler Dorsey started in the backcourt on Friday when Conley was unavailable. They would both be in line for a boost if Conley is ruled out. Tip-off is at 8 pm ET.

numberFire's models expect Conley to play and score 40.0 FanDuel points. He's priced at $9,200.

Grizzlies' Joakim Noah (knee) officially ruled out for Monday

Memphis Grizzlies forward/center Joakim Noah (knee) will not play Monday versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Noah was considered doubtful, so no surprise here. He has been limited to just 9 minutes in his last two games, leaving more minutes for Ivan Rabb and Bruno Caboclo upfront.

Noah has averaged 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 19.5 FanDuel points in 16.5 minutes per game for Memphis this season.

Tony Parker (personal) set to return for Hornets versus Spurs

Charlotte Hornets point guard Tony Parker is not on the injury report for Tuesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

Parker missed the past four games, so he should be well rested for what may be his final game against the team he spent the first 17 years of his career with.

Parker is averaging 9.5 points and 3.7 assists with 16.9 FanDuel points over 17.9 minutes in 56 games this season.

Trevor Ariza (groin) doubtful for Wizards Tuesday

Washington Wizards guard/forward Trevor Ariza (left groin strain) is doubtful for Tuesday's matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers.

What It Means:

Ariza will miss a third straight game for the eliminated Wizards and he may not return at all over the remainder of the regular season. Troy Brown started the past two games in Ariza's place.

Ariza was averaging 14.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.2 triples over 42 games before the injury.

Philadelphia starting T.J. McConnell at point guard on Monday

Philadelphia 76ers point guard T.J. McConnell will start in Monday's matchup against the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

McConnell will move into the starting lineup on Monday with Ben Simmons inactive with a stomach virus. In a new role with the first unit, expect the Philly point guard to play a ton of minutes against Orlando.

McConnell's FanDuel price on Monday is $3,500. In 67 games this season, the Sixers' guard is averaging 6.3 points and 3.6 assists.

Nicolas Batum (illness) questionable for Hornets Tuesday

Charlotte Hornets guard/forward Nicolas Batum (illness) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

Batum missed the past two games. The Hornets should provide an update on his status after Tuesday's morning shootaround. Dwayne Bacon and Malik Monk may see less work if Batum returns.

Batum is averaging 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks, 1.6 triples, and 24.4 FanDuel points per game this season.

Hornets rule out Cody Zeller (knee) again for Tuesday

Charlotte Hornets forward/center Cody Zeller (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

It will be Zeller's eighth consecutive absence. Bismack Biyombo, Frank Kaminsky, and Willy Hernangomez will continue to split work at center.

Zeller is averaging 25.1 FanDuel points through 49 games (47 starts) this season, with 10.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks per contest.

Sixers' Ben Simmons (illness) ruled out on Monday

Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons (illness) will not play in Monday's game against the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

Simmons will be inactive tonight after suffering a stomach virus. Expect T.J. McConnell to step up against the Magic.

Our models project McConnell to produce 11.1 FanDuel points at the cost of $3,500.

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