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    • Austin Rivers WAS PG
      Wizards' Austin Rivers: Will rejoin starting five Monday
      20m ago

      Rivers is expected to start at point guard Monday against the Pacers, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.

      Rivers is set to join the starting lineup for the second time in three games with John Wall (heel) once again unavailable. He posted nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists across 34 minutes in his previous start.

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    • Miles Plumlee ATL C
      Hawks' Miles Plumlee: Out at least another week
      30m ago

      Plumlee underwent a non-surgical procedure on his left knee and will be reevaluated Dec. 18, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.

      Plumlee picked up the injury earlier in the month and will miss at least one more week as a result. The big man doesn't carry much fantasy value even when healthy, as he's averaging just 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds across 9.7 minutes per game on the season.

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    • Josh Richardson MIA SG
      Heat's Josh Richardson: Upgraded to probable
      1h ago

      Richardson (shoulder) is listed as probable for Monday's game against the Lakers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

      Richardson missed Saturday's game against the Clippers due to a right shoulder impingement, but is doing much better and trending towards a return Monday. Assuming he plays, Richardson will look to break out of his recent slump -- he's shooting just 29.1 percent from the field over his last five games.

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    • Tyler Johnson MIA SG
      Heat's Tyler Johnson: Probable for Monday
      1h ago

      Johnson (hip) is listed as probable for Monday's game against the Lakers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

      Johnson suffered a hip injury during Saturday's game against the Clippers, limiting him to just seven minutes. Fortunately, the issue doesn't appear to be anything serious enough to keep him sidelined Monday. A final determination on his status should come closer to tipoff.

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    • Goran Dragic MIA PG
      Heat's Goran Dragic: Good to go Monday
      2h ago

      Dragic will play Monday against the Lakers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

      Dragic should be ready for a healthy workload Monday after being withheld from the Saturday's game against the Clippers due to rest purposes. The veteran guard recently returned from an eight-game absence due to a knee injury, logging 11 points, 10 assists and three steals across 21 minutes in his first game back.

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    • Wayne Ellington MIA SG
      Heat's Wayne Ellington: Available to play Monday
      2h ago

      Ellington (personal) is available to play Monday against the Lakers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

      As expected, Ellington is back with the Heat after missing the previous two games due to a personal matter. He should immediate reclaim his usual role off the bench. Through 16 games this season, Ellington is averaging 10.0 points and 2.6 rebounds across 26.3 minutes per contest.

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    • Miles Plumlee ATL C
      Hawks' Miles Plumlee: Out at least another week
      30m ago

      Plumlee underwent a non-surgical procedure on his left knee and will be reevaluated Dec. 18, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.

      Plumlee picked up the injury earlier in the month and will miss at least one more week as a result. The big man doesn't carry much fantasy value even when healthy, as he's averaging just 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds across 9.7 minutes per game on the season.

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    • DeMarcus Cousins GS C
      Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins: Officially assigned to G League
      2h ago

      Cousins (Achilles) was assigned to the G League on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      As expected, Cousins will join the Santa Cruz Warriors as he moves into the final stages of his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon, which has sidelined him for the better part of the last calendar year. Cousins is still without a firm timetable to return to NBA action, but he'll likely begin practicing with Santa Cruz this week and could appear in a few G League games as a tune-up before making his way back to the Warriors. The general expectation is that if all goes well, Cousins could make his Warriors debut sometime shortly after Christmas.

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    • Rudy Gobert UTA C
      Jazz's Rudy Gobert: Drops seven dimes in loss
      3h ago

      Gobert posted 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block across 34 minutes Sunday in the Jazz's 110-97 loss to the Spurs.

      After getting ejected in the first quarter of the Jazz's last game Wednesday, Gobert returned to his usual level of playing time. His production on the defensive end wasn't anything noteworthy, but the seven dimes were a nice surprise -- and a career high -- from Gobert, who has rarely been much of a facilitator during his time in the league. Gobert has changed that narrative to some extent recently, however, dishing out at least three assists in four of his last six outings.

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    • DeMarcus Cousins GS C
      Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins: Reports to G League
      3h ago

      Cousins (Achilles) is expected to begin practicing with the G League's Santa Cruz Warriors on Monday, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.

      Cousins appears to be nearing the final stages of his recovery from surgery to repair a torn left Achilles' tendon and remains hopeful to make his Golden State debut at some point after Christmas. The Warriors have yet to pinpoint a target date for Cousins and likely won't until after assessing his health during his upcoming workouts, but his move to the G League hints that he's likely ready for some full-contact, full-court work. There's a possibility Cousins will appear in some games for Santa Cruz before rejoining the NBA team, but that hasn't been formally decided yet.

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    • Robert Williams BOS C
      Celtics' Robert Williams: Recalled from Maine
      3h ago

      Williams was recalled from the G League on Monday.

      Williams is back with the Celtics to provide frontcourt depth for Monday's game against the Pelicans with Guerschon Yabusele (ankle) and Aron Baynes (ankle) unavailable and Al Horford (knee) unlikely to play. He's appeared in nine games for the Celtics this season, posting averages of 1.4 points and 1.2 rebounds across 3.7 minutes.

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    • Deandre Ayton PHO C
      Suns' Deandre Ayton: Set to play Monday
      3h ago

      Aytonn will play Monday against the Clippers, Dellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.

      Ayton missed practice Sunday while dealing with an illness, but he went through shootaround Monday morning, and coach Igor Kokoskov confirmed that the rookie will be in the starting lineup at his usual center spot. Ayton is coming off of a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double Friday against Miami.

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    • Anthony Davis NO PF
      Pelicans' Anthony Davis: Listed as questionable Monday
      2h ago

      Davis (hip) is listed as questionablev for Monday's game against the Celtics.

      Davis suffered a hip injury during Sunday's win over the Pistons after colliding with Blake Griffin. While he was able to return, the big man wasn't his usual self, finishing with six points (2-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt), nine rebounds, four assists and five blocks in 26 minutes. Look for his status to clear up closer to tipoff.

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    • Omari Spellman ATL PF
      Hawks' Omari Spellman: Trending towards return
      3h ago

      Spellman (hip) will travel to Dallas for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.

      Spellman has missed the last two games with a hip injury, but he's trending towards a return against the Mavericks after getting through individual on-court work with no issues Monday. Over his last five games, the big man is averaging 6.0 points and 3.2 rebounds across 15.6 minutes.

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    • Blake Griffin DET PF
      Pistons' Blake Griffin: Will get night off
      3h ago

      Griffin is listed as out for rest purposes on the Pistons' initial injury report ahead of Monday's game against the 76ers.

      The decision comes as a bit of a surprise, though the Pistons are playing on the second night of a back-to-back, and Griffin has played 38 minutes in consecutive contests. In his absence Monday, expect some combination of Jon Leuer, Glenn Robinson, and Stanley Johnson (knee) -- if he's cleared to play -- to see increased minutes.

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    • Bobby Portis CHI PF
      Bulls' Bobby Portis: Will make return Monday
      3h ago

      Portis (knee) will make his return off the bench Monday night against the Kings, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports.

      Portis hasn't played in well over a month, last taking the court on Oct. 24 before going down with a sprained right knee. The Arkansas product has been working his way back up to full speed over the last several days, and he'll return in a bench capacity Monday, while likely facing a minutes restriction. Portis had a few notable games before the injury -- highlighted by a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double on opening night -- but it's unclear how he'll fit back into the rotation with Lauri Markkanen now healthy, and Jabari Parker still looming as an option at both forward spots.

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    • Noah Vonleh NY PF
      Knicks' Noah Vonleh: Shows off passing skills
      4h ago

      Vonleh scored three points (1-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt), 10 rebounds and nine assists across 30 minutes Sunday in the Knicks' 119-107 loss to the Hornets.

      Vonleh's scoring (and playing time) has been fairly volatile from game to game, but the Knicks' starting power is still in the midst of his best fantasy campaign of his five NBA seasons. The big man typically offers most of his value through his rebounds and defensive production, but he showed some rare polish as a passer Sunday. The nine dimes were a season high and bumped up his total to 16 over the past three contests. Given that he's averaging just two assists per game on the season, however, it would probably be unwise to expect Vonleh to remain much of an asset in the category.

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    • Julius Randle NO PF
      Pelicans' Julius Randle: Drops 28 in win
      4h ago

      Randle had 28 points (11-19 FG, 0-2 3PT, 6-7 FT), six rebounds and five assists in Sunday's win over Detroit.

      Randle continues to roll along in the month of December, and he's now averaging 29.5 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game over his last four contests. He's played at least 34 minutes in each of those games and looks to have taken over as the starter over Nikola Mirotic for the time being.

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    • Rudy Gay SA SF
      Spurs' Rudy Gay: Records fifth double-double
      3h ago

      Gay totaled 23 points (10-16 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 15 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 34 minutes Sunday in the Spurs' 110-97 win over the Jazz.

      Gay's numbers have been all over the map over the past couple of weeks, though he's at least found some stability as a scorer recently with four double-digit point totals in his last five outings. That being said, Gay's recurring heel problems often make coach Gregg Popovich unwilling to lean heavily on the forward in back-to-back sets or in contests that devolve into blowouts. As a result, Gay's playing time is somewhat volatile from game and game and makes him less trustworthy for DFS purposes, but he makes for a fine option in most season-long formats. Despite the up-and-down nature of his production, Gay is averaging a respectable line of 13.9 points (on 51 percent shooting from the field), 7.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 three-pointers per game on the campaign.

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    • Justin Holiday CHI SF
      Bulls' Justin Holiday: Could have role impacted
      3h ago

      Holiday could see his role impacted as the Bulls near full strength.

      Holiday emerged as one of the team's leaders in minutes over the first month-plus of the season, and he heads into Monday's game against the Kings averaging 34.9 per game. He saw just 20 minutes of action Saturday against Boston, but that was due in large part to the fact that the game was a 56-point blowout, so a number of the Bulls' regulars were done for the night early in the second half. Holiday is a more natural fit on the wing, but with Bobby Portis and Kris Dunn both set to return Monday following extended absences, it remains to be seen whether Holiday will continue to regularly play 30-plus minutes. The 29-year-old holds season-long averages of 12.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while shooting a career-best 39 percent from deep on 7.6 attempts per game.

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    • Gordon Hayward BOS SF
      Celtics' Gordon Hayward: Unlikely to play Monday
      4h ago

      Hayward is listed as doubtful for Monday's game against the Pelicans due to an illness.

      The severity of the illness remains unclear, but it sounds like it will force Hayward to miss at least one contest. Jayson Tatum and Semi Ojeleye should benefit from increased run with Hayward unavailable. His next chance to take the court will come Wednesday against the Wizards.

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    • Kevin Knox NY SF
      Knicks' Kevin Knox: Posts massive double-double
      4h ago

      Knox tallied 26 points (10-25 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 15 rebounds and one steal across 41 minutes Sunday in the Knicks' 119-107 loss to the Hornets.

      Coach David Fizdale had a quick hook on starting small forward Mario Hezonja, who played just five minutes to afford Knox most of the run at the position. While the rookie came through with a career-high rebound total and matched his best scoring haul of the season, the latter tally came on highly inefficient shooting, which has been a common occurrence throughout the campaign. Knox has converted just 35 percent of his attempts from the field and 34.1 percent of his tries from downtown this season and typically offers precious little production outside of scoring and three-pointers, making him tough to rely on for fantasy purposes.

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    • Robert Covington MIN SF
      Timberwolves' Robert Covington: Probable for Monday
      21h ago

      Covington (knee) is expected to take the court Monday against the Warriors.

      Covington didn't play Saturday against Portland, but he should be good to go for his team's upcoming matchup. He figures to resume his role within the starting five, bumping Josh Okogie back to a bench role.

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    • T.J. Warren PHO SF
      Suns' T.J. Warren: Available but limited Monday
      23h ago

      Warren (ankle) will be able to play Monday against the Clippers but his minutes will be limited, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.

      Warren participated in Sunday's practice, so he's been given the green light to return to game action, although it's unclear as to how many minutes he'll see. Josh Jackson should suffer a decrease in playing time as a result.

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    • Josh Richardson MIA SG
      Heat's Josh Richardson: Upgraded to probable
      1h ago

      Richardson (shoulder) is listed as probable for Monday's game against the Lakers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

      Richardson missed Saturday's game against the Clippers due to a right shoulder impingement, but is doing much better and trending towards a return Monday. Assuming he plays, Richardson will look to break out of his recent slump -- he's shooting just 29.1 percent from the field over his last five games.

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    • Tyler Johnson MIA SG
      Heat's Tyler Johnson: Probable for Monday
      1h ago

      Johnson (hip) is listed as probable for Monday's game against the Lakers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

      Johnson suffered a hip injury during Saturday's game against the Clippers, limiting him to just seven minutes. Fortunately, the issue doesn't appear to be anything serious enough to keep him sidelined Monday. A final determination on his status should come closer to tipoff.

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    • Wayne Ellington MIA SG
      Heat's Wayne Ellington: Available to play Monday
      2h ago

      Ellington (personal) is available to play Monday against the Lakers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

      As expected, Ellington is back with the Heat after missing the previous two games due to a personal matter. He should immediate reclaim his usual role off the bench. Through 16 games this season, Ellington is averaging 10.0 points and 2.6 rebounds across 26.3 minutes per contest.

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    • Antonio Blakeney CHI SG
      Bulls' Antonio Blakeney: Sent back to G League
      2h ago

      Blakeney was assigned to the G League on Monday.

      Blakeney wasn't seeing consistent minutes for the Bulls -- appearing in just four of the last seven games -- so he'll head to the G League to continue his development.

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    • Reggie Bullock DET SG
      Pistons' Reggie Bullock: Listed as out
      2h ago

      Bullock (ankle) will not play Monday against Philadelphia.

      Bullock is listed as out on the Pistons' initial injury report, and Monday will mark his fourth straight absence as he continues to nurse a sprained left ankle. Expect Bruce Brown and Luke Kennard to pick up increased minutes on the win in Bullock's stead.

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    • Iman Shumpert SAC SG
      Kings' Iman Shumpert: Not on injury report
      4h ago

      Shumpert (rest) is not listed on the injury report for Monday's game against the Bulls, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.

      Shumpert will be fully rested for Monday's contest after being withheld from the lineup over the weekend for rest purposes. Over his last five games, Shumpert is averaging 7.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists across 24.6 minutes.

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    • Austin Rivers WAS PG
      Wizards' Austin Rivers: Will rejoin starting five Monday
      20m ago

      Rivers is expected to start at point guard Monday against the Pacers, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.

      Rivers is set to join the starting lineup for the second time in three games with John Wall (heel) once again unavailable. He posted nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists across 34 minutes in his previous start.

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    • Goran Dragic MIA PG
      Heat's Goran Dragic: Good to go Monday
      2h ago

      Dragic will play Monday against the Lakers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

      Dragic should be ready for a healthy workload Monday after being withheld from the Saturday's game against the Clippers due to rest purposes. The veteran guard recently returned from an eight-game absence due to a knee injury, logging 11 points, 10 assists and three steals across 21 minutes in his first game back.

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    • Rajon Rondo LAL PG
      Lakers' Rajon Rondo: Has hand drained
      2h ago

      Coach Luke Walton said Rondo had his hand drained Sunday, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports.

      Rondo will remain shut down for a few days before being reevaluated, likely ruling him out through Thursday's game against the Rockets. The veteran point guard was initially handed a four-to-six week recovery timeline after underling surgery to repair a fractured third metacarpal Nov. 15.

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    • Jamal Murray DEN PG
      Nuggets' Jamal Murray: Limited at shootaround
      2h ago

      Murray (leg) was limited at shootaround Monday morning and remains questionable for the night's mathup with Memphis, TJ McBride of Mile High Sports reports.

      Murray is nursing what the team is calling a right shin injury, and he was apparently still experiencing some level of discomfort during shootaround. The hope is that after receiving treatment in the afternoon he'll be cleared to play, but Murray's availability may not be decided until closer to game-time.

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    • Fred VanVleet TOR PG
      Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Shines off bench
      2h ago

      VanVleet scored a season-high 19 points (7-12 FG, 5-7 3Pt) and added two rebounds, two assists and one steal across 27 minutes off the bench Sunday in the Raptors' 104-99 loss to the Bucks.

      With Kyle Lowry (zero points on 0-for-5 shooting from the field) sputtering offensively, VanVleet provided the Raptors with a needed lift off the bench. The reserve guard's efforts weren't enough to hold off the Bucks, but VanVleet showed enough here to make for a decent speculative pickup in the event the Raptors decide to shut Lowry down for a brief spell. Lowry missed the Raptors' first game of December with a back issue and could still be impacted by the injury in light of his recent form. Over the past four games, the starting point guard has averaged just 3.8 points while shooting 14.3 percent from the field.

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    • Kyle Lowry TOR PG
      Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Held scoreless in loss
      2h ago

      Lowry finished with no points (0-5 FG, 0-5 3Pt), seven assists, five rebounds and one block across 34 minutes in Sunday's 104-99 loss to the Bucks.

      Lowry averaged a double-double through the Raptors' eight October games (18.5 points and 11.1 assists), but saw his marks in those categories plummet to 13.7 and 9.9, respectively, in November. That downturn was already difficult enough for fantasy managers to stomach, but the point guard has inexplicably been even worse through his first four outings in December. Lowry has now failed to score more than seven points in any of those contests while shooting a disastrous 14.3 percent from the floor and 12 percent from three-point range. Those percentages obviously won't stick and some positive regression will surely be forthcoming, but Lowry may struggle to re-emerge as a regular high-teens scorer for the Raptors now that third-year forward Pascal Siakam and a resurgent Serge Ibaka have proven capable of shouldering more of the scoring burden alongside offseason pickup Kawhi Leonard.

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