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Jimmy Butler doesn't miss in Bulls' blowout win

Chicago Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler went 6-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line vs. Detroit on Wednesday, finishing with 16 points, 12 assists, five rebounds, two steals and zero turnovers in 34 minutes.

What It Means:

Butler poured in 37 points during an overtime loss on Tuesday, and he ranks sixth in the league in minutes per game (36.8), but he certainly didn't let exhaustion impact his play tonight.

Butler's 43.03 nERD was second-best on the Bulls tonight.


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Nikola Mirotic scores 28 points for Bulls

Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic went off for a season-high 28 points on Wednesday, going 12-of-15 from the field with four 3-pointers, five rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and just one turnover in 39 minutes.

What It Means:

Mirotic shot a combined 14-of-42 from the field (33.3 percent) in his previous four games. He's averaging just 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.9 blocks in March, while shooting 37.0 percent from the field. Tonight's game is a vivid reminder of his upside, but as every former Mirotic owner already knows, he's wildly inconsistent.

Mirotic led the Bulls with 48.65 nERD tonight, and was the best DFS value on FanDuel, with 44 points at a cost of $4400 (10x value).


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Joffrey Lauvergne lights up as spot starter in Bulls' blowout win

Chicago Bulls forward/center Joffrey Lauvergne started on Wednesday, finishing with 17 points (7-of-13 shooting), seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

What It Means:

With Robin Lopez (suspension) and Cristiano Felicio (back) out of commission, the Bulls plugged the hole at center with a whole lot of Lauvergne. It's hard to recommend him after one big game in a blowout, and for now one should assume that Lopez will reclaim the job on Friday. Prior to this game, Lauvergne had scored 17 points combined in March.

Lauvergne's 30.9 FanDuel points were third-most on the Bulls, and his 10.76 nERD was the fourth-best mark on the team.


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Arron Afflalo starting, Garrett Temple to Kings bench

Sacramento Kings guard/forward Arron Afflalo (personal) will start on Wednesday, sending Garrett Temple to the bench.

What It Means:

The Kings' rotations are perpetually in flux, and tonight it'll be Afflalo getting the nod against Milwaukee. He's done nothing this season to encourage owners to pick him up.

Despite our models projecting a strong 25.6 minutes for Afflalo tonight, we peg him for just 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists.


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David Lee (foot) is probable for Spurs' Thursday game

San Antonio Spurs forward/center David Lee (foot) is probable for Thursday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

What It Means:

He said he is expecting to play, so this is essentially a non-update. Lee is likely looking at minutes in the teens now that the Spurs are healthy up front.

Lee is averaging 18.6 minutes with 7.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game this season.


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Magic's Nikola Vucevic scores 14, with 12 boards and three blocks

Orlando Magic forward/center Nikola Vucevic came up big on Wednesday, with 14 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, three blocks, and one steal in 30 minutes.

What It Means:

He hit six of 12 shots from the field and both of his free throws. Vooch felt soreness in his troublesome right Achilles this weekend, but he looked sharp on Monday and obviously wasn't at all limited tonight. Considering how tricky Achilles injuries can be, Vucevic's owners have to be overjoyed with his recent production.

Vucevic's 18.71 nERD led the Magic in this contest.


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Guillermo Hernangomez to come off Knicks' bench Wednesday

New York Knicks center Guillermo Hernangomez is listed as a reserve for Wednesday's game, with guard/forward Lance Thomas starting.

What It Means:

The Knicks are mixing things up against Utah's imposing defense, with Kristaps Porzingis lining up across from Jazz center Rudy Gobert. Hernangomez hasn't been great as a starter in his past few games, so hopefully the benching will fire him up.

In a starting role tonight, Thomas projects for 28.4 minutes, but just 8.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists.


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Boris Diaw starting, Joe Johnson to bench for Jazz Wednesday

Utah Jazz forward/center Boris Diaw will start at power forward and Joe Johnson will move to the bench.

What It Means:

The Jazz will go with their bigger lineup with Kristaps Porzingis starting for the New York Knicks. Diaw is likely just going to play minutes in the teens, so he's not someone fantasy owners should be counting on tonight. The minute allotment shouldn't change too much here.

Our models still project Diaw for just 4.2 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists on 15.5 minutes tonight.


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Bucks' John Henson (thumb) will not play against Kings Wednesday

Milwaukee Bucks forward/center John Henson (left thumb sprain) will not play against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Greg Monroe stands to gain some minutes in Henson's absence, with Thon Maker and Mirza Teletovic also in the equation. It's possible that we'll even see Spencer Hawes or Terrence Jones crack the rotation. Henson is day-to-day so this doesn't have significant long-term implications.

Our models project Monroe for 13.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists on 23.03 minutes tonight, the highest fantasy projection among Milwaukee big men on the night.


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Free agent Rod Streater is a free agency target for Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings have interest in free agent wide receiver Rod Streater.

What It Means:

The Vikings haven't visited with Streater but are in the market for a speed receiver to replace Cordarrelle Patterson. The Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, and the San Francisco 49ers are also in the mix.

Streater earned 21.02 Reception Net Expected Points on 27 targets in 2016.


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